NAPLES — While some golf fans wondered how a 14-year-old would handle the Masters, Vic Carder wasn’t surprised.
The former local club professional happens to be the director of golf at Lion Lake, the home course of China’s Guan Tianlang, who became the youngest ever to make the cut and finished low amateur at Augusta National on Sunday. He shot a 12-over 300.
“I first met Tianlang the first month I was here, but I had heard about him from some of my junior golfers in Dalian,” said Carder, who worked at Countryside and Pelican’s Nest among others, and also was a boys golf coach at Barron Collier. He moved to China in 2010, and to Lion Lake in May 2011.
“He works very hard on his game. When he is here, he and his dad will be on the practice tee for 8-10 hours a day. His short game is world class. You saw how good it is at the Masters.”
Carder, who was corresponding via email, said that golf isn’t that big of a sport yet in China, partly because it’s very expensive to play. He estimated a round of golf is roughly the equivalent of $150, and the average salary is $450 to $600 a month.
“The people that have played for a long time, 10-plus years, know how big this is,” Carder said. “I was able to talk my boss into going (to the Masters) as I told him this is history being made and is one of the biggest golf stories ever, and should be huge for golf in the world and for China.”
Carder watched Guan as much as he could on the Internet, and a little on TV, getting up at 3 a.m. each day.
Guan played a practice round with Ben Crenshaw, and Carder said he was able to contact Crenshaw’s manager in December to help set that up.
“Tianlang was very prepared for this week and he exceeded any of my expectations for the week as that course is so long for him, and the greens are some of the most difficult greens in the world to putt,” Carder said. “And to go the week without a three-putt is something that does not happen too often.”
There was some controversy, when Guan was penalized a stroke for slow play.
“I think the slow penalty was a good learning experience for him as he does play a little too slow, and could only help the other junior golfers in China to know that this can happen to anyone,” Carder said. “The way that he reacted was him showing you just how mature he is and that he really does not let anything bother him from reaching his goals. He is really a good kid and his parents have done a great job in raising him.”
Florida State Senior Amateur: Naples’ Howard Logan is one of six players tied for the lead Tuesday after the first round of the Florida State Senior Amateur at Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach.
Sam Till of Fort Wayne, Ind., Gordon Marshall of Sarasota, Rick Woulfe of Fort Lauderdale, Mike Bodney of Jacksonville and Robbie Dew of Palm Beach Gardens also had 70s.
Owen Joyner of Naples and Tom Case of Fort Myers shot 73s and are tied for 15th. Ray Underwood of Naples and Peter Sherwin of Cape Coral shot 74s, and Jim Rollefson and Ray Seemiller of Naples had 75s.
The tournament continues today and finishes up Thursday.
SFPGA Junior Tour: Over the weekend, David Morgan of Naples shot 77-72 and finished sixth in the Boys 12-13 division at Winston Trails in Lake Worth. Naples’ Jack Fumagalli tied for seventh in the Boys 14-18 division. Fumagalli shot 75-84/159. He tied for fourth in the 14-15 division.
Naples Area Men’s Interclub Standings: Week 5, North Division — 1. Collier’s Reserve 176; 2. Quail Creek 170.5; 3. Audubon 167; East Division — 1. Foxfire 203.5; 2. Eagle Creek 182; 3. Naples Lakes 181; South Division — 1. Stonebridge 203; 2. Heritage Bay 202; 3. The Colony 1985; West Division — 1. Wyndemere 192.5; 2. Windstar 179; 3. Palmira 178
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ACE Group Classic
Info: Ultimate Golf Experience Books on sale for $48, and include discounted golf at 30 area courses. A total of 22 of them are offering an unlimited number of discounted rounds. A list of courses is available at www.theacegroupclassic.com/ultimate-golf-experience-books/
Contact: 593-3900, acegroupclassic.com, Naples PGA Tour Superstore
Shootout Summer Series
Info: Returning in May and going through October. Online registration already is available. Two-person teams. Six holes modified alternate shot, six holes better ball, six holes scramble. Schedule — May 4, Tiburon (Black); June 22, Naples Grande; July 27, The Colony; Aug. 17, Pelican Preserve; Aug. 31, Raptor Bay; Sept. 21, Hammock Bay; Oct. 19, Tiburon (Gold)
Info: Second annual tournament, April 29-May 3, championship at Old Corkscrew. Participants compete in flight/age groups in net and gross score competition. Leaders of each flight will play a championship fifth round at Old Corkscrew. Divisions are: Under 50, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over, and women’s under 50 and women’s 50 and over. Entries due April 15. Entry fee is $550 or two golfers can sign up for $900, or three for $1,200, or four for $1,400.
Protected Harbor Charity Event
Info: Friday, Lely Mustang Golf Club. Benefits faith-based, nonprofit organization raising funds for construction, ongoing maintenance and operation of Group Homes for Developmentally Disabled Adults. Registration, 11:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 12:30 p.m. Dinner, 6 p.m. Entry fee, $125 or $450 per team. Sponsorships available.
Contact: Marc Canady 793-2600
Saint Peter The Apostle Golf & Dinner Classic
Info; Wednesday, April 24, Royal Palm. Registration, 11:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 1 p.m. Dinner/awards, 5:30 p.m. Entry fee, $160 per golf includes lunch and dinner. Dinner only, $65. Helicopter golf ball drop tickets, $10.
Contact: Bill Murdy 774-2013
Shark Frenzy tournament
Info: Saturday, April 27, Vineyards. Benefits Gulf Coast High School boys and girls golf teams. Entry fee, $100. Registration, 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Sponsorships available.
