Saturday, May 30, 2015

PING G30 Driver No. 1 Three Months Straight

G30 is top-selling model in 2015

(PHOENIX) – In April, the busiest month of the year for driver sales, the PING G30 driver increased its industry-leading market shares in units (13.95%, up 6%) and dollars (18.56%, up 6%) in the on- and off-course retail channels, according to Golf Datatech, which tracks golf equipment sell-thru data for the United States.

Known for its Turbulator Technology and unmatched forgiveness, the G30 driver sold 56% more units in April than the next-closest model. It marked the third consecutive month the G30 driver was #1 in units and the second-straight month it ranked #1 in revenue share. For the months of January  through April combined, the G30 driver was #1 in units and dollars, with shares of 12.30% and 16.47%, respectively. Over the nine months since its introduction in July last year, it’s been the top-selling driver model in units (10.27%) and revenue (14.64%).

“To see momentum growing for the G30 driver in the heart of the golf season is very satisfying and a tribute to our engineering team,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “When we launched it last summer, it was clear this driver was special. It was used by Angel Cabrera to win the first week it was on tour and it’s been finding its way into golfers’ bags ever since. It all comes down to performance and there’s no question the technology of the G30 drivers helps golfers hit the ball longer, straighter and more consistently.”

The G30 driver is offered in three options to custom-fit golfers. The standard G30 is offered in 9° and 10.5° lofts. The G30 SF Tec, which helps produce a right-to-left shot bend (for right-handed golfers), is available in 10° and 12° lofts. The G30 LS Tec is engineered to provide low, stable spin for added control and comes in lofts of 9° and 10.5°. All options are adjustable +-1° and feature Turbulator Technology, a T9S titanium face and a low/back center of gravity.

“The three options of the G30 driver ensure we can custom-fit any golfer,” added Solheim.  “Our fitting specialists around the country are reporting a nice mix of fitting results. Their ability to match the head technology with the proper shaft is allowing golfers of all skill levels to see significant distance gains while finding more fairways than ever.”

Dan Murphy Joins KENTWOOL as President

20-Year Golf Industry Veteran to Pioneer New Initiatives for KENTWOOL’s Performance Business 

(Greenville, S.C.) — KENTWOOL, makers of the “World’s Best Golf Sock,” announced today that 20-year golf industry veteran and brand-development expert Dan Murphy is the new President of the company. Murphy comes to KENTWOOL from Bridgestone Golf, where he served as Executive VP of Marketing & Sales.

Murphy joins KENTWOOL after successfully helping to build some of the biggest brands in the world of golf. Before joining Bridgestone, where he is credited with leading the ball manufacturer to a clear number two position in the category, Murphy led marketing efforts at Maxfli, TaylorMade and Dunlop. In his new role at KENTWOOL, Murphy will bring his consumer marketing insights and brand-building expertise to help further establish the Tour Series as the “World’s Best Golf Sock,” while growing the brand’s direct-to-consumer business.

“Dan has been a longtime friend and trusted advisor as a member of the KENTWOOL Board, and this transition is a significant and strategic move for us,” said Mark Kent, CEO of KENTWOOL. “We know wool, we’ve been innovators in the category for nearly 200 years. Now, with the addition of Dan, we have a guy who has built international brands leading us into our next generation as a major consumer brand.”

“KENTWOOL is positioned for exponential growth within golf,” said Dan Murphy, President, KENTWOOL. “Mark and his team have worked tirelessly to put all the right ingredients in place, and I feel fortunate to join the Team at such an exciting time. I look forward to being part of this vibrant, dynamic brand.”

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Season One of ‘Secret Golf with Steve Elkington’ captures six Telly Awards

Popular show featuring 1995 PGA Champion traveling the nation and telling viewers about the hidden stories in golf recognized with two Silver, four Bronze awards

(RELEASE) - “Secret Golf with Steve Elkington” not only captured the imagination of golfers everywhere with its innovative way of exploring the passion of golf, but the first season of the popular show captured six Telly Awards for production excellence, it was announced Wednesday.

The show, featuring major champion and Champions Tour mainstay Steve Elkington traveling the United States and Canada exploring the hidden stories in golf on all levels, made its second season debut on CBS Sports Network Saturday, May 9. It airs Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT through mid-August.

Last season’s shows under the title, “The Rural Golfer,” earned Silver Awards (the highest honor) in the Entertainment category for the episode featuring Elkington learning calf roping from World Champions Nick Sartain and Rich Skelton, and an episode on Texas golf history and the Pan American Golf Association filmed at the legendary Brackenridge Park Golf Course in San Antonio, the original home of the Texas Open.

The show earned Bronze Awards in the Sports category for its episode on the Freedom Golf Association, where Elkington worked with special needs golfers outside of Chicago; the roping show; an episode on Jacksonville’s Hyde Park Golf Course – where Ben Hogan once made an 11 on a par-3 during the Jacksonville Open -- and the penultimate episode: Elkington taking on Tactical Team Members at Angola’s Prison View Golf Course on the grounds of the maximum-security Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

“I am exceptionally proud of my production staff and of Steve for their unending commitment to putting out a show that everyone out there can relate to, whether they play golf or not,” Coleman said. “I was hoping we might win one, but to win six Telly Awards in our first year is just awesome.”

The Telly Awards reflect outstanding local, regional and cable TV programs and commercials. Winners represent the best work of respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments. The organization received more than 12,000 entries from 50 countries.

A prestigious judging panel of more than 650 accomplished industry professionals, each a past Silver Telly recipient, and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work – entries do not compete against each other, rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10% of entries are honored with a Silver Telly, the highest honor. Other outstanding work is awarded a Bronze Telly.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “Secret Golf’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Introducing Altro Optics, Powered by Tifosi

(Watkinsville, GA) – Tifosi Optics, Inc. introduces Altro Optics, a unique blend of sport and lifestyle sunglasses for every light condition in every environment. And at prices everyone will love.

Ergonomically designed to be lightweight and comfortable, Altro Optics guarantees long hours of wearing comfort. Altro is equipped with shatterproof Polycarbonate lenses to protect you from impact and harmful UV rays. Grilamid TR-90 frames make the collection lightweight and extremely durable for the long haul. Polarized and non-polarized versions are available for every light condition.

The 2015 collection consists of seven fashion-forward styles with lens options ranging from standard to mirrored to polarized, and full frame or half frame models. The Refuge features classic, full-frame styling, the Alric combines sport optic style with retro arm detail, and the full frame Sledge touts a chunky frame with lightweight comfort. All priced from $29.95 to $49.95 MSRP.

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Hilton Head Golf Island Announces 2015 Summer Golf Packages

Value-Packed, Lowcountry Getaways at Three Premier On-Island Resorts

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) - Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) - a collection of premier resorts and courses in one of the worlds greatest golf destinations - is offering a wide-array of value-laden packages for the summer.

Oceanfront views, Lowcountry scenery, countless outdoor activities and a burgeoning culinary scene converge on the island during the summer months. Ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including "Best Courses" and "Best Weather," HHGI is easily accessible from numerous Southeast, Midwest and East Coast cities.

A sampling of packages offered at

* The Heritage Golf Collection "All You Can Play Summer Stay" - Starting at $165 per person, per night, golfers select three rounds from Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club, Shipyard, Palmetto Hall Plantation and Oyster Reef with complimentary range balls and unlimited replays. Three nights lodging at The Hampton Inn, discounts on golf shop purchases and clubhouse dining round out the package.

* Palmetto Dunes "Birdies and Beer Getaway" - Enjoy three nights and three rounds on the resorts championship courses: Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront, Arthur Hills and George Fazio starting at $178 per golfer, per night. A breakfast and beer gift card, complimentary range balls, two-bedroom villa accommodations and two hours of daily court time at the Tennis Center are included.

* The Sea Pines Resort "Villa Golf Package" - Features villa accommodations for four nights and three rounds at Heron Point by Pete Dye and the Ocean Course, with complimentary green fees for afternoon replays based on availability (cart fees apply). Starting at $145 per person, this offer also includes a warm-up bag of range balls per round, 10 percent off select pro shop items and at resort restaurants, and complimentary wireless internet and use of The Sea Pines Resort Fitness Center.

"These packages are loaded with value-added and are a great opportunity for golfers to enjoy an extended stay and play," says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association and Vice President of Sports and Operations at Sea Pines Resort. "Coastal breezes, thick strands of Live Oaks and plenty of shade make summer a great time to experience Hilton Head Golf Island."

