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AMAZING HISTORY

MONTE CRISTO’S RAY PENA A RETURN HOME

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THE FIRST LOVE THY NEIGHBOR SCRAMBLE CIGARS * SHANDY * COLLECTIBLES * BUSINESS * DISNEY * MIXOLOGY


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El Diablo Golf Course was built around eight lakes and resacas COURSE NAME: Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club / El Diablo ADDRESS: 1 Rancho Viejo Drive Rancho Viejo, Texas 78575 PHONE: (956) 350-4000 WEBSITE: www.rvrcc.com FACEBOK/TWITTER: Follow us on Facebook “Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club” Follow us on Twitter @RVRCC DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION: Wendy Werley Bullock, Class A LPGA Professional DIRECTOR OF GOLF: Robert Lindsday, PGA Professional

ARCHITECT: Don Arpp ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: 18 Annual Tournaments PAR: 70

RGV Course Directory 

YARDAGE: Gold – 6821 Blue - 6315 White – 5979 Red - 5556

Check out Rancho Viejo, Tierra del Sol, Harlingen Country Club and 14 other Rio Grande Valley golf courses and what they have to offer

ABOUT EL DIABLO

El Diablo hosted a PGA Tour Qualifying School in 1976

El Diablo golf course was selected as the host of the PGA Tour Qualifying School in the Fall of 1976, and the 2009 & 2010 host of the Duramed Futures Tour which is the LPGA’s developmental tour. Our members and resort guests enjoy competitive and social play on our manicured fairways suitable for all skill levels.  RVRCC’s PGA Family Course Program makes golf more enjoyable for new golfers and children.

FAIRWAY GRASS: Common Bermuda ROUGHS: Common Bermuda MORE INFORMATION: Memberships, 50 Villa Suites, Swimming & Tennis, Fitness Center, Casual & Fine Dining, Group, Meeting Facilities

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Our very own Wendy Werley, LPGA Class A Golf Professional, was awarded the 2012 US Kids Golf Top 50 teachers award for her contribution to golf by creating a standout year round junior golf program at the resort.

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Our PGA and LPGA professionals can help companies create memorable golf outings, and great team building events making RVRCC the ideal resort for your next corporate outing and  your family destination vacation.

South Texas Golf Magazine hit the links with all you golfers - at VAMOS, Audi, Hadassah and Wounded Warriors tournaments - and more!

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A COLD ONE FOR A HOT SUMMER

ASHANDY? A Shandy is a beer mixed with a little something extra, like lemonade or juice. Summer Shandy is brewed with natural lemonade flavor that’s perfect for the sun-splashed summer.

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ince 1867, the Leinenkugel family has been carefully crafting beers that capture the spirit of the great outdoors. Five generations of the Leinenkugel family have devoted themselves to recreating the magic of sitting around a campfire and turning strangers into friends and family by brewing exciting new styles and tastes. Join Us Out Here® is more than a slogan. It captures who we are and what we stand for. It’s an invitation to join us in treasuring the connections, friendships and bonds formed by enjoying the outdoors. That’s what we want Leinenkugel drinkers to take away: our beers are an invitation to Join Us Out Here.

A SENSORY EXPERIENCE Appearance: Creamy lemon yellow color with an inviting cloudy haze Aroma: Moderately aromatic with a moderate to strong lemon/ citrus aroma that interplays with bready malt notes and spicy hop undertones

Get your drink on

GRAB A CIGAR, SIP SOME WINE ANDJUSTRELAX

The Art of Mixology

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he only thing more important than the food is, of course, the drinks that complement your meal.

Casa Petrides: a one-stop tobacco shop -and more

ABOUT LEINENKUGEL In 1922, Franz Kugler’s Munich tavern was overwhelmed with 13,000 cyclists. Afraid he’d run out of beer, he mixed his lager with lemonade and called it “Radler,” the German word for bicyclist. The Radler soon inspired other beer mixtures like the Shandy. Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy has quickly become one of Leinenkugel’s signature beers since bursting onto the scene in 2008. PERFECT PAIRINGS The refreshing lemonade flavor of Summer Shandy goes great with backyard dishes like BBQ chicken, fruit salads, watermelon and freshly caught, grilled fish.

Taste: A delicious malty sweet and citric,lemonpeelsourbalance that is rewardingly refreshing Mouthfeel: A slight drying mouth feel with a refreshingly carbonated light body Finish: A refreshing tart finish

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Demetrio Petrides says cigars are in his blood, he’s not joking.

things complementary to a tobacco shop so we could serve people with anything to do with tobacco,” Demetrio said.

“My dad gave me and my two sisters a cigar when I was 8, probably thinking we wouldn’t like it and wouldn’t smoke,” Demetrio said. “We just started sharing and we finished it. Then we were like ‘give us another one.’ So it kinda backfired on him.”

A cigar explosion in 1994 helped Demetrio turn the store into what it is today – a one-stop shop for all needs tobacco, complete with a bar/cigar lounge. They are stocked with lighters and pipes and a variety of tobaccos, along with a nice variety of complementary items that fit just right with the typical cigar aficionado.

Demetrio is the fourth generation-owner of the complete tobacco shop known not surprisingly as Casa Petrides, located at 735 W. Dove Ave. in McAllen. The shop was originally started by his greatgrandfather (also named Demetrio) after he took a vacation to Mexico City. Loving everything he saw Casa Petrides Tobacco Shop was opened in 1905. The brass rectangular sign declaring “Casa Petrides S.A. Establecida 1905” can still be seen at Casa Petrides, now in its fifth location, first coming to the United States in 1977 at El Centro Mall. They opened another store at La Plaza Mall in 1983 and then moved to downtown McAllen in 1993. They opened the Dove location in 1999 and had both stores going at the same time. “When we opened the Uptown shop we added the bar and wine and all sorts of

“In 1994 people just started going crazy with cigars – there was such a high demand for it and manufacturers weren’t growing enough tobacco. They didn’t expect it to grow that fast out of nowhere,” Demetrio said. “Everybody and their mothers were smoking cigars and everyone wanted the most expensive and best cigar they could get.” This was good – with demand outweighing supply, prices and profits were going up – but it also had its downside. Opportunists saw this and created more supply. Even though they were able to put more cigars on the market, the tobacco they used wasn’t as good or as mature and the cigar craze died off prematurely. “These guys would come out of the blue, make some money and then you’d never see them again,” Demetrio said. “People

started realizing they were paying premium prices for cigars that weren’t from premium brands.” On the bright side, many more people had been acquainted to the world of cigars and the landscape – and perception - of who smoked changed. “Everyone associated smoking cigars with your grandpa,” Demetrio said. “Now it’s more affiliated with younger people and successful people. People use it to celebrate – when they have a son or daughter, or they just got a promotion or closed a big deal. The cigar is the celebration.”

A portion of fruit per glass? That’s what you get on every apple, watermelon, and carrot martini, to name a few. That sweetness you’re tasting – that’s the natural sweetness of the fruit and the premium liqueurs already contains (hint: no sugar added). Leaving aside the “black book” of reci-

“Where can you smoke a cigar other than outside – you go home and you’re wife probably makes you go outside to smoke. Here you have air conditioning, the televisions, you can watch a movie, sports or whatever. You can have a glass of wine, try one of our microbrews or just hang out, drink water and enjoy – relax.”

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BEER: A Shandy is perfect for the hot summer (what’s a Shandy?)

CIGARS: Drop in at Casa Petrides - where everybody knows your name.

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Jorge is always in search of for that special flavor that will make taste buds soar. He is adamant about using freshly squeezed fruit juice, making drinking a healthier choice.

“People come here to enjoy a good cigar – they don’t come to drink, necessarily. It’s not just a bar, it’s a cigar lounge.

pes we are always finding new ways to impress every customer, even with your favorite classic cocktails we like to add that little “twist.”

Vegetables are also a great addition to cocktails because they give a drink a true flavor, add a unique spice, and they absolutely have a place at the bar.

After all, it’s the complete package that makes your experience the best possible at La Recova.

You should pay attention to our recommendations in case you want to try on you own recipes at home:

FROM THE MIXOLOGIST:

We believe that Gin is a natural complement to cucumber; that vodka, bourbon and mezcal are paired well with bell peppers and chiles; and that whiskies work well with jalapeño and poblano peppers.

“Fruits and vegetables run the gamut from bitter and pungent to savory and sweet, so there’s a lot of unexplored territory.

You can visit Casa Petrides at:

ith two holes remaining, Calvin Lackey was 3-under-par and seemingly a lock to advance to the Texas State Amateur Golf Tournament. Instead, he found himself tied for first, forced into a playoff. With winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour and the temperature in the 40s, Calvin saved par on the first playoff hole and held on for victory, advancing to the Texas Amateur tournament June 13-16 at Lakeside Country Club in Houston. Perseverance is one thing Lackey doesn’t lack. Calvin has been named the South Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Male Golfer of the Year, sponsored by South Texas Golf Magazine. Lackey, a graduating senior for the Weslaco High Panthers, will continue his golfing career at Tyler Junior College and plans to study Business Marketing. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, according to its website fca.org, has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in the world. Calvin has been a part of Weslaco High’s FCA program since he was in eighth grade, this year being the group’s student leader. “It’s a real good organization that has impacted my life a lot,” Calvin said. “It helps me a lot. Everyone in there, we all have something in common – we are Christians and we love sports – we help each other.”

Calvin, whose grandfather is former University of Texas star quarterback Bobby Lackey (and who the Weslaco football stadium is named after), began golf at a young age – and in a family of golfers. He is the middle of three golfing brothers. His older brother Garrison golfs for the University of Texas-San Antonio while his younger one, 15-yearold Austin, also plays for Weslaco – and keep Calvin on his toes. “If I’m not paying attention, he’ll sneak up there and bear me,” Calvin said. “He’s definitely pushing me. He has a great short game. When he beats me I usually don’t take it the right way.” Calvin said he had been playing golf (“going to the golf course with my dad and fooling around in the golf cart”) for years before becoming serious as a freshman.

“I made varsity and decided I needed to step it up and get my game better to where it’s supposed to be and make a difference on the team,” Calvin said. “I did that and now it’s what I do. Every day after school I’ll go practice until dark.” Calvin plays mostly at McAllen Country Club but also enjoys playing Tierra Santa, Harlingen Country Club, and others. A somewhat long hitter for his size (6-feet, 150 pounds), Calvin said his game had been more short and straight because of McAllen Country Club’s tighter fairways. Currently he’s working on his wedge game. “Especially 100 yards and in, that’s where all the magic happens,” Calvin said. “I’ve been working on it a lot lately but I still need to put more time in there. Now that I’m hitting longer, I find myself in that position a lot more.”

