Tuesday, October 27, 2020

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot to Originate from the Masters Tournament in Augusta

— ESPN and Augusta National Golf Club are bringing two sporting event traditions together in a unique way, as College GameDay Built by The Home Depot is set to originate from the Masters Tournament, which was postponed from its traditional April date due to the pandemic, on Saturday, Nov. 14, in Augusta, Ga. The 11-time Emmy Award winning traveling pregame show (9 a.m. – noon ET) will emanate from the Par 3 course, the site of the Masters Par 3 contest.

“Anytime College GameDay travels to a new destination it’s special, and the opportunity to be on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club during the Masters is extraordinary,” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, ESPN and Sports Content. “As this iconic event coincides with the college football season for the first time, we look forward to getting fans ready for a football Saturday, while also showcasing the Masters and the greatest golfers in the world.”

Longtime ESPN host Rece Davis, who is in his sixth season hosting the show, will be joined on-site by five time Emmy Award-winning analyst Kirk Herbstreit, Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard, College Football Hall of Fame inductee and former Georgia All-American David Pollack, researcher Chris “The Bear” Fallica, who is in his 25th year on the show, former two-sport student-athlete (basketball and volleyball) and Georgia undergraduate and MBA alum Maria Taylor, and Tom Rinaldi – who will balance dual roles as he reports on the Masters for the 13th year, as well as contributing to College GameDay’s storytelling. Analyst Lee Corso, a staple on the show since its inception, will be live from his home in Orlando, Fla. Additional contributors include Jen Lada, Pat McAfee and Gene Wojciechowski.

While the show proceeds with no live spectators, ESPN debuted a ‘virtual pit’ this season that gives fans across the country – from all schools, conferences and divisions (even if their team isn’t playing this fall) – the opportunity to be part of College GameDay each week. Fans can register at www.collegegameday.com for a chance to join the live show.

Golf fans will have more ways to watch the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on ESPN and ESPN+ than ever before this year with new offerings and expanded coverage during the week of Nov. 9-15.

In its 13th year at the Masters, ESPN will again televise live play of the first and second rounds of the Tournament from 1-5:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12-13. Expanding the coverage this year will be new, supplemental live streams on ESPN+, including exclusive practice round programs on Nov. 10-11. Also, viewers will be able to watch Featured Holes coverage on ESPN+ of Holes 4, 5 and 6 for all four days of the Masters Tournament, the first time the three holes have ever been highlighted in special coverage, and other live streams including Amen Corner, Holes 15-16 and Featured Groups during Tournament play. SportsCenter also will have dedicated coverage from the Masters all week.

While College GameDay is making its first trip to Augusta National, the show has previously welcomed PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler (former Oklahoma State golfer) and Justin Thomas (former Alabama golfer) as guest pickers in 2015 and 2019, respectively.

2020 U.S. Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club to be Conducted Without Spectators

Ongoing COVID-19 health and safety concerns guide decision for Dec. 10-13 championship

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) — The USGA announced that due to ongoing health and safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 75th U.S. Women’s Open Championship, scheduled for Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas, will be conducted without spectators on-site.   

“Following extensive consultation with health officials, we have decided that hosting the U.S. Women’s Open without spectators will provide the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for all involved,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of Championships. “While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to welcome fans and their unmatched energy at Champions Golf Club, we know this is the right decision for the community and players.”  

The USGA announced on April 3 that the 75th U.S. Women’s Open, initially scheduled for June 4-7, would be moved to Dec. 10-13. To account for reduced daylight, the Jackrabbit Course at Champions Golf Club will be used in conjunction with the Cypress Creek Course, which was originally slated to host all four rounds of championship play. In June, it was announced that the championship would be conducted without traditional qualifying. 

"We are thankful to Champions Golf Club for its continued flexibility and dedication to making the 75th U.S. Women’s Open possible,” said Bodenhamer. “Jack and Robin Burke and the rest of the club have been true partners as we navigate these unprecedented times.” 

Tickets purchased directly through the USGA will be automatically refunded to the method of payment used to purchase the tickets. Additional information on U.S. Women’s Open ticket refunds can be found here.  

