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.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

P3ProSwing Increasingly in Use for Instruction, Club Fitting and Competitive Play

(BETHEL, Maine) – P3ProSwing (p3proswing.com), a leading golf-swing analyzer, simulator and practice aid, is in use by an increasing number of golf professionals for indoor instruction, club fitting and competitive play.

“The versatility of P3ProSwing is one of its many attributes,” said Les Otten, founder and president of Sports Vision Technologies, of which P3ProSwing is a subsidiary. “The system is designed for a number of uses, including teaching, club fitting, practice and play, both competitive and recreational.”

The multi-use, state-of-the-art P3ProSwing is being discovered by instructors and club fitters as an exceptional way to deliver top-notch results to their students and customers. The recently-introduced, innovative P3ProSwing ProLaunch – providing industry-leading accuracy – is proving highly popular.

Commentary from professional instructors and club fitters who use P3ProSwing with their students and clients highlights its many appealing features:

• Tim Elliott – owner for 30 years, Elliott’s Custom Golf, Harlingen, Texas:
“We use P3ProSwing for both club fitting and instruction. It’s simple to use, with plenty of data and excellent graphics. Our customers enjoy seeing their data, especially swing path, clubhead speed and whether their club face is open or closed … essentially, they enjoy the whole package. We’ve been using P3ProSwing for many years. It’s a durable piece of equipment with great appeal.”

• Bob Sailer – owner, Bob Sailer Golf Service, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada – club fitter and club maker for 23 years:
“I find P3ProSwing very handy for doing fitting. It accurately measures club head speed, tempo, ball direction, swing path and other metrics. It’s easy to understand, the software is accurate and the graphics are lifelike. I’ve been using P3ProSwing for over twelve years now.”

To inquire about P3ProSwing, please contact Kevin Rosenberg, director of sales and marketing for P3ProSwing, at krosenberg@p3proswing.com or directly at 207-824-7437.

For more information, visit www.p3proswing.com.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Valley of the Eagles Golf Club (Ohio) Opens

(Elyria, Ohio) – Valley of the Eagles Golf Club, the only Nicklaus Design daily-fee course in Northern Ohio, opens today (August 8, 2018) for golf and dining enjoyment. The club's 24,000 square-foot clubhouse has the first level fully operational and course conditions are excellent.

Set on the site of the former Spring Valley Country Club, Valley of the Eagles was completely redesigned by the team from Nicklaus Design. Last summer, the course opened for a short “preview window” with limited amenities while crews completed construction of the clubhouse. With the clubhouse open and a few enhancements made to the golf course, both the clubhouse and course are ready for golfers to enjoy.

Designed to capture the beauty of the Black River Valley, the golf course plays to a par of 72 and measures 6,941 yards from the tips. The course meanders through Black River Valley’s sheer black shale cliffs and along the Black River, with mature elm, oak and ash trees lining the fairways.

The Valley of the Eagles clubhouse features an exciting new dining option for golfers and non-golfers alike at the Black River Tavern. Open year-round for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Tavern offers a comfortable and cozy atmosphere with handcrafted walnut tables, wood accents from timber harvested from the area and natural stonework. The Tavern’s lunch and dinner menus offer a mixture of farm-fresh salads, sharable appetizers, gourmet burgers, artisan-prepared meats and homemade desserts. The exceptional food is paired with signature, finely-crafted cocktails, carefully selected wines, and a rotating craft beer selection. What’s more, the club has teamed with local brewer, Sibling Revelry Brewing to create a special Valley of the Eagles Pilsner. Brewed exclusively for Valley of the Eagles, the pilsner is available in a 16 ounce can for enjoyment on the course and is also available on tap in the Black River Tavern.

In addition to dining at The Black River Tavern, the clubhouse also features three state-of-the-art golf simulators for year-round and multi-course enjoyment. The Valley of the Eagles clubhouse makes a terrific venue for weddings, meetings, banquets and golf outings.

“We’re excited to unveil the completed Valley of the Eagles Golf Club to Cleveland-area golfers,” said Ray Metz, general manager, Valley of the Eagles. “Our team has worked hard over the last two-plus years to deliver incredible golf, club and dining experiences that are unmatched in Northern Ohio.”

Valley of the Eagles is conveniently located at the intersections of highways 90, 80 and 57 — just 25 miles west of downtown Cleveland — in the beautiful Black River Valley, on the border of Cuyahoga and Lorain counties. Daily-fee rates at Valley of the Eagles range from $35 to $60 and include a golf cart. The club also offers an annual pass program for golfers to enjoy unlimited golf.

Valley of the Eagles is managed by Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing. For more information or to book a tee time, visit www.ValleyEagles.com or call (440)365-1411.

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

Club Car Takes a Curtain Call at the Imperial Theatre

Shines the Light and Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Limited Edition Onward vehicles

(Augusta, GA) - Double Feature - Then and Now: In celebration of its 60th year in business, Club Car recently revisited the Imperial Theatre in Augusta, GA to debut its Limited Edition Onward vehicles which showcase modern comfort, performance and style. The global leader in golf and utility vehicles first revealed its Club Car (left) when founder Bill Stevens in 1962 drove to the Theatre to celebrate moving the company he purchased (the Landreth Machine, based in Dallas TX) to Augusta. Stevens in the straw hat and his father, Bill Sr., drove to the 1962 PGA Show in Dunedin, FL in six days.

Burton Golf and Devant Sport Towels Introduce 2019 Collections

Burton Golf Bags and Accessories along with Custom Towels by Devant will Debut New Products at PGA Show in Las Vegas

(Richmond, VA) – Burton Golf and Devant Sport Towels, both part of the Dynamic Brands portfolio of premium golf brands, are pleased to announce plans to introduce their 2019 lines at the 2018 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience, August 13-15, in Las Vegas.

“The show provides a great opportunity to debut our 2019 Burton Golf products and custom sport towels by Devant,” said Craig Ramsbottom, President of Dynamic Brands. “We’re excited to have the show as a launching pad for Burton and Devant, both renowned brands with customizable products for clubs and resorts.”

Burton started making golf bags in 1907, and its products still follow a legacy of quality and workmanship. For 2019, Burton debuts the Heritage Collection of golf bags with the XLT Cart Bag, CSX Stand Bag and ULT Carry Bag. All three bags include premium tops, dividers and detailed trim in rich colors available for embroidered customization. Burton also debuts the Odyssey Collection of Travel Accessories, including the X2 Travel Cover, Deluxe Shoe Bag, Locker Bag, Drawstring Pack, Backpack and Wheeled Duffel Bag. All accessories are made with premium 1680D polyester, customizable with an embroidered name, monogram, tournament or club logo.

“Burton products were designed with customizable premium fabrics for club, tournament or corporate gifts,” said Ramsbottom.

Devant Sport Towels, the #1 towel since 1976, will debut three lines of custom towels; the Rival Microfiber, Microtech and Sculpted Woven Preset. The revolutionary designed Rival is two towels in one; a textured microfiber side for cleaning clubs and a plush fleece side for wiping down a golfer’s hands and face. The compact Microtech is a terry finished microfiber on both sides. Both towels are customizable with Image Dye™, Hi-Def sublimation or embroidery. The Sculpted Woven preset combines a dual-textured weave for a unique sculpted visual effect.

Burton and Devant will be exhibiting their 2019 lines, as well as all of their new products, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14 and Wednesday, Aug. 15 in booth 602 at the Las Vegas PGA Fashion & Demo Experience.

For more information, visit www.burtongolf.com and www.devantsporttowels.com.

Event details and registration are available at PGALasVegas.com.

Jack Nicklaus Apparel Congratulates Kenny Perry on Winning the 3M Championship

(Miami, FL) — Jack Nicklaus Apparel, developed by global fashion leader Perry Ellis International, would like to congratulate Brand Ambassador Kenny Perry on his victory at the 3M Championship.

Buoyed by a third round 12 under par 60, Perry won the 3M Championship for the third time while capturing his 10th PGA Tour Champions tournament.

“This golf course fits me to a T,” stated Perry.  “It’s an honor, incredible to win here three times.”

