The field has been released for the 17th annual Terra Cotta Invitational amateur golf tournament at Naples National Golf Club this weekend.
Naples' Ben Balter, Ryan Celano, Spencer Ciesla, Edward Figueroa, Tee McCabe and Michael Primavera are part of the 75-player field.
Figueroa, a Florida Gulf Coast University recruit, qualified and nearly made the cut at the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open last month.
Celano, a rising junior, is a two-time Daily News Boys Golfer of the Year at Community School, where he plays with Balter. Ciesla has signed with Vanderbilt. McCabe is a former Nationwide Tour player. Primavera was a high school teammate of Figueroa's at St. John Neumann.
Former Community School golfer Danny Schmieding, who plays in Germany, also is in the field.
Former University of Florida golfer Nick Gilliam, who contended for the title last year and finished third, is back, as is Sean Kelly, who tied for fourth. Champion Emiliano Grillo turned professional in September. Gene Elliott (1998) and Matt Ceravolo (2009) are former champions in the field. Among the former winners are Matt Kuchar (1997), John Harris (2002), Casey Wittenberg (2003), Bank Vongvanij (2006), Peter Uihlein (2007) and Bud Cauley (2008), all of whom are playing professionally.
There is no admission, and the public is invited. The tournament benefits the Naples Neighborhood Health Clinic. Naples National is located at 9325 Collier Boulevard. For more information, go to www.terracottainvitational.org.
Tournament of Charities: The Southwest FLorida Chapter PGA heldi ts 32nd annual PGA-Coors Light Tournament of Charities last week. Over $76,500 was raised for the Vince Smith Center of Southwest Florida Addiction Services, the PGA Art Soderholm Scholarship Fund, First Tee of Naples/Collier, Southwest Florida Junior Golf, Florida Gulf Coast University's Professional Golf Management program, and FGCU's men's and women's golf teams.
A total of 18 teams from clubs throughout Southwest Florida played, with Olde Florida's Tom Wildenhaus winning first place in fundraising with almost $20,300, breaking his record of $14,000 from last year. Vineyards ($16,408) was second, followed by Bonita Bay ($8,215), Quail West ($6,765), Moorings ($5,329), Vasari ($4,538), West Bay ($3,010), The Dunes ($3,002), Quail Creek ($3,000), Golf Tech ($1,000).
Vasari Golf Club won the club championship, with Chris Evans and his amateur team shooting a 120 on the Pelican Preserve Golf Club course. Pam Reissner, Linda Gersick and Ellen Edelstein played with Evans. Mike Blosser, Mike Powers, Mike Morris and Tim Wilder of The Moorings were second, and Jerry Garner, Tom Robertson, Frank Besson and Nick Kallergis of Quail Creek were third.
Since its inception, the tournament has raised over $1.7 million for charity.
Hiestand chosen: Hideout Golf Club member Mary Jane Hiestand has been selected as one of eight members of the annual Senior Women's Invitational Matches in Geneva, Switzerland, from July 7-14. The matches originated in 1986, and are played in a three-day, Ryder Cup-style format.
Super Seniors champion: Marco Island's Bill Feehan won the 75-and-over division of the Super Senior Championship at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto. Feehan shot a final-round 73 to rally from a six-shot deficit with a 155 total. Dick Johnson of Naples tied for eighth at 170.
Naples' Rollie Walcott tied for 11th in the 65-69 division with a 74-81/155.
Arrowhead events: Twilight golf starts Wednesday, April 18 and goes through Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. each week. There is a four-person, mixed 9-hole blind draw scramble. Teams are made by the pro shop at 3 p.m. the day of the event.
The entry fee is $25, and is open to the public. Call the pro shop at 596-1000 any day between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., and until 3 p.m. Wednesday. The field is limited to 72 players.
Arrowhead also is hosting a New To Golf League on Thursdays from April 19 to Oct. 25. The cost is $15, and the event is open to men and women 18 years and older. Call 596-1000 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. The event is open to the public, with a limit of 24 players.
WCI Communities Week of Caring: WCI Communities has organized ways for golfers and area residents to support the United Way and families in need during its inaugural Week of Caring that begins Sunday and goes through April 21.
There are more than 20 events at 11 club locations, including The Colony, Raptor Bay and the WCI Communities Home Office in Bonita Springs, and Manchester Square and Tiburon in Naples.
