Tuesday, September 17, 2019

STITCH Golf Launches Fall 2019 Apparel Collection for Men

(APEX, NC) — STITCH Golf announces the launch of the men’s Fall 2019 collection- a perfect combination of style, function, and fashion by fusing traditional golf aesthetics with advanced performance technologies.

“We created the upscale Fall 2019 Collection for comfort and performance while staying true to our roots,” stated Brad King, CEO of STITCH. “This collection re-emphasizes the importance we place on versatility including a wide range of classic wardrobe necessities from layering pieces to pants that easily allows one to transition from the fairways to the boardroom.”

STITCH Golf continues its innovation by incorporating cutting edge technically advanced fabrics with a sophisticated style all created and inspired for today’s modern golfer. By creating cohesive looks with details that perform, STITCH Golf has made it easy to dress your game to match your style and personality.

The collection introduces a wider selection of core basics that are exciting additions to the brand and covers all Fall apparel needs. The Fall 2019 collection offers seasonal color palettes that reflects the tastes of today’s discerning golfer.

Highlights of the Fall 19 collection include:
Roadster Vest (above, right)
A customer favorite style is back, but with a twist and with all the classic details you’ve come to love. Transition from work to play in our two-toned color block vest that will have you looking your best when the weather has its ups and downs. Filled with Thermore® Ecodown®, it will keep you warm and protected in even the coolest weather. 43% Polyester 43% CD 14% Spandex
 
Racer Track Jacket
Our signature jacket is an updated take on the classic track jacket with an added striped ribbing on the waist, sleeves and neck. Designed with a four-way stretch and breathable fabric. Its versatile fit is lightweight and casual and makes for the perfect transitional layer. 55% cotton 45% polyester Full zip

Speedster Pullover
Old school comfort meets modern style. A classic quarter zip pullover designed using a super lightweight and soft-brushed technical performance fabric. Once you put it on you will never want to take it off. Offered in 4 colors the soft touch fabric offers 4 way stretch and combines the latest in breathable and wicking fabrication

Delaney Pullover
We have taken a vintage piece and given it a modern twist in this pullover. Made of 100% Merino extra-fine wool, we have created a sensuously soft and extremely durable garment. Designed with an attention to detail down to the last stitch, a technical zipper with a locking mechanism ensures your zipper stays right where you want it. Breathable fabric plus ribbed cuffs, waistband and collar make this piece a great year-round sweater for any weather.
 
Commuter Merino V-Neck
We’ve created the perfect pullover with our STITCH® weather system technology. Made of high-quality 100% Australian Merino wool, this piece stands out for its silky luster and softness. The ribbed cuffs, waistband and collar combined with the waterproof yarn and stainproof body make this piece both highly fashionable and functional. Available in 5 colors.

Cabrio Vest
Combining high function and high fashion, this vest is a must-have addition to your wardrobe. A Thermore® Ecodown® fill allows this vest to transition from chilly temperatures to warmer ones with ease. Wear this piece in comfort from work to play with breathable fabric and soft insulation as well as a four-way stretch. Our STITCH® signature orange logo is placed on the back collar of the vest.

Enzo Hybrid Tech Jacket (above, left)
An iconic piece for your wardrobe. Designed with a four-way stretch, quilted front and double zipper features, this two-toned hybrid jacket is sophisticated, yet functional. A Polyester spandex shell over a 100% extra fine Italian Merino wool body creates the ultimate in performance and breathability.

Sterling 5 Pocket Pants
Designed with a storm finish, these stretch chino 5 pocket pants are perfect for accidental spills or whatever the weather might bring. The water-repellent finish does not affect the natural ability of the cotton in these pants to breathe and keep you cool. A subtle soft touch combined with maximum mobility and stretch make these pants ideal to transition from the boardroom to the fairway. Offered in 5 colors

The Fall 2019 collection is available for purchase at www.stitchgolf.com and leading golf, country clubs and select retailers. Stay connected with STITCH Golf on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @StitchGolf

PGA TOUR, YETI Announce Multi-Year Partnership

YETI products will be available at TOUR-operated retail and TPC facilities


(AUSTIN, TEXAS and PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL) — The PGA TOUR and YETI Holdings (NYSE: YETI), a leading premium outdoor brand, have announced a new partnership that makes YETI the “Official Insulated Cup” and “Official Insulated Cooler” of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions.

