Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Flying Dog Brewery Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Caddyshack with New Release

Night Putting, the brewery’s reinvented pale ale, is not par for the course


(Frederick, Md.) – In honor of the 40th anniversary of Caddyshack, the greatest golf movie ever made, Flying Dog Brewery today announced that it has created the best beer to accompany the game, Night Putting. Light and sessionable, Night Putting’s 16oz. can is the perfect companion for a day on the course.

Night Putting is Flying Dog’s reinvention of the classic Pale Ale. The 2020 specialty seasonal offers a subtle malt profile paired with a balanced blend of hops and sweet oats, creating a version that is less bitter than a golfer stuck in a sand trap.

“When conceptualizing this beer, we knew we wanted to pay homage to the classic comedy so we created a beer designed specifically for golfers,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing at Flying Dog Brewery. “This updated take on a pale ale is light and easy to drink without compromising on flavor. While we hope the novelty of the can and love for the movie will drive people to try it, we know the world-class beer inside will make them loyal fans.”

Brewed in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Harold Ramis’ golf comedy, the beer’s name and can are both nods to the classic film. The term ‘night putting’ was first coined in a story Chevy Chase’s Ty Webb tells to caddy Danny Noonan, played by Michael O'Keefe. The vibrant design on the can was inspired by the ugly hat Judge Elihu Smails, played by Ted Knight, wears in one of the movie’s most memorable scenes where Rodney Dangerfield’s boisterous Al Czervik character mocks the hat relentlessly, before delivering his iconic one-liner, “Looks good on you though.”

Night Putting carries a 5.5% ABV and was brewed using Simcoe and Centennial hops. It is available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans.

For more information, visit www.flyingdog.com.

'Talkin' Golf with Ann Liguori' starts 2nd Season on WFAN

Ann interviews top names in the world of golf


(RELEASE) — Ann Liguori, Sports Radio & Television Personality, Author and Golf Correspondent recently started her 2nd season of 'Talkin Golf' on WFAN 660 AM & 101.9 FM. This weekly show will air every Sunday 7-8 AM EST through June 28.

Ann Liguori
Travelers Insurance is the title sponsor.

Ann talks with the movers and shakers in the game, players, celebrities, broadcasters, authors, newsmakers and callers.

"Now more than ever, during challenging times, radio is an important vehicle to inform, enlighten and exchange information," says Liguori. "I'm looking forward to talking to loyal listeners, passionate golfers and newsmakers to keep everyone up to date on the world of golf."

The show Ann hosted last year at The Masters previewing the Final Round and Tiger's eventual 5th Masters title, won 'Best Radio Show' in the International Network of Golf (ING) Media competition.

Liguori is a trailblazer as the first female to host her own call-in sport's show on WFAN-NY, where she hosted 'Hey Liguori, What's the Story' each week for years. She is also an original host on The Golf Channel.

Ann is the Golf Correspondent for WFAN and CBS Sports Radio Network. She also covers the US Open Tennis Championship for WFAN every year. Ann has covered 21 straight Masters and dozens of US Opens, PGA Championships, PGA Tour and LPGA Tour events.

Ann is the author of 'A Passion for Golf, Celebrity Musings About the Game' (Rowman & Littlefield).

Her 'Sports Innerview' cable show aired for 17 years and the radio version airs Saturday mornings, 9-10 AM EST on WPPB 88.3 FM and is distributed on podcasts: https://audioboom.com/channels/4958658

Each year the Ann Liguori Foundation organizes an annual golf outing on the East End of Long Island to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

For more information on Ann Liguori visit: www.annliguori.com

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Professional Golf Makes Major Scheduling Announcements

(NEWS) — The golf world presented a revised calendar of its biggest events for 2020, with the safety, health and well-being of all imperative to moving forward. The Masters, PGA Championship and U.S. Open have new dates, while The British Open has been cancelled for the first time since WWII.

United by what may still be possible this year for the world of professional golf, and with a goal to serve all who love and play the game, Augusta National Golf Club, European Tour, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The R&A and USGA have issued the following joint statement:

“This is a difficult and challenging time for everyone coping with the effects of this pandemic. We remain very mindful of the obstacles ahead, and each organization will continue to follow the guidance of the leading public health authorities, conducting competitions only if it is safe and responsible to do so.

“In recent weeks, the global golf community has come together to collectively put forward a calendar of events that will, we hope, serve to entertain and inspire golf fans around the world. We are grateful to our respective partners, sponsors and players, who have allowed us to make decisions – some of them, very tough decisions – in order to move the game and the industry forward.

“We want to reiterate that Augusta National Golf Club, European Tour, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The R&A and USGA collectively value the health and well-being of everyone, within the game of golf and beyond, above all else. We encourage everyone to follow all responsible precautions and make effort to remain healthy and safe.”

Updates from each organization follow, and more information can be found by clicking on the links included:

USGA

The U.S. Open, previously scheduled for June 15-21 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, has been officially rescheduled for September 14-20 and is confirmed to remain at Winged Foot.

The R&A

The R&A has decided to cancel The Open in 2020 due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, and the Championship will next be played at Royal St. George’s in 2021. The Open was due to be played in Kent, England, from July 12-19, but it has been necessary to cancel the Championship based on guidance from the UK Government, the health authorities, public services and The R&A’s advisers. For more information and comments from The R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers, click here.

PGA of America

The PGA of America is announcing today that the PGA Championship is now scheduled to take place August 3-9 and will remain at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California. The PGA Championship was originally slated for May 11-17 but was postponed on March 17.

Furthermore, the PGA reconfirmed the Ryder Cup remains as originally scheduled, September 22-27, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Augusta National Golf Club
Augusta National has identified November 9-15 as the intended dates to host the 2020 Masters Tournament, which was previously scheduled for April 6-12 and postponed on March 13.

PGA TOUR

While collaborating with the PGA of America to find a viable date for the PGA Championship in August, the PGA TOUR worked with its host organizations and title sponsors to move the Regular Season finale – the Wyndham Championship – and all three FedExCup Playoffs events one week later, starting the week of August 10 and concluding with a Monday, September 7, Labor Day finish for the TOUR Championship.

The TOUR will seek to reschedule tournaments into the weeks formerly occupied by the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the Men’s Olympic golf competition in June and July. The TOUR will make further announcements about this potential, as well as its fall schedule, in the coming weeks.

European Tour

Due to the many complexities involved, the European Tour is currently working through various scenarios in relation to the rescheduling of our tournaments for the 2020 season. The European Tour will make further announcements on these in due course.

LPGA

On April 3, the LPGA released a revised look at the LPGA Tour’s 2020 summer schedule, beginning on the week of June 15 with the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. In addition, the LPGA Tour announced that they have successfully rescheduled their first two majors of the year (the ANA Inspiration moves to the week of September 7 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California; and the U.S. Women’s Open conducted by the USGA moves to the week of December 7 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas).

Blast Launches New Golf app with Short Game & Bunker Training Modes

(Carlsbad, California) – Blast Motion announces the launch of its new and highly anticipated Blast Golf solution.  In an industry first, Blast Golf 4.10 introduces the ability to support all forms of Short Game, including Bunker mode, allowing golfers to capture, analyze, and work on all types of shots from 75 yards and in. Tour Professionals and PGA Professionals have been asking for this capability as they realize just how important a short game is to their ability to score…and win! With insights on Tempo, Speed, and Angle of Attack, amateurs at every level can develop a consistent short game and improve quickly.

Thousands of golfers and Tour Processionals across the country trust Blast Golf to hone their putting skills and dominate on the greens. Blast Golf 4.10 delivers all of the information golfers have come to depend on, while grouping metrics into Speed Control and Direction categories, allowing users to easily identify strengths and areas for improvement. Full Swing mode has been further enhanced, through the addition of two new metrics, Peak Hand Speed and Angle of Attack, which can be seen in new Speed Training and Ball Striking layouts.

Blast Golf 4.10 and Gen 3 full swing & stroke analyzer (sensor), deliver a simplified app experience with access to analysis, insights, and training layouts for every part of the game. A new Training Center, with videos from Tour and PGA Professionals like Brad Faxon, provides users with tips and drills to practice with purpose and speed up the improvement process.

