Thursday, June 30, 2016

USGA Announces Groupings and Starting Times for the 71st U.S. Women’s Open Championship

(SAN MARTIN, Calif.) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced groupings and starting times for the first two rounds of the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, Thursday (July 7) and Friday (July 8) at 6,784-yard, par-72 CordeValle.

The U.S. Women’s Open is a 72-hole, stroke-play competition. A field of 156 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on July 7 and 8, after which the field will be reduced to the low 60 scores and ties. Those players making the cut will play 18 holes on July 9 and 10. If there is a tie upon the completion of 72 holes, a playoff will be three holes of aggregate stroke play and will occur immediately following the conclusion of Round 4. In the event of a further tie, play will immediately continue hole by hole until the champion is determined.

All Times PDT
Thursday (July 7), hole #1 / Friday (July 8), hole #10
7 a.m. / 12:35 p.m. – Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif.; (a) Yan Liu, People's Republic of China; Kasey Petty, Canal Winchester, Ohio
7:11 a.m. / 12:46 p.m. – (a) Albane Valenzuela, Switzerland; Liv Cheng, New Zealand; TBD
7:22 a.m. / 12:57 p.m. – Pei-Yun Chien, Chinese Taipei; Hannah Burke, England; (a) Bailey Tardy, Peachtree Corners, Ga.
7:33 a.m. / 1:08 p.m. – Kelly Shon, Port Washington, N.Y.; (a) Julia Engstrom, Sweden; Min Lee, Chinese Taipei
7:44 a.m. / 1:19 p.m. – Sakura Yokomine, Japan; Gwladys Nocera, France; Yoonji Cho, Republic of Korea
7:55 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. – Caroline Masson, Germany; Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden; Mi Jung Hur, Republic of Korea
8:06 a.m. / 1:41 p.m. – Sun-Ju Ahn, Republic of Korea; Austin Ernst, Seneca, S.C.; Shiho Oyama, Japan
8:17 a.m. / 1:52 p.m. – Anna Nordqvist, Sweden; Mika Miyazato, Japan; Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif.
8:28 a.m. / 2:03 p.m. – Jenny Shin, Republic of Korea; Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand; Minjee Lee, Australia
8:39 a.m. / 2:14 p.m. – In Gee Chun, Republic of Korea; (a) Hannah O'Sullivan, Chandler, Ariz.; Stacy Lewis, The Woodlands, Texas
8:50 a.m. / 2:25 p.m. – Wei-Ling Hsu, Chinese Taipei; Erina Hara, Japan; Maria McBride, Orlando, Fla.
9:01 a.m. / 2:36 p.m. – Kotone Hori, Japan; TBD; (a) Hye-Jin Choi, Republic of Korea
9:12 a.m. / 2:47 p.m. – (a) Haeran Ryu, Republic of Korea; Christine Song, Maryville, Tenn.; Spencer Heller, Turlock, Calif.

Thursday (July 7), hole #10 / Friday (July 8), hole #1
7:05 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Sophia Popov, Germany; (a) Jennifer Kupcho, Westminster, Colo.; Nelly Korda, Bradenton, Fla.
7:16 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – (a) Yunjie Zhang, People's Republic of China; TBD; (a) Alexandra Kaui, Kapolei, Hawaii
7:27 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Kelly Tan, Malaysia; (a) Naomi Eun Young Ko, Canada; Valentine Derrey, France
7:38 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – Beth Allen, San Diego, Calif.; Camilla Lennarth, Sweden; Sun Young Yoo, Republic of Korea
7:49 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Teresa Lu, Chinese Taipei; Jung Min Lee, Republic of Korea; Brittany Lang, McKinney, Texas
8 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Christina Kim, San Jose, Calif.; Karrie Webb, Australia; Ilhee Lee, Republic of Korea
8:11 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – So Yeon Ryu, Republic of Korea; Na Yeon Choi, Republic of Korea; Se Ri Pak, Republic of Korea
8:22 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Candie Kung, Chinese Taipei; Bomee Lee, Republic of Korea; Morgan Pressel, Boca Raton, Fla.
8:33 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Azahara Munoz, Spain; Pornanong Phatlum, Thailand; Haru Nomura, Japan
8:44 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Cristie Kerr, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Lizette Salas, Azusa, Calif.; Mirim Lee, Republic of Korea
8:55 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Ashleigh Simon, South Africa; Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England; Jing Yan, People's Republic of China
9:06 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – Jane Park, Woodstock, Ga.; Jaye Marie Green, Boca Raton, Fla.; Ssu-Chia Cheng, Chinese Taipei
9:17 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Paula Hurtado, Colombia; (a) Rinko Mitsunaga, Roswell, Ga.; Gaby Lopez, Mexico

Thursday (July 7), hole #1 / Friday (July 8), hole #10
12:30 p.m. / 7:05 a.m. – (a) Anna Hack, Paducah, Ky.; Miriam Nagl, Brazil; (a) Yu Sang Hou, Chinese Taipei
12:41 p.m. / 7:16 a.m. – Nannette Hill, Pelham Manor, N.Y.; (a) Hannah Wood, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, Canada
12:52 p.m. / 7:27 a.m. – (a) Leona Maguire, Republic of Ireland; Lee Lopez, Whittier, Calif.; Sandra Changkija, Orlando, Fla.
1:03 p.m. / 7:38 a.m. – Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass.; Beatriz Recari, Spain; Alena Sharp, Canada
1:14 p.m. / 7:49 a.m. – Kris Tamulis, Naples, Fla.; Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand; Jennifer Song, Ann Arbor, Mich.
1:25 p.m. / 8 a.m. – Mi Hyang Lee, Republic of Korea; Karine Icher, France; Ryann O'Toole, San Clemente, Calif.
1:36 p.m. / 8:11 a.m. – Catriona Matthew, Scotland; Yani Tseng, Chinese Taipei; Mo Martin, Naples, Fla.
1:47 p.m. / 8:22 a.m. – Shanshan Feng, People's Republic of China; Brittany Lincicome, Seminole, Fla.; Ha Na Jang, Republic of Korea
1:58 p.m. / 8:33 a.m. – Jessica Korda, Bradenton, Fla.; Amy Yang, Republic of Korea; Hyo Joo Kim, Republic of Korea
2:09 p.m. / 8:44 a.m. – Paula Creamer, Pleasanton, Calif.; Charley Hull, England; Carlota Ciganda, Spain
2:20 p.m. / 8:55 a.m. – Su Oh, Australia; (a) Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C.; Hee Young Park, Orlando, Fla.
2:31 p.m. / 9:06 a.m. – Julie Yang, Stillwater, Okla.; (a) Marissa Chow, Honolulu, Hawaii; Ayaka Matsumori, Japan
2:42 p.m. / 9:17 a.m. – (a) Chika Sawada, Japan; Taylor Kim, Canada; (a) Karah Sanford, San Diego, Calif.

Thursday (July 7), hole #10 / Friday (July 8), hole #1
12:35 p.m. / 7 a.m. – Emi Sato, Japan; (a) Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii; Jackie Stoelting, Vero Beach, Fla.
12:46 p.m. / 7:11 a.m. – Pamela Pretswell, Scotland; TBD; (a) Robynn Ree, Redondo Beach, Calif.
12:57 p.m. / 7:22 a.m. – Olivia Cowan, Germany; (a) Sierra Brooks, Orlando, Fla.; Madelene Sagstrom, Sweden
1:08 p.m. / 7:33 a.m. – Nicole Broch Larsen, Denmark; Sydnee Michaels, Temecula, Calif.; Julieta Granada, Paraguay
1:19 p.m. / 7:44 a.m. – I.K. Kim, Republic of Korea; Danielle Kang, Las Vegas, Nev.; Eun Hee Ji, Republic of Korea
1:30 p.m. / 7:55 a.m. – Sung Hyun Park, Republic of Korea; Lee-Anne Pace, South Africa; Chella Choi, Republic of Korea
1:41 p.m. / 8:06 a.m. – Michelle Wie, Jupiter, Fla.; Angela Stanford, Fort Worth, Texas; Sandra Gal, Germany
1:52 p.m. / 8:17 a.m. – Sei Young Kim, Republic of Korea; Suzann Pettersen, Norway; Gerina Piller, Roswell, N.M.
2:03 p.m. / 8:28 a.m. – Lexi Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla.; Brooke Henderson, Canada; Lydia Ko, New Zealand
2:14 p.m. / 8:39 a.m. – Mariajo Uribe, Colombia; Kimberly Kaufman, Heathrow, Fla.; Xiyu Lin, People's Republic of China
2:25 p.m. / 8:50 a.m. – Melissa Reid, England; Marina Alex, Wayne, N.J.; Q Baek, Republic of Korea
2:36 p.m. / 9:01 a.m. – Jade Schaeffer, France; (a) Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif.; TBD
2:47 p.m. / 9:12 a.m. – Sue Kim, Canada; Sandra Angulo Minarro, Mexico; (a) Erica Shepherd, Greenwood, Ind.

