Local golf column: Area club pros from Lee, Collier play in MY Shower Door Challenge Cup on Saturday

— Collier County will be going for its fifth straight MY Shower Door Challenge Cup on Saturday. The event is two teams of club professionals from Lee and Collier counties facing off in a Ryder Cup-style format.

There will be 36 holes with alternate shot matches in the morning followed by best ball and concurrent singles matches in the afternoon at The Club at Renaissance in Fort Myers.

David Kent and Jay Westerlund of The Club at Renaissance are the Lee County co-captains. Scott Richardson of LaPlaya is the Collier County captain.

Rosters: Lee — Westerlund, Kent, Joe Allinder, Mark Doss, Adam DeArmond, Ric Nalyd, J.J. Jurkovac, Mike Dopslaff, Chris Phillips, Mike Spetsios, Aaron Sustad, Nathan Groce; Collier — Richardson, John Lee, Dan Heaslip, Jared Blocker, Justin Bertsch, Mark Durland, Dennis Meyer, Andy Zullo, Doug Reed, John Calabria, Gary Baker, Larry Gantzer.

Cypress Woods reopens: After eight months of extensive renovations to its golf course, clubhouse and pro shop, Cypress Woods Golf & Country Club held its grand reopening party for members on Friday, and a golf outing on Saturday.

Gordon Lewis, the original course architect, did the redesign, which included renovating tee boxes, fairways and greens, and adding yardage. A grill room as added to the clubhouse, and the new pro shop is free-standing.

Cypress Woods is open to the public. Call 593-3392 for reservations or more information.

Free golf school today: Merrill Lynch is offering a free golf school plus lunch today at Mediterra. The lunch is at 1 p.m., followed by a clinic from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

The clinic will cover "Increasing your distance with the help of the FlightScope Launch Monitor." The limit is six. Contact Adam Bazalgette at 575-1977 or adamb@clubmediterra.com.

TOURAcademy camps: Holiday camps at Tiburon available from Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4 from 3 to 5 p.m. The cost is $160 per person. Junior Champions camps for middle and high school golfers are Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30, and Sundays from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $150 once a week or $200 for twice a week. Call 593-1111.

Naples Grande Golf School: Opening for one-day school on Friday, Dec. 28. Cost is $499 per student and includes five hours of instruction, Trackman Swing Analysis, video analysis, lunch, and more. Contact Mark Durland at 784-2208, mark@durlandgolf.com or visit durlandgolf.com.

Southwest Womens TriCounty Golf Association: Results, Kensington, Lady/Pro Lady Tournament (12-10) — Flight 1 — 1. Leslye Dyke, N. Bradley, M. Beattie, A. Walling 140; 2. Laurel Kean, J. VanderMolen, S. Skowronski, D. Chabot 143; Flight 2 — 1. Danielle Greene, R. Quibel, C. Good, J. Hawthorne 146; 2. Connie Apalit, D. King, P. Gabardini, K. Hale 147.

Lien at Rookery: Scott Lien has been named head golf professional at The Rookery at Marco by Marriott Golf. Lien comes from Stone Mountain Golf Club in Stone Mountain, Ga., and was named Georgia PGA Section Merchandiser of the Year in the Public Category. Lien is from Hoyt Lakes, Minn., and graduated from Ferris State (Mich.).

American Singles Golf Association: The national organization offers single golfers the opportunity to meet other singles and play a variety of courses in the area. The local chapter is led by volunteers from Estero, Bonita Springs and Naples.

The chapter meets monthly for a social gathering, and plays once or twice a month, and has been in existence almost 10 years. For more information, contact Kathy Sloan at 233-2482 or Maxine Gould at 948-9197.

Talis Park app: Talis Park Golf Club, ranked by Golf Digest as one of the state's top 20 courses, has added an app for iPhone and iPad.

The app offers hole-by-hole layouts, yardages, and 3-D flyover views, tee times, weather forecasts, a photo gallery, and social media options.