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MIXOLOGY: Certain fruits and veggies go better with select liquors - check it out

FCA’S BEST: Calvin Lackey named Fellowship of Christian Athletes Boy Golfer of COVER STORY the Year

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CALVIN LACKEY One of three Lackey boys (and grandson of Bobby Lackey), Calvin plans to continue his golf career after a busy summer - at Tyler Junior College

“The Art of Mixology,” is what we like to call the process of making our really unique cocktails and our mouthwatering fresh fruit martini line at La Recova. Mixologist Jorge Castañeda will introduce you to the most appealing mix of flavors and the most wonderful selection of spirits.

Casa Petrides is stocked with hundreds of different cigars. If there’s one you want and they don’t have it – they’ll get it.

What’s Inside

FCA GOLFER OF THE YEAR

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When Robert Lucio looks over the 165-acre Fort Brown Golf Course, he is reminded of all the hard work he and his family have been a part of. He can see it in the palm trees he planted as seedlings,

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A Great History: FORT BROWN BY HENRY MILLER

long the No. 5 fairway, he can easily glance into Mexico and see a Matamoros neighborhood, a tall church, a hotel and several other landmarks. When he gets back to his clubhouse, he can see the border fence that was constructed all along the U.S.-Mexico border – the portion that all but shuts off the course from the rest of the United States. That fence is also a reminder – a reminder of uncertainty that stemmed when that fence first went up and sent the Lucios, who have leased the land since 1987, to the brink of financial demise. “It created so much uncertainty that we lost about 60 percent of my members,” Lucio said. “They would tell me ‘Bob we can’t renew our memberships not knowing what they are going to do – are they going to wall us off?’” A year earlier, Lucio said he spent his life savings on the golf course. He built a new clubhouse, put in a new irrigation system and changed the greens from a tiff to a champion grass. “This is a family business – it’s me, my wife and my son,” said Lucio, whose eldest brother is State Senator Eddie Lucio. “We were at the breaking point. I’ll tell you, if you get 3-4 months behind on anything it’s the hardest thing to come back from.” The original Fort Brown sat at the site where the golf course is today. The No. 9 fairway was an airstrip and in 1915 a plane that was searching for the legendary Francisco “Pancho” Villa was fired upon from Mexico with machine guns and small arms. It was the first airplane to be attacked by hostile fire. Fort Brown was built in U.S. Army. 1845 by the

At the time it was known as Fort Texas. In 1846, during the Mexican-American war, there was a siege of the fort and Major Jacob Brown was killed. The fort was renamed Fort Brown in his memory and just three years later the city of Brownsville was established. To this day a cannon remains at the farthest corner of the driving range, signifying where Brown was killed. “I am definitely a history buff and an amateur historian,” Lucio said. “When we leased this land we tried to learn as much as possible. The historical significance of this piece of property is incredible. Possibly the most historical piece of property in South Texas.” The Rio Grande snakes around Fort Brown Golf Course like a peninsula. Only the north entrance is not surrounded by water. But the history or the land itself had no effect when it came to Homeland Security and their decision to cut Fort Brown Golf Course – as well as homes and farmland along the Rio Grande – from the rest of the United States with the border fence. “The Federal Government didn’t care about the historical values or what you were doing. They came down here and said ‘this is the way we’re doing things and that’s it,’” Lucio said. “Michael Chertoff was the Homeland Security Director then and he was just a horrible guy. He was really ugly the way he talked to officials and people

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down here.” One of the more vivid memories of the border fence fiasco was when there was a violence outburst in Matamoros. Border Patrol was put on alert. Instead of securing the border along the river, This didn’t settle well with Lucio – or any of the golfers. “It did not make me feel good at all. It showed me we have literally given up this property – we are in no man’s land,” Lucio said. “If Border Patrol or Homeland Security is securing the fence line, then what is the boundary of Texas and Mexico? “We could create our own country, our own tax system... everything. We need people to understand that we are in the United States. We are not in Mexico.” He added that he’s not alone with they were

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questions and concerns. Many farmers have much of their land on the Mexico side of the border fence. “I love our Border Patrol agents. Heck, we’re the most protected golf course in the country, but that doesn’t mean I have to agree with what Washington does,” he said. “It’s still a shock to me that politicians at the federal

DID YOU KNOW?: IN 1860 ROBERT E. LEE WAS STATIONED AT FORT BROWN TO QUELL BORDER DISTURBANCES

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History:

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Fort Brown has a storied history and Bob Lucio is excited about what the future has in store

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KASSANDRA’S 2012-13 VICTORIES

Valley Fall Shootout, Greenville, Miss. 72 MVSU Valley State Fall Classic, Greenville Miss. 70 Purple & Gold Panther Classic, 70 Prairie View A&M Invitational, 71-66

10 PRO TOUR EVENTS A glance at the upcoming PGA and LPGA events

18 PROFILE Monte Cristo Golf Pro Ray Pena’s long road to returning home

26 TOP 50 INSTRUCTOR Rancho Viejo’s Wendy Bullock named among the best for kids in the U.S.

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s we prepared this edition of South Texas Golf Magazine, a theme continually kept coming up in conversations; most golfers I talked to took up the sport because their parents did – or their parents “put them” in the sport at a young age. My parents never placed me in any sport – I wanted to be in all of them. My dad was not a sports fan. He was a janitor at a nearby high school and worked nights. He cleaned up after all the practices and sporting events. It was quite a mess so the last thing Henry Miller is Publisher and CEO of he wanted to do was be around sports South Texas Golf. He has more than when he wasn’t at work. 25 years of publishing experience, But I remember one time at my has written sports for more than 150 newspapers, been syndicated on radio uncle’s in Syracuse, N.Y. My uncle in more than 70 markets and loves to brought out his clubs, put a ball down golf. His 8-year-old daughter Camilla in front of a huge oak tree, pulled out has a wicked left-handed swing and a club and told my dad to hit the ball also enjoys soccer, karate and volleyover the monstrous tree. ball. They live in McAllen, Texas. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” he said. For a long time the scene wasn’t pretty. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, my dad hit this shot that skied over the looming menace. I can still remember that look of accomplishment on his face. That was it for our golf life until about 15 years later. I lived in South Carolina and was writing golf reviews in Myrtle Beach. Dad would drive from New York and spend a week with me – and we would hit the links. I’d golf and dad would just ride along in the cart – spending quality time with each other like never before. No matter how many times we golfed, there was always a time when I would be stuck behind a tree and dad would say “remember when I hit it over that big tree?” We’d laugh and continue with my round as I found my way over or around the tree... by club or foot wedge. That was the other common practice in many of the conversations. Years later, even decades later, mothers and fathers with their sons and daughters – even three generations of families – go out often and hit the links together. Whether it’s competition or not is irrelevant – they are a family making memories. Many of our stories – from the Lucios at Fort Brown to Wendy Werley Bullock at Rancho Viejo, proudly declare that once golf is in the blood, it becomes part of our DNA. Now, my daughter is taking up the sport. I’m not sure what she likes better – swinging until she comes out of her shoes, or riding in the golf cart, but I sure can’t wait for all those memories in the making. I especially can’t wait for those special moments: “Hey mija, remember that time Papi hit it over the big tree?” 6 [Southtexas Golf #1]

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Staff Publisher/CEO Henry Miller henry@stexasgolf.com Advertising Director/COO Joey Dowden joey@stexasgolf.com Sales Rep frank@stexasgolf.com Events Coordinator John Amour Designers David DeLeon Henry Miller Photographer Curtis Roberson Vlume 1, Isssue 2. May 2013. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the prior written consent of the publisher. Views and opinions expressed in this publication are strictly those of the writers, photographers and contributors, and are not necessarily those of South Texas Golf or its publisher. Every effort has been taken to ensure the correctness and accuracy in the material published in this magazine. South Texas Golf reserves the right to edit, rewrite and refuse editorial materials and assumes no responsibility for accuracy, errors, omissions or consequence arising from it. South Texas Golf shall be held harmless and indemnified against any third-party claims. Advertisements appearing in South Texas Golf present only the viewpoint of the advertisers. South Texas Golf is printed in the U.S.A. All correspondence to the publication become the property of South Texas Golf Magazine.

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ages 7-18 Los Lagos Junior Golf Clinics, June 4-13 on Tue, Wed, Thur 1-3 p.m. Tournament Player’s School golf clinic for grades 6 thru 9 MARTIN VALLEY RANCH 956-585-6330 JUNE 8 TEAM LIBERTY 11 OSCAR TREVINO McALLEN COUNTRY CLUB 956-686-0923 JUNE 8-9 MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP 10 STPGA JR. TOUR, AUGUST 31- SEPT 1 JR. CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

FORT BROWN GOLF CLUB 956-541-0394 JUNE 14 RGV JR GOLF 15 DENNIS WALTERS SHOW MONTE CRISTO GOLF CC (1ST TEE) 956-221-3480 22 ANNUAL A&V LOPEZ CHARITY JUNE 8 JUDGE JUAN PARTIDA LOS LAGOS GOLF CLUB 22 OMAR MALDONADO, 316-0444 SEPTEMBER JUNE 7 SOUTH TEXAS GOLF ASSOC./ 15 PAGA SCRAMBLE LOVE THY NEIGHBOR CHARITY, 18-19 LAJGT WEDNESDAYS - JOHN AUTRY 22 FOUNDATION SCRAMBLE, THURSDAYS 25 STPGA JR. GOLF SUNDOWNERS 30 PAGA 3-ALARM JULY PALMVIEW GOLF COURSE 5-7 MATCH PLAY 681-3444 9 STPGA JUNE 4-27 26-28 CITY AMATEUR TUES & THURS 6:15-8p.m. ADULT 30 STPGA JR. TOUR GOLF LESSONS, June 4-27 and July 2-25 on Tue, JUNE Wed & Thur 9-11 a.m. for juniors 12 AVWGA DIANA WILLIAMS

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LINK SCHEDULE The following is the upcoming schedule for the pga, lpga, champions and legends tours

