Monday, September 30, 2013

True Temper Congratulates Tour Championship Winner and 2013 Graduates

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — The winner of the Tour Championship won the season-ending event with a final 1-under 69 on Sunday. He trusted True Temper’s Dynamic Gold in his irons and DG Spinner in his wedges to post a 10-under 270 total and to secure a coveted spot on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR.

Of the 50 Tour graduates who will play on the PGA TOUR next season, 42 trust shafts by True Temper for career-enhancing performance.

“These graduates played their hearts out this season and really earned their new PGA TOUR cards,” said Craig Nichols, tour representative for True Temper Sports. “I know I speak for all of us at True Temper in congratulating these players. It has been an honor to work with them at this stage in their careers and we look forward to supporting them on the PGA TOUR in just a few short weeks.”

Truth in Numbers
* The Tour winner’s bag: Dynamic Gold X100 (3-PW); DG Spinner (AW, SW, LW)
* 42 of the 50 Tour graduates play shafts by True Temper
* 20 wins on the 2013 TOUR for shafts by True Temper

The No. 1 selling shaft in golf, Dynamic Gold is preferred by skilled players seeking a low, penetrating ball flight. Dynamic Gold features an internal tip reinforcement technology and tighter weight sorting tolerance for precision custom fitting.

The DG Spinner wedge shaft is specifically designed to lower ball launch and increase ball spin during full- and low-impact swing conditions. DG Spinner shafts are available in two flexes — Wedge flex for sand and lob wedges and Wedge+ flex for gap and pitching wedges.

For more information about Dynamic Gold and DG Spinner shafts, visit #Followtheleader at or


FootJoy Adds XPS-1 to the MyJoys Custom Shoe Program

(Fairhaven, MA) - FootJoy, the #1 Shoe in Golf, announces the introduction of XPS-1 to the custom MyJoys program. XPS-1 was designed to provide the golfer with unparalleled levels of platform stability and balance during the golf swing. Extensive player testing has concluded that some golfers need added stability in their golf footwear and XPS-1 provides them with just that. XPS-1 now gives the player unmatched platform stability and comfort in a striking new customizable pattern.

This fresh new XPS-1 design features three areas of customizable color: a base color being the predominant color on the shoe and half moon contemporary saddle to give it a modern golf look. An additional accent color will cover the tongue and top collar of the shoe. A new ghost white Xtreme Outsole featuring TPU lateral outriggers that extend beyond the upper to create an ultra-wide platform for maximum ground contact give the XPS-1 its trademark stability platform.

XPS-1 will also feature all of the original under-the-hood elements that made it one of the highest performing shoes in golf.  This technology packed shoe offers unmatched levels of comfort and fit. Innovative 3D Viscoelastic GelCollar technology provides custom fit and comfort around the collar while a LaserPlus Last is contoured to precisely match the shape of the foot. A high-performance Multi-Density Fit-Bed with EVA support and HeelLoc technology further enhances stability, cushioning and shock absorption.

Additionally, with the introduction of XPS-1 to MyJoys, six new microfiber materials will also be added to the program.  These materials will be used in conjunction with the 40 plus leathers previously available in the MyJoys program, including smooth, patent, metallic and animal print leathers.
* White and Silver “Sphinx”
* Black and Silver “Sphinx”
* Silver Fluid Patent
* White Microfiber Patent
* Blue Metal Patent
* Black Metal Patent

Furthermore, the advanced BOA Closure System is also be offered as an option with XPS-1 MyJoys.

Availability: Now at or through an authorized FJ retailer
MSRP: $310.00
MSRP BOA: $330.00


Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn Chooses Spotless Swing Golf Towel for Their Pro-Am

BrightSpot Solutions announced that custom logoed versions of their Spotless Swing golf towels will be part of Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn Champions Tour golf tournament held at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, NC the week of October 14.

Spotless Swing will be included in the gift bags given to players participating in the Wednesday and Thursday Pro-Am events. The Greater Hickory Kia Classic logo has been embroidered on the top of each towel.

Scott Salzman, owner of BrightSpot Solutions and inventor of Spotless Swing stated, "It is incredibly exciting to be part of the prestigious Greater Hickory Kia Classic." When asked about the exposure this event brings to Spotless Swing, Salzman added, "We currently have more than 30 professionals on the PGA and Champions Tours using Spotless Swing. The Greater Hickory Kia Classic Pro-Am will give us even greater exposure to golfers at all levels of the game."

Designed in the shape of an oversized head cover, Spotless Swing replaces the need for golfers to carry multiple towels and an awkward, messy brush. Spotless Swing functions as three towels in one:
1. Outside keeps the hands, face, glove and grips clean and dry;
2. Inside protects and preserves golf clubs by removing dirt, mud and water;
3. Revolutionary MicroBrush fabric cleans club grooves effortlessly preparing the club for its next shot.

A portion of the inside of the multi-use golf towel is made of a uniquely designed MicroBrush fabric that easily cleans the grooves of the club-face where dirt hides from ordinary towels. The fabric is coarse enough to clean deeply into the grooves yet soft enough to not damage the golf club finish, and absolutely no water is needed. The ultra-high quality microfiber fabric that makes up main body of Spotless Swing absorbs over 600% of its weight in dirt, mud and water.

Spotless Swing is available in eight colors: Black (with red trim), Red (with black trim), Solid Black, Pink, Royal Blue, Navy Blue, Hunter Green and White. The golf towel conveniently attaches to any golf bag with the included carabineer clip.

Custom embroidery is available for Spotless Swing. The towels can be custom logoed for golf events or as a promotional golf product.

For more information about Spotless Swing or using Spotless Swing as a golf promotional product, visit


Bridgestone Signs Matt Kuchar to Four-Year Extension

Kuchar to Continue to Rely on Bridgestone Golf Balls, Clubs Through 2017

(Covington, Ga.) — Bridgestone Golf, the #1 ball-fitter in golf, has extended its relationship with PGA TOUR superstar Matt Kuchar through 2017. The 2013 Player of the Year Finalist, U.S. Presidents Cup team member and all-around good guy has been a part of Bridgestone’s tour team since turning professional in 2001. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Kuchar has consistently relied on Bridgestone equipment during his climb to the PGA TOUR’s top ranks. In addition to his club lineup, Kuchar has been a Bridgestone TOUR B330-S loyalist praising the ball for its incredible accuracy, spin and consistency even in the TOUR’s toughest conditions.

“Bridgestone has been with me since the beginning, and they have never wavered in their commitment to me or my success,” commented Kuchar. “There are so many unknowns in golf, so being able to trust that my equipment is the best out there is invaluable.”

2013 represented another banner year for Kuchar.  Earning $5.6 million to finish 3rd on the TOUR money list, Kuchar also finished 6th in the FedEx Cup Playoffs race. Kuchar was one of only six players to win multiple events on TOUR in 2013, carding victories at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship and The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village (also host of this week’s 2013 Presidents Cup competition). Additionally, Kuchar was one of the final five candidates for Player of the Year honors.

Kuchar’s Bridgestone Arsenal at the Presidents Cup
· TOUR B330-S Golf Ball
· J40 430 Driver (9.5 degrees)
· J40 Cavity Back Irons Black (5-PW)
· J40 Black Oxide Wedges (52 degrees (bent to 51 degrees))

“At this point, Matt is more than just a member of the Bridgestone team,” said Dan Murphy, Executive Vice President of Sales/Marketing – Bridgestone Golf, Inc. “He is a part of the Bridgestone family! We couldn’t be prouder of what Matt has accomplished thus far, and we look forward to being a part of his continued success.”

 Visit to see Bridgestone Golf’s entire Tour Team and to view the complete 2013 product lineup.


Celebrate Hilton Head's 350th Birthday by Land and by Sea at Palmetto Dunes

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue to discover America, and in 1663 Captain William Hilton was the first to spot the Lowcountry jewel that is today Hilton Head Island. On an expedition to explore lands granted to King Charles II, Hilton sighted the island named for the headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound.

In celebration of this momentous occasion, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is offering the Happy Birthday Hilton Head package, inviting guests to see the island as Captain Hilton first saw it by sea, as well as enjoy the modern amenities the island offers today. Guests will enjoy adventures like ziplining, kayaking and a nature cruise, as well as fall outdoor sports like golf and tennis and a special “birthday” present.

The Happy Birthday Hilton Head package includes:
· 3 nights’ accommodations in a 2-bedroom resort view villa.
· Dolphin cruise or nature tour through Broad Creek to see Hilton Head by sea, just as Captain Hilton did 350 years ago.
· 1 round of golf per person at one of the resort’s three championship golf courses to experience Hilton Head as “the golf island”.
· A chance to see the island from above with Zipline of Hilton Head on a 2-hour eco adventure tour by zipline over Broad Creek.
· 3 days of bike rentals and a 2-hour kayak excursion to “explore” the island in the spirit of Captain Hilton.
· Two hours of free tennis court time daily to experience the island as a top tennis destination. Tennis Magazine has named Palmetto Dunes the top tennis resort in the Carolinas.
· A “birthday” gift of Hilton Head souvenirs, including a Hilton Head T-shirt, Palmetto Dunes’ Tervis Tumbler and HHI Euro car sticker.

