Friday, October 31, 2014

Richey grabs $16k Prize at Tour Winter Series event at Orange County National

Florida Southern Alum Wins First $40,000 GUARANTEED PURSE Event of Season

(Orlando, Fla.) Brian Richey, out of Lakeland, Fla., came to Orange County National in Winter Garden, Fla. with little expectations but felt confident in his game. Richey came into the event to gain some competitive reps before competing in second stage of Tour Q-School. Richey soon found out that driving the ball straight and rolling the flat stick well were the keys to success on the treacherous Crooked Cat and Panther Lake courses at Orange County National.

With a mixture of length and complicated putting surfaces he knew this was going to be a good test of his game throughout the week. Richey also discovered eliminating the big mistakes was going to be important if he wanted to take home the victory at the 3 day 54-hole $40,000 Guaranteed Purse event. The event, held Tuesday October 28th through Thursday October 30th, was the first of several guaranteed purse events taking place this 2014-15 Tour Winter Series in the Greater Orlando Area.

Richey, who starred at Florida Southern, opened with a 71 on the Crooked Cat course at Orange County National, former host to Final Stage of PGA TOUR Qualifying School.

"I just couldn't get the flat stick rolling in the opening round," explained Richey.

He found his putting stroke in the next two rounds however, firing a 64 in the second round and following up with a 65 in the final round. His three day 16 under par 200 stroke total was good enough for a 4 stroke win over his next nearest competitor, Logan Blondell, who is also out of Lakeland. The victory was worth $16,000 and moved Richey straight to the top of the Tour Winter Series Money List.  The $16,000 winner’s check was Richey’s biggest pay day of his young career and, heading into second stage of Q School, is sure to provide even more reassurance for Richey as he tries to work his way onto the Tour.

"My game is coming around,” exclaimed Richey, “and, with this win, I am taking a tremendous amount of confidence into second stage."

Richey was also a winner on the Tour Pro Series this season, running away from the competition in the Palmetto State Open held at River Hills Golf Club in August. Richey was 5 strokes better than his nearest competitor in that event and earned $5400 for his win there.

Blondell, a former standout at Georgia Southern, was also a winner on the Tour Pro Series this season winning the Three Ridges Golf Classic held at Three Ridges Golf Club in Knoxville, Tenn., the former Tour host site and current qualifier host. Blondell finished in solo second with scores of 71-67-66 for a three day total of 204, good enough for 12 under par in the event.  Logan's second place finish was good enough to earn him $8,000 for the tournament and moved him into second place on the Tour Winter Series Money List. Delaware alum Justin Martinson, a winner as well on the Tour Pro Series this season, finished in solo 3rd. Martinson, out of Avondale, Penn., went back to back on the Pro Series with wins in the Albamarle Shootout and the Max Motion Physical Therapy All American Classic. Martinson finished at 10 under par for the 3 day event and earned $4,000 for his 3rd place finish. Martinson’s finish moved him to 4th on the Tour Winter Series Money List. Louisville alum Riley Wheeldon, out of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, finished tied for 5th which puts him at 3rd on the season money list. The top 60 members on the season ending Tour Money List will have the opportunity to enter the Winter Series Tour Championship for a Guaranteed minimum purse of $50,000.

Other notes from the week:
Eastern Michigan University alum Christopher Ross, out of Ontario, Canada, made an albatross (double eagle) on the first hole of the 3 day event. The albatross was the 3rd by Ross this year and made national news. Ross made national news earlier this year by winning 3 Tour events in a row, a feat not accomplished since Zach Johnson’s magical 2001 Player of the Year campaign where he earned the nickname Back to Back to Back Zach. Ross finished tied for 7th in the event. Ross also won this year’s season opening one day event held on Crooked Cat at Orange County National.

Florida alum Phillip Choi of Orlando, Fla. won the Monday single day event held this week on Crooked Cat at Orange County National which earned him free entry into the 3 day $40,000 guaranteed purse event in addition to the first place prize check. Choi is a past Tour Pro Series winner as well. He won the 2012 TimberCreek Classic in Daphne, Ala. which earned him an exemption into the Mylan Classic on the Tour.

For full results from the Tour Winter Series 3 day Orange County National event, visit

For full results from the Tour Winter Series 1 day Orange County National event, visit

The Tour would like to think the entire staff at Orange County National for conducting such great professional events for our tour and our professionals these past two weeks. The Tour Winter Series heads to Red Tail Golf Club in Sorrento, Fla. for one and two day events next week at the championship designed golf course. The single day event winner will gain free entry into the week’s following two day event. The single-day event will be November 3 with the two-day event being conducted November 4 and 5.

For more information on the Tour Winter Series or to join, visit or call the Tour offices at 800-992-8748.

KemperSports Acquires White Pines Golf Dome, Set to Open Nov. 1

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports recently acquired the White Pines Golf Dome, Chicagoland’s premier indoor golf facility.  The Dome, located at the White Pines Golf Course in Bensenville, Ill., will open its doors for the winter golf season on Saturday, November 1, at 7 a.m.  KemperSports purchased the Dome from long-time owner and operator Mike Munro, and will operate the Dome through a partnership with the Bensenville Park District.

A staple of winter golf in the Chicagoland area for more than 20 years, White Pines Golf Dome delivers ideal winter practice conditions with 48 hitting stalls on two levels, a 45-ft. contoured putting green, a golf simulator station and private and group instruction opportunities from a stable of PGA professionals. The heated dome is also known for the depth of its range – allowing for golfers to hit at targets more than 100 yards away.

The golf dome provides KemperSports with ample opportunities to continue to grow the game of golf in Chicago year-round. The organization will implement its’ proprietary Player Development Program at the golf dome, which introduced the game to more than 3,500 new golfers across its portfolio in 2014.

KemperSports is planning to enhance the Dome experience, including launching a season-long Yeti Club Rewards Card, a points-based loyalty program that delivers added benefits, member rates and promotions for returning guests. The card can be purchased for $20 before Dec. 1. It will be free for junior golfers (under 18) all season long.

The addition of White Pines Golf Dome to the KemperSports portfolio gives the company 15 properties under management in the state.

For more information on White Pines Golf Dome, visit

The Fusar Poli Formula Offers New Scoring System

(RELEASE) - It is known that in the Golf game two different competition system exist: the competitions with memory, called Medal, and those without memory, the Stableford ones.

The Medal competitions result to be a pure mirror of the game: every golf shot is counted for the final score. In general, the Medal is not a formula beloved by beginners: the beginner prefers to remember a good result in a particular hole and "forget" the one in which he combined a mess.

Frank Stableford found a way to end a competition with dignity despite some wrong performance on a hole: as is well known, on May 16, 1932 at the Golf Wallasay in England the first tournament was held played entirely with the Stableford formula, after being used informally since 1898. The Stableford scoring system favors the enthusiasm of the beginner: the disastrous results are deleted, the good ones give the opportunity to acquire a useful score.

Table shows the FPF score related
to a particular hole based on handicap
The Fusar Poli Formula (FPF from now onwards) pays tribute to Stableford, correcting what we might call his "little oversight". Actually we hypothesize that in reality Mr. Stableford himself would have introduced the our proposed differentiation, if that had not overly complicated counts in an age that could not rely on the computer as today.

As mentioned, a regular golf course has 18 holes. The designer establishes a list of which he indicates the most difficult hole and so on up to the easiest one.

But the Stableford score does not reward uniformely this difficulty index between the holes: in fact, for the same player’s handicap the score count is the same on the easiest hole and on the most difficult.

For example, the player who scored 3 Stableford points on a difficult does not reflect his ability, because the same three points may have been aggregated with far less effort from any player of equal handicap on one easier hole.

Hence, in addition to being substantially not fair, this mechanism contributes to discourage the commitment of the player.

From here the idea to find a scoring formula that avoids this inequity inherent in the Stableford scoring, rewarding in a quantitatively correct way the skill and the commitment of the player.

The new score in this way promises players the most exciting competitions, in which each hole the player feels he can fairly reward her/his commitment and skill.

For this purpose we have developed an algorithm that calculates the hole score on the basis of a multiplicative factor depending on the hole stroke index: the Stableford score is multiplied by a weight in eighteenth (for 18-hole courses), and this weight will be worth 18 / 18 for the most difficult hole and so on up to the value of 1/18 for the easiest hole.

