NAPLES — Area clubs will be holding Patriot Golf Day, the annual fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation, during Labor Day weekend.
Folds of Honor provides postsecondary education scholarship for the children and spouses of military men and women disabled or killed while serving. Golfers are asked to add an extra dollar to their greens fees to fund Folds of Honor scholarships.
Patriot Golf Day campaign is jointly supported by the PGA of America and the United States Golf Association. This is the sixth year.
Among the functions area clubs are conducting, with some or all proceeds going to Folds of Honor:
The Colony in Bonita Springs will host its third annual Patriot Golf Day on Friday and Saturday with 9 a.m. shotgun starts.
Pelican Preserve Golf Club in Fort Myers is hosting par-3 contests Friday and Monday with a raffle drawing for a TaylorMade driver.
Raptor Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs will host a raffle drawing on Monday. Tickets may be purchased for $20 each or three for $40, with all proceeds donated to the foundation. Additional donations of $10 or more through Monday will receive a sleeve of logo golf balls or a bag tag.
Tiburón Golf Club is offering discounted cart fee rates of $32 per active and retired military personnel and 20 percent off merchandise in the golf shop. There will be closest-to-the-pin contests throughout the weekend and a Flag Day competition on Saturday. Donations of $100 or more will receive a foursome of golf for only a cart fee. Certificate valid Sept. 1 through Oct. 31; donate $50 and receive a $20 Tiburón gift card.
Area clubs/facilities participating, according to the Play Golf America website: Collier County: Ave Maria — Panther Run; Naples — Stonebridge, Royal Palm, the Rookery at Marco, Royal Poinciana, Heritage Bay, Collier's Reserve, Cypress Woods, Audubon, the Glades, the Golf Guys, Royal Wood, Imperial, Foxfire, Pelican Marsh, Forest Glen, Quail West, Naples Heritage, Cedar Hammock, the Classics at Lely, Vanderbilt, Valencia, Grey Oaks, Powerchute Golf, the Quarry, the Vineyards, Hammock Bay, Bear's Paw, the Strand, Club at Mediterra, Golf Club at Fiddler's Creek, Kensington, Windstar, PGA Tour Superstore.
Lee County: Bonita Springs — Raptor Bay, the Colony, Vasari, Shadow Wood, Worthington, Copperleaf; Cape Coral — Palmetto Pine, Coral Oaks; Estero — Old Corkscrew, Pelican Sound, Country Creek, Grandezza, West Bay; Fort Myers — Lexington, Renaissance, Pelican Preserve, the Plantation, Gateway, the Landings, Crown Colony, San Carlos, Dick's Sporting Goods, Shell Point, Gulf Harbour, Estero CC at the Vines, Legends, Cypress Lake, Heritage Palms, the Forest, Kelly Greens, Fiddlesticks; Lehigh Acres — Westminster, Mirror Lakes; North Fort Myers — Magnolia Landing, Six Lakes, El Rio, Del Tura.
CME Group Titleholders: Lydia Ko, the 15-year-old who won the LPGA Tour event in Canada on Sunday, will be in the Naples event from Nov. 15-18 at the TwinEagles Club. Ko qualifies, even though she's not an official LPGA Tour member, by virtue of her victory.
Jane Rah and Catriona Matthew were the other two qualifiers on Sunday. At each LPGA Tour event, the top three who have yet to qualify get spots in the Titleholders.
Florida Junior Tour: Naples' Emma Bradley won the Girls 13-15 division in Sunday's event at Worthington Country Club in Bonita Springs. The second and final round was canceled because of to Tropical Storm Isaac.
Bradley shot a 76, then beat Kendall Griffin of Sebring on the first playoff hole. Emily Black of Naples was fourth with a 78, and Kelly Newbrough of Naples was sixth with an 82.
Andrew Potter of Naples finished third in the boys division. Robin Wang of Lake Mary won with a 64.
Men's Summer Interclub: The team of Van Strakes (Foxfire), John Weatherwax (Classics at Lely), Paul Poirier (Bear's Paw) and Greg Sundeen (Wildcat Run) won Flight A, and Bill Powers (Cedar Hammock), Lloyd Mullin (Fiddlesticks), Ian Kemp (Naples Heritage) and Leo Ciani (Vasari) won Flight B on Friday at Bear's Paw.
This week's event is Friday at the Club at Grandezza.
Franklin Templeton Shootout Summer Series: Openings remain for the next stop, Saturday, Sept. 15 at Hammock Bay with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The entry fee is $59 per player per event, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting CureSearch for Children's Cancer.
Two-person teams play six holes of modified alternate shot, six holes of best ball and six holes of scramble, following the three formats used in Greg Norman's PGA Tour event held at Tiburón Golf Club in December. Go to www.franklintempletonshootout.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.
FSGA Mid-Senior Championship: Dave Marshman of Fort Myers and Jeff Mushock of Naples were part of a tie for 25th on Saturday at Longboat Key Club. The tournament was shortened to 36 holes because of Tropical Storm Isaac.
Marshman shot 75-78 and Mushock shot 72-81. Ken Moody of Ponte Vedra Beach shot a 143 and won a sudden-death playoff with a par over Glenn Przybylski of Frankfort, Ill.
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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.
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
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.
Swings for The Sox
Info: The Boston Red Sox will hold their inaugural Swings For The Sox tournament Friday, Sept. 28 at Gateway Golf & Country Club in Fort Myers. Scramble, 8:30 a.m. 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. 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.
Contact: call 226-4783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tiburon Golf Academy
Info: Afterschool programs — Elementary, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Mondays, beginning Sept. 10; Middle school, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 5. Cost, $190 for four-week session. Call 593-1111.
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 — 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; 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.
■ 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
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