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“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR

-- Kalu Ndukwe Kalu, Author

The South Texas Golf Association and Love Thy Neighbor have partnered for a Charity Golf Scramble onSaturday, Sept. 7 at Monte Cristo Golf Course. Come “Play a Round in Their Shoes”

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World Golf Village is a destination resort and residential community in St. Augustine, Florida, just 30 minutes south of Jacksonville and 100 miles northeast of Orlando on Florida’s First Coast. The Village is home to the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, the international institution that preserves and honors the history of golf and the legacies of those who have made it great.

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n 1995, we crafted our first autumn seasonal— Pumpkin Ale. At the time, Oktoberfest beers were in high demand. For our version, we wanted to create a beer that was a little different than what was already out there and complemented the season by highlighting the flavors we’ve all grown to love during this time. It was so popular that it became the first nationally available pumpkin ale. Harvest Pumpkin Ale, as it’s called now, is crafted with pumpkin and spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice for a taste you’ll want to fall right into.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, the South Texas Golf Association will hold its first charity golf scramble with proceeds benefiting the Love Thy Neighbor Service Organization. You can help so many children in need. The Martin Chiropractic Clinic is located at 206 West Nolana in McAllen. You can call their clinic at (956) 682-7351

AVAILABLE TREATMENT

Spinal decompression is an FDA approved non-surgical procedure designed to alleviate pressure on the nerves caused by bulging or herniated discs. Distraction of the spine gently separates the vertebrae from one another, creating a vacuum effect within the disc. This process draws in water, oxygen, and nutrient rich fluids into the disc. This promotes retraction of the herniated or bulging disc material and facilitates faster healing. Although many of these processes occur microscopically, multiple cycles of decompression and relaxation to the spine create a viable corrective procedure for many bulging or herniated discs. In a majority of cases comprehensive muscle, ligament, and joint work is also required to achieve the full effect. At Martin Chiropractic Clinic we combine the latest techniques such as Graston and Active Release Technique to treat the surrounding musculature, along with spinal manipulation to induce proper joint motion. The cold laser is also utilized to promote optimal healing of soft tissues comprising the disc. This three-pronged approach of treating the nerve, muscle,

and joint has proven to be a successful non-surgical alternative to patients suffering from disc injuries. As a younger athlete it is imperative that you maintain the health of your spine to avoid more serious complications later in your life. Accelerated degeneration of the discs in the spine can occur when repetitive stress on the disc continues without proper care. For older athletes, it is not too late to experience the benefit of spinal decompression as many degenerative cases have responded very well to treatment.

Appearance: Deep amber-colored ale with brilliant clarity and a rich, white head.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village is the “Official Resort of the World Golf Hall of Fame,” offering 300 luxurious renovated guest rooms and suites. Located next to the Hall of Fame, the resort offers spectacular views overlooking the Village’s lake and golf courses. Guests are able to enjoy

Aroma: Very complex aroma consisting of malty spice notes.

Taste: Starts out with assertive malty notes and is quickly balanced with the right amount of harvest spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. There’s a small amount of bitterness to keep the malt sweetness from building up.

WHAT IS IT LIKE?

For low back decompression, patients should expect to be placed on a table with comfortably padded straps securing the upper and lower body. Decompression therapy of the spine is generated by a computerized motor that separates the table at a precise level. The amount of tension is determined by the patient’s body weight. It is designed for minimal discomfort, and patients often read a book or peruse on their iPads while receiving treatment. Minimal muscle soreness and pain have been reported after the initial stages of treatment, but ice can be utilized to minimize these effects. Whether you have been diagnosed with a disc injury through an MRI, or have the possibility of a disc injury, a non-surgical approach in spinal decompression may be a viable alternative to treating the problem.

IMAX THEATER

As part of the World Golf Hall of Fame experience, guests can enjoy a film at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX® Theater. The Theater has recently undergone an upgrade to IMAX 3D Digital. This upgrade makes it the largest IMAX Digital 3D screen in the Southeastern United States.

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World Golf Village’s two championship golf courses, the World Golf Hall of Fame’s 18-hole putting course, pool, hot tub, 24-hour health club, restaurant, lounge and full-service concierge.

GOLF COURSES

World Golf Village features two 18hole championship golf courses with special ties to the World Golf Hall of Fame. The King & Bear, named respectively for its Hall of Fame member co-designers Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, opened in 2000. It is the first and only course design collaboration between the two golf legends. The second course, Slammer & Squire, opened in 1998 and was designed by Bobby Weed with consultants Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen, both Hall of Fame members.

PLAY A ROUND IN THEIR SHOES Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied ale with just enough carbonation to balance the rich caramel character.

WHAT TO EAT WITH IT? The flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and the other harvest spices pair well with beef dishes and seasonal soups

Finish: Finishes with a smooth, clean malt and spice taste. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and malt gradually fade.

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HEALTH: Dr. Martin tells how to decompress your spine

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Beer: Harvest Pumpkin Ale - the perfect taste of the season

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Also included as part of the Hall of Fame admission is a round on the 18-hole natural grass putting course, providing all ages the opportunity to sharpen their putting skills. And, reminiscent of the 17th Hole of the Stadium Course at the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass, the Hall of Fame’s Challenge Hole allows visitors to take their shot at a 132-yard hole surrounded by an island green.

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Former Major League Baseball pitcher Randy Johnson and one of his 100 Big Unit timepieces.

Luxury: 100 mph pitcher with 100 very A Home Run For unique watches

A Strikeout King 100 mph hurler Randy Johnson has 100 timepieces created in his honor by Ulysse Nardin - and one of those “Big Unit” packages can be found in McAllen

FCA GOLFER OF THE YEAR

LAUREN VILLARREAL

Travel: Bucket List for every golfer: The World Golf Hall of Fame

Although most people feel golf is a sport of leisure that one plays on a weekend morning, the truth is golf is in most cases a very serious and competitive sport

and then heading to tournaments. She went from Pre-K to her freshman year in a small private school, First Baptist Church of Brownsville. She expected to not like golfing. “I felt like I would be the only one who didn’t know what I was doing,” Lauren said. “It was a little intimidating to see the whole golf team. ” Even after getting accustomed to the golf team, there was still tournaments. “There were a lot of things I didn’t expect. I sure didn’t expect those horrible tan lines from the sun,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting the heat at all. I wasn’t expecting the roughness of the golf courses. I didn’t process anything until I actually got there.” Lauren remembers her fears heading into her first tournament. The girl she was paired with also came from a small private school and was in her

first tournament. They both knocked their first tee shots into the water, and the nerves started to subside. “It was a relief I wasn’t the only one scared,” Lauren said. “Ever since then if I would se somebody who looked like I used to look I would go up to them and tell them not to be scared.” Lauren and comes from a musically gifted family. Her father started and is pastor at River of Life Family Church and her mom is the worship leader. She said everyone in her family sings and plays at least one instrument. Lauren said she joined FCA at Pace to help keep her grounded. Moving to a much larger school – opened her eyes and showed her staying close to Christian friends was crucial. “When I got into public school it was shocking because the world was so different than what I had known,” she said. “I saw all these things that were scary and weird. A lot of people say they are Christian but are so messed up and I didn’t want to be like that.”

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AFTER 31 YEARS, THE SOUTH TEXAS JUNIOR GOLF CLASSIC NOTCHES ITS FIRST...

Check out the RGV Calendar: Plenty of tournaments for you to be a part of

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Tour events: A glance at the upcoming PGA and LPGA events

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Breast Cancer awareness: The Pink Ladies talk about their experiences with breast cancer

First-year golfer makes adjustments and major impact with Brownsville Pace Lady Vikings

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DINING

There are a variety of dining options around World Golf Village, including Murray Bros. Caddyshack, a restaurant owned by actor-comedian Bill Murray and his five brothers. Other options include the clubhouses at King & Bear and Slammer & Squire, as well as Villagio Italian Grille, located at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village.

