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Palm Coast Arts Foundation announces celebrity golf tournament in May

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by: Joey Pellegrino Staff Writer

Palm Coast Arts Foundation to host celebrity golf tournament

Famous golfers Nancy Lopez and Chi Chi Rodriguez will be the guest celebrity golfers for the Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s first charity golf tournament. Events kick off with the guest celebrities at a private reception for sponsors and PCAF members registered for the tournament on Sunday, May 10 at the Grand Haven Golf Club. Registered tournament players will be able to mingle with them at the club on Monday, May 11 where tournament play begins. A limited number of registrants will be able to participate in a ladies’ clinic with Nancy Lopez and her associates Tuesday, May 12 at the Palm Harbor Golf Course. 

“The response from businesses near and far has been overwhelming” said PCAF Trustee Mark Leo. “From the LPGA, PGA, Ahead USA, Leroy Neiman Foundation, to several Florida world-class golf resorts, sponsors have helped up bring these legendary LPGA and PGA golfers to Palm Coast. We are particularly excited to have two of the best goodwill ambassadors the game of golf has to offer join us for this charity tournament.” 

“Palm Coast was my first affiliation with a course and club during my young years of professional golf," said Nancy Lopez, winner of 48 LPGA tournaments and World Golf Hall of Fame inductee. "I owned a home there and Palm Coast was pretty much brand new. It was just a great new place and I enjoyed being a part of the community. So I am excited to come back to where many firsts started for me. I look forward to seeing the growth at Palm Coast and playing in this upcoming golf tournament."

“It’s truly an honor to join my good friend Nancy at this great event," said Juan Antonio “Chi Chi” Rodriguez, winner of 8 PGA Tour events and the first Puerto Rican to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. "I believe that everyone should do at least one good thing every day and this is my good thing.” 

Interested golfers and sponsors are encouraged to contact the Palm Coast Arts Foundation at 225-4394. More information can be found at

PETA awards Flagler sgt. for service to animals

Flagler County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Greg Tietje was awarded the PETA 'Top Animal Rescuers of the Year' award in recognition of his tremendous help in aiding animals in distress here in Flagler County.

Sheriff presents ‘Great Kids’ awards for December

Sheriff Rick Staly visited three local schools to present three exceptional students with awards for being “Great Kids” in December 2019.

WES Principal Dr. Crawford, Sheriff Staly, Yessenia’s grandmother and mother, Yessenia, and SRD Lima. Courtesy of FCSO

“In 2020, it’s time to put the spotlight on the students who are making good choices and setting a good example for their peers," Staly said. "That’s what the ‘Great Kid award’ is all about. I started this award in 2018 and it has enabled our agency to recognize some wonderful kids for doing great things in our community and their schools. We want them to know that we appreciate their hard work and that we are here to help them succeed in any way we can.”

Yessenia Rodriguez is a student at Wadsworth Elementary. During the Flagler County ALERT Training, Yessenia attended and asked intelligent, engaging questions that impressed SRD Lima. Her respectful, caring and courteous behavior was a great representation of the students at Wadsworth.

ITMS Principal Paul Peacock, Sheriff Staly, Myles, Mrs. and Mr. Lee, and SRD Cooper. Courtesy of FCSO

Myles Antonio is a student at Indian Trails Middle School and a member of the schools Junior Police Academy led by SRD Cooper. Myles is a committed, dedicated student who is a great role model to his peers and is always willing to help and offer his guidance.  He hopes to become a deputy sheriff in the future.

Gabe Gonzalez is a student at Matanzas High School. Gabe is a teacher’s assistant for his schools Criminal Justice Flagship Program. Gabe is also an ambassador for Matanzas and actively assists community members around campus. He displays many leadership qualities and encourages everyone around him to strive for excellence.  He is also involved in the Construction Tech Flagship and is thinking about becoming an engineer.

The recipients for the awards are nominated by Flagler County Sheriff’s School Resource Deputies and Flagler County Schools and are awarded on a monthly basis to one elementary, middle, and high school student.

Cmdr. Reynolds, SRD Champion, Sheriff Staly, Gabe, Mr. and Mrs. Gonzalez, Principal Jeff Reaves, SRD Landi, Sgt. Ragazzo, and Mrs. Barton. Courtesy of FCSO

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