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ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the SFPGA Junior Challenge Tour presented by The Honda Classic will hold event #11 at Old Marsh Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens.  Old Marsh has been a regular stop for the SFPGA Junior Tour for many years and has become a favorite among the juniors.

The boys 13-18 division will feature Port St. Lucie native Fletch Wunderlich.  Wunderlich has continued to improve each week on the junior tour and will be looking for his first win of the year at Challenge Event #11.  If Wunderlich wants to capture his first victory with the SFPGA Junior Tour, he will have to take down player of the year leader Ryder Sutcliffe.  Sutcliffe, who resides in Jupiter, has played outstanding this year on the Challenge Tour.

The girls 13-18 division will feature Hobe Sound native Hannah Foster, who has played outstanding all year and will be looking for her third win this weekend.  Also headlining the girls division is Boca Raton native Taylor Caradonna.  She has played steady all year and will be looking for her first win of the year at Old Marsh.

The 11-12 year old divisions feature many of South Florida’s biggest names.  Palm Beach native Allan Kournikova will be looking to take home his second win of the year.  Battling Kournikova will be Miami native Jake Beber-Frankel.  Beber-Frankel already has three wins this year on the Challenge Tour.  Highlighting the girls 11-12 year old division is Miramar native Madyson Gold.  Gold finished in second place at Challenge Event #7 and will be looking for her first win of the year this weekend.

This 36-hole, stroke play event will begin Saturday at 8 AM with tee times off #1 and #10.  Players […]

By |September 26th, 2014|Tags: |0 Comments

Jeff Raimer Named 2014 SFPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award Recipient

ATLANTIS, Fla. – Jeff Raimer, PGA Director of Golf at West Bay Club, has been named the 2014 SFPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient. This award is presented to a PGA member who by their day-to-day efforts have distinguished themselves by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations and through service to the community.

A PGA member since 1987, Raimer has held several management positions at high end golf clubs in the Naples area. For the past three years, Raimer has served as the PGA Director of Golf at West Bay Beach & Golf Club, he was previously PGA Director of Golf at the Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek and prior to that, Bay Colony Golf Club in Naples, while also serving as Head Professional at Gateway Golf Club in Fort Myers.

“The biggest thrill for me is having a personal sense of pride by being able to give back to the game that has been so wonderful to me and my family, it will never be enough,” said Raimer.

As a three time winner of this award, Raimer has been a dedicated PGA Professional and has held leadership roles at the Chapter, Section and National levels. He held officer positions within the Section and Southwest Chapter for 18 consecutive years. In addition, he served for six years on a National Committees, including the PGA of America National Employment Committee from 2008-2010, 2010-2012 and the PGA of America National Board of Governance Committee from 2006-2008, both positions were appointed by the President of the PGA of America.

Beyond his involvement with the PGA, Raimer also serves his community with a seat on the Resort and Hospitality Management Advisory Council and the PGA Golf Management Advisory Council […]

By |September 26th, 2014|Tags: |0 Comments

Paul Fitzpatrick Named 2014 SFPGA Assistant of the Year


 ATLANTIS, Fla. – Paul Fitzpatrick, PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Fiddlesticks Country Club has been named the 2014 South Florida PGA Assistant Professional of the Year. This award is sponsored by TaylorMade-adidas Golf and recognizes an individual for their overall performance as an assistant, willingness to accept responsibility, promotion of the game through teaching adults and juniors, and promoting the image of The PGA of America.

Over the last five years, Fitzpatrick has been responsible for the growth and development of the junior program at Fiddlesticks Country Club. The program has grown from two days per week to four. Fitzpatrick and his staff use The PGA Sports Academy to not only understand golf, but also incorporate health and wellness. With Fiddlesticks’ Director of Fitness, Fitzpatrick has introduced an agility station to his junior golf programs to implement flexibility and mobility activities.

A PGA member since 2010, Fitzpatrick has been an Assistant at Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers since 2009. As first Assistant, he has numerous roles that have helped him develop as a PGA member. Fitzpatrick has been flexible and open to new opportunities at his facility by filling in for key staff members who have left throughout the year. He has performed tasks outside of his normal responsibilities such as organizing the mobile Nike shop for the Annual Bobby Nichols Pro-Am and successfully running the Ladies Invitational. His ability to adjust to new situations and to succeed with unexpected responsibilities allows him to be a leader to others at his facility.

“My participation with the Southwest Chapter has given me the opportunity to mentor and support my fellow professionals in their efforts to become great PGA Members,” said Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick has been very involved with the […]

By |September 24th, 2014|Tags: |0 Comments