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Palatka’s municipal course is the
only Donald Ross design in this area
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While other Ross courses have been
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SportsNotes Lynch to head PGA

>> Jacksonville University has its eyes
on the Southern Conference and there Mike Lynch of Golf Management al is the next in line as president-
may be a chance that they’ll get in. Two Concepts is the new president of the elect.
of the SoCon members, Appalachian Northern Chapter of the North Flori- Jim Lear, who oversees Windsor Parke
State and Georgia Southern, hope to da PGA. He succeeds Todd McDonald
move to the NCAA Division 1-A and JU and Julington Creek, is the tourna-
can make a case. That conference fea-
of Amelia National and will serve a ment director and Mike Broderick of
tures small private schools (Davidosn, two-year term. Palencia is the secretary.
College of Charleston, Wofford, Fur- Jack Aschenbach of Amelia Nation-
man) so it’s a good fit. It would bring
the Dolphins an attractive football and
basketball schedule, something they

Streightiff nominated
lack with the football Pioneer League
and the basketball Atlantic Sun.
>> Florida-FSU baseball returns next

as JAGA president
year. It’s March 29 at the Baseball
>> Premium ticket-holders in
Orlando’s Amway Arena will have
plenty comfort. They should — they’re Bob Streightiff has been nominated pions Club will return as treasurer
paying for it. There are 60 suites in to be the next president of the Jack- and Arch Copeland of Deercreek is
the arena, including 32 “Founders” sonville Area GA. The voting will be the newest officer in the secretary’s
suites that lease for $295,000. There
are other premium seating areas, such
at the November meeting at Amelia role.
as “Legends” suites: for $13,500 per National. Also on the board will be immedi-
season, you get a wide, leather seat, Streightiff, of Queen’s Harbour, has ate past president Jim Edwards of
access to an exclusive club area and
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risen through the chairs and was Fernandina Beach, Scholarship Com-
Magic game, concert or something else. Vice President/Administration this mittee chair Tom Tierney of San Jose
>> How big is the athletic busi- year. and executive secretary Barney Pos-
ness at the University of Florida? Joe Power of Eagle Harbor will be ton of Hidden Hills.
The New York Times recently came the 2011 VP/Administration, Gary The association approved a change
with with some staggering facts: Owensby of Eagle Harbor will be VP/ in terms of the officers, moving from
• Athletic Director Jeremy Foley makes Tournaments, Jerry Kay of Cham- two years to one year.
the same — about $1.2 million — as
University President Bernie Machen.
• The volleyball coach, Mary Wise,
makes about $365,000 each year.
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big match
The Gator Bowl is changing for the better. Ticket sales are
up 32 percent and brothers Rick and Terry Catlett hope
that means they’ll have a little more time for golf.
Rick Catlett, in his late 50’s, is president of the Gator
Bowl Association. Terry, on the other side of 60, has
settled into the GBA to help little brother with corpo-
rate sales.
Brothers Terry and Rick Catlett
“Getting a Southeastern Conference team seems to be
the catalyst for the increased sales,” said Rick. When matchup in those names, and every one of those schools
you think of the possible matchups, you see that we’ll will bring a lot of fans to Jacksonville.”
have an attractive game.” The game is on New Year’s Day with a 12:30 kickoff on
The Gator Bowl dropped its alliance with the Atlantic ESPN2.
Coast Conference, Big East and Big 12 after last year, While the Catlett name is known to most for football
instead going with the SEC and Big Ten. administration, it once was a very prominent golf name
Catlett ticked off some teams: in this area.
“It’s probable that we’ll have one of these SEC schools: “Rick was a good player but he didn’t have as much
LSU, Auburn, Tennessee, South Carolina or Georgia. interest as I did,” said Terry. “But he was good when he
From the Big Ten: Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, was young and still is.”
Iowa, Penn State and Michigan State. There isn’t a bad He’s right: Rick carries a low handicap at Marsh Land-
Terry was close to being a star. He had a brilliant junior
career and earned his Tour card in the late 1970’s. he
had his moments, the biggest being a third-place fin-
ish in the Disney tournament. Then a two-man, he and
Tampa’s Eddie Pearce combined for 30-under, two better
than the previous record, but others were hotter.
He also finished second in the old Florida Open and was
a top player here when others like Bob Duval were in
their prime.
Terry said, “I always wanted to work with Ricky and this
was the opportunity. I know I can help.”
Said Rick: “We needed someone who could work the cor-
porate community. Terry is a great salesman. Everyone
likes him. He’s what we needed.”
The slow economic times haven’t seemed to affect the
bowl to a great degree. Several sponsors have withdrawn
but the Catletts have worked the streets and more are
on board. There’s a lesser level of corporate sponsorship
and over 120 local companies now are part of that.
“I tell people that we are an economic development
company that happens to be in the football business,”
said Rick. “We are a perfect industry. Who else brings a
$15 million business into the community that doesn’t
require an infrastructure. The fans come, spend money
and then leave. We don’t have to build them any roads
or schools.”
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pionship game (quick now, who played?) tion, an excellent pro shop, terrific bar
and two others. The day opens with the (and barmaid Catherine, too) and a
best two high school teams they can good price. Just another thing that Bin

