ATLANTIS, Fla: This weekend the South Florida PGA Foundation conducted its final Team Golf Event of the year at Weston Hills Country Club. This event featured more than 130 juniors from all across south Florida. This fall season, thirty PGA and LPGA Professionals, at both public and private golf facilities, helped form teams and served as team coaches at their facilities throughout the season. Leagues were separated by county and were located as far north as Martin, as far south as Broward and as far west as Naples/Fort Myers. With over two hundred and fifty juniors participating on sixteen different teams this fall, more juniors had the opportunity to grow in the game, and create friendships while staying active.
From September through November, each league conducted 3-5 tournaments within their area. Points were earned at each tournament based on team scores, and the points accumulated throughout the season. In the end, each league crowned an overall team champion based on the season ending point totals. The final event of the fall season was the fall finale conducted at Weston Hills Country Club. Congratulations to the league champions of the fall season Stoneybrook Golf Club, Parkland Golf & Country Club and PGA National Golf Club. A huge congratulations to Stoneybrook Golf Club for capturing the overall championship win coached by Jeff Nixon, PGA.
A special thanks to all of our team coaches: Neil Lockie, PGA & Jon Arthur, PGA (Jonathans Landing Golf Club at Old Trail) John Gansz (Golf Club of Jupiter) Steven Cox, PGA (PGA National Golf Club) Casey Mitchell, PGA, Joe Dargin, PGA, & Danny Walsh, PGA (North Palm Beach Country Club) Chad Lauze & Adam Packard (Bear Lakes Country Club) Adam Foegen, PGA (Abacoa Golf Club) Tom O’Brien, PGA & Alex Giguere, PGA (Tiburon Golf Club) Jeff Nixon, PGA, Jordan Ball, PGA, & Bobby Conway (Stoneybrook Golf Club) Spencer Graham (Quail Creek Country Club) Mike Richards, PGA, Chase Minnick, PGA & Allison Hanna (Parkland Golf & Country Club) Michael Thomson, PGA (Oriole Golf Club) Tommy Fonseca, PGA (Heron Bay Golf Club) Emma Leonardi, LPGA (Lago Mar Country Club) Nick Pincket, PGA (Plantation Preserve Golf & Country Club) Bob Mallek, PGA & Rody Gomez (Bonaventure Golf Club) Nick Cupper, PGA (Weston Hills Country Club)
Finally, we would like to extend a big thank you to all the young golfers who participated this fall. There were many familiar faces from previous years, and several new players that were welcomed into the program. We enjoyed a lot of fun times together and look forward to seeing you at future golf tournaments with the South Florida PGA.
Team Golf, under the South Florida PGA Foundation, is a great way to get kids involved with the game of golf in a team environment. The program is designed for kids ages 6-14 and offers a fun and social environment to tournament play through 9-hole team competition (two-person scramble format). The basic premise is to create a team atmosphere for junior golfers, not much different than what you see in youth soccer and baseball leagues. Similar to these sports, teams have weekly practices where golf instruction is provided by local PGA and LPGA Professionals serving as team coaches at public and private golf facilities throughout south Florida. Leagues are separated by county and weekly tournaments are held during the summer and fall months for area teams in each league. For more details and information please visit www.sfpgajuniorgolf.com.