Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Miura Golf's CB-501 Forged Irons Honored as 2012 Editors Choice Players Irons

(Vancouver, B.C. Canada) - Noted golf media website - GolfWRX.com - a website that publishes news, articles, blogs, and reviews on golf news and golf equipment, has awarded Miura Golf's CB-501 forged irons its Editors Choice recognition. It's an annual award in which, to use GolfWRX's editors' words, "our product reviews team recognizes golf equipment of the highest quality, design, and performance."

"We're very pleased and gratified that the editors of GolfWRX, a site which has shown so much dedication to putting out detailed, correct golf equipment information, have seen fit to recognize one of our most popular models," said Adam Barr, president of Miura Golf. "Information is the first tool in club shopping and club fitting, and GolfWRX has done an enthusiastic job of leading in this area."

"Miura has long been known as a company steeped in timeless tradition and unsurpassed quality", said Richard Audi, president of GolfWRX.com. "With a history of using the finest materials and impeccable craftsmanship, it is no surprise that Miura rose to the top of our Editors' Choice Awards in the iron category. Miura's attention to detail, looks, playability and feel are unparalleled in the golf industry. The Miura CB-501 set has proven itself at the highest professional level and will fit perfectly in the bag of both the aspiring golfer and accomplished player. Congratulations Miura Golf, GofWRX 2012 Editors' Choice Players Iron."

The CB-501- which boasts a W nickel (satin) chrome finish - is available in a 3-iron through pitching wedge set, right-hand only. The CB-501 can be tested by visiting www.miuragolf.com to locate the closest Miura dealer. Miura Golf distributors outside of North America include Golfballistix (Belfast), Golf Partners (Hong Kong) and Torque Golf (Singapore).

Like all Miura irons, the mild-steel CB-501s are hand precision-forged and custom crafted by Katsuhiro Miura, Miura Golf Inc.'s 69-year-old founder, whose forged clubmaking skills over the past 50 years have prompted the Japanese to claim he has "the Hands of God." Mr. Miura is director of manufacturing and product development at his Japanese company, Miura Giken Co. Ltd., which operates manufacturing facilities in Himeji, Japan.

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Independent Study Highlights Bionic's Durability

Research concludes Bionic lasts longer and maintains gripping capability

(LOUISVILLE, KY) - What do golfers want out of a glove? "Durability" and a "good grip," according to independent research conducted with avid golfers at the renowned Pinehurst Golf

The study, conducted jointly by known golf researcher Dr. Bob Christina and Eric Alpenfels, Director of Golf Instruction at the Pinehurst Golf Academy, took on the task of testing the performance of premium leather golf gloves over time by examining the technology found in Bionic golf gloves versus a popular glove used by PGA Tour professionals.

Golfers who play or practice an average of 26 days a month used the different gloves for seven weeks (21 practice sessions - 90 balls hit per session). The results show that Bionic gloves are 2X as durable and also retain gripping power for a far longer time period.

"In summary, these results clearly indicate that the two gloves were essentially the same in terms of glove-gripping capability at the outset of the study. However, the Bionic Glove had appreciably better glove-gripping capability after seven, 14 and 21 practice sessions," states the study.

Dr. Christina says that in his "researcher's opinion," the study supports Bionic's claim that its gloves routinely last considerably longer than other leading brands similar to the one tested in this study.

So, what makes the Bionic Glove different from all others? It's the only golf glove designed by an orthopedic hand specialist. Its patented technology promotes a lighter, more relaxed grip and provides more protection in areas prone to wear and tear. Strategically placed pads on the palm and fingers even out the hand's natural peaks and valleys, creating more surface contact and ideal grip pressure.

The durability study conducted at Pinehurst also asked golfers to cite their most frequent problem with a glove. The answer: "wears out too fast."

"It's reassuring to see research that shows the number one thing golfers want from a glove is durability," says Cheryl Fink, marketing director of Bionic. "We've known all along that Bionic beats all leading gloves in spades when it comes to long-lasting performance."

The study also shows that the features golfers like the most about the Bionic glove are:
• Dampening effect (absorbing shock)
• Padding/pressure points
• Resistance to wear and tear

They also like the fact that Bionic promotes a lighter grip and that it becomes more comfortable the more it's used. When scoring the gloves, the participant golfers ranked Bionic highest in the categories of durability and quality.

"Our glove is one of the more expensive gloves on the market," says Fink. "But it's worth it because it lasts longer and continues to perform as if it's new after months and months of wear. Given its durability, it's really the best glove for the money, bar none."

For more information, visit www.bionicgloves.com.

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Golf Tournament Benefits Warrior Awareness

2nd Annual Warrior Pro-Am Tournament September 8-9

(Spring Lake, NC) – On September 9, active and former military men and women, touring and PGA professionals as well as amateur players tee up at Anderson Creek Golf Course in support of the Serenity Ridge 2nd Annual Warrior Pro-Am Tournament.

No. 2 at Anderson Creek Golf Course
The Serenity-Ridge Pro-Am was established to recognize the soldiers who serve or have served in our armed forces. The tournament is held on 9/11 weekend because organizers felt it offered a perfect opportunity to both honor and reflect on those who have fought and died for our country.

Events start Sept. 8. From 2-5 p.m. at Stryker Golf Course, both touring pros and PGA professionals will host a clinic and will provide lessons. A meet and greet follows at 6:30 p.m. with acoustical music performed by Mark Cullinane.

Tournament play starts Sept. 9  at 11 a.m. at Anderson Creek using a modified captains choice format.

For more information or to register to play, visit  www.serenity-ridge.org. To speak with someone about the tournament, contact Lance Jordan at 910-551-0845.

Can’t make the tournament, but want to get out and golf? Check out www.golfontheready.com for packages and course information.

Events in Cumberland County honor members of the military throughout the year. From Nov. 8-11, greater Fayetteville thanks Iraq War veterans with Heroes Homecoming II. Special events throughout the weekend pay tribute and thank veterans for their service. www.HeroesHomecoming.com.

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CHAMP Spikes Used by RBC Canadian Open Winner

(MARLBOROUGH, MA) – CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide – The World Leader in Sport Cleat Technology and maker of innovative CHAMP spikes, high-performance golf tees and accessories – confirms the winner and four top-10 finishers at the RBC Canadian Open relied on its renowned spikes, according to Darrell Survey.

Securing his second PGA Tour victory, the champion trusted the unique blend of metal and plastic traction technology in the acclaimed ProStinger model at Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Ancaster, Ontario. This continues the trend of the world’s best players selecting CHAMP spikes, which have been used by 29 of the last 36 major winners.

“We devote significant resources to the research and development of products that will benefit players of all skill levels,” says Harris MacNeill, President and CEO of CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide. “As a result, legions of Tour players and amateurs alike trust the superior traction, stability and comfort inherent to CHAMP spikes.”

The #1 Brand on Tour, CHAMP also offers a wide range of products beyond the cleat category. These include the recently launched MyHite Zarma FLYtee. Drawing from MacNeill Engineering’s unrivalled 80-year heritage, the FLYtee line has quickly become one of the most-used tees by leading professionals worldwide. Made with durable, environmentally-friendly materials, its six-pronged head and shallow cup reduces friction, increases distance and improves accuracy.

With more than 100 active distributors, CHAMP is the world’s largest manufacturer of replaceable spikes. The company produces more than 140 million spikes annually and is the dominant global brand in football, soccer, golf, baseball, cricket, rugby and other sports.

For more information: www.champspikes.com, 1-800-OK-CHAMP.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Couples Relies on Tour B330 Ball to Tame the Winds, Rains of Turnberry

'92 Masters Champ uses Bridgestone Equipment en Route to Second Career Champions Tour Major

(Covington, Ga.) — This weekend in Turnberry, Scotland on the historic Ailsa Course, Bridgestone Tour Team member Fred Couples continued his winning ways, claiming his second Champions Tour major and 3rd overall career major, at The 2012 Senior Open Championship. The victory was also Couples’ second Champions Tour title of the 2012 season catapulting him into the No. 4 position in the 2012 Champions Tour Charles Schwab Cup standings.

Fred Couples
Couples relied on the new Dual Dimple TOUR B330 golf ball and J40 Dual Pocket Cavity Back irons (3-PW) from Bridgestone to overcome difficult weather conditions recording weekend rounds of 64-67 to erase the 6-shot deficit he was faced with after round 2. Couples who recorded nine Top 10 finishes at The Open Championship during his PGA TOUR playing career, needed just one start at the Senior British Open to bring home the coveted claret jug.

“Obviously I never won The Open, but I came close,” said Couples. “This is my biggest Senior Tour win, by far, winning on a truly great, great golf course in extreme weather. I can say I won a Senior Open at Turnberry.  It's a challenging, very tough course, under extreme weather.  It’s nice to win any event, but there have been a lot of great champions on this golf course, that's for sure.”