Getting to Hilton Head Island has never been easier. Allegiant Air has introduced non-stop, one-way service from select Ohio cities (Akron, Cincinnati and Columbus) to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) for as low as $78. Also, JetBlue Airways offers non-stop, one-way flights to Savannah from Boston (BOS) and New York City (JFK) starting at $84.

For additional information about rates, restrictions and other package inclusions, or to receive a quote:, 800.523.3373.

Nike Extends Storied Uniform Design to the Golf Course

College athletes will wear special-edition uniforms on the first and last days of the NCAA tournament

(RELEASE) - Nike Golf unveiled its newly designed custom uniforms for several of the top golf programs in the country that will compete in the Men’s Golf Championships beginning May 29 at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida. The players will sport the new uniforms on the first and last days of the competition.

Designers at Nike Golf spent time with representatives from each school to identify the team’s favorite logos then used them to create the new uniforms.

As part of the customization process, each player selected his own number to be displayed on his uniform, a practice not formerly adopted by golf teams. The number blocking system borrows from each school’s football team uniforms. The polo shirts also include the teams’ respective conference logos.

“Our team is so excited about actually having a jersey,” said University of Washington head coach Matt Thurmond. “They loved picking their number and it was fun to reveal them to the team. We are athletes. Athletes have jerseys. Maybe in a couple years the kids back home will be buying the jerseys of our top players and wearing them when they play, wanting to be like them. Hopefully this is the start of every high school and college golfer feeling like an athlete on a real team, as they should. I love that Nike is out front on this.”

Teams from the West Coast, including the University of Oregon, Stanford University, the University of Southern California and the University of Washington, feature specially designed uniforms based on the Nike Afterburner Polo with a fade pattern in team colors.

Designs for Vanderbilt University and the University of Oklahoma use the Nike Commander Polo. Each shirt features the school’s secondary color on the sleeves.

The University of Georgia and Duke University will wear the Nike Major Moment Polo, the same polo worn by Rory McIlroy at The Masters, in their school colors.

Each team will also be outfitted in a custom Tour Mesh Hat featuring the logo and Nike True Tour Cap with the team’s mascot.

Five of the top women’s teams who competed in the Championships May 22-27 also wore similarly designed polos for their championship tournament.  The winning school, Stanford University, sported these new looks enroute to their championship victory.

These uniforms are not available for purchase and are specially designed for the Championship players.

Annika Sörenstam Visits Estonian Golf & Country Club to Oversee Plans for Her First Design in Europe

Annika Sorenstam and Hanno Kross
(Estonian Golf & Country Club, Tallinn) - Annika Sörenstam, widely regarded as the greatest female golfer of all time, visited Estonian Golf & Country Club, Tallinn, today as plans for her first course design in Europe take shape.

The 10-time major champion, who amassed an unprecedented 89 tournament victories in a 15-year career, is designing a new course to complement the venue’s existing Sea Course, rated among Europe’s Top 100 Courses*.

Construction of the new course at Estonian Golf & Country Club, a member of the European Tour Properties network of world class golf venues, is part of a major development to create a family leisure resort and spa, including a 150-room hotel, overlooking the Gulf of Finland.

Annika is working closely with European Golf Design (EGD), the golf course design company of the European Tour and IMG, with groundwork scheduled to start in 2016.

Annika said: “This is a naturally beautiful landscape, reminiscent of where I grew up, and it’s a privilege to be asked to design a golf course here.

“My approach to course design is to capture the natural character of the landscape, blending golf holes into the surrounding environment. My goal is to create a versatile course that can be enjoyed by players of any age and skill level, using a variety of tees, landing areas and approaches. Ultimately, I want it to be both a strategic challenge and a memorable experience, whether you are an elite player competing in a tournament, or a young golfer enjoying a family holiday.”

Annika added: “Estonian Golf & Country Club’s plans for a leisure resort that is family friendly shows great vision and I’m excited to be part of a project that I believe will attract visitors from across the Nordic countries, Europe and beyond.”

The new 18-hole course will replace the existing 9-hole Stone Course at Estonian Golf & Country Club, and will complement the championship Sea Course, which in 2011 hosted European qualifying for the Omega Mission Hills World Cup, the final of which was staged at the upscale Chinese resort which also boasts an ANNIKA designed course.

On high, flat land above a limestone escarpment that drops down to a pine forest and the Sea Course, the new ANNIKA layout will command outstanding views over the Rebala National Heritage Area, within which the GEO Certified country club is situated.

Using the long, native grasses and firm turf, the course will have a links-like look and feel. Tees will be spread out with the tournament course measuring 6,445m (7,050 yards), while fully constructed forward tees will create a genuine 4,000m (4,375 yards) course for juniors and new golfers.

Hanno Kross, Estonian Golf & Country Club Chief Executive, said: “I first met Annika in 2011 to discuss designing our second course and she immediately understood and empathized with our vision to further develop Estonian Golf & Country Club into an international leisure resort and spa.

“As well as being one of the most successful golfers of all time, she is family orientated and coaches young people, so brings a contemporary perspective to the needs of a modern resort and the type of golf course and facilities that are required.”

Estonian Golf & Country Club, just 20 minutes from the country’s exquisite capital city of Tallinn, will open its new ANNIKA Course, as well as the first 60 rooms of the new hotel, in 2019.

Hanno Kross added: “While many golfers regularly hop across on the ferry from Finland to play golf in Estonia, we hope the new ANNIKA Course will attract more golfers and families from Sweden, who can travel here easily via a 55-minute flight or on the daily ferry, as well as other European countries.

“This is an exciting new concept for golf tourism in northern Europe – where our long, sunny summer days are perfect for active, outdoor holidays – and we are extremely pleased Annika is on board and is contributing so much to the strategy behind this project.”

Annika’s visit to Estonian Golf & Country Club Chief coincides with the venue’s 10th anniversary. To mark the occasion, a special open tournament will take place on both the Stone and Sea Courses, together with a 10th birthday party.

* Golf World Top 100 Golf Courses in Continental Europe;

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Peter Hill, Billy Casper Golf Honored with Wounded Warrior Project Talkhouse Award

Award Given for Community Service for 'World's Largest Golf Outing'

(VIENNA, VA) - Billy Casper Golf Chairman and CEO Peter Hill was presented the prestigious Talkhouse Award for Community Service at the 10th Annual Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner on Thursday, May 28 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

The award is in recognition of Hill's brainchild, the World's Largest Golf Outing, the simultaneous golf outing across America that has raised more than $2 million for WWP since its inception in 2011.

In addition to Hill, actor Mark Wahlberg was recognized with the new James Gandolfini Award for his participation in commercials highlighting WWP and the challenges service members face as they transition back into civilian life.  Wahlberg became an advocate for veterans' issues during the launch of his film, "Lone Survivor."

"Our Billy Casper Golf team has embraced the values of patriotism and compassion to help advance the Wounded Warrior Project mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors," says Hill.  "While I'm deeply honored to receive this award, the real heroes are our armed forces and the thousands of golfers who play in the largest single-day golf fundraiser to benefit WWP."

Past Talkhouse Award recipients include Under Armour Chairman and CEO Kevin Plank, Tough Mudder, U-Haul, the New York Police and Fire Departments, singer Trace Adkins and baseball star Johnny Damon.

"Billy Casper Golf came to us simply with the desire to help," says Adam Silva, Chief Development Officer for WWP.  "Our relationship is amazing and it is awe-inspiring the event has grown into a national fundraiser transforming countless lives."

The 2015 World's Largest Golf Outing is on Monday, August 3 and played coast to coast at more than 150 courses managed by Billy Casper Golf, Troon Golf, ClubCorp and Toll Brothers Golf.  The event is open to all golfers regardless of ability; a USGA handicap is not required.  Part proceeds and 100% of donations benefit WWP.

Last year's recording-breaking edition saw 12,100 golfers, including 364 injured service members and even the nation's 42nd President Bill Clinton, raise more than $887,000 for WWP.  This topped 2013 when 10,000 golfers raised $735,000.

To register:

About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

More information and to get involved:

More information:, 703.761.1444.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Nexbelt Tour Staff Pros Jason Bohn, Kevin Na Capture Top 10 Finishes at Crowne Plaza Invitational

(RANCHO CUCAMONGA) - Nexbelt, "The Fastest Growing Belt On Tour," continued its winning ways on the PGA TOUR this past weekend as Nexbelt Tour Staff Professionals, Jason Bohn and Kevin Na both captured Top 10 Finishes at The Crowne Plaza Invitational held at the Colonial Country Club in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Bohn fired a 63 on Sunday and held the lead for much of the final round. This was Bohn's fourth Top 10 and second runner-up finish of the season. He collected a paycheck for $485,333.34 and 208 FedEx Cup Points. He is currently 36th in FedEx Cup Points Ranking and 100th in Official World Golf Ranking.

