2013 Winged Foot Awards: Check out profiles on finalists
Published 05/19/2013 at 6 a.m.
Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly will deliver the keynote speech Wednesday night at the The Naples Grande Resort & Club as one Collier County senior student-athlete will be given the 2013 Winged Foot Award and a $10,000 scholarship.
Golf: Local residents remember Ken Venturi for his charity, graciousness
Published 05/17/2013 at 11:34 p.m.
Barb Klimas heard the news, and knew it was for the best. Ken Venturi, the 1964 U.S. Open champion and former longtime Marco Island resident, had died.
Golf: Former Marco Island resident Ken Venturi dies
Updated 05/17/2013 at 10:22 p.m.
Former longtime Marco Island resident Ken Venturi has died. He had turned 82 Wednesday.
Local golf column: Royal Palm's Neet named Southwest Chapter PGA Professional of Year
Published 05/07/2013 at 9:01 p.m.
Rick Neet received the Southwest Chapter PGA’s top prize at its spring meeting on April 29. Neet, who has been the head pro at Royal Palm Country Club since 1981, was named the chapter’s Golf Professional of the Year.
Golf: Ken Venturi now part of 'golf immortality' with Hall of Fame induction
Published 05/07/2013 at 4:30 a.m.
Ken Venturi couldn’t be there Monday, but the former Marco Island resident did receive what he always has said is his greatest reward — to be remembered.
Men's golf: St. John Neumann grad Edward Figueroa of FGCU picked for NCAA tournament
Published 05/07/2013 at 12:02 a.m.
Monday already had been a pretty good day for Edward Figueroa. It ended well, too.
Golf: Naples' Westerlund, Figueroa among 5 to advance at U.S. Open qualifer
Published 05/06/2013 at 6:35 p.m.
FORT MYERS — Edward Figueroa dug himself quite a hole in the U.S. Open local qualifier Monday at The Forest. A bad carom off a sprinkler head, a bad lie in a bunker, and a bad hole led to three ...
Golf: Former Marco resident Ken Venturi to be inducted today into World Golf Hall of Fame
Published 05/06/2013 at 5:33 a.m. 1 Comment
Barb Klimas faithfully served as Ken Venturi’s secretary for 27 years until he moved to California in 2002. This past week, she’s returned to that role.
Local golf column: Ken Venturi unable to attend World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Published 04/30/2013 at 9:53 p.m.
Ken Venturi was thrilled to finally be going into the World Golf Hall of Fame. But the longtime former Marco Island resident will not be able to attend Monday’s induction ceremony in St. Augustine.
Local golf column: Nancy Lopez supports local Shelter for Abused Women & Children fundraiser
Published 04/24/2013 at 4 a.m.
Diana Riley thought big when she was putting together the inaugural Swinging With Purpose charity golf tournament to benefit the Shelter for Abused Women & Children of Naples.
Local golf column: Former Naples pro Carder not surprised by Guan Tianlang
Published 04/17/2013 at 6 a.m.
While some golf fans wondered how a 14-year-old would handle the Masters, Vic Carder wasn’t surprised.
Local golf column: Hiestand switches hats, then beats Lang for State Women's Senior Amateur title
Published 04/10/2013 at 6 a.m.
Naples’ Mary Jane Hiestand and Diane Lang of Weston are friends. But they’re competitive.
Local golf: U.S. Open participants Hossler, Zhang compete in Terra Cotta Invitational
Published 04/06/2013 at 10:35 p.m.
Webb Simpson took home the U.S. Open trophy last year, but Beau Hossler and Andy Zhang took home unforgettable experiences from The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Local golf column: Terra Cotta Invitational on tap at Naples National this weekend
Published 04/03/2013 at 6 a.m.
A field of 78 of the top amateur golfers are coming to Naples National Golf Club this week for the Terra Cotta Invitational.
Men's basketball: USC confirms FGCU's Andy Enfield as new head coach
Updated 04/02/2013 at 1:03 a.m.
USC athletics announced via its Twitter account that FGCU's Andy Enfield is its new head coach.
Local golf column: Black selected to represent Naples chapter at First Tee Challenge
Published 03/27/2013 at 4 a.m.
The First Tee of Naples/Collier has announced Emily Black will be representing the chapter at the
Golf: LPGA's CME Group Titleholders moving from TwinEagles to Tiburon
Published 03/25/2013 at 6 a.m.
Naples just got finished hosting three different professional tour golf events in a four-month period at two different courses. Later this year, it’s going to have two of those events at the same course in a matter of weeks.
Local golf: Hossler, Zhang, Community School quartet highlight Terra Cotta field
Published 03/19/2013 at 10:40 p.m.