Bridgestone’s new TOUR B330 ball features the company’s proprietary Dual Dimple Technology cover for optimized aerodynamic performance. The cover’s smaller inner dimples increase thrust power at launch for greater distance while the larger outer dimples promote a shallow angle of descent for increased roll out on landing. The result of the improved performance at both takeoff and landing is greater overall distance performance and a more consistent wind-cheating ball flight.

The new B330 balls feature a street price of $44.99 per dozen (MSRP $58.00 per dozen) and are available now at select golf courses and golf specialty and sporting goods retailers nationwide.

Visit www.bridgestonegolf.com to see Bridgestone Golf’s entire 2012 Tour Team and to view the complete lineup of new products.

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Scott Piercy Captures RBC Canadian Open, Leads 5-Win Week for Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x Loyalists

Bernd Wiesberger and Ben Kohles Become First Players to Win with New Titleist 913 Drivers

(Fairhaven, MA) – Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Piercy led a five-win week for Titleist golf ball players, trusting the Pro V1x golf ball as well as a full bag of Titleist equipment from tee-through-green to capture the RBC Canadian Open for his second career PGA TOUR victory.

At the European Tour’s Lyoness Open, Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger became the first player to win on golf’s worldwide professional tours using a Titleist 913 prototype driver. Wiesberger’s victory with the 913 was validated a day later by Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Kohles, who also relied on a Titleist 913D3 prototype driver to triumph in his very first professional start at the Web.com Tour's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational.

Additional wins on the South African and China PGA tours provide proof yet again that, tee-to-green, Titleist is Golf’s Symbol of Excellence.

Piercy closed with a 3-under par 67 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club to edge two players by one shot, including Pro V1 loyalist Robert Garrigus.  The 33-year-old, who fired a record-setting 8-under par 62 in the first round of the tournament, posted a 17-under 263, tying the 72-hole tournament scoring record. Next week Piercy won't be able to defend his lone career win, the Reno-Tahoe Open (which he won last year), because it is held opposite the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, an event he qualified for with his win in Canada. With the win, Piercy also qualifies for the PGA Championship, which will be contested the following week.

What's in Scott Piercy's Bag?: Pro V1x, 910D2 driver (7.5), AP2 iron (4), 690MB irons (5-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (49), gap (53), sand (57) and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo putter.

Three players tied for 4th place, including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Bud Cauley (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, 910H hybrid, CB iron, MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter) and Chris Kirk (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 906F fairway metal, CB and MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport Tour putter), as well as Pro V1x loyalist Josh Teater.  

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Canadian Open field of 156 in the golf ball category with 103 (66%), nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 15.   Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (39), wedge (141) and putter (60) categories.

A total of 33 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 16 new 913D3 (11) and 913D2 (5) models.

Piercy becomes the 11th different Titleist Brand Ambassador to win on the 2012 PGA TOUR for a total of 13 full product line victories this year.  The tee-through-green success of Titleist players translates into the most wins across every major product category year-to-date, including: Golf Balls (22, Nearest Competitor 4), Drivers (13, Nearest Competitor 5), Fairway Metals (14, Nearest Competitor 8), Hybrids (10, Nearest Competitor 4), Irons (14, Nearest Competitor 5), Wedges (17, Nearest Competitor 5), and Putters (12, Nearest Competitor 6).

With his win at the RBC Canadian Open, Piercy joins fellow Titleist full product line ambassadors Steve Stricker (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Kyle Stanley (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Bill Haas (Northern Trust Open), Rory McIlroy (Honda Classic), Ben Curtis (Valero Texas Open), Jason Dufner (Zurich Classic, Byron Nelson Championship), Zach Johnson (Crowne Plaza Invitational, John Deere Classic), Webb Simpson (U.S. Open), Marc Leishman (Travelers Championship) and Scott Stallings (True South Classic) in the Titleist Winners' Circle.

EUROPEAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger called it "the best day of my life so far," after firing a final round 7-under par 65 to capture the Lyoness Open on home soil.  The 26-year old Austrian converted a dramatic 30-foot putt for birdie on the final hole to post a 19-under par 269 victory total, topping two players by three shots, including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Thomas Levet (Pro V1, 913D3 prototype driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select prototype R&D Concept 1 putter).

Wiesberger, who closed with a 6-under par 30 over the final nine holes, is the second Austrian to win his national Open.  It also marks his second career European Tour victory, which comes just three months after his first win at the Ballantine’s Championship.

What's in Bernd Wiesberger's Bag?:  Pro V1x, 913D3 prototype driver (7.5), 910F fairway metal (13.5), AP2 2-iron, CB irons (3-P), Vokey Design Spin Milled sand (54) and SM4 lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo putter.

Wiesberger becomes the first player to win on the worldwide professional tours with the new Titleist 913 driver.  In fact, it was a 1-2 finish for players relying upon the 913, as Levet tied for 2nd, also trusting the 913D3.  It was just the second event that Weisberger and Levet played the new 913 drivers in competition.  They both put it in their bags the first week it was available to European Tour players at the Scottish Open.  Titleist had a total of 34 drivers in play, including a combined 14 of the new 913D3 (12) and 913D2 (2) prototype models.  

Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 100 players (69%) in the 144-player Lyoness Open field, more than six times the nearest competitor with 15.

WEB.COM TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Kohles won the Web.com Tour's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in his first professional start, topping Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Luke Guthrie by converting a 22-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole. Kohles also birdied two of the final three holes of regulation to close with a 1-under 70, matching Guthrie's 12-under 272 total on Ohio State's Scarlet Course. Guthrie birdied three of the last five holes in regulation for a final round 66.

Kohles relied on the Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment for his success, including the new 913D3 prototype driver the first time he played it in competition.  

What's in Ben Kohles Bag?:  Pro V1x, 913D3 driver (9.5), 910F fairway metal (13.5), 910H hybrid (17), CB irons (3-P), Vokey Design SM4 gap (52) and lob (58) wedges, Scotty Cameron Select GoLo putter.

One of 12 college All-Americans invited to the event, the 22-year old Kohles, who played at the University of Virginia, turned pro after finishing his amateur career last week in the Porter Cup.  Guthrie was also an All-American at the University of Illinois.

"It's absolutely a dream come true," said Kohles, the first player to win an event on the tour in his pro debut.  "What more can you ask for in your first pro event than to win? It's still a bit of shock and I'm not sure it's all sunk in yet."  

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational field of 144 in the golf ball category with 101 (70%), more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14.  Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (49/34%), wedge (169/50%) and putter (54/38%) categories.

A total of 41 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 25 who chose the new 913D3 (19) and 913D2 (6) models.

SOUTH AFRICA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Allan Versfeld (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) went from a three-shot deficit to a three-shot victory at the Vodacom Origins of Golf. Versfeld carded a final round 5-under par 67 en route to an 18-under par 198 victory total to claim his maiden victory on the Sunshine Tour. Ockie Strydom (Pro V1x), who led the tournament through the first two rounds, posted a runner-up finish three shots behind Versfeld, followed by fellow Pro V1x loyalist Keith Horne.

Five players tied for fourth, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jbe Kruger, Shaun Norris and Louis De Jager and golf ball loyalist Johan Du Buisson, as seven of the top eight finishers relied upon the Pro V1x golf ball for their success.

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 72 in the golf ball category with 50 (69%), more than twice the nearest competitor with 19.

CHINA: Pro V1 x Loyalist Xin Jun Zhang of China won the China PGA Champions Tour Shandong event by one shot after converting an eight-foot par putt on the 72nd hole. Zhang posted a final round 3-under 69 and 1-under par 287 victory total to secure his second career win on the China PGA Champions Tour, with his first coming in January at the Hainan event. Pro V1x loyalist Wei Hai Kong finished alone in 3rd, two shots behind Zhang, while Wei Huang Wu (Pro V1x) was among three players who tied for 4th place.

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the field of 130 in the golf ball category with 91 (70%), more than four times the nearest competitor with 20.

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Champions Golf Package at Iconic La Costa Courses Provides Link to Generations of the Game's Legends

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - Once home of golf's Tournament Of Champions, La Costa Resort and Spa has a new Champions Golf Package named in honor of the game's legends, which have walked the fairways of the iconic venue for nearly five decades.

The Champions Golf Package is for three days of unlimited golf on the same fairways where generations of golfing greats have played, from Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus to Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, as well as reigning KIA Classic champion Yani Tseng.

