Friday, October 21, 2016

Former Collegiate Golf Player, Master Endurance Athlete Crowned 2016 Speedgolf World Champion

Kenosha’s Jamie Young Wins Event and Donates First Place Prize Money to Charity

(GLENVIEW, Illinois) – Speedgolf International, the organizing and governing body for the sport of Speedgolf, hosted the 2016 Speedgolf World Championship at the Glen Club in Glenview, Illinois, October 17-18. Jamie Young from Kenosha, Wisconsin claimed the 2016 title as he blazed through the course, shooting 72 in 50 minutes and 13 seconds on Monday’s round one and 77 in 51 minutes and 10 seconds on Tuesday’s final round for a combined total Speedgolf score of 250:23.

Jamie Young
Young, a former pro turned amateur, chose to donate his $10,000 first place prize to charity – the Kenosha Rotary-West Club and Youth for Christ of Southeast Wisconsin. A former collegiate golfer at the University of Oklahoma, Young started competing in Speedgolf five years ago. It was the perfect fit for Young, an endurance athlete who was looking to combine golf with fitness.

“I enjoy Speedgolf because it presents a different challenge than traditional endurance sports,” said Young. “The biggest difference between this tournament and last year’s event is this year I focused more on breathing and shooting a good golf score. For me, Speedgolf is a great way to stay in shape and I look forward to continuing to help raise awareness for the sport and to come back next year to defend my title.”

The 2016 Speedgolf World Championship drew athletes from 19 states and six countries, including Finland, Japan, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. Those participating in the professional division competed for a purse of $40,000.

Scores for Speedgolf, a combination of golf and running, are calculated by adding the total number of strokes and total time played (in minutes and seconds). 2016 New York Speedgolf Open Winner Wesley Cupp finished in second place for a combined total Speedgolf score of 253:32 and Golden Colorado’s Mack McLain finished in third with a score of 254:10.

For more information on Speedgolf and the 2016 Speedgolf World Championship, visit

Tathata Golf Growing Quickly, Top Pro’s & Amateurs Signing Up for Revolutionary Instruction Programs

(NEW YORK) – Tathata Golf ( announced that demand for its martial arts and movement-based golf training program is growing quickly with more than 500 LPGA and PGA top teaching professionals signed up to participate in its revolutionary training program. Since its launch, there have been nearly 100,000 hours of instruction provided to golfers of all abilities worldwide.

Tathata’s revolutionary golf training program introduces world-class golf instruction and movement training routines into your home for the first time. Combining the ageless teachings of martial arts (structure of learning and movement/striking fundamentals) with the dynamic movements of the greatest golfers and athletes in the world, Tathata Golf takes a radically different approach than the typical 1-hour golf lesson and today’s highly technical, “quick fix” teaching methods.

Tathata Golf takes a revolutionary approach to golf instruction, integrating mind, body and swing offering a culmination of 30 years of research and five years of testing with golfers of all ages, body types and abilities.

500+ Top LPGA and PGA Teaching Professional Signed Up for Tathata Golf
This significant response from top LPGA and PGA teaching professional comes just a few months following Tathata’s offering of its 60-day training program free to all LPGA and PGA teaching professionals and apprentices. This offering is part of Tathata’s commitment to help grow the game. With an estimated 30,000 teaching professionals Tathata’s in-kind donation represents a $5.4 million total value.

"We remain very honored to share our program with all instructors for the betterment of the game,” said Bryan Hepler, Founder of Tathata Golf. “And we are extremely pleased and humbled that so many teachers have signed on in such a short period of time. More and more LPGA and PGA professionals will now see for themselves why so many golfers desire our training and more importantly they will be able to speak with strength about the program as they support their clientele’s success with Tathata Golf.”

Tathata Golf has quickly gained the respect and support of many notable teaching professionals and industry experts, including: Charlie Epps, VJ Trolio, Josh Zander, George McNamara, Sue Wieger, Deb Vangellow, President of the LPGA’S Teaching and Coaching Program, Cindy Miller, Gary McCord and Brandel Chamblee.  In addition to the 500+ LPGA and PGA professionals signed up for the 60-day program, 100 teaching professionals are currently in the Tathata Certified Movement Specialist Program and 25 professionals have completed the certified training.

“The Tathata teacher training program could not be more timely and relevant for me at this point in my teaching career, a teacher/student win-win for sure,” said Deb Vangellow, LPGA Master Professional and Teaching and Club Professional National President.

Josh Zander, a Top 100 Teacher in America (Golf Magazine) and 2015 Northern California PGA Teacher of the Year, also supports Tathata. “For the first time in golf, I have a program to build a champion.”

George McNamara, a PGA Master Professional says the Tathata program is extraordinary.  “I have never seen anything like this and I have been teaching golf for almost 50 years.”

Any LPGA or PGA professional or apprentice can contact Tathata Golf directly via to claim their free program.

Golfers Worldwide Signing Up for Tathata Revolutionary Training Program
Thousands of golfers worldwide also are signing up for Tathata Golf.  In just a few short years, golfers of all levels enjoyed more than 100,000 hours of the Tathata 60-day program, equating to 50 years of instruction provided to date.

