Ryan Celano was visiting some friends in Maryland, and decided to work in a qualifier for The U.S. Junior Amateur.
"That was the only time in my schedule that worked," Celano said.
Good thing it did. The rising junior at Community School who verbally committed to Florida in May shot 72-68 to earn medalist honors in Hershey, Pa. It's the first time he's qualified for the Junior Amateur, which is July 16-21 at the Golf Club of New England in Stratham, N.H.
"It's really exciting because I actually feel like my game's really good right now," said Celano, who shot a 67 Tuesday in an American Junior Golf Association tournament. "It's just nice to qualify for a USGA event."
Celano had a one-shot lead in the 36-hole qualifier after a 72 in the first round, but got off to a poor start in the second round. He was 2 over after six holes, but made a long putt for birdie on No. 16 — his seventh hole — and followed that up with a birdie after missing a short eagle putt, then eagled No. 1 to really get his round going.
"I kind of just went on a run," said Celano, who won by five strokes. "I putted really well."
Celano is the second area golfer to qualify for the Junior Am. South Fort Myers High golfer Conrad Hahne qualified for the Junior Amateur on June 21 in his native state of Minnesota.
Junior Florida Cup: Naples' Stephanie Carlozzi and Emma Bradley have been selected for the South Team for the Junior Cup, which will be July 30-31 at Old Collier Golf Club in Naples.
Carlozzi is a former Barron Collier golfer who is headed to Furman, and finished eighth in the Class 2A state tournament. Bradley won an individual district title as a sixth-grader at Seacrest last season.
The Ryder Cup-style format features 16 juniors from North Florida and the same number from the South. Each team consists of 10 boys and six girls who were selected from the Florida Junior Tour points list and through a committee selection process.
The first day includes four-ball and alternate shot matches, with singles set for the second day. Naples' Ryan Celano was selected, but can't participate due to a conflict in his schedule. Andy Zhang, the 14-year-old who qualified for the U.S. Open, is on the North Team.
First Tee of Naples/Collier: The sixth annual Pro-Junior tournament was played June 29 at Hideout Golf Club. The event had an area club professionals and three First Tee participants on each team.
Hideout pro Gene Fieger and First Tee members Garrett Lee, Jack Gray and Kelly Newbrough took first place. Joe Allinder of Spring Run and Brandon Rokela and Stephanie Carlozzi were second, and pro Kyle Mills and Jake Sherwin, Trevor Vente and Bill Walsh were third.
A total of 15 club professionals participated. Other pros were: Steve Waugh, Andy Zullo, Bob Radunz, Jeff Raimer, Tim Fredeen, Jim Jewell, David Witt, Lynn Josephson, Craig Morton, John Carroll, Todd Elliott and Tom Wildenhaus.
U.S. Senior Open qualifying: No Southwest Florida golfers made it out of the three U.S. Senior Open qualifiers played in the state the past week.
Imperial Country Club's John Lee came the closest. Lee was second alternate Monday at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club. He shot a 72 and tied with Jim Ragland of Jacksonville, who won a playoff for first alternate. Lee missed a playoff for one of the three qualifying spots by a stroke. Naples' Michael Brooks shot a 75, and Fort Myers' Thomas Midtgaard had a 76.
Naples' A.J. Duncan had a 75 in the qualifier in Dunedin, missing the highest qualifying score by five strokes.
South Florida PGA Section: Gene Fieger and Justin Bertsch of Hideout Golf Club tied for second in the Pro-Assistant on June 28 at Parkland Golf & Country Club. Fieger and Bertsch shot a 9-under-par 63, losing out in a three-team playoff to Mark Ledom and Christopher Toulson of the Jim McLean Golf School at Doral. Ledom and Toulson birdied the third lpayoff hole.
Trevor Gliwski and T.J. Shelton of the Rick Smith Golf Academy at Tiburon were fourth with a 64, and David Kent and Scott Gottko of Renaissance tied for fifth with a 65. E.J. McDonnell and Dan Augustine of Bonita Bay Club, and Jeff Raimer and Nick Dwyer of West Bay Club were part of a six-team tie for seventh with 66s.
SFPGA Junior Tour: Naples' Matt Leiti was 20th in the 16-18 division at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach on June 28. Leiti shot 83-79/162.
Men's Summer Interclub: Greg Snell (Foxfire), Mike Rogers (Naples Heritage), Ron Radick (Vasari) and Jim Pusateri (Naples Lakes) won Flight A, and Steve Stewart (Vasari), John Claeys (Naples Heritage), Paul Gill (Classics at Lely) and Don Padgitt (Windstar) won Flight B on June 29 at Island Country Club.