The final FPF ranking will consist as usual of the sum of the scores obtained for each hole.

The score calculated with the FPF therefore respects more closely the needs of the player to see equally evaluated her/his performance in the most difficult moments of the competition, while also seeing awarded her/his continuity across the field.

With the FPF the player maintains throughout the duration of the competition the enthusiasm of always renewed opportunities, because she/he lives with every hole the opportunity to seize a major achievement.

The winners in the FPF ranking not always coincide with the Stableford ones: this makes the game more challenging, because it allows players to have a higher chance of winning a prize, and encourages them to do their best because they know that the their efforts will be equally evaluated.

The algorithm has been tested statistically by comparing the rankings derived from both the Stableford and FPF formula in order to confirm the validity of the algorithm.

Statistics have shown the expected result that the final FPF ranking often proves to be different from that produced with the Stableford scoring.

Finally it should be noted that the FPF scoring system is particularly accurate: in fact it is on average lower than the classic Stableford scoring, reflecting the rigor of the evaluation. Moreover, in compliance with the rigor of the evaluation, the score maintains an accuracy up to the second decimal place, thus allowing extremely precise and well differentiated rankings.

The idea conveyed by the new Formula found in Italy an immediate favor: in particular aroused the enthusiasm of the President of the Italian Golf Federation Prof. Franco Chimenti and other Board members, thus paving the way for a trial.

We entered the FPF scoring system within the Golf Card American Express circuit in a number of prestigious Clubs selected in different Italian regions.

In addition, the FPF score has already been inserted into the official SysGolf software present in all the Italian Clubs. Each secretariat has therefore been able to compile a FPF ranking in real time along with the normal Stableford ranking. The players were able to compare on the video of their Club House Stableford and FPF scores as the race progressed.

Many golfers could experience the thrill of a new type of competition and win the Fusar Poli Formula Prize in addition to the traditional Stableford awards.

In this experimental season the FPF Special Prize was awarded to the first place in the General Net FPF ranking and consists of the I'mCaddie voice GPS, an innovative device that provides the player the proper distance between the ball and the center of the green, as well as other useful information.

The Golf Clubs reacted very positively to this proposal because it represents a new approach that will encourage new and existing players to take part in a larger number of competitions: in fact the presence of an additional FPF Prize widens the range of the winners.

The Prize cerimony becomes more rich and interesting, enticing the permanence of the players inside the Club enhancing the sponsors’ visibility.

The sponsors, in turn, have the opportunity to link their brand to an innovative initiative, which represents an evolution in the world of golf and in particular conveys an image of greater precision and quality enhancement.

Last but not least, the FPF scoring system represents a new economical leverage for the golf world, involving golf Clubs, sponsors and other operators.

It can be said that the score in the final FPF does not deny the tradition, but stems from tradition to create an innovative evolution: it is no accident that the pay off we chose for our FPF is:

During the 2013-14 golf season, the FPF scoring system had been proposed on an experimental basis in a number of prestigious Clubs selected in different Italian regions, as part of the Golf Card American Express circuit.

In line with the algorithm score, we see that in 7 out of 15 competitions the FPF winner does not coincide with the Stableford Category 1 winner. It is also to be noted that in 6 out of 15 competitions the FPF winner does not coincide with the Stableford General Net winner.

The Fusar Poli Formula is present on the internet with a website ( The website, also in mobile version, provides a convenient table that allows the player to autonomously control from her/his smartphone her/his FPF score hole by hole.

Choosing the hole stroke index, and scrolling horizontally up to the achieved Stableford score, the table gets the FPF score related to that hole.

We also release a free weekly web magazine, The New Stableford Post:

FPF has also Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter profiles. The presence of FPF on the social networks has made it possible to spread around the world the new scoring system idea. Below are recent snapshots of the daily visitors to the site and the distribution of accesses in the world.

BACK9NETWORK Selects The Media Group, Inc. to Manage Its Public Relations Efforts

(Hartford, CT) - BACK9NETWORK (, the 24/7 golf lifestyle network, has selected The Media Group, Inc. a creative services agency based out of Chicago, Illinois, to manage its Public Relations and Communications efforts.

BACK9NETWORK, based in Hartford, Conn., is a new lifestyle television network and media company. BACK9NETWORK invites everyone into the golf lifestyle, from those who are already part of the game to those who aspire to live the golf life … even if they rarely pick up a club.

BACK9NETWORK was developed as a complementary alternative to traditional media's focus on professional golf tournament coverage. Focused on compelling storytelling, interesting personalities and characters, features and fashions, interviews and instruction, travel, gear and so much more, fans of all kinds will want to hang with the BACK9NETWORK.

BACK9NETWORK officially launched September 29 in 20M homes on DIRECTV, Channel 262., the online clubhouse for BACK9NETWORK, delivers a fresh perspective on the golf lifestyle and its worldwide influence. BACK9NETWORK'S leadership includes respected and outspoken executives from the golf and media industries.

Back9Network's Corporate Headquarters and TV/Video Production Studio are a central part of the rebirth of downtown Hartford. Back9Network joins ESPN, NBC Sports and YES Network in Connecticut, which is quickly becoming the sports media capital of the world.

For further information, visit, @BACK9NETWORK on Twitter or BACK9NETWORKTV's YouTube Channel.

Troon Announces Relationship with Aviara Golf Club

Award-Winning Golf Resort Features Arnold Palmer Design in Carlsbad, Calif.

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in upscale golf course management, development, and marketing is pleased to partner with Aviara Golf Club at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, Calif.
Named by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as one of the best resort golf courses in America, the Aviara Golf Club overlooks the Batiquitos Lagoon nature preserve and is considered the only coastal California course designed by Arnold Palmer. Aviara also features a memorable layout uniquely sculpted around rolling hillsides, native wildflowers, and plenty of bunker and water challenges. Hole after hole, Aviara golf stimulates the senses with colorful flowers and flora.

“Aviara Golf Club at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort is a spectacular property and we are excited to be involved,” stated John Easterbrook, executive vice president, operations, Troon. “Located in an ideal golf destination, we are confident that our services and expertise will contribute positively to the facility’s success.”

Aviara Golf Club is also the current host of the LPGA Kia Classic. During this year’s event, Anna Nordqvist of Sweden claimed her fourth LPGA Tour victory after shooting 5-under par in the final round. The Kia Classic will return to Aviara Golf Club in 2015 for the event’s sixth year.

The elegant two-story, 32,000-square-foot Spanish Colonial clubhouse features a bar, a large cozy lounge with fireplace, and the adjoining Argyle Steakhouse with indoor and outdoor balcony seating; showers, locker rooms; an upscale golf shop, driving range and an oversized practice putting green round out all the upscale Aviara golf amenities.

“We are very pleased to be a part of the Troon network and are confident this relationship will be an extraordinary benefit to our members and guests at the Aviara Golf Club,” added Scott Allen, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort general manager.

For more information on Aviara Golf Club, visit, or call (760) 603-6900 for tee time reservations.

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Cleveland Golf Introduces New CG Black Line for Fall 2014

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Cleveland Golf announced the introduction of their latest CG Black line of woods and irons designed specifically for seniors, women and players with slower swing speeds.  The CG Black line is currently available for pre-order with in-store availability beginning on November 7, 2014.

The evolution of the CG Black line started with understanding that the average golfer swings their clubs at least 15 mph slower than professional golfers.  Cleveland Golf developed key technologies targeted toward golfer’s swing and ball-flight inefficiencies then incorporated them into the CG Black family to optimize performance.  Cleveland Golf engineered the CG Black line to make slower swing speed golfers, seniors and female golfers more efficient, focusing on the many factors which inhibit from hitting the ball farther and maximizing their potential.  The incorporation of Speed Innovation into the CG Black family of woods has made them lighter, longer and faster than ever before.  For more information on the full line of CG Black woods and irons, please click on the following link: CG Black Line

CG Black Drivers
The CG Black drivers are the lightest drivers on the market, which helps increase club head and ball speed for increased distance.  The CG Black drivers provide the longest carry of drivers tested, allowing players to hit shorter clubs into greens to shoot lower scores.  Available in lofts of 9°, 10.5° and 12°, the men’s model comes standard with a Mitsubishi® Bassara E45 graphite shaft, while the women’s model, available in lofts of 10.5° and 12°, comes standard with a Mitsubishi Bassara E-Series graphite shaft.  Both the men’s and women’s model will carry a minimum advertised price (MAP) of $349.99.

