Friday, November 30, 2018 World Amateur Handicap Championship Honored

Tournament Named Champion of Economic Impact by Sports Destination Management Magazine

(Myrtle Beach, S.C.) – The World Amateur Handicap Championship has been named a Champion of Economic Impact by Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market.

The world’s largest single site golf tournament, more than 3,200 players participated in the 35th annual World Am, which was played August 27-31. The economic impact of the event was estimated at $14,300,000.

The World Am is always held the week before Labor Day, historically a soft spot in the Grand Strand’s tourism calendar, providing a late summer economic surge.

“The World Am was founded in 1984 to help stimulate the local economy and that remains a primary goal of the event,” said Scott Tomasello, the tournament director for Golf Tourism Solutions, the company that manages the event. “We are honored to be named a Champion of Economic Impact. The award and the financial impact the event has on the area is a byproduct of the tournament’s commitment to providing the best possible experience for our players, who are incredibly loyal to the event.”

After 72 holes of competition, all flight winners and ties advanced to the Flight Winner’s Playoff at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Club, where Greg Williams became the first South Carolinian in 21 years to be crowned World Champion. The World Am featured 66 flights and 55 of Myrtle Beach’s best courses hosted the event.

As appealing as the competition was, it was only half the fun at the World Am. Each night players gathered at the World’s Largest 19th Hole, which consumed all 120,000-square-feet of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, to enjoy free food and drinks, a 70-exhibitor golf expo, live entertainment, demo areas, celebrity appearances and more.

The World’s Largest 19th Hole also featured a jumbotron that displayed the scores from each flight, allowing players to see their name on the leaderboard.

For more information on the tournament, visit

DeChambeau Puts JumboFlat 17 Putter Grip by JumboMax into play at Hero World Challenge

(JUPITER, FL) - JumboMax Grips announced that Tour Staff Professional, Bryson DeChambeau, who has been playing their oversized grips on his clubs for over 7 years now, just put their new JumboFlat 17 putter grip into play this week at the Hero World Challenge Open in the Bahamas.
New for 2019, the JumboFlat 17 putter grip from JumboMax features a rounded bottom and a wide, flat top with an oversized profile ideal for the "forearm-lock" putting method used by Bryson DeChambeau and other Tour Professionals. It features a twist-resistant, high-energy transfer core and an ultra-tacky polymer surface for enhanced feel and traction in a variety of weather conditions.

The new JumboFlat 17 putter grip Conforms with USGA Rules. The JumboFlat is 17" long and is ultra-lite weighing in at just 130 grams. Its .580 inch core fits any standard putter shaft.

"We've been working with Bryson on this new JumboFlatTM putter grip for a while now," said John Mazzanoble of JumboMax. "He really seems to have it dialed in and we're excited that he's put it into play this week. We're confident that this new putter grip, just like all of our other oversized grips, is going to help a lot of golfers, of all skill levels, play their best golf!"

The new JumboFlat 17 putter grip is available on the JumboMax website. Click here:

In the past two years, JumboMax Team Members, Bryson DeChambeau and Kelly Kraft have combined earnings in excess of $14.7 Million Dollars.

DeChambeau plays the new Tour Series Grips from JumboMax that he personally helped develop and Kelly Kraft plays the NEW Standard-Oversize Tour Series Grips (+1/16") from JumboMax. The Tour Series Black/Green and Black/Silver grips are now available in 6 sizes; JumboMax Standard-Oversize, X-Small (Junior), Small, Medium, Large and X-Large!

The Tour Series grips feature a deeply-textured, all-weather design for incredible feel and tackiness, and the performance better players require. The Tour Series takes JumboMax Grips game-improving performance to a whole new level. JumboMax Grips simply fit your hands better for increased distance, better accuracy and more solid ball striking. Their patented design and larger diameter provides a superior "Finger-Palm grip" that is revolutionizing the game of golf.

Independent tests by GolfTest USA and Golf Etc. showed that in nearly every category tested, from club head speed, launch angle, side spin, back spin to carry distance, JumboMax Grips outperformed standard golf grips. Once you try them you'll never want to go back to a "skinny" grip again.

Dominant Golf, LLC is the parent company and manufacturer of JumboMax Golf Grips. The company was created with the goal of developing a better way for people to learn, play and love the game of golf. The JumboMax Grip was designed with computer and laboratory technologies and has been studied extensively on golf ranges and courses with golfers of varying skill levels including low, intermediate and high handicap players.

For more information about JumboMax Golf Grips, visit

VIDEO: A Different Kind of Golf Trip to Aiken, South Carolina

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) – One of the most alluring attractions about the game of golf is the golf trip. Put together a group of golfers – whether it is four or 44 – pick a destination, line up the golf courses, find a comfortable place to stay … and enjoy.

It’s what keeps bringing us back, year after year.

Most avid golfers have been on a golf trip – to the Jersey Shore, to Myrtle Beach, to Florida, to the islands, to Arizona. Only the more adventurous attempt a golf trip to lesser known destinations.

Aiken, South Carolina is one of those “roads less traveled." But, after the latest episode of the Traveling Golfer television show, it may have heightened status on the golf trip bucket list.

Blending the small town charm of Aiken, with the outstanding golf that is available in the surrounding countryside is the magic that brings the December episode of Traveling Golfer television show to life.

“Not only did we shoot this show in the Aiken area but we brought 16 golfers on a golf trip during the shooting” explains Tony Leodora, host of the Traveling Golfer television show. “It was sort of a field test for this different kind of golf trip. And Aiken passed the test with flying colors.”

The Carriage House Inn, situated conveniently in the heart of Aiken’s quaint downtown area, was the base of operations. It allowed golfers to walk to nightly restaurants and sports bars. During the day, it was a short drive to quality golf courses such as Aiken Golf Club, The River Golf Club, Mt. Vintage Golf Club and The Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation.

“It is definitely a slightly different type of golf destination,” comments Ricky Saucier, owner of Golf Packages of South Carolina ( “You are totally immersed in the culture of the Deep South. At the same time, you are right across the river from Augusta, Georgia. The people in this area settle for nothing less than first-class golf experiences.”

Those golf experiences are not only first-class, but quite varied. The Aiken Golf Club dates back to 1912 and is a wonderful mix of quirky, charming golf holes. The River Golf Club, as the name suggests, is dominated by water features, as it runs along the Savannah River. Mt. Vintage Golf Club sits in a spectacular country setting, with elevation changes, enormous green complexes and turf conditions that are reminiscent of Augusta National. And The Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation is a private club, with limited outside access. It was designed by the Jack Nicklaus Design team and boasts championship conditions all year long.

