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Fore Sistas Golf Tournament Set for March 3-4

Participants in 2022 Tournament

In Photo: Participants at 2002 Fore Sistas Golf Tournament

Article by: Jackie Holfelder / Photo provided by Martha Clark
Last year’s inaugural Fore Sistas of Fairview Golf Club, Inc. Women’s Golf Tournament offered a weekend of great golf, important symposiums and outstanding food and entertainment – is it any wonder that the popular event is coming back for a return engagement the weekend of March 3-4?
While it is a women’s golfing event, this year, mixed foursomes (maximum of two men) and men’s foursomes are invited to participate.

The two-day event will kick off at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 3 with a Golf Clinic, followed by a Women’s Health Symposium with a panel of dynamic health professionals, and Welcome Reception featuring hors d’oeuvres, spirit tasting and a deejay.

On Saturday, March 4 access to the practice facility starts at 7 a.m. (subject to availability), Group Photos and Breakfast are scheduled for 8 a.m., followed by the 9 a.m. start of the Shotgun-style Tournament and a Luncheon and Awards Ceremony at 2 p.m.

Cost for the entire weekend is $175 per person with a non-golfing option that includes everything but play for $60 per person.

Fairview Golf Club, Inc, located in West Palm Beach, was established 56 years ago to provide a facility at which African Americans could play the sport, and is currently led by Martha Clark. Fairview Golf Club, Inc., was gracious in allowing Fore Sistas to affiliate with it.

Fore Sistas of Fairview Golf Club, Inc. is now a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit volunteer service organization of women committed to the expansion and inclusion of talented women in the sport and business of golf through linked friendship, financial support, equity and inclusion.

Organizations supporting African American female youth and collegiate golfers aspiring to reach the next level of play will be recipients of the 75-percent of the net proceeds raised at the tournament.
Members of the event committee are Phyllis M. Gillespie, Martha Clark, Stanley Campbell, Jr., G. Sean Schley, Earnie Ellison, Jean Laws Scott, Claire Nash, Synthia Snow, Tishunda Tullis, Michelle Jerger, Lynn Solomon, Debra Williams and Raelyn Holmes

Sponsorship opportunities are available at all levels.

For information on Fore Sistas Golf, contact Phyllis Gillespie, Esq. at pmgillespie1@gmail.com; Register at martindownscountryclub.com, Events/ForeSistas; or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fore-sistas-of-fairview-golf-club-inc-2nd-annual-womens-golf-tournament-tickets-534436121827

Community Rallies to Support Racquets for Recovery

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In Photo: John and Erica Garwood - Photo by: Elizabeth Farrar

Article & Photos by: Elizabeth Farrar / Photos by Jackie Holfelder
Stuart - Cloudy skies and cool temperatures didn’t dampen the mood at The Mark Garwood Foundation’s 3rd Annual Racquets for Recovery Tennis and Pickleball Tournament held on January 28 at North River Shores Tennis Club.

The Tennis Tournament was presented by the Scarbrough Group at Rockefeller Capital Management and the Pickleball Tournament was presented by Ted Glasrud & Associates.
Over 200 players participated in the day’s events to raise funds for the Foundation’s Phoenix Scholarship program. Since 2014, the Mark Garwood Foundation has awarded over $325,000 to 51 adults in south Florida who are in recovery, committed to long-term sobriety and ready to begin or continue their educations.
Twenty of the foundation’s current scholarship recipients were on hand to help ensure the event was a success.

Tournament play paused midday to allow the foundation’s founders, Erica and John Garwood, to tell the story of losing their 24-year-old son, Mark, in 2014 after his five-year battle with substance use disorder. Phoenix Scholarship recipient Alexandria Dennison then shared her own story of substance abuse and how the Mark Garwood Foundation has helped her to live a life better than she ever imagined.

To learn more about the Mark Garwood Foundation, visit www.markgarwoodfoundation.org.

