Friday, August 31, 2012

Road Trippin' Across the Carolinas

Nags Head Golf Links

A golf getaway across the Carolinas offers it all: From the beach (Outer Banks) to the best (eight private McConnell Golf clubs), from all golf all the time (Pinehurst/Sandhills and the Talamore Golf Resort) to the best birdie for your buck (Fayetteville)

(THE CAROLINAS) — Road trips, golf getaways, buddy excursions. No matter what you call these sporting endeavors they almost always include a couple of important ingredients: Good friends and big fun. Golf trips are built around the entire experience, particularly the bonding with pals and loved ones.

One of the critical decisions for any golf getaway is the destination and in that regard McConnell Golf members and golf aficionados traveling the McConnell Golf Trail experiencing the finest private golf clubs in the Carolinas seemingly have the best of all worlds (

Anderson Creek
With Greg Norman’s gorgeous, award-winning design at The Reserve at Pawleys Island, S.C., they enjoy luxurious coastal golf. At the conveniently accessible Old North State Club in New London, N.C., hard upon Badin Lake, they enjoy the finest urban retreat with all the amenities. And last but not least, with Musgrove Mill and its legendary Arnold Palmer design in Clinton, S.C., they enjoy the quintessential “pure golf” getaway reminiscent of faraway dream destinations like Pine Valley or Bandon Dunes.

Musgrove Mill and The Reserve are the two McConnell Golf clubs located furthest from the group’s core courses in North Carolina’s Triangle and Triad — which include Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., site of the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship and Raleigh Country Club, the final design of legendary architect Donald Ross.

Other times for a golf trip you might prefer to arrive at your destination, set up camp and enjoy all golf, all the time. And no better place to do just that than the Sandhills of North Carolina, where visitors to the Talamore Golf Resort can stay and play two of the area’s finest courses, Talamore Golf Club and its sister resort course Mid South Club, both located just minutes from the historic village of Pinehurst (

Talamore Golf Club has been ranked in the forefront of outstanding courses in the Pinehurst area since opening in 1991. Architect Rees Jones brought his considerable talents back to the area in order to design a course that would be visually striking and exceptionally enjoyable. The result was a 7,020-yard layout that was ranked by Golf Digest among the top five new courses in America. Talamore was also made famous by instituting the first llama caddie program, which makes for an unforgettable day.

At the Mid South Club, 545 acres of longleaf pine forests, lakes and gently rolling hillsides provide a backdrop for a place of beauty and serenity. Formerly known as Pinehurst Plantation, the Mid South Club & Lodge was designed by the renowned team of Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay in 1993, and stands as one of the Carolinas’ most attractive private residential golf communities.

Then, there are the times when golf trips are combined with beach trips, and there are few better places to enjoy both than North Carolina’s legendary Outer Banks. Golfers can rent an ocean front beach house or stay on the mainland in one of the best golf cottages you will ever enjoy at Kilmarlic Golf Club (

Kilmarlic’s upscale Tom Steele design is more heavily wooded than the island courses and thus less impacted by coastal breezes, Kilmarlic challenges golfers with substantially more water hazards. In fact, there are only three holes on the entire course devoid of a wetland or water feature, forcing golfers to think their way around the layout that stretches a modest 6,560 yards in length and played host the 2004 and 2009 North Carolina Opens and an annual college event.

The Pointe, meanwhile, is a traditional design that spreads out across the rural Carolina mainland. Like Kilmarlic, The Pointe’s greatest defense is in the form of water with 15 holes sporting some sort of wet lateral challenge. Further north on the mainland, The Carolina Club is a big, brawny layout — particularly in relation to the others in the region — that stretches to within lob wedge distance of 7,000 yards. Designed by popular architects Russell Breeden and Bob Moore, the layout is more open than its mainland brethren making the winds more significant.

Those who prefer beach living and the occasional break for golf might prefer the Currituck Club located at the top end of the barrier island. The Rees Jones-designed layout winds through a premier gated Corolla community and features diverse coastal terrain (including sand dunes, wetlands, maritime forests and sound-side shoreline) and glimpses of the Currituck Sound, particularly on signature holes at the par-5 seventh and par-3 15th. Like all the great links courses abroad, the course can change complexion according to the wind speed and direction.

For a true seaside OBX golf experience, you can do no better than Nags Head Golf Links, located on the south end, which challenges golfers with several holes routed right along the Roanoke Sound and winds that seemingly change by the minute. The front nine’s fifth and ninth and the back nine’s 15th and 18th holes actually play right along the water in opposite directions, making club selection more art than science.

Last but certainly not least — particularly during a challenging economy — there are wonderful buddy trips for the value conscious. For instance, golfers breaking up a long road trip or seeking a nearer destination where the courses may not be quite as crowded and are definitely more affordable should try a golf trip to Fayetteville, N.C. ( With the advent of the nation’s longest north-south Interstate Highway, I-95, in the mid 20th century, Fayetteville became more accessible than ever. Golf course expansion soon followed highway construction and eventually nearly a dozen courses within 30 miles of downtown would open their tee sheets to players. Eventually, public-access golf courses extended out from all quadrants of the city. Classic golf course design names like Donald Ross, Willard Byrd and Ellis Maples crept into the region followed by later ones like Dan Maples and Davis Love III.

What makes the Fayetteville golf experience particularly inviting is the variety you’ll enjoy across its well-manicured fairways. From the thoroughly modern Love III design at Anderson Creek on the northwest side of town to the classic routing featuring a lavish panorama of Cypress trees, ponds and natural springs at Cypress Lakes to the southeast just off I-95 and the 1967 Gates Four Golf and Country Club with winding streams and wooden bridges weaving near the city center, there’s quite a wide range of looks to be found here. Throw in one of the most well-crafted names in golf — Bayonet at Puppy Creek (located on the south side) — and you’ll discover a quartet of courses that makes for a memorable three-night, four-day golf extravaganza.

For a road-tripper seeking value and quality, Fayetteville provides great hotels and golf, plus history, heroes and a hometown feeling.

Odyssey Introduces Premium Line of ProType Black Putters

1025 carbon steel milled putters offer stealth look, unmatched feel in tour-proven models

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - Callaway Golf Company introduced the new Odyssey ProType Black line of milled, carbon steel putters at the Company's national sales meeting, taking place north of San Diego. Crafted for the best players in the world by Odyssey's award-winning design team, the ProType Black line features heads with a black PVD finish, black powder coat steel shafts, and a black, seamless grip giving the premium collection a distinctively stealth look. The 1025 Carbon Steel designs incorporate feedback from hundreds of Tour professionals around the world and offer an unprecedented integration of look, sound and feel from the No. 1 Putter in Golf.

Odyssey's ProType Black putters will debut in three head shapes, each of which has delivered trophy and jacket-winning results on the professional tours. The putters are made from 1025 Carbon Steel, producing similar performance characteristics to stainless steel, but with a softer feel. The face of each putter features a deep, sharp milling pattern designed to increase interaction between the face and the ball for better feel, a truer roll and increased consistency.

"Our new ProType Black putters may be the coolest, most premium designs we've ever developed, and it was great to see the enthusiasm of our sales force when they were unveiled," said Austie Rollinson, Odyssey's Principal Designer. "The ProType Black line is born from feedback given by the world's best players, which yielded features such as thinner top lines and thicker faces, and the forged-milled 1025 Carbon Steel offers a uniquely soft feel and the crisp feedback that golfers have come to expect from our ProType series. The midnight black finish and black powder coat shafts combine to give golfers a cool look that is becoming increasingly popular across a number of industries."

Odyssey is the No. 1 Putter across the world's major professional tours in wins, usage and top-10 finishes. The ProType Black line will arrive at retail Oct. 12 in three models, #2, #9 and 2-Ball. The new product introduction retail price for the blade models is $269 and $299 for the 2-Ball.