“We are thrilled for Kenny’s recent victory and Jack Nicklaus’s Apparel first win on tour,” stated Andy O’Brien, senior vice president of marketing for the Nicklaus Companies. “Kenny is the ideal representative for Jack Nicklaus where our multi-functional apparel combines the latest in technically advanced fabrics, enhanced style and performance. We look forward to Kenny’s continued good play and further success.”

For more information on the Nicklaus Companies, visit www.nicklaus.com and www.pery.com.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Cleveland Golf Introduces RTX 4, Their Most Tour Authentic Wedge Ever

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.) – Cleveland Golf is proud to announce RTX 4, the most tour-authentic wedge Cleveland Golf has ever made. Enhanced with fourth generation Rotex, experience your best short game performance with the all-new RTX 4. Cleveland’s RTX 4 will launch in North America on Sept. 14, 2018.

Cleveland Golf remains at the forefront of wedge design, producing short game innovations and technologies since 1979. With the RTX 4, Cleveland Golf held nothing back during development, creating a made-for-tour wedge in its purest form. Utilizing our latest face technologies, tour-preferred shaping, expanded grind offerings, and the most popular components used by Tour professionals, the RTX 4 is our most tour-authentic wedge of all time.

“With the new RTX 4, we spared no expense in trying to achieve the best possible wedge for the best players in the world, and then bring that wedge to the consumer,” said John Rae, Vice President at Cleveland Golf. “We worked tirelessly with our tour staff to refine every detail of the wedge and its shape to fit their needs.”

The foundation of RTX 4 is the 4th generation of Cleveland’s proprietary Rotex Face Technology. Following four life cycles, years of research, and millions of data points, the tolerances were tightened to help provide ultimate short game control. RTX 4 generates more spin through the sharpest Tour Zip Grooves, most aggressive face milling, and more precise laser milling.

“It feels like the ball is really spinning off the face,” said Shane Lowry. “There are extra little grooves in there, which makes it spin more and it definitely does spin more.”

Following extensive tour feedback, RTX 4 features a more compact blade shape, with less offset and a smaller overall profile to provide that classic blade design that tour players prefer. Additionally, RTX 4 offers four new sole grinds, including an all-new XLOW grind, to provide the versatility to execute the most challenging greenside shots.

“I mean it’s got that soft feel which is so nice,” said Graeme McDowell. “I really love the bounce profile here. I like the feeling of using the back bounce on the wedge so, when I look at that, it’s something that really appeals to me.”

“What I love about this wedge is the sole in the bunker,” said Keegan Bradley. “It doesn’t dig in too much, and I’m able to really clip the ball and put a lot of spin on it. We are all very excited to play this wedge.”

Key Innovations Inside RTX 4:
· Rotex Face Technology: The 4th generation Rotex Face features Cleveland’s sharpest grooves and most aggressive face milling pattern.
· Tour-Developed Sole Grinds: Four sole grinds, deliver enough versatility to execute every short game shot imaginable.
· Progressive Feel Balancing Technology: Next-generation Feel Balancing Technology is optimized by loft for even more short game control.
· Tour-Authentic Components: RTX 4 comes standard with the #1 wedge shaft and #1 wedge grip on the PGA Tour.
· Tour Shaping: Tour-driven compact shaping uses less offset to provide more workability and confidence at address.

“Having something that you can mishit a little bit and still see the results of what you’re trying to accomplish is amazing,” said Sean Crocker. “Cleveland wedges have already been the best wedges in the game, and this just makes it even better because to improve on their wedges is something hard to do, but they’ve done it with RTX 4.”

Cleveland’s RTX 4 wedges are offered in a variety of different degrees and grinds. The FULL Sole grind is offered in 56 through 60 degrees, the ●●MID Sole grind is offered in 46 through 60 degrees, the ●LOW Sole grind is offered in 56 through 64 degrees, and the XLOW Sole grind is offered in 58 and 60 degree lofts. The wedges are available in three different finishes, (Tour Satin, Black Satin and Tour Raw) and left and right-handed options. Cleveland’s RTX 4 wedges are priced at $139.99 MAP.

For more detailed information on the RTX 4, visit: clevelandgolf.com.

True Blue GC, Caledonia and Murrells Inlet Featured in August Episode of Traveling Golfer

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) – It never gets old, talking about all of the great golf in Myrtle Beach. That’s why it is known as GolfTown, USA. But certain areas of Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand have their own special culture. Murrells Inlet is one.

Couple nationally renowned golf courses like True Blue and Caledonia, with the area’s finest boutique hotel – the Inlet Sports Lodge – and put it all in the Seafood Capital of South Carolina – Murrells Inlet – and the area becomes a must stop. An inside look at this fun and golf hotspot at the southern end of Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand is the subject of the August episode of the Traveling Golfer.

Murrells Inlet has been well-known to seafood lovers for years. The Mike Strantz-designed golf courses of True Blue and Caledonia have been well-known to the most discerning of golfers for years. But the relatively new Inlet Sports Lodge, situated in the heart of the action in Murrells Inlet, is the connecting point that makes for a different, upscale and entertaining golf vacation.

The Inlet Sports Lodge is a well-appointed, 34-unit hotel that offers so much more than the typical accommodations throughout Myrtle Beach. It is located less than one-half mile down the road from the famous Marsh Walk and its string of restaurants, bars and nightspots that make Murrells Inlet one of the favorite attractions in the region. Also, it is just a few miles up Highway 17 from True Blue and Caledonia – two of the layouts at the top of the incredible list of golf courses in Myrtle Beach.

“We are very fortunate,” explains Bob Seganti, director of golf at True Blue and Caledonia. “We have two great golf layouts, with well-designed golf villas right on the golf courses. But we also are associated with the Inlet Sports Lodge that puts golfers just a short drive from the courses and, when they finish playing golf, they can return to the hotel and be right in the middle of all of the nighttime action. ”

Golf packages for either option can be designed through CaledoniaGolfVacations.com.

“I have been coming to Myrtle Beach for golf ever since 1985,” comments Tony Leodora, host of the Traveling Golfer television show. “There are special attractions to all of the areas up and down this 60-mile-long golf paradise. But the southern end provides a quieter, more relaxed, Low Country feel. I love either option: staying at the golf villas, overlooking the fairways and enjoying the fine restaurants about both True Blue and Caledonia, or living in the upscale surroundings of the Inlet Sports Lodge and taking in the action of Murrells Inlet.”

The August episode runs throughout the month on the Traveling Golfer network of websites ... including The Golf Director Network (see full list of sites on travelinggolfervideo.com). It also will air on Monday, August 13 as part of the Press Box television show in Myrtle Beach, 5 to 7 p.m. on HTC Ch. 4. The Traveling Golfer also airs as a scheduled weekly feature show on NBC Sports and NBC Sports + throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. NBC Sports airings are 10:30 a.m. Sundays, 11 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Thursdays. NBC Sports + airs the show at 6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

As part of every Traveling Golfer show there is the additional feature, "Tech Talk", hosted by Tour Edge Golf experts, such as President Dave Glod. With years of experience as a club maker, Glod presents an inside look at the research and development of high-quality golf equipment.

Responding to golfers' never-ending demands to learn more about interesting golf courses and golf resorts across the country and around the world, well-traveled host Tony Leodora created the Traveling Golfer so he could take viewers on video trips to some of the most exciting golf locations. The show repeated for an unprecedented third straight year as the No. 1 Golf Television Show in America in the prestigious International Network of Golf Awards, presented at the PGA Merchandise Show in January.

The Traveling Golfer is a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has 17 years of experience in televised golf. The featured destination stays on the website for one month, before being replaced by a new show. Alternate shows also air in a two-month rotation. All old shows are archived for continued viewing on the YouTube Network and on the home website, www.travelinggolfervideo.com.

Breakthrough Golf Technology Announces Rich Massey to Head Tour Department

(Dallas, TX) - Breakthrough Golf Technology is proud to welcome Rich Massey, who is a seasoned business and executive with significant experience in the golf industry. To head up the tour department and will be working with tour professionals on the PGA and European Tours.

Rich Massey
Massey was previously with Delayed Strike Technology, Performance Sports Brands and Boccieri Golf.

Rich Massey is an accomplished golf industry veteran with significant experience in Operations, Marketing and general business development. Additionally, Rich was a professional golfer, who played from 1994-2006.