The December episode runs throughout the month on the Traveling Golfer network of websites ... including The Golf Director Network (see full list of sites on It also will air a number of times in the month of December on “Rivertalk” on HTC-4 in Myrtle Beach. The Traveling Golfer also airs as a scheduled weekly feature show on NBC Sports and NBC Sports + throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. NBC Sports airings are 10:30 a.m. Sundays, 11 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Thursdays. NBC Sports + airs the show at 6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

As part of every Traveling Golfer show there is the additional feature, "Tech Talk", hosted by Tour Edge Golf experts, such as President Dave Glod. With years of experience as a club maker, Glod presents an inside look at the research and development of high-quality golf equipment.

Responding to golfers' never-ending demands to learn more about interesting golf courses and golf resorts across the country and around the world, well-traveled host Tony Leodora created the Traveling Golfer so he could take viewers on video trips to some of the most exciting golf locations. The show repeated for an unprecedented third straight year as the No. 1 Golf Television Show in America in the prestigious International Network of Golf Awards, presented at the PGA Merchandise Show in January.

The Traveling Golfer is a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has 17 years of experience in televised golf. The featured destination stays on the website for one month, before being replaced by a new show. Alternate shows also air in a two-month rotation. All old shows are archived for continued viewing on the YouTube Network and on the home website,

Product Review: Dune Jewelry Divot Repair Tool

Dune Jewelry has introduced some truly unique pieces into the golf community in time for gift-giving season. The divot repair tool, for instance, is designed with sand or elements from your favorite beach or golf course. Want to forever remember that round of golf at Bandon Dunes or Harbor Town? You can with the golf collection from Dune.

There are a couple dozen awesome course from which to choose, or many more famous beaches from across the world. I chose crushed shells from Waikiki Beach to commemorate a wonderful vacation I just took with my family. Our daughter surfed in the ocean while my son and I snorkeled in a lagoon, searching for fish.

From this day going forward, every time I repair a ball mark on a green, I’ll be reminded of that incredible trip to Hawaii. You can further personalize the divot repair tool with engraving (I have my initials). Choose up to three lines with 12 characters per line.

But wait, there’s more … The divot repair tool from Dune Jewelry doubles as a handy bottle opener for a refreshing break during your round. Crack open a cold one and make your playing partners jealous with stories of that memorable round or day at the beach!

You may already be familiar with Dune Jewelry as the company partnered with sports radio / TV personality Ann Liguori. The author / golf correspondent has collaborated on a special collection of jewelry - The Hamptons Rope Collection. This collection was inspired by Liguori’s love of travel, sports, animals and connecting with people all over the world.

The Hamptons Rope Collection currently consists of six items including a necklace, earrings, cuff bracelet, cufflinks and statement ring. Like the divot repair tool, each design can be customized with a sentimental element or actual sand from your favorite beach or travel adventure.

In addition to the Divot Repair Tool ($25), other items in the golf collection include a Ball Marker ($22), Golf Ball Bangle ($115), Golf Ball Stationary Necklace ($115) and a Golf Ball Wine Stopper ($38).

To view the entire golf collection and more, visit

Troon Announces New 'Pronghorn Sweepstakes'

(Bend, Oregon) – Troon, Pronghorn Resort, Mt. Bachelor and Ship Sticks have teamed-up for the “Pronghorn Sweepstakes” in which one lucky person will win a once-in-a-lifetime golf and outdoor adventure vacation to the award-winning Pronghorn Resort in Bend, Oregon. Those interested in entering the sweepstakes should visit The sweepstakes drawing will take place on January 14, 2019 and the winner will be notified via email.

The winner of The Pronghorn Sweepstakes will receive:
- $1,250 for lodging and food & beverage at Pronghorn Resort
- Two golf twosomes at Pronghorn
- $1,250 in lift tickets or rentals at Mt. Bachelor or a whitewater adventure with Sun Country Tours
- A $500 VISA gift card to put towards spending/travel
- Complimentary round-trip golf club shipping for two courtesy of Ship Sticks

Designed to embrace the unique Central Oregon lifestyle, Pronghorn Resort is surrounded by Instagram-worthy views of the Cascade Mountains, including nearby Mt. Bachelor. Both of Pronghorn’s golf courses – the Tom Fazio Championship Course and the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course – are nationally acclaimed and have emerged as bucket-list destinations for golfers of all levels.

Mt. Bachelor in Bend is the Northwest's destination of choice for families and adventurers seeking a fun, natural and unique mountain experience, year-round. Experience great winter sports like skiing, snowboarding or choose from an array of summertime rafting adventures with Sun Country Tours. Enjoy all the dining and exploration fit for the whole family at Mt. Bachelor.

For more information on Pronghorn Resort, visit For more information on Mt. Bachelor ski area, visit

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

COBRA PUMA GOLF Announced Plans for the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show

(Carlsbad, Calif.) – COBRA PUMA GOLF, a leading manufacturer of golf equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories, announced its plans for the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, held January 22-25 in Orlando, Fl., with a larger presence than ever before at booth #273, adjacent to the Equipment Test Center on the PGA Show Floor at the Orange County Convention Center.

At the 2019 Merchandise Show, COBRA Golf will showcase its latest offerings including the new KING F9 family, featuring SPEEDBACK TM Technology, a revolutionary advancement in aerodynamics and low center-of-gravity. For the first time in the metal woods category, the SPEEDBACK TM family of woods achieves true optimization of aerodynamics and a low CG, delivering the longest and fastest COBRA driver and fairways. The KING F9 irons and hybrids (in both variable and ONE Length configurations), also incorporate SPEEDBACK TM Technology providing the optimal combination CG and high moment of inertia to deliver maximum power, stability and accuracy.  All of COBRA’s 2019 offerings utilize COBRA CONNECT technology featuring electronically enabled grips that work in conjunction with the Arccos Caddie app to give users the ability to track their stats and improve their game.

On the PUMA side, the brand will display its Autumn Winter 2019 apparel and accessories collection for men, women and juniors, highlighted by innovative designs and fabrications including ALTERKNIT, EVOKNIT and FUSIONYARN Flex. The brand will also highlight its NXT Generation of footwear, perfect for on and off course wear, and the celebrated, Tour-proven IGNITE PWRADAPT family.

