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.
Local golf column: Grey Oaks' Bublitz named South Florida PGA Section Professional of Year
Published 12/12/2012 at 4 a.m.
Two years ago, Grey Oaks' Karl Bublitz was named the Southwest PGA Chapter Professional of the Year. Last month, he moved up to a higher honor — Bublitz was named Golf Professional of the Year by the South Florida PGA ...
Franklin Templeton Shootout: Perry, O'Hair have Sunday ride to title
Published 12/09/2012 at 10:06 p.m.
Kenny Perry, a car aficionado, likens himself to a 1966 Chevy Impala convertible, cruising down the highway with the top down. Playing partner Sean O'Hair is more like a high-performance sports car.
Franklin Shootout notebook: Sabbatini, Howell eagle their way up leader board
Published 12/09/2012 at 10:03 p.m.
Rory Sabbatini and Charles Howell III were four shots out of the lead going into the final round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Sunday.
What PGA Tour players are saying about belly putting rule change proposal
Published 12/09/2012 at 12:02 a.m.
"I just don't believe in anchoring. It's not a stroke."
Gut buster: PGA Tour players react to proposed belly putting rule change
Published 12/09/2012 at 12:01 a.m.
It's just been over a week since golfers like Keegan Bradley were punched in the gut by the United States Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club.
Shootout Notebook: Norman finds perfect match, local pizza, for his wine
Published 12/08/2012 at 8:03 p.m.
Earlier in the week, tournament founder and host Greg Norman and Fredrik Jacobson had some pizza at Barbatella on Third Street South.
Franklin Templeton Shootout: Love, Snedeker fire 62 to take first-round lead
Published 12/07/2012 at 7:19 p.m.
Brandt Snedeker got to see what it's like to be Davis Love III. And Love had a chance to see firsthand why the players on his Ryder Cup team lined up to play with Snedeker.
Franklin Templeton Shootout notebook: Defending champion teams struggle a bit in first round
Published 12/07/2012 at 7:16 p.m.
The two sets of defending champions didn't get off to great starts in the first round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Friday. But Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele, and Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter aren't out of it either.
Franklin Templeton Shootout notebook: College football coaches dominating conversation
Published 12/06/2012 at 11:27 p.m.
The college football coaching carousel is coming off its center. And believe it or not, many of the golfers in this week's Franklin Templeton Shootout are more than taking notice.
Golf: State of the Shark Norman talks about his game, the Shootout, and its field
Published 12/06/2012 at 10:39 p.m.
Founder Greg Norman pleased with the growth of the Franklin Templeton Shootout in its 12th year at the Ritz-Carlton.
Franklin Templeton Shootout: Poulter, Johnson go from opposite sides in Ryder Cup to teammates this week
Published 12/06/2012 at 10:36 p.m.
Two and a half months ago, Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter were on opposite sides as the U.S. and Europe battled in the Ryder Cup.
Local golf column: PGA Tour pros help out First Tee in inaugural Classic at Calusa Pines
Updated 12/05/2012 at 8:30 a.m.
Earlier this year, the PGA Tour created an initiative — The First Tee Campaign for 10 Million Young People — to raise $100 million for The First Tee, which introduces youngsters to the game and the industry.
Franklin Templeton Shootout: Keegan Bradley quizzed about anchoring ban in chat with junior golfers
Updated 12/05/2012 at 8:27 a.m.
Keegan Bradley may have hoped it wasn't coming. But it only took three questions.
Franklin Templeton Shootout notebook: Longtime friends Dufner, Singh become partners this week
Published 12/04/2012 at 11:06 p.m.
Jason Dufner and Vijay Singh may seem like an odd pairing at this week's Franklin Templeton Shootout.
Franklin Templeton Shootout: Perry, O'Hair hoping to fix up a victory
Published 12/03/2012 at 8:43 p.m.
Kenny Perry has old cars, and Sean O'Hair likes to fix them up.
Local golf column: Lamely, Arendell, Constable start PGA Tour Q-School on Wednesday
Updated 11/28/2012 at 8 a.m.
Former Florida Gulf Coast University golfer Derek Lamely, Cape Coral's Connor Arendell, and reigning Terra Cotta Invitational champion Donald Constable will begin their shot at 2013 PGA Tour cards today at PGA West in LaQuinta, Calif.
Golf: Rick Smith Academy moves to Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Raptor Bay Golf Club
Published 11/21/2012 at 6:39 p.m.
