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Okeechobee High School Wins U.S. Army High School Fishing Open at Harris Chain of Lakes

21 Feb Okeechobee

Leesburg – The Okeechobee High School duo of Tyler Scott and Zack Zainitzer, both of Palm City, Florida, won the U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Open at the Harris Chain of Lakes on Saturday in Leesburg, Florida. The event was hosted by Visit Lake County, Florida and the victory advanced the winning team to the 2021 U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing National Championship.

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*National Championship Qualifier. The top 10% of teams advance to the 2021 U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing National Championship

Complete results from the event can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

2021 UPCOMING QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

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The first 25 high school teams that enter each U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing tournament will receive a free Favorite Fishing package, including one Favorite Fishing casting rod and reel, one Favorite Fishing spinning rod and reel, six packs of Googan Baits and two Favorite Fishing hats, a total package value of $230. Most tournaments will also be hosted by a Bass Pro Tour angler or Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit angler, giving high school students the chance to meet the sport’s top pros. As an added bonus, the winning team at each tournament will receive a guided fishing trip with their pro angler host.

U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing tournaments are free, two-person (team) events for students in grades 7-12 and are open to any MLF and Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school club. The top 10 percent of teams at each Open event along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships will advance to the 2021 U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing National Championship. The U.S. Army High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

In addition to the U.S. Army High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest open high school bass tournament, the 2021 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. More than $2.8 million in scholarships and prizes were offered at the 2020 World Finals.
Full schedules and the latest announcements, photos and articles are available at HighSchoolFishing.org and MajorLeagueFishing.com.

ST. LUCIE RIVER POWER SQUADRON ELECTS 2021 OFFICERS

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John Goebel, of Port St. Lucie, has been re-elected commander of St. Lucie River Power Squadron in virtual change of watch ceremonies.

Also sworn in were the following squadron bridge officers: Peter Rodaway, Stuart, executive officer; Paul Vallier, Stuart, educational officer; Ruth Frederick, Stuart, administrative officer; Richard Pontynen, Stuart, secretary; and William Gelpke, Jensen Beach, treasurer.

Installed as assistants to the bridge officers were the following: Paul Bendeck, Port St. Lucie, educational; Sheri Muller, Palm City, administrative; and Richard Pontynen, Stuart, treasurer.

The online installation was conducted by District 8 Commander Michael Jackson, of Sebastian. St. Lucie River Power Squadron, also known as America’s Boating Club of Martin County, is one of 12 squadrons in District 8 encompassing southeastern Florida from Sebastian Inlet to Key West.

St. Lucie River Power Squadron is a unit of United States Power Squadrons (USPS), the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit organization providing safe boating education and skills enhancement training. For more information about the national organization, also known as America’s Boating Club, is available at www.usps.org. The squadron’s local website is www.slrps.org.

Honor Flight, Pull! For Our Veterans Sporting Clay Tournament 2021

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Article by: MaryAnn Ketcham

Take your best shot! Join the excitement and thrill of a Sporting Clay Tournament supporting Southeast Honor Flight and POW-MIA-OREE (Prisoner of War-Missing in Action-Outdoor Remembrance Educational Events.)

Save the Date, Saturday, Feb. 27th, and aim for the South Florida Shooting Club located at 500 SW Long Drive in Palm City, beginning at 8 am. Admission includes a BBQ lunch, raffles, and an awards ceremony.

Sponsored by prominent St. Lucie County dermatologist and philanthropist Dr. Shamsher Singh, who recently presented a $10,000 check to the organization, the event honors the memory of Vietnam Veteran John Knox Bailey.

Bailey, the husband of Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson, served in the U.S. Navy, working as part of the 'Brown Water' Navy that patrolled the waterways inside Vietnam. Honorably discharged in 1966 with a ranking of Seaman Apprentice E-2, the South Carolina native moved to the Treasure Coast.

"He rarely spoke of his military service," said Hudson. "But he credited his service as the basis for his many successes in life."

Like many other young Vietnam Veterans, Bailey returned home to a seemingly ungrateful populace and tended to keep his experiences to himself.

He retired from the US Postal Service in 2003 and was an avid fan of clay shooting.

Sadly, Bailey did not have the opportunity to experience an Honor Flight for which he qualified and where he would have received the heroes welcome he so vastly deserved.

Southeast Honor Flight is a 100% volunteer organization that currently flies Veterans from WWII, the Korean, and Vietnam Wars to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice.

Funds raised ensure that local Veterans from St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Indian River, and Palm Beach Counties fly entirely free of charge.

Paired with a volunteer guardian, each Veteran can rest assured that someone is there to assist them throughout the day-long journey. The pairing is mutually gratifying for the guardian, who learns a bit of history through the Veteran's stories, and has the opportunity to establish a deep-seated friendship.

