NAPLES — It's May, and that means Play Golf America is once again giving out free 10-minute lessons across the country.
As usual, there are quite a few instructors in Southwest Florida participating. Here's a list from the Play Golf America website. Those listed without a phone number are giving the lessons only to members of their respective clubs.
■ Collier County — Ric Nalyd, Bonita Bay Club East, 353-5100; Scott Kash, Cedar Hammock; Anthony Franklin, Country Club of Naples; Gary Cahill, Forest Glen, 354-1898; John Pfister, GolfTEC Naples, 514-4653; Anthony Schmid, Hammock Bay, 259-1100; Michael DeJordy, Island Club; Mark Durland, Naples Grande, 784-2208; Ed LaPierre, PGA Tour Superstore, 384-6380; Andy Scrivner, Pelican Marsh, 597-3000; Scott Smith, Quail West; Gary Gumlaw, Royal Wood; Frank Vassalotti, Royal Wood, 774-5585; Erik Peterson, Stonebridge, 592-5252; Ryan Taraskiewicz, Olde Cypress, 596-6857; Matthew Russell and Andrew Dailidonis, The Quarry, 304-0172; Bryan Berryman, The Rookery at Marco, 389-6600; Tim Gaadt, The Vineyards, 353-0505; Robert Nuorala, The Vineyards; Rick Rainville and Chad Nigro, Tiburon, 593-2201.
■ Lee County — Chris Jensen, CTBJ Golf Pro-Am Tours, 273-8869; Jason Miller, Copperleaf; Ron Leatherwood, Cypress Lake; Thomas Speicher, Daniels Driving Range, 561-2627; Michael Clark, Dick's Sporting Goods, 433-0216; Catherine Ransavage, The Dunes, 472-2535; Darin Goldberg, El Rio, 995-2204; Drew London, FGCU PGM program, 590-7717; Chris Pais and Bart Cook, GolfTEC Fort Myers, 628-1653; Kraig Feighery, Gulf Harbour; Reid Kleintop, Highland Woods, 498-0553; Mark Hamstra and Andy Scott, Kelly Greens, 466-9552; David Deetscreek, Mirror Lakes, 369-1322; Jodi Hooper and John Chambers, Palmetto Pine, 574-2141; Emily Ranney, Raptor Bay, 390-4610; Jim Hafner, River Hall, 313-4653; William Tramontozzi, Shadow Wood, 992-6000; Michael Raber, Shell Point, 433-9790; Craig Morton, Tyler Clauson, and Anthony Gerschick, The Colony, 390-4710; Suzanne Bannan, The Landings, 482-0242; Timothy Harris, Vasari, 594-3959; Steve Gard, Westminster, 368-1110.
U.S. Open qualifier: The Country Club of Naples will host the area's U.S. Open local qualifier Tuesday. There will be five qualifiers and two alternates.
There are 84 players in the field, including former or current Florida Gulf Coast University golfers Justin McCarraher, Jeremy Self, Jack Hernandez, head coach Brent Jensen, and Alexander Medinis, plus Community School golfers Ryan Celano, Jackson Stroup, Spencer Ciesla and Jake Marriott, St. John Neumann's Edward Figueroa and Michael Primavera, and former PGA Tour player Nolan Henke.
A Bill Laimbeer of Marco Island also is entered; the former NBA player lives on the island.
