Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Adams is so confident that golfers will be exceptionally satisfied with the easy-to-hit performance of the Tight Lies fairway wood, purchasers can return the club to Adams for a full refund within 30 days of purchase if they are not fully satisfied. The offer begins on August 15, 2013 and runs through October 15, 2013. More information is available by visiting www.adamsgolf.com/tightliesguarantee or calling toll-free 1-800-709-6142.
"This promotion celebrates a legendary club whose hallmark is making the game easier to play, and reflects the start of a new era for Adams, where interacting with our company will be simpler for golfers, vendors, retail partners and pro shops," said John Ward, President of Adams Golf. "The entire industry will experience a new Adams that offers trouble-free purchase promotions, strategic expansion into international markets, an easy-going, fan-friendly Tour team, strategic business and marketing partnerships and a renewed commitment into our pursuit of product innovation – all with the mindset to ‘Make Golf Easy.’"
A New Era. A New Look
For most of the company's history the primary color palette has been red and black. Moving forward, blue will become the primary color, with red white, black and silver as complements.
"Our goal throughout was to find a design that has global appeal and reflects the new personality and positioning of the brand," said Scott Blevins, Senior Vice President of Marketing. "We feel that this new look will help Adams become more recognizable around the world in a more consistent and contemporary manner. It's a fun and friendly design that we think appeals to our broad customer base along with those who don't yet know much about our company and products."
Tour professionals have already begun sporting the new look on headwear and bags. The first product to feature the mark will be the new Tight Lies fairway wood, a technologically-advanced re-birth of the club that put Adams “on the map.”
For more information, visit www.adamsgolf.com or shop.adamsgolf.com.
(CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.) - Caddy For A Cure, Inc., the program that offers opportunities to bid for a chance to go inside the ropes and caddy during a professional practice or pro am round announces its return participation at the first event of the PGA TOUR FedExCup Playoffs, The Barclays.
Caddy For A Cure CEO and program founder Russ Holden said "We are extremely excited to be able to offer these three outstanding players at this year's Barclays event. Both Rose and Westwood have participated with us previously and are not only big supporters of our program, but are simply fantastic people. We have been talking with Rory for a couple of years about finding a good date to participate and are thrilled his debut with us will be at this exciting event." Holden continued, "While having the opportunity to caddy and partner with any player who has earned a TOUR card is an amazing experience, being able to spend the day with former world #1 ranked players or the reigning US Open Champion is a unique privilege and will be simply unforgettable. The idea of getting to have one-on-one time with golf fans while raising funds for charity is a solid win for the players, for golf fans and for charity."
Caddy For A Cure has been offering PGA TOUR caddy experiences for charity since 2003, and LPGA and Champions Tour experiences since 2010, with proceeds benefiting multiple causes including combat wounded warriors and fanconi anemia. Program caddy opportunities may be found from the Caddy For A Cure website and the respective auctions for each player at www.caddyforacure.com. You may also contact Caddy For A Cure directly for more information. Caddy For A Cure is a 501-c-3 nonprofit corporation and contributions for caddy experiences are 100% tax deductible as allowed by law.
(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) - The PGA of America has launched the Get Golf Ready Employee Talent Development Program, a unique professional development benefit designed specifically for executive-level leaders and other employees to learn the game of golf through Get Golf Ready. This dynamic program features key benefits including health and wellness, relationship and team building, leadership development and business enhancement.
Business building benefits of the Get Golf Ready Employee Talent Development program:
* 90% of executives view golf with a business associate as a way to establish a close relationship and build new contacts
* 50% say there is no better way to get to know fellow associates and clients
* 45% say prospective clients are more likely to give you their business if you golf together
Get Golf Ready offers five lessons that concentrate on basic skills, instruction and information on the Rules of Golf, etiquette and values. Participants learn chipping, putting, as well as the full swing and bunker play. They also are provided with the fundamental guidelines of the game, such as the use and maintenance of golf equipment, keeping score and navigating on the course.
“There is tremendous power in one's ability to leverage golf as a business tool,” said The PGA of America’s Director of Women’s and New Market Initiatives, Sandy Cross. “We are so pleased with the increasing number of companies who are recognizing the value of making a professional development investment in their employees through Get Golf Ready. It's proven to be a perfect on ramp to the game."
“For Lexmark, golf has always been important to us – it isn’t just a game, it’s a connection tool,” said Ron Binkauskas, Lexmark’s Vice President and General Manager of Imaging Solutions and Services North America. “Implementing Get Golf Ready at Lexmark made sense because it allowed us to easily introduce our employees to golf. Now, the Lexmark team is equipped to better connect with their business contacts, and most importantly, their families, friends and their health.”
The program is a new turn-key solution for corporations across America to deliver PGA and LPGA Professional golf instruction to their employees through five fun and easy sessions. Employees graduate with the basic golf knowledge and skills that become an important professional development tool as it relates to relationship and team building, leadership development, business generation and offers health and wellness benefits that contribute to a healthy and active lifestyle.
Any companies interested in exploring a Talent Development program should contact Sandy Cross at (561) 624-8477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction of new styles adds to AHEAD’s already robust lineup of headwear
(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) – AHEAD’s headwear has long been renowned for its creative ornamentation, alternative graphics and great styling. The company’s 2014 custom headwear collection – to be formally unveiled at the PGA Expo, Aug. 19-21 in Las Vegas – further underscores why AHEAD is synonymous with innovation as it unveils new cap styles, new technical and lightweight performers, and a new mid fit, all accented with a burst of fresh, new colors.
“How our hats fit is truly the differentiator,” Stone said. “The mid fit is designed for a perfect fit between our existing extreme fit and classic cut models.”
The Newport – a 100 percent cotton medium-weight twill cap – also features a cloth strap with a pewter slider in the back. Stone said it’s more of a traditional unstructured cap that brings new color and life to headwear presentation.
Other new additions to AHEAD’s 2014 collection include the:
• Sandblasted Canvas Cap, which also will debut in a mid fit size and be available in nine colors, including Varsity Navy, Antique Red, Garnet and Persimmon Orange. The 100 percent cotton mid-weight cotton canvas cap features a fabric strap, with cut-out metal grab, in the back. Designed to be more “lifestyle” driven this cap will be welcome on and off the golf course.
• Tech Mesh Fitted Cap, which is a fitted hat with a textured poly front, features comfortable mesh on both the sides and back. The lightweight performer comes in six colors, including Crimson Red, Surf Blue and Navy.
• Smooth Lightweight Tech Cap will be offered in the extreme cut (for those who require a shallower crown for proper fit) and features four percent Spandex for extra comfort. This cap will be available in nine colors, including Graphite, Khaki and Stone.
• Textured Tech With Lip Cap is the latest addition to AHEAD’s Kate Lord line designed for women and girls whose head shape is average to shallow. With a primary color of white, the textured polyester line will debut with nine contrast lip colors, including Julep, Pink, Lavender and Boysenberry. In the back, a tuck-away fabric strap with Velcro adds a classy touch to this lightweight performer.
• Textured Poly Solid Cap is a sporty, attractive new addition for youths. Designed for ages 5 to 12, this hat features an up-edged visor and will be introduced in four colors, including Comet Orange/White.
In addition to the extreme, mid, classic (for the average to deep head shape) and Kate Lord cuts, AHEAD also offers several other fits, including toddler, youth, shallow, casual and size XXL.
Augmenting what’s new for 2014, AHEAD returns with its line of popular headwear items from caps to visors to brimmed hats to winter wear, all featuring distinct embroidery options and appliqué designs.
The company will be exhibiting its 2014 collections of AHEAD, Kate Lord and PGA Authentics in booth 603 at the PGA Expo at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas.
For additional information access the web site at www.Aheadweb.com.
(Carmel, Calif.) - James "Jim" Langley, former long-standing PGA Head Professional at Cypress Point Club, died peacefully at home on July 20 after a series of health challenges. At the time of passing he was surrounded by his loved ones. He was 75 years old and just minutes away from his 76th birthday.
