Friday, August 17, 2018

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Jennifer Kupcho Wins Mark H. McCormack Medal as Leading Female Amateur

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. and ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND) – Jennifer Kupcho, 21, of Westminster, Colo., has won the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the leading player in the women's 2018 World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR). With the honor, Kupcho will be awarded exemptions into the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open and Women’s British Open, if she remains an amateur.

Kupcho had a fantastic year, winning the 2018 NCAA Division I individual championship as well as earning a place on the USA Curtis Cup Team. A rising senior at Wake Forest University, Kupcho earned five collegiate wins, including an NCAA Regional victory, while setting the school record with a 70.6 scoring average during her junior year. Additionally, Kupcho spent five weeks as the No. 1 player in WAGR and spent most of the past two years ranked in the top three.

“It’s a really big honor to get this medal,” said Kupcho. “Obviously it’s been a long stretch of hard work, and it’s great to see it pay off and to have the pride of coming out on top. I’m looking forward to the next college season.”

Kupcho is the first Wake Forest women’s golfer to be awarded the Honda Sport Award, presented annually by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) to top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. She earned first-team WGCA All-American honors for the second straight year, and was one of three finalists for the ANNIKA Award, annually given to the most outstanding women’s player of the year. Earlier this summer, Kupcho finished T16 at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic.

After posting a 3-1-1 mark in the USA’s Curtis Cup victory at Quaker Ridge Golf Club, Kupcho has also been selected by the USGA to represent the USA in the 2018 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship at Carton House near Dublin, Ireland, later this month.

The USGA and The R&A co-award the McCormack Medal annually. It is named after Mark H. McCormack, who founded sports marketing company IMG and was a great supporter of amateur golf.

“On behalf of the USGA, our most sincere congratulations to Jennifer Kupcho for earning the esteemed McCormack Medal,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director of Championships. “Not only has Jennifer put together a remarkable individual season, highlighted by her NCAA Championship win, but she also represented the USA with respect, talent and passion during the Curtis Cup Match. We look forward to watching her do the same as a member of our World Amateur Team.”

“Jennifer has produced a very high standard of golf over the past year and her excellent results make her a worthy winner of the McCormack Medal,” said Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development at The R&A. “She is following in the footsteps of a number of outstanding woman golfers and we would like to congratulate Jennifer on this fantastic achievement.”

The World Amateur Golf Ranking, which is supported by Rolex, was established in 2007 when the men’s ranking was launched. The men’s ranking encompasses more than 2,700 counting events, ranking 6,200 players from 106 countries. The women’s ranking was launched in 2011 and has a calendar of more than 1,850 counting events with more than 2,850 ranked players from 78 countries.

Golf 'Majors' Odds and Prop Bets for 2019

(RELEASE) – The return of Tiger Woods and a host of talented young players has made golf’s four Majors must-see TV.  With three unexpected players winning the four Majors this year,  the odds-makers at www.SportsBettingDime.com have set the lines for 2019 by installing Dustin Johnson (11/4), Jordan Spieth (3/1), Brooks Koepka (4/1) Rory McIlroy (4/1), Justin Thomas (9/2), Rickie Fowler (9/2) Jon Rahm (5/1) and Tiger Woods (5/1) as favorites to add a “Major” to their resumes.

The odds-makers have also given Tiger Woods 5/6 odds to miss the cut at a Major or play in the final group on a Sunday in a Major.  Additionally, you can get 2/1 odds on Tiger leading a Major after any of the 16 rounds in 2019.  The odds-makers are not convinced that the trend of first-time winners will continue, offering very generous 7/1 odds that there is at least one first-time winner in 2019.

Here’s a look at the “Major” odds for 25 of the top players from the odds-makers at www.SportsBettingDime.com.

ODDS TO WIN A MAJOR IN 2019
“Oldies But Goodies” (previous major winners)
Dustin Johnson: 11/4
Jordan Spieth: 3/1
Rory McIlroy: 4/1
Justin Thomas: 9/2
Tiger Woods: 5/1
Jason Day: 13/2
Justin Rose 10/1
Phil Mickelson: 13/1
Bubba Watson: 15/1
Sergio Garcia: 16/1
Adam Scott: 19/1

Repeat Performers (to win any Major)
Brooks Koepka: 4/1
Patrick Reed: 9/1
Francisco Molinari: 14/1

Welcome to the Club (first-time Major winner)
Rickie Fowler: 9/2
Jon Rahm: 5/1
Tommy Fleetwood: 7/1
Hideki Matsuyama: 9/1
Paul Casey 11/1
Alex Noren: 14/1
Xander Schauffele: 33/2
Matt Kuchar: 17/1
Tony Finau: 20/1
Bryson DeChambeau: 21/1
Kevin Kisner: 35/1

Odds all four major champions are first-time major winners: 40/1

Odds none of the four major champions are first-time major winners: 7/1

Odds Tiger Woods misses the cut of a major in 2019: 5/6

Odds Tiger Woods plays in the final group on a Sunday at a major in 2019: 2/1

Odds Tiger Woods is the leader or co-leader after any of the 16 major rounds in 2019: 5/6

Learn more at SportsBettingDime.com.

Is Your Golf Gear Ready Whatever the Weather?

(RELEASE) - With record temperatures and record rainfall, is your gear ready whatever the elements throw at it?

Whether you’ve been sweating through the hottest July on record in California, swimming in the wettest July on record in Pennsylvania, or combining the two in Arizona which has had both above average temperatures and rainfall, one thing is for sure, the weather in 2018 has been far from normal.
And it’s not just this year. Since 2015 every state in the U.S. has experienced above average annual temperatures, with a large proportion coupling that with above average rainfall. It seems the only thing we can predict at the moment is that the weather will be unpredictable!

But golf goes on. And while the changeable weather might put off a few, the rest of us are out there on all but the hottest or wettest days doing our best to enjoy the game.

So what does the changing weather mean for golfers? And how can choosing the right gear help them get the best out of their game?

“The unpredictability of the weather isn’t just a challenge for golfers,” comments Ralf Niesing, head designer for golf bag specialists BIG MAX USA. “As golfers are faced with changing conditions we need to make sure that our equipment will function at its best whatever the weather.”

“Over the past five years our focus has been on developing the best water-proof and water-resistant bags on the market but that can’t be at the expense of practicality when the sun comes out. Very few golfers have the luxury of having a wet weather set up so as designers we need to make sure that whatever conditions a golfer wakes up to, their equipment is ready to perform.”

But with so many variations in the weather the ‘Goldilocks’ combination of equipment that is ‘Just Right’ whatever the weather is a puzzle that is very hard to solve.

“You have to start with the golfer and their needs, but those needs will differ depending on their location and certainly more often these days, on the way the weather is behaving. So a manufacturer’s target has to be to provide the best solutions for any variations. Take for instance our two bag lines – Dri Lite and Aqua. Aqua is 100% waterproof with sealed seams and waterproof zippers. It has a hydrostatic rating of 10,000 meaning 10,000mm of rain can fall on it in 24 hours and it will stay dry inside. Dri Lite has all of those features without the seam sealing, so it carries a rating of 2000. In most situations our Dri Lite bags will keep out average rainfall, but if you are likely to be playing courses in areas prone to downpours, like Bandon Dunes, I’d suggest the Aqua every time. If you are in an area where you get occasional rain or if you want to be protected just in case, then Dri-Lite is the line for you.”

Niesing continues, “So we have two lines that lead the field in waterproof technology, but we don’t want to be the ‘waterproof bag’ company. To make sure of that, we have to think about practicality in hot weather that doesn’t compromise our wet weather performance. So we take care to pick materials which can resist extreme temperatures and remain durable under the stress of the heat. This goes for our colours too. Our bright European styling is one of our most recognisable design points so we have to work out ways that minimise fading in direct sunlight. Out of these different needs we developed our unique waterproof material that is incredibly lightweight, durable in rain and sunshine, washable if it gets muddy or dusty and keeps its colour whatever the weather.”

