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WHAT’S INSIDE: Tee It Forward Initiative Junior Tour Event #5 Tournament Recaps PGA Member Benefit Corner ...and more!

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The South Florida PGA would like to welcome the following new members to the Section: John Alfuth, PGA Andrew Plesz, PGA Alana Swain, PGA Gregory Weston, PGA

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Estero CC at The Vines The Forest Country Club Jim McLean G School-Doral LaPlaya Golf Club

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The South Florida PGA would like to welcome the following new apprentices to the Section: Kristopher Andreu Yun Jong Jodi Hooper

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Deep Creek Golf Club Country Club of Miami Palmetto Pine Country Club


Kevin Beal Benjamin Brown Brian Hart Matthew Markle Travis Olson Christopher Phillips Andrew Plesz

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Palmetto Pine Country Club Royal Palm Yacht and C.C. Gateway Golf and Country Club The Strand Old Marsh Golf Club Heritage Palms Golf & CC The Forest Country Club

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Congratulations to PGA members Robert Kelley, David Deetscreek, James Kurtzeborn, Daniel Losey, and Charles Priester who were elected to the Quarter Century Club of the PGA of America, an elite group of members who have served the PGA with honor and pride for 25 years.


Congratulations to PGA members Michael DeJordy for completing the requirements for PGA Master Professional and distinguishing yourself as an expert in General Management. Michael joins an elite group of PGA Professionals who realize the importance of being among the best in our industry.


Congratulations to PGA members Michael Mann for completing the requirements for becoming certified in General Management and Golf Operations; Ryan Steel for becoming certified i Executive Management, and Frank Longabucco Jr. for earning his second certification in INstruction through the PGA Certified Professional Program.


Receive tournament updates via text. Simply text “PGATourny” to 69050 to receive updates on event deadlines, partnership announcements, event updates, etc. In addition, event participants will be able to receive updates from every event they enter. For example, if you are entered in the Pro-Official, simply text “Pro-Official” to 69050 to receive updates on pairings, results, partners, rain delays, etc. Key words for each event will be e-mailed to each event registrant after the deadline. Please contact the Section office with any questions.


South Florida PGA Professionals and Apprentices wishing to play in three or more Section proonly events are required to purchase a Tournament Player’s Card. The remaining events apply: Global Golf Sales Tournament Series #3, Pro-Pro Championship presented by Polo and Section Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas. It is important to note that you must purchase your Player’s Card prior to registering for any events or the system will not recognize that you have purchased one. Please click here to purchase your Player’s Card online.



As a reminder, the South Florida PGA Professional Championship, which serves as a qualifier for the National Championship will be held September 28-29 at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club and the deadline to register is Wednesday, July 6th at 5:00 pm. Members can register online at www. or or by calling (800) 474-2776.


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If your tournament winnings need to be paid to a corporation instead of to yourself: 1. It is important that you completely fill out all the corporation information correctly while registering online. If the information is not complete, then your corporation will not be paid. 2. You can even have your corporation paid when mailing in your entry - just make note of it on the paper entry form before mailing into the PGA of America. 3. Notify the Section office with all your corporation information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the tournament office at (561) 729-0544.

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“I’d give up golf if I didn’t have so many sweaters.” Bob Hope comedian


The George W. Bush Presidential Center announced May 31 the formation of the Warrior Open, a two-day golf tournament, Oct. 1011, featuring members of the U.S. Armed Forces who served their country honorably and were severely wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. “As Commander-in-chief, I had the honor to see first-hand the commitment and patriotism of our military,” said President Bush. “I continue to be inspired by the courage of those who have volunteered to wear our nation’s uniform in times of danger.” The Warrior Open is a 36-hole competition hosted at Las Colinas Country Club in Dallas. The tournament will honor all those who serve and sacrifice to defend the United States of America, and will herald the many organizations that give their time, talents and resources to support the men and women of our military and their families. (cont on next column...)

