In Florida, there is one resource that we are never lacking: sunshine. So it stands to reason that sooner or later someone would develop a golf cart that harnesses the power of the sun and eliminates the need for gas or plug-in to recharge electric carts.
Now, thanks to Miami-based Legends Business Group, we may have such a product on the horizon.
Legends, a publicly traded company which was incorporated in 2006, recently refocused its purpose and has moved itself into the alternative and exotic energy marketplace.
Imagine not having the expense of using FP&L to charge your cart. With what this would save those who privately own their carts, imagine what the savings could project to for a golf club or resort. We usually do not play golf at night or in the rain. This means whenever the cart is outside being used, its batteries are being charged simply by the sun.
Just a month ago Legends Business Group announced its findings from one of the various independent multi-function charger control tests that it has been performing over the last few of months. While the MFCC has many possible adaptations, one such use Legends has been independently testing is its implementation on a solar- powered golf cart.
Legend's test consisted of taking an ordinary golf cart, replacing its roof with a custom solar panel, and then testing it while playing a standard 18 holes of golf.
"This test was performed in a non-certified laboratory over a six-month period with one goal in mind: to not just play one round of golf, but play many rounds over a six month period," said Rudy Sablon, LGBS's president and CEO.
The main stipulation of this independent test was the golf cart could not be charged using a conventional-style charger plugged directly into any standard power outlet.
"I am excited to announce that the findings the company documented surpassed our expectations," said Mr. Sablon. "Six months after we initiated our test, the golf cart is still being charged from the MFCC. As a result of the MFCC's charging capabilities the batteries of the cart now rest at 39.2V. Prior to the installation of the MFCC, the batteries rested at 37.4 volts," he said.
Resting voltage will vary based on battery health and sunlight conditions. The higher the voltage, the better the battery life and condition.
Legends' tests additionally found if the cart was driven for 15 minutes, the batteries returned to their full state of charge with only 15 minutes of charging while in full sun. Their findings concluded the MFCC allowed the batteries to hold their charge longer, in turn eliminating the need to charge the batteries after returning from a standard round of golf.
Although the results of testing have proved to be very positive, future tests are still needed to determine how long a cart can run without consuming any public utility power.
Legends' goal is to perform real-world testing, emulating conditions found in retirement villages, golf courses and major theme parks.
With this goal in mind, the company has set out to prove the MFCC is like no other battery charger and they aim to prove this via independent, third-party testing.
To find out more about the testing and future potential of this project visit the company's website at www.legendspower.com.
Tee it up with St. Sebastian
The annual St. Sebastian golf tournament, sponsored by Mulligans Beach House in Sebastian, will be held on Nov. 3 at the Sebastian Municipal Golf Course.
The event is a "blind nine," four-person scramble format with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. There will be prizes for the winners in two flights as well as closest to the pin for men and women; raffles for many great gifts, plus auctions for foursomes at several area private golf clubs.
The net proceeds will go to support St. Sebastian's outreach fund that helps the needy and the homeless in the local community.
Entry fee is $60 per player and includes all golf fees, range balls, gifts and lunch at the Eagles Nest restaurant.
For more information, or to sign up, contact Ron at (772) 589-5790 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Online and credit card registration, as well as additional details, are available at www.stsebastian.com/golf.
Celebrity classic to be held
The 17th annual Tim Mara memorial celebrity golf classic will take place at Abacoa Golf Club in Jupiter on Tuesday evening, Oct. 30 and Wednesday morning, Oct. 31.
Former Giants running back Bobby Duhon will be this year's honoree at the auction dinner that Wednesday evening.
The event is limited to 25 groups, each of which will have a celebrity captain and play as a fivesome.
Proceeds will benefit St. Ann Place, where homeless men and women are provided a clean, safe place where they receive services, including shower and laundry service, in a respectful and dignified manner.
Entry fee is $250 per golfer which includes the auction party. Tickets for guests for the party are $75 each.
For additional information or to sign up, contact Joe Healy at email@example.com or call (561) 719-0311.
James Stammer has been an avid golfer and golf enthusiast for nearly 40 years. He hosts the Thursday night golf show on WSTU 1450-AM. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.