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NEW APPRENTICES The South Florida PGA would like to welcome the following new apprentices to the Section: Daniel Olsen Matthew Sullivan

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Miami Beach Golf Club Normandy Shores Golf Club

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Robert S. Coman, PGA A-4 - Biltmore GC unattached Gary Keating, PGA A-4 - Shell Point GC Tennessee Section John Alfuth, PGA A-1 - Shell Point GC A-8 - Shell Point GC William Junk, PGA A-1 - Aberdeen Golf & CC A-8 - Aberdeen Golf & CC Corey Johnson, PGA A-1 - Addison Reserve A-8 - Addison Reserve Michael T. O’Brien, PGA unattached A-1 - Hideaway Beach Club Tommy Ylijoki, PGA A-1 - Orangebrook GC A-8 - West Palm Beach GC Philip Pellerito, PGA A-1 - Pelican March GC A-8 - Pelican Marsh GC John (Larry) Blanchard, PGA A-1 - Palm Aire CC unattached Daniel L. Pontes, PGA A-1 - Cypress Lake CC A-1 - North Florida Section Ron Leatherwood, PGA Life Member A-1 - Cypress Lake CC Nicholas Baumhart, PGA A-1 - Pelican Marsh GC A-8 - Pelican Marsh GC David Kent, PGA A-13 The Club at the Renaissance A-1 - The Club at the Renaissance Robert S. Davison, PGA A-4 - Heritage Bay Golf & CC North Florida Section Jared M. Blocker, PGA A-1 - The Club at Pelican Bay A-8 - The Club at Pelican Bay Robbie Rush, PGA A-1 - Clewiston GC A-6 - Clewiston GC Sherrie Pla, PGA A-1 Palm Beach Gardens GC A-8 - Palm Beach Gardens GC Paul Steward, PGA unattached A-4 - Hollywood Beach GC & CC Brian McComb, PGA A-1 - Shadow Wood CC unattached Jason Karchefsky, PGA A-1 - Woodfield CC B-8 Woodfield CC Eric Diekman, PGA A-4 - Woodfield CC A-1 Woodfield CC Le Ann Finger, PGA A-11 - EWGA, Palm Beach Gardens A-11 - PGA of America Sean A. Lutwin, PGA unattached A-13 - Aberdeen Golf & CC Todd Elliott, PGA A-1 - Hideaway Beach Club A-1 - Philadelphia Section




Congratulations to Master PGA Professional Bobby Clampett who has successfully competed the requirements for becoming certified in Teaching and Coaching. Congratulations also to PGA Member Kyle Mills who has successfully completed his requirements to become certified in Golf Operations. Congratulations to Bobby and Kyle on their accomplishments.

ADVISORY BOARD Paul Anderson Rick Bayliss Steve Sponder Ken Kennerly Matt Lambert Peter Lund




Recently PGA Professional Larry Gantzer participated in PGA Golf Day playing 100 holes of golf in support of the SFPGA Foundation. At 7:19 am on Tuesday, October 29 at Grey Oaks Country Club Gantzer began his journey to play 100 holes of golf and successfully did so in 9 hours and 51 minutes! During his 100 hole challenge Gantzer made 16 birdies, 71 pars went through four golf cars, and finished all 100 holes at 1 under par! Members and friends cheered him on along the way and showed their support by donating over $6,500 in support of his efforts. Gantzer currently leads the SFPGA Foundation in funds raised for the Foundation through PGA Golf Day. Larry Gantzer, PGA

Thanks to Larry and all of the members and staff at Grey Oaks Country Club for their support of the Foundation and all of the activities it supports including junior golf. For more details on PGA Golf Day and how you can get involved click here.

