Friday, October 19, 2018

Volvik Named Official Golf Ball of LPGA Tour’s 2019 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions

(ORLANDO, Florida) – Volvik (volvik.com), known the world over for the outstanding performance characteristics and vibrant color options of its golf balls, has been named the Official Golf Ball of the LPGA Tour’s 2019 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions Presented by Insurance Office of America, an official LPGA event. To kick off the new year, the tournament will be played Jan. 17-20, 2019, at Tranquilo Golf Club at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, in Orlando, Fla. Volvik will have a merchandise tent on-site.

“We are pleased to have been named the Official Golf Ball of this prestigious tournament, which will showcase a very strong LPGA field,” said Don Shin, president of Volvik USA. “Volvik has a prominent presence on the LPGA Tour, and we appreciate the recognition this opportunity provides the company.”

New for 2019, the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions Presented by Insurance Office of America will feature some of the world’s top professional women golfers. Only winners from the past two LPGA seasons will qualify to play, with $1.2 million in official prize money on the line. The LPGA pros will play 72 holes of stroke play with no cut, playing side-by-side with a roster of world-class sports and entertainment celebrities, who will be competing for their own $500,000 purse. Private evening events and concerts also are planned.

All four days of official play will be nationally televised with Thursday and Friday on Golf Channel, and Saturday and Sunday on network NBC.

For more information, see volvik.com.

Audi Henderson Las Vegas Golf Classic Showcases Golf and Food festival at Reflection Bay Golf Club

(Henderson, Nev.) - Golf, cuisine and community giving will take center stage at the second annual 2018 Audi Henderson Las Vegas Golf Classic slated for November 1-3, 2018, at Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas. This marks the second large tournament hosted by Reflection Bay Golf Club in the last six months, following the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournament that was held in May.

The Audi Henderson Las Vegas Golf Classic is a two-part event featuring a double shotgun scramble golf tournament on November 2 and Culinary Feast on November 3. The feast will showcase more than 15 local restaurants, wineries and breweries along with live entertainment by the Spazmatics and a silent auction. Guests can take part in the golf tournament, the Culinary Feast or both. For complete event details and ticket information visit www.lakelasvegasclassic.com.

All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Keep Memory Alive and the Ogden Family Foundation. In 2017, the tournament raised almost $30,000 for Keep Memory Alive and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Southern Nevada.

Reflection Bay Golf Club is seasoned at conducting prestigious golf tournaments and events. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Design was host to the Wendy’s 3Tour Challenge from 1998 to 2007, showcasing the talents of such champions as Bubba Watson, Fred Couples, John Daly and Phil Mickelson. In addition, the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) held its tournament at Reflection Bay in May 2018, which featured players from all over the world.

“Reflection Bay is uniquely suited to host a wide variety of tournaments because the course lends itself to accommodate multiple skill levels,” said Eric Dutt, manager of operations for Reflection Bay Golf Club. “We push the envelope to provide our players with the best resort-style experience possible.”

Dutt said players at the tournament will be among the first to enjoy fixed Food and Beverage Stations recently opened on the 5th and 14th tees. Food at the Stations will be provided by Lake Las Vegas executive chef Scott Commings, season 12 winner of Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen.”

“We are introducing the stations to elevate our level of service and keep our fingers on the pulse of new practices and unparalleled guest service,” said Dutt, a 35-year industry veteran.

Dutt is one of the most sought-after experts in the Las Vegas golf industry with work that includes consulting for the Tiger Woods Foundation National Charity among overseeing a host of tournaments at Rio Secco golf course in Las Vegas. He also held roles as Tournament Operations Manager for PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and PGA Senior tour events in Las Vegas.

A welcome party to kick off the weekend will be held for registered golfers and sponsors on November 1 at the Reflection Bay clubhouse. The 32,000-square-foot venue can accommodate up to 300 people with both indoor and outdoor space to host weddings, holiday and corporate parties and special events.

On Saturday, November 2, golfers can choose a 7:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. tee time and compete against more than 50 other teams in a scramble format tournament. The Culinary Feast takes place on November 3 and will feature cuisine from restaurants including TAO, LAVO, Zenshin, Beauty & Essex, Hash House A Go Go, Marssa Steak & Sushi, STK Steak, Texas de Brazil Steakhouse, Ethel M Chocolates, Capital Grille, Foundation Room, Shake Shack and Reflection Bay Golf Club.

For ticket information and more details on the 2018 Audi Henderson Las Vegas Golf Classic, visit www.lakelasvegasclassic.com and www.reflectionbaygolf.com.

Book Review: 'Death from the Claret Jug'

I like murder mysteries and I LOVE golf. Put the two together and you have the makings of an incredible novel. Well, James Bartlett has done just that with “Death from the Claret Jug.”

The fifth title in his Hacker Golf Mystery series, the book follows golf writer Pete Hacker’s quest to solve the suspicious death of a rules official while the golf world converges on St. Andrews for the Open Championship. With girlfriend Mary Jane Cappellitti by his side, Hacker zeros in on the guilty party.

Bartlett does a wonderful job of weaving in copious amounts of golf with smart and witty prose. There are myriad ways this story could turn and I thought I knew the ending several times before being surprised by the outcome.

I found myself reading the book in a cheesy tone of an old Humphrey Bogart characterizer, which only added to my enjoyment and took me back to when my grandfather would have me watch old black-and-white movies with him when I was a kid. In loved Gramps, even though I would’ve preferred Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck over Bogie and Bacall.

With “Death in a Green Jacket (2007)” already published, “Death from the Claret Jug” marks the midway point in Bartlett’s planned major series. Expect to see titles referencing the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the years to come. The prolific author’s other titles include: “Death Is a Two-Stroke Penalty” (1991), "Death from the Ladies' Tee” (1992), and “Death at the Member-Guest” (2006).

Published by Yoeman House Publishers, the paperback is available at amazon.com.

Jack Grace Shoes Launches Gridiron Collection and Alma Mater Series

(PHOENIX, Ariz.) – Jack Grace, the premium leather golf shoe company with interchangeable saddle patterns, announces the release of its Gridiron Collection and Alma Mater Series. As the football season heats up, now you can support your favorite NFL or college team on the course with Camo saddle patterns that match your team’s colors.

Jack Grace’s INNOVATOR men’s and women’s golf shoes come in three standard colors: white, black and grey. With one shoe and more than 500 swappable saddle patterns to choose from, Jack Grace gives you the ability to coordinate any look and feel you want. Be a Super Fan. Be Playful. Be Trendy. Be Traditional. Be You!  Jack Grace shoes can be customized to fit your personality and style both on and off the course.

“When in comes to supporting your favorite team, we’ve got you covered with this line up of great looking saddles,” said Brad Smith, COO of Jack Grace. “The Gridiron Collection and Alma Mater Series for men and women come in a variety of eye-catching Camo designs. Jack Grace Shoes are the coolest shoes in golf and you will become a raving fan once you try them.”

Designed with its patent-pending Hidden Channel Technology, Jack Grace shoes attach securely to provide a seamless look when changing out the saddles. The shoelaces are fully functional and tighten  for perfect support and a great fit.  The diamond-shaped spike-less outsoles provide excellent traction and stability. They are also extremely comfortable.

The men’s and women’s INNOVATOR shoes retail for $160.00 with black saddles included.  Additional saddles are $40.00. Saddles can be purchased in hundreds of different designs and customized for events or promotions. To purchase, go to www.jackgraceusa.com and search for your favorite team. For group sales information, contact Matt Jones, 602-570-7176, or matt@jackgraceusa.com.

GOLFTEC Opens State-of-the-Art Training Center in Orland Park

New Facility Marks Seventh Location in Chicagoland Area

(ENGLEWOOD, CO) – GOLFTEC – the world leader in golf lessons and top employer of PGA Instructors – opens its seventh performance center in the Chicago-area, with a state-of-the-art facility located in Orland Park at 9559 W. 151st St.

