College of Golf November 2018 Events
COLLEGE OF GOLF STUDENTS CONDUCT TOURNAMENT
TO BENEFIT CYSTIC FIBROSIS
Students from Professor Frank Longabucco’s Tournament Management class hosted a charity golf event recently at PGA National Resort & Spa’s Estates Golf Course. Twenty-four students and staff participated in the event to benefit Cystic Fibrosis.
The tournament was a two-player format called “One Best Ball Gross and Net.” Students from the class managed every aspect of the event, including flyers, rule sheets, handicapping, Golf Genius reports, scoreboard, announcements and prizes.
“The class did a great job, and it gave them a practical, real-world experience you can’t simulate in a classroom,” Professor Longabucco said.
The event raised $60.00 for Cystic Fibrosis. Tournament winners were: Gross division – John Howard and Brad Patton with a score of 71 and Net division – Daniel Barber and Royce Hunsberger with a score of 63. Chris Brown won Closest-to-the-Pin, and Daniel McCoy won Long Drive.
Keiser University College of Golf Students Enjoy Vintage Clubs
Keiser University College of Golf students in Professor Ken Martin’s History of Golf class enjoyed 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. The group recently participated in a scramble golf tournament using persimmon woods, blade irons, and Bullseye putters. The circa 1960s and 1970s clubs were used to play The Squire Course at PGA National Golf Resort and Spa.
The team of Liam Gransden, Daniel Barber, and Daniel Houseman was victorious with a record-setting score of 9-under par 62 while using a set of 1965 MT2 MacGregor irons, a Titleist persimmon driver and 3-wood, and an Acushnet Bullseye putter, while capping off the round with a Driver, 2-iron, one-putt finish on the 18th hole for an eagle-3.
Finishing five shots back in second place at 4-under par 68 were Peter Crocitto, Colton Kenagy, and Aaron Lennie. Samantha Fuller, Mitchell Bland, and Dmytro Koba finished in third place at 3-under par 69. Fourth place went to Garry Williams, Daniel McCoy, and Aaron Paulk with a 1-under par 71, followed by Nick Wells and Cameron Kelley with even par 72.
The opportunity to use golf clubs from ‘back in the day’ provided the group an appreciation for the skills and abilities of golf’s greats of the era. Champions such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Billy Casper all shot incredible scores and won major championships using the clubs.
Friendly Friday Golf Scrambles Promote Pressure-Free Competition
Professor Frank Longabucco continued to spice up Keiser University’s College of Golf curriculum with a Friday afternoon “Three Person Scramble” competition for students and PGA staff members at the PGA National Resort and Spa.
The friendly contests among students and staff are popular, and an enjoyable way to compete.
Professor Frank Longabucco explained, “The tournaments provide students an opportunity to play competitively while preparing for their PGA Playing Ability Test. Also, PGA Professionals can help students with their golf course management skills and mental games. Finally, the events are fun!”
The winners of the event were students Hong Seok Im and Kyle Hudson, with PGA Master Professional David Wixson recording a score of 4-under par. Prizes were awarded to the winners, and donations were collected to support Cystic Fibrosis. The events will continue into the Spring semesters.