“While 2020 has brought unique challenges to conducting the U.S. Women’s Open, we have used it as an opportunity to innovate and find new, exciting ways to bring the championship to life for fans around the world,” said Craig Annis, chief brand officer of the USGA. “Through our partnership with NBCUniversal and our digital platforms, fans will have unparalleled access to the championship and players across all their devices.” 

Fans will be able to experience the championship by watching on NBC/Golf Channel, following along on uswomensopen.com, downloading the U.S. Women’s Open app, following @uswomensopen on social media and downloading the USGA streaming app for connected devices. 

To learn more, visit usga.org

Legendary Champion Mickey Wright Bequeaths Estate, Extensive Artifact Collection to USGA

Acquisition marks a milestone in USGA’s efforts to chronicle the history of women’s golf and preserve the legacy of one of the game’s most important figures

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) – In support of its mission to champion and advance the game of golf and in appreciation of its continued preservation and celebration of her legacy, the USGA announced that late four-time U.S. Women’s Open champion Mickey Wright has bequeathed her estate and possessions to the USGA.

Wright, who died on Feb. 17 at the age of 85, was the defining female player of the 1950s and 1960s. The preservation of her story is imperative to the USGA’s mission to chronicle the history of women’s golf and share it with generations to come.

The massive collection of more than 300 artifacts related to Wright’s professional career and personal life includes correspondence, photo albums, scrapbooks, equipment, medals, awards, films and videos, as well as her personal writings, library, record collection and other materials that highlight Wright’s diverse interests, such as sculpture, fishing and the stock market. The collection will be housed at the USGA Golf Museum and Library in Liberty Corner, N.J., alongside the collections of many of the game’s greatest champions.

Coupled with the more than 200 artifacts that Wright donated to the Museum in 2011, the USGA has solidified the collection as the world’s greatest related to Wright’s incomparable career in golf as well as her life outside the game.

“We are honored that Mickey Wright has entrusted her legacy to the USGA,” said Hilary Cronheim, director of the USGA Golf Museum and Library. “We strive to preserve each champion’s story in a multi-dimensional way, speaking to the breadth and depth of an individual’s life, character and impact. The story of golf cannot be told without Mickey Wright, and this collection ensures that future generations will appreciate her not only as a defining character in the game’s history, but as an individual with diverse interests, passions and pursuits outside of golf.”

Specific highlights from the latest acquisition include:

- 1955 LPGA card, Wright’s rookie year on the LPGA Tour

- Medal from the 1964 Tall City Open, where Wright recorded the largest final-round comeback in LPGA Tour history (10 strokes)

- 1973 Colgate Dinah Shore first-place trophy from her last professional victory

- 2010 Bob Jones Award, the USGA’s highest honor

- Practice mat used by Wright at her home from 2011 until her death

- Approximately 10 scrapbooks and nearly 20 personal photo albums

- Thousands of pages of correspondence with family, friends and other golfers, as well as personal writings about her golf game and legendary swing

- Formica desk, lamp and adding machine with homemade sewn cover from her home in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

 -Fishing rods, tackle boxes and lures

- Pottery wheel, self-hardening clay, sculpting tools and sculptures

- Materials from the life and playing career of Wright’s companion, Peggy Wilson

Wright’s initial collection has been on display at the USGA Golf Museum and Library since 2012, when she became the first woman – and fourth player – to be honored with her own exhibition room, joining Ben Hogan, Bob Jones and Arnold Palmer. Artifacts displayed in the Mickey Wright Room include the putter she used in 81 of her 82 professional wins, the complete set of clubs used throughout her career, and her champion’s cups from multiple USGA victories.

Earlier this year, in recognition of Wright’s exceptional competitive career, the USGA forever linked her name to the U.S. Women’s Open Championship by naming the gold medal presented each year to the winner in her honor. At the 2020 championship in December at Champions Golf Club, the first since Wright’s passing, the USGA will also recognize her contributions by displaying selected memorabilia and using a commemorative flag with her silhouette on No. 18 during the final round. Wright and Betsy Rawls are the only four-time winners of the championship.

In addition to the bequest of her estate and possessions to the Museum, Wright’s final wishes included being interred outside the Mickey Wright Room on the USGA campus. The USGA plans to honor those wishes with a celebration of her life to take place at a later date.