He was best known for his 34-year tenure as the PGA head professional at the Alister MacKenzie-designed Cypress Point Club-where he held the rare distinction as an honorary member following his retirement. His career spanned 41 years as a dedicated member of the PGA of America.
"Mr. Langley was a Pro's Pro," explained Chris Thomas, executive director and COO for the Northern California PGA. "His respect for the industry, the profession and his fellow PGA Member was always in the forefront along with his deep commitment to 'give back.' His love for life, faith, family and the game of golf was contagious. He will forever be remembered not only as a Pro's Pro, but also as an absolute gentleman."
A consummate professional, Langley was loved and respected by those who came in contact with him through the game of golf, his volunteer work with his church, or his tireless charitable efforts. That extraordinary list included his cherished CPC club members and staff, PGA Tour players and PGA club professionals.
"Jim and I became instant friends when we began on Tour together in 1965," said former Ryder Cup Captain Dave Stockton, owner of Stockton Golf. "He was the finest person I've ever met and Cathy and I were proud to have him as a role model and godfather for our son, Ron. He always found a way to reflect the focus of conversation back to others. In fact, we spoke a few days before he passed and his last words to me were, 'Let me know if there is anything I can do for you.' My family is blessed to have had him in our lives."
In 2003, Langley was inducted into the California Golf Writers Hall of Fame, and in 2005, named Golf Professional of the Year by the Northern California PGA. In 2008, the Northern California PGA Foundation created an event named specifically in his honor: The Langley-A Tribute to Legends, which today, continues to recognize golf legends while also raising funds for worthy programs including youth scholarships.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus is the most recent person honored by The Langley. He said, "Barbara (Nicklaus) and I had the fortunate pleasure to be with Jim almost a year ago, on a night I was truly honored to have received an award bearing his name. Our thoughts and most heartfelt prayers go out to Lou (Langley) and their four sons. They lost a wonderful husband and father, and our game lost a wonderful man.
"Barbara and I are deeply saddened by the news of Jim's passing. Jim Langley was a very kind and modest gentleman. He had such a pleasant and welcoming way about him, and I don't recall ever seeing him without a smile on his face. He was a great golf pro, and over the parts of four decades he spent at Cypress Point, his contributions were made quietly because of the self-effacing person he was; yet their impact was far-reaching and lasting. He was a tremendous ambassador for our game."
"Jim was a very nice person, a good friend and a great pro," shared PGA Hall-of-Famer Arnold Palmer. "He had all of that misfortune and yet always was in such good spirits despite it all, very accommodating and good-natured without fail. I was certainly very sorry to hear that he had passed."
During his tenure as a golf professional, Langley mentored juniors through the AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Foundation, was a supporter of The First Tee of Monterey County, and volunteered with the local Boys and Girls Club. When his sons were in their formative years he supported their athletic endeavors, serving as Carmel High's booster club president. Langley and his wife Lou, have been loyal Cal Bear fans and supporters.
In 1987, a tragic automobile accident left Langley without the use of his right arm and enduring much pain. Typical of his reaction to personal misfortune, Langley spoke about the blow with uncommon optimism and a deep belief in his faith. "It has made me realize what is truly important in life," he professed. "We should challenge our comfort levels, step out of ourselves for a while and recognize that there are many who need our help and our guidance. Faith and family will get us though anything."
Committed to giving back at the community level, Langley was also a supporter of the Gateway Center, Hospice Foundation of the Central Coast and the Carmel Mission Foundation. His memorable moments included an occasional round of golf with his sons plus the often-treasured time with his loving wife, Lou, and their grandchildren. His favorite pastimes included reflective walks at Cypress Point and often along the path at Carmel Beach.
Langley is survived by his wife, Lou, four sons, Brad (wife, Gina), Brett, Brennon (wife, Melissa) and Bryan (wife, Gwen), and eight grandchildren. Family and friends will gather at a Celebration of Life in loving memory of Mr. Jim Langley on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 10:30 a.m., at the Carmel Mission Basilica, 3080 Rio Road, Carmel, Calif, 93923.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to: NCPGA Foundation-The Langley Golf Youth Scholarship Program (411 Davis St. Ste. 103, Vacaville, CA, 95688) Carmel Mission Foundation (200 Clock Tower Place, Carmel, CA, 93923), The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (909 N. Washington St., Ste. 400, Alexandria, VA, 22314), or Meals on Wheels (40 Clark St., Salinas, CA, 93901).
(Batavia, IL) – Tour Edge congratulates the 2013 RBC Canadian Open Champion who won using the Exotics CB4 fairway wood this past Sunday. Thank you for trusting your Exotics fairway wood - the longest fairway wood in golf. Winning the tournament by three strokes this is the Champion’s second win of 2013, he also won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, and has carded six additional top ten finishes using an Exotics wood.
Located in Batavia, IL, Tour Edge manufacturers and sells golf clubs under both the Exotics and Tour Edge brands names. Exotics golf clubs are for those who demand the finest performing golf clubs in the world. With experienced designers and smaller production runs, Exotics by Tour Edge can bring futuristic technologies to the marketplace months, even years, ahead of its time. Exotics’ manufactures the finest quality, high-technology golf clubs and hand-assembles them one club at a time. The company’s clubs are distributed throughout the United States and the world.
(RUGBY, U.K.) – Bernhard and Company – manufacturer of Bernhard Grinders, the world’s finest blade sharpening systems for turf cutting machines – has selected Buffalo Communications to manage a North America public relations and marketing-communications program.
Well known by the professional golf tours worldwide as the premier blade sharpening machines used to prepare courses for major championships, Bernhard Grinders ensure maintenance equipment is always in ideal cutting condition. They are favored by course superintendents, owners and operators for their precise cut, ease of use, reliability, environmental friendliness, safety-first design, value proposition and more.
“Bernhard grinders produce a surgically-sharp, scythe-like, non-contact cut for consistent, healthy and pristine turf at private, public and resort golf courses,” says Peter Wood, Chief Operating Officer of Bernhard and Company. “Manufacturing in our modern, purpose-built facility by our team of dedicated engineers allows us to offer an industry-best 10-year warranty on products like our heralded Express Dual and Anglemaster grinders.”
“Golf courses are businesses and they are accelerating purchases and leases of Bernhard Grinders,” says Rich Katz, Managing Director of Buffalo Communications. “Topline gains of more than $100,000; labor, fuel, water and chemical-fertilizer savings; and mitigating risk of inferior playing conditions are just some Bernhard advantages.”
Re-investing in the agronomic trade is a core tenet of the company. It annually hosts more than 100 webinars and traveling seminars about turf management, maintenance and sustainability trends and best practices for course superintendents, machine technicians, owners, general managers and others.
Bernhard products are relied upon at nearly 75 of Golf Digest’s Top 100 U.S. courses and at many No.1-ranked courses on Golfweek’s state-by-state “Best You Can Play” rankings. They are available through more than 65 certified regional distributors in the U.S. and Canada.
For more information: www.bernhard.co.uk, 888.474.6348.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
(WILTON, Conn.) - Mantis Golf (www.mantisgolfco.com), maker of fine putters with specialized patented qualities to enhance putting success, has added five territorial sales representatives to its sales force, in conjunction with the company’s expansion across the U.S.
Mantis Golf has added these territorial representatives: Mike Yaverski, upstate New York and Pennsylvania, email@example.com; Jim Hollis, North and South Carolina, firstname.lastname@example.org; Billy Higgins, New England, email@example.com; Jason Kanis, northern California, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Mark Olivier, southern California, email@example.com.
Additional Mantis Golf sales representatives are being hired in other territories. Those interested in program specifics or more information should contact Chris Maher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media Contact: Sally J. Sportsman; 407-248-1144 or email@example.com.
Nike athletes win consecutive Web.com Tour events elevating their professional careers
(BEAVERTON, Ore.) – Nike Athlete Kevin Tway won his first career Web.com Tour title at the Boise Open, making it the second win by a Nike athlete in consecutive weeks on the Web.com Tour. Tway follows fellow Nike athlete Jamie Lovemark's victory at the Midwest Classic in the week prior.
