Koa the loggerhead makes it back to the sea
Koa the loggerhead makes it back to the sea
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Valentine Greetings 2024

Abacoa Golf Course • North Palm Beach Country Club
That Florida Sunshine Keeps on Keeping On...
Judy & Jay
Mary & Dick
Cynthia & Valerie
Mary finds her ball...

Valentine Greetings from Sunny Florida!

The Senior Golfers celebrated the sweet Valetine holiday in sunny southern Florida, enjoying the beautiful area of Jupiter in February of this year. The SGA event began with welcoming drinks on the garden alcove of the very luxurious Homewood Suites of Jupiter. Valued newcomers Valerie Nielsen and Mary Tebben, who traveled to Florida all the way from the Victoria, British Columbia, and Rochester, Michigan, were welcomed, and details were given for the week.

Golfers enjoyed both North Palm Beach Country Club, with its views of the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Abacoa Club, where water abounded. The Florida wildlife and its lush greenery on both courses were fabulous. After play, it was fun to take advantage of the many retail and dining spots in the Jupiter/Palm Beach Gardens area. A lovely Valentine's evening was spent at The Cooper, a charming and lively eatery. 

After the three sunny days of golf,  Judy Clarke was winner for the ladies. "I have been playing with SGA since 1994," said Judy. "My first event was at Samoset Resort in Maine, an absolutely wonderful and scenic spot. I was happy to introduce my husband, Dick Brown, to SGA, and he has loved the group, also. We are honored to have all of you here with us as we celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary on Valentine's Day. I am proud to be a winner and it has been an honor to have the group here in our area."

Winner for the men was Louisianan Jay Breaux.  "It was fun for Susan and me to be back in the Jupiter area," said Jay. "This was where we started our married life.  My first job was in Palm Beach Gardens, and we were able to visit some old friends who still are here in town."  Runners-up were Dick Brown and Mary Tebben. Appreciation prize went to Valerie Nielsen. Congratulations to all!

FYI --Northern Curly-Tailed Lizard
Cynthia & Susan
March 12, 2024: Koa makes his way back to the water 

The Loggerhead Center

A highlight for both golfers and FoGs was visiting the Loggerhead Marine Life Center (marinelife.org). 40 years ago,  Eleanor Fletcher became curious about the many sea turtle hatchlings on Juno Beach's heading landward after hatching, rather than back to sea. She began some of the earliest sea turtle research in the area. Seeing that the turtles were threatened by the encroachment of buildings along the shoreline, she decided that educating children about sea turtles was the best hope for turtle survival over the long term. She began giving classes, first in her home, then above her family real estate office.
More and more children and adults attended, and in 2007, the organization relocated to a new 12,000 square foot certified "green" facility and changed its name to Loggerhead Marine Life Center. The new facility includes a state-of-the-art full service veterinary hospital, exhibit hall, outdoor classroom, research lab, and resource center. 
SGA members will be delighted to learn that Koa, a subadult loggerhead found entangled in fishing line and admitted to the Marine Life Center February 12, has completed his series of antibiotics and was pronounced ready for release. Koa made his re-entry into the ocean at Juno Beach just last week! 

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