Friday, May 29, 2015

Introducing Altro Optics, Powered by Tifosi

(Watkinsville, GA) – Tifosi Optics, Inc. introduces Altro Optics, a unique blend of sport and lifestyle sunglasses for every light condition in every environment. And at prices everyone will love.

Ergonomically designed to be lightweight and comfortable, Altro Optics guarantees long hours of wearing comfort. Altro is equipped with shatterproof Polycarbonate lenses to protect you from impact and harmful UV rays. Grilamid TR-90 frames make the collection lightweight and extremely durable for the long haul. Polarized and non-polarized versions are available for every light condition.

The 2015 collection consists of seven fashion-forward styles with lens options ranging from standard to mirrored to polarized, and full frame or half frame models. The Refuge features classic, full-frame styling, the Alric combines sport optic style with retro arm detail, and the full frame Sledge touts a chunky frame with lightweight comfort. All priced from $29.95 to $49.95 MSRP.

View the entire collection now at the newly launched website, www.altrooptics.com.

For more information about Tifosi Optics, visit www.tifosioptics.com.

Hilton Head Golf Island Announces 2015 Summer Golf Packages

Value-Packed, Lowcountry Getaways at Three Premier On-Island Resorts

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) - Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) - a collection of premier resorts and courses in one of the worlds greatest golf destinations - is offering a wide-array of value-laden packages for the summer.

Oceanfront views, Lowcountry scenery, countless outdoor activities and a burgeoning culinary scene converge on the island during the summer months. Ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including "Best Courses" and "Best Weather," HHGI is easily accessible from numerous Southeast, Midwest and East Coast cities.

A sampling of packages offered at www.hiltonheadgolfisland.com:

* The Heritage Golf Collection "All You Can Play Summer Stay" - Starting at $165 per person, per night, golfers select three rounds from Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club, Shipyard, Palmetto Hall Plantation and Oyster Reef with complimentary range balls and unlimited replays. Three nights lodging at The Hampton Inn, discounts on golf shop purchases and clubhouse dining round out the package.

* Palmetto Dunes "Birdies and Beer Getaway" - Enjoy three nights and three rounds on the resorts championship courses: Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront, Arthur Hills and George Fazio starting at $178 per golfer, per night. A breakfast and beer gift card, complimentary range balls, two-bedroom villa accommodations and two hours of daily court time at the Tennis Center are included.

* The Sea Pines Resort "Villa Golf Package" - Features villa accommodations for four nights and three rounds at Heron Point by Pete Dye and the Ocean Course, with complimentary green fees for afternoon replays based on availability (cart fees apply). Starting at $145 per person, this offer also includes a warm-up bag of range balls per round, 10 percent off select pro shop items and at resort restaurants, and complimentary wireless internet and use of The Sea Pines Resort Fitness Center.

"These packages are loaded with value-added and are a great opportunity for golfers to enjoy an extended stay and play," says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association and Vice President of Sports and Operations at Sea Pines Resort. "Coastal breezes, thick strands of Live Oaks and plenty of shade make summer a great time to experience Hilton Head Golf Island."

Getting to Hilton Head Island has never been easier. Allegiant Air has introduced non-stop, one-way service from select Ohio cities (Akron, Cincinnati and Columbus) to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) for as low as $78. Also, JetBlue Airways offers non-stop, one-way flights to Savannah from Boston (BOS) and New York City (JFK) starting at $84.

For additional information about rates, restrictions and other package inclusions, or to receive a quote: www.hiltonheadgolfisland.com, 800.523.3373.

Nike Extends Storied Uniform Design to the Golf Course

College athletes will wear special-edition uniforms on the first and last days of the NCAA tournament

(RELEASE) - Nike Golf unveiled its newly designed custom uniforms for several of the top golf programs in the country that will compete in the Men’s Golf Championships beginning May 29 at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida. The players will sport the new uniforms on the first and last days of the competition.

