Friday, June 15, 2018

50th Anniversary of Puma's Iconic Suede Shoes Inspires Throwback Collection from Puma Golf

PUMA Golf’s Throwback Collection & Suede G Brings Iconic Street Style to the Links

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – The iconic PUMA Suede shoe launched in 1968 and since then has been influencing street style, transcending generations and cultures with its legendary, classic, cool vibe. The shoes remain as relevant today as they were when they launched five decades ago. In honor of the Suede’s 50th anniversary this year, PUMA Golf is launching its Throwback Collection, headlined by the Suede G, featuring the same iconic style of a classic Suede shoe with modern performance technologies ideally suited for the golf course. Building off of the retro design of the Suede G, PUMA’s Throwback Collection for men and women, will include accessories and apparel that pay homage to yesteryear including a polo, Corduroy bottoms, P Cap and a T7 Jacket, delivering timeless style from head to toe.

“The Suede has been a street legend since day one. It’s clean, classic, comfortable, and now we’re excited to bring the same iconic look to the golf course,” said Grant Knudson, Head of Footwear & Accessories, PUMA Golf. “The Suede G will celebrate the retro design of the original version, but incorporate traction and function that’s vital to a spikeless golf shoe. We’re excited to join PUMA in this milestone celebration, and provide golfers with the same epic style that revolutionized the sneaker world 50 years ago.”

Mimicking the classic style of PUMA’s original Suedes, the Suede G shoe ($120) is constructed with a premium, waterproof, low-nap Suede upper and microfiber leather formstripe, with a gold foil stamped PUMA #1 logo on the quarter and CAT logo on the heel. The shoes were redesigned with an array of on-course performance benefits including the innovative hidden traction outsole which provides the appearance of a fashion-forward sneaker off the course, while offering excellent recessed spikeless traction for unrivaled grip and stability on any surface on the course. The G features a sleek shaped last for a stylish toe-down look and added comfort. The ultra-soft PU insole provides added support for long-lasting comfort. The golf version, which will come in a special edition Suede 50th Anniversary shoe box, is available now in Quiet Shade and Black for men, and a Quarry and Majesty (purple) colorway for women.

The Throwback Collection of apparel and accessories is a nod to PUMA’s heritage and classic style, taking inspiration from the original PUMA Dassler logo to create distinctive, throwback style and graphic patterns. Each piece incorporates a modern take on classic style, providing golfers with options that can seamlessly transition from the office to the first tee and the 19th hole.

“The Throwback Collection is unlike anything you’ve ever seen in golf. It merges classic PUMA style, taking inspiration from its throwback looks and original Dassler logo, with modern, game-changing performance fabrics that can seamlessly take you from the golf course to the office,” said Kristin Hinze, Global Head Golf Apparel, PUMA Golf. “In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Suede, and the introduction of the iconic shoe to golf, we have built a timeless collection of apparel and accessories that beautifully and classically represents PUMA’s rich heritage as the world’s leading sports and lifestyle brand.”

The full Throwback Collection includes:

The classic PUMA T7 Track Jacket ($70), which first debuted in 1958, is available in two colorways showcasing its iconic stripes. It has been reinvigorated for golf performance, with a cotton and polyester blend, moisture-wicking fabric that will allow for freedom of movement, style and comfort through your swing.

Evoknit Dassler Polo ($65) for men utilizing PUMA’s seamless EVOKNIT fabric and construction to deliver extreme comfort, style and performance. The PWRCOOL Dassler Polo ($75) features an ultralight, moisture-wicking fabric, in three neutral color choices for perfect style on and off the course.

Corduroy 6 Pocket Pants ($85) for men are anything but your traditional cords. They are engineered with a cotton, spandex blend with two-way stretch fabric so they move with you through your swing. This version is PUMA’s modern take on classic style with subtle high-end finishes including elements of faux leather on the back and a stretch waist band. These pants will be sure to turn heads whether you are in a conference room or playing 18.

Topping off the collection is a Throwback P 110 Snapback Cap ($30) which comes in five colorways: Black, Peacoat, Grey, Red and a special Red/White/Blue color that Rickie Fowler will debut at this week’s U.S. Open. This cap mimics the popular P Cap that launched earlier this year, but includes a lower-profile Suede P branding with a heathered fabric.

The Women’s Collection also features a T7 Track Jacket ($70) in Pink and Peacoat, along with a Dassler Jacquard Sleeveless Polo ($55) with a subtle camo-pattern and moisture-wicking, stretch fabric to keep you dry, cool and stylish throughout the round.

For more information on the full Throwback Collection visit: https://goo.gl/o4yozh

KemperSports Properties Shine in Recent Golfweek Rankings

23 properties receive honors from Golfweek Magazine

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports announced that 23 of its properties were featured in Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play list that ranks the best public and resort courses in each state. KemperSports is proud to manage more top-ranked courses than any other management company.

“We share these honors with our clients and trusted staff who work tirelessly to deliver unmatched customer service to our valued guests,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner.