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PGA TOUR DATES

TOURNAMENTS

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DEFENDING CHAMPION

FEDEXCUP POINTS

Jun 13 - 16

U.S. Open Merion GC, Ardmore, PA Purse: $8,000,000

ESPN NBC

Webb Simpson $1,440,000

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Jun 20 - 23

Travelers Championship TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, CT Purse: $6,100,000

CBS GOLF

Marc Leishman $1,080,000

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Jun 24 - 25

CVS Caremark Charity Classic Rhode Island CC, Barrington, RI Purse: $1,300,000

Jun 27 - 30

AT&T National Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, MD Purse: $6,500,000

Jul 4 - 7

The Greenbrier Classic The Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, WV Purse: $6,300,000

Jul 11 - 14

John Deere Classic TPC Deere Run, Silvis, IL Purse: $4,600,000

Jul 18 - 21

Sanderson Farms Championship Annandale GC, Madison, MS Purse: $3,000,000

Jul 18 - 21

Jul 25 - 28

Jay Haas $150,000 CBS GOLF

Tiger Woods $1,170,000

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Tiger Woods $1,080,000

500

Ted Potter, Jr. $1,098,000

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GOLF

Scott Stallings $540,000

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The Open Championship Muirfield, East Lothian, Purse: $8,000,000

ABC ESPN

Ernie Els $1,405,890

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RBC Canadian Open Glen Abbey GC, Oakville,Ontario, Purse: $5,600,000

CBS GOLF SIRIUSXM

Scott Piercy $936,000

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CBS GOLF SIRIUSXM

CHAMPIONS TOUR

LPGA TOUR DATES

TOURNAMENTS

DEFENDING CHAMPION

DATES

TOURNAMENTS

Jun 21 - 23

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G Purse: $2,000,000

Ai Miyazato

Jun 21 - 23

Encompass Championship North Shore Country Club, Purse: $1,800,000

Jun 27 - 30

U.S. Women’s Open Purse: $3,250,000

Na Yeon Choi

Jun 27 - 30

Jul 11 - 14

Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Purse: $1,300,000

Brittany Lang

Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship Fox Chapel Golf Club, Pittsburgh, PA Purse: $2,700,000

Jul 11 - 14

Jul 18 - 21

Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and OPurse: $1,300,000

So Yeon Ryu

U.S. Senior Open Championship Omaha Country Club, Omaha, NE Purse: $2,600,000

Tom Lehman $335,000

Aug 1 - 4

RICOH Women’s British Open Purse: $2,750,000

Jiyai Shin

Jul 25 - 28

Fred Couples $315,600

Aug 16 - 18

The Solheim Cup Colorado Golf Club Parker, Colorado

The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, Purse: $2,000,000

Aug 22 - 25

CN Canadian Women’s Open Purse: $2,000,000

THE LEGENDS TOUR July 12-15, 2013 Judson Collegiate Invitational & Legends Tour Atlanta Pro-Am Country Club of Roswell Roswell, GA (Atlanta Area) Benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta July 28-29, 2013 LPGA Legends Swing for the Cure Inglewood Golf Club

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Aug 2 - 4 Lydia Ko

Kenmore, WA (Seattle Area) Benefiting Puget Sound Susan G Komen for the Cure August 11-12, 2013 Wendy's Charity Challenge presented by Neutrogena Country Club of Jackson Jackson, MI Benefiting Wendy's Wonderful Kids

Aug 16 - 18

3M Championship TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, MN Purse: $1,750,000 Dick’s Sporting Goods Open En-Joie GC, Endicott, NY Purse: $1,800,000

Boeing Classic Aug 23 - 25 TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, WA Purse: $2,000,000

2013 FedEx Cup Standings Thru May 1) TIGER WOODS: 2,340 2) BRANDT SNEDEKER: 1,474 3) MATT KUCHAR: 1,422 4) KEVIN STEELMAN: 1,234

NETWORK

DEFENDING CHAMPION

GOLF

Joe Daley $405,000

GOLF

Roger Chapman $500,000

GOLF

Bernhard Langer $262,500

GOLF

Willie Wood $270,000

GOLF

Jay Don Blake $300,000

5) BILLT HORSCHEL: 1,205 6) BOO WEEKLEY: 1,114 7) PHIL MICKELSON: 1,003 8) D.A. POINTS: 985 9) KEEGAN BRADLEY: 974 10) ADAM SCOTT: 919 11) CHA.HOWELL III: 865 12) WEBB SIMPSON: 854


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God and Golf I love golf! Not only do I love to golf, I love to think about the many parallels between the game and life. The spiritual life in particular. Living a life that is pleasing to God is a lot like playing golf. We have to handle the ups and downs, recover from mistakes, stay away from hazards, develop positive attitudes, and build lasting relationships. The first thing we must do, in golf and life, is give up

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In the mid-1990s, golf was growing like crazy in popularity. At Fort Brown Golf Course in Brownsville hitting balls from the No. 5 tee box across the Rio Grande and into Mexico was growing in popularity too. “One day we got a visit from the U.S. Consulate telling us that people were complaining in Mexico about golf balls into a neighborhood and one little restaurant,” said Bob Lucio, who has leased the land since 1987. “So I made these signs that say ‘Do Not Hit Balls Into Mexico.’” Now those signs are in the clubhouse and people frequently have their picture taken with them. “A lot of courses you go to you have to worry about hitting a house. Here you can hit them into another country.”

on gimmicks. There are no shortcuts! Jack Nicklaus, maybe the greatest golfer ever, said “I know how easy it is, in the search for self improvement, to sacrifice fundamentals for gimmicks.” When golfing badly, it’s easy to give in to the urge to take a shortcut. Matthew 7:13-14 (The Message) says. “Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced

in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way of life to God is vigorous and requires total attention.” Improvement, whether in golf or in your spiritual life, will never be achieved through gimmicks. It comes from knowing and sticking to the fundamental truths.

Phil Corzine is an avid golfer and pastor at Christian Fellowship Church in McAllen – www.cfcmcallen.com


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›› When Robert Lucio looks over the 165-acre Fort Brown Golf Course, he is reminded of all the hard work he and his family have been a part of. He can see it in the palm trees he planted as seedlings, the new greens and the clubhouse.

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long the No. 5 fairway, he can easily glance into Mexico and see a Matamoros neighborhood, a tall church, a hotel and several other landmarks. When he gets back to his clubhouse, he can see the border fence that was constructed all along the U.S.-Mexico border – the portion that all but shuts off the course from the rest of the United States. That fence is also a reminder – a reminder of uncertainty that stemmed when that fence first went up and sent the Lucios, who have leased the land since 1987, to the brink of financial demise. “It created so much uncertainty that we lost about 60 percent of my members,” Lucio said. “They would tell me ‘Bob we can’t renew our memberships not knowing what they are going to do – are they going to wall us off?’” A year earlier, Lucio said he spent his life savings on the golf course. He built a new clubhouse, put in a new irrigation system and changed the greens from a tiff to a champion grass. “This is a family business – it’s me, my wife and my son,” said Lucio, whose eldest brother is State Senator Eddie Lucio. “We were at the breaking point. I’ll tell you, if you get 3-4 months behind on anything it’s the hardest thing to come back from.” The original Fort Brown sat at the site where the golf course is today. The No. 9 fairway was an airstrip and in 1915 a plane that was searching for the legendary Francisco “Pancho” Villa was fired upon from Mexico with machine guns and small arms. It was the first airplane to be attacked by hostile fire. Fort Brown was built in 1845 by the

U.S. Army. At the time it was known as Fort Texas. In 1846, during the Mexican-American war, there was a siege of the fort and Major Jacob Brown was killed. The fort was renamed Fort Brown in his memory and just three years later the city of Brownsville was established. To this day a cannon remains at the farthest corner of the driving range, signifying where Brown was killed. “I am definitely a history buff and an amateur historian,” Lucio said. “When we leased this land we tried to learn as much as possible. The historical significance of this piece of property is incredible. Possibly the most historical piece of property in South Texas.” The Rio Grande snakes around Fort Brown Golf Course like a peninsula. Only the north entrance is not surrounded by water. But the history or the land itself had no effect when it came to Homeland Security and their decision to cut Fort Brown Golf Course – as well as homes and farmland along the Rio Grande – from the rest of the United States with the border fence. “The Federal Government didn’t care about the historical values or what you were doing. They came down here and said ‘this is the way we’re doing things and that’s it,’” Lucio said. “Michael Chertoff was the Homeland Security Director then and he was just a horrible guy. He was really ugly the way he talked to officials and people down here.” One of the more vivid memories of the border fence fiasco was when there was a violence outburst in Matamoros. Border Patrol was put on alert. Instead of securing the border along the river,

they were ordered to secure the fence. This didn’t settle well with Lucio – or any of the golfers. “It did not make me feel good at all. It showed me we have literally given up this property – we are in no man’s land,” Lucio said. “If Border Patrol or Homeland Security is securing the fence line, then what is the boundary of Texas and Mexico? “We could create our own country, our own tax system... everything. We need people to understand that we are in the United States. We are not in Mexico.” He added that he’s not alone with questions and concerns. Many farmers have much of their land on the Mexico side of the border fence. “I love our Border Patrol agents. Heck, we’re the most protected golf course in the country, but that doesn’t mean I have to agree with what Washington does,” he said. “It’s still a shock to me that politicians at the federal level haven’t come out yet to say this whole thing is a disaster.” Governments, officials and golf have played a major role in the Lucio family ancestry. Bob is one of 10 children in the Lucio family and his dad spent many years working with the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department. The children first tasted golf when Eddie, who was cad-

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FEATURE NAME FORT BROWN dying at the Brownsville Country Club, came home with a golf ball and a 7-iron. Golf hasn’t left the family since. “He came home with that 7-iron and we all started batting the ball around the house and getting my mom really upset,” Lucio said. “That’s when we started. “Then we learned that we could make dollar or two a day to be a caddy and we were off. We would shag balls, do whatever. At the end of the day I would have enough money to buy a sandwich and Coke or even get to play later on in the day. That was a phenomenal day. “It took your whole day, we were out of trouble and out of the house (making mom happy) and we learned a game that changed all of our lives. Golf has meant something to each one of us.” After playing high school golf at Brownsville Hanna, Lucio received a scholarship and played at what was then Texas A&I Kingsville. Early in his marriage he departed a bit from the golf world and became a Wal-Mart manager. “It was the dumbest thing I ever did,” Lucio said. “I had control over the whole store. I was very young but I was good at

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it. But I never got to see my wife awake. I’d get home really late and go to work real early. So I got into the golf business and it was the best thing that ever happened to me.” the golf world will continue to mean something to at least some of the next generation of Lucios. Bob’s son Joseph was recently named Head Golf Pro for the course. Dad said he is not only looking forward to becoming the course superintendent and spending more time on the course, but he’s also excited to watch Joseph take over the reins and bring Fort Brown into the future. “Joseph told me ‘Dad I’ve been waiting for this all my life,” Lucio said. “It makes me step away – and gives me time to be on the course more. The course is in great shape right now – but

I think prayer has a lot to do with it because we haven’t had any rain for a long time.” As the elder Lucio adjusts to his new superintendent role (and watcher of his son), he’s proud of his family and the accomplishments they have made with Fort Brown Golf Course. He sees people coming back to his golf course, he has several groups, from corporate entities to the First Tee and LPGA Girls organization who call Fort Brown their home course. He looks forward to continued changes and, hopefully, a better answer than a fence that has left the course with just one way in and one way out “I stand on this golf course and to me it’s holy ground. It’s historical, it’s fertile and is the place I do business,” Lucio said. “I remember when the workers out here would have my son on the tractors when he was 3 or 4 years old. I love this place so much. “It’s gonna take a North Korean rocket to get me out of this place. I’ll claw down into the ground and will do everything I can to be here – a lot of people know that.”


