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



Jun 032013
IRGF Players Club
Summer TRADITIONAL Golf Camps – Ages 6 & Over
***   For Students of these and other elementary & middle schools   ***
Highlands Elementary – Sebastian Elementary – Vero Beach Elementary – Imagine South
Liberty Magnet – Osceola Magnet – Rosewood Magnet – Master’s Academy
Oslo Middle – Gifford Middle – Master’s Academy – Storm Grove Middle – Sebastian River
Description of Program
TRADITIONAL Golf Camps are offered to SNAG Golf players who are ready to transition to real golf equipment at a golf course setting.  These programs are designed for ages 6 & over.
                                                                      Activities follow the guide of TPC (Training – Practices – Competitions).
Equipment provided if necessary
Objective of the Program
The objective is to introduce students to all aspects of the game of golf including fundamentals of the golf swing, safety, playing by the rules, how to play the game while teaching life skills and good citizenship. Based upon individual focus and  initiative, these players are ready to go directly into TRADITIONAL Golf equipment or may be transitioning from SNAG Golf equipment.
1) Sandridge Golf Club – 58th Avenue – North of 69th Street
4 Days Per Week : Monday – Thursday:  June 10 – 13    June 24 – 27   August 12 – 15
Ages 6 – 9 (9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) – $50
Ages 10 & over (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) – $100
10 & Over – Daily use of golf course & lunch on Thursday
Scholarships Available

2) The Moorings Club Golf Academy – South of 17th Street Bridge on A1A
4 Days Per Week : Tuesday – Friday
June 11-14      June 18 – 21     June 25 – 28      July 2 – 5     July 9 – 12      July 16 – 19      July 23 – 26
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$160 per week
$10 discount for each additional sibling
Scholarships Available
Video Analysis      Fitness
Tournaments      Lunch & Snacks
Junior Play Days      Swimming After Lunch
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

Dec 292012


Performance & Golf Fitness Center

Special Invitation to members of IRGF Players Club

Competition Level Tour Level

You are invited……to experience monthly golf-specific physical training and evaluations at the new IRGF Performance & Golf Fitness Center in Vero Beach. Offered on weekday evenings on a reservation basis, this program is available to members of the IRGF Players Club participating at the Competition and Tour Levels. Participants will be allotted one session per month (unless there are openings). Intermediate Level players in middle schools will receive invitations based upon availability.

Participants learn how to 1) train effectively, through golf-specific fitness evaluations and how to 2) improve strength, flexibility, balance, and injury prevention through customized exercise programs. All sessions will be supervised by Anthony Donadio, PGA professional and IRGF Program Coordinator. He will be available for swing and club fitting analysis in the 450 sq. ft. indoor golf simulator.

By invitation only……..eligible members are middle school and high school players who participate in weekly IRGF Players Club activities, Junior Cup Matches, PGA Junior League Golf, Atlantic Junior Golf TEAM Series, Junior Grapefruit Golf Classic, Florida AAU Junior Golf Championship, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, Treasure Coast Junior Golf Tour/IRGF Players Club, or other recognized regional/state junior golf tours. AAU Golf Membership required. Number of participants are limited to six per session.

Day of Week: Wednesdays (beginning January 9th).

Frequency of Sessions: Weekly

            Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

APPROPRIATE ATTIRE: Workout attire, athletic shoes

Reservations Only: Contact Melanie at (772) 231-FORM


The IRGF Performance & Golf Fitness Center is a joint venture with Back In Form Physical Therapy at 4445 Highway A1A in Vero Beach (beachside)……owned and operated by Michael & Shannon Hauser. Contact information: (772) 231-FORM / info@backinform.org

The first 2 sessions are offered at no cost, giving participants the opportunity to see if they could benefit from this program. All other sessions are offered at $10 payable at each session.

May 022012

Here is a collection of information on area summer golf programs. If you know of any others, please let me know at this address. Check back often as the list will grow as summer nears.

IRGF Traditional Summer Camps

26th Annual Treasure Coast Junior Golf Tour – TCJT Registration Form

1st Annual Treasure Coast Junior Golf Tour Team Stroke Play Series

2013 Sandridge Junior Summer Programs

Moorings Club Summer 2013 Junior Golf Academy

20th Nicklaus Junior Championship @ PGA National – Champion

Mar 112012

Atlantic Junior Golf Tournament Series

Santa Lucia River Club – Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cammarene/Sposato & LaPadula / Felhofer Take Top Honors

On a beautiful day….. the Indian River team of Nicholas Cammarene and Cole Sposato took top honors with a one stroke victory (37) in a very close race of High School Division players at Santa Lucia River Club. One stroke back (38) were Blake Schmalenberger and Jacob Frias finished 2nd with Nico Gagliardi and Brett Messer in 3rd with 39. The format of play was Selective Drive…..1 Better Ball of 2…..9 holes.

Continue reading »

Jan 292012

The IRGF Model for Player Development



Many of us grew up playing several sports besides golf. In each of them, we had coaches who not only taught motor skills but supervised practices, helped set goals, provided regular feedback and staged drills and game scrimmages to replicate game conditions. The best coaches took long-term views toward player development. Parents, teachers and coaches need to value the long-term development and learning of young players in order to instill the proper patience and mentality for success. Results are best obtained in small increments in long-term relationships. The IRGF has found this approach to be both effective and rewarding with many young players.

Continue reading »