“We are excited to offer golfers of all levels a new product that will help them to improve on every part of the game while they have more fun with our insights and drills,” said Michael Fitzpatrick, Founder and CEO of Blast Motion. “The enhancements to Putting and Full Swing modes came directly from user and coach feedback, simplifying the app experience and providing valuable new information for golfers. The NEW ability to capture precision shots around the greens with the accuracy demanded by professionals was not an easy task.  With up to 60% of shots occurring on or around the greens, we know that working on your short game is the quickest way to lowering scores.”

Blast Golf can be used for training anywhere, anytime. With most of the country currently unable to go to the golf course or range, Blast has introduced a Training at Home Program to make the Blast Golf Gen 3 sensor available for $75 dollars for a limited time. This represents a savings of 50% off the retail price. Blast Golf 4.10 is now available for download in the Apple App Store.

For additional information on Blast Motion, visit blastmotion.com.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Volvik Introduces Marvel Avenger Assorted Character 5-Ball Pack

(ORLANDO, Florida) – Volvik (volvik.com), known the world over for the outstanding performance characteristics and vibrant color options of its golf balls, has introduced a Marvel Avenger Assorted Character 5-Ball Pack, part of its partnership with Marvel Worldwide. The new pack features Thor, Black Panther, Captain America, Ironman and The Hulk.

“We found that the Volvik 4-Ball Sets featuring Marvel characters were highly popular, so we are pleased to offer the new Marvel Avenger Assorted Character 5-Ball Pack for golfers of all ages,” said Don Shin, president of Volvik USA. “Volvik plays a vital role in growing the game by offering high-quality, attractive golf balls for players of every skill level, and the new 5-Ball Assorted Pack is part of that initiative.”

The matte-finish, three-piece Vivid high-performance golf balls feature Volvik’s new oversized energy core. Each five-ball set retails at $21.99. The Marvel balls are available for purchase at volvik.com.

Golf shops can place orders with their local Volvik sales representatives, at sales@volvik.com or by contacting Volvik at 407-649-0013.

Marvel Worldwide Inc. is a publisher of American comic books and related media. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Worldwide’s parent company.

For information, see volvik.com.

Troon Introduces 'Moments Matter Initiative

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in club management, development, and marketing, has introduced a new guest and member-facing resource titled “Moments Matter” to help Troon-affiliated clubs and their communities stay connected. The impetus behind the Moments Matter platform is simple, Troon and its affiliated facilities are here to help, inspire, and lead communities through these challenging times.

Moments Matter resources are available to Troon-affiliated clubs through digital download and include a collection of stories, activities, information and moments that keep us all connected. Moments Matter content is developed daily by Troon associates and corporate leaders around the world or through Troon partners. Troon-affiliated facilities may then customize the content to fit their club needs, and then digitally deliver fresh programming to members, guests and followers on a regular basis. Response and engagement continue to rise with each communication. All Moments Matter resource assets fall under three pillars:
Moments to HELP – Through discernible actions, we’re here to help – help members, support staff, serve communities, and assist one another. Examples include: associates delivering groceries to those in need, staff members making face masks for local hospitals and club staff leading local food drives.
Moments to LEAD – Through innovation, communication and action, clubs focus on serving the needs of members and guests. Examples include: adapting to changing situations, while serving the social and physical fitness needs of members and guests.
Moments to INSPIRE – Through programming and communication bringing life and inspiration. Continuing to fuel passions for fun. Examples include: Golf lessons, fitness classes, tennis tips and cooking advice, plus entertaining short stories and videos all delivered digitally to communities.

“We believe in the power of memorable and meaningful moments, especially in the current circumstances,” said Tim Schantz, president and CEO, Troon. “Be kind, be purposeful, and take care of one another. These are values that guide us as a company and are the pillars of our Moments Matter initiative.”

In addition to the club and facility-level Moments Matter initiatives, Troon Corporate is also focusing on the program’s help, inspire, and lead pillars. Brief examples include:
Moments to HELP – In an effort to assist Arizonans in need (home state for Troon’s corporate headquarters), Troon is supporting St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix through sales of 2020 Arizona Summer Troon Cards. The program, launched locally on April 2nd, has already raised more than $5,000 for the state’s largest food bank.
Moments to LEAD – The Troon Corporate team implemented, and continues to update, an online resource guide for club leaders and associates which includes up-to-the-minute health and legislative directives, best practices and messaging templates.
Moments to INSPIRE – Troon is providing daily online content from Top 100 golf instructors including complimentary Mon-Fri Facebook live sessions, daily tennis/fitness content from Cliff Drysdale Tennis and culinary content from RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design.

“Since launching the Moments Matter initiative some 10 days ago, the response from members, guests and associates around the world has been extremely positive,” added Schantz.  “We’re all in this together and, together, we’ll all recover from this.”

For more information on Troon’s Moments Matter initiative, click here.

Cleveland Country Club Offers Unique Opportunity to Local Community

Shelby North Carolina’s Only Private Country Club Welcomes Non-Members During COVID-19 Pandemic


(SHELBY, N.C.) — As part of the focus on empathy and inclusivity during these trying times, Shelby’s only private golf club, Cleveland Country Club opened tee times for non-members as of April 1. This decision has been made in order to offer all golf aficionados in the community a safe way to get outside, exercise and commune with nature, while securely practicing social distancing during these unprecedented times.

Non-members can now preview the private course and book a tee time to play a round of golf at their leisure, with extra precautions taken to ensure that the sport is enjoyed in the safest way possible.

“We wanted to give back to our community by providing the unique opportunity to experience the Cleveland Country Club lifestyle,” said General Manager Allyson Darling. “With exercise and sunshine being essential to keep stress levels low, we are proud to open our doors and showcase our beautiful course to the Shelby community, while enforcing procedures that ensure maximum safety and enjoyment for our staff and our players.”

Cleveland Country Club has adapted many operating procedures to keep members and guests safe, while also enforcing social distancing. These procedures include:
- Spreading out tee times to prevent overcrowding
- Removing all community food and beverage stations  
- Removing all golf course towels, bunker rakes, and ball washers  
- Lifting the cups on the greens to avoid golfer contact    
- Providing hand sanitizer and wipes at all amenity centers      
- Frequently sanitizing all high-traffic surfaces
- Increasing associate training on safety and sanitation techniques

“At Cleveland Country Club, the health and safety of our associates, members and guests is our first priority,” said
Whitney Crouse, Co-Founder of Bobby Jones Links. “By enacting strict best practices, we can offer our guests and members a safe way to practice social distancing while enjoying their favorite sport.”

Tee time should be booked by calling the Golf Shop to avoid additional in-person contact, and carts will be available for single-riders. If golfers are playing with a member of the household, they will be able to opt-out of the single-rider cart. Additionally, tee times will be spread out to prevent overcrowding of the tee boxes and to allow for proper cleaning in between each cart use. Walking tee times will also be available at the course. Rates for 18 holes of golf are $35.00 per player for weekdays and $50.00 for weekends.

Cleveland Country Club is managed by Bobby Jones Links, based in Alpharetta, GA. For additional information on the community and membership opportunities, visit clevelandcountryclub.net.

Friday, April 3, 2020

ANNIKA, Fred Haskins Awards to be Announced in May

Awards recognize the most outstanding collegiate golfers for 2019-20


(ORLANDO, Fla.) – GOLF Channel and Golfweek jointly revealed the final watch lists for the 2020 ANNIKA and Fred Haskins Awards presented by Stifel, recognizing the most outstanding Division I collegiate golfers for the 2019-2020 season as voted on by their fellow players, coaches and the golf media.

Voting for the 2020 ANNIKA and Haskins Awards will open on Tuesday, April 7 and close on Tuesday, April 21. The winners are scheduled to be announced on GOLF Channel in early May.

“With these uncertain times and with the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 NCAA golf season, we believe it is important that we continue to move forward in celebrating the fantastic college golf that took place this year and recognizing these outstanding athletes,” said Brian Stubbs, executive director, Fred Haskins Commission.

“We feel it is important during this difficult time to still honor the nation’s top players as voted on by their peers, coaches and the media,” said Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam, after whom the ANNIKA Award was named. “The chosen players always will be an ANNIKA or Haskins Award winner, and we can’t let the unexpectedly rapid conclusion to the college golf season stop us from acknowledging achievements that will last a lifetime.”