The package starts at $214/per person and is available through December 31.

The Town of Hilton Head Island will also be hosting a special 350th celebration September 30-October 5, 2013 with special historic tours and lectures and other events.

For more information about Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort or to book the package, please call 877-567-6513 or visit


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Golf Summerlin Introduces New Golf Memberships

(LAS VEGAS) – Golf Summerlin introduces new membership packages to their loyal golfers. Yearly and pre-paid golf memberships offer price breaks to those who play often. Memberships are now available at any of Golf Summerlin’s three public golf courses, Eagle Crest, Highland Falls and Palm Valley.

New membership opportunities are listed below:
The All-Inclusive: $3,900
This is a yearly membership that allows golfers to play unlimited rounds at Eagle Crest, Highland Falls and Palm Valley and includes unlimited range balls.

The Emerald: $900
This yearly membership allows golf enthusiasts to pay a reduced rate at Golf Summerlin’s courses.
Highland Falls & Palm Valley
Daily Rate: $25 for 18 holes or $13 for 9 holes
Eagle Crest
Daily Rate: $21 for 18 holes or $11 for 9 holes

Pre-Paid Rounds at Eagle Crest: $1,300
This membership option allows golfers to pay for 50 rounds at a reduced rate of $26 per round. The rounds have a one-year expiration from the time of purchase and may be used for accompanied playing guests.

All memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Golf Summerlin is home to Highland Falls, Palm Valley and Eagle Crest golf courses, all of which are nestled just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip in the master-planned community of Summerlin. Hall-of-Fame inductee Billy Casper and course-planner Greg Nash designed three well-conditioned, diverse and challenging courses, including a hospitable executive course (Eagle Crest).  Together, the courses offer a broad variety of golf experiences; whether players seek a full-spectrum round on a challenging par-72 layout or a quick 18 holes on a well-designed executive course.  Follow Golf Summerlin on Facebook or Twitter @GolfSummerlinLV.

For more information, visit


Hopkins Golf Unveils President's Cup Promotion

(NEWPORT BEACH, CA) – In order to show support for Team USA in the upcoming President's Cup, Hopkins Golf is giving away Red, White and Blue upgrades. If a consumer decides to upgrade to any custom Red, White or Blue grips or ferrules on their wedges, there's no charge for the upgrade.

And as an added bonus, if they engrave the American Flag icon on the toe of their club, Hopkins will issue a $30 per club rebate. At checkout purchasers the code: PC2013.

Those interested can go to get started. Offer valid until the completion of the match on October 6.


Friday, September 27, 2013

Sunice Selected as Outerwear Supplier for Presidents Cup International Team

(Montreal, Quebec) - Sunice is proud to announce their partnership with the PGA TOUR on being selected as the official outerwear supplier for The Presidents Cup 2013 International Team. The Presidents Cup 2013 will be October 1-6 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Nick Price is the captain of the 12-member International Team.

The 2013 International Team outerwear will include a selection of gear to protect from rain, wind and the cold.

In developing the program - Sunice wanted to ensure that the player's and caddies were provided the best defense against any and all possible weather conditions. It was decided at that point Gore Tex fabrics would be the best choice for protection from rain and wind. Garments constructed with Gore Tex fabric enhanced with Paclite technology ensure the lightest weight performance fabric. Coupled with this technology and the uniquely designed construction of each of the selected garments, Sunice was able guarantee full freedom of movement to the players, allowing them to perform at their best in ultimate comfort and protection.

"We share Nick Price's confidence that his team will be equipped with the very best performance outerwear available and well prepared for any challenging weather condition they may face," said Mark Fletcher, president of Sunice.

The outerwear for The Presidents Cup 2013 International Team uniforms will be constructed of Gore Tex fabrics enhanced with Paclite Technology and Windstopper 3L soft-shells. The players' uniform package includes: a full-zip rain jacket with stretch back panel inserts, short sleeve rain pullover, rain pants, and a Windstopper full stretch 3Layer softshell vest and, of course, the final piece to the uniform, a waterproof bucket hat.

Caddies' outerwear will include: a full-zip rain jacket with stretch back panel inserts, short sleeve rain pullover, rain pants, Windstopper full stretch 3 Layer softshell vest and a waterproof bucket hat.  Players' significant others will be provided: a full-zip jacket with removable hood, rain pants, 3Layer soft-shell car coat and a waterproof bucket hat.

"It is a great honour to be able to outfit the best of the best of the International players," said Kathryn McClemens, Senior Product Manager for Sunice. "To work closely with Nick Price and the PGA TOUR was a unique experience as it was a pure collaboration in designing and developing the uniforms. We went in to the initial meetings and it was clear there were specific ideas of the overall look that was expected for the uniforms. But after discussing and playing around with different colour palettes and concepts - everyone, especially the team captain - was so receptive to breaking out of the box a little, giving a fresh look to the outerwear portion of the uniforms and allowing us to be true to ourselves and deliver a program that is purely Sunice. The overall appearance is nothing less than spectacular and the International Team will be nothing short of the best-dressed team."

"As we get closer to The Presidents Cup, the anticipation is mounting as we anxiously await the appearance of the International Team in their custom-designed Sunice outerwear suits," added Mark Fletcher.

Sunice garments will also be featured in the on-site Presidents Cup merchandise tent selling President Cup logoed outerwear and layering pieces.

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Mizuno Introduces Groundbreaking JPX EZ Forged Irons

Innovative irons provide 'game-improvement' length and trajectory with unmistakable forged feel

(Norcross, Ga.) - Mizuno USA, a world-class leader in golf technology and development, has pushed the design and aesthetic limits to deliver the most innovative and forgiving grain flow forged irons by Mizuno to market - JPX EZ Forged. Shifting from the "classic" polished steel look used for decades, the new JPX EZ Forged iron offers the undeniable forged feel while improving upon the performance of the past forged irons to deliver the same level of forgiveness only seen in cast game-improvement irons.

The new JPX EZ Forged incorporates an enhanced COR face design for increased distance while Grain Flow Forged 1025E "Pure Select" mild carbon steel gives golfers a superior soft, solid and consistent feel. Weight within the iron has been redistributed to the perimeter of the four-through-seven irons to give maximum MOI and optimum forgiveness through the use of an Undercut Forged Cavity to allow an expanded rebound area and create the largest sweet spot in a Mizuno one-piece forged iron. The iron also offers a CORTECH design to increase COR using the maximum discretionary weight needed for added distance and forgiveness. The extreme toe/heel weighted cavity design throughout the set maintains an industry leading MOI amongst forged irons that is assured to elevate golfers' confidence at address.

"During ideation, development and creation of the JPX EZ Forged iron we knew it would be in a class all by itself, which, in the golf industry, is difficult to claim and something we are extremely proud of," said Chuck Couch, VP of Product Management, Golf Division. "The distance and forgiveness screams game-improvement, but we've been able to channel those characteristics in a Grain Flow Forged iron that'll change the way golfers look, think and feel over the golf ball. We're excited to receive consumer feedback as we believe the new EZ Forged appeals to a wide breadth of golfers."

Mizuno utilized its Harmonic Impact Technology (H.I.T.) to engineer a strong cavity frame that allows for a thinner, more reactive face to allow the JPX EZ Forged to provide the necessary ball speed with the desired feel at impact. The new black nickel-plated finish reduces glare and creates a stunning aesthetic look.

"We believe the JPX EZ's will enable golfers at every level the ability to enjoy consistency in their game," said Couch. "With the dramatic numbers produced by EZ Forged throughout the R&D process, it seemed only appropriate to also introduce a dramatic new finish."

4-GW (Right Hand Only)
Steel Shaft: XP 105
Graphite shaft: Fujikura Orochi
Grip: Golf Pride M-31
Other Options available through Mizuno's Custom Department
Suggested Retail Price: $899.99 Steel / $1,099.99 Graphite

The JPX EZ Forged line of irons are available in-store now. For more information about Mizuno irons, please visit

Connect with Mizuno on Facebook and Twitter @Golf_Mizuno to keep up with product news, Tour updates and custom content and fitting tools.


Tiger Woods again earns Player of the Year Award and Vardon Trophy

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) - Tiger Woods, a five-time winner on Tour this year, captured his 11th PGA of America Player of the Year Award and ninth Vardon Trophy, The PGA of America's premier season-ending awards for excellence by a Tour professional. It was the first time since 2009 that Woods earned both PGA of America awards.

Completing his 16th full season as a Tour professional, Woods won The Players Championship and two World Golf Championships among his five victories; finished as the No. 1 money leader; and won the Vardon Trophy by posting the lowest adjusted season scoring average (68.98).

