TOPICS NEWSLETTER VOLUME 22, NO. 3 - MAY 2012
THIS ISSUE: PRO-OFFICIAL NELSON CUP JUNIOR-SENIOR JUNIOR TOUR NEWS PROS ON THE GO RULES WITH DREW ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERSHIP 2012 JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT AWARDS NEW SFPGA STAFF and more...
CHIP SHOTS NEW MEMBERS
The South Florida PGA would like to welcome the following new members to the Section: Thomas Freeman, PGA Lindsay Hoskins, PGA Kastania Toomalatia, PGA
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All Golf @CB Smith Park PGA of America Nat’l Office The Forest Country Club
The South Florida PGA would like to welcome the following new apprentices to the Section: Landon Bompensa Cory Nicolan Paul Rifenberg Michael Loppnow Duncan Smith Chris Traikoff
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Loblolly Pine Golf Club Miami Beach Golf Club Wycliffe Golf & Country Club Palmetto Pine Country Club Seven Bridges at Springtree Vasari Country Club
APPRENTICE LEVELS PASSED Randy Mullen James Puccio Duncan Smith Chris Traikoff
Orangebrook Golf Course Lago Mar Country Club Seven Bridges at Springtree Vasari Country Club
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QUARTER CENTURY CLUB
Congratulations to PGA members Marty Maisa, Dan James, Dean Golko, Marion Stewart and Kevin Compare 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.
HALF CENTURY CLUB
Congratulations to PGA members Donald Olney and Bob Prentiss who were elected to the Half Century Club of the PGA of America, an elite group of members who have served the PGA with honor and pride for 50 years.
DO YOU HAVE A CHILD HEADED TO COLLEGE?
CONTACT SOUTH FLORIDA SECTION 186 Atlantis Boulevard Atlantis, FL / 33462
PHONE / FAX
561-729-0544 / 561-729-0914
Brian Peaper, PGA
VICE PRESIDENT Warren Bottke, PGA
Mark VanDyck, PGA
Annually the PGA of America grants financial assistance to children of PGA Members meeting the established criteria. Last year $300,000 was granted to over 170 students across the country. The application deadline is June 15th, 2012. For more information CLICK HERE.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
RECEIVE UPDATES VIA TEXT
SOUTHERN CHAPTER PRESIDENT
Steve Cox, PGA
The South Florida PGA is rolling out a new service this Spring allowing PGA Professionals and Apprentices to 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 “ProOfficial” 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.
Dick McNeill, PGA
REGISTRATION IS NOW ACTIVE FOR MOST SECTION EVENTS
ISLAND CHAPTER PRESIDENT
All South Florida PGA Section events being held April through August are now active for online registration. CLICK HERE to register online today.
UPDATE YOUR RED/BLUE CALENDAR
The 2012 Red/Blue activity calendar is in the mail! Please note the following changes not reflected on the calendar. 1) The Pro-Scratch Championship on July 30th will be hosted by The Club at Mediterra in Naples, 2) The Pro-Superintendent Championship on August 3rd will be hosted by Frenchman’s Creek in Palm Beach Gardens.
WANT TO RECEIVE YOUR TOURNAMENT WINNINGS FASTER? All PGA Professionals and Apprentices participating in Section and Chapter activities will have the ability to have his/her winnings directly deposited into their checking or savings accounts. Please CLICK HERE to download the form.
DO YOUR TOURNAMENT WINNINGS NEED TO BE PAID TO A
SOUTHEAST CHAPTER PRESIDENT Neil Lockie, PGA
SOUTHWEST CHAPTER PRESIDENT Ben Bryant Jr., PGA Brian Shaver, PGA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Geoff Lofstead
ADVISORY BOARD Paul Anderson Rick Bayliss Steve Sponder Ken Kennerly Matt Lambert Peter Lund
CHIP SHOTS PROS ON THE GO Professional TO FROM Jeffrey Hall, PGA
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If your tournament winnings need to be paid to a corporation please complete the steps listed below: 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.
