Thursday, February 28, 2013

American Golfer Joins Twitter

Blog dedicated to game of golf takes username @AmGolferBlog

The American Golfer blog has expanded its reach into the world of social media, taking the Twitter username @AmGolferBlog.

“Since starting the American Golfer blog in 2008, I always felt the website was plenty to share information about the game of golf,” said editor Bob Bruce. “However, we’ve posted so much news about worthy charities over the years, it seems a shame to not reach even more people in, or out of, the golf community.”

In an effort to grow followers, American Golfer will dedicate space on contests - in-house or external - and Tweet details and links.

“We hear about offers for prize giveaways, ranging from terrific golf equipment to luxurious, all-expenses-paid trips, on a daily basis,” Bruce said. “Being in the media, we’re inundated with this, whereas your average golf fan may not be. Twitter is a great way to share the wealth.”

For more information on American Golfer, visit, or e-mail

American Golfer
Launching in July 2008 as a site dedicated to providing valuable information for the traveling golfer, American Golfer - comprised of golf/travel writers and club professionals - took the next step by sharing new product information and reviews from the many equipment companies across the industry.

Royal Isabela's Summer Golf Package Returns

(ISABELA) - Royal Isabela, the world-class golf and private membership club perched on the dramatic bluffs within the 1,800-acre Costa Isabela community on the northwest coast of Puerto Rico, is featuring its popular "Summer Golf Package" starting April 17.

Royal Isabela's three-day, two-night golf package is available April 17 through Sept. 30, and includes:
* Two nights' lodging for one or two guests in a beautifully designed, 1500 square foot freestanding one-bedroom casita with extensive outdoor patio space, plunge pool, and ocean views (each has a living room, bedroom and over-sized bathroom)
* Three rounds of golf for each person on the highly regarded Golf Links at Royal Isabela
* Continental breakfast for two daily

This special summer golf package is being offered for $799 (plus applicable taxes and service charges), and is a limited time offer, based on availability. (Regular rates are generally higher.) Caddies are required for each two-some. Their fees and tips are additional.

Royal Isabela has been highly praised since opening, with kudos from GOLF Magazine, The Robb Report in its "Best of the Best" issue, and Cigar Aficionado.

The property stretches along 426 oceanfront acres with cliffs that range in elevation from 150 to 350 feet above sea level, creating an intimate paradise for the beautifully situated casitas in close proximity to the golf course and other amenities.

One of the most dramatic golf courses to be built in many years, the Golf Links at Royal Isabela has an incomparable setting along the dramatic bluffs at the northwest edge of the island. The golf course, which opened in 2011, is already being described as among the best in the Caribbean.

The Restaurant at La Casa offers fine farm-to-table dining with locally sourced ingredients. With the benefit of River Canyon Farm and the property's organic garden, Executive Chef Jose Carles' daily menus include local, fresh seafood, homemade pastas, and traditional Puerto Rican dishes.

An experienced hospitality staff at Royal Isabela oversees attention to every detail, including transportation arrangements, in-room amenities, dinner and golf reservations, room service, concierge, and complimentary transportation around the property.

The founders of Royal Isabela are Stanley Pasarell 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, 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, is the Pasarells' partner in the project.

To book the "Summer Golf Package," call the concierge at (787) 609-5888 or toll free at (855) 609-5888. For more information on Royal Isabela, access the web site at


Scratch Golf Teams with Birdies for Breast Cancer

Scratch Golf announced their partnership with Crisite Kerr's Birdies for Breast Cancer Charity for the 2013 season. Every time Kerr chips-in with one of her Scratch Custom Wedges, Scratch Golf will make a donation to Birdies for Breast Cancer.

"We hear Cristie has been working extra hard on her short game, so we hope to donate lots to this amazing non-profit organization," the company stated in a release.

To make a donation anytime, visit

About Birdies for Breast Cancer
Founded in 2003, Birdies for Breast Cancer is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that focuses its efforts on breast health awareness and raising money for breast cancer research. Cristie Kerr founded the organization after her mother, Linda Kerr, was diagnosed with the disease. Cristie donates $50 for every birdie and $100 for every eagle she makes on tour. Individuals can make direct donations by visiting


Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Draws Elite Golfers to Fallen Oak, March 21-24

Magnolia State Hosts PGA Champions Tour Event Benefiting Habitat for Humanity

(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Magnolia State will once again attract a world-class field of golfers to the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at the award-winning Fallen Oak Golf Club in Biloxi, March 21-24.

Defending his title, Fred Couples will vie for the $1.6 million purse in a field of 78 players featuring World Golf Hall of Famers Bernhard Langer and Nick Price as well as major championship winners Mark Calcavecchia and Tom Lehman.

“We are excited to once again be hosting this event and to have such a great group of golfers competing on one of the best courses in the country,” said MDA Director Brent Christensen. “It should be an intense competition for the title and it will showcase the beauty and challenges of Mississippi golf.”

The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic week kicks off with practice rounds at Fallen Oak, an amenity of Beau Rivage Casino Resort, on March 18 followed by the pro-am tournaments on March 19 at Grand Bear Golf Course and at Fallen Oak on March 20-21.

The three-day 54-hole tournament will be held March 22-24 and will be broadcast on Golf Channel. Awards will be presented immediately following conclusion of play on Sunday.

Tickets to the event are just $15 and free for children under the age of 15. The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic donates proceeds to the Habitat for Humanity.

For more information, visit or call toll-free 1-866-801-8551.


in fiamme – Fine Italian Golf Apparel – Reports Successful PGA Merchandise Show

(Phoenix) - in fiamme (, the world's finest Italian golf apparel, experienced positive feedback and productive results from the PGA Merchandise Show, where the company exhibited its designs last month in Orlando, Fla. Introducing two new collections of golf shirts, Classico and Primavera, at the show, in fiamme received strong interest in its distinctive apparel and specialized programs for clubs and resorts. The exceptional fabrication, craftsmanship, coloration and custom designs distinguishing all hand-made in fiamme apparel were on full display at the annual industry gathering.

"The customary luxurious look and feel of in fiamme apparel was only part of our appeal to PGA Merchandise Show attendees and buyers," said Art Kimbrough, vice president of business development for in fiamme. "Visitors to our booth also were intrigued by the programs we have developed to serve the individualized merchandising needs of each club, resort or retail venue."

Elements of in fiamme's apparel lines and customized programs that received the greatest attention and interest at the PGA Merchandise Show include:
* sumptuous fabrics (shirts are made of 100% Egyptian cotton)
* distinctive yet classic styling and fit
* the only hand-made custom-designed golf apparel on the market today
* true lifestyle fashion, without visible logos
* exclusivity (i.e., in fiamme does not sell its apparel through big-box retail stores or online resellers)
* creative retailing solutions to assist pro shops (i.e., policy of no-quantity minimums or credit lines offers protection to pro shops due to no inventorying or large financial investment)
* customized-order options for exclusive golf-tournament or special-event products
* special-order options for individual club members (i.e., a pro shop can meet member requests for exclusive items on an individual basis)

Those interested in learning more about in fiamme's customized merchandising programs should contact Art Kimbrough at


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pinnacle Seeks Inspiring Golfers Who Make a Difference in Fight Against Breast Cancer

Going the Distance Awards Program Encourages Consumers to Nominate Golfers Who Have Shown a Personal Dedication and Passion to the Cause 

(FAIRHAVEN, Mass.) – Pinnacle, a leader in the distance golf ball category, announces the launch of the second annual Going the Distance Awards, a program celebrating and honoring golfers who are making a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Pinnacle is asking consumers to nominate a golfer they know by sharing their story at or Nominations can be made through March 31, and honorees will be announced in May.

The Going the Distance Awards honors 10 individuals within the golf community who have shown a personal dedication to the fight against breast cancer, while demonstrating a passion to furthering the cause and positively impacting the lives of others. Pinnacle has a long history of supporting charitable organizations that are aligned with golf and has been committed to battling breast cancer and funding research toward a cure since 1995.

“We had 10 extraordinary honorees in 2012 and we’re excited to celebrate 10 more individuals who are making a difference in breast cancer research, education and awareness in 2013,” said Mary Lou Bohn, Vice President, Golf Ball Marketing and Communications, Acushnet Company. “Breast cancer is one of the leading health issues facing women and their families today, so this disease touches golfers everywhere. By honoring and sharing stories from those in the golf community, we hope to inspire others to join the fight to find a cure.”

