Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Golfer's Dreams Come True on Anguilla

New luxury retreat “Nevaeh” (that’s heaven spelled backwards) features its own state-of-the-art golf simulator, sleeps up to 16 and costs as little as $403 per person per night in summer

(Anguilla) - Renting the new Nevaeh on Anguilla can be the experience of a lifetime for anyone.

But for golfing buddies, the year-old retreat is pure Heaven (its name, after all, is heaven spelled backwards). Well, how often do you find a sumptuous 8-bedroom villa that features its own HD golf simulator offering hundreds of the international courses? Think of the possibilities: A couple of avid twosomes can refine their swings with a clear conscience while treating their families to glorious beachside pampering - full staff, grotto pool, a media room, a movie theater, watersports gear and tennis.

- Eight golfing couples can prep for a club tournament in secret -- telling their fellow members they’re just heading for “a few days of sunshine in the Caribbean” rather than a week of intense practice at Neveah.
- Even elite touring pros might be tempted to gather their families for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation -- especially since they can put in a few serious rounds on the Greg Norman course just a five-minute drive away.
- Located in Anguilla’s fashionable West End, this private retreat is set in one acre of landscaped gardens that terrace down to one of the most beautiful beaches on an island of beautiful beaches.  A striking infinity pool flowsing into a grotto that’s the centerpiece of the garden’s playground, enhanced after dark with oversize antique lanterns and spotlights

One of the most tech-oriented villas in the Caribbean

The golf simulator is just the beginning of Nevaeh’s eye-opening diversions that leave guests wondering how they’re going to sample all the toys in one week’s vacation: Astroturf tennis court that doubles as a basketball court, a dedicated Techno gym, sea scooters and stand-up paddle boards, beach volleyball and kayaks.

Nevaeh’s entertainment facilities add up to a perfect retreat for extended families, with adults and children able to spread out in a 9-seat movie theater with surround-sound and a media room equipped with a 70-inch-screen TV (great for watching The Masters or the U.S. Open!).

Amazing Values
Summer rates (in effect April 23 through December 15 – that is, a full 8 months of the year!) begin at $5,980 a night for 5 rooms, $7,590 for 8 rooms, including chef, butler and concierge service.

So how about the arithmetic?   For 16 guests, $7,590 works out at $948 a night per couple (simulator included!).  To put that in context, during Christmas/New Year, the minimum stay is 14 nights’8 rooms at a cost of $172,500 per week plus 20% tax and service.

For full details of all rates and special value packages, call Kenroy or Leana at (264)498-2110 or US (609)225.5678 email info@leviticuslifestyle.com.

Mirimichi Green Express Presents Broken Sound with Sustainable Program Member Award

Award Presentation Amidst Broken Sound Club's Lush Club Course (from left): Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie, John Crean, Shannon Easter, Russ Britton, Michael Bright

(BOCA RATON, Fla.) - Mirimichi Green Express, co-owned by Entertainer and "Green" Golf Advocate Justin Timberlake and Russ Britton, recognized Broken Sound Club (BSC) for its commitment and superior sustainability stewardship and strides with its inaugural Mirimichi Green Sustainable Program Member Award. In honor of Broken Sound Club's eco-leadership, Mirimichi announced its donation of 1,600 lbs of Mirimichi Green's environmentally driven CarbonizPN and four cases of Liquid Release soil products to City of Boca Raton for use as it deems for its public green spaces.

According to Mirimichi Green Chief Executive Officer Russ Britton, BSC - a 5-Star Platinum Club of America - was selected as the company's first award recipient because it serves as a defining "best practice" example of all that is dynamic and beneficial about leading golf course sustainability using Mirimichi's products. The Club uses Mirimichi soil, organic weed control and granular fertilizers that utilize bio-activated carbon, inoculated with high-nutrient organics that are designed for professionals who are committed to sustainable practices.

"Broken Sound Club is taking the golf industry in the right direction and exemplifying how natural and sustainable products can work better than the harsh alternatives," added Britton. "We thank Broken Sound Club for including Mirimichi Green products in its efforts. Keeping the environment as a priority in any maintenance program is what we are all about and that is why we, at Mirimichi Green, have presented this award."

While there are carbon products on the market, BSC Director of Golf Maintenance Shannon Easter says the Mirimichi products feature a higher-quality, much cleaner and porous carbon that holds water, air and nutrients that are effectively absorbed by our plants. "We have not only found Mirimichi's products to be of superior quality and benefit, but also they are affordably priced to support large golf course budgets, which in Broken Sound Club's case annually supports more than 250 acres of club greens and landscaping."