Kevin Na captured his sixth Top 10 Finish of the season and collected a paycheck for $134,875.00 and 62 FedEx Cup Points. Na is currently 23rd in FedEx Cup Points Ranking and 21st in Official World Golf Ranking.

"It was another exciting weekend for all of us here at Nexbelt," said Eddie Rowland, Co-Founder of Nexbelt. "Having Kevin leading the tournament going into the final round and then watching Jason record birdie after birdie and rocket to the top of the leaderboard was a lot of fun. We'd like to congratulate both Jason and Kevin on a great week of golf at the Colonial."

Nexbelt is known for their innovative technology and providing golfers with the maximum comfort and minimal adjusting. The unique ratcheting system called PreciseFit allows the wearer to adjust the belt in ¼ inch increments, providing the golfer with the best fit, feel, and fashion available.

Nexbelt is 100% committed to offering its customers superior customer service and the most innovative and technologically advanced products available.

Nexbelt, Precise Fit and "The Belt With No Holes" are registered trademarks.

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Deliver what we Promise with Integrity.
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Company Founders, Tom Hunsucker, and Eddie and Francis Rowland started Nexbelt in 2010 with a vision to reinvent the way Americans buy, sell and wear their belts. Tired of the old outdated pin/buckle system, they set their sights on creating a belt that would be both adjustable and highly fashionable at the same time. Out of this passion, Nexbelt, "The Belt With No Holes" was born.

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International Golf Spotlight Shines on Atlantic City

ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer boasts impressive field playing the famed Seaview Bay Course

(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) —The unofficial start to the summer golf season begins this week near Atlantic City’s world-famous boardwalk — on the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club’s renowned Bay Course — in what is popularly known around South Jersey as “A Shore Tradition,” the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer.

The May 29-31 LPGA event features 19 of the world’s Top 20 ranked players in the Rolex Rankings and reigning champions of all five LPGA majors (Michelle Wie, Brittany Lincicome and Inbee Park) — along with 94 out of the top 100 players on the LPGA’s money list.

Crowd favorites such as Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel and Natalie Gulbis, and past champions like Stacy Lewis and Cristie Kerr are among the 144 players who will compete at this year’s tournament. The field also features 21 players who have won a combined 52 major championships, as well as eight of the top 10 players on the all-time LPGA money list. That group is highlighted by three Hall of Famers and past champions of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer – Juli Inkster, Se Ri Pak and Karrie Webb.

“On an annual basis we attract one of the best fields on the entire LPGA Tour,” said Tim Erensen, executive director of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer. “We’re extremely excited to see commitments from the greatest golfers in the world and we look forward to hosting them in South Jersey.”

“Atlantic City Golf is gaining more and more positive notoriety and this week’s tournament certainly brings worldwide attention to a member course and our entire destination,” said Harry Bittner, President of the Greater Atlantic City Golf Association.

New Jersey’s entertainment capital offers golfers 18 world-class courses designed by the likes of Donald Ross, Tom Doak, Willie Park, Jr., William Flynn and Hurdzan & Fry among others. From Cape May National in the south to Eagle Ridge Golf Club in the north, the likeable layouts offer everything from traditional parkland style to true links land, highlighted by views of untouched wetlands, stately pine forests, wildlife preserves and working vineyards.

In addition, Atlantic City Golf includes plenty of historical significance. For starters, the term “birdie” originated at Atlantic City Country Club, which has played host to six USGA events. In addition, Stockton Seaview is the site of Sam Snead’s first PGA Championship title and started hosting the ShopRite LPGA Classic in 1986. Harry Vardon and Walter Hagen fine-tuned their games at Brigantine Golf Links before heading across the Atlantic to the play the Open Championship.

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iStar Financial, Billy Casper Golf Extend Magnolia Green Golf Club Partnership

(VIENNA, VA) - Billy Casper Golf (BCG) and iStar Financial have extended their partnership for BCG to continue managing Magnolia Green Golf Club (formerly Westham Golf Club) in Moseley, VA just outside Richmond.

Directed by BCG since it opened as a nine-hole course in 2010, the daily-fee club set amid the nearly 2,000-acre, master-planned Magnolia Green community will soon unveil 18 holes, all crafted by Nicklaus Design in association with Tom Clark.

Complementing the par-72, 7,150-yard layout is a comprehensive practice facility with a triple-tier driving range, fairway bunkers, massive putting green and short game area scheduled to open soon.  Plans are to build a spectacular clubhouse ideal for social outings.

Among BGC successes are the doubling of annual members each of the past two years and "The Green Card" that, for $100 (or $55 for seniors over 55), rewards golfers with a free round, loyalty points and discounts on greens fees and pro shop merchandise the more they play.

The club's competitive "Winter Tournament Series" has drawn hundreds of local golfers while Women on Course events provide participants with golf and social networking activities.

"The sky is the limit for Magnolia Green Golf Club," says Tom Page, Vice President of iStar Financial, owner of Magnolia Green.  "BCG is key to Magnolia Green becoming Central Virginia's premier active lifestyle community."

"We treat everyone the way we want to be treated - with respect and integrity," says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BCG.  "Led by General Manager Bobby Kidder, our team works hard to ensure every step of the guest journey is enjoyable and well worth repeat play."

With a Carolinas feel, the golf course is characterized by wide fairways, short rough and well-guarded, greens which ensure bark and benevolence for players of all abilities.  Among its memorable holes are the reverse Redan-style par-3 No. 3 enticing players to aim left and use the slope to guide tee shots onto the green.  The long par-4 No. 18 provides a dramatic finish as golfers face a nerve-wrecking, downhill approach to an undulated green.

Less than 25 miles southwest of the state capital, Magnolia Green Golf Club is the centerpiece of Magnolia Green, the region's best-selling community.   It features a wide selection of townhomes, single-family and custom-built residences from just under $200,000 to $1 million.  An array of parks and hiking trails, swimming pools, sports courts and playing fields create an all-inclusive lifestyle for active adults and families alike.

More information:, 804.639.5701.

DIRECTV Offers Extended Coverage of AT&T Byron Nelson

(RELEASE) - DIRECTV steps up to the tee box this Saturday to offer another event in its PGA TOUR EXPERIENCE series with expanded weekend coverage of the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons Resort, in Irving, Texas.

This enhanced coverage includes exclusive features for DIRECTV viewers accessible through the four-in-one Mix Channel (710-714) displaying:
· The CBS network feed;
· “Launch Pad,” a channel that analyzes golf’s most explosive shot the long drive – through dedicated camera positions on the tee box and landing area;
· “ShotLink Channel,” takes viewers beyond the traditional broadcast experience with a data-intensive view of tournament competition;
· A “Featured Group” channel that lets viewers follow select groups of players around the course.

The Mix is available on Saturday and Sunday of the tournament. Viewers of the Mix Channel will also have access to an interactive menu application of with features by pressing the RED remote button. They include:
· Player Scorecard, with a new feature this year that will display additional stats on the top ten players – including best finishes at the AT&T Byron Nelson, their finish last year and number of titles they won at the tournament.
· Player Bios – including their scorecard and viewers can add a player to their favorites list
· Pairings & Tee Times

The interactive menu application will have faster performance this year and is available during broadcast hours for all four days of the tournament.

Val Skinner Foundation Set to Reach $10 Million Raised at 16th Annual LIFE Event

(BAY HEAD, N.J.) - Former LPGA professional Val Skinner is set to eclipse $10 million dollars raised for breast cancer awareness and research at her foundation’s 16th annual LIFE Event (LPGA Pros in the Fight to Eradicate breast cancer). The signature fundraiser of the Val Skinner Foundation, the 2015 LIFE Event is set for Monday, June 1 at Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, N.J.

Over the past 15 years, the Val Skinner Foundation has been one of the largest single-day breast cancer fundraisers in the country. The Val Skinner Foundation partners with the LPGA Tour’s top players to raise money for scientific research, early detection programs and clinical support for those affected by the disease. Skinner again expects to generate $500,000 at this year’s event.