Home Dedication ATLANTIS, Fla. - On Saturday, October 26, the South Florida PGA Foundation dedicated their second home to Habitat for Humanity with the latest being through the Palm Beach County affiliate in Jupiter. It was an extremely moving ceremony for everyone in attendance as single mother of three, Seteria Williams received the keys to her very first home. During the ceremony Seteria reminisced about the two year journey she took to get to this point. She shared her dreams with everyone in attendance and told a story that she shared with a good friend not too long ago as she stated “I would love to have a place to call my own. I want a place for my children to always be able to come back to.” Now her dream has come true, as she stated, “I have accomplished my biggest long-term goal.” Seteria and her daughters Jasmin, Jade, and Debra now have a new home in the beautiful town of Jupiter to come home to every day, a place where they feel safe and a place where they can create memories. The Williams’ Family Prior to South Florida PGA President Warren Bottke turning over the keys to the home, he shared the mission of the South Florida PGA Foundation with the Williams’ family and all those at the dedication. Expressing the pride that he felt in being a part of this joyous occasion, having had the opportunity to help build this home over the last four months.

This summer over fifty PGA Professionals from all across South Florida volunteered over 700 hours to this project, and they are ready to do so again next year!




ATLANTIS, Fla. -The South Florida PGA with the help of Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte honored 13 PGA Professionals for their dedication and service to the PGA of America within the South Florida Section. Over 180 people joined these individuals for a special evening of celebration at Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach on Monday, November 11. Individuals receiving honors including the following: Player of the Year – Alan Morin, PGA Senior Player of the Year – Gene Fieger, PGA Salesperson of the Year – Mark Goldstein, Titleist Merchandiser of the Year at a Private Facility – Scott Kirkwood, PGA Merchandiser of the Year at a Public Facility – Bela Nagy, PGA Don Law, PGA, Warren Bottke, Merchandiser of the Year at a Resort Facility – Ed Weber, PGA PGA, Jim McLean, PGA PGA Player Development Award – Jeff Nixon, PGA Horton Smith Award – Martha Hall, PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award – Jim Butler, PGA Assistant of the Year – Kevin Kuehl, PGA Junior Golf Leader – Bill Scott, PGA Teacher of the Year – Jared Isaacs, PGA Warren Bottke, PGA and Tim Rosaforte Golf Professional of the Year – Brian Peaper, PGA In addition, PGA Professionals Jim McLean and Don Law were inducted into the SFPGA Hall of Fame. Jim and Don represent the class of 2013 and now sit along side some of golfs legends including Jack Nicklaus, Patty Berg, Bob Murphy, and many PGA Section Professionals. The presence of family and friends created a warm atmosphere as fellow professionals and friends joined in an evening of celebration and congratulations. Special thanks to SFPGA Advisory Board member Rick Bayliss and the entire membership at Lost Tree Club for hosting this great event and our support partner of the event Any Business Solutions!

Warren Botke, PGA and Brian Peaper, PGA

STEPHEN A. COX ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR SECRETARY FOR NATIONAL OFFICE PGA Master Professional, Stephen A. Cox has announced his candidacy for the Secretary of the PGA of America. Currently, Cox is the PGA Director of Golf at Pelican Sound Golf and River Club in Estero. He has held numerous leadership positions with the South Florida PGA section. Cox served as Chairperson to the Employment and Growth of the Game Section Committees. He was President of the Southeast Chapter from 2003-2004. Since 2006, he has served as a South Florida Section Officer. From 2010-2013, Cox served as the District 13 Director.

Stephen A. Cox, PGA

In addition to his leadership positions, Cox has received many awards for his service to the PGA. In the Southeast Chapter he was voted Golf Professional of the Year in 2003. He received the Bill Strausbaugh award in 1992 and 2004. He also received the Horton Smith award in 2001. For the South Florida PGA Section, he was awarded the Bill Strausbaugh award in 2005. Best of luck to Stephen during his campaign for Secretary for the PGA of America.




The South Florida PGA recently welcomed two new employees to their staff, Junior Golf Manager, Jake Weir and Communications/Speical Events Coordinator, Tori Stock.

Jake Weir

Originally from New York, Jake recently worked with the Mid Atlantic Section as a tournament intern from January until October. Prior to his work with the Mid Atlantic Section, he worked tournament operations with the American Junior Golf Association for nine months. Jake graduated from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sport Management. As Junior Golf Manager, Jake oversees both of the South Florida PGA Junior Challenge and Championship Tours and also provides additional support to the Tournament department.

