Yearly Archives: 2011

South Florida PGA Professionals Dedicate their 1st Home to Habitat for Humanity of Lee County

ATLANTIS, FL – A Southwest Florida family will have a place to hang their stockings this holiday. They’re getting a house thanks to Habitat for Humanity. But it wasn’t a smooth ride to move-in day for the father of four.

Marcos Maldonado is officially the owner of this home on Spruce Drive. And for him, it’s better late than never. This dedication ceremony was actually supposed to be held in October. But a family emergency almost kept him from coming home for the holidays.

With keys in hand, Marcos Maldonado is ready to start a new life with his four children in their San Carlos park home.

“This is their first home that they’ve owned and they’re very very excited about it,” said Kitty Green, President of the Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties.

In October, over 30 South Florida PGA Professionals traded in their putters for paint brushes and sponsored this Habitat for Humanity rehab project.

“Wnowing that we were doing something good for the Maldonado family, it was great,” said South Florida PGA Foundation President, Tom Wildenhaus. “A lot painting, a lot of cleaning. It was good stuff.”

After five days of hard work, the family should have moved in, but their journey to home ownership took an unexpected turn.

“We had something in the family got sick, kind of pushed back a little bit, but we overcame that with family and friends,” Maldonado said.

Jennica Maldonado is doing much better now and her family is looking forward to celebrating her health and happiness for many years to come.

“Just happy to have a house that I can call my own, raise my kids, and live in this nice neighborhood that we’re in,” Maldonado explained.

Marcos Maldonado is planning a […]

By |December 12th, 2011|Tags: |0 Comments

DENNIS WALTERS PERFORMS FOR AMERICAN HERITAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN PLANTATION

DENNIS WALTERS VISITS AMERICAN HERITAGE SCHOOL IN PLANTATION
PERFORMING AN INSPIRATIONAL SHOW FOR OVER 150 STUDENTS

ATLANTIS, Fla. – On Tuesday, December 6th Dennis Walters visited American Heritage School in Plantation to perform his inspirational show for over 150 local elementary school students.  This was the first show that Dennis has done at American Heritage School, and he had all of the faculty and students in awe of his trick shots and wowed by his message.

Thirty-six years ago Dennis was in an accident leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.  When this accident happened it halted all of Dennis’ plans and dreams of becoming a touring professional, and left him to learn a new way of life.  Although Dennis knew he would never walk again he was determined never to give up, and with a positive outlook he faced his tragedy as just a minor obstacle on his ongoing journey toward achieving his dreams.  In doing so, Dennis states, “I’ve always loved to play golf, so when I was injured I knew I had to find a way to still do what I loved – and I’ve been able to do that through hard work and determination.”   His message of inspiration was conveyed to all the juniors in attendance this Thursday as they sat in awe and cheered for Dennis while he performed some of his amazing trick shots from the swivel seat of his customized golf cart.

After a brief warm-up, not only was Walters able to drive the golf ball well over 200 yards while strapped to his golf cart, he was also able to perform phenomenal trick shots, including hitting the ball through fire, hitting the ball from an extra large tee, with a […]

By |December 7th, 2011|Tags: |0 Comments

TOP JUNIOR TOUR PLAYERS HONORED AT JUNIOR TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

As yet another successful Junior Tour season came to a close, many players were honored for their performance on the course throughout the year.  Awards were given not only based on performance but also to those juniors who have displayed great sportsmanship and improvement throughout the season.

Performance based awards included Player of the Year, which recognizes the member who earns the most points based on their top nine tournaments throughout the year, and Low Scoring Average, which is based on the players’ average 18-hole score from their top five events.

The 2011 Boys 14-18 Player of the Year winner was Derron Peyton of Boynton Beach, who has had an outstanding season with the South Florida PGA.  Payton’s five season wins has secured him a spot with Lynn University for 2012. In the Girls 14-18 division, this year’s Player of the Year was Claudia De Anotio of Weston.  De Antonio’s season included two Overall titles as well as a playoff loss in the Tour Championship on Sunday. In the 12-13 Age Division the Players of the Year were Ty Strafaci of Davie and Emily Faulkner of Palm City respectively.  Strafaci’s season included an impressive seven wins, while Faulkner’s included four.

Peyton also won the Boys 14-18 Low Scoring Average with an amazing 69.6 stroke average, as well as Strafaci winning the 12-13 division with a 71.8 stroke average.  As for the girls, Faulkner had the lowest scoring average for the 12-13 division with a 77.2 stroke average, while Annie Dulman of Palm Beach Gardens won the Girls 14-18 division with a 73.8 stroke average. Dulman’s scoring ability will be seen at the collegiate level in 2012 at Rollins College.

Specialty awards included The Honda Classic Most Improved […]

By |December 5th, 2011|Tags: |0 Comments