For more information, visit www.WCIGolf.com/promotions.
Bungartz clinics: Arrowhead instructor Rodney Bungartz has released his schedule for April. After school — Tuesdays, 4 to 5 p.m., $13 per student per session; ages 6 and up; Middle School — Mondays, 5 to 6 p.m., $15 per student per session; ages 12 and up. Call 348-5929.
Rick Smith Golf Academy: Get Golf Ready program begins Sunday, and costs $125 per person for the five-week program. Call 593-1111.
Tournament Players Association: Next event is April 21-22 at Fiddler's Creek. Tee times begin at 11 a.m. The entry fee is $120, with the deadline April 18 at 5 p.m. Call 458-0754 or email email@example.com.
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Terra Cotta Invitational
Info: Friday-Sunday, Naples National Golf Club. Features top amateurs from across the United States and elsewhere. Benefits Naples Neighborhood Health Clinic. Free admission.
Contact: 775-8911, terracottainvitational.org
St. Peter's tournament
Info: St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church second annual tournament Thursday at Mustang Course at Lely Resort. Registration, 10:30 a.m.; Shotgun start, 11:30 a.m. Hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch, and a 4:30 p.m. awards banquet and raffle. Entry fee, $160.
Contact: Bill Murdy 774-2013.
Mike Ditka/Jim Hart Invitational
Info: Friday-Saturday, Golf Club of the Everglades. Benefits the Foundation for the Immokalee Child Care Center. Entry fee, $550 per amateur, $2,000 per corporate foursome. Includes two pairings party admissions. Pairings party, April 13, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Golf tournament, April 14, 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. shotgun start.
Contact: Don Vining 262-1450, firstname.lastname@example.org
Info: Friday, The Forest, Fort Myers. Registration, $600 per foursome, $150 for individuals. Shotgun start, 1 p.m., followed by dinner and awards. Benefits the nonprofit organization in Dunbar that offers after school reading and mentoring.
Contact: 461-0234, email@example.com
Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Classic
Info: Friday, Quail West. Registration, 11:30 a.m.; Shotgun start, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, which provides over 1,500 medical and dental screenings annually to children in Southwest Florida. Entry fee, $250 includes, lunch, awards and a cocktail reception.
Contact: Elizabeth Zuluaga 658-3113, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marine Corps tournament
Info: Saturday, Glen Eagle Golf & Country Club. Best-ball scramble, 8:30 a.m. Entry fee, $125 per golfer.
Contact: Joe Johnston 417-9343.
Bob Rotella appearance
Info: Noted sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella at Country Club of Naples on Sunday at a "Let's Cure Cancer" fundraiser. The fundraiser benefits cancer research by Massachusetts General Hospital. A raffle also is being held to play nine holes with Rotella that day at 9 a.m. The cost of a raffle ticket is $40, and only 200 tickets will be sold. Tickets can be purchased at the Country Club of Naples pro shop.
Contact: Tony Franklin 261-1267.
First Tee Club Tournament of Champions
Info: Monday at Calusa Pines Golf Club. Benefits The First Tee of Naples/Collier's permanent facility. Entry fee, $1,250, includes continental breakfast and lunch. Shotgun start at 9 a.m.
Contact: Cindy Darland 825-4851, email@example.com.
St. Matthew's House Golfathon
Info: 15th annual Dean Lind Memorial Golfathon, Tuesday, Imperial Golf Club. No entry fee. Players encouraged to raise at least $1,000 in either per-hold sponsorships or flat donations. Volunteers are needed for silent auction prizes.
Fore The Children Tournament
Info: Friday, April 20, Old Corkscrew Golf Club. Benefits The Children's Home Society of Florida. Sponsorships, $150 to $7,500. Entry fee for golfers is $150. Registration, noon; 1 p.m. shotgun start.
Contact: Mary Ellen Johnstone at 275-3107 or visit www.chsforethechildren.org.
PGA Tour Superstore tourney
Info: Spring Customer Appreciation Tournament, Thursday, April 26 at TwinEagles. Shotgun start, 9 a.m. Entry fee, $99 per person. Includes a $20 gift card, and 45-minute practice bay session.
Shark Frenzy Tournament
Info: Saturday, April 28, at Vineyards. Benefits Gulf Coast High School girls golf team. Registration, 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Entry fee, $100, includes lunch. Sponsorships, $125 to $600.