Going the Distance Awards honorees will be determined based on four key criteria: dedication to the fight against breast cancer demonstrating a personal passion and commitment to furthering the cause (e.g., volunteer, community advocate, medical practitioner); impact on others’ lives or the community; strong tie to breast cancer (e.g., survivor or family/friend of survivor); and connection to, and passion for, golf.

A judging panel that includes representatives from Pinnacle, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the golf media, as well as a 2012 Going the Distance honoree, will choose the final 10 Going the Distance Awards honorees this spring.

Each of the final 10 honorees will have a $10,000 donation made in their name to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help fund life-saving breast cancer research at the national level. In addition, each honoree will receive custom Pinnacle golf balls imprinted with his or her name and the Going the Distance Awards logo as part of a gift package featuring Acushnet Company and Susan G. Komen products. Each individual who nominates a winning honoree will also receive a gift package from Pinnacle.

Pinnacle has partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure since 1995 and features the Komen logo on its Gold Ribbon 15-ball packaging. Pinnacle also stamps the Komen Running Ribbon on each Gold Ribbon golf ball as a distinctive reminder of the importance of early detection.

Complete details for the 2013 Going the Distance Awards and honoree nomination process are available at and Pinnacle will obtain the consent of the nominees before the judging process and final announcement.

Acushnet Company, comprised of the Titleist, FootJoy and Pinnacle golf brands, is a past recipient of the Komen Award for Corporate Philanthropy, which annually honors outstanding corporations and individuals in the fight against breast cancer.

Contest: Want a chance to win Pinnacle golf balls? E-mail us with an answer to this question: What kind of good are you doing in the golf community?


Summit Golf Brands Announces New Corporate Initiatives

New Ownership Group Appoints Tom Nolan as Chairman

(SHELTON, CT.) – Summit Golf Brands, which owns the apparel labels Fairway & Greene, EP Pro and Zero Restriction, announced several new initiatives designed to generate new growth opportunities and harness the talent and expertise of proven business leaders.

Thomas J. Nolan, CEO of Prospect Brands, has been appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Summit Golf Brands. Mr. Nolan has an illustrious career in the golf business, having most recently served as Senior Vice President of Ralph Lauren’s Golf & Tennis divisions, where his responsibilities included sales, marketing, merchandising and distribution. In this capacity, Mr. Nolan led the overall business growth in North America, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. During his three-year tenure at Ralph Lauren, the Golf & Tennis business grew exponentially.

Prior to joining Ralph Lauren, Mr. Nolan served from 2003 to 2009 as the publisher of Golf World Magazine. Under his leadership, Golf World launched important new initiatives, such as golf course rankings, a fiction issue and the website, catapulting the Golf World brand and, leading to important publishing awards. He is also an avid golfer who competes in many of the premier national amateur championships.

Mr. Nolan’s appointment reunites him with Billy Draddy, Creative Director of Summit Golf Brands, who co-partnered to help build Ralph Lauren’s Golf & Tennis divisions. Earlier this year, the Company announced the launch of B. Draddy, an exclusive lifestyle brand targeting the best clubs and those associated with them. In his role as Creative Director, Mr. Draddy is responsible for the full collection of Fairway & Greene, EP Pro and Zero Restriction.

The Company also announced the departure of Christopher Heyn, who resigned as CEO to pursue other opportunities.

“On behalf of the entire Company and Board, I want to thank Chris Heyn for his stewardship,” Mr. Nolan stated. "Chris has played a valuable role in positioning the company to move into this next phase, will play an important role in transitioning the leadership of Summit Golf Brands and will remain a shareholder.”

Summit Golf Brands is now primarily owned by an investment partnership led by Warren A. Stephens, CEO of Stephens Inc. and The Lessing Company, both of whom have “a rich heritage and tradition in the golf world,” stated Mr. Nolan. “Our new owners and board bring deep knowledge of the golf industry as well as a renewed energy that will help us strengthen our base and accelerate our move deeper into green-grass channel relationships. Every level of this organization is filled with authentic golf folks, those who deeply understand and appreciate the greatest game there is. There is a deep heritage of golf running through the veins of everyone associated with this company, and I believe that makes a big difference.”

“Fairway & Greene, EP Pro and Zero Restriction represent a unique collection of authentic golf apparel brands. We are solely focused on making the best golf apparel on the market. All of our brands have tremendous growth potential globally, and we intend to fully monetize this opportunity,” said Mr. Nolan. “The brands play an important role in the lives of all golfers. We are a company run by golfers and building product for golfers that will enhance and enrich the quality of their lives, both on and off the course.”

Summit Golf Brands also announced several major initiatives have already been launched to expand the footprint in green-grass shops. The Company has formed an advisory board composed of leading golf professionals, which is chaired by Dan Snider of The Alotian Club in Arkansas.

“We are assembling many of the leading lights for the express purpose of sharing their insights on innovative apparel design and fabric composition, and creative new sales and service programs,” stated Mr. Snider. “This will be a pro- active advisory board who will inform us how we can improve every facet of the golf customer experience and whose members will be our eyes and ears in the marketplace, and hopefully brand ambassadors.”

Mr. Snider noted that already 18 golf club professionals have signed on.

The Company also noted that Summit Golf Brands’ Fairway & Greene, EP Pro and Zero Restriction apparel labels have an established history of tournament co-sponsorship programs with leading golf resorts.

“We are seeking new opportunities to extend these program relationships,” stated Mr. Nolan.

Summit’s board is now comprised of Curt Bradbury, COO of Stephens Inc., a leading privately-held financial services firm; Stephen M. Lessing, Managing Director of Barclays; Tom Nolan, CEO of Prospect Brands; Paul Lowenstein, Chairman of Northbridge Equity Partners, Inc., a Canadian private equity firm; Brad Faxon, PGA and Champions Tour player; Stephen M. Lessing Jr., Managing Director of Aqueduct Capital Group; and Jackson Farrow Jr., Managing Director of Stephens Capital Partners LLC, an affiliate of Stephens Inc.

Visit Summit Golf Brands at


Golf Architect Ian Scott-Taylor Made an Honorary Member of The Alister MacKenzie Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Scott-Taylor has Family Ties to MacKenzie

(Easton, Maryland) — Welsh-born golf course architect Ian Scott-Taylor was extended an honorary overseas individual membership recently to The Alister MacKenzie Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Scott-Taylor, whose practice is based in Maryland, is one of only two international architects in the Society, which is headquartered at Alwoodley Golf Club, a MacKenzie course, in Leeds, England.

Scott-Taylor, a student and admirer of MacKenzie’s architectural style, also has a close family connection to one of golf’s great “Golden Age” designers whose work in Britain and the United States was done in the early half of the 1900s. Scott-Taylor’s grandfather, a medical doctor as was MacKenzie, was an acquaintance of the Doctor before he became a designer of some of the game’s most famous golf courses.

“My grandfather, Dr. David Scott-Taylor, and Doctor MacKenzie first met in Edinburgh,” Scott-Taylor recalls. “Grandfather was at the university’s medical college, was a scratch golfer and also had the reputation as a fine rugby player. MacKenzie was keen on rugby and they became fast friends. They both served in the British Army during World War I and later my grandfather became a surgeon at Chester Royal Infirmary and would host MacKenzie at his home there and also in Wales at Holyhead. On one such visit to Holyhead, grandfather took MacKenzie to Nefyn to play and he was so struck with the dramatic cliff top holes that he set about looking for land to emulate what he had experienced. I believe this trip became the inspiration for his design of Cypress Point and also his work at Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Dunes Course.”

Scott-Taylor also is a member of the The Tillinghast Association and the Donald Ross Society. For more information, visit


Saddle Creek Resort Announces Special ‘March Madness’ Golf Packages

(COPPEROPOLIS, Calif.) – Saddle Creek Resort – the Castle & Cooke golf community in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Calaveras County – announces its new ‘March Madness’ golf packages.

Through March 31, enjoy 18 holes of golf on the acclaimed Carter Morrish-designed course for only $75 per person. The rate is available seven days a week and includes golf cart and range balls.

A stay-and-play package is also available with accommodations in Saddle Creek’s luxurious course-side bungalows for $129 per person, per night. This option includes golf cart and range balls, as well as a $25 resort credit that may be redeemed anywhere on property.