CG Black Fairway Woods
The CG Black fairway woods utilize lower swing Moment of Inertia (MOI) and lower center of gravity (CG) to increase launch angle and carry for seniors and women.  The men’s and women’s CG Black fairway woods are available with Cleveland Golf’s widest selection of loft options ever (15°, 16.5°, 18° , 20° , and 23°), which allows slower swing speed players more options to replace difficult to hit long irons.  The men’s CG Black fairway woods come standard with a Mitsubishi Bassara E45 graphite shaft, while the women’s model comes standard with a Mitsubishi Bassara E-Series graphite shaft.  Both the men’s and women’s model will carry a MAP of $199.99.  For more information on the CG Black fairway woods, please click on the following link: CG Black Fairways

CG Black Hybrids
The CG Black hybrids utilize lower swing MOI and lower CG to increase launch angle and carry for seniors and women.  The CG Black hybrids are available with Cleveland Golf’s widest selection of loft options ever (17°, 19°, 21°, 23° and 25°), which allows slower swing speed players more options to replace difficult to hit long irons.  The men’s CG Black hybrids comes standard with a Mitsubishi Bassara E55 graphite shaft and the women’s model (available in lofts of 19°, 21°, 24° and 27°) comes standard with a Mitsubishi Bassara E-Series graphite shaft.  Both the men’s and women’s model will carry a MAP of $169.99.  For more information on the CG Black hybrids, please click on the following link: CG Black Hybrids

CG Black Irons
The CG Black irons incorporate low swing MOI and utilize a thin, high-strength steel club face that greatly increases COR for added distance.  The CG Black irons were designed to make senior and women golfers carry the ball longer.  The CG Black irons are designed for higher launch and longer carry for golfers with swing speeds less than 90 mph.  The men’s CG Black irons are offered with a Nippon® NS Pro 1040 steel shaft ($699.99) or a Mitsubishi Bassara E60 graphite shaft ($799.99).  The women’s CG Black irons come standard with a Mitsubishi Bassara E-Series graphite shaft ($799.99).  For more information on the CG Black irons, please click on the following link: CG Black Irons

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PING G30 # 1 selling driver in United States and United Kingdom in September

(PHOENIX) – In only its second month on the market, the PING G30 driver achieved the #1 sales position for units and dollars in the on- and off-course retail channels combined for the month of September in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to Golf Datatech LLC, which tracks golf equipment sell-thru data for both regions.

The driver, which features an industry-first innovation called Turbulator Technology on the club’s crown, was introduced to golfers on July 31. Since its launch, demand for the driver has reached unprecedented levels for the company throughout the world as golfers realize increased clubhead and ball speeds, leading to more distance. The G30 driver also features the highest MOI of any PING driver ever designed to ensure golfers the accuracy and consistency to hit more fairways.

“The response to the G30 driver has been phenomenal,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “Our engineering team has created a club that is impacting the driver business unlike anything we’ve seen. Golfers all over the world are hitting the ball farther than ever with the G30 driver, thanks to Turbulator Technology.”

Tour acceptance has also been swift, with the majority of PING’s staff converting to the new G30 driver immediately. Angel Cabrera won The Greenbrier Classic the first week the driver was on the PGA Tour. Bubba Watson also put the G30 driver in his bag that same week. He finished the PGA Tour season No. 1 in driving distance with an average of 314.3 yards, including launching the longest drive of the season – 424 yards – at  the Bridgestone Invitational. He increased his clubhead speed by 2 mph and ball speed by 4 mph – leading to a 10-yard distance gain during testing.

Billy Horschel’s switch to the new driver gained him 12 yards off the tee and played a big role in helping him win the FedExCup. After putting the G30 driver in his bag, he won twice, finished second and earned more than $13.4 million.

“All golfers are benefitting from the technology of the G30 driver,” Solheim said. “The tour results speak for themselves, but we’re hearing every day from golfers of all skill levels who are commenting on how the driver has changed their games. They love the turbulators.”

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Speed, Power Meet Golf at RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship

Championship Belt and $250,000 Winner-Take-All Prize at Stake for Eight Finalists Competing in Stadium Setting Under the Lights of Las Vegas

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – For the men who live to hit it long, the culmination of a dream can be realized on Tuesday night, Nov. 4, when eight of the longest hitters in the world will showcase the raw power that each hopes will earn him the championship belt and the winner-take-all prize of $250,000 at the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship, airing live on Golf Channel at 10 p.m. ET.The two-hour, live finale will originate from a competition set at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, where the finalists will hit their drives – requiring both distance and accuracy – in excess of 400 yards from a custom-made platform on to a Championship grid surrounded by thousands of spirited fans.

“There’s a lot at stake and a ton of pressure, so watching which one of these players can fight through his nerves and emotions to capture a world championship will make for a very compelling competition,” said Keith Allo, vice president of Original Productions, Golf Channel. “Add the lights, Las Vegas, head-to-head competition and the live ‘perform or go home’ atmosphere, and this will be high-drama at its best.”

The RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship identifies the longest golfer on earth and offers sports fans a chance to witness players who generate mammoth swing speeds of 150 mph and ball speeds of 220 mph. In comparison, the highest average swing speed on the PGA TOUR last season was 124 mph generated by Bubba Watson. His fastest swing of the year was 127 mph.  Long drive athletes train and prepare all year for the chance to take a swing at becoming the World Long Drive Champion. Specialized training allows long drive athletes to generate maximum ball and swing speeds, and focus solely on maximizing distance during competition. The golf equipment used in Long Drive competition conforms to regulations for all golfers set forth by the United States Golf Association.

Golf Channel anchor Ryan Burr will provide play-by-play; Michael Breed, host of The Golf Fix, will offer analysis on the driving grid; and Lauren Thompson, co-host of Morning Drive, will handle interviews. Art Sellinger, long-drive pioneer, two-time national long-drive champion and owner of the Long Drivers of America, also will be on hand to provide long drive analysis.

The longest eight golfers on Earth competing will be:
* Daniel Beckman, 30, Fresno, California
* Jeff Crittenden, 43, Greensboro, North Carolina
* Jeff Flagg, 29, Pelham, Alabama
* Matt Hanger, 30, Anaheim, California
* Joe Miller, 29, London, England
* Connor Powers, 30, Naperville, Illinois
* Jamie Sadlowski , 26, St. Paul, Alberta, Canada
* Adam Smith, 24, Tomball, Texas

Miller won the world title in 2010 and was undefeated in 2014 on the Long Drivers European Tour, where he has captured 12 titles. He finished as the runner-up at the 2013 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship to Tim Burke, who hit a world-record drive of 427 yards to win the title. Burke failed to qualify for a return trip to Las Vegas. Sadlowski, who famously broke two simulators during appearances on Golf Channel, is a two-time world champion and is making his eighth-straight appearance in the final – the longest active streak.

The head-to-head format will provide some dramatic pairings from the beginning of the show, including former World Champions Joe Miller and Jamie Sadlowski going up against each other in what could be one of the most exciting matches of the night. Players are allowed six shots in each match, played three at a time. The highest-seeded player gets to choose to hit first or second.

Match 1: Matt Hanger vs. Jeff Crittenden
Match 2: Joe Miller vs. Jamie Sadlowski
Match 3: Jeff Flagg vs. Daniel Beckman
Match 4: Adam Smith vs. Connor Powers

In October 2012, Long Drivers of America announced a new, three-year broadcast partnership with Golf Channel, which moved the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship to air live on the network after 17 years on ESPN. This annual world championship of long driving has taken place each year since 1975 and attracts competitors from all over the world. Participation in competitions has nearly tripled and prize money has increased five-fold.

Wolfdancer Golf Club at Hyatt Lost Pines Launches Winter Golf Card

Card offers unbeatable deal for golfers looking to spend time on the greens during the mild Texas winter

(AUSTIN / BASTROP, TEXAS) – Wolfdancer Golf Club at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa is extending a warm, advance welcome to Old Man Winter with the launch of its annual Winter Golf Card.

