Friday, July 25, 2014

Course Spotlight: Kirtland Country Club

No. 3, Par 3 164 yards
Here are a few pictures from my round at Kirtland Country Club in Willoughby, Ohio. Designed by Charles H. Alison, the course opened in 1921.
No. 10 from White tees, Par 4 460 yards
No. 11, Par 3 225 yards
Looking back at Nos. 10-12
No. 13, Par 4 371 yards
No. 17 green, Par 3 195 yards

El Macero CC Taps David Sutherland as Club Ambassador

Former PGA TOUR Pro to Offer Instruction and Monthly Complimentary Group Clinics

(Scottsdale, Az.) – The golf experience at El Macero Country Club was greatly enhanced recently with the addition of former PGA TOUR golf professional David Sutherland as its new Club Ambassador.

Sutherland, who played on the TOUR for 17 years will offer golf instruction to Club members and also share his experience with El Macero’s professional staff on golf instruction philosophies and best practice techniques. Sutherland will also offer monthly complimentary group clinics, participate in some of EMCC golf events, offer tips on the range and practice facilities and play rounds with EMCC members on a part-time basis.

“I was extremely interested in getting back into golf as a player and an instructor and El Macero reached out to me and made such an earnest effort to include me in the club,” said Sutherland. “I’ll be partnering with the golf staff in numerous activities including clinics and junior camps. It’ a wonderful opportunity and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be associated with an outstanding club like El Macero.”

Sutherland, who is also the Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach at Sacramento State University played in over 200 events on the PGA TOUR with eight Top Ten finishes. He placed second at The Greater Milwaukee Open in 1997, 3rd place at the 2004 Southern Open and won in Salt Lake City in 2000 on the Web.com Tour when he was in the middle of rehabilitation after undergoing shoulder surgery.

“David will be a tremendous asset to El Macero Country Club. Not only will he be able to impart his vast knowledge of the game as a former pro golfer on the PGA TOUR, but his short game is exceptional and with our new facility opening up in the Fall, the timing is perfect to introduce David to our staff and members,” said David Knox, general manager at El Macero Country Club. “Golf is our core passion and we want the total golf experience at El Macero Country Club to be second to none in our region and we feel we will accomplish that goal.”

The $250,000 Aggie Short Game Training Center is a state-of-the-art facility and is a partnership between UC Davis Athletics, El Macero Country Club and Troon Golf. Funded by alumni, families and friends of the UC Davis golf program, construction on the facility began in late April and will open up in the coming months. Once completed, the training complex will feature two putting greens with chipping, pitching and bunker areas that will incorporate every type of short game shot. A wedge range with multiple targets at varying distances is also part of the project.

“The short game facility is a marvelous addition to the Club and its partnership with UC Davis should be seen as a model that can be created between clubs and universities,” added Sutherland.

El Macero Country Club is managed by Troon Privé, the private club division of Troon. Members at Troon Privé-managed Clubs enjoy reciprocal play at more than 30 private clubs around the world, as well as preferred rates at Troon Golf-managed daily fee and resort facilities. The Troon Privé portfolio includes such private clubs of distinction as BallenIsles in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Fieldstone in Greenville, Delaware; Silver Creek Valley in San Jose, California; St. James Plantation in Southport, North Carolina; Pronghorn in Bend, Oregon; Ocean Club in Paradise Island, Bahamas; Settlers Run in Cranbourne South, Victoria, Australia and Bearwood Lakes in London, England.

StrackaLine Hole Location Software used for Pacific Coast Amateur

(HOUSTON, TX) – StrackaLine announces that its Hole Location Software (HoLo) is being used at the Pacific Coast Amateur this week in Flagstaff, AZ at Pine Canyon Golf Course.

HoLo is a revolutionary time saver to assist tournament directors in creating pin-sheets. The hole placement software helped The Arizona Golf Association Executive Director, Ed Gowan, as they will be using the HoLo software during the 48th Annual Pacific Coast Amateur Tournament this week from July 22 – July 25, 2014.   84 top-ranked world amateur golfers from six countries will compete in a 72-hole, four-day stroke play competition, for the chance to raise the prestigious Dr. Ed Updegraff trophy as Champion.

“StrackaLine is great for the players too,” says Gowan, “the players can use the StrackaLine App to help them understand the green contours of each green”.

