NEWS PROVIDED BY Sara Bay Country Club

Apr 24, 2018, 10:08 ET

SARASOTA, Fla., April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Sara Bay Country Club, a private, member-owned golf club located north of downtown Sarasota, announced that it will begin an extensive restoration of the legendary Donald Ross championship golf course on April 30th. Considered one of Ross’ personal favorites, the Club has hosted the Senior PGA Championship in the 1940’s, the LPGA Tour in the 1950’s, numerous FSGA Men’s & Women’s Championships, the 100th Women’s Southern Amateur and most recently, the LPGA Symetra Tour.

Leading the project is Kris Spence of Spence Golf Inc., a nationally recognized leader in the design, renovation, and restoration of classic golf architecture. The firm’s experience, spanning over 20 years and 60 golf courses, is best known specifically for the restoration of the unique elements of Donald Ross designs.

“The primary focus of the project will be to restore the greens and bunkers closely to the Ross field drawings. This will include reducing crowning on the greens and tapering the approaches, as well as restoring strategic bunkering and shot angles. The restoration will also include visibility improvement of fairway bunkering, construction of five new teeing areas and enlarged practice putting and short game areas,” said Paul Barone, PGA Master Professional, and COO/General Manager.

“We’re very excited to revitalize our course and deliver an outstanding golf experience to all of our members and guests. Donald Ross designed a true masterpiece, and we are honored to provide a golf experience that can only come with time and tradition,” says Daren King, PGA Head Golf Professional.

About Sara Bay Country Club

Founded in 1926, Sara Bay Country Club is a private, member-owned golf club located north of downtown Sarasota, Florida’s cultural capital, and a short drive from the Gulf Coast Keys of Longboat, Lido, St. Armands, Bird, and Siesta, as well as Lakewood Ranch. The tasteful décor of the old Florida-styled clubhouse creates a warm ambiance, while it exudes an understated elegance. Festive seasonal events feature live entertainment, dancing and gourmet meals. Full-service locker rooms for both men and women further enhance the traditional atmosphere of the Club. The Club offers members the unique combination of tradition, camaraderie and exceptional golfing experience. During the golf course restoration, the restaurant will be open serving lunch to members Monday-Saturday and dinner on Friday evenings.

About Spence Golf Inc.

Kris Spence is recognized as one of the leading golf course architects in the design and restoration of classic golf architecture.  A traditionalist at heart, Kris brings his passion and understanding of the golden era courses to each project. His ability to integrate design, construction, maintenance, and management comes from 25+ years of experience in every facet of the golf business.

Media Contact:
Andrea Barone
Rekreation Marketing for Sara Bay Country Club
(813) 405-1550

SOURCE: Sara Bay Country Club

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 Sara Bay Country Club will conduct an 18-hole stroke play competition to determine one (1) qualifier.  The qualifier will receive an exemption directly into the Sara Bay Classic at Sara Bay Country Club April 21-23, 2017.


The maximum field size for the Local Qualifying round is 60 players.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  (Application attached)

  • The Qualifier is open to all female amateur golfers with a USGA Handicap Index of 4.0 or less (or comparable handicap provided by a governing body of golf outside the United States).
  • ALL PLAYERS must enter using the Local Qualifying Application Form.
  • APPLICATIONS with payment must be received on or before 5:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017  


  • The following Entry Fee will apply to players who participate in the Amateur Qualifier: All amateur entries  ($50)
  •  Entry fees are payable by personal check, cashier’s check or money order. Payment must accompany the official entry form. All checks payable to “Sara Bay Country Club

NOTES:  All personal checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank account.

The completed application and fee must be received by 5:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday, April 11th 2017.  Local Qualifying applicants must submit the qualifying application by mail to Sara Bay CC prior to the entry deadline. All entries must be accompanied by a valid form of payment.

 Please contact Paul Barone, PGA at (941) 355-7658 or Daren King, PGA at the Sara Bay Country Club Pro Shop at
(941) 355-6544 for additional information.


07 Dec 2016, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in News

November is behind us and investors are celebrating Donald Trump’s Presidential election with an enormous rally. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq have all reached record levels since Trump’s victory on November 8. The biggest beneficiaries in this rally have been the cyclical, mining, materials and energy sectors.

