Thursday, February 21, 2019

Mission Inn Resort & Club Offers Special Weekend Package for 42nd Annual Leesburg Arts Festival

March 9-10 Event to Feature Area’s Top Artists, Musicians, Authors

(HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla.) – More than 20,000 visitors are expected to flock to the 42nd Leesburg Art Festival, which since 1977 has been hosting artists, musicians and authors for a magical weekend in central Florida, Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10, located just 13 miles northwest of Howey-in-the-Hills and Mission Inn Resort & Club.

The resort has created a special weekend lodging package for Leesburg Arts Festival attendees, attractively priced at $249 per night based on double occupancy. The two-night package includes deluxe accommodations (Friday and Saturday) and hot buffet breakfast each morning of the stay. Taxes and resort fees are additional.

Featuring more than 100 visual and performing artists, the 2019 family-friendly event lineup will include a Literary Arts Festival with 15 authors, Makers and Farmers Market, Student Art Exhibit, as well as live music, interactive art stations, the Leesburg Art League’s annual show, and more. Staging the Festival is the Leesburg Center for the Arts, which has cultivated an artistic community since its founding in 2000.

Mission Inn Resort & Club is situated amid citrus groves in central Florida’s rolling hills, less than a 20-minute drive from Leesburg. Surrounded by lakes, the picturesque location features classic Spanish Colonial style architecture throughout the property; two championship golf courses (El Campeón and Las Colinas); a tennis academy; fishing; miles of nature trails; 176 graciously appointed guestrooms, suites, and villas; as well as three restaurants and two lounges.

To book the Leesburg Arts Festival package, call (866) 276-2854. For more information about the resort, visit www.missioninnresort.com or send an inquiry to reservations@missioninnresort.com.

Winter Getaway Casa de Campo Is a Stylish Destination for Golfers

(RELEASE) - Featuring three golf courses built by legendary golf course designer Pete Dye, Casa de Campo is the ultimate Caribbean golf retreat destination. The Teeth of the Dog features seven oceanfront holes are so beautiful its creator famously said “I created eleven holes, and God created seven.” The Teeth of the Dog is a challenging course that is certain to take a bite out of any golfer. If golfers aren’t distracted by the views from the course, they may marvel at the elegant homes that line the holes.

Located in La Romana, Dominican Republic, Casa de Campo is no stranger to luxury. This prestigious resort spreads over 7,000 acres, features three award-winning golf courses, a clay pigeon shooting center, an equestrian center, tennis courts, pools, and restaurants, as well as 1,700 private villas populating the resort. Nicknamed the Hamptons of the Caribbean, this one-of-a-kind luxury resort boasts lavish amenities and fun activities to entertain holiday-goers from all walks of life.

For those who consider vacation to be synonymous with tee time, Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic is the ideal getaway. Long hailed as one of the world’s leading golf resorts, Casa de Campo boasts three courses designed and created by the legendary Pete Dye, two of which reside on the water, with spectacular views providing the backdrop to golfing that’s anything but ordinary. The storied Teeth of the Dog course is the most remarkable of the three: it’s the top golf course in the Caribbean, and is a yearly shoe-in for GOLF’s Top 100 Courses in the World.

Casa de Campo’s other two courses are also unique and well-loved. The Dye Fore Course can be considered an “extravaganza”: it contains 27 holes, with a championship 18th on a tremendous 7,740-yard-long course. The Links, meanwhile, is more traditional, but its inland location doesn’t mean it should be skipped: the recently renovated course provides the unique experience of links golf in the Caribbean.

Finally, the resort has recently added a learning center, where golfers who are new, or are simply looking to up their game, can improve.

Golfers who have played the Teeth of the Dog have often marveled at the views and at the beautiful homes that lie near the course. For those who never want to leave the game they love, staying in one of these unique modern villas is a possibility.

Costa Verde #1
Located on hole #8 of the Teeth of the Dog, Costa Verde #1—also known as Casa Palma—is a modernist beauty full of  elegance and charm. All six bedrooms in this home are designed to be private, facing the sea and intimate interior garden. Its huge windows allow all the Caribbean light to come into the home. Capable of comfortably hosting 12 guests, Costa Verde #1 is one of the few properties in the resort where guests are able to land and take off from helicopters. The villa is surrounded by luscious, meticulously landscaped tropical gardens, displaying hundreds of palms.

Cacique #32
Located off the green of the first hole of the Teeth of the Dog, Cacique #32 is one of the most beautiful and modern villas in Casa de Campo. Designed by awarded Dominican Architect Rafael Selman, this five-bedroom home capable of hosting ten guests features a lush central courtyard and ocean views. Its thatched roof and modern lines combine perfectly in one level with its five spacious bedrooms, air-conditioned dining room, grand saloon state-of-the-art kitchen, BBQ area, gazebo, and an outside bar.  The villa is filled with modern art, and its location in the resort is ideal, as you will find yourself a close golf cart away from the Minitas Beach Club.

For more information, visit www.casadecampo.travel.

USGA Statement Regarding Amateur Status of Highly Ranked Golfer Lucy Li

(STATEMENT) - The USGA Amateur Status Committee has ruled that amateur golfer Lucy Li breached Rule 6-2 of the Rules of Amateur Status by participating in an Apple Watch “Close Your Rings” advertisement campaign.  Following that determination, the Committee carefully reviewed the facts and circumstances surrounding the breach in order to determine the appropriate penalty for Ms. Li.

As a result of that effort, the USGA has issued Ms. Li a one-time warning. She will retain her Amateur Status.

Late last year, Ms. Li was engaged by a casting agent for an acting assignment to promote the Apple Watch. At that time, the nature of her participation was not defined and she was given no indication that she would appear as a golfer. While on this assignment, Ms. Li was filmed engaging in a variety of recreational activities, one of which was golf. The casting agent informed her that her appearance in any final advertisement was not guaranteed, nor did they know how she would be featured.

Ms. Li first became aware of the final content of the advertisement, which featured her as a golfer, on Jan. 2. She was notified by the USGA of a pending review into her Amateur Status on Jan. 3. At that time, Apple immediately took down the advertisement in all its forms. On Jan. 11, USGA notified Ms. Li  she had breached the Rules of Amateur Status.

Since that time, the USGA has had several discussions with both Apple and the Li family and has confirmed that Ms. Li has neither received, nor will receive in the future, any monetary or non-monetary (e.g., products) compensation for her appearance in the advertisement. Ms. Li has affirmed to the USGA that at the time she agreed to participate in the advertisement she did not know she was breaching the Rules of Amateur Status, and at no time did she intend to forfeit her Amateur Status.

In determining the level of penalty, the Committee considered all these facts and circumstances, including a recognition that Ms. Li is a minor and that this was her first breach of the rules. This ruling is consistent with the Committee’s general practice of issuing a warning to amateurs who unknowingly breach Rule 6-2 for the first time and take appropriate remedial measures.  The USGA has communicated this ruling to Ms. Li and this matter is now closed.

We encourage amateur golfers who are unsure about taking a proposed action to engage with their governing body early in the process, in an effort to protect their Amateur Status.

Bobby Weed, Founder of HEAL Foundation, Presents 2019 HEAL Golf Tournament to Support Autism

(PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida) – Bobby Weed, CEO of Bobby Weed Golf Design (bobbyweed.com) and founder of the HEAL (Helping Enrich Autistic Lives) Foundation (HealAutismNow.org), will present the 2019 “Bobby Weed’s Golf Gig,” a golf tournament and associated events to benefit the Foundation, a local non-profit organization assisting organizations, camps, and schools serving those with autism in Northeast Florida.

The tournament will be played Friday, Feb. 22, on Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass, co-designed by Pete Dye and Bobby Weed, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Over the years, Pete Dye and Deane Beman have served as co-hosts of the event with Weed. HEAL will serve a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by the scramble golf tournament at 9:30 a.m. The outing will conclude with an awards luncheon in the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse.

Foursomes and individual players can reserve their tournament entries by calling 904-716-4198 or by visiting HealAutismNow.org.

“The HEAL Foundation’s extensive support enhances the local autism community through a variety of programs and initiatives,” said Leslie Weed, co-founder of the HEAL Foundation. Bobby and Leslie Weed have a profoundly autistic non-verbal daughter, Lanier.

