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Team from Crystal Mountain Resort wins the 2013 Hammock Beach Resort Pro Am!

The 2013 Michigan PGA Section Pro Am at Hammock Beach Resort kicked off Saturday night with a cocktail party on the Ocean Lawn followed by the three rounds of golf on both the Ocean and Conservatory Courses. The event included tee gifts, breakfast each day, dinner cruise on the Sundancer Yacht, awards, lunch daily and overall prizes. The weather could not have been better and provided perfect playing conditions.

The team from Crystal Mountain Resort started the final round 3 shots back and knew it would take some fine playing to catch the leaders on the very difficult Tom Watson Conservatory Course. They were able to do just that by shooting a (-11) under par round of 133, which gave them a once stroke victory for the overall championship. This team consisted of  professional Scott Wilson and his amateur partners Wayne Bauman, Chris Abruzzo and Tom Albrecht. Each player took home $300 for the overall winnings and $150 for the low team of the day. The format was a 2 net best ball of four.pic 1

Two teams finished tied for second at one shot back, both taking home $150 per player. Those teams were professional Greg Webber from Hawk Hollow Golf Club and his amateur partners Dave Lee, Reid McKinley and Pat McCarthy, and professional Jeff Gniewek  from Knollwood Country Club and his amateurs partners Darrell Ewell, Tim Quinn and Brian Teichman.

Congratulations to Darrell Ewell, Phil Boham and Wayne Bauman, our closest to the pin winners. They all won a  golf bag of their choice from Sun Mountain.

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All teams will played (3) rounds of golf on the following courses:

Jack Nicklaus Ocean Course

Placing players on the brink of the Atlantic Ocean, the award-winning Ocean Course is a shining example of oceanfront golf perfection. This top 100 golf course not only winds along pristine wetlands and sparkling lakes, but also plays six holes directly on the Atlantic Ocean. The course concludes with a thrilling finale dubbed “The Bear Claw” — a collection of four daunting holes precariously edging the sweeping coastline. The Ocean Course received a ranking as one of Florida’s Top 5 courses. This course is truly “Florida’s Ocean Course”.

Host of the Champions Tour Event  – Ginn Championship – 2007, 2008

 

Tom Watson Conservatory Course

The Tom Watson Signature design Conservatory Course is Florida’s longest and is truly a masterpiece. This breathtaking course is highlighted by waterfalls, babbling brooks and veneered field stone work. To the 140 sand and coquina bunkers, Watson also added three sod-faced bunkers, a nod to his affinity for British links-style golf. Golf Digest, in its January 2008 issue,ranked The Conservatory third on its elite list of America’s Best New Public Courses.

Host of the PGA Tour’s Ginn sur Mer Classic – 2008

PGA Professional Kennedy receives Patriot Award for supporting military

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – John Kennedy Jr. of New Canaan, Conn., whose leadership within the Metropolitan PGA Section extended to establishing a foundation for supporting the men and women of the military along with affiliation with the VA to help instruct disabled veterans, was presented Saturday the 2012 Patriot Award.

First presented in 2008, the Patriot Award honors a PGA Professional who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America.

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The 61-year-old Kennedy is in his 22nd year as PGA head professional at Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., and is a 36-year member of The PGA of America. He was recognized by delegates at The PGA’s 96th Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Also honored was the New Jersey PGA Section, recipient of the Herb Graffis Award for exemplary contributions in Player Development.

Kennedy is the second Metropolitan PGA Section member to receive the Patriot Award, following John Hines of Calverton, N.Y., in 2011.

“Our talented 2012 class of national award winners span more than four decades of service to our Association and to the game of golf,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “They are PGA Professionals of impact to their Section, their respective communities and in many cases they have influenced others throughout the country. We are proud of how they daily go about their business of inspiring young and old, and grow the game through innovation and their passion. By their dedication to serving others, we are proud to declare that they are truly experts in the game and the business of golf.”

Kennedy established Golfers in Support of the Troops Foundation in 2008, which has raised more than $90,000 over a four-year period to distribute more than 20,000 articles of clothing to U.S. troops and their families. Clothing was sent to Baghdad, Iraq, Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Collins, Colo.; and Fort Drum, N.Y. Kennedy contributed 50 percent of the clothing that he purchased for his own golf shop.