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auren Villarreal was getting bored. Having to take a hiatus from high-intensity sports such as basketball or volleyball, the senior was aching for something to do. So, she approached Brownsville Pace Golf Coach Ronnie Zamora and asked him to tell her about golf. “It’s awesome,” was his initial reply. “I’m going to need more than that,” she recalled jokingly. She didn’t need much more convincing. When the season started she was on the team, a first-time golfer, and playing in the No. 1 spot for the Lady Vikings. When the season ended she had been named to the honorable mention team for District 32-5A. Lauren has been named the South Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Female Golf of the Year, sponsored by South Texas Golf Magazine. Lauren, a graduating senior for Brownsville Pace, hasn’t decided if she will try out for the UT-Brownsville team as she begins her studies in the medial field, aiming to become an OB/GYN. 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. “Lauren’s mom is a teacher at Pace and told me that she might be interested in the golf team and I said we’ll take her in,” Zamora said. “She came in right away and was very hard working. She was one of the most determined players I’ve had in my four years and she got better every day.” Lauren said she was extremely nervous when it came to joining the team

GOLF INSTRUCTION

The PGA TOUR Golf Academy features a state-of-the-art learning center with all-weather hitting bays that sit in the shadow of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The top-rated instructors incorporate three teaching and video analysis systems into the lessons that range from private instruction, two- to five-day golf schools, as well as outings and clinics for groups of all sizes.

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Randy Johnson was known for having a formidable 100-mile-per-hour fastball with consistency over his 22-year career that included five Cy Young Awards, (the highest honor for major league pitchers) and a 2001 World Series Championship, with the Arizona Diamondbacks where he shared the Most Valuable Player Award. Although Johnson is known for his many achievements, he is also an avid watch collector. Luxury watch power house manufacturer, Ulysse Nardin presented a Maxi Marine Diver called the “Big Unit,” in honor of Johnson, one of Major Leagues greatest left handed baseball pitchers. Limited to 100 pieces worldwide, each watch comes with an autographed signed baseball by Johnson, and is presented in a special presentation case crafted in white leather with red stitching. Johnson, who stands 6-foot-10 and is the all-time left-handed strikeout leader with 4,875 strikeouts – only behind Nolan Ryan all-time, said he compares having a luxury timepiece named after him among his greatest honors, as far as public acceptance. “I thought it was pretty cool when I was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. I thought I had arrived,” Johnson said. “But to have a watch named after me, I mean I am obviously honored.” Ulysse Nardin is the most celebrated luxury watch brand in the world. It is the only one to have received more than 4,300 Awards, 18 Gold Medals, Registered in the Guinness Book of World Records, and received “Watch of The Year Award” in 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2004. “This is a record unsurpassed in the watch industry” said Ulysse Nardin CEO Patrik Hoffman. Exclusive Timepieces Luxury Watches of McAllen is the exclusive agent to represent Ulysse Nardin in all of South Texas. To view the Ulysse Nardin Luxury Watch Collection, also the Randy Johnson “Big Unit” Limited Edition, visit Exclusive Timepieces Luxury Watches at 1217 South 10th in McAllen, or visit them online at www.exclusivetimepieces.net. You can also call them at (956) 687 2981. For more information on World Golf Village or to book a trip, visit www. worldgolfvillage.com.

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What’s Inside

If this destination isn’t on your bucket list, you need to put it there

Harvest Pumpkin Ale brings back that once in a “Blue Moon” flavor

Could a disc injury be limiting your athletic performance?

pine injuries are common – more than 80 percent of us will experience back pain at some point in their life. Spinal injury can be accompanied by symptoms ranging from mild discomfort, to extreme pain and disability. Depending on your symptoms it is possible that injury to the intervertebral disc has occurred. The discs of the spinal column are embedded between the vertebrae and are often referred to as the spine’s shock absorbers. Each disc is a circular structure comprised of a tough fibrous outer membrane, and a jelly-like elastic core in the center. Problems can arise when the pressures inside the disc change, causing a “bulging” effect of the jelly-like core. A disc herniation occurs when the outer layer tears, resulting in infiltration of the jelly core into the spinal structures. Protecting the integrity of the spine should be the utmost concern. Regardless of the mechanism, it is imperative that you heed your body’s warning signs after a disc injury. These warning signs consist of but are not limited to, numbness and tingling into the extremities, sharp shooting pains, weakness, sensory loss, muscular spasm, burning sensations, sexual dysfunction, loss of bowel and bladder control, morning stiffness, and diminished reflexes. Symptoms may not be present, intermittent, or constant depending on the extent of the injury.

A Hall of Fame Experience

A Taste For The Times

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uring its 31 years the South Texas Junior Golf Classic has seen many amazing golfers and golf shots. The prestigious tournament, however, never had a hole-in-one. That’s until 14-year-old Cole Charvat sunk one with his 7-iron at this year’s event on the 144-yard No. 15 hole in the 14-15 year-old age group en route to a six-stroke victory at Harlingen Country Club. “I hit it and it was just a little to the right,” said Cole, who will be playing for the Harlingen Cardinals this school year. “It kicked off the slope and went nice and high and then disappeared into the pin. “When the other guy I was playing with took out his binoculars, he couldn’t see the ball. It was pretty awesome.” Tournament Director Durrell Lovell said the moment was a special one in the tournament’s history. “I’ve seen Cole play out there the past 2-3 years and I see his work

16 ethic and what he does. He comes out to practice and he’s not messing around,” Lovell said. “His approach to it is practice, practice, practice. It was a pleasure to see his work rewarded with a hole-in-one.” Cole’s been hitting some good shots for a few years, readily admitting that he’s got a lot of work to do on his long game and that his short game and his mental game are where his strengths are. That was obvious during the tournament where drives would veer off into trouble. During the first day of the two-day tournament Cole was looking to make the big shot. He came into the clubhouse with an 81 – even after his “Cole-in-one.” Day two, however, he had a different approach. “I would get into trouble, punch out – take my medicine – then hit it on the green, two putt, take my bogey and get out of there,” Cole said. “My mental game was better the second day. I was praying a lot more to God to stay in His presence.”

Profile: Jaime Rivera - on the golf course and behind the pulpit

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Lauren Villarreal of Brownsville Pace High was named Fellowship of Christian Athletes Female Golfer of the Year

Grand Opening: The sun will soon rise on a new and improved Tierra del Sol

Weslaco’s Calvin Lackey was named the FCA Boy Golfer of the Year in our June Edition.

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what i need Many of us have been in need at least once in our lifetime. I mean in real need – not an “I need a 60-inch HD TV” type need. Needs that Henry Miller is Publisher of South cover food, water, shelter and the basic Texas Golf. He has more than 25 years necessities to live. of publishing experience, has written As a child I remember my family besports for more than 150 newspapers, ing in need. Christmas was inching its covered the Olympics, NASCAR, Major way closer and closer. My dad had been League Baseball and other sports. He bed-ridden with double pneumonia and has been syndicated on radio in more than 70 markets and loves to golf. had been out of work. He used all his His 9-year-old daughter Camilla has sick days and vacation days to recover a wicked left-handed swing and also and we were looking at many empty enjoys soccer, volleyball and fashion. cupboards. No money coming in means They live in McAllen, Texas. no food coming in either. I was also looking at a Christmas tree with nothing under it. Of course, this “need” didn’t compare to the no-food need. But for a child it’s hard to really tell the difference. The cold crept into the house as we kept the thermostat low as a cost-cutting measure. The snow tightly hugged the house as icicles from the roof reached deep into the snow. Those types of days just run into each other, the only difference being that every day seemed darker than the previous. Then things changed with just a simple knock at the back door. A more beautiful sound has rarely emanated. When my mom opened the door, people literally poured in, their hands and arms filled with food and presents. There were neighbors and my dad’s co-workers and many people from church. It was a party that has been etched in my memory beyond that of many others. The joy we felt that day – and through Christmas – is something I haven’t – and won’t - forget. That’s one reason I’m excited that the South Texas Golf Association and Love Thy Neighbor are partnering for a charity golf scramble to “play a round in their shoes” (SEE STORY INSIDE THIS EDITION) on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Monte Cristo Golf Course. The Love Thy Neighbor Service Organization, founded by Mike Robledo, has given more than 20,000 new pairs of shoes and socks to South Texas children in need since 2009. With these shoes, children can play sports or run around with their friends. They can find some comfort and safety. They can dream. A pair of shoes may not mean a lot to you and me. To a child, however, who can’t play on the school basketball team because the family doesn’t have the money, it means more than you or I could imagine. The tournament is just around the corner. If you would like to play, to donate, to sponsor or just get more information go to www.rgvshoes.com. We hope to see you at Monte Cristo on Sept. 7 “playing a round in their shoes.” We are extremely humbled and excited to be a part of this beautiful cause. We are thankful for the Love Thy Neighbor Service Organization and Mike Robledo and all those who volunteer to help children – to help them play, learn and dream. We want you to be a part of this golf scramble. More importantly, the children need you to be a part of it.