The next event will be Friday at Kensington.
Rick Smith Golf Academy: The academy's special for the month is a one-hour lesson, lunch with the instructor, and then 18 holes of golf with the instructor for $600. Additional golfers are $300. Call 593-1111.
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The Colony Golf Club — 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (golf and tennis instruction), July 30-Aug. 3; Ages 7-15; Cost, $200 per week ($125 for golf only or tennis only), $45 per individual day session, $360 for both sessions. Call 390-4710.
The First Tee of Naples/Collier — Junior tour, six 18-hole tournaments for ages 12-18; Junior champions tour, 36-hole tournaments for ages 14-18; Junior camps, through Aug. 4: High schools — Wednesdays, Quail Creek or The Rookery, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Fridays, Panther Run, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Middle schools — Wednesdays, Quail Creek or The Rookery, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 pm..; Fridays, Panther Run, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Elementary school — Intermediate — Thursdays, Tiburon or The Rookery, 8:30-10:30 a.m.; Fridays, The Rookery or Cypress Woods, 8:30-10:30 a.m.; Beginners — Fridays, Panther Run, 8:30-10:30 a.m. To register or apply, call 825-4851, firstname.lastname@example.org or tftnaplescollier.org, www.thefirstteenaplescollier.org.
Golden Gate Country Club — 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Cost, $80; Ages 7-14; July 16-20, Aug. 6-10. Collierparks.com or 455-9498.
Heritage Bay Country Club — Adult clinics, 9 to 10:30 a.m., $30 per session, July 16, 30, Aug. 13; Three-day junior camp, 9 to 11 a.m., $90 per camp, ages 7-13, July 17-19; Beginners clinic, 10 to 11:30 a.m., $30 per clinic, July 21, Aug. 11; Short-game clinic, 9 to 10:30 a.m., $25 per clinic, July 6, Aug. 3; Call 353-2561, email@example.com.
Pelican Preserve Country Club — July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, Aug. 2, 7. Ages 7-12. Golf and tennis instruction, 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Golf instruction in morning, tennis in afternoon.Twenty juniors per session. Cost, $40 for single session or $320 for all nine sessions. Call 985-1762.
Rick Smith Golf Academy — Morning camps, 9 a.m. to noon, Cost, $250 plus tax; Ages 7-17; Mondays through Fridays; Afternoon advanced camps, 1 to 3 p.m., Cost, $225; Dates for both camps: July 9-13, July 16-20, July 30-Aug. 3, Aug. 6-10, Aug. 13-17; Players camp, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., $795; July 2-6, July 23-27. Call 593-1111.
Vasari Country Club — Golf and tennis clinics; 9 a.m. to noon; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; Sessions, July 16-20, Aug. 6-10; Cost, $200 per child/per week or $60 per child for one day; Ages 5-17; Call 594-3959.
Vineyards Country Club — 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday each week. Last camp Aug. 7-10. Cost, $160 per child/per week. Call 353-0505.
WCI Junior Summer Tour — Ages up to 18; Schedule: July 10, Raptor Bay; July 23, Tiburon; Aug. 1, Pelican Preserve; Adult/junior event, Aug. 25. Call 498-8040, www.wcigolf.com.
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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 — July 28, The Colony, 9 a.m. shotgun; Aug. 18, Raptor Bay, 9 a.m. shotgun; Sept. 15, Hammock Bay, 9 a.m. shotgun; Oct. 6, Tiburon, Gold Course, 1 p.m. shotgun
Joel Ingersoll Memorial Scholarship Fund
Info: Sunday, July 15 at The Quarry. Registration, 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 8:#0 a.m. Lunch, awards follow. Entry fee, $150. Sponsorships $100 to $5,000.
Contact: Lori Ingersoll Jaffe, firstname.lastname@example.org
Golf Benefit for Avow Hospice
Info: Sunday, July 22 at Golden Gate Country Club. Four-person scramble with 8 a.m. shotgun start. Entry, $240 per team (includes lunch).
WCI Golf promotion
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 — Friday, Naples Heritage; July 20, LaPlaya; Aug. 10, Royal Palm; Aug. 24, Stonebridge; 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: Sunday, Worthington; July 15, Renaissance; July 21, The Vineyards; Aug. 4, West Bay; Aug. 18, Heritage Bay; Aug. 26, Coral Oaks; Sept. 1, 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.
■ 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
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