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Sarah Ciampi is Recipient of 2014 Bobby Goodman Scholarship

The South Florida PGA proudly announces Sarah Ciampi as the 2014 Bobby Goodman Scholarship recipient. The Bobby Goodman Scholarship is a $2,500 grant annually given to a high school senior or college student entering into his/her freshman or sophomore year of undergraduate studies whose parents or grandparents either work in or are retired from the golf industry. The scholarship is named after PGA Professional Bobby Goodman, who is recognized for his numerous contributions to the game of golf at all levels. The Bobby Goodman Scholarship Fund was created in 1988 by the South Florida PGA Senior Committee in tribute to the late Bobby Goodman.

Sarah is the granddaughter of Nunzio Ciampi, PGA who was the Head Professional at Glen Head Country Club in Glen Head, New York.

Sarah graduated from Martin County High School in the spring. She earned a 3.96 GPA while participating in numerous extracurricular activities during her high school career. These activities included: Student Government Association, varsity golf, track, Martin County Spirit Leader, Safe School Ambassador, National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. In addition, Sarah was the Vice President and President of her class during her four years in the Student Government Association.

Randall LaPlante, School Counselor of Martin County High School, said this about Sarah: “She is very respected in this school and community as someone who shows incredible character and integrity because she acts most maturely and responsibly.”

In the fall, Sarah will attend Fordham University in New York and will enroll as a communications major. We know that Sarah will achieve anything she puts her mind to and we wish her the best of luck in her college endeavors.

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By |August 19th, 2014|Tags: |0 Comments

Team Golf Championship – Palm Beach Garden Gators Earn Top Spot

ATLANTIS, Fla. – Clear, sunny skies greeted players and families as they arrived at Atlantis Country Club on Saturday to kick-off the 2nd annual Team Golf Championship.  Play got underway just after 9:00 AM local time with twenty total teams and roughly 120 junior golfers from across South Florida highlighting the tournament field.  Along with the players, local PGA and LPGA Professionals serving as team coaches were on-site assisting their teams.

This Section-wide Team Golf Championship brings together players, coaches, and families that have participated in the program all summer.  Teams were represented by the five (5) different regions – Northern Palm Beach, Southern Palm Beach, Naples/Fort Myers, Broward County, and Vero Beach.  The Team Golf Championship is a great opportunity for junior golfers to showcase their skills and enjoy a fun day on the links.

In the end, the team from Palm Beach Gardens Golf Course (Gators) was victorious.  The Palm Beach Gardens Gators team members included Chris Calvani, Staci Pla, Jonna Hubbs Cameron Meek, and Nic Macsuga.  Coached by PGA Professional Sherri Pla.  For full results, click HERE.

The league winners and teams from the five (5) regions were also recognized during the awards ceremony.  Below is a list of the teams and coaches that received top honors from the summer:

Region 1:  Northern Palm Beach
League Winner:  Palm Beach Gardens Gators
Team Coach:  Sherri Pla, PGA

Region 2:  Southern Palm Beach
League Winner:  Okeeheelee Golf Course
Team Coach:  Mary-Lee Cobick, LPGA

Region 3:  Naples/Fort Myers
League Winner:  Stoneybrook Dawgs
Team Coach:  Jeff Nixon, PGA

Region 4:  Broward County
League Winner:  Parkland Gophers
Team Coach:  Chase Minnick, PGA

Region 5:  Vero Beach
League Winner:  The Gimme’s
Team Coaches:  Don Meadows, PGA – Nate Tyler, PGA – Bela Nagy, PGA – Ken Weyand, PGA – Steve Hudson, PGA

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By |August 18th, 2014|Tags: |0 Comments

Lee Rinker is the 2014 Senior Section Champion

Lee Rinker, the defending champion, held off a late charge by Jerry Tucker, a four-time former winner, to capture the 32nd annual South Florida PGA Seniors Championship on Friday at the Turtle Creek Club.


After both players birdied the first three holes, Tucker ended up just one stroke short. Each shot 69 Friday, Rinker winning by 136 to 137.


Between the 14th and 15th holes there were a pair of two-stroke swings, on Rinker’s birdie and Tucker’s bogey at No. 9, and a bogey by Rinker at 17 midst Tucker’s closing string of birdies. Rinker two-putted to save par and the win at the 18th after Tucker had birdied.


“I feel like my game’s in good shape and I feel like playing again,” Rinker said. He shot 212 to tie for sixth in the Florida Senior Open Sunday (Aug. 10). His next outing will be the SFPGA Section Championship Aug. 25-27 Vero Beach. “I’m looking forward to playing in the Section Championship,” which he won in 2003 and 2006, Rinker added.


It was the 15th SFPGA win since 2002 for Rinker, a native of Stuart and the PGA head professional at Emerald Dunes Golf Course in West Palm Beach. Tucker, who operates the Treasure Coast Senior Tour out of his home in Stuart, has a career record 18 Section titles dating back to 2000.


Both individuals qualified for the PGA Senior Professional National Championship scheduled Nov. 13-16 at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie.  In addition to Rinker and Tucker, John Calabria, Paul Daniels, Frank Dobbs, Jerry Impellittiere, Steve Madsen, Ken Martin, Ray Sowers and Andy Zullo also qualified for the Senior PNC. Gene Fieger and Pete Oakley are exempt from the event, however both finished within the top 10 this week.

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By |August 15th, 2014|Tags: |0 Comments