Woods collected 100 overall points, while Masters Champion Adam Scott was next with 64. Henrik Stenson, winner of the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup, shared third at 54 points, along with U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose and Open Champion Phil Mickelson.

Tour rookie Jordan Spieth finished ninth in the PGA Player of the Year standings, after placing eight in scoring and 10th on the season money list.

Woods claimed the Vardon Trophy by completing the Tour Championship, finishing his regular Tour campaign with 61 complete rounds, one above the minimum required 60 to be considered for the award.

Woods' 60 overall victory points were based upon wins in the Farmers Insurance Open, the WGC-Cadillac Championship, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, The Players Championship (worth 20 points) and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Woods earned 20 points as the No. 1 money leader, and 20 more points for adjusted scoring average.

Scott also won the Barclays Championship, was fourth in scoring (69.34), and sixth on the money list.
The PGA of America has honored the game's best players with The PGA Player of the Year Award since 1948. The award is presented to the top touring professional based on a point system for tournament wins, official money standings, and scoring averages. Points are tabulated from Jan. 1, through the Tour Championship, which concluded Sept. 22.

Since 1937, the Vardon Trophy, named by The PGA of America in honor of famed British golfer Harry Vardon, is awarded annually to the touring professional with the lowest adjusted scoring average. It is based on a minimum of 60 rounds, with no incomplete rounds, in events co-sponsored or designated by the PGA Tour. The adjusted score is computed from the average score of the field at each event.

The PGA Tour also recognizes its annual Player of the Year, with the winner determined by a vote of the membership. The voting period commences after the conclusion of The Tour Championship. The Player of the Year, who receives the Jack Nicklaus Trophy, will be announced prior to the start of the 2013-14 season.

Additionally, the Tour recognizes a Rookie of the Year, also determined by a vote among Tour members. In select years, a PGA Tour Courage Award will be presented to a player who, through courage and perseverance, has overcome extraordinary adversity to make a significant and meaningful contribution to the game of golf.

The recipient of this award will be selected by the Commissioner and the Tour's Player Directors.
Other season-ending honors to be announced by the PGA Tour include the Arnold Palmer Award for the leading money-winner and the Byron Nelson Award, presented to the player with the lowest adjusted scoring average (minimum of 50 official rounds).

2013 Final PGA Player of the Year Standings
1. Tiger Woods
2. Adam Scott
T3. Henrik Stenson
T3. Phil Mickelson
T3. Justin Rose
6. Matt Kuchar
7. Brandt Snedeker
8. Jason Dufner
9. Jordan Spieth
10. Zach Johnson

2013 Final Vardon Trophy Standings
1. Tiger Woods
2. Justin Rose
3. Henrik Stenson
4. Adam Scott
5. Sergio Garcia
6. Matt Kuchar
7. Charl Schwartzel
8. Jordan Spieth
9. Keegan Bradley
10. Jason Day


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Golf Summerlin November GlowBall Night Golf Event Will Benefit Three Square

GlowBall Night Golf event to be contested at Eagle Crest Golf Course

(LAS VEGAS) – Golf Summerlin will host GlowBall Night Golf, an evening golf event the whole family can enjoy, on Nov. 9 at Eagle Crest Golf Course. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to Three Square Food Bank’s Backpacks for Kids Program.

Event registration is $50 per person and includes a $10 donation to Three Square, light appetizers donated by Cantina Laredo at Tivoli Village, 18 holes of golf and two glow-in-the-dark golf balls. Additional opportunities to give to the local charity will also be made available through raffles, the purchase of extra golf balls and more.

Early registration is available at or in the Eagle Crest pro shop.  The field is limited. Each player must bring a flashlight for use while driving the golf carts around the course.

Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a shotgun start at 5 p.m.

Golf Summerlin is home to Highland Falls, Palm Valley and Eagle Crest golf courses, all of which are nestled into the Summerlin community just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.  The player-friendly, yet challenging, courses welcome residents as well as visitors to the Las Vegas area. Hall-of-Famer Billy Casper and master course-planner Greg Nash designed three well-conditioned, diverse and challenging courses, including a hospitable executive course (Eagle Crest).  Together, this trifecta of golf courses offers a broad variety of golf experiences for players of all skill levels and affords golfers some of the most exciting views of Las Vegas.  Whether players seek a full-spectrum round on a challenging par-72 layout or a quick 18 on a well-designed executive course, Golf Summerlin satisfies any golf appetite.  Follow Golf Summerlin on Facebook or Twitter @GolfSummerlinLV.

For more information, call (702) 254.7010 or (800) 803.0758, or visit


The CS2 Putting Aid Gains Instant Acceptance on the PGA Tour

More than 40 players request a CS2 putting aid in just four weeks on Tour

(Pinehurst, NC) - The CS2 Putting Aid made an instant impact on the PGA Tour in recent weeks with many of the best players in the world requesting and receiving a unit. Spectators surrounding the practice putting greens at recent Tour events could not have helped noticing the increasing number of green coloured putting aids in use by many of the top Tour players. With the huge payday looming at the season ending Tour Championship, players were looking for every last advantage they could find to get them into the final event of the year. In the 4 weeks leading up to the Tour Championship, over 40 Tour players requested and received their CS2 putting aid. The CS2 putting aid is fast becoming the hottest new training aid for the top tour players and at retail.

The CS2's PGA Tour rep, Berhnard Garsen, commented "It has been my privilege to demonstrate the CS2 to these great players. Many of the players have expressed their gratitude at receiving such a useful and effective putting aid. I have had numerous players comment that this is the finest putting training aid ever designed. This is high praise indeed."

The winners of the Deutsche Bank, Tour Championship and FedEx Cup along with the winner of the BMW Championship, all had their CS2's along for the ride.

"It is hard to believe how quickly the Tour players have taken to the CS2" says putting instructor to the pros, Mike Shannon.

And CBS Golf Analyst, Ian Baker-Finch, believes "every Tour player around the world will soon have one of their own CS2's for working with at home, in their hotel room, or on the putting green."

The remarkable CS2 putting aid ( is the most effective and comprehensive putting training aid to hit the market in years. The major benefit of the CS2 is it literally has no limitations for style of stroke, lie angle, type of putter, length of putter, etc... and addresses the "5 Key Fundamentals" of great putting; aim, alignment, stroke path, square putter face at impact, and speed/pace. No other putting training aid has been able to help golfers master these key fundamentals in one easy to use design. Whether you are practicing at home, the office or on the putting green, the CS2 is the ultimate putting practice station.

The CS2 putting aid retails for $99.99, weighs less than 3 pounds, fits easily in your bag and it sets up in seconds (wholesale and PUD pricing available). The key to the CS2's genius is that it does not force you to putt in a pre-defined fashion. You can adjust it to match your unique natural stroke. As you work with the CS2 you will find a natural repeatable putting stroke that works for you. The CS2 then enables you to lock in your stroke path number every time you practice.

For product inquiries please contact 910-722-2123 ext 313 or email


Golf Channel extends European Tour coverage through 2024

(WENTWORTH, VIRGINIA WATER and ORLANDO, Fla.) - The European Tour announced a new 10-year agreement with Golf Channel for all European Tour tournaments through the 2024 season. The announcement was made jointly by George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, and Mike McCarley, President of Golf Channel.

The extension to the existing seven-year arrangement will begin in 2015 and was announced on the eve of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, one of the most prestigious events on The Race to Dubai and one of the most popular European Tour tournaments with American audiences.

George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “We have had an exceptionally strong association with Golf Channel since its inception 19 years ago and this relationship was further highlighted earlier this year when Golf Channel on NBC broadcasted the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

“We are therefore delighted to announce this ten-year extension to our agreement, which is further compelling evidence of the continued appeal of The European Tour, through our showcasing of the game and the immense talent being discovered in all of the countries where our tournaments take place.”

Mike McCarley, President of Golf Channel, said: “The European Tour features many of the world’s best golfers playing on spectacular courses across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, which is reflective of golf as a global game. The European Tour’s regular morning timeslot has kicked off Golf Channel’s tournament coverage days since the network’s launch and this extension further solidifies our strong partnership, which now will span three decades with this new agreement.”

The new agreement further underlines The European Tour’s long-term relationship with Golf Channel, which dates back to the network’s launch in January 1995 with its first live golf coverage at the Dubai Desert Classic. The continued growth of this partnership has been marked by several major milestones, including Golf Channel on NBC’s broadcast of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in July, which was the first regular European Tour event to be aired live on network television in America.

Since Golf Channel joined the NBC Sports Group in 2011, The European Tour has seen nearly a 60 percent increase in viewership. And this season is on pace to be The European Tour’s most-watched year ever in the United States.

Under the terms of the new agreement, The European Tour and Golf Channel will continue to work closely on the commercial delivery of events, whilst also collaborating to enhance the overall production of European Tour events. In addition, the agreement encompasses rights to Golf Channel networks in Canada and Japan.