Southern California's only GOLF Magazine Gold Medal Resort, La Costa features 36 holes of championship-caliber play on the completely restored Champions Course, which hosted the TOC from 1969 through 1998 (and World Match Play until 2006), and slightly modified South Course, now home to the LPGA Tour's Kia Classic. Each round is further enhanced by La Costa's new Golf Squad, the roving on-course "caddies" who are ready to serve golfers throughout the day.

The Champions Golf package includes:
• Two nights accommodations (your choice of available luxury rooms and suites)
• Breakfast Buffet (daily at Legends Bistro)
• Three days of unlimited golf, including shared cart (daily on available courses)
• Complimentary range balls (unlimited throughout stay)
• Complimentary club storage and service
• Complimentary "Course Tour" mobile-phone app
• 15 percent off golf shop merchandise
• Rates begin at $499 per room (double occupancy, do not include taxes or $24 daily resort charge)

La Costa also is home to the only The TOUR Academy in Southern California. The TOUR Academy features a variety of private golf lessons, group clinics, specialty golf offerings and much more. Golf school programs provide stay-over and commuter options, with two-day, three-day or five-day options.

For more package information, visit www.lacosta.com.

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Boxgroove Welcomes Point O' Woods Golf & Country Club

(BELLEVUE, Wash.) – Boxgroove (www.boxgroove.com), an inventive, reliable online network offering golfers the opportunity to play private golf courses of their choosing, has welcomed Point O' Woods Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor, Mich., to the selection of private courses Boxgroove members can play.

"Boxgroove members will appreciate the chance to play the course at Point O' Woods Golf and Country Club," said McRedmond Morelli, founder and CEO of Boxgroove. "This Robert Trent Jones-designed layout is visually appealing and provides a fine challenge to players of every skill level."

In 1954, Robert Trent Jones, one of the leading golf course architects of the country, was contacted and asked if he would inspect the location of what is now Point O' Woods Golf & Country Club to decide whether it had sufficient possibilities for development into a fine golf course. After careful study of the terrain, he reported that it was an ideal location for a championship 18-hole course. The rolling terrain and trees provided interest and beauty, and the lake was an ideal source of water supply for fairways and greens. Jones was instructed to prepare a tentative layout for the course.

After about a year of investigation and planning by the founders, financing was obtained and Jones was instructed to proceed with final plans for the golf course. In the spring of 1957, the first bulldozer arrived on the scene to start shaping the Point O' Woods golf course.

On June 14, 1958, the course, which only 14 months earlier had been rugged wooded land, opened for play. It was recognized from the start that the course was a great one. Golf legends such as Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus have played the course.

For many years, Point O' Woods Golf & Country Club was the sole host venue of the Western Amateur golf tournament.

"Point O' Woods views our relationship with Boxgroove as a way to introduce prospective members to our facility while generating unaccompanied guest rounds at the club during non-peak play times," said Tom Rose, PGA Head Golf Professional at Point O' Woods Golf & Country Club. "We also consider the benefit of our members being able to join Boxgroove for playing opportunities around the country as a huge plus!"

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The Players Towel Dominates Professional Golf Captures The True South Classic for its 15th Victory of the Year

'Players Towel is the best towel on tour, hands down!' - Scott Stallings, after his second PGA Tour victory

(Phoenix, AZ) – Players Towel, featuring high performance microfiber waffle technology, continued its domination of professional golf by capturing the True South Classic for its 15th victory of the year.

“I would like to congratulate Scott Stallings on his second PGA Tour victory,” said Patrick Le Vine, founder of the Players Towel. “Scott played great golf the entire week as his tournament record 24 under 264 score at Annandale Golf Club indicates.”

In only his second year on tour, Scott is the first player from last year’s rookie winners to win in 2012. The six rookie winners in 2011 is a PGA Tour record dating to 1970.

Played under hot, humid conditions in Madison, Mississippi, the Players Towel continues to be a vital piece of equipment to keep ones hands and clubs dry and free from dirt and debris.

“With 15 victories on tour so far this year, the Players Towel has clearly established itself as the leading towel on every professional tour-bar none-for the world’s best players and their caddies,” added Le Vine.

Used by the game’s top players, Players Towel has shown up on the winner’s bag on all the major tours including: the U.S. Open, The Masters, the PGA and LPGA Tour Championships, the Kraft Nabisco Championship and WGC Championship. The Players Towel has quickly become the towel of choice among the world’s best players.

Players Towels are sold on line at www.playerstowel.com and at leading pro-shops and resorts around the world.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

GolfTEC Announces Its Biggest Sale of the Year

Lessons, plans up to 20% off

(Centennial, Colo.) - GolfTEC-the world leader in golf improvement-is kicking off its biggest sale of the year. During the company's first-ever "Player Performance Sale," golfers new and old are being offered their more cost-effective opportunity to start playing better and having more fun.

From Aug. 1 to 25, every one of the 150 GolfTEC Improvement Centers in the U.S. and Canada is putting its core services on sale. From individual lessons to long-term instruction plans, students can save up to 20% off normal prices.

"We only have a sale like this once or twice a year," says Mike Clinton, COO of GolfTEC. "That means this is the perfect time for the golfer who wants to take his, or her, game to a higher level. It's also a great chance for the new or returning golfer to get familiar with golf in a stress-free setting while working with the best coaches in the world."

During August, several GolfTEC centers will stage open houses highlighted by demonstrations of the company's high-tech teaching and club-fitting systems. These "get-acquainted" days also usually feature contests, giveaways, prizes, savings on equipment, and more that introduce consumers to the same GolfTEC services that have a 95% success rate among existing students. (Check with local GolfTEC centers for availability of these events.)

New and existing students are also invited to sign up for a swing or club-fitting evaluation. These one-time analytic sessions use GolfTEC's proprietary computer software to identify nagging problems with one's motion or equipment, and provide another chance to see GolfTEC teaching at work.

During the Player Performance Sale, consumers will receive a free, one-year subscription to GOLF Magazine with every qualifying purchase.

August is the month to start cutting strokes while saving cash.

For further information access the GolfTEC web site at www.GolfTEC.com or call (303) 779-9900.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Golf Gulf Shores Courses Host SEC Beach Fest

Top-Notch Golf, Award-Winning Beaches, SEC Football Highlighted

(GULF SHORES, ALABAMA) – Entry fees for a foursome to the SEC Beach Fest Scramble on Aug. 23-25 are now $1,200 per team, enabling participants the chance to play four Gulf Shores Golf Association’s courses, meet iconic SEC football coaches, enjoy parties, gift bags, and more.

The Gulf Shores Golf Association – a partnership of nine fun, complementary and well-ranked courses on Alabama’s Gulf Coast – is hosting the tournament. The 36-hole event will be played Friday, Aug. 24 at Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club, Craft Farms, Gulf Shores Golf Club and Kiva Dunes. The top three foursomes from each course will compete in the championship round on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Kiva Dunes, Golfweek’s No. 1-rated course in Alabama.

The entry fee for a foursome includes two rounds of golf, buffet breakfast, lunch or cocktails for afternoon flights, a gift bag and the chance to play in the championship round.  Also included in the fee are four tickets to the SEC Beach Fest and invitations to the Welcome Party.

“Gulf Shores is one of the leading golf destinations in the country and we’re thrilled to have our courses included in this great event, which helps kick off another amazing SEC football season,” said Gulf Shores Golf Association Executive Director Duncan Millar.

SEC head football coaches Nick Saban of Alabama, Les Miles of LSU and Gene Chizik of Auburn will be available to sign autographs and other “legend” players and coaches from the SEC will also attend the event.

For more information, updates or to purchase tickets for the SEC Beach Fest visit www.facebook.com/GolfGulfShores or secbeachfest.com.

* Gulf Shores Area Earns Best Kid-Friendly Beach Honors, Ranked Among America’s Cleanest Beaches

Weather Channel voters named Gulf Shores/Orange Beach the best kid-friendly beach in the U.S., citing its proximity to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, the Pier at Gulf State Park and the tallest Ferris wheel in the Southeast.

Weather Channel highlighted the nation’s favorite beaches based on specific activities and winners were chosen by Facebook fans, who shared their favorite beaches to enjoy.

In addition, Gulf Shores Public Beach and Gulf State Park Pavilion were named among the cleanest beaches in the nation by a recent annual assessment from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The beach was one of 12 in the U.S. to earn a five-star rating for violating health standards less than 5% of the time and for following the best health and safety practices.

Stay-and-play packages with lodging located in the center of the beach action, or directly on a golf course, can be customized at GolfGulfShores.com. Summer packages are still available and start as low as $100 per person, per night, based on multiple night stays, and include accommodations, golf and taxes. The fall season is also an ideal time to visit the area and quotes can be easily facilitated at GolfGulfShores.com.

