Olde Florida Golf Club superintendent Darren Davis has been appointed to the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Board of Directors.
Davis was named at the association's annual meeting Friday in Las Vegas. He has been the golf course superintendent at Olde Florida since 1992. Previously, he was an assistant superintendent at the Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter. He had two stints at Augusta National Golf Club, serving as an apprentice superintendent in 1990 and returning as an IPM technician in 1991.
Davis is the current president of the Everglades GCSA and a past president of the Florida GCSA and Florida Turfgrass Association. A native of Tallahassee, Davis earned a turfgrass management certificate from Penn State in 1991, graduating with the highest distinction.
He also obtained an associate in arts degree from Tallahassee Community College in 1987, and a bachelor of arts degree in communication from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2007 (summa cum laude).
Play Golf America: Over 200 free lessons were given at the South Florida PGA Play Golf America Day at Stoneybrook Golf Club in Estero on Feb. 25.
The event featured 14 South Florida PGA and LPGA professionals who volunteered to give full swing, pitching, chipping and putting lessons. Attendees also were able to sample equipment from Cleveland, Ping, Powerchute and Bionic.
A super clinic also was conducted by SFPGA professionals Jeff Nixon, Andy Scott and Brian Newman.
Professionals volunteering were: Robin Albright, Suzzanne Bannan, Mike Dopslaff, Gary Gumlaw, Craig Hamet, Kevin Laframboise, Richard Mapother, Duncan McNabb, Thomas Moore, Nixon, Catherine Ransavage, Tmo Roderick, Scott, Frank Thomas, as well as Jordan Ball and Colin Bassler.
Nixon, the head pro at Stoneybrook who also is the SFPGA Growth of the Game Chairperson, hosted the event.
Rotella appearing: Noted sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella will be speaking at the Country Club of Naples on Sunday, April 15 at a "Let's Cure Cancer" fundraiser.
The fundraiser benefits cancer research by Massachusetts General Hospital. A raffle also is being held to play nine holes with Rotella that day at 9 a.m. The cost of a raffle ticket is $40, and only 200 tickets will be sold.
Tickets can be purchased at the Country Club of Naples pro shop. Call Tony Franklin at 261-1267.
Inaugural First Tee Club Tournament of Champions: Award-winning Calusa Pines Golf Club will host the inaugural Tournament of Champions on Monday, April 16. Proceeds benefit The First Tee of Naples/Collier's permanent facility.
The tournament includes club champions from South Florida and Southwest Florida. The field is limited to 36 men and 36 women. The entry fee is $1,250, and has a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The entry fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. To RSVP, contact Cindy Darland at 825-4851 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patri/Mapother clinic: Instructors Tom Patri and Jim Mapother will hold a one-day golf school on Monday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lely Resort.
Instruction will consist of a full swing and short game, as well as a discussion on equipment and its effect on ball flight. Class size is limited to 10 people, and costs $225 per person, or $400 for twosomes. Lunch is included.
Contact Mapother at (208) 755-7644 or email@example.com.
St. Matthew's House Golfathon: The 15th annual Dean Lind Memorial Golfathon has opened registration. The tournament will be Tuesday, April 17 at Imperial Golf Club with host John Lee, who has played in every Golfathon.
There is no entry fee. Players are encouraged to raise at least $1,000 in either per-hold sponsorships or flat donations. Volunteers are needed for silent auction prizes. To register, go to www.stmatthewshouse.org, or for silent auction items, contact Julie at 774-0500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event has been renamed in honor of Lind, the Golfathon creator and longtime St. Matthew's House Board member who died in 2011.
Fore The Children Tournament: Friday, April 20 at Old Corkscrew Golf Club to benefit The Children's Home Society of Florida. Sponsorships are from $150 to $7,500. The entry fee for golfers is $150. Registration is at noon, followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Contact Mary Ellen Johnstone at 275-3107 or visit www.chsforethechildren.org.