“The overnight package offers exceptional value and is perfect for golfers making the drive from Sacramento or the Bay Area,” says Bob Higgins, General Manager. “The bungalows feature all the modern comforts of home with panoramic views of the golf course and surrounding hillsides.”

Situated along the first and ninth holes, they are equipped with a full kitchen and dining area, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a living room with cozy fireplace and satellite TV. Saddle Creek’s miles of hiking and biking trails are steps away from the cottages.

Not to be missed, Saddle Creek is widely recognized for its award-winning cuisine at the Copper Grille – located in the clubhouse and featuring more than 500 wines including the highly-praised local Petit Syrah.

Packages are exclusive of taxes, gratuities, and other charges unless otherwise noted, and cannot be combined with any other offer. Advance reservations required. Offer valid for groups of eight or fewer.

For more information or to make reservations: 209.785.7415,,


Inn at Harbour Town Receives 2013 Forbes Four-Star Award

Storied Sea Pines Resort Hotel ideal for golf vacations, couples weekends

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) - The Inn at Harbour Town - the esteemed 60-room boutique hotel at The Sea Pines Resort - has once again been honored with the coveted Forbes Four-Star Award for its continuing levels of luxury and customer service.

Forbes Travel Guide's ratings have long been the benchmark by which hotels, restaurants and spas in North America are measured. Expert anonymous inspectors visit thousands of properties evaluating an array of standards to assign Star Ratings signifying quality, value and a superior experience. The Inn at Harbour Town is one of only 226 hotels to achieve this coveted accolade.

"To be annually named by Forbes as one of the best hotels in the world is testament to our commitment to providing extraordinary guest experiences," says John Munro, vice president of hospitality, sales and marketing. "Whether for golf vacations, romantic couples' weekends or the need to recharge from the hustle and bustle, our Inn is ideal for a getaway to long remember."

Scheduled for completion in March, Sea Pines is adding a luxurious pool exclusively for guests of The Inn. Its features include a relaxing spa under a shade trellis; rim flow edge; travertine stone deck; poolside food and beverage service; and terrace with chaise lounge chairs and seating area overlooking Harbour Town Golf Links - Pete Dye's seminal masterpiece and host of the PGA TOUR's RBC Heritage.

The resort additionally offers two additional superb courses and a full slate of activities including tennis with 23 clay courts, five miles of sweeping Atlantic seascapes, hiking / biking in the enchanting 605-acre Forest Preserve as well as simply strolling along the nearby Harbour Town Yacht Basin and superb shopping.

Golf packages start at $186 (per person, per night), "Romance Package" from $269 per night and "Extended Stay 3 Nights" with 10% discount for a three-night stay. The Sea Pines Resort also offers "Escape and Getaway" specials with 15% off nightly rates for selected villas and homes.

For more information:, 866.561.8802.


Billy Casper Golf Announces Annual Award Winners

(VIENNA, VA) - Billy Casper Golf (BCG) - the largest domestic owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts - announced 2012 award winners during its annual corporate conference last week in Tampa, FL.

Golf legend and company namesake Billy Casper, a member of the PGA and World Golf halls of fame, presented the top awards in front of more than 350 general managers, directors of golf, course superintendents, sales managers and BCG support personnel.

Royce Brook Golf Club (Hillsborough, NJ) received the highest BCG honor, "Facility of the Year," for all-around achievement in guest service, operations, course conditions and financial returns.

Dan Guinle of Royce Brook was named "General Manager of the Year" and Tom Tokarski of Butler's Golf Course (Elizabeth Township, PA) won "Superintendent of the Year."

Sanctuary Lake and Sylvan Glen, the two courses comprising Troy Golf (Troy, MI), won "Top Performer of the Year" and St. Johns Golf & Country Club (St. Augustine, FL) took home the coveted "ACE the Guest Experience Award" for superior service delivery.

Tony Cianci, Vice President of Operations for the Southeast, and Jesse Seguin, Regional Director of Agronomy for the West, were recognized for their exceptional contributions with the BCG "Chairman's Award" and "Chairman's Superintendent Award," respectively.

"We're incredibly proud of the high-performing Billy Casper Golf team nationwide," says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BCG. "As we continue to cultivate talent, the awards program becomes more competitive and provides a standard of excellence for managers and superintendents portfolio-wide."

The complete list of award winners:

• Facility of the Year - Royce Brook Golf Club (Hillsborough, NJ)
• Top Performer of the Year - Troy Golf (Troy, MI)
• ACE the Guest Experience Award - St. Johns Golf & Country Club (St. Augustine, FL)
• Chairman's Award - Tony Cianci, Vice President of Operations
• Chairman's Superintendent Award - Jesse Seguin, Regional Director of Agronomy
• Nick Keefe ACE Award & Employee of the Year - Stephen Nicholson, Accounting (Vienna, VA)
• Nick Keefe ACE Award - Barbara Pacella, Accounting (Cincinnati, OH)
• Nick Keefe ACE Award - Kristen Ortiz, Accounting (Vienna, VA)
• Nick Keefe ACE Award - Tom Reilly, Human Resources (Vienna, VA)

Golf Course Operations
• General Manager of the Year - Dan Guinle, Royce Brook Golf Club (Hillsborough, NJ)
• Head Professional of the Year - Marcus Patterson, Lincoln Hills Golf Club (Lincoln, CA)
• Assistant Professional of the Year - Adam Aelker, Troy Golf (Troy, MI)
• Salesperson of the Year - Lynn Sexton and Jen Thorne, Royce Brook Golf Club (Hillsborough, NJ)
• Golf Operations Rookie of the Year - Jimmy Hall, GreenTree Golf Course (Victorville, CA)
• Most Improved Facility of the Year - Indian Boundary Golf Course (Chicago, IL)
• Food and Beverage Grille Operation of the Year - P.B. Dye Golf Club (Ijamsville, MD)
• Food and Beverage Dining Operation of the Year - 1757 Golf Club (Dulles, VA)
• Golf Retail Operation of the Year - Cincinnati Recreation Commission (Cincinnati, OH)
• Service Through Safety Award - Cranbury Golf Club (Cranbury, NJ)

Golf Course Agronomy
• Superintendent of the Year - Tom Tokarski, Butler's Golf Course (Elizabeth Township, PA)
• Assistant Superintendent of the Year - Jake Valentino, Lincoln Hills Golf Club (Lincoln, CA)
• Most Improved Golf Course of the Year - RedGate Golf Course (Rockville, MD)
• Agronomic Rookie of the Year - Jim Prucnal, Lake Monticello Golf Course (Palmyra, VA)
• Environmental Stewardship Award - Mark Murphy, General's Ridge Golf Course (Manassas Park, VA)
• Bang for the Buck Award - Bryan Kreger, Hilltop Golf Course (Plymouth Township, MI)
• Team Player of the Year - Jon Lanier, Desert Rose Golf Course (Las Vegas, NV)

For more information:,, 703.761.1444.


Bridgestone's 'Dynamic Duo' Claims Top Two Spots in Early FedEx Cup Standings

(Covington, Ga.) — The PGA TOUR officially closed the books on the 2013 West Coast Swing with Bridgestone’s Matt Kuchar winning the 2013 WGC Accenture Match Play Championship this past week. With the victory, Kuchar ascended to #2 in the current FedEx Cup standings, giving Bridgestone Tour team members (Brandt Snedeker is #1) both of the top two spots

Having both played in five events this season, Kuchar and Snedeker have combined for greater than $4.8 million in earnings, and neither of Bridgestone’s “one-two punch” have missed a cut in 10 total events this year. In fact, Bridgestone’s entire tour team has amassed 14 made cuts out of 16 possible events started in the young season.  

“We’ve been with Kuch and Sneds for a long time, since they were playing on the Nationwide Tour, in fact,” said Dan Murphy, Vice President of Marketing – Bridgestone Golf, Inc. “To see them having the success they are is incredible. It sort of feels like the Bridgestone brand has grown up with these two and I’m confident neither the brand nor the guys are done growing. We are excited to see what lies ahead.”

Both Snedeker and Kuchar rely on the TOUR B330 family of golf balls and J40 family of clubs. For more information on Bridgestone’s entire tour team visit

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Crystal Springs Resort Selects Buffalo Communications to Manage PR Program

(VIENNA, Va.) – Crystal Springs Resort – home to seven distinct golf courses just one hour from New York City – has selected Buffalo Communications (Buffalo) to design and implement a golf publicity and media-relations program.

