South Florida PGA News

DeWitte & Kelsey, Champions at the Inaugural National Car Rental Foundation Pro-Am

Thirty-four teams competed in the inaugural National Car Rental Foundation Pro-Am today at Ft. Lauderdale Country Club.  Each team was comprised of one PGA member/apprentice and one amateur.  Capturing the title firing a net best ball team score of 63 was Jonas DeWitte and amateur Bruce Kelsey from John’s Island Club in Vero Beach.  DeWitte and Kelsey won in a scorecard playoff against PGA Professional Tim Turpen and Jesse Lee of Ironhorse Country Club.


PGA Head Golf Professional at Gleneagles Country Club, Jason Hrynkiw was the low professional for the event shooting an impressive 67.  In addition to the event winners, today’s Pro-Am helped raised just over $4,500 for the South Florida PGA Foundation.  The South Florida PGA Foundation founded in 2004, has more than tripled in size over the past six years with a mission to serve the south Florida community.  Programs conducted through the Foundation include junior golf, charitable gifting and scholarship, Smiling Fore Life and community outreach with Habitat for Humanity being one of the main beneficiaries.


For complete results from the event click here.  For more details and information about the Foundation click here.

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SFPGA Teams Up with Local Sports Organizations to Promote Golf

The South Florida PGA recently worked with local sports organizations to promote the game of golf.  Below are more details:

Play Golf America Event at Roger Dean Stadium
On Thursday, March 19th sunny skies greeted baseball fans at Roger Dean Stadium as the St. Louis Cardinals took on the New York Mets for a spring training game. The South Florida PGA and Section member Ed Angulo were on-site promoting golf and offering free lessons prior to and during the game. Over 40 individuals stopped by the hitting bay and were given instruction during the three hour event.

Special thanks go out to PGA Professional Ed Angulo who volunteered his time and expertise. We appreciate everything you do to help grow the game of golf.

PGA Night with the Florida Panthers
The Florida Panthers hosted the Boston Bruins on Saturday night (March 21st) at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. The hometown Panthers were victorious and inched closer to the last wild card spot in the playoffs. Prior to the game, the South Florida PGA and Section members Larry Levow and Jon Hoon joined the fun and offered free lessons to fans in attendance. Over 30 individuals stopped by and were given instruction during the two hour event. Special thanks to Larry and Jon for the amazing work!

In addition to the activities, just before the game started and inside the arena, SFPGA President Warren Bottke was introduced on the ice and participated in the ceremonial slap shot.  See more HERE.

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Beginning February 21st, SFPGA Professional Mike Richards and his staff began teaching 12 individuals the game of golf at Parkland Golf and Country Club through the Parkland Buddy Sports program.  Parkland Buddy Sports, Inc is a not for profit organization that offers well-structured sports programs for special needs children and young adults. Regardless of the mental and/or physical diagnosis, the Buddy program welcomes children ages 4 to young adult. The sports programs consist of once weekly (Saturday or Sunday) activities and games. Each player is paired for the entire season with their own “Buddy” who in most instances is a typical student volunteer for an entire season.  Every six week the students have the opportunity to learn a new sport from experts in the industry.

Saturday, March 14th marked the second session of golf for the Parkland Buddies.  Richards was impressed with their ability to learn the game so quickly, having them use real clubs after just one session.  “This program is changing lives, and I am fortunate to be a part of it.  I hope that we have the opportunity to make golf an annual program within their curriculum” says Richards.


For more information about Parkland Buddy Sports, Inc click here.

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