Had a blast today with a local focus as we welcomed in Jon Whittemore, owner of Rolling Green, Serenoa and the newly acquired Legacy Golf & Country Club! Jon was joined by PGA Professional, Kevin Paschall who has been promoted to the position of Managing Partner at both Serenoa and Legacy. All three of these courses are in fabulous condition and offer the complete experience where your round of golf also includes breakfast, lunch and a drink at no extra charge! You can find out more about these courses or book your tee time by clicking on the links below:
We also welcomed David Rovine from the Baltimore Orioles and Greg Pacitti from the Miracle League of Manasota. On February 22nd, the Orioles are hosting the 6th Annual Birdland Classic Golf Tournament at the Founders Club to help raise funds for the Miracle League and their upcoming seasons. I encourage you to check out their website at http://www.miracleleaguemanasota.org/ to see what the Miracle League is all about.
At the Birdland Classic you get the opportunity to play along with current and former Orioles players and coaches, who are paired with each participating foursome. Every participant receives a gift bag that inlcudes an OriolesREACH golf shirt, an Orioles player autographed ball, Orioles hat, and more! Lunch, cocktails and dinner will be included as well as plenty of opportunities for autographs and pictures. You won’t want to miss this up close and personal event! To register for the golf tournament click on the link or visit http://birdeasepro.com/birdlandclassic
Big day today on Tee It Up! It was a real privilege for me to interview one of the biggest start of the LPGA, Morgan Pressel! Not only is she a star on the course (Youngest ever to win an LPGA Major, Solheim Cup Veteran and Hero, Annually ranking in the top 20 in the world, etc…) but I think its safe to say that she is even a bigger hero off the course. After losing her mother to breast cancer at the age of 13, Morgan started the Morgan Pressel Foundation and her efforts have raised millions of dollars to help fight that terrible disease. Her 9th Annual Morgan & Friends Fight Cancer Tournament this past week raised 1 Million Dollars alone! It really was an honor to have Morgan on the show! I want to encourage all my listeners to visit www.MorganPresselFoundation.com to find out how you can help make a difference too!
We’re also joined by Jim Nugent, Founder of Global Golf Post and one of the pioneers of the digital golf revolution! It’s always great to get his unique perspective on the world of golf and of course, his thoughts on the 2016 PGA Tour Season.
For the first time since the show started three years ago, I took two weeks off from LIVE broadcasts and although I loved the time spent with family and friends celebrating Christmas and ringing in the New Year, it felt great to be back with you today!
It was a perfect kickoff to the 2016 year as we talked with Hector Ramos from Somar Strength about some of the pitfalls and things that prevent us from keeping our New Year’s fitness resolutions. If you’s like more information or to schedule your own personal assessment, CLICK HERE or on the Somar Strength logo on the right!
We were joined by Bobby Barnes, the Director of Golf at Innisbrook to discuss the “face lift” and renovations to the world renowned Copperhead Course, home of the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship! Did you know that Innisbrook has 81 holes of Championship Golf, A world class resort and spa, 4 restaurants and more? Click the link to find out more and to enter for your chance to win a Weekend Getaway! The Valspar Championship is just around the corner and tickets are available now. This year’s concert series will include Rascal Flats and as always, the field will be one of the best on the PGA Tour all year!
Finally, we got the latest updates from The West Florida Golf Tour and tour director, Christian Bartolacci! Make sure to check out their Website for upcoming tournaments and events including their “Under the Lights” tournament at Suncoast Golf Center and the upcoming major in February at Bobby Jones!
2015 is in the books and oh what a year it was! Too many great memories to list them all, but highlights included:
- Meeting and introducing David Feherty during his Live Off Tour performance at Van Wezel
- LIVE broadcasts and coverage from PGA, LPGA, Symetra and West Florida Golf Tour Events!
- Interviews and an “in-studio” lesson from the legendary golf teacher and best-selling author, David Leadbetter
- Hanging with Nancy Lopez, Jan Stephenson, Juli Inkster and the stars of the LPGA Legends tour as Team USA won one of the most dramatic international team golf events in HISTORY at the ISPS Handa Cup at Palm Aire Country Club
- Meeting and getting to know two of the very best in the business, Hector and Barbara Ramos from Somar Strength!
- The privilege of playing and featuring so many of our great local golf courses including: Bradenton Country Club, Waterlefe, Ritz Carlton, TPC Prestancia, Palm Aire Country Club, Laurel Oak, Sarabay Country Club, Rolling Green, Serenoa, Capri Isles, Waterford, Calusa Lakes, Pinebrook Ironwood, Oyster Creek, The Esplanade, The Concession, The Founders Club, Suncoast Golf Center
- Big thanks to my Dad, Stephen, for co-hosting this year!!!!
And now it’s on to 2016! We’ve got big plans this year and will be out on the road early, covering the LPGA Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, the PGA Tour Valspar Championship at Innisbrook, The Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and one of our favorite events of the year, The Guardian Retirement Championship from Sarabay Country Club.
In addition, we’ve got great interviews lining up including some of the biggest names in the world of golf as well as many of our local PGA and LPGA teaching professionals, authors, course architects, and much, much more. Here’s to a spectacular 2016 and thanks so much for listening!