For more information or to sign up for a free subscription to the Golf Gulf Shores monthly e-newsletter, visit GolfGulfShores.com or call 1.888.815.1902. Unlimited golf options, a new tee-time-booking system and a mobile version of the website are also available.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Colorado National Golf Club Honored

Course Named Best Course in state by Colorado Avid Golfer for 2012

(Erie, CO) - Colorado National Golf Club in Erie continues to garner awards and accolades and build upon its storied tradition and legacy as the preeminent daily fee facility in the greater Denver metro area. In the Spring 2012 Issue of Colorado Avid Golfer, Colorado National was honored as the "Best Front Range Golf Course" in their Public/Resort category for the 2012 "Best of Colorado Awards."

The awards were voted on by a panel of industry experts assembled by Colorado Avid Golfer Magazine. A popular venue for dining and special events, Colorado National Golf Club also won "Best Food" and came in a tie for second place in the category of "Best Après-Golf Experience."

"We are pleased and honored to receive this recognition from what may be one of the most recognizable Colorado golf publications," stated Matt Schalk, Colorado National's General Manager. "Congratulations are in order to our entire team of golf, agronomy and food and beverage professionals, who day in and day out work tirelessly to create memorable experiences for our golfing and dining guests," added Schalk.

Playing at 7,676 yards from the tips with a course slope of 141 and a course rating of 75.4, this par 72, Jay Morrish design is the exclusive golf course of the University of Colorado's men's and women's golf teams. Its backdrop includes snow capped mountains, rolling terrain, and breathtaking views from both the golf course and golf clubhouse.

With five sets of tee boxes, this award winning golf course offers playability for all golfers. A 696-yard par 5, a drivable par 4, and exceptional elevation changes are some of the highlights of this tremendous golf course.

Colorado National Golf Club also offers one of the most complete practice facilities in Colorado, including three separate tee boxes, a short game area, a large putting green, and even a fairway practice bunker to help you prepare your game to perfection. The exceptional views, panoramic scenery and expert event professionals make Colorado National a popular venue for weddings, receptions and other special events.

For more information on Colorado National Golf Club, call (303) 926-1723 or visit www.coloradonationalgolfclub.com.

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Turning Stone Resort and Casino 'Your Turn' to Play and Stay

Unlimited golf and the Northeast’s finest casino and nightlife offer a great escape

(Oneida Nation Homelands) – If you and your golf game need a “road trip” to get away from it all, then Turning Stone Resort and Casino in central New York is the perfect place to escape.  And the “Golfer’s Getaway” package can make it happen, now through October.

Turning Stone — owned and operated by the Oneida Indian Nation and located 30 miles east of Syracuse — offers the perfect mix of escape and excitement: award-winning golf courses, a Top 100 spa, headliner entertainment, nightlife, gaming action, great dining options, and a range of lodging choices including two AAA Four Diamond hotels.

The “Golfer’s Getaway” includes a choice of luxury accommodations, with unlimited play after 3 p.m. on the day of arrival on either the Kaluhyat or Shenendoah courses. That’s followed by another 18-hole round on either course the next day.

Kaluhyat, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., is a shot-maker’s course featuring long carries, big water, and a great variety of holes. Shenendoah, by Rick Smith, plays through rolling fields of fescue as well as trees and wetlands, and is a haven for wildlife where you may be able to bag your own birdies and eagles.

And the fun doesn’t stop between rounds. The Getaway package also includes lunch at the 19th hole, complimentary fitness center access, and options to enjoy the resort’s other attractions including the Golf Dome and Golf Superstore at Sportsplex, big-name entertainment, a dozen dining options, the Skana Spa, and 120,000 square feet of gaming - machines, table games, high-stakes bingo, and a poker room.

The package begins at $303 per person, per night, at the all-suite Lodge, or $260 per person, per night for stays at The Tower, and runs through the end of October.

For additional information or to book a getaway call 800-771-7711 or access turningstone.com/yourturn.

Antigua Enters the Tennis Apparel Market

Men's and Women's Lines to Debut Prior to U.S. Open

(Peoria, AZ) - The Antigua Group, well known in the golf apparel, sports licensing and casual wear business for over 30 years, announced its entrance into the tennis market with a line of men's and women's performance apparel. Designed with an emphasis on both contemporary styling and high-tech performance, the lines feature Antigua's Desert Dry and Desert Dry Xtra Lite (D2XL) technical fabrics to help players compete at their best under all conditions. The Fall line will be available prior to this year's U.S. Open.

"Tennis has experienced a rebirth over the past decade; it's one of the few sports that's seen its participation numbers increase, so we're happy to enter the market during this upward trend," said Ron McPherson, President and CEO of Antigua Group. "Our tennis apparel will appeal to all players, from the fashion conscious to weekend warriors looking for an edge. And, as we do in golf, our tennis line will have the added benefit of our custom embroidery skill set and in-stock inventory business model."

Antigua: Official Apparel of the 2012 Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament

Known amongst golf retailers for its high quality custom embroidered apparel offered with small minimums and quick lead times, Antigua brings this unique expertise to tennis apparel retailers and tennis tournaments across the country. All Antigua tennis apparel sold at retail features the retailer's logo, and all tennis apparel sold at tournaments would feature the tournament's logo. This was the case in April when Antigua began its journey into tennis by becoming the 'Official Apparel' of the WTA Tour's Family Circle Cup (FCC) in Charleston, South Carolina. Antigua provided over 2500 units of apparel and headwear to tournament officials, ball kids, and volunteers. Antigua also sold tournament logoed apparel on site.

"Antigua's experience handling tournaments was immediately apparent," said Bob Moran, FCC General Manager. "They delivered, both early and smoothly, exceptional quality tennis apparel for us all. We're looking forward to working with them again in 2013."

Desert Dry and Desert Dry Xtra Lite Technologies Used in New Line

Antigua's initial line of tennis apparel features its proprietary Desert Dry and Desert Dry Xtra Lite (D2XL) technologies. "D2XL is tailor made for tennis because of its ability to help rapidly wick away moisture," said Sean Gregg, Director of Product Development. "It's also extremely light, which gives tennis players a more flexible feel and allows heat to dissipate more quickly."

Online Retail Store Now Open to Tennis Fans and Players

Antigua's 'Shop.Antigua.com' website is up and running now for tennis fans to see and purchase some of its tennis apparel. Unlike what will be sold at retail, this apparel is solely branded with the Antigua logo. "We realize not all fans have a convenient tennis shop nearby, so we offer Antigua apparel via our website," said McPherson. "When the full line is available, we'll add some additional pieces to the website. Tennis fans can purchase our outerwear and accessories online as well."

Find Antigua on the web at www.Antigua.com and ShopAntigua.com. Like Antigua on Facebook at facebook.com/Antigua. Follow Antigua on Twitter at twitter.com/AntiguaWear. See Antigua YouTube videos at www.youtube.com/AntiguaWear.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Zero Friction Advantage Clubs Receive High Reviews

(Oakbrook Terrace, IL) - In an ongoing effort to provide innovative, top quality, performance golf products, Zero Friction recently introduced the ZF Advantage Club Series. This elite series of performance clubs, reasonably priced for all ability levels, includes a Driver, Fairway 3-wood and Hybrid, each available in black and white.

The ZF Advantage Driver, which retails for $199.00, boasts a 460cc Titanium body which offers outstanding distance and control. Its sleek head design features a tungsten copper weight and extra-large facing, creating a larger sweet spot to forgive off center hits. The 15° loft Fairway Wood, priced at $159.00, has a specially designed tungsten copper weight toward the rear of the sole, creating a lower center of gravity that resists toe pull-down, getting the ball airborne faster. The series 24° loft Hybrid, retailing at $149.00, features PDV technology in addition to the tungsten copper sole, making it easier to get the ball out of the rough and difficult fairway lies.

Launched at the PGA Show in Orlando earlier this year, "We knew that this would be a difficult category to enter but we saw the need in the marketplace for an affordable elite performance brand of clubs. After much research and development we were able to deliver just that" said John Iacono, President and Founder of Zero Friction. "We don't think you should have to pay a fortune for great golf clubs, especially now when consumers and the industry as a whole are feeling the strain from this difficult economy."

Major golf publications agree. Golf Tips Magazine's Equipment Buyers Guide wrote, "We love that these high-performance clubs are affordable as well as really long and forgiving." Their April 2012 Issue's review of the ZF Advantage Hybrid states "It has a sleek performance look that's easy to launch and won't break the bank. Perfect for value minded golfers of all skill levels that are looking for a premium performance product."

Golfing Magazine had this to say: "In live range tests with golfers of various skill levels Zero Friction Advantage woods were equal to, or outperformed many of the much higher priced clubs. It is an ideal wood for a wide range of value minded golfers of all skill levels who seek outstanding quality and performance at an affordable price."