2019 PGA Championship, 2024 Ryder Cup at Bethpage State Park

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) - In an unprecedented agreement between The PGA of America and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Bethpage State Park's Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., one of the country's most popular venues, has been selected to host the 101st PGA Championship in 2019, and serve as the site of the 45th Ryder Cup in 2024.

With Gov. Cuomo in attendance, the dual announcement was made at Bethpage State Park. Bethpage Black, the renowned gem of five public golf courses within the state park property on Long Island, has hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open Championship, and the 2012 Barclays Championship.

"How fitting it is that we will be taking two of golf's premier events to a state that was the site of our first PGA Championship and to a spectacular course whose design was influenced by one of golf's most accomplished architects and a friend of The PGA of America," said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. "It is exciting that both the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup will come to New York, which is home to some of the most passionate and knowledgeable sports fans in the world."

Opened for play in 1936, Bethpage Black was designed by legendary architect A.W. Tillinghast, who was a guest at an exploratory meeting of The PGA of America in January, 1916. After The PGA's founding on April 10, 1916, Tillinghast would later serve as a forerunner to today's "growth of the game" consultants. Rees Jones led the renovation of the Black Course in 1997-98.

Tillinghast also developed the Bethpage Red and Blue Courses, and modified the Lenox Hills Course, which later became the Green Course. The Yellow Course, designed by Alfred Tull, opened in 1958 to enable golfers to play nearly 300,000 rounds annually on Bethpage State Park's property.

"New York is excited that Bethpage State Park and its spectacular Black Course will be hosting two of golf's most acclaimed events, the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup," said Governor Cuomo. "These major sporting events will provide a tremendous economic boost for Long Island and promote the beautiful Bethpage State Golf Course to the nation and the world. We look forward to welcoming spectators and television viewers worldwide to experience the best golf here in New York."

Bethpage Black, measuring 7,486 yards and played to a par 71 from its back tees, also has been home to multiple Metropolitan PGA Section and New York State Open competitions.

"As a New Yorker, I can't tell you how excited I am to be a part of today's announcement," said PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua. "New York is part of the fabric of the history of The PGA of America, from our founding in New York City in 1916, to hosting multiple championships and having four great PGA Sections within the state. We are grateful to Governor Cuomo's commitment to hosting these great events at Bethpage and we look forward to working with both local and state officials to add an unforgettable chapter in golf history at Bethpage."

In 2019, Bethpage Black will mark the 13th time that a New York venue has hosted the PGA Championship, the most for any state that has staged the season's final major. The PGA Championship enjoys a rich heritage dating back to its inaugural event in 1916 at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, N.Y. Past Champions span both the legendary and recent stars of the game: Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington, Keegan Bradley, Rory McIlroy and Jason Dufner.

"Bethpage State Park takes great pride in its history of serving as host to golf's pre-eminent events," said New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. "With the combination of a PGA Championship and a Ryder Cup being conducted on our property, it solidifies the confidence that the golf industry has in our staff, our venue and the community to provide the ultimate spectator experience."

In 2024, Bethpage Black will join Oak Hill Country Club's East Course of Pittsford, N.Y., as the only New York courses to host a Ryder Cup. Oak Hill was the venue for the 1995 Ryder Cup in addition to three PGA Championships (1980, 2003, '13).

The Ryder Cup, golf's most compelling event, began in 1927, bringing together the finest tour professionals from the United States and Europe. In September 2014, Europe will host the U.S. in the 40th Ryder Cup, at Gleneagles' PGA Centenary Course in Perthshire, Scotland.

Future PGA Championships
* 96th PGA Championship - Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Ky. - Aug. 8-10, 2014
* 97th PGA Championship - Whistling Straits (Straits), Kohler, Wis. - Aug. 13-16, 2015
* 98th PGA Championship - Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course), Springfield, N.J. - 2016
* 99th PGA Championship - Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C. - 2017
*100th PGA Championship - Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, Mo. - 2018
* 101st PGA Championship - Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, N.Y. - 2019

Future Ryder Cups
* 40th Ryder Cup Gleneagles (PGA Centenary Course), Perthshire, Scotland - Sept. 26-28, 2014
* 41st Ryder Cup Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn. - 2016
* 42nd Ryder Cup Le Golf National (Albatros), Guyancourt, France - 2018
* 43rd Ryder Cup Whistling Straits (Straits Course), Kohler, Wis. - 2020
* 44th Ryder Cup TBA
* 45th Ryder Cup Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, N.Y. - 2024


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

McDowell Signs Contract Extension with Srixon

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Graeme McDowell has agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension with Srixon to remain a member of their PGA TOUR staff. No additional details regarding the contract were made available. McDowell, winner of the 2010 U.S. Open and 2013 RBC Heritage, is also a nine-time winner on the European Tour. McDowell will continue to play Cleveland woods, Srixon irons, Cleveland wedges and Srixon balls.  He will wear a Srixon® hat and glove and carry a Srixon bag.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled that Graeme has decided to remain a member of Srixon’s PGA Tour staff,” said Todd Harman, President of Cleveland Golf/Srixon - U.S.A. “Graeme is one of those unique individuals who brings so much to the game of golf. His passion for competition, combined with his love for the game and respect for the fans, has made him the type of ambassador that any company would be honored to have on their staff. The fact that Graeme has chosen to remain in the Srixon family says an awful lot in regards to how he feels about our products, as well as our company.”  

McDowell, also known as G·Mac, was a member of Team Europe during the 2010 and 2012 Ryder Cup, where he contributed significantly toward his team’s dramatic victories over the United States.  G·Mac was voted 2010 Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America and joint 2010 Player of the Year on the European Tour.

“I’m thrilled to remain a member of the Srixon and Cleveland Golf family, one I’ve been part of since my college days” said McDowell. “I couldn’t be happier with my current bag and I’m playing some of the best golf of my career. Much of that has to do with their exceptional equipment, coupled with the tremendous support they’ve continually given me. I’m now looking to taking things forward again and accomplishing many of my professional goals over the coming years.”

McDowell’s G·Mac Foundation works to support children’s medical research in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the United States. For more information on The G·Mac Foundation, or to make donations, please visit the charity section at

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Loudmouth Golf Releases a Halloween Pant!

(Foster City, CA) - Loudmouth Golf, the leader in bold and bright golf apparel, has released a limited-edition Halloween print for men and women. The new design features cheerful jack-o'-lanterns appropriately named, "Happy Jacks."

These festive pants are perfect for a Halloween party, office gathering, trick-or-treating with the kids, or a ghoulish game of golf.

"Back when I was a one man show I found a fun jack-o-lantern print in a little fabric shop in Berkeley," says Loudmouth Golf founder and designer, Woody! "I bought all the fabric they had and the pants sold out in a week."

Happy Jacks is available in a variety of styles for men and women, which include pants, shorts, skorts, and mini-shorts. In addition to their stocked sizes, Loudmouth also offers Made-to-Order (MTO) clothes, which lets customers customize the waist size and length of their pant, skort or mini-short to provide the ultimate fit. Loudmouth pants, shorts, skorts and mini-shorts are made in 97% cotton and 3% spandex.

For more information, visit


LINKS Magazine Names the Best Golfer of All Time in its 25th Anniversary Edition

(Hilton Head, S.C.) — The question is as old — and as tricky — as the game itself: “Who is the best golfer of all time?”

While most pundits usually dodge giving a straight answer, LINKS Magazine — the freshest and most exciting magazine in golf — has no such qualms. In the magazine’s 25th anniversary edition, which features six lists of “Top 25s” in golf’s long history, the editors come right out and say that the best player is …

… Either Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods. They are numbers one and two, but the winner isn’t going to be named here.

Perhaps even more interesting than who tops the list is the lineup of stars that follow. The names include Hogan, Hagen, and Snead, not to mention Jones, Watson, and Mickelson. Plus a few that are sure to surprise even the savviest of golf fans.

“We’ve taken the bold and brazen path,” explains editor George Peper, who adds, “Having said that, we’ve also copped out a bit.” Acknowledging that it is difficult to rank the best of the best across eras, genders, and continents, the Top 25 list of players is divided into three groups: Top 15 Americans, Top 5 Internationals, and Top 5 Women.

How were the rankings determined? Number of victories is not the only criterion. “All three lists take into account other factors,” says Peper, “such as longevity, singular achievements, and overall contributions to the game.”

As for LINKS’ contributions to the game, the list of Top 25 Players, as well as the Top 25 Golf Resorts in the world, are viewable now on the magazine’s website,, where readers can weigh in with their opinions of the results.

All six Top 25 lists will be released in the print edition of LINKS this week, at which point they also will be available on the new iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire versions, which come as part of the magazine’s new “All Access” subscription.


