Southwest Florida golf column: LPGA event has sponsor for Oasis Trail, new Restaurant Week – Naples Daily News


The LPGA’s CME Group Tour Championship has a sponsor for its Oasis Trail, and that sponsor also is part of the inaugural Restaurant Week leading up to the tournament, which is Nov. 12-18.

Corona Premier will sponsor the Oasis Trail and the Oasis Trail Restaurant Week. From Nov. 4-10, the Restaurant Week invites patrons to enjoy featured menu items from Corona Premier Oasis Trail restaurant partners and receive discounts on Corona Premier Oasis Trail tickets.

The Oasis Trail is a series of hospitality suites along the course at Tiburón Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort where fans can stop for food and drinks. That includes suites on the 18th green and between Nos. 8 and 17.  Oasis Trail tickets for the tournament are $40 per day, any one day Thursday through Sunday of tournament week, or an any-day four-pack is available for $120.

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For Restaurant Week, participating restaurants include Boston Beer Garden, Black Eyed Pig BBQ, Belgian Yummies and Naples Flatbread Kitchen & Bar. Upon purchasing select dishes at each restaurant, customers will be given a $5 off discount code for one Corona Premier Oasis Trail ticket. Each restaurant will have their own specific discount codes.

“The Corona Premier Oasis Trail continues to be one of the CME Group Tour Championship’s most popular hospitality tickets,” tournament director Kevin Diaz said. “This specialty week will allow us to showcase some of the best restaurants the Southwest Florida community has to offer.”

The tournament will also be running an Instagram photo contest from the official account, @cmegrouptourchamp, which will award two winners with free Corona Premier Oasis Trail tickets. To participate, users who share their Restaurant Week featured dish, include the hashtag #CPOTRestaurantWeek and follow the tournament’s Instagram account will be entered to win.

For a list of featured dishes from the participating restaurants, visit CMEGroupTourChampionship.com. Tickets for the LPGA season finale can also be purchased on the website or by calling the tournament office at (239) 593-3900.

The tournament also will have the PNC Family Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. at Tiburón, hosted by LPGA-USGA Girls Golf. The clinic will provide an opportunity for junior golfers (ages 17 and under) to learn the fundamentals of golf and develop their game. 

One parent or chaperone per junior participant will receive free general admission into the tournament on Saturday (with junior participant’s presence). No previous golf experience is necessary and equipment will be provided on-site for all participants. 

Go to www.cmegrouptourchampionship.com/event-info/junior-clinic to sign up.

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Ariya Jutanugarn birdied the last two holes to win the CME Group Tour Championship on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in Naples, Fla.
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Senior PGA Professional Championship: The Club Pelican Bays Gene Fieger is heading back to the Senior PGA Championship. Fieger tied for ninth on Sunday at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie. The top 35 earned spots in the 2019 Senior PGA Championship, which is May 23-26 at Oak Hill in Rochester, New York.

Fieger shot 71-71-66-74 for a 6-under 282. Dennis Meyer of Dennis Meyer’s Golf School in Estero tied for 51st, missing by two strokes with a 292. Imperial’s John Lee tied for 61st with a 294. Windstar’s Dan Heaslip and Majestic’s Nevin Sutcliffe both missed the 36-hole cut.

Fieger tied for 71st in the 2015 Senior PGA Championship, and has missed the cut the last three years.

More: Southwest Florida golf column: Pelican Bay’s Gene Fieger qualifies for Senior PGA

Golf Digest Best Young Teachers: Southwest Florida has three in Golf Digest’s newest list of 114 Best Young Teachers in America.

The three are: Dan Lockhart, 38, of Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers ($140/hour); Steve Buzza, 31, of Bonita Bay Club ($150/hour); and Renee Trudeau O’Higgins, 35, of Quail West in Naples ($150/hour). Rates were those given in the magazine.

The magazine takes nominations from sources such as tour players, previously recognized teachers and instructors on Golf Digest’s state and national rankings. The process continues from there, with nominees being sent applications to fill out and to send in tips.

Patri named to Golf Tips Top 25: Naples’ Tom Patri, who has a golf school at Esplanade and also writes a column for the Daily News, has been named by Golf Tips magazine as one of the Top 25 Instructors in America for 2019-2020.

Patri is a former NCAA Division ll national champion at Florida Southern. He was 1998 Met (New York) PGA Teacher of the Year, 2006 South Florida PGA Teacher of the Year, and is a two-time Southwest Florida PGA Teacher of the Year.