(...cont from bottom left) The PGA of America, which connects its 27,000 men and women professionals to veterans through a variety of golf rehabilitative programs, is a supporter of the Warrior Open. The PGA encourages all eligible veterans that meet the criteria for the competition to submit an application to be considered for the tournament field. Applicants can also contact their local PGA Professionals who are affiliated with military golf programs or who are employed by golf facilities at U.S. military bases. Applications for the tournament must be submitted via by July 15, 2011. To qualify for the Warrior Open, applicants must: • Have a verifiable Golf Handicap Index of 20 or less per USGA rules; • Have been seriously injured in the war on terror; • Be active-duty, retired or honorably discharged; and, • Be able to provide either a valid and current Uniform Services Identification Card, or separation form DD214. Through the Warrior Open, the George W. Bush Presidential Center seeks to highlight the bravery and commitment of U.S. servicemen and women, and place an enduring spotlight on the sacrifice troops and their families make for our freedom. For more information on the tournament, please visit For more information on the George W. Bush Presidential Center, please visit or the Bush Center’s Facebook page at www.facebook. com/TheBushCenter.

BIG THANKS!! Thanks to the following facilities and individuals for their help in raising funds for the South Florida PGA Foundation and the Habitat For Humanity Project: Neal Golding Glenn Hall, PGA Bob Ford, PGA Ronald Hermance Powerchute Software TM Olde Florida Golf Club Tuscany Reserve Golf Club John Pallot Golf Academy The Club at Admirals Cove Stoneybrook Golf Club - Joshua Ross Del Tura Country Club The Sanctuary Golf Club Oriole Golf Club Lost Tree Club West Bay Club


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We need volunteers for the Marlins Golf Day 2011. If interested, please contact Meredith Schecter at 561-729-0544.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 7 TH Festivities start at 11:30 AM - Strike Zone (Gate H) First Pitch at 1:10 PM A portion from each ticket purchased through this online offer will benefit Bunkers in Baghdad. Come to the Strike Zone early for pregame festivities. • Donate your old golf clubs and golf balls (Outside Gate H) • Free 10-minute golf lessons courtesy of the South Florida PGA • Raffles, giveaways & demos Bunkers in Baghdad is a not-for-profit charity that collects and sends new and used golf balls, clubs and equipment to our troops currently serving in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bunkers also supplies golf equipment to Wounded Warriors Programs around the country to aid in the rehabilitation of our injured veterans.











To purchase tickets: Enter special offer code: GOLF For more information, contact Bray LaDow at groups @ or 305.626.7234.


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Tee it Forward Initiative

We're excited that TEE IT FORWARD, the new national initiative supported by The PGA of America and the USGA, has been enthusiastically received by PGA Professionals and the golfing community. The PGA of America launched TEE IT FORWARD during the week of the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Some basic reminders: * TEE IT FORWARD takes place July 5-17 at golf facilities nationwide, but your customers really can TEE IT FORWARD anytime. * TEE IT FORWARD helps golfers play from tees best suited to their game. That can mean more fun and maybe faster rounds. As an official TEE IT FORWARD host facility, the most important thing you need to do is encourage golfers to play from tees best suited to their abilities.

make the game more fun. The PGA and the USGA will provide you with materials to help you promote TEE IT FORWARD to your customers. Driver Distance 18 Hole Yardages 275 6,700 - 250 6,200 - 225 5,800 - 200 5,200 - 175 4,400 - 150 3,500 - 125 2,800 - 100 2,100 -

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If you have any questions, please contact the Player Development Department, Joe Canny via email at or (561) 630-1705.

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pga professional championship Congratulations to our 10 South Florida PGA Professionals who qualified for the 44th PGA Professional Championship at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, PA. Among the 312 qualifiers were Keith Burt, Chris Campbell, Rod Curl Jr., Ed Humenik, John Lee, JD Murray, Derek Niszczak, Paul Scaletta, Jerry Tucker and John Wade. Paul Scaletta from Jupiter tied for 56th. Click HERE for more information on the PGA Professional Championship. 5


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tournament news Pro - Assistant

The team of Rafael Floriani and Jamie Fordyce, representing PGA Golf Properties, shot a combined 17 under par over two days of competition to win the Pro-Assistant Championship presented by Cutter & Buck and supported by Global Golf Sales, Mizuno and Golf Buddy. The first round leaders improved on the previous day’s effort of 64 by firing a 9 under par 63 today to win the championship by three strokes. The Pro-Assistant Championto R: Mark Peterson, John Hughes, Jamie Fordyce, PGA, Arlen ship is a 36-hole four-ball stroke play competition which LBento, Rafael Floirani, Craig Martin, General Manager, Glenn Hall, took place at St. Andrews Country Club – Olde Course in PGA, Paul Clivio, PGA Boca Raton, Florida. Tied for second were the teams of Kevin Murphy and Scott Turner from McArthur Golf Club and Danny St Louis and Richard Terga of The Breakers who each shot a two day total of 130. There were 42 teams in the competition. Very special thanks to host St. Andrews Country Club - Olde Course and PGA Professionals Glenn Hall, Paul Clivio, Terry Farino & Benjamin Bauer.