"This means a lot because I've struggled since turning pro," the former Oklahoma State player said. "This really hasn't sunk in yet. I've always wanted to play on the PGA Tour since I was a little kid."
Throughout the tournament, Tway highlighted a full bag of Nike equipment, including the new Nike VR_S Covert Tour driver, featuring the striking cavity back technology. With this iconic Nike driver, Tway ranked fourth in driving distance averaging 334-yard drives. Also assisting him to his victory were his Nike VR_S Forged irons, in which he averaged 75% in greens in regulation. Rounding out Tway’s bag of Nike arsenal includes a Nike VR_S Covert 3-wood, and three Nike VR Pro wedges (48, 54 and 60-degree). Tway also used Nike’s 20XI X ball featuring more RZN technology.
Tway's Nike Golf Arsenal
* Driver: Nike VR_S Covert 9.5-degree Right (UST Axicore 790 X Black)
* Fairway Wood: Nike VR_S Covert 3-wood/15-degree
* Irons: Nike VR_S Forged (3-9) Wedges: Nike VR Pro 48-degree, 54-degree and 60-degree
* Ball: Nike 20XI X
* Apparel: Nike Tour Performance Collection
* Footwear: Nike Lunar Control
Nike Golf’s 2013 PGA Tour Victories
* Tiger Woods - The Players Championship
* Tiger Woods - WGC Cadillac Championship
* Tiger Woods - Arnold Palmer Invitational
* Scott Brown - Puerto Rick Open
* Tiger Woods - Farmers Insurance Open
* Russell Henley - Sony Open
Nike Golf’s 2013 International Victories
* Paul Casey - The Irish Open (European Tour)
* Scott Jamieson - The Nelson Mandela Champoinship (European Tour)
* Charl Schwartzel - Alfred Dunhill Championship (European Tour)
Nike Golf’s 2013 LPGA Tour Victories
* Suzann Pettersen - LPGA LOTTE Championship
Nike Golf’s 2013 Ladies International Victories
* Suzanne Pettersen - Mission Hills World Ladies' Golf Championship
Nike Golf’s 2013 Web.com Victories
* Kevin Tway - Boise Open
* Jamie Lovemark - Midwest Classic
Nike Golf's 2013 European Challenge Tour Victories
* Dylan Frittelli - Karnten Open
These irons are so painstakingly made that Miura can only promise about 10 sets every other month. The Boron finish is a delicate manufacturing process that requires switching over the finishing production line from the usual nickel chrome setup. So far, we have made our CB-501 and Passing Point 9003 in this new Black Boron; the initial sets sold out rapidly.
"We've found black finishes so popular that we really had to look into making these, even though we can only manage small quantities and maintain Miura standards," said Adam Barr, president of Miura. The Black Boron's color density makes it look more deeply black than other black finishes; that's partially a result of the process, which gets the boron deep into the finish. The coloring is very durable as well. And the Black Borons offer one more black option for Miura enthusiasts. Our other black finish, the one on the Limited Forged Black Blades and Black Wedges, fades over time into a silvery-grey patina.
Suggested retail cost of the Black Boron irons will be $2275 for a set (4-PW) or $325 per club. Players interested in a Black Boron set should consult www.MiuraGolf.com to find a Miura authorized dealer/fitter, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(MARLBOROUGH, MA) – CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide – The World Leader in Sport Cleat Technology and maker of innovative CHAMP spikes, high-performance golf tees and accessories – confirms its renowned Zarma spikes were used by the winner of the RBC Canadian Open.
“Each week, CHAMP spikes are preferred by more Tour players worldwide than any other brand, because our superior designs provide the ideal platform for a proper golf swing,” says Harris MacNeill, President and CEO of CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide. “Regardless of conditions, golfers will experience increased traction, stability and comfort.”
The #1 Brand on Tour, CHAMP spikes have been used by 31 of the last 43 major winners and are available in a variety of options, including the popular ScorpionSTINGER, and Zarma.
Beyond the cleat category, the company offers a wide range of products, including the Zarma FLYtee. Drawing from MacNeill Engineering’s unrivalled 80-plus year heritage, the FLYtee line has quickly become one of the most-used tees by leading professionals worldwide. The new FLYteePRO model is infused with a specially-engineered polymer that makes it nearly indestructible. Like its predecessors, the PRO showcases a six-pronged head and shallow cup to reduce friction at impact, promoting longer and straighter drives.
With more than 100 active distributors, CHAMP is the world’s largest manufacturer of replaceable spikes. The company produces more than 140 million spikes annually and is the dominant global brand in football, soccer, golf, baseball, cricket, rugby and other sports.
For more information: www.champspikes.com, 1-800-OK-CHAMP.
(NASHPORT, Ohio) – Longaberger Golf Club, managed by Billy Casper Golf – owner and operator of more than 140 golf courses, country clubs and resorts – will co-host the third annual “World’s Largest Golf Outing” to benefit Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) on Sunday, August 11.
Tee times for the 2:30 p.m. Longaberger shotgun event can now be reserved online at worldslargestgolfouting.com. The $64 entry fee includes a $5 donation to WWP, round of golf, cart rental, range balls, awards reception, on-course contests and prizes.
“Community support for this event and our soldiers has been overwhelming,” says Longaberger Golf Club General Manager Danny Ackerman. “We’ve opened additional slots to give everyone the best chance to participate this year, and anticipate a sellout crowd.”
All donations and part of the event proceeds benefit WWP, the national, nonpartisan organization that honors and empowers Wounded Warriors, some of whom will play in the World’s Largest Golf Outing. Teams are encouraged to raise additional funds to support this worthy cause.
Golfers Tweeting @BillyCasperGolf should use #WLGO with photos and updates during and after the day.
Last year, BCG hosted more than 7,800 golfers at 100 of its golf courses in 24 states during the second annual “World’s Largest Golf Outing,” raising more than $400,000 for WWP. Launched in 2011, the 2012 event saw player registration and fundraising grew by 250% and 700%, respectively.
Pre-registered teams nationwide have already raised over $150,000 in 2013.
“We set the bar very high in 2012, but are committed to build on the generous donations golfers made to Wounded Warrior Project,” says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BCG. “Golfers and Wounded Warriors who played the first two events gave it rave reviews and we expect the same this time around.”
“Each year this ground-breaking outing gets bigger and better, providing a healthy physical activity for Wounded Warriors and raising funds for WWP programs,” says Adam Silva, Chief Development Officer of Wounded Warrior Project. “Participating in sports helps injured service members restore their physical and emotional well-being.”
For more information about participating courses and to register: www.worldslargestgolfouting.com.
Sneds and Kuch Continue Neck-and-Neck Battle In FedEx Cup Standings; Karrie Webb Wins 3rd Event of 2013 With B330-RX
(Covington, Ga.) — The PGA and LPGA TOUR Teams for Bridgestone, the #1 ball-fitter in golf, delivered wins around the globe this weekend, leading up to the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Akron. As the only golf equipment brand to headline a PGA TOUR event, Bridgestone kicked off its WGC Bridgestone Invitational party a little early thanks to a 1-2 finish by tour team members Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar at the 2013 RBC Canadian Open, and yet another victory by the resurgent Karrie Webb at the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.
Snedeker carded rounds of 70-69-63-70 for a 16-under par total besting Kuchar and three others by three shots in Ontario. On the other side of the pond, Webb used two eagles in her final round to post 65, winning the Ladies European Masters in comeback fashion.
With his win, Snedeker joins Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Kuchar as the only multi-tournament winners on the PGA TOUR this year and earns his 6th career PGA TOUR victory. The win netted the reigning FedEx Cup champion $1,008,000 and vaulted him into 3rd place in the 2013 FedEx Cup standings. Webb’s victory in Denham, England is her third worldwide win this year, all coming with Bridgestone’s Tour B330-RX golf balls.