(a) = amateur
TBD = player to be determined

TRX Launches Innovative Golf Performance Program Using Body-First Approach

Golf Fitness Expert Trevor Anderson Utilizes TRX’s Suspension Trainer and Rip Trainer to Build Stability, Mobility and Coordination for Better On-Course Performance

(SAN FRANCISCO) - TRX, the industry leader in functional training and creator of Suspension Training bodyweight exercise, today expanded its library of innovative sports-specific fitness programs to include golf. The “TRX for Golf” programming is led by renowned golf performance and fitness expert Trevor Anderson, who works with Lydia Ko – No. 1 LPGA Tour Player – and two-time World Long Drive Champion Tim Burke. TRX is providing golfers at every level a golf-specific fitness program, designed to accelerate game-improvement by focusing on the golf swing mechanics of stability, mobility and coordination.

Based on a body-first approach, “TRX For Golf” was developed by Anderson, a TRX Master Instructor and Director of Golf Performance for David Leadbetter’s elite golf academies, to help improve every aspect of a golfer’s game. Utilizing TRX’s Suspension Trainer and Rip Trainer, Anderson targets stability, mobility and coordination as the key principles of each workout. The program is built on TRX’s seven foundational movements including lunge, squat, push, pull, hinge, plank and rotate to develop the power, efficiency and strength needed to hit the ball further and more consistent, ultimately improving golf performance.

“Whether you’re a golfer that wants to hit the ball further and score better or a trainer wanting to get the best out of a client, ‘TRX For Golf’ delivers practical movements to achieve higher levels of success in golf, no matter the goal,” said Anderson. “This program will help improve the most important areas of a golfer’s body allowing for efficient movement for the most effective, balanced swing while keeping the body healthy and safe.  As more and more top PGA Tour players focus on their fitness, it’s clearly evident their work off the course is drastically affecting results on the course. The program utilizes the same exercises being implemented by the best Tour players in the world, and TRX is providing a platform for all golfers to benefit.”

“TRX For Golf” programming, which is available as a digital download, provides consumers with three innovative workouts, utilizing the Rip Trainer, Suspension Trainer and other functional training tools. The Rip Trainer workout focuses on speed, rotation, and power, while the Suspension Trainer targets stability, mobility, and strength. To bridge the gap between Rip and Suspension Training, TRX provides a functional-based workout integrating bodyweight exercises, stretching and plyometrics, among other functional training tools to give consumers a solid foundation needed to excel with this program.

Each exercise in the workout is designed to establish a plank, which strengthens the core for stability that develops a strong posture when addressing the ball and setting up for a shot. Following the plank, TRX and Anderson lead consumers through stability, mobility and coordination exercises. These moves create upper body separation during the back swing, and lower body separation for a smooth transition to the down swing. They allow golfers to stay connected to the ground throughout their swing creating the proper impact position and a balanced follow through. These movements allow golfers to perform their swing efficiently and consistently, ultimately leading to a better golf swing and improved performance on the course.

“Combining the TRX Suspension Trainer and Rip Trainer, two of the most functional fitness tools on the market, with the brilliance of Trevor Anderson’s deep-rooted golf knowledge allowed us to create an innovative program for golfers,” said Chris Frankel Head of Human Performance, TRX. “TRX is built on helping people move better no matter what activity they are doing. This program is designed for golfers of any level to make sure they can move better and achieve their goals on and off the course.”

TRX offers a “TRX Golf Bundle,” which includes a TRX Home Kit, TRX Rip Trainer, “TRX For Golf” programing, including three downloadable workouts for $289.95. The Suspension Training and Rip Training specific workouts can be bought individually for $4.95.

For more information on “TRX For Golf” programming, and to hit the ball further and more consistent, while keeping the body in peak physical condition to play longer, visit

PGA Outdoor Demo Experience Features Top Golf Equipment, Technology Companies in Las Vegas

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – Top equipment and technology companies will demonstrate their newest products and services at the 2016 PGA Outdoor Demo Experience, Mon., Aug. 15, at Cascata Golf Club, just outside of Las Vegas, from 2–6 p.m. The PGA Outdoor Demo Experience opens the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience, Aug. 15-17, with a full day of golf events, including a Pro-Pro tournament, short-game instructional workshop, new equipment and technology testing, an indoor golf product marketplace, industry networking, special events, contests/prizes, live music and a barbeque.

“The PGA Outdoor Demo Experience is one of the most popular and highly-rated events at the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience,” said PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions Senior Vice President and General Manager Ed Several. “PGA Professionals and buyers enjoy the beautiful setting of Cascata Golf Club and a full day of competition, product testing, short game instruction and networking among peers. Additionally, the contests, barbeque and live entertainment create a fun and inviting environment for our guests.”

Participating companies are updated daily at and to date include:
• 4D Motion Sports
• FlightScope
• AED One-Stop Shop
• Foresight Sports
• AZ Golf Group
• GolfBoard
• Callaway Golf
• Hole-In-One Coverage
• SteadiHead
• CardConnect
• Hole in 1 Drinks, Inc.
• The Puttskee
• Cobra Puma Golf
• Incrediwear
• Tour Edge Golf
• Convert-A-Hole Putting Ring
• October Golf Gear
• VPAR Live Golf Scoring
• One Putt Designs
• Wilson Golf
• Dynamic Brands
• PECO Sales - Garmin Golf Products
• Ernest Sports

PGA Outdoor Demo Experience Schedule of Events
Aug. 15, Cascata Golf Club
• 9 a.m. Pro-Pro Tournament - Open to PGA and LPGA Professionals, the tournament features: $20,650 total purse; $5,000 first-place prize; $1,000 chipping and putting contests; $100 per-hole Skins Game and Closest to the Pin and Long Drive contests.  Organized by the Southwest PGA Section, separate registration required, limited to 50 two-person teams.  
• 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. PGA Outdoor Demo Experience - Equipment Testing, Indoor Marketplace, Industry Networking, Special Events, Contests/Prizes, Live Music & Barbeque.
• 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Short Game Instructional Workshop - “Finding Your Natural Swing” Instructional Workshop, Mike Adams, PGA (separate registration required)

Complimentary transportation to and from The Venetian will be provided to all registered event attendees. There will be no onsite parking and limited offsite parking at the club.

PGA Professionals receive 4 MSR credits for attending the PGA Outdoor Demo Experience.  More than 20 MSR credits are available to PGA Professionals through participation in various PGA Fashion & Demo Experience programs.

2016 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience  
The PGA Fashion & Demo Experience, Aug. 15-17, in Las Vegas, is a golf merchandising, product testing and professional education event, exclusively for golf industry professionals and golf lifestyle apparel retailers, presented in a modern, sophisticated setting and organized by the PGA of America and PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions. In addition to product presentations by more than 200 companies and brands, the annual industry event features a Pro-Pro Tournament, PGA Outdoor Demo Experience, Fashion Show, Industry Reception and Education Conference. Event details and registration are available at

Greg Norman Golf Course Design Hires Jeff Danner as Senior Design Associate

(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) – Greg Norman Golf Course Design (GNGCD) - the premier signature golf course design firm in the world - announced Jeff Danner as its new Senior Design Associate.

In his role, Danner will oversee and assist with domestic redesign and renovation projects as well as international business development. With a decade of experience in the golf course design industry, Danner’s extensive resume includes architect positions with Golfplan Dale & Ramsey and Lohmann Golf Designs. Danner received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign where he also completed an Independent Study on Sustainable Golf Course Architecture.

Danner has also completed the European Institute of Golf Course Architects Post Graduate Diploma Course, where he studied some of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious courses, and is currently an Associate Member of the EICGA. Danner’s travels have exposed him to golf markets in over 25 countries.

Established in 1987, Greg Norman Golf Course Design spans the globe with 100 courses opened across six continents and in 34 countries. Greg Norman's “least-disturbance approach” design philosophy creates golf courses that blend seamlessly with their surrounding environment and enhance the properties’ natural features.

“Jeff’s vast international experience in the golf course design industry will be a valuable addition to our already stellar design team,” says Greg Norman. “As we embark on the journey to reach another 100 courses, we look forward to seeing Jeff’s creativity and vision come to life in our design offerings.”

“I am passionate about growing the game and making golf accessible for everyone to enjoy, so joining the GNGCD team and having such a huge platform is an incredible opportunity,” said Danner. “My design philosophy syncs perfectly with Greg’s in that I strive to maintain a strict sense of environmental awareness and sensitivity while implementing creative strategy to stimulate the mind and engage golfers of all abilities.”