“They say that necessity is the mother of invention and I do truly believe that we as manufacturers will have to accomodate climate fluctuations more and more in our designs over the coming years. The trends are there to see, so if we want to continue in our aim of making a golfers life on the course easier and more enjoyable we have to be increasingly creative in our solutions to the problems that they face. So far I think we have done a great job at BIG MAX but rest assured, we’re already working on the next generation of products that are led by golfers‘ needs and among the leading manufacturers I don’t think we’ll be alone in thinking that climate will be an important part of those next steps.“

For more information on BIG MAX wether proof innovations visit https://us.bigmaxgolf.com

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Five Troon Privé-Managed Clubs Earn "Distinguished Club" Honors By Boardroom Magazine

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Five Troon Privé-managed clubs have been named “Distinguished Club” award winners as determined by the annual Distinguished Clubs award program conducted by BoardRoom magazine, one of the most respected trade publications serving private clubs. BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina; Columbus Country Club in Columbus, Ohio; Manchester Country Club in Bedford, New Hampshire; and Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose, California are all recipients of the prestigious award.

BoardRoom magazine’s entirely merit-based Distinguished Clubs award program uses a club-specific rating system that recognizes the club, its management, and its staff based on a proprietary criteria and evaluation process that distills and measures a club’s Member Experience. As such, the rating system used by Distinguished Clubs is different from any that has come before, and with it, the private club industry now has the means to identify the top private clubs based on the most important aspect: Member Experience.

"We are proud of all of the great work at our Clubs this past year,” said Rob DeMore, president, Troon Privé. “It’s an honor to have five clubs named to this year’s Distinguished Club list. We look forward to seeing more of our Troon Privé Clubs added in the years ahead.”

As defined by Distinguished Clubs, “Member Experience” is that special combination of “Qualities” that a private club provides its members. It is not just the quality of service, or of the facilities, or of the product provided, it is also the quality of the staff and of the management, as well as the overall club governance they deliver. The most important quality, however, is the quality of the intangible.  While difficult to measure, the latter is comprised of those magic moments experienced, the members befriended, the memorable events and famous tournaments attended, as well as the club traditions, history, and heritage proudly recognized.

Boardroom magazine developed the Distinguished Clubs award program to recognize and share – with the private club industry as a whole – what it is that Distinguished Clubs do differently, and to do so with the specific goal of improving the Member Experience at every private club, and thereby helping to preserve the institution of private clubs for many future generations.

Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon, manages more than 80 private clubs around the world, half of which are member owned. Members of Troon Privé-managed clubs have exclusive access to extraordinary golf and lifestyle benefits around the world. Qualified members receive reciprocal access to other private clubs in the portfolio at a preferred Privé Privilege rate, and tee times at Troon Golf-managed resort and daily fee facilities around the world through the Troon Advantage program. All members can choose to receive Troon Privé Connect, Troon’s digital magazine developed specifically for the private clubs, as well as access to experience packages through Privileged Connections and premium tickets to sporting and concert events at the best price.

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

Getting to Know: Henry Wallmeyer, President & CEO of National Club Association

American Golfer: When did you start playing golf?
Henry Wallmeyer: I got started later in life with golf. My parents never played, so I didn’t grow up with the game. Baseball and basketball were my sports through high school. I graduated from Villanova University with a business degree, and I realized that knowing how to play golf would be beneficial for my business career. I purchased my first set of clubs with graduation money and little did I know that I would ultimately end up in a profession that is so closely tied to golf—but I am sure glad I did.

Henry Wallmeyer
AG: What is the role of the National Club Association?
HW: The National Club Association protects and advances the well-being of private clubs. NCA advocates to policymakers on behalf of clubs to pass laws and regulations that are beneficial to the interests of private clubs and to stop efforts that hinder the industry. We also provide clubs with much needed educational resources in a wide variety of areas that help them succeed, such as governance best practices, strategic planning, capital financing, wage and hour guidance and trends affecting the industry, among others. 

- One misperception is that private clubs only benefit their members. Not true?

Private clubs do much more than provide a third home to members. It’s estimated that private clubs provide more than half a million jobs across the United States, contribute more than $3.75 billion in taxes, and add $21.5 billion to the economy each year.

Many private clubs are also very philanthropic and community-oriented, much like their members. Clubs rally behind their members who host charity events, golf tournaments, food drives, toy donations and other initiatives in support of good causes that impact the community. Many clubs also have foundations and offer scholarships, particularly through caddie scholarship programs.

For instance, The Union League of Chicago has a culture that values members’ engagement in public life. The club’s programs, committees and policies reveal a commitment to understanding and advancing public policy issues and community life. For more than 95 years, the Union League Club has served as an affiliate member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, serving the after-school development needs of at-risk youth in Chicago.

For staff, clubs are a terrific place of employment. Salaries at private clubs tend to be much higher than comparable positions at area businesses and employee turnover is much lower, with about half of private clubs reporting less than 15 percent rate of turnover according to a recent National Club Association/McMahon Group survey.

- How are private clubs helping grow the game of golf?

Golf clubs are introducing new, innovating programming that broadens the appeal of the game. For example, Medinah Country Club’s Golf For Life program installs tee boxes on every hole that players can select based on their skills. (New England Golf Monthly).

Midland Country Club in Midland, Mich. has a world-class indoor golf facility equipped with simulators and hitting bays merged with advanced technology that tracks a golfer’s performance—offering players the ability to improve their game year-round, no matter the weather. The club also provides Wednesday evening classes for women who are new players and a strong junior program.

At the Country Club of Fairfax (Va.), its Wine and Golf program has increased women’s play by providing a low-stress introduction to golf that includes on-course instruction and coaching, fun and a focus on meeting other members.

AG: Another belief is that course - both public and private - are bad for the environment. Please dispel.
HW: The environment is central to the mission and success of private clubs, particularly those that offer golf. As such, private clubs tend to be very proactive when it comes to sustainability and, in fact, clubs are much more environmentally-friendly than the typical homeowner. A recent National Club Association/McMahon Group survey of private clubs found that 74 percent pursue sustainable practices, and the typical club spends nearly $50,000 each year to promote sustainability. Like many environmentally-friendly businesses, private clubs use a variety of traditionally sustainable practices and environmentally safe products and recycled materials in their operations. In an integrated and far-reaching approach to resource management, Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va., constructed a LEED Silver Certification clubhouse.

Many clubs also practice hyper-local food sourcing, such as the Jonathan Club’s rooftop garden in Los Angeles, which produces $100,000 worth of ingredients each year, and Medinah Country Club’s USDA-certified chicken coop and organic garden and maple syrup program, which taps trees on the Illinois property. Clubs also participate in advanced environmental programs like Audubon International’s Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf. Pine Valley Golf Club (#1 rated golf club in America according to Platinum Clubs) was certified in 1999 and Congressional Country Club (#1 rated country club) was certified in 2011.

AG: Are private clubs antiquated, relics of the past?
HW: Today’s private club is more reflective than ever of the values and interests of most active Americans. It’s more family-oriented and focused on fun, health and wellness. The entire family can enjoy a wide range of offerings, including pool-based activities, game nights, themed parties and other family events. Many clubs offer junior sports camps for children to play golf, tennis or swim. Coffee-shop cafes, youth rec rooms and spa amenities also make clubs a destination to serve all members of the family.

Denver Country Club has a family focus on youth training for team sports and Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club provides families with fitness and kids yoga classes, cooking lessons, magic shows and a “tween” dance social. 


And today’s private clubs are more committed to promoting members’ health and wellness as well. That may include exercise studios, spas, physical therapy, private trainers and nutrition programs, and it extends to the clubhouse menu, with many clubs offering healthier food choices.

AG: What’s your “dream foursome” (living or dead, golfer or non-golfer)?
HW: I never got the opportunity to meet either of my grandfathers because they both passed away before I was born, so if this foursome gives me the opportunity to meet them, then they are definitely in. I would round out the foursome, at the risk of the “Error of Recency,” with Jay Wright, head basketball coach at Villanova. I would love to get insight on building a championship culture to win the 2016 and 2018 national championships—and to also let him know I still have a few years of eligibility left if he needs me to come off the bench.

