Saturday, January 31, 2015

Cleveland Golf Introduces New Additions to CG Black Line for 2015

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Cleveland Golf announced the introduction of the latest additions to their CG Black line of woods and irons, designed specifically for seniors, women and players with slower swing speeds.  The CG Black line will now include the new CG Black Custom driver, as well as the new CG Black CB irons.  These latest additions to the CG Black line are currently available for pre-order with in-store availability beginning on February 13.

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 golfers’ swings and ball-flight inefficiencies and 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 them 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.

CG Black Custom Driver
The CG Black Custom is a lightweight, adjustable driver engineered for amateur golfers who score better.  Optimized for golfers who have a swing speed between 85 mph and 105 mph, the CG Black Custom is one of the lightest drivers on the market.  The CG Black Custom driver offers adjustable lofts ranging from 9° to 12°, and comes standard with a Mitsubishi Bassara E50 graphite shaft.  The CG Black Custom will carry a minimum advertised price (MAP) of $399.99.

CG Black CB Irons
The new CG Black CB irons were designed for better amateur golfers with swing speeds ranging from 85 mph to 105 mph.  The CG Black CB irons were developed for players who prefer to work the ball toward the flag stick, but still want plenty of forgiveness.  The CG Black CB’s long and mid irons also utilize a high strength HT 1770 steel face material for improved COR which leads to increased consistency, forgiveness and distance off the club face.  Designed with a premium black finish, the CG Black CB irons are offered with a Nippon NS Pro 1050 GH steel shaft (MAP $699.99) or a UST Recoil 660/670 graphite shaft (MAP $799.99).

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San Diego State alum Wilson Bateman wins $40,000 Tour MetroWest Event

Auburn alum, SwingThought Player of the Year Bozzelli ties for second with Louisville alum Wheeldon

(Orlando, Fla.) – San Diego State alum Wilson Bateman, out of Lake Nona, Fla., led from beginning to end, posting the best rounds of the day the first two days and a 3-under par final round to finish at 14 under par for the event, six better than his nearest competitors. 2014 Tour Player of the Year Dominic Bozzelli, who starred at Auburn, finished at 8-under par and in a tie for second with Canada’s Riley Wheeldon, who starred at Louisville.

Past Tour winners Sam Ryder and Stephen Carney finished tied for 4th at 7-under par. Rookie Nick Palladino, who made the Tour’s 20 Players to Watch in 2015 coming off his All-Nicklaus career at Rochester, finished in a tie for sixth at 6-under par with Jay McCluen. 2014 Winter Series Money Title Winner Christopher Ross, out of Eastern Michigan, finished tied 11th at 3-under par with past Tour winners J.T. Griffin, Seth Fair, and Chip Deason.

Bateman received $11,000 for the win while Bozzelli and Wheeldon each received $4,600. The $40,000 Guaranteed Purse MetroWset event was the 5th Guaranteed Purse event of the Tour Winter Series season, the first season in which the Tour (formerly NGA/Hooters) has guaranteed “Winter” purses. The Winter Series heads to Timacuan next week followed by the season ending $50,000 event at Red Tail February 17th through 19th. The Top 60 Members from the Winter Series  will have first option to enter into the Red Tail event up til Friday February 6th. After that date, entries will be open to to 1st come 1st serve, members and nonmembers.

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The Tour is currently taking memberships for the upcoming 2015 Pro Series. Players may join by contacting the Tour offices at 800-992-8748. The 2015 schedule consists of 16 $140,000 Guaranteed Purses events and 6 54-hole Q-School/Qualifier Prep events played primarily throughout the southeast and southwest running February through August. The sixteen (16) guaranteed purse events and over $2.5 million in purse money paid out will by far be the largest for a Pro Series in the United States for 2015. Tour alumni have won an amazing 16 Major Championships and include 2012 and 2014 Masters champion Bubba Watson, 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley, 2010 PGA TOUR Player of the Year and 2003 US Open Champion Jim Furyk, 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson, two-time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen, British Open and PGA Champion John Daly, and recent PGA Tour winners such as Michael Thompson, Ted Potter Jr, Gary Woodland, Russell Henley, Mark Wilson, George McNeill, Scott Stallings, Scott Piercy, current FedExCup Points Leader Robert Streb, and many more.

For more information on the new Tour visit (new site coming soon),, or call 800-992-8748.

Tee It Up with a Tour Pro at Tucson Conquistadores Classic

(Tucson, Ariz.) – The golfers of the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour will descend upon Tucson in March, giving golf aficionados the opportunity to play in a Champions Tour Pro-Am, rub shoulders with the pros and hit the shots with the game’s best.

Every golfer can share this unforgettable experience thanks to Omni Tucson National Resort, which is offering a unique “stay and play” package during the inaugural Tucson Conquistadores Classic, a Champions Tour event that will be held March 20-22 on the Catalina Course at the famed southern Arizona resort.

Omni’s Champions Tour Pro-Am Package includes three nights of luxury accommodations (for two) in a Mountain Vista room and features one amateur playing position in either of the Conquistadores Classic Pro-Am events on Wednesday, March 17, or Thursday, March 18, plus invitations to the Pro-Am parties and much more.

Both the Wednesday Champions Tour Pro-Am Package and the Thursday Champions Tour Pro-Am Package include:
* Two (2) invitations to Tuesday's exclusive Pro-Am Pairings Party
* Two (2) invitations to Thursday's Pro-Am Awards Party
* One (1) Pro-Am participant credential providing special access on Wednesday to dine with the pros in VIP Pro-Am Hospitality Area
* Two (2) grounds tickets for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
* Custom deluxe Pro-Am gift package - a minimum value of $500
* Souvenir autographed team photo and commemorative scorecard
* Art of Breakfast Buffet daily in Fiesta (based on double occupancy)
* $100 resort credit to be used in The Spa, also valid for dining in Legends Bar & Grill, or Bob's Steak & Chop House
* Food and beverage provided on course on selected Pro-Am day
* VIP parking
* Each package is priced at $4,500.

Ranked as one of the top 100 golf resorts by Conde Nast Traveler and one of the top 75 golf resorts in North America by Golf Digest, Omni Tucson National Resort is looking forward to welcoming back players who won here during their PGA Tour careers and who are now competing on the Champions Tour. Past champions include Kirk Triplett, Jeff Sluman, David Frost, Tom Watson, and Craig Stadler, all of whom are scheduled to appear.

The Omni Champions Tour Pro-Am Package must be booked directly through the resort. Contact Jennifer Hentzen at (520) 877–2351 and

To get additional information or book accommodations, visit or call 1-800-The-Omni.

Atlantic City Golf: City with Style

Atlantic City dominates the 2014 GolfStyles New Jersey Magazine rankings of New Jersey’s best golf courses
(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) GolfStyles New Jersey Magazine has released its Readers Choice Rankings of the “Best Golf Courses” in New Jersey. For the growing legion of devotees to golf around Atlantic City, the news hardly comes as a surprise.

Led by perennial favorites Atlantic City Country Club, Shore Gate, Stockton Seaview Bay Course, Ballamor, Blue Heron Pines, Harbor Pines and Twisted Dune, many of the 17 layouts in the Greater Atlantic City area dominated the GolfStyles New Jersey’s “Public Golf” category.

At Nos. 1 and 2, Atlantic City Country Club and Shore Gate topped the rankings of the 10 “Top Clubs” in New Jersey, while Ballamor was close behind at No. 4 on the list along with Scotland Run (6) and Running Deer (8). The ranking’s honorable mention included Stockton Seaview Bay and Pines courses, Vineyard Golf at Renault, McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links, The Links at Brigantine Beach and Cape May National.

Atlantic City CC finished second among the state’s “Favorite Courses” ranking, with Running Deer, Ballamor and Shore Gate rounding out the Top 6 and followed closely by Scotland Run (9) and Harbor Pines (10), while the honorable mention category included Twisted Dune, Blue Heron Pines, McCullough’s Emerald Links, Cape May National, The Links at Brigantine Beach and Stockton Seaview Resort Bay Course.

