Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2018-19 Troon Saguaro Amateur Series includes the following events:
2018 SIZZLER AMATEUR – June 17-20 at Troon North (Monument Course) in Scottsdale, Arizona
2018 GOBBLER AMATEUR – November 18-21 at Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona
2018 AGAVE AMATEUR –  December 18-21 at Shadow Hills Golf Club near Palm Desert, California
2019 SAGUARO AMATEUR (Troon Saguaro Amateur Series Championship) – January 1-4, 2019 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Arizona
2019 WOMEN’S SAGUARO AMATEUR – January 6-9, 2019 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Arizona

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information: www.spanishwellscountryclub.com, 239.992.5100.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

FootJoy Introduces New FJ 1857 Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

StrackaLine now has 900+ courses scanned, including some of the nation's most prominent layouts. Use of the greens guides at the highest levels of the game has surged and the company now counts nearly every Division I golf program among its users.

The greens maps, which feature easy to read arrows, allow players to view contour and fall lines, in addition to slope percentage, anywhere on the green, all information that will continue to be legal.

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

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

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

Imperial Announces Partnership with Save Muny

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBC Sports' Johnny Miller Announces Retirement as Lead Golf Analyst

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moresand Group Announces Launch of Crystal Sports Travel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SubAir Systems Offers New Financing Options for Sports Turf Clients

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 15, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TaylorMade Golf Company Announces Addition to Players Irons Lineup with P760

The Next Generation of Forged Progression, P760 Irons Feature Optimized Engineering for Tour-Level Performance

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – TaylorMade Golf, the industry leader in iron technology and innovation, announced today the extension of its globally successful P700 series irons with the introduction of P760, a progressive forged players iron designed to give better players specifically what they want and need through the entire set, alleviating the possible consideration of combination sets. The P760 pulls performance technologies and shaping attributes from its Tour-proven siblings, the P750, P770 and P790. The P760 irons effectively replace the P750 & P770 in the TaylorMade lineup, giving players the performance of P750 in the short irons and improves on the performance of P770 in the long irons. The P760’s progressive design is individually optimized for each club from 3-iron to AW to provide Tour-caliber shaping and performance.

Forged Multi-Material Construction
The progressive design of P760 goes beyond shaping; specifically, the iron’s construction. The P760’s unique iron design transitions from a single piece 1025CS forged head in the 8-PW/AW to a 1025CS forged hollow body with SUS630 face material injected with our revolutionary SpeedFoam™ in the 3-7 irons. The hollow cavity construction (3-7 irons) produces consistent distance while adding forgiveness to maintain optimized gapping throughout the set, while the one-piece forged construction in the 8 through AW results in remarkable feel and shot shaping capability for better ball strikers.

Progressive Player-Preferred Shaping
Shaping is one of the most critical phases in the development of a new iron, and TaylorMade’s engineers set out to create a progressive set that met even the most discerning players’ demands. Head size, offset and lofts have been meticulously detailed to engineer specifically what better players demand for precision shot making. The sole geometry of the P760 has also been redesigned with a chamfered leading edge that delivers a cleaner entry into the turf, activating the club’s bounce without the risk of digging, all within a square look at address.
SpeedFoam Technology
SpeedFoam technology, which was first introduced in the highly popular P790 irons last fall, has been incorporated into the P760’s 3-7 irons. SpeedFoam serves the dual purpose of generating ball speed while also dampening vibrations to create optimal sound and feel. SpeedFoam is injected into the club head in liquid form before expanding within the club, providing increased face support while maintaining the soft, solid sound and feel that golfers prefer.

"With P760, we set out to design a players iron for Tour-level competition, combining all the elements that are most desirable to the better golfer. The P760’s progressive set shaping enables short irons to be compact and precise while the long irons take on a hollow construction, injected with our revolutionary SpeedFoam. P760 is designed to inspire confidence whether you’re attacking pins from short range or sticking greens from long range."
- Brian Bazzel, VP of Product Creation, TaylorMade Golf

Specifications, Pricing & Availability
Available starting November 2 at an MSRP of $1,399.99 USD, P760 will be available as an 8-piece set (3-PW, with AW also available), equipped with True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100) shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips.

Dynamic Brands Makes Several New Hires in Virginia and North Carolina

Customer Service, Operations and Production Teams Continue to Grow

(Richmond, VA) – Dynamic Brands, parent company for a portfolio of seven premium sporting goods brands, is pleased to announce a series of new hires in Richmond, Virginia and Monroe, North Carolina in customer service, IT and production.