AG: What course tops your “bucket list” to play?
HW: I get this question, or a variation of this question, a lot—whether it is what course I want to play or what is my favorite club. I respond by saying that as the head of an association representing the most prestigious clubs and courses, it is like asking me to pick my favorite child. And like with my kids, I don’t care which course I am playing, as long as I am playing.

Learn more about the National Club Association at www.nationalclub.org.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Actor/Comedian Kevin Nealon Joins "Feherty," Monday

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Actor/comedian Kevin Nealon (Saturday Night Live) will join David Feherty on his self-titled, Emmy-nominated series Feherty presented by Farmers Insurance®, Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

Filmed at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles last month, the episode will focus on numerous topics, including:
· Nealon discussing his start in comedy in Los Angeles, where he worked as a bartender and filled in for comics who failed to show up for their act.
· Reminiscing about his appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1984.
· Reflecting on his nine-year run as a cast member on Saturday Night Live.
· Recounting the time when his golf ball struck Adam Sandler during a round they were
playing while filming Happy Gilmore.
· Recalling time spent with Arnold Palmer during the filming of a commercial a few years ago.

The following Monday (Aug. 27), Feherty will be joined by 20-time LPGA Tour winner Cristie Kerr at 9 p.m. ET, and then on Monday, Sept. 3 (9 p.m. ET), major champion Jimmy Walker will join as a guest for the series’ season finale.

A two-time Emmy-nominated host (Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host) Feherty has been described as “golf’s iconoclast,” by Rolling Stone, and “the last unscripted man on TV,” by Men’s Journal. His all-star lineup of golf-enthused and culturally relevant guests feature celebrities from across entertainment, sports and politics. To date, Feherty has sat down with four U.S. Presidents (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump); sports legends Charles Barkley, Nick Saban, Stephen Curry and Bobby Knight; Hollywood icons Matthew McConaughey, Larry David and Samuel L. Jackson; World Golf of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson; and a host of current golf superstars including Paula Creamer, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Michelle Wie. Feherty is produced by Golf Channel’s original productions group, which also oversees production for Driver vs. Driver, Golf Films as well as the network’s instruction platforms.

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 will be available on footjoy.com soon.

Adare Manor Named 'Hotel of the Year 2018' at Virtuoso ‘Best of the Best Awards 2018’

Ireland’s 5-star castle and golf resort receives global recognition at world’s biggest luxury travel trade show

(Limerick, Ireland) – Five-star hotel and golf resort, Adare Manor, has been declared ‘Hotel of the Year 2018’ in the highly competitive and globally renowned Virtuoso ‘Best of the Best Awards 2018’.

The Awards ceremony took place last night in Las Vegas as part of Virtuoso Travel Week, which is the largest luxury travel trade show in the world, as Adare Manor scooped the most coveted award of the night.

It follows their recent successes at awards, which keep on coming and included a Golf Digest Editor’s Choice Award (‘Best Golf Resorts in GB and Ireland 2018’), as well as making it on Conde Nast Traveler’s ‘Hot List’ as one of the ‘Best New Hotels in the World’.  

Adare Manor reopened last November after an extensive restoration, refurbishment and expansion programme over 21 months, that has included a new Tom Fazio designed golf course.

The newly designed luxury resort now features a new 42-bedroom wing, bringing the total number to 104 bedrooms. The Spa at Adare Manor is Ireland and the UK’s first and only La Mer Spa, making it one of the eleven La Mer spas worldwide.

Adare Manor recently reopened its newly rebuilt, redesigned and remodeled golf course, which was led by world-renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio and is fast becoming regarded among the top golfing resorts in Europe and worldwide. This was followed by the opening of the stylishly relaxed dining experience at The Carriage House Restaurant, Terrace and Bar, which opened last spring.  

Commenting on another great achievement for the resort, Adare Manor’s CEO, Colm Hannon said: “The entire team at Adare Manor are absolutely delighted and very honoured to be voted ‘Hotel of the Year 2018’ by the most prestigous group of agents from around the world in the Virtuoso ‘Best of the Best Awards’. The international competition within the luxury ‘Hotel of the Year’ category was outstanding this year and it is with great pride that we bring this worldwide award back to Ireland and Limerick.

“We are delighted to receive this worldwide recognition, as it is testament to the wonderful resort we have here today and its special surroundings, which were meticulously restored and enhanced with newly designed features, following significant investment from its owners.

“I would like to say a very special thank you to every individual member of our team at Adare Manor, across all departments at the resort. We could not have achieved this extremely special award without the passion and absolute commitment to perfection that each person on our team demonstrates in the way that they welcome and take care of our guests every day.”

To find out more about Adare Manor visit www.adaremanor.com.

GustBuster Receives Best Golf Umbrella of 2018 honors from MyGolfSpy for Second Year in a Row

(Farmingdale, NY) - GustBuster, the World's Smartest Umbrella, is ALWAYS relevant and  ALWAYS newsworthy. GustBuster's unique wind-release technology and superior craftsmanship have been making headlines for years, and guess what...they've just done it again!

MyGolfSpy just announced that GustBuster has been chosen ... for the second year in a row ... as its Best Golf Umbrella of 2018.

Actually, GustBuster grabbed Top Honors (1st Place) with its 68-inch Golf Umbrella and 3rd Place with its 62-inch version.

According to MyGolfSpy, "The Gustbuster has been crowned "Best Umbrella of 2018" for the second year in a row. The 68-inch canopy is built to handle the toughest of on-course conditions. Although the Gustbuster is fully manual, it opens efficiently. Durability is again the Gustbusters strength as it can withstand winds of more than 55mph. The innovative bungee cord venting system that connects the canopies allows air to pass through the umbrella effectively and without damage."

Here's what MyGolfSpy had to say about GustBuster's 62-inch umbrella that finished in 3rd Place: "The 62-inch model is the little brother of our top-ranked model. It offers all the advantages of the larger version in a more compact design. Despite it's smaller size, the 62-inch model still provides enough coverage to keep you dry. The 62-inch model is a compelling offerings for golfers seeking a functional and durable umbrella with a more compact design."

"We're honored to be recognized by MyGolfSpy for the second year in a row with this award," said Steve Asman, President of GustBuster Umbrellas. "Again, I'd like to thank all the Tour Players, like the winner of the 2018 PGA Championship, who carry our umbrella as well as club pros worldwide that have helped make GustBuster a household name. This test by MyGolfSpy proves once again why GustBuster has been the #1 Umbrella in Golf and on the Tour for over 15 years now!"

GustBuster's patented wind-release vents and flow-through design can withstand winds of more than 55 M.P.H. making it the ultimate wind umbrella. It's the only UN-Flippable, UN-Flappable, UN-Leakable umbrella in the world. The joints and ferrule of the GustBuster are constructed of a combination of Ultra High-Density Poly-Carbonate, Carbonized Steel and Aluminum and won't break or turn inside-out. The GustBuster umbrella uses nylon that is a strong 190 thread per inch blend that won't tear, which is why it's backed by the manufacturer with a lifetime repair or replacement warranty. GustBuster has revolutionized the way we look at and design umbrellas. It's the World's Smartest Umbrella because of its superior technology.

For more information on GustBuster Umbrellas call (888) GUSTBUSTER or visit www.GustBuster.com.

3,200 Players Set to Compete in PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship

Players From 48 States, 26 Countries to Participate in 72-Hole Net, Stroke Play Event

(Myrtle Beach, S.C.) - The field is set for the PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship and 3,200 players from 48 states and 26 countries have registered to play in the 35th annual event.

The 72-hole, net stroke play tournament will be played August 27-31 on 55 of Myrtle Beach’s best courses. The player count represents a seven percent increase over 2017, providing the event a boost with the beginning of the “Everyman’s Major” just weeks away.