The yield on the 10 Year US Treasury has climbed more than 100 basis points since hitting its all time low of 1.35% after the Brexit vote in June. The Federal Reserve is widely expected to raise rates by 25 basis points when it meets December 13-14, and perhaps a few times in 2017 as well. Nevertheless, the yield on the 10 Year US Treasury remains quite low based on historical terms. Keep in mind that Mr. Trump made clear during the campaign he would not nominate Janet Yellen for a second term to Chair the Federal Reserve. Thus, she is set to depart in February of 2018.

The spike in US interest rates has led to a widening of the spread between the 10 Year German Bund and the 10 Year US Treasury. The spread had been hovering around 165-175 basis points prior to the Presidential election. Since then the spread reached a record level of more than 200 basis points. In late November, Mario Draghi made clear the European Central Bank will continue its current monetary policy with interest rates remaining extremely low. The Eurozone economy continues to experience weakness and high unemployment.

At some point, this spread will have to reverse. The strengthening US Dollar will likely create more difficulty for US firms with a significant amount of revenue generated overseas. Goods produced in the US to be sold as exports will be more expensive in Europe and Asia than goods produced by manufacturers in these regions, putting US manufacturers at a disadvantage. The Euro traded below the $1.06 level while the Japanese Yen weakened as well. Clearly, this is an issue the Trump administration will need to address promptly after taking office in January.

Interest rate sensitive sectors such as the Utilities, Telecom and Consumer Staples have suffered share price declines since Trump’s election. These declines may prove to be a buying opportunity. Several of these stocks, such as AT&T, Verizon, Southern Co. and Duke Energy continue to offer dividend yields in excess of 4% and also have a history of raising their dividends. The strong US Dollar and the wide yield spread that exists between US Treasuries and the sovereign debt of other G7 nations could limit the rise in US Treasury yields over the next year.

My weekly radio show on WWPR 1490 AM airs at 12.30pm each Friday. The show can also be heard live on the station’s website (www.1490wwpr.com). My prior radio shows and news columns are available on my firm’s website (www.amescapmgmt.com).

If you are unhappy with the returns now offered by money market funds feel free to contact us.

The Founders Golf Club – Sarasota
June 12-16, 2016


The Senior Amateur Match Play is a great chance for seniors in Florida to compete in a state Championship. There are two divisions in the Championship; Senior (55+) and Super Senior (65+). For a look at the 2015 Championship Results click here.

Championship Format

  • 36 holes of individual stroke play. (18 Sunday – 18 Monday). Field will be cut to Championship Flights Only.
  • Championship flight of 32 in the Senior division. Championship flight of 16 in the Super-Senior division.
  • There will be a hole-by-hole play-off to determine the 32nd seed in the Senior Championship and the 16th seed in the Super-Senior; all other seeding ties within each division will be broken randomly.
  • All 32 Senior competitors advancing will play a match on Monday afternoon
  • The round of 16 from both divisions will play one match Tuesday morning.
  • All successful remaining players will play a quarterfinal match Wednesday morning with winner’s playing again in the afternoon semifinal.
  • The finals of the both divisions are scheduled for Thursday morning.

Championship Field Size

  • 84 players


  • Male amateurs must be a member of the FSGA and have reached 55 years of age (Senior) or 65 years of age (Super-Senior) by June 12, 2016

Entry Fee

  • $185 GHIN or Foundation Member
  • $195 Non-GHIN Member

Entries are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the field is full. Entries are then placed on an alternates list in order of receipt and contacted if, and when, a spot becomes available.

Late entries are subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field.

Course Set-Up & Age Divisions

All players will be placed in the age division commensurate with their age as of the first day of the Championship. No player may play in both age divisions The course will be set-up at approximately:

  • 6,400 – 6,500 yards – Senior Ages 55-64
  • 6,100 – 6,200 yards – Super-Senior Ages 65 & over
  • Any Super-Senior wishing to compete in the Senior division must notify the FSGA at time of entry

Tee Times

Round one tee times will begin at 8:00 AM off the 1st and 10th tees.