The HEAL Foundation has granted over $2 million locally, assisting thousands of children, teens and adults through specialized programs, camps, educational enhancements and service dogs, as well as iPads, giving individuals with autism, a voice.

The event will open with the “HEAL Gala” fundraiser, to be held Thursday, Feb. 21, at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse. Drinks and dinner will be served in a festive setting with live music, dancing and a live auction. The event will feature a performance by the 7 Street Band. Guests also will enjoy a live and silent auction, dinner and drinks. Tickets are $150 each and may be purchased at HealAutismNow.org.

“Autism continues to affect many families,” Bobby Weed said, “and the need is dire. We invite you to join us in supporting the HEAL fundraiser and our ongoing mission to assist those with autism.

“The Bobby Weed Golf Gig is special because the tournament is played on Dye’s Valley Course, which I co-designed with my mentor, Pete Dye.”

For online tickets, donations and sponsorship opportunities, visit HealAutismNow.org. For more information, call 904-716-4198.

The Lodge of Four Seasons Unveils New "Best of the Lake" Package

(Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri) – The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri has a new “Best of the Lake” package combining the best accommodations on the lake with the best golf courses on the lake. With golf rounds at the Lake of the Ozark’s best private club, The Club at Porto Cima, and two of the best resort courses on the lake, The Cove Golf Course and The Ridge Golf Course, this three-day, two-night package is a golfer’s delight.

The “Best of the Lake” package includes:
- Two nights lodging at The Lodge of Four Seasons
- One round of golf at The Club at Porto Cima
- One round at The Cove Golf Course at The Lodge of Four Seasons
- One round at The Ridge Golf Course at The Lodge of Four Seasons

The “Best of the Lake” packages starts at $179.50 per person, per night and is subject to availability. Rates are per night and exclude applicable tax and resort fees. Promotion excludes group bookings.

For more information on the “Best of the Lake” package, visit www.4seasonsresort.com/discover-the-best-of-the-lake or call 888-265-5500.

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

Aberdeen Country Club to Reopen February 23 with New Clubhouse and Course in Pristine Condition

27-Hole Facility Closed for Five Months in the Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

(LONGS, S.C.) - Aberdeen Country Club, a Founders Group International course, will reopen for public play on Saturday, February 23. The 27-hole facility, which closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence to rebuild its clubhouse, is in immaculate condition with Myrtle Beach’s peak spring season on the immediate horizon.

While the 4,000-square-foot clubhouse, which suffered water damage in post-storm flooding, was being rebuilt, FGI’s director of agronomy, Max Morgan, and his team were working to ensure the Woodlands, Meadows and Highlands nines would be in peak condition when Aberdeen reopened.

“Aberdeen Country Club was enjoying a great 2018, prior to Hurricane Florence, and it’s in even better shape heading into this spring,” said Steve Mays, president of Founders Group International. “As pleased as we are with the course’s recovery, we are equally excited to help the Aberdeen community take the next step in its rebuilding process. The golf course is a focal point of the community, and it’s going to be as good as it has ever been on February 23.”

FGI has focused its efforts over the last five months on restoring the course, but the thoughts of Aberdeen community have never been far from the company’s mind. Last fall, FGI closed Long Bay Club, a Jack Nicklaus design located just miles away, for a charity golf tournament that raised more than $6,700 for the Aberdeen Homeowners Association.

“There hasn’t been a divot taken at Aberdeen since September, and we couldn’t be happier with the course’s comeback,” said Matt Daly, FGI’s director of golf course operations. “Our entire team is looking forward to welcoming golfers back and also having them enjoy the new clubhouse, which I believe will enhance the Aberdeen experience.”

FGI hired the Kimberly Bryant Design Group to spearhead the rebuilding of the clubhouse, and the result is a facility that perfectly complements Aberdeen’s 4-star golf course. The new clubhouse will feature an open floor plan, an enhanced kitchen, and a sports bar-like feel.

With five televisions in the grill room and three more in the pro shop, golfers will return to a clubhouse that encourages them to spend time on property after the final putt drops.

Aberdeen, a Scottish links-style design, also has a new fleet of E-Z-Go golf carts awaiting players upon their return to the Tom Jackson design.

More information about Aberdeen Country Club is available at PlayAberdeen.com. Tee times can be booked at MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com or by calling 800-882-3420.

Golf4Her Tees Off with Their First Retail Store

New Shopping Concept Opens in Denville, New Jersey - With Latest Styles and Hottest Trends

(DENVILLE, NJ) - Online retailer Golf4Her (www.golf4her.com) has opened their first brick and mortar location in downtown Denville, New Jersey with an exciting twist.

“It’s a new retail world which requires new solutions for our customers,” explains Christina Thompson, Founder/CEO of Golf4Her. Following a trend that has been upending traditional retail shopping, as evidenced by both Nordstrom and Bonobos, (which offer shopping without racks and racks of clothing in-store), the new Golf4Her location will provide customers a streamlined way to shop that appeals to a woman’s busy, modern lifestyle.

Launched in 2010, Golf4Her.com changed the way women shopped for top-quality golf apparel online. Now they’re changing the way women shop for golf wear again. Their new store will allow customers to touch the merchandise, try on numerous styles, and find the perfect fit, all things they could not do when purchasing online. “Many women like to actually feel the incredible fabrics, and online shoppers know that sizing can be inconsistent between designers,” Thompson adds.

Featuring dozens of top names in the golf industry such as Nancy Lopez Golf, Adidas and Puma, Golf4Her offers samples to try on in sizes 00 to 3X. Instead of endless racks of merchandise inside the store, customers select what styles and sizes they want, and a Staff Stylist will arrange for the clothing to be shipped directly from the manufacturer to the customer’s home or office. Golf4Her also carries a selection of accessories like golf bags, gloves, and ball markers that customers can take with them.

The Golf4Her store is bright, white and modern with a feminine look. One of the partner brands available in the store is Swing Control. “We’re excited to introduce more women to the brand and gain loyal fans,” shared Josh Mark of Swing Control. “Both Christina and I want women golfers to look and feel their best, both on and off the course,” Mark adds. “Denville is such a lively shopping community, full of restaurants and retailers. We are confident that our beautiful new Golf4Her store will fit right in,” states Thompson.

Golf4Her
- Store Phone: (848) 209-0076
- Store Address: 54 Diamond Spring Road, Denville, NJ 07834

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Club at New Seabury Names Membership Director

(Mashpee, Mass.) – The Club at New Seabury has named Bob Higgins Director of Membership.

Bob Higgins
A veteran in the hospitality industry, Bob has spent 12 years in roles ranging from Director of Membership to General Manager. He started his career in hospitality at New Seabury in 2003, developing and executing a comprehensive membership drive that resulted in more than 300 new members in a five year period then experienced similar successes at Ocean Edge Resort and Club and The Ridge Club. While at The Ridge Club, he rose to the level of General Manager and successfully increased membership over a five-year period.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bob to our dynamic team of directors,” said Chris Card, President of The Club at New Seabury. “Bob’s unparalleled vision and sales strengths will enhance membership opportunities property-wide and beyond for all of New Seabury.”

Bob is a graduate of Bentley University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Management. He is a member of the Club Managers’ Association of America, New England Club Managers Association and Professional Club Marketing Association.

“It’s an honor to return to New Seabury, a place I’ve always been fond of and I look forward to reconnecting and serving the existing membership and working diligently to connect with new prospects,” said Higgins.

Bob and his wife Cathy are long-time residents of Cape Cod and live in Centerville with their two children.

For more information, visit www.newseabury.com or call 508-539-8322.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

PGA National Resort & Spa Announces Honda Classic ‘Stay and Save’ Package

Includes Luxury Accommodations, Resort Credit, Direct Access to PGA TOUR Event

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort & Spa – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation, meetings and spa destination – announces its “Stay and Save” package for the upcoming 2019 PGA TOUR Honda Classic held on its celebrated Champion Course from Feb. 23 (Sat.) – March 3 (Sun.).

Experience one of the premier golfing events on the PGA TOUR firsthand while staying on the resort grounds and walking out your door to the tournament. Starting at $459 per night, the exceptional “Stay and Save” offer includes nightly luxury accommodations, a $50 resort credit per room per night for use at the legendary resort’s spa, golf or food and beverage outlets plus two general admission tickets to the Honda Classic. The offer is valid for new reservations only.