At corporate headquarters in Richmond, Virginia, Rick Spiers joined the customer service team as a Customer Service Coordinator. Alec Christian is the newest addition to the operations team as an IT Project Manager. The areas of finance, accounting, human resources, operations, IT, logistics, customer service, marketing, sales and product development for Dynamic Brands are all based in Richmond.

Melissa Cotton and Krysta Scott recently started as full-time warehouse workers/assemblers in Monroe, North Carolina. Production and warehouse operations are based in Monroe and support Dynamic Brands with customer service, sales, storage, assembly, packaging and shipping.

"We’re excited to add these talented team members supporting our expanding lines of brands at both locations," said Craig Ramsbottom, president of Dynamic Brands. Dynamic Brands employs approximately 28 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees at the Monroe, North Carolina location, which will be moving into a larger facility in Pageland, South Carolina in the first quarter of 2019. The Richmond, Virginia corporate headquarters for Dynamic Brands employs approximately 29 full-time, part-time and temporary employees.

For more information, visit www.dynamicbrands.com.

USGA and The R&A Finalize Limits on Use of Green-Reading Materials

Limits on size and scale of putting-green maps introduced but handwritten player and caddie notes still permitted

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. AND ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND) - The USGA and The R&A have published the finalized interpretation on the use of green-reading materials in golf, which take effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

The new interpretation of Rule 4.3 (Use of Equipment) has been introduced following a six-week feedback period. It reaffirms the governing bodies’ view that the ability of golfers to read greens using their own judgment is an essential skill that should be maintained, and defines how such materials may be used.

The interpretation limits the size and scale of detailed putting-green maps and any similar electronic or digital materials that a player may use during a round to assist with reading his or her line of play on the putting green.

“These latest modifications provide very practical changes that make the interpretation easier to understand and apply in the field,” said Thomas Pagel, USGA senior managing director, Governance. “We’re thankful for everyone’s willingness to provide feedback as we worked through the process of identifying a clear interpretation that protects the essential skill of reading a green, while still allowing for information that helps golfers enjoy the game.”

David Rickman, executive director – Governance at The R&A said, “We received some extremely useful feedback over the last six weeks that helped us finalize the limits. It is important that we take steps to ensure that skill and judgment are the main determinants of success in reading the greens. The new interpretation is a first step in the process and we will keep green-reading materials under review in 2019 to assess whether any further action is required.”

Golfers may continue to use a putting-green map or other putting-green information, except that:
- Any image of a putting green must be limited to a scale of 3/8 inch to 5 yards (1:480) or smaller (the “scale limit”).
- Any book or other paper containing a map or image of a putting green must not be larger than 4 ¼ inches x 7 inches (the “size limit”), although a “hole location sheet” that displays nine or more holes on a single sheet of paper may be larger, provided that any image of a single putting green meets the scale limit.
- No magnification of putting-green information is allowed other than a player’s normal wearing of prescription glasses or lenses.
- Hand-drawn or written information about a putting green is only allowed if contained in a book or paper meeting the size limit and written by the player and/or his or her caddie.

The final interpretation also clearly defines that any use of electronic or digital putting-green maps must comply with the same limits.  A player is still in breach of Rule 4.3 if the player uses any device not consistent with the purpose of the limits, including:
- Increasing the size of the green’s representation beyond the scale or size limits.
- Producing a recommended line of play based on the location (or estimated location) of the player’s ball (see Rule 4.3a(1)).

Some of the changes made to the original proposal following the feedback period include the removal of: (1) the proposed minimum slope indication limit of 4% and (2) the prohibition against using handwritten notes to create a copy or facsimile of a detailed green map.

Additions to the original proposal include: (1) a new size limit for the printed book/material (restricted to pocket-size), (2) a new prohibition against magnification of putting green information and (3) a new requirement that that any hand-drawn or written information must be in a book or on a paper meeting the size limit and must be written by the player and/or his or her caddie.

The USGA and The R&A will continue to evaluate the future development and use of green-reading materials, as they ascertain the impact of the new interpretation to see if further modifications are necessary.

For more information about the new Rules of Golf, visit www.USGA.org or www.RandA.org.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Hall of Famers and Major Champions Headline Field at the Senior LPGA Championship

Championship Airs Monday-Wednesday on Golf Channel

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Hall of Famers and major champions headline the field of 79 current and past LPGA stars who will compete in the second-annual Senior LPGA Championship, taking place Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 15-17 at French Lick Resort in Indiana and airing live on Golf Channel.

