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The Power of a Smile

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.”  – Joseph Addison Our sixth grandchild was born in March. A perfect little girl with 10 fingers, 10 toes and bright eyes that follow sound and movement. I was lucky enough to hold her shortly after her birth and say prayers of thanks for her healthy arrival. Five weeks later, little Greer Elizabeth took her first plane ride from her home in the Midwest to Southwest Florida for a visit, and for six days she was (mostly) mine…except for the feedings and interrupted sleep that ... Read More »

Responsibilities of Player and Coach

The world’s top ranked golfer, Jason Day, with his coach. Submitted Photos

Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org May 4th was National Golf Instruction Day on the Golf Channel. As much as the Golf Channel communicates incorrect information about the golf swing, and despite employee commentators who regularly bash tour player’s golf coaches, I really appreciate the network honoring those who grow golf through instruction. The Golf Channel is a huge factor in the growth of the game, and I appreciate the network educating golfers that instruction is important. However, some golfers have had really bad experiences during and after golf lessons. Guarantee some are my former students. Some golfers have had a ... Read More »

Lely’s New Football Coach Kicks Off Season

Jesus Godinez tosses a pass.

By Roger LaLonde  It is audition time for Lely football players. New coach Maurice Belser said, “Everyone is being evaluated, players and coaches.” Belser takes over the reigns from Culmer St. Jean, who was fired after three seasons with a 14-19 mark. In 2014 St. Jean was area Football Coach of the Year when his Trojans went to the playoffs. Belser knows personal playing success as a starting lineman for Alabama’s 1992 national championship team. He is Lely’s sixth head coach in 10 years. Belser has coached at 12 schools in 18 seasons. Belser said he has 80 players on ... Read More »

Golf Nutrition

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Here is a story we have all heard a million times. A golfer is going along nicely in his round, hitting good shots, having a good time, and then all of the sudden in the middle of the back nine the shots start going awry. It keeps getting worse and worse until he comes into the 19th hole after his round, depressed about his finish, and mentally drained from the experience. The usual statement is “I got tired out there.” Even though physical conditioning might be a problem, it usually is not the biggest reason ... Read More »

The Shanks

The dreaded shank!

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I know…sorry. I said the “S” word. It is all in your head, right? You can try all you want to fix mental problems: yoga, meditation, performance experts, etc., but it will not change the fact that your technique is leading to “hosel rockets.” The shanks are a technical problem that make hitting golf shots a mental battle. So the solution should be easy, right? The technical problem becomes so bad that we start hitting shanks, and mental boundaries make the road to recovery a lengthy process. However, we must first solve the technical problems. ... Read More »

Patriot Golf Day at Hideaway

Patriot Golf Day winning team, from left: Jane Demler, Sally Crow, (Todd Elliott, golf pro), John Demler and Chuck Crow.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org On Saturday, March 12th Hideaway Beach Club hosted the 2nd Annual Hideaway Beach Club Patriot Golf Day. Hideaway and many clubs around the nation raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation by running Patriot Golf Days throughout the year. The mission statement of the Folds of Honor Foundation is written as such: Honoring Their Sacrifice, Educating Their Legacy. Of the one million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly nine out of 10 do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. Folds of Honor seeks to meet this need by providing annual ... Read More »

Marco’s Hilton Earns Four Diamond Rating, Again

The Hilton’s dedicated staff is instrumental in maintaining its Four Diamond Rating.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Since 1999, the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa has received the esteemed AAA Four Diamond Rating. That’s 17 consecutive years of quality resort management and hospitality. This year was no different. On March 2, AAA representative Douglas Harper presented the hotel staff with the coveted plaque, acknowledging their hard work and dedication to providing guests with a one-of-a kind vacation experience. “We have exceptional resort staff and I am very proud to be a part of this great team,” said Hilton General Manager Mac Chaudhry. “Our goal is to exceed our guests’ expectations. Each ... Read More »

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Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As a kid, I spent the majority of my spare time outdoors, playing sports. The main sports in those days at school were football, baseball and track. If it rained, you went into the gym and played basketball. If the coach was in a good mood, we got to play dodgeball! When we weren’t at school playing organized team sports, we were in the backyard or a vacant lot, playing football and baseball, or dodgeball, with our neighborhood buddies. There was no Pop Warner baseball, no youth football leagues, and the sport of soccer ... Read More »

Putt to the End Point

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Most golfers warm up for their round, and practice, on the greens by hitting 15-20 foot putts. I have a sense that many do this because they believe this is the best way to determine the speed of the greens that day. Practicing mid-range putts has little benefits. If you miss a 15-20 footer do you get feedback? Of course not! Even tour pros miss more 15-20 footers than they make. It is more beneficial to work on speed control without hitting to a hole in the putting green. Set up an alignment stick, or ... Read More »

YMCA Hosts Canadian Club

At the Y’s pool you can find Luca and Rocky Gurgenidze and Lisa Cottage-Ramnick practicing for Swim Florida.