Joining Skinner this year will be some of the biggest names in women’s golf including World Golf Hall of Fame Member Nancy Lopez and Dame Laura Davies, an honorary member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews who will also be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame later this year.

The full participant list features established major winners and rising stars including:
* Marina Alex
* Laura Davies
* Kathleen Ekey
* Sandra Gal
* Tiffany Joh
* Christina Kim
* Brittany Lang
* Brittany Lincicome
* Nancy Lopez
* Azahara Munoz
* Anna Nordqvist
* Ryan O’Toole
* Brooke Pancake
* Jane Park
* Gerina Piller
* Demi Runas
* Jodi Shadoff
* Sarah Jane Smith
* Alison Walsh
* Cheyenne Woods

“The LIFE Event is about more than golf. It is a tremendous experience for those passionate about the fight against breast cancer,” Skinner said. “Our 16th event will be as fun--and emotional--as our first. We are as strong as ever in our commitment to this cause, and we believe our path forward with both our existing programs and new research and educational initiatives is an exciting one.”

Funds raised through the LIFE Event have benefited a number of organizations including the LIFE Center at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Young Survival Coalition. Skinner plans to announce a groundbreaking new national education initiative for high school students this year.

The LIFE Event also honors those whose lives have been affected by the disease. The 2015 LIFE Heroes are mother and daughter Ariana and Maria Saenz from Houston, Texas and father and daughter Jamie Pleva Nickerson and Ted Pleva from New York.

Skinner played on the LPGA Tour for 21 years, won six times and spent seven years ranked in the top 15 in the world. She is a member of three golf Halls of Fame and has received numerous awards for her philanthropy and advocacy for breast cancer research. In addition to overseeing her Foundation’s work, Skinner has competed on the Legends Tour and worked for more than 12 years with the Golf Channel.

More information on the Val Skinner Foundation, LIFE Event and programs funded by the event can be found at

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Pound Ridge Golf Club Beckons with Peak Conditions, Mature Layout, New Website and Clubhouse

New York's only Pete Dye Design Awaits Local, Traveling Golfers

(POUND RIDGE, N.Y.) - Golf season is underway at Pound Ridge Golf Club -- New York's only Pete Dye design and Westchester Countys premier public course -- and the course is in peak condition as summer approaches.

Ample rain, sunshine and cool nights have created ideal growing conditions for Pound Ridge's bentgrass tees, fairways and greens. A "core course," it offers players a secluded, 172-acre golf sanctuary devoid of residential and commercial encroachment. Now in its eighth year, the Dye masterpiece is maturing in the mold of many of the great courses of Westchester County.

"The course is as playable as it has ever been and has evolved into the test of golf Mr. Dye always envisioned," says Pound Ridge owner Ken Wang. "Advanced players will relish the variety of shots required to play to their handicaps, while average golfers will find a fair test from the proper tees."

New for 2015, tee times can be reserved using the courses new feature-rich, easy to navigate website optimized for mobile and tablet use. Peak season rates (through November 1) range from $120 on weekdays after 2 p.m. to $210 on weekend mornings before 2 p.m. Golfers can preview the challenge ahead with the new drone flyover of the entire layout.

Post-round, guests can relax in the refreshed interior of the recently expanded clubhouse, offering a full-service kitchen with new equipment, and mens and womens showers and small locker rooms.

Conveniently situated an hour from New York City and less than a half hour from White Plains, N.Y., and Stamford and Greenwich, Conn., Pound Ridge is easily accessible from the regions population centers. For business and leisure travelers, a stay-and-play experience is offered in tandem with the luxurious Delamar Greenwich Harbor.

More information:, 914.764.5771.

Two’s Company: Royal Isabela Offers the Perfect Package for Golf Couples

(Isabela, Puerto Rico) - Two’s company and three is ideal when it’s two golfers enjoying three days at Royal Isabela, the world-class golf and private membership club on the breathtaking cliffs of northwest Puerto Rico.

The high season is nearing its end, but the weather is still wonderful and the prices are coming down, providing even more reasons for a two-some to visit what Island Magazine called “the Best Resort in Puerto Rico.”

The “Couples Golf Package” features three days/two nights of accommodations in one of the resort’s luxurious private Casitas—each a 1,500-square-foot guest home with personal pool—with two days of unlimited golf for two on the award-winning Royal Isabela golf course, one of GOLF Magazine’s top new layouts of 2013.

Also included in the package:
* Daily continental breakfast for two
* Unlimited use of the driving range
* Daily refreshments in the Casita
* $50 food/beverage credit
* Free parking
* High-speed WiFi
* Early check-in or late check-out (based on availability)
* A welcome amenity

And maybe best of all, the price is $1,500 per couple and continues through November 15.

So no matter when a two-person getaway is called for, Royal Isabela makes the perfect pairing for the perfect pair.

For more information, contact Royal Isabela at 787/609-5888 or toll free 855/609-5888. Or visit the web site at

Summer Ideal For 'Fairways By The Beach' Vacation

Spend the day on the ocean-view golf links and on the private beach, only at The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort

(Dana Point, Calif.) – The dilemma surrounding golfing guests at The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort is whether to spend the morning on the resort’s ocean-view golf course and afternoon on its private beach, or morning on the beach and afternoon on the golf course.

Life does have its challenges.

The easiest decision, of course, is to book at least two nights and three days at the luxurious Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond property in southern California’s beautiful Orange County, with the “Fairways By The Beach” vacation package.

At this elegant coastal home away from home, guests enjoy exhilarating water sports, recline on a sunny private stretch of the Pacific shoreline, and play as much golf as desired. And then retreat to a recently restyled guest room or suite, which all feature private balconies from which to take in the ocean breeze, plush bedding for restful nights, and spacious living areas.

Included in the “Fairways By The Beach” vacation package:
* Luxurious accommodations, many with ocean or golf course views (or both)
* Unlimited golf on the Monarch Beach Golf Links
* Unique “FLEX Set” premium rental clubs (mix & match to suit your game)
* Golf cart and forecaddie assigned from the “Monarch Beach Watermen” staff
* Access to practice green and warmup hitting bays
* Access to the private beach and “resort guests-only” Monarch Bay Club
* Beach umbrellas, towels, and chairs
* St. Regis Resort Tram beach shuttle
* Overnight valet parking included
* Rates begin at $695 per night (single occupancy)

Call (855) 878-5758 or visit (promo code LAPKG1)

The 6,600-yard, par-70 Monarch Beach Golf Links is set along dramatic bluffs, where master architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. has fashioned a modern design inspired by the world’s legendary seaside links. Amid sweeping views to the sea, Monarch Beach Golf Links is a well-crafted routing of rolling fairways and greens that provide challenges as well as enjoyment for golfers of all levels.

The resort is the recipient of a Silver Medal from GOLF magazine and has been rated 4.5 stars (out of 5) by Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.”

Down at the beach, guests can drift away to the sounds of rolling waves, or enjoy surfing, body-boarding, and body-surfing, stand up paddle-boarding (SUP) and ocean kayaking. Private lessons are available.

The resort also has the award-wining Spa Gaucin, six restaurants (all looking out to the brilliant blue Pacific), three swimming pools, a host of family-friendly programs, and the incomparable St. Regis Butler Service.

The Sea Pines Resort's Plantation Golf Club Named 'Clubhouse of the Year'

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) - The Sea Pines Resort - Hilton Head's most celebrated golf and leisure retreat announces its Plantation Golf Club has been named New Clubhouse of the Year by Golf Inc. magazine.

For more than 20 years, Golf Inc. has annually honored the best clubhouse projects. Candidates are separated into two categories: new construction and renovation. Nine projects earned scores high enough to be honored in the 2015 Clubhouse of the Year feature. The selection of the Plantation Golf Club as the winner was announced in the just-released May / June issue.

The 23,000-square-foot facility services the resorts Heron Point by Pete Dye and Ocean Course. Its amenities include an expansive pro shop; Live Oak bar and grill featuring Lowcountry cuisine; 2,000 square feet of event space; and spacious mens and womens locker rooms. It is also home to the resorts premier Golf Learning Center, directed by acclaimed golf instructor Tim Cooke.

"Our world-class Plantation Golf Club significantly enhances the overall golf experience for our members and guests," says Cary Corbitt, Vice President of Sports & Operations. "Were honored to be named New Clubhouse of the Year as we continually strive to remain at the pinnacle of top resort destinations."

