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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Where to Play Course Directory

Amelia Island Club, 321-5099. Private. Pro: Dean Grunewald.
Amelia National, 652-0660. Semi-private. Pro: Todd McDonald.
Amelia River, 491-8500. Public. Pro: Lee Allen.
Berentwood Golf Course (First Tee.) 924-0401. Public. Executive Director: Boots Farley.
Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 310-3175. Public. Pro: Mike Benjamin.
Golf Club of Amelia, 277-8015. Private/resort. Pro: ClaytonBoggs.
North Hampton, 548-0000. Semi-private. Pro: Rachel Kinney.
Omni Amelia National Plantation, 277-5907. Resort. Pro: BrocNell.

Atlantic Beach Country Club, 372-2222. Private. Pro: Spencer Brown.
Jacksonville Beach Golf Club, 247-6184. Public. Pro: Sandy
Marsh Landing, 285-6514. Private. Pro: Rob Kohlhaas.
Mayport, 270-5380. Military. Pro: Jon Fine.
Pablo Creek, 992-6900. Private. Pro: Richie Bryant.
Plantation Country Club, 543-7293. Private. 
Ponte Vedra Inn, 282-0000. Resort. Pro: Jim Howard.
Ponte Vedra G&CC, 285-5552. Public. Pro: John Berardi.
Sawgrass Country Club, 273-3700. Private. Pro: Greg Lecker.
TPC Sawgrass, 273-3255. Public. Pro: Matt Borocz.

Blue Cypress, 762-1971. Public. Pro: Byron Comstock.
Blue Sky, 446-2899. Public. Pro: David Mayo.
Deercreek, 363-1604. Semi-private. Pro: Tom Maxwell.
Deerwood, 641-6100. Private. Pro: Jim Lohrbauer.
Glen Kernan, 223-0701. Private. Pro: Johnny Randolph.
Hidden Hills, 641-8121. Private. Pro: Wayne Ulmer.
Jacksonville G&CC, 223-5555. Private. Pro: Ray Barr.
Julington Creek, 287-4653. Public. Pro: Tony Gonzales.
Queen's Harbour, 220-2118. Private. Pro: Jim Camp.
San Jose, 733-2020. Private. Pro: Todd Bork.
Windsor Parke, 223-4653. Public. Pro: Mark Heeter.

Bent Creek Golf Club, 779-2100. Public. GM: Chris Cygan.
Cecil Field, 778-5245. Military. GHM: Carlos Hart.
Eagle Harbor, 269-9300. Semi-private. Pro: Marian Detlefsen.
Eagle Landing, 291-5600. Public. Pro: Josh Heintzmann.
Fleming Island, 269-1440. Public. Pro: Jilly Gilleon.
Hyde Park, 786-5410. Public. Pro: Gary Murfitt.
NAS, 542-3249. Military. Pro: Joe Carreiro.
Orange Park, 276-7660. Semi-private. Pro: Tim Spangler.
Magnolia Point, 269-9276. Semi-private. Pro: Troy Albers.
Timuquana Country Club, 389-0477. Private. Pro: Clint Avret.

Cimarrone, 287-2000. Semi-private. Pro: Patrick Ash.
First Tee of St. Johns. 810-2231. Public. Executive
Director: Boots Farley.
King and Bear, 940-6100. Public. Pro: Lee Shurden.
Marsh Creek, 461-1101. Private. Pro: Cary Splane.
Palencia, 599-9040. Private. Pro: Alex Mairone.
Royal St. Augustine, 824-4653. Public. GM: Mark Devany.
St. Augustine Shores, 794-4653. Public. Pro: Mike Pullen.
St. Johns G&CC, 940-0350. Public. Pro: Brian Rogers.
St. Johns Golf Club, 209-0350. Public. Pro: Wes Tucker.
Slammer and Squire, 940-4133. Public. Pro: Anthony Vaughn.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Schwartzel Leads After the Third Round of the South African Open.

JOHANNESBURG -- Charl Schwartzel opened with four straight birdies to card a 6-under 66 on Saturday and surge five shots clear after the third round of the South African Open.

Schwartzel moved to 13-under 203 to put himself in position for a first victory at his home open at Glendower Golf Club.

The 2011 Masters winner started superbly, and although he also made two bogeys, he had eight birdies in all to open up a gap at the first European Tour event of 2015.

Schwartzel is aiming to bounce back from a winless 2014. England's Matthew Fitzpatrick (67) and Scotland's David Drysdale (68) were tied for second.