A recent review in London Ontario Golf stated, "We tested the ZF Advantage driver, fairway wood and hybrid, and were pleasantly surprised with their performance. When testing the 9.5° driver with the stiff Zero Friction shaft (low kick point) we were surprised by both its length and accuracy. Amongst the three clubs, the ZF Advantage fairway wood is the star - we couldn't believe the distance we achieved at the range. Like the ZF Advantage driver, the fairway wood has a lively face - the ball jumps off this club. We tested the 15° 3-wood with stiff shaft and instantly put it in our bag for a round and saw positive results. When we tested the hybrid we found it very easy to sweep or hit down on the ball like an iron shot. Distance and accuracy were above average, too."

Consumers and golf professionals agree with Zero Friction that it is unnecessary to pay more for top quality performing clubs. "We don't believe in introducing a product just for the sake of doing so," said Iacono. "We knew that like our tees and other products, once the industry and golfers had a chance to use the clubs they would see they delivered in all areas: quality, performance and best of all price."

Zero Friction will continue to add to the series and is currently developing a 5-wood and putter to be introduced in the near future. Zero Friction Advantage clubs are currently available in select retail locations and on line at www.zerofriction.com.

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Cutter & Buck’s Spring ’13 Ladies CB Golf Collection: Style, Sophistication and a Nod to the 40’s

(SEATTLE) — Cutter & Buck’s Spring 2013 Ladies’ CB Golf Collection offers women classic style with a modern twist. There are two distinctive deliveries to give ladies options in modern golf apparel – sport and fun with feminine details.  What woman doesn’t want options?

The Collection’s two deliveries are distinctly different – the “retro”, 40’s inspired Sweet Shop and the second, a sleek, chic line called Modern Art with bold, graphic prints and geometric color blocking.

Sweet Shop is full of vibrant colors like Gum Drop, Candied Pink and Minx (a plum brown) to give the line its own, delicious style.  Some of the features are a gathered “pouf” collar, a welcome throwback to 1940’s “Sweetheart” detail – especially appropriate for the Sweet Shop flavor – and large contrast buttons.

The Gum Drop jacket will certainly be one of the Sweet Shop line’s most popular items.  This striking full-zip jacket in white features soft feminine gathers and an “it” collar, which is bold and sumptuous.
The Modern Art collection showcases a cool palette in Crystal Blue and Iced Grey with pops of hot yellow working back to bold, clean black and white.  This delivery is distinguished by bold geometric prints and color blocked styling which coincidentally has become one of golf fashion’s hottest trends.

The CB Weathertec Brisk Vest – conveniently reversible, lightweight, packable and water repellent – is perfect for all types of spring weather. This vest is one of those great items that manages to do many things at once -- provide protection to stay warm while not restricting the golf swing and somehow, manages to be very stylish.

For additional information, contact Cutter & Buck at (800) 713-7810 or visit the website at www.cutterbuck.com.

Adams Golf Introduces New Speedline Tech Driver

(PLANO, TEXAS) - Adams Golf announces the release of its new Speedline Tech driver, loaded with technology and innovation, including improved aerodynamic shaping, easy-to-use FASTfit adjustability, 3DS Face Technology and lightweight, multi-material construction. Golfers can dial in the Speedline Tech for optimum performance specific to them that can deliver up to 11 more yards of distance and 54% better accuracy.

"We used advanced construction methods and made refinements to driver technologies that we've developed over time to make this our most customizable and best performing driver for golfers of all skill levels," said Tim Reed, vice president of research and development. "It's easy for the golfer to make adjustments and find their perfect ball flight while achieving even higher swing speeds and more distance through our aerodynamic shaping."

6G Aerodynamic Technology
Adams Golf led the revolution of aerodynamic shaping with the original Speedline driver helping golfers swing the club faster and gain more distance. The Speedline Tech takes that shaping to the sixth generation featuring improved slopes, curves and size to help the club cut through the air faster for even more clubhead speed and distance.

FASTfit Adjustability
FASTfit Adjustability is Adams' answer for quick and easy club customization. The Speedline Tech driver can quickly be tuned by unscrewing the hosel and rotating the head to fit the golfer's swing type and preferred ball flight. FASTfit allows the club to be set open or closed by up to 1 degree, and thereby adjusting the loft +/- 1 degree as well. The clubhead can also be adjusted 2 degrees upright.

3DS Face Technology
The revolutionary 3DS Face Technology is a change in the traditional bulge and roll of driver faces. Through extensive research, Adams Golf's R&D department found that a majority of golfers impact the clubface in the high toe area diagonally down through the center and into the low heel area of the clubface. 3DS Face Technology provides optimal spin and launch in all three hitting zones of the clubface producing up to 54% more accurate and longer drives.

Multi-Material Construction
Using lightweight and multi-material construction, the Speedline Tech driver is the best performing, easiest-to-swing driver in the game. Featuring a unique carbon-fiber wing attached to a titanium chassis allows for this large, confidence-inspiring clubhead to maintain superior aerodynamic performance, optimal sound and ideal launch conditions.

Models, Pricing and Availability
The Speedline Tech driver will be available online and in stores on August 1st. It will feature the Ozik RŪL 54 as its stock shaft offering. The suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Speedline Tech driver is $449.99.

Available lofts are as follows:
Speedline Tech Driver: 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° and 12.5° in right hand
9.5° and 10.5° in left hand

For more information, visit www.adamsgolf.com or shop.adamsgolf.com.

Orlimar’s EZR 15.5 Push Cart Receives Silver Medal on Golf Digest Hot List

(Flushing, Mich.) — The popular Golf Digest Hot List just released the top push carts for 2012. Of the dozens of push carts tested, only seven were awarded medals. The Orlimar EZR 15.5 cart, featuring a one-step quick fold design, was one of three that received a silver medal.

“We are extremely honored and pleased to receive a silver medal on Golf Digest’s Hot List,” said Christopher de Movellan, global business development manager. “The Hot List has developed a strong consumer following over the years and to be named as one of the top push carts on the market is a testament to Orlimar’s ongoing commitment in providing golf equipment with the most-advanced technology and superior performance at a great value.”

The EZR 15.5 three-wheel push cart features an ultra-light, durable aluminum frame and an easy, one step, QuikFold design. The cart weighs only 15.5 pounds and folds down to 16x16x31 inches for easy storage. Additional features include a handle-mounted hand brake, anti-slide tire treads on all three of the 10-inch wheels, and a comfortable handle which can be easily adjusted for a custom fit and has been specifically designed to avoid any back and hand strain. Also, for golfer’s convenience there is a drink caddy, storage compartment and tee holders. The suggested retail of the EZR 15.5 is $179.99.

The Golf Digest Hot List judged the push carts on performance, innovation, look/feel and demand. The Golf Digest Hot List appears in the August issue which is currently on newsstands.

For information on Orlimar call 888.502.4653, visit www.orlimar.com.

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IJP Design Earns Two Top 10 Finishes

(Riviera Beach, FL.) – IJP design would like to congratulate Ian Poulter for his 9th place finish at the British Open and Bud Cauley for his 4th place finish at the True South Classic.

Ian Poulter
With pressure mounting on a wind swept Sunday afternoon of a major, Ian Poulter produced the second lowest round of the day to secure a top ten finish. “I am very pleased with the way I played today under difficult Open conditions,” said Ian Poulter. “While the temperature and wind kept changing day to day I felt very comfortable and confident in my IJP Design apparel. I know I looked good, and when I feel good about my clothes I feel good about my game-and it showed this weekend.”

A closing 66 at the True South Classic enabled Bud Cauley to secure a 4th place finish, equaling his career best finish on the PGA Tour.

“I look forward to carrying my good play this weekend and using this momentum for the remainder of the season,” stated Bud Cauley. “Despite hot and humid conditions, I was able to stay cool and calm in my IJP Design apparel. It is a big advantage knowing that tough weather conditions will not affect your play.”

IJP is a high quality, unique and exciting golf and lifestyle brand with a fashionable edge. It is entirely focused on creating clothing which is both eminently practical but equally extremely stylish. IJP Designed products are perfectly suited for all types of playing conditions and their technical and functional elements are designed perfectly for golfers of all abilities.

More information can be found at www.ijpdesign.com

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Club Glove Adds ‘Digital Camo’ Colorway to Renowned Golf Travel Bag and Luggage Collections

Made-in-the-USA Products Showcase Extraordinary Durability, Functionality and Style

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Club Glove – a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of premium luggage, travel bags, golf bags, club covers and accessories – announces that a wide range of products from its renowned, Made-in-the-USA collection are now available in a new camouflage colorway.

