Monday, June 30, 2014

Global Golf Icon Sergio Garcia Shocks Local Golfers at Historic Bethpage State Park Golf Course

International Star Passes Out TaylorMade Golf SLDR S Drivers and Tees off with Select Groups on First Hole of Black Course

(Carlsbad, Calif.) – It was just another spring morning at Bethpage Golf Course in Farmingdale, New York. Local golfers flocking to the picturesque clubhouse, warming up and congregating at the driving range. These unsuspecting local golfers were oblivious to how their experience was about to get even better.

Fresh from Pinehurst, North Carolina, and on his way to the Travelers Championship (where he would finish T2), Sergio Garcia made a quick pit-stop in Long Island.

Click HERE to see the video.

Garcia’s ambush was all part of TaylorMade Golf’s “Distance for All” campaign, which promotes the company’s new SLDR S driver. Since last summer, SLDR has been the No. 1 played driver on Tour. The SLDR S driver is designed to fit a wide variety of golfers and deliver distance regardless of swing speed. Click HERE to learn more about the SLDR S family of metalwoods.

TaylorMade-adidas Golf & Ashworth Golf Tour Staffer Justin Rose Wins Quicken Loans National

Win is First on PGA TOUR for Yet-To-Be-Released UDI (Ultimate Driving Iron) and Another for Revolutionary Speed Pocket Technology Found in TaylorMade’s Tour Preferred Irons

(Carlsbad, Calif.) – Known for emerging victorious on some of the most challenging layouts on the PGA TOUR, TaylorMade-adidas Golf and Ashworth Golf Tour staffer Justin Rose (@JustinRose99) came from behind to win the Quicken Loans National in a playoff at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland; his sixth win on the PGA TOUR.

What You Need to Know:
· TaylorMade had 52 drivers in play at Congressional, once again staking claim to the #1 driver brand played on the PGA TOUR
· Rose put TaylorMade’s new, not-yet-released UDI (Ultimate Driving Iron) in the bag prior to Thursday’s first round
· Rose’s Tour Preferred ATV 58 & 60 wedges were given a custom grind in advance of the tournament. Additionally, he went from 52* to 53* to add bounce for the tournament
· Rose’s win is the third this season for adidas Golf footwear featuring revolutionary gripmore technology, having also been worn by Martin Kaymer during his victories at THE PLAYERS as well as the 114th U.S. Open Championship
· Rose has been a TaylorMade Golf Staffer since 1999 and an Ashworth Golf Tour Staffer since 2012
· Rose earns 500 FedExCup points and is projected to jump 31 spots to 12th in the standings
· In addition to Rose, fellow TMaG tour staffers Shawn Stefani, Andres Romero and Brendon Todd finished second and T5, respectively

Rose switched from the R1 driver to the SLDR at the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and has kept it in the bag ever since. Currently the No. 1 played driver model on the PGA Tour, the SLDR is engineered with a remarkable low and forward center of gravity (CG) placement which results in dramatically reduced spin rates.

Earlier this year TaylorMade introduced the SLDR Mini Driver, a club designed for use off the tee with more distance and forgiveness than a traditional 3-wood. Now, the makers of the No. 1 driver in golf have developed another club designed to find more fairways; the not-yet-released Ultimate Driving Iron. Rose was one of two players who put UDI in the bag, opting to play the 20-degree (#3) at the Quicken Loans National in preparation for the Open Championship.

In addition to his new UDI, Rose also played the Tour Preferred MB irons. He first added them to his bag at the Northern Trust Open in February and has played them throughout the 2014 PGA TOUR season to this point.

Complementing his bag full of TaylorMade clubs, Rose was one of the first on staff to wear adidas Golf’s new adicross gripmore footwear, which he first put into play at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. An evolution in golf footwear, gripmore technology is an innovation in golf footwear cleat design that combines the performance benefits of spiked and spikeless footwear into one revolutionary technology. Alongside unbelievable grip, the adicross gripmore is among the most green-friendly shoe the company has ever created. Also an Ashworth Golf Tour staffer since 2012, Rose wore Ashworth Golf apparel throughout the tournament.

In Rose’s Bag
* SLDR 430 Driver (10.5*)
* SLDR Fairway (16.5*)
* Tour Preferred UDI #3 (20*)
* Tour Preferred MB (2014) (4-PW)
* Tour Preferred X Golf Ball
* Tour Preferred ATV Grind Wedge (52*, 58* & 60*)
* White Smoke DA-62 prototype
* adidas Golf adicross gripmore Footwear
* Ashworth Golf Apparel
* TaylorMade TP Glove & headwear

Lightning Golf Introduces Two Unique Golf Balls that Demand Your Attention

(RELEASE) - Lightning Golf announced two golf balls which are sure to make a mark on the golf equipment market in the very near future. The HL3 SmackDaddy and the HL2 Volt are uniquely designed to offer golfers the distance and feel they need to improve their games and reach the next level. Each ball has been created with a specific player in mind – the HL3 for those with swing speeds over 92 MPH, and the HL2 for those under that mark.

The HL3 SmackDaddy
This is the ball for the player who already has a solid game and wants to take the next step – a step that they have been unable to take by using the same old golf balls found on shelves all over the country. The HL3 is a 3-layer golf ball with a urethane cover that offers the same kind of performance you would expect from a tour-level ball. A 318-dimple pattern helps give you that piercing ball flight we all want, yet it stills feels soft on and around the greens thanks to that urethane cover.

The HL2 Volt
Although it is designed for lower swing speed players, this isn’t a ‘rock’ that most beginning golfers are stuck playing with. The Volt has great playability because it still has a urethane cover like the HL3, but only has a two-layer design so it is easier to compress. Also, the HL2 has 332 dimples which allows for higher ball flight trajectory which helps golfers with lower swing speeds get every last yard possible. Instead of choosing between feel and distance as many beginners are forced to do, the Volt offers the best of both worlds.

Beyond offering two great golf balls for consumers to pick from, Lightning Golf also has another unique offering that is sure to be of interest to serious golfers – a subscription service. Instead of realizing too late that you are almost out of golf balls, Lightning Golf will deliver you a predetermined number of balls on a periodic basis (Either a dozen or a sleeve, available monthly or bi-monthly) so you are always well-stocked and ready to hit the links at a moment’s notice.

For golfers who are striving to reach their full potential, the HL2 Volt and HL3 SmackDaddy from Lightning Golf are golf balls that are changing the way players think and buy their golf balls. For more information or to place an order, visit

* To receive a 15% discount, use code AMERICANGOLFER.

Not-So-Serious Golf Outing Raises More Than $60,000 to Prevent Child Abuse

11th Annual Tournament Rallies the Community around Local Kids

(Fullerton, CA) - The Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center today announced the success of the 11th Annual Not-So-Serious Golf Outing at Coyote Hills Golf Course on June 24 which raised more than $60,000 to fight child abuse.

“The Not So Serious Golf Outing is a great way for the community to come together in a lighthearted way to tackle the issue of child abuse,” said Scott Trotter, Executive Director of the Child Abuse Prevention Center. “We are grateful that so many people in Orange County care about our kids and made the day a success.”

Players enjoyed a Wonderland-themed “tee party” and nine holes of “not-so-serious” golf at Coyote Hills Golf Course. The event led by committee chairs Roxanne Day and Nancy Ponce was attended by 130 guests including Anne Scioscia, Patty Hatcher and Andrea Jepsen. Top auction prizes included a Mexican Retreat and Adventure in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, a luxurious Catalina Island getaway, a golf foursome package at top golf courses, a week in Silverthorne, Colorado and a golf getaway in Mount Hood, Oregon. The evening’s major sponsors included Angels Baseball LP, Ginali Associates, Novare National Settlement Service, Pizza Hut, Chicago Title, Pacific Premier Bank, First American Title Insurance Company, Jersey Mike's and Flavor Pursuit Bakeshop.