Five-time winner Ernie Els had a recovery of sorts after slipping out of contention with a 77 on Friday. He had a 69 to move up to a tie for 20th.

GOLF CALENDAR: This Week in Golf -- Jan. 8-12

HYUNDAI TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS, Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort, Kapalua, Hawaii - Back in action for the first time in 2015, the PGA Tour heads to Hawaii this week for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The event, which will be played Friday through Monday, features 34 players that have combined for 100 PGA Tour titles, including six major championships. Zach Johnson is back in the field this week as he looks to successfully defend his title.
Johnson fired a final-round, 7-under 66 last year to surge up the leaderboard and defeat Jordan Spieth by one shot. Johnson, an 11-time winner on tour, is seeking his first victory since hoisting the trophy here in 2014.

Other notable names in the field this week are two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, 2013-14 FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel, Jason Day, Patrick Reed and Jimmy Walker.

Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds, with NBC taking over in the afternoon during Sunday's third round.

The PGA Tour remains in Hawaii next week for the Sony Open in Hawaii, where Walker picked up his second of three wins during the 2013-14 season.

SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, Glendower Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa - The European Tour is also set to play for the first time in 2015 as it heads to Johannesburg.

The win was Madsen's first and only victory on the European Tour and he will return as the defending champion this week.

South African Ernie Els, a five-time winner at this event, will be competing again this week along with compatriot Charl Schwartzel.

Golf Channel will have early morning coverage of all four rounds.
he European Tour will be in Abu Dhabi for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship next week, where Pablo Larrazabal outlasted Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson for a 1-shot victory last year.urg for its third straight event in South Africa at the South African Open Championship.

Danny Willett and Branden Grace won the first two events of the 2014-15 season, both of which were also held in South Africa. Grace is in this week's field, while Willett is not.

Morten Orum Madsen finished with a 5-under 67 when this event was last held in November 2013 and that gave him a 2-shot victory over Hennie Otto and Jbe' Kruger.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

WOMEN’S GOLF: Keyser finishes in fourth place at Carolinas Young Amateur

PINEHURST, N.C. – Even though everyone is on break from classes, Flagler College senior Nicole Keyser found a way to keep working on her golf game as she finished in fourth place at the seventh annual Carolinas Young Amateur which concluded yesterday (Dec. 30) at the Pinewild Country Club’s Magnolia Course (par 72; 5,532 yards).

Keyser carded a 5-over par 149 in the 36-hole tournament and finished in a tie with Emiley Pagrabs who plays golf at Wofford College, a NCAA Division I school in Spartanburg, S.C. 

Both finished five shots behind Emily Brooks and Kelli Murphy who both shot an even par 144. Murphy, a member of the Auburn University women’s golf team, won on the third playoff hole over Brooks, a member of the Elon University team.

Keyser, like the other 20 golfers in the field, had to contend with cold and wet weather over the two days. She shot a 1-over 73 in the first round and shot a 76 in the final round.

This fall Keyser played in six rounds for the Saints. She is shooting at a 79.33 strokes per round average. Keyser’s low round of the fall, a 1-over 73, came in the first round of the Flagler Fall Slam (Oct. 27).

Flagler, which is ranked No. 3 in the nation by Golfstat at the conclusion of the fall season, opens its spring season on Feb. 8 with the second annual World Golf Invitational. The two-day tournament will be played at the Slammer & Squire Course with some of the top teams in the nation participating.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Flagler Golf SignsThree in Early Period

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play golf a Flagler College as announced by director of golf Santiago Cavanagh this afternoon. They will join the teams in the fall of 2015.

Lara Ardler (Bremen, Germany/Oberschule an der Ronzelestraße) and Miranda Greene (Bellbrook, Ohio/Bellbrook HS) will join the women’s team next fall while Juan Iturra (Bahía Blanca, Argentina/Don Bosco School) will join the men’s team.

Ardler helped lead her team to a first-place finish at the German Under-18 Championships and helped the team to a 10th place finish at the German Team Championships. She plans on majoring in business administration. 

“Lara is one of the best German junior players and has a lot of international experience,” said Cavanagh. “She is a great addition to our 2015 class.”

Greene comes to Flagler after having played all four years on the Bellbrook High boys’ golf team. She was the district medalist after shooting an even par 72 this past fall. 

Greene has had 32 first-place finishes in various Southern Ohio PGA summer tournaments from 2011-14. She was also selected as the SOPGA Player of the Year three times. Greene plans on majoring in sport management and education at Flagler.

“Miranda will be a great addition to our team next year,” said Cavanagh. “She brings an excellent golf game and a coachable attitude which will help her excel right away.”

