John and Mary Wenclawski are 67 and had never made a hole-in-one.
"I don't think either one of us would describe ourselves as great golfers," John Wenclawski said.
"We've never witnessed a hole-in-one," Mary Wenclawski said.
That changed in a span of four days.
On June 6, John made an ace on the 120-yard No. 12 at The Plantation Golf & Country Club in Fort Myers using a 9-iron. Friends Russ Dawson, Colin Buzzard and Pete Guastamachio witnessed it.
"I was just playing with some guys I play with, 20 of us play every Saturday," said Wenclawski, whose been in Southwest Florida with his wife the past four years after moving from the Chicago area. "I could see the hole. I hit a good shot. It hit in front of the hole and all of a sudden, the ball disappeared. It was like 'Where'd it go?' It hit 18 inches in front of the hole.
"I think for both of us, it was just surreal. We also just both enjoyed how much other people enjoyed it. We'd be just walking around in the neighborhood and people would say 'Oh, congratulations.'"
Then four days later, Mary made her first, from 100 yards on No. 9 at the same course with a 7-iron. John witnessed it, along with his sister Pam Mann and her husband Carl.
"No. 9 was a medium flag and you can't see the hole," she said. "I knew it was a good shot. It felt good. We're all just going about getting in our carts, and then we hear it hit the stick because it was so quiet.
"We still couldn't see it. It could've ricocheted. We rolled around the sand trap and there's the foam in the cup (as part of coronavirus restrictions) and we could see (the ball) just perched there.
"It was really nice because John, I don't play golf with him as much ... I was really happy that he'd be there to witness it."
Since it was No. 9 and the group was heading past the clubhouse at the turn, John decided to go in the pro shop and pass along the news.
"They're never going to believe this," Mary told him.
Ted Beisler, general manager at Moorings Golf and Country Club talks about providing meals for staff at NCH Baker on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Naples Daily News
South Florida PGA Section: The rescheduled 36th annual E-Z-GO South Florida Open will be June 23-25 at Bonita Bay Club Naples' Cypress and Sabal courses.
For the first time in nearly three months, the South Florida PGA will operate Section and junior tournaments as well as other events throughout South Florida, making a safe return to golf following the COVID-19 pandemic.
As golf courses open across the country and PGA Professionals learn to operate under new social distancing guidelines, the SFPGA has worked with its courses and county officials to develop guidelines that adhere to all executive orders and most importantly keep everyone safe.
The SFPGA will use its BlueGolf Tournament app to be the primary scoreboard to eliminate crowds in the scoring areas and tournament administers will text players through the app if needed.
The Section's Tournament Series No. 1 will be June 22, also at Bonita Bay Club in Naples. Professionals will ride in their own cart.
Swinging With Purpose: The Naples-based nonprofit organization that provides support (financial and in-kind) to grassroot organizations serving women, girls and children in Southwest Florida will be having a virtual fundraiser for Naples Therapeutic Riding Center and Valerie's House.
The organization will also use a small portion of the proceeds to provide ancillary support to the FL Lions Bonita Springs food distribution efforts. Due to demand in the community, those services have been extended through Aug. 31.
To participate in this virtual opportunity, you may make your suggested donation of $200 at https://www.swingingwithpurpose.org/virtualraffle. A virtual drawing will be held on July 4 to select two winners of special items donated by golf legends and World Golf Hall of Famers Jack Nicklaus and Nancy Lopez.
For more information on Swinging With Purpose, visit www.swingingwithpurpose.org or call or email Diana Riley at 301.706.7131 or Diana@swingingwithpurpose.org.
Tiburón Summer Camp: The new academy at Tiburón is continuing half-day camps from June 22-26, June 29-July 3, July 13-17, July 27-31, and Aug. 3-7, and full-day camps from July 6-10 and July 20-24.
For more information, call 239-593-2201
Impact Zone Golf Academy: Impact Zone Golf’s Indoor Performance Center in Naples as well as The Club at Renaissance in Fort Myers. Impact Zone Golf incorporates Bobby Clampett’s Impact-based teaching methodology and state-of-the-art tour level technologies of Foresight, Track Man, K-Coach, Swing Catalyst and CoachNow.
Impact Zone Golf two PGA Junior Camps at two locations. Camps will run at Forest Glen in Naples and at Renaissance for ages 6-17. At Forest Glen, half-day camps from 9 a.m. to noon and full-day camps from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. are July 7-9, July 14-17, and July 21-24. At Renaissance, half-day camps are Tuesday through Friday from June 30-July 3, July 28-31, Aug. 4-7, and Aug. 11-14.
For advanced players, ages 12-17, a Competitive Edge Camp with Bobby Clampett will be from July 28-Aug. 1 at Renaissance and for juniors currently playing or getting ready to play tournament golf.
Visit https://pgajuniorgolfcamps.com/camp-locations/florida/ to sign up or go to impactzonegolf.com and click on the “PGA Jr. Summer Camps” tab for more information.
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Durland Golf School: The school at Naples Grande reopened to the public on May 19. It previously had reopened on May 2 to Naples Grande members only.
True Spec Golf, the club fitting company at the school, has a 25 percent off all fittings to Durland school students through June 30. To redeem the offer, use the promo code DURLAND when booking online or mention it when booking by email at firstname.lastname@example.org) or 1-844-729-8809.
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Alico Family Golf: The Fort Myers facility is allowing purchases of baskets of balls, clinics, lessons and food all from the same counter. The ThrowBack Cafe at the facility also reopened.
The facility had previously been following the CDC guidelines by bleaching all equipment and cleaning all common areas throughout the day. Bays also are set 10 feet apart from each other.
For more information, call 334-4653 or go to alicofamilygolf.com.
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