lacrosse and find, then JU plays Georgetown. The fi-

nale: Duke vs. Notre Dame. <<<
Laden screwed up for the rest of us.
Over heard at the NAS bar:

4 eagles Oddity in a scramble event last month:

our team had four eagles. Still didn’t
win. And how about the better ball game
Man No. 1: “You going to stay here and
drink this afternoon?”

Here’s the deal at Ame- No. 2: “I’m on a limit.”

when an opponent’s wife had three net
lia. The Plantation’s new aces? <<< No. 1: “What limit?”
owner will retain the Oak
Good job by all at the state Mid-Am at No. 2: “Just one more.” <<<
Marsh and Ocean Links
course and will upgrade Timuquana last month. Our boys did Sun Mountain came out of the Ryder Cup
both. Amelia River has well, too, getting seven of the 32 match looking awful because some dimbulb de-
Fred Seely
been returned to the play spots with Duke Butler making the cided that “water resistant” fabric was
lender and is being operated by Davis semis and three getting to the quarters. good enough. There’s no water-resistant
Love’s management company. <<< <<<
anything that can handle Wales’ weather
Mayport pro Jon Fine is a top flight in the fall and even a half-bright person
Gator Bowl prediction: South Carolina
instructor and a gutsy guy, too. He would have looked for a label that said
(8-4) vs. Purdue (8-4.) Hard to believe
recently was in the Players by the Sea “waterproof.” <<<
that Florida won’t be good enough to
make it here. <<< production of “The Full Monty” and yes, David Duval showed some of the old
that meant he went the full monty, too. stuff with a birdie-birdie finish at the
Champions Tour player Leonard Thomp- <<< tournament. Those putts were
son visited last month’s Jacksonville
The public course in Green Cove Springs worth about $50,000 and should have
Area GA meeting and shared a few good
has gone through a succession of names made him a cinch to be exempt for next
stories. The best was when he was play-
and owners and the newest name is Riv- year’s Tour. <<<
ing a practice round with Chi Chi Ro-
driguez and, coming down an adjacent er Bend Golf Links. <<< Our M.G. Orender won’t quit showing
fairway, was Lee Trevino. A half-dozen Want to sponsor a parade? The Gator his leadership. This time it was over
portable toilets were between the fair- Bowl lost Winn-Dixie and is looking. in Scotland, where he was the captain
ways and Trevino yelled across, “What Just $50,000. <<< of the United States’ Junior Ryder Cup
do you do with those Puerto Rican con- team that won over the United Kingdom
dos?” Rodriguez yelled back, “Rent the Personnel shuffles at the World Golf Vil- kids. Would someone out there consider
basements to Mexicans.” Trevino later lage include ace publicist Jane Fader go- asking him to take over the adult team
said that it was the first time ever he ing from the Hall of Fame to The First next time? <<<
had become speechless. <<< Tee and St. Augustine Record columnist
Travis Hill taking Fader’s job at the Hall.
Too bad that some conflicts can’t be <<< (Fred Seely is a veteran Jacksonville golf
avoided. The opening on the local foot- writer who says he would be a terrific
ball schedule (Jags away, Gators idle) Too bad all the security keeps most of us
golfer if only he could putt.)
put both the Nationwide Tour and St. off NAS and its golf course. Good condi-
Augustine Amateur on the same week-
end and both were terrific. What’s best
is that both aimed at their audiences,
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Check your you should address the ball with