Designers at Nike Golf spent time with representatives from each school to identify the team’s favorite logos then used them to create the new uniforms.

As part of the customization process, each player selected his own number to be displayed on his uniform, a practice not formerly adopted by golf teams. The number blocking system borrows from each school’s football team uniforms. The polo shirts also include the teams’ respective conference logos.

“Our team is so excited about actually having a jersey,” said University of Washington head coach Matt Thurmond. “They loved picking their number and it was fun to reveal them to the team. We are athletes. Athletes have jerseys. Maybe in a couple years the kids back home will be buying the jerseys of our top players and wearing them when they play, wanting to be like them. Hopefully this is the start of every high school and college golfer feeling like an athlete on a real team, as they should. I love that Nike is out front on this.”

Teams from the West Coast, including the University of Oregon, Stanford University, the University of Southern California and the University of Washington, feature specially designed uniforms based on the Nike Afterburner Polo with a fade pattern in team colors.

Designs for Vanderbilt University and the University of Oklahoma use the Nike Commander Polo. Each shirt features the school’s secondary color on the sleeves.

The University of Georgia and Duke University will wear the Nike Major Moment Polo, the same polo worn by Rory McIlroy at The Masters, in their school colors.

Each team will also be outfitted in a custom Tour Mesh Hat featuring the logo and Nike True Tour Cap with the team’s mascot.

Five of the top women’s teams who competed in the Championships May 22-27 also wore similarly designed polos for their championship tournament.  The winning school, Stanford University, sported these new looks enroute to their championship victory.

These uniforms are not available for purchase and are specially designed for the Championship players.

Annika Sörenstam Visits Estonian Golf & Country Club to Oversee Plans for Her First Design in Europe

Annika Sorenstam and Hanno Kross
(Estonian Golf & Country Club, Tallinn) - Annika Sörenstam, widely regarded as the greatest female golfer of all time, visited Estonian Golf & Country Club, Tallinn, today as plans for her first course design in Europe take shape.

The 10-time major champion, who amassed an unprecedented 89 tournament victories in a 15-year career, is designing a new course to complement the venue’s existing Sea Course, rated among Europe’s Top 100 Courses*.

Construction of the new course at Estonian Golf & Country Club, a member of the European Tour Properties network of world class golf venues, is part of a major development to create a family leisure resort and spa, including a 150-room hotel, overlooking the Gulf of Finland.

Annika is working closely with European Golf Design (EGD), the golf course design company of the European Tour and IMG, with groundwork scheduled to start in 2016.

Annika said: “This is a naturally beautiful landscape, reminiscent of where I grew up, and it’s a privilege to be asked to design a golf course here.

“My approach to course design is to capture the natural character of the landscape, blending golf holes into the surrounding environment. My goal is to create a versatile course that can be enjoyed by players of any age and skill level, using a variety of tees, landing areas and approaches. Ultimately, I want it to be both a strategic challenge and a memorable experience, whether you are an elite player competing in a tournament, or a young golfer enjoying a family holiday.”

Annika added: “Estonian Golf & Country Club’s plans for a leisure resort that is family friendly shows great vision and I’m excited to be part of a project that I believe will attract visitors from across the Nordic countries, Europe and beyond.”

The new 18-hole course will replace the existing 9-hole Stone Course at Estonian Golf & Country Club, and will complement the championship Sea Course, which in 2011 hosted European qualifying for the Omega Mission Hills World Cup, the final of which was staged at the upscale Chinese resort which also boasts an ANNIKA designed course.

On high, flat land above a limestone escarpment that drops down to a pine forest and the Sea Course, the new ANNIKA layout will command outstanding views over the Rebala National Heritage Area, within which the GEO Certified country club is situated.

Using the long, native grasses and firm turf, the course will have a links-like look and feel. Tees will be spread out with the tournament course measuring 6,445m (7,050 yards), while fully constructed forward tees will create a genuine 4,000m (4,375 yards) course for juniors and new golfers.