It features three teaching/practice bays staffed by the most highly-trained coaches in the industry. These individuals leverage GOLFTEC’s world-renowned teaching technology – including advanced motion measurement, video analysis and premium launch monitors – to help any student find the lesson plan best suited for their unique needs. GOLFTEC students drop an average of seven strokes from their scores.

Beyond instruction, the new facility features GOLFTEC’s enhanced TECFIT custom club fitting program. The TOUR-like fitting experience combines swing characteristics with ball flight data to help identify optimal golf equipment for each student. An array of clubhead/shaft options are available to perfectly match players of any skill level with the clubs that best meet their needs. Nearly 75% of all golfers who experience a TECFIT custom driver fitting gain an average of 25 yards over their previous equipment.

“I grew up in Chicago and know firsthand how incredibly passionate golfers in this part of the country are about the game,” said Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO of GOLFTEC. “We give more lessons and high-end club fittings throughout Illinois than anyone else, and have built a very loyal following because our students are consistently improving.”

Center Manager Kevin Den Besten will oversee operations. He has been with GOLFTEC since 2006 and taught more than 20,000 lessons, as well as receiving multiple awards for outstanding achievement in instruction. More info can be found at: https://www.golftec.com/golf-lessons/chicago/orland-park.

“At GOLFTEC we pride ourselves on building strong relationships with all our students by making an effort to understand their goals before we formulate a plan,” said Den Besten. “Everyone that walks through our doors is different and has unique expectations, but regardless of if you are a scratch player or a beginner we can get you where you want to be by maximizing your potential.”

Conducting more lessons than any company in the world, GOLFTEC’s unique fact-based approach has led to a 96% success rate among students with the average player dropping seven strokes over 18 holes.  While the majority of instruction is indoors in private bays, coaches also teach swing mechanics and playing strategy at golf courses.

GOLFTEC is the world’s largest employer of PGA Professionals, many having conducted thousands of lessons.  Each achieves certification after attending rigorous multi-week training and continuing education at GOLFTEC University.

More information: www.golftec.com, 877.446. 5383.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Toptracer Range to be Unveiled at Ryder Cup Host Venue, Le Golf National

(DALLAS, Texas) - Ryder Cup 2018 host venue, Le Golf National, is set to revolutionize its practice facilities with the introduction of Toptracer Range technology.

Having played host to the 42nd Ryder Cup on its Albatros course, the esteemed 45-hole Paris-based destination will utilize Toptracer Range to enhance the club’s practice amenities.

Elevating the driving range into a premium amenity, Toptracer Range combines technology and fun to create a superior golf experience for players of all skill levels.

Owned by Topgolf Entertainment Group, Toptracer tracks the shots of the best players in the world on the PGA Tour and European Tour, and golfers of all ages and abilities are now able to share that experience in bays at driving ranges the world over.

Using cameras mounted around the facility and 21-inch monitors found at each hitting bay, Toptracer Range technology displays an array of details of each shot – including distance, speed, launch angle, shape and more. Data is instantly recorded and displayed on the screen through a player profile that can continuously be accessed through the Toptracer Range community application.

Toptracer Range has been introduced at more than 80 venues across the world, with Le Golf National becoming the latest to adopt the technology as part of a major upgrade of the club’s facilities.

Speaking about the decision to install Toptracer Range technology at Le Golf National, Paul Armitage, General Manager, said: “It’s a huge year for us at Le Golf National, and we were delighted to host the Ryder Cup as it headed to France for the first time ever.

“Sports fans from all over the globe watched the coverage of the tournament and we wanted to leverage that by making sure that visitors and members alike have the best experience possible when they come to Le Golf National. The introduction of Toptracer Range technology will go a long way to helping us transform the practice facilities that we are able to offer. I was blown away by the tech; it’s state of the art and I’m convinced it will revolutionize the way golfers practice internationally.”

Speaking about the company’s latest partnership, Toptracer President Ben Sharpe said: “By combining the best-in-class technology and service of Toptracer Range with a venue of the stature of Le Golf National, our brands are reaching new audiences and truly growing the game because golfers are being engaged more meaningfully through instant feedback and gamification.

“The Ryder Cup is a special event for golfers across Europe and the USA, so we are thrilled that the host venue has chosen to become part of the Toptracer Range journey in such an historic year for the club.”

For further information on Toptracer, visit www.toptracer.com.

The Country Club at Castle Pines Achieves Over 90% On-Pace Round Time Success with Tagmarshal

(CASTLE ROCK, Colo.) – Tagmarshal – the golf intelligence and field flow management system coveted by golf courses, country clubs and resorts globally – is achieving exceptional results at the exclusive The Country Club at Castle Pines.

Considered one of the elite private clubs in Colorado, The Country Club of Castle Pines is experiencing a significantly improved flow of the field through Tagmarshal’s state-of-the-art geo-tagging and pace algorithms to consistently speed rounds by 11 minutes. The Country Club of Castle Pines also achieved ideal field flow through Tagmarshal, as groups playing on pace increased from 52% to over 70%. In addition, over 90% of groups consistently finishing within 10 minutes of goal time, even with volume increasing more than 500% in peak season.

“Our experience with Tagmarshal and its unique functionalities, together with the implementation into our operation, has been exceptional,” says Andrew Hedrick, PGA head professional at The Country Club of Castle Pines. “The data provided is an asset in our day-to-day operations. Our members have embraced the system and are often asking our on-course staff to review their live statistics and get an accurate status on their group.”

A recent USGA survey shows 74% of players believe appropriate field flow is critical to the enjoyment of their rounds. Tagmarshal is an industry-leader in golf course intelligence and field flow management, and utilized by more than 200 golf courses in nine countries. Those trusting Tagmarshal include Carnoustie (site of the 2018 Open Championship), Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (2019 U.S Amateur Championship), The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (2021 PGA Championship), Whistling Straits (2020 Ryder Cup), Erin Hills (2017 U.S. Open), East Lake (2018 TOUR Championship) and Valhalla (2014 PGA Championship).

“The tremendous success found at The Country Club at Castle Pines showcases the outstanding benefits Tagmarshal can provide to exclusive private clubs,” says Craig Kleu, COO of Tagmarshal. “Management and staff members at clubs of all types are provided data-driven tools that enable them to operate efficiently and enhance player experiences.”

Partnering with Tagmarshal allows courses like The Country Club at Castle Pines to become pace setters with improved operational efficiencies, including labor savings. Adding prime tee times thanks to Tagmarshal is resulting in more than $100,000 in annual incremental revenue for many courses. Superintendents use Tagmarshal data to better manage pin placements, wear patterns and hole set-ups.

More information: ccatcastlepines.com, 303.688.7400 and tagmarshal.com, 725.333.7354.

Loudmouth Golf Adds Slim Fit and Athletic Fit Options for Men

Loudmouth’s custom Made-to-Order shop will now offer additional fit options tailored to more men’s body types

(San Mateo, CA) – Loudmouth Golf, the worldwide leader in bold and bright golf and sports fan apparel, has announced new slim and athletic fit options for men. Both options are now available through Loudmouth’s Made-to-Order shop, which allows the option for custom waist, length and design elements to provide the ultimate fit. In addition to these new fit options, all Made-to-Order men’s pants will now come standard with a tour slit.

The new slim fit offers a younger, more modern look. The rise sits slightly below the waist, and fits slim through the seat, thigh, and leg. The bottom opening of the pant is tapered from the knee down, whereas the regular fit pant falls straight from the knee down.

The new athletic fit has a larger hip and thigh measurement compared to the regular fit pant and short, and sits at the natural waist. This new category was made for men who have muscular thighs and have trouble finding pants to fit them in the thigh area.

“Customers have always asked for different fit options depending on their body type. Our innovative Made-to-Order shop has always been a great advantage to our customers, so accommodating these requests was a natural progression,” says Loudmouth Founder & Designer, Woody!  “A lot of professional athletes wear our clothing and have a hard time finding pants that fit. In contrast, we also have younger, fashion-forward customers who prefer a slim, tailored fit. We can now cater to both these requests.”