The game’s most inclusive event, the World Am places golfers in tightly bunched flight based on age, gender and handicap. After four rounds, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Championship Playoff on Friday, August 31 at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course, where a champion will be crowned.

South Carolina is sending a tournament high 317 players, followed by North Carolina (285), Florida (273), Texas (252) and Virginia (201). There will be a 190 international participants, including 46 Canadians and a record 45 Germans.

While the competition is initially what lures players to the bucket list event, it’s only part of what keeps them coming back. At the heart of the World Am’s appeal is the camaraderie among its participants and much of that kinship is fostered at the World’s Largest 19th Hole.

Each night of the event, the 19th Hole overtakes all 120,000-square feet of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, providing participants with free food and drinks, live entertainment, celebrity guest appearances, a golf expo and more.

Players will also receive a gift bag that perennially includes a logo’d hat, shirt, PGA Tour Superstore gift card and an assortment of other goodies.

For more information, visit www.MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com.

Billy Casper Golf Courses Deploy GolfNow's G1 Technology

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – GolfNow and Billy Casper Golf (BCG) have expanded their partnership, with a new focus on installations of the innovative cloud-based GolfNow One (G1) golf-course management platform at BCG owned and operated properties coast to coast.

Golf course owners and operators, including BCG, are touting G1 as the market’s most advanced all-in-one business management platform. Tee sheet, point-of-sale, social media, employee schedules, inventory, and other functions integral to efficient operations are managed via G1 by golf course staff, anytime and anywhere, from smartphones and tablets.

“Our partnership centers on a tailored G1 to meet current and future needs of our clients, Billy Casper Golf and interactions with golfers,” said Peter Hill, chairman and CEO of Billy Casper Golf, which manages more than 150 golf courses, country clubs and resorts. “After testing it at several properties, the time is right for a broader rollout.”

“This is a milestone for G1 and one of the world’s leading management companies, and it illustrates our collective commitment to improving golfers’ experiences,” said Jeff Foster, senior vice president, GolfNow. “This happens from the moment they decide to play through many touchpoints during their rounds, with innovative features that upgrade booking, check-in, payment and more. For example, G1 allows a golfer to check in and pay remotely, and proceed directly to the first tee upon arrival.”

Building on the more than 3,000 golf courses already using GolfNow’s various industry-proven technologies to run their operations, this latest evolution of G1 has been in high demand since its launch earlier this year. Currently, nearly 300 golf courses around the country have chosen to use the G1 technology platform to help them run their businesses more efficiently.

An important benefit of G1 for golf course operators who previously used locally installed software, is eliminating the need to manage updates manually and worry about server issues. The cloud-based G1 technology installs regular updates, new features and other improvements automatically, with no time or action required from golf course staff.

“Time and resources are a constant challenge for golf course operators, therefore we designed the G1 platform as a cloud-based technology that minimizes the need for courses to maintain their systems locally,” said Steve McElwee, chief technology officer, GolfNow.  “It’s a superior solution for individual courses and for multi-course operations to track a variety of management functions across entire portfolios.”

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Lexi's Return to Competition at the Indy Women in Tech Championship Highlights Golf Coverage

Final regular season event on the PGA TOUR at the Wyndham Championship;
25 PGA TOUR cards on the line at the WinCo Foods Portland Open

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Golf Channel will air live tournament coverage from five professional golf tours this week, the start of three consecutive weeks where all five tours will be in action on Golf Channel.

The LPGA Tour will be in Indianapolis this week for the Indy Women in Tech Championship, where defending champion Lexi Thompson returns to action after taking a few weeks off from competition.

The PGA TOUR is in Greensboro, N.C. for the Wyndham Championship, the final regular season event on the PGA TOUR schedule before the start of the FedExCup Playoffs. The top 125 in the FedExCup points standings at the end of this week earn PGA TOUR cards for the 2018-19 season and qualify for the first of four playoff events next week at The Northern Trust in New Jersey.

The Web.com Tour also stages its final regular season event this week in Oregon before the start of the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. The top-25 on the money list at the end of this week will be guaranteed PGA TOUR cards for the 2018-19 season.

The PGA TOUR Champions head to upstate New York for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, and the European Tour is in Sweden for the Nordea Masters.

LPGA Tour
Indy Women in Tech Championship
Dates: August 16-19
Venue: Brickyard Crossing Golf Course, Indianapolis, Ind.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Live on Golf Channel Digital)
Friday Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Live on Golf Channel Digital)
Saturday 5-7 p.m. (Live) / 4-7 p.m. (Live on Golf Channel Digital)
Sunday 5-7 p.m. (Live) / 4-7 p.m. (Live on Golf Channel Digital)

Broadcast Notes:
Bonus Streaming Coverage All Four Days: Golf Channel and the LPGA Tour will offer one hour of commercial-free bonus coverage Thursday-Sunday. Live coverage will begin one hour prior to television coverage all four days, streaming exclusively on the Golf Channel and NBC Sports mobile apps, Golf Channel Digital, as well as on Golf Channel and the LPGA's Facebook pages.

Caddy Knows Best with Pernilla Lindberg: Golf Channel will air its “Caddy Knows best” feature during Friday’s coverage with ANA Inspiration champion Pernilla Lindberg and her caddy (and fiancé), Daniel Taylor.

World Long Drive Winner Emily Tubert in the field: Emily Tubert, who on Monday claimed victory in her first-ever World Long Drive competition in Tennessee with a 322-yard drive in the finals, is in the field this week.
Lexi Thompson defends: Lexi Thompson returns to competition this week to defend her 2017 title, where she won by four strokes over Lydia Ko for her ninth career LPGA Tour win.

Headlining the field: Paula Creamer, Shanshan Feng, Brooke Henderson, Ariya Jutanugarn, Moriya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Lydia Ko, Pernilla Lindberg, Sung Hyun Park, Pornanong Phatlum, So Yeon Ryu and Lexi Thompson.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
- Play by Play: Grant Boone
- Analyst: Karen Stupples
- Tower: Tom Abbott
- On Course: Kay Cockerill/Jerry Foltz

PGA TOUR
Wyndham Championship
Dates: August 16-19
Venue: Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.. (Replay)
Saturday 1-2:45 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1-2:45 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)

PGA TOUR Live Streaming Airtimes (Eastern)
Thursday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.   Round 1 Featured Groups:
· Billy Horschel, Hideki Matsuyama, Brandt Snedeker
· Webb Simpson, Si Woo Kim, Sergio Garcia
Thursday 3-6 p.m.  Round 1 Featured Holes: 13th and 16th
Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.   Round 2 Featured Groups
· Daniel Berger, Jason Dufner, Bill Haas
· Henrik Stenson, Jhonattan Vegas, Ryan Moore
Friday 3-6 p.m. Round 2 Featured Holes: 13th and 16th
Saturday 1-6 p.m. Round 3 Featured Holes: 13th and 16th
Sunday 1-6 p.m. Final Round Featured Holes: 13th and 16th

Golf Central Pre and Post Round Coverage on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Thursday 2:30-3 p.m. / 9-9:30 p.m.
Friday 2:30-3 p.m. / 10-10:30 p.m.
Saturday 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. / 2:45-3 p.m. / 10-11 p.m.
Sunday 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. / 2:45-3 p.m. / 10-11 p.m.

Broadcast Notes:
Final Regular Season PGA TOUR Event: The Wyndham Championship is the final regular season PGA TOUR event for the 2017-18 wraparound season. The top-125 in the FedExCup points standings will earn PGA TOUR cards for the 2018-19 season and qualify for the first of four playoff events at the Northern Trust next week in New Jersey.

Stenson defends: Henrik Stenson captured his sixth career PGA TOUR win at this event in 2017 and will be in the field defending his title this week.