For more information about the Odyssey ProType Black Putters, follow No. 1 Putter in Golf on Facebook at, or visit the Company's website:


Boxgroove Welcomes Desert Hills Golf Club

(BELLEVUE, Wash.) – Boxgroove (, an inventive, reliable online network offering golfers the opportunity to play private golf courses of their choosing, has welcomed Desert Hills Country Club in Green Valley, Ariz., to the selection of private courses Boxgroove members can play.

"Boxgroove members traveling to Arizona will appreciate the chance to play Desert Hills, a scenic and beautifully-maintained course," said McRedmond Morelli, founder and CEO of Boxgroove. "The mountain and lake views and vistas will take your breath away."

Desert Hills Golf Club is an equity-based privately-owned and operated golf club in Green Valley, 30 miles south of Tucson. The 18-hole par-72 Desert Hills golf course, which opened for play in 1979, was designed by Dave Bennett, ASGCA. The layout, measuring 6,445 yards from the longest tees, features 70 bunkers, which challenge players from start to finish.

"We are very proud to become part of the Boxgroove family," said Steve Brown, PGA Head Golf Professional at Desert Hills Golf Club. "We hope with Boxgroove's help to show the benefits of Desert Hills to those traveling in or relocating to the Tucson/Green Valley area."


KemperSports Staffer Amy Pendergast Named 2012 PGA Merchandiser of the Year for Resort Facilities

Pendergast becomes second female in history to win The PGA of America award

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports announced that Amy Pendergast, PGA head professional and director of retail for Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, has been named the 2012 PGA Merchandiser of the Year for resort facilities. This national award, given annually by The PGA of America, will be presented to Pendergast at the PGA Awards Ceremony during the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., in January 2013. Pendergast earned the award through a selection process held during the PGA Championship earlier this month in South Carolina. With this announcement, Pendergast becomes only the second female in history to be named a PGA Merchandiser of the Year.

“Amy has been a valuable asset and tremendous leader for the staff at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort,” said Hank Hickox, vice president of KemperSports and general manager of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. “We are very proud of her accomplishments and are honored that this award has been presented to a very deserving member of our staff.”

Pendergast, a native of North Bend, Ore., was elected to PGA membership in December 2010 and became eligible for the PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award for the first time this year. She has been a member of the KemperSports team and Bandon Dunes Golf Resort staff since 2000. During this time, she was also recognized by KemperSports on multiple occasions as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort received the Retailer of the Year Award in 2001, 2004 and 2005, during the annual KemperSports Leadership Conference. Pendergast is also the 2011 recipient of the Merchandiser of the Year Award (resort facility category) for the Pacific Northwest PGA Section.

“We are extremely pleased that The PGA of America has recognized Amy as the 2012 Merchandiser of the Year for resort facilities,” said Josh Lesnik, president of KemperSports. “Amy goes above and beyond to deliver the best service and products in the industry to our guests at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, and she has greatly contributed to the success of the resort.”

The Merchandiser of the Year Award was established in 1978 by The PGA of America and Sports Illustrated. This distinguished award recognizes PGA Professionals who have excelled as merchandisers in the promotion of golf in three categories: private, public and resort facilities. Candidates are nominated by their respective PGA Section offices and must have demonstrated excellence and success in the planning and promotion of sales through merchandising techniques, which include display and advertising.

KemperSports has managed Bandon Dunes Golf Resort since its opening in 1999 and the facility was recently named the No. 1 golf resort in North America by both Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort features four 18-hole courses – Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails and Old Macdonald – a new 13-hole par 3 course, Bandon Preserve, a practice center, accommodations for more than 250 guests and several unique dining facilities.

For more information about KemperSports and a complete list of its managed properties, please visit


Starting Time Announces Successful PGA Expo 2012

Company impressed in Las Vegas with award-winning My mini Golf Program

Attendees at the Expo in Las Vegas showed their developing interest by placing greatly increasing orders along with promises of more coming, according to Mary Anne Penton, Starting Time’s Marketing Manager.

“Word is getting out,” says Penton, “of the remarkable enjoyment shown by juniors with this instructional product line.”

A new addition of the Short Game Chipping Set, added extra interest as a new and vital segment with a chipping net and new 3-piece putter. Starting Time continues to add to the My mini Golf line as the interest in the game helps to make learning golf more fun and enjoyable for juniors and seniors.

“The fact that it can also be used as an “interest center” at club parties and become a fund raiser for charity events was a big plus factor with the golf course owners. It can be used inside and out, for both young and adults, which makes it easy to explain its growing popularity.” says Penton.

Penton predicts soon My mini Golf will be packaged in a new vinyl zippered bag for the club pros and retailers. This will make it quick and simple to carry the parts to wherever needed, indoors or out, golf course or home.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Branson, MO Labor Day Military Golf Specials: Patriot Golf Day

America’s most military-friendly golf town is Branson, MO and this Labor Day active and retired military personnel will enjoy special recognition and discounts at many area amenities.

* Labor Day weekend is Play Golf America’s sixth annual Patriot Golf Day where golfers can donate a minimum of $1 to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation, offering scholarships to children of military families with a parent killed or injured in the line of duty.

Branson Creek Golf Club, Payne Stewart Golf Club, Murder Rock Golf Club, Ledgestone Golf Club and Thousand Hills Golf Resort will donate a portion of the proceeds from all rounds played during the weekend to the Folds of Honor Foundation.

* Military members (active and retired) enjoy a minimum 30 percent discount off of green fees at any of Branson’s golf courses now through the end of the year (including Veterans Day weekend)

* Active and retired military are recognized at nearly every live show in Branson, in over 50 theaters in the region. Discounts for military are available; see for more details.

* Other activities in Branson Labor Day weekend include an outdoor BBQ and fireworks at Chateau on the Lake or the End of Summer Picnic Celebration, Concert & Fireworks at Big Cedar Lodge on Sept. 2.

* Upcoming events to celebrate America in Branson include a 9-11 Memorial in September with a 3,000-flag display, and on Veterans Day weekend November 5-11, featuring a parade, patriotic shows, a Big Band Dance and veteran’s reunions.


in fiamme Now at Red Run Golf Club

(Phoenix) – in fiamme (, the world's finest Italian golf apparel, now is available in the golf shop at Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak, Mich. Included in the apparel section at the shop are in fiamme's custom-made hand-sewn men's golf-and-lifestyle shirts with exceptional fabrication, craftsmanship, coloration and designs. Made-to-order in fiamme shirts also are available.

"Red Run Golf Club members now can enjoy in fiamme craftsmanship and comfort," said Art Kimbrough, vice president of business development for in fiamme, "while playing golf, dining, or for business or leisure activities."

Red Run Golf Club has maintained a tradition of excellence in competition, camaraderie and ambience since its beginnings in 1914. Over the years, the club has benefited from its diverse membership while improving the quality of its facilities and strengthening the spirit of sportsmanship. Good times to be had by all are of paramount importance in the philosophy of Red Run's members.

"As many members have requested a cotton golf shirt in the shop, I made a jewel of a find in the brand in fiamme at the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show," said Michelle Coleman, apparel buyer for the Red Run Golf Shop. "I made a few calls to our 'cotton' members and sold quite a few shirts before they even hit the shelves.

"The sophisticated styling, rich colors and beautiful fabrics are the fine qualities that will make in fiamme a great addition to our shop."

Red Run is host to the second-oldest Invitational in Michigan, interrupted only three times by the PGA Tour events the club has hosted: the Motor City Open in 1950 and 1951, and the Western Open in 1958. Among the many pros of the time who played at Red Run were Byron Nelson and Bobby Locke. The club also has had visits by Chick Harbert, Al Watrous and Porky Oliver, with a cameo appearance by Walter Hagen at President's Day honoring Harold Kelly in 1948.


Club Glove Caddy Towel Trusted by Winner of The Barclays

Golf’s Original and Best Microfiber Towel Essential in FedExCup Playoff Victory

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Club Glove – a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of premium golf bags, club covers, travel bags, accessories and luggage – confirms that its renowned microfiber Caddy Towel was used by the winner of The Barclays, the first event of the 2012 FedExCup Playoffs.