Loudmouth Golf was one of the first online apparel companies to offer customized clothing beginning in 2011. In addition to the option for athletic or slim fit, Loudmouth’s Made-To-Order shop offers men’s waist sizes 26 – 60 and pant lengths 26 – 40, and options like a hidden stretch waistband and cargo pockets. All items are made in Loudmouth’s breathable and wrinkle-free, StretchTech Poly fabric.

For more information visit www.loudmouthgolf.com.

Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives Announces Golf Residency with John E. Morgan

Sky Sports Golf Commentator and former Pro-Golfer John E. Morgan is set to bring his expertise to the only golf course in the Maldives from February 15 to 28, 2019

(Maldives) – Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives, is delighted to announce its partnership with Sky Sports golf commentator and former pro-golfer, John E. Morgan, for a two week residency from February 15 to 28, 2019. Morgan, who has played alongside legends including Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Fred Couples, is well known for his participation in The Open Championships, European Tour and PGA Tour. During the two week residency, the talented golfer will teach guests in group classes and one-on-one sessions, sharing his expertise on how to sink a hole in one in this paradisiacal setting.

The Golf Residency with John E. Morgan at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is for golf enthusiasts of all levels and ages. Guests can take advantage of the resort’s impressive nine-hole, par three and four golf course. Nestled on seven and a half hectares of land at the southern end of Villingili Island, the course is the only one of its kind in the Maldives and is designed with coconut-palms lining the fairways and stimulating challenges and vistas throughout.

Along with personal training and group workshops, the resort will host fun tournaments and activities throughout the two week residency, including Beat the Pro sessions, during which guests are invited to try to hit a drive closer to the hole than Morgan. Golfers should not be intimidated, as Morgan will use only one hand for this activity.

Golf enthusiasts can also participate in the first-ever Mount Villingili Challenge, during which golfers will compete to strike a fish food golf ball the furthest into the turquoise Indian Ocean. Afterwards, guests can celebrate with a tailored Dine by Design experience atop Mount Villingili, toasting their golfing triumphs as they admire tropical views of the golf course and ocean beyond.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to paradise and share my love of golf with guests at the renowned Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa,” said Morgan. “I’m looking forward to helping seasoned players improve their game and introducing beginners to the sport, perhaps for the very first time. There will be lots of fun events taking place over the two weeks which I’m sure guests will enjoy!”

Guests can book the Stay & Play with John E. Morgan package, which starts from US$920++ per person per night, including:
· One-on-one personalized golf session with John E. Morgan for 45 minutes
· Two golf workshops with John E. Morgan – one hour group sessions
· One Beat the Pro session with John E. Morgan – one hour group session
· Tea & Tee – A round of golf for two persons, followed by an afternoon tea at the golf course
· One Dine by Design experience for two persons on Mount Villingili, the highest summit in the Maldives, overlooking the golf course, including wine pairing
· A 60 minute Golf massage – A Deep Tissue Acupressure Massage, stimulating specific points to improve blood circulation, help relieve muscle knots and pain, as well as increase range of motion.
· Yoga session with Master Dr. Pooja, perfect for stretching muscles after a round of golf
· Daily breakfast buffet at Javvu restaurant

The package is available from February 15 – 28, 2019, over a minimum stay of five nights. Terms & conditions apply.

For more information and reservation: Tel: +960 689 7888, slmd@shangri-la.com, or visit www.shangri-la.com.

PEAKVISION Launches Custom-Fitting Experience for Charity Golf Tournaments

(CONWAY, SC) - PEAKVISION Sunglasses announce their ‘PEAKVISION Sunglasses Custom-Fitting Experience’ for charity tournaments, in which each participant is fitted for a pair of PEAKVISION Sunglasses and have the opportunity to pick the style of their choice from a variety at registration.

Glasses that normally retail for $130.00 per pair are discounted way beyond wholesale, sold for $50.00 per pair to the charity. Custom logo’d cases with the charity’s logo can be made for $6.00 per case which add to personalize the gift item.

PEAKVISION offers several of their most popular styles to fit each golfer at charity golf tournaments including: the GX5, their flagship golfing sunglass, with a full wrap-around design for superb coverage; the AV1, a medium-size aviator with an excellent fit; the DG1, a medium-sized Wayfarer that is extremely light-weight and is constructed with a nylon titanium composite; and the EOS, a modern, round European style that offer a very classy look.

“We enjoy helping charities raise more money for important causes by providing these premium gift items for each participant,” exclaimed David Feaser, CEO, PEAKVISION Sunglasses. “And each golfer enjoys receiving the useful gift, are excited about picking out their favorite style, and rave about the clarity of the lenses and the impeccable reads they get on the greens!”

PEAKVISION has already worked with not-for-profit organizations such as the Ann Liguori Foundation, KIDS For Kids, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, to name a few.

“PEAKVISION is honored to be part of these charities and the relationships we are developing with them,” adds Feaser.

“We look forward to helping a variety of charities in any way we can. There are so many worthwhile causes and we want to help make a difference.”

“Helping others is not a tag line – it’s where our heart is,” adds Feaser.

PEAKVISION offers a 30-day, moneyback guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied.

To order PEAKVISION, visit www.peakvision.com. PEAKVISION ships the same day the order is placed.

The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship Announces 2019 Tournament Dates

Whispering Pines Golf Club in Texas Will Host Teams from 20 Countries

(Trinity, Texas) — Whispering Pines Golf Club, one of the best private golf clubs in the country and rated the No. 1 course in Texas, will host The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship November 7-9, 2019.  The Spirit International, a biennial event that alternates with the World Team Championships, showcases the best women and men amateur golfers from around the world. The tournament, which was established in 2001 at Whispering Pines, was canceled in 2017 due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston.

Some 80 players from 20 countries and six continents compete for golf medals in the 54-hole Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship. Each country is represented by its two best women and two best men. Previous Spirit International competitors who now are professionals on the LPGA and PGA TOUR include:  Jordan Spieth, Francesco Molinari, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Day, Martin Kaymer, Lexi Thompson, Charley Hull, Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer and Brooke Henderson. The Spirit Golf Association, a 501 (c) (3) charity that is dedicated to the promotion of amateur golf for the benefit of health-related causes, organizes and oversees the tournament along with the Texas Golf Association.

The Spirit International is an Olympic-like experience that includes an opening ceremony, festive dinner parties and a closing ceremony.  Camp Olympia, one of the premier summer camps in the U.S., provides International Village accommodations for the competitors.

Corby Robertson, Jr., a former All-America football star at The University of Texas and successful businessman, is the founder and owner of Whispering Pines Golf Club, which opened in 2000. Camp Olympia also was established by Robertson and his fellow Texas Longhorn teammate Chris Gilbert in 1968 as a youth camp to promote outdoor education.

“I founded Whispering Pines Golf Club because of a desire to provide a world-class golf experience and benefit charity through golf,” said Robertson. “We are proud of the success we’ve had to date in bringing the world’s top women and men to compete for their countries at our club.  Our commitment is to promote global goodwill through the game of golf.  The friendships made and memories shared among the participants make for an all-world experience. I believe The Spirit International has made an immeasurable impact on golf.”

The Spirit Golf Association has administered more than $12 million to its three charitable activities:  The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship, The First Tee programs and healthcare service providers such as Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinics, Medical Bridges and The Immunization Partnership. In 2017, The Spirit Golf Association responded to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by directing funds to Harvey victims through the United Way, Houston Food Bank, KIPP, Yellowstone Academy and the Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinics.

For more information about The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship, visit www.thespiritgolf.com.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Tifosi Optics Launches Enliven, New Color Enhancing Lens for Golf

Enliven your Vision. Enhance your Performance. Enrich your Budget.

(RELEASE) - Think of sunglasses as your music player. Sunglasses have one control feature, they turn down the volume of brightness of your environment. Just as an added bass and treble control to your music player adds more depth, Enliven lens technology adds bold contrasts and fine details to enhance the visual experience and improve your game.

Enliven Color Capture technology adjusts the wavelengths of light that matter most; making greens, blues, and reds pop with definition.

Enhanced contrast reveals changes in textures of the greens and maximizes color separation to enhance depth perception. The added contrast makes it easier to track a ball in flight and distinguish it on the fairway.