Mediterra Clinics: Adam Bazalgette of Mediterra will be having Aim Point Green Reading Clinic on Monday, from 2:30 to 5 p.m., and includes Aim Point's booklet on charting a green. Bazalgette also will be having a mental clinic on Sunday, March 18 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost of each clinic is $195.
Naples Grande Clinic: Instructor Mark Durland is offering an Aim Point Green Reading Clinic on Wednesday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The cost is $200. Call 784-2208 or email email@example.com.
Naples Amateur Golf Tour: Results, Hammock Bay (2-27): Net: Richard Combra, Martha's Vineyard, Mass., 72; Ben Chillini, Crystal Lake, Ill., 73; Tim Burns 76; The Rookery (3-1): Net: Paul Dillion, Bethesda, Md., 70; Combra 75; Barry Mitchell, Lake Forest, Ill., 76; Billy Donahue, Duxbury, Mass., 76; Upcoming events: Thursday, Fiddler's Creek; Monday, Hammock Bay. Open to 0-23 handicap. Contact Rob Mucci at (978) 328-9145, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southwest Women's Tri-County Golf Association: Results, TwinEagles (2-22), Ryder Cup format — Overall: C. Acker-J. Zimmer 71; First Flight: Gross: N. Johannessen-D. Chabot 73; Net: P. Hansen-D. Rothwell 68; Second Flight: Gross: J. Kapp-J. Coyne 74; Net: J. Rusche-R. Jackson 69; Third Flight: Gross: C. Giachetta-T. Lawrence 78; Net: C. Bajkowski-L. Blair 70; Fourth Flight: Gross: M. Taomina-C. Bek 80; Net: G. Nahra-D. Riley 68; Fifth Flight: Gross: B. McCarthy-V. Klosterman 76; Net: M. Wilzel-C. Good 67
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Freedom & Virtue Institute
Info: Thursday, March 15, Old Corkscrew. Shotgun start, 12:30 p.m. Awards ceremony hosted by congressional candidate Trey Radel. Registration, $600 per foursome, $150 for individuals. Benefits FVI's Self Reliance Club that helps students work on entrepreneurial tasks and earn money for school supplies.
Golf and The Grape
Info; Sunday, March 25, Quail West. Shotgun start, 1 p.m. Wine tasting, 5:45 p.m. Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Lunch, golf, cocktails, wine tasting, dinner and wine auction, $300 per person. Everything except lunch and golf, $150. Benefits the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida. Sponsorships, $300 to $10,000.
Mike Ditka/Jim Hart Invitational
Info: April 13-14, Golf Club of the Everglades. Benefits the Foundation for the Immokalee Child Care Center. Entry fee, $550 per amateur, $2,000 per corporate foursome. Includes two pairings party admissions. Pairings party, April 13, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Golf tournament, April 14, 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. shotgun start.
Contact: Don Vining 262-1450, email@example.com
Info: Friday, April 13, The Forest, Fort Myers. Registration, $600 per foursome, $150 for individuals. Shotgun start, 1 p.m., followed by dinner and awards. Benefits the nonprofit organization in Dunbar that offers afterschool reading and mentoring.
Contact: 461-0234, firstname.lastname@example.org
First Tee of Naples/Collier
Info: The Winter Life Skills and Golf program is through 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; Player development class: Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m., $75, instructor Kathy Padgett
Rodney Bungartz clinics
Info: At Arrowhead. Afterschool 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.
RULES OF GOLF WORKSHOPS
Info: Florida State Golf Association workshop, Friday at Eagle Creek. From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and include indoor classroom instruction with a video presentation and outdoor hands-on sessions. FSGA committee members are admitted for $10, $30 for others. Golf professionals can earn four continuing education points for attending. Admissions includes a lunch buffet and a 2012 rules book.
Contact: www.fsga.org, 813-632-3742
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
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, email@example.com
Executive Women's Golf Association
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 458-0754
Southwest Amateur Series
Info: Men's circuit through the Florida State Golf Association features 36-hole individual competitions, with $130 entry fees.
Tournament Players Association
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.
■ 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 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 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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