Hanno Kross, Estonian Golf & Country Club Chief Executive, said: “I first met Annika in 2011 to discuss designing our second course and she immediately understood and empathized with our vision to further develop Estonian Golf & Country Club into an international leisure resort and spa.

“As well as being one of the most successful golfers of all time, she is family orientated and coaches young people, so brings a contemporary perspective to the needs of a modern resort and the type of golf course and facilities that are required.”

Estonian Golf & Country Club, just 20 minutes from the country’s exquisite capital city of Tallinn, will open its new ANNIKA Course, as well as the first 60 rooms of the new hotel, in 2019.

Hanno Kross added: “While many golfers regularly hop across on the ferry from Finland to play golf in Estonia, we hope the new ANNIKA Course will attract more golfers and families from Sweden, who can travel here easily via a 55-minute flight or on the daily ferry, as well as other European countries.

“This is an exciting new concept for golf tourism in northern Europe – where our long, sunny summer days are perfect for active, outdoor holidays – and we are extremely pleased Annika is on board and is contributing so much to the strategy behind this project.”

Annika’s visit to Estonian Golf & Country Club Chief coincides with the venue’s 10th anniversary. To mark the occasion, a special open tournament will take place on both the Stone and Sea Courses, together with a 10th birthday party.

* Golf World Top 100 Golf Courses in Continental Europe; www.top100golfcourses.co.uk.

For further information on Estonian Golf & Country Club visit: www.egcc.ee

Peter Hill, Billy Casper Golf Honored with Wounded Warrior Project Talkhouse Award

Award Given for Community Service for 'World's Largest Golf Outing'

(VIENNA, VA) - Billy Casper Golf Chairman and CEO Peter Hill was presented the prestigious Talkhouse Award for Community Service at the 10th Annual Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner on Thursday, May 28 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

The award is in recognition of Hill's brainchild, the World's Largest Golf Outing, the simultaneous golf outing across America that has raised more than $2 million for WWP since its inception in 2011.

In addition to Hill, actor Mark Wahlberg was recognized with the new James Gandolfini Award for his participation in commercials highlighting WWP and the challenges service members face as they transition back into civilian life.  Wahlberg became an advocate for veterans' issues during the launch of his film, "Lone Survivor."

"Our Billy Casper Golf team has embraced the values of patriotism and compassion to help advance the Wounded Warrior Project mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors," says Hill.  "While I'm deeply honored to receive this award, the real heroes are our armed forces and the thousands of golfers who play in the largest single-day golf fundraiser to benefit WWP."

Past Talkhouse Award recipients include Under Armour Chairman and CEO Kevin Plank, Tough Mudder, U-Haul, the New York Police and Fire Departments, singer Trace Adkins and baseball star Johnny Damon.

"Billy Casper Golf came to us simply with the desire to help," says Adam Silva, Chief Development Officer for WWP.  "Our relationship is amazing and it is awe-inspiring the event has grown into a national fundraiser transforming countless lives."

The 2015 World's Largest Golf Outing is on Monday, August 3 and played coast to coast at more than 150 courses managed by Billy Casper Golf, Troon Golf, ClubCorp and Toll Brothers Golf.  The event is open to all golfers regardless of ability; a USGA handicap is not required.  Part proceeds and 100% of donations benefit WWP.

Last year's recording-breaking edition saw 12,100 golfers, including 364 injured service members and even the nation's 42nd President Bill Clinton, raise more than $887,000 for WWP.  This topped 2013 when 10,000 golfers raised $735,000.

To register: www.worldslargestgolfouting.com/register.

