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Golf column: Bernhard Langer, Kirk Triplett, Lee Janzen lead early Chubb Classic field

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2017 Chubb Classic champion Fred Couples discusses his win at The TwinEagles Club on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Naples, Fla. Greg Hardwig

Former champions Bernhard Langer, Kirk Triplett and Lee Janzen all have committed to next month’s Chubb Classic, Naples’ PGA Tour Champions event from Feb. 13-18 at TwinEagles.

“We look forward to welcoming both players and golf fans to the 2018 Chubb Classic,” tournament director Matt Hilliker said. “With a strong list of competitors, this year is sure to be one to remember.”

Miguel Angel Jimenez, who challenged eventual champion Fred Couples for the title last year, Jerry Kelly, Colin Montgomerie and David Toms also have committed.

Langer, who won titles in Naples in 2011, 2013 and 2016, returns to the Chubb Classic after an impressive 2017 season. He claimed seven first-place finishes, 16 top-10 finishes and concluded the season at No. 2 in the Charles Schwab Cup rankings.

Janzen, who beat Bart Bryant in a playoff to win in Naples in 2015, had two second-place finishes in the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship and a tie for second place in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. He had five top-10s and was No. 8 in the Schwab Cup rankings.

Triplett, the 2014 champion at TwinEagles, had six top-10s, including a second-place finish in the U.S. Senior Open Championship. Finishing the season ranked 22nd in the Schwab Cup.

To purchase tickets or for more information about the Chubb Classic, visit www.ChubbClassic.com or call (239) 593-3900.

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EWGA Jingle Bell Open: The annual four-person holiday scramble was held at The Rookery on Saturday, Dec. 16, to benefit the Pace Girls of Immokalee.

Winning teams: 1. Brittany Crawford, Nick Crawford, Sherri Patchen, Donn Patchen; 2. Susan Diehl, Elizabeth Doucette, Deidre O’Connor, Deb Swinderman; 3. Julie Fuller, Sondra Rice, Anita Stewart, Mary Marshall; Merriest Costume: Julie “The Grinch” Fuller, Team Toy Soldiers — Kerstin Koenig, Jennie Taylor, Diana Johnson and Eileen Huff.

New golf course operations director at Bonita Bay Club: Curtis Tyrrell has joined Bonita Bay Club as the new director of golf course operations. Tyrell is among 25 golf course superintendents worldwide to hold both a Certified Golf Course Superintendent and Master Greenkeeper certifications. 

“I know from working with Curtis previously, that he is among the best thinking and well organized superintendents today,” general manager Dan Miles said in a release. “I am confident that the golfing membership at Bonita Bay Club will benefit greatly from his extraordinary tournament and construction experience.”

Tyrrell previously was with Medinah Country Club, in Chicago. He is originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Alico Family Golf: The Fort Myers facility is an official PXG Club Fitting Center. A free fitting will be Saturday, Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 334-4653 or email kraig@alicofamilygolf.com.

Shell Point Open: Shell Point Retirement Community, a resort-style, nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Fort Myers, recently hosted its 14th annual Shell Point Open Charity Golf Tournament, raising more than $67,000 to benefit the future Arts Center at Shell Point.

Presented by The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point, the annual event had 144 golfers in a four-person scramble.  Wright Construction Group served as title sponsor, along with premier sponsor DeAngelis Diamond and signature sponsor FineMark National Bank & Trust.

Double eagle: Ryan Skae had one of the rare occurrences on No. 18 on the East Course at Imperial Country Club recently. Skae used a 3-iron from 219 yards on the par 5. James Costello, J.B. Buck and Jack Davisson were the witnesses.

Danielson with the ace: CBS Sports college football analyst Gary Danielson, a Bonita Springs resident, made a hole-in-one on Shadow Wood Country Club’s Preserve Course on Dec. 20. Danielson used a pitching wedge from 129 yards on No. 12. Danielson is a former college and NFL quarterback.

Impact Zone Golf: Upcoming events, Jan. 10, Junior Operation 36 Parent Info Session, IZG Indoor Performance Center, 1040 Collier Center Way, 5 to 6 p.m.; Jan. 10, Ladies Operation 36 at Tiburón, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., weekly program kickoff. Jan. 10, Ladies Golf School at Tiburón, 1 to 4 p.m., $370 per person; Jan. 13-15, Junior Academy 3-Day Winter Camp, Noon-3 p.m., $299 all three days or $125 per day; Jan. 13-14, Golf School at Tiburón, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m., prepayment/reservation required,  $1,295 per person; Jan. 15, Golf Fore Ladies Clinic at Tiburón, 11-11:45 a.m., $30 per clinic or $140 for five prepaid.

Call 236-5536.

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

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A rundown of other activities and events follows:

PROFESSIONAL

Chubb Classic

Info: Feb. 13-18, TwinEagles Club. Tickets on sale at the Naples PGA Tour Superstore, by calling 593-3900 and at chubbclassic.com. General admission tickets, parking passes and Taste of SW Florida hospitality tickets are among those available for the tournament.

Daily general admission tickets cost $15 and weekly general admission tickets are $30. Parking passes are $5 per day or $20 for the week.

Taste of SW Florida hospitality tickets are available for $35 daily, valid any one day Friday or Saturday.

Contact: www.chubbclassic.com, 593-3900

Yuengling Open

Info: Feb. 24-25, Fort Myers Country Club. Free admission for spectators. 

Contact: www.cityftmyers.com/234/Yuengling-Open

CHARITY

Penn State golf tournament

Info:  The Penn State Alumni Association Naples Chapter is holding a golf tournament to benefit the trustee matching scholarship fund on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Quail Run Golf Club. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. with a noon shotgun start for the scramble. Foursomes or individuals are welcome, and golfers do not have to be Penn State alumni to play. The entry fee is $85 if paid by Jan. 20 with check to Quail Run Golf Club. Note the players name and other players in your foursome. The entry fee is $90 if paid at the club the day of the outing.

Contact: Reservations can be made no later than Jan. 25 to Neal Biege at 610-441-5665 or PSUboat@gmail.com.

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center tournament

Info: Monday, Jan. 29, at Quail West Golf & Country Club. There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Foursomes are $1,200 with individual spots at $325.

Contact: www.NaplesTherapeuticRidingCenter.org/golf

JUNIORS

Alico Family Golf

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

First Tee of Naples/Collier

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

Impact Zone Golf Juniors

Info: Junior Academy’s Operation 36, after school at Tiburón. Development program pairs Impact Zone-based teaching. Weekly classes, on-course lessons and weekend tournaments. Packages start at $140 per person per month. Ages 7-18. 

Contact: RSVP to info@impactzonegolf.com.

Junior Golf Performance Academy

Info: At Quail Creek Country Club.  Taking reservations for its After-School group coaching program, with 89 of 96 juniors are confirmed, with seven spots remaining for mid-August to mid-May Program. Supervised practices are held every day of the week. Program for beginners to advanced, ages 4-16. Packages range from $140 to $360 per month. 

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

AREA ORGANIZATIONS

Alico Family Golf Center

Contact:  334-4653 or alicofamilygolf.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

SWFL Executive Women’s Golf Association

Contact: Patty Gift, patty.gift@raymondjames.com, 287-5672; Mourine White at mourinew10@comcast.net, 262-5948, swflewga.com.

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: 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.

Susan Bond: Bond is an instructor at The Links of Naples, and is a quarter-century member of the PGA of America. She also is a New England Section award winner in multiple categories. Call 417-1313.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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 website 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.

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.

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