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ATLANTIS, FL – The South Florida PGA proudly announces Payton Minear as the 2015 South Florida PGA Golf Management Scholarship recipient. This scholarship was created in 2007 to provide financial assistance to exemplary students enrolled in this South Florida based PGA Golf Management University program at Florida Gulf Coast University.


Payton is currently working full time as the Assistant Golf Professional at Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club in Ft. Myers and enrolled in the PGA Golf Management University program at Florida Gulf Coast University. Minear’s resume is extremely impressive and highlights her strengths as well as numerous accomplishments. Payton’s goal is to teach others the wonderful game of golf and grow the game as a PGA Professional. Minear has a good amount of industry experience, working at five PGA recognized facilities including The Water’s Edge Country Club at Smith Mountain Lake in Penhook, VA. At Water’s Edge she was mentored by Ed Currin, PGA, worked inside the Pro Shop, aided with tournament preparations and gave over 50 paid lessons along with several complimentary lessons. Currently Payton is employed at Gulf Harbour Golf & Country Club under the direction of Mark Doss, PGA. Doss, comments on Minear stating, “Payton has been a great addition here as the staff and members of our club appreciate the high level of service she provides. Gulf Harbour is happy to invest in her future with whatever resources necessary to insure Payton’s success.”


Outside of golf, Payton has given her time to several foundations and charities where her duties have ranged from being a vacation Bible school leader, spending time with special needs children, packaging meals for the hungry and raising money for charities.


Minear’s ultimate goal is to become a PGA member […]

By |August 18th, 2015|0 Comments


The final round started with Eduardo Herrera and Brigham Gibbs tied at the top after both shooting rounds of 67-69.  Herrera, of Windermere, began his final round on the West Course slow but steady.  He scored seven pars and made up for an early bogey on hole three with a birdie on the ninth hole. Gibbs, on the other hand, got off to a rough start after bogies on holes 1, 2, and 4. He managed to birdie the par five, sixth hole posting a two-over par front-nine score, and falling two behind Herrera in the same pairing.


The back-nine got off to a better start, making a birdie on the 10th to cut the lead back to one stroke, only to be answered by Herrera’s birdie on the 11th.  Both players would birdie the 16th and Herrera would lead by two strokes on the 17th tee.  On the 17th green, the first glimpse of nerves all day from Herrera were shown, as he failed to convert a 3-foot par putt, and the lead was now just one. Stepping up to the 18th tee, Herrera faltered again, but caught the break of the tournament.  With his tee shot heading right of the fairway, towards the parking lot, out-of bounds, the ball caught a tree and kicked out in the fairway. Eduardo would take advantage of the fortunate bounce and hit his approach on the green, and convert the birdie putt to post 206 (-7) and capture the 39th Florida Senior Open Championship by 2 strokes. Brigham Gribbs, of Miami finished alone in 2nd after posting 208 (-5) and took home low amateur honors.


Winning the Florida Senior Open marks Herrera’s first FSGA victory. Four players tied for […]

By |August 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Aliff and Davenport Take Top Honors at Challenge Event #9

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This week, the South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour presented by The Honda Classic held event #9 at Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart.  With a field of 60 juniors, each division came down to the wire.


Vero Beach native Austin Aliff opened up round one with an even-par 72 to find himself two strokes clear of Doral native Leo Herrera and Coral Springs native Brett Roberts who each shot two-over par 74’s during round one.  Aliff made the turn during round two at two over par, while Roberts found a way to get to two under par on the round and even with Aliff for the tournament.  The two went on to battle on the back 9.  Heading into the 18th hole, each player was tied.  Roberts finished with a closing bogey to finish one stroke behind Aliff who would claim his first win of the 2015 season.  Roberts would go on to take home the boys 13-15 age division, while Vero Beach native Trey Meadows would go on to claim the boys 16-18 age division.


Palm City native Holly Davenport took an early lead in the overall girls division after an opening round four-over par 76 to find herself with a hefty lead heading into the final round.  Davenport would ease up in the final round but still found a way to win the overall girls title by ten strokes to claim her first victory of 2015.  Port St. Lucie native Brianna Fitzpatrick would go on to claim the girls 13-15 age division, while Lake Worth native Serina Combs would go on to claim the girls 16-18 age division.


For the fifth straight week in the boys 11-12 age division, if you didn’t shoot […]

By |August 13th, 2015|0 Comments