Two additional ventures have been recently completed at The Sea Pines Resort. The new 55,000-square-foot multi-use Harbour Town Clubhouse opened just prior to this years PGA TOUR RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. Last September, the spectacular new 25,000-square-foot Sea Pines Beach Club was unveiled. Featuring year-round enjoyment for guests and property owners, it houses an array of family-friendly amenities including dining, retail and special event space.

The resorts myriad activities includes 54 holes of exceptional golf, tennis with 21 clay courts, five miles of sweeping Atlantic seascapes, and 15 miles of leisure paths for biking and hiking. Nearby Harbour Town Yacht Basin is ideal for sightseeing as well as featuring superb dining and shopping options.

For more information:, 866.561.8802.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nike’s Vapor Speed Driver Built for Tiger Woods Now Available

Nike’s new Vapor Speed TW driver will be available for purchase

(RELEASE) - Nike’s new Vapor Speed driver designed and built to Tiger Woods’s specifications will be available for purchase for the first time in limited quantities.

“Stability has always been the most important thing to me when choosing a driver,” said Woods. “I like the pear shape. It is appealing to my eye and it also has a slightly lower MOI (Moment of Inertia) that allows me to shape shots easier.”

The Vapor Speed TW driver combines Nike’s FlyBeam-reinforced Covert Cavity Back design and a new Compression Channel all packaged in a smaller head shape. The Covert Cavity Back design spreads weight towards the heel and toe to stabilize the head at impact maximizing forgiveness. The redistribution of mass creates more stability, better launch conditions and faster ball speeds.

Woods’s own insights led Nike’s design team to re-design the Compression Channel, which increases the spring-like effect off the mid-to-low portion of the face to increase overall distance.

In addition to a smaller head, the 10.5-degree lofted driver features the Diamana Blue Board 73 shaft with a bonded hosel.

Woods put the driver in his bag for the first time at the Hero World Challenge in Dec. 2014.

The Vapor Speed TW driver will be available at June 1 and at select retailers June 15.

Dynamic Brands Acquires IGOTCHA Golf

(RICHMOND, Va.) - Dynamic Brands announced the successful completion of its acquisition of the assets of IGOTCHA Golf. The acquisition adds another strong golf brand to an already powerful portfolio which includes Bag Boy, Datrek, Riksha, Burton, Pivotal, Devant Sport Towels, and Sir Christopher Hatton.

IGOTCHA Golf is a golf accessory company known for its "Made in America" Golf Ball Retriever that has become the #1 selling Golf Ball Retriever in the industry. Established in 1996, the patented ball retriever was introduced and immediately became popular with its patented shaft, head design and easy locking device. The innovative compact collapsible stainless steel shaft makes it easy to store the ball retriever in the golf bag. The IGOTCHA ball retriever is available in five sizes with a reach ranging from 10 feet to 21 feet. IGOTCHA Golf also offers the patented IGOTCHA Ready Warm-Up System and a patented IGOTCHA Marked Divot Tool which can be customized.

"The addition of the IGOTCHA Golf brand allows us to continue to grow our already diverse and well established portfolio of golf brands." said Leighton Klevana, CEO, Dynamic Brands. "The innovation and technology of the IGOTCHA ball retrievers fit perfectly with the innovative golf products that make up Dynamic Brands."

For more information about Dynamic Brands, visit

Clubs Fly Free at Omni Hotels & Resorts

Luxury Hotel Brand Offers One More Great Reason to Tee It Up at World-Class Golf Destinations

(DALLAS) – If it isn’t enough that golfers have to drag bulky bags of clubs, balls, and other accessories along on a trip, more often than not they are charged an extra baggage fee for the additional piece luggage. Whether it’s $25, $35, $50 or more, for the dedicated golfer, it adds up.

To the rescue of the golfer and his or her wallet comes Omni Hotels & Resorts. Starting May 27th, Select Guest loyalty members who present an airline baggage receipt at hotel check-in will be reimbursed for the traveling cost of the golf bag. The limited time promotion will be available until Aug. 31.

Enrollment in the Omni Select Guest program, for those golfers not members, can easily be completed online or at the front desk upon check-in.

In addition to the bag cost savings, golfers visiting Omni Hotels & Resorts will have access to some of the finest courses in the United States, which offer a wide variety of scenic beauty and challenge, and guaranteed fun rounds for all golfers regardless of skill level. These golf-happy resorts are:
* Omni Tucson National Resort (Arizona)
* Omni La Costa Resort & Spa (California)
* Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa (California)
* The Omni Grove Park Inn (North Carolina)
* Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort (South Carolina)
* Omni Interlocken Hotel (Colorado)
* Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort (Florida)
* Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate (Florida)
* Omni Mount Washington Resort (New Hampshire)
* Omni Bedford Springs Resort (Pennsylvania)
* Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa (Texas)
* The Omni Homestead Resort (Virginia)

Golfers and travelers are encouraged to post about their experiences on Twitter and Instagram using the #omnigolf hashtag.

For additional information or book tee times, visit

PXG 0311 Irons & Wedges Now Available At Cool Clubs Locations Worldwide

(Scottsdale, AZ) – Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) has taken the first step toward launching its brand to consumers. The company announced that PXG 0311 irons and wedges are now available to demo and order at all Cool Clubs locations.

PXG clubs have been in play on the PGA TOUR since January 2015, but until now have not been available to consumers. Cool Clubs will be first retail partner to carry PXG 0311 irons, with other PXG Certified Retailers coming soon.

“PXG is committed to building the best golf equipment on the planet,” said the company’s founder Bob Parsons. “While the equipment will speak for itself, we want to make sure that every golfer is fit for his or her clubs by a professional. Cool Clubs’ commitment to fitting their customers with the very best golf equipment makes them an ideal first partner.”

“Cool Clubs is proud to offer PXG irons to our customers before they become generally available to the public,” said Cool Clubs CEO Mark Timms. “The patented technology behind PXG clubs makes them one of the most forgiving irons in the market today.”

Parsons Xtreme Golf uses patented technology and sophisticated manufacturing processes that integrate high-performance alloys and elastomers to produce its irons and wedges. The process begins with a forged open face body.  The internal cavity of the forging is then precision CNC milled and an ultra-thin, high-strength HT1770 maraging steel face is plasma welded to create a hollow core.  A thermoplastic elastomer is then injection molded into the core to provide structural stability.  High-density tungsten alloy screws – which create the irons’ signature look – are positioned around the edges to provide extreme perimeter weighting and maximum forgiveness.

PXG clubs are currently being played on the PGA TOUR by Ryan Moore and on the Champions Tour by Rocco Mediate.

"Putting PXG clubs in play has been a great decision," said four-time PGA TOUR champion Ryan Moore. "Their unique weighting system and proprietary club technology is beyond anything I've ever played - from a performance and aesthetic perspective. I've been able to achieve some great improvements in my numbers, and now that they're available to the public, I'm excited to see what they'll do for golf enthusiasts at every level."

To schedule a fitting, visit or call 888-284-9292.

For more information about Parsons Xtreme Golf visit

Rory McIlroy Laces Up for Kids Impacted by Cancer at the Irish Open

World No. 1 will sport four unique pairs of Nike Lunar Control 3 golf shoes to raise awareness and funds

(RELEASE) - When golfer Rory McIlroy tees off at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on May 28, he’s certain to turn heads, but not for the reasons one might expect.

During each round of the Irish Open, McIlroy will lace up a different pair of strikingly unique Nike Lunar Control 3 golf shoes, each designed by a child whose life has been impacted by cancer.

McIlroy, The Rory Foundation and Nike teamed up with the Cancer Fund for Children in Northern Ireland to raise funds and awareness through the kids’ designs. The four colorways that were selected were created by kids on NIKEiD during a weekend at the organization’s log cabin in Newcastle.

“I’m delighted that the young people associated with the Cancer Fund for Children got to design my shoes,” said McIlroy, whose Foundation was established to give kids support they may need through a variety of children’s charities. “The shoes are really unique with some crazy designs. The Irish Open is going to be a very special event for golf and my Foundation and I am excited to compete in them this week.”

Fifteen-year-old Chloe Hyndman’s design was one of the four chosen for McIlroy to wear at the Irish Open. “It was great fun designing them and a privilege to be a part of the whole process,” said Chloe. “I never thought I would have won — I’m delighted!”

These NIKEiD Lunar Control 3 designs can be purchased on A portion of the proceeds benefit The Rory Foundation.
Round 1 – Designed by Sara Lockhart

One of the most colorful shoes of the bunch. Sara, 12, said she did her research before beginning her design.