Headlining the senior major championship field include three World Golf Hall of Famers: Laura Davies, Juli Inkster and Hollis Stacy. Major champion Jan Stephenson, who was announced earlier this week as an inductee into the 2019 World Golf Hall of Fame, also will be competing next week.

Golf Channel will air live coverage of all three rounds of the Senior LPGA Championship from 4-6 p.m. ET Monday-Wednesday. Grant Boone and Hall-of-Famer Judy Rankin will call the action from the broadcast booth. Tom Abbott will report from an on-course tower with Kay Cockerill and Jerry Foltz reporting from the course.

LPGA
Senior LPGA Championship
Dates: Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 15-17
Venue: French Lick Resort (Pete Dye Course), French Lick, Ind.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Monday 4-6 p.m. (Live)
Tuesday 4-6 p.m. (Live
Wednesday 4-6 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Johnson Defends: Trish Johnson defeated Michelle Redman by three strokes in 2017 to win the inaugural Senior LPGA Championship.
Headlining the field: Brandie Burton, Laura Davies, Juli Inkster, Trish Johnson, Catriona Matthew, Hollis Stacy and Jan Stephenson

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
- Play by Play: Grant Boone
- Analyst: Judy Rankin
- Tower: Tom Abbott
- On-Course: Kay Cockerill, Jerry Foltz

GOLFTEC Opens Third State-of-the-Art Training Center in Austin

(AUSTIN, TX) – GOLFTEC – the world leader in golf lessons and top employer of PGA Instructors – announces the opening of a third state-of-the-art performance center in the Austin-area, located in at 3301 Steck Ave.

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

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

“Austin has become a hotbed for golf and the local community has absolutely embraced the level of sophistication and professionalism our coaches and fitters bring to the table,” said Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO of GOLFTEC. “Our goal is to help people play their best golf and we’ve distilled that process to a science that will benefit players of all skill levels.”

Center Manager and Director of Instruction Derek White will oversee operations at the new facility. With over 12,000 lessons given since joining GOLFTEC in 2012, White has changed the lives of more than 750 golfers. Among his talented staff of coaches are Grant Richards and Gilbert Mendez. More info can be found at: https://www.golftec.com/golf-lessons/austin/steck-avenue.

“We’re eager to help players of any age or skill level reach their full potential on the golf course,” said Paul Thar, Franchise Owner of Austin GOLFTEC Centers. “The demand for our services in Austin has grown dramatically in recent years and we’re extremely excited to meet new students and help them play the best golf of their lives.”

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

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

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

Product Review: Swiftwick Performance Socks

Fawad Khan, the Pakistani actor, model and singer, was quoted as saying, “Comfort and simplicity are two keys that I follow when it comes to fashion.” What could be simpler than a sock? And the most comfortable socks may come from Tennessee-based Swiftwick.

I have a fondness for no-show socks when playing golf, but the wrong pair care can lead to four hours of misery … regardless of how well you’re playing. Ever develop a blister in the middle of a round? Have you fought the sock slipping off your heel and disappearing into your shoe?

Golf is hard enough. Don’t compound that with the wrong pair of socks!

I checked out two pairs of no-show socks from Swiftwick - Pursuit and MAXUS - and was impressed with both. The Pursuit ($15.99) is a performance sock made from Merino wool. It rests juts below the ankle, offers medium cushion and a seamless toe to eliminate irritation. The MAXUS ($13.99) boasts maximum cushion (hence the name) and added breathability due to the thin Olefin upper. Olefin is a synthetic fiber known for strength and comfort, while being resistant to mildew and abrasion.

I, long ago, abandoned the "sock is just a sock" philosophy. The right sock is leaps and bounds better than anything you can buy in bulk at Target. Comparing these two ... The MAXUS was noticeably more cushioned, but the Pursuit had a more "custom" feel to me. Both stayed in place without feeling restrictive and provided excellent breathability.

Not familiar with Swiftwick? The company is probably more known in the running, cycling and hiking communities but has been making some noise in the golf industry, as well. Their golf socks come in three heights - no-show, ankle and quarter crew (just above the ankle) - and range in price from $10.99 to $17.99. American made, the company also offers crew and knee-high socks for other activities. Heck, they even sell the Pursuit in a business model perfect for dominating the boardroom.

