Local golf column: Fiddler's Creek receives Golfweek national honor

— For the eighth consecutive year, Fiddler's Creek's Creek Course has been ranked by Golfweek Magazine as one of the Top 100 Residential Golf Courses in the United States.

Fiddler's Creek was No. 98 in the rankings released last week, and the only course in Southwest Florida on the list.

Arthur Hills designed the layout. It was reviewed along with more than 3,000 other courses throughout the country.

"We are very proud to provide world-class golf facilities for our members and their guests," said Aubrey J. Ferrao, President and CEO of Fiddler's Creek, LLC. "Along with a spectacular 13-acre driving range and practice facility with a short-game area, The Golf Club at Fiddler's Creek offers members everything needed for a wonderful day on the links."

The Creek Course also has received recognition in Links Magazine as one of America's 100 Premier Properties, Travel & Leisure Golf Magazine's "America's Top 100 Golf Communities" list, and "Top 10 Best Residential Courses" in Florida by GolfCourseRealty.com.

Fiddler's Creek is located off Collier Boulevard between Naples and Marco Island.

PGA Assistants' Championship: Cypress Lake Country Club assistant Chris Trout finished ninth on Sunday at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie. Trout shot 72-70-71-70/283 in the national championship. Naples National's Drew Pierson shot 77-72-78-70/297.

First Tee of Naples/Collier: The chapter held its Live Green environmental project at The Quality Inn & Suites Golf Resort on Saturday. A total of 92 attended, along with parents, volunteers, golf course superintendents and First Tee staff.

Live Green is a component of The First Tee 9 Healthy Habits, teaching kids the importance of taking care of their community and surroundings.

Wilderness/ FGCU Invitational: The Wilderness Country Club hosted the Florida Gulf Coast University men's and women's golf teams on Friady in separate competitions.

Edward Figueroa, a freshman from St. John Neumann, won the stroke-play men's event, and Megan Van Etten, a junior, won the women's match play after a playoff. This was the third year for the event.

Florida Junior Tour: Naples' Emma Bradley finished fifth in the girls 16-18 division at Juliette Falls on Sunday. Bradley shot 80-80/160.

SFPGA Junior Tour: Naples' Anastasia Talalenko was second in the Girls 16-18 division at Fountains Country Club on Sunday. Talalenko shot 73-80/153. Gregory Talalenko was 10th in the Boys 14-15 division, shooting 80-80/160.

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PROFESSIONAL EVENTS

LPGA Tour's CME Group Titleholders

Info: Nov. 13-18, TwinEagles Club. Weeklong, daily tickets are on sale. Daily, $25 in advance ($30 at the gate), one-day admission Tuesday-Sunday; Weekly, $50 in advance ($60 at the gate), admission Tuesday-Sunday; LPGA Apparel package, $75, weekly ticket plus a $50 voucher to merchandise tent; Titleholders Club ticket, $150 per day, one-day admission Thursday-Sunday, includes suite access on 18th green; Titleholders Package, $1,000, two Titleholders Club Ticket per day, Thursday-Sunday, plus one VIP Parking Pass; For parking, the general public pass is $5 per day ($7 at gate), valid any one day, Thursday-Sunday at Collier County Fairgrounds with complimentary shuttle. Or the on-site VIP parking pass, for $45 per day, valid one day Thursday-Sunday for valet parking at TwinEagles Clubhouse. Volunteer applications were accepted beginning July 16. $65 per person.

Contact: www.cmegrouptitleholders.com, email cmegrouptitleholders@octagon.com, or 593-3900.

Franklin Templeton Shootout

Info: Dec. 5-9, Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. Tickets are on sale. Player Pass, includes one weekly grounds pass, 56 golf vouchers for 14 course for a discounted fee, and discounts at PGA Tour Superstore (www.franklintempletonshootout.com/player_pass.php). 18th Green Reserved Seats, $50 per seat Friday and Saturday, $60 per seat Sunday; Teksoft Ventures Collier Club, $80 per day or $195 for a three-day membership Friday through Sunday, includes complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks; Weekly Grounds Tickets, $75 each, Wednesday through Sunday; Daily Grounds Pass, $20 for pro-am days Dec. 5, 6, $25 for competition days Dec. 7, 8 and 9. Increases $5 at the gate. Children 16 and under will be admitted free with a ticketed adult.

Contact: 888-66-SHARK, www.franklintempletonshootout.com, or visit PGA Tour Superstore or Golf Shop at Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.

CHARITY EVENTS

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Tournament

Info: Saturday, Mustang Club at Lely Resort. Welcome party, Friday, at The Pub at Mercato, 6:30 p.m. Entry fee, $100. Registration, 11 a.m. Shotgun start, 12:30 p.m. Ceremony, including Blessing of Helmets, prior to tournament.