About The Child Abuse Prevention Center
The Child Abuse Prevention Center is dedicated to serving at-risk children and families in crisis. As Orange County’s leading not-for-profit organization focused exclusively on the prevention of child abuse, the early intervention programs of the Prevention Center have a well-documented record of working to prevent child abuse before it occurs.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Congressional Country Club Added to StrackaLine Green Reading App

(HOUSTON, TX) – StrackaLine announces that Congressional CC, this week’s Pro stop, in Bethesda, MD now has their greens scanned by StrackaLine’s patented technology for tracking the exact slopes and breaks of a golf courses' putting green.

“We are excited to provide StrackaLine for the TV viewer. The StrackaLine Apple App will help them better understand which way the putt will break while they are watching golf on TV”, said Jim Stracka. “With the addition of Congressional, you can watch the Pros putt this week at the Quicken Loans National.”

Use this link to download the App:

Every week, you can go to to see the Pro pin sheets and the Putt of the Week as depicted by Dennis Paulson and Carl Paulson from Inside the Ropes on XM Radio every Monday.

StrackaLine is the patented technology for tracking the exact slopes and breaks of a golf courses’ putting green topography. The iOS app renders 3D laser scan data to calculate the exact aim point to make your putt. Used by professional golfers and their caddies since 2008, StrackaLine is revolutionizing the most important part of the game. "Own the App. Own the green."

Additionally, golf courses can use StrackaLine at their local course for training and automated hole location software (Ho Lo).  “Ho Lo” is a revolutionary time saver to assist tournament directors in creating pin-sheets.

For more information, visit

Friday, June 27, 2014

Celebrate 'Frantic Friday' with IJP Design

(RELEASE) - On June 27, June IJP Design is launching Frantic Friday. IJP Design loves to keep you on your toes and is giving you the best deals yet.

‘Please avoid slow play at all times.’ All golfers are familiar with this phrase and Frantic Friday is no different as customers will need to be quick to take advantage of the crazy deals and giveaways.

IJP Design will be running hourly competitions on their social platforms with giveaways to be announced every hour. The deals and giveaways will be on the IJP Design website as well as on their social platforms including:
* Twitter: @ijpdesign
* Facebook:
* Pintrest:
* Instagram:

The frantic deals will be running every four hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (BST) with a sizzling fire sale. Be sure to keep an eye out on your email inbox too as IJP Design will be sending out an e-mail to their clubhouse members with all the details on the frantic Friday deals. If you haven’t already signed up to their clubhouse, you can do so here: to make sure you catch all the deals.

Good luck, stay focused and get ready for the quickest 18 holes you have ever played!

Bobby Jones Celebrates Summer with Patriotic Hues that Honor Namesake's Legacy of American Pride

'Pitch and Run' Collection Offers Patriotic Comfort and Style From Fairways to Fireworks

(Bordentown, NJ) – Bobby Jones, celebrating the iconic apparel brand’s 25th anniversary in 2014, today unveiled a new summer selection of luxury apparel showcasing America’s favorite color palette in a contemporary, sophisticated manner that would make the brand’s namesake proud. The Bobby Jones “Pitch and Run” line offers the same unparalleled attention to detail and luxurious hand feels golfers have come to expect from Bobby Jones, with an infusion of patriotic hues ideal for Independence Day golf outings and barbecues.

“To create a summer clothing offering that is true to who Bobby Jones was we designed a collection that proudly showcases the colors of our Nation,” said Andy Bell, President/CEO of Jones Global Sports. “In addition to our brand’s namesake being one of the greatest golfers to ever live, Mr. Jones also was a tremendous patriot.  As early as age 15, Mr. Jones was part of an extended golf exhibition tour to raise money for the American Red Cross during the First World War, and he followed that up, by serving on the front lines in World War II at age 42, actually having been part of the second wave entering Normandy on D-Day Plus One.”

Highlighting Bobby Jones Americana-themed offerings are their exclusive Supreme Cotton garments. Made of 120/2 100% Pima gassed cotton interlock construction for the ultimate in comfort. Bobby Jones popular Solid Supreme Cotton polo and Supreme Flag Stripe polo, each are offered in vivid Cambridge Red and Sapphire Blue color schemes.

Continuing Bobby Jones collection of fine cotton knits fit for Fourth of July are those constructed from 60/2 Double Mercerized 100% Egyptian Cotton, providing the wearer with a glossy luster and soft silk-like hand feel that is breathable and luxurious.

Bobby Jones offers golfers 8 different styles of Double Mercerized Egyptian Cotton tops in beautiful red, white and blue, including the brand new Wedge Jacquard, Eagle Stripe, Vintage Paisley Print and Fil Coupe Jac.

The Wedge Jacquard is a flat knit collar polo that features a tuck stitch jacquard stripe, birdseye top collar and solid under collar with tipping, and is available in Cambridge Red and Sapphire. The Eagle Stripe offers a hybrid flat knit collar with a yarn-dye jersey stripe pattern throughout the body of the shirt, contrasting with a fine line stripe top collar and solid under collar with tipping. Eagle Stripe is available in Cambridge Red, Summer Navy and White. Both the Vintage Paisley Print and Fil Couple Jac feature a tailored self collar with stand. The Vintage Paisley delivers style and flair with a jacquard paisley print beautifully set against a vibrant Cambridge Red or Summer Navy both featuring a button at the back collar. While the Fil Coupe Jac stuns in a chic argyle pattern and is available in Cambridge Red, Sapphire, Summer Navy and White.

All of Bobby Jones elegant Double Mercerized 100% Egyptian Cotton knits for summer feature new signature mother-of-pearl buttons with a laser engraved logo and Mobilon stretch tape in the shoulders providing unrestricted range of motion during the golf swing.

Bobby Jones signature XH2O line offers the impeccable detail and style that is characteristic of golf’s premier luxury lifestyle brand, integrated into performance poly garments that provide ultimate moisture wicking function, UV protection and breathability, with a USA-themed tinge for Summer 2014.

The red, white and blue XH2O poly line — 5 distinctive styles of polo shirt — all deliver remarkable moisture-wicking performance and are perfectly tailored for off-course daily use as well as high performance on-course sportswear. Each of the shirts features Polyester/Lycra blend construction for quick drying, UV protection (UPF 15) and an anti-microbial shield.  With attention to both function and form, the garments’ shoulder-to-shoulder stretch taping complements athletic movement during a golfer’s swing while fortifying the polos’ seams for maximum durability.

New for Summer 2014, the XH20 Tyre Polo and Backswing Stripe complement the popular Performance Poly Pique, Hook Stripe and Micro Stripe with cutting edge designs that appeal to today’s golfers. The Tyre Polo is constructed of a 92% Poly/8% Lycra blend that utilizes technical precision cut lines at the arms, side panels and back, and Raglan seam stretch inserts at the back to aid in the golf swing.  The Tyre Polo’s new eye-catching color block design and contrast tipping under collar, paired with new metallic poly laser color buttons is a combination sure to turn heads on and off the course.  Bobby Jones new patriotic polos range in price from $79.50-$110.00 and are available June 30 at retail.

Complementing the new red, white and blue hued polos, Bobby Jones offers golfers a full line of patriotic themed layering pieces, bottoms, woven button down shirts and accessories that are perfect for all facets of on-course and off-course life.

For a quarter century, Bobby Jones has provided luxury men’s and women’s sportswear, including polo shirts, button downs, shorts, slacks and premium layering items to demanding consumers looking to exude a classy, cool confidence on and off the course. The Bobby Jones brand can be found at the finest golf clubs, resorts and haberdasheries in the world. For more information on the Bobby Jones brand, visit

Premier Golf Unveils Ryder Cup ‘Then & Now’ Package to Scotland and Ireland

(DULUTH, GA) – Premier Golf – the exclusive provider of North American Ryder Cup packages since 1991 – unveils the all-encompassing “Then & Now” experience, combining a trip to the 2014 matches in Scotland with a stop at The K Club in Ireland, site of the 2006 Ryder Cup.

The 5-star K Club, located 22 miles from Dublin, is home to two championship golf courses, including the Arnold Palmer designed Ryder Cup course. Guests will play both courses and stay three nights in a luxurious Superior Room, either before or after attending the Ryder Cup in Scotland, Sept. 24-29.