Enliven lens technology is available in a wide range of already popular Tifosi frame styles including Seek FC, Veloce and the new Alliant, each at $49.95 MSRP.

Tifosi is the word for Super-fan. That is exactly who we are and who we make our eyewear for. Our mission is to provide technically advanced eyewear to enthusiasts of all sports and outdoor activities. We design, test, and torture our product to enhance your sport whether you’re running a 5k, riding your first century or playing 18 holes on Sunday. Tifosi defines us. We are enthusiasts about our product, our sport, and our fun.

Learn more at tifosioptics.com.

Global Consensus for Golf in the Race to Tackle Physical Inactivity

(London, England) - A global consensus amongst leaders in public health, public policy and sport backs golf in the race to tackle physical inactivity and the prevention of a range of non-communicable disease (NCD) including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer of the breast and colon.

Evidence linking golf and health, commissioned by the World Golf Foundation and supported by The R&A, was presented this week in London at the 7th Congress of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH). The biennial scientific meeting is widely regarded as the world’s flagship physical activity and public health event attended by more than 1,000 delegates from 60 countries.

Recognition that playing golf has significant physical health and wellness benefits and can provide moderate intensity physical activity to persons of all ages, comes just months after the World Health Organization (WHO) published its Global Action Plan for Physical Activity. The Global Action Plan targets one in four adults, and four out of five adolescents (11-17 years) who are insufficiently active, and charts how countries can reduce physical inactivity in adults and adolescents by 15% by 2030.

The scientific consensus for golf is evidenced in research led by the University of Edinburgh and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Findings reveal that playing golf is associated with a range of physical and mental health benefits, and further collaborative efforts to improve access for the sport are needed.

New studies are underway to discover if playing golf improves strength and balance, contributing to a key public health goal of fall prevention in healthy aging and into conditions such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

Marking the close of the ISPAH Congress, public health practitioners, policymakers and golf industry leaders were hosted at a satellite event in the Palace of Westminster by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf.

Steve Brine, Minister for Public Health and Primary Care, said, “Physical activity of any type comes with a range of physical, social and mental benefits. For some, golf can be a great way to stay active and there’s growing evidence about ways the sport can help those living with long term conditions such as Parkinson’s and dementia. And for those who haven’t discovered their favourite sport yet it’s never too late to get inspired, connect with people and improve your wellbeing.”

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “Golf is working hard to encourage more people into the sport, who will realise its many health benefits. With 60 million golfers spanning six continents, golf has found common purpose in working with public health practitioners and policymakers to optimise the health benefits of playing the sport.

“We recognise the importance of the World Health Organization Global Action Plan for Physical Activity and we will work with our affiliates and partners around the world to help improve health and well-being through golf”.

Professor Fiona Bull, WHO Programme Manager, Non-Communicable Disease Prevention, said, “Non-communicable disease is responsible for nearly three quarters of all premature deaths globally, including 15 million deaths per year in people aged 30 to 70 years.

“The new World Health Organization global action plan and the implementation toolkit ‘ACTIVE’ aims to help all countries improve the environments and the opportunities for all people to be more active. Golf is a popular sport for men and women and it is great to see golf’s global leadership recognising health priorities and identifying ways golf can be more accessible to more people.

“I took up golf in my 30s but thought it was a very technical, expensive and elitist sport. Thankfully a 6 week ‘come and try course’ showed me how easy it was to enjoy golf as a beginner and how active playing 9 holes can be. I am looking forward to seeing how golf can attract many more girls and women to enjoy the sport and be more active and healthy”.

Annika Sorenstam, Major Champion and a global ambassador for golf and health, said, “As the recent international consensus statement highlighted, golf is great for the health of people of all ages – it benefits those playing the sport and even tournament spectators.

“Given the health benefits, we must work together to make golf more accessible if we are to achieve our sport’s full potential.”

The 2018 International Consensus Statement on Golf and Health to guide action by people, policymakers and the golf industry was published last month in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

A further Golf and Health Scientific Meeting will be held on Thursday 18 October 2018 at Mytime Active, High Elms Golf Course, Bromley, UK – a club promoting healthy lifestyles. Researchers from Asia, Australia, Europe and the USA will discuss their respective projects and the future direction of research on golf and health.

For more information, visit www.randa.org.

About the World Golf Foundation
The World Golf Foundation is a non-profit organization that unites the golf industry to support initiatives that enhance growth and access to the game. Founded in 1993 and supported by major international golf organizations and companies, WGF oversees the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, The First Tee, WE ARE GOLF and other programs.

About the Golf and Health Project
The Golf and Health Project is studying the varied health and wellbeing benefits of golf, considering any risks, and publishing their results in international, peer-reviewed journals.

The Project works independently but with the support of the World Golf Foundation, which comprises the major golfing bodies worldwide, including The R&A, the European Tour, USGA, the Masters Tournament, their constituent members worldwide, and the Ryder Cup Development Trust.

The Golf and Health Project also aims to translate the evidence discovered into a relevant format for players, potential players, decision makers and the wider golf industry. It also engages with international bodies responsible for public health and supports policies such as the WHO, Global Action Plan on Physical Activity.

Troon Saguaro Amateur Series Adds Women's Saguaro Amateur to 2019 Schedule

(Maricopa, Ariz.) – Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club and the tournament host committee are proud to announce a new event for the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series – the 2019 Women’s Saguaro Amateur. The new tournament is the first women’s golf event on Troon Saguaro Amateur Series and is scheduled to be played January 6 – 9, 2019 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz. – just days after the conclusion of the men’s Saguaro Amateur Championship. The Women’s Saguaro Amateur is presented by Jofit and will be a 54-hole, stroke-play competition.

The 2019 Women’s Saguaro Amateur is open to competitors who have a handicap of 6.0 or lower and fall into one of the following categories:
- Top 250 in final 2017-18 Women’s Golfweek Collegiate Players Rankings (Division I)
- Top 250 in 2018-2019 Women’s Golfweek Collegiate Rankings or Golfstat Rankings (Division I)
- Top 1000 players in either World Amateur Golf Rankings or the Scratch Players Amateur Rankings
- All members-in-good-standing of women’s college golf teams in the Pac-12, Mountain West and Big 12 conferences in 2018-19
- 2018 champions of major women’s state amateur and mid-amateur championships
- Members-in-good-standing of women’s college teams in Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming (all levels) in 2018-19
- Participants in the women’s 2018 US Mid-Amateur and US Amateur Championships

“The addition of the Women’s Saguaro Amateur is an example of the commitment the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Troon Golf and the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series have to continuing to grow playing opportunities for all,” said Brady Wilson, general manager, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club.  “We are all proud to be bringing another championship women’s event to a club that has a distant history of being a men’s-only facility and continuing the trend of breaking through barriers to advance women’s golf.”

Playing spots in the 2019 Women’s Saguaro Amateur are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The entry deadline is December 15, 2018 and the entry fee is $449. Women’s Saguaro Amateur results will be counted for World Amateur Golf Ranking points. Information and registration for the 2019 Women’s Saguaro Amateur event can be found at www.SaguaroAmateur.com.

“Jofit is extremely proud and excited to be a sponsor at the Women’s Saguaro Amateur in January,” said Joanne Cloak, CEO and founder, Jofit. “I cannot think of a better way to start off the new year. I am excited to see the deep pool of elite amateur golfers including our own Katie Miller! Team Jofit is eager to do everything it can to make the Inaugural Women’s Saguaro Amateur a wild success.”

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 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
2019 WOMEN’S SAGUARO AMATEUR – January 6-9, 2019 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Arizona

“We are excited to announce the inaugural Women’s Saguaro Amateur at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes,” Troon Saguaro Amateur Series Chairman and University of Colorado Head Men's Golf Coach Roy Edwards.  “Southern Dunes will host the 6th Saguaro Amateur for the men this January and immediately following we are going to host the Women’s Saguaro Amateur.  Southern Dunes has long been a leader in high-level competitive golf and we expect the Women’s Saguaro to attract a premier national amateur field in a competition that will be first-class in every way up to the standards set by the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series and the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes staff.”