more weight on your left leg (for Winners
putting setup
RHs).  About 60 percent of your
Craig Kelly and Jim
weight should be on your left side.  Powell won the San
Positioning the ball a few inches in- Jose Member-Member.
side you left foot will accommodate Nothern Chapter PGA
If you find yourself this setup.  A proper weight distri- E-Z-Go San Jose Pro-Am
struggling on the put- bution will encourage level shoul- Team: 120 - Pro Gerry James and amateurs Jim
ting green and feel- ders, a more neutral spine position, Ross, Chad Wade and Wayne Hill. 123 - Pro
Tommy Ylijoki, John Darr, Ernie Higbee and
ing the urge to spend and will promote the correct arc on Paul Ferraro. 123 - Cary Splane, Jim Liakos, A.J.
money on a new toy, I your stroke. McGuiness, Bob Marshall.
Hayes Farley would first suggest tak- 3. Weight favors the front of
Pro: 68 - Cary Splane. 70 - David Palm, Gerry
James, Brad Rollinson.
ing a look at your setup your feet.   Clubs
position.   Hidden Hills junior
I see many golfers address their
I see the majority of casual golf- putts in a cramped position.  You 1. Jack Comstrock. 2. Tyler Walrath. 3 - Ryan
ers destroy any chance they have Havixbeck.
should always stand far enough from San Jose Ladies Invitational
of making a repeatable stroke by the ball that your weight is toward 148 - Tama Caldebaugh. 151 - Shirley Budden.
addressing the ball poorly.  Fortu- the front of your feet.  Your eye line 156 - Therese Quinn. Flights: Budden, Rhonda
nately, this is an easy problem to will be positioned either inside or Donovan, Carol Wright, Ann Brown, Connie
Knight, Diane Hartley, Rosetta Smith, Polly
correct.   directly above the ball.  By standing Wise, Dottie Hall, Marilyn Poyner.
There are three fundamentals I look slightly farther from the ball, your San Jose Member-Member
for in every putting setup. hands will naturally move inside on Overall: Jim Powell – Craig Kelly.

1. Address the ball with your feet the correct arc during your stroke. Flight winners: Tom Donovan–Tommy Dono-
van, Colin Lackey–Ben Woods, Steve Brust–Bob
at least shoulder-width apart.   These are simple changes that will Crouch, Steve Cascone–Don Poag, Kevin Dono-
van–Joe Donovan, David Smith–Scott Middle-
For many of you, this means a give you the foundation for a solid, ton.
slightly wider stance.  The benefit repeatable stroke.  You may also find Eagle Landing member-guest
will be more stability, giving you a that your old putter still has some Overall: Junius Hill-Patrick Redder.
consistent platform in any weather life in it! Flight winners: Hill-Redder, Josh Roper-Jared
Bristow, Keith Jones-John Grams, Don Gladding-
condition. (Hayes Farley, a past winner of the Gate Invitation- Manny Santos, Jack Strombeck-Gabe Barnes,
al, recently returned to the area and is an instruc- Brian Beilel-Jeff Easterday.
2. Weight favors left leg.   tor at McCumber Golf Academy. For the last two 1stcoast GA
years, he has been instructing at the Ivan Lendl’s
Once you have widened your stance, Champions Academy in Sarasota.)
AmaTour at Hidden Hills
Gross flight winners: Kenny Robshaw, Charlie
Flynn, Ray Benson.
Net flight winners: Fred Cramton, Mike Ferreer,
Tony Kennedy.
Seniors at Marsh Creek
Gross flight winners: Randy Simmons, Jim
Stampfli, Tony Kennedy.
Net flight winners: Fred Cramton, Larry Kresta-
lude, Chris Moore.
North Florida Junior Tour
Junior PGA at Eagle Landing

Hartley Press
Flight winners: Walter Kerr, Dillon Board, Jake
Kline, Emily Tillo.
Amelia National Junior Classic
Girls: Jacqueline Shelly 155, Mia Zanghetti 161.
Boys 12-13: Hanks Massey 154, Kevin Slayden
Boys 14-15: Tripp Mitchell 162, Brian Kirkpat-
rick 169.
Boys 16-18: Logan Lanier 160, Kyle Tucker 163.
Jacksonville Area GA
Bill Black Memorial at Ponte Vedra
Gross: Jim Lear, Ken Meierdierks, Wallace Chris-
ty, David Palm.
Net: Lee Crowe, Jerry Dean, Ken Arsenault,
Larry Brugh.

