BOCA RATON, FL (February 12, 2010) – The second day of the week-long PGA Champions Tour’s Allianz Championship event will feature a free open-to-public youth golf clinic with Dennis Walters, host of The Dennis Walters Golf Show, a Last Golfer Standing competition with Don Law of the Boca Raton-based Don Law Golf Improvement Center, and the opportunity for 36 young, but certainly not green, South Florida junior golfers who have been selected to team up with golf legends including Mike Goodes, Fred Funk, and Bernhard Langer for a wide variety of on-course experiences. The Allianz Championship Junior Day will tee-off Tuesday, February 16th at 10:30 a.m. with a one-hour Dennis Walters Golf Clinic, an 11:30 a.m. “Last Man Standing Putting Contest” hosted by Don Law, followed by the Junior play with pros beginning at 12 Noon at The Old Course at Broken Sound at located at 1401 NW 51st Street (Yamato Road) on Old Course Way in Boca Raton, FL. The entire day is open to the public and admission is free.
Getting the day in full swing with a complimentary golf clinic will be Dennis Walters, one of only 11 honorary lifetime members of The PGA of America, a club that includes three former U.S. Presidents: Eisenhower, Ford and George HW Bush. The PGA of America presented him with its highest honor: The Distinguished Service Award in 2008; previous recipients include, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Byron Nelson and Gene Sarazen. Currently Walters serves as spokesperson and national ambassador for The First Tee which is dedicated to providing young people of all backgrounds and opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values learned through the game of golf, such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. The goal of First Tee is to provide the golf learning facilities and the experience that will enable every child to partake of a game that teaches values for life and which can be played for a lifetime.
The Junior Day afternoon will feature on-course play by the next big stars of golf ranging in age from 12-18, the roster includes 14-year-old Carly Ray Goldstein of Coral Springs (Coral Glades High School), the 14-year-old phenom who entered and won her first tournament at the age of 8, and has since played in more than 100 tournaments, winning more than 65 of them. Carly is the daughter of teaching pro Barry Goldstein, one of the Top 50 Teaching Pro's in the country. Several youngsters from the World Golf Foundation’s (WGF) First Tee programs in Broward and Palm Beach counties have also been selected to participate.
This year’s roster of junior golfers who have qualified to participate is:
Palm Beach County Residents:
Harley Abrams Age 16 Hometown: Boca Raton School: Spanish River Community H.S.
Genesis Alzate Age 16 Hometown: Royal Palm Beach School: Royal Palm Beach
Ashley Burke Age 14 Hometown: Boynton Beach School: American Heritage School
Andrew Chambers Age 15 Hometown: Boca Raton School: Boca Raton High School
Robert Chiste Age 17 Hometown: Boynton Beach School: Pope John Paul II
Samantha Coleman Age 14 Hometown: Lake Worth School: Park Vista High School
Annie Dulman Age 16 Hometown: Palm Beach Gardens School: Cardinal Newman High
Carson Folk Age 12 Hometown: Boca Raton School: Del Prado Elementary
Kendra Fulmer Age 14 Hometown: Boca Raton School: Saint Andrew’s School
Michael Giovenco Age 16 Hometown: Boca Raton School: Boca Raton High School
Jaye Marie Green Age 15 Hometown: Boca Raton School: F.L.V.S
Laura Kanouse Age 16 Hometown: Boca Raton School: Boca Raton High School
Kyle Kimmelman Age 16 Hometown: Delray Beach School: Boca Raton High School
Christina Langer Age 16 Hometown: Boca Raton School: Home School
Shyanne Lovan Age 12 Hometown: Wellington School: Don Estridge Middle School
Ari Marcus Age 17 Hometown: Boca Raton School: Pine Crest School
Christian Ocampo Age 12 Hometown: Delray Beach School: Saint Andrew’s School
Christina Ocampo Age 12 Hometown: Delray Beach School: Saint Andrew’s School
Derron Peyton Age 16 Hometown: Boynton Beach School: Park Vista High School
David Taback Age 16 Hometown: Boca Raton School: Spanish River High School
Christian Tepley Age 15 Hometown: Palm City School: Martin County High School
Kailey Walsh Age 16 Hometown: Boca Raton School: Saint Andrew’s School
Michael Williams Age 16 Hometown: Royal Palm Beach School: Cardinal Newman High
Broward County Residents:
Andrew Alvarez Age 14 Hometown: Weston School: Cypress Bay High School
Alex Charles Age 16 Hometown: Tamarac School: American Heritage School
Shelby Coyle Age 17 Hometown: Pembroke Pines School: American Heritage School
Andrew Ettinger Age 15 Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale School: Pine Crest School
Carly Ray Goldstein Age 14 Hometown: Coral Springs School: Coral Glades High School
Jake Griner Age 15 Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale School: Fort Lauderdale High
Teagan Quinnell Age 18 Hometown: Coconut Creek School: Calvary Christian Academy
Kyle Roig Age 16 Hometown: Pembroke Pines School: American Heritage School
Victoria Trapani Age 17 Hometown: Hollywood School: St. Thomas Aquinas High
Max Woodward Age 15 Hometown: Woodward School: Ft. Lauderdale High
Kaylin Yost Age 18 Hometown: Pembroke Pines School: Archbishop McCarthy High School
Miami-Dade County Residents:
Kristian Caparros Age 13 Hometown: Miami Lakes School: Our Lady of the Lakes
Graham Small Age 15 Home State: Massachusetts School: Lincoln/Sudbury Regional
The 2010 Allianz Championship, with a purse of $1.7 million, increases the Champions Tour’s early-season Florida swing to three tournaments with the Golf Channel televising live all three rounds of the championship from The Old Course at Broken Sound. In addition to the Allianz Championship Junior Pro-Am on Tuesday, Feb. 16th, Allianz Championship events include Championship Pro-Ams on Wednesday, Feb. 17th and Thursday, Feb. 18th, followed by the televised 54-hole competition Friday through Sunday, Feb. 19th-21st.