GNGCD was honored in 2016 with five of its international courses named to Golf Digest’s “World’s 100 Greatest” list including No. 29 Ellerston (Australia), No. 30 New South Wales G.C. (Australia), No. 74 The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip (Vietnam), No. 84 Nirwana (Bali) and No. 97. Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course (UAE).

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AJGA Junior All-Star Invitational Coming to Reynolds Lake Oconee

All Roads Lead to Reynolds from 2017 through 2020

(Greensboro, Ga.) – The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) is proud to announce a five-year partnership with Reynolds Lake Oconee, which will host a new championship event, theJunior All-Star Invitational at Reynolds Lake Oconee. The Invitational will be the season-culminating tournament of the AJGA’s American College Development Services (ACDS) Junior All-Star Series for players age 12 to 15, capping a season-long “Road to Reynolds” sequence of events showcasing the future of the game.

Starting Columbus Day weekend in 2017 and continuing through the fall of 2020, 96 of the top male and female junior golfers will compete in a 54-hole, stroke play tournament at the acclaimed golf resort community, Reynolds Lake Oconee. The international field will be determined by the Polo Golf Rankings, a proprietary system that provides a worldwide barometer of the top players using wins and top finishes in national junior golf events.

“All roads will lead to Reynolds Lake Oconee,” said Stephen Hamblin, executive director of the AJGA. “This Invitational promises to become one of the premier junior golf events in the world, given the level of competition, the world-class caliber of the golf at Reynolds, and the resources available to junior golfers at The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf presented by TaylorMade.”

The Rolex Tournament of Champions, an international event for top-ranked boys and girls ages 12-18, will return to Reynolds Lake Oconee in 2021. The announcement was made on June 29, during the 2016 Rolex Tournament of Champions, which will conclude at Reynolds Lake Oconee on July 1.

“Hosting the AJGA’s Junior All-Star Invitational and the Rolex Tournament of Champions illustrates our commitment to engaging young golfers in the game of golf,” said Mark Lammi, vice president of golf operations at Reynolds Lake Oconee. “Reynolds Lake Oconee is the ideal golf resort community for the entire family and we are proud to be hosting these incredible juniors and their families this week and now over the next five years.”  

The ACDS Junior All-Star Series has college and professional alumni including Rickie Fowler, Morgan Hoffmann, Peter Uihlein, Bud Cauley, Vicky Hurst, Cheyenne Woods, Alison Lee and Jordan Spieth.  

The AJGA Junior All-Star Invitational and Rolex Tournament of Champions are among the most significant AJGA events aimed at the next generation of golfers and hosted by Reynolds Lake Oconee. Other notable events include the Linger Longer Invitational, featuring an elite field of NCAA men’s golf teams, is contested each March, while local qualifying rounds for the Drive, Chip and Putt National Championships are held on Reynolds’ renowned Landing Course each June.

The AJGA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women while providing valuable exposure for college golf scholarships. The AJGA has an annual membership (boys and girls, ages 12-18) of more than 6,500 from 48 states and more than 50 foreign countries.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate, and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors, who have compiled more than 600 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours, include Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, and Brittany Lincicome.

For more information about Reynolds Lake Oconee, visit reynoldslakeoconee.comor to learn more about the Rolex Tournament Of Champions, access

TaylorMade-adidas Golf Strengthens Tour Staff with Signing of Romain Langasque, Jonathan Garrick

Joining Jon Rahm and Jordan Niebrugge, Langasque and Garrick Further Fortify TaylorMade’s Position as the Strongest Global Staff in Golf

(Carlsbad, Calif.) – TaylorMade Golf Company, maker of the most-played driver on the PGA TOUR for 16 years and counting, announced the next two players to officially join its expanding roster of athletes in 2016, Romain Langasque and Jonathan Garrick. Their additions, along with previously signed Jon Rahm and Jordan Niebrugge, strengthen a Tour staff that already includes already includes four players in the top 15 in the world (OWGR): Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, and world #1, Jason Day.

Romain Langasque
Romain Langasque (@Lancaisee) joins the TaylorMade Tour staff after turning professional following the 2016 Masters Tournament, where he became the first French amateur to make the cut at the Masters and ultimately finished T39. His backnine display in Sunday’s final round garnered the attention of fans and media alike and made him one of the most talked about players at the tournament.

An accomplished amateur, the 21-year-old Frenchman won the 2016 Spanish Amateur and was the 2015 British Amateur champion, also making the cut at the 2015 Open Championship. Prior to the season’s first major, Langasque soundly defeated the U.S. Amateur champion 4&3 in the Georgia Cup, an annual match between the Amateur and U.S. Amateur champions.

Langasque is currently fourth in the Challenge Tour standings and will focus his attention there for the majority of 2016, having already secured a full schedule via invites through the French federation, including a spot in next week’s French Open. In addition to the accomplishments listed above, Langasque has five amateur victories to his name:
- 2011 Tournoi Federal Jeunes
- 2013 Grand Prix de la Ligue Messieurs
- 2014 Grand Prix de Bordeaux, Trophee des Regions
- 2015 Southern Cross Invitational, Coupe Frayssineau Mouchy, The Amateur Championship
- 2016 Spanish International Amateur Golf Championship

Having already turned professional, Langasque is currently playing TaylorMade metalwoods and golf ball while wearing adidas Golf footwear. Here's what's in his bag at this week's French Open:
- M2 Driver / 8.5* / Aldila Rogue Silver 60X
- M2 Fairway / 15* / Aldila Alpha 70X
- M1 Rescue / 21* / Project X HZRDUS 85g
- Spider Mallet Putter
- Tour Preferred X Golf Ball
- adidas Golf adicross Gripmore

Jonathan Garrick
Jonathan Garrick (@garrickjonathan) joins the TaylorMade Tour staff following a successful four-year tenure at UCLA. Boasting an impressive resume, proven talent and the academic mind to back it up, Garrick has his sights set on a professional career that will build upon what he has already accomplished in his young golf career.

In October of 2015, Garrick picked up a win at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate and finished the year with five additional top-10 performances, including T-7 at the Pac-12 Championships. The previous season, he was named GCAA Second Team All-America and First Team All-Pac-12 after leading the UCLA Bruins with a 71.2 scoring average. His play helped him to rank 21st in Golfweek’s national amateur rankings.

Additional awards and accomplishments earned by Garrick include:
- 2014 GCAA All-America Honorable Mention
- 2014 Second Team All-Pac-12
- 2014 All-America Honorable Mention by Golfweek
- 2013 GCAA All-America Honorable Mention
- 2011 AJGA First Team All-American
- 2009-2012 San Jose Mercury News Golfer of the Year

His professional career began last month on the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada where he has already seen some early returns; including a recent T-5 (-14) finish in the GolfBC Championship. Garrick plays a complete bag of TaylorMade clubs, including an M1 driver, M2 fairway, PSi Tour 2-PW, Tour Preferred EF Wedges, and a #62 Tour Preferred X golf ball; he has carded multiple 63s but keeps #62 on his ball as a reminder to go out and break that barrier. He will also be wearing adidas Golf apparel and footwear (Tour 360 Boost).

“We’re delighted to bring Romain and Jonathan onboard as the newest members of Team TaylorMade,” said Chuck Presto, Senior Vice President, Global Sports Marketing. “It’s no secret the level of talent each of these young men possesses and we’re excited they’ll be putting the highest performing golf products in the world in their hands as they take the next steps in their professional careers.”

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Waldorf Astoria Partners with Golf Digest to Launch Exclusive Waldorf Astoria Golf Experiences

Luxury Brand Adds Exclusive Golf Itineraries to Collection of Brand-Wide, Guest-Focused Initiatives

(MCLEAN, Va.) – Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts today announced the launch of Waldorf Astoria Golf Experiences, a collection of once-in-a-lifetime packages that pair the most elite golf experiences with luxury accommodations at select Waldorf Astoria hotels beginning in August. The annual program will visit new destinations each year, with the inaugural year debuting at four properties: Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, Waldorf Astoria New York, and Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

Waldorf Astoria Golf Experiences are curated exclusively for the most distinguished golf enthusiasts by Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts in partnership with Golf Digest. Each package offers access to one of the world’s most discriminating fairways named in Golf Digest’s “100 Greatest Golf Courses,” access to the magazine’s top pro-golf editors, VIP amenities, and exceptional itineraries, as well as a stay at one of Waldorf Astoria’s iconic properties featuring the brand’s unparalleled True Waldorf Service. Each participating destination will be exclusive to the first 16 guests who book the package (four groups of four), with the exception of Waldorf Astoria New York, which will accept the first 11 guests who book the package.

