Saturday, June 24, 2017

Titleist Balls, Equipment Lead the Way at this Week's Travelers Championship

(RELEASE) - After a record-breaking week at the 117th U.S. Open, the PGA Tour has now passed the midway point in the 2016-2017 tournament schedule. The first stop as players make the turn down the homeward stretch is Cromwell, Conn., and TPC River Highlands, host of this week's Travelers Championship.

For those players who endured the demands of U.S Open competition, The Travelers will represent a much lighter lift. The par-70, 6,841-yard layout at TPC River Highlands is nearly 1,000 yards shorter than Erin Hills Golf Course, with receptive greens and plenty of birdie opportunities.

One player who knows how a thing or two about making birdies at River Highlands is Titleist Brand Ambassador Justin Thomas, who shot the lowest score in relation to par -- a 9-under-par 63 in the third round at Erin Hills -- in U.S. Open history. At last year's Travelers, Thomas orchestrated a Sunday charge for the ages. He made five straight birdies to close out his front nine and added four more on the back. He finished with an 8-under-par 62 that propelled him to a T3 finish.

"It's a fun course," Thomas said earlier this week. "I mean it sounds crazy, but I feel like every time you tee it up you have a chance to shoot in the 50s. That's fun. If you get your putter rolling and you're driving it well, you're going to have so many wedges and so many short clubs in your hands where you can make a lot a lot of birdies and you can really post a low number. I wouldn't be surprised if there were some low numbers every day."

"This is my fourth time I've played and yeah, I'm very excited about this week. I've always loved this tournament."

 And as players ease back into their normal routines and set their sites on some low numbers this week at the Travelers, Titleist is once again the overwhelming golf ball choice, with 108 players trusting a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than six times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also the top choice among players in the hybrids category (30) as well as the irons category with 43 sets in play.

Vokey Design Wedges also topped the approach, sand and lob wedge (211) category and Scotty Cameron putters were the top choice among players with 62 putters in play.

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- Four players who finished inside the top 10 at this year's U.S. Open are in the Travelers field this week including the co-runner-up (Pro V1) as well as Titleist Brand Ambassadors Charley Hoffman (8th/Pro V1) and Justin Thomas (T9/Pro V1x) and Titleist golf ball loyalist Trey Mullinax (T9/Pro V1x).
- Nine-time PGA TOUR champion, Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth (Pro V1x) will make his debut at this year's Travelers Championship. Spieth is currently No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking and sixth in the FedExCup. The 2015 U.S. Open champion has six top-10s in 15 starts this season, including a victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
- Six of the last 11 winners of the Travelers Championship have been first-time PGA TOUR champions. Five of those players trusted a Titleist golf ball in victory, including J.J. Henry (2006/Pro V1x), Hunter Mahan (2007), the champions in 2010 (Pro V1x) and 2012 (Pro V1x) and Ken Duke (2013/Pro V1).
- Only two players have won the tournament in wire-to-wire fashion – Gene Littler in 1959 and Tim Norris in 1982.
- The best 72-hole score at the Travelers Championship is 258 held by Kenny Perry (2009/Pro V1x).
- The largest come-from-behind win is seven strokes by Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon (Pro V1x) in 2005.
- The Travelers Championship donates 100 percent of net proceeds to charity every year. Since 1952, the tournament has generated more than $36 million for charity and in 2016, the tournament generated a tournament record, $2.8 million for more than 160 charities throughout the region.
- In 2017, the primary beneficiary of the Travelers Championship will be the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Conn. Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp provides “a different kind of healing” to more than 250,000 seriously ill children and family members annually – all completely free of charge. For many of these children and families, Hole in the Wall provides multiple Camp experiences throughout the year.

USGA Accepts 7,149 Entries for 117th U.S. Amateur Championship

(FAR HILLS, N.J.) – The United States Golf Association has accepted 7,149 entries for the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship, scheduled for Aug. 14-20, 2017 at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif.

“Bringing the USGA’s oldest championship to Southern California for the first time since 1976 at two of the nation’s most prominent clubs in Riviera and Bel-Air is richly rewarding,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “The U.S. Amateur and its iconic Havemeyer Trophy, given to the champion, are held in the highest esteem by amateurs across the country and the world. Our entry numbers reflect that significance.”

Sixty-four players are fully exempt into the championship and the remaining places in the 312-player field will be filled through qualifying at 100 sites across the country and in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico between July 3-25. Forty-five states will host qualifying, with host state California leading the way with 13 sites.

Among the exempt players are: 2016 runner-up and University of Oklahoma senior Brad Dalke, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; University of Texas senior Scottie Scheffler of Dallas, Texas, who was the low amateur in last week’s U.S. Open at Erin Hills, tying for 27th place; University of Southern California players Sean Crocker, of Long Beach, Calif., who was a semifinalist in 2015, and Jonah Texeira, of Porter Ranch, Calif., who was a semifinalist in 2016; 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Stewart Hagestad, of Newport Beach, Calif., who was the low amateur in the 2017 Masters; and Sahith Theegala, a Pepperdine University senior from Chino Hills, Calif., who was a quarterfinalist in 2016.

In addition, 46 of the top 50 players in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (as of June 21) are in the field, including No.1 Joaquin Niemann, of Chile; No. 2 Maverick McNealy, of Portola Valley, Calif.; No. 3 Dylan Meyer of Evansville, Ind.; No.4 Braden Thornberry of Olive Branch, Miss.; and No. 5 Collin Morikawa, of La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.

The USGA accepted entries from golfers in all 50 states, including 1,099 from California, as well as 48 other countries. The highest number of entries accepted for the U.S. Amateur is 7,920 for the 1999 championship.

The first entrant was Brett Robinson from Tustin, Calif., and Nicholas Caruso, of Lawrence, Mass., submitted the last entry, 35 seconds before the 5 p.m. (EDT) deadline on June 21.

Riviera will be hosting its second USGA championship, having hosted the 1948 U.S. Open, won by Ben Hogan. Bel-Air will be hosting its third USGA championship after previously serving as the site of the 1976 U.S. Amateur, won by Bill Sander, and the 2004 U.S. Senior Amateur, won by Mark Bemowski.

To learn more, visit usga.org.

Sandra Palmer, Nancy Scranton To Be Inducted into Legends Hall of Fame at French Lick Resort

Induction will be held in conjunction with the Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank

(FRENCH LICK, IND.)  – LPGA veterans Sandra Palmer and Nancy Scranton will become the newest inductees into the Legends Hall of Fame.

Palmer, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, and Scranton, a native of Centralia, Ill., will be inducted on Saturday, July 8, into the Legends Hall of Fame -- a permanent exhibit featured at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind.

The induction will be held in conjunction with the Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank, set for July 10-12, at French Lick Resort. This year’s event will be sanctioned by the LPGA as a senior LPGA major championship and will feature many members of The Legends Tour.

“I was speechless – really stunned, but deeply honored to learn that I will be a part of the Legends Hall of Fame,” said Palmer, who now lives in Long Beach, Calif.

“I feel very honored to be recognized in this way by The Legends Tour and by French Lick Resort,” added Scranton, who now lives in St. Augustine, Fla.

“It has been such a blessing to be a part of this great group of women and French Lick Resort has not only hosted The Legends Tour Championship for the past four years, but it also created a home to showcase the best women golfers in our history,” Scranton said.

While she is a native Texan, Palmer grew up and played junior golf in Bangor, Maine. She attended North Texas State University, where she was runner-up in the 1961 National Collegiate Championship. She was also a four-time winner of the West Texas Amateur and won the 1963 Texas State Women’s Amateur Championship.

Palmer turned professional and became an LPGA Tour member in 1964. She went on to win 19 professional events, including major championships at the 1972 Titleholders Championship and 1975 U.S. Women’s Open.

Palmer also was the LPGA’s top money winner and Player of the Year in 1975, and she finished in the top 10 on the LPGA’s season money list from 1968-1977. She played in her last LPGA Tour event in 1997.

Palmer was inducted into the Texas State Golf Hall of Fame in 1985, as well as into the National Collegiate Hall of Fame in 1988.

She is a Class A LPGA Teaching Professional and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top-50 LPGA teachers. Palmer currently is the director of women’s golf at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, Calif.

In addition, Palmer has played in more than 30 Legends Tour tournaments and routinely still competes in the Legends Honors Division for players age 63 and over.