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On the cover: Mike Robledo and John Amour get ready for the First South Texas Golf Association Charity Golf Scramble benefiting the Love Thy Neighbor Service Organization. Photo by: Henry Miller

Staff Henry Miller Publisher henry@southtexasgolf.com (956) 607-9210 Joey Dowden Advertising Director joey@southtexasgolf.com (956) 607-0853 David DeLeon Henry Miller Designers Curtis Roberson Photographer Volume 1, Isssue 3. September 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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Here’s a look at the upcoming events schedule at your rgv golf courses. From kids to pros to charity events you’ll find them right here. Follow us on Facebook for results and other events ALAMO COUNTRY CLUB 956-787-0907 OCTOBER 30 Member/Guest NOVEMBER 15-16 Thanksgiving Tourney BROWNSVILLE GOLF CENTER 956- 541-2582 SEPTEMBER 20-22 Brownsville City Championship 28 Joe Rivera OCTOBER 5 Good Neighbor Settlement House 11 Sheriff’s Fundraiser 19 City Managers 26 Rio Grande Masons NOVEMBER 2 Third Annual Paul Henson Memorial FORT BROWN GOLF CLUB 956-541-0394 SEPTEMBER (call for details) Back to School Jr. OCTOBER 24 Juan Mendoza Precinct Four LOS LAGOS GOLF CLUB 956-316-0444 SEPTEMBER 7 Border Patrol 8 Double Points Sundowner 14 Skins Game 22 STPGA 28 PAGA OCTOBER 5 San Isidro H.S. 12 Physician Assistant 19 Los Lagos Member/Guest 26 RGV Thunder NOVEMBER 2 Korean Church 9 Edinburg Fire Department MARTIN VALLEY RANCH 956-585-6330 SEPTEMBER 14 Band Booster Rio Grande City 21 Palmview Crimestoppers OCTOBER 5 Rotary Club Rio Grande City

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McALLEN COUNTRY CLUB 956-686-0923 AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 1 Junior Club Championship SEPTEMBER 11 All Valley Women’s OCTOBER 19-20 Two Man Championship 26 Rally For The Cure NOVEMBER 16-17 Millennium Cup MONTE CRISTO GOLF CLUB 956-221-3480 SEPTEMBER 7 Love Thy Neighbor/South Texas Golf Association Charity Golf Event PALMVIEW GOLF COURSE 956-681-3444 SEPTEMBER 21-22 McAllen Amateur 27-28-30 MISD OCTOBER 5 Hidalgo County Bar Association 11 March of Dimes for Babies 12 RAMMAC 18 RGV Partnership NOVEMBER 8-9 RGV T.O.C. RANCHO VIEJO RESORT AND COUNTRY CLUB 956-350-4359 OCTOBER 5 Harlingen Medical Center 13 Knights of Columbus-Harlingen 19 Cameron County Bar Association

27 Keppel AmFELS NOVEMBER 9 FINSA Foundation SHARY MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE 956-580-8770 SEPTEMBER 28 MCISD School Board OCTOBER 5 Knights of Columbus SOUTH PADRE ISLAND GOLF CLUB 956-943-5678 AUGUST 31 Tournament Series SEPTEMBER 27 RGV Reprographics 28 Tournament Series OCTOBER 2 Paisanos Golf Classic 3-4 KC Wood Golf Classic 12 Laguna Vista Fire Department 19-20 Fish “n” Chips 26 Tournament Series NOVEMBER 3-4 NTB Womens Golf Invitational

Commissioner 28 Fountain of Mercy Ministries OCTOBER 4-5-7 Donna High Varsity 12 AEP Texas 18-19-21 Donna North Varsity 25 Teach the Children TONY BUTLER GOLF COURSE 956-216-5970 SEPTEMBER 7 Harlingen Sunburst Rotary

TIERRA DEL SOL GOLF COURSE 956-702-2320 OCTOBER 1 GRAND RE-OPENING

VALLEY INTERNATIONAL COUNTRY CLUB 956-546-5331 Wednesdays Chip-And-Putt Clinic--- Call for details Tuesdays-Hot 9 SEPTEMBER 1-8-15-22-29 BMGA 7-21-28 VICC MGA 14 $KIN$ OCTOBER 6-13-20-27 BMGA 5-19-26 VICC MGA 12 $kin$ NOVEMBER 2-16-23 VICC MGA 3-10-17-24 BMGA 9 $kin$

TIERRA SANTA GOLF COURSE 956-973-1811 AUGUST 24 Rene Guerra Re-Elect D.A. SEPTEMBER 7 Fidel Pena-Weslaco

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

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Aug 15 - 18

Wyndham Championship Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, NC Purse: $5,300,000

Aug 22 - 25

The Barclays Liberty National Golf Club, Jersey City, NJ Purse: $8,000,000

Aug 30 Sep 2

Deutsche Bank Championship TPC Boston, Norton, MA Purse: $8,000,000

Sep 12 - 15

BMW Championship Conway Farms Golf Club, Lake Forest, IL Purse: $8,000,000

Sep 19 - 22

TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola East Lake GC, Atlanta, GA Purse: $8,000,000

Oct 3 - 6

The Presidents Cup Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, OH

eep an eye on the schedule and view the winners and moneyleaders. That’s right…south texas golf…your one stop shop and the hub for your golfing information.

DATES

TOURNAMENTS

DEFENDING CHAMPION

Aug 22 - 25

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

Lydia Ko

Aug 29 Sep 1

Portland Classic Presented by Safeway Purse: $1,300,000

Mika Miyazato

Sep 12 - 15

The Evian Championship Purse: $3,250,000

Inbee Park

Oct 3 - 6

Reignwood Pine Valley LPGA Classic Purse: $1,800,000

Oct 10 - 13

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Purse: $1,900,000

Inbee Park

Oct 18 - 20

LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship Purse: $1,900,000

Suzann Pettersen

Oct 24 - 27

Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship Purse: $2,000,000

Suzann Pettersen

Nov. 8-10

Mizuno Classic Purse: $1,200,000

Stacy Lewis

September 18, 2013 BJ’s Charity Pro-Am Pinehills Golf Club Plymouth, MA Benefiting BJ’s Charitable Foundation

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DEFENDING CHAMPION

FEDEXCUP POINTS

Sergio Garcia $936,000

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Nick Watney $1,440,000

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Rory McIlroy $1,440,000

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Rory McIlroy $1,440,000

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Brandt Snedeker $1,440,000

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DATES

TOURNAMENTS

Sep 6 - 8

Montreal Championship Vallee du Richelieu Rouville, Sainte-Julie (Quebec), CAN Purse: $1,600,000

