Local golf column: Ariansen named top volunteer at ACE Group Classic

— Nancy Ariansen has been named the ACE Group Classic's Champions Tour Volunteer of the Touranment for her service over the last 11 years at the event.

Ariansen served as tournament office chairman this year. She receives a Waterford crystal gift and becomes a finalist for the Champions Tour's Volunteer of the Year at the end of the 2012 season.

"Nancy goes out of her way to ensure all of our staff are happy and helps provide what they need in order to execute our event to the highest standard possible," tournament director Lesley Baker said. "She leads by example, is levelheaded and easy to communicate with, and approaches everyone with a warm smile and a willingness to get the job done no matter the challenge. We congratulate Nancy and know we are very fortunate to have her involved with our event."

Baker, the tournament staff, volunteer leaders, and Champions Tour advance rules and operations officials determined the Volunteer of the Tournament by the following criteria: Made a difference in tournament operations; Consistently stepped up to take on additional responsibilities; Went beyond assigned duties to create a positive outcome; Seet an outstanding example for others; Despite hardship, handicap or inconvenience, was dependable and performed responsibilities with a cheerful attitude.

Ariansen grew up in suburban Boston, but moved with her husband Bob to Naples in 2009. She also has served as a volunteer at the Franklin Templeton Shootout for 10 years, and worked at the Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston, as well as the LPGA Tour's Sybase Classic.

"Typical of the thousands of volunteers who devote their time and efforts throughout the year, Nancy stands out as a fine example of the people who have become part of the fabric of the Champions Tour, and have helped us to realize the success we enjoy," Champions Tour President Mike Stevens said. "We thank her, and recognize her for her incredible dedication to the ACE Group Classic."

Miami Hurricane Club Tournament: University of Miami football coach Al Golden will appear at the Southwest Florida Hurricane Club's Golf Classic and Luncheon on Saturday, March 31 at Heritage Bay.

Registration is at 7 a.m., with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Lunch and awards begin at 1 p.m. For more information, call (305) 284-6699, Darin McMurray at 278-1177, ext. 315 or 872-1166, or Heritage Bay at 353-2561.

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 julie@stmatthewshouse.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 clinic: Adam Bazalgette of Mediterra will be having a mental clinic on Sunday from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost of each clinic is $195.

Contact Bazalgette at adamb@clubmediterra.com or www.adambgolf.com.

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 mark@durlandgolf.com.

Naples Amateur Golf Tour: Results, Hammock Bay (3-6): Paul Dillion, Bethesda, Md., 74; Walter Heesch, Setauket, N.Y., 76; Richard Combra, Martha's Vineyard, Mass., 77; Fiddler's Creek (3-8): Ben Chelini, Crystal Lake, Ill., 73; Win Headley, Princeton, N.J., 75; Rob Mucci, Salem, Mass., 77; Results, Hammock Bay (2-27): Net: Richard Combra, Martha's Vineyard, Mass., 72; Ben Chelini, 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, The Rookery; March 21, Hammock Bay. Open to 0-23 handicap. Contact Rob Mucci at (978) 328-9145, robandsig@earthlink.net.

Ex-BC golfer Alex McMahon: Former Barron Collier golfer Alex McMahon tied for 27th for the University of Arizona in the Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic last week. McMahon, who competed as an individual, would have ended up tying for third for the Wildcats. The freshman shot 72-73-76. The Wildcats finished fifth in the 16-team event.

Earl Morrall/NFL Golf Classic moved: The Earl Morrall/NFL Golf Classic, scheduled for next month at The Quarry, has been moved to the fall to line up with the 40th anniversary of the Miami Dolphins' 1972 Perfect Season team. The date has not been set.

FSGA Winter Series: Naples' Howard Logan finished third in the Winter Series event at Brooksville Country Club last week. Logan shot 76-73/149, seven back of winner Jerry Rose of Sarasota.

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CHARITY EVENTS

Freedom & Virtue Institute

Info: Thursday, 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.

Contact: www.FVInstitute.com.

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.

Contact: 435-1901, email mscenter1@earthlink.net, www.mscenterswfl.org

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, gatordqv@aol.com

AFCAAM tournament

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 after school reading and mentoring.

Contact: 461-0234, d.young@afcaam.com

Bob Rotella appearance

Info: Noted sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella, 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.

Contact: Tony Franklin 261-1267.

Inaugural First Tee Club Tournament of Champions

Info: Monday, April 16 at award-winning Calusa Pines Golf Club. Proceeds benefit The First Tee of Naples/Collier's permanent facility. Includes club champions from South Florida and Southwest Florida. Limited to 36 men and 36 women. Entry fee, $1,250. Includes continental breakfast and lunch. Shotgun start, 9 a.m.

Contact: Cindy Darland, 825-4851, tftnaplescollier@aol.com.

JUNIORS

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

Contact: 593-1111

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.

Contact: 348-5929

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. 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

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 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 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.

■ 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 jimmapother@gmail.com.

■ 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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