Contact: http://golf.firehero.org/fl/naples/ Sean Hunt 641-2383, fyrman053@comcast.net

Dillon Simmons Benefit Tournament

Info; Sunday, Stoneybrook Golf Club, Estero. Entry fee, $100. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Awards luncheon follows. Sponsorships available. Simmons, 14, a Florida Eels hockey player, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, and funds will go to support his family.

Contact: Tony Joanow 229-8998, tonyj@greenhuntersrc.com; Brian Fitzsimmons 677-9957, brian@lifesafety.com

Immokalee Foundation Charity Classic Pro-Am

Info: Monday, Bay Colony Golf Club. Two dozen professional tour players paired with amateurs. Registration/breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 9:30 a.m. Awards luncheon following. Entry fee, $5,000, includes tickets to celebration dinner/auction Nov. 16 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Benefits the foundation's educational programs including Take Stock in Children Immokalee, Career Development, College Success, Direct Scholarships, The First Tee of Naples/Collier, Immokalee Readers, and Communiy Collaborative Efforts.

Contact: 430-9122, www.immokaleefoundation.org

FREE CLINICS

Mapother/Steinbach Clinic

Info: Jim Mapother of RJM Golf and Nick Steinbach of Merrill Lynch are providing free clinics on Friday mornings from 9 to 10:30 a.m. First part, short game work; second, full swing. Clinics through May 13 at Lely Resort's Flamingo and Mustang driving range. Registration limited to eight people.

Contact: 208-755-7644 or jim@RJMGolf.com.

SEMINAR

Shannon Reece at Waldorf Astoria Naples

Info: Monday, 7 to 8 p.m. Dr. Shannon Reece, a sports psychologist and founder of Training for Optimal Performance, will conduct a seminar. Cost, $50 per person. Reece, who studied under Dr. Bob Rotella, will talk about taking the swing from the practice tee to the first tee. Sign-up deadline is Friday.

Contact: Mark Durland, 784-2208, mark@durlandgolf.com.

JUNIORS

Rodney Bungartz lessons

Info: Arrowhead Golf Club instructor has released clinic schedule for November. After School Junior Clinic — Tuesdays, 4 to 5 p.m., $13 per student per session, ages 6 and up; Middle School Junior Clinic — Tuesdays, 5 to 6 p.m., $15 per student per session, ages 12 and up. Contact: 348-5929.

Tiburon Golf Academy

Info: Afterschool programs — Elementary, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Mondays; Middle school, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays. Cost, $190 for four-week session. Call 593-1111.

Valencia After School Camp

Info: For ages 7-15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays to Dec. 13. Cost, $150 for entire camp, $10 per day. Call 352-0777 or email nick@valenciagolfandcountryclub.com.

PROMOTIONS

Marriott Military Program

Info: Fairways Fore FREEDom military program. Active, reserve and retired military personnel can get both free and discount golf at over 25 Marriott courses, including The Rookery at Marco in Naples. The program goes through Veterans Day on Monday. Those providing a valid military ID can receive discount twilight green fees and carts from $29 to $69 while receiving a free replay certificate for another day. The certificates will be valid until Dec. 31. The program is available after 3 p.m. any day of the week.

AREA ORGANIZATIONS

Executive Women's Golf Association

Info: Naples Chapter hosting kickoff and membership drive, "Gathering of the Golf Goddesses," on Thursday at Spring Run Golf Club in Bonita Springs from 5:30 to 8. Cost, $25. Includes meal and fashion show.

Contact: Mourine White at mourinew10@comcast.net, 262-5948, www.naplesewga.com.

Gulfcoast Amateur Association of Florida

Info: Members can participate in individual competitions, couples events, partner events, scrambles, pro-ams, nine-hole "Nine and Dines" plus travel events. 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.

Contact: gagaswfl@aol.com or golfslaff@aol.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

Quail Run Twilight

Info: 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.

Contact: Erin Ronsen 261-3930, proshop@naplesquailrun.com.

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.

■ Mike Dopslaff Instruction — PGA professional Mike Dopslaff, a four-time Southwest Florida PGA Player of the Year, provides instruction. Individual, group lessons at Stoneybrook Golf Club and Eastwood Golf Club. Call 994-3442, or golfslaff@aol.com.

■ Rodney Bungartz Lessons — The Arrowhead instructor has released his schedule for June. Summer junior clinic: 9 to 10 a.m., Wednesdays, $13 per student per session, age 6 and up. June 13, 20, 27; Get Golf Ready: Starts June 18, Mondays 8:45 to 10 a.m. Mondays; $99 for six 75-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 Talis Park 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 — 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.

■ Tiburon 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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