Patri also is a contributing editor for the magazine and a co-chairman of the Golf Tips Top 25 Selection Committee.

Over the first 25 days of November, one new Top 25 Instructor will be introduced at www.golftipsmag.com, as well as on Twitter @golftipsmag and at Golf Tips Magazine on Facebook. The January-February 2019 of the Golf Tips print edition will include a special Top 25 section.

Men’s Summer Interclub: Results, TPC Treviso Bay (10-26) — 1. Corey Nyhus (Vasari)-Paul Brotcke (Royal Palm)-Belden Burns (Foxfire)-Ron White (The Glades); 2. Mike Fellers (Bonita Bay)-Al Cheatley (TPC Treviso Bay)-John Wirick (Foxfire)-Mike McNeill (Cedar Hammock); 3. Bob Morse (Spanish Wells)-Kelly Horner (Naples Heritage)-Jerry Craft (Miromar Lakes)-Mike Leske (The Quarry); 4. Fred Schrader (Royal Palm)-Ric Hill (Spanish Wells)-Hal Hills (Stonebridge)-Bob Howard (Foxfire); 5. Don Doolittle (TwinEagles)- Greg Sundeen (Wildcat Run)-David Wolff (The Classics)-Joe Giampa (Countryside).  Closest-to-the-pins: No. 7, Jim McFarland (Naples Heritage); No. 17, Terry Beall (Naples Heritage).

The Men’s Summer Interclub raised $12,300 for the Folds of Honor Organization this year.  This marks the 12th consecutive year the organization has collected donations for the Folds of Honor organization.  Folds of Honor provides scholarships for dependents of servicemen killed or severely wounded in action.

Next event, Friday, May 3, 2019, Foxfire.

Durland Golf School: Mark Durland, director of instruction at Naples Grande, has announced his fall instructional schedule. Supervised Practice, Nov. 6, 13, and 20, 3 to 4 p.m., $50 per student per session; Three-hour Short Game School, Nov. 5, 1 to 4 p.m., $150 per student; Complete Game Golf School, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., $350 per student (lunch included); Green Reading 101, Nov. 12, 3 to 5 p.m., $99 per student; Practice N’ Play, Nov. 16, 4 to 5:30 p.m., $99 per student;  Mental Game Golf School, Nov. 17, 3 to 5 p.m., $99 per student.

Call 784-2208 or email mark@durlandgolf.com.

Impact Zone Golf:  The headquarters’ simulator remains open to the public for rounds of golf from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at $75 per hour; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., private or group instruction, starting at $135 per person; Private or group instruction is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at Tiburón Golf Club or at the headquarters, starting hourly at $135 per person. Juniors — The Operation 36 After-school program started for the second semester.  For all skill levels. Classes for ages 7-10 and 11-and-over, with classes for ages 7-10 on Mondays and Thursdays, and ages 11-and-over on Tuesdays; Saturday class for six weeks, 3- to 6-year-olds, Nov. 3, 10, 24, Dec. 1, 15, 22. All students must be accompanied by an adult. Classes are $25/class; Tom O’Brien Playing Lessons during CME Week for Tiburón members — Nov. 13, 14, 15 (four spots available each day), playing nine holes or two hours on the course, $50 per person; K-Coach training during CME Week — $99 at headquarters in North Naples on Nov. 14, 15, 16 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. K-Coach helps golfers understand personal swing style and body movement.

Call 236-5536 for more information or to register.

To submit an item, send an email to ghardwig@naplesnews.com.

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A rundown of other activities and events follows:

PROFESSIONAL

CME Group Tour Championship

Info: Tickets are on sale for the LPGA’s Tour Championship, which is Nov. 12-18 at Tiburón Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. General admission tickets, Oasis Trail tickets, and Globe Lounge tickets are all available.

General admission — Includes general grounds access. Children 17 and under will receive free admission with a ticketed adult. Active or retired military members will receive free daily admission with a valid military ID. Daily tickets, $15, valid any one day Tuesday through Sunday. Weekly tickets, $30, valid all week Tuesday-Sunday.

Oasis Trail — Gives fans access to three open-air hospitality suites located on Nos. 16, 17 and 18 greens while following tournament play. Available Thursday through Sunday, $40 for a single day or $120 for an any-day four-pack. Ticketholders receive: Unlimited beverages (beer, water and soda); food samples from Southwest Florida restaurants; grab-and-go snacks; access to beverage stations throughout the course. Ticketholders also gain general admission access to the tournament.