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PROFILE: MONTE CRISTO’S

RAY PENA

In each edition of South Texas Golf Magazine we will feature an area golf pro and tell their story – and it may not be totally golf related. In this first installment of “Off the green,” we talked with Monte Cristo Golf Pro Ray Pena.

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hat are you? You think you're a golf pro or something?” The voice greeted Ray Pena as he unloaded his last bit of luggage – his golf clubs – from his Tacoma Tundra and started up the steep steps that would eventually lead him to his room inside the army barracks at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. It was Pena's first day as part of the 82nd Airborne Division, a Saturday morning, and some of the soldiers had gathered at the top of the steps to talk about anything and everything. Little did he know that his first encounter would have a major impact on the rest of his life. Pena looked up and saw the voice's owner – a tall man with a military haircut and a big dip of Copenhagen in his

mouth. He was wearing civilian clothes since it was a weekend. “No, I just enjoy playing golf,” Pena said. “I've been playing since I was 7 and competitive since I was in high school.” “You any good?” the man said. “I'm decent,” Pena replied. “Ok, we'll find out one of these days,” the man said, then just walked off. Monday finally arrived and Pena was in formation with the rest of his company. The company's captain, Keith Pruitt, was speaking - the same man who asked about Pena's golf game two days earlier. “Suddenly he asks 'Where's Private Pena?” recalls Pena, now the golf pro at Monte Cristo Golf Course. “He says 'wait for me in my office.'” Pena waited in the office and soon


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FEATURE RAY PENA NAME Pruitt came in. He was carrying a stack of papers in one hand, a large coffee cup in the other and he kicked the door shut. “'The reason I called you in here is that I want to ask you a serious question,'” Pena recalled. “'Are you a good golfer?' “I told him a pretty good golfer and if I wasn't going to join the military I was going to try to get a golf scholarship. Well, in two weeks he had a tournament coming up and he told me we would be partners. 'That's your test. If you're a good golfer you're going to be my partner and we're going to play in a lot of tournaments.’” And that they did – for nearly three years. “There would be some special training or something and he would say

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“Since him (Ryan Lee) my life has been a bigger blessing than anything. I would rather have this life than anything else that would’ve come.” -- Ray Pena

'No, Pena is going with me,” Pena said. “What could the other guys say? I'm sure they were envious and they had to be out there suffering while I'm out here enjoying myself and playing with generals and lieutenants. I was usually the only enlisted one playing. Everyone else was an officer.” It was near the end of the tournament fun when Pena played in a group with the head coach of the all-Army golf team. Pena didn't know it was him and the coach didn't say a word about it. “Back them I was real limber – about 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds with like almost 0 percent body fat. I would hit the ball a mile,” Pena said. “So near the end of the tournament he finally tells me who he is and that he didn't want to tell me before because he didn't want me to try to play harder.” The coach told Pena he had a very coachable, very good swing with few flaws – but very fixable. He then asked Pena to try out for the Army team. Tryouts were in September, but Pena never made it. That June he went to Ranger school and seriously injured his knee – there was no way he would be ready to tryout. That knee injury – which required two arthroscopic procedures before doctors finally went in and replaced the ACL, MCL and meniscus ligaments – put Pena on a way different path than he ever imagined, or had planned. Having already done a tour of duty in

Afghanistan and being on teams that ran night missions, knocking down doors and going after high-value targets, Pena found himself in a very different position. His new company was being deployed to Iraq and Pena found himself going – but working intel instead of the front lines. Still, he pleaded with his captain to at least be able to go and not be left behind on base. “After going to Afghanistan, I had seen war – I needed to go,” Pena said. “I told my captain that if I didn't go, it would haunt me the rest of my life.” Upon his return, he had a long talk with Lieutenant Colonel Pete Johnson and heard what he didn't want to hear. “He said 'look Ray, we know you love this stuff but you're not going to be able to do what you want to do with that injury. You're gonna be in the office,'” Pena recalled. “You have your college paid for. Go back to school, get your knee healed, come back as an officer and then you can rock and roll with us.” That ended up being Pena's plan. “But you know what I've come to believe over the years,” Pena said. “It's that things happen for a reason.” Pena tried the school deal while working in the oil fields. But then one day then-Monte Cristo pro Jake Atkinson offered Pena a job, helping out with reports and the golf course. Golf was still a passion for Pena and he took up the offer. Now, more than 5 ½ years later, Pena is running the show, his wife's name


›› is Lizette and their son Ryan Lee is 1 ½ years old – and life couldn't be any better for the Edinburg native, who grew up golfing at the same place he now oversees. “My goal was to stay in the military, get the best training possible and, in all honesty, my dream was to be a spy for the United States. I wasn't going to get married or have kids – they would just be a liability. I didn't want to have any connections,” Pena said. “Now I'm a golf pro, have a beautiful family and and I wouldn't have it any other way. I work for a great family – the Palacios family – here, I love the members and the camaraderie here. Every day at home it's something new. Since him (Ryan Lee) my life has been a bigger blessing than anything. I would rather have this life than anything else that would've come.”

RAY PENA BIO Age: 32 Monte Cristo Golf Pro Married to Lizette Son, Ryan Lee (1 1/2) School: Edinburg North Was in last seventh-grade class that attended junior high at what is now the Edinburg Administration building Attended 8th grade at Memorial and the golf team would just walk across the road to practice at Monte Cristo Golf Course Played golf since age 7 Joined the Army and was in parachutist and sniper schools Golfs left-handed; Son swings his clubs lefty AND righty

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FCA GOLFER OF THE YEAR

CALVIN LACKEY One of three Lackey boys (and grandson of Bobby Lackey), Calvin plans to continue his golf career after a busy summer - at Tyler Junior College

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ith two holes remaining, Calvin Lackey was 3-under-par and seemingly a lock to advance to the Texas State Amateur Golf Tournament. Instead, he found himself tied for first, forced into a playoff. With winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour and the temperature in the 40s, Calvin saved par on the first playoff hole and held on for victory, advancing to the Texas Amateur tournament June 13-16 at Lakeside Country Club in Houston. Calvin has been named the South Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Male Golfer of the Year, sponsored by South Texas Golf Magazine. Lackey, a graduating senior for the Weslaco High Panthers, will continue his golfing career at Tyler Junior College and plans to study Business Marketing. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, according to its website fca.org, has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in the world. Calvin has been a part of Weslaco High’s FCA program since he was in eighth grade, this year being the group’s student leader. “It’s a real good organization that has impacted my life a lot,” Calvin said. “It helps me a lot. Everyone in there, we all have something in common – we are Christians and we love sports – we help each other.” Calvin, whose grandfather is former University of Texas star quarterback

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Bobby Lackey (and who the Weslaco football stadium is named after), began golf at a young age – and in a family of golfers. He is the middle of three golfing brothers. His older brother Garrison golfs for the University of Texas-San Antonio while his younger one, 15-yearold Austin, also plays for Weslaco – and keep Calvin on his toes. “If I’m not paying attention, he’ll sneak up there and bear me,” Calvin said. “He’s definitely pushing me. He has a great short game. When he beats me I usually don’t take it the right way.” Calvin said he had been playing golf (“going to the golf course with my dad and fooling around in the golf cart”)

South Texas Golf Magazine will name its FCA Female Golfer of the Year in the August edition

for years before becoming serious as a freshman. “I made varsity and decided I needed to step it up and get my game better to where it’s supposed to be and make a difference on the team,” Calvin said. “I did that and now it’s what I do. Every day after school I’ll go practice until dark.” Calvin plays mostly at McAllen Country Club but also enjoys playing Tierra Santa, Harlingen Country Club, and others. A somewhat long hitter for his size (6-feet, 150 pounds), Calvin said his game had been more short and straight because of McAllen Country Club’s tighter fairways. Currently he’s working on his wedge game. “Especially 100 yards and in, that’s where all the magic happens,” Calvin said. “I’ve been working on it a lot lately but I still need to put more time in there. Now that I’m hitting longer, I find myself in that position a lot more.”