“The PGA Merchandise Show is an important industry event that connects our brands to a large, global golf audience of PGA Professionals, influential retailers and key partners,” said Dan Ladd, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “This year we are expanding our footprint and presence at the PGA Show furthering our support of the PGA of America, the PGA Professionals in attendance, and utilizing the increased space to showcase the cutting-edge innovations from COBRA and PUMA.”

“COBRA PUMA Golf is a key influencer in the global golf marketplace and we are eager for PGA Show attendees to experience their latest offerings in their new space on the PGA Show Floor and on the range at PGA Show Demo Day, as well as the excitement and energy they bring to their activations,” said PGA Golf Exhibitions Event Vice President Marc Simon.  “The opportunity to also meet with company leadership during PGA Show Week is important to attending industry professionals and helps to advance the business and growth of golf.”

During the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge in Orlando, the brand will host the COBRA PUMA GOLF Experience at Tee #8. Attendees will be able to test, for the first time, COBRA Golf’s 2019 product, including the KING F9 SPEEDBACK family. From Wednesday, Jan. 23 to Friday, Jan. 25, COBRA PUMA GOLF will be set up at Booth #273 on the PGA Merchandise Show floor, held inside the Orange County Convention Center. The COBRA PUMA GOLF booth will be adjacent to the Equipment Test Center, where Show visitors will be able test COBRA’s new line up at the indoor range.

A number of COBRA PUMA GOLF athletes and ambassadors will be on hand throughout the show, more details to follow.

For media appointments or to schedule interviews with athletes or the executive team, contact Rachel Rees at:

Silvies Valley Ranch Named Best New Golf Experience by GOLF Magazine

World Famous Goat Caddies at Silvies Valley Ranch Debut at Top of GOLF Magazine List

(SENECA, OREGON) – After its first full season of operation, Silvies Valley Ranch has been recognized by GOLF Magazine as the Best New Golf Experience in 2018, an award which was unveiled in the December issue. The 18 hole courses, named Hankins and Craddock after local pioneers, introduced the golf world to the first new reversible 18 hole layout in 450 years. Silvies also opened a fun family oriented nine-hole par 3 course named for the last War Chief of the Northern Paiute, Chief Egan, that has garnered much acclaim. Then this July, Silvies opened its 4th course, McVeigh’s Gauntlet, a stunning 7-hole ridge course and combined it with Silvies World Famous goat caddies!  Silvies is already known as a swank western destination with adventures that include gourmet food, the largest scotch collection in 14 counties, horseback riding, bicycle trails and pistol shooting is now taking the golf industry by storm by being named “The Best New Golf Experience for 2018.”

“Since the opening, our team at Silvies Valley Ranch has been dedicated to providing a new and exciting golf experience that defies traditional thinking and is fun for the pro and normal golfer alike,” said Director of Golf, Randall Fritz. “It is an honor to be recognized for this effort by one of the top publications in the industry. We are proud of our golf and the many other adventures waiting for our guests at Silvies.”

Silvies Valley Ranch is open year round and just this month opened the Rocking Heart Spa, a brand new 17,000 square-foot facility that sits on the north end of the Ranch. This luxurious spa features single and couples massage and treatment rooms, a special manicure/pedicure salon, steam saunas, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a half-Olympic length lap pool, the latest in fitness equipment, an indoor rock-climbing wall and relaxation room complete with a stone fireplace.

GOLF Magazine says, “As entertainment goes, from golf to goats to cattle drives to rifle shooting, Silvies Valley Ranch is worth the journey.” In addition, guests at Silvies can also enjoy a plethora of winter activities, including snowshoeing, ice fishing, Clydesdale sleigh rides, cross country skiing, and just invented this winter, a new game called Cool Golf! Silvies indulges guests with downhome western ranch service and top of the line amenities for those looking for a true luxury destination and fun adventures on and off the golf course.

For availability and reservations, call 1-800-745-8437, email or visit

Sailfish Point Named One of Golfweek’s ‘Best Residential Golf Courses’

(STUART, Fla.) – Sailfish Point – the 532-acre oceanfront luxury community on Hutchinson Island 45 minutes north of Florida’s Palm Beaches – announces its Jack Nicklaus Signature Course has been named to Golfweek’s 2018 list of “Best Residential Courses.”

The annual list of the country’s 100 top residential golf courses is determined by Golfweek’s elite team of more than 850 course evaluators. Each year, the raters survey over 3,600 layouts, grading each nominated course in accordance with Golfweek’s 10 strict standards of evaluation. Sailfish Point ranks 75th on the prestigious list.

“We’re honored to receive this prominent recognition from one of the industry’s leading publications,” says Victor Tortorici, PGA Director of Golf at Sailfish Point. “It is a testament to not only Mr. Nicklaus’s inspiring, strategic design, but also our operations and agronomy teams who manage and maintain this layout to championship standards.”

Opened in 1981, the course was renovated by Nicklaus Design in 2007. Play is challenging and varied for golfers of all skill levels while numerous holes offers picturesque views stretching along 7,088 yards of waterfront scenery. The par-4 signature 18th hole has been dubbed “Window on the Sea” for its remarkable ocean view.

Steps away from the Sailfish Point Clubhouse is a short-game practice area where golfers hone their skills before moving on to the driving range or teeing up on the first hole. There are four full-time teaching professionals on staff and the fully outfitted pro shop offers a wide selection of golf equipment and gear.

Surrounded by water, the coastal enclave offers stunning and secluded properties with exclusive waterfront access to the Atlantic Ocean, Indian River and St. Lucie Inlet. Sailfish Point offers a myriad of move-in ready options including spacious beachfront estates, low-maintenance condos, villas and townhomes with private boat slips.

Located on Hutchinson Island, Sailfish Point enjoys easy access to Stuart, Florida, a vibrant seaside town rich with cafes, fine dining, a bustling art scene, upscale boutiques and top-notch health care. For more information, visit or 772.225.6200.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Most Exclusive Golf Ball Manufacturer in the World Announces Product Release

Celebrity favorite golf brand ClearSports to offer release of limited production, high performance golf balls to the public for the holiday season 

(DELRAY BEACH, F.L.) -  ClearSports, the producer of the highly acclaimed Clear golf ball, has announced a limited release of its golf ball to the public for sale during the holiday season. The Clear golf ball is traditionally offered only to those who have undergone the application process to obtain a ClearSports membership. The decision comes after popular demand for the golf ball to be made available to the public.

