Jun 052013



Florida LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Championship

Registration: HERE

*Update* Caddies are allowed and encouraged in all divisions!

Hosted by LPGA*USGA Girls Golf – Indian River Chapter

Grand Harbor Golf Club – Vero Beach, FL

Saturday – Sunday, July 27 & 28, 2013

Formats of Play

Age Groups Yardages    Number of Holes   Number of Days   Format of Play

       16 – 18        5400         18 Holes                 2               Individual – Stroke Play

       13 – 15        4900         18 Holes                 2               Individual – Stroke Play

       13 – 18        2450         9 Holes                   2               Individual – Stroke Play NEW

      10 – 12        2200          9 Holes                  2               Teams of 2 – Scramble

      9 & Under  1900           9 Holes                 2               Teams of 2 – Scramble

SNAG Golf Division            9 Holes                 1               Teams of 2 – Scramble

Note: Players in the team format may register as a team or individually. Individual player will be matched with other players in the same age group by the Tournament Committee.

Note: The Florida LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Champion will be awarded to players at 5400 yards. Players from the 13-15 age group may play up.

Tee Gifts will be presented to each player.

Schedule of Activities – Grand Harbor Golf Club

Saturday – Round 1 – Tee times for all players – First tee time at 1:00 p.m.

         Individual / Team photographs prior to the start of play

Sunday – Round 2 – 8:30 a.m. Shotgun Start followed by tee times for 9 hole players

        Sub Sandwiches – Chips – Soft Drinks

        Pick Up Individual / Team photographs

Awards    Commemorative Wall Plaques for INDIVIDUAL & TEAM winners.

Inclement Weather:

In the event of inclement weather, the tournament will be reduced from the number of holes originally planned. In this event, scores will be converted to (+ or -) in relationship to par to determine results.

Golf Carts / Caddies for Ages 9 & Under

Golf carts will be available to OFFICIALS and SPECTATORS.

Caddies are allowed for all players.

Spectator Carts

Spectator carts are permitted and may be rented from the Golf Shop. Spectator carts must either remain on cart paths or rough areas. Spectators (walking or in carts) must remain at least 30 yards (short pitch shot) from players. Exception: Players ages 9 & under + all SNAG Golf players may have parents serving as caddies.

Official Accommodations

SHS LogoThe official hotel of the Florida LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Championship is SpringHill Suites at 5115 Indian River Blvd, Vero Beach, FL 32967 Phone: (772) 978-9292. Mention the Indian River Golf Foundation for discounted rates, or book online at www.marriott.com/mlbvb and use corporate code 4IR.

Notice to Competitors & Local Rules Sheet

A Notice to Competitors outlining all details of the event will be distributed in advance by e-mail to all participants. A Local Rules Sheet will be listed on the back of the Notice to Competitors. Both will be distributed on the first day prior to the start of play.

Registration and Entry Fees (Scholarships Available):

Registration: HERE

Entry Fees: $70 for 18 Hole Division Players – $50 for 9 Hole Division Players

SNAG Golf: $20



May 092013

IRGF Scholarships for Community Service

The Indian River Golf Foundation provides opportunities for scholarships to help cover the cost of IRGF Training – Practices – Competitions and to include entry fees into other approved junior golf tournament programs.

In addition, the IRGF takes pride in helping to mold students into well-rounded, compassionate and community-minded individuals in a short period of time. Middle school and high school students have a number of opportunities through the IRGF to make a difference in the life of the student volunteer and the lives of young players they serve. The golf community at large appreciates students who take an interest in making a difference.

IRGF scholarships for tournament entry fees will be based upon the following criteria:

Scholarships – Elementary Age

  1. Expressed need for financial assistance
  2. Exemplary conduct and demonstration of good citizenship

Initial Scholarships – Players of Other Ages

  1. Expressed need for financial assistance
  2. Exemplary conduct and demonstration of good citizenship

Continued Scholarships – Middle School & High School Age Applicants

  1. Expressed need for financial assistance
  2. Exemplary conduct and demonstration of good citizenship
  3. Status of Community Service Credit Points in IRGF activities OR status of other verifiable Community Service Credit Points

Benefits of Community Service

Participating in community service activities as a middle school or high school student can be hugely beneficial, and not just when it comes to acing college interviews. Students who get involved in community service can expect great things to come of their extracurricular work, including:

Work and Life Experience

Students who participate in community service activities related to the game of golf will find benefits in satisfying future career goals. Students can get a leg up on the competition and the college planning process by gaining real-world experiences. Volunteering can also improve skill sets and help to prepare for work experiences totally unrelated to their community service work.