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.

Spanish Wells Golf & Country Club Unveils $1.5 Million Renovation of Golf Course, Clubhouse

(BONITA SPRINGS, FL) – Spanish Wells Golf & Country Club – the 27-hole oasis nestled in beautiful Bonita Springs, Fla. – is in the final stages of a $1.5 million renovation expected to raise its popularity to new heights.

The extensive project, overseen by Billy Casper Golf, features enhancements to the South and East courses as well as the clubhouse. Eighteen greens now contain top-of-the-line Tif-Eagle bemudagrass and green surrounds are re-shaped and re-grassed. Lake bank restoration, drainage and irrigation improvements and new clubhouse landscaping round out the project.

“Spanish Wells is thriving as is the $84 billion golf industry,” says Bill Shiles, General Manager. “Golfers are raving about the new elements to the course, all rave about the clubhouse, and new members and guests are lining up to be part of our community vibe.”

Last year, the Spanish Wells Community Association purchased Spanish Wells Golf & Country Club in line with its mission to protect open space and increase home values. Following the acquisition, Billy Casper Golf was retained to operate the club.

In addition to 27 player-friendly holes, Spanish Wells boasts a practice facility featuring an aqua driving range, pitching and chipping area, separate practice area for sand play, and a large putting green. Its 32,000 square-foot clubhouse overlooks the majestic golf course panorama and iconic fountain, and its subtle luxuries create the perfect gathering place for family, friends and neighbors.

A significant update to the clubhouse is the renovated kitchen designed to enhance the culinary experience. Another commitment to quality dining is the recent hiring of award-winning Executive Chef Scott Savage.

As part of its endeavor to create memorable member experiences, Spanish Wells recently launched a diverse programming calendar. Highlights include golf lessons and clinics for all skill levels; dancing events; trivia, karaoke and bingo nights; tennis, bocce and card players associations; daily fitness classes; swimming events; and other athletic and social activities.

Full club, sports and social, social and dining memberships are available.

More information: www.spanishwellscountryclub.com, 239.992.5100.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

FootJoy Introduces New FJ 1857 Collection

An Assortment of Footwear and Apparel That Sets a New Standard for Luxury Golf Performance

(Fairhaven, MA) – Introducing the FJ 1857 Collection, a new line from FootJoy that celebrates the brand’s time honored commitment to crafting the finest golf footwear, apparel and gloves of incomparable quality and design.

FootJoy’s brand history dates back to 1857 when a young man named Fredrick Packard broke away from his father’s boot workshop to establish his own shoe business. His steadfast dedication to innovation, quality and style soon intersected with a love for the game of golf and the FootJoy line of premium performance golf footwear was born. The FJ 1857 Collection honors this heritage while setting a new standard for luxury performance for golf.

“FootJoy has a storied history of excellence in product design and innovation, from the Classics line that was, at one point, virtually the only shoe worn on the PGA Tour and at the top clubs around the world, to the iconic DryJoys franchise that revolutionized all-weather footwear to the Pro/SL category that is currently the hottest shoe on Tour,” said Chris Lindner, President, FootJoy. “1857 celebrates FJ’s deep-rooted history in the game with a timeless collection of luxury footwear and apparel for today’s most discerning golfers.”

The process for creating the FJ 1857 footwear line is the same today as it was 160 years ago when FootJoy was making footwear in Brockton, MA. Through a partnership with a family-owned factory in Europe, FJ utilizes a 150-step shoemaking process for creating world-class Goodyear welted footwear. 1857 footwear models feature hand-selected premium Italian calfskin leathers, leather outsoles, full leather linings, suede heel pockets and cork-layered fit-beds for molded, custom comfort.

The debut 1857 footwear line will feature several iconic cleated golf styles, including the timeless saddle and wing tip patterns. The full leather outsoles feature a distinctive FJ 1857 stamp as well as Pulsar LP cleats with metal threads for a stable underfoot platform.

Luxury off course dress shoes are also available, including popular straight tip, double monk strap, blucher wing tip patterns and three all-over genuine suede wingtips in red, blue and grey.

The full collection of footwear will be offered in alpha sizing and built on the popular Aintree last, the same last used in FJ Classics, which features a rounded toe character, standard fit across the forefoot, instep and heel.

The FJ 1857 apparel line combines elevated constructions and premium materials with timeless, iconic styling. The collection is designed to meet the needs of the most discerning golf consumer both on and off the course. The premium golf knits are available in a variety of styles, colors and patterns, constructed using a supima cotton-based performance blend to optimize comfort and style.

An assortment of high-grade 100% cashmere sweaters are offered in several silhouettes for essential layering, in addition to outer layer items that blend function and premium styling. Wool blend trousers provide the perfect complement for 1857 footwear and apparel both on and off the course.

Complementing the apparel for wear on the golf course is a range of long sleeve woven shirts in a variety of essential patterns as well as several outerwear options. The 1857 apparel collection is completed with a meticulously constructed quilted stretch woven barn coat that is finished with red accented seam taping on the interior.

The final piece of the FJ 1857 Collection is a supple genuine Pittards® leather golf glove manufactured to the enduring standards that have made FJ the #1 glove in golf for over 30 years.  Featuring ultra-soft, Tour-grade vanilla leather, supple leather binding, and precision stitching, the glove is packaged in a collector’s edition case that includes an exclusive FJ 1857 coin ball marker.

The 1857 Collection is available at select golf shops and www.fj1857.com.

The Westin Mission Hills Raising Funds for Folds of Honor with Annual Desert Patriot Golf Tournament

Do Some Good While Traveling on Veteran's Day in Greater Palm Springs

(RELEASE) - The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa is honoring Veteran’s Day this year with their 4th Annual Desert Patriot Golf Tournament November 10, 2018. Presented by General Air Conditioning and Plumbing, The Westin Mission Hills will be hosting the event to raise funds for Folds of Honor, a foundation that helps children and spouses of fallen and disabled service members while serving. Players are encouraged to show their appreciation for first responders and military personnel by helping raise funds for this great cause while having some fun at the golf course.

The golf tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. One active duty service member will be paired with every group on the course using a “Drop Out Scramble” format. Event inclusions include tee gifts for all players, silent auctions before and after the event, a Hole-in-One car give away and post event lunch and awards. Team and individual prizes will be awarded.

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa is home to two award winning golf courses. The Pete Dye Resort Course’s challenging, yet forgiving design and the Gary Player Signature Course’s friendly layout each deliver the finest golf experience in the Greater Palm Springs area. This tournament will be played on the Gary Player Course. Registration fee is $175 per person.

Register Today at www.playmissionhills.com or call 760.328.3198. For more information, visit www.westinmissionhills.com.

USGA’s New Interpretation of Rule 4.3 Reaffirms Legality of StrackaLine Greens Guides

(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) - After a six-week period of review, the United States Golf Association’s new interpretation of Rule 4.3 (use of equipment) reaffirmed the legality of using StrackaLine’s industry leading greens guides during competitive and recreational play.

The USGA, in conjunction with the R&A, initially proposed severe restrictions on the type of information - both printed and written - that could be included in yardage books, but after consulting with players, coaches and stakeholders, a revised rule will go into effect January 1, 2019.

The new rule places limitations on the size of books and the scale size of the image of a green, but those limitations will have negligible impact on StrackaLine as the company was building its books within those specifications prior to the announcement of the rule.

The new rule won’t place any restrictions on information that relates to slope so long as the greens images fits within the scale and book size limitations. There will also be no limitations to the type of notes players and caddies are able to record in yardage books.

Golf’s governing bodies did prohibit the magnification of putting green information and providing players a recommended line of play based on hole location, but neither of those regulations impact StrackaLine’s standard greens guides.

“It’s a credit to the USGA and R&A to conduct a comprehensive review process that got input from all the stakeholders,” said Jim Stracka, president of StrackaLine. “We look forward to working with the USGA to make sure our customers are using compliant books for their events.”

StrackaLine’s quality and accuracy 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 900+ courses scanned, including some of the nation's most prominent layouts. Use of the greens guides at the highest levels of the game has surged and the company now counts nearly every Division I golf program 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, all information that will continue to be legal.