2020 ANNIKA Award presented by Stifel Watch List
Ana Belac, Duke
Vivian Hou, Arizona
Rachel Kuehn, Wake Forest
Ingrid Lindblad, LSU
Emilia Migliaccio, Wake Forest
Pimnipa Panthong, Kent State
Kaitlyn Papp, Texas
Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, South Carolina
Emma Spitz, UCLA
Natalie Srinivasan, Furman

2020 Haskins Award presented by Stifel Watch List
John Augenstein, Vanderbilt
John Axelsen, Florida
Ricky Castillo, Florida
Cooper Dossey, Baylor
Peter Kuest, BYU
William Mouw, Pepperdine
John Pak, Florida State
Garett Reband, Oklahoma
Sahith Theegala, Pepperdine
Davis Thompson, Georgia

The winner of the ANNIKA Award will receive an exemption to compete in the 2021 Evian Championship, while the Haskins Award winner will receive an exemption to compete in the 2020 Military Tribute at the Greenbrier. Voting for both awards will be compiled and verified by the Fred Haskins Commission, which oversees both awards. Celebrating its 50th year, the Fred Haskins Award has been given to players who have captured 31 major championships and more than 300 professional tournaments around the world. Maria Fassi (Arkansas) became the first back-to-back winner of the ANNIKA Award in 2019, while Matthew Wolff (Oklahoma State) won the 2019 Haskins Award. GOLF Channel and Golfweek are media partners for the ANNIKA and Fred Haskins Awards.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

ESPN Salutes Masters Tournament with Three Days of Epic Victories

Tiger Woods’ 1997, 2005 Wins; Jack Nicklaus’ Stunning 1986 Win in Encore Presentations


(TV) — ESPN will salute the Masters Tournament with encore presentations of the final rounds of two of Tiger Woods’ five wins, Jack Nicklaus’ stunning victory in 1986 and other classic editions of the iconic event at Augusta National Golf Club over three days beginning Wednesday, April 8.

Viewers will be able to watch Woods’ wins in the 1997 and 2005 Masters, with the final round of the 1997 event, his first Masters win, airing in prime time at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 9. The final round of his win in the 2005 Masters will air at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 10. In that event, Woods improbably chipped into the hole on the 16th at Augusta National, perhaps the most memorable shot of his storied career.

In 1986, Nicklaus shocked the golf world with his come-from-behind win, scoring his record-setting sixth Masters title as well as his 18th and final major championship. The final round airs Wednesday, April 8, at 3 p.m. On that same day, ESPN will open the salute at 1 p.m. with highlights from the 2018 Masters Par 3 Contest, an event highlighted by Nicklaus’ grandson (and caddie) G.T. Nicklaus scoring a hole-in-one as his proud grandfather watched. The Par 3 Contest re-airs at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

Also featured will be the final round from 2012, when Bubba Watson won the first of his two Masters green jackets, airing on Thursday at 2 p.m. Watson beat Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff with an incredible shot off the pine straw on the 10th to set up his winning putt.

The final round of the 2013 Masters, won by Adam Scott over Angel Cabrera in a playoff, airs Friday at 12:15 p.m. It remains the popular Australian’s only Masters win.

The airdates for the Masters salute coincide with the dates ESPN would have been televising the Masters Par 3 Contest and the first two rounds of this year’s event before it was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Also, beginning next week ESPN+, the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service, will present an on-demand collection of official Masters Films, including highlights of nearly every Masters event since 1960.

Masters.com and @TheMasters social media will feature complementary archival and never-before-seen content from the iconic final rounds. Fans are encouraged to follow along and share their viewing experience using #MastersRewind.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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Club Champion Launches Gift Card Promotion

Club fitter encourages getting golf ready from home with new bonus card offer


(Willowbrook, IL) — In an effort to bolster excitement and hope for the 2020 golf season, the nation’s #1 club fitter and builder has introduced a new gift card promotion. The promotion offers a $50 bonus card to anyone who purchases $100 - $500 in Club Champion gift cards. Purchases over $500 will be entitled to a bonus card in the amount of 10% of their gift card purchase (i.e. a $1,000 gift card would earn a $100 bonus card). This is a limited-time offer and the bonus card expires June 30, 2021.

Like many businesses in golf, Club Champion has been affected by nationwide mandates asking people to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is looking to find the best way to serve their customers remotely. This gift card promotion is intended to help customers plan for future fittings and helps Club Champion continue their mission of better golf through custom equipment.

“The health and safety of our team and customers is the most important factor for us right now,” said Nick Sherburne, Club Champion founder. “We wanted to find a way to reward our customers for supporting us during this time without asking them to leave their homes. This gift card promotion was a great middleground.”

Club Champion’s business model revolves around Tour-quality custom club fitting and building. They have 45,000 hittable head and shaft combinations in each of their 74 stores nationwide to serve every level of golfer. A Golf Digest Top 100 Club Fitter 10 years running, the brand has epitomized club fitting for a decade.

The bonus card offer is a rare promotion for Club Champion; the brand usually hosts one promotion per year. The offer runs through April 30, 2020 and is best claimed online. For terms and conditions or to purchase, visit clubchampiongolf.com/giftcards.

The USGA and The R&A Announce Postponement of 41st Curtis Cup Match

The Match, originally scheduled for June 12-14 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales, will now be held in 2021


(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J., and ST. ANDREWS, Scotland) — The USGA and The R&A today announced that due to the evolving dynamics of the global COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions to international travel, the 2020 Curtis Cup Match has been postponed. The biennial team competition contested by female amateur golfers has been rescheduled for the summer of 2021 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales, the original host site.

“The decision to postpone this year’s Curtis Cup Match did not come lightly, but based on a number of factors, including guidance from the CDC and restrictions on international travel, we’re confident this is what’s best for the health and safety of our players, staff, fans, and everyone associated with the Match,” said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director of Championships for the USGA. “We’re extremely appreciative of The R&A and all involved for the quick work and dedication to ensure this competition moves forward next year.”

Sarah Ingram, a three-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion (1991, 1993, 1994) and a member of three USA Curtis Cup Teams (1992, 1994 and 1996), will continue as captain of the USA Team. Elaine Ratcliffe, a distinguished amateur player who won the English Amateur Championship and the Finnish Amateur Championship, will remain captain of the Great Britain & Ireland squad. The formal team selection process would have taken place this month.

“It is certainly disappointing anytime you have to postpone something you are so actively looking forward to, but when we take our team to the Match, we want to be able to focus on competition and camaraderie, rather than have to worry about health and safety,” said Ingram. “I feel for the players who have worked so hard these last two years and share in the disappointment they surely feel that the Curtis Cup will not be contested this June. Despite the delay, we will be ready and eager to have the experience of a lifetime.”

The Curtis Cup Match is contested by two teams of eight female amateur players, one from the United States of America and one from Great Britain and Ireland, which is comprised of England, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The USGA’s International Team Selection Committee selects the USA Team, while The R&A selects the GB&I Team. The USA Team leads the overall series, 29-8-3.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Tiger vs. Phil II Odds and Prop Bets

(WAGER) — The sports world certainly hopes to see the rematch between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson that has been teased over the last 24 hours.

Sports bettors would undoubtedly also be elated as there would be a live sporting event to gamble on. And according to early odds set by SportsBetting.ag, Woods is a slight favorite over Mickelson in the rematch.

There are also odds for the four potential pairings with Woods, Mickelson, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

The fine print for these bets indicate that the match must occur by the end of 2020 for action: https://www.sportsbetting.ag/sportsbook/futures-and-props/golf---specials

Tiger vs. Phil II

Tiger Woods -165
Phil Mickelson +125

Which pairing will win Tiger vs. Phil II?
- Tiger Woods/Peyton Manning -180
- Tiger Woods/Tom Brady -150
- Phil Mickelson/Peyton Manning +110
- Phil Mickelson/Tom Brady +140

Which player will have the most birdies?
- Phil Mickelson -110
- Tiger Woods -130

Will hole No. 18 be played?
- Yes -130
- No -110

Will the match go to a playoff?
- Yes +250
- No -300

Women’s Golf Day Announces Revised Date, Virtual Celebration

(WEST PALM BEACH, FLA) — In light of the escalated response to the global Coronavirus pandemic, the Women’s Golf Day leadership team is announcing a new approach to this year’s 5th anniversary event planned to take place worldwide on June 2, 2020. This year, WGD is adapting the event to bring the industry together to engage and empower women as part of a virtual WGD celebration on June 2nd. The health and well-being of WGD partners and guests is paramount, so the events that take place worldwide as part of the world’s largest single day celebration of women’s golf will move to the 1st of September, providing that there is clearance from the WHO and governing bodies. By making this change, WGD is providing two opportunities for engagement.