“It’s wonderful that the Legends Hall of Fame has a home and that a competition for senior women professionals has a worthy stage,” said Palmer. “French Lick definitely brings out the best in your game.”

As an amateur, Scranton won the 1981-1982 St. Louis Metro Championship, the Southern Illinois Championship (1979, 1982-83) and the 1983 Illinois Women’s State Championship.

Collegiately, Scranton attended both Florida State University and the University of Kentucky, where she registered three top-five finishes, including two collegiate tournament wins. Scranton was named to the 1983 All-Southeastern Conference list.

The Illinois native qualified for the LPGA Tour on her first attempt and was a rookie in 1985. She went on to win three LPGA tournaments, including one major championship – the 1991 du Maurier Classic. In addition, she was a member of the 2000 U.S. Solheim Cup Team

After giving birth to twins Libby Jane and Luke Scranton in 2004, Scranton began competing on The Legends Tour, where she has won five times and posted 16 top-10 finishes.

Scranton has also been a stalwart on The Legends Tour’s Team USA for its ISPS Handa Cup competitions, on which she has contributed 19 points and compiled an 8-6-3 match record in the team matches event.

With their induction this summer, Scranton and Palmer will become the ninth and tenth members of the Legends Hall of Fame.

“I was really caught off guard when I found out about this induction,” added Scranton. “I was out of the country visiting my sister and her family in Italy, so it was fun to get to celebrate the news with her.”

Annual inductions include one active member of The Legends Tour who is still regularly competing in official Legends Tour events and one semi-retired Legends Tour member who has made a significant impact on the game during her LPGA and Legends Tour careers.

Palmer and Scranton will join Legends Tour Hall of Fame members Sandra Haynie and Elaine Crosby (inducted in 2016), JoAnne Carner and Rosie Jones (2015), Nancy Lopez and Jane Blalock (2014), and Jan Stephenson and Kathy Whitworth (2013).

For more information about The Legends Tour, visit www.thelegendstour.com.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Silvies Valley Ranch to Offer Total Eclipse of the Sun Package in Advance of the August 21 Eclipse

(SILVIES, OREGON) – On August 21, 2017, the U.S. will experience the first total eclipse of the sun in 26 years. Stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, the solar eclipse will make its way across the country, displaying one of nature’s rarest and most spectacular sites. Located just outside of the path of totality, Silvies Valley Ranch is a premier viewing site for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Guests of Silvies Valley Ranch can witness an unparalleled and uninterrupted viewing experience that is both educational and awe-inspiring with the resort’s Total Eclipse of the Sun package.

From August 19-22, guests can partake in this unique natural event while staying on-site at Silvies Valley Ranch, a working cattle ranch and western eco-resort located in eastern Oregon. The frontier boutique resort merges luxury and relaxation with an authentic Western ranch experience, offering an endless array of activities and adventures to its guests.

“We are thrilled to be a part in what is to be a truly exceptional experience,” said Dr. Scott Campbell, owner of Silvies Valley Ranch. “Our close proximity to the path of totality gives Silvies Valley Ranch an incredibly unique offer to our guests, a place inside the path of totality, and we look forward to sharing it with visitors and astronomy buffs from all over the country.”

The Total Eclipse of the Sun package includes luxury accommodations at The Retreat at Silvies Valley Ranch for a three-night minimum stay, as well as transportation to and from the path of totality. Rates for the package start at $1,800. Once guests arrive on-site, they will be led through a guided viewing of the solar eclipse by a professional astronomer and will receive certified eye protection for direct solar viewing. A full-service Marathon Motor Coach will be on-site at the viewing location, complete with food, beverages and air conditioned seating areas.

In addition to the viewing of the eclipse, the package also includes two rounds of golf on the resort’s 18-hole reversible golf courses, the Hankins and Craddock courses, both designed by architect Dan Hixson. Guests will also be able to experience one on-site resort activity, including shooting, fishing, goat herding, cattle drives, mountain biking and more.

Package pricing is based on single occupancy, with a three-night minimum stay required. All reservations must be paid-in-full upon booking and are non-refundable. Offer is subject to tax, resort fee, availability and with advance reservation at 1-800-SILVIES, and is not valid in conjunction with other offers.

For more information about Silvies Valley Ranch, please call 1-800-SILVIES, email info@silviesvalleyranch.com or visit www.silviessimplyamazing.com.

Jared Wolfe Wins Inaugural BMW Jamaica Classic

(MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA) – Jared Wolfe, a Louisville, Kentucky native, created history as the winner of the inaugural 2017 BMW Jamaica Classic. Amassing 267 points, Wolfe finished one ahead of Gerardo Ruiz and Jose de Jesus Rodríguez at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

A part of the PGA Latin America Tournament, the BMW Jamaica Classic featured 144 players from more than 20 countries and included a Qualifier on June 12, a welcome reception on June 13, the Pro-Am on June 14 and the Classic from June 15-18.  The final event of the first half of the tournament, the BMW Jamaica Classic provided PGA TOUR Latinoamérica members one last chance to earn Order of Merit points before the midseason reshuffle.

Originally designed by Hank Smedley in 1969, Jamaica’s Cinnamon Hill 6,828-yard par-72 course was redesigned by Robert Von Hagge & Rick Baril in 2001.

New Golf & Entertainment Complex Coming to the Kansas City Northland

(Kansas City, Mo.) – An exciting, new 52,000 square-foot golf and entertainment complex is coming to Kansas City’s Northland as part of the Metro North Crossing Redevelopment – a retail entertainment center that will also house a cinema-restaurant-entertainment themed theatre, hotel, multi-family residential, theme branded stores and experiential high-tech shopping. The golf and entertainment complex is expected to open in the summer of 2018. Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing has been selected to manage the soon-to-be-named golf and entertainment venue.

The golf and entertainment complex will feature 64 climate-controlled, technology-enhanced hitting bays and suites on three levels. Designed for all ages and skill levels, the new venue will differ from other golf entertainment complexes in a variety of ways, including:
- Guests can “play” several of the most famous golf courses from their hitting bay as their golf shots will be projected to high-definition televisions in their bay.
- Guests will also have the option of playing unique golf games and competitive target golf games from the comfort of their hitting bay.
- Experienced golfers will enjoy advanced golf ball tracking technology (the same golf professionals use) and get real-time data on every swing, including club-head speed, spin-rate and distance.
- Before and after playing golf, guests can experience a state-of-the-art 8,000 square-foot sports bar with interactive TVs, a member’s grill or the roof top view lounge.
- Through the Troon Rewards Program, guests can earn invitations to exclusive events and other promotions.

In addition to golf-themed entertainment and a huge sports bar, the new complex will also feature outdoor entertainment venues, a robust bar with premium wine, craft beers, small plates and dedicated event spaces.

“The new golf and entertainment complex is a great addition to Metro North Crossing Redevelopment and will be one of the outstanding entertainment venues to come to the Kansas City Northland in recent years,” said David Horn, the project manager for Metro North Crossing Redevelopment. “This will provide an entertaining atmosphere to compliment the redevelopment’s retail, other entertainment and luxury apartments. With live entertainment, incredible food and beverage, and outstanding service, it will attract more than just golfers.”

The Metro North Crossing Redevelopment is located on the northeast corner of U.S. 169 and NW Barry Road on the site of the recently demolished Metro North Mall.

For additional information on the Metro North Crossing Redevelopment, contact David Horn at (816) 454-1200.

For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.

Rockwind Community Links Ranked by Golf Digest as One of the Best Courses in New Mexico

(Hobbs, NM)Golf Digest’s 40th annual Best in State course rankings were just published and Rockwind Community Links makes the list for the first time at No. 8 in New Mexico.

The Andy Staples design has received numerous accolades from leading industry publications including: one of Golf Digest’s Best New Courses of 2015; a Top Five New Golf Development in the World by Golf Inc. Magazine; and a 2017 Best Courses You Can Play recognition by Golfweek. The United States Golf Association singled out Rockwind for breaking the mold and being more than just a golf course with a special video entitled “A Model Muni: Rockwind Community Links.”

The facility is considered a trailblazer in uniting golf with the local community. “Community Links” is a concept introduced by Staples and expanded by City Manager J.J. Murphy where the focus of the entire project was to link the golf course to the fabric of life in Hobbs. A special feature is a surrounding trail system complete with multiple trail heads, various outdoor seating areas, picnic spaces and scenic viewing points, including access to the site’s five acre lake that overlooks the golf course.

