FORT MYERS, Fla. – As the saying goes, it’s not how you start, but how you finish. It came down to the final two matches during the afternoon session and the Southeast Chapter professional team claimed a one-point victory in the 26th annual Nelson Cup matches held at The Verandah Club (Old Orange course) on Monday, April 24th. This event is conducted by the South Florida PGA Section and supported by TaylorMade-adidas Ashworth Golf. After falling behind by six points during the morning foursome matches, the Southeast Chapter was still behind this deficit with just two matches remaining in the afternoon single matches (three-ball format). Southeast Chapter team members Jerry Tucker, PGA and Alan Morin, PGA were in the final two groups and each earned six points in their matches to help claim the one-point victory. The Southeast Chapter, which stretches from Boca Raton to Vero Beach, edged the Southwest Chapter 67 to 66. The Southern Chapter was third with 29 points. The Southwest Chapter includes the Naples-Fort Myers area, while the Southern Chapter primarily includes Broward and Miami-Dade counties. This is the ninth win for the Southeast Chapter since the Nelson Cup matches began in 1992. The Southwest Chapter has 11 and the Southern Chapter has 3; in addition to three rain out years. On behalf of the South Florida PGA, we thank our event partner TaylorMade-adidas Ashworth Golf and Bill & Sandi Bishop for their continued support. The South Florida PGA would also like to recognize the Nelson family, all of the participating PGA Professionals for committing to play in such an exciting event and the Verandah Club for being such gracious hosts. For full match results, click here or view more information [...]
ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour presented by The Honda Classic held Challenge Event #3 at Weston Hills Country Club in Weston, FL. The 36 hole event had to be shortened to 18 holes due to the heavy storms that took over South Florida late Saturday and Sunday. Miami Lakes native Luke Clanton already captured Challenge Event #1 and #2 this year and was looking to continue his hot streak on the Players Course at Weston Hills Country Club. Clanton carded 4 birdies and just two bogies to fire a 2-under-par 70. Palm City native Garret Giles has been climbing the ranks on the Challenge Tour over the past few months. After two top ten finishes already this season, Giles put together another great round on Saturday after firing a 2-under-par 70 to match Clanton. Due to the event being washed out on Sunday, Clanton and Giles have been crowned Co-champions in the overall boys division. Frankie Harris of Boca Raton would go on to capture the boys 13-15 age division, while Loxahatchee native Zachary Mize would take home the boys 16-18 age division. Chloe Kovelesky of Boca Raton is coming off a win at Challenge Event #2 looking to keep her momentum going at Weston Hills. Kovelesky managed to put together the low round of the day with a 1-over-par 73 that featured 4 birdies. Kovelesky managed to grind out a one stroke victory over Jupiter native Lily Rinker and Estero native Kelli Kragh. Miami native Rachel DeAngulo would go on to take home the girls 13-15 age division while Kragh would take home the girls 16-18 age division. Boynton Beach native Max Jelinek [...]
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.