Monday, December 9, 2019

Closer Look at Presidents Cup Odds

(WAGER) — Based on the odds, it doesn't appear Adam Scott will get his wish of fans not cheering for Tiger Woods in Australia.

The site has posted a bounty of interesting props for this week's Presidents Cup, and the odds of Tiger being booed are not good.

The United States is a sizable favorite (-270) to retain the Cup, but there are a lot of other ways to wager on the tournament.

Presidents Cup Odds
USA -270
Internationals +260
Tie +1200

Tiger props include how many matches he'll compete in, whether or not he'll play on Day 1, how many points he'll score and if he'll sink the winning putt. Tiger is the favorite to not play himself on Day 3 of competition.

Other prop bets include cheating on the course, margin of victory, daily leaders and Patrick Reed's playing partner.

Current Presidents Cup prop bets:

Will Tiger Woods play on Day 1?
Yes -150
No +110

How many matches will Tiger Woods play?
Over 2.5
Under 2.5

Who will be paired with Patrick Reed in Foursomes? (Day 1 or Day 2)
Patrick Cantlay -110
Justin Thomas +400
Tiger Woods +500
Xander Schauffele +650
Matt Kuchar +1000
Webb Simpson +1000
Rickie Fowler +1200
Dustin Johnson +1200
Tony Finau +2500
Bryson DeChambeau +2800
Gary Woodland +4000

Who will not compete on Day 3?
Tiger Woods +250
Bryson DeChambeau +300
Tony Finau +350
Gary Woodland +400
Matt Kuchar +400
Dustin Johnson +500
Patrick Reed +700
Webb Simpson +700
Patrick Cantlay +800
Rickie Fowler +800
Xander Schauffele +1000
Justin Thomas +1200

Will Patrick Reed be penalized for cheating?
Yes +2000
No -25000

Will any player be penalized for cheating?
Yes +500
No -10000

Will Tiger Woods be booed by fans upon first introduction?
Yes +400
No -700

Tiger Woods total points
Over 1.5
Under 1.5

Adam Scott total points
Over 2.5
Under 2.5

Justin Thomas total points
Over 2.5
Under 2.5

Patrick Reed total points
Over 2.5
Under 2.5

Rickie Fowler total points
Over 2.5
Under 2.5

Will Tiger Woods score the maximum 5 points?
Yes +2000
No -25000

Will Tiger Woods sink the winning putt?
Yes +1200
No -6600

Margin of victory
1 point  +700
2 points +450
3 points +350
4 points +550
5 points or more +100

When will Cup be decided on Day 4?
Singles matches 1-4 (+150)
Singles matches 5-8 (-110)
Singles matches 9-10 (+600)
Singles matches 11-12 (+1100)
Cup decided before Day 4 (+2500)

Link to odds for Top American scorer, Top Asian scorer, Top Australian scorer, Top International scorer, Top Debutant and Day 1, 2, 3 correct scores:

Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, Circling Raven Golf Club Unveils Early Bird Stay-and-Play Packages

Buy Now During the Holidays and Save 25% Off the Normal Rate, Plus Enjoy Value-Added Gifts

(Worley, Idaho) – Give the gift of golf this holiday season at Circling Raven, the No. 1-rated public course in Idaho. Purchase the 2020 Early Bird Stay-and-Play Package and receive one night’s accommodations for two in the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel Spa Tower, two rounds of golf (one per occupant), two breakfast vouchers, two free sleeves of Titleist Pro V golf balls, and two signature bag tags for $279 plus tax (cost covers both players). That’s more than 25% off the customary fees and doesn’t count the cost for the value-added golf balls and breakfast. 

The offer is valid for the 2020 season, Mondays – Thursdays, and must be used by 3/1/2019 to receive the golf balls and bag tags. Book the Early Bird Stay-and-Play Package between now and December 31, 2019 and receive free same day replay rounds during your Stay-and-Play.  

“This is a win-win offer,” said David Christenson, PGA, Circling Raven Director of Golf. “Players get incredible, all-inclusive value at one of the best golf courses in America, an amenity of the award-winning Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel.”

