Monday, June 18, 2018

Golf Pride Trusted by Nine Players in the Top 10 Including the Champion at the 118th U.S. Open

(SOUTHERN PINES, N.C.) - Eaton announced today that its Golf Pride Grips Division was the overwhelming grip choice used at the 2018 United States Open, with 122 players trusting the brand without any paid endorsements.

In the field, nine players finishing in the Top 10 at the esteemed Shinnecock Hills Golf Club trusted the #1 Grip in Golf. The Champion relied on Golf Pride’s popular Tour Velvet Cord model to capture back-to-back wins, an accomplishment that hasn’t been done in nearly 30 years. In fact, players using Golf Pride grips have won 9 of the last 10 U.S. Opens, including five in a row since 2014.

Unique to the U.S. Open is the inclusion of the world’s top amateurs in the field. This year, a record 20 amateurs qualified for the event and 16 trusted their games to Golf Pride, including both players who tied for Low Am honors.

“We are incredibly honored that nine players that finished in the top 10 chose to play Golf Pride, including the winner who has won consecutive U.S. Opens with our Tour Velvet Cord in Midsize. In fact, we continue to see more Tour players and amateurs alike utilizing Midsize grips to dial in the technology to best fit their game,” said Brandon Sowell, global sales and marketing director for Golf Pride. “Additionally, we had five distinct Golf Pride grip models finish in the Top 10 showing the variety of performance technology that the best players in the world rely on even in the most trying conditions.”

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 2018 product offering, visit www.golfpride.com.

Product Review: 80BREAKR Scorecard App

There’s a new player in the golf industry - 80BREAKR. It’s a golf scorecard app that’s as easy to use as a traditional scorecard, but loaded with bells and whistles. The three-step process - Plan, Play, Improve - offers GPS on the scorecard, competition / betting summary below each player’s name, color-coded like PGA leaderboards, automatic posting for your official handicap, and so much more.

PLAN
Don’t go into a round blindly. Prepare for the course before you play by creating a hole-by-hole strategy. You know there’s a bunker about 240 yards out on the left off the first tee? Make a note to leave the driver in the bag. Trouble short of the second green? Remind yourself to take plenty of club. Downhill par 3 that cost you a stroke last time? Take less club this time around.

Plan ahead and stick to that plan. A former boss used to say, “Prior preparation prevents piss-poor performance.” Don’t tee off without a solid game plan.

PLAY
The aforementioned GPS to the center of the green for approximately 30,000 worldwide courses is great. No more expensive watches or rangefinders are needed. You can keep track of your wagers, as well … Match Play, Stroke Play, Skins and Nassau, to name a few. And each player’s course handicap is calculated automatically.

There’s also a Skills feature. You can test yourself with positive skills, such as longest drive and closest to the pin, or negative hiccups, like carding a snowman or recording dreaded three putts.

I love the social aspect of golf, so posting to Twitter right from the scorecard is a huge plus. Want to brag? Set the app to offer a direct post for every birdie you record. Your buddies will not only “love” to see that you’re playing golf, but also how well you’re doing.

The 80BREAKR Handicap Service is also available. With this in-app purchase, you can post your score automatically when the game is completed.

IMPROVE
For data-hungry golfers looking to shave strokes off their games, 80BREAKR allows you to measure the quality of each shot. Whether it’s a particular club or specific shot (lag putt, for instance), grade it as Good, OK or Bad and the app arranges the round. It’s easy to reference what’s going well versus what needs to be improved.

Golfers can also track stats like fairways hit, greens in regulation, drive distances and number of putts.

Here’s a game changer … Game Improvement mode works equally well on the course, range, or practice green. Plus, golfers can e-mail their scorecard directly to coaches after their round.

To learn more, visit 80breakr.com. It’s available for both iOS and Android devices.

World’s Largest Golf Outing Registration Now Open

Eighth Annual Event to Benefit Fisher House Foundation

(RESTON, VA) – Registration for this year’s World’s Largest Golf Outing (WLGO) – a national event benefitting Fisher House Foundation – is now open. The eighth annual event is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 6.

Golfers can sign up as a single, twosome or foursome at one of the more than 100 participating courses nationwide. Registration is open to all golfers regardless of ability, with no USGA handicap required.

WLGO is a simultaneous charity outing managed by Billy Casper Golf (BCG), with most events taking place in the BCG network of courses. Since its inception in 2011, more than 57,000 men, women, juniors and seniors have played in 33 states to raise $3,794,603 for military and family charities. Several national celebrities from PGA Tour legend Chi Chi Rodriquez to 42nd President Bill Clinton have donated to WLGO.

Since 1990, Fisher House Foundation has provided a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving treatment at major military and VA medical centers. Their network of 76 comfort homes has provided over 335,000 families with no cost lodging, allowing families to be close by while a loved one undergoes treatment and recovery. One $10 donation covers the costs to house a family in a Fisher House for one night.

“While the funds raised from the World’s Largest Golf Outing are important, the awareness and a chance to share the Fisher House story are absolutely critical,” says Dave Coker, President of Fisher House Foundation. “Thank you for your participation, your generosity and support of those we call our greatest national treasure, our military service men and women and their loved ones.”

For this year’s event, there are 109 registered courses and counting. The fundraising goal is $1 million and so far, over $50,000 has been raised by participating teams and courses. Teams are encouraged to raise additional funds to support Fisher House; donations can be made at worldslargestgolfouting.com.

Bridgestone Golf Names Dan Murphy President and CEO

(COVINGTON, GA) – Bridgestone Golf – innovator and manufacturer of premium golf balls, clubs and accessories – has appointed Dan Murphy as President and CEO.

Murphy was with Bridgestone Golf USA from 2004 to 2015, most recently as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. During that tenure, he helped the brand increase market share to No. 2 in the ball category, grew domestic revenue by roughly 250% and negotiated title rights to the PGA Tour’s annual World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club (Ohio).

As President and CEO, he is responsible for directing the company's core business functions, including product planning and production, marketing, sales and customer relations.

“I’ve been with Bridgestone Golf since the beginning and the passion runs deep,” says Murphy. “We make the most technologically-advanced golf balls in the world and my role is to help ensure Bridgestone is recognized as the industry’s leading example of how science and data is used to make products that improve the performance of all golfers.”

Committed to remaining on the forefront of innovation, Bridgestone draws from nearly 1,000 golf ball patents and the leading rubber experts in the world to design the industry’s best golf balls. A major differentiator over all other brands, it leverages the invaluable knowledge of 900-plus polymer engineers in the R&D process. This engineering and manufacturing expertise is combined with real-world data collected from three million golf ball fittings over the past decade. The result is a line-up of models perfectly customized for any player type, from PGA TOUR superstar to beginner.  

Under Murphy, Bridgestone will continue to be the industry’s leading voice on the importance of fitting and customization in the golf ball selection process. The company currently offers two easy and comprehensive fitting options, the BFIT Golf Ball Fitting App and a new online fitting tool. Its diverse ball portfolio includes the TOUR B Series, e6 SOFT, e6 SPEED, Extra Soft, Lady and more.

“Dan’s leadership skills, product knowledge, industry connections and assemblage of talent are exemplary,” says Shigeru Nakayama, Senior Officer for Bridgestone Sports and Chairman of Bridgestone Golf. “He’s unafraid to push the envelope to find ways to make golfers better and, therefore, lifetime Bridgestone loyalists.”

Murphy is enthused by a recent NGF report showing growth of America’s $89.1 billion annual golf economy. Citing the 20 million committed golfers who play 95% of all rounds, he points to Bridgestone’s influence making low handicappers even more competitive. Furthermore, Murphy is keen on Bridgestone’s ball and club technology turning the sport’s 2.6 million newcomers into lifetime golfers.

Since 2015, Murphy was President of textile manufacturer Kentwool and Vice President of American Achievement Corporation.  Before joining Bridgestone Golf almost 15 years ago, he held key marketing and business development positions at TaylorMade, Dunlop Slazenger, Maxfli and General Mills.