The Mirimichi award follows the January recognition of BSC's two Golf Environmental Organization (GEO) Certified Audubon Sanctuary Certified golf courses as the best Overall and National Private golf courses in the U.S. by the
2017 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGA).

The ELGA are presented annually by the  Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and Golf Digest in partnership with Syngenta and Rain Bird's Golf Division.  BSC was the second golf facility in the U.S. (after the previous Timberlake family-owned Mirimichi Golf Course in Tennessee for which the company Mirimichi Green is named) and 14th in the world to be GEO Certified, the sustainability assurance of the Golf Environment Organization, an international non-profit dedicated to supporting sustainability in the sport of golf.

"We at Broken Sound Club are proud to receive this recognition on two levels," noted John Crean. " First, our program partnership with Mirimichi Green underscores our high-standard sustainability mission set by our board leadership, membership and golf maintenance team by delivering results beyond expectations. Second, that in Broken Sound Club's honor, Mirimichi Green has chosen to generously support our City of Boca Raton with superior product that can be used in our parks, along roadways and for City building landscaping.      

"Broken Sound Club, which has been home to the PGA Champions Tour's season opener, the Allianz Championship since 2007, has taken an impressive, lead-by-example role in the golf industry by striving to make every step of its agronomic program sustainable," continued Britton.

"Justin, our entire team and I are pleased that the respected Broken Sound Club golf and country club community of high eco-commitment and authority has chosen to continue its mission using Mirimichi environmentally friendly products that are designed to improve resource conservation while delivering outstanding performance and  lasting benefits."

According to Britton, Mirimichi Green first noticed Broken Sound Club's sustainable efforts in March of 2014 and was "impressed by the Club's mindfulness of its community and surrounding environment". Mirimichi immediately recognized BSC's focus on integrated pest management, proper chemical and fertilizer practices, environmentally friendly landscaping, water conservation, water quality, energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste management, wildlife habitat conservation and enhancement, and the list goes on."

After meeting to discuss the benefits of Mirimichi Green's sustainable products and how they could benefit its program for BSC's two golf courses, it was clear that the two companies were a perfect fit. The products and the soil were first tested by BSC at The Old Course and a superior golf maintenance program was formed.

Broken Sound Club didn't stop with just improving its own program, they encourage and educate others to do the same.

"To advocate for the importance of environmentally friendly golf course sustainability within our industry and throughout South Florida, we continually demonstrate our commitment to the environment, and our dedication to precise and effective natural resource and integrated pest management," reported Easter. "We speak at Homeowners Association and organization meetings, tour groups through our on-course bee hive and butterfly garden locations as well as our composter site. During the season, we lead a monthly Club membership educational program with topics designed to share our environmental programs with Club membership to inspire them to advocate and participate."

More information: www.brokensoundclub.org.

JumboMax Team Member Bryson DeChambeau Finishes T-2 at the Puerto Rico Open

(JUPITER, FL) - JumboMax Grips announced that Tour Staff Professional, Bryson DeChambeau, finished T-2nd on the PGA TOUR at the Puerto Rico Open this past weekend.

DeChambeau has been playing JumboMax Grips for more than five years now and he's as well known for his accomplishments on the golf course as he is for his unorthodox set of irons that are all the same length. DeChambeau plays with the new Tour Series Grips from JumboMax that he personally helped develop.

DeChambeau fired rounds of 68, 65, 70 and 67 to finish at 18 under par, just two strokes off the lead. He ran off four straight birdies during Friday's round and was tied for the lead going into the weekend. His T-2nd Place Finish earned him a paycheck for $224,000.00 and 117 FedEx Cup Points.

"We'd like to congratulate Bryson on his runner-up finish in Puerto Rico," said John Mazzanoble, President of JumboMax Grips. "His talent and determination are unlike anything we've seen on the PGA TOUR in quite a while. When he's zeroed in on his game, like he was this past weekend, he's a very exciting player to watch. We're proud to be a small part of his success and can't wait to see what the rest of this season brings for him."

For more information about JumboMax Golf Grips, visit www.JumboMax.com.

Overload Golf Announces 'Golf Code' a Digital Platform of Apps and Services

(Kirkland, Wash.) - Overload Golf, an innovative company bringing together complementary businesses, ideas, products and markets, while applying innovation from other industries to golf, announces Golf Code - a digital platform of apps and services focused around golfers and golfing professionals.

