Friday, August 26, 2016

OGIO Golf's Fall Collection Designed for Golfers Who Have a Life Beyond Golf

2016 Fall Collection blends rich colors, clean styles and enhanced fabrics

(Draper, Utah) – The adrenaline-driven style, combined with intelligent design, can be found in every piece of the OGIO Golf Fall Apparel Collection and visible on OGIO’s team of PGA Tour ambassadors Aaron Baddeley (2016 Winner), Kevin Streelman (2015 Winner) and Chris Stroud.

“Today’s consumers are pressed for time, running from one activity to the next” commented Tom Gocke, Global Vice President. “Our vision was to create a collection of apparel that was advanced in its golf functionality, yet appropriately styled for a day in the office.”

The recently released 2016 Fall Collection features seven different styles of polos, all designed in a variety of rich colors, clean styles and enhanced fabrics.  Each of the twenty-one polos in the collection provide comfort and performance features like UV protection, free motion stretch infusion, moisture wicking, anti-bacterial protection and a self-collar with stay and stand.

The Fall Collection Polos were designed to complement the popular and stylish Knockdown pants. These lightweight, breathable and stretch-infused pants are constructed for the course, but styled for the street, with sleek lines in classic colors including black, mirage and lead. The polyester/spandex blended fabric provides moisture-wicking properties for cool, dry comfort. The stretch properties of this combination combined with the Gripper gel waistband ensures a perfect fit.

OGIO’s Fall Collection also has you covered when the sun goes down and the night air chills. The Kamden pullover, available in mulberry or black, features a chest zip pocket, a mid-weight free motion stretch-infused fabric and a concealed, contrasted ½ zip front. The Lachlan, available in lead/black, features a smooth face full zip front, complemented with a comfy, no pill, fleece backing, a right chest scorecard or glasses pocket and zippered side hand pockets.

“Our apparel line was designed specifically for golfers who have a life beyond golf” said Gocke. “As avid golfers ourselves, we knew we wanted to create a collection that transcended a traditional golf outfit.  Based on our growth in this category, I believe we’ve achieved that.”

The OGIO 2016 Fall Collection is available in premium golf and retail stores across the U.S. To view the entire collection, visit www.ogiogolf.com.

New Sun Mountain Golf Push Carts Improved for '17

Sun Mountain Speed Cart
(Missoula, Montana) – Since ushering in the golf push cart movement in 1999 with the introduction of the Speed Cart; Sun Mountain has continually refined and improved its carts. New for 2017 are the three-wheeled Speed Cart GT and four-wheeled Micro-Cart GT. Notable updates include a redesigned bag support that more easily accommodates golf stand bags and a new collection of add-on accessories. These new carts will be in golf shops in September with a suggested retail price of $209.99 for Speed Cart GT and $199.99 for Micro-Cart GT.

New for 2017, Speed Cart GT features a redesigned upper bag bracket to better hold golf stand bags plus top and bottom bungee straps to more securely hold the bag. The cart’s redesigned storage tray has a new mobile phone slot, a new drink holder, and an updated mesh basket. Speed Cart comes standard with an umbrella holder, scorecard holder, and padded storage tray.

Speed Cart GT folds down to W37” X H16” X D13” and weighs 17.25 lbs.

New on the Micro-Cart GT is a self-latching, lower bracket that clicks effortlessly into place when opening the cart and easily disengages when folding. An improved E-Z Latch on the upper bracket simplifies adjusting the handle height. Also new, is an upper bag bracket that has been redesigned to better hold stand bags. The new bracket also includes two bungee straps to more securely hold the golf bag. The front axle has also been improved with a no-tools-required system to extend the front axle by two inches to accommodate larger golf bags. The new Micro-Cart GT also offers an updated drink holder and new mesh basket to hold head covers, wind breakers, etc. Micro-Cart comes standard with an umbrella holder and a console with padded valuables compartment, magnetic scorecard holder, and pencil, ball, and tee holders.

