Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Traveling Golfer Takes a Step Back in History with Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) - For more than 100 years the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club has made golf history in the Greater Atlantic City area. With the Bay Course, designed by Donald Ross, and the Pines Course, designed by William Flynn, golf history has been shaped by the hosting of the 1942 PGA Championship and the current hosting of the ShopRite LPGA Championship.
Viewers will relive that history, plus get an inside look at the luxurious hotel accommodations on the award-winning Traveling Golfer television show throughout the month of October.
Seaview, with all of its rich history, is now owned by Stockton University. The hotel and golf courses serve as an integral part of the curriculum for Stockton's school of hotel management and hospitality. The hotel is managed by Dolce, while the golf courses are managed by Troon Golf.
The Traveling Golfer takes viewers on a historic trip around the two very diverse golf courses. It also takes them inside the historic clubhouse and acquaints them with the many amenities of the Seaview Resort.
"Seaview has been one of my favorite stops at the Jersey Shore for years," said Traveling Golfer host Tony Leodora. "I have seen it evolve from the old days as a private club, through the transition to a resort, to today's model as one of the great historic resorts in America. I never get tired of telling its story."

Seaview director of golf Brian Rashley summed up the sentiments of all who are involved in the recent resurgence of the property when he said, "Whether it is the first time visitor or the longtime repeat customer, the reaction is the same. When people come to Seaview they seem to slip into the relaxed nature of the property and enjoy every minute of their visit. We hear the same positive reaction to the experience, over and over."
The episode from Stockton Seaview Resort begins airing October 1 and runs throughout the month on The Traveling Golfer Network of websites ... including The Golf Director Network (see full list of sites on It also will air on Monday, October 12 as part of the Press Box television show in Myrtle Beach, 5 to 7 p.m. on HTC Ch. 4. As of April, the Traveling Golfer began airing in its entirety as a scheduled weekly feature show on Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network throughout the Philadelphia, Mid-Atlantic, North Jersey and Pittsburgh markets.
As part of every Traveling Golfer show, there is the additional attraction of the "Tech Talk" segment, hosted by Tour Edge Golf President Dave Glod. With years of experience as a clubmaker, Glod presents an inside look at the research and development of high-quality golf equipment.
Responding to golfers' never-ending demands to learn more about interesting golf courses and golf resorts across the country and around the world, well-traveled host Tony Leodora created the Traveling Golfer so he could take viewers on video golf trips to some of the most exciting golf locations. The show won a first place award for golf television broadcasts in the prestigious International Network of Golf Media Awards, presented at the PGA Merchandise Show in January.
The Traveling Golfer appears as a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has 15 years of experience in televised golf shows. The featured destination stays on the website for one month, before being replaced by a new show. The old shows are archived for continued viewing on the home website,  Past episodes also can be found on Xfinity On-Demand from Comcast.

Celebrate National Golf Lovers’ Day October 4

Harbourside Golf Course & Links on Longboat / The Resort at Longboat Key Club
Situated on the stunning beaches of Sarasota, FL, The Resort at Longboat Key Club boasts 45 holes of PGA-approved golf split between two championship courses. Golfers can test their skills on the tree-lines fairways of the Harbourside Golf Course that runs along the Sarasota Bay, or tee-up at the challenging links-style, Links on Longboat course. Catered exclusively for hotel guests and club members only, on this National Golf Lovers’ Day everyone who plays on either course gets an entry into a drawing for a complimentary round of golf for four and lunch at The Tavern (a value of $720).

For information, click HERE.

Pete Dye’s Old Quarry Golf Course / Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
This National Golf Lovers’ Day (Sunday, October 4th) you can ace the ultimate Caribbean golf retreat at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort’s Old Quarry Golf Course, encapsulated by stunning views of Curacao’s Spanish Water Bay, Table Mountain and the Caribbean Sea. All golfers who play a round at Old Quarry on the holiday will be automatically entered to win a 3-night stay, a total prize value of over $900. The resort’s new Active Luxury Plan, which can be added to any reservation, is a golf getaway hole-in-one, and includes unlimited golf, golf cart access, a weekly golf clinic, plus unlimited resort activities like tennis, watersport and bike rentals, guided hikes, aqua yoga and more.

For information, click HERE.

Royal St. Kitts Golf Club / St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino
Golf enthusiasts looking to tee off in the Caribbean this fall can take advantage of the Golf Lovers' Day special - on October 4, 2015, any guest staying at the resort will receive a complimentary round of golf (excluding rentals). Recently redesigned by renowned Canadian architect Thomas McBroom, the 18-hole championship Royal St. Kitts Golf Club course showcases the island’s diverse terrain and native wildlife, offering dramatic views of the sea. This “links”-style golf course has five par 3s with three full holes on the Atlantic, and two full holes near the Caribbean Sea, spread over 125 acres of irrigated lush seashore paspalum, and advanced hybrid turf grass.

For information, click HERE.

GIVEAWAY: Srixon Q Star Tour Yellow

I found a dozen Srixon Q Star Tour Yellow golf balls in the office while cleaning. If you'd like to be entered in a blind drawing for them, let me know.

STATEMENT: Bandon Links Project to be Terminated

Seven years ago, I hired Gil Hanse, a world renowned golf course designer, to plan a destination golf course near Bandon, Oregon to be called Bandon Links.  Coos and Curry county residents would play a world class golf course for greens fees as little as $10 a round. And up to 200 high school students annually would earn money by caddying, and they would be able to apply for college scholarships in association with the Western Golf Association, whose mission is to fund scholarships for young caddies. The project also included funding for gorse removal in the south coast area. Importantly, these programs would only be made possible by charging out-of-state tourists $200 to $250 per round.

The Bureau of Land Management, the federal agency with jurisdiction over a portion of the lands which would be devoted to the project, has just advised that in keeping with federal regulations the fees charged must be commensurate with other golf courses on BLM lands, and that revenues would have to be devoted to use on the property.  That eliminates the funding source for subsidizing the low local rates, for the scholarship program, and for the off-site gorse control.  Additionally, recent well testing has met with disappointing results; and that in turn creates difficulties for meeting certain Oregon land use requirements which protect lands designated as farm land.

As a result of these problems, I am abandoning the Bandon Links project and will seek a site where the same programs would be viable.

This project had great promise for boosting the local economy and providing employment opportunities and job training.  And, the golf experience would have rivaled that which is present at Bandon Dunes Resort 15 miles to the north.  So it is with great regret that I make this announcement.

The support of Lisa Sumption, Director of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and the hard work of her staff in pursuit of this project is greatly appreciated.  We are also thankful for the pleasant and welcoming attitude of the local staff at the Bureau of Land Management office in Coos Bay as we were trying to work through the federal regulatory process.

I am pleased to say that the project did meet some of our other goals.  We contributed $450,000 to the acquisition of Whales Cove near Depot Bay; that parcel is now owned by the United States Fish and Game Department for public use into perpetuity.  We, along with Ecotrust, facilitated the State of Oregon’s acquisition of a highly ecologically significant 357 acre parcel known as “Sand Lake” or “Beltz Farm”, one of the last remaining undeveloped estuaries on the Oregon Coast.  And in keeping with our commitment to controlling gorse, we contributed $120,000 to the State of Oregon for its gorse control efforts.  We had hoped for additional benefits of this project which would have included our contributions of additional lands to the state park system and of money for the acquisition of other park properties.

The termination of the Bandon Links project will have no effect on anything having to do with Bandon Dunes Golf Resort where the public will continue to experience the first class golf experience which they have come to expect there.  And, my family and I continue to be devoted to the Oregon south coast area as we remain involved in projects which promote conservation, the local community, and the local economy by blending recreational and educational opportunities with ecological initiatives.

- Michael Keiser

Easy Glove to be Distributed in U.S. by H4Distribution

(JUPITER, Florida) – Easy Glove, high-quality custom leather golf gloves, now are being distributed throughout the U.S. by H4Distribution.

“We select only fine-quality golf products to work with,” said Laurent-Alix Huguet, CEO of H4Distribution, “and we are pleased to introduce Easy Glove into our lineup.”

With a golf-course or club logo, tournament logo or any specialized logo, Easy Glove is an impressive yet practical commemorative gift item. Many tournaments, corporations, associations and charitable organizations are choosing Easy Glove for their donors, participants and patrons.