For more information, visit www.strackaline.com.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fiercely Competitive, Refreshingly Candid Lanny Wadkins Guests on the Next Episode of Feherty

Episode Airs July 28 at 9 p.m. on Golf Channel

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – When David Feherty moved to the United States from his native Northern Ireland in 1993, Lanny Wadkins was the first to greet him and help him settle in to this new country. More than two decades later, the Hall-of-Famer and the Emmy Award-nominated host get together at one of their favorite Dallas restaurants to discuss Wadkins’ career on the next episode of Feherty, airing Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

Wadkins’ stories are as diverse as winning money from Ben Hogan to a close encounter with a naked Mickey Mantle in a clubhouse dining room. As a cocky kid out of Wake Forest University, he ruffled many feathers in those early days with bold predictions that he went on to exceed with a record-setting, Rookie-of-the-Year campaign.

Other topics covered in the interview include Wadkins’ stellar Ryder Cup career – he is one of the U.S. team’s all-time highest points earner – which included contentious matches with Seve Ballesteros, a pair of matches against Feherty during the famous “War by the Shore” at Kiawah, and one of the greatest shots in Ryder Cup history when he secured a victory in 1983. When that wedge shot landed just feet from the cup – as a bolt of lightning struck in the background – it inspired Jack Nicklaus to literally kiss Wadkins’ divot.

Wadkins’ gives his unvarnished opinions about everything from modern players’ use of social media and the state of the game to his ambivalent emotions in regard to his induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, something that many of his contemporaries felt was overdue.

Season four of Feherty will continue Aug. 18, with Feherty’s fascinating conversation with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Future scheduled episodes include college football coaching legend Lou Holtz and affable golfer Sam Torrance, among others.

Feherty originally debuted in June 2011 as the most-watched original series in Golf Channel history. David Feherty, Emmy nominated this year for Outstanding Sports Personality, has gone one-on-one with celebrities across golf, sports and entertainment, including former President Bill Clinton, basketball Hall-of-Famers Bill Russell and Charles Barkley, actors Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson, and golfers Tom Watson and Greg Norman.

DS-1 Putter, the first of the 'Designer Series' Putters from KZG

(NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.) – KZG, the #1 Custom ProLine, is introducing the DS-1, the first model in its Limited Edition “Designer Series” of putters.

The putter is the most used club in every golfer’s bag. Yet, so little attention has been paid to how it is manufactured, designed and fit for the golfer. KZG aims to change all of that with its new Designer Series program.

Each putter in the Designer Series will be designed by one of the Top 100 ClubFitters in the World …  experienced and highly skilled fitters who have worked with many of the top touring professionals as well as average golfers.

The DS-1 was designed by Bryan “Buddy” Beem who has been rated among the World’s Top 100 ClubFitters for 9 years in a row and has had over 30 years experience working with touring professionals, head pros, avid golfers, university teams and junior amateurs. He is called “Uncle Buddy” by the top junior golfers in Colorado. Out of the top 20 players on the Colorado junior circuit, 15 have been coached and fit by ‘Uncle Buddy’ and they all play KZG. Buddy owns Buddy Beem Custom Clubs near Denver, Colorado.

In designing the DS-1, Buddy reports: “I chose a triple-forged process so that the putter is extremely responsive and helps my golfers learn to feel the subtle differences in the way they make contact with the ball. Over time, they will be able to consistently repeat their best strokes. And forged putters definitely are the easiest putters for making lie and loft adjustments, which is absolutely critical for a perfect fit,” he adds.

“The perimeter weighting on the DS-1 is designed for stability, the leading edge is cambered and the micro-milled face gives a clean, sharp roll for better control.” Buddy reports: “the whole set up and look at address makes it easy to just ‘point and shoot.’”

In designing the DS-1 putter, Buddy notes that “right-eye-dominant players need an offset neck and clear alignment markings to help them set up with the ball precisely in the middle of their stance. The DS-1 addresses this phenomenon, ensuring that the putter head will be square to the player’s target line as the ball leaves the face.”

“KZG works with its engineers, but we go a step further and rely heavily on design feedback from the finest fitters and teachers in the golf industry” reports Jennifer King, president of KZG. “We believe it is the professionals that are working with golfers day in and day out that are best informed on what the golfer needs for a better game. We are very appreciative of Buddy’s efforts in making the DS-1 such a great performing putter that is already gaining rave reviews.”