Snedeker’s Bridgestone Arsenal
* TOUR B330 Golf Ball
* J40 Cavity Back Irons Black (4-9)
* J40 Black Oxide Wedges (48-degree, 52-degree bent to 51, and 56-degree bent to 55)
“Brandt and Matt both endorse RBC, so if this week is any indication of the level of golf they play at their sponsors’ events we’re all in for a treat at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational,” said Dan Murphy, EVP of Marketing/Sales – Bridgestone Golf, Inc. “As if the PGA TOUR success wasn’t momentum enough, we also had Karrie going out and winning in her Women’s British Open tune-up. There is a ton of great stuff happening at Bridgestone right now and we’re excited to share a taste of it with the golf world this week in Akron.”
Visit www.bridgestonegolf.com to see Bridgestone Golf’s entire 2013 Tour Team and to view the complete lineup of products.
Re-invention of Movable Weight: Easy and Intuitive Slider System to Find Desired Shot Shape
(CARLSBAD, CALIF.) – Following three weeks of buzz on the PGA and European tours sparked by the release of a prototype driver, TaylorMade Golf announced the official arrival of SLDR – a revolutionary new club featuring a sliding weight system engineered to launch the golf ball high, fast and long. How long? Tests show that SLDR is the longest driver in company history.*
“Without a doubt, this is the longest driver we have ever created,” said TaylorMade’s Chief Technical Officer Benoit Vincent. “Our expertise at positioning the CG low and forward sets us apart from our competitors, and is vital to making SLDR the spectacular distance machine that it is.”
In addition to the low-forward CG benefits, SLDR also incorporates a complete reinvention of TaylorMade’s movable weight technology (MWT), making it more effective and easier to use. SLDR features a blue, 20-gram weight that slides on a track located on the front of the sole.
Movable weight shifts the clubhead’s CG horizontally toward either the heel, to promote a draw, or toward the toe, to promote a fade. SLDR delivers six millimeters of movement – that’s 50% more than R1 – promoting a shot-dispersion range of up to 30 yards. The SLDR weight slides on a 21-point track system and never comes loose from the clubhead. To position the weight in any one of them simply loosen the screw, slide the weight to the point selected, then tighten the screw. Golfers can adjust for a “draw” or “fade” by sliding the weight across the slider track into the appropriate position in as little as 10 seconds.
Nearly 10 years ago, TaylorMade brought to market its first movable weight driver, the r7 quad –which featured four small weight cartridges that could be used to change the head’s CG location and influence ball flight. Since that release, TaylorMade’s R&D team has been searching for a way to improve and simplify MWT. The company believes SLDR’s new sliding system is a significant leap forward in its quest to engineer a driver that offers outstanding performance with simple and intuitive technology.
SLDR also incorporates TaylorMade’s Loft-sleeve Technology, which allows the golfer to easily adjust the loft. Golfers can choose from 12 positions within a range of plus-or-minus 1.5 degrees of loft change. The more loft added, the more the face closes and vice-versa.
In addition to its performance and easy-to- use MWT system, golfers will also take note of SLDR’s look and sound. At address, golfers will see a driver that possesses a classic shape and a rich charcoal-gray crown color that contrasts with a silver face to aid with alignment. At impact, the sharp and crisp sound that echoes from the tee box will undoubtedly be that of a TaylorMade driver.
“TaylorMade is well-known for creating technologies that help golfers hit better shots, but we also revere in the beauty of a golf club,” said Executive Vice President Sean Toulon. “It’s a very special feeling when you sole a club for the first time and fall head-over-heels in love with what you see. SLDR is that club. And it is going to make you fall in love with your driver all over again.”
Love at first sight happened when TaylorMade brought a small quantity of SLDR’s to the PGA and European Tours. In its first three weeks on Tour, TaylorMade’s Tour representatives were met with overwhelming player demand to see and hit SLDR. The tour staff even received texts and phone calls from players who followed other tour pros reaction about SLDR on twitter, demanding they get one to test at the Open Championship.
Via twitter, player feedback included:
* Justin Rose (@JustinRose99): “It’s Solid. Great acoustics and Hot Flight.”
* Ken Duke(@DukePGA): “I love this driver.”
* Justin Hicks (JustinHicks2010): “(SLDR) works right out of the box. Hit 100% of fairways in first round using it.”
* Shawn Stefani (ShawnStefani1): “Best driver I have hit in a long time.”
* Darren Clarke (DarrenClarke60): “It goes like a dream.”
In week one, nine SLDR’s were put into play at the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, while four players played the driver at the Scottish Open. Given the scarce availability of SLDR’s, a total of 13 in play worldwide in its first week was unexpected. The following week, 14 players put SLDR in the bag at the Open Championship. TaylorMade expects SLDR to become the No. 1 played driver as early as the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.
Pricing, Options and Availability
Available in four lofts – 8°, 9.5°, 10.5° and 12°, SLDR is equipped with a Fujikura Speeder 57 graphite shaft and TaylorMade high-traction grip. The Tour Preferred version, SLDR TP, combines the same clubhead with the tour-caliber Fujikura Speeder Tour Spec 6.3 graphite shaft. A variety of custom shafts are also available. Availability for SLDR and SLDR TP begins August 9 at a suggested retail price of $399. For more information, please visit taylormadegolf.com
*driver claim based on robot testing of 9.5 drivers in neutral setting at approximately 150mph ball speed.
Monday, July 29, 2013
adidas Golf Tour Staff Professional Brandt Snedeker Wins RBC Canadian Open in adicross Tour Footwear
Snedeker Becomes Fourth Player in 2013 with Multiple Victories on PGA TOUR
(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – adidas Golf Tour Staff professional Brandt Snedeker returned to the winner’s circle for the second time this season after posting a 70-69-63-70-272 total at the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. The win marked the sixth career PGA TOUR victory for Snedeker and his second this season, having previously won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February.
Wearing adidas adicross Tour footwear, the 2012 FedExCup champion carded a 9-under 63 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead into the final round, where he fought windy conditions and a strong field to pull away and finish with a 3-shot victory.
With the win, Snedeker improves from 4th to 3rd in the FedExCup standings.
In the Bag:
* adidas adicross Tour – running white/aluminum/black
Saturday, July 27, 2013
(NEWPORT BEACH, CA) – Hopkins Golf has unveiled TV commercials to be aired for the upstart brand. Hopkins tapped golf industry marketing veteran LifeBrands to help with production of the spots, marketing and media.
A 60 second commercial shows a consumer in a golf shop attempting to buy a set of custom wedges. A 30 second spot shows CEO Greg Hopkins explaining the essence of the company and consumer benefits. Click here to view: http://bit.ly/16jjhhb.
"Greg Hopkins is one of the true giants in the golf industry and we are honored to have been chosen by Hopkins Golf as a marketing partner," said Mark Jones, CEO of LifeBrands. "We love working with innovative brands and Hopkins Golf offers a great opportunity to help reshape the golf industry."
Friday, July 26, 2013
Around the historic Sandhills of North Carolina, nothing compares to the quality, variety and exclusive experience offered at Forest Creek Golf Club
(PINEHURST, N.C.) — For years, renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio has played host to a biennial fundraising event called The Fazio Cup, inviting golfers from around the country to different locations with courses he has designed for a two-day charity competition.
Recalls Fazio: “Some of these people had never been to Pinehurst before; golf fanatics from the West Coast, the Northwest and the Southwest. They had always heard about Pinehurst but for some reason had never gotten there.”
Forest Creek’s developers had turned Fazio loose on 1,265 acres with a carte blanche for designing two golf courses before they even began plotting the development. When Fazio’s South Course at Forest Creek opened in 1996, it was widely hailed as one of the best new designs of the year. Ditto Forest Creek’s North Course, another Fazio masterpiece that made its equally auspicious debut in 2005.
Little wonder Fazio wanted his charity guests to see one of his favorite places. Only one problem: “After their experience,” says Fazio, “they always ask, ‘When are we coming back? When are we playing at Forest Creek again?’ And these are people who get to all the great places in the world.”