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In Photo: Erica Garwood and Jody & Jamie Rotenizer -Photo By: Jackie Holfelder

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In Photo: Mark Garwood Foundation Family - Photo by: Elizabeth Farrar

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In Photo: John Garwood and Renee Allen - Photo by: Jackie Holfelder

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In Photo: John Gonzalez and Olena Trunina - Jackie Holfelder

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In Photo: Tennis 3.0 gold medalists Karianne Lange and Lindsay Morales, Erica Garwood, John Garwood, Pickleball 3.0 bronze medalists Carolyn Diggs and Susan McGill, Pickleball 3.0 silver medalists Kali - Photo by: Elizabeth Farrar

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In Photo: Marla & Tony Bueno of Sky Blue Aviation and Erica Garwood - Photo by: Jackie Holfelder

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In Photo: Tad Walgreen and Erica Garwood - Photo by: Elizabeth Farrar

Big Brothers Big Sisters Hosts 12th Annual Golf Tournament

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In Photo: Golf Committee Members- Bonnie Wilson and Chris Smith

Article by Jayne Platts/Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham
Vero Beach – Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties hosted its 12th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, Jan. 30 at the exclusive Hawk's Nest Golf Course in Vero Beach. Stakeholders, donors, event sponsors, golf committee members, BBBS staff, board members and volunteers enjoyed a beautiful, fun day on the course.

The 21 teams included 83 players in three divisions: Men’s, Women’s and Mixed. The men’s’ first place team scored a 45 and included teammates Travis McNamee, Jason Cirrone, Chris Case and Matt Roy. The top women’s team, including golf committee member Chris Smith, Kathleen LaCroix, Margery Sparks and Nancy Sullivan, scored a 51. The mixed division included Dr. Harlow LaBarge, Linda Feuerbach, Ian Graham and Paul Karrlsson-Willis with a score of 52. Closest to the pin winners included Brian Burkhart, Kathy Tilney, Jesse Larsen and Mark Blair.

The event included lunch upon arrival, raffles, heavy hors d'oeuvres and open bar at the awards ceremony, and a 50/50 that raised nearly $600 for BBBS.

Event sponsors included Brad Lorimier, David and Chris Smith, David and Bonnie Wilson, Jack and Pat Bingleman, Bill and Peg Regan, Doon Foster, Paul DeSoye, East Coast Lumber and Supply, Board Chair Mike Lucci, Bud Angelus and Dr. Harlow LaBarge. Hole sponsors included Bud Angelus, Joseph Purcell, Jack and Mary Weisbaum, Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Schlitt Services, Richard McMenamin and ShopRite, and Linda Teetz. Brad Lorimier was the bar sponsor and raffle donor, along with Diane Kingsley with Triple Health Options.

"BBBS is fortunate to host our golf event at this beautiful venue year after year,” said CEO Debbie Hawley, “Thank you to all of our loyal supporters for helping to make this event such a wonderful success! We anticipate raising $40,000.00, which will enable us to continue serving children and youth in Indian River County."

BBBS programs are free for all participants. Events such as the golf tournament fund these programs so youth can continue to achieve their full potential.

Visit bbbsbigs.org or call 772-466-8535 for more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. “Like” BBBS on Facebook and follow on Instagram @bbbsbigs.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties
Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties strives to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Debbie Hawley is the CEO. For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters please visit bbbsbigs.org or call 772- 466-8535. “Like” BBBS on Facebook and follow on Instagram @bbbsbigs.

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In Photo: CEO Debbie Hawley and Golf Committee Member Brad Lorimier

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In Photo: Dr. Harlow LaBarge, Linda Feuerbach and Steve Lahey

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In Photo: The women golfers came out in force!

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In Photo: Top Men's Team- Chris Case, Matt Roy, Jason Cirrone and Travis McNamee

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In Photo: Top Women's Team- Margery Sparks, Kathleen LaCroix, Nancy Sullivan and Christine Smith

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In Photo: Top Mixed Team- Dr. Harlow LaBarge, Linda Feuerbach, Ian Graham and Paul Karrlsson-Willis

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In Photo: Nancy Edmiston and Doon Foster

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In Photo: Charlie Rose chips the ball over the hill while Stan Klinefelter looks on

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In Photo: Bud Angelus and Jerry Giacomino

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In Photo: Paul DeSoye, Michael Piazza, Bill McIntyre and Len Odell

Economic Development Council St. Lucie EXCEL Clay Shoot Hits Target

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In Photo: Winning team, HBK CPAs & Consultants, from left, Danny Eagle, Christian Suter, and Richard Mishock.

