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GOLF: Jacksonville Area Golf Association News

JAGA's 2017 officers (from left) are Don Gilmore, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, treasurer; Fred Seely, Timuquana, president; Ron Jerin, Palatka, VP/Administration; Randy Nader, Sawgrass, secretary; and Jeff Adams, TPC Sawgrass, VP/Tournaments.

News and Notes from the Jacksonville Area Golf Association (JAGA).

First Coast Amateur

Entries are coming in for the inaugural event on Jan. 14-16 at Amelia National. It’s sponsored by the City of Jacksonville and the Tourist Development Council with backing by JAGA and tournament director Joel Lamp gathered up a good volunteer crew. Early entries include collegiate players from Purdue University, South Carolina, Florida State, Alabama and the College of Charleston. Locals include state prep champ Brandon Mancheno of NAS, Dillon Woods of UNF, Toby Ragland of Deercreek and Andrew Porter of Ponte Vedra. One foreigner is Gaelen Trew of South Africa, who plays at Florida Tech.

5th Annual Jacksonville Golf Banquet

Former U.S. Amateur champ Laura Baugh will be the speaker at the 5th annual Jacksonville Golf Banquet on February 8 at Timuquana. Area golf awards will be announced with benefactor John Hayt receiving the Deane Beman Award for contributions to area golf. Hayt donated the golf center at the University of North Florida and also sponsors a major college event at Sawgrass Country Club. Baugh was 16 when she won the 1971 Amateur and held that distinction until 2006, when Kimberly Kim won at age 14. She had a lengthy LPGA career, never winning but being the Rookie of the Year in 1973 and logging 71 top-10 finishes.

Underwood Cup

David Anthony will be the playing captain of the amateur team for the 2017 Underwood Cup. The Feb. 19-21 Ryder Cup-like competition is at Timuquana and Anthony will lead the team that includes Steve Carter, Tommy Dudley III, Mark Spencer, Duke Butler IV, Michael O’Neal, Nick Gilliam, Michael Smith, Matt Salane, Leon Schonfeld III, Toby Ragland, and Ken Moody. Mike Bodney and Andy Purnell are the alternates and John Milton is the assistant captain. Ray Barr of Jacksonville G&CC will be the professional team captain and his squad will be announced soon.

Scholar Dollars

Donations to the JAGA Scholarship Trust have been received from the Hidden Hills Men’s Golf Association, $1,000; Orange Park Country Club members Tom Raffo, Gary Harless, Frank Knaflec and W.E. Black, $410; Sawgrass member Don Daniels, $250; Marsh Landing MGA, $500, Marsh Landing Seniors, $505; and Marsh Landing Senior Interclub Team, $200. Make a tax deductible donation the JAGA Scholarship Trust Fund by clicking here and then clicking on the Donate button in the right sidebar. JAGA pays the credit card fees.

New Treasurer

The JAGA treasurer, Don Gilmore of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, is relocating to the Charlotte area and the association’s Nominating Committee is seeking a replacement. The committee can consider any person, even those who are not affiliated with a JAGA-member club. The committee chair, Adair Roberts of Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, asks that anyone who wishes to be considered, or who knows someone who does, contact him at adair.roberts@gmail.com.

Juniors

The world’s No. 2 junior, Toby Briggs of England, will be in the field Jan. 3-4 at Ponte Vedra in a North Florida Golf Foundation event. He’s visiting with a family here.

Benefit for Susan Waite

Susan has worked with several top pros here including Mary Hafeman and Todd Bork. Those two plus UNF teaching pro Boots Farley are having a benefit at San Jose on Jan. 16 to help pay for her breast cancer treatment. Entry fee is $125 and details are at 733-1511.

Ireland Trip

Teaching pro Mary Hafeman of Deercreek is organizing a May 22-30 trip to Ireland with rounds at top courses such as Royal County Down, Portrush and Portmarnock. She’s at 233-0989.

New Book

Billy Detlaff, former director of golf at the TPC Sawgrass, has a new book out. It’s called “Doctors of the Game” and it’s a fine history of golf and many of the people who have been influential along the way. More information is at doctorsofthegame.com.

Ross Society

The Donald Ross Society is making another visit to Northeast Florida this spring. They’re scheduled to play Ross designs at Timuquana, Hyde Park and Gainesville (the University of Florida course) with another round at a non-Ross course, Sawgrass (an Ed Seay design.)

Colleges

Among the local players who are heading to college next year: Spenser Slayden of TPC Sawgrass will stay here and play at North Florida, Brandon Mancheno of NAS heads to Auburn.

Geese!

Canadian Geese are eating their way through our courses and there are numerous “solutions” including a Goosenator, a boat-like device that can be propelled into flocks to scare them off; and Border Collie dogs, which can be rented by the day. Hyde Park pro Gary Murfitt says his idea is less expensive: get a green laser light and shine it at them.

Charity Success

Congratulations to Dr. Jim Barsamian, Marsh Landing owner Chester Stokes and the members of Marsh Landing for their efforts in generating $267,000 for the Yellow Ribbon Fund as a result of a dinner and golf outing.

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