NAPLES — Ken Venturi was thrilled to finally be going into the World Golf Hall of Fame. But the longtime former Marco Island resident will not be able to attend Monday’s induction ceremony in St. Augustine.
World Golf Hall of Fame spokesman Travis Hill said Venturi had undergone surgery for some infections in his back.
“The prognosis is good,” Hill said. “The surgery went well, just the conditions of his recovery aren’t going to allow him to travel.”
Jim Nantz, who sat alongside Venturi as play-by-play man during CBS Sports golf telecasts for decades, will accept the induction on Venturi’s behalf.
“Jim Nantz was presenting for him anyway,” Hill said. “Ken wanted him to do that. We’re excited that worked out.”
Monday’s ceremony will be on the Golf Channel at 6 p.m. Golfers Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie, and Willie Park Jr. (posthumously) and former European Tour executive director Ken Schofield are the other inductees.
Venturi, who will turn 82 on May 15, was selected through the Lifetime Achievement category on Oct. 8.
Venturi overcame severe dehydration in 100-degree heat on the final day to win the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional, one of his 14 wins on the PGA Tour. He also was the only amateur with the 54-hole lead in the Masters, though he shot 80 in the last round to finish one shot behind in 1956. He made even greater contributions in the broadcast booth, where he became a respected voice for 35 years with CBS Sports beginning in 1968.
In 2000, he received the PGA of America Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award, and was the winning captain at the Presidents Cup in 2000.
A living inductee not making it to the induction ceremony has happened in the past. Former President George H.W. Bush and golfer Jumbo Ozaki did not attend the ceremony in 2011.
Quail Creek superintendent: The club has named Kevin Leo as its new superintendent. Leo has nearly 30 years of experience in golf course maintenance, design, construction and staff management.
“Although he was on the short list to build the 2016 Summer Olympics golf course in Brazil, we made a compelling case for him to join us at Quail Creek,” managing director Ted Monty said.
Leo has worked with architects such as Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, Jack Nicklaus, Bill O’Leary, Arthur Hills and P.B. Dye. Leo’s work at Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero resulted in the course receiving the Audubon International Silver Signature Sanctuary designation, and Best New Golf Course in 2008 by Golf Digest.
Leo also worked at Quail West, The Strand, Miromar Lakes and Olde Cypress.
Nelson Cup: Southwest Chapter professionals were ahead when rain ended play at the South Florida PGA’s 19th annual Nelson Cup matches on April 22 at the Country Club of Coral Springs.
The competition was declared official with the Southwest finishing with 32 points, the Southeast Chapter with 26 1/2, and the Southern Chapter with 13 1/2. The Southwest has won the title 10 times, followed by the Southeast with six, and the Southern with three.
The Southwest led the Southeast 22-21 after the morning modified alternate shot. The two senior singles matches were completed in the afternoon, with teams and individuals from each team playing against representatives from other chapters in a Nassau scoring format.
Members of the Southwest Chapter team were: Dennis Meyer, Doug Reed, Mark Durland, Adam Dearmond, David Witt, Dan Heaslip, Jared Blocker, Gene Fieger, Mark Doss, Joe Allinder, David Kent and Jay Westerlund.
SFPGA Junior Tour: Naples’ Jayson Iten tied for sixth in the Boys 12-13 event in Boynton Beach on Sunday. Iten shot a 75. Chase Frederick of Naples tied for 10th in the Boys 14-15 division with an 86-75/161.
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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)
Swing of Grace
Info: Friday, 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, 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, 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, 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.
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. Nongolfers 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, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
■ 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
■ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Mediterra Golf School — 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ 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 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.
■ 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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