In addition to Westchester Country Club serving as a strong supporter of Patriot Golf Day since the initiative began in 2007, it also has supported Kennedy’s efforts to build an alliance between the New York VA Hospital Prosthetics Device Department and 2010 Patriot Award recipient Jim Estes of Olney, Md., founder of the Salute Military Golf Association. Together with 2011 Patriot Award recipient John Hines, the group is working to expand training of PGA Professionals to give golf instruction to disabled veterans.

“I think that certainly anyone growing up in America should have great appreciation for those who serve our country in uniform,” said Kennedy. “I have great respect for those that served and have served and the sacrifices they have made. It is a great feeling that by our efforts such as Golfers in Support of the Troops that we may help our veterans and particularly their families. Additionally, we have built a relationship with the New York VA Hospital to help spread training of PGA Professionals to encourage more disabled veterans to have the opportunity to learn and play golf. It gives those who have been in hospitals, sometimes for months, something positive for which to look forward. If I can succeed in this project, then more around the country can follow.”

Born in Fairfield, Conn., Kennedy graduated from Fairfield University in 1972 and turned professional that year. He was elected to PGA membership in 1976, during which time he was an assistant professional at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, N.Y. In 2010, he became the third member of the Metropolitan PGA Section to be named a recipient of the Horton Smith Award, which recognizes an individual PGA member for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education.

Kennedy also was the 1997 Metropolitan PGA Golf Professional of the Year; and recipient of the 2005 Section Bill Strausbaugh Award; the 1985, ’88 and 2009 Section Horton Smith Award; and the 1983, ’91 Section Merchandiser of the Year for Private Facilities.

Kennedy and his wife, Eileen, live in New Canaan, Conn., and are the parents of a son, John III, and a daughter, Sarah.

The PGA of America also will bestow its 2012 national awards Jan. 24, 2013, during the 60th PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center’s Chapin Theater in Orlando, Fla.

The program will honor the following recipients:
• Mike Schultz of Eden Prairie, Minn. – PGA Golf Professional of the Year
• Michael Breed of Greenwich, Conn. – PGA Teacher of the Year
• Don Law of Boca Raton, Fla. – PGA Junior Golf Leader
• Carl Alexander of Bedford, N.Y. – Horton Smith Award
• Harry Hammond Jr. of West Chester, Pa.– Bill Strausbaugh Award
• Mark Holiday of Bozeman, Mont. – PGA Player Development Award

The PGA Merchandisers of the Year will be honored Jan. 18, 2013, at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, Fla. They are:
• Amy Pendergast of Bandon, Ore. – Resort Facilities
• Dale Smigelsky of Fort Collins, Colo. – Public Facilities
• George Kahrhoff of Castle Rock, Colo. – Private Facilities

New Jersey Section receives Herb Graffis Award for player development

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The New Jersey PGA Section, comprised of 452 members and apprentices, was presented the Herb Graffis Award Saturday, honoring its exemplary contributions in player development and growth of the game programming.

The New Jersey PGA Section, with headquarters in Piscataway, N.J., was recognized at the 96th PGA Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor in Baltimore. The PGA of America also bestowed the Patriot Award upon John Kennedy Jr. of New Canaan, Conn.

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The NJPGA Section was honored for its expansive player development programming, highlighted by Golf In Schools, an initiative that impacts 95,000 boys girls at elementary and middle schools throughout the Garden State.

The Herb Graffis Award is named in honor of the late golf historian, author, and founder of golf magazines, the National Golf Foundation, and co-founder of the Golf Writers Association of America. Graffis passed away in 1989, at the age of 95.

“Through a wide-range of player development programs and charitable endeavors, the NJPGA Section has demonstrated a commitment to making golf more accessible for juniors, women and families interested in participating in golf,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “It is exciting to see PGA Professionals, apprentices and a dedicated Section staff being recognized for such a positive impact upon growing the game.”

Founded in 1931, the New Jersey PGA Section currently has PGA members employed in 66 percent of the 262 total golf facilities with the Section’s boundaries. The Section headquarters staff includes a three-person staff guided by Executive Director Scott Kmiec.

The New Jersey PGA’s Golf In Schools Program, which has expanded every year since 2009, has become a model for all 41 PGA sections across the country, and serves as a leading program to support the PGA’s player development initiatives.

Golf In Schools is an initiative designed to introduce the game to children, by incorporating it into the physical education curriculum at elementary and middle schools. The program currently impacts more than 95,000 elementary and middle school kids throughout NJ at 168 schools. Golf In Schools is funded by the New Jersey Golf Foundation (NJGF), the charitable arm of the Section, and is offered at no cost to school districts.