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Lear’s team tops Pro-President

Black Memorial is Dec. 6
The Jacksonville Area GA’s final 2010 event, the Pro-
President, will be December 6 at Long Point.
To be eligible for the championship, a club’s team
must have a pro, a club officer and two JAGA direc-
tors. There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start followed
by lunch and awards.
Entry information is available from JAGA directors.
The Julington Creek team of (from left) Wallace Christy, David Palm, Jim Lear In other JAGA news, the 2011 Amateur Champion-
and Ken Meierdierks won low gross in the Bill Black Memorial at Ponte Vedra’s
Ocean course with a 16-under 56. The event is a fundraiser for the Jacksonville
ship will be July 21-24 at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Area GA scholarship fund. with play over both the Lagoon and Ocean courses
... The 2-Man series will be dropped next year and
the association is planning a two-day pairs event
... The Father’s Day tournament returns to Hidden
Hills on June 25-26 ... Former major league pitcher
and celebrity golf champion Rick Rhoden will be the
speaker at the year’s final directors meeting on Nov.
16 at Amelia National.

Low net at the Black Memorial went to the Panther Creek team of Lee Crowe,
Larry Brugh and Ken Arsenault. Not present for the photo was Jerry Dean.

Home Instead Senior Care would like to thank

Louise Suggs, Honorary Chairwoman, Kathy Whitworth,
our volunteers, major sponsors, Country Club of
Orange Park and our tournament director, Charles
Raulerson for making our event a great success.
Ponte Vedra Director of Golf Jim Howard with two from Timuquana: Director of
tennis Darren Harper and assistant golf pro Michael Ortega.
Wells Fargo Advisors
Jeff Wyatt & Jason Hyrne

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Panther Creek pro Will Howard with Timuquana’s Jon Thompson and Ponte
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Ponte Vedra Ocean. Nov. 8: Cypress Head, Nov. 10: Ponte Vedra Lagoon Nov. 7: South Hampton.
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dent Gail Casey who declared this
year’s theme as FROG - or “Fun
Rounds of Golf.” She gave all mem-
bers a headcover as a door prize at
The Fleming Island Ladies Golf Group getting ready to tee it up at The Golf Club of Fleming Island for their the opening meeting.
weekly outing.

The 20th annual Underwood Cup

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Photos: Aime Beasley | | Josh Scobee