3. Eligiblity for grip giveaway (Winn, Golf Pride, Lamkin, Black Widow) at four events for hitting the green on a designated par three. 4. Closest-to-the-Hole winners (total of 12) from the five events will compete at the Global Golf Sales Cup for a cruise for two to the Bahamas. The final event of the year will be held on September 24th at Old Marsh Golf Club and will be open to the 104 professionals who have gained the most participation points during the qualifying events throughout the season.
MAY IS WELCOME TO GOLF MONTH
As part of Welcome to Golf Month in May, we will be utilizing a Social Media Campaign to help promote free 10-minute lessons from PGA/LPGA Professionals as well as additional complimentary introductory programs, orientations and Get Golf Ready clinics that are part of this innovative, new month-long promotion.
NEW GLOBAL GOLF SALES PLAYERS CARD AND GLOBAL GOLF SALES CUP CHAMPIONSHIP Global Golf Sales and the South Florida PGA Section giving section professionals the opportunity to participate in a new tournament experience in 2012. The new Global Golf Sales Players Card will replace the SFPGA Players Card of previous years. The new format is based on participation and participation only. The professionals who gain the most amount of points over 9 qualifiying events throughout the year will be eligible for the Global Golf Sales Cup scheduled for September 24th at Old Marsh Golf Club. In order to gain eligibility into the Global Golf Sales Cup, a professional must have purchased a Global Golf Sales Player’s Card at the beginning of the season for $100. Once a Global Golf Sales Players Card is purchased, the professional will be eligible to start accumulating participation points, as well as be eligible to participate in closest-to-the-hole and other contests within the 9 qualifying events. There are many benefits of Purchasing a Global Golf Sales Player’s Card as a SFPGA professional. Some of these benefits include: 1. Eligiblity to start accumulating Participation Points to qualify for the Global Golf Sales Cup with an anticipated purse of $40,000 or more. 2. Eligiblity for Closest-to-the-Hole contests (1st place $150, 2nd place $100) and $1,000 Hole-in-One contest at five designated events.
ITS A GIRL! Congratulations to PGA Professional Justin Thompson on the birth of his daughter, Savannah Leigh Thompson, born on April 15th at 1:46 p.m. weighing 5 lbs 14 oz.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH “Hit the shot you know you can hit, not the one you think you should.”
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CHIP SHOTS 2012 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERSHIP CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – The 2012 Annual Meeting was a huge success, as this year featured a completely redesigned agenda to maximize the benefit to the more than 275 PGA Professionals that attended the meeting. The meeting took place at the Marriot Heron Bay in Coral Springs, FL. The agenda featured an education seminar in the morning which offered professionals a chance to renew their CPR certification as well as participate in a informational presentation on severe weather and lightning safety presented by Weatherbug. Weatherbug put on a great presentation offering information and consultation services to the professionals who were able to attend the seminar.
the care of the tournament committee which recommends policy and procedure changes to the Executive Board for approval. In addition to the resolutions, Neil Lockie was sworn in as the new Southeast Chapter President as well as Karl Bublitz as the new Southwest At Large board member.
2.0 strategies at their own facilities. Personal success stories were shared with their peers about the ways in which Golf 2.0 initiatives have benefited both their members and their facilities. Karl Bublitz, Director of Golf at Grey Oaks Country Club spoke about his experience ‘Protecting the Core’ memThe afternoon Annual Meeting of the bership at his facility. Warren Bottke, Membership included a brand new forTeaching Professional at Abacoa Golf mat which included information about Club shared a success story about the new Golf 2.0 initiative, and featured ‘Connecting with Her’ via a Chip and a presentation about GET GOLF READY Sip group at his facility which engaged by PGA of America Vice President, Ted women who were just beginning the Bishop. Bishop gave an inspiring presen- game. Christian Sheehan, Director of tation which included an informational Golf at Pelican’s Nest Golf Club advideo which introduced GET GOLF READY dressed ‘Engaging the Lapsed/Tee if to section professionals and shared a Forward’ initiative and gave a personal compelling personal success story of his account of how teeing it forward at his own implementation of GET GOLF READY facility has increased his rounds over at his facility in Franklin, Indiana. Bishop the past year by nearly 7,000. spoke about his passion for the Golf 2.0 initiative as well as the GET GOLF READY In the order of new business, Resoluclinics and their potential for growing the tion 1 was unanimously passed. This game around the country. resolution was proposed by the Execu-
tive Committee to amend the election policies to add a statement to the section constitution indicating that all election policies and procedures are defined by the Executive Board.