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PROFILE: FEATUREWENDY NAMEBULLOCK

A Top 50 U.S. Kids Teacher

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endy Werley Bullock has rubbed shoulders with many a big name. She’s given lessons to the likes of world renowned author and alternative medicine physician Deepak Chopra and then-Sports Illustrated’s top columnist Rick Reilly plus “America’s Pediatrician” Dr. Bill Sears. She created and trademarked the Wellness Golf program which integrated fitness and nutrition while at the Chopra Center. Chopra even wrote a book based on her teachings called, Golf for Enlightenment (or Iluminacion in Spanish). She’s worked with Tina Mickelson, sister of PGA Star Phil Mickelson, and calls some of the top golf instructors of our era her friends. But if you want to see her eyes really light up, watch her when children from her Rancho Viejo Junior Golf Academy come running up to her and throw their arms around her in pure excitement. Bullock has been the Director of Sports and Wellness at Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club since February 1, 2012. She oversees the golf, tennis and swimming programs

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as well as other fitness and wellness programs. But her emphasis is on Junior Golf and her vision is to make Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club a nationally sought out venue when it comes to Junior Golf. Of course, being selected as a Top 50 kids teacher in 2012 by the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation is a giant step on the way to reaching that goal. Being a mom of two young children provides great drive and understanding as well. “When I think about whom I want to have teach and guide my children, I know it needs to be someone who’s actually done it themselves,” said Bullock, who started playing golf at age 3 and ended up playing at The University of New Mexico on a full golf scholarship before turning pro and competing worldwide in the professional ranks. “I expect the teachers to have the highest standards for teaching and to take advantage of all the continuing education they can.” In 1997 she joined the LPGA Teaching division which has earned the reputation as the leader in research based golf education. “This isn’t about babysitting. These kids are coming away with the mechanics and knowledge about all the different aspects of the sport. I want to make sure we are delivering


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what I would want as a mom for my children.” Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club’s Junior Golf Academy is comprised of three different areas: private lessons, a year-round program on Saturdays for ages 3 and up, and a junior golf practice and play program. There are also five specialty summer week-long camps which were recognized in the July 2012 issue of Club &

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Resort Business magazine as one of the country’s most outstanding youth programs integrating nutrition and fitness. A camp day is divided into 1 ½ hours of golf instruction, 1 ½ hours of tennis instruction, an hour of nutritional education as well as an hour of fitness. Bullock is a firm believer that teaching the kids means more than the fundamentals. It in-

cludes understanding how to practice and how to integrate and transfer those skills to the golf course, a crucial developmental skill. Having fun is also critical. The Saturday program is divided into age groups: Little Linksters (Ages 3-6): introduces the U.S. Kids early learning curriculum and SNAG Golf to children where they learn by playing fun games and having friendly competitions. Player Development (7+): designed to introduce children to the U.S. Kids learning curriculum which builds a strong foundation for their future in golf, developing their skills through honing in on basic fundamentals and learning through play and games. Training to Compete Program: designed for serious junior golfers who are competing in tournaments or are preparing to

start competing. We will be working on fine tuning their swings, teaching them “how to practice” and coaching them with their “on course strategy and mental game.” “ I want the Junior Golf Academy at Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club to be one of the best training grounds in the country -- a place people would seek out for the best attention and all-encompassing/ whole child program,” Bullock said. “I’d like to think of this program as giving kids opportunities – to pay for their education if that is their goal, to learn valuable life skills and to give them a game they can play forever. To find out more information regarding the Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club Junior Golf Academy, or the special wellness program or other programs, visit: www. rvrcc.com or call (956) 3504000.


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COVER STORY CHECK IT OUT GolfTec McAllen is located at 2901 N. 10th St. in McAllen Call them at (956) 994-9631 www.golftec.com

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olf lessons are at the core of GolfTec. For more than 15 years, GolfTec Coaches have been teaching golf lessons across North America. Accounting for 20 percent of all U.S. golf lessons, GolfTec has taught millions of lessons to more than 200,000 clients. But it's not the numbers that make a GolfTec lesson more than just a golf lesson. It's the approach. Tips are a poor way to learn golf Tips can be found almost everywhere. They promise a secret movement or a miracle practice drill that will magically fix your challenges. "Fix your slice by Saturday." "End three putts forever." Most of them are written by competent and well-meaning authors, yet most of them don't seem to work for three reasons: 1) One size doesn't fit all. Even if you read and apply it correctly, odds are low that this week's tip is what you need to take your golf swing to the next level of performance. 2) A single swing change is rarely enough. The golf swing is complex. Changing one component of the swing impacts the rest of the swing. This is why one swing change alone is not enough for most golfers. 3) Improvement requires reinforcement. Tips rarely work because they aren't part of a comprehensive golf lesson program. Most golfers require assistance to understand and apply a change. From


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More than 200,000 golfers have experienced a 95-percent success rate following GolfTec’s Proven Path

there, it can take up to 30 days of proper reinforcement to turn an idea into a reliable, on-course skill. Sequential approach to golf lessons After millions of golf lessons, countless research studies and ongoing feedback from clients, GolfTec has concluded that a sequential approach to golf lessons is critical to building repeatable skills and lasting results. Sequential lessons are one of the five factors required for maximum improvement. As a GolfTec Coach improves your swing, they will follow a ground-up, startto-finish sequence that builds one good motion on top of another: Address – the critical foundation of all good golf swings Backswing – the initial movement that sets up the rest of the swing Top – an athletic, fundamentally-sound top position maximizes the odds of success Downswing – the most difficult, and arguably most important, move in the swing

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Impact – often called the moment of truth; it is the natural result of all previous moves Release – an effective way to control and alter trajectory and shot shape Finish – the reflection of a controlled swing and solid mechanics From day one, GolfTec has believed in the power of using advanced technology to accelerate the golf improvement process. GolfTec's patented g-swing system combines digital video, motion measurement and biofeedback. It doesn't end there. Each golf lesson you take is uploaded to your personalized Player Performance Center using GolfTec's WebLesson® technology, giving you 24/7 access to your lesson history, past swing videos, practice drills and more. The bottom line: Each GolfTec lesson utilizes advanced technology to dramatically accelerate your improvement. A golf lesson with proven results GolfTec's approach to golf lessons not

only makes sense — it works. Combined, more than 200,000 golfers have experienced a 95-percent success rate following GolfTec's Proven Path. And each year, thousands of golfers make GolfTec's Wall of Fame. Some win club championships. Some shoot career rounds. Many find more fairways and lose fewer balls. And others are simply able to do what they could not do before taking a GolfTec lesson — enjoy the game of golf. If you want to play better golf and enjoy the game more, GolfTec will get you there. "At GolfTEC McAllen, we have helped a variety of golfers meet their goals with our sequential approach to lessons for the last year and a half,” said Octavio Cantu, from his location at 2901 N. 10th St. in McAllen “From teenagers to seniors, 5-36 handicaps, men and women, all with different skills and different goals. Give us a try and you will see why GolfTEC has a 95-percent success rate."


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HOW DO YOU

FINISH?

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ow you finish often reveals what’s happening during your swing. During my golf lessons, I often key on a player’s finish to determine exactly how he or she can improve . You can do the same if you know what to look for. Below I describe four of the more common finishes I see when giving lessons, possible causes of the finish, and ideas on how to eliminate the swing faults that cause them. » FINISH 1: THE HIGH FINISH The high finish is among the most common. Hands held high and a flying left elbow (for right handers) characterize the position. It’s associated with pushes, thins shots, and shots struck toward the clubface’s heel. High finishers tend to swing on an in-to-out path that’s extreme, with the club traveling to the right of the target, minimizing control. If you have seen me play, you’ll find the in-to-out swing is my preferred approach. When the inside-out move becomes severe, you push the shot. When the club comes too far inside with a closed clubface, you have a tendency to pull the shot. Also, swinging too far inside delivers the club below the swing plane, preventing the club from striking the ball on a descending path. The key is not to exaggerate the move too much. » FINISH 2: THE LOW FINISH The low finish stems from an overly out-to-in swing path caused by a downswing motion initiated by the arms instead of the body. Players developing this finish come over the top of the plane, as I’ve explained to my clients, causing the clubhead to cut across the ball through the impact zone. The position is associated with pull slices, pull hooks, and shots off the toe. Since the club is moving steeply and across the ball, none of the shots are well struck. Nor do they fly toward the intended target.

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John Amour shows the difference in where you want to finish (above) and where a Reverse-C finishes (below).


›› If you freeze this finish, you’ll notice the player’s hands and arms seem to be all jammed up. The arms have moved earlier than the body, impeding the arms’ movement and limiting their extension. To fix this, work on your body/ arm synchronization, so your arms don’t out race your body on the downswing. It is good to keep your hands in front of your body but not to an extreme. » FINISH 3: THE LUNGE FINISH I don’t know how popular this finish is statistically, but I often see it in my golf lessons. With this type of finish, the player’s head is in front of his or her left leg, or the golfer feels himself or herself falling forward. The end result: the player fails to stay behind the ball during the swing. To correct this fault, work on your hip rotation. Try leading the down swing with your hips instead of your body. Try plac-

ing a chair to your front side, with the back of the chair just touching your hips. Take a few practice swings being careful to stay in contact with the chair’s back as you turn through impact. Also, try finishing with your head over your left leg. » FINISH 4: REVERSE-C FINISH The Reverse C Finish, in many golf instruction courses, was thought of as the perfect finish - up until a few years ago. Now, it’s not as highly regarded. With the reverse C, the golfer slides his legs and body laterally to the left (for right-handers) and too fast through impact. The weight, however, remains on the back foot. A reverse pivot, which occurs when you fail to transfer your weight from the front foot to the back foot, also produces a Reverse C finish configuration. To correct this, slide less. To cure the reverse pivot, you need more weight transfer. If your problem is the reverse

pivot, swing normally while lifting your front foot off the ground on your back swing, then replant it on the downswing. This helps transfer the weight from the front foot to the back foot, as it should. But like the lunge, low, or high finishes, it can indicate hidden swing faults that need correcting. The sooner you start working on correcting the swing faults discussed here, the sooner you’ll start lowering your handicap.

John Amour is a Columbus, Texas native who resides in McAllen, Texas. He played college golf at San Jacinto Junior College and the University of Texas-Pan American. He turned pro in 1999 and in 2005 formed STGLF, a golf lesson company. He is also a partner in Tag-T, a company that specializes in golf tournaments in the United States and Mexico. He has given more than 10,000 golf lessons

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GOLF CHIPPING AND

SMART PITCHING Chipping, putting levels the game for those non long-drive mashers

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ue to your physical fitness, you may never achieve hitting your driver 300 yards. An inability to achieve the necessary clubhead speed or even a lack of athletic flexibility can actually limit a golf game. However, everyone is absolutely capable of chipping and pitching the golf ball just as well as golf professionals. Distance control, practice and a touch are key to a proficient game of golf, as opposed to power. The difference between a chip and pitch is that the chip remains low and rolls most of the way to the hole, while a pitch flies most of its way. The experienced golfer usually knows which technique should be used. A descending blow results in chips on the golf green. In layman terms, this means that the clubhead must reach its lowest point after initial impact. You may be tempted to press the golf club into the grass at address, but that only presets the golf swing’s low point at a spot directly behind the golf ball. Contact is the likely result of this ineffective technique. Instead, it’s advisable to address the golf ball with the leading edge of the clubhead at the golf ball’s equator. With the golf ball in the middle of your golf stance and the shaft angled over slightly

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toward your target, a descending strike for solid chips can be achieved. Creating golf shots around the green is not as difficult as one may think. Using one basic chipping technique, one can hit a number of shots just by an assortment of golf club selection. You can begin with a narrow stance and play the golf ball off your back foot. Then, push your hands in front of the ball and maintain your body weight to the left to achieve a descending blow. There is very minimal contribution from your wrists as your shoulders and arms swing the golf club back and through, much like when you make a putting stroke. Next, it’s wise to attempt the use of different golf clubs to see how the golf ball responds. You can go as high as a 5-iron, which will better produce a low

roller with just sufficient airtime to hop over the fringe. This same technique with an 8-iron gives one a little more carry, a hint of check when the golf ball hits the green and a little less of a roll. So, when you chip with the lob or sand wedge, you will produce a lofted backspin pitch to stop quickly once it lands on the golf putting surface. Now, that the chipping basics are down, you can expand your golf shot selection simply by making slight variations in a golf ball position. For example, you can move the golf ball one-inch forward in your stance for a higher golf shot or one inch farther back to bring this down. It’s wise to experiment with the variety of shots and enjoy yourself while also enhancing your short-game golf arsenal.