“As a municipal manager, a primary focus is to get the best return on our investments, and this can come in many forms: enhanced quality of life, increased number of rounds, increased utilization and participation in our programs, or a combination of all of the above,” said City Manager J.J. Murphy. “Being recognized #8 in the ‘Best in State’ rankings by Golf Digest is a perfect example of a high return on the city's investments. The dedication and hours of work from staff, volunteers, and elected officials to this investment is still paying off through recognition and the number of visitors who still recognize our crown jewel. Whether visitors to Rockwind Community Links are golfers or non-golfers, it will be a special place for everyone.”

Murphy refers to his vision that began years ago and was put into action with the approval by the Commission in 2013 to move forward with a redesign and reconstruction of Ocotillo Golf Park. The first steps of the process included creating a volunteer committee of community members to assist with the important framework decisions, such as what the concept for the new course would be, how the transition from a functioning golf course to a construction site would take place, what the new course would be called, and much more.

The committee and administration’s selection of Andy Staples as the course designer would prove to be one of the most important decisions of all, as Staples pitched the initial idea of the “community links,” and Hobbs has now become the first example for the innovative concept across the country.

“Rockwind Community Links is a solid blueprint for the future success of growing the game of golf in a community,” said PGA tour professional and champion Fred Couples, who learned to play golf on a public course and was one of the featured guests at the Rockwind grand opening. “The vision and leadership of the team delivering this jewel was amazing. You’re not going to see many public facilities like this in the country – it’s just phenomenal.”

Topgolf and ClubCorp Team up to Accelerate Innovation for Golf Industry

Topgolf enhancing ClubCorp member experiences at ranges and courses, while ClubCorp offers Topgolf guests new ways to enjoy golf

(DALLAS) - Topgolf, the global leader in sports entertainment with the world's largest digital golf audience, is teaming with ClubCorp – The World Leader in Private Clubs – to grow interest and participation in golf among Topgolf's 10.5 million players and ClubCorp's 430,000 members. The strategic alliance, announced today, results in Topgolf providing new technology and benefits for ClubCorp members, and ClubCorp providing special offers and experiences at ClubCorp clubs.

"Topgolf is leading the next generation of the sport and constantly innovating to attract new fans to golf. Our alliance with ClubCorp signifies our commitment to not only help Topgolf guests transition to green grass, but also refresh how ClubCorp and Topgolf fans play both on and off the course," said Topgolf Entertainment Group Co-Chairman and CEO Erik Anderson.

While specific program elements are being finalized, Topgolf and ClubCorp leaders see opportunity to enhance the golfing experience across physical and digital platforms. For example, Toptracer Range, Topgolf's newly released product for driving ranges, could bring a more interactive format to the private clubs' driving ranges. Players can track their ball flight path as they hit, receiving real-time insights on speed, distance, angle and accuracy for a more interactive, gamified experience.

"Both Topgolf and ClubCorp have been leading the industry in encouraging fun golf entertainment," said ClubCorp CEO Eric Affeldt. "That's why a ClubCorp and Topgolf collaboration is so interesting. With our more than 430,000 members across North America and Topgolf's tremendous reach among new golfers and even non-golfers, we have an opportunity to introduce and reinforce the great game among a massive audience."

Topgolf Swing Suite, a social experience featuring Topgolf simulators, comfortable lounge seating, HDTVs and food and beverage service, would give ClubCorp members year-round, climate-controlled practice space where they could perfect their swings in the off-season. Topgolf's first Swing Suite, launched earlier this year, is located at the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston. Topgolf recently made an investment in Full Swing Golf, the company behind the simulator technology, to expand its Swing Suite business.

Topgolf plans to offer ClubCorp members special offers to visit its sports entertainment venues. Likewise, ClubCorp plans to provide added value to Topgolf Platinum Members with exclusive tournaments at ClubCorp properties, as well as special offers and programs at clubs across the country.

"We're thinking differently by giving people new ways to enjoy the game – on the course, at Topgolf, even on their phones and through other interactive experiences," Anderson said. "This is just the beginning of what Topgolf and ClubCorp can do together."

You can find ClubCorp on Facebook at facebook.com/clubcorp and on Twitter at @ClubCorp.

To learn more about Topgolf, follow @Topgolf or visit www.topgolf.com.

New at The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado: Hack and Hook Wilderness Retreat for Groups

Forbes Five Star, AAA Five-Diamond resort offering opportunity for exclusive access to acclaimed golf courses and the best private fly-fishing in Colorado

(RELEASE) - Planning a group getaway or corporate retreat? The Broadmoor's new Hack and Hook package (only available for groups) allows for a choice of overnight stays at the property’s Cloud Camp at the summit of Cheyenne Mountain, 3,000 feet above The Broadmoor, or at the main Broadmoor resort campus, followed by a stay at Fly Fishing Camp, The Broadmoor's private fishing retreat.

“If you live in a big city or come from the flatlands of the Midwest, you are in for a surprise. We provide true luxury wilderness experiences and are a perfect excuse to escape from the world for a couple of days. And, yes, cabins have high-speed Internet,” says Russ Miller, director of golf operations at The Broadmoor.

After a hearty breakfast, the itinerary includes a mix of golf on The Broadmoor’s distinctive courses followed by a fly-fishing experience on five miles of private river.

Set in the Cheyenne Mountain foothills of Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor Golf Club is ranked among the best in the world and is home to the 2018 U.S. Senior Open Championship. The property’s three iconic courses were designed by some of golf’s greatest names and have played host to numerous national tournaments, including the U.S. Women's Open and PGA Cup Matches. Presidents, politicians, celebrities, and many of the game’s greatest athletes have all played at The Broadmoor.

As part of this special offering, guests will then experience the best fly fishing in Colorado at The Broadmoor's Fly Fishing Camp, an old-time rustic fishing lodge on 76 acres next to one of state's top-rated trout streams, with five miles of private river frontage. Guests will have the opportunity to catch four different species of trout (rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat). Since each fish requires a different challenge, a river guide is provided for every two guests, ensuring proper instruction. Fly Fishing Camp also gives guests the unique opportunity to "catch and cook" their fish if they so choose.

"Individual techniques are required depending on the time of day and type of fish. Similar to how you don’t want to play a golf course wherein every hole is a par 4, the challenge to hook different trout under variable conditions is invigorating," said Miller.

To book this group package, please call 855.634.7711

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bobby Weed Golf Design Redesigns Practice Facility at Interlachen Country Club

(PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida) – Bobby Weed Golf Design (www.bobbyweed.com) has completed a redesign of the practice facility at Interlachen Country Club, a private invitation-only club in Winter Park, Fla.

“Players will welcome this new complex for its low-profile short-game greens, allowing for precisely-calibrated practice,” said Bobby Weed.

The new facility features a 10,000 square-foot putting green with subtle contours, a chipping green with generous surrounds to allow for a variety of shots and a bunker green with four bunkers of varying sizes.

“Effective practice should focus on developing confidence and repetition,” Weed added. “We have created a facility that allows golfers to develop these attributes.”

The project also includes an enlarged main tee area on the range, with a two-bay academy building planned for the future.

Said Chris Monti, Weed’s design partner: “The entire facility is intended to mimic what we hope will be a course-wide renovation in the near term. We’ve utilized new, updated turfgrass varieties, a new bunker aesthetic and more short cut surrounds.”

LandIrr Golf Construction, a local golf course contractor, is performing all aspects of the facility upgrades.

For more information on Bobby Weed Golf Design, see www.bobbyweed.com.

Antigua Busy With Events in 2017

(PEORIA, AZ) - Antigua Group, Inc. - one of the nation's leading designers and marketers of lifestyle and golf apparel under the distinguished Antigua brand - is participating in more than 3,000 events in 2017.

This large volume has become typical for Antigua's six-person event services department that's dedicated to managing such affairs for the company's customer base. An "event" can be the men's invitational at a country club, a charity fundraising golf or tennis tournament, an event on the various professional golf and tennis tours, a sales meeting, convention, major championship, Solheim Cup, Ryder Cup, World Series or the Super Bowl. Whatever the occasion, events are always on a specific date, have tight deadlines, and are ensured by Antigua to come off on time and complete. They have several components requiring logoed apparel and headwear, including on-site retail, online retail, volunteer uniforms, patron gifts and pro-am gifts. Many major events also require 24-hour fill-in for retail sale with logoed goods.