Micro-Cart GT folds to: W27” X H17” X D13” and weighs 16.6 lbs.

There is also an ever growing collection of optional, add-on accessories including a water bottle cooler, range finder compartment, and cigar holder to go along with new cart covers and wheel covers.

For the nearest Sun Mountain retailer call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.

Sand Ridge Golf Club Celebrates 18 Years of Signature Program Certification

(Chardon, OH) - Sand Ridge Golf Club was recently recertified as a Signature Sanctuary after an on-site review by Audubon International. Sand Ridge registered in the Signature Program in 1998 and recently passed its eighth on-site review. The golf course was the first club in the state of Ohio to earn and maintain its certification in the prestigious Audubon International Signature Program.

To become certified, Signature Program members must implement management of the property according to a site-specific Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP) addressing wildlife conservation and habitat enhancement, water quality monitoring and management, integrated pest management, water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction and management, and green building products and procedures. Receiving designation as a Certified Signature Sanctuary is contingent upon the quality and completeness of the NRMP and its implementation.

To become recertified, members must provide an annual update. This includes documentation of education and outreach projects, results of water quality monitoring tests, list of pesticides used, and an on-site review by Audubon International staff.

Located only 30 miles east of Cleveland, Sand Ridge is home to 102 acres of high quality wetlands cared for by wetland specialist, Dr. Edward J.P. Hauser. Dr. Hauser has worked since 1993 to restore the wetlands to their original state by removing invasive woody species such as buckthorn. This restoration operation has transformed overgrown thickets into acres of flowering native plants including Joe-Pye Weed in the fall and marsh marigolds in the spring. “It is always a pleasure to visit Sand Ridge to see what is in bloom, what wildlife can be observed, or what project has just been completed. This year the focus was the restoration and functionality of the wetland system,” stated Nancy Richardson, Director of the Audubon International Signature Program during the recent visit.

In addition to general maintenance projects such cart path renovations, purchase of new equipment, bunker renovation, and storm water drainage projects, the environmental highlights of the property over the years include the following:

· Conservation Easement. All open space including over 100 acres of natural wetlands, 100 acres of uplands and created lakes, and the golf course are protected by a conservation easement held in perpetuity by the Western Reserve Conservancy of Northeast Ohio.

· Naturalized Acreage. Since 2000, approximately 65 acres of the original golf course footprint has been converted to upland open meadows. The annual savings is estimated to be about $65,000. Such eco-tones added new areas for food niches and microhabitats for invertebrate and vertebrate wildlife, especially insects, birds, and rodents.

· Bio-Diesel Fuel. All major internal combustion equipment now burns a B-20 fuel mixture which produces maximum engine performance, extends engine life, and reduces CO₂ emissions by 50%.

· Monarch Habitat. Hundreds of milkweed plants have been introduced into the meadow areas to provide habitat for the Monarch butterfly.

· Goose Management. A solar powered night-time blinking light helps keep Canada geese off of the course from dusk to dawn.

· Beaver Dam. Over the past years, the creation of open water zones by a beaver dam impoundment has created new habitat for plants such as Bottle Brush Sedge and Water Loosestrife. The loosestrife in particular has helped stabilize the beaver dam to protect the hydrology of this newly confirmed fen ecosystem.

· Invasive Plant Removal. Removal and eradication of invasive plants is necessary to prevent their encroachment and impact on native species. Eradication process of the invasive plant Purple Loosestrife begun in 2001 is now deemed successful. Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula) was prevalent particularly in hole #16 wetland so a manual eradication program was begun in 2001. Invasive species removal continues as a part of the management regime.

“We are very proud of our accomplishments with the Signature Program,” stated Brent Palich, Director of Golf Operations for Sand Ridge. “Prior to opening in 1998, the club and Audubon International set lofty goals for Sand Ridge. The course was not only expected to be one of Ohio’s best golf courses, but also a leader in environmental sustainability. The guidelines set by Audubon International helped us reach these goals over the last 18 years.”

