Tuesday, October 31, 2017

TPT GOLF Shaft Used by Winner of the 2017 WGC - HSBC Champions Event

(RENENS, SWITZERLAND) - TPT Golf announced that the winner of the 2017 WGC - HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China this past weekend, was playing one of its shafts.

"Congratulations to the champion," said Sebastian Sebayang, director of TPT Golf. "Everyone at our company is very proud to see our shaft being played by one of the game's top stars, and golfers will see very soon more of our shafts in the hands of many more of the world's best players. This victory further validates that TPT Golf is setting new standards in shaft performance, using 'Thin Ply Technology' (TPT) carbon fiber materials and a patented manufacturing process developed by parent company North Thin Ply Technology SARL."

In capturing the tournament, the winner played TPT Golf model 15LKP-LT-LW, part of the 15 series. The 15LKP-LT-LW shaft will be available and launched at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show.  Shafts in this series are designed and engineered for the high clubhead/ball speed players seek in a premium shaft, to optimize their launch conditions. The 15 Series shafts are currently played by top PGA professionals, LPGA professionals and top amateurs everywhere. The LKP used by this tournament winner produces a slightly higher initial launch angle with more spin, while the MKP produces a lower, more penetrating trajectory with less backspin. Both models boost ball speed.

"Our patent-pending manufacturing process enables golf shafts to be made with exceptionally accurate fiber placement in a highly uniform way around the shaft," said Sebayang. "This method creates a spineless shaft and overcomes the inconsistencies sometimes seen in shafts produced by the more-traditional table rolling methods. TPT shafts provide exceptional feel, leading to tighter shot dispersion, low spin and increased distance. And for the first time ever, the company can design a shaft that starts with the physical capabilities of the human body and goes on to reflect the coaching being received in practice."

TPT can now provide the best-performing products for Tour pros and amateurs alike, bringing a consistent and precise product into the shaft marketplace. The range of TPT Golf shafts has been designed to make the fitting process as simple as possible. There are models to suit players with any swing speed.

For more information or photos on TPT Golf, visit tptgolf.com.

Jim McLean’s Golf School Headquarters Announces Move to the Biltmore Hotel Miami-Coral Gables

The resort’s historic Donald Ross course will now be the home of the Jim Mclean Golf School

(CORAL GABLES, FL) – The Biltmore Hotel, the historic landmark located in Coral Gables (Miami), officially announced today its agreement with Jim McLean who will establish his renowned Golf School World Headquarters and top golf instruction at the resort’s famous golf course on January 1, 2018.

Recognized by U.S. News and World Report, CNN and Travel & Leisure Magazine as the #1 Golf School in America, the Jim McLean Golf School (JMGS) offers classes with world class golf professionals and state-of-the-art techniques. Since the school opened its doors in 1991, it has produced both PGA and LPGA tournament winners.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jim McLean and his top team to The Biltmore,” said Matthias Kammerer, Managing Director at The Biltmore Hotel. “We are continuously working to provide our guests with exceptional offerings, and the Jim McLean Golf School will further distinguish The Biltmore Golf Course as a top destination for golfers of all skill levels from all over the world.”

McLean, a former professional golfer and renowned instructor, has been a top instructor in the sport for more than 30 years, and is a member of six halls of fame including the MET PGA Hall of Fame, the South Florida PGA Hall of Fame and the Miami Sports Hall of Fame.

"The Biltmore Hotel and Golf Course is an integral part in golf’s history,” said Jim McLean. “My respect and confidence in the resort’s ownership and management made the Biltmore my first choice for the new location. I am very excited to work with this extraordinary property and continue to build on the school’s reputation as the #1 golf school in America.”

With the hotel’s rich history and a golf course designed by world-renowned architect Donald Ross, The Biltmore Hotel offers a fully-integrated experience. The hotel’s endless amenities combined with the new McLean Golf School world headquarters, clubhouse, The 19th Hole Restaurant and Bar, fully stocked golf shop and its premier Coral Gables location make for any golfer’s ultimate experience.

The course has a rich history in the sport as it has been the host of the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship since 1964. This tournament has launched the professional careers of some of golf’s most beloved players including Alexis Thompson, Ricky Fowler, Tiger Woods, Michelle McGann, Vicki Goetz, Grace Park and Sergio Garcia, latest Masters winner. The Biltmore Golf Course is also the home to the University of Miami’s Women’s Golf Team.

The Biltmore continues to invest in improvements to the golf course. These improvements include a recent $5 million renovation, the implementation of Bermuda grass surfaces, restoration of bunkers to original designs and upgrades to the practice facilities. Preservation of the original playing characteristics, as designed by Donald Ross, is an ongoing commitment to honor the traditions and decorum of the sport.

For more information about the hotel and the JMGS, visit www.biltmorehotel.com/golf/jim-mclean.php or call 800.727.1926.

Finding Youth Golf Equipment for the Holidays

Like anything else, there are varying degrees of quality when it comes to youth golf equipment. This shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me, considering I’ve played golf for almost 35 years and understand the “you get what you pay for” mantra.

Here’s another dilemma ... Many youth clubs are sold based on age. Think about any elementary school class. How many 6-year-old kids are the same height? A few, but then there are kids several inches taller and shorter. If your kid is tall, do you “age up” or stick with the recommendation?

When I was a kid, I started playing golf by hitting a couple clubs my grandfather had cut down for me. While my hand-eye coordination got better, the clubheads were way too heavy for a little fella like Junior Me.

These days, getting specially fitted for a set of irons or a new driver is all the rage. Technology has improved to the point that a weekend hacker can benefit from the same knowledge tour players use to their advantage. That’s great, but there’s a cost associated with that. Your kid is just starting. Their swing is going to change drastically as they grow.

Speaking of growing ... The kid is going to outgrow the clubs. Nothing you can do about that, but something you have to consider when spending the money.

Also, the wide range of ability will come into play. One youth set of clubs is not the same for every young golfer. An advanced player needs better clubs than someone who is just starting.

Lastly, whatever the cost, there’s a very distinct possibility that the child will lose interest and the clubs will just collect dust until you unload them in a garage sale or dump them on eBay.

I’ve painted a doom-and-gloom picture. Why bother getting your kid into golf? Because it’s the greatest game ever invented. That’s why.

Golf Galaxy has a range from $90 to $600. TGW.com seemed to have a similar range, though their search engine was a lot less clear.

Grow with Precise Golf Equipment
Need a little more direction? Parents searching for an excellent golf company with which to begin need look no further than Precise Golf. At Precise, you can find clubs for the smallest of children, all the way up to adulthood. The junior clubs are broken down by age and/or height:
Ages 3-5 or 3’ to 3’8”
Ages 6-8 or 3’8” to 4’4”
Ages 9-12 or 4’4” to 5’

If your teen falls in love with the game, they can grow right into the men’s or women’s sets. Men’s come in regular, tall and left handed. Women’s are available in regular, tall, petite and left handed.

Precise Golf equipment is excellent in both selection and quality. I’ve taken full swings repeatedly and the clubs have held up. Try that with an inferior product and you’re back to the store looking for replacements in a hurry.

The Precise X7 (ages 6-8) junior set comes with a driver, hybrid, two irons and a putter. You also receive a stand bag and headcovers for the driver and hybrid. It is offered in both boys (red) and girls (pink). Pick up a sleeve of balls and bag of tees and you’re ready to play right out of the box.

Learn more about Precise Golf at www.precisegolf.com.

For the littlest golfers, Dick’s offers both Top Flite and Tour Edge sets. These border on novelty, but are plenty for the smallest kids. Both sets come with a high-lofted driver, mid-iron and putter, as well as a stand bag.

Shop for these HERE.

Voit also makes junior clubs, but they’ve become increasingly difficult to find. Amazon sells them, but in limited quantities. Our experience with Voit was mixed ... Good for the price, but not something that will stand up to rigorous use. I’d recommend these if your pre-teen shows a little interest in the game and you’re willing to burn a little cash. Considering they’ll be into adult clubs soon after, it would be wise to invest more money when/if the desire is real.

