Thursday, June 22, 2017

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/

2017 Solheim Cup Returns to Network TV for First Time in 15 Years

Solheim Cup Sunday Singles Matches to air on NBC, Sunday, Aug. 20

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The Solheim Cup, the biennial, match-play event that features the top players in women’s golf representing the United States and Europe, is set to return to network television for the first time in 15 years when NBC airs the singles matches on Sunday, Aug. 20.

Golf Channel and NBC will combine for nearly 30 hours of live tournament action of the three-day event, from the first tee shot to the final putt, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 18-20. Golf Channel also will air live coverage of both the Solheim Cup opening and closing ceremonies. On Sunday, Aug. 20, Golf Channel will air the Sunday singles matches from Noon-4 p.m. ET, with NBC continuing coverage from 4 p.m. ET until the event’s conclusion.

“NBC Sports Group has continued to raise the profile of the best women golfers in the world in bringing three LPGA Tour major championships to network coverage and introducing new audiences to women’s professional golf,” said Molly Solomon, Golf Channel executive producer. “Returning the Solheim Cup to NBC is the natural next step in the evolution of our partnership with the LPGA Tour.”

“The passion, patriotism and drama of the Solheim Cup make it one of the premier events in sports and we’re thrilled to be able to showcase it to an even bigger and broader audience on NBC,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “Our team has been focused on expanding our network TV coverage and the Solheim Cup, on U.S. soil in Des Moines, will be a perfect opportunity for us to bring the LPGA to a much broader audience and attract even more fans to the best in women's golf.”

Returning to U.S. soil in 2017, the Solheim Cup will be contested at Des Moines Golf & Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 18-20. The United States defeated Europe 14.5 – 13.5 at the 2015 Solheim Cup in Germany, featuring a dramatic come-from-behind final day by the United States en route to the closest Solheim Cup in history.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S 2017 MARQUEE LPGA EVENTS: In addition to comprehensive coverage of the Solheim Cup, Golf Channel has coverage of four of five women’s major championships in 2017, with three majors airing on NBC: the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, RICOH Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship.

NBC Sports Group / Solheim Cup Programming Schedule (all times ET)
- Aug. 17, 6-7 p.m., Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony, Golf Channel
- Aug. 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Solheim Cup, Day 1, Golf Channel
- Aug. 18, 2-4 p.m., Solheim Cup, Day 1, Golf Channel Digital
- Aug. 18, 4-7 p.m., Solheim Cup, Day 1, Golf Channel
- Aug. 19, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Solheim Cup, Day 2, Golf Channel
- Aug. 20, Noon-4 p.m., Solheim Cup, Final Day, Golf Channel
- Aug. 20, 4-6 p.m., Solheim Cup, Final Day, NBC

Galvin Green Launches Ventil8 Plus Range for Spring/Summer 2017

New Premium Performance Blend Offers Exceptional Moisture Wicking Via Body-Mapping Technology

(Växjö, Sweden) – Galvin Green – the world’s leading maker of functional golf clothing for serious players and the No. 1 global golf partner of GORE-TEX – announces the introduction of its 2017 Spring/Summer Ventil8 Plus range featuring body-mapping technology.

Designed for ultimate breathability and comfort in excessive heat, Ventil8 Plus fibers feature a revolutionary body-mapping technology to wick moisture twice as fast as a traditional polyester shirt. The ultralight material draws sweat away and diffuses it over a larger area for rapid evaporation alongside ventilation panels for maximum airflow.

“The Ventil8 Plus line brings a level of technical fabrication unlike anything else on the market,” says Andrew Creed, President of Galvin Green USA. “We set out to offer golfers the perfect combination of style and market-leading performance, and Ventil8 Plus over delivers.”

The latest Cool Layer advancement within the brand’s heralded Multi-Layer Concept, Ventil8 Plus is offered across a range of men’s, women’s and junior’s polos, trousers, shorts, and skorts. Boasting a UV protection rating of 20+, all garments are developed with an anti-bacterial effect for odor control and are machine washable for easy care.

