Local golf column: Franklin Templeton Shootout Summer Series starts next month

— The Franklin Templeton Shootout Summer Series is returning for its second year.

The two-person team competition takes place once a month from May to October at select courses. During each tournament round, players will compete in the same formats used in the Franklin Templeton Shootout: six holes of modified alternate shot, six holes of better ball, and six holes of scramble.

Points will be awarded which qualify players for prizes from the PGA Tour Superstore, the Capital Grille at Mercato, and WCI Communites, including access to the Shootout, which is Dec. 5-9 at Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.

There will be both net and gross divisions. Entry fees are $59 per player, per event. A portion of entry fees will go to benefit CureSearch for Children's Cancer, the tournament's charity.

Schedule — May 12, Tiburon, Black Course, 1 p.m. shotgun; June 16, Pelican Preserve, 9 a.m. shotgun; July 28, The Colony, 9 a.m. shotgun; Aug. 18, Raptor Bay, 9 a.m. shotgun; Sept. 15, Hammock Bay, 9 a.m. shotgun; Oct. 6, Tiburon, Gold Course, 1 p.m. shotgun

For more information, go to www.franklintempletonshootout.com

WCI scholarships: The WCI Communities Junior Golf Foundation has awarded scholarships to 10 high school golfers in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties.

The annual Academic and Athletic Achievement Award scholarship program, now in its 12th year, has given $222,000 in scholarships to high school seniors.

Kaitlyn Cross of Riverdale and Austin Schultz of South Fort Myers each will receive a $4,000 scholarship. Elizabeth Hasty of Gateway Charter and Jeff Bonany of Fort Myers each will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Emma Smyser of Gulf Coast, Ryan Denish of Fort Myers, Zachary Flowers of Lemon Bay, Megan Marone of Charlotte, Preston Nipper of Riverdale, and Jake Sherwin of Evangelical Christian each will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

No. 1 at Masters again: The Naples-Fort Myers TV market was No. 1 again for The Masters on CBS earlier this month. Saturday, the area had a 10.1 rating and a 19 share, followed by a 16.0 rating and 30 share on Sunday. There were 56 metered markets.

Hiestand wins: Naples' Mary Jane Hiestand, a Hideout Golf Club member, and Diane Lang won the Palm Beach Polo Four-Ball Invitational on Thursday.

Hiestand and Lang won the title match, beating Taffy Brower and Alexa Hammer, 5 and 4. Hiestand birdied the first three holes to put the team 3-up, and won No. 4 with a par. Lang birdied Nos. 10, 11 and 14.

Lang and Hiestand won their earlier matches 3 and 2, 6 and 5, and 2-1. They were seeded second after a 71 in the stroke-play round.

Nelson Cup: The Southeast Chapter PGA won the 18th annual event on Monday at Santa Lucia River Club in Port St. Lucie.

Alan Morin of Lake Worth was unbeaten for the Southeast, which had 77 1/2 points to beat the Southwest Chapter (51 1/2) and Southern Chapter (30).

Scott Richardson of LaPlaya and John Wade of Gateway each won the six maximum points; Wade was unbeaten in singles. Other members of the Southwest team were: John Calabria, Fiddler's Creek; Dennis Meyer, Dennis Meyer's Golf Schools; Joe Allinder, Spring Run; Larry Gantzer, Grey Oaks; Jay Westerlund, Renaissance; David Kent, Renaissance; David Witt, Talis Creek; Jared Blocker, Pelican Bay; Mark Doss, Gulf Harbour; J.D. Murray, Golf Club of the Everglades.

Naples Area Men's Interclub: Quail Creek, Imperial and Wyndemere have qualified for the playoffs. The final spot will be determined at Country Club of Naples today between Spanish Wells and Stonebridge, which tied for first in the South Division.

There are 24 local clubs in the league, which has been in existence since 1973. Semifinal matches will be at Quail Creek and Imperial on Friday, with the finals at Audubon on Wednesday, May 2.

Collier County Women's Association: The organization, in its 47th year, has announced its schedule and is accepting members for this season. Dues are $25 per year, and interested golfers should have a verifiable handicap of 35 or less. Contact Doris Roberts at 793-0644 or Helen Nulse at 353-6944.

