PROGRAM PARTNER SPOTLIGHT – BGC INFINITY

Coach Jim DeLarme, PGA delivers our program weekly to children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County – Infinity Club. They play golf, run relay races and enjoy the afternoon outside with their peers. Our Chapter partners with after-school programming providers to bring golf to children that may have not otherwise have the opportunity to learn the game of golf and inherent life skills that the game teaches seamlessly. Thank you to all our trained Coaches and program partners for making a difference in our community.

CONGRATS PARTICIPANT, VOLUNTEER, AND COACH OF THE YEAR

Participant of the Year: Katie Harwood is an ACE level participant at Crane Watch Club with Coach Bo Bachelor. She has been in the First Tee program for 8 years and volunteers her time back to the younger children in the PLAYER class. Katie is a senior at Martin County High School and is excited to attend college in the fall. 

Volunteer of the Year: Anthony Graham is a dedicated volunteer at Fairwinds Golf Course assisting Coach Willie Scott and Mark Cammarene, PGA. He has been volunteering with First Tee programs for over 2 years. 

Coach of the Year: Willie Scott is our Lead Coach at Fairwinds Golf Course. He leads Saturday morning programs and also coaches veterans and First Tee programs at the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County and many other outreach programs. Willie enjoys working with his fellow veterans and the many children and teens in his First Tee programs.

JOIN US FOR THE RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

Our Chapter has funded the construction of a new 35,000 square foot artificial turf golf learning facility at the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County Westside Club Complex. The facility is nearly complete, and you are invited to the Ribbon Cutting on Monday, February 7th at 3:00pm. Please RSVP to 772-460-9918.

BACK TO SCHOOL = BACK TO GOLF

Holiday break is over and we are beginning our spring programs. Enroll your children as golf is the sport of business and the sport of a lifetime!

Our program locations include:
• Champions Club
• Crane Watch
• Fairwinds Golf Club
• Jensen Beach Golf Club
• Saints at Port St. Lucie Golf Club

For more information and to register, please visit our website.

MISSION UNITED MONTHLY GOLF OUTING

Three of our veterans are invited each month for an 18-hole round hosted by veteran outreach director, Jack Bloomfield. Last month’s event was played at The Club at Weston Hills in Weston, FL. Veteran participants were Scott Siegel, Robert Enquist, and Kevin Bolender (pictured above). Scott was able to play all 18 holes despite losing 90% of his eyesight many years ago.

Special thanks to Weston Hills Director of Golf, Jonathan Banas, for hosting this event.

Our veterans’ programs are made possible by a generous grant from the Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Foundation.

FREE GAINBRIDGE JUNIOR CLINIC – BECOME A STANDARD BEARER

Join us as the LPGA returns to Boca Raton for the Gainbridge LPGA Junior Clinic!

The clinic gives the chance for local kids and teens ages 5-18 years old to learn about the game of golf from some of the best female golfers in the world!

Participation is FREE and each registrant will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio Golf Club valid any day January 27th -30th.

Children and teens will learn chipping, driving, putting and golf etiquette from top LPGA players and local professionals! The junior clinic will be held at Osprey Point Golf Course from 3:00pm-4:30pm on January 24th, 2022.

Osprey Point’s address is 12551 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33498.

All students must register online to attend the clinic.

Gainbridge Youth Standard Bearer:

Standard Bearers carry the scoreboard for each group during tournament play. Parents/Adults can accompany during the round.

Free registration for all Youth Standard Bearers. Volunteer package comes with one (1) Official Tournament Golf Polos, one (1) Official Tournament Hat or Visor, Official Tournament Volunteer Pin, Volunteer Badge acts as Weekly Grounds Pass and two (2) additional Weekly Grounds Passes.

Students and golfers ages 13 and older can register online for the Standard Bearer committee.

Scroll to Youth Bearer Volunteer and enter code: YLPGA!

Contact Graham at [email protected] with questions.

The Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio runs from January 24 – 30, 2022 and is held at Boca Rio Golf Club and will feature one hundred-twenty of the best female golfers in the world. For tickets or more information, please visit the Gainbridge LPGA website.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS PARTNERSHIP

Our Special Olympics program conducted its ninth and final week of programming in December.

Twelve Special Olympics athletes participated in this program funded by Spirit Airlines to First Tee- Broward.

Coaches in group photo (above left) Greg Mingo, James Rondeau and Robert Ferzoco conducted the program at the Grand Palms Hotel-Spa and Golf Resort.

All Special Olympic athletes in need of golf equipment were given their own bag of clubs.

BACK TO SCHOOL = BACK TO GOLF

Holiday break is over and we are beginning our spring programs. Enroll your children as golf is the sport of business and the sport of a lifetime!

Our program locations include:
• Bridges at Springtree
• Club at Weston Hills
• Cooper Colony Golf & Country Club
• Davie Golf Club
• Eagle Trace Golf Club
• Hollywood Beach Golf Club
• Parkland Golf & Country Club
• PGA TOUR Superstore – Plantation
• Pompano Beach Golf Club

For more information and to register, please visit our website.