Contact: Ana Gilliam, 377-1481, Dennis Hemberger 404-0110, Tom Metzger at Vineyards 353-0505
Parkinson Association tournament
Info: Saturday, April 28, at Bonita Bay East. Benefits Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida. Registration, 8 a.m. Helicopter ball drop followed by shotgun start, 9 a.m. Entry fee, $250 per player, $800 for foursomes.
Contact: PASFI 417-3465, 1048 Goodlette-Frank Road No. 201, www.pasfi.org
Children's Advocacy Center tournament
Info: Saturday, April 28, at TwinEagles. Registration/breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Followed by lunch, awards ceremony. Entry fee, $150. Sponsorships, $500. Preregistration party, April 27 at PGA Tour Superstore, 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Tina Streeter 263-8383, ext. 232, tstreeter@CACcollier.org
Info: Saturday, April 28, at Lely Resort's Flamingo Island Course. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Benefits Redlands Christian Migrant Association, which operates 75 childcare centers and two charter schools for rural poor. Entry fee, $225. Sponsorships available.
Contact: Judy Brill 800-282-6540, ext. 242, firstname.lastname@example.org.
TIF Inter-Club Challenge
Info: Monday, April 30, at Old Collier. Golf clubs compete against one another. Proceeds support Immkoalee Foundation programs, including The First Tee of Naples/Collier in Immokalee. Winning team receives entry into Charity Classic Pro-Am on Nov. 12. Registration, 8 a.m. Shotgun start, 9:15 a.m. Awards and lunch, 1:30 p.m.
First Tee of Naples/Collier
Info: Applications are posted on www.thefirstteenaplescollier.org under Programs.
Contact: 825-4851, www.thefirstteenaplescollier.org
Rick Smith Golf Academy
Info: Afterschool programs — Elementary school: Mondays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., $190 for four-week session; Middle school: Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m., $190 per four-week session; Junior Champions Golf Program: Thursday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m.; $200 twice a week; $150 once a week per four-week session; Player development class: Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m., $75, instructor Kathy Padgett
Rodney Bungartz clinics
Info: At Arrowhead. Afterschool junior clinic — 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, $13 per student per session, ages 6 and up; Middle school junior clinic — 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays, $15 per student per session, ages 12 and up.
Lessons for charity
Info: Arrowhead Golf Club and teaching pro Wes Smith are inviting the public to take a lesson from Smith every Saturday, and write a check for a donation directly to a designated charity. There will be a charge of $6 for range balls.
Info: Jim Mapother of RJM Golf is providing free clinics Friday afternoons from 3 to 4:30 p.m., through May at Lely Resort's Flamingo Island and Mustang driving ranges. Short-game work, then full swing. Registration limited to eight.
Contact: 208-755-7644, email@example.com
Executive Women's Golf Association
Gulf Coast Gold Senior Tour
Info: For golfers 50 and over. Tee times will begin each week in midmorning. The entry deadline is Mondays at 11 a.m. Entry fee, $20 per event, including the rate for golf at each club. Stableford scoring system.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 458-0754
Southwest Amateur Series
Info: Men's circuit through the Florida State Golf Association features 36-hole individual competitions, with $130 entry fees.
Info: 18-hole Men's League on Saturdays at 8 a.m.
Contact: 352-0777, www.ValenciaGolfandCountryClub.com
World Golfers Amateur Tour-Southwest Florida
Info: Cost for tour, $189 per year.
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■ 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.
■ Arrowhead Golf Academy — PGA professional Mike Dopslaff, a four-time Southwest Florida PGA Player of the Year, provides instruction. Individual, group lessons. Call 596-1000.
■ Rodney Bungartz Lessons — Rodney Bungartz of Arrowhead Golf Club will have a Get Golf Ready series starting April 3 on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. The cost is $99 for six 60-minute sessions. Call 348-5929.
■ Jon Butler Golf at West Bay Beach and Golf Club — Offering 2 and 4 day Golf schools, short game schools, clinics, private lessons and on-course playing lessons. Call 239-821-8447, email@example.com, www.jonbutlergolf.com
■ Mike Calbot International Golf Studio & Triad Golf Schools — At Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero. 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. Thirty-five years of instructional experience. Call 482-0900 or visit www.golfdoctorusa.com.