"In launching the Waldorf Astoria Golf Experiences, Waldorf Astoria guests now have access to several of the most exclusive golf courses and itineraries that are nearly impossible to book otherwise," said John T.A. Vanderslice, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. “Giving our guests the access to book these bespoke offerings – from a brand they already trust to exceed their expectations – further positions Waldorf Astoria as a leader in guest service and unforgettable experiences.”

The Waldorf Astoria Golf Experiences’ packages feature one full day of golf, a two-night stay and an “Inside the Ropes Bull & Bear Dinner” at participating Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. Pricing for the packages begin at $3,999 per player*, based on single occupancy, and include:
· Welcome cocktail reception with Custom Putter Fitting by Toulon Design
· In-room amenities
· Private group breakfast briefing prior to golf outing with roundtrip luxury transport between the property and the golf club
· Course briefing by a PGA Golf Pro at the club including caddy assignment
· 18 holes of golf including lunch, beverages, and post-round cocktails
· Pro Shop Gift Card of $100
· Private “Inside the Ropes Bull & Bear Dinner” hosted by a Golf Digest senior editor

The golf program will tee off in 2016 at four of Waldorf Astoria's 25 properties, with bookings now available, including:
· Waldorf Astoria Chicago, August 18-20 at an undisclosed private course on Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses - Tee Time: August 19
· Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, September 21-23 at Carnoustie Golf Links - Tee Time: September 22
· Waldorf Astoria New York, September 28-30 at an undisclosed private course on Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses - Tee Time: September 29
· Waldorf Astoria Orlando, October 21 – 23 at Streamsong Red (Ranked #100 on Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses) - Tee Time: Saturday, October 22

For guests who want to begin their own golf story with Waldorf Astoria, the Waldorf Astoria Golf Experience package is available today through December 31, 2016, allowing avid and amateur golfers to play at participating properties, and includes a $150 golf credit per two-night stay.

These newly-launched experiences follow Waldorf Astoria’s commitment to deliver unparalleled experiences through its existing brand-wide programs: Waldorf Astoria Unforgettable Experiences, an initiative introduced in 2015 to highlight truly bespoke offerings from each of the brand’s 27 properties worldwide; Waldorf Astoria Driving Experiences, a driving program that offers guests the unique opportunity to get behind-the-wheel of select supercars; Taste of Waldorf Astoria, a partnership with the James Beard Foundation and Waldorf Master Chefs to find the next iconic dish; and the recently launched Taste of Waldorf Astoria Unforgettable Experiences, a collection of experiential gastronomic packages that allow guests to embark on their own Taste of Waldorf adventures around the world.

For more information about Waldorf Astoria Golf Experiences, visit or call 1-800-WALDORF (1-800-925-3673).

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Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort to Expand

The award-winning luxury adults-only, all-inclusive resort moves into ultra-luxury space amidst Los Cabos hospitality boom 

(LOS CABOS, Mexico) – Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort – the luxury all-inclusive, adults-only hotel – announces a new chapter in their story: The Towers at Pacifica – set to unveil winter 2016. The multi-building expansion comes during a hospitality boom in Los Cabos and will continue attracting guests to the most premium hotel product in the Pueblo Bonito Resorts portfolio. A multi-million-dollar project, The Towers at Pacifica will debut three new structures featuring distinct accommodations, enhanced amenities and first-class personalized services.

The Towers at Pacifica will offer unparalleled, relaxed elegance with every in-room detail. From the modern and warm décor, to hand-picked design touches and personalized 24-hour British Butler Institute-certified butler service, The Towers at Pacifica will also provide elevated dining experiences and exclusive access to a new VIP Towers Lounge, all set in an unforgettable luxury oasis just steps away from the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

“Pueblo Bonito Pacifica has long been an established name with loyal luxury travelers to Los Cabos,” says Severino Gomez, Managing Director Luxury Brands of Pueblo Bonito Resorts who oversees resort development. “As the region enters a new phase in ultra-luxury hospitality we strive to remain industry leaders offering luxury without limitations. Always and continuously enhancing the guest experience, both for those new to Pacifica and those who see us as a home away from home.”

Two new buildings will feature 47 Club Level suites and rooms, which will all include an array of luxe amenities including first-class butler services, custom-stocked mini bars and refreshment areas, portable Beats speakers, luxurious Egyptian-cotton bedding, pillow menu and aromatherapy turndown service.

Select accommodations include six pool suites - rooms with private plunge pools for a secluded dip at any time of day – as well as the magnificent Presidential Suite. Boasting the finest ocean views in the entire resort, the majestic Presidential Suite is located on the top floor of The Towers at Pacifica and offers 3,233 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor luxury living space. This stately suite features two king bedrooms with their own bathrooms, vanity areas and respective private terraces equipped with a fire pit, Jacuzzi and outdoor shower. The suite also has a fully equipped kitchen, spacious living room and dining room that opens up to a grand oceanfront terrace.

The Towers at Pacifica’s guest experience will be further enhanced by 24-hour, world-class butler service. The Pueblo Bonito Pacifica butlers view themselves as artists of service, providing extraordinary, customized service to guests to make their experience unforgettable. Trained meticulously by the British Butler Institute – the world’s most exclusive butler and front-of-house training school – Pacifica butlers are equipped to provide ultimate luxury experiences. From personal in-room check-in and check-out, handling on and off-property reservations, to unpacking and packing services, and accompanying guests on city excursions, butlers will be available to exceed any and all guest needs. Butler service begins upon reservation; butlers begin communicating with guests directly following their reservation to understand any special requests or preferences and make arrangements prior to arrival. During their stay, guests can communicate directly with their butler via their mobile phones, offering seamless, convenient service.

Finally, the third multi-level building of the expansion will include a new gourmet restaurant along with a bar and outdoor beach lounge on the ground floor; a state-of-the-art fitness center on the second floor; and the Towers Lounge on the third floor, available exclusively to guests of The Towers at Pacifica and accessible via sky bridge. Towers Lounge guests will enjoy a variety of unique culinary experiences rotating daily, and handcrafted cocktails with dramatic ocean views.

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Ken Griffey Jr. Talks Golf in the Sports Illustrated 'Where are They Now?' Issue

(RELEASE) - Former MLB standout Ken Griffey Jr. is spotlighted on the regional cover of Sports Illustrated as part of SI’s “Where Are They Now” annual feature and ahead of his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

SI senior writer Ben Reiter profiles “The Kid” six years deep in retirement as he prepares for the baseball farewell he undoubtedly deserves in the Hall. Reiter spent time with Griffey Jr. at his home in Orlando and spoke to those close to him -- including his father Ken Griffey Sr. and former teammate and close friend Jay Buhner -- to present a rare in-depth look at the baseball superstar today. Griffey Jr. spoke to SI about everything from what it was like growing up the son of an MLB star to his playing days and the pranks he played on a rookie Alex Rodriguez to his thoughts on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball and his upcoming HOF induction and more.


From Reiter’s article, Griffey talks about his golf experience: - "He plays golf — a lot of golf.  He had recently returned from a four-day, 121-hole trip to Bandon Dunes, in Oregon. He’s yet to play Augusta, but not because of its exclusivity. “I can get there,” he says. "I just ain’t had a chance to go."

- Griffey Jr. talked to SI about his golf handicap: “I’m a 13 … Am I a 13? No. But I want you to write that… [Later, he admits] I’m a three. But when you write this, it’s gotta be a 13.” [The USGA indicates that he is a three.]

- Griffey Jr. spoke to why he’s reluctant to swing a baseball bat these days: “The whole thing is, my baseball swing messes up my golf swing … It’ll take me literally three days to get it back."

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L2 Putters Makes 'Best New Putters' Lists for 2016

(JEFFERSON, Ohio) - L2 Putters launched at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., and the company has been on a roll ever since.

The custom designed premium putter line has garnered numerous accolades including Best New Putter for 2016 by and Best New Products at the PGA Show by Linksnation and Golf Life.

The stand alone, physics-inspired L2 MOI MAXX putter incorporates size and weight into a perimeter design producing the highest M.O.I. (Moment of Inertia), in golf. This extreme MOI produces an overall head stability improving distance and direction control as it gives golfers an anchor style, pendulum feel without the need to anchor.

The MOI MAXX not only leads the industry in head stability but in club stability as well. A high club MOI means extending the weight from the head to the top of the grip.

“By adding a 200 gram, 16-inch grip to the L2, we moved the stroke motion feel past the hands and wrists and into the arms and shoulders,” said John Ambrose President of Lateral Line LLC. “This allows for a smooth, pendulum motion and discourages the yips.”

