Sarasota National’s Michael Davan Playing U.S.Open

The WCI community of Sarasota National Golf Club announced that one of their residents and employee, Michael Davan has made it through to the ‘Big Show’. After shooting 8 under at the USGA Sectional in Ohio, Michael will tee it up with the world’s best at Chambers Bay in Washington state for the 115th U.S. Open. Davan will take his spot among the 156 players who will compete beginning Thursday, June 18th.

Sarasota National Golf Club’s Director of Golf, Mark Trotter, said Michael is a seasonal resident who has been playing and working at the club for 2 years. They share a mutual friend. Davan’s golf coach at Parkland College in Illinois in 2006 was Trotter’s roommate when he attended the school in the late 1980’s. Trotter said he gave Davan a lesson before he left for the sectionals, focusing on his set-up. “On Monday our eyes were glued to the computer watching the sectionals unfold,” Trotter said. “I knew he would do well, but he blew everyone away.”

Sarasota National is actually located in Venice, Florida, recently named the #1 place to retire in USA by Forbes. Its championship 18 hole golf course was designed by Gordon Lewis with 4 sets of tees stretching out to 7,344 yards with a rating of 75.2 and slope of 136. It is a certified Audubon International Signature Sanctuary. The golf facilities include a pro shop, driving range and chipping and putting greens. The community’s three building 25,000 square foot clubhouse is over 60 percent complete and will offer indoor and alfresco dining and gathering spaces, a fitness center, resort inspired and lap pools, tiki bar, bocce, pickleball, tennis and separate dog park.

Sarasota National offers 26 home designs including Coach and Carriage Homes, single-family villas, grand-villas and Golf Estate Homes with two and three bedrooms up to 3164 square feet of living space. More than 1,300 of the community’s 2,400 acres are designated for preservation, conservation and open space. Total build out is approved for 1,584 homes with 800 around the golf course and clubhouse area. For more information visit

Dave Daubert

Lehigh University graduate, Procter & Gamble retired. Previously a Managing Editor and Feature Writer for a regional golf monthly magazine for 11 years. Married to wife Carol and residing in Solivita, an active adult community in Central Florida

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