Based in Sweden, Galvin Green is a pure golf brand that developed the sport’s first apparel layering system – the Multi-Layer Concept – more than a decade ago. This distinctive approach uses leading-edge fabric technologies to ensure the dry comfort, thermal regulation and outer protection that helps players optimize performance.

Galvin Green is the Official Team Supplier of Outerwear for the 2016 and 2018 European Ryder Cup Teams. Through this partnership, the company will provide its premium waterproof garments to the captains, vice captains, team members and their caddies during the matches at Hazeltine National Golf Club (2016) and Le Golf National (2018).

Learn more at www.GalvinGreen.com; get social at www.Facebook.com/GalvinGreen and @GalvinGreen.

Rolex Testimonee Brooks Koepka Claims First Major Victory at the 117th U.S. Open Championship

(Erin Hills, Wisconsin) - Brooks Koepka has claimed a historic first Major victory at the 117th U.S. Open Championship, held at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, following an unforgettable final day performance to become the 2017 U.S. Open Champion.

In achieving this landmark victory at the 117th U.S. Open, the 27-year-old joins an exclusive list of golfers to have won the prestigious Major championship. Originating in 1895, the tournament has been won by the game’s undisputed greats, and fellow Rolex Testimonees including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, otherwise known as golf’s “Big Three”.

The most recent Rolex Testimonees to have tasted U.S. Open victory include South African Retief Goosen and Tiger Woods, who claimed three U.S. Open titles between them, as well Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth, whose successes came in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

A CHAMPION’S PERFORMANCE 
Commencing the final day’s play 11-under-par alongside fellow Testimonee Justin Thomas, one shot behind the leader, Koepka made a fast start with birdies on the first and second holes, before holing a 30-foot putt on the eighth, to move to -14 and claim the outright lead.

After the turn, following a dropped shot on the challenging tenth hole Koepka showed his class and calmness under pressure by scoring three birdies in a row on holes 14, 15 and 16, moving to a total of 16-under-par – equalling the U.S. Open low-scoring record – and extending his lead to four.  

Following his final round, Brooks Koepka, said: “It feels amazing to get my name on this trophy with so many other great names. It’s truly an honour.  

“It hasn’t even sunk in but I think it will be special. I want to see my family and be with them, and to spend time with everyone who’s played a part in helping me win this.”  

The American who has won on both the European Tour and PGA TOUR, and is taught by Rolex Testimonee and celebrated golf coach Claude Harmon III, was crowned the 117th U.S. Open Champion. There were many other notable performances by the Rolex New Guard – a new generation of golfers who want to assert their authority on the sport, and inspire future generations of players to follow them.  

Speaking about his peers, and fellow Rolex Testimonees, including Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas, Koepka said: “Those guys are going to win lots of Majors, they’re going to win multiple times, and have unbelievable careers. I think the younger generation that’s coming up right now is really impressive, if you look at the top of the leaderboard, it’s so impressive, and it’s getting that much harder to win.”

ROLEX NEW GUARD 
Following rounds of 74, 65 and 71, 25-year-old Hideki Matsuyama of Japan shot a rallying final round of 66 – the lowest round of the day – to finish tied for second place.

In the third round, 24-year-old Justin Thomas from Kentucky, USA, scored 63 – equalling the lowest ever round scored in a U.S. Open, and setting a new Championship record for the lowest ever score in-relation-to-par at nine-under. With a final total of eight under par, Thomas finished tied in eighth place.

The 28-year-old Rolex Testimonee Rickie Fowler, from California, USA, led the tournament after the first round, having matched the U.S. Open scoring record to par for the opening round with a 7-under 65. Threatening the leaderboard for the duration of the Championship, Fowler finished with a solid level-par round to tie for fifth place.

Rolex Director of Communication & Image, Arnaud Boetsch, said: “Rolex would like to congratulate Brooks Koepka on his outstanding first victory in the prestigious U.S. Open Championship.