Learn more at swiftwick.com and begin enjoying the benefits of a performance sock.

PS ... The new 2018 Fall-Winter lineup for Swiftwick features an entirely rebuilt PURSUIT performance sock line. The rebuilt PURSUIT line has a new reinforced heel and toe, along with an extended heel pocket for better durability. Not changed is the moisture-wicking capability and channeled upper for ventilation and breathability. A seamless toe eliminates friction in the toe box, and half-density weave in the flex zones prevents bunching.

The PURSUIT comes in six cuff heights with medium cushion and moderate compression, and is made for golfing, as well as running, cycling and snow sports.

Tennant Captures U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Title in Convincing Fashion

(Vero Beach, Fla.) - Lara Tennant arrived at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club having won just one match in a USGA amateur championship in eight starts. Thanks to a week of solid ball-striking and coolness under pressure, the 51-year-old Portland, Ore., resident will be leaving as the 57th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion. Tennant never trailed on Thursday, defeating Sue Wooster, 56, of Australia, 3 and 2, in the 18-hole championship match.

Tennant was able to build a cushion on the back nine on Thursday by taking advantage of some late miscues by Wooster. Leading 3 up through 12 holes, Tennant found trouble on the par-5 13th, and settled for a conceded bogey. With the door open to pull closer, Wooster three-putted from 40 feet to keep Tennant’s lead at 3 up. On the next hole, Wooster hit her approach shot from 146 yards just over the green and chipped to 8 feet. After Tennant missed a birdie try from 18 feet, Wooster wasn’t able to convert her par putt, putting Tennant 4 up with 4 holes to play.

Nerves might have played a role coming down the stretch for Tennant, the No. 10 seed in match play. Safely on the green with her tee shot on the par-3 15th hole, she watched as Wooster lagged her lengthy birdie try to 3 feet, effectively giving Tennant two putts to win the match. However, she left her first putt from 40 feet 18 feet short, and she couldn’t make her par save. Wooster made par to extend the match and win her only hole of the day. Tennant found herself in a similar position on the following hole, the par-4 16th, when she hit her approach shot from the right rough to about 35 feet past the hole from 125 yards. She had no issues with her lag putting this time, cozying it up to concession range and sealing the victory.

Tennant led from the outset on Thursday, rolling in a 12-foot birdie try on No. 1. Her lead could have been even larger had Wooster, who struggled with her putter most of the day, not made a 40-foot, downhill birdie putt on the third hole. Tennant, who had hit her approach shot from 125 yards to 9 feet, rolled in her birdie try to halve the hole. After seven straight halved holes, Tennant took a 2-up lead at the turn when she made a 20-foot downhill putt to save par on No. 9 after Wooster couldn’t get up and down from the bunker fronting the green.

What the Champion Receives
-Custody of the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Trophy for one year
-Gold medal
-10-year exemption in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur
-2-year exemption into the U.S. Senior Women’s Open
-2-year exemption into the U.S. Women’s Amateur
-2-year exemption into the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur

Notable
-As the runner-up, Wooster receives an exemption into the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, as well as a three-year exemption into the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and exemptions into the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.

-Tennant became the ninth alumnus of the University of Arizona to win a USGA championship, and the first since Annika Sorenstam won the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open. Others include Ricky Barnes (2002 U.S. Amateur) and Jim Furyk (2003 U.S. Open).

-With the usual match-play concessions, Tennant was even par over 16 holes on Thursday and Wooster was 3 over par.

-Tennant’s father, George Mack, 78, served as her caddie throughout the week. Mack has played in five USGA championships, including the 1990 U.S. Senior Open and 1996 U.S. Senior Amateur.

Quotable
Lara Tennant, of Portland, Ore., on what set the tone for her week: “I think what gave me confidence is my second nine on the second day of [stroke play]. I was the last tee time, the wind was blowing, it rained four times, and I shot 35 on this side. That gave me a boost of confidence that, OK, I can play this golf course, even under the toughest conditions.”

Tennant, on leaving her birdie putt short on No. 15, her first chance to close out the match: “The only thing that made me feel better, [three-time Senior Women’s Amateur champion] Ellen Port told me, ‘Lara, I would've left that short, too.’ I just misread it. I thought it was going to get to the peak and just trickle down and it didn't.”