By setting a new date, which is provisionally September 1st, Founder of WGD Elisa Gaudet hopes to offer the industry something positive to focus on at this challenging time. She explains: “The global community finds itself in an unprecedented situation and we need to respond appropriately. Women’s Golf Day is in a unique position because we have the flexibility to react quickly to the changing landscape whilst also giving the industry something positive to aim towards.  Our mission and platform is that of a global unifier. We will continue to monitor the situation very closely, but we are hopeful that the September date is realistic.”

In the meantime, plans are in place to create a virtual celebration of Women’s Golf Day on the original June 2nd date.  Just as in previous years, the day’s celebration will start as the sun rises in Australia and end as the sun sets in Hawaii. Expect to see video content from famous faces and inspirational stories from across the world shared across the campaign’s social media platforms.  Social media has always played a significant role in the success of the event, delivering a staggering 47 million global impressions to nearly 25 million people in 2019 and it is hoped that the 2020 campaign will be a catalyst to support a post-pandemic resurgence of the industry.

To help more locations join the community in time for the September date, WGD is offering free basic registration on the website www.womensgolfday.com with the code WGDUnites.  Any golf facility can take part with participating venues in the past including golf clubs around the world, retailers such as PGA Superstore, TopGolf locations and driving ranges – essentially anywhere you can swing a club!

Elisa concludes: “We will support our locations around the globe by bringing the industry together and using our shared voice to get golf back on its feet.  June may be too early to hold an event, but it will be a great opportunity for people and organizations to share their inspirational stories around golf.  In the meantime, we encourage people to sign up to our platform and register their venues because we will be hosting Women’s Golf Day again and intend to come back united and stronger than ever.”

Visit the website (www.womensgolfday.com), tab #WGDUNITES, for ongoing digital content and updates as to how you can participate with the global community.

BIG MAX Wins 5th Straight Golf Digest Award

(RELEASE) — BIG MAX, Europe’s No.1 push cart brand is celebrating its fifth consecutive Golf Digest Editor’s Choice Award for push carts after the BLADE IP won its third straight title, taking the top spot in Best Pushcarts: Compact category.

Since the brand’s introduction to the U.S. market it has achieved remarkable success in the highly respected Golf Digest awards. Following victory in the push cart categories for its Autofold FF in 2016 and Blade Quattro in 2017, the BLADE IP has swept all aside winning three consecutive honours. In an industry where technology and innovation moves at an incredible pace, a three time win is a remarkable achievement.

“To win a third award for the BLADE IP and our fifth consecutive award for BIG MAX since we launched to the U.S. market is incredible. I’d be very surprised if any other brand has done this before,“ commented Rick Oldach, CEO of BIG MAX U.S.A, upon hearing of the win. “We always knew that the design for the BLADE IP would change the idea of what a compact push cart could be, but to have no other company come close to matching it in three years really does underline what a fantastic, unique product it is.”

In their summary of the BLADE IP the Golf Digest editors commented, “If ease of storage is the most important thing to you, the Big Max Blade IP is what you’re looking for. This folds down flatter than any other pushcart we’ve seen—five inches high. It weighs less than 15 pounds, so not only is it easy to store, it’s easy to lift. It’ll fit any size bag you have, and the minimalist frame has storage for your essentials”

The success of the BLADE IP is down to it’s folded size –34 ½” x 24 ½“ and an incredible depth of less than 5”.  It is the Flattest of all BIG MAX carts and hands down, the most easily stored and transported push cart on the market.  But it’s benefits don’t end there.

The BLADE IP is as practical on the fairways as it is for transport and storage. Multiple features such as double foot brake, integrated drink holder and storage compartment in the handle, along with ball, tee and double scorecard holder, keep all a golfers’ necessities close to hand. Multiple Quick Lok and Quick Fix bases finish the package, ready to take any BIG MAX accessory such as umbrella holder, GPS holder, or sand bottle holder.

The BLADE IP is available in golf stores nationwide as well as on the BIG MAX website. Available in Phantom, Phantom/Lime, White, White/Lime, Phantom/Red, the BLADE IP retails at $329.99.

For more information, visit www.us.bigmaxgolf.com.

Monday, March 30, 2020

STITCH Golf Honored by Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Awards for 'Best Headcover – Knit'

(APEX, N.C.) — STITCH Golf is pleased to announce that it has received the prestigious Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Awards for 2020 for “Best Headcover – Knit.”

Launched in 2016, the Editors’ Choice Awards honors the best of the best in the golf industry ranging from golf courses and resorts to products and services. The winning STITCH headcovers will be featured in Issue 5 of Golf Digest.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by Golf Digest for our knit headcovers, which have quickly become the industry standard,” said Brad King, CEO of STITCH Golf.  “Being honored as the number one knit headcover three years in a row is a testament to the quality and style STITCH provides and the constant attention to detail by our design and production team.”

Designed for a tried and true look, STITCH knit headcovers feature a timeless style and  handmade poms that are always on trend. Made with Techno Wool, a 100% acrylic material that mimics the feel of wool, with the benefits of an engineered fiber, STITCH knit headcovers stay true to their color and integrity keeping clubs dry while ensuring a snug club fit, unlike traditional wool headcovers which tend to lose their structure and fall off.  Additional features include:
• 3 gauge knit for an authentic feel and look
• Techno Wool™ construction for guaranteed water resistance
• Smart fit design that helps headcovers stay snug on clubs and maintain their shape
• Hand finished
• Fits all modern clubs
•Machine washable

“With over 120 PGA and LPGA professionals, including Major winners, using STITCH gear on tour, STITCH has solidified itself as the leading provider of golf products for the world’s best golfers,” added King.    

STITCH Golf products are available for purchase at www.stitchgolf.com and leading golf, country clubs and select retailers. Stay connected with STITCH Golf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @StitchGolf.

Poconos Family Resort Debuts at Home Programming for Guests

Woodloch Pines launches Woodloch at Home, featuring some of the resort’s most popular fun and games for guests to enjoy remotely during its temporarily closure


(Hawley, PA) – The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has proved extremely challenging for many businesses, with the restaurant and lodging sector of the economy hit particularly hard, as the world works together to employ social distancing in an effort to “flatten the curve” and stop the spread of the virus. Woodloch Pines, an all-inclusive family resort located in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, temporarily closed on Tuesday, March 17 with plans to reopen May 1. Woodloch’s tagline, “together is the best place to be,” speaks volumes about the emphasis it places on bonding and connection with loved ones. Understanding this necessity to come together emotionally while being apart physically, the family resort was inspired to create its brand new program, Woodloch at Home, allowing guests the chance to join in a wide array of activities and games remotely through both the resort’s website and social media channels.

Family-owned and operated since 1958, Woodloch’s core mission is built upon treating guests like family with a focus on “togethering.” The Poconos resort is well known for its signature home-grown, team-building activities that are completely unique to the property, the brain child of the talented Woodloch Activities Staff. These tried and true guest favorites, such as scavenger hunts, “Olympics,” game show contests, and deejay-led dance parties, are now available through Woodloch at Home. They are designed specifically for portability and can be played by anyone remotely. This allows individual families to remain in the privacy of their own homes while staying connected digitally with Woodloch’s energetic staffers, eager to lead the charge. The site also features a wide array of classic Woodloch recipes, music, interviews, and more.

“We are extremely saddened by the COVID-19 crisis that the world is currently facing. First and foremost, we extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers and wish everyone health and safety as we navigate this uncharted territory together. Although we cannot serve as a respite for people to come together in person at this time, we are grateful to be in a position to spread the Woodloch spirit digitally and still be able to touch many people,” said Brad Kiesendahl, C.E.O. of Woodloch Pines. He continued, “Our goal has always been to bring positivity and brightness into the lives of others. Now more than ever, there is no greater need for this. When we get through these challenging times, Woodloch will be here waiting as we all come back -- together.”

To obtain more information, visit https://www.woodloch.com/woodloch-at-home/.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Pinehurst Resort Expands Experiences for Its Employee Relief Fund

(RELEASE) — A quick update from Pinehurst Resort on its Employee Relief Fund:

As of this writing, more than $126,000 had been raised in over 24 hours.

