Central Station – September 2007

LPGA GOLFER ANNIKA SORENSTAM ANNOUNCES ENGAGEMENT TO MIKE MCGEE


ORLANDO– LPGA Hall of Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam and her boyfriend of two years, Mike McGee, were engaged on Saturday morning at their home in Orlando, Florida. They announced the news on Annika’s website, www.annikasorenstam.com.
“What a lovely surprise!” Annika said. “I’m as happy as I can be.” McGee added, “I’ve been carrying the ring around for a week, and it just seemed like the right time this morning. She was relaxing peacefully at home with her cats and I know that’s when she is most content.”
No plans have been made yet for a wedding date.
McGee, the son of former PGA TOUR golfer Jerry McGee, has served as Managing Director for the ANNIKA brand of businesses since Dec. 2006, when he relocated to Orlando.
Annika is the greatest female golfer of our generation, and often regarded as the best player in LPGA history. Her prestigious list of accomplishments includes her 2003 induction into the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame, ten Major Championships, 85 worldwide professional victories, eight LPGA Player of the Year Awards, and participation on seven Solheim Cup teams. Annika has worked hard on her off-the-course businesses, which include the ANNIKA Academy, the ANNIKA Foundation, the ANNIKA Collection with Cutter & Buck, numerous golf course design projects, tournaments she hosts on both the LPGA and Ladies European Tours and her website.

Only 18 Luxury Vila Homes Remain For Sale at Vilas at ChampionsGate Resort in Kissimmee


CHAMPIONSGATE, FL – Only 18 fully furnished luxury villa homes priced from the $600s remain for sale at The Villas at ChampionsGate Resort, the luxury community under development at I-4 and ChampionsGate Blvd. in Osceola County. Marc Reicher, senior vice president of operations at ChampionsGate, said two and three bedroom luxury villa homes range in size from 1,500 square feet of living space to 1,900 square feet.
Reicher said luxury amenities at The Villas at ChampionsGate Resort include all recreational amenities at the Omni Resort Hotel at ChampionsGate, including three award winning restaurants and a pedestrian-friendly shopping center.
“One of the unique benefits is the optional rental management program for the Villas operated by the Omni at ChampionsGate as an extension of the fourdiamond resort,” Reicher said.

VISIT FLORIDA Names Florida’s First Coast of Golf as Flagler Award Finalist


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FL– Florida’s First Coast of Golf, a not for profit corporation responsible for marketing Northeast Florida as a golf vacation destination, has been named a finalist in this year’s VISIT FLORIDA Flagler Awards competition.
Sponsored by VISIT FLORIDA and the Florida Commission on Tourism, the Flagler Awards program acknowledges the outstanding marketing achievements of the state’s tourism-related businesses, destinations, attractions, and other entities. Tourism marketing experts from across the United States judge the more than 200 entries in 15 categories.
“It’s very gratifying to have your efforts recognized by your peers,” explained David Reese, President, Florida’s First Coast of Golf. “I am very grateful for the hard work that our team put in to develop successful programs that are producing fantastic business results.”
Florida’s First Coast of Golf members include resorts, hotels, golf courses, convention & visitors bureaus and attractions from Amelia Island, Jacksonville, Clay County, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach, and Flagler County.

Royal Island, Bahamas to Feature First Jack Nicklaus Golf Club (Dallas, TX)



Cypress Equities, The Staubach Company, and Behringer Harvard, the developers of Royal Island, Bahamas, announced today they will team up with Jack Nicklaus and Nicklaus Design for the first ever Jack Nicklaus Golf Club, appropriately named The Jack Nicklaus Golf Club of the Bahamas. The Jack Nicklaus Golf Club was created as an exclusive access and reciprocity program for only 25 elite Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses located in ideal markets around the world. Royal Island is the first participating club worldwide selected by Jack Nicklaus and given this special designation. The entire eastern portion of Royal Island will be solely devoted to the golf experience and will include the clubhouse, golf course and Nicklaus Home. Additionally, The Club offers Founder Members reciprocity at other Jack Nicklaus Golf Clubs, as well as access to the Nicklaus Home established at each property for use by Jack Nicklaus, his family and other JNGC Founder Members worldwide.
Initial clearing for the 18-hole Signature Course and Golf Club began in mid-April. Since then, 13 holes have been cleared for the development and construction of the course. Jack Nicklaus has made two visits to Royal Island to work on the design.
In addition to the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club, Royal Island will include a deep-water marina with 200+ slips surrounded by a village with shops, cafes, customs and immigration office, emergency services and a captains’ club.
Major construction on the golf course will begin in the first quarter of 2008, with completion by fourth quarter, 2009