The South Florida PGA retained the Challenge Cup this week at The Breakers Rees Jones Course in West Palm Beach. This year marked the 34th year that South Florida PGA Professionals have taken on North Florida PGA Professionals in the annual Challenge Cup matches. The South Florida team was comprised of PGA Professionals Jared Blocker, Ben Brown, Frank Dobbs, Gene Fieger, Dan Heaslip, Jason Hrynkiw, Chris Kaufman, Alan Morin, Matt Newman, Lee Rinker, Richard Terga and Jerry Tucker and was captained by Brian Peaper. Taking the early lead 5 to 1 after the first round, South Florida was able to clinch the title 18 ½ to 5 ½. This victory marked the 24th outright win for the team from South Florida in the history of the event. Special thanks to FootJoy for outfitting the South Florida team! For complete results click here.
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Rick Nalyd of Naples and Paul Scaletta of Jupiter teamed up Thursday to win the South Florida PGA Senior-Junior Championship presented by Yamaha and supported by Global Golf Sales, The PGA Tour and The Links of Boynton Beach. This was the 13th consecutive year that this event was played at The Links at Boynton Beach. Beginning at No. 16 in a shotgun start, Nalyd and Scaletta birdied Nos. 18, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 before closing the front side with an eagle at the par-4 ninth hole. They added birdies at 11 and 14 for a 12 under par 59, winning by two shots. It was the first victory in the Senior-Junior for Nalyd, an assistant professional at Bonita Bay Club East, Naples, and Scaletta, a teaching professional at The Bear’s Club, Jupiter. They received $1,657.89 apiece, including $1,046.56 from the purse, $418 from the bonus pool and $193.33 in the skins game. It was the first senior-junior win for either player. Nalyd now has two SFPGA titles, Scaletta three. There were 59 teams in the mixed format event: holes 1-6, scramble; 7-12, four-ball stroke play; and 13-18, modified Pinehurst. Next on the SFPGA schedule: May 8-9, Senior Open, Jonathan’s Landing @ Old Trail, Jupiter, and May 19, Foundation Pro-Am, Old Collier GC, Naples. Click here for complete results.
The South Florida PGA held a free Women’s Golf Day, Saturday, November 2nd from 1-4 pm. This event took place at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club, and was open to women of all ages and abilities. Over 200 women took advantage of the opportunity to obtain free golf instruction from eighteen PGA Professionals who volunteered their time to teach full swing, chipping, and putting clinics. The women were also able to view clothes and try out the latest clubs from Cobra. A highlight of the event, was Terry-Jo Myers, former LPGA Tour player, conducting and question and answer session, as well as conducting a fitness clinic. Following the golf and fitness activities, Miromar Outlets hosted a social hour at Miromar’s Beach Club, which included boat tours on the lake. Many local clubs supported the event, as well as the local EWGA chapter. Women left the day with not only goodie bags and raffle items, but every woman left with a better knowledge of their golf game and tips to try at the range or on the golf course. About The South Florida PGA The South Florida PGA, one of 41 PGA Section offices throughout the United States, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The South Florida Section is one link in the grass-roots network used to facilitate communication amongst the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and the PGA’s 28,000 members. The South Florida Section PGA is comprised of over 1,600 men and women PGA Professionals dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf. For more information, please visit www.sfpgagolf.com or call 561-729-0544.