Players will be re-paired by score after round one for an 8:30 AM shotgun. If necessary, a playoff will follow to determine the final seeds. For those advancing to match play, single elimination matches begin Monday afternoon at 1:30 PM.

Practice Rounds

Practice rounds are available one week prior to the championship.  Practice rounds may be played after 12:00 PM on the weekend.  The price for a practice round is $30.00 + tax.  Please call (941) 379-3701 to arrange your practice round. The proper place to practice your golf swing is on the driving range, hitting multiple shots on the course is unacceptable.


Carts are included for all competitive rounds. Players are responsible for practice round fees.

Defending Champions

In the Senior Division, KC Fox defeated Pete Williams 3&2.  The match was masterfully played as KC played holes 4-14 at 9-under-par!  Through this scorching stretch Pete was able to stay within two holes but a win on 15 for KC all but sealed the victory. The Super-Senior Division was taken by Larry Vander Bie 5&4 over Jerry Young. Larry cruised through the field with his closest margin of victory being 3&2 in the semifinals.

Exemptions Earned from this Tournament

Champion (Senior Division – Championship Flight)

  • Next three Senior Amateur Championships
  • Current year’s Florida Senior Open

Runner-up (Senior Division – Championship Flight)

  • Next year’s Senior Amateur Championship

Other Policies

  • Spectators and Spectator Cart Policy – Click here.
  • Caddies – If a player employs a caddie, the caddie MUST walk and player’s clubs must remain on the golf cart.
  • Championship Pace of Play Policy – Click here.
  • Local Rules and Conditions of Competition – Click here.
  • Championship Policies – Click here to read the withdrawal, dress code, and other policies.
  • Procedures for Alternates – Click here for information on how alternates may gain entry into this Championship.
  • Conditions/ Schedule – The FSGA Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions, provisions and/or schedules. The decision of the Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee in any matter will be final.

Host Hotel and Accommodations

There is no host hotel arranged at this time.


The Founders Golf Club accepts Visa/MasterCard only for method of payment. The Founders Golf Club does not accept Cash.


The Founders Golf Club
3800 Golf Hall Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240

Click here for directions

Click here for more information on The Founders Golf Club

BOSTON, April 15, 2016 – The Legends Tour, official senior tour of the LPGA, announced today that the ISPS Handa Cup, at the request of longtime title sponsor Dr. Haruhisa Handa, is being moved abroad to be contested outside of the United States for the first time in the event’s 10-year history.

Dr. Handa, a Japanese businessman, philanthropist and avid supporter of women’s professional golf and the Legends of the LPGA, elected to postpone the 2016 international competition and plans to stage the next event overseas in late spring or early summer of 2017.

“While we are disappointed this premier event will not be played in America this year after all, we very much appreciate Dr. Handa’s continued support and respect his wishes to relocate this world-class event to an international venue,” said Legends Tour CEO Jane Blalock.

“We were thrilled to stage our premier event in Sarasota last fall at Palm Aire Country Club,” added Blalock. “And we remain optimistic that The Legends Tour will return to this fantastic club, should the opportunity present itself in the future.”

Palm Aire Country Club, designed in the late 1950s by legendary golf course architect Dick Wilson, has hosted many professional events over the years, including tournaments won by the LPGA’s Louise Suggs and the PGA’s Sam Snead in the 1960s.

“On behalf of Palm Aire, I have to say while we are disappointed in the recent change of plans for the ISPS Handa Cup, we were proud to have hosted the premier event on The Legends Tour schedule,” said Joe Rassett, General Manager and COO of Palm Aire Country Club.

Praised by area attendees, tournament officials and organizers, the ISPS Handa Cup drew thousands of fans to the Sarasota-Bradenton region at last year’s event and featured American-born Legends of the LPGA competing against Legends from around the world in a two-day, 36-hole team event.

World-renown LPGA Tour veterans, such as Laura Davies, Juli Inkster, Jan Stephenson, Pat Bradley and Beth Daniel, appeared in the event. LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez, perhaps the most recognized name in the history of the women’s game, served as captain of the U.S. Team. Team USA edged the World, 26-22 in a close contest that came down to the last shot.

