Cypress Lake Golf Club celebrates storied history through painting of Hall of Fame golfer Patty Berg
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - iSportsWire -- Cypress Lake Golf Club has installed and dedicated a "Pop Art" painting of Hall of Fame golfer Patty Berg, a worldwide ambassador for golf and a longtime club member.

Mixed media artist Christopher "CR" Obetz created a one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional "Pop Art" assemblage celebrating Berg's achievements on and off the golf course. Patty Berg – Anchored is based on rediscovered artwork from Anthony Ravielli, an acclaimed illustrator and artist best known for brilliant depictions of athletes in motion.

Before her death in 2006, Berg permanently loaned a vast collection of golf memorabilia to Cypress Lake Golf Club, which is home to the world's largest collection of Berg's artifacts. The new artwork was dedicated Feb. 8 and installed in the clubhouse's Patty Berg Lobby, directly across from wall-to-wall display cases housing trophies, medals, plaques, photos and other historic relics.

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"She was grounded in her stance the way I metaphor being grounded in life," Obetz said. "Patty was grounded in life and she shared those values with everyone."

Berg, a longtime Fort Myers resident, was credited for opening doors for female golfers across the world. She was the first U.S. Women's Open champion and first president of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), and still is the youngest player, male or female, to win all four majors. During her illustrious professional career, Berg won 60 championships on the LPGA Tour and her 15 major titles is the most among all female golfers and is the same amount of major titles Tiger Woods has won.

"She was a giver to the game," added Obetz, owner of CR Fine Art Studio and creator of the Pop Art Golf: Legends and Legacy series. "She was a great woman, a great golfer, a great teacher and instructor."

The painting itself is a mixed media work on canvas with an original frame inspired by the wood pilings and metaphorical planks of a private footbridge that once connected Berg's home to Cypress Lake Golf Club, where she was a founding member when the club opened in 1959. The pilings remain near the fifth tee as a reminder of the course's deep history and connection to Berg, while the assemblage serves as a "bridge" between the past and the future of golf.

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To honor Berg's impact on Southwest Florida and the game of golf, Obetz is offering limited-edition, 22"-by-30" prints of Patty Berg – Anchored for $450, with 100% of proceeds benefiting the Southwest Florida Junior Golf Association and Patty Berg Scholarship Fund. Prints are available through CR Fine Art Studio (; 239-470-7084) and Cypress Lake Golf Club ( (; 239-481-1333).

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