About Sand Ridge Golf Club
Sand Ridge Golf Club, a Tom Fazio-designed 18 hole private golf course, sits in a region of the country known for its maple syrup and within the primary snow belt of northeastern Ohio on 359 acres in the western foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The 17th hole of the golf course is known as “Headwaters” because it is located in the headwater area for the Chagrin River and Cuyahoga River watersheds of Lake Erie.

About Audubon International
Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments, and entire communities. The Signature Program premiered in 1993 and is focused on promoting sound land management practices and appropriate land use changes based on sound scientific research. Signature Sanctuaries are currently located in 29 states and in Canada, Puerto Rico, China, Portugal, and Spain.

For more information, visit the website at www.auduboninternational.org.

Nexbelt Sponsors the 2016 World Amateur Handicap Championships in Myrtle Beach

(RANCHO CUCAMONGA) - Nexbelt, "The Fastest Growing Belt in Golf," announced that they are Primary Sponsors of the 2016 Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championships and will be exhibiting in the World's Largest 19th Hole Expo. The World Amateur Handicap Championships will be held in Myrtle Beach, SC August 29th through September 2nd.

As Primary Sponsors of the event, Nexbelt will be presenting one of its Golf Series belts to more than 3,000 participants who will be competing in the World Handicap Championships.

About The World's Largest 19th Hole
The World's Largest 19th Hole is by all accounts the world's largest golf tournament party. It's the heartbeat of the World Am golf event and covers most of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. It's equal parts food, fun, expo and all around good time! This nightly celebration is catered by the best restaurants in Myrtle Beach and provides free top-shelf drinks and live entertainment, in addition to presentations ranging from club testing to technical golf advice from PGA Professionals. Equal parts World Am headquarters, clubhouse grill, golf exhibition and party, the 19th Hole is where the 3000-plus golf tournament participants and their guests convene at the end of each day, sharing their competition golf experiences and hoping to see their name appear on the leaderboards that display current flight standings.

About the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championships
Congregating in Myrtle Beach will be more than 3,300 golfers from all 50 states and more than 25 foreign countries who share their love of the game and their drive to become world champion. The largest and most fun-filled amateur golf tournament on the planet was first played back in 1984 with 684 participants. Numerous celebrities have been part of the fun over the years, including Major League Baseball stars Roger Clemens and Tony Womack, LPGA champion Annika Sorenstam, NASCAR great Jeff Gordon, and CBS Sports and Golf Channel Commentator, David Feherty. The granddaddy of all such golf events features 72-holes of intense stroke play competition, a thrilling 18-hole championship playoff, lots of gifts and prizes, plus nightly parties and entertainment. And it remains one of the best values in competitive golf. But at the heart of its enduring success is the camaraderie among participants. This is where lifelong friendships are forged.
 
Nexbelt is the "The Fastest Growing Belt In Golf." Its team of Staff Professionals for 2016 includes PGA Tour Players, Jim Furyk, Kevin Na, Marc Leishman, Jason Bohn, Jarrod Lyle, Greg Chalmers and LPGA Tour Player Katie Burnett.

Nexbelt is known for their innovative technology and providing golfers with the maximum comfort and minimal adjusting. The unique ratcheting system called PreciseFit allows the wearer to adjust the belt in ¼ inch increments, providing the golfer with the best fit, feel, and fashion.

Nexbelt is 100% committed to offering its customers superior customer service and the most innovative and technologically advanced products available.

Nexbelt's DRIVE Vision ...
Deliver what we Promise with Integrity.
Retain the Human touch
Invest in Good People generously.
Value our Customers Unconditionally.
Embrace Change with Innovation.

For more information about Nexbelt, visit www.Nexbelt.com.