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DEVELOP ONE Consistent golf is what we all want. It may be easier than you think

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f you are fortunate enough to be able to go to a golf tournament or if you watch a golf tournament on television, you notice one thing all the golfers have in common, a preshot routine. They all do something the exact same way before each shot. Remember Sergio Garcia’s routine? The way that he regripped the club 20 times before a shot bordered on insanity. He finally came to his senses and cut it down. Most of them also have what is known as a “trigger.” A “trigger” is something they do that tells their mind that they are preparing to execute a golf shot. It’s kind of like starting the engine of your car. This can be anything from a tug on your shirt sleeve, to twirling the golf club in your hand or even a phrase that you say to yourself. One of the easiest ways to improve your game is to focus on your preshot routine. Most high handicap golfers don’t have a routine at all, they basically step up to the shot after a couple of practice swings and freeze so they think of negative thoughts. If you don’t have a routine, you can’t have a clear expectation for the shot you are about to hit. How many times have you missed a putt because you stepped up and just hit it? I know that you’re thinking you’ve made a lot of putts that way also, but when the

money is on the line you have to be able to rely on your routine. When you focus on your routine, it takes your mind off of the results. Thinking about the results is a sure way to bring negative thoughts to mind. “If I miss this putt I’ll be down $2.” “I haven’t made any putts today.” “This putt for birdie is only 6 feet. If I miss, it will be embarrassing.” Any of these sound familiar? You can’t play good golf with negative thoughts in your head. Negative thoughts create doubt, and doubt creates tension. Tension is the scourge of golf. Have you ever played good golf in a bad mood? When you focus on your pre-shot routine, you’re not thinking about anything else. Ideally your routine should have about 5 steps, if you focus on each step there is no time to have negative thoughts, also known as tension. Here is a simple routine you can use the next time you play.: 1. Say to yourself “Focus.” This is your trigger. 2. Stand behind the ball and look at the target. 3. Address the ball and check your alignment 4. Look at the target 2 times 5. Pull the trigger Master your pre-shot routine and you will find the key to consistency. http://www.AllGolf.org


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El Diablo Golf Course was built around eight lakes and resacas COURSE NAME: Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club / El Diablo

Lindsday, PGA Professional

ADDRESS: 1 Rancho Viejo Drive Rancho Viejo, Texas 78575

ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: 18 Annual Tournaments

PHONE: (956) 350-4000 WEBSITE: www.rvrcc.com FACEBOK/TWITTER: Follow us on Facebook “Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club” Follow us on Twitter @RVRCC DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION: Wendy Werley Bullock, Class A LPGA Professional DIRECTOR OF GOLF: Robert

ABOUT EL DIABLO

ARCHITECT: Don Arpp

PAR: 70 YARDAGE:

El Diablo hosted a PGA Tour Qualifying School in 1976

El Diablo golf course was selected as the host of the PGA Tour Qualifying School in the Fall of 1976, and the 2009 & 2010 host of the Duramed Futures Tour which is the LPGA’s developmental tour.

Gold – 6821, Blue - 6315, White – 5979, Red - 5556 FAIRWAY GRASS: Common Bermuda ROUGHS: Common Bermuda MORE INFORMATION: Memberships, 50 Villa Suites, Swimming & Tennis, Fitness Center,

Our members and resort guests enjoy competitive and social play on our manicured fairways suitable for all skill levels. RVRCC’s PGA Family Course Program makes golf more enjoyable for new golfers and children.

Our very own Wendy Werley, LPGA Class A Golf Professional, was awarded the 2012 US Kids Golf Top 50 teachers award for her contribution to golf by creating a standout year round junior golf program at the resort.

Our PGA and LPGA professionals can help companies create memorable golf outings, and great team building events making RVRCC the ideal resort for your next corporate outing and your family destination vacation.

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Tierra del Sol GOLF CLUB

Tierra del Sol is undergoing a major transformation and golfers will be impressed by its new feel COURSE NAME: Tierra del Sol ADDRESS: 700 E. Hall Acres Pharr, Texas

PAR: : 71 YARDAGE: Blue - 6827 , White - 6266

PHONE: (956)702-2320

Gold - 5820 , Red - 5252

FAX: (956)702-2536

FAIRWAYS: Bermuda 419

WEB: : www.pharrgolf.com

ROUGHS: Bermuda 419

DIRECTOR OF GOLF: : Raul Garza ARCHITECT: Dave Bennett

 You may not recognize the clubhouse at Tierra del Sol with all the magnificent changes and upgrades they have made

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS 24 lakes, excellent sand traps, lined with Mesquite trees.

OTHER FACILITIES

Located south off Expressway 83 and just a few miles off Expressway 281, Tierra del Sol is a beautiful course that’s getting better in every aspect

Pro shop with golfing merchandise available, snack bar, practice range.

MISCELLANEOUS New greens with tift dwarf grass, New tee boxes laser leveled with Celebration grass. New chipping green and new (expanded) putting green.

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When you’re talking about the best golf courses in the Rio Grande Valley, Harlingen CC stacks right up there COURSE NAME: Harlingen Country Club ADDRESS: 5500 El Camino Real Harlingen, TX 78552 PHONE: (956) 412-4100 FAX: (956) 412-4123 WEBSITE: www.harlingencc.com GOLF PRO: Michael Fernuik, PGA

PAR: 72 YARDAGE: Black 6541 Blue 6261 White 5625 Red 5035 FAIRWAY GRASS: Bermuda ROUGHS: Bermuda GREENS: Champions

FACILITIES: We offer a fully stocked pro shop, three practice areas including a driving range, chipping green and putting ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: green. The clubhouse has three 36 member & outside events, including Life Begins at Forty In inside dining areas as well as an outdoor patio where a favorite February and The South Texas beverage can be had. Junior Golf Classic in June. ARCHITECT: Leon Howard

 From golf course to all the amenities, Harlingen Country Club is a top-ofthe line destination

Harlingen Country Club is located just north of Expressway 83 after taking the Stuart Place Road Exit. You can’t miss the beautiful presentation

ABOUT HARLINGEN CC The Harlingen Country Club is committed to be the best family focused, member owned Country Club in the Rio Grande Valley. We provide quality family activities for all our members that include Golf and Fitness, Swimming, Tennis, Dining and Entertainment. The Harlingen Country Club boasts one of the best golf courses in the Rio Grande Valley. MORE INFO Bermuda greens and course conditioning makes it the best golfing option in the Valley.

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HEALTH FEATURE NAME

Time to treat

OLD INJURIES Suffering from past injuries? Graston may be right for you

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ecent injuries produce inflammation that may last up to 72 hours accompanied with pain, fluid-like swelling, and skin warmness. As a result of the inflammation muscles become altered in tension and texture. One may notice tight string-like bands within the muscle, due to spasms from tissues irritation, which can last up to 2 weeks. Afterwards, the body heals with the formation of scar tissue. Dense scars begin to infiltrate the injured tissue in order to protect it. Musculoskeletal dysfunction is a result of scar tissue accumulation within soft tissues due to injury. The human body utilizes scar tissue to immobilize and protect the area from further injury. Scar tissue is similar to scars that form on the epidermis layer of the skin after a scrape. The difference is that the scarring process occurs within the muscular or ligamentous tissues. As a result of fibrous scar tissue buildup, the muscle feels lumpy and leathery. Muscle weakness, tightness, pain, numbness and tingling, may occur in an area limiting the ability to perform well. For example, repetitive motions required for a golf swing provides a platform for overuse from repetitive stress on muscles, ligaments, and joints. The scar tissue formation and inflammation affect the ability to perform at the highest level on the golf course. Common disorders associated with this injury process include, but are not limited to: Golfer’s Elbow, Achilles Tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sprain/Strains of Low Back/Neck, Plantar Fasciitis, Rotator Cuff Tendon-

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Martin Chiropractic Clinic is located at 206 West Nolana in McAllen. Call their clinic at (956) 682-7351

By Eric Martin optimal musculoskeletal function, reduced treatment time/visits, and injury prevention.

WHAT IS A GRASTON TREATMENT LIKE?

itis, Shin Splints, and Trigger Finger.

WHAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE? Over 7,500 trained clinicians utilize Graston worldwide, including: Chiropractors, Physical Therapist, Occupation Therapists, and Hand Therapists. Graston Technique is a patent therapeutic procedure designed to detect and effectively treat inflammation and soft tissue fibrosis. The procedure’s gal is to identify the injured tissue to break up the adhesions to increase mobility. Other benefits of Graston include: increase of circulation in the area, quicker rehabilitation and recovery, reduces anti-inflammatory medication intake,

A trained clinician evaluates the injury with Graston Gel and smoothly glides the Graston instruments over the area to identify regions of adhesions within the muscle tissues. The amount of pressure utilized by the clinician with the instrument is controlled by one’s tolerance and tissue response. The Graston instruments detect and amplify soft tissue restrictions similar to a stethoscope amplifies the sound of the heartbeat. The instruments allow the clinician to identify and break up the adhesions. One should experience an increase in range of motion and decrease in pain throughout the treatment process. As restrictions release from the treated tissue, slight bruising and soreness may occur. Soreness and discomfort is not uncommon after the first treatment and is a positive sign that the restrictions are being reduced. Soreness is usually minimized after 48 hours and can be controlled by icing and proper stretching. It is recommended to drink 6 to 8 8 oz. glasses of water per day to promote proper healing. Graston Technique reduces pain, increases range of motion and increases muscle strength. If there is restriction while playing Golf, Graston Technique may be your answer to achieve maximum potential.