The L2 MOI MAXX putter has many features and benefits including:
• Club head weight of 620 grams (average putters 360 grams)
• Toe to heel dimensions of 6.25 for maximum stability
• Impact Zone measures 3.5 inches (average sweet spot – 0.7 inch)
• Flat sole keeps club head in place after alignment
• Bold parallel alignment marks frame the track line to the cup
• Stand-alone design makes alignment easy

“There are three essential elements that enhance your ability to improve the consistency of your putting style -- alignment, contact and stroke stability,” said Art Colasanti, PGA Half Century Club Member and VP of Sales for L2 Putters. “The L2 MOI MAXX putter is the only putter that has all three of these elements built into the design of the putter.”

The L2 MOI MAXX comes with a black powder-coated head, white decal package, and matching head cover. Standard length and lie angle is 33 inches and 73 degrees. Custom head colors, decal colors and fitting options are also available on the L2 website. The L2 is a premium putter worth its weight at $169.99 and is USGA and R&A conforming.

Let the L2 putter put the enjoyment of putting back in your game. For more information and to purchase, visit

Doug Sutter Named General Manager at Princeville Makai Golf Club

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing is proud to announce that Doug Sutter has been named as the new general manager at Princeville Makai Golf Club at the St. Regis Princeville Resort in Kauai, Hawaii. Sutter replaces Alex Nakajima, who recently accepted the general manager position at Kapalua Golf.

Doug Sutter
Sutter most recently served as the director of sales and marketing at the Princeville Makai Golf Club – a position he had held since 2014. He first joined the Princeville Makai staff in 2009 as an assistant golf professional. Two years later, Sutter was named sales manager for the award-winning property. Prior to arriving in Hawaii, Sutter worked two years (2008 and 2009) at Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. as an outside service supervisor and as an assistant golf professional.  His travels also include a short stint at the Troon Corporate Office in Scottsdale, where he worked as a sales and marketing administrator.

“We’re happy to announce that Doug Sutter is the new GM at Princeville Makai Golf Club,” said Mike Ryan, division president, Troon Golf. “His incredible work ethic and passion for life made him an obvious choice when it came time to replace Alex Nakajima. Doug joined the Troon family in 2005 as an outside service associate at Rolling Stone Ranch and has worked his way up the proverbial ladder ever since.”

“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to lead Princeville Makai Golf Club moving forward,” said Sutter. “Alex Nakajima has left some big shoes to fill, but with the support of my team members and the overwhelming resources from Troon, I am excited for the challenge. This is without a doubt, a dream come true!”

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Robert Garrigus Captures a T-8th Place Finish at Quicken Loans National with Cure CX Series Putter

(Jacksonville, FL) - Each week more and more top professionals from the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour are choosing to put a Cure Putter into play. This past weekend, at the Quicken Loans National in Betheda, MD, Robert Garrigus used a Cure CX Series putter to capture his second Top 10 finish of the PGA Tour this season.

Garrigus finished T-4th at AT&T Byron Nelson earlier in the year and this past weekend, shot scores of 67 and 69 in his first two rounds at Congressional CC. Garrigus finished T-8 at 8-under par and ranked #4 for Strokes Gained Putting with his Cure CX Series putter. In a post round interview, he said, "It was pretty solid putting wise. I made a fifteen footer for par on 1, a seven footer for par and then a five footer for par on 2 and 3 so that kept the round going. Lately, before Byron Nelson, those weren't going in and it's huge to get those putts."

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Garrigus picked up a paycheck for $207,000.00 and 83 FedEx Cup Points for his T-8th Place Finish at the Quicken Loans National and has earned over $487,000.00 in his last three starts since he put a Cure putter into play.

"We'd like to congratulate Robert on his 2nd Top-10 of the season. He's a tremendous player and we're thrilled and honored to have him rolling a Cure Putter," said Jim McCarthy, CEO of Cure Putters. "In the five events he's played since putting it in the bag, he's made every cut and had two Top-10 finishes. You can see he's getting more confident on the green, week after week. We wish Robert all the best and we can't wait to see what the rest of the season holds for him."

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

'Turf Life,' 'Swinger' and 'Pin High on Life' Decals Now Buy 2 Get 1 Free

(Winter Springs, FL) - Turf Life, the brand that salutes the consumer  and industry "players" everywhere whose lives involve turf, announced that their new "Turf Life," "Swinger" and "Pin High on Life" decals are Buy 2 Get 1 Free right now on their website for a limited time. You'll get free Shipping as well.

Turf Life decals are only $10.00 each and with this special offer you can get three decals for just $20.

These Turf Life transfer decals are easy to apply and will look awesome on the window of your car, truck or van.

Check them out at!decals/nwb4x.

Turf is an essential part of the world. There are nearly 50 million acres of grass in the US. Turf is often the most cost effective solution to wind and water erosion. You want to be cool?  Then start rockin' the Turf Life look.

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Troon Selected To Manage The Dunes of Naples

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing has been selected to manage the food and beverage operations and the recreational amenities at The Dunes of Naples in Naples, Florida.

The Dunes of Naples is a private residential community with approximately 634 residents and is comprised of seven high rise towers of high-end luxury condos, 40 luxury coach homes and the Plantation Club – a 10,000-square foot recreational complex where the pool, food and beverage options, fitness center, tennis, and recreational activities are located. As part of the agreement, Troon will manage the food and beverage operations, including The Dining Room and Tiki Bar; and the recreational amenities, including the resort-style pool, fitness center and spa and the tennis center.

“We are thrilled to have Troon as our new food and beverage management company,” said Arell Harris, general manager, The Dunes of Naples.  “After an extensive search for the ‘right’ management company, we strongly believe Troon’s expertise and depth of resources will give our residents and guests superior dining and recreational experiences.”

The Troon food and beverage team will look to enhance the dining options at The Dunes of Naples and, pending a community approval vote, will also oversee a $10 million renovation of the Plantation Club in 2017.

“At the Dunes of Naples there are a number of areas where our team will make an immediate impact,” said John Bartilomo, vice president, food & beverage operations, Troon. “In the coming weeks, the Troon F&B team will hire a new executive chef, introduce new menus and refine the culinary and service standards.”

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For additional news and information, visit Announces Stay and Play Sweepstakes to Famed Harbour Town Golf Links

(SUGAR LAND, TX) – Lost Golf Balls, the world’s top provider of premium recycled golf balls, announces a stay and play getaway Sweepstakes, wherein a winner and their guest will be flown round-trip to The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, SC, to enjoy a two-night stay and one round of golf on the famous Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage.

With no purchase necessary to enter or win, the sweepstakes is open now through July 12th. Interested parties simply visit and fill out a brief survey. The winner will be selected at random on July 13th and must be available to recoup the prize on a weekday between September 1-18, 2016. For official contest rules, visit or contact Lost Golf Balls with any questions at 866.639.4819 or

“Our company has experienced tremendous growth and this success is only possible because of loyal customers,” says Krueger, CEO of Lost Golf Balls. “Knowing The Sea Pines Resort is a top-choice destination among golfers, we wanted to show our appreciation by giving customers a once in a lifetime trip to enjoy a memorable stay and 18 holes on us.”

The Sea Pines Resort boasts a newly renovated property that includes the Forbes Four-Star boutique hotel, the Inn & Club at Harbour Town, as well as the famous Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus designed Harbour Town Golf Links. Originally opened in 1969, the course is routinely ranked among the best in the world by GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest.

Founded by former PGA Tour player, Gary Krueger, retrieves previously owned golf balls from nearly every state in the U.S. and cleans and sorts them by quality at their Houston, TX, headquarters.

In 2015, they sold more than 43 million recycled golf balls and continue to grow in popularity, as consumers are able to purchase name brand product at a fraction of MSRP prices. These “like new” balls have been independently tested and proven to perform identically to their new counterparts and backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Golfers can choose from a variety of top makes/models from Titleist, Callaway, Bridgestone, NIKE, TaylorMade, Srixon and more. is a subsidiary of PG Professional Golf, the banner company for brands such as ReLoad, OneSize Fits All Gloves, SoftCore Range Balls and

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Aveo Introduces Trousers and Shorts for Big and Tall Golfers

(ROGERS, AR) - Aveo, the golf clothing manufacturer dedicated to big and tall men, has introduced its trousers and shorts for 2016.

Flat Front Trouser
The Classic One Pleat Trouser ($89.99) is the fullest pant we offer. Yet it still provides a tailored and sleek fit for the more traditional golfer. It's a classic look ideal for men not yet ready to give flat fronts a try, but who still desire style, comfort and a great fit. Made of our polyester/rayon blend, it's quick-drying and provides moisture wicking plus a soft feel while draping beautifully for the bigger male. The trouser features double rear belt loops for stability, and a hidden-comfort flex waistband. It's offered in khaki, black and blue. Available waist sizes include 40, 42 and 44 inches, with inseams of 32, 34 and 36 inches (The 32-inch inseam is available in khaki and black only).  Additional sizes releasing in 2016.