Iturra has already made a mark in northeast Florida when he won the First Coast Junior Open by two strokes last summer at the Jacksonville Golf & Country Club with a 149. He finished in second place at the Optimist Golf World Cup in Palm Beach. Iturra is the top ranked Under-18 player by the Federación Regional de Golf del Sur (FRGS). He plans on majoring in business administration.     

“Juani is a solid and experienced player,” said Cavanagh. “He will make an impact on the team from day one.”

The men’s golf team starts their spring season Feb. 16-17 at the Newberry College Invitational and the women open Feb. 8-9 as they host the World Golf Invitational at the Slammer & Squire Course.

2014 Golf Year In Review

By Kevin Currie, Senior Golf Editor

PHILADELPHIA, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The 2014 golf season got off to roaring start for one player and another player dominated the late part of the schedule, while several others were great throughout.

The 2014 schedule started in late 2013 and Jimmy Walker was the story early on as he won three times between October and February. Patrick Reed won a pair of events and declared himself a top-5 player, and promptly went into a tailspin.

Reed went 12 more events, and nearly five full months, before his next top-10 finish. He did play well at the Ryder Cup, but he couldn't help the United States win the cup back.

After Bubba Watson won the Masters for a second time, Martin Kaymer returned to the winners circle for the first time in three years as he won the Players Championship and followed that with a resounding win at the U.S. Open.

The week after Kaymer won his second major at Pinehurst No. 2, Michelle Wie won her first major at the U.S. Women's Open.

Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer dominated the majors on the Champions Tour as they both won two majors.

The story of the year was Rory McIlroy. The Ulsterman went on a magical run through July and August that saw him win three straight events -- the Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship.

After posting a 2-1-2 record at the Ryder Cup, McIlroy cruised down the stretch. He finished second in his final three events, and seemingly didn't play well at times during those events.

As McIlroy dominated, there was plenty of talk about Tiger Woods, but that was all there was. Woods was held to eight events due to back spasms and back surgery. His best finish was a tie for 25th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he finished 20 strokes behind McIlroy.

While Wie won her first major, like Woods, she also missed time due to an injury. That led to a three-way battle for player of the year on the LPGA between Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Lydia Ko. All three won three times with Lewis claiming the Vare Trophy (lowest scoring average) and the money title.

Let's look at the top performers of the season:


Every great season has its bumps in the road. After collecting his first win of 2014, Rory McIlroy went on a four-event run in which his best finish was a tie for 14th.

McIlroy followed that with one of the best stretches of golf by any player in over a decade. Starting in the middle of July with the Open Championship, he played nine events the remainder of the season.

In those nine, McIlroy posted three wins (including two majors) and three second-place finishes. The other three results were a tie for fifth, a share of eighth and a tie for 22nd, which was one of just five finishes outside the top-15 all season.

McIlroy won the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship in three consecutive starts. He now owns three legs of the career grand slam with the Masters being the only major he has yet to win. Let the hype for Augusta begin.

With his win at Valhalla, McIlroy started with three straight rounds in the 60s, marking the third time he has done so en route to winning a major championship.

For the year, McIlroy had four wins in 24 worldwide starts. He also notched five runner-up finishes among his 10 top-5 and 17 top-10 finishes.

In 2012 and 2014, McIlroy combined for nine worldwide wins and he earned over $16.3 million on the PGA Tour in those two seasons.

LPGA stalwarts Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Lydia Ko, three-time Web.com Tour winner Carlos Ortiz and Champions Tour leading money winner Bernhard Langer were all considered.


For the first time in history, one course hosted major championships in consecutive weeks, and both provided plenty of storylines other than the course itself.

Martin Kaymer dominated Pinehurst No. 2 the first two rounds and cruised to victory at the U.S. Open Championship. Kaymer opened with a pair of 65s to grab a 6-shot lead at the halfway point.

The German played the final 36 holes at a more U.S. Open-like 1-over par, but he did more than enough in the first two rounds en route to winning by eight strokes.

Kaymer torched the course thanks to a hot putter, which he used every chance he had to putt from off the green. And the plan worked to perfection.

Michelle Wie didn't have it as easy, but Wie finally claimed her first major championship a week after Kaymer's domination at Pinehurst.

Wie shared the lead entering the final round, and she closed with an even-par 70 to hold off Stacy Lewis for the title. Lewis had an impressive eight birdies in the final round, but Wie did enough for the win.

After Lewis had climbed within one, Wie poured in a big eagle putt on the 10th to push her lead back to four shots, and hung on down the stretch.