Hall-of-Fame Baseball Play-by-Play Voice Bob Uecker to Join Feherty Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET

Uecker Reflects on a 45-Year Career in Broadcasting; how he Propositioned Bud Selig into Letting him Take Part in Miller Lite Commercials
 
(ORLANDO, Fla.) – 45-year veteran baseball Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker will join Feherty on Tuesday (Aug. 30) at 10 p.m. ET to reflect on a life and career centered around the baseball diamond. A native of Milwaukee, he has served as the play-by-play voice of his hometown Milwaukee Brewers since 1971 after retiring as a major league catcher, where he was a member of the Milwaukee Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves. Uecker also is known for his role in the “Major League” movies, and over the course of the interview he effortlessly showcases his quick wit and a knack for storytelling.

Topics discussed include:
- His more than 100 guest appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and earning the title “Mr. Baseball” from Carson
- How he propositioned Bud Selig – owner of the Milwaukee Brewers at the time – into letting him take part in Miller Lite commercials, and how it ultimately helped lead to the strong partnership between the Brewers and Miller Lite that exists today.
- How he thought he ruined pitcher Sandy Koufax’s chances at the Hall of Fame after hitting a home run off of him
- The similarities between the golf swing and a baseball swing

Upcoming Guests this Season
Other upcoming guests on Feherty scheduled for this fall include Pro Football Hall-of-Famers Emmitt Smith (Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 10 p.m. ET) and Cris Carter (Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 10 p.m. ET), and 2014 European Ryder Cup team captain Paul McGinley (Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. ET).

Specialized Textile Sourcing Exhibitors, Workshops Featured at the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show

Educational Programming Will Provide Insights into Performance Fabrics, Manufacturing and International Trade

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – Fabric mills and factories from around the world will exhibit the latest developments in athletic and golf-related apparel in a dedicated Performance & Sports Textile Sourcing section of the Show Floor at the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 25-27, in Orlando, Fla. Complimentary education sessions will be offered to provide expert insight into technical fabric innovations, international trade policies, American manufacturing and advantages of duty-free sourcing.

“We have developed Performance & Sports Textile Sourcing on the PGA Show Floor based on an exhibitor desire to expand their sourcing matrix and develop a deeper knowledge of performance fabrics, manufacturing and international trade opportunities,” said PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions Senior Vice President and General Manager Ed Several. “Golf and resort apparel development executives, designers, CEOs and entrepreneurs will be able to meet face-to-face with experts from around the globe in one convenient location and develop their understanding of fabrications, manufacturing and international sourcing opportunities.”

The specialized Performance & Sports Textile Sourcing section on the PGA Show Floor was first introduced in 2016 to enhance sourcing for exhibitors by providing a curated group of fabric mills and factories specializing in athletic and golf apparel. A Performance & Sports Textile Sourcing presentation area will complement the exhibitor grouping, offering complimentary education sessions. Attendees will also have the opportunity to make consulting appointments with sourcing professionals who can provide basic sourcing protocol and guidance, plus assist with identifying appropriate suppliers. Additional information is available at PGAShow.com/textilesourcing.

Columbia Golf Features Nine Players in FedEx Cup Playoffs

(Overland Park, KS) – The Columbia Golf brand will have nine of its team members playing in the 2016 FedEx Cup Playoffs. Jon Curran (49th), Patton Kizzire (58th), Ryan Palmer (63rd), Jason Kokrak (65th), Brian Harman (88th), Robert Garrigus (102nd), Boo Weekley (110th), Mark Hubbard (113th) and Shawn Stefani (123rd) will all be present to try and claim the FedEx Cup Trophy and $10,000,000 bonus.

Over the course of the 2016 PGA Tour season, the Columbia Golf team has seen an abundance of success, finishing with a combined 55 Top 25s and 22 Top 10s on the year. Highlighting the success was the T2 finish by Jason Kokrak at the Northern Trust Open, the second-place finish by Jon Curran at the Memorial, and the T3 finish by Ryan Palmer at the Dean & Deluca Invite.