Linda Hartough Exhibits Art at American Senior Golf Association’s Annual Clambake

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – Linda Hartough, world-renowned golf-landscape artist (, exhibited several of her works at the American Seniors Golf Association’s annual three-day Cape Cod Clambake, September 22-25, at Oyster Harbors Club in Osterville, Mass. Each year the Clambake is attended by approximately 200 ASGA members and their spouses.

“I was pleased to exhibit my work at this ASGA event,” Hartough said. “It’s always a pleasure when true golf lovers have the chance to gather at special events where fine golf art is part of the allure.”

Hartough’s works on exhibit in the Oyster Harbors Club clubhouse during the event included the following framed canvas giclées:
* 9th Hole, Royal County Down
* 16th Hole, East Course, Merion Golf Club
* 18th Hole, Harbour Town Golf Links
* The 12th Hole, ‘Golden Bell’, Augusta National Golf Club

Media Contact: Sally J. Sportsman; 407-248-1144;


95-year-old Palmetto Dunes resident Leo Luken shoots age for 1,000th time

Having now shot his age or better for the 1,000th time, 95-year-old Palmetto Dunes resident Leo Luken is living proof that age is just a number

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) — Hilton Head Island resident Leo Luken shot his age or better for the 1,000th time Tuesday on the George Fazio Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, firing a 92 (47-45) to reach the milestone.

Despite taking a 9 on the par-4 eighth hole and a double-bogey on the par-4 18th, Luken still managed to better his age by three strokes including a thrilling hole-out for a birdie on the par-3 sixth hole.

Described by his playing companions as “humble, gracious and fiercely competitive,” Luken still carries a 21 handicap and typically plays three days a week on the George Fazio and Robert Trent Jones courses at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort where he resides, typically shooting his age or better about two out of three times.

“My [playing] partners told me I would have to swim across the lagoon on [the par-3] 17th if I hit it in the water,” said Luken following his historic round Tuesday. “On my previous attempt at Jones I hooked one out of bounds on No. 17.”

“While there are a couple of gold standards in golf and sports, shooting your age surely must rank among the most coveted and enviable goals of all,” said Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Clark Sinclair, who has known Luken for many years. “It means two important things: One has lived a relatively long life. And they are still a good golfer, with enough athleticism left to skillfully navigate their way around 18 holes.”

What would seem like an amazing accomplishment for most anyone else will go down as another notch in the belt for the 95-year-old Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort resident, who didn’t take up golf until he was 45 years old and first shot his age at the age of 71 with 68 being his best-ever round in Fort Wayne, Ind.

At one point in his life, Luken was arguably the world’s best fast-pitch softball hurler, using a pitch clocked at more than 100 miles per hour to help win 53 straight games from 1944-46 for the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons. Nicknamed “Leo the Lion-Hearted,” his 511 total wins helped earn Luken a spot in both the Kentucky and Indiana Sports Halls of Fame.

Following Luken’s historic accomplishment Tuesday, he was more interested in talking about his family. Luken and his wife, Mickey, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this spring. The pair taught dance for three hours a night for 30 years to put their children through college. A daughter, Lisa, went to Purdue where she played golf and was chosen as the school’s Student Athlete of the Decade. Now, one of his grandsons is attending Purdue.

Eight years ago, when Luken shot his age for the 530th time, he bettered his age by six shots and he picked a particularly sporty time to do it — the final round of the inaugural Shoot Your Age Championship at The Villages, Fla. This novel event brought together 58 amateurs and two legendary professionals, ranging in age from 67 to 96 on a course measuring 6,251 yards, with par represented by the competitor’s age.

Playing in front of 8,300 spectators, with cameras whirling for a CBS tape-delayed national broadcast the following afternoon, Luken took his 6-under 81 to the clubhouse, where he anxiously waited for everyone else to finish. Adding to the drama, once players reached the number of strokes equaling their age, they were eliminated and had to leave the course.

By the end, only six of the 60-player field lasted long enough to hole out on 18, and Luken finished a whopping three shots ahead of a trio of players, which included a 76-year-old by the name of Arnold Palmer. Another guy who enjoyed a pretty good playing career, Gary Player, had been eliminated on the 17th green.

None could match the play of Luken, who brought back to Hilton Head Island an engraved Waterford crystal bowl, a pair of Southwest Airlines tickets and a 42-inch Dell plasma-screen TV for his victory.

“Yeah, Gary Player thought I was lying,” Leo said. “Before we teed off the first day down at the championship, he was walking around introducing himself and asking guys how many times they’d shot their age. One guy said twelve, and another said thirty. When he got to me I said five hundred twenty nine, which was the number at that time. Player threw up arms and said, ‘Get outta here.’” Then with a grin, Leo said, “The next day I made it five-thirty and won the tournament.”

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Sweetgrass Golf Club Unveils Fall Package Rates

Through Oct. 20, Enjoy Rounds and Accommodations Starting as Low as $75

(HARRIS, Mich.) – Midwestern golfers seeking quick fall getaway options will find overnight packages at Sweetgrass Golf Club ( at the Island Resort & Casino start at under $100 through Oct. 20.

Situated in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Sweetgrass offers customizable packages including one round of golf and one night stay starting at $75 (double occupancy) or two rounds of golf and three nights beginning at $190 (double occupancy).

For the avid golfer, the popular Perfect 4Some package offers three rounds of golf including rounds at nearby Greywalls and TimberStone as well as two nights accommodations starting at $215 (double occupancy).

“October is great for golf in the UP with brilliant fall color and clear, sunny skies,” said Dave Douglas, Director of Golf.  “Golfers looking for a quick trip will enjoy our easy, customizable packages that fit their needs and budgets.”

The regular rate through Oct. 20 including golf, shared cart, GPS and range balls is $45.  Owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community, the Paul Albanese design has garnered numerous awards including a top-20 spot on Golfweek’s “Best Courses You Can Play” list since 2010.

Sweetgrass has annually hosted the Island Resort Championship, an LPGA Symetra Tour event for the past three years and has extended the contract through 2016.  Players tout the beauty and challenge of the course as reasons it is a must-play stop.

For more information: or 877-ISL-GREEN.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

SeeMore Notes Accomplishments of America's Hottest Golfer Since July

SeeMore congratulates the Winner of last week's BMW Championship for continuing his great play at the season ending Tour Championship with a tie for seventh.  It was amazingly his seventh Top 8 finish in the last eight events of the year, where he finishes the season ranked 12th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

SeeMore's most notable putter user finished the 2013 PGA Tour season on fire, earning $3.1 million over the last eight weeks plus a $1 million FedEx Cup bonus for finishing fifth overall in the season-long points contest.  The BMW Championship victory was his 10th win overall in 10 seasons on the PGA Tour, and his ninth in the last seven seasons.

At just 37 years of age, this six-time Cup golfer heads into the President's Cup as the hottest player on the team, and the only American to win an event during the four-week 2013 FedEx Cup playoffs.  He finished the 2013 season with only one round over par in his last 24 rounds, with a torrid scoring average during his last 24 rounds of 68.2, and a FedEx Cup scoring average of 68.0.

Now eligible for the World Golf Hall of Fame, this player has now won PGA Tour events in seven of his 10 years on tour, including the 2007 Masters, and has more than $30 million in career earnings - all with his trusty SeeMore putter.

To learn more about SeeMore, visit

To view American Golfer's review of SeeMore, click HERE.


The Arlington Club Retains KemperSports for Club Management

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports, the most trusted name in golf, has been selected to manage The Arlington Club, a private country club located in Richmond, KY – 25 miles southeast of Lexington, KY. Built in 1969, the 18-hole, par-72 golf course is located on a former 193-acre estate which includes the 150-year-old Arlington Mansion.

In addition to the championship golf course, the club facilities include a golf clubhouse with a pro shop, grill room and locker rooms, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, six lighted tennis courts and the “Mule Barn,” which can host group functions and casual events.

“The Arlington Club has long been recognized as a popular social and recreational part of the local community with a great membership,” said Steve Skinner, chief executive officer of KemperSports. “We look forward to engaging the members on ways to improve the member experience and grow the club.”

“We are excited to welcome KemperSports to the community and The Arlington Club and know professional management will benefit the club and our members going forward,” said Barry Poynter of the Arlington Board. “Arlington’s Board of Directors is committed to providing a positive and memorable club experience to our members and their guests.”

Upon assuming management duties, KemperSports will evaluate all aspects of the club including membership categories and programs, the condition of the physical plant and ways in which the Mansion House can be used by members for events. In addition, KemperSports will actively engage the membership to get their feedback and opinions on how to improve the club and attract more new members.

The Arlington Club is also the home course to the Eastern Kentucky University men’s and women’s golf teams as well as the EKU Professional Golf Management program. The PGM program has a separate practice and learning center next to The Arlington Club golf course.