To support this program, the NJGF provides each school with an allotment of SNAG (‘Starting New At Golf’) golf equipment, offering developmentally appropriate equipment that allows golf to be learned and played in non-traditional venues, such as a school gymnasium. Additionally, PGA Professionals from the New Jersey PGA Section visit the schools to train the physical education teachers, working closely with them to ensure they are comfortable presenting the golf curriculum to their students.

The NJGF demonstrated its commitment to growth of the game in the state in 2011 by raising nearly $200,000 in one day at its fifth annual Golf Classic at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.

Golf In Schools is one of three endeavors within Junior Golf in the Section, along hosting four Youth Golf Open Houses at public access golf facilities throughout the year and a High School Junior Varsity program to retain participation for prep golfers who were cut from their respective high school team.

The New Jersey PGA Section also conducts Junior Golf Tours that include a U.S. Kids Tour for youngsters ages 5 to 14; and a NJPGA Junior Tour for juniors ages 11 to 18. New Jersey has ranked as the No. 1 U.S. Kids Golf summer tour for the past five seasons, with an average of 120 members per event.

The balance of The PGA of America Awards will be presented Jan. 24, 2013, during the 60th PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center’s Chapin Theater in Orlando, Fla.

That program’s honorees include:
• Mike Schultz of Eden Prairie, Minn. – PGA Golf Professional of the Year
• Don Law of Boca Raton, Fla. – PGA Junior Golf Leader
• Carl Alexander of Bedford, N.Y. – Horton Smith Award
• Harry Hammond Jr. of West Chester, Pa.– Bill Strausbaugh Award
• Mark Holiday of Bozeman, Mont. – PGA Player Development Award

The PGA Merchandisers of the Year will be honored Jan. 18, 2013, at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, Fla. They are:
• Amy Pendergast of Bandon, Ore. – Resort Facilities
• Dale Smigelsky of Fort Collins, Colo. – Public Facilities
• George Kahrhoff of Castle Rock, Colo. – Private Facilities

 

Bevacqua named new CEO of PGA of America, Crall promoted to COO

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Peter Bevacqua has been selected as chief executive officer of The PGA of America, becoming the third CEO of the world’s largest sports organization. He succeeds Joe Steranka, who retired after 25 years with The PGA, the last seven as CEO. Bevacqua previously served as chief business officer for the United States Golf Association and more recently led the golf division of CAA Sports.

Bevacqua, 41, was hired after an extensive search and was formally introduced prior to the conclusion of the 96th PGA Annual Meeting, on Saturday, November 10, 2012, in Baltimore, Md. Ted Bishop, who was elected The PGA’s 38th President earlier in the day, announced the hiring of Bevacqua to more than 700 national and section PGA leaders and guests.

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“Pete’s combination of experience, leadership skills and broad understanding of the golf industry really stood out among several excellent candidates,” said Bishop, PGA general manager and director of golf at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind.  “Pete is a passionate, intelligent leader who is the best choice to lead our renewed emphasis on the importance of our membership.”

Bevacqua joined the USGA in 2000 as in-house counsel, and from the Fall of 2003 through June 2007, he was managing director of the U.S. Open Championship. In July 2007, he was named the USGA’s first-ever chief business officer, and in that role, he was responsible for all revenue and commercial activities, including major sponsorship agreements. In 2011, he left the USGA to join CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency.

A native of Bedford, N.Y., Bevacqua began a lifetime relationship with golf as a 10-year-old caddie at Bedford Golf Tennis Club. He continued working there through his college years, as a caddie, caddie master and eventually golf shop manager under PGA Professional Walt Ronan. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1993, Bevacqua earned a law degree from Georgetown University and worked for the firm of Davis Polk before joining the USGA.

“It is an unbelievable honor and literally a dream come true to be given the opportunity to lead the PGA of America staff as we support our members in their efforts to grow the game through Golf 2.0 and as we count down to the Association’s centennial,” said Bevacqua. “I decided years ago that I wanted to dedicate my professional life to the game I love and to the game I grew up with, and can think of no better way than to join the organization that supports and enhances the critical roles that PGA Professionals play in our industry.”

A competitive amateur golfer with a 2.4 USGA Handicap Index, Bevacqua and his wife, Tiffany, are the parents of a daughter, Samantha Wells, and a son, Arthur William.