Ryder Cup accommodations are at St. Andrews Old Course Hotel and include a four-day ticket to the 2014 matches at Gleneagles, as well as several exclusive privileges.

Guests who purchase this deluxe package ($6,595 per person, double occupancy) save 20 percent by combining the two trips, which include:
· 3 nights at The K Club with full Irish breakfast daily
· 2 rounds of golf at The K Club
· Table D’hôte dinner in The River Room Restaurant one evening
· 25-minute Rasul treatment in the K Spa
· 80-minute K Spa Journey treatment
· Complimentary use of K Club golf practice facilities and golf welcome gift
· Complimentary K Club buggies (carts) and complimentary golf rental sets
· 5 nights at St Andrews Old Course Hotel (Eden View room) with full Scottish breakfast daily
· Welcome Cocktail reception
· Ryder Cup Travel Pavilion ticket (valid Thursday – Sunday)
· Official Ryder Cup transportation in and out of Gleneagles (valid Thursday – Sunday)
· Saturday evening dinner and entertainment at the Kinkell Byre St Andrews
· Ryder Cup gift
· All taxes

“Only the most spectacular courses are selected to host the Ryder Cup, and we wanted to offer travelers a taste of these select world-class locales,” says Jim Ward, President of Premier Golf.  “Combining two of the finest European getaways in one package gives guests a well-rounded idea of where the greatest event in golf has been and where it’s going.”

A licensed partner of the PGA of America for 25 years, Premier Golf has sent more than 25,000 people to the Ryder Cup since 1991. The company also provides experienced travel services to some of the world’s classic international and U.S. destinations, including Bandon Dunes, Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Kohler and PGA Village.

“A la carte” Ryder Cup packages that include tee times at some of the most iconic courses in Scotland are also available, providing on-site assistance, transfers to and from the course, and more.

Many packages are sold out or have limited availability. For more details, or to receive a free package quote, visit or call 866.260.4409.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

TaylorMade Staff Professional Michael Block Wins 2014 PGA Professional National Championship

Block leads a group of 20 club professionals into the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club

(Carlsbad, Calif.) – TaylorMade Staff Professional Michael Block, the PGA head professional at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, Calif., won the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship (PNC) at The Dunes Beach & Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Block secured the title after defeating fellow TaylorMade Staffer Jamie Broce in a two-hole sudden death playoff.

Each day, club professionals have direct contact with the golfer and spur the industry. They’re the group that conducts tournaments, provides lessons and operates the golf shop. But it’s not every day that they have the opportunity to showcase their playing ability on a national stage.

When given that opportunity, more PGA club professionals elected to use TaylorMade drivers (146 – 46% of the field) than any other brand. In addition, TaylorMade putters were No. 1 at the PNC with 112 in play.

The top 20 finishers will again have the chance to display their playing prowess, as they each qualified for the PGA Championship. Block - who played the SLDR driver, Tour Preferred irons, Tour Preferred X golf ball and wore the adidas gripmore shoe – was one of 10 TaylorMade staff professionals to earn a berth in the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

TaylorMade Club Professionals Competing in the PGA Championship
1 Michael Block
2 Jamie Broce
3 Stuart Deane
T5 Rod Perry
T5 Bob Sowards
T8 David Hronek
11 Steve Schneiter
T16 Eric Williamson
T16 Brian Norman
T16 Ryan Helminen

Nike Golf Reveals New Women’s Lunar Adapt Shoe

Premium meets performance in Nike Golf’s newest Versatility style for women

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) – Nike Golf introduces the Lunar Adapt shoe, available at retail July 1. Featuring feminine design details like a sleek, sporty silhouette and pops of bright color, and a modernized Nike waffle tread for superior traction and control, it’s Nike Golf’s most versatile women’s footwear option yet for on and off-course fun.

With a premium full-grain waterproof leather upper and full-length Lunar drop-in sockliner for lightweight, responsive cushioning, the Lunar Adapt is as comfortable as it is classy. The crafted, low-profile design allows for incredible ground feel and casual wear while a rubber cupsole construction offers superior stability.

“We wanted to create a shoe that women want to wear when they’re playing golf just as much as they want to wear when they’re hanging out with their friends,” says Carl Madore, Nike Golf Innovation Design Lead. “The Lunar Adapt has all the performance technology golfers need, like Integrated Traction and Lunarlon cushioning, within a versatile design that make it great for everyday wear.”

Since introducing Integrated Traction technology in footwear in 2010, Nike Golf has continued to improve the tread design for a combination of incredible traction and off-course comfort. The iconic Nike waffle sole featured on the Lunar Adapt provides a more aggressive tread for superior grip and control, while echoing Nike’s deep roots in athletic footwear.

Women’s Nike Lunar Adapt
* Availability: July 1, 2014
* Color offerings: Pure Platinum/Hyper Pink-Cool Grey; Light Ash/Hyper Grape-Ivory; and Fuchsia Force/Light Ash-Medium Ash
* Street Price: $100

Bobby jones Returns to Royal Liverpool

(Bordentown, NJ) ­– Bobby Jones, celebrating the iconic brand’s 25th anniversary in 2014, announced today the opening of The Royal Liverpool Golf Club’s Bobby Jones ‘Shop in Shop.’ An apt addition to the concept that the business is rolling out worldwide, given that this prestigious golf club was the host venue for The Open that Jones won as part of his historic 1930 Grand Slam.

“It has been a pleasure to work with the team at Bobby Jones this year,” said John Heggarty, Head Pro at The Royal Liverpool Golf Club. “2014 is such an exciting year for the Royal Liverpool Golf Club and it is fantastic to be reminded of the greats that have played and won on our course in previous Open championships.”

The dedicated shop area has been outfitted with specially commissioned furniture, pictures of Bobby Jones from the 1930 Grand Slam and a bespoke ‘Greatest of them All’ point-of-sale display designed to commemorate the brand’s 25th Anniversary. In addition to the Bobby Jones branding, a range of crested Royal Liverpool Bobby Jones garments are available to purchase, providing a perfect memento of the 143rd Open Championship.

For a quarter century, Bobby Jones has provided luxury men’s and women’s sportswear, including polo shirts, button downs, shorts, slacks and sweaters/knits to demanding consumers looking to exude a classy, cool confidence on and off the course. The Bobby Jones brand can be found at the finest golf clubs, resorts and haberdasheries in the world. For more information on the Bobby Jones brand, visit

PGA and Champions Win Using OBAN Kiyoshi Shafts

(CHICAGO, IL) - OBAN is celebrating a stellar week on Tour with first place finishes at the Travelers Championship and Air Capital Classic. The PGA Tour Travelers champion fired seven straight birdies to win the tournament held last week in Cromwell, CT.  Using three Kiyoshi Purple shafts in his Ping driver, TaylorMade 3-wood and Adams hybrid, he set a new PGA record for finishing with the most consecutive birdies to win a tournament.  On the Tour, in his first professional start after qualifying on Monday at the Air Capital Classic, the champion used a Kiyoshi White shaft in combination with his TaylorMade R1 driver to win the tournament by one stroke.

Breaking new ground on the LPGA Tour, an 11-year old golf prodigy, the youngest player in US Open history, carried three OBAN Devotion shafts.

PGA Tour Travelers Championship – Winner 
* Ping Driver – Kiyoshi Purple 65 – X
* TaylorMade 3-Wood – Kiyoshi Purple 85 – X
* TaylorMade Hybrid – Kiyoshi 100 Hybrid – X Air Capital Classic – Winner 
* TaylorMade R1 Driver – Kiyoshi White 75 – X

“We are elated over OBAN’s success last week on the PGA and tours,” said Ralph Reichert, OBAN’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. “The performance of our complex structural shaft designs manufactured using high modulus graphite materials continues to be validated on Tour, with last week’s winners using a total of four OBAN Kiyoshi shafts.”