PGA National is also offering its Honda Classic VIP Experience Room Package starting at $814 (per person, per night, double occupancy) and $1,199 per night for single occupancy. The package allows unrivaled access to the resort’s myriad amenities. Highlights include nightly deluxe room accommodations, daily VIP access to the 18th Hole Chalet, access to the “Bear Trap Party” on No. 17, and daily rounds of golf on The Palmer, Fazio or Squire courses with unlimited range balls and use of the driving range.

Additionally, the Honda Classic VIP Experience Room Package includes daily valet parking and use of the resort’s Sports & Racquet Club and “Waters of The World” therapeutic pools at The Spa. Taxes and resort fees are extra. Golf play is based on availability.

“The popularity of the Honda Classic creates a tremendous amount of excitement for our guests as they can go right from their rooms to watch the best golfers in the world compete,” says Greg “Coach” Saunders, vice-president and managing director. “It’s an honor to host the first stop of the PGA TOUR’s ‘Florida Swing’ as the players vie for the winner’s trophy on one of the game’s great tests of golf.”

PGA TOUR players, fans and guests will discover significant changes to The Champion Course following a comprehensive renovation by Nicklaus Design. Most notable are the removal of Palmetto palms on the right side of No. 1 and left side of No. 9.  One-third of an acre (14,400 sq. ft.) was also recaptured on the putting surfaces, returning them to the native design Jack Nicklaus and his team implemented 16 years ago. The layout reopened last November to rave reviews.

For more information, visit www.pgaresort.com or call 800.863.2819.

PGA of America President Suzy Whaley to Captain U.S. Team in Inaugural Women's PGA Cup

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA of America President Suzy Whaley will captain the United States Team that will compete in the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup – a first-of-its-kind team competition for women PGA Members from around the world. The international showcase event is Oct. 22-26, at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, in Austin, Texas.

Representatives from six PGA governing bodies are anticipated in the Women’s PGA Cup field: Australia, Canada, Great Britain & Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden and the United States. The field will compete in a 54-hole, stroke-play format, with each team’s lowest three scores counted after each round. The winning country will be the team with the lowest 54-hole aggregate total.

Whaley, a dual PGA and LPGA Member, is a PGA Master Professional and the PGA Director of Instruction at The Country Club of Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She also is the PGA Director of Instruction for Suzy Whaley Golf in Cromwell, Connecticut. Whaley competed on the LPGA Tour in 1990 and 1993; and in 2003, was the second woman in history to qualify for a PGA Tour event, the Greater Hartford Open.

Each national team in the Women’s PGA Cup will be composed of five players and one Captain, who also may be a playing or non-playing captain at the option of the respective country.

“I look upon this captaincy as a premier honor in my career, as I represent women professionals who fill so many invaluable roles at their local facilities along with playing the game at the highest level,” said Whaley. “It’s exciting on so many levels for our women PGA Members. The potential of this event is tremendous and we believe it will help grow women’s professional golf. It’s such a great opportunity for women PGA Professionals from around the world to showcase their skills and I am trying hard to earn a spot on the team.”

The Women’s PGA Cup does not include a purse. Rather, each team will vie for bragging rights and the honor of winning the Cup, and bask in the pride that comes with representing one’s country in a distinct and unique international competition.

Those eligible to represent their country in the Women’s PGA Cup must be Members in good standing with their respective Professional Golfers Association (PGA). They must also be active in the game, be it as a teacher, coach or working as Club Professional/Assistant. Tour professionals who primarily compete for a living are not eligible to participate.

The five members of the inaugural USA Team will be determined following the 2019 LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Championship, on Aug. 28, and includes the following criteria:
- Performance of eligible top-20 finishers in the 2018 & 2019 Women’s Stroke Play Championship and the 2018 & 2019 LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Championship.
- Top 10 finishers in the final money list for the 2018 PGA Tournament Series.
- Women PGA Members making the cut at the 2018 and/or 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship; the 2018 and/or 2019 USGA Women’s Open; and the 2018 and/or 2019 PGA Professional Championship.
- Women PGA Members making the cut in any LPGA “Official” event from January 2018 through Aug. 28, 2019.

At the PGA Section level, points will be based on a formula that weighs both the number of eligible women PGA Members in each of the PGA of America’s 41 Sections with an individual’s prize money earned at the Section level.

Beyond the United States, each participating country’s PGA Association will identify its captain and team through its own selection process. Likewise, each competing PGA Association will be responsible for selecting the criteria for captaincy.

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

GOLFBUDDY Announces Golf Buddy America Inc. as Distributor

(ORLANDO, Florida) – GOLFBUDDY (Golfbuddy.com), a leading innovator in the golf rangefinder industry, has announced that its products now are being sold and distributed through Golf Buddy America Inc. (“GBA”), an affiliated but separate entity of Deca International Corp., dba GOLFBUDDY.

Timothy Chae
“Through this new business development, changes are being made to all sales and customer service operations,” said Timothy Chae, the new CEO of GBA. “These changes will reflect our commitment to enhancing GOLFBUDDY in the global market, continuing its growth as a leading golf merchandiser and expanding upon our increasingly diverse business relationships, including GBA.”

In a seamless transition, GOLFBUDDY will continue to offer top-of-the-line golf technology products, while GBA will provide tailored services to customers.

About Timothy Chae
Timothy Chae is an accomplished business leader who has driven growth and led with vision and inspiration throughout his career. He joins GBA with a breadth of leadership experience at GolfZon, as well as at various other golf brands.

As CEO of GBA, Chae will align the sales and customer-service operations around the company’s market strategy and new-product growth opportunities. He also will oversee GBA’s brand and reputation in the U.S. golf market as a leading distributor of GOLFBUDDY products and accessories.

For more information, see Golfbuddy.com.

Mission Inn's 'Blast & Cast' Adventure Package Designed for Shooting, Fishing Aficionados

Bass Fishing on private Mission Inn Lakes; Test Marksmanship at El Cazador Trap & Skeet Range; Lodging and Breakfast Included in Package Price

(HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla.) – Mission Inn Resort & Club is an outdoor paradise. The nearby bass fishing is world-class, and there’s a full-service trap and skeet range on site. The new “Blast & Cast Package” brings these activities together for sports aficionados of all levels through the end of the year, with stays available for one or more nights.

Mission Inn Resort sits astride the Harris Chain of Lakes, nine bodies of water totaling approximately 76,000 acres, dramatically increasing the odds of catching trophy bass.  The closest to the resort, Lake Harris, is the best known for its high-quality bass fishing.

As part of the package, anglers receive poles and bait to fish the on-property lakes at the resort.  For the experienced bass fisherman, there is also a private resort dock on Lake Harris chain where Mission Inn package guests have access for their personal boats at no charge.  Bass and pontoon boat rentals are available from Marina del Rey, Mission Inn’s nautical center that takes care of everything necessary for fishing, sailing, power boating, and picnics.  Boat rentals, dockage arrangements for personal boats, and fishing licenses are conveniently arranged through Mission Inn’s front desk or concierge.

The El Cazador Trap & Skeet Range at Mission Inn offers a unique opportunity to try clay sports with an experienced instructor. All guns, targets, shells, and protective equipment are provided.

Priced at $157 per night, per person, based on double occupancy, the Blast & Cast Package includes:
• deluxe lodging accommodations
• full buffet breakfast daily
• use of fishing poles and artificial lures
• 25 shots at the trap and skeet range (extra shots available for an additional fee)

Single-occupancy packages also are available for $242 per night. Taxes and resort fees are additional.

Mission Inn Resort & Club is situated amid citrus groves in central Florida’s rolling hills. Surrounded by lakes, the picturesque location features classic Spanish Colonial style architecture throughout the property; two championship golf courses (El Campeón and Las Colinas); a tennis academy; miles of nature trails; 176 graciously appointed guestrooms, suites, and villas; as well as three restaurants and two lounges.

To book the Blast & Cast Package, call (866) 276-2854. For more information about the resort, visit www.missioninnresort.com or send an inquiry to reservations@missioninnresort.com.

PGA Past President Jim Remy Named PGA Career Consultant

Remy Joins Team of 19 Consultants to Further Strengthen PGA of America’s Career Services Department that Assists PGA Members, Industry Professionals and Employers

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – On the heels of repositioning and strengthening its PGA Career Services Department, the PGA of America today announced the naming of PGA Past President Jim Remy, PGA, as the Career Consultant for the Connecticut and New England PGA Sections.

