South Florida PGA News

John Haines Named 2014 Florida State Senior Honoree

Atlantis, Fla – John Haines, PGA Life Member has been named the 2014 Florida State Senior Honoree. John’s passion and dedication to the game of golf make him a deserving recipient for this award. John will be honored by participating in the Bobby Goodman Memorial Pro-Am on October 16th at the Naples Beach Club where he will be recognized at the awards reception immediately following play.

Haines began his golf career as an assistant at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in 1959. He was elected to PGA membership in 1963. After 5 years in Maryland, he became the PGA Head Professional at Goose Creek Golf Club in Leesburg Virginia for 10 years and then became PGA Head Professional, director of golf and general manager at Hunt Valley Golf Club in Hunt Valley, Maryland for 16 years. After two years as Director of Golf at Greystone Golf Course in Maryland, he moved to Jackson, Wyoming and became the PGA Head Professional at Teton Pines Resort and Country Club. In 2002, Haines moved to Hobe Sound, Fla. to retire.

“Teaching by example” is a philosophy that Haines strongly believes in when it comes to being a leader. His passion and commitment to the game of golf prove that Haines is the epitome of a PGA Professional. During his 40 years of service to the PGA of America, John held numerous leadership positions. Haines served on the Middle Atlantic PGA Board of Directors for over twenty years from 1969-1988, including President from 1984-1985. He served on the PGA Board of Directors as the District 9 Director from 2000-2002 when he represented the Rocky Mountains, Colorado and Utah Sections. He also served as a member of the PGA Rules […]

By |September 22nd, 2014|Tags: |0 Comments

McCurdy Wins Assistant Championship

ATLANTIS, FL – Brett McCurdy of The Breakers Rees Jones Course won the National Car Rental South Florida PGA Assistant Championship today at Verandah Golf Club in Fort Myers, FL


By winning, McCurdy qualified for the 38th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship, Oct.  30 – Nov. 2, at PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course) in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The facility will be hosting its nineteenth consecutive PGA Assistant Championship.

McCurdy, posted a final-round 70 for a tournament total of 134 and a one-stroke victory over Adam DeArmond of Verandah Golf Club.


In addition to McCurdy, four other individuals, Paul Scaletta of The Bears Club, Chris Hawley of Miami Shores Country Club, Pat Patterson of Via Mizner Golf & CC and Alan Morin of The Falls Country Club qualified for the 126-man field for this year’s 38th edition of the PGA Assistant Championship.


The winner of the 38th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship earns $9,000 out of a total purse of $100,000. The top-70 finishers and ties after the second round will make the cut.  Click here for complete results.

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

 Atlantis, Fla – Mike Richards, PGA Director of Instruction at the Mike Richards Golf Academy at Parkland Golf and Country Club has been named the 2014 SFPGA Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes the professional who provides outstanding service as a golf instructor. The recipient is selected based on his/her efforts in promoting golf, use of teachings involvement in junior golf activities and teaching techniques.

Richards has received numerous awards for his leadership and outstanding teaching methods. He was voted Teacher of the Year for the SFPGA Southern Chapter in 2011, selected as a US Kids Certified Instructor in 2013-2014, nominated Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructors in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012, and was also a member of the PGA Presidents’ Council on Growing the Game from 2006-2013.

As a proud supporter of the PGA Growth of the Game initiatives, Richards promotes Get Golf Ready, Tee It Forward, Family Tees and “It’s OK to Play” to his clients and members of Parkland Golf & Country Club. He also instructs over 50 women in a Get Golf Ready Program conducted on a 12 month schedule. On a junior level, Richards made it his first priority to implement a junior golf program upon his arrival at Parkland Golf & Country Club. What began as a junior group and private lessons has grown into a very successful junior summer camp and now has a presence in SFPGA Team Golf. His program includes different experience levels and uses SNAG Golf and PGA Family Tees. Richards has also introduced SNAG Golf into local schools in Broward County.

In addition to his work […]

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