Athletes Will Compete in Skills Competition on July 26
(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) – SouthWood Golf Club – the award-winning public course at the heart of one of Tallahassee’s most comprehensively designed communities – will host the Special Olympics Leon County Golf Area Games on Saturday, July 26.
Special Olympics athletes from Leon County will compete at a variety of golf skills, including driving, iron shots, chipping and putting on SouthWood’s practice facilities. The top overall scorer will be eligible to advance to the state competition, held September 12-13 at Legends Golf and Country Club in Clermont, Fla.
Competition begins at 5 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 6:15 in the SouthWood clubhouse.
“We’re very proud to host this year’s Special Olympics Area Games, a wonderful opportunity for the athletes to showcase their golf skills,” says Mike Durst, Head Professional at SouthWood. “We look forward to a great day of fun and competition which everyone will enjoy.”
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. More than 2.25 million Special Olympics athletes compete in some 150 countries.
Managed by Billy Casper Golf, SouthWood annually hosts the Tallahassee Amateur Championship and serves as a home to the Florida State University men’s and women’s golf teams. For more information about SouthWood, visit www.southwoodgolf.com.
About SouthWood Golf Club
Designed by PGA Tour star Fred Couples and renowned architect Gene Bates, SouthWood Golf Club is among the region’s most-acclaimed courses. Highlighted by stands of stunning, Spanish moss-draped oak trees, the 7,172-yard layout meanders over rolling hills, through wooded areas and open land. A course that tests Tour-quality players and provides an enjoyable experience for golfers of all abilities, SouthWood features five sets of tees on every hole. The 2,986-yard “Wee Tees” provide the ideal course set-up for juniors, beginners or players seeking to improve their short game. SouthWood Golf Club has garnered numerous honors since opening in November 2002. Most recently, the course was ranked one of the “Top 50 Courses for Women” by Golf For Women and named among the Top-10 layouts of the new millennium by Travel + Leisure Golf. SouthWood was also named to Golf Digest’s list of “America’s Best New Courses,” selected by GOLF Magazine as one of the top 35 public courses – out of 325 nationwide – to open in 2002, and named Tallahassee’s best golf course by Tallahassee Magazine.
About the SouthWood Community
SouthWood is a mixed-use community in Tallahassee, Florida, where residents can live, learn, work and play. The community sits on 3,300 acres of graceful rolling hills lined with moss-draped oaks and over 1,000 acres of community-wide interconnected green space, including numerous lakes, parks and wetlands and a 123-acre Central Park and Lake. Residential opportunities include apartments, town homes, and single-family homes, including custom-built homes. Miles of walking and biking trails wind throughout the community. In addition to the Fred Couples/Gene Bates-designed semiprivate golf course, SouthWood features a Community Center with pools, an Education Village providing lifelong learning opportunities and a vibrant Town Center at the heart of the community. An abundance of wildlife creates an ever-changing landscape for birdwatchers and nature lovers.
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About Billy Casper Golf
Billy Casper Golf, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, was co-founded in 1989 by professional golf legend Billy Casper, the Masters and two-time U.S. Open winner who ranks seventh all-time with 51 PGA Tour wins. BCG serves its clients through three divisions: Billy Casper Golf, the full-service manager to golf-property developers, owners and public agencies; Buffalo Communications, the publicity, media-relations and marketing-communications agency representing many of the top brands in golf; and Buffalo Golf Trail, the customer-reward program providing consistent, high-quality experiences at BCG-managed properties nationwide.