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Golfer’s Grail receives PGA approval


Published:   |   Updated: January 29, 2014 at 08:35 AM

TAMPA – When Jeff Sproat opened Golfer’s Grail, an indoor golf facility, more than a year ago, he never doubted it would take off.

Sproat said it was a “pie in the sky” beginning, but it has paid off. The ultimate honor came when Golfer’s Grail was recently given approval by the PGA of America, the only indoor facility in Florida to get that honor. Players can also sign up for tee times on the Golf Channel’s Golf Now site.

“It was a big honor and it shows how far we have come,” Sproat said. “When you are the only one, that means something.”

Golfer’s Grail offers indoor play with events ranging from playing 18 holes at some of the most famous courses in the world to skills competitions like those seen on the popular golf television show “Big Break.”

Sproat is still looking for people to sign up for the five-week team competition. Scheduling is flexible. Even if a two-person team has to skip a week, they can play two round the following week.

And there is more going on. Sproat said the club is halfway through its first Get Golf Ready beginner clinic series that runs Monday nights and plans are in place for a Saturday clinic. Couples golf is held on the last Wednesday of each month. For $20, couples can get two hours of golf as well as instruction.

Also, the popular Yoga for Golf classes will resume in February with details to come.

“We are just continuing to expand,” Sproat said. It’s getting better all the time.’’

CHIP SHOTS

East Lake Woodlands will host its Drive For a Cure event Feb. 28 with proceeds benefiting the Florida Suncoast Alliance of Susan G. Komen and the Morton Plant Mammography Voucher Program. Cost is $75 before Feb. 10 and $85 after. Call (727) 215-9862. Sponsors are needed ... The Tarpon High School Baseball Booster Club will host a scramble golf tournament at Lansbrook Golf Club on Feb. 8 with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Cost is $75 for singles and $250 for a foursome. A $20 “super ticket’’ can be purchased for two drink tickets and four mulligan tickets. Contact Lisa Ulgenalp at lu@5ugies.com ... Wentworth Golf Club will host its Ladies on the Links clinics at 10 a.m. on Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 10 a.m. ...Wentworth will also be having its annual Club Championship on March 15-16. Times will be announced ... Carrollwood Country Club held its Men’s Golf Association kickoff event with two flights. Trent Stoker and Mike Madden shot a 66 to take the first flight, followed by David Kirschman and Charlie Blake. The second flight went to Bo Bebanic and Phil Findley who won by three shots over Dan Strobridge and Bob O’Brien ... The Eagles Golf Club will host its annual Super Bowl & Golf Party on Feb. 2 with a 2:30 shotgun start. There is a four-person scramble with optional skins, followed by awards and food. Players can then watch the game in the clubhouse. Rate is $30 per member and $40 for the public. Singles are welcome. Call (813) 920-6681 ... Fox Hollow Golf Club will host its Sixth Annual Military Muster Charity Golf Tournament with proceeds to benefit amputee veterans on April 28. Opening ceremonies begin at 11:30 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. There will be a special appearance by the nation’s only amputee color guard. It is a four-person scramble with a $125 entry fee. Call (727) 799-2397 ... The Eagles has set its Winter Junior Golf Clinic schedule. Saturday mornings cost $15 per junior and run from 9 – 10 a.m., and Wednesday afternoon clinics are from 5 – 6 p.m. Call (813) 920-6681 ... Seven Springs Golf Club has a busy February planned. It will host a Super Bowl tournament on Feb. 2, its Member-Member event on Feb. 3-4, “Me and Mine’’ tournament on Feb. 9, a Valentine’s Day event on Feb. 14, its Ladies’ Golf Association championship on Feb. 17-18, the Men’s Golf Association Scramble (Feb. 21), and the Loyalist South Tournament (Feb. 22) ... The Seven Springs Nine Hole Ladies featured a “Beat the Pro” competition and eight women got it done. They included: Karen Armstrong, Susan Bolster, Ann Giglio, Linda Haggbloom, Betty MacDonald, Jan Pettit, Peg Puglia, and Dorothy Snively ... Fox Hollow is going to be busy with a Super Bowl event on Feb. 1. It will feature a 27-hole event featuring nine holes of best-ball, nine holes of alternate shot, and a nine-hole scramble with two-person teams. Cost is $40 ... Fox Hollow will hold its Valentine’s Day Nine and Dine with nine holes of golf, followed by dinner and wine ... Heritage Springs Golf Club had its couples nine-hole scramble, featuring four flights. Winners included Jim and Judy Nichols, Butch and Bobbie Crim, Nick and Carol Truglio, and Rich and Barbara Greninger. Heritage Springs will also host its annual Midwest Golf Outing and Picnic on March 23. Anyone connected with Midwest is invited. The club also held a Blind 3 event with 15 holes, net scores. Grace Kotowicz took the first flight and Cheryl Jones won the second flight. Birdies were scored by Vickie Downey, Grace Kotowicz, Linda Kinney, and Donna Dinova ... The Eagles will host a mixed couples event on Fridays at 3 p.m. featuring twilight rates, nine holes, and a glass of wine at the end ... On Feb. 9, Rocky Point will have a half-day school for $65 from 8 a.m. – noon. There will be only four players in the class, so RSVP. The day includes lunch, video analysis, and course play ... The Edwin Watts Golf Shop on North Dale Mabry is closing in early February. All items are now 20 – 40 percent off ... The Concession in Bradenton will host the 2014 Archie Griffin Celebrity Golf Classic to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County on March 4. Griffin, who won the Heisman Trophy twice at Ohio State will be bringing along plenty of other former Buckeyes as well as other celebrities ... The Special Olympics is looking for a golf coach to work for two hours, one night a week. Call Sid Altner at (727) 944-4248.

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