Available for purchase for $499, Wolfdancer’s Winter Golf Card is a matchless deal for Central Texas golfers who are looking to make the most of the mild Texas winter by maximizing their time on the greens. About the Wolfdancer Winter Golf Card:
* A total of 100 cards are available
* ard includes unlimited rounds of golf between Nov. 24, 2014 and March 2, 2015 (no blackout dates but rounds are based on availability)
* Tee times are required and may be made up to seven days in advance
* Card must be mentioned when scheduling a tee time and presented upon check-in
* Card includes a golf cart and complimentary range balls
* Card includes 10 percent discount on merchandise purchases at the pro shop
* Card is non-transferrable
* Card may be purchased on our website or by calling 512-308-4770 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

This is the sixth year the Winter Golf Card has been offered, and it has sold out in previous years due to the value of unlimited access to the award-winning Wolfdancer layout.

Designed by Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and Associates, the superb 7,205-yard, par-72 Wolfdancer course rambles along a dramatic, 150-acre stretch of terrain dotted with oak, cedar elm and pecan trees. The course is cut by the Lower Colorado River, which dramatically frames the right side of the layout’s memorable finishing holes.

The Wolfdancer golf experience also includes a 13-acre driving range, a full-scale practice facility featuring 10 target greens and eight tee boxes, and a short-game area with two chipping greens and bunkers, and GPS units in each golf cart. Visitors not wishing to travel with their golf clubs to the resort are welcome to take advantage of the TaylorMade club rental program.

To learn more, call 512-308-1234 or visit

OnCore Golf kicks off WNY PGA Annual Sectional Membership Meeting with Key Sponsorship

(RELEASE) - OnCore Golf, makers of the only USGA conforming Hollow Metal Core MA 1.0 golf ball, was Lunch Sponsor of the WNY PGA Annual Sectional Membership Meeting at Seneca Hickory Sticks Golf Club (10/6/14). In addition to lunch, OnCore Golf provided two-ball sleeves of the MA 1.0 (hollow core golf ball) to 60 Western NY PGA Golf Professionals in attendance.

Seneca Hickory Sticks Golf Club hosted the event where the region’s golf professionals had a training session on the range, followed by lunch provided by OnCore Golf, and a round of golf at the club. Fran Roach, General Manger of the club, and Joe Bock, head PGA Professional of the club are carrying the MA 1.0 in their pro shop and were happy to see the region’s professionals teeing up the ball.

“We’re always looking to bring new innovation to our customers, which is why we are excited to carry OnCore’s new golf ball,” said Bock.

Hilton Head Golf Island Announces Three Golfers Ace Same Hole from Same Tees on Same Day

Feat Happened at Palmetto Hall Plantation Club’s Robert Cupp Course

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – Hilton Head Golf Island announces three golfers from different foursomes made a hole-in-one on the eighth hole from the blue tees on the same day at Palmetto Hall Plantation’s Robert Cupp Course on October 19, 2014. This is the rarest feat of its kind on record.

The odds of this remarkable occurrence are about the same as winning the Powerball. The probability of making a hole-in-one for an average player is roughly 12,500-1. The chances of two people acing the same hole on the same day from the same foursome are in the 17 million-1 range.   Add in a third person, all from different groups, hitting from the same tees and the statistics are startling.

During the Amateur Golf Tour Championship sponsored by Golfweek, Daren Green of the Raleigh-Pinehurst Tour holed out first. In the foursome immediately following Green, Jose Talamantes from the Downeast Tour stepped up to swing from the same par-three hole and also hit an ace from 130 yards. Later in the afternoon, JPGA player André Scopone also made a hole-in-one from the eighth hole.

“We generally have a hand full of hole-in-ones annually, but three in one day is unbelievable,” says Dan Moscar, General Manager of Palmetto Hall Plantation Club. “In all my years in the industry, I have never had two aces in one day, let alone three!”

A Heritage Golf Group property, Palmetto Hall Plantation Club features 36 holes of pristine golf immersed in Southern elegance and natural beauty. The Arthur Hills and Robert Cupp-designed courses challenge and reward players of all skill levels. The Club proudly features a 14,000 square foot antebellum-style Clubhouse, as well as luxurious amenities for the entire family. Palmetto Hall Plantation Club is recognized as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for its commitment to environmental quality by meeting required standards for protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, and preserving wildlife habitats.

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Linda Hartough Golf Landscapes to Sponsor 2nd Annual Veterans Putting Challenge

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – Linda Hartough, a world-renowned golf-landscape artist ( and a Founding Sponsor of the Veterans Putting Challenge, will serve as a sponsor of the event again this year. The 2nd Annual Veterans Putting Challenge will be held Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) at Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. Funds raised from the Challenge will be disbursed solely to the over 1,000 disabled and needy veterans and their families who reside in Moore County, N.C. The Veterans Putting Challenge is free and open to the public. Linda Hartough Golf Landscapes will donate a box of custom-art notecards to each participant and volunteer.

“We are proud to continue this year as a sponsor of the Veterans Putting Challenge, which is making an important difference in the lives of area veterans,” said Hartough, who attended the inaugural event last year.

About the Veterans Putting Challenge
Each participating team in the Veterans Putting Challenge will consist of a veteran from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, as well as a disabled veteran from Desert Storm, Iraq or Afghanistan.

Dr. Edwin Cottrell, of Pinehurst, N.C., is a founder of the Veterans Putting Challenge. A decorated World War II veteran, Dr. Cottrell was an associate dean at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa., where from 1958-78 he was the men’s golf coach. Dr. Cottrell was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Hall of Fame in 1991, and in 2004 received the Honor Award, presented by the College Golf Foundation and the GCAA to honor a coach for outstanding service and numerous contributions to men’s collegiate golf.

Veronica Karaman is the innovator and co-producer of the Veterans Putting Challenge. Her organization, Veronica Karaman Ministries, Inc., is dedicated to helping build and rebuild lives through creative and transformational community golf outreaches.

The Veterans Putting Challenge is sponsored by the Sandhills Military Officers Association of America. Funds raised from the event will be disbursed by Disabled American Veterans #83, in Carthage, N.C., solely for disabled and needy veterans of Moore County, N.C., and their families.
The Veterans Putting Challenge is accepting donations from businesses and individuals. Contributions may be sent to: DAV #83-VPC, PO Box 1881, Carthage, NC 28327.

Wier Grabs First Professional Win at Tour Black Bear Event

Thaddeus Wier III birdies first playoff hole to earn his first professional win

(Myrtle Beach, S.C) – Some professional golfers go through their entire career without ever tasting victory in the pro ranks. Others, like Thaddeus Wier III, find success a lot sooner. In only his third week as a professional, Wier grabbed his first professional win.

Not only did Wier get the win but he did it in dramatic fashion by holing out from the fringe on the first hole of a playoff with Martinez, Ga.’s Casey Johnson. The two finished the two day event tied at 11 under par. Johnson, who starred at Appalachian State, had the opening day lead after a first round 65. Wier, who starred at St. John Fisher, shot an opening round 66 to start the final round a shot back. The two flip flopped Tuesday, Johnson shooting 68 and Wier shooting 67 to force the playoff. The two players went to hole one for the playoff where, after Johnson left himself a short putt for par, Wier sealed the deal making birdie from the fringe.

Wier has been knocking on the door all season, finishing out of the money three times by a single stroke. With the win the East Aurora, N.Y. native, who now resides in Myrtle Beach, S.C., grabbed the biggest payday by any player this season on the series and moved into 2nd on the Carolina Winter Series Money List. With the runner up finish Johnson maintained his spot at the top of the tour’s Money List. Johnson, who won last week at Sandpiper Bay, finished tied for 1st in the Sunday one day event at Black Bear as well, where he lost in a playoff to Eastern Michigan alum Spencer Slade. Slade, out of Ypsilanti, Mich. finished in solo 3rd for the two day event. Malone University alum Tyler Light, out of Massillon, Ohio, finished in solo 4th.

The Tour would like to thank Patrick Wilkinson and his staff at Black Bear for conducting such a top notch professional event. The Tour Carolina Winter Series picks back up next week with one and three day events at Meadowlands Golf Club in Calabash, N.C. The Tour Pro Series will be hosting a special event next week, the Magnolia Bluffs Casino Beau Pre Bayou Bash, in Natchez, Miss. to coincide with the Sanderson Farms Championship providing those players who do not get into the PGA TOUR event a viable alternative to consider.

For more information on the Tour Winter Series or to join, visit or call the Tour offices at 800-992-8748.