The annual meeting also included a best practices panel of section professionals who have had success implementing Golf
Resolution 2 was also unanimously passed. This resolution proposed by the Executive Committee in the matter of housekeeping, was to become consistent with all other section programs and eliminate the reference to the tournament program in the constitution. This would also be consistent with the PGA of America constitution as there is no mention of any specific programs. The Tournament program will remain under
The meeting concluded with a complimentary cocktail hour at the Marriott Heron Bay presented by Weatherbug.
EDUCATION CPR Certification / Lightning and Severe Weather Safety Presented by WeatherBug - 3 MSR CREDITS Was presented on Monday, April 30th at the Marriott Heron Bay Coral Springs 9 AM – 12 PM (prior to the Annual Meeting of the Membership) American Heart Association CPR Certification presented by Broward CPR Lightning & Severe Weather Safety presented by Frank McCathran and WeatherBug
CHIP SHOTS 73RD SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
SFPGA FOUNDATION GRANTS $10,000 IN CHARITABLE GIFTS TO NINE LOCAL CHARITIES
Recently the South Florida PGA Foundation grant $10,000 to 9 local charities including; Dade Amateur Golf Association, Gold Coast Junior Golf Foundation, Indian River Golf Foundation, Junior Golf Association of Broward, Junior Golf Foundation of America, Palm Beach Junior Golf Association, Southwest Florida Junior Golf Association, The First Tee of the Palm Beaches, and The First Tee of Naples/Collier. For information about charitable gifting or Foundation activities click here The 73rd Senior PGA Championship will be hosted by The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course located in Benton Harbor, Mich., beginning Thursday May 24-27. Congratulations to the South Florida Section professionals who have qualified for this prestigious event: Mike Gray, PGA of Indian Creek Country Club in Indian Creek Villiage; Ken Martin, PGA of Village Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach; and Lee Rinker, PGA of Emerald Dunes Golf Club in West Palm Beach. We wish them luck in the upcoming championship.
LOCKIE AND BUBLITZ ELECTED TO OFFICE
Neil Lockie, PGA of Jonathans Landing Golf Club was elected to replace Rick Heard, PGA as the new Southeast Chapter president. Karl Bublitz, PGA was elected as the new At Large Board Member for the Southwest Chapter. Both Lockie and Bublitz were sworn into their positions at the Annual meeting of the Membership held at the Marriot Heron Bay in Coral Springs, FL on April 30, 2012. Congratulations to both professionals as they begin their terms.
OVER 100 JUNIOR GOLFERS WILL COMPETE AT TURTLE CREEK CLUB
ATLANTIS, FL - On Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, a sold out field of one-hundred and four junior golfers will compete at Turtle Creek Club in Tequesta. Five players who have already won Overall Titles in 2012 are looking for their second victory of the season; Derron Peyton of Boynton Beach, Alexandra Papell of Boca Raton, Daniel Whelan of Coral Springs, Zachary Smith of Palm Beach Gardens, and Claudia De Antonio of Weston. A strong field will provide for exciting competition this weekend. This 36-hole, stroke play event is an 11:30am double tee start Saturday and an 8:00am double tee start on Sunday. Players will be re-paired on Sunday by low score. Awards will be given to the first through third place winners in each age division (Boys/Girls 12-13, 14-15, 16-18) as well as to the overall boy and overall girl winners of the event on Sunday, following play. All South Florida PGA Junior Tour events are ranked by the national Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking system. Pairings are now available on the South Florida PGA website.
SOUTH FLORIDA PGA FOUNDATION AGREES TO BUILD HABITAT HOME IN PALM BEACH COUNTY After the success last year in Lee county, the SFPGA has agreed to once again work with the Habitat for Humanity in building a home for a family in need in Palm Beach County. Section professionals will work along side section staff for this great cause.
