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Reggie Hunt Memorial Golf Classic

Reggie Hunt Memorial Golf ClassicSaturday, October 17, 2015, is the Reggie Hunt Memorial Golf Classic at the Amelia River Golf Course.

This is the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida’s biggest fundraiser of the year for Nassau County. It is held annually in memory of Reggie Hunt, a remarkable student athlete and six-year participant of the BBBSNEFL program.

Registration and breakfast are at 7:30, with an 8:30 am shotgun start. Awards and a prime rib dinner begin at 1:00 pm.

Contest include: Hole-in-one, longest drives, closest to the pin on four, par three holes; a “beat the pro” and a putting contest.

Prizes are awarded to top low gross team and top three low net teams. Individual prizes are awarded to the top three fundraisers.

For more informaton or to sign up please visit www.bbbsnefl.org, or call Rainey at (904) 485-0126 or Larrie at (904) 556-6903.

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New FBHS Golf Tournament Uses Soccer Balls

New FBHS Golf Tournament Uses Soccer BallsThe First Annual Pirate Soccer Golf Tournament benefitting the FBHS Men’s Soccer Team will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

Check-in begins at 2:00 pm, with a literal kick-off at 3:00 pm. The cost is only $20 per player, or $10 for children 10 and under.

Here is a quick video explaining the game:

You can pick up registration forms at Fernandina Beach Middle School or Fernandina Beach High School and payment can be made at the high school’s front desk in cash or by check. Forms will also be available at Current Running, or online by download at: http://1drv.ms/1NdWLz6

For more information please contact Katie Combs at katiemcombs@yahoo.com or Shirley Collins at shirley0130@yahoo.com

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8 Flags Playscapes and the Palace Saloon Charity Golf Event

8 Flags Playscapes and the Palace Saloon Charity Golf EventSunday we have a very fun event in town that needs our help. The Palace Saloon (i.e. Amelia Island Hospitality Group) puts on a charity golf outing at Amelia River Golf Club for the last few years. It has gotten big! They use their influence with the beer and liquor distributors to put on one heck of an event.

Last year, this event raised over $10,000 for 8 Flags Playscapes. It was one of the largest donations to fund Pirate Playground. That single donation really helped put us over the top and allowed us to increase the size of the surfacing. We are very thankful for that donation and for AIHG to partner with us again this year to build Egans Creek Park’s universally accessible kayak launch and dock.

We need a good number of volunteers across two shifts on Sunday, April 26, 2015.

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Palace Saloon Golf Classic!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps
1. Copy and paste into your browser: http://vols.pt/76Q6QK
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

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2nd Annual St Jude Golf Classic

2nd Annual St Jude Golf ClassicA golf tournament so popular they are going to do it again! It is the 2nd annual Champions for St. Jude Golf Classic. The event will be held at St. Johns Golf and Country Club on Monday, November 10, 2014. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. and at the Shotgun Start begins at noon. It costs $125 per golfer. Here is a description of the event:

Join Champion Brands, Coors Light and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the second annual Champions for St. Jude Golf Classic, hosted by Champion Brands and Coors Light at the exclusive St. Johns Golf and Country Club.

This tournament unites golfers of all skill levels, playing 18 holes to make an impact on the lives of children battling cancer and other deadly diseases not only in Florida, but around the world. The day of activities includes 18 holes on a premier course, exclusive golfer gifts, access to putting green and driving range, amazing activities and contests, great food, beer samplings and a silent auction.

You can find this information at www.stjude.org/championsgolf

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Obama Affordable Golf Act

Golf-Taxes-Funny copyOur neighbors had their annual friends and family golf tournament this past weekend and our street turned into a parking lot.

Not much of a golfer myself, I nevertheless show keen interest in their tall stories about equipment cost and handicaps, tee times  and so on, which is why I truly enjoyed sharing the following phone call with them.

Even though they did enjoy the humor of the recording tremendously, very few seem to understand the scary underlaying reality of what’s going on in the country.

