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Topics Newsletter Volume 29 Number 6


Table of contents 3 - Pros-On-the-Go 4 - Let’s Get Social 5 - New Staff Additions 6 - Thanks to our Partners 7 - #THXPGAPRO 8 - 2019 Annual Awards 9 - Interview with 2018 PGA Professional of the Year, Ken McMaster, PGA 10-11 - Pros on Tour 12 - Career Corner with Kathy Grayson 14 - Interview with Outgoing Section President Don Meadows, PGA 15 - Section Events 16-17 - Like Father, Like Son 18 - Tournament Schedule

PRESIDENT Don Meadows, PGA VICE PRESIDENT Karl Bublitz, PGA SECRETARY Scott Kirkwood, PGA IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Mark VanDyck, PGA ISLAND CHAPTER PRESIDENT Tony Loyola, PGA SOUTHEAST CHAPTER PRESIDENT

Paul Clivio, PGA

SOUTHERN CHAPTER PRESIDENT

Shane Warriner, PGA

SOUTHWEST CHAPTER PRESIDENT

Bill Harley, PGA

SOUTHEAST CHAPTER AT-LARGE Bill Scott, PGA SOUTHERN CHAPTER AT-LARGE Steve Jablonowski, PGA SOUTHWEST CHAPTER AT-LARGE Bob Radunz, PGA

20 - Foundation Updates 21 - HOPE Classic 22 - Foundation Trustee 23 - SFPGA Junior Golf Tour Levels 24 - Junior Golf Staff 26 - 2019 DCP Schedule 27 - Birdie Club in 2019 28 - Partner News 29 - Rules with Brett 30 - Inside Scoop

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Geoff Lofstead[ ADVISORY BOARD Paul Anderson Matt Lambert Ken Kennerly Donna Parlapiano Steve Sponder Joe Steranka


pro milestones PROS - ON - THE - GO Tyler Cohen, PGA Kristine Connell, PGA Kevin Dorsch, PGA Matthew Eisener, PGA Douglas Fisher, PGA Scott Gottko, PGA Jeffrey Gowell, PGA Gary Gumlaw, PGA Scott Hall, PGA Brent Hutchinson, PGA Gregory Long, PGA Frankie Martinez, PGA Anthony Osborn, PGA Conner Risi, PGA Ricardo Ronderos, PGA Adam Southworth, PGA Troy Speckman, PGA Mike Spurr, PGA Charles Starrs, PGA Charles Taylor, PGA

A-8 The Polo Club of Boca Raton from Student A-1 Worthington Country Club from A-8 A-6 John Prince Learning Center from A-14 A-8 PGA National Golf Club from B-8 A-13 Esplanada G&CC of Naples from Georgia Section A-4 The Club at Renaissance from B-4 A-1 The Club at Renaissance from B-1 A-1 Royal Wood Golf & Country Club from A-8 A-6 St. Andrew’s Country Club from B-6 B-8 Gulf Harbour Yacht & CC from B-8 Collier’s Rsv CC A-4 Royal Wood Golf & Country Club from A-8 A-8 Grove XXII from A-8 Connecticut Section A-8 Olde Hickory Golf & Country Club from Student A-8 JW Marriott MI- Hammock Bay G&CC from Student A-6 Miami Shores Country Club from B-6 A-8 Pelican’s Nest Golf Club from Student A-13 San Carlos Golf Club from A-8 A-8 Arrowhead Golf Course from A-8 Bonita Bay Club A-8 Fisher Island Club from B-8 A-8 Deep Creek Golf Club from Student

QUARTER CENTURY Ric Nalyd, PGA Bobby Clampett, PGA Philip Grear, PGA Joseph Groch, PGA Brian Gurzynski, PGA JJ Sehlke, PGA

HALF CENTURY A-8 LM A-8 A-11 A-8 A-13

Roger Van Dyke, PGA

CONGRATULATIONS to all professionals & associates for their accomplishments and career advancements. We are proud to have you in our section!


Nobody – but nobody – has ever become really proficient at golf without practice, without doing a lot of thinking and then hitting a lot of shots. It isn’t so much a lack of talent; it’s a lack of being able to repeat good shots consistently that frustrates most players. And the only answer to that is practice. - Jack Nicklaus


staff updates Ellen Breighner

Junior Golf Coordinator We invite you to welcome two new members of our team that will be joining our staff. Pictured to the left, Ellen Breighner recently joined the South Florida PGA and as a Junior Golf Coordinator. Ellen comes from Lost Tree Club where she has been working on the golf staff. Prior to her employment at Lost Tree Club, Ellen played collegiate golf at Kent State University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in Sports Administration. During her time at Kent State she served on the Student Athletic Advisory Council while being named to the Academic All-MAC. In her role as Junior Golf Coordinator, Ellen will oversee Drive, Chip and Putt, PGA Jr League and Team Golf, while assisting with all other junior golf programming as well. With a degree in communications, she will handle all junior golf communication distributed throughout the year.

Jackie Hobson

Communications Manager

The South Florida PGA is excited to announce that Jackie Hobson will be joining our team as our new Communications Manager. For the past two years Jackie has served as the Communications Coordinator for the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona where she will relocate from in late April. She attended the Ohio State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and this month will graduate from Grand Canyon University with a master’s degree in business administration.