To book, call 800.523.2464 and mention the LOVERAVEN Package. If additional amenities and activities interest you beyond golf, visit to learn about the spa, restaurants, entertainment and cultural tourism activities offered.

Srixon Announces New Partnership with ASICS

Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO Introduces Two New Golf Shoe Models by ASICS: GEL-COURSE Duo BOA and GEL-COURSE Glide

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.) — Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO, a worldwide leader in golf equipment design and manufacturing, is proud to debut two brand new golf footwear models in partnership with ASICS North America – the GEL-COURSE Glide and GEL-COURSE Duo BOA. These two models are available at authorized golf shops and golf specialty retailers across North America, as well as online at beginning today.

“I’m excited to introduce ASICS golf footwear into the U.S. golf market with the GEL-COURSE Glide and GEL COURSE Duo BOA models,” said Mike Powell, President of Sales and Marketing at Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO. “ASICS is a huge global sports brand and widely recognized as the leader in performance footwear. They have a rich heritage of innovation and product quality, and align with our values as a company. These two models will appeal to golfers that enjoy an active and healthy outdoor lifestyle and love the performance and comfort that ASICS is famous for.”

ASICS golf shoes are built with inspiration from ASICS legendary running shoes and deliver comfort and flexibility, while providing outstanding traction and stability.

The GEL-COURSE Duo BOA model features the BOA Lacing system for fast, precise fitting through a quick adjusting dial to tighten or loosen the lacing system. They are waterproof, and feature a traction sole pattern with seven spikes. The GEL-COURSE Glide shoe offers the alternative spikeless version with standard laces for versatile use both on and off the course.

Both shoes feature the same key technologies below:
- Lightweight Frame Work and Flexibility: Air mesh provides flexibility during the swing and while walking the golf course. FlyteFoam technology by ASICS provides lightweight shock absorption and plenty of durability for golf.
- Supportive Fit: An air mesh at vamp and the integrated quarter panel provide a supportive fit, while internal molded heel counter secures optimal foot support. Additional ankle padding helps create a custom fit that adapts to every move.
- Golf Specific Tooling: The FG traction sole pattern places spikes exactly where they need to be for stability and traction while walking the course. Rearfoot GEL brand technology by ASICS cushioning reduces impact and increases shock absorption, while Toe and Lateral rubber wraps help maintain balance throughout the golf swing.

The GEL-COURSE Duo Boa model MSRP for $179.99 and are offered in Men’s Sizes 6-12, and 13. The three different color combinations are Black/Gunmetal, White/Peacoat, and Peacoat/Pure Silver.

The GEL-COURSE Glide shoes MSRP for $129.99 and are offered in Men’s (6-12, 13) and Women’s (6-10) sizes. The Men’s GEL-COURSE Glide shoes come in four different color combinations: Black/Silver, White/Polar Shade, Polar Shade/Black, and ASICS Blue/White. The Women’s Gel Course Glide shoes come in two different color options: Metropolis/White and Orchid/White.

Hollis Stacy and Jan Stephenson Win $25,000 for Charity Donation

Duo win the Spirit Hall of Fame Game Title at Whispering Pines Golf Club

(Trinity, Texas) – Local Hall of Famers and celebrities gathered for a day of fun and golf while raising money for charity in the inaugural Spirit Hall of Fame Game held Nov. 17-18 at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.

Spirit Founder Corby Robertson, Jr., welcomed the field which included Willie Alexander, Elvin Bethea, Murry Bowden, Clyde Drexler, Larry Gatlin, Jack Ingram, Charlie Joiner, Ed Marinaro, Calvin Murphy, Dan Pastorini, Nolan Ryan, Reid Ryan, Ken Schrom, RC Slocum, Jan Stephenson and Hollis Stacy.

