Viewing entries tagged

PRESS RELEASE: Tampa Sports Authority Golf Courses celebrate GOLFTOBER to benefit Moffitt Cancer Center / Fish FRYdays also part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For Immediate Release Contact: Bobby Silvest


(Tampa, FL- Sept. 20, 2013) Celebrate Golftober during “Breast Cancer Awareness” month at Rocky Point, Rogers Park or Babe Zaharias Golf Courses and you could be helping find a cure for breast cancer. Join in the celebration by sponsoring a hole in memory of a loved one or in honor of a cancer survivor. The hole sign will be up the entire month of October and 100% of those proceeds go directly back to Moffitt Cancer Center. A single sponsorship is $ 100, or a hole sponsorship at all 3 courses for only $250. To find out how to sponsor a hole go to,

In addition,every time you play a qualified round at any one of these golf courses during the month of October, 20% of your round will be donated directly back to Moffitt Cancer Center. Go to for more details on how  to make your round count!

“ We are very proud to partner with Moffitt Cancer Center to raise money for such a worthy cause, “ said Kennie Sims, Vice President of Golf Operations for the Tampa Sports Authority, “we look forward to providing a enjoyable round of golf while raising funds and awareness for breast cancer.”

Tampa Sports Authority is also proud to announce that every Friday during the month of October, Tampa Bay Fisheries, Inc. is supporting Golftober by offering  “Fish  FRYdays” at each TSA golf course.  Every golfer will receive a complimentary entree of fish on the day of their round.

The Tampa Sports Authority manages Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and USF Bulls, as well as the 3 Tampa public golf courses. The Authority also serves as landlord to George Steinbrenner Field, spring home of the New York Yankees, and the Tampa Bay Times Forum, home of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tampa Bay Fisheries is a 20+ year company located in Dover, Fl outside of Tampa. With two production facilities, paired with USA and oversea production capabilities, TBF ships over 1.5 million pounds of product per week, making the company one of the largest private label breaded seafood manufacturers in the United States. For more information, go to

Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Since 1999, Moffitt has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. With more than 4,200 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact on the state of nearly $2 billion. For more information, visit,


For more information on GOLFTOBER, please go to


Free Round of Golf When Tickets Purchased at any TSA Golf Course TAMPA, FL – March 1, 2011—The First Tee of Tampa Bay introduces “Tickets Fore Kids” initiative by offering discounted tickets for the 2011 Transition Golf Championship. The tournament will take place March 14-20, 2011 at the Copperhead Golf Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, FL.

A national program, The First Tee of Tampa Bay, offers youth programs that focus on character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. The youth program is operated in conjunction with the YMCA and is housed at Rogers Park Golf Course. It is also supported at the other two Tampa Sports Authority (TSA) courses, Rocky Point and Babe Zaharias. Tickets can be purchased at any of the three TSA golf courses for a discounted rate of $30. Additionally, the TSA is giving away a free round of golf at one of the three TSA courses for every two tickets purchased to the Transition Golf Championship. Net proceeds will benefit the programs of the First Tee of Tampa Bay.

General admission tickets at full price can also be purchased at Ticketmaster, using the promo code FIRSTTEE. For more information, visit or call Kennie Sims at 813-350-6510.

Kennie Sims Director of Golf Tampa Sports Authority 813-350-6510

Joe Louis Barrow to Be Honored at National Black Golf Hall of Fame

Contact: John Simpson Michael CooperNational Black Golf Hall of Fame The First Tee 407.497.2233 (813) 960-0825

TAMPA, FL – February 24, 2011 – Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at the National Black Golf Hall of Fame as it celebrates its 25th year. The dinner and induction ceremony will be on March 5, 2011 at the Embassy Suites – USF, in Tampa, FL. The 2011 inductees will be Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., CEO of The First Tee; Rose Harper, golf industry entrepreneur and CEO of The Grass Ceiling; and Dr. Calvin Sinnette, physician, historian and author of Forbidden Fairways.

The mission of the National Black Golf Hall of Fame is “to recognize and honor the contributions of Black golfers for their skills and, to honor persons, regardless of race or ethnicity, who have done the most to promote golf in the Black communities.” Among the original class of inductees 25 years ago were James Black, Jim Brown, Arnold Palmer, Jim and Chuck Thorpe, and the late heavyweight champion of the world and golf enthusiast, Joe Louis Barrow. The organization was founded in 1986 by the late Harold Dunovant, the first African American to complete the PGA business school.

Barrow said: “I am humbled and feel it a privilege to be inducted in the National Black Golf Hall of Fame. The fact that it comes on the 25th anniversary of my father’s recognition makes it even more special. To be associated with the many Black pioneers of golf, individuals who have fought so hard to assure the game was ever present in our community, is an honor. This is a recognition of which I am deeply proud.”

Harper said: “It humbles me that I am even considered for the National Black Golf Hall of Fame. I am standing on the shoulders of so many before me that paved the way for African Americans in the golf industry.”

Sinnette said: “I am joining a very significant group of people in the United States who have contributed to the game of golf; and especially their involvement with African Americans and their contributions to golf. I feel greatly honored to be included in this group.”

The dinner and induction ceremony will be one of three significant activities under the umbrella of the Mid Winter Golf Classic. Other events in the celebratory weekend will include the Advocates Invitational Pro Tour and Mid Winter Amateur Golf Classic, March 5-6, 2011 at historic Rogers Park Golf Course. Proceeds from the weekend benefit The First Tee of Tampa Bay’s youth golf and academic programs.

This will mark the second season for the Advocates Invitational Pro Tour, a series of three events designed to identify talented golfers of color, and to ultimately increase the number of African American professionals on the PGA Tour. The pro series is sponsored by the Advocates USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mentoring and generating opportunities for African American individuals and communities.

It was at Rogers Park that minority golfers gathered and celebrated throughout the 1960s and ’70s. Then, the Mid Winter Open welcomed professional and amateur golfers of all nationalities, and gave them an opportunity to showcase their talents in a festive environment. The event was an important part of what was affectionately known as the “Chitlin Circuit,” a series of events sponsored by the United Golfers Association, an organization dedicated to African American golfers. The legacy of the Mid Winter Golf Classic continues, and its heritage will again be commemorated through these three important activities.

For more information contact John Simpson at 407.497.2233, or Mike Cooper at 813.960.0825; or visit


58th Annual City Amateur Medal Play Championship

TAMPA, FL, August 27, 2010— The 58th Annual City Amateur Medal Play Championship will be held at Rogers Park Golf Course on Saturday, October 30th through Sunday, October 31st. The tournament will consist of three divisions: the Tampa City Men’s amateur, Senior Men’s amateur and Ladies’ amateur. All amateur golfers are encouraged to sign-up by Sunday, October 24th at 12:00 p.m. Entries are limited to 120 players and may fill up before this date. Players will compete in a 36-hole stroke play for a $125 entry fee. This fee will include a courtesy practice round with a $15 cart fee. Tournament rounds include range balls, carts and a tee gift.

Amateur men and women should be at least 18 years of age or a high school senior with a verified handicap index of 18.0 or less. Senior amateur men that are 50 years of age or older with a verified handicap index of 18.0 or less may sign up for both the men’s division and the senior men’s division for $175. After Saturday’s round, the golfers will enjoy a lunch buffet in the Rogers Park clubhouse.

For more information, contact T.J. Heidel at 813-356-1670 or visit

Contact: T.J. Heidel

Rogers Park Golf Pro

(813) 356-1670