GOLF NIGHT AT ROGER DEAN STADIUM
Friday, May 11th the South Florida PGA will be participating in Golf Night at Roger Dean Stadium and we encourage you to come out and join in the fun. For complete details regarding the evening click here, or if you are interested in volunteering your time to help with the event by providing free 10 minutes golf lessons to attendees prior to the game please contact JoAnna Smith at jsmith@ pgahq.com.
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TIP OF THE MONTH
It was great to see so many SFPGA Section professionals make it out to the Annual Meeting of the Membership this past Monday, April 30th. For those professionals who attended, they got a firsthand account from PGA of America’s Vice President, Ted Bishop, about the benefits of hosting GET GOLF READY clinics at your facilities. GET GOLF READY is not only a great way to implement the GOLF 2.0 initiative of driving new golfers to the game, but it is also a beneficial way to maintain and increase your personal revenue, membership, and merchandise sales to your facility. For more information about how to host GET GOLF READY clinics at your facility, please call (561.729.0544) the section office or email JoAnna Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org .
CHIP SHOTS 2012 JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT AWARDS Celebrating it’s 28th year, the 2012 Junior Development Award winning programs go beyond swing fundamentals. For the past 28 years, Golf Digest has recognized municipalities, corporations, individuals, associations and clubs devoted to junior golf.
The PGA of America is recognized for its groundbreaking PGA Sports Academy. The academy is not a specific place, but a detailed curriculum for PGA professionals to use in teaching juniors. It incorporates instruction materials for every aspect of the game: putting, chipping, stance, grip, bunkers and full swing.
This year’s focus was on programs that emphasize fitness and nutrition. Visit an enlightened junior program and you’ll see kids doing aerobic exercises and snacking on apple slices. The PGA of America is honored to recieve the 2012 Junior Development Award given to the association which best encourages junior golf development and demonstrates a strong junior growth of the game initiative.
Physical exercise, proper eating and hydration are integral to the program and reflect the PGA's commitment to nutrition and fitness. The PGA anticipates the half-million kids getting PGA instruction now will grow to 4.2 million within the next few years. Story by Topsy Siderowf - CLICK HERE to read more
CHAPTER NEWS SOUTHEST CHAPTER Southeast Chapter honored Twelve Members at the Annual Awards Ceremony during the Annual Chapter Spring Meeting JUPITER, FL - On Tuesday, April 24th, the SFPGA Southeast Chapter, and guests, gathered at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club to honor twelve Southeast Chapter SFPGA award winners. The following twelve award recipients were honored: Golf Professional of the Year – Neil Lockie, PGA Teacher of the Year – Chris Kaufman, PGA Junior Golf Leader – Craig Watson, PGA Horton Smith – Kevin Compare, PGA Bill Strausbaugh – Kevin Murphy, PGA Merchandiser of the Year (Public) – Rob Young, PGA Merchandiser of the Year (Private) – Tom Dyer, PGA Merchandiser of the Year (Resort) – Jane Broderick, PGA PGA President’s Plaque – Roger Van Dyke, PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year – Dan Terlescki, PGA Chapter Player of the Year – Alan Morin, PGA Chapter Assistant Player of the Year – Alan Morin, PGA
“Our Annual Chapter Awards is something that the over 850 Chapter members and apprentices look forward to each year. We had a record number of nominations this year which speaks to the volume of deserving PGA Professionals in our Chapter. This is a special night for the Chapter award winners and their families. These PGA Professionals have gone above and beyond and are incredibly deserving of these awards. The Southeast Chapter is honored to present these awards each and every year,” said Bill Scott, PGA Southeast Chapter Awards Chairman.
SOUTHWEST CHAPTER The Soutwest Chapter Spring meeting was held on Monday, April 16th, 2012. Congratulations to Karl Bublitz, PGA who was elected as the Southwest Chapter At large.
SOUTHERN CHAPTER The Southern Chapter held it’s Spring meeting on Monday, April 16th, 2012. The meeting included a Golf 2.0 seminar and a Pro-Sponsor golf event.
TOURNAMENT NEWS WESTON, Fla. – Ric Nalyd, PGA and Joe Joachim of PRESENTED BY: Bonita Bay Club East in Naples played a spectacular round of golf together today at Weston Hills Country Club on the Player’s course during the 2012 Pro-Official Championship presented by: Club Car & Tee-Marketing and supported by Sun Mountain and Ship Sticks. Nalyd and Joachim finished their round with a team score of 12 under par, 60 just edging out their nearest competitors PGA Professional Glenn Hall and his amateur partner Ron Gallatin of St Andrews Country Club who shot a combined team score of 61.
