Terrie Purdum

Growing the great game of golf, giving young, and beginner Golfers a sense of comfort on the course.

Publishing charity golf events, and giving sponsors the kick they deserve for participating in tournaments that make a difference, and change people’s lives.

Anything to support ANY Military golf events and, showing gratitude, for the men and women dedicated to serving our country.

Making golf fun, being a rebel visionary with a very traditional game, and assisting all the PGA, GCSAA, in getting the consumer educated, and being included in the ONLY regional Golf Magazine to survive in the south since 1999.

Oh, yeah, dancing in the full moon light.

Shannon Coates

Editor-in- Chief

Shannon Coates was born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL. She moved to Oviedo, FL 20 years ago.

Wife to Kenny Coates and mother of Madison Coates, she spends most of her free time watching Madi play volleyball. She has also been a member of the Oviedo Woman’s Club since 2012.

It was June 2002 when she read a “Help Wanted” ad in the newspaper and her fate was forever sealed with Terrie Purdum and the motley crew of Golf Central Magazine (Florida Golf Central Magazine at the time). Since then, it’s been rollercoaster of well-timed obscene jokes and spewing drinks through her nose with no end in sight.

In 2015 she helped Terrie launch www.turflife.club. A lifestyle brand saluting all things turf, whether you play on it, grow it, or mow it.

Shannon can be reached at Shannon@golfcentralmag.com

Melahn

Melahn Cable

Melahn was born in Orlando (a true Native!), grew up in College Park, and has remained in the Central Florida area her entire life. After attending UCF for a short stint, putting her love of horses in the forefront pursuing a degree in Equine Genetics, she acquiesced to the fact that math was not her strong suite, and decided to go with her second love, graphic design. She has been a professional Graphic Designer for over 25 years.

Melahn’s interests range from horses, to photography, to quilting, and she can be seen on most weekends out and about enjoying the local music scene (and often onstage, singing with the band). Melahn is also an avid reader, and enjoys creative writing.

Nafanua Marlowe

Nafanua Marlowe was raised in Florida and grew up following her dad on the golf course, where her love for the game started.

Nafanua started working as Turf Life’s Social Media Manager in 2023 and became a correspondent in 2024 while she pursues her sports marketing degree.

When she’s not tagging golfers in Turf Life’s Instagram stories, she spends time with her Husband Greg and their son at the range, baking cakes, or beach bound for as much time in the sun as possible.

Nafanua Marlowe Bio Photo

Jay Golden

Jay Golden, PGA, has taught and coached golfers from every age group and skill level ranging from children to Tour Players. Although students differ in skill, athletic ability and personality, his goal always stayed the same: TO SHOOT LOW SCORES.

Additionally, GolfWorld Magazine coined the title of an article “Jay Golden: Golf’s True Renaissance Man” which can now be seen on the Golf Digest website. This is in relation to Golden combining his interests, hobbies and skills with this great game. His humor, art, poems, songs, articles, books, trick-shot shows, screenplays, TV appearances, cartoons, DVD’s and YouTube videos, are examples.

Golden says, “I hope to ignite an interest for you to combine YOUR interests, hobbies and skills with golf to enhance your enjoyment of the game you love.”

Tony Leodora

Throughout a long journalistic career, Tony Leodora has been a national award-winner at every level … as a newspaper columnist, as a golf magazine writer, columnist and editor, as a syndicated radio show host and, now, as host of the award-winning Traveling Golfer television show.
Born in Philadelphia, he now lives in Nokomis, Florida – in the golf-rich area just south of
Sarasota.
His latest quest finds him closing in on playing his 1,000th golf course – and he has the scorecard from every one of them.
His love of golf course architecture has led him to working closely on projects with architects Arnold Palmer, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones, Ron Garl, Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, Ron Pritchard, Roger Rulewich and Ed Shearon.
Tony Leodora

Mike May

Mike May is a freelance golf writer based in Wellington, Florida. Mike, a frequent golfer and travel writer, is the editor-in-chief of the Indiana Golf Journal, a correspondent for Golf Central Magazine, a senior writer for Team Insight Magazine, a contributor to Midwest Golfing Magazine, and a correspondent for both the Michigan and Ohio Golf Journals. He is also a member of the Golf Writers Association of America.
Mike traces his roots as a golf writer to the 1983 (British) Open Championship which was held at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club near Southport, England. He attended all four days of the event and then voluntarily wrote his own account of that major championship.
In addition to being a golf writer, Mike is a broadcaster for high school sports in Florida, officiates high school soccer in Florida, and works in the scoring division of R2 Innovative Technologies, which implements and oversees scoring at LPGA golf tournaments.
As an avid exercise enthusiast, he also serves on the board of directors of PHIT America that is focused on bringing daily P.E. back to all U.S. schools. Mike is a 1985 graduate of the University of Florida where he earned a degree in broadcasting. Mike can be reached on email at: mmaymarketing@gmail.com

Anthony Williams

Anthony L. Williams, CGCS, CGM, MG is a 38-year veteran of the golf/green industry working for world class brands such as Marriott, Renaissance, TPC and Four Seasons. He is currently a Regional Director of Agronomy for Invited Clubs based in Dallas, Texas. Williams’s is most noted as an award-winning environmental steward, author and speaker from Indian Creek, Georgia. His accolades include Georgia GCSA Golf Course Superintendent’s Hall of Fame inductee, GCSAA Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGA) Triple Crown winning all three national categories, Resort (2005), Public (2006) and Private (2017) and two Overall Champion awards (2006, 2017).

