Sarasota News & Events

  • Golfer Leaves Audiences ‘Speechless’ With Special Olympics PSA

    Special Olympics is leaving viewers "Speechless" with its powerful new television public service announcement that has begun airing throughout the United States. The spot focuses on Special Olympics athlete and golfer Susie Doyens. Born with Down syndrome, Doyens remained practically mute for most of her childhood due to social pressure and anxiety. In "Spe ...

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  • A Masters Redemption For Els

    By Mark Cardon How do you think the gold ol’ boys at Augusta National are feeling now? Do they have egg on their faces or what? After being snubbed from getting into the Masters earlier in the year, Ernie Els got his redemption Sunday at the 2012 Open Championship, winning by one stroke over Adam Scott. Having dropped down the world rankings, Els di ...

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  • Good Rules For Practice

    Golfer's Guide Instruction by Steve Whidden There is a saying that “Practice Makes Perfect.” Well, I do not believe in that one. I do, however, believe that “Perfect Practice makes Perfect.” What is the difference? Too many people believe that the way to get better is by repetition. Maybe. If the repetition is correct. Just by go ...

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  • McKitrick Reaches 176 Titles

    By Mark Cardon Wind, rain and cool temperatures in Scotland did not deter Arlene McKitrick from winning her 176th career title. “It was the most severe playing conditions I think I have ever experienced,” she said. “St. Andrews had two-and-a-half months of non-stop rain. My practice round was under driving rain, wind and cold temperatures ...

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  • Longboat Key Club To Host $50K Longboat Open

    By Mark Cardon West Florida Golf Tour owner Carl Wakely confirmed this week that the $50,000 Longboat Open will take place Nov. 1-4. It will be a four-day tournament to be held on the Islandside Course at the Longboat Key Club. Wakely said first prize could pay anywhere from $8,000 to $10,000. It will be the first four-day pro tournament in the Sarasota-Br ...

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  • Schneider Captures Women’s Stroke Play Title

    By Mark Cardon Ericka Schneider, a graduate of Lakewood Ranch High School, won the 2012 Florida Women’s Stroke Play Championship, firing a tournament total of 4-under par 212 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando last weekend. The Manatee County resident, who will be a senior at Ole Miss in the fall, prevailed over the field of 67 players to captu ...

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  • Instruction: Practice Like You Play Putting Drill

    Golfer's Guide instruction from Rich Whalen Practice like you play Putting Drill: Use two golf balls. Place one 2 feet from the cup and the other 4 feet from the cup. Knock the first in. Pick the ball out of the hole and place it 6 feet from the cup. Knock the next one in. Pick it out of the hole and place it 8 feet from the cup. The goal is to keep makin ...

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  • Ritz-Carlton, Sara Bay Set To Host Florida Open

    SARASOTA, Fla. – Two of Florida’s most distinguished and prestigious private clubs are hosting the 66th Florida Open Championship, July 20-22. Representatives from The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Bradenton and Sara Bay Country Club in Sarasota invite the public to attend the tournament. Spectators are welcome to attend all three days of tournamen ...

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  • Sarasota Lanes Hosting Golf-Bowl Challenge

    Sarasota Lanes, located on Fruitville Rd., is hosting a Golf-Bowl Challenge July 27-28 in support of adaptive golf therapeutic programs for juniors, adults and veterans with disabilities and mobility challenges. The four-person team event is open to everyone The event is scored by teams with the highest bowling score average (-minus) the lowest golf scramb ...

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  • Lakewood To Host CESB Charity Tournament

    By Mark Cardon Marc Barcelo is determined to keep the doors open to the Conductive Education Center of Sarasota & Bradenton (CESB). He has a very personal interest. His 8-year-old daughter Grace attends the Center several days a week. She was born with Cerebral Palsy and is blind in both eyes. Barcelo, the head golf pro at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Count ...

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