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kickers =
NFL golfers player in charity events and landed
a plum Players volunteer job: he was
part of the marshals group for all
four of Tiger Woods’s round in the
2009 Players.
He has aims at a tournament of his
The Jaguars team may have on-field own: the American Century Celebrity
problems but two of the players are Golf Championship held each July in
excelling, both on the field and off. Lake Tahoe, Nev.
Placekicker Josh Scobee and punter “Actually, I think Josh The quality of one’s golf is second-
Adam Podlesh are among the Na- ary to the amount of one’s celebrity
tional Football League’s best and is the best ... They and Scobee, who should have a very
a recent survey by a national golf must have mixed up good chance at making this year’s
magazine tabbed them as two of the
best golfers, too.
our handicaps” Pro Bowl, may get enough recogni-
tion to get an invitation.
Podlesh was named the No. 1 golfer Golf and kicking
among punters and Scobee trailed Here’s what Josh Scobee says a good
only Minnesota’s Ryan Longwell placekicker needs and it relates ex-
among placekickers. “I played as a little kid and was pret-
ty active through high school,” said actly to hitting a golf shot:
“Actually, I think Josh is the best,” • Focus. Put your mind where it
Podlesh, who grew up in Rochester,
said Podlesh. “They may have mixed needs to be. Get rid of any negative
N. Y. “When I went to college (Mary-
up our handicaps.” thoughts.
land,) I hardly played at all.”
Scobee carries a 1 handicap and • Try and hit the ball cleanly; it will
He picked the game back up when he
Podlesh is “about a 5.” Scobee is a go farther.
signed with the Jaguars after being
regular at Deerwood, Podlesh plays
the team’s 4th round draft choice in • Be 100 percent committed.
“all over.”
Scobee got plenty of publicity this
summer when he tried to qualify for
the U.S. Open in the regional com-
petition at Timuquana, placing well
back in the field after an 81. He also
lost a bet to running back Maurice
Jones-Drew that he would break 80.
Chipping and putting was his down-
fall that day but his game appears
solid. He was close to every green in
regulation and admitted being ner-
The team’s 5th round choice in 2004
from Louisiana Tech, Scobee grew
up in Longview, Tex. and has been
Scobee Podlesh
a lifetime golfer. He’s a frequent
Jacksonville Golf Magazine • November 2010 • 13
Juniors take a
Champions course
Every weekday each sum-
mer, there are three hours
of junior clinics at The
Champions Club. But don’t “I’m a PGA
think any kid is being pro and our
overworked. No more than association is
one hour a week, says the
program’s director. committed to
“We want the class size to junior golf”
be small enough — 10-12
kids — that we can give
them personal attention,”
said Champions General
Manager Jim Lear. “We also of the area’s most suc-
don’t want them to take cessful junior programs
in too much at once. Work for the past two decades,
on one thing for one hour, filling nearby high school Lear at The Champions Club
then they have the week teams at Nease, Bartram
to practice it.” Trail and other Northern The club’s program even ends around here!
Champions has had one St. Johns County schools. has spawned something “It’s also good business.
that you won’t find else- There are our future cus-
Photography For Any Occasion where in Florida: a middle tomers. We better get them
school program that has a into the game now.”
half-dozen school compet-
ing among themselves and Lear’s staff works on9
also against high school youth golf well beyond the
second teams. clinics. Gonzalez coaches
the Creekside High’s boys
The clinics are taught by team and teaching pro
Champions’ head pro Tony Mary Hafeman, who also
Gonzalez and assistant Da- spends time at sister club
vid Palm. A newcomer to Windsor Parke, is Creek-
the staff, Leslie Fisher, willside’s girls coach.
get more involved next
summer and she’ll also “The First Tee has an ex-
help with the year-round cellent training program
First Tee clinics. and Tony, David and I have
gone through it,” said Lear.
Sports | Charity Events | Family Why the emphasis? “Leslie will go through the
“Several reasons,” said course soon.”
Lear. ”I’m a PGA pro and While the regular junior
our association is commit- clinics are over until next
ted to junior golf. Another summer, The First Tee clin-
reason is where we are. ics continue most Friday
The Julington Creek area and Sunday afternoons.
parents are very sports These are done in con- | 904.349.3735 minded and they expect junction with the First Tee
good programs. Look at chapter in St. Johns County
the soccer games on week- guided by Tom Lawrence.
14 Jacksonville Golf Magazine • November 2010 •
Around Town

Marsh Landing ladies

Jeanette Arvia, Judy Kamis and Mary Ellen Young Kelly Stokes, Elana Dietz and Joanne Ghiloni won Third place went to Sach Price, Linda Pettibone, Su-
show off their gift certificates after winning the second place. san Delfs and Amy Wallman.
Marsh Landing Women’s GA opening day event.

Hotel Association plays at PV

Dave DiSalvo and John Morrison of the Omni with

Ross Urso and Ken Joseph of APL Logistics.

David Mariotti of the Lodge and Inn at Ponte Vedra (center,) the current president of the North Florida
Hotel & Lodging Association, visited with retired hotelier Claude Collins and Dave Reese of Florida’s First
General Manager David Mason headed The Court- Coast of Golf during the association’s annual outing last month at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club.
yard by Marriott at The Mayo Clinic’s foursome that
also included Robert Howey, Tommy Mulligan and

Where Past
Chauntelle Cavanagh.

& Present Meet

Come see our progress as Bobby Weed restores the Palatka Golf Club

Ann Urban of Destination Planning and Rick

Catlett of the Gator Bowl Association.

Palatka Golf Club

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Mark Schwatner of the Renaissance Hotel at the World Golf Village has Golf Rob
Scott Selvaggi, Magazine
November 2010 •
Jayson Janda 15
in his group.