For the opening round, McIlroy will wear Sara’s shoe design with a red toe box, purple lining, an orange midsole topline and volt green lacing — one of the most colorful shoes of the bunch. Sara, 12, said she did her research before beginning her design.

“I read online that Rory really likes different shades of green so I combined that with some of my favorite colors. I really love art and am so happy my design was chosen,” Sara said.

Sara, who also loves swimming and playing the piano, became involved with the Cancer Fund for Children when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“It was a very worrying time but the Cancer Fund for Children helped a lot,” Sara said. “I am very proud of Rory because he has done so well for himself and still helps young people such as me through his work with the organization."
Round 2 - Designed by Ryan Keenan

On Friday, McIlroy will wear a gray and green Lunar Control 3 designed by Ryan Keenan. Ryan selected the words, “Go Rory,” for the tongues of the shoes.

“I chose the colors because it is for the Irish Open and they are colors associated with Ireland,” Ryan said. “It will be amazing and really exciting to see Rory wearing shoes I have designed.”

The Cancer Fund for Children helped Ryan, 16, find solace after he discovered his mom had cancer.

“When my mom became diagnosed and was going though operations, I became very sad and worried,” Ryan said. “Attending time at the log cabin allowed me to just get away from it all for a weekend and be with people in a similar situation who knew what I was going through.”
Round 3 - Designed by Chloe Hyndman

To start the weekend, the World No. 1 will sport a blue and white colorway created by Chloe.

“My design is a combination of what I would wear and what I thought Rory would like,” Chloe said. “I picked black and white to make them look professional, but then added a print to keep them fun and recent. I also added blue to make them more colorful, and to ensure that all eyes will be on Rory on the course!”

As part of the NIKEiD process, Chloe included “Irish Open” on the tongue of the shoes. Chloe, 15, has been supported by the charity since she was 12 years old.

“I was 11 when my mom was diagnosed with cancer. It was a really difficult time and I really didn’t understand what was going on,” Chloe said. “Spending time away with the Cancer Fund for Children has made me realize I am not alone and that I will be alright in the end.”
Round 4 – Designed by Alex Kernaghan

On Sunday, McIlroy will wear a multi-colored version of the shoe created by Alex Kernaghan, 13. The design features yellow, green, white and blue for a unique colorway.

“It says ‘Be You’ on my Nike shoes because that’s all you ever should be - yourself. I also added in a bit of blue as it’s my dad’s favorite color and yellow to represent the charity,” Alex said.

The children were presented with their very own pair of Lunar Control 3 shoes complete with their designs, gifts from Nike and The Rory Foundation.

The Rory Foundation
When Rory McIlroy was growing up, his parents sacrificed everything to allow him to play the sport that he loves. Having that support from his family gave him the opportunity to chase his dreams. Knowing that every child is not so fortunate, the goal of The Rory Foundation is to support children’s charities big and small around the world that try to give kids a helping hand. While The Rory Foundation raises funds for children’s charities across the globe, one of its major beneficiaries is the Cancer Fund for Children located in Northern Ireland, just a few miles from Royal County Down, the site of the 2015 Irish Open.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Visit Mississippi State Park Golf Courses for Holiday Weekend Recreation

(JACKSON, Mississippi) – Enjoying outdoor activities during Memorial Day weekend is a time-honored spring custom, and visiting Mississippi parks complements this annual tradition with great golf, fishing, cabins, cookouts and more.

Among Mississippi’s 25 outdoor recreational areas are four state park golf courses with affordable rates – 18 holes for $50 or less, and even lower prices at 9-hole LeFleur’s Bluff.

Low-cost specials include:
· Quail Hollow Golf Course (18-hole weekend rates start at $37): Nestled within Percy Quin in McComb is Quail Hollow, an Arthur Hills-designed outdoor sanctuary set against towering loblolly pines and magnolia trees. Some players compare Quail Hollow to Augusta National thanks to the terrain and high-quality golf.  After-round options abound including lake fishing and boating, villas, RV stations and more.

· Dogwoods Golf Course (18-hole weekend rates start at $39): Calling Hugh White State Park home, Dogwoods is a Gary Roger Baird design and award-winning layout.  The course‘s signature hole – the par-5, ninth – is perched high above stunning Grenada Lake, and wide open fairways coupled with large greens make it a popular place to play.  Fishermen love the lake, reeling in catfish and drinking in the serene setting.

· Mallard Pointe Golf Course & Villas ($50 for 18 holes / holiday rates): Located an hour south of Memphis in Northern Mississippi, this Bob Cupp-designed course is at John W. Kyle State Park.  Home to rolling hills and clever greens surrounded by bodies of water, beautiful backdrops grace the park’s landscape, and players can enjoy villa accommodations steps away from the fairways.

· LeFleur’s Bluff Golf Course ($13 for 9 holes): Lying in state capital Jackson is 9-hole LeFleur’s Bluff, part of LeFleur’s Bluff State Park.  Both are named after Louis LeFleur, a French-Canadian explorer who established a trading post on the banks of the Pearl River in the late 1700s.  The course consists of rolling terrain, scenic holes and multiple teeing areas.

“Affordability and multiple amenities make our state parks popular with visitors seeking many types of outdoor enjoyment,” said Director of Visit Mississippi Malcolm White. “After spending time on the course, golfers and others can enjoy nature trails, water skiing, peaceful woodlands, camping and more.”

To learn more about Mississippi State Park golf and related recreation activities, visit

Mississippi has multiple stay-and-play packages in five distinct regions. For more information, visit or call toll-free 1.866.801.8551.

Nicklaus Award Winner Adam Svensson Goes 3-for-3 with Win at Milton Martin Honda Classic

Barry University National Champion wins first three starts as a professional on the SwingThought Tour

(Gainesville, Ga.) – It was back in February, just three short months ago, that 2014 Nicklaus Award Winner Adam Svensson decided to turn professional after winning his ninth collegiate tournament in 14 starts at Barry University.

“After winning my last two starts, my gut was telling me it was the right time to make the move and turn professional,” said Adam Svensson when he first turned professional. “I feel my game is ready to be pushed to the next level and I am excited to challenge and better myself against the best players in professional golf.”

Pushed? Challenge? After winning his 3rd straight SwingThought Tour event in as many starts, the 2-time National Champion is making it look easy against some of the best players in professional golf and the scary part is, he’s getting better. Svensson, out of Surrey, British Columbia, had to defeat fellow Canadian Lucas Kim in a playoff for his 1st win at Harbor Hills. He then won the Killearn Country Club Classic with five players finishing a shot back. Then, at last week’s Milton Martin Honda Classic, he ran away from the field, shooting a final day 67 to win by five strokes over his nearest competitor. And, if history is any indicator, we can expect big things from Svensson in the future as past winners in Gainesville include 2012 Player of the Year Brandon Brown and Tour members Travis Bertoni and Dan McCarthy.

While Svensson had a comfortable week, shooting 66-66-67-67 to lead the event from start to finish, it was Valdosta State alum and Tour member Brent Witcher who got closest to him. Witcher shot 69-67-68-67 to finish at 17 under par, alone in second five shots back. David Toms Award Winner and All-Nicklaus Team Member Justin Lower, out of Malone University, shot 68-67-68-69 matching Svensson and Witcher as the only players to score in the 60’s all four rounds, and finished at 16 under par in a tie for 3rd with Big Break Myrtle Beach Winner and Auburn alum Jimmy Brandt. Tour member and Alabama alum Nick Rousey, who has been on a tear since returning to the SwingThought Tour, had his second consecutive top-5 finish shooting 15 under par and finishing alone in fifth.

Svensson received $20,000 for the win while Witcher received $9,970 for runner-up. Brandt and Lower each received $7,370 for finishing tied for third. Rousey earned $5,770 for his fifth-place finish. Altogether the purse for the event was $140,000 with 61 players making the two day cut to play Saturday and Sunday.

The SwingThought Tour would like to thank Director of Golf Rodger Hogan, Head Superintendent Sheldon Foote, and the rest of the staff and volunteers at Chattahoochee Golf Course for putting on a first rate professional golf tournament and week in what has become a mainstay of the SwingThought Tour Pro Series.

