Wednesday, March 21, 2018

JumboMax Team Member Bryson DeChambeau Places Second Arnold Palmer Invitational

(JUPITER, FL) - JumboMax Grips announced that Tour Staff Professional, Bryson DeChambeau, captured a second-place finish on the PGA TOUR this past weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational held at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida.

DeChambeau fired rounds of 67, 66, 72 and 68 to finish at 15 under par for a 2nd Place Finish. He recorded 21 Birdies, ranked T-4th in Total Birdies, 1st in Strokes Gained Tee to Green and 2nd in Driving Distance for the tournament.

This runner-up finish earned him a paycheck of $961,200.00 and 300 FedEx Cup Points. He's currently ranked 19th on the FedEx Cup Points List and 61st in the Official World Golf Rankings with earnings of$1,715,587 for the 2017-2018 season. This is Bryson's 2nd Top 5 and 3rd Top 10 in just 10 starts this season.

DeChambeau has been playing JumboMax Grips for over 6 years now and he's as well known for his accomplishments on the golf course as he is for his unorthodox set of irons that are all the same length. DeChambeau plays the new Tour Series Grips from JumboMax that he personally helped develop.

In 2017, JumboMax collected a victory and two 2nd Place Finishes on the PGA Tour and JumboMax Team Members, Bryson DeChambeau and Kelly Kraft had combined earnings in excess of $3 Million Dollars.

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Two Special Exemptions Announced For Inaugural 2018 U.S. Senior Women's Open

Jane Blalock and Mary Jane Hiestand to compete at Chicago Golf Club July 12-15

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) - Jane Blalock, a 27-time winner on the LPGA Tour, and Mary Jane Hiestand, the runner-up in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, have received special exemptions into the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, which will be conducted July 12-15, 2018, at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill.

Blalock, 72, was the 1969 LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year before amassing her 27 LPGA victories, which ties her for 19th on the all-time list.

“I had major goosebumps when I received the call,” said Blalock, a native of Portsmouth, N.H. “This is a historic event of mammoth proportions, so to have the chance to participate in this championship is so significant on many fronts. [Senior women] now have the chance to compete on golf’s most prominent stage. And those of us who did not win a U.S. Open will now have another chance.”

Hiestand, 58, an amateur golfer from Naples, Fla., finished second to Kelsey Chugg in the 31st U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur last November at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. She has competed in 43 USGA championships, including a semifinal finish in the 2013 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.

“I’m just so excited,” said Hiestand, a Michigan native and a member of that state’s Golf Hall of Fame. “As soon as I heard four years ago that this championship was happening, I’ve been looking forward to it. And to not have to go through qualifying, it takes one variable out. It’s really the icing on the cake. I think this will be another huge stride for senior women’s golf.”

The inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open is open to any female professional or amateur golfer who is 50 years of age as of July 12 and has a Handicap Index not exceeding 7.4. The field will include 120 players, who will earn entry in the championship via sectional qualifying at sites nationwide or through an exemption category. Entries opened on March 7 and close at 5 p.m. EDT on May 23.

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Westchester Country Club to Host 2021 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

Championship will return to the New York course for the first time since 1923

(LIBERTY CORNER N.J.) - Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., has been selected by the USGA as the host site for the 121st U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, which will be contested Aug. 2-8, 2021 on the club’s West Course.

Three-time U.S. Amateur champion Walter J. Travis laid out two 18-hole courses at Westchester Country Club, just 30 miles outside New York City, that opened in 1922. The courses were built by the Philadelphia-based architectural firm of Toomey and Flynn, which also constructed the modern course at Shinnecock Hills that opened in 1931 and will host the 118th U.S. Open in June. Westchester previously hosted the 1923 U.S. Women’s Amateur, won by Edith Cummings.

“The USGA is thrilled to bring the U.S. Women’s Amateur to Westchester Country Club for the second time,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “One of the USGA’s three oldest championships, the Women’s Amateur consistently identifies the world’s top female players, and we are confident Westchester will provide the ultimate test for the championship’s 121st playing.”

Westchester’s West Course has hosted many professional golf events, including a PGA Tour event from 1967 through 2007, as well as the 2011 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship (won by Fred Couples), and the 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (won by Inbee Park). The club also features the 18-hole South Course and a nine-hole executive course.

“We are proud and excited to again host the world’s best female amateur competitors here at Westchester and to work with the USGA, which always puts on a world-class championship,” said Thomas Pisano, president of Westchester Country Club. “Our membership believes strongly in supporting the amateur game and we look forward to showcasing our course and facility.”

The 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur will be the 74th USGA championship held in New York and the first Women’s Amateur in the state since Kristen Gillman defeated Brooke Henderson, 2 up, at Nassau Country Club in 2014.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship was first conducted in 1895 as one of the USGA’s first three championships. It is open to female amateurs who have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 5.4. Notable champions include Juli Inkster, Glenna Collett Vare, Patty Berg, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Carol Semple Thompson, Beth Daniel, Danielle Kang and Lydia Ko.