Pinehurst was set up well to host two majors in back-to-back weeks and two worthy champions walked away with the trophies.

Two other major championships -- PGA Championship and Senior British Open -- as well as the BMW International Open were also considered.


After winning two LPGA events as an amateur, it was only a matter of time before Lydia Ko earned her first professional title on the LPGA Tour. She waited until her ninth tour start in 2014 to get it done.

In what turned out to be a three-player battle, Ko beat Stacy Lewis and Jenny Shin to win the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

The victory was Ko's fourth top-10 finish of the season, and she would go on to post 15 top-10s overall. Ko, Lewis and Inbee Park all won three times in 2014.

Ko wrapped up the season with back-to-back 68s, which helped her get into a playoff at the CME Group Tour Championship. On the fourth playoff hole, Ko made par to secure her third title of the season.

The 17-year-old didn't miss a cut in 26 starts, finished third on the money list and third in both top-5 and top-10 finishes.

Brooks Koepka, Scott Dunlap and Chesson Hadley were also considered.


- Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Lydia Ko all won three times on the LPGA Tour and battled for Player of the Year honors. Lewis narrowly claimed the award thanks in part to topping the money list and winning the Vare Trophy. Lewis was the first American since Betsy King in 1993 to win Rolex Player of the Year, the Vare Trophy and the money title in the same season.

- Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer both won twice in the 2014 season, and each claimed their second major championship title. Watson won his second Masters title and Kaymer rolled to victory at the U.S. Open.

- Rickie Fowler failed to win in 2014, but had top-5 finishes in all four majors and shared the third-most top-10 finishes (10) on the PGA Tour.

- Bernhard Langer dominated the Champions Tour from beginning to end. He won the season-opener in Hawaii for the first of his five victories. He was a playoff winner at the Senior Players Championship and he dominated the Senior British Open Championship, which he won by a Champions Tour record 13 strokes. Langer posted 18 top-10 finishes in 21 starts, finished outside the top-20 once in 21 events and earned over $3 million.

- Colin Montgomerie won for the first time in the United States, and won his first major championship, two in fact, of his career. Sure, they came on the Champions Tour, but a win is a win. He ended in the top-16 at all five majors and won the European Senior Tour Order of Merit in just six starts, four of which he won.

- Jay Haas won for the first time since the 2012 season and he finished second to Bernhard Langer in top-5 and top-10 finishes. Haas was also third on the money list.

- Carlos Ortiz and Adam Hadwin were the only two multiple winners on the Web.com Tour in 2014. Ortiz won three times and became the 10th player to gain the battlefield promotion to the PGA Tour.


- Due to a lingering back issue that led to surgery, Tiger Woods played in only eight events. He went winless for the third season of his career and his best finish was a share of 25th at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

- Ian Poulter had been 12-3 in the Ryder Cup and 4-0 in his four singles matches, but he went 0-1-2 at Gleneagles, which followed an atypical year for the Englishman. He managed a pair of runner-up finishes, but overall collected just five top-10 finishes in 24 starts.

- Phil Mickelson went winless for the first time since 2003 and waited until the PGA Championship to post his one and only top-10 finish of the season.

- Seven-time PGA Tour winner Joey Sindelar notched a single top-10 finish, a tie for 10th at the SAS Championship, in 23 starts on the Champions Tour. Through seven full years on the senior circuit, Sindelar remains winless with four runner-up finishes, two of which came at the then named-Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, which is a team event.

- Former women's world No. 1 Ai Miyazato did not record a single top-10 finish and she missed seven cuts in 22 starts in 2014. Miyazato finished 86th on the money list.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

FedEx Cup Playoff format Tweaked

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced on Thursday small tweaks to the FedExCup system.

Beginning with the 2015 FedExCup playoffs, the four playoff events will award 2,000 points, which is down from 2,500.

"Every year since the FedExCup was introduced in 2007, we have reviewed the points structure with the Player Advisory Council and four Player Directors who sit on the Policy Board," Finchem stated. "We believe this slight modification will add greater significance to players having an outstanding season leading into the playoffs, while still allowing for the excitement of volatility and movement during the Playoffs, particularly as players vie to make the final 30 for the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola."

With the change to the amount of points available, the reset points for the Tour Championship were proportionately altered as well. All 30 players at East Lake will still have a chance at winning the FedExCup, while the top five seeds being guaranteed the FedExCup with victory at the Tour Championship.

One other small change adopted was the elimination of the secondary cut for the first two playoff events. In the past, if more than 78 players made the 36-cut, there would be a secondary cut after the third round trimming the field to 70 and ties.