Jim Remy
The PGA Career Services Department offers a toolbox of invaluable resources to meet the hiring requirements demanded by employers today, while better serving employers, PGA Members and individuals seeking to gain employment within the golf industry. As the PGA is committed to ensuring that PGA Members and golf industry professionals are prepared and equipped to advance their career path to the highest level, Remy will join a team of 19 field consultants across the country to forge stronger relationships with Members and employers.

A PGA Member since 1984, Remy was the Vice President and General Manager of the Okemo Golf Division at the Okemo Valley Golf Club in Ludlow, Vermont for over 20 years. He began his career as a PGA Assistant Professional at Worcester (Massachusetts) Country Club, and later served as an Assistant Professional at Mount Pleasant Country Club, in Boylston, Massachusetts.

"I am extremely excited to join the talented team of PGA of America Career Consultants serving the New England and Connecticut Sections,” said Remy. “PGA Member employment opportunities have always been a focus for me, and at this point in my career, I am very proud to assist PGA Members with career planning, while collaborating with industry employers in finding the right candidate for their business or facility."

Elected as the 36th PGA President in 2008, Remy holds the distinction of having served in virtually every capacity within the areas of PGA governance, including an unprecedented six-and-a-half-year term on the PGA Board of Control, which reviews and rules on membership issues.

“Backed by a lifetime of service, Jim Remy brings extraordinary insight to his new role as a PGA Career Consultant,” said John Easterbrook Jr., PGA Chief Membership Officer. “It’s inspiring to see a PGA Past President back in the field, educating employers on the immeasurable value PGA Members can bring to a business operation, both large and small, while also guiding PGA Professionals in their career path and journey.”

PGA Career Services was created to assist golf industry professionals over the entire span of their career. In 2018, the number of PGA Career Consultants expanded from 10 to 19—and their individual territories are now more focused. Adding Remy as a 19th field consultant affords the Career Consultants an opportunity to spend more time in their respective coverage areas, through the overall smaller geographic territories that each Consultant manages. These changes were inspired by the PGA’s Long-Term Strategic Plan and the importance the Association is placing on increasing resources at the Section level.

PGA Career Services include career consulting, resume review, job placement outreach and more. Leading the Career Services Department is Scott Kmiec, Senior Director of Career Services for the PGA of America; Don Sweeting, PGA, Director of the East Region; and Tim Marks, PGA, Director of the West Region.

Below are the 19 Career Consultants, with the PGA Sections in their coverage areas:
- Jason Boaz, PGA – Illinois; Wisconsin
- Jeff Drimel, PGA – Iowa; Minnesota; Nebraska
- Ken Ferrell, PGA – Aloha; Southern California
- Keith Fisher, PGA – Kentucky; Northern Ohio; Southern Ohio
- Kelly Gilley, PGA – Northern Texas; Southern Texas
- Jonathan Gold, PGA – Metropolitan; New Jersey; Philadelphia
- Kathy Grayson – South Florida
- Monte Koch, PGA – Pacific Northwest; Rocky Mountain
- Chris Kulinski, PGA – Central New York; Western New York; Northeastern New York
- Bruce Lubach, PGA – Southwest; Sun Country
- Mike McCollum, PGA – Georgia; North Florida
- Michael Mueller, PGA – Carolinas
- Carol Pence, PGA – Northern California
- Jim Remy, PGA – Connecticut; New England
- Todd Smith, PGA – Michigan; Indiana
- Keith Soriano, PGA – Colorado; Utah
- Greg Stenzel, PGA – Middle Atlantic; Tri-State
- Doug Turner, PGA – Gateway; Midwest; South Central
- Kevin Walls, PGA – Alabama-NW Florida; Gulf States; Tennessee

Monday, February 18, 2019

Tiger Woods Wins Comeback Award, 19 Years After Winning His First Laureus Award

Tennis World No. 1 Novak Djokovic wins fourth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, equalling athletics icon Usain Bolt’s Laureus record

(MONACO) – World No. 1 tennis star Novak Djokovic, record-breaking gymnast Simone Biles, golfing legend Tiger Woods and the France Football Team were among the big winners at the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards.

In the company of HSH Prince Albert II in Monaco, Novak Djokovic fought off tough competition from the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Eliud Kipchoge and LeBron James to win the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award. Novak, who won Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 after returning from elbow surgery, is now a four-timeLaureus World Sportsman of the Year.

Speaking after receiving his Award, Novak said: “A Laureus Award is what every athlete wants to win, and this one is a huge honor for me. Being among so many sporting greats here tonight, and hearing about the inspirational work Laureus is doing around the world, gives this Award a special meaning for me.

“Last year was an incredible season for me, returning from injury to win Wimbledon and the US Open is something I’ll remember forever. I am delighted and I would like to thank the Laureus Academy for their support.”

The Laureus World Sports Academy – made up of 68 global sporting legends – volunteered their time to vote for the winners in each shortlisted category which recognises sporting achievement in the 2018 calendar year. The Awards were hosted by actor James Marsden and featured entertainment from award-Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jorja Smith.

After her record-breaking performance at the gymnastics world championships, in which she won four gold, one silver and one bronze medal, Simone Biles was crowned Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year. Biles, who also won the Sportswoman Award in 2017, made history last year by becoming the first woman to win four all-around world championships. At just 21, she now has a record 14 career world titles.

FIFA World Cup winners France became the first national football team to win a second Laureus World Team of the Year Award, fighting off competition from the world-leading teams including Mercedes AMG Petronas F1, Golden State Warriors and Real Madrid. French coach Didier Deschamps was in Monaco to accept the Award on behalf of the team.

Japan’s first Grand Slam tennis star Naomi Osaka received the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award for her victory in the US Open, where she defeated five-time Laureus Award winner Serena Williams. Osaka, 21, who is now number one in the world, makes history as Japan’s first Laureus Award winner.

Golfing star and ten-time Laureus Nominee Tiger Woods won his third Laureus Award, after winning the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year accolade at the 2000 and 2001 Laureus Awards. The American received the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award for winning the Tour Championship, his first win in 1,876 days, returning to the game after spinal fusion surgery.

17-year-old American snowboarding sensation Chloe Kim, who became the youngest woman to win a Winter Olympics snowboarding gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, won the Action Sportsperson of the Year Award.  Slovak alpine skier Henrieta Farkašová and her guide Natalia Subrtova won theSportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award after becoming the most decorated Winter Paralympian in Pyeongchang with four gold medals in vision-impaired Downhill, Giant Slalom, Super Combined and Super-G, plus silver in Slalom.

Attended by sports stars, celebrities and business leaders from around the world, the Awards also shone a light on the transformational work of Laureus Sport for Good. In 2018, nearly 300,000 young people all over the world directly benefited from more than 160 Laureus Sport for Good-supported programmes in 40 countries, working to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage by using sport as the tool for change.

Yuwa, a sport for development organization that works in the rural region of Jharkhand in northern India, received the Laureus Sport for Good Award for their life-changing work in using football to improve the lives of young girls from disadvantaged communities. Through football, the girls overcome violence, build self-confidence and start to change perceptions of what a girl from a rural village in India is capable of achieving. One of Laureus Sport for Good’s key focus areas is promoting equality, empowerment and safety for young women and girls. Of the 296,300 children and young people Laureus Sport for Good programmes reached worldwide in 2018, 49% were young women and girls.

The Laureus World Sports Academy recognized marathon world record breaker Eliud Kipchoge with the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award. Kipchoge, who ran the fastest time ever in a marathon in Berlin with a time of 2 hours 1 min 39 seconds, broke the previous record by a massive 1 min 18 seconds.

Legendary football manager Arsène Wenger received the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to football during his 22 years as manager of Arsenal. During his time there, he famously led ‘The Invincibles’ to an entire season unbeaten, and made a significant contribution to English football through his approach to scouting, training and diets, and his emphasis on an attacking mentality.

Arsène received a guard of honor at the Ceremony from legendary Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas and football legends Alessandro Del Piero, Luis Figo, Fabio Capello, Didier Deschamps, Cafu and Alex Scott. Arsène’s Award was presented by Cesc Fabregas.

