Tuesday, March 20, 2018

StrackaLine Scans DuPont Country Club in Advance of U.S. Open Qualifier

Historic Course Will Offer Professional Greens Guides to Players Hoping to Qualify for National Championship

(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) – StrackaLine has scanned DuPont Country Club, providing the famed course the opportunity to offer the company’s acclaimed greens guides to players participating in a U.S. Open Qualifier on May 10.

DuPont CC is no stranger to hosting high level professional golf, having served as the host of the LPGA Championship from 1994 to 2004. StrackaLine sent a state-of-the-art laser scanner to Delaware’s premier course, collecting millions of data points on each green and digitally mapping the putting surfaces down to the millimeter.

“DuPont Country Club, with its storied history and superb layout, is an ideal host for a U.S. Open Qualifier, and we look forward to helping golfers in their attempt to earn in a spot in our national championship,” said Jim Stracka, president of StrackaLine. “Our greens guides are the game’s most detailed and will provide players the confidence of knowing they have the right line as they stand over a putt that could allow them to advance in qualifying.”

StrackaLine’s growing network of courses provides competitive amateurs and recreational golfers with access to the same information PGA Tour players are using to help improve their game.

The data collected is processed by the company’s hydrology software that calculates water drainage flow from the highest points of the green to the lowest, creating golf’s most accurate greens maps.

StrackaLine scans courses for $1,500 and that includes 100 greens guides for resale. The scanning process takes five hours to complete and is unobtrusive to the golfer experience.

StrackaLine’s quality and accuracy have led to widespread adoption on the PGA, LPGA and Web.com tours, in addition to their use by more than 300 Division I college teams.

The greens maps, which feature easy to read arrows, allow players to view contour and fall lines, in addition to slope percentage, anywhere on the green.

StrackaLine now has 700+ courses scanned, including some of the nation's most prominent layouts. Use of the greens guides at the highest levels of the game surged throughout 2017, and the company now counts nearly every Division I golf program, including last year’s national champions, among its users.

Professional usage has helped drive interest in the StrackaLine Greens Guides, and the technology is just as valuable to "regular" amateur golfers hoping to improve their score.

For golf course owners and operators, the technology can be used to improve pace of play and help ensure quality course conditions. StrackaLine offers hole location software that allows superintendents to utilize a proprietary algorithm to help set hole locations.

StrackaLine will continue to add to its library of golf courses throughout 2018. It takes just eight minutes to scan and capture an entire green and the StrackaLine team can complete an 18-hole course and practice green in five hours without disrupting play.

For more information on how to order a greens guide or have a course scanned, go to www.StrackaLine.com.

Karrie Webb Receives Special Exemption into 2018 U.S. Women's Open

2000 and 2001 champion to compete at Shoal Creek

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) - Two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion Karrie Webb, of Australia, has received a special exemption into the 73rd U.S. Women’s Open Championship, which will be conducted May 31-June 3 at Shoal Creek in Alabama.

Webb, 43, won the 2000 U.S. Women’s Open at The Merit Club in Gurnee, Ill., defeating Cristie Kerr and Meg Mallon by five strokes. In 2001, Webb defeated Se Ri Pak by eight strokes at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., to become the 12th player to win multiple U.S. Women’s Opens.

“As a past champion, I’m very grateful and excited to accept the USGA’s special exemption into this year’s U.S. Women’s Open,” said Webb. “I have always loved competing in the U.S. Women’s Open and being tested on some of the best courses in the country. I’m looking forward to playing in my 23rd consecutive championship and being tested again at Shoal Creek.”

Since her 10-year exemption for her 2001 victory expired following the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs – where she tied for sixth –Webb has earned a place through other exemption categories every year since. Webb’s 22 consecutive Women’s Opens entering this year is the longest active streak. Last year, Webb tied for 44th at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

Pak was the last player to receive a special exemption into the U.S. Women’s Open, in 2016 at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. The two most recent special exemptions before Pak were given to Juli Inkster in 2013 at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., and Laura Davies in 2009 at Saucon Valley Country Club (Old Course) in Bethlehem, Pa. Davies is the most recent to make the cut, finishing T17. Amy Alcott’s sixth-place finish in 1994 at Indianwood Golf & Country Club in Lake Orion, Mich., is the highest finish for anyone given a special exemption.