The limited-time holiday product release features a case of six dozen Clear golf balls. ClearSports produces two cast urethane ultra-performance balls: Clear Red, a softer 3-piece golf ball, and Clear Black, a firmer 4-piece golf ball. Cases can be ordered in either Clear Red or Clear Black, or a combination case with three dozen of each ball. Each order will include two ClearSports hats and shipping. The luxury product comes at a price of $475. The six dozen case of golf balls is available for purchase at

The mission of ClearSports is to create the best performing sports equipment, regardless of price. The ClearSports tagline is “Precision Redefined”, a nod to the brand’s dedication to fine quality and performance technology.

The brand has proven popular among celebrity golfers. Fans of the brand and members of ClearSports include Paul O'Neill, Chris Lane, Jeremy Roenick, Tino Martinez, Ivan Lendl, Rob Riggle, Sterling Sharpe, among many others. A full list of the company’s ambassadors can be found at Former NHL player, NBC Sports Analyst, and current judge on Golf Channel’s Driver vs. Driver Jeremy Roenick comments on the quality of the ball, “I can’t say enough great things about this ball. It truly is the most advanced ball. The quality is unmatched.” While playing the ClearSports ball in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, actor and comedian Rob Riggle stated he plays the ball because “the quality and feel of Clear golf balls are outstanding. I would put Clear golf balls up against any golf ball on the market today. I only play Clear golf balls.”

Garry Singer, founder and CEO of ClearSports states, "The ClearSports commitment to produce the world's finest golf ball gets no stronger validation than having players who demand the absolute best play our ball." Singer notes of the ClearSports golf ball, "there are many good quality golf balls available and for the vast majority of golfers those balls are fine. The golfers who use the Clear golf ball are not satisfied with merely good, but desire the very best.”

For more information on ClearSports, visit

ShortGolf Hires Kelly McCammon as CEO North America/Asia/Pacific

(Columbus, OH) – Golf industry veteran Kelly McCammon has joined ShortGolf as CEO North America/Asia/Pacific. As CEO, McCammon will be focused on global strategic partnerships and will work to enrich the current agreements with The First Tee, the PGA TOUR, and the LPGA Girls Golf programs.

Kelly McCammon
“I am honored to be a part of this exciting company that will grow the game of golf all over the world,” said McCammon.  “Our focus in North America will be starting 4-7 year old ShortGolf leagues for girls and boys and ensuring there are more after school programs for this age group.  In addition, we will be building alliances with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Parks and Recreation Associations and Skyhawks Camps.”

McCammon has been a Class A PGA professional since 1996.   He has presented or participated on panels for the National Golf Course Owners Association, LPGA, PGA sections, Executive Women’s Golf Association, International Network of Golf, Crittenden, Association of Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, National Recreation and Park Association, YMCA, and numerous sporting related groups.

Prior to his arrival at ShortGolf, Kelly was a managing partner with IronHorse Holdings, a private equity firm providing risk assessment, capital guidance and asset protection.  He also played a pivotal role as Vice President of Business Development for an international golf company called SNAG Golf and implemented a strategic partnership for its expansion into North America resulting in a first-year gross revenue of $1 million.

Kelly graduated from the University of Florida in 1990 with a Real Estate degree and a minor in Agronomy. He and his family reside in Nashville, Tennessee.

For more information about ShortGolf, visit the website at

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Garmany Golf Pursues Collegiate, Alumni Travel Markets

Acclaimed coach John Geiberger to create unique experiences, fundraising opportunities

(SAN JOSE, Calif.) – Acclaimed golf coach John Geiberger has joined the staff of Garmany Golf, one of the world’s leading travel and hospitality companies.

Geiberger, named the 1997 National Collegiate Coach of the Year, will serve as Garmany Golf’s Director of Collegiate Golf and International Experiences, focusing on creating travel experiences for college golf teams, boosters and alumni, as well as developing fundraising opportunities.

j geiberger.jpgGarmany Golf specializes in creating unforgettable global golf and travel all around the world. Garmany Golf’s knowledgeable concierge team handle every detail to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for each guest from the United States to locations including Europe, New Zealand, and South Africa.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Garmany Golf to be able to help collegiate golf programs and their boosters have incredible experiences around the world,” said Bud Garmany, President of Garmany Golf. “John’s experience as a leader in college golf will be instrumental in our quest to create these experiences for collegiate golf programs throughout the country.”

A native of Santa Barbara, Geiberger served as men’s golf coach at Pepperdine University from 1996 to 2012. A five-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year, his Pepperdine teams captured the 1997 NCAA Championship and 10 conference titles, including seven in a row from 1999-2005. Geiberger coached 14 All-Americans and 10 Academic All-Americans.

An all-conference golfer at Pepperdine (class of 1991), Geiberger then caddied for his father, Al, on the PGA Champions Tour from 1991-96, notching seven wins together before starting his college coaching career. Geiberger remains an active member of the Golf Coaches Association of America and serves as boys golf coach at the prestigious Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, Calif., home to a thriving student body that excels in academics, arts and athletics.

“Garmany Golf will be able to expand the horizons of college golf, in global travel as well as with significant fundraising concepts," said Geiberger, who lives in Malibu. “I expect Garmany Golf to become an exceptional partner with college golf programs nationwide.”

For more information about Garmany Golf, visit or call (408) 755-9405.

Troon Selected to Manage Saddle Creek Golf Resort in Copperopolis, California

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing, has been selected to manage Saddle Creek Golf Resort, a semi-private golf club in Copperopolis, California. Troon Golf, the resort and daily-fee club operations division of Troon, will manage the golf, restaurant, bungalow rentals, and club operations at Saddle Creek.

Located just east of Stockton, Calif. in the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Saddle Creek Golf Resort features an 18-hole, Carter Morrish-designed golf course and expansive Lodge. The course opened in 1996 and has since appeared on numerous must-play lists of top courses in California. Stretching more than 6,800 yards, the course winds its way through natural lakes and streams while delivering incredible views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and nearby Yosemite National Park.

“We look forward to working together with Troon to realize the exciting changes to the golf and hospitality operations at Saddle Creek,” said Mike Fletcher of CV Development Partners, LLC, new developers of Saddle Creek.  

Seventeen on-site bungalows allow for golfers to enjoy a variety of multi-round stay and play packages. Each bungalow offers a master suite with its own private bath, a second bedroom and bath, a kitchen and a great room with a fireplace. The Copper Grille Restaurant, located in the Resort’s Lodge, is open daily for breakfast and lunch, and for dinner Thursday through Saturday.