Skiing great Lindsey Vonn’s incredible career was recognized by the Laureus Academy with the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award. The Spirit of Sport Award is given at the discretion of the Academy, to recognize an athlete or team who have achieved remarkable success and displayed a relentless dedication to their sport. The greatest female skier of all time, Vonn recently announced her retirement from the sport. Vonn is one of only two female skiers to win four Overall World Cups and has won a record eight World Cup Downhill titles.

Inspirational Chinese climber Xia Boyu received the most votes in the global Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year public vote. Xia was recognised for his efforts in becoming only the second double-amputee to scale Everest, and the first to reach the summit from the Nepalese side. Joining Xia in the top three Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year Nominees at the Awards in Monaco were; South Africa’s first black Test captain Siya Kolisi and Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir, who is fighting motor neuron disease.

To stay up to date with the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards, visit awards.laureus.com and follow @LaureusSport and #Laureus19 on social.

Big Day for Team Srixon

Sunday was a great day for Team Srixon, as three staffers claimed worldwide wins with the all-new Z-STAR Series golf ball. #BuiltForDistance

Check out the Srixon equipment each staffer had in the bag:

J.B. Holmes – PGA TOUR – Genesis Open – Pacific Palisades, CA (5th PGATOUR win)
What’s in J.B.’s Bag:
· Srixon Z U85 Utility Iron (20º)
  - Alternates this utility with an 18º depending on the course setup.
· Srixon Z 785 Irons (4-PW)
· Cleveland RTX 4 (50º MID, 54º MID, 60º LOW)
· Srixon Z-STAR XV
  - On a day that got more and more difficult as the wind wreaked havoc on players ability to control their distances, J.B. leaned on the stability and consistency of his Z-STAR XV and hit the shots he needed to coming down the stretch.

Ryan Fox – European Tour – ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth – Perth, Australia. (1st European Tour win)
What’s in Ryan’s Bag:
· Srixon Z 785 Driver (10.5º)
  - Known as one of the longest player on the European Tour, this was just Ryan’s second week of competition with the new Z 785 driver.
· Srixon Z U85 Utility Iron (20º)
· Srixon Z 785 Irons (4-PW)
· Cleveland RTX 4 (50º MID, 54º MID, 60º MID)
· Srixon Z-STAR XV

Miguel Angel-Jimenez – Champions Tour – Chubb Classic – Naples, Florida (7th Champions Tour win)
What’s in Miguel’s Bag:
· Srixon Z-STAR

More information: www.srixon.com

Third Annual Community Service Project Set for April 30 Ahead of National Golf Day

Golf Course Superintendents, Industry Leaders Facilitate National Mall Enhancements

(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.) – WE ARE GOLF – a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners – will host the third annual Community Service Project on Tuesday, April 30 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST in advance of National Golf Day with activities focused on beautification and preservation between the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.

"We are proud to continue the Community Service Project in celebration of National Golf Day, which saves the National Park Service nearly four months of labor costs,” says Steve Mona, Executive Director of WE ARE GOLF. “The opportunity to enhance Washington, D.C. for the third consecutive year is one of the many examples of the golf industry’s steadfast dedication to the environment.”

In coordination with the National Park Service Grounds Management Staff, the areas of concentration will include the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and Martin Luther King, Jr., Lincoln and Vietnam Veterans memorials. Services will include sodding, planting, aerating, seeding, mowing and mulching. All participants will be divided into teams, with each one assigned a team captain to oversee the tasks.

“Caring for the grounds in our nation’s capital has become our favorite annual tradition,” says Rhett Evans, CEO of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. “National Golf Day is a special opportunity to advocate for the game we all love.”

The 12th annual National Golf Day will be held Wednesday, May 1 and celebrate the game’s $84.1 billion economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits. Industry leaders will meet with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss golf’s 15,000-plus diverse businesses, two million jobs impacted, tax revenue creation and tourism value.

For more information on the Community Service Project, visit www.wearegolf.org.

Utah PGA Names Promontory's Director of Golf Professional of the Year

Utah Section PGA officers (from left): Jeff John, Dustin Volk and Kent McComb present Promontory Club Director of Golf Ryan Kartchner with the Professional of the Year Award. Photo - Fairways Media/Jess Dodson

(PARK CITY, UTAH) – The Utah Section PGA, experts in the game and business of golf in Utah, recently announced its annual awards. Ryan Kartchner, Promontory’s Director of Golf won the prestigious Professional of the Year category. Winners of the annual awards are nominated by Utah Section PGA Professionals. Award winners are dedicated to their profession by working to improve the quality of golf in Utah, including growing and teaching the game.

Kartchner has been with Promontory since 2017 where he has overseen the luxury vacation home community’s two signature golf courses – the Jack Nicklaus Painted Valley Golf Course and the Pete Dye Canyon Course. Ryan is very active in the Utah golf scene, serving on numerous boards and committees related to the sport. He has also served as the President of the Utah Section PGA and works closely with the national office and leadership of the PGA of America. Ryan works with all of the Allied Associations in the State to help grow the game, especially Junior Golf and has scheduled PGA events for Juniors in Utah.

“Leading Promontory’s golf program and working with our incredible members from all over the country has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my career. There is no greater honor than to be recognized by industry peers, many of whom are my mentors who have inspired me and shaped my career as a golf professional. I’m truly honored to have received this award from the Utah Section PGA,” Ryan Kartchner says.

In addition to making a visible impact on the Utah Section PGA, Kartchner has enhanced the Promontory experience by focusing on the enjoyment of the game for the members he enthusiastically serves.

“We are so proud of Ryan for winning this Utah PGA award and are grateful for his tremendous contributions to our golf offerings,” says Robin Milne, General Manager of Promontory. “Ryan has launched amazing junior golf programs at Promontory, including the AJGA’S Rolex Girls Junior Championship last summer. We also hosted the Sub Regional for the national ‘Drive, Chip & Putt’ competition that finishes at Augusta National the Sunday before the Masters.”

Under Kartchner’s leadership, Promontory continues to introduce new golf programs and events for members in an effort to maintain its status as one of the leading private communities for golf in the U.S.

For more information, visit www.promontoryclub.com.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Eisenhower Golf Course to Host 72nd U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship in 2020

USGA to make military course debut at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) – For the first time, a military organization’s golf course will play host to a USGA championship. The Eisenhower Golf Course at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., has been chosen as the host site for the 72nd U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, which is scheduled for July 13-18, 2020. The championship will be conducted on the Blue Course of the 36-hole facility, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in 1959.

“We are so excited to bring the U.S. Girls’ Junior to the United States Air Force Academy,” said Tracy Parsons, championship director. “The championship annually hosts the world’s elite female junior golfers, and we know the Blue Course at Eisenhower will provide the ideal test in identifying a USGA champion.”

The Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado, whose founding partners are the Colorado Section of The PGA of America and the Colorado Golf Association, will be the host group for the championship.

The Blue Course can be stretched to almost 7,500 yards and is well known for its challenging greens and its scenic views of the Rocky Mountains.

“We are so thrilled to welcome the U.S. Girls’ Junior to our state, and to be able to partner with the USGA for this championship,” said Mike Schultz, president of the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado. “It’s an honor to be able to work with them to allow a local golf course to host a prestigious national championship.”

First conducted in 1949, the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship is open to female amateurs who have not turned 19 on or before the final day of the championship and have a Handicap Index not exceeding 9.4. Notable champions include three-time winner Hollis Stacy, Mickey Wright, Nancy Lopez, Amy Alcott, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Pat Hurst, I.K. Kim, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson. Starting in 2017, Girls’ Junior champions earn an exemption into the following year’s U.S. Women’s Open Championship. In 2018, the U.S. Girls’ Junior set a record with 1,606 entries.

The 2020 U.S. Girls’ Junior will be the 34th USGA championship in Colorado. The 2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur is scheduled to take place at Colorado Golf Club in Parker from Sept. 14-19. The last time the U.S. Girls’ Junior was held in the state was in 1982 at Greeley Country Club, when Heather Farr defeated Caroline Keggi, 2 and 1, in the championship’s final match. The U.S. Girls’ Junior was also held at Lakewood C.C. in Denver in 1957, as well as at Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen in 1965.

To learn more, visit usga.org.