Headlining the field: Rafa Cabrera Bello, Ernie Els, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Davis Love III, Shane Lowry, Graeme McDowell, Dylan Meyer, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Henrik Stenson, Steve Stricker.
                                                                                                         
Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
- Play by Play: Steve Sands (Thursday/Friday); Whit Watson (Saturday/Sunday)
- Analyst: David Duval
- Tower: Frank Nobilo, Matt Gogel
- On-Course: Curt Byrum, Tripp Isenhour
- Interviews: Lisa Cornwell

WEB.COM TOUR
WinCo Foods Portland Open
Dates: August 16-19
Venue: Pumpkin Ridge Golf club (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 6-9 p.m. (Live)
Friday 8-10 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 7-10 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 7-10 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Top-25 on Money List Earn PGA TOUR Cards: The top-25 finishers on the Web.com Tour money list at the conclusion of this week will be guaranteed PGA TOUR cards for the 2018-19 season.

Final event before the Web.com Tour Finals: Next week, the four-week Web.com Tour Finals will begin with another 25 PGA TOUR cards at stake based on the performance of the players in the four events.

Headlining the field: Sam Burns, Cameron Champ, Max Homa, Scott Langley, Curtis Luck, Lee McCoy, Dicky Pride, Robby Shelton, Martin Trainer and Casey Wittenberg.

Golf Channel Tournament Broadcast Team:
- Play by Play: Steve Burkowski
- Analyst: Craig Perks
- Tower: Phil Blackmar
- On-Course: Gary Christian

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Dick’s Sporting Goods Open
Dates: August 17-19
Venue: En-Joie Golf Course, Endicott, N.Y.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday 6-8 p.m. (Tape delay)
Saturday 3-5 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 4-6 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
McCarron defends: Scott McCarron defeated Kevin Sutherland by one stroke at 20-under par to earn his fifth career PGA TOUR Champions win.

Headlining the field: Paul Broadhurst, John Daly, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Scott McCarron, Colin Montgomerie, Kenny Perry and David Toms.

Tournament Broadcast Team:
- Play by Play: Whit Watson (Friday); Bob Papa (Saturday, Sunday)
- Analyst: Lanny Wadkins
- Tower: John Mahaffey
- On-Course: Arron Oberholser / John Cook

EUROPEAN TOUR
Nordea Masters
Dates: August 16-19
Venue: Hills Golf & Sports Club, Gothenburg, Sweden

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Thursday 5-7 a.m. / 9 a.m.-Noon (Live)
Friday 5-7 a.m. / 9 a.m.-Noon (Live)          
Saturday 7-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 7-11:30 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes
Paratore defends: Renato Paratore defeated Matthew Fitzpatrick and Chris Wood by one stroke to earn his first career European Tour win.

Headlining the field: Thomas Bjorn, Freddie Jacobsen, Martin Kaymer, Chase Koepka, Dru Love, Thorbjorn Olesen, Renato Paratore, Hunter Stewart.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
- Host: Mike Ritz
- Play by Play: Dominik Holyer
- Analysts: Warren Humphreys, Anthony Hall
- On course: Graeme Storm

Golf Pride Trusted to Win Wanamaker Trophy and Grip Count at the 100th PGA Championship

(SOUTHERN PINES, N.C.) - Eaton announced that its Golf Pride Grips Division was the most used swing and putter grip brand during the centennial PGA Championship at the challenging Bellerive Country Club. With this year’s champion utilizing Golf Pride’s swing and putter grips, Golf Pride has now been used by 8 of the last 10 Wanamaker Trophy winners, with a noteworthy seven-year title streak.

At the close of 2018 Majors, the brand has earned a total of 86 swing grip wins with the closest competitor at 15 and Golf Pride’s putter grips have captured twice as many wins as the nearest competitor. The #1 Grip in Golf was played by 10 of 11 players who finished in the Top 10, and overall, 124 players competing in the season’s final major trusted their games to Golf Pride. Of the 20 PGA Professionals playing in the 2018 PGA Championship, a commanding 19 players relied on Golf Pride as they competed at the game’s highest level.

“It’s an incredible honor to have such a strong presence at the 100th PGA Championship among PGA Club Professionals and TOUR players alike, which is a testament to our focus on innovation, quality, and service,” said Brandon Sowell, global sales and marketing director for Golf Pride. “The meticulous detail that we put into our grip design and manufacturing is validated each week by the sheer number of TOUR pros choosing to play our grips without any endorsements. Equally rewarding are the usage numbers by PGA Professionals, those educators who re-grip for consumers and know the benefits their players can achieve by finding the right grip fit in the Golf Pride product line.”

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.

Volvik World Long Drive Player Justin James Victorious at Tennessee Big Shots

(ORLANDO, Florida) – Volvik congratulates Justin James on his victory Aug. 13 at the World Long Drive Association’s inaugural Tennessee Big Shots Benefiting Niswonger Children’s Hospital, held in Kingsport, Tenn. This was the first win of 2018 for James, of Jacksonville, Fla., who is ranked the No. 1 World Long Drive competitor in the world.

“We extend our congratulations to Justin James for his exciting victory,” said Don Shin, president of Volvik USA. “His exceptional skill was on full display.”

James, a Team Volvik Staff Member, hit his winning 396-yard blast using a Volvik VIVID XT ball, the official ball of the World Long Drive. Having finished first at last year’s Volvik World Long Drive Championship, James will defend his title at the 2018 event, to be held Aug. 30–Sept. at the WinStar World Casino & Resort on the Oklahoma/Texas border.

The Volvik VIVID XT golf ball delivers explosive power and distance. The four-piece premium ball features a matte finish that enhances focus. Its unique SF matte coating provides superior consistency and higher trajectory.

For more information, see volvik.com.

Emily Tubert, Justin James Win Inaugural 'Tennessee Big Shots' Event

Tubert Claims Victory in First-Ever World Long Drive Competition;
James Earns First Win of 2018 Three Weeks Before Defending World Championship

(KINGSPORT, Tenn.) – Emily Tubert (Burbank, Calif.) and Justin James (Jacksonville, Fla.) outlasted the field on Monday night in front of a standing-room only crowd at the World Long Drive Association’s inaugural Tennessee Big Shots benefiting Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

Tubert – an LPGA Tour player with conditional status – eclipsed Alexis Belton (Ruston, La.) in the Women’s Division final with a 322-yard drive on her fifth ball of the set in her first-ever World Long Drive competition. The Southern California native won’t have much opportunity to celebrate her first WLDA victory, as she’s planning to hit the road at 3:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday morning to drive straight to Indiana where she’ll squeeze in a practice round ahead of rejoining her LPGA Tour peers for the Indy Women in Tech Championship beginning on Thursday.

“There’s no rest for the weary,” Tubert said following her win. “This has helped me free up my swing. I’ve battled my demons, it’s been a rough year. But this was so much fun.”

On the men’s side, despite a successful year by many standards with multiple quarterfinal and semifinal appearances to-date, James ended his winless drought that dated back to the 2017 Volvik World Long Drive Championship; the same place where he’ll look to defend his title three weeks from Tuesday. James’ 396-yard blast in the final match was enough to get past the 393-yard drive of Kyle Berkshire (Orlando, Fla.).

“I just like to win,” James said following his first win of the season. “The people around me are really the story. That’s the reason I’m able to do what I do. I’m just an experiment. It’s always good to have a new venue like this. It’s the best crowd we’ve had all year, and I can’t wait to be back.”

“This is the reaction we’ve been waiting for all season from Justin James,” said Jonathan Coachman, play-by-play host for World Long Drive Association events on Golf Channel. “There is no need to apologize when you have emotion in this sport.”

The Tennessee Big Shots marks the penultimate WLDA competition of the year, with the season-culminating Volvik World Long Drive Championship taking place Aug. 30-Sept. 5. Golf Channel will showcase the conclusion of the World Championship live and in primetime under the lights beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 4-5, from WinStar World Casino & Resort on the Oklahoma/Texas border.

Stay, Play and Save at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

At Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, the end of summer allows golfers to save money through the resort’s numerous golf stay-and-play packages

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) — As the summer months slowly meander to a blissful completion, families and golfers are hoping to save money as they begin making plans for the fall season.