“Koepka has been part of the Rolex family since 2015 and this exceptional achievement reflects his steadfast commitment to excellence and superior performance.”

U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 RESULTS   
1st Brooks Koepka (-16)
T2 Hideki Matsuyama, Brian Harman (-12)
4th Tommy Fleetwood (-11)
T5 Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Bill Haas (-10)

ROLEX TESTIMONEE U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS 
Brooks Koepka (2017) Jordan Spieth (2015) Martin Kaymer (2014) Tiger Woods (2000, 2002, 2008) Retief Goosen (2001, 2004) Curtis Strange (1988, 1989) Tom Watson (1982) Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980) Gary Player (1965) Arnold Palmer (1960)

ROLEX TESTIMONEES COMPETING IN THE 2017 U.S. OPEN 
1st Brooks Koepka
T-2nd Hideki Matsuyama
T-5th Rickie Fowler
T-9th Justin Thomas
T-16th Steve Stricker
26th Paul Casey
T-35th Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Matthew Fitzpatrick

More information: www.rolex.com

Friday, June 16, 2017

Thor Guard Partnership with Hong Kong Golf Club Expands Global Footprint

(SUNRISE, Fla.) – Thor Guard – the world’s only lightning prediction system – continued its global momentum with installation of the company’s technology at Hong Kong Golf Club.

The partnership adds to Thor Guard’s dominance across 20 countries on six continents. System users include golf courses, country clubs, parks, schools and universities, cities and municipalities, aviation leaders, government agencies, mining and industrial companies, sporting events and broadcast media.

No stranger to extreme weather, Hong Kong Golf Club relies on Thor Guard to provide preemptive warming of lightning strikes. The luxurious private club, site of golf’s Hong Kong Open, spans 400 picturesque acres and is nestled along Deep Water Bay beach.

“Hong Kong Golf Club is among many PGA, European and Asian Tour hosts realizing the advanced safety benefits of our predictive modeling,” says Bob Dugan, President of Thor Guard. “More than 7,000 locations reduce dangers of lightning strikes by Thor Guard calculating atmospheric energy profiles occurrences eight to 20 minutes before potential hits.”

Hong Kong Golf Club selected Thor Guard to for its unrivaled sophistication, reliability and accuracy.

“With 120,000 golfers playing our courses annually, the safety of their wellbeing is paramount,” says Dean Nelson, Director of Golf at Hong Kong Golf Club. “As the industry leader in lightning prediction, we feel confident that their system will keep our members & visitors safe in the event of inclement weather.”

Climate trends support the need for Thor Guard. Meteorological experts project a 5% annual rise in weather, climate and geological disasters through 2020. North America alone recently suffered 160 natural disasters annually, the most in more than 35 years.

Saving lives and protecting customers’ business operations, Thor Guard sensor technology constantly monitors local environments and forecasts the level of dynamic energy migration needed to create lightning, even with no visible evidence. Recognizing “bolts out of the blue” conditions allows more notification time to proactively manage potentially perilous situations.

More information: thorguard.com, 954.835.0900.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

19th Annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic a Hit

Ann Liguori with tournament volunteers (Photo: Daniel Gonzalez)
(Westhampton, New York) – The 19th Annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic at the Maidstone Club in East Hampton on June 8 was a huge success.

The event was the 19th straight sell-out with golfers who came in from all over the world to play and support the cause -- raising money and awareness for cancer research and prevention.

Many golfers return to play year after year in addition to first-timers like Roy Matlock, Jr., co-founder with Dave Ramsey of their original show, 'The Money Game.'

"It was my fIrst time to the Hamptons and it was incredible," said Matlock. "I loved the course! The swag was great and the food at Maidstone was great. And all for a great cause!Thanks Ann! The tourney is very well run!"