And while we’re on the topic of golf, here is a golf joke I hadn’t heard yet.

funny-golf-pictures-4Jim decided to tie the knot with his long time girlfriend.
One evening, after the honeymoon, he was cleaning his golf shoes.
His wife was standing there watching him.
After a long period of silence she finally speaks.
“Honey, I’ve been thinking, now that we are married I think it’s time you quit golfing.
Maybe you should sell your golf clubs.”

Jim gets this horrified look on his face.

She says, “Darling, what’s wrong ?”

”There for a minute you were sounding like my ex-wife.”

“Ex wife !” she screams,
“I didn’t know you were married before !”

“I wasn’t !”

Third Annual Shrimp Festival Golf Classic FUNdraiser

Third Annual Shrimp Festival Golf Classic FUNdraiserThe Third Annual Shrimp Festival Golf Classic FUNdraiser will be held May 5, 2014, at the Oak Marsh Golf Course of Omni Amelia Island Plantation.

The tournament benefits Amelia Island Montessori School, a nonprofit organization. The school currently enrolls 101 students and due to dedicated fundraiseing efforts and generous donors, Amelia Island Montessori is able to offer financial assistance to many of its students.

Registration and breakfast are at 8:00 AM, with at 10:00 AM tee-off. An awards ceremony and light dinner will follow the tournament.

The price is $1,400 per team, limited to the first 32 paid teams. First, second and third place teams will receive prizes.

You can register online at www.AmeliaIslandMontessori.com.

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Big Break Florida Premier Filmed at Amelia Island Plantation

Big Break Florida Premier Filmed at Amelia Island PlantationThe girls of Big Break Florida are back and the season premier was filmed at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation!

Twelve young women come to Florida to compete for a chance to launch their career in professional golf, and they bring the Bling, too.

To survive they’ll have to endure a series of intense, head-to-head challenges that will test their golf skills and mental toughness.

These young ladies better bring their “A” game and leave some of that drama behind!

The series will be shown on Mondays at 9:00 pm ET, only on Golf Channel. The season premiere is February 24, 2014.

Here is the link to the extended trailer to this season’s opener:

Watch Trailer Now!

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Yulee High School Tennis Defeats Hilliard High

Yulee High School Tennis Defeats Hilliard HighYulee, FL – Both the Men and Woman’s Tennis Teams from Yulee High School won this week against Hilliard High School.

The men’s team won 6 to 1, and the ladies won 5 to 2.

The following men won their individual games: Thad Moore, Stephem Mohler, Hunter Gordon, and Philip Chery

The following women won their individual matches: Gabby Hebert, Tessa Bohn-Carmichael, Alex Welch, and Amy Adkins.

The men’s team swept their doubles matches with Thad Moore, Stephem Mohler, Hunter Gordon, and Philip Chery.

Gabby Hebert and Tessa Bohn-Carmichael took their doubles match.

The tennis team heads out to Baker County on Thursday.

Yulee High School is a four-year school located in Yulee, Florida. The current institution opened in 2006, after rapid growth in the Yulee area starting in the mid-1990s. The community realized a new high school was needed and the school board voted to construct an all-new Yulee High School.

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PLAYERS Championship Red Coats Continue Scholarships

PLAYERS Championship Red Coats Continue ScholarshipsJacksonville, FL – FSCJ Foundation and scholarship recipients honor PLAYERS Championship Red Coats for more than $44,000 in scholarships for 2013.

The Florida State College Foundation welcomed THE PLAYERS Championship Red Coats to a HOPE Luncheon to honor their continued support of the College and the endowed scholarship fund they established in 2004. Twelve scholarship recipients had the opportunity to thank the Red Coats at the Nov. 13, 2013 HOPE (Helping Others Pursue Education) Luncheon.

For Fiscal Year 2013, THE PLAYERS Championship Volunteer Scholarship endowment totaled over $1 million, with $44,600 in scholarships awarded to FSCJ students. “I just want to thank all of the Red Coats for what you do in the community and specifically for FSCJ students,” said scholarship recipient Sekia Grimes. “Earning this scholarship meant that I could continue my education and have some of the financial burden lifted.”

“We know that education is the key to the continued growth and success of our community,” said FSCJ alumnus and Red Coat Jim Marlier, who was instrumental in establishing the PLAYERS’ endowed scholarship with the FSCJ Foundation. “We feel that supporting FSCJ students with these scholarships will have an impact well into the future.”