Jan Stephenson and Hollis Stacy teamed to win the event and a $25,000 check to donate to the charities of their choice. Stephenson donated her share to the Crossroads Foundation, an organization that supports military veterans through the game of golf. Stacy donated her portion to the Crossroads Foundation, Guardian Angels of Southwest Florida, Mote Marine Laboratory and Our Daily Bread of Bradenton (Fla.).

The Spirit Golf Association has contributed more than $12 million to its charitable activities.

The Spirit Hall of Fame Game followed the successful 2019 Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship, a premiere golf event featuring the world’s best men and women amateur golfers representing their respective countries in team and individual competitions, held Nov. 7-9 at Whispering Pines. Winners from the event, which features five separate competitions played simultaneously, included Team France (Combined International Championship); Team USA’s Cole Hammer and Andy Ogletree (Men’s Team Championship); Team Korea’s Jeong Hyun Lee and Yoon Ina (Women’s Team Championship); Jack Trent, Australia (Men’s Individual) and Jeong Hyun Lee, Korea (Women’s Individual).

For more information about The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship visit

For more information about Whispering Pines Golf Club, visit

About The Spirit Golf Association:
The Spirit Golf Association has contributed more than $12 million to its charitable activities: The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship and healthcare service providers such as Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinics, Medical Bridges and The Immunization Partnership. In 2017, The Spirit Golf Association responded to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by directing funds to Harvey victims through the United Way, Houston Food Bank, KIPP, Yellowstone Academy and the Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinics.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Golf Heritage Society Expands Mission, Membership

(LEBANON, Ohio) – The Golf Heritage Society announces that it has changed its name, has elected new leadership and is broadening its reach throughout the greater golf community. The nonprofit entity, formerly known as the Golf Collectors Society, is inviting everyone who is passionate about golf to join the newly-expanded global organization.

At its recent annual meeting, Dr. Bern Bernacki of Pittsburgh, Pa., was elected president of the Golf Heritage Society (GHS) and Rob Rendely of Olney, Md., was elected vice president.  Each will serve a two-year term.

“We welcome everyone who loves the game,” said Bernacki. “Our mission is to honor and preserve golf’s traditions and history – past, present and future.”

While golf collectors remain a vibrant segment of the GHS, increasingly diverse golf interests are included in its expanding membership: players of all ages, golf historians, hickory golf enthusiasts and golf course designers, as well as artists and writers. With about 860 members from 15 countries, the GHS embraces its expanding role in golf and welcomes all new members.

GHS membership benefits include:
· Camaraderie with fellow members at local, regional and national GHS gatherings
· The opportunity to buy, sell and trade golf collectibles at GHS trade shows and auctions
· The opportunity to play in hickory club tournaments
· The Society’s long-running quarterly journal, The Golf, replete with compelling features, articles and special guest contributors
· A monthly newsletter with updates, member news and interesting golf history side notes
· A website updated regularly with Members-only resources including an archive of past issues of the Society journal, information on golf collecting, links to fraternal golf history societies and other features

For more information or to join the Golf Heritage Society, visit or contact Pete Georgiady, executive director, at 567-303-5584 or

Friday, December 6, 2019

SkyCaddie Users Dominate Staysure Tour MCB Tour Championship – Madagascar

(RIDGELAND, MS) — SkyGolf, maker of SkyCaddie, the most trusted Rangefinder in Golf, announced that nine of the top 15 finishers in last weekend’s Staysure Tour MCB Tour Championship – Madagascar used a SkyCaddie SX500 GPS rangefinder, including the event’s winner, Barry Lane. Five other finishers in the top 10 also used a SkyCaddie SX500, including Stephen Dodd and Gary Evans (T4), and James Kingston, Chris Williams and Peter Wilson (T7).

In addition to the numerous players using the SX500, SkyCaddie’s ground-mapped GPS data was used by the event’s Tournament Directors to set the pins and to create pin sheets for competitors to use, in the absence of the normal Tour yardage charts.

All three MCB Tour Championship events are using SkyCaddie data in this manner, after SkyCaddie’s chief mapper in the EMEA region, Steve Winstone, flew out to survey each of the golf courses in preparation for the The Staysure Tour’s three-event final “swing” of the season.