The tournament is managed by Pro Links Sports, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. Pro Links Sports directs five tournaments on the Champions Tour schedule, all are continuously voted in the top ten tournaments by the players.
The Allianz Championship will be held at The Old Course at Broken Sound, located at 1401 NW 51st Street, (Yamato Road), Boca Raton, FL 33431. General admission is free; to upgrade from the general admission spectator experience, premium ticket packages can be purchased for VIP and Skybox seating ranging from $50 to $150 as well as tickets for the Friday, February 19th Allianz Golf & Wine Experience by calling the tournament office at 561-241-GOLF, or visiting www.allianzchampionship.com.
In addition to bringing the legendary champions of golf to Boca Raton for a celebrated week-long PGA Champions Tour event, the Allianz Championship will be driving all net proceeds to Boca Raton Community Hospital. The Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, Florida will play host to the event February 15-21, 2010. The Allianz Championship with a purse of $1.7 million is the Champions Tour’s second tournament of the early-season Florida swing of three tournaments with the Golf Channel televising live all three rounds of the championship from The Old Course at Broken Sound Club.
About Allianz Life
Founded in 1896, Allianz Life provides an array of annuities and life insurance products in the U.S. through a nationwide network of independent distribution. The company is part of Allianz SE, a global financial services group that is the 20th largest company in the world based on revenues (Fortune Global 500, August 2009), employing nearly 155,000 people worldwide.
About Dennis Walters, PGA of America Distinguished Service Award Recipient Dennis' dream was always to play successfully on THE PGA TOUR. He had an accident in 1974 that left him paralyzed from the waist down. After his accident it was looking pretty bleak for that dream. Dennis found there were a lot of things he couldn't do, but there was no way he was giving up playing golf and thus with this never say die attitude a new career was born. The first thing Dennis had to figure was a way to play golf again. Since he could not stand, he started by hitting golf shots from his wheelchair. He then progressed to a swivel seat mounted on the passenger side of a golf cart and since 1977 he has traveled the country telling his story and encouraging others to reach for their dreams, strive for excellence and do something they didn't think they could. Dennis uses his own personal experience as an example to challenge each person in the audience to do something in their life that perhaps they thought was impossible, for with hard work, dedication, perseverance you can achieve success at anything. The Dennis Walters Golf Show is a one hour combination of golf mastery and human inspiration. It is great golf, great fun, and a great message. The show is also about dreams and as Dennis says in every show, "I'm not talking about a dream you have at night. To me a real dream is having a positive thought in your head and in your heart and doing whatever it takes to make that come true. Also, if you have a dream and it doesn't work out, never stop dreaming; get a new dream!" For more information, visit www.denniswalters.com.
About Don Law Golf Improvement Center
For more than 10 years, The Don Law Golf Improvement Center, located at the Boca Dunes Golf & Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida, has been helping golfers of all abilities take their games to the next level. Don Law, Founder and Director of Instruction, is recognized as one of the leading golf instructors in South Florida. He is currently serving as Junior Golf Chairman for the South Florida Section of the PGA. Don and his teaching staff of PGA and LPGA professionals take great pride in giving back to the game of golf and have won numerous awards within the PGA Chapter and Section. Many of our students, both professional and amateur, have gone on to win tournaments on both the local and national levels. Together, the Center’s professional staff average over 10,000 lessons each year. Private lessons, playing lessons, group lessons, video lessons, club fittings, one to three day schools, as well as our well known junior classes and camps are available year round. For more information, call (561) 451-1128 or visit www.donlawgolfcenter.com.
About Broken Sound Club
Broken Sound is considered one of the premier golf course communities in Palm Beach County, FL. It features resort-style, country club living in 28 private villages and has 23 tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness/spa center, aquatic area, dining facilities and two of the finest golf courses in South Florida. The original Broken Sound Club, now affectionately known as the "Old Course", was founded in 1978 and designed by Joe Lee. It will host the Allianz Championship. Gene Bates completed a redesign of the Old Course in January 2004. The Old Course features an abundance of trees unique to South Florida and rolling fairways that give it a feel similar to courses in the Pinehurst, NC area. It includes the largest stand of natural Florida maples trees in the county. The Club Course, another Lee design, was opened in 1985 and also recently renovated by Bates. Broken Sound is located on the north side of Yamato Road on Old Course Way between Congress Avenue and Military Trail.
About Boca Raton Community Hospital
Serving the community since 1967, Boca Raton Community Hospital has 400 beds and more than 700 primary and specialty physicians with privileges. Areas of expertise include cancer, cardiovascular disease & surgery and women’s health. Proceeds from this year’s PGA Allianz Championship will support the Ron & Kathy Assaf Center for Excellence in Nursing at Boca Raton Community Hospital. With our country facing a nursing shortage of unheard of proportions, this initiative becomes an extremely important tool in our mission to attract and retain the highest caliber nursing staff in the country and to help our nurses discover a myriad of personal and professional opportunities, including scholarships that support their professional growth. For almost half a century, philanthropy has been an integral component of Boca Raton Community Hospital’s success. Today, community support is more important than ever. For more information about the Foundation and its fundraising initiatives that support the mission of Boca Raton Community Hospital, please call 561-955-4142.