When Forest Creek recently built 11 new suites at more than $300,000 apiece on the top floor of its stunning, 43,000 square-foot clubhouse, each providing one of the best golf views across the Sandhills, among the first buyers was Fazio — who has remained a close Forest Creek friend and supporter since the community’s inception.
“I showed up a year-and-a-half ago and saw what the program was, and that they were going to build units in the clubhouse, kind of like the old-time clubs did, where they had rooms and places you could stay,” Fazio says. “I went up and looked at them and said, ‘Gosh, I’ve got to have one of these.’ What a great place to send your friends, my family, my boys. I had to do this. What a place to be.”
Only Golfweek magazine ranks the top residential golf courses in America. And only one community boasts two golf courses consistently ranked in the publication’s Top 50. In and of itself and by almost anyone’s definition, the distinction makes Forest Creek more than simply one of the most outstanding communities to live in a place widely hailed as the birthplace of American golf. It is, plainly and simply, one of the best anywhere.
Take the variety offered by Forest Creek’s two Fazio gems: The rugged-looking North Course, accentuated with waste bunkers and native grasses, has some teeth at 7,209 yards with a slope rating of 144, including two par-3s on the back nine that measure 212 and 215 yards. Meanwhile, the South Course has a more traditional Pinehurst feel with tall pines lining most fairways. Golfers also have an opportunity to settle the score further with a 19th hole — nicknamed the Hog Hole.
“I like how, with a property like Forest Creek, our raters can see the merits of two diverse Fazio-designed course styles side-by-side,” says Bradley S. Klein, national director of the Golfweek’s Best Course ratings program. “The sandy, scrubby look of the North Course (No. 32 in the rankings) contrasts powerfully with the mature parkland sensibility of the South Course (No. 50 in the rankings), and our raters appreciated both of them.”
Forest Creek seemingly has it all. Overlooking the golf courses, its elegant clubhouse complex includes a library and private dining quarters, while an adjacent, “stable-type” old-timey building houses the expansive men’s locker room — simply one of the unique and special places a golfer will enjoy anywhere.
Forest Creek’s real estate is also regarded as the best in the area, but it’s the “pure golf feel” that moves the meter among its prospective buyers.
“Sometimes you need excuses to get back to places,” adds Fazio, who has designed more than 100 courses around the world. “Fortunately for me, I’ve been to a lot of wonderful places. The hard part is how do you get to all these places? When you start getting older you start thinking that time is going to run out if you don’t do these things.”
For more information please visit www.ForestCreekGolfClub.com.
(PHOENIX) - New Quantum Roller named "Most Beneficial Putter" and "Best Value Putter" by the popular golfer's web reference, "All About Putters and Putting."
The comparison study determined "most beneficial" by weighing seventeen evaluation factors on each of the four selling point extremes in the golf putter market: 1) most popular putter, 2) most prestigious putter, 3) cheapest putter, and 4) most technological putter. Since all other putters fall somewhere within the range of these selling point extremes, this study effectively covers the entire putter market. After benefit evaluation was complete, then price was factored in to determine "best value."
The most popular putter scored 3 benefits in the evaluation and at its cost of about $100, gets a value per benefit (VPB) of $100/3= $33. The most prestigious putter scored 8 benefits in the evaluation and at its cost of $350, gets a VPB of $44. The cheapest putter scored 2 benefits in the evaluation and at its cost $30, gets a VPB of $15. The most technological putter, the Quantum Roller, scored 34 benefits in the evaluation and at its cost of $300, gets a VPB of $9.
By scoring 34 benefits, the Quantum Roller was found to be the "most beneficial putter"; about 34/3=11 times more beneficial than the most popular putter; about 4 times more beneficial than the most prestigious putter; and about 17 times more beneficial than the cheapest putter.
With its VPB of $9, the Quantum Roller is also the "best value putter". In comparison with the most popular putter, the Quantum Roller is a better value by 33/9=3.7 times. Likewise the Quantum Roller is a better value than the most prestigious putter by 3.9 times. And the Quantum Roller, even though its price is 10 times higher than the cheapest putter, is a better value by 1.7 times.
Being "Most Beneficial Golf Putter" relates directly to being best for putting performance; while being "Best Value Golf Putter" relates directly to getting your money's worth. The Quantum Roller is best both ways and that's what golfers want.
FOR MORE INFORMATION on this Comparison Study click www.golfputtersbest.com/comparisons.html.
FOR MORE INFORMATION on the Quantum Roller Golf Putter click www.quantumputters.com.
During August, Plans and Programs up to 20 Percent off
(Centennial, Colo.) – The ever-popular Player Performance Sale at GolfTEC, the world leader in golf improvement, is the season’s most cost-effective opportunity for golfers to start playing better and having more fun on the course in 2013 and beyond.
“August’s Player Performance Sale always has a tremendous response,” says Mike Clinton, COO of GolfTEC. “This again becomes the perfect time for our clients take their games to a higher level while taking advantage of this special offer. And, it is a great chance for both new golfers, as well as those returning to the game, to become familiar with GolfTEC in our stress-free setting, working with the best coaches in the world.”
GolfTEC, which this year gave its four millionth lesson, is known as the “go-to name in golf instruction.” Most GolfTEC lessons are taught one-on-one in private, indoor bays that maximize the learning experience. GolfTEC utilizes proprietary teaching technology and the skills of its Certified Personal Coaches to help golfers improve their skills and increase enjoyment of the game.
“Just by starting with a swing evaluation,” Clinton said, “golfers get a feel for how GolfTEC’s proprietary computer software identifies problems with motion, or equipment, and also see our teaching at work.”
The key component is GolfTEC’s proprietary g-SWING system, which combines digital video with motion measurement, capturing body positions throughout the swing. A simple color-coded display guides instruction and reinforces swing changes. Lessons don’t end at the center’s doors. Using the personalized, online Player Performance Center, every student can review his lessons—including full video and the coach’s instructions—anytime and anywhere via the Internet.
Also during August, select GolfTEC Improvement Centers are staging open houses, client parties and barbecues to celebrate the improvement of their students and as a way to showcase GolfTEC’s instructional services, which have a 95 percent success rate among existing students. Events may include special demonstrations of the company’s high-tech teaching systems, as well as contests, giveaways, prizes, and savings on golf equipment and more.
For more information, visit www.GolfTEC.com or call (303) 779-9900.
Group Ranked Among ‘Most Beautiful’ Courses
(Canmore, Alberta) – Canadian Rockies Golf – the collection of elite mountain golf courses in Western Alberta – has launched a social media photo contest for guests who visit the destination this year.
Through August 24, golfers who visit any of the Canadian Rockies Golf course partners and post a photo of their round to either the Facebook or Twitter page feed using the hashtag #CanRockiesGolf, will be entered to win five rounds of golf for two people that can be used through the rest of the season.
Courses include Canmore Golf & Curling Club, The Fairmont Banff Springs, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Silvertip Resort and Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club.
“Canadian Rockies courses provide some of the most stunning scenery in Western Alberta with mountains, lakes and wildlife all steps away from the greens,” said Alan Carter, Director of Golf at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. “This is a great way to show future visitors our beautiful courses and awe-inspiring surroundings.”
A few rules for the contest apply including:
* Photos should be taken recently
* Photos must be posted or shared on one of the Canadian Rockies Golf social media feeds (www.facebook.com/canadianrockiesgolf or www.twitter.com/CanRockies)
* Multiple photos can be submitted
* Name the golf course in the photo
* Submit at least one entry by 12 p.m. MST on Aug. 24 to qualify
* Member, local, visitor and corporate golf rounds are eligible to enter
* Limit one entry per day
Canadian Rockies Courses Ranked “Most Beautiful” in Alberta, Best in Canada
In its current edition, ScoreGolf released its list of “The Most Beautiful Courses in Alberta,” which were wholly comprised of Canadian Rockies Golf courses: The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (No. 1), The Fairmont Banff Springs (2), Kananaskis Country (3), Stewart Creek (4) and Silvertip (5).