Article by Maureen Saltzer / Photos by: MaryAnn Ketcham
Okeechobee/Jan. 17, 2023 – EDC EXCEL, the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County’s emerging leaders organization, hosted a lively second annual clay shooting tournament at Quail Creek Sporting Ranch on Jan. 13.

Twenty-one teams competed during the half-day event sponsored by TD Bank. The HBK CPAs & Consultants team took the top prize, anchored by Christian Suter’s perfect 100 score. Robin Mixon, on the Keiser University team, shot an 86, earning the top woman’s prize.

Tournament volunteers included Roxane Peters of SouthState Bank, Phil Doumar of Doumar Insurance, Greg Iannelli of Enterprise Fleet Management, Lindsey Concannon of NuCO2, Karla Gabay of Universal Engineering Sciences, Jessica Taylor Storey of Taylor Realty Advisors, and Logan Wellmeier of Dean Mead Minton & Moore.

In addition to presenting sponsor TD Bank, event sponsors included Dean Mead, HBK CPAs & Consultants, Hi-Tide Boat Lifts, Islamorada Beer Company, Keiser University, Rehmann, SouthState Bank and Universal Engineering Services.

EXCEL’s next event will be a tour of Adams Ranch in February. For more information about EDC EXCEL, visit https://youredc.com/about/overview/EXCEL or call 772.336.6250.

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In Photo: Top Female Shooter Robin Mixon - Photo by: Maureen Saltzer

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Sports Generated $146.5 Billion in Economic Impact for Florida's Economy in Past Two Fiscal Years, New Study Shows

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The Florida Sports Foundation announced its recently commissioned study found the total economic impact of the sports industry on Florida's economy amounted to $146.5 billion in Fiscal Years 2019-20 and 2020-21.
The report, conducted by the independent research firm Tourism Economics, also showed that the billions injected into the economy by sports supported 978,200 part-time and full-time jobs on an annual basis and generated $13.9 billion in state and local taxes.
"We applaud Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for the extensive steps he has taken to ensure Florida has remained open for sports throughout his administration," said Angela Suggs, President and CEO of the Florida Sports Foundation. "The findings of this report show the wisdom of the Governor's strategy to prioritize access to golf courses, beaches, hiking trails and other recreational venues."
Amateur and leisure activities were the largest contributors to Florida's sports economy over the course of the study. This category, which includes golf, hunting, fishing, and other recreational activities, accounted for $113.6 billion in total economic impact. Within the amateur and leisure activities category, golf was the largest contributor, generating $44.2 billion in impact.
Other highlights of the report include:
• Florida's sports industry accounted for nearly 28.1 million non-resident visitors to the state, representing 14 percent of all Florida tourism.
• Professional sports accounted for $10.2 billion in economic impact, while college athletics contributed $5.5 billion in impact.
• The efforts of the state's 36 sports commissions, supported by the Florida Sports Foundation, generated $24.9 billion in total economic impact.

About the Florida Sports Foundation
The Florida Sports Foundation, a 501(C) 3 non-profit corporation, is the official sports promotion and development organization for the State of Florida. It is charged with the promotion and development of professional, amateur, recreational sports, and physical fitness opportunities that produce a thriving Florida sports industry and environment. With a seemingly endless list of sporting ventures and venues, the Florida Sports Foundation strives to promote Florida's unique sports industry. The Foundation's staff is dedicated to serving the needs and interests of Florida's sports community and assists with all questions concerning Florida sporting activities and issues.

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City of Fort Pierce Opens New Pickleball Courts at Jaycee Park

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Over the last few years, pickleball has grown in popularity, not just in Fort Pierce, but across the country. In 2021, pickleball soared to new heights and grew to 4.8 million players across the United States, according to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association. With the growing popularity, residents in the City of Fort Pierce stated they would like more pickleball courts throughout the community. The City’s Public Works Department responded and is excited to announce the completion and opening of four beautiful, brand-new pickleball courts at Jaycee Park.

The Facilities Maintenance Crew of Public Works took on the task of redesigning an existing tennis court and repurposing it with new pickleball courts. It was an exciting project and a significant improvement to Jaycee Park. Since completion last week, residents and visitors have already taken to the courts, and people of all skill levels and age groups have been seen playing together on the new courts.