"Rich Massey is a perfect fit for Breakthrough Golf. He has years of experience on tour and is highly regarded in the industry. His experience and reputation are mandatory for us," says CEO and founder Barney Adams.

Breakthrough Golf Technology website: breakthroughgolftech.com

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Zero Friction Becoming Visible on the Professional Golf Tours

PGA Tour Players Finish in Top 10 using Zero Friction golf tees; 
plus Commemorative tees supplied for the 100th PGA Championship

(OAK BROOK TERRACE, IL) – It’s been a highly successful couple of weeks on the professional golf tours for Zero Friction, maker of high-quality, technologically advanced products for golfers worldwide.  Several PGA Tour Champions players are using the Zero Friction tees, and the growing company is supplying commemorative tees for this week’s 100th PGA Championship.

Zero Friction had 2 top 10 finishes last week at the 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, MN. For the past several weeks, more than a dozen PGA Tour Champions players are using Zero Friction ZFT Maxx 3 Prong Tees and Zero Friction ZFT Hybrid 1 ¾” Tees.100th PGA Championship

The ZFT Maxx Tees are extra-large and extra durable to make it easier and faster to set the ball on, and the short Hybrid tees set up at the perfect height for irons, hybrids, and driving irons.

Zero Friction also supplied commemorative ZFT Maxx 3 Prong Tees for the 100th PGA Championship this week. The tees include the official 100th PGA Championship logo, and will be made available to the tour players playing in this historic championship.

ZFT Maxx 3 prong tees offer the same great design, distance and performance as the original 3 and 4-prong tees, with 66% reduced contact area for less resistance and more distance.

“Our multi-prong performance tees are what the company was founded on, and it is exciting to see tour players benefit from the performance of our tees in competition again,” said John Iacono, founder and President of Zero Friction.

Two years ago Zero Friction launched a true breakthrough product, the GPS DistancePro glove, which comes with a lightweight GPS device on the flap, providing accurate distances for over 35,000 golf courses worldwide.

This year the company introduced two new products that received rave reviews at the PGA Merchandise Show. The Cabretta Elite golf glove is an upgrade to the original Cabretta glove released three years ago. The Cabretta leather provides a solid grip in any weather. The reinforced Lycra throughout fingers, back of hand and palm allow for maximum strength, durability, and enhanced breathability.

Also new are the Spectra matte finish golf balls. Matte finish golf balls are the hottest product in golf right now, as they are easier to see in the air and on the ground, so they speed up play and prevent lost balls. Plus, the bright colors make the game more fun.

Spectra matte finish golf balls are also available in blister packs with performance tees, and Supertubes that include 10 performance tees, a Performance compression glove, and 3 Spectra matte finish golf balls – everything you need to play golf today for $24.99.

For more information, visit www.zerofriction.com, or call 630-317-7700.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Darius Rucker and Beth Daniel Named Honorary Chairs of 2019 U.S. Women’s Open Championship

Country Club of Charleston Will Host the 74th U.S. Women’s Open, May 27-June 2, 2019

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) – Three-time Grammy Award winner Darius Rucker and World Golf Hall of Fame member Beth Daniel have been named honorary chairs of the 74th U.S. Women’s Open Championship.

The United States Golf Association (USGA) will conduct golf’s ultimate test for women on the Country Club of Charleston’s Seth Raynor-designed course in Charleston, S.C., from May 27-June 2, 2019.

Rucker, who was born, raised and still resides in Charleston, first gained superstardom as the lead singer and guitarist of the two-time Grammy-winning group Hootie & The Blowfish, which he co-founded while enrolled at the University of South Carolina. In 2008, Rucker began a solo career in country music that has earned him six No. 1 hits and the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance. Rucker, a longtime advocate for women’s golf, has hosted the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., a premier event on the women’s college schedule, since 2009.

“Being born and raised in the Holy City, it is a great privilege to serve alongside golf legend Beth Daniel as an honorary chair of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open at the Country Club of Charleston,” said Rucker, who also hosts the charity golf events ‘Monday after the Masters’ and ‘Darius and Friends.’ “This area is already buzzing with excitement for the championship, and we can’t wait to welcome the world’s greatest players to Charleston.”

Daniel, also a Charleston native, is a two-time USGA champion, winning the 1975 and 1977 U.S. Women’s Amateurs. She was also a member of the 1976 and 1978 USA Curtis Cup Teams. As a professional, Daniel won 33 times, including one major title, and finished runner-up in the 1981 and 1982 U.S. Women’s Opens. In 2000, she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Daniel hosts the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea each year at the Country Club of Charleston and also presents the Beth Daniel Award, which is given to the player with the most South Carolina Junior Golf Association points in a year.

“I am proud to have been asked to serve as an honorary chair with Darius for our national championship,” said Daniel, whose father was a member at Country Club of Charleston when she was growing up. “For the U.S. Women’s Open to be held on the course where I learned to play golf makes this so special. The Country Club of Charleston will be a great test for the competitors and I can’t wait to see it.”

In their roles, Rucker and Daniel will support the second USGA championship at Country Club of Charleston. The club previously hosted the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, won by Emma Talley, 2 and 1, over Yueer Cindy Feng.

“Darius Rucker and Beth Daniel are the ideal chairs for the 74th U.S. Women’s Open,” said Matt Sawicki, championship director. “Not only do they have deep Charleston roots, but they are vocal supporters of women’s golf. Their broad appeal will help shine an even brighter light on golf’s ultimate test.”
 
Fans are encouraged to make their championship plans early by taking advantage of current ticket and volunteer opportunities. Special promotional pricing celebrating our honorary co-chairs is available now at uswomensopen.com/2019. Limited volunteer opportunities for the U.S. Women’s Open are still available. Visit uswomensopen.com/2019 for more information.

The U.S. Women’s Open is open to professional female golfers and amateur females with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 2.4. The championship was first conducted in 1946 and its winners include Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Betsy Rawls, Mickey Wright, Hollis Stacy, Amy Alcott, Meg Mallon, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Inbee Park and Michelle Wie.

To learn more, visit usga.org.

Sweepstakes Offers Celebrity Golf Getaway to to Reynolds

Winner Joins Golf Channel World Traveler Matt Ginella on a Golf Advisor Getaway

(GREENSBORO, Ga.) — A world-class golf and luxury lakeside vacation experience, plus the company of a popular television travel personality, make up the grand prize for the new Reynolds Lake Oconee Getaway with Matt Ginella Sweepstakes, which begins accepting entries this week.

Ginella, Golf Channel’s renowned golf travel editor, will join the winner and one guest for a Golf Advisor Getaway at Reynolds Lake Oconee, with arrival Sunday, Oct. 21, and departure Wednesday, Oct. 24. The sweepstakes guests will be part of the Golf Advisor Getaway.

“I am looking forward to the camaraderie on this trip to Reynolds Lake Oconee, which is among the most notable and comprehensive golf destinations in America,” said Ginella. “If I wasn’t hosting this trip, I would phone a few friends and book it tomorrow.”

The Reynolds Lake Oconee Getaway with Matt Ginella Sweepstakes is open to anyone that registers as a Reynolds Insider, which is a subscription to receive notifications on new promotions, special offers and events at Reynolds Lake Oconee.  To sign up as an Insider and be entered into the sweepstakes, please visit www.reynoldslakeoconee.com. All Reynolds Insiders prior to Aug. 8, 2018 are automatically entered into the Sweepstakes.

The grand prize package for two (one winner and a guest) includes:
- 4 days/3 nights stay for two in a 2-bedroom Village at Lake Club condominium
- All meals during the trip
- Three rounds of golf; one round each at the exclusive members only Creek Club, The National, and The Oconee
- Club Fitting Experience for two at Reynolds Kingdom of Golf presented by TaylorMade
- Sporting experience at the Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds
- Getaway Gift Pack worth $1,000, which includes $500 toward TaylorMade equipment from the Reynolds Kingdom of Golf
- Entries for the Reynolds Lake Oconee Getaway with Matt Ginella Sweepstakes will be accepted online from Aug. 8 through Oct. 1, 2018, with one Grand Prize winner randomly selected on or about Oct. 2, 2018.