“Saddle Creek is a beautiful club and community located on the doorstep of Yosemite National Park,” said Darrell Morgan, vice president, operations, Troon. “The golf course and amenities here are outstanding. Troon is looking forward to working with ownership and the onsite team to further elevate operations, food and beverage, agronomy and the overall experience.”

Golf and Sports Club memberships are available at Saddle Creek and are optional for residents of the surrounding Saddle Creek community. For more information on Saddle Creek Golf Resort, visit or call 209-753-0574.

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Golf Channel Greenlights 2nd Season of College Docu-Series Driven, Featuring Alabama and Auburn

PGA TOUR Superstar Rickie Fowler (Main Event Productions) Returns as Executive Producer,
Taps Major Champion and Former World No. 1 Justin Thomas as Co-Executive Producer for Season Two

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Golf Channel’s Golf Films unit announced today a greenlight for a second season of Driven, a four-part documentary series executive produced by PGA TOUR superstar Rickie Fowler (Main Event Productions) that follows the competitive journeys and storied rivalries of college golf’s top programs.

Described as “Hard Knocks with golf clubs” by USA Today and “reminiscent of Friday Night Lights” by Golfweek, Driven’s second season will premiere in the spring of 2019 on Golf Channel and NBC, profiling University of Alabama men’s golf team and their “Iron Bowl” rivalry with Auburn University. The series will follow their journeys to return to the 2019 NCAA Golf National Championships in May, and also will track reigning National Champions Oklahoma State University (Fowler’s alma mater), featured on Driven’s inaugural season along with their “Bedlam” rivals, University of Oklahoma.

Fellow PGA TOUR superstar Justin Thomas, a member of the 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide national championship team, will partner with Fowler as co-executive producer. Driven is written and produced by Ollie Stokes, a 20-time Emmy Award winner who also wrote and produced Showtime’s ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. McGregor.

“Driven is a passion project of mine, and I’m proud to partner with Justin this season to highlight the intense Alabama-Auburn rivalry within the world of college golf,” said Fowler. “The first season of Driven was exciting to make as my Cowboys clinched our 11th national championship, ironically by beating Alabama in the finals. And we expect to capture all the drama as this season plays out by continuing to follow the reigning champions at Oklahoma State, but now also going behind the scenes with Alabama for our second season of Driven. Go Pokes!”

“I watched every episode of the first season of Driven and I told Rickie that Alabama would be great for a future season,” said Thomas. “I’m excited about the opportunity to team up with Rickie and showcase Alabama’s golf program like never before. And it’s weeks like this with the Iron Bowl that remind me why college sports are so great and how much fun I had playing golf for Alabama. Roll Tide!”

“Rivalries and traditions are synonymous with college sports. When we created Driven with Rickie Fowler, our aim was to help showcase those rivalries, traditions and college golf,” said Mike McCarley, president, Golf, NBC Sports Group. “The series provides PGA TOUR superstars the opportunity to connect with a broader fanbase who follow their college programs. Justin Thomas is the perfect partner for season two. There may be no larger and more rabid fanbase right now than Alabama, riding high going into this week’s Iron Bowl with the No. 1 football team in the nation. Similarly, Driven will capture how Alabama’s men’s golf team has national championship aspirations of their own after last year’s runner-up finish.”

Leading up to Golf Channel’s coverage of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, Driven is scheduled to air on three consecutive Mondays starting May 6 on Golf Channel, with the final installment premiering on NBC following the championships. Driven will feature exclusive footage from production crews embedded with Alabama, Auburn and Oklahoma State’s men’s golf programs over the course of the 2018-19 season, culminating in Fayetteville, Ark., with the University of Arkansas hosting the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships at The Blessings Golf Club from May 24-29. Golf Channel will air live coverage of the championships Monday-Wednesday, May 27-29.

Alabama, currently the No. 4 ranked team in the country following the fall season, finished runner-up at the 2018 NCAA Championships, falling to Oklahoma State in the championship match. Auburn, the reigning SEC champions who advanced to the semifinals at the NCAA Championships before falling to Oklahoma State, defeated Alabama in the championship match at the East Lake Cup in early November, the final event of the fall season for all three programs.

Thomas, one of Alabama’s most decorated players, was the recipient of the Fred Haskins Award presented by Stifel as a freshman in 2012, honoring the most-outstanding collegiate golfer. In 2013, Thomas helped lead Alabama to its first NCAA golf national championship. He turned professional in 2013 and has amassed nine PGA TOUR victories in his career. In 2017, he recorded four PGA TOUR wins, the PGA Championship and was crowned the season-long FedExCup Champion. He ascended to World No. 1 for the first time in the spring of 2018 and was a member of the 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

One of Oklahoma State’s most-decorated players as the nation’s former top-ranked amateur, Fowler was the first freshman in NCAA history to win the Ben Hogan Award as the NCAA’s top men’s golfer in 2008. Fowler, who turned professional in 2009, has recorded eight international wins in his career, including four PGA TOUR victories, led by the 2015 PLAYERS Championship, and has contributed to winning U.S. Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams and represented Team USA in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Golf Channel is the television home for college golf, including the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Golf National Championships and East Lake Cup. The network has provided live coverage of the men’s national championships since 2014 and the women’s national championships since 2015, which now are hosted at the same venue in consecutive weeks in May. Golf Channel also presents the East Lake Cup collegiate match play championship, a three-day fall championship that invites the eight semifinalists from the previous NCAA men’s and women’s golf championships. The East Lake Cup is hosted at historic East Lake Cup Golf in Atlanta, Ga., and benefits the East Lake Foundation. In addition, Golf Channel deploys its comprehensive portfolio of news, digital and social media coverage year-round in covering collegiate golf, including specials for regional and national qualifying and on-site, wraparound news from golf’s biggest college events.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Tifosi Optics Launches Track

(RELEASE) - Trajectory. Travel. Track. Tifosi Optics newest style of golfing sunglasses, Track, are at the forefront of where quality meets affordability. An experienced golfer knows that sunglasses are their secret weapon out on the course. From blinding sunlight to breaks on the greens, Track has you covered.

Track levels the competition with its Grilamid TR-90, virtually indestructible, lightweight frame. Tifosi’s innovative Glide technology, strategically placed on the inside of the temples, guarantees a comfortable, snug fit. Hydrophilic rubber nose-pieces are designed to keep your glasses in place so you can play 18 holes with confidence and comfort. No bounce. No slip. No sweat. Track’s wrapped lenses are shatterproof, scratch-resistant and provide 100% UV protection. Golfers can count on a wide, clear visual of their ball from tee-off to landing.