College Athletes Train to Become Professional Golfers at Boca Lago Country Club

David Lee’s “Gravity Golf” teaching method will prepare recent graduates for a pro-golf career—in one year

(Boca Raton, Fla.) - Tour Express—a revolutionary program designed to train high-level athletes to qualify for the professional tours—has launched at Boca Lago Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla.

The leader of Tour Express is David Lee, one of the most forward-thinking instructors in the game. Lee created Gravity Golf, the one-of-a-kind instructional program that relies on the golfer’s body mass, rather than muscular strength, to create an effortless swing that produces maximum efficiency and control. Gravity Golf Schools have been based at Boca Lago Country Club since last fall.

Using his Gravity Golf method, Lee and his instructors will prepare recent college graduates—all high-level, Division I athletes but, critically, not golfers—to be competitive and have pro-golf careers. According to Lee, it normally takes 5 to 10 years to turn a beginner into a professional; Tour Express will do it in one year.

The first four athletes recently began working with Lee and his staff, living and training at Boca Lago Country Club.

Alexis Gray, Cleveland, Ohio. A three-sport athlete in high school, she received a scholarship to University of Cincinnati where she threw discus, shot put, hammer, and weight. She graduated UC in 2018.

Emily Lochten, Lake Worth, Fla. A basketball and softball player in high school, she played one year of softball at Florida Athletic University, from which she received a degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion in 2018. She has her own holistic athletic-training company and is an assistant softball coach at Boca Raton High School.

Phil Jagers, Solon, Ohio.  A high-school wrestler, football player, and track star, he became a three-time NCAA All-American in track and field. Jagers contended for the Olympics and World Championships in discus and shot. He was a Mid-American Conference record holder while at University of Akron, from which he graduated in biochemistry in 2017.

Eric Stampfl, Dix Hills, NY.  A natural athlete who attended Long Island University’s at the CW Post Campus on a full ride baseball scholarship, Stampfl switched sports after a career-ending arm injury. He most recently worked as a tennis professional through the U.S. Tennis Association at the 5.5 level.

Other Gravity Golf programs are open to the general public, where interested golfers may attend half-day informational seminars at Boca Lago, observe the Tour Express players, and learn more about how to accelerate the golf development process through the Gravity Golf philosophy, which focuses on all parts of the game—full swing, short game, and what causes and fixes the “yips” in putting, chipping, and pitching. Gravity Golf School programs are also available at Boca Lago for any aspiring golfers, as well as individualized instruction for Boca Lago members.

Boca Lago Country Club recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation. Award-winning architect Jan Bel Jan reimagined the original Bruce Devlin-Robert Von Hagge 27-hole golf course. Extensive work also was done on the practice facilities, clubhouse, and 20-court tennis club, all on club property.

The transformation of Boca Lago Country Club will strengthen its reputation as one of the area’s premier venues for private events, weddings, corporate/charity golf tournaments, and community fund-raising initiatives.

More information about Gravity Golf is available at www.gravitygolf.com.

For more information about Boca Lago Country Club, visit www.bocalago.com.

PGA Golf Club Receives 2019 Platinum Award from the Association of Golf Merchandisers

(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) – PGA Golf Club – the PGA of America’s premier 54-hole facility – has earned the Platinum Award from the Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) for the fourth consecutive year.

The award spotlights clubs and facilities with the most creative and innovative retail accomplishments, and successful initiatives that enhance customer relationships and experiences. Entries were judged on various categories, including creative ideas, revenue-generating initiatives, promotions and visual displays.

PGA Golf Club officials were presented the 2019 Platinum Award at the recent AGM Annual Retail Conference in Orlando.

“We are honored the Association of Golf Merchandisers bestowed us their Platinum Award for 2019,” says Jeremy Wiernasz, PGA Golf Club General Manager and Director of Golf. “Receiving the award for the fourth consecutive year is a testament to our outstanding staff and their work in providing the top brands and merchandise in an attractive arrangement.”

PGA Golf Club’s golf shop is stocked with apparel for men, women and juniors from major manufacturers. The golf shop also supplies accessories, gift items and resort wear emblazoned with the PGA Golf Club logo, with innovative display enhancers and lighting to ensure merchandise is visually appealing.

“Our mission is to create eye-catching and vivacious presentations throughout the golf shop that mimic the season or a special event, and spotlight the top fashion trends,” says Michael Mandara, PGA Golf Club Merchandising Manager. “The golf shop is one of the many alluring aspects of our clubhouse, and we strive to make it as memorable as the golf experience found here.”

The AGM is an international, professional association of golf-related merchandisers and vendors. Members include golf professionals, buyers, merchandisers, students, club managers, owners and suppliers to the golf industry. Headquartered in Arizona, the AGM is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation founded in 1989, and governed by a 19-member volunteer Board of Directors.

Owned and operated by the PGA of America, and known as the “Ultimate Golf Resort Destination,” PGA Golf Club is home to three distinct golf courses – the Wanamaker, Ryder and Dye – designed by renowned architects Tom Fazio and Pete Dye.

In 2021, PGA Golf Club will host the PGA Professional Championship on the Wanamaker and Ryder Courses. The Championship will be comprised of players who advance from the 41 PGA Section Championships, along with past champions, competing to finish in the Top 20 and a spot in the PGA Championship. All four rounds will be broadcast live on Golf Channel.

PGA Golf Club also offers attractive membership opportunities at competitive pricing, including a six-month Premier Seasonal Membership with limited spots available. Members will enjoy private member dining, food and beverage discounts at the 1916 Bar and Grille inside the newly renovated and expanded clubhouse, and member merchandise discounts in the golf shop – all with no assessments or F&B minimums.

To learn more about PGA Golf Club, visit www.pgavillage.com.

Sea Pines Resort Offers On-Site Lodging at the Inn & Club at Harbour Town During RBS Heritage

Clubhouse badges, resort transportation, and parking included

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – For the first time ever, The Sea Pines Resort has opened a limited number of accommodations at The Inn & Club at Harbour Town, with special-access packages for The 51st RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, always one of the most popular and exciting events on the PGA Tour.

Guests are able to stay just steps away from tournament action at this Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond boutique hotel with the luxury and convenience of accommodations overlooking the first tee of Harbour Town Golf Links.  The package also includes two RBC Heritage Clubhouse Badges, complimentary access to all of the following and more:
- On-site valet or self-parking
- Private transportation within Sea Pines
- Daily use of premium beach chairs, umbrellas and beach towels at the world-class Sea Pines Beach Club
- Adult bikes for two, plus reduced rates on children’s bikes
- Access to The Sea Pines Resort Fitness Center
- Wireless Internet

Also included are preferred golf rates at The Sea Pines Resort’s other championship golf courses, Heron Point, designed by Pete Dye, and the Davis Love III-designed Atlantic Dunes.

Package prices begin at $629 per room, per night and are valid from Friday, April 19 through Monday, April 22, 2019. A stay of two nights or longer is required.

The Sea Pines Resort also has home and villa accommodations available for RBC Heritage week (from Saturday, April 13 through Monday, April 22, 2019). Included with home and villa stays is parking, the resort’s many amenities, and preferred rates at Heron Point and Atlantic Dunes.

To book Inn, home, or villa accommodations, go to https://www.seapines.com/golf/RBC-Heritage/accommodations.aspx.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Getting to Know: Eric Cogorno, Golf Teaching Professional, Rising YouTube Personality

American Golfer: When did you start playing golf?
Eric Cogorno: I started playing when I was about 12 years old. Like most kids new to the game, I had someone I looked up to as a reason for why I got started. For me it was my dad. I idolized my dad and anything he did I wanted to do as well. Golf was just part of that process. He and all of his friends would play every Saturday and Sunday and I just wanted to be part of that process. He got me a little junior set for me to hit balls in our backyard and I was off and running.

Eric Cogorno
AG: How did you become a golf professional?
EC: Mostly just because I didn't want to get a real job :) I started teaching when I was 18 and was in college. At that time (2008) there was the economic collapse. A lot of the kids I was going to school with who were supposed to be getting these great finance jobs weren't able to find a job. Also, at this time I was working at the golf course - picking balls, washing carts, etc. making like $8 an hour. I remember one day one of the golf pros came into the shop and told me that he just made $50 doing a golf lesson. Didn't take me long to realize that $50 was better than $8.

