Local golf column: Benz, Potts, Straus, Meter earn Franklin Templeton Shootout Summer Series prizes

— Kyle Benz teamed with Christian Potts to take the net division of the Franklin Templeton Shootout Summer Series finale on Saturday at Tiburon Golf Club. That was just enough to give Benz a one-point victory over Jeff Straus in the overall Series.

Benz and Potts shot a 62 to win the net division by a stroke, and each earn 100 points. Straus was second in the gross division, along with playing partner Karl Meter, giving him 90 points for the event. Benz finished the six events with 441 points to Straus' 440.

Potts was third with 418 points, and Meter was fourth with 415.

Mike Vanover and Logan Quatraet shot a 64 to win the gross division by two shots over Straus and Meter. There were 50 two-person teams playing six holes of alternate shot, six holes of best ball, and six holes of scramble — the same formats used in the Franklin Templeton Shootout, which will be played Dec. 5-9 at Tiburon.

Benz, Straus, Potts and Meter all earn honorary observer memberships to the Shootout, two invitations to the pro-am pairings party, and two memberships to the Greg Norman Estates Shark Club. Rick Radunz finished fifth with 387.5 points. Radunz and Craig Morton were third in the gross division with a 68.

Naples Beach Club Senior Open: The inaugural tournament will be played Oct. 19-21 at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. This replaces the Florida State Senior Open, which was renamed the Florida Senior Open by the South Florida PGA Section and moved to a rotating annual site.

There will be a $30,000 purse, based on a full field. The entry fee is $225 for professionals or amateurs age 74 and under, or $200 for professionals or amateurs age 75 and over. The Bobby Goodman Pro-Am will be Oct. 18, with three tournament rounds Oct. 19-21. The entry deadline is Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

For more information or to enter, visit the Section website at www.sfpgagolf.com, and click on the Tournaments tab.

Women's Pro-Pro Championship: Patty Kuehner of Gulf Harbour and Brittany Bertilson of Naples National teamed to win on Oct. 3 at Grey Oaks. The two shot a 70 to win by a stroke.

Tara McKenna and Marty Hall of Florida Gulf Coast University's PGM program were part of a three-team tie for third with a 72. Nancy Hauber of Imperial and Mary Page of Pelican Sound were sixth with a 73.

The tournament originally was scheduled for June 25, but was postponed due to rain.

PGA Tour Q School: Cape Coral's Connor Arendell, Craig Hicks of Naples, former Florida Gulf Coast University golfers Joey Lamielle of Sarasota, Justin McCarraher of Fort Myers and Gyles Robin of Estero, and Brandon Lee and Aaron Sherry of Fort Myers are all at the First Stage qualifier at Grasslands Golf & Country Club in Lakeland from Oct. 16-19.

Jon McDonald of Estero is in the First Stage qualifier in Lantana, Texas, on the same dates.

2012 Terra Cotta Invitational champion Donald Constable of Excelsior, Minn., and former FGCU golfer Dan Mazziotta of Fort Myers also made it through pre-qualifying but are not in the field for this first set of First Stage qualifiers.

Future Collegians World Tour: Naples' David Morgan won the Boys 11-13 division by two strokes in Tampa. Morgan shot 74-79 to win by two strokes. R.C. Grayson of Naples shot 75-83 to tie for fifth, and Konstantin Kotschenreuther of Naples shot 87-81 to finish eighth.

Gulfcoast Amateur Golf Association: Results, Oct. 6, Heritage Bay. Championship Flight — Low Gross — 1. Kaleb Johnson 74; 1. Andy Cegelski 74; Low Net — Grant Burgess 67; First Flight — Low Gross — Bruce Frazier 79; Low Net — Dave Miller 67, Howard McHenry 67, Frank Seiler 67.

Florida Junior Tour: Philip Knowles of Bradenton won the Boys 13-15 division, and Latanna Stone of Valrico won the Girls 13-15 division of the event at Eagle Creek Country Club in Naples.

Knowles shot 66-71/137. Andrew Potter of Naples was the highest local finisher, tying for 14th with a 149 total.

Stone, an 11-year-old who qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur this summer, shot 74-71/145. Jenna Tuccio of Marco Island was seventh with a 157. Naples' Emily Black shot 83-89/172.

Men's Summer Interclub: The team of Nick Bonfiglio (Vasari), Joe Kauanui (Grandezza), John Plaisted (Windstar) and Dave Oswalt (Naples Heritage) won Flight A, and the team of Chandler Hansman (Olde Cypress), David Payne (Vasari), Tom Benua (Quail Creek) and Tom Amend (Naples Heritage) won Flight B on Oct. 5 at Vasari.

The next event is Friday at The Country Club of Naples.

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.

AMATEUR EVENTS

Stoneybrook Fall Classic

Info: Oct. 27-28 at Stoneybrook. Revival of event formerly played at Lochmoor Country Club. Entry fee, $100 for two days. Flighted. All winnings paid in pro shop credit. Practice rounds available at reduced rates from Oct. 22-26.