The new pickleball courts are available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis during regular park hours. We encourage you to check out this fantastic new community resource and learn more about the health and wellness benefits of pickleball as a recreational and social opportunity.

For information about pickleball, including the USAPA official rules, visit www.usapa.org
For more information on the Public Works Department or Jaycee Park, please visit the City’s website at www.cityoffortpierce.com

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Indian River State College Esports Team Rockets to Impressive Heights in Inaugural Semester of Competition

IRSC now has an Esports team. IRSC Esports competes in nationwide Rocket League championships. The team is ranked 3rd in the nation for collegiate rocket league tournaments

Fort Pierce — Indian River State College (IRSC) Athletics entered into the esports realm in August, and already the four-person team has made impressive strides in several major tournaments. In fact, the IRSC team is now ranked 1st in Florida and 3rd in North America in Rocket League play.

Short for electronic sports, esports are team-based video game competitions that are watched online on the Twitch live streaming service or in person in arenas by spectators—sometimes numbering in the thousands—around the country and around the world. According to Fortune magazine, the global esports market has nearly 500 million fans worldwide, reaching a valuation of $1.44 billion this year and is projected to grow to more than $5 billion by 2029.

The IRSC Esports Team’s game of choice is called Rocket League. Think of it as an electronic version of soccer—but instead of animated people kicking a small ball around the field, souped-up racecars collide with a giant soccer ball and attempt to move it down the field and into the goal. It is in this game, the most popular among colleges and universities, that IRSC’s team excels.

In October, they won the Rocket League portion of the 2022 Battle for Florida Competition hosted by University of South Florida. Next, they competed in the Eastern Conference of the worldwide Collegiate Rocket League (CRL) tournament sponsored by Rocket League’s parent company, Psyonix, and tournament organizer the College Carball Association (CCA). They finished third out of 320 teams from colleges in the eastern U.S. and Canada. Then they moved on in November to the CRL National Championship and finished third out of all 534 college teams in the North American Conference, which includes the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

“Esports is a fast-growing industry, and with so many other colleges having established esports teams, IRSC wanted not only to enter the arena, but show we can hold our own against the big universities,” said Shaun Wightman, IRSC’s Head Coach of Esports. “Our players are not kids who play video games in their spare time. These are highly skilled, highly trained players who are valued as much as any other athlete at the College. Esports is going to bring a lot of attention to IRSC.”

IRSC Athletic Director Scott Kimmelman agrees: “We have been excited to launch the esports initiative and house it under the umbrella of intercollegiate athletics,” Kimmelman said. “From the onset, the coach and team members have proven to be a welcome addition to our department. Their immediate success in Florida competitions and nationally makes them top contenders. This recognition will help as the College re-brands locally, state-wide, nationally and internationally.”

Teams consist of three players and one alternate. The players are Sebastian Becerra, 22, from Los Angeles, California, who goes by the tag, “Sea-Bass”; Sean Downard, 18, from Auburndale, Florida, whose tag is “Tacostash84”; Blade Taylor, 19 and from Las Vegas, Nevada, whose tag is “SlaYeR”; and Haden Osteen, 22, from Vero Beach and who goes by the tag “Disrxptor,” is the team’s alternate.

Games are played at a frenzied pace with driving electronic music as a backdrop. Players, if they’re good enough, can earn money coaching other players. Cars can be customized, from body styles and wheel designs to paint jobs, stripes and decals. And selling music and design elements and effects provides additional revenue streams for Psyonix, the company that created Rocket League. The IRSC team jerseys feature the likeness of the College’s new Pioneer mascot.

Successful professional players can earn money by winning prizes in competitions, by coaching other players, and by becoming a good enough player to earn sponsorships from major corporations, such as sports drink companies and sportswear manufacturers. But by establishing teams at the collegiate level, esports offers players more value than money. Just like other sanctioned sports, if they play well enough, students can earn scholarships and use their involvement on the team as a pathway to fund part or all of their education at IRSC.

If not for esports, Haden Osteen could not have afforded to attend college. As a member of the team, Osteen qualifies for a scholarship to study criminal justice at IRSC. Players can go on to earn scholarships for Bachelor’s degrees at IRSC or other colleges. Osteen will graduate with an Associate Degree in Spring 2023 and plans to continue studying business administration at IRSC.

