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Family Golf Clinic: Young Guns Share Time with the Shark

Courtesy of the Naples Daily News

NAPLES, Fla. — After a 6-under 66 in the first round of play in the Franklin Templeton Shootout, PGA Tour stars Rickie Fowler and Bud Cauley joined golfing legend Greg Norman at the driving range at Tiburón Golf Club for a family clinic.

Fowler and Cauley entertained the crowd, and Norman fielded questions from children in attendance.

"We have Rickie Fowler and Bud Cauley, two of the best swingers on the PGA Tour today," Norman said in an opening statement to the crowd.

Fowler and Cauley entertained a crowd of eager kids, hitting an array of shots that included a shot by Fowler that blasted through a Naples Daily News sign.

Friendly competition broke out between Fowler and Cauley, who hit two balls stacked on one another, and then two balls at a time.

Norman then fielded questions from the dozens of children in attendance. Questions ranged from Norman's favorite animal to if Norman has ever played with Ben Hogan, which got a laugh from the Shootout host.

After the kids were done asking questions, the Shark opened the floor to the adults watching. The adults asked more serious questions about the state of the game today and the changes that are coming, including the ban on anchored putters.

Norman then introduced Michael Zeigler, a six-time Remax world long drive finalist. Zeigler entertained with trick shots and even slammed a 350-yard drive with a 150 mph swing, compared to Fowler's club speed at 115 mph.

After the clinic, Fowler signed autographs for fans.

 

About Franklin Templeton Investments
Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN] is a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments. Franklin Templeton Investments provides global and domestic investment management solutions managed by its Franklin, Templeton, Mutual Series, Franklin Bissett, Fiduciary Trust, Darby, Balanced Equity Management and K2 investment teams. The San Mateo, CA-based company has more than 65 years of investment experience and over $844 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2013. For more information, visit franklintempleton.com.
About Tiburón Golf Club
Tiburón Golf Club, a WCI managed facility, featuring two Greg Norman-designed golf courses, was carved from 800 acres of prime southwest Florida real estate. The courses reflect Norman's appreciation for pristine natural settings and his passion for great golf. The Black and The Gold courses contain a combination of stacked sod-wall bunkers and tricky coquina waste bunkers. Certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International, Tiburón reflects a strong commitment to enhancing and protecting the natural resources.
About The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
The AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Four Star Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples is renowned for its exceptional personalized service, inventive cuisine and luxurious accommodations, with panoramic views of the adjacent Greg Norman-designed Tiburón Golf Club. The 295-room Mediterranean-style resort, ranked as one of the top hotels in the U.S. by U.S. New & World Report (2012) is home to a pair of 18-hole signature Greg Norman golf courses at Tiburón and is home to both the annual PGA TOUR Franklin Templeton Shootout, hosted in December and the LPGA's CME Group Titleholders Event, held in November. The Tiburón Golf Course complex is complete with the PGA TOURAcademy, recognized as one of the top academies in the country and the TaylorMade Performance Lab which unites the golfer and fitter with advanced technology to create the ultimate club fitting experience. January 4, 2012, marked the 10th anniversary of The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.
About Greg Norman Production Company
The Greg Norman Production Company (GNPC), a subsidiary of Great White Shark Enterprises, is a full service sports marketing company devoted to providing its clients with turn-key event management and consulting services.  GNPC is proud to operate the PGA TOUR-sanctioned Valero Texas Open, OHL Classic at Mayakoba and Franklin Templeton Shootout along with a variety of corporate and special events. GNPC prides itself on producing events and marketing initiatives that not only reflect the discerning standards of its namesake, but of its clients as well.

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Lee Patterson
Franklin Templeton Shootout
704-553-4790
lee.patterson@gwse.com

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