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Fort Myers, Florida
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Wednesday, November 27, 2002
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1 0C THE NEWS-PRESS, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2002 Golf course review Surr.meriin Ridge Golf Center LOCATION: 16660 Pine Ridge RcL, Fort Myers COURSE TYPE Public PAR-YARDAGE: Par 58; 2732 yards from back tees; three sets of tees OPENED: February 1999 ARCHITECT: Gordon Lewis COST TO PLAY: 18 holes: $2850 with cart, $22 walking; 9 holes: $22 with cart, $17 walking after 3 pjiu $22 to ride nine or 18 holes ABOUT THE COURSE This executive course is Lee County's only lighted course and is the usual good place to work on your short game. The four par 4s range from 242 to 300 yards, and the 14 par 3s range from 81 to 185 yards. The greens aren't large though, so you have to be accurate, and the course has water and bunkers everywhere. The course is open until midnight Friday and Saturday and until 10 p.m. the rest of the week. There is also a lighted practice green and lighted driving range with mats or grass. INFO: 432-0000 local calendar NOTES: All costs are per person unless otherwise noted. Most events Include food, prizes and other items. Submit items by e-mail to or by fax to 334-0708. B THURSDAY, DEC. 5-FRIDAY, DEC. 6: HDG Celebrity Holiday Classic, to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida's West Coast office, at Grandezza. Cost: $250, includes auction, dinner and golf. Auctiondinner only: $1 50. Info: 992-9474 or 592-7344, ext. 21 3 B FRIDAY, DEC. 6: Fourth annual WCIMercedes-Benz of Fort Myers Junior Golf Foundation pro-am at Raptor Bay. Cost: $125-$2,000. Info: 498-8040 B SATURDAY, DEC. 7-SUNDAY, DEC. 8: Tournament Players Association at Solana Golf Club. Cost: $95. Info: 458-0754, B TUESDAY, DEC. 10-THURSDAY, DEC. 12: "The Bogey" Society of Seniors tournament at The Club at TwinEagles. Info: 352-2121 fl SATURDAY, DEC. 14: Christmas Belles Classic, to benefit American Lung Association, at Miromar Lakes. Cost $60. Info: 267-0523 fl SATURDAY, DEC. 21: Challenge Cup at Kelly Greens. MONDAY, FEB. 10-SUNDAY, FEB. 16: Senior tour's The ACE Group Classic at The Club at TwinEagles. Info: 593-3900 FRIDAY, FEB. 21: 10th anntial Boston Red Sox-Children's Hospital Celebrity Classic at The Forest. Cost: $200. Info: 437-1745 Golf tip Alan Phillip, head professional, PROBLEM: Poor chipping SOLUTION: One of the most frustrating things that happens to most amateurs is poor chipping around the green after a good approach shot. A simple technique called "tick-tock chipping" helps around the greens. The shot is very much like a putt, using a pendulum-type stroke. Hence, the tick tock. The ball position is off the inside of the f .f i ; ., - 1 v ' t . . Jl'Jjc, : , ' V""1 . ; ...... f. trailing foot (right foot for right-handers). This automatically sets your hands ahead of the ball. I like to open my stance for a more comfortable setup. Take a putting grip on the club and choke up to almost the steel of the shaft This gives you more control. Rock your shoulders in a pendulum putting stroke and make sure not to break your wrists throughout the stroke. r v luiii.1 iwuiW muv? w.i, i ww uiw wpwwuuv. ,iiui ' M the same consistent swing, we can now ABOUT PHILLIP: Phillip has been the head professional at The Golf Club for two months and a golf professional for nine years. Is now featuring Premium Executive Golf in sn rllordil2 Country Club setting r Offering Associate, Equity & Seasonable v- Limited Open Too Times Available! Call Today Whiskey Cmok 'fiH ..!-l'?I-!tI ! ! 'i 1 h if ijblacnolus Dr. .-jH ifpine J?-! Ridge Rd. FORT jgiM MYERS The News-Press The Golf Club The ball travels a short distance in the air and rolls like a putt to the hole. Distance control is dictated by the club you select. A more-lofted club will fly higher and not run as far. I AuiarJnftaH rinhe uuill tin tha nnrvtcita Uith account for almost any distance by simply switching clubs. QUESTIONS: If you have a problem with your swing or making a particular shot, write The News-Press at 2442 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers, FL, 33901 -3987. Address your inquiry to Golf Tips. Tht New-Prst memberships!! rc'loncy not re iuired i - Sorenstam has year worth QUIETLY, unassumingly, Annika Sorenstam put the finish-ing touches on one of the greatest seasons in golfs modern era Sunday. It should not be glossed over as quietly and unassumingly as the soft-spoken Swede herself. In winning for the 11th time this season in the ADT Championship at Trump International in West Palm Beach, the 32-year-old Sorenstam matched the victory total last shot by the great Mickey Wright in 1964. Sorenstam won twice more overseas though, giving her as many victories as Wright's all-time record 13 wins in 1963. That gave Sorenstam, who played in 25 events, the best winning percentage since Wright won 10 of 17 events in 196L Sorenstam's season was so good, her $2.86 million in earnings would have been good for eighth on the PGA Tout money list She broke or tied 20 LPGA records, including a Billionaire only satisfied with places that are above par The Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH The leaders were about 20 minutes away from teeing off in the final round of the ADT Championship, and Donald Trump walked around as if he owned the place which he does. Trump International was his first