Tennant, on how her approach changed once she built a lead on the back nine: “You start thinking about just parring in and letting your opponent play really well to beat you. So I wasn't as aggressive in my approach shots. I made sure on No. 16 I had plenty of club to get over the water. You just play a little more defensive, smarter golf.”

Tennant, on what made the difference in her success this week compared to previous USGA championships: “I would say except for last year, all of the other USGA championships I played in, I probably prepared two weeks before. With five kids I was never prepared like I am now. Since I turned 50 I was able to have the time to prepare, and I would say I have a new passion for golf. I love to practice, but I have the time to practice.”

Sue Wooster, of Australia, on how she feels about her week: “I’m pretty stoked, you know. Obviously I'm upset I lost because I wanted to win. If you said at the start of the week I would've been in the final, I would've been over the moon. I'm proud of myself. I think tonight I'll sit back and feel I did pretty good overall.”

Wooster, on what could have made the difference on Thursday: “I don't know if I had opportunities to eventually win it, but I could have put some pressure on her and I didn't. I think I just couldn't hole the putts today. I was just missing and I was probably just over-reading a bit, and nothing was working. I hit some nice shots in, I just couldn't capitalize. When I three-putted No. 13, I knocked my chances down a lot. That gave her a breather.”

Wooster, on being exempt into the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open: “Well, it was the best tournament I've ever played [in 2018] because it was an Open. That's very special to be able to play in an Open, say you played in an Open.”

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sun Mountain Speed Cart Keeps Getting Better

(Missoula, Montana) – Following the mantra, one who stops being better, stops being good, Sun Mountain is rolling out the new and improved Speed Cart GX. Improvements include: a redesigned handle allowing for a larger mesh headcover tray; new, standard mesh basket; improved upper and lower bag brackets that easily adjust to hold a variety of golf bag shapes and sizes; and a built-in bracket to hold the accessory Speed Cart seat. Speed Cart GX is available now with a suggested retail price of $219.99. For the nearest Sun Mountain retailer call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.

Since ushering in the golf push cart movement in 1999 with the introduction of the Speed Cart, Sun Mountain has continually refined and improved its carts. Current offerings include the three-wheeled Speed Cart GX and Pathfinder 3, and the four-wheeled Pathfinder 4.

Previous years’ improvements that carried over for the Speed Cart GX include bungee straps to more securely hold the golf bag, a mobile phone slot in the storage tray, and an easily adjustable tracking system to keep the cart rolling straight. Additional standard offerings on the Speed Cart GX include an umbrella holder, scorecard holder, and padded storage tray. The ever-growing collection of optional, add-on accessories includes coolers, oversized cupholders, range finder holders, cigar holders, seats, and more, to go along with cart covers and wheel covers.

For 30 years Sun Mountain has been a pioneer in the golf industry, revolutionizing golf bags, golf outerwear and golf carts. Sun Mountain's many innovations, including the first lightweight golf bag and modern stand bag, have made it the top golf bag company in North America. Within golf outerwear, Sun Mountain redefined golf-specific performance first with the windshirt, then fleece, and again with its four-way stretch, waterproof, and breathable rainwear. The Sun Mountain Speed Cart® golf push cart transformed walking carts and created an entirely new category of golf products. Sun Mountain's "Ahead of Time Design" motto drives the company to continually design and refine golf equipment.

For the Sun Mountain retailer nearest you call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.

Costa Navarino Announces José María Olazábal as the Designer of Major New Golf Course Development

The Ryder Cup legend partners with Greece’s premier destination to create two new 18-hole courses overlooking historic shoreline

(RELEASE) - Costa Navarino, one of the world’s premier golf destinations, has today announced a partnership with two-time Masters champion and Ryder Cup legend, José María Olazábal, to design two new courses in the region of Messinia, Greece.

The two new 18-hole courses at Navarino Hills will overlook The Bay Course and the historic Bay of Navarino, set high above the coastline offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and the Ionian Sea.

Stretching over 150 hectares of garrigue landscape typical in the region famed for its natural beauty, the Navarino Hills property will allow two courses of the highest international standards that will complement and adequately expand the renowned quality golf offer at Costa Navarino.

Work on Olazábal’s signature design, his 20th course construction, has just begun and is expected to open for play by 2021.

Costa Navarino, voted “European Golf Resort of the Year” for 2017 by IAGTO, is already home to one of the world’s premier golf destinations with two multi-award-winning courses, The Dunes Course and The Bay Course, designed by Bernhard Langer and Robert Trent Jones II, respectively.