Buffalo will help drive awareness of myriad programs designed to entice core, occasional and lapsed golfers to play with even greater frequency at Crystal Springs. Player development platforms are another focus of editorial coverage within regional and national golf, travel and lifestyle media.

Nestled in the Kittatinny Mountains of northern New Jersey, Crystal Springs is a golf playground for all ages and abilities. Its 117 holes are exceptionally diverse:
* Ballyowen – Irish links-style layout rated state’s No. 2 public golf course by Golfweek
* Black Bear – Inviting mix of tumbling terrain and risk / reward options for players of all abilities
* Cascades – Newest addition stresses playability and features junior tees (nine holes)
* Crystal Springs – Ranked “Top 50 Toughest Course in America” by Golf Digest
* Great Gorge – Vintage 70’s golf on the legendary Playboy course (27 holes)
* Minerals – Family golf at “Top 12 Short Course” in America by Golf Range Magazine (nine holes)
* Wild Turkey – Spectacular resort course with world-class amenities and vistas

Crystal Springs Resort is a nationally-recognized leader in golf innovation and growing-the-game initiatives. They include family golf on Cascades and Minerals featuring four-person carts and two holes cut on each green (one eight inches in diameter); a “Fast Track” program that guarantees golfers finish in less than four hours; a pay-per-hole playing option; “Lessons and Links for Ladies” and more.

“Golfers of all skill levels are welcomed with open arms and are in for a treat at Crystal Springs time and again,” says Art Walton, Vice President of Golf Operations at Crystal Springs Resort. “Families, beginners, women and low-handicappers find pioneering and tailored programs at our resort.”

“The outstanding golf and associated experiences at Crystal Springs have been under the covers for far too long,” says Rich Katz, Managing Director of Buffalo. “Our team is excited to enhance the resort’s golf brand and revenues by sharing its wealth of stories with digital, print and broadcast media.”

Three luxury hotels, two world-class spas, a four-star restaurant, renowned 135,000 bottle wine cellar and numerous other amenities and activities make Crystal Springs popular for weekend escapes and extended quality time with family and friends.

For more information:, 973.827.5996.


St. Andrews Golf Art, An Exceptional Online Resource for Fine Art Devoted to the Game

Ben Hogan at Merion Golf Club by Walt Spitzmiller

Historic tournaments, iconic courses, golf legends and champions represented in extensive collection

(St. Andrews, Scotland)—Collectors and admirers of the finest golf art have discovered the online resource, St. Andrews Golf Art (, from which to acquire work from highly regarded contemporary artists who have memorialized the game’s legends, historic courses and iconic competitive moments on canvas, in sculptures, illustrations or other media. St. Andrews Golf Art offers discriminating aficionados a range and quality of fine golf art never before made available through one company.

The renowned international artists represented by St. Andrews Golf Art include: Walt Spitzmiller, Joe Austen, Adriano Manocchia and Simon Russell. Their sought-after work is exhibited in museums, galleries and clubhouses, as well as held in private and corporate collections around the world. Each artist has a distinctive style that showcases aspects and interpretations of the game’s rich heritage and vital spirit.

St. Andrews Golf Art was established in order to offer the very best representation of current art that pays tribute to various aspects of this ancient game. The participating artists have established themselves in their field and have concentrated on golf as an inspiration for significant portfolios of work. From the legends and colorful characters to the verdant playing fields and historic competitions, St. Andrews Golf Art is committed to offering an unsurpassed range of golf art to suit any collector or club.

The available art is viewable by individual categories, such as Golfers, Tournaments, Courses and Collections. St. Andrews Golf Art offers original art, limited and open edition giclee prints (paper and canvas) and bronzes. Prices range from $150 to $12,500.

St. Andrews Golf Art was established with the intent of “Celebrating Golf’s Greatest” and new works by contemporary artists, as well as rare collectibles, are regularly added to the offerings. St. Andrews Golf Art also welcomes inquiries for special commissions from golf clubs, corporate clients or individuals who appreciate the appeal of acquiring a significant piece(s) of art from one of the world’s foremost golf artists.

To view the collection galleries, visit


Players Towel Carried By Winner At WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

Third PGA Tour win in 2013

(Tucson, AZ) - Players Towel, the preferred golf towel by Tour players featuring high performance microfiber waffle technology, was used last weekend by the winner of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain Resort in Tucson.

With snow, cold temperatures, sleet and wind the real headliners in Tucson, the Match Play Championship saw the best players in the world make early exits. But viewers and spectators were not left with boring weekend golf. Instead, the bracket matches were as exciting as any Ryder Cup tournament and a reminder just how unpredictable match play golf is.

"I would like to congratulate the winner of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on his 5th Tour victory," said Patrick Le Vine, founder of Players Towel. "By overcoming tremendous weather conditions and holding off the defending champion on the final day, he deserves all the praise and recognition he receives for this gallant win. Players Towel was on the bag to help the golfer and caddy withstand conditions that were truly unfit for golf."

In the past two years alone, Players Towel has proudly served the winners of 43 PGA and LPGA tournaments. Also, since 2010, Players Towel has celebrated wins at two PGA Championships, three U.S. Opens and two Masters.


Fila Golf Named Official 2013 Apparel Sponsor of Hawaii's KMR School of Golf

Heritage brand outfits students at non-profit program developing world class junior players

(MONTREAL) - Fila Golf - the internationally recognized sportswear brand for men and women exclusively licensed in North America by Fersten Worldwide (FW) - announces it has been named Official 2013 Apparel Sponsor of KMR School of Golf, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit foundation based at Ko'olau Golf Club that helps youth in Hawaii become world-class junior players.

Continuing its partnership with KMR that began in 2012, Fila Golf is outfitting all students at the foundation. The apparel, headwear and outerwear items will be worn by these junior stars during local, national and international golf competitions.

"We've had a wonderful year collaborating with Fila Golf and have showcased the brand's clothing to a whole new market, that being the competitive junior golf community," says KMR founder and top-rated instructor Kevin Ralbovsky. "The unique patterns and perfect fits draw attention to our students, with players, parents, fans, employees and volunteers all taking notice."

Fila Golf's latest offerings focus on styles that feel great and offer superior coverage from the elements. The newest developments feature UV protectant, eco-friendly and wrinkle-resistant fabrics that play with texture and solid color combinations. Highlight pieces like the Bedford and Newport long-sleeve polo's are made from 91-percent Recycled Polyester with silver nylon-mesh side seam paneling for added moisture-wicking comfort. The new outerwear offerings feature longer lengths for greater body coverage and warmth, the lining is a combination of Polyester and Bamboo, thus continuing the tradition of using eco- friendly fibers while providing superior water resistance and breathability.

"Becoming more exposed to the competitive junior golf community has been wonderful for the partnership with KMR," says Nancy Robitaille, Fila Golf principal designer. "We're looking forward to what 2013 has in store for these future pros as they continue to succeed while wearing Fila Golf."

The complete line of Fila Golf apparel is available for purchase online at


Kevin Foley Wins Season-Opening Event Wearing Dunning Golf

(NEW YORK) - New Jersey native, Kevin Foley shot an impressive 3-under Sunday round to overcome a two-shot deficit to win the season-opening Panama Claro Championship on the Tour while wearing Dunning Golf performance golf apparel.

"We were excited to add Kevin Foley as a Dunning Golf Brand Ambassador for the 2013 season," said Michael J. Setola, President and CEO of Tharanco Lifestyles, parent company of Dunning Golf. "We're thrilled for him that he's won his first event of the season and look forward to seeing more great performances from him this year".

Dunning Golf is a premium brand of high performance authentic golf apparel that is clean and understated. Follow Dunning Golf on Facebook at and Twitter at


Casa de Campo Christens Pete Dye Golf Lodge

(La Romana, D.R.) - From their earliest days together to the present, Pete Dye and Casa de Campo are inexorably linked. They would have it no other way.

Pete Dye
Casa de Campo, featuring the region’s No. 1-ranked golf course, has recognized its golf course architect by naming the popular Golf Lodge in his honor. Dye, who has designed 63 holes at the Caribbean’s leading resort, was introduced to the Dominican Republic in the late 1960s by Gulf and Western, which wanted to invest in the local economy. Among their plans was a world-class golf facility that would launch the country’s tourism industry. Dye was asked to help find the perfect location for this first resort.

