NAPLES — Howard Logan was happy to scratch his tournament golf itch again last week. Especially when he won the Florida State Senior Amateur Match Play Championship at Renaissance in Fort Myers.
Logan turned 55 in April, becoming eligible for Florida State Golf Association events.
"You're kind of in no man's land playing against these 25- and 30-year-olds and the college kids," said Logan, who is originally from Kentucky and moved to Naples several years ago. "I didn't play much competitive golf from 46 or 7 to until 55."
Logan, who played collegiately at Nicholls State, defeated perennially strong senior golfer Rick Woulfe of Fort Lauderdale, 1-up, in the championship match Thursday. The two halved only six holes, going back and forth winning holes. They were even again after 12 holes. Logan won No. 13, then Woulfe won Nos. 14 and 15, and Logan won No. 16. The two halved No. 17. On the final hole, Woulfe's 2-iron went into the face of a bunker, and he did not have a shot at the green. "He got a bad break," said Logan, who two-putted to win the hole and the tournament.
Earlier in the event, Logan beat Jeff Straus of Estero 5 and 4, Mark Rubin of Coconut Creek 4 and 3, Richard McPhail of Bonita Springs 1 up in the quarterfinals, and Dennis Brady of Melbourne, 4 and 2, in the semifinals.
“I just got back into the competitive spirit,” said Logan, a Calusa Pines Golf Club member.
Naples' Ron Cleland made it to the finals of the Super Senior Championship Flight, losing to Jim DuBois of Coral Springs, 2 and 1. Cleland beat Marco Island's Bill Feehan, 1 up, in the semifinals. Bobby Driskell of Bonita Springs lost in the Super Senior First Flight finals, 6 and 5, to Brian Sachs of Newberry.
Rollie Walcott of Naples and Roger Schmidt of Bonita Springs both made a hole-in-one on the par-3 12th hole in the stroke-play seeding round.
U.S. Amateur Public Links: Local players came up short in qualifying Monday and Tuesday.
Bonita Springs' Austin Schultz came the closest, winning a playoff for second alternate at Jacaranda Golf Club in Plantation. Schultz shot 73-77, missing qualifying by three strokes. Edward Figueroa of Naples tied for ninth with a 152. Airik Medinis of Fort Myers had a 158. John Wegmann of Southwest Ranches (144) and Robert Cavanagh of Perham, Minn. (147) grabbed the two spots.
Florida Gulf Coast University golfer Matt Cote of Palm Harbor was seventh with a 151 at Fox Hollow Golf Club in New Port Richey. Joe Alfieri of Lutz won the only spot with a 142.
Florida State Amateur: Nine area golfers are competing in the 95th Florida State Amateur, which begins Thursday and goes through Sunday at The Bear's Club and The Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter.
Naples' David Burnham, Kevin Johnson and Josh Pisarri, Fort Myers' Mike Andre, Austin Lee, Jonathan Lowrey, Jack Hernandez, and David Keepler, and Chase Marinell of Cape Coral are playing. FGCU's Cote also is in the field. Hernandez also plays for the Eagles.
After alternating rounds at the two courses Thursday and Friday, the field will be cut to the low 70 and ties. The final two rounds will be played at The Bear's Club on Saturday and Sunday. More than 770 participants attempted to qualify at one of 14 sites across the state.
PGA Professional National Championship: Renaissance pro Jay Westerlund is the lone area golfer in the 45th annual tournament that begins Sunday at the Bayonet and Black Horse courses in Seaside, Calif. The top 20 after next Wednesday's final round earn spots in this year's PGA Championship.
First Tee Jr. Tour: Schultz shot a 73 to win the boys 16-18 division at The Club Pelican Bay on June 16. Jake Sherwin was second with a 78. Other scores — Boys 14-15 — 1. Trevor Vente 79 (won scorecard playoff); 2. Matt Williamson 79; 12-13 — 1. Peter George 80 (won scorecard playoff); 2. Trace Babb 80; Girls 15-18 — 1. Madison Hotchkiss 83; 2. Grace Rokela 84; 12-14 — 1. Emily Black 83; 2. Kelly Newbrough 90 (eagled the 8th hole)
Franklin Templeton Shootout Summer Series: A total of 50 two-person teams — another sellout — participated in the second-year Series' second event at Pelican Preserve in Fort Myers on Saturday.
Karl Meter and Jeff Straus won the gross division with a 65, followed by Doug and Mike Russell, and Gavin Gillette and Travis Merrick with 66s. Kerstin Koenig and Jennie Taylor won the net division by eight shots with a 55. Meter and Straus won passes to the Collier Club at this year's Franklin Templeton Shootout, which is Dec. 5-9 at Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.