In addition to her work at the Fiesta Bowl, Jackie has also worked for the NCAA in their Public and Media Relations Department, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Columbus Blue Jackets. As Communications Manager, she will oversee all things as it relates to email, print and social media content sent out from the Section office. She will work closely with all departments to ensure consistent, accurate and fresh content is distributed throughout the year while striving to find ways to continue to connect with the membership and keep up with the ever-evolving methods of communication. We look forward to Jackie joining our team on May 6th as she will assist in the continued development of our communications and marketing.


Presenting Partners Argolf USA Birdie Box Club Benchmarking Club Car Cobra / PUMA Cut Cutter & Buck Discover Global Networks Earth Networks E-Z-GO/Textron FootJoy Global Golf Sales/GolfPride GolfBuddy/Saint 9 Li Navigators Golf Life Honma JaniKing Lincoln Motor Company National Car Rental Omega Pepsi P The PGA Tour Tagmarshal TechnoGym The Honda Classic Tire Kingdom Titleist Yamaha

Supporting Partners

Ahead Antigua Arete Industries Bushnell Golf Cadillac Callaway Golf Celtic Golf Chase 54 DLL Don Law Golf Academy Donald Ross EZLinks G Galvin Green Golf Advisor Golf Scorecards, Inc. Great Greenz & TeeZ Heritage Creations International Signs John Deere Linksoul Mirasol Men’s Fun Group New Era Caps NFP / Hole-In-One USA Nike Golf Nike Junior Golf Camps Oasis Championship Palm Beach County Sports Commission PGA National Golf Resort & Spa Precise Yardage Books Precision Pro Golf Pukka PXG Quail Valley Golf Club Ranger Ready Repellent Signature Golf Each and every year countless organizations support Srixon/Cleveland/XXIO SuperSpeed Golf the many programs we administer through the Section TaylorMade Golf and Foundation. WIthout their support our programs TrueSpec would not be possible. To view complete contact TurfHound informationfor company representatives Whistling St Straits/Kohler Experience visit www.sfpgagolf.com/partners. Winners Award Group


#thxpgapro Thanks are in order to all of the many PGA Professionals that made the following events such a success for our Section!

#WGD2019

In February the South Florida PGA hosted two events to promote involving women in the game of golf. Women’s Golf Day is a free event to women of all golf skill levels, with group instruction taught by PGA & LPGA Professionals. Saturday, February 3rd over 200 women took over Bonita Bay Club’s practice facilities, finessing their golf skills. This is the seventh Women’s Golf Day hosted by the South Florida PGA on the west coast of Florida. Nearly thirty PGA and LPGA Professionals provided their expertise at three different stations of putting, short game and full swing on the driving range. At each station women received group and personal instruction from these professionals. To cap off the event, Megan Padua, PGA an Assistant Professional at Bonita Bay Club gave a putting clinic while women enjoyed a cocktail reception provided by Bonita Bay Club. Padua, one of Golf Digest Best Young Teachers in America and one of the Top 50 LPGA Teachers, provided games and drills to practice their recently acquired putting techniques and recommended women putt more like Wonder Woman. Saturday, February 16th had 100 women stretched across the entire length of the driving range and peppering the chipping green of Jupiter Country Club. This was the seventh annual Women’s Golf Day in Jupiter. Following the skills instruction, former LPGA Tour player, Barb Bunkowsky gave a group clinic showcasing her acclimated golf skills. Bunkowsky shared how she practices, what it was like playing on the LPGA Tour and answered questions including proper club fitting practices for the average female golfer. To complete the day, the host facility invited all into the clubhouse for a cocktail reception.

#HondaWWaP

Inside the ropes and keeping the pace, close to sixty PGA Professionals participated in Walk With a Pro this year. On February 27th during the Pro-Am round of the Honda Classic, our members served as ambassadors between the PGA Tour Professional and amateur participants. To see more images from the event CLICK HERE NOW.


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The 2019 Annual Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner will be held Nov. 12th

Note: You must be an active member in good standing in order to complete this form.

Deadline for submission is May 17th


2019 SFpga annual awards Annual Awards Nominations are now being accepted, and it is very important that you take a moment to nominate your peers who are making a difference in our Section through the game of golf. Last year, Ken McMaster, PGA Master Professional and General Manager at Miromar Lakes Golf Club in Miromar received the highest honor, Golf Professional of the Year. Here is what he had to say when asked about receiving this award. Q: What does it mean to you to receive this award? A: It is humbling to receive any accolade within our Association. The Golf Professional of the Year Award though, is special for many reasons. Primarily, I think it says a lot about our facility, ownership’s commitment to excellence, our club’s membership and the staff here at Miromar Lakes Golf Club. There are a lot of people who are a big part of our success and I am very grateful to them; they share the award with me. Q: How does it feel to be recognized by your peers by receiving this highest honor? A: To be nominated and selected by my peers is the part of this award that makes it the most special. We have a large Section, deep with talented PGA Professionals. I feel as though I have an obligation to continue to improve as a golf professional and I am committed to those who will come after me so that I might be a role model to them. Q: There are many great names that come before you on this award, can you elaborate on any of them? A: When you look at the list of past Golf Professional of the Year Award Winners there are many inspiring role models. Tom Wildenhaus comes to mind given his excellence as the long time professional at Olde Florida Golf Club and his service to the PGA of America. Of equal importance though is the friendship he has shown to people like myself along the way. Q: Why do you feel Section Awards are important? A: Section Awards are important for a variety of reasons. First, I feel it is essential that deserving people are recognized for their efforts; they provide necessary inspiration and guidance for other professionals. Additionally, to be recognized as a Section Award Winner is an honor that can have a positive impact on your career; be it with your current employer or during a future job search. A Section Award is a part of your resume that can make you stand out.