The appointment of Murphy comes at an ideal time for Bridgestone Golf. Rising star Bryson DeChambeau used the Tour B X ball to win the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament two weeks ago and catapult to fourth on the official money list. Additionally, the company’s recent introduction of the TOUR B XS Tiger Woods Edition and the e6 SOFT Lady Edition (pearl white finish and pink Bridgestone logo) have proven widely popular.

Beyond golf balls, Murphy is committed to growing Bridgestone’s share of the golf club market. The same industry leading fitting data that informs R&D for the company’s renowned golf balls is being applied to the creation of revolutionary club designs. Currently, Bridgestone offers a variety of options via its JGR and TOUR B Series clubs, and will unveil new lines in the coming months.

More information: bridgestonegolf.com.

Rolex Testimonee Brooks Koepka Writes History by Retaining U.S. Open Crown

(Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, NY) – Rolex Testimonee Brooks Koepka has claimed an unforgettable victory at the 118th U.S. Open, in a successful title defence following his win in 2017, ensuring his name will not only be etched on the trophy forever, but also into the history of this inimitable championship.

Nestled in the luxurious surroundings of the Hamptons in New York state, the prestigious Shinnecock Hills Golf Club upheld the U.S. Open tradition of rewarding extreme accuracy, and after four rounds of competitive golf on the challenging 7,448-yard layout, Koepka’s final score of one-over-par, gave him a one-shot victory in the second men’s Major of the year, for which Rolex has been the Official Timekeeper since 1980.

Koepka becomes just the second golfer to successfully defend the U.S. Open in the modern era, following in the footsteps of fellow Rolex Testimonee Curtis Strange, who’s second victory was also made in the Empire State, 29 years ago.

With this historic win, Koepka is now part of an elite group of Rolex Testimonees in addition to Curtis Strange, to have recorded multiple U.S. Open wins, including four-time winner Jack Nicklaus, three-time champion Tiger Woods and two-time U.S. Open victor, Retief Goosen.

With rounds of 75, 66 and 72, the 28-year-old Floridian co-led the tournament going in to the final round, and displaying continued precision, discipline and determination, scored five birdies in a final round of 68.

Following his final round, Brooks Koepka, said: “It’s incredible. I’ve looked at all these names a million times and to have my name on this trophy is very special. I’m truly honoured to go back-to-back.”

Having co-led at the 54-hole stage, fellow Testimonee Daniel Berger ended the tournament tied sixth, recording his second career top-10 in a Major.

THE 2018 U.S. OPEN RESULTS
1. Brooks Koepka (+1)
2. Tommy Fleetwood (+2)
3. Dustin Johnson (+3)
4. Patrick Reed (+4)
5. Tony Finau (+5)

ROLEX TESTIMONEE U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONS
Arnold Palmer (1960)
Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980)
Gary Player (1965)
Tom Watson (1982)
Curtis Strange (1988, 1989)
Tiger Woods (2000, 2002, 2008)
Retief Goosen (2001, 2004)
Martin Kaymer (2014)
Jordan Spieth (2015)
Brooks Koepka (2017, 2018)

WEBSITE: www.rolex.com

Friday, June 15, 2018

50th Anniversary of Puma's Iconic Suede Shoes Inspires Throwback Collection from Puma Golf

PUMA Golf’s Throwback Collection & Suede G Brings Iconic Street Style to the Links

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – The iconic PUMA Suede shoe launched in 1968 and since then has been influencing street style, transcending generations and cultures with its legendary, classic, cool vibe. The shoes remain as relevant today as they were when they launched five decades ago. In honor of the Suede’s 50th anniversary this year, PUMA Golf is launching its Throwback Collection, headlined by the Suede G, featuring the same iconic style of a classic Suede shoe with modern performance technologies ideally suited for the golf course. Building off of the retro design of the Suede G, PUMA’s Throwback Collection for men and women, will include accessories and apparel that pay homage to yesteryear including a polo, Corduroy bottoms, P Cap and a T7 Jacket, delivering timeless style from head to toe.

“The Suede has been a street legend since day one. It’s clean, classic, comfortable, and now we’re excited to bring the same iconic look to the golf course,” said Grant Knudson, Head of Footwear & Accessories, PUMA Golf. “The Suede G will celebrate the retro design of the original version, but incorporate traction and function that’s vital to a spikeless golf shoe. We’re excited to join PUMA in this milestone celebration, and provide golfers with the same epic style that revolutionized the sneaker world 50 years ago.”

Mimicking the classic style of PUMA’s original Suedes, the Suede G shoe ($120) is constructed with a premium, waterproof, low-nap Suede upper and microfiber leather formstripe, with a gold foil stamped PUMA #1 logo on the quarter and CAT logo on the heel. The shoes were redesigned with an array of on-course performance benefits including the innovative hidden traction outsole which provides the appearance of a fashion-forward sneaker off the course, while offering excellent recessed spikeless traction for unrivaled grip and stability on any surface on the course. The G features a sleek shaped last for a stylish toe-down look and added comfort. The ultra-soft PU insole provides added support for long-lasting comfort. The golf version, which will come in a special edition Suede 50th Anniversary shoe box, is available now in Quiet Shade and Black for men, and a Quarry and Majesty (purple) colorway for women.

The Throwback Collection of apparel and accessories is a nod to PUMA’s heritage and classic style, taking inspiration from the original PUMA Dassler logo to create distinctive, throwback style and graphic patterns. Each piece incorporates a modern take on classic style, providing golfers with options that can seamlessly transition from the office to the first tee and the 19th hole.

“The Throwback Collection is unlike anything you’ve ever seen in golf. It merges classic PUMA style, taking inspiration from its throwback looks and original Dassler logo, with modern, game-changing performance fabrics that can seamlessly take you from the golf course to the office,” said Kristin Hinze, Global Head Golf Apparel, PUMA Golf. “In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Suede, and the introduction of the iconic shoe to golf, we have built a timeless collection of apparel and accessories that beautifully and classically represents PUMA’s rich heritage as the world’s leading sports and lifestyle brand.”

The full Throwback Collection includes:

The classic PUMA T7 Track Jacket ($70), which first debuted in 1958, is available in two colorways showcasing its iconic stripes. It has been reinvigorated for golf performance, with a cotton and polyester blend, moisture-wicking fabric that will allow for freedom of movement, style and comfort through your swing.

Evoknit Dassler Polo ($65) for men utilizing PUMA’s seamless EVOKNIT fabric and construction to deliver extreme comfort, style and performance. The PWRCOOL Dassler Polo ($75) features an ultralight, moisture-wicking fabric, in three neutral color choices for perfect style on and off the course.

Corduroy 6 Pocket Pants ($85) for men are anything but your traditional cords. They are engineered with a cotton, spandex blend with two-way stretch fabric so they move with you through your swing. This version is PUMA’s modern take on classic style with subtle high-end finishes including elements of faux leather on the back and a stretch waist band. These pants will be sure to turn heads whether you are in a conference room or playing 18.

Topping off the collection is a Throwback P 110 Snapback Cap ($30) which comes in five colorways: Black, Peacoat, Grey, Red and a special Red/White/Blue color that Rickie Fowler will debut at this week’s U.S. Open. This cap mimics the popular P Cap that launched earlier this year, but includes a lower-profile Suede P branding with a heathered fabric.

The Women’s Collection also features a T7 Track Jacket ($70) in Pink and Peacoat, along with a Dassler Jacquard Sleeveless Polo ($55) with a subtle camo-pattern and moisture-wicking, stretch fabric to keep you dry, cool and stylish throughout the round.

For more information on the full Throwback Collection visit: https://goo.gl/o4yozh

KemperSports Properties Shine in Recent Golfweek Rankings

23 properties receive honors from Golfweek Magazine

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports announced that 23 of its properties were featured in Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play list that ranks the best public and resort courses in each state. KemperSports is proud to manage more top-ranked courses than any other management company.

“We share these honors with our clients and trusted staff who work tirelessly to deliver unmatched customer service to our valued guests,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner.

