NAPLES– Alan Morin showed Tuesday why he remains one of South Florida’s top PGA Professionals. PGA Assistant Golf Professional at The Falls Club of the Palm Beaches, Alan Morin made 10 birdies while partnering with Assistant Golf Professional from the Breakers Rees Jones Course, Brett McCurdy to win the South Florida PGA Yamaha Callaway Pro-Pro Championship held at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club and TPC Treviso Bay. Morin, the South Florida PGA’s Player of the Year nine times since 2002, made six birdies in a seven-hole stretch on Treviso Bay’s back nine. They needed all of them. Morin and McCurdy shot a 9-under 63 for a 17-under 126 to finish a shot ahead of Daniel Heaslip and Justin Bertsch. “I hit a bunch of great shots and kept making putts … from 10 feet, 12 feet, 8 feet, 15 feet. They were just rolling in,” said Morin, "It was a lot of fun." Morin and McCurdy also won the Pro-Pro two years ago when they both played well. Not Tuesday. Once McCurdy saw Morin get red-hot, he wanted to just get out of his partner’s way. “To be quite honest, that was one of the more humbling experiences I’ve had in golf,” said McCurdy. “I’ve never seen anyone play the way Alan did today. “I threw in a few birdies and he threw them back on top of me. He’s a heck of a player. It was special to watch.” Dan Heaslip and Justin Bertsch also made their run on the back nine with six birdies on their last seven holes for a 64 that left them one shot out of the playoff at 16-under. Heaslip is the PGA Head Golf Professional at [...]
The team of Kevin Murphy and Patrick Rada of McArthur Golf Club won the 2017 Pro-Assistant supported by Antigua, Global Golf Sales/GolfPride, GolfBuddy, The PGA Tour and Tifosi. The event was contested Monday, June 26th at Imperial Golf Club in Naples on both the East and West courses. Firing an -11 under par twenty-seven hole total, Murphy and Rada ended up in a three way tie atop the leaderboard placing them in a sudden death playoff against Lost Tree Club's Brian Peaper and Michael Kostelnik, and Alico Family Golf Center's Trey Sones and Jeremy Wells. Murphy/Rada and Sones/Wells both birdied the first playoff hole, while Peaper/Kostelnik made par. On hole number 2, Murphy/Rada made par while Sones/Wells bogeyed, claiming victory of the event! The event featured 72 teams who competed in a 27 hole 9-9-9 contest which consisted of Four-Ball Stroke Play (West #10-18), Modified Pinehurst (West #1-9), as well as Scramble (East #1-9) formats. Both the East and West courses provided a true test of golf. The South Florida PGA would like to recognize PGA General Manager John Lee, PGA Head Golf Professional Joe Allinder, and the entire membership at Imperial Golf Club for generously hosting the event. Lastly, the South Florida PGA extends their appreciation to supporting partners Antigua, Global Golf Sales/GolfPride, GolfBuddy, The PGA Tour and Tifosi for making the event possible. To view complete results click here.
Annual Meeting/Education Seminar Success – Don Meadows, PGA Elected 20th President of the South Florida PGA
From Roger Mooney with Zurich to Brad Steele with the National Club Association, over 80 SFPGA Professionals had the opportunity to hear valuable information about risk management and regulatory issues relating to PGA members and their facilities. Roger provided those in the room with examples of real life situations that have occurred at local golf facilities, and how they have been handled, while Brad brought some humor to the room helping everyone und erstand how things happening in Washington DC affect the golf industry. Thanks to both of them for sharing their time and knowledge. Immediately following the seminar, the Annual Meeting of the Membership was held with over 200 in attendance. During the meeting PGA Professional Don Meadows was elected as the 20th President of the South Florida PGA. Meadows is the Director of Golf at Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach and previously served as Secretary of the Association from 2013-2015 and Vice President from 2015-2017. Thank you to our other officers as they start their new role; Mark VanDyck, Honorary President, Karl Bublitz, Vice President, and newly elected Secretary, Scott Kirkwood. Thanks to Weston Hills Country Club and PGA General Manager, Jason Waters hosting the event, and thanks to all those who attended.