The popular category “Best Course At The Shore” was dominated by Atlantic City area courses. The Top 5 was, in order, Atlantic City Country Club, Shore Gate, Stockton Seaview Bay Course, Ballamor and Blue Heron Pines, while Harbor Pines came in sixth on the list and Twisted Dune seventh, followed by Sea Oaks (9) and McCullough’s Emerald Links (10). Honorable mention included Sand Barrens, The Links at Brigantine Beach, Cape May National and Stockton Seaview Pines Course.

When it comes to the state’s “Best Bargain” in the public golf category, Running Deer Golf Club was the top choice while Cape May National checked in at No. 4. Honorable mention went to Blue Heron Pines, McCullough’s Emerald Links, The Links at Brigantine Beach, Harbor Pines, Ballamor and Scotland Run.

The state’s “Top Golf Resorts” included Sea Oaks, Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, and Renault Winery and Vineyard Golf.

The always-important “Best Conditions” category was dominated by Atlantic City. Atlantic City Country Club topped the category ranking while Ballamor was ranked No. 3 in the state followed by Running Deer, Shore Gate and Harbor Pines rounding out the Top 6, just ahead of Blue Heron Pines (9), Stockton Seaview Resort (10) and the honorable mentions including Scotland Run, Sea Oaks and Twisted Dune.

Not surprisingly, many of the state’s “Best Golf Instructors” are spreading their wisdom around Atlantic City, led by Jeff Bonicky of Sea Oaks at No. 4 in the state, followed by Running Deer’s John Tyrell at No. 9 and Bruce Chelucci of Blue Heron Pines at No. 10. Bonicky also finished second in the “Top Golf Professional” category, followed by Heron Glen’s Tim Ward at No. 3, along with Shore Gate’s Harry Bittner, (8) and Atlantic City’s Fran Mulholland, (10) rounding out the Top 10. Honorable mention in that category included Twisted Dune’s Scott Dunn, Ballamor’s Mike Tucci, Bob Ewing of Harbor Pines Golf Club and Running Deer’s Klay Knerr.

Atlantic City CC topped the “Most Scenic” category, followed by Scotland Run Golf Club (4), Shore Gate (8) and Blue Heron Pines (9). Honorable mention went to Ballamor, Harbor Pines, Twisted Dune, Vineyard Golf at Renault and Stockton Seaview Bay Course. Among the “Best Family Clubs” were Running Deer (3), Harbor Pines (9) and Scotland Run (10), while Blue Heron Pines made the honorable mention list.

In the category of “Favorite Golf Course Management” Ron Jaworski Golf and its four courses topped the rankings, with the Ottinger Family Golf (3 courses) at No. 3 and Cape May National at No. 5, while Harbor Pines (6) and Troon Golf - Seaview Resort (8) made the Top 10. Honorable mention included Sea Oaks and Mays Landing.

Finally, Atlantic City CC also topped the all-important “Best Food” category for New Jersey golfers followed closely by Scotland Run at No. 3, Stockton Seaview Resort at No. 4 and Running Deer at No. 5, while Blue Heron Pines (8) also made the Top 10. Honorable mention went to Library III at McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links, Harbor Pines and Renault Winery and Vineyard Golf.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Starting Time, U.S. Home of My mini Golf Hits it out of the Park at Orlando

(RELEASE) - Marketing manager Mary Anne Penton says this is the year when the golf pros attending the PGA Show in Orlando, really got serious about getting more kids into golf.

The Starting Time booth was packed from the opening day with golf pros wanting to learn more about the first of its kind German-made product, My mini Golf, to use to help bring the fun factor into putting, especially for kids.

At the booth, however, were golf pros putting against each other in “competition” to show that My mini Golf is not just for kids, but can be used by any age. Many clubs are using it indoors, in the evening at parties, golf events and happy hour activities to bring in more club revenue. My mini Golf is a great indoor/outdoor product, but at the PGA Show it was mostly about getting more kids into golf, a goal that My mini Golf was developed for.

According to Penton, there was a 100% increase in orders this year over past years, mostly due to the need to get more kids, women and even seniors into golf. This is fundamental to growing the golf business and bringing  in more revenue to the courses here and in Canada. The attendees at the show recognize this need and are aggressively working to accomplish that. My mini Golf makes teaching and learning easier, according to Penton, and is now being used worldwide.

Starting Time has just completed a new website, A visit there will help to explain through videos and photographs the magic of My mini Golf, according to Penton.

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday Renews Agreement with GolfTalk Live for Seventh Year

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) - Once again the GolfTalk Live radio show - voted the No. 1 Golf Radio Show in America three times in the last six years - will be providing an expanded series of coverage for Myrtle Beach and many of the activities taking place in America's golf capitol ... aka GolfTown, USA. Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, the premier marketing company for Myrtle Beach has renewed its partnership with GolfTalk Live for a seventh year.

The coverage will begin February 1 and last for a full nine months. Commercial spots featuring Myrtle Beach and different promotions regarding the destination will air weekly on the radio show, as well as during the week adjacent to the GolfTalk Minute commentary.   

In addition, weekly "Myrtle Beach Reports" will begin running in February and continue for three months. They include interviews with golf course operators from 13 different golf properties throughout the Greater Myrtle Beach area and provide listeners with valuable information about where to stay and play. Full information on Myrtle Beach can be obtained by going to

To kick off the excitement for the upcoming spring season in Myrtle Beach, GolfTalk Live show host Tony Leodora will do the radio show from Myrtle Beach on Saturday, February 21. It will focus on the area as it gears up for the spring season, as well as events scheduled in Myrtle Beach throughout the year.

During the February 21 show a Myrtle Beach golf trip will be given away to a lucky golfer. Entries will be collected at the GolfTalk Live booth the previous week during the Philadelphia Golf Show in Oaks.

Two more GolfTalk Live shows will come from Myrtle Beach - August 22 and 29. The first will preview the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, the world's largest golf tournament. The second will include highlights from the week of competition, including the eventual winner.

During that week Tony Leodora will write a series of daily blog stories, detailing the competition on the golf course during the day and activities in the World's Largest 19th Hole every night. His first-person accounts of the World Am have become popular annual features.

"The excitement of golf in Myrtle Beach has been an annual part of my life since 1985," says Leodora. "I make two, three, four trips a year and never tire of the great golf, the beautiful beaches and the fun nightlife. It's very satisfying to know that we have been bringing this message to so many people over the years. It is part of the continued growth of Myrtle Beach."

GolfTalk Live airs 52 weeks a year from 7 to 8 a.m. each Saturday on flagship station WNTP 990-AM in Philadelphia, as well as from 3 to 4 p.m. on WOND 1400-AM in South Jersey and on The Golf Director Network across the country and around the world. It also can be heard live on, as well as any time after the show airs, by going to the website,

GolfNow Announces 'Free Golf For Life' Sweepstakes with National Spot

NFL Legend Brian Urlacher and 2014 FedExCup Champion Billy Horschel Ambush Foursome for Closest-to-the-Pin Challenge with Free Golf for Life on the Line During NBC Sports’ Super Bowl Pre-game Coverage

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – GolfNow, the leading online tee time booking and golf course technology and services platform, has announced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for one lucky golfer to win Free Golf for Life. The sweepstakes was launched this week, running through Monday, April 13, and will award one winner with a complimentary foursome once per month courtesy of GolfNow. To launch the sweepstakes, GolfNow has produced a national spot centered around “Lucky Chuck” and his unlucky leprechaun co-worker, which will begin airing nationally on Sunday, Feb. 1.

“GolfNow is constantly trying to showcase golf in exciting new ways, and we are seizing that opportunity once again through NBC Sports’ high-profile platform this week,” said Jeff Foster, senior vice president, GolfNow New Media Group. “In the past, GolfNow has arranged dream foursomes with Graeme McDowell and Keegan Bradley, and has sent winners across the country on a private jet to play golf on both coasts in a single day. The idea of winning Free Golf for Life is something that until now avid golfers have only dreamed of, and GolfNow is going to make someone’s dream a reality.”