KemperSports-managed properties that were honored include:
Golfweek Best Courses You Can Play:
- California – No. 23 – Desert Willow (Firecliff)
- Florida – No. 2 – Streamsong (Black); No. 3 – Streamsong (Red); No. 4 – Streamsong (Blue)
- Illinois – No. 10 – Cantigny; No. 15 – The Glen Club
- Kansas – No. 4 – Sand Creek Station
- Maryland – No. 5 – Whiskey Creek
- Minnesota – No. 2 – The Wilderness at Fortune Bay; No. 7 – The Jewel
- Missouri – No. 8 – Shoal Creek
- New Jersey – No. 11 – Heron Glen; No. 13 – Galloping Hill
- New York – No. 14 – Seneca Hickory Stick
- North Carolina – No. 6 – Tobacco Road
- Oregon – No. 1 – Pacific Dunes; No. 2 – Old Macdonald; No. 3 – Bandon Dunes; No. 4 – Bandon Trails
- Texas – No. 4 – Butterfield Trail
- Virginia – No. 4 – Golden Horseshoe (Gold)
- Washington – No. 1 – Chambers Bay
- Wisconsin – No. 2 – Sand Valley

For more information on KemperSports, visit www.kempersports.com.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

NBC to Air Finale of Docu-Series Driven: Oklahoma State Cowboys, Executive Produced by Rickie Fowler

Encore of Driven Finale on Golf Channel on Sunday at 10 a.m. ET

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Saturday’s finale of the critically-acclaimed documentary series Driven: Oklahoma State Cowboys (5 p.m. ET, NBC) will take viewers behind the scenes of the 2017-18 golf seasons for the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Oklahoma Sooners’ men’s golf programs, culminating with the storybook ending for the Cowboys at the 2018 NCAA Golf National Championships. An encore of Driven’s finale also will air Sunday on Golf Channel at 10 a.m. ET.

Executive produced by Rickie Fowler (Main Event Productions) and narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Josh Duhamel, Saturday’s hour-long finale will delve into Oklahoma State’s historic season that featured 10 victories – highlighted by seven-in-a-row during the regular season – and never relinquishing their position as the top-ranked program in the country. The episode also follows Oklahoma’s regular season and their journey to try and repeat as NCAA National Champions.

The episode will then turn its attention to the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships, which took place in May at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., OSU’s home course. The championship features 72-holes of individual stroke play and two days of team match play, with Golf Channel cameras going behind the scenes throughout the event. Oklahoma State capped off its historic season by capturing their 11th men’s golf national championship over Alabama in the championship match in front of their hometown crowd.

Golf Channel is the television home for college golf, including the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Golf National Championships and the East Lake Cup. The network has provided live coverage of the men’s national championships since 2014 and the women’s national championships since 2015, which now are hosted at the same venue in consecutive weeks in May. Golf Channel also presents the East Lake Cup collegiate match play championship, a three-day fall championship that invites the eight semifinalists from the previous NCAA men’s and women’s golf championships. The East Lake Cup is hosted at historic East Lake Cup Golf in Atlanta, Ga., and benefits the East Lake Foundation. In addition, Golf Channel deploys its comprehensive portfolio of news, digital and social media coverage year-round in covering collegiate golf, including specials for regional and national qualifying and on-site, wraparound news from golf’s biggest college events.

Mackenzie Golf Bags Acquires American-made Headcover Company, Fore Ewe

(PORTLAND, OR) - MacKenzie Golf Bags announced the successful acquisition of Fore Ewe, a Minnesota-based company, which specializes in knitted headcovers. The combination of the two firms brings together complimentary capabilities with a common ethos. Both companies make their products in America, both maintain a rigorous commitment to quality, and both offer highly customizable options to their customers.

In announcing the merger, Tom Mulflur, owner of MacKenzie Golf Bags said, “We make a beautiful, collector-quality golf bag for our customers. MacKenzie customers demand lasting quality and have a strong sense of personal style and aesthetics. We are excited to now offer a custom, hand-knit headcover option that serves those same customers’ needs. We’ve spent a long time looking for the right partner and Fore Ewe was unquestionably that partner. Mary makes her products in America - by hand. Each headcover is carefully made with high quality materials specifically for the customer.”

Mary Jackley, the founder of Fore Ewe explained, “My headcover business started very organically. I began making headcovers for friends and over time, their friends, and then their friends wanted headcovers too. I didn’t set out to start a headcover business, I simply applied my craft and people responded to that passion and quality. I think it is very much the same thing for MacKenzie. MacKenzie is a company that springs from a real sense of passion and purpose. We both strive to make the highest quality product we can for customers who love and appreciate what we do.”

MacKenzie’s Creative Director, Nic Mulflur, pointed out that, “Every MacKenzie begins with an idea, a conversation, and a rendering. We’re passionate about working with our customers to create a truly original piece – and now that creativity can extend beyond the golf bag. Fore Ewe headcovers are amazingly customizable, extremely well made and the perfect fit on a MacKenzie.”

For now, the two websites will remain separate as both sites have fairly sophisticated software which enables customers to design precisely what they want, but behind the scenes, efforts to integrate the manufacturing process and fulfillment systems are well underway. And while Fore Ewe may have new ownership, Mary Jackley isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Both parties are committed to getting the transition right.

Revo Announces Kimberly Miller as Vice President Sales, Golf

(NEW YORK) – Revo announced the appointment of Kimberly Miller as the Vice President of Sales for Revo Golf. Kimberly brings over 20 years of experience in the golf market and will be integral in growing key opportunities and forging strategic relationships in this channel.

Cliff Robinson, President of Revo Sunglasses stated, "We are excited to have Kimberly join the Revo team. She brings a wealth of golf market expertise and will be integral to the continued growth of the Revo brand in the Golf channel. Revo sunglasses offer industry-leading performance and protection both on and off the course.”

Revo is a 100% polarized collection that pioneered the performance eyewear industry with its signature Light Management System – a technology that manages the full spectrum of light including harmful Blue Light and HEV Light. In a sport with unique light requirements, the Revo lens palette has numerous offerings for golfers to improve contrast and visual acuity while also highlighting key parts of the light spectrum for a more precise visual experience on the course.

KemperSports Properties Take Top Honors in Annual NGF Loyalty Awards

Sand Creek Station and The Jewel win top spot in respective category; 
six other properties finish top-5 overall

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports announced that eight of its properties were honored in the annual NGF (National Golf Foundation) Loyalty Awards with Sand Creek Station (Newton, Kan.) taking home top honors in the “less than $70” green fee category for the tenth consecutive year and The Jewel (Lake City, Minn.) winning the “more than $70” green fee category for the first time.

The awards were given to facilities with the highest customer satisfaction index scores based on surveys fielded through NGF's Golfer Survey Program. The NGF survey is a comprehensive annual survey that goes to each properties database of customers to gauge satisfaction and value.

Combined with TrueReview, KemperSports properties are given a snapshot of guest feedback and satisfaction. TrueReview is a proprietary program implemented at KemperSports properties that tracks guest satisfaction and invites feedback from past visitors.

"We are truly proud of each staff member at these deserving properties for delivering outstanding guest experience every day,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. “We believe inviting guest feedback and tracking loyalty is a great way to ensure happy and loyal customers.”

KemperSports-managed properties that were honored include:

More than $70 category:
Winner – The Jewel – Lake City, Minn.
Top-5 overall – The Wilderness at Fortune Bay – Tower, Minn.
Top-5 overall – Desert Willow – Palm Desert, Calif.
Top-5 overall – Heron Glen Golf Course – Ringoes, NJ

Less than $70 category:
Winner – Sand Creek Station Golf Club – Newton, Kan.
Top-5 overall – Riverside Golf Course – Janesville, Wis.
Top-5 overall – Shoal Creek – Kansas City, Mo.
Top-5 overall – Shiloh Springs – Platte City, Mo.

KemperSports credits its strong showing in the NGF Loyalty Awards due to the company’s long-standing commitment to delivering exceptional customer service, including the implementation of TrueService – KemperSports proprietary customer service training initiative that gives each staffer the tools and best practices to deliver genuine, helpful and friendly service to their guests.

For more information on KemperSports, visit www.kempersports.com.