Created in 2008 by a French designer, Easy Glove leads the way in customized golf gloves. Easy Glove offers a collection of 60 glove designs for men and women, including the flag from the U.S., Canada and other countries. Easy Glove designs are customizable with logos for corporate or charity events, universities, associations or golf clubs. Each customized design uses 95% of the glove’s surface area, resulting in a striking, attractive pattern.

Made of fine cabretta leather, Easy Glove designs are of exceptional quality, competing with the best products on the market. Keychains in the shape of mini golf gloves, also customizable with a logo, are popular Easy Glove items, too. The minimum Easy Glove order is 25 gloves or 60 keychain mini gloves.

For more information, visit H4Distribution at

Suzann Pettersen Opens Up on Golf Channel in Her First Interview Following the Solheim Cup

Pettersen Discusses the 17th Hole Controversy and the Aftermath with Tim Rosaforte

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – In her first interview following the 2015 Solheim Cup that featured a controversy at the conclusion of the Saturday Fourball matches, European Solheim Cup participant Suzann Pettersen sits down with Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte to discuss the controversy and the aftermath in an exclusive interview airing on Golf Central, Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET.

The interview, which also will post online at, takes place at Pettersen’s home in Orlando, Fla.

Topics discussed during the interview:
- Revisiting the moments that sparked the controversy during the conclusion of the Saturday Fourball matches early Sunday morning, when Alison Lee picked up her ball before the putt was conceded.

- The timeline of events that took place Sunday night following the conclusion of the Solheim Cup, which included emotional conversations with her teammates, Michelle Wie, and phone conversations with Phil Mickelson and Butch Harmon.

- The conversation Pettersen had with U.S. Captain Juli Inkster Monday morning prior to departing Germany.

- Pettersen’s apology that she issued on Instagram on Monday morning following the Solheim Cup.

- Lessons learned from the controversy.

Team U.S.A defeated Team Europe in St. Leon-Rot, Germany, 14.5 to 13.5, marking the largest Sunday comeback in Solheim Cup history. The 2015 LPGA Tour season continues next week on Golf Channel with the start of Asian swing, beginning with the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, Oct. 8-11.

Notable Quotes from the Interview:
Pettersen – “I never won a point that I felt so bad in my entire life. I feel like it just took away the greatness of the Solheim, which I think is the best competition there is for women’s golf.”

Pettersen – “One of the first players to reach out to me was Phil [Mickelson] on Sunday night. I don’t know how I can thank him enough for the words and hours on the phone – the good and bad...He asked me some critical questions, and I had to answer them.”

Pettersen – “Carlota Ciganda took me aside [Sunday night] and asked, ‘How are you doing?’ I just absolutely fell apart. I’m usually the big sister trying to encourage them to do well. I just couldn’t hold it back because I felt like I could have done stuff so differently and put the game of golf in a different light.”

Pettersen – “I don’t want to really apologize for what happened, but I want to apologize for the way I handled the situation. I can only talk for myself. I feel like we all have to take responsibility for how we can grow this game to a better game and leave the game better for the kids…I tried to reflect as well as I could over the last week to kind of see how at least I could have done stuff differently to leave the game in a better spot.”

Pettersen – “I still have not talked to Alison [Lee] but she will be the first people I will reach out to once we get to Asia and I can see her in person. Hopefully we can move on very quickly. It’s definitely on my agenda when I get to Asia to see her and talk to her.”

DST Golf Compressor Used by Winner of Porsche European Open

Also Used by Seven Top-10 Finishers at the TOUR Championship

(SALISBURY, England) – DST Golf – developer and manufacturer of ground breaking warm-up clubs that benefit players of all skill levels – confirms the top three finishers at the Porsche European Open and seven of the top-10 contenders at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola relied on DST Compressor clubs to prepare for tournament play.

Success among players using DST Golf’s Compressor continues to grow, as recent noteworthy wins include the RBC Canadian Open, Italian Open, Omega European Masters and the BMW Championship. This season alone marks a total of 25 Tour wins and multiple top finishes by players who trust the science behind the company’s products.

“It’s important for us to connect with the players on the range and hear from them how the technology incorporated into the Compressor helps them strike the ball better,” said Richard Massey, VP of Operations for DST Golf in the United States. “This week, we’ve had six new players pick up our clubs. They may be sponsored by different club manufacturers, but on the range the Compressor unites them in their mission to play better.”

The Compressor is designed with a scientifically-curved shaft and an amended sole angle to help players of all abilities locate, train and perfect the Optimal Impact Position. The club can be used in conjunction with a teaching lesson or as a warm-up club to spur the correct muscle memory of where the hands, shoulders and hips should be aligned at impact. The concept is simple yet effective, a fact underscored by 17 of the world’s top 30 players using DST Golf clubs.

“We recognize that for all players, the hard work starts on the range. Our clubs are designed to teach complicated swing mechanics in a simple, straightforward way,” says Bertie Cordle, founder and CEO of DST Golf. “With a look and feel similar to a normal club, the Compressor shows you how to compress and strike the ball the proper way with each swing.”

The curved shaft of the Compressor is engineered to replicate the shape of a normal shaft in the optimal impact position. This unique design helps golfers learn how to control the club face through impact and compress the ball, which leads to improved consistency, control and accuracy. The “Hand Position Alignment Marker” ensures proper setup and allows players to see and feel what the Optimal Impact Position looks like before taking a swing.

Developed by a former European Challenge Tour player after years of research on the biomechanics of impact, the DST Compressor teaches the golfer two things: how to swing the club on plane and how to maintain tension in the shaft until after impact. These are the two critical aspects to achieve better ball striking, control, consistency and accuracy.

For more information and access to in-depth technology videos, visit

TGA Premier Junior Golf Franchise Acquired in Wichita

Youth sports director expands and adds new golf programs in local schools, community centers and golf course facilities

(Wichita, KS) – TGA Premier Junior Golf (TGA), the nations leading introductory and recreational golf program ensuring golf’s future continues to attract entrepreneurs nationwide who have a passion for sports.

Meurig Cundy, who has been a youth sports director for eight years specializing in soccer and basketball, is the latest entrepreneur to join TGA by acquiring the Premier Junior Golf franchise in Wichita, Kansas.

Cundy sees TGA as a great opportunity to expand his presence within the community, impact youth and grow the game of golf.

“I have been running soccer and basketball enrichment programs at schools across the Wichita metro area for the last eight years and TGA fit perfectly into my youth activities model,” Cundy said. “I have a passion for health and fitness and believe that all youth should have access to a variety of activities as they grow up, and golf is the perfect lifetime sport for kids to experience.”

TGA (Teach Grow Achieve) is scaled throughout the United States through a unique franchise business model. It introduces youth ages 3-13 and their parents 25-45 to the game of golf through a before- and after-school multi-level enrichment program that incorporates educational subjects like math, language and history, as well as character building, life skills development, health and physical fitness into each class. TGA is also the first youth sports program to introduce STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) core academics into its curriculum.

The success of the model is two-fold: First, introductory golf programs are brought directly into schools and community centers and put on a level playing field with other mainstream sports by placing it on the menu of activities for elementary and middle school students. Second, following the introductory programs, TGA ushers students and their families to golf courses to participate in recreational programs such as camps, leagues and parent-child events.

“We are fortunate to be already offering the program in 11 different schools in the Wichita metro area and expect it to continue growing quickly in the coming months,” Cundy said. “There are a lot of youth in our area who have never tried the game before. The TGA program prides itself on being an introductory and recreational program accessible for everyone no matter what level of player you are.”
About TGA Premier Junior Golf

TGA Premier Junior Golf (TGA) is the leading industry model in bringing new players into the game and ensuring its future. The franchise business model empowers entrepreneurs, PGA Professionals, PGA Sections, and Golf Management Companies to activate youth (ages 3-13) and their parents (ages 25-45) through introductory programs at elementary and middle schools, childcare centers and community centers. TGA’s curriculum focuses on instilling a passion and skills development of golf while incorporating character development and academic subjects, STEM core academics and physical activity. Introductory programs feed into recreational programs at golf courses that include camps and leagues. TGA has introduced the game to over 465,000 juniors while making the sport available to 1.5 million families nationwide.

For more information about TGA Premier Junior Golf, visit or follow @TGAJuniorGolf on Twitter.

Carnoustie Sportswear Launches Spring '16 Men's Performance Polos

(IRVINE, CA) - Golf apparel manufacturer Carnoustie Sportswear has introduced its Spring '16 men's performance polos.  The popular company has built its reputation for producing beautiful, high-end cotton golf clothing for the past two decades, and began addressing the sportswear performance side of golf apparel a few seasons ago. Carnoustie Performance apparel is appropriate for the course, office or most any social occasion. Styles feature generous use of spandex for stretch and wearability and special finishing to ensure moisture wicking, UV protection, odor management and easy care.

