Jacksonville Sports Day

JAGA NOTEBOOK: Kudos to COJ’s Joel Lamp

The Jacksonville Area Golf Association (JAGA) is supporting the work of Joel Lamp, who works for the city of Jacksonville’s sports development department. He’s taking the lead in two potential big events: getting the NCAA Championships and also a Jones Cup-type amateur event. He’s the first city worker in memory to try and bring high-end golf to the area.

JAGA Club Team Championship
Two big events in September and, unfortunately, they conflict. The assumption was that the PGA’s Chapter Championship would be in its usual summer date. Wasn’t…it’s Sept. 12-13 at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. By the time that was discovered, the Club Team was set at Timuquana on Sept. 12. We tried to change things but that would have made things worse due to other scheduled events.

It isn’t the end of the golf world — based on history, only six Class A pros will miss the Club Team — but it shouldn’t happen. Apologies, especially to the six. If any club can’t come up with a pro because of the Chapter Championship, its amateurs have several options, including using a pro who once was with the club.

Speaking of tournaments, JU Coach Jennifer Borocz will chair the 2017 Chapter events. Yes, she’s married to TPC pro Matt Borocz.

Nominees Please
JAGA’s Nominating Committee is putting together next year’s slate. All offices are up and you can send your input to chair Adair Roberts of Ponte Vedra at adairroberts@me.com.

Amazing Golfing Feat
They’ve been playing the West Virginia Women’s Amateur for 93 years (perspective: Florida played its 87th this year) and everyone last month was stunned when a young Florida player they didn’t know, and who really wasn’t a hotshot back in her home town, won by three shots fueled by a five-hole stretch when she was seven under.

Name is Chloe Schiavone, daughter of a dermatologist who sold his practice for buko bucks and now splits his and Chloe’s time between Jacksonville and Hot Sulphur Springs. Chloe’s mother died to cancer in 2009 and father Frank and daughter have been glued together since.

A Timuquana member, Chloe plays the local circuit, frequently winning her age group but in a junior program that has few girls of much ability.

So she enters the West Virginia state amateur. Plods along in the first round. With five holes to go, she goes birdie, birdie, eagle, eagle, birdie. Hits a par 5, drives a par 4. Plays solidly over the next two rounds and wins by three over a college player.

Gate Invitational
The big event in the Northeast Florida area is the Gate Invitational, 54 holes over two excellent courses at the excellent Ponte Vedra Inn and Club. An amateur named Andy Alligood won this year, another am was next….and on and on. Charles Raulerson, a two-time winner of what’s now the Web/Com Tour, was low pro. Fifteen shots back.

Hang in There
And never ever give up. In the 54-hole Jacksonville Amateur at Queen’s Harbour, Elon College player Philip Loeb made a 10 on his fifth hole. Second shot into a hazard, fourth shot off a house and some desultory work around the green. Two days later, he won in a playoff.

Last JAGA Meeting Winners
1. Fred Bridges, Larry Stark, Jon Thompson and Larry Burke 121
2. R Jordan, Mike Cooper, Rusty Holsworth, Randy Nader 123
3. Jack Morehead, Ron Jerin, Ken Hicks, Jeff Adams 124
Closest to the Pin contests were made possible by a personal donation from our host Director, J.D. Arms at Julington Creek Golf Club. Greg Gordon No. 4, Randy Nader No. 17

Next JAGA board meeting: Oct. 18 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Last event is the Oct. 31 Scholarship Trust tournament at the Ponte Vedra Ocean course, and the annual meeting is Nov. 29 at Marsh Landing.

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