When he took over as tournament director for 2006, Denny Glass revamped the format of the Terra Cotta Invitational and widened the prospects of adding top young amateurs.
Local golf column: Second annual Sun Cup amateur tournament begins next month
Published 03/19/2013 at 9:48 p.m.
The second annual Sun Cup amateur tournament will be played April 29-May 3, with the championship at Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero.
Local golf column: ACE Group Classic offers discounted golf books
Published 03/12/2013 at 5:52 p.m.
Collier County Women’s Association: 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. Persons interesting in participating may contact Helen Nulse at 353-6944 or Doris Roberts ...
Local golf column: Lyes' inaugural Lucas Cup raises $1 million for juvenile diabetes research
Published 03/05/2013 at 9:41 p.m.
After putting on a big event, most organizers are relieved when it’s over and goes off without a hitch.
Local golf column: Tour pros coming to support inaugural Lucas Cup on Monday
Published 02/26/2013 at 7:51 p.m.
The inaugural Lucas Cup will feature dozens of tour professionals Monday at Mediterra.
Local golf column: Grey Oaks ready to host 250 golfers for Ladies Invitational next week
Published 02/20/2013 at 4 a.m.
Grey Oaks Country Club will host 250 golfers from 22 states for its 13th annual Ladies Invitational Golf Tournament on Monday and Tuesday.
ACE GROUP CLASSIC: Bonita Springs' Clampett goes extra mile to get ball out of water
Published 02/18/2013 at 12:11 a.m.
Bonita Springs' Bobby Clampett was happy to make it through qualifying Tuesday to get into the ACE Group Classic. He didn't know it would cost him his shirt Sunday.
ACE GROUP CLASSIC: Blake, Pernice tie for the lead, but drop back
Published 02/18/2013 at 12:08 a.m.
Jay Don Blake and Tom Pernice Jr. caught Bernhard Langer, and Blake briefly passed the eventual champion, but that was it for them at the ACE Group Classic at TwinEagles Club on Sunday.
ACE GROUP CLASSIC: Langer avoids making a bogey in the wind, keeps three-shot lead after second round
Published 02/16/2013 at 11:29 p.m.
A little wind was not going to blow Bernhard Langer out of the lead at the Champions Tour's ACE Group Classic on Saturday.
ACE GROUP CLASSIC NOTEBOOK: Penalty shots cap bad day for Bob Tway
Published 02/16/2013 at 11:28 p.m.
Bob Tway went from a tie for third after the first round to a tie for 39th after the second round following a two-stroke penalty in the ACE Group Classic on Saturday at TwinEagles Club.
ACE GROUP CLASSIC: Playing all sports growing up the norm for Champions Tour golfers
Published 02/16/2013 at 11:26 p.m.
Hale Irwin played college football. Allen Doyle played college hockey. Others on the Champions Tour may not have reached that level, but nearly all of them played other sports growing up, including through high school.
ACE GROUP CLASSIC: 2011 champion Bernhard Langer fires 62 for three-shot lead after first round
Updated 02/16/2013 at 10:54 a.m.
Bernhard Langer had a heavy sweater on, and forgotten a lighter one when he arrived at TwinEagles Club on Friday. So he called his wife to pick up the forgotten one.
ACE GROUP CLASSIC: Tournament, course dodge heavy weather
Published 02/15/2013 at 7:50 p.m.
There was light rain most of the morning, and one brief period of heavy rain, but other than that, Mother Nature was kind to the golfers at The ACE Group Classic on Friday at TwinEagles Club. The afternoon portion of ...
CHAT/BLOG: Bernhard Langer wins ACE Group Classic
Updated 02/17/2013 at 5:47 p.m.
Daily News sports editor Greg Hardwig will be live blogging and chatting with readers during the last round of the ACE Group Classic tournament.
ACE GROUP CLASSIC: Everything on schedule for first round
Published 02/15/2013 at 8:07 a.m.
Everything is on schedule for today's first round of the ACE Group Classic at TwinEagles Club.
ACE GROUP CLASSIC NOTEBOOK: Cook coming off another win at Hualalai
Published 02/14/2013 at 11:37 p.m.
There's something about Hawaii that puts John Cook at ease. The combination of that and an eagerness to start out each new year also has put him in the winner's circle.
ACE GROUP CLASSIC: Rain, rain affects play; forecast for scattered showers Friday
Published 02/14/2013 at 9:55 p.m.
Clouds hovered over TwinEagles Club on Thursday as the afternoon wave of the ACE Group Classic pro-am teed off at 1 p.m. Two-and-a-half hours later, the weather horn blew, ending play at 3:22 p.m. with most teams getting in nine ...
Local golf column: Field coming together for Coors Light Open, Feb. 23-24
Published 02/13/2013 at 4 a.m.