The people you meet while volunteering can help you throughout your life. They can write letters of recommendation for your college and scholarship applications. They can serve as references when you are seeking employment and they can potentially help you find a paid position in their area of expertise. Working with others gives you a chance to build networking skills, which will be valuable throughout your life.

A Broader Worldview

You meet a wide range of talented people and learn many new things while doing community service. You are exposed to people and activities you never would have encountered. They have the the potential of shaping the direction of your life and the way you view the world around you. Community service can also give a sense of purpose and direction in future activities.

Opportunities for Other Community Service Scholarships

Volunteering in activities of the IRGF can also lead to other community service scholarships. When it comes to scholarship opportunities, community service can help distinguish you from the competition by showing your commitment to making the world a better place. Scholarship providers, being philanthropists themselves, can appreciate students who show an early interest in helping others. Winning scholarships, whether they are labeled as community service or more general contests, can be much easier with community service listed on your application

Applying for IRGF Scholarships (Partial or Full)

To seek a tournament entry fee scholarship, contact the IRGF by e-mail or telephone expressing need for financial assistance. If granted, player will be issued a scholarship code to be applied during the tournament registration process.

Apr 022013


 of Indian River

……..changing lives one swing at a time.

 VERO BEACH, FL – The Indian River Golf Foundation (IRGF) has been selected as the host organization for LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Indian River, a nationwide development golf program that encourages girls ages 7 – 17 to learn to play golf, build friendships and sample competition in a supportive and positive learning environment. Girls Golf of Indian River is one of over 130 sites located around the United States. Continue reading »

Mar 122013





The Treasure Coast Junior Golf Tour (TCJGT) and the Indian River Golf Foundation (IRGF) Players Club a

re pleased to

announce the 1st Annual TCJGT TEAM Series designed to introduce tournament golf for new and advancing players ages 6 – 18.  The TEAM Series features  9 Holes of Scramble Format for teams of 2, 3 or 4 player providing a popular, less stressful way to play the game as opposed to individual stroke play for the more experienced golfers.


The TEAM Series program begins with a Mandatory Orientation Session for players and parents on either Saturday, April 6th or Saturday, April 13th both sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the clubhouse at Sandridge Golf Club.  The TEAM Series events are played Saturday afternoons from April 20ththrough June 8th (Junior TEAM Championship).  Host golf facilities include Sandridge Golf Club, Vero Beach Country Club, The Club at Pointe West, Quail Valley Golf Club and Indian River Club.   The event at The Club at Pointe West will feature a TEAM Skills Competition.


Players register individually indicating which events they will participate.  The Tournament Committee will make-up teams for each event.  TEAM Series Cost:  $60 per participant.


The TEAM Series is an excellent way for new and advancing players to ease into tournament play before the start of the 26th Annual TCJGT INDIVIDUAL Stroke Play Series scheduled for the month of July, 2013.

Download the registration form here: 2013 Team Series Tour Booklet

For additional information, contact:

Bela Nagy, PGA Director of Golf at Sandridge Golf Club (772) 770-5003 orwww.sandridgegc.com

Roger Van Dyke, IRGF President (772) 713-9593

Anthony Donadio, IRGF Program Coordinator (772) 766-1146

Mar 122013

 VanDyke_Roger_Large Saturday, February 23, 2013

Roger Van Dyke, a PGA Master Professional and winner of the 1985 Bill Strausbaugh Award, is the president of Indian River Golf Foundation in Vero Beach, Fla.