In order to compete in collegiate tournaments, CRL rules require players to maintain a 2.0 GPA, but to remain on the IRSC team, the standard is higher—players must maintain a 3.0 GPA, Wightman said. All four team members are meeting that standard. “Just like all other athletics programs at IRSC, the College takes education very seriously,” Wightman said.

To qualify for scholarships, players don’t necessarily need to study in a field related to gaming or sports—but some do. Before joining the IRSC team, Sebastian Becerra had been playing Rocket League professionally for years, earning more than $40,000 as a pro. “I want to be able to continue competing as long as possible, and this gives me the opportunity to get a free education while doing it,” he said.

“I love being able to turn a hobby that I’ve been doing for five years just sitting in my room into getting out in the world and getting an education,” said Sean Downard, who is studying for his A.A. Degree.

Blade Taylor, the team’s captain and statistician, is currently the coach for the Rocket League Championship Series team White Rabbit, located in South Africa. “I’m still making a path as a coach, but now as part of a college team, it opens up a path that I didn’t have before. I’m excited to be building a legacy for myself within the scene as much as I can as a collegiate player. It’s also very cool to build a nice backup plan for when my time in competition is done.” Taylor also is studying business administration.

The team’s crowning achievement came on Nov. 19 when they defeated the reigning champions, Northwood University Blue team, in front of an online audience of more than 22,000 people. “That was pretty amazing,” Wightman recalls. Blue ended up ranking second in the North American finals, with IRSC finishing in third place.

Next up for the team is Eastern Conference qualifying rounds in January. If they do well and move on to Nationals, and do well there, they may qualify for the World CRL Championship tournament next summer. In the meantime, Wightman said, they’ll be upgrading some hardware and making plans to move to a new location customized with their brand. “One day, I’d love to have a space where we can invite other colleges here to compete with us,” he said.

To follow the team’s progress, be sure to check the team’s social media. Their handle is @IRSCEsports on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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IRSC now has an Esports team. IRSC Esports competes in nationwide Rocket League championships. The team is ranked 3rd in the nation for collegiate rocket league tournaments
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Sky was the Limit at the 6th Annual Shoot for the Moon Fundraiser

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In Photo: Erica Garwood and Toby Overdorf

Article by: Jackie Holfelder / Photos by: Elizabeth Farrar & Jackie Holfelder
The sun was just rising when 158 participants began arriving at the South Florida Shooting Club in Palm City for Shoot for the Moon, the 6th Annual Sporting Clays Charity Competition to benefit the Mark Garwood Foundation.

As John Garwood, co-founder of the nonprofit along with his wife Erica said, “This is the biggest yet! Mark is in the room.”

Local dignitaries in attendance included US Congressman Brian Mast, Florida State Senator Gayle Harrell, Florida State Representatives John Snyder and Toby Overdorf, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder, Martin County Assistant Manager George Stokus, Stuart Mayor Troy McDonald and Stuart City Manager David Dyess.

Presenting sponsors were Audi, Infiniti, Maserati and Alfa Romeo of Stuart.

As shooters checked in, they enjoyed breakfast supplied by Panera Bread and following the event, the Martin County Sheriff’s Grill Team, led by Commander Willie Weiss, served up one of the scrumptious luncheons for which they’re noted.

Congressman Mast noted, “What we’re seeing today is that ripples of loss due to substance abuse go deep in our community, but the Garwood Foundation gives ripples that help people thrive.

Sheriff Snyder added, “John and Erica, from the abyss of your tragedy you have come back stronger.”

Sponsorship and entry fees along with proceeds from the live auction and raffles raised $100,000 for the nonprofit’s Phoenix Scholarship program.

Since 2015, the Mark Garwood Foundation Phoenix Scholarship program has provided over $300,000 to 51 adults in South Florida who are in recovery, committed to long-term sobriety, have a financial need and want to begin or continue their education.
For more information, visit www.markgarwoodsharefoundation.org.