golf project, the inevitable result of a billionaire real estate developer who is passionate about golf. He stood behind Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb on the range, walked over to the putting green and watched Rachel Teske, worked the crowds and strolled down the middle of the first fairway, about 150 yards behind the final twosome. "All my golf courses are US. Open courses in terms of quality," he said. "How do you like the course, by the way? Isn't it great?" Trump International was only the first one. His second course Trump National opened this year in Westchester County outside New York and has drawn comparisons to Winged Foot Its signature hole, No. 13, has a 102-foot waterfall behind the green that pumps 5,000 gallons a minute. Want even more water? Trump recently bought Ocean Trails just south of Los Angeles, the golf course best known for its 18th hole sliding into the Pacific because of a busted sewer line. Those guys didn't know what they were doing," he said. Trump knows a deal when he sees one. He's in for $27 million and plans to pump in $60 million to turn Ocean Trails into the Pebble Beach of southern California. No, better than Pebble. They have six bad holes and six great holes," Trump says. This will have 18 great holes, because I have much more water. And I have the real ocean, instead of the bay." Also under construction is another golf course in Bedminster, N.J., not far from the headquarters of the U.S. Golf Associatioa Yes, the Donald digs golf. The developer who created Trump towers and S $20.00 j $35.00.... rr nn Trump ?4MJUV.......illl..( I 'v. bw 68.70 scoring average that smashed the record she set a year ago by a stunning 72 strokes. "I keep asking myself, Why is this happening to me?"' Sorenstam said. "I set some high goals, and here I am again. I've always said I loved what I do, but right now, I really love what I do." With rival Karrie Webb claiming the top spot in the women's game in 1999 and 2000, Sorenstam pushed herself to reclaim it the last two years. After she won eight times in 2001, Webb said she would "eat my hat if she wins eight tournaments every year from now on." That has prompted an array one-liners wondering whether Webb prefers salt, ketchup or what-have-you with her lid. So exhausting has Sorenstam's pursuit been, however, that she revealed last week that she's considering retirement in the not-too-distant future. In her 25 starts this year, active V: V 1 File photos MIXING WITH SPECTATORS: Donald Trump, left, talks about the condition of his golf course with a group of spectators during the LPGA Tour Championship pro-am at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.Trump built Trump International in Florida and Trump National in New York. Trump casinos is now a mover-and-shaker in the golf course industry, and not just because he loves to play and has lowered his handicap to single digits. "I love building great things," Trump said as he hustled around his golf course wearing a red cap and white shirt, presumably his answer to Augusta National's green jacket , "I have the best buildings in Manhattan. I have the best casinos in New Jersey. I build a great product I actually have more fun building courses than I do playing." None comes cheaply. The designer he hired to build Trump International was Jim Fazio, who had an inkling of what Trump wanted when he first sat down with him to discuss the project "All he said he wanted was a straight driveway up the hill to the clubhouse and a tough opening hole," Fazio said. "He wanted them to know on the first hole that they were on a very difficult golf course." The Donald likes it tough. He invited the LPGA Tour's top 30 players to his course for the first time last year in the ADT Championship,, determined to protect par on his beloved course. I Ie was on the seventh tee when Webb's shot into the par 3 drifted right, bounced off a mound toward the water and was saved by a collar of rough. The next morning, Trump had the slope mowed so tight that workers Novenwer Rates 1 2 5.00 Before 11:00 .mi o .i, After 11:00 Mfimlii 1 rldin He fore 1 1:00 ,f... i i .ir SnlcuilH) - Siuiiim Now offering a nitcd nunilx '"mbcrs! 1h-t- L . litim Seth Soffian Teeing off she finished worse than seventh just three times. That has put Sorenstam through the on-course and post-tournament grinder so much, she said she has no interest in hanging around long enough to challenge Kathy Whitworth's all-time record 88 career victories. Rather, 50 career wins is a goal she said she set for herself two seasons ago. With her 19 victories the last two years giving her 42 for her career, Sorenstam could very well reach that mark next year. "I enjoy what I do today, but also I would like to leave on top," Sorenstam said. "I don't want to walk away when people say, Well, once upon a time she course had to spray green paint to cover up the dirt He also shaved the slope on the 18th hole in the middle of the tournament which led to Sorenstam making triple bogey. The Donald also wants it to be aesthetically pleasing, which is why he spent $6 million on the flora and manmade waterfall behind the third green "You can't have a great course unless it's hard," he said. "You can't have a great hole that isn't pretty. If you have a tough hole that's not a beauty, it's not a great hole." Fazio had no trepidation about working for Trump. He says the Donald came to West Palm Beach on the weekends as the course was being built, and brought friends to the course twice a day. Money was no object "It was the most fun I've ever had doing a golf course because he didn't say anything about a budget" Fazio said. "I remember he had a group of friends from Palm Beach and we had the 11th hole all done, the only hole that doesn't really have anything. "I told him we could run a creek down the side and he says, What will it cost? I told him about $100,000. And he said, 'Go ahead.'" What will the Donald do with all his toys? He prefers the courses be private, which is the case at Trump International and Trump NationaL But what good is it to have a golf course that not everyone can appreciate? 