| Special to The Post
Jeff Diamond calls himself golf’s undertaker.
But what he does with the game’s shafts, heads and balls that most players would either drown or bury is truly death-defying.
Hey, we are not talking artifacts and memorabilia here. You bent the shaft over your knee when you sliced the ball over yonder. And if you ever found the ball later, it would probably have a big smile across the trademark.
Or maybe that set of irons Santa Claus brought you 20 years ago is just worn out, or those persimmon woods are simply old.
No, don’t send them to recycling. Diamond will buy them, for cash even, and you won’t believe what he can make with them. He’ll send your old clubs to his shop in the Northwood section of West Palm Beach and if you ever see them again they will hardly be recognizable.
Here’s a barstool, a door knocker, coat hooks, carving set, grip lamp, tee time clock, tables of many descriptions, and all sorts of lighting, home furnishings, bottle openers, belt buckles, sculptures, medallions and 2,300 paper towel holders.
Diamond has been recycling old golf clubs for close to 20 years, at least 100,000 clubs a year, he estimates. He primarily sells wholesale to gift shops across the country and at trade shows such as the PGA Merchandise Show staged annually in Orlando.
And since 2004 he has been among the hundreds of exhibitors on and off Washington Road in Augusta, Georgia during Masters week.
Since there were no spectators at the most recent Masters, in November, because of the coronavirus pandemic, Diamond and a longtime friend, Jupiter attorney Charlie White, came up with a new scheme:
“Since there will be no patrons at the Masters this year,” they mused, “we will bring the Masters to the patrons.”
With help from the Turtle Creek Club, where Charlie and his wife Susan have been members since 1996, Diamond displayed examples of his work over the 2020 Masters weekend, along with some of White’s own collection of golf memorabilia. Hopefully, there will be even more to see at the 2021 Masters … and on site again.
For information on Diamond’s amazing efforts, go to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561-379-9367.
The end of the calendar year comes in the middle of the golf season in South Florida. Nevertheless, the calendar dictates the awards season for most golf organizations. Here are some of the winners for 2020:
Palm Beach County
Scott Turner, Stuart, open division; Ryan Howison, Jupiter, seniors; and Peter Metzler, Lake Worth, super seniors. All three also won in their respective divisions of the Tour Championship presented by Tiger Woods.
Turner, owner-operator of the Minor League Golf Tour, also won the County Amateur for the second year in a row. Howison, a former touring pro, won the County Senior Amateur and four other PBC tourneys. It was the second selection in three years for Metzler.
State of Florida: Tyler Strafaci, Davie, Player of the Year; Florida Women’s State: Megan Schofill, Monticello, Player of the Year.
South Florida PGA:
Alan Morin, The Falls CC, Lake Worth Beach, Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year; Victor Tortorici, Sailfish Point GC, Stuart, PGA Golf Professional of the Year; Lee Stroever, Emerald Dunes GC, West Palm Beach, PGA Professional Development Award; Pam Elders, Boca West CC, Boca Raton, Player Development Award; Mike McLellan, Indian Spring CC, Boynton Beach, Deacon Palmer Award; Mark Costaregni, Jim McLean GS, Coral Gables; Teacher of the Year; Tony Loyola, Carts4You, Bill Strausbaugh Award; David Armitage, LaGorce CC, Miami Beach, Youth Player Development Award; Evan Jones, Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, Assistant of the Year; Allen Manguson, Coral Oaks GC, Cape Coral, Patriot of the Year; Pete Byman, Srixon/Cleveland/XX10/Asics, Salesperson of the Year; and Merchandisers of the Year, Kenny Szuch, Orangebrook GC, Hollywood, public courses; Mike Schuette, Loblolly Pines, Hobe Sound, private clubs; and Bob Coman, Boca Raton Resort & Club, resorts.
PGA of America
Justin Thomas, Player of the Year; Webb Simpson, Vardon Trophy (scoring average); Ronny Glanton, Sherrill Park GC, Richardson, TX, Golf Professional of the Year; Mark Blackburn, Greystone CC, Birmingham, AL, Teacher and Coach of the Year; Dana Garmany, Troon, Scottsdale, AZ, Executive of the Year; Larry Dornisch, Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, OH, Bill Strausbaugh Award; Jim McLean, Jim McLean Golf School, Coral Gables, FL, Professional Development Award; J.P. Lunn, Fountain Head CC, Hagerstown, MD, Deacon Palmer Award; Christopher Runyan, GOLFTEC, Spokane, WA, Patriot Award; Rich Jones, Pine Ridge GC, Coram, NY, and Golf Galaxy, Bayshore, NY; Chris Thomson, Wilderness Ridge GC, Lincoln, NE; and Nebraska PGA Section, Herb Graffis Award.
Palm Beach County native Brooks Koepka was chosen PGA Tour Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America. Others honored were Scott McCarron, Champions Tour, and Jin Young Ko, LPGA.
Elsewhere in local golf
Only two Palm Beachers were among the top five in their respective age groups at the 38th annual Ralph Bogart Invitational, one of the three original tournaments of the Society of Seniors. Harry Cain of Boynton Beach shot 160, T-3 in the Super Grand Masters. In the Super Seniors, Peter Van Ingen, Palm Beach, was T-5 with 154. Playing the Crown Colony and The Forest courses in Fort Myers, the age group winners: Seniors, Rusty Strawn, McDonough, GA, 214; Super Seniors, Stephen Fox, Barboursville, WV, 147 (second year in a row); Legends, Peter McDade, Lakeland, 150; Grand Masters, Jim DuBois, Coral Springs, 155; and Super Grand Masters, Walt Martin, St. Augustine, 149.