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Warren Bottke Named Golf Professional of the Year

Warren Bottke, PGA Director of Instruction at Abacoa Golf Club Academy, has been named the 2015 South Florida PGA Golf Professional of the Year. This award is the highest honor a PGA Professional can receive, as they are recognized for overall performance, level of service to the Association, leadership, image and the ability to inspire fellow professionals and promote the game of golf. Elected to membership in 1981, Bottke has been involved in the growth of the game and education of fellow PGA Members on a Chapter, Section and National Level. Bottke is currently the Honorary President of the South Florida PGA. In regard to his time as President of the Section, Bottke says, “I am most proud of the work we did with Habitat for Humanity. I was able to represent the Section and hand over the keys of a new home to deserving families.” During Bottke’s time as President, the South Florida PGA donated two homes to deserving families in South Florida. With a passion for education, Bottke serves as an adjunct faculty member for the PGA of America’s PGA Golf Management University Program. He travels across the country to educate students and share his passion and knowledge for the game. In 1988, Bottke became the youngest Master Professional in the history of the PGA. He now serves as a faculty member for the PGA Master Professional certification program, where he mentors current PGA Professionals who are working toward becoming certified as Master Professionals. For his dedication to developing and improving education opportunities for PGA Professionals, Bottke was awarded the PGA of America’s National Horton Smith Award in 2005. He also received this award on the Section level in 1987, 1989, 2004 and [...]

By |November 13th, 2015|0 Comments

Team Golf – Fall Championship & Season Review

ATLANTIS, Fla. – The fall season of Team Golf concluded this past weekend with the Fall Championship at Weston Hills Country Club on November 7th.  Over 100 junior golfers (ages 6-14) and 15 teams from local south Florida facilities participated on Saturday afternoon.  The winning team that took home the overall champion’s trophy came from Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club – Team Shipwreckers.  Coached by PGA Professionals Neil Lockie, Jon Arthur, Paige Golibart and Josh Miner and was represented by team members Emma Troast, Morgan Wade, Reid Korody, Sam Dulski, Talan Wilkes and Alexander Smyth. Team Golf is held primarily during the summer months, but as the program has gained in popularity an extended fall season was created.  The Fall Championship was a culmination of a six week program that consisted of three separate leagues – Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Naples/Fort Myers.  Each league conducted five tournaments and was invited to participate in the Fall Championship to enjoy a fun day on the links.  In addition, each league crowned an overall team champion from the fall season (teams listed below). Palm Beach County:  Bear Lakes Country Club, Team Bear Lakes Grizzlies.  Coached by PGA Professional Chad Lauze and Adam Packard Broward County:  Parkland Golf & Country Club, Team Parkland Gophers.  Coached by PGA Professionals Chase Minnick and Sean Fairholm, LPGA Professional Allison Hanna Naples/Fort Myers:  Stoneybrook Golf Club, Team Stoneybrook Dawgs.  Coached by PGA Professionals Jordan Ball and Jeff Nixon This is the third year for Team Golf in south Florida and over 45 different facilities, both public and private, helped form teams during the summer and fall seasons in 2015.  Each team is comprised of 8-12 players ages 6-14.  Teams can be coed [...]

By |November 10th, 2015|0 Comments

Don Law Named Teacher of the Year

Don Law, PGA Director of Instruction at the Don Law Golf Academy, has been teaching students of all skill levels for over 20 years. As a result of his passion for teaching the game of golf, Law opened his own Golf Academy in 1999 and currently has four academies throughout south Florida – Don Law Golf Academy at Ocean Breeze Golf and Country Club, Don Law Golf Academy at Osprey Point Golf Course, Don Law Golf Academy at Cypress Creek Country Club and Don Law Golf Academy at Martin County Golf Course. Additionally, Law is the Director of the Club Med Academy where he oversees instruction of all junior training programs and training of all teaching staff. Law leads his students and staff by example by giving back to the game of golf and the PGA. He annually volunteers to assist with countless junior programs throughout south Florida, including having served as the South Florida PGA’s Junior Golf Chairperson from 2002-2015. In addition to his service on the local level, Law was a member of the PGA of America Junior Committee from 2011-2014. “I love being able to lead people to discover things for themselves,” says Law. He enjoys teaching students of all skill levels and believes that teaching golf goes beyond the game. “I always encourage my students to feel good and be happy about the normal things that they do outside of golf. Feel good about yourself and all things are possible,” says Law. It is this attitude and passion toward people that has led him to be a mentor to countless students and fellow PGA Professionals. Law has received numerous awards throughout his career on the Chapter, Section and National Level. He [...]

By |November 9th, 2015|0 Comments