Six South Florida PGA Professionals are set to compete in the 2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club, Washington, D.C., in Potomac Falls, VA on May 25th-28th. Gene Fieger, PGA, Rick Gomes, PGA, Dan Heaslip, PGA, John Lee, PGA, John Nieporte, PGA, and Jerry Tucker, PGA will be representing South Florida. The Senior PGA Championship was founded in 1937 and first played at Augusta National Golf Club. Winners throughout the years have included names like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Gary Player. The winner will have his name engraved on the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy, one of the most distinguishing trophies in golf. The 2018 Senior PGA Championship will return to Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan who hosted the event in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Congratulations to all six for representing the South Florida Section and best of luck! Click here for tee times and tournament information.
On Friday, May 5th, South Florida PGA Pro Tom Patri participated in a golf marathon to support the South Florida PGA Foundation. With the support of Jon Buddenhagen, PGA serving as Tom’s caddie, cheerleader and mental coach, Tom was able to complete 137 holes! He planned to start at 7AM at Hole In The Wall Golf Club in Naples, FL but with inclement weather he started later than expected. We can only imagine what Tom would have accomplished if the rain held off. Over the past two months Tom has lobbied family and friends to support his efforts receiving $88 per every hole he plays. Tom successfully raised $12,056 for the Foundation! We are so grateful for Tom’s efforts and support of the Foundation, thank you for all that you do! About the South Florida PGA Foundation The South Florida PGA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded to support the South Florida community, with a focus on junior golf, education, scholarships and charitable gifting. The South Florida PGA Foundation falls under the direction of the South Florida PGA, a not-for-profit organization comprised of over 1,850 men and women PGA Professionals serving as the experts in business and the game of golf. www.sfpgagolf.com/foundation/
Today golf industry leaders will meet in Tallahassee at the State Capitol for Florida Golf Day. Florida Golf Day is a partnership of leading organizations representing all divisions of the golf industry in Florida. Golf’s direct economic impact in Florida is approximately $8.2 billion a year and supports over 132,000 jobs. Florida is home to over 1,000 golf courses making it the most in the country. The growth of the game in Florida is tremendous, bringing thousands of visitors to Florida every year. The direct impact has led to more jobs and economic development. During Florida Golf Day, top representatives of Florida’s golf industry throughout Florida while share information about the game’s economic impact, as well as its youth development programs, sustainability practices and environmental benefits. In the South Florida Section, we have seen a direct impact on the community and continue to see growth in participation year to year. Participating organizations include Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), Florida Chapter of CMAA, Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association, Florida Historic Golf Trail, Florida State Golf Association, Golf Channel, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, LPGA, National Golf Course Owners Association, National Golf Foundation, North and South Florida Sections of the PGA of America, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The First Tee, USGA, World Golf Foundation and World Golf Hall of Fame. For more information, visit www.golf2020.com.