Jacksonville Sports Day

GOLF NEWS: Tabitha and Jim Furyk Featured Guests at JAGA Meeting

Tabitha and Jim Furyk were the featured speakers at JAGA’s Aug. 31 Directors’ meeting at Sawgrass CC.

The audience learned details about the inaugural Constellation Furyk & Friends presented by Circle K tournament that will debut at Timuquana CC Oct. 8-10. Furyk expects a stellar field for the PGA TOUR Champions event, with many fun fan activities and amenities planned.

With eight tournaments to go, Furyk is second to Bernhard Langer on the Charles Schwab Cup points lists and in contention to become the first player to win both the FedExCup (2010) and Schwab Cup.

Scholarship donations

First Coast Women’s Amateur committee member Melissa Gotfredson presented a $1,000 check to JAGA Charitable Trust chairman Wayne St. Clair at the August 31st meeting in appreciation for JAGA’s role in promoting the tournament played in June at Sawgrass CC.

Kaitlyn Schroeder, daughter of UNF men’s golf coach Scott Schroeder, claimed the title.  At the same meeting, Timuquana director Bill Hardaker presented a check for $5,070 to the Trust on behalf of the club.

Fall 4-Ball coming

The JAGA Fall Four-Ball will be October 18.

The entry fee is $200 per team and at least one member of each team must be from a JAGA-member club. There will be gross and net divisions with a handicap differential of no more than 10 in net. USGA handicaps are required and only one member may have a FGSA Type III handicap.

The tournament is open to pros, amateurs, men, and women. The entry deadline is Oct. 14. Lee Fields of the host club is the chairman (LFields9878@gmail.com).

New pro

Shelby Tucci has been named to replace the retiring Ray Barr, Jr. as head professional at Jacksonville G&CC

Tucci comes to this area from Broussard, La., where he directed the golf operation at Le Triomphe Country Club. A Texas native, he served eight years in the Navy before entering the golf business. He is a graduate of Mississippi State.

Barr, always a friend and strong proponent of JAGA, was the association’s 2018 Professional of the Year.

First Coast Amateur

The JAGA First Coast Amateur will be played at The Conservatory at Hammock Beach Golf Resort and Spa in Palm Coast for the third year in a row on January 15-17.

The 54-hole stroke-play championship returns to its traditional Martin Luther King holiday dates of Saturday through Monday and another top field of locals and college players is expected.

Entry information will be posted soon at www.jaxareagolf.org.

Live Oak Open

One of the historic treasures of golf in this area is in Live Oak, where a 9-hole course has been open since 1926. It’s the Suwannee Country Club, founded as the Live Oak Golf and Country Club with Gov. Cary Hardee as its first president.

It’s the site of the area’s longest-running invitational, the Live Oak Open. Dates are Oct. 16-17 with an entry fee of $100 for club members and $125 for non-members. It’s a two-man better ball with two trips around the 3,000-yard course each day.

A late afternoon skins game will be on Oct. 15.

The club was started by residents with sand greens. It has been modified several times over the years and the present layout is a Joe Lee design. Suwannee is an active JAGA member.

The course is about an hour west of Jacksonville on U.S. 90Entry information is available from Bob Budwick at 386-362-1147 or by clicking here.

Honor for The Yards

Golf Inc., the magazine for golf course developers, owners, and executives, has selected The Yards as the third best public course renovation of 2020.

Each year, the Golf Renovation of the Year recognizes the top course renovations and restorations from across the globe. The competition examines the full scope of the renovations, including improved playability, course aesthetics, achievement of goals and vision, infrastructure development and manageability. 

While The Yards’ revitalization was critical for the physical course, it was also necessary for the property’s sustainability within the Ponte Vedra Beach golf community. “This project illustrates the kind of innovative thinking that’s needed to revitalize public courses,” said judge Martin Elgison, president of the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation and a 2019 competition honoree.

Purchased in failing condition as Oak Bridge GC in February 2016, The Yards reopened as the area’s first and only 12-hole course in the fall of 2020. Tailored to the modern player, the extensive rehabilitation of the championship front nine was complemented by the addition of a new six-hole par-three course, providing golfers with playing options of 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 holes.

FSGA Match Play

UNF sophomore Robbie Higgins of Bradenton defeated Jake Sherwin of Estero on the 19th hole with an eagle to claim the 29th FSGA Amateur Match Play title at The Club at Mediterranean in Naples. 

Higgins recently advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Junior Boys’ Amateur.

Chapter Match Play

Former Timuquana head pro Clint Avret will play Eagle Harbor’s Stephanie Connelly-Eiswerth in the final of the Northern Chapter Match Play Championship.

Avret beat present Timuquana pro Blanton Tessin, 3 and 2, in one semifinal and Connelly-Eiswerth took San Jose’s Hayes Farley by the same score in the other.


The Timuquana team of assistant pro Taylor Davis and amateurs Luis Aleman, Brian Fugger and Joe Thigpen won the Marsh Landing Pro-Am with 18 under in the one gross, one net format. Davis shot 64 to also claim low pro money.

Second place at 17 under was a team from the Westside Golf Center with pro Rob Lee and amateurs Eric Lyon, Neal Frontz and Jeremy Hodges.

Timuquana head pro Blanton Tessin led the third-place team with amateurs Bill Hardaker, Eddie Chesser and John Hannon.

Horschel AJGA event

The 2021 Billy Horschel Junior Championship presented by Zurich will be played Oct 8-11 at TPC Sawgrass-Dye’s Valley.

The AJGA event has raised $360,000 in charitable funds since 2017. In 2019, it raised more money than any of the 115 other AJGA events. Places are available in the Junior Am Fundraising tournament on Oct. 8 for $500.

Other sponsorships are available. Contact: arogers@ajga.org for complete information.

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