Troon Selected to Manage Blackstone Country Club at Vistancia

NW Phoenix, Arizona Private Country Club Affords Members Unequaled Value and Amenities

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon Privé, the private club division of Troon, the world’s leader in third-party golf management, development and marketing has recently been selected to manage Blackstone Country Club at Vistancia, located in the Northwest Valley of Phoenix, Arizona.

Surrounded by the dramatic natural vistas of the Sonoran desert, Blackstone Country Club offers its members an unparalleled lifestyle experience for the entire family, complete with an awe-inspiring clubhouse designed by renowned Scottsdale architect Bing Hu of H&S International and an award-winning golf course. Located in Peoria, approximately 30 minutes northwest of downtown Phoenix, Blackstone Country Club at Vistancia features a 30,000- square-foot, Hacienda-style clubhouse, home to casual and formal dining, 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, lighted tennis courts for recreational and tournament play, resort-style pool with private cabanas, lap pool and children’s play area. The Jim Engh-designed championship golf course was voted the “#2 Private Golf Course in Arizona” this year by Ranking Arizona Magazine.

"We selected Troon Privé to manage the prestigious Blackstone Country Club due to their superb success and long history of managing premium private golf and country clubs throughout the country," said Mark Hammons, vice president/general manager of Vistancia. "Troon Privé is an ideal partner to elevate the club to new levels of hospitality, which aligns with our vision for the club and ensures the finest quality experience for membership. We are extremely excited about the future of Blackstone Country Club."

Blackstone Country Club offers several membership options including equity golf, non-equity golf and social memberships along with junior golf and corporate memberships. Residence in Blackstone or Vistancia is not required for club membership.

“Blackstone Country Club at Vistancia offers the very best in country club lifestyle and an ultimate golf experience,” said Jim McLaughlin, senior vice president, Troon Privé operations. All of us within Troon Privé are truly excited about this marvelous opportunity to engage the club with our management principles, supporting the Blackstone Country Club team and serving the membership there, further elevating the stature of this magnificent property.”

Over the past 20 years, Jim Engh and his golf course design team have constructed award-winning facilities throughout the world, and are recognized for their unique creativity, efficient construction costs and has received some of golf’s most prestigious honors. Blackstone Country Club earned high praise from Golf Digest, voted #20 in “Best in the State” of Arizona in 2007 and #22 in 2009 while earning a 27th ranking from Golfweek in 2007 for “Best New Courses.”

"We are enthusiastic about the opportunities that Troon Privé brings to our members for strengthening our culture of hospitality, enhancing our level of service and the private club experience," said Bill Griffon, general manager of Blackstone Country Club. "An immediate enhancement to full membership will bring reciprocal access to more than 60 world-class private golf clubs through the Troon Privé Privilege program, as well as preferred rates of up to 50 percent off at resort and daily fee clubs around the globe through the Troon Advantage program – helping to position Blackstone Country Club as part of a premier private golf club family rather than a stand-alone club."

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Rod Spittle Saves 2 Strokes Per Tournament With New Cure RX Series Putter

(Flagler Beach, FL) - The Cure RX Series Putters have been gaining the attention of Tour Players at every level, including Champions Tour Player, Rod Spittle, and for good reason.

In the 13 events he played this season with his previous putter, Spittle recorded only six rounds in the 60's and his Low Round was a score of 68. In the ten events he's played with his new Cure RX Series putter, Spittle has recorded fifteen rounds in the 60's and fired a new Low Round of 63 on Sunday at the Greater Hickory Kia Classic two weeks ago. In his first thirteen events, Rod was shooting in the 60's in less than 15% of his rounds. Since changing to the Cure RX Series putter, he is shooting in the 60's in 50% of his rounds.

With his Cure Putter, Spittle has reduced his putts per green in regulation from 1.830 putts/GIR to 1.778 putts/GIR. Hitting 75.00% of the greens in regulation (Rod's average) this represents an improvement of 0.71 strokes per round. That's over 2 strokes per event!

"My Cure RX Series putter is the most stable putter I have ever used," said Spittle. "My putting stats have improved dramatically. The ball rolls great and I have averaged nearly 5 birdies per round! The results speak for themselves and I encourage all players to check it out."

Cure RX Series putters adjust to fit you perfectly and help you address the ball the same way every time. Set the weight exactly where you want it (350 - 600g) to suit your stroke and tempo. The high MOI design is very stable and offers incredible forgiveness for much greater accuracy and distance control, even on extreme mishits. The Triangulation Alignment, invented by Deane Beman, helps you line up your putt like an arrow for deadly accuracy and the zero loft, flat milled face starts the ball rolling sooner, helping it stay on the intended line. Cure Putters' innovative design takes several problematic variables out of the equation and offers incredible forgiveness and control, resulting in a tighter shot dispersion. It seems inevitable that golfers of every skill level will putt more consistently, build confidence and achieve better results with a Cure RX Series putter

For more information on Cure Putters visit

Loudmouth Introduces New Pants Design, Croakies Belts

“That’s a peach, hon!”

For those of you who enjoy Loudmouth Golf's pant names, this one is deep! Here’s a hint: “Oh golly! I’m hot today!” The perfect colors for this time of year. Wear them to the in-laws this Thanksgiving!

Order a pair HERE.
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Put a little Loudmouth style on your everyday jeans with Croakies Loudmouth printed belts. Handcrafted in the United States, Loudmouth belts by Croakies are constructed from high-quality, vibrantly printed webbing. Available in two widths and two buckle options. There are 16 Loudmouth pattern choices.

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Student of Old Chatham PGA Instructor Patrick Kelley Wins Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Major Championship

Emma Parson Finishes First in Tournament In 15-18-Year-Old Division, Credits Swing Coach for Improvement

(DURHAM, N.C.) – Emma Parson, a student of Patrick Kelley, Old Chatham Golf Club PGA instructor, placed first in the girls 15- to 18-year-old division at the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Major Championship, the tour’s only major championship in North Carolina, held Oct. 18-19 at Larkin Golf Club in Statesville, North Carolina.

Parson, a 16-year-old junior golfer at Old Chatham, the top-ranked golf course in North Carolina’s Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill Triangle area, won the tournament in dramatic fashion. Tied for first place after 18 holes on the first day of competition, she returned to the links the next day determined to pull away. With the help of her caddy, Old Chatham’s own Brian Fitch, Parson lit up the final eight holes to improve to 2 under par. When on the 18th hole her once-trailing opponent pulled even by sinking a 30-foot putt, she completed a 15-foot putt to take the lead and win it all.  Parson credits Kelley for helping make her win possible. Since April, the two have worked together to improve her chipping and putting skills.

“Patrick and I have really focused on my short game,” said Parson. “And we’ve worked a lot on my mental toughness so that I don’t get frustrated in a tight game or after a bad hole.”

Kelley works with clients of all ages and skill levels, including beginners and American Junior Golf Association and Professional Golf Association (PGA) players, to improve their game. In addition to Parson, his professional clients include Brad Fritsch, David Mathis, Andrew Putnam, Michael Putnam and Justin Walters, who have won a combined eight PGA tournaments.

“I’m proud of Emma for staying calm and finishing the game like we’ve practiced,” said Kelley. “As a junior golfer, she exudes the values of the game – hard work, patience and sportsmanship. I’m excited to help her continue to grow and develop.”

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Kohanaiki Achieves Audubon International Signature Certification

(Kailua Kona, HI) - After meeting the strict environmental criteria and requirements of the Audubon International Signature Program, Kohanaiki has been designated as the first Certified Signature Sanctuary in the state of Hawai`i.

“The entire Kohanaiki team is proud to have reached this benchmark and shares the commitment of taking care of the land with Audubon International,” said Joe Root, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kohanaiki.

To become certified, Signature Program members must implement and follow a site-specific Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP) that addresses wildlife conservation and habitat enhancement, water quality monitoring and management, integrated pest management, water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction and management, and green building products and procedures. Receiving designation as a Certified Signature Sanctuary is contingent upon the quality and completeness of the NRMP and its implementation.