Professional usage has helped drive interest in StrackaLine Greens Guides, and the technology is just as valuable to "regular" amateur golfers hoping to improve their score.

For golf course owners and operators, the technology can be used to improve pace of play and help ensure quality course conditions. StrackaLine offers hole location software that allows superintendents to utilize a proprietary algorithm to help set hole locations.

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

Imperial Announces Partnership with Save Muny

(BOURBON, MO) - Imperial Headwear, the #1 headwear brand at private golf facilities as recently reported by the Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) in the Member Survey the last 4 consecutive years, announced a new e-commerce fundraising partnership with Save Muny.

Save Muny is an initiative dedicated to saving Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin, Texas from development. Save Muny aims to preserve Lions Municipal’s urban green space, civil rights history, and golf legacy for the enjoyment of future generations in the Austin community.

“Save Muny is excited and honored to have the support of Imperial as we move towards our goal,” said Noel Bridges, board member. “With every dollar raised as part of this limited edition release, Save Muny will invest in executing our final community outreach campaign.”

Imperial will offer a limited edition collection of custom Save Muny branded headwear and t-shirts on their website with a portion of the proceeds directed back to the Save Muny initiative.

“Imperial is pleased to be a small part of the Save Muny movement and to help increase public awareness about the course’s importance to the local community,” said Darren Schubert, Events & Key Account Manager at Imperial Headwear.

There will be four styles of headwear and one t-shirt option in the collection. Each product will showcase the classic Save Muny logo. Click HERE to view the entire Save Muny x Imperial Collection.

For more information about Imperial Headwear, visit imperialsports.com, contact your local sales representative or call (800) 950-1916.

NBC Sports' Johnny Miller Announces Retirement as Lead Golf Analyst

2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open in February Will be Miller’s Final 18th Tower Call

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – On the eve of 30 years as NBC Sports’ lead golf analyst, Johnny Miller has chosen to make his final 18th tower call at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open, which will be staged from Thursday, January 31 – Sunday, February 3.

“When NBC Sports approached me 30 years ago about a move to TV, I never could have imagined how it would lead to so many lasting relationships and countless memories made alongside a team of talented friends, both in front of and behind the camera,” Miller said. “I’m forever grateful to my family for their support during this fulfilling chapter of my life. As I say farewell to the 18th tower, I look forward to spending more time alongside my wife Linda, our children, and our 24 grandchildren. Soon it will officially be Miller time.”

Miller was named lead analyst of NBC Sports’ golf broadcast team in 1990 and quickly made his mark as the game’s most candid commentator, calling some of golf’s most memorable shots for the past three decades. Garnering eight Emmy nominations for “Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst,” Miller’s insight and frank approach have earned him both critical praise and viewer appreciation, as well as the respect and occasional raised eyebrow from those competing inside the ropes.

“When it comes to serving golf fans with sharp insight on what is happening inside the ropes, Johnny Miller is simply the gold standard,” said Tommy Roy, NBC Sports’ lead golf producer. “It has been an honor working with him, and while it might not be Johnny’s personal style, it will be fun to send him off at one of the PGA TOUR’s best parties at TPC Scottsdale.”

“Johnny Miller is the best golf analyst ever and he will be missed by millions of fans. Early in his career, he made a commitment to serve the fans by telling it like it is and for three decades he’s served those fans incredibly well,” said Mike McCarley, president, Golf, NBC Sports. “Whether they agree or disagree with Johnny, everyone wants to hear what he has to say. His unfiltered approach has not only been refreshing, but it’s what makes him great. He is a part of the fabric of NBC Sports, and as one of the most influential voices in golf, he will forever have a home here.”

“This truly marks the end of a broadcast era,” said Dan Hicks, NBC Sports’ play-by-play host, who – with Miller – owns the record for longest-tenured 18th tower tandem in broadcast golf (2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open marks 20 years). “Johnny changed the landscape of golf commentary and analysis with his unique, unfiltered and honest manner, which made for a deep connection with viewers at home. Johnny was always unpredictable, so there was never a dull moment with Johnny in the booth. To sit next to him will always remain one of the greatest honors I could ever have in this business.”

HIGHLIGHTS OF MILLER’S GOLF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Golf Career:
o World Golf Hall of Fame, inducted 1998
o 1973 U.S. Open: Miller shot a 63 in the final round at Oakmont Country Club to win. This was the lowest round to win a major championship until it was tied by Henrik Stenson at The Open in 2016.
o 1976 Open Championship: Miller beat Seve Ballesteros and Jack Nicklaus at Royal Birkdale en route to being named “Champion Golfer of the Year”
o 25-time PGA TOUR winner
o 1974 Player of the Year
o U.S. Ryder Cup wins in 1975, 1981
o Three-time World Cup participant, winning in 1973, ‘75
o Two-time All-American at Brigham Young University (1967-’68)
o Gold Tee Award from the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association (1996)
o Jack Nicklaus Golf Family of the Year Award, National Golf Foundation (1997)
o Northern California Golf Association Hall of Fame inductee (2013)
o Ambassador of Golf Award, Northern Ohio Golf Charities (2014)
o Memorial Tournament Honoree (2016)
Golf Broadcast Career:
o 29 PLAYERS Championships
o 20 U.S. Opens
o 14 Ryder Cups
o 9 Presidents Cups
o 3 Open Championships
o 2016 Rio Olympics
o First event: Bob Hope Desert Classic (January 18-21, 1990)
o Farewell event: Waste Management Phoenix Open, Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2019. Miller won the Phoenix Open in back-to-back years in 1974-‘75.
o 8-time Emmy Award nominee for “Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst”
o In 2019, 20 consecutive years Miller has sat next to Dan Hicks, NBC Sports play-by-play host, together sharing the record for the longest-tenured 18th tower tandem in broadcast golf.
o Prior to Hicks, Miller’s previous broadcast partners included Bryant Gumbel, Charlie Jones, Jim Lampley and Dick Enberg.
Biographical Information:
o Born and raised in San Francisco, resides in Utah
o Turned professional in 1969 after graduating from Brigham Young University
o Married to Linda Miller on Sept. 17, 1969.
o 6 children, 24 grandchildren
o Has contributed to the design of more than 30 golf courses, including Silverado Country Club in Napa, Calif., host of the PGA TOUR’s Safeway Open. Miller also serves as the event’s tournament host.

Moresand Group Announces Launch of Crystal Sports Travel

Crystal Sports Travel set to provide bespoke sports travel experiences expertly tailored to 
the luxury traveller

(London, United Kingdom) - The UK’s largest online travel portal and subsidiary of Moresand Ltd, Crystal Travel, has today announced the introduction of a specialist sports travel service, providing exhilarating long-haul travel experiences to sporting enthusiasts.

With a strong focus on luxury travel experiences tailored to golfers and sports fans, Crystal Sports Travel will allow holidaymakers to secure all aspects of their vacations via their state-of-the-art web portal at crystalsportstravel.com. A beta version of the site is now live, ahead of a full launch in the coming weeks.

Launching at the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), Crystal Sports Travel is already offering packages, including aspirational golf experiences to New Zealand, South Africa and Mauritius and sports experiences at US Open tennis, Superbowl LIII and horse racing’s Dubai World Cup 2019, providing examples of the high-end offer Crystal Sports Travel will become known for.

Crystal Travel Managing Director, PS Kang, said: “It is with great excitement that we today officially launch Crystal Sports Travel, a new service which will provide active participants in sport to combine their hobbies with luxury travel experiences.

“Our heritage in providing consumers with exceptional holiday packages through our relationships with the finest service providers, and the trust travellers place in Crystal Travel, has presented us with a huge opportunity to launch a brand we are confident consumers are going to love.”

Richard Mason, Director of Crystal Sports Travel, said: “More so than ever before, travellers are looking to combine their holidays with their favourite sporting pursuits, and Crystal Sports Travel is designed to cater to this trend.

“No one is better equipped to ensure golfers and sports fans are provided with the finest service, accommodation and experiences, and we envision Crystal Sports Travel becoming a go-to service for travellers seeking the very best in luxury sports travel.”

