Sarasota News & Events

  • Martha Burk Gets Her Just Due

    By Mark Cardon Martha Burk may be having the last laugh. In 2003, at the rain-plagued Masters at Augusta National, Burk, of the National Council of Women's Organizations, urged the club to include women among its members.    She staged a protest and very few journalists covered the event. It was held in a muddy field a half-mile and across t ...

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  • Use Your Hybrids For More Than Full Shots

    Golfer's Guide Instruction from Steve Whidden Nowadays everyone, well almost everyone, has a hybrid or two in their bag.  These clubs were initially designed to replace the long irons in our bags. The difficulty of hitting a 4, 3, or 2 iron is not that it does not have a lot of loft, but in actuality it has to do with club head speed.  These long ...

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  • Whidden’s Tip in PGA Magazine

    PGA Magazine devoted almost a full page to Rosedale master pro Steve Whidden, who supplied the official publication of the PGA a golf tip for its July issue. “This is the highest publication honor a PGA professional can have,” said Whidden.   ...

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  • Palm-Aire Youngster Wins at Disney

    By Mark Cardon There is a very young female star making a name for herself at Palm-Aire Country Club. According to a press release from membership director Renee Woods, Alana Kutt is only 6-years-old but she has had a golf club in her hands since age 17 months. Last month, she won the “Little Linksters” Junior Masters Florida Tournament held at ...

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  • Pleis Stages Huge Comeback

    By Mark Cardon Steve Pleis of Sarasota was once a local playing partner with Paul Azinger, but Zinger can bet his lucky stars he wasn’t in the West Florida Golf Tour field this past Tuesday (Aug. 14). After shooting a first-round 73, Pleis came from eight shots back during the final round to capture the final Summer Tour event at Laurel Oak Country C ...

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  • Golden, Schneider Contribute to Team Florida Victory

    By Mark Cardon Wendi Golden and Ericka Schneider of Bradenton teamed to capture two matches to help Team Florida win 14 out of a possible 24 points on Tuesday (Aug. 14) in the Inaugural Women’s Southeastern Challenge Matches at The Country Club of Ocala. Golden also won two individual matches. Florida trailed by one-and-a-half points following the o ...

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  • Florida's Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Honors Service Members

    DESTIN, Fla. -- Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort - the 2,400-acre resort on Northwest Florida's Emerald Coast - salutes service members this Labor Day, offering a special military rate for its "Picture Perfect Labor Day Getaway" and complimentary greens fees Aug. 31 - Sept. 3.The "Picture Perfect Labor Day Getaway" features one free night with the purchase of ...

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  • Florida wins Inaugural SE Challenge Matches

    Florida Posts a Comeback Victory at The Inaugural Women's Southeastern Challenge Matches The 12-golfer Florida team captured 14 out of a possible 24 points on Tuesday to win the inaugural Women’s Southeastern Challenge Matches, conducted at the Country Club of Ocala. Florida trailed by 1½ points following the opening day matches, but outsco ...

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  • Miura to Release 300 K.J. Choi Iron Sets

    Golf Club company Miura Golf is partnering with PGA Tour golfer K.J. Choi to offer a special, limited edition replica set of the irons Choi used to win the 2011 Players Championship. K.J. Choi Special Limited Edition Irons by Miura include the same Miura-forged CB-501 model 4-iron through pitching wedge that Choi carried at TPC Sawgrass, plus special Miura ...

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  • Don't Putt Blind

    Golfer's Guide instruction by Steve Whidden Most people who struggle with their putting have a problem with their distance, or feel, than they do direction. While correct aim is very important in putting, proper speed over rides it because speed dictates direction. If you pick a certain spot to roll the ball over to hole the putt, the putt has to be hit at ...

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