Top instructor and swing coach Rick Smith didn't have to look far to find a new home in Southwest Florida.
Local golf column: Tickets on sale for February's ACE Group Classic
Published 11/20/2012 at 8:21 p.m.
Tickets are on sale for The 2013 ACE Group Classic, the annual Champions Tour event being held at TwinEagles Club in Naples, Feb. 12—17.
Golf: Current LPGA Tour stars, legends team up for fun, charity in ISPS Handa Heroes
Published 11/19/2012 at 10:34 p.m.
Brittany Lincicome and Stacy Lewis teased each other. Pat Bradley and Nancy Lopez praised each other's shots.
LPGA CME GROUP TITLEHOLDERS NOTEBOOK: Inbee Park wraps up money title, Vare Trophy
Published 11/18/2012 at 9:31 p.m.
Heading into Sunday's final round, Inbee Park had all but wrapped up the LPGA scoring and money titles.
LPGA CME GROUP TITLEHOLDERS: U.S. Women's Open qualifiers bridged the gap between 2001 and this week
Published 11/18/2012 at 9:17 p.m.
The LPGA Tour may have been away for 11 years until this past week, but some of its stars got their starts coming through Naples for seven of those in-between years.
LPGA: The debate over turning pro v. going to college
Published 11/18/2012 at 7 a.m.
"You can go to college, and you can be successful out here."
LPGA CME Group Titleholders: Stacy Lewis a longshot to win scoring title
Published 11/17/2012 at 8:09 p.m.
Lewis has already clinched the Player of the Year title and has an outside chance to win the Vare Trophy, given for the yearlong scoring title.
LPGA CME Group Titleholders: Solheim Cup captain Mallon has fond memories of Naples
Published 11/16/2012 at 9 p.m.
Meg Mallon had a fond flashback after arriving in Naples on Thursday.
LPGA CME Group Titleholders: Penalty for bad drop, adds to bad day for Yoo
Published 11/16/2012 at 7 p.m.
Sun Young Yoo wasn't thinking about where her arm was when she took a drop after an unplayable lie Friday during the second round of the CME Group Titleholders. That ended up costing her a penalty stroke, after Golf Channel ...
LPGA CME GROUP TITLEHOLDERS BLOG: Yoo gets penalty shot to drop to third
Updated 11/16/2012 at 4:17 p.m.
Updates from the LPGA Tour's CME Group Titleholders at TwinEagles Golf Club.
LPGA Titleholders notebook: Kerr shakes off cobwebs, stays close to the lead
Published 11/15/2012 at 9:35 p.m.
Cristie Kerr somehow put together a 5-under 67 and is one stroke out of the lead after the first round of the CME Group Titleholders.
LPGA Titleholders notebook: Yani Tseng still happy to be No. 1 in the world
Published 11/14/2012 at 6:11 p.m.
Yani Tseng heard the criticism after failing to win since March, but the 11-time winner worldwide in 2011 says she's getting back to her form -- one that still has her No. 1 in the world.
Local golf column: McNeill set for 2013, Lamely hoping to get through Q-School
Published 11/14/2012 at 4 a.m.
One of Southwest Florida's PGA Tour pros set up his year with a victory early on. The other is hoping to set up next year by surviving PGA Tour Q-School.
Golf: Former LPGA Tour players discuss impact of Stacy Lewis being first American since 1994 to win POY
Published 11/13/2012 at 5 a.m.
Southwest Florida gets to welcome the LPGA Tour back after 11 years today at TwinEagles. It will be a different tour than the one from 2001 when there was not the Asian presence — and dominance — that has become ...
Local golf column: Fiddler's Creek receives Golfweek national honor
Published 11/07/2012 at 4 a.m.
For the eighth consecutive year, Fiddler's Creek's Creek Course has been ranked by Golfweek Magazine as one of the Top 100 Residential Golf Courses in the United States.
Local golf column: LPGA's CME Group Titleholders teams with Subway for ticket discount
Updated 10/30/2012 at 10:18 p.m.
The LPGA Tour's CME Group Titleholders and Subway announced an exclusive ticket offer to the Southwest Florida community that begins today. A total of 118 Subway restaurants in four counties are now offering a buy one, get one discount on ...
Prep golf: Community School boys lead area contingent into state tournament
Published 10/30/2012 at 6 a.m.
A veteran contingent of teams and individuals play in the FHSAA state golf tournaments today and Wednesday. But one has a legitimate shot at a state title.