“The completion of this golf course has been a while in coming, but it is certainly worth the wait,” said Nancy Richardson, Signature Program Director. “Kohanaiki is representative of a sustainable approach to development with a special focus on water quality protection, wildlife habitat, historical and cultural preservation. It will serve as a model for other projects not only in Hawai`i but the world as well. ”

Kohanaiki, a 450-acre private residential community on Hawai`i's Big Island, is located two miles south of Kona International Airport and five miles north of Kailua-Kona. It is home to a Rees Jones-designed 18-hole golf course, 9-acre Practice Facility, Clubhouse, multiple restaurants, and other amenities. Stretching along a mile and a half of coastline on the island’s leeward side, with room for 500 homes, Kohanaiki is dotted with more than 200 anchialine pools that range from the size of a fist to a swimming pool and lie mostly between the golf course and the sea. These pools were historically utilized by Hawaiians to raise fish and shrimp and the waters used for cooking, drinking and bathing. There are also 13 Ahu (rock shrines) running parallel to the anchialine pools, and an existing historic trail (Mamalahoa Trail) crosses through the property. The Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park borders the property to the south and the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean forms the western edge.

Kohanaiki takes its name from its traditional land division, the Kohanaiki ahupua`a, which stretches from the sea to the mountain. These lands sustained a thriving village up until the early 19th century, where islanders harvested fish from the sea and fishponds, and cultivated gourds, coconuts, and taro on upland slopes. Kohanaiki’s name means “small bareness” and refers to the lava flows that cover its lower slopes, disgorged by Mount Hualālai 3,000-5,000 years ago.

Environmental highlights of the project include:
· Drainage – Drainage water from the golf course is routed to dry wells that contain charcoal to filter out pollutants. This also provides protection for the holes near the ocean and anchialine pools.
· Water Monitoring – To ensure that the anchialine pools and Pacific Ocean are not degraded from construction or long-term use of the property, a water quality-monitoring program was implemented and continues into the operational and long-term management phase of the project.
· Vegetative Buffers – Tall native grasses along the edge of the numerous water bodies help to filter the water and prevent erosion. A 25-foot “no spray zone” ensures that pesticides will be absorbed before they reach any water body.
· Landscaping – Xeriscaping, the use of drought tolerant plants to reduce or eliminate additional watering, has been implemented throughout the property to promote efficient irrigation practices and reduce maintenance.
· Waste Management Program – A property-wide waste management program is in place to ensure the sustainable use and reuse of almost all products and to enable the creation of soil from landscape materials.
· Endangered Species – The Hawaiian Stilt (Ae`o), federally and state listed as endangered, nests on site. The Hawaiian Monk Seal, one of the rarest mammals in the world, and the Nene, the world’s rarest goose, can also be spotted around the property.

About Audubon International
Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments, and entire communities. The Signature Program premiered in 1993 and is focused on promoting sound land management practices and appropriate land use changes based on sound scientific research. Signature Sanctuaries are currently located in 29 states and in Puerto Rico, China, Portugal, and Spain.

For more information, contact Nancy Richardson at Audubon International’s Kentucky office, 230 Second Street, Suite 311, Henderson, KY 42420, (270) 869-9419,, or visit the website at

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ohiya Casino Resort Develops Tatanka in Nebraska

Architect Paul Albanese brings golf to the Santee Sioux Nation

(Niobrara, NE) – The word Tatanka is a Lakota word that translates to buffalo, and the great buffalo will forever remain a part of the historic culture in northeast Nebraska.

The Ohiya Casino Resort of the Santee Sioux Nation plans for Tatanka to become synonymous with great golf there as well.

Golf course designer Paul Albanese has designed and is developing the new Tatanka Golf Club, which is scheduled to open in 2015. Seeding of the course was recently completed.

“This is easily one of the nicest pieces of property I have ever been involved with, and it has been incredibly interesting,” Albanese said regarding the land that features bold movements of rolling hills and ridges with views that stretch for more than 30-40 miles.
Ron Whitten, architecture editor for Golf Digest, described it as; “Nebraska’s Sandhills with trees,” as he included it among a group of sneak peaks in his listing of Best New Courses in 2014.

During the construction, Albanese researched the history and culture of the Sioux Nation in order to incorporate cultural stories into the design. With each creation of a fairway, green and bunker his team would discuss ideas presented by the Sioux Nation.

“We took the history and the culture of the area and the Sioux Nation, and used it as a design inspiration in a subtle and respectful way.”

“We looked at the land forms and designed something that might reflect local stories. For instance, how a certain mountain looked and got its name would be the kind of thing we tried to incorporate. I remember a story about a medicine woman we used as inspiration.”

In his research of the culture, area and natural landforms, Albanese found the Sioux have a great respect for nature.

“I knew then we had to blend the golf course into the natural surroundings,” he said. “In beginning our process, myself, shapers, construction people, we all learned the stories. Some of the bunkers, though they may not literally look like something from a story, they were made with that story in mind. We looked at the clouds. We looked at the rocks, trees, all the natural surroundings and made the golf course fit there as if it belonged. One hole, inspired by a spiritual story, has a spirit bunker shaped after thinking about the story. It’s all very subtle, but impactful I feel to those who live there.”

Many of the stories, of course, include the great buffalo. In this, Albanese opted for literal interpretation. In some fenced in spaces very close to the golf course, great buffalo roam.

“You can actually hit a tee shot and have buffalo 20 feet from you,” Albanese said. “We were very careful on where and how we routed the golf holes close to the buffalo, but we felt it was important to have them within the course to be true to the culture of the area.”

The resort decided upon a golf course as part of an expansion to give visitors a reason to stay longer. Albanese expects there will be an economic impact on the area in jobs and increased tourism.

“This is a template used by other Native American tribes with casinos,” Albanese said. “They use the golf to create a destination resort, more of a weekend trip instead of a simple visit to the casino. Take a break from gaming, and play golf, that kind of thing.”

The finished design is unique, each hole is different and memorable and each hole is named and derived from a different story from the Sioux culture. For Albanese it wasn’t as big a transition from his design work as some people might think.

“We try to get into all the stories and backgrounds that reflect the owners of the courses we design and build,” Albanese said. “Then we try to reflect those in the design.”

Ohiya Casino Resort was the first casino in Nebraska, and was developed almost 17 years ago. It continues to be an ideal entertainment destination for those seeking excitement across the upper Midwest in northeast Nebraska, southwest Minnesota, southeast South Dakota, and northwest Iowa.
It is located just a few minutes east of Niobrara, NE, and it offers a modern casino with high payouts, bingo, multiple dining options, comfortable hotel rooms, events and entertainment, and now world-class and inspired golf, too. Tatanka will soon stand for great golf as well.


Nexbelt's New Affiliate Program Pays Big Dividends

(Rancho Cucamonga, CA) - NexbeltTM ( is now offering an Affiliate Program to websites, companies, or associations who are interested in promoting their award winning "Belt With No Holes".

Once Affiliates register with Nexbelt, they will receive an ID Code that is unique to them and paid a 20% commission on all sales made, via the Nexbellt website, using that code.

"We started the Affiliate Program because we were approached by so many companies who believed in our products and wanted to help us promote them," said Eddie Rowland, Co-Owner of Nexbelt. "That's what inspired us to approach others. Working with these Affliates has helped grow our web presence and theirs as well. They place a banner on their website or post messages on their social media sites about Nexbelt and the commissions just start rolling in."

For more information or to register for Nexbelt's Affilaite Program, contact Eddie Rowland at

Known for its innovative technology, Nexbelt's Go In! Golf Series of belts feature a unique ratcheting system called PreciseFit that allows the wearer to adjust his or her belt in quarter-inch increments, providing the best fit, feel and fashion available, as well as the convenience of a hidden ball marker located behind the face of the belt.

Nexbelt is 100% committed to offering its customers superior customer service and the most innovative and technologically advanced products available.

Nexbelt's DRIVE Vision...
Deliver what we Promise with Integrity.
* Retain the Human touch
* Invest in Good People generously.
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Company Founders, Tom Hunsucker, and Eddie and Francis Rowland started Nexbelt in 2010 with a vision to reinvent the way Americans buy, sell and wear their belts. Tired of the old outdated pin/buckle system, they set their sights on creating a belt that would be both adjustable and highly fashionable at the same time. Out of this passion, Nexbelt, "The Belt With No Holes" was born.

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Media members interested in field testing a Nexbelt product for an editorial review should contact Joe Wieczorek of The Media Group at (847) 956-9090.