Previous Golf Professionals of the Year: Charles Griggs, Joe O’Rourke (2), Bob Komarinetz, Al Kihlstrom, Ed Rodgers, John Francis, Sandy Robertson, Chuck Johnson, Lynn Josephson, Iain Mossman, Gary Owens, Bobby Pollitt (2), Lou Thelk, Tim O’Neal, Mike McLellan, Gordy Powell, Laurie Hammer, Fred Harkness, Jim Kurtzeborn, Tim Miller, Bob Coman, John Nelson, Larry Gantzer, Dick Erick, Tom Hilliard, Tom Wildenhaus (2), Dan Gawronski, Jeff Raimer, Chris Toulson, Don Law, Karl Bublitz, Brian Peaper, Jim Butler, Warren Bottke and Mark VanDyck. The nomination deadline is May 17th. To submit your nominations for this year, CLICK HERE NOW! This year’s Annual Awards Dinner will be held November 12th, and we hope you will join us to recognize our 2019 Annual Award Winners. Note: Award Winners will be selected in September upon the conclusion of the application process.


on tour Four of the SFPGA’s best golfers took on the PGA TOUR By CRAIG DOLCH - Special To South Florida PGA     

Playing in a PGA Tour event is a dream-come-true for PGA Professionals.

    It’s also an opportunity – for better or worse – to step outside their comfort zone and test their skills against the world’s best players who concentrate solely on their games.       Andrew Filbert was having the time of his life in the first round of the Honda Classic. Filbert earned his spot in the elite field by winning Player of the Year honors in the South Florida PGA Section.       He was 1-over through seven holes on the Champion Course when he stepped to the tee of the par-3 17th, the last leg of the dreaded Bear Trap.      Filbert hit a soft 6-iron into the back-pin position and made birdie to elicit a loud cheer and move his score back to even par.      “It was quite a big crowd and a thrill to hear that,” Filbert said. “It showed I was more comfortable being out there.”      Alas, that birdie proved to be his last highlight. Filbert bogeyed the 18th hole, shot 44 on the front nine and signed for an 80.      He added a 77 in the second round and missed the cut in his second career PGA Tour start. But he took away lessons that far outweigh money.      “I was able to relax and be proud that I was representing the South Florida (PGA) Section,” he said. “I don’t know if had some mental fatigue late in those rounds, but it’s definitely an environment I’m not used to.”      Filbert got to experience how the other .0001 percent in golf lives, with a courtesy car, player dining and being asked by kids to sign autographs. That’s quite a contrast to his regular duties as an Assistant Professional at Royal Poinciana in Naples.     “It was a privilege and an honor,” Filbert said of being asked to sign autographs. “I try to be a role model. When I was their age, I was doing the same thing.”       Kyle Sanders also got off to a good start in the Puerto Rico Open, a spot he earned while winning the South Florida PGA Section Championship. He made an early birdie that was offset by two double bogeys while opening with a 75.     He was only two shots off the cut line. Sanders shot 78 in the second round and still beat a halfdozen former PGA Tour winners.     

Andrew Filbert, PGA

Kyle Sanders, PGA


Justin Bertsch, PGA

Ben DeArmond, PGA

“I played really well,” said Sanders, a former PGA Professional at the Fox Club in Palm City who now works for Fairway & Greene apparel. “Both rounds were the highest scores I could have shot. I just didn’t score well.      “Sometimes in golf, the little things don’t go your way. But it was obviously a great experience and I felt fortunate to check that box. Everybody who plays golf wants to play in a (PGA Tour) event someday.”      Sanders had an opportunity to play with a lot of PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions members during his days at the Fox Club. He wasn’t in awe when he played in Puerto Rico.       “The line between the guys who are out there and aren’t out there is so thin,” he said. “If you’re a little uncomfortable, all that means is you really care.”      Justin Bertsch, a PGA Professional at the Hideaway in Naples, had his opportunity to play in a PGA Tour event at the Co rales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. Bertsch won a section qualifier to advance. Justin Bertsch, the Head PGA Professional at the Hideaway in Naples, gets his first opportunity to play in a PGA Tour event next week at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. Bertsch won a section qualifier to advance.       “You do want to focus and give it your best, but managing your expectations are very important,” Bertsch said. “I’m going to be playing against the best players in the world, and I just finished running a Member-Guest. I just want to play well and see where it gets me.”     Ben DeArmond of Naples didn’t play in a PGA Tour event, but he made national news in a lessthan-desirable fashion. The Head PGA Professional at Treviso Bay played in a Web.com Tour event, last month’s LECOM Suncoast Classic, where he made a 17 on the second hole after hitting his first six tee shots into a hazard.      Undaunted, DeArmond played the rest of the round after posting the highest score on Web.com Tour history, and posted a 91, finishing with 10 pars and a bogey.       “I realize I made history in a bad way, but I didn’t quit,” said DeArmond, who shot 78 in the second round.      “Everyone has a bad day. Don’t quit. No matter what. Have the integrity to complete everything you do.”       DeArmond may have gotten outside his comfort zone on the second hole, but he was OK with the results. He fielded every media request afterward and even appeared on a radio show.      He didn’t quit.  