The luncheons are hosted regularly by the Foundation to bring together scholarship donors and the recipients for an opportunity to meet one-on-one.

For more information about the FSCJ Foundation and scholarships visit www.floridastatecollegefoundation.org

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18 Holes of Golf Benefit American Cancer Society

18 Holes of Golf Benefit American Cancer Society

The Golf Club of Amelia Island is offering 18 Holes of Golf, including a reception and entertainment on November 9th 2013, with a 1:00 pm shotgun start.

The cost is only $75 per person and half of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

For more information or to register, contact Erin d’Agostino at erin@golfclubofamelia.com, or call (904) 277-8015 ext 12.

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Inaugural Champions for St. Jude Golf Classic

Inaugural Champions for St. Jude Golf ClassicJoin Champion Brands, Coors Light, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the inaugural Champions for St. Jude Golf Classicwww.stjude.org/championsgolf, presented by Champion Brands and Coors Light at the exclusive St. Johns Golf and Country Club. This tournament unites golfers of all skill levels, playing 18 holes to make an impact on the lives of children battling cancer and other deadly diseases not only in Florida, but around the world. The day of activities includes 18 holes on a premier course, exclusive golfer gifts, access to putting green and driving range, amazing activities and contests, great food, beer samplings, and a silent auction.

Packages starting at $125 per golfer and $400 per foursome

The tournament will be played Monday, November 18th. Registration is at 10:30 am, with a 12:00pm start.

Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries.

The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life.

“Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.” – Danny Thomas

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Starting Point 3rd Annual Golf Tournament

Starting Point 3rd Annual Golf TournamentJoin Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare for our 3rd Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, November 4 at the Amelia National Golf & Country Club.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. with a Shotgun start at Noon. The tournament is followed by a cook-out, Silent Auction, and presentation of awards to the winners.

A $25,000 Hole-in-One prize is up for grabs along with exciting gift certificates and merchandise from local merchants available for bid.

Cost is $125 per player, or just $25 for the cookout alone.

Don’t miss this entertaining and fun event to raise funds for Mental Health programs in Nassau County. Proceeds will be used for children’s mental health and a new Mental Health First Aid program for the community at Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare.

Show your support. Play Golf. Have fun. What could be better?

For details or to sign up, contact Cherie Billings at (904) 277-2995 or E-mail GolfTournament@spbh.org.

If it is time for a new start, Starting Point Behavioral Health is the place to begin.

About Starting Point:
Life leads us down many roads. Sometimes the paths we travel can be hard to handle alone. That’s why Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare helps children, teens and adults every day. From mental health counseling to substance abuse treatment and more, Nassau County, FL residents are finding help and hope at Starting Point.

At Starting Point our goal is to help the people in our community live their best lives. That’s why we offer aid to those in need of mental health and substance abuse treatment. We provide a wide variety of programs for all ages with special behavioral health and substance abuse programs for children, teens, women and older adults.

Most of all, we want you to know that Starting Point is here to help you. If you or a loved one is coping with behavioral health issues, alcohol or drug dependency, we know it can be a difficult road to travel. Starting Point can be your new beginning.

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Team Tennis Challenge at Amelia Island

Team Tennis Challenge at Amelia Island There is a Team Tennis Challenge coming to the courts of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation on November 9 and 10, 2013.

Team Tennis Challenges are a new series of open events for all ages, hosted by USTA Florida and presented by Wilson Racquet Sports. These “BYOT” (bring your own team) events do not require previous team tennis league participation.

Both USTA members and non-members can participate, with USTA members receiving a $10 discount on registration. Registration is open until Friday, October 25th. To register or for more info go to www.ustaflorida.com/TTCregistration.

The Challenge begins at 9:00 AM both mornings and the cost is $30.00 for USTA members, and $40.00 for non-USTA members.

About USTA Florida
Established in 1949, USTA Florida is a section of the United States Tennis Association. It is a not-for-profit volunteer organization with approximately 50,000 members, 1,000 organizational members and a $4 million budget. As the official governing body of tennis in Florida, USTA Florida operates from an executive office in Daytona Beach with 27 staff members and more than 600 volunteers throughout the state working towards a mission to promote and develop tennis in Florida. To learn more about USTA Florida visit www.ustaflorida.com.