“Palm Aire did a wonderful job hosting the Handa Cup,” said Blalock. “We certainly wanted to come back, but we also look forward to continuing this event’s long and storied tradition wherever Dr. Handa may take us. He is a true champion of our sport, and we are confident that the ISPS Handa Cup, wherever it is played, will continue to showcase his contagious spirit and deep appreciation for healthy competition.”

For more information on The Legends Tour, please visit www.thelegendstour.com.

About The Legends Tour

The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA. The tour began in 2000 by LPGA professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 16th season, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $13 million in prize money and helped raise over $17 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.

Contact: Sue Fracker, sfracker@jbcgolf.com and 617-513-4716.

By Chris Chaney, Wrong Fairway

In the aftermath and fallout of Jordan Spieth’s collapse on the back nine of the Masters, fingers have been pointed in every direction. From his agent sending him all over the globe during the early part of the year, to his caddie not taking a more proactive role during the 12th hole meltdown, when major championships are lost seemingly on one hole, there’s enough blame to go around.

Spieth’s caddie, Michael Greller, naturally has been an easy target. On Tuesday night, however, Greller took to his Facebook page to praise the poise and character of his boss, giving fans a small peek behind the curtain that is Team Spieth.




Mutt Derby 2016

8th Annual Mutt Derby to Raise Funds for All Faiths Food Bank and Greyhound Adoption

Sarasota- On Sunday March 13th 2016 the Sarasota Kennel Club (5400 old Bradenton road, Sarasota) will host the 8th Annual Fast Friends Greyhound adoption Mutt Derby with racing starting at noon. Dog owners are invited to bring their dogs to compete in a fun race to raise funds and collect food for All Faiths Food Bank and Fast Friends Greyhound adoption. Spectators are asked to donate canned goods. There will be face painting and other fun activities for children.

Dogs will race in divisions by size and weight. Pre-Registration will be on March10th-12th 11am to 2pm in the Miss Whirl Lobby at the Sarasota Kennel Club. On Sunday March 13th Pre-registration will be from 10:00am to 11:30am with racing starting at noon. Each entry is $20 per dog no Greyhounds or Whippets and Proof of Vaccination Required. Admission to watch the races is non-perishable food.


For more information contact  941-355-7744 Ext. 1003

1991 Main St., Sarasota; 941-444-0413; solsnycdeli.com

Sol Shenker stirs the matzo ball soup at Sol's NYC Delicatessen on Monday. STAFF PHOTO / DAN WAGNER

Downtown Sarasota’s most highly anticipated restaurant opening is scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m. when Sol’s NYC Delicatessen takes over the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar space.

It’s the afternoon before and while a construction crew works on the entrance Solomon Shenker returns to the completely remodeled kitchen, past a brand new Berkel meat slicer and grins while stopping to stir a large pot of mouthwatering matzo ball soup. He asks a staff member to bring out one of his famed cheesecakes and then walks us over to a giant cooler and displays the raw meats used for making his corned beef, beef brisket, roasted turkey breast, chopped liver and various other sandwich fillings.

“We’re able to buy all our meats in bulk now directly from the companies and the more money we save the less the guests have to pay,” Shenker says. “Look at that cooler, it’s the size of a football field!”

Jesse Biter, left, and Marta and Sol Shenker are opening Sol's NYC Delicatessen at 1991 Main Street in Sarasota. STAFF PHOTO / DAN WAGNER

Sol’s NYC Delicatessen occupies a prime 167-seat spot across from the Hollywood 20 movie theater in the Main Plaza retail center renamed BBC Main Street after being purchased in November by Jesse Biter and fellow Sarasota investors David Chessler and Eric Baird, along with famed golfer Greg Norman. Biter and Chessler are business partners with Shenker in Sol’s NYC Delicatessen, the first new tenant since the purchase of the plaza. It will be open daily 11 a.m. to  11 p.m. with plans to open for breakfast in the future.

“For years, people were telling me that we needed a real deli in downtown Sarasota,” Biter says. “When I went to Sol’s first restaurant I instantly understood what it means to have a true deli experience. Now, when people from New York City come here, they’ll have an experience to match.”

Shenker previously ran Sol Meyer NY Delicatessen, also on Main Street, before having a falling out with his business partners, which happened to be his sister and brother-in-law.