Globe Lounge —  A limited amount of hospitality tickets are also available from Thursday through Sunday of tournament week. Overlooking No. 18 green, tickets for this open-air hospitality suite include: Lunch and a full bar; afternoon snacks; access to the patio, seating areas, televisions and private restrooms. Tickets, $100 for any one day. An any-day four-pack is $350.

Contact: CMEGroupTourChampionship.com or (239) 593-3900.

QBE Shootout

Info:  Tickets for the PGA Tour’s QBE Shootout — celebrating its 30th year — at Tiburón Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort are on sale for the tournament, which is Dec. 5-9.

Opportunities to enhance spectator experiences are available by upgrading to the Naples Beach Brew House or the Greg Norman Estates Shark Club.

The Brew House, located between Nos. 8 and 17 greens, starting at $90 per day will feature a variety of complimentary craft beers from Naples Beach Brewery plus food selections from the Boston Beer Garden. The Shark Club, located on the 18th green, starts at $300 per day and includes complimentary breakfast, lunch, snacks and full open bar.

The Shark Pass is once again available for $110 and includes a weekly grounds ticket and more than 70 rounds of discounted golf at 10 championship Southwest Florida clubs. The valid dates for the vouchers are Sept. 1-Dec. 1, 2018, and May 1-Oct. 31, 2019.

Contact: Call 254-9770, go to the PGA Tour Superstore in Naples or the Greg Norman Collection Outlet Store in Estero, or go to qbeshootout.com.

CHARITY

Veterans Golf Event

Info: The sixth annual tournament will be at Quail Run Golf Club on Saturday, Nov. 3. There is an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The entry fee is $65 and includes lunch. Proceeds will benefit Honor Flight.

Contact: 261-3930.

Gene Sarazen tournament

Info: The Naples Italian-American Foundation’s 11th annual Gene Sarazen Charity Golf Tournament will be Saturday, Nov. 3 at Wyndemere Country Club. Registration is $250 per golfer or $1,000 per foursome.  This year’s featured charity is the Collier County Special Olympics. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon, with a putting contest ongoing from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The tournament starts at 1 p.m., with a dinner following at 6:30 p.m. Sponsorships are available.

Contact: Email laurence@mohnfinancial.com or romeofrankr@aol.com or call 430-1014, 384-9933, or 571-1137.

Immokalee Foundation Charity Classic Pro-Am

Info: Set for Monday, Nov. 12 at Bay Colony Golf Club. The low-net score golf tournament will pair more than two dozen of tour professionals with Naples’ most philanthropic players. A pairings party will be at The Old Collier Golf Club Sunday, Nov. 11. Breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. along with golf demonstrations, followed by a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Lunch and awards presentation immediately following the tournament Entry fees begin at $5,000 for a single player and $8,500 for doubles.

Contact: For more information, call 239-430-9122, email info@immokaleefoundation.org or go to www.immokaleefoundation.org.

Home Base Tournament

Info: The third annual Southwest Florida Home Base Golf Tournament will be Monday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. at Pelican’s Nest Golf Club in Bonita Springs. It will be proceeded by a Veteran’s Day ceremony at noon. Cost is $200 which includes lunch, golf, cart and dinner.

Contact: Pat Phelan at (239) 980-1609 or paphelan23@gmail.com

Love the Children Golf Outing

Info: The sixth annual tournament will be Thursday, Nov. 15 at Countryside Golf & Country Club. There will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start, followed by lunch. Registration is $75 per golfer and includes lunch. Tickets are available for lunch only for $40.

Contact: Bob Lichy at 239-353-2482 or email at rclichy@lovethechildren.org.

Sunshine Kids Golf Event

Info: The second annual tournament will be Friday, Nov. 16 at Quail Run Golf Club. There will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The entry fee is $80 and includes lunch. Proceeds benefit children battling cancer.

Contact: 261-3930

JUNIORS

Alico Family Golf

Contact: Kraig@alicofamilygolf.com or Trey@alicofamilygolf.com

The First Tee of Naples/Collier

Contact: thefirstteenaplescollier.org, Derek Clemmensen at 331-1800 or tftnaplesleederek@yahoo.com.

Impact Zone Golf Juniors

Contact: RSVP to info@impactzonegolf.com.

Junior Golf Performance Academy

Info: At Quail Creek Country Club. After-School JGPA Group Program (August 2018 – May 2019). Monday-Friday, 12 group sessions to choose from (Enrollment open for 120 juniors, very limited availability). $150-$400/month, Private coaching also available.