These  new Performance Knits for 2016 feel like silk but are actually made from a very fine micro polyester. This new product category exemplifies the same luxury and quality that golfers have come to expect from the brand's cotton garments. "Our performance knits have really taken hold since their Spring '14 debut, and the market reaction has been very strong," says company CEO Marshall Mancillas. "All performance fabric is not created equal, and we made a considerable effort to fundamentally understand man-made fibers. We knew we had to offer a technical product that was commensurate with our reputation in cotton. Many variables contribute to the feel, drape and technical characteristics of performance garments, and we only offer the finest quality available -- using only the best micro poly available and always blending it with generous amounts of lycra, for just the right amount of stretch and wearability. Our customers like that while much of the styling is responsive to today's trends, our shirts still evoke a classic, timeless and refined aesthetic."

The Spring '16 Performance Polos fall into three distinct merchandise groups for 2016, including the Classic, Resort and Desert collections, each with its own unique feeling. All feature Micro Poly with Spandex, Moisture Wicking, Anti-Microbial, UV Protection and Easy Care.

The Classic collection centers on the American colors of red, white and blue evoking a patriotic feel, perfect for Fourth of July and very important for 2016, a Ryder Cup year. The Resort collection, which features black, white, yellow and a wonderful shade of daiquiri green, is perfect for transitioning into the Spring 2016 season. This group says Spring has sprung!  The colors are fresh and smart. Lastly, the Desert collection, which focuses on orchid purple and citrus orange, conveys that it's time for fun in the sun. These colors are fun and bright yet they are combined in Carnoustie's signature fashion to make them wearable and understandable. Mancillas says, "men can wear color if it's done correctly.  Carnoustie has developed a reputation through the years of using beautiful colors that uniquely combine to be at once impactful yet tasteful."

It is interesting to note the styling intricacies that Carnoustie brings to every collection.  Mancillas stated, "the use of self collars and placket detailing can do a great deal to update the look of today's polo. I am having fun going retro. As a designer it is always inspirational to look at the past and reinvent it for present...much of the styling we see today is grounded in the looks of the 70's."

"Carnoustie's Spring '16 Performance Knits merchandise seamlessly with the balance of the collection, so that our customers can offer a cohesive merchandise group that contains not only timeless mercerized cotton, and other natural fibers, but also the best in what is available on the performance side -- with all of the wearability features today's customer demands," states Mancillas.

For product details, visit

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Product Review: Bettinardi BB1 Counterbalance Putter

Like most golfers, I struggle to find consistent success on the greens. But when inconsistency turns to near-constant failure, it’s time to turn to a new putter. In my case, I put the BB8 by Bettinardi Golf in play and experienced a startling turnaround.

While the magic I found in the BB8 has yet to fade, when I was offered an opportunity to review the BB1 Counterbalance putter from Bettinardi, I jumped at the chance.

First impression: Aesthetically pleasing. Even before taking the putter out of the plastic, I was smitten - from the striking red grip to the stylish headcover. Hard to not judge this “book” by its cover!

Headcover off and putter in hand ... this is not your father’s putter. The BB1 is 38 inches - three inches longer than the top of the standard putter length (generally 33-35 inches) - and heavy. Weight is added by extending the shaft and grip by 3 inches, which adds 42 additional grams. The putter head is increased by the same amount (42 grams) to 395 grams to counter the weight on each end of the putter ... hence, counterbalancing.

Why counterbalance? These putters move the balance point of the club closer to the hands of the player, while increasing the putter’s overall moment of inertia (MOI) so it swings and feels more stable than a traditional putter.

Bettinardi offers three models in the counterbalancing arsenal: The BB1 for traditionalists, the BB32 for mallet lovers, and for those looking for the most forgiving head the company offers, the BB55, a distinctive MOI putter.

Seems silly to mention, but I feel I must provide this piece of advice. When testing a 38-inch putter, people seem compelled to stand upright and use every inch of the grip. Don’t. Assume your normal position and allow the extra length do its job.

Another piece of advice: Find a Bettinardi dealer and take the BB1 for a spin. It may change the way you think about putting. Not ready for the leap into counterbalancing? I guarantee Bettinardi has a putter that will make you fall in love on the greens all over again.

Check out everything the company has to offer at

-Repost- Tour to Award 25 More PGA TOUR Cards for 2015-16 Season at Tour Championship

Els, Kaymer Headline the Field at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The Tour Finals culminate this week in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., with the Tour Championship, where an additional 25 PGA TOUR cards will be awarded for the 2015-16 season. The event also will finalize the priority-ranking order for the 50 players earning their card.

The European Tour returns to the home of golf this week with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and Ernie Els and Martin Kaymer headline the field. The event, which pairs professionals with celebrity amateur golfers, will be contested on three of golf’s most historic venues, including the Old Course at St. Andrews, Carnoustie Golf Links, and Kingsbarns Golf Links in Scotland.

WEB.COM TOUR Tour Championship
Dates: Oct. 1-4
Venue: TPC Sawgrass (Dye’s Valley Course), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Replay)    
Friday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 7-10 p.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes: Tour Finals conclude: This week the Tour season comes to an end at the Tour Championship, where 25 additional players will earn their 2015-16 PGA TOUR card.  This is the fourth and final event during the Tour Finals where eligible players finishing 126-200 in the PGA TOUR FedExCup standings and players finishing 26-100 on the Tour season money list are competing for a card. Players having finished in the top-25 on the Tour money list already having secured their 2015-16 PGA TOUR card also are eligible to complete to try and improve their playing status for next season.

Fathauer defends: Derek Fathauer won by one shot over Zac Blair for his first career Tour win.

Headlining the field: Anirban Lahiri, Sam Saunders, Lucas Glover, Derek Ernst, Andrew Loupe, Roberto Castro, Emiliano Grillo, Michael Thompson, Justin Hicks and Jhonattan Vegas.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
- Play by Play: Whit Watson
- Analyst: Craig Perks
- Tower: Steve Burkowski
- On-Course: Phil Blackmar / Kay Cockerill

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
Dates: Oct. 1-4
Venues: Old Course at St. Andrews; Carnoustie Golf Links; Kingsbarns Golf Links, Scotland, United Kingdom

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 8 a.m.-Noon (Live) / Noon-2:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 8 a.m.-Noon (Live) / Noon-2:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 8 a.m.-Noon (Live) / Noon-2:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Event format: 168 professionals and 168 amateurs pair up as two-man teams, playing one round each at St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. A 54-hole cut will take place with the low 60 professionals (and ties) and the low 20 teams competing in a final round at St. Andrews.

Wilson defends: Oliver Wilson defeated Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and Richie Ramsay for his first European Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Ernie Els, Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Branden Grace, Padraig Harrington, Charl Schwartzel, Graeme McDowell, Stewart Cink and Darren Clarke.

Notable amateurs in the field: Tim Henman, Hugh Grant, Ian Botham, Don Felder, Ronan Keating, Steve Redgrave and Shane Warne.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
- Studio  Host: Mike Ritz
- Play by Play: Dougie Donnelly
- Analyst: Ken Brown / Warren Humphreys
- On-Course: Jay Townsend

Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Introduces BH1 Stand Bag

(FORT WORTH, TEXAS) – Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company is pleased to announce the release of its BH1 Stand Bags, blending the best of carry bags and cart bags into a hybrid stand bag.

The new BH1 Stand Bag has been engineered to blend the best features of both carry and cart bags to create the quintessential golf bag with all the features necessary to satisfy walkers and riders alike. Light enough to carry comfortably, the BH1 Stand Bag offers plenty of storage for those who prefer to ride and want all their gear and accessories with them at all times.

Highlights of the BH1 Stand bag include:
- Popular 5 way top desired the most by golfers
- Seven zippered pockets offer the ultimate in organization and are easily accessible, whether your bag is strapped on a cart or standing upright on the retractable legs
- Velour lined and waterproof valuables pocket
- Waterproof garment pocket
- Velour lined range finder pocket
- Two larger garment pockets
- Two ball pockets
- Cooler pouch
- Full length dividers for easy club removal and organization
- Dual strap harness for stress free carrying
- Towel holder and umbrella holder
- Light enough to carry and sturdy enough to ride

The BH1 Stand Bags come in four different Ben Hogan combinations: white, blue with white trim, blue with red trim and the classic Hogan red, white & blue with grey accents. All are adorned with the iconic Ben Hogan signature. Suggested retail price is $209. Pre-orders for holiday delivery are now being taken at

One of Hawaii's Great Golf Courses Can Be Yours for a Day

One-of-a-kind Experience Will “Make Manele Your Own” for You and Your Friends

(LĀNA‘I CITY, HI) – What golfer hasn’t dreamed of having his or her own golf course? No crowds, no waiting for tee times, open just to friends, the professionals there just to help you.