ScoreGolf also published its list of the “Top 59 Canadian Public Golf Courses” list, of which The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge ranked the No. 1 course. The Fairmont Banff Springs (No. 3) and Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club (12) were also recognized on the list.
For more information: www.canadianrockiesgolf.net, 855.835.8484 (toll-free).
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Patented Design, Counterweight Technology Helps Golfers Achieve Superior Consistency, Control on the Green
(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) – Boccieri Golf – maker of Tour-proven, backweighted equipment, such as the award-winning Heavy Putter – announces its new Secret Grip Putter Grip was trusted by the winner of the Web.com Tour’s Midwest Classic, contested at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park, KS.
“Early acclaim for the Secret Grip led this great young player to purchase it three weeks ago at The Bear’s Club and we see the immediate positive results” says Stephen Boccieri, President and CEO of Boccieri Golf. “We’ve preached the benefits of counterbalanced equipment for years, with increasing validation by Tour players showing its ability to maximize performance in all areas of the game.”
The putter version of the Secret Grip is easily installed on clubs from any manufacturer for an instant boost in performance. The added weight is achieved via a tungsten insert in the butt-end, combined with a rubber compound 40-percent heavier than what is used in standard grips. It features an oversized design, popular pistol shaping for comfort and an attractive black and green, two-tone color scheme.
Available alongside the full-swing Secret Grip, the putter version may be purchased at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy and Edwin Watts, as well www.SecretGrip.com.
During Jack Nicklaus’ illustrious career, he won 73 PGA Tour titles, including a record 18 major championships, using counterweighted equipment. He currently appears in promotional material for the Secret Grip lines, along with famed teacher Rick Smith, who consistently ranks among the world’s top-10 instructors.
Recent testing of more than 3,000 players shows 95 percent strongly prefer the Secret Grip over traditional offerings. Beyond independent testing, the grips continue to receive praise from scores of leading media, including “Top Products from the PGA Show” honors from Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine.
The Secret Grip is the latest innovation from Boccieri Golf, pioneer of the popular Heavy Putter and critically acclaimed “Control Series” of full-swing clubs.
For more information: www.boccierigolf.com, 888.788.8374.
Celebrate PGA of America’s ‘Family Golf Month’ at Seven Course, 117-Hole Golf Playground
(HAMBURG, N.J.) – Crystal Springs Resort – home to seven distinct golf courses just one hour from New York City – announces the new “Family Foursome” golf and stay package.
Coinciding with the PGA of America’s “Family Golf Month” in July and summer break for schools, the Family Foursome is available with accommodations at either the resort’s comfortably-appointed Minerals Resort & Spa or luxurious Grand Cascades Lodge.
Minerals Resort & Spa:
* One 18-hole round of golf (including shared, four-person cart) on Minerals Course per adult
* Complimentary 18-hole round of golf for all juniors staying in the room ages 17 and under
* Complimentary unlimited access to Minerals Sports Club at Minerals Resort & Spa (including indoor/outdoor heated pools, hot tub, steam room, sauna and more)
Grand Cascades Lodge:
* One 18-hole round of golf (including shared cart) on Cascades Course per adult
* Complimentary 18-hole round of golf for all juniors staying in the room ages 17 and under
* Complimentary use of the 18-hole natural grass putting course (weather permitting)
* Complimentary unlimited access to the one-of-a-kind Biosphere Pool Complex with freeform indoor heated pool, water slide, grotto-like Jacuzzi and steam room
* Complimentary unlimited access to Minerals Sports Club at nearby Minerals Resort & Spa (including indoor/outdoor heated pools, hot tub, steam room, sauna and more)
“We’ve taken the PGA of America’s Golf 2.0 initiative to heart, catering to players of all ages and abilities” says Art Walton, Vice President of Golf Operations at Crystal Springs Resort. “With their family-friendly set ups, our Minerals and Cascades courses are perfect places for parents to practice the time-honored tradition of introducing their children to the game.”
Weekday rates for the Family Foursome package at Minerals Resort & Spa start at $109; weekend rates at $164. Weekday rates at Grand Cascades Lodge start at $176; weekend rates at $249 (all prices per adult and based on double occupancy).
Minerals is a Robert Trent Jones-designed, nine-hole executive course measuring just over 2,300 yards from the regulation tees. It features two holes on each green (one a standard 4.25 inches in diameter, the other eight inches), junior tees and four-person golf carts.
Opened in 2009, the Cascades Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones protégé Roger Rulewich. Also the architect of Crystal Springs’ heralded Ballyowen and Wild Turkey courses, Rulewich stressed playability on the par-36, 3,627-yard layout. Like Minerals, it also features junior tees.
To book, call 973.827.5996 x 2 and mention the Family Foursome package. For more information: www.crystalgolfresort.com.
Exciting changes are coming to American Golfer. In addition to increasing the amount of original content - product reviews and opinion pieces - we'd like to make American Golfer your website. Please send us pictures of you on the golf course. Include information such as:
* Name of course
* What we're looking at (hole number, feature, etc.)
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* If you'd like to add followers, add your Twitter handle, too.
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We look forward to sharing your pictures and thoughts and are excited about the future of American Golfer.
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* If someone is in the picture, who is it?
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(LIVINGSTON, N.J.) - GolfHER announced plans to exhibit Fall immediates and Spring 2014 collections at the PGA Expo, August 19-21 at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In booth 221, GolfHER will be showcasing Fall immediates along with Spring 2014 collections. New for 2014 is a flattering longer sleeve polo option which resolves the dreaded arm area for most women. "This was a complaint from many of my fellow GolfHER's and as always I want to adapt my designs to the customers needs. This is a brand made by a GolfHER for GolfHER's." Sarah encourages all players to share their wants and needs.
Also for 2014 GolfHER is expanding the brand to include skorts that are functional for both golf and tennis. Since many ladies play both sports, GolfHER wanted to integrate this into the brand. GolfHER will be also offering a favorite for all ladies, the LBD, little black dress. This pairs well with our zipper jackets and is golf and 19th hole friendly.
GolfHER was founded on the basis that golf apparel should be fun, fashionable and functional for ladies and juniors. "I wanted to stay true to my childhood dream of creating a brand which celebrates the highly important future of golf, junior players." Sarah is a competitive golfer which reflects in the functionality of GolfHER apparel. The clothing includes functional pockets and fabrics consisting of wicking components and SPF protection.
From August 20-21, GolfHER will exhibit in the apparel section in booth 211 at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
To lower your fashion handicap, visit www.golfhergirl.com.
(ISLAMORADA, Fla.) - It's a golf tournament unlike any Tiger Woods has ever competed in. It's the Conch Scramble, the country's only Golf on the Water Tournament that takes place on the ocean, and it's happening in one of the country's most beautiful locations—the Florida Keys—on September 27 and 28.
Shoving off from Islamorada, each foursome travels by boat from tee to tee, with a designated driver/caddy. Boats are docked and golfers come ashore where they then attempt to land their ball in "floating targets." Each player gets two shots from each tee venue. The event tests golfers' skill, precision, and patience.
All of the balls land in the water, but there's no need to fish them out—the golf balls are biodegradable and turn into fish food after 90 hours.
The weekend includes a kick-off party on September 27, 2013, which has consistently been the party of the year. And after playing nine holes on September 28th, the teams celebrate at The Ocean View lounge with an awards ceremony and plenty of food and fun.
The Conch Scramble is a charity fundraiser with proceeds going to a local non-profit, the Upper Keys Foundation, which provides funding for high school athletes.
The event is the perfect opportunity for golfers from around the country to travel to an idyllic location. The Florida Keys and Key West (http://www.fla-keys.com) are known for their spectacular beaches and endless recreational opportunities such as diving and snorkeling among an array of colorful fish and coral, swimming with the dolphins, fishing in the "Sportfishing Capital of the World," kayaking, and golfing at the public courses on Marathon and Key West. Islamorada is only 90 minutes from the Miami airport.
General registration for a foursome is $500. Spots in the Conch Scramble are limited and the event sells out quickly, so anyone interested in taking a swing at this event should register as soon as possible by registering at www.conchscramble.com. For more information, contact the Conch Scramble at 305-522-1590 or email@example.com.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for any business that wants extended exposure through media campaigns and promotional efforts.