At this point, it’s not a reach to recommend Precise Golf. Your child can grow throughout the brand’s portfolio and be competitive every step of the way.

Whatever you choose, take the time to do your homework and expect a few hiccups along the way. If your child falls in love with the game, they’ll have a lifetime to enjoy God’s gift to sport.

FlingGolf is Growing the Game at Military Golf Courses

(BOSTON) – Military facilities around the world provide great options for recreation, fun and fitness for service members and their families at very affordable prices. Golf courses on military bases provide one of the best recreational values of all.

Most military courses include everything a golfer needs: equipment rental, a driving range, putting greens, pro shop, and lessons. Military courses have to be self-sustaining and with the number of rounds declining, many courses are now offering FlingGolf as a way to increase play, recreation and revenue.

FlingGolf is a dynamic new sport where players fling a golf ball off the tee and down the fairway with a lacrosse-type FlingStick. It’s fun, inexpensive, non-intimidating and easy to learn making it an ideal game for active military personnel and their family members.

As former Commanding Officer of the Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Rear Admiral (Ret.) Mark Boensel became an expert on fulfilling soldiers’ health, welfare and recreation needs. Boensel serves on FlingGolf’s Advisory Board and has been instrumental in introducing the benefits of FlingGolf to the military.

“Rounds are down at our military courses and we need to fill them,” said Boensel. “There are no downsides to FlingGolf – it’s affordable, easy to learn, requires no modifications, doesn’t tear up the course, and provides an entree to conventional golf. It’s a great way to infuse energy back into the game.”

FlingGolf uses a lightweight, durable carbon fiber stick with a “head” or basket designed with a channel to hold the golf ball. There are three basic swing techniques: Sidearm/Baseball, Overhand/Lacrosse and Flop shot. On the green, putting becomes a pushing stroke with the ball nestled into the notch on the side of the FlingStick head and one hand down the shaft.

“The military is looking to get young service members outdoors and active while on break, away from their video games, smart phones and other electronics,” continued Boensel. “With FlingGolf, you only need one stick that weighs less than a pound – even on board a ship a sailor can find a place to put it.”

A standard FlingGolf shot will travel 150-200 yards or more and par on a course is the same as par for traditional golf. If the ball lands in a bunker or water hazard or out-of-bounds, a FlingGolfer must take a one-stroke penalty. The ball is put back in play by removing the ball from the bunker or hazard along the line of flight and taking the next shot. FlingGolfers learn the basics of the game and the rules without the expense and learning curve that comes with traditional golf.

Jon Fine, PGA Professional and Golf Course Manager at Windy Harbor Golf Club at Mayport Naval Station in Mayport, Fla., recently ordered Flingsticks.

“We are introducing FlingGolf in our Sports Challenge Cup competition this month – a quarterly event that involves 30-50 active-duty participants,” said Fine. “Fling is fun, cool and fast-paced. I really see the potential.”

Other military courses that offer FlingGolf include: Keesler AFB, Miss.; Fort Lee, Va.; Hickam AFB, Hawaii; Mayport NAS, Fla., and Oceana NAS, Va.

“FlingGolf is becoming a stand-alone hybrid sport that is growing rapidly across the United States and around the world,” says Alex Van Alen, CEO of PlusOne Sports and Founder of FlingGolf. “A few weeks ago we got an order for 24 sticks from the U.S. Army in South Korea and we’ve got courses going strong in Australia and New Zealand. We also enjoy a longstanding partnership with the National Golf Course Owners Association.” 

With more than 320 partner courses worldwide, FlingGolf is not only growing in popularity within the military but juniors, millennials, non-golfers and golfers alike are finding FlingGolf a fun and addicting sport. FlingGolf is a great alternative for wounded combat veterans who are going through rehabilitation and want to get outside on a golf course.   

“FlingGolf salutes our military and we currently manufacture a specially designed patriotic stick wrapped in the red, white and blue,” said Van Alen. “In honor of Veterans Day, FlingGolf is offering a 15 percent discount on our Patriot FlingStick.”

Getting started with FlingGolf is easy and fun for all ages. For more information, go to www.flinggolf.com

Academy of Golf Art – In Memoriam: Leslie B. DeMille (1927-2017)

(WESTHAMPTON BEACH, New York) – The Academy of Golf Art (www.academyofgolfart.org) announces the passing of Leslie B. DeMille, world-renowned portrait artist and longtime Academy member. DeMille, who died in September, specialized in pastels, oils and sculptures.

“Les had a keen appreciation of the beauty in all things,” said George Lawrence, president of the Academy of Golf Art. “He will be sorely missed.”

DeMille’s career spanned seven decades. His diverse talents took him from Canada to California, Hawaii and finally to Sedona, Arizona. He taught regularly at the Scottsdale Artists’ School in Arizona, wrote several books and was the host of the successful “Portraits in Pastel” television program.

“It is with great sadness that we report Leslie B. DeMille’s passing,” said Kevin Kammerer, executive director of the Academy of Golf Art. “Yet we join countless others in celebrating his life and extraordinary artistic gift.

“He will be remembered fondly and missed by many the world over.”

Founded in 2003, the Academy of Golf Art is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create an awareness and appreciation for golf art as a valuable segment of fine art, expressing the essence of the game to help preserve its traditions through artistic representation. Members of the Academy are selected according to high standards to assure their significant contributions to the genre, and to ensure the lasting legacy of their work and their place in the history of golf art.

The Academy will mark its 15th anniversary in 2018 with an exhibition at the Morris Museum of Art, in Augusta, Ga. Featuring the Academy’s member artists only, The Academy of Golf Art: Artists of the Game will be shown Feb. 24–May 13, 2018 – including Masters week. The works to be displayed include sculpture; paintings in oil, pastel, watercolor and casein; and photography. Standard admission prices will apply, and special events are being planned to complement the exhibit.

Several pieces of Leslie B. DeMille’s art will be shown at the exhibition.

For more information, see www.academyofgolfart.org.

GOLFTEC Offers A Complimentary Lesson with Donation to PGA REACH

Redeemable at Participating U.S. Locations, Nov. 6-12

(Centennial, Colo.) – GOLFTEC – the world leader in golf lessons and largest employer of PGA Professionals – is supporting PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America, by offering one complimentary lesson to anyone who first makes a small donation to the foundation.

Redeemable at all participating GOLFTEC locations in the United States between Nov. 6-12, interested parties can sign-up online at pgareach.org/GOLFTEC. To complete the process, customers simply follow instructions on making a donation and must show their receipt upon arrival at GOLFTEC. Each 30-minute lesson is valued at more than $85; individuals are asked to make a $25 suggested minimum contribution, but are free to donate more. 

PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. Through its three core pillars –youth, military,  diversity and inclusion – PGA REACH strives to impact lives daily through the game of golf while working in concert with the PGA of America’s 41 Sections.

“Over the past 22 years, our priorities have been to help people play better golf while doing our part to grow this wonderful game,” says Joe Assell, co-founder and CEO of GOLFTEC. “Working with PGA REACH on this initiative helps achieve these goals by promoting the benefits of golf to a wide audience.”

In effort to raise further awareness, PGA REACH was named an official charity partner of the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon, taking place November 5. GOLFTEC’s Joe Assell will be participating alongside  a variety of PGA of America representatives, including CEO Pete Bevacqua; Board Members Kyle Heyen, Scott Ashworth, and Tim Fries; Kentucky PGA Section President and PGA Master Professional Ralph Landrum; and Sun Country PGA Secretary Matthew Long.

Highly efficient and boasting a 96 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.

“GOLFTEC has an impeccable reputation as the largest employer of PGA Professionals, and having the most instructional centers around the world makes it even more possible for us to make a difference in people’s lives through golf,” said Ryan Cannon, Senior Director of PGA REACH.  “We are grateful for our relationship with GOLFTEC as it will certainly help us impact the lives of youth, military, and diverse communities nationwide.”

