2016 provided to be another great year in South Florida. Thanks to all those who supported the Section, hosted our events, volunteered to help with our outreach programs, participated in events, and much more. To view a short highlight video from 2016 click here. As 2017 begins, we wish everyone a happy and healthy prosperous New Year!
After months of waiting and anticipation, the South Florida PGA Foundation dedicated its fifth home to Habitat for Humanity with this build being held in conjunction with the Martin County affiliate. After breaking ground over ten months ago this beautiful new home is now complete just in time for the holidays. Countless South Florida PGA Professionals, friends and staff were onsite to celebrate alongside the deserving family. In an emotional ceremony, featuring various presentations from Habitat for Humanity staff members, the county commissioner, and numerous South Florida PGA Professionals, Tandra Islam and her family were given the keys to their very first home. During each dedication ceremony one member of the family is asked to speak to those in attendance. Tanjila, ten year old daughter of Tandra was the featured presenter on behalf of her family, and she wowed the crowd through her humor and gratitude. She expressed not only her mother’s joy for this home but the joy her and her brother have, as they now have a permanent place to sleep at night. Over the past six years, Tandra has struggled to provide her family with a safe home but not this holiday season. After the ribbon was cut and the keys were presented, the home was opened for everyone to see. Tanjila and her brother, six year old Safqaat showed everyone their new rooms and their yard where they plan to practice their soccer skills. “Ceremonies like the one today are extremely humbling; these projects provide all the members of the South Florida PGA an opportunity to give back to the local community. We are extremely fortunate to have had worked along such a wonderful family, and wish them [...]
In conjunction with PGA Reach, the South Florida PGA Foundation has completed the second season of PGA HOPE. PGA HOPE (helping our patriots everywhere) is a program designed to introduce golf to veterans in order to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. The program consists of 6 weeks of instruction free of charge from local PGA Professionals. In the past year, the PGA HOPE program has impacted over 90 veterans in south Florida. This fall, three regions hosted PGA HOPE Programs: Alico Family Golf (Fort Myers), Atlantis Golf Club (West Palm Beach) and International Links of Melreese/ First Tee Miami (Miami). This was the second time hosting the program at Atlantis Golf Club and First Tee Miami and the first PGA HOPE Program on the west coast of Florida was hosted at Alico Family Golf. Each of the Programs saw different demographics of players and the PGA Professionals offered instruction to each student depending on their golf experience and abilities. This program has seen an incredible impact on not only the participating veterans, but it has also been very rewarding to the PGA Professionals who are able to teach the veterans. PGA HOPE at Atlantis was taught by PGA Professionals Judy Alvarez, Dave McNulty and Jason Brown. Eileen Jones, Chief Recreation Therapist at the West Palm Beach VA, coordinated the program to bring 10-15 veterans. Five former PGA HOPE Participants who participated in the Spring came back this Fall program to learn more and assist with the new participants as “buddies”. PGA HOPE at First Tee Miami was taught by PGA Professionals John Moscoso, Sean Kicker, Jane Schafer and Eric Salomatoff. Christina Dugrot of the Miami VA recruited the veterans and brought volunteers [...]