For more information about OBAN Composites, visit or contact OBAN Composites at 866-607-0284.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Members of the 59 Club Gather for a Legendary Conversation June 30 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

Rich Lerner Hosts Roundtable Discussion with Elite Group, Including Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, Annika Sorenstam, Paul Goydos and Stuart Appleby

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – While there have been 23 perfect games in baseball and 12 people who have walked on the moon, only seven people have ever shot a record score of 59 in competition on either the PGA TOUR or LPGA Tour. Five who can claim the moniker of Mr. or Mrs. 59 will join host Rich Lerner for a roundtable discussion about how the feat changed their lives and careers on the next installment of Legendary Conversation, Monday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

Joining Lerner are:*
Al Geiberger – He created PGA TOUR history as the first to accomplish the feat during the second round scorching heat of the 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic. The fact that he hit every fairway and every green, and had only 23 putts still resonates.
Chip Beck – He cruised through the 10-month-old Sunrise Golf Club during the third round of the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational. He also won a $1 million bonus for his efforts.
Annika Sorenstam – She became the first – and still the only – woman to shoot 59, breaking the previous low by three strokes. Her feat came during the second round of the 2001 Standard Register Ping in Phoenix.
Paul Goydos – He made more than 180 feet of putts during the first round of the 2010 John Deere Classic in Illinois. He didn’t realize what he had done until he was asked to put a 59 on the stat sheet he signed to chronicle his record-tying score.
Stuart Appleby – He birdied the final three holes in the final round of the 2010 Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia, breaking a personal four-year winless drought. His accomplishment came less than a month after Goydos’ 59.

“I still think there’s a little magic about breaking 60,” Sorenstam said. “I think it’s the magic barrier that’s in your mind.”

Lerner leads a discussion that covers such topics as the mental tricks the players used to stay focused, what “staying in the zone” meant to them at the time, how critical putting was during their historic rounds, how the feat has changed their careers and lives, and whether the world will witness a score of 58 in the future.

*David Duval (1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, final round) and Jim Furyk (2013 BMW Championship, 2nd round) were not able to join the show due to prior commitments.

Tripp Davis’ Renovation at Oak Tree National Sets the Stage for U.S. Senior Open

(Norman, OK) — When the greatest senior golfers in the world gather in two weeks for the 2014 U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Oklahoma, they will be testing their game on one of Pete Dye’s best courses, thanks to the recent renovation work by Tripp  Davis and Associates.

“The golf course at Oak Tree National went through a variety of design changes over the years since Pete first designed it,” said Davis.  “We were brought in to regain the best of its original Pete Dye character and we think the pros will be very pleased with the final outcome.”

Davis and his team worked to return the features of the course to its original form adding a few enhancements for the modern game.  All tees and bunkers were rebuilt and strategically restored.

“The greens and greens surrounds were what made Oak Tree so strategic and we like what we recaptured,” commented Davis who credits Scott Verplank, Bob Tway, Willie Wood, club owner, Everett Dobson and project shaper Bill “Hollywood” Willingham as part of the team who provided ongoing input on changes throughout the course. “It can still be the toughest course in the country, but it is very strategic and option oriented,” said the former All-American from Oklahoma University.

The 2014 U.S. Senior Open will be the second USGA Championship to be played at Oak Tree National.  The club previously hosted the 1984 U.S. Amateur, the 1988 PGA Championship, the 2000 Club Pro Championship, and the 2006 Senior PGA Championship.

For more information about Tripp Davis and Associates, please visit the website at or call 405-447-5259.

'Kids Play Free' program headlines busy summer of golf in Myrtle Beach, USA

(Myrtle Beach, SC) – As summer begins, Myrtle Beach is prepared for a busy season of golf with some marquee events planned for the ‘Golf Capital of the World.’
Golf is played year round in Myrtle Beach, with the prime seasons being the spring and fall, but summer, which began on June 21, offers multiple options as families are able to take summer holidays when school is on break.  To encourage family participation, 47 courses – including 28 with a four-star rating – will allow children aged 16 and under to play for free, when accompanied by a paying adult, as a part of the area’s ‘Kids Play Free Program’.
“We pride ourselves on introducing juniors to the game and creating a family-friendly atmosphere,” said Bill Golden, president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday.  “This unique program will allow families holidaying along the Grand Strand to play a great round of golf at tremendous value.”

Following two weeks of golf at Pinehurst, N.C., for the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens, Myrtle Beach receives international attention this week when the PGA Professional National Championship is played at The Dunes Club and Grande Dunes. A 312-player field of top club professionals in the United States feature live on The Golf Channel with more than 10 hours of coverage for all four rounds. The top 20 players qualify for the PGA Championship Aug. 7-10 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.

The event has been played at esteemed American courses such as Pinehurst No. 2, PGA National, Doral Resort, Whistling Straits, Valhalla and The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island and is making its debut in Myrtle Beach. Winners of the championship include golf greats such as Bob Rosburg, Sam Snead and Bruce Fleisher.

“The PGA of America is very proud to be taking our National Championship in 2014 to Myrtle Beach, a resort destination that has embraced the game of golf unlike few other sites in the world,” PGA President Ted Bishop said when the site was announced last summer. “The Dunes Golf & Beach Club and Grande Dunes are outstanding venues to test our best-playing PGA Professionals.”

Later this summer, the 31st World Amateur Handicap Championship is scheduled all over Myrtle Beach. The August 25-29 event is the world’s largest golf tournament with approximately 3,500 participants from 27 countries competing on more than 60 courses.  Last year, more than 250 international players participated and that number is expected to grow. The 2013 international contingent included players from Canada, Germany, Puerto Rico, India, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Bermuda, Guatemala, Australia, Sweden, Austria, Venezuela, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Virgin Islands, Japan, Panama, South Africa, Netherlands Antilles, China, Portugal, Dominican Republic, New Zealand, Nicaragua and Scotland.
To learn more about Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, go to

Thiry and Prang Appointed to New Roles at Cleveland Golf, Srixon and XXIO

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Cleveland Golf, Srixon and XXIO announce the appointment of Chuck Thiry to newly created position of Vice President and Special Advisor to the President, Todd Harman. In his new multifaceted role, which becomes effective immediately, Thiry will lead the company’s efforts to improve key partner marketing and service initiatives, as well as working to maximize the brand presence of Cleveland Golf, Srixon and XXIO with green grass accounts across the country.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to be embarking on a new mission,” said Thiry.  “Todd has been a great mentor to me and this gives me a chance to work even closer with him.  It’s the next logical step in my career, and I look forward to serving the company in this new role.  I greatly appreciate the vote of confidence from Mr. Sano and Mr. Harman.”

In 1999, Thiry joined Cleveland Golf as a sales representative in Chicago, IL.  In 2004, he was promoted to Northeastern Regional Sales Manager, before being elevated to the position of Brand Manager in 2009.  In 2011, Thiry was named Vice President of Sales for Cleveland Golf, Srixon and XXIO - U.S.A.

Cleveland Golf, Srixon and XXIO are also announced the appointment of Mason Prange to the position of Vice President of Sales for Cleveland Golf, Srixon and XXIO - U.S.A. In his new role, which becomes effective immediately, Prange will oversee all sales channel management and sales activities within the U.S. market.

“I am extremely excited to take the baton pass from Chuck and jump into my new role as V.P. of Sales,” said Prange. “My optimism is tremendously high as we ready our attention toward the repositioning of our brand portfolio into the marketplace.”

Prange is a 10-year golf industry veteran who has served in several key sales and management positions, including his most recent position as Western Regional Sales Manager for Cleveland Golf, Srixon and XXIO - U.S.A.

“We’re thrilled for Mason, who has excelled in every position he has held with us,” said Thiry. “Mason has earned the respect of everyone within our organization because of his combination of sound logic and innovative thinking.  He’s the perfect individual to lead us as we prepare to relaunch our two largest brands, Srixon and Cleveland Golf, while introducing the exciting XXIO brand to North America.”

For more information on Cleveland Golf, Srixon, and XXIO, or their staff players, visit,, and

Golf Datatech Unveils 'Assessing the Pyramid 2014,' a Study of Serious Golfers, their Buying Habits

First Study to Analyze the Lingering Impact of the U.S. Economic Meltdown on the Golf Industry, and how Serious Golfers Now Evaluate Influence, from Media to the Professional Tours

(ORLANDO, Fla.) - Golf Datatech (, the golf industry’s leading independent research firm for consumer, trade and retail golf trends, today unveiled “Assessing the Pyramid 2014,” a comprehensive study of serious golfers and their post-recession buying habits. The timing of this study is particularly significant as it analyzes the lingering impact of the U.S. economic meltdown on the golf industry, and its most engaged participants.

