HOBE SOUND (Oct. 12, 2017) – Andrew Filbert of Naples took home the two biggest prizes in the South Florida PGA Section on Thursday. Filbert shot a 1-under 71 at McArthur Golf Club to win the South Florida PGA Professional Championship by five shots. The victory also enabled the 30-year-old PGA Assistant Professional at Bonita National Golf Club to claim Player of the Year honors in the section. Filbert edged out nine-time POY winner Alan Morin. “I knew I had a chance to win Player of the Year because I finished fourth last year,” Filbert said. “It’s one of the strongest sections around, but I knew I had a chance to hang with these guys.” Filbert started the final round with a 2-shot lead, but was 2-over after eight holes. He eagled the par-5 ninth with a 5-iron to 6 feet, birdied the 10th and coasted to the 5-shot victory over Michael Valicenti of Jonathan’s Landing at 6-under 210. “That eagle at No. 9 was a game-changer,” Filbert said. “It wasn’t clean on the front – there were a lot of nerves. But I knew when I got to the ninth hole, I could start attacking. I like those holes; I played the ninth and 10th holes in 6-under for the two rounds.” Filbert and Valicenti (74-215) were the only players to break par after playing two rounds at McArthur and the other at Turtle Creek Club. Gene Fieger of Naples (73-217) tied for third with Jeff Waber (71-217) of Broken Sound - Old Course. Morin led the POY standings, but dropped to second after a fifth-place tie Thursday. He was the two-time defending champion in this event. “He’s a good guy, a good player [...]
NAPLES (Oct. 5, 2017) – Justin McCarraher, PGA did something Thursday few golfers have been able to do: beat Alan Morin. In a playoff, no less. McCarraher, a PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers, made a par on the second playoff hole to win the National Car Rental SFPGA Assistant Championship at The Quarry. Morin lost his tee shot on the second playoff hole and made a double bogey. That opened the door for McCarraher to win his second section event. “Playoffs are always tough, especially against a good player like Alan,” McCarraher said. “I was fortunate. Alan didn’t put his best swing on that tee shot. Nine times out of 10, he’s not going to beat himself.” McCarraher did his part by shooting a 5-under 67 – the low round of the tournament - to come from two shots back and finish tied with Morin, who works as a PGA Assistant Golf Professional at The Falls in Lake Worth, at 6-under 138. McCarraher gave himself an opportunity when he birdied three of his final four holes in Wednesday’s opening round that was played with gusts of 35-mph. “I found something late in the first round and that carried over into today,” McCarraher said. “I feel like I’ve played poorly this summer, so this is kind of surprising.” Like most PGA Professionals based in Fort Myers, McCarraher was just happy to be back on the golf course after dealing with the destruction left behind by Hurricane Irma. “None of us have played much golf lately,” he said. “We actually got a little lucky today than it didn’t rain as much as it was forecast to.” Kenneth Leech of the Don Law [...]
JUPITER, Fla. – PGA Professional Jeff Waber and Superintendent Kyle Ashbury of Broken Sound Club the Old Course won the Net Division of the 2017 Pro-Superintendent Championship presented by Textron Golf and supported by Chase 54. Waber and Ashbury fired a 55.8 finishing 4.2 shots ahead of their nearest competitors Derek Niszczak, PGA and Shane Rice from Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens. In the Gross Division, PGA Professional Patrick Rada and Superintendent Thomas Barrett from McArthur Golf Club were victorious carding a 62 (-10). A total of 34 teams, comprised of one South Florida PGA Professional and one superintendent (from the same facility) competed in the two-person scramble event this today at Frenchman's Creek Country Club on the South Course. Special thanks to PGA Director of Golf JR Congdon, PGA Head Golf Professional Rich Luchini and Director of Golf Course Maintenance Wes Dillard. For complete results click here.