GOLFTEC has taught more than 7 million lessons at over 200 locations worldwide. Committed to strengthening the industry and hiring only the best staff, GOLFTEC coaches are experienced professionals, most of whom have taught thousands of lessons. Each goes through a rigorous multi-week certification at GOLFTEC University, including continued advanced training to master the analysis of golf swing mechanics, the technology of the GOLFTEC system, and the most productive teaching techniques. 

Each GOLFTEC student undergoes a Swing Evaluation to assess their skill, followed by a certified personal coach recommending a specific game plan, which includes fundamental elements like course strategy and a TECfit club fitting session. While the majority of lessons are taught indoors in private bays, coaches also accompany players for on-course/outdoor lessons to ensure they are comfortable in real world situations.

To learn more about the GOLFTEC PGA REACH promotion, visit golftec.com/charity or call 877-446-5383.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Cut Golf Unveils New Cut Grey Ball - 3-Piece Ball under $20

(Costa Mesa, CA) - Cut Golf, the no nonsense, no frills golf ball company announced the newest addition to their quality golf ball line up, Cut Grey.

Priced at only $19.95 per dozen, Cut Grey was designed to meet the growing demand for a lower compression ball with a urethane cover. Cut Grey features a 312-dimple pattern, 3-piece construction, and a durable urethane cover. Ideal for greenside performance without sacrificing distance, Cut Grey fits players with moderate swing speeds that demand maximum performance. Cut Grey accompanies Cut Blue in the premium ball category offered by Cut Golf.

"The need for a softer feeling, high performance urethane golf ball was a constant request from our customers. We enjoy listening to what they have to say, so we're incredibly excited about this release," says Cut Golf Founder Sam Uisprapassorn.

Cut Golf is also launching a new marketing campaign called "Best Damn Golf Ball Under 20 Bucks". Cut Golf aims to have buyers of golf balls understand that they are truly getting the best value through the Cut Golf product offering. Typically, golf balls that retail under $20 do not have the same performance or design characteristics of Cut Blue or Cut Grey. Cut Golf customers will enjoy under $20 pricing from their first dozen, without the need to buy in bulk.

Cut Golf also offers Cut Red and Cut White which retail at $9.95 and $14.95, respectively. The entire Cut Golf line up is now available at cutgolfco.com.

Ball Against the Collar? Dave Pelz Can Help

Short game guru Dave Pelz shows a better way to get up-and-down when your ball is against the collar around the green.

Winning Week for Hublot Ambassador Justin Rose Times Performance to Perfection

Olympic Champion caps off big week with sensational victory at WGC - HSBC Champions, Shanghai capturing his second WGC title

(Shanghai, China) - Olympic Champion and Hublot Ambassador, Justin Rose carded a closing 67 at the WGC - HSBC Champions in Shanghai to hold off a cast of the world's best in a dramatic final round. Entering the week at World #13, Rose will rise to World #6 as a result of the victory, and looked composed and in complete control as the pressure mounted down the closing stretch. Englishman Rose, who is renowned for his precision play was in imperious form holding off his peers to a shot winning margin, which included fellow Hublot Ambassador, World #1 Dustin Johnson.

“Justin Rose is a class act in every sense. His commanding performance is symptomatic of the man, his natural and technical ability and his sense for the big occasions. This win, the same week as we launched Hublot’s newest addition, the Big Bang Unico Golf timepiece seems somewhat momentus. We are proud to have Justin as an Ambassador and beyond impressed with his performance this week.” -Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO Hublot

The week began in style for the Swiss watchmaker, Hublot as VIP’s and dignitaries gathered to witness the launch of the newest timepiece, the Big Bang Unico Golf in Shanghai, overlooking the iconic Bund. The congregation were treated to the first glimpse of the watch, specially crafted for the golf enthusiast.

"This has been a huge week for me and my team. Anytime you come out ontop with such a strong field is a great feeling and the product of a lot of hard work. It has been an important week for my friends from Hublot with the introduction of the Big Bang Unico Golf. It is certainly going to be a big hit with golfers around the world and a great addition to the company's line up." -Justin Rose, Hublot Ambassador

The Big Bang Unico Golf is dedicated to the ultimate precision sport – golf. Hublot has designed, developed, manufactured and assembled a module to equip its new UNICO movement, which has been specifically created for golf. The MHUB1580 movement allows golfers to seamlessly calculate their score whilst on course. Hublot’s mechanical golf watch features aperture displays and is ultra-lightweight, providing true sports performance.

Two High-Profile Instructors Heap Praise upon Knuth Golf’s High Heat Family of Metalwoods

(BONITA, CA) – Two noted golf instructors are singing the praises of Knuth Golf’s award-winning High Heat family of metalwoods.

Kay McMahon
LPGA Hall of Fame instructor Kay McMahon called the High Heat metalwoods “the best on the market,” adding, “They are designed for the amateur golfer who will experience immediate results and more playability.”

Fellow LPGA and PGA professional Sue Kaffenburgh called the High Heat 3-wood “unequivocally the best, easiest club I've ever hit.”

High Heat has been garnering awards, winning golf championships and earning rave reviews since its debut nearly three years ago. Former USGA Senior Director Dean Knuth designed High Heat with amateur swings in mind.

Knuth Golf is the only company that uses titanium faces for its complete line of metalwoods, which generate more ball speed and lower spin. This provides greater distance and forgiveness compared to the steel faces used by all other major companies.

McMahon, creator of the award-winning Golf 8.5 learning method, calls High Heat “a major game-changer.”

“High Heat drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids are easy to hit; the golf ball rockets off the face creating more distance and straighter shots,” said McMahon, a Lenox, MA-based instructor who is in Golf Digest’s 50 Best Women Teachers in America. “They are the best on the market and are designed for the amateur golfer who will experience immediate results and more playability. Just try it.  You’ll love them.”

Sue Kaffenburgh
Kaffenburgh is a New England PGA and Northeast LPGA Teacher of the Year based in Cape Cod, and has been named one of the top 12 golf instructors in Massachusetts by Golf Digest. Like most instructors she is always looking for ways to help players gain more enjoyment from the game. Recently she started recommended High Heat products to her students. The results have amazed them and her.

“My students can't believe the added distance from High Heat, and how easy it is to get the ball in the air,” said Kaffenburgh. “The lower and deeper center of gravity creates an immediate launch angle that will produce greater carry distances. The powerful sound of the strike off the Titanium face helps build your confidence.”

She added, “I can report to you, unequivocally, that I found their High Heat 3 wood to be the best, easiest club I've ever hit. I love my driver and hybrid too. These folks are so convinced of the benefits of their products that they have an incredible money back guarantee.”

The High Heat technology was born from designer Knuth’s love of amateur golf. He spe3clubsnt 16 years as Senior Director at the USGA, where he invented the Course Rating and Slope Systems. After retiring from the USGA he set out on his goal of creating golf clubs designed to enhance the performance of amateur golfers. Several years later, High Heat was born.

At KnuthGolf.com, an online fitting is conducted to properly address the loft for the driver and which weight and flex is needed for the club shaft for it and any High Heat fairway wood or hybrid they purchase. Further, Knuth Golf is so sure that its High Heat clubs will significantly improve an amateur’s performance that it provides a 30-day full refund guarantee.

For more information about Knuth Golf, or to purchase High Heat clubs, visit www.knuthgolf.com or call 410-353-0446.

LITTLE GOLF T.R.A.I.N. Adds Yoga, Mindfulness in Its Teacher Certification During PGA Show Week

(ORLANDO, FL) – Tempo Tiger’s Tummy Breathing and Maestro Monkey’s Mindful Meditation are just two of the new activities LITTLE GOLF T.R.A.I.N. participants will be learning at it’s half-day teacher training program two days before the PGA Show. Little Golf T.R.A.I.N., an age-appropriate, developmentally correct way to introduce children ages 2-5 to golf, will again conduct a half-day certification training session on Tuesday morning, Jan. 23, in Orlando. The session targets prospective teachers who want to become Certified Conductors (instructors) and current Certified Conductors who wish to supplement their knowledge and training.