One of only 11 golf resorts in the country to earn the prestigious Platinum Medal from GOLF Magazine, Reynolds Lake Oconee is among the most exciting golf experiences in the country. The collection of world-class designs features Great Waters (a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design currently under renovation), The National (Tom Fazio) and The Oconee (Rees Jones), as well as The Landing and The Preserve (both by the legendary Bob Cupp) and The Creek Club (Jim Engh), a private course normally open only to Reynolds members.

The Village at Lake Club Pointe condominiums provide spectacular golf, lake and woodland views. These fully-equipped residences are located near The Ritz-Carlton, The Lake Club Marina, and Tennis Center, and provide easy access to miles of walking trails and gracious outdoor living spaces from which to take in the beautiful views.

The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf presented by TaylorMade, is golf’s premier full-game improvement experience. It features the Gears Golf system, clubs built at the onsite TaylorMade Tour Trailer, two fully enclosed hitting bays, three covered and heated hitting areas, TrackMan 4 launch monitors, and high-speed Ximea cameras.

Besides the unforgettable golf experience, Lake Oconee’s 19,000 acres and 374 miles of shoreline along Georgia's second largest lake provide fishing, swimming, boating, camping, picnicking, and water skiing. Other amenities include four full-service marinas and an award-winning tennis center, making it no surprise that Reynolds Lake Oconee is one of the Southeast’s most popular vacation destinations.

For more information or to register for the sweepstakes, visit www.reynoldslakeoconee.com.

ShortGolf Celebrates 10 Years as the Top Developmental Product for Youngsters, New Golfers

(Columbus, OH) - ShortGolf, the manufacturer of golf products designed to make golf fun and easy for all ages, is celebrating 10 years of providing modified golf equipment for kids and adults who are learning and playing the game for the first time. Considered by industry leaders as the preferred entry-level training system for golf pros and instructors when it comes to teaching golf to new learners, ShortGolf’s program builds on the fundamentals of putting, chipping, pitching and full shots to develop playing ability quickly and effectively.

“We have been in business for 10 years and have been extremely successful throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S.,” says Jonathan Apps, Global Brand Manager of ShortGolf.  “Our establishment and expansion into the U.S. ensures that our reach gives ShortGolf the exciting opportunity to provide our equipment and programming to a broader audience. We are proud of our relationships with The First Tee, PGA TOUR, LPGA Foundation, PGA Sections, and we anticipate a significant involvement with the National Recreation and Park Association.  ShortGolf will play a critical role in growing the game of golf in the U.S. and across the world.”

According to Dr. Gary Wiren, PGA Master Professional and member of the PGA Hall of Fame, “ShortGolf is one of the first brands people turn to when they want a fun approach to trying golf for the first time (or even afterward). It is perfect for kids, adults, families,  golf clubs, coaches, and even schools and institutions. Each product is specifically designed to make the aspect of golf it is focused on memorable, which certainly helps in the learning and memorization process that accompanies golf. Success is soon to follow once you use a ShortGolf product.”

The ShortGolf product line is available online at www.short-golf.com and the new ShortGolf “Hitta! Pack” for home use soon will be available nationwide at select retail outlets.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Callaway Apparel Ambassador Georgia Hall Captures the Ricoh Women’s British Open

(Miami, FL) — Callaway Apparel congratulates Georgia Hall on capturing her first Major Championship victory at the 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open.

“We are thrilled Georgia has won the women’s fourth major of the year in such a dramatic come from behind fashion,” stated Gregg Hemphill, Senior Director Global Soft Goods and Licensing at Callaway Golf. “Our women’s collection provides the ultimate in performance, comfort, style, and versatility, giving Georgia a 15th club in her bag and a big advantage over the rest of the field.”

Playing in front of the home crowd and with her father on her bag, Hall became the fourth the Englishwoman to win the championship. “I had so much support today from all the people backing me and supporting me and cheering my name, and the support, I'm just so grateful,” Hall said after the tournament. Hall played spectacular golf for her maiden victory by shooting four rounds in the sixties with only three bogeys. “I can’t really believe it,” added Hall. “I always said my first professional victory would be a major but I can’t believe it has actually come true.”

Wearing a combination of Callaway polos, skorts, shorts and waterproof pants, Georgia was able to withstand the ever-changing British Open elements so she could perform at the highest level.

Day 1 Outfit 
Micro Hex Polo - Pink Lady
Opti-Vent 17" Fast Track - Caviar

Day 2 Outfit
Shooting Star Polo - Blue Radiance
Womens Waterproof Pant

Day 3 Outfit
Long Sleeve Tonal Stripe Polo - Peacoat
19" Tech Short - Bright White

Day 4 Outfit
Shooting Star Polo - Pink Yarrow
Shooting Star Skort - Pink Yarrow

“Georgia’s wardrobe married the latest in fiber technology and performance-enhancing materials with a sophisticated, aesthetically pleasing design to usher in the newest standard in performance apparel,” added Hemphill.  “Callaway® Apparel pledges innovation, quality, and performance, which have always been our core attributes.”

Learn more at www.callawayapparel.com and www.pery.com.

Volvik Congratulates Pornanong Phatlum on 2nd-Place Finish at 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open

(ORLANDO, Florida) – Pornanog Phatlum, playing a Volvik S4 pink golf ball, led the 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open, contested Aug. 2-5 at Royal Lytham & St Anne’s Golf Club, in Lancashire, England, throughout the first three rounds and through the 15th hole of the final round. Exhibiting precision, composure and mastery on the historic 72-hole layout, she finished second with a total score of 15-under-par 273.

“We congratulate Pornanong Phatlum on her magnificent play at the Ricoh Women’s British Open,” said Don Shin, president of Volvik USA. “She demonstrated a high degree of proficiency and excellence throughout this thrilling tournament, and we know she will continue to succeed.”

A Thai professional golfer who plays on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour, Phatlum has multiple career top 10s and 17 worldwide victories.

For more information, see volvik.com.

BetDSI Sets Ryder Cup Odds for Every Player

Tiger and Phil heavy favorites

(RELEASE) - BetDSI has placed odds on the chances of 15 players outside of the top 7 in the current standings to make the USA Ryder Cup roster in 2018.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are heavy favorites to be on the squad, and oddsmakers anticipate both will be competing in September.

Who will play in 2018 Ryder Cup?
- T. Woods and P. Mickelson -450
- T. Woods and NOT P. Mickelson +700
- P. Mickelson and NOT T. Woods +1200
- Neither T. Woods nor P. Mickelson +3500

Tiger Woods makes 2018 Ryder Cup team
Yes -1600

Phil Mickelson makes 2018 Ryder Cup team
Yes -700

Bryson DeChambeau makes 2018 Ryder Cup team
Yes -350

Xander Schauffele makes 2018 Ryder Cup team
Yes -350

Webb Simpson makes 2018 Ryder Cup team
Yes +125

Matt Kuchar makes 2018 Ryder Cup team
Yes +140

Tony Finau makes 2018 Ryder Cup team
Yes +250

Kevin Kisner makes 2018 Ryder Cup team
Yes +300

Brian Harman makes 2018 Ryder Cup team
Yes +700

Kevin Na makes 2018 Ryder Cup team
Yes +800

Zach Johnson makes 2018 Ryder Cup team
Yes +1000

Aaron Wise makes 2018 Ryder Cup team
Yes +1600

Kyle Stanley makes 2018 Ryder Cup team
Yes +1600

Jimmy Walker makes 2018 Ryder Cup team
Yes +2500

Kevin Chappell makes 2018 Ryder Cup team
Yes +2500

Odds to Win 2018 Ryder Cup
USA -120
Europe +105
Tie +1000

More information: www.BetDSI.eu

Toptracer Range to Make U.S. Major Championship Debut at 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive CC

(ST. LOUIS) – Toptracer, the most used ball-tracking technology in golf broadcasts around the world, will make its American major championship range debut at the 100th PGA Championship, Aug. 9-12 at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.

The popular ground-breaking technology will be on display on a giant LED screen at the driving range. For fans watching at home, Toptracer will be featured in the CBS, TNT, Golf Channel and PGA.com broadcasts from the golf range, showing how players in the field prepare for their rounds and also practice.

This week on the practice range, golf fans can see real-time data, view the shape of each PGA Championship competitors’ shot, and compare it to other players for an exciting spectator experience. Cameras are strategically positioned on the entire length of the practice range to ensure that every shot hit is tracked.