By Gary Elliott The Greater Marco Island Family YMCA will host a tour and lunch for the Marco Island Area Canadian Club on Tuesday, February 23 from 11 AM to 1 PM. This event includes discovery tours of the Y’s facilities and programs, and a healthy lunch in the brand new Youth Development Center. In addition, Alma McDermott from the Southwest Florida Blue Zones Project will discuss this new initiative that promotes a heathier, longer and happier life. Steve Delisi, with NCH Healthcare System’s international billing, will discuss using Canadian Medical Emergency Travel Insurance Cards at NCH Healthcare facilities here ... Read More »

Cuba: From the Beach to the Mountains

The beach at Playa Ancón. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Trinidad, Cuba, featured in my last column, is situated between the Caribbean Sea to the south and the Escambray Mountains to the north. Our visit to Trinidad afforded us the opportunity to see both while staying at an all-inclusive resort. While it may not be held in as high esteem as the popular northern Cuban beach resorts of Varadero, Guardalavaca and Cayo Coco, we thought Playa Ancón was very attractive. A strip of land extending out into the Caribbean, Playa Ancón was developed after the 1959 revolution. Two and a half miles long, the off-white beach ... Read More »

Transfer the Energy

Photo 2: The Orange Whip Trainer, a great tool to develop proper energy loading on the backswing, and transfer of energy to the club head on the downswing.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Athletic ability sets the ceiling for a golfer’s potential. That ceiling can be changed through physical training. However, to get to that ceiling, or potential, a golfer must increase the skills required to play. There is nothing natural about being a good player. Good players work on their athletic ability, and their skills, and “talent,” is all earned. Beyond physical training, golfers need to work on skills, such as, how to hit the ground with the club head (and not any specific physical motion). As players develop skills through practice and playing golf, they become ... Read More »

Character and Thought Foundation To Host Benefit Featuring Special Olympian Loretta Claiborne

On Sunday February 21, Character and Thought Foundation will host a Project UNIFY Community Awareness Day featuring internationally known athlete and speaker Loretta Claiborne. The event is from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at North Collier Regional Park and will feature sports, games, music, Chinese auction, food, haircut-a-thon, and more! Everyone is welcome, and admission is free. Donations will be gladly accepted, with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics Florida – Collier County and Character and Thought Foundation. Ms. Claiborne, a Special Olympics athlete since 1970, is a world-class competitor who shares her life story with a heart-felt message of acceptance, hope, and tolerance. Born with ... Read More »

Character and Thought Foundation To Host Benefit Featuring Special Olympian Loretta Claiborne

On Sunday February 21, Character and Thought Foundation will host a Project UNIFY Community Awareness Day featuring internationally known athlete and speaker Loretta Claiborne. The event is from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at North Collier Regional Park and will feature sports, games, music, Chinese auction, food, haircut-a-thon, and more! Everyone is welcome, and admission is free. Donations will be gladly accepted, with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics Florida – Collier County and Character and Thought Foundation. Ms. Claiborne, a Special Olympics athlete since 1970, is a world-class competitor who shares her life story with a heart-felt message of acceptance, hope, and tolerance. Born with ... Read More »

Green Reading – Start Line

If using a line helps, do it. And if it doesn’t, don’t!

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Reading a green correctly can be difficult, especially on a course that we do not play every day. Reading greens can seem hard, even on our home course, if we are a golfer who struggles to visualize the break of the ball. There are green reading professionals and certifications that believe they have the best method to reading greens, such as a system called AimPoint. I am not AimPoint certified, but have learned some through their knowledge, third-hand. They have taken the scientific research of green reading, and turned it into a practical application while ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE

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Once a year the Knights of Columbus hold a nationwide fund raiser for those individuals that are physical and/or mentally challenged. This is better known as “The Tootsie Roll Drive”, where Knights stand up outside the various local businesses and give out tootsie rolls to children and adults alike. Most patrons put a small donation in a small metal can ranging from pennies to $100 dollar bills. This is done in all 50 States in over 3000 communities where Knights are present. Marco Island is blessed to have citizens with a big heart that always support this fund raiser, and ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement COLLIER COUNTY

Lieutenant Sushil along with Officers Kleis, Lugg, Polly, Reams and Reith participated in a multi-agency Flex-Op with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.  The operation focused on safe driving, speed enforcement, resource protection and drug interdiction in the Panther Zones located on State Road 29 and along I-75.  Collier County Sheriff’s Office provided units from multiple districts, along with support from their K-9 and Aviation teams.  The operation was a huge success with a total of 11 citations issued, 59 written warnings and 3 physical arrests being made. Officers Araujo and Barringer attended a United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla meeting.  ... Read More »

Year Round Entertainment

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COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Most organized sports have a season, which only last for a few months. Football in the fall. Baseball in the summer. College basketball, ending with the sweet sixteen and final four. Also, they are team sports and for the most part, they are played regionally. But tennis, along with golf and Formula 1 racing, are individual competition. They run year round and take place in fabulous and beautiful locations around the world. Now I know you are wondering, why am I associating these three sports in the same family. Even more so, you may be asking ... Read More »

Mental Mastery

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I have found the modern sports psychologist like to use the word “mastery” to encompass all that it takes to become really good at something. By studying these masters of performance we can understand the mental makeup it takes to achieve greatness. Personally, I have found the mental side of golf to be a roadblock in my path to improve. I believe for everyone mastering our own mental state while in pressure situation is an ongoing battle, because it has been proven that the brain is ever evolving throughout our entire life. Improving performance comes ... Read More »

Salute to Veterans: Sal Sciarrino

Platoon 114, Sal is third from right, second row. July 1946, Parris Island, S.C.

By Maggie Gust Sal Sciarrino served in the 23rd Regiment New York State National Guard in 1944, as well as U.S. Marine Air Corps Group 15, 1946 to 1952. Sal was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, but his father moved the family back to Brooklyn when Sal was very young. The East New York Section of Brooklyn was where he grew up. At age 13, Sal tried to join the military. School held no interest for him at that time and he felt that he was treading water as far as actual learning was concerned. His brother Anthony, older by five ... Read More »