The admission fee for new Conductors is $425 (discounted from the online training fee of $695) and includes a hands-on seminar, light breakfast, materials and access to online post-class certification. The location is the same as last year: The Library at Marriott Grand Vista, 12001 Avenida Verde, Orlando, FL 32821. The session runs from 7:30 am - 11 am, conveniently timed so participants can then attend the PGA Show Demo Day.

To register, contact patriciadonnellyphd@gmail.com.

PGA Professionals can earn 4 Education Credits when they complete the Little Golf T.R.A.I.N. certification program. LPGA Professionals can earn 4 CU Credits when they complete the certification program.

Founder Patricia Donnelly, PhD, and Co-Founder Nicole Weller, PGA/LPGA, will conduct the training session in Orlando. To learn how to become a Certified Conductor (instructor) and gain access to 24 manuals and three types of kits to run a program, as well as Little Golf T.R.A.I.N. merchandise, visit www.littlegolfTRAIN.com

At the 2016 PGA Show, Dr. Donnelly and Ms. Weller delivered a groundbreaking presentation in the 2,500-seat Chapin Theatre at the Orange County Convention Center at the PGA Youth and Family Golf Summit. Their topic focused on how to introduce very young children (ages 2-5) to golf in a developmentally correct way. Their presentation sparked great interest and discussion among the international group of attendees. Since then, Little Golf T.R.A.I.N. Certified Conductors have come on board in seven countries, and the number continues to grow.

“Parents and coaches want our youngest golfers to truly enjoy the game and learn the correct fundamentals, but many young children are taught as if they are little adults, which doesn’t foster a love of golf,” says Dr. Donnelly, a world-renowned educational sport psychotherapist. “That’s why we developed the T.R.A.I.N. approach, which is based on teaching through play.” Says Weller, Head Teaching Professional at The Landings Club, in Savannah, GA.: “Our program is rooted in early-childhood, age-appropriate techniques and is designed to foster joy in learning about the game. Our goal is to certify golf professionals and pre-school educators around the world so they can introduce children to golf in an age-appropriate way while growing their own business.”

KemperSports Selected to Manage The Spokane Club

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports has been selected by club leadership to manage The Spokane Club in Spokane, Wash. The historic private club features three facilities across two different locations and is widely considered the premier social and athletic club in the city. 

“The Spokane Club is excited to partner with KemperSports,” said Board president Chris Bell. “After conducting a nationwide search, it was clear that KemperSports was best suited to provide The Spokane Club members and staff with the leadership and tools to deliver a high-level private club experience.”

Founded in 1890, The Spokane Club is highlighted by the downtown Clubhouse that includes a restaurant, bar, event ballroom and 43 hotel rooms. The Clubhouse serves as the business center of the Club and includes meeting and banquet space. Adjacent to the Clubhouse is Club’s fitness facility that offers state-of-the-art fitness instruction and equipment, indoor pool and robust fitness and youth programming.

The Valley Spokane Club facility, located just a short drive from downtown Spokane, includes indoor and outdoor tennis courts, bocce ball, volleyball and an indoor pool. The family-friendly club also offers kids programming and camps.

“The Spokane Club is a great club with a rich history,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. "We look forward to working with the club board and members to ensure the best possible member experience.”

KemperSports and will work with the club to implement its proven management best practices and programming, including True Service – the company’s proprietary customer service training program, the goal of which is to deliver genuine, helpful and friendly service to members and their guests.

The Spokane Club team will be led by KemperSports veteran John O’Connor.

USGA Announces 2018 Executive Committee Nominations

Mark Newell nominated as 65th president; Other nominees for the volunteer group include World Golf Hall of Fame member Nick Price

(FAR HILLS, N.J.) – Mark Newell, of McLean, Va., has been nominated to serve a one-year term as the 65th president of the United States Golf Association (USGA) by the USGA Nominating Committee. He would replace Diana Murphy, who is completing her second and final one-year term.

Newell, a five-year member of the USGA Executive Committee, has chaired the Rules of Golf Committee since 2012. During that time, he has co-led the joint USGA/R&A Rules modernization project, which will result in major Rules changes in 2019. He also chaired the USGA Handicap Committee and spent four years as co-chair of the World Handicap Initiative, which developed the proposed USGA/R&A World Handicap System that is scheduled to debut in 2020.

Newell’s nomination comes alongside those of four new nominees to the Executive Committee, including three-time major champion and former World No. 1 player Nick Price, and a new general counsel.

The other new nominees to the 15-member Executive Committee, a volunteer group that serves as the Association’s executive policy-making board, are Paul G. Brown, Kendra Graham and Sharon Ritchey. Richard A. Shortz has been nominated as general counsel.

If elected at the USGA’s Annual Meeting on Feb. 3, 2018, in Miami, Fla., the nominees would replace departing Committee members Murphy, Sheila Johnson, George Still and Thomas Hough. Robert Weber will also retire as general counsel.

"Once again, the USGA is the beneficiary of having an incredibly talented group of nominees,” said Jim Hyler, chair of the Nominating Committee and former USGA president. “These individuals have the best interests of the game in mind, and we look forward to them continuing the great work accomplished by the previous Committee.”

The Executive Committee candidates have a wealth of experience in industries that include golf, corporate business, finance and banking. Each nominee has already made selfless contributions to the sport at the local, amateur, collegiate and professional levels.

“We are extremely grateful for all the hard work of our outgoing Executive Committee members and general counsel, who have selflessly volunteered their time and expertise to the benefit of our mission for the past several years,” said Mike Davis, USGA CEO. “That includes a special thank you to Diana for her leadership, dedication and support over the past two years, which will have a lasting impact.

“The new nominee group truly embodies the mission of the USGA, by helping to make the game more accessible, playable, and enjoyable for everyone. Their expertise, insight, and knowledge will help grow the game in ways that will be beneficial for every golfer.”

Notable experience and achievements of the nominees are as follows:

Nick Price, of Hobe Sound, Fla., is a three-time major champion, World Golf Hall of Fame member and one of the best players of his era. A native of Zimbabwe, Price won 18 times on the PGA Tour, earned two PGA Tour Player of the Year Awards (1993, 1994), and spent 43 weeks as the No. 1 player in the world. He was the 2005 recipient of the Bob Jones Award, the USGA’s highest honor. Price competed five times for the International Team in the Presidents Cup and has served as captain three times, including 2017. In addition to his career on the course, Price has immersed himself in golf course design, with a portfolio of courses all over the world.

Kendra Graham, of Winter Park, Fla., worked for the USGA in Rules and Competitions from 1987 to 2003 and has devoted a lifetime of service to the game of golf. Graham was one of the first women to work as a Rules official at the Masters in 1994, and she was the first American woman to officiate at The Open Championship in 1995. She has worked as a Rules official for more than 20 major championships. A graduate of Wake Forest University, where she played on the golf team, Graham won several junior events and has competed in three USGA championships. A breast cancer survivor, Graham is an avid fundraiser for charitable efforts, including the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen For The Cure, and the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation.

Sharon Ritchey, of Asheville, N.C., has spent her career in the financial sector, most recently serving as senior executive director and chief customer officer for AXA US, one of the largest and most recognized insurance brands in the world. Prior to AXA, Ritchey worked at The Hartford Financial Services, where she helped support the sports marketing program, including the sponsorship of the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship. Ritchey furthered her commitment to the game by supporting the creation of the women’s golf program at the University of North Carolina Asheville. A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, she currently serves on the board of the LPGA Foundation.

Paul G. Brown, of Brookeville, Md., has nearly four decades of experience in the banking industry, most recently serving as executive vice president of City First Bank, the only bank in the nation’s capital that provides financial services to underserved communities in the region. Brown has served as an official at 35 USGA championships – including seven U.S. Opens – and is a member of the Junior Amateur Championship Committee. Brown earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Bucknell University.