He pointed them to the thousands of acres of inhospitable land the company owned near La Romana on the country’s southern coast. Site of the most productive sugar mill in the world, the soil was too dry for growing cane and too sparse for cattle grazing, while also overgrown with thick underbrush, rocks, and cactus. But it was close to the sea, a characteristic of the great Scottish courses Dye had toured just a few years before.

Under Dye’s leadership, some 300 locals worked with hand tools and ox carts to turn the hellish land into a heavenly site for a golf course. The area originally was given the name “Cajuiles,” for the cashew trees that grew on the surrounding mountains. But Dye overheard the workers referring to the sharp coral rock underfoot as “diente del perro,” or “Teeth of the Dog.” The course, which opened in 1971, had its name.

And the new resort had its calling card, a magnificent course along the Caribbean Sea that mixes the best of classic strategic architecture with tropical beauty. Since it opened, “The Dog” has ranked near the top of every list of the world’s great courses. Dye—who maintains a home on property—continues to play and tweak his design, keeping it up to date both architecturally and agronomically.

The Pete Dye Golf Lodge – 64 individual units – features décor with rich mahogany woods, richly appointed furnishings and a wide array of technological comforts, including flat screen television, complimentary wireless and iPod docking station.

Dye unveiled other courses at Casa de Campo over the decades. The Links—located next to The Dog, and slightly more inland—opened in 1976. It was followed by Dye Fore, three nines that spread big and wide across the cliffs at the other end of the resort, some 300 feet about the Chavon River; the Marina and Chavon nines opened in 2003, the Lakes nine in 2011. Dye also was responsible for the private La Romana Country Club, which was unveiled in 1990.

Both Teeth of the Dog and The Links were recently renovated under Pete Dye’s guidance. The final nine holes of Dye Fore (Lagos – The Lakes) opened in 2012. As well, more than $40 million has been spent upgrading many other parts of the 7,000-acre resort, including new restaurants, public areas, and the main pool deck.

No surprise, then, that Casa de Campo was recently named the Caribbean’s Leading Golf Resort, for the fifth consecutive year, at the Caribbean and Americas 2012 World Travel Awards. The resort also was named among the top 20 family and top 20 golf resorts by the readers of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report travel newsletter.

For more information about the Pete Dye Golf Lodge or Casa de Campo, call 1-800-877-3643 or visit


Holly Sonders Shakes Things up with Cobra Puma Golf

(CARLSBAD, CA) – COBRA PUMA GOLF and Golf Channel On-Air Host (and avid golfer), Holly Sonders, have joined forces. Holly will use COBRA Golf equipment and wear PUMA Golf apparel, accessories and footwear on and off the course.  Holly currently appears on many programs on Golf Channel including “Morning Drive,” “School of Golf” and “Playing Lessons.”

“We are so excited to be working with Holly,” commented Bob Philion, President, COBRA PUMA GOLF. “Her passion for the game and impressive skills on the course, along with her keen sense of style, make her a great addition to the COBRA PUMA GOLF team. Holly will help us reach consumers through another, exciting platform that we believe will set us apart from our competitors.”

Holly played collegiate golf at Michigan State University and continues to share her passion for the game through her work on Golf Channel, participation in PGA Tour Pro-Ams and through online tournament and news updates on

Holly’s new COBRA bag consists of:
* AMP CELL Driver, MyFly set to 9.5°
* AMP CELL Fairway set to 14° and 17°
* AMP CELL Hybrid, MyFly set to 21°
* AMP CELL Irons
* Trusty Rusty Wedges

“COBRA PUMA GOLF is a company that is doing something different in the golf industry – they’re cool, they’re fun and they deliver high-quality products,” commented Holly. “They are a company I am proud to be working with and I look forward to representing them on and off air.”

The AMP CELL Driver, Fairways and Hybrids feature COBRA’s new MyFly and
SmartPad Technology, allowing golfers to easily adjust their clubs between 6 trajectories while keep the face angle square at address, allowing customization for their swing type, course conditions or weather conditions. The AMP CELL products also offer the next level of personalization with three women’s color options: Capri Blue, Cabaret Pink and Green Pearl (men’s options include Silver, Directoire Blue, Barbados Red and Vibrant Orange).

Holly will be wearing products from PUMA Golf’s Spring / Summer 2013 Collection, featuring PUMA CELL, a system of performance benefits that enhances human performance. Inspired by nature, PUMA CELL helps you Look Better. Feel Better. Play Better. in any environment. Holly will be rocking PUMA Golf’s new Colorblock Dresses, fun and functional Golf Tech Skirts in addition to performance polos, sweaters and jackets in fun, trendy colors. Her footwear is styled to fit into her fashionable PUMA Golf wardrobe through accent colors and sleek silhouettes. Technology and fashion work together to provide maximum comfort throughout your round.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Matt Kuchar Battles Elements, Wins Match Play Championship with Bettinardi Putter

(Tinley Park, IL) - Bettinardi Golf, maker of the highest quality precision milled putters in the world, received their second win on the PGA Tour this year. Matt Kuchar defeated the defending champion, Hunter Mahan, 2-up at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship to beat a field of the top 64 golfers in the world.

Matt Kuchar was using the “Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1” putter when he went the distance defeating Hirouki Fjuita, Sergio Garcia, Nicolas Colsaerts, Robert Garrigus, Jason Day and eventually Mahan in the final match. With this win, Matt Kuchar climbs to 8th place in the World Golf Rankings, and 2nd place in the FedEx Cup Standings.

“I’m very proud of Matt for his fine play this week,” stated Bob Bettinardi. “Battling the other players and elements, Kuchar proved he has what it takes to be the #1 in the world.”

Bettinardi Golf is off to a hot start in 2013 with two wins in the first six weeks. Congratulations to Matt Kuchar for his outstanding performance and career win at Dove Mountain.


Kuchar Heats up Frigid Arizona Desert with WGC Match Play Victory

Bridgestone Golf Professional Climbs to No. 2 in FedEx Cup Standings with Win

(Covington, Ga.) — Taking his cues from American mail carriers, neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow could stop Matt Kuchar from successfully finishing his rounds at the 2013 World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson.  However, in contrast from the Post Office, Kuch delivered on Sunday, dispatching Jason Day in the Semi-Finals 4&3 and Hunter Mahan 2&1 in the Championship Final at Dove Mountain.

Matt Kuchar
With the win, Kuchar recorded his first career WGC event title, 5th career PGA TOUR victory and joined fellow Bridgestone Golf tour team member Brandt Snedeker in the Top 2 of the 2013 FedEx Cup standings.

Kuchar’s Bridgestone Arsenal
* TOUR B330-S Golf Ball
* J40 430 Driver (9.5 degrees)
* J40 Cavity Back Irons Black (5-PW)
* J40 Black Oxide Wedges (52 and 56 degrees (bent to 57 degrees))

“Pound for pound we have the most successful tour team in the industry,” said Dan Murphy, Vice President of Marketing – Bridgestone Golf, Inc.  “From the beginning we’ve had a company philosophy to align ourselves with the best players and the best people out on TOUR.  We don’t play the numbers game trying to buy weekly equipment counts, instead we’ve focused on personalities that fit our brand and we make sure they have proper-fitting equipment that puts them in position to succeed.  We’re proud of what we’ve built and how we’ve built it, and to look at the FedEx Cup standings and see that the Top 2 players are Bridgestone guys is proof that our Tour philosophy is working.”

Throughout his six matches, Kuchar excelled in a variety of weather conditions – at times negotiating wintry conditions better suited for skiing than for championship golf.  On Sunday, temperatures barely reached into the 50’s and 35 mph winds tested every aspect of Kuchar’s game.  In his victory, Kuchar relied on Bridgestone’s TOUR B330-S golf ball and J40 clubs.  

“The conditions were so difficult out there you just knew at times that par or bogey was a good score. The B330-S balls cut through the desert winds well this week and my comfort with the J40 clubs allowed me to attempt some difficult shots,” said Kuchar.

Visit to see Bridgestone Golf’s entire 2013 Tour Team and to view the complete lineup of new products.


Playboy Golf Scramble Tournaments Seeking New Global Partners

Randy Tantlinger of Pittsburgh, Pa., owner of RT Golf Events, has acquired the global licensee to and has been named CEO of "The New Playboy Golf."

