NAPLES — LPGA Tour players got their final chance to qualify on U.S. soil for the CME Group Titleholders — which will be Nov. 13-18 at TwinEagles Club in Naples — over the weekend.
The tour heads to Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Mexico before coming back for the Titleholders. There are five events and 15 spots left.
Mi Jung Hur of South Korea, Sarah Jane Smith of Australia and Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden were the three qualifiers Sunday. Naples' Kris Tamulis tied for 12th among players who hadn't already qualified.
The tournament is in its second year in its current format. The top three in each tournament on the tour this year get into the Titleholders' elite field.
Previous qualifiers (in order of qualification): Jessica Korda, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome; Yani Tseng, Jiyai Shin, Ai Miyazato; Angela Stanford, Na Yeon Choi, Shanshan Feng; So Yeon Ryu, Hee Young Park, Caroline Hedwall; Sun Young Yoo, Jodi Ewart, Se Ri Pak; I.K. Kim, Amy Yang, Hee Kyung Seo; Meena Lee, Azahara Munoz, Cristie Kerr; Lexi Thompson, Karine Icher, Karrie Webb; Vicky Hurst, Candie Kung, Morgan Pressel; Katherine Hull, Mika Miyazato, Hee-Won Han; Suzann Pettersen, Eun-Hee Ji, Gerina Piller; Brittany Lang, Chella Choi, Inbee Park; Veronica Felibert, Anna Nordqvist, Jenny Shin; Sandra Gal, Ilee Lee, Giulia Sergas; Natalie Gulbis, Beatriz Recari, Paula Creamer; Jennie Lee, Jacqui Concolino, Lindsey Wright; Michelle Wie, Sydnee Michaels, Haeji Kang; Lydia Ko, Jane Rah, Catriona Matthew; Danielle Kang, Maria Hjorth, Dewi Claire Schreefel; Julieta Granada, Katie Futcher, Cindy Lacrosse.
Volunteer registration opened July 16, and is $65 per person. For more information on the tournament or the volunteer application, go to www.cmegrouptitleholders.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 593-3900.
The tournament also has a Facebook page at Facebook.com/CMEGroupTitleholders.
Marco Police Foundation tournament: Saturday at The Island Country Club. The entry fee is $110 per person for the four-person scramble and luncheon. It starts at 7:30 a.m. Contact Debra Shanahan 248-7419.
Everblades tournament for area youth: The Florida Everblades annual tournament and auction benefiting the Children's Organ Transplant Association in honor of Christian Hannett will be Sunday, Oct. 7 at The Colony Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs.
Hannett, 6, has metachromatic leukodystrophy, and received a bone-marrow transplant at Duke University Medical Center. An estimated $100,00 is being raised by Southwest Florida volunteers.
The entry fee is $150 per person, and each group will be paired with a current or former Everblades player or coach. Registration is at 11:30 a.m., with a 1 p.m. shotgun start, and awards presentation/dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sponsorships are available.
Dinner-only tickets are available for $30. For more information, contact Terry Mallow at 410-8018 or email@example.com.
Naples Storm tournament: The inaugural event for the 12-and-under travel baseball team will be Saturday, Oct. 13 at Stonebridge Country Club. Funds will be used for the team to play in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational next summer.
Registration is at 7:30 a.m., with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The entry fee is $100 per player or $350 per foursome, and includes lunch. Contact Chris Welling at 404-7604, Tony Almodovar at 233-9069, or go to www.eteamz.com/naplesstormtravelbaseball/ under the Forms Tab on the left.
After School Camp: Valencia Golf & Country Club will be hosting an after-school camp for ages 7-15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 2 to Dec. 13. The cost is $150 for the entire camp or $10 per day. Call 352-0777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men's Summer Interclub: Greg Snell (Foxfire), John Griski (Miromar Lakes), Jack Ozyp (Countryside) and Lou Santora (Classics at Lely) won Flight A, and John Mullen (Classics at Lely), G.B. Singh (Spanish Wells), Richard Pini (Vasari) and Gary Carr (Spanish Wells) won Flight B on Sept. 21 at The Classics at Lely. The next event will be Friday at Naples Heritage.
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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 go on sale Monday, Oct. 1, except for Player Pass, which is on sale now and 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.
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. Remaining schedule — Oct. 6, Tiburon, Gold Course, 1 p.m. shotgun
Swings for The Sox
Info: The Boston Red Sox will hold their inaugural Swings For The Sox tournament Friday at Gateway Golf & Country Club in Fort Myers. Scramble, 8:30 a.m. Lunch by Rib City on the Green Monster at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. Golfers also can take batting practice for the chance to win 2013 spring training season tickets. Self-guided tours, a silent auction, raffle prizes, and appearances by Red Sox personnel. All funds raised will be used by the Red Sox Foundation to support local nonprofit efforts. Tournament sponsorships are available from $100 to $1,500. Foursome player packages begin at $500, and non-player passes that include entry into the park, lunch and batting practice swings are $75 per person.
Contact: Call 226-4783 or email email@example.com.
Fancy Pants Charity Tournament
Info: Pete Villiani Memorial, Saturday, Sept. 29 at The Classics at Lely Resort. Benefits Eden Autism Services. Registration, $250, includes breakfast and lunch, a golf shirt and hat. Also benefits the Greater Naples Little League and The Michael Grech Memorial Fund.
Contact: Sonny Grech, 450-5184, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rodney Bungartz lessons
Info: Arrowhead Golf Club instructor has released clinic schedule for September. 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, beginning this Monday; Middle school, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays. Cost, $190 for four-week session. Call 593-1111.
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.
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.
Arrowhead New to Golf League
Info: Thursdays through Oct. 25. Cost, $15. Open to men and women, 18 years and older. Open to public.
Collier County Women's Association
Info: Accepting members. Dues, $25 per year. Handicaps of 35 or less; Schedule — Oct. 5, Glen Eagle.
Contact: Doris Roberts 793-0644, Helen Nulse 353-6944.
Executive Women's Golf Association
Gulfcoast Amateur Golf Association of Florida
Info: Upcoming events: Oct. 6, Heritage Bay. 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.
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: email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
■ 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 — 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 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 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 — 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 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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