The SwingThought Tour heads to Fayetteville, N.C. May 25 through 30 for the All-American Golf Championship to be held at the championship Gates Four Golf & Country Club. Big Break Palm Beaches runner-up Justin Martinson returns as defending champion of the four-day 72-hole event that features $140,000 Purse with $20,000 going to the winner. Tournament play begins Wednesday, May 27 and continues through to the Final Round Saturday, May 30 with a special sponsor’s pro-am tournament to be held Tuesday May 26th. The low 55 players & ties after 36-holes make the cut to play the final two rounds Friday and Saturday. Also special to this year’s event is the fact that two Web event exemptions will be on the line, an entry into this year’s Air Capital Classic in Wichita and the Digital Ally Open in Overland Park, to be determined by the 36-hole and 72-hole leaders of the event.

For full 2015 Milton Martin Honda Classic results visit:

For more information on the new SwingThought Tour, visit or call 800-992-8748. Also, follow us on Twitter @TheNGATour and on Facebook at

Sport Haley's Fall Clubhouse Classics, Nantucket Apparel Assortments Have Hit The Shelves

(LAKEWOOD, CO) - Sport Haley/Bette & Court - a wholly owned subsidiary of publicly traded company Sport-Haley Holdings - announced that its Fall 2015 Clubhouse Classics and Nantucket apparel have hit the shelves as of May 1.

Clubhouse Classics Collection was designed as a colorful yet streamlined assortment, a foundation from which to build and merchandise a pro shop. Sport Haley has added into the collection from each delivery to keep this grouping replenished.

"This is the perfect array of product for the front table as you come into the shop", says Cathy Blair, President and Creative Director of Sport Haley. "Bright and fresh, the pieces are great fashion basics that work back to every woman's wardrobe. It's a merchandiser's paradise of wonderful product."

Neutrals take on a new twist as the linens and creams dominate with simplicity and understatement. Textures with classic houndstooth patterns and subtle prints take the focal point, all blending together with a hint of poppy.

"This group was designed for a chic approach to dressing, and the ease of looking elegant", said Cathy Blair. "The poppy pieces mixed with the neutrals creates contrast and that wow factor. It is one of our favorite groups as the pieces are timeless yet modern."

For more information about Sport Haley and Bette & Court, visit and

Golf Channel Partners with East Lake Golf Club and East Lake Foundation for Collegiate Tournament

East Lake Cup to Air Live on Golf Channel November 2 and 3

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Golf Channel, East Lake Golf Club and the East Lake Foundation announced the creation of the East Lake Cup, a new collegiate two-day match-play championship featuring top-performing teams from the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships. The East Lake Cup will take place at historic East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, and air live on Golf Channel Nov. 2 and 3.

“We are thrilled about this partnership and the opportunities it presents to highlight the best of college golf and the work of the East Lake Foundation,” said Tom Cousins, Founder, East Lake Golf Club. “As home course of legendary golfer Bobby Jones, East Lake Golf Club provides the ideal venue for showcasing the next generation of golfers.”

“Partnering with East Lake Golf Club and the East Lake Foundation underscores our commitment to raise the profile of college golf and the East Lake Cup will provide a showcase for the nation’s top men’s and women’s golf teams as Golf Channel’s marquee college event each Fall,” said Mike McCarley, president of Golf Channel. “Viewers will get to know the teams through our coverage of the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships and see first-hand how the drama and intensity of match play, combined with the student-athletes’ school spirit, makes for a captivating event. Not only will the East Lake Cup highlight top-level collegiate golf, but also it will shine a light on the important work the East Lake Foundation has undertaken in its community and the blueprint it has provided for other communities across America.”

The East Lake Cup field will consist of four of the nation’s top men’s and women’s college golf programs competing in two match-play tournaments held at the same venue as the PGA TOUR’s season-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Invitations for the field will be extended to the semi-finalists of the team match-play tournaments at both the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf National Championships. Golf Channel will air live the 2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, next Monday-Wednesday, May 25-27 for the women and Monday-Wednesday, June 1-3 for the men. The semi-finalists of the team match-play tournaments will be decided on Tuesday morning at each event.

The East Lake Cup also will feature the Tom Cousins Award, a new annual recognition presented to an outstanding male and female golfer who exemplifies the values of the East Lake Foundation: excels in academics, engaged in his and her community and has overcome adversity. This award is named after Tom Cousins, founder of the East Lake Foundation that transformed a community in despair into a thriving neighborhood and national model for community redevelopment through Purpose Built Communities.

Additional information is available at and

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Magnolia Green’s New 18-Hole Golf Course Scheduled for June 2 Opening

Magnolia Green Golf Club Testament to iStar Residential’s Commitment to 
Creating Richmond’s Leading Community

(MOSELEY, Va.) – Magnolia Green – central Virginia’s premier multi-generational, active-lifestyle residential community – announces the new 18-hole Magnolia Green Golf Club will open to the public on Friday, June 2.

First unveiled as a nine-hole Westham Golf Club in 2010, Magnolia Green Golf Club is a semi-private Nicklaus Design in association with Tom Clark. It has been masterfully expanded into a par-72, 7,150-yard layout under the watchful eye of iStar Residential, one of the U.S.’s leading developers of master-planned communities. iStar invested more than $3 million to build the new nine, making Magnolia Green only the second 18-hole course to open in Virginia since 2010.

The Billy Casper Golf-managed layout is enjoyable for players of all abilities and a cornerstone of Magnolia Green, Richmond’s best-selling residential development. To date, iStar has invested nearly $50 million in the community with a second residential phase and $10 million amenity package – which will include an aquatics center, golf clubhouse and tennis facility – scheduled to break ground in 2015.

“Magnolia Green has more of the look and feel of a course in the Carolinas, making it unique to the Richmond market,” says Bobby Kidder, General Manager of Magnolia Green Golf Club. “It’s a strategic, second-shot golf course with wide fairways, short rough and sloping greens.”

Nicklaus Senior Design Associate Chris Cochran oversaw design and construction of the new nine, expertly incorporating the area’s indigenous natural beauty with Bermuda grass fairways and bentgrass putting surfaces draped over undulating terrain. His team worked hard to meld the pre-existing nine with the new holes.

“We developed a fresh strategy for each hole while massaging what was already there,” he says. “We kept the course’s basic routing the same, but worked on design features like yardages to create more variety and excitement.”

Memorable tests include a reverse Redan-style par-3 third hole which invites players to aim left so the slope will help guide tee shots down to the green, and a long par-4 18th featuring an elevated green well-defended by a water hazard.

The course will also be open to members beginning June 2. Greens fees range from $40 - $60 on weekdays and $50 - $70 on weekends, and club memberships are available.

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Par-Fect Pedaling at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

Palmetto Dunes helps ring in National Bike Month by becoming the first East Coast oceanfront resort to offer “The Golf Bike”

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) — Just in time for National Bike Month, golfers playing Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort's trio of award-winning courses can now pedal from hole to hole versus taking a golf cart or hoofing it.

The first resort in the Carolinas and along the East Coast to offer the revolutionary new “Golf Bike,” Palmetto Dunes visitors can boost their calorie-burning quotient while teeing it up on some of the South's most beautiful and challenging courses — including one of Hilton Head Island’s two oceanfront layouts.

Indeed, bicycling has long been renowned as one of Hilton Head’s most versatile activities. More than one million bikers annually enjoy the island’s 50 miles of paved, winding bike paths — including five miles within Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort itself — or along Hilton Head’s pristine beaches.

Now, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is taking bicycling to the links, helping celebrate National Bike Month in May with the initial delivery of Golf Bikes.

Palmetto Dunes received nine of the first 100 Golf Bikes being delivered this month across the country which allows golfers the ability to play at the speed of a cart while getting paid back with fun and fitness.

“We are always looking for fun new products to enhance our golf experience and The Golf Bike really caught our attention,” said Director of Golf Clark Sinclair.  “These specially prepared golf bikes should heighten the fitness experience of a round at Palmetto Dunes.”

The Golf Bike, available at all three courses, will cost the same amount as a golf cart. Golfers interested in using a Golf Bike during their rounds at Palmetto Dunes can reserve one when making their tee time reservation.

Built from the ground up to play golf, The Golf Bike’s step-thru frame allows golfers to easily get on and off the bike. The bike holds up to 14 clubs and supplies are integrated into the frame of the bike, making it stable and easy to balance. The bike’s wide tires and small diameter wheels make for easy acceleration with less impact to the course than a motorized cart.

In 2010, the first prototype Golf Bike was designed and then presented at the 2013 PGA Show’s Inventors Spotlight. Some courses tested the bikes last year before the first 100 of 600 Golf Bikes were delivered this month.