Golf Code is a proprietary platform within Overload Golf focusing on developing technologies to create efficiency in golf. This involves gathering analytics in the golf industry to create tools to deliver a better experience and for businesses and their customers.

"We're also creating platforms that will allow instruction and academies to run more efficiently and deliver a better experience to their clients," says Brett Campbell, CEO of Overload Golf. "We continue building our consulting business and driving innovation.  If we identify any technology that we deem can assist golf audiences, we'll invest in developing and bringing it to market through Golf Code. Some examples include marketing tools for golf professionals and beginning golfers purchasing and buying habits. Golf is very slow to adapt to technology, so in many cases parts of the business are not run as efficiently as they should be. Therefore, we identify and create platforms that create exponential efficiency change, resulting in more revenue for golf companies and happier golfers."

With Campbell's global alliance and partnership experience from Nintex, he is bring a wealth of information on developing alliances with local, national and international brands that will partners with Overload

Campbell, who has more than 25 years of IT experience built on top of a strong retail background in Australia, adds that the Golf Code platform provides a range of online services that caters to both consumers and business partners in golf. The way Golf Code collects and curates golfer and golf pro information allows us to track, assess and reuse information - gathering information that's never been previously exposed to decision makers. Golf Code's value will be to reduce costs and increase sales, by personalizing the experience for golfers and professionals.

More information: www.overloadgolf.com.

PUMA Golf Unveils Rickie's Script for the Year's First Major - Featuring New Flagstick Camo Collection

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – When it comes to the first major of the year, Rickie Fowler will be dressed to the nines each day in apparel from PUMA Golf’s Spring Summer ‘17 Collection.

On Thursday, Rickie will be outfitted from head to toe in a custom Flagstick Camo Collection that will be sure to help him stand out from the competition. PUMA’s apparel and footwear teams designed The Flagstick Camo Collection in celebration of the first major of the year, with each piece featuring a one-of-a-kind camo pattern inspired by the shapes and sizes of the iconic golf course greens.

The Limited Edition Flagstick Camo Collection will include:
- One of Rickie’s signature GoTime caps ($28) with a PWRCool, moisture-wicking sweatband.
- The Flagstick Camo Polo ($75) features a stylish, tailored fit polo with a camo print pocket, low-profile, button-down collar and trims.
- Flagstick Camo Pant ($90) incorporates the cool camo pattern at the side and back pocket.
- Flagstick Camo Short ($75) for the warmer days on course.
- IGNITE Spikeless Sport DISC ($140) a LE version of the brands IGNITE Spikeless Sport footwear, designed with the unique camo pattern. (Rickie will wear custom camo hi-tops for his first round).

Rickie will wear pieces from this collection on Thursday as he tees off for round 1 at The Masters.

The collection will be available for purchase here: http://bit.ly/2mKmuYn

Here are Rickie’s looks for the remainder of the week:

Pounce Pique Polo - $60
Core ¼ Zip Popover - $65
6 Pocket Pant - $80
#GOTIME Cap - $28
All In One Belt - $45

Washed Stripe Polo - $75
Uncamo ¼ Zip Popover - $85
Tailored Tech Pant - $80
Tour Fade Cap - $28
Web Belt - $20

Tailored Color Block Polo - $75
PWRWarm ¼ Zip  - $75
6 Pocket Pant - $80
Tour Fade Cap - $28
All In One Belt - $45
TT IGNITE Hi-Tops - $220

View the SS’17 collection here: http://www.cobragolf.com/pumagolf/collections/ss17.

USGA Announces Sectional Qualifying Exemptions for Inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open

New championship presents opportunity for golf’s most decorated women to compete for USGA title

(FAR HILLS, N.J.) – The USGA announced its exemption categories from sectional qualifying for the U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, which will be contested for the first time July 12-15, 2018 at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill.  A full list of exemption categories – which includes any player in her first 10 years of age eligibility who has won a U.S. Women’s Open Championship – is available on usga.org.

The U.S. Senior Women’s Open is open to professional females, and amateur females with a Handicap Index not exceeding 7.4, who have reached their 50th birthday as of the first day of the championship. The field will include 120 players, who will earn entry into the championship through an exemption category or via sectional qualifying at sites nationwide. Exempt players who wish to compete in the championship must file an entry. Qualifying sites will be announced in the spring of 2018.

“Starting next summer, the U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship will provide the game’s ultimate test for some of the most decorated women in golf, both professional and amateur,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “Chicago Golf Club, one of five founding member clubs of the USGA, will serve as a grand stage that will celebrate these incredible players who have paved the way for the current generation while continuing to elevate the game we all love.”