The field is shaping up for next week's 51st annual Coors Light Open at Fort Myers Country Club.
ACE GROUP CLASSIC: Fans soak up Golf-a-Palooza, First Tee Champions Challenge
Updated 02/13/2013 at 5:17 p.m.
There was something for everyone at The ACE Group Classic at TwinEagles Club on Tuesday.
ACE GROUP CLASSIC NOTEBOOK: Bonita Springs' Bobby Clampett thrilled to qualify for hometown event
Published 02/12/2013 at 8:42 p.m.
For the second week in a row, Bobby Clampett had his fingers crossed for a sponsor exemption into a Champions Tour event. But it didn't happen, so Clampett had to try to make it through qualifying for The ACE Group ...
ACE GROUP CLASSIC NOTEBOOK: Fan-friendly activities on tap Tuesday
Published 02/11/2013 at 10:10 p.m.
The ACE Group Classic has a revamped set of enhancements for fans today at TwinEagles Club.
ACE GROUP CLASSIC: Mediate, Roberts, six others with local ties in final field
Published 02/08/2013 at 10:05 p.m.
Nine of the top 10, and 28 of the top 30 players on last year's money list are in the final field for next week's ACE Group Classic.
Local golf column: Hideout's Fieger, Fiddler's Creek's Calabria playing in ACE pre-qualifier Thursday
Published 02/06/2013 at 4 a.m.
Hideout Golf Club pro Gene Fieger and Fiddler's Creek's John Calabria are two of six area golfers competing in the ACE Group Classic pre-qualifier on Thursday at Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero.
Local golf column: Mediate, Elkington, Bryant, Waldorf commit to ACE Group Classic
Published 01/30/2013 at 4 a.m.
Former Naples resident Rocco Mediate and fellow Champions Tour professionals Steve Elkington, Bart Bryant, Duffy Waldorf and Gene Sauers will make their ACE Group Classic debuts next month at TwinEagles from Feb 12-17.
Local golf column: Langer, Irwin, Kite, Lyle, Nelson, Strange commit to ACE Group Classic
Published 01/23/2013 at 4 a.m.
The ACE Group Classic announced six World Golf Hall of Famers have committed to next month's event, and it once again has partnered with local Subway restaurants for a ticket deal.
Local golf column: Defending champ Kenny Perry commits to ACE; volunteer spots open
Published 01/16/2013 at 4 a.m.
It's no surprise that Kenny Perry is coming back to defend his title at The ACE Group Classic from Feb. 12-17 at TwinEagles Club in North Naples. The Champions Tour event did announce Tuesday that it as looking for volunteers, ...
Golf: LPGA's CME Group Titleholders gets extension, but host course "TBD"
Published 01/15/2013 at 7:49 p.m.
The LPGA Tour released its 2013 schedule Tuesday morning. Next to the CME Group Titleholders, its season-ending tournament played at TwinEagles for the first time in November, was "TBD" for the club location, as in "to be determined."
Local golf column: Naples' Calusa Pines remains in Golf Digest Top 100 courses
Published 01/09/2013 at 4 a.m.
Calusa Pines Golf Club in Naples remained in Golf Digest's ranking of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses.
Local golf column: Fort Myers' Nolan Henke less than two years from Champions Tour eligibility
Published 01/02/2013 at 6 a.m.
Nolan Henke knows the clock is ticking. The Fort Myers native and three-time PGA Tour winner has less than two years before he turns 50 on Nov. 25, 2014.
2012 NDN GIRLS GOLFER OF THE YEAR: Anastasia Talalenko, Gulf Coast
Published 12/25/2012 at 7 p.m.
Sergei Talalenko wanted to get his two children involved in golf. Talalanko, who moved from Russia with his wife before Anastasia and Gregory were born, introduced his daughter to the game when she was 7.
Local golf column: Collier County wins fifth straight My Shower Door Challenge Cup
Published 12/25/2012 at 4 a.m.
Collier County made it 5-for-5 in the My Shower Door Challenge Cup on Saturday at The Club at Renaissance in Fort Myers.
Golf: New TOURAcademy, TaylorMade Performance Lab open at Tiburon Golf Club
Published 12/25/2012 at 4 a.m.
Ever since it opened back in 1998, Tiburon Golf Club had a Rick Smith Golf Academy, featuring one of the top instructors in the country.
Local golf column: Area club pros from Lee, Collier play in MY Shower Door Challenge Cup on Saturday
Published 12/19/2012 at 4 a.m.
Collier County will be going for its fifth straight MY Shower Door Challenge Cup on Saturday. The event is two teams of club professionals from Lee and Collier counties facing off in a Ryder Cup-style format.