Tori hales from Illinois and recently she worked with the American Junior Golf Association for four months as a tournament operations intern. She graduated in December of 2012 from the University of Minnesota, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business marketing. Tori also competed on the women’s golf team at the University of Minnesota. As Communications/ Special Events Coordinator, Tori will work on all Section communications and production of print materials such as the Association Directory, GolfPass collateral and Newsletters. In addition, Tori will act as support to both SFPGA Junior Tours.

Tori Stock


Quite often PGA Employment Consultants are asked to critique resumes from our Section members. There are a few resume mistakes we find very common. Please review the following list and see how your current resume stacks up. • • • • •

Not including the PGA logo in your page header. You earned it, use it. Not putting the right emphasis on the first half page of the resume. This can be the most important part for the employer during their initial scan of your resume. Sending a resume filled with lists for duties and not accomplishments. Your work experience should not read like a job description. Sending a resume that has static content, meaning content not targeted to what the employer needs or is seeking in their golf professional. Beginning the resume with an objective or statement that sounds like everyone else’s. What can you say to the employer on one paragraph that highlights the impact that you will make based on the experience and skills you have that are targeted to what the employer is looking for. Not creating a stand-alone page for references and using the same header from your resume for your reference page.

Your PGA Employment Consultant is available to critique your resume. It is a good guideline to periodically update your resume and keep it current before you need it.

Mike McCollum, PGA PGA Employment Consultant




Almost 80 South Florida PGA Professionals visited the Country Club at Mirasol on Wednesday and Thursday, October 9th and 10th for the 2013 South Florida PGA Biennial Teaching Symposium. Presenters included PGA Professionals, Pat Goss and Will Robins, Director of Chiropractic Services for the PGA Tour, Dr. Tom LaFountain, Tim Kremer of Spirit of Golf, and Claude Harmon III. The seminar kicked off Wednesday afternoon with Tim Kremer, the President and Founder of The Spirit of Golf, LLC, a program utilizing mind/body coaching techniques that help participants access peak mind states for greater success and joy in both golf and life. Following Tim, was Will Robins, PGA. Will’s academy uses teaching philosophies such as “Purposeful Practice,” “The Golfing Mindset,” and “The Real Claude Harman III, Dr. Tom LaFountain, Jim Hackenberg, PGA, Patt Game of Golf.” They have allowed him to create a coaching program Goss, PGA and Education Chairperson Eric Veilleux, PGA that challenges his students to drop 10 shots within 10 weeks. Teaching through a group coaching method has created a tremendous business for Will’s academy with both adults and juniors. Thursday morning opened with a demonstration from event presenter, Orange Whip. Jim Hackenberg, PGA showed quick drills that the Orange Whip products can be used for to help warm up players of all abilities prior to a lesson or playing. Pat Goss, PGA Director of Golf and Head Men’s Coach for Northwestern University, as well as a cofounder of the Wildcat Golf Academy, was up next to discuss short game and putting tips. This knowledge and training is what helped Luke Donald, one of Pat’s students, to become the number one golfer in the world. Dr. Tom LaFountain, the Director of Chiropractic services for the PGA Tour, spent time speaking about how body fitness is directly correlated to the golf swing. He identified how certain areas of the body tend to be tight depending on the client’s daily activities, and how certain stretches and exercises can help those deficiencies, which will in turn improve the client’s golf game. Claude Harmon III wrapped up the event by sharing stories of his experience teaching various Tour Players and his teaching philosophies. He explained differences in the kind of information each player is interesed in, as well as shared videos of various players’ swings to show areas he had worked with each one them on. Thank you to all of our speakers and SFPGA Education Chairperson, Eric Veilleux for arranging this symposium. These professionals were so forthcoming and giving with their information. The Biennial Symposium is a great resource for South Florida PGA Professionals, and has played host to many great teachers throughout the years.