Crystal Travel is the leading pan-European flagship travel agency. It is the UK’s most used travel portal and offers a varied range of travel products that include airline tickets from more than 150 airlines, 65,000 hotels, holiday packages, car rentals, travel insurance and other travel extras.

For more information on Crystal Sports Travel, visit crystalsportstravel.com.

BIG MAX Reports Record Numbers of Young Golfers Benefitting from Using Push Carts

(RELEASE) - BIG MAX has been the #1 push cart brand in Europe for the past 15 years and has been steadily growing a loyal band of followers (or pushers) in the U.S. for the past four. In that time, the numbers of push carts seen on fairways across the country has increased hugely but now BIG MAX is reporting that the number of young golfers benefitting from the push revolution is beginning to match that of adult golfers.

“There are three clear advantages of using BIG MAX push carts and we’re seeing more young golfers benefitting from them than ever before,” comments Rick Oldach, CEO of BIG MAX USA. “Fatigue at the end of a round is reduced – there’s a reason you don’t see Pro’s carrying their own bags! Long-term stress on the body is reduced, and we’ve seen through several pieces of research that this is particularly important for young golfer’s developing bodies. And with BIG MAX you get the third benefit that when you are travelling to the course or on the team bus to a match, our Fold Flat technology keeps storage space to a minimum.”

The start of the push cart revolution in youth golf can be traced back to the 2014 NCAA Championship when the entire Stanford team, including eventual winner Cameron Wilson, turned out using push carts. It was clear that this team and their highly respected coach, Conrad Ray, saw a real performance advantage to pushing. This isn’t a new idea in Europe where virtually every one of the national junior teams push their equipment on a cart in competition.

This step change has been reflected in the growth of the BIG MAX college program and the brand’s partnership with the largest girls’ only golf tour in the United States, Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour (PKBGT), as Oldach continues, “19 colleges have taken up our Big Max College Program including the University of Oregon, University of California and Iowa State University. They are seeing the benefits of their athletes using push carts and the benefit of BIG MAX in the storage and transportation of our unique Fold Flat carts. It has been particularly satisfying to be the official push cart of the PKBGT this year as they are encouraging their players to push from a very young age, something they will benefit from for the rest of their lives.”

That view is borne out in the research that informed American Junior Golf Association’s ruling that push carts are approved for use in all junior competitions. After researching the issue they found that carrying heavy golf bags on the back and shoulder can contribute to back injuries and fatigue especially among younger players. Doctors concluded that when regularly carrying heavily weighted bags, especially when the bag’s weight comprises more than 20 percent of the golfer’s body weight, the possibility of injury to the lower back, shoulders and neck is increased. In addition, during developmental years, reducing the stress on the back is important in promoting the development of a healthier spine.

Oldach concluded, “Not only does using a push cart help you at the end of a single round, it will help young golfers long after they progress into the adult ranks. We’d obviously like to see BIG MAX carts on every fairway, but while we know not every cart will be a BIG MAX, we’re delighted to see more golfers pushing carts all over the country and to see more young people than ever before pushing a cart and enjoying their round in comfort.”

SubAir Systems Offers New Financing Options for Sports Turf Clients

(Graniteville, SC) – SubAir Systems announced a new 100% project financing opportunity for its sports turf clients. Through a partnership with PNC Equipment Finance, SubAir clients can now receive payment solutions, customized to meet budget objectives, with 24 to 60-month terms available on capital or operating leases for its SubAir Systems and TurfBreeze fans.  

The new program is available to all qualified SubAir customers, including public, private, and non-profit organizations. PNC reserves the right to approve financing at its sole discretion.

“This program allows turf managers to conserve cash for other needs,” said Jay Penney, President, SubAir Systems. “Soft costs such as destination charges, taxes, and other fees can be included in the financed amount to get systems into the ground more quickly and address turf needs in a more expeditious fashion.”

SubAir Systems is the leading designer, developer, and manufacturer of subsurface aeration and moisture management systems that moderate and control subsoil environmental conditions. Benefiting all types of grasses in most climates, SubAir Systems support the overall health of the turf, virtually eliminating diseases while maintaining the continuous, consistent growth of deep rooted, resilient, healthy green grass. These systems also reduce the need for re-sodding.

TurfBreeze Fans reduce heat stress on natural turf and can increase grass transpiration, cooling the plant internally and keeping it healthier overall.

For decades, sports turf managers unwilling to let Mother Nature play havoc with their turf conditions have turned to SubAir Systems and TurfBreeze Fans to provide aeration, moisture removal, and root zone temperature operations that allow the creation of optimal growing environments.

PNC Equipment Finance is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., with assets of more than $366 billion.

For additional information on SubAir Systems, access the web site at www.subairsystems.com.

Golf Life Navigators Launches Co-Branding Partnership with Golf Channel’s Golf Advisor

(NAPLES, Fla.) – Golf Life Navigators (GLN) – providing the only marketplace in the world for consumer-to-club connections – has entered into a strategic co-branding partnership with Golf Channel’s Golf Advisor.

Based in South Florida with an active presence across the U.S, GLN uses the unique algorithm of its automated online ProGuide³ questionnaire to create a stress-free targeted marketplace for “best-matched” potential members with golf and country club options in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina and South Carolina. GLN’s properties division identifies primary and secondary residences in golf and non-golf communities.

Golf Advisor is the leading digital destination for the avid, traveling golfer. Its engaged community shares first-hand experiences at thousands of courses worldwide. To date, golfers have submitted more than 800,000 reviews on more than 14,000 courses around the globe. Additionally, Golf Advisor has an expert editorial staff producing daily articles, newsletters, photo galleries, travel tips, “Best of” lists and more.

Through Golf Advisor’s robust content creation and promotion, GLN will tell its story to a wider audience of golfers, including those planning for retirement, researching personal and professional relocation, and / or seeking a coveted “snowbird” lifestyle. Golf Advisor’s editorial team will benefit from GLN’s rich data, helping to generate more compelling editorial content on emerging trends and insights into golf courses and communities.

Private clubs also will benefit from the content by discovering “actionable” information they can use to better their facility and service. This data also will help Golf Advisor users make more informed decisions when it comes to places to play, as well as places in which they are considering investing.

“The Golf Life Navigators model intrigued us and we feel it’s something that serves a substantial need within the private golf industry,” says Jeff Foster, senior vice president, GolfNow and Emerging Businesses. “Connecting our Golf Advisor brand to the Golf Life Navigators product will help power thousands of ProGuides for private club partners and further facilitate partnerships with private clubs on behalf of our RIDE procurement service.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with Golf Advisor as it will provide us valuable exposure to consumers considering a move to the Sun Belt states,” says Jason Becker, CEO of GLN. “It’s an incredible milestone for our company to have grown to the point where we’re now in partnership with a true industry leader like Golf Channel.”

GLN’s unique ProGuide³ has been referred to as “eHarmony meets Zillow for golf” and focuses on three crucial criteria when identifying “matching” clubs:  golf, amenities and lifestyle.  To date, more than 6,700 golfers completed the free, 10-minute questionnaire. From the results, up to six “best-matched clubs” are presented for consideration.

Monday, October 15, 2018

PING Introduces Sigma 2 Putters with Dual-Durometer Face and Adjustable-Length Shaft

PING Tyne 4 Putter
(PHOENIX) - With a focus on a softer feel and lively response through multi-layer face technology, and a newly designed adjustable-length shaft, PING today introduced the Sigma 2 putter series. Available in 10 options, including the new, highly stable Fetch model that is designed with a golf-ball-pickup feature, the new putters are available for pre-order beginning today at authorized PING golf shops around the world.

“The Sigma 2 putters are engineered to bring a new level of performance and excitement to our putter line,” said John K. Solheim, PING President. “As we do with every product, we combined our extensive technical knowledge gathered over our nearly 60-year history with the needs of the everyday golfer. In the Sigma 2, along with the new face design that’s both very soft and responsive, this approach includes providing golfers the ability to customize their shaft length by introducing a simple and intuitive adjustable-shaft-length technology that is a standard feature of every putter in the line. Our research indicates 8 out of 10 golfers are playing the wrong-length putters and losing strokes as a result. That’s a staggering statistic to us and one we’ve made easy for golfers to solve with the Sigma 2. Golfers will see significant improvement in their putting consistency if they use a putter length customized to their game.”