E-Z-GO South Florida Open

Alan Morin finished a final round of four over par 76 June 1416 at Colony Golf & Country Club to win the 27th annual E-ZGO South Florida PGA Open.

L to R: Bob Radunz, PGA General Manager, MIchael Russing, Alan Morin, PGA, John Baughman

At 210, Morin, an assistant professional at The Falls Country Club, Lake Worth, won by a stroke over three players: Joe Allinder of Bonita Springs, Richard Terga of Palm Beach Gardens and Jerry Tucker of Stuart. All three shot 70 the final round for 211. Continued on next page...


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...It was Morin’s 15th SFPGA victory, his second this year. He won the Southeast Classic in May at the Club at Emerald Hills in Hollywood. He also won the South Florida Open in 2004. Tucker holds the SFPGA career record of 17 wins. Morin, 41, shot 65-69 the first two rounds, at the par72 Colony and the nearby par-71 Raptor Bay Golf Club, to lead by four heading into the final round. He earned $3,342.08, including $550 in the optional bonus pool. The field of 115 included some seniors who played in both divisions for an additional entry fee. Everyone played one round each at Colony and Raptor Bay the first two days. The final round was at Colony. The senior division winner over 36 holes was Jerry Impellittiere of Palm City, who shot 69 at Raptor Bay and 71 at Colony for 140.

Michael Russing, John Baughman, Low Amateur Winner Jimmy Othus, Alan Morin, PGA, Jeff Barrett, Kevin Holt, Bob Radunz

Above: Meredith Schuler hosting a kids activity at the E-Z-GO South Florida Open Social Right / Below: practicing shots at the Social

Above: Brian Schuler, Geoff Lofstead and Andrew Miller observing the activities from the balcony


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Junior Tour #5 presented by The Honda Classic Presented by:

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The South Florida PGA Junior Tour presented by the Honda Classic hosted Event #5 at Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in Aventura.. The event featured 104 golfers playing 36 holes on the Miller course. Derron Peyton of Boynton Beach claimed his 3rd Overall Boys title in a row on Sunday, finishing 70-69 for a 139. Stephen McPoyle of Lake Worth also carded a 69 for Sunday, finishing second with a 141. Marco Fratini of Coral Springs had the low round of the tournament with a 4-under 66. Fratini finished 3rd with a 142. Notable mentions: Sean Smothers of Coconut Creek got his first hole in one on #17 on Saturday; 150 yards with a 9 iron. Also, Tim Cahill of Royal Palm Beach Robert Butler and Garret Edwards shake hands after shot a 69 on Sunday. Round 1

The Girls Overall title came down to a playoff between Annie Dulman of Palm Beach Gardens and Jamie Freedman of Miami. Dulman claimed victory on the 1st playoff hole with a par. Both girls finished with a 2-day score of 147. Claudia De Antonio shot a 68 Sunday to claim third place with a 148. Charlie Kennerly of Jupiter finished with a 71-70 to claim his 1st win this season in the Boys 12-13 age division. Following close behind was Ty Strafaci of Davie with a 143, and Justin Zweibel of Boca Raton with a 151. In the Girls 12-13 Age Division, Emily Faulker of Palm City, also claimed her 3rd title in a row with a 154. Valeria Sofia of Hallandale Beach finished 2nd with a 159, while Zora Gittens of Parkland finished 3rd with a 162.

The South Florida PGA Junior Tour is proudly presented by The Honda Classic & supported by Allianz Championship, Club Med Golf Academy, Don Law Golf Academy, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, The Men’s Fun Group at Mirasol, Oakley and Titleist.

Bob Coman, PGA with winners from the Girls 14-15 and 16-18 Divisions

Bob Coman, PGA with Overall Winners Annie Dulman and Derron Peyton


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Junior PGA Championship Presented by:

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Stephano Diaz of Miami, FL and Valentina Herrera of Plantation, FL won the 2011 South Florida Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Heritage F.S.E. Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21-22 at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, FL.

