Jacksonville Sports Day

Strong Field Expected for JAGA Amateur at Queen’s Harbour

QUEEN'S HARBOUR

A strong field of 70 or so will be in the JAGA Amateur at Queen’s Harbour starting on July 28. It’s a 54-holer and a few strong out-of-towners are in the field, including plus-handicappers from Orlando and Jupiter. Chairs are Bob Streightiff of the host club and Jeff Adams of the TPC. Spectators are welcome.

• We find out which JAGA-member club has the best team when the Club Team Championship is played at Timuquana on Sept. 12. Each club gets to enter a pro and three members; Palatka defends. The field is limited to 28 and the entry information is now up at www.jaxareagolf.org.

• Jacksonville’sPGA community broke through in the national PGA awards last year and another now has been added. Mary Hafeman, who runsd the teaching facility at Deercreek, will get the Player Development Award at the PGA of America’s annual banquet in November in New York City. Russ Libby of Hidden Hills and Bill Hughes of the TPC were winners last year. Only 12 are honored each year.

• One of our area’s Tour pros is calling it quits. Jeff Klauk has been a warrior on the PGA and Web.Com tours for years but nagging injuries put him on the sidelines. What next? “Still trying to figure that out,” he says. “Something in athletics, I hope.”

• Shooting 69 is a real accomplishment no matter what tees you play and that’s what Phillip Dunham of Ponte Vedra did in the Jacksonville Junior Championship at Atlantic Beach. He’s 8 years old and has won 17 of 21 so far on the NFJG circuit. They play the forward tees, around 2,400 yards. Okay, here’s a challenge: play your course with every hole at 133.3 yards and see what you shoot. That’s 2,400 yards. Bet you can’t break par, much less shoot 69.

• Oddity: two quadruple bogies and you still win the tournament? That’s what Kyle Jewett of Fleming Island did in the Jacksonville Junior’s last round. He made five birdies to go with the goofs and was helped when runner-up Connor Futrell had a triple and a quad. Jewett shot 77-77—154 to win the boys 16-18 division.

• Whatever your club calls it — Halfway House, Tee Stand, At The Turn — it’s a place to stop after the front nine for a beverage and more. The area’s biggest is under construction; it’s behind the 9th green at Atlantic Beach CC and even has an upstairs desk for better viewing. They say it will be ready for the Oct. 6-9 Web.Com Tour Championship.

• Kudos to Brent Martineau of ch. 30/47 for his charity work and his latest is the Dream 18 benefit at Sawgrass on Aug. 25. Good value at $150 and it benefits the Ronald McDonald House and local junior golf.

• Next JAGA board meeting is Aug. 16 at Julington Creek. Breakfast meeting to beat the heat on the golf course.

• Our local assistants are organized again with the TPC’s Alex Abbruzza as the leader and they had their first meeting/playday at Sawgrass. Tom Keegan of Ponte Vedra was the winner with Aaron Russell of sawgrass next followed by Abbruzza and Reed Becker of the TPC. They hope to get together monthly.

• Fred Hackney is a PGA pro who jumped to the financial planning business but he hasn’t forgotten his background. You’ll see his name prominently placed at local events because he has made generous donations to the local PGA chapter, the Assistants’ Association and the North Florida Junior Golf Foundation. Still has an A game, too.

• Local junior golf benefits from getting a bite out of the Players tickets they sell and they hit over 2,000 this year. Top-selling clubs, in order, were Sawgrass, Deerwood and Mash Landing.

• Pro competitions: Orange Park’s Charles Raulerson beat Jacksonville G&CC’s Ray Barr in the final of the Northern Chapter PGA’s match play … the Assistants team beat the head pros at Ponte Vedra to retain the Railing Cup.

• Next big one after the JAGA Amateur is the Gate Invitational at Ponte Vedra. Lagoon on August 14, Ocean the next two days.

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