Jacksonville Sports Day

GOLF: Baugh Speaker at 5th Annual Jacksonville Golf Banquet

JAGA presented its annual awards at the Feb. 8 banquet at Timuquana which went to (from left) Ray Gottschalk, Sawgrass Country Club, Director of the Year; Joel Lamp, City of Jacksonville, Community Service Award; Rocky Staples, San Jose Country Club, Club Executive of the Year; Gary Murfitt, Hyde Park Country Club, Pro of the Year; and Bob Streightiff, Queen's Harbour Yacht and Country Club, Earl Kelly Service Award. JAGA President Fred Seely of Timuquana (right) made the presentations.

JAGA presented its annual awards at the Feb. 8 banquet at Timuquana which went to Ray Gottschalk, Sawgrass Country Club, Director of the Year; Joel Lamp, City of Jacksonville, Community Service Award; Rocky Staples, San Jose Country Club, Club Executive of the Year; Gary Murfitt, Hyde Park Country Club, Pro of the Year; and Bob Streightiff, Queen’s Harbour Yacht and Country Club, Earl Kelly Service Award.

JAGA President Fred Seely of Timuquana made the presentations. Laura Baugh was the speaker at the 5th annual Jacksonville Golf Banquet.

Benefactor John Hayt received the Deane Beman Award for community service and was introduced by University of North Florida golf coach Scott Schroeder (left). Former PGA Tour executive Duke Butler III represented Beman, who could not attend.

Entries for Four-Ball, Senior Men’s Amateur
Entries for the JAGA Spring Four-Ball are coming in daily. The event will be held at Marsh Landing on Monday, March 20. The field is limited to 50 teams. Entries for the 60th JAGA Senior Amateur are now being accepted with Deercreek as the host club April 3-5. There will be three divisions (age 50+, 60-69 and 70+), with both gross and net competitions and a max field of 78. The 50+ division plays all three days, the other two divisions play the first two.
Entries can be made at www.jaxareagolf.org.

2017 JAGA Schedule
JAGA’s 2017 schedule started with the First Coast Amateur in January at Amelia National. This is the rest of the schedule, completed except for the sites of the Match Play qualifier and the Fall Four-Ball:

Underwood Cup: Feb. 20-21 at Timuquana.
Spring Four-Ball: March 20 at Marsh Landing.
Senior Men’s: April 3-5 at Deercreek.
Match Play: June 2-4 at Dye’s Valley.
Women’s Amateur and Senior: June 24-25 at The Amelia Island Club (Long Point.)
Billy Maxwell Claret Jug: July 14 at Hyde Park.
Junior: July 17-18 at Timuquana and Sawgrass.
Amateur: July 20-22 at Jacksonville G&CC.
Scholarship Benefit: October 30 at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club.
Club Team: Nov. 27 at Timuquana.

JAGA treasurer
Kevin Glynn has been elected JAGA treasurer, succeeding Don Gilmore who is relocating to the Charlotte area. Glynn is a JAGA scholar who graduated from Jacksonville University, where his golf teammates included San Jose pro Todd Bork.

Senior champs
The co-chairs of the First Coast Women’s Amateur, which is the JAGA women’s championship, are good players as evidenced by the recent Jacksonville Women’s GA Senior. Tama Caldabaugh won low gross and Sheila Brocki took low net.

Scholarship donations
Marsh Landing donated $1,205 to the JAGA Scholarship trust at the 2016 annual meeting and that wasn’t included in the Annual report. The first donation of 2017 came from Marsh Creek, which hosted a benefit in conjunction with fellow Club Corp club Deercreek. The club gave a check for $1506.17 at the Hidden Hills meeting this month.
Ponte Vedra Inn and Club held its annual scholarship day in conjunction with its Saturday morning game, with all entrants adding a minimum of $20 to the entry fee. The final tally will be coming soon.

Outings, anyone?
Deercreek is looking for corporate outings for the Players week. The contact is Julie Bennett at 363-1604.

Pro-Am
Jason Fenstermaker, a pro at Fleming Island, led the winning team in the recent San Jose Pro-Am. His amateur partners were David Garrat, Barnes Lary and Sal Randisi. The next pro-am is March 6 at Amelia National.

A Museum putting green
Putting greens pop up in unusual places but this area’s may be a real oddity: it’s in the gardens of Jacksonville’s Cummer Museum. The museum, in the city’s Riverside area, was once the home of the Cummer family and Nina Cummer developed the famed gardens. Her husband was an avid golfer so, as legend goes, she contacted Timuquana Country Club and got the club to build a putting green in the gardens as a present. It’s still there, though not maintained as a true putting surface.

Housing needed
A top minitour has two stops in this area and some players are looking for housing. It’s the Swing Thought Tour, which has gone by many names since founded in 1988 (Hooters Tour, etc.) Both events are at Sole Golf facilities starting Feb. 21-25 at Fleming Island and then March 6-11 at Orange Park. Anyone wishing to host a player should contact Sole Golf’s Charles Raulerson at charles@solegolf.com.

JAGA Directors playday
Results from the directors’ playday at Hidden Hills following the February 16 meeting:

122: Barney Poston, Hidden Hills; Charlie Kicklighter, Fernandina Beach; Fred Bridges, Jacksonville Beach.
129: Jon Thompson, Timuquana; Larry Stark, Jacksonville Beach; Ken Hicks, Deerwood; Skip Lunsford, Jacksonville G&CC.
130: Billy Speckman, guest; Billy Drake, Hyde Park; Andy Zarka, guest; Jeff Adams, TPC Sawgrass.
JAGA Shared Calendar
Keep up with the dates of all JAGA, North Florida Chapter PGA, and Senior Men’s Interclub events by using this calendar. All events are shown in one comprehensive calendar. It helps us all avoid major conflicts.

News and Notes?

JAGA clubs are encouraged to add information to this monthly offering. Send your News and Notes to either fs4569@comcast.net or barneypo@bellsouth.net.

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