No. 1 Tee
8 a.m. — Michael Heller, Berwick, Pa.; Justin Ahasic, Aurora, Ill.; Jesse Lowe (a), Fort Myers; 8:09 a.m. — Cole Peevler, Keokuk, Iowa; Chris Traikoff, Canfield, Ohio; Adam Dearmond, Lambertville, Mich.; 8:18 a.m. — Tim Miller, Lake Geneva, Wis.; Brian Levi, New Hartford, N.Y.; Ryan Booth, Homestead; 8:27 a.m. — John Uram, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Nolan Henke, Fort Myers; Jesse Perkins (a), North Babylon, N.Y.; 8:36 a.m. — Gary Shea, Billerica, Mass.; Joe Monte, Lakewood Ranch; David Herzfeld (a), Belgium; 8:45 a.m. — Joshua Brunet, Galliano, La.; Jordan Burke, Bonita Springs; Fernando Figueroa, El Salvador; 8:54 a.m. — Nick Maietta, Naples; Patrick Doyle, Naples; David Snyder, South Charleston, W.Va.; 9:03 a.m. — Craig Hicks, Canada; Thomas Stankowski, Fort Myers; Taylor Stewart, Richmond, Va.; 9:12 a.m. — Brian Ward, Sarasota; Andy Wada, Windermere; Geoffrey Newman, Doral; 9:21 a.m. — Aaron Sustad, Fort Myers; Michael Primavera (a), Naples; B.J. Kuhn (a), Buffalo, N.Y.; 9:30 a.m. — Richard O'Hanlon, England; Kristian Caparros (a), Miami Lakes; Nicholas Ondriska, Gloversville, N.Y.; 9:39 a.m. — Austin Schultz (a), Bonita Springs; Joshua Puulhus, Sutton, Mass.; Justin McCarraher, Fort Myers; 9:48 a.m. — John Koskinen, Cooper City; Juan Rodriguez (a), Naples; Zachary Toste (a), Pembroke Pines; 9:57 a.m. — Tony Welch, Miami; Ryan Celano (a), Naples; Curtis Thompson (a), Coral Springs
No. 10 Tee
8 a.m. — Edward Figueroa (a), Naples; Jeremy Self (a), Estero; Spencer Ciesla (a), Naples; 8:09 a.m. — Marty Stanovich, Tamarac; Eric Lajeunesse (a), Barre, Vt.; Bradley Larson (a), Fort Myers; 8:18 a.m. — Michael Perez (a), Weston; Colin Baesler, Sarasota; Jake Myers, Naples; 8:27 a.m. — Abbie Valentine, Bayville, N.Y.; Brendan Sheehan, Fort Myers; Craig Muckelvane, Bonita Springs; 8:36 a.m. — Nick Vaden, Brookland, Ark.; Tom Decaprio, Tampa; Gary Little, Canton, Ohio; 8:45 a.m. — Jack Hernandez (a), Fort Myers; A.J. Walker, Fort Lauderdale; Brent Jensen, Chicago; 8:54 a.m. — Josh Pisarri (a), Naples; Clay Poff, Naples; Donnie Lowe (a), Coral Springs; 9:03 a.m. — Cody Olson (a), Naples; Jackson Stroup (a), Hudson, Ohio; Andrew Filbert, Naples; 9:12 a.m. — Michael Williams (a), Fort Myers; Scooter Burns, East Palestine, Ohio; Jake Marriott (a), Naples; 9:21 a.m. — Ron Ryan, Naples; Tim Carpenter, Fort Myers; J.B. Weed, Chicago; 9:30 a.m. — Andres Pumariega (a), Miami; Robert Butler (a), Estero; Brent Foockle, Bradley; 9:39 a.m. — Michael Jones (a), Norman, Okla.; Kyle O'Neill, Long Grove, Ill.; Daniel Gottlieb, New York; 9:48 a.m. — Brian McDonough, Hanover, Mass.; Jarvin Harris, Miami; Conrad Hahne (a), Ramsey, Minn.; 9:57 a.m. — Jerrod Williams, Orlando; William Laimbeer (a), Marco Island; Alexander Medinis, Fort Myers
Lynch, Tracy receive scholarships: Olivia Lynch of Community School and Jenah Tracy of Naples High School received $1,000 LPGA-USGA Girls Golf scholarships at the reception for the Executive Women's Golf Association Ladies Charity Pro-Am on April 28.
Rebecca Johnson and amateurs Nora Lissy, Sherri Patchen and Paula Grande won low gross in the pro-am at The Colony on April 29 with a 57. Nancy Henderson and amateurs Patty Fox, Linda Davis and Gayle Erickson were low net with a 54.
Over the past nine years, the pro-am has raised over $90,000 for charities. This year, the tournament raised almost $15,000 for the PACE Center for Girls and LPGA-USGA Girls Golf.