Sep 20 - 22

Pacific Links Hawai’i Championship Kapolei Golf Course, Kapolei, HI Purse: $1,800,000

Sep 27 - 29

Nature Valley First Tee Open Pebble Beach Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA Purse: $1,800,000

Kirk Triplett $255,000

Oct 11 - 13

SAS Championship Prestonwood CC, Cary, NC Purse: $2,100,000

Bernhard Langer $315,000

Oct 18 - 20

Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn Rock Barn G&S, Conover, NC Purse: $1,600,000

GOLF

Fred Funk $240,000

Oct 25 - 27

AT&T Championship TPC San Antonio - ATT Canyons, San Antonio, TX Purse: $1,900,000

GOLF

David Frost $277,500

Oct 31 Nov 3

Charles Schwab Cup Championship TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, CA Purse: $2,500,000

September 23-28, 2013 Legends Tour Championship French Lick, IN, Resort Benefiting American Heart Association

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month group of ladies who I have come to call “The Pink Ladies.” Their actual group name is “Girl Power”; a group of ladies who enjoy doing creative fundraisers. I asked them all to tell me what breast cancer means to them. Lynn Clark: “A survivor. Breast cancer is a life-changing event and a wake-up call. There are far worse things than breast cancer and no one wants to hear those words…”You have breast cancer.” With the research, the support of others and a positive attitude… life can go on.” Barbara Rawlings: “Breast cancer is a disease that can turn a woman’s world upside down. Self-examination and regular visits for a mammogram can help save your life.”

By Joey Dowden Breast Cancer. Such ugly words. My daughter Madison is 13 years old. I adore her with all my heart. I could never imagine hearing the words “I have breast cancer” come from her mouth. I have no idea and can’t comprehend what that parent feels after their daughter tells them: “Mom and Dad… I have breast cancer” and I don’t want to. I recently ventured to Alamo Country Club to talk with a

Linda Duvall: “Losing my mother to breast cancer has reinforced the importance for yearly mammograms. Please do this for yourself. Give yourself this gift.” CeCe Boocker: “I’ve been very fortunate myself. However, I have two friends who have dealt with breast cancer. The journey that we shared, through the ups and downs…I cheered them on and prayed. Truly a life changing experienced.” Breast Cancer…YUK!...Together we can beat it.

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is the more time we spend on trying to look good, the less time we spend on actually improving. The same is true in our spiritual life. Oswald Chambers says in his devotional, “Most of us are not consistent spiritually (internally), because we are too concerned about being consistent physically (externally).” The Bible is clear that consistency in our spiritual life doesn’t come from merely looking good. Matthew 6:1 (Message) says, “Be especially careful when you try to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater but the God who made you will not be applauding.” Another obstacle to achieving consistency is confusing it with perfection. The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement. Being consistent on the golf course means

practicing fundamentals. In the Christian life it means thinking Godly thoughts, doing Godly things, holding Godly values, and seeking Godly perspective. Being perfect means making no mistakes. No one but Christ is capable of that. While we can’t achieve perfection, we can make progress. One of the most important measuring rods for progress is consistency. In His Grip, Phil

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Playing his game Spreading HIS Word Not too far into a conversation one might start thinking that Brownsville Golf Center’s Jaime Rivera would be just as comfortable behind a pulpit as he is on a tee box or behind the pro shop counter. One would be right. By Henry Miller henry@stexasgolf.com A certain sense of peace radiates from Jaime Rivera. A trustworthy smile and the caring eyes of a servant sends the message that everything is going to be all right. Not too far into a conversation one might start thinking that Brownsville Golf Center’s Golf Director would be just as comfortable behind a pulpit as he is on a tee box or behind the pro shop counter. You’d be right. Rivera considers himself doubly blessed – during the day he runs the Brownsville Golf Center, at night you can often find the ordained minister at Livingway Family Church, teaching under the mentorship of Pastor Bill Moore. Ironically, it was at the golf center – then known as the Brownsville Country Club that golf and Christianity merged for Rivera. Pastor Moore came to Brownsville looking for a place to plant a new church. While searching for a prop-

erty the then Brownsville Country Club opened the banquet hall for services – with the 18th green as the pastor’s backdrop. Rivera would get up on Sunday’s and head to the club’s bar, which would open early for their regulars. “There were about seven of us they would open up the bar for – that’s how many frequent flier miles we had,” Rivera said. “The other guys were all older, retired and they pretty much got drunk every day. “I wasn’t a Christian and everything about God was foreign to me. One morning while they were having church service, I heard the conviction of the Holy Spirit.” That conviction was so strong that Rivera stepped out of the bar and into the church service. Extremely nervous – and embarrassed to join an altar call in front of employees, he nearly turned around and went back to his comfort zone in the bar. “Something happened to me right then. Pastor Moore was just abut to give an altar call saying how Jesus died for

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our sins and you can accept him. I was gonna walk back out but heard that voice again ‘if you are ashamed of me before man I am going to be ashamed of you before my father and his angels in heaven.’ “I turned back thinking to myself ‘I’ll wait for more people wait to get up.’ Again I heard a voice tell me ‘if you just take one step I’ll take you the rest of the way.’ I took that first step and it felt like a hand went into my chest and took out a 32-pound brick. I wept all the way to the altar.” Something significant – life changing – had happened. He had no doubt about it. He could feel his burdens that he carried for so long had been lifted. But he didn’t really know what happened. He decided to pursue it. The result - he left golf for six years and pursued the ministry. He currently is an associate pastor as Livingway Family Church. “Some of my fellow members tell me that I’ve got the best of both worlds,” he said. “I get to golf by day and preach by night is the going joke. I got into ministry but God didn’t want me out of the golf business. I got back into it and am still passionate about all parts of it. If God doesn’t call me to a full-time position, there’s no other job I would want to do. Rivera was a late bloomer when it came to golf, not attaining the “golf bug”


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“God is with us. there’s nothing to fear.”

- Jaime Rivera (with wife Berta at left)

until he was 31 and in the Navy when some Navy friends took him golfing at a beautiful course in Canada. It didn’t take long for him to catch that bug. After 10 years in the Navy, Rivera – married to Berta and with a son – started working for the Texas Department of Human Services. Like the typical person he would play as much as he could. But the obsession grew so much that he quit his job and took up a position at Brownsville Country Club – as a volunteer marshall. “I golfed as much as I could. I would practice at night in my back yard. I’d get up at 2 in the morning and go in the back yard just swinging. I ate and slept golf,” he said. “I was the worse golfer scorewise I think I ever knew. When I stared I would shoot 135-140s. I worked for a good boss who took me under his wing and I went from a 28 handicap to about a 2 in six months – but it took a lot of work. I probably hit about 300 balls a day and played two rounds a day.” His oldest son Eric, 29, now works down the road from dad at Valley International Country Club with course pro Derrick Dixon. “We had Eric when I went into the Navy. My wife said we’re not gonna have any more kids until I got out. I was planning on just doing a three-year tour and ended up doing 10 years,” Rivera said.