Local golf column: Carroll, Durland, Hedrick, Nixon all receive recognition
Published 10/16/2012 at 6:27 p.m.
Mark Durland of Naples Grande Golf Schools was featured in the latest issue of Golf Digest as one of America's Best Young Teachers. Durland, 37, was one of 40 teachers on the list, and one of five from Florida.
Local golf column: Benz, Potts, Straus, Meter earn Franklin Templeton Shootout Summer Series prizes
Published 10/09/2012 at 5:11 p.m.
Kyle Benz teamed with Christian Potts to take the net division of the Franklin Templeton Shootout Summer Series finale on Saturday at Tiburon Golf Club. That was just enough to give Benz a one-point victory over Jeff Straus in the ...
Local golf column: Tickets on sale for Franklin Templeton Shootout
Published 10/02/2012 at 10:10 p.m.
Tickets went on sale Monday for the PGA Tour's Franklin Templeton Shootout, which is Dec. 5-9 at Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.
Local golf column: Hur, Smith, Lindberg latest to qualify for CME Group Titleholders
Published 09/26/2012 at 4 a.m.
LPGA Tour players got their final chance to qualify on U.S. soil for the CME Group Titleholders — which will be Nov. 13-18 at TwinEagles Club in Naples — over the weekend.
Golf: Snedeker, Bradley, Dufner highlight Franklin Templeton Shootout field
Updated 09/25/2012 at 6:23 p.m.
Greg Norman, host of the Franklin Templeton Shootout, announced 18 of the early commitments for the 24-player field that will compete in Naples for the 12th consecutive year. The 24th edition of the event returns to Tiburón Golf Club at ...
Local golf column: Granada, Futcher, Lacrosse latest to qualify for Titleholders
Published 09/19/2012 at 4 a.m.
The LPGA Tour's CME Group Titleholders field is getting full, and time is running out.
Local golf column: Tickets on sale for LPGA Tour's CME Group Titleholders
Published 09/12/2012 at 6 a.m.
Tickets are now on sale for the LPGA Tour's CME Group Titleholders, which will be Nov. 13-18 on the Eagle Course at TwinEagles Golf Club.
Local golf column: Clubs hosting Patriot Day fundraisers this weekend
Published 08/28/2012 at 9:41 p.m.
Area clubs will be holding Patriot Golf Day, the annual fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation, during Labor Day weekend.
Local golf column: Michelle Wie among latest to qualify for CME Group Titleholders
Published 08/21/2012 at 9:13 p.m.
None other than Michelle Wie became one of the latest to qualify for the LPGA's CME Group Titleholders in Naples this November.
Local golf column: Old Corkscrew, Tiburon recognized by Golf Magazine
Published 08/14/2012 at 4:30 p.m.
Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero and Tiburon Golf Club in Naples are in the top 20 in the state in Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses You Can Play in its September issue.
Local golf: Naples' Figueroa leads three from area into U.S. Amateur
Published 08/13/2012 at 4 a.m.
Naples' Edward Figueroa plays in his second straight U.S. Amateur beginning today in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
Local golf column: Area team headed to PGA Junior League region tourney
Published 08/07/2012 at 4 p.m.
The Fort Myers/Naples team will be playing in the Southeast Regional of PGA Junior League Golf on Saturday and Sunday at Eagle Ridge Golf Club near Ocala.
Local golf column: Natalie Gulbis, Paula Creamer clinch spots in CME Group Titleholders
Published 07/31/2012 at 9:41 p.m.
Natalie Gulbis and Paula Creamer — two of the more popular American golfers on the LPGA Tour — have qualified for the LPGA's CME Group Titleholders in Naples this November.
Local golf: North team builds lead against South at Junior Florida Cup at Old Collier
Published 07/30/2012 at 11:40 p.m.
Stephanie Carlozzi is wrapping up quite a junior golf career today at the Junior Florida Cup at Old Collier Golf Club.
Local golf column: Junior Match Play, Junior Florida Cup on tap this week and next
Published 07/24/2012 at 6:33 p.m.
Junior golfers from around the state will be competing in Southwest Florida in a pair of Florida State Golf Association championships beginning today and running through the rest of this month.
Local golf column: 20th Henke/Berg Junior Masters starts Wednesday
Published 07/17/2012 at 5:30 p.m.
The Nolan Henke/Patty Berg Junior Masters celebrates its 20th edition with a larger field than in recent years.