Local golf column: Tour pros coming to support inaugural Lucas Cup on Monday

Special to the Daily News/Jason Easterly
Peter Jacobsen, a Champions Tour player who lives in Bonita Springs, helps Elle Richardson, 7, of Naples with her swing during a golf clinic on Tuesday afternoon at TwinEagles Golf Club. The clinic was part of Golf-A-Palooza which included opportunities for fans to try out new clubs on the driving range, free clinics and a trick-shot exhibition by Divot the Clown.

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Special to the Daily News/Jason Easterly Peter Jacobsen, a Champions Tour player who lives in Bonita Springs, helps Elle Richardson, 7, of Naples with her swing during a golf clinic on Tuesday afternoon at TwinEagles Golf Club. The clinic was part of Golf-A-Palooza which included opportunities for fans to try out new clubs on the driving range, free clinics and a trick-shot exhibition by Divot the Clown.

— The inaugural Lucas Cup will feature dozens of tour professionals Monday at Mediterra.

The fundraiser is for Lucas Lye, a son of former tour player and Naples resident Mark Lye. He has juvenile or Type 1 diabetes.

Pros include: Peter Jacobsen, Scott Verplank (Type 1 diabetic), Steve Flesch, Michael Bradley, Russ Cochran, George McNeill, Andy Bean, Frank Nobilo, Craig Perks, Scott McCarron, Mark Lye (Type 1 diabetic), Joe Ogilvie, Willie Wood, Jamie Sadlowski, Belen Mozo, Karen Stupples, Kris Tschetter, Carling Coffing Nolan (Type 1 diabetic) and Alison Walshe.

Lye also will host a professionals 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.

Registration and breakfast is from 8 to 8:30 a.m., followed by the clinic until 9:15 a.m., a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start, and lunch and awards at 2 p.m. Call 591-2825

Clampett certified: Bonita Springs’ Bobby Clampett, a Champions Tour player, led a list of eight PGA professionals earning advanced certification in the PGA Certified Professional Program 2.0. He became the first tour player to ever achieve advanced certification from the program, with a career path toward instruction.

“I always had a passion for teaching,” said Clampett, who won the 1982 Southern Open and is a golf author, television commentator, course architect, and founder of Impact Zone Golf. “It is not tradition anymore for Tour players to become instructors and to do it while you are still playing (is something I’m proud of). ... Becoming a PGA certified professional is a very good thing to do. I look at it as a partnership. I want to work with The PGA of America. I believe we are going to really improve instruction, and we are going to make a difference.”

Parkinson’s tournament: The Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida is holding its 15th Golf Challenge on Saturday, March 16 at Naples Grande.

After the golf, a “Bubble-Q” features champagne and barbecue. The tournament also will have a helicopter ball drop. Funds raised go to exercise, speech and swallowing, and fall-and-balance classes for those dealing with Parkinson’s disease in Southwest Florida. The entry fee is $150 per golf, including dinner, and $25 per ball for the ball drop (or five for $100). Call 417-3465 or sign up at www.pasfi.org.

Naples youth places third: Naples’ Eliza Kodak finished third in the Best Pee Wee Swing that was announced at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.

Kodak, who was in the 7-8 age group, attends Pelican Marsh Elementary School, and is instructed by Kathy Padgett at the PGA TOURAcademy at Tiburon.

Kitson managing Country Creek: Kitson & Partner Clubs has entered into a golf course maintenance agreement at the Villages at Country Creek in Estero.

The par-61 executive golf course, which is owned by the Country Creek Homeowners Association, is the third Florida contract Kitson & Partners completed in 2012, and also has Talis Park Golf Club in Naples, Del Tura Country Club in North Fort Myers, and Eagle Ridge in Fort Myers as clients.

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JUNIORS

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

AREA ORGANIZATIONS

Executive Women’s Golf Association

Contact: Mourine White at mourinew10@comcast.net, 262-5948, www.naplesewga.com.

Golf Channel Amateur Tour

Info: Merged with Tournament Players Association.

Contact: Doug Oselett, doselett@gcamtour.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.

Contact: gagaswfl@aol.com or golfslaff@aol.com.

Southwest Amateur Series

Info: Men’s circuit through the Florida State Golf Association features 36-hole individual competitions, with $130 entry fees.

Contact: www.fsga.org

Valencia Leagues

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.

Contact: www.wgatusa.com or email Jim Stockman at jim@worldgolfersusa.com

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INSTRUCTION, ETC.

■ 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 golfslaff@aol.com.

■ 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, jonbutlergolf@gmail.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 dennis@dennisclarkgolf.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 rjmgolf@comcast.net.

■ 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 adamb@clubmediterra.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 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 mark@durlandgolf.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 tpatri@mindspring.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.

To submit an item for the golf column, send an email to ghardwig@naplesnews.com or a fax to 263-4816.

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