Antigua started its events services department in 1990 and has grown the event business each year. This past February, the company was an invited vendor to the NFL Experience at the Super Bowl. And in August, Antigua will be a proud lead vendor at the Solheim Cup in Des Moines, handling all pertinent components with staff on-site working the retail pro shops and filling in logoed inventories.

"The event business is a very important aspect of all our business channels," says Ron McPherson, CEO of Antigua. "Whether it's a Super Bowl, a major golf event, a corporation's national sales meeting, or an event on the professional tennis circuit, Antigua is there to provide customized product and services ... on time and through completion."

To learn more about Antigua's event services, visit https://vimeo.com/213137794 to see a brief video.

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

Forsgate CC's Frank Esposito Wins Second New Jersey Senior Open Championship

Renowned NJ PGA Professional and Champions Tour Player Enjoys Stellar Career

(Monroe Township, NJ) — Forsgate Country Club congratulates Frank Esposito, a member of its Teaching Professional staff, on winning the 2017 New Jersey PGA/New Jersey State Golf Association Senior Open Championship title, which was contested at Navesink Country Club last month. Esposito recorded his first NJPGA/NJSGA Senior Open victory back in 2014.

Considered by many to be the best senior golfer based in New Jersey, Esposito has played in PGA TOUR Champions Tour tournaments, competed in the U.S. Open and in two PGA Championships.  In 2014, he won the prestigious Senior PGA Professional National Championship. Esposito has a stellar New Jersey golf resume.  He is a five-time NJPGA Player
of the Year, a two-time NJ Open champion and a Senior Club Pro Champion. Esposito’s 2017 competitive season already is off to a strong start.  He currently leads the New Jersey PGA Senior Section Player of the Year points standings.

Forsgate Country Club is an exclusive, full service, family-oriented private country club located in the heart of New Jersey.  Forsgate offers golf, sports and social memberships for individuals, families and corporations.  Established in 1931, Forsgate Country Club features 36 holes of world-class golf, including the renowned Banks Course, designed to recreate historic holes throughout Europe, and the Palmer Course, a traditional American design with challenging water hazards on ten of its scenic holes.  The country club also offers facilities for banquet events and corporate meetings as well as a sports complex that includes a fitness center, pool and cabana cafe.  Forsgate Country Club, which is located midway between New York City and Philadelphia at Exit 8A of the NJ Turnpike, is owned and operated by RDC Golf Group, Inc.

For more information about Forsgate Country Club visit www.forsgatecc.com or call (732) 521-0070.

Golf Channel Announces "Summer of '76," Next Golf Films Project, Premiering Ahead of The 146TH Open

Summer of ’76 to Revisit 1970s Era of Professional Golf; Johnny Miller’s 1976 Open Victory Over 19-Year-Old Star in the Making, Seve Ballesteros

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – As temperatures rise this July with The Open returning to Royal Birkdale, Golf Channel today announced that its next Golf Films’ project will dive into one of the coolest periods in the sport’s history, the 1970s, with a one-hour special, Summer of ’76, premiering on Tuesday, July 18 at 9 p.m. ET following Golf Central Live From The Open.

In July of 1976, America celebrated it’s Bicentennial. At the same time, golf descended on a sweltering Royal Birkdale along England’s West Coast, where two of the game’s transcendent figures collided. Johnny Miller was the California golden boy, at one time appearing to be the heir apparent to Jack Nicklaus atop the sport. A fiery and charismatic Spaniard with an uncanny feel for the game, Seve Ballesteros was just 19-years-old, but well on his way to becoming the Arnold Palmer of European golf. In the end, Miller won the Open, Ballesteros won the hearts of fans, but the ultimate winner was professional golf.

“Winning The Open in ‘76 was one of fondest moments of my career,” said Miller. “The course was totally burnt out. I hit 1-iron off the tee and don’t remember missing one fairway the whole week with it, which was my key to winning. I hadn’t heard about Seve at all, but that changed quickly when he led after the first round. He hit driver everywhere, slashing it out of places like Arnie used to do. I knew that he was going to be great, no doubt about it.”

Through interviews with Miller, Tom Watson, Peter Alliss, and dozens of others, Summer of ’76 recalls the excitement of seeing Ballesteros for the first time, and the brilliance summoned by Miller en route to winning the Claret Jug. Ballesteros’ week commenced a true emergence of European stars across the sport over the next decade, joined by the likes of Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam all factoring in major championships and collectively sparking a European resurgence in the Ryder Cup. The film also pops with the groovy style of the ‘70s when golf was looser, with stiff shots on and off the course, and when the sport was still in its relative television infancy.

In addition, the film will touch upon relevant cultural and societal trends in the mid-70s, in an era when people grew their hair and wore bellbottoms and cranked up The Steve Miller Band, Marvin Gaye and Queen on eight tracks inside their Pontiac Firebirds. The principals whimsically remember the music they listened to, cars they drove, clothes they wore and the equipment they played, which required a level of artistry that many feel has been lost in the modern game. Summer of ’76 also tackles the question that has long been debated: how would the best of that era stack up against the best of today?

“Maybe as I get older I’m feeling a bit nostalgic, but even Jack Nicklaus, who came of age in the brush cut 1950s, let his hair down in the 70s,” said Golf Channel’s Rich Lerner, who will serve as a co-producer and writer of the film. “Some of my all-time favorite players were either at the height of their power or just ascending: Jack, Gary Player, Johnny, Tom Watson and of course, Seve. And that era produced so many tough guys with homemade swings, like Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd, Lanny Wadkins and Hubert Green. That Open of ’76 at Birkdale is a perfect jumping off point to look at one of the coolest, most stylish periods in golf, the 1970s.”

Summer of ‘76 is being produced by Golf Films, led by 13-time Emmy Award-winning coordinating producer Israel DeHerrera, who has served as the lead producer for several critically acclaimed projects, including the three-part Arnie (2014) and Jack (2017) films on Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. In addition to DeHerrera and Lerner, who makes his debut as a co-producer for a Golf Films’ project, James Ponti also will serve as a co-producer for Summer of ’76. Other award-winning projects produced by Golf Films include the Emmy-nominated Payne, on the late Payne Stewart; Arnie & Me, a follow-up, fourth installment of Arnie; ’86, a chronicle of Nicklaus’ final major championship win at the 1986 Masters that aired to coincide with the 30th anniversary of his iconic win; and Ben Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta, on the two-time Masters champion, and his special relationship with the tournament.

Etowah Valley Celebrates 50 Years of Golf at the 'Brickyard'

(ETOWAH, N.C.) – A golf course that sprang from unique beginnings celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer.

Etowah Valley Golf & Resort, which transformed the hardscrabble terrain of a brick mining operation into a popular mountain golf destination, opened to much praise July 8, 1967. Architect Edmund Ault designed a long and challenging 18-hole layout and crafted nine more holes in 1988.

The resort now spreads across 246 manicured acres with 27 holes of golf, 65 lodge rooms, three restaurants, a 200-seat banquet facility and a 200-seat outdoor pavilion.

And after a few rough years during the Great Recession, new owners have invested nearly $2 million in the stay-and-play resort to set the stage for another 50 years of golf at the brickyard.

“There are not a lot of clubs that have been around 50 years. We’re very proud of it and we’ve done a lot of good things since the course first started in 1967,” says head golf professional Rick Merrick. “Our new owners came in a few years ago and provided the capital and vision to turn things around. They have a great plan and it’s exciting to see what they’re doing.”

The ownership group, based in nearby Asheville, is comprised of 14 partners. Managing partner Tim Rice learned to play golf at Etowah years ago and feels strongly that his group has charted a successful future for Etowah Valley.

“We have a vision for Etowah Valley Golf & Resort and feel good about the plan and execution after nearly three years,” says Rice, whose group took over in late 2014. “Our members and resort guests are excited about our efforts. They see that our dollars are being well spent.”

In just under three years, the ownership group has purchased a new fleet of golf carts and course maintenance equipment, installed a new irrigation system on the South Nine, hired a veteran course superintendent respected industry-wide, renovated all 65 lodging rooms, upgraded the on-site restaurants, and purchased and rebranded a smokehouse on the edge of the resort.