Get to know more about Bryan Hepler HERE.

CHAMP PiviX Named ‘Techiest Spike’ by GOLF Magazine

(MARLBOROUGH, MA) – CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide – The World Leader in Sport Cleat Technology and maker of innovative CHAMP spikes – announces its popular PiviX model was named the “Techiest Golf Spike” by GOLF Magazine, as featured in the publication’s November issue.

PiviX features spring-flex traction technology which ergonomically feeds the spike into the turf to provide optimum traction. A favorite choice of PGA Tour superstars, it has been trusted by winners of the U.S. Open, FedExCup and many more elite events. Coupled with the new SLIM-Lok fastening system, PiviX allows golf shoe manufacturers to develop lighter, lower-profile designs for improved stability, feel and balance.

“Since our company’s inception it has been our goal to remain on the forefront of innovation and PiviX represents the culmination of our commitment to this goal,” says Harris MacNeill, President and CEO. “Our spikes provide players of all skill levels the confidence they need to play at their best.”

CHAMP, The #1 Brand on Tour, produces spikes that are preferred by the world’s best golfers and have been used by 70% of all major champions over the past 10 years. Beyond its wide range of technically-advanced spikes, the company’s signature products include the Zarma FLYtee series and innovative C Grips line. Designed with a strong emphasis on technical innovation and game-improving performance, the C Grips collection has gained a loyal following among players who recognize its superior feel, durability and performance characteristics.

For more information:, 1-800-OK-CHAMP.

SeeMore Global Tour Fitting Experience

(Franklin, TN) - In the fall of 2011 SeeMore Putter Company launched a SeeMore Putting system to golfers in the form of the SeeMore Putter Institute (SPi), where golfers and instructors come together in person and online to share these fundamentals ideas about how to improve putting performance.   Presently there are over 325 global SPi instructors and 600 SPi fitters that spread the knowledge of proper putting fundamentals through the use of a SeeMore putter.  

SeeMore is proud to announce the Global Fitting Experience.  Our SeeMore Tour Fitting Experience features world class fitting from a member of the SeeMore Putter Institute (SPi) staff instructors and an introduction on how the golfer can use the SeeMore putter to become more solid with fundamentals and make a more repeatable, consistent putting stroke.  

Tour Fitting Studio – world-class fitting experience – tour fitting studios exclusively fit and sell SeeMore putters with expert analysis and instruction from SPi certified instructors.  Features the use of revolutionary interchangeable fitting system as well as stroke analysis software to identify and recommend a SeeMore putter best suited for each individual.

Authorized Custom Fitting Center – first class fitting experience - fit and sells SeeMore putters with expert analysis and instruction from SPi certified instructors.  Features the use of revolutionary interchangeable fitting system to perfectly fit each individual into a SeeMore putter based on his/her setup and stroke tendencies.  

During the global fitting experience, one will explore different head designs and how this can influence stroke mechanics.  This will also include identifying the perfect length, lie and loft.  Once completed one will have the specifications of the SeeMore putter that best fits the golfer and will allow him/her to build solid mechanics for years to come.

All Global Tour Fitting Experience locations will offer SeeMore's finest milled Nashville Studio Series models as well as occasional tour limited models allowing golfers to experience an unmatched level of customization and service.

All visits are by appointment only.  To visit a list of locations - CLICK HERE.

This is the exact same process that is used when working with Tour players. The visit will truly be one of a kind. The golfer will be treated to an unbelievable putting experience. Our SPi staff wants to be a part of the journey to become the best putter one can be for years to come.

Locations (2016 more to come):
- SeeMore Putter Company World Headquarters (Franklin, TN) ~ Studio
- Pat O’Brien – SeeMore Ambassador  - Lakewood Country Club (Dallas, TX) ~ Studio
- SeeMore Tour Fitting Studio (Tokyo, Japan) ~ Studio
- SeeMore Tour Fitting Studio (Bangkok, Thailand) ~ Studio
- Precision Golf (Perugia, Italy) ~ Studio
- CoreGolfUK (Oxford, England) ~ Center
- Andy Gorman Golf Academy (Sutton Coldfield, England) ~ Center
- Steve Watanabe, Jr - The Bridges Golf Club (San Ramon, CA) ~ Center
- Shintaro Ishiyama – PFit Golf  (Irvine, CA) ~ Studio
- George Connor – Connor Golf (Hartford, CT) ~ Center
- Adam Brack – Experience Better Golf (Panama City Bch, FL) ~ Studio
- Tim Overman – Golf In Motion (Chicago, IL) ~ Center
- Mark Christensen – Christensen Golf Academy (Quincy, IL) ~ Studio
- Frank Hesson - Frank Hesson Golf Academy (Medford Lakes, NJ) ~ Center
- Paul Kaster – Forsgate Academy of Golf (Monroe TWP, NJ) ~ Studio
- Fairway Custom Golf (Fishers, IN) ~ Center
- Kelly Crumpler – H2C Golf (Spokane, OR) - Center
- LOFT GOLF Performance Center (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) - Center

