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Dave Seanor Acquires TGA Premier Junior Golf Franchise in Orlando
GE GolfOrlandoFlorida Editor Updated September 05, 2012

Dave Seanor, experienced sports journalist, has acquired a new TGA Premier Junior Golf franchise for the north Orlando, Florida marketplace.  TGA, the first and largest national school-based golf program, continues its successful nationwide expansion with a second youth sports franchise in the Orlando area.

TGA Premier Junior Golf has already made a significant impact in the state of Florida with franchises in south Orlando, Miami-Dade County and the Space Coast areas. This impact is expected to be expanded with the addition of a 2nd franchise is Orlando.

Seanor, a 17-year resident of Central Florida, enjoyed a successful career as a sports journalist, working at daily newspapers in Detroit, New York and Chicago before taking on editorial management roles with PGA and Golfweek magazines. He was the editor of Golfweek for 13 years, frequently directing coverage of growing-the-game initiatives such as Golf 20/20 and The First Tee. Seanor, 59, and his wife Patti have two grown children.

GE GolfOrlandoFlorida Editor Updated August 28, 2012

Jacksonville native Brandon Sims has been named Head Golf Course Superintendent at one of the Orlando area's most popular courses, Timacuan Golf Club.

Sims is a veteran in the golf course maintenance industry, having started his career as an eager-to-learn 16-year-old at Hilton Golf Resort in Phoenix, AZ. After moving back to Florida in 1999, he attended Lake City Community College for a golf course operations degree.

While in college Sims worked at Timuquana Country Club and later Fiddlers Green Golf Club. After graduation he moved his family to Central Florida and took a job at Heathrow Country Club. In 2004 Sims was named Head Golf Course Superintendent at Heathrow, where he worked until 2011. Last year he accepted a dual superintendent job with The Golf Group, overseeing maintenance operations at Deer Run and Casselberry golf clubs.

GE GolfOrlandoFlorida Editor Updated August 28, 2012

The Academy of Golf at Grand Cypress is offering a special deal now through the end of October.  When a golf school is purchased at the Academy of Golf at Villas of Grand Cypress Golf Resort in Orlando, a second school is offered for free.  This is a perfect opportunity to save with a fellow golfer.

The Grand Cypress "Buy One Golf School - Get One Free" is a flexible 2-for-1 offer for golfers of all skill levels.  Golfer have their choice of the selection of one, two and three-day schools for men and women. The extremely inviting price is designed to encourage friends and couples to learn together at one of the Top 25 Golf Schools in America.

GE GolfOrlandoFlorida Editor Updated August 14, 2012

Online golf lessons are now available at The ANNIKA Academy.  Using state-of-the-art V1 Pro software, instructors will break down video of a player's swing with drawing tools while offering audio commentary. They will also suggest drills to accelerate progress. The analysis will be emailed back to the player within seven days.  

Individual online lessons cost $59 per swing analysis.  There is also an annual membership option available.  For $499 golfers will receive 12 swing analysis (one per month).

GE GolfOrlandoFlorida Editor Updated July 12, 2012

Orange County National Golf Center is at it again.  Last summer, Orange County National renovated the greens on the Panther Lake course and the results were fabulous.  Orange County National has decided to renovate the greens on the Crooked Cat course this summer.  

The renovation will convert the putting surfaces from traditional Tifdwarf Bermuda Grass to the increasingly popular Champion Bermuda Grass...to match the recently renovated Panther Lake course greens.  Champion is one of the new ultra dwarf grasses that allows warm climates to produce putting surface quality equal to, if not better than the bent grass surfaces found up north.   In addition to the change in grass on the greens, green size and configuration will be brought back to the original design specifications thus allowing for increased hole locations and greater variety of course set up.

GE GolfOrlandoFlorida Editor Updated July 09, 2012

The First Tee of Central Florida is hosting an interactive golf 'preview day' on Friday, June 29, 2012 at Bay Hill Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.

Highlights include a skills clinic with Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam that will be hosted by the Golf Channel's Scott Walker. Annika will relay a few of her secrets to success on and off the course. She'll also discuss The First Tee's Nine Core Values along with their Nine Healthy Habits, of which she is the National Spokesperson.

The clinic will be followed by a round of golf for participating supporters at the home of the PGA TOUR's Arnold Palmer Invitational. Mr. Palmer, a National Trustee of The First Tee, donated the course, food and facilities to support the day.

GE GolfOrlandoFlorida Editor Updated July 09, 2012

The Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development has orgranized a "100 Holes of Golf Marathon" scheduled for Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Orange Lake Resort.  Sponsored golfers will be playing 100 holes of golf on the Legends Walk course at Orange Lake.

Money raised through this event and through this website will go toward funding all aspects of our National program including program equipment to be provided to our Little Linksters “territory” Professionals, national marketing campaigns and other expenses. Participants in The Little Linksters 100 Holes Fore the Kids play 100 holes of golf, all in 1 day.  Participants will request donations to support their efforts in the event.

GE GolfOrlandoFlorida Editor Updated July 09, 2012

Summer is upon us and the Legends at Orange Lake is hosting their Summer Kickoff Scramble.  This special 4-person scramble is scheduled for Sunday, May 20, 2012.  Say goodbye to spring by showcasing your skills at this fun-filled event hosted by Orange Lake Golf. The event is open to all Central Florida residents.

Challenge The Legends-Central Florida's premier Arnold Palmer Signature Course-as you compete in on-course contests for prizes. Then stop in at Legacy Sports Bar & Grill to catch all the latest sports action.

GE GolfOrlandoFlorida Editor Updated July 09, 2012

Are you looking to attend the 2013 Masters Golf Tournament? If so, you are in luck.  The Masters Tournament has recently announced that the 2013 ticket application for Practice Rounds and Daily Tournament tickets is now available at Masters.com. These tickets will be awarded by random selection after the designated deadline dates.

As in the past, only one application per person or address will be accepted (one per household) and all applicants must be 21 years or older.  As a PGA Golf Professional I have been fortunate to attend the event 3 times...it is an amazing venue to watch golf and more importantly, golf history happen with your eyes and ears as the roars echo thru the majestic pines.

GE GolfOrlandoFlorida Editor Updated July 09, 2012

Showcase your skills and competitive spirit at this special Masters Golf Scramble hosted by Orange Lake Golf. No green jacket required!

Challenge the Reserve Course at Orange Lake ResortThe classicly designed Reserve course has been updated and a fun-filled, challenging morning of golf awaits. Compete in on-course contests for prizes and stop over to Legacy Sports Bar & Grill in the East Village to catch the final round of the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament.

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