Called “Digital Camo,” this design scheme features a modern camouflage pattern of green, tan and brown, and is offered in select golf and lifestyle pieces. These include the award-winning Last Bag – which was recently honored as one of the game’s “10 Best Innovations” – and the Train Reaction System three-piece ensembles. The latter showcases a patented connection configuration that outsmarts the “Smarte Carte” by creating a perfect center of gravity which drastically reduces the amount of effort needed to pull or push gear.

“Our creations are in a category of their own thanks to incredible functionality and durability that eases the lives of our customers on every trip they take,” says Club Glove founder Jeff Herold. “Digital Camo is not only cool, it celebrates our pride in helping American families by manufacturing in the United States.”
Club Glove’s luggage and travel bags are crafted from extremely durable, water resistant Invista CORDURA nylon fabric that is three times stronger and lasts up to five times longer than standard materials. Preferred by the overwhelming majority of professional golfers and trusted by other top athletes, celebrities and globetrotters, the company’s catalogue is comprised of pieces in a variety of sizes, including smaller options such as Shoulder Bags and Backpacks.

The No. 1 golf travel bag brand at all PGA and Champions Tour events as confirmed by Darrell Survey, Club Glove is preferred by more than 90 percent of PGA Tour Players. Selected by six U.S. Ryder Cup teams, the company’s high-end offerings have been a fixture at green grass and off course shops for nearly a decade.

More information: www.clubglove.com or 800.736.4568.

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GolfLogix Announces ‘Win a Round with Zach Johnson’ Sweepstakes

World’s No. 1 Golf GPS App Provides Tour-Quality Information, Patented Club Tracking
(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) – GolfLogix – the No. 1 App for Golf and a world leader in GPS and club-tracking technology – announces a sweepstakes where four grand prize winners will receive an expenses paid trip to play 18 holes with Zach Johnson, the 2007 Masters Champion and a nine-time winner on the PGA Tour.

Existing GolfLogix Champion members – and those who join or upgrade by September 3 – will automatically be entered for a chance to tee it up with the two-time U.S. Ryder Cup team member on October 22, 2012, at Johnson’s home course, the acclaimed Frederica Golf Club in St. Simons, GA. The package also includes two night’s accommodation, air transportation, dinner and ground transfers.

“This is a one-of-kind experience to learn Zach’s precise on-course approach to game management – which has led to some amazing accomplishments,” says GolfLogix President Pete Charleston. “We work tirelessly to incorporate the latest technologies and create features our 1.75 million members of all skill levels repeatedly use to play better golf.”
Easily downloaded from www.GolfLogix.com or App Stores such as iTunes, Android Marketplace and BlackBerry App World, the free GolfLogix GPS app is compatible with more than 60 smartphone models. It provides accurate distances to the center of the green, high-quality imagery of each hole, scorekeeping and in-round, pro-level stat tracking for more than 30,000 courses worldwide. For less than $20, an upgraded annual Champion membership provides golfers with patented club tracking, aerial flyovers, digital yardage book notes and distances to any location on the hole – including pin position, hazards and landing zones.

“The GolfLogix community is filled with passionate golfers who want every bit of detail before hitting a shot – just like we do on Tour,” says Johnson. “I’m excited to share the day with the four winners who believe as strongly in the app’s features as I do.”

To enter the sweepstakes without purchase, golfers must enroll as a free GolfLogix Club Member and submit a 3” x 5” card containing name, address, telephone number and email address. Entry must be postmarked during the promotion period and received no later than September 8, 2012. Full official rules, terms and conditions may be found at www.golflogix.com/sweepstakes.

All GolfLogix levels include access to the Member Clubhouse, the No. 1 online golf community where millions interact through social forums, offer challenges to fellow golfers and maintain an indexed handicap. Personal web pages for each user also store performance statistics, so every round can be analyzed by fairways hit, greens in regulation, putting, shot trends and more.

For more information: www.GolfLogix.com, 877.977.0162.

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Sunice Signs Mike Carlson, 3-Time World Long Drive Championship Finalist to Endorsement Contract

(Montreal, Quebec) - Sunice Outerwear, a Canada based company committed to delivering top-quality actionwear and owned by The Fletcher Leisure Group of Canada, a company with 46 years of sportswear industry experience marketing multiple brands across the golf industry, has announced that "Mighty" Mike Carlson, 3-time World Long Drive Championship finalist and a member of the Long Drivers of America Tour has recently signed a clothing endorsement contract for the 2012 season with Sunice, Canada's No. 1 outerwear brand.

"I'm really excited about my new relationship with Sunice and look forward to not only wearing, but sharing their performance enhancing clothing with the people I meet on tour," says Carlson, who currently possesses a swing speed of nearly 150 mph. "It's great to have built a relationship with such a great company that will provide me with the performance enhancing clothing I need to swing freely, without restriction."

"Mike Carlson is a great addition to the Sunice family of outerwear," says Mark Fletcher, President of Fletcher Leisure Group. "Mike has really impressed us with his excellent swing, and we plan to have him look stylish and feel comfortable playing in his apparel."

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Cutter & Buck’s Spring ’13 Men’s Collection Introduces Lifestyle Products to Traditional Golf Apparel

(SEATTLE) — With the introduction of its Spring 2013 Men’s CB Collection Cutter & Buck is genuinely embracing the “Genuine Spirit of the Pacific Northwest” brand refresh it introduced a year ago.  Inspired by the incredibly diverse environment and climate of the company’s provenance, the Collection is filled with items that seamlessly transition from on-course to off-course.

“This is the first spring season that we will offer lifestyle products in our Men’s Collection,” said Jake Rawson, Global Director of Sales, Golf. “Great clubhouse apparel including 100% cotton polos and woven shirts accompany great performance styles and technical fabrics.”

Highlights in the Spring 2013 Collection include:
* A solid group of performance styles accented with fresh prints, trend right ombre stripes, a mix of pattern with solid blocking, and subtle piping color pops.
* New styling details that incorporate self collars, chest pockets, body piecing, set on plackets, and sleeve cuffs, modern touches that update the traditional golf polo.
* A new performance polo featuring lightweight stretch woven with fresh self-collar and an ongoing focus on technical fabrics for functionality, some with underarm mesh inserts for ventilation performance.

The four Spring ’13 deliveries are a mix of inspiration -- from a retro-sport feel to clean modern edge – all with subtle details, bright summer colors and an active performance edge.

Long Beach
Inspired by Long Beach, Wash., a coastal town close to the Oregon border where colorful kites dance and spiral high in the summer sky, the line features traditional patterns, color blocks and argyle prints in a color story grounded in navy blue and white. Sun bleached hues of Ocean Breeze, Beach Grass and Kite are accented with Vibrant Pink Kite to lend a pop of contrast.

Inspired by Seattle’s functional and historic bridges, Complex is a delivery with clean lines and subtle details with an active edge. The line’s colors – all grounded in black and white – include Patina (soft pale green), contrasted with a rich Cobalt blue and a strong neutral, Reflect to round out the palette.

Think sun-drenched colors and retro-sport details when looking at the Lakeshore line.  Clean piped styles, multi-colored stripes and prints are deftly accented by broad strokes of a watercolor painting, chain stitching, and clean jacquards. The line’s unique colors are Heliotrope (pastel purple with a hint of pink), Sun (pale yellow) and Seaport (a sun-washed splash of blue).

Shilshole Bay
Sunset at any Puget Sound marina when crispness has returned to the air and the sails are rustling is the inspiration for Shilshole Bay, a retro-inspired delivery with a modern twist, including pieced, engineered stripes with contrast cuffs, pockets, small scaled stripes, solid set-on plackets and self-fabric collars.  Embossing is a new feature on the argyle pattern, tasty jacquards, and a rich button-front cardigan.  The line’s colors, grounded in black and white,relect the colors of the marina’s water, Shilshole Blue (mid-blue touched with purple), Starfish (rich coral) and Dusk (deep gray).

For additional information, contact Cutter & Buck at (800) 713-7810 or visit the website at www.cutterbuck.com.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Longaberger Golf Club Unveils New Hotel Partner, Exceptional Stay-and-Play Package Rates

No. 1-Ranked Public Course in Ohio Pairs with Upscale Boutique Lodging Venue

(NASHPORT, Ohio) – Longaberger Golf Club, managed by Billy Casper Golf, today announces its new partnership with nearby Newark Metropolitan Hotel, through which the award-winning course and upscale boutique hotel are offering stay-and-play packages starting at $187.50, including two rounds and one night stay.

Longaberger holds elite national distinction for excellence, currently ranked in GOLF Magazine’s “100 Best Courses You Can Play” and Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses”, and it has been rated the No. 1 public course in Ohio by Golfweek every year since 2002.

