The roster has finally been completed and all 36 players bring with them a list of very impressive accomplishments. Each player was invited to play in the Sixth Annual BallenIsles Junior Cup, some for their second and third time; one player is actually joining us for the fifth time. As we prepare for the kickoff event, tomorrow's Pairings Party, each player is anticipating the announcement of which team he or she will join and which players they will team up with and play against. One thing we know for sure is that the competition will be tough this year and we are looking forward to seeing it play out. Learn more about the competitors below and view their photos on Facebook.
Austin Aliff, age 16, joins us for the second time from Vero Beach, Florida. He attends Indian River Charter High School and is the three time winner on the SFPGA Junior Tour.
Zach Bariso, age 18, joins us for the third time from Boca Raton, Florida. He attended Boca Raton High School and will go to Lynn University in the fall. Zach was selected every year to the All Broward County Team from 2012 through 2015.
Robert Beck Fox, age 17, joins us for the second time from Vero Beach High School and has set the record in school for a low round with an impressive score of 65.
Fred Biondi, age 15, will be playing with us for the first time this year, from Port Saint Lucie where he attends Morningside Academy. Fred was the winner of the 2016 Florida State Boys Junior Championship.
Jillian Bourdage, age 14, also joins us for the first time this year. She attends American Heritage School and comes from Tamarac. Jillian was recently selected to the 1st Team All Conference for Broward County.
Jack Braverman, age 16, is playing his second Junior Cup this year from Boynton Beach, where he attends Spanish River High School. Jack previously won an SFPGA event at West Bay Club.
Justin Burkhamer, age 16, attends Jensen Beach High School and is from Palm City. This year he holds a 73.5 scoring average and is currently ranked the fifth player in the SFPGA standings.
Kade Cannon, age 14, is playing his first Junior Cup from Plantation. He attends The Sagemont School and recently was awarded the 2016 Gold Coast Platinum Tour Player of the Year.
Taylor Caradonna, age 15, from Boca Raton attends Spanish River High School and was the runner up finisher at the Titleist Junior Championship.
Nicole Cee, age 14, from Port Saint Lucie, attends the Club Med Academies and recently qualified and competed in the FSGA Girl's Junior Amateur Championship.
Serina Combs, age 17, is from Greenacres and attends Park Vista High School. She was the winner of the 2015 SFPGA Junior event at Jonathan's Landing.
Carter Dalili, age 14, is playing his first Junior Cup from Vero Beach High School. Carter was the 2014 winner of the US Kids World Championship.
Jenna Fonda, age 14, is from Wellington and attends The Benjamin School. Jenna was a medalist at the Optimist International Qualifier this June.
Sabrina Fonda, age 16, also joins us from The Benjamin School and was selected in 2015 to the Palm Beach Post and Sun Sentinel All Area First Team.
Hannah Foster, age 15, comes from Hobe Sound and also attends The Benjamin School. She was the winner of the 2016 SFPGA Skimp Belt Championship.
Luke Gifford, age 16, from Boca Raton has verbally committed to University of South Florida and was the winner of an FJT event at Seminole Golf Club.
James Greco, age 17, comes from Parkland and attends Saint Thomas Aquinas High School and was a recent winner of an SFPGA event at Ocean Reef Club.
Christian Hance, age 18, joins us from Florida Virtual School and Delray Beach. Christian was the winner of the 2015 SFPGA event at Hunter's Run.
Isabel Herrera, age 16, is from Wellington and attends the American Heritage School. Isabel was the winner of the 2016 AJGA Preview Event at Innisbrook.
Grant Horvat, age 17, joins us for his first Junior Cup from Stuart, Florida where he attends South Fork High School. Grant was the 2015 winner of the District High School Championship for South Fork.
Chris Lee, age 13, is our youngest player this year, from Loxahatchee. He attends Morningside Academy and and qualified this year for the Optimist Internationship Tournament.
Jeffrey Liss, age 14, comes from Port Saint Lucie where he attends Club Med Academies. Jeffrey qualified for the 2016 Optimist Junior Championship.
Shyanne Lovan, age 18, is from Wellington and attended American Heritage School. She is going to Rollins College in the fall and is a two-time winner on the SFPGA Junior Tour.
Ford Malmin, age 19, from West Palm Beach attended Kings Academy and plans on going to Samford University. He was the winner of his High School district's Championship.
Trey Meadows, age 16, is joining for his second Junior Cup from Vero Beach where he attends Saint Edwards School. He had a runner up finish at his District Finals.
Taylor Morgan, age 18, is from Coconut Creek and attended Monarch High School. Taylor will attend Eastern Florida State College and was the first female in her high school to qualify for State Championship.
Anthony Muttillo, age 16, from Boca Raton attends Boca Raton High School and has a verbal commitment to the University of South Florida. He was a winner of an FJT event at Saint Lucie Trail.