Make Competition Fun With PGA Junior League Golf

Roger Van Dyke on the importance of making competition fun with PGA Junior League Golf:

The Indian River Golf Foundation (IRGF) is a 501(c)(3) entity that exists to offer golf experiences to children of different age groups and skill levels, regardless of socioeconomic status. The IRGF focuses on player development starting in kindergarten and running all the way through high school, with a combination of in-school programs and on-course instruction and playing – from private and small group instruction to travel golf teams for older juniors. In just more than four years, the IRGF has helped more than 500 juniors become golfers. Our strategy is based on three areas: training, practices and competitions. That last one is especially important. I think it’s vitally important that if you’re going to capture the hearts of these young players, you need to have competition. Just hitting balls and working on their swings isn’t going to hook them on the game. They need that competitive spirit. That’s why we got involved with PGA Junior League Golf last year, and are excited to continue the program this year. Last year we had three players on the all-star team that represented Florida at the PGA Junior League Golf national championship at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Ill., prior to the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Roger Van Dyke on the business impact of making competition fun with PGA Junior League Golf:

The kids that went to Medinah talk about it all the time, and they tell the other juniors about how cool it was to stand on the first tee and represent your state at the course where they’re playing the Ryder Cup. These kids wear their golf shirts with their numbers on the back all the time, and we have a lot of kids and their parents asking us when this season starts, and how they can sign up. Our area will have four PGA Junior League Golf teams this year, and I encourage other PGA Professionals to offer it as an option for their junior golfers. I know a lot of people already offer competitive opportunities, but it is great when a national program comes along that is in line with what you’re doing locally so you can add those three huge letters to your program: PGA. The scramble format is great because kids can compete without feeling all the pressure on their shoulders, and at that age they love to compete on a team. And now our grade school kids see the PGA Junior League Golf players and see that there’s a place for them to play when they get older. These fun competitions have certainly increased interest and participation in the IRGF.

Jan 182013

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At Sandridge Golf Club

The Indian River Golf Foundation (founded in 2008) has recognized the value of a “home” for bringing new players to the game, enhancing the enjoyment of long-standing players, encouraging high levels of player development, honoring traditions of the game while teaching life skills and qualities of good citizenship.

Now after 5 years, the IRGF is pleased to announce the opening of the Indian River Golf Training Center at Sandridge Golf Club. Why Sandridge? In addition to being centrally located, it is one of the finest public golf facilities in southeast Florida featuring 36 holes of championship golf with a full snack bar and outdoor patio, Champion Bermuda grass greens, three spacious practice areas plus an area located on the south end of the practice range for small groups and private instruction. The management team and professional staff at Sandridge Golf Club support golf programs for all ages and skill levels. The Sandridge site represents the main campus of the Indian River Golf Training Center with the possibility of future sites located at golf facilities in north and south county.

 Activities at the Training Center will be limited to Sandridge Golf Club approved programs including IRGF sponsored After School Golf Programs, training activities for the IRGF Players Club, Adult/Senior Adult training programs and private golf instruction.  The south end of the driving range is not for the private use of individual players without prior approval from the IRGF or Sandridge Golf Club.

 The IRGF has developed a unique series referred to as TPC

(Training – Practices – Competition). Featured are 6-Short Game Skills stations of Curve Putting – Distance Control Putting – Chip Shots – Pitch Shots – Log Shots and Bunker Shots. The Full-Swing Skills features boundaries representing landing areas.

Scorecards are available for self-evaluations or for Players Advantage Golf Skills Challenges.

The newest addition to IRGF training is SNAG Golf. Equipment is available in four lengths…..for the very young to adult and senior adults.

Small Group & Private Golf Instruction (772) 766-1146

SNAG Golf – After School Golf Programs – IRGF Players Club – Atlantic Junior Golf Team Series

PGA Junior League Golf – Treasure Coast Junior Golf Tour – Travel Golf Teams

Roger Van Dyke, President, Indian River Golf Foundation, PGA Life Master Professional – (772) 713-9593

Bela Nagy, Director of Golf, Sandridge Golf Club, PGA Golf Professional – (772) 770- 5003

Anthony Donadio, Program Coordinator, Indian River Golf Foundation, PGA Golf Professional – (772) 766-1146

The IRGF Players Club Experience…transitioning students to players….players to golf leaders