Devant Sport Towels Introduces All-New Sculpted Towel Series

(Charlotte, NC) – Located in Monroe, NC, Devant Sport Towels is pleased to live up to its name as the industry leader in sport towels by introducing the all-new custom woven Sculpted Towel Series.

“We are excited to offer this new style of custom woven towel for our customers,” said Jason Bonenberger, Devant Brand Manager. “The Sculpted Towel Series will give a club logo dimension not found in any other type of towel.”

The Sculpted Towel accentuates a design or logo with two woven methods; a flat weave combined with a traditional looped weave. The blend of the two woven methods gives the design unique depth and dimension, allowing the design to be seen from any angle. Made from 100% terry cotton, the Sculpted Towel comes in a series of preset colors of four muted color tones: blue, green, gray and white. The Sculpted Towel is a modern, understated and high-end look for any logo design.

Devant Sport Towels has been a Charlotte area business for over 40 years, from its inception in 1976 as a family run, home-based business. Now housed in a 75,000 square-foot facility and producing over one million towels a year, the staff preserves the spirit of family in the operation. Devant’s Monroe facility has over 25 employees with half of those holding over 10 years of tenure. “Our employees take great pride in their work, with the full belief that every towel that comes out of Monroe is a piece of art,” said Bonenberger.

Like all Devant Sport Towels, the Sculpted Towel Series includes low minimums, fast lead times and free art setup. The 16” x 24” towels feature a black Spring-Lock™ clip standard attachment. “We designed the Sculpted Towel Series as a creative way to feature a club logo in an understated way with a high-end finish,” said Bonenberger. “This new towel combined with Devant’s unmatched quality, customer service and support are the perfect combination we are proud to offer every one of our customers.”

For information on Devant, visit www.devantsporttowels.com. Follow at https://www.facebook.com/DevantSportTowels and https://twitter.com/devantsporttowe.

McTier Art Joins NextLinks and Shinnecock Nation During U.S. Open This Week

(SOUTHAMPTON, NY) – In a partnership with the Shinnecock Nation, fans on hand for the 118th United States Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (Southampton, New York) will have the chance to view the vibrant golf artwork of Lucy and Jace McTier (McTier Art).

McTier Art will be showcasing its popular golf paintings through the NextLinks booth located a short walk from the U.S. Open Championship’s Train Station and the championship’s Gate 2. They will also unveil two new golf paintings this week in their collection during the U.S. Open Championship.

The Shinnecock Indian Nation worked closely with the United States Golf Association (USGA) to develop and provide the space that will be showcasing the McTier Artwork around the NextLinks interactive attraction.
The Shinnecock Nation has been part of the fabric at Shinnecock Hills since before 1896, when the second U.S. Open was played. The land was once owned by the Shinnecock Nation and the course was built by members of the Shinnecock Tribe. Since then the Shinnecock have been part of the club working as caddies and on the grounds crew. During past U.S. Open’s, the Shinnecock and USGA have worked together in a variety of ways to help the Shinnecock and this year is no different.

World renown sports artist, Jace McTier and portraitist, Lucy McTier, have been preserving and promoting the history and future of golf through their unique and beautiful paintings of the games greatest players including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Lee Trevino to name a few. Their works of art will also include a depiction of the first round of golf played in America in Yonkers, NY, as well as the legendary Robert Tyre Jones Jr.'s first major win in the 1923 U.S. Open at Inwood Country Club in Inwood, NY.

The McTier artists have painted for presidents and sports superstars from around the globe for nearly half a century.

For more information visit www.McTierArt.com and follow them on social media @McTierArt.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

80BREAKR Helping Golf Courses Boost Revenue

(San Diego, CA) - Koerve, Inc. is pleased to announce that 80BREAKR - the golf scorecard app enjoyed by golfers worldwide - is now being deployed by golf courses to supplement existing marketing and increase revenue. The app works great on any course in the world, and golfers love the extra features available at courses that sign up.

"Our mission is to help courses thrive and amateur golfers improve," says Thomas Stewart, founder and president of 80BREAKR. "Thus, every feature added, every service offered, and each benefit provided to courses cannot be at the expense of amateur golfers. It's a balance that ultimately makes 80BREAKR far more useful to golfers than any other golf app - improving their experience at golf facilities that sign up and use 80BREAKR."                          

Benefits to courses using 80BREAKR are extensive, and completely customizable. The marketing and advertising capabilities are completely supplemental to existing approaches used by a course. This puts the facility in control of what to focus its marketing budget on and how to do it. Golf is your business, mobile app technology is ours. We provide the tools and services, and the course decides how best to utilize those tools and services.
80BREAKR golf course services include:

Course-branded mobile golf scorecard
The app is being downloaded by more golfers everyday who are passionate about it. We enable the app to automatically change branding when a golfer plays at your course. It changes back to the 80BREAKR app for courses not signed up for this customization. This is new in the golf industry. Other companies offer a branded app, but it's a unique app in the app store. This is a big problem for the amateur golfer: If every course had its own custom app, a golfer would have to have dozens of apps to play golf.

Course-wide GPS
For courses wanting to offer GPS to golfers, 80BREAKR allows all golfers who play there to have GPS enabled in the app.

Push Notifications and Geo-Fencing
This allows courses to reach golfers on their mobile device - even when they're not using the app. But we don't use the "advertising fire hose" approach. Golfers have extensive opt-in preferences. Golfers WANT specials, but they want to be in control of how, when, and how often they receive them.  

Golf Courses keep local ad revenue
80BREAKR allows each course to control or remove banner ads when the app is used on property. This allows courses to work with their local community and businesses, to offer golfers specials, announcements, and local deals that the course has negotiated. Courses keep 80 percent of revenue generated by these banner ads.

How do Golf Courses get Started?
Getting started is easy, all courses start by putting up a download sign at their check-in desk, then they decide which services they want when they are ready.

"I'm very excited about how we are now able to help courses with a full range of services," says Stewart. "I spent all of 2017 on the road and on the phone talking to golf course general managers and golf directors about mobile technology, their concerns, issues and needs. They're overwhelmed with the speed of technology change, and we're here to help with their mobile strategy. The most painful decision a course makes is to 'rip out and replace' existing capability. But with the 80BREAKR app, they can supplement existing capability and utilize additional capability with us when they're ready. The complementary nature of 80BREAKR is unique, in that it works for golfers on all courses, and provides even more value at courses that sign up with us."

More information: www.80breakr.com

Sean Foley Launches Video Instruction Series to Improve Performance of the Aging Golfer

Instructor to Major Winners and Other Famous Touring Pros, Foley’s Progressive, Scientific Approach to Instruction Shows How Simple Changes Can Result in Major Improvements

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – High-performance coach Sean Foley, who has helped propel the careers of star players like Justin Rose, Danny Willett, Tiger Woods and more, today debuts a new video series, Ageless Golf, revealing game-improvement tips designed specifically for golfers over the age of 50. Ageless Golf is available for sale exclusively on Revolution Golf.

Foley, a member of Revolution Golf’s faculty of coaches since 2014, is widely known for his progressive, scientific approach to the golf swing and is one of the more popular coaches on the PGA TOUR. He also is host of the Golf Channel series, Playing Lessons, and the director of instruction at the Foley Performance Academy at EaglesDream in Lake Mary, Fla.

”I’m excited for Revolution Golfers to discover through this DVD series that, while we don’t control our age increasing, there are many things we can do to keep shooting low, if not lower, scores as our bodies change,” Foley said. “The tips and lessons in Ageless Golf will help golfers develop a sound understanding of how we can continue to become better players by making small adjustments for significant results.”

Ageless Golf comprises three main videos/DVDs, with bonus content featuring additional tips and an exclusive interview with Foley. The downloadable digital version of Ageless Golf sells for $37, with the three-disc DVD set selling for $47, plus shipping (free shipping for RG+ members).  Buyers also will receive automatic entry to win a spot in a future Revolution Golf School, valued at $3,000, and a TaylorMade M4 Driver, valued at $429.