Richard A. Shortz, of Los Angeles, Calif., has practiced law for more than 40 years, supporting major corporations and leading initiatives in the field of corporate governance. A junior club champion at age 15, Shortz has had a passion for golf throughout his life. At The Los Angeles Country Club, he has served in various roles, including chair of the club’s U.S. Open Committee. Shortz, a graduate of Indiana University and Harvard Law School, served in the United States Army as a second lieutenant.

Two current members of the Executive Committee have been nominated to serve as officers. They are Mark Reinemann as secretary and Thomas Barkin as treasurer. Other current members nominated to continue their service are: J. Michael Bailey, Stephen Beebe, J. Stuart Francis, Robert Kain, Martha Lang, Gregory Morrison, Clifford Shahbaz and William Siart.

For more information, visit www.usga.org.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Nicklaus Companies Announces the Jack Nicklaus Signature Series Drinkware Collection

Offered in Partnership with Suncast Corporation

(RELEASE) - The Nicklaus Companies and Suncast Corporation have jointly that a line of drinkware inspired by the life and life style of Jack Nicklaus—the Golden Bear— is now available on jacknicklaus.suncast.com as well as on Amazon. The collection, which supports the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, helps round out a larger Nicklaus-branded offering in the food and beverage space by the company founded by Nicklaus, the record 18-time major champion, businessman, and philanthropist. The line includes a selection of versatile cooler caddies, as well as tumblers, wine chillers and more, created for use on and off the golf course—from the backyard to the back nine.

With eight SKUs, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Series created by Suncast Corporation complements Nicklaus-branded Golden Bear Lemonade by AriZona Beverages, Jack Nicklaus Wines by Terlato Wines, and water by AquaHydrate.

Inspired by Nicklaus’ lifestyle, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Series was designed to exhibit the characteristics that a true champion possesses: grace, style, and performance under pressure.

“Suncast Corporation is excited about its partnership with the Nicklaus Companies”, said Tom Tisbo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Suncast Corporation. “Not only do we feel our brand values align with that of the Nicklaus organization, but we also believe in giving back to our community.

“We have grown our business over the years by building our brand and that means quality products that perform well for the consumer. We feel this new collection of drinkware and soft-sided coolers complements not just the Nicklaus-branded offering of products, but also Suncast Corporation’s product offerings. Getting that exposure and spreading our message through brand partnerships is very meaningful to us.”

The Cooler Caddie is a soft sided cooler that is tall enough to hold wine bottles upright and sturdy enough to hold 22 pounds of ice. It was manufactured with practicality and efficiency in mind— the expandable, easy-to-open top is made for easy access, and its exterior pocket is great for storing essentials, such as keys, a cell phone, a bottle opener, and a wallet. The durable, leak-proof construction is made from heavy-duty 1680 denier nylon, includes a double-stitched nylon webbing handle, and features elevated Thermoplastic Rubber feet to provide sturdy above-ground footing. MSRP is $149.00 and includes a three-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Two Tumblers in 20-ounce and 30-ounce sizes are popular offerings in the Jack Nicklaus Signature Series. Both sizes are made from BPA-free stainless steel. The material, plus double-wall vacuum insulation, allows the tumblers to keep beverages cold for a minimum of nine hours or hot for three hours. Both sizes fit in a standard-size cup holder, so on-the-go drinks can be enjoyed on the cart path or the road. Both tumblers come with an easy-sip lid that features one click closure to avoid spills and an opening to accommodate a straw. MSRP is $19.99 for the 20-ounce tumbler and $24.99 for the 30-ounce tumbler.

The stainless steel, 20-ounce Jack Nicklaus Signature Series water bottle is also made of BPA-free materials. The double-wall vacuum insulation preserves beverage temperature, while the practical cap with ring lid is leak-proof and allows for clip attachment onto golf bags or belts. The design and materials allow the water bottle to keep beverages cold for a minimum of nine hours or hot for three hours. MSRP is $24.99.

The game is meant to be fun—and so is life. Celebrate like a champion with the Jack Nicklaus Signature Series Wine Bottle. Also made from BPA-free stainless steel, the Wine Bottle is designed to hold a full bottle of wine (750 ML) and keep it cold for a minimum of nine hours. The complementing Wine Chiller holds one standard-size bottle of wine or spirits. Both products are perfect for enjoying several varietals of Jack Nicklaus Wines or Jack’s House Wines. The MSRP for the Wine Bottle is $29.99, while the Wine Chiller is $39.99.

The Jack Nicklaus Signature Series’ design offers a unique option to consumers with the same high standard of quality as other top-of-the-line items on the market. Selected through a series of market research studies, the platinum gray color is the color of wisdom and knowledge, while being a neutral, timeless classic that is both sleek and professional. Each product also features the Golden Bear logo—one of the most enduring and iconic logos in all of sports. Jack Nicklaus became known as the “Golden Bear” shortly after turning professional in 1962 and launching a career considered the greatest in the game’s history.

“We are delighted about our partnership with Suncast and appreciate Tom Tisbo’s faith in our company and the brand,” said Nicklaus Companies Co-Chairman Howard Milstein. “The Nicklaus brand has been a leader in the golf space for decades. Increasingly, our more recent product introductions, like Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill restaurants and Jack Nicklaus Ice Cream, are being welcomed by consumers as lifestyle products, reflecting the best of American values just like Jack's iconic career.

“The Jack Nicklaus Signature Series collection by Suncast is a logical extension of our brand. Additionally, as we have done with most of our products and offerings in recent years, we have integrated a give-back feature that will benefit children’s health care through the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. The charitable tie-in is very important to Jack, the Nicklaus family, our family, and everyone at the Nicklaus Companies. It is part of our DNA.”

Enter to win a Water Bottle on Instagram, a 20 oz Tumbler on Twitter, and a Grand Prize on Facebook ($248 value).

Currently featured within the Jack Nicklaus/Golden Bear-branded portfolio of offerings are Jack Nicklaus Apparel, Jack Nicklaus Ice Cream, Jack Nicklaus Golf Balls, Jack Nicklaus Wine, Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill, Jack Nicklaus Academies, and more. In addition to Suncast Corporation, the company’s marketing partners include AHEAD, AquaHydrate, AriZona Beverages, Delaware North, E-Z-GO , Perry Ellis International, Rolex, Schwan’s, Southwest Greens, SubZero and Wolf, Terlato Wines, and Toro.

To learn more about the full line of Suncast products, visit suncast.com.

For more information on the Nicklaus Companies, visit nicklaus.com.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Hot Streak for Tour Edge Exotics Continues with Top 10 Finish in Champions Tour Playoffs

(RELEASE) - Tour Edge Golf continued their recent success with their new CBX fairway woods and hybrids on the PGA Champions Tour with a Top 10 finish at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, the first playoff event of the Champions Tour.

A 5-time PGA TOUR winner played a new CBX 18-degree fairway wood to a T8th finish at the Country Club of Virginia, shooting 10-under par after firing eight birdies Sunday.

The popular Swede shot 17 total birdies and now ranks 43rd in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, which culminates Nov. 13 at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship held in Phoenix.

According to the Darrell Survey, 10 Exotics CBX fairway woods and hybrids have been put into play the past two weeks on the Champions Tour. Last week at the SAS Championship, the CBX hybrid made its debut with a one-time Major winner and 5-time PGA TOUR champion when it went into play in the bag of the #16 ranked Champions Tour player in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.

The Exotics CBX was initially introduced to the Champions Tour at the Senior Players Championship earlier this year. Players immediately put the new club into play at the Major event, even on short notice after seeing the product for the first time during the practice week of the event.

Players putting CBX into play at the Senior Players included a recent 2017 winner on the Champions Tour and two other PGA Tour Major Championship winners.

The CBX was in play for a second-place finish that week when the 2017 winner of the Principal Charity Classic put the brand-new prototype hybrid into play after testing the club for the first time at the all-important Major Championship. The player earned $224,000 with his 2nd  place finish to move up to 5th place on the Charles Schwab Cup money list at the time.