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RUNNING ON EMPTY? Keep your golf game South Texas heat proof

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he hot summer days were slightly delayed this year but don’t be fooled: South Texas heat is a serious situation, especially for the novice outdoor athlete. Extended practices and long rounds of golf can lead to heat exhaustion if you’re not careful. How can you prevent a battle with heat exhaustion? The best defense is proper hydration. How do you know if you’re showing signs of being dehydrated? Some of the obvious signs are: thirst, a dark yellowish urine, excessive sweating, feeling faint or dizzy, nausea, a rapid weak heartbeat, low blood pressure, cramps, headache and fatigue. The problem is that once these symptoms show up it’s usually too late. You can quickly go from mild dehydration to heat exhaustion to much more life threatening heat stroke. If you feel you or your athlete is experiencing heat exhaustion get them to a shaded cool place quickly, lay the person down and elevate their legs about 12 inches, remove or loosen clothing, try and have them drink water or Advocare Rehydrate, sponge the person with cool water and fan the person to help keep them cool. Assign someone to monitor the person carefully. Heat exhaustion can quickly require emergency assistance to prevent the much more dangerous heat stroke.

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Your best protection is to be proactive and prepare for long days in the heat. Here are some helpful tips to keep you safe and playing at your optimum level in any summer sport. Make sure you’re properly hydrated before your day in the heat. As an athlete you should drink water much more regularly and drinking half your weight in fluid ounces of water daily. While at your game or day-long tournaments wear clothing that is cool, light and breathable. While not in play, stay in cool shaded areas and avoid caffeinated or alcohol drinks. Instead drink water. Advocare also has two great hydration supplements - Rehydrate and Rehydrate Gels. These two products help the body stay hydrated during physical activity, provide a full spectrum of crucial electrolytes for improved electrolyte balance, include amino acids to help feed your muscles, fuel your body with carbohydrates for energy production and sustained muscle endurance, contain antioxidants to fight free radicals commonly produced during exercise and

help prevent cramping during and after exercise. As you can see - not your regular hydration supplement. Remember to consult your physician before attempting any exercise program. For more information on how to get you started on a Golf Conditioning & supplementation Program contact Jorge Vela, Certified Personal Trainer at 956.451.8962 or email Jorge@explosivefitness.net or visit www.MyExplosiveEdge.com

Spark is one of many products offered by Advocare to help keep you hydrated.


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basic set of golf clubs is all any golfer needs to start playing the game. A set of three woods, a collection of 3-9-irons, pitching wedge, sand wedge and a putter, are all that is required. As your game develops and you improve, more specific clubs can be added to suit your abilities. To start there is only one rule to remember: You can't carry more than 14 clubs in your bag at any one time. Before buying a set of clubs, first determine your ability level. A low-handicap player has a single-digit handicap, meaning he or she generally scores less than 10 strokes over par, or an 82 or less on a par-72 course. The low-handicap golfer The low-handicap player should carry a driver and at least 1 fairway wood, most likely the 3-wood. The low-handicap player will benefit from lower irons in his bag, because the three or four-iron is a difficult

club to hit but can be very useful if it can be controlled. A minimum of 3 wedges which includes a sand wedge, pitching wedge and either a lob wedge or approach wedge in their bags, with a maximum 4-degree difference between each one. The mid-handicap golfer The mid-handicap golfer plays "bogey golf," meaning his or her score averages out to 1 over par on each hole, or somewhere in the 11-20 handicap range. In addition to the driver and a 3-wood and a 5-wood, consider adding a 7-wood or even a 9-wood. These fairway woods give much better control and consistency than the harder to hit long irons. Usually only a 3 through 9 are recommended, since the 2-iron is very difficult to hit consistently. Three different wedges are recommended- pitching wedge, sandwedge, and either a lob wedge or approach

wedge The high-handicap golfer The high-handicap golfer is either a beginner or has not had the time to develop his or her game to reach the mid-handicap level. The high-handicapper usually shoots close to or over 100. For starters, you may not even want to have a driver in your bag. Instead, try going with the 3-wood as your off-the-tee wood and add the easier-to-hit 7- and 9-wood. The wedge you should carry can be either a pitching wedge, sand wedge, lob wedge and or approach wedge. As for wedges go with a sand wedge (55-57 degree loft) or choose between a lob wedge (60-64 degree loft) or a gap wedge (50-53 degree loft). Putters are usually sold separately from full sets to allow the golfer to choose his or her own style.

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Love Golf?

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or the love of golf! I have quickly come to realize that loving the game is just not enough. Giving back to it means so much more. It’s not how you do it, as long as it gets done. Love Thy Neighbor is a service organization created in 2009 by Mike Robledo. LTN provides and promotes service opportunities for people to provide for neighbors in need. For instance, the first “Love Thy Neighbor” shoe drive in 2009 provided an overwhelming response. Below, Mike Robledo best describes in his own words what inspired him to create such a wonderful program for the children. “You never know what will inspire you. But there it is one day – without warning, a serendipitous moment will trigger an unquenchable passion inside you. And if you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to stand still until you’ve done something about it. Two years ago, I had an intense spiritual awakening. Recently, I participated in a Catholic ACTS (Adoration, Community, Theology and Service) spiritual retreat and was inspired to act on God’s calling to serve the least of our neighbors. I just didn’t know how I could help. Then, that brilliant flash of inspiration happened, completely unexpectedly. In the mail, I received a promotional postcard (which wasn’t even addressed to me!) from Buckner International asking to donate to the Shoes for Orphan Souls program, which provides new shoes and socks to orphans and at-risk children in the United States and throughout the world. I was moved to tears at the thought of children lacking such a basic necessity as shoes.

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Immediately inspired, I visited Buckner, which was scheduled to have a shoe drive. I wanted to help. I made the decision to devote my time and effort to assist the ministry in reaching children in our area with the gift of shoes by organizing a shoe drive to collect and clothe the feet of the most needy children. I started talking to a few people about the idea, and almost effortlessly, my vision became a reality. I’m not going to say it didn’t take work and coordination to pull off the shoe drive and touch the hearts of donors to contribute. It was a massive undertaking to place over 500 collection boxes in 4 counties, persuade local donors to contribute funding to the cause, and write grants to private foundations and businesses. It just didn’t feel like work – when a desire burns so passionately in your heart and you set your every intention and focus on it, the universe has no choice but to support you in every way. Everything fell into place, and the shoe drive raised more than $50,000 in two weeks, in addition to hundreds of new shoes donated by individuals. Love Thy Neighbor has since distributed over 20,000 pairs of new shoes and socks to children and families across South Texas. I have been humbled by the outpouring of support for this cause, which started out as a simple spark of inspiration from a piece of paper in my hand. I had never done anything like this before, and I did not know what the end result would look like. I just did it, and put my entire heart, mind, and soul into it.” I now realize what it takes to give back to what has been given. Not how; just get it done. “LOVE THY NEIGHBOR.”

JOEY DOWDEN AND HIS DAUGHTER MADISON. JOEY IS THE ADVERTISING DIRECTOR AND COO OF SOUTH TEXAS GOLF. MADISON RESIDES IN FLORIDA AND IS 13 YEARS OLD. MADISON LOVES TO SHOP, A TRAIT SHE GENERATED FROM HER MOTHER, MELISSA. SHE ALSO HAS A WONDERFUL VOICE, A TRAIT NOT GENERATED FROM HER MOTHER. OH WELL, YOU WIN SOME ,YOU LOSE SOME.


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Get your drink on

The Art of Mixology

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he only thing more important than the food is, of course, the drinks that complement your meal.

“The Art of Mixology,” is what we like to call the process of making our really unique cocktails and our mouthwatering fresh fruit martini line at La Recova. Mixologist Jorge Castañeda will introduce you to the most appealing mix of flavors and the most wonderful selection of spirits. Jorge is always in search of for that special flavor that will make taste buds soar. He is adamant about using freshly squeezed fruit juice, making drinking a healthier choice. A portion of fruit per glass? That’s what you get on every apple, watermelon, and carrot martini, to name a few. That sweetness you’re tasting – that’s the natural sweetness of the fruit and the premium liqueurs already contains (hint: no sugar added). Leaving aside the “black book” of recipes we are always finding new ways to impress every customer, even with your favorite classic cocktails we like to

add that little “twist.” After all, it’s the complete package that makes your experience the best possible at La Recova. FROM THE MIXOLOGIST: “Fruits and vegetables run the gamut from bitter and pungent to savory and sweet, so there’s a lot of unexplored territory. Vegetables are also a great addition to cocktails because they give a drink a true flavor, add a unique spice, and they

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absolutely have a place at the bar. You should pay attention to our recommendations in case you want to try on you own recipes at home: We believe that Gin is a natural complement to cucumber; that vodka, bourbon and mezcal are paired well with bell peppers and chiles; and that whiskies work well with jalapeño and poblano peppers.


