Saturday, November 17, 2018

Vijay Singh Wins with TPT Golf on Champions Tour

(RENENS, SWITZERLAND) - TPT Golf followed up last week's PGA Tour win with yet another victory, this week on the PGA Tour Champions with Vijay Singh. Singh won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship with a TPT Golf 16 Series shaft in his driver.

The 55-year-old Member of the World Golf Hall of Fame rallied from six shots behind on Sunday at Phoenix Country Club to claim the Champions Tour's season-ending event. His final round of 10-under-par 61 tied the course record and gave him a four-shot margin of victory.

"Congratulations to Vijay Singh on his incredible play in Phoenix," said TPT Golf Director Sebastian Sebayang. "It means so much to us to see our shafts helping golfers win at all levels of the game, from juniors to seniors to one of the best of all time. This is exactly what we hoped to see when we launched TPT Golf in 2016."

The latest victory marks the 13th worldwide professional victory in the last 13 months for TPT Golf, which has earned wins on the PGA Tour, European Tour, World Golf Championships, Asian Tour, Korean PGA Tour, Korean LPGA Tour, and the Japanese LPGA Tour during the stretch.

TPT Golf's shaft lineup currently includes 11 models intended for drivers and fairway woods. Each is created with the company's patent-pending, automated shaft manufacturing technology that TPT Golf developed from the ground up with the knowledge of its parent company NTPT, a world-renowned technology and composites firm.

The revolutionary shaft manufacturing technology allows the company to produce perfectly concentric golf shafts with no "seams" or "spines." This removes the inconsistencies that plague conventional graphite shafts while also making it possible for TPT Golf better optimize its shaft designs. The result is improved distance, better accuracy and a tighter dispersion for golfers of all abilities.

TPT Golf shafts ($499 in the U.S.) are available exclusively through the company's worldwide network of more than 200 Authorized Fitters, which includes all Club Champion locations. Golfers can visit https://tptgolf.com/where-to-buy/  to locate a TPT Golf Authorized fitter in their area.

NBA Star Stephen Curry, U.S. Women’s Soccer Star Alex Morgan Join PGA Jr. League Ambassador Team

Curry and Morgan combine forces with Rory McIlroy, Michelle Wie, Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson as official Ambassadors for the growing youth golf program

(PALM BEACH  GARDENS, Fla.) –  Golden State Warriors All-Star and two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry and Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Alex Morgan have been named the newest PGA Jr. League Ambassadors. Curry’s and Morgan’s new status was announced today at the 2018 PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 16-19.

As the first non-professional-golfer Ambassadors for PGA Jr. League, Curry and Morgan will leverage their widespread fan bases to promote the program to an audience that may not be familiar with the sport of golf. They join Ambassadors Rory McIlroy, Michelle Wie, Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson, all of whom are committed to growing youth golf.
 
“Steph and Alex are incredibly popular, world-class athletes recognized well beyond their sports of basketball and soccer who love the game of golf,” said Jeff Price, Chief Commercial Officer for the PGA of America. “We are thrilled to welcome both of them to the PGA Jr. League team, where they will help us grow the sport with kids and families that might not be considering golf today.”
 
As Ambassadors, Curry and Morgan will be featured in national television ads as well as in collateral material supporting PGA Jr. League. They will also share their participation to their millions of followers on social media.
 
“There’s no better enjoyment than playing for a team and playing with a team,” Curry said. “You have that sense of accountability, that sense of fun, you’re meeting new people from all different walks of life and going towards one common goal. That’s what you can find when it comes to PGA Jr. League!”
 
 “I know that as a little girl, I always wanted to be a part of a team and feel encouraged by my teammates and coaches,” Morgan said. “Being a part of PGA Jr. League gives girls and boys the opportunity to do what they love and be part of a team.”
 
PGA Jr. League has changed golf by bringing friends and families together around a fun and engaging co-ed team format. Boys and girls of all backgrounds and skill levels learn and play together with expert instruction and coaching from PGA and LPGA Professionals. Kids wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with friends, competing in a two-person scramble format that accommodates players of all skill levels. PGA Jr. League is now offered in two divisions: 13-and-under and 17-and-under.
 
This year, a record of than 50,000 boys and girls played on 4,200 teams nationwide, up from 42,000 kids on 3,400 teams in 2017. Of those players, 81 percent were beginner or recreational golfers, demonstrating the developmental nature of the program and its inclusivity to youth of all skill levels.

In addition to his role as PGA Jr. League Ambassador, Curry will also partner with PGA REACH on an annual fundraising tournament. Proceeds from the event will benefit PGA REACH, the 501 (c)(3) foundation of the PGA of America, and the Stephen and Ayesha Curry Family Foundation. PGA Jr. League is the flagship youth pillar program of PGA REACH, with the goal of making the program accessible to all interested kids in the United States and around the world.
 