The Navarino Hills development will bring the total number of signature golf courses at Costa Navarino to four, all within a 13km distance and under the same management, establishing it as one of the few upscale golf destinations around the world which combine such characteristics. The development further enhances the destination, which due to its ideal climate, lush seaside landscape and direct access, is a unique place to visit throughout the year.

Stephanos Theodorides, Vice-President & Managing Director of TEMES – Developers of Costa Navarino, believes partnering with Olazábal, who has placed a sustainable development strategy at the heart of the design, will enhance Costa Navarino’s position as one of the world’s most distinctive environmentally-friendly golf destinations.

He said: “This announcement represents a milestone moment for Costa Navarino and the region. We are excited to introduce our plans for Costa Navarino’s evolution. Our vision for the destination development always included Navarino Hills as an instrumental component, based on the principles of an eco-retreat. José María Olazábal stands for passion, integrity, and quality. These are principles very close to our hearts and made the decision an easy one to partner with him for this special project.”

José María Olazábal said: “What TEMES has created in Costa Navarino is extraordinary and for us to have a chance to play our part in the destination’s legacy fills us with immense pride. The Navarino Hills property is spectacular and the views are simply breath-taking, particularly on the northern edge where you will find it almost impossible to take your eyes off the striking Bay of Navarino, famous for its naval battle history.

“The rest of the site will also quickly win the hearts of golfers with extended views over rolling hills. For us, it is a privilege to have the chance to design not just one but two golf courses and we will do everything to do this incredible land justice and deliver a golfing experience you will want to return to over and over.”

Costa Navarino already features two luxury hotels, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort; private residences; five-star services and facilities; and a range of authentic experiences, with an infrastructure set to grow even further through the addition of new hotels, real estate and further sports and leisure facilities.

For more information, visit www.costanavarino.com.

Wooster, Tennant to Square Off in Championship Match

(Vero Beach, Fla.) - Sue Wooster will have a chance to win her first USGA championship on Thursday morning, and further grow her collection of national championships, when she tees it up in the final of the 57th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club. Wooster, 56, of Australia, has won national golf titles in her home country, as well as Canada and New Zealand, and has an opportunity to add the United States to the list when she faces Lara Tennant, 51, of Portland, Ore.

Wooster defeated Susan Cohn, 55, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 3 and 2 in the semifinals on Wednesday afternoon, a match in which she never trailed. It was all square heading to the par-5 ninth hole, where Cohn, the 2013 Senior Women’s Amateur runner-up, found trouble and had to lay up short of the green with her third shot. After Cohn’s par try ended up just short of the hole, Wooster converted hers from 3 feet to give her a lead she would never relinquish.

A three-putt from 12 feet on No. 10 for Cohn, after she was about 25 yards short of the green in two, put Wooster 2 up. She would move to 3 up on the par-5 13th, after Cohn had to once again lay up with her third shot, hitting a wedge from 105 yards to 7 feet, but missing the par save. With Wooster 2 up on the 16th hole, Cohn hit her approach shot into a native area over the green and couldn’t get up and down. Wooster made a 3-foot par putt to win the hole, and the match.

Like Wooster, Tennant also defeated a Senior Women’s Amateur runner-up in the semifinals, edging Terrill Samuel, 57, of Canada, 1 up. The match went to the 18th hole all square after Samuel, who lost in the championship match in 2017, birdied No. 17 with a 7-foot putt. Both players had birdie putts on No. 18, with Samuel hitting her 50-footer 6 feet past the hole. Tennant, who was co-medalist in last year’s championship before bowing out in the Round of 64, rolled in her birdie try from 25 feet to seal victory and earn a spot in Thursday’s final.

The match had its share of dramatic moments. All square on No. 11, it looked like Tennant would regain the lead after hitting her approach shot on the par 4 to less than a foot from the hole, but Samuel chipped in from just off the green to halve the hole with birdies. Tennant would then trail for the only time in the match after hitting her tee shot on the par-3 12th in the water, but she squared the match again with a birdie on the par-5 13th.

While she fell short in her bid to get to a second straight final, Samuel did gain a bit of redemption on Wednesday morning, defeating countrywoman Judith Kyrinis, 54, in the quarterfinals, 1 up. Kyrinis, the reigning champion, had defeated Samuel in the championship match a year ago.