Bright sunshine added to the festivities as golfers picked up their goodies including COOLA Suncare, Dune Jewelry custom personally-engraved divot repair tool, Eye King/Under Armour sunglasses,  Greg Norman Apparel shirt, Imperial Headwear (golf hat/visor), NoNatz Bug Spray, RMS golf glove, SCNS Sports Food (sports bars), Shoe Tips (The Last Thought Before Your Shot) and TaylorMade golf balls.

VPAR live scoring was a big hit with live digital leaderboards so all the foursomes knew exactly what position they were in throughout the round. Frank Darby of Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio created a traditional scoreboard as well.

Jim Donaghy, named 2017 Ann Liguori Foundation Business Honoree, said "everything about the tourney was first class! It's obvious to see how much the golfers appreciate the effort by the Ann Liguori Foundation and the prestigious golf courses that host the tourney each year. There's a fun, positive, festive attitude throughout the entire event."

Two-time Super Bowl champ Ottis Anderson was the celebrity auctioneer. Golf trips to Ireland (North West Coast Links), Bermuda (Bermuda Tourism) and Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, as well as golf opportunities to play Shinnecock, Winged Foot & Sebonack were auctioned off. Bo Dietl, a NYC Mayor candidate, donated his table for eight at Rao's.

Prizes included Dunning shirts, Greg Normal Apparel, JoFit Apparel, Marc Joseph New York Shoes, Maui Jim sunglasses, OGIO Golf Bags, Revo, TaylorMade clubs, Tour Edge Golf clubs and Zero Friction GPS gloves.

For more information call the Ann Liguori Foundation at 631-801-2233

For more information on Ann Liguori and the Ann Liguori Foundation, visit: www.annliguori.com. Follow Ann on Twitter: @annliguori. Like Ann on Facebook: www.facebook.com/annliguori.

Links Course at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club Undergoing Bunker Renovation

(Phoenix, Ariz.) – The Links Course at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club is undergoing an extensive bunker renovation project. The golf course will remain open for play during the project, which is expected to be completed by the end of July. The bunker renovation is being led by Arizona Biltmore Golf Club General Manager and golf industry veteran Dick Bates and the club’s agronomy team.

“The new sand that we’re putting in the bunkers is finer and will allow for better drainage,” said Justin Creighton, head golf professional, Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. “The new sand will also provide ‘fluffier lies’ making it easier for golfers to hit shots out of the bunkers.”

The Bill Johnston-designed Links Course opened in 1978 and is considered one of the best daily fee courses in the downtown Phoenix area.

The Arizona Biltmore Golf Club and its two golf courses, Links and Adobe, are located in the shadow of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve.  The Adobe golf course is considered stately and grand, a forefather of modern design, and is one of the most established golf courses in Phoenix. The lush, 50 year-old fairways and spacious layout are a reminder of the game the way it was meant to be. The Links Course, the younger of the two Biltmore courses, has earned the respect of golfers everywhere as one of Arizona’s premier golf courses. Rolling fairways lined with pines meander through some of the most stunning homes in Phoenix.

For more information on the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, visit www.azbiltmoregc.com or call 602-955-9655.

New Tagmarshal Pace-of-Play Features on Display at U.S. Open Host Erin Hills

(Las Vegas, NV) – Tagmarshal – the pace-of-play and revenue-optimizing system relied upon by Whistling Straits, Valhalla, Ballybunion and other top golf courses globally – features new tools  utilized by U.S. Open host Erin Hills to track tournament practice rounds June 12-14.

Now live at all Tagmarshal-connected courses:
- Additional Stats – Measure golf course starter’s accuracy against ideal timing goals, and sort data by nine-hole groupings and individual hole-speed intervals.
- Player Assistance Tracker – Easily accessible from the real-time course map screen, this display allows course staff to record interactions with golfers and uses their unique data to speed play during future rounds.
- Magenta Alert – Tagmarshal’s intuitive green-orange-red system vividly informs course staff to golfers’ speeds, and the magenta alert flags groups actively delaying golfers behind them.

