Events at College of Golf – November 2016
KU Seahawks NCCGA Team Earns Seventh Straight Invitation to NCCGA National Championship
The Keiser University Seahawks National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA) Team recently finished second to Florida Atlantic University in the South Florida Regional Tournament #2 at Delray Beach Golf Club. While the Seahawks led on day one, the wind and Florida Atlantic’s strong play won out on day two. The Seahawks were led by Ben Warner, who finished in fourth place individually with rounds of 70-79. For complete results, go to NCCGA.
The Seahawks’ stellar play earned them a seventh straight invitation to the NCCGA National Championship being held at the Walt Disney World Magnolia and Palm Golf Courses in two weeks. PGA Coaches Frank Longabucco and John Callahan will conduct mental game and short game practices for the team to prepare them for the upcoming competition. “We’re looking forward to the challenge of the National Tournament, and our team is comprised of some very good players,” said Coach Longabucco. The team is currently ranked in the Top 25 in the nation and is looking to move up with a good showing at the National Championship.
Keiser University COG Students Enjoy Interactive Session with Bobby Clampett
Keiser University College of Golf (COG) students recently enjoyed an interactive visit from author of The Impact Zone, a Champions Tour player, and TV broadcaster Bobby Clampett.
During his presentation, Clampett detailed his experiences on the PGA Tour, broadcasting at The Masters, his golf course design business, what inspired him to write his book, his return to competitive golf on the Champions Tour in 2011, and his transition to the field of teaching. He then demonstrated hitting a variety of shots with different clubs at the COG training area.
As part of the Strategic Partnership between Keiser University’s College of Golf (COG) and Impact Zone Golf™, COG students are able to obtain Impact Zone Player Certification and Impact Zone Associate Instructor Certifications.
Also in attendance were Dr. Eric Wilson, PGA Legacy Master Professional and Impact Zone Golf Master Instructor and Ken Martin, PGA Professional Certified in Instruction and General Management and Impact Zone Golf Master Instructor.
COG Students Gain Valuable Insight on Teaching Those with Disabilities
Keiser University College of Golf (COG) students recently thanked a Special Olympics star athlete, a local veteran, and several leaders within the community for shedding light on additional ways to engage and educate students with disabilities.
With special presentations by 2015 Special Olympics Florida Athlete of the Year Jonathan Doring and Mary Anderson-Kokell, a Vietnam veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, the Teaching Students with Disabilities seminar provided information about how golf improves the overall quality of life for players through health benefits and engagement in community activities.
Following presentations from keynote speakers Steve Jubb, a PGA member and Executive Director of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf (NAAG); Donna White, a PGA/LPGA member, COG professor, and the Director of Palm Beach County Special Olympics Golf; and Judy Alvarez, a PGA/LPGA member and PGA National Trainer for The Wounded Warriors Golf Program; Doring shared a heartfelt story about how the Special Olympics positively impacted his life as he competed in tennis, bowling, swimming, softball, and golf. Anderson-Kokell then relayed how the game of golf has presented refreshing flashback-free outdoor opportunities, while thanking Alvarez and White for their lessons and support.
The event concluded with interactive recording and launch monitor technology sessions in the COG Indoor Training Area.
The NAAG is represented by major golf, recreation and therapeutic organizations throughout the United States.
COG Students Gain First-Hand Knowledge Relating to Product Testing, Evaluation
Keiser University College of Golf students have the unique opportunity to learn more about product sampling and evaluation as they test FootJoy golf shoes and provide feedback to researchers within the international conglomerate.
College of Golf Executive Director of Golf Operations Dr. Eric Wilson and Golf Program Director Brian Hughes, both PGA Master Professionals, established a relationship with FootJoy, so that students could participate first hand in evaluating various models of golf shoes. The most recent test involved 24 pairs of FootJoy DNA shoes, one of the most popular models in the golf industry. Students were asked to wear the shoes for 25-50 rounds of golf and to then record their impressions on features such as comfort, wearability, water-proofing, and performance.
At the end of the test, the shoes will be returned to FootJoy along with accompanying paperwork completed by the participants. The program has generated great interest among students, and serves as a valuable lesson.