Several age-eligible players who meet exemption criteria for the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open have won U.S. Women’s Open Championships, including: three-time champion Hollis Stacy (1977, 1978 and 1984), Juli Inkster (1999 and 2002), Amy Alcott (1980), Pat Bradley (1981), Laura Davies (1987) and Liselotte Neumann (1988).

Also exempt is any player in her first three years of age eligibility who has won the U.S. Women’s Amateur, ANA Inspiration, Ricoh Women’s Open, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Evian Championship or the Ladies’ British Open Amateur. Players in this category include Dottie Pepper, who won the 1992 and 1999 ANA Inspiration; Kay Cockerill, the 1986 and 1987 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion; and Pearl Sinn, the 1988 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion.

Winners of co-sponsored events on the 2016 and 2017 Legends Tour, the official senior tour of the LPGA, also earn exemptions. This adds Lorie Kane, who played in more than 10 U.S. Women’s Opens. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Championship winners from 2013-2016 – Jean Bartholomew, Lisa Grimes and Laurie Rinker – and the 2017 champion and runner-up, will earn berths in the 2018 Senior Women’s Open, provided they are age-eligible and file an entry.

There are also exemption categories for senior amateur players, provided they remain an amateur through the championship. This includes 2016 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion Ellen Port. A seven-time USGA champion, Port is tied with Anne Quast Sander and Carol Semple Thompson for the second-most USGA championships won by a woman, trailing only JoAnne Gunderson Carner (8). Jack Nicklaus (8), Robert T. Jones Jr. (9) and Tiger Woods (9) are the only other golfers with more USGA titles than Port. Exemptions upon entry will also be given to the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion and runner-up, as well as winners of the 2017 Ladies’ Senior British Open Amateur and 2017 Canadian Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

The U.S. Senior Women’s Open format will mirror that of the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open championships: a walking-only, 72-hole stroke-play competition over four consecutive days. There will be a 36-hole cut to the top 50 players, including ties, and prize money will be announced at a later date.

Chicago Golf Club, the oldest golf club in the United States in continuous use at the same location, will host its 12th USGA championship and the first since the 2005 Walker Cup Match. The 2019 Senior Women’s Open will be contested at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., from May 16-19. It will be the sixth USGA championship contested at the club and first since the 2007 Women’s Open, won by Cristie Kerr.

Matthew D. Schulze of Kingsmill Resort Named 2017 Professional of the Year by the PGA

(WILLIAMSBURG, VA) – Matthew Schulze has been named the 2017 Middle Atlantic PGA Professional of the Year, the highest honor paid to an active PGA Professional. Currently, Schulze is the Tournament Director for the LPGA Kingsmill Championship and serves as the President of the Middle Atlantic PGA. This high honor bestows special recognition on a PGA Professional for overall performance to include leadership, service and promotion of the game of golf.

Growing up in Oak Lawn, Illinois, Schulze helped his High School golf team win the conference title three times in four years before earning a full golf scholarship to the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, where he played collegiate golf all four years.

After graduating from UW-Green Bay with a Business degree, Schulze worked as an Assistant Professional in Dallas, Texas. In 1998, he relocated to the Middle Atlantic section where he served as the Assistant Professional at The Country Club of Virginia for six years. During this tenure, he participated in the PGA’s Middle Atlantic section and was elected to the southern chapter board before receiving the section’s Assistant of the Year award in 2002.

With this experience, Schulze earned the head Professional position at Richmond Country Club (RCC), where he worked from 2004 through 2013. During this time, he received the specialty certification in Golf Operations, one of the first 100 professionals to do so. As the Head Pro, he knew the importance of keeping things fresh for his membership and the importance of trying new things. In 2011, he and the facility were ranked in the Top 100 Facilities in the PGA for Growing the Game, due to his commitment to run each of the PGA’s “Grow the Game” offerings at RCC.

In 2008, Schulze initiated the Eagle Classic Tournament, an LPGA Symmetra Tour Event, at RCC, which led him to his current role as Tournament Director for the LPGA Kingsmill Championship at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, a position he has enjoyed for the past four years.

Kingsmill Resort is the only AAA Four Diamond condominium resort in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. The resort’s one- to three-bedroom condominiums, with kitchens and spacious living areas, are ideal for golfers. For more information, visit www.kingsmill.com for specific details or call (800) 832-5665.