Trusting the popular royal blue model, the champion earned his fifth PGA Tour title with this come-from-behind victory at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, NY. Favored by the game’s elite, the contoured surface of the Caddy Towel ($19.95) is strong enough to remove dirt and debris from the club face and sunblock from a golfer’s hands, yet gentle enough to safely clean eyeglasses.

“Not to be confused with lesser quality imitations, the microfiber Caddy Towel is preferred by Tour players, discerning amateurs and retailers worldwide who recognize its superiority,” says company founder Jeff Herold. “The product is available in 11 unique colors and a wide variety of personalization options to suit all preferences.”

Featuring more than 5 million yards of microfiber strands, each towel can hold 300 percent of its weight in water. Easily distinguishable at all PGA Tour events by its waffle texture and contrasting stitched trim, the pro-sized Caddy Towel is available in a tandem package with a Pocket Towel that comes as a gift with purchase. A $10 value, the Pocket Towel measures 8 by 12 inches and is perfectly unobtrusive in a back pocket. Club Glove also offers a customizable 16 by 24 inch Cart Towel, available for corporate sales.

Golf’s original and best microfiber towel was introduced in 2006 and rapidly gained a loyal following among players who favored its ultra-lightweight, super absorbent and virtually lint free design. The Caddy Towel is vastly preferred over all competitors by thousands of the finest public and private facilities nationwide, including Sports Authority, Golf Galaxy, Golfsmith, PGA Tour Superstores, Edwin Watts, Academy Sports and Worldwide Golf.

Club Glove is also the No. 1 golf travel bag brand at all PGA and Champions Tour events. The Darrell Survey confirmed the company’s products are preferred by 90 percent of PGA Tour Players. Selected by six U.S. Ryder Cup teams, Club Glove’s high-end, Made-in-the-USA golf bags have been a fixture at green grass and off course shops for nearly a decade and are available in stand, cart and Sunday versions. The famed Last Bag was honored by Golf World magazine as one of the game’s “10 Best Innovations,” recognizing its extreme durability and practicality.

Follow Club Glove on Twitter at @ClubGloveUSA and Facebook at

More information: or 800.736.4568.


Bridgestone Becomes Official Licensee of NFL Logo Golf Balls

(COVINGTON, GA) – Bridgestone Golf, the No. 1 Ball Fitter in Golf, announced that it has entered into an agreement with the National Football League (NFL) to produce officially licensed NFL logo golf balls.

Under the agreement, Bridgestone Golf has been granted the right to manufacture and sell golf balls, golf ball packaging and golf bags bearing the 32 NFL teams’ official logos, the NFL league logo, the NFL Conferences’ logos (AFC and NFC) and the Super Bowl logo.

The new licensing deal takes effect immediately, as teams and fans begin preparing for the start of the 2012 season.  Financial terms and length of the agreement are undisclosed at this time.

“We are extremely excited about the possibilities that our newly formed licensing partnership with the NFL affords,” said Dan Murphy, Vice President of Marketing – Bridgestone Golf, Inc.  “Perhaps golfers’ passion for the game is only matched by the passion of fans of America’s most popular sport. So, we look forward to giving our customers the chance to combine these twopassions by showcasing their favorite NFL team’s logo on golf balls properly fit for their swing.”

For information on Bridgestone Golf’s entire portfolio of award winning golf balls, that will now be available with NFL logos, visit


Bring your business to the top with’s Expanded Listings

(Austin, Texas) -, which officially launched in beta in February, announced a great new feature for golf courses, golf retail stores and golf driving ranges. Until today, all of these facilities had ‘basic listings’ with regular business information. Today- that all changes. Courses can now sign up for a premium listing and build out their own unique "mini-website."

The expanded listing allows the business to feature (some sample screenshots provided):
* Detailed course and clubhouse information
* Display tee times
* Social network feeds and integration ability to post updates
* Unlimited coupons
* Employee directory with images/email links
* Events
* Photo gallery
* Videos, and more.

What is the benefit? With over 400,000 pages indexed by major search engines, the expanded content of the profile significantly increases the businesses search results. Over 70percent of the visitors coming to from search engines are coming directly into the businesses profile.

“If this content can be expanded, is unique and provides value to the end user- the business is sure to see great results. Users are already searching via for tee times, green fees, coupons, golf equipment, news and more- so to have robust information when a user views your business, the conversion rate is much higher,” says Travis French, Founder of

Businesses can act now and receive an introductory offer for their yearly listing. Send an email to with your contact information and a representative from will get in touch with you within 48 hours.

The introductory price for a yearly expanded profile is $120 (normally $240), which will expire on Sept. 30. That’s just $10 a month. Included with this introductory offer, will build out your profile for you - with professional written content and all the added features to help drive results to you. Businesses will always have access to update and change their content, or they can simply send a request in for the change and they will be made free of charge. Also, as an added benefit if your business is interested in a mobile application an additional discount will be provided for that service as well.

Sign-up today by emailing or by calling 956-278-0539. Stay tuned for more great features from; where it’s "All Golf... No Quack!"


Butch Harmon Salutes Nick Watney and Dustin Johnson on Their Top Three Performances at The Barclays

(Las Vegas, NV) - Butch Harmon, the renowned golf instructor to many of the top golf professionals and the creator of the Butch Harmon About Golf Instructional DVD series salutes Nick Watney and Dustin Johnson on their top three performances at The Barclays over the weekend.

Watney finished with a four day total of 274 to win by three shots. Of Watney's five tour victories, three have been in come-from-behind fashion. He entered the final round on Sunday trailing Sergio Garcia by two strokes and shot a final round 69 to secure the victory. Dustin Johnson finished in a third place tie four shots behind the winner after a final round 68.

Nick Watney moved to the No. 1 position in the FedEx Cup standings and improved his chances of being selected to the 2012 Ryder Cup team while Johnson moved into 8th place in the FedEx Cup standings going into the Deutsche Bank Championship. Watney and Johnson both appear in the Butch Harmon About Golf DVD.

"Nick Watney played very well in his come from behind victory last weekend," said Butch Harmon. "Watney showed a great deal of tenacity and drive needed to overcome the deficit he faced at beginning of the final round. Dustin Johnson also played very well throughout the event and shot a very competitive score in the final round to help him move up in the FedEx Cup standings. Congratulations to Nick and Dustin for excellent performances."

In early 2012 Butch Harmon released the Butch Harmon About Golf DVD. The DVD set is sponsored by Titleist, Winn Grips, Rolex, Golf Digest and JMA and is available for $79.95 on-line at


Elite Foursome Determined for 30th PGA Grand Slam of Golf

Major Champions Set for Showcase Event Oct. 22-24 in Bermuda

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – Masters Champion Bubba Watson, U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson, Open Champion Ernie Els, and defending Champion Keegan Bradley form the elite foursome that will compete Oct. 22-24, at Bermuda’s Port Royal Golf Course in the 30th PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

It will be the rookie appearance for both Watson and Simpson, while 2011 PGA Champion Bradley returns to Port Royal Golf Course where he won last year’s PGA Grand Slam of Golf title. Els marks his fourth appearance in the season-ending showcase of major champions, having won in 1997 and 2010.

Reigning PGA Champion Rory McIlroy had committed to compete in the BMW Masters, Oct. 25-28, in Shanghai, China, prior to his victory on Aug. 12, in the 94th PGA Championship. The new event was added to the European Tour schedule in April.

Bradley, who tied for third in the PGA Championship at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, S.C., won the 2011 PGA Grand Slam of Golf by one stroke over 2011 Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel. McIlroy, the 2011 U.S. Open Champion, finished third; and 2011 Open Champion Darren Clarke was fourth.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf features the most difficult qualification requirement in the game – a major championship win. The PGA Grand Slam of Golf will be televised by TNT to a worldwide audience.