In Ageless Golf, Foley discusses the culprits of everyday life – like body changes that can add to the deterioration of the 50-plus golfer’s game – and demonstrates how a few simple changes can create major improvements, including:
· Reclaim and gain more distance off the tee.
· Hit more solid, consistent shots – no matter the club.
· Bring a power draw into your arsenal of shots.
· Correct the over-the-top fade.
· Hit precise wedge shots – turning three shots into two around the green.

Foley will host the next premiere episode of Playing Lessons, featuring two-time Volvik World Long Drive Champion Tim Burke, on Monday, June 18 at 11 p.m. ET.

StrackaLine Scans Wannamoisett Country Club For Northeast Amateur

Tour-Quality Greens Guides Will Be Available at Prestigious Amateur Event

(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) - Participants in the 2018 Northeast Amateur Invitational will have access to same type of greens guides the event’s high profile alumni are using on the PGA Tour.

StrackaLine scanned Wannamoisett Country Club, host of the Northeast Am, and one of New England’s most highly regarded courses will have greens guides available for this year’s tournament.

The 57th annual event will be played June 20-23. Among the Northeast Am’s former champions are Dustin Johnson, David Duval, Peter Uihlein, Anthony Kim, Luke Donald and Ben Crenshaw.

“The Northeast Am is one of amteur golf’s major championships, and Wannamoisett is one of America’s premier courses,” said Jim Stracka, president of StrackaLine. “We can’t wait to provide the game’s next generation of stars with the greens guides they will be using in college and potentially at the professional level.”

A Donald Ross design, Wannamoisett is the No. 2 course in Rhode Island and ranked among America’s 150 Greatest Courses by Golf Digest.

"This is the best layout I ever made,” Ross once said of the par 69 course. “A fine course on 100 acres of land. No congestion, fine variety and excellent golf.”

The Northeast Amateur Invitational is considered a ‘major’ in amateur golf. It is the only 72 hole amateur event played in twosomes, and has been given the name of “Masters of Amateur Golf” by a noted senior golf writer. Wannamoisett has long been the host of the event.

The quality and accuracy of StrackaLine’s greens guides have led to widespread adoption on the PGA, LPGA, Symetra and Web.com tours, in addition to their use by more than 300 Division I college teams.

StrackaLine scans courses for $1,500 and that includes 100 greens guides for resale. The scanning process takes five hours to complete and is unobtrusive to the golfer experience.

StrackaLine now has 700+ courses scanned, including some of the nation's most prominent layouts. Use of the greens guides at the highest levels of the game surged throughout 2017, and the company now counts nearly every Division I golf program, including last year’s national champions, among its users.

The greens maps, which feature easy to read arrows, allow players to view contour and fall lines, in addition to slope percentage, anywhere on the green.

For more information on how to order a greens guide or have a course scanned, go to www.StrackaLine.com.

MLA Golf Tour Staff Professional Céline Herbin captures a Top 10 Finish at ShopRite LPGA Classic

(SWITZERLAND) - MLA Golf, a global player in high-performance golf clubs and equipment, announced today that LPGA and LET Tour Professional and MLA Golf Ambassador, Céline Herbin, captured a Top 10 Finish this past weekend at the ShopRite LPGA Classic held at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway, NJ.

Herbin, who made the switch to MLA Golf's Tour XDream putter earlier this year, fired rounds of 66, 66 and 71 and finished at -10 under par for a career best T-10th Place Finish on the LPGA TOUR. She recorded only 22 putts on the second day of the ShopRite LPGA CLassic and was the leader going into the final round.

Céline Herbin (France) has been playing on the LPGA since 2016 and the Ladies European Tour since 2012. Among her five Top 5 and three Top 10 Finishes on the LET, she won the Lacoste Ladies Open de France in September 2015, finished 2nd at the OMEGA Dubai Ladies Classic in December 2017 and in 2018 qualified for the U.S. Women's Open.

"It's a great honor to become one of the new MLA Ambassadors in 2018," said Herbin. "Such great alignment technology combined with a beautiful design. The Tour XDream maximizes my performance every day on the greens."

About Patented Multiple Line-detector Activation
What truly sets the MLA Putter apart from the competition is its patented MLA (Multiple Line-detector Activation) Alignment Technology that will revolutionize your putting.

This is how it works ...
We all have internal guides to compare and analyze sensory information that control pace and direction of putts. The MLA putters are designed to take advantage of these guides. MLA Putters worked with Dr. Lennart Högman, Ph.D. Dr. Högman has studied the perceptual process for more than 20 years and has performed studies that have revised the science between the human's perceptions and the human being's motor skills. Dr. Högman says: "An alignment system that acts upon multiple line detectors is a key to obtain veridical motion perception and a perfect in-line stroke surface."

The brain consists of 100,000 line detectors that are divided into a number of groups that help us decide what is straight. A simple line, for example, activates a group of detectors. When several groups of detectors are activated, these help the brain to make correct judgments. However, the more line detectors that are stimulated will not automatically lead to a better line judgment. On the contrary, this can create a "competition" between the line detectors that will lead to different degrees of (so called) optical illusions.

MLA is developed to activate the maximum number of coordinated detectors for optimal aiming judgment.

For more information on MLA Golf visit their website www.MLA.golf.

The Greenbrier Classic officially renamed A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier

(WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va.) – The PGA TOUR officially approved the rebranding of The Greenbrier Classic to A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. The annual PGA TOUR FedExCup stop at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., will begin using the new name and logo immediately.

“We want the world to know that the military comes first, and our focus is on those men and women above everything else,” said West Virginia Governor Jim Justice. “Our new name reflects our commitment to celebrating and honoring the United States Military with everything we do.”

The tournament’s focus on the military will expand far beyond the name change. Active military, as well as veterans, will be admitted to A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier free of charge, and they will receive complimentary access to the Stars and Stripes Outpost. The air-conditioned building includes seating, televisions, private bathrooms and food and beverage for sale.

Tuesday, July 3, will be Military Appreciation Day, and all veterans and active military will be presented with a voucher for a complimentary lunch.

As the United States celebrates its independence on July 4, the tournament will join the festivities with a fly-over and other events to commemorate America’s birthday at America’s Resort.

“Our state has more military members per capita than any other state, and those men and women are unbelievably important to us,” said Governor Justice. “This entire tournament is a tremendous way for all West Virginians to show their appreciation.”

The Greenbrier, which has hosted the tournament since 2010, also has a close connection to the military. More than 70 Team Members on staff at America’s Resort have served in the military, and 27 United States presidents have visited the grounds of The Greenbrier. From 1942 through 1946, the United States Army took full control of The Greenbrier and operated the 2,000-bed Ashford General Hospital. During that five-year stretch, more than 24,000 soldiers were treated at the surgical and rehabilitation center.

From 1961 through 1992, a secret government fallout shelter was maintained in a constant state of readiness at The Greenbrier. It was meant to house members of the United States Congress in the event of an attack on America. The 112,544-square-foot facility housed 18 dormitories, a clinic, a laboratory, a pharmacy, a cafeteria, meeting rooms, a communication room and more. It was decommissioned in after being exposed in The Washington Post, and today tours are offered to registered hotel guests and the general public.

“The connection between The Greenbrier and the United States Military is undeniable,” said Dr. Jill Justice, President, The Greenbrier. “We’re proud of that history and equally proud of the men and women who help protect our freedom today. We couldn’t be more excited about showing that appreciation through the name change and hosting a tournament focused on honoring the military.”

The 2018 Military Tribute at The Greenbrier will be held July 2-8 on the historic Old White TPC Course.

Troon Saguaro Amateur Series Returns for 2018 Season - Kicks off with 'The Sizzler' June 17-20

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing, announces the return of their competitive amateur golf events – the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series. The multi-stage series began in 2017 with four events across two states, providing high-level amateurs, college players, juniors and Troon-facility club champions a chance to compete throughout the year. In 2018, the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series grows to five events over three states with the addition of the Rocky Top Amateur, set for August 13-16 at Tennessee National Golf Club in Knoxville, Tenn. The Sizzler, the first event of the 2018 Troon Saguaro Amateur Series, will be held June 17-20 at Troon North Golf Club (Monument Course) in Scottsdale, Ariz.