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NAPLES, Fla. – Doug Dunakey, Professional from Port Charlotte won the second annual Naples Beach Club Senior Open Championship by one stroke over fellow Professional, Peter Horrobin of Miami. Dunakey fired a final round 72 for a three day total of 208, eight under par. Horrobin made a final round charge by shooting a 66 today, 6 under par. Finishing in third place (212) was local PGA Professional’s Gene Fieger of Naples. Doug Dunakey and George Williard, PGA

Professional, Herb Smith of Hialeah won the 60-69 division by one stroke over professionals Bob Dickson and Mike Smith. Herb Smith finished with a three day total of 218. Roger Kennedy, of Stuart won the 70-74 division after shooting a final round 69 to win the division by one stroke over Bernabe Fajardo of Miami Gardens. The field at the Naples Beach Club Senior Open Championship was comprised of 128 Professionals and Amateurs from around the state of Florida.

SFPGA RETAINS CHALLENGE CUP Twelve South Florida PGA Professionals took on twelve North Florida PGA Professionals in the Annual Challenge Cup matches at Reunion Resort in Orlando on Oct. 15-16. This year’s team was captained by PGA Professional Bill Davis and players included Joe Allinder, Chris Campbell, Frank Dobbs, Jason Hrynkiw, Jerry Impellittiere, Jared Isaacs, John Lee, Alan Morin, John Nieporte, Richard Terga, Jeff Waber, and Jay Westerlund. After a first round lead of 7 to 5, the team was victorious bringing home the title 12.5 to 11.5. This marked the 23rd time in the 32 year history of this event that the South Florida Section has captured the title outright. Special thanks to FootJoy who outfitted the team this year, and congratulations to all who competed!

Top Row: Bob Menne, Jerry Impellitiere, Lee Rinker, Ric Nalyd, Brian Peaper, and Rick Gomes Bottom Row: Ed Humerik, Victor Tortorici, John Calabria, Glenn Hall, John Nelson, Jim Karr, and Roger Kennedy

In the Senior Challenge Cup, North Florida won for the first time at the eighth annual event against South Florida. After losing the first seven annual meetings, the NFPGA won by 16 ½ to 13 ½.

Challenge Cup Catain, Bill Davis, PGA

Jared Isaacs, PGA, Jay Westerlund, PGA, Chris DeBusk, PGA, and David Damesworth, PGA




Seven assistants from the South Florida Section competed in the National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship presented by COBRA PUMA GOLF on Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course) in Port St. Lucie. David Ladd, John Bednar, Michael Berger, Brett McCurdy, Alan Morin, Geoff Newman, and Chris Trout competed in the event after finishing in the top seven in the 2013 South Florida PGA Assistants Championship held at Spring Run Golf Club in Estero. Three of the assistants, David Ladd, Alan Morin, and Chris Trout made the cut after the first two rounds. Alan Morin carded a oneover par 289 to finish in a tie for seventh place. Chris Trout tied for 19th place and David Ladd finished in a tie for 25th place.

SFPGA JUNIOR TOUR KRAYESKI AND GABRIELE ARE VICTORIOUS AT OLD MARSH GOLF CLUB ATLANTIS, Fla. – On Oct. 19-20, the South Florida PGA Junior Tour presented by the Honda Classic hosted Championship Tour Event #13 at Old Marsh Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens. Fifty-three local junior golfers took on Old Marsh Golf Club. Heading into the final round of this thirty-six hole event, Anthony Gabriele of Wellington, a multi-event champion, had a two shot lead over Joshua August of Boynton. Despite a strong effort by August, who shot a final round 69, Gabriele managed to grind out a 69 of his own to capture his 3rd championship of the year. Sachin Kumar had a strong tournament, shooting 70-72 to finish two under for the tournament and take 1st place in the Boys 13-15 age division.

Tom Dyer, PGA, Anthony Gabriele, and Kaely Krayeski

In the Girls Overall division Kaely Krayeski was able to fire a final round 73, to take the Championship by one shot over Mary Janiga. This was Krayeski’s second win of the year. Valeria Sofia Pacheco finished the tournament with a 155 total to take 1st place in the girls 13-15 division.