The USGA Golf Museum and Library is the nation’s oldest sports museum and the world’s leading institution for the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of golf history. It is the most trusted repository for preserving the legacies of the game’s greatest champions.

To learn more, visit usga.org.

Lauren Waidner, JP Roller Receive Sixth Annual Tom Cousins Award

Award Recognizes Outstanding Collegiate Golfers Who Excel in Academics, Are Engaged in Their Community 

(ATLANTA) — The recipients of the 2020 Tom Cousins Award were announced Monday night in conjunction with the East Lake Cup in Atlanta, as Lauren Waidner (University of Florida) and JP Roller (Texas Tech University) received the sixth annual presentation of the award.

The honor recognizes a female and male collegiate golfer who best represent the values of the award: excelling in academics and engagement in the community.

Waidner (Fleming Island, Fla.) earned the distinction for her selfless commitment to several charitable causes, and she also took part in an internship last summer centered around pediatric hospital care. The experience ultimately led the senior psychology and biology major to join a volunteer program that includes weekly hospital visits to mentor critically ill youth.

Roller, a freshman for the Red Raiders, has taken part in several service projects in his hometown (Jenks, Okla.), utilizing golf as a fundraising vehicle for helping others in need. Roller’s efforts also led to him being awarded the Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award in 2019, presented by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA).

The Tom Cousins Award is named after developer and philanthropist Tom Cousins, who laid out an aspirational blueprint to revitalize the East Lake community of Atlanta by providing cradle-to-college education, mixed-income housing and community wellness to break the cycle of poverty to create a holistic environment. East Lake now acts as a national model for community redevelopment through Purpose Built Communities for transforming a struggling community into a thriving neighborhood.

The East Lake Cup is being contested over three days, following the format from the final three days of the NCAA men’s and women’s golf national championships. On Monday, the eight teams competed in individual stroke play competition to determine the individual men’s and women’s champion and to seed for two days of match-play competition. Today and tomorrow, two match-play tournaments are being hosted simultaneously for the men’s and women’s divisions, with the semifinals taking place today and the finals and consolation matches on Wednesday.

Teams for the East Lake Cup are competing on the championship golf course at East Lake Golf Club, home of the TOUR Championship, the season-ending event of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs. The East Lake Cup benefits the East Lake Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to helping families build better lives and help children reach their highest potential. The East Lake Cup is one of the largest contributors to the East Lake Foundation, having raised more than $1.5 million for the East Lake Foundation since the tournament’s inception in 2015. ZipRecruiter and Uber Eats are the co-presenting sponsors of the East Lake Cup, with Bridgestone Golf, Mercedes-Benz and Topgolf serving as additional sponsors of the event.

Designs on a Better Golf Course released, providing “Practical answers to common questions for Green Committees”

New book from ASGCA Foundation addresses 50+ topics with engaging and entertaining information

(BROOKFIELD, Wis.) — Designs on a Better Golf Course: Practical answers to common questions for Green Committees, in now available on Amazon from ASGCA Foundation. The book, conceived and edited by ASGCA Past President Jeff Brauer, provides information on more than 50 topics over that may be raised by Green Committee members and other golf course decision makers as they consider improvements at their facilities.

The easy-to-read chapters in Designs on a Better Course are divided into 11 sections, including Renovations, Tees, Greens, Fairways and Roughs, Hazards, and Construction.

Designs on a Better Golf Course: Practical answers to common questions for Green Committees can be purchased on Amazon at https://tinyurl.com/y6yym523.

“This book provides helpful information for those making decisions about golf facilities,” said Brauer, who has written for numerous publications, including Golf Course Industry magazine. “Whether a Green Committee member, Superintendent or Course manager, having a basic understanding of how golf course architecture affects all aspects of your course and operation is a first step to a finished product that is more playable and profitable. That’s where this book comes in.”

Besides text, the book features a number graphics and charts, including the Life Expectancy for a course’s infrastructure, Maximum Slope for Green Speeds, suggested size for Tees and much more.