Schedule — May 4, Countryside; May 18, Foxfire; June 1, Royal Wood; June 15, Glades; June 29, Vanderbilt; July 6, Naples Heritage; July 20, LaPlaya; Aug. 10, Royal Palm; Aug. 24, Stonebridge; Sept. 7, Eagle Creek; Sept. 21, Quail Run; Oct. 5, Glen Eagle.

PGA Junior League: Arrowhead Golf Club is looking for juniors to fill a team. Leagues consist of 4-7 teams, with team vs. team competition in 9-hole matches. Local league play will be completed by July 8. City Championships and Regionals will be completed by Aug. 5. The cost is $90 per junior. The deadline to register is April 30. To register, contact Rodney Bungartz at 596-1000 or rbungartz@coralhospitality.com

Men's Summer Interclub: Schedule — May 4, Windstar; May 11, Fiddlesticks; May 18, Royal Palm; May 25, Spanish Wells; June 1, Naples Grande; June 8, Golf Club of the Everglades; June 15, Miromar Lakes; June 22, The Quarry; June 29, Island Club; July 6, Kensington; July 13, Countryside; July 20, Heritage Bay; July 27, The Colony; Aug. 3, Worthington; Aug. 10, Cedar Hammock; Aug. 17, LaPlaya; Aug. 24, Bear's Paw; Aug. 31, Grandezza; Sept. 7, Bonita Bay; Sept. 14, Vanderbilt; Sept. 21, Classics at Lely; Sept. 28, Naples Heritage; Oct. 5, Vasari; Oct. 12, CC of Naples; Oct. 19, Foxfire.

SFPGA Junior Tour: Estero's Robert Butler was 11th in the Boys 16-18 age division at Indian Spring Country Club in Boynton Beach on Sunday. Butler shot 80-80/160 and was 13th overall.

Matthew Williamson of Bonita Springs tied for 10th in the Boys 14-15 division with a 177 total. Naples' Jack Fumagalli was 12th in the Boys 12-13 division with a 166.

Rick Smith Golf Academy: Get Golf Ready program costs $125 per person for a five-week program. Call 593-1111.

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CHARITY EVENTS

PGA Tour Superstore tourney

Info: Spring Customer Appreciation Tournament, Thursday, at TwinEagles. Shotgun start, 9 a.m. Entry fee, $99 per person. Includes a $20 gift card, and 45-minute practice bay session.

Contact: 384-6380.

United Way tournament

Info: Friday, at Cypress Lake Country Club. Luncheon, noon; Shotgun start, 1:30 p.m. Benefits United Way in Lee, Hendry, Glades counties. Entry fee, $100 per player.

Contact: 481-3222

Shark Frenzy Tournament

Info: Saturday, at Vineyards. Benefits Gulf Coast High School girls golf team. Registration, 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Entry fee, $100, includes lunch. Sponsorships, $125 to $600.

Contact: Ana Gilliam, 377-1481, Dennis Hemberger 404-0110, Tom Metzger at Vineyards 353-0505

Parkinson Association tournament

Info: Saturday, at Bonita Bay East. Benefits Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida. Registration, 8 a.m. Helicopter ball drop followed by shotgun start, 9 a.m. Entry fee, $250 per player, $800 for foursomes.

Contact: PASFI 417-3465, 1048 Goodlette-Frank Road No. 201, www.pasfi.org

Children's Advocacy Center tournament

Info: Saturday, at TwinEagles. Registration/breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Followed by lunch, awards ceremony. Entry fee, $150. Sponsorships, $500. Preregistration party, April 27 at PGA Tour Superstore, 5:30 p.m.

Contact: Tina Streeter 263-8383, ext. 232, tstreeter@CACcollier.org

RCMA Tournament

Info: Saturday, at Lely Resort's Flamingo Island Course. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Benefits Redlands Christian Migrant Association, which operates 75 child care centers and two charter schools for rural poor. Entry fee, $225. Sponsorships available.

Contact: Judy Brill 800-282-6540, ext. 242, judy@rcmga.org.

TIF Inter-Club Challenge

Info: Monday,at Old Collier. Golf clubs compete against one another. Proceeds support Immokalee Foundation programs, including The First Tee of Naples/Collier in Immokalee. Winning team receives entry into Charity Classic Pro-Am on Nov. 12. Registration, 8 a.m. Shotgun start, 9:15 a.m. Awards and lunch, 1:30 p.m.