The multi-year agreement includes product licensing, as well as the exclusive right to sell YETI drinkware and coolers at TOUR-operated tournament retail outlets and TPC facilities, a number of which host TOUR events. Further, YETI plans to work with various PGA TOUR tournaments to display YETI coolers and utilize them in player practice areas. The PGA TOUR will also feature YETI drinkware at its Signature Drink programs at various PGA TOUR tournaments throughout the season.

“Over the past decade, YETI has established the standard for high-quality outdoor products with its hard and soft coolers and vacuum-insulated drinkware,” said Brian Oliver, PGA TOUR Executive Vice President, Corporate Partnerships. “As an outdoor sport, our fans and players will put the YETI products to good use, whether out on the course with friends or at a PGA TOUR tournament. The Signature Drink program allows fans to enjoy beverages all day and go home with a unique keepsake.”

This marks only the third league partnership for YETI, following NASCAR and PBR, though the brand does have relationships with several individual sports franchises.

“We were thrilled at the opportunity to expand our partnership with the PGA TOUR in order to more broadly engage with fans and players, while simultaneously promoting sustainability and the reduction of single use plastic,” said Melisa Goldie, Chief Marketing Officer at YETI.

PGA National Resort & Spa Hosts GOLF Channel Am Tour National Championships

1,200 Players to Compete on Four Acclaimed Layouts Including Famed Champion Course


(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort & Spa – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation, meetings and spa destination – announces it will host the GOLF Channel Am Tour National Championships on Sept. 17 – 26.

The GOLF Channel Am Tour National Championships are a culmination of a year of 700 qualifying tournaments with more than 6,000 amateur golfers of all ages and skill levels competing in an authentic tour-quality experience on top U.S. courses. The Open National Championship at PGA National will be held Sept. 17 – 20. The Senior National Championship for ages 55 and higher will take place on Sept. 23 – 26.

The participants of both divisions will play four of the legendary South Florida destination’s five acclaimed  layouts: The Champion, The Palmer, The Fazio and The Squire. The celebrated Jack Nicklaus-designed Champion Course is the annual host of the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic and former Ryder Cup venue.

The Champion underwent a recent renovation and reopened in late 2018 to rave reviews. The challenging layout is perhaps best known for its renowned “Bear Trap” – a series of three demanding holes many considered the toughest stretch in the game. The resort’s superb Palmer Course reopened in late 2017 after undergoing its own lauded renovation.

The format for both the Open and Senior division championships is a 72-hole, individual stroke-play competition with no cut. Twelve competitors in six flights – six from the Senior division and six from the Open division – will be crowned national champions in official awards ceremonies immediately following the conclusion of the respective tournaments.

Competitors will additionally have the opportunity to meet several NBC Sports / GOLF Channel on-air personalities including Rich Lerner, Lauren Thompson and Alexandra O’Laughlin.

Long revered as on the top golf destinations in the U.S., PGA National also offers the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and David Pelz Scoring Game School for individual instruction and group clinics; Every Ball Counts – the world’s first science-based, statistics-driven training system for golf improvement offered at its off-site Estates Course; and state-of-the-art club fitting at Cool Club.

The resort’s expansive 40,000-square-foot European-style spa is renowned as the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation. The spa recently underwent a revitalization to its pool deck complete with new furnishings as well as renovation of the sleek ladies’ lounge and wet room including all new sauna, steam rooms, indoor Jacuzzi and locker rooms.

Resort guests can also enjoy the new high-tech 33,000-square-foot Sports & Racquet Club featuring a wide array of fitness activities and classes including pickle ball and tennis on the 18 Har Tru tennis courts (11 lit for night play). Not to be missed is the striking zero-entry pool, chef-driven Ironwood Steak & Seafood restaurant, and chic iBAR in its glamorous lobby.

For more on PGA National Resort & Spa: www.pgaresort.com, call 800.863.2819.

Club Champion Expands Build Shop Space and Capabilities

Custom club builder more than doubles number of build stations in extensive shop


(Willowbrook, IL) — The #1 club fitter, builder and retailer in the nation has massively upgraded its already-impressive build shop in the Chicagoland area.

Initially, the Club Champion’s build shop encompassed a cozy 1,000 square feet, split between build stations, PUREing stations, the shipping team and storage. Now, after a complete remodel and expansion, the shop covers over 10,000 square feet. Previously, employees operated between only six build stations; builders now have access to 15 stations.