For more information on The Arlington Club, visit


Hilton Head Golf Island Announces Concours d’Elegance Stay-and-Play Packages

Championship Golf, Celebrated Automotive Festivities Combine for Late Fall Island Escape

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – Hilton Head Golf Island – a collection of more than 25 of the Lowcountry’s premier golf courses – announces the 2013 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance golf stay-and-play packages, available Oct. 25 – Nov. 3.

Ideal for automotive aficionados who hit the links, Hilton Head Golf Island is offering an array of golf and accommodations packages including tickets to the storied Concours d’Elegance. Stay-and-play offers include:

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort “Stay, Play & Show Package:”  
Stay three nights and play up to three rounds at each of the resort’s championship courses, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and George Fazio, and enjoy two-day tickets for two people to the Concours d’Elegance for Nov. 2-3. Guests also receive a $100 dining certificate for two people to select resort restaurants, two hours of complimentary tennis court time daily, preferred rates on all other resort activities as well as merchandise discounts. Rates start at $199 per person, per night, including all taxes and resort fees. For package and reservation information: 866.809.1919,

The Heritage Collection and Westin Resort & Spa “Concours d’Elegance Special:” 
Enjoy two nights at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, one round of golf at any of the seven Heritage Collection courses and two tickets for a two-day pass to the Concours d’Elegance, Nov. 2-3. Based on double occupancy, packages start at $305 per person and include all taxes and resort fees. For package and reservation information: 843.681.1706 or email

The Sea Pines Resort “Concours d’Elegance Getaway Package:” 
Experience reduced rates and preferred tee times at any three of Sea Pines’ championship golf courses (Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point by Pete Dye and Ocean Course), 15 percent off private villa and home accommodations, complimentary lunch and dinner entrees for two at select resort restaurants, courtesy bicycles for two, one complimentary portrait session on the beach, 10 percent dining discount at the resort's restaurants and two complimentary hours of tennis per day. Package starts at $149 per night for three nights in a two-bedroom villa in Harbour Town. To make a reservation, call 866.561.8802, or enter promo code CONCOURS at

One of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing automotive and motorsports events, the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance celebrates its 12th year this fall. The festival kicks off with the Savannah Speed Classic, Oct. 25–27, and continues on Hilton Head Island, Nov. 2–3, at Port Royal Golf Club where the Concours d’Elegance takes center stage.

With over 62 years of history, Porsche is the selected Honored Marque for the 2013 Festival and will be celebrated throughout the week. Additionally, this year’s event will showcase cars of the Great Gatsby era including the 1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster, 1928 Packard 443 Roadster and 1931 Rolls-Royce P1 transformable sedan, among others.

As one of the nation’s foremost golf meccas, the Lowcountry is the preferred vacation destination of golfers who seek a high-concentration of world-class quality courses, an unspoiled natural environment, beautiful resorts and inns and old-fashioned Southern hospitality. Each course on Hilton Head Island has its own set of unique characteristics and challenges to keep even the most skilled player motivated.

For additional information or to receive a quote:, 800.523.3373.


New Idea Hybrid Irons from Adams to Make Golf Easier with Breakthrough Iron Slot Technology

(PLANO, TEXAS) – Adams Golf has changed how irons perform with revolutionary wraparound slots in its New Idea Hybrid Irons, generating higher ball speeds and more forgiveness, especially on off-center shots.

Extensive research revealed that golfers with 15-plus handicaps make the majority of contact nearly ½” toward the toe, not on the club’s sweet spot. These new super game improvement irons are specifically designed to enhance the face speed in the area where those players need it most.

"With a concentration on developing technology that golfers really need, we created these industry-first wraparound slots on the toe to compensate for a very common mis-hit,” said Justin Honea, Senior Director of Research and Development. “New Idea irons are definitely our easiest to hit, with measurable improvements in ball speeds and forgiveness where players require it most."

The new slot design creates a spring-like effect across the entire face, expanding the sweet spot. Compared to the industry-leading Idea a12 OS Hybrid Irons, the New Idea Hybrid Irons provide 44% more ball speed on off-center hits and 24% more ball speed on flush shots, because of increased flex from the unsupported faces.

New Idea Hybrids

The standard set of the New Idea starts with Adams’ industry-leading hybrids (3-4-5) that feature the company’s Cut-Thru sole slots located behind the face, visible on the crown and sole of the clubs. The refined slot design generates increased ball speeds, higher launch and additional distance, most notably on off-center shots, compared to the company’s Idea a12 OS Hybrids.

“These are our easiest to hit hybrids ever, period, as we continue to expand the sweet spot,” said Honea. “Hybrids are our specialty, so we take extra pride in improving ball speed and forgiveness for shots that challenge golfers the most.”

The hybrids also feature Adams’ patented upside-down shape that puts more surface area lower on the face of the club where golfers generally make contact with the ball. This creates a lower center of gravity that helps the ball launch higher, while reducing spin, for better distance results.

Transitional Hybrid Irons

A significant difference between New Idea Hybrid Irons and past models is the new wraparound slot technology. With transitional hybrid irons (6-7) in the set, these clubs bridge the gap between the hybrids and short irons. The 270° slots start from the heel area and cover the sole around the clubhead to the topline – allowing the unsupported face to flex for higher ball speeds and more forgiveness no matter where the ball is struck on the face.

“There’s tremendous emphasis put into transitional hybrid irons, particularly with the addition of the toe slot,” added Honea. “The wraparound slots allow us to seamlessly replicate the hot faces of our industry-leading hybrids.”

Scoring Irons

Completing the set are three scoring irons (8-PW) that help players focus on the target and dial in approach shots close to the pin. These provide the benefits of traditional cavity back irons, with the additional advantage of wraparound slots to keep off-center hits headed toward the green.

Complete Sets for Men and Women

Adams is well-known for its complete set offerings that present the company’s award-winning technology in an easy-to-purchase manner.

The New Idea men’s complete set includes a 460cc titanium driver designed for maximum forgiveness and distance through Adams’ patented aerodynamic shaping; a 3 and 5-wood featuring Cut-Thru slots on the crown and sole to create higher launch without increasing spin for longer carry distances; the New Idea Hybrid Irons with slot technology through the entire set (3-PW); a Yes! Mallet Putter featuring C-Groove technology for a better forward roll; and a stylish black and white cart bag with blue trim that includes abundant storage along with matching Idea headcovers.

The New Idea women’s complete set is available in four distinct colors with technology and set configurations specific to female golfers. The 12-piece package contains a titanium 12.5-degree driver, three fairway woods (3, 5 & 7) featuring slot technology for more ball speed and increased forgiveness, the New Idea Hybrid Irons (5-SW) with wraparound slot technology, and a Yes! Mallet Putter with C-Groove technology on the face for a better, more accurate and forward roll on the greens.

Colorways for women include: Almond and Blackberry (both available in Standard and Petite sizes) and Raspberry and Melon (both available in Right Hand only). All colors are integrated throughout the entire set from the clubheads to the grip and into the bag and headcovers. The sets include stylish, lightweight cart bags with plenty of large pockets for storage and an easy access putter well.


The New Idea Hybrid Irons ship to pro shops and specialty golf retailers on Oct. 15 with an MSRP of $799.99 for graphite shafts (Mitsubishi Rayon Bassara Eagle Series 65g) and $699.99 for steel (True Temper Dynalite 85g). New Idea Hybrids will ship at the same time with an MSRP of $169.99.

The New Idea complete sets for women ship on Nov. 1 in the Almond color, while the Blackberry, Raspberry and Melon ship Dec. 1. Men’s New Idea complete set will ship Nov. 1. All sets carry an MSRP of $999.99.

For more information, retail locator, demo day availability and shaft and grip offerings, visit


Course Review: StoneWater Golf Club

In golf, the first hole is often referred to as a “handshake hole.” These holes are generally short to mid-length, with few hazards and a fairly docile green to gently close things out. This is not the case at StoneWater Golf Club in Highland Heights, Ohio.

StoneWater, a Hurdzan-Fry design, opens with the No. 1 handicap hole, so tighten those laces, limber up and make sure you’re prepared to be challenged from the word “go.” From the tips, the opening hole isn’t obnoxiously long (432 yards), but the dogleg-right Par 4 is well protected by bunkers, and water sits to the right of the green. Safely on in regulation? The two-tiered green requires a golfer to be on the right level. I wasn’t and paid the price with a three-putt bogie.

Survive the first and you’re greeted with the 464-yard Par 4 second and 201-yard Par 3 third. If the length of No. 3 doesn’t scare you, all the water you carry off the tee wraps around to the back-right and demands accuracy. There’s no bailing out left, either, as a pair of traps grab those playing away from water.

The opening trio is as demanding as any golfer would want. You can catch your breath on holes 4-8 (I played them at even par), but be prepared for No. 9. The closing hole on the outward half is a 470-yard Par 4 with an uphill approach to the green. The fairway is generous, which is good because a driver helps off the tee if you plan on hitting the green in regulation.

No. 10 ... Here’s the handshake we were looking for two hours ago. While not without its defenses, the 365-yard Par 4 is certainly more friendly than its front nine counterpart.