About The Conch Scramble
The Conch Scramble is a 501(c)3 organization that makes grants to nonprofit organizations in an effort to enrich the quality of individual, family, and community life. With hundreds of participants in the golf event as well as in attendance at the kick off party, this is one of the most successful fundraising events in the Keys providing some of the largest grants to local organizations.
The three Championship golf courses by Tom Fazio and Pete Dye that comprise PGA Golf Club at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and the Jim Fazio-designed course at the nearby private PGA Country Club, have all individually earned Rolling Out the Green Carpet certification from the National Women's Golf Alliance (NWGA).
The certification program assesses golf facilities on standards and best practices that make the facility welcoming and attractive to women. A trained NWGA evaluator and three female guests play an 18-hole round to evaluate the facility on five key areas of focus: Golf Course Playability, Customer Service, Golf Course Amenities, Facility Amenities and Golf Programs. Facilities that achieve a score of 80 percent or higher in at least three of these areas receive certification.
The Wanamaker Course received 4-star status. The Ryder Course, Dye Course and the nearby private PGA Country Club course each received 3-star Rolling Out the Green Carpet certification. Valid for three years, the designation also comes with publicity and marketing, including an insignia to use with promotional materials and advertising.
"We are especially proud that all four of our golf courses at PGA Golf Club have earned this important recognition from the National Women's Golf Alliance," said PGA Golf Club General Manager Jimmy Terry. "The Rolling Out the Green Carpet report was extremely thorough and provided valuable insight on how we can best provide an exciting and engaging experience for women golfers at PGA Golf Club, while further enhancing course playability and their overall enjoyment of the game."
Sandy Cross, director of Women's & New Market Initiatives for The PGA of America, adds that the program aligns with the Golf 2.0 "Connecting with Her Playbook" to grow the game, which encourages facilities to become NWGA certified. "It is important that courses that are doing the right things to attract more women be recognized and leverage this distinction. This will help women more easily locate facilities that respond to their value set, attract new women to the game and keep them in the game."
"We salute PGA Golf Club for Rolling Out the Green Carpet for women golfers," said Jan Bel Jan, ASGCA, a founding partner of NWGA and president of Jan Bel Jan Golf Course Design. "The PGA of America's commitment to serving the needs of female golfers is demonstrated by the excellent golf experience that these courses provide. They are leading by example for other facilities throughout the country."
To learn more about Rolling Out the Green Carpet program, see www.nationalwomensgolfalliance.com.
(NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.) - KZG, the #1 Custom ProLine, has just launched their newest game improvement irons, the HPS. Featuring a beveled leading edge, oversize profile, progressive sole width and deep forgiving cavity these irons are the epitome of modern club design.
Advanced perimeter weighting contributes to forgiveness while providing optimal launch and maximum distance. Mid to high handicap players will appreciate the ease of play and forgiveness that is the result of the oversize profile design, stronger lofts, low center of gravity and deep perimeter weighting in the cavity. KZG's proprietary alloy used in the manufacturing of these irons gives the "Feel of Forged" coupled with greater consistency and enhanced feedback.
As expected from the #1 Custom ProLine, all KZG clubs are customizable by KZG professionals clubfitters. The HPS line is no exception and lies can be easily adjusted 3 to 4 degrees to fit different swing types.
KZG products are only available through qualified professional teachers and fitters. MSRP for the HPS Irons starts at $84 in steel and $94 in graphite with numerous shaft options available.
For more information, visit www.kzgolf.com.
(NEW YORK, NY) - Dunning Golf, a premium brand of high performance golf clothing, will provide shirts to contestants that advance through sectional qualifying and compete for the prestigious 111th Metropolitan Amateur Championship at The Stanwich Club. The Met Amateur is one of the nation's oldest amateur championships and its past champions list includes, among others, Walter Travis and Johnson Wagner.
"Dunning Golf is proud to partner with the Metropolitan Golf Association by providing shirts to the tournaments participants. The event represents the best players in the Metropolitan area and it's an honor for Dunning Golf to be a part of it," said Michael J. Setola, President & CEO, Tharanco Lifestyles.
This year, more than 700 players from MGA member clubs competed for select spots in the field in what is annually one of the most difficult events in amateur golf. The Championship will be held on August 1-4 in Greenwich, Conn and helps identify the region's top amateur.
"The Met Amateur is annually recognized as our oldest and most prestigious amateur championship events. It is great to work with Dunning Golf to provide the players with a gift that recognizes this tremendous accomplishment," said Brian Mahoney, the MGA's Director of Rules and Competitions.
Royal Albartross (www.albartross.com), maker of the world's most luxurious golf shoes, has delivered a new collection for St Andrews Links in Scotland, to be launched at their Old Course Pro Shop over the next few weeks.
Alex Bartholomew, Designer Founder at Royal Albartross, said: "We're delighted that such an eminent club wants to offer their members our golf shoes. What we do combines real excellence of engineering with traditional shoe craftsmanship that appeals to lovers of quality. We wanted to make sure that St Andrews' Links wonderful history of excellence is reflected in our collection."
The collection includes two styles for men and two for women, and features a mix of traditional St Andrews colours and their chosen palette for the upcoming season's golf wear. The Royal Albartross design team worked closely with the club to get the colours and materials exactly right, reflecting that glorious history in a brand spanking new shoe.
For men, the collection will feature the Connoisseur Nero; a beautiful Oxford brogue in black with red detailing. The Royal Albartross design team liked this colour way so much they decided to add it to the 2013 collection (available to reserve for shipping on 22nd July). The second shoe in the men's collection is the black and white Grayson, which Royal Albartross created especially for St Andrews Links. This contemporary take on a classic two tone is perfect for a round on the historic St Andrews Old Course.
The ladies' styles have been chosen for their haute couture styling combined with the latest cleat technology. First is the Kitty Driver, a delicate vision in mint green and white - elegant both on the Links and on the patio for cocktails. Second is the Fairway Belle, a lavish creation of startling fuchsia pink faux lizard and the St Andrews Links 'Middrie' mauve on white. These perfectly match the ladies' tartan colour palette.
Kevin Liddle, Retail Manager at St Andrews Links, said: "We are pleased to be working with a company such as Royal Albatross. St Andrews Links values heritage, excellence and tradition at the heart of everything we do, including the manufacturers we work with. Royal Albatross has an excellent reputation for its unique, bespoke collections and we are delighted to be stocking this new collection, designed exclusively for the Links."
The St Andrews Links collection shows the cream of the Royal Albartross crop: luxurious and stylish design combined with pro golfer precision. Perfect shoes for a perfect game.
The St Andrews Links collection will be available from the club's Pro Shop and online at standrews.org.uk/shop. Royal Albartross summer 2013 collections are available online from 22nd July.
To get in touch with Royal Albartross, call +44 208 1448 753, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.albartross.com.
(Portland, Ore.) – Golf Media Network and the A Position.com travel to the high desert to bring the reports of four journalists on assignment to cover the golf courses and brew pubs of Central Oregon. Long known as one of the craft-brewing capitals of the world, and also famous for whitewater rafting, mountain biking, golf, and other adventure sports, Central Oregon is home to The Legends Collection—five golf resorts featuring 171 holes routing across rivers, through canyons, and in the shadows of snow-capped peaks. The resorts include Brasada Ranch, Pronghorn, Sunriver, Black Butte Ranch, and Tetherow.
Award-winning writer Tom Bedell is the only member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the North American Guild of Beer Writers. His work has appeared in Travel & Leisure Golf, Celebrated Living, Lexus Magazine, and many other top publications.
Jeff Wallach, Executive Editor of the A Position, has published in The New York Times, Money Magazine, Outside, and other magazines and newspapers. The author of five books, he claims to have a pretty good short game for a journalist.