SUPPORTED BY: Victor Tortorici, PGA and his amateur partner, EJ Ewing
of Sailfish Point Golf Club won the low gross division after shooting a combined score of 65. Finishing in second place, just one stroke behind Tortorici and Ewing was the team of Jason Hrynkiw, PGA and Bruce Allman of Gleneagles Country Club. For complete results from the Pro Official Championship presented by Club Car & Tee-Marketing, visit the SFPGA website at www.sfpgagolf.com. The event consisted of 54 teams, comprised of one South Florida PGA Professional and one official from the Professional’s place of employment, playing in a best ball competition.
NELSON CUP MATCHES
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Alan Morin of Lake Worth was unbeaten as players from the Southeast Chapter of the South Florida PGA Section won the 18th annual Nelson Cup matches Monday, April 23rd. Southeast earned 77 ½ points, the Southwest Chapter 51 ½ and the Southern Chapter 30. Scoring was on a nassau basis with one point for winning each nine and a third for winning the 18-hole match. The morning competition was modified alternate shots with singles in the afternoon. There were two marches within
Winning the maximum six points were the teams of Alan Morin and Rod Curl, Southeast; Scott Richardson and John Wade, Southwest; and Chris Toulson and Keith Burt, Southern. Morin, Wade and Richard Terga of the Southeast were unbeaten in singles. Southwest Roster - John Calabria, Dennis Meyer, Scott Richardson, John Wade, Joe Allinder, Larry Gantzer, Jay Westerlund, David Kent, David Witt, Jared Blocker, Mark Doss, JD Murray Southern Roster - Gary Knapp, Nick Fortunato, Matt Stein, John Gudauskas, Jack Shoenfelt, Louis Bartoletti, Chad Middaugh, Adam Kolloff, Chris Toulson, Keith Burt, Larry Blanchard, Rob Steffes Southeast Roster - Jerry Impellittiere, Mike San Filippo, Jason Hrynkiw, Chris Kaufman, Justin Thompson, Zac Courtenay, Joe Bostic, Richard Terga, Jerry Tucker, Derek Niszczak, Alan Morin, Rod Curl
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Kevin Compare and Richard Terga won the South Florida PGA Senior-Junior Championship for the second time in three years when Compare, the senior member of the team, chipped in for birdie on the second hole of a playoff Wednesday, April 25th at The Links @ Boynton Beach.
Both instructors at the John Webster Golf Academy at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Compare and Terga outlasted Gene Fieger and Justin Bertsch SUPPORTED BY: of Hideout Golf Club in Naples after they tied at nine under par 62 in the mixed format event. Compare’s winning chip was from about 17 feet. In 2010, Compare and Terga shot 60 and won by three strokes. They did not play as a team last year. It was Terga’s third SFPGA title, including the Assistants Championship last year, the second Section victory for Compare. In addition to his duties at Webster’s, Compare also performs trick shot and comedy shows as Divot the Clown. Brian Peaper and Jason Hrynkiw, the 2011 winners with 61, shot 63 and tied for third. The 11th annual team event, which drew 58 teams and returned more than $20,000 in prize money, was presented by Cutter & Buck with support from Global Golf Sales and The Links at Boynton Beach.
JUNIOR TOURNAMENT NEWS JUNIOR TOUR #2
MICCOSUKEE GOLF & CC ATLANTIS, Fla. â€“ The South Florida PGA Junior Tour presented by the Honda Classic hosted Event #2 at Miccosukee Golf and Country Club in Miami, FL this weekend. A sold out field of 104 juniors competed at the hostsite of the Nationwide Tour event the weekend of April 17-18th.