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“It was hard on her and it was either get out and stay married or not be married and stay in the Navy. So I got out. “Eric grew up on the golf course and played in high school,” said Rivera, who also has another son, Jason, 20, and a daughter Meagan, 18. “He was such a perfectionist that he wanted to do every shot right so when a bad shot came, he was gone – he’d just crash. He’s learned though and he is a solid player and his mental game is really there.” Meagan, the youngest, just graduated, so it won’t be long before the Rivera home becomes an empty nest. “She’s daddy’s little princess and for the past eight years that has been a haunting thought that won’t go away,” said Rivera, who’s been married to Berta for 30 years. “The first time we took her to San Antonio she said that was where she was going to live and has said that for the past eight years. My friends who had kids that leave say it’s gonna hit you like a train.” Rivera grew up in a large family and recalls moving out of his house, renting an apartment and working full time while still a high school senior. “I told my dad there are too many of us. We are too big and I shared a bedroom with four brothers. I told him I thought I could make it on my own,” Rivera said. “He laughed and said OK, but remember you can come back if you don’t make it. So my kids have grown up hearing those stories of how I was so independent at a young age.” That independence has now come back full circle as Rivera watches his children grow up and start their careers,

the youngest determined to become a registered nurse. But despite his independent nature, Rivera is quick to admit that family becomes a large part of life as one gets older. “I told my dad when I went into the Navy that I’ll be back for Christmas,” he said. “You start doing your career thing but then family becomes more and more important. To keep my family together I had to quit the military and it’s the best thing I could’ve done. My life would have gone in a whole different direction. Rivera has worked since he was 5 with his family as summer migrant farmworkers. They would travel to Arizona, New Mexico, California and even to Washington, picking cotton, watermelons, strawberries and anything else that would bring in a paycheck. “I always said my kids will never have to do this,” Rivera said. “I wish I would’ve instilled it more in them and maybe bring them out there for a summer or two. All I can be is supportive and give them good advice and bring them up well and smart.” No matter what adversity comes his way Rivera holds the promise of Philippians 4:13 - “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” “That verse has been something to hold onto – whenever things have looked the hardest, I never lost hope. We are not alone - we do have someone on our side to help us and we can get through any adversity that comes our way and not lose our peace and our joy – it’s what holds me. “God is with us. There’s nothing to fear.”


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COLE-IN-ONE By Henry Miller

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uring its 31 years the South Texas Junior Golf Classic has seen many amazing golfers and golf shots. The prestigious tournament, however, never had a hole-in-one. That’s until 14-year-old Cole Charvat sunk one with his 7-iron at this year’s event on the 144-yard No. 15 hole in the 14-15 year-old age group en route to a six-stroke victory at Harlingen Country Club. “I hit it and it was just a little to the right,” said Cole, who will be playing for the Harlingen Cardinals this school year. “It kicked off the slope and went nice and high and then disappeared into the pin. “When the other guy I was playing with took out his binoculars, he couldn’t see the ball. It was pretty awesome.” Tournament Director Durrell Lovell said the moment was a special one in the tournament’s history. “I’ve seen Cole play out there the past 2-3 years and I see his work

ethic and what he does. He comes out to practice and he’s not messing around,” Lovell said. “His approach to it is practice, practice, practice. It was a pleasure to see his work rewarded with a hole-in-one.” Cole’s been hitting some good shots for a few years, readily admitting that he’s got a lot of work to do on his long game and that his short game and his mental game are where his strengths are. That was obvious during the tournament where drives would veer off into trouble. During the first day of the two-day tournament Cole was looking to make the big shot. He came into the clubhouse with an 81 – even after his “Cole-in-one.” Day two, however, he had a different approach. “I would get into trouble, punch out – take my medicine – then hit it on the green, two putt, take my bogey and get out of there,” Cole said. “My mental game was better the second day. I was praying a lot more to God to stay in His presence.”


›› End result – he shaved six strokes off his first day and shot a 75. Even though he’s on the early end of those teen years, his golf mannerisms and mentality are years ahead. But, he’s still a teen and he quickly points out that having his dad around is a calming influence when his focus isn’t quite where it should be – or if frustration sets in. “He’s a real competitor,” said his dad, Cary, “I do the same things with him that my dad did with me – taking me out at a real young age like 3 or 4. I’ve always enjoyed golf but I was never as disciplined or as detailed as he is. He is very systematic when he does things – his mother is very organized and he gets it from there.” One of Cole’s next major goals is to break 70. He shot a 71 once – after being so frustrated with his performance walking his first 18 that he walked 18 more.

“I choked those first 18 holes,” Cole said. “I got frustrated and wanted to walk another 18. Dad got to the course and was looking for me. ‘Where are you,’ he asked me on the phone. I told him to let me finish the last hole – I birdied it and finished 1-under with a 71.” “He would stay out here from sun up to sundown if I let him with a cot in the barn where they store the carts,” said his dad, who was is originally from Tulsa, Okla.. “If he keeps it up, the sky’s the limit. I hope he stays with it and if he does it would be great to get a scholarship, as long as he’s enjoying it.” And if he does land a scholarship, where would he love to take his talents to? “Boomer Sooner,” he said proudly. “We are OU fans.”

Cole became the first golfer in the 31-year history of the South Texas Junior Golf Classic to register a hole-in-one and did so en route to a six-stroke victory.

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“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.� -- Kalu Ndukwe Kalu, Author

On Saturday, Sept. 7, the South Texas Golf Association will hold its first charity golf scramble with proceeds benefiting the Love Thy Neighbor Service Organization. You can help so many children in need.

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›› From Mike Robledo, Love Thy Neighbor Founder To continue serving our less fortunate neighbors and making the most of an impact in our community, Love Thy Neighbor Service Organization is partnering with the South Texas Golf Association for a charity golf tournament fundraiser in September, and we are inviting YOU to participate and help us impact thousands of children and families across South Texas. Love Thy Neighbor is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that specializes at helping children and families in need throughout the South Texas Community. We serve the poorest of the poor, extremely low-income and colonia children identified by schools, Boys and Girls Club directors, and community center workers as being most in need of assistance with new shoes, back-

packs, school supplies, and during the holiday season, with gifts. Our mission is to bring together charitable-minded individuals to help demonstrate love and give back to our neighbors in need. The golf tournament will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Monte Cristo Golf Club in Edinburg, Texas.  A welcome reception for all registered teams, sponsors, and our do-

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unmet need in the Rio Grande Valley and sought to address this need by providing new shoes for impoverished children; the organization’s first efforts were to hold a shoe drive to collect and clothe the feet of needy children in the Rio GrandeValley. The first “Love Thy Neighbor” shoe drive, held over two weeks in December 2009, garnered an overwhelming response. To date, the organization has distributed more than 20,000 pairs of new shoes and socks to children in South Texas.  Love Thy Neighbor experienced an outpouring of support for this cause, and developed strong partnerships with various nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local government agencies, businesses, and individuals who were all inspired to participate. The project evolved into providing school supplies, free health services, immunizations and even eyeglasses for needy children and families across

Love Thy Neighbor Service Organization (LTN) was created in 2009 by Mike Robledo to provide and promote service opportunities for people to have compassion for and a desire to help their neighbor in need. In 2009, Mike had a spark of inspiration in his heart, which significantly altered his perspective on life, meaning, and purpose.  This shift led him to have a deep and personal understanding and realization about his own life and how life really works.  With this understanding came a profound sense of self-awareness, peace, power and control over all aspects of his life, encompassing the areas of health, wellness, career, education, family, spirituality, prosperity, and success. This realization led Mike to have unconditional compassion for their fellow man and a strong desire to help those in need, thus Love Thy Neighbor was born.  He immediately saw an

nors will be held the evening of Friday, September 6, 2013, which will be an opportunity to mix and mingle with our partners, sponsors and contributors. Many of our local and state elected officials are our major contributors and will be in attendance at the reception, which will also include a silent auction and entertainment. Join us for a weekend of fun, sun and service! Register for one of our sponsorship levels to sign your team up.  You can also sign up to serve as a volunteer for the golf tournament as well.  Sign up at www.rgvshoes.com. Thank you for helping us continue to serve our neighbors in need!