The Golf Bike is yet another Hilton Head Island first and head-turning amenity that’s available at the place Travel and Leisure Magazine called “The Best Family Golf Resort” in the country, on an Island that Golf Digest calls one of its “Top 10 Buddy Trip Destinations.”

Last summer, Palmetto Dunes introduced its exclusive Visage GPS system to the golf carts at the Robert Trent Jones Course that allows for an interactive experience. Previously, it rolled out the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art golf app on Hilton Head Island that allows you to book future rounds and see what else is happening on and off the three courses and was the place that brought golf-outfitted Segways to the Island a few years ago.

For more information about Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and its many golf packages, call 877-567-6513 or visit

Introducing the 2015 Spring/Summer Sunice Silver Apparel Collection

(Montreal, Quebec) - The 2015 Spring/Summer Sunice Silver Apparel collection is now on the shelves.  The collection is focused on providing the golf market the best performance apparel available - while keeping the company's promise to provide a balance of style complimenting the technical aspects of the garments.  Sunice 2015 is all about comfort and function - addressing the needs of the golfer and designing and developing garments that meet their specific use to allow them to perform better while playing.

Sunice is continuing to expand its highly technical apparel line. Sunice Silver uses X-Static and XT2 fabrics in its polo collection. The success of Sunice's golf platform derives from its capability to offer innovation through research and development and diversification in all products providing the ultimate freedom to play, no matter the weather.

"In all our collections and categories of products we always look to our heritage in outerwear and the DNA of the brand that was a result of our focus on creating the best performance outerwear in the world that allowed the golf er to play in any weather condition", said Micheline Gallant, Sunice designer for golf.  "Our silver collection is a manifestation of that same philosophy - the X-static technology used in all our sportswear polos provides cooling benefits to the player as it is thermal regulating, anti odour and UV protection.  These shirts are more comfortable to play in as they do not cling to the body as most polyester shirts, allows you to manage your body heat and protects from the harmful UV rays of the sun.   Wearing a polo using the Sunice Silver X-static technology lets the golfer feel confident when leaving the golf course after 18 rounds - they look as great as they did when they started their round."

Highlights of the 2015 Sunice Silver Collection

"In continuing to strive to be the leader in technical golf apparel - we at Sunice wanted to find the ultimate performance fabric for our pools that would reflect our commitment to bringing the best technical fabrics to our golf collection - to act as an extension of your golf equipment - as we believe what you wear is equally as important as what you play with", say Gallant. "In doing so we formed an exclusive partnership with X-Static - a permanent technology that uses 99.9% pure silver filaments in the fabrication of our yarns.  Sunice is the only golf apparel company to have the silver technology in its garments, featuring X-Static and XT2 fabrics."

The Men's Sunice Silver Spring 2015 Collection offers a wider selection of core basics including a performance pique short sleeve polo options and bottoms in a variety of plaids and solids. Bottoms are available in classic Black, Midnight and Charcoal.  Full stretch fabric, fit and stain release are a few of the characteristics that make the "Peter moisture wicking shorts" the perfect complement to wear with your Sunice Silver Polo. Asymmetric colour blocking, subtle placement prints and an assortment of print stripes give the collection a sportier and cleaner look, which blend perfectly into our view of the collection as being more sophisticated and keeping with the Sunice DNA.

The Women's Sunice Silver Collection offers basics to merchandise back into the fashion collections and bottoms in solids and a new sew free knit skirt. The Berry Daring Collection is made up of vivid violet hues with pure whites enhanced for a fresh new look; Sheer Bliss is a play on the little black dress concept - where you can never have enough classic black - feminine and sporty a perfect fit for the links; Vanity Fairest collection is a perfect marriage between bold and bright - a non pink colour with tones of orange - a statement of the true Sunice lady. Sunice Silver for women provides clean lines with feminine fashion detailing to a technical shirt collection - no more boxy fits, something that women will finally be excited to wear on or off the golf course.

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David Orr to Teach at Golf & Body NYC

Acclaimed putting instructor to teach exclusively at Manhattan’s only private club dedicated to golf and fitness

(New York, N.Y.) – David Orr, PGA Professional—who specializes in putting and has worked with more than 50 touring pros worldwide—is joining the Advisory Staff of Golf & Body NYC, the private club in midtown Manhattan that offers golfers the ultimate setting for enhancing their performance.

David Orr
The 2011 Carolinas PGA Teacher of the Year and Director of Instruction at Campbell University’s PGA Golf Management Program, Orr has been coaching golf for nearly 25 years, specializing in putting for the past decade. Among his PGA Tour clients are:  Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, Daniel Berger, Jason Gore, and DA Points, plus dozens more from the PGA,, LPGA, Canadian, and other professional tours.

Orr will bring his Tour-tested putting instruction to Golf &Body NYC throughout the year, offering private instruction and clinics to club members. He also will be sharing his experiences, information, and insight with the club’s other instructors through his “Flatstick Academy Certified Instructor Program” that he has developed. Our facility provides; 3 putting greens, SAM PuttLab, club repair, and a putter lie and loft machine for basic putter fitting and instruction.

“I’m looking forward to returning to Golf & Body,” says Orr, who began working with members and staff earlier this spring. “It’s the perfect fit for me… because I believe the mechanics of a putting stroke should mostly be taught indoors. After which, the golfer can just take it outside to the course to work on the 4 Basic Skills of making putts: READ, SPEED, AIM, and LINE. But, what I really love about Golf & Body is that everyone at Golf and Body NYC understands it’s all about helping the member feel and play better.”

Orr joins other distinguished instructors on G&B’s Advisory Staff, including Sean Foley—number two on Golf Digest’s list of America’s Top 50 Teachers and one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers—and James Leitz, one of the world’s leading experts on ball-flight analysis and the Trackman launch monitor.

For more information about Golf & Body NYC, contact Jeannine Harrington, general manager at (212) 244-2626 or visit

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SwingThought Tour Awarded Event Exemption into Newly Titled Digital Ally Open

Thirty-Eight major event exemptions awarded to the SwingThought Tour since 2010, more than any other tour in developmental golf. Digital Ally Open eighth awarded in 2015 alone

(Myrtle Beach, S.C.) – Over the past five seasons, the SwingThought Tour has secured more Tour and PGA TOUR event exemptions than any other tour in developmental golf. Today, that gap got even wider as the SwingThought Tour announced it has been awarded an event exemption into the 2015 Digital Ally Open to be contested August 6-9 on the championship Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in nearby Overland Park, Kansas.

The event, formerly known as the Midwest Classic, features a $600,000 purse. The SwingThought Tour does not have any official affiliation with the PGA TOUR or Tour, however, this is the 38th major event exemption awarded to the SwingThought Tour (formerly the NGA/Hooters Tour) since the start of the 2010 season. And this is the first time the tour has been awarded an event exemption into the Digital Ally Open and SwingThought Tour president Robin Waters couldn’t be more excited about the new partnership.

“The No. 1 goal of the SwingThought Tour has always been and always will be to help professional golfers achieve their dreams of playing at golf’s highest levels,” stated Robin L. Waters, SwingThought Tour president. “Golf is a game of opportunities. By securing an exemption into the Digital Ally Open, our seventh major event exemption secured so far this year, we continue to do everything in our power to help them achieve those dreams. We cannot thank the Digital Ally Open enough for providing this opportunity.”

The Digital Ally Open is a Tour event that dates back to 2009 where it originated as the Christmas in October Classic. Michael Sim won that inaugural event, thus earning the Battlefield Promotion onto the PGA TOUR via his 3rd in-season win. The event was not held in 2010 but returned in 2011 as the Midwest Classic with the Kansas City Crusaders as the host organization. SwingThought Tour alum James Nitties won that year and still holds the record for the low aggregate score (258) and low to par score (-26). Multi-time SwingThought Tour winner Shawn Stefani won the event in 2012 and Jamie Lovemark in 2013. Long-time SwingThought Tour member Zack Sucher, who had just played on the SwingThought Tour last in 2013, won this past year’s event helping him to finish inside the top 25 money list and earn his PGA TOUR card for 2015. All five past winners have played or continue to play on the PGA TOUR.

So far, in 2015, the SwingThought Tour has gained Tour event exemptions into the United Leasing Championship, the Air Capital Classic, the Knoxville News Sentinel Open, four into the BMW Charity Pro-Am Championship, and, now, the Digital Ally Open. Since the start of the 2010 season, the SwingThought Tour has now secured 38 Major event exemptions including three into PGA TOUR events in 2012 and 2013; the Reno-Tahoe Open and Sanderson Farms Championship.

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