Kathy’s Corner PGA Career Services – Kathy Grayson “New PGA.org Beta Site” If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes of your time to visit the New PGA.org Beta Site. (Click the link at the top of the current PGA.org site). The PGA of America has been working diligently to give PGA.org a facelift, making it more user friendly and navigable with addition of sub-tabs under the main headings: Jobs, Director, Resources and News. Career Services is excited to have our own dedicated page where you can easily find any Career Consultant in any one of the 41 Sections. Also, there is a list of helpful career planning resources including a Career Toolkit, Case Studies, and sample documents. Of course, you are always welcome to contact me with any questions or for career management assistance. Please take the time to fill out the survey and give your feedback on the improvements made or those that have been missed!

Seasonal Job Opportunities If you are interested in a northern seasonal opportunity, please contact me. I am receiving calls daily from Northern clubs looking for good Assistants. A few of the opportunities NOT listed on PGA Job Board include: - - - -

Kalamazoo Country Club, Kalamazoo, Michigan – Assistant Professional Lake Forest Country Club, Ann Arbor, Michigan – Teaching Professional The Misquamicut Club, Watch Hill, RI – Assistant Professional Newport Country Club, Newport, VT – Assistant Professional

Additional questions pelase contact Kathy Grayson at kgrayson@pgahq.com or 239-207-9181.

JOIN US South Florida PGA Annual Meeting June 19th at Boca West Country Club Meeting from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Education from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM More Details to Come


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farewell mr. president As our 20th President, Don Meadow’s term comes to an end, we took a few minutes to interview him and hear about lessons learned and what he wishes to pass along to the membership. Q: What is your greatest memory as Section President? A: In all seriousness, wouldn’t say one thing stood about to me during my presidency, would say it has been all equally memorable over the past 8 years being both a committee leader and then going through the officer chairs.  I think being involved and participating in the Chapter, Section and National functions has been both educational and given me a great opportunity to know our Section Staff better and meet many great Golf professionals and that probably has been my most positive memory and experience. Q: Why did you choose to get involved?  A: In other Sections that I had been a part of prior to moving to South Florida I had served in different capacities within Section/Chapter governance as I had enjoyed playing in events and attending educational seminars and so it was natural to me to get in and help if I could in any way.  Once I came to South Florida I had mentioned to a few that if there was a need for assistance in any way that I would be willing to help in any way that I could and an opportunity presented itself and was a good fit for my position here at Quail Valley.  Q: Would you or why would you encourage others to get involved? A: Of course- and I don’t think you have to be involved as a Section officer to give back- I think there are many ways- host an event at your facility, volunteer your time at any of the many opportunities that the Section and Chapter have.  Through this involvement you meet and see some of the wonderful things that our Section is doing as well as get to know other fellow PGA Golf Professionals.  If the opportunity exist at your facility to be even more involved as a Section leader and you have a desire to serve others in our organization- then by all means getting involved in Chapter and Section governance will be something you will truly enjoy. Q: What has been your greatest accomplishment as an officer?  A: In all seriousness, I don’t think I can take credit for any of the things that have taken place over the past 8 years- our success now and over the past 8 years is due to the hard work and efforts of our Section Leadership and also was set up by the previous officers who had the vision to set up our Section/Chapter and Foundations in a manner which now allows us to have the success we have. Q: How was your time on the board helped you and your career?  A: As mentioned above, just being around and seeing some of the finest Golf Professionals not only in our Section but in the country conduct themselves on a day to day basis and having the opportunity to “steal” some of the ideas that they are doing at their facility and possibly bring those ideas to Quail Valley has been impactful.  Q: What has your time on the board meant to you?  A: Along with growing as a Professional, I believe I have grown as a person in watching the way many of our Golf Professionals conduct themselves on a day to day basis both at their facilities and off the course.  I cannot say enough positive things about the PGA Golf Professionals that I have had the opportunity to get to know while being on the board as well as my thoughts about those within the Section office.  Q: How do you plan to stay involved outside of being a past president?  A: My plans are to continue to help the Chapter and Section in any way that I possibly can- either here at Quail Valley or in volunteer opportunities.  I love being a PGA Golf Professional- I am at an amazing facility and in an incredible Section- I feel blessed and will continue to give back in any way that is both possible and needed. 

Don has been a true asset to the Section and we cannot thank him enough for his dedicated service.


section events This year marks an election year for Section office. Reigning Vice President Karl Bublitz and Secretary Scott Kirkwood will be running for the seats of President and Vice President, respectively. At this time there are two candidates who declared their intent to run for the office of Secretary: Tony Chateauvert, PGA and Neil Lockie, PGA. Any other interested individuals must make their intentions known by providing a written statement to Executive Director Geoff Lofstead (glofstead@pgahq.com) no later than May 8th. Section Officers serve for eight consecutive years, with two-year terms as Secretary, Vice President, President and Immediate Past President. There will be an absentee ballot process. Therefore, members will not be permitted to run from the floor for the meeting.