The POW-MIA-OREE component helps ensure that "No Soldier Will Ever Be Forgotten." Each year, this nonprofit organization live reads the names of Veterans interred in National Cemeteries. Custom Challenge Coins, later placed on the headstones, serve as keepsakes for the families.

Help honor our Nation's Veterans, present and past, with a sponsorship. Or, grab some fellow enthusiasts and sign-up for this unforgettable event.

Please visit, HonorFlightSELF.org for additional information.

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FWC Approves Regulation Changes for Flounder Effective March 1

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At its December Commission meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to the management of Florida’s flounder fishery.

A stock status update suggested that the flounder fishery statewide has been in a general declining trend in recent years and is likely overfished and undergoing overfishing on the Atlantic coast of Florida. Other south Atlantic and Gulf states have also reported declines in flounder populations and have been making their own regulation changes.

FWC has been working with stakeholders to gather input on this fishery through workshops, online commenting and more.

Changes effective March 1, 2021, include:
• Extending ALL FWC flounder regulations into federal waters.
• Increasing the minimum size limit from 12 inches to 14 inches total length (recreational and commercial).
• Reducing the recreational daily bag limit from 10 to five fish per person.
• Establishing an Oct. 15 – Nov. 30 recreational closed season.
• For commercial harvesters using allowable gear: Establishing a commercial trip and vessel limit of 150 fish from Dec. 1 – Oct. 14, and 50 fish from Oct. 15 – Nov. 30.
• Modifying the incidental bycatch limit for commercial harvesters using non-allowable gear from 50 pounds to 50 fish/trip.
• Creating a federal waters trawl bycatch limit of 150 flounder/trip from Dec. 1 – Oct. 14, and 50 fish/trip from Oct. 15 – Nov. 30.

Learn more about flounder regulations at MyFWC.com/Marine.

For the full Dec. 16-17 agenda, including links to background reports, go to MyFWC.com/About and click on “The Commission” and “Commission Meetings.”

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Under Armour Junior Tour Coming 2021

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Great News! Palm Beach and Martin Counties have been selected as a potential site for The Junior Tour powered by Under Armour beginning in the Spring of 2021.

There are two seasons per year, March-April and September-October consisting of 6 events each.

The League registration fee covers the following items per player:
• Entry into ALL 6 league, 9 hole matches
• Under Armour Junior Tour Polo Shirt
• Opportunity to earn points from each match to qualify for State & National Tournaments
• Opportunity to be the League Champion from each division and earn FREE entry into the National Tournament.

For more information, please visit https://www.uagolftour.com/ Interested? Please take a moment to fill out this survey.

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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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20 Sept Crane Watch

Our chapter conducted camps all summer at Crane Watch Club in Palm City.
Coach Bo Batchelor along with several volunteers, offered golf classes daily Monday - Friday to 95 students.
During the camp, students were introduced to playing the game of golf through fun and competitive games which had an emphasis on learning The First Tee Code of Conduct, Nine Core Values, golf skills and healthy habits, as well as appreciating the etiquette and rules of the game of golf.
Camps included daily warmups, golf specific workouts, skill focused drills, one on one instruction, and competitive games. Students braved the heat all summer, and a great time was had by all participants.

BIRTHDAY COMING UP? PLEASE SUPPORT JUNIOR GOLF

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South Florida golfers have no doubt taken notice of the "Golf Capital of the World" license plate proudly displayed on thousands of local automobiles. Many golfers do not know that the benefitting charity of this license plate is junior golf.

Created in 2002 by the Dade Amateur Golf Association, the Florida Junior Golf Council was formed for the benefit of Florida's junior golf programs. Through the efforts of the late Charlie DeLucca, the "Golf Capital of the World" license plate was passed into law by the Florida legislature and Governor Jeb Bush. All revenue generated supports junior golf programs. To date, over $8.7 million has been distributed to support junior golf.

The FJGC license plate grant program is designed to assist organizations that introduce young people to golf, through instruction and competition, teach the values and Rules of Golf, stress integrity, courtesy, self-discipline, and other life skills. Additionally, the grant program assists junior golf organizations that serve economically disadvantaged youth, children with special needs and the general population. The FJGC is planning to significantly increase the size of grants for the next year because of the impact of COVID-19 on junior golf programs.

"We are now seeing that junior golf programs have to offer smaller class sizes, pay for more coaches to ensure safety and spend unbudgeted funds on thermometers, sanitizer, masks and gloves," said Charlie DeLucca III, Executive Director of the First Tee of Miami and board member of the FJGC. "After speaking with several junior program executive directors and administrators it became obvious that the FJGC needed to step in and assist these important programs.

All Florida golfers recognize the license plate, but many do not understand the incredible impact it has on junior golf. (Pictured above: Chapter Executive Director Carl Mistretta with one of his two FJGC license plates.)

The easiest way to purchase the license plate is during your birthday month by renewing your tag registration. The plate can be purchased online or in person at the office of the tax collector or tag agency. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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