Port Royal Golf Course is a 6,842-yard, par-71 public course that opened for play in 1970.
The PGA Grand Slam of Golf features a $1.35 million purse, with the winner receiving $600,000, second place $300,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000.

TNT’s prime-time broadcast of the event reaches a worldwide audience of 88.9 million U.S. homes and international viewers in more than 100 countries.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is hosted by the Bermuda Department of Tourism, Port Royal Golf Course, and the Fairmont Southampton Hotel.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Top High School Golfers to Compete in 2012 Antigua National High School Invitational

The 3rd Annual Antigua National High School Golf Invitational will be played September 7 and 8 at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. More than 200 junior golfers will be participating, representing boys and girls teams from the United States and Canada.

Returning to defend their titles will be the 2010 team champions, the Syracuse Titans (Syracuse, UT) and the 2011 team champions and tournament host, Hamilton Huskies (Chandler, AZ) in the boys division. Also returning to defend their title 2010 and 2011, Hamilton Huskies (Chandler, AZ) in the girls division.

"Antigua is proud to support all aspects of golf, especially junior golf and high school golf", said Ron McPherson, president and CEO of the Antigua Group.

"We are also very proud of our new and ongoing sponsors who are presenting this fine event. Our thanks go to the Phoenix Thunderbirds, the Scottsdale Charros and the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau who have extended their support. We would also like to thank the various affiliated organizations, both locally and nationally, who have assisted us in developing and promoting the tournament."

The event was envisioned by Steve Kanner, the Boys golf coach at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona, with the assistance of Tournament Chair Tom Marreel, the founder and CEO of Marreel Slater Insurance, one of the event's original sponsors.

For more information, visit or


FootJoy Masters Control of Your Grip

FootJoy's new GTxtreme golf glove takes control of grip performance

(Fairhaven, MA) - FootJoy, the No. 1 glove in golf, introduces GTxtreme, the ultimate in Grip Technology to maximize grip and durability in all conditions of play. FJ's advanced materials and precise construction provide today's golfer the maximum benefit to take control of their grip performance.

"GTxtreme provides the best of all worlds; exceptional grip performance in all-conditions, maximum durability, comfort, superb flexibility and breathability with a precision fit," said Maria Bonzagni, Senior Director of Worldwide Marketing for FootJoy Golf Gloves and Accessories. "Together with a new high-impact package, prominent in-store display, creative interactive campaign and heavy print support featuring Bubba Watson's tour proven performance, the new GTxtreme glove is sure to be a major hit."

The GTxtreme glove masters the control of your grip with the use of proprietary digital APL leather technology combined with a digital FiberSof material that results in a glove that is the ultimate in grip and durability performance. The soft FiberSof material along the back of the glove along with the PowerNet mesh and Power-Locking closure promotes a consistent fit, enhances comfort and creates an optimal fit.

As the leader in the glove category, PGA Tour leadership and validation plays a significant role in the launch of a new product. Bubba Watson debuted the new GTxtreme glove at the Open Championship and has worn it every round since then.

"Once I put the GTxtremeglove in play", said Watson, "everything about it was great! It gives me more control to perform at my best."

Features and Benefits:
Xtreme Grip: A digital palm grip consisting of proprietary APL Leather and FiberSof material provides an outstanding grip with maximum control in all weather conditions.

Precision Fit:
• Soft, breathable FiberSofstretch material is located on the back of the hand for a consistent, comfortable fit and leather-like feel.
• PowerNet mesh is strategically positioned at the base area of the thumb and back of the hand, for improved breathability, flexibility and contoured fit.
• Power-Locking Closure - Delivers a secure, custom fit, the elastic area allows the closure to lock into place for a nice firm fit.

Maximum Durability:
Exclusively tanned Advance Performance Digital Leather targeted in the palm and thumb optimizes durability, especially in the most extreme conditions.

QMark Ball marker:
Exclusive magnetic ballmarker gives you quick and easy access to mark your ball.

Men's Regular Left S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL
Men's Cadet Left S, M, ML, L, XL
Men's Regular Right S, M, ML, L, XL

Available in Shop Sept. 1 with a MSRP of $15.

For more information, visit


True Linkswear Launches 'Team-Themed' True PHX Colors

Concept merges well-known team colors with popular phx style

(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) - Building on the successful launch of the phx, TRUE linkswear is announcing the release of a series of "team-themed" colors for the shoe. The line features 12 new color combinations that college and professional sports fans will likely recognize, including red and black, burgundy and white, and orange and blue.

The limited edition "team-themed" phx will be available at select retailers, as well as at, throughout the fall.

"Once fall starts rolling around, everyone's mind starts turning to college football and pro sports," said Rob Rigg, co-founder and president of TRUE. "At TRUE HQ we thought about how much we love wearing our team colors this time of year and how it would be really fun to offer up some Limited Edition TRUE phx to help other passionate sport fans represent their favorite team in total comfort, whether it is on the course, in the stands, or hanging out at a tailgate."

The TRUE phx ($99) was the first shoe with a sneaker profile offered by TRUE linkswear, and it's also their first product at a price point of less than $100. Rapidly emerging as one of TRUE's most popular shoes, the phx offers the look and comfort of a sneaker with the game enhancement benefits that only TRUE can offer. The phx also is available year-round in its five traditional color styles.

For more information, visit


The ‘New’ Paramount CC Nears Completion

Architect Jim Urbina finishing up the restoration of this Tillinghast gem
(NEW CITY, NY) - The restoration of the golf course at Paramount Country Club — a jewel of golf’s “Golden Age” — is just about done.

Originally laid out in 1920 by A.W. Tillinghast, one of the game’s most famous course designers, Paramount is nearing the end of an 18-month-long project to return it to its roots. Under the leadership of architect Jim Urbina, nearly every one of the 18 holes was tweaked, from minor cosmetic work to the reintroduction of bunkers, shifting of fairways, and the altering and adding of angles of approach.

“We’re finishing up on the back nine,” reports Urbina, who has made regular visits to the club since spring 2011, and has worked closely with course superintendent Brian Chapin and his crew. “Generally the big stuff is done. For example, the ‘Reef Hole,’ the par-three 18th, is finished. We’re all very excited as it is now the only existing ‘reef-type’ hole in existence, a true Tillinghast original.”

Among the holes awaiting their moment are the short par-four 11th (called “The Oblique”) and the long par-four 15th (which Tillinghast explained as having many different lines of attack). Original Tillinghast bunkers, which disappeared over the years, will be reinstated, while fairway lines will be shifted slightly.

“What remains are some of the most interesting holes Tillinghast did,” according to Urbina, who has restored a number of archetypal courses, including San Francisco Golf Club (originally laid out by Tillinghast), Pasatiempo (Alister MacKenzie), Yeamans Hall Club (Seth Raynor), and Garden City (Devereux Emmet and Walter Travis) to name a few.

“I’m also putting back bunkers on the 250-yard, par-three 13th hole,” says Urbina, who noted that, “When the hole was 240 yards, Tillie talked about a one-shot hole where you had to use a wood driver that required the player to execute a long shot. He said that was a true test of golf, and that was way back in 1921! A hole with that length was unheard of but Tillinghast knew the game was changing and even in that era, the ball and clubs were traveling farther.”

Urbina—who was recently in town to showcase the changes to members of the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association—expects the work to be completed soon.

“The plan is to start October 8 and be done by Thanksgiving. Then we’ll all have something to be thankful for. Absolutely!”

For further information about Paramount Country Club, access the website at or call at 845/634-4626.


Monday, August 27, 2012

EWGA Champions Cup Provides Competitive Golf Team Match Play

Regional Qualifiers Begin in September, National Championship in November 

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA) – EWGA (, the trend-setting organization which enables current and aspiring business and professional women to connect through golf, will host the Champions Cup, an amateur match play competition beginning September 7.