“Assessing the Pyramid 2014” provides a deep-dive investigation and evaluation of the primary marketing and promotional strategies employed by golf companies and equipment manufacturers when selling to the end consumer,” said Golf Datatech’s John Krzynowek.

The study was conducted with 3,000 respondents from Golf Datatech’s proprietary database of serious golfers, those who play the most rounds and spend the most on the game, with the average respondent playing over 60 rounds per year, with a household income of over $156,000 per year.

“In certain sectors of the golf industry, such as the equipment market, the state of the business is not good and we use this study to analyze why the market has stumbled since the recession, while providing insight into areas which have held up,” Krzynowek continued. “All indications are that serious damage was done to the core economic beliefs and purchasing psyche of the serious golfer due to the recession and the very weak recovery. In fact, over half of all respondents to the study said they still don’t feel financially secure in today’s economy, and their overall spending on golf-related purchases has not recovered to anywhere near pre-recession levels.”

Additional highlights of the 2014 Pyramid Study center on the comparison of attitudes and opinions from the pinnacle of the pyramid (low handicaps), to the base, where higher handicap players represent the foundation of the game. The study investigates how these attitudes have changed over the past seven years in the face of an extreme economic downturn. Cross tabbed sub-segments of the study focus on Alpha golfers (High Frequency Purchasers), Age, Facility Type Played, Handicaps, and Gender.

Krzynowek adds, “Those who utilize the ‘Pyramid’ in their marketing believe that developing successful golf brands starts with excellent products and services that perform at the highest level of play by the very best players. In turn, those players influence and spread the word among the other levels of the game.”

Additional questions that the study serves to answer include: Does the traditional “Pyramid” theory still hold? What has been the impact of the recession on the attitudes of golfers regarding golf purchases? Has the craving for new or improved technologies in golf equipment been marred by the economic circumstances over the past seven years? These questions, and many more, are investigated in depth within the study.

Coincidentally, Golf Datatech released its initial “Assessing the Pyramid” study in the summer of 2007, just months before the U.S. economy began slipping into the early stages of recession, just as the U.S. GDP began to tumble, unemployment soared, real estate values were decimated, and the banking industry nearly collapsed. With the 2014 version of the study, Golf Datatech helps to bring the discussion full circle, while providing the golf industry with a roadmap into the future.

For more information on the “Assessing the Pyramid 2014” study, or to order the study, call 888-944-4116 or visit

Nike Golf Introduces New Versatility Footwear Styles

New Nike Lunar Waverly and Lunar Mont Royal embody classic Nike design DNA

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) – Perfect for summer’s longer days, warmer weather and extra hours on the golf course, Nike Golf introduces two new footwear styles inspired by more than four decades of Nike’s deep roots in athletic shoe design.

Available July 1, Nike Golf’s new Lunar Waverly and Lunar Mont Royal join the Lunar Clayton as part of the Versatility footwear family.

Nike Golf designers drew inspiration from Nike’s footwear heritage to create innovative styles inspired by iconic running and court sport silhouettes perfect for both on and off the golf course.

“The Lunar Waverly and Lunar Mont Royal were really inspired by classic Nike footwear styles, and we adapted those designs for athletes who want a golf shoe with versatile appeal,” says Carl Madore, Nike Golf Innovation Design Lead. “These are shoes with incredible performance technology that are great for playing 18 holes or wearing before or after the round, too. You can hit balls at the driving range on your lunch break without ever changing your shoes. These styles are modeled after some of Nike’s first shoes but modernized to perform specifically for our sport.”

Since introducing Integrated Traction technology in its footwear in 2010, Nike Golf has continued to improve the tread design for a combination of incredible traction and off-course comfort. The iconic Nike waffle sole featured on the Lunar Waverly and Lunar Mont Royal provides a more aggressive tread for superior grip and controlon course, while echoing Nike’s storied history in athletic footwear.

Lunar Waverly
Madore and team crafted the Lunar Waverly to be just as comfortable on the course as it is off. Partnering with the Nike Sports Research Lab, Nike Golf designers used pressure-mapping analysis to zero in on how the foot moves during the swing and determine the size, height, hardness and overall configuration of the waffle lugs. The footwear team brought that pressure mapping to life through visible color patterns on a traditional Nike waffle outsole reminiscent of the company’s very first footwear styles, featuring superior grip and traction within an iconic tread pattern.

Nike Dynamic Flywire technology combines with a rubber cup-sole for lateral support, surrounded by a premium waterproof full-grain leather upper. For the first time ever, Nike Golf designers utilized cork for the sock liner -- incredibly comfortable and extremely lightweight, the anti-microbial material helps prevent odor and provides a distinctive design detail, while full-length Nike Lunarlon foam delivers maximum responsive cushioning.

Lunar Mont Royal
When the Nike Montreal was unveiled in 1975, it was the brand’s first signature shoe designed for running legend Steve Prefontaine. Nearly 40 years later, Nike Golf is bringing the Montreal’s iconic color blocking design and running-inspired silhouette to the golf course in the Lunar Mont Royal.

Featuring Lunarlon foam in the heel and modern no-sew technology in the midfoot, the Mont Royal also utilizes the traditional Nike waffle sole for incredible grip and control. Tapping into insights from performance testing, Nike Golf footwear designers constructed the outsole with waffle tread rolling up around the toe and inner side of the foot to maintain traction through the swing as the foot pushes off the ground.

Lunar Clayton
A new Deep Burgundy offering of the Lunar Clayton featuring a lavender outsole is available July 1. Launched in early 2014, the Lunar Clayton celebrates the heritage and history of golf while providing athletes with superior comfort and a supportive fit in a premium, handcrafted shoe that is a versatile option for both on and off the course.

Nike Lunar Waverly
Availability: July 1, 2014
Color offerings: Black/Anthracite/Pure Platinum-Volt; Cool Grey/Photo Blue-Summit White-Dark Grey; White/Action Red-Light Bone-Sail; and Baroque Brown/Black-Sail-Hyperpunch
Street Price: $140

Nike Lunar Mont Royal
Availability: July 1, 2014
Color offerings: Black/Anthracite-Summit White; White/Obsidian-Light Magnet Grey; Deep Royal Blue/Volt-Photo Blue-Pure Platinum; and Grey/Hyper Crimson-Dark Grey-Pure Platinum
Street Price: $100

Nike Lunar Clayton
Availability: July 1, 2014
Color offerings: Deep Burgundy/Deep Burgundy-Hydrangeas
Street Price: $250

Wolsey Signs Michael Weaver as Golf Brand Ambassador

University of California All-American, 2013 Walker Cup Team Member to Compete on Tour

(LEICESTER, England) – Wolsey – one of the world’s oldest existing clothing brands and a pioneer of premium men’s apparel for sporting endeavors – announces the signing of former amateur star Michael Weaver, who will compete in the recently re-launched Sportsman line and showcase the company’s distinctive fox logo on his left chest, right sleeve and back yoke.

Weaver recently turned pro after graduating from the University of California and will primarily compete on the Tour in 2014. Highlights of the 23-year-old’s impressive amateur career included finishing runner-up at the U.S. Amateur (2012) and being named First Team All-American (2013). He also became only the second golfer ever to compete in the Masters, Palmer Cup, U.S. Open and Walker Cup in same calendar year (2013).

“Michael’s skill, intelligence and determination have him poised to continue his success and make a significant mark on the pro game,” says Wayne Webster, Wolsey’s Golf Sales Director. “He looks great in our clothes and, equally as important, is an outstanding young man.”

Recently re-launched, Wolsey Sportsman will premiere for Autumn/Winter 2014. It uses traditional British menswear colors in a clean and subtle manner. These combine with minimal and strong textual patterns to create a “less-is-more” aesthetic.