KemperSports-managed properties that were honored include:
Golfweek Best Courses You Can Play:
- California – No. 23 – Desert Willow (Firecliff)
- Florida – No. 2 – Streamsong (Black); No. 3 – Streamsong (Red); No. 4 – Streamsong (Blue)
- Illinois – No. 10 – Cantigny; No. 15 – The Glen Club
- Kansas – No. 4 – Sand Creek Station
- Maryland – No. 5 – Whiskey Creek
- Minnesota – No. 2 – The Wilderness at Fortune Bay; No. 7 – The Jewel
- Missouri – No. 8 – Shoal Creek
- New Jersey – No. 11 – Heron Glen; No. 13 – Galloping Hill
- New York – No. 14 – Seneca Hickory Stick
- North Carolina – No. 6 – Tobacco Road
- Oregon – No. 1 – Pacific Dunes; No. 2 – Old Macdonald; No. 3 – Bandon Dunes; No. 4 – Bandon Trails
- Texas – No. 4 – Butterfield Trail
- Virginia – No. 4 – Golden Horseshoe (Gold)
- Washington – No. 1 – Chambers Bay
- Wisconsin – No. 2 – Sand Valley

For more information on KemperSports, visit www.kempersports.com.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

NBC to Air Finale of Docu-Series Driven: Oklahoma State Cowboys, Executive Produced by Rickie Fowler

Encore of Driven Finale on Golf Channel on Sunday at 10 a.m. ET

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Saturday’s finale of the critically-acclaimed documentary series Driven: Oklahoma State Cowboys (5 p.m. ET, NBC) will take viewers behind the scenes of the 2017-18 golf seasons for the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Oklahoma Sooners’ men’s golf programs, culminating with the storybook ending for the Cowboys at the 2018 NCAA Golf National Championships. An encore of Driven’s finale also will air Sunday on Golf Channel at 10 a.m. ET.

Executive produced by Rickie Fowler (Main Event Productions) and narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Josh Duhamel, Saturday’s hour-long finale will delve into Oklahoma State’s historic season that featured 10 victories – highlighted by seven-in-a-row during the regular season – and never relinquishing their position as the top-ranked program in the country. The episode also follows Oklahoma’s regular season and their journey to try and repeat as NCAA National Champions.

The episode will then turn its attention to the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships, which took place in May at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., OSU’s home course. The championship features 72-holes of individual stroke play and two days of team match play, with Golf Channel cameras going behind the scenes throughout the event. Oklahoma State capped off its historic season by capturing their 11th men’s golf national championship over Alabama in the championship match in front of their hometown crowd.

Golf Channel is the television home for college golf, including the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Golf National Championships and the East Lake Cup. The network has provided live coverage of the men’s national championships since 2014 and the women’s national championships since 2015, which now are hosted at the same venue in consecutive weeks in May. Golf Channel also presents the East Lake Cup collegiate match play championship, a three-day fall championship that invites the eight semifinalists from the previous NCAA men’s and women’s golf championships. The East Lake Cup is hosted at historic East Lake Cup Golf in Atlanta, Ga., and benefits the East Lake Foundation. In addition, Golf Channel deploys its comprehensive portfolio of news, digital and social media coverage year-round in covering collegiate golf, including specials for regional and national qualifying and on-site, wraparound news from golf’s biggest college events.

Mackenzie Golf Bags Acquires American-made Headcover Company, Fore Ewe

(PORTLAND, OR) - MacKenzie Golf Bags announced the successful acquisition of Fore Ewe, a Minnesota-based company, which specializes in knitted headcovers. The combination of the two firms brings together complimentary capabilities with a common ethos. Both companies make their products in America, both maintain a rigorous commitment to quality, and both offer highly customizable options to their customers.

In announcing the merger, Tom Mulflur, owner of MacKenzie Golf Bags said, “We make a beautiful, collector-quality golf bag for our customers. MacKenzie customers demand lasting quality and have a strong sense of personal style and aesthetics. We are excited to now offer a custom, hand-knit headcover option that serves those same customers’ needs. We’ve spent a long time looking for the right partner and Fore Ewe was unquestionably that partner. Mary makes her products in America - by hand. Each headcover is carefully made with high quality materials specifically for the customer.”

Mary Jackley, the founder of Fore Ewe explained, “My headcover business started very organically. I began making headcovers for friends and over time, their friends, and then their friends wanted headcovers too. I didn’t set out to start a headcover business, I simply applied my craft and people responded to that passion and quality. I think it is very much the same thing for MacKenzie. MacKenzie is a company that springs from a real sense of passion and purpose. We both strive to make the highest quality product we can for customers who love and appreciate what we do.”

MacKenzie’s Creative Director, Nic Mulflur, pointed out that, “Every MacKenzie begins with an idea, a conversation, and a rendering. We’re passionate about working with our customers to create a truly original piece – and now that creativity can extend beyond the golf bag. Fore Ewe headcovers are amazingly customizable, extremely well made and the perfect fit on a MacKenzie.”