Through PGA REACH’s partnership with DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and its Sports Matter grant, scholarships are available to players who meet financial need requirements or are from military families and apply for assistance through their Captains. The scholarship program launched in 2017 and more than 1,600 scholarships were awarded to players during the 2018 season.

PGA Jr. League teams for 2019 will be forming soon at golf facilities across the country. For more information about joining a team or finding a local participating facility, visit PGAJrLeague.com.

Carr Golf Announces Registration Open for 2019 Father & Daughter Tournament

PGA TOUR LIVE Host Teryn Gregson Returns to Compete in Annual Celebration
                                                                                                                   
(DUBLIN, Ireland) – Carr Golf  – Ireland, Scotland and England’s premier provider of unforgettable golf experiences – announces registration is open for its 2019  World Invitational Father & Daughter Tournament to be held July 23 – 26 on County Kerry’s celebrated Waterville Golf Links.

Teryn Gregson – award-winning journalist, golf presenter and PGA Tour on-camera host – will play in the event for the second consecutive year.

“This tournament is phenomenal for women’s golf,” says Gregson. “It doesn’t matter if you play really well or if you don’t play so well, it’s just all about getting out and playing this joyous game with other women as well as the men who’ve had such positive impacts on our lives.”

Next year marks the 12th anniversary for the event, which has become a mainstay on Carr Golf’s annual roster of prestigious tournaments. Highlights include three rounds of golf at Waterville (ranked world No. 55 by Golf Digest), deluxe nightly accommodations, welcome reception, daily meals, tournament sponsors gift pack, shuttle transportation throughout, prizes and a gala dinner. Tournament entry starts from $5,999 per team.

“Seeing fathers and daughters from across the globe come together to tee it up on one of the world’s finest courses is truly special,” says Marty Carr, executive chairman of Carr Golf. “This fun, jubilant event is also an ideal way to participate in the flourishing ‘#inviteHER’ social media campaign championing the participation of more and more women into this wonderful game.”

This past July, Carr Golf hosted 34 father and daughter teams hailing from the U.S., Canada, Bermuda and Ireland. Playing out of New Jersey’s Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club, Tim and Brittany Baxter won the 36-hole net event in the “Better Ball Stableford” format. Bill and Olivia McCloy of Maketewah Country Club (Ohio) won the gross division.

Prizes awarded aren’t limited to on-course play. Lydia and Hugh Barit of Bermuda’s Mid Ocean Club won this year’s award for “Best Dressed” and Ms. Barit also won the social media competition.

For further information on the event, please visit carrgolf.com or email Tournament Coordinator Alison Duffin at alison.duffin@carrgolf.com.

For more information on Carr Golf: www.carrgolf.com, 1.855.617.5701 (U.S. toll free) or +353.1.822 6662.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Casa de Campo Announces ‘Women’s Getaway with Suzy Whaley’

Renowned Master PGA Professional to Host Four-Day, Three-Night December Event

(LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic) – Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – home to the Caribbean’s premier, luxury golf experiences, including the iconic Teeth of the Dog course – will host its “Women’s Getaway with Suzy Whaley,” Dec. 7 – 10.

Whaley, recently elected as the first woman President of the PGA of America, is recognized as one of the country’s top instructors. She was an LPGA Tour member in 1990 and 1993. Most notably, she qualified for and took part in the 2003 Greater Hartford Open, becoming the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to qualify for a PGA TOUR event. She is the PGA Director of Instruction at Suzy Whaley Golf in Cromwell, Conn.

The four-day / three-night stay-and-play is all-inclusive and starts at $1,899 per person (double occupancy). The many highlights include unlimited green fees on all three of the resort’s classic Pete Dye-designed courses and personal instruction by Whaley for the attendees at the resort’s new state-of-the-art, PGA Tour-quality Golf Learning Center highlighted by Trackman and BODITRAK technology.

Also featured are three nights’ Elite Room accommodations (with one cart golf per room); breakfast, lunch and dinner in all resort restaurants (SBG and Minitas Beach Club & Restaurant excluded); unlimited drinks in all hotel bars, restaurants and Oasis bar as well as beverage carts out on the courses; one massage at the Casa de Campo Spa; souvenirs; and complimentary transfers from La Romana, Santo Domingo or Punta Cana airports.

Taxes and service charges are additionally included. For more information, call 809.523.8115 or email m.leonardo@ccampo.com.do.

“When I turned 50 two years ago, my husband surprised me with a trip to Casa de Campo and had our two daughters and a number of my friends meet us down there for one of the great vacations of my life,” says Whaley. “The property is incredible, the golf is outstanding, the setting is breathtaking, and the service is impeccable.”

