NAPLES — Diana Riley thought big when she was putting together the inaugural Swinging With Purpose charity golf tournament to benefit the Shelter for Abused Women & Children of Naples.
When the LPGA Tour was at TwinEagles for the CME Group Titleholders and legendary player Nancy Lopez was in town last November, Riley approached Lopez with an idea to get involved with the event, which is Sunday, May 5 at Quail West.
“We just started talking,” Lopez said in an interview last month. “She had a cause, and she was very excited about it, and felt like I might be able to help her. I had to decide if I could do that, because I do a lot of things. I stay busy.”
Ultimately, Lopez, 56, decided that being involved with the Shelter was too important to pass up. So a day with Lopez will be one of the silent auction items at the sold-out event. The winner will get to play with Lopez on Nov. 12, just before this year’s Titleholders.
“I think the Shelter for Women is a great cause,” said Lopez, who won’t be at the May event. “Most of the charities I do, it’s all about awareness — making people aware of whatever the issue is — handicapped, breast cancer. With the women’s shelter, to be able to help these women that they can trust somebody somewhere else ... all I can do is put myself in their shoes. There’s got to be so much fear involved, and it’s not easy.”
For Lopez, being involved in charities is far from new. She was approached by AIM for the Handicapped before her rookie season. “I’m not really quite ready,” she told them then. “I don’t want to just put my name on a brochure.”
Lopez won nine times in her rookie year and got involved with AIM for the Handicapped. The 33rd Nancy Lopez/AIM for the Handicapped tournament is scheduled for October. That involvement has led Lopez to other charities, to the point where Lopez was named the winner of the Byron Nelson Prize in 2012 for her philanthropic work.
“I knew there was more to my life than just winning tournaments,” Lopez said. “If you are a celebrity or a professional athlete, you should do what you can to help other people — no doubt to do that. Celebrities can raise a lot of money for charities if they really put their heart and soul in it. And why not?”
For more information on the Swinging With Purpose tournament, go to swingingfortheshelter.org. Even though the golf event is filled, contributions can be made by attending the cocktail reception, bidding on one of the silent auction/raffle prizes, sponsoring a hole, or by donating.
Miromar Lakes’ McMaster certified: Kenneth McMaster of Miromar Lakes Golf Club is one of 11 PGA professionals to have completed requirements to achieve certification through the advanced PGA Certified Professional Program 2.0.
The certification is aligned with the goals of the Golf 2.0 strategic initiative to give PGA members a state-of-the-art skill set to grow the game.
SFPGA Pro-Official: Chris Trout and Dave Marshman of Cypress Lake Country Club in Fort Myers won the gross title at Wildcat Run Golf & Country Club in Estero on Friday. The pair shot a 64, which is also what Trout had. John Lee and Joe Albers of Imperial were second with a 67, followed by Scott Newhouse and Dick McPhail of TwinEagles in third with a 68.
Robert Kusek and Rob McKinney of Mediterra were second in the net division with a 62, with Christian Sheehan and Nick Spain of Pelican’s Nest, Ric Nalyd and Karen Bartone of Bonita Bay Club East, and Charles Lostracco and David Leverant of The Classics at Lely all with 64s.
Highland Woods Pro-Am: Gene Fieger of Hideout won the seventh annual pro-am with a 66 in the professional division. Kyle Olson was second with a 71, and J.D. Murray was third with a 72. Gary Baker and Dan Heaslip tied for fourth with 73s.
Pro Matt Woods and amateurs Jim Still, Paul Nelson and Nick Storto won the pro-am division with a 118. John Calabria and amateurs Mike Nabbs, Ed Eggly and Jack McQuillen were second with a 120, followed by Murray, Tim Towle, Len Faralli and Dan Healy at 122. The format was two best balls of four.
Naples Area Men’s Interclub: Final standings: North Division — 1. Collier’s Reserve 217; 2. Quail Creek 212.5; 3. Audubon 209.5; South Division — 1. Stonebridge 242.5; 2. Heritage Bay 233.5; 3. The Colony 229.5; East Division — 1. Foxfire 243; 2. Imperial 237.5; 3. Lely Classic 222; West Division — 1. Wyndemere 227.5; 2. Palmira 210; 3. Windstar 208.5; Semifinals — Friday at Quail Creek, Stonebridge vs. Wyndemere, 9:15 a.m.; at Wyndemere, Collier’s Reserve vs. Foxfire; Championship, May 1 at Country Club of Naples, 8:55 a.m.
Rodney Bungartz lessons: The Arrowhead instructor has released his updated adult Get Golf Ready class schedule. Starts Thursday from 4:45 to 6 p.m. for five weeks. Cost is $99 for five 75-minute classes. Call 348-5929.
Bentley Village: Men’s club champion — 1. Jerry Weis; 2. Bob Conrad; A Flight — 1. Jess Taylor; 2. Jeff Simpson; B Flight — 1. Tom Mackelfresh; 2. Fred Schluter; Women’s club champion — 1. Bee Getman; 2. Jane Pendleton; 9-hole champion — 1. Sally Nicolai; 2. Patsy Gerlinger; A Flight — 1. Kass Mattimore; 2. Betsy Baker; B Flight — 1. Alice Taylor; 2. B.J. Silver; C Flight — 1. Judy Howe; 2. Peg McGlaughlin
The club raised $1,000 for St. Matthew’s House in its Golfathon at Imperial on April 16.
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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.
Shark Frenzy tournament
Info: Saturday, 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, 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, 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, email@example.com
Mercedes-Benz Dealer Championship
Info; Sunday, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, immokaleefoundation.org.
Info: Thursday, May 9, Grandezza. Registration, 12:30 p.m. Shotgun start, 1:30 p.m. Benefits Harry Chapin Food Bank. Sponsorships available. Entry fee, $125, includes dinner. Non-golfers may make auction donations or volunteer.
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.
Mike Nedbalski Memorial Tournament
Info: Sunday, May 19, Lely Flamingo Island/Mustang courses. Hosted by Naples Memorial VFW Post 7369. Benefits Burial of Unclaimed Veterans’ Remains with Dignity and Honor, the Post Scholarship Fund, Post General Operating Fund. Entry fee, $60, includes buffet luncheon at the Post at 2727 Bayshore Dr.
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 May. 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 — Friday, 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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