South Texas. Love Thy Neighbor developed strong partnerships with other local nonprofit organizations that are completely aligned with Love Thy Neighbor’s mission of helping others in need. Love Thy Neighbor also discovered that there are many individuals whose lives were touched by witnessing the outpouring of love for others through Love Thy Neighbor’s activities.  People are definitely interested in and seeking ways to “love thy neighbor,” but do not necessarily know how to be of service.  There also lacks a sustainable element in service; once a service project is finished, there is seldom further follow-up.  Love Thy Neighbor discovered that there is a need to connect and coordinate local efforts to more effectively enhance service delivery to help those most in need by instilling a culture of service in individuals through personal self-empowerment, as well as an opportunity to connect service organizations with volunteers who desire to

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Feature name help. After a year of this type of direct service activity, the organization has seen an opportunity to further develop itself not only through direct service as a charitable organization, but also as a direct catalyst for profound systemic change in communities by impacting individual lives. As its name suggests, Love Thy Neighbor is a simple concept that has universal application. Evidenced by their personal experience, the founders of Love Thy Neighbor recognize that in order to love one’s neighbor, one must first be able to love themselves.  Love Thy Neighbor seeks to expand its services and become a mechanism to help individuals become empowered

with the tools to raise themselves out of negative life situations – poverty, illness, financial distress, etc. Achieving this success on an individual level will lead to individuals to seek within their hearts to determine their purpose or calling and inspire them to serve humanity in a manner that best suits them and their individual talents, time, and skills. Love Thy Neighbor has the potential and commitment to have a more substantial impact in the region by expanding its services to establish a program that would include personal and individual life coaching to further promote the ideals of loving and serving humanity by first loving oneself.

The First South Texas Golf Association Charity Golf Scramble benefiting the Love Thy Neighbor Service Organization When: Saturday, Sept. 7 (Dinner/Silent Auction and Entertainment Friday, Sept. 6) Where: Monte Cristo Country Club and Golf

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Love Thy Neighbor has donated more than 20,000 pairs of shoes and socks to those in need in South Texas, saving children from having to walk in shoes like those pictured above.

Course, Edinburg, Texas Format: Three-man Captain’s Choice. Website: www.rgvshoes.com Contact: Mike Robledo (956) 289-3045, John Amour (956) 648-2290 or Joey Dowden (956) 607-0853 “Play a Round in Their Shoes”


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Tierra del Sol The sun will soon rise on a brand new Tierra del Sol. The Pharr municipal golf course has been undergoing major renovations $1 million worth of renovations – and should be ready to unveil its masterpiece with a Grand Opening celebration on October 5. “Our course has always been a good golf course but has never been able to compete in the top five,” said Raul Garza, Director of the Tierra del Sol Golf Club. “Part of our goal is to make this the best municipal golf course in the Rio Grande Valley. To do that we had to make some major improvements. The course accepted a low bid from a small company out of North Carolina. Garza said he was skeptical at first, mainly because of the size of the company, but it didn’t take long to realize they had a winning combination. “We started working with them and it was obvious they knew exactly what they were doing,” Garza said. “They are incredibly detail-oriented and they have gone above and beyond on specific holes to improve the quality of the our golf course. “This is a championship cause to improve this golf course – and we are doing it in leaps and bounds.” Following is a glance at some of the improvements so far at Tierra del Sol: DRAINAGE “We established brand new drainage.

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This is crucial for the golf course for our customers.” TEE BOXES “We examined the tee boxes and completely stripped them down and laser leveled them. Then we added 3-4 inches of sand and sprigged them with celebration grass. That grass is a little coarser and responds well to tee boxes and recovers faster. Some of the tee boxes are elevated up to 4-6 inches to give it a more professional look. Some of them are two-tiered and we are really excited about that.” NO. 15 “The ladies tee box on No. 15 is on a peninsula and the peninsula was eroding and getting smaller and smaller. We’ve put a retaining wall around it and now it’s first class. It looks beautiful.” No. 6 “No. 6 is a par-3 over water. We are working on putting a retaining wall at the front of the green to give it a nice aesthetic look and really enhance that hole. We also expanded that tee box to give it its actual yardage, it was short some yards. We moved it back about another 10-15 yards to play 170-180. Into the South Texas wind, though, it will play over 200 yards.” GREENS “Completely removed the surface and


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TIERRA DEL SOL Feature name subsurface and have replaced them. Some of the greens, we’ve raised the back sides so balls don’t go rolling off the back so easily and it makes it better to approach.” ALSO Doubled size of putting green from about 4,500 to almost 9,000 square feet. Added a chipping green, with bunkers. Expanded the driving range. Added a nursery for what greens need. Added sprinkler in dry spot areas. Removed trees to enhance the course view. Covered 90 percent of bare spots as of Aug. 15. “There has been a lot of labor-intensive work done here,” Garza said. Our goal is to provide the best product we can provide. All the courses have different styles and different nuances. We will also bring a different element. The product we are going to bring will be top notch. “We want people to leave Tierra del Sol and say ‘You know what? I liked playing that course.’”

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LAUREN VILLARREAL First-year golfer makes adjustments and major impact with Brownsville Pace Lady Vikings

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auren Villarreal was getting bored. Having to take a hiatus from high-intensity sports such as basketball or volleyball, the senior was aching for something to do. So, she approached Brownsville Pace Golf Coach Ronnie Zamora and asked him to tell her about golf. “It’s awesome,” was his initial reply. “I’m going to need more than that,” she recalled jokingly. She didn’t need much more convincing. When the season started she was on the team, a first-time golfer, and playing in the No. 1 spot for the Lady Vikings. When the season ended she had been named to the honorable mention team for District 32-5A. Lauren has been named the South Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Female Golf of the Year, sponsored by South Texas Golf Magazine. Lauren, a graduating senior for Brownsville Pace, hasn’t decided if she will try out for the UT-Brownsville team as she begins her studies in the medial field, aiming to become an OB/GYN. 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. “Lauren’s mom is a teacher at Pace and told me that she might be interested in the golf team and I said we’ll take her in,” Zamora said. “She came in right away and was very hard working. She was one of the most determined players I’ve had in my four years and she got better every day.” Lauren said she was extremely nervous when it came to joining the team 30 [Southtexas Golf #1]

and then heading to tournaments. She went from Pre-K to her freshman year in a small private school, First Baptist Church of Brownsville. She expected to not like golfing. “I felt like I would be the only one who didn’t know what I was doing,” Lauren said. “It was a little intimidating to see the whole golf team. ” After getting accustomed to the golf team, there were still tournaments. “There were a lot of things I didn’t expect. I sure didn’t expect those horrible tan lines from the sun,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting the heat at all. I wasn’t expecting the roughness of the golf courses. I didn’t process anything until I actually got there.” Lauren remembers her fears heading into her first tournament. The girl she was paired with also came from a small private school and was in her

Weslaco’s Calvin Lackey was named the FCA Boy Golfer of the Year in our June Edition.

first tournament. They both knocked their first tee shots into the water, and the nerves started to subside. “It was a relief I wasn’t the only one scared,” Lauren said. “Ever since then if I would see somebody who looked like I used to look I would go up to them and tell them not to be scared.” Lauren comes from a musically gifted family. Her father started and is pastor at River of Life Family Church and her mom is the worship leader. She said everyone in her family sings and plays at least one instrument. Lauren said she joined FCA at Pace to help keep her grounded. Moving to a much larger school – opened her eyes and showed her staying close to Christian friends was crucial. “When I got into public school it was shocking because the world was so different than what I had known,” she said. “I saw all these things that were scary and weird. A lot of people say they are Christians but are so messed up and I didn’t want to be like that.”


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New owners bringing back Stuart Place to its original beauty, ready for a busy year in 2014 Course Name: Stuart Place Country Club Address: 155 Highland Drive, Harlingen, TX, 78522 Phone: (956) 428-2000 Fax: (956) 428-1000 Website: www.stuartplacegolf.com TWITTER: @STUARTPLACEGOLF ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: Planned for 2013: Wounded Warriors Appreciation Tournament (Jan. 2014); South Texas “Life Begins at 60 The New 40” (Feb. 2014); Winter Texas League Championship (March, 2014)

PAR: 36 YARDAGE: Blue: 2,742 White: 2,523 Yellow: 2,101 Red: 1,971 FAIRWAY GRASS: Mixed ROUGHS: Mixed GREENS: Champion HIGHLIGHTS: A 33 acre course with 9 lakes, of which come into play. Fairways are separated by an assortment of Sage, Mesquite and Palm trees. No. 9 is the signature hole, with water on both sides.

