NAPLES — Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero and Tiburon Golf Club in Naples are in the top 20 in the state in Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses You Can Play in its September issue.
Old Corkscerw is No. 16 in Florida in the magazine's biennial list of the best public courses in each state, and Tiburon's Black Course is next at No. 17. Old Corkscrew, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, moved up four spots from 2008.
Tiburon, which has two 18-hole courses, plays host to the PGA Tour's Franklin Templeton Shootout each December. Old Corkscrew has been the qualifying site for the Champions Tour's ACE Group Classic the past two years.
"We are delighted to receive this recognition from Golf Magazine once again," Old Corkscrew general manager Mark Iwinski said. "The team at Old Corkscrew strives to give our guests the best possible experience on a daily basis, from course conditions and green speeds to guest interaction and service."
The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach is No. 1 in Florida. Pacific Dunes in Bandon, Ore., in No. 1 in the country, followed by Pebble Beach Golf Links.
A panel comprised of PGA section directors, regional golf association directors, golf writers and other members of the golf community vote from a list of more than 400 daily-fee, resort, and semi-private courses. Members of the public who had played more than 20 courses on the list were also invited to vote through the magazine's website.
Southeastern Women's Team Matches: Naples' Mary Jane Hiestand, a Hideout Golf Club member, and Lynda Case of Fort Myers helped Florida rally to victory in the inaugural event against teams from Georgia and Alabama at the Country Club of Ocala on Tuesday.
Hiestand won her three-ball matches over Alabama and Georgia both by 6 and 5 margins. Case won her match against Georgia 2-up, and was all-square against Alabama. Florida won 14 of the 32 available points Tuesday to finish with 24 points. Georgia was second with 20 1/2, and Alabama was third with 18 1/2.
Monday, Hiestand and partner Diane Lang won their four-ball match, 5 and 4, and Case and Lin McMillan won theirs, 2 and 1. In foursomes, Hiestand and Lang won 1-up over Alabama and 2 and 1 over Georgia, and Case and McMillin beat Alabama, 7 and 6, and Georgia, 3 and 2.
The event, which was played in a Ryder Cup-style format, replaces the annual Florida-Georgia Matches.
PGA Junior Golf League: The Naples team came up short in the Southeast Regional over the weekend at Eagle Ridge Gofl Club in Summerlin. The Boca Raton team won the regional and advanced to the national tournament, with Naples finishing second in the four-team regional.
Tom O'Brien of the Rick Smith Golf Academy at Tiburon was the Naples team captain. Players were: Peter George, Brandon Rokela and Jacob Akins of Grey Oaks; Kim Egozi, Samuel Nunner, Kenan Walsh and Adam Beatty of Tiburon; and Lorenzo Soto and Jacob Spooner of Arrowhead.
Marriott Family Festival: The fifth annual International Family Golf Festival will be Saturday at The Rookery at Marco.
The festival encourages parents and children to learn and play the game together, and includes free instruction, clinics, interactive golf games, family golf programs and more. After 3 p.m., families and children can play golf for free as part of Marriott Golf's Kids Golf-4-Free program.
Men's Summer Interclub: The team of Dean Hoffman (Vanderbilt), Frank Boardman (Cedar Hammock), Ron Radick (Vasari) and Bill Schmitz (Royal Palm) won Flight A, and the team of Joe Giampa (Countryside), Greg Pryer (Bonita Bay East), Andrew Geyer (Cedar Hammock) and Tom Klier (Bear's Paw) won Flight B on Friday at Cedar Hammock.
The next event is this Friday at LaPlaya.
FOE Golf Tournament: The Fraternal Order of Eagles Golden Gate Aerie and Auxiliary No. 4028 will host a charity tournament on Sunday, Sept. 9 at Vanderbilt Country Club to benefit the Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Collier County.
Hole sponsorships are available for $50 or $100. Registration is from 7:45 to 8:20 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $65 per person and includes dinner. Dinner is available for $10 for non-golfers. The entry deadline is Sept. 5. Call Bobby Sterman at 352-6874 or Kenny Clesen at 825-1736.
South Florida Junior Championship: Rain shortened the second-year event, sponsored by PGA Tour Superstore, to one day over the weekend at Bear's Paw Country Club.
Jacques Celestino of Sarasota shot a 68 to win the Boys 14-18 division, with Anthony Myers of Cape Coral tying for second with a 75, and Eric Grimes and Garrett Edwards of Naples tying for fourth with 78s. Anthony Noll of Naples was fifth with an 82.