111. luihVIr tin!:: s lnK i $5.oa m MMkte 1 Only J with this coupon ' (A) shouting about was really good.' I want to leave when I'm good, and people remember that" Lee Janzen, 38, and Rocco Mediate, 39, winners of last week's Franklin Templeton Shootout in North Naples, could hardly have imagined retiring at Sorenstam's age. "I wanted to," Janzen said. "I was just trying to learn to play still, play again," said Mediate, who has endured back troubles and surgeries throughout his career. "At 34, 1 couldn't quit" Neither could quibble with Sorenstam's desire to leave, however. She has spoken previously about having children with husband David Esch, and she said last week she also has an interest in cooking and the stock market "Michael Jordan obviously can't get enough of it" Janzen said. "If she feels like that s enough and she doesn't want to play any more, there's other things to do. . We should be grateful to have watched her win and owner J Trump invited the LPGA Tour into his home for its Tour Championship, extending the contract to a third year in 2003. It's a perfect fit for him, with only 30 players and 40,000 fans for the week. He pampers the players off the course, too, making sure they have their own brand of golf balls on the practice range, giving them BMWs for courtesy cars, offering them lodging in his posh Mar-a-Lago Club. The future of Ocean Trails is a little more clouded. Trump would like to make that private 300 members at $300,000 each comes out to $90 million but there are deed restrictions that require Ocean Trails to be public Changing that would require approval from the California Coastal Commission If he intends it to be the Pebble Beach of southern California, he might charge Pebble rates of $400 and up. "As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't matter," Trump said. "It's such a great property. I do things because I like doing them. And they seem to make money afterward." It still comes down to making a profit "He's not going to do a course if he's only going to make a dollar or two," Fazio said. "If it's not a prize, he won't go after it" NOVEMBER &v 7:00 AM - NOON eV NOON -3:00 PM $28.31 U 3:00 PM to CLOSE $ 17.92 V WALKING (9 holes) $13.21 2-day Advance IHUlcd one mile South of Allco Hrl. on U.S. 41. Ttirn Ihrnuxh the Sun Curlm arc hen K'omtltullon lllvd.) Turti k-ft at Klop l(nt crom railroad track and tral(ht ahead. Proper Golf Attire Requested seen her talent" "What else can she do?" Mediate said. She can win more majors. Thaf s the one area where Sorenstam did not make as much progress as she wanted to this season, finishing 1-2-3 in the first three majors but missing the cut in the last the Women's British Open. With Sorenstam's ability to achieve what she wants in golf, however, expect her to focus even harder on winning more than one major next year, something she's never done. One major a year is a great season by most every standard, but when you're winning more than half your events, it leaves you wanting, and we've already seen what happens when Sorenstam wants something. CHIP SHOTS: The Tournament Players Association event scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7-Sunday, Dec 8, has been moved from West Bay Club to Solana Golf Club in Fort Myers. ON TOUR PGA WHAT: Skins Game WHERE: Indio, Calif. B WHEN: Saturday-Sunday D COURSE: Landmark Golf Club (7,068 yards, par 72) B PURSE $1 million (Nos. 1-6, $25,000 each; Nos. 7-12, $50,000; Nos. 13-17, $70,000; No. 18, $200,000) B TV: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday fm B FIELD: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Mark 0'Meara and Fred Couples International B WHAT: Nedbank Golf Challenge B WHERE: Sun City, South Africa B WHEN: Thursday-Sunday B COURSE: Gary Player Country Club (7,700 yards, par 72) B PURSE: $4,060,000; winner's share $2 million B TV: None Australasian PGA B WHAT: Australian PGA Championship B WHERE: Coolum, Australia B WHEN: Today-Sunday B COURSE: Hyatt Regency Resort Course (6,852 yards, par 72) B PURSE: $560,000; winner's share $101 ,000 BTV:11 p.m. today, 9 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 1 a.m. Sunday : rein EuropeanAsian PGA B WHAT: Hong Kong Open B WHERE: Hong Kong B WHEN: Thursday-Sunday B COURSE: Hong Kong Golf Club, Composite Course (6,466 yards, par 69) B PURSE: $700,000; winner's share $117,000 B TV: 2 p.m. Thursday-Sunday rem Other B Japan Golf Tour Casio World Open, Thursday-Sunday, Ibusuki Golf Club, Kaimon Course, Kaimon, Japan B Japan PGA Tour: LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup, Thursday-Sunday, Hibiscus Golf Club, Sado-hara, Japan The Associated Press RATES $33.97 Prtcoa Includ Grean Fma 1 Curl Tee Times: 267-3131 "Soft Spike Facility" Full Liquor Bar

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