Sophia Schubert, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., won the 2017 Women’s Amateur at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif. The 2018 championship will be played Aug. 6-12 at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs. The 2019 championship will be played Aug. 5-11 at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss., and the 2020 championship will be played Aug. 3-9 at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md.

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Defending Champ, World #1 Johnson Leads Field of 64 at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin

NBC Sports Group to Carry Nearly 35 Hours of Live Tournament Coverage, Wednesday-Sunday

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The PGA TOUR is in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, where World No. 1 Dustin Johnson defends as NBC Sports is set to carry nearly 35 hours of live tournament coverage. The field of 64 is separated into 16 four-man groups competing in round-robin matches Wednesday-Friday, with 16 advancing to single-elimination matches this weekend.

Shanshan Feng and Lexi Thompson lead the field at the Kia Classic in Southern California, as players utilize the event as a final tune-up for next week’s ANA Inspiration: professional golf’s first major in 2018.

The PGA TOUR Champions are in Mississippi for the Rapiscan Systems Classic, where Miguel Angel Jimenez looks to win for the third consecutive year.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is set to make his PGA TOUR debut (on a sponsor’s exemption), playing alongside major champions in the Corales Puntacan Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic.

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
Dates: March 21-25
Venue: Austin Country Club, Austin, Texas

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Wednesday 2-8 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)
Thursday 2-8 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-4:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 2-8 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-3:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern)
Saturday 2-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 3-7 p.m. (Live)

Golf Central Pre and Post Round Coverage on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. / 8-9 p.m. (Live)
Thursday 1:30-2 p.m. (Live) / 8-8:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday 1:30-2 p.m. / 8-8:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 9-10 a.m. (Live) / 9-10 p.m.
Sunday 9-10 a.m. (Live) / 9-10 p.m.

Broadcast Notes:
Match play format: The 64-man field has been divided into 16, four-man groups competing amongst one another in a round-robin format Wednesday-Friday, with each player in the field guaranteed to play at least three matches. The player in each group with the most points (1 point for a win, ½ point for a halved match) advances to single-elimination match play: round of 16 and quarterfinals on Saturday, and the semifinals and final on Sunday. The top-16 seeded players (based on World ranking) are the top seeds in their respective groups, while the remaining 48 players were divided into three groups (17-32, 33-48, 49-64) and placed through a blind draw on Monday night.

NBC Sports showcasing nearly 35 hours of live tournament coverage: Over the course of the tournament (Wednesday-Sunday), NBC Sports will dedicate nearly 35 hours to live tournament coverage.

Johnson defends: World No. 1 Dustin Johnson defeated Jon Rahm 1up in the finals last year to earn his 15th PGA TOUR victory.

Headlining the field: Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey.

Golf Channel/NBC Broadcast Team
- Play by Play: Terry Gannon (Golf Channel) / Dan Hicks (NBC)
- Analyst: Nick Faldo (Golf Channel) / Johnny Miller (NBC)
- Tower: Gary Koch / Peter Jacobsen / David Feherty (Golf Channel) / Steve Sands (Golf Channel) / Jimmy Roberts (Golf Channel)
- On-Course: Roger Maltbie / Notah Begay / Jim “Bones” Mackay / David Feherty (NBC)
- Interviews: Todd Lewis (weekend, Golf Channel) / Steve Sands
- Essays: Jimmy Roberts

Kia Classic
Dates: March 22-25
Venue: Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad, Calif.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)                                
Thursday 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 7-9 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)
Friday 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 7-9 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)
Saturday 7-9 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 7-9 p.m. (Live)

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
- Play by Play: Grant Boone
- Analyst: Judy Rankin / Karen Stupples (Thursday)
- Tower: Tom Abbott
- On Course: Jerry Foltz / Karen Stupples (Friday-Sunday)

Broadcast Notes:
“Caddie knows best” with Juli Inkster on Friday: Juli Inkster and her caddie will be featured in “Caddie knows best” during Friday’s second round coverage, where Juli will try to match answers to questions posed to her caddie about her interests and habits on Tour.

Green to be featured in “Rookie Spotlight”: LPGA Tour rookie Hannah Green will be profiled during Friday’s coverage as part of Golf Channel’s “Rookie Spotlight” feature.

Lee defends: Mirim Lee finished six shots clear of the field in 2017 to win her third LPGA Tour win.
Headlining the field: Shanshan Feng, Lexi Thompson, So Yeon Ryu, Ariya Jutanugarn, Anna Nordqvist, I.K. Kim, Inbee Park, Cristie Kerr, Brooke Henderson, Michelle Wie and Lydia Ko.

Rapiscan Systems Classic
Dates: March 23-25
Venue: Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)                                
Friday 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Tape delay) / 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)
Saturday 5-7 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 5-7 p.m. (Live)

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
- Play by Play: Bob Papa
- Analyst: Lanny Wadkins
- Tower: John Mahaffey
- On Course: Billy Ray Brown / John Cook

Broadcast Notes:
Round 1 on Friday to look ahead to the Masters: With multiple past Masters champions in the field, Golf Channel’s opening round coverage will include a special focus on the Masters in two weeks. Coverage will include winner picks from the broadcast team, including past major champions Lanny Wadkins and John Mahaffey.