Contact: Call or text JGPA Academy Director Spencer Graham at (561) 339-4688, or email infoJGPA@gmail.com.

LPGA Girls Golf

Info: High school/middle school (advanced) —  Dec. 15, Naples Grande, Christmas Scramble/Party, 2:30-6:30 p.m.

Contact: Janie Huling at janiegolfpro@embarqmail.com or 239-390-1619.

AREA ORGANIZATIONS

Alico Family Golf Center

Contact:  334-4653 or alicofamilygolf.com, www.alicofamilygolf.com/pga-hope/

LPGA Amateur Golf Association

Info: The Southwest Florida Chapter of the LPGA Amateur Golf Association, formally the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) was formed as a Naples chapter in 1999 with ladies primarily in the Naples area. The association is now the Southwest Florida Chapter, and members stretch all the way from Marco Island to Naples to Fort Myers and Cape Coral.

Contact: PresidentLPGAAAmateursSWFL@gmail.com; GolfEventsLPGAAmateursSWFL@gmail.com

Southwest Amateur Series

Info: Men’s circuit through the Florida State Golf Association features 36-hole individual competitions, with $130 entry fees.

Contact: fsga.org

Valencia Leagues

Info: Men’s league Saturdays at 8 a.m.; ladies league Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Contact: 352-0777, ValenciaGolfandCountryClub.com

World Golfers Amateur Tour-Southwest Florida

Info: $189 per year.

Contact: wgatusa.com or email Jim Stockman at jim@worldgolfersusa.com

INSTRUCTION, ETC.

Alico Family Golf Center: Thursday Ladies Class, 9 to 10 a.m., $25 per person with golf instructor Debbie Keim (508) 737-3004, deb@alicofamilygolf.com. Keim has 25 years of experience and was head professional at Paul Harney Golf Course in Falmouth, Massachusetts, for the past four years. Lesson rates are $60 for 30 minutes, $100 for an hour, $160 for 3-pack of 30 minutes, $275 for 3-pack of 60 minutes, or $20 additional person lesson. Contact Kraig Feighery at kraig@alicofamilygolf.com or 231-2036 or 334-4653.

APEX Golf: State-of-the-art training studio combining the skills of a golf pro and a physical therapist to improve the body and golf swing. The studio has a high-definition golf simulator, a K-Vest golf swing analyzer, video, and strength and flexibility testing software. APEX offers a free 30-minute analysis of the body and swing. Call 337-2739.

Rodney Bungartz Lessons: At Arrowhead Golf Club. Call 348-5929.

Jon Butler Golf: Offering 2- and 4-day golf schools, short game schools, clinics, private lessons and on-course playing lessons. Call 239-821-8447, jonbutlergolf@gmail.com, www.jonbutlergolf.com

Mike Calbot International Golf Studio & Triad Golf Schools: New home at Raptor Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs. Full and half-day schools are offered. Instructional packages are one, two or three days. All instruction is by appointment only. Private instruction and playing lessons also available. More than 35 years of instructional experience. Call 482-0900 or visit www.golfdoctorusa.com.

John Carroll Lessons: Former Club Pelican Bay professional John Carroll is at Talis Park Golf Club in North Naples. Carroll was at Pelican Bay for 29 years. He is available for instruction Tuesdays through Saturdays. To make an appointment, call 597-3561 or 860-8470.

Dennis Clark Lessons: Clark, a PGA Master Professional and director of the Dennis Clark Golf Academy at the Marriott Marco Island Resort and Spa, works with developing juniors interested in furthering their careers to the collegiate level. Clark has helped several young men and women with scholarship recognition and go on to professional careers. He works with both advanced and new players, in either group or one-on-one sessions. All lessons and clinics are by appointment. Call 777-6043 or visit dennisclarkgolf.com.

Concierge Service of Naples: An off-site service free of charge to the customer. The service can make tee times year-round at private country clubs in Southwest Florida up to 60 days in advance. The fee is the normal guest rate, and golfers are not required to play with a member. Call 285-7457.

Coral Isle Golf Center: The teaching center on Collier Boulevard on the way to Marco Island has a weekly clinic schedule — Tuesdays, ladies; Thursdays, men; Saturdays, mixed. There is a short-game class Fridays, with advanced sign-up required. All start at 10 a.m. Call 732-6900.