All Troon Saguaro Amateur Series events are World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and Scratch Player World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR) ranked events. Each event winner and top point earners will earn exemptions into the season-ending Saguaro Amateur at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz. January 1-4, 2019.

The 2018-19 Troon Saguaro Amateur Series includes the following events:
- 2018 SIZZLER AMATEUR – June 17-20 at Troon North (Monument Course) in Scottsdale, Arizona
- 2018 ROCKY TOP AMATEUR – August 13-16 at Tennessee National Golf Club in Knoxville, Tennessee
- 2018 GOBBLER AMATEUR – November 18-21 at Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona
- 2018 AGAVE AMATEUR –  December 18-21 at Shadow Hills Golf Club near Palm Desert, California
- 2019 SAGUARO AMATEUR (Troon Saguaro Amateur Series Championship) – January 1-4, 2019 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Arizona

The concept of the Saguaro Amateur and its evolution into a series is the brainchild of University of Colorado Head Men's Golf Coach Roy Edwards, University of Wyoming Director of Golf Programs Joe Jensen, and Ak-Chin Southern Dunes General Manager Brady Wilson. Troon is the series' title sponsor. The 2017-18 Troon Saguaro Amateur Series was won by Blake Hathcoat, a rising junior at St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif.

"2017-18 was a very successful first year of the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series and we are already building great momentum into the five-tournament 2018-19 Series," said Troon Saguaro Amateur Series Chairman Roy Edwards. "Players are competing for exemptions along with the series championship.  In the short lifespan of the Saguaro Amateur we have hosted many of the top amateur golfers from around the world. We have been fortunate to have such tremendous partners in Troon."

“We’re proud of how quickly the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series has grown into five premier amateur events,” said Mitch Harrell, president, Troon Golf. “Hosting the best amateur golfers in the country at these five Troon Golf-managed courses is exciting. We wish the competitors well and look forward to seeing the best of the best at season’s end at the Saguaro Amateur in January.”

For more information and entry details for the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series, visit www.SaguaroAmateur.com.

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

Val Skinner Foundation Brings Together LPGA Pros in Fight Against Breast Cancer

19th Annual LIFE Event Raises $500,000 for education and research initiatives

(BAY HEAD, N.J.) – With the support of leading LPGA Players, the Val Skinner Foundation once again raised another $500,000 for breast cancer education and awareness at the 19th annual LIFE (LPGA Pros in the Fight to Eradicate Cancer) event on Monday at Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, NJ. The Val Skinner Foundation has now raised almost $12 million.

Skinner, a former LPGA golfer, was once again joined by fellow LPGA players, including World Golf Hall of Fame member Dame Laura Davies, Aza Munoz, Brittany Lincicome, Brittany Lang, Christina Kim and many other rising stars. The event also honored LIFE Heroes Jennifer Merschdorf and Marjorie Stromberg Miller, both survivors of breast cancer.

“The dynamics of our event are so unique in that we bring strong, talented athletes together with strong, determined survivors and fighters united in the fight against breast cancer,” said Skinner. “It makes for a powerful statement and an unbelievable catalyst to raise much needed funds for education and research.”

At the event, Skinner announced a $475,000 donation to The LIFE Center at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (RCINJ) for all of their LIFE programs. A portion of this donation will be used to support a partnership between the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) and The LIFE Center Precision Medicine Research.

A $25,000 grant has also been awarded to YSC on behalf of the LIFE Heroes. Merschdorf is the CEO of YSC, the premier organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Stromberg Miller, a writer/editor for the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State, worked closely with YSC’s Face 2 Face program.

Skinner provided an update on Decoding Cancer, an interactive biology and genetics education initiative developed in collaboration with The Life Center at RCINJ and the Rutgers School of Public Health and Discovery Education. The curriculum is hosted on Discovery Education’s platform and has now reached more than 2.3 million high school students since its launch in 2016.

“We now have real-life examples of how our curriculum is being used in classrooms across America and making a true impact on boys and girls in terms of educating them about breast cancer and empowering them to be proactive,” added Skinner.

Over the past 18 years, the Val Skinner Foundation LIFE Event has been one of the largest single-day breast cancer fundraisers in the country. The foundation has served as a driving force in the development and implementation of significant awareness and education initiatives.

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

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

She’s Definitely Had Some Work Done: A First Look at The Broadmoor’s Centennial Refresh

Psst! The Grand Dame resort of the Rockies definitely had some work done - Whoever did it was good; she’s stunning for being 100 years old

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – When The Broadmoor originally opened its doors in 1918, it represented the bold idea of a man named Spencer Penrose who created something travelers had never seen before: a grand hotel where European elegance meets Western hospitality, all in a setting of unrivaled beauty. All where the West begins.

Today, the longest consecutive winner of the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond awards for excellence continues to stand truer than ever to that original vision. The Broadmoor Centennial in 2018 is not only a reason to celebrate its history, but also to renew a commitment to offering the finest in facilities and amenities for the next 100 years to come. It’s a true renaissance.

Want a sneak peek? For a gallery of images of the new spaces, click here.

The hotel’s 100-year-old main lobby has been expanded by reimagining the space and removing walls, providing a grand entry experience while maintaining and honoring all the historic elements guests expect. There is now more seating for arriving guests and welcoming gas fireplaces. Additional artwork from the resort’s extensive Western Art collection has also been added to the lobby for guests to enjoy.

The lobby expansion required extending the floor’s marble, continuing the grand millwork, and enlarging the intricate hand-painted ceiling.

Remaining true to its history and timeless aesthetic, the resort’s Broadmoor Main rooms and suites have been refreshed with new colors, furniture, and carpeting to match the finishes of Broadmoor West’s popular residential look and feel.

The project was led by Denver-based Johnson David Interiors, which has worked with the property for more than 20 years, in order to keep the history as in-tact as possible. While the historic look and feel remains, you’ll now find USB ports and well-placed outlets, moving the rooms solidly into modern-day conveniences today’s guests expect.

The Golf Club now has a welcoming experiential lobby area for guests and members that celebrates the history of golf at the resort, including sacred-ground moments like Jack Nicklaus winning his first major title, the 1959 U.S. Amateur. The new Golf Heritage Hallway takes guests and golf members through 100 years of golf history through photos, displays, and descriptions. The new space and homage to the game is timely, as the resort is slated to host the U.S. Senior Open June 27-July 1, 2018.

In addition to the rooms, lobby, and Golf Club renovations, The Broadmoor has also opened the doors to its newest culinary destination, The Grille. Located in the Golf Club, The Grille offers hotel guests and golf club members a menu that brings back some of The Broadmoor’s dining favorites in a reimagined space that inspires not only with its restaurant design, but also with a classic bar and Colorado mountain views. The Grille features historical resort signature dishes, such as Broadmoor Pepper Steak Flambé, Veal Chop Milanese, and Crab Louis with jumbo lump blue crabmeat.

One of the sweetest new updates is that Café Julie’s has opened in Broadmoor Main, with a design reminiscent of the finest classic Parisian patisseries. A Luxury Valrhona Chocolate Collection, house-made gelato, Lavazza specialty coffees, artisan breads, specialty pastries + cakes, soups + salads, and other culinary delights are all on the menu, but the true stars are the exclusive handmade chocolates from the new chocolate kitchen within the café where guests are able to watch the chefs in action. In the afternoon and evening, a selection of wines is available, along with the resort’s own branded beer.

Those interested in being among the first to enjoy the Broadmoor’s newest offerings can do so by booking at Broadmoor.com.

Troon North Golf Club's Pinnacle Course Undergoing Enhancement Project

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon North Golf Club’s award-winning Pinnacle Course is undergoing a four-month course enhancement project. Located in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon North features two 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed golf courses – Pinnacle and Monument. The Pinnacle Course closed on Tuesday, June 5th and is expected to reopen in October. The Monument Course, which underwent a similar improvement project last summer, will remain open for daily-fee play this summer.