Sarah Noonan, age 17, joins us for her second Junior Cup from Vero Beach High School. She will be attending Georgia Southern University and is the District 16 FHSAA champion.
Tyler Pham, age 16, is from Pembroke Pines and attends The Sagemont School. Tyler helped his school win the 2015 District Tournament for the first time in Sagemont's history.
Jordan Reeves, age 18, is from Lake Worth and attended Park Vista High School. He will be going to Tennessee Wesleyan College in the fall and was the 2015 SFPGA Champions Tour Player of the Year.
Brett Roberts, age 14, joins us from Coral Springs where he attends Sawgrass Springs Middle School. Brett was the 2014 and 2015 SFPGA Challenge Tour Player of the Year.
Joseph Storey, age 16, is from Delray Beach and attends Spanish River High School. He recently qualified and competed in the AJGA event in Southwick, Massachusetts.
Samuel Thomas, age 15, is a Palm Beach Gardens local and attends Kings Academy where he is a member of the Regional Champion Varsity Golf Team.
Katie Williamson, age 19, joins us from Boca Raton and is on scholarship to Florida Gulf Coast University. Katie is the winner of the Bob Toski Open at Saint Andrews Country Club.
Fletcher Wunderlich, age 15, attended Port Saint Lucie High School and was the winner of the FCWT event at Saddlebrook Golf Club.
Matthew Youngblood, age 18, attended South Fork High School in Stuart and will be going to the University of North Florida this fall. Matthew qualified and had a top ten finish at the SFPGA Junior Championship.
Members are welcome to join the many onsite activities available at BallenIsles Country Club this Fourth of July in Palm Beach Gardens. For additional details on any of the events or pricing information, please call the Club at 561-622-0220. If you are not currently a member at BallenIsles, but interested in learning how to join the Club and take part in these lifestyle activities, please feel free to schedule your own private tour by clicking here.
JULY FOURTH MIXER
An annual game of golf to start the day will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 am. Breakfast is available prior to start time and lunch will be served following play. Members, please log in and sign up on ForeTees if you are interested in participating.
FOURTH OF JULY LUNCHES
Special July 4th lunches will be available in two onsite locations with a Lunch Buffet in the Main Dining Room and a Bistro A La Carte Lunch. Both are open from 11 am until 2:30 pm.
INDEPENDENCE DAY BBQ DINNER BUFFET
Bring the whole family and enjoy a classic July 4th BBQ buffet from 3 - 7 pm at Bistro 105. Guests are welcome and activities include a DJ, face painter, balloon artist and Uncle Sam Stilt Walker! Please call Clubhouse Reception to secure reservations.
Let’s face it, golf practice ranges are not historically user friendly-- limited space, lack of assistance, closings to heal turf… but BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens is changing all that. Their dedication to enriching the golf experience at the Club is bringing some exciting new enhancements added during the last 90 days.
1. A Short Game Concierge has been introduced to work on the range. There are at least two of these professions who walk up and down the line of members and guests practicing their game. Their purpose is to provide complimentary golf tips/instruction for those seeking a tweak or just simple conversation. Members have been enjoying the added accessibility of the professionals instead of having to book a tee time for any coaching. The rapport between members and professions also makes for an easy transition to booking lessons when desired.
2. In an attempt to blend fitness elements into the game, the Short Game Concierge can also help with proper stretching exercises. Being limber can actually improve a game and helps to avoid strained muscles, such as in the lower back. There is a stretching station on the practice range for easy accessibility.
3. New permanent golf mats were also recently installed. This affords the Club the opportunity to keep the practice range open year round without a closing period to heal the turf. The new mats actually have slits integrated into the pad so that tees may easily be used vs. the typical rubber tee you often see at some courses.
4. Daily demo days have been added for the convenience of testing out different clubs. Most clubs have designated demo days to try new products, but BallenIsles offers demos 7 days a week. There is a professional at the demo station from 8 am to 5 pm to assist with questions, loaner check outs and swing instruction. Most of the clubs are also stocked onsite allowing members to immediately take the club and play with it, avoiding the typical lengthy order period.
5. Cover Shots have also been added to the range which help to eliminate the sun coverage while members practice. The coverage provides members the opportunity to practice more often year-round and in shade.
“At BallenIsles, we strive for staff/member interaction and engagement which is at the forefront of what we do on a daily basis. This allows my team to provide the highest levels of service and anticipate our member needs. Golf is one of our most popular amenities and we are always looking to enhance that experience.” Chris Card - General Manager/COO
As BallenIsles continues to innovate and find new ways to add value to enhance members’ experiences, we invite you to come out for a personal tour of the three championship golf courses and see for yourself what makes this Club and its three championship courses the place you want to be. Schedule your tour today.