Casey at the
bar: 50 years
How many people do you know who
have worked in the same place for
50 consecutive years?
If you’re a Jacksonville golfer, and
particularly if you’re a male, you
know one: Casey Mercer, the bar-
tender in Timuquana’s 19th Hole.
He started on October 16, 1961, in
the club’s maintenance department
and, exactly 50 years later, he was
surprised with a 19th Hole party by
the members, a proclamation read
by club President Dick Lewis and an
envelope with spendable contents.
“I’m lucky to have had a chance to
work at a place like this,” said Mer-
cer. “So many good memories and so
many good people. They gave me a Mercer at Timuquana’s 19th hole.
chance to get ahead.”
Trio, George Gobel and Larry Csonka.
Mercer didn’t stay in maintenance
for long. He got the opportunity to Once a top player at the old Brent-
work the club’s halfway house, and wood and Lincoln Park courses, he
that led to helping out behind the found that raising seven kids left
club’s main bar. little time for the game and he now
rarely plays.
He then moved to the 19th Hole
bar and has been there since, mov- “I’ve always tried to make people
ing from room to room as the men’s feel welcome,” said mercer. “I know
retreat was expanded, then moved people from all over, not just here
to smaller spaces, then to the dark- but all over.
Three of the club’s 50-year members with Mercer:
paneled room it is today. “People come here all the time and (from left) Clayton Riley, Len Pavelka and Jack
He recalls listening to Bill Terry, the ask for me. ‘Casey at Timuquana’,” McCormack. McCormack is also a past Timuquana
baseball great who operated a car said Mercer. “And I’m here to help. president.

dealership here, tell stories of the

major leagues. Jacksonville leaders
such as Tom Baker and Jack Daniel
were pals.
He remembers when the club’s golf
shop was across the street and the
pro, Scottish-born Vic Foreman,
wouldn’t come into the clubhouse
because he didn’t feel it was proper.
Mercer can walk you through every
clubhouse expansion, too.
And, he can reel off names of ce-
lebrities who have had one of his
Present and past club leaders with Mercer: (from left) immediate past president Russell Skinner, president-
drinks: names like Benny Goodman, elect Dan Wolff, past president Ben Bishop, Mercer, current president Dick Lewis and past president Vince
Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Kingston McCormack.

16 Jacksonville Golf Magazine • November 2010 •

Get a more interactive experience.

Whitworth visits CCOP benefit

Kathy Whitworth showed a
big audience at the Coun-
try Club of Orange Park
just why she won 88 times
on the LPGA Tour.
Whitworth was the fea-
tured guest last month as
the Home Instead Senior
Care and Wells Fargo Ad-
visors of Jacksonville and
Orange Park sponsored the
1st annual Louise Suggs
Four Ball Championship. Whitworth’s bag says alot, 5 time cap-
tain of the Handa Cup team.
Whitworth conducted a
lengthy clinic and was fall — she was walking her
around for the festivities. dog — the previous week
and was unable to attend.
It was a full weekend that
included the tournament At the social event, come-
and a big party featuring dian Cho joked “the golfer
Nashville singers Casey in me tells me to not say
Beathard and Leslie Satch- the following but the co-