Eight-member teams from across the country will play 18 holes of four-ball match play and 18 holes of singles match play completed over two days in four regional qualifiers, to determine the teams advancing to the National Championship. The tournament schedule is as follows:

Regional Qualifiers
* Sept. 7-9: Great Lakes/Northeast Regional- Nemacolin Woodlands Resort- Links Golf Course, Farmington, PA
* Sept. 7-9 Western/Pacific Regional- Industry Hills Golf Club- Babe Zaharias Course, City of Industry, CA
* Sept. 14-16 Atlantic/Southern Regional- Port Royal Golf Club- Barony Course, Hilton Head, SC
* Sept. 21-23: Central/Midwest Regional- Alvamar Country Club, Lawrence, KS

National Championship
* Nov. 8-11: Sycuan Resort- Oak Glen Course, El Cajon, CA

A region with six or more teams represented will advance two teams to the National Championship and a region with five or less teams will advance one team.

“The EWGA mantra is about connecting women through playing golf and the Champions Cup is designed for our members to play within teams of their peers in a competitive yet fun environment,” says Pam Swensen, CEO/President of the EWGA.  “We are excited to see which of our regions will produce the next Champions Cup winners.”

Eligibility is open to all 14,000 EWGA members, situated in 130 nationwide chapters in nearly every metropolitan city, who are female amateur golfers, have a verifiable USGA Handicap Index and are in good standing.  Chapters may field multiple teams for the competition or inter-chapter teams may be formed.  Teams may register online and each region has space for 15 teams.  Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams at both the Regional Qualifiers and the National Championship.

Last year’s winners were the members of the team from Washington, DC and coming in a close second were the Windy City B.A.B.E.S.  The first EWGA national match play championship took place in 2011 with nine teams and a total of 106 players competing for the Champions Cup title.

For more information about the EWGA Champions Cup please visit  For information on EWGA membership please visit


Slammin’ Sam Beer Premieres at The Homestead Resort and Sam Snead’s Tavern

Smoothest Beer in Golf Inspired by Legendary Sam Snead

(PINEHURST, NC) – Slammin’ Sam Beer Company announces The Homestead Resort and Sam Snead’s Tavern in Hot Springs, VA, have joined the growing list of fine establishments serving Slammin’ Sam, a craft-brewed premium American lager inspired by the late Sam Snead, one of golf’s greatest gentlemen and champions.

Initially launched in early July at The Greenbrier Resort coinciding with the centennial of Snead’s birth, Slammin’ Sam is currently available in bottles and cans depicting vintage Snead images from the 1950s and 60s. A thirst-quenching premium lager geared toward active lifestyle consumers, Slammin’ Sam features an exceptionally balanced finish that makes it the Smoothest Beer in Golf.

“Dad would be real proud to know the place where he started caddying as a boy – and had so many great experiences – is now serving a beer with his name on it,” says Snead’s son, Jack. “If he were alive today I know he’d think this one is as smooth as his legendary swing.”

Made in Wisconsin by Stevens Point Brewery – a World Beer Cup multiple Gold Medal award winner – Slammin’ Sam showcases a proprietary recipe developed by Ray Klimovitz, recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Life Service Award from the Master Brewers Association of the Americas. It will soon be offered at renowned resorts throughout North America, as well as golf courses, restaurants, bars and other locations.

“Out of the gate, response to our beer, and the lasting resonance of the Snead name, has been off the charts,” says Casey Bierer, Founder and CEO of Slammin’ Sam Beer Company and a former producer-reporter with Golf Channel. “We’re working hard to meet demand and will soon announce a number of partnerships, including one with a U.S. Open host.”

Possessor of a prodigious, self-taught swing, Snead captured seven major championships and an all-time record 82 PGA Tour titles during a professional career spanning six decades. A player on seven and captain of three U.S. Ryder Cup teams, his countless honors include winning PGA Player of the Year (1949) and the Vardon Trophy (1938, 49, 50 and 55). Snead, who passed away in 2002 at age 89, is also a member of the West Virginia Golf Hall of Fame and World Golf Hall of Fame.

For more information: or @SlamminSamBeer.


KZG Introduces New VC-420 Driver

(NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.) - KZG, the No. 1 Custom ProLine, has introduced the VC-420 Driver. Designed for maximum ball speed, penetrating trajectory and workability, the VC-420 is a powerhouse for the better player. This aerodynamically-designed club inspires confidence at address, while delivering the ultimate in performance and value. The 420cc size clubhead allows for shot shaping for the better player while minimizing excessive sidespin. The matte black finish will certainly please the eye of the discerning golfer.

"Clubs are not a one-size-fits-all proposition" reports Jennifer King, president of KZG. "Every player's swing is unique and that is why KZG now offers 8 different driver models with a myriad of shaft options. The VC-420 is designed specifically for the better player who prefers a smaller clubhead that gives a lower, boring trajectory. The VC-420 will not disappoint."

The VC-420 Driver features a forged beta titanium face plate which delivers a dense sound and the feel that shotmakers prefer. This forged faceplate has an ultra-fine microstructure where the grain in the metal is smaller and more tightly packed than other lesser grades of titanium resulting in greater ball speed and maximum workability.

The body of the VC-420 is vacuum-cast forged titanium, a costly method in manufacturing, but assures greater durability and quality control. The smaller 420cc head with its aerodynamic shape imparts less wind resistance for greater swing speed. The minimal face progression and square face angles are designed to cater to avid golfers and touring professionals.

All KZG drivers are custom fit and built with numerous shaft options. Retail pricing varies depending on the options selected, with MSRP starting at $399.

For more information, visit or call toll-free 1-800-200-8800.


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Escalante Golf Unveils Masterplan for Iconic Black Diamond

Multi-Million Dollar Enhancements to Clubhouse, Golf Courses, Amenities and Real Estate

(LECANTO, Fla.) - Escalante Golf, owner / operator of Black Diamond, has unveiled a multi-million dollar masterplan for the iconic golf community and home of Tom Fazio's famed Quarry Course 75 miles north of Tampa.

In concert with Black Diamond's 25th anniversary, the masterplan features a major clubhouse redesign; numerous golf course enhancements including bunker renovations, course lengthening and amenity upgrades; and new residential products and memberships.

"Our goal is to build on Black Diamond's world-class reputation to ensure the club's long-term sustainability and exclusivity," says David McDonald, president of Escalante Golf. "The comprehensive masterplan demonstrates a continuing commitment to our existing members, and is a point of pride and emphasis in attracting new members and residents who share our vision and values."

Phase one begins this month with extensive clubhouse renovations. The new interior design was crafted by nationally recognized, Club Design Associates and features upgrades to the dining facilities, boardrooms, outdoor patios, flooring, furniture and mechanical systems. The second phase will focus on the golf shop, retail environment and locker rooms.

To further elevate the pure golf experience, award-winning golf course architect David Whelchel will work closely with Escalante and Black Diamond to identify opportunities to lengthen and modernize the golf courses. The course improvements begin with the redesign and reconstruction of all 208 bunkers throughout the courses and practice facilities using the state-of-the-art Better Billy Bunker Method.

Additionally this quarter, Black Diamond Real Estate will begin construction of its first "show" home, The Augusta, overlooking the fourth hole on the Highlands Course. Architecturally appealing and energy efficient, it marks a new era of home building inside the gates.

A boutique owner/operator based in Fort Worth, Texas, Escalante purchased Black Diamond from original owner Stan Olsen in March 2011. It immediately charted a course to breath energy and vitality back into the exclusive Citrus County golf club. This effort began with re-establishing the Quarry Course as one of the premier golf experiences in the U.S.

For more information:, (800) 328-8099.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Graftec Announces Official Sponsorship of Caddy for a Cure

Leading electronics supplier and distribution company launches charitable outreach program

(Fort Mill, SC) - Graftec Inc., announced a charitable outreach program through its official sponsorship of Caddy For A Cure. Caddy For A Cure is the professional golf opportunity to go inside the ropes and caddy for a day with the world's best players for charity.