Wayne Dahlstrom Golf Academy: Dahlstrom is conducting short-game clinics from 9 to 10 a.m. Fridays at Lakewood Country Club (775-0765) and Wednesdays at Riviera Country Club (774-2011) for $20 per person. The class is limited to six participants. Private and semiprivate full swing lessons also are available. Call Dahlstrom at 370-1047 or email wd.top100@gmail.com.

Mike Dopslaff Instruction: PGA professional Mike Dopslaff, a four-time Southwest Florida PGA Player of the Year, provides instruction. Individual, group lessons at San Carlos Golf Club. Emailgolfslaff@aol.com.

Gail Graham Golf: Gail Graham is a two-time LPGA Tour winner with over 35 years of golf experience. Game improvement programs for all ages and skill levels. Individual and Group Lessons. Clinics. Corporate events. Visit gailgrahamgolf.com, follow on Facebook (Gail Graham Golf) and Instagram (gailgrahamgolf).

Golf Academy at The Strand: A new golf academy is under way at The Strand in North Naples and is also open to the public in addition to members. J.C. Anderson is the new director of instruction for the academy. Anderson is a former PGA Tour player, who played in six major championships and made over 100 cuts in PGA Tour-sanctioned events. He has been the director of instruction previously in clubs in Dallas and St. Louis, and a previous Player of the Year in both PGA sections, and has worked with junior golfers. To contact Anderson, call (636) 577-9554 or email jcanderson@pga.com.

The Golf Institute: Club fitting program includes evaluation based on series of tests, including frequency check and lie and loft angle. Putting evaluations also are available. Call 643-5895.

Phil Grear instruction: At Forest Glen. Call 354-1898 or 595-1120.

Spencer Graham: The Director of Instruction at Quail Creek Country Club (Guests Welcome) Rates are $225/Adults, $175/Juniors for a 1-hour Private Coaching Session. 3, 6 & 10 Hour Packages Are Available, Golf Course Playing Sessions Encouraged. Contact: Call or Text Spencer Graham at (561) 339-4688, or Email: grahamJGPA@gmail.com.

David Leadbetter Golf Academy: At LaPlaya Beach & Golf Club. Leadbetter is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher. Academy programs include three-day golf schools and players’ schools, and a one-day mini-school. Private instruction and playing lessons also are available. Call 592-1444.

Dan Lockhart: Lessons at Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers. Lockhart can have lessons with the general public, even though Fiddlesticks is a private club. Rates are $135 for a 1-hour private lesson, $625 for a 5-hour lesson program or $1,150 for a 10-hour lesson program that includes a 9-hole playing lesson. Email dan44gt@pga.com.

Mediterra Golf School: Contact director of instruction Adam Bazalgette at adamb@clubmediterra.com or go to www.adambgolf.com.

Dennis Meyer’s Golf School: Moved to Hibiscus Golf Club. Offering golf schools, lessons, clinics. Private lessons available. Call 565-5954 or email foredjm@aol.com.

Naples Grande Golf Schools: Email mark@durlandgolf.com or call 784-2208.

On the Course Tee Times: Naples-based concierge service that partners with over two dozen public, semiprivate and private golf clubs across Southwest Florida. Specializes in arranging times on courses at discounted rates, and access to several private, members-only clubs. No service or membership fees charged. Call 690-6077.

Tom Patri Golf School: At Esplanade.  Patri is a former South Florida Teacher of the Year and Met (N.Y.) PGA Teacher of the Year. Available to all skill levels, and juniors. Private instruction by the hour, half and full day sessions also. Short game specialist. Visit www.tompatri.com or email tpatri@mindspring.com. 

Jim Sowerwine: The director of instruction at Pelican’s Nest Golf Club in Bonita Springs has been consistently voted as one of Florida’s top instructors by his peers by Golf Digest Magazine. Sowerwine has been voted “Top 10 Golf Professionals of Naples” by Gulfshore Life Magazine, and developed the Inside Approach Swing Trainer, awarded the No. 1 swing trainer two consecutive years by Golf Digest Magazine. Sowerwine offers private lessons, group instruction and playing lessons, and also specializes in short-game instruction. Contact him at jimsowerwine@gmail.com, 239-272-9631 or visit www.sowerwinegolf.com.

The Strand Academy: The new academy, under director of instruction J.C. Anderson, will have a Get Golf Ready clinic, open to everyone, on Saturdays that started Oct. 20, at 9 a.m. The cost is $20 per person and space is limited. Call The Strand golf shop at 239-592-9944 or Anderson at 636-577-9554 to sign up.



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