In addition to naming Bevacqua as CEO, The PGA also announced that Darrell Crall, currently Managing Director, Strategic Development, will become Chief Operating Officer. In this new position, Crall will oversee the association’s day-to-day business operations. He joined The PGA in 2011 to spearhead the implementation of Golf 2.0, and will continue to be heavily involved in the industry-supported strategic plan to grow the game.

Bishop, Sprague and Levy elected to highest offices at PGA of America

BALTIMORE — Ted Bishop of Franklin, Ind., was elected the 38th President of The Professional Golfers’ Association of America today at the Association’s 96th Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. Bishop previously served as Secretary of the Association from 2008-2010 and Vice President from 2010-2012.

Bishop, 58, succeeds Allen Wronowski of Phoenix, Md., who will serve on The PGA Board of Directors as Honorary President. Succeeding Bishop as Vice President is Derek Sprague of Malone, N.Y., who served the past two years as Secretary.

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Paul Levy, 52, of Indian Wells, Calif., was elected Secretary. In addition, six new members of the PGA Board of Directors were sworn into office.

A native of Logansport, Ind., Bishop is the PGA general manager and director of golf at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind., a facility where he oversaw the construction and development of the 45-hole complex. The Legends Golf Club is home of the Indiana PGA Section and Indiana Golf Association.

Bishop played a key role in the organization of the Indiana Golf Foundation. His efforts in the early 1990s helped establish the Indiana Golf Academy and the expansion of the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame.

After graduating from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy in 1976, Bishop began his professional career as a PGA Professional and superintendent at the Phil Harris Golf Course in Linton, Ind. He was elected to PGA membership in September 1985, and has served in a leadership capacity at either the Section of National levels since 1989. From 1997-98, Bishop served as president of the Indiana PGA Section.

Bishop served as District 6 Director on the PGA Board of Directors, and since 1991 has worked as general manager and PGA director of golf at The Legends of Indiana Golf Club in Franklin, Ind. He served as PGA Secretary from 2008 to this month.

Bishop has served on the PGA Board of Directors since 2006, and served on the PGA Board of Control from 2002-05. As PGA Vice President, he oversees the finances of The PGA of America. He also was chair of both the PGA Budget and Finance Committees and is a past chair of the PGA Code of Ethics Task Force.

Bishop was elected to PGA membership in September 1985, and has served in a leadership capacity at either the Section or National levels since 1989. From 1997-98, Bishop served as president of the Indiana PGA Section, and was the 1998 Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year. He also is a two-time (1996-97) Section Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient and was the Section 1991 Horton Smith Award winner.

PGA Vice President Derek Sprague, a native of Malone, N.Y., served from 2007-2010 as District 1 Director on the PGA Board of Directors, and serves as PGA general manager and head professional at Malone (N.Y.) Golf Club. He was elected PGA Secretary in November 2010. Elected to PGA membership in 1993, Sprague has served since 1998, in a leadership capacity at both the Section and National levels. He began service on the Northeastern New York (NENY) PGA Board of Directors in 1998, and served as Section president from 2003-2004.

PGA Secretary Paul Levy is the president of club operations and development for Sunrise Company, and the chief executive officer at Toscana Country Club in Indiana Wells, Calif. Elected to PGA membership in 1986, Levy has served in a leadership capacity at the Section and National levels since 1992. From 2004 through 2008, he has a member of The PGA of America Board of Control.

The new PGA Board members are Bud Rousey of Pensacola, Fla.; James Richerson of Kohler, Wis.; Bob Philbrick of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Bill Hulbert of Yorba Linda, Calif.; Daniel Koesters of Las Cruces, N.M; and independent director Dottie Pepper of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The new PGA District Directors will serve three-year terms.

The PGA Board of Directors is composed of the Association’s President, Vice President, Secretary, Honorary President, and 17 Directors. The Directors include representatives from each of The PGA’s 14 Districts, two Independent Directors and a member of the PGA Tour. New District Directors are elected by their local PGA Sections.

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Eubanks: Remembering One of the Best

Those who knew Jim Flick best are in lockstep when summing up the man. He was, they all say, a better person than he was a teacher. And he was one of the best teachers in the history of the game.

Flick, who passed away on Monday at age 82 after battling pancreatic cancer, was a legend in the world of golf instruction, a man who could have a rank beginner getting shots airborne in a matter of minutes, and help the greatest players in the game just as quickly.