‘It’s a true honor for us to partner with Suzy,” says Jason Kycek, Casa de Campo’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “We invite women to join Suzy and us for this wonderful event and discover first-hand why we’re one of the premier golf resorts in the world.”

Casa de Campo is home to three Pete Dye-designed gems: Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links. Since opening in 1974, Teeth of the Dog is widely recognized as the No. 1 course in the Caribbean. Golf course architecture aficionados call Dye Fore “the most underrated course in the Caribbean.” The Links showcases Dye’s genius for creating interesting putting surfaces and green complexes.

For more information on Casa de Campo Resort & Villas call 800.877.3643, email golf@ccampo.com.do or visit: www.casadecampo.com.do/, facebook.com/casadecamporesort  instagram.com/casadecampodr, twitter.com/casadecampo.

TGA Premier Golf Creates Pathway for Future Golfers

(RELEASE) - TGA Premier Golf (Teach, Grow, Achieve) has become the leading introductory program in the industry over the last 15 years. The only youth sports franchise company dedicated to golf, TGA introduces the game to youth (ages 5-13) on school campuses nationwide through its after-school enrichment model.

The unique and successful model provides an innovative curriculum combining golf skill progression with STEAM academics. The program is being utilized anywhere on school campuses regardless of weather, including gymnasiums, hallways, cafeterias, fields and blacktops.

With over 70 percent of its students having never played the game before, and a majority of those students’ families being in the middle to upper-class and paying for the programs, TGA has created a sustainable model that is building a foundation for the future of the game. Through its TGA Sports Foundation, under-resourced schools and families are also benefiting from the TGA program. TGA is leaving no child behind in learning the game of golf.

Following the after-school enrichment programs students continue through the TGA Player Pathway model which transitions students to local golf courses for camps, parent-child events and leagues. The program has also become one of the largest feeder systems into national programs like PGA Junior League, Drive, Chip and Putt, Youth on Course, as well as LPGA*USGA Girls, who also make up 42 percent of the participants in TGA programs. This was all highlighted in a recent National Golf Foundation story titled “TGA's Introductory Programs Are Helping Create a Pathway for Youth Golf.”

To date, TGA has introduced the game to over 750,000 kids in 3,400 schools nationwide in 68 markets and it continues to grow. More than 40,000 kids registered for the programs this fall, more schools are signing up, and additional franchise territories are coming online every month. TGA expects to reach one million kids through its programs over the next five years.

For more information visit www.playtga.com.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

'Cortex' Named Winner of Driver vs. Driver 2

The Wilson Staff Cortex Driver Features A Titanium / Carbon Fiber Structure and Intuitive Weighting System to Offer Golfers Worldwide the Best in Performance, Adjustabtility and Feel

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Wilson Golf has officially announced the Cortex as the winning driver design of Driver vs. Driver Season Two. The Wilson Staff Cortex was designed by show contestant Evan Hoffman of San Diego, California. The driver features a titanium structure, carbon panels, and sliding adjustable weights to offer golfers premium performance, precise weight distribution and adjustability, and ultimate in forgiveness and feel. The Wilson Staff Cortex is now available for purchase on www.wilson.com/cortex and at thousands of golf retail stores around the world.

“Season Two of the show yielded two amazing finalists; the Cortex and the Rozwell,” said Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf. “Ulimately, the Cortex came out on top with its clean, classic shape, overall consistent performance results from a wide range of player testers, and steady sound across the entire face of the club. We are excited to get this driver into the hands of players at all levels of the game.”

The Wilson Staff Cortex driver features Fast Cage Technology, which consists of a weight-tuned titanium internal structure with an impressive 44% of its surface area covered in Carbon Fiber Panels. This Ti –Carbon construction allows for extremely precise distribution of weight and frees up additional weight for maximum adjustability.

The Cortex is a highly intuitive when it comes to adjustability.  For SPIN CONTROL, the Cortex features the Longest Slide Track Wilson has ever built with an 8g sliding adjustable weight down the center of the club head allowing golfers to select their ideal  spin rate and  ball flight. For DIRECTION CONTROL, Golfers can easily  switch the positions of the interchangeable 2g and 8g weights and make effective adjustments to promote a neutral, draw or fade bias off the tee. For TRAJECTORY CONTROL, Cortex features Wilson Golf’s patented Fast Fit Technology hosel system. This system offers players six adjustable options to fine tune the loft of the driver in half-degree increments. The hosel is also backwards compatible, making Cortex adtapable for use with shafts from previous Wilson drivers. FINALLY FOR LAUNCH CONTROL, Cortex comes equipped with premium Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec shafts. Available in three profiles (red for highest launch, blue for middle, and black for lowest), the ATMOS Tour Spec provides fitters a versatile set of options for golfers of all ability levels.

