November 9th 2017- The 2017 Team Golf season has come to a close with the year ending Fall Championship on Sunday, November 5 at Weston Hills Country Club. Fifteen facilities from across south Florida
Marshall Carpenter, PGA Head Professional at High Ridge Country Club is the 2017 Merchandiser of the Year in a private category. Carpenter has been at High Ridge Country Club since 1991.
“Receiving this award is a tremendous honor. Being recognized for my efforts as the shop owner/professional at High Ridge Country Club is extremely rewarding. I enjoy investing in new inventory each season because I see it as an investment in my membership. I want my members to enjoy the newest equipment and finest apparel because they want and deserve the best. To have my efforts appreciated and validated by the PGA of America is very gratifying,” says Carpenter.
Carpenter values the relationships he has developed over the last 26 years serving PGA members. He views getting to know them along with their families and guests a privilege not just his job. In the shop, Carpenter intentionally creates a fun and productive environment that develops a strong rapport within his team. With this strategy, everyone benefits. He also holds the relationships with his mentors in a high regard. “My mentors have molded and shaped my professional career, as well as many great friendships with other PGA Professionals throughout the country,” says Carpenter.
Carpenter, along with the other South Florida PGA Annual Award Recipients will be recognized at the Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner in November.Clickhereto view all the award recipients.
October 22nd and 23rd the North Florida PGA hosted the 12th Annual Senior Challenge Cup matches at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando. This year’s South Florida team was captained by Pat O’Brien and was comprised of: Steve Benson, Rick Gomes, Jerry Impellittiere, John Lee, Jim Karr, Roger Kennedy Sr., Dennis Meyer, Mark Mielke, Tim Miller, Laurie Rinker, Mike San Filippo and Jerry Tucker.
After having lost the cup last October during the matches at PGA Golf Club, this years team had their eyes set on bringing the cup back home, and they did just that! This win marked the 9th time the South Florida team has been victorious. During the matches this week the South Florida team earned 18 points to North Florida’s 12.
Congratulations to all those who competed!
To view complete results from the matches, clickhere.
Lara Pavloff, PGA Head Golf Professional at Biltmore Golf Club has been named the 2017 Merchandiser of the Year at a resort facility.
Lara’s merchandising strategy is to build excitement around the newest trends and fashion, which she credits, is a team effort. They do their best to offer fashionable products that are not easily found in other retail outlets. “We also use upsell tactics with product placement to increase margins. I have my staff always offer a matching hat with a new shirt. If the hat is not purchased or the customer is not interested we always attempt to offer a glove or divot tool to accompany the purchase. These are items with strong profit margins and also help our dollars per round,” says Pavloff.
Pavloff started as an Apprentice in 2009 at Trump National Doral. After moving back to Florida she went to her now home facility, Biltmore Golf Course. Lara was elected into member status in 2014.
“Being a PGA professional is so much more than a title.My profession allows me to do what I love and meet and be around so many tremendous people.The PGA has afforded me the opportunity to do something every day that never feels like a job and for that I am very grateful,” says Pavloff.
Pavloff, along with the other South Florida PGA Annual Award Recipients will be recognized at the Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner in November.Clickhereto view all the award recipients.
Supported by PXG and Orange Whip Trainer, the 2017 Annual Teaching Symposium was a great success! This two day annual seminar featured the following speakers who came from near and far to speak to over 110 South Florida PGA members and apprentices.
Dr. David Cook
Ed Ibarguen, PGA
Joe Hallet, PGA
Jerry Tucker, PGA
Don Law, PGA & Kenny Leech
Mark Durland, PGA
Each presenter provided valuable content, with the goal of helping those in the room grow as instructors and golf professionals. Topics discussed included teaching juniors, and the importance of them to the growth of the game. Putting techniques that will help enhance your students skills. The mental game, and how it plays a large role in the succe
ss of a golfer. Along with the importance of relationships and the framework for why PGA Professionals do what they do. From start to finish, they provided engaging content creating a dynamic atmosphere.
Special thanks to all those who made the event possible, including Section Education Chairperson, Kevin Compare. Stay tuned for upcoming seminars and information regarding the 2018 Teaching Symposium!
ATLANTIS, FL – The South Florida PGA reclaimed the Challenge Cup this week at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando. This year marked the 37th year that South Florida PGA Professionals have taken on
HOBE SOUND (Oct. 12, 2017) – Andrew Filbert of Naples took home the two biggest prizes in the South Florida PGA Section on Thursday.