His advocacy work was rewarded with the 2014 GCSAA Excellence in Government Relations Award and in 2010 he won GCSAA’s highest environmental honor the President's Award for Environmental Stewardship. He was also recognized by the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association as their Environmental Communicator of the Year.
Williams enjoys martial arts and archery in his free time. He is a 9th degree black belt and 2001
inductee into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Greg Corbo

Prior to graduating the Golf Academy of America (Orlando, 1999), Greg met Terrie Purdum and joined Florida Golf Central Magazine where he was a welcome addition in the magazine’s first year of publishing and eventually served a role as Managing Editor. Greg’s experiences at FGCM thrusted him into a career of newspaper journalism serving as Sports Editor for The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, N.C., and The Montclair Times, Montclair, N.J. Other than straight sports reporting, his duties included photography, pagination and strong headline writing at both publications where he earned Press Association awards at each stop.

Greg is still very active in the game of golf as a professional caddie (Professional Caddies Association, 1999) serving members and guests on weekends at prestigious private clubs in the Northeast such as Lancaster Country Club, Lancaster, P.A., Essex County Country Club, West Orange, N.J., and Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.

In 2008, Greg organized an annual 911 Be A Hero For Zero Memorial Caddie Walk where him and other fellow caddies walk over 20 miles with bags of clubs from West Orange N.J., into Ground Zero Manhattan to honor victims that were members of golf clubs in the greater Northern New Jersey area. Greg has lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania since August of 2010 working as a Quality Assurance Engineer for Williams Forrest – a digital product agency. Greg also keeps in touch with his passion for photojournalism by doing freelance work for sidelinechatter.com. A graduate of Lycoming College (1997) Williamsport, P.A., Greg is also the proud founder of Lycoming Lacrosse (1995).

Joel Jackson

Joel D. Jackson, CGCS Retired: I was born and raised in Tampa, FL. Graduated with the Charter Class of the University of South Florida in 1964 with a BA and a major in Geology.

I enlisted in the U. S. Coast Guard OCS program and served as an Admin Officer at Base Miami Beach as the Operations Officer on the Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock, a 180 ft. Buoy Tender that covered the east coast of Florida from Miami to Cape Kennedy. My final post was as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard LORAN Station on South Caicos Island.

My golf course maintenance experience began in the 1960’s working on construction and maintenance of the Apollo Beach GC near Tampa. In the early 1970’s, I worked on some projects as an assistant for golf course architect William H. Dietsch, Jr.

In 1974 I began a career at Walt Disney World, which would span 20 years. I left briefly from 1988-91 to work with Arnold Palmer as he developed the Isleworth G&CC.

I returned to Disney in 1991 as Superintendent at the Osprey Ridge GC and then the Magnolia Course. Finally in December 1997 I retired with 20 total years of service with Disney.

I had also been active in the Florida GCSA and beginning in 1990 I served as the editor of the chapter’s Florida Green magazine until 2013. In 1998 I also took on the role of Communications Director and eventually Executive Director until my retirement in 2013.

In 1998, Pat Jones asked if I would like to write for Golfdom Magazine. I accepted and have been a regular Contributing Editor ever since. In 2017, I asked current Editor-in- Chief Seth Jones if I could continue to write, but on a part-time basis.

Rick Harris

In Loving Memory

Rick Harris was born in White Plains, New York on August 25th, 1930. He moved to Jacksonville, Florida in March 1947. After graduating from high school he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in October 1948. He served during the Korean War and was discharged in October 1952. Using the G.I. Bill, he enrolled in the University of Florida in September 1953 and graduated with a business degree in August 1956. After 15 years in the insurance industry he returned on a part time basis as a student to the University of West Florida in Panama City, Florida while working as a teacher in a private school.

Rick earned two master degrees in Psychology, and Administration and Supervision. He spent 19 years as a school psychologist in Monticello and Orlando, Florida until He retired in August 1992. During that time he also worked part time as an area golf director running golf tournaments for Golfweek magazine.
Also, while in Orlando from 1979 to the present Rick started the Ventura Golf Association (VGA); served as a member and was president twice of the Amateur Golfers of Orlando (AGO); and in 1994 he started the Senior Amateur Golfers Association (SAGA). He has lived at Ventura Country Club for the past 36 years.

Rick also began working on a part time basis as a writer for the Florida Golf Central magazine in 2000 owned by publisher Terrie Purdum.

Rick has been retired for the past 25 years while working part-time as a golf director, writer, and author of a book while playing golf 1-2 times weekly. Over the years Rick has participated in and won many golf tournaments culminating in a 10th place finish out of three thousand plus golfers in the 2005 World Amateur Golf Tournament in Myrtle Beach. Currently Rick and Betty enjoy visiting with their 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

Cheryl Anderson

-Teacher of the Year

-PGA of Mike Bender Golf

Bill Filson

-PGA Golf Professional of the Year

-PGA of Royal St. Cloud
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