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Orlando, Fla. – April 7, 2016 – Mark Benson has been appointed Director of Fly Fishing at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes. In this position, he will lead the resort’s guided fishing program as well as group and individual casting instruction for beginners and advanced professionals. The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes offers the quintessential Florida angling experience on its private 40-acre Shingle Pond as well as excursions on the adjacent Shingle Creek, headwaters to the Florida Everglades. Grande Lakes’ Adventure Experiences fishing programs, managed by The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, include fly-fishing, shore fishing and the new interactive catch and release program.

Benson brings extensive angling experience having maintained a U.S.C.G. Captain license as a professional salt and freshwater fishing guide since 1999. A member of the Orlando Back Country Fly Fishing Association and the International Game Fish Association, he is also a Certified Casting Instructor and a recipient of the President’s Pin, an award given by the International Federation of Fly Fishers, a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of fly-fishing through conservation, restoration and education. Benson’s new role will enable him to continue his commitment to conservation as he contributes to Grande Lakes Orlando’s sustainability mission in preserving the resort’s natural surroundings and wildlife.

Benson is a Certified Florida Master Naturalist and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Florida.

In addition to the resort’s robust fishing offerings, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes Adventure Experiences include guided kayak and canoe eco-tours on Shingle Creek, bird watching excursions and bird habitat building.