Local golf column: Michelle Wie among latest to qualify for CME Group Titleholders

— None other than Michelle Wie became one of the latest to qualify for the LPGA's CME Group Titleholders in Naples this November.

Wie, 22, has struggled this year, falling to 39th in the world rankings, and getting one top-10 finish -- and that was Sunday when she was eighth at the LPGA Safeway Classic. She graduated from Stanford in the spring with a communications degree.

Sydnee Michaels and Haeji Kang were the other two qualifiers this past weekend.

Wie made news nationally when she was invited to play in a handful of men's professional events as a 13-year-old, and qualified for the U.S. Women's Open. Wie has won two LPGA Tour events, the last the CN Canadian Women's Open almost two years ago.

A special ticket package went on sale last week for the LPGA's return to Naples.

For $65, the Eagle Package includes a weekly ticket to the Titleholders, which is Nov. 12-18 at TwinEagles Club, and a round of golf at the club, which has two courses — the Talon, designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son Jack II, and the Eagle, completely overhauled and redesigned by Steve Smyers and opened late last year.

Packages can be purchased online at www.cmegrouptitleholders.com or by calling 593-3900. Dates and tee times must be scheduled through the TwinEagles Pro Shop (352-2121) and rounds on the Eagle are subject to availability.

Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 12, the tournament will offer one-day tickets for $25 and weeklong passes for $50. These tickets will be available online, by phone or at the PGA Tour Superstore near Coastland Center mall.

The Titleholders is in its second year in its current format. The top three in each tournament on the tour this year get into the Titleholders' elite field. Last year's tournament was played at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando. Hee Young Park was the champion.

Previous qualifiers (in order of qualification): Jessica Korda, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome; Yani Tseng, Jiyai Shin, Ai Miyazato; Angela Stanford, Na Yeon Choi, Shanshan Feng; So Yeon Ryu, Hee Young Park, Caroline Hedwall; Sun Young Yoo, Jodi Ewart, Se Ri Pak; I.K. Kim, Amy Yang, Hee Kyung Seo; Meena Lee, Azahara Munoz, Cristie Kerr; Lexi Thompson, Karine Icher, Karrie Webb; Vicky Hurst, Candie Kung, Morgan Pressel; Katherine Hull, Mika Miyazato, Hee-Won Han; Suzann Pettersen, Eun-Hee Ji, Gerina Piller; Brittany Lang, Chella Choi, Inbee Park; Veronica Felibert, Anna Nordqvist, Jenny Shin; Sandra Gal, Ilee Lee, Giulia Sergas; Natalie Gulbis, Beatriz Recari, Paula Creamer; Jennie Lee, Jacqui Concolino, Lindsey Wright.

Volunteer registration opened July 16, and is $65 per person. For more information on the tournament or the volunteer application, go to www.cmegrouptitleholders.com, email cmegrouptitleholders@octagon.com, or call 593-3900.

The tournament also has a Facebook page at Facebook.com/CMEGroupTitleholders.

U.S. Senior Women's Amateur qualifying: Lynda Case of Fort Myers was one of six qualifiers at Ballen Isles Country Club in West Palm Beach on Aug. 15. Case shot an 80 to finish sixth, five shots behind Diane Bohl of Kissimmee. The Senior Women's Amateur is Sept. 8-13 at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa.

Franklin Templeton Shootout Summer Series: Craig Morton and Rick Radunz won the series event at Raptor Bay on Aug. 18. They shot a gross 65, one stroke ahead of Mike Vanover and Sean Donoghue in a field of 43 teams. Jon Manock and Kevin Dunn were third.

Teams play six holes of scramble, six holes of modified alternate shot and six holes of better ball, the same format used in the PGA Tour event played at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples.

In the net division, five teams had 63s, leading to a tiebreaker, which was won by Christian and Stuart Taylor. Richard Chin and Nigel Wong was second, and Chris and Kevin Blatz were third.

Chris Blatz stretched its lead in the points standings to 15 over Jeff Straus and 25 over Kevin Blatz.

The next stop on the series is Saturday, Sept. 15 at Hammock Bay. There are almost 20 teams registered.

Men's Summer Interclub: The team of Jim Brent (Miromar Lakes), Jim Pusateri (Naples Lakes), Bernie Kennedy (Vanderbilt) and Peter Griffin (Vasari) won the event on Aug. 17 at LaPlaya. The next event will be Friday at Bear's Paw.

Swings for The Sox: The Boston Red Sox will hold their inaugural Swings For The Sox tournament Friday, Sept. 28 at Gateway Golf & Country Club in Fort Myers.

The scramble starts at 8:30 a.m., with lunch by Rib City on the Green Monster at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. Golfers also can take batting practice for the chance to win 2013 spring training season tickets. There also will be self-guided tours, a silent auction, raffle prizes, and appearances by Red Sox personnel.

All funds raised will be used by the Red Sox Foundation to support local nonprofit efforts. Tournament sponsorships are available from $100 to $1,500. Foursome player packages begin at $500, and non-player passes that include entry into the park, lunch and batting practice swings are $75 per person.

For more information, call 226-4783 or email redsoxgolf@redsox.com.

Bungartz lessons: Arrowhead Golf Club instructor Rodney Bungartz has released his clinic schedule for late August and the month of September.

After School Junior Clinic — Tuesdays, 4 to 5 p.m., $13 per student per session, ages 6 and up; Middle School Junior Clinic — Tuesdays, 5 to 6 p.m., $15 per student per session, ages 12 and up. Get Golf Ready — Adult class, starts Aug. 29, Wednesdays, 8:45 to 10 a.m., $99 for five 75-minute sessions. Call 348-5929.

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PROFESSIONAL EVENTS

LPGA Tour's CME Group Titleholders

Info: Nov. 15-18, TwinEagles Club. Special Eagle Package, $65, includes weeklong ticket and round of golf at TwinEagles. Available through Sept. 11. Weeklong, daily tickets go on sale Sept. 12. Volunteer applications were accepted beginning July 16. $65 per person.

Contact: www.cmegrouptitleholders.com, email cmegrouptitleholders@octagon.com, or 593-3900.

CHARITY EVENTS

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 — Sept. 15, Hammock Bay, 9 a.m. shotgun; Oct. 6, Tiburon, Gold Course, 1 p.m. shotgun

Contact: www.franklintempletonshootout.com

Fraternal Order of Eagles Tournament

Info: Sunday, Sept. 9, Vanderbilt Country Club to benefit the Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Collier County. Hole sponsorships, $50 or $100. Registration, 7:45 to 8:20 a.m. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Entry fee, $65 per person and includes dinner. Dinner $10 for nongolfers. Entry deadline, Sept. 5.

Contact: Bobby Sterman 352-6874, Kenny Clesen 825-1736.

JUNIORS

WCI Junior Summer Tour

Info: Ages up to 18; Schedule: Adult/junior event, Saturday.

Contact: 498-8040, www.wcigolf.com.

PROMOTIONS

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.

AREA ORGANIZATIONS

Arrowhead Twilight

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.

Contact: 596-1000

Arrowhead New to Golf League

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

Contact: 596-1000

Collier County Women's Association

Info: Accepting members. Dues, $25 per year. Handicaps of 35 or less; Schedule — Friday, 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

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

Gulfcoast Amateur Golf Association of Florida

Info: Upcoming events: Sunday, 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.

Contact: gagaswfl@aol.com or golfslaff@aol.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

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, proshop@naplesquailrun.com.

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 — 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, 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 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 tpatri@mindspring.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.

■ Tiburon 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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