Due to the overwhelming response, three amazing new experiences have been added at the auction website, https://go.rallyup.com/pinehurst:

Pinehurst Resort with Mike Hicks: This one is hard to write without getting goosebumps. Your foursome will play Pinehurst No. 2 and be joined by Mike Hicks on the back nine. Mike was on the bag for Payne Stewart for the 1999 U.S. Open. Mike will walk with your group, share special stories and show you the spots of Payne’s heroic shots on 16, 17 and 18. Includes 2 rooms and a 1-night stay.

Architects Tour of No. 2: When it was time to restore our most treasured course, we turned to N.C. native Bill Coore and his partner Ben Crenshaw. Coore & Crenshaw restored the course and the soul of the Donald Ross masterpiece. Enjoy a walking tour of No. 2 with Bill Coore. One night and one round on No. 2 included for two people on mutually agreeable dates.

Visit Future Pinehurst No. 10 Site: Speaking of Coore & Crenshaw, did you know they’ve routed a new Pinehurst course? It’s only on paper, for now, but there are dreams of it becoming reality someday. Tour the land and the preliminary routing with Bill Coore. One night and one round on No. 2 included for two people at mutually agreeable dates.

Also, numerous affordable items are available, including $100 Putter Boy Pin Flags, $75 Hats and $25 Pinehurst Logo Balls.

Background 

With the closing of the hotels and restaurants by the coronavirus crisis, hundreds of amazing Pinehurst Resort and Country Club employees have been impacted.

Many people have asked how they can help.

Starting the morning of March 28, the resort officially launched an auction of exclusive “Pinehurst Experiences” that have never been offered before and may never be offered again. All of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Pinehurst Employee Relief Fund.

Anyone is welcome to bid on any of the one-of-a-kind experiences during the auction, which will close at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30.

Tune in at 8 p.m. on Monday @PinehurstResort on Instagram for a special Live broadcast hosted by Barstool Golf’s Sam Riggs Bozoian. Riggs will close the auction in a way only he can.

VIDEO: Wittek Golf Supply at the PGA Merchandise Show

Wittek is a one-stop-shopping outlet for all golf course and driving range needs. Wittek offers everything from ball pickers for the range to ball washers and tee markers for the course and so much more. They've made a huge push into beautiful recycled plastic furniture and recently began offering embroidered golf flags.

Check out www.wittekgolf.com to learn more.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

VIDEO: PGA Show 2020 With Cleveland Golf, Srixon and XXIO


At the Cleveland/Srixon/XXIO booth, The XXIO Eleven woods and irons were designed exclusively for golfers with moderate swing speeds. XXIO Eleven combines lightweight design with extreme counterbalancing for a distinct sense of ease and lightness with every swing. Golfers will notice the lightness of these clubs ... allowing them to add speed without adding effort. More energy post-round and far less strain on the body means they’ll play better golf and a lot more of it.

The Cleveland CBX Full-Face wedges are highly versatile, yet forgiving—designed specifically for extreme open-face shots around the green. Cleveland’s CBX Full-Face expands the wedge lineup and delivers added forgiveness and versatility to the short game.

The third generation Q-STAR TOUR is Srixon's softest golf ball with tour-level performance. Golfers receive tour-caliber spin and distance from its three-piece construction and urethane cover, along with exceptionally softer feel than traditional tour balls.

ASICS golf shoes, in partnership with Srixon, will now be offered in North America where they will be built with inspiration from ASICS running shoes and deliver comfort and flexibility while providing outstanding traction and stability.

For more information visit www.clevelandgolf.com, www.srixon.com, www.xxiousa.com.

Friday, March 27, 2020

An Open Letter Regarding Golf During COVID-19 from Bobby Jones Links Co-Founder Whitney Crouse

Let Golf Go On. It’s A Walk In The Park.


(OPINION) — Across the country and the world, people are facing an unprecedented situation in terms of personal and economic wellbeing with the coronavirus pandemic. Bobby Jones Links supports efforts to #flattenthecurve and recognize that this is critical to our path forward. As golf industry professionals, we also recognize that the game of golf is uniquely positioned to offer people a safe way to get out, exercise and commune with nature while securely practicing social distancing.

We understand there are many things we can’t do now for the greater good of all of us, but golf does not have to be one of them.

With the proper precautions, golf can be as safe as a walk in the park. In addition to following the CDC’s guidelines, here’s how we can do it:

Golf course check-in can now be done by phone or online. This was coming; now it’s a standard operating procedure. There’s no need to go in a golf shop or clubhouse.

Our clubhouses are closed, except for our restrooms, which are sanitized and allow one person at a time to use them.

We’ve removed all the sand trap rakes, ball washers, and water coolers. There’s no common points of contact on a golf course anymore.

We play with the flagsticks remaining in the hole. Golf cups are inverted or less shallow so when picking the ball out of the hole, the golfer touches nothing but his or her golf ball.

Our range balls are washed in bleach solutions or similar type of disinfectant. They come clean to the customer. The distance between range tee stations has also been increased.

Our customers can bring their own snacks and beverages onto the course.

We are spacing out our tee times, so groups don’t form on the course or on the first tee.

We are encouraging only one golfer to ride in a cart at a time.

Through these best practices, now a member or customer can go from their car, to the first tee, with the option of walking the course, if they don’t want to take a sanitized cart, never touching anything unsafe - all while keeping six feet from other golfers.

That makes golf as safe as a walk in the park. That keeps many people employed. That maintains the well-being of many of our citizens.

Let golf go on.

Respectfully,
Whitney







Whitney Crouse
Co-Founder of Bobby Jones Links

2020 Arnold Palmer Cup Teams Named

(NORMAN, Okla.) – The Arnold Palmer Cup is slated for July 3-5 at Lahinch Golf Club and in these unprecedented times we do not know if the matches will be held as scheduled, postponed, or canceled. With the pandemic affecting so many lives around the globe, there are certainly more pressing issues than golf. However, we would like to recognize the accomplishments of these college golfers since last summer and during this college season.

The United States team is led by returners from last years team in Emilia Migliaccio (Wake Forest), Kaitlyn Papp (Texas), John Augenstein (Vanderbilt), and Quade Cummins (Oklahoma). Men’s Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking selections include Augenstein, Garett Reband (Oklahoma), Cooper Dossey (Baylor), Cummins, Evan Katz (Duke), and William Mouw (Pepperdine). Women’s ranking selections include, Rachel Kuehn (Wake Forest), Kenzie Wright (Alabama), Julia Johnson (Ole Miss), Addie Baggarly (Florida), Latanna Stone (LSU), and Allyson Geer (Michigan State).

Joining Ricky Castillo (Florida) Migliaccio, Kaitlin Milligan (Oklahoma), John Pak (Florida State), Papp, and Davis Thompson (Georgia), who were selected on March 4, will be Pierceson Coody (Texas), Jaime Jacob (Cal State San Marcos), Gina Kim (Duke), Andy Ogletree (Georgia Tech), Megan Schofill (Auburn) and Zach Zediker (Delta State) as Team USA committee selections.

Jacob and Zediker become the first representatives from their respective schools.

The Internationals are represented by 15 different countries, including two returners from last years victorious team in Matthias Schmid (Louisville/Germany), and Sofia Garcia (Texas Tech/Paraguay). International men’s ranking selections include Yuxin Lin (Southern California/China), Adrien Pendaries (Duke/France), Mark Power (Wake Forest/Ireland), Puwit Anupansuebsai (San Diego State/Thailand), Sam Choi (New Mexico/Republic of Korea), and Angus Flanagan (Minnesota/England). Women’s ranking selections include Vivian Hou (Arizona/Taiwan), Emma Spitz (UCLA/Austria), Linn Grant (Arizona State/Sweden), Kaleigh Telfer (Auburn/South Africa), Aline Krauter (Stanford/Germany), and Sophie Guo (Texas/China).

International committee selections include Ludvig Aberg (Texas Tech/Sweden), Ingrid Lindblad (LSU/Sweden), Olivia Mehaffey (Arizona State/Ireland), Caolan Rafferty (Maynooth/Ireland), Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (South Carolina/France), and Schmid, who were selected on March 4. Joining them will be Alex Fitzpatrick (Wake Forest/England), Garcia, Hazel MacGarvie (Stirling/Scotland), and Vincent Norrman (Georgia Southwestern/Sweden), David Puig (Arizona State/Spain), and Angelina Ye (China/Stanford).