 A revitalized Stuart Place Country Club is a par-36 but has a few holes that are challenging for the most accomplished “duffer.”

ABOUT STUART PLACE:

There is a practice and chipping green adjacent to the Club House where you can stock up on balls, tees and other golfing needs. Following your round, feel free to stop in the Club House for yourchoice of refreshing beer, wine and soft drinks. There is both outdoor seating and comfortable indoor bar or tables to gather around for catching up with old friends and making new ones. Stuart Place is open to the public to enjoy a Country Club experience. Proper golf attire is required.

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Make no mistake about it, Stuart Place Country Club is...

OPEN FOR BUSINESS In the early Spring of 2013 a group of investors realized they were literally living on a diamond in the rough. They believed that by pooling their resources and visions they could do what most investors would run away from - buy and revitalize a golf course. After forming the Harlingen Golf Guys, LLC, Stuart Place Golf Course was purchased. The real work began to start polishing our little gym. After a lot of sweat and equipment break-downs, we have seen the results of our labor. The results have been the return of Stuart Place to its original beauty!! In 1985, the developer looked at an overgrown piece of property and envisioned a par-30, 9-hole course. There are nine lakes on the original layout, seven of which come into play. After several changes in ownership, an additional 15 acres were added to the course. The course is now a respectful par-36 and has two par-5’s that can challenge even the most accomplished “duffer.” Let’s not forget the two par-3’s, our signature hole No. 9; only 135 yards that plays directly into the South Texas wind, and hole No. 5 is a long stretch at 235 yards. With reasonable pricing and carts available, Stuart Place is sure to expand your valley golfing experience and enjoyment. Stuart Place is located a mile north of Expressway 83 off of the Stuart Place Road exit in beautiful Harlingen, Texas, making it an easy central location for all. So if you love golf and don’t have time for 18 holes - do as the USGA says…”Half a round ain’t half bad.” It allows you to enjoy the other amenities the RGV has to offer.

Stuart Place Country Club is located at 155 Highland Drive,Harlingen, TX, 78522. Visit their website at www.stuartplacegolf.com

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THE FIRST RGV Tag-T EVENT BEGINS

Friday, Oct. 18

· Round-Robin and Match Play competition · Winners from each course will play for the First Tag-T Championship · Prizes awarded for first and second place at each golf course AND for first and ·

second in the Championship Finale Everyone can play! Tag-T uses Handicaps to give everyone a chance

To register at a course of your choice, visit

www.tag-t.com/rgv

For more information call:

John Amour 956-648-2289

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Henry Miller 956-607-9210


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STGA GOLF name TOURNAMENT Feature

FOR THE KIDS

for a moment. Was I the one who did that? Was I the one who helped that kid lace “em” up. Was I the one who “Loved Thy Neighbor”? FORE!

As we watch our kids grow before our eyes and realize time stands still for nobody and our golf game suffers uncontrollably, we realize how fortunate we truly are. Often we take for granted the next meal we have, the next golf match we play, the next game we see our kids play in. As we watch our kids lace up those sneakers and burst onto the playing field full of vigor, we fail to realize that there are many kids who don’t lace “em” up because they simply don’t have “em” to lace up. That’s where “Love Thy Neighbor” comes in. A charity organization that provides shoes and socks to the less fortunate. Mike Robledo, director for the charity organization has donated more than 20,000 shoes and socks to these children. South Texas Golf realizes the importance of Mike’s venture. His caring demeanor is displayed every time you bring “Love Thy Neighbor” to the table. South Texas Golf Association and “Love Thy Neighbor” have teamed up to bring the Rio Grande Valley the first charity golf tournament that you can actually…”Play a Round in Their Shoes.” The Charity event will be played Saturday, Sept. 7 at Monte Cristo Golf Club. On Friday night there is a dinner and silent auction of wonderful items. Come be a part of history as we step from our shoes into their shoes. So the next time we see some kids lace “em” up, just think

“Hi I’m Madison and I’m from Pensacola, Florida. Just to let you know…That’s my dad in the other picture. I will be entering the 8th grade this school year. I love to shop, sing and well… shop. I hope you enjoy South Texas Golf Magazine as much as I do. Be seeing you…..Madison.” Joey Dowden is COO and Advertising Director of South Texas Golf

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Non Surgical Spinal

Decompression Could a disc injury be limiting your athletic performance?

By Dr. Kurt Martin D.C.

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pine injuries are common – more than 80 percent of us will experience back pain at some point in their life. Spinal injury can be accompanied by symptoms ranging from mild discomfort, to extreme pain and disability. Depending on your symptoms it is possible that injury to the intervertebral disc has occurred. The discs of the spinal column are embedded between the vertebrae and are often referred to as the spine’s shock absorbers. Each disc is a circular structure comprised of a tough fibrous outer membrane, and a jelly-like elastic core in the center. Problems can arise when the pressures inside the disc change, causing a “bulging” effect of the jelly-like core. A disc herniation occurs when the outer layer tears, resulting in infiltration of the jelly core into the spinal structures. Protecting the integrity of the spine should be the utmost concern. Regardless of the mechanism, it is imperative that you heed your body’s warning signs after a disc injury. These warning signs consist of but are not limited to, numbness and tingling into the extremities, sharp shooting pains, weakness, sensory loss, muscular spasm, burning sensations, sexual dysfunction, loss of bowel and bladder control, morning stiffness, and diminished reflexes. Symptoms may not be present, intermittent, or constant depending on the extent of the injury.

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

AVAILABLE TREATMENT

Spinal decompression is an FDA approved non-surgical procedure designed to alleviate pressure on the nerves caused by bulging or herniated discs. Distraction of the spine gently separates the vertebrae from one another, creating a vacuum effect within the disc. This process draws in water, oxygen, and nutrient rich fluids into the disc. This promotes retraction of the herniated or bulging disc material and facilitates faster healing. Although many of these processes occur microscopically, multiple cycles of decompression and relaxation to the spine create a viable corrective procedure for many bulging or herniated discs. In a majority of cases comprehensive muscle, ligament, and joint work is also required to achieve the full effect. At Martin Chiropractic Clinic we combine the latest techniques such as Graston and Active Release Technique to treat the surrounding musculature, along with spinal manipulation to induce proper joint motion. The cold laser is also utilized to promote optimal healing of soft tissues comprising the disc. This three-pronged approach of treating the nerve, muscle,

and joint has proven to be a successful non-surgical alternative to patients suffering from disc injuries. As a younger athlete it is imperative that you maintain the health of your spine to avoid more serious complications later in your life. Accelerated degeneration of the discs in the spine can occur when repetitive stress on the disc continues without proper care. For older athletes, it is not too late to experience the benefit of spinal decompression as many degenerative cases have responded very well to treatment.

WHAT IS IT LIKE?

For low back decompression, patients should expect to be placed on a table with comfortably padded straps securing the upper and lower body. Decompression therapy of the spine is generated by a computerized motor that separates the table at a precise level. The amount of tension is determined by the patient’s body weight. It is designed for minimal discomfort, and patients often read a book or peruse on their iPads while receiving treatment. Minimal muscle soreness and pain have been reported after the initial stages of treatment, but ice can be utilized to minimize these effects. Whether you have been diagnosed with a disc injury through an MRI, or have the possibility of a disc injury, a non-surgical approach in spinal decompression may be a viable alternative to treating the problem.


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A Taste For The Times Harvest Pumpkin Ale brings back that once in a “Blue Moon” flavor

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n 1995, we crafted our first autumn seasonal— Pumpkin Ale. At the time, Oktoberfest beers were in high demand. For our version, we wanted to create a beer that was a little different than what was already out there and complemented the season by highlighting the flavors we’ve all grown to love during this time. It was so popular that it became the first nationally available pumpkin ale. Harvest Pumpkin Ale, as it’s called now, is crafted with pumpkin and spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice for a taste you’ll want to fall right into.