Track is trending and transforming. There is no need to choose function over style. Track’s sleek design and 4 color choices keep golfers looking sharp and on point.

At a valued price of $25, Track’s leading edge technology, gives experienced golfers a desirable sunglass option. Backed by a lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects, there is no reason not to give these sunglasses a shot.

Tifosi is the word for Super-fan. That is exactly who we are and who we make our eyewear for. Our mission is to provide technically advanced eyewear to enthusiasts of all sports and outdoor activities. We design, test, and torture our product to enhance your sport whether you’re running a 5k, riding your first century or playing 18 holes on Sunday. Tifosi defines us. We are enthusiasts about our product, our sport, and our fun.

Devant Sport Towels Introduce Dual-Sided Microfiber Rival Towel for 2019

2 Towels in 1 – Plush Fleece and Textured Microfiber

(Richmond, VA) – Devant Sport Towels is pleased to introduce the all-new Rival Towel, a revolutionary designed 2-in-1 towel with a textured microfiber side for cleaning clubs and a plush fleece side for hands and face. “The Rival Towel is a perfect combination of two performance towels,” said Caroline Allison, Assistant Product Manager. “The Rival Towel has the functional scrubbing power of microfiber combined with the soft fleece of a plush bath towel.”

The Rival Towel is a convenient 16” x 32” size with an integrated web strap and comes in six color combinations. Customization is available three ways; eco-friendly Image-Dye™, Hi-Def Sublimation and embroidery. “It’s the perfect option for clubs and resorts to provide logoed towels for members and guests,” said Allison.

The Rival Towel will be available December 15th. Devant is pleased to offer low customization minimums of 48 pieces, 12 per colorway and a quick turnaround time of eight business days after artwork approval. Contact Devant Sport Towels for ordering at 800.234.3487 or

Sunday, November 25, 2018

PGA Catalunya Resort Cements Position As One of Europe’s Premier Golf Venues

(Girona, Spain) – PGA Catalunya Resort, near Girona, continues to win critical acclaim, being crowned Spain’s Best Golf Course at the 2018 World Golf Awards and placing 4th in National Club Golfer’s Top 100 Golf Resorts in Continental Europe.

The two accolades close a year that has seen the European Tour Destination affirmed with the No.1 Course in Spain by and ranked No.2 in Golf World’s Top 100 Golf Resorts of Continental Europe 2019-2020.

2018 has also seen the resort’s 5* Hotel Camiral commended at the prestigious European Property Awards for its interior design, created by the Lázaro Rosa-Violán Studio, to win the ‘Best Hotel Interior Spain’ category, while its clubhouse upgrade was named Clubhouse Renovation of the Year 2018 by Golf Inc magazine.

Chris Frost, Managing Director at World Golf Awards, said: “It was with great pleasure we presented the Stadium Course as the winner of Spain’s Best Golf Course at this year’s ceremony. Its layout is, without doubt, the best Spain has to offer and a challenge to all level of golfer.

“Set among towering pine trees and beautiful lakes within truly fabulous grounds, to stay and play at PGA Catalunya Resort should be on every golfer's bucket list.”

The venue’s €53 million investment programme, which kicked off in 2016, has seen significant developments across the resort, both on and off the fairway: the opening of a second hotel, the seeding of a new vineyard, the implementation of ecological conservation programmes, numerous course improvements and residential developments, and, soon to come, an upgraded golf academy and a man-made recreational lake for water sports.

David Plana, CEO of PGA Catalunya Resort, said: “Spain is blessed to have a great number of exceptional courses and venues, so it is tremendously encouraging to see PGA Catalunya Resort consistently ranked so highly by many of the biggest media brands in golf.

“Our vision has always been to deliver one of the world’s most memorable golf experiences, and with the confidence of the golf industry behind us, that mission will continue to define PGA Catalunya Resort in 2019 and beyond.”

In addition to its world-class golf facilities, PGA Catalunya Resort is fast becoming one of Europe’s premier luxury lifestyle destinations, with a 300-hectare forested estate offering multiple dining options, state-of-the-art sport and leisure facilities, nature walks and bike rides, offsite adventure outings and much more, all located within easy reach of charming Girona, vibrant Barcelona and the stunning beaches of the Costa Brava.

Connecticut’s Keney Park Golf Course Selected to Host 2019 Boys and Girls Junior PGA Championships

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – The PGA of America announced today that Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford, Connecticut, will host both the Boys and Girls Junior PGA Championships in 2019. The Girls Junior PGA Championship will be contested July 9-12, while the Boys will tee it up July 30-August 2. Each event features 144 players in a four-round, 18-hole stroke play format.

“It is a thrill for both Championships to be held in Connecticut for the first time,” said Suzy Whaley, a longtime Connecticut resident who recently became the PGA of America’s first-ever woman President, a position she assumed at the PGA Annual Meeting on November 9 in Palm Springs, California. “Both Championships continue to reach new heights each year. We are excited to partner with Keney Park, the Connecticut PGA Section and the City of Hartford to showcase the game’s brightest junior players competing at the highest level.”

Keney Park opened in 1927 with a nine-hole course designed by Devereux Emmet; the Robert “Jack” Ross-designed back-nine opened four years later. In 2014, the Connecticut PGA Section signed an agreement to serve as consultants to help Hartford regain operational ownership of Keney Park and oversee a course restoration to enhance the facility’s level of sustainability.

“This will be the maiden voyage for the Connecticut PGA Section with respect to hosting PGA of America championships, and we cannot be more excited to welcome the nation’s most talented girls and boys,” said Thomas Hantke, Executive Director of the Connecticut PGA Section. “We’re not only proud that we’ve been chosen to host these prestigious championships, but we’re equally appreciative to be able to showcase the restoration of Keney Park as part of the revitalization efforts ongoing in the City of Hartford. It has been one of the original and central purposes to re-establish a first-class golf experience to help lead the way to improving the quality of life.”

“Next summer will be exciting as local spectators will have the opportunity to see some of golf’s brightest future stars play on the Keney Park Golf Course,” Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said. “We look forward to these young competitors and their families visiting our City. Golf has a long tradition in the city of Hartford, and these two premier events will add to our story.”

Keney Park is led by PGA Director of Golf Peter Seaman, who has been on the staff since July of 2015. The golf course was recently ranked by Golfweek as the No. 2 place to play in Connecticut, as well as tied for first on Golf Inc.’s 2016 Public Renovation list.