Rice says Etowah Valley’s leaders have always shown great vision, from Bruce Drysdale, the owner of the brick corporation who conceived the course, to his daughter and son-in-law, Betty Anne and Frank Todd, who built the facility, ran it for decades, and expanded it to a stay-and-play resort with 27 holes.

“We recognize Frank Todd and his family for being pioneers in the hospitality business in Henderson County,” Rice says. “Especially for them to have the vision to reclaim a distressed piece of land that had been stripped of all the clay for bricks. They put a lot of love and care into it and here we are celebrating their vision 50 years later.”

The biggest improvements people will notice this 50th summer involve course conditions, accommodations and guest service.

Course superintendent Steven Neuliep is in the third year of a five-year plan to elevate course conditions. He has removed trees to improve turf growth, worked on drainage and irrigation issues, and made great strides with the bent grass greens. Neuliep delays opening each nine one morning a week for extensive maintenance that can’t be done when golfers are on the course.

The lodging component has been upgraded as well. Each room received new furnishings and bathroom fixtures, high-definition flat screen televisions and high-speed Wi-Fi.

“We brought the hotel lodging up to modern standards,” says Rice, noting that all rooms on property overlook the golf course.

On the hospitality side, the non-descript snack bar in the clubhouse has been tripled in size, with a bar and dining patio added. Now called Zeke’s Greenside Tavern, it seats 160 and is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week, with live entertainment throughout the week.

Chelsea’s Events Center, also on property, serves an extensive country breakfast buffet seven days a week, and the partnership purchased the original BBQ Shak on the edge of the South Nine and rebranded it the Old Etowah Smokehouse. The pit-cooked barbecue is quite popular and the pickle-brined dipped chicken recently appeared on the cover of Garden & Gun.

Of course, the main attraction at Etowah Valley is the course itself. Most layouts built a half century ago have become outdated by modern technology that allows golfers to hit the ball much farther. But Ault designed the original 18 holes at nearly 7,000 yards, which remains a stout number to this day, and the third nine is a respectable 3,318 yards in length.

“Most people think when they come to the mountains they are going to play a real hilly golf course, but we’re in a valley here,” says Merrick. “And we’ve got three different nines. Our South Nine is relatively flat, but tree-lined and very challenging. Then our West Nine is kind of rolling hills and a little bit wider in the fairways and a little bit longer. Then we have the North Nine built in the late 1980s that is a little shorter, but hillier with smaller greens and a totally different look.”

In 26 years at Etowah Valley, Merrick has seen a lot of repeat customers from all over the nation. He credits the convenience factor of having a stay-and-play facility with all the amenities.

“Golfers feel like they are playing a different golf course each day when they pair two nines together,” Merrick says. “They play golf all day and don’t have to go anywhere for dinner or hospitality. We have groups that have been coming here for nearly 40 years and there are people booked here for the next 10-12 years. They really enjoy it.”

For information about tee times or stay-and-play packages, call 828-891-7022 or go to www.EtowahValley.com.

PXG Graduates its First Collegiate Athlete to its Roster of Champions

Golfweek Male Golfer of the Year, Wyndham Clark Signs with Groundbreaking Equipment Company PXG

(Scottsdale, AZ) – PXG has signed recent University of Oregon graduate and 2017 Pac-12 Player of the Year, Wyndham Clark to its roster of champions.

In late 2016, PXG penned its first university sponsorship agreement with the University of Oregon. Clark, a senior, was fitted by PXG’s Master Fitters and quickly found success on the course.

Following his switch to PXG equipment, Clark reached No. 1 in Golfweek’s 2017 Collegiate Power Rankings and helped the Ducks achieve a runner-up finish at the 2017 NCAA Championship.

“After PXG’s team came out to work with us and I was properly fitted for clubs, everything started to fall into place,” Clark reflected. “My ball flight and distance control got considerably better, and I finished the season with three NCAA victories.”

“We had a great time watching Wyndham finish off his college career with PXG clubs in the bag,” PXG founder Bob Parsons shared. “We believe that he has both the exceptional talent and personal drive needed to achieve great things on and off the course.”

PXG’s professionals represent some of the very best talent on the PGA and LPGA Tours. Clark will join current #PXGTroops James Hahn, Billy Horschel, Charles Howell III, Zach Johnson, Chris Kirk, Ryan Moore, Pat Perez, Charl Schwartzel, Austin Ernst, Christina Kim, Lydia Ko, Brittany Lang, Alison Lee, Ryann O’Toole, Sadena Parks, Gerina Piller and Beatriz Recari.

“I feel fortunate to be able to play the world’s finest equipment as I begin my professional career,” Clark added. “I believe PXG equipment will help me compete at highest level.”

Wyndham Clark’s WITB:
•  PXG 0811X Driver, 9° with Graphite Design
•  PXG 0341X 3-wood, 15° with Tensei White 80-x; 43"
•  PXG 0311X 2-iron with Project X LZ 6.5
•  PXG 0311T Irons, 4-9 with Project X LZ 6.5
•  PXG 0311T Sugar Daddy Milled Wedges, 46°, 52° & 56° Wedges with S400
•  PXG 0311T Zulu Milled Wedge, 60° with S400

Clark’s first appearance as an official member of the #PXGTroops will be this week during the Travelers Championship.

For more about PXG’s groundbreaking golf equipment and professional staff visit www.PXG.com.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

PUMA Golf Unveils Innovative Styles, New Colorways of Favorite Silhouettes in Footwear Collection

PUMA Builds on Celebrated SS17 Designs to Offer Golfers a Versatile, Comfortable and Stylish Autumn Winter 2017 Footwear Collection  

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – PUMA Golf, a leader in golf footwear innovation, design and style, introduced its new Autumn Winter 2017 footwear collection showcasing the brand’s cutting-edge, stylish offerings for both men and women. The line perfectly blends trusted technologies such as IGNITE Foam, providing superior step-in comfort; an Epic Performance Last, for the perfect fit; premium materials for durability; and a proprietary DISC closure system, with new, on-trend colors, materials and patterns for a statement on and off the course.  Below are the new footwear highlights for Fall 2017.

IGNITE DISC Extreme – $140 - One of PUMA Golf’s most iconic, fashion-forward shoes, the IGNITE Spikeless Sport, returns with an all new graphic print. Like its predecessor, the innovative sporty mesh upper combines with a premium leather saddle and PUMA’s proprietary DISC technology that tightens with a simple twist for a custom fit.  Available in four eye-popping colorways (Gray Violet/PUMA Silver/Steel Gray; PUMA black/PUMA Silver/Dark Shadow; Smoked Pearl/PUMA Silver/Dark Shadow and White/Gray Violet/High-Risk Red – the Red/White/Gray version of the shoe are part of the Volition America Collection – a portion of all sales benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation, supporting military families of wounded or fallen soldiers), the IGNITE DISC Extreme is available in sizes 7-14.

IGNITE SPIKELESS Pro - $140 - In this new design for Fall, an innovative, sporty microfiber combines with a textile tongue and lining for a super modern silhouette and for a comfortable and stable shoe for wear on and off course.  Designed to step up golfers’ fashion games on and off the course, the IGNITE SPIKELESS Pro offers a premium microfiber waterproof upper, embossed support saddle and super soft mesh lining for the ultimate spikeless performance shoe. Available in two striking hues (White/White/Silver and White/Quarry/Silver) the IGNITE SPIKELESS Pro comes in sizes 7-14.

TITANTOUR IGNITE HI-TOP - $220 New for this season, PUMA GOLF introduces its iconic Hi-Top in an all-white colorway.  The TITANTOUR and revolutionary IGNITE cushioning platform take comfort and performance to a new level with amazing stability and support from this head-turning high top silhouette.  Sizes 7-14 available.

LADIES IGNITE SPIKELESS SPORT Floral - $120 per pair. An on-trend floral graphic print provides one of PUMA Golf’s most iconic women’s shoes a fashion forward, modern look.  This sporty silhouette and profile designed with inspiration from classic golf footwear, uses a combination of textile and leather to take golfers shoe game to a new level.  Full IGNITE Foam in the midsole is guaranteed to provide supreme comfort.  Available in 3 eye-catching colorways (PUMA Black/PUMA Silver/Dark Shadow, Quarry/Nrgy Peach/Quiet Shade and Peacoat/Baja Blue/Smoky Grape) this shoe comes in sizes 5.5-12.