Featuring a silhouette that is more middle ground than slim, the collection includes performance merino polo’s, base layers, knitwear and pants, as well as breathable, waterproof and multi-layered outerwear. Many pieces rely on Invista THERMOCOOL technology that dual regulates body temperature to ensure the sportswear is “fit for purpose.”

“These clothes fit and feel amazing, which is exactly what I need while I compete against the world’s best players,” says Weaver. “Wolsey’s just becoming known in the U.S., but I can’t think of another brand that can match its 260 year heritage.”

Weaver is the latest addition to the modern team of pioneers that embody the Wolsey spirit. These include European Tour players Tom Lewis, Robert Rock and James Heath, famed designer Johan Lindeberg and noted polar explorer Alex Hibbert. This continues a tradition at the brand that traces directly back to historic adventurers like Sir Ernest Shackleton and Captain Robert Falcon Scott, as well as golfing greats Peter Allis and Tony Jacklin.

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BOgolf launches new models upgrades

(Kwai Chung, Hong Kong) - BOGolf has upgraded all its old simulator models and given  every model a new name. The naming of the old models looked very dated as well  as caused confusion and hence the company felt the need to rename all its products and at the same time make it look very trendy as well as easy to remember.

The  new models have been named as BO-Element, BO-Elite and BO-Supra. The  “Element” is the basic system and “Supra” is the most feature rich system while  “Elite” is meant for intermediate players.

Anyone familiar with BOGolf knows that initially there were five models which were then reduced to three by adjusting the various features as per the demand of the  market. And now comes this change. With this change, not only the name but the features have also been added to each model to make it more useful and worthy.

For more information about BOGolf products, visit

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Golf Simulator Leader, Full Swing Golf, Teams Up With Logicalgolf

(SAN DIEGO, CA) - San Diego-based golf simulator maker Full Swing Golf announced it has struck a global partnership with Germany-based Logicalgolf, a leading developer of golf training equipment.

"We're excited to enter this partnership with Robert Baker, who is the founder and creator of Logicalgolf," says Chad Coleman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Full Swing Golf. "Robert is one of the world's most renowned and forward-thinking golf instructors, and Logicalgolf's Gym Solutions offers the best golf fitness solution we've ever seen. It's an ideal complement to our simulator and Swing Catalyst offerings. Our customers can use our golf simulators and Swing Catalyst to identify common weaknesses, such as slow clubhead and ball speed, poor hip rotation, early hinge release or limited range of motion, and then turn to Logicalgolf's tools to improve flexibility, increase strength and groove perfect swing movements into muscle memory. The results of their fitness efforts can then be measured by using our simulators and Swing Catalyst. This combined package gives golfers everything they need to make lasting improvements in their game."

Baker, who helped train Ernie Els while he was the world's top-ranked golfer, says that his company's Gym Solutions golf training equipment is an ideal fit to Full Swing Golf. Logicalgolf has isolated the key golf swing movements and developed training equipment to help golfers perfect those movements and strengthen their muscle memory in these areas.

"We are thrilled about partnering Logicalgolf's Gym Solutions with Full Swing's Golf simulators," says Baker. "The Full Swing simulator allows you to measure the characteristics of every shot, and the Gym Solutions equipment allows you to train individual movements for the swing. Gym Solutions gives you the muscle memory and allows you to build an entire swing. You can take your improvements back to the simulator, measure yourself again, and see what you've developed. It's the perfect platform, and using them in combination with each other you'll be able to develop your perfect game."

For more details on Logicalgolf, visit http://www.logicalgolf. com/en/. For more information on Full Swing Golf, visit

Salish Cliffs Golf Club Announces New Instructional Programs for 2014 Season

(SHELTON, Wash.) – Salish Cliffs Golf Club ( – the award-winning amenity course at Little Creek Casino Resort – announces multiple instructional programs taught by PGA Professionals.

Designed for golfers of all skill levels and offering both one-on-one and small group instruction, the following programs are available throughout the 2014 golf season. All of the below require advance reservations by calling the Golf Shop at 360.462.3673:
· Short Game School: Taking advantage of the short game practice area at Salish Cliffs, this program teaches the fundamentals of golf’s most overlooked skill set. Participants receive four hours of instruction, lunch with their pro instructor, a wedge fitting and a custom fit Vokey wedge. Cost is $300 per student. Lessons run daily between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., based on availability.
· Express Playing Lessons: The focus is individual instruction as a PGA Professional accompanies the student for four holes, identifies strengths and weaknesses, and develops a game plan for applying practice techniques to course play. Each session is $130, based on availability.
· Salish Cliffs Coaching Club: Students meet once a week for one month in a fun and relaxed group setting. Ideal for beginners or weekend warriors, lessons are Fridays 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. or Sundays 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. through October. Cost is $50 per person, per month, or $175 for four months.

“These instructional programs offer a great mix of personalized instruction and affordability,” said Salish Cliffs Head Professional David Kass, PGA. “Taking advantage of our on-site practice areas, award-winning golf course and PGA Professionals provides added value as our guests look to improve their game in between rounds.”

Owned and operated by the Squaxin Island Tribe, Salish Cliffs Golf Club has collected numerous accolades from national publications since opening in 2011. It was recently ranked the No. 3 course in Washington by Golfweek. In addition, Salish Cliffs has earned top-10 status on Golf Digest’s biennial “America’s Greatest Courses” by state list and Golfweek’s “Best Casino Courses” list.

For more information on instructional programs, or to reserve a Stay-and-Play package, call 1.800.667.7711 or visit

Boccieri Golf Secret Grip Used by Top-5 Finisher at Travelers Championship

The Secret is Out on Tour, Counterbalance Technology Provides Superior Consistency, Control and Distance

(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) – Boccieri Golf’s award-winning Secret Grip – which allows players to easily counterbalance clubs from any manufacturer for an instant boost in performance – was used in the putter of a top-5 finisher at the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship.

Relying on the Secret Grip for the first time in competition, the player fired an opening round 62 at the difficult TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT. Over the tournament’s four rounds, he also recorded one of the event’s lowest putting averages. Thus far in 2014, a number of Tour players who have switched to the Secret Grip are reaping the performance benefits associated with the Jack Nicklaus-endorsed product.

The added weight of the Secret Grip is achieved via a proprietary tungsten insert in the butt-end, combined with a rubber compound 40-percent heavier than standard. Together, these attributes raise the club’s balance point and force players to use their larger, more stable muscles. This results in a highly repeatable and reliable stroke.

“We’ve touted the benefits of counterweighting for 10 years, which golfers can now try simply by installing a new grip,” says Stephen Boccieri, President and CEO of Boccieri Golf. “This popular trend on the PGA Tour benefits players of any skill level, who can improve their putting instantly without modifying their stroke or changing to a new putter.”

Available in three sizes – Classic, Midsize and Jumbo – the putter version of the Secret Grip has been adopted by scores of Tour pros worldwide since being introduced in 2013. The Midsize ($24.99) weighs 155 grams and features popular pistol shaping. Weighing 165 grams, the Jumbo ($24.99) is preferred by players seeking a grip with an extra thick feel and additional weight.

For a limited time, the company is offering a risk free 30 day replacement guarantee on the full-swing versions of the Secret Grip. This bold, never-before-seen promotion puts the Secret Grip to the test by offering a trial period wherein customers can return the products if not completely satisfied and receive replacement grips of their choice at absolutely no cost. New models for 2014 include a specially-designed full-cord option, patriotic color updates – red, white, blue – and a thicker midsize option.

The Secret Grip range is currently available at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy, PGA TOUR Superstore and

For more information:, 888.788.8374.

PowerBilt Supports MMA Star Cub Swanson on Upcoming Bout

(PALM DESERT, CA) - PowerBilt wishes company staffer and Mixed Martial Arts athlete, Cub Swanson, the best of luck on his upcoming main event, 5-round, MMA bout at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. The fight, part of the UFC Fight Night 44 that takes place June 28, will air on Fox Sports 1.