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Women’s Pro Tennis Returns to Amelia Island Plantation

Women's Pro Tennis Returns to Amelia Island PlantationAmelia Island, FL – The Omni Amelia Island Plantation once again welcomes tennis enthusiasts to Racquet Park as the United States Tennis Association (USTA) hosts the resort’s fourth $10,000 Amelia Island Women’s Tennis Championships, September 22-29th.

A world-renowned tennis resort, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation is noted for its distinctive southern setting under a canopy of Spanish moss-covered live oaks. The field for the $10,000 Amelia Island Women’s Tennis Championships, a USTA Pro Circuit event, will feature 32 singles and 16 doubles teams. Presented by Emanon Records, the tennis tournament will feature 18 players from 11 countries that have been selected according to their rankings. The additional 14 spots to be determined by the qualifying draw of 64 players and wild cards given to promising up-and-coming young Americans. Rising women’s competitors will contend in the Amelia Island Women’s Tennis Championships with players ranked as high as No. 300 in the world.

Play will begin each morning at 10am at Racquet Park at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation tennis resort, with the singles finals to be held Sunday, September 29th at 11am, followed by the doubles final. Entry into the daily play is complimentary and entry into the finals will be a $10 donation to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The week of professional tennis on Amelia Island will also include a complimentary Wilson’s Kids Day on September 22 from 3-5pm; a Pro-Am Tournament & Dinner on September 23 from 4-7:30pm for $75 per person; and a ROGY Tennis Tournament on September 28 from 9-11am for $20 entry fee. For more information on any of the events or players at the Amelia Island Women’s Tennis Championship, contact the Amelia Island Cliff Drysdale Tennis team at the pro shop at 904-277-5145.

“The Omni Amelia Island Plantation is incredibly excited to host another USTA tournament full of fresh talent, like the Amelia Island Women’s Tennis Championships,” said Scott Colebourne, director of tennis at the resort. “Racquet Park has a history full of women tennis stars and this tournament is a great opportunity to watch the rising stars in women’s tennis.”

For ticket, sponsorship or volunteer information, please call the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Tennis Pro Shop at (904) 277-5151. For more information on Omni Amelia Island Plantation, call 1-800-The-Omni or visit omniameliaislandplantation.com.

About the USTA Pro Circuit

With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 33 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Caroline Wozniacki, James Blake, Li Na, Andy Murray and Mardy Fish are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

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Local Hypnotherapist Helps PGA Athletes

Local Hypnotherapist Helps PGA AthletesIn only six events of the 2013 PGA season, Cameron Beckman placed 2nd on the tour mid-July at the rainy Sanderson Farms Championship that included an exciting ending. Beckman got in seven holes during the opening round Thursday before the rains stopped play. Back in 2001, Beckman won this tournament, the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, and he has made the cut each of the 12 times he has played there. By Friday afternoon he was two shots off the lead at 8 under to end his second round.

Having only two top 25 finishes in 2012, of 26 events played, it is obvious Beckman is using a secret weapon for 2013! Is it his new TaylorMade cap? Does he have a magic driver, perhaps a putter with a built in scope? No, what this PGA golfer has that has helped improve his game is Dawn Grant, a mental trainer and hypnotherapist who is currently working with him to Master the Zone.

Check out this 16 foot putt for birdie on the par-5, 18th hole:

Dawn has worked with over 20 PGA and LPGA athletes successfully helping them improve sport performance and her client list has expanded into Olympic Athletes as well as the 2013 US Open Sporting Clays Champion, Wendall Cherry.

Beckman began working with Grant in 2007 when they were introduced through Reflexologist Jim Weathers. Dawn starts her elite, athletic clients with some personalized affirmations, and then she introduces them to her popular program, 20 Minute Hypnosis for Transformations, before moving on to individualized sessions. PGA golfers average a 219% increase in earnings after just five sessions with Mental Trainer Dawn Grant!

Whether you are playing to make the cut, aiming at a target or dealing with the stress of everyday life, she knows how to get you calm, relaxed and focused.

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