NAPLES — After putting on a big event, most organizers are relieved when it’s over and goes off without a hitch.
For Mark and Lisa Lye, they felt that Monday, but there was a little more to it. The fundraiser pro-am was called the inaugural Lucas Cup, and named after their son Lucas, who has Type 1 diabetes. Nearly $1 million was raised for juvenile diabetes research, with pros from the PGA, LPGA and Champions tours playing, as well as long-drive champ Jamie Sadlowski.
“Today is a big exhale,” Lye said. “Lisa worked tirelessly on this whole thing. We’d wake up in the middle of the night thinking ‘What have we gotten ourselves into?’”
Scott Verplank, a PGA Tour player who is diabetic, withdrew because of an injury, but sent a driver to be auctioned off. Sadlowski also donated a driver. Carling Coffing Nolan, a Symetra Tour player and diabetic, played.
Peter Jacobsen, the Bonita Springs resident, Champions Tour player and golf analyst, even participated on his birthday.
“We do a lot of things together,” said Jacobsen of Lye, whom he’s known since they were 15. “I know what diabetes does to people. ... It’s great to be able to be with a group of people — not only the pros, but the amateurs — that have gained the perspective that people need our help, to give back.”
Rick Smith, the noted swing coach who has a teaching academy at Raptor Bay Golf Club, has a 13-year-old daughter with diabetes who was diagnosed when she was 8 following a case of the flu.
“I couldn’t wait to get here,” said Smith, who had been working with players at the Honda Classic over the weekend. “ ... It’s only through things like this that the cure will ever be reached. It’s a huge contribution.”
Michael Bradley, Steve Flesch, Russ Cochran, Frank Nobilo, Craig Perks, George McNeill, Joe Ogilvie, Willie Wood, Karen Stupples, Kris Tschetter, Alison Walshe, Belen Mozo, Lye, Andy Bean, Chip Beck, and Scott McCarron were the others tour pros who participated.
Davis named GCSAA director: Olde Florida Golf Club superintendent Darren Davis has been elected to the board of directors of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America at the GCSAA’s annual meeting last month in San Diego.
Davis has been at Olde Florida since 1992. Before that, he was an assistant superintendent at The Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter. He had two stints at Augusta National Golf Club, as an apprentice superintendent in 1990, and as the IPM technician in 1991.
Davis is the past president of the Everglades GCSA, and a past president of the Florida GCSA and Florida Turfgrass Association. He currently is a director with the Musser International Turfgrass Foundation. In 2004, the FGCSA honored him with its Distinguished Service Award, and in 2011, the FTGA presented Davis with the Wreath of Grass, its highest award.
Ditka/Hart Celebrity Invitational: The 14th annual Mike Ditka/Jim Hart Celebrity Invitational is April 5-6 at Golf Club of the Everglades. A pairings party is Friday, April 5, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., with the golf tournament on Saturday, April 6 with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
The event benefits The Foundation for the Immokalee Child Care Center. The tournament format is two best balls of five. The entry fee is $550 per person or $2,000 per foursome. For more information, call 261-1774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.immokaleechildcarecenter.org.
Mental Game Clinic: Naples Grande instructor Mark Durland and Dr. Shannon Reece will team together for a mental game clinic on Saturday, March 16 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Naples Grande driving range. Tuition is $200 per student, and limited to the first 12 students. Reece is a sports psychologist and founder of Training for Optimal Performance. For more information, email email@example.com.
Naples EWGA Chapter: The Naples chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association has changed its name to the Southwest Florida EWGA. The website is www.swflewga.com.
Southwest Women’s Tri-County Golf Association: Results, Ryder Cup event at Verandah (2-20): Overall champions — Chabot & Johannesson 72; Flight 1 — 1. Wittmack & weeks 73; 2. Wright & Hile 73; Flight 2: 1. Pizzo & Gravel 75; 2. Houlahan & Chandler 76; Flight 3: 1. Bobier & Zalokar 76; 2. Smith & Scholtz 77; Flight 4: 1. Kostinas & Thompson 76; 2. Freda & Risley 77.
Naples Amateur Tour: Results, Fiddlers Creek (28-18): 1. Mark Dillon, Washington, D.C., 66; 2. Paul Dillon, Bethesda, Md., 74; 3. Walter Heesch, Setauket, N.Y., 76; Hammock Bay (2-25): 1. Dan Marakovits, Allentown, Pa., 71; 2. Ben Chelini, Crystal Lake, Ill., 73; 2. Paul Dillon, Bethesda, Md., 73; The Rookery (2-28): 1. Ken Kotowski, Marion, Mass., 71; 2. Ray Arrigo, Marco Island, 75; 3. Paul Dillon, Bethesda, Md., 76; Tournaments open to handicaps 0-24. Contact Rob Mucci at firstname.lastname@example.org or (978) 328-9145.
Missing an ace: Ron Kalie made a hole-in-one at Heritage Bay on Feb. 27, and one witness — Ed Eaton — was listed out of the foursome. Where were the other two? According to the report, they were using the bathroom and missed seeing the ace.
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Info: Saturday, March 16, Naples Grande. Entry fee $150 for golf, including dinner, and $25 per ball for the ball drop (or five for $100).
Contact: 417-3465, www.pasfi.org.
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 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 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.
For more, including instruction, go to the golf column at naplesnews.com. To submit an item for the golf column, send an email to email@example.com or a fax to 263-4816.