Webb’s runaway 2001 win at Pine Needles represented the largest margin of victory in 21 years, since Amy Alcott finished nine strokes ahead of Hollis Stacy in 1980. The record is 14 strokes by Louise Suggs in 1949. Her victory at Pine Needles made Webb the seventh player to win back-to-back Women’s Opens.

“To have a comfortable walk coming up the 18th again is a dream come true,” Webb said after her 2001 victory. “It’s even more special to repeat.”

A 41-time winner on the LPGA Tour and 15-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, Webb will attempt to become the seventh player to win three or more U.S. Women’s Open Championships.

Online entry applications for the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open began on March 7 (champs.usga.org/index.html), and continue through Wednesday, April 25 at 5 p.m. EDT.

More information about the 73rd U.S. Women’s Open before, during and after the championship is available at uswomensopen.com, where several flexible ticket options are available for purchase.

StrackaLine Greens Reading System Becomes Newest Sponsor of Traveling Golfer

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) - It is no great secret that one of the most important keys to successful putting is confidence in the line of the putt. That is the foundation of the StrackaLine patented technology, which utilizes 3D laser scans to create custom topography maps of putting greens.

As of April 1, StrackaLine is a new sponsor of the award-winning Traveling Golfer television show. In addition, each Traveling Golfer television show will feature the "StrackaLine Putt of the Day," as show host Tony Leodora faces the challenge of one of the more difficult putts on the featured course using the StrackaLine technology. The challenge - avoid the dreaded three-putt ... and maybe even make a few.

The StrackaLine system allows golfers to clearly view contour lines, fall lines and slope percent anywhere on the green. StrackaLine can generate USGA legal "green guides" on demand, to print for tournament play. Features include "the straights" around the day's current hole location.

Bottom line: StrackaLine provides multiple benefits for the pro shop, the superintendent and the golfer. For more information, go to strackaline.com.

The StrackaLine commercials will run three times during each Traveling Golfer television show, which airs as a scheduled weekly feature show on NBC Sports and NBC Sports + throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. NBC Sports airings are 10:30 a.m. Sundays and 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. NBC Sports + airs the show at 6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. In addition, the Traveling Golfer runs throughout each month on the Traveling Golfer network of websites ... including The Golf Director Network (see full list of sites on travelinggolfervideo.com). It also airs on the second Monday of each month as part of the Press Box television show in Myrtle Beach, 5 to 7 p.m. on HTC Ch. 4.

Yuengling Brewery is the Presenting Sponsor of the Traveling Golfer television show. Other annual sponsors are Cadillac and Antigua.

As part of every Traveling Golfer show there is the additional feature, "Tech Talk", hosted by Tour Edge Golf experts, such as President Dave Glod. With years of experience as a club maker, Glod presents an inside look at the research and development of high-quality golf equipment.

Responding to golfers' never-ending demands to learn more about interesting golf courses and golf resorts across the country and around the world, well-traveled host Tony Leodora created the Traveling Golfer so he could take viewers on video trips to some of the most exciting golf locations. The show repeated for an unprecedented third straight year as the No. 1 Golf Television Show in America in the prestigious International Network of Golf Awards, presented at the PGA Merchandise Show in January.

The Traveling Golfer is a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has 17 years of experience in televised golf. The featured destination stays on the website for one month, before being replaced by a new show. The old shows are archived for continued viewing on the YouTube Network and on the home website, travelinggolfervideo.com.

For more information about the Traveling Golfer, or to find out how your property can be featured on the show, call TL Golf Services at (610) 279-9220.