ATLANTIS, Fla. – On Nov. 9-10, the SFPGA Championship Tour held event #14 at Wycliffe Golf & Country Club in Wellington. 54 juniors faced off in a very windy weekend in the seasons last Championship event leading up to the Junior Tour Championship.

Anthony Gabriele and Valeria Sofia Pacheco fought tough conditions at Wycliffe Golf & Country Club to claim overall titles. Gabriele, who is a native to Wellington, shot an impressive opening round 72 during a windy and rain filled Saturday to jump out to an early 1 shot lead over Shosei Inokawa and Alberto Martinez. Gabriele came out Sunday and fired a 1-over par 73 to win the Overall Boys division by two shots. This is Gabriele’s third win of the year, and his second straight Championship Tour victory.

Valeria Sofia Pacheco and Anthony Gabriele

The Overall Girls Division needed two sudden death playoff holes to crown a champion. Fourteen year old Valeria Sofia Pacheco, of Hallandale Beach walked away victorious after a two hole playoff win over Tanya Eathakotti. Pacheco, who also won the Overall Division Title at Championship event #11, shot a second round 77 to earn a spot in the playoff. Alberto Martinez of Weston was the Boys 13-15 age division Champion, and Shosei Inokawa of Parkland took top honors in the Boys 16-18 age division. Tanya Eathakotti of Miami claimed the Girls 13-15 age division title, and Julia Durkin of Miramar took the title in the Girls 16-18 division.

GONZALEZ-QUEVEDO JR & GARRIS CLAIM OVERALL TITLES AT FOUNTAINS COUNTRY CLUB ATLANTIS, Fla. – On Nov. 2-3, The SFPGA Junior Challenge Tour held event #13 at Fountains Country Club in Lake Worth. Seventy-four members of the Junior Challenge tour faced off for 36 holes in a sunny and windy weekend.

Paige Lee Garris, Jay Himelberger, PGA, and Daniel Gonzalez-Quevedo Jr.

Daniel Gonzalez-Quevedo Jr. of Doral and Pedro Gomez, also from Doral entered day two tied for the lead after shooting opening round even par 71’s. Day two played very tough as competitors faced 15-plus mile per hour winds. Gonzalez-Quevedo Jr. managed to grind out a round of 78 on day two and claim the overall Boys (14-18) title for the tournament. This was Daniel’s first SFPGA Challenge Tour event.

Fourteen year old Paige Lee Garris of West Palm Beach captured her second Girls Overall victory this weekend. After an open round 78, Garris found herself two shots off the lead heading into Sunday. After grinding out a final round 80, Garris was in a three way tie with Sunny Li of Davie and Jaci Cruz of Coconut Creek. Garris would need only two sudden death playoff holes to capture the victory over Li and Cruz. Justin Shiao of Coral Springs took home the top honors of the Boys 12-13 age division. Amadeo Figus of Port St. Lucie won the Boys 14-15 age division, and Phillippe Urreiztieta of Wellington won the Boys 16-18 age division. Taylor Caradonna of Boca Raton took home the top honors in the Girls 12-13 age division. Sunny Li took home the Girls 14-15 division, and Julia Durkin of Miramar won the Girls 16-18 division.





ATLANTIS, Fla. – On Oct. 26-27, the South Florida PGA Junior Tour presented by the Honda Classic held the Junior Challenge #12 at Westchester Golf and Country Club in Boynton Beach. Zach Fink, Bob Usher, PGA, Leslie Dyke, PGA, and Emily Black

FINK OF PALM BEACH GARDENS AND BLACK OF NAPLES TAKE TITLES AT GREY OAKS COUNTRY CLUB IN NAPLES NAPLES, Fla. – The South Florida PGA Junior Tour presented by the Honda Classic hosted Challenge Tour Event #12 at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples on Oct. 5-6. Perfect conditions greeted the field of almost 60 players for the championship. Zach Fink of Palm Beach Gardens shot 73-84 to win the boys overall division by two shots over Christian Hance of Boca Raton. Hance took home honors for first place in the 14-15 age division. Trevor Vente of Naples won first place in the boys 1618 division shooting a total of 160. In the Boys 12-13 age division Ryder Sutcliffe of Jupiter shot rounds of 67-73 to win the division by 7 strokes over Carter Dalili of Vero Beach. Finishing alone in third place was Justin Shiao of Coral Springs.

