Local golf column: Black selected to represent Naples chapter at First Tee Challenge

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LPGA pro Brittany Lang, center, stands alongside Emily Black, right, and Grace Rokela, both of Naples, after they won the Arthrex First Tee Girls Golf Challenge at the CME Group Titleholders on Wednesday at Twin Eagles Golf Club in Naples.

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Scott McIntyre/Staff LPGA pro Brittany Lang, center, stands alongside Emily Black, right, and Grace Rokela, both of Naples, after they won the Arthrex First Tee Girls Golf Challenge at the CME Group Titleholders on Wednesday at Twin Eagles Golf Club in Naples.

The First Tee of Naples/Collier has announced Emily Black will be representing the chapter at the

inaugural First Tee Challenge at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club located in Graniteville, S.C., from April 24-27.

Black was one of 32 participants selected from the East Territory by The First Tee national home office to participate in the inaugural event. In total, 72 participants from The First Tee

will be playing in The First Tee Challenge at the Junior Invitational.

Black has been a member of The First Tee of Naples/Collier since 2008. She is currently Eagle Level in The First Tee Life Skills program.

Special Olympics tournament: Naples Italian American Foundation, Inc., is hosting a charity tournament to benefit Special Olympics of Collier County on Sunday, April 7.

The tournament will be at Imperial Golf Club. The entry fee is $250 per player, which includes golf, driving range, golf cart, lunch, hors d’oeuvres, and dinner. There is a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start. To register, call 597-5210.

Naples Amateur Tour: Paul Dillon of Bethesda, Md., shot a net 71 and gross 76 to win the tour’s championship at The Rookery on March 22. Mike Baril of Naples was second with a 72, and Richard Combra of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., had a 74. Other scores — 4. Dan Marakovits 75; 5. Barry Mitchell 76; 5. Win Headley 76; 7. Ray Arrigo 79; 8. Walter Heesch 80; 9. Jim Gibbs 81; 10. Ken Kotowski 83; Results, Hammock Bay (3-19): 1. Mitchell 68; 2. Dillon 70 (gross 75); 3. Baril 75

Upcoming events: Thursday, The Rookery. Handicap 0-24. Contact Rob Mucci, robandsig@earthlink.net, (978) 328-9145.

Red Sox events: The Boston Red Sox celebrity golf tournament at The Forest, and the Diamond Dinner at JetBlue Park raised over $700,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Proceeds from the events were matched dollar-for-dollar by longtime matching sponsors Jack and Shelley Blais. Overall event proceeds will also be matched dollar-for-dollar by Thomas Golisano as part of Golisano’s $20-million matching grant challenge to help build the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida on the grounds of HealthPark Medical Center in south Lee County.

In September, the inaugural Swings For The Sox tournament at Gateway raised more than $23,000 for local nonprofits, including the Heights Foundation and Children’s Home Society. The two each received $10,000.

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PROFESSIONAL EVENTS

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

AMATEUR EVENT

TERRA COTTA INVITATIONAL

Info: April 5-7, Naples National Golf Club. Top amateurs from across the country and the world play 54 holes for the prestigious title. Proceeds benefit the Ricky King Fund and the Family Resource Center at FGCU. Admission is free.

Contact: terracottainvitational.org

SUN CUP

Info: Second annual tournament, April 29-May 3, championship at Old Corkscrew. Participants compete in flight/age groups in net and gross score competition. Leaders of each flight will play a championship fifth round at Old Corkscrew. Divisions are: Under 50, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over, and women’s under 50 and women’s 50 and over. Entries due April 15. Entry fee is $550 or two golfers can sign up for $900, or three for $1,200, or four for $1,400.

Contact: www.suncupgolf.net, J.J. Scott 634-4508, jj@suncupgolf.net.

CHARITY EVENTS

Ditka/Hart Celebrity Invitational

Info: April 5-6 at Golf Club of the Everglades. Pairings party, Friday, April 5, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Golf, Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. shotgun start. Benefits The Foundation for the Immokalee Child Care Center. Format two best balls of five. Entry fee, $550 per person or $2,000 per foursome.

Contact: 261-1774, naplesiccc@aol.com, www.immokaleechildcarecenter.org.

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Classic

Info: Thursday, April 11, Quail West Golf Club. Benefits the mobile pediatric office that travels to schools, community centers and neighborhoods to deliver dental care and medical screenings to underserved Collier County children. Registration, 11:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 1 p.m. Awards reception/auction, 5:30 p.m. Entry fee, $250.

Contact: 658-3133, www.healthcareswfl.org.

Neighborhood Health Clinic tournament

Info: Friday, April 12, Quail Run Golf Club. Benefits Neighborhood Health Clinic for medications, medical equipment and supplies for volunteer clinic. Registration, 12:30 p.m. Shotgun start, 1 p.m. Entry fee, $130. Foursome, $500. Dinner only, $40.

Contact: 260-2080, www.neighborhoodhealthclinic.org/the_nhc_open

Protected Harbor Charity Event

Info: Friday, April 19, Lely Mustang Golf Club. Benefits faith-based, nonprofit organization raising funds for construction, ongoing maintenance and operation of Group Homes for Developmentally Disabled Adults. Registration, 11:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 12:30 p.m. Dinner, 6 p.m. Entry fee, $125 or $450 per team. Sponsorships available.

Contact: Marc Canady 793-2600

JUNIORS

Scott Robertson local qualifier

Info: Scott Robertson Memorial junior tournament, May 17-19 in Roanoke, Va. Local qualifier, Quail Creek Country Club, Saturday, April 20. Entry fee, $100. Entry deadline, Friday, April 5. Tournament has boys and girls divisions for ages 15-18 and under 15.

Contact: scottrobertson.com or email srm@scottrobertson.com.

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 March. 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

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 — April 26, Quail Run; May 3, 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.

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

■ 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 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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