Toptracer will also cover all 18 tee boxes, while two wireless fairway systems will track second and third shots on the course. A third fairway system will be dedicated to Hole No. 17—which will show the ball trajectory in a unique, virtual, 3-D format. Three tees will also be part of a state-of-the-art DirecTV 4K HLG HDR broadcast.

“The PGA of America is proud that the 100th PGA Championship will be home to the largest activation of golf ball tracking technology ever, as well as the first major in the country to implement Toptracer Range,” said PGA Chief Commercial Officer Jeff Price. “Each year, we implement the most innovative technologies to provide an exciting, game-changing experience for fans attending the PGA Championship and for those enjoying the telecast at home.”

Founded by Swedish engineers trying to visualize golf ball trajectories for television viewers, Toptracer has been featured at every large-stage event golf has to offer. Toptracer is presented in more than 100 broadcast productions each year and at driving ranges in 15 states and seven countries.

“Our goal is to transform the way golf is watched and played, providing golfers a new way to play and practice,” said Ben Sharpe, president of Toptracer. “We are proud to team with the PGA of America to create a fun, interactive range experience for the fans at the 100th PGA Championship. The PGA recognizes how advanced technology can enhance the golfing experience and, ultimately, help grow the game.”

For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.org.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Andrew Putnam Wins First PGA TOUR Event

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Trusting the tour-validated performance of his Srixon and Cleveland Golf equipment, Andrew Putnam wins his first PGA TOUR event at Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada. With a near-flawless final-round, 68, Putnam capitalized with his short game to a 4 point victory.

Entering the final-round as the solo leader by 3 points (PGA TOUR’s only modified Stableford scoring event), Putnam the 29-year-old native from Tacoma, Washington, continued to capitalize on his lead with two early birdies in his first four holes.

“I don’t know if you ever expect a win coming off a season on the Web.com Tour,” Putnam said. “You’re just trying to keep your card. But I’ve been playing really good the last couple months and I felt I was one of the favorites coming into this tournament. I felt like if I played my game I had a chance.”

Besides the $612,000 first-place check, Putnam’s first victory on the PGA TOUR earns him a spot in the PGA Championship next week at Bellerive Country Club. Including 300 FedExCup points and a 2-year exemption on the PGA TOUR.

At the Barracuda Championship, Putnam was T1 in birdies (24), first in Strokes Gained: Putting (8.495), first in Strokes Gained: Total (19.003) and first in Scrambling (88.46%).

In Andrew Putnam’s Bag:
· Srixon Z-STAR XV golf ball
· Cleveland Launcher DST 13° with Miyazaki Black 83x
· Srixon Z 745 irons (3, 5-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts
· Cleveland RTX-3 wedges (46°, 50°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts
· Srixon staff bag, hat, glove

Other News:
Srixon Staffer, Sepp Straka won the KC Golf Classic on the Web.com Tour.

In Sepp Straka’s bag:
· Srixon Z 765 irons (4,5) Z 965 irons (6-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
· Cleveland RTX-3 proto wedges (46°, 50°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts
· Srixon Z-STAR XV golf ball
· Srixon staff bag

Sunday, August 5, 2018

GOLFTEC Launches Biggest Sale of the Year Through August

(Englewood, Colo.) – GOLFTEC – the world leader in golf improvement and the largest employer of PGA Teaching Professionals – announces its annual “CRUSH IT” sale has kicked off and runs through the end of August at all training centers in the U.S. and Canada, providing up to 20% off on the company’s renowned programs, including Swing Evaluations, TECFIT, game plans and lesson packs.

Highly efficient and helping students drop an average of seven strokes from their scorecard, GOLFTEC’s lessons are taught by certified coaches who utilize the most innovative teaching technology in the world, including advanced motion measurement, video analysis and premium launch monitors.

The company’s enhanced TECFIT custom club fitting program is a TOUR-like fitting experience combining swing characteristics with ball flight data to help identify the 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 will maximize their performance. Nearly 75% of all golfers who experience a TECFIT custom driver fitting gain an average of 25 yards over their previous equipment.

For more information on the August Sale please visit https://www.golftec.com/august-sale.    

“We teach approximately one million lessons every year and are on pace to give more high-end club fittings in 2018 than any company in golf,” says Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO of GOLFTEC. “Our coaches are extremely good at what they do and the proof is in the results our students see every day. August is the perfect time to visit GOLFTEC and see what we can do for your game.”

While the majority of lessons are taught indoors in private bays, coaches also accompany players for on-course/outdoor lessons to ensure their game translates to the golf course and improve on course strategy.

The renowned, global GOLFTEC coaching team is comprised of experienced instructors, most of whom are PGA Professionals and have taught thousands of lessons. Each goes through a rigorous multi-week certification at GOLFTEC University including continued, advanced training to master the analysis of golf swing mechanics, the technology utilized by GOLFTEC and the most productive teaching techniques. Committed to strengthening the industry and hiring only the best staff, GOLFTEC is the largest employer of PGA Instructors in the world.

To learn more about GOLFTEC, visit www.golftec.com or call 877-446-5383.

John Rahm, Larry Fitzgerald Join "Feherty," Monday at 9 p.m. ET

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Two-time PGA TOUR winner and current No. 5 ranked player in the world Jon Rahm, along with All-Pro NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald 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 June at Whisper Rock Golf Club in Arizona (where both are members), the episode will focus on a number of topics, including:
· Rahm discussing the Ryder Cup later this year, and weighing in on Europe’s chances.
· Fitzgerald detailing his humble outlook on a career spent in the spotlight.
· Rahm reflecting on the influence of other Spaniard professional golfers in his career.
· Rahm recounting the putt that clinched his first PGA TOUR victory at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
· A True or False? segment with Feherty offering hypothetical questions for Fitzgerald and Rahm to each consider about their fellow guest.

Future guests on Feherty this year (premiering Mondays at 9 p.m. ET) include four-time European Tour winner and reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood (August 13) and actor/comedian Kevin Nealon (Saturday Night Live) on August 20.

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.

Nexbelt to Supply Custom Logoed Belts for the 100th PGA Championship

(RANCHO CUCAMONGA) - Nexbelt, "The Fastest Growing Belt in Golf," announced today that they will be supplying custom logoed belts for the upcoming 100th PGA Championship, scheduled for August 9-12 at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, MO.

The belts are available exclusively in the merchandise tent at the tournament and feature the logo for the 100th PGA Championship on three different belt/buckle combinations.

The 49,000 square foot 2018 PGA Championship Shops sports pavilion is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC on Friday, August 3 through Sunday August, 6th...and no ticket is necessary! For more information click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En3Gu65dE4s

"We're very excited to be supplying belts for the 100th PGA Championship," said Eddie Rowland, Co-Founder of Nexbelt. "It's one of only four major tournaments held each year and it's a very elite field, so we're honored to just be a part of it."

With over 40 players now wearing Nexbelt on the PGA TOUR, it's considered "The Fastest Growing Belt in Golf". Its team of Staff Professionals for 2018 includes Tour Players Jim Furyk, Kevin Na, William McGirt, Jason Bohn, Greg Chalmers and many more.

Nexbelt is 100% committed to offering its customers superior customer service and the most innovative and technologically advanced products available.

Nexbelt's DRIVE Vision ...
Deliver what we Promise with Integrity.
Retain the Human touch
Invest in Good People generously.
Value our Customers Unconditionally.
Embrace Change with Innovation.

Company Founders, Tom Hunsucker, and Eddie and Francis Rowland started Nexbelt in 2010 with a vision to reinvent the way Americans buy, sell and wear their belts. Tired of the old outdated pin/buckle system, they set their sights on creating a belt that would be both adjustable and highly fashionable at the same time. Out of this passion, Nexbelt, "The Belt With No Holes" was born.

For more information about Nexbelt, visit www.Nexbelt.com.

Troon to Oversee Operations at Santa Ana Country Club in San Jose, Costa Rica

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in club management, development, and marketing, has been selected to oversee the daily operations at Santa Ana Country Club, a new, non-golf country club currently under development by Garnier & Garnier in San Jose, Costa Rica. The club will be operated by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon.