In addition to the sweepstakes, NBC Sports’ Super Bowl XLIX pre-game coverage will include a short segment starring NFL legend Brian Urlacher and PGA TOUR winner Billy Horschel, who will ambush a lucky foursome selected for a closest-to-the-pin challenge with Free Golf for Life on the line.  If any individual bests Urlacher’s effort on the par-3 6th hole of Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., they win Free Golf for Life. And, if they beat the reigning PGA TOUR FedExCup Champion, the entire foursome wins Free Golf for Life. This segment is part of the promotional platform to support the launch of Free Golf for Life sweepstakes, open to all.

Golfers can visit the sweepstakes page, from now until April 13 to enter for a chance to win and see full rules. Once registered, participants can submit daily entries, and earn an additional entry by promoting the sweepstakes’ page via Twitter. Contest participants also are eligible for daily instant win prizes, which include free rounds of golf and promotional codes from GolfNow.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to residents of the 50 US states who are 18 or older. Begins January 27, 2015 at 12:00am ET and ends April 13, 2015 at 11:59pm ET. Limit one entry per person per day. “Free Golf for Life” is defined as up to $160 in greens fees per round of golf, 12 times per year, for 30 years. To enter, and for Official Rules and prize details, go to

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Knuth's High Heat Driver Receives Recognition at 2015 PGA Merchandise Show

Gary Van Sickle calls it 'the most significant technological innovation' at the show

(BONITA, CA) - The launch of Knuth Golf's High Heat driver at last week's PGA Merchandise Show Demo Day has proven to be one of the biggest stories of the show.

Noted sportswriter Gary Van Sickle of Sports Illustrated and called High Heat "the most significant technological innovation in golf equipment from this year's PGA Merchandise Show and, therefore, arguably the most exciting new club in a year that lacked dramatic innovations."

The High Heat 460cc driver was designed by Dean Knuth, who was a Senior Director at the United States Golf Association for over 16 years. He created High Heat with the amateur golfer in mind, utilizing his Optimal CG Game Changer and Fire Zone Face Technologies.

Tee shots hit below the center of the face can be 20 or more yards shorter than those hit above the center of the face. High Heat has a much deeper and lower center of gravity (CG) than any of the major brands, producing more total distance and forgiveness, and a large area below the center of the face where amateurs will not lose any distance because that area is above its low CG.

Van Sickle noted these technological advances in his story. But maybe most telling was his description of Knuth's motivation.

"He's just a golfer who wants to make a great driver, not a publicly-owned company under pressure to make profits. This is a pursuit, a hobby, a quest to make a better club and yes, he'd like not to lose money on it. So keep in mind that the High Heat won't be mass-produced by the thousands and be discounted by next year when a newer model comes out, unlike the big clubmakers. The High Heat will likely have a limited run. Just so you know... I've got my order in."

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Dozens of other media and golfers who tried the driver at the Demo Day had similar feelings about High Heat's technology and performance.

Swanson Smith, a mini tour player from San Antonia, TX, said that High Heat "sounds like a cannon and goes like a rocket ship."

Mike Stinton of The Golf Channel and Golfing Magazine said "You are going to have to wrestle it from my hands.  High Heat made me feel like a pro. I just walked up and hit eight tee shots and every one of them went right down the middle."

"High Heat's lower CG is very important," said Knuth. "Amateurs regularly hit in the area above High Heat's CG which is below the major brands' average CG location. Tests have proven that drives are longer when hit above a driver's CG compared to hitting below the CG."

Knuth Golf's Fire Zone Face Technology includes a unique face with a combination of seven different zones of variable thickness, including patented "parabolic" lobes at the top of the toe and heel of the face. This increases spring-like effect across the entire sweet spot zone while still conforming to USGA Rules and increasing the accuracy of High Heat.

High Heat was tested against the major brands by Golf Laboratories, which is the world's leading independent, robotic testing facility, and used by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, and several major brands. Golf Laboratories test results show that High Heat was longer, straighter, and had more forgiveness than the major brands. Golfers who have tried High Heat's prototypes have raved about its performance on center and off-center hits, and its look, feel and distinctive sound of power.

For more information, or to order a High Heat driver, visit

QuietKat pursing the GOLF market

Proven in the Outdoor/Hunting Market QuietKats are now ready for the Links

(Eagle, CO) — QuietKat (, a division of Urge Media, announced its entry into the golf industry with QuietKat Golf, a line of portable, personal electric golf vehicles.

The Golf Line is based upon the company’s highly successful Portable, Electric All-Terrain Vehicles (PE-ATV) QuietKats for outdoors/hunting. They were introduced two years ago. The Golf Kat has been engineered to include all the amenities of a traditional cart while increasing engagement and decreasing time spent on the course.

“A golfer being able to drive to their own ball not only quickens play but also allows more time to focus on and execute the next shot,” said Jake Roach, CEO of QuietKat.

QuietKat’s new golf carts are right for the times. They are lightweight, weighing only 110 pounds, can travel 40 miles on a charge, are built in the United States, can negotiate any terrain, operate silently and feature specially designed turf tires to minimize impact to sensitive golf courses. In fact QuietKats were specifically engineered to be shipped in a Fed Ex Ground Box.

QuietKat launched four golf specific models at the PGA Show: the  Rhythm, the Impact, the Tempo and the Arc.

All Kats include powerful and long-lasting lithium battery packs, no wheel spin technology, reverse gear, aluminum frames, hydraulic disk brakes, digital displays and a one year warranty. Unique to the new golf line are special turf tread tires, golf bag rack, drink cooler, ball and club washer, sand bottle and front handle bar bag.

“Bottom line, QuietKat is exciting, portable, versatile, quick and loaded with top end features. Sure to add more fun to anyone’s round of golf,” Roach concluded.

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Extensive Athletic Tests Find Stable 26 Socks Significantly Improve Lateral Stability for Athletes

(RELEASE) – Performance Sock Technology companyStable 26 is changing the landscape of golf performance – one foot at a time. Alongside leading expert in biomedical analysis Jay Dicharry, the “better fit for better performance” brand conducted a variety of data-centric, unbiased athletic tests to illustrate the importance of proper stability through the foot. Conducted on 24 elite athletes at a controlled Biomechanics Lab in Bend, Oregon, the results found Stable 26 socks significantly improve stability in the foot (6-10% in women; 9-15% in men), thus optimizing performance. Past research has shown that an athlete’s increased stability reduces the risk of injury.

Having worked with countless elite athletes – including Professional Golfer Ernie Els, Ottawa Senators Captain Erik Karlsson, and American Track and Field star Alexis Love – Stable 26 understands how injuries come about, and the importance of wearing quality footgear to reduce potential foot trauma. For golfers, poor stance stability taxes the body with each step through deceleration and acceleration forces acting from front to back, greatly increasing the risk of developing a debilitating injury. As such, ensuring proper stability through the foot helps golfers to prevent the risk of developing serious injuries.

To test the effects of Stable 26, Physical Therapist, Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist, researcher, teacher, and coach Jay Dicharry welcomed 24 athletes (12 male, 12 female) to his REP Biomechanics Lab in Bend, Oregon, where the ‘Anatomy for Runners’ author put them through a series of treadmill tests with over 20 different parameters related to gait. Dicharry collected baseline data by instructing athletes to first wear regular running shoes and socks while running at a relatively high intensity on a controlled treadmill. To measure stability, he then replaced each athlete’s socks with Stable 26 technology and conducted the same treadmill tests. Overwhelming, the unbiased quantitative results found no negative impact from wearing Stable 26 socks, and significant improvement in athletes’ lateral stability (6-10% in woman; 9-15% in men).

“For golfers, stability is a key factor in ensuring a consistent, steady swing. If unstable, the constant swing motion can be extremely taxing on the body – both mentally and physically,” said Dicharry. “Through unbiased analysis, we found Stable 26 socks improve lateral stability, which greatly decreases the risk of injury for golfers. As an active coach, I would recommend Stable 26 socks to all golfers – elite or otherwise. The results speak for themselves.”