For more information visit arnoldpalmercup.com.

Bag Boy’s One-Step Open Push Cart Wins Golf Digest Editor’s Choice Award

Nitron Wins 2020 Award for Best 3-Wheel Push Cart


(Richmond, VA) – Bag Boy is excited to announce that the Nitron, their newest and most revolutionary push cart has been awarded the ‘Best 3-Wheel Push Cart’ for the second consecutive year in a row. Golf Digest is the most trusted voice in golf, committed to helping golfers improve their game through instruction from top-ranked teachers, equipment reviews and course rankings, as well as features on the game's leading personalities. The Nitron push cart’s revolutionary, auto-open technology makes it the fastest opening and closing cart in golf.

“The Nitron is unprecedented in its ability to effortlessly open and close in just a couple of seconds with no hassle,” said Perry Hilbert, Sales Manager at Bag Boy. "Everybody loves it– it is definitely a game changer.”

The Nitron push cart is the fastest opening cart in golf due to its air-powered opening system which allows the cart to open instantaneously. The nitrogen-powered canister creates air pressure, which pushes the cart open and deploys the front wheel out in a matter of seconds.

For more information on the Nitron push cart, visit www.bagboy.com or call 1-800-955-2269 for more details.

ASGCA launches “Great Junior Golf Design Challenge”

Fun way to help families pass time during Covid-19 crisis; encouraging children to use their imagination to design a golf hole 


(BROOKFIELD, Wis.) – The American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) has launched a program to showcase creativity in golf course architecture among young people. “The Great Junior Golf Design Challenge of 2020,” encouraging children to design their own golf hole, was created as a way to give families an opportunity to involve children in the art of golf course design during the worldwide crisis of COVID-19.

The challenge – a fun activity rather than a contest – is simple. Young people ages 17 and younger may submit design ideas for golf holes of any par, style or strategy, and from whimsical to serious. Submissions may be created in any medium (pencil, markers, crayon or digital) as long as it fits within the provided border from ASGCA. Scans or photos of designs may be sent via e-mail to juniordesign2020@asgca.org or uploaded via Twitter to @ASGCA to be shared on social media and ASGCA.org. Complete information may be found at https://asgca.org/great-junior-golf-design-challenge-2020/.

“Families are struggling with having schools closed and the amount of ‘at-home time’ during this crisis,” said ASGCA President Jan Bel Jan. “A few of our members brainstormed the idea, which came to us from Jay Smith, an aspiring golf course architect based in McAlpin, Florida. We’re offering this positive diversion when so many are confined to their homes.”

The emphasis of the program is to get creativity flowing, and to celebrate the art of golf course architecture among young people. Nathan Crace, ASGCA, and Lester George, ASGCA, stepped in to work on the idea, which came to Smith with the help of his wife, Rebecca. “It started as a simple idea of getting kids involved in the shadows of an unprecedented pandemic,” says Smith. “We thought it would boost morale and could evoke art, engineering, and geometry — in a fun way. Our youngest son, Johnny, enjoys watching me sketch and draw, submits his own ideas for my review. From there it just snowballed. It would have been great if this existed when I was younger.”

Crace shared his experiences. “As a young boy, I spent hours drawing imaginary golf holes on plain paper and by age 10 I had built three holes on my parents' land in Indiana. Hopefully, this challenge will give boys and girls that same spark to display their creativity for everyone to see!”

“It affords children the opportunity to express their creativity by imagining and graphically depicting their version of a fun and remarkable golf hole,” George added. “What better way to spend time during these days at home?”

ASGCA plans to share comments on the designs from ASGCA members and others who follow ASGCA on social media. “It’s important to point out that this is not a contest,” notes ASGCA Vice President Forrest Richardson. “The idea is to stimulate creativity and help take the edge off of the stress that comes with staying at home for a prolonged period and being uncertain of what comes next.”

Thursday, March 26, 2020

'Big Break' Returns to GOLF Channel; Launches Free on GOLFPASS

Ground-Breaking and Compelling, Big Break Showcased Thrilling Competitions, from Iconic Glass-Break Challenge to the Dreaded Flop Wall, with Memorable Characters over 23 Seasons


(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Big Break, the original competition series that broke new ground in television entertainment in 2003 and ran for a record-breaking 23 seasons, is back on GOLF Channel and new on GOLFPASS.

Starting Monday, March 30, on GOLF Channel, fans who have long-awaited for their Big Break fix can finally feast on episodes from every season of the hit series and hang on every critical shot from a hit-list of competitors – some who became larger-than-life characters with pop-star-like followings, while others kick-started a new pro-tour career.

The first Big Break Monday will feature the full season of Big Break II: Las Vegas, which featured the affable “Big Mike,” mischievous David Gunas and straight-laced Bart Lower – but highlighted by the compelling duel of clubs and words between Kip Henley and Don Donatello. A full-season marathon of every episode will begin Monday at 7 a.m. ET, continuing through 6 p.m. ET, followed by the last three hours encoring in primetime at 8 p.m. ET. Subsequent Big Break seasons will follow on Big Break Mondays, with full-season marathons airing during the day and the final three hours typically replaying in primetime starting Monday, April 13 following Masters week on GOLF Channel.

GOLFPASS Video Membership Celebrates Big Break Return, Unlocks 2-Month Free Trial

GOLFPASS, golf’s only comprehensive digital membership offering everything golfers love about the game, is celebrating the return of Big Break with an offer to access its vast library of premium entertainment and instructional videos for free through a complimentary two-month trial of the newly launched GOLFPASS Video membership.

Starting Friday, March 27, anyone can enjoy a vast video library of GOLFPASS originals, like My Roots and Lessons with a Champion Golfer, as well as a robust video archive spanning historic competitions, award-winning franchises like Emmy-nominated Feherty, GOLF Films, the Rory & Carson Podcast, and more. Available immediately and ready for binge-watching is Big Break season one, with subsequent seasons from the Big Break archive scheduled to premiere on GOLFPASS each Friday.

Also included in the free, two-month video membership is an unmatched collection of on-demand instructional videos featuring many of the world’s elite coaches, including Michael Bannon (Rory McIlroy’s coach), Sean Foley (Justin Rose’s coach) and Chris Como, and tips from golf legends like Paul Azinger, Nick Faldo, Gary Player, Annika Sorenstam. Also featured are golf-specific fitness and training programs, including Core Golf with Don Saladino.

Big Break Became a Viewer Sensation

The Big Break series concept, which was at the forefront of the reality competition craze started by Survivor in the late 1990’s, features professional golfers competing in skills challenges that test their physical abilities and mental toughness, finding themselves in situations when these words from legendary golfer Ben Hogan were never proven more true: “The most important shot in golf is the next one.” On Big Break, the competitors must perform or be eliminated.

Champions from each season of Big Break received his or her “big break,” exemption(s) to compete on the world’s top professional tours. Big Break provided break-out opportunities for current tour professionals, including Wesley Bryan, Matt Every, Tony Finau, Tommy Gainey, Kristy McPherson, Ryann O’Toole, Gerina Piller, Jackie Stoelting and Richy Werenski.

The series also featured other memorable characters like Danielle Amiee (Big Break III:  Ladies Only), Sara Brown (Big Break Sandals Resorts), Mark Farnham (Big Break I), Eddie Gardino (Big Break IV: USA vs Europe), Andrew Giuliani (Big Break Disney Golf), Mark Murphy (Big Break Ireland), Blair O’Neal (Big Break Prince Edward Island), Chad Pfeifer (Big Break The Palm Beaches), Anthony Rodriguez (Big Break VIII: Mesquite) and Bri Vega (Big Break VI: Trump National), among many others.

GOLF Channel Upcoming “Big Break Mondays” Programming Schedule
- Monday, March 30 Big Break II: Las Vegas
- Monday, April 13 Big Break Sandals Resorts
- Monday, April 20 Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe
- Monday, April 27 Big Break Prince Edward Island
- Monday, May 4 Big Break III: Ladies Only

GOLFPASS Big Break Programming:
- Available to Stream Now Big Break 1
- Friday, March 27 Big Break II: Las Vegas / Big Break III: Ladies Only

GolfTalk Live Expands Again—Brings Co-Host Allen DePuy on Board

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) — The award-winning GolfTalk Live radio show, a national award-winner for 11 years of its existence, has had a record of constant growth in its 14-year history. Now it is taking another major step toward expansion.