The Fashion Forward Flat Front Trouser ($89.99) delivers all of the benefits important to golfers, like moisture wicking for hot days, the perfect amount of stretch to swing free, and a fantastic fit. The polyester/rayon blend gives our golfer a new level of mobility and comfort. He will enjoy the smooth look and the flex these trousers offer. Like the pleated trouser, it's quick-drying and provides moisture wicking, double rear belt loops for stability, and a hidden-comfort flex waistband. The trouser is offered in khaki, black and blue. Available waist sizes include 40, 42 and 44 inches, with inseams of 32, 34 and 36 inches (The 32-inch inseam is available in khaki and black only).  Additional sizes releasing in 2016.

One Pleat Short
The Classic One Pleat Short ($84.99) is a classic look designed to fit big and tall golfers better than anything on the market. Our polyester/rayon blend is perfect for a hot summer day on the links. It wicks perfectly, drapes beautifully and allows golfers to swing freely. The short is quick-drying and provides moisture wicking, double rear belt loops for stability, and a hidden-comfort flex waistband. It's available in khaki, black, blue and white, in waist sizes of 40, 42, 44 and 46 inches.

Finally, the Fashion Forward Flat Front Short ($84.99) can take the heat. Its super-lightweight polyester/rayon blend material moves with the body and is perfect for hot days on the links. Not only does the short look great on golfers, but it feels comfortable and dries quickly by wicking away moisture. The short features double rear belt loops for stability, and a hidden-comfort flex waistband. It's available in khaki, black, blue and white, in waist sizes of 40, 42, 44 and 46 inches.

"Other apparel manufactures simply expand the waistline to fit larger sizes, but they ignore the fact that our bodies are just made up differently," says company co-founder Darius Hicks. "They assume the body proportion ratios of a 150-pound, size 34 waist man are the same as a 280-pound, size 44 man. And that is just inaccurate. Big and tall men can have longer torsos, and larger thighs, and Aveo bottoms are designed to handle all of that while still fitting and looking good. Our bottoms are designed with more thigh room, to accommodate stronger legs. Each pair of Aveo trousers is created with less taper than typical off-the-rack pants. This reduces the emphasis on the waist and immediately slims our golfers' side-view appearance. The comfort flex waistband provides approximately two inches of extra waist room, allowing our man to grow while we grow with him. We want golfers to buy all the Aveo they need without needing to buy after every holiday meal. Our flat front pants are designed to minimize the pocket flare that keep most big and tall men from wearing flat pants. And the rise in our pants and shorts has recently been elongated, to allow even more room for our man to swing through the ball comfortably."

Aveo golf clothing is currently available at Haggin Oaks, Golfdom stores and online at the websites of Dick's Sporting Goods, Golfsmith, TGW, Austad's,, Carl's Golfland and Golf Town Canada, as well as at To view the apparel and place an order on go to:!shop/t2bi8

Check out our "Getting to Know ..." feature on co-founder Darius Hicks HERE.

Oglebay Resort and Conference Center Announces 2016 Summer Golf Packages

Getaways Feature Comfortable Accommodations, Exceptional Golf, Numerous Extras

(WHEELING, W.V.) – Oglebay Resort and Conference Center – West Virginia’s most popular golf destination set in Oglebay Park amid the stunning Appalachian foothills – announces a selection of summer stay-and-play packages ideal for affordable golf getaways.

Oglebay’s golf amenities feature layouts for all abilities, including two exceptional 18-hole championship layouts at The Speidel Golf Club designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Arnold Palmer. The Crispin – the resort’s 5,600-yard original course – is perfect for warm-up rounds, seniors and beginners. Oglebay also offers two driving ranges and a family-friendly par-3 course.
Emphasizing first-rate golf at reasonable pricing, the summer packages include:

Birdie Weekday Package – Starting at $169 (per person, per night, double occupancy), the offer includes a round on both the Jones and Palmer courses, cart with GPS for each round and lodging. Available through Sept. 30 (Sun.-Thurs.), the getaway also offers play on the par-3 course and daily breakfast buffet.

Eagle Weekend Package – Available through Oct. 28 (Fri.-Sun.) and beginning at $299 per person (double occupancy, two-night stay required), this getaway includes rounds with GPS cart on both the Jones and Palmer courses, as well as daily play on the par-3 and Crispin courses (subject to availability, cart not included). Accommodations in the Wilson Lodge or golf cottages and daily breakfast buffet also are included.

Championship Unlimited Getaway – Available weekdays through Sept. 30 (Sun.-Thurs.), guests enjoy stays in the Wilson Lodge or golf cottages and unlimited golf (with GPS cart) on the Jones and Palmer courses. Starting at $239 (per person, per night, double occupancy), the package also includes daily breakfast buffet and play on the Crispin Course (based on availability, cart not included). Tee times are required for all golf rounds.

“Our superb packages are just the ticket for long summer days of golf followed by nightly recharging in our comfortable lodging options,” says Rodney Haley, Executive Vice President of Operations. “Few destinations offer as much ‘bang for your golfing buck’ as we do here at Oglebay.”

Oglebay is an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh and easily accessible from Columbus, Charleston (W.V.), Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit and numerous Midwest and Northeast metropolitan areas.

For additional information about Oglebay Resort and Conference Center:, 800.624.6988.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Bobby Weed Golf Design Renovates Championship Course at Pleasant Valley Country Club

(PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida) – Bobby Weed Golf Design (, an award-winning golf-course design firm, is renovating the Championship Course at Pleasant Valley Country Club, a private member-owned club in Little Rock, Ark. The project is part of a long-range master plan developed by the design firm in 2011. The 27-hole layout, which opened in 1968, was designed by Joe Finger, with Jimmy Demaret and Byron Nelson as consultants. The course has undergone no other significant redesign work over the years.

“The renovation will enhance this distinctive course with changes that will entice players as they employ thoughtful strategy on each hole,” said Bobby Weed, president & CEO of Bobby Weed Golf Design. “The renovation also will amplify the course’s exceptional aesthetic appeal.”

All three sets of nine holes on this challenging 7,100-yard layout converge at the clubhouse. Weed and Chris Monti, his design partner, and their team concluded renovation of the front nine during 2014-2015. Only modest infrastructural improvements were needed.

Significant components of the overall renovation include drainage improvement, tree removal and re-grassing of perimeter rough. In addition, Weed and his design team have rehabilitated a number of open water channels, adding river rock lining and producing greater aesthetic value while enhancing the practical value for conveying storm water.

Bobby Weed Golf Design recently completed renovation of the second nine. Bunkers were rebuilt with necessary repositioning and size adjustments, resulting in better aesthetics and strategy. Work on the third nine will begin in late fall of this year. Plans also call for some redesign of the practice facility, likely to include tee expansion and improvements to target definition down range.

Projected completion date of the course renovation is spring 2017. In addition, in conjunction with the renovation project, this fall the club will begin an overhaul of the irrigation system for all 27 holes.

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Billy Hurley III Emerges Victorious at Congressional for First Career PGA TOUR Victory

(RELEASE) - Annapolis native and U.S. Navy Veteran Billy Hurley III pulls away from the field at Quicken Loans National to claim first PGA TOUR victory and TaylorMade's sixth win in seven weeks.

Gaming an M1 driver and an M2 fairway throughout the week at Congressional, Hurley's inspirational victory qualifies him for next month's Open Championship and moves up from 198th to 70th in FedExCup standings (580). In addition to his spot in The Open, Hurley's first triumph on Tour earns him entry into next week's WGC Bridgestone Invitational, the PGA Championship, FedExCup Playoffs, The Masters, as well as exemption on the PGA TOUR through the 2017 - '18 season.

He is the 14th first-time winner of the 2015 - '16 Season.

