Local golf column: Collier County wins fifth straight My Shower Door Challenge Cup

— Collier County made it 5-for-5 in the My Shower Door Challenge Cup on Saturday at The Club at Renaissance in Fort Myers.

Collier defeated Lee County's 12 club professionals, 42.5-29.5.

"I think we have more depth than they do," said LaPlaya's Scott Richardson, who was the Collier team captain. "A couple of their top players beat a couple of our top players."

After the morning alternate shot, the two teams were tied with nine points apiece in the Ryder Cup-style format. But Collier dominated the rest of the way, winning better ball, 12-6, and singles, 21.5-14.5.

"It was a lot of fun," Richardson said. "Obviously there were a lot of good matches. ... I thought the guys on our team played really well."

Justin Bertsch of Hideout and John Lee of Imperial led Collier with 7 1/2 points each (teams or players earned one point for winning the front nine, one for the back nine, and one for overall score). Larry Gantzer of Grey Oaks, Dennis Meyer of Dennis Meyer's Golf Schools, and John Calabria of Fiddler's Creek all had seven apiece.

Jay Westerlund, who was the Lee co-captain along with David Kent, led all players with 8 1/2 points. Westerlund and Kent got some revenge on Richardson, who had beaten them last year. The two beat Richardson and Durland, 2.5-0.5, in better ball, and each won 3-0 in singles.

"They thumped us pretty good," Richardson said.

My Shower Door Challenge Cup

at Renaissance, Saturday

Collier County 42.5, Lee 29.5

Morning alternate shot

Jay Westerlund/Chris Phillips (L) d. Dan Heaslip/Jordan Burke, 3-0; Dennis Meyer/Mark Durland (C) d. Ric Nalyd/Jon Pazdera, 3-0; Mike Dopslaff/Adam DeArmond (L) d. Jared Blocker/Doug Reed, 2.5-0.5; Mark Doss/Aaron Sustad (L) vs. John Calabria/Scott Richardson, halved; Justin Bertsch/Larry Gantzer (C) d. David Kent/Nathan Groce, 2-1; Gary Baker/John Lee (C) d. Joe Allinder/Mike Spetsios, 2-1. Lee 9, Collier 9.

Afternoon better ball

Blocker/Gantzer (C) d. Nalyd/Spetsios, 2.5-0.5; Pazdera/Dopslaff (L) d. Reed/Baker, 2-1; Bertsch/Burke (C) d. Sustad/Groce, 2.5-0.5; Lee/Calabria (C) d. Allinder/Doss, 3-0; Meyer/Heaslip (C) d. Phillips/DeArmond, 2.5-0.5; Kent/Westerlund (L) d. Richardson-Durland, 2.5-0.5. Collier 12, Lee 6.

Afternoon singles

Gantzer (C) d. Nalyd 2.5-0.5; Blocker (C) d. Spetsios, 3-0; Reed (C) d. Pazdera, 2.5-0.5; Dopslaff (L) d. Baker, 3-0; Sustad (L) d. Burke, 2.5-0.5; Bertsch (C) d. Groce, 3-0; Lee (C) d. Allinder, 2.5-0.5; Calabria (C) d. Doss, 3-0; Phillips (L) vs. Meyer, halved; Heaslip (C) d. DeArmond, 3-0; Kent (L) d. Durland, 3-0; Westerlund (L) d. Richardson, 3-0. Collier 21.5, Lee 14.5.

951 Collier Cup: The second annual event was held Thursday, Nov. 15 at Naples Lakes Country Club. Eighty golfers representing 10 clubs on or adjacent to Collier Boulevard/County Road 951 competed.

Naples Heritage won the tournament in the Stableford points format, followed by Cedar Hammock, then Forest Glen. Two points separated the top three teams.

Other clubs participating were Hammock Bay, Island Country Club, Naples Lakes, The Classics at Lely Resort, Fiddler's Creek, Rookery, and Vanderbilt.

Vin D'Alessandro of Forest Glen and Ed Grace of Naples Lakes co-chaired the event, which will be played at Naples Heritage in November 2013.

Rick Smith Golf Academy at Raptor Bay: Offering clinics for both adults and juniors beginning in January. Adult clinics are Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon and are $40 per person. Junior after-school clinics are Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and cost $30 per person. Call 390-4608 or email RSGAgolf@gmail.com.

Get Golf Ready: Vineyards Country Club and Rodney Bungartz of Arrowhead both have some Get Golf Ready classes coming up. The classes are designed by the PGA of America for beginning golfers or those who have been away from the game for a while.

At Vineyards, the maximum class size is eight per PGA member instructor. The program includes on-course instruction.

The cost at both places is $99 per student.

At Vineyards, the price includes five 90-minute weekly sessions Saturdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 5. Call 353-0505 or go to playgolfamerica.com. Clubs will be provided to those who need them.

At Arrowhead, the weekly sessions are Mondays from 4:45 to 6 p.m. and are 75 minutes in length. Call Bungartz at 348-5929.

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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).

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 January. 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.

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

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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.

■ 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.

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