Appearance: Deep amber-colored ale with brilliant clarity and a rich, white head. Aroma: Very complex aroma consisting of malty spice notes. Taste: Starts out with assertive malty notes and is quickly balanced with the right amount of harvest spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. There’s a small amount of bitterness to keep the malt sweetness from building up. Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied ale with just enough carbonation to balance the rich caramel character.

WHAT TO EAT WITH IT? The flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and the other harvest spices pair well with beef dishes and seasonal soups

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Finish: Finishes with a smooth, clean malt and spice taste. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and malt gradually fade.


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LEISURE: FeatureLUXURY name

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Randy Johnson and one of his 100 Big Unit timepieces.

A Home Run For A Strikeout King 100 mph hurler Randy Johnson has 100 timepieces created in his honor by Ulysse Nardin - and one of those “Big Unit” packages can be found in McAllen

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Former Major League Baseball pitcher Randy Johnson was known for having a formidable 100-mile-per-hour fastball with consistency over his 22-year career that included five Cy Young Awards, (the highest honor for major league pitchers) and a 2001 World Series Championship, with the Arizona Diamondbacks where he shared the Most Valuable Player Award. Although Johnson is known for his many achievements, he is also an avid watch collector. Luxury watch power house manufacturer, Ulysse Nardin presented a Maxi Marine Diver called the “Big Unit,” in honor of Johnson, one of Major Leagues greatest left handed baseball pitchers. Limited to 100 pieces worldwide, each watch comes with an autographed signed baseball by Johnson, and is presented in a special presentation case crafted in white leather with red stitching. Johnson, who stands 6-foot-10 and is the all-time left-handed strikeout leader with 4,875 strikeouts – only behind Nolan Ryan all-time, said he compares having a luxury timepiece named after him among his greatest honors, as far as public acceptance. “I thought it was pretty cool when I was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. I thought I had arrived,” Johnson said. “But to have a watch named after me, I mean I am obviously honored.” Ulysse Nardin is the most celebrated luxury watch brand in the world. It is the only one to have received more than 4,300 Awards, 18 Gold Medals, Registered in the Guinness Book of World Records, and received “Watch of The Year Award” in 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2004. “This is a record unsurpassed in the watch industry” said Ulysse Nardin CEO Patrik Hoffman. Exclusive Timepieces Luxury Watches of McAllen is the exclusive agent to represent Ulysse Nardin in all of South Texas. To view the Ulysse Nardin Luxury Watch Collection, also the Randy Johnson “Big Unit” Limited Edition, visit Exclusive Timepieces Luxury Watches at 1217 South 10th in McAllen, or visit them online at www.exclusivetimepieces.net. You can also call them at (956) 687 2981.


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LEISURE: FeatureFINANCE name

Is a rollover right for you? If you’re not exactly happy with your current plan -and weren’t crazy about your old plan -- you can always roll over your old plan assets into an IRA.

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f you’ve recently changed jobs -- or maybe changed jobs a few times over the years -- you may be juggling multiple retirement plan accounts. While it’s certainly acceptable to leave your money in your former employer’s plan (as long as your balance is over $5,000, your old employer can’t cash you out), in many instances it might be a better idea to consolidate your assets. Consolidation can help make administering and allocating your assets much simpler. Having your entire retirement portfolio summarized on one statement makes it easier to track performance and make changes. But before you initiate a rollover, be sure to compare the investment options and their associated fees in your old plan with those in your new plan. Were you able to properly diversify your assets in your old plan? If your investment choices were limited, you probably want to move your old account into your new account. Are the investment fees higher or lower than those in your current plan? If you were paying more at your old plan, it’s a good reason to move your assets to a plan with lower investment fees. Are you satisfied with the investment choices and fees charged in your current plan? If you’re not happy with your current plan -- and weren’t crazy about your old plan -- you can always roll over your old plan assets into an IRA. Initiating a roll over isn’t difficult. First, check your current plan rules to confirm that rollovers are permissible (the vast majority of plans accommodate this feature). Then contact the administrator of your old plan (you can find their information on your quarterly statement) to get the ball rolling. Some

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retirement account to another without incurring any tax consequences. A “qualified” account can be either your new employer’s plan or a rollover IRA. A distribution is essentially a withdrawal from your account. If you request a distribution, the account administrator is required by law to withhold 20% of your account balance to pay federal taxes. State taxes, if applicable, are also due. If you are under age 59 1/2, you will probably be hit with an additional 10% federal early withdrawal penalty. If you have specific questions about your retirement plan distribution options, contact your employer’s benefits coordinator or a qualified financial consultant. Source/Disclaimer: Asset allocation and diversification do not ensure a profit or protect against a loss in a declining market.

Harvey Lopez brings more than 15 years experience of Wealth Management, business solutions and Insurance experience serving the entire Rio Grande Valley. His office is located at 801 E. Fern, McAllen, Texas, 78501. If you have questions, you can call Harvey at (956) 874-8750 plan providers have a simple online request process, while others require completion of a paper-based rollover form. Your current plan provider or IRA provider may even furnish a rollover service for you. It’s also important to know the difference between a rollover and a distribution. A rollover allows you to transfer your money from one qualified

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A Hall of Fame Experience If this destination isn’t on your bucket list, you need to put it there World Golf Village is a destination resort and residential community in St. Augustine, Florida, just 30 minutes south of Jacksonville and 100 miles northeast of Orlando on Florida’s First Coast. The Village is home to the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, the international institution that preserves and honors the history of golf and the legacies of those who have made it great.

IMAX THEATER

As part of the World Golf Hall of Fame experience, guests can enjoy a film at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX® Theater. The Theater has recently undergone an upgrade to IMAX 3D Digital. This upgrade makes it the largest IMAX Digital 3D screen in the Southeastern United States.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village is the “Official Resort of the World Golf Hall of Fame,” offering 300 luxurious renovated guest rooms and suites. Located next to the Hall of Fame, the resort offers spectacular views overlooking the Village’s lake and golf courses. Guests are able to enjoy

Photos Courtesy World Golf Hall of Fame

World Golf Village’s two championship golf courses, the World Golf Hall of Fame’s 18-hole putting course, pool, hot tub, 24-hour health club, restaurant, lounge and full-service concierge.

GOLF COURSES

World Golf Village features two 18hole championship golf courses with special ties to the World Golf Hall of Fame. The King & Bear, named respectively for its Hall of Fame member co-designers Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, opened in 2000. It is the first and only course design collaboration between the two golf legends. The second course, Slammer & Squire, opened in 1998 and was designed by Bobby Weed with consultants Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen, both Hall of Fame members.

GOLF INSTRUCTION

The PGA TOUR Golf Academy features a state-of-the-art learning center with all-weather hitting bays that sit in the shadow of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The top-rated instructors incorporate three teaching and video analysis systems into the lessons that range from private instruction, two- to five-day golf schools, as well as outings and clinics for groups of all sizes.

DINING

There are a variety of dining options around World Golf Village, including Murray Bros. Caddyshack, a restaurant owned by actor-comedian Bill Murray and his five brothers. Other options include the clubhouses at King & Bear and Slammer & Squire, as well as Villagio Italian Grille, located at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village.

ATTRACTIONS

For more information on World Golf Village or to book a trip, visit www. worldgolfvillage.com.

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Also included as part of the Hall of Fame admission is a round on the 18-hole natural grass putting course, providing all ages the opportunity to sharpen their putting skills. And, reminiscent of the 17th Hole of the Stadium Course at the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass, the Hall of Fame’s Challenge Hole allows visitors to take their shot at a 132-yard hole surrounded by an island green.


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AMERICA’S MOST AWARDED

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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