By winning the boys’ and girls’ divisions respectively, Diaz and Herrera qualified for the 36th Junior PGA Championship, Presented by Under Armour and Heritage F.S.E., Aug. 2-5, 2011, at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. Diaz 17, post-

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tina Herrera ed a final-round 67 for a twoday total of 135 and a 1-stroke victory over Sean Smothers of Coconut Creek. Herrera, 16, had a final-round 73 for a two-day total of 146 and a 4-stroke victory over Claudia De Antonio of Weston.

In addition to the 36 hole event, there were 19 competitors in the 12 & Under division that played 9 holes on Tuesday. Justin Zwiebel was the boy’s champion with a score of 35, while Dana Williams won the girl’s divsion with a 37. The boy’s 2nd and 3rd place came down to a match of cards for a 36, with Hamilton Long finishing over Andrew Kozan. In the girls division Story Shaw finished 2nd with a 39, while Tanya Eathakotti finishing 3rd with a 42. The Junior PGA Championship, Presented by Under Armour and Heritage F.S.E., is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 PGA Sections, winners of the nine PGA Junior Series events and a few other national junior tournaments conducted throughout the year and special invitees who have yet not reached their 19th birthdays and who have not started college. The Junior PGA Championship, Presented by Under Armour and Heritage F.S.E., has traditionally been a steppingstone for many of today’s PGA and LPGA Tour professionals as well as current collegiate stars. Past Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone on to successful professional careers include: Stewart Cink, In-Bee Park, Jim Furyk, Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Anthony Kim, Dottie Pepper, Justin Leonard, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Sean O’Hair, Grace Park, Scott Verplank, David Toms, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods. Sean Smothers in the lead group with a long birdie putt


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This spring has been one of the driest on record for many years and you don’t have to be a weather man to know it to be true. Just take a ride around some of the golf courses in south Florida and you will quickly see the lake levels are at an all-time low. On one hand you’ve got the superintendents hoping, praying, wishing for rain and on the other you’ve got the golfer who is enjoying the hard, fast playing conditions a drought brings. In addition to a drought changing the playing conditions, I’ve witnessed on numerous occasions players taking advantage of Rule 26-2 which would not have been previously possible without Mother Nature’s help. So I’ve decided to devote this months’ segment entirely to explaining Rule 26-2. Before diving in to Rule 26-2, I think it’s important to mention Rule 13-4, Ball in a Hazard, Prohibited Actions. This rule tells us that before the player makes a stroke at a ball which is located in a hazard he cannot, “(a) test the condition of the hazard or any similar hazard, (b) touch the ground in the hazard or water in the water hazard with his hand or a club, or (c) touch or move any loose impediment lying in or touching the same hazard.” Like most rules of golf, Rule 13-4 has several Exceptions and a Note. The Exceptions are as follows: “(1) Provided nothing is done that constitutes testing the condition of the hazard or improves the lie of the ball, there is no penalty if the player (a) touches the ground or loose impediments in any hazard or water in a water hazard as a result of or to prevent falling, in removing an obstruction, in measuring or in marking the position of, retrieving, lifting, placing or replacing a ball under any Rule or (b) places his clubs in a hazard. (2) After making the stroke, if the ball is still in the hazard or has been lifted from the hazard and may be dropped or placed in the hazard, the player may smooth sand or soil in the hazard, provided nothing is done to breach Rule 13-2 with respect to his next stroke. If the ball is outside the hazard after the stroke, the player may smooth sand or soil in the hazard without restriction. (3) If the player makes a stroke from a hazard and the ball comes to rest in another hazard,