Contact: 430-9122, info@immokaleefoundation.org, www.immokaleefoundation.org

Greens for Teens Celebrity Pro-Am

Info; Thursday, May 3-Friday, May 4. Celebrity player auction, May 3 at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point. Pro-am, May 4 at West Bay. Benefits New Start Vision, to build a residential facility for teenage girls that are homeless or runaways.

Contact: Lori Cook North, 287-0780, lori@eventfulinc.com

Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Tournament

Info; Friday, May 4, at Grey Oaks' Estuary Course. Lunch, 11:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 1 p.m. Awards/dinner, 5 p.m. Entry fee, $150 per golfer or $550 per foursome. Non-golfers, $20 for awards/dinner.

Contact: www.napleschamber.org

Titan Gridiron Club Tournament

Info; Saturday, May 5, at Naples Lakes. Shotgun start, 8 a.m. Entry fee, $125 per person, $400 per foursome. Includes continental breakfast, lunch. Sponsorships available.

Contact: Barb Anderson, balpkrfan@aol.com, 564-9440

Three Sticks for Kicks Tournament

Info: Saturday, May 5, at Bentley Village. Benefits Charity for Change's "Giver" program at local elementary schools. Golfers play with putter and two other clubs of choice on the par-3 course. Registration/continental breakfast, 8 a.m. Shotgun start, 9 a.m. Entry fee, $100 per golfer. Hole sponsorships, $125.

Contact: www.charityforchange.org, 592-6787.

J. Neil Birch Memorial Tournament

Info: Saturday, May 5, at Quail West. Benefits Literacy Volunteers of Collier County, whose mission is to teach illiterate, non-English speaking adults. Registration, $600 per foursome, $150 for individuals. Hole sponsorships, $150. Limited to 100 golfers. Shotgun start, 9 a.m., followed by scoreboard party and awards.

Contact: Sandra Barreto 262-4448, ext. 301, sbarreto@collierliteracy.org

Harry Chapin Food Bank

Info: Wednesday, May 9, at Grandezza. Entry fee, $125 per golfer. Includes awards and dinner. Registration, 12:30 p.m. Shotgun start, 1:30 p.m. Every dollar raised enables $6 worth of food to those in need.

Contact: Chris Robinson, chrisrobinson@harrychapinfoodbank.org, www.harrychapinfoodbank.org

Naples-Pelican Bay Rotary Tournament

Info: Friday, May 11, at Pelican Bay. Entry fee, $150 per golfer or $600 per foursome. Sponsorships, $500 to $1,000. Benefits charitable contributions that include college scholarships, Quest for Kids scholarships, Kids-Against-Hunger, and more.

Contact: Mike Richardson, 498-4500, mike@deerbrookinc.com

Cajun Classic

Info; Saturday, May 19, Verandah Club. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Entry fee, $140 Sponsorships $250 to $5,000. Benefits Veterans and their families.

Contact: 994-6494, huckiewin@yahoo.com, www.cajunclassic.org

Gridiron Club of Estero

Info: Saturday, May 19, The Colony. Entry fee, $115 per player. Shotgun start, 1 p.m. Dinner/awards, 5:30 p.m. Benefits Estero High School football program.

Contact: Rich Dombrowski 947-9400, ext. 334, richardjd@leeschools.netJUNIORS

First Tee of Naples/Collier

Info: Applications are posted on www.thefirstteenaplescollier.org under Programs.

Contact: 825-4851, www.thefirstteenaplescollier.org

Rick Smith Golf Academy

Info: Afterschool programs — Elementary school: Mondays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., $190 for four-week session; Middle school: Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m., $190 per four-week session; Junior Champions Golf Program: Thursday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m.; $200 twice a week; $150 once a week per four-week session; Player development class: Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m., $75, instructor Kathy Padgett

Contact: 593-1111

Rodney Bungartz clinics

Info: At Arrowhead. Afterschool junior clinic — 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, $13 per student per session, ages 6 and up; Middle school junior clinic — 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays, $15 per student per session, ages 12 and up.

Contact: 348-5929

FREE CLINICS

Lessons for charity

Info: Arrowhead Golf Club and teaching pro Wes Smith are inviting the public to take a lesson from Smith every Saturday, and write a check for a donation directly to a designated charity. There will be a charge of $6 for range balls.