Troon’s Senior Vice President of Golf Course Development Ron Despain is overseeing the Pinnacle 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 continue to reinvest-in and enhance our flagship facility,” said Tim Schantz, president, Troon. “Thanks to Ron Despain and the agronomy team at Troon North, our 2017 enhancement of the Monument Course was a huge success and improved upon one of the top daily-fee courses in the nation. We expect to see similar results with this summer’s Pinnacle improvements.”

The 2017 Monument Course improvements were the first major changes to either of the award-winning courses 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.

Kids Play Free Golf on 50+ Myrtle Beach Courses

Grand Strand Golf Community Unites To Introduce Next Generation of Players to Myrtle Beach

(Myrtle Beach, S.C.) – With the start of summer just days away, the Myrtle Beach golf community is offering families a reason to pack golf clubs along with sunscreen and surfboards when they head to the beach. More than 50 Grand Strand courses, including some of the area’s most prominent, are again allowing kids to play for free when accompanied by a paying adult.

While the Kids Play Free program is in effect throughout the year, area courses see a surge in junior golfers during the summer months when families flock the beach. While the sand and surf continue to the be the primary attraction, parents enjoy the opportunity to play their favorite course with the kids.

“Golf is an intergenerational game families can enjoy together, and Myrtle Beach is the ideal place to build that bond,” said Bill Golden, CEO of Golf Tourism Solutions. “Kids Play Free is one of the Myrtle Beach golf community’s best and most forward looking initiatives, giving us a chance to introduce the next generation of players to the game and our market.”

Among the courses participating in the Kids Play Free program are the four layouts at Barefoot Resort, Tidewater Golf Club, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National and Heritage Club, all among the area’s most prominent facilities.

The strength of the Myrtle Beach golf community is derived from the quality of its courses and the cooperative spirit the market operates with, making programs like Kids Play Free possible.

A complete LIST of participating courses is available online.  

For more information, go to www.PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com.

Yahoo Sports Launches Fantasy Golf Ahead of U.S. Open

New Daily Game Launched June 12

(RELEASE) - Just in time for the U.S. Open Championship, Yahoo Sports is launching Fantasy Golf. The new daily game combines everything Yahoo Fantasy users love with the tradition and down-to-the-wire finishes synonymous with the game of golf. The newest offering from Yahoo Fantasy includes options for both free and paid contests, and will feature game modes, including Fair Play, Head-to-Head QuickMatch contests, and User Created Leagues.

The game is available for most PGA golf tournaments moving forward, as well as all four Majors. Fans will be able to play on the award-winning Yahoo Fantasy mobile app, and past season-long Fantasy Golf users will even be able to recreate their leagues using the new platform.

HOW TO PLAY: Download the Yahoo Fantasy mobile app, select a contest from our lobby or create your own, pick players from the tournament and follow along once the tournament starts! Fans can also play via the desktop dashboard: https://sports.yahoo.com/dailyfantasy/golf

LAUNCH CONTEST AMOUNTS: PGA Yahoo Cup (free to enter $50k in total prizes, $1k in weekly prizes) that runs for the rest of the season (21 weeks total) and the $25k Open ($10 to enter, $5k to first place)

RULES: https://policies.oath.com/us/en/oath/terms/rules/dailyfantasygolf/

Summer Specials in the South Puget Sound

(SHELTON, Wash.) – Little Creek Casino Resort – Western Washington’s best resort for everyday escape – kicks off the summer season with an array of fun packages and events.

Salish Cliffs Golf Club
Salish Cliffs Golf Club will celebrate Father’s Day by offering golf, gift and food promotions. The $299 package includes a twosome on Salish Cliffs’ award-winning layout, one Titleist Vokey wedge and $30 food credit in the Salish Cliffs Grille. The $550 package includes a foursome of golf, two Titleist Vokey wedges and a $50 food credit. This promotion can be used through June 30. Contact the golf shop at 360.462.3673.

Beginning June 17, invite your whole family to Salish Cliffs as juniors 17 years of age and younger will play FREE after 3 p.m. daily when accompanied by a paid adult. Advanced reservations are required. Use promo codes KIDFREE9 or KIDFREE18.

In addition to “Ladies Nine & Wine” on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. the club will unveil their newest weekly event, “Beer, Brats & Shots.” Each Thursday at 4:30 p.m., this entertaining outing includes 9 holes of golf with cart, brat, draft beer, shot of liquor and the chance to demo new Titleist products with PGA Professionals.

As a Titleist-preferred facility, Salish Cliffs will host a Scotty Cameron fitting event on Thursday, July 12. The fitting is from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and conveniently leads into “Beers, Brats & Shots” later that afternoon.

Seven Inlets Spa
Little Creek’s Seven Inlets Spa will celebrate its sixth successful year in July. Guests who visit July 5-8 will be entered to win their choice of a 50-minute spa service or gift basket of all-natural skincare products from the new Wildflower Collection by Eminence Organics.

Created at the Eminence Certified Organic Farm, the Wildflower Collection transforms skin’s radiance through nourishing European wildflowers and conditioning botanical oil to leave skin soft and with a supple complexion. Guests can experience Eminence products in upcoming Seven Inlets Spa services. They are also available for purchase in retail areas or the spa lobby.

If looking to enjoy Seven Inlets Spa before July, the June Spa Package includes a sports massage, express facial, foot treatment and skin care gift ($265 value) on special for $200. Services can be booked online or by calling 360.462.1772.

Cruise at the Creek
The 6th Annual Cruise at the Creek Car Show triumphantly returns to the South Puget Sound. The two-day event kicks off with a poker run on Friday, July 20 at 6 p.m. Saturday’s activities will be headlined by the official car show beginning at 10 a.m. (load-ins open at 7 a.m.) and live entertainment starting at 12:30 p.m. Special guest Mark Worman and the cast of Graveyard Carz will be signing autographs and guest judging registered entrees.

From “Homebuilt Heathens” and “Ford Muscles” to “Corvette Summer” Saturday’s Car Show features 23 different categories of competition. Car Show registration is $20. Admission is free to the public with all ages welcome. Food and beverage will be available for purchase throughout the weekend. Outdoor activities will take place behind the hotel adjacent to the Skookum Creek Event Center.

Copper Tech Copper-Infused Compression Golf Gloves Top Father’s Day Hot List

(STUART, Fla.) - Copper compression technology continues to be a hot retail category in sports, medical and lifestyle products. Copper Tech has been the leader and game changer in the golf industry with its copper-infused golf gloves.

Copper Tech gloves, designed for men and women, come in a variety of colors. Each glove is made with Copper Tech’s patented form flex, copper-infused technology which helps soothe joint and muscle pain especially in arthritic hands.

“The benefits of copper in treating and preventing infection as well as being an established remedy for arthritis are well known,” stated Orthopedic Surgeon John Lubahn, MD, FACS. “It should come as no surprise that Copper Tech gloves provide comfortable, supportive hand and finger support and protection. I wear one on each hand and recommend them to my patients.”

Engineered with a non-slip spider weave silicon material in the palm, Copper Tech gloves reduce wear and allow golfers to grip the club with less tension while improving slip resistance, especially in wet conditions. The compression fit design provides easy, one size fits all sizing. Copper Tech gloves expand and contract to fit anyone from small to extra-large making them a perfect gift for Father’s day or any occasion, delighting that special golfer in your life.

“We use high-grade copper fabrics to infuse our gloves with the healing properties of copper,” said Lloyd Cohn, President of Pocketec, Inc., manufacturers of Copper Tech. “The glove’s compression fit allows for better blood circulation helping to reduce muscle and joint pain while improving performance.”

Features and Benefits
- Improves joint health and performance.
- Supports improved circulation and oxygenation of working muscles.
- Helps prevent strain and fatigue by keeping muscles warm.
- Wicks sweat away from, the body to prevent chafing, rashes, and odor.
- Provides support for muscle stiffness, soreness and pain.
- Helps to reduce recovery time of muscles.

Copper Tech gloves help alleviate joint and muscle stiffness and make gripping the club lighter and more comfortable. Featured in Golf Digest, Copper Tech gloves conform to the Rules of Golf and retail for $19.95. They are available for left and right-handed golfers. Save 20% for Father’s Day. Use discount code: COPPER20.