Thursday, October 20, 2016

2016 ODU/Outer Banks Collegiate Golf Tournament Set for Oct. 23-25 at Kilmarlic

(OUTER BANKS, N.C.) — The 36th-annual ODU/Outer Banks Collegiate Golf Tournament will be played October 23-25 at the par-72, 6,560-yard Kilmarlic Golf Club.  It’s the only Division I golf tournament contested in the iconic Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Host squad Old Dominion is joined in the 18-team field by Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Campbell, Delaware, Drake, Drexel, George Mason, George Washington, Hartford, LaSalle, Longwood, Nebraska Omaha North Dakota State, St. Francis, St. Joseph and UNC Wilmington.

Campbell returns to defend its 2015 title against last year’s runner-up Bowling Green and third-place finisher Old Dominion.

Rated No. 24 among North Carolina’s Top Courses You Can Play, Kilmarlic is a popular Tom Steele design that hosted the prestigious North Carolina Open in 2004 and 2009, and began hosting the ODU/Outer Banks Tournament in 2010 — the same year the tournament moved from a 36-hole to a 54-hole event, which has helped attract a stronger field of teams.

According to longtime Old Dominion head coach Murray Rudisill, who has led the Monarchs golf program for 40 years, Kilmarlic has been the perfect venue for the country’s top collegiate players.

“Kilmarlic has tremendous par-5s and par-3s,” Rudisill said. “That’s the beauty of the course — great risk-reward. They’ve had two North Carolina Opens [at Kilmarlic] so it is a challenge for the college guys. It’s not a seaside, links-type of course. It’s more of a traditional course in a nature environment playing through canopies of giant oak, pine and dogwood that exemplify the natural beauty of the Outer Banks. The facilities are beautiful and it’s always in pristine condition.”

“Kilmarlic is an ideal tournament course offering a little bit of everything,” said Bryan Sullivan, Kilmarlic’s Director of Golf. “It’s equally daunting and exciting on the back nine with three par-5s, a drivable par-4 and trouble left and right on most every hole. Anything can happen with birdies and bogeys lurking on every swing.”

VICE Sports: Jim 'Bones' Mackay Shows What It Takes To Be Phil Mickelson's Caddy

VICE Sports meets with Phil Mickelson's caddie to learn the ins and outs of being a professional golfer's right-hand man 

(BROOKLYN, NY) - VICE Sports today debuts the newest episode of VICE Sports Guide to Pro Golf, the series exploring the intricacies of professional golf and the significant figures on the green turf. Presented by Callaway, VICE Sports’ Fernando Perez had the chance to meet with Jim “Bones” Mackay, Phil Mickelson’s caddie for the last two and a half decades. He’s been a significant part of one of the top careers in professional golf and gives his unique perspective on Phil's career.

VICE Sports’ Fernando Perez had a chance to play a quick round with "Bones" in Arizona and learns the technical side of the business from the caddy. During their time on the course, Bones shows Perez the basics of caddying, including advice on how to not put anything negative in a golfer's head. Bones also recounts the time not having food for Phil when he was starving at the 1995 US Open that still haunts him today and details what it was like being next to Mickelson when he won his very first Masters back in 2004.

Check out more for VICE Sports HERE.

2016 Island Resort Championship Winner at Sweetgrass Golf Club Earns LPGA TOUR Card

(HARRIS, Mich.) - Thailand’s Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong – winner of the Island Resort Championship in June – is one of the top 10 finishers on the Symetra Tour’s “Volvik Race for the Card” money list this season and will play full-time on the LPGA Tour in 2017.

“I’m excited to play on the LPGA Tour because I’ve never played on [it] for a whole year,” Santiwiwatthanaphong said upon securing her coveted playing status for next season after the Symetra Tour Championship at Alaqua Country Club on Sunday, Oct. 16.

This was the 19-year-old’s first full season on the Symetra Tour as she missed three months of the 2015 season due to visa issues. Santiwiwatthanaphong’s victory at the 2016 Island Resort Championship was the second win of her young career.

“Everyone at Island Resort and Casino, Sweetgrass Golf Club and the many volunteers and fans who support our Symetra Tour event are thrilled for Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong,” said Tony Mancilla, Island Resort & Casino general manager and event co-chair. “This is the second year in a row that the winner of the Island Resort Championship has earned status on the LPGA Tour at season’s end. We can’t wait to see if next year’s winner continues the streak. We’re already looking forward to 2017, our seventh consecutive year hosting the event.”

Last year’s IRC winner, Dani Holmqvist of Sweden, earned her LPGA Tour card.

Island Resort Championship has consistently ranked as a Symetra Tour player favorite on end-of-season surveys. All proceeds from the tournament go to local non-profit organizations.

The Island Resort Championship is part of the Potawatomi Cup, a collection of four Symetra Tour events sponsored by Potawatomi nation tribes, which awards cash bonuses to players based off performance in the four tournaments.

For more information visit, or call 877-ISL-GREEN.