Photos: Stephanie Foster

er, and HBO comedian median says to go ahead”,
Henry Cho. that though Whitworth
had won a record 88 times
Scott Ecker and Dr. John
she had “choked” by fin-
Hackenberg won the tour-
ishing second 95 times.
nament with a net 19
under by one shot over Whitworth demonstrates a bunkershot during her clinic.
Roger Baumgart, CEO of
John Cassala and Dennis Home Instead Senior Care,
Thompson. that everyone should see,” wide Tour player Roger and Dr. Thomas Brott from
said Raulerson.”She kept Rowland and former PGA Mayo Research were the
Louise Suggs was honorary
things simple. Everyone Tour player and tourna- guest speakers for the eve-
chairwoman; Mary Beth
walked away a better golf- ment co-organizer Danny ning.
Johnson and Toni Marinelli
were co-chairwomen rep- er.” Briggs. Missing was Suggs, Mayo Research for Al-
resenting Home Instead a resident at the Glenmoor zheimer’s/Parkinson’s and
Raulerson said the entire
Senior Care of Florida. assisted living facility at the LPGA Foundation were
weekend was “just great.
Former PGA Tour Player the World Golf Village. the charities that benefit-
This was Year One. We’re
and CCOP General Manager She injured her foot in a ted.
working on year two right
Charles Raulerson was the now.”
tournament director and
organized the benefit. In attendance were several
The Whitworth clinic fo- special guests including
cused on short game and an old friend: former PGA
bunker play, the grip and Tour winner and Hyde Park
its importance of face owner Chris Blocker. Whit-
squareness, alignment and worth and Blocker were
footwork and how wedge high school and childhood
play has changed with friends in Jal, N.M.
additional wedges and Also present were former
grooves. LPGA TOUR Player Mary Chris Blocker, Kathy Whitworth and Charles Raulerson.
“It was the kind of clinic Hafeman, former Nation-
Jacksonville Golf Magazine • November 2010 • 17
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It was Flagler College vs. UNF at the
Local golfers are invited to par-
St. Augustine Amateur and Flagler ticipate in the inaugural Fall Put-
won. ting Classic for a chance to win
more than $3,000 in prizes.
Chris Bray, a senior at Flagler, over-
came a four-shot deficit to edge Chris Qualifying rounds will begin Saturday,
Nov. 13 followed by a complimentary
Kennedy, a UNF senior. Bray finished reception at the Hall of Fame’s Chal-
with 206 to win by two. Chris Bray with caddie is Steven Davis, a former lenge Hole where Sunday qualifiers
Flagler College player will be announced and teams will
University of North Carolina recruit have a chance at a closest-to-the-pin
Brandon Dalinka of Newton, Pa. was Butler IV tied for 10th and won the contest. The registration fee is $35 per
third at 212. The tournament was mid-amateur portion of the tourna- person which includes greens fee, a
played at the St. Johns GC. ment. goody bag and entry to the reception.

Area players finished high including The beneficiary as the First Tee of The field will be limited to 72
a fifth place for UNF’s Major Forbess. teams and about $3,000 in
St. Johns County which received awrads will be available.
Ponte Vedra Beach resident Duke $15,000.

Cup selection coming soon

>>> The Golf Channel Invitational
for The First Tee will be on Nov.
1-2. The Invitational is a national
golf and marketing event featuring
Amateur player selection for the Un- matches are Feb. 12-13 at Timuqua- a two-day, 36-hole tournament for
derwood Cup matches will start later na. business executives and their guests
this month, says captain Doug Con- and supports The First Tee chapters.
Eight members of the pro team,
key of Orange Park.
again captained by Mayport’s Jon >>> There will be free military admis-
He and his assistant captain, Fine, come a points list that ends sion to the World Golf Hall of Fame
Timuquana’s Billy Varn, head the on Nov. 1 with the Sawgrass pro-am. & Museum on Nov. 11-14. Guests also
committee to make the choices in Fine and assistant captain Tommy will receive one free round on the 18-
hopes of a team capable of winning Aycock of Ponte Vedra G&CC will hole Putting Course ... The PGA Tour
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Course Directory
Augustine. Range. 824-4653. St. Augustine. Range. 599-9030.