Wooster defeated Patricia Ehrhart, 53, of Honolulu, Hawaii, 1 up in the quarterfinals on Wednesday morning. Tennant topped 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Corey Weworski, 56, of Carlsbad, Calif., 3 and 2. Before falling to Wooster in the semifinals, Cohn defeated Kathy Kurata, 58, of Pasadena, Calif., 2 up.

What’s Next
Wooster and Tennant will square off in the 18-hole championship match on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. EDT.

Notable
-As U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur finalists, Sue Wooster and Lara Tennant both receive exemptions into the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, in Southern Pines, N.C., May 16-19. The champion will also receive an exemption into the 2020 Senior Women’s Open.

-For reaching the semifinals, Susan Cohn and Terrill Samuel earn exemptions into the 2019 and 2020 Senior Women’s Amateurs. Samuel was already exempt through 2020 by way of her runner-up finish last year.

-Prior to this week, both Wooster and Tennant had played in eight USGA amateur championships, and neither had advanced beyond the Round of 32. Wooster had done so four times, most recently in last year’s Senior Women’s Amateur, while Tennant made it to the Round of 32 in the 2002 Women’s Mid-Amateur.

-Wooster is trying to become the sixth international Senior Women’s Amateur champion, and the first one from Australia. Prior to Judith Kyrinis in 2017, the last international champion was Mina Hardin, of Mexico, in 2010.

-Both Samuel and Tennant had parents caddieing for them during their semifinal match: Samuel’s mom, Cam, and Tennant’s dad, George.

Quotable
Sue Wooster, of Australia, on how she played in the afternoon compared to the morning: “I made some mistakes this afternoon. You make some mistakes because you're tired that you wouldn't ordinarily make. You're just trying to hang in there and keep your focus as best you can after two [36-hole days] in heat and humidity. This morning I think I hit 16 greens. I was just a bit fresher. You get a bit scrappy when you're getting tired.”

Lara Tennant, of Portland, Ore., on her experience so far this week: “I couldn't be happier. When you get to the final you have to be playing well. I'm more excited about being here with my friends and my dad who's my caddie, and just enjoying my time.”

Susan Cohn, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on her week and on her performance Wednesday afternoon: “Honestly, if you told me I would be here on Wednesday afternoon I don't know that I would've been real confident about that. I had two bad three-putts, and you don't get that back. Then a few clubs where I didn't align myself well. I’d hit a shot and say, what was that? Mistakes that you don't normally make.”

Terrill Samuel, of Canada, on making another deep run in the Senior Women’s Amateur: “This is the toughest tournament that we play in. It's first class. That's why Canadians are so proud whenever we get this far. We know how great a tournament this is. This is where all the best players are, right? Any time you can have a good run, you have to be proud of yourself.”

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The PGA of America, CBS and ESPN Reach Historic 11-Year Comprehensive Multimedia Rights Agreement for the PGA Championship

ESPN and ESPN+ to Greatly Expand Viewing Options for Fans During Early-Round Coverage

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) -  The PGA of America, CBS and ESPN have reached an historic and comprehensive 11-year multimedia agreement for the television, digital and OTT rights to the PGA with wall-to-wall, live full-field 72-hole coverage of the championship, beginning in 2020 at Harding Park. CBS, ESPN and ESPN+ will combine to deliver more than 175 cumulative hours of live coverage from the first tee shot to the final putt across broadcast, cable and digital platforms. The PGA of America will retain the rights to PGA.com and produce the web and mobile app experiences fans have come to expect in Major Championship golf.

The PGA moves to May beginning in 2019, becoming the second major championship on the golf calendar. The move heightens the PGA’s brand and its initiatives, and further elevates the stature of the championship, as the PGA now falls when television viewership is higher and the vast majority of PGA Members are at the front-end of the golf season. The new schedule also enables CBS, ESPN and the PGA of America to effectively promote important “grow-the-game” initiatives to a larger and more engaged audience.

“For nearly a half-century, CBS Sports has been a vital member of the PGA of America extended family while delivering our major championship to golf fans across the country,” said PGA Chief Executive Officer Seth Waugh. “We are also thrilled to partner with ESPN and connect with sports fans through the reach of the ESPN networks. The PGA is a major that not only typically delivers the strongest field in golf, but is synonymous with historic moments that resonate with golf fans everywhere. As we move this iconic championship to May, we are extremely excited that CBS and ESPN will present the highest-quality product with the state-of-the-art technology through a broadcast team that shares our mission to grow the sport of golf.”