Celebrate the Season at Four Seasons Resorts Lāna’i

(LĀNA‘I, HAWAI‘I) – Once one of the world’s largest pineapple plantations, today, Lāna’i remains the Hawai’i of yesterday: unspoiled, unhurried, and unequaled.   This festive season, discover serenity, tradition and history on your own 90,000-acre island.  Whether staying at the newly transformed Four Seasons Resort Lāna’i at Manele Bay, our quintessential beach resort, or the upcountry escape of Four Seasons Resort Lāna’i, The Lodge at Koele, daily sports, spa and cultural activities and fantastic evening events, including a special New Year’s Eve fireworks sky concert,  will ensure your holiday on Lāna’i is one to remember.

The Resorts offer a range of activities, many complimentary, during the holidays including:
Improve your game with a variety of clinics focusing on Putting, Short-Game Full-Swing Fundamentals, SNAG (Start New at Golf) or sign on for a friendly 18-hole tourney with the Koele Putting Social.  Or grab a partner for Nine and Wine, the most scenic ‘back nine’ holes at Manele Golf Course and sunset views and libations.

Festive spa events include AJNE Perfume-Blending and NuFace Quick Lift demonstrations, a Jane Iredale Make Up demo for Teens, a session on incorporating essential oils into everyday life and the launch of the JK7 Skin Care Line Launch with Dr. Jurgen Klein.

Keiki (Kids) 
Kids of all ages won’t be bored with the choices this season - Kite flying, Kids Yoga, Junior Golf, Keiki Spa Party, daily torch lighting, Keiki Hula, Tennis Festival, cookie decorating, ornament making are some of the fun activities on offer.  The complimentary Kids For All Seasons program, daily for kids 5-12 also has a nightly parties from Drive in Movies and Build a Toy to Hawaiian Nights, including dinner, gifts and more.  And don’t miss Santa, December 24th, taking a beach break in paradise before heading back into the cold.

Activities & Fitness
Take a hike to the Koloiki Ridge, Kanepu‘u Dry Land Forest, Puʻu pehe (Sweetheart Rock) or cycle around Lāna‘i  City.  Try your hand at croquet, a snorkel tour or any number of fitness classes from Beach Yoga and Golfer’s Conditioning to Tango for Couples and Sandcastle Building.

Join our elders and learn about Hawaiian culture with the Hoʻokipa Cultural Program, ukele and coconut leaf weaving lessons, hula performances, ‘Talk Story’ session, a Cultural Village walk and stargazing activities.

The newly debuted collection of one-of-a-kind luxury boutiques at Manele Bay incorporate of-the-moment women’s, men’s, children’s accessories, jewelry and home décor items,.  Perfect for last minute gifts or getting a sneak peak on the coming season’s fashion at festive Trunk Shows held throughout the holiday period.  

Spectacular Events
From Holiday Tea and nightly hot chocolate in the Great Hall to Sunset Sabering at VIEWS, the Resorts have a number of tempting events on offer.  Enjoy special dining options at the Resorts including at the newly redesigned NOBU LĀNA‘I as well as festive events such as a Family Holiday Lu’au, Hulopoʻe Beach Bash and a Krug New Year’s Eve Celebration.  Ring in the New Year with highlights including:
* Live performances by Brenna Whitaker and her Little Big Band.
* Fireworks sky concert.
* Dancing and a Krug champagne toast at midnight.

In addition experience our unmatched diversity of activities outside the resorts: sporting clays, horseback riding, hiking and off-road adventures as well as an array of top-rated ocean sports, including snorkeling, scuba diving or beachcombing on some of Hawai’i’s most pristine beaches.          

Holiday Rates
At Four Seasons Resort Lāna‘i at Manele Bay start at $979 per night for Classic rooms $979; newly redesigned rooms start at $1,450 per night; minimum length of stay varies by time frame.  At Four Seasons Resort Lāna‘i, The Lodge at Koele, rooms start at $650 per night, no minimum stay requirements, non-refundable deposit due at the time of booking.

Festive menus and information can be found at  Four Seasons Resorts Lanai Festive.  Reservation requests for dining and activities can be made by phoning (808) 565-2388, email at

Atlantic Beach Country Club is Nearing Completion

Atlantic Beach Country Club is currently the only 18-hole golf course under construction near an ocean in the United States

(Jacksonville, FL) - You can feel the excitement in Atlantic Beach Country Club, as this unique coastal community nears completion. Residents, members and buyers have been keeping a steady eye on the progress as this beautiful and rare community comes to life.

“Week after week, the 16,000 square foot clubhouse and the 18-hole golf course changes dramatically,” said Susie Wood, managing partner of Atlantic Beach Partners. “The progress has been astounding, and now as we round the corner to the finish line, you can see the stunning beauty of Atlantic Beach Country Club.”

The big story is the incredible pace of home sites sales and membership sales. Buyers have quickly realized the exceptional lifestyle opportunities in Atlantic Beach Country Club, as well as the value of owning in what is currently, the only 18-hole golf course under construction near an ocean in the United States. Only four blocks from the beach, the community is a desirable destination for the entire east coast. Buyers have come from all over to grasp their opportunity to live in this beautiful coastal golf course community.

“It has been thrilling for me to watch the dreams of the Atlantic Beach Country Club buyers come to fruition,” said Lee Elmore, realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty. “Working with each buyer on their future home has been an honor. They are genuinely excited and counting the days until their home is finished.” Lot sales are moving fast with 152 home sites under contract out of the 178 available. Buyers may select home sites ranging in size from 50-foot-wide to 80-foot-wide. The two preferred builders, Riverside Homes and Toll Brothers, have broken ground on the first of the community’s homes with their furnished models. Homes will range from 2,000 to more than 4,000 square feet and are expected to sell for $600,000 to $1.5 million. Membership sales are moving just as fast as they reached 535 members according to Membership Director, Melissa Bryan. There are still Full and Sports memberships available.

Nestled in the heart of Atlantic Beach, residents will enjoy panoramic golf course and lake views, and live just a short walk or bike ride from the beach. The beautiful tree canopy and native Florida vegetation accents the gorgeous home site views. Atlantic Beach Country Club is scheduled to be complete in December.

The impressive 16,000-square-foot Clubhouse is well on its way to becoming one of the most beautiful buildings at the beaches. The coastal shaker style clubhouse creates a stunning centerpiece for this anticipated community. The pool deck, swimming pool, and kids Splash Deck are sure to be the center of activity at the clubhouse. The seven clay tennis courts are taking shape, as is the Fitness Center and Tennis Shop. State-of-the-art Precor fitness equipment will be installed in the Fitness Center soon to provide residents and members a professional workout.

The bar and dining areas overlooking the west lawn, pool and 18th green will offer outstanding sunset views. One area that will be very popular will be the clubhouse patio, which also features a large gas fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs for those after dinner drinks and fireside chats.

The 18-hole golf course, designed by Ponte Vedra resident Erik Larsen of LarsenGolf, has been completely redesigned and now has grass on the fairways. Soon, the traps will be filled with sand, which will really give the course a finished look. The golf course features unique bunkering and native areas along with a variety of trees that reflect the beautiful coastal maritime forest that makes North Florida such a beautiful place to live. For those members who enjoy walking instead of using golf carts, several tees and greens are short distances from each other, which will make Atlantic Beach Country Club a real joy to play. The golf course measures approximately 6,850 yards from the back tees and will provide for a fun, but true, test of golf for players of all skill levels. The Celebration Bermuda fairways and TifEagle Greens will provide for great playing surfaces year round.

The golf course offers multiple sets of tees, making the game both exciting and challenging for players of every skill level. The design concept is a risk vs. reward style course. “The further you hit the ball the harder the course gets,” said Larsen. “If you get risky on your tee shot and take an aggressive angle, you will be rewarded on your next shot.” He also stated the importance of designing the course to appeal to each specific class of player. “The trick to a good golf course is making it hard for the good players and fun for the average golfer. We want to see the top players in the area walk off the 18th green and talk about how demanding the course is.”

Atlantic Beach Country Club also offers a practice facility, which includes a 350-yard driving range, practice putting green and a short game practice area for chipping. Whether you are a beginner or a scratch golfer, Spencer Brown, Head Golf Professional, and his staff offer private instruction, and can provide you with the skills to achieve the maximum enjoyment in playing the game of golf.

Atlantic Beach Country Club’s General Manager, longtime North Florida resident, Ed Tucker will oversee the entire club operation, including golf, tennis, dining, catering, fitness, aquatics, member relations and general operations.