LADIES IGNITE STATEMENT - $80
Naming a shoe “STATEMENT” is a bold move for sure, but this is arguably PUMA GOLF’s most attention-grabbing design from the AW 2017 footwear collection. The IGNITE STATEMENT boasts a progressive silhouette that looks more like a casual street shoe, that is sure to make a statement on the course.  IGNITE Foam provides extreme comfort, while 39 strategically placed hexagons on the sole provide multi-directional traction for stability through your swing. This new design is available in two chic color schemes (Gray Violet/Quiet Shade and PUMA Black/White) and comes in sizes from 5.5-12.

Look for PUMA Golf staffers including Rickie Fowler, Lexi Thompson, Ben Crane, Jonas Blixt and Bryson DeChambeau, to rock these designs on Tour this year. The PUMA Golf Autumn-Winter 2017 footwear collection is available now at cobragolf.com and cobragolf.com/pumagolf.

Introducing the All-New D.N.A. Helix from FJ

Built for performance; Shaped by experience; Wrapped in innovation

(RELEASE) - The latest version of the very successful D.N.A. (DryJoys Next Advancement) franchise launches today with the introduction of the all-new D.N.A. Helix. Featuring a wider platform and a structured, lightweight construction to create power from the ground up, DNA Helix is available on footjoy.com and wherever FJ golf shoes are sold.

Originally launched in 2014, the DNA category has been widely adopted at every level of play, including on the worldwide professional Tours.

Inspired by that heritage of success, DNA Helix was developed from the ground up based on specific feedback from the world’s best players who value the combination of flexibility and comfort but requested more platform stability, particularly in the heel area of the shoe.

“I’ve worn every version of DNA and this is by far the best for me,” said Scott Stallings. “The additional support they built in, especially laterally as I move back and through the ball, is fantastic.”

The new NitroThin 3.0 TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) outsole foundation in DNA Helix was developed to deliver the additional stability requested by Tour players. In fact, DNA Helix is 38% more stable than its predecessor. This was achieved by increasing the width between the cleat receptacles in the heel by 13% for more surface coverage underfoot. In addition, a new fit-bed was developed with more lateral stability and the integration of a 3D FoamCollar also helps to lock the player’s foot in place.

The new outsole also features strategically placed cut-outs in the TPU to expose more of the softer midsole which contributes to this outsole being 23% lighter than the previous version as well as being more flexible.

“While it was certainly a challenge to improve upon a shoe as successful as D.N.A., the continued dialog we have with our Tour staff revealed there was an opportunity to improve the overall performance of the category,” said Keith Duffy, Senior Product Manager, Footwear. “But this isn’t just an update for us. D.N.A. Helix is a completely new golf shoe built from the ground up to deliver Tour-level performance and lightweight comfort for all players.”

In addition to a wider platform, several new performance and comfort enhancements were integrated, including:
  - New NitroThin 3.0 TPU Outsole that is lighter and wider than our highly successful DNA shoe for Tour-caliber stability
  - New FTF (Fine Tuned Foam) midsole provides a soft ride
  - New Xtra-Thick FTF Fitbed (Fine Tuned Foam) for incredible underfoot  comfort
  - New TourSpec Stretch Tongue for comfort across the top of the foot
  - New 3D FoamCollar 2.0 to comfortably lock the foot in place
  - Premium Chromoskin leather by Pittards of England
  - Low Profile PulsarR Cleats by SoftSpikes
  - 2 year waterproof warranty

Pricing:
$209.99/laced
$239.99/Boa System

Available:
Today on footjoy.com and wherever FJ shoes are sold

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Troon Selected to Manage Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing, has been selected to manage the Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club in Wickenburg, Arizona. Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club was created as a private club reserved exclusively for members and their guests. Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club is currently open to a limited amount of unaccompanied non-member play.

Located in historic Wickenburg, Arizona, approximately one hour northwest of downtown Phoenix near the intersection of Highways 89 and 93, Wickenburg Ranch is in a class by itself. Developed by Phoenix-based The M3 Companies, featuring Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch, Shea Homes’® newest Active Lifestyle resort community offers a one-of-a-kind lifestyle, model homes starting at $200,000 and up offering three feature builders. The dramatic desert surroundings and first-class amenities invite you to come outside and play. Wickenburg Ranch is not a community planned around a golf course; it was designed to blend both environments naturally, making it a truly unique experience.

The Golf & Social Club is the centerpiece of the Wickenburg Ranch community. The club’s 18-hole par 71 course, known as Big Wick, opened in 2015 and was designed by Bill Brownlee of The M3 Companies and Wendell Pickett of Greey│Pickett. Since opening, Big Wick has received numerous accolades including being named No. 4 on Golf Digest’s list of “Top 10 Best New Courses in North America” in 2015 and No. 5 on Golfweek’s 2017 list of “Best Courses You Can Play in Arizona.”

The club’s 9-hole par 3 course, known as Li’l Wick, was also designed by Brownlee and Pickett with music streamed throughout the course and a more relaxed dress code for the ultimate casual golf experience. Surrounding the Watering Hole, an inviting bar and grill, this short game course seamlessly blends golf and entertainment. When the fun spills over into the evening, the final four holes and putting green are nicely lighted.

The approximately 40,000 square foot clubhouse was designed by architect Bing Hu and the clubhouse design just won the prestigious Pacific Coast Builders Conference Gold Nugget Award of Merit for Best Recreational Facility. Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club offers endless views, casual and fine dining, the signature Alvea Spa, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The Courts & Sports Complex includes four championship tennis courts, six pickle ball courts, horseshoes and bocce ball.

“Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club is an exciting new property that has already received high praise in the golf world,” said Mike Ryan, executive vice president, co-chief operating officer, Troon. “We look forward to engaging and growing the membership and further elevating the level of service and member programming at this outstanding club.”

As part of Troon’s management agreement, full golf members of Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club will be eligible for the Troon Privé Privilege program, which provides access to more than 80 Troon Privé-managed private clubs across the globe. In addition, all Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club members will enjoy exclusive access and savings at Troon’s portfolio of more than 150 daily-fee, resort and private clubs around the world, via Troon Advantage.

“JVT Investors and M3 are very grateful for the team at BlueStar. The amazing work completed so far shows in the accolades received from across the country. We will continue to partner with Shea Homes in Wickenburg Ranch, and the community will remain a Trilogy Resort Community,” said Larry Van Tuyl, CEO and President of JVT Investors. “As we continue to grow the community, add additional builders and scale our memberships, we decided that Troon could scale with that growth, and we look forward to the expanded benefits Troon brings to our existing and future members.”

“The town of Wickenburg has contributed greatly to our growth,” added Van Tuyl. “We are happy to continue to employ a significant number of residents from Wickenburg and the surrounding areas.”

To learn more about Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club please visit wickenburgranch.com.

For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.

Golf Pride was the Chosen Grip by 80% of Players at the 117th U.S. Open

(SOUTHERN PINES, N.C.) - Eaton announced that its Golf Pride Grips Division was the most used swing and putter grip brand played at the 2017 United States Open Championship at Erin Hills.

The #1 Grip in Golf was trusted by 125 of 156 players (80%) in the tournament field at the 117th U.S. Open, including the champion, who relied on Tour Velvet Cord model grips and a Golf Pride putter grip, in his first career major victory. In addition, 33 players in the field used Golf Pride’s popular MCC model grips, which was more than double the nearest leading competitor brand used, including the first major appearance for Golf Pride’s latest breakthrough performance grip, the MCC ALIGN Technology. ALIGN Technology features a dedicated raised ridge that extends down the back of the grip for consistent hand placement allowing the golfer to feel alignment.

“We are honored to once again be part in another break-through performance for a first-time major championship winner,” said Brandon Sowell, global sales and marketing director for Golf Pride. “With the victory, players using Golf Pride have won 9 of the last 10 U.S. Opens, including four in a row since 2014.”

Each week, Golf Pride is the leading grip played from tee-to-green on the PGA TOUR with an average of 80% of pros choosing Golf Pride swing grips in each event, without any paid endorsements.

For more information on Golf Pride’s entire 2017 product offering, visit http://www.golfpride.com.

GolfStyles Selected as Top Publication at 2017 International Network of Golf Conference

(FAIRFAX, Va.) – For the third time in the last five years, GolfStyles Magazine, a regional magazine based in the Mid-Atlantic region of America, was selected as the Best Publication at the International Network of Golf Conference.
   