■ ■ ■

PROFESSIONAL EVENTS

ACE Group Classic

Info: Feb. 12-17, TwinEagles Club. Tickets on sale. Ultimate Golf Experience Book now features complimentary parking all week, two concessions vouchers valid any day and a 10 percent discount in the TwinEagles Pro Shop, in addition to a weekly ticket. Other exclusive discounts include $25 off hospitality, daily and weekly tickets with the purchase of two or more. These limited time offers will only be available through the end of the year. With the purchase of an Ultimate Golf Experience Book, fans will receive discounted golf rounds at 30 of the best golf courses in Southwest Florida. Holiday Promotions — Two Ultimate Golf Books for $150 (offer valid through Dec. 31 — online or by phone); Save $48 with the purchase of two Ultimate Golf Experience Books; Save $25 Offer (offer valid through Dec. 31 — online or by phone). Holiday orders placed by Dec. 19 will be shipped in time for Christmas.

Contact: www.acegroupclassic.com or 593-3900

FREE CLINICS

Mapother/Steinbach Clinic

Info: Jim Mapother of RJM Golf and Nick Steinbach of Merrill Lynch are providing free clinics on Friday mornings from 9 to 10:30 a.m. First part, short game work; second, full swing. Clinics through May 13 at Lely Resort's Flamingo and Mustang driving range. Registration limited to eight people.

Contact: 208-755-7644 or jim@RJMGolf.com.

JUNIORS

Rodney Bungartz lessons

Info: Arrowhead Golf Club instructor has released clinic schedule for December. 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. Contact: 348-5929.

TOURAcademy at Tiburon

Info: Afterschool programs — Elementary, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Mondays; Middle school, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays. Cost, $190 for four-week session. Call 593-1111.

Valencia After School Camp

Info: For ages 7-15, last camp this Thursday. Cost, $10 per day. Call 352-0777 or email nick@valenciagolfandcountryclub.com.

AREA ORGANIZATIONS

Executive Women's Golf Association

Contact: Mourine White at mourinew10@comcast.net, 262-5948, www.naplesewga.com.

Gulfcoast Amateur Association of Florida

Info: Members can participate in individual competitions, couples events, partner events, scrambles, pro-ams, nine-hole "Nine and Dines" plus travel events. 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

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.; Ladies League, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., format varies each week.

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

■ ■ ■

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.

■ Mike Dopslaff Instruction — PGA professional Mike Dopslaff, a four-time Southwest Florida PGA Player of the Year, provides instruction. Individual, group lessons at Stoneybrook Golf Club and Eastwood Golf Club. Call 994-3442, or golfslaff@aol.com.

■ 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 Talis Park 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.

■ Dennis Clark Lessons — Clark, a PGA Master Professional and Advanced Certified Instructor, is directing the Golf Academy at The Marco Island Marriott Resort. Clark is a seven-time PGA award winner, and features Trackman Golf radar Solutions as well as V-1 video analysis. Clark has private lessons, a half-day workshop, and full-weekend schools. Contact 642-2747 or dennis@dennisclarkgolf.com.

■ 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 — The teaching center on Collier Boulevard on the way to Marco Island has a weekly clinic schedule — Tuesdays, ladies; Thursdays, men; Saturdays, mixed. There is a short-game class Fridays, with advanced sign-up required. All start at 10 a.m. Call 732-6900.

■ 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 — 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.

■ Rick Smith Golf Academy — New location at the Raptor Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs. Offering weekly clinics for adults, Mondays and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-noon, and juniors on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. Clinics have a 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Call 390-4610 for more information and to sign up.

■ TOURAcademy Tiburon — 593-2200 for more information.

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

© 2012 marconews.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Comments » 0

Be the first to post a comment!

Share your thoughts

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them. You agree not to post comments that are off topic, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be banned. Click here for our full user agreement.

Comments can be shared on Facebook and Yahoo!. Add both options by connecting your profiles.

Features