“These new ways to interpret data further help courses attain their business objectives,” says Bodo Sieber, Chief Executive Officer of Tagmarshal. “Staff has more information than ever to deliver a premier golf experience and effortlessly keep golfers moving at appropriate paces.”

Erin Hills, an innovator and early adopter of Tagmarshal pace-of-play analytics, will use the system to track round times, slower holes and overall course movement during all U.S. Open practice rounds.

Since partnering with Erin Hills, Tagmarshal added applications critical to course operations. A recent partnership with Golf Weather allows live and historical forecast data to feed into pace-of-play analysis. Tagmarshal is also integrated with EZLinks Golf management software and other top providers for individual golfer pace profiles.

Utilized at premier golf destinations globally, including three of Golf Digest’s Top-10 U.S. courses, Tagmarshal’s unobtrusive GPS tags track walking and cart rounds. Course operators streamline pace to deliver more consistent round times, add tee time capacity and generate incremental revenue.

A recent USGA survey shows 74% of golfers believe pace is “critical” to their enjoyment of rounds. Fittingly, the Tagmarshal solution reduces slow play, improving average round times and enabling courses to optimize revenue opportunities. Superintendents use Tagmarshal to better manage pin placements and hole set ups which lead to less golfer stress, better scores and repeat play.

More information: tagmarshal.com, 725.333.7354.

Phil Mickelson Withdraws from 2017 U.S. Open Championship

(RELEASE) - PHIL MICKELSON has withdrawn from the 2017 U.S. Open Championship on Thursday, June 15 because of a previously scheduled family commitment.

Mickelson, who was fully exempt and has competed in 26 U.S. Opens, will be replaced in the field by Roberto Diaz, of Mexico, the first alternate from the Summit, N.J. sectional qualifying site.

Diaz, a 30-year-old, shot 65-70--135 at Canoe Brook County Club’s North and South Courses on June 5. He is playing in his first U.S. Open.

Mickelson, who had played in 23 consecutive U.S. Opens which dates to 1994, is a six-time U.S. Open runner-up (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013).

Keswick Hall & Golf Club Offers ‘Full Cry Golf Package’

Unlimited Play on Celebrated Pete Dye-Designed Course, Luxurious Five-Star Accommodations

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) – Keswick Hall & Golf Club – the Forbes Five-Star, 600-acre luxury resort set in Virginia’s scenic Hunt Country – is offering its “Full Cry Golf Package” an as ideal platform for summer stay-and-plays at the world-class property.

The outstanding Full Cry Golf Package starts at $229 per night. It features accommodations in Keswick Hall’s historic 48-room luxury hotel, unlimited play for two on the celebrated Pete Dye-designed Full Cry at Keswick Golf Club course (with cart), welcome round of a glass of house wine or local draft on arrival, and breakfast for two each morning.

Guests also receive unlimited access to the resort’s world-class practice facility and driving range. Visitors will also discover gourmet dining in Fossett’s, the resort’s award-winning restaurant featuring regionally inspired cuisine, as well as immaculate customer service befitting a five-star property.

“Summer here in the beautiful Hunt Country is a wonderful time for a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life,” says John Trevenen, General Manager. “We invite you to tee it up and enjoy unlimited play on our Pete Dye-designed golf course while relishing the luxury and customer care for which we’re famous.”

Since opening in late fall of 2014, Full Cry has received accolade after accolade including being ranked No. 4 in Golfweek’s 2017 roster of “Best Courses You Can Play” in Virginia as well as ranked No. 45 in Golfweek’s prestigious “Best Resort Courses” in the U.S. Full Cry was also honored in Golf Digest’s coveted “2015 Best New Courses.” Players of all abilities will savor the experience of this scenic Dye masterpiece.

The region is also home to Jefferson’s Monticello, the University of Virginia and numerous outdoor pursuits, drawing history buffs, wine lovers, sports enthusiasts and nature seekers year-round. Keswick Hall and Golf Club additionally features an array of relaxing spa services, fine dining at Fossett’s, and myriad amenities. Highly decorated, it has attained Condé Nast Traveler “gold” status, and is one of Travel + Leisure’s 500 “World’s Best Hotels.”