Daniel Whelan of Coral Springs had impressive under par rounds of 72-70 for a two round score of 142 to win the Overall Boys title. Michael Anderson of Parkland, followed close behind with a 73-72 to come in 2nd place with a 145. With a Sunday score of 2-under par, third place went to Michael Perez of Weston with a 146. In the Girls Overall division, Carolina Garrett edged out her competition with a two-day score of 156; a 5 shot victory over her competitors. Claudia De Antonio of Weston followed in 2nd place with a score of 161. Finishing in 3rd place with a 162 was Shyanne Lovan of Wellington.
Alberto Martinez of Weston claimed the Boys 12-13 title by shooting an even par 73 Sunday, April 18th, for a two-day score of 151. Andrew Kozan from Palm Beach Gardens claimed 2nd place with a score of 153. Coming in tied for 3rd with scores of 154 were David Giandomenico of Boynton Beach and Hamilton Long of Palm Beach Gardens. In the Girls 12-13 division, first place came down to a scorecard playoff between Claire Fitzgerald of Parkland and Story Shaw of West Palm Beach. Fitzgerald edged out Shaw for 1st place with both girls shooting 79-79-158. Third place went to Alejandra Merchan of Weston with a 161. Notable mention for under par (73) rounds go to Daniel Whelan for Saturday and Sunday, as well as the following juniors for Sunday: Michael Anderson 72, Michael Perez 71, and Leanoardo Coll (Ft. Lauderdale) 69.
JUNIOR TOUR #3 INDIAN SPRING CC
ATLANTIS, Fla. â€“ The South Florida PGA Junior Tour presented by the Honda Classic hosted Event #3 at Indian Spring Country Club in Boynton Beach on April 21-22. A sold out field of 104 junior competed on the West course. Claudia De Antonio of Weston claimed the Overall Girls title in a sudden death playoff for the second year in a row at Indian Spring on Sunday. De Antonio edged out Ashley Burke of Boynton Beach with a par on the first playoff hole. Both girls shot a 149 for the tournament. Finishing third with a 152 was Alexandra Papell of Boca Raton. Zachary Smith of Palm Beach Gardens won the Overall Boys title by 4 shots over his competitors. Smith was the only player to shoot under par both days with a 4 under score of 68-70-138. Harley Abrams of Boca Raton shot the low round of the tournament on Sunday, April 22nd a four under par, 67. Abrams finished in second place with a total score of 142. Coming in third with a 146, was Dominick Vennari of Stuart. Winning the Boys 12-13 age division with a 150 was David Giandomenico of Boynton Beach. Coming in tied for second place with scores of 153 were Miles Castoro of Fort Lauderdale, Michael Anthony Checo of Boca Raton, and Andrew Kozan of Palm Beach Gardens. Kaely Krayeski won the Girls 12-13 division with an 18 stroke lead. Krayeski shot a two day total score of 160. Coming in second place was Sabrina Fonda of Wellington with a 178. Finishing third with a 179 was Katya Barahona of Pembroke Pines. Notable mention for the tournament was Katelin Glass for getting her first hole in one on hole number six using an eight iron.
Living in South Florida, I feel we get more than our fair share of random pop-up showers. Given the frequency of these of showers, I’m sure we’ve all found ourselves on the golf course during one of these quick, heavy at times rain falls. Since we know it isn’t going to last very long, more times than not we stop playing and wait it out. Well, unfortunately the Rules of Golf don’t give us the option of just waiting it out. In fact, the penalty for “waiting it out” can be quite severe. In this month’s article I’m going to show some examples of when it is and when it isn’t legal to discontinue play. During the Allianz qualifier at the Fountains Country Club, some heavy rain started to fall during the round and got progressively worse until puddles started forming on the greens and around the hole. The committee decided to suspend play until the rain subsided and the water receded. Three quick
Now, if they had heard the signal for suspension, they would have been in breach of Rule 6-8b which states, “When play is suspended by the committee, if the players in a match or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the committee has ordered a resumption of play. If they have started play of a hole, they may discontinue play immediately or continue play of the hole, provided they do so without delay.” If they had not started play of the hole when play was suspended, they would be disqualified for resuming play when the committed had not ordered a resumption of play. If they had started play of the hole, they would also be disqualified because the Rule states they can continue play of the hole if they do so without delay. I would consider waiting 15 minutes for the heavy rain to stop a considerable delay.
