Schedule of Events


On 9/11, 2009 (Patriot Day), the West Central Chapter, PGA, will host the Thanks Troops Golf Tournament, the largest golf tournament ever held in Florida at Plantation Palms Golf Club in Land O Lakes to benefit our wounded combat veterans. There will be two full field tournaments on the same day, followed by a banquet under the stars, hosted by Bay News 10 night anchor, Reginald Roundtree. Every branch of our military will be on hand to present the colors of the United States of America during a ceremony to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our wounded veterans have been invited to play in various foursomes and to enjoy the stress free day with great golf and food served by McDonald’s, Chili’s and Outback Steakhouse.

Our title sponsor, Thompson and Co., Inc., the world’s leading distributor of quality cigars, will be on hand to make sure your cigar needs are fulfilled. Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa, located at Suncoast Parkway at Northpoint Village in Lutz, has graciously come on board as the official hotel of this event and proud sponsor of the American Flag pin flags. In addition, Wilson Sporting Goods, Cleveland Golf/Srixon, Little Caesars and Chic Fil A are also proud sponsors.

The entire community of Land O’ Lakes, Florida has come together to support this outstanding golf tournament and to meet some of those veterans who have been wounded in combat. “From what I have seen out in Colorado, these soldiers can play some golf”, said Bill Gilkes, the tournament organizer of this year’s event. “It’s really a pleasure to see how these veterans have overcome huge obstacles in their lives to come out and bang the ball around and enjoy this game of golf we so love to play. Please join us to honor these men and women who have given so much for their country.”

The morning shotgun is starting to fill up and we are already taking reservations for the afternoon tournament. Some of the sponsorship packages include a one- or two-night stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott, a hole sponsor sign for both events, a foursome and a very special piece matted and framed from Augusta National Golf Club. We also have two, three and four star sponsorships available that have been designed around the stars of a General in the military.

For information regarding foursomes and sponsorships, please contact Bill Gilkes at 727-799-2397 or 727-560-1120 or or Jeremy Miller with CBS 1010 Radio, the Sports Explosion at 727-698-9020 or 727-224-9455 or

County Golf Association

Thurs.   July 2      Seminole Lake
Mon.     July 6      Countryside
Thurs.   July 9      Crescent Oaks
Mon.     July 13     Cheval
Thurs.   July 16     ELW (S)
Mon.     July 20     TBA
Thurs.   July 23     Belleair
Mon.     July 27     Dunedin
Thurs.   July 30     Isla Del Sol
Mon.     Aug. 3     Crescent Oaks
Thurs.   Aug. 6     Mangrove Bay
Mon.     Aug. 10    ELW (N)
Thurs.   Aug. 13    Seminole Lake
Mon.     Aug. 17    Countryside
Thurs.   Aug. 20    Clearwater CC
Mon.     Aug. 24    St. Pete CC
Thurs.   Aug. 27    Isla Del Sol
Mon.     Aug. 31    TBA
Thurs.   Sep. 3      Bardmoor
Thurs.   Sep. 10    Mangrove Bay
Mon.     Sep. 14    ELW (N)
Thurs.   Sep. 17    Seminole Lake
Mon.     Sep. 21    St. Pete CC
Thurs.   Sep. 24    Wentworth
Mon.     Sep. 28    Countryside
Thurs.   Oct. 1      Seminole Lake
Mon.     Oct. 5      Crescent Oaks
Thurs.   Oct. 8      Isla Del Sol
Mon.     Oct. 12    Countryside
Thurs.   Oct. 15    ELW(N)
Mon.     Oct. 19    Cheval
Thurs.   Oct. 22    TBA
Mon.     Oct. 26    Hunter’s Green
Thurs.   Oct. 29    Bardmoor

Men & women of all ages are welcome! Senior Division begins at 55. Call Ray or Jayne Goodman at (727) 446-6644, visit or e-mail:


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