Graftec is a multi-national electronics supplier and diversified distribution company offering the highest quality in products and services. Through its diversified business lines and worldwide locations in Fort Mill, SC, the United Kingdom, Brasil and Colombia, Graftec is focused on enhancing the well-being and success of companies and consumers around the world. Their sponsorship of Caddy For A Cure is the cornerstone of their innovative charitable outreach program.

Graftec President, Vincent Graffeo commented, "We are thrilled to launch our charitable outreach program with a Sponsorship of Caddy For A Cure. The worldwide reach of their program and their charitable focus and support of Fanconi anemia, childhood cancer and U.S. wounded warriors is a perfect fit for us and causes we care about." He concluded, "We are looking forward to supporting Caddy For A Cure financially and with our consumer-focused products for them to use in their program. It really will be a win-win situation for everyone."

Caddy For A Cure CEO and program founder Russ Holden said "We couldn't be happier about this new relationship with Graftec. We believe they are on the cutting edge of their industry with their unique diversification and with their commitment to supporting causes they care about. Their high quality products and services are completely consistent with the goals of what we do and how we do it in professional golf." Holden added, "Through this new partnership with Graftec as spearheaded by Vincent, we look forward to telling the world about what Graftec has to offer while we support our causes and facilitate more amazing opportunities in the world of professional golf."

Caddy For A Cure offers PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and LPGA Tour caddy opportunities through its website auctions. Funds raised are directed to the PGA TOUR Birdies for the Brave military outreach, the PGA TOUR Professional Caddy Assistance Foundation, the LPGA Foundation USGA-Girls Golf program, in support of Fanconi anemia and worldwide to participating player's and host site charities.

Visit the newly launched Graftec website at for more information.


Nick Faldo Conducts Clinic at Galloping Hill

Nick Faldo works with Brittany Morgan, age 14, from Metuchen, N.J., on her balance and full shoulder turn.
Six-time Major Champion Nick Faldo and Charlie Rymer stepped away from their broadcast duties at The Barclays this week to conduct a golf clinic for The First Tee of Raritan Valley Aug. 22, at the new TaylorMade Performance Lab (TMPL) at Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth, N.J. In celebration of the new TMPL at Galloping Hill, one of only 16 facilities nationwide, TaylorMade donated $5,000 to The First Tee of Raritan Valley.

Galloping Hill Golf Course is owned by Union County and managed by KemperSports. Together with TaylorMade, Union County and KemperSports have transformed a popular municipal golf course into a modern teaching facility with 27 holes of golf, and created a new home for public golf in New Jersey.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Double-Digit Play Numbers on Pro V1 and Pro V1x Add Unique Touch

Numbers of 00 or 10-99 Now Available Through Titleist Golf Shops

(FAIRHAVEN, MA) – How do you mark your Titleist? Golfers that trust their games to the superior performance and consistency of Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, the most played golf balls on the worldwide professional tours and with golfers around the globe, are answering that question even more personally with unique double-digit play numbers.

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls with double-digit play numbers of 00 or 10-99 are now available by custom order through any Titleist-authorized golf shop. The minimum purchase is one dozen.

"Numbers often hold special significance in our lives, and we wanted to provide Titleist loyalists the opportunity to make that connection with their Pro V1 or Pro V1x," said Mary Lou Bohn, Vice President Golf Ball Marketing and Communications. “It's been exciting to hear from Team Titleist members the stories and meanings behind the numbers they've chosen."

Popular double-digit play number choices have included lucky or favorite numbers, as well as athlete jersey numbers. Golfers are also using double-digit Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls as gifts to commemorate a birthday, anniversary or other significant date.

One member of the Team Titleist community used the double-digit opportunity to set a scoring goal for the season. He ordered Pro V1 golf balls with the play number 75, the score he is trying to break on his home course this summer.

Golfers interested in custom ordering Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls with double-digit play numbers should contact their local authorized Titleist golf shop for pricing, availability and other details. To find an authorized Titleist golf shop in your area, please visit


Edwin Watts Golf to Host Chain-wide Driver Clinic August 25

More than 95 Stores to Implement Free One-Day Clinics, Custom Fitting Sessions

(FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla.) - Edwin Watts Golf Shops, one of the world’s largest specialty golf retailers with over 95 locations, today announced that “consistent drives” will serve as the theme of a chain-wide tune-up day August 25. As part of the specialty retailers’ monthly tune-up series, golfers can visit any of the 95+ locations to test-out the hottest drivers available from the game’s leading brands, while participating in custom fitting sessions, clinics and more.

Edwin Watts Golf store associates, the “Watts Guys,” and field representatives from the leading equipment brands will utilize the Company’s in-store launch monitors and swing analysis software to conduct custom fitting sessions, matching golfers of all abilities with equipment that will help improve their game.  Customers can also register to win new clubs from Ping, including the Anser driver, fairway or hybrid.

While in store, customers are encouraged to join the Edwin Watts Golf LoyalTee Rewards Program to take advantage of an exclusive trade-in offer.  From August 24-26, 2012, only, customers can receive an additional 25% over the PGA Value Guide price when they trade in their used clubs.  In addition to this exciting trade-in offer, LoyalTee Rewards members receive a variety of benefits including: deals of the month, equipment locator service, extended warranties, pre-sale shopping opportunities, exclusive pricing on select merchandise, an insider newsletter, member’s only invitations to VIP events, and much more.

The chain-wide clinic initiative is complemented by Edwin Watts Golf’s current TGIF TOUR, the golf industry’s largest grassroots consumer retail tour, as Edwin Watts Golf reinforces the Company’s commitment to custom fitting for golfers in 2012.  As part of the TGIF TOUR, Edwin Watts Golf is partnering with leading equipment brands and utilizing the Company’s in-store launch monitors and swing analysis software to conduct performance fitting sessions at all TGIF TOUR events, which also include new product testing, par 3 challenges, grip and cleat changing and much more.

For more information on Edwin Watts Golf, please visit


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Devant Introduces Microfiber Pro Towel

Microfiber Pro Towel Absorbs Seven Times Its Weight in Water

(RICHMOND, Va.) – Devant, known in the golf industry for its high quality towels and innovative designs, has added a Microfiber Pro Towel to its 2013 line.

The Microfiber Pro Towel is a lightweight, ultra absorbent towel that features a waffle weave texture. The premium microfiber constructed strands trap more dirt and dust than a standard cotton towel, yet it is both mold and mildew resistant. The Microfiber Pro Towel also absorbs seven-times its weight in water and can be used wet or dry. The towel is a professional caddy size of 16 x 32 inches and has a web strap handle to go over the club head and stay secure.

The towel comes in two colors – silver with black trim and white with black trim. The Microfiber Pro Towel can be custom logoed with embroidery or Image Dyed. Devant’s proprietary Image Dyed process infuses color into the fabric and the custom logo will outlast the life of the towel.

The Microfiber Pro Towel will be available October 1 for a suggested retail of $14.95 or $19.95 with customization.

For information on Devant visit or call customer service at 800.955.2269.


Stonewall Orchard to Host 90th Illinois Section PGA Championship

(GRAYSLAKE, IL) - Stonewall Orchard Golf Club is proud to host the 90th Illinois PGA Championship & PGA Professional National Championship (PPNC) August 27-29. The championship is the premier member event on the Illinois PGA calendar.

Midlothian Country Club assistant pro Frank Hohenadel returns to defend his 2011 title after his a 54-hole-total of 207 (65-70-72) at historic Medinah Country Club was four strokes better than second place finisher Matt Slowinski of Glen Oak Country Club.

"Medinah was by far the biggest win of my career," Hohenadel said. "The 65 was my career low for any round. I was really playing some good golf all summer but hadn't played in many tournaments so no one really saw me coming or knew who I was."