Swanson has been training extremely hard for the bout. And when he's not training, he's on the golf course playing his PowerBilt clubs. In fact, HERE'S a new video of Swanson playing golf at The Palms in La Quinta, Calif. - a Fred Couples/Brian Curley design near his hometown of Indio.

"PowerBilt is very proud to sponsor Cub, and we wish him only the best at San Antonio," says Ross Kvinge, President of PowerBilt.  "I will personally be ringside at the fight to support him. Cub has been a great ambassador to PowerBilt, in helping us reach out to America's youth through extreme sports such as UFC, encouraging youngsters to play golf."

Monday, June 23, 2014

Former LSU Star Ken Looper cruises to Cutter Creek Classic presented by Bojangles win with fiancé on bag

Brandon Brown grabs Utah Championship exemption, Auburn alum Kizzire posts back-to-back runner-up finishes

(Snow Hill, N.C.) – Former LSU star Ken Looper, out of Mandeville, La., may have closed out with the win but last week’s Cutter Creek Classic presented by Bojangles was a stark reminder of how sometimes golf can be a team sport and sometimes a tournament can have more than one winner.

When school teacher Danielle Ditoro said yes to her long-time boyfriend’s proposal little did she know she’d be committing to a summer job as a professional caddy. With his fiancé on the bag, the dynamic duo were able to get Looper to where he has been so close on several occasions so far this season, the winner’s circle.

The 2012 NGA Tour co-Rookie of the Year has had his share of successes on the NGA Tour this year with two runner-ups and a 3rd, 5th, and 6th place finish, losing one title in a playoff. When Ditoro decided to help her man out during her summer vacation, little did she know she’d also be helping him hold up a winner’s check by the end of the week. Looper, with his future wife by his side, shot 12 under par for the four day event and cruised to his third Pro Series title with a four shot win in one of the most impressive showings of the season.

Auburn’s Patton Kizzire finished at 10 under par and earned his second runner-up finish in a row. Tyler Light, making his debut on the NGA Tour Pro Series, shot an impressive 8 under par and finished alone in 3rd, not a bad debut for the rookie out of Malone University. A quartet of professionals finished at 7 under par and tied for 4th including one of Looper’s former LSU teammates Jarrod Barsamian, Drury University alum Thomas Hay, University of New Mexico alum and Mountain Lakes Classic Champion James Erkenbeck, and 2012 NGA Tour Player of the Year and past Cutter Creek Classic Champion Brandon Brown, who played collegiately at Eastern Kentucky University.

Brown’s T4 finish also made him a winner this week as well as Brown earned enough over the past two-tournament stretch to just edge out Looper by less than $1,000 to earn the NGA Tour’s event exemption into the Tour Utah Championship to be played July 10th through 13th. Ironically, in a true testament of history repeating itself, Brown’s last event exemption won on the NGA Tour, the 2013 Air Capital Classic, came at the conclusion of the 2013 Three Ridges Classic, the site of Looper’s last Pro Series win before Cutter Creek. Brown went on to qualify for the US Open last year opening the door for the Air Capital Classic exemption to be awarded to Looper since both events were taking place the same week. Could we see a repeat this season? Perhaps, but with the US Open  having already been played, Brown would have to qualify into the Tour’s Evansville or Canadian events and perform well enough to get into Utah based on earnings. Those that know Brown’s game would not be surprised at all to see it happen and most would probably say they’d be surprised if it didn’t.

Looper picked up $10,250 for the win while Kizzire earned $4,975 for finishing 2nd. Brown earned $2,517 for being tied fourth giving him a $12,517 two event total, just $936 better than Looper, but still good enough for the exemption win. Kizzire finished 3rd in the exemption race with a total of $9,475 in earnings.

The NGA Tour would like to thank Director of Golf Burt Williams, Head Superintendent Drew Ramsey, and the entire Cutter Creek Golf Club staff, membership, and volunteers for conducting such a championship event on one of the top courses in the state of North Carolina. The tour resumes play June 23rd at the Sound Golf Links at Albamarle Plantation in Hertford, N.C. for the Bigg’s Cadillac-Buick-GMC Classic. Spectators are welcome and, as always, admission is free to the public.

To learn more about the NGATour or the National Golf Association, visit or call 800-992-8748.

For full 2014 Cutter Creek Classic presented by Bojangles results visit:

Hopkins Golf Offers New Irons for Accomplished Players

(NEWPORT BEACH, CA) – Hopkins Golf introduced a new line of irons called DJ21. These irons are designed for better golfers and are offered at a significantly lower price than like irons in the competitive set.

"Our direct-to-consumer business model is perfect for irons," said Greg Hopkins, Chairman and CEO. "DJ21 irons are priced at about $200 less than our competitors."

The new DJ21 irons are made with soft, heat-treated 8620 carbon steel for the kind of feel that accomplished players appreciate. The look, undercut channel in the cavity and Dynamic Gold shafts are all geared for these players as well.

As with all Hopkins products, there's a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee and shipping is free. Visit to see the new irons.

New Balance Golf is off to a Great Start with Styles Designed for All Golfers

New Balance Golf is off to a great start in its first year in the golf footwear business. The company known for its comfort, fit and performance in athletic footwear continues to please its loyal fans with its new line of golf footwear. New Balance launched its golf line in January and it began shipping to golf shops and specialty stores in March. The feedback has been outstanding from consumers and retailers.  New Balance Golf will be debuting its 2015 golf footwear collection at the PGA Fashion and Demo Experience in Las Vegas, August 19 and 20. The 2015 line has additional styles for both men and women and offers up to 4E in each. All styles in the 2014 line be continued plus new colorways will be available in the Minimus and 574.

Below is a look at the 2014 New Balance's footwear line available NOW in golf shops, golf specialty stores and New Balance Corporate stores.
Minimus Sport
Minimus Sport is a spikeless golf shoe that features water resistant air mesh upper with a stability cage for cool, comfortable support. The 4mm drop midsole enhances ground feel, sensory feedback and balance and he  ReVlite® midsole provides lightweight cushioning.
The spikeless outsole utilizes dual density integrated traction. The Minimus Sport is available in three colors - black; grey and green; and black and royal in sizes 7-12, 13, 14, 15 and widths of D and 2E. The suggested retail is $99.95

NBG1002 Minimus LX
The Minimus LX is a premium full-grain leather waterproof upper with saddle stability cage, providing a comfortable and dry fit with a two-year waterproof warranty.  Built on New Balance's Minimus last, the forefoot is wider for a spacious and comfortable fit.  New Balance's REVlite™ 4 mm drop midsole and lower heel stack provides lightweight cushioning, sensory feedback and dynamic stability.The spikeless outsole utilizes dual density integrated traction. The Minimus LX is available in three colors for men - white/black saddle; white/brown saddle;  in sizes 7 - 12, 13, 14, 15 and widths of D and 2E. It is also available in a white and pink saddle in women's in sizes 6 - 11 and B width.  The suggested retail is $109.95

The NBG2001 features a premium waterproof leather upper and a saddle stability cage with a two-year waterproof warranty. The low-profile REVlite™ 10 mm drop midsole provides lightweight cushioning, sensory feedback and stability. Lightweight TPU outsole incorporates the new, low-profile Champ® ONE-Lok™ fastening system with Zarma® cleats for dynamic stability, flexibility and excellent traction. The NB2001 comes in three colors - white/black saddle; white/brown saddle and black saddle in sizes 8-12, 13, 14, 15 and widths of D and 4E. The suggested retail is $134.95.


The 2002 is an ultra-lightweight athletic model, which features a
premium microfiber leather upper with a two-year limited waterproof warranty. The low-profile REVlite ® 10mm drop midsole provides lightweight cushioning and premium responsiveness. The lightweight exoskeleton TPU outsole incorporates the new, low-profile CHAMP® ONE-Lok® fastening system with ZARMA® cleats. The NBG2002 comes in two colors - black and grey in sizes 8-12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and widths of D and 4E. The suggested retail is $124.95.