Santa Ana Country Club is scheduled to open in the next six months and will provide members with exceptional food and beverage, aquatics, racquet sports, fitness and social connections. The club has allocated 90 percent of its property to green areas with 1.6 miles of trails for walking, running, or cycling; and a Dog Park. Santa Ana will include three swimming pools, including an eight-lane semi-Olympic pool; tennis, volleyball, squash, and soccer courts, as well as exclusive playgrounds and indoor areas for children and teenagers. In addition, the clubhouse will also feature two high-definition golf simulators, a putting green, and a 10,000 square-foot fitness and wellness facility with spinning, yoga, and Pilates, as well as a massage area. Plus, the club will include four environments for unique culinary experiences (a sports bar, a coffee bar, casual and formal restaurants), a business center and rooms for social events.

“Troon will bring a level of sophistication and professionalism to the day-to-day management and operation of the club that is unprecedented in the country,” said José Alvaro Jenkins, president of the Board of Directors of Club del  Valle del Oeste  (a group of investment partners).

Santa Ana Country Club will have all the characteristics of a high-end resort, in a healthy, safe and stimulating environment. The social and sports club will be a versatile solution for members to spend time with friends and family, enjoy varied cuisine, exercise, study, work or simply relax.

“From the first day we met with the Garnier & Garnier team, we identified with their vision focusing on wellness and an outstanding member experience,” said Bruce Glasco, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Troon. “We are excited to be part of Santa Ana Country Club from the early stages of development.”

As a Troon Privé-managed club, qualified Santa Ana Country Club members will enjoy access to extraordinary golf and lifestyle benefits around the world, including reciprocal access to other private clubs in the Troon Privé portfolio and tee times at Troon Golf-managed resort and daily facilities around the world through the Troon Advantage program.

For more information on Santa Ana Country Club, visit www.SantaAnaCountryClubcr.com.

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

PGA TOUR & NBC Sports Group Announce Strategic OTT Partnership

PGA TOUR LIVE’s Thursday & Friday Morning Coverage to be Distributed as Standalone Subscription Offering within NBC Sports Gold in 2019

(ORLANDO & PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.) – The PGA TOUR and NBC Sports Group announced a new, innovative, multi-year digital partnership. Starting in 2019, NBC Sports Gold, NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product, will be the United States’ home of PGA TOUR LIVE, the PGA TOUR’s over-the-top subscription video service. The partnership includes rights to all of PGA TOUR LIVE’s Thursday and Friday morning coverage from 28 events, starting with the CareerBuilder Challenge in January, featuring THE PLAYERS in March, and running through the FedExCup Playoffs in August.

Since launching in 2015, PGA TOUR LIVE has brought fans exclusive coverage of the best players in the world on Thursday and Friday mornings – the first time that complete, live coverage of morning marquee groups was offered. The platform also features real-time video highlights, complete round replays and tournament recap programming.

NBC Sports Gold is an industry leader in direct-to-consumer live streaming with a robust portfolio of properties. Launched in 2016, NBC Sports Gold’s offerings complement NBC Sports’ broadcast and cable distribution. In addition to PGA TOUR LIVE, NBC Sports Gold includes packages for fans of the Tour de France, Premier League, Rugby World Cup, Boston Marathon, Pro Motocross and also coming in 2019, IndyCar, among others. As part of NBC Sports Gold, PGA TOUR LIVE will be available on desktop, Android and iOS Devices, Apple TV; and will expand to Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Roku next year. NBC Sports Gold is powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digital’s best-in-class live streaming and VOD solution, which in 2018 delivered 4.37 billion live streaming minutes for the three biggest digital events: Super Bowl LII, Winter Olympics, and FIFA World Cup.

“Since we launched PGA TOUR LIVE in late 2015, the fan feedback has been tremendous,” said Rick Anderson, Chief Media Officer of the PGA TOUR. “In 2018, virtually every key metric is up triple digits versus last year and the coverage gets better and better every week. Moving PGA TOUR LIVE over to NBC Sports Gold represents the next evolution of our product. Not only will Golf Channel and NBC Sports be promoting PGA TOUR LIVE to its massive audience of millions of television and digital viewers, but also, PGA TOUR LIVE will now be available on several new connected TV devices due to NBC Sports’ expanded platform distribution. In 2019, our live coverage will be significantly better, and more accessible, for subscribers of PGA TOUR LIVE.”

“We’ve worked together with the PGA TOUR on many projects across many platforms and we’re looking forward to taking the next step with PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold,” said Mike McCarley, President, Golf, NBC Sports. “Building upon years of partnership, NBC Sports Group and the PGA TOUR are raising the profile of PGA TOUR LIVE as a complement to the hundreds of live hours of PGA TOUR tournament coverage across Golf Channel and NBC Sports. As we help build PGA TOUR LIVE, we’re fortunate to be able to apply lessons learned from years of digital innovation in covering some of the biggest events in sports via NBC Sports’ best-in-class streaming capabilities.”

In 2019, PGA TOUR LIVE plans to stream more than 360 hours of exclusive subscription coverage, as well as hundreds of hours of free Featured Holes coverage, complementing televised coverage from 28 PGA TOUR events next year. PGA TOUR Entertainment will continue to produce the live coverage. Highlights of the PGA TOUR LIVE subscription package launching on NBC Sports Gold include:
· Pre-game Show: a 30-minute preview program that leads into the morning’s live competition coverage.
· Featured Groups: early round coverage on Thursday and Friday prior to Golf Channel’s afternoon television window. Featured Groups coverage follows two concurrent, high-profile groups throughout their 18-hole rounds. To-date in 2018, PGA TOUR LIVE has featured entire rounds (outside traditional televised windows) of Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, and dozens more.
· Featured Holes: live coverage of some of the PGA TOUR’s most iconic holes, concurrent with Golf Channel’s television window (traditionally from 3-6 p.m. ET).
· Integrated Statistical Feeds: Users never have to leave the action with integrated live leaderboards and player scorecards.
· Comprehensive Viewership Experience: Streamlines the PGA TOUR viewership experience by providing golf fans a continuous platform for streaming via NBC Sports Gold for PGA TOUR LIVE’s, Golf Channel’s and NBC Sports’ coverage windows.
· Featured Player Recaps: Users can get caught up on the day’s action with new condensed rounds from each player in the Featured Group coverage.
· Event Recaps: Watch an event recap in an hour-long cut down show that highlights the best of that weeks’ tournament.

Pricing options for PGA TOUR LIVE in 2019 will be announced in January. Users who sign up via www.pgatourlive.com will be kept aware of the latest news and announcements related to its 2019 launch on NBC Sports Gold. For golf fans outside of the United States, the same comprehensive PGA TOUR LIVE coverage will be available. More information will be announced by the PGA TOUR at a later date.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

USGA and Topgolf’s World Golf Tour Game Launch Inaugural Virtual U.S. Amateur Esports Competition

Championship Match to be Played Live at Topgolf Atlanta Midtown 

(FAR HILLS, N.J.) - The USGA and Topgolf have launched the first Virtual U.S. Amateur on the World Golf Tour (WGT) game. The game is available on the popular WGT Golf app, WGT.com and usga.org, offering fans an opportunity to compete in an esports competition on the iconic Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links, culminating in a live, head-to-head style final round.

The Virtual U.S. Amateur finalists will each win a trip to Atlanta, Ga., to play an 18-hole match live on a big-screen TV at the Topgolf Atlanta Midtown location on Sept. 22, 2018. The winner of the inaugural event will receive a $500 Topgolf gift card, a $500 USGA gift card and an exemption into the 2019 Virtual U.S. Open on WGT.

Similar to WGT’s Virtual U.S. Open, which has been running as an esports competition for 10 years with more than 4.7 million participants, the Virtual U.S. Amateur will use USGA tee markers and flags. In 2018 alone, 3.5 million rounds of the Virtual U.S. Open were played.

“Today, millions of people play and watch esports, making it the fastest-growing phenomenon in media and entertainment,” said Navin Singh, head of Global Content and Media Distribution for the USGA. “With the support of WGT and Topgolf, the inaugural Virtual U.S. Amateur will bring the esports experience to golf. This is the next step in the USGA’s continued efforts to innovate and connect with new audiences worldwide.”