The next event in the series is at The Colony in Bonita Springs on Saturday, July 28 at 9 a.m.
SFPGA Junior Tour: Ten area juniors are playing in the South Florida PGA Section's Junior PGA Championship on Wednesday and Thursday at Boca Grove Country Club. The overall boys and girls winners advance to the Junior PGA Championship from July 31-Aug. 3 in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Naples' Matt Leiti, Garrett Edwards, Nicholas Solimene, Kaleb Johnson, Robby Stockard, Jayson Iten and Vasy Montague, Bonita Springs' Sean Mazzola and Landon Weber, Fort Myers' Mark Iwinski are competing.
Last week, Anastasia Talalenko of Naples was third in the Girls 16-18 division of the event at Raptor Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs on June 12-13. Talalenko shot a 77-82/159, 19 strokes behind winner Claudia De Antonio of Weston.
Grace Rokela of Naples was fourth with an 84-79/163, and Ashley Silvers was fifth with an 88-81/169. Lurrel Wise of Estero was sixth at 171, and Madison Hotchkiss of Naples was seventh with a 184. Talalenko tied for fifth overall.
Naples' Anna-Marie Kuenzle tied for fifth in the Girls 12-13 division with an 81-83/164.
Bonita Springs' Mazzola tied for fourth in the Boys 16-18 with a 74-77/151. Garrett Edwards of Naples was 10th with an 81-76/157. Mazzola tied for fifth in the overall boys division.
Naples' Solimene was fifth in the Boys 14-15 with an 81-72/153, followed by Gregory Talalenko of Naples in seventh with an 81-79/160, and A.J. Radunz of Naples in eighth with an 81-82/163.
Iwinski tied for sixth in the Boys 12-13 division with a 76-77/153.
Young ace: Kody Horton, 7, made a hole-in-one at Arrowhead Golf Club on June 15. Horton used a hybrid on the 86-yard No. 15.
Free Miromar clinics: Miromar Outlets will be providing free ladies and men's clinics with Brad Maybank from Golf Mania/Golf Outlet. Clinics are from 9 to 11 a.m. A ladies workshop is Tuesday. Men's are Thursdays, and started last week.
Meet at Golf Mania, Suite 154 at Miromar Outlets at 9 a.m. Call 948-3766.
FSGA Public Links: Airik Medinis of Fort Myers was sixth in the Florida State Public Links Championship on June 10 at Jacaranda Golf Club in Plantation.
Medinis shot 71-73-71/215, three strokes behind T.J. Shuart of Coral Springs, who won a three-way playoff on the second hole. Naples' Matt Lawrence tied for 19th at 221.
Men's Summer Interclub: The team of Dwight Olson (The Quarry), Tom O'Leary (Bonita Bay club), Bill Murphy (Spanish Wells) and Mike Briordy (The Quarry) won the event on June 15 at Miromar Lakes.
The team of Greg Snell (Foxfire), Gerald Swiacki (Classics at Lely), Tom Young (Grandezza) and Ron Radick (Vasari) won Flight A, and the team of Charlie Savage (Royal Palm), Joe Morgan (Naples Lakes), Agop Karamanian (Bonita Bay) and Paul Gill (Classics at Lely) won Flight B on June 8 at Golf Club of the Everglades.
The next event is Friday at The Quarry.
Venturi injured: Former Marco Island resident and longtime CBS Sports golf analyst Ken Venturi required stitches after a fall on June 9, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Venturi, 81, was at the wedding of former broadcast partner Jim Nantz, the paper reported.
Venturi, the 1964 U.S. Open champion, was treated and released.
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The Colony Golf Club — 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (golf and tennis instruction), June 25-29, 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, June 25, 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, June 23, 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: June 25-29, July 2-6, 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.
U.S. Kids Junior Tour — Eight events, beginning June 23 at Old Corkscrew. Tour Championship will be Aug. 18 at Windstar. Sign up at www.uskidsgolf.com, or contact local director Ben Kitts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-7532.
Vasari Country Club — Golf and tennis clinics; 9 a.m. to noon; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; Sessions, June 25-29, 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: Wednesday, The Colony; 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
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 — June 29, Vanderbilt; July 6, 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: Second event, Saturday, at Eastwood Golf Course in Fort Myers, also with tee times starting at 10 a.m. with a $65 entry fee. The entry deadline is Wednesday at 5 p.m. Upcoming events: 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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