Southern Chapter Meeting On April 1st, 2019, the Southern Chapter of the South Florida PGA held their annual Spring Meeting at Trump National Doral kicking off the 2019 season. 44 members started the day with a very educational seminar at the Rick Smith Golf School followed by the Meeting of the Membership. During the meeting, members enjoyed hearing from Mark VanDyck, PGA District 13 Director; Scott Kirkwood, PGA Section Secretary; Geoff Lofstead, Section Executive Director; and Kathy Grayson, Career Consultant. After the meeting, 18 members participated in a friendly round Shane wariner, PGA; Scott Kirkwood, PGA; Steve on the notorious Blue Monster to finish out the day. The jablonowski, PGA; and Mark VanDyck, PGA Southern Chapter is proud to announce the new board of directors that were sworn in during the meeting: Shane Warriner, PGA President; Marty Caifano, PGA Vice President; Adam Scrimenti, PGA Secretary; and Steve Jablonowski, PGA Member At-Large. The Section and Southern Chapter would like to graciously thank Santos Caceres, PGA for his commitment and service as President for the past two years.

Upcoming Chapter Meetings Spring Meeting May 20, 2019 Heritage Palms Golf & CC

Spring Meeting April 22, 2019 The Club At Ibis


Like father, Like son The two dynamic duos of Father-and-Son prove how golf is a family affair. By CRAIG DOLCH Special to South Florida PGA      

As the son of a PGA Professional, Roger Kennedy Jr. only knew life through the prism of golf.

     Going to his dad’s pro shop when he was a toddler. Spending his summers at the range. Watching his father interact with customers, both parties always leaving with a smile.         If the younger Kennedy followed his father into golf, it would be as a touring pro, not a club professional. Or so he thought.        “It wasn’t until I go out of college and the mini-tours didn’t pan out, I thought about becoming a PGA Professional,” Roger Jr. said. “I realized that would be a good option for me. I never felt like my dad wanted me to become a club pro. I could have done other things. All he wanted was for me to be happy.”      Dan McClellan’s career choice was made much earlier. Before he was even a teenager, he wanted to be like Mike – Mike McClellan, his father, a PGA Professional.       “I knew when I was 12, I wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps,” McClellan said. “I never wanted to be a touring pro. I wanted to work at a facility. For me, family was always important.”       Different routes, but the same destination.      The Kennedys and the McClellans are rare father-son duos who not only work in the same business, but in the South Florida PGA Section. How cool is that?       The elder Kennedy was the head professional at Pompano Beach Municipal Course from 1969-92 and has helped a dozen PGA Professionals reach the upper echelon of the business, including his son, Roger, who is the director of golf at the Country Club at Mirasol.      “I’m just proud of the job he does at Mirasol,” Kennedy Sr. said. “He’s a great club professional. I can’t believe how well he plays because he rarely practices. He puts his family and his job first.”      Mike McClellan has been the director of golf at Indian Spring Golf Club in Boynton Beach for 13 years. Dan was hired by John Webster at the Breakers to become an academy instructor and Dan also teaches the golf teams at state-finalist Oxbridge High School and Palm Beach Day. JOhn Webster, PGA with Dan & Mike McClellan, PGA


Roger Kennedy Jr, PGA & Roger Kennedy Sr, PGA

  

“I didn’t know he would get into the business, but John took him under his wing,” Mike McClellan said. “I wasn’t going to push him. But it meant the world to me that he wanted to become a PGA Professional.”

    

The Kennedys couldn’t have worked at different clubs. Roger, 77, worked at a municipal where plenty of his business came off the street. Roger Jr., 53, works at a high-end club that boasts two golf courses, once hosted the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic and probably stages 60 events a year for its members.

    

But there are commonalities that work for both PGA Professionals.

   

“I just remember seeing when I was a junior at Pompano how my dad handled people and his members with his customer service,” Roger Jr. said. “Not only his attention to detail with the tournaments he ran, but the way he made every customer feel special. That’s why I try to emulate.”

    His dad could play, too. He was chosen Player of the Year in the South Florida Section four times (1980, 1981, 1982, 1985) and once as a senior (1992). When Roger qualified for majors, his son was at his side (and sometimes his wife, Joyce, would serve as the calligrapher in scoring).      “Golf is at a different time,” Roger Sr. said. “I gave a lot more lessons when I worked. My son is much more involved in the club, he has way more administrative duties.       The best part of the deal is when the Kennedys get to play together on the golf course. It doesn’t happen as often as both would like, but they enjoy every swing.      “I just can’t believe we’re now competing in the senior-super seniors,” Roger Jr. said with a laugh.         While Mike McClellan runs a club and his son teaches a golfer how to swing it, they enjoy being in the same industry and section. That doesn’t happen often in life.      “It’s like a dream come true,” Mike McClellan said. “I didn’t follow my father, who was an engineer at Fiberglass. I hated being inside. He understood.”       The McClellans have won a trio of Father-Son Tournaments in Vero Beach, so they work well together on the golf course.       It seemed ordained they would both work in the golf industry in South Florida.       “I don’t like at it like I’m following my father’s footsteps,” Dan said. “I look at it as fulfilling a legacy. My dad always talked about how important it was to grow the game through juniors, and that’s something I’m able to do every day.” 