Rule 13-4a does not apply to any subsequent actions taken in the hazard from which the stroke was made.” The Note to Rule 13-4 says, “At any time, including at address or in the backward movement for the stroke, the player may touch, with a club or otherwise, any obstruction, any construction declared by the Committee to be an integral part of the course or any grass, bush, tree or other growing thing.” As you can see there is a lot that goes into Rule 13-4 and a player should have a working knowledge of this Rule before going down into a water hazard to play his ball. Ok, so your tee shot comes to rest in a dried up area of a lateral water hazard. You play your ball from the hazard further into the hazard to an area where it is clearly unplayable. What are your options? Your first of many would be to drop a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the ball was last played inside the hazard incurring a penalty of one stroke. Secondly, the player could drop a ball outside the hazard under penalty of one stroke using the spot where the ball last crossed the hazard margin as their reference point for taking relief under 26-1b or 26-1c. And finally, the player may under penalty of one stroke play a ball as nearly as possible from the spot which the last stroke from outside the water hazard was made. In this case, that would be the tee box. In all three options, the player would be playing his forth stroke. Now what would happen if the player dropped his ball in the hazard and it rolled into an unplayable situation? So you’ve drop your ball in the hazard only to watch it roll into the water or behind a rock making it impossible to play. What do you do now? Assuming a re-drop isn’t warranted under Rule 20-2c(vi) or 20-2c(vii), the player may drop a ball outside the hazard under Rule 26-1a, 26-1b or 26-1c incurring an additional penalty stroke. The player would be playing his fifth stroke because he has made two strokes, incurred a penalty for hitting his ball from the hazard further into the hazard and an additional penalty for dropping his ball in the hazard and not being able to play it. In this particular case, would the player who dropped his ball in the hazard only to watch it roll into a position from which it was unplayable be permitted to re-drop in the hazard? Well, I’m not sure why the player would want to take that risk but Rule 26-2a(i) requires the player to drop a ball outside the hazard when taking relief from this particular situation. It is important to note that a player may not deem his ball unplayable in a water hazard. He must proceed under 26-1. Now, what would your options be if instead of hitting your ball further into the hazard you actually hit your ball out of bounds? Your first option would be to drop your ball in the hazard from the spot which you just played from incurring a penalty of one stroke. You would be playing your forth shot. Your second and third options require you to add an additional penalty stroke. Those options are to proceed under Rule 26-1b or 26-1c, dropping a ball outside the hazard and using the point where the ball last crossed the hazard margin after a stroke from outside the hazard (the tee shot in this case) as your reference point for taking relief. You would be playing your fifth stroke. Unlike Rule 26-2a (ii) and (iii), Rule 26-2b (ii) and (iii) make you add an additional penalty to drop a ball outside the hazard. The reason for the difference is found in Rule 27-1b. 27-1b requires a player who has hit his ball out of


upcoming events bounds to drop his ball at the spot from where the original was played. In the examples given, the original spot is inside the hazard. So in order for the player to get outside the hazard, he has to give up another stroke. Parts of Rule 26-2 can be complicated and I hope I haven’t added any confusion to an already complex Rule through my examples. I know personally it took me several readings of the Rule before I was comfortable with it. For further clarification I would recommend reading Decisions 26-2/1 and 26-2/2. These two Decisions do an excellent job through diagrams of explaining the rule and relief options.

PGA member benefit corner Traveling This Summer? You and your immediate family are eligible for the Delta Air Lines discount program, which guarantees you 2% - 10% off all domestic fares and numerous international discounts to Europe. The specific percentage discount is based on the fare class you purchase. The discounts are available on all Delta Air Lines, KLM and Air France flights and are valid for business and personal travel. To book a reservation online, click For Business Travel To book a reservation over the phone, please call Premier Golf at (800) 283-4653 or Stephanie Kindig at (561) 624-8506. Please note there are fees for certain travel packages. In addition, you are also eligible to receive an exclusive travel discount program of 10 percent off when purchasing a vacation to any Delta Vacations destination. For further information on the Delta Vacations Program, please click here. For more information on benefits you receive as a PGA Professional, please visit PGA Links and click on Benefits.

July 5-6 Junior Tour #6 Presented by The Honda Classic Supported by Titleist, Don Law Golf Academy, Club Med Golf Academy, Palm Beach Sports Commission, Allianz Championship and The Fun Group at Mirasol at Coral Ridge Country Club July 7-8 Pro-Pro Presented by Polo Supported by GolfBuddy, Ocean Reef Resort, Titleist / Footjoy & Global Golf Sales at Ocean Reef Club July 11 Player Ability Test at Plantation Preserve Golf Course July 13-14 Junior Tour #15 Presented by The Honda Classic Supported by Titleist, Don Law Golf Academy, Club Med Golf Academy, Palm Beach Sports Commission, Allianz Championship and The Fun Group at Mirasol at Fort Lauderdale CC - South July 18 Senior-Super Senior Event Supported by The PGA TOUR at Indian Spring CC - West July 19-20 Junior Tour #7 Presented by The Honda Classic Supported by Titleist, Don Law Golf Academy, Club Med Golf Academy, Palm Beach Sports Commission, Allianz Championship and The Fun Group at Mirasol at La Playa Golf Course July 22 Pro-Scratch Presented by Powerchute Supported by Mobile Proshop at Broken Sound Old Course


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