Tee-times and accommodations are based on availability. Taxes / additional fees are not included.

For more information on Keswick Hall & Golf Club visit www.keswick.com or call 434.979.3440.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

FootJoy Introduces Limited Edition Red, White, and Blue ProSL Golf Shoe

Just 500 Pair Available on FootJoy.com

(RELEASE) - In celebration of the season’s second major championship, FJ, the #1 Shoe in Golf, announces the availability of a special limited edition red, white, and blue ProSL golf shoe.

Beginning today, just 500 pairs will be available on FootJoy.com in medium and wide widths in sizes 7.5 to 15.

Since its introduction on the worldwide tours, ProSL has been adopted by more players inside the top 100 on the Official World Golf Rankings than any other shoe.

While FJ players have the freedom to choose from any product in the extensive shoe line, many of the world’s best have gravitated to ProSL for the ultimate combination of comfort and performance, including Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Dufner, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Branden Grace, Bernd Wiesberger, Lee Westwood, Charley Hoffman, Webb Simpson and James Hahn, to name just a few.

“ProSL provides the best traction of any golf shoe I have ever worn, cleated or spikeless,” said Brand Ambassador and Major Champion, Adam Scott.

ProSL combines a soft, comfortable, waterproof upper with a midsole/outsole unit that features three distinct layers for underfoot comfort, ultimate perimeter stability, and performance spikeless traction.

In addition to the limited edition red, white and blue, several new color combinations are also available on footjoy.com and wherever FJ golf shoes are sold. The new colors include white/navy/orange, white/tan and white/black.

For more details on ProSL, visit the product landing page here: http://www.footjoy.com/prosl.html

MSRP: $149.99
Availability: Now

For  more information, visit www.footjoy.com or follow the brand on Twitter or Instagram at @FootJoy

Enhancements Underway on Troon North Golf Club's Monument Course

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Work recently began on Troon North Golf Club’s award-winning Monument course on a three-month course improvement project. Located in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon North features two 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed golf courses – Monument and Pinnacle. The Monument course will reopen in September, while the Pinnacle course will remain open for daily-fee play throughout the summer.

Troon’s Vice President of Golf Course Development Ron Despain is overseeing the project which includes updating green complexes to their original shape, size and contours by utilizing GPS coordinates gathered from Weiskopf’s original design. In addition, greens will be resurfaced with creeping A4 bent grass and collars will be resurfaced with TifGrand semi-dwarf Bermuda grass. Bunker renovations will include updated drainage in all greenside and fairway bunkers, new bunker liners and new Pioneer bunker sand.

“We are committed to providing our guests with the finest course conditions on the planet at our flagship facility,” said Dana Garmany, chairman and chief executive officer, Troon. “Through these green and bunker enhancements on Monument, we are proactively improving and reinvesting in one of the top daily-fee courses in the nation. We plan to execute a similar improvement project on the Pinnacle course next summer to keep both courses at the top in a competitive marketplace.”

This summer’s Monument course improvements are the first major changes to the award-winning course since a 2007 renovation, reconfiguration and rerouting. In 2007, under Weiskopf’s direction, the 36-hole facility was reconfigured by blending the two courses together and changing the sequence in which the holes were played.

Troon North’s Pinnacle and Monument courses are ranked #25 and #58 respectively on GOLF Magazine's prestigious ranking of the 2016/2017 "Top 100 Courses You Can Play in the United States.” In addition, GOLF Magazine named Pinnacle the #1 golf course and Monument the #4 golf course in Arizona in their ranking of "Best Courses You Can Play in Arizona." Troon North is no stranger to awards and accolades as both courses have been recognized in numerous Top 100 and Best-in-State rankings by GOLF, Golf Digest and Golfweek since the facility opened in 1990.