Contestants can play unlimited qualifying rounds for the 2018 Virtual U.S. Amateur from Aug. 1-26. The top 32 scores from the qualifier will be automatically seeded in two 16-player brackets and will win 2,000 WGT Credits for earning a spot in the Bracket Tournament. Starting on Aug. 29, competitors will square off in single head-to-head stroke-play rounds on the virtual Pebble Beach Golf Links. The lowest score between the two players will win the match and advance to the next round. The two finalists will each receive 6,000 WGT Credits and the semifinalists will win 4,000 WGT Credits.

“For the past 10 years, we have collaborated with the USGA to hold the Virtual U.S. Open esports competition on the country’s most iconic venues,” said Topgolf Media President YuChiang Cheng. “We’re excited to continue bringing together virtual and physical golf experiences with the first Virtual U.S. Amateur. The U.S. Amateur-style format of this new tournament and live championship at Topgolf Atlanta Midtown will create an exciting virtual golf experience for competitors and spectators alike.”

The WGT Golf app is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store as well as a desktop version on WGT.com.

To learn more, visit usga.org or topgolf.com.

Topgolf Tees Off Month-Long Campaign Benefiting Make-A-Wish

Beginning August 1, Topgolf will offer guests opportunities to help make more wishes come true

(PHOENIX) –  Global sports entertainment leader Topgolf, known for their fun, games and great food – for all ages – today launched their fundraising campaign benefiting Make-A-Wish. Topgolf guests will have three ways to give within the venues and the WGT app, helping to raise the funds necessary to make wishes possible for children with critical illnesses.

Since 2016, Topgolf has raised more than $485,000 for Make-A-Wish and has impacted more than 50 wish kids. Earlier this year, Topgolf named Dolf Berle CEO, who also sits on Make-A-Wish’s Board of Directors. Berle’s history of building strong charitable partnerships make this year’s campaign more promising than ever.

“We at Topgolf are tremendously excited to partner with Make-A-Wish in their noble mission.  One of our central cultural pillars is to be a team that cares for others in all the communities we serve.  I am excited for the many Wish-Children and families we will be able to support through this work, and for the opportunity to care for others that this brings to all our Topgolf associates across the country.”

Beginning August 1 and continuing through August 31, Topgolf offers guests three ways to donate. The sweetest way to give back is through the purchase of Injectable Donut Holes—a Topgolf staple and an exclusive blueberry flavor will be available for the month of August. For every order of the Injectable Donut Holes, $1 will be donated to Make-A-Wish. Guests may also add a donation to their receipt —with 100% of the donation benefiting Make-A-Wish. A $5 donation yields a bounce back offer for $10 off gameplay during the next visit. Not to be forgotten, Topgolf’s virtual guests also have an opportunity give back through the Topgolf World Tour Golf app. WGT will donate $1 for each sleeve of special Make-A-Wish balls or ball effects back to Make-A-Wish, up to $10,000.

“As Make-A-Wish strives to provide life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, we depend on companies like Topgolf and their guests who share our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “Topgolf not only helps raise the resources critical to making these wishes possible, they also host wish parties at locations across the U.S., further showing their commitment and belief that wishes are an important part of a wish child’s medical journey—providing hope when it is needed most.”

To stay updated on how Topgolf is making wishes come true, follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

To learn more about Make-A-Wish, visit www.wish.org.

Lamkin Grips Announces Partnership with Women's PGA Champion Danielle Kang

(SAN DIEGO) – Lamkin Corporation – the original manufacturer of premium golf grips - is very proud to announce Danielle Kang, the winner of the 2017 Women’s PGA Championship, as their new LPGA brand ambassador and the company’s first female spokesperson.

Upon signing the new multi-year agreement, Kang commented on working with the Lamkin team to create her own customized grips, “I’ve really enjoyed the process of testing and refining my grip selection with Lamkin. It’s a privilege to work with a company that is so committed to developing new grip innovations and groundbreaking technologies. With such a wide assortment of grip materials, surface patterns and sizes, even the most discriminating golfers can find a Lamkin grip that’s perfectly suited to their game.”

In addition to playing with Lamkin grips, Kang will provide valuable player testing, product development feedback and appear in upcoming Lamkin Grips’ advertising and promotional campaigns in the United States and in key international markets. Lamkin is also working closely with Kang on a signature line of golf grips incorporating the company’s patent-pending GENESIS material and new FINGERPRINT TECHNOLOGY.

Bob Lamkin, CEO and President of Lamkin Grips, shares Kang’s enthusiasm for the new partnership and the company’s growing presence on the LPGA Tour, “Danielle is an exceptional athlete who is at the forefront of a new generation of players making the LPGA Tour one of the most entertaining places to watch golf. Since Danielle moved into the spotlight after her Major win, she has handled herself with tremendous confidence and poise. I am extremely proud of this new partnership and look forward to Danielle representing the Lamkin brand to golf enthusiasts around the world.”

Throughout the upcoming season and in 2019, Kang will be highlighted in various Lamkin marketing and social media campaigns as well as swinging the company’s grips in the world’s biggest Women’s golf events.

More information: www.Lamkingrips.com

Troon Selected to Manage Laughlin Ranch Golf Club in Bullhead City, Arizona

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing, has been selected to manage Laughlin Ranch Golf Club, a daily-fee facility in Bullhead City, Arizona. Troon Golf, the resort and daily-fee club operations division of Troon, will manage the golf, restaurant, spa and club operations at Laughlin Ranch.

Established in 2002, Laughlin Ranch features an 18-hole, David Druzisky-designed golf course, dining, and spa services at The Spa at Laughlin Ranch. The golf course plays to a par of 72 and measures 7,155 yards from the back tees. Overlooking the Colorado River Valley with spectacular views of the Colorado River, Laughlin’s casino strip and the nearby Black Mountains, the course features dramatic elevation changes, wide fairways and generously-sized greens. Laughlin Ranch is currently ranked No. 13 on Golfweek magazine’s list of “Best Courses You Can Play in Arizona” and has been recognized as the “Best Clubhouse in the United States” by Golf Inc. magazine.

“Laughlin Ranch is a hidden gem among Arizona golf courses,” said Mitch Harrell, president, Troon Golf. “The golf course and amenities here are outstanding. Troon is looking forward to working with ownership and the onsite team to further elevate operations, food and beverage, agronomy and the overall experience.”

In 2017, The Mariners acquired the golf course, clubhouse, restaurant and spa from IMH Financial Corporation. In the year-plus since the acquisition, ownership has made numerous club and course enhancements aimed at improving the guest experience, including a new air-conditioning system for the clubhouse; plumbing repairs; new equipment in the restaurant and spa; and a new fleet of golf cars. With beautiful golf course and Colorado River views, the club’s restaurant offers guests both patio and indoor dining options in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Troon to continue fulfilling our vision for Laughlin Ranch Golf Club,” said The Mariner Family, owners of Laughlin Ranch Golf Club. “Troon is the proven leader in club management and the ideal organization to provide our club with the expertise to elevate our premier experience to even greater heights.”

For more information on Laughlin Ranch Golf Club, visit www.laughlinranch.com or call 866-684-4653.

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

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

USGA, The R&A Announce Plans to Limit Use of Green-Reading Materials Beginning in 2019

Clarifications reaffirm the position that a player’s ability to read the greens is an essential skill that should be retained; still allows for traditional yardage books, handwritten player and caddie notes

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. AND ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND) - The USGA and The R&A are proposing regulations regarding the use of green-reading materials, reaffirming the need for a player to read greens based on their own judgment, skill and ability.

Following a six-week period of feedback and consultation with interested parties that begins today, the regulations will be finalized in a published “interpretation” of Rule 4.3 (Use of Equipment) and adopted Jan. 1, 2019, when golf’s new rules take effect.

“Both the USGA and The R&A are committed to the position that a player’s ability to read their line of play on the putting green is an essential skill that should be retained,” said Thomas Pagel, Senior Director, Rules of Golf and Amateur Status for the USGA. “The focus of the interpretation is to develop an approach that is both effective and enforceable.”

David Rickman, Executive Director – Governance at The R&A, said, “We have looked carefully at the use of these green-reading materials and the extremely detailed information they provide and our view is that they tip the balance too far away from the essential skill and judgment required to read subtle slopes on the greens. It is important to be clear, however, that we still regard the use of yardage books and handwritten notes to be an entirely appropriate part of the game.”