To learn more about the philosophy behind Stable 26 products, visit

Salmon Golf is Changing the Way Golfers Train with Putters

(MEDFORD, Oregon) - Train with one putter head featuring spectacular electronic feedback, then use a torque wrench to insert an identical-looking head - same shape, weight, center of gravity, feel - without the electronics.

This interchangeability is the calling card of Salmon Golf, a new golf equipment company located here in southern Oregon.

By monitoring an array of lights located directly on a Salmon Golf putter head, a golfer can receive precise information on alignment, direction of the stroke, tempo and stroke length. There are two different electronic training heads - the Alignment Training Head (for indoor use) and the Stroke Training Head (for indoor or outdoor use).

The information provided by each training head comes from motion sensing and infrared detecting technology located within the putter head. Of course, this makes the putter nonconforming for use on the golf course.

Replace that head with the non-electronic version and the putter becomes conforming. So says the U.S. Golf Association.

The two putter heads look identical, but one is the electronic version and the other is the non-electronic version.

Salmon Golf, a new golf equipment company featuring the Stroke Sensor Putting System with electronic feedback, made its official debut at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show.

The founders of the company are the husband and wife team of DeAnne and D'Miles Salmon, who share the title of chief executive. Imagine that: Husband and wife co-CEOs who always seem to support each other.

DeAnne is an expert product designer, while D'Miles is a mechanical engineer who conceived and developed products for IBM, Atari, Apple and other companies.

D'Miles also received two utility patents relating to the Salmon Golf Stroke Sensor Putting System.

The Salmon Golf president is Billy Crenshaw, an accomplished golf industry veteran who was National Sales Manager of Head Golf before joining Callaway Golf when founder Ely Callaway was building what was arguably the most formidable sales force in the golf industry.

Crenshaw worked 13 years as a Callaway sales representative and remained a valuable sounding board for product acquisition and development.

DeAnne, D'Miles and Billy have pledged to create and manufacture the most advanced putters in golf.

"I love everything about the game of golf and the golf business," Billy said, "from the research and development of innovative products, to sales and marketing, to all the golf people I meet. It's the people who make it rewarding, and that's something we always try to remember at Salmon Golf -- the purpose of what we do is to make the game more enjoyable for golfers and golf people."

For more information, visit

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mizzen+Main, Men’s Performance Lifestyle Company, Enters Golf Arena with Big League Design Champions

Upstart menswear and lifestyle brand delivers professional performance apparel with no sweat

(DALLAS) – Mizzen+Main, an American shirt maker and haberdasher, today announced a significant milestone in the company’s two-year history with the opening of their line to golf-centric menswear outlets. After the recent closing of $1.2 million in Series A funding round led by former Astor & Black founder and serial entrepreneur David Schottenstein, the company aligned themselves with the former fashion director at Neiman Marcus, Matthew Singer.

Michael Shank , head golf pro from North Shore Country Club says, "Mizzen and Main was a terrific addition to our Golf Shop in 2014. Their performance dress shirts and henleys were extremely popular with our membership. The products are outstanding and filled a niche I did not previously offer in the shop."

Launched in 2012, Mizzen+Main offers moisture-wicking, wrinkle-free dress shirts designed to blend class and comfort for the active professional. The company also manufactures and retails performance henleys, blazers, and denim. Mizzen+Main sources and manufactures all products in the United States and is headquartered in Dallas.

“Mizzen+Main exists to bring innovation to classic menswear, as we’re creating an entirely new category within the apparel industry,” said Kevin Lavelle, co-founder and CEO of Mizzen+Main. “We’re thrilled with the increased demand we are seeing as a young company and are excited to grow our product offering and continue to deliver the quality apparel and service Mizzen+Main customers have come to know and expect.”

Inspired by modern athletic gear, Mizzen+Main’s dress shirts use a unique fabric blend to wick away moisture, eliminating sweat from showing through the shirt. Shirts feature four-way stretch for a custom fit and do not require dry cleaning. Wrinkle-free technology means only machine washing and hang drying – with no ironing – keep shirts wrinkle-free all day. The same wrinkle-free philosophy was applied to the 0-5 Performance Blazer, a Kickstarter-funded initiative designed for entrepreneurs, athletes, game changers, and men constantly on-the-go.

Mizzen+Main donates a portion of all shirt sales to support veterans and their families through the company’s “A Shirt for A Start” program that provides transition support to veterans bridging the gap between service and the private sector. The company has also partnered on multiple initiatives with the Navy SEAL Foundation.

“Mizzen+Main is going to transform the men’s shirting industry,” said Schottenstein. “I felt that I had made my mark in the clothing business after selling Astor & Black and moved on to other industries, but when presented with Mizzen+Main I recognized immediately this was an opportunity I had to get behind. I have never seen or worn anything similar to their shirts and am very excited to help grow their brand.” Said Lavelle, “We’re creating the first true American professional performance brand, innovating each item to perfection.”

Mizzen+Main professional performance apparel is available online and at men’s specialty shops and luxury department stores across the United States. For more information, visit

Nikon Introduces Trio of New COOLSHOT Golf Rangefinders

(RELEASE) - Nikon announced the release of three new COOLSHOT golf laser rangefinders during PGA Show 2015— COOLSHOT 20, COOLSHOT 40 and COOLSHOT 40i— each an ideal companion for golfers eager to improve their skills and reduce their scores.

The COOLSHOT 20 is the smallest and lightest rangefinder in the Nikon golf lineup and is designed for measuring actual distance to various objects on the course. This 4.4-ounce, easy-to-use, USGA-approved tool not only provides accurate measurements for every shot—but can also help golfers learn to better manage their game. Measurement range: 6-550 yards.  Suggested retail price for COOLSHOT 20 is $199.95.

Nikon’s COOLSHOT 40 is the most powerful USGA-approved rangefinder in the Nikon golf “toolbox.” Featuring Nikon’s original data-processing algorithm HYPER READ, the measured distance is displayed in approx. 0.5 seconds regardless of how far from the target. Measurement range: 8-650 yards.  Suggested retail price for the 5.6 ounce COOLSHOT 40 is $249.95.

The COOLSHOT 40i is the flagship rangefinder in the line with all of the features found in COOLSHOT 40, but also incorporating ID Technology which displays the slope-adjusted distance (Horizontal distance ± height) — ideal for use on golf courses with uphill and downhill slopes. Measurement range: 8-650 yards. Suggested retail price for COOLSHOT 40i is $299.95.

Each of the new COOLSHOT golf rangefinders offers a multilayer-coated 6x high-quality finder for bright, clear viewing. All models also features one-push, 8-second continuous measurement and First Target Priority Mode, which enables easy distance assessment to bunkers, fairway ends, dogleg corners and other objects on the course.  This feature is particularly useful during approach shots when measuring the distance to a flagstick on a green with woods in the background.  All three COOLSHOT models are water resistant/rainproof to keep golfers on the course in inclement conditions.

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GOLF 20/20 Reports Game’s Direct Economic Impact in Florida Increased to $8.2 Billion in 2013

Findings Will Be Shared at State Capitol on Feb. 5 during ‘Florida Golf Day’

(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.) – GOLF 20/20 – the collaboration of leading organizations representing all segments of the United States golf industry – reports golf’s direct economic impact in Florida was $8.2 billion in 2013, an increase from $7.5 billion in 2007.

The size of Florida’s direct golf economy is larger than key state industries like amusement and theme parks ($5.4 billion) and medical equipment and supplies manufacturing ($6.5 billion). When indirect and induced economic activity driven by the golf sector is taken into consideration, total impact increases to $11 billion.

The state’s golf industry supports 132,532 jobs and $3.6 billion in wage income. Florida is home to 1,103 golf courses, the most of any U.S. state.

“Golf brings thousands of visitors to Florida each year, spurs new residential construction and creates demand for myriad goods and services,” says Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation, administrator of GOLF 20/20. “The health and growth of the game in Florida has a direct bearing on jobs, commerce, economic development and tax revenues for communities and industries throughout the state.”