Newark Metropolitan Hotel last year purchased the formerly named “Place on the Square” lodging venue in downtown Newark, Ohio, a short drive from Longaberger.  It promptly began a major rebuild and now offers 118 completely renovated guest rooms that feature:

• Brand-new walls, ceilings and floor treatments
• 39” high-definition TVs with premium channels
• Upscale décor with contemporary, American-made furniture
• Plush bedding with Sealy® mattresses
• Alarm clocks with iPod/iPhone docks
• A free voucher for breakfast upon arrival
• A free voucher for a beverage at the on-site Elements restaurant upon arrival

“We know how much traveling golfers enjoy not only high-quality courses, but also finely appointed hotels and great meals,” said Longaberger Golf Club General Manager and Director of Golf Danny Ackerman. “Through our partnership with Newark Metropolitan Hotel, we now can offer all of those must-haves, and yet another option and great value for our guests.”

All package prices include two rounds of golf and one night stay. Room rate based on double occupancy, tax included.

Summer Rates, May 14-September 30, 2012
$187.50 per person, Monday – Thursday (add $37.50 for non-golfer)
$222.50 per person, Friday – Sunday (add $42.50 for non-golfer)

Fall Package, October 1-October 28, 2012
$165.50 per person, Monday – Thursday (add $37.50 for non-golfer)
$192.50 per person, Friday – Sunday (add $42.50 for non-golfer)

Longaberger also offers memberships and benefits to those within the immediate area of the facility, and regularly hosts golf events and learning opportunities at the clubhouse, including its Get Golf Ready (five lessons for $99) and Golf Fore Women programs.

Reservations can be made online at www.longabergergolfclub.com or by calling 740-763-1100.

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Golf Pro Graham Delaet Debuts Sligo Wear Fall 2012 Line at Canadian Open

(Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) - Canada’s Graham DeLaet, a member of the Sligo Wear professional tour staff, will be outfitted in the trend-setting company’s new 2012 Fall Line throughout this week’s RBC Canadian Open.

Wearing styles that will be available in stores throughout North America later this month, DeLaet is to combine the latest Sligo Wear designs in golf pants, belts and shirts, with fresh new combinations for each round at Hamilton Golf & Country Club.

DeLaet, a native of Weyburn, Sask., is coming off a tie for 12th at the Greenbrier Classic.  On the comeback trail this year after missing virtually the entire 2011 PGA Tour season following back surgery, the 29-year-old is currently 104th on the PGA Tour money list with earnings of $674, 230.

“We are very excited to have Graham show off the new line of Sligo Wear right here at home in our national championship,” said Shawn Aucoin, Director of Sales and Marketing for the rising global brand.  “Graham has been a fantastic ambassador for our brand and we’re looking forward to a great week.”

Other players who will don Sligo Wear for the competition include American Brian Gay (currently ranked 113th on the FedEx Cup points list), Russell Knox of Scotland and Canadian Greg Doherty, who earned his berth by winning a regional qualifier at King’s Forest Golf Club in Hamilton.

Sligo Wear’s reputation for introducing technologically advanced materials and vibrant colors continues to be reinforced by its eclectic 2012 collection that includes distinctively designed golf shirts, outerwear and solid and patterned bottoms.

Follow the company on Twitter @SLIGOWEAR or on Facebook at Sligo-Wear-Inc. Sligowear.com

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Winning Gold: Celebrate Golf’s Return to the Next Olympic Games

(Portland, Ore.) – To celebrate the 2012 London Olympics, and to build anticipation for golf’s return to the games at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, PerryGolf (with the help of The A Position) is giving away a dream golf trip including play on six world-class Scottish golf layouts.  The trip includes rounds for four golfers at Turnberry’s Ailsa and Kintyre Courses, Prestwick, Castle Stuart, Royal Dornoch, and the Centenary Course at Gleneagles (site of the 2014 Ryder Cup).  Winners will also enjoy five-star accommodations, receive $3,500 worth of luggage from TravelPro, and more.  And they are welcome to hum their own national anthems on the eighteenth greens.

PerryGolf is the leading provider of international golf and luxury lifestyle travel experiences in the world.  The A Position is the leading website for golf and travel.  Describing the impetus for the giveaway, Gordon Dalgleish, President of PerryGolf, says, “Britain is currently hosting the premier athletes in the world at the London games.  Not far to the north visitors can play some of the world’s best golf courses.  Golf will be returning to the Olympics in 2016 for the first time in a century.  To celebrate this convergence, we’re offering golfers a chance to win a dream golf trip that includes play on half a dozen of Scotland’s gold-medal venues.”

PerryGolf has teamed up with The A Position to help promote their contest.  Jeff Wallach, Executive Editor of The A Position, says, “We’re delighted to be working with PerryGolf, which has set the gold standard for golf travel.  These summer games should begin to build anticipation for golf returning to the Olympics for the first time in a century.  We’re excited for our sport and for the four lucky golfers who will win this once-in-a-lifetime trip to some of Scotland’s best links.”

Register to win the trip at www.perrygolf.com/win.

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Feel Golf Introduces Carbon Fiber Telescopic Retriever

Award-winning design is reengineered with stronger, larger heads & packaging

(SANFORD, Fla.) - Feel Golf Co., an innovator in golf club design for the past three decades, has improved its line of award-winning designed telescopic golf ball retrievers.

The new patent pending retrievers have been repackaged and reengineered to prevent water from getting inside the shafts preventing shaft failure. Feel Golf's new retrievers also have a 20 percent larger head made out of a stronger plastic alloy material and have a much improved spring mechanism. The Company also has two new carbon fiber models in the oven.

"We have had great success with the sales of our golf ball retrievers, but we wanted to make them even better and promote the improved durability of the product for our customers," said Lee Miller, Feel Golf CEO and PGA Professional with a PhD in engineering. "The new retrievers are the strongest, most compact and durable retrievers offered by Feel Golf."

The new patent-pending aircraft grade stainless steel shafts are designed to keep water out, which helps prevent corrosion and keeps the shaft from freezing up. The new design also prevents sections of the shaft from coming apart, which would make the retriever nonfunctional.

This second generation retriever head is 20 percent larger, made from a stronger plastic alloy, and reengineered to capture the ball faster. The new spring-loaded head instantly traps the ball in the water, sand or mud. Once the ball is trapped inside the head, it won't come out until it is released.

"Spring fatigue and disengagement have been historical problems with previous designs of this retriever," said Miller. "So we shortened the spring mechanism in our retriever head, changed the spring wire material and redesigned the coil to reduce over extension and help capture the ball a lot faster. All of the improvements help increase the life of the product and reduce product failure."

According to Miller, Feel's new plastic alloy head also withstands deterioration that typically can be caused by certain fertilizers used on golf courses. The competition uses a different material for the head that isn't as resistant to chemicals and ultraviolet rays as Feel's new retriever head.

In addition to the improvements, two new retriever models will soon be available with carbon fiber shafts. These patent-pending carbon fiber shafts will be much lighter, have no internal mechanisms, and will be easier to use.

Feel also repackaged each of their 2012 retrievers in a hanging clamshell to help protect against damage, discourage theft, present a smaller retail footprint and improve product display. Inside each clamshell is a free retriever head cover.

Feel Golf's "Assembled in America" retrievers come in four different lengths and are made of three different shaft materials.

• 7-foot "Standard" Stainless retriever collapses to 16 inches. (Carbon Fiber with Boron will be available October 2012).
• 10-foot "Premiere" Stainless shaft collapses to 19 inches. (Carbon Fiber with Boron will be available October 2012).
• 12-foot "Bigger" Aluminum shaft retriever collapses to 40 inches.
• 15-foot "Extreme" Aluminum shaft collapses to 42 inches.

Free custom logo work can be done on the 7 and 10 foot stainless steel shafts with a minimum order of 48 retrievers. Logos and/or a message can also be added under the clear grip.

Although there have been vast improvements to the golf ball retrievers for 2012, Feel is offering this next generation model at the same 2011 price.

"With the price of golf balls today, our retrievers immediately pay for themselves," said Miller.

For more information, go to www.feelgolf.net or call 877-934-7387.

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Starting Time announces added interest in Arm & Wrist Power Builder since The Masters

In all sports, arm and wrist strength is the key to getting a strong and powerful release.  With that in mind and specifically developed for golfers, Starting Time has developed the best answer to achieving strong hands, arms and shoulders with the Arm & Wrist Power Builder, a product designed to bulk up these muscles and help golfers achieve  more power than ever before.

The Arm & Wrist Power Builder, endorsed by World Champion Arm Wrestler, John Woolsey, strengthens the forearms and wrists, which are the last group of muscles responsible for developing speed and power in golf, tennis, baseball and most major sports. Building those muscles is essential in the sport of golf, where golfers are always looking to achieve maximum distance while maintaining a smooth stroke on their shots.

