The 2016 Nelson Cup Matches took place today on both the Miller and Soffer Courses at Turnberry Isle Miami. The Nelson Cup is a unique match play event in which the top 10 PGA Junior Professionals and 2 PGA Senior Professionals from each mainland Chapter of the South Florida Section compete against against one another in a Ryder Cup format. These individuals qualify based on their 2015 performance in Chapter events. In the morning Alternate Shot matches, the Southwest Chapter took an early lead edging out the Southeast Chapter, 25 ½ to 24. The team comprised of Jay Westerlund and David Kent earned a total of 5 ½ points for the Southwest Chapter along with the team of Mark Doss and Adam DeArmond in the Alternate Shot format. Firing back in the morning matches and representing the Southeast Chapter was the team comprised of Joe Kern and Tim Turpen earning 5 ½ points toward their chapter’s total, and Michael Valicenti and Derek Niszczak earning 6 points for the Southeast Chapter. In the afternoon Singles Matches on the Soffer Course, Marty Caifano from the Southern Chapter earned 6 points bringing his team total to 20. From the defending champion Southwest Chapter, John Calabria totaled 6 birdies in route to a routine 67, widening the Southwest Chapter lead from the morning matches. The Southeast squad was able to rally back from the morning with Alan Morin and Jamie Fordyce both earning 6 points toward their team total. After all teams had completed their matches, the Southwest Chapter finished just three points shy of retaining the cup as the Southeast Chapter took home the title. The final results were Southeast Chapter 72 ½,Southwest Chapter 69 ½, and the [...]
ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Tour held the Power Crunch Junior Championship at Weston Hills Country Club. With a sold out field of 84 players featuring many of South Florida’s top Junior Golfers, the strong field did not disappoint. Saturday’s opening round featured six juniors shooting under par on the 6,900 yard players course at Weston Hills Country Club. Port St. Lucie native Jeff Liss took the first round lead after firing a 5-under-par 67. Port St. Lucie native Sachin Kumar and Stuart native Grant Horvat stayed right on Liss’s heels after each firing a 4-under-par 68. Port St. Lucie native Daisuke Nakano also put together a strong round of 3-under 69 to find himself within striking distance. Sunday’s final round featured twelve juniors within six strokes of Liss’s lead. Kumar, who has found himself in the winner’s circle with the South Florida PGA on several occasions in the past managed to put together a final round 1-over par 73 to capture the Overall Boys title by two strokes and finish the tournament at 3-under-par. Port St. Lucie native Fred Biondi managed to capture the boys 13-15 age division after rounds of 72-73, while Nakano would go on to capture the boys 16-18 age division. Davie native Casey Sommer took the round one lead in the girls division after shooting an even-par 72. Parkland native Julia Matzat found herself three strokes off the lead on Saturday after shooting a 3-over-par 75, while Coral Springs native Taylor Roberts stayed within striking distance after a 4-over-par 76. Roberts, who was the 2015 Challenge Tour Player of the Year, managed to fire a steady 3-over-par 75 during Sunday’s final round to [...]
On Saturday, April 23rd the South Florida PGA with the help of PGA Teaching Professional Valerie Moore participated in Roger Dean Stadium's Golf Night in Jupiter. This evening, when baseball and golf collided offered those in attendance with an opportunity to win free rounds of golf at local facilities in addition to receiving a free ten minute golf lesson from Valerie. More than 40 kids and adults came by the SFPGA booth to get tips and learn more about how they can get involved in the game. Thanks to Valerie for making this event possible.