AG: You have a popular YouTube channel. What kind of content do you post and how often do you post?
EC: We post three videos each week as well as a live session now once per week, so four total. All of the content is basically "how to" golf videos. Our goal is to make videos to help all the golfers who are watching get better at the game and or enjoy the game more. Most the videos are pure instruction videos. How to fix flaws, how to improve, etc.

AG: What’s your favorite thing about being a golf professional?
EC: Getting to work with people to improve their game and enjoy their time more. A lot of times the same principles we talk about in golf are the same principles needed to improve their lives, that is where it is the most fun is when you are able to have a positive impact on someone’s life outside of just golf. Generally, this happens with younger players.

AG: How can we grow the game of golf?
EC: This is a tough one. There are a lot of barriers to entry. It's expensive. It takes TOO LONG to play. I think things like Topgolf are doing good things in terms of brining "non-golf" audiences into the game. More of that would be good. We as a whole are generally too traditional, too uptight, too many rules. There will always be part of the crowd that is like that. But if we want a greater percentage of the population to play our game, what should it look like when they are first starting? The barriers to entry should be less. I think offering more 1-, 3-, 6-hole options instead of just 9 or 18 holes when people don't want to spend 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 hours playing. The other reality is the game is really hard and takes a lot of time. In 2019, people are not more inclined to have patience and work hard at something.

AG: What’s the most common mistake amateur golfers make on the course and/or driving range?
EC: The most common mistake in terms of the swing itself is an open club face. It causes so many problems. The most common problem on the range is just beating balls. No structure to their "practice." No idea of what they actually need to be doing to improve their swing. No feedback to know if they are doing it correctly. Lots of pure trial and error, which can work to an extent but a lot of the time times makes the game more frustrating than it needs to be.

AG: Is there a shot you dread?
EC: Putting.

AG: How can golfers in the Midwest and Northeast stay sharp over the long, winter months?
EC: It’s hard. There is no substitute for being outside. Having said that, if you can find a good indoor facility or get a net up at home you can make some nice improvements. Ideally you are working with a coach to ensure you are practicing the right pieces. One big key is you need a ball of some form there. We have all gone through the process of being able to make a good practice swing and then when the ball is there its different. You need a ball. It can be a golf ball, wiffle ball, foam ball, etc. non-negotiable. You can improve full swing mechanics for sure. You can also improve chipping and putting mechanics. Tough to improve skills (speed control, etc) inside, but you can improve pure mechanics.

AG: What’s your “dream foursome” (living or dead, golfer or non-golfer)?
EC: Tiger Woods, Tom Brady, Connor McGregor, Me.

AG: What course tops your “bucket list” to play?
EC: Augusta!

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How Much Will Matt Kuchar Tip His Caddy This Weekend?

Bovada has released odds on how much Matt Kuchar will tip his caddy this weekend after competing in the Genesis Open.

How Much Will Matt Kuchar Pay His Caddy For The 2019 Genesis Open?
Over 10,000$ -120
Under 10,000$ -120

Learn more or place your bets HERE.

Desert Mountain Club to Unveil No. 7 at Desert Mountain Course, Clubhouse, Homes in Spring 2019

Innovative Par-54 Course Design Will Appeal to Golfers of All Skill Levels

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) - Desert Mountain Club will unveil its seventh golf course, No. 7 at Desert Mountain course and clubhouse this spring, enhancing the exciting golf lifestyle experience in Arizona’s high desert.

This par-54 course is one of only two private, par-54-rated courses in the United States and will serve as the focal point for the exclusive Seven Desert Mountain community.

The course is designed by Bill Brownlee of M3 Companies and Wendell Pickett of Greey|Pickett, both of whom are Desert Mountain Club members. No. 7 at Desert Mountain has been created to be inclusive and challenging for golfers of all skill levels. The remarkable course will feature extensive fairways, ample greens, as well as a lighted putting green. This duo also collaborated on the critically-acclaimed “Li’l Wick” nine-hole short game course at Wickenburg Ranch located in Wickenburg, Arizona.

“The concepts behind No. 7 at Desert Mountain are an extension of Desert Mountain’s overall vision,” said Desert Mountain Club CEO Damon DiOrio. “Not only does No. 7 maintain the high standards of golf we embrace throughout Desert Mountain, it provides even more experiences enabling golfers to reimagine how they play the sport.”

Beyond the 18-hole course, No. 7 will feature a sleek, modern clubhouse that will serve as a central, family-centric gathering space with an indoor-outdoor gastropub, state-of-the-art sound system, and two bocce ball courts. Set against a magnificent high desert backdrop with expansive, collapsible glass walls, the clubhouse will literally bring the outdoors in.  The facility will be ideal for year-round enjoyment and offers heated patio floors, indoor and outdoor bars, several fire pits and fireplaces.

The 90-acre enclave, which will have its own private entrance just west of the existing main gate on Cave Creek Road, will also include up to 190 custom homes designed by Arizona’s leading custom home builders Cullum Homes, Camelot Homes and Family Development.

With vastly unique product opportunities, including custom, semi-custom and condominium residences, these modern and luxurious homes will offer breathtaking views of the greater Phoenix Valley and surrounding mountains and valleys. All but three of the homes will sit directly on the golf course. The homes range in size from 2,300 to 6,500+ square feet and will be priced from $1 million to $3+ million.

Homeowners at Seven will become members of Desert Mountain Club as part of their property purchase. Options include equity lifestyle or equity golf membership at Desert Mountain Club, gaining access to its world-class amenities including its newly renovated Sonoran Spa and Fitness Center, tennis complex, pickleball courts, miles of private hiking and biking trails, six additional private golf courses, distinctive clubhouses and restaurants. An additional golf membership dedicated primarily to No.7 at Desert Mountain Club is also available.

For more information on No. 7 at Desert Mountain visit www.desertmountain.com/seven, or call (480) 428-1415.

Winner of the Country Club de Bogota Championship Used BGT Stability Putter Shaft

(Dallas, TX) - Breakthrough Golf Technology congratulates the winner of the Country Club de Bogota Championship and announces that the Stability Putter Shaft was used in the winner's four-shot victory.

Barney Adams, CEO and Founder stated, "We are thrilled by this win. This victory is the culmination of years of product development and testing of the Stability putter shaft and validates the technology and efforts of the Breakthrough Golf team."

For 50 years, the putter shaft has not changed. It's a simple steel pipe. Over the years, head designs for putters have evolved and gotten dramatically heavier. This has resulted in shafts that are not stable or strong enough to keep these heavier, advanced putter heads from oscillating. The Stability putter shaft delivers the face squarer at impact for improved accuracy and solid feel and has a lower launch for a predictable roll, resulting in better distance control.

In a suburb of Dallas Texas lies a new golf shaft company with 100 years of experience. The state-of-the-art facility utilizes the latest technology to develop and bring to market the finest, most precise shafts available. Founder Barney Adams, who has always had the unique ability to see what is truly missing in Golf equipment, decided to focus on the putter shafts since there had been no significant innovation for decades. A team of award-winning engineers was assembled and no shaft company on the planet delivers innovation in golf shafts like Breakthrough Golf Technology.

More information: breakthroughgolftech.com

PGA Golf Club, Cresswind at PGA Village Verano Announce Updates for 2019

Course Enhancements, New Pickleball Center Demonstrate Commitment of Thriving Golf Community

(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) – PGA Golf Club – the PGA of America’s premier 54-hole facility – and KOLTER HOMES, a leader in developing next-generation, highly-amenitized, master-planned active adult communities in the southeastern U.S., announce enhancements for 2019 that demonstrate a commitment to the Port St. Lucie golf club and community.

Known as the “Ultimate Golf Destination,” PGA Golf Club renovated its three decorated courses – designed by Tom Fazio and Pete Dye – over the past two years. Those enhancements included renovated bunkers on its famed Wanamaker Course and a new drainage system to parts of the layout. On the Dye Course, popular cart wear spots were updated, making traffic control throughout the golf course more efficient. The Ryder Course reopened in 2017 to rave reviews following a renovation project that enhanced the greens and surrounding areas.

Also ongoing at PGA Golf Club are a limited number of Premier Seasonal Membership products, which offer benefits such as unlimited golf, Member exclusive dining with food and beverage discounts, private cart Member access discounts for all Member-owned registered carts, and accompanied, unaccompanied and immediate family guest rates. All Memberships include a spouse or significant other, and any children 25 years of age or younger living at home, in school or in the military.

