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Lutgert College of Business in the News

This text and photo are from a story in the Fort Myers News-Press of November 21, 2013

FGCU student takes another positive step in a budding golf career

FGCU senior and intern at Estero Country Club at The Vines Warren Chappuis, left, with club head pro Lee Puddefoot. / Randy Kambic/Special to Coastal Life

FGCU senior Warren Chappuis has been learning golf course management skills as an intern at the Estero Country Club at The Vines for the last two years. Judging by his performance at the recent 12th annual Jones Cup PGA Golf Management event, he already knows his way around a golf course.

Of 19 participating colleges nationwide, the FGCU team of Chappuis, Austin Davenport, Luke Burbach, Anthony McNamara and Luke Edelman finished third behind the winning team from Ferris State University (Big Rapids, Mich.) and Florida State University at the tournament held at the PGA National Golf Club in Port St. Lucie on Nov. 5 and 6.

"We were all a little nervous beforehand," said Chappuis, who hails from Port Orange. "I was the only senior (on the team) and have played some events similar to this so I told them to just have fun and it worked. Everyone played well and the PGA was so gracious to us." Chappuis shot a 72 and 80 — as a whole, the FGCU team shot a combined 300 and 301, as the tourney counted the best four scores from all five players in each round.

With the goal of being a pro instructor, Chappuis will start another internship with the Suttie Golf Academy at TwinEagles Golf Club in Naples in December, and plans to graduate with a professional golf management degree next year. Lee Puddefoot, head pro at Estero Country Club, hates to see him go.

"It's been a great opportunity for him. He's been a jack of all trades — working inside, in operations, the pro shop; and outside, starting player groups, and much more. Versatility has been his middle name," Puddefoot chuckled.

The club has engaged FGCU interns for years and Puddefoot has tutored many as he was first assistant professional for six years before starting his new post last February. "Seeing them learn and then progress in their careers in whatever direction they take is so gratifying," he said.

While Chappuis enjoyed playing the Estero course during his internship (especially the 18th hole which he hails as "one of the best finishing holes in the area"), working with club members was his most rewarding experience. "Learning how to talk with so many different people is what I'll take away the most," he said. "It's all about helping people enjoy golf."

Beyond the Gates: The Quail Creek Country Club in North Naples will host a women's round robin tournament for players with a 4.0 U.S. Tennis Association ranking on Dec. 3 beginning at 9:30 a.m.; a Naples Pro League tournament on Dec. 4 starting at 5 p.m.; and a women's 3.5 round robin event on Dec. 5 at 9 a.m.

Patrick Kangwa, director of tennis at The Club at Rapallo at Coconut Point, Estero, and his brother Fred, director of tennis at The Forest Country Club in south Fort Myers, paired with Kerry Kendrick, director of tennis at Casa Ybel Resort, in Sanibel, and Christie Pollin, assistant tennis pro at the Colonial Country Club, Fort Myers, respectively, in a special exhibition as part of the annual Rapallo Fest on Nov. 2

Raptor Bay Golf Club's Director of Golf Ed Weber was recently named the 2013 South Florida PGA Merchandiser of the Year in the resort category. Weber, who has been with the Bonita Springs club for 12 years, has also served on the FGCU PGA Golf Management Advisory Board since its inception and helped found the WCI Junior Golf Foundation which he serves as director. It has awarded more than $240,000 in scholarship funds to Southwest Florida high school students.

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