Other division top finishers — Boys 12-13 — 1. Julio Moreno, Spain, 79; 2. Christian Taylor, Estero, 83; 2. Wade Howard, Weston, 83; 10-11 — 1. Kade Cannon, Plantation, 70; 2. Carter Dalili, Vero Beach, 74; 3. Luke Clanton, Miami Lakes, 77; Girls 13-18 — 1. Ashley Kimbrough, Clearwater Beach, 82; 2. Sara Ciliberto, Coral Gables, 84; 3. Sydney Shrader, Nalpes, 85; 10-12 — 1. Brittany Shin, Cape Coral, 78; 2. Alexa Pano, Lake Worth, 81; 3. Nicole Svensson, Weston, 98
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LPGA Tour's CME Group Titleholders
Info: Nov. 15-18, TwinEagles Club. Volunteer applications were accepted beginning July 16. $65 per person.
Franklin Templeton Shootout Summer Series
Info: Two-person team competition, monthly through October. Teams compete in six holes of modified alternate shot, six holes of better ball, and six holes of scramble. Entry fees, $59 per player, per event. Benefits CureSearch for Children's Cancer. Remaining schedule — Saturday, Raptor Bay, 9 a.m. shotgun; Sept. 15, Hammock Bay, 9 a.m. shotgun; Oct. 6, Tiburon, Gold Course, 1 p.m. shotgun
WCI Junior Summer Tour
Info: Ages up to 18; Schedule: Adult/junior event, Aug. 25.
Contact: 498-8040, www.wcigolf.com.
Marriott Military Program
Info: Fairways Fore FREEDom military program. Active, reserve and retired military personnel can get both free and discount golf at over 25 Marriott courses, including The Rookery at Marco in Naples. The program goes through Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 12. Those providing a valid military ID can receive discount twilight green fees and carts from $29 to $69 while receiving a free replay certificate for another day. The certificates will be valid until Dec. 31. The program is available after 3 p.m. any day of the week.
WCI Golf/Harry Chapin Food Bank
Info: WCI Communities partnered with the Harry Chapin Food Bank and United Way for a fundraising opportunity. Supporters who donate $100 to the food bank through www.wcigolf.com will receive a complimentary foursome at one of three WCI golf courses. Complimentary foursomes are valid through Sept. 30, and available for purchase through Sept. 15. Participating clubs are Pelican Preserve in Fort Myers, and Raptor Bay and the Colony in Bonita Springs.
WCI Experience card
Info: Benefits the WCI Communities Junior Golf Foundation and are for preferred rates from May through October at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, The Colony in Bonita Springs, and Venetian Golf & River Club in Venice. The card also offers year-round access to Raptor Bay in Bonita Springs, Lost Key in Perdido Key, and Pelican Preserve in Fort Myers. Card is $45, and can be purchased at www.wcigolf.com/experiencecard or at any WCI golf club.
Info: Every Wednesday 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.
Arrowhead New to Golf League
Info: Thursdays through Oct. 25. Cost, $15. Open to men and women, 18 years and older. Open to public.
Collier County Women's Association
Info: Accepting members. Dues, $25 per year. Handicaps of 35 or less; Schedule — Aug. 24, Stonebridge; Sept. 7, Eagle Creek; Sept. 21, Quail Run; Oct. 5, Glen Eagle.
Contact: Doris Roberts 793-0644, Helen Nulse 353-6944.
Executive Women's Golf Association
Gulfcoast Amateur Golf Association of Florida
Info: Upcoming events: Saturday, Heritage Bay; Aug. 26, Coral Oaks; Sept. 1, Heritage Bay; Oct. 6, Heritage Bay. Members can participate in individual competitions, couples events, partner events, scrambles, pro-ams, nine-hole "Nine and Dines" plus travel events. Memberships will be available following the first event. Nonmembers are welcome to continue competing in select events with a $25 per event fee. Memberships will be $100 per person per year, and offer benefits such as member discounts at area golf courses, advanced tee times, and restaurant discounts.
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: email@example.com, 458-0754
Quail Run Twilight
Info: The weekly league, which is open to the public, began on May 3. The 9-hole scramble format will be used pairing golfers in A, B, C and D flights. The cost is $25 and includes golf, cart, and prizes.
Contact: Erin Ronsen 261-3930, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southwest Amateur Series
Info: Men's circuit through the Florida State Golf Association features 36-hole individual competitions, with $130 entry fees.
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.
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■ 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 — The Arrowhead instructor has released his schedule for June. Summer junior clinic: 9 to 10 a.m., Wednesdays, $13 per student per session, age 6 and up. June 13, 20, 27; Get Golf Ready: Starts June 18, Mondays 8:45 to 10 a.m. Mondays; $99 for six 75-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, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Tom Patri Golf School — Tom Patri in New York from May-December. 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 email@example.com, or call 239-404-7790.
■ 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
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