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In Photo: Ted Brown, Wilmington Trust; Stephen Leighton, Mast Chief of Staff; Congressman Brian Mast; Erica Garwood; Maverick Mast; Sheriff William Snyder; Magnum Mast; John Garwood

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In Photo: Phoenix Scholarship Recipients Jessica Kennedy, Erica Weissinger, Robert Bernier, Krystal Serbeck, Jack Johnson, Rachel Stahl, Crysta Snyder and Kevin Johnson. (Not pictured: Kate Watkins and Lucy Voyles)

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In Photo: David Mingace, Mac McCoy, Alex Mingace and Joel Neece

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In Photo: John Garwood: Devin Carlson, General Manager Audi Stuart: Paityn Carlson; Dylan Jackson, Phillippe Bauduc and Wyatt Hardy

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In Photo: Infiniti Stuart team: David Ferrara, Hus Ebrahimi, Austin Robinson and Scott O’Keefe

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Unlock Lower Scores Are you Setting the Right Tone?

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Walking along the fairway to your second with a clear sight of your ball is an extremely satisfying experience.

Do you often have to you search for your tee shot in the thick stuff during a round? Let’s change that.

Percentage tee shot
Put yourself in the fairway, even if it means a longer second.

Perfect tee shot
Hit the fairway with every yard of distance you’re capable of.
“Whether you’re playing from spot 1 or 2, the game is a lot more enjoyable from there.”

Joy-destroyer tee shot
If you’re struggling with a regular miss, the rest of the hole becomes a struggle. The good news is, we can help you fix this.

If you haven’t broken 85 by now
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Let's Break it Down to Break 90

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Article by: Judy Alvarez Golf Academy
In many ways, the par on a hole is misleading and not especially relevant. Each hole holds a particular set of challenges you need to navigate. If you’re shooting in the 90s it helps to break that challenge down into three parts.

Golf Planning

If you’re shooting in the 90s, whenever you stand-up on the tee box, don’t think about the ‘par’. Look at what’s in front of you. Think back from the center of the green (from where you’re planning two-putts) and plot a journey of makeable shots.

Take Control Tiny Tweaks for Massive Gains

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In golf, there’s a lot we can’t control. Aspects like weather, pin location, hole elevation and turf conditions are what they are. But there is something we can control: how your equipment fits your swing, build and preferences. A few small changes can transform your enjoyment and performance.

Did you know?

If the face alignment on your putter is out by just 1°, you’ll likely miss a 10-foot putt, even with accurate aim.

A 0.05 increase in smash factor for a golfer with an average swing speed of 85mph, can add up to 10 yards to their drives.

A fitting is one of the best ways for us to identify the areas of your game that could benefit from slight adjustments. When last were you fitted?

Everyone gains
Skill level is not a determiner of who should get fitted. Every golfer benefits from a fitting, from complete beginner to life-long veteran. Why not experience the difference for yourself?

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Avoiding Your Long Irons?

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Approach play becomes so much easier and more enjoyable when you’re confident with your longer irons. If your long irons are a constant struggle, let’s change that. Is there a swing change we could make? Or perhaps your lie angle is incorrect? Maybe hybrids would be better suited to your game?

Let’s figure out the best way to improve your approach play.

Maybe it’s not your fault

Sliced your drive? Hooked your iron shot? Missed the green from inside 100 yards? Sometimes the reason for these mishits isn’t your swing.

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A driver shaft with the incorrect flex for you makes it difficult to square the club face at impact. That means more slices off the tee

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A lie angle that’s too upright for you can cause the club face to close at impact, resulting in hooked shots.

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There are many types of wedge shots that can be played within 100 yards. Playing with the right bounce and grind makes it easier to strike the ball cleanly.

Make the game easier
Golf’s tough enough as it is, why make it more difficult by playing with equipment that isn’t fitted for you? Let’s start by making sure you’ve got the basics, like lie angle and shaft flex, in place.
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Sit Less, Swing Better Restore the Rhythm

Article by: Judy Alverez - First Tee

Is your swing feeling stiff? Are you sitting for several hours a day? Your shoulders could be part of the problem. The anatomical term for your shoulder blades is “scapulae”. Your upper arm bone – the humerus – connects to your scapula. They work together to help you make a full shoulder rotation and swing on plane. This interaction is called “scapulohumeral rhythm”.

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Sitting too much messes with this rhythm because it pulls your shoulders forward, disrupting the scapula muscles, causing them to tilt and become unstable. When this happens, your golf swing will be restricted and you may experience pain at your shoulder blades.

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