NAPLES — Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort has been ranked No. 23 in the state in Golfweek magazine's seventh annual Best Courses You Can Play ratings.
A team of 725 evaluators rated each public layout on the basis of 10 criteria, including routing, conditioning, variety and memorability of holes.
TPC Sawgrass' Players Stadium Course was ranked No. 1 in the state, followed by the Pine Barrens Course at World Woods in Brooksville, the Copperhead Coruse at Innisbrook in Tarpon Springs, Sugarloaf Mountain in Minneola, and the Champion Course at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens.
Jimbo Fisher tournament: Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher and play-by-play announcer Gene Deckerhoff will appear for Fisher's second annual golf tournament on Friday, May 11 at Naples Grande Golf Club.
Registration is at 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. and a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The entry fee is $150 per golfer, or $35 to only attend the luncheon. Sponsorships are available from $150 to $5,000.
The event is presented by the Seminole Club of Naples and Seminole Boosters. For more information, call 641-2816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naples Area Men's Interclub: Imperial and Stonebridge will play for the title Wednesday at Audubon Country Club.
On Friday at Quail Creek, Imperial defeated Wyndemere played in a semifinal that ended in a tie, with the tie being broken on the first hole of sudden death between the two lowest-handicap players from each team. Stonebridge qualified by beating Spanish Wells last Wednesday at the Country Club of Naples.
Wednesday's winner gains possession of the Old Mug, inscribed with the names of winning clubs since the inception of the Men's Interclub in 1973.
Winning pairs: Two couples recently won both of their respective club championships. At Kensington, Steve and Fran Scoville repeated as men's and ladies champions. That's the second time they've done so; the other was in 2007. Steve Scoville won the men's title in 2006 and 2008, and Fran Scoville was defending champion this year. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Sunday.
At Quail Creek, Mark Adamczyk and his wife Pam — who each played collegiately at Tulane — won their respective club championships. Mark Adamczyk worked in the cart barn at Quail Creek growing up, and now is a local attorney.
Celtic Cup: Olde Cypress members Skip and Ginny Deneka won the regional qualifiers of Celtic Couples Challenge in Orlando. last month. The Denekas won an all-expenses-paid trip to the Ring of Kerry in Ireland in September.
SFPGA Senior-Junior: Gene Fieger and Justin Bertsch of Hideout lost in a playoff on April 25 at The Links at Boynton Beach. Kevin Compare and Richard Terga won when Compare chipped in for birdie on the second hole. Both teams had 62s.
Ric Nalyd of Bonita Bay East and Paul Scaletta of The Bear's Club in Jupiter tied for third with 63s.
PGA Junior League: Arrowhead Golf Club is looking for juniors to fill a team. Leagues consist of 4-7 teams, with team vs. team competition in 9-hole matches. Local league play will be completed by July 8. City Championships and Regionals will be completed by Aug. 5. The cost is $90 per junior. The deadline to register is April 30. To register, contact Rodney Bungartz at 596-1000 or email@example.com
Men's Summer Interclub: Schedule — Friday, Windstar; May 11, Fiddlesticks; May 18, Royal Palm; May 25, Spanish Wells; June 1, Naples Grande; June 8, Golf Club of the Everglades; June 15, Miromar Lakes; June 22, The Quarry; June 29, Island Club; July 6, Kensington; July 13, Countryside; July 20, Heritage Bay; July 27, The Colony; Aug. 3, Worthington; Aug. 10, Cedar Hammock; Aug. 17, LaPlaya; Aug. 24, Bear's Paw; Aug. 31, Grandezza; Sept. 7, Bonita Bay; Sept. 14, Vanderbilt; Sept. 21, Classics at Lely; Sept. 28, Naples Heritage; Oct. 5, Vasari; Oct. 12, CC of Naples; Oct. 19, Foxfire.
FJT event: Naples' Ryan Celano won the Boys 16-18 division at Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero on Sunday.
Celano shot 68-79/147, then birdied the first playoff hole to beat Danny Walker of Bradenton. Jake Marriott of Naples was 12th at 159.