That dream can now be a reality at the Manele Golf Course at the Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi, only nine miles from Maui.

The “Make Manele Your Own” golf experience is a dream-come-true opportunity to possess the best of Hawai’i golf, where every hole on a magnificent Jack Nicklaus Signature design offers heavenly views of the Pacific.

One of the elite venues in the game, the breathtaking Manele layout is built on lava outcroppings, featuring three holes on the cliffs. Its signature hole is No. 12, a par 3 where the tee area is 150 feet above the crashing surf, challenging golfers with a dramatic shot to the green.

Having earned numerous awards since opening in 1993, the Manele Golf Course is the No. 2-ranked resort course among all Hawai’i Golf destinations (Golfweek magazine) and No. 32 among all resort courses in the United States.

The Four Seasons Resort Lāna‘i also has earned the Premier Golf Resorts Gold Medal from GOLF Magazine and with recent improvements made to the overall golf experience at the Manele Golf Course, golfers continue to discover something new every time they play.

The “Make Manele Your Own” golf experience is priced at $10,000 and includes:
- Private access to all golf facilities for up to 20 golfers
- Unlimited golf on the Manele Golf Course
- Ground transportation to and from the golf course
- Morning cocktails
- Individual amenity packages for all golfers
- Golf clinic and lessons with the professional staff, as desired
- Luxurious lunch reception at VIEWS restaurant
- Custom-fit Foot-Joy golf shoes for the group
- Commemorative photos for all in the group

“Having a secluded island seemingly all to yourself is something magical no golfer will ever forget,” said Scott Ashworth, the Manele director of golf, who is recognized as one of the most distinguished golf professionals in Hawai’i. “You'll enjoy an intimate, personalized golf experience with an incredible bonus -- stunning views from every hole that just may make you take your eye off the ball.”

The Manele staff of PGA golf professionals will be on hand all day, available for golf tips and “course knowledge” before, during, and after play. Each guest will have unlimited access to iced towels, logoed caps, cold beverages, and snacks during play. Even the sunscreen is included.

The “Make Manele Your Own” experience is available through December 15.

For more information about the “Make Manele Your Own” experience call (808) 565-2222.

PING extends contract of young Canadian star Brooke Henderson

(PHOENIX) – Canadian golf sensation Brooke Henderson has extended her agreement to continue playing PING equipment, PING Chairman & CEO John A. Solheim announced. Henderson, who recently turned 18, first signed with PING in January.

In August, at age 17, she became the third-youngest player ever to win an LPGA event when she ran away with the Cambia Portland Classic by eight shots, setting a tournament scoring record at 21 under par. Two days later she was granted her LPGA Tour card for the remainder of 2015 and all of 2016. This season she also posted T5’s at both the U.S. Women’s Open and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Henderson has been a budding star since 2012 when, at age 14, she became the youngest person ever to win a professional tour event when she won on the Canadian Women’s Tour.

“From a very young age, Brooke has demonstrated that rare combination of being talented and mature beyond her years, and she puts in the hard work that it takes to succeed,” Solheim said. “She won many prestigious amateur titles, at 17 was the world’s #1-ranked amateur, and her breakthrough win on the LPGA shows she belongs at the highest level in women’s golf. We couldn’t be more excited to be affiliated with her and support her every step of the way.”

Henderson, a native of Smiths Falls, Ontario (pop. 9,000), said she considers PING an important part of her support team, at the heart of which are her parents and older sister, Brittany (also a PING pro). "Having played PING clubs for years, I'm really comfortable with the equipment, the people and level of fitting expertise they provide me.  With their help I'm able to get the most out of every round I play.  All of my success has come with PING clubs, so I am very happy to continue our relationship."

Among the PING technology in her bag, Henderson relies on a G30 driver, fairway wood and hybrid, and Glide wedges. As part of a multi-year agreement, she will display PING logos on her hat, carry a PING staff bag and play 14 PING clubs. Financial terms and the length of the agreement were not disclosed.

PiviX - New Spike - Worn by FedExCup Champion

Soon-to-be-Released Model Features Advanced Traction Design and SLIM-Lok Technology

(MARLBOROUGH, MA) – CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide – The World Leader in Sport Cleat Technology and maker of innovative CHAMP spikes – announces the winner of the FedExCup and the PGA Tour’s TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola used the company’s new PiviX spike, a ground-breaking model that features spring-flex traction technology for optimum rotational grip.

At East Lake Golf Club, the 22-year-old Texan captured his eighth professional victory, and first FedExCup, wearing the new PiviX in his Under Armour shoes. Exclusively coupled with the SLIM-Lok fastening system, PiviX represents a tectonic industry shift wherein golf shoe manufacturers are able to develop lighter, lower-profile designs, allowing golfers to get closer to the turf for improved stability, feel and balance throughout the swing.

“With five victories this season, including two majors, this year’s FedExCup champion recently turned to PiviX to help cap off a historic 2015 campaign,” says Harris MacNeill, President and CEO of CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide. “Those players seeking long-term success, on-course traction and year-round comfort trust in CHAMP to deliver the ultimate in performance.”

The #1 Brand on Tour, CHAMP spikes have been used by 38 of the past 51 major champions, including the reigning Masters, U.S. Open and British Open winners. Beyond its wide range of technically-advanced spikes, the company’s signature products include the Zarma FLYtee series and innovative C Grips line. Designed with a strong emphasis on technical innovation and game-improving performance, the C Grips collection has gained a loyal following among players who recognize its superior feel, durability and performance characteristics.

For more information:, 1-800-OK-CHAMP.

Alabama's Nick Saban Sits Down with David Feherty to Talk Golf, Football and Family

“Nick Saban is worshiped by fans and reviled by adversaries. I know the feeling.” – David Feherty

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban sits down with David Feherty for a wide-ranging interview on golf and football – both college and NFL – and the importance of having a work / family balance on a new episode of Feherty, Golf Channel’s primetime interview series, airing Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. ET.

Filmed this summer at Saban’s vacation home at Lake Burton in the North Georgia mountains, Saban opens up to Feherty on his football coaching philosophy and how he applies life lessons learned from playing the game of golf to molding and shaping his student athletes both on and off the field. They also discuss the influence of Saban’s father, his early career aspiration to be a car dealer, the lessons learned from Bill Belichick and his difficult two seasons as coach of the Miami Dolphins. Away from the interview, Feherty coaches “The Coach” on the golf course and spends some relaxing time with Saban on his boat and at his Lake Burton summer house.

Emmy-nominated David Feherty, described as “a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Carson” by The New York Times as host of Golf Channel’s hit, original series, Feherty, conducts interviews both heartfelt and irreverent – a trademark of one of television’s most irrepressible personalities. Earning critical acclaim for his refreshing interviewing style, the self-deprecating Feherty employs his laid back approach when sitting down with the most recognized names in entertainment, politics and sports to bring out laughs and an often seldom seen emotional side from his guests. He also makes a habit of engaging in his guests’ favorite places and activities to help capture the location of each episode.

Feherty originally debuted in June 2011 as the most-watched original series in Golf Channel history. Emmy-nominated in 2014 for Outstanding Sports Personality, Feherty has gone one-on-one with celebrities across golf, sports and entertainment, including former President Bill Clinton, basketball Hall-of-Famers Bill Russell and Charles Barkley, sportscasters Al Michaels and Dan Patrick, actors Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson, and golfers Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Michelle Wie.

New Short Game Practice Area Being Built at Oneida Golf & Country Club

Amenities Will Include New 8,000 Square Foot Putting Green

(Green Bay, WI.) – Construction is well underway at Green Bay’s original country club as a state-of-the-art short game practice area will soon become a focal point at Oneida Golf and Country Club.

Voted by Golf Digest as one of the Top 15 golf courses in the state of Wisconsin in 2015, Oneida Golf & Country Club, a Troon Golf-managed facility, will also add 25 new tee stations to its layout as a part of a Board initiated and approved golf course Master Plan. With five different course lengths, Oneida G&CC will now play from 5,000 yards upwards to 6,800 yards.

