Golf spotlight

Jared Isaacs captures Fort Lauderdale Open by a shot

 

Special to The Miami Herald

The tournament is called the Fort Lauderdale Open, but don’t let that fool you: Many of the best golfers — and not just from Fort Lauderdale but from all over South Florida and elsewhere — compete in it.

Some 140 golfers tee it up, and many of them are Florida’s top club professionals.

The dream of a PGA career might be gone for most of them, but the dream of performing well on a golf course and in a tournament will never be gone.

A smiling Jared Isaacs, who works as a teaching pro for the Jim McLean Golf School at Doral, walked away with the Open title Tuesday, shooting a 2-under-par 70 on Monday followed by a 1-over 73 in difficult, windy conditions on Tuesday at Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale.

“There are about four big tournaments for club professionals and this is one of them,” said Isaacs, 41. “This was a big one for me to win.”

Prior to last year, the two-day event was called the Southeast Classic.

One stroke back of Isaacs at 144 were John Lee, Frank Dobbs, Alan Morin, and Paul Scaletta with Lee also winning the senior title.

“A lot of the guys struggled Tuesday with the wind,” said Isaacs, who played a lot of hockey and baseball growing up before deciding golf was his future. “I busted up my ankle playing hockey a few years back, so that ended that.”

Isaacs is extremely comfortable teaching golf.

“After all these years, a golf course is still a great office,” he said.

Isaacs had the usual dream of playing the professional tours, but after a few years of meandering on the West Coast Hooters Tour he decided that “teaching golf is my passion, and it’s a lot easier way to make a living.”

Isaacs has two kids, Reese, 4, and Jules, 2.

“That’s the best part of life right there,” he said.

Then he quickly added the second-best part of life.

“That would be golf,” he said. “That’s a good order to put them in.”

Tpc’s no. 17 strikes

Tiger Woods won The Players Championship on the TPC Course at Ponte Vedra Beach this past weekend, but another winner might be the famous No. 17 hole, usually described as the “Island Green.”

That’s a bit of a misnomer since the hole is technically a peninsula because there is a narrow walkway leading up to the green that keeps it from being completely surrounded by water.

That 17th hole cost Sergio Garcia and Jeff Maggert a shot at beating Woods as they both had splashdowns (two for Sergio) there on Sunday. The par-3 hole played to a 3.247 average on the final day with 13 balls getting excessively wet.

Fun Fact (or not so much fun if you’re playing the hole): In the course of a typical year, 125,000 balls find the water on No. 17.

PUTTERING AROUND

A date for the golf tournament to benefit The Sports Society, an organization that supports women’s athletics, is being delayed because the course at Shula’s Golf Club is being refurbished. A new date has yet to be announced. Call Dr. Marge Wessel at 305-828-6419 for further information.

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