Filbert shot a 1-under 71 at McArthur Golf Club to win the South Florida PGA Professional Championship by five shots. The victory also enabled the 30-year-old PGA Assistant Professional at Bonita National Golf Club to claim Player of the Year honors in the section. Filbert edged out nine-time POY winner Alan Morin.
“I knew I had a chance to win Player of the Year because I finished fourth last year,” Filbert said. “It’s one of the strongest sections around, but I knew I had a chance to hang with these guys.”
Filbert started the final round with a 2-shot lead, but was 2-over after eight holes. He eagled the par-5 ninth with a 5-iron to 6 feet, birdied the 10thand coasted to the 5-shot victory over Michael Valicenti of Jonathan’s Landing at 6-under 210.
“That eagle at No. 9 was a game-changer,” Filbert said. “It wasn’t clean on the front – there were a lot of nerves. But I knew when I got to the ninth hole, I could start attacking. I like those holes; I played the ninth and 10thholes in 6-under for the two rounds.”
Filbert and Valicenti (74-215) were the only players to break par after playing two rounds at McArthur and the other at Turtle Creek Club. Gene Fieger of Naples (73-217) tied for third with Jeff Waber (71-217) of Broken Sound – Old Course.
Morin led the POY standings, but dropped to second after a fifth-place tie Thursday. He was the two-time defending champion in this event.
“He’s a good guy, a good player and he’s had a good year,” Morin, an Assistant PGA Professional at The Falls Club of the Palm Beaches, said of Filbert. “He makes our section even stronger.”
Added Fieger: “Andrew’s been a good player for a few years, and he’s getting better. He’s a big kid that hits it far, like a lot of these young guys.”
Filbert earned $6,605 for the victory. The POY award also earned him a spot in next year’s Honda Classic.
“It’s been my lifelong dream to play in a PGA Tour event,” Filbert said.
The top 12 finishers qualified for the PGA Professional National Championship June 17-20 at Bayonet Black Horse at Seaside, Calif.: Filbert, Valicenti, Fieger, Waber, Morin, Adam Scrimenti (71-219), Jerry Tucker (77-220), Steve Delaney (74-221), Chris Kaufman (74-221), Kyle Sanders (75-222) Rick Gomes (77-222) and Jim Karr (79-223).
The South Florida PGA Professional Championship/Section Championship, staged by the South Florida PGA, is presented by Club Car. Mercedes-Benz and Omega and supported by Center State Bank, Golf Advisor, Golf Life Navigators, Kohler/Whistling Straits, Titleist/FootJoy, Precise Yardage Books, PGA Tour and Winner’s Award Group.
To view complete results clickhere.
NAPLES (Oct. 5, 2017) – Justin McCarraher, PGA did something Thursday few golfers have been able to do: beat Alan Morin.
In a playoff, no less.
McCarraher, a PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers, made a par on the second playoff hole to win the National Car Rental SFPGA Assistant Championship at The Quarry.
Morinlost his tee shot on the second playoff hole and made a double bogey. That opened the door for McCarraher to win his second section event.
“Playoffs are always tough, especially against a good player like Alan,” McCarraher said. “I was fortunate. Alan didn’t put his best swing on that tee shot. Nine times out of 10, he’s not going to beat himself.”
McCarraher did his part by shooting a 5-under 67 – the low round of the tournament – to come from two shots back and finish tied with Morin, who works as a PGA Assistant Golf Professional at The Falls in Lake Worth, at 6-under 138. McCarraher gave himself an opportunity when he birdied three of his final four holes in Wednesday’s opening round that was played with gusts of 35-mph.
“I found something late in the first round and that carried over into today,” McCarraher said. “I feel like I’ve played poorly this summer, so this is kind of surprising.”
Like most PGA Professionals based in Fort Myers, McCarraher was just happy to be back on the golf course after dealing with the destruction left behind by Hurricane Irma.
“None of us have played much golf lately,” he said. “We actually got a little lucky today than it didn’t rain as much as it was forecast to.”
Kenneth Leech of the Don Law Academy was third, finishing one shot out of the playoff after a 68 left him at 5-under 139. Adam Scrimenti, PGA of Plantation Preserve was fourth (69-140) and Jon McLean of Jim McLean Golf School was fifth (71-141).
Only five players in the field of 67 finished under par for the tournament. Each of them qualified for the National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship Nov. 9th-12th at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie.
The National Car Rental Assistant Championship, staged by the South Florida PGA, is supported by Antigua, Cleveland Golf, Golf Advisor, John Deere, PGA Tour, Srixon and XXIO.
To view complete results clickhere.
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.- The first annual Senior Series Pro-Pro event was contested today at Country Club of Coral Springs. The team event consisted of twenty two-person teams, in an 18 hole four-ball stroke