“In keeping with the 'Troon Values Your Time' and 'Grow the Game' initiatives, the practice area and course changes will make our Club’s facility better suited to attract and retain members of all ages and skill levels,” said Troy Newport, General Manager at Oneida Golf and Country Club. “A spectacular short game area and more teeing space will enhance our new programs, such as our 3 Hole Ladies league, as well as elevating the experience for our current junior, women and senior golfers.”

Oneida Golf & Country Club was originally designed and built in 1928 by golf course architect Stanley Pelcher and later re-designed by Roger Packard. Construction is now under the direction of Steve Forrest of Hills and Forrest International Golf Course Architecture. The scheduled date of completion for the short game practice area is mid-October with a grand opening of the renovations set for Spring 2016.

Situated adjacent to the 48,000 square foot Clubhouse at Oneida, the new short game practice area will feature an 8,000 square foot putting green, a 100-yard chipping area and green along with a new greenside bunker so members and their guests can work on their sand saves. There will also be a new fairway bunker as part of the practice area where golfers can hit to specific target locations on the Club’s current driving range.

“We’ve really concentrated on the needs of our members as they want to improve certain aspects of their games and play the course from an appropriate yardage. These new improvements should do just that. We’re very excited for its opening next spring,” added Newport.

For more information on the new short game practice area at Oneida Golf & Country Club, call (920) 498-6500 or visit

Monday, September 28, 2015

Poll Results: We All Measure Distance in Our Own Way

Archimedes once said, “The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.” Wise and simple at the same time.

But what’s the best way to measure that distance? Sounds like a Google+ question for the Golf Community.

I asked, “How do you measure distance to the pin?” The leader in the clubhouse ... GPS with 30 percent of the respondents. Relying on Course Markings came in a close second at 27 percent.

In just about every poll I’ve posted, there seems to be a surprise. Nos. 1 and 2 were fairly predictable. What wasn’t? Twenty-four percent of the people who answered use their eyes to judge. I understand that within a certain distance, but 180 yards can look like 160 yards in certain instances. That’s a two-club difference!

Maybe it’s just because I’m getting old, but I need more than my eyes to tell me how far I am from the pin.

Rounding out the field were Laser Rangefinder (17 percent) and Yardage Book (2 percent).

I love the thought of laser rangefinders because of their extreme accuracy. Unfortunately, my hands aren’t steady enough to know I’m hitting the pin from any significant distance. Is that the back pin measuring 187 or the trees just behind the green?

I’ve since switched to the Garmin S5 watch. There are cool features like layup distances on par 5s, but I really just need the distance to the front, middle and back of the green. My game isn’t precise enough to worry whether the pin is 150 or 153 yards away.

If you want data on the debate, perhaps you should reach out to +Steven Phillips. “GPS outside 150Yds. LASER inside 150 for the ‘Short Precise Shot.” WHY??  -  - ‘GPS signal in space will provide a "worst case" pseudorange accuracy of 7.8 meters at a 95% confidence level.’

“8 Yards  X2 = 16 Yds off. Real-world data from the FAA show that their high-quality GPS SPS receivers provide better than 3.5 meter horizontal accuracy. 4 Yards  X2 8 Yds off. Laser under 1 meter!”

I was a little lost with all of that, but assume it equates to GPS not being very accurate.

Phillips isn’t the only one who double-dips on technology.

For instance, +Rick Palmer likes the best of both worlds. “I use both depending on whether it's a new course to me or not. New course: laser. Known course: Golfshot pro. Then once in awhile jump between them.”

For +Mark Johnson, it depends on the situation at hand. “To the center of the green I use the GPS, to the pin the laser range finder.”

Want people who fall on one side or the other?

Take +Vipul Gidda. Gidda uses a Bushnell laser range finder, which he calls “Fast and effective.”

But +Ricky Potts uses SkyDroid - Golf GPS.

It’s a smart phone app, which would drain my battery. Not Potts’.

“I have an iPhone 6 Plus,” Potts said. “Doesn't drain it at all.”

Not everyone who doesn’t use a laser rangefinder is automatically happy with GPS. +Jason Thompson said he’s gone through yardage books and moved to GPS, but didn’t fall in love right away. “It’s taken me 3 or 4 efforts to find one that is reliable, but I now have one I trust and it’s helping me greatly.”

Obvious follow-up question ... Which GPS does he trust?

“I’m currently using an app called Swing By Swing. It’s to within a 2-foot accuracy,” Thompson said. “Tried some others, but they were up to 5 to 10 meters off. So until someone comes up with a better one I will be sticking with this one.”

Beyond 90 yards, +Gabriel Aluisy uses GPS, but trusts the eye test within 90 yards.

+Craig Brush used to use GPS, but said it wasn't much better than the course’s markers. I assume he’s now using ... We shouldn’t assume (ASS-U-ME).

Last, but certainly not least, we heard from +Victor Calderon, who uses neither GPS nor a laser rangefinder. He uses, “Yardage book/Card then eyeball from within 150 yards. One of three wedges will decide my approach shot, depending on how close I am to the green. Or an 8i or 9i depending on how close I am to the 150-yard marker.”

I started with a quote, so I’ll end with one from Alan Turing.

“We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.”

Avoid the bunkers on both sides and crossing river in front, zero in on the flag, but stay below the hole. Ready? Head down, eye on the ball, easy backswing, crisp contact ...

Imperial Announces Custom Knits Made Easy

(BOURBON, MO) - Imperial Headwear, the leading manufacturer of premium golf headwear, announced today a brand new, low-minimum, custom knit program called "Keep Warm Knits" as part of their element fighting WeatherSTRONG Collection.

The minimum for this custom knit program is just 24 hats and 1 dozen per style/color.

"Imperial's new knit program is a perfect way for our customers to get into great customized product with very little risk," said David Shaffer, director of marketing at Imperial Headwear.  "At two dozen minimums, you can't afford not to try this program."

The program features (6) new cold weather hat styles with customized club name knit into the hat design (up to 16 letters).  Each style is offered with or without pom-pom, and there are over 70+ color options from which to choose.

Imperial's specialty headwear collection to fight the elements has been brought under the umbrella of a WeatherSTRONG Collection.  This collection includes:
- Coolcore:  To fight the heat and stay cool.
- Sun Protection:  To protect from harmful UV rays.
- Waterproof:  To keep you dry in wet weather.
- Ultimate Stormchasers:  Waterproof and wind resistant fleece-lined caps to stay warm and dry.
- Keep Warm Knits:  To keep you warm in the cold weather.

For further information, visit or call (800) 950-1916.

The Sea Pines Resort Announces Harbour Town Golf Links Opens Sept. 28

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) – The Sea Pines Resort – Hilton Head's most honored golf destination – announces its acclaimed Harbour Town Golf Links will open on Sept. 28 following a series of enhancements over the summer.

Harbour Town – the seminal Pete Dye / Jack Nicklaus design – closed in early May shortly after completion of the 2015 PGA TOUR RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. Modifications include comprehensive re-grassing of the tee boxes, fairways and rough with Celebration Bermuda, the most technologically-advanced turf used on warm season courses.

Harbour Town’s greens were resurfaced with Tif-Eagle Bermuda, the same grass used on the putting surfaces since 2001. A new irrigation system was also installed that takes advantage of the latest science in water management and control. The year-round conditioning and playability of the course will be significantly improved.

“These enrichments to Harbour Town Golf Links will insure its status as one of most coveted places to tee it up in the world,” says Cary Corbitt, Vice President of Sports & Operations. “Our members, guests and PGA TOUR professionals will enjoy the faster and firmer conditions which place an even higher premium on shot making.”

Completing the “new look” of the Harbour Town golf experience is the Harbour Town Clubhouse which opened in March. The 44,000-square-foot multi-use structure features a comfortable living room lounge, Links – a first-class American grill with indoor / outdoor seating and sweeping golf course views, signature pro shop and retail display, wrap-around terraces with covered porches, state-of-the-art 4,000-square-foot locker room, and the Heritage Room – an elegant 2,200-square-foot banquet and event room on the top floor.

For more information about the legendary Lowcountry destination and its wide-variety of golf packages:, 866.561.8802.