Dual-Durometer Face
The soft, responsive face in the Sigma 2 putters is the result of an innovative dual-durometer PEBAX face material. The softer front layer ensures the precision necessary for shorter, delicate must-makes. The firmer back layer offers the solid feedback and distance control required for holing longer-range putts and improving overall consistency. Touch and pace are further improved with PING’s patented TR face pattern, which varies in depth and pitch to speed up off-center impacts for consistent ball speeds.

“Feel is difficult to quantify as there are a lot of opinions and preferences about how a putter should feel,” said Solheim. “The Sigma 2 has a very soft feel with a lively response, similar to a solid-face putter. It is designed for the golfer who prefers a putter on the softer side of the spectrum but with the response of a firm face, including more consistency on longer putts. By combining the two hardnesses of the PEBAX material and utilizing our TR face pattern, we’re providing a feel preference that appeals to a large segment of golfers while delivering the consistency golfers need to improve their ‘strokes gained: putting’ results.”

USGA-Conforming, Adjustable-Length Shaft
The adjustable-length shaft is lightweight, easy to use and sleekly concealed beneath the grip, allowing golfers to customize length between 32" and 36" to fit their stroke and posture. The process is quick and intuitive through the use of an adjustment tool that inserts into the top of the grip. One full turn causes approximately a ¼" adjustment up or down, and the grip remains perfectly aligned during the adjustment process.

“The adjustable shaft is just a really cool technology,” said Solheim. “Our engineers took a very complex technical challenge and simplified it for the benefit of golfers. It allows you to experiment with various lengths and ultimately self-fit yourself. You’re no longer limited to a specific length measurement. You simply adjust it until you’re comfortable, ideally with your eyes directly over the ball. We call it ‘invisible’ technology but once you customize it to your length, the results will be very clear on your scorecard.”

PING Pistol Grip Options
Three proprietary PING grip designs allow golfers to dial in their optimal fit and feel. Listed from smallest to largest diameter: The PP60 is midsize and lightweight, designed to fit the contours of the hands with flats on the top and sides. Slightly heavier, the PP61 has an exaggerated pistol shape and is inspired by the popular PP58 grip. The PP62, while still lightweight, has a larger, more rounded shape to promote quieter hands.

Putter Model Descriptions
Anser
The Anser is the winningest model in PGA Tour history, and its newest iteration has the traditional heel-toe ballasts that boost MOI, plus pleasing contours, a clean top rail and simple alignment line. The blade design and medium head weight make this putter proficient from any distance. The mid-hang balance targets players with a moderate rotation in their stroke, and thus fits a large percentage of golfers.
Putter Type: Blade
Finish: Platinum or Stealth
Adjustable-Length Shaft: 32" to 36" range
Head Weight: 350g
Stroke Type: Slight Arc
Lie Angle: 20° ±4°
Loft: 3° ±2°
U.S. MSRP: $215

ZB 2
The ZB with a modern twist. The deeper center cavity and heel-toe weighting increase moment of inertia by more than 25% in this new model and make it as forgiving as an Anser. The heel-shafted weighting is engineered to fit players with more rotation in their stroke and those who have a pull tendency. This putter’s blade design and medium head weight provide versatility from anywhere on the green.
Putter Type: Blade
Finish: Platinum
Adjustable-Length Shaft: 32" to 36" range
Head Weight: 350g
Stroke Type: Strong Arc
Lie Angle: 20° ±4°
Loft: 3° ±2°
U.S. MSRP: $215

Arna
Inspired by the timeless design of the Anser, this mid-mallet model features a flow-style hosel that complements the head’s soft arc shape and compact profile. The 360-gram head weight ensures stability on shorter putts while offering distance control on lag putts. The mid-hang balance fits golfers with a moderate rotation in their stroke.
Putter Type: Mid-Mallet
Finish: Stealth
Adjustable-Length Shaft: 32" to 36" range
Head Weight: 360g
Stroke Type: Slight Arc
Lie Angle: 20° ±4°
Loft: 3° ±2°
U.S. MSRP: $215

Kushin C
This center-shafted model with added emphasis to the toe and heel ballasts will appeal to golfers drawn to the visual symmetry and stability of a face-balanced design. Prominent ball-width alignment features and micro-lines on the center cavity allow for easy alignment. The 360-gram weight and center-shaft design keep the head very stable on short putts in particular. The face-balanced design is optimized for players with very little rotation in their stroke or a push tendency.
Putter Type: Mid-Mallet
Finish: Platinum
Adjustable-Length Shaft: 32" to 36" range
Head Weight: 360g
Stroke Type: Straight
Lie Angle: 20° ±4°
Loft: 3° ±2°
U.S. MSRP: $215

Fetch
PING Fetch Platinum Putter
A distinctive golf-ball-size center hole in this new design allows you to pick up the ball or remove it from the cup with the putter head and not have to bend down. This circular shape allows for efficient perimeter weighting, creating an extremely high MOI for a putter its size. Its 365-gram head is extremely stable on shorter putts. The face-balanced design works well with players who have little rotation in their stroke or a tendency to push putts.
Putter Type: Mallet
Finish: Platinum
Adjustable-Length Shaft: 32" to 36" range
Head Weight: 365g
Stroke Type: Straight
Lie Angle: 20° ±2°
Loft: 3° ±2°
U.S. MSRP: $235

Tyne
Boasts a PGA Tour-winning design, back by popular demand for its stability and ease of alignment. New micro-lines visible from address provide added texture and a contrast that amplifies the ball-framing and parallel alignment. The 365-gram head stays extremely stable on short putts and delivers ample feel for longer attempts. The Tyne can be custom built as face-balanced or mid-hang to be optimized for straight or slight-arc stroke types.
Putter Type: Mallet
Finish: Stealth
Adjustable-Length Shaft: 32" to 36" range
Head Weight: 365g
Stroke Types: Straight, Slight Arc
Lie Angle: 20° ±2°
Loft: 3° ±2°
U.S. MSRP: $235

Tyne 4
The stability and ease of alignment of the original Tyne are re-created in this heel-shafted version. The heavier 370-gram head is optimized for a smoother stroke tempo and designed to improve consistency, especially on shorter putts. The short hosel offers a distinctive – and popular – look at address, and the heel-shafted balance is particularly effective for golfers with more rotation in their stroke or a pull tendency.
Putter Type: Mallet
Finish: Platinum
Adjustable-Length Shaft: 32" to 36" range
Head Weight: 370g
Stroke Type: Strong Arc
Lie Angle: 20° ±4°
Loft: 3° ±2°
U.S. MSRP: $235

Wolverine H
Its angular shape combines with ball-shape geometries and a long alignment line to simplify aiming for improved accuracy. To promote consistency, the heavier 370-gram mallet head provides a very high moment of inertia for extreme forgiveness, especially on shorter putts. The mid-hang balance ensures better all-round performance for a wide range of golfers.
Putter Type: Mallet
Finish: Stealth
Adjustable-Length Shaft: 32" to 36" range
Head Weight: 370g
Stroke Type: Slight Arc
Lie Angle: 20° ±4°
Loft: 3° ±2°
U.S. MSRP: $235

Valor
A new model, this high-MOI mallet features a uniquely designed heel-toe ballast profile that contributes to its incredible stability and ease of aiming, with help from a long, contrasting alignment line. On shorter putts in particular, the added stability of the heavier 365-gram design offers a big performance advantage. This putter can be custom-built as either a face-balanced or mid-hang design to be optimized for golfers with almost any stroke type.
Putter Type: Mallet
Finish: Stealth
Adjustable-Length Shaft: 32" to 36" range
Head Weight: 365g
Stroke Types: Straight, Slight Arc
Lie Angle: 20° ±2°
Loft: 3° ±2°
U.S. MSRP: $235