Other notable golfers in the field using the SkyCaddie SX500 for their yardages included the current number two on this year’s Order of Merit, David Shacklady, and 2018’s Rookie of The Year, Paul Streeter.

“We are thrilled that so many top-class touring pros continue to choose SkyCaddie for their yardages” said Jacqui Surman, SkyGolf Senior VP and COO. “The new SX400 and SX500 give you so many details of the hole ahead, they give you a clear advantage and yet are perfectly within the laws of the game.

“We are also thrilled that The Staysure Tour is using our ground-mapped data to set the pins at the MCB Tour Championship events. This can only happen because we walk every golf course, mapping on foot as we go. No other rangefinder company can compete with this level of accuracy and detail.”

Lane, a first-time SkyCaddie SX500 user, posted a one-shot victory at the MCB Tour Championship, carding a 69 on the final day at the International Golf Club du Rova. The win propels him to 3rd place in the Order of Merit, with just two tournaments to play – this week’s MCB Tour Championship Seychelles, at Constance Lemuria Golf Club, and next week’s final MCB Tour Championship event, at Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius.

The SX500, which recently received the Best Handheld GPS award in the MyGolfSpy 2019 GPS Buyers Guide, has been joined by his “little brother”, the SX400, which gives golfers the same great features found in the SX500 in a more compact size.

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Golf Digest Names Desert Mountain's Paxton O'Connor to List of Best Golf Instructors in America

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — Paxton O’Connor, the PGA Director of Performance & Instruction at Desert Mountain Club, has been named to the prestigious list of “Best Teachers in Arizona” for 2019-20 by Golf Digest magazine in its December/January issue.  O’Connor was previously recognized by the magazine as one of the “Best Young Teachers in America” (2018-19).

Paxton O'Connor
This is the first time that O’Connor, 28, a golf instructor at Desert Mountain Club since 2016 and director of the Jim Flick Golf Performance Center, has been named to the list of best teachers in the state, an honor that comes as the result of surveying more than 1,500 golf instructors across the United States.

“The collective experience, expertise and student success of the teachers on the state lists is unmatched, and we’re proud to have Paxton as a part of this exclusive group,” said Matt Rudy, Senior Writer, Golf Digest.  

The $1.6 million Golf Performance Center at Desert Mountain Club is equipped with the most advanced technology available in the industry and provides a comprehensive game enhancement program, from golf fitness to playing skills and mental game techniques. Among the wealth of resources: Trackman, which is the first and only dual radar technology tracking ball behavior and club delivery; Swing Catalyst pressure plate and video software; a Science and Motion PuttLab; AMM 3-D sensor known as the “MRI of your golf swing;” and a Quintic Ball Monitor. In addition, the PGA- and Titleist-certified staff utilizes the technology to match members with equipment perfectly suited for their games.

Desert Mountain Club is the only private community in the world with six Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses and the new, innovative, 18-hole par-54 course – named No. 7 at Desert Mountain.  The community’s seven golf courses, coupled with the Golf Performance Center, provide an unparalleled opportunity for its active golf membership.

“Paxton is one of the best instructors and coaches I’ve had the privilege of working with throughout my career,” said John Lyberger, PGA, Director of Golf.  “He is a great leader and mentor for his team and loved by our entire membership.”

Prior to joining Desert Mountain Club, O’Connor was an instructor at the Butch Harmon School of Golf in Henderson, Nevada. While mentored by Harmon, O’Connor was able to assist during sessions with clients that included PGA Tour players Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler and others.

A native of Cherokee, Iowa, O'Connor was introduced to golf at age 6 by his mother and grandfather. After several years as a competitive junior golfer, as well as a high school standout, O’Connor graduated from the PGA Professional Golf Management Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2015 and also become a member of the PGA of America in 2015. O’Connor has completed numerous special training courses, including the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), PGA of America, Trackman, SamPutt Lab and numerous others.

For additional information on Desert Mountain Club, visit