Top representatives of Florida’s golf industry will travel to Tallahassee for “Florida Golf Day” on Thursday, Feb. 5 and share these findings about the game’s economic impact, as well as its youth development programs, sustainability practices and environmental benefits.

Participating organizations include the PGA of America, PGA TOUR, LPGA, USGA, Club Managers Association of America, National Golf Course Owners Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, World Golf Hall of Fame, World Golf Foundation, The First Tee, Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association, Florida Turfgrass Association, Florida Chapter of Club Managers Association of America, North and South Florida Sections of the PGA of America, Florida State University PGA Golf Management Program, Florida State Golf Association and Golf Channel.

The Florida Golf Economic Impact Study by SRI International is based on several core segments (golf facility operations, golf course capital investment, golfer supplies, tournaments and associations, and charities) and enabled categories (real estate, hospitality and tourism).

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Is the GolfBottle the Best Bottle Ever?

Unique Multi-Functional bottle for hot or cold beverages

(RELEASE) - Developed by entrepreneur Tom F. Blanchester, the GolfBottle is a multi-functional, double-insulated stainless steel bottle that can be used for hot or cold beverages. It has a Spout, a Straw, Sprayer and hooks for easy carrying.

In addition, the GolfBottle features a wide-mouth opening for ice cubes, easy refill and cleaning, and it’s BPA free. It can be used as a sports bottle, a work bottle or travel item, all the drinking options can be accessed with one hand. There’s no need to squeeze or tilt the bottle and the bottle doesn’t sweat. Cap has off center spout for better flow so user swallow less air. Water spray easy cleans ball and club blade.

“I decided to make GolfBottle because I never could find a reusable bottle that I liked,” said Tom F. Blanchester. “I had my eureka moment in Paris when I saw aluminum bottles that misted water, but did nothing else. I loved the refreshing mist spray, but the bottles were expensive and not eco-friendly.”

So he assembled a team – best designer, engineer, scientist and manufacturer – to come up with something better. After four years, the Best Bottle Ever became a reality.

“We use high-quality steel 18/8 with double walls so you can keep beverage hot or cold 10 times longer ”, Blanchester said. “The bottle is environmentally friendly, very durable and offers many practical uses. The retail price will not be much higher than other bottles that offer less quality and fewer features.”

The research, design and engineering of the bottles have been completed. The bottle can be seen: booth 2091 Inventor’s spotlight PGA GolfShow, Orlando Jan 21-23, 2015.

“We’re trying to reach as many potential customers as possible,” Blanchester said. “Not only is this a great product but we can cut down on plastic bottle use. We all know plastic bottles are expensive and terrible for the environment.”

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Antigua Announces Its 2015 Team on Tour

(PEORIA, ARIZ.) - The Antigua Group, Inc.-one of the nation's leading designers and marketers of lifestyle apparel under the genuine Antigua brand has announced its Tour Team for year 2015.

Headlining the Antigua team on the LPGA Tour is women's 2014 Rolex Player of the Year, Stacy Lewis who won three events in 2014 and had 18 top tens (most on the LPGA Tour).  Joining Stacy are teammates Brittany Lang, Gerina Piller, Lizette Salas, Giulia Molinaro, Amy Anderson along with veteran Alison Walshe.

PGA Tour ambassadors include Winner of the 2014 Canadian Open, Tim Clark who is also ninth in the Fed Ex Cup standings, along with Ryan Armour, Brian Stuard, Brian Richey, Doug Labelle and veteran Billy Mayfair.  On the Champions Tour, Tom Pernice, Jr., Steve Pate, Jim Carter and Skip Kendall will represent the Antigua brand.

"We are very proud to have so many fine people wearing our clothing on these tours," said Ron McPherson, President and CEO of The Antigua Group. "2015 promises to be a very exciting year on tour for the Antigua brand."

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Tripp Davis’ Renovation at Oak Tree National Returns Course to Golf Digest 'Best of' List

(Norman, OK) — Oak Tree National in Edmond, Oklahoma, site of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open, has returned to Golf Digest’s prestigious ranking of America’s 100 Greatest Courses after a 15-year absence.  Tripp Davis and Associates were responsible for recent renovation work on a course that long has been considered one of Pete Dye’s sternest tests of golf.  Oak Tree National is listed at No. 51 on Golf Digest’s biennial review that’s published in the magazine’s February 2015 issue.

“We are proud to have been instrumental in helping Oak Tree National climb back onto Golf Digest’s important list of America’s 100 Greatest Courses,” said Davis.  “The golf course went through a variety of design changes over the years since Pete first designed it.  We were brought in to work with the ownership, Oak Tree’s touring professionals and the staff to help regain the best of the course’s original Pete Dye character, and we were gratified that the pros who played in last year’s U.S. Senior Open had so many positive comments about our work.”

Davis and his team worked to return the features of the course to their original form while adding a few enhancements for the modern game.  All tees and bunkers were rebuilt and strategically restored, while the greens surrounds and portions of certain greens were reworked to be more consistent with the original greens.  “The greens and greens surrounds were what made Oak Tree so strategic and we like what we recaptured,” commented Davis.
“It can still be the toughest course in the country, but it is very strategic and option oriented.”

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

Troon to Manage The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge

Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course adds to Troon’s growing presence in New York

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in upscale golf course management, development, and marketing is pleased to announce it has been selected to manage The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge in Monroe, N.Y. Troon will oversee all aspects of the club, including golf operations, agronomy, revenue management, food and beverage, special events, sales and retail.

Located at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in the highlands of Hudson Valley, The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge features an 18-hole, par 72 Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that is rated four stars on Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” list. The course sits on a historic 220-acre site with landmarks that predate the American Revolution and boasts many historic structures, adding to the charm and character of the property.

“We selected Troon to help us open this new chapter of our club and bring their proven track record of success to The Club at Mansion Ridge,” stated Jason Giordano of Great Expectations, LLC (ownership entity of Mansion Ridge). “Without a doubt, Troon is the perfect organization to lead our efforts with enhancing the experiences at our club and we are excited to bring the ‘Troon Golf Experience’ to The Club at Mansion Ridge.”

Troon will work with the ownership of Mansion Ridge to direct a significant capital investment designed to enhance and reinvigorate both the golf course and the clubhouse. Enhancements will include an expansive interior renovation of the clubhouse including updated flooring, furnishings, fixtures, new menu concepts, along with the renovation of the patio and outdoor dining areas to create new/additional dining experiences. Course enhancements will include the implementation of Troon’s proprietary agronomic programs that will improve playing conditions from tee to green. Additionally, capital will be infused to improve the cart paths, replace bridges throughout the course and bring to Mansion Ridge a new fleet of well-appointed golf carts.

“We are extremely excited to be selected to manage The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge and direct efforts to elevate the golf, dining and special event experience at this popular New York golf venue,” stated John Easterbrook, executive vice president, operations, Troon. “We are happy to expand Troon’s presence in the region and to immediately make a positive impact on the operations at the club.”

The layout at Mansion Ridge is highlighted by stunning rock formations, extreme elevation changes and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Breathtaking 50-mile views abound with graceful ridges and rolling foothills as part of the scenery from every hole. The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge is a popular venue for weddings, receptions corporate events and other celebrations within the historic stone clubhouse and stunning outdoor ceremony site that boasts panoramic views of the golf course and surrounding countryside.

For more information on tee times, special events, golf instruction, and more, visit or call (845) 782-7888.

KemperSports Announces 'Ultimate Buddies Trip' Sweepstakes

One golfer will have the opportunity to win an exclusive trip to bring three buddies to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – To celebrate the launch of KemperClub, KemperSports’ new customer engagement initiative, the company announced a sweepstakes that will give one golfer and three buddies the opportunity to win the “Ultimate Buddies Trip” to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, named by GOLF magazine and Golf Digest as the No. 1 Golf Resort in North America.

