NAPLES — One of Southwest Florida's PGA Tour pros set up his year with a victory early on. The other is hoping to set up next year by surviving PGA Tour Q-School.
Fort Myers' George McNeill won the Puerto Rico Open back in March for his second victory in his sixth season on the tour, and the first since the 2007 Frys.com Open. The win also gave him a three-year exemption. He only had two top-25 finishes after that, but was consistent enough to finish 91st on the money list.
"I was kind of ready for the year to be over," McNeill said of his last couple of events. "I'm looking forward to 2013. I know there's stuff I need to work on."
McNeill, 37, will start 2013 in just a couple of months at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. He also pointed out that a second career win gives him a one-year exemption on the Champions Tour — "Who knows if there'll be a Champions Tour then?" said McNeill, who would be eligible to join in 2025.
Lamely's struggles after winning in 2010 — the same Puerto Rico event that McNeill won this year — continued this year. He missed 18 of 25 cuts, breaking that skid a bit with a tie for 34th at Disney on Sunday. That was his best finish since early February. In 70 tournaments since his victory, Lamely has missed 46 cuts, battling injuries and ineffectiveness along the way.
"It's taken me a long time to get to playing good again," the former Florida Gulf Coast University star said. "Disney last week was the first time I've started to feel like my old self again. I've struggled for a long time. This is the first time it's really started to feel convincing. I would never have dreamed that it would've been as bad as it's been."
Lamely will head to the Second Stage of PGA Tour Q-School that starts today in Brooksville. Lamely hasn't made it through Q-School to the tour before; he earned his tour card through his finish on the then-Nationwide Tour money list.
Fort Myers' Nolan Henke is in the Second Stage qualifier at Hombre in Panama City Beach that also starts today.
Fort Myers' Justin McCarraher and Cape Coral's Connor Arendell are at the Second Stage site in Plantation that started Tuesday. Arendell shot a 69 and is tied for 23rd, while McCarraher had a 75 and is tied for 73rd.
Bonita Springs' Clampett tied for Q-School lead: Bobby Clampett, a Bonita Springs resident, shot a 4-under-par 68 on Tuesday and is tied for the lead at Champions Tour Q-School at TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs. Damon Green, the caddie for former Masters champion Zach Johnson, also had a 68.
Clampett finished 39th on the tour's money list this season, and can improve his playing status. The top five after Friday's final round earn full exemptions through a reorder in 2013.
FSGA Women's Senior Player of Year: The Florida State Golf Association released its 2012 champions recently, and Southwest Florida had a hand in a few of them.
Naples' Mary Jane Hiestand, a Hideout Golf Club member, was named the Women's Senior Player of the Year. Hiestand earned 8,960 points, advancing to the quarterfinals of the Jones/Doherty Championship's Senior Division, finishing third at the Senior Women's Amateur Championship, and having an undefeated record at the Women's Southeastern Challenge Matches to lead the Florida team to victory. Hiestand also advanced to the Round of 32 in both the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur and U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur.
Fort Myers' Lynda Case was the Women's Senior Amateur champion, and Stephanie Carlozzi of Naples was the Girls' Junior Amateur winner. Case and Hiestand also were on the Southeastern Team Challenge team.
Pelican Marsh Golf Club: The club celebrated its reopening on Nov. 2 with a field of 144 golfers playing following a $2-million renovation.
Ryangolf completed the physical construction, with Celebration Bermuda tee and greens. There also were improvements to tees, bunkers and surrounds, including a new irrigation system.
Valencia Ladies League: An 18-hole Wednesday league starts today at Valencia Golf & Country Club. Tee times begin at 10:30 a.m. each week, and the format varies each week. Call 352-0777.
Coral Isle Golf Center: The teaching center on Collier Boulevard on the way to Marco Island has a weekly clinic schedule — Tuesdays, ladies; Thursdays, men; Saturdays, mixed. There is a short-game class Fridays, with advanced sign-up required. All start at 10 a.m. Call 732-6900.
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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.
Turkey Day Scramble
Info: Thursday, Nov. 22, Valencia Golf & Country Club. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Entry fee, $45. Bring a canned good item to donate to local shelter for Thanksgiving.
Contact: 352-0777, www.ValenciaGolfandCountryClub.com
National Kidney Foundation Cadillac Classic
Info: Monday, Dec. 3, Tiburon Golf Club at Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, site of Franklin Templeton Shootout. Proceeds benefit National Kidney Foundation of Florida, designated for use in Southwest Florida. Top three finishing foursomes receive invite to national finals at Pebble Beach in January.
Contact: Dr. Anthony DeFeo 514-7388, Stephanie Hutchinson 800-927-9659, www.nkfgolfclassic.com.
Info: Tuesday, Dec. 18, Magnolia Landing in North Fort Myers. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Sponsorships available. Registration deadline Dec. 1. Entry fee, $75 per person or $260 per foursome.
Contact: Trent Ferguson 948-7825, ext. 1076
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.
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.
TiburÓn 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 email@example.com.
Executive Women's Golf Association
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.
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
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, email@example.com.
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.
■ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ 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, 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 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 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 — Contact Durland at 784-2208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ 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 email@example.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
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