Local golf column: New Gulfcoast Amateur Golf Association started

— Local club professional Mike Dopslaff has started the Gulfcoast Amateur Golf Association of Florida. Its first event will be Saturday, June 2 at Stoneybrook.

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. There also is a membership referral program.

The Stoneybrook event will begin with tee times at 10 a.m. with a $65 entry fee. The format is individual stroke play with net and gross divisions within flights for men and women. The entry deadline is May 30 at 5 p.m.

A second event will be Saturday, June 23 at Eastwood Golf Course in Fort Myers, also with tee times starting at 10 a.m. with a $65 entry fee. The entry deadline is June 20 at 5 p.m.

Email gagaswfl@aol.com or golfslaff@aol.com.

Franklin Templeton Shootout Summer Series: The first event of the second-year series was played Saturday at Tiburon's Black Course. More than 100 players competed in the three formats used in the unofficial PGA Tour event — six holes of modified alternate shot, six holes of better ball, and six holes of scramble.

Bud Flodeen and Adam Boyd won the gross division with a 68. Karl Meter and Jeff Straus were second, also with a 68, and Larry Marino and Frank DiMaria were third with a 70. Kyle Benz and Christian Potts won the net division with a 63, followed by Frank Aiello and Dave Elkins with a 65, and Susan Mathews and Monica Polacek with a 65. The series' next event is June 16 at Pelican Preserve.

FSGA Women's Amateur: Naples' Mary Jane Hiestand, a Hideout Golf Club member, and Natalie McNicholas both lost in the Round of 32 of the Women's Amateur at Weston Hills Country Club last week.

McNicholas lost to Kailey Walsh of Boca Raton, 3 and 2. Hiestand lost to Wendi Golden of Bradenton, 5 and 3. Meghan Stasi, a three-time U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion from Oakland Park, beat Marie Arnoux of Miami Beach, 3 and 2, in the finals.

Double eagle: Russell Van Zoeren made a double eagle on the 227-yard No. 9 on the Pines Course at The Glades on May 10. Van Zoeren used a driver. Paul Smye, Don Webster and Duaine MacGruder witnessed it.

SFPGA Jr. Tour at Vineyards: The South Florida PGA Junior Tour will be at Vineyards on Saturday and Sunday, with more than 100 golfers competing.

FJT Tour: Naples' Emma Bradley finished eighth in the Girls 13-15 division of the event on Sunday at Kingsway Country Club in Lake Suzy. Bradley shot 82-81/163. Jenna Tuccio of Marco Island tied for 11th with a 168, and Emily Black of Naples was 15th with a 174..

Kaleb Johnson of Naples tied for 16th in the Boys 13-15 with a 155 total.

Men's Summer Interclub: Winners, May 4, Windstar — Russ Rogers (Classics at Lely), Bill Schmitz (Royal Palm), Mike Gardner (Royal Wood), Bruce Brill (Foxfire); Winners, May 11, Fiddlesticks — Flight A: Dwight Olson (The Quarry), George Crabb (Stoneybrook), John Dishaw (Spanish Wells), Steve Raimer (West Bay); Flight B: George Stone (Fiddlesticks), Rich Yunker (Foxfire), Jim Johannsen (Forest Glen), Paul Gill (Classics at Lely).

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 proshop@naplesquailrun.com.

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.

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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. Schedule — 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

Contact: www.franklintempletonshootout.com

Cajun Classic

Info; Saturday, Verandah Club. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Entry fee, $140 Sponsorships $250 to $5,000. Benefits Veterans and their families.

Contact: 994-6494, huckiewin@yahoo.com, www.cajunclassic.org

Gridiron Club of Estero

Info: Saturday, 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, richardjd@leeschools.net

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.

Contact: www.rmaf-fl.org

Ashley Jenkins Memorial Tournament

Info: Sunday, June 3, at The Quarry. Entry fee, $75 per player or $280 for a foursome. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Funds benefit the Jenkins family. Lunch included.

Contact: Paul Dorn, pizdiz10@yahoo.com, 281-1107

FFDD Scramble

Info: Saturday, June 9, Worthington Country Club, Bonita Springs. Benefits the Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled in Lee and Collier counties. Entry fee, $75 per person. Registration, 7 a.m. Shotgun start, 8 a.m. Lunch follows. Sponsorships available.

Contact; 594-9007, info@ffddnaples.org

T2 Aquatics Golf Tournament

Info: Saturday, June 9, at The Quarry. Autograph reception with USA Olympics Trials qualifiers who train with T2 Aquatics, including two-time Olympian medalist and American record holder Katie Hoff, World Championship medalist and American record holder Elizabeth Pelton, and PanAmerican Games medalist Erika Erndl. Four-person scramble. Registration, 7 a.m. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Lunch, awards follow. Entry fee, $125. Proceeds go to capital improvements to the YMCA Norris Aquatic Center. Sponsorships available.

Contact: www.t2aquaticsgolf.com or events@t2aquatics.com.

JUNIORS

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

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

Play Golf America

Info: Free 10-minute lessons during May. 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.

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

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 for this season. Dues, $25 per year. Handicaps of 35 or less; Schedule — Friday, 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

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

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 — 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, 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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