“The demand for our custom-built clubs was overpowering our capabilities,” said Nick Sherburne, founder of Club Champion. “We had an opportunity to widen our footprint and make each build station even more efficient, so we took our chance.”

Efficiency is key; Club Champion quotes 7-10 business days from the moment the club order is placed to shipment of completed clubs. The additional space allows not only for more builders to work on clubs simultaneously, but for a better workflow throughout the shop. The newly mapped out process moves clubs much more quickly from station to station, cutting down on overall build time without sacrificing craftsmanship. At the time of writing, the average custom-built order was taking fewer than seven days to build, finish and ship.

“We were also concerned with accessibility,” said Sherburne of the decision to expand. “Each station now has everything our builders need within arm’s reach. We supercharged each build table and gave our builders literally every tool they need to be the best at their job.”

The Club Champion process has always included an expert build, to exacting tolerances and using perfectly calibrated loft, lie and swingweight machines in every store. Those machines are calibrated with the ones in the build shop to ensure that each customer takes home the exact same club they tested in the fitting bay. That precision, combined with the unsurpassed training each employee must undertake before building, makes for an impressive end to the Club Champion fitting process.

For more information on Club Champion fittings, call (888) 340-7820 or visit clubchampiongolf.com.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Majesty Golf Introduces Royale Family of Products

(La Mirada, Calif.) — Majesty Golf (JASDAQ: 7834), a golf equipment company staking the largest luxury segment golf club market share in Japan and Korea, announced four new upscale products exquisitely designed for moderate swing speed golfers: The Royale Driver, Royale Forged Face Irons, Royale Fairways and Royale Hybrids. These new clubs will be available in the U.S. on October 1, 2019.

The Royale Driver represents the very best of our industry-leading lightweight technologies. The clubhead touts a refined Spider web face and a three-piece structure, using a highly rigid and lightweight honeycomb design that promotes higher ball speed across the face. Its ultra-lightweight shaft sports our double bias technology that utilizes two layers of high-elasticity carbon wrapped around the bias area, letting us minimize the torsion and slightly lengthen the shaft for more distance without sacrificing control. MSRP $999.99

Royale Forged Face Irons are geared for aspiring golfers seeking ultimate distance and control. These precision engineered irons feature a multi-material construction consisting of an ultra-thin forged maraging steel face, a repulsion groove and a tungsten alloy that positions the center of gravity (CG) 1mm lower than its predecessor. MSRP $500 per Iron

Royale Fairway Woods incorporate a lightweight titanium crown and tungsten alloy sole, to promote a higher trajectory and more stability. Each wood has one of the deepest CG locations we’ve ever manufactured, helping shots get airborne with ease. With this exotic head construction, the CG deepens by 5mm and the moment of inertia (MOI) increases by 17%, resulting in extra distance and ultimate stability. Combining the driver’s refined Spider web structure with the exotic Dat55 G forged face promotes a larger sweet spot, yielding consistent distance across the face along with unprecedented feel. MSRP $500

Finally, Royale Hybrids also feature our Spider web design in conjunction with a high-grade TSP910 titanium face -- making for an extremely thin hitting area and maximum repulsion across the face. Each clubhead also includes a high-density tungsten weight and high-strength maraging custom body that deepens CG by approximately 1mm while boosting MOI by 10%. MSRP $500

"These innovative, new products are in a class of their own,” said Adam Sheldon, President, North America, Majesty Golf Company. “We spared no expense in creating them. From the exotic materials to the jewelry quality finishing techniques and overall performance engineering, we built the ultimate product for moderate swing speed golfers.”

Visit www.MAJESTY-GOLF.com for more details on each club in the new Royale product lineup.

Two-Time Champion Potter-Bobb Medalist for Third Time

(RELEASE) — Julia Potter-Bobb, of Indianapolis, Ind., followed Saturday’s record-tying round of 68 with a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to post a two-round total of 6-under 138 and earn medalist honors by four strokes in the 33rd U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship on the Meadow Course at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Potter-Bobb, 31, who was medalist or co-medalist twice before and won the championship both times (2013 and 2016), was one of six players to finish 36 holes at 1-under 143 or better. She was joined by 2018 semifinalist Michelle Butler, of Columbia, Mo., and Heather Wall, of Lakeland, Fla., both at 2-under 142 and three players – including defending champion Shannon Johnson, of Easton, Mass. – at 1-under 143.