April 17th - Club Car Pro-Official - St. Andrews Country Club May 6th - 7th - Fort Lauderdale Open - Grande Oaks Golf Club May 13th-15th - South Florida Senior Open - Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club at Old Trail May 17th - Tire Kingdom SFPGA Foundation Pro-Am - Lost Tree Club June 10th - Senior Series Pro-Pro - Country Club of Coral Springs June 14th - Pro-Assistant - Imperial Golf Club June 24th - Tournament Series #1 - Bonita Bay Club June 25th - 27th - E-Z-GO / Textron South Florida Open - Bonita Bay Club June 29th - Cobra/PUMA Pro-Junior - The Wanderers Club at Wellington July 8th - 9th - Yamaha Pro-Pro - Naples Beach Hotel & Club / Pelican Marsh July 22nd - Yamaha Junior Senior - Hunters Run Golf & Racquet Club July 26th - Pro-Scratch - Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club at Old Trail August 5-th - 6th - Assistants Championship - The Quarry August 20th- 21st - Senior Section Championship - Turtle Creek Club August 23rd - E-Z-GO / Textron Pro-Superintendent - Broken Sound - Old Course September 16th - Tournament Series #2 - Bent Pine Golf Club September 17th-19th - SFPGA Section Professional Championship - Quail Valley Golf Club & Bent Pine Golf Club

October 1st - Global Golf Sales Cup - Mayacoo Lakes Country Club October 10th - Bobby Goodman Pro-Am - Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club October 11th - 13th - Naples Beach Club Sr Open - Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club October 15th - 16th - Challenge Cup Matches - North Florida PGA October 28th - 29th - Senior Challenge Cup Matches - South Florida PGA December 2nd - Quail Valley Pro-Am - Quail Valley Golf Club Note: Events to be scheduled include the Golf Pride Invitational and Senior Super-Senior. Further details will be released soon.


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PGA HOPE 2019 season has begun Graduation at Coral Oaks golf course

An airman, soldier and a sailor walk onto the fourteenth tee at Coral Oaks Golf Course. This punchline might sound humorous, but when it comes to PGA HOPE in Cape Coral, it’s more of a story of inspiration. One had never swung a golf club before, and another was rediscovering how to play the game of golf with a prosthetic leg. On April 3rd, 2019, sixteen military veterans graduated from a six-week golf clinic free to servicemen and women, taught by PGA Professionals at Coral Oaks Golf Course. All participants of PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) have served our nation and met at the golf course to receive a new golf game and a new way life. PGA HOPE is the flagship military program provided by the PGA of America’s foundation PGA REACH. Here in south Florida, the SFPGA Foundation will host twelve PGA HOPE programs in 2019, and Cape Coral was the trailblazer for this year’s HOPE season.

USAF Veteran Dan Arkenau with Lead Professional Allen Manguson, PGA Over the past month and a half, the sixteen military veterans gathered at Coral Oaks

once a week for two hours to gain insight on how to improve their golf game and support their fellow servicemen and women on-and-off the golf course. Ranging from rookies to intermediate golfers, some with visible affects from their time in the service and some with invisible disabilities, all had much to gain from the expert instruction taught by four PGA and LPGA Professionals. Allen Manguson, PGA, General Manager of the host site served as the lead instructor for the course and began the program with ball flight laws and ended the program with an on-course round to practice all the skills the students had gathered.

April 3rd served as the graduation ceremony for the program and involved a scramble followed by a lunch and small ceremony. To kick off the festivities, participants divvied up into foursomes, paired with one of the four instructors and worked on every aspect of the game from tee to green. They headed in to the clubhouse for a lunch and small ceremony where each instructor and veteran got to share in one word, their summarization of their time in the program. Many words included, “Appreciative, Thankful, Honored, Great,” and even “Grip.” Bagged gifts including hats, towels, challenge coins and ongoing golfing opportunities for participants were distributed to encourage all graduates to continue playing and make this program last more than just the six weeks of training. All in attendance had much to learn. PGA HOPE transforms PGA Professional instructors and military veterans into comrades, each sharing their wisdom in learning opportunities. The SFPGA would like to thank the host site and PGA Professionals that taught this program including Terrie Weiss, LPGA; Fred Cook, PGA; and James Dunn, PGA. To find the schedule for upcoming PGA HOPE programs, CLICK HERE NOW.


HOPE Classic FLEXING FOR VETERANS With a motto, “Push Up or Put Up,” Rob Torrington is headed into the final stretch of his Push-Up Challenge for PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere). Planning to perform 40,000 push-ups and raise $40,000 before May 9th, the 2019 HOPE Classic, Rob is doing all of this to increase awareness and raise funds for the SFPGA Foundation military focused program. Now in Phase Two of the Push-Up Challenge, Torrington is scheduling all of his push-ups performed and yet to come. Phase Two also involves the 3-for-3 Challenge on social media to promote the overal Push-Up Challenge. The three steps included in the 3-for3 challenge are: 1. Record a video of yourself doing push-ups. 2. Donate to the Crowdrise Fundraiser provided in the link here. 3. Challenge three friends to do the same.