Christopher Smith is the PGA Lead Instructor at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore., and at the KOR Physical Therapy and Athletic Wellness Clinic in Beaverton, Ore.. He is the author of I’ve Got 99 Swing Thoughts but ‘Hit the Ball’ Ain’t One, and his teaching methods have been featured in GolfWeek, Golf Digest, and The Wall Street Journal. He is also the world speed golf champion.
The writers’ exploits in Central Oregon will be captured by Scottish videographer David Whyte. Whyte is a video producer, writer and photographer specializing in golf travel. His golf destination videos appear on airlines around the world in 'Golf Passport', a 30-minute program exploring the best places to stay and play.
According to Alana Hughson, President and CEO of the Central Oregon Visitor’s Association, "Central Oregon's golf and craft brew scene has attracted a lot of media coverage over the years, but never has a collection of top quality journalists such as the Golf Road Warriors conducted such an in-depth 'investigation' of the region's golf, recreation, and other tourism assets. Reviewing and reporting on five resorts that combine to create one of the country's top golf destinations is an arduous task, but we know the guys are up to the challenge."
Check out the warriors’ field reports at GolfRoadWarriors.com and theAposition.com.
(FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla.) - Edwin Watts Golf Shops, one of the world’s largest specialty golf retailers with over 90 locations, announced new instructional programs and offerings at the Edwin Watts Golf Academies located at the Savannah, Ga., Naples, Fla., and Palm Harbor, Fla. shops. The Savannah, Naples and Palm Harbor academies join 16 other locations nationwide that offer advanced instructional programming from certified golf professionals.
In addition to providing lessons, Edwin Watts Golf Academy certified instructors can utilize the Company’s in-store launch monitor and swing analysis software to conduct custom fitting sessions for golfers of all ages and skill levels. In fact, all instructors have access to the “ClubSmarts Report,” the centerpiece of Edwin Watts Golf’s ARC (Advanced Robot Certified) Club Matching System, designed to objectively “club match and performance fit” golfers with products that best perform to their swing characteristics.
“Golfers of all skill levels can benefit from this type of instruction, as Marc Fagan has implemented a fantastic curriculum that has proven to be effective,” said John Watson, CEO, Edwin Watts Golf. “By using advanced technology to capture your swing, our certified instructors can pinpoint exactly what you’re doing right – and wrong – and immediately work on the necessary swing adjustments to help optimize your performance.”
The Edwin Watts Golf Academy curriculum was created by longtime certified teaching professional, Marc Fagan. While Fagan oversees all instructional programming, the Senior Instructors at each respective location are Cliff Carlile, Palm Harbor; J.T Watkins, Naples; and Derek Knowles, Savannah. For information on instructional programs available at the Palm Harbor, Naples or Savannah locations, or for a list of all Edwin Watts Golf Academies that offer instructional programming, visit www.edwinwattsgolfacademy.com.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
(CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.) - Hireko Golf, one of the golf industry's most complete sources for golf clubs, components, clubmaking tools, supplies, and technical knowledge announced the arrival of their new for 2013 Dynacraft VLS Adjustable Wedge. With the versatile Dynacraft VLS Adjustable Wedges, golfers can now fine-tune their wedge play to adjust to the type of ball they prefer and to get the ball to land closer to the hole and toward a lower score.
Changing a golf club wedge's trajectory, spin and the amount of roll once it lands on the green has always been a matter of the proper loft selection. In cases where the loft, ball or shaft selection is not exactly correct, golf wedges can often be adjusted for loft. However that alters the bounce angle and potentially the effectiveness of the wedge in the hands of the golfer. The Dynacraft VLS (Variable Launch and Spin) Adjustable Wedge features two interchangeable inserts: a 3g black anodized aluminum and 17g stainless steel. The 14g or 1/2 ounce disparity in weight alters the center of gravity to produce two unique sets of conditions for the ultimate adjustable golf wedge.
Hireko Golf's Technical Director Jeff Summitt states, "With the heavier insert at the bottom of the head, it produces an adjustable golf wedge with a lower and more forward center of gravity (as shown by the yellow line). The blue line shows the heavier weight at the top of the clubhead producing a slightly higher and more rearward center of gravity. Most golfers understand that a lower center of gravity will create a higher launch angle. However, we found by testing golfers that wasn't always the same case. Surprisingly what changed most was the spin rate by as much as 1000 rpms with the higher CG position creating a low spin rate. This affects many parameters including carry distance, landing angle and ultimately the amount of roll once the ball hits the green not only on full shots but partial shots as well."
The custom assembled Dynacraft VLS Wedges are available in right hand AW, SW and LW. They are available custom assembled online for $39.95 each (also comes with one each 3g black anodized aluminum and one each 17g stainless steel weights) at www.hirekogolf.com.
Marriott Vacation Club Resorts in Orlando, Fla., and Palm Desert, Calif., Combine World-Class Golf Instruction, Luxurious Villas and Family Amenities
(ORLANDO, Fla.) - As golfers seek alternatives for summer fun, the new Marriott Golf Academy, with locations at Marriott’s Grande Vista resort in Orlando, Fla., and Marriott’s Shadow Ridge resort in Palm Desert, Calif., debuted “Get Schooled & Stay Cool” at Marriott Golf Academy, available now through September 30. This 3-day summer golf school package, which includes lodging, provides avid golfers and golfing families with a golf instructional experience at two of the finest golf and resort destinations in the U.S. Each resort features luxurious and fully equipped one- or two-bedroom villa accommodations, access to refreshing pools, and a fully air conditioned indoor swing studio, to help all golfers beat the heat. Further, golfers and families seeking to extend their trip will receive preferred rates at each location.
Marriott Golf Academy offers a wide range of expert instructional programming for golfers of all skills levels, from low-handicap elite golfers seeking a competitive advantage to newcomers seeking an introductory golf experience that is matched to their needs. The “Get Schooled & Stay Cool” at Marriott Golf Academy 3-day summer golf school is taught at a maximum 4-to-1 ratio to ensure each student receives the dedicated attention he or she deserves and includes 12 hours of golf instruction where you'll learn techniques for your full swing, essential areas of the short game and practice techniques to help you successfully transfer your skills to the golf course.
Additionally, the 3-day golf school includes a Club Fitter’s Workshop equipment evaluation, unlimited access to championship golf and practice facilities, video swing analysis with access to the web-based Alumni Clubhouse, and daily lunch with the golf instructor.
Located in highly desirable destinations, Marriott Golf Academy, which is based at two acclaimed Marriott Vacation Club resorts, offers a breadth of golf instructional programs, all offering spacious and luxurious one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas, fully equipped with all the comforts of home and complemented by an assortment of on-site amenities and activities for golf groups, couples or the entire family.
The Orlando based location, adjacent to Marriott’s Grande Vista resort, boasts a 35-acre instructional facility offering full swing and short game areas, a 9-hole golf course, Swing Analysis Studio, Club Fitter’s Workshop, and is adjacent to Marriott’s Grande Pines Golf Club, which provides the perfect 18-hole championship golf experience for students. The Marriott Golf Academy, located just minutes away from the family attractions exclusive to Orlando, serves as the ultimate family vacation destination.
Marriott’s Shadow Ridge resort is located in the scenic Coachella Valley, a popular international destination for golf aficionados set against the beautiful backdrop of the snow-capped Santa Rosa Mountains in Palm Desert, Calif. The golf resort, which boasts luxurious villa accommodations and unmatched amenities for the whole family, is complemented by a world-class practice facility, a state-of-the-art swing studio, Club Fitter’s Workshop and an 18-hole championship golf course. This beautiful and peaceful valley is often referred to as the “golf capital of the world” because of its ideal playing conditions and abundance of courses.
In addition to the “Get Schooled & Stay Cool” package, consumers can take advantage of introductory pricing and additional discounts on 3-day golf schools without lodging, 2-day golf schools with or without lodging and 3-hour sessions.
For information on the “Get Schooled & Stay Cool” at Marriott Golf Academy summer golf school package, and other programs at Marriott Golf Academy, visit www.marriottgolfacademy.com/get-schooled-introductory-pricing.html or call 855-642-2369.