“Through a series of exercises, the Arm & Wrist Power Builder increases strength and enables golfers to hit the ball further than ever before,” explained Hugh Penton, president of Starting Time.  “Not only will our product help golfers improve their strength and flexibility, it has great use in other sports as well.”

The specifics:
* Inexpensive cost at $14.95 SRP
* Resistance cables designed to strengthen arms and wrists
* Foam padded handles for a comfortable grip
* 36-inch rubber for optimal resistance
* Cables can be used in a variety of exercises to maximize use
* Booklet of wrist, arm and shoulder exercise options included for easy reference, as well as a bonus exercise for a full-body workout

For more information about Starting Time or the Arm & Wrist Power Builder, visit www.startingtimegolf.com.

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XGOLF Selected by Golf & Body

(LOS ANGELES) – XGOLF (www.xgolfsimulator.com), a world-renowned technologically-advanced golf simulator, club-fitting and instructional system, has been selected by Golf & Body in Huntington Valley, N.Y., for use with its customers in meeting their diverse needs. In addition to simulated play and personalized instruction, golf fitness and therapy are some of the ways that customers will have the opportunity to reach their potential with XGOLF at Golf & Body.

"Golf & Body's clientele will appreciate not only the unprecedented realism of the simulated golf experience XGOLF provides, but also the chance to utilize XGOLF in setting and reaching their customized goals in golf-specific instruction, fitness and training," said Jay Russo, chief marketing officer and chief strategy officer for XGOLF.

Golf & Body is an indoor golf destination that offers players a variety of choices for improving their fitness and skill level, as well as the opportunity to enjoy exceptional simulated golf in a relaxed environment, protected from the vagaries of the weather. In addition to the excitement of consummate practice and realistic rounds of golf with XGOLF, offerings at Golf & Body include golf instruction from PGA Professionals, swing training, mind-body balancing techniques, stretching for power and flexibility, physical therapy and core training.

"My customers will derive great benefit from XGOLF for their personal training and golf fitness," said Tom Schiff, owner and president of Golf & Body. "I find the technology of XGOLF to be very advanced, different and exciting – especially the XPLATE Variable Lie Positioning System and the XBALL Intelligent Teeing System – not to mention the many famous golf courses to play on XGOLF."

For more information, see www.xgolfsimulator.com.

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Miura Introduces Its First Forged, Milled Mallet Putter

New KM-007 Adds New Shape and Muscle to Miura's Successful Forged Putter Line

(Vancouver, B.C.) - Miura forged irons help players make the great shots that set up great putts - and those rolls deserve Miura putters. With that in mind, the legendary Japanese maker of the world's best forged golf clubs has added another stunning design to its collection of quality forged putters.

The KM-007, fourth in the KM line (for Katsuhiro Miura, the company's founder and chief designer) begins as all Miura putters do: with a billet of the finest quality low-carbon steel. Once forged into the proper raw shape, the KM-007 mallet is CNC (computer-numeric controlled) milled into an elegant mallet shape designed to please the eye of players looking for some heft behind the ball.

"Mr. Miura was looking at our putters, and felt we needed to take care of mallet players too," said Adam Barr, president of Miura. "He came up with this design as a way to fit their eye while offering a soft, authoritative feel in a non-glare, milled finish. Miura-san understands that putting is very personal, and that a handsome look is as important as a solid feel. He didn't release this design until he was sure he had met both high standards."

The KM-007 offers a more face-balanced option within the Miura KM putter line. The KM-350, a heel-shafted model that is relatively short heel-to-toe, appeals to players with more of a fan-shaped putting stroke. The KM-005 (350g head weight) and KM-006 (370g), whose shaft intersection point is closer to the center of the putter face, are "quarter-hang" models balanced mostly for back-and-through swingers. The 007 will work well for that kind of stroke too.
The suggested retail price of the KM-007 is US$450.00.

More information on Miura products can be found at www.miuragolf.com.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Stallings Tops Titleist Leaderboard at True South

(Fairhaven, MA) – Establishing themselves as some of golf’s brightest young stars, Scott Stallings, Jason Bohn, Billy Horschel and Bud Cauley finished one through four, respectively, on the True Life Classic leaderboard this weekend.

The 27-year old Stallings shot a final round 4-under 68 to capture the event by two shots over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Bohn.  Both players fired four consecutive rounds in the 60s, with the champion posting consecutive 64s on Friday and Saturday to take a one shot lead going into Sunday.

Stallings, who made back-to-back birdies on the 70 and 71st holes to separate himself from the field, finished with a 24-under 264 victory total, a tournament record at Annandale, which has played host to the tournament since 1994.  The win marked the second of Stallings' career, with his first coming just over a year ago at The Greenbrier Classic.

What’s in Scott Stallings’ Titleist Bag?:  Pro V1x, 910D3 driver (8.5), 909F2 fairway metal (13.5), AP2 irons (4-9), Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching (48), gap (52), sand (56)and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Studio Select putter.

What’s in Jason Bohn’s Titleist Bag?:  Pro V1x, 913D3 prototype driver (10.5), 910Fd fairway metal (15), 910H hybrid (21), MB irons (4-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (46), gap (50), sand (54) and lob (58) wedges, Scotty Cameron 350 GSS putter.

Stallings topped a leaderboard loaded with Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists who occupied the top four positions, and 8 of the 12 who finished among the top 10 and ties.  Pro V1x loyalist, 25-year old Billy Horschel finished solo 3rd, four shots behind Stallings, while Titleist Brand Ambassador, 22-year old Bud Cauley (Pro V1x, 913D2, 910Fd fairway metal, 910H hybrid, MB irons/CB iron, Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport putter), was alone in 4th, another shot back.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Will Claxton (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled gap wedge, SM4 lob wedge, Scotty Cameron Kombi putter) was among three players who tied for 5th place, while Josh Teater (Pro V1x, AP2/AP1 irons, Vokey Design SM4 gap, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Tour Rat prototype putter) was solo 9th.  Ryuji Imada (Pro V1, Cameron Bulls Eye putter) and 27-year old Titleist Brand Ambassador and defending champion Chris Kirk (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 906F fairway metals, MB/CB irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport Tour putter) were among three players who tied for 10th.  Kirk tied for the tournament record at Annandale with a score of 266 last year.

Half of the 24 players who played a Titleist driver in the True South Classic field relied upon new 913 prototype models, including runner-up Bohn (913D3), Cauley (913D2/4th), and Kirk (913D3/T10).

Titleist was the top choice of more players in the True South field of 131 in the golf ball category with 84 (64%), six times the nearest competitor with 14. With Stallings’ win, Titleist players have accumulated 97 golf ball victories across the worldwide professional tours, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 12.

Titleist was also the field favorite in the wedge (104) and putter (54) categories.

Statistically, Stallings finished among the top 20 in five different categories, including Driving Distance (2nd/295.0), Strokes Gained Putting (3rd/1.904), Putts Per Round (T10/26.8), Putts Per Greens in Regulation (11th/1.648) and Greens in Regulation (T20/75%).

Bohn was first in Strokes Gained Putting (2.639) and Putts Per Round (24), and second in Putts Per Greens in Regulation (1.568) relying upon his Scotty Cameron 350 GSS putter.

Stallings becomes the tenth different Titleist Brand Ambassador to win on the 2012 PGA TOUR for a total of 12 full product line victories this year. The tee-through-green success of Titleist players translates into the more wins across every major product category year-to-date, including: Golf Balls (21, Nearest Competitor 4), Drivers (11, Nearest Competitor 5), Fairway Metals (12, Nearest Competitor 8), Hybrids (7, Nearest Competitor 4), Irons (12, Nearest Competitor 5), Wedges (15, Nearest Competitor 5), and Putters (11, Nearest Competitor 6).

With his win at the True South Classic, Stallings joins fellow Titleist full product line ambassadors Steve Stricker (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Kyle Stanley (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Bill Haas (Northern Trust Open), Rory McIlroy (Honda Classic), Ben Curtis (Valero Texas Open), Jason Dufner (Zurich Classic, Byron Nelson Championship), Zach Johnson (Crowne Plaza Invitational, John Deere Classic), Webb Simpson (U.S. Open) and Marc Leishman (Travelers Championship) in the Titleist Winners' Circle.

EUROPEAN:  Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott (Pro V1, 910D3, 910Fd, MB irons, CB 2-iron, Vokey Design SM4 pitching wedge, TVD sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi Long putter) posted a runner-up finish at the Open Championship, one shot shy of forcing a playoff.

Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist and World No. 1 Luke Donald tied for 5th place.

Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 86 players in the 156-player British Open field, more than four times the nearest competitor with 19.  Titleist was also the top choice in irons (33) and wedges (123).

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