For now, the two websites will remain separate as both sites have fairly sophisticated software which enables customers to design precisely what they want, but behind the scenes, efforts to integrate the manufacturing process and fulfillment systems are well underway. And while Fore Ewe may have new ownership, Mary Jackley isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Both parties are committed to getting the transition right.

Revo Announces Kimberly Miller as Vice President Sales, Golf

(NEW YORK) – Revo announced the appointment of Kimberly Miller as the Vice President of Sales for Revo Golf. Kimberly brings over 20 years of experience in the golf market and will be integral in growing key opportunities and forging strategic relationships in this channel.

Cliff Robinson, President of Revo Sunglasses stated, "We are excited to have Kimberly join the Revo team. She brings a wealth of golf market expertise and will be integral to the continued growth of the Revo brand in the Golf channel. Revo sunglasses offer industry-leading performance and protection both on and off the course.”

Revo is a 100% polarized collection that pioneered the performance eyewear industry with its signature Light Management System – a technology that manages the full spectrum of light including harmful Blue Light and HEV Light. In a sport with unique light requirements, the Revo lens palette has numerous offerings for golfers to improve contrast and visual acuity while also highlighting key parts of the light spectrum for a more precise visual experience on the course.

KemperSports Properties Take Top Honors in Annual NGF Loyalty Awards

Sand Creek Station and The Jewel win top spot in respective category; 
six other properties finish top-5 overall

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports announced that eight of its properties were honored in the annual NGF (National Golf Foundation) Loyalty Awards with Sand Creek Station (Newton, Kan.) taking home top honors in the “less than $70” green fee category for the tenth consecutive year and The Jewel (Lake City, Minn.) winning the “more than $70” green fee category for the first time.

The awards were given to facilities with the highest customer satisfaction index scores based on surveys fielded through NGF's Golfer Survey Program. The NGF survey is a comprehensive annual survey that goes to each properties database of customers to gauge satisfaction and value.

Combined with TrueReview, KemperSports properties are given a snapshot of guest feedback and satisfaction. TrueReview is a proprietary program implemented at KemperSports properties that tracks guest satisfaction and invites feedback from past visitors.

"We are truly proud of each staff member at these deserving properties for delivering outstanding guest experience every day,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. “We believe inviting guest feedback and tracking loyalty is a great way to ensure happy and loyal customers.”

KemperSports-managed properties that were honored include:

More than $70 category:
Winner – The Jewel – Lake City, Minn.
Top-5 overall – The Wilderness at Fortune Bay – Tower, Minn.
Top-5 overall – Desert Willow – Palm Desert, Calif.
Top-5 overall – Heron Glen Golf Course – Ringoes, NJ

Less than $70 category:
Winner – Sand Creek Station Golf Club – Newton, Kan.
Top-5 overall – Riverside Golf Course – Janesville, Wis.
Top-5 overall – Shoal Creek – Kansas City, Mo.
Top-5 overall – Shiloh Springs – Platte City, Mo.

KemperSports credits its strong showing in the NGF Loyalty Awards due to the company’s long-standing commitment to delivering exceptional customer service, including the implementation of TrueService – KemperSports proprietary customer service training initiative that gives each staffer the tools and best practices to deliver genuine, helpful and friendly service to their guests.

For more information on KemperSports, visit www.kempersports.com.

Devant Sport Towels Introduces All-New Sculpted Towel Series

(Charlotte, NC) – Located in Monroe, NC, Devant Sport Towels is pleased to live up to its name as the industry leader in sport towels by introducing the all-new custom woven Sculpted Towel Series.

“We are excited to offer this new style of custom woven towel for our customers,” said Jason Bonenberger, Devant Brand Manager. “The Sculpted Towel Series will give a club logo dimension not found in any other type of towel.”

The Sculpted Towel accentuates a design or logo with two woven methods; a flat weave combined with a traditional looped weave. The blend of the two woven methods gives the design unique depth and dimension, allowing the design to be seen from any angle. Made from 100% terry cotton, the Sculpted Towel comes in a series of preset colors of four muted color tones: blue, green, gray and white. The Sculpted Towel is a modern, understated and high-end look for any logo design.

Devant Sport Towels has been a Charlotte area business for over 40 years, from its inception in 1976 as a family run, home-based business. Now housed in a 75,000 square-foot facility and producing over one million towels a year, the staff preserves the spirit of family in the operation. Devant’s Monroe facility has over 25 employees with half of those holding over 10 years of tenure. “Our employees take great pride in their work, with the full belief that every towel that comes out of Monroe is a piece of art,” said Bonenberger.

Like all Devant Sport Towels, the Sculpted Towel Series includes low minimums, fast lead times and free art setup. The 16” x 24” towels feature a black Spring-Lock™ clip standard attachment. “We designed the Sculpted Towel Series as a creative way to feature a club logo in an understated way with a high-end finish,” said Bonenberger. “This new towel combined with Devant’s unmatched quality, customer service and support are the perfect combination we are proud to offer every one of our customers.”

For information on Devant, visit www.devantsporttowels.com. Follow at https://www.facebook.com/DevantSportTowels and https://twitter.com/devantsporttowe.