This is the first time that the South Florida PGA Junior Tour has visited Westchester Golf and Country Club. The field of 78 juniors competed in a great show of competition on a wonderful course. For the overall boys division (ages 14-18), Ryan Torres of Parkland started off round one with an even par 72 to set the pace in the boys division. Torres finished round two by carding a 1 over-par 73 to take top honors over Troy Nishizak of Boca Raton by nine strokes. This is Ryan Torres’ first time winning the overall title. For the overall girls division (ages 14-18), Julia Durkin of Miramar fired back to back rounds of 78 to win the overall division by one shot over Paige Lee Garris of West Palm Beach and Julia Matzat of Parkland. This is Julia Durkin’s second win of the year. In the 12-13 age division, Anthony Muttillo of Boca Raton, took tops honors with a two day total of 143 to win the Boys Division over Carter Dalili of Vero Beach by one stroke. In the 12-13 age division, Elle Nachmann of Boca Raton took top honors with a two day total of 152 over Isabel Herrera of Wellington by three strokes.

In the Girls overall division, Emily Black of Naples shot rounds of 77-78 to win by two shots over Kelly Newbrough and Helen Daily, both of Naples. Daily finished first in the girls 16-18 division while Newbrough finished first in the girls 14-15 division. In the Girls 12-13 age division, Dana Williams shot rounds of 70-80 to win by an impressive 13 shots over Tamsyn Butler. Finishing in third place in the division was Isabel Herrara of Wellington. Ryan Torres, Jeff Hall, PGA, and Julia Durkin




ATLANTIS, FL – On Nov 16-17, sixty seven local junior golfers competed in the Challenge Tour Event #14 of the 2013 South Florida PGA Junior Tour season presented by the Honda Classic at Martin Downs Country Club in Palm City. This was the first time Martin Downs Country Club hosted a SFPGA Junior Tour Event. It was a good weekend for 9 year old Alexa Pano of Lake Worth. Pano claimed her first Overall Girls Title in a one hole playoff, defeating Paige Lee Garris of West Palm Beach. Pano had a strong opening round 76 to take a 3 shot lead over Garris heading into the final round. Garris made a move during the final round firing a 78 to tie Pano after 36 holes. Pano would need only one play-off Hiro Minakawa, Chris Crovotta, and Alexa Pano hole to claim the title. Julia Durking of Miramar claimed the top spot in the Girls 16-18 Division and Garris claimed honors in the Girls 14-15 Division. Jillian Bourdage of Tamrac went on to claim top honors in the Girls 12-13 Division. Hiro Minakawa of Port St. Lucie claimed his first Overall Boys Title. Minakawa shot a 72-74 for a 146 tournament total to claim a 1 shot victory over Warot Phuangmarayat of Stuart. Minakawa wanted to thank Don Law, Nate Danner, and Mike Bennet of Club Med for all of their support. Tim Graham of Stuart claimed top honors in the Boys 16-18 Division, War Phuangmarayat of Stuart claimed top honors in the Boys 14-15 Division, and Henry Dubiel of North Palm Beach took home the Boys 12-13 Title.

PARTNER NEWS As another year comes to a close and your facility heads into the height of its season we encourage you to take a few moments out of your day to reach out to our partners to thank them for their support of the Section this year. Without the support of our partners programs including but not limited to education, tournament, meetings and foundation activities would not be possible. In addition to thanking them for their support we also encourage you to consider them when making your purchasing decisions. To view a complete list of partners from 2013 click here.




