This spring, South Florida PGA Professional Mike Richards and his staff administered their third golf program for Parkland Buddy Sports at Parkland Golf and Country Club. Parkland Buddy Sports, Inc is a not for profit organization that offers well-structured sports programs for special needs children and young adults. Regardless of the mental and/or physical diagnosis, the Buddy program welcomes children ages 4 to young adult. The sports programs consist of once weekly (Saturday or Sunday) activities and games. Each player is paired for the entire season with their own “Buddy” who in most instances is a typical student volunteer for an entire season. Every six week the students have the opportunity to learn a new sport from experts in the industry. As stated above the recent program at Parkland Golf and Country Club lasted six-week, from March 4th– April 8th, and featured eighteen individuals. The individuals participating in the program learned all aspects of game including the long game, short game along with a putting course. Richards and his staff have had the honor of working with Parkland Buddies for three years now, and each year they are humbled by those they able to teach. “This program is changing lives, and I am fortunate to be a part of it. I hope that we have the opportunity to make golf an annual program within their curriculum” says Richards.
On April 2, five South Florida PGA juniors competed in the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National on the eve of the 2017 Masters. Braden Miller of Naples competed in the Boys 10-11 Age Division and finished T8. His best skill was the chipping competition where he took fourth place. Braden’s dad, Jason Miller is the PGA Head Golf Professional at Copperleaf Golf Club in Naples. Sam Kodak of Naples competed in the Boys 12-13 Age Division. He finished T7 and took second place in the Drive skill. This was Sam’s second appearance in the Drive, Chip and Putt Finals as he also competed in 2014. Kayla Bryant of Boca Raton competed in the Girls 7-9 Age Division. Her best skill was in putting where she finished third place. Chloe Kovelesky, also of Boca Raton, competed in the Girls 10-11 Age Division. Chloe was tied for the lead after the Drive and Chip skill but ended up taking second place overall. Alexa Pano of Lake Worth competed in the Girls 12-13 Age Division and took home her second consecutive Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. This was her third time competing in the finals as she qualified in 2013 and 2015. Her consistency in all three skills was a recipe for success as she placed third in Driving and Putting and fourth in Chipping which gave her the overall title. All five qualifiers are active on the South Florida PGA Junior Tours. Alexa Pano competes on the Championship Tour; Chloe Kovelesky and Sam Kodak compete on the Challenge Tour; Kayla Bryant competes on the Prep Tour and Braden Miller competes in Team Golf. Congratulations to all five for representing south Florida. We look forward [...]
Five south Florida junior golfers will compete in the upcoming Drive, Chip and Putt Championship on this Sunday (April 2) at Augusta National Golf Club prior to the 2017 Masters Tournament. Alexa Pano of Lake Worth will compete in the Girls 12-13 Division. This will be here third appearance in the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, as she was victorious last year in the Girls 10-11 Division. Pano plays on the South Florida PGA Championship Tour. Braden Miller of Naples will compete in the Boys 10-11 Division. His dad, Jason Miller is the PGA Head Golf Professional at Copperleaf Golf Club in Naples. Braden plays in South Florida PGA Team Golf tournaments. Chloe Kovelesky of Boca Raton will compete in the Girls 10-11 Division. She qualified for the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship locally at Osprey Point Golf Club. She plays on the South Florida PGA Challenge Tour. Kayla Bryant of Boca Raton will compete in the Girls 7-9 Division and qualified at Osprey Point Golf Club as well. She plays on the South Florida PGA Prep Tour Sam Kodak of Naples will compete in the Boys 12-13 Division and qualified at Stoneybrook Golf Club. He plays on the South Florida PGA Challenge Tour. Golf Channel recently highlighted a few of the South Florida qualifiers, check out the videos below! Good Luck to all five individuals as they represent south Florida at the Drive, Chip and Putt Finals! Be sure to tune into the Golf Channel on Sunday, April 2nd at 8:00 AM to watch them compete at Augusta National!