That means now is the time to begin planning your next visit to Hilton Head Island’s venerable Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

Palmetto Dunes features a trio of award-winning golf courses designed by three legends of the game — Robert Trent Jones Sr., Arthur Hills and George Fazio — along with one of the finest tennis and pickleball centers in the southeast, three miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beach, and more amenities and activities than can possibly be imagined.

Not to mention, Palmetto Dunes makes it easy and affordable to arrange an upcoming trip through numerous attractive packages.

The Golf Stay and Play Package features outstanding resort accommodations on Hilton Head Island plus two or three rounds of golf on your choice of three championship courses. This Hilton Head Island golf vacation package is completely customizable with accommodations and activities.

The Golf Stay and Play Package includes:
- 4 days /3 nights in a 2-bedroom villa at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
- Two or Three rounds of golf on your choice of three championship courses (includes green fees and cart fees)
- Two hours of court time per day per villa or home at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center
- Complimentary Range Balls
- Pro Shop Merchandise & Dining Discounts at Big Jim's, The Dunes House & Alexander's Restaurant
- Preferred rates on select resort activities

*Rates based on four-person occupancy in a two-bedroom resort-view villa. Based on availability. Reservations inside 30 days must be paid in full and no refund on cancellation. Optional rates and dates may vary based on availability. May not be combined with any other offer. Rates may vary per dates of stay and available accommodations.

The Golf Academy Package allows golfers to improve their golf game at the world-famous Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. Enjoy two full days of golf instruction and play led by PGA-certified instructors with video analysis and special discounts on activities at our Hilton Head resort and more.

The Golf Academy Package includes:
- 4 days /3 nights in a 2-bedroom resort-view villa at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort (for 4 players)
- Two days of 3-hour instruction per day at the acclaimed Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy including a focus on tough shots, strength, stretching and more
- Two 9-hole rounds of golf after 2 pm at Arthur Hills or George Fazio
- Video analysis emailed to you
- Lunch after lessons
- Unlimited practice range use
- Two hours of court time per day per villa or home at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center when available
- Pro shop merchandise and resort dining discounts
- Preferred rates on select resort activities

*Based on four-person occupancy in a two-bedroom unit. Based on availability. Reservations inside 30 days must be paid in full and no refund on cancellation. Optional rates and dates may vary based on availability. May not be combined with any other offer. Rates may vary per dates of stay and available accommodations.

The Ladies Golf Getaway is sure to be popular among the fairer sex. Who wouldn’t enjoy four nights, golf, a lesson, dinner, spa and more?

The Ladies Golf Getaway special package includes:
- 4 nights in a 2-bedroom villa at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
- Two rounds of golf for four players on (one on The Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront course and one on The Arthur Hills or George Fazio courses)
- 2 hour lesson with a golf professional for four golfers (includes videos, photos, instruction notes and a couple of holes played with the pro)
- Dinner certificate for Alexander's Restaurant & Wine Bar with complimentary bottle of wine
- 50 minute massage at Oceans Tide Spa per person
- Two hours of court time per day per villa or home at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center when available
- 20% off bike/kayak/canoe rentals at Hilton Head Outfitters located inside Palmetto Dunes Resort

In addition, the Multi-Round Golf Special allows golfers to enjoy the ultimate Hilton Head Island golf vacation when teeing off at the three championship golf courses at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort for up to 15 percent off per round when booking multiple rounds. (The Multi-Round rate per round will vary by date and time of play and combination of courses.)

The Multi-Rounds Golf Special is not available to book online. Resort guests who book their accommodations through Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort will receive priority access and preferred rates on multi-rounds. Call for pricing: (855) 450-4861.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers plenty of Group Offers as well, including the Golf & Breakfast or Lunch for 12+ special, Three Rounds of Golf with a Three-Night Stay for 12+ special and the Golf and Logo Gear for 12+ special. Be sure to mention promo LEADERFREE when requesting a quote.

The resort also offers online booking rewards … save up to 15 percent when booking online 15 days in advance or more.

Call (855) 450-4861 to get a package quote today.

For information about activities or reservations, call 877-567-6513 or visit www.palmettodunes.com.

Club Champion: Three Tips to Buying a Better Game

(Willowbrook, IL) - If new clubs meant you'd drive the ball 20 yards longer and drop strokes, would you reach for your credit card?  This past August, Golf Magazine published a study conducted with Club Champion, the nation’s #1 premium club fitter. According to equipment editor Rob Sauerhaft, “Fitting matters! Based on data along with tester interviews, it's clear that correctly matched clubs can help golfers of all kinds—you actually can buy a better game with properly fit clubs.” The study found golfers gained 22 yards off the tee, 15 yards with their irons and lowered their scores by an average of 3 strokes per round.

Club Champion is the highly regarded expert in the field, ranked by Golf Digest among the 100 best club fitters year after year.  They offer more than 35,000 hittable head and shaft combinations, the best-trained master fitters, nearly every brand in golf, plus unrivaled, in-house club building. Here are 3 tips Nick Sherburne, founder of Club Champion advises will help anyone’s game.

Buy the Right Shaft
The industry taught us the head is the engine because that’s what hits the ball, but it’s the shaft that’s most important. Using that analogy, tires would be the engine of a car. Here the shaft powers the clubhead.  In a golf shaft, flex can mean something different for every manufacturer. Manufacturers don’t use the same measurement scale. Sherburne tells customers, whether it’s stiff, regular or senior, it’s important to find the shaft that performs best for you.  This makes it important to not just buy clubs off the rack. Find a skilled fitter with a launch monitor to show you how the right shaft will maximize your swing to its fullest potential.

Club Champion starts all fittings by looking at the shaft.  It’s critical to identify not just the proper shaft flex but also the proper shaft weight. The shaft is what’s going to deliver the clubhead to the ball. To facilitate finding the right components, Club Champion, has a unique coupling system that allows golfers to hit any head and shaft combination. They deliver combinations that address a golfer’s problems and fix them. Most fitters use fitting carts provided by club manufacturers. While they offer options, golfers are unable to mix-and-match across carts to determine their ideal combinations.  Club Champion offers hundreds of shafts, many not available through most other fitters and retailers.

Buy the Right Clubhead
Each brand or model of clubhead has distinctive characteristics that affect launch angle, spin rate, and ball speed. Buy a driver that has the right launch, spin, and forgiveness for your swing. Be sure to use a launch monitor and look for the highest smash factor, ball speed and spin that generates the greatest distance.

Iron heads are more complex. Design features like offset, non-offset, blade or cavity back impact ease of playability and whether you hit a draw or fade; whether you hit it high or low. Most people overlook turf interaction, which comes from having the right lie angle, grind or camber on the sole. It affects squareness at impact, the speed you move through the ball and overall consistency. Club Champion fitters will find you the best equipment options for your swing.

Buy the Right Swingweight
Swingweight is a measurement of the weight distribution of the club or how your driver feels when you’re swinging. With widely variable shaft, grip and clubhead weighting, swingweight is more important than ever. It affects how a player swings the club and ultimately how they deliver it at impact. A heavier swingweight will make a shaft play looser; a lighter swingweight will make it play stiffer.  The key application of swingweight is matching clubs within a set. If your clubs aren’t matched properly, they may feel different as you swing them.

For these reasons and more, buying clubs off the rack or at a demo day is a bad idea. Finding a premium custom club fitter will buy you a better game. World-renowned golf instructor David Leadbetter says, “It never ceases to amaze me that golfers buy clubs off the shelf and assume they’re right for them. Whether you’re a great golfer or a casual one, getting a Club Champion club fitting is one of the quickest ways to improve your game.”

Club Champion’s approach is unbiased; no specific vendor is promoted. The only goal – find the best combination of components to lower your scores. They deliver a Tour-quality fitting producing longer, more accurate shots with a nearly 100% satisfaction rate. Whether you’re looking to buy new clubs or just fix your current set, premium club fitting is the answer. Club Champion has 26 studios across the country and 14 more on the way. Don’t just buy clubs, buy guaranteed improvement. More information at, clubchampiongolf.com/golf or 888-337-6038.

