Today, the South Florida PGA conducted the 1st Annual PGA HOPE Charity event presented by Raymond James at Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach. The event served as fund raiser for the new PGA HOPE (helping out patriots everywhere) program, which provides local veterans with an opportunity to learn the game of golf as a form of therapy and assimilation back to civilian life. In a short period of time the new PGA HOPE program has positively impacted more than 40 local veterans. This year's event raised over $44,000 to help support this program moving forward. The day began with a special clinic by Donna White, PGA and PGA HOPE participants, Mary and Richard who demonstrated to the event's 68 participants the challenges many veterans face when first being introduced to golf. In addition to the clinic, the ROTC from Palm Beach Gardens High School was onsite to present the colors prior to play. In addition to the support of Raymond James, FPL, AutoNation, All Star Aggregate and Tito's served as supporting partners of the event. For more details about the PGA HOPE program click here or to view the recent news story featuring local PGA Professionals Judy Alvarez and Donna White along with veterans Mary and Wally who both completed the program in December click here
Today, May 18, 2016 is National Golf Day! Golf is more than just a game. Beyond its sport and recreational value, golf is a major industry that generates jobs, commerce, economic development and tax revenues for communities throughout the country. National Golf Day celebrates the game of golf's $70 billion economy that includes $4 billion annual charitable impact in addition to environmental and fitness benefits. Today, industry leaders will gather at Capitol Hill in Washington DC to educate political leaders of the impact the game of golf has on our country. Click here for more information.
On Monday, May 16th, the South Florida PGA Southwest Chapter conducted their Annual Spring Meeting and awards ceremony supported by Signature Golf at Fiddlesticks Country Club. Over 200 members and apprentices gathered to recognize the outstanding work and dedication to the game by their fellow peers, in addition to receiving a report on the Chapter from the officers. During the meeting PGA Director of Golf at Pelican’s Nest Golf Club, Christian Sheehan presented five local organizations with grants on behalf of the Southwest Chapter to assist with their efforts in the community. Those organizations included; SalusCare, First Tee of Naples/Collier, FGCU Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams, FGCU PGA/PGM Programs, and The Southwest Florida Junior Golf Association. In addition to these donations, eleven high school graduates received scholarships to assist with their college education. Special thanks to Fiddlestick Country Club, PGA Director of Golf Travis Wehrs and their staff for all their hard work throughout the meeting and preparation for the event. Award recipients include: Golf Professional of the Year: E.J McDonnell, PGA Teacher of the Year: Andy Scott, PGA Horton Smith Award: Joseph Groch, PGA Vince Smith Award: Daniel Heaslip, PGA Henry Watkins Award: Kelly Leonard Bill Strausbaugh Award: Christian Sheehan, PGA Junior Golf Leader Award: Michael Chesnover, PGA Jeremy New Assistant Golf Professional of the Year: Jordan Burke, PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Public Facility: Nick Stokke, PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Resort Facility: Rick Rainville, PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Private Facility: Valerie Osborn, PGA Player of the Year: Adam Miller, PGA Senior Player of the Year: Steve Waugh, PGA Scholarship winners include: Duneshka Cruz - Marco Island Academy Bryce Watkins – Naples High School Lauren Lockard – Bishop Verot [...]