The ING Conference, held this year at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida, brings together leaders from the business side and the media side of the golf industry. The focus of the conference is twofold – education in the many phases of the business side of golf, and relationship building through networking.
   
“It is an honor to be selected once again,” said GolfStyles publisher Michael Keating. “At GolfStyles we have been dedicated for more than 20 years to presenting a unique product that doesn’t always walk down the center line of the golf industry. It’s nice to see our originality recognized.”
   
The issue that was on display at the conference was the Spring Issue, which covered everything from the best products at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, to a feature story on football’s Ron Jaworski and his golf empire, to a look at presidential golf – and the current resident of the White House, Donald Trump.
   
“A number of the best golf magazines in the country were on display at the ING Conference,” reported Tony Leodora, Philadelphia editor for GolfStyles. “A lot of work goes into all of the publications. Coming out on top is a tribute to all at GolfStyles, who combine to put out a quality product.”
   
GolfStyles is published three times a year – Spring, Summer and Fall. It also can be seen at www.golfstylesonline.com.

PUMA Golf's Autumn Winter 2017 Collection Delivers Performance-Ready Design for Golfers

PUMA Delivers The Perfect Balance of Sport, Lifestyle and Fashion For On and Off Course Wear - Helping Golfers Look Better, Feel Better and Play Better

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – PUMA Golf, a leader in golf apparel innovation, design and style, introduced its new Autumn Winter 2017 collection showcasing new, sophisticated graphics, an evolved color palate and elevated technical elements, that are designed to enhance on-course performance and provide looks that work from the first tee to the office and everywhere in between. The line features men’s, women’s and junior apparel, accessories and footwear.

PUMA Golf’s AW‘17 Collection introduces Evoknit in an assortment of apparel and accessory pieces for men and women. Evoknit is a knitted design that utilizes body mapped ventilation, strategically placed rib panels and seamless engineering for unrestricted range of motion. The moisture-wicking, highly breathable fabric provides extreme comfort and breathability.
The collection also features PWRWARM Extreme, an extremely efficient synthetic insulation, that utilizes Primaloft Gold insulation and microfibers to trap body heat and repel water, creating a warmer microclimate even in the wettest, coldest weather. Primaloft Gold is a premier microfiber insulation that mimics the softness and packability of down, and has the highest warmth to weight ratio of any insulation fiber. It’s compressible, breathable and offers superior water repellency to keep you dry, warm and comfortable in extreme conditions.

The AW’17 assortment will continue to feature the brand’s revamped men’s bottoms collection. PUMA Golf’s designers set out to make a more fashion-forward golf pant, rejecting the typical shiny fabric and drapey fit that is commonly associated with the garment.  PUMA Golf’s new pants & shorts offer excellent moisture management, new, improved fit, a rebalanced pattern, curved stretch waistband featuring PWRSTRETCH for comfort and mechanical stretch for maximum range of motion, available in both a tailored and performance fit.

Look for PUMA Golf staffers including Rickie Fowler, Lexi Thompson, Bryson DeChambeau, Ben Crane, Graham DeLaet, Jonas Blixt and Jesper Parnevik to be rocking footwear, apparel and accessories from the Autumn Winter ’17 collection, on Tour through the remainder of the year.  The Collection is available now at http://www.cobragolf.com/pumagolf/collections/aw17 and at select retailers.

PGA Fashion & Demo Experience Announces All-New PGA Demo Experience at Topgolf Las Vegas

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) — The annual golf industry gathering at the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience will begin with an all-new PGA Demo Experience at Topgolf Las Vegas on Monday, Aug. 14, from 4 p.m.–8 p.m. Leading golf equipment, technology and accessory companies will be on-hand to demonstrate their latest innovations for attending PGA Professionals and golf retailers.

The PGA Demo Experience will feature hands-on equipment testing in the Topgolf Level 1 Hitting Bays, putting demonstrations on a specially-designed putting green in the East Room and an indoor marketplace in the Central and West Rooms. PGA and LPGA Professionals will be able to participate in skills contests to win $2,000 in prizes in the Topgolf Level 2 Hitting Bays. Complimentary beverages and light hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the industry networking event.

“We are excited to host this year’s PGA Demo Experience at Topgolf’s flagship venue in Las Vegas,” said PGA Golf Exhibitions Event Director Marc Simon. “Topgolf is known for providing a one-of-a-kind golf entertainment experience, and we believe participating companies and industry guests will enjoy this unique opportunity to test the newest products, while networking with their peers at this premier Las Vegas destination.”

Complimentary transportation will be available to and from The Venetian throughout the PGA Demo Experience, with the first bus departure from the Venetian Tour Bus Area at 3:30 p.m. PGA Professionals will receive 4 MSR credits for participating in the event. All PGA Demo Experience attendees must be registered for the 2017 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience and present their badge to enter the event.

Nearly 200 participating brands and companies will connect with approximately 4,000 PGA Professionals, buyers and golf business leaders at the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience, Aug. 14-16, held in the second half of the season and during Las Vegas Fashion Week. In addition to merchandise sourcing of the newest apparel, accessories, equipment and technology, the annual industry event features a Pro-Pro Tournament, Live Fashion Show, Industry Reception and a comprehensive Education Conference.

One Stop Online Service Allows Ordering Custom Golf Orthotics without Leaving Home

(New Jersey, New York) – Upstep (www.upstep.com), founded by Israeli entrepreneurs, is launching a comprehensive online service for golfers to buy custom made orthotics designed for their specific needs by world-class podiatrists. Prices represent 30%-50% savings over the direct purchase from podiatrists.

The Upstep custom golf orthotics allow golfers to avoid foot pain while enhancing their energy, supporting natural movement, stabilizing posture, and improving their dynamics and enjoyment of the game.

“The Upstep Orthotics are the finest orthotics I have ever worn,” said Bill Glasson, 7-Time PGA Tour Tournaments winner and a customer of Upstep. “I’ve been wearing custom orthotics for over twenty years. Having had many surgeries, including neck and back fusions and most recently bilateral hip replacement, I am very sensitive to imbalances in my lower body. The Upstep Orthotics immediately gave me relief of nagging back pain and knee issues.”

Glasson continued: “As a player and instructor, I am required to be on my feet for up to 14 hours a day. This would not be possible without my Upstep Orthotics. I’ve been able to resume my playing career thanks to my orthotics. The importance of foot care is very underrated and everyone can benefit from these great orthotics.”

Upstep was founded by Limor Katz, Aviad Raz, and Oren Raz, with an investment of $3 million. The company lets customers anywhere in the U.S. get fitted with top of the line custom orthotics. Delivery is quick and the service guarantees full customer satisfaction.

Through the Upstep service, orders are made on two available platforms. On the online private platform, customers order the orthotics online and receive the footprint kit at home. The customer then follows the simple instructions to make a foot imprint and then send it back to the company. Upstep uses 3D technology to scan the footprint. The orthotics are custom designed based on each customer’s unique specifications. The technology also offers a platform that takes various work or athletic factors into account in order to meet the individual customer’s needs.

The second purchasing platform utilizes golf pros and retailers. The golf retail platform enables a "hands on" fitting process, where the golf coach, pro or fitter are involved and aid with their input and their student's foot impression.

The orthotics, produced by advanced manufacturing methods with innovative materials, are sent directly to the customer’s home. The standard price of Upstep custom golf orthotics is $239.

Upstep presented its custom golf orthotics at the PGA Merchandise Show 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The Upstep orthotics display attracted great interest and excitement from golf players and industry workers, including golf pros, golf directors, coaches, and key people in the golf industry.

To expand its foothold in the golf industry in the United States, Upstep has appointed Oren Geri as its in-house golf expert. Geri is a former Israeli golf champion who is familiar to the American public thanks to his participation in two seasons of the reality show Big Break.

“As an innovative custom orthotics company operating in the United States, we saw early on that we were winning significant business volume from the golf community,” said Limor Katz, co-founder and marketing manager at Upstep. "To penetrate this market, our chief podiatrist, Phillip Wells, carried out comprehensive research that included feedback from players and coaches on the pro circuit. As a result, we gently inserted golf enhancing elements into our design, while maintaining the comfort and customization platform. Upstep’s golf enhancing elements help deal with common physical problems related to the swing, allowing players to feel more comfortable in their shoes, experience greater energy, and improve their game.”