By visiting a KemperSports-managed golf course in your area or by signing up for KemperClub at before February 28, you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind trip that includes:
· Golf with caddies on all five of Bandon Dunes’ renowned golf courses, including Pacific Dunes, ranked by GOLF magazine as the No. 1 golf course “You Can Play”
· 3 nights lodging at the Chrome Lake Lofts (single occupancy)
· Exclusive putting experience at the newly-built Punchbowl putting course

KemperClub is a new initiative from KemperSports that is designed to engage customers with special promotions and events at KemperSports golf courses. KemperClub showcases unique experiences and events at more than 100 KemperSports properties across the country. To learn more about KemperClub and to sign up for the free program visit

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

KemperSports to Manage San Jose Country Club

Historic Northern California Club entering its’ 115th year of operation

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports announced today that it has been selected by the Board of Directors of San Jose Country Club to manage the historic, full-service country club. KemperSports was selected based on its’ experience in managing premier private clubs across the country in addition to its’ significant footprint of managed properties in the Northern California market.

The Club includes an 18-hole golf course that was built in 1912 and full-service clubhouse with multiple dining options and private event space that can accommodate up to 250 guests. The golf course, which has hosted the Santa Clara County Championship annually for the past 81 years, was originally designed by Scottish-born golf professional Tom Nicoll. The course has since gone through several renovations, including by A.W. Tillinghast (1936) and John Harbottle (1997). Tillinghast is most remembered for his designs at Bethpage Black and both courses at Winged Foot.

“San Jose Country Club is one of the most respected clubs in Northern California,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. “We look forward to working with the members to align with their mission of delivering the best possible club experience for members and their guests.”

A founding member of the Northern California Golf Association, San Jose Country Club and its’ subtle and unique golf course design has been played by many golf legends, including Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen and Byron Nelson.

KemperSports now manages 22 courses in the state of California.

For more information on San Jose Country Club, visit

AHEAD Named Lead Headwear Provider to TPC Retail Facilities

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) – AHEAD, the innovative headwear company celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, announces a five-year partnership as the lead headwear provider to retail facilities in the TPC Network, including the TPC Scottsdale, site of this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.

In addition, the partnership calls for AHEAD to provide volunteer and event-week headwear to multiple annual golf events.

“As we enter our 20th anniversary year, we are incredibly excited to partner with the TPC Network for its headwear needs,” said Anne Broholm, CEO of AHEAD. “This partnership is one that is squarely in alignment with AHEAD’s roots and our commitment to golf.  This is an exciting week in Scottsdale and a great venue at which to launch this partnership.”

AHEAD became the primary headwear provider of The Open Championship for three years beginning in 2014. AHEAD enjoys established partnerships with the USGA, PGA of America and Ryder Cup, as well as PGA Retirement Plus and the ANNIKA Foundation.

Known for its quality products and superior ornamentation, AHEAD, founded in 1995, is the largest supplier of headwear to the golf/resort industry and their products have been prominently on display at golf’s major championships.  In addition to headwear, AHEAD is a multi-dimensional brand that also features apparel and accessories for the markets it services.

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

March Madness Is Coming - Gear up with Loudmouth

March Madness will be here before you know it. Get game-day ready with Loudmouth’s custom collegiate wear. Have an odd waist size? Want a custom hem length? Add cargo pockets? Loudmouth’s revolutionary made-to-order lets you customize your apparel exactly how you want it. Available for men and women, these show stoppers will surely be a slam dunk at the bar.

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Named after Woody’s favorite vacation spot, Nassau is Loudmouth's first vertical stripe (slimming) design in seven years featuring the tropical hues the Bahamas. Made in a lightweight yarn-dyed cotton-stretch fabric, these pants are finely woven, giving you a linen-like feel and texture. You can almost feel the sand between your toes (from the sandtrap).

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Miguel Angel Jimenez Trusted New Lamkin Wrap-Tech Grips During Mitsubishi Electric Championship

Innovative Technology Represents New Standard in Comfort and Performance

(SAN DIEGO, CA) – Lamkin Corporation – the original manufacturer of premium golf grips – confirms recently named brand ambassador Miguel Angel Jimenez used the company’s new Wrap-Tech grips en route to victory at the Champions Tour’s Mitsubishi Electric Championship, held at Hualalai Golf Course in Ka’upulehu, Hawaii.

Jimenez, who has relied on Lamkin’s performance-enhancing grips for more than a decade, recently switched to the new Wrap-Tech grips because of their optimal comfort, control and feel. A modern update to classic wrap-style grips, the Wrap-Tech ($4.99) features a unique dual texture design that offers added traction and optimal slip-resistance. Made with patented ACE material, it is extraordinarily tacky and shock absorbing, making it perfect for all climates and conditions. Available in standard, midsize or oversize, the grips showcase a black base color with white, red or blue detailing.

“Like so many Tour players, Miguel is extremely discerning about the equipment he puts into competition, so we feel extremely proud that he would choose the new Wrap-Tech grips to fuel his performance,” says Bob Lamkin, President and CEO of Lamkin Grips. “There is no better compliment for our recently introduced line than the trust of the world’s best players.”

Recently joining an impressive list of top-ranked Tour players who endorse the company’s technologically superior grips, Jimenez is one of the game’s most popular and engaging figures. He is currently No. 42 on the Official World Golf Ranking and has captured 26 professional victories worldwide, including two on the Champions Tour.

Offering the widest assortment of performance-enhancing golf grips, Lamkin has been an industry leader for nearly 90 years. The company’s famed products are preferred by PGA Tour superstars Justin Rose, Keegan Bradley and Brandt Snedeker, as well as the legendary Arnold Palmer and many others.

Lamkin grips are unrivaled in quality thanks to world-class engineering, premium materials and handcrafted, repeatable production techniques. Among the popular lines offered by the company are UTx, Wrap-Tech, Crossline and R.E.L. ACE, among others.

More information: or 800-642-7755. Get social: @LamkinGrips.

The Sea Pines Resort Announces Harbour Town Golf Links Enhancements

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) – The Sea Pines Resort – Hilton Head's most celebrated golf destination – announces enhancements to its acclaimed Harbour Town Golf Links will begin in May.

The Pete Dye-designed masterpiece will close for the summer on May 4 following this year’s RBC Heritage (April 14 – 20). The tee-boxes, fairways and rough will be replaced with Celebration Bermuda grass, the most technologically-advanced surface used on warm season courses. Dye recently oversaw the resort’s Heron Point layout re-grassing with Celebration Bermuda.

Harbour Town’s greens will be re-grassed with Tif-Eagle Bermuda, the same grass that has been on the putting surfaces since 2001.  Additionally, a new state-of-the-art irrigation system will be installed with the latest science in water management and control.

MacCurrach Golf Construction – which worked with Dye during the 2001 restoration of Harbour Town – will lead the course work. The firm also handled last year’s reconstruction work on Heron Point. Harbour Town will reopen in September.

The modifications follow the upcoming spring grand opening of the new 26,000-square-foot Harbour Town Golf Links Clubhouse on the site of the existing structure. The facility will honor the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage with a gallery showcasing the rich tournament history and display of past champions.

Harbour Town is currently ranked No. 9 in the U.S. in GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play.” The Sea Pines Resort was also recently honored by GOLF with a “Gold Medal” in the magazine 2014-15 edition of “Premier Resorts.”

“Our investment in improving Harbour Town insures it will remain as one of the world’s premier layouts,” says Cary Corbitt, Vice President of Sports & Operations. “The year-round playability of the course is going to be greatly enhanced and enjoyed by PGA TOUR players, our members, property owners and resort guests.”

Last year, the legendary Lowcountry destination opened its new Plantation Golf Club serving Heron Point and Ocean Course as well as the resort’s Golf Learning Center. The amenities of the 23,000-square-foot clubhouse include an expansive pro shop; Live Oak, Lowcountry-inspired cuisine; 2,000 square feet of event space; and spacious men’s and women’s locker rooms.

For more information about the resort and its wide-variety of golf packages:, 866.561.8802.

eDocHome becomes official Health Service Provider of Tour

First 150 Tour members to receive complimentary eDocHome Works membership and plan. eDocHome, affordable access to Healthcare. Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone

(Myrtle Beach, S.C.) – Imagine being able to speak with a physician, ask questions, and get a diagnoses from your home, office or virtually anywhere with a phone or at the click of a button over a smartphone or tablet device, or from any computer with a webcam and browser. Tour Members will have access to this innovative care through eDocHome, giving real-time access to medical care 24/7/365 from anywhere in the United States.

