Local GolfTec Client Earns Slot in Nature Valley Amateur Playoff at TPC Sawgrass

Sarasota's TPC PrestanciaSARASOTA – This ought to be a movie. The week before Father’s Day, an avid retired golfer almost passes on his opportunity to play in the Nature Valley Amateur Qualifier, one of the biggest national amateur tournament series in the U.S., because of a schedule conflict.

He was supposed to caddy for his 10-year-old son at a junior golf event. At the last possible minute, after understanding the significance of the tournament, the son encourages the Dad to play his event instead. If Dad wins the qualifier, he moves on to the National Championship. So they make a pact - if Dad wins, they’ll reverse roles and the son will “caddy” for his Dad at Nationals. Then Dad goes out and wins the tournament in a five-hole sudden death play-off. Cut. Print. That’s a wrap.

On June 15th at the pristine TPC-Prestancia Golf Club in Sarasota, Florida, Craig DelFabro won the Nature Valley Amateur Qualifier and earned the right to compete in the National Nature Valley Amateur Championship at TPC Sawgrass on October 23rd and 24th.

The Nature Valley Amateur is unique in that it provides amateurs with an authentic PGA Tour playing experience. Although a long time golfer, DelFabro improved and refined his golfing skills at GolfTEC.

Starting on October 13th of last year, he took weekly lessons and became a big proponent of the GolfTEC system, their staff and facilities.

“GolfTEC is unique in their approach. Because of the feedback and reinforcement, GolfTEC’s emphasis is on true learning, not just taking a lesson. And their video system is just amazing for learning and practicing,” said DelFabro. “I strongly believe in their system, in fact, I encouraged eleven my friends to become GolfTEC students.”


Playing from the tips and the “PGA Tour-like” environment – close-mowed fairways, deep rough and tough pin positions – DelFabro struggled on the front nine with a 43, a full six shots over his normal score as a 2 handicapper. Going into the back nine, he gathered up his resolve, and was determined to play closer to his capabilities.

Going into the 18th hole, DelFabro may have been wishing that he opted to caddy for his son that day. He was down three strokes with only one hole to go. Off the 18th tee, he hit a perfect drive into the fairway, then a wedge to within a foot of the flag, and an easy birdie.

His opponent, feeling the pressure, chunked not one, but two approach shots and wound up with a double bogey. This tied it up for the regulation 18 holes and the two opponents moved into a sudden-death playoff situation.

Using confidence from his professional coaching at GolfTEC, DelFabro stayed calm, and won the tournament at the fifth.

“I am proud of the fact that I hung in there. Competitive golf takes a lot of mental willpower. I can’t wait to take my son to Sawgrass this fall,” said DelFabro.

Fade to black. Roll credits.


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