For more information, visit www.troonnorthgolf.com.

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

Brandt Jobe Wins His First PGA Tour Champions Title with SeeMore Putter

(Franklin, TN) - Shooting a near flawless 67-66-69- 202, 14 under par, Brandt Jobe rode some great play tee to green, and great consistency with his putter, to a very popular victory at the Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines, Iowa. The winner check of $262,500 vaulted Jobe into sixth place in the Charles Schwab Cup. He led the field in most birdies (18) and fewest bogeys (2), and made putt after putt all weekend when he needed it most.

Jobe put the new SeeMore Nashville Studio Series ONE SS, in play three weeks ago in Birmingham, at the Regions Tradition, a Major Championship, leading to a top 25 finish. He then finished top 10 at his next event, another Major, the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. Now in his 3rd event with the Rosemark grip and SeeMore putter, he holds off Bernhard Langer, Scott McCarron, and Kevin Sutherland for the biggest win of his PGA Tour career.

RST Technology - SeeMore’s patented RST, known by a visible gun sight on the top line, allows the golfer to set up the putter perfectly each and every time in relation to the intended target line. This is accomplished by lining up the black bottom portion of the shaft between two white lines and covering a signature red dot on the heel of the top line.  The process is like locking radar onto a target.  The two parallel white sight lines frame the shaft and serve as an indicator that the golfer is in perfect position to make a consistent and reliable stroke.

For more information, visit www.seemore.com.

14 Amateurs Compete in U.S. Open

Same Group Will Be Part of 2017 U.S. Amateur Field at The Riviera Country Club and Bel-Air Country Club, Aug. 14-20

(LOS ANGELES) — Fourteen amateurs have earned a spot in the prestigious U.S. Open field this week at Erin Hills in Erin, WI, all with an eye on something that hasn’t been done in 84 years—an amateur winning the U.S. Open.

Each of the 14 has a dream of one day becoming the U.S. Open Champion, something that has only come to fruition for five amateurs in the history of the event, the last being John Goodman in 1933 at North Shore Country Club outside of Chicago.

Joining Goodman in accomplishing the rare amateur feat were:  Bobby Jones (1930 at Merion), Francis Ouimet (1913 at The Country Club), Chick Evans (1916 at Minikadha Club in Minnesota) and Jerome Travers (1915 at Baltusrol).  Travers won the U.S. Amateur four times.

The oldest golf championship in America is the U.S. Amateur, first held in 1895 at the Newport Country Club.  It was held one day before the U.S. Open.

This same group of 14 have earned a spot in the field for the U.S. Amateur to be held at The Riviera Country Club and Bel-Air Country Club, Aug. 14-20.

The 14 amateurs to keep your eye on this week are:  Mason Anderson (Arizona State), Cameron Champ (Texas A&M), Christopher Crawford (Drexel), Brad Dalke (Oklahoma), Scott Gregory (England), Stewart Hagestad (USC grad), Scott Harvey (West Florida & High Point), Walker Lee (Texas A&M), Maverick McNealy (Stanford), Joaquin Niemann (Chile), John Oda (UNLV), Scottie Scheffler (Texas), Alex Smalley (Duke) and Sahith Theegala (Pepperdine).

“It’s certainly going to be an interesting week to follow these great amateurs in the U.S. Open on FOX,” said Michael R. Yamaki, Corporate Office of The Riviera Country Club. “We are looking forward to hosting them in Southern California in August for the U.S. Amateur.”

Riviera, the site of the 1948 U.S. Open, will host its first U.S. Amateur Championship. Bel-Air, which will serve as the stroke-play co-host course, hosted the 1976 U.S. Amateur, won by Bill Sander.

U.S. Amateur tickets are available online at www.usga.org/usam. Tickets are $20 (single-day grounds) and $75 for a weekly pass. Children under 16 years of age are admitted free of charge.

All active duty and reserve military members, military retirees, non-retired veterans (with a valid I.D.) and their dependents will be admitted free of charge.