WE NEED YOU! JOIN US IN THE 3-FOR-3 CHALLENGE If you wish to participate in the Push-Up Challenge, following the instructions listed and be sure to tag @1KPushUpRob and use #PUSHUPORPUTUP. If you would like to follow along with Rob’s progression of push-ups CLICK HERE NOW.


foundation trustee The foundation of charitable organizations are built on the generous support of others. And for the South Florida PGA Foundation, trustees serve as the rebar that upholds the financial foundation and provides substantial support for all our various programs. As our foundation continues to grow, increasing in participation and programming, we have a greater need for that support. That is why we are so thankful for our first SFPGA Foundation Trustee, Pat DePirro, the CEO of BirdieBox. A long-time partner of the Section, DePirro has provided tee gifts, insight and even participated in a few events. However, DePirro is very much looking forward to coming alongside the SFPGA Foundation for the next five years making a $10,000 annually. “The idea of being a trustee and getting to see where your funds go and see the impact on the community and the lives change,” compelled DePirro to accept the invitation to be a Foundation Trustee. Being from Miami, Pat knows of the difference the Foundation is making in south Florida; but having the opportunity to see it, touch it and feel the impact gave him a greater sense of commitment to his south Florida community. “Community, integrity, fair play, getting active and supporting the less fortunate,” DePirro used these descriptors for the South Florida PGA Foundation staff and their values which played a large role in his decision to invest in them and in return the Foundation. “It’s a great time for a message of unity,” continued DePirro, explaining why now more than ever others should consider investing in the South Florida PGA Foundation. DePirro is looking forward to attending Foundation programs, such as PGA HOPE Miami which offers free golf instruction to military veterans, and put a face to the title. DePirro is committed to making a return on his investment in the Foundation, ensuring that he is not just a financial investor but also with his time and energy. Looking to the future, we have our sights set on more trustees and increasing the supports of our be the groundwork of our mission to change lives through the south Florida community through the game of golf. To learn more about our Foundation click here now for more information. To learn more information about the Foundation and how you can get involved CLICK HERE, or contact the Section office at 561-729-0544.

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junior golf With two months of programming already done, we want to share with you all the wonderful things that have been taking place with junior golf programming. In addition, providing an overview of what programming the Section has available for youth in throughout south Florida, to learn golf skills and grow with this great game of golf we all love. Over the past ten years, junior golf in south Florida has skyrocketed. In 2009 we administered 10 events from close to 445 juniors ages 11-18. In 2019, we will administer more 135 events for more than 1,300 juniors. Young golfers, ages 6-18, now have the opportunity to participant in one of five different levels for programming; not including national programs, such as PGA Jr League or Drive, Chip and Putt. Junior golf programs not only impact our youth, but they positively impact our facilities from an economic standpoint. They also allow members and associates to increase their clientele. From Team Golf to our Championship Tour, programs afford players with opportunities to continue to grow and compete. Each year we enjoy watching our juniors grow in their golf careers, with an average of 32 annually moving on to play collegiate golf. Some of our junior tour alumni have advanced their golf game to a professional level, including: Jaye Marie Green, Brooks Koepka, Chase Koepka, TJ Vogel, and Daniel Berger. Our participation numbers continue to climb as quickly as our players do, and we appreciate your help in making it possible. If you have juniors who wish to compete in junior golf events with their peers, check out our levels or play. This is our road map to junior golf programming.


Junior golf Have questions or need help? Contact our Junior Golf Department:

Chad Peters, Junior Golf Director - Challenge & Championship Tours - cpeters@pgahq.com - 561-729-0810 Ellen Breighner, Junior Golf Coordinator - Team Golf, PGA Jr League, & Drive Chip and Putt - ebreighner@pgahq.com - 561-935-5019 Matthew Youngblood, Junior Golf Coordinator - Prep Tour, Team Golf & Links Tour - myoungblood@pgahq.com - 561-923-8261

Special thanks to Neil Lockie, PGA, our Junior Golf Chairperson, for all your support and guidance through our growth!

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Have Friends, Family & Friends join your Team to support the SFPGA Foundation every time you score a birdie while playing on our SFPGA Junior Tour. While the Birdie Club is a performance-based competition among SFPGA Junior Tour participants, this is our next generation’s chance to gain experience and personal responsibility in philanthropic endeavors. Since 2008, the Birdie Club has raised over $65,000 for the SFPGA Foundation. This non-profit organization focuses on supporting local south Florida communities through the game of golf. The SFPGA Foundation facilitates golf clinics for military veterans, adaptive golf for pediatric patients, provides charitable gifting for local charities and much more.

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For Junior Tour participants to create their Crowdrise page, or their landing page for contributions after each birdie.

For donors to make contributions towards a Junior Tour participant upon making birdies while playing in SFPGA Jr Tour events.

To understand where the funds go, or how to create or contribute towards the Birdie Club!