On rotation with Medinah and Olympia Fields as IPGA Section Championship site, Stonewall Orchard is a daily fee facility that serves as a formidable host to the event. Designed by Arthur Hills and first opened in 1999, Stonewall has hosted previous IPGA Championships and has served as a final stage qualifying site for the U.S. Open.

"I played Stonewall for the first time a couple months ago, and I found the course difficult but a lot of fun," he said. "It should be a good test, and I'm looking forward to it. I have felt a little more pressure this season playing in tournaments. I feel like I have something to prove and that last year's win wasn't a fluke."

The Illinois PGA Championship returns to Stonewall Orchard GC after a two-year hiatus. In 2010, Olympia Fields Country Club hosted the event on its South Course, where Mike Small, men's head golf coach at the University of Illinois, cruised to an 11-stroke victory, firing a 3-day score of 200 (70-63-67). The last time the Championship was at Stonewall Orchard GC (2009), Small was victorious there, as well. He posted a three-day total of 9-under par, six strokes better than runner-up Jim Sobb, PGA head golf professional at the Ivanhoe Club in Mundelein, Ill.

"Stonewall Orchard continues to be one of the key facilities in our rotation of courses hosting our Illinois PGA Championship," said Michael Miller, Illinois PGA executive director. "This year's tournament will mark the fifth time we've hosted our championship there, and each time it has proven to be a great test of golf to determine our Illinois PGA Champion. I have no doubt PGA head golf professional Jeff Pajula and superintendent Larry Flament and their staff will present us with another great championship week."

The 2012 starting field will be comprised of 156 participants including six past champions. The first and second rounds will be Aug. 27 and 28, respectively, beginning at 7:30 a.m. off the first and 10th tees, followed by the final round Aug. 29.

Long-time Illinois PGA partner Nadler Golf Cars will once again be the title sponsor of the Illinois PGA Championship/PPNC. Their support as title sponsor elevated the Championship to record purse levels every year. Presenting PPNC sponsors include: Club Car, Mercedes-Benz, and Omega. Supporting PPNC sponsors include: TaylorMade/adidas, Callaway Golf, Titleist/Footjoy, Nike Golf, and the PGA TOUR.


Royal Isabela Debuts Lodging, Dining Amenities

(ISABELA, Puerto Rico) – Royal Isabela, the $100 million golf community and private membership club perched on the dramatic bluffs of Costa Isabela at the northwest edge of Puerto Rico, has opened “Las Casitas,” reserved for guest stays, and “La Casa,” the main hospitality center that houses the property’s signature restaurant.

Last year, the Golf Links at Royal Isabela, designed by Stanley and Charlie Pasarell and golf architect David W. Pfaff, opened to great praise. GOLF Magazine named it among the “top new courses to watch for” in the 2013 edition of the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses.

Located 90 minutes from San Juan International Airport and just 20 minutes from Aguadilla International Airport, the Royal Isabela community stretches along 426 oceanfront acres from ocean side to the tops of cliffs that range in elevation from 150 to 350 feet above sea level.

Guests at Royal Isabela have their choice of 20 beautifully designed one-bedroom Casitas, with expansive indoor and outdoor space, ocean views and close proximity to the golf course and other amenities. Each Casita has an outdoor patio with an ocean view, and a private terrace with its own plunge pool.

An experienced hospitality staff at Royal Isabela oversees every detail, including a courtesy call before arrival to determine transportation needs, in-room amenities, dinner and golf reservations, room service, concierge and complimentary transportation around the property.

Casitas rates range from $609 to $1409 (low to high season) per night, which includes breakfast and golf for two each day of the stay. Members receive preferred pricing.  There are no minimum stay requirements during low season; there is a two-night stay preferred during high season (November-April), and required on weekends during high season.

La Casa—the community’s “home” and nerve center—sits at one of the region’s highest points, so it is cooled by ocean breezes while offering panoramic views over land and sea. Besides check-in and other resort functions, La Casa is where guests will find The Restaurant, the comfortable Library, and the Croquet Bar, which looks over the 18th hole. In keeping with island traditions, La Casa has been designed in Spanish colonial style, from its stone tower to century-old roof tiles, as well as wrought-iron chandeliers, antique furniture, and artwork.

The Restaurant at La Casa has been created under the guidance of award-winning chef David Pasternack of New York City’s famed Esca Restaurant and noted restaurant consultant John Sergi. The restaurant offers the freshest in farm-to-table dining with the majority of the fruits, vegetables and herbs literally grown in the soil of Royal Isabela.  The intimately sized Restaurant at La Casa features eight tables inside, seating for five at the pizza oven bar, and more tables outside on the terrace.

With the benefit of Royal Isabela’s River Canyon Farm and Organic Gatehouse Garden, the executive chef can combine locally sourced ingredients with traditional European and Puerto Rican cooking techniques.  Daily menus include fresh, line-caught, local seafood such as lobster, grouper, snapper and dorado (mahi-mahi), as well as homemade pastas and an array of traditional Puerto Rican dishes. A select variety of wines from around the world complement the daily menu options.

The founders of Royal Isabela are Stanley Pasarell, President, and Charles Pasarell, both descendants of Dr. Manuel Zeno Gandia, a celebrated Puerto Rican literary figure. The brothers, who were born and raised in Puerto Rico and in the 1960’s were dominant in American tennis at the junior, college, and national levels, bring their love of the local culture and hospitality, as well as a great passion for golf and nature to the property.  Edwin Perez, a well-respected business leader in Puerto Rico, also is a partner in the project.

For additional information or to reserve rooms, access the web site at or call (787) 609-5888 or (855) 609-5888.

Davis Love III commits to Open

U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III has committed to play in the October 10-14 Open at CordeValle.

Love has twenty victories on the TOUR, including the 1997 PGA Championship and two Players Championships. He is playing well, finishing in the top ten in last week's Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. He will be competing in the Barclays Championship in Farmingdale, N.Y. where the FedExCup playoffs begin this week.

The Ryder Cup is set for September 28-30 at Medinah Country Club in Chicago. Eight players have qualified for the Ryder Cup team on points. Captain Love will name four additional team members on September 4th.

"We are excited to add an outstanding Champion, Davis Love, to our field," said Tournament Director Jeff Sanchez. "We look forward to seeing Davis just two weeks after he leads the U.S. Ryder Cup team."

In previous years, Love has played in the Fry's Electronics sponsored tournaments in Las Vegas and Scottsdale. This will be his first start in the Silicon Valley.

Love is host of the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island, Georgia, a PGA TOUR tournament that will be played the week after the Open.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Echelon Golf Club Earns Top Honors from Golf Magazine

Rated best public course in metro-Atlanta and among top 11 in Georgia

(Alpharetta, Georgia) - Echelon Golf Club has been recognized as the No. 1 public golf course in metro-Atlanta and No. 11 in the State of Georgia, according to GOLF Magazine's biennial ranking recently released.

Located in the north-Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta and managed by Affiniti Golf Partners, Echelon is a broad-shouldered, beautiful and formidable test designed by famed golf course architect Rees Jones in 2006.

The course rambles over 600-acres of rolling hills, and provides striking elevation change and dramatic views, especially on the back nine. And Echelon's 32-acre practice and training facility is one of the finest in the state.

"We are thrilled with the national-class recognition gained from Golf Magazine," says Echelon Golf Club General Manager Cary Perez. "Their evaluation echoes that of our members and daily fee players, who consistently marvel at the architectural excellence and immaculate course conditioning they encounter."

Echelon's defense against par is well-renowned in the region, and was confirmed when the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 2011 Book of Lists rated it the "Toughest Golf Course in Atlanta," with a course rating of 77.3 and a slope rating of 150. Stretching 7,558-yards from the back tees, Echelon is also the longest course on the Business Chronicle's Top 25 list. Yet, multiple sets of tees level the playing field and keep the game fun and forgiving for all.

With a monthly readership of over 6 million, Golf Magazine is the second largest golf publication in the world. Every two years it ranks the best public golf courses in America, and also ranks the best courses you can play in every state.

