ACE GROUP CLASSIC NOTEBOOK: Fan-friendly activities on tap Tuesday

The ACE Group Classic has a revamped set of enhancements for fans today at TwinEagles Club.

The PGA Tour Superstore Play Golf America Golf-A-Palooza begins at 9 a.m. at the driving range, with demos from Adams, Bridgestone, Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Mizuno, Nike, TaylorMade and Tour Edge. PGA club professionals also will provide free lessons.

At 11 a.m., TwinEagles Academy instructor Dr. Jim Suttie, who writes a tips column for the Daily News, will conduct a clinic. Champions Tour player and Bonita Springs resident Peter Jacobsen will have a clinic at 2 p.m., and Divot the Clown will have a trick-shot exhibition at 3:30 p.m.

Each ticketed spectator will receive a free raffle ticket, and additional raffle tickets can be purchased to benefit the First Tee. Raffle Prizes will be awarded throughout the day, including merchandise and tournament memorabilia.

The new Subway Family Putt for Dough also begins on the chipping green. The competition is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday, with winners earning a chance to win $50,000 and free Subway for a year on the 18th green on Saturday. There also are daily prizes, including on Sunday.

And the MyMiles Fore NCH Program has fans pick up a pedometer at the NCH Booth in the Expo Area and track how many steps they take.

They compete against pros and caddies by logging the number of miles walked on course. The program will culminate in a $10,000 donation to the NCH Healthcare Foundation. A limited number of pedometers will be available.

"I think the new kind of fan experiences that we have incorporated into the tournament this year ... the experience for our spectators is that much greater," tournament director Lesley Baker said. "There are a few fun things for them to do while they're on site, along with watching great golf.

"I think these on-site enhancements make this event family friendly as well."

All parking is on-site today, and costs $7 for fans who have not purchased a parking pass in advance.

First Tee Champions Challenge: The event returns for its fifth year today with Champions Tour pros Andy Bean and Jay Sigel playing alongside representatives from The First Tee of Naples/Collier and First Tee of Philadelphia in a four-hole match. Bean will be joined by two from Naples/Collier, and Sigel will be joined by two from Philadelphia.

The teams will play Nos. 10, 11, 17 and 18, and in an alternate-shot format.

Qualifier today: A total of 53 golfers will play for seven spots in the qualifier at Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero, the same site as last Thursday's pre-qualifier. Imperial Country Club pro John Lee, Bonita Springs' Bobby Clampett, and Chip Beck, who plays out of Grey Oaks, are locals in the field.

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