Author JJ Keegan previewed Designs on a Better Golf Course: “There were many fabulous things in this tome and some that surprised me,” he said. “The insights that ‘every design is a compromise’ and ‘The focus of some architects is to prevent what golfers want – a good score’ are among the candid comments that make this book a valuable resource. By itself, the charts on ‘Green Slope vs. Speed’ and ‘The Appropriate Size of the Green based on the Length of the Approach Shot,’ create fabulous guidance that validates why purchasing this book is a wise investment.”

Following is a brief sample from the chapter, “How do we Implement a Forward Tee Program or other Systems?” “Try to resist targeting any specific total course yardage over designing each hole for how different players really play golf and/or lengthening holes based on tradition or ‘gut feeling.’ Yes, the holes may become much shorter, but they probably need to, and that is the point of the program!”

“The information included in Designs on a Better Golf Course meets the ASGCA Foundation’s mission to ‘support the health of the game of golf by funding and administering programs that grow the game,’” said Foundation President Lee Schmidt, ASGCA. “Jeff was assisted on this project by a committee of ASGCA members who provided content, comment and perspective, including Nathan Crace, Richard Mandell, Greg Muirhead and John Sanford.”

Wilson Unveils Staff Model CB Irons

New line of Players irons features tri-brace stabilizer for enhanced energy transfer and incredible sound and feel. 

(CHICAGO) — Building on the award-winning Staff Model line, the new Staff Model CB Irons are designed to equip the best in the game.

Engineered for performance expected by a tour-level player, the CB Irons are an evolution of the award-winning Tour V6 Irons, the most popular choice among Wilson players on the PGA TOUR including three-time Major Champion Padraig Harrington, Kevin Streelman, Kevin Tway, and Ricky Barnes. 

“Wilson continues to strive to the make the best, most respected irons in the world,” said Jon Pergande Manager of Golf Club Innovation. “The Staff Model CB Irons are aesthetically pleasing to the elite player and with the new Tri-Brace stabilizer providing a structural connection between the topline and the central impact mass we have stabilized the topline enhancing the energy transfer to the ball while also providing improved sound and feel.”

The 20-grams of tungsten weighting in the toe of the long and mid irons enhances head stability at impact and lowers the center of gravity for reliably consistent shots. The face is precision milled along with the scorelines a carry over from the Staff Model Blade.

A forged 8620 carbon steel face is backed by an integrated Impact Mass Area, providing solid, muscle back-like feel, but with a cavity back design, delivering maximum consistency during shot shaping.  

“We listened to and worked closely with our advisory staff and tour professionals to create the Wilson Staff Model CB Irons,” Pergande continued, “The CB Irons combine the best of V6 and Staff Model blade to create our most advanced forged irons, the CB Irons will meet all the needs for the advanced player.” 

The new CB Irons are clad in a nickel-chrome plating, a high-end mirror finish and completed with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips. 

The Wilson Staff CB irons will be available on Wilson.com and retailers starting on, Jan. 15, 2021. Retail price for the CB irons is $999.99 Steel.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Unboxing CBD Recovery Supplements from OLEO

CBD remains popular for those looking to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. We unboxed a pair of supplements from OLEO. OLEO provides potent absorption—it is 2x more bioaccessible than other CBD products. They also have no bitter aftertaste, coming in both flavorless and delicious flavored blends. Most importantly, OLEO CBD drinks are THC free. OLEO is non-intoxicating and triple-tested, so you know exactly what’s inside.

CBD Boost+ ... This flavorless CBD additive dissolves rapidly in cold water and comes in a 30 serving jar containing 25mg of CBD per serving (750mg total). Made with a patent-pending micro-encapsulation process, OleoCBD™ is more bioaccessible to your body which leads to faster absorption and relief. It’s high bioaccessibility makes it one of the best CBD recovery supplements on the market today. Add it to your morning smoothie, soup, drinks or anything else you can think of.

Coconut CBD Drink Mix ... If you are looking for a great CBD muscle recovery supplement, coconut water is a great way to hydrate and replenish your body. Coconuts are naturally loaded with electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals that your body craves. Mix each serving with 12oz. of water to make the perfect post-workout CBD muscle recovery drink. Each serving of this delicious Coconut Mix contains 25mg OleoCBD™ to help your body recover faster after your toughest workouts.

Learn more at www.oleolife.com.