Cheesecake is a favorite at Sol's NYC Delicatessen. STAFF PHOTO / DAN WAGNER

Not only does Shenker’s new restaurant have about three times the seating capacity as the previous one, there’s that much larger kitchen and storage space. In addition, he has installed a separate deli counter by the front door for patrons looking to pick up to-go foods and sliced meats. Plus, there’s full-liquor bar featuring a fun, innovative menu of craft cocktails ($9-$10), local and national craft beers and an impressive wine slection including Opus One, which can be bought by the glass ($45) or bottle ($165).

The main attraction, though, will be sitting in the freshly restored dining room and noshing on what Shenker describes as “Jewish soul food.” He makes everything except the eastern Europeans dishes, the pierogis and blintzes, which are made by his wife, Marta Shenker. She is also the restaurant’s assistant manager and her photographs of the dishes adorn the walls along with vintage black-and-white pictures from classic New York City delicatessens.

Those pierogis ($8) and blintzes ($9) are found alongside such items as chopped liver ($8) and knishes ($6) in the appetizer section of the menu. In addition to a couple different matzo ball soups, there will be chili and soups of the day (all priced $4 or $5 for cup or bowl) with a chef salad filled with meats ($13), Caesar with homemade rye croutons ($10) and house salad ($7) available, too.

Sol's NYC Delicatessen bar staff prepare to open at 1991 Main Street in Sarasota on Monday. STAFF PHOTO / DAN WAGNER

The sandwiches include deli classics like the Reuben ($14), corned beef and pastrami ($14), latkas and brisket ($14) and a corned beef, turkey, coleslaw, Swiss and Russian dressing combo ($14). Sandwiches filled with tongue ($15), bologna ($9), chicken salad ($10) and tuna salad are also on the menu. In addition, you can order a classic burger ($13) or a $5 hot dog broiled, steamed or fried.

Entrees include stuffed cabbage ($15), braised flanken short ribs ($19), chicken schnitzel ($16), marinated Romanian steak ($19) and broiled salmon in lemon dill butter ($16). Save room for dessert and have a slice of Shenker’s cheesecake ($8), which he perfected while at the H20 Bistro inside the Hotel Indigo Sarasota. There’s also apple strudel ($8) and chocolate babka ($8).

“When people come in I want give them a taste of the old country, New York City and for them to know it’s all made from scratch and with love,” Shenker says.

Sol's NYC Delicatessen staff prepare to open at 1991 Main Street in Sarasota on Monday. STAFF PHOTO / DAN WAGNER


The Brian Bill Foundation 1st Annual Navy Seal Golf & Gala Benefit

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, Lakewood Ranch

Golf $2,500 for a foursome, includes Gala

Gala Dinner: $250 per person

For more information visit, www.BrianBillFoundation.org


Freedom isn’t free.  It is not just the warriors out on the front lines, but their spouses, children and extended families who are all making sacrifices in the name of our freedom. Supporting these families who have lost their fathers, sons and husbands are the mission of the Brian Bill Foundation.


Michael Thornton (keynote speaker)The 1st Annual Navy Seal Golf & Gala Benefit on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club will be like no other event in Sarasota. Along with a round of golf, a delicious dinner and unique Navy Seal auction items, the keynote speaker is highly decorated Lieutenant Michael Thornton. He received the Nation’s highest award, the Congressional Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during his tour of duty in Vietnam where he saved the life of a fellow Seal. Sandy Buchanan is the honorary chairwoman and PGA and NFL players will be in attendance.


Founder Scott BillThe Brian Bill Foundation was created by Scott Bill in honor of his son Brian, a Navy Seal, who died protecting our freedom.  They are raising money to open the doors to “Brian’s House”, a retreat house where Navy Special Warfare families have the space and freedom to connect with nature, forge relationships and learn the skills that their fallen fathers would have passed down to them. A place where families can come together in an environment that supports inner healing and positive growth. There will be no charge for these families.



Help support these families whose loved ones support our country.

Brian's House



Bradenton-Sarasota Area Named No. 1 in U.S. for Well-Being

13 Feb 2016, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Uncategorized