Both Championships have been springboards for many of the PGA and LPGA Tours’ most accomplished players. Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Phil Mickelson have competed on the Boys side, while the list of past Girls Junior PGA winners includes Major Champions Inbee Park, Ariya Jutanugarn and Lexi Thompson.

Yealimi Noh captured the 2018 Girls Junior PGA with a dominating, record-setting performance at Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington, Kentucky, while Akshay Bhatia became the first two-time winner following his victory in the 2018 Boys Junior PGA, which was secured with a greenside chip-in eagle on the 72nd hole at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Bhatia also won in 2017. This past September, both players teamed up on the triumphant United States Team in the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup at Disneyland Paris.

For more information about the Boys and Girls Junior PGA Championships, visit and follow @JuniorPGAChamp on Twitter and Instagram.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Sports Streaming Platform DAZN Claim Aerial Stunt During Tiger v. Phil Event in Las Vegas

Global sports streaming platform DAZN has come forward to claim the aerial spectacle that left sports fans stunned

(LAS VEGAS) – The tiger is out of the bag, after global sports streaming platform DAZN came forward to claim the aerial writing display that lit up the Tiger v. Phil golf event at Shadow Creek.

The Thanksgiving stunt was organized by global sports streaming platform DAZN, in retaliation to overpriced pay-per-view, and restricted access to the event for sports-hungry fans.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. local time, with the players heading down the sixth hole, a squadron of six aircrafts entered the airspace above Shadow Creek Golf Course, and left a series of cheeky written messages in their slipstream.

The stunt saw DAZN drop 20 messages between 7-15 characters in the sky, that poked fun at the ludicrous price of PPV, and also teased the golfers as they made their way around the iconic course. All good fun. The spectacle lasted almost two hours, much to the amusement of the fans and players.

DAZN, which has shaken up the live and on-demand sports broadcasting industry since it launched in the U.S. in September on a global mission to bring premium sporting events to the masses, for a fraction of the cost of traditional PPV platforms.

A company spokesperson, said:
“Pay-per-view is a bad deal. We wanted to make a big statement to sports fans and show them that DAZN is on their side. We’re extremely proud to bring a global live and on-demand sports streaming service to the masses for just $9.99 per month. And with our one-month free trial, the Dec. 15 matchup between Canelo Alvarez and Rocky Fielding will be delivered to fans at no cost.

Last month, DAZN announced a ground-breaking partnership with boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions that will take the Mexican sports icon off of pay-per-view for his next 11 fights and make him widely available on the DAZN platform for a low monthly subscription cost. Fans can download the app and tune in to see the first fight on Dec. 15 – Canelo vs. Rocky.

DAZN burst onto the scene in 2016, debuting in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan. Its early success across Europe and Asia spawned launches in Canada (2017), Italy and the U.S. (2018). Just this month, DAZN announced plans to expand to Spain in 2019.

IS THIS 1999?

Playa Hotels & Resorts Appoints Fernando Mulet Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer

(FAIRFAX, Va.) - Playa Hotels & Resorts, N.V. announced the appointment of Fernando Mulet as Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer. Mr. Mulet will report to Playa’s Chairman and CEO Bruce Wardinski and will continue to serve as a member of the company’s executive team. Mr. Mulet is a founding member of the Playa management team, beginning with the company at its inception in 2006.

“Fernando has been instrumental in Playa’s growth from a pure asset owner to one of the most respected all-inclusive owners, managers and brand partners in the Caribbean and Latin America,” said Bruce Wardinski, Playa’s Chairman and CEO.

“His impact on the organization is clear and he has facilitated each of our key strategic alliances; most recently with Hilton in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and in La Romana, Dominican Republic and with Sagicor in Jamaica. Prior, Fernando helped established our partnership with global lifestyle brand Panama Jack and was instrumental in spearheading Playa’s alliance with Hyatt – the first of its kind in the all-inclusive hospitality sector. We now own or manage assets in many of Mexico’s and the Caribbean’s best beach front locations, and Fernando has championed or contributed to each of these accomplishments,” continued Bruce Wardinski.

Before joining Playa, Mr. Mulet was the Director of International Investments & Asset Management with Highland Hospitality Corporation. A native of Spain, he began his career in the hospitality industry at Barceló Hotels & Resorts.

Mr. Mulet earned his BA at the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid, Spain and earned a certification in Real Estate, Development and Hotels Investment from The School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.

“Our goal is to create long-term stakeholder value through the ownership, management, development and repositioning of both adult-only and family-friendly all-inclusive resorts. Our business model of developing and operating global brands in the all-inclusive sector clearly resonates with consumers and hotel owners alike and we see tremendous growth opportunities through additional acquisitions, partnerships and management contracts,” commented Mr. Mulet.

As part of Mr. Mulet’s expanded role, he will oversee the company’s new development office in Cancun, Mexico as well as the growth of a development team including the appointment of Mr. Nicolas Valle who joins Playa as the Director of Development and Feasibility.

Mr. Valle will focus almost exclusively on the pursuit of additional management contracts and other asset-light transactions. He will be based in Playa’s Cancun office, which also serves as the company’s hub for sales, marketing and development in Mexico, as well as Central and South America. Mr. Valle graduated from Spain’s CSHG Hotel Business School with a degree in hotel management and is currently pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute where he is a 2019 Level III candidate.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Lamkin Helps Win Race to Dubai

(SAN DIEGO) – Lamkin Corporation – the original manufacturer of premium golf grips – would like to congratulate the winner of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai on his incredible season that has finished with him taking the #1 spot at the top of the European Tour rankings.

Equipped with Lamkin’s TS1 grips, Europe’s #1 has had the season of his life that has included victory at the European Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship, his first PGA Tour victory at the Quicken Loans National, his first Major at the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and an unprecedented 5 points from 5 for Team Europe at the Ryder Cup in Paris.

Europe’s new #1 switched to Lamkin’s TS1 grips in April, shortly before his win at the BMW PGA Championship. The new grips, in a customized Blue color, feature Lamkin’s revolutionary GENESIS compound and utilize FINGERPRINT TECHNOLOGY micro-textures for unmatched feel and responsiveness. A reduced-taper shape reduces excess grip tension for a more fluid swing. The Tour-inspired TS1 is exceptionally durable and maintains a consistent feel in all weather conditions

For more information on all Lamkin grips, visit or Get social @LamkinGrips.