“The Champions Tour gives us an opportunity to get feedback from the best golfers to ever walk the planet,” said Tour Edge President and Master Club Designer David Glod.  “It has been important for us to get the feedback directly from those who know best with these tour-inspired club designs where we placed the Center of Gravity higher and forward in the club head to be a spin-killer. The feedback on the performance, sound, spin, looks and feel has been through the roof phenomenal.”

So far, the players that have put Exotics CBX clubs into play on the Champions Tour, are players that account for winning 35 PGA TOUR events and five major championships in their careers.

This week the Champions Tour will continue with the second round of the playoffs with the Power Shares QQQ Championship , held at Sherwood Country Club just north of Los Angeles.

The new Exotics CBX fairway woods and hybrid were designed with a multi-material construction that includes the top of the line in Beta Titanium, Hyper Steel and Carbon Composite materials. This unique combination of three different materials helps produce a penetrating ball flight that cuts through windy conditions and lowers side spin rates for greater accuracy. They are currently the only Titanium face fairway woods and hybrids available for sale in the US market.

The Exotics CBX hybrid’s higher CG is located slightly forward in the club head through the use of a carbon fiber in the sole, which is significantly lighter than stainless steel. This helps to increase ball speed and reduce spin, which makes for less dispersion.

Tour Edge’s extremely thin Beta-titanium cup-face enlarges the ideal hitting area on the clubs. It is brazed to stainless steel behind the hitting area which allows the face to flex more at impact. This has led to independent robot tests that have shown the CBX to average more than 16 yards longer in distance than several of the best selling fairway woods on the market.

The Speed Ramp sole design on the Exotics CBX products provide reduced turf interaction so the club can maintain its speed through the hitting area.

The Tour Edge Exotics CBX fairway wood and hybrids have shipped to select authorized Tour Edge retailers. Call Tour Edge at 800.515.3343 to find a retailer near you and to see why Exotics is Materially Better.

For more information, call (800) 515-3343 or visit touredge.com.

Cameron McCormick Joins Golf Channel and Revolution Golf

McCormick to Lend 20-Plus Years of Coaching Knowledge and Unique Philosophy to Help Golfers Improve

(ORLANDO, Fla.) - Cameron McCormick, 2015 PGA Teacher of the Year and long-time swing coach of three-time Major Champion Jordan Spieth, will become an official member of the team of expert instructors featured on Revolution Golf and Golf Channel. The announcement was made today during McCormick’s guest appearance on Morning Drive.

As part of the new multi-year relationship, McCormick will host his own instructional series  – featured on both Revolution Golf and Golf Channel – where he will share with golfers the knowledge he has cultivated over a 20-year coaching career, along with his creative approach to incorporating a wider perspective on what it takes to improve golf performance.

McCormick also will join Martin Hall, Sean Foley, Martin Chuck and Andrew Rice as featured faculty members on Revolution Golf, the largest direct-to-consumer digital platform in golf, which was added to NBC Sports Group’s portfolio in August. By connecting golfers of all skill levels to world-class instruction, Revolution Golf will feature the first series of instructional videos hosted by McCormick on the website before the end of the year. An accompanying DVD series is scheduled to be released in November.

“I couldn’t be more excited to partner with Golf Channel and Revolution Golf in their efforts to enhance and grow the way fans receive golf instruction,” said McCormick. “At the core of every golfer is a desire to improve their skill set, Golf Channel and Revolution Golf are allowing us to do just that. I am thrilled to join the team and provide viewers with a unique approach to instruction that they can trust.”

A Texas-based native of Melbourne, Australia, McCormick is the director of instruction at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, a Ben Crenshaw-Bill Coore design, which will serve as host of the 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson on the PGA TOUR. After playing college golf for Texas Tech University, he briefly played professionally before beginning a teaching career in 1998. In addition to Jordan Spieth, his renowned roster of students includes more than 13 PGA, Web.com and LPGA Tour players, 10 of the Top-100 players in the World Junior Golf Rankings, and four of Top-100 players in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Sean Crocker Joins Srixon and Cleveland Golf

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Srixon and Cleveland Golf announce the recent addition of Sean Crocker to their professional tour staff. Crocker, one of the world’s top-ranked amateurs before recently turning professional, agreed to terms on a multi-year contract. Crocker will use Srixon irons, Cleveland wedges, and a Srixon golf ball. In addition, Crocker will wear a Srixon hat and glove, and carry a Srixon bag.

Crocker, a 21-year-old from Westlake Village, California, spent three seasons at The University of Southern California as a member of the Trojans Men’s Golf team. While at USC, Crocker helped his team to NCAA Championship Match Play (Top 8 teams) in all of his three seasons, including a program-best 2nd Place in 2015. Individually, Crocker was an All-American, the 2015 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and a three-time All-Pac-12 selection.  Before turning pro this fall, Crocker was among the Top-10 ranked amateurs in the world.

“I’m really excited to be a part of the Srixon/Cleveland Golf team and can’t wait to represent the brand on tour,” said Sean Crocker. “Srixon makes the best golf balls by far and the Z-STAR XV fits my game perfectly.”

“Any time a player of Sean’s caliber chooses to partner with us, it is a real testament to our products and our people,” said VP of Tour Operations, Rodney McDonald. “Sean is exactly the type of competitor, athlete, and person we want representing the Srixon and Cleveland Golf brands and we are thrilled to be joining Sean on his professional journey.”

Crocker currently plays a Srixon Z-Star XV golf ball, Srixon Z-U65 Utility 2i, Srixon Z-765 irons (4-5), Srixon Z-945 irons (6-P), and Cleveland RTX wedges (50°, 54°, 60°).

For additional information on Srixon / Cleveland Golf / XXIO products and staff players, visit the following sites: www.srixon.com, www.clevelandgolf.com, and www.xxiousa.com.

Pebble Beach Golf Links to Host 2023 U.S. Women’s Open and 2027 U.S. Open Championships

Venue to host its first U.S. Women’s Open Championship, seventh U.S. Open

(FAR HILLS, N.J.) – The USGA announced Pebble Beach Golf Links as the site for the 2023 U.S. Women’s Open and 2027 U.S. Open Championships, the 14th and 15th USGA championships in the course’s storied history.

Pebble Beach, which is already scheduled to host the 2018 U.S. Amateur and 2019 U.S. Open Championships, will host the 78th U.S. Women’s Open – and its first – from June 1-4, 2023. The 127th U.S. Open – the seventh at Pebble Beach – will be contested June 17-20, 2027.

The legendary course on the Monterey Peninsula, designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant and opened in 1919, has produced several of the game’s memorable moments in its previous five U.S. Opens. Jack Nicklaus’s 1-iron tee shot that struck the flagstick in 1972, Tom Watson’s chip-in to thwart Nicklaus in 1982, Tom Kite’s pitch-in en route to victory in 1992 and Tiger Woods’ record 15-stroke victory in 2000 are all stamped in the game’s lore.

“We are incredibly proud to bring the U.S. Women’s Open to Pebble Beach for the first time,” said Diana Murphy, president of the USGA. “The USGA is committed to bringing our championships to golf’s greatest venues and the opportunity to have the best players in the world, female and male, compete at this iconic course will provide a fantastic showcase of the game. Our friends at the Pebble Beach Company have always been wonderful partners and we are excited for all of our upcoming championships with them.” 

During the course’s 98-year history, it has hosted five U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs, two U.S. Women’s Amateurs and one PGA Championship. These will be the 14th and 15th USGA championships contested on the course, moving it to fourth all-time among host sites.

The 1972 U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach was the first to be played on a course that is open to the public. It is one of six public-access courses to host a U.S. Open.