TecTecTec Announces March Sale on All Laser Rangefinders

Up to 15% Off the Best-Selling Online Models

(Vannes, France) – TecTecTec – maker of technologically-advanced yet affordable laser rangefinders for golf, which are Amazon’s No. 1 category seller – is joining the mayhem of March by kicking off the company’s biggest online sale of the year, just in time to cheer on your favorite team.

A bad bracket doesn’t have to ruin the week for golfers, as all laser rangefinders will be 10% off starting today Monday, March 19 – Tuesday, March 27. Additionally, buyers can save 15% on all golf models from Wednesday, March 28 – Friday, March 30. Customers can also take advantage of TecTecTec’s customary free shipping, a two-year warranty and 30-day full refund guarantee, offered exclusively online through www.us.tectectec.com.

“We take pride in our high-quality and affordable line of rangefinders and accessories as well as our commitment to our customers,” says Renan Lore, Director of TecTecTec. “Golfers everywhere can get ahead of the game by gearing up early with our seasonal sale.”

TecTecTec offers a variety of cutting-edge models including the popular VPRO500 and VPRO DLX, both of which are available in standard and “S” editions which feature PinSlope Technology to calculate elevation-adjusted distance to the target.

Slated to launch in late summer, TecTecTec is releasing their newest ULT-X golf laser rangefinder model featuring Vibrating FlagSeeker technology and a toggle for quickly disengaging the model’s slope function, allowing for tournament-approved play. Also new to the collection is a protective silicone case, compatible with the VPRO500/S.

All TecTecTec rangefinders are engineered to the highest standards and priced affordably for all budgets. Each model features three unique scanning modes: Pinsensor measures overlapping targets including flagsticks and wooded areas, Target Priority displays distance of the closest subject, and Scan Mode helps read distances to hazards. Precise within one yard, the company’s renowned products have an ultra-clear, multi-layered optical lens for excellent visual clarity and 6x magnification with diopter adjustment.

More information: www.us.tectectec.com

NBC Sports' Sunday Coverage of API Highest-Rated Overnight at Event in Six Years

Arnold Palmer Invitational and Valspar Championship Post Two Highest-Rated Final Round PGA TOUR Telecasts (Non-Majors) on Any Broadcast Network since the 2015 Wyndham Championship

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Record viewership of the PGA TOUR continued this weekend for NBC Sports Group at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. Sunday’s final-round coverage on NBC (2-6:45 p.m. ET) delivered a 3.6 overnight rating, +136% vs. 2017 and the highest-rated final round at this event in six years. Combined with last week’s final round viewership at the Valspar Championship (5.1 overnight rating) these rank as the two highest-rated final-round PGA TOUR telecasts (non-majors) on any broadcast network since the 2015 Wyndham Championship. Golf Channel’s Sunday final-round lead-in coverage earned a .97 overnight rating, the highest at this event in five years. Across NBC and Golf Channel’s coverage, more than 12 million minutes were streamed, +683% vs. 2017.

· Sunday’s final-round coverage on NBC peaked to a 4.89 from 5:15-5:30 p.m. ET.
· Golf Channel’s lead-in coverage peaked to a 1.24 from 1:30-2 p.m. ET.

Saturday’s third-round coverage earned a 2.29 overnight rating on NBC (2:30-6 p.m. ET), +92% vs. 2017 and the highest-rated at this event in five years. Golf Channel’s lead-in coverage (12:30-2:30 p.m. ET) earned a .95 overnight rating, +126% vs. 2017. Nearly 5.3 million minutes were streamed, +511% vs. 2017.

Friday’s second-round coverage on Golf Channel generated a .81 overnight rating, +153% vs. 2017 and the second highest-rated early round at this event on Golf Channel (2007-2018), just slightly behind the 2012 second round (.84). More the 4.2 million minutes were streamed, +682% vs. 2017.

Final numbers from Golf Channel’s opening-round coverage on Thursday: .42 U.S. HH rating and 593,000 viewers, +56% vs. 2017 and the most-watched opening round at this event since 2011. More than 1.4 million minutes were streamed, +163% vs. 2017.