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And he would treat both exactly the same.

“I wish I had his demeanor and his attitude and style,” said Bob Toski, who taught alongside Flick for many years in the Golf Digest Schools. The two also co-authored the book “How to Become a Complete Golfer.”

“He was always the same, whether he was teaching the beginner, the middle handicapper or the tour player,” Toski said. “He was very polished and consistent in the way he communicated with people. If you went through the list of people who went to his schools, you would get accolades like you wouldn’t believe. He influenced people of all ages, abilities, styles and means.”

Long before tour ranges filled up with celebrity instructors, Flick was teaching the best with a smile and an infectious optimism.

“He was one of the closest guys to me as I was growing up, one of my dad’s great friends,” said Davis Love III. “I grew up with the Flick, (Jack) Lumpkin, my dad and (Peter) Kostis as my teachers. I called him Mr. Flick and he called me ‘Coach’ as he did so many of his students. He’d say, ‘You’re sure hitting it good, Coach.’

“I remember so many thousands of people that went through the schools that fell in love with him. Not only did the people in those schools get great instruction – and I’ll throw my dad in that category as well – people fell in love with the game because those guys were so nice and made it so much fun. They inspired people, not just to hit golf balls and work on their games, but to be golfers.”

Brandel Chamblee also found Flick to be a compassionate and caring teacher who cared more for his students than he did for himself.

“As I think back on the time I spent with him, it occurs to me that he had embodied what it means when one hears of a teacher’s love,” Chamblee said. “He loved his students and put their needs above any desire for recognition. He loved golf and he loved to talk golf, but he did so with empathy for the student and humility that suggested that as he was teaching he was also being taught. … He taught for all the right reasons and in all the right ways.”

His was a simple, old-school methodology that applied to everyone.

“He was the modern ‘Swing the Clubhead’ teacher, today’s version of Earnest Jones,” Toski said. “He believed that you had to feel the clubhead through the hands, and that the big muscles were responsive to the little muscles. He called the golf club ‘an instrument,’ and said it was like playing the violin. He’d say, ‘If you play good, you get some sweet music.’”

Perhaps his most famous student was also the greatest golfer of all time.

“I’ve known Jim Flick since I was a teenager, when Jim was a pro at Losantiville Country Club in Cincinnati.” Jack Nicklaus said. “I am sure I probably ran across Jim prior to this particular meeting, but I really became aware of Jim when he was the pro there and when Bob Keppler (Ohio State coach) and I went down to play the US Pro-Am when I was, I guess, a junior in college.

“I got to know Jim a little bit there. I knew he was a very nice guy, but I didn’t really have much involvement with Jim through the years until he began to come over to Frenchman’s Creek in Jupiter (Florida) and watch Jack Grout and me work. He would sit behind Jack Grout and me while Mr. Grout was teaching. He would sit back there for hours, day after day. So, there isn’t anybody who watched more of Mr. Grout teaching me than Jim Flick.

“When Jack passed away in 1989, I was looking for somebody to help me. I had gone to a couple of guys and I was sort of struggling to find the right person. I had just turned 50 years old and I was out at The Tradition – my first tournament and major as a senior,” Nicklaus continued. “Jim just happened to be walking around. I think we were walking down the 18th fairway, and he had watched most of the last nine holes, so I turned to him and said, ‘Well, Jim what do you see? You’ve seen me enough. You’ve seen Jack Grout and how he taught me.’ Jim said, ‘Well, I don’t see Jack Nicklaus.’ I said, ‘What do you mean?’ So, we went to the practice tee and he showed me what he meant.

“Through a variety of things Jim did and worked on, I won that golf tournament. I had not played very well up to that point, but did that week, thanks to Jim. He has been my teacher of note ever since.

“More important, for decades Jim has been a good friend to me, on and off the golf course. He has not only touched my life and career, but he has influenced hundreds, if not thousands, of people over the years.”

Davis Love thought of him as more than an instructor. He was one of the adults that make a difference in a young man’s life, a positive influence that makes a mark at just the right time.

“You wanted to be like Jim Flick,” Love said. “He was always happy, always smiling, and had such a positive attitude. I was lucky to grow up around guys like that.”

But it was Toski who summed up his old friend’s personality the best.

“If Byron Nelson was golf’s great gentleman, Jim Flick was golf’s gentleman instructor,” Toski said. “They were cut from the same cloth.”

Jim Flick is survived by his wife Geri and their five children.