The Designer Series was created to cover critical variables in the stroke that are often overlooked by other manufacturers. The beauty of KZG clubs is that every design is conceived to meet the needs of a particular type of golfer.

Every DS-1 putter will be custom fit to each golfer’s unique specifications as KZG products are only available through KZG’s network of highly qualified professional teachers and fitters which are listed on the Dealer Locator at www.kzg.com.

Available in either brushed satin or matte black, the MSRP for the DS-I Putters is $299.

Antigua Renews Golf Retirement Plus Partnership through 2016

Pioneer Golf and Performance Apparel Company Continues Longstanding Support of PGA Professionals

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) - The PGA of America has announced today that The Antigua Group will extend its partnership in the Golf Retirement Plus program through 2016. As the first golf apparel company to join the program in 1998, Antigua has been a dedicated Presenting Partner that has continued its commitment to the financial goals of PGA Professionals.

"With their unwavering commitment to quality and customer service, Antigua represents a symbol of excellence in the golf apparel industry," said PGA President Ted Bishop. "The PGA of America appreciates the 16 years of support Antigua has  already provided to our PGA Professionals through their generous offering of Golf Retirement Plus incentives, which we are delighted will now continue through the PGA's Centennial in 2016."

Celebrating its 35th anniversary of business in 2014, Antigua has always held a strong position in the golf apparel market. The clothing company was the official golf apparel licensee for the 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup Team and also sponsors the LPGA's Stacy Lewis, the PGA TOUR's Brian Stuard and Tom Pernice Jr. of the Champions Tour. In extending their Golf Retirement Plus partnership, Antigua bolsters not only their position in the golf industry, but also their great relationship with PGA Professionals around the world.

"Antigua is very proud to continue our support and involvement with the Golf Retirement Plus program through the PGA of America," stated Ron McPherson, president and CEO of Antigua Group.  "We started with the program back in 1998, and have watched it grow and prosper to provide excellent results for PGA Professionals."

The Antigua Group, Inc. is a leading designer and marketer of men's, women's and children's lifestyle apparel and sportswear under the distinctive Antigua label. The company serves the apparel needs of the Golf, Licensed Sports, Corporate and Identity Specialty Retail markets.

Founded in 1997, Golf Retirement Plus is a retirement program for PGA Professionals, apprentices, GCSAA Superintendents and CMAA Club Managers, which allows them to make their own contributions or have their employers contribute to their Golf Retirement Plus accounts on their behalf. PGA Professionals may also earn personal incentives by participating in the Golf Retirement Plus Partner Programs.

For more information on the PGA of America, visit PGAMediaCenter.com.
For more information on The Antigua Group, please visit Antigua.com

Miami Launches Mayor’s SNAG Youth Golf Challenge First-Ever Citywide SNAG Tournament

(Tahlequah, Oklahoma) – A citywide initiative to get more kids involved  in sports, especially golf, is taking place in Miami-Dade County thanks to Mayor Carlos Gimenez.  The inaugural Mayor’s SNAG Youth Golf Challenge kicked off yesterday at three city run parks with hundred of boys and girls taking part in regional SNAG golf tournaments.  The winners will advance to the final championship at Tamiami Park on August 11.

SNAG Golf , a global leader in player development, has built a premier learning system which is recognized by industry global leaders as the superior method to teach golf fundamentals in a fun and easy way.  Through its partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, and with golfing great Jack Nicklaus and the new Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues, SNAG is popping up in parks all over the country and providing kids with their first swing at the game of golf.

“We salute Miami Mayor Gimenez for spearheading a Youth Sports Challenge and for including golf in the mix,” said SNAG CEO, Terry Anton.  “The Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department runs one of the largest junior golf programs in Florida and SNAG equipment and programming is at every event.  The SNAG system contains age appropriate equipment and programming to effectively teach the game of golf to people of all ages and ability levels.  The kids love it and so do their parents.”

In Miami, kids under the age of 14 have completed the 6-hole regional SNAG competition at Gwen Cherry Park, Tamiami Park and Goulds Park.  The winners in the 6-9 age group and 10-14 age group will now advance to the finals at Tamiami Park on August 11.

SNAG, a long-time supporter of the South Florida PGA Section, is hoping to continue to grow the game of golf in and around Miami-Dade and with the support of city officials and golf professionals who believe in getting kids started early at golf,

For more information about SNAG Golf, visit the website at www.snaggolf.com.