In Hurley's Winning Bag:
- M1 430 Driver / 9.5* / Mitsubishi Tensei
- M2 Fairway / 15* / Speeder Evolution
- SLDR Rescue / 19*/ Fujikura Speeder
- SLDR Rescue / 21* / Graphite Design DI
- Adams Pro Mini Hybrid / 23* / Graphite Design DI
- adidas Golf adipure TP footwear

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Peter Oosterhuis Talks Golf, TV and Opens up about His Alzheimer’s Diagnosis on the Next Feherty

In First Television Interview Since his Diagnosis with Alzheimer’s Disease, Oosterhuis Shares Stories of his Professional Golf and Television Careers

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Peter Oosterhuis recorded an immaculate professional golf career with 18 worldwide victories, six consecutive Ryder Cup appearances and winning the European Order of Merit four consecutive years (1971-74). Later, he turned to broadcasting – he was a member of Golf Channel’s first live tournament telecast in 1995 – and also was a 16-year member of CBS Sports’ broadcast team, working alongside David Feherty before retiring after the 2014 PGA Championship. In May, 2015, Oosterhuis announced he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

On Monday’s new episode of Feherty at 9 p.m. ET, Oosterhuis sits down with Feherty in his first television interview since being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s last year. The wide-ranging and emotional interview, which took place at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, covers the following topics:
- His long broadcasting career with Golf Channel and CBS Sports.
- His professional golf career that included winning four consecutive European Order of Merits, and defeating the likes of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus in Ryder Cup singles matches.
- His close calls in major championships (two runners-up finishes at The Open, T3 at the 1973 Masters).
- Opening up on his Alzheimer’s diagnosis and the treatment he is undertaking at the Nantz National Alzheimer Center in Houston.
- A candid discussion with Oosterhuis and his wife, Roothie, on the diagnosis and the road ahead of them.
- A visit with Jim Nantz in Houston, where he and Feherty discuss their personal connection through their fathers.
- An emotional essay from Feherty addressed to his father, who is battling Alzheimer’s disease.
Upcoming Guests this Season

Other guests joining Feherty over the next couple of weeks include 10-time LPGA Tour winner Paula Creamer (Monday, July 4) and golf’s new “Big Three,” Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy (Monday, July 11), where some of the best moments from Feherty’s interviews with each will be featured. Episode guests on Feherty scheduled for later this year include 26-time Emmy Award-winning NBC Sports personality and Olympic host Bob Costas; Pro Football Hall-of-Famers Terry Bradshaw, Cris Carter and Emmitt Smith; legendary baseball play-by-play voice Bob Uecker; Doug Collins, former first-overall pick and journeyman head coach in the NBA; and 2014 European-winning Ryder Cup team captain Paul McGinley.

Described as “the last unscripted man on TV,” by Men’s Journal and as “golf’s wisecracking, maverick interviewer” by Esquire, Feherty has made a name for himself not only through his self-titled Golf Channel talk show, but as one of the most irrepressible personalities calling golf over the past two decades. A native of Northern Ireland and a former professional golfer who claimed 10 worldwide victories and a spot on the 1991 European Ryder Cup Team, Feherty is now a proud American citizen who has risen above a history of alcoholism and addiction to become an Emmy-nominated television host, New York Times best-selling author and comedic relief for thousands of men and women in uniform.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Linda Hartough to Exhibit Golf-Landscape Art at Peninsula Fine Arts Center

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – Linda Hartough, world-renowned golf-landscape artist (, will display two original oil paintings and two drawings in “Game On: Sports in Ancient and Modern Art,” an exhibit to take place July 9 – October 9 at Peninsula Fine Arts Center, in Newport News, Va.

“I am honored to be part of this special exhibit,” said Hartough. “As golf is played all over the world, it takes its rightful place among sports portrayed through art throughout the centuries.”

The theme of sports is worldwide in art, and has occupied artists from ancient times to the present. Sport long has served art as one of its happiest sources. Well before words, art recorded man’s tests of strength and agility, his games and diversions. The works on view will depict a sweep of sporting activities. As leisure time and sports entertainment expanded through the years, artists who shared the public’s growing fascination with sports reacted by incorporating the subject into their art.

Hartough’s original oil paintings to be included in the exhibit are on loan from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Wolf. They include “17th Hole, Road Hole” of the Old Course, St Andrews (done in 1990 for the 1990 Open Championship) and “The 14th and 4th Holes, Carnoustie Golf Links” (done in 1998 for the 1999 Open Championship). These were the first and last paintings in Hartough’s Open Championship Series, done from 1990–1999, commissioned by the Open Championship Committee of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Scotland.

Hartough’s two drawings to be exhibited, on loan from the artist’s collection, were done in conjunction with the paintings and were printed in the lower margins of the limited-edition prints. The drawing of the Royal & Ancient Golf clubhouse and 18th green of the Old Course of St Andrews was done in 1990. The drawing of the 18th Hole and town of Carnoustie was done in 1998.

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Former Georgia Tech Teammates Stewart Cink, Mikko Rantanen Team up through Golf GameBook

(ESPOO, FINLAND) - When Stewart Cink and Mikko Rantanen were teammates on the Georgia Tech golf team between 1992 and 1994, they enjoyed tremendous success, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference title twice and finishing second and fifth in the NCAA national championship in back-to-back seasons.

Over 20 years later they are teammates again, this time in the golf business world at Golf GameBook, developer of the industry's leading live scoring app.

"We are thrilled to have Stewart on our Golf GameBook team," said Rantanen, CEO of GameBook, Inc. "Stewart has been active on Social Media since the beginning, so when we decided to move forward with the Golf GameBook concept, he was a natural to bring on board."

After leaving Georgia Tech in 1995, both players pursued professional golf careers. Rantanen of Finland played on the Challenge Tour in Europe for four seasons before turning to a golf career off the course. Cink enjoyed immediate success, earning Player of the Year honors on the Nike Tour 1996, and has since carved out a successful PGA Tour career that includes six victories, the Open Championship triumph in 2009 and nearly $34 million in earnings.

Cink, remains very active on Social Media, and currently has over 1.1 million followers on Twitter.

"While competing on the PGA Tour I have seen a major increase in the social aspects of our sport," said Cink, who lives in the Atlanta area. "Golfers on and off the course are constantly sharing their experiences through Social Media. I believe Golf GameBook's Social Community and Multi-Group Live Scoring platform is the perfect vehicle for golfers worldwide to do just that."

Golf GameBook was first released in 2010 as one of golf's first proprietary hand-held live scoring devices. As golf scoring began to enter the digital age, and mobile apps became more prevalent, Golf GameBook evolved into an app as well, integrating GPS and social interaction elements through the years.

The 3rd generation of Golf GameBook was introduced in April to rave reviews. It expands the Social Community aspects of the free iPhone app, making it easier for golfers to share their experience with others before, during and after their rounds.

Golf GameBook, available for free on the App Store, offers the most fun, effective and social way to keep score in golf, allowing you to connect with other golfers and share live results, comments, photos and videos - no matter where you are, on and off the golf course. The easy-to-use digital scorecard has now grown into a fully equipped social media platform for golfers. It's like having a clubhouse in your pocket.

"Making golf more fun through new social elements and different game formats as well as fulfilling golfers' dreams has always been - and still is - the core of what we do," said Kalle Väinölä, who co-founded Golf GameBook 10 years ago with Mikko Manerus. "This new version of Golf GameBook is the next logical step in delivering that promise."

Keeping score on Golf GameBook is simple. Golfers enter their gross score on each hole and the app does the rest. It supports 25 different game formats, and provides scoring and live leaderboards for each of the formats being used by the group or tournament.

Golf GameBook's constantly growing database already covers approximately 95 percent of all the golf courses in the world. The majority of these come with GPS coordinates, which allows you to check the distance, plan your next shot and measure your most impressive drives.

Golfers can also make comments as well as post photos and videos throughout the round, elevating "trash talk" to a new level. Even friends who aren't at the course can follow along, sharing their comments as well.

Once the round is over, the information becomes part of each golfer's personal golf history, as it is automatically archived into their Golf GameBook profile. The statistics and other stored information can also be used for game improvement purposes.

With the addition of the brand new GameBook Social Feed, the app now also allows sharing off-course content such as photos and videos as well as web links to interesting golf topics to spark conversation.

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KemperSports Selected by Bolingbrook (Ill.) Park District to Manage Boughton Ridge Golf Course

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports has been selected by The Bolingbrook Park District to manage Boughton Ridge Golf Course and Ashbury’s at Boughton Ridge – on the northeast side of The Village of Bolingbrook, Ill.

For more than 35 years, Boughton Ridge Golf Course, a 9-hole executive length golf course, has remained a source of pride for the community while serving as a recreational gathering place for youth golfers as well as delivering a dynamic golf experience for avid golfers. The par-32, 2,205-yard layout with strategically placed bunkers can be enjoyed by beginning golfers while also challenging low-handicap players.

In addition to golf, Boughton Ridge rounds out the experience with Ashbury’s – a grill and pub style restaurant known for its burgers, sandwiches and salads and is open year-round. Ashbury’s remains a popular dining destination for golfers after their round as well as non-golfers looking for a casual place to gather with friends. Ashbury’s also has the ability to host private events and outings for up to 80 guests.

“We feel KemperSports is the best partner to further enhance what is already a wonderful community recreation amenity for Bolingbrook residents,” said Ron Oestreich, executive director of the Bolingbrook Park District. “Their experience in managing non-traditional golf courses while enhancing food and beverage operations will be a huge asset to golfers and diners alike.”

KemperSports will be tasked with delivering operational solutions with food and beverage and agronomy cost-saving efficiencies and increased player development programming.