A few weeks back, a PGA Professional called to ask my opinion on a ruling. It seemed a player while playing a particular hole hit his approach shot over the green and the ball came to rest on the teeing ground of the next hole to be played. The player’s ball came to rest next to a partially detached divot. The player instructed his fellow competitors that Rule 13-2 allows him to remove the partially detached divot. His fellow competitors disagreed. So, the player pulled his Rule book from his bag and showed them Rule 13-2 where it states a player may, without penalty, “create or eliminate irregularities of surface within the teeing ground.” The fellow competitors said they would have to get clarification from the Pro. They continued their round and before signing their scorecards, the players asked the Pro for clarification. If you were the Pro, how would you have ruled? Rule 13-2 says that a player may not improve or allow to be improved the position or lie of his ball, the area of his intended stance or swing, his line of play or a reasonable extension of that line beyond the hole or the area in which he is to drop or place a ball, by any of the following actions. The Rule outlines six actions but the one we are most concerned with as it relates to this ruling is the one that states a player may NOT create or eliminate irregularities surface. However, the rule further explains six actions which the player would be exempt from penalty. The one we are most concerned with is the one that states the player may create or eliminate irregularities of surface from the teeing ground or remove dew, frost or water from the teeing ground. Decision 13-2/2 says, “In playing a tee shot A misses the ball. Before playing his next stroke, A presses down turf behind the ball. Is this permissible, since the ball is in play? Yes, Rule 13-2 permits eliminating irregularities of surface on the teeing ground, whether or not the ball is in play.” Decision 13-2/3 states, “Under Rule 13-2, it is permissible to eliminate irregularities of surface on the teeing ground.” It is also permissible to break off or pull out grass growing behind a ball on the teeing ground? Yes. Rule 13-2 and Decision 13-2/2 and 13-2/3 would lead us to believe that the player was permitted to remove the partially detached divot without penalty. This is where Lee Corso says, “NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND!” The definition of Teeing Ground, “is the starting place of the hole to be played. It is a rectangular area measuring two club-lengths in depth, the front and sides of which are defined by the outside limits of two tee markers.” While the player’s ball was located on a teeing ground it was not located on the teeing ground of the hole being played. Thus, his ball was located Through the Green which is, “the whole area of the course except the teeing ground and putting green of the hole being played and all hazards.” The player should receive a penalty under Ruled 13-2 of two strokes for removing the partially detached divot as doing so improved the area of his intended swing. What would be the ruling if the player’s ball came to rest against a tee marker? Would he be permitted to move the tee marker or would he have to deem his ball unplayable and proceed under one of the options of Rule 28. Decision 11-2/1 says, “Under Rule 11-2, tee markers are deemed to be fixed when playing the first stroke with any ball from the teeing ground.” Are tee markers obstructions thereafter? Yes. After a player puts his ball into play from the teeing ground, all tee markers on the course are deemed to be movable obstructions. Before a player puts a ball into play from the teeing ground, Rule 11-2 informs us that the tee markers are deemed to be fixed and if the player moves or allows them to be moved for the purpose of avoiding interference from his stance, area of intended swing or line of the player, the player would be in breach of Rule 13-2.






Looking for ways to earn more MSR credits? Volunteer your time with the upcoing outh Florida PGA events. PGA Members earn 1 MSR credit/hour they are able to volunteer.

2nd Annual Women’s Golf Day January 11, 2014 Abacoa Golf Club Jupiter College Seminar January 18, 2014 Westchester Golf and Country Club, Boynton Beach

Southern Chapter Annual Fall Meeting and Awards Dinner December 9, 2013 Fort Lauderdale Country Club, Plantation

Upcoming events: - Junior Championship/Challenge Tour Championship - Jonathan’s Landing GC - Jupiter - December 7-8 On course responsibilities include monitoring pace of play, assisting with rulings, and starting. To volunteer, please call Jake Weir at the section office at 561.729.0544 or email This year the Section will host the 2nd Annual Women’s Golf Day at Abacoa Golf Club on Sat. Jan 11 from 1-4. PGA Members and apprentics are needed to assist with free instruction for all those attending. If you are available to help please contact Tori Stock at the section office at 561.729.0544 or email at Also, if you can spread the word about the event we would appreciate your help



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