WCI Golf Club Challenge: The team representing Tiburon Golf Club edged out defending champions The Colony to win at Venetian Golf & River Club in Venice. There were teams from five WCI clubs competing. Pros Chad Nigro and Cory Schaub and amateurs Tom Dalessandro, John Beahn, Linda Bonk, Mike Moran, Brian and Marcia Savage, Chris Steppi and Jeanne Zagursky won with a score of 249, three shots ahead of The Colony.
Naples Area Men's Interclub: Stonebridge defeated Imperial at Aubudon Country Club on May 2 to win the "Old Mug" trophy for the second straight year. The trophy has been inscribed with the names of the winning clubs since the inception of the Men's Interclub in 1971.
WCI Golf promotion: For the third straight year, WCI Communities has 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.
In two years, the promotion has raised nearly $29,000. The complimentary foursomes are valid from June 1 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.
Quail Run Twilight: 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. For more information, call Erin Ronsen at 261-3930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WCI Experience card: The cards benefit the WCI Communities Junior Golf Foundation and are for preferred rates from May through October at Tiburon 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. The card is $45, and can be purchased at www.wcigolf.com/experiencecard or at any WCI golf club.
SFPGA Junior Tour: David Morgan of Naples tied for fifth overall in the Boys 12-13 division at the Turtle Creek Club in Tequesta on Sunday. Morgan shot 83-81/164. In the Boys 14-18 overall division, Anthony Myers of Cape Coral tied for 13th at 155, and Robert Butler of Estero tied for 15th at 157.
Lee County Interclub: Bonita Bay Club's 19 women golfers earned the Lee County 2012 Interclub I championship. During the competition, established in 1986, teams from 10 area clubs competed in nine matches played during five months. The Bonita Bay Club won first-place gross, and recaptured the trophy it last won in 1997.
Bonita Bay was trailing Verandah by six gross points on the final day, but Lauren Collins shot a 73 to lead the comeback. Team members were: Kathy Reines (co-captain), Karen Bartone (co-captain), Barb Dove, Linda Edwards, Judy Bennett, Pat Hopple, Mary Jane Cerullo, Marge Johnson, Bev Miller, Ronnie Christman, Lauren Colilns, Cindy White, Leona Brennan, Lee Pommer, Jan Phillips, Jane Nelson, Janet Schmitz, Deb Cobb and Jacqueline Balthazar.
Naples resident wins mini-tour event: Naples resident Abbie Valentine won the West Florida Golf Tour's Nickel Putter Q-School Match Play Championship on Sunday in Sarasota. Valentine, who is from Long Island, beat John Stoltz, 3 and 2, in the 16-player field. Valentine, 30, won $4,500.
Women's Interclub Championship: Forest Glen won the Collier County tournament's third division, beating Pelican Bay on May 2 at The Vineyards. The club beat The Island Club on April 20 in the semifinals. The victory moved Forest Glen into the first division for 2013.
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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 — Saturday, 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
Harry Chapin Food Bank
Info: Wednesday, 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.
Jimbo Fisher tournament
Info: Friday, at Naples Grande. Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher and play-by-play announcer Gene Deckerhoff will appear for Fisher's second annual golf tournament. Registration, 10:30 a.m.; Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.; Shotgun start, 1 p.m., Entry fee, $150 per golfer, or $35 to only attend the luncheon. Sponsorships are available from $150 to $5,000. Presented by the Seminole Club of Naples and Seminole Boosters.
Contact: 641-2816, email email@example.com.
Naples-Pelican Bay Rotary Tournament
Info: Friday, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
Rushman-Micah Angel Foundation golf and gala
Info: Saturday, May 26 at Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. Sponsorships from $1,500 to $25,000. Golf entry fee, $250 per person. Gala dinner, $200 per person. Benefits special needs youth who are at-risk.
First Tee of Naples/Collier
Info: 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 for this season. Dues, $25 per year. Handicaps of 35 or less; Schedule — 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: email@example.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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
■ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.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
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