Military Veterans Will Compete at Pinehurst for VGA Championship

Sgt. Andrew Smith, VGA Golfer
Veteran Golfers Association announces lineup for Veterans Day tournament

(Southern Pines, N.C.) – The Veteran Golfers Association will host 80 of the country’s top military veteran golfers at the 2015 VGA National Championship this Veterans Day at Pinehurst No. 2. The National Championship comes on the heels of a series of qualifying events, where more than 600 veterans from across the country competed to earn their spots in the tournament.

This year’s lineup boasts an elite group of athletes who have taken the passion and determination behind their military service to the golf course. Wounded veterans make up nearly half the field, and more than a dozen competitors have received Purple Hearts.

VGA golfer Sergeant Andrew Smith developed a passion for golf after returning home from Afghanistan, where he stepped on a pressure plate IED and lost both his legs. Sgt. Smith first tried to qualify for the VGA Championship in North Carolina, but missed the cut by ten strokes. Despite this setback, Sgt. Smith remained determined to make it to Pinehurst. He tried once again in Florida a few days later, where he was only eight strokes short of qualifying.

Sgt. Smith’s passion did not go unnoticed. When a member of the Pinehurst Country Club heard Sgt. Smith’s story, he offered to fly Sgt. Smith to Connecticut for free, where he could try to qualify for the championship once more. His tenacity paid off. Sgt. Smith sank a 20 foot birdie putt to advance to Pinehurst.

“Qualifying for the 2015 VGA National Championship is one of my proudest moments and biggest accomplishments,” said Sgt. Smith. “Since serving in Afghanistan, golf has helped me immensely on the road to recovery. Playing has helped me to stay active and form new, lifelong friendships with my fellow soldiers.”

Joshua Peyton, VGA President and a retired Army Captain and Army Ranger, established the organization with veterans like Sgt. Smith in mind.

“The Veteran Golfers Association was founded last year to provide veterans across the country with the ultimate golfing experience,” said Peyton. “We are bridging the gap between soldiers’ passion for serving their country and their passion for the game of golf. The VGA is the only organization nationwide to offer all veterans – wounded and non-wounded, active and retired – the opportunity to compete, socialize and stay active through golf.”

Sponsors for the event include the Armed Forces Foundation, Druh Belts & Buckles, Schneider Electric, Southern Pines Brewing Company, UPS and Wilson, among others.

The championship is scheduled for November 8 through 11. For more information, visit

GolfTEC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Charity Promotion Benefitting PGA REACH

Complimentary Lesson Offered at U.S. Locations from Oct. 9-11

(Centennial, Colo.) – GolfTEC – the world leader in golf lessons – is commemorating its 20th anniversary, by providing one complimentary 30-minute lesson from Oct. 9-11, to any interested individuals who first make a donation to PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America.

Offered at all GolfTEC locations in the United States, this unique instruction opportunity allows golfers to sign up online at To complete the process, customers will follow instructions on making a donation to PGA REACH, and must show their receipt upon arrival at GolfTEC. Each lesson is valued at more than $50 and individuals are asked to make a $20 suggested minimum contribution, but can donate more, if preferred.

Through the game of golf, PGA REACH fosters inclusion and positively impacts youth, military veterans and diverse communities. Aligned with the PGA’s 41 Section offices and charitable partners, PGA REACH leverages the game of golf to make a difference in the communities it serves.

“Over the past 20 years GolfTEC has grown from a small, regional operation to the largest provider of golf lessons in the world, and we’re just getting started,” says Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO of GolfTEC. “Our goal is to grow the game by helping golfers improve and enjoy golf more, which creates a devoted consumer base excited to play and share this amazing sport.”

Highly efficient and boasting a 96 percent success rate, GolfTEC lessons are taught one-on-one by Certified Personal Coaches, mostly in indoor bays that utilize proprietary teaching technology. Developing a comprehensive improvement plan for each student is the foundation of GolfTEC’s philosophy. This is embodied by the company’s popular game plans and lesson packs, which are available in a variety of options to suit all budgets.

“As the largest employer of PGA Professionals, it’s evident that GolfTEC shares a common goal with the PGA of America to grow the game of golf,” said Scott Kmiec, Senior Director of PGA REACH. “We are excited that PGA REACH will serve as the beneficiary of GolfTEC’s 20th anniversary celebration, in order to make an even more meaningful impact on the lives of youth, military and diverse communities.”

Since 1995, GolfTEC has taught more than 5.7 million lessons at nearly 200 locations worldwide. Committed to strengthening the industry and hiring only the best staff, GolfTEC coaches are comprised of experienced professionals, most of whom have taught thousands of lessons. Each goes through a rigorous multi-week certification at GolfTEC University, including continued advanced training to master the analysis of golf swing mechanics, the technology of the GolfTEC system and the most productive teaching techniques.

Among the technologies currently employed:
* g-SWING teaching technology – This patented software program displays real-time video with motion measurement, while capturing body positions throughout the swing. Coaches use the information to diagnose, communicate and measure the changes that will lead to improvement.
* TECfit – Using Foresight launch monitors to capture critical performance data – ball flight, ball speed, clubhead speed, launch angle, sidespin and backspin – coaches cross-reference this information with GolfTEC’s proprietary SwingLabs® database to help select ideal clubs for each student’s swing. They can then accurately illustrate changes in ball performance that result from club adjustments.

To learn more about the GolfTEC 20th Anniversary promotion, visit or call 877-446-5383.

Ryder Cup Captains Davis Love III, Darren Clarke Join David Feherty for Live Special

Morning Drive On-Site Tuesday at Hazeltine National Golf Club for Ryder Cup One-Year-Out Press Conference With Love and Clarke, Along With Special Guests

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Golf Channel will celebrate one-year-out from the 2016 Ryder Cup on Tuesday with comprehensive coverage from Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., – site of the Ryder Cup – featuring an expanded Morning Drive from 7-11 a.m. ET, followed by a Golf Central special at 6:30 p.m. ET and a Feherty Live primetime special at 9 p.m. ET from Minneapolis with U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III and European Captain Darren Clarke.

Tuesday from 7-11 a.m. ET, Damon Hack will report on-site at Hazeltine National for Morning Drive, which will include guests from the PGA of America, members of the national golf media, Minnesota Vikings players Kyle Rudolph and Chad Greenway, and Ryder Cup captains Clarke and Love during the four-hour expanded show. The live captains’ press conference is scheduled to air during the 10 a.m. ET hour. Golf Central will air a half-hour special Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. ET, featuring sit down interviews with the two captains. The show also will take a look back to the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET, David Feherty – one of the most recognizable and unique personalities in sports and newly announced NBC Sports golf analyst – will unleash his wit and unconventional interview style that has earned his show critical acclaim when he hosts a special Feherty Live stage show from the historic Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, Minn. Feherty Live – Countdown to the Ryder Cup, will feature conversations with Clarke and Love. Viewers also will get a behind the scenes preview of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National.

Friday, September 25, 2015

What is Monsta Golf? I'm Learning

I received an e-mail this morning from Monsta Golf. If you’re on social media, you’re probably familiar with the brand. The company is now offering customization to their three-piece, cast urethane ball. You can now add a logo, photo, initials, etc.

Being a fan of the “indi-golf” movement, I looked into the company a little more and chatted with one of the owners - Ken - on the phone. Love the idea and passion behind Monsta Golf!

Here’s a bit from their “About Us” page:
Monsta Golf started as an idea back in the spring of 2013 by two working dads from Boston who love the game of golf. Dave and Ken, the founders of Monsta Golf, realize(like most of us) the key to an exceptional golf game is consistency and the short game. Money is in the short game, as we all know. Using the same golf ball while honing your skills is an important factor in being consistent. Almost every brand of golf ball performs differently, especially around the greens. This causes variations in accuracy and performance. Some golf balls are for distance, some for spin. The top performing brands currently on the market that are constructed to do both, retail for $48/dozen or more. Golf can be expensive enough!

We need to create a pro performance golf ball that’s affordable, so it can be used every round you play. Allowing  the development of  a more consistant game and control around the greens. In addition, we don’t want to cringe every time we lose a $4-$5 ball in the woods.” (Yes, this will probably happen no matter what ball you use!)

Fast forward a year later and Monsta Golf is born.

What started out as conversation on the golf course, is now a reality. We believe our 3-piece cast urethane golf ball is a premium performance golf ball without the premium price. The Monsta golf ball is affordable, bringing accuracy and constancy to your game along with superb spin and control off your lofted clubs. Money is in the short game!

If you want to learn more, check out the website: or follow on Twitter @monstagolf.