Contact: 289-7994

Mapother clinics

Info: Jim Mapother of RJM Golf is providing free clinics Friday afternoons from 3 to 4:30 p.m., through May at Lely Resort's Flamingo Island and Mustang driving ranges. Short-game work, then full swing. Registration limited to eight.

Contact: 208-755-7644, rjmgolf@comcast.net

AREA ORGANIZATIONS

Arrowhead Twilight

Info: Every Wednesday starting today through Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. Four-person, mixed 9-hole blind draw scramble. Teams made by pro shop at 3 p.m. day of event. Entry fee, $25. Open to the public.

Contact: 596-1000

Arrowhead New to Golf League

Info: Thursdays from April 19 to Oct. 25. Cost, $15. Open to men and women, 18 years and older. Open to public.

Contact: 596-1000

Executive Women's Golf Association

Contact: Lori Drumm (loridrumm@hotmail.com) 304-0579, www.naplesewga.com

Gulf Coast Gold Senior Tour

Info: For golfers 50 and over. Tee times will begin each week in midmorning. The entry deadline is Mondays at 11 a.m. Entry fee, $20 per event, including the rate for golf at each club. Stableford scoring system.

Contact: tpagolf@msn.com, 458-0754

Southwest Amateur Series

Info: Men's circuit through the Florida State Golf Association features 36-hole individual competitions, with $130 entry fees.

Contact: www.fsga.org

Valencia Leagues

Info: 18-hole Men's League on Saturdays at 8 a.m.

Contact: 352-0777, www.ValenciaGolfandCountryClub.com

World Golfers Amateur Tour-Southwest Florida

Info: Cost for tour, $189 per year.

Contact: www.wgatusa.com or email Jim Stockman at jim@worldgolfersusa.com

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INSTRUCTION, ETC.

■ APEX Golf — State-of-the-art training studio combining the skills of a golf pro and a physical therapist to improve the body and golf swing. The studio has a high-definition golf simulator, a K-Vest golf swing analyzer, video, and strength and flexibility testing software. APEX offers a free 30-minute analysis of the body and swing. Call 337-2739.

■ Arrowhead Golf Academy — PGA professional Mike Dopslaff, a four-time Southwest Florida PGA Player of the Year, provides instruction. Individual, group lessons. Call 596-1000.

■ Rodney Bungartz Lessons — Rodney Bungartz of Arrowhead Golf Club will have a Get Golf Ready series starting April 3 on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. The cost is $99 for six 60-minute sessions. Call 348-5929.

■ Jon Butler Golf at West Bay Beach and Golf Club — Offering 2 and 4 day Golf schools, short game schools, clinics, private lessons and on-course playing lessons. Call 239-821-8447, jonbutlergolf@gmail.com, www.jonbutlergolf.com

■ Mike Calbot International Golf Studio & Triad Golf Schools — At Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero. Full and half-day schools are offered. Instructional packages are one, two or three days. All instruction is by appointment only. Private instruction and playing lessons also available. Thirty-five years of instructional experience. Call 482-0900 or visit www.golfdoctorusa.com.

■ John Carroll Lessons — Former Club Pelican Bay professional John Carroll is at Tuscany Reserve Golf Club in North Naples. Carroll was at Pelican Bay for 29 years. He is available for instruction Tuesdays through Saturdays. To make an appointment, call 597-3561 or 860-8470.

■ Concierge Service of Naples — An off-site service free of charge to the customer. The service can make tee times year-round at private country clubs in Southwest Florida up to 60 days in advance. The fee is the normal guest rate, and golfers are not required to play with a member. Call 285-7457.

■ Coral Isle Golf Center — Ladies clinics each Tuesday and Wednesday, men’s clinics each Thursday, a mixed clinic each Wednesday at 2 p.m., and a mixed clinic each Saturday. All clinics are at 10 a.m., other than the Wednesday mixed clinic. Junior clinics also are offered from 3:45 p.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Call 732-6900 for more information.

■ The Golf Institute — Club fitting program includes evaluation based on series of tests, including frequency check and lie and loft angle. Putting evaluations also are available. Call 643-5895.

■ Phil Grear instruction — Forest Glen’s Phil Grear is offering the Get Golf Ready program sponsored by the World Golf Foundation. Sessions Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. Each weekly program is $99 per person. Call 354-1898 or 595-1120.

