On March 9-13, teams from around the country converged on Kiawah Island Golf Resort to compete in the 15th Annual Kiawah National Pro Am sponsored by Club Car. One pro and three amateurs took on four of the resort’s courses – The Ocean Course, Turtle Point, Osprey Point and Cougar Point.
What started out as a low gross/low net tournament turned into a hole-in-one rampage. On each course, the “closest-to-the-pin” turned out to be an unbeatable “ace.” On March 10, Jay Farabaugh of Trump National Colts Neck in New Jersey aced No. 12 on Cougar Point (201 yards), and Steven Visco of Miacomet Golf Club in Massachusetts aced No. 4 on Turtle Point (188 yards). On March 12, Tom Marble of the Club Car Sponsor Team from Georgia aced No. 3 on Osprey Point (165 yards) and Doug Cargnel of Green Oaks Country Club in Pennsylvania aced No. 8 on The Ocean Course (166 yards).
Two of our four tournament aces
It seemed that experience paid off in this year’s championship as the winner of the Low Gross for the tournament was on their 14th trip to Kiawah for the event. The team consisted of PGA Professional Anthony Maki with Ryan Johnston, Andrew Douglas and Brian Higgins of Franklin Country Club from Franklin, Mass. It was actually the third time Franklin Country Club has won the event (either low gross or low net) but it was the first time winning with these team members.
According to Maki, the comaradarie and competition keeps Franklin coming back. “We have 3 or 4 teams who come every year. We originally heard about the event when one of our members, who owns property on the island, came back with a brochure about it years ago,” said Maki. “Ric Ferguson (head professional of Osprey Point) and his staff do a great job, putting together the event,” said the Franklin team. “We play in a lot of Pro-ams around the country and this is by far the best one.”
Experience paid off for the Low Gross team as well. Bull Valley #1, from the suburbs of Chicago with PGA Professional Mike Picciano and his team of Aaron Reesh, Mike May and Jason Sciarro were here for their second year. Their first year, they won Low Gross.
According to Picciano, Bull Valley brought members down mid 2000s and it was a great deal and great event. “So, I wanted to bring more members down,” said Picciano. “For the courses and value that the members get, it’s second to none. It’s a first class event. You guys do it well.”
Well, thank you for that. But, what really sold the experience to the Bull Valley members? “I like the alligators,” said the team. Seems they don’t have many of those in the Windy City.
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