Selva Marina Plantation Country Club

Selva Marina Blvd. north of A1A south of Ponte Vedra
Atlantic Blvd. in Atlantic Beach. Range. 543-2960.
PUBLIC St. Augustine Shores Beach. Range. 246-3144.
Ponte Vedra G & CC
U.S. 1 south of
Bent Creek St. Augustine. Range. 794-4653. South Hampton In TPC. Range. 285-0204.
103rd St. on Westside. CR 210 west of I-95. San Jose
Range. 779-0800. Starke Range. 287-7529. San Jose Blvd. Range. 733-1511.
East of town. Nine holes.
Blue Cypress Range. 964-5441. St. Johns Golf & Country Club Sawgrass
Off University Blvd. in CR 210 west of I-95. A1A in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Arlington. Range. 762-1971. UNF Golfplex Range. 940-3200. Range. 273-3720.
At University of North Florida.
Cecil Field Three holes. Range. 620-2050. Windsor Parke Timuquana
103rd St. on Westside. Hodges Blvd. north of Timuquana Rd. west of US
17. Range. 389-0477.
Range. 778-5245. SEMI-PRIVATE Butler Blvd. Range. 223-4653.
Deerfield Lakes Amelia River PRIVATE RESORT
Lem Turner Rd. just south of Amelia Island Parkway.
Callahan. Range. 879-1210. Range. 491-8500. These courses are primarily for
These clubs are private and are open the use of resort guest or mem-
to the public only for special events. bers. Some are also open for
Fernandina Beach Champions Club at Julington Creek
Amelia Island Parkway. public play at certain times.
Off SR 13 in Mandarin. Amelia National
Range. 800-646-5997 Range. 287-4653. Off A1A west of Fernandina Amelia Island Plantation
Beach. Range. 652-0660. In Amelia Island Plantation.
First Tee of Jacksonville Cimarrone 54 holes. Range. 261-6161.
Golfair Blvd. west of I-95 North. CR 210 west of I-95. Deercreek
Nine holes. Range. 924-0401. Range. 287-2000. North of Avenues Mall on Golf Club of Amelia Island
Southside Blvd. Range. 363-1507. Amelia Island at
First Tee of St. Johns County. Country Club of Orange Park Ritz-Carlton. Range. 277-8015.
Three holes. SR 207, West end of Kingsley Ave. in Deerwood
St. Augustine. 810-2231. Ponte Vedra
Orange Park. Range. 276-7664. Baymeadows Rd. west of A1A in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Southside Blvd. Range. 642-5917. Range. 273-7710.
Hyde Park Cypress at Grand Club
Northern dead end of Jammes Rd. Palm Coast. Range. 386-437-5807. Glen Kernan Tournament Players Club
on Westside. Range. 786-5410. Hodges Blvd. north of In TPC. 36 holes. Range. 273-3235.
Eagle Harbor Butler Blvd. Range. 646-1116.
Jacksonville Beach CR 220 in Fleming Island.
Penman Rd. south of Beach Range. 269-9300. Grand Haven MILITARY
Blvd. Range. 247-6184. Palm Coast. Range. 386-445-2327.
Eagle Landing These clubs are located on Navy
King & Bear bases and are for persons assigned
OakLeaf Plantation. Hidden Hills to the bases or retired military per-
Part of World Golf Village but Range. 291-5600. Monument Rd. in sonnel. They occasionally are open
about three miles south of main Arlington. Range. 641-8121. for public play during special events.
area off SR 16. Range. 940-6088. Golf Club at Fleming Island
US 17 in Fleming Island. Jacksonville Golf & Country Club- NAS
Mill Cove Range. 269-1440. Hodges Blvd. north of US 17 north of Orange
Monument Rd. in Butler Blvd. Park. Range. 542-3249.
Arlington. Range. 646-4653. Keystone Golf & Country Club 223-6910.
U.S. 21 south of town. Windy Harbor
Palatka Range. 352-473-4540. Mayport Rd. north of Atlantic Blvd.
Long Point in Atlantic Beach. Range. 270-5380.
Moseley Ave. west of South of Amelia Island
downtown. Range. 386-329-0141. Magnolia Point Plantation. Range. 277-5908.
Off US 17 in Green Cove
Palm Valley Springs. Range. 269-9315. Marsh Creek
Palm Valley Rd. east of U.S. 1. A1A south of St. Augustine
Nine holes. Range. 285-8978. Matanzas Course at Grand Club Beach. Range. 461-1145.
Palm Coast. Range. 386-446-6330.
Panther Creek Marsh Landing
Chaffee Rd. south of I-10. North Hampton South of Butler Blvd. in Ponte
Range. 783-2600. Off A1A west of Fernandina Vedra Beach. Range. 285-6514.
Beach. Range. 548-0000. Osprey Cove
River Bend Golf Links East of I-95 at Exit 1 in
South of Green Cove Springs. Pine Course at Grand Club Georgia. Range. 800-352-5575.
Range. 284-3502. Palm Coast. Range. 386-445-0852.
Pablo Creek
Slammer & Squire Queen’s Harbour San Pablo Rd. south of
In World Golf Village. Atlantic Blvd. west of Intracoastal Butler Blvd. Range. 992-6900.
Range. 940-6088. Waterway. Range. 221-1012.

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