Great deal at The Founders Club

The Founders Club is no different than any other private club when it comes to attracting new members. It has offered a blockbuster deal from now until the end of the year that will be difficult to top.

The club, which boasts an 18-hole championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., has lowered its initiation fee from $90,000 to $15,000 for its Signature Equity Golf Membership.  

TFC also announced that the club is now member owned.

Director of golf Jim Owen said The Founders has added some 50 new members in the past year. For more membership information, contact general manager Hugh O'Donnell at 941-371-9720 or by e-mail at

The Founders Club hosts the West Florida Golf Tour on a regular basis, and the mini-tour pros enjoy playing the exclusive club course. This past Monday, Seath Lauer of Lakewood Ranch birdied the second playoff hole for his second win on the WFGT.  Ironically, his first win came at The Founders Club that Seath calls home.

His 6-under-par 66 tied him with career tour money leader Joey Lamielle for the top spot in the 32 player field.  Even with the loss, the second place finish moved Lamielle into third spot in the ongoing Q-School contest that concludes Dec. 1. As most area followers of local golfers know, Lamielle has qualified for two U.S. Opens, including the 2011 Open at Congressional.

Both Lauer and Lamielle plan to attempt to qualify for the PGA Tour later this fall.

Lauer won $800, and Lamielle took home a $500 check.  The next stop on the WFGT is Friday at Sara Bay Country Club.


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