Home site sales for Atlantic Beach Country Club are listed by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty. Call Lee Elmore, realtor at 904-241-2835. For more information, visit or for Membership information, call Melissa Bryan at 904-372-2222. For information on our preferred builders, call Kristine Williams or Laura Copeland at 844-871-7466 with Toll Brothers, or Steve Morgan at 904-476-4236 with Riverside Homes.

Monday, October 27, 2014

GolfTEC Celebrates 5 Million Lesson Milestone with Charity Promotion Benefitting The First Tee

All Customers Eligible for Complimentary Lesson November 8 or 9

(Centennial, CO) – GolfTEC – the world leader in golf lessons – announces that it will commemorate the occasion of teaching its five millionth lesson by providing complimentary 30-minute golf lessons on November 8 or 9 to customers who make a donation to The First Tee.

Offered at all GolfTEC locations in the United States, this unique opportunity allows golfers to sign up online at or by calling 877.446.5383. To complete the process, customers follow instructions on making a donation to The First Tee and show that receipt upon arrival at GolfTEC. Each lesson is valued at more than $50, far greater than the $20 suggested minimum contribution to The First Tee. Thus, individuals are encouraged to give more.

The First Tee is an international youth development organization focused on introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through afterschool and educational programs, it helps shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf.

“We gave our first lesson nearly 20 years ago and since that time GolfTEC has grown to become an industry leader, employing more PGA professionals than any other organization,” says Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO of GolfTEC. “Our goal is to grow the game by helping players improve and enjoy golf more, which creates a devoted consumer base excited to play and share this amazing sport.”

Highly efficient and boasting a 95 percent success rate, GolfTEC lessons are taught one-on-one by Certified Personal Coaches mostly in indoor bays that utilize proprietary teaching technology. Developing a comprehensive improvement plan for each student is the foundation of GolfTEC’s philosophy. This is embodied by the company’s popular game plans and lesson packs, which are available in a variety of options to suit all budgets.

“The First Tee and GolfTEC have a shared vision of introducing more young people to the game of golf and ensuring they have the necessary tools to succeed on and off the golf course,” says Jennifer Weiler, Vice President of Strategic Alignment and Development, of The First Tee. “We are grateful to be part of this unique promotion, which will undoubtedly raise awareness for our mission.”

GolfTEC’s first-class instructors have gone through rigorous certification to master the analysis of golf mechanics, the technology of the GolfTEC system and the most productive teaching techniques. Each of the company’s locations boasts an array of state-of-the-art equipment and services specially designed to provide customers a totally unique experience. Among the technologies currently employed:
g-SWING teaching technology – Patented software program displays real-time video with motion measurement, capturing body positions throughout the swing; coaches use the info to diagnose, communicate and measure the changes that will lead to improvement.

TECfit – using Foresight launch monitors to capture critical performance data – ball flight, ball speed, clubhead speed, launch angle, sidespin and backspin – coaches cross-reference this information with GolfTEC’s proprietary SwingLabs database to help select ideal clubs for each student’s swing; they can then accurately illustrate changes in ball performance resulting from club adjustments.

Click HERE to learn more about GolfTEC, the world leader in golf lessons or call 877-446-5383.

Golfsmith to Carry Druh Belts & Buckles

(RELEASE) - Druh Belts & Buckles announced that Golfsmith International will begin carrying the Players Collection belt and buckle line this month. The partnership makes Golfsmith the first major golf retailer to carry Druh in the United States and Canada, and shows the rapid growth and momentum of the brand in North America.

"We are very excited to bring Druh Belts & Buckles into our Golfsmith and Golftown stores. The brand has been building internationally and we are thrilled to bring this Exclusive Players Collection to our customers in the USA and Canada," said Eli Getson, EVP/GMM for Golfsmith International.

"I'm really excited to see Druh make it into Golfsmith this year," expressed Simon Hurd, Druh's founder. "We've been working quite hard for a long time now to grow this brand, and it's rewarding to see all that effort pay off. My hat's off to our team at Druh. "

The Players Collection belts and buckles will be available in Golfsmith exclusive combinations of black strap with black and white double infill buckle, brown strap with silver and white double infill buckle, and white strap with white and black double infill buckle. The Players Collection will be sold in select stores, and online at for $80.

Druh Belts & Buckles, the #1 Belt on Tour, offers the discerning golfer a range of belts and buckles in a variety of styles to match every player's personal taste. Each Druh Belt is customizable for color and size, and can be paired with any of the 130 Druh Buckles available. Druh Belts & Buckles are sold at many of the finest golf courses in the world, as well as elite golf shops and retailers.

For more information, visit

AHEAD Named One of Top 100 ‘Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts’

Poised to celebrate 20th anniversary in 2015, company guided by CEO Anne Broholm

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) - AHEAD – the innovative headwear, apparel and accessories company under the guidance of CEO Anne Broholm – has been named one of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts.  Sponsored by The Commonwealth Institute, a Boston-based nonprofit, and The Boston Globe Magazine, the annual awards celebrate the impact of women-led businesses in The Bay State.

Anne Broholm
“Successful leaders are best represented by those they lead, and I’m grateful to my entire team at AHEAD, LLC for their personal contributions that have enabled us to receive this great honor,” Broholm said.  “I am proud of our company, our people and our products.”

Since Broholm was appointed CEO of AHEAD in May 2012, the company has launched a new corporate division, expanded into new vertical markets and geographic regions, launched new product lines, and focused on employee and sales representative engagement.  The company is poised to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2015.

Prior to joining AHEAD, Broholm served as global director of sales of golf for Cutter & Buck.  Both companies are part of Sweden-based New Wave Group’s corporate portfolio.  Other career experience includes Imperial Headwear, Liz Claiborne, Ocean Pacific, and O’Neill.

For the award’s 13th year, the co-sponsors included both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and incorporated new ranking criteria. Although operating budget remained an essential component of the Top 100 list, workplace and board diversity, as well as innovation and the number of full-time employees were also key considerations.

This year’s Top 100 rankings were announced at a breakfast event Friday, Oct. 24 at the Boston Seaport Hotel.  More than 500 business people, including Broholm and members of the AHEAD team, were in attendance.  The complete Top 100 list appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine on Sunday, Oct. 26.

For more information about AHEAD, visit its website at or on Facebook at Aheadusa.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

EWGA Nominated for a 2014 DANDI Award

(Palm Beach Gardens, FL) - For 23 years, the Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA) has made an active commitment to embrace and welcome women into the game of golf. This year, EWGA is nominated for a DANDI award in the sports category for its Diversity and Inclusion efforts in welcoming more than 100,000 women into EWGA's golf community to experience golf and its accompanying attributes.

Founded in 2012, t he Diversity and Inclusion (DANDI) Awards celebrate and recognize organizations making a positive difference in working toward a more diverse and inclusive culture. Thirty-six companies are nominated in 12 diverse fields and honored at the annual DANDI Awards in December.

"This is a humbling honor for our organization to be nominated "says CEO Pam Swensen. "We have been helping women tee it up for success for more than two decades with the focus of inviting all women to learn, play and enjoy the game of golf for business and fun. Our golf community broke through the grass ceiling decades ago by creating a sense of belonging and purpose for women to learn and utilize this game to open doors for personal and professional success."

Previous winners in this category have included the NBA and NASCAR. The 2014 DANDI Award winners will be announced on Monday, December 1, 2014 in New York City, New York.

To learn more about the DANDI Executive Forum and Awards Ceremony, visit

For more information about the EWGA and membership, visit

Titleist Leads the Way at the McGladrey Classic

The best players in the world are in beautiful Sea Island, Georgia for the McGladrey Classic. Held on the scenic Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club, the McGladrey Classic will surely provide fireworks as players will be looking to go low on the 7,055 yard, Par-70 layout.

Despite a history of low scores, players realize they will have to be on their game if they expect to be in contention on Sunday.

"This golf course is in as great a shape as I've ever seen it...They've made the golf course somehow a little bit better. It is normally very windy here, and if it is, it can play very difficult," said Titleist Brand Ambassador, and Sea Island resident, Zach Johnson.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Martin is trying to maintain the momentum from his first career victory last week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

"I'm looking forward to trying to put all that behind me and go out to compete this week … just looking forward to getting back on the golf course."

With a strong field and fantastic setting, it should be an exciting weekend of golf in Sea Island.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2014 McGladrey Classic
Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 86 players in the field trusting a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That’s more than five times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also the top choice among players in the irons (38) and sand, lob and approach wedge (138) and putter (48) categories.