The USGA and The R&A to Engage Global Golf Community in Distance Insights Project

Sports Marketing Surveys Inc. appointed to conduct research to secure feedback and perspectives this fall

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. AND ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND) - In an effort to thoroughly inform the Distance Insights project through the lens of the global golf community, the USGA and The R&A will engage with golfers and a wide range of golf’s stakeholders to gather perspectives on the potential causes and impacts of increased distance, beginning in September.

The Distance Insights project began in May as part of the governing bodies’ overall efforts to ensure the long-term sustainability of the sport. Primary and third-party research is currently being conducted to review historical data and ascertain the past, present and future implications of increased distance on how the game is played.

In this latest phase of the Distance Insights project, research will be conducted with a series of golfers and stakeholder groups worldwide, banded into 12 general categories. Each group will be asked a series of universal questions to elicit broad perceptions of distance in golf, as well as group-specific questions relating to their area of expertise. The findings of the global perspectives research are expected to be a vital component of the full Distance Insights report, scheduled to be released in 2019.

Sports Marketing Surveys, Inc., an independent and international full-service sports research consultancy, has been selected through a global RFP process to provide multi-layered research and insight expertise for this phase of the project.

Stakeholder categories are as follows:
- Championship committees
- Course Facility professionals/managers
- Facility maintenance providers, including superintendents/greenkeepers
- Golf administrative organizations
- Golf course architects/construction professionals
- Golf equipment retailers
- Golf equipment manufacturers
- Golf professionals/teachers
- Golfers
- Media
- Non-golf stakeholders
- Tournament golf spectators

The SMS Inc. research will be conducted throughout the world and in several languages, including Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish, and involving golfers and those working in the industry in both established and emerging golf communities.

The work will principally focus on gaining an understanding from various stakeholder groups into how distance in golf has impacted them over their full golf experience, if at all, and its projected impact into the future. It will include analysis of feedback received to date from the global golf community, following the project’s initiation earlier this year.

Information on the Distance Insights project, including frequently asked questions, historical data and general terms and conditions for submitting data, can be found at usga.org/distanceinsights or randa.org/distanceinsights.

Michael Breed Announced as PGA Ambassador for BERMUDA 3s presented by Goslings

(HAMILTON, BERMUDA) – BERMUDA 3s presented by Goslings – an exciting new golf championship contested by pro-am teams from four international territories -- announces renowned instructor Michael Breed as PGA Ambassador.

Known for his “Let’s Do This!” mantra and infectious attitude, Breed will lead a team alongside three amateur golfers competing in BERMUDA 3s Oct. 21-26. He will promote, preview and report onsite about Bermuda 3s on his SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio show, “A New Breed of Golf,” airing Monday – Friday 8 to 10 a.m.

BERMUDA 3s is the creation of former PGA of America CEO Joe Steranka and Honda Classic Executive Director Ken Kennerly. Sponsored by the Bermuda Tourism Authority and Goslings, PGA professionals from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain & Ireland and Continental Europe will lead four-person teams and compete individually for the generous purse. The field will be treated to three of Bermuda’s best courses: famed Mid Ocean Club, Port Royal and one of the world’s greatest 18-hole, par-3 layouts, Turtle Hill.

“I had the opportunity to work with Michael in Bermuda during the PGA Grand Slam of Golf and he shares our fondness for the island,” says Steranka. “Michael’s large and enthusiastic following makes him an ideal ambassador for the championship and Bermuda golf.”

Breed is perhaps best known as the host of “The Golf Fix,” the highest rated instruction series in the history of the Golf Channel. He’s Golf Digest’s Chief Digital Instructor and ranks 13th on the magazine’s “50 Best Teachers in America.” A native of Greenwich, CT, he operates the Michael Breed Golf Academy at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in The Bronx, NY.

“Bermuda embodies everything I love about the game of golf – challenging courses, amazing settings and wonderful people,” says Breed. “BERMUDA 3s is poised to become the next great international golf event and it’s an honor to partner with Joe and Ken.”

Bermuda has been a popular golf destination since hosting the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 2007-14 at Mid Ocean and Port Royal. The Fairmont Southampton will be the host hotel for those competing and is also home to the championship venue, Turtle Hill Golf Club.

PGA Professionals or amateurs may register online at bermuda3s.com, via email at info@bermuda3s.com, or by calling (561) 379-2134.

Spieth, Woods Favorites for 2019 Masters

(RELEASE) - BetDSI.com has opened odds to win the 2019 Masters Tournament. Jordan Spieth is the favorite at 10/1, but Tiger Woods has the second-lowest odds at 12/1.

Three-time major winner Brooks Koepka carries 16/1 odds while Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm are all priced at less than 20/1.

Odds to win 2019 Masters
Jordan Spieth +1000
Tiger Woods +1200
Rory McIlroy +1300
Dustin Johnson +1400
Justin Thomas +1500
Brooks Koepka +1600
Jon Rahm +1800
Rickie Fowler +2000
Justin Rose +2000
Jason Day +2000
Patrick Reed +3000
Bubba Watson +3000
Francisco Molinari +3000
Hideki Matsuyama +3500
Phil Mickelson +3500
Paul Casey +3500
Tommy Fleetwood +4000
Henrik Stenson +4000
Adam Scott +4000
Sergio Garcia +5000
Marc Leishman +5000
Thomas Pieters +5000
Tony Finau +5000
Matt Kuchar +6600
Louis Oosthuizen +6600
Bryson DeChambeau +6600
Patrick Cantlay +6600
Xander Schauffele +6600
Field (Any other player) +600

Learn more about BetDSI Sportsbook at www.BetDSI.eu.

Hit the Target with Special Sporting Package at Reynolds Lake Oconee

Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds is a bullseye with outdoor enthusiasts

(GREENSBORO, Ga.) – Shooters, archers, and anglers are invited to take their best shots at Reynolds Lake Oconee’s newest amenity – Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds – with a choice of active vacation packages.

The “Ultimate Sporting Grounds Experience” and the “Lock, Stock & Barrel” packages offer the chance to discover the world-class shooting sports playground unveiled last fall. Designed by international shooting champion Justin Jones, the Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds is the perfect place to sharpen one’s outdoor skills or be introduced to an array of fun and challenging activities.

Both packages include:
- 100 clays for the 20-station sporting clays course
- 50 clays at the Five-Stand cabin
- Certified guide
- Golf cart to traverse course
- Shotgun rental, ammunition
- Hearing and eye protection
- Southern-style breakfast daily
- Full, daily access to The Landing fitness center

In addition, the “Ultimate Sporting Grounds Experience” also includes:
- Instruction and games course
- Air rifle range
- Archery course
- Fishing on the grounds
- Lunch delivered to the Sporting Grounds in a collectable pouch

A variety of luxury accommodation choices are available for both packages, from a four-bedroom National Club Cottage to either a three- or two-bedroom Lake Club condominium.

Package pricing begins at $549 per person/per night for the “Ultimate Sporting Grounds Experience” and $349 per person/per night for the “Lock, Stock & Barrel” package. Additional activities and instruction are available at additional costs.

For more details, call (800) 901-1204 or visit www.reynoldslakeoconee.com.

2018 U.S. Women's Amateur Champion Trusts TPT Golf In Victory


(RENENS, SWITZERLAND) - The hottest amateur golfer in the world continued her hot streak at the U.S. Women's Amateur at the Golf Club of Tennessee, where the rising junior at the University of Alabama claimed a dominant victory with a TPT Golf 17 LKP-MT-SW shaft in her driver.

The win is the latest highlight of the 20-year-old's incredible summer, which includes a professional victory on the LPGA of Japan at the Century 21 Ladies Golf Tournament, a 5-0 record in the Curtis Cup, a 3-1 record in the Palmer Cup, and a tie for 27th in the U.S. Women's Open.

