Local golf column: Balter, Figueroa compete at Junior Orange Bowl Invitational

Fort Myers professionals Andy Scott and Mark Hamstra were among South Florida PGA Section pros who participated in the Smile Fore Life program in 2010, visiting hospitals in the section, including Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers.

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Fort Myers professionals Andy Scott and Mark Hamstra were among South Florida PGA Section pros who participated in the Smile Fore Life program in 2010, visiting hospitals in the section, including Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers.

— Naples' Ben Balter tied for 14th in the boys division of the tournament at the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational at The Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables last week.

Balter shot 75-72-65-74/286. Edward Figueroa of Naples, who has signed with Florida Gulf Coast University, tied for 23rd with scores of 70-72-69-79/290. Naples' Monja Maetzler tied for 24th in the girls division with scores of 80-76-81-79/316.

Doral Publix Junior: Naples' Josh Pisarri tied for 15th in the Boys 16-18 division at the prestigious tournament in Miami last month. Pisarri shot 74-76-74/224, seven strokes behind the top score.

Ben Balter and Jackson Stroup of Naples were in the consolation division. Stroup shot 77-81-74/232, and Balter shot 78-81-74/233.

Robby Stockard of Naples competed in the Boys 10-11 division, and shot 90-89/179.

First Tee of Naples/Collier: The organization will have a ceremony on Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at PGA Tour Superstore west of Coastland Center mall on U.S. 41. A First Tee Wall recognizing the nine core value students and teams will be unveiled.

ACE Group Classic: The Champions Tour event scheduled for Feb. 13-19 at TwinEagles Club has designated the PGA Tour Superstore as its exclusive ticket partner. Fans can also call 593-3900 or visit www.theacegroupclassic.com.

The Naples location will offer daily tickets for $25, and weeklong grounds passes for $50. Children 17 and under are admitted free all week with a ticketed adult.

Valencia Afterschool Junior Camp: The club will have its camp from Jan. 17 to March 8 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. for ages 7-15. The cost is $150. Call 352-0777.

Grandezza event: The Estero course is putting on the largest tournament in its history on Sunday, benefiting the United Way. The event is sold out with 124 golfers. Registration is at noon, and there is a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Gulf Coast Gold Senior Tour returns: The tour for golfers 50 and over, which is a subsidiary of the Tournament Players Association of Southwest Florida, returns Jan. 12.

Schedules will be posted weekly on tpagolf.com. The home course will be River Hall Country Club in Alva, which will host the Jan. 12 event. Tee times will begin each week in mid-morning. The entry deadline is Monday at 11 a.m.

The entry fees will be $20 per event, including the rate for golf at each club. A one-time $25 administrative fee is required prior to the first event played.

A quota-point modified Stableford scoring system will be used. An optional $10 skins game will be available. The top 25 percent in the field will win gift certificates at the host club with a 100 percent payout per event.

To register, email tpagolf@msn.com or call 458-0754.

Bungartz clinics: Arrowhead instructor Rodney Bungartz has released his clinic schedule for the month. After-school junior clinic — 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, $13 per student per session, ages 6 and up; Middle school junior clinic — 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays, $15 per student per session, ages 12 and up. Call 348-5929.

The Forest: The course in Fort Myers is offering a "join the club" for two days promotion this month. For $75 per person per day, guests can play the Bobcat or recently renovated Bear courses, meet the pro, have lunch, and a tour of the club.

For more information, contact Stacey Persinger at 482-1310.

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Junior golf camps/clinics: Here’s a list of junior golf camps, clinics and offerings submitted:

■ First Tee of Naples/Collier — The Winter Life Skills & Golf program is from Feb. 1-March 19. Elementary school: Mondays at Moorings, 4 to 5:30 p.m., $25 for six weeks; Fridays at Quality Inn Golf Resort, 4 to 5:30 p.m., $25 for six weeks; Middle school: Wednesdays at Quality Inn Golf Resort, 4:30 to 6 p.m., $25 for six weeks; High school: Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m., $25 for six weeks. Applications are posted on www.thefirstteenaplescollier.org under Programs. Call 825-4851.

■ Rick Smith Golf Academy — Afterschool programs: Elementary school: Mondays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., $190 for four-week session; Middle school: Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m., $190 per four-week session; Junior Champions Golf Program: Thursday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m.; $200 twice a week; $150 once a week per four-week session; Call 593-1111.

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PROFESSIONAL EVENTS

ACE Group Classic

Info: Feb. 13-19, at TwinEagles. Tickets are on sale. Golf books on sale, $99, includes golf vouchers at 31 courses and weekly ticket. Hospitality access to the Zig Zag Lounge, a skybox with an open bar and lunch buffet on the 18th hole, $100. Weekly tickets, $50; Daily tickets, $25.

Contact: 593-3900, www.theacegroupclassic.com, or go to PGA Tour Superstore

CHARITY EVENTS

Youth Haven tournament

Info: 25th annual Wyndemere Tradition Golf Tournament, Monday, Jan. 16 at Wyndemere Country Club. Since 1987, the event has raised more than $1 million for Youth Haven’s children and families. Entry fee, $250 for individuals, $600 for complete foursomes. Registration, 11 a.m., with lunch and a golf clinic at noon, and a 1 p.m. shotgun start. An awards reception and auction, 5 p.m. Tee sponsor signs $150.

Contact: www.youthhaven.net or Jamie Gregor at Youth Haven at 687-5153 or jamie.gregor@youthhaven.net.

FREE CLINICS

Lessons for charity

Info: Arrowhead Golf Club and teaching pro Wes Smith are inviting the public to take a lesson from Smith every Saturday, and write a check for a donation directly to a designated charity. There will be a charge of $6 for range balls.

Contact: 289-7994.

Mapother clinics

Info; Jim Mapother of RJM Golf is providing free clinics Friday afternoons from 3 to 4:30 p.m., through May at Lely Resort’s Flamingo Island and Mustang driving ranges. Short-game work, then full swing. Registration limited to eight.

Contact: 208-755-7644, rjmgolf@comcast.net.

AREA ORGANIZATIONS

Executive Women’s Golf Association

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

Naples Amateur Golf Tour

Info: Thursday at The Rookery, Jan. 10 at Hammock Bay, Jan. 12 at Fiddler’s Creek. Golfers must have a 0 to 23 handicap.

Contact: Rob Mucci, robandsig@earthlink.net or (978) 328-9145.

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.

Tournament Players Association

Info: Saturday-Sunday, Cypress Lake

Contact: www.tpagolf.com, tpagolf@msn.com, 458-0754

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: Kickoff, Sunday at Valencia. 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.

■ 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 e-mail rjmgolf@comcast.net.

■ 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 — Call 784-2208 or e-mail mark@durlandgolf.com.

■ Tom Patri Golf School — Tom Patri back 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 — 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 sports@naplesnews.com or send a fax to 239-263-4816.

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