Monday, May 8th 140 individuals participated in the 7th Annual South Florida PGA Foundation Tire Kingdom Charity Pro-Am supported by Heritage Creation and JetSmarter. Teams for the event were comprised of one PGA member/apprentice and three amateurs from golf facilities all across south Florida. McArthur Golf Club and Loblolly Golf Club, both in Hobe Sound hosted the event which helped raise over $30,000 in support of the South Florida PGA Foundation and the programs it administers including but not limited to; Habitat for Humanity, PGA HOPE (helping our patriots everywhere), Smiling Fore Life, junior golf, scholarships and charitable gifting. In 2016, the SFPGA Foundation impacted the lives of more than 2,000 individuals, and this year that number is anticipated to grow. The beautiful weather in addition to the spectacular golf courses made for a home run for the event. The format for the competition was two best balls of four, with one of them being a gross score and one being a net score. The team Champions at McArthur Golf Club winning in a scorecard playoff were PGA Head Golf Professional Cary Sciorra from the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound and amateurs Tom Corr, Kevin Quigley and Tom Tracy who shot 130. The team Champions at Loblolly Golf Club were PGA Head Golf Professional Michael Leone from Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo and amateurs David Adams, Scott Burke and Kendall Hendrick who fired a 133. “This event provides us with a great opportunity to enjoy a beautiful day on the golf course, raise funds for the Foundation and share our story with over 100 individuals. We have made a profound impact on many lives over the course of the last ten [...]
This morning on the Golf Channel's Morning Drive, South Florida PGA Professionals Katie, Erica and Lindsey Bensch were featured guests. They were invited on the show to share their unique story of how they got started in the game, where it took them, and their life now as PGA Professionals. Katie is the PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Vasari Country Club in Bonita Springs, Erica is the PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Wilderness Country Club in Naples, and Lindsey is the PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Pelican Marsh Golf Club in Naples. To view the clip from this morning click here. We thank them all for sharing their passion for the game, and we are lucky to have them here in south Florida!
FORT LAUDERDALE (May 2, 2017) – Andrew Filbert won the South Florida PGA Discover Global Network Fort Lauderdale Open presented by French Lick Resort when Tuesday’s final round couldn’t be completed because of thunderstorms. Under South Florida PGA protocol, if a 36-hole event can’t be completed in two days, the tournament reverts to 18-hole scores. Filbert, the PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Bonita National Golf and Country Club, won thanks to his 7-under 65 in Monday’s first round. The leaders were on the 13th green at Parkland Golf and Country Club when play was stopped Tuesday for the third time at 6:51 p.m. Filbert was 1-over for the day, but still had a four-shot lead over Alan Morin, PGA Assistant Golf Professional at The Falls Club when the horn sounded. Morin, who also was 1-over, finished second based on his opening 69. “I wanted to get the round in, but I started the day with a four-shot lead and I still had a four-shot lead when we stopped,” Filbert said after winning his first South Florida PGA major. “I won the tournament with (Monday’s 65). I just kept trying to make birdies. It’s not like I shot a 69 and had a one-shot lead over a bunch of guys.” Morin, the reigning South Florida PGA Player of the Year, said he knew it was likely the round couldn’t be completed after a one-hour rain delay before they teed off and another 25-minute break early in the round. “It’s a tough decision those guys have to make,” Morin said. “I knew they wanted to try and get it in, and I wanted to try and get it in. Sometimes, Mother Mature doesn’t let you do it. [...]