Jimenez defends: Miguel Angel Jimenez defeated Gene Sauers with a birdie on the first playoff hole to defend his 2016 title and earn his fourth PGA TOUR Champions win.

Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Colin Montgomerie, Vijay Singh, Tom Lehman, Steve Stricker, Jerry Kelly, Kevin Sutherland and Rocco Mediate.

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship
Dates: March 22-25
Venue: Corales Golf Club, Punta Cana, Dominic Republic

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)                                
Thursday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 2-5 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 2:30-5 p.m. (Live)

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
- Play by Play: Whit Watson
- Analyst: Curt Byrum
- Tower: Matt Gogel
- On Course: Craig Perks / Kay Cockerill

Broadcast Notes:
New event: Previously staged as a Tour event, this week marks the first time that the PGA TOUR will stage an official event in the Dominican Republic.

Romo making PGA TOUR debut: Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is in the field on a sponsor’s exemption, making his PGA TOUR debut.

Headlining the field: Tony Romo, Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell, Emiliano Grillo, Davis Love III, John Daly, Paul Dunne, Retief Goosen, K.J. Choi, Mike Weir and Angel Cabrera.

Tiger Woods Named 'Most Dominant' Athlete of Past 20 Years by ESPN the Magazine

(RELEASE) - Industry-leading ESPN The Magazine will celebrate its 20th anniversary this week by highlighting the 20 most dominant athletes of the past two decades. As announced on Sunday’s E:60 on ESPN, Tiger Woods clinched the No. 1 spot, as well as the cover of the Dominant 20 issue.

Senior writer Peter Keating developed a statistical methodology to determine the list of 20 dominant athletes: superstars who have proved to be the best at what they do over the past 20 years. The list is available in The Mag, on newsstands Friday, and on via a unique digital experience. There will be an accompanying piece for each athlete on the list as well as another ranking: the top 20 most dominant single-season teams of the last 20 years.

The Dominant 20 features several pieces from contributing writers including: the intangibles that make Peyton Manning great (by novelist and short-story writer Richard Ford), a fictional letter to Lionel Messi (by award-winning poet Roger Reeves), a poem about Cristiano Ronaldo (by author Natalie Diaz), and a look at Novak Djokovic’s 2011 career-defining forehand winner (by author Nathan Hill).

“For 20 years, ESPN The Magazine has been home to the best sports journalism in the country, whether by elevating significant pieces by giants in the industry or introducing fans to new writers, photographers and artists. We have a team that is equally passionate about sports, storytelling and the kind of intense debate and conversation that takes place among true fans,” said ESPN The Magazine editor-in-chief Alison Overholt. “From the very first issue of The Mag, we proclaimed that we had 'NEXT.' That forward-looking DNA infuses all that we do, and as we navigate an ever-changing media landscape, it continues to be the core of our identity—whether that means ensuring our immersive long reads are great experiences at the ready, on whatever device fans reach for, or whether that means being playful with ideas and formats that drive content for our colleagues on other platforms across ESPN. I’m so proud of this team and of the creative energy that they embody every day. I hope that fans enjoy taking some time to celebrate with us; it has been two decades of dominance, for the Dominant 20 athletes in the pages of this special anniversary issue, and for those of us at ESPN The Magazine who have had the privilege to chronicle their achievements these past 20 years.”

Additionally, the team from E:60 will create a prime time special “ESPN The Magazine: 20 Years” that will air Thursday, March 22, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Hosts Bob Ley and Jeremy Schaap will be joined by Alison Overholt and Peter Keating to count down The Mag’s lists of the 20 most dominant athletes and teams of the past two decades.

Benchmark International Sponsors Valspar Snake Pit 2018

(Tampa, FL) - Once again, Benchmark International had the pleasure of hosting the Snake Pit at the Valspar Championship in 2018. The Valspar Championship is a professional golf tournament that is part of the PGA tour. It is based out of Palm Harbor, FL at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club.

This year brought the largest non-masters television audience since 2015. There were more than 30,000 attendees to this year’s event as well. No doubt, Tiger Woods’ participation played a role in the traffic that passed through for this four-day event. His long-anticipated return certainly upped the ante at this year’s event.

The “Snake Pit” is the name given to the final three holes at Innisbrook’s Copperhead course. Hole 16 has been dubbed one the most challenging holes on the PGA Tour. Benchmark International hosted the main event tent, which was located in this area near the green off of hole 17.

The Valspar Championship is an event fostered in its image of giving back through various charities. Copperhead Charities heads the event, and has raised a total of nearly $39 million for local charities over the last 40 years. In 2017, more than $2.4 million were raised thanks to the Valspar Championship event.

Benchmark International’s Managing Director, Dara Shareef, stated, “It was a pleasure to experience what was, by any objective measure, the most ambitious and successful Valspar Championship on record. The crowds, the atmosphere, and the vibe were electric.To play a part in pulling off such an ambitious undertaking is gratifying, and I look forward to next year.”

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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 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.

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