In 2021, PGA Golf Club will host the PGA Professional Championship on the Wanamaker and Ryder Courses. The tournament, which will occur in the spring of 2021, will be comprised of players who advance from the 41 PGA Section Championships, along with past champions. All four rounds will be broadcast live on The Golf Channel.

“At PGA Golf Club we offer everything needed for a wonderful golf experience, and we are very excited about the outlook for 2019,” says Jeremy Wiernasz, General Manager and Director of Golf Operations. “Not only will do we offer three of the best courses you’ll find anywhere, membership at PGA Golf Club has its privileges, and we invite everyone to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Neighboring PGA Golf Club, Cresswind at PGA Village Verano is a gated, 55+ neighborhood that is part of the KOLTER HOMES portfolio. Cresswind resides within the larger gated, PGA Village Verano community and is designed to help residents live better, longer based on the pillars of fitness, nutrition and relationships.

Earlier this year, PGA Village Verano broke ground on the PGA Village Verano Pickleball Center, giving both the community and the brand-new Cresswind neighborhood access to South Florida’s largest private pickleball complex. The facility will have 27 pickleball courts, including a center-court for tournaments, multiple viewing areas with spectator seating, and an event lawn with pavilion area. The outdoor arena is projected to open in late summer.

“PGA Village Verano is the perfect location for individuals that want to enjoy the best of all worlds with resort-style amenities and award-winning golf,” says John Manrique Vice President of Marketing for KOLTER HOMES. “We’re excited to bring America’s fastest growing sport, pickleball, to our PGA Village Verano and Cresswind communities.”

Cresswind at PGA Village Verano will also open the Cresswind Oasis, a pool and sundeck accessible only to its residents. Construction for the first round of Cresswind houses is on track, allowing for move-in to start this spring. Combining luxury and low-maintenance living, the neighborhood offers residents homes starting in the mid $200s complemented by a rich portfolio of resident amenities.

Cresswind residents have full access to PGA Village Verano’s 27,000-square-foot social clubhouse and 13,000-square-foot fitness center. These fitness and social centers offer a wide array of social and wellness programs, full-time lifestyle and activities directors, and state-of-the-art facilities including a resort-style pool; tennis, basketball and bocce ball courts and indoor Junior Olympic pool. Upon signing of a new house, residents receive a social membership to PGA Golf Club, and can become a golf member for a reduced membership fee.

For more information about PGA Golf Club Memberships, visit www.pgavillage.com/membership.

For more information on Cresswind at PGA Village Verano visit: CresswindPGAVillageVerano.com.

Horseshoe Bay Resort Finalizes $70 Million Resort/Multi-Course Renovation Project in 2019

Austin, Texas resort is now positioned as one of America’s premier golf destinations

(HORSESHOE BAY, TX) – Serious golfers are always on the lookout for new golf destination experiences. Horseshoe Bay Resort, nestled in the picturesque Texas Hill Country just outside of Austin, is putting the final touches on a $70-million resort and multi-course renovation that has the AAA-Four Diamond- and Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Award-winning property poised to become one of America’s premier golf destinations.

With four acclaimed championship golf courses and the innovative Whitewater Putting Course, Horseshoe Bay offers an appealing array of unforgettable golfing experiences designed by World Golf Hall of Fame members Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jack Nicklaus.

In 2016, Horseshoe Bay embarked on an expansive $7.5-million project to upgrade all three of its Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designs, Slick Rock, Ram Rock, and Apple Rock. The improvements to the courses and overall golf product has the resort community in position to earn nationwide attention and a rise in out-of-state rounds.

“Everything traveling golfers’ value, you’ll find here in a truly distinct and elevated presentation,” says managing director of Horseshoe Bay Resort Bryan Woodward. “The investment we have put into these renovations have elevated the quality of our golf to a national level and has made the overall golf experience more fun for our guests.”

Situated on the gleaming shores of the constant-level Lake LBJ and meandering through a rugged 7,000-acre expanse of rolling Hill Country, the scenic Horseshoe Bay Resort is the only waterfront resort in Texas. Tropically adorned with palm trees, bold water features and the most colorful vegetation this side of Hawaii, this resort stands apart, both visually and in the guest experience. The golfing experience matches that uniqueness.

“People know desert golf, mountain golf, links golf and parkland golf, but if you’ve never experienced golf in the rocky, panoramic Texas Hill Country, your bucket list has another line to check,” Woodward says. “Once you play golf in this setting, it just stays with you.”

Before there was ever a Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Horseshoe Bay was home to three very distinct courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The Ram Rock course, constructed in 1981, has made its reputation as one of the toughest courses in Texas. Slick Rock, the first golf course built (in 1971) at Horseshoe Bay, features a classic parkland setting and classic elements of Jones’ renowned architectural sensibility. Wall-to-wall renovations to both courses have enhanced playability and fun from the forward and middle tees while maintaining each layout’s legendary challenge for scratch players.

Each of the course renovations included installing the latest 007 bent grass greens to improve quality of turf, expanded green sizes by as much as 50 percent in some areas, renovating bunkers, re-shaping and leveling tee-boxes, new irrigation, as well as adding beautiful rock retaining walls along all of the water-hazards to improve over-all course aesthetics. This was most significant with the awe-inspiring "Million Dollar Hole" where golfers follow a winding path across a 35-yard rock-walled waterfall.

The final course and renovation project, Apple Rock, will see much of the same renovations completed as its sister courses and will re-open in May 2019. The course offers some of the most picturesque views in the region. Jones Sr. strategically routed holes to take advantage of the many higher elevation points that overlook Horseshoe Bay and Lake LBJ.

Punctuating the re-opening of the Ram Rock and Apple Rock courses will be the unveiling of the luxe, new Cap Rock Clubhouse. Members and guests of Horseshoe Bay will enjoy the new Cap Rock setting with its expansive views of the courses and Texas Hill Country. It will feature a dining room and bar area along with a pro-shop, swimming pool, cabana, pavilion area for groups, and a practice/teaching facility.

In addition to the resort golf, Horseshoe Bay also offers a distinctive member-only experience with the Jack Nicklaus Signature design, Summit Rock (which opened in 2012). The course offers some of the most stunning scenery in Texas. Nicklaus routed holes along a high ridge, a setting that showcases spectacular views that stretch for more than 40 miles over the Texas Hill Country and Lake LBJ.

Complementing the championship golf is the highly-unique Whitewater Putting Course, a tropically-adorned 18-hole day/night real-grass putting course that sits adjacent to the hotel and is routed around the energetic 360 Sports Club (A full-service destination for pub food, cocktails and live sports on more than two dozen flat screen TVs). It is the perfect attraction for golf buddy groups, couples and families.

For more information and reservations, visit www.hsbresort.com or call 877-611-0112.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Troon Selected to Manage Lake Presidential Golf Club in Upper Marlboro, Maryland

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing, has been selected to manage Lake Presidential Golf Club, a semi-private club in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Troon Golf, the resort and daily-fee club operations division of Troon, will manage the golf, restaurant and club operations at Lake Presidential Golf Club.

Located approximately 22 miles east of Washington DC, Lake Presidential Golf Club is part of the beautiful Beechtree Community. The golf course opened in 2008 and is one of Maryland’s most popular courses, having been named No. 2 on Golfweek’s “Best Courses You Can Play in Maryland” list in 2016. The par 72, 7,230-yard layout meanders through heavily wooded and rolling terrain.

“Our team is ready to get started at Lake Presidential,” said Mike Ryan, chief operating officer, Troon. “The golf course layout is excellent and the recently refreshed clubhouse is beautiful. Our agronomy, food and beverage, and club operations teams will now look to enhance an already stellar property.”

The club’s 11,000-square-foot clubhouse features a golf shop, restaurant, and event facilities that can accommodate up to 275 guests. The Grille at Lake Presidential offers a beautiful setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner with panoramic views of 30-acre Lake Presidential.

“We are very excited to bring Troon Golf on board at Lake Presidential as we continue to elevate the brand and service offering at our club,” said Abdul Barazi on behalf of the ownership group. “Their corporate culture and philosophy is strong and aligns well with our vision for Lake Presidential and the Beechtree community.  We want our residents, members, and guests to have exceptional and memorable experiences that are unmatched in the region.”

For more information on Lake Presidential Golf Club, visit www.lakepresidential.com.

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