About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

More information and to get involved: www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

More information:  www.billycaspergolf.com, 703.761.1444.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Nexbelt Tour Staff Pros Jason Bohn, Kevin Na Capture Top 10 Finishes at Crowne Plaza Invitational

(RANCHO CUCAMONGA) - Nexbelt, "The Fastest Growing Belt On Tour," continued its winning ways on the PGA TOUR this past weekend as Nexbelt Tour Staff Professionals, Jason Bohn and Kevin Na both captured Top 10 Finishes at The Crowne Plaza Invitational held at the Colonial Country Club in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Bohn fired a 63 on Sunday and held the lead for much of the final round. This was Bohn's fourth Top 10 and second runner-up finish of the season. He collected a paycheck for $485,333.34 and 208 FedEx Cup Points. He is currently 36th in FedEx Cup Points Ranking and 100th in Official World Golf Ranking.

Kevin Na captured his sixth Top 10 Finish of the season and collected a paycheck for $134,875.00 and 62 FedEx Cup Points. Na is currently 23rd in FedEx Cup Points Ranking and 21st in Official World Golf Ranking.

"It was another exciting weekend for all of us here at Nexbelt," said Eddie Rowland, Co-Founder of Nexbelt. "Having Kevin leading the tournament going into the final round and then watching Jason record birdie after birdie and rocket to the top of the leaderboard was a lot of fun. We'd like to congratulate both Jason and Kevin on a great week of golf at the Colonial."

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 available.

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

Nexbelt, Precise Fit and "The Belt With No Holes" are registered trademarks.

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.

Company Founders, Tom Hunsucker, and Eddie and Francis Rowland started Nexbelt in 2010 with a vision to reinvent the way Americans buy, sell and wear their belts. Tired of the old outdated pin/buckle system, they set their sights on creating a belt that would be both adjustable and highly fashionable at the same time. Out of this passion, Nexbelt, "The Belt With No Holes" was born.

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

International Golf Spotlight Shines on Atlantic City

ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer boasts impressive field playing the famed Seaview Bay Course

(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) —The unofficial start to the summer golf season begins this week near Atlantic City’s world-famous boardwalk — on the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club’s renowned Bay Course — in what is popularly known around South Jersey as “A Shore Tradition,” the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer.

The May 29-31 LPGA event features 19 of the world’s Top 20 ranked players in the Rolex Rankings and reigning champions of all five LPGA majors (Michelle Wie, Brittany Lincicome and Inbee Park) — along with 94 out of the top 100 players on the LPGA’s money list.

Crowd favorites such as Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel and Natalie Gulbis, and past champions like Stacy Lewis and Cristie Kerr are among the 144 players who will compete at this year’s tournament. The field also features 21 players who have won a combined 52 major championships, as well as eight of the top 10 players on the all-time LPGA money list. That group is highlighted by three Hall of Famers and past champions of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer – Juli Inkster, Se Ri Pak and Karrie Webb.

“On an annual basis we attract one of the best fields on the entire LPGA Tour,” said Tim Erensen, executive director of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer. “We’re extremely excited to see commitments from the greatest golfers in the world and we look forward to hosting them in South Jersey.”

“Atlantic City Golf is gaining more and more positive notoriety and this week’s tournament certainly brings worldwide attention to a member course and our entire destination,” said Harry Bittner, President of the Greater Atlantic City Golf Association.

New Jersey’s entertainment capital offers golfers 18 world-class courses designed by the likes of Donald Ross, Tom Doak, Willie Park, Jr., William Flynn and Hurdzan & Fry among others. From Cape May National in the south to Eagle Ridge Golf Club in the north, the likeable layouts offer everything from traditional parkland style to true links land, highlighted by views of untouched wetlands, stately pine forests, wildlife preserves and working vineyards.

In addition, Atlantic City Golf includes plenty of historical significance. For starters, the term “birdie” originated at Atlantic City Country Club, which has played host to six USGA events. In addition, Stockton Seaview is the site of Sam Snead’s first PGA Championship title and started hosting the ShopRite LPGA Classic in 1986. Harry Vardon and Walter Hagen fine-tuned their games at Brigantine Golf Links before heading across the Atlantic to the play the Open Championship.

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