■ John Carroll Lessons — Former Club Pelican Bay professional John Carroll is at Tuscany Reserve 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.
■ 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 — Ladies clinics each Tuesday and Wednesday, men’s clinics each Thursday, a mixed clinic each Wednesday at 2 p.m., and a mixed clinic each Saturday. All clinics are at 10 a.m., other than the Wednesday mixed clinic. Junior clinics also are offered from 3:45 p.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Call 732-6900 for more information.
■ 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 — Forest Glen’s Phil Grear is offering the Get Golf Ready program sponsored by the World Golf Foundation. Sessions Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. Each weekly program is $99 per person. Call 354-1898 or 595-1120.
■ Kim Hilbert Lessons — Windstar on Naples Bay assistant pro Hilbert earned honorable mention as a U.S. Kids Golf Top Kids Teacher. Hilbert is an LPGA teaching professional, and also teaches at Able’s Golf Facility in Dublin, Ohio. Hilbert offers numerous youth programs, including multi-day schools, camps, clinics, private lessons, tournament coaching, and afterschool golf programs. Her programs can be found at www.teachingu2golf.com.
■ John Jacobs Golf School — at Lely Resort. Staffed by local PGA and LPGA professionals. School offers 5-day week and 2-day weekend sessions, plus corporate days and private instruction. Discounted rates for junior golfers. For more information, call 1-800-472-5007 or visit www.jacobsgolf.com.
■ KISS Golf For Women Golf Schools — At Royal Poinciana Country Club. LPGA teaching professionals Lorie McCabe and her staff offer two- and three-day golf schools for women. Private instruction also is available. Call 1-888-451-KISS or 354-3633. The school’s Web site is www.kissgolfforwomen.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.
■ Jim Mapother instruction — Call 431-5315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Mediterra Golf School — Clinic on Friday, March 16 with stack-and-tilt method teachers Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett. The clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $550, which includes lunch in the clubhouse, and will be limited to 10 students; Contact director of instruction Adam Bazalgette at email@example.com or go to www.adambgolf.com.
■ Dennis Meyer’s Golf School — at Quality Inn Suites & Golf Resort in Golden Gate offers two-, three- , and four-day schools. Playing lessons included in full-day golf schools. Half-day options are available as well. Private lessons available. Call 1-800-445-4554 or 267-4652.
■ Naples Golf Academy — Located at the Hibiscus Golf Club. Lauri Travers leads a team of instructors that offers private lessons, golf schools, clinics and playing lessons. Specialty programs geared toward women and beginner golfers are available year-round. Visit us at LearningGolf.com or call 239-732-9944 for more information.
■ Naples Grande Golf Schools — Christina Ricci, the author of the Golf Survival Guides, will be making an appearance at Naples Grande Golf Club on Wednesday, March 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. Ricci and teaching professional Mark Durland will share tips and techniques on the range and on the course. To sign up, contact Durland at 784-2208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Tom Patri Golf School — Tom Patri back at The Quarry from Dec. 1 through April 15. Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher in America. South Florida Teacher of the Year. Met (NY) 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, email email@example.com, or call 239-404-7790.
■ Patri/Mapother clinic — Instructors Tom Patri and Jim Mapother will hold a one-day golf school on Monday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lely Resort. Instruction will consist of a full swing and short game, as well as a discussion on equipment and its effect on ball flight. Class size is limited to 10 people, and costs $225 per person, or $400 for twosomes. Lunch is included. Contact Mapother at (208) 755-7644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Bob Prange Lessons — Estero Country Club at The Vines is the winter home of Prange, who is a teaching professional at The Bridgewater Club in Carmel, Ind. Prange previously has been a head instructor, staff member and golf school coordinator for John Jacobs Golf Schools. He has been 2004 Teacher of the Year in the Indiana PGA Section, and a Top PGA Instructor by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. Call 267-7003 for appointments and schedules.
■ Rick Smith Golf Academy — Offering weekly 90-minute clinics Saturdays at 3 p.m. for $90 per person with a 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Clinics alternate between full swing and short game with the first being a full swing clinic. Call 593-1111 for more information.
■ The Rookery at Marco Golf Academy — Includes a 14-acre practice facility. Director of instruction Jan Wivestad. For more information, call 642-2747
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