Women on the Green Mean Business in the Boardroom

Female golfers are on the rise and Golf Women Mean Business is providing a unique and engaging resource to help those numbers soar

(Atlanta, GA) - What do you get when you put together a group of women who play golf and network on the green? “The answer is Golf Women Mean Business,” says Founder and CEO Patrina King. The one year old Atlanta based organization has recently opened two additional locations in Charlotte North Carolina and Washington D.C. GWMB serves as an innovative model to inspire women entrepreneurs and career professionals to play a sport and engage in business opportunities. King refers to this as learning how to play “outside” the box.

“We teach women the concepts of golf and how to use it for business purposes. Our goal is to strengthen business acumen and help women master the art of connecting and networking in a non-intimidating environment,” she added. King has been playing golf since she was seven years old. She has a passion for helping break the barriers for business women who are intimidated in the world of golf. The organization has monthly events that include golf clinics, networking opportunities and educational training.

According to Berkley Golf Consulting, at the end of 2013, there were 4.7 million women golfers over the age of 18. There were 15.8 million male golfers during this same period. Women increased and men decreased since 2013.

GWMB has recently engaged Abigale Schepperle as one of its newest teaching professionals. Schepperle is a four time state champion and two time individual champion. She is a graduate of Auburn University and earned a full athletic scholarship to Auburn University. While there, she was a part of two SEC Championship teams, and Auburn was ranked top ten in the nation her four years of attendance. Schepperle is also a player Development Director, Certified US Kids Instructor and will be providing lessons to GWMB members.

"I am very excited for the opportunity to team up with GWMB. I was previously in the banking industry for seven years before I decided to teach full time and I had always been trying to find a way to incorporate a way for people to understand the benefit of being able to golf in the business world. The only way that we as women are going to grow the game is to get involved. We should never feel intimidated to try something new or experience something different. I look forward to being able to motivate others to step outside of the box and give the game a chance," said Schepperle.

To find out more information about GWMB and its membership, visit

WellPutt to be Distributed in Canada

Collection of Innovative Training Aids for Putting and Full-Swing Play Now Available North of the Border

(JUPITER, Florida) – WellPutt (, a collection of training aids that are original, innovative and effective for golfers of all skill levels, now is available for purchase at golf shops and retail shops throughout Canada. Individual golfers, instructors and academies in Canada can see and try the extraordinary WellPutt training aids.

“Canadian golfers now have the opportunity to discover how the popular line of WellPutt training aids can improve their practice and play,” said Laurent-Alix Huguet, CEO of H4 Distribution, which distributes WellPutt products throughout the U.S. “We are pleased that MKRAK, a company which specializes in Canadian distribution of high-quality golf products, has added WellPutt training aids to its lineup.”

Among the WellPutt products to be distributed in Canada the award-winning Welling Putt Mat, favored by instructors and golfers who prefer to practice putting indoors. Welling Putt Mat won the 2013 Golf Europe Product Award in the training-aid category. WellPutt’s Arc to Arc 5, for improving the technicality of one’s putting stroke, also will be sold in Canada.

Nexbelt Committed to Help Find a Cure During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

(RANCHO CUCAMONGA) - Nexbelt, "The Belt With No Holes", announced that in an effort to help find a cure for breast cancer, they are offering a Special 30% OFF Discount on all of their PINK Breast Cancer Awareness Belts during the month of October and will donate 20% of all PINK belt sales in October to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Nexbelt currently has five different PINK BCA belts available for Men and Women on their website.
Click on the links below to view and purchase:
- Men's/Women's Power Pink:
- Women's GEM Power Pink:
- Women's Sleek Power Pink:
- Women's Rachel Pink:
- Women's Allie Pink:

About The National Breast Cancer Foundation
The National Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1991 by breast cancer survivor, Janelle Hail. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1980 at the age of 34. At the time of her diagnosis, there was little information about the disease, and she was forced to make a decision about her health with few options. After her treatment, Janelle made a commitment to help women around the world by educating them about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.

The Mission of NBCF
NBCF's mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. Breast cancer is one of the leading health crises for women in the United States. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. There is currently no known cure for breast cancer, and its early diagnosis is critical to survival. According to The National Cancer Institute (NCI), getting a high-quality mammogram and having a clinical breast exam on a regular basis are the most effective ways to detect breast cancer early. The National Cancer Institute recommends women age 40 and older receive annual mammogram screenings to provide early detection of breast cancer.

However, with increased healthcare costs and a rapidly increasing percentage of uninsured women, many simply cannot afford the cost of screening tests. These women are at a significantly higher risk of dying from breast cancer if later diagnosed. That's why NBCF provides FREE mammograms to women in all 50 states through our network of hospitals. We are now joining hands with people around the world to provide breast cancer education.

"At Nexbelt, we're committed to help find a cure for this horrible disease," said Eddie Rowland, Co-Founder of Nexbelt, "There are a lot of great organizations out there that are raising awareness and stressing the importance of early detection. The NBCF is one of the best. They provide FREE mammograms to women across the country through their network of hospitals. I encourage everyone out there to visit our website and purchase one of our PINK belts this month. We must stay diligent so we can find a cure, but in the meantime early diagnosis is the key to saving lives."

Nexbelt's DRIVE Vision ...
Deliver what we Promise with Integrity.
Retain the Human touch
Invest in Good People generously.
Value our Customers Unconditionally.
Embrace Change with Innovation.

For more information about Nexbelt, visit

Betenly Golf Announces End of Summer Blowout Sale

(Ontario, California) - PB Aristo announced an End of Summer Blowout Sale on its Betenly Golf line of men's apparel.

For a Limited Time only you can purchase two pairs of Betenly Golf trousers, three pairs of Betenly Golf shorts or three Betenly Golf belts for $99. You'll also receive free shipping on all orders of $99 or more.

Betenly Golf trousers are regularly priced at $135 - $175 each. Shorts are regularly priced at $70 - $105 each and Belts are regularly priced at $125 each.

Visit the Aristo18/Betenly Golf website to take advantage of this Special End of Summer Offer:

Betenly Golf is a "fashion-performance" collection that features modern styling, bold use of color, and innovative tech and natural fiber fabrications. Designs and fabric technology are heavily influenced by our super-premium Aristo 18 and A-18 collections to create premium products of exceptional value. Factory-direct sourcing and vertical production capabilities allow for direct collaboration with golf retailers to design high quality, luxury products with exceptional value. Betenly Golf represents a new generation of men's sportswear that is redefining golf fashion.

For more information on Aristo18, A18 and Betenly Golf visit

CareerBuilder Challenge Unveils New Logo, Website for Area's Premier Golf Event

New title sponsor inspires easy-to-navigate website design geared toward providing fans with an enhanced experience

(LA QUINTA, Calif.) – The CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, the annual 72-hole PGA TOUR event in the Coachella Valley, unveiled its new tournament logo and website –

The 2016 tournament, the first with CareerBuilder as title sponsor, will be held during the week of January 18, with official rounds scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 24.

Along with CareerBuilder becoming the new title sponsor, comes a new tournament logo and website for this premier golf tournament, a California desert mainstay for nearly six decades. The 2016 event remains in the city of La Quinta, but moves its host course across the street to the storied TPC Stadium Course at PGA WEST. The other two courses are the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA WEST, and longtime tournament course La Quinta Country Club.

The primary goals in rebranding the tournament, once known as the Bob Hope Classic, were to announce  CareerBuilder’s new title sponsorship, introduce the public to the new brand and showcase the unique elements of the tournament that amplify the spectator experience. This began with the creation of the event’s new dynamic logo. Created by Cord Media’s Kevin Reuter, the logo features a green streak that resembles the path of a golf ball going into a hole with the words “CareerBuilder Challenge” in all caps superimposed over the pin.

“Our first objective was to design the tournament logo to visually feel like an extension of the title sponsor’s brand,” Reuter said. “With PGA TOUR event logos, the title sponsor should and must take priority. Ancillary graphics were added to help immediately distinguish this as a golf event and to reinforce the word ‘Challenge.’ The concept of a ball rolling into a cup with the flag not yet removed conveys a hole-in-one.”

“Designing a new logo to convey not only a title sponsor’s vision, but provide an event with a recognizable profile that satisfies many audiences is a high-wire act,” said Bill Tait, Tournament Director.

Tait, continued, “Our new logo walks the wire wonderfully. It’s a perfect example of the direction we’re going in making the CareerBuilder Challenge one of the most spectator- and fan-friendly events on the PGA TOUR. Everything about it, from the ‘ace’ Kevin depicted to the bold, sweeping, distinctive lettering conveys an event on the move and an event that people want to take part in and experience.”

