The LPGA Tour's CME Group Titleholders and Subway announced an exclusive ticket offer to the Southwest Florida community that begins today. A total of 118 Subway restaurants in four counties are now offering a buy one, get one discount on weekly tickets to the culminating championship of the LPGA Tour season at TwinEagles Club.
The LPGA's best players will return to Naples for the Tour's grand finale at the newly-constructed Eagle course at TwinEagles from Nov. 12-18.
"By partnering with Subway we're giving even more families and fans access to the CME Group Titleholders which will showcase some of the best players and athletes in the world," Tournament Director Lesley Baker said. "Beginning now, anyone who visits an area Subway restaurant will receive a voucher for a buy one, get one weekly ticket and can scan a QR code to redeem the offer online or at the PGA Tour Superstore in Naples."
A total of 118 Subway restaurants in Collier, Glades, Lee and Hendry counties will have vouchers starting today.
The official LPGA event will feature golf's greatest names, as the tournament field consists of the winners and top finishers from each Tour stop. Notable contenders include Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng and top-ranked American and the No. 2 player in the world, Stacy Lewis. Tseng and Lewis have both won three times this season, but they will also face contention from two-time winners Ai Miyazato and Jiyai Shin.
Daily ($25) and weekly ($50) tickets along with general parking ($5) and valet parking passes ($45) are available at PGA Tour Superstore locations in Naples and Delray. To purchase tickets by phone call 593-3900 or to view and purchase tickets online visit www.cmegrouptitleholders.com.
For more tournament information check out Facebook.com/CMEGroupTitleholders and Twitter
Hampton Golf adds Verandah: Jacksonville-based Hampton Golf is now managing Verandah, the 36-hole golf course and club in Fort Myers, formerly managed by Bonita Bay Group. The club has two courses; Old Orange, designed by Bob Cupp, and Whispering Oak, designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son Jack II. Hampton also manages The Quarry.
First Tee of Naples/Collier: The local chapter will particaipte in a new environmental education course and improvement program called "Live Green" developed by the Toro Company and Audubon International. On Saturday, a total of 100 youngsters will have the opportunity to learn about the project at the Quality Inn & Suites Golf Resort, with local Everglades Golf Course Superintendents Association members assisting.
The local chapter is one of 10 in the country to be selected to participate in the program. For more information, contact executive director Cindy Darland at email@example.com.
Pelican Marsh to reopen: Pelican Marsh Golf Club will have the grand reopening of its recently renovated Robert von Hagge-designed course on Friday at 11 a.m.
The $2-million renovation was undertaken without assessment to members, and included complete reconstruction of the greens, and "player-friendly" improvements to the tees, bunkers and surrounding areas. A new greens irrigation system was installed, with 125 computer-controlled sprinkler heads and the replacement of 25 fairway satellite boxes.
A luncheon begins at 11 a.m., followed by a brief opening ceremony, and a 1 p.m. shotgun start. A video tour of the facility can be viewed at www.pelicanmarshgc.com.
Executive Women's Golf Association; The Naples Chapter will host its kickoff and membership drive, "Gathering of the Golf Goddesses," on Thursday, Nov. 8 at Spring Run Golf Club in Bonita Springs.
The event goes from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and costs $25. It includes a meal and fashion show, with clothes furnished by PGA Tour Superstore. For more information, contact Mourine White at firstname.lastname@example.org, 262-5948 or go to www.naplesewga.com.
PGA Tour Q-School: Fort Myers' Daniel Mazziotta and Naples' Justin Ahasic failed to advance out of the First Stage last week. Mazziotta, a former Florida Gulf Coast University golfer, withdrew in Port St. Lucie after shooting 73-74-77. Ahasic tied for 70th in Hollister, Calif., shooting 74-74-76-73/297. The top 19 and ties advanced.
SWATCA Championship: The Florida team, which include Naples' Mary Jane Hiestand, won the 20th annual Southeastern Women's Amateur Team Championship at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto last week. Florida defeated teams from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.
Hiestand, a Hideout Golf Club member, teamed with Meghan Stasi to beat a South Carolina team, 6 and 5. She also won her singles match over Chrissie Spidell of South Carolina, 6 and 5.
Florida Cup: Naples' Howard Logan and Gary Saft of Fort Myers were part of the victorious South Team in the ninth Florida Cup on Oct. 19 at Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach. The South beat the North, 18-14. Logan and Saft were two of the senior members on the team.
Southwest Women's TriCounty Golf Association: Results, Stonebridge (10-25) — Welcome Back 1-2-3 Best Ball — First Flight — 1. Amy Young, Betty Ann McCarthy, Lorraine Kostinas, Kim Hale 140; 2. Cathy Wright, Linda Seber, Elaine Marohn, Patricia Sabia 146; 3. Cindy Acker, Angela Freda, Mary Ann Liadis, Shirley Karpowicz 150; Second Flight — 1. Cynthia Hile, Robin Shields, Kathy Cassert, Jolanta Kayalar 152; 2. Chris Bajkowsky, Patty Gabardini, Linda Owen, Leslie Risley 153; 3. Linda Mauer, Toni Lawrence, Pauline Ciccone, Linda Russell 154.
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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.
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.
Wounded Warrior Project tournament
Info: Saturday, LaPlaya Golf Club. Entry fee, $125. Registration, 7 a.m. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Lunch, prizes, raffle.
Contact: Dale Mullin, email@example.com, charitygolfforwwp.com
National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Tournament
Info: Saturday, Nov. 10, Mustang Club at Lely Resort. Welcome party, Nov. 9, 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.
Dillon Simmons Benefit Tournament
Info; Sunday, Nov. 11, 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.
Immokalee Foundation Charity Classic Pro-Am
Info: Monday, Nov. 12, 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
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.
Shannon Reece at Waldorf Astoria Naples
Info: Monday, Nov. 12, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Arrowhead New to Golf League
Info: Last event Thursday. Cost, $15. Open to men and women, 18 years and older. Open to public.
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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