"Myself and my team are extremely proud to be the new management team of 'The New Playboy Golf," Tantlinger said. "We recognize that we are brand ambassadors for Playboy and that it is truly an honor and privilege to be associated with Playboy and the legendary Hugh Hefner."

The Playboy Golf Scramble Tournaments are for amateurs of all skill levels and handicaps. These fun-filled events are staged in cities all across the United States.

Amateur golfers compete to win a trip to the USA Finals in Beverly Hills, California and party at the Playboy Mansion with celebrities, Playmates and 'Playboy Golf-Ladies of the Links.' There is no better prize in amateur golf today.

The Playboy Golf Scramble Tournaments are lavish affairs with cocktail parties, Playboy Playmates in attendance, lovely Playboy Golf-Girls of Golf, and all that goes into the Playboy lifestyle.

"Our goal is to expand the 'Playboy Golf' brand on a global basis starting in 2013. The great game of golf is exploding all over the world. China, India and Brazil are seeing a daily expansion in the number of players and courses being built. We will be staging over 20 Tournaments in the United States in 2013; culminating with the "Playboy Golf USA Finals" in Beverly Hills, California."

Playboy Golf is looking for new countries, players, sponsors, resorts and destinations to become involved with The New Playboy Golf. Contact Tantlinger at or 412-734-8980. More information on the tournaments can be found at


Gary Player Partners with Revolution Golf for New Instructional Series

Golfing icon Gary Player and Black Knight International announced a multi-year partnership with Revolution Golf, the world's #1 online golf learning website, to produce a comprehensive instructional golf media series with the Black Knight. The instructional multimedia production and DVD box set, titled "A Game For Life," is scheduled for release soon and will feature the keys to the Grand Slam winner's success with instruction, tips, and advice acquired through his illustrious 60-year professional career.

"I have had a wonderful time filming with the Revolution Golf team and I am excited to share all the ins and outs on and off the course that helped my golfing career," said Gary Player. "My biggest hope is to inspire viewers to get out on the course, practice the correct techniques to lower their handicap, and most of all enjoy the game."

Player brings his unparalleled knowledge to Revolution Golf's lineup of highly respected players and coaches, which includes top American instructor Jim McLean. The addition of Player is an exciting development for Revolution Golf's portfolio on a global scale.

"Being able to add a world renowned golfer of Gary Player's caliber to the Revolution Golf team is thrilling," said Justin Tupper, Revolution Golf Co-Founder and CEO. "The level of fun, entertainment, and education that Gary Player brings to this instructional series will greatly appeal to the more than 1 million current subscribers and will surely inspire millions of new and long-standing golfers worldwide who are seriously interested in improving their game through lessons on golf technique and life in general from one of the all-time greats."

Covering everything from constructing a solid foundation and his renowned bunker play, to the importance of physical fitness, the premium series and DVD box set will feature Player sharing the extensive knowledge and experience that helped him win 165 tournaments worldwide, including nine major championships on the regular Tour and nine major championship on the Champions Tour.

"I've written, hosted and produced over 600 hours of instructional golf programming and I can assure you that working with Gary Player on "A Game For Life" has been one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life," said Peter Kessler, recognized as "The Voice of Golf" and host to golf's #1 iTunes podcast, The Peter Kessler Show presented by Revolution Golf. "Because of Gary, this will be regarded as the finest instructional series ever made."

Known for his unbridled enthusiasm, Player will infuse the instructional series with his spirit and wealth of knowledge on all dimensions of the game that will undoubtedly help viewers drastically improve their play.

"We are truly excited about teaming with Revolution Golf to create a phenomenal production giving a complete look into Gary Player's three dimensional golf and fitness philosophies," said Marc Player, CEO of Black Knight International. "Revolution Golf offers the best model for instructional multimedia and we are excited to see the finished product as soon as possible."

With nearly two million videos served each month, Revolution Golf has solidified itself as a leader in golf instruction by cultivating a global community of golf enthusiasts focused on their continued improvement. In addition to full-length instruction DVDs and daily golf instruction media, Revolution Golf provides users with cutting edge digital media and smart phone applications.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Canadian Rockies Golf Extends Partnership with Buffalo Communications

(Canmore, Alberta) – Canadian Rockies Golf ( has extended its partnership with Buffalo Communications (Buffalo) to implement a fully-integrated communications program that promotes its best-in-class collection of premier golf courses in Western Canada.

Through innovative marketing, public relations and social media, Buffalo will continue to drive leisure and group golf business to the awe-inspiring Alberta destination.

One of the most awarded golf groups in Canada, Canadian Rockies Golf courses are annually named by Golf Digest, ScoreGolf, GOLF Magazine, and Golfweek in international rankings. They are Canmore Golf & Curling Club, The Fairmont Banff Springs, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Kananaskis Country Golf Courses, Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club and Silvertip Resort.

“Canadian Rockies Golf is launching a new branding plan and golf adventure packages based on Buffalo Communications’ strategic direction,” says Steven Young, Director of Golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs.  “We continue to rely on Buffalo’s marketing intelligence, media relationships and overall results to attract golfers worldwide.”

Area travel providers have joined forces with Canadian Rockies Golf to develop stay-and-play packages for golfers to uniquely interact with the region’s people, culture and natural assets.  They include “Pins and Fins” (golf, fly fishing), “Golf Heritage” (golf, helicopter tours) and “Pampered Putters” (golf, spa).

For complete golf course information and rates: or toll-free at 855.835.8484.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Callaway Golf Announces X Hot Long Drive Team

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - Callaway Golf announced the 10 members of the X Hot Long Drive Team. The 10 long drive professionals will join RE/MAX World Long Drive Champions Jamie Sadlowski, Joe Miller and Bobby Wilson as Callaway Ambassadors. In January, Callaway announced an exclusive, multiyear partnership with Long Drivers of America (LDA). Under the agreement, Callaway is the exclusive club sponsor and official driver of the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship and Long Drivers of America.

The members of the X Hot Long Drive Team are as follows:
* Jeff Farley, Laguna Beach, CA
* Josh Crews, Willis, TX
* Mike Dobbyn, Dallas, TX
* Aaron Mansfield, Pittsburgh, PA
* Bobby Bradley, West Palm, FL
* Kevin Bullard, Atlanta, GA
* William Hinson, Blythewood, SC
* Ben Tua'one, Salt Lake City, UT
* Carl Wolter, Lehighton, PA
* Andrew Frakes, Omaha, NE

Two-Time RE/MAX World Champion Carl Wolter and former world champion Mike Dobbyn headline the group of long drive professionals, who have all proven themselves in LDA competitions and keep extensive exhibition and competition schedules. The X Hot team features both experience and newcomers. Hinson is just 17 years old and Frakes is 21. The long drive team will play and promote Callaway clubs, balls, and sport the Callaway X Hot staff bag and cap.

As part of the partnership, LDA is also selling Callaway X Hot Pro LD Drivers, a long drive version of the X Hot Driver that has been configured for high ball speed and distance gains. The X Hot Pro LD Driver head weighs approximately 199 grams and features the powerfully fast Speed Frame Face Technology. The Speed Frame Face increases ball speed, saves weight and optimizes stiffness and stress distribution across the face for more efficient energy transfer. The new face technology promotes more - and more consistent -- distance, even on off-center impact.

The drivers also feature the thinnest casting technology ever in the all-titanium head to create a lighter swing weight and overall configuration, a combination that benefits most players in terms of head speed and distance.

LDA and the RE/MAX World Long Drive Contest will begin a new partnership with NBC/Golf Channel in 2013, totaling 26 hours of airtime on Golf Channel affiliates worldwide. October becomes Long Drive Month on the Golf Channel, culminating in a live two-hour finale from Las Vegas on the Golf Channel on October 30. The sport will also make its network television debut on NBC in Q4 that intends to elevate the sport of long drive. As the exclusive club sponsor, Callaway will be prominently featured during the events.

For more information about Callaway Golf, visit: Also follow Callaway on Twitter at @CallawayGolf.

For more information about LDA, please visit: and @longdriversusa.


PGA Professional Mark Beran Recognized as MAPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award Winner

(Stafford, VA) - Mark Beran, the Head PGA Professional at Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville, Md., has been selected as recipient of the Middle Atlantic PGA's 2013 Bill Strausbaugh Award. This award bestows special recognition on a PGA Professional who has outstanding integrity and has shown commitment to mentoring fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations, as well as involvement in community and charitable activities.