Contact: Mike Dopslaff 948-3933, golfslaff@aol.com, gagaswfl@aol.com

CHARITY EVENTS

Naples Storm tournament

Info: Fundraiser for 12-and-under travel baseball team. Saturday, Stonebridge Country Club. Funds will be used for the team to play in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational next summer. Registration, 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 8;30 a.m. Entry fee, $100 per player or $350 per foursome. Includes lunch.

Contact: Chris Welling 404-7604, Tony Almodovar 233-9069, or go to www.eteamz.com/naplesstormtravelbaseball/ under the Forms Tab on left.

Tommy Bahama Coconut Classic

Info: Monday, Tiburon Golf Club. Benefits Garden of Hope and Courage, Children's Advocacy Center of Collier County. Registration, 10 a.m. Shotgun start, noon. Dinner, 5 p.m. at Tommy Bahama. Sunday, Oct. 14, preregistration party, 5 to 8 p.m., Tommy Bahama.

Contact: Amy Lane 434-6697, amy@gardenofhopeandcourage.org

NCH Auxiliaries Golf & Dinner Classic

Info: Thursday, Oct. 18, Mustang Country Club at Lely Resort. Registration, 10:30 a.m. Shotgun start, noon. Awards banquet, 5 p.m. Entry fee, $140. Dinner-only, $60. Benefits Outpatient Infusion Services.

Contact: William Murdy 203-935-7189

YMCA golf tournament

Info: Thursday, Oct. 18, Hideout Golf Club. Supports free Splash Week, provides swimming instruction for children ages 3-12. Entry fee, $150. Breakfast, lunch.

Contact: Carla Costa 598-5156, ccosta@ymcapalms.org

CREW Stanley Hole tournament

Info: Friday, Oct. 19, Old Corkscrew. Registration, 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Entry fee, $100 per player. Hole sponsorship, $500. CREW Land and Water Trust protects the watershed.

Contact: Brenda Brooks 657-2253

Northside Naples Kiwanis Hit’em, Hold’em and Help’em

Info: Jim Dahl golf outing, Saturday, Oct. 20, Quail West. Registration, 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Lunch, awards follow. Poker tournament, Naples/Fort Myers Greyhound Track, 6 p.m. Entry fee, $150 for each event, or $275 for both. Proceeds benefit the Northside Naples Kiwanis Foundation. Sponsorships available.

Contact: www.northsidenapleskiwanis.com, Bill Ricigliano 825-8406, puttzone@earthlink.net; Jim Dougher 260-1053, jjdougher@comcast.net

St. Matthew’s Charity Tournament

Info: Saturday, Oct. 20, Valencia Golf & Country Club. Shotgun start, 9 a.m. Entry fee, $65 per player.

Contact: 352-0777, www.valenciagolfandcountryclub.com

Miss Southwest Florida Scholarship Fund tournament

Info: Friday, Oct. 26, The Rookery at Fiddler’s Creek. Registration, noon. Shotgun start, 1 p.m. Ceremony follows. Entry fee, $75 per person. Ceremony only, $10.

Contact: Richard Droste 572-5117, rddsmd@comcast.net

Stingrays tournament

Info: Saturday, Oct. 27, Fiddler’s Creek. Proceeds benefit Seacrest Country Day athletics. Registration/continental breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Luncheon, awards follow. Sponsorships available from $200 to $10,000. Foursome player package, $750. Individual golfers, $200.

Contact: www.seacrest.org under Support Seacrest tab; Teresa Massa 793-1986

Club Managers Association of America Charity Classic

Info: Oct. 28-29. Benefits Barbara’s Friends/The Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund. Cocktails, auction Oct. 28 at Grey Oaks, golf tournament Oct. 29, West Bay Club. Golf and gala ticket packages include eight gala tickets and a golf foursome for $1,600. Individual gala tickets, $100.

Contact: Lori Cook North 287-0780, lori@eventfulinc.com, www.cmaacharityclassic.com

FREE CLINICS

Mapother/Steinbach Clinic

Info: Jim Mapother of RJM Golf and Nick Steinbach of Merrill Lynch will be providing free clinics on Friday mornings from 9 to 10:30 a.m. starting this Friday. 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.

JUNIORS

Rodney Bungartz lessons

Info: Arrowhead Golf Club instructor has released clinic schedule for October. 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, Nov. 12. 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.

WCI Experience card

Info: Benefits the WCI Communities Junior Golf Foundation and are for preferred rates from May through October at Tiburón 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. Card is $45, and can be purchased at www.wcigolf.com/experiencecard or at any WCI golf club.

AREA ORGANIZATIONS

Arrowhead Twilight

Info: Every Wednesday through today 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

Executive Women's Golf Association

Contact: Lori Drumm (loridrumm@hotmail.com) 304-0579, www.naplesewga.com

Gulfcoast Amateur Golf 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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