Of note on the back nine is No. 13 - a 625-yard Par 5 that demands both length and accuracy. With trees on both sides and a forced carry on your second shot, this is target golf at its finest. I chose to go with a 3-wood off the tee and planned on hitting a hybrid iron to the 150-yard marker. Unfortunately, a poor second left me with another hybrid into the green. I was lucky to escape with a two-putt par.

Big hitters unhappy with not being able to go for No. 13 in two will be pleased to know that the following hole is reachable off the tee - with a bomb. At 335 yards from the tips, average hitters can take less than a driver and still enjoy a short- to mid-length iron into this green.

By handicap, No. 16 is considered the third-most-difficult hole on the back, but I wouldn’t argue with anyone who said it was the hardest. With houses to the left, trees to the right and a bunker in the landing zone, this dogleg-right is demanding from tee to green. The double bogie I suffered here would solidify the argument.

StoneWater Golf Club is a residential layout and houses do creep in on a few tee shots, but for the most part it’ll take a pretty crooked shot to disturb the peace. At 7,060 yards from the tips, it’s important to play the right set of tees.I generally hit between 260-270 with my driver, so I played one set in (6,674 yards), which was ideal for me. My handicap index is 8.4 and I shot 80 (38-42) on this Par 71 (35-36).

The golf carts are equipped with state-of-the-art GPS units, but I reviewed the GolfLogix app while playing. Check out that review HERE.

This course hosted the Nationwide Tour’s Legend Group Classic from 2005-07, so you know it has chops. It’s the site of PGA Tour star Jason Day’s first professional win, too.

For more information on StoneWater Golf Club, visit


PutterGeek on Alignment Technology

PutterGeek shares his thoughts on Putter Alignment Aids:

“Let’s give credit where credit is due: The Odyssey 2-Ball putter was the pioneer in linear alignment aids. Before the 2-Ball made its debut on the putting scene more than 10 years ago, the only alignment aid one could find on a putter was a little line on the top to the putter that showed where you were supposed to hit the ball.

“After the enormously popular 2-Ball Putter, linear alignment became all the rage. Ever since, golf putter marketeers have fallen all over themselves designing innovative linear alignment aids in an attempt to compete with or surpass the 2-Ball alignment embodiment. But ironically most golf putters including the 2-Ball and its imitators actually have no need for a linear alignment aid to indicate the location of a sweet spot because none have a sweet spot in the first place - but that is another topic, so let’s not digress.

“In addition to Linear Alignment, golfers also need to be concerned about Lateral Alignment, and Launch Alignment. Of the three, Linear Alignment is the least of a golfer’s alignment worries. Lateral Alignment affects putting precision directly, because when lateral alignment is off, the ball invariably misses the cup either to one side or the other. Launch Alignment is almost as insidious because when it is off, the ball invariably falls either short or over-runs the cup.

“One new technology golf putter has a perfected Linear Alignment Aid, a perfected Lateral Alignment Aid, and a perfected Launch Alignment Aid. In addition, this new technology golf putter has a unique Auto-Alignment feature which automatically corrects all miss-alignments in real time during the glide phase of the putting stroke. This new technology golf putter is the Quantum Roller Golf Putter.”

About PutterGeek: PutterGeek is the nickname of the physicist/designer at Quantum Golf Putter Company, maker of the Quantum Roller Golf Putter, the new technology golf putter awarded Most Beneficial Golf Putter and Best Value Golf Putter by the golf putter evaluation authority, “All about Golf Putters and Putting.”


AHEAD’s New Thermal Regulation Performance Technology Adjusts to Body’s Temperature Change

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) – AHEAD’s new Thermal Regulation technology, which is making its debut with five styles in the company’s 2014 men’s apparel collection, is helping golfers maintain optimum body temperature based on the day’s changing weather conditions.

Thermal Regulation is a polymer (hollow) shell yarn that utilizes phase change and controls the production of moisture before it begins, explained Bill Godden, AHEAD’s director of apparel.  The material, Godden continued, absorbs, stores and releases heat for optimal thermal comfort, while the shell absorbs, stores and releases excess heat.

“Most of the technology you see in the industry only allows for coolness,” Godden said.  “With our new Thermal Regulation collection, as the skin gets hot, the heat gets absorbed, and as the body starts to cool, the heat is then released.  Think of it as moisture going from liquid to solid, then back to liquid, but being contained in a hollow core yarn.”

The men’s Thermal Regulation Collection is being introduced with three different polo shirts, a full zip soft shell vest and a heather half-zip mock.  The polo options feature a Heathered Solid, Multi-stripe and a Mini Gradient Auto Stripe.  Available colors include ruby, papaya, shamrock and oasis blue.  The soft shell vest and heather half-zip mock are each available in three colors, including marine and platinum.

“Today’s consumers are more aware and looking for added benefits from their sportswear,” said Vicki Bernstein, President of Bernstein Retail Productions in Houston.  “The addition of the thermal regulation collection from Ahead addresses this concern. I was very impressed with the color savvy collection of heathered fabrics incorporating flexibility from spandex and comfort from a jersey fabrication that helps regulate body temperature for added comfort.”  She added, “The product will display well due to the technical and textural elements, and also hits the consumer soft spot of $69 retail.  All good reasons to take a good look at this new introduction.”

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Casa de Campo Partners with Octagon to Develop Marketing, Sponsorship Strategies

(La Romana, Dominican Republic) - Casa de Campo — the No. 1 resort in the Caribbean, with the finest golf in the region — has engaged Octagon, the global leader in sports, entertainment, and lifestyle marketing for the development of new business strategies.

“No company has more experience than Octagon in sports and entertainment,” said Peter J. Bonell, Chief Marketing Officer. “We are excited to work with them to grow our business on a number of different fronts.”

The resort and Octagon will begin with three initiatives:
* Evaluate sponsorship and event opportunities
* Develop a customized strategy for “The Sporting Life” program that combines and highlights the resort’s numerous sports activities
* Boost the resort’s visibility and traffic through sales and marketing

“Casa de Campo is a world-class property with the best golf course in Latin America,” said Scott Seymour, Senior Vice President/Managing Director of Golf for Octagon. “Having the opportunity to work with such an awe-inspiring travel destination along with its well-respected management team is a true honor.”

The 7,000-acre Casa de Campo resort offers an unmatched array of experiences found in a Caribbean.  Boasting a guest list that reads like a “who’s who” of the social registry, Casa de Campo is known worldwide as a posh escape attracting financial moguls, politicos and Hollywood’s elite with spacious hotel accommodations and extravagant villa homes.

“The Sporting Life” experience beckons with 90 holes of Pete Dye-designed golf (including the famed Teeth of the Dog), 245-acre Skeet/Trap Shooting Center, La Terrazza Tennis Club, Polo & Equestrian Club and a 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club. The Beach Club by Le Cirque and La Cana by Il Circo highlight five-star dining. Casa de Campo has its own artists’ village, Altos de Chavon, modeled after a 16th-century Mediterranean city with a 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater site of international touring concerts and inaugurated by Frank Sinatra. Casa de Campo is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and Preferred Hotels & Resorts.


Grafalloy Blue Wins Tour Championship by Coca-Cola and FedExCup

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — Playing phenomenal golf, the winner of the 2013 Tour Championship by Coca-Cola went wire-to-wire to capture the title as well as the FedExCup.

With the new Grafalloy Blue in his driver, 3-wood and 4-wood, the champion played a career-defining final round at East Lake for 2-under par 68 and a three shot victory. He is the first European to ever win both the Tour Championship and the FedExCup—a distinction that netted him $11.44 million on Sunday and a move to number four in the Official Work Golf Rankings.

“This was a fantastic end to the FedExCup playoffs and it’s great to see a player who has continued to gain momentum throughout the season win it,” said Chad Hall, director of product marketing and global tour operations for True Temper Sports. “The champion has been a long-time Grafalloy Blue player, a shaft specifically designed for golf’s stronger swingers. Our new for 2013 Grafalloy Blue features the same performance benefits as the original while being constructed with the most advanced materials available today.”

Grafalloy Players 2013 PGA TOUR Highlights:
* Two in the Top 10 players for driving accuracy
* One Top Five player in driving distance
* One player in the Top Five money list
* One Top Five player in scoring average

The original Grafalloy Blue remains one of the most popular graphite golf shafts in the history of the game. For 2013, Grafalloy has redesigned Blue using the best materials available today while still maintaining the performance benefits golfers loved about the original. The new Blue delivers maximum stability and distance for stronger swingers. Blue is available in two weights, 60 g and 75g for heavier drivers and fairway wood applications.

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HIRZL Long Drive Team Prepares for the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship

Captures Eight World Titles the Past Two Years

(Granbury, TX) - For the past two years, over 80% of the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship field has trusted their 150 mph golf swings to HIRZL gloves, claiming eight world titles, and establishing HIRZL as the winningest glove at the championship by outperforming all the other glove manufacturers combined.

