Local golf column: Hahne, McMahon qualify for USGA championships

South Fort Myers junior Conrad Hahne, center, hits an iron during the Wolfpack's practice on the range at Raptor Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs on Aug. 25, 2011. Behind him is senior Austin Schultz. Both golfers have roots in Elk River, Minn. This is Hahne's first season with South. Schultz is entering his third season on the team. Kevin Johnson/Staff

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South Fort Myers junior Conrad Hahne, center, hits an iron during the Wolfpack's practice on the range at Raptor Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs on Aug. 25, 2011. Behind him is senior Austin Schultz. Both golfers have roots in Elk River, Minn. This is Hahne's first season with South. Schultz is entering his third season on the team. Kevin Johnson/Staff

— One area golfer and a former one have qualified for United States Golf Association championships.

South Fort Myers High's Conrad Hahne qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur by finishing second in a sectional qualifier on June 21 in his home state of Minnesota.

After opening with a 76 at Owatonna Country Club in Owatonna, Minn., Hahne fired a 1-over-par 72 to grab the second and final qualifying spot. Hahne finished three strokes behind medalist Parker Reddig, a 13-year-old from Minneapolis.

The U.S. Junior Amateur Championship will be played July 16-21 at the Golf Club of New England in Stratham, N.H.

Hahne joined the South Fort Myers High golf team last fall as a junior.

Former Naples junior golfer Alex McMahon, who played his freshman year at Barron Collier, birdied the first hole to win a playoff for a spot on June 24 in the U.S. Amateur Public Links.

McMahon shot 68-68/136 at Aguila Golf Course in Arizona. He completed his freshman year on the Wildcats golf team. The Public Links is next month in Midway, Utah.

Southwest Chapter PGA: Chris Trout of Cypress Lake Country Club shot a 64 to win the Global Golf Sales Chapter Series No. 2 at Talis Park. David Witt of Talis Park was second with a 67, followed by Mark Durland of Naples Grande Golf School and Spring Run's Joe Allinder with 68s.

Jordan Burke of Vanderbilt, John Wade of Gateway, Justin Bertsch of Hideout and Ric Nalyd of Bonita Bay East all had 69s.

SW Chapter Seniors: The team of Ric Nalyd of Bonita Bay East and Mark Faulkner of Port Charlotte Country Club shot a 6-under-par 66 to win the Senior Event No. 2 at Crown Colony Golf & Country Club in Fort Myers on June 20.

Tim Miller of Wyndemere and Ron Leatherwood of Cypress Lake tied for second with Dennis Meyer of Dennis Meyer's Golf School and Suzanne Bannan of the Landings with 68s. Steven Baisch of Twin Isles and Gary Cahill of Forest Glen had a 69. Meyer was low pro with a 68 on his own ball. John Calabria of Fiddler's Creek and Miller had 70s.

First Tee Jr. Tour: Results, Boys 12-13 — 1. Trace Babb 76; 2. Brandon Rokela 80; 14-15 — 1. Matt Hueurman 79; 2. Christian Waller 80; 16-18 — 1. Austin Schultz 71; 2. Jake Sherwin 72; Girls 12-14 — 1. Anna-Marie Kuenzle 80; 2. Emily Black 80; 15-18 — 1. Stephanie Carlozzi 76; 2. Kaytlin Cross 83.

Gulfcoast Amateur Golf Association: June 23, at Eastwood, Championship Flight — 1. Jim Marcelak 72; 2. Andy Marcelak 75; First Flight Gross — 1. Jay Blanchard 81; 1. Doug Hughes 81; First Flight Net — 1. Ron Puder 71; 1. Erik Zatkin 71; Next event, July 8 at Worthington. Email gagaswfl@aol.com.

New Naples National superintendent: Jim Colo has been hired as the new golf course superintendent at Naples National Golf Club. Colo was at the Alotian Club in Roland, Ark., one of the top-rated courses in the country. Before that, Colo was at Old Marsh Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens for 14 years.

Colo started last month. He has a degree in business administration from Ohio Dominican, and a Professional Turf Management Certificate from Rutgers.

Men's Summer Interclub: The team of Kevin Jones (Naples Heritage), Rick Bedlack (Countryside), Tom Coe (Classics at Lely) and Steve Raimer (West Bay) won Flight A, and the team of Richard Kelly (Windstar), Walter Seidel (the Quarry), Mike Brott (Foxfire) and Rick Heliste (Worthington) won Flight B on June 22 at the Quarry.

The next event is Friday at the Island Club.

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Junior golf

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, tftnaplesjb@aol.com 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, tal@golfheritagebay.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 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. Tour Championship will be Aug. 18 at Windstar. Sign up at www.uskidsgolf.com, or contact local director Ben Kitts at perfectgolf54@yahoo.com or 877-7532.

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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CHARITY EVENTS

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

Contact: www.franklintempletonshootout.com

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, lorijaffe@aol.com

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).

Contact: 455-9498

PROMOTIONS

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.

AREA ORGANIZATIONS

Arrowhead Twilight

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.

Contact: 596-1000

Arrowhead New to Golf League

Info: Thursdays through Oct. 25. Cost, $15. Open to men and women, 18 years and older. Open to public.

Contact: 596-1000

Collier County Women's Association

Info: Accepting members. Dues, $25 per year. Handicaps of 35 or less; Schedule — Friday, 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

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

Gulfcoast Amateur Golf Association of Florida

Info: Upcoming events: July 8, 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.

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

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, proshop@naplesquailrun.com.

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.

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.

■ 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 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 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 — 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 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 — 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 ghardwig@naplesnews.com or a fax to 263-4816.

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