Today, the Tour (formerly the NGA/Hooters Tour) announced eDocHome has come aboard as the official Health Service Provider of the tour with a commitment to bringing healthcare access to their members for the upcoming 2015 season.

"We are thrilled to partner with these telehealth innovators to provide quality services to our members," stated Tour president Robin L. Waters, PGA. "The introduction of this unprecedented access to our members will mean new options for those seeking care, whenever and wherever they may need it. Traveling is a vital part of life to those seeking to make a career out of professional golf and we feel this service will help revolutionize the industry."

"This partnership will strengthen our commitment to improving the culture of healthcare by bringing access to physicians when someone needs one," said Chris Cole, Senior Managing Partner of eDocHome. "eDocHome's services and benefits will create a new level of access to the increased quality of care that has been at the core of our commitment to our members, and it fits nicely into our efforts to boost healthcare access to those who need across the country, wherever and whenever they may need," said Cole.

The Tour is currently taking memberships for the upcoming 2015 Pro Series. Players may join by contacting the Tour offices at 800-992-8748. The 2015 schedule consists of 16 $140,000 Guaranteed Purses events and 6 54-hole Q-School/Qualifier Prep events played primarily throughout the southeast and southwest running February through August. The sixteen (16) guaranteed purse events and over $2.5 million in purse money paid out will by far be the largest for a Pro Series in the United States for 2015. Tour alumni have won an amazing 16 Major Championships and include 2012 and 2014 Masters champion Bubba Watson, 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley, 2010 PGA TOUR Player of the Year and 2003 US Open Champion Jim Furyk, 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson, two-time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen, British Open and PGA Champion John Daly, and recent PGA Tour winners such as Michael Thompson, Ted Potter Jr, Gary Woodland, Russell Henley, Mark Wilson, George McNeill, Scott Stallings, Scott Piercy, current FedExCup Points Leader Robert Streb, and many more.

For more information on the new Tour visit (new site coming soon),, or call 800-992-8748.

Nike Golf Takes Tiger Woods' Signature TW '15 to New Level with Flyweave Innovation

Flyweave provides lightweight support and flexibility where golf athletes need it most

(RELEASE) - Nike Golf and Tiger Woods are relentlessly focused on pushing the sport of golf forward. Together they are powering modern golf by driving product innovation beyond expectations.

Symbolic of the modern spirit is the new TW '15 shoe, Woods’ latest signature golf shoe and the first to feature Nike’s breakthrough Flyweave technology in the upper.

The TW '15 is the latest collaboration between Woods and Tobie Hatfield, Nike Senior Director of Athlete Innovation. Woods debuted their first project as a prototype at the WGC Bridgestone in 2011. Since then, each iteration of the TW-series has featured a Nike Free-inspired outsole while consistently raising the bar for what athletes should expect from a golf shoe.

Woods and Hatfield have raised the bar again with the TW '15 by integrating Dynamic Flywire into a Flyweave upper with a Nike Free outsole. The result is a golf shoe that provides the ultimate level of stability, fit and flexibility.

“Nike keeps answering the bell every time I want to push the envelope,” said Woods. “The new Flyweave technology provides even more stability and support for my foot, and when you pair that with the Free-inspired outsole, I noticed I can push off the ground better and finish my swing with power.”

Flyweave enables the creation of a one-piece upper that is woven to provide great strength-to-weight support where it is needed most based upon the demands, or movements, of the sport. While strong and supportive, Flyweave is also incredibly lightweight and flexible.

Nike debuted Flyweave in a basketball shoe in 2014. Even though the dynamic movements of a basketball player’s feet are different from those of a golfer, both require stability and a natural range of motion.

“Tiger epitomizes power,” said Hatfield. “His power starts with natural motion which begins with unleashing the foot from the ground up. Flyweave gives you that flexibility coupled with support.”
Due to the lightweight Flyweave technology and the golf-specific Nike Free-inspired outsole, designers were able to make the TW '15 ten percent lighter than the previous model.


The Nike Free-inspired outsole gets a few updates to offer athletes a golf-specific natural range of motion. Woods provided detailed feedback to help designers create an outsole that is 3mm lower than the TW '14 to maximize ground feel and longer contact with the ground.

An updated process for creating the outsole optimizes the flexibility of the shoe, another request from Woods. Combined with four replacement spikes, Hatfield utilized Integrated Traction in the toe area of the shoe to offer more flexibility to help Woods harness the full power of his swing without sacrificing traction.


More of Hatfield’s aesthetic design inspiration was based on Woods' personal love of diving and spearfishing. His first sketch of the shoe featured star-shaped traction, similar to a starfish.

“That reminded me of Tiger’s love to spearfish and be underwater,” Hatfield said. “Adding the sea elements allowed another part of Tiger to live in the design of the shoe.”

The traction elements in the toe are shaped like octopus beaks, while the rubber in the tip and the heel are inspired by shark scales.

A limited number of the Nike TW '15 shoes will be available on beginning Feb. 2.

The Nike TW '15 is available in three colorways on March 5 with pre-orders beginning Feb. 12.

Colorways include: University Red/Black, Metallic Silver/Black and Black/White

Properties Managed by KemperSports Recognized in Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Courses List

Management Company manages more top 100 courses than anyone in industry

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports, which manages more top-100 golf courses than any other management company, announced today that many of their golf courses were recognized in Golf Digest’s list of the top-ranked golf courses in the country. The three lists, which include 100 Greatest Public, 100 Greatest in the U.S.,  and Best in State appear every other year in the February issue of the publication. The courses are ranked by a prestigious group of golf writers, industry veterans and raters.

"We are very fortunate to work with so many great properties and clients throughout the country,” said KemperSports Chief Executive Officer Steve Skinner. “To be recognized as among the best is a testament to the vision of our clients and the quality of our staff that manages each facility.”

KemperSports-managed properties that were honored include:

100 Greatest Public:
No. 2 – Pacific Dunes – Bandon, Ore.
No. 7 – Bandon Dunes – Bandon, Ore.
No. 12 – Old Macdonald – Bandon, Ore.
No. 14 – Bandon Trails – Bandon, Ore.
No. 18 – Streamsong (Red) – Streamsong, Fla.
No. 24 – Streamsong (Blue) – Streamsong, Fla.
No. 26 – Chambers Bay – University Place, Wash.
No. 35 – Prairie Club (Dunes) – Valentine, Neb.
No. 57 – The Wilderness at Fortune Bay – Tower, Minn.
No. 75 – Prairie Club (Pines) – Valentine, Neb.

100 Greatest in the U.S.:
No. 18 – Pacific Dunes – Bandon, Ore.
No. 37 – Bandon Dunes – Bandon, Ore.
No. 55 – Old Macdonald – Bandon, Ore.
No. 74 – Bandon Trails – Bandon, Ore.
No. 100 – Streamsong (Red) – Streamsong, Fla.

All four 18-hole courses at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, which has been managed by KemperSports since opening in 1999, were featured on both the 100 Greatest as well as the 100 Greatest Public – the only destination in the country with that distinction.

In addition, KemperSports courses continued to be listed among the best in their state.

Florida – Streamsong Red (4), Streamsong Blue (6)
Illinois – Bull Valley (15), Cantigny (22)
Maryland – Whiskey Creek (12)
Minnesota – The Wilderness at Fortune Bay (8)
Nebraska – Prairie Club Dunes (3), Prairie Club Pines (6)
Oregon – Pacific Dunes (1), Bandon Dunes (2), Old Macdonald (3), Bandon Trails (4)
Pennsylvania – The Ace Club (19)
Washington – Chambers Bay (2)

For more information on KemperSports, visit

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BloqUV Supports Healthy Skin and Lifestyles with New Styles and Colors

(Miami, FL) – BloqUV lifestyle clothing is designed to keep consumers safe from the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet rays while enjoying outdoor activities. People risk skin cancer every time they step outside without UV ray-shielding apparel. For example, a white cotton shirt provides a UPF of 5 to 7.  BloqUV is the fashionable, healthy alternative.