It’s that time of year again! We’re very excited to host the sixth annual BallenIsles Junior Cup on July 16th and 17th on the legendary East Golf Course. This invitation-only tournament challenges 36 of the area’s most accomplished junior golfers, both male and female, ranging from ages 11 to 19. The tournament will be held as a Team Match Play event, Ryder Cup format where two teams play matches against each other to obtain points.
Festivities will kick off on Friday, July 15th at the Pairings Party where players will be introduced and teams will be announced. All participants will receive golf bags, uniforms, golf balls and an extra gift. Following the food and drinks there will be a Srixon/Cleveland Demo Day.
Members are invited to join us to support these talented junior golfers; feel free to follow along in your carts or walk close to the cart path throughout the course. More details are forthcoming, but in the meantime, visit our BallenIsles Junior Cup Facebook page for the latest details related to the event. If you plan to attend any of the matches, please check-in with the Golf Shop to receive a copy of the Itinerary and Golf Cart Spectator Rules. We look forward to seeing you there! If traveling, be sure keep updated on the BallenIsles Junior Cup Facebook page as the event approaches and for scoring information. Players will also be announced on Facebook. May the best team win and good luck to all who are participating.
Anthony Muttillo of Boca Raton, Age 16
Austin Aliff of Vero Beach, Age 16
Brett Roberts of Coral Springs, Age 14
Hannah Foster of Hobe Sound, Age 15
Jack Braverman of Boynton Beach, Age 16
James Greco of Parkland, Age 17
Jillian Bourdage of Tamarac, Age 14
Jordan Reeves of Lake Worth, Age 18
Katie Williamson of Boca Raton, Age 19
Robert Beck Fox of Vero Beach, Age 17
Samuel Thomas of Palm Beach Gardens, Age 15
Sarah Noonan of Vero Beach, Age 17
Serina Combs of Greenacres, Age 17
Shyanne Lovan of Wellington, Age 18
Trey Meadows of Vero Beach, Age 16
Tyler Pham of Pembroke Pines, Age 16
Zach Bariso of Boca Raton, Age 19
If you’re seeking a freshly shaken and stirred tropical libation on these hot summer days, The Palm Beaches feature a dazzling array of craft cocktails to wet your whistle. The area’s culinary scene is sizzling with fresh flavors, and skillful mixologists are showcasing their talents with inventive drinks.
Salute Market in Palm Beach Gardens has made a name for itself as a restaurant, liquor store and boutique market that prides itself on having a “Napa Valley meets Palm Beach” feel. Beverage Director and Mixologist Angela Santo Domingo said The Flying Fig is one of the restaurant’s most popular cocktails. “We were looking to create a drink that’s full bodied, but very easy to drink.” “Our chef makes the house-made fig simple syrup, and we use sweet vermouth, the Buffalo Trace bourbon, and then top it with black walnut bitters.”
For visitors who seek a Florida-esque libation, Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach features a Pineapple Smash cocktail, the best version of a piña colada. Jason Lakow, general manager for the posh restaurant explains, “It’s made with two different kinds of tropical rums—Stiggins Plantation Pineapple and Oak & Palm Coconut.” “You’ll also taste almond syrup and John Taylor’s Velvet Falernum. This unique liqueur combines flavors of lime, almond, vanilla, ginger, and clove. The finished drink is refreshing, spiced and tastes like you are biting into a pineapple — exactly what you want to be drinking when you come to The Palm Beaches.”
Jové Kitchen & Bar
Palm Beach is home to another exceptional cocktail. Mixologist Nathan Belovitch of Jové Kitchen & Bar at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach created the resort’s most highly-requested cocktail. It’s called in honor of him: “Nate’s Guest.” The drink, made with Tito’s vodka, Pomegranate juice, muddled basil and blueberries, packs a flavorful punch. “It’s a refreshing beverage, clean and perfect for our year-round al fresco weather,” said Belovitch. “The basil is straight from our own bartenders’ garden, located right outside of Jové Kitchen & Bar. The herb gives the drink a fresh flavor.”
For members of BallenIsles, they don’t have to go far for a delicious cocktail. BallenIsles has five dining options with two specific bars perfect for a tasty libation. Harry’s Bar, located just off the Clubhouse lobby, is the perfect spot for members to meet friends after a round of golf or set of tennis or enjoy a cold beverage and appetizers as you unwind while overlooking the historic East Course at The 19th Hole bar. All of the drinks are made with fresh ingredients and each mixologist can create your favorite drink or let them create something special just for you.
BallenIsles Country Club is situated right in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens and just minutes from everything you want to be a part of including these tasty cocktails. Just six miles to the beach, minutes from world-class shopping, dining, history, and entertainment you can’t find a better location. Not to mention, all of this is in the beautiful Florida weather. Take a minute to schedule your private tour today and find out what you’re missing.
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