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Jim Butler Named 2014 SFPGA Golf Professional of the Year


Atlantis, Fla – Jim Butler, PGA General Manager of Grey Oaks Country Club has been named the 2014 SFPGA Golf Professional of the Year. This award is the highest honor a PGA Professional can receive, recognizing the individual for their overall performance, level of service to the Association, leadership, image and the ability to inspire fellow professionals and promote the game of golf.

Butler has been involved in the PGA on a local, sectional and national level. As a faculty member in the PGA Golf Management University Program at Florida Gulf Coast University, he serves on both the Resort and Hospitality Management Advisory Council and the PGA Golf Management Advisory Council. In recent years, he has been involved with the Florida Golf Summit, an ongoing effort to unite all influential bodies in Florida with a singular goal of promoting the game of golf throughout the state. With six years of working on this initiative, Butler is proud to have been a part of the first Florida Golf Summit, hosted in August. It is a personal goal of his to “continue to develop the Florida golf brand and bring attention to our state and country about the significance of golf to the economic benefit of our state and nation.”

Butler, the 2013 SFPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient, has been a PGA member for over 20 years. His influence in the golf industry has inspired countless golf professionals, apprentices and Professional Golf Management students at Florida Gulf Coast University. Grey Oaks Country Club currently employs over 20 PGA Professionals. On a weekly basis, Butler takes time to discuss with his staff members: personal goals, how to enhance their skill sets and their feedback of the daily operations. Butler […]

By |September 16th, 2014|Tags: |0 Comments


PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – PGA Professional David Guy and Superintendent Bryce Koch of Cypress Lake Country Club won the Gross Division of the National Car Rental Pro-Superintendent Championship presented by E-Z-GO and supported by Global Golf Sales and Sun Mountain by one stroke over the team of PGA Professional Owen Miller and Superintendent Vernon Jones of The Polo Club of Boca Raton. Guy and Koch carded nine birdies and no bogies in route to a nine under par round 63. PGA Professional Steven Delaney and Superintendent Harold Davis representing the Polo Club of Boca Raton, with score of 57.4, won the Net division.  Host PGA Professional, Frank Petitti and his superintendent, Andy Burrows of Frenchman’s Reserve finished in second place in the Net Division, just four tenths of a point behind winners Delaney and Davis.  A total of 50teams, consisting of one South Florida PGA Professional and one superintendent (from the same facility), competed in this two-person scramble event.  The event was supported by Sun Mountain and Global Golf Sales.


During play, several contests were held on the course.  Global Golf Sales sponsored a Closest-to-the-Hole contest on the 156 yard par three 11th hole.  PGA Professional Victor Tortorici of Sailfish Point Golf Club won the Professional contest with a shot that finished 5’-0” from the hole.  Kevin Frost, the superintendent from Ballen Isles won the Amateur contest with a shot that finished 1’-5” from the hole.  Tortorici and Frost each took home $225.  E-Z-GO Sponsored a Closest-to-the-Hole contest on Hole #2 and #14 and a Hole-In-One Contest on #14.   While no one aced the 195 yard hole, the winners of the Closest-to-the-Hole contests on hole #2 and a pair of Miami Dolphin tickets was Kevin Downing, the superintendent from President Country […]

By |September 15th, 2014|Tags: |0 Comments

Gabriele & Janiga Win Big at Championship Event #8

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the SFPGA Junior Championship Tour presented by The Honda Classic held event #8 at Normandy Shores Golf Club in Miami Beach.  With great course conditions and perfect weather, many of South Florida’s top junior golfers put on a great show during Championship Event #8.


The boys division featured some outstanding play this weekend.  Wellington native Anthony Gabriele opened up round one with a 2-under-par 69 to take the round one lead.  Entering round two, there were ten players within 4 strokes of Gabriele.  West Palm Beach native Form Malmin entered round 2 only one stroke off the lead of Gabriele after an opening round 1-under-par 70.  Miami native Rafael Martinez shot an impressive 5-under-par 66 during round two to post a tournament total 3-under-par 139 and put the pressure on Gabriele.  Despite Martinez’s best efforts, Gabriele managed to fire a bogey 5-under-par 66 in round two to win the Overall Boys Division by four strokes and finish the tournament at 7-under-par.  Palm Beach Gardens native Andrew Kozan took top honors in the boys 13-15 age division with a 2-under-par 140 for the tournament.  Martinez would go on to take top honors in the boys 16-18 age division.


The girls division featured a great shootout this weekend as well.  Wellington native Mary Janiga and Naples native Sydney Shrader each opened up round one with a 1-under-par 70 to lead the girls division enter round two.  Janiga would go on to shoot an even par 71 in round two to win the Girls Overall Division by four strokes.  Hallandale Beach native Valeria Pacheco would go on to the win the girls 13-15 age division after shooting 74-71 for a 145 tournament total.  Shrader […]

By |September 14th, 2014|Tags: |0 Comments