TONS OF FUN AT THE END OF YEAR BASH

It has been two years since Chapter students, supporters, coaches, staff, veterans and parents could all get together. In December, we had a record crowd at the Finnegan Learning Center in Dyer Park at our end of the year bash. The celebration included:

• The Dennis Walters Golf Show- pictured top.
• A session on tempo from the Jupiter High Drum Line- pictured above left.
• LPGA Tour player and Chapter Director Marina Alex hitting a few shots and answering student questions about what it takes to make it on tour- pictured above middle.
• Games for the kids and Trackman for the high school students- pictured above right.
• Delicious burgers, chicken, hot dogs and mac and cheese!
• Billy Reid receiving Participant of the Year Honors- pictured below left.
• Billy signing his letter of intent to play college golf in the Fall at Keiser University- pictured below right.

GOLF WILL MISS PAUL BREMER

We recently lost a longtime supporter and dedicated ambassador to the game with the passing of Paul Bremer in November. 

Paul always worked behind-the-scenes and helped transform the Honda Classic into the county’s premier sporting event. He spent eight years as president of the Honda Classic’s board of directors after serving as general chairman of the PGA Senior Championship. He also was on the PGA of America’s Advisory Board.

“Paul was always there to help anyone, anytime, and any place,” said Jack and Barbara Nicklaus. Barbara and son Gary serve as co-chairpersons of the Children’s Healthcare Charity, Inc., which operates the Honda Classic.

Paul pictured above left with 2018 Honda Classic Champion Justin Thomas and above right with Honda Classic president Joe Domenico, Executive Director Ken Kennerly and Joe Steranka.

“As President of the Honda Classic Board of Directors for eight years, Paul helped to pave the way for our continual success,” said Honda Classic Executive Director Ken Kennerly. “He meant so much to everyone that had the great fortune to have known him, and always derived tremendous pleasure in helping others.

Paul was born in Queens, N.Y., in 1943 and his life started with heartache — his father died in France while fighting for the U.S. during World War II without his son ever having met him. Paul would later visit the village in France where his dad died.

His family moved to Lake Worth in 1947 and he never left, except to attend college at Stetson. Bremer graduated from Lake Worth High in 1961, Palm Beach State College (where he met his future wife Barbara Frostic) in 1963 and Stetson in 1965.

Paul began a very successful career as an accountant, first for Callaway, Carpenter and May. It became Callaway, Carpenter and Bremer, which was acquired by Ernst & Young, where he eventually became the firm’s managing partner until his retirement in 2000.

Paul worked with more than numbers. With a brilliant mind, he relished working with people, who he was always willing to give support and advice.

“He was a generous giant who solved problems for both friends and foes,” said William M.B. “Bill” Fleming Jr., the longtime president at Palm Beach Atlantic and one of Bremer’s many close friends.  “I truly believe Paul Bremer was the most iconic accountant in Palm Beach County. There’s not another accountant who has been as resourceful and as beneficial as Paul. There were so many successful accountants who Paul touched and launched into the business.”

Paul didn’t just provide service in his profession. He also served leadership roles for Palm Beach Atlantic University, the American Heart Association, American WWII Orphans Network, West Palm Beach Library Foundation, Kiwanis Club of West Palm Beach, Economic Council of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce and Bear Lakes Country Club, where the avid golfer often played.

Fleming and some other close friends surprised him five years ago when they raised money to endow a scholarship in his name at PBA’s Rinker School of Business. That student didn’t just receive a free education, but free advice from a legend.

ZACK JOINS THE TEAM!

Zack Anderton is excited to join our Chapter as our new Program Coordinator! Zack has a passion for deepening a sense of community with our youth and Coaches and will be promoting program growth and development throughout Palm Beach County. Zack has been a Coach for two years and was our 2020 Coach of the Year! He formerly served as a Junior Program Leader at Okeeheelee Golf Course from 2016-2020. He graduated as a Dean’s List student from Keiser University with a Bachelors in Sport Management and is currently working to become a PGA Professional.

EXCLUSIVE JOINS CHAPTER AS NEWEST SPONSOR

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Exclusive Charter Service. ECS is an Aircraft Charter Broker committed to providing private aviation solutions that empower clients to complete their mission. ECS has the perfect private jet charter to suit everyone’s needs. Corporate, pleasure, or a little bit of both, ECS charter flights deliver their clients to their destination in style and comfort.

“Giving back to our community is an important aspect of our business,” said Jason Johnson, ECS President and CEO. “First Tee’s values and life skills curriculum and their commitment to the underserved children of Palm Beach County were a perfect alignment with our charitable giving.”

ECS provides clients with an exceptional private aviation experience. Their daily focus centers on comfort, efficiency, performance, reliability, safety, and service. The security of their members is extremely important. ECS is a leader in the private aviation industry with safety standards that ensure our passengers step foot on only the safest aircraft available for charter. 

Whether reserving flight plans or safely delivering clients to their destination, we aim to please. Clients notice the difference the first time they charter a plane with ECS. 

For additional information or for a fast quote for your next luxury flight please visit the ECS website.