Mark Beran
The award is named in honor of the late "Coach" Bill Strausbaugh, former Head PGA Professional at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and member of the MAPGA Hall of Fame Class of 1989. Beran will be recognized in front of his peers at the MAPGA Hall of Fame and Awards banquet March 9 at the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg, Md.

Beran spent much of his younger life in Warrington, Penn. where he and his identical twin brother, Michael, started playing golf regularly at the age of 13. Warrington Country Club was Beran's first employer in the golf industry. He was a golf shop associate and forecaddie during the day and a dishwasher at night. Beran's parents, Emil and Alice, were quoted as saying that Mark "lived at that club."

Beran translated this passion for golf into an education and a promising career by attending Ferris State University to major in Professional Golf Management. Following graduation, he immediately started his golf professional career at Brick Landing Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. After Brick Landing, Beran spent some time in Rye, NY at Westchester Country Club and then moved to the Middle Atlantic Section in 1991 to begin an assistant professional position at Baltimore Country Club. His first Head Professional/General Manager position came in 1995 at Minisceongo Golf Club in Pomona, NY.

While at Minisceongo, Beran started on a path to not only make himself successful, but to also help others become successful in their own right. After ten seasons in Pamona, Beran returned to the Middle Atlantic Section by accepting the Head Professional position at Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville, Md. In this new role, he has led his staff and guided future PGA Professionals to achieve their goals. Rudy Virga, a longtime friend and former first assistant of Beran's, is now the PGA Director of Operations for Empire Golf Management which is just one of many examples of how Beran's mentoring has helped others succeed in golf and other professions.

In addition to leading and mentoring his staff, Beran has made a commitment to the Middle Atlantic Section. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and is the Vice President of the Northern Chapter. With his successful history in employment services, he also chairs the MAPGA's Employment and Club Relations Committee. A prime example of his commitment to employment was when he visited a stand-alone driving range, talked to the owner and found him a PGA Professional who would help increase his business. Beran has also championed efforts to enhance communications regarding all the employment tools available to PGA Members.


Tetherow Golf Club Rakes in Honors as 2013 Begins

Ranked #66 in Golf Digest's Top 100 Greatest Public Courses for 2012/2013, captures other prestigious accolades

(BEND, OREGON) - Tetherow Golf Club in Bend, Oregon has been honored with four respected golf rankings. Moving up the prestigious Golf Digest "Top 100 Greatest Public Courses" list to #66, this David McLay Kidd designed course is on this list for the second year in a row. Tetherow was ahead of notables such as the Coeur d"Alene Resort, Wailea Golf Club and Pelican Hill Golf Club. Pebble Beach Golf Links topped the ranking and held its position as the #1 course for the third consecutive rating period. Within the same issue, Golf Digest also ranked Tetherow as one of the best courses in the state of Oregon.

Golf Digest rankings are based on evaluations from more than 1,000 Golf Digest rating panelists who score courses on seven criteria including shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning and ambiance. The scores are averaged, totaled and are reviewed by accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Golf Digest Travel Editors also placed Tetherow in their ranking of the "Top 40 U.S. Public Courses", and is one of only two Central Oregon courses on the list. In addition to the Golf Digest awards and accolades, Golfweek Magazine recently ranked Tetherow Golf Club #53 in their 2013 ranking of their Top 100 best residential courses in the country.

Tetherow's golf course opens for the 2013 season on March 30. 2013. The new Tetherow Golf Academy is currently open and available to anyone wanting to improve his or her skill and enjoyment of the game.

Located minutes from downtown Bend, Tetherow Golf Club boasts a visually striking par 72 layout that was designed by award winning architect David McLay Kidd. The routing takes full advantage of the stunning panoramic views of the Cascade peaks including Three Sisters and Broken Top as well as the rugged high desert terrain. In its short history, Tetherow has been honored by nearly every major golf publication. Upon opening, Tetherow was ranked #1 as the Best New Course You Can Play in The Country by Golf Magazine and has since then received numerous other "Best New" Rankings from Golf Digest, Links Magazine, Golfweek, T&L Golf and the Robb Report.

For tee times or more information on Tetherow Golf Club, call: 541-388 CLUB (2582) or visit You can "Like" Tetherow on Facebook at or follow Tetherow on Twitter at


Gulf Shores Golf Association Launches New Tee Time Reservation System

Destination Partners Introduce Booking through Facebook and Mobile Devices 

(GULF SHORES, Ala.) – Gulf Shores Golf Association – a collection of nine popular, acclaimed courses located within 45 minutes of each other on Alabama’s Gulf Coast – has introduced a new Facebook tee time booking app.

The app can be found at the Golf Gulf Shores Facebook page and allows golfers to select tee dates, times and price range. Tee times can also be made on the Golf Gulf Shores website, which features an updated, easily accessible interface, and on the mobile website version at, which features clickable sections for Play, Stay, Dine, Maps, Custom Quote and E-newsletter Signup.

In addition, the nine destination partner courses now offer a mobile-enabled booking system from their individual websites.

“With spring season less than a month away, we’re excited to make it easier for guests to book tee times,” said Gulf Shores Golf Association Executive Director Duncan Millar. “Our user-friendly website ( also quickly produces customized quotes based on a group’s preference in accommodations, rounds and access to the many after-golf events and activities in the area.”

Below is a sampling of "starting-at" spring season, stay-and-play rates, good through May 19. Prices include taxes and fees and are based on four nights and three rounds of golf at three pre-determined courses. An Unlimited Golf option is available with any package for a fee:

Two-Bedroom Golf Villa
Rate: $76.77 per person, per night for golf and room
Description: Quad occupancy in a two-bedroom golf villa with one king bed, two twin beds and a sleeper sofa.

Two-Bedroom Gulf Front Condominium
Rate: $96.15 per person, per night for golf and room
Description: Quad occupancy in a two-bedroom gulf front condominium with one king bed, two twin beds and a sleeper sofa.

Three-Bedroom Gulf Front Condominium- Turquoise Place 
Rate: $150.13 per person, per night for golf and room
Description: Quad occupancy in a three-bedroom gulf front condominium with two king beds, two twin beds and a sleeper sofa.

For more information, or to sign up for a free subscription to the Golf Gulf Shores monthly newsletter, call 888.815.1902, or visit

To view current news, photos, events and special offers, “Like” us on Facebook at or follow the GSGA on Twitter at


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Schmidt-Curley Design Announces Opening of China's White Stone Hot Spring Golf Club

Course highlights include sprawling bunkers, eight shoreline holes amid lush, tropical setting

(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) - Schmidt-Curley Design - one of golf's most active and innovative design firms - announces White Stone Hot Spring Golf Club on China's tropical Hainan Island has opened for play.

Located just north of Sanya, the layout boasts bold, sprawling bunkers that flank fairways deftly routed through the rolling landscape. Eight holes dramatically hug the Changling Reservoir's shoreline, providing several visually striking risk-reward opportunities throughout the round. The par 72 measures 7,011 yards from the back tees.

"White Stone Hot Springs is our 14th course to open on Hainan Island since 2009," says Brian Curley, GOLF Magazine's 2011 "Architect of the Year" and Asian Golf Monthly's "Best Architect" for the past two years with partner Lee Schmidt. "Firm hallmarks like wide playing corridors, strong angles of approach, strategic bunkering and maintenance-friendly design are on full display and sure to please players and owners alike. The layout is very user-friendly and its setting among lush, tropical vegetation creates a botanical oasis for island golfers."

Nearly 40 Schmidt-Curley-designed courses have opened in China over the last decade. Many have hosted professional tournaments, including Mission Hills Haikou's Blackstone Course (2011 World Cup of Golf) and Vintage Course (2012 World Ladies Championship); Tianjin Binhai Lake's Pete Dye Course (2012 Volvo China Open); and Mission Hills Dongguan's Olazabal Course (2007, 2008 and 2009 World Cup of Golf and November 2012's WGC-HSBC Champions).

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, the firm has two fully-staffed China offices (in Haikou and Kunming) to promote quicker mobilization, lower travel costs and other valuable advantages over competitors.

For more information:,,, 480.483.1994.


Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club to Complete Greens Renovation Project this Spring

(VIENNA, VA) - Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club - owned by the Ocean Pines Association and managed by Billy Casper Golf - will debut 18 newly renovated greens as part of its "Rediscover Ocean Pines" program this spring.

Last year, BCG began converting all greens on Ocean Pines' 18-hole golf course to United States Golf Association-specified A1 Bentgrass. The front nine was completed in 2012 and the back nine will be converted in spring 2013. In addition, Ocean Pines has installed new drainage pipes and re-shaped bunker edges on the front nine. The course is slated to re-open in late-April or early-May. In the interim, golfers play the open nine twice for a full 18-hole round (nine holes for $15 or 18 holes for $25).

"Now is the ideal time for the community to rediscover all the wonderful attributes of Ocean Pines," says John Malinowski, Director of Golf at Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club. "The course is the only Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and the new putting surfaces ensure even better playability and enjoyment for our loyal golfers."

In November 2010, BCG was selected to manage the semi-private Ocean Pines, overseeing all aspects of the operation, including marketing and public relations, golf course maintenance, staffing and training, merchandising, clubhouse food and beverage, financial management, golf instruction and special events.

Open to the public, Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club is part of an 8,000-home community. It features an 18-hole, par-72, 7,050-yard layout and Delmarva Peninsula's only design by legendary architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Nestled amid natural wetlands and scenic woodlands with water in play on 10 holes, five sets of tees and ample scoring opportunities dare players of all abilities to challenge themselves.

The well-appointed clubhouse includes a fully-stocked pro shop, Tern Grille and locker rooms. A comprehensive practice area with a double-ended driving range and sheltered tees, chipping green, two putting greens and two sand areas delight even the most ardent golfers. Ocean Pines offers clinics, private lessons, club repair and bag storage.

For more information or to reserve a tee time:, 410.641.6057.


Five ING Spring Conference Attendees Will Earn Trip to World Golfers Championship National Finals

(LAKE MARY, FL) - Five golfers will have the chance to play their way into the 2013 World Golfers Amateur Tour Championship National Finals when they compete at the 23rd Annual ING Spring Conference May 19-23 at beautiful Reunion Resort in Orlando, FL.

Anyone in the golf industry or media is invited to attend the conference, conducted by the non-profit International Network of Golf, where media and the golf industry connect. Industry executives from companies large and small, and from every segment of the industry, will join golf media of all types at this annual gathering.

The WGAT National Qualifier will take place Monday of the conference week on the Watson Course at Reunion, ranked among the top 100 resort courses in the world by Golfweek This individual net stroke play event will be divided into five flights based on handicap. The winner of each flight will advance to the WGC National Finals in Mesquite, NV, in September with all on-site expenses covered. Flight winners at the national competition will then advance to the WGC World Finals in South Africa as a member of Team USA.

The ING competition is sanctioned by the World Golfers Amateur Tour USA, a series of tournaments across the U.S. leading into the national finals at Mesquite. This is the second year that ING has hosted a national qualifying tournament for WGAT. Visit for more information.

The host course for the ING qualifier is the Watson Course at Reunion, designed by Hall of Famer Tom Watson. Highlighted by fast, firm and wide rolling fairways, a variety of strategically placed bunkers and large greens, the 7,257 yard, par 72 Watson Course is as much about strategy as it is about length. Demanding a well thought out approach from every player regardless of skill level, this course puts a premium on a solid short game with spacious green complexes where club selection can vary from putter to lob wedge to three-wood.

The Arnold Palmer Course at Reunion will host the 6th Annual Durland Cup team scramble on Wednesday. That competition is named in honor of former ING Golf Committee Chairman Larry Durland.

The 2013 ING Spring Conference will welcome approximately 160 people from all walks of the golf industry and media. The popular One-On-One Appointment Show has been expanded to two days, and the educational format has been revised to feature more customized choices.

Approximately 20 companies are expected to display their products for testing in the Demo Lab.

Reunion Resort is located only 25 minutes southwest of the Orlando International Airport, and is part of the newly established Grand Golf Resorts of Florida - a Salamander Collection - along with 2011 ING host Innisbrook Resort near Tampa and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast.

Along with the three diverse golf courses by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, Reunion is also home to the ANNIKA Academy of Annika Sorenstam, and the Frankly Putting PAD of Frank Thomas.

ING attendees will be treated to the incredible 3-bedroom villas for their accommodations. The villas average approximately 2,200 square feet. Each bedroom has its own bathroom and TV, and shares a spacious and well-appointed living room and kitchen with the other two bedrooms. Each villa also features a balcony and flat-screen TVs.

The ING Conference is open to everyone in the golf industry and media. For more information, visit For more information regarding Reunion Resort, visit


Pursell Farms (AL) Welcomes New Executive Chef

Award-Winning Culinary Professional Creating ‘Country Chic’ Fine Dining Experience at ‘The Farm’

(SYLACAUGA, Ala.) –  Pursell Farms – the renowned boutique resort located on 3,500 pristine acres less than an hour from Birmingham – has welcomed new Executive Chef Andrea Griffith to its elite hospitality team.

Featuring more than 13 years of experience, Griffith has earned 11 American Culinary Federation (ACF)-accredited medals, including honors in ice carving, cold food salon and hot food.  She was awarded the distinction of Certified Chef de Cuisine, the third level of achievement at the ACF.

“Andrea has proven herself as a top-echelon chef, which fits our boutique resort’s standard of excellence,” said Pursell Farms’ co-founder and CEO David Pursell.  “She is passionate about our farm-to-table Southern cuisine, and we look forward to having Andrea create many special events at Pursell Farms where she can showcase her artistic, experiential flair and incredible talent.”

Griffith is working with local farmers to obtain the freshest ingredients to create country-style, flavorful food. She is also utilizing Pursell Farms’ one-acre garden that offers a variety of corn, tomatoes, peppers, okra, peas, squash, green beans and more as a source for farm-fresh produce.  Griffith prefers her food to be prepared with no preservatives or additives, which is why she also makes her own condiments.

“This is the beginning of a whole new culinary experience at Pursell Farms,” said new General Manager Keith Izydore. “Chef Griffith is revamping what we offer and how we offer it, so our guests will enjoy an amazing assortment of menu selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with the outstanding service, for which we’re known.”
Griffith got her start working as a 16-year-old pastry chef at a Whole Foods in Philadelphia, which helped her build a strong background in baking. At the resort’s recent “A Chocolate Romance” Valentine’s Day event at The Parker Lodge, she taught a chocolate truffle-making class and prepared a candlelit dinner for guests.

She trained at The Art Institute of Philadelphia for Culinary Arts where she earned a full scholarship, and has worked at a variety of venues, including The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, Primland in Virginia and the renowned Circa in Philadelphia.

“There is such a value placed on family and togetherness at Pursell Farms and it drew me here immediately because the Pursell family truly cares for their guests and their employees,” said Griffith. “Pursell Farms is a first-class resort destination and I want the food here to not only be delicious, but invoke a feeling and hold a memory with our guests.”

Although she started her new position a few short weeks ago, the Philadelphia native has already made changes to the dining experience at Pursell Farms, including rearranging the dining room layout to give a more “country chic” feel, tapping into local craft beer makers and canning vegetables to preserve freshness.  She will also begin teaching cooking classes at Pursell Farms.

The Grille at Pursell Farms is open to the public and serves an ever-changing, upscale menu of specialty sandwiches, salads and Southern-style, home-cooked entrees. Private, full course dinners are offered to overnight guests in the luxury cottages and the resort is available for weddings, luncheons, dinners, corporate events, business meetings, parties, receptions and more.

The addition of Griffith is the latest of a host of recent hospitality enhancements at Pursell Farms, including the addition of a liquor license and the appointments of Izydore as General Manager and Terry Davis, Jr. as Director of Golf at FarmLinks Golf Club in 2012.

Pursell Farms is home to the state’s top-rated, public-access golf course, which is also the world’s first and only research and demonstration facility. For the last 10 years, the resort has annually hosted thousands of golf course superintendents and agronomy professionals for its “The Experience at FarmLinks” program, which teaches industry best practices and introduces cutting-edge technology.

Other on-property amenities include a specially crafted 5-stand clay shooting range, world-class hunting and fishing, meeting space, event and wedding services.

To learn more about Pursell Farms visit,, or call 877.292.FARM (3276).