As of April 1, golf industry veteran Allen DePuy, will become a partner of the show and a co-host with founder Tony Leodora.

“This is very exciting news,” said Leodora. “I have known Allen for many years and worked with him on an increasing basis. He is one of the most respected business minds in the golf industry and his personality lends itself to our interview-driven shows.

“In the beginning, his first focus – other than co-hosting our weekly shows – is to expand our reach. He is already in touch with stations in the Central New Jersey area. And he already is exploring the feasibility of taking the show from a regional to a national platform.”

DePuy, a resident of Yardley, Pennsylvania, grew up in Northern Virginia and played collegiate golf at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. Apparently, a decent player at one time – Allen held three separate course records in his lifetime, including a career low round of 63. A former PGA Golf Professional, Allen eventually transitioned into the business side of golf, initially working as a property manager with the Billy Casper Golf organization. His further professional background includes serving as the Employment and Club Relations Director for the Middle Atlantic PGA of America, as well as serving as a Vice President with Gotham Golf Partners – where he managed multiple properties and orchestrated the acquisition of over $50 million in golf properties. Today, Allen is a member of the Colliers International’s Golf Brokerage & Advisory Services Group, and a recognized specialist in the consulting and management and turnaround of under-performing and distressed hospitality assets.

“Over the years I have been intrigued by just about every aspect of the golf business,” said DePuy. “Being involved with GolfTalk Live provides me with a platform for all of these interests.”

“Since beginning the show in 2006, Tony has developed GolfTalk Live into the most recognized and honored golf radio show in the country. Three times it has been named the No. 1 Golf Radio Show in America. If I can add a bit more fuel to that effort, that’s got to be a good thing. I’m looking forward to many more years of success with this show.”

GolfTalk Live debuted in March of 2006 on WNTP, Philadelphia’s AM990 The Answer, a 50,000-watt station that previously was dedicated primarily to newstalk programing. The launch was a bold step, in that the format differed from most sports radio shows at that time, which depended on call-in programing.

From its inception, GolfTalk Live was a 52-week, 100-percent interview-driven show, unique in the world of golf radio at that time. Leodora now joins with DePuy in the show’s dedication to providing golfers with all the latest golf destination information, instruction, interesting golf stories and news from around professional and amateur golf, including interviews with people from all facets of the golf world.

In addition to WNTP, the show’s flagship station, GolfTalk Live began syndication in 2012 with WOND 1400-AM in South Jersey, the only station that gives high-season weekend traffic reports at the Jersey Shore. In 2018 syndication took a big step forward when GolfTalk Live announced the addition its first FM radio station. WNPV 1440-AM and 98.5-FM joined the list of syndicated stations featuring the GolfTalk Live radio show. The Lansdale (Pa.) based station airs in Bucks County, Montgomery County and the Lehigh Valley. WNPV is a family-owned talk radio station that has been serving the community for 60 years.  

Also, a significant expansion took place from the outset through internet broadcasting. GolfTalk Live joined a number of websites across the country that host the show and reach a large audience.

Over the years, GolfTalk Live has broadcast from locations in 23 different states, plus Puerto Rico. The show also broadcasted from seven foreign countries – Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, St. Kitts, Jamaica, the Bahamas and Scotland.

Even more stunning is the collection of luminaries from the golf world and beyond who have been guests on the show. The list from previous years is amazing … and it was expanded in 2019 thanks to interviews with Jack Nicklaus, new World Golf Hall of Famer Jan Stephenson and Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt.

Regular annual highlights of GolfTalk Live include extended coverage from the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando and the annual package known as the Myrtle Beach Report, which includes 13 weeks of reviews of many courses, plus shows at the start and the end of the world’s largest golf tournament – The Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship.

There also is the “Summer at the Jersey Shore” – a string of remote broadcasts from the great golf courses of South Jersey. In the winter, the GolfTalk Live Winter Invitational Series is played, right after the live broadcast of the radio show, at the two Play-a-Round Golf facilities – Malvern and Ardmore. For equipment news, there is the Product of the Month … unveiled on the second Saturday of each month. For an insider’s look at the game, there is the Putting Corner with Dave Hamilton.

Sponsorship of GolfTalk Live has brought together an interesting mix of golf and non-golf companies. Presenting Sponsor Norris Sales Company is joined by returning sponsors Westover GC, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, Inside Jewelers, Kutztown Auto, Turnpike Chevrolet, Black Cat Cigars, Destination Montco Golf, Mainland GC, Bella Vista GC, Morgan Hill GC, Antigua, Raven’s Claw GC, Play-a-Round Golf, Sheraton Atlantic City, eRose Web, Atlantic City Golf Vacations and Golf and Gamble.

"It's hard to believe the network of great people and sponsors that has developed from this show," said Leodora. "And it’s even harder to believe that 14 years have passed so quickly. I guess time flies when you are having fun ... and we are having more and more fun on the show, as we now begin our 14th season."

GolfTalk Live also can be heard any time following each show on its official website, www.golftalklive.net.

Pebble Beach At Home Golf Tips

Stay primed for the course with online simulation and tips from a pro


(RELEASE) — While that bucket-list golf vacation is temporarily benched, golfers can still play the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links via an online simulation and sharpen their skills with tips from a renowned golf pro.

Laird Small
To help golfers keep primed for their return to the course, Laird Small, director of the Pebble Beach Golf Academy at Pebble Beach Resorts, has shared some simple tips that can be done from the comfort of home. But before getting started, set the scene by tuning into Pebble Beach’s live cam that captures the crashing surf and spectacular mountain backdrop surrounding the 18th hole – the most famous finishing hole in golf.

Maintain rotational flexibility – The tension created in this exercise opens up the chest and can help add much needed rotation to your swing.
1.     Face the doorway to your bathroom.
2.     With your shoulders back, extend your right arm out and place your right hand flat against the door frame. It should be at shoulder height.
3.     Hold your hand in place and turn your upper body to the left. Your trail arm will stay behind you.

For the left-handed golfer:
1.     Face the doorway to your bathroom.
2.     With your shoulders back, extend your left arm out and place your left hand flat against the door frame. It should be at shoulder height.
3.     Hold your hand in place and turn your upper body to the right. Your trail arm will stay behind you.

Keep your head down – This exercise will train you to keep your body in position throughout your swing and keep your head down from back swing to follow-through.
1.     Get a hand towel from the bathroom and fold it three to five times.
2.     Stand facing a wall in your hotel room and get into golf posture. You should be at least one foot from the wall.
3.     Lean forward and place your forehead against the wall, cushioned by the towel.
4.     Cross your arms over your chest, with the fingertips of each hand touching the opposite shoulder.
5.     Proceed to make turns back and forth, starting with your left shoulder down and your right shoulder up.
6.     Continue for 30 seconds to one minute while keeping the towel in place.

Add width to your swing – A simple exercise like this will assist in arm extension and position you for the top of your back swing.
1.     Stand in the middle of the door frame to the bathroom.
2.     Take your golf posture
3.     Reach for the top of the door jamb

Of course, stretching is key, too. Here are a few ways to stay nimble on the road, according to Small:

Joint Caps
1.     Place your left arm straight across your chest, pointing to your right.
2.     With your right arm, reach underneath the left elbow and pull into your chest
3.     Hold for five seconds.
4.     Be sure to keep the left shoulder down, preventing it from shrugging up toward the left ear.
5.     Repeat on the right arm.

Shoulder Blades – In golf, all the forces are pulling away from you. It’s therefore important to strengthen your back so it can support the stress exerted by the rest of the body.
1.     Extend arms outward on each side, creating a letter “T” with the body.
2.     Get into your golf posture, keeping your arms extended outward.
3.     Position your hands with your palms down and your thumbs pointed forward.
4.     Pull your shoulder blades together and down, as if you were trying to put them in your back pockets. This is called “scapular retraction.”
5.     In this position, do 30 to 40 arm circles.
6.     Once completed, rotate your hands with your palms up and thumbs pointed behind you.
7.     Do another 30 to 40 arm circles.

Hips and Lower Back
1.     Sitting on the floor, extend your left leg straight out in front of you and cross your right foot over your left knee, placing it on the floor next to your knee cap.
2.     Place your left elbow between your right knee and your chest and place your right hand flat on the ground directly behind you.
3.     Twist the body to the right, using your left arm to push against your right knee. Ideally, your left shoulder will be pointed in the same direction as your left leg, which is extended in front of you.
4.     Hold the position for five to 10 seconds.
5.     Complete the same stretch using the opposite leg and arm.