Golf Magazine's ranking panel consists of 100 voters from 17 countries, and includes LPGA Hall of Famers, golf course architects and photographers, and several British and U.S. Amateur winners.

According to the publication, "We have no specific criteria that our raters must follow: they tell us what constitutes "greatness" in a course. Still, among the architectural elements they consider are design rhythm, variety of terrain and holes, setting and conditioning, and how well the course tests a player's full arsenal of skills."

Echelon shared top recognition in the Golf Magazine rankings with such other elite Georgia courses as Great Waters at Reynolds Plantation and the Seaside Course at Sea Island. No other Atlanta course made the Top 15 list. Echelon started out life as the Georgia Tech Club, but has since changed its ownership and name.

For tee-time or membership information at Echelon Golf Club call the golf shop at 770.888.4653 or visit online at


EWGA Foundation Announces Women on Par Scholarship Recipients

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA) – The EWGA Foundation - the charitable arm of the EWGA dedicated to enriching the lives of women by creating and funding education and leadership programs - has announced the two recipients of its annual Women on Par Scholarship.

The woman chosen for the $1,000 award will begin her senior year this month with a major in Psychology at a California university.  Despite being a recent victim of domestic abuse currently in hiding with her young child, she is driving forward with the completion of her degree, being a full-time parent and focusing on her goal of getting into medical school.

Upon being notified of the EWGA Foundation scholarship, she expressed her gratitude and explained how timely and helpful the money has proven.

“I recently met with the university’s housing and financial aid department, which informed me that I was $1,000 short for tuition,” said the young mother, who requested anonymity due to the domestic violence she’s suffered. “This will allow me to finish school and walk across that stage to receive my diploma. This means the world to me.”

Despite battling hardship, fear and tremendous personal trauma, including living with her son in a shelter and driving more than an hour each way to attend classes, she has been able to maintain excellent grades and is expected to graduate with honors.

“My son motivates me because I want to show him what it means to be able to pick yourself up and complete your goals,” she said. “It is scary to not have a financial support system to rely on, but my advice is to try and keep pressing forward. Don’t ever quit. I know this can seem extremely hard when you don’t know where your next meal is coming from, or you don’t have a roof over your head.   It takes a lot of tears and work, and digging around in your soul to find the courage – or crazy – to take one small step at a time.  But as long as you don’t give up, eventually adversity will pass and someone will help you like the EWGA Foundation is helping me.”

The second Women on Par Scholarship recipient is Michelle Josey of Philadelphia, who enters Cairn University in Langhorne, Pennsylvania this month to pursue a B.S. in Bible Studies. After suffering an abusive marriage, a drug addiction, single motherhood and discovering her HIV-positive status, Michelle decided to move forward with her educational goals by returning to school at the age of 49 and is now working toward her undergraduate degree. Josey was previously enrolled at Lynchburg’s Liberty University before her recent move and transfer.

“Sharing my story in counseling sessions and seminars encourages people and gives them hope and belief, because it would have been so easy for me to allow my past to overcome me and for me to give up on myself,” Josey said. “But I changed my life and other people can as well.

Established in 2007, the Women on Par Scholarship Program is designed to assist women over the age of 30 in pursuit of an undergraduate degree. The scholarship provides financial assistance to “nontraditional” female students in order for them to advance themselves in their education and help them “get on par” with their peers and advance themselves professionally.

“The EWGA and EWGA Foundation help women through the game of golf, both on the course and in life,” says Nona Footz, president of the EWGA Foundation. “The E in EWGA stands for many things, things which are personally defined, and for Women on Par Scholarship recipients, the ‘E’ certainly stands for empowering, which is inspirational.”

For more information about EWGA and membership, visit For more information about the EWGA Women on Par Scholarship, visit


Bubba Watson Four Long Drives Shy of Reaching Fundraising Goal with PING

(PHOENIX) – Bubba Watson needs only four drives of 300 yards or longer at The Barclays this week to reach the target of 300 drives established earlier this year with the “Bubba Long in Pink. Driven by PING” promotion. For the season, with his all-pink PING G20 driver, he has blasted 296 drives 300 yards or farther, earning $300 from PING for each one. To date, Bubba has raised $88,800 from the company as part of the promotion during PGA Tour-sanctioned events.

In January, Watson announced the formation of “Bubba & Friends Drive to a Million,” a year-long campaign to raise $1 million for charity through his own efforts and the support of his partners and sponsors. At that time, PING launched “Bubba Long in Pink. Driven by PING,” a program that pledges $300 for every drive Bubba hits 300 yards or farther (up to 300 drives). It kicked off the initiative with a $10,000 donation.

In addition, PING contributed $250,000 from the sale of 5,000 pink G20 drivers inspired by Watson’s.    

“It’s been a lot of fun this year knowing every drive over 300 yards carries a little extra incentive,” said Watson. “PING’s support of my goal of raising $1 million this season has been amazing. Between this promotion and the pink G20 driver program where they donated $50 from the sale of each driver, they’ll contribute $350,000 to charity. I’m grateful for the relationship and their continued support.”

On the season, nearly 63% of Watson’s drives have traveled 300-plus yards, the highest percentage on tour. He leads the tour in average driving distance at 315.9 yards.

The official “Bubba Long in Pink. Driven by PING” tally began with the Farmers Insurance Open. Here are Bubba’s 300-yard-drive totals by tournament:
* Farmers Insurance Open: 26
* Waste Management Phoenix Open: 43
* Northern Trust Open: 35
* WGC-Cadillac Championship: 34
* Arnold Palmer Invitational: 31
* Zurich Classic of New Orleans: 36
* The Memorial Tournament: 15
* Travelers Championship: 31
* WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: 45

Over those tournaments he’s averaging nearly 33 drives of 300 yards or longer.


Dancin’ Dogg Golf Achieves Prestigious Inc. 500 Ranking for Second Consecutive Year

Maker of OptiShot Infrared Simulator Advances to No. 299 on List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

(TRAVERSE CITY, MI) – Dancin’ Dogg Golf – maker of the OptiShot Infrared Simulator, the ultimate in-home virtual golf system – has posted three-year revenue growth of 1,241%, placing it No. 299 on the 2012 Inc. 500 list of America’s fast-growing entrepreneurial companies.

This honor, as published in the September issue of Inc. Magazine, represents a rise of 59 positions from Dancin’ Dogg’s inaugural placement on the 2011 list. The ascension was spurred by rapid spikes in consumer and retailer demand for OptiShot’s easy-to-use in-home system. Fun, affordable and hyper-accurate, it allows players to practice and play using their own clubs on replicas of major championship courses.

“Our dedicated team is focused on delivering an unmatched experience for men and women of all ages who want to practice and improve their games anytime, day or night,” says Brandon Theophilus, CEO of Dancin’ Dogg Golf. “Of all the accolades we’ve received recently, this one is special since it’s an objective and overwhelming validation of the virtual golfing experience provided by OptiShot.”

Over the last 12 months, Dancin’ Dogg has grown its North American retail presence by more than 30%, adding approximately 700 golf-specialty stores to its roster of partners. Earlier this year, the company began expanding its international footprint through distribution agreements in the UK, continental Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

OptiShot (MSRP $399.95) operates via a plug-and-play interface with Windows computers. Featuring crystal-clear graphics and superb visual shot feedback of clubhead speed, face angle, swing path, distance, tempo, face contact and ball flight, it also offers users the ability to:
* Play full rounds with up to four players
* Hit all shots from tee to green
* Tune settings to specific clubs
* Practice shots from anywhere on any course
* Export detailed performance statistics
* Create multiple players and manage their settings / preferences
* Requiring only 8-½ feet of swing space, the system allows golfers to compete and practice by hitting real balls, foam balls (provided) or no ball at all off a durable swing pad with embedded infrared sensors. In addition to Core courses that come standard, users can purchase premium courses, use the par-3 option, or hit balls on a realistic driving range.

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