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 [...]
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.
DeArmond, PGA / Den & Peaper, PGA / O’Reilly Capture Titles at Club Car Pro-Official Presented by Earth Networks
NAPLES (April 12, 2017) – Adam DeArmond and Larry Den used local knowledge to help them win the South Florida PGA Club Car Pro-Official Presented by Earth Networks at Fiddlesticks Country Club. DeArmond, PGA Assistant Professional at Fiddlesticks, and Den, a board member at the club, combined for a 10-under net 62 on the Long Mean course and finished tied with Reed Kleintop and Tim Young of Highland Woods Golf & Country Club. DeArmond and Den won in a scorecard match based on their lower back nine (7-under 29 to 3-under 33). “It was a day of adversity,” DeArmond said. “We started out sluggishly, making a team bogey on our second hole. The key moment came when Larry chipped in for net eagle on the 15th hole. “We started making birdies left and right. We were 9-under on our last 11 holes. It was a good, fun day.” Kleintop, PGA Head Golf Professional at Highland Woods in Bonita Springs, and Young combined to make eight birdies and an eagle in a nine-hole stretch. But they made just one birdie on their last nine holes. In addition to DeArmond, PGA and Den, Brian Peaper, PGA Head Golf Professional at Lost Tree Club and Biff O'Reilly were victorious in the gross division firing a 6-under 66 to capture first place. The tournament teams a PGA Professional with an official or board member from their club. It attracted 42 teams. The South Florida PGA Club Car Pro-Official is Presented by Earth Networks and supported by Birdie Box, Chase54 and DLL. To view complete results click here.