College of Golf November 2017 Events


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L-R: Tournament Winners Daniel McCoy and Marshall Lamp with PGA Professional Frank Longabucco

PGA Professionals Frank Longabucco and David Wixson recently organized a student and staff golf tournament which benefited Cystic Fibrosis while serving as a valuable learning opportunity.

Out of the group of ten, students Marshall Lamp and Daniel McCoy took home first place with a sterling score of 3-under par 69.

“These tournaments provide the students the important experience of playing golf where every shot counts, and will help prepare them for their PGA Playing Ability Test,” said PGA Professional Frank Lonagabucco of the event, which was held on the PGA National Resort & Spa Squire Golf Course.

Longabucco plans to conduct more events moving forward.


College of Golf Student Clark Ditzhazy Teeing Off

Keiser University College of Golf student Clark Ditzhazy joined an elite group of golfers as he stepped onto the third teebox on the par-3 third hole at PGA National Resort’s Squire Golf Course last week.

He calmly stroked a smooth 8-iron from 155 yards into the cup, but he didn’t even get to see the ball go in the hole!

Ditzhazy knew he had struck a great golf shot, but the flagstick was hidden behind a raised bunker on the left corner of the green.
“When I got to the green, I didn’t see my ball, so I proceeded to look around the green to no avail.
Finally, I looked in the hole, and there it was,” he said.
The National Hole-in-One Association has calculated that the odds of making a Hole-in-One are 12,500 to one, and Clark now joins 150,000 other golfers who score Aces each year out of 490 million rounds of golf played. Congratulations, Clark!

Keiser University College of Golf Students Achieve Ernie Els ‘GameOn Autism’ Certifications

Two Keiser University College of Golf students, Charlie Wych and Willie Scott completed the official Ernie Els ‘GameON’ Autism Golf Training Seminar recently held at the Els Center of Excellence in Jupiter, Florida.

The Center, a world-class facility hosting leading-edge programs and services, opened the first two buildings of its 26-acre campus in August 2015 and is on track to be a game-changing resource in the field of autism and a leading example of what can be available to individuals on the spectrum.

The four-hour seminar educated the participants, golf professionals and physical education teachers, about autism and the best practices for teaching golf to individuals with autism.

Training included hands on learning through a live clinic along with didactic instruction.

The moderator of the seminar was the Recreation Services Coordinator at the Els Center, Dan Hulsey, who is a graduate of Keiser University College of Golf.

Ernie Els GameON Autism™ Golf is a new, innovative program, developed by Els for Autism in collaboration with PGA Reach and The First Tee, that gives children and young adults on the spectrum, ages 6-23, access to the game of golf.

The program is aimed at developing life skills, encouraging social interaction and promoting healthy living through golf.

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Keiser University College of Golf graduate and Els for Autism Recreation Services Coordinator Dan Hulsey presented at the event.


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L-R: Charlie Wych, Professor John Callahan, Willie Scott displaying Els for Autism Certificates


Keiser University College of Golf Students Play Persimmon Woods and Blade Golf Clubs

Keiser University College of Golf students in Professor Ken Martin‘s History of Golf class recently participated in a scramble golf tournament using persimmon woods and blade irons.
The students were provided golf clubs from the 1960’s and 1970’s to play The Squire Course at PGA National Golf Club.
The team of Brennen Gillis/Christian Brown/Robert Stingo were victorious with a score of 3-under par.
Two teams tied for second place at 2-under par: Ed Doherty/Andrew Abbott/Daigan Robichaud and Winston Crozier/David Geers/Dima Koba.
James O’Hara/Jay Jay Howard/Daniel Stokes finished in 4th place at 1-under par.
The opportunity to use golf clubs from half a decade ago gave the students an appreciation for the skills and abilities of golf’s greats of the era.
Champions such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Johnny Miller all shot incredible scores and won major championships using these golf clubs.
In Keiser University’s History of Golf class, students have had the opportunity to play golf clubs from the 1920’s forward to compare to today’s technology and realize how far golf club development has come.

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Professor Ken Martin’s History of Golf class (L-R): Winston Xrozier, Christian Brown, Daniel Stokes, Robert Stingo, Ed Doherty, Brennen Gillis, Jay Jay Howard, and David Geers.


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Persimmon/blade Champions (L-R): Christian Brown, Robert Stingo, and Brennen Gillis

PGA Master Professional Rick Martino Shares Insight with College of Golf Students

Professor John Callahan‘s Introduction to Golf Instruction Class recently had the opportunity to learn from Master PGA Professional Rick Martino. Among many other distinctions, Martino is a member of the College of Golf Advisory Board, a former PGA National Teacher of the Year, a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher in America, and a Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher. Mr. Martino had the College of Golf students fully engaged throughout his presentation as they learned his perceptive on the learning process and how it affects golf instruction. The question and answer session at the end of Mr. Martino’s presentation only ended because a subsequent class needed the classroom space.

Rick Martino Shares Insight

Note: Before their classmates arrive, David Geers, Dymtro Koba and Sophia Merriam (pictured left to right) get to class early to take advantage of extra advice from Mr. Martino (center facing the camera).


College of Golf Fundamentals of Instruction Students Impart Strategies for Success

Having an interest or hobby that provides joy and peace is said to be one of the characteristics of success, and golf, the game of a lifetime, may fill the bill for many to achieve that milestone.
So with that in mind, Professor John Callahan’s Fundamentals of Instruction Class recently worked with students from Dr. Eric Wilson‘s Strategies for Success Class to introduce them to the game of golf. A good time was had by all, and several Strategies of Success students borrowed clubs to continue their learning process.

COG Students Teach Strategies for Success Class

Pictured is Daigan Robichaud (foreground) from the Fundamentals of Golf Instruction Class overseeing his classmates working with the Strategies for Success Class.


Flagship Campus ESOL Students Learn Golf While Practicing Their Language Skills

Keiser University College of Golf Professor John Callahan’s Advanced Instruction class students recently provided Professor Maria Verona Garcia’s English as a Second Language (ESOL) class with two days of golf instruction at the Flagship Campus’ Outdoor Golf Training Area.
Professor Callahan’s students gained much needed teaching experience, and Professor Garcia’s students got a chance to practice their English language skills in a real-world environment. The two-day golf clinic covered the basic skills of putting, chipping, and the full swing, and it culminated with a putting competition.
The Golf Clinics have become a principal feature of both classes, and the response from all students has been very positive.

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Professor Maria Verona Garcia (center left) observes her ESOL students participate in a putting contest.

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