BloqUV has added new colors and styles to its collection. The brand has evolved into an essential everyday brand for golf, tennis, jogging, walking, water aerobics, paddle boarding, skiing, hiking, biking, swimming, and yoga. Fusing fashion and function, styles offer: flat seams to prevent chafing, moisture-wicking to ensure fast drying, and utilitarian pockets to store keys, credit cards, mobile phones and iPods. All looks easily translate for daytime dressing.

Skin cancer is one of the most common and fastest-growing forms of the disease. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in every five Americans develops skin cancer. BloqUV contemporary activewear is made with comfortable, chemical-free UV fabrics that guarantee sun protection. Customers can enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle without worrying about harmful UV rays. Each garment provides a UPF of 50 that blocks 98% percent of UVA and UVB rays.

BloqUV uses soft, high-quality fabrics that feel like a second skin. Tested in accordance with the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), fabrics undergo 40 home launderings and 100 hours of simulated light. BloqUV fabrics are tested wet and dry.
The collection is available at, resorts, spas, sporting goods stores, private clubs and dermatology offices. For a complete list of retail locations, visit

KemperSports to Manage The Ridge Club

Premier Cape Cod Private Club Serves as the Centerpiece of Community

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports has been selected to manage The Ridge Club in Sandwich, Mass. Built in 1990 with a goal of delivering a true sense of Cape Cod charm, the Ridge Club is recognized as one of the finest full-service family clubs in the region and was voted “The 2014 Best Private Club on Cape Cod” by Cape Cod Magazine.

The Club, which serves as the centerpiece of a 180-home gated community in the oldest town on Cape Cod, includes an 18-hole Robert von Hagge-designed golf course featuring #17, its’ signature hole, with the only island green on the Cape. Further amenities include a 40,000 square-foot clubhouse, swimming pool and a tennis complex. Perhaps the Club’s most unique amenity is a world-class whiffle ball field with scoreboard and left field wall modeled after Fenway Park’s Green Monster.

The Ridge Club hired KemperSports to enhance the member experience at the Club through implementation of KemperSports’ staff training programs, enhanced member social programming and consistency and quality of service. In addition, the Club will lean on KemperSports’ marketing expertise and ability to position The Ridge Club as the private club of choice on Cape Cod.

The Club is located less than 60 miles southeast of Boston in the charming oceanfront town of Sandwich, Mass. The Club was purchased in 2012 by a group of 12 Members, including hockey great Bobby Orr.

“As we look toward a bright future, we are confident KemperSports is the right partner for The Ridge Club,” said Bobby Orr.  

“The Ridge Club is consistently mentioned as one of the finest Clubs in the Cape Cod region,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. “We look forward to working with the ownership at the Club to grow the programming and enhance the member and guest experience.”

This is KemperSports’ first club in the New England region.

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Lizzie Driver Signs LPGA Tour Star Jaye Marie Green as Brand Ambassador

(San Marino, CA) – Lizzie Driver – the women’s golf-lifestyle fashion brand offering sophisticated clothing for the country club fairway and everyday – announces the signing of Jaye Marie Green as an Ambassador on the LPGA Tour.

Green – who joins 2014 Women’s British Open champion Melissa “Mo” Martin on the Lizzie Driver roster – will compete in a range of the company’s distinctive looks throughout the upcoming season. Known for her engaging personality, devotion to fitness and all-around game, the 20-year-old Floridian is considered one of the game’s brightest young stars. She turned professional in 2013 following a heralded amateur career and finished last season as one of the top rookies on the LPGA Tour.

“Week after week, I’m traveling around the world, meeting so many amazing people and competing against the world’s best players,” says Green. “I reached out to Lizzie Driver because its clothes help me feel great and are the absolute best match with my on-the-go lifestyle.”

Founded in 2011 by Forgatch and Karen Preston, Lizzie Driver was conceived to counter the notion that golf clothes don’t have to be beautiful. From the outset, the women worked with a master tailor to ensure each of their pieces is cut to flatter a women’s body. This distinctive draping – and the graceful movement it promotes – has become a signature of the company’s designs.

“Beyond her obvious talent, what’s so appealing about Jaye Marie is her fun-loving approach to life and connection with her family,” says Lorrie Forgatch, Co-Founder of Lizzie Driver. “In combination with a major champion like Mo, she’s the perfect player to showcase our premium garments to a global audience.”

An immediate hit with discerning buyers following its premiere in 2012, Lizzie Driver boasts finely crafted tops, bottoms, dresses, sweaters and jackets, most of which are made in downtown Los Angeles. Included each season are several pieces which showcase floral and graphic prints from the famed Liberty of London collection.

In an era of disposable fast-fashion and consistent price compression, Lizzie Driver has staked out a premium position by offering the very best fabrics, fit, style and detailing. The brand is renowned for the manner in which its garments flatter a woman’s body. Distinctive draping and graceful movement has become a signature of the Lizzie Driver aesthetic. This directly contributes to the company’s mission of countering the notion that golf clothes don’t have to be beautiful.

Distributed through nearly 250 better shops in more than 30 states, Lizzie Driver is also offered in several international markets.

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Edel Golf Launches Torque-Balanced Black Putter Series at 2015 PGA Merchandise Show

New black finish reduces glare, offers sleeker looking sightlines and improves durability

(AUSTIN, Texas) – With torque being the ultimate enemy of consistent putting, award-winning putter maker and club fitting technology guru David Edel, along with the expert craftsmen at Edel Golf, introduced the all-new Torque-Balanced Black putter series during the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show.

Torque-Balanced Black putters, like the previously introduced satin models, feature “torque balanced” technology that reduces the negative effects of torque – results in a smoother and more consistent motion and allowing the putter head a greater opportunity to return to square at impact.

Torque-balanced technology strategically removes weight from the toe of the putter, creating a “toe-up” balance point versus traditional toe-down or face-balanced putters. With an optimally weighted design, the Torque Balanced putter is less susceptible to the forces of torque during the putting stroke. The Torque Balanced technology is contained completely within the sole of the club, allowing the putter to maintain a sleek and traditional look at address.

Torque-Balanced Black putters feature a patented Pixl insert. Comprised of 93 individual circular components, the Pixl insert improves feel and drastically improves distance control, even when putts are struck off-center. Torque-Balanced Black Series putters are available in three head shapes (E-1 Mallet, E-2 Modified Blade, and E-3 Blade) and carry a MSRP of $295.

Edel Golf offers golf consumers the ability to optimize the performance of their Torque-Balanced Black putter through a qualified retail fitter. This allows proper fitting for head weight, alignment lines, loft, lie, shaft length and grip. Locate a qualified retail fitter by visiting the website at or by calling 512-778-6650.

Head shapes: 
E-1 Mallet, E-2 Modified Blade and E-3 Blade

Head weights:
339g with 6g sole weight
345g with 12g sole weight port
354g with 21g sole weight port

Shaft Options: 
Offset, square and backset    

Line combinations: 
35 combinations

Edel Pure Pistol, Edel Round (standard size) or Edel Pure Big (Oversize)
* Superstroke grips may be ordered at an upcharge.

Why the Torque-Balanced putter design? Traditional putter design theory views face balanced putters as the optimal way to create stability in the putting stroke. When balanced in your hand, a face-balanced putter will sit perfectly parallel to the ground. Useful? Only if you plan to putt toward the sky. When tilted downward (in the address position), the previously balanced face will now tilt towards the side. Coupled with the motion of the putting stroke (whether linear or radial), the head weight of a face-balanced putter will torque around its axis.

Torque in the putting stroke is defined as forced rotation of the putter face resulting from misallocated head weight. The presence of torque makes it difficult to effectively transition from the backstroke to the forward stroke and causes the putter face to rotate open. This forces the player to compensate for the effects of torque, which creates inconsistency and increased dispersion of putts. Greater levels of torque will be created based on the length of the putting stroke, making longer putts even more susceptible to its negative effects.