■ Kim Hilbert Lessons — Windstar on Naples Bay assistant pro Hilbert earned honorable mention as a U.S. Kids Golf Top Kids Teacher. Hilbert is an LPGA teaching professional, and also teaches at Able’s Golf Facility in Dublin, Ohio. Hilbert offers numerous youth programs, including multi-day schools, camps, clinics, private lessons, tournament coaching, and afterschool golf programs. Her programs can be found at www.teachingu2golf.com.

■ John Jacobs Golf School — at Lely Resort. Staffed by local PGA and LPGA professionals. School offers 5-day week and 2-day weekend sessions, plus corporate days and private instruction. Discounted rates for junior golfers. For more information, call 1-800-472-5007 or visit www.jacobsgolf.com.

■ KISS Golf For Women Golf Schools — At Royal Poinciana Country Club. LPGA teaching professionals Lorie McCabe and her staff offer two- and three-day golf schools for women. Private instruction also is available. Call 1-888-451-KISS or 354-3633. The school’s Web site is www.kissgolfforwomen.com.

■ David Leadbetter Golf Academy — At LaPlaya Beach & Golf Club. Leadbetter is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher. Academy programs include three-day golf schools and players’ schools, and a one-day mini-school. Private instruction and playing lessons also are available. Call 592-1444.

■ Jim Mapother instruction — Call 431-5315 or email rjmgolf@comcast.net.

■ Mediterra Golf School — Clinic on Friday, March 16 with stack-and-tilt method teachers Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett. The clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $550, which includes lunch in the clubhouse, and will be limited to 10 students; Contact director of instruction Adam Bazalgette at adamb@clubmediterra.com or go to www.adambgolf.com.

■ Dennis Meyer’s Golf School — at Quality Inn Suites & Golf Resort in Golden Gate offers two-, three- , and four-day schools. Playing lessons included in full-day golf schools. Half-day options are available as well. Private lessons available. Call 1-800-445-4554 or 267-4652.

■ Naples Golf Academy — Located at the Hibiscus Golf Club. Lauri Travers leads a team of instructors that offers private lessons, golf schools, clinics and playing lessons. Specialty programs geared toward women and beginner golfers are available year-round. Visit us at LearningGolf.com or call 239-732-9944 for more information.

■ Naples Grande Golf Schools — Christina Ricci, the author of the Golf Survival Guides, will be making an appearance at Naples Grande Golf Club on Wednesday, March 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. Ricci and teaching professional Mark Durland will share tips and techniques on the range and on the course. To sign up, contact Durland at 784-2208 or mark@durlandgolf.com.

■ Tom Patri Golf School — Tom Patri back at The Quarry from Dec. 1 through April 15. Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher in America. South Florida Teacher of the Year. Met (NY) PGA Teacher of the Year. Available to all skill levels, and juniors. Private instruction by the hour, half and full day sessions also. Short game specialist. Visit www.tompatri.com, email tpatri@mindspring.com, or call 239-404-7790.

■ Patri/Mapother clinic — Instructors Tom Patri and Jim Mapother will hold a one-day golf school on Monday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lely Resort. Instruction will consist of a full swing and short game, as well as a discussion on equipment and its effect on ball flight. Class size is limited to 10 people, and costs $225 per person, or $400 for twosomes. Lunch is included. Contact Mapother at (208) 755-7644 or jimmapother@gmail.com.

■ Bob Prange Lessons — Estero Country Club at The Vines is the winter home of Prange, who is a teaching professional at The Bridgewater Club in Carmel, Ind. Prange previously has been a head instructor, staff member and golf school coordinator for John Jacobs Golf Schools. He has been 2004 Teacher of the Year in the Indiana PGA Section, and a Top PGA Instructor by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. Call 267-7003 for appointments and schedules.

■ Rick Smith Golf Academy — Offering weekly 90-minute clinics Saturdays at 3 p.m. for $90 per person with a 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Clinics alternate between full swing and short game with the first being a full swing clinic. Call 593-1111 for more information.

■ The Rookery at Marco Golf Academy — Includes a 14-acre practice facility. Director of instruction Jan Wivestad. For more information, call 642-2747

To submit an item for the golf column, send an email to ghardwig@naplesnews.com or a fax to 263-4816.

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