The key elements of the proposed interpretation are as follows:

Minimum Slope Indication Limit – A minimum slope indication limit of 4 percent (2.29 degrees) is proposed (this includes lines, arrows, numbers or any other indicators); this will have the effect of eliminating such indicators of slope from those areas of the putting green where the hole is most likely to be positioned (which tend to be cut on reasonably flat sections of the putting green with a degree of slope of less than 3.5 percent - or 2 degrees). This proposed limit also equates roughly with the amount of slope that is readily visible to the naked eye.

Maximum Scale Limit – A maximum scale of 3/8 inch to 5 yards (1:480) is proposed; this will limit the size in print form to a pocket-sized publication and has the effect of restricting the space for handwritten notes (also referenced below).

Indicative Information - General information that is included in traditional yardage books or course guides, such as basic illustrations that show the outline of the putting green and include indicative information like the tops of ridges or general slopes, will continue to be permitted.

Handwritten Notes - Handwritten notes will continue to be allowed, but such notes cannot be used to create either a direct copy or a facsimile (replica) of a detailed green map.

Interested parties are encouraged to contact the USGA at rules@usga.org or The R&A with questions, feedback or suggestions for improvement prior to Sept. 14, 2018.

The governing bodies will issue the regulation by no later than Oct. 15, 2018 for its planned Jan. 1, 2019 adoption.

Galvin Green Launches EDGE Capsule Collection

Urban-Inspired Line Designed for On and Off Course Wear

(Växjö, Sweden) – Galvin Green – the world’s leading maker of high-performance and functional golf clothing for serious players and the No. 1 global golf partner of GORE-TEX – announces the launch of the EDGE capsule collection crafted for the modern, style-conscious golfer. The exclusive EDGE range features 3D patterned bomber jackets, camo polo shirts, sweatshirts, bandanas and more available at select golf shops and TrendyGolfUSA.com.

Three years in the making, EDGE is composed of 16 contemporary garments and accessories themed in a fashionable camo look featuring unique color combinations of black, grey, green and red. The line covers most of the brand’s pioneering multi-layers, designed to help golfers play in all weather conditions.

“The EDGE collection is more than just a brand statement – it reflects the feedback we’ve had from younger golfers who are very keen to be seen wearing Galvin Green branded gear, both on and increasingly off the golf course,” says Nicholai Stein, Brand Manager of Galvin Green. “Galvin Green focuses on using the most advanced fabric technology for high-performance apparel in fashionable colors, but EDGE is all about cool-looking gear you can wear anytime that will also perform while you’re on the course.”

In addition to matching camo belts and caps, the collection includes shell layer waterproof jackets, windproof Interface-1 tops, warm Insula sweatshirts and cool Ventil8 Plus shirts and pants, retaining all the renowned Galvin Green technical performance benefits.

The shell layer is highlighted by the E-LLUSION, a waterproof GORE-TEX full-zip jacket in a striking 3D pattern with mesh lining, a lightly padded collar and subtle branding on the chest and back of collar. The lightweight E-TRIANGLE IRON jacket features GORE-TEX Paclite Technology stretch fabric in a tailored fit with an extra-light padded collar.

Additionally, the EDGE Interface-1 hybrid jacket offerings includes the E-GOLF BASE jacket with two-way front opening for a full-zip or button-down option plus a quilted collar with rib cuffs and hem; and the E-CAM PRINTED full-zip jacket with double layered collar, rib cuffs and hem, front pockets and red accented wind panel.

Three Insula jackets are included within the range – the black E-INSULA PATCHWORK, the E-INSULA WAVE half-zip pullover with an eccentric black and white design and front kangaroo pockets, and the E-INSULA GG LOGO sweatshirt that sports a front cell phone pocket and EDGE chest logo.

Complementary E-BLACK Ventil8 pants with a bold white stripe are a standout item of the line along with Ventil8 Plus polo shirts E-EMPFLAGE in camo with stripes, E-CAMONOIR with contrast collar and sleeve trim, and E-THE WHITE and E-THE RED shirts. Completing the line are the E-CAMO belt, two E-CAPS in red and green, and an E-CAMO bandana.

Galvin Green is also the Official Team Supplier of Weatherwear for the 2018 European Ryder Cup Team. Through this partnership, the company will provide its premium outerwear garments to the captains, vice captains, team members and their caddies during the matches at Le Golf National. Part of the brand’s esteemed Multi-Layer system, the outfit includes a GORE-TEX® fabric shell layer and an Interface-1™ hybrid jacket.

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

Learn more at www.GalvinGreen.com. Get social at www.Facebook.com/GalvinGreen and @GalvinGreen with #staycool #stayahead.

Volvik Congratulates Stephen Ames on T3 Finish at 2018 Senior British Open Championship

(ORLANDO, Florida) – Volvik USA (volvik.com) congratulates PGA Tour Champions player Stephen Ames on his T3 finish at the Senior British Open Championship presented by Rolex, played July 26-29 at the Old Course at St Andrews, in St Andrews, Scotland. At 10 under par for the Championship, Ames, who plays the Volvik TOUR S3 urethane multi-layer ball, finished two shots out of the lead.

“We send our heartfelt congratulations to Stephen Ames on his outstanding Senior British Open Championship,” said Don Shin, president of Volvik USA, a rapidly-growing, premium high-performance golf ball company. “With his T10 finish at the American Family Insurance Championship in June, he is putting together a stellar season.”

Ames, 54, has one career victory on the PGA Tour Champions and six additional victories worldwide, including The Players Championship. He resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The Volvik TOUR S3 golf ball features three-piece construction, a urethane, glossy cover and a 90 compression oversized core.  The S3 provides extremely soft feel, excellent greenside control, a mid-high trajectory and a tight dispersion for greater distance.

For more information, see volvik.com.

Srixon Introduces The New Soft Feel Golf Ball: Distance Never Felt This Good

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.) — SRIXON, a global leader in golf ball technology and innovation, announces the launch of the new Soft Feel golf ball. The Srixon Soft Feel is available in Soft White and Tour Yellow and officially launches in North America on August 1, 2018.

Now in its 11th generation, Srixon engineered the latest iteration of the Soft Feel specifically for golfers wanting to maximize distance and control with exceptional feel. Featuring a soft cover, innovative core, and upgraded dimple pattern, the Soft Feel delivers all-around performance from tee to green at an unmatched price. Longer. Softer. Better. The new Soft Feel from Srixon.

“The all-new Soft Feel was designed to help players maximize their distance off the tee, while providing even better feel and control,” said Jeff Brunski, Vice President of Research and Development. “The latest generation of Soft Feel accomplishes this goal offering a lower compression ball for incredible distance, but a softer cover to provide that greenside performance all players crave. The Soft Feel provides all-around performance at an incredible value which really separates this golf ball from the rest.”

The key technologies inside the new Soft Feel include:
· Energetic Gradient Growth Core. Soft Feel’s core technology provides a high-launch, low spin trajectory off the tee for added distance with an ultra-soft feel.
· Soft, Thin Cover. The softer, thinner cover promotes more greenside spin and a softer feel on all pitches, chips and putts.
· 338 Speed Dimple Pattern. The upgraded dimple pattern reduces drag and cuts through the wind for more accuracy and consistency on every shot.
Independent Test Results:

Srixon worked with Golf Laboratories, Inc. to conduct independent, outdoor robot testing of the new Soft Feel golf ball against key competitors. The results show how Soft Feel provides optimal tee-to-green performance at an incredible value:
· The Energetic Gradient Growth Core and new 338 Speed Dimple Pattern provide ideal launch conditions and less drag, which delivers longer driver distance than more expensive ionomer cover competitors.
· The Soft Feel stands apart in terms of accurate iron play. The core technology, along with the new aerodynamic dimple pattern, allows the new Soft Feel to cut through any conditions, offering more distance, consistency and control with your irons.
· Srixon’s Soft Feel completes its all-around performance, and separates from the competition, with better greenside spin and control. Thanks to the thinner, softer cover, the Soft Feel generates more spin on pitch, chips shots than its more expensive competitors.

The Srixon Soft Feel golf ball officially launches in North America on August 1, 2018, at a MAP of $19.99 per dozen.

For more detailed information on the Soft Feel, visit: srixon.com