BUTLER AND GLASS WILL REPRESENT SOUTH FLORIDA IN THE 2012 RYDER CUP JUNIOR ACADEMY

BUTLER AND GLASS WILL REPRESENT SOUTH FLORIDA IN THE 2012 RYDER CUP JUNIOR ACADEMY The Ryder Cup Junior Academy will return to PGA Village this summer, inspired by past United States Ryder Cup Team Captains to provide aspiring players an opportunity to experience an elite player development academy.

Two juniors have been selected to represent the South Florida PGA Section at this year’s event; Robert Butler of Estero, and Katelin Glass of Lake Worth. “We are proud to have Robert and Katelin representing our section,” said Junior Golf and Special Events Coordinator, Meredith Schechter. “They are both members of our Junior Tour, straight A students, and hard workers who are dedicated to improving their golf games. This will be a great experience to meet juniors and instructors from all over the country and grow as individuals.”

The academy will be held July 1-8, at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla., where the inaugural event in 2011 attracted 70 participants. The initiative celebrates the passion of the Ryder Cup, and is intended to inspire participants to achieve greatness and to improve their lives through the game of golf. The academy focuses on playing and competing in both stroke and match-play formats.

“We are looking forward to another memorable year to help to develop the next generation of players who will lead our great game,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “The Ryder Cup Junior Academy was an incredible experience in 2011, where junior golfers were able to learn from some of golf’s greatest names including Billy Casper, Lanny Wadkins, and Dow Finsterwald, as well as top PGA Professionals from across the country.”

The 2012 session will also feature a selection of past U.S. Ryder Cup Captains and team members.

About The PGA of America

Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

About the South Florida PGA

The South Florida PGA, one of 41 PGA Section offices throughout the United States, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession.  The South Florida Section PGA is comprised of over 1,600 men and women PGA Professionals dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.

WHALEN AND GARRETT SHOOT LOW ROUNDS OF THE DAY TO WIN OVERALL TITLES

The South Florida PGA Junior Tour presented by the Honda Classic hosted Event #2 at Miccosukee Golf and Country Club in Miami, FL this weekend. A sold out field of 104 juniors competed at the host site of the Nationwide Tour event.

Daniel Whelan of Coral Springs had impressive under par rounds of 72-70 for a two round score of 142 to win the Overall Boys title. Michael Anderson of Parkland, followed close behind with a 73-72 to come in 2nd place with a 145. With a Sunday score of 2-under par, third place went to Michael Perez of Weston with a 146.

In the Girls Overall division, Carolina Garrett edged out her competition with a two-day score of 156; a 5 shot victory over her competitors. Claudia De Antonio of Weston followed in 2nd place with a score of 161. Finishing in 3rd place with a 162 was Shyanne Lovan of Wellington.

Alberto Martinez of Weston claimed the Boys 12-13 title by shooting an even par 73 Sunday for a two-day score of 151. Andrew Kozan from Palm Beach Gardens claimed 2nd place with a score of 153. Coming in tied for 3rd with scores of 154 were David Giandomenico of Boynton Beach and Hamilton Long of Palm Beach Gardens.

In the Girls 12-13 division, first place came down to a scorecard playoff between Claire Fitzgerald of Parkland and Story Shaw of West Palm Beach. Fitzgerald edged out Shaw for 1st place with both girls shooting 79-79-158. Third place went to Alejandra Merchan of Weston with a 161.

Notable mention for under par (73) rounds go to Daniel Whelan for Saturday and Sunday, as well as the following juniors for Sunday: Michael Anderson 72, Michael Perez 71, and Leonardo Coll (Ft. Lauderdale) 69.

For full results from the event, please click here.

The next South Florida PGA Junior Tour event will be held April 21-22 at Indian Spring in Boynton Beach, FL.

The South Florida PGA Junior Tour is proudly presented by The Honda Classic and supported by Allianz Championship, Club Med Golf Academy, Don Law Golf Academy, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, The Men’s Fun Group at Mirasol, and Titleist.

The South Florida PGA Junior Tour, run under the South Florida PGA Foundation, is committed to its mission of keeping membership and tournament-related costs low while providing first-class quality golf at seventeen championship venues throughout South Florida over the course of the Junior Tour season.  For more information on the Junior Tour, please visit the South Florida PGA website at www.sfpgagolf.com and click on Junior Golf.

The South Florida PGA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded to support the South Florida community, with a focus on junior golf, education and scholarships, and charitable gifting.  The South Florida PGA Foundation falls under the direction of the South Florida PGA, a not-for-profit organization comprised of over 1,600 men and women PGA Professionals dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.

PGA of America Family of Partners Provide SFPGA Professionals with Great Benefits

Each year the PGA of America works with various partners to obtain benefits for PGA members across the country. This year there are over twenty five benefits from organizations including:


Amecian Express, Delta, KitchenAid, Lexmark, Mercedes-Benz, National Rental Car, OfficeMax, Omega, Pepsi, Westin Hotels & Resorts, etc.


We encourage you to review these benefits and take advantage of them throughout the year. For a complete list of PGA benefits click here.