“The CareerBuilder Challenge is a great venue to connect people with our brand,” said Kevin Knapp, Chief Financial and Operating Officer for CareerBuilder. “The new look and feel of the website, logo and other promotional materials is fun and engaging, and sets the stage for an exciting event ahead.”

The tournament’s goal, to create an interactive event for fans, is manifested in the new CareerBuilder Challenge website. Also designed by Cord Media, it is not only easy to navigate, but also applicable on all platforms: from smartphones to tablets to laptop computers.

Cord Media’s Sky Lundy designed the website with an emphasis on ease-of-navigation that fits hand-in-glove with the tournament’s emphasis on spectator-friendliness and access.

“With a golf tournament that has such a rich history as the CareerBuilder Challenge, our own challenge was to present content in a way that people would expect from modern websites. Site visitors are going to immediately notice how tailored the experience is when visiting We’re abandoning the tired concept of endless navigation and menus by creating user paths that get visitors the most relevant information with the least amount of effort,” Lundy said.

One key feature is the constant evolution of the site. It will change and adapt as its countdown clock gets closer to tournament week. Tournament-focused Twitter conversations, live scores, Instagram pics and other up-to-the-moment items will all be featured on the site.

“The CareerBuilder Challenge site will become a destination, not a brochure,” Lundy said.        

To learn more about the CareerBuilder Challenge, contact the CareerBuilder Challenge tournament office at 760.346.8184 or

New ‘Top 100 Continental Europe’ Ranking: PGA Catalunya Resort, Best in Spain

(Girona, Spain) - The Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya Resort, near Barcelona, Spain’s official candidate host venue for The 2022 Ryder Cup, has been recognised as the country’s best golf course in Golf World Magazine’s biennial ‘Top 100 Courses in Continental Europe’ ranking, published today.

The 6,705-metre course, which hosted the 2014 Open de España, has risen one place from 5th to 4th in the magazine’s new Continental rankings, one of the oldest and most authoritative in European golf, reinforcing the Resort’s position as the current European Golf Resort of the Year*.

The Stadium Course is the highest ranked Spanish course in the revised listing, which is published in the November 2015 issue of the magazine.

Julio Delgado, Chief Executive of PGA Catalunya Resort, a European Tour Destination, said: “Our rise in Golf World Magazine’s rankings further enhances the reputation of the Stadium Course as Spain’s No.1. During the first six months of this year we saw a 15% rise in international visitors, playing both the Stadium and Tour courses, and further accolades such as this will only encourage more golfers in the future.

“We continue to invest in PGA Catalunya Resort to further enhance the experience for members, visitors and our growing community of property owners, and we have exciting plans for the development over the coming months and years.”

Commenting on the decision to rank the Stadium Course highly, Golf World Magazine editor, Nick Wright, said: “Every time I visit PGA Catalunya Resort, I’m always impressed by the passion and attention to detail displayed by the entire green-keeping and course management teams. They literally leave no stone unturned in their quest to present the course in optimum condition. But equally important is the club’s approach to visitors. You won’t find a more welcoming and comfortable to play golf in Europe. They have the balance just right in terms of creating a truly memorable golfing experience. I always look forward to returning.”

Less than an hour’s drive from the vibrant city of Barcelona and only 20 minutes from the Michelin-starred restaurants of Girona, the 36-hole resort has consistently ranked among the 10 best European golf venues since it opened in 1999, attracting discerning golfers, international elite amateur teams and professionals, as well as major international events, including three Spanish Opens, the 1999 Sarazen World Open and European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage events since 2008.

For further information about PGA Catalunya Resort, its golf courses and private residences, visit

* As voted by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators 

Bobby Jones Becomes Official Clothier of Golf Channel Academy

Golf’s Premier Luxury Brand Partners with Network of Teaching Professionals to Pay Homage to the ‘Lifeblood’ of the Game

(Atlanta, GA) – Bobby Jones, the leading purveyor of authentic luxury golf products for more than a quarter century, today announced that it has partnered with Golf Channel Academy (GCA) to become the official clothier to its network of 64 locations and more than 200 teaching professionals throughout North America.

As part of the deal, Bobby Jones will offer a selection of complimentary and preferred pricing luxury apparel to all GCA coaches and special incentives for GCA student.  In return, GCA coaches will provide instructional content for the new “Instructor’s Corner” and introduce the Bobby Jones brand to their students.

“Throughout his storied career Bobby Jones had a reputation for being an ardent student of the game, studying the mechanics of his swing with great meticulousness,” said Andy Bell, President/CEO of Jones Global Sports.  “His interest in the technical aspects of the golf swing and his appreciation of and respect for teaching professionals, as the ‘lifeblood’ of the game, make this partnership one we know Mr. Jones would be very proud of.  Staying true to Mr. Jones’ ideals, we are excited to offer our support for the men and women charged with helping people learn, improve and enjoy this great game.”

Golf Channel Academy’s sister company Proponent Group, the leading professional services company for golf’s top instructors, is also included in the agreement. Bobby Jones will provide exclusive personal use discounts to Proponent Group’s 600+ members worldwide.

“Partnering with Bobby Jones sets the tone for level of quality and caliber inherent in Golf Channel Academy, its coaches and our commitment to the game,” said Todd Wilson, CEO, Golf Channel Academy.  “We’re very excited by the opportunity to broaden awareness of these fine products to the game’s top instructors and their students.”

For more than a quarter century, Bobby Jones has provided luxury men’s and women’s sportswear, including polo shirts, button downs, shorts, slacks and sweaters/knits to demanding consumers looking to exude a classy, cool confidence on and off the course.  The Bobby Jones brand can be found at the finest golf clubs, resorts and haberdasheries in the world.  For more information on the Bobby Jones brand, visit Open Renews Culinary Partnership With Chef Thomas Keller

(Napa, Calif.) – Preparing for its return to Napa Valley’s Silverado Resort and Spa this October 12-18, 2015, the Open has renewed its culinary partnership with Thomas Keller Restaurant Group (TKRG). Chef Thomas Keller and his team will host “Thomas Keller’s Drive-In: Cuisine by the Green” on-site during this year’s season-opening PGA TOUR tournament.  This exclusive culinary experience will feature guest-favorites from Ad Hoc + Addendum and Bouchon Bakery including Ad Hoc + Addendum’s Lobster Roll and Buttermilk Fried Chicken Buckets, as well as Bouchon Bakery’s Bacon Cheddar Scone, Croissants, Blueberry Muffins and Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

“To have a first-class PGA TOUR tournament in your backyard is very exciting, but to have our casual restaurants – Ad Hoc + Addendum and Bouchon Bakery – be a part of it is truly special,” said Chef Keller, chef / proprietor, TKRG.  “As an avid fan of golf, a sport which embodies the same drive for excellence as our restaurant group, we’re pleased to partner with the Open to benefit charity, including those who have been displaced by the recent fires in Northern California.”

Tournament Chairperson Kathy Kolder and Silverado Managing Director John Evans agreed that an upscale concessions opportunity will be an enhancement for fans.  Guests can find “Thomas Keller’s Drive-In: Cuisine by the Green” near the 18th tee.  Additionally, Bouchon Bakery pastries and coffee will be available to guests at the entrance to the tournament and Ad Hoc + Addendum lunch items will be available in the main concessions area and Patio Club.

“We are thrilled to have Chef Keller and his team continue their support as we strive to provide a Napa Valley experience for our sponsors and fans,” Kolder said. “Together we will impact charities that are working to improve the lives of others.”  Among the many tournament beneficiaries are the Salvation Army of Napa, Napa Valley Food Bank and Queen of the Valley Foundation.

In addition to hosting “Thomas Keller’s Drive-In: Cuisine by the Green,” TKRG also owns and operates Ad Lib, the casual pop-up restaurant located at Silverado Resort and Spa.  During the Open, October 12-18, 2015, Ad Lib will serve dinner nightly from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and offer brunch October 15-18, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Ad Lib’s final service will commence on Monday, October 19, 2015.  Reservations can be made at or by calling (707) 754-4148.

Prior to the official start of the professional tournament, Chef Keller is expected to play in the featured pro-am group October 14 at 1 p.m.

A gallery of approximately 50,000 is expected for the week, according to Tournament Director Jeff Sanchez.  The tournament will be televised worldwide on Golf Channel from 2:00-5:00 (Pacific) Thursday through Sunday, October 15-18.