To evolve his original driver concept, Hoffman collaborated with Wilson LABS, the innovation hub at Wilson, engineers to perfect the design over an intense 18-month process. Hoffman’s design was selected over hundreds of submissions to be featured on Driver vs. Driver on Golf Channel. As the winner, Hoffman received a grand prize of $250,000 along with the opportunity to have his design brought to life under the Wilson Staff brand name.

In its second season, Driver vs. Driver has experienced a steady rise in popularity amongst Golf Channel viewers. The Show is designed to utilize the power of crowd-sourcing combined with Wilson LABS’ deep golf experience and expertise to create Wilson’s next innovative driver.

The retail price for the Wilson Staff Cortex is $499.99.

Club Champion Signs Hank Haney, Cameron McCormick and David Leadbetter

(Willowbrook, IL) – Club Champion, the country’s #1 premium club fitter, builder and retailer of the best brands in golf has signed endorsement deals with world-renowned golf coaches Hank Haney and Cameron McCormick. They have also re-signed legendary instructor David Leadbetter to continue spreading the word on the benefits of custom club fitting. All three instructors recognize the impact that properly fit clubs can have on any golfer’s game, no matter the skill level. Club Champion, the leader in golf club fitting, is proud to partner with these three leading instructors to educate golfers on the importance of getting fit for the right equipment.

According to Club Champion CEO Joe Lee, “We are thrilled to have David, Hank and Cameron all representing Club Champion. Their reputations as the world’s best instructors, and especially their understanding of club fitting, make them uniquely qualified to speak to golfers on the topic of fitting.”

Ranked among the top 10 instructors in the world by Golf Digest, Hank Haney is recognized all over the world as one of the foremost authorities on the game and is a leader in individual performance development. Haney has coached golfers and built golf facilities and player academies across the globe for over 40 years. He has instructed over 200 touring professionals. His most famous student, Tiger Woods, won six Majors and an amazing 33 percent of the events he entered with Haney as his coach. Hank believes, “There isn't anyone who can’t benefit from club fitting. With the advances in custom fitting technologies to optimize your equipment, everybody can achieve more distance. At Club Champion, you get a truly professional fitting. They can actually prove it works. For somebody not to take advantage of Club Champion’s expertise, they're just wasting a tremendous opportunity.”

David Leadbetter was named the 2017 PGA Teacher of the year and is a Golf Digest Top 10 instructor having coached players to 25 Major championship titles and over 100 individual worldwide tournament victories. Seven of those players have been ranked #1 in the Official World Golf Rankings. When it comes to understanding the importance of having properly fitted golf clubs, no one is better qualified than Leadbetter to speak on the subject.

For more than 30 years, David has operated the Leadbetter Golf Academies. He and his instructors have seen countless players fall short of their potential because of improperly fitted golf equipment. David states, “A club fitting will definitely help any golfer play better. My students all benefited from club fitting. Lessons are critical, but if you’re fighting your equipment, you can only progress so far. Properly fitted clubs will make it much easier to lower your scores. I’m confident Club Champion will find the perfect clubs for you.”

Named 2015 PGA Teacher of the Year and a Golf Magazine Top 100 instructor, Cameron McCormick has coached three-time Major champion Jordan Spieth for the entirety of Spieth’s career. Among other students, McCormick also coaches LPGA star So Yeon Ryu who is currently ranked number three in the world. As the Founder of Altus Performance and Director of Instruction at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, McCormick sees first-hand the benefits custom club fitting has on his students.

Through his experience with Spieth, he knows that, “The best players in the world benefit from custom club fitting. Average and higher handicap players can benefit even more from a Club Champion fitting as there’s much more room for improvement.” Club Champion has also signed Jordan Spieth to an endorsement contract to talk about the benefits of club fitting as a top PGA Tour professional.

Club Champion is the leader in club fitting and is ranked by Golf Digest as one of the 100 Best Club Fitters. The company hires experienced fitters who then receive an additional 150+ hours of training before starting; a training program unmatched in the golf industry. Club Champion’s unique coupling system combines any head and shaft together, so golfers hit the precise combination to be custom built for them. With more than 35,000 interchangeable head and shaft combinations, they deliver a Tour-quality fitting that produces longer, more accurate shots, with a nearly 100% satisfaction rate. Their approach is unbiased; no specific vendor is promoted. The only goal – to find the best combination of components to lower your scores.  Rather than having to change your swing, sometimes dramatically, a professional club fitting takes the swing that you have and optimizes the performance characteristics of the clubs to allow golfers to achieve the best result possible. For more information or to schedule a fitting, call Club Champion at 888-340-7820

For additional information about Club Champion, visit www.clubchampiongolf.com.