“As the world’s longest drivers begin to compete head to head at this year’s event, the one common denominator for success is HIRZL gloves,” said Steve Gray, Vice President of HIRZL North America.  “We look forward with great anticipation to this year’s event knowing that the HIRZL Long Drive team will compete with the ultimate grip advantage.”

Some of the featured HIRZL Long Drive Team competitors at this year’s RE/MAX World Long Drive finals include:

Lynn Ray: Competing in the senior division, Lynn had the longest ball of the day for both open and senior divisions at the Hawaii qualifier.  “When you swing your driver as hard and fast as I can you need to have a glove you can trust and count on. That's why I use the HIRZL Trust Control Gloves.”

Tim Burke: Competing in the Open division. “I feel truly blessed to be a part of the HIRZL Long Drive Team.  The durability, grip, and fit is unlike any glove out there.  It allows you to grip the club loose to maximize your distance.”

Bobby Peterson: Qualified for the senior division.  “It was very hot and humid at the qualifier.  It’s a great feeling to know that my hands were not going to slip. This gave me the confidence to swing as hard as I wanted.”

Eric Lunt: Qualified for the Open division. “HIRZL gloves kept my hands steady and dry all day.”

Kody Zurek: Qualified with a drive of 383 yards - the longest ball of his qualifier by 18 yards

James East:  Competing in both the Open and Senior divisions

Heather LeMaster:  Competing in the women’s division

HIRZL is a global pioneer in high performance sports gloves where innovation and precision engineering is at the heart of the HIRZL philosophy and is supported by a focus on design excellence and top quality production.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Chris Trout named Director of Instruction at Florida's Sun Cup Golf Center

(FORT MYERS, Fla.) - The Sun Cup Golf Center - formerly Daniels Driving Range at Six Mile Cypress and Daniels Boulevard - is proud to announce that renowned teacher and player Chris Trout, PGA, has joined SCGC as Director of Instruction.

"Adding Chris Trout to our team is a huge step forward for Sun Cup Golf Center," SCGC owner Jason Fry said. "Chris has tremendous ability as an instructor - as well as a proven record as a playing professional. We are proud to have him, and his talent can be of benefit to all our guests."

Trout, 31, is a Class A PGA Professional who most recently was an assistant professional at Cypress Lake Country Club for seven years. The Mariner High School and Florida Gulf Coast University graduate earned his degree in Sports Management, while playing for the Eagles' golf team from 2000-03.

Having won the 2010 South Florida Open champion and Player of the Year in the Southwest Florida PGA Chapter in 2011 and 2012. He holds the course records at Cypress Lake Country Club (61) and Miromar Lakes Country Club (64).

A Titleist Professional Staff Member, Trout has been teaching for over 10 years, having studied under legendary teaching pro Dr. Jim Suttie (2000 PGA Teacher of the Year) at TwinEagles in Naples.

"I believe all students have different levels of abilities, and have to be taught as individuals," Trout said. "Through solid fundamentals, students will gain a better knowledge of their own swing. A game plan will be put into place to better reach their individual goals. I am a proponent of simplifying the golf swing, and video analysis will be provided to show how the body works throughout the swing."

"Sun Cup Golf Center has become a complete practice facility with the addition of Chris Trout," SCGC executive director J.J. Scott said. "His playing talent is impressive, and he has the ability to connect with his students using a combination of technology and proven teaching techniques. He will flourish here, and the Southwest Florida community will improve their golf as a result."

Trout offers lessons to individuals and groups in 30- and 60-minute increments, as well as 30-minute junior lessons. All lessons include one-on-one video analysis.

Sun Cup Golf Center (formerly Daniels Driving Range) has been a popular practice destination for golfers in Southwest Florida for over a decade. With grass and artificial tees, including a covered set of tees and lights, golfers can practice rain or shine, day or night. Sun Cup Golf Center also features a putting green, short-game area and practice bunker. SCGC also offers refreshments and golf accessories, rental clubs, full club repair center and a friendly staff.

SCGC hours are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, 365 days a year. Call 239-561-2627 for details.

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New Hall of Fame Highlights Legends Week at French Lick Resort

(French Lick, IN) - In a continued effort to honor and show its support for the history of women's golf, French Lick Resort will unveil a new Legends Hall of Fame this week during The Legends Championship presented by Humana.

This new Hall of Fame, which will open later this year and be located inside the historic West Baden Springs Hotel, will honor the Legends of the LPGA and those who have had a major impact on the history of the women's game.

This years inductees, Jan Stephenson and Kathy Whitworth, will be honored during an induction ceremony on Thursday September 26 inside the atrium at the West Baden hotel. Todd Lewis, a member of the Golf Channel, will Emcee the ceremony. Lewis, one of the leading On Air talents for Golf Channel, has been anchoring, reporting, and conducting interviews since 2008.

"With our history of women's golf past, present, and future and the addition of the Legends Championship, it was a natural fit to create a Hall of Fame here at French Lick Resort for these legendary golfers," said Dave Harner, Director of Golf at French Lick Resort. "Stephenson and Whitworth have done so much for women's golf and are perfect choices for our first year of honoring these legendary golfers."

Jan Stephenson's professional golf career spans nearly 40 years, from earning Rookie of the Year honors when she joined the LPGA Tour in 1974 to her current status as career money leader on The Legends Tour, official senior tour of the LPGA. A woman of distinct opinion who speaks her mind directly, Stephenson is as much known for her outside-the-ropes impact on women's golf as she is for her multiple tour victories and major championship titles.

Highlights from Stephenson's career on the LPGA Tour include 16 wins, three of which were major championships. She won the 1983 U.S. Women's Open, 1982 LPGA Championship, and the du Maurier in 1981 when it was known as the Peter Jackson Classic. She was also inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame in 1985.

As an active member of The Legends Tour, Stephenson has competed in 39 events thus far, earning 19 top ten finishes and three victories. She has represented the international team in six Handa Cup competitions. Stephenson also became the first woman to play in a men's Champions Tour event.

Stephenson was one of the first LPGA stars to openly embrace and champion a sex-sells approach to marketing. She became as famous for her sex appeal as her golf during the early to mid-1980s, when she posed in a bathtub - covered up only by the golf balls filling the tub. She also works extensively with many charities, including "Jan for Juniors", a non-profit organization which offers opportunities for the top two Australian female junior golfers to travel to the United States and experience an LPGA Tour event.

Kathy Whitworth is one of the best-known and most successful golf professionals to have ever played the game. Her incredible 88 LPGA Tour victories put her ahead of the class, both male and female, in tournament competition history.

As an amateur, Whitworth captured the New Mexico State Amateur title two consecutive years (1957-58) before turning professional in December 1958 at the age of 19. Her first professional tournament win came in 1962 at the Kelly Girl Open. By 1967, she had already amassed 30 victories on the LPGA Tour and showed little sign of letting up. In the next 18 years, she would win 58 more times, with her last victory coming at the United Virginia Bank Classic in 1985.

In 1975, Whitworth joined six others in the LPGA Hall of Fame. She has also been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, the New Mexico Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports and Golf Halls of Fame and the Women's Sports Foundation Hall of Fame. Whitworth was the LPGA Tour's leading money winner eight times and has been recognized as LPGA Player of the Year seven times. She is also a seven-time winner of the Vare Trophy and one of only three golfers in LPGA Tour history to have won the same event five times (Orange Blossom Classic). Her major titles include the LPGA Championship (3), the Western Open (1) and the Titleholders Championship. She has been twice recognized by the Associated Press as Female Athlete of the Year and received the Patty Berg Award in 1987.

Whitworth has served as captain of two international team competitions: Solheim Cup and Handa Cup. She was the captain of Team USA in the inaugural Solheim Cup in 1990. She returned as captain in 1992; the U.S. side won both contests. From 2006 to 2011, she led Team USA to six consecutive victories over the internationals in the Handa Cup. She remains a source of inspiration and wisdom to LPGA Legends around the globe, attending Legends pro-am events to the delight of her many devoted fans and fellow players.

"To see the Legends Hall of Fame come to fruition at such a beautiful and historic place as French Lick Resort, and to perpetuate their legacy and honor the incredible contributions these Legends of the LPGA have made, is very exciting," said Jane Blalock, CEO of The Legends Tour. "Inducting inaugural members Kathy Whitworth and Jan Stephenson into the Legends Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates the impact they've had on women's professional golf across decades of competition. It will be a great tradition at French Lick and for The Legends Tour to honor additional LPGA Legends for years to come."

Whitworth and Stephenson will highlight a field of 60 competitors including six LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame players and six Solheim Cup Captains next week at The Legends Championship presented by Humana Sept 27-29. The players will compete in a 54-hole event for the largest purse on The Legends Tour at $500,000, with the winner earning $75,000.

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