Copper Tech also manufactures a copper compression gardening glove. Both are available online at www.coppertechglove.com.

Collaboration with USGA Partners Elevates 2018 U.S. Open On-Site Fan Experience

Interactive Technology, Golf Playing Experiences, and a Variety of Rewards Highlight Expanded Offerings for Fans

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) - Attending a U.S. Open is an awe-inspiring experience, from seeing the world’s greatest players up close to walking an iconic venue to witnessing another chapter in the game’s illustrious history – and the 118th championship at historic Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., from June 11-17, will be no different.

Fans looking to take a break from the action on the course or experience what it is like to be a champion can enjoy a variety of unique and interactive activities and benefits created in partnership with Deloitte, Lexus, and American Express.

Deloitte:
A first for this year’s championship, the U.S. Open Virtual Experience created by Deloitte is designed to transport fans around Shinnecock Hills and back in time without leaving Fan Central. Using interactive virtual reality headsets, fans can go inside the iconic Shinnecock clubhouse Trophy Room as well as immerse themselves in a 360-degree, first-person perspective of Corey Pavin’s famous 18th hole finish in the 1995 U.S. Open. Fans can also enjoy virtual insights into the strategy of the 7th hole and explore the history and architecture of the oldest golf clubhouse in America.

Lexus:
The Lexus Performance Experience in Fan Central features state-of-the-art interactive experiences, including a hole-in-one challenge for an opportunity to win a two-year lease of a 2018 Lexus RX 350L, a photo opportunity with the U.S. Open Trophy, a putting challenge, and a Lexus VR Experience. Fans are encouraged to visit throughout the championship for autograph signings with Lexus Golf Ambassadors Jason Day, Peter Jacobsen and Johnny Miller. Additionally, several Lexus vehicles will be featured throughout the grounds, including the all-new 2019 ES and UX near the course and the all-new 2018 LS 500 F SPORT and LC 500 Inspiration Series in the Lexus Performance Experience.

Rolex:
As a way to honor the winners of every 2017 championship and celebrate their distinguished achievements, the USGA is introducing the Celebration of Champions, a four-hole public exhibition to be held during the week of the 118th U.S. Open Championship. The exhibition will pair 2017 champions as two-player teams, and will be held on Tuesday, June 12, at iconic Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.

The inaugural Celebration of Champions at the 118th U.S. Open – hosted by the USGA with longtime partner Rolex is a fitting way to celebrate each champion’s achievement and acknowledge their place in golf history. Rolex and the USGA will extend this celebration by telling the stories of these champions, and chronicling the crowning of this year’s champions through the broadcast of USGA championships on FOX, presented by Rolex.

American Express:
Conveniently positioned at three locations throughout the course, including Fan Central, Fan Services hosted by American Express will provide all fans a variety of benefits to make the most of their trip to Shinnecock Hills.

Fans can charge their phones, get championship information and pick up an American Express Radio from 9-11 a.m. during championship rounds. American Express Card Members also enjoy special benefits and a variety of additional offers and experiences, including:
- Access to an exclusive Card Member Club (available on a first-come, first-served basis)
- Radios available at all times, binoculars and the rental of Mophie phone chargers
- Fans who use their American Express card and spend at least $10 at U.S. Open concessions will receive a commemorative cup with their purchase
- Fans who use their American Express card and spend over $150 at U.S. Open merchandise locations on-site will receive free shipping

As a part of the U.S. Open “Epic” Putt located in Fan Central, American Express will treat Card Members to a priority lane and all fans to a towel if they make the lengthy “epic” putt.

“Our partners play an integral role each year in enhancing our fan-first approach to creating memorable moments for fans, and making the U.S. Open the greatest celebration of golf,” said Katie Bynum, USGA head of Partnerships and Championship Experiences. “Thanks to their innovation and creativity, fans at the 118th U.S. Open will be treated to premium fan services and benefits, cutting-edge virtual reality, and interactive hitting areas that bring new access and personalization to the championship.”

To learn more, visit usga.org.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Shinnecock Nation Partners with NextLinks to Feature Interactive Golf Experience Near U.S. Open

(SOUTHAMPTON, NY) – In a partnership with the Shinnecock Nation, fans on hand for the 118th United States Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (Southampton, New York) will have the chance for a sneak-peek of NextLinks, the golf industry’s hottest trend in alternative, interactive golf experiences.

The Shinnecock Indian Nation worked closely with the United States Golf Association (USGA) to develop and provide the space that will be hosting the interactive attraction that showcases the NextLinks technology-driven brand of golf. The Shinnecock Nation hospitality space will be in a prime location, a short walk from the U.S. Open Championship’s Train Station and the championship’s Gate 2 (near the baseball fields).

The Shinnecock Nation has been part of the fabric at Shinnecock Hills since before 1896, when the second U.S. Open was played. The land was once owned by the Shinnecock Nation and the course was built by members of the Shinnecock Tribe. Since then the Shinnecock have been part of the club working as caddies and on the grounds crew. During past U.S. Open’s, the Shinnecock and USGA have worked together in a variety of ways to help the Shinnecock and this year is no different.

“The Shinnecock Indian Nation is extremely excited to partner with NextLinks. The Shinnecock People have 126 years of golf experience dating back to the very beginning of golf in this country,” says Lance Gumbs – Shinnecock Tribal Councilman. “We were very impressed with the accuracy and realism of this technology and felt it needed to be represented here during the 118th U.S. Open Championship week. We look forward to all of the golf fans stopping by our Shinnecock Indian Nation NextLinks booth to test out this amazing product.”

Leaders from the Shinnecock Nation recently discovered NextLinks at a technology conference and were so impressed, they agreed to a revenue-share-based partnership for this week-long exhibition.

“We’re honored to partner with the Shinnecock Nation and to be able to showcase our innovation and business model to help them achieve their goals during the event,” said NextLinks founder and president Dave Shultz. “Their belief in us inspires us to put on a great show.”

Throughout U.S. Open week, June 11 – 18, fans will use the innovative, trade-marked Pinpoint Spotlight Technology on a custom-designed putting green to putt and play a sampling of Nextlinks’ skills-based golf games.

NextLinks gamifies putting and the short game through technology that tracks multiple players’ positions on the green while playing various target-oriented games. Imagine golf versions of Darts, Horse, Shuffleboard and Cornhole—and projects colored lasers on to the green to guide each player on where to putt from on the expertly-designed putting green.

“After watching the greatest players in the world take on one of the all-time great courses, fans are going to be excited to get their hands on some golf clubs and come putt in this uniquely-immersive golfing environment,” says Shultz. “A typical NextLinks venue combines golf with the energy of a sports bar or night club. I have a feeling these great New York golf fans are going to bring that energy to us.”

Shultz believes presenting the sport in a fun, gaming-based fashion is a logical way to capture new golf fans.

“A beginning golfer can go to a NextLinks-powered venue and learn the game from the hole out,” Shultz says. “We can get them hooked on golf by exposing them to fun games that incorporate real skills they can build on for as long as they play the game.”

In addition to providing this unique golf experience, NextLinks executives will be presenting the NextLinks scalable business opportunity for venue owners and entrepreneurs as well as an attractive turnkey solution for high-end “golf cave” installations in homes or businesses. A standard NextLinks build-out brings expertly-designed putting greens and the laser gaming technology together with golf simulators adding the long time missing link creating an alternative real-life indoor golf experience.

“Our expandable software and pinpoint technology means you’re never going to get bored with your golf entertainment space.”

The newest NextLinks venue opened recently at the picturesque nine-hole Putting Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort (Indian Wells, Calif.) as part of the innovative “Shot in the Dark” night-time golf attraction. Shultz thinks he and his team can bring some of that West Coast magic to Long Island.

“The U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills is history in the making,” he says. “The atmosphere will be electric and we’re looking forward to feeding off of that and showing golfers the future of alterative golf experiences.”

For more information, visit www.nextlinks.com.

To view a studio version of the NextLinks experience, click on the video above.