About two weeks later we had a similar situation occur during the Honda qualifier at Mayacoo Lakes. A quick heavy shower rolled through and a group who was playing the ninth SFPGA TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR hole just decided to stop playing and ANDREW MILLER blasts from the air horn wait for the rain to stop. The course were signaled to indicate a was not unplayable nor was there a suspension of play for a non-dangerous situgood reason for the group to stop playing. An official ation. The heavy rain continued for about 15 approached them and asked why they had delayed? more minutes. It finally let up and as we were Since no one was willing to give a valid reason, the ofwaiting for the water on the greens to subside, I ficial instructed them to start playing or be in breach of got a call on the radio that a group was still playRule 6-8 or 6-7, Undue Delay. ing. I was told they did not hear the signal for a suspension of play. Apparently, they had waited while the heavy rain fell and when it finally let up, they resumed play. Unfortunately for this group, they were in breach of the Rules whether they heard the signal or not. I’ll explain. If they had not heard the signal, Rule 6-8a prevents a player from discontinuing play on his own and it even states, “bad weather is not of itself a good reason to discontinue play.” When the players stopped playing during the 15 minute downpour, Rule 6-8a instructs them to, “report to the committee as soon as practicable and if the committee deems their reason satisfactory, there is no penalty. Otherwise the players are disqualified.” I don’t want this article to appear like officials are not sympathetic to players when it starts raining. We are and we understand the difficulties and obstacles to playing in the rain. Even though the Rules do not expressingly so state, officials due give groups plenty of time to put on rain suits, pop umbrellas and make any necessary adjustments when it starts raining. However, the Rules do not afford the player the ability to just stop playing altogether. If the player is making an effort, more times than not the official will give him the benefit of the doubt.
NEW & UPCOMING NEW SFPGA STAFF JoAnna Smith began her employment with the South Florida PGA on April 23rd as the new Player Development and Communications Coordinator for the section. JoAnna comes to the South Florida PGA highly recommended from the Tennessee Golf Association where she had been working since September as their P.J. Boatwright Intern. Her primary responsibilities with the TGA included support to the Director of JoAnna Smith Women’s Golf, website maintenance, and pro- Player Development & duction of media content for web and social Communications Coordinator media outlets. Prior to her time with the TGA, JoAnna completed an internship with the Tennessee Section PGA working primarily in the tournament department. Other duties with the section included design and implementation of a Pepsi can section marketing program that appeared on 70 million Pepsi products throughout Tennessee as well as all planning and execution of Family Golf Day at Tennessee Golf House. JoAnna graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and minors in Sales and Communications. While in school, JoAnna was a member of the Women’s Golf team and served as team captain from 2008-2011. JoAnna was a 4-time member of the Sun Belt Academic All-Conference team.
UPCOMING EVENTS SOUTH FLORIDA SENIOR OPEN PRO-AM May 2, 2012 @ Jonathan’s Landing at Old Trail - Fazio
SOUTH FLORIDA SENIOR OPEN
Presented by Seminole Casino Immokalee May 3-4, 2012 @ Jonathan’s Landing at Old Trail - Fazio
Presented by Tire Kingdom May 7, 2012 @ Indian Creek Country Club
FORT LAUDERDALE OPEN
Presented by Callaway Golf Supported by BoxGroove, Juvenate, The PGA Tour, and Global Golf Sales May 14-15, 2012 @ Coral Ridge Country Club
May 24, 2012 @ Royal Palm Country Club
In her role as Player Development and Communications Coordinator JoAnna will be the primary staff person responsible for carrying out Golf 2.0 objectives in South Florida and executing all section growth of the game strategies. JoAnna will be responsible for editing and publishing all section communication and also provide operational support to the GolfPass, Junior Tour, and Tournament departments.
STAY SOCIAL Are you on Facebook? Do you tweet? Join the conversation with the South Florida PGA Section, the SFPGA Junior Tour presented by the Honda Classic, or even the SFPGA GolfPass!
UPCOMING JUNIOR EVENTS JUNIOR TOUR EVENT #4
May 5-6, 2012 @ Turtle Creek 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
JUNIOR TOUR EVENT #5 JUNIOR TOUR
May 19-20, 2012 @ The Vineyards Country Club 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
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