Jacksonville Sports Day

Good Media Coverage for JAGA Amateur

By FRED SEELY and BARNEY POSTON

That good media coverage recently of the upcoming JAGA Amateur was the result of the first-ever Media Day. Organized by JAGA director Jeff Adams (TPC Sawgrass) and the city’s sports guru, Joel Lamp, representatives of area newspapers and TV stations met at host site Queen’s Harbour to get a review of the July 29-31 event from co-chairs Adams and Bob Streightiff, and Queen’s Harbour GM Bob Sykora.

The Amateur field isn’t full and details are at jaxareagolf.org. The first entry was Mike Smith of the TPC Valley course, who was leading last year with seven holes to go but fell victim to the Golf Gods, who caused his tee shot, which ended up on a greenside bank, to start rolling after it had seemingly settled down. It ended up in the water and Smith eventually finished third.

The annual Club Team Championship will be Sept. 12 at Timuquana with one team per JAGA-member club. Teams must have a pro employed at the club and three amateurs with handicaps established at the club. In other words, no ringers.

The new class of JAGA Scholars as announced by committee chair Ken Hicks of Deerwood: Hannah Berman (Sawgrass,) Emily Root (Deerwood,) Kelly Barrett (Timuquana,) Conner Battreall (Marsh Landing) and Sydney Legree (Hyde Park.)

Hyde Park’s Billy Maxwell is again hosting his Claret Jug two-person on July 25. Nine holes better ball, nine at alternate shot. He might also give you his usual advice: “When you hit a good shot, remember what you did and do it again.

Lots of dirt and trees being moved at the TPC. The old entrance road is gone, as are the trees that flanked it. The new road will let you see the clubhouse as soon as you pass the Tour headquarters. One major earthmoving project is between nos. 6 and 7, where there will be a lake almost as big as the lake between 9 and 18.

Not too early to start on 2017 schedules. Clubs wishing to host a JAGA event should contact VP/Tournaments Billy Drake (Hyde Park) at djr0308@gmail.com (mailto:djr-308@gmail.com) . The only event that’s set is the Amateur, which follows a rotation and goes to Jacksonville G&CC.

Close local connection for USGA President Diana Murphy. She lives just up the road at St. Simons Island and she and hubby Reg are non-resident members of Timuquana.

If you get a sneak peek of the Plantation renovation, you’ll quickly see the major change: all the 1980’s-style moguls are gone.

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