Contact: 353-0505, 377-1481, 405-3582, 404-0110
Three Sticks for Kicks
Info: Saturday, April 27, Vi at Bentley Village. Entry fee, $125 includes breakfast, lunch. Benefits Charity for Change, a local nonprofit organization that provides a 30-week, classroom-based character education curriculum to 3,500 schoolchildren.
Contact: Suzanne Todd 784-7945, charityforchange.org.
Pars for Paws
Info: Sunday, April 28, Foxfire. Benefits Volunteer Services for Animals, Inc., that rescues homeless pets and provides free pet food and reduced-cost vaccinations, spay/neuter for cats and dogs. Shotgun start, 8 a.m. Entry fee, $100 per person includes breakfast and lunch. Lunch and raffles only, $35.
Contact: Sondra 961-1015, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mercedes-Benz Dealer Championship
Info; Sunday, April 28, Quail Creek. Benefits Angel Program for Community School of Naples. Low gross, low net winners advance to sectional tournament Nov. 13-17 in Hawaii.
Contact: Curtiss Alden 860-3222, email@example.com
Swing of Grace
Info: Friday, May 3, Naples Heritage. Benefits Grace Place for Children and Families, a Golden Gate neighborhood center teaching literacy, language and life skills to impoverished and families at-risk. Shotgun start, 1 p.m. Dinner/silent auction, 5:30 p.m. Entry fee, $600 per foursome, $150 per player. Dinner only, $35.
Contact: 455-2707, www.graceplacenaples.org.
Lipman Golf Classic
Info: Saturday, May 4, Naples Heritage. Benefits Redlands Christian Migrants Association. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Entry fee, $225. Sponsorships available.
Contact: Bill Coats (813) 376-8149, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Literacy Volunteers of Collier County
Info: Sunday, May 5, Wilderness. Benefits Literacy Volunteers of Collier County. Shotgun start, 1:15 p.m. Awards follow. Entry fee, $150 per person includes cookout. Hole sponsors $150.
Contact: Sandra Baretto 262-4448, ext. 301, www.collierliteracy.org
Immokalee Foundation Inter-Club Challenge
Info: Monday, May 6, Old Collier. Benefits the Immokalee Foundation. Winning team receives entry into Charity Classic Pro-Am, Nov. 18. Foursomes from area clubs compete with their pros. Registration/breakfast, 8 a.m. Shotgun start, 9:15 a.m. Lunch/awards, 1:30 p.m.
Contact: 430-9122, email@example.com, immokaleefoundation.org.
Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce tournament
Info; Friday, May 10, Grey Oaks. Lunch, 11 a.m. Shotgun start, 1 p.m. Dinner/awards, 5 p.m. Entry fee, $150 per player or $550 per foursome. Dinner only, $20 per person.
Jimbo Fisher Seminole Club of Naples
Info: Friday, May 17, Hammock Bay. Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher and play-by-play man Gene Deckerhoff will attend. Golf and lunch is $125, or lunch only is $25. Organization raises funds for scholarships to Collier County students who will go to Florida State. Event starts at 10:30 a.m.
Scott Robertson local qualifier
Info: Scott Robertson Memorial junior tournament, May 17-19 in Roanoke, Va. Local qualifier, Quail Creek Country Club, Saturday. Entry fee, $100. Tournament has boys and girls divisions for ages 15-18 and under 15.
Contact: scottrobertson.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Tee of Naples/Collier
Contact: www.thefirstteenaplescollier.org and go under “Right Now.”
Rick Smith Golf Academy at Raptor Bay
Info: After-school clinics are Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and cost $30 per person.
Contact: 390-4608, RSGAgolf@gmail.com.
Rodney Bungartz lessons
Info: Arrowhead Golf Club instructor has released clinic schedule for April. 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.
TOURAcademy at Tiburon
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
Collier County Women’s Association
Info: The 48-year-old league has released its 2013 schedule. Events are Fridays for a fee of $45, which includes golf, cart, lunch and prizes. Dues are $25. Schedule — April 26, Quail Run; May 3, Countryside; May 17, Foxfire; May 31, Glades; June 7, Eagle Creek; June 21, Royal Palm; July 12, Naples Heritage; July 26, Arrowhead; Aug. 9, LaPlaya; Aug. 23, Stonebridge; Sept. 13, Naples Grande; Sept. 27, Forest Glen; Oct. 11, Glen Eagle.
Contact: Helen Nulse 353-6944, Doris Roberts 793-0644.
Executive Women’s Golf Association
Info: The Naples chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association has changed its name to the Southwest Florida EWGA.
Golf Channel Amateur Tour
Info: Merged with Tournament Players Association.
Contact: Doug Oselett, email@example.com or go to gcamtour.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.
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.; Ladies League, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., format varies each week.
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 Bentley Village. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Rodney Bungartz Lessons — 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.
■ Dennis Clark Lessons — Clark, a PGA Master Professional and Advanced Certified Instructor, is directing the Golf Academy at The Marco Island Marriott Resort. Clark is a seven-time PGA award winner, and features Trackman Golf radar Solutions as well as V-1 video analysis. Clark has private lessons, a half-day workshop, and full-weekend schools. Contact 642-2747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ 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 — 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.
■ 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 email@example.com.
■ Mediterra Golf School — Contact director of instruction Adam Bazalgette at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 565-5954
■ 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 Mark Durland at 784-2208 or email@example.com.
■ On the Course Tee Times — Naples-based concierge service that partners with over two dozen public, semi-private and private golf clubs across Southwest Florida. Specializes in arranging times on courses at discounted rates, and access to several private, members-only clubs. No service or membership fees charged. Call 690-6077
■ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
■ Rick Smith Golf Academy — New location at the Raptor Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs. Offering weekly clinics for adults, Mondays and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-noon, and juniors on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. Clinics have a 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Call 390-4610 for more information and to sign up.
■ TOURAcademy Tiburon — 593-2200 for more information.
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