“I’ve been in these events for so long that anything can happen,” said Potter-Bobb, a left-hander who played on Saturday and Sunday with Johnson and 2017 champion Kelsey Chugg, of Salt Lake City, Utah. “The thing I can say about this round is that I definitely left some out there. I’m sure Shannon and Kelsey would say the same thing. If we all peak at the same time along with other competitors out there, it will be one heck of a tournament.”

Caryn Wilson, 58, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., who joined Potter-Bobb on Saturday in becoming the third and fourth players to shoot a 68 in stroke play in U.S. Women’s Mid-Am history, bogeyed her last two holes on Sunday in a 3-over 75 to join Johnson and Megan Buck, of Easton, Mass., at 1-under 143. Mallory Hetzel, 32, of Virginia Beach, Va., the women’s golf coach at Old Dominion University, was one of three players at even-par 144, while Chugg and 2009 champion Martha Leach were among a group of five players at 1-over 145.

Lauren Greenlief, 29, of Ashburn, Va., the 2015 champion, shot 2-over 146 in stroke play and earned the No. 17 seed, while four-time champion Meghan Stasi, 41, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., shot 5-over 149 and is the No. 34 seed. Seven-time USGA champion Ellen Port, 57, of St. Louis, Mo., finished at 6-over 150 and is the No. 38 seed.

NOTABLE:

Megan Buck, 31, is no stranger to Forest Highlands, having played the course about 10 times while she competed on the women’s golf team at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Buck caddied for Shannon Johnson at this championship in 2016 and 2017 before qualifying for the first time last year at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. “When I came back this week and stood on the tees, a lot of it came back to me,” said Buck of the Meadow Course, where she shot 71-72 on the weekend. “Funny thing, the fairways seemed a little wider than they did back in the college days. There’s definitely a comfort level – I have my parents here, along with a bunch of our friends from Phoenix who came up to watch.” Buck, who lost to Lea Venable in the Round of 64 last year, earned the No. 5 seed and plays Nora Klein on Monday. “I learned a lot last year. I went into my first match feeling like I had to hit every shot perfect, and you don’t have to, of course. I just need to play my game and stay patient and it’ll all work out.”

Three players who played at Stanford University together advanced into the match-play bracket. Lila (Barton) Thomas, 29, of Dallas, of the class of 2012, earned the No. 13 in seed in match play with a 1-over total of 145. Sydney Ramskill, 29, of Salinas, Calif., also of the class of 2012, earned the No. 27 seed. Marissa Mar, 27, of San Francisco, of the class of 2014, was a semifinalist in 2017 at Champions Golf Club and earned the No. 45 seed.

Seven players from outside the United States advanced to match play, four of them from Canada. The highest seed among the seven is Ket Preamchuen Vanderpool, of Thailand, who earned the No. 24 seed and will play Tina Papatolis, of Canada. Christina Proteau, of Canada, a semifinalist in this championship in 2015 and a quarterfinalist two other times, earned the No. 31 seed and will play four-time champion Meghan Stasi on Monday. Sue Wooster, of Australia, a two-time runner-up in the U.S. Senior Women’s Mid-Amateur, earned the No. 42 seed.

QUOTABLE:

“I just hit all my bad shots on the same hole, No. 3, and made a double bogey. I went from bunker to bunker to bunker and afterward, I told my Mom I just wanted to put her to work on some raking jobs.” – Megan Buck, whose mother, Liz, caddied for her

“Patience is key here. Keep making good strokes and good shots, especially with this wind. Today was tough. I really like match play and this is the highest seed I’ve had, so I’m excited going into tomorrow.” – Heather Wall, of Lakeland, Fla., who earned the No. 2 seed at 2-under 142

“Where I made bogeys, I didn’t specifically commit to the line off the tee and was being a little complacent. It will be a fun match-play course. There’s lots of risk and reward. You can take some different angles if you want. The greens are rolling awesome, so there’s tons of birdies to be made.” – defending champion Shannon Johnson

WHATS NEXT:

Six players finished stroke play at 12-over 156, and they will play off at 7:30 a.m. local time for the final spot in the match-play bracket. Whoever emerges from that playoff will be the No. 64 seed and face Potter-Bobb. The Round of 64 will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the Round of 32 and Round of 16 will both be contested on Tuesday.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Wilson, Potter-Bobb Lead Way With 4-Under 68s

(RELEASE) - Two-time champion Julia Potter-Bobb, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Caryn Wilson, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., both shot 4-under-par rounds of 68 to lead the way on Saturday in Round 1 of stroke play for the 33rd U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship on the Meadow Course at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Potter-Bobb, 31, who won this championship in 2013 and 2016 and was the runner-up in 2014, and Wilson, 58, a semifinalist in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur two weeks ago, matched the lowest stroke-play score in U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur history. Two players had previously shot 68: Dawn Woodard in the first round of the 2005 championship at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas; and Lauren Greenlief in the second round of the 2017 championship at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas.

“This was the most solid round I’ve played in a long time,” said Wilson, who is one of two people, along with Althea Gibson, to have played in the U.S. Women’s Open in golf and tennis. “I had one bogey, and it was a good bogey. I putted well today.”

Potter-Bobb’s previous best stroke-play score in six championship starts was a 69 in her first Women’s Mid-Amateur round ever, in 2013 at Biltmore Forest Golf Club in Asheville, N.C. She went on to earn medalist honors and win the first of her two titles that year at age 25.

“I’m incredibly happy with how I played,” said Potter-Bobb, who was the oldest player to reach match play last month in the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club, where she lost in the first round. “It could have been better, but everyone says that. I’m very happy with being 4-under going into tomorrow.”

Potter-Bobb and Wilson each had five birdies against a lone bogey, with both blemishes coming on the par-4 sixth hole, a 369-yard par-4 that ranked as the seventh-toughest on the course today. Courtney McKim, 29, of Raleigh, N.C., a quarterfinalist in this championship in 2017, shot a 3-under 69, which matches 12 previous players who had that score in Women’s Mid-Amateur stroke-play history.

Sarah Gallagher, 46, of Canton, Ga., who missed the cut last year in her first USGA start in 25 years, was alone in fourth place after a 2-under 70. A total of seven players shot scores of 1-under 71, three of them USGA champions: seven-time champion Ellen Port (who has four of her titles in this championship), 2015 Women’s Mid-Am champion Lauren Greenlief and 2017 Women’s Mid-Am champion Kelsey Chugg, who was the runner-up last year to Shannon Johnson. Johnson, of Easton, Mass., opened with a 2-over 74.

NOTABLE:

Kelsey Chugg, 28, of Salt Lake City, Utah, has played in the last two finals of this championship, winning in 2017 and losing in 2018. In her first victory, she overcame an opening round of 85 to shoot 72 in Round 2 and won as the No. 50 seed. Last year, Chugg shot 75-75 and earned the No. 11 seed. On Saturday, she opened with 1-under 71, sparked by three consecutive birdies on her second nine. “I haven’t played a ton of tournaments this year. And in the first round, for whatever reason, I’ve had a mental block. It was nice to get in a 1-under-par round and come back on the back nine today.”

The Meadow Course at Forest Highlands played to a stroke average of 78.48 on Saturday, with the uphill, 359-yard par-4 18th playing as the toughest hole with a 4.51 average. The 130-yard, par-3 17th was the fourth-toughest hole at a 3.44 average, while the 499-yard, par-5 12th was the easiest hole at a 5.22 average.

Margaret (Shirley) Starosto, 33, of Woodstock, Ga., the 2014 champion and the runner-up in 2013 and 2015, was forced to withdraw from the championship for medical reasons on the 18th hole, her ninth of the day.

QUOTABLE:

“On these greens you have to pay attention. This was one of those days where I really matched my speed and my read. Sometimes you read it well and you don’t make anything. Today felt like the hole was bigger. I’ll enjoy it while I have it.” – Caryn Wilson

“We’re all really competitive and we want to win. You felt that through the entire group. Those two are so kind and so generous and fun to play with. I’m excited to play with them again tomorrow.” – Julia Potter-Bobb, who is grouped with fellow champions Kelsey Chugg and Shannon Johnson in Saturday and Sunday stroke play

WHATS NEXT: 

The field of 132 players will play Round 2 of stroke play on Sunday, with the low 64 scorers moving on to match play, starting on Monday.