Golfballs.com Partners with Shane Lowry and Srixon for ‘Trip to Ireland’ Sweepstakes

Grand Prize Winner Receives Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance to Play a Round with Open Champion at Royal Portrush


(LAFAYETTE, LA) – Golfballs.com – the world leader in golf customization – has partnered with Shane Lowry, Srixon, National Golf Foundation and Carr Golf to provide a special sweepstakes offer for the chance to win a round of golf with the reigning Open Champion, Shane Lowry, at Royal Portrush in Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The Grand Prize winner and one guest receive airfare, travel and four nights’ accommodations, including the aforementioned round with Lowry at Royal Portrush, where he won the 148th Open Championship last summer. The winner and their guest also receive rounds at two other courses in the area.

No purchase or payment is necessary to enter, interested parties simply fill out an entry form at https://www.golfballs.com/shane-lowry-sweepstakes at any point from March 24 through July 15, 2020. Per the rules, Golfballs.com allows one (1) entry per person each day during the promotional period.

“In these difficult times, we are thrilled to provide this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience to golfers as something to look forward to,” says Tom Cox, CEO of Golfballs.com. “The chance to travel across the pond and play with an Open Champion at the very venue where he actually hoisted the Claret Jug… well, it’s beyond words for me and most golfers. We’re very excited to offer this to the golfing public.”

Over the past two decades, Golfballs.com has grown into the industry’s leading provider of custom equipment, producing nearly 100,000 personalized golf balls each week, as well as a variety of other gear. Full details on all available options can be found at Golfballs.com.

More information: Golfballs.com

Golf Digest Names Highland Course at Primland a 2020 Editor’s Choice Winner

Exclusive Resort in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains Garners ‘Best Mid-Atlantic Resort’ Honor


(MEADOWS OF DAN, VIRGINIA) Golf Digest named the Highland Course at Primland, the boutique luxury resort amid 12,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a 2020 Editors’ Choice in the Best Mid-Atlantic Resorts category. The Editors Choice program identifies ‘The Best Things in Golf,’ with an emphasis on lifestyle properties, products and services.

The Highland Course features immaculate conditions, stunning views, no surrounding development, and a masterful course layout by Englishman Donald Steel, whose design philosophy highlights nature and golf tradition. Flowing seamlessly and breathtakingly through the dramatic mountain landscape, the ingenious routing is rated No. 30 in Golf Digest’s biennial “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, 2019-2020.”

“It was the vision of Didier Primat to create a place of immense beauty that offers guests a return to simple human pleasures in an environment of refined authenticity and sensuality,” said Steve Helms, Primland Vice President. “Golf Digest recognizing these attributes is a gratifying testament to our founder’s vision.”

Golfers can book their preferred experience from a variety of options at Primland – instruction, individual rounds, group events, stay-and-play packages, even a bundle of 12 rounds for $2,100 that can be shared with other players through August 2020.

After-golf activities and amenities highlight the spectacular Primland property through fly fishing, shooting sporting clays, riding ATVs, mountain biking, yoga, archery, horseback riding, tomahawk throwing, guided hikes, tree climbing, and more.

For more information about Primland, visit Primland.com, or call 866.960.7746.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

TGA Keeps Kids Engaged in Golf During Coronavirus

TGA Premier Sports develops programming designed for at-home use for the entire family


Los Angeles, CA - TGA Premier Sports values the health and safety of the entire community, students, their families, and coaches. With most schools around the country closed and programs postponed if not cancelled for the rest of the school year, TGA is eager to continue serving local communities during these difficult times to keep a sense of normalcy. In an effort to help everyone Keep Playing!® while families are sheltering at home, TGA will be sharing online golf content designed for at-home use and engagement.

The unprecedented events related to COVID-19 have affected everyone, drastically reducing physical activity and perhaps mental stimulation for children locked out of their classrooms. Teachers around the country have rallied to create E-learning lessons, parents are now educators and perhaps working from home as well. TGA’s mission during this time is to engage students and families together, creating an environment that focuses on golf through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) academic lessons, skill development and activities that get kids moving.

“Social distancing and staying in place at home are short-term realities but that doesn’t mean we want to sit idle with how youth and families experience golf during this time. For 17 years, TGA curriculum has been executed in tight spaces and we have an opportunity to serve our communities through similar programming in a home-based environment,” says Joshua Jacobs, TGA’s founder and CEO. “Our corporate staff, franchise owners, and coaches are committed to working together to churn out existing and new content repurposed in an online platform for families everywhere.”

Over the next six weeks, TGA will be sharing this new online golf programming with its families and students nationwide through email, blogs, and directly online at http://playtga.com/blog/2020/03/3080/. These fun golf related activities can be used by all families and keeps young athletes' brains engaged and playing.

Many of these activities come from TGA’s highly acclaimed curriculum and student handbook. Activities include at home putting, chipping, and swing lessons giving participants a chance to progress through the skills, learn about the sport, and play related activities and games. TGA will be providing video-lessons from coaches, videos of kids playing the games, warm up exercise videos, games to play solo or with the family, all to put golf skill practice into play. In addition, TGA will provide academic worksheets related to golf and STEAM that the kids can do at home with minimal resources.

In the youth sports segment, TGA (Teach, Grow, Achieve) has become the go-to brand for introducing children to the sports of golf, tennis, and team sports, as well as the nation’s most prolific provider of in-school- and community-based youth sports enrichment programs. TGA’s youth sports “delivery system” is helping strengthen families and communities and reversing the trends of declining youth sports participation in cities across the country, leading to healthier lifestyles. TGA is on pace to register the program’s ONE-MILLIONTH student in 2021.

For more information about TGA Premier Sports visit www.playtga.com or follow @TGA_Sports on Twitter.

Golf Channel, NBC Air Encore Event Coverage

Kevin Kisner’s Victory in Final Match Airing Sunday Afternoon on NBC;
Woods/McIlroy Round of 16 Match Airs Saturday Morning (GOLF Channel)


(ORLANDO, Fla.) – This week, GOLF Channel and NBC (weekend) will re-air tournament telecasts across respective professional tours, beginning with Day 1 coverage of the 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Wednesday afternoon.

Below is a summary of tournament encore programming through Monday evening:

PGA TOUR: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (2019)
GOLF Channel will re-air tournament rounds of the 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, won by Kevin Kisner. The Quarterfinals (Saturday) and Final (Sunday) rounds will be broadcast on NBC this weekend. The Round of 16 will re-air Saturday morning on GOLF Channel, featuring the match between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods (10 a.m. ET).

LPGA Tour: Kia Classic (2018, 2019)
Thursday-Sunday, GOLF Channel will air encore third and final round telecasts of the LPGA Tour’s 2018 and 2019 Kia Classic. Third and final round coverage of the 2018 Kia Classic (won by Eun-Hee Ji) will air Thursday and Friday night in primetime respectively, while third and final round coverage of the 2019 edition of the event (won by Nasa Hataoka) will air at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday.

PGA TOUR Champions: Rapiscan Systems Classic (2019)
Friday-Sunday, GOLF Channel will re-air all three rounds of the 2019 Rapiscan Systems Classic, won by Kevin Sutherland following a marathon seven-hole playoff with Scott Parel. The first round will air at 10 p.m. ET on Friday, with second and final round coverage airing Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

Thursday-Friday: McIlroy, Spieth to be Featured on Golf’s Greatest Rounds at The Open
At 11 a.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, episodes of Golf’s Greatest Rounds will recount victories at The Open for Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. Thursday’s episode will recall McIlroy’s triumph at Royal Liverpool, holding off Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler to win the Claret Jug for the first time. On Friday, Royal Birkdale serves as the backdrop for Spieth’s victory, finishing three strokes ahead of Matt Kuchar en route to becoming Champion Golfer of the Year.

Monday at 6 p.m. ET on GOLF Channel: 2020 Ace Shootout Celebrity Skills Challenge
The annual event (Monday, 6 p.m. ET) brings together sports and entertainment celebrities competing in golf skills challenges in Hawaii while raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Celebrity participants include Ray Allen, Marc Bulger, Roger Clemens, Colt Ford, Toby Keith, Cal Ripken, Jr., Brian Urlacher and Deron Williams.