Four of the top-20 players in the world, Jon Rahm (No. 3), Tommy Fleetwood (No. 11), Tyrrell Hatton (No. 16) and Pat Perez (No. 19) are scheduled to join the live World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play Bracket Special tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel. The 90-minute live primetime special will originate from Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt in Austin, Texas, and feature golf’s own version of a March bracket-style tournament selection format under the guidance of PGA TOUR competition officials.

NBC Sports Group will feature nearly 35 live hours of tournament coverage from the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Golf Channel will carry live coverage of round robin matches Wednesday-Friday, March 21-23. On Saturday, March 24, Golf Channel will provide coverage of the Round of 16, followed by the Quarterfinals matches airing on NBC. On Sunday, March 25, Golf Channel will showcase the Semifinals matches, followed by the Championship and Consolation matches airing on NBC.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Volvik USA Names Wes Whittingham Vice President of Sales

(ORLANDO, Florida) – Volvik USA (volvik.com), a rapidly-growing, premium high-performance golf ball company, has named Wes Whittingham as vice president of sales.

“We welcome Wes Whittingham to Volvik,” said Don Shin, president of Volvik USA. “We are confident that his expertise and veteran sales leadership will enhance our ongoing growth nationwide.”

Whittingham, who has 26 years of successful management experience in the golf industry, spent 12 years with Bridgestone Golf in a variety of management roles. His experience in the golf ball category is proving beneficial as he assumes his executive position with Volvik.

“Volvik is a brand that has caught the attention and imagination of golfers coast to coast, and indeed worldwide,” Whittingham said. “I look forward to contributing to the strategic planning and implementation that will continue to propel the company’s expansion.”

With an ever-increasing number of both tour and amateur players finding success with Volvik, the company continues to extend its recognition and presence throughout the golf industry.

For more information, see volvik.com.

myCharge Debuts Extreme Off-Grid Power with New Adventure Series

Run all the comforts of a high-tech home in the middle of nowhere

(RELEASE) - myCharge is electrifying the outdoors with the introduction of its new Adventure series chargers. The Adventure series ranges from chargers that can easily be carried in a pocket or attached to a backpack with the built-in carabineer to a heavy-hitter that can run televisions and charge laptops and drones.

The AdventureUltra is myCharge’s largest battery bank with the highest power output. Designed to replace the heavy and bulky generators used when tailgating or camping, the AdventureUltra is a more streamlined power source option that can run a 42-inch television for up to three hours. The compact device weighs 1.05 pounds and measures just 1.2 X 5.8 X 4.1 inches. The AdventureUltra has a maximum power output of 45 watts, enough to run a fan or recharge a drone battery. It can also be used with 2 in 1 laptops and new laptops, such as the 12-inch Macbook, that require less than 45 watts either when powered off and solely charging or when powered on and charging simultaneously.

Pack-sized chargers for smartphones, tablets and other small gadgets are also available in the new Adventure series. Capable of storing between 3350 and 1o,050 mAh of power, these chargers feature a built-in carabineer and can be connected to devices using any smart watch, digital camera, phone, or tablet cable. Tough yet easily portable the line includes the: blue AdventureMini has one USB port (3350 mAh), while the orange AdventurePlus (6700 mAh) and grey AdventureMax (10050 mAh) feature two USB ports and can charge multiple devices at the same time.

Adventure series battery chargers are encased inside an insulated and ruggedized exterior case with a flip lid that latches closed to seal off ports. The unique design of the Adventure chargers protects them from drops up to three meters. The insulation built into the case of the Adventure series chargers protects the batteries inside from extreme heat and cold guarding against degradation and a loss of power. And, when latched closed the Adventure chargers are also water-resistant.

Now available at mycharge.com and Best Buy stores, the AdventureMini retails for $29.99 delivering up to 2X extra battery, the AdventurePlus for $39.99 (4X extra battery) and the AdventureMax is $49.99 (6X extra battery). Priced incredibly below the range of even the most affordable generators, the AdventureUltra can be purchased for $129.99.