KemperSports will also bring marketing and operational synergies while partnering with nearby properties, including Bolingbrook Golf Club – which KemperSports has managed on behalf of The Village of Bolingbrook since it opened in 2002. KemperSports now manages 15 properties in the Chicagoland area.

“We have proudly been a part of the greater Bolingbrook community for more than 15 years,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. “We look forward to working with the Bolingbrook Park District to enhance Boughton Ridge and Ashbury’s.”

Grow-In Progressing at Gull Lake’s Stoatin Brae; Could Mean Some Golf in Late July

(RICHLAND, MI) – Golf course construction is complete at Stoatin Brae -- the much-anticipated 18-hole addition at Gull Lake Golf Club and Resort created by Renaissance Golf Design of Traverse City – and the grow-in is progressing to where some golf might be played by the end of July or early August.

Jon Scott, the third generation of the Scott family to own and operate the resort that currently features five golf courses, overnight lodging, practice facilities and restaurants, said more than of the greens look ready to play.

“The weather hasn’t been perfect this spring, but we are seeding the last fairway,” he said. “I think we are looking at the end of July or early August when we can open the course to limited play, and I don’t know if that will be nine holes, or 11 holes or exactly what yet. Part of it is in great shape, but on others the grass has a way to go and we are looking forward to good weather.”

Scott said any opening this year will be “soft” with regular visitors to Gull Lake, golf VIPs and selected others getting a chance to play.

“It wouldn’t be able to take the wear this year of the amount of golf traffic we expect,” Scott said. “It will be firm enough and mature enough next spring and we will have our true opening then. We’re down to the nitty gritty now, though. We have nothing left to build, and just the detail stuff to get in place.”

Stoatin Brae, which means Grand Hill in Scottish Gaelic, is only the second course of the six the Resort will now feature that is not designed by the talented Scott family. It promises to be a dramatic departure from the current five that cut through the trees and hills on the area’s natural rolling land.

Eric Iverson, Don Placek, Brian Schneider and Brian Slawnik, senior associates for Renaissance owner Tom Doak, collaborated with the Scott family on the site that is located atop an open grassy bluff overlooking the Kalamazoo River valley. Doak is not involved in this project.

Iverson described the Stoatin Brae site as beautiful land with natural undulations and reestablished prairie grasses.

“There is a point on the golf course where you should be able to see 15 flag sticks by looking around you, and most of the course is exposed to the wind,” he said. “A little breeze always adds to the interest of a golf course.”

The new course will play to par 71 over 6,800 yards draped over one of the highest spots in Kalamazoo County. A ground breaking event was held last summer. The Scott Family has provided a golf destination in the southwest corner of Michigan for over 50 years, growing from one 18-hole golf course to what will be 108 holes on six courses when Stoatin Brea comes on board.

Scott said the clubhouse views are going to be spectacular, and that his wife, Starla Scott, came up with a name for the new restaurant that will be part of the new clubhouse. The restaurant will be called “Blue Stem” after a native grass that grows on the golf course.

“It’s a tall, pretty grass that defines some of the native aspects of the course,” Scott said. “We expect to open the restaurant and clubhouse in late July or early August. You know, sometimes you find golf courses that add a restaurant, but in this case we will have a restaurant and golf course opening, and we feel they both will be really good.”

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Old Chatham’s John Marino Inducted As President Of Carolinas PGA Section

Director of Operations at the Triangle’s Top-Ranked Golf Course Serving Two-Year Term as Board President of Carolinas PGA Section 

(RALEIGH, N.C.,) – Old Chatham Golf Club, a nationally recognized, premier private golf club located in the heart of North Carolina’s greater Triangle region, has announced that John Marino, Director of Operations, has been inducted as President of the Carolinas PGA Section of the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA).

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“It is an honor to be elected to this position by your peers,” Marino said. “The Carolinas PGA has always meant a great deal to me since I moved to North Carolina and joined the staff at Old Chatham in 2001. I look forward to the next two years of working with the board to grow the game of golf throughout the Carolinas.”

In this role, Marino leads a board that is dedicated to nurturing and improving the quality of the game of golf for the thousands of golfers who use its member facilities throughout North Carolina and South Carolina as well as a small portion of southern Virginia. Formally established in 1923, the Carolinas Section has grown to be the largest of the PGAs 41 sections with more than 2,000 professional members.

Marino brings many years of experience and leadership to the role, having served on the board in various capacities for the past 10 years. Moreover, since 2001, Marino has served as the director of operations at Old Chatham, overseeing the course, facilities and club personnel. He is also a past board member of The First Tee of the Triangle and was the recipient of the 2012 Carolinas Section Bill Strausbaugh award, which honors a Carolinas golf professional for mentoring.

“John is one of the top golf professionals anywhere in the country,” said Old Chatham board president Allen Wilson. “His leadership skills and knowledge of golf will serve the Carolinas PGA well. We are so excited at Old Chatham to have such outstanding professionals like John helping create a one-of-a-kind environment where our members enjoy the best experience in golf.”

Originally from Greenwich, Conn., Marino joined the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America in 1994 after graduating from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business communications. In 1994, Marino became the assistant golf professional at Round Hill Club in Greenwich during the summer months and Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla., in the winter. He worked with members of both clubs for seven years before joining the staff at Old Chatham Golf Club in 2001.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

BRADLEY ALLAN Introduces Premium Men’s Golf-Lifestyle Apparel

Polos, Bottoms, Accessories Feature Modern Fit, Refined Fabrics and Exceptional Versatility

(Toronto, Canada) – BRADLEY ALLAN – sophisticated, modern golf apparel designed for the golf course and beyond – debuts its line of premium men’s polos, shorts, pants, sweaters and accessories.

From veteran designer Brad Franklin, BRADLEY ALLAN celebrates classic designs while emphasizing a modern fit, innovative fabric blends and seamless transition to everyday wear. Drawing inspiration from current menswear trends, BRADLEY ALLAN allows golfers to enjoy technical performance without sacrificing their personal style.

“Designing for world-class brands and learning from amazing people has prepared me to now explore an opportunity I see in the marketplace,” says Brad Franklin, Founder and Creative Director of BRADLEY ALLAN. “Amid so many athletic looks, I was having a hard time finding on-course performance that aligned with my off-course aesthetic. This is the void BRADLEY ALLAN intends to fill.”

The core of BRADLEY ALLAN is a range of polos ($79-$89) that blend soft Pima cotton and technical fabrics for a rich hand with superb moisture management. A modern fit – not boxy or too slim – suits all body types in sleeve length and across the chest. A sophisticated color palette and thoughtful details easily shift to business or casual settings.

Additional BRADLEY ALLAN offerings include shorts ($79) and pants ($94) crafted from a lightweight cotton-polyester blend with a hint of stretch for enhanced cooling and comfort. For early morning rounds a superfine merino quarter-zip sweater ($109) provides a slim silhouette and regulates body temperature via wool’s natural performance.

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Tripp Davis Completes Bunker Renovation and Restoration at Historic Wichita C.C.

(Norman, OK) — Golf course architect Tripp Davis has been working on one of the most storied golf clubs in the country, Wichita Country Club in Wichita, Kansas, and just completed a significant bunker renovation and restoration program.  This project follows his 2014 renovation of all of Wichita’s tees with Latitude 36 Bermuda.

Originally founded in 1900, Wichita Country Club has hosted a number of prominent tournaments over the years including the Western Amateur, The U.S. Women’s Open, and most recently the 2010 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.  In addition, the membership at Wichita has been actively involved in the game and includes Kansas State Golf Association founder John L. Powell and former USGA President, Judy Bell.  In 1950, the club moved to its present site and invited architect Bill Diddel to design the golf course.  This project came on the heels of Diddel designing the Northwood Club in Dallas, which was awarded the 1952 U.S. Men’s Open.

“Wichita Country Club has a great set of original Diddel greens and a subtly brilliant routing,” stated Davis.  “In redoing the tees and the bunkers, our objective was to work with the greens and routing to enhance the strategic quality of the course.  I could not be more pleased with the way the visual style of the bunkers turned out – very classic.”

The bunker work Davis just completed included renovating and replacing old drainage, the installation of Better Billy Bunker liners, and the use of new blended bunker sand.   In addition, Davis’ restoration of the bunkers gave them a more classic look.  The project was inspired by Bill Diddel’s early work that included restoring some of the original bunkering that was lost, and returning the original strategic intent of the bunkers for the modern game.

“Wichita Country Club is extremely pleased with the work that Tripp Davis, his shaper Jason Gold, and builder Landscapes Unlimited did with the bunker renovation and restoration.  I would have never thought a bunker project could have such a dramatic impact on the way a golf course looks and plays, but this one has,” said Head Golf Professional, Phillip Prude.

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