“The USGA’s relationship with Pebble Beach dates to the 1929 U.S. Amateur and it has proven itself time and again during the 11 previous championships,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “Pebble Beach Golf Links is a national golf treasure and our partners at the Pebble Beach Company have committed to hosting four USGA championships in the next 10 years, including the 2018 U.S. Amateur and 2019 U.S. Open. The commitment from their hardworking and dedicated staff and the support of the Monterey Peninsula region, as well as our faith that Pebble Beach will consistently challenge the best players in the game, make it an ideal venue to host USGA championships for years to come.”

“We take great pride in our special, longstanding partnership with the USGA,” said Bill Perocchi, CEO of Pebble Beach Company. “This announcement is a milestone in the history of Pebble Beach and one we are thrilled about, especially as we prepare to host the U.S. Amateur in 2018 and U.S. Open in 2019 during our centennial celebration. To be entrusted with hosting our seventh U.S. Open, and to be given the honor of hosting our first U.S. Women’s Open, is truly special and exciting for all of us here at Pebble Beach.”

To download course images of Pebble Beach Golf Links, visit: Pebble Beach Images

Other future U.S. Women's Open sites are: May 31-June 3, 2018 at Shoal Creek in Shoal Creek, Ala.; May 30-June 2, 2019 at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.); June 4-7, 2020 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas; and June 3-6, 2021 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif.

Other future U.S. Open sites are: June 14-17, 2018 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.; June 13-16, 2019 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links; June 18-21, 2020 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.; June 17-20, 2021 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, Calif.; June 16-19, 2022 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.; June 15-18, 2023 at The Los Angeles (Calif.) Country Club; June 13-16, 2024 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.; June 12-15, 2025 at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club; and June 18-21, 2026 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.

USGA Championships at Pebble Beach Golf Links
1929 U.S. Amateur: Harrison R. Johnston def. Dr. O.F. Willing, 4 and 3
1940 U.S. Women's Amateur: Betty Jameson def. Jane S. Cothran, 6 and 5
1947 U.S. Amateur: Robert H. "Skee" Riegel def. John W. Dawson, 2 and 1
1948 U.S. Women's Amateur: Grace S. Lenczyk def. Helen Sigel, 4 and 3
1961 U.S. Amateur: Jack Nicklaus def. H. Dudley Wysong Jr., 8 and 6
1972 U.S. Open: Jack Nicklaus def. Bruce Crampton by 3 strokes
1982 U.S. Open: Tom Watson def. Jack Nicklaus by 2 strokes
1992 U.S. Open: Tom Kite def. Jeff Sluman by 2 strokes
1999 U.S. Amateur: David Gossett def. Sung Yoon Kim, 9 and 8
2000 U.S. Open: Tiger Woods def. Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez by 15 strokes
2010 U.S. Open: Graeme McDowell def. Gregory Havret by 1 stroke
2018 U.S. Amateur
2019 U.S. Open
2023 U.S. Women's Open
2027 U.S. Open

Two Industry Titans Inducted into Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame

(Myrtle Beach, S.C.) – Hotelier and golf course owner Vernon Brake and Bob LeComte, an integral part of the World Amateur Handicap Championship’s growth, were inducted into the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame at Pine Lakes Country Club Thursday evening.

Vernon Brake
“Vernon Brake and Bob LeComte were vital figures in Myrtle Beach’s growth, doing work that sometimes went unnoticed by the public but was pivotal to the area’s emergence as the Golf Capital of the World,” said Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s president. “Both were locks for induction and it was a pleasure to celebrate their accomplishments and Myrtle Beach’s rich history.”

Brake was part of a group that bought The Breakers Hotel in the 1970s and as the managing partner, he spearheaded its growth from a property with 71 units to one with more than 650. Brake also launched a golf package business at The Breakers, booking hundreds of thousands of rounds over the years.

Buoyed by his success at The Breakers, Brake was a founding partner of Myrtle Beach National (MBN), one of the Grand Strand’s bedrock developments. MBN eventually expanded to include 10 courses with Brake helping lead the way.

He was also an influential board member at Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and Grand Strand Tee Time Network.

LeComte, who was inducted posthumously, didn’t arrive on the Myrtle Beach golf scene until the conclusion of a 37-year business career, but he left a lasting legacy on the Grand Strand, helping attract the two most significant title sponsorships in the destination’s history.

LeComte secured DuPont as the title sponsor of the World Amateur Handicap Championship, and it grew into one of the longest and most successful relationships in all of sports. During DuPont’s 22-year year run as title sponsor, the World Am grew into an event that annually attracted 4,500+ players from every corner of the globe.

LeComte's tenacity also led to securing Energizer as a title sponsor for the Senior Tour Championship, bringing a high profile, professional golf event to Myrtle Beach. The Senior Tour Championship provided international exposure as well as a live domestic television audience, showcasing the Myrtle Beach golf experience, and it wouldn’t have happened without LeComte.

Brake and LeComte became the 19th and 20th inductees into the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame, which is located in the courtyard at Pine Lakes, the area’s first course.

Other members of the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame are: General James Hackler, Robert White, Jimmy D’Angelo, Carolyn Cassidy Cudone, Clay Brittain, Cecil Brandon, George “Buster” Bryan, Gary Schaal, Paul Himmelsbach, Charles Byers, Egerton Burroughs, J. Bryan Floyd, Edward Jerdon, George Hilliard, Russell “Doc” Burgess, Critt Gore, Sandy Miles, Phillips Goings, Kelly Tilghman and Edward Burroughs.

Established to pay tribute to the men and women who have played significant roles in the development of the Myrtle Beach area golf industry, the Hall of Fame was founded in 2009.

For more information about Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame, visit www.themyrtlebeachgolfhalloffame.com.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Symetra Tour’s Donald Ross Classic Returns to French Lick in 2018

The road to the LPGA with its future stars will compete on the Donald Ross course July 12-14 and benefit the Orange County Habitat for Humanity

(FRENCH LICK, IN) – The legacy of women’s golf at French Lick Resort will once again be on display as the future stars of the LPGA will compete in the Symetra Tour’s Donald Ross Classic July 12-14, 2018.

The week-long charity event and celebration of women’s golf, hosted by Resort Charities, the charitable foundation of French Lick Resort, will benefit the Orange County Habitat for Humanity.

“We are extremely excited to have the Symetra Tour and all the wonderful and talented players returning next summer,” Dave Harner, director of golf, said. “To be able to continue impacting women’s golf, as well as a great organization like Habitat for Humanity that will touch the lives of so many families in our region, is truly an honor for everyone involved.”

The Orange County Habitat for Humanity provides a major impact on the French Lick community and the surrounding region by providing home ownership opportunities to low income families through the building of new single-family dwellings using donated materials and labor. Since 1992, the organization has developed and constructed 27 new homes for Orange County residents.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to partner with French Lick Resort Charities on the Symetra Tour to raise funds to provide affordable home ownership opportunities in Orange County,” Stacy Ables, the OCHH fundraising coordinator, said. “Our mission is to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter and this relationship will allow us to expand our reach and bring awareness to the need for affordable housing.”

 The Donald Ross Classic at French Lick, won this year by Erynne Lee at 12-under-par in an exciting three-hole playoff over August Kim, will feature 150 aspiring LPGA Tour players competing in a 54-hole stroke play event for a $200,000 purse and a spot on the 2018 LPGA Tour.

Mark your calendar and join Indiana’s premier resort destination for an exciting event that will have a major impact on the community. Below is the schedule of events.

Tuesday, July 10 - Symetra Tour Pro-Am Pairings Party
Wednesday, July 11 - Symetra Tour Pro-Am – Donald Ross Course
Thursday, July 12 - Championship Round 1 - Symetra Tour Donald Ross Classic
Friday, July 13 - Championship Round 2 - Symetra Tour Donald Ross Classic
Saturday, July 14 - Championship Final Round – Symetra Tour Donald Ross Classic   
Pro-Am and Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information email or call:
Tyler Jordan: tjordan@frenchlick.com (812) 788-1550
Dave Harner: dharner@frenchlick.com (812) 639-6857

Visit www.frenchlick.com.

Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com, Facebook.com/RoadtotheLPGA, Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Monterey Peninsula Foundation and PURE Insurance Join in Supporting The One America Appeal

(Monterey, Calif.) – The Monterey Peninsula Foundation announced today that it is partnering with its PGA TOUR Champions event title sponsor, PURE Insurance to contribute matching donations of $150,000 to the One America Appeal in support of their hurricane recovery efforts in areas devastated by the recent hurricanes.

The One America Appeal is a joint appeal that was originally launched by all five living former American Presidents to encourage their fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey — which inundated the Texas Gulf Coast with unprecedented flooding. This special appeal has been expanded to include areas most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“We hope our collaboration with PURE Insurance will inspire others to give back to those communities in such desperate need,” said Steve John, CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the recent PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee, at Pebble Beach.

One hundred percent of all funds donated to One America Appeal will go towards helping the victims recover.

“PURE recognizes the long rebuilding process that is ahead, not only for our members but for everyone in these communities,” said Ross Buchmueller, President & CEO of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies.. “This year, our holding company created a formal charitable giving effort and we are proud that the first major gift from the PURE Insurance Foundation will partner with The Monterey Peninsula Foundation to support the incredible efforts of the One American Appeal as they provide aid to these communities that are in such desperate need.”

The Monterey Peninsula Foundation and PURE Insurance encourage all who are able to support this incredible effort.

About Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Monterey Peninsula Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization which donates funds from the proceeds of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR and the PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee, a PGA TOUR Champions tournament. The Foundation focuses on improving the quality of life in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties.

www.montereypeninsulafoundation.org; www.attpbgolf.com; pureinsurancechanpiohship.com

About PURE
Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange (PURE) is a policyholder-owned insurer dedicated to creating an exceptional experience for responsible high net worth individuals and families. PURE provides best-in-class, customizable coverage throughout the U.S. for high-value homes, automobiles, jewelry, art, personal liability, watercraft and flood.  In return for a fee, PURE Risk Management, LLC acts as Attorney-in-Fact for PURE. For more information or to find a local broker, visit pureinsurance.com.

Troon Expands Caddie Services Program to 11 Affiliated Arizona Facilities

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Following the successful launch of caddie programs in 2016 at six Phoenix/Scottsdale-area golf clubs (Boulders Resort & Spa, The Phoenician Golf Club, The Westin Kierland Golf Club, Troon North Golf Club, Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass and FireRock Country Club), Troon and CaddieMaster have expanded caddie programs to 11 daily-fee and private golf clubs throughout Arizona. For the 2017/2018 season, defined as November through April, forecaddies and/or caddies will be offered at the following Troon-affiliated facilities:
- Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa – daily fee
- Blackstone Country Club in Peoria – private
- Boulders Resort & Spa in Scottsdale – resort
- FireRock Country Club in Fountain Hills – private
- Lookout Mountain Golf Club at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix – resort/daily fee
- The Phoenician Golf Club in Scottsdale – resort/daily fee
- Quintero Golf Club in Peoria – daily fee
- Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale – daily fee
- The Westin Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale – resort/daily fee
- Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler – resort/daily fee
- Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club in Wickenburg – semiprivate

While specific club offerings vary based upon course topography, general caddie services offer options of Forecaddies, and/or Single or Double Bag Carry Caddie.

“The caddie services were very well received and utilized by guests during the 2016/2017 golf season,” said Mike Ryan, executive vice president and COO, Troon. “Caddies provide an additional level of service and enhance the overall golf experience for members and guests. We’re thrilled to expand the caddie option offering at many top public and private clubs in Arizona.”

A caddie’s primary job is to help golfers navigate the golf course, but caddies also assist with speed of play, improve course conditions by replacing or filling-in divots, properly fixing ball marks on greens and raking bunkers. Caddies are also ambassadors for the golf properties and for the destination, spending four-plus hours with guests and offering suggestions on restaurants, shopping, spas and more.

When booking a tee time at least 48 hours in advance, guests can choose the following caddie options:
- Forecaddie – Forecaddies will be positioned ahead of the group and will track shots for each player in the group. Forecaddies will also offer advice on how to play the course and help players select the proper target lines. When appropriate, forecaddies will also care for the course, raking bunkers, replacing divots when necessary, tending flag sticks, cleaning balls and clubs, and help golfers manage the course.
- Double Bag Caddie – Double Bag Caddies will work with two golfers in the group and will describe the best play for each hole, assist with yardages, rake bunkers, replace divots, help around the greens, tend the pin and perform any other duties required.
- Single Bag Caddie – A Single Bag Caddie will work with a single golfer and will describe the best play for each hole, assist with yardages, rake bunkers, replace divots, help around the greens, tend the pin and perform any other duties required.

Caddie services range from $30 per player for a forecaddie to $100 per player for a Single Bag Carry Caddie. The recommended gratuity is $20 and up per player for forecaddies and $30 and up for walking caddies.

For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.

New Leadership Drives Innovation at aboutGolf

(Maumee, Ohio) - aboutGolf, Limited, the world leader in golf simulator and golf performance technology, is pleased to announce that its shareholders have appointed a new board and management team to drive the business with an innovation- and people-focused strategy. As a result, leading the company's next chapter are Executive Chairman Brett Campbell and CEO/President Randall Henry.

"We are pleased to be involved with such a strong brand, and look forward to working with an experienced team of business, tech and golf leaders -- as well as partners like The Golf Channel and PGA Tour," said Campbell. "aboutGolf will continue growing on its strong foundation of products and partners, to push the limits of what indoor golf can be. At the core, we are a company of innovation and plan to continue raising the bar."

Henry added that this is an exciting next chapter for the company. "aboutGolf has world-leading technology and products that set the standard," he said. "To complement that, we have a great mix of people across the board. I have worked closely with them before and look forward to it again."

The company's technology extends above and beyond any notion you've had about what a golf simulator can be. It's elegant and unobtrusive, using a 3Trak launch monitor that accurately measures ball and club data. The system uses an advanced physics engine that can simulate every type of golf shot. High-def projected image can be up to 4K in resolution. It's ideal for retail spaces, indoor golf centers, country clubs or even homes.

Website: www.aboutgolf.com

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Nike Continues to Redefine Traction and Comfort in a Golf Shoe

(RELEASE) - When introduced in 2016, first on the Nike Flyknit Elite and then again on the Nike Lunar Control Vapor, Articulated Integrated Traction (AIT) was revolutionary as spikeless footwear that performed at the highest level. Since then it has proven itself on the biggest stages of the game by some of the best athletes in the world. Now, the Nike footwear team uses this unique traction and combines it with even more cushion and support to create the Nike Lunar Control Vapor 2.

“When Nike and I first started collaborating on the Lunar Control Vapor more than two years ago, one of our goals was to make the most comfortable golf shoe around,” said Rory McIlroy. “I spend an enormous amount of time on my feet day-in and day-out while on the golf course. That shoe exceeded all of my expectations in terms of comfort and I’m really looking forward to playing in the new Lunar Control Vapor 2.”

Per McIlroy’s statement, the Nike footwear team looked for ways to make the Lunar Control Vapor an even more comfortable shoe. Not only has the full-length Lunarlon foam been enhanced but the team included a new conforming sockliner for immediate cushioning directly under the foot.

“The Lunar Control Vapor 2 is testament to our continued success of comfort and traction, with the perfect blend of stability and natural motion,” said Gentry Humphrey, VP Profile Sports Footwear. “AIT continues to provide maximum ground traction while allowing the outsole to articulate in a motion that mimics the natural movement of the human foot.”

The biggest aesthetic change is the new NikeSkin upper that offers lateral support and also helps minimize stretch. Nike Flywire provides midfoot support and aids in foot lockdown.

The Nike Lunar Control Vapor 2 is first available October 28 in the colorway worn by Nike athletes at the TOUR Championship at nike.com in limited quantities. Additional colorways, including three for men (wolf grey/blue fury, white/black and black/white) and three for women (white/black, black/metallic silver and white/blue fury), will be available starting November 4 at nike.com and select retailers for $175.