NAPLES — Grey Oaks Country Club will host 250 golfers from 22 states for its 13th annual Ladies Invitational Golf Tournament on Monday and Tuesday.
“The Ladies Invitational is one of the biggest events of the year at Grey Oaks,” club pro and former U.S. Women’s Open qualifier Leslye Dyke. “In fact, this event is one of the largest multiple-day women’s golf events in the country.”
Women’s play has been a priority at Grey Oaks’ three courses. Last year, 48 percent of the rounds at the club were played by women.
LPGA Tour pro Kristin Tamulis, a Naples High grad, plays out of Grey Oaks on the tour.
“Grey Oaks is one of the leading private country clubs for women’s golf in the U.S.,” she said. “ ... I take a lot of pride in serving as an ambassador for the club. I see Grey Oaks members at virtually every stop on the LPGA Tour.”
Women’s International Four-Ball: Mary Jane Hiestand, a Hideout Golf Club member, and Diane Lang of Estero shot a 146 to finish third at The Wanderer’s Club in Wellington on Sunday. Hiestand and Lang shot a 146. Palm Beach’s Tara Connelly and Oakland Park’s Meghan Stasi won a five-hole playoff for the title at 142.
Naples/Fort Myers Service Academy tourney: The third annual tournament was played Jan. 26, with 32 graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Coast Guard Academy at The Plantation Golf & Country Club in Fort Myers.
The Navy squad defeated its sister academies with a 597 score, based on the eight best net scores, to 603 for Army, and 615 for Air Force. Bob Tamburini of Navy was individual low net. Members of the Navy squad were: Peter Easton, Dick Hartley, Norm Bednarek, Jim Mintun, Frank and Julie Cleary, Jhon Hamilton, Bruce Needham, Al Beatrice, and Peter Brown.
Rick Smith in town: Instructor Rick Smith is at his academy at Raptor Bay this weekend, and will be conducting premier lessons for $750 per person. Lessons are available from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Sessions are limited to six students, and include 3 1/2 hours of instruction with Smith, and assistance from Rick Smith Golf Academy instructors. Smith also is available for private lessons at $400 an hour. Call 390-4600.
U.S. Open qualifying: The United States Golf Association announced the 111 sites for local qualifying. The Forest Country Club in Fort Myers will host the closest local qualifier on Monday, May 6. It’s one of 16 qualifiers in the state of Florida. Sectional qualifiers will be June 3. The U.S. Open is at Merion Country Club in Ardmore, Pa., from June 13-16. To register for qualifying, go to https://champs.usga.org/index.html.
Mediterra school: Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer, founders of the Stack and Tilt method, will be at the Mediterra Golf School on Wednesday, March 20. The school will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with hands-on instruction and lunch at the clubhouse. The cost is $550. Contact Adam Bazalgette at 572-1977 or email@example.com.
Naples Amateur Tour: Results, Hammock Bay (2-12): 1. Gary Sheppard, England, 71; 2. Ben Chelini, Crystal Lake, Ill., 74; 3. Paul Dillon, Bethesda, Md., 75; The Rookery (2-14): 1. Barry Mitchell, Lake Forest, Ill., 74; 2. Dillon 76; 2. Rob Mucci, Salem, Mass., 76; Results, Hammock Bay (2-5): 1. Paul Dillon, Bethesda, Md., 70 (gross 76); 1. Walter Heesch, Setauket, N.Y., 70 (gross 76); 3. Ben Chelini, Crystal Lake, Ill., 73; Fiddlers Creek (2-7): 1. Richard Combra, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., 74; 1. Barry Mitchell, Lake Forest, Ill., 74; 3. Dillon 76; Fiddler’s Creek (1-28): 1. Walter Heesch, Setauket, N.Y., 70; 2. Paul Dillon, Bethesda, Md., 71 (gross 79); 3. Richard Combra, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., 74; The Rookery (1-31): 1. Jim Gibbs, Chicago, 69; 2. Heesch 72 (gross 80); 3. Dan Marakovits, Allentown, Pa., 74; Results, Fiddler’s Creek (1-21): 1. Walter Heesch, Setauket, N.Y., 72 (gross 81); 2. Billy Donahue, Duxbury, Mass., 74; 3. Ben Chelini, Crystal Lake, Ill., 75; 3. Rob Mucci, Salem, Mass., 75; Upcoming events: Thursday, Fiddlers Creek; Monday, Hammock Bay. Handicaps 0-23. Contact Rob Mucci firstname.lastname@example.org or (978) 328-9145.
South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour: David Morgan of Naples shot a 76-78/154 to finish second in the Boys 12-13 division at Sandpiper Golf Club in Port St. Lucie on Sunday.
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51st Coors Light Open
Info: Saturday-Sunday, Fort Myers Country Club.
Red Sox Children’s Hospital Celebrity Classic
Info: Thursday-Friday, The Forest Country Club, Fort Myers. Tee Party on Feb. 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. features former Red Sox player Mike Greenwell and South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier giving autographs. Fans can bid, starting at $500, to play with Spurrier’s team in the golf tournament, which is Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. Call 343-6106 by 2 p.m. Feb. 20 to bid. Proceeds benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital.
Info: Monday, March 4, Mediterra. Former tour golfer Mark Lye and his wife Lisa of Naples are starting the tournament benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in honor of their son Lucas, who is 7 and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 4. Mark Lye also has Type 1 diabetes. Event features 24 tour pros from either the PGA, Champions or LPGA tours. Lye also will host a clinic. Amateur teams will play nine holes each with two tour pros. Sponsorships are available beginning at $1,000. Entry fees are $3,000 per player.
First Tee of Naples/Collier
Info: Winter class schedule from Feb. 4-March 15. The fee is $45 for six weeks, for ages 7 to 17. Sessions for Beginners (7-11), Mondays at Moorings, and Fridays at Hideout; Beginners (12-18), Thursdays at Cypress Woods; Intermediate, Mondays, Quality Inn & Suites Golf Resort, and Fridays at TwinEagles; Advanced Intermediate, Wednesdays, TBD; Advanced, Thursdays at Naples National Golf Club. All sessions are from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m.
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 February. 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
Executive Women’s Golf Association
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 Stoneybrook Golf Club and Eastwood Golf Club. Call 994-3442, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Rodney Bungartz Lessons — The Arrowhead instructor has released his schedule for February. 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 — 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 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 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 — Contact Durland at 784-2208 or email@example.com.
■ 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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