FGCU to Host Celebrity Golf Fundraiser
Thursday, December 10, 2009

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s and women’s golf teams will host a Celebrity Golf Scramble Pro-Am Fundraiser on Monday, December 14, 2009. The event, which is being held at Miromar Lakes Beach Golf Club in Fort Myers, Fla., will feature instruction from FGCU’s men’s head coach Dr. Jim Suttie and PGA golf great Paul Azinger.

Dr. Jim Suttie is in his 9th season as the head men’s golf coach at Florida Gulf Coast University. Suttie, who serves as the director of Dr. Jim Suttie’s Training Centers at the Club at Twin Eagles in Naples and at Cog Hill Country Club in Lemont, Illinois, is considered one of the top golf instructors in the nation. An educational consultant to the National Golf Foundation, Dr. Suttie was honored as the 2000 National PGA Teacher of the Year and ranked No. 12 on Golf Digest’s 2004 list of America’s 50 Greatest Teachers. Also, he has been seen frequently on the Golf Channel and conducts numerous seminars for the PGA.

Paul Azinger, a resident of Bradenton, Fla. has been a professional golfer for more than 25 years. The four time U.S. Ryder Cup and President’s Cup team member has won 12 PGA Tour Championships in his career. Dr. Suttie coached Azinger while he was attending Brevard Community College in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Azinger and the other professionals donate their time and instruction to the Pro-Am because of their close personal relationship to Dr. Suttie and their commitment to supporting a successful golf program at FGCU.

In addition to Azinger, the event will feature Chip Beck, George McNeill, Mark Wilson, Derek Lamley, Kevin Streelman, and Jim McMahon. Beck has participated in over 600 PGA Tour events and won four PGA TOUR events in a career that has span nearly 30 years. McNeill, a native of Naples, Fla., has spent four seasons on the PGA Tour, accumulating eight top 10 finishes with a first place finish at the 2007 Frys.com open. Wilson has participated in over 185 events in his five-year professional career and has recorded first place finishes at the 2007 Honda Classic and, most recently, the 2009 Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun. Lamely, an alumnus of Florida Gulf Coast University has secured a PGA card for next season after clinching a top 25 finish on this year’s Nationwide Tour. With five career top 10 finishes, Lamely earned his most recent win at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in August. Streelman has four PGA tour seasons under his belt and has placed in the top 25 a total of six times. His most recent top five finish came at the 2009 Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun, where he tied for third. McMahon is most well known for his professional career on the gridiron. He played collegiately at Brigham Young University, where he was a two-time All-American and later in the professional ranks with the Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, and Green Bay Packers.

For additional information, please contact Butch Perchan at 239-590-7030.