Elementary School SNAG Golf          Family Based Junior Golf           Girls Golf – LPGA * USGA

Middle School Golf Teams                   Atlantic Junior Golf Team Series                 Seniors for Kids Golf    

Rules of Golf Sessions                                       PGA Junior League Golf                         High School Golf Teams


Inaugural Mayor’s Cup Matches                                                                               IRGF / Symetra Pro-Am/Travel Golf Teams

Oct 082012

Hawk’s Nest Golf Club

Friday & Saturday, October 5th & 6th, 2012

Front row (left to right): LPGA and Symetra Tour professionals Kim Gardner, Daniela Iacobelli, Megan McChrystal, Alex Buelow, Christina Jones, Dolores White, Rachel Connor, Allie Bodemann, Tatiana Kernen and Jackie Barenborg. Back row (left to right): IRGF Program Coordinator Anthony Donadio, Tony Catanese, Jay Campana, Michael Kmetz, Jim DiMarzo, Brad Lorimier, Brian Burkhart, Ray Trainer, Doug Marquis and Gerald Pierone

Winning Team – Friday Pro-Am: Symetra Tour Professional Megan McChrystal and Jay Campana

Continue reading »

Oct 052012

All of the teams together in front of the clubhouse at Medinah Country Club in Chicago, Il.

CHICAGO, Ill.  Just a week before the 39th Ryder Cup will be contested in the Chicago area, a group of junior golfers from California (San Francisco) won the first-ever PGA Junior League Golf Championship at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Sunday (Sept. 16).

California was the only undefeated team in the two-day, three-match Championship with teams from Georgia, Florida, New Jersey, Texas and Illinois also competing.  The Final saw two undefeated teams playing for the Championship, with California besting Georgia 8.5 – 3.5.

The Florida All-Star team had representation from the IRGF: Sarah Noonan, Griffin Thompson, and Corey Stepanek.






Corey, Griffin and Sarah

Taken at hole #4 on Cog Hill's Ravine course
Taken at hole #4 on Cog Hill's Ravine course

“We offer congratulations to not only the team from California but to all of the teams,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “The PGA of America is proud to bring this recreational youth sports team concept to golf. This was an incredible finale to a great first year, and we look forward to engaging many more young golfers next year.”

Coordinated by The PGA of America and LEJ Sports, PGA Junior League Golf (www.PGAJrLeagueGolf.com) is a new team concept for aspiring young golfers, ages 7-13, similar to “Little League Baseball.” More than 1,800 children competed on more than 120 teams from 22 markets in league play this summer. Five Regional champions, plus the Illinois team (host market), advanced to the championship.

Each team played three head-to-head matches with the Championship decided by the team with the best overall record:

Champion:     California (San Francisco) 3-0        Captain Andy Nisbet, PGA                      29 Points

2nd                  Georgia (Atlanta)               2-1        Captain Chuck Scoggins, PGA                 23 Points

3rd                   Texas (Houston)                2-1        Captain Aurora Kirchner-McClain, PGA  18 Points

4th                   Florida (Boca Raton)         1-2        Captain Roger Van Dyke, PGA                19.5 Points

5th                   Illinois (Chicago)               1-2        Captain Dennis Johnsen, PGA                 11.5 Points

6th                   New Jersey                        0-3        Captain Bill Fox, PGA                              7 Points

The concept brings players together to learn the game among their peers under the direction of PGA/LPGA Professionals (team captains). Parents play an active role, making the program a family activity to create another generation of players to enjoy the game. No previous playing experience is required and players of varied skill levels filled out the teams. Matches are coed, two-person scrambles, reinforcing the team concept and limiting the pressure on any one player. Much like other league sports, participants play in team uniforms with jersey numbers. The program will be available nationally in 2013.

Jul 042012

Inaugural Mayor’s Cup Matches

Bent Pine Golf Club
Saturday & Sunday, August 4 & 5, 2012

The Indian River Golf Foundation (IRGF) presents a golf competition conducted each summer bringing together area golf professionals matched matched with leading amateur golfers for the purpose of FUN competition and promoting adult volunteer opportunities in IRGF Junior Golf Programs. Continue reading »