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GRAB A CIGAR, SIP SOME WINE AND JUST RELAX Casa Petrides: a one-stop tobacco shop and more

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hen Demetrio Petrides says cigars are in his blood, he’s not joking. “My dad gave me and my two sisters a cigar when I was 8, probably thinking we wouldn’t like it and wouldn’t smoke,” Demetrio said. “We just started sharing and we finished it. Then we were like ‘give us another one.’ So it kinda backfired on him.” Demetrio is the fourth generationowner of the complete tobacco shop known not surprisingly as Casa Petrides, located at 735 W. Dove Ave. in McAllen. The shop was originally started by his great-grandfather (also named Demetrio) after he took a vacation to Mexico City. Loving everything he saw Casa Petrides Tobacco Shop was opened in 1905. The brass rectangular sign declaring “Casa Petrides S.A. Establecida 1905” can still be seen at Casa Petrides, now in its fifth location, first coming to the United States in 1977 at El Centro Mall. They opened another store at La Plaza Mall in 1983 and then moved to downtown McAllen in 1993. They opened the Dove location in 1999 and had both stores going at the same time. “When we opened the Uptown shop we added the bar and wine and all sorts of things complementary to a tobacco shop so we could serve people with any-

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thing to do with tobacco,” Demetrio said. A cigar explosion in 1994 helped Demetrio turn the store into what it is today – a one-stop shop for all needs tobacco, complete with a bar/cigar lounge. They are stocked with lighters and pipes and a variety of tobaccos, along with a nice variety of complementary items that fit just right with the typical cigar aficionado. “In 1994 people just started going crazy with cigars – there was such a high demand for it and manufacturers weren’t growing enough tobacco. They didn’t expect it to grow that fast out of nowhere,” Demetrio said. “Everybody and their mothers were smoking cigars and everyone wanted the most expensive and best cigar they could get.” This was good – with demand outweighing supply, prices and profits were going up – but it also had its downside. Opportunists saw this and created more supply. Even though they were able to put more cigars on the market, the tobacco they used wasn’t as good or as mature and the cigar craze died off prematurely. “These guys would come out of the blue, make some money and then you’d never see them again,” Demetrio said. “People started realizing they were paying premium prices for cigars that weren’t from premium brands.” On the bright side, many more people

had been acquainted to the world of cigars and the landscape – and perception - of who smoked changed. “Everyone associated smoking cigars with your grandpa,” Demetrio said. “Now it’s more affiliated with younger people and successful people. People use it to celebrate – when they have a son or daughter, or they just got a promotion or closed a big deal. The cigar is the celebration.” Casa Petrides is stocked with hundreds of different cigars. If there’s one you want and they don’t have it – they’ll get it. “People come here to enjoy a good cigar – they don’t come to drink, necessarily. It’s not just a bar, it’s a cigar lounge. “Where can you smoke a cigar other than outside – you go home and you’re wife probably makes you go outside to smoke. Here you have air conditioning, the televisions, you can watch a movie, sports or whatever. You can have a glass of wine, try one of our microbrews or just hang out, drink water and enjoy – relax.”

You can visit Casa Petrides at: 735 W. Dove Ave McAllen, Texas 78504 (956) 668-9686


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LEISURE: BEER FEATURE NAME

A COLD ONE FOR A HOT SUMMER

A SHANDY? A Shandy is a beer mixed with a little something extra, like lemonade or juice. Summer Shandy is brewed with natural lemonade flavor that’s perfect for the sun-splashed summer.

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ince 1867, the Leinenkugel family has been carefully crafting beers that capture the spirit of the great outdoors. Five generations of the Leinenkugel family have devoted themselves to recreating the magic of sitting around a campfire and turning strangers into friends and family by brewing exciting new styles and tastes. Join Us Out Here® is more than a slogan. It captures who we are and what we stand for. It’s an invitation to join us in treasuring the connections, friendships and bonds formed by enjoying the outdoors. That’s what we want Leinenkugel drinkers to take away: our beers are an invitation to Join Us Out Here.

A SENSORY EXPERIENCE

Appearance: Creamy lemon yellow color with an inviting cloudy haze Aroma: Moderately aromatic with a moderate to strong lemon/ citrus aroma that interplays with bready malt notes and spicy hop under-

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ABOUT LEINENKUGEL In 1922, Franz Kugler’s Munich tavern was overwhelmed with 13,000 cyclists. Afraid he’d run out of beer, he mixed his lager with lemonade and called it “Radler,” the German word for bicyclist. The Radler soon inspired other beer mixtures like the Shandy. Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy has quickly become one of Leinenkugel’s signature beers since bursting onto the scene in 2008. PERFECT PAIRINGS The refreshing lemonade flavor of Summer Shandy goes great with backyard dishes like BBQ chicken, fruit salads, watermelon and freshly caught, grilled fish.

tones Taste: A delicious malty sweet and citric,lemonpeelsourbalance that is rewardingly refreshing Mouth Feel: A slight drying mouth feel with a refreshingly carbonated light body Finish: A refreshing tart finish


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FEATURE NAME LEISURE: COLLECTING

TIME TO INVEST

PROFITABLE WATCHES Experience, market knowledge are crucial components to have

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eing involved in the highend Luxury Watch industry for the past 35 years, I have realized that one of the most important things you must have to invest in watches is experience, and knowledge of the watch market…a lot of both. I have seen certain watches bring 10s of thousands of dollars in returns. While there are many watch brands on the market you can invest in, there are certain things you must decide. HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU INVEST? Only you can decide that. That amount can be vary from less than $1,000 to more than $100,000, if you have the funds. LIKE THE WATCH This way, if you are not able to find a buyer, you will at least enjoy wearing it. This may sound rather amusing, but I’m talking from experience. WHAT BRAND SHOULD I INVEST IN? This is the tricky one. This is where the knowledge and experience comes in. Ask someone who has prior experience in this field, hopefully they will share this valuable information with you. Instead of investing $10,000 on 30 watches, I recommend you invest that amount in one or two high-end watches. It is much easier to sell two

Hot On The (Waccamaw) This limited edition (30 pieces) Swiss watch by Ulysse Nardin watch could be a great investment - but always do your homework first. high-end watches as opposed to 30 unknown ones. I have spoken to several individuals who have collected many watches. Not too far in our conversation I let them know that they basically have over $10,000 worth of “nothing,” due to the watches they collected. Needless to say they become disenchanted with their collection.

While you can still find some great watch buys out there, please be careful with what you buy and who you buy it from. If you are purchasing from an individual, I suggest you have the watch checked for its authenticity. If you are buying from an establishment, ask if it’s all original. I strongly recommend that the watch has the original warranty papers. Although the warranty may have expired, the warranty papers are still the title to that timepiece. While the collectible watch market can be rather confusing, it is still a very lucrative option as compared to investing in the stock market. After 35 years of being in the luxury watch industry I can honestly say that watches can be a very good investment! Recently I purchased a Breguet for $5,000, and sold it two months later for $8,900 dollars Not a bad return for two month’s work. Exclusive Timepieces specializes in some of the world’s finest watches in McAllen. Call them at (956) 687 2981, or visit them online at www. exclusivetimepieces.net

ONE OF THE BIGGEST TIPS WHEN YOU’RE INVESTING IN WATCHES IS THIS: MAKE SURE YOU LIKE THE WATCH - IF YOU DON’T SELL IT, AT LEAST YOU CAN WEAR IT. 78 [Southtexas Golf #1]


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FEATURE NAME LEISURE: FINANCIAL TIPS

Smart

INSURANCE STRATEGIES We all need some protection in our lives. Here are some suggestions to help you protect your business

Harvey Lopez brings more than 15 years of Wealth Management, business solutions and Insurance experience serving the entire Rio Grande Valley. His are located at 801 E. Fern McAllen TX 78501. If you have ques80tion, [Southtexas #1]@ 956-874-8750 you can callGolf Harvey

» TIP 1: OBTAIN ADEQUATE LIFE AND DISABILITY INSURANCE Did you take out loans secured with personal assets to start or grow your business? If your family inherits the company and the loans have not been paid off, they might have to sell or liquidate the business (perhaps at a discount) to satisfy the debts. Protect them with an individual life insurance policy that provides funds to cover debts, ongoing living expenses and future plans. » TIP 2: DEVELOP AN EXIT STRATEGY Be prepared to leave your business, no matter what the reason, with a strategy that focuses on four key areas: estate planning, retirement planning, succession planning and business valuation. » TIP 3: INSURE YOUR RIGHT HAND Purchase key person life and/or disability insurance for employees who greatly contribute to the bottom line of your business; the policy’s benefits can help make up for lost sales or earnings and help cover the cost of finding and training a replacement. » TIP 4: TAKE CARE OF EMPLOYEES Workers consider employee benefits (health, life, dental, vision, insurance,

The information in this article is not intended to be tax advice and should not be treated as such. You should consult with you tax advisor to discuss your personal situation before making any decisions.

retirement plans) a decisive factor when evaluating a new job opportunity. However, employee benefits can be costly, so if you are a small employer you will want to share the costs with your employees. » TIP 5: REWARD THE TOP EXECUTIVES Section 162 plans (Executive Bonus Plans) are a simple way to reward top employees and offer certain tax advantages. Your employee purchases a cash rich insurance policy and names himself/herself as owner; you receive a tax deduction for paying the premiums, which are considered compensation to the employee. » TIP 5: PLAN IN CASE A PARTNER BECOMES THE ONLY PARTNER Have a plan in case a business partner becomes the only partner A buy-sell agreement ensures that you or your co-owner will buy out the other’s share of the business when circumstances take one partner away from the company. For more information about the tax aspects of investing, consult your tax professional.

© 2012 S&P Capital IQ Financial Communications. All rights reserved.

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s a business owner, you need to ensure that you have adequate coverage to protect family, business partner(s), and key employees, so that no matter what the future holds, the business can continue to provide for those who depend on it. With the right insurance strategies in place, you can guard your business against financial loss due to illness, disability or death. Here are some tips for putting in place a proper plan that will help protect your business, yourself and your families’ needs.


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FEATURE NAME LEISURE: TRAVEL

Summer Adventures Our friends at RGV Tours provided us with some great tips if you’re planning a summer trip to that wonderful place known as Disney

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rrive early to the parks, especially if traveling during a holiday. Most holidays the parks get packed and don’t let more people go in.

Make sure to take comfortable shoes and clothing. You will do a lot of walking! If traveling during the summer, take some ponchos for the rain because it rains every day. If taking children, make sure to take strollers. You may also rent some there, but they might be a bit costly. Let children know that if they get lost to tell someone that works there and they will take them to the lost and found and they can meet there with their parents. Know what your children are wearing in case you need to give a description of them. Take cameras! There are also people taking your pictures and they can take them for you at no cost. You will only need to pay to print them either at the end of the day or you can view them online and order them. Be early for the parades to get a good view. If you want character dining, reserve in advance online. The FastPass is FREE. You just need your ticket to get them. Plan which rides interest you the more and get Fast Passes. That will reduce your time in line and you can go to other rides while waiting for your time to get on. You won’t be able to see everything that the park has in one day.

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Check out all the cool places RGV Tours is going - including Disney! http://rgvtours.com/tour.html


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Located along Georgetown County’s “Hammock Coast” is a collection of award-winning courses, restaurants and accommodations that rival any in America. For a great golf vacation experience that is sure to bring you back again and again, hit the Trail – The Waccamaw Golf Trail. Visit online for preferred rates and tee times, along with recommendations on lodging, dining and more. Request a FREE QUICK QUOTE for the best package rates and receive a complimentary greens fee.

www.MyGolfTrail.com or call toll free 1-800-661-2928

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