"We want to congratulate the U.S. Women's Amateur Champion on another victory," says TPT Golf Director Sebastian Sebayang. "When we set out four years ago to innovate the golf shaft industry, we knew our technology could help all golfers raise their level of performance. It's been so exciting to watch golfers using our shafts earn victories at each level of the game -- from the Champions Tour to the PGA Tour  to college, amateur, and junior events."

A New Breed of Golf Shaft 
TPT Golf's revolutionary shaft technology was developed from the ground up with the knowledge of its parent company, NTPT, a Switzerland-based technology and composites firm that's renowned for developing cutting-edge materials that have led to innovations in multiple high-performance industries.

The company's shafts are created with an automated manufacturing process, which removes the flaws that are inherent in conventional shafts. The result is a more precise, higher-performing product, as well as a perfectly consistent golf shaft each and every time.

With a properly fit TPT Golf shaft, golfers are able to contact the sweet spot more often due to its more axially consistent design. They will also likely swing TPT Golf shafts a little faster because of their optimized bend profiles. It's this combination of more consistent impacts and TPT Golf's optimized bending profiles that results in significant distance gains and a tighter dispersion.

TPT Golf shafts are currently available at more than 175 Authorized Fitters across the world, including all Club Champion locations. Golfers can locate a TPT Golf Authorized Fitter near them. Go to: https://tptgolf.com/where-to-buy/

For more information on TPT Golf, visit tptgolf.com.

Getting to Know: Keith Rhebb, Golf Course Architect

Hole No. 5 at Winter Park Golf Course
American Golfer: When did you start playing golf?
Keith Rhebb: My grandfather introduced me to the game as a kid.  He had me drive the cart while he played with his farming buddies in South Dakota. They built themselves a 9-hole course that was the epitome of community golf. He set a good example because when I was 11, some of us neighborhood kids mowed out greens with our dads’ mowers in a large field behind my house in Nebraska. We named it Leaf Ridge and had a lot of fun playing around on it.

I started playing more frequently with Trev Dormer and Riley Johns when working on Cabot Cliffs. They kept it lighthearted and enjoyable, and it was a great way to unwind from the daily stresses of shaping and managing the project. For me, golf hasn’t been as much about the game as it’s been about the friendships that develop and evolve over our shared interest in its design.

AG: Why did you choose a career in golf course design?
Keith Rhebb
KR: It was less of a deliberate choice and more of a progression of opportunities. I’ve always loved to create and build things, so it wasn’t hard to develop a love for the industry in my initial golf course construction job with Landscapes Unlimited. At first, I was drawn more to the construction side of the field, but soon developed an interest, knowledge and passion for design. I enjoy bringing the two together in the design/build model. While I didn’t set out to become a designer, the doors progressively opened up to where I’m fortunate enough to do some design/build projects outside of my work with Coore & Crenshaw. It’s turned into a fulfilling career, but one that requires a lot of hard work and personal sacrifices.

AG: Assuming equipment remains the same, what can a golf course architect do to protect today’s courses or design future courses without approaching 8,000 yards?
KR: I think architects need to introduce more strategic options from tee to pin. Make players stop and think at each hole: Is it beneficial to drive the ball as far as possible from the tee? What side of the fairway do I want to be on? Where is the pin located today? I’m also a proponent of width, when done correctly. Wider fairways can take the golfer out of autopilot and make them question their strategy. But make the fairway too wide and you take the strategy completely out of it. It’s about finding the right balance, and also utilizing aspects of the land and nature as strategic components when possible.

While not a realistic or long-term solution for all courses, a fun alternative is something we’ve been encouraging Winter Park Golf Course to do for its patrons: offer hickory club rentals for the day. It would be cool to see this offered at more courses (although, probably best suited for more classic, traditional course designs).

AG: In your opinion, have any design trends hurt the game?
KR: I love trees and support the conservation efforts that have been in place in our country for years. In an effort to show that they too care about the environment, many golf courses started planting scores of trees without any thought to their placement and future growth. Fast forward to today, and a lot of these courses have overgrown trees all over the place. Aside from roots growing into greens and shade contributing to poor ground conditions, many of the trees choke off fairways. Players, especially beginners, hit shots into the trees and struggle to make their way out. It makes for very frustrating play. I’m all for trees, but let’s put some strategy into placement. More isn’t necessarily better on the golf course.

AG: How can we grow the game of golf?
KR: Invest in our munis. Most people, with the exception of a select population, get their introduction to the game on a municipal or public course. We need to make our muni courses fun, strategic, affordable and inclusive for everyone – a place where people can fall in love with the game. Let new players build their foundations on these types of courses and, I believe, it will boost private club membership down the road.

AG: Do you have a specific design philosophy?
KR: I tend to operate from more of a traditionalist, minimalist, collaborative, site-specific philosophy using the design/build model. Transcending philosophy, it’s most important to have fun. This spirit weaves itself into the fabric of the golf course when all is said and done.
AG: Of all the holes you have designed, do you have a favorite (why)?
KR: I don’t necessarily have a favorite, but I like designing and building holes that utilize natural elements as strategic components. Take No. 5 at Winter Park Golf Course, for example. The strategy of the hole depends on the old oak tree to the right of the green. If you play safe to the right to avoid the bunkers on the left (assuming right side pin placement), you’ll end up having to bump and run your shot onto the green. I also like the deceptive illusion that the No. 2 bunker gives to the bunkerless No. 5 green.

AG: What is your “dream foursome” (living, dead, golfer, non-golfer)?
KR: Larry David, Perry Maxwell, and William Flynn.

AG: Is there a “bucket list” location in/on which to design?
KR: Anywhere in Japan. I fell in love with the country and its people when I was working on a project in Yokohama. I’d be there in a heartbeat if the opportunity arose.

AG: What is the future of golf course design?
KR: Using technology to assist with certain phases of the design and construction process – from using drones to survey sites and plan construction phases/budgets, to incorporating virtual reality to present design concepts and master plans. This technology won’t affect the need for talented and creative designers and builders, but it will enhance the process for designers, contractors and clients/club membership.

For example, we are using LIDAR at Rolling Green Golf Club to give us the most accurate representation of what is currently on the ground (including the curvature of the earth). We can combine this real-time data with our design to develop a 3D master plan to present to the membership, giving them a powerful visual representation of our proposed changes. Again, this doesn’t take out the artistic and craftsmanship to golf course design and construction but enhances parts of the conceptual and planning phases.

Learn more about Keith at rhebbgolfdesign.com.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Tommy Fleetwood Joins "Feherty," Monday at 9 p.m. ET

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Reigning Race to Dubai champion and four-time European Tour winner Tommy Fleetwood will join David Feherty on his self-titled, Emmy-nominated series Feherty presented by Farmers Insurance, Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

Filmed in Ontario, Canada last month prior to the RBC Canadian Open, the episode – featuring the current No. 11 ranked player in the world – will center around several subjects, including:
· Looking ahead to his first Ryder Cup next month, satisfying a monumental career goal.
· A gut feeling he had prior to shooting a final round 63 in the U.S. Open earlier this year.
· Playing more in the United States, and how it’s helped make his game more complete.
· Growing up just down the street from Royal Birkdale in the United Kingdom, and how he snuck into the 1998 Open there as a young boy.

The following Monday (August 20) at 9 p.m. ET, actor/comedian Kevin Nealon (Saturday Night Live) is scheduled to join Feherty.

A two-time Emmy-nominated host (Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host) Feherty has been described as “golf’s iconoclast,” by Rolling Stone, and “the last unscripted man on TV,” by Men’s Journal. His all-star lineup of golf-enthused and culturally relevant guests feature celebrities from across entertainment, sports and politics. To date, Feherty has sat down with four U.S. Presidents (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump); sports legends Charles Barkley, Nick Saban, Stephen Curry and Bobby Knight; Hollywood icons Matthew McConaughey, Larry David and Samuel L. Jackson; World Golf of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson; and a host of current golf superstars including Paula Creamer, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Michelle Wie. Feherty is produced by Golf Channel’s original productions group, which also oversees production for Driver vs. Driver, Golf Films as well as the network’s instruction platforms.