Stephanie Carlozzi of Naples was second in the Girls 16-18, shooting 82-77/159, eight strokes behind Yueer Feng of Orlando. Grace Rokela of Naples tied for eighth at 182.
Southwest Women's Tri-County Golf Association: Results, Four-Person Team Cha Cha Cha (4-16) at TPC Treviso Bay — Gross — 1. Rose Connors, Ruth Verrell, Carol Giacchetta, Jenny Brindley 164; Net — 1. Janet Zimmer, Sue Fontaine, Mary Witzel, Diane Ladley 134; 2. R. Massari, K. Breitmeyer, M. Myers, D. Riley; 3. R. Ross, E. Marohn, K. Cassert, C. Good.
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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. Schedule — May 12, Tiburon, Black Course, 1 p.m. shotgun; June 16, Pelican Preserve, 9 a.m. shotgun; 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
Greens for Teens Celebrity Pro-Am
Info; Thursday-Friday. Celebrity player auction, Thursday at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point. Pro-am, Friday at West Bay. Benefits New Start Vision, to build a residential facility for teenage girls that are homeless or runaways.
Contact: Lori Cook North, 287-0780, firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Tournament
Info; Friday, at Grey Oaks' Estuary Course. Lunch, 11:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 1 p.m. Awards/dinner, 5 p.m. Entry fee, $150 per golfer or $550 per foursome. Non-golfers, $20 for awards/dinner.
Titan Gridiron Club Tournament
Info; Saturday, at Naples Lakes. Shotgun start, 8 a.m. Entry fee, $125 per person, $400 per foursome. Includes continental breakfast, lunch. Sponsorships available.
Contact: Barb Anderson, email@example.com, 564-9440
Three Sticks for Kicks Tournament
Info: Saturday, at Bentley Village. Benefits Charity for Change's "Giver" program at local elementary schools. Golfers play with putter and two other clubs of choice on the par-3 course. Registration/continental breakfast, 8 a.m. Shotgun start, 9 a.m. Entry fee, $100 per golfer. Hole sponsorships, $125.
Contact: www.charityforchange.org, 592-6787.
J. Neil Birch Memorial Tournament
Info: Saturday, at Quail West. Benefits Literacy Volunteers of Collier County, whose mission is to teach illiterate, non-English speaking adults. Registration, $600 per foursome, $150 for individuals. Hole sponsorships, $150. Limited to 100 golfers. Shotgun start, 9 a.m., followed by scoreboard party and awards.
Contact: Sandra Barreto 262-4448, ext. 301, firstname.lastname@example.org
Harry Chapin Food Bank
Info: Wednesday, May 9, at Grandezza. Entry fee, $125 per golfer. Includes awards and dinner. Registration, 12:30 p.m. Shotgun start, 1:30 p.m. Every dollar raised enables $6 worth of food to those in need.
Naples-Pelican Bay Rotary Tournament
Info: Friday, May 11, at Pelican Bay. Entry fee, $150 per golfer or $600 per foursome. Sponsorships, $500 to $1,000. Benefits charitable contributions that include college scholarships, Quest for Kids scholarships, Kids-Against-Hunger, and more.
Contact: Mike Richardson, 498-4500, email@example.com
Info; Saturday, May 19, Verandah Club. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Entry fee, $140 Sponsorships $250 to $5,000. Benefits Veterans and their families.
Gridiron Club of Estero
Info: Saturday, May 19, The Colony. Entry fee, $115 per player. Shotgun start, 1 p.m. Dinner/awards, 5:30 p.m. Benefits Estero High School football program.
Contact: Rich Dombrowski 947-9400, ext. 334, firstname.lastname@example.orgJUNIORS
First Tee of Naples/Collier
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.
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.
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
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 from April 19 to Oct. 25. Cost, $15. Open to men and women, 18 years and older. Open to public.
Collier County Women's Association
Info: Accepting members for this season. Dues, $25 per year. Handicaps of 35 or less; Schedule — Friday, Countryside; May 18, Foxfire; June 1, Royal Wood; June 15, Glades; 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
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.
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 — Rodney Bungartz of Arrowhead Golf Club will have a Get Golf Ready series starting April 3 on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. The cost is $99 for six 60-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 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.
■ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ 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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