Inspired by the classic 574 lifestyle shoe, the 574 golf shoe is built on the New Balance 574 last that features a waterproof microfiber leather upper and REVLite® 10mm drop* midsole for lightweight cushioning and premium responsiveness. All New Balance cleated golf shoes feature the CHAMP® ONE-Lok® fastening system with ZARMA® cleats.  Golfers will enjoy New Balance comfort, durability and style in the 574 along with outstanding traction and stability for their game. The 574 comes in two colors - white and grey in sizes 8-12, 13, 14, 15 and in widths D and 4E. The suggested retail is $109.95.

GolfTalk Live, Traveling Golfer Announce Increase in Distribution as Part of The Golf Director Network

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) - The nationally award-winning GolfTalk Live radio and Traveling Golfer television shows reached an agreement to share content with Myrtle Beach's nationally recognized team at The Golf Director.

The Golf Director Radio (TGD Radio) features podcast archives and the newest content from some of the top names in golf media. Audience surveys show listeners from more than 160 countries and territories across the world, and they will now be able to listen to GolfTalk Live within the TGD Radio page.

TGD TV, created in January of 2013, features many hit shows from around the country featuring nationally award-winning hosts including radio and television personality Mitch Laurance and former PGA Tour Professional Hugh Royer III. The Traveling Golfer television show episodes will now be available to view on TGD TV, and will feature each new episode as it is released.

"With all of the golf course closings and economic turmoil in the golf industry the past 10 years, growing the game has been very difficult," explains GolfTalk Live and Traveling Golfer host, Tony Leodora. "Partnering with The Golf Director to keep delivering the best content extends the network even further to help new interested golfers stay with the game, and give avid, passionate golfers the information they are looking for."

"Everyone at The Golf Director is absolutely thrilled to be able to offer this content to our viewers, listeners and readers to expand on the information we are able to provide avid golfers," says Shan Coughlin, Head of Sales and Marketing at The Golf Director.
The GolfTalk Live radio show, hosted by Tony Leodora, is the award-winning weekly radio show that was named No. 1 Golf Radio Show in America by the International Network of Golf at the PGA Merchandise Show in three of the last six years. The show airs 52 weeks a year from 7 to 8 a.m. each Saturday on WNTP 990-AM and on The show also has gone into syndication, with the first affiliate being WOND 1400-AM in Atlantic City. It airs there at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The Traveling Golfer - also a national award-winner in just its first year on the air - appears as a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has 15 years of experience in televised golf shows. It is featured on the Inside Golf television show on Comcast SportsNet in the Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington markets; plus the Press Box television show on Ch. 4 in Myrtle Beach. The featured destination stays on the home website - plus a long list of affiliated websites -- for one month, before being replaced by a new show. The old shows are archived on the home website,

For more information about the GolfTalk Live radio show or Traveling Golfer television show, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact TL Golf Services at 610-279-9220.

For more information about The Golf Director, go to
or call 844-464-6531.

Nike Golf Athlete Michelle Wie Dominates to Win the U.S. Women’s Open

Wie captures her first major championship with 14 Nike clubs and RZN Black ball in the bag

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) – Nike Golf Athlete Michelle Wie powered her way to a two-shot victory at the U.S. Women’s Open, capturing the first major championship of her career at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club. The 24-year-old notched her second LPGA Tour win of the year – and fourth of her career -- with a final score of 2-under-par 278.

Wie celebrated her major milestone on the 18th green with her fellow LPGA athletes, who doused her in champagne.

“I had a lot of fun today, I woke up so excited. I am just so grateful for the opportunity,” said Wie. “I got a lot of goose bumps walking up to 18. I can’t believe this is happening.”

Wie, who eagled the tenth and birdied the 17th to give her a two-stroke cushion, ranks second in greens in regulation – 79 percent -- on the LPGA Tour with her Nike VR Pro Combo and VR Pro Blade irons. She is fourth in putts per greens in regulation, playing with an adjusted Method 006 putter this week featuring Polymetal Groove technology, which helps to reduce skid and produce a truer roll.

Wie’s Nike RZN Black ball features innovative Speedlock RZN technology, designed to deliver more distance, better feel and a more consistent, stable ball flight into the wind.The win gives Wie eight top-ten finishes this season, moves her from 11th to a projected seventh in the World Rankings, and she now tops the LPGA Tour Official Money List.

Wie sported apparel from Nike’s Tour Performance Women’s collection and the Nike FI Impact shoe.

Wie’s Nike Golf Arsenal
* Driver: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 9.5-degree (UST Axivcore Red 69X)
* Fairway Wood:  Nike VRS Covert Tour 3-wood/13-degree
* Hybrid: Nike VRS Covert 18-degree and 24-degree
* Irons: Nike VR Pro Combo (5-6), VR Pro Blade (7-PW)
* Wedges: Nike VR Pro 52-degree, VR X3X toe sweep 56-degree and 60-degree
* Putter: Nike Method 006
* Ball: Nike RZN Black
* Apparel: Nike Golf Tour Performance Women’s Collection
* Footwear: Nike FI Impact

Nike Golf’s 2014 PGA Tour Victories
•  Russell Henley – Honda Classic
•  Seung-Yul Noh – Zurich Classic

Nike Golf’s 2014 International Victories
•  Charl Schwartzel – Alfred Dunhill Championship (European Tour)
•  Ross Fisher – Tshwane Open (European Tour)
•  Rory McIlroy – BMW PGA Championship (European Tour)
•  Xin-Jun Zhang– Beijing Open (PGA Tour China)

Nike Golf’s 2014 LPGA Tour Victories
•  Michelle Wie – LPGA LOTTE Championship
•  Michelle Wie – U.S. Women’s Open

Nike Golf’s 2014 Ladies International Victories
•  Cheyenne Woods – Volvic RACV Ladies Masters

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Product Review: Tom Watson: Lessons of a Lifetime II

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Linda Hartough Honored by USGA for 25 Years of Painting U.S. Open Venues

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – Linda Hartough, world-renowned golf-landscape artist (, was honored by the United States Golf Association (USGA) on June 13 at the U.S. Open Championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. A silver artist’s palette was presented to Hartough as a tribute to her 25 years of painting the U.S. Open venues, as commissioned by the USGA. This year’s painting, 9th Hole, Pinehurst No. 2, represents Hartough’s last in the series.

“I truly enjoyed painting every golf course on which the U.S. Open has been contested these past 25 years,” Hartough said. “It was a privilege to be commissioned by the USGA to do these paintings, and I appreciate the gift of this beautiful silver artist’s palette to commemorate the series.”

Making the presentation to Hartough were Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., president of the USGA; Mike Butz, USGA senior managing director for Open championships & association relations; and Mary Lopuszynski, USGA senior director of merchandising and licensing. Also in attendance was Mary Ann Sarazen, daughter of seven-time major champion Gene Sarazen.

At this year’s U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, Hartough showed, sold and personalized limited-edition fine art paper prints of 9th Hole, Pinehurst No. 2 in an embossed 25th anniversary edition. The limited-edition canvas giclée edition of the painting also was available, with a commemorative plaque included. In addition, Hartough sold her newest book, GREEN GLORY: A Visual Tribute to the Courses of the Majors – Golf’s Renowned Venues. Hartough was present to personalize the books as well as the prints.

About the Painting: 9th Hole, Pinehurst No. 2
Hartough visited Pinehurst last April to see the restored course for the first time. She had been there many other times to do five paintings over the years, as well as drawings for the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Open Championships. The restoration to architect Donald Ross’ original vision reclaimed the course’s natural look, “…and everywhere the holes came alive,” Hartough said. “By that I mean the holes are now visually interesting with the natural contours of the land coming through and more use of natural vegetation.

“The course now looks as though it has always been there, and I am sure it was intended to look that way…When we came to the ninth hole, I fell in love and chose it immediately for my 2014 U.S. Open painting.”

The 9th Hole, Pinehurst No. 2 is offered in a limited edition of 850 prints and an additional 85 artist proofs. Each piece in the 25th anniversary edition is signed and numbered by Hartough, and each will be embossed with the 25th anniversary edition logo.

“Linda has captured the transformation of Pinehurst No. 2’s recent restoration beautifully,” said Jay Biggs, Pinehurst’s senior vice president, golf and club operations. “She has brought out the textures and ruggedness of the hole.”