For further details: https://www.upstep.com/en/golf.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Award-Winning Pocono Vacation Destination Anticipates Blockbuster July

Woodloch Resort Showcases New Entertainment Options in Behind-the-Scenes Video

(Hawley, PA) - With July rapidly approaching, Woodloch Pines, an award-winning, all-inclusive family resort located in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, is gearing up for one of its busiest months of the year. 2017 marks Woodloch’s 59th year in business, and the Poconos resort created a video to give guests a behind-the-scenes look at everything that is involved in making July the special time that it is. The video provides a whirlwind sneak peek at what guests can look forward to in just a few short weeks: https://www.facebook.com/Woodloch/videos/10158911237470128/

The family-owned and operated resort transforms into its own small city during the summer months, employing over 1,100 staff members to serve over 1,200 guests a day, a number almost as large as the population of the town in which it is located. This is no small feat, and Woodloch is hard at work year-round creating new and exciting activities for their loyal customer base, many of whom return year after year.

Debuting this summer:
• Blockbuster Games - Based on some of the biggest movies of 2017, these game-show type contests take place on the family resort’s very own Lake Teedyuskung. Guests can try their hand at some Pirates of the Caribbean boat-building or go bananas with some Minions-inspired fun.
• The Asylum – For those guests who are looking for a scare, this evening walk features a spooky maze situated in the woods of the Poconos resort.
• BogaFit – The Woodloch Springs Sports Complex will offer this fitness program at its indoor and outdoor pools. BogaFit exercises are performed on Boga FITMATS that are anchored on the water’s surface. Because the exercises are performed on an unstable surface, participants get an added boost in workout intensity while building strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.
• The Escape Room – Woodloch guests can look forward to this team-building adventure game that has been gaining popularity in recent years. Groups of 8 to 10 players will need to solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints and strategy during a set amount of time in order to unveil the secret plot and escape from the setting, which is “home” to the legendary Chief Teedyuskung, the namesake of the resort’s lake.
• “A Night at The Musicals” – Complete with a full orchestra, elaborate costumes and professional choreography, Woodloch’s own Broadway-style theme show pays tribute to Jersey Boys, Motown, Hairspray, Hamilton, and more
• GiGi’s Coffee Shop – Located right by the main lobby and named after owner John Kiesendahl’s grandmother, Woodloch’s new coffee shop will feature an assortment of made-to-order coffee drinks and freshly baked pastries from the resort’s very own bakery in addition to sandwiches, salads and wraps. The Poconos resort has partnered with local roaster Black and Brass for its new coffee offerings.

“Summer vacations at Woodloch are truly like none other. The beautiful setting combined with our zany activities and fun-loving guests are the perfect recipe for making unforgettable memories,” says Activities Director Joey Ranner. “Our staff work hard year-round to ensure that each summer is better and more entertaining than the last. We are so grateful that our guests choose to spend their summers with us, and we want to offer them the best of the best!”

To obtain more information or to book a stay, visit www.woodloch.com, or call 1-800-Woodloch.

Miura Debuts Two New Players' Irons

CB-1008
(SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA) - Miura Golf has introduced two new irons to their MG Collection - the CB-1008 cavityback and the MB-5005 muscleback - for better players.

The CB-1008 player's cavityback is forged from a billet of soft carbon steel. It features a wider sole (19mm on the 7-iron) that significantly contributes to the iron's playability and forgiveness. That weight distribution in the sole, combined with a lower center of gravity, delivers forgiveness and increased launch angles - especially in the mid- and long irons. "Being able to deliver the feel and performance generally only associated with a Blade iron makes the CB-1008 a naturally choice in the players' iron category," says Bill Holowaty, COO of Miura Golf. "A wider sole and a precise distribution of weight are design characteristics which enhance the playability of this iron."  Each CB-1008 iron has a $279 MAP price.

MB-5005
By redistributing approximately 15 grams of weight from the muscleback part of the iron, we modified the design of a typical blade iron -- resulting in the MB-5005. Thus, this iron looks like a blade but plays like a cavityback. It incorporates one of Miura's key design principles, "There exist subtleties with the design of the MB-5005 which have enabled the Miura family to deliver a Blade iron that plays like a Cavity Back," said Holowaty. "The redistribution of weight in the head allows for an expanded sweet spot and lower center of gravity. The MB-5005 is also slightly longer from heel to toe, delivering a feeling of confidence to the golfer at address."

The MB-5005 is a limited edition product line in North America. Each MB-5005 iron has a $329 MAP price.

For more information on Miura Golf visit www.MiuraGolf.com. Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MiuraGolf, on Twitter @MiuraGolfInc and Instagram @MiuraGolf.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Announcement Regarding DraftKings & FanDuel Proposed Merger

For our readers who participate in Daily Fantasy Sports:

Dear AmGolferBlog,

As you may already know, DraftKings entered into a merger agreement with FanDuel last November. We learned today that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will attempt to block our merger.

We are disappointed by this approach and continue to believe that a merger is in the best interests of our players and the fantasy sports industry. The FTC's position on our merger is far from being the final word and we are considering all our options, including litigation.

This means that, for now, DraftKings and FanDuel will remain separate companies. We want to reassure you that you will not notice any changes to your account or to your experience with us for the foreseeable future. We will continue to offer best-in-class contests, prizes and offerings to our players. We will still focus on enhancing our products and features so we can continue delivering the exceptional sports entertainment experience you have always had with DraftKings.

This is an exciting time to be a sports fan and daily fantasy player. As we gear up for another successful NFL season, we will continue to put you - the sports fan - at the center of everything we do. We are excited to make this football season the best one yet with new products, innovative features and exciting contests ready to be rolled out.

If you have any further questions about this announcement, please visit our dedicated frequently asked questions section on the DraftKings website. If you need more assistance after reviewing the site content, feel free to email support@draftkings.com.

Thank you for your loyalty throughout this process. We would not be where we are today without you.

Best,

Jason Robins, Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman
Co-Founders, DraftKings

Watch Award Winning Documentary about Women & Sports THE FOUNDERS

Available On Demand Everywhere – June 20

(Los Angeles) – Level 33 Entertainment and levelFILM, announce the On Demand & Digital release of the feature film THE FOUNDERS featuring rare archival footage, historical reenactments, and current day interviews with leading tour players and the four surviving founders of the Ladies Professional Golf Association:  Marilynn Smith, Shirley Spork, Louise Suggs, and Marlene Bauer Vossler. Reenactments star Bella Lotz (Fox’s “Star”, The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries”, & One Last Thing), Parker Sack (Bobbi & Gill, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, and Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors), Bryn Vale (AMC’s “Red Band Society”, War Time Falcon, & I Am Cortona), and Caleb Messer. The film will be available via all On Demand & Digital platforms including Amazon Instant Video, iTunes Movies, iNDemand, Comcast Xfinity, DirecTV, Verizon, Frontier, Hoopla, Dish, Microsoft, Sony, Google Play, and Vudu.

In THE FOUNDERS, they were not supposed to be athletes. They were not supposed to get paid to play. They were not supposed to call the shots. But in 1950, 13 amateur women golfers battled society, finances and sometimes even each other to stake their claim to become professional sportswomen. Over time, these women would be recognized as true icons of sport and equality. This is the story of The Founders.

Official Trailer: https://vimeo.com/213155368

THE FOUNDERS chronicles the stories and impact of the founding 13 members of the Ladies Professional Golf Association as they fought to overcome incredible odds in 1940’s America to form the longest running women's sports organization in the world. Although fierce competitors in an intensely individual sport, The Founders worked as a team to shift the public's perception of what it meant to be a lady on the links. While their male counterparts drew adoring crowds and handsome purses for their athletic achievements, The Founders used money from their own pockets to stage tournaments in small, far-flung towns that questioned whether female golfers were even worth watching.

In the face of criticism, these women broke boundaries, set records and built a family. Today, the LPGA is the oldest continuing female professional sports organization in the United States, and through golf clinics, scholarship programs and thriving charitable foundations, The Founders still work to ensure that women have a lasting place on the green.

THE FOUNDERS was written and directed by Charlene Fisk and Carrie Schrader. THE FOUNDERS won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Atlanta Film Festival, Best Sports Documentary at the La Costa Film Festival, and Visionary Award at the Lake Champlain International Film Festival.

Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Thefoundersfilm/