“Premium content such as the PGA represents the past, present and future of CBS,” said Joe Ianniello, President and Acting CEO, CBS Corporation. “There is nothing like live sports programming to attract a mass audience and drive our business. We are very pleased to extend our longstanding relationship with the PGA of America and this signature event.”

“ESPN is proud to work together with the PGA of America and CBS to provide fans with unprecedented coverage of this prestigious event,” said ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro. “The addition of ESPN+ provides us the opportunity to go even deeper in showcasing the drama and excitement of The PGA for years to come.”

CBS Sports, which first broadcast the event from 1958-1964 and has been the home of the PGA Championship since 1991, will continue to broadcast the third and final rounds on Saturday and Sunday, increasing its coverage by one hour each day. Under the terms of the new deal, CBS also receives expanded highlight and digital rights, including distribution of its coverage across all CBS platforms including CBSSports.com, CBS All Access and all mobile applications. Additionally, CBS will offer on-site ancillary programming on CBS Sports Network as well as on its digital and social platforms during championship week.

The wide-ranging agreement includes live action on ESPN and ESPN+ across all four days of the tournament, as well as pre-tournament and other ancillary coverage. Exclusive live coverage of the first and second rounds will appear across ESPN and ESPN+ the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. For the third and final rounds, ESPN and ESPN+ will have multiple hours of live coverage throughout the morning, leading into the CBS telecast later in the day. ESPN+ also will air featured hole and featured group coverage for all four days of the tournament, including during the weekend afternoon windows. Before the first round, ESPN+ will air coverage from practice rounds, player news conferences, driving range interviews and more. Also, an extensive collection of in-progress and post-round highlights will be available on ESPN+, ESPN.com, the ESPN App, and other ESPN platforms, and ESPN’s signature news and information program SportsCenter will have a strong presence at the event all week. ESPN last televised the event in 1990.

CBS Sports will serve as the lead production entity producing all of the traditional 72-hole coverage for the entire tournament. CBS, along with ESPN, will offer a distinct and innovative presentation of the PGA while delivering the highest-quality and industry-leading production, technology and announcers.

“The PGA Championship has been a marquee event on CBS since 1991,” said Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports. “Retaining these rights was a top priority for us this year, and we are excited to have it continue as a cornerstone of our schedule for 11 more years. Together with ESPN, we look forward to greatly expanding the coverage of this great championship. The move to May will greatly benefit CBS, our viewers and the golf marketplace.”

“We are thrilled to collaborate with two great partners in CBS and ESPN for the next 11 years to continue to drive innovation in the production and coverage of major championship golf television,” said Paul Levy, President of the PGA of America. “I’m also extremely excited about what this partnership will do to continue to elevate the value of the nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals who are helping to move this sport forward every day.”

This new partnership between CBS Sports, ESPN and the PGA of America also includes strategic elements and multiplatform support for key PGA initiatives to help showcase and celebrate the PGA of America, its members, coaches, PGA Jr. League and the golfers who compete in the championship each year, building a compelling future for this major championship and growing the game of golf.

• Bringing to life the spirit and fun of the PGA Jr. League while celebrating the young athletes, who are the future of this game, while they compete in the PGA Jr. League Championship every October. Beginning in 2020, the PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental will now be telecast on ESPN networks.

• Showcasing the 20 PGA Professionals from across the country who have earned the right to compete in the PGA, focusing on their stories and the impact they have on the growth of the game.

• Elevating the visibility of the PGA Minority Collegiate Championship, highlighting the competition and telling the stories of the diverse athletes and teams.

• PGA HOPE, the signature military program of PGA REACH, uses golf as a therapeutic tool to help Veterans reconnect with civilian life. To highlight the program, the stories of the veterans impacted by PGA HOPE will be in focus leading into the championship.

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FUTURE PGA SITES OVER THE TERM OF THE AGREEMENT WITH CBS AND  ESPN
(Sites for 2025, 2026 and 2030 are TBD)
2020 102nd Harding Park, San Francisco
2021 103rd Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, S.C.
2022 104th Trump National G.C., Bedminster, N.J.
2023 105th Oak Hill C.C., Rochester, N.Y.
2024 106th Valhalla G.C., Louisville, Ky.
2027 109th Aronimink G.C., Philadelphia, Pa.
2028 110th The Olympic Club, San Francisco
2029 111th Baltusrol G.C., Springfield Township, N.J.