Questions, contact Michelle Goda at mgoda@pgahq.com or 561-537-5809


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PGA TOUR CHOOSES TECHNOGYM TO OUTFIT NEW INNOVATIVE MOBILE FITNESS CENTRES WITH SMART CONNECTED EQUIPMENT Providing world class sports performance equipment and solutions for elite PGA TOUR Players

FEBRUARY 26, 2019 - WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA – TECHNOGYM the world leading producer of design and technologydriven fitness smart connected equipment and the official equipment provider of the past seven editions of the Olympic Games, today participated in the PGA TOURʼs unveiling of a new state-of-the-art mobile fitness center featuring Technogym smart connected equipment, during a presentation by PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan at The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa. The new fitness center will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment supplied by Technogym and will increase by over 200 square feet from the previous facilities. The additional space will provide players with a wider variety of fitness equipment as well as more open space for functional movement exercise. Technogym is the gold standard for professional athletic training worldwide and has been official training equipment supplier to the last seven Olympic Games as well as official supplier to many professional teams and athletes in different sport disciplines. “Technogym has been training champions for the past 30 years, including our legacy as the official equipment supplier to the past seven Olympic Games,” said Nerio Alessandri, President and Founder of Technogym. “We are very proud to have been chosen by PGA TOUR to provide world class sports performance equipment and solutions for the elite TOUR players. This partnership represents a strong validation of our ongoing investment in R&D for our products, innovation and quality standards.” As the Official Supplier of the PGA TOUR Player Performance Centers, Technogym will outfit the fitness centers with the highest performing sports equipment including SKILLRUN Treadmills and SKILLTOOLS.. SKILLRUN allows TOUR players to perform traditional cardiovascular training and instantly transition to lower body power training. The Biofeedback feature provides the Player with real time feedback on their running efficiency to maximize results and minimize lower body overuse injuries. Sled pushing allows for lower body power development without the need for high risk exercises while simultaneously creating core activation. Additionally, there is an extreme incline feature allowing Players to train in a wide range of inclines. This helps with lower body strength and power development, while increasing the cardiovascular demand, and training up to a -3% decline simulating the downhill undulations they face on the course. SKILLTOOLS are a variety of performance tools that create a wide range of training modalities for the players, for total body mobility, stability, and power development within their workouts, before a round of golf, or for recovery after a round of golf. “Since the original fitness centers were introduced on TOUR more than 30 years ago, we have seen how fitness has advanced our playersʼ performance and extended their careers,” said Monahan. “Todayʼs unveiling of a new fitness center is another landmark moment in the growth of the PGA TOUR and our ongoing efforts to best serve our members. As our sport grows, so do the expectations and the preparation needed to compete at the world-class level we see every week.” The fitness centers are part of the Player Performance Centers that travel to 62 events between the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions each year. The Centers are made up of two sets of semi-trailers (four total) that navigate the mainland and Canada each year, representing a considerable investment with a goal of providing a consistent and trusted training center for the players. In addition to two fitness centers for performance and training, players have access to two wellness centers dedicated to therapy and recovery. Each unit logs more than 24,000 miles annually. About Technogym Founded in 1983, Technogym is the worldʼs leading international supplier of technology and design driven products and services in the Wellness and Fitness industry. Technogym provides a complete range of cardio, strength and functional equipment alongside a digital cloud-based platform allowing consumers to connect with their personal wellness experience anywhere, both on the equipment and via mobile when outdoors. With over 2,000 employees and 14 branches globally, Technogym is present in over 100 countries. More than 80,000 Wellness centers in the world are equipped with Technogym and 40 million users train every day on Technogym. Technogym was the official supplier for seven of the last editions of the Olympic Games: Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Turin 2006, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018.


rules with brett Changes to Relief / Dropping and Areas of the Course There have been many changes to the rules of golf in 2019. Perhaps no rule has been changed more than the rules surrounding dropping and relief procedures for various situations that arise on the golf course. All drops are now from knee height, but there are new guidelines that determine how to put a ball back into play. While the relief procedure for each situation is listed under the rule that applies, they have been simplified below for your convenience. Areas of the Course The five defined areas that make up the course: (1) the general area, (2) the teeing area you must play from in starting the hole you are playing, (3) all penalty areas, (4) all bunkers, and (5) the putting green of the hole you are playing. Relief Area A player’s relief area will always be measured now by a “reference point.” While it is recommended that all players mark their reference point with a tee when taking any sort of relief, it is not mandatory. When dropping, the ball must first strike ground within the relief area, must remain within that relief area, and must not end up any closer to the hole than the reference point. See the below illustration on how to measure the relief area. When taking relief, a club length is always the longest club in your bag (excluding your putter.)

Penalty Area (Rule 17.1d) -Player may take stroke and distance relief. -Player may take lateral relief. (Two club lengths from reference point.) (Red Penalty Area Only) -Player make take back-on-the-line relief in line with the pin from where the ball last crossed the penalty area. (One club length on either side of the “reference point.”) If the player drops the ball without having chosen this point, the reference point is treated as being the point on the line that is the same distance from the hole as where the dropped ball first touched the ground. Embedded Ball (Rule 16.3b) -Reference Point: The spot right behind where the ball is embedded. (One club-length, but relief must be in general area and no closer to the hole than the reference point) Abnormal Course Condition in General Area (Including Immovable Obstructions) Rule 16.1 b -Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief in the general area. (One club-length, but with these limits: Must be in the general area, Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and there must be complete relief from all interference by the abnormal course condition.) Additional Relief Situations: Unplayable Lie (Rule 19.2) Abnormal Course Conditions of Other “Areas of the Course” (Rules 16.1 c,d,e)


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