Local golf column: FSGA announces Rules of Golf workshops

The First Tee of Naples/Collier celebrated the unveiling of 'The First Tee Wall' inside the PGA Tour Superstore last Thursday, January 5th.  The wall showcases The First Tee 9 Core Values Children of Distinction.  Those in attendance represented Arthrex, Inc., Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, PGA TOUR Superstore, First Tee volunteers and First Tee families.

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The First Tee of Naples/Collier celebrated the unveiling of "The First Tee Wall" inside the PGA Tour Superstore last Thursday, January 5th. The wall showcases The First Tee 9 Core Values Children of Distinction. Those in attendance represented Arthrex, Inc., Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, PGA TOUR Superstore, First Tee volunteers and First Tee families.

The Florida State Golf Association has scheduled 16 Rules of Golf seminars across the state.

There are three in Southwest Florida — Jan. 26 at Kensington; Feb. 22 at Fiddlesticks, and March 9 at Eagle Creek. All seminars are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and include indoor classroom instruction with a video presentation and outdoor hands-on sessions. All workshops are instructed by FSGA staff members.

FSGA committee members are admitted for $10. The fee is $30 for others. Golf professionals can earn four continuing education points for attending. Admissinos includes a lunch buffet and a 2012 Rules book.

To register, visit www.fsga.org or call (813) 632-3742.

Shark playing: Greg Norman, the tournament founder and host of the Franklin Templeton Shootout, will play in the PGA Tour's Humana Challenge (the former Bob Hope event) later this month.

It will be Norman's first PGA Tour event since 2009. Norman said former President BIll Clinton, whose foundation is in partnership with the event, and LaQuinta resident Scott McCarron, who played with Norman at this year's Shootout, encouraged him to play.

Norman said at the Shootout he'd also play in the Mayakoba Golf Classic, the PGA Tour event in Mexico that his production company manages.

Franklin Templeton Shootout Volunteer Day: Approximately 220 tournament volunteers played Tiburon’s Gold Course on Monday, with both a morning and afternoon shotgun starts. Morning winners: Chuck Craycraft, Max Mitchley and Thomas Garrett, 62; Afternoon winners: Alan Copeland, Shirley Allgood, Darwin McVay, Janet McVay, 68.

Lou Nobile Jr. of Imperial Country Club made a double-eagle on the 402-yard No. 14 West Course on Jan. 5, 2012. Witnesses were Marty Baptist, Ian Camfield and Steve Lombardozzi.

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Lou Nobile Jr. of Imperial Country Club made a double-eagle on the 402-yard No. 14 West Course on Jan. 5, 2012. Witnesses were Marty Baptist, Ian Camfield and Steve Lombardozzi.

Double eagle: Lou Nobile Jr. made a double-eagle on Jan. 5 at Imperial Country Club. He hit a 20-degree hybrid on his second shot on the 402-yard No. 14 West at the club.

Marty Baptist, Ian Camfield, and Steve Lombardozzi witnessed the feat.

Pelican Sound rally: The Pelican Sound Golf & River Club will celebrate its 10th annual Rally for the Cure fundraiser on Feb. 6, 7 and 9.

The rally was recognized in 2011 by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, which supports breast cancer treatment and research, as one of the top 10 in North America. Over the past nine years, more than $337,000 has been raised.

This year's festivities include: A special video message from Ambassador Nancy Brinker, founder of Komen for the Cure; Estero High School providing music and volunteers; a ladies golf tournament with 325 players; honoring of cancer survivors; silent and live auction; and a sale of used decorator items.

Harder Hall Invitational: Naples' Mary Jane Hiestand, a Hideout Golf Club member, tied for 15th in First Flight in the tournament in Sebring last week. Hiestand shot 80-81-86-79 for a 326 total.

Naples' Ruth Ann Verell was seventh in the Trish Preuss Flight in the Ben Roman Division with scores of 92-92-92-85/361. Judy McCarty of Fort Myers was ninth with a 366 total.

St. Petersburg Invitational: Florida Gulf Coast University golfer Kyle English tied for 11th at the 86th New Year's tournament on Sunday at St. Petersburg Country Club. English shot 78-68-67-71/284.

Austin Schultz, a South Fort Myers golfer who has signed with Florida Southern, tied for 30th with scores of 73-74-72-73/292 in the 108-player field. Schultz works with Tom O'Brien of the Rick Smith Golf Academy at Tiburon.

Ron Horvath of Columbus Ohio, Win Headley of Naples, John Achiangi of Old Saybrook, Conn., Bob Hirsch of Bristol, Conn., C.J. Fiore of Chicago, and Bob O'Keefe of New York City, Walter Heesch of Long Island, N.Y., Rob Mucci of Salem, Mass., Jim Gibbs of Chicago at the Naples Amateur Golf Tour's event at The Rookery. Heesch won with a gross 81 and nete 73.

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Ron Horvath of Columbus Ohio, Win Headley of Naples, John Achiangi of Old Saybrook, Conn., Bob Hirsch of Bristol, Conn., C.J. Fiore of Chicago, and Bob O'Keefe of New York City, Walter Heesch of Long Island, N.Y., Rob Mucci of Salem, Mass., Jim Gibbs of Chicago at the Naples Amateur Golf Tour's event at The Rookery. Heesch won with a gross 81 and nete 73.

Naples Amateur Tour: Walter Heesch of Long Island won the organization's first event for 2012 at The Rookery with a gross 81 and net 73. Other scores — Win Headley, Naples, 75; Bob O'Keefe, New York, 76; Billie Donahue 81; Bob Hirsch, Bristol, Conn., 82.

Upcoming events are Thursday at Fiddler's Creek and Jan. 19 at The Rookery. Call Rob Mucci at 978-328-9145 or email robandsig@earthlink.net.

Mediterra; Rob Anderson has been named the new director of golf at The Club at Mediterra in North Naples.

Anderson previously was at Belfair Plantation in Bluffton, S.C., for four years, and also has been at Frederica Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga., and The Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo.

Other new hires by the club include Tom Blair Wallace III as general manager and CEO, and Carmen Mauceri as director of clubhouse operations. Wallace was at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa,. for nine years as general manager.

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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

JUNIORS

First Tee of Naples/Collier

Info: 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.

Contact: 825-4851, www.thefirstteenaplescollier.org

Rick Smith Golf Academy

Info: 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.

Contact: 593-1111.

Rodney Bungartz clinics

Info: At Arrowhead. 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.

Contact: 348-5929.

Valencia Afterschool Junior Camp

Info: 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. Cost, $150

Contact: 352-0777.

CHARITY EVENTS

Youth Haven tournament

Info: 25th annual Wyndemere Tradition Golf Tournament, Monday 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.

Gulf Coast Gold Senior Tour

Info: For golfers 50 and over. Returns Thursday at River Hall in Alva. Tee times will begin each week in mid-morning. The entry deadline is Mondays at 11 a.m. Entry fee, S20 per event, including the rate for golf at each club. Stableford scoring system.

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

Naples Amateur Golf Tour

Info: Thursday 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

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: 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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