The Buenaventura Golf Club named 'Panama's Best Golf Course 2018'

World-class championship golf course cements its place among the golf elites in Central America

(Riviera Pacifica, Panama) – The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort has announced it has received the coveted World Golf Award for the category of “Panama’s Best Golf Course 2018.” This is the second year The Buenaventura Golf Club has received this honor.  The World Golf Awards celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world-class courses and golf destinations through its annual awards program voted by golf industry professionals and the public.

“It is an honor for the Buenaventura Golf Club to have been selected as “Best Golf Course in Panama 2018” by the prestigious World Golf Awards,” said Alfonso Castiñeira, Director of Golf at Buenaventura Golf Club. “This award confirms the commitment of our entire team to provide a unique golf experience for both our members and guests, adding value not only to our golf course, but also the resort and its amenities.”

The breathtaking 18-hole Nicklaus-design par-72 championship course is home to one of the only two in Panama and is managed by the world’s largest golf management company, Troon.  Designed within a seaside community, the Buenaventura’s golf course incorporates the surrounding water and lush environment within its 123 acres. With more than 110 unique water bunkers set around the course and 300 mature Corotu trees strategically placed throughout the landscape, the golf course provides both a stunning atmosphere and a challenging game. Players who appreciate a difficult hole will enjoy the course’s signature hole 16, which is set between two large Corotu trees that are challenging to maneuver.

Those looking to take their swing to the next level can also take advantage of the driving range with numerous spots to hit from natural grass along with a short game, 3-hole par 3 course, chipping and putting green for practicing in between games.

To plan a golf getaway at The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort or for more information, visit

Golf Instruction Academy to Open at Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas

(Henderson, Nev.) – A new golf instruction academy is being formed at the award-winning Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas, complete with professional golf instruction, state-of-the-art technology and a new building to house the program.

The academy will be located on the former Falls golf course at Lake Las Vegas, with completion slated for summer 2019. When complete, the academy will offer one, two and three-day golf school options for juniors and adults and will be open to beginner and more advanced players.

“The golf academy will further enhance the status of Reflection Bay Golf Club as one of the premier practice facilities in the western United States,” said Eric Dutt, director of golf operations for Reflection Bay Golf Club. “The academy will be an unparalleled offering that will attract locals and out of towners who want to relocate to a resort location where they can enjoy golf year-round.”

Dutt said the academy will be the only facility in Southern Nevada of its kind and will offer golfers an on-site venue that gives them access to learn the sport first-hand from professional players.

Former PGA golfers Craig Barlow and Jeff Gallagher were appointed this year as golf instructors at Reflection Bay. Barlow, a PGA Tour professional who has made 170 cuts on the PGA Tour and competed in eight major tournaments including the British Open and five U.S. Opens, is the club’s director of instruction. Former professional golfer Jeff Gallagher has played on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour.

Once open, the academy will offer a variety of programs, including VIP programs for Lake Las Vegas residents as well as programs for high school teams and junior golf development.

For more information, visit

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Golf Clinics to Debut in 2019

12 Clinics Nationwide Will Encourage More Women to Engage in Golf

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – The PGA of America announced today the debut of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Golf Clinics, a nationwide series of 12 full-day clinics that will welcome and empower women to learn more about the Game of a Lifetime.

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Golf Clinics, previously known as the PGA Golf Clinics for Women, will continue to be managed by the PGA of America in conjunction with Jane Blalock, a 27-time winner on the LPGA Tour, and KPMG, the title sponsor of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Golf Clinics will bolster the 28-year foundation of women’s clinics created by Blalock by channeling the prestige and platform of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, one of the LPGA’s five major championships.

The 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be contested at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, June 18 – 23.

“Our goal is to deliver amazing golf experiences to all women that attend our KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Golf Clinics,” said Suzy Whaley, President of the PGA of America. “We invite all women to participate whether just starting the game or an avid participant. By empowering women with the tools needed to play and manage their games, we’re certain that these clinics will inspire so many more women to play golf.”

Clinic participants of all skill levels will learn the aspects of social and business golf during an action-packed schedule that includes plenty of personalized instruction, play and assessments from PGA Club Professionals/LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals, a keynote speaker, breakfast, lunch, and a networking reception to cap off the program.

“The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship continues to elevate women on and off the golf course and, through these fun and accessible clinics, we hope to introduce more women to the game and its networking and business benefits,” said Chris Goodman, Chief Marketing Officer, KPMG LLP.

Additionally, on social media, PGA Golf Clinics for Women will merge with @KPMGWomensPGA across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Beginning in 2019, follow @KPMGWomensPGA for all of the latest news and updates from the golf clinics.
The 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Golf Clinics schedule begins March 25 at Mountain Gate Country Club in Los Angeles and concludes on October 21 at Seagate Country Club in Delray Beach, Florida. The full schedule:
March 25 - Los Angeles - Mountain Gate Country Club, Los Angeles, Calif.
April 8 - Charlotte - Charlotte Country Club, Charlotte, N.C.
April 22 - Washington, D.C. - 1757 Club, Dulles, Va.
May 6 - Minneapolis - Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn.
May 13 - New York City - Old Oaks Country Club, Purchase, N.Y.
May 20 - New Jersey - Crestmont Country Club, West Orange, N.J.
June 3 - Boston (1) - The Cape Club of Sharon, Sharon, Mass.
June 24 - Chicago - Westmoreland Country Club, Wilmette, Ill.
June 29 - Boston (2) - The Cape Club of Sharon, Sharon, Mass.
August 19 - San Francisco - Stanford Golf Course, Stanford, Calif.
October 14 - Dallas - Las Colinas Country Club, Irving, Texas
October 21 - Delray Beach - Seagate Country Club, Delray Beach, Fla.

To register for or obtain more information about the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Golf Clinics, visit

Golf Relief and Assistance Fund Available to Aid Victims of California Wildfires

Fund Originated by the PGA of America Helps Golf Industry Personnel Affected by the Wildfires and Future Qualified Natural Disasters

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – The Golf Relief and Assistance Fund was created last year by the PGA of America to help golf industry personnel affected directly by qualified natural disasters. Administered by the largest community foundation in the world, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, of Mountain View, California, the fund is available to aid those dealing with the devastating California Wildfires.

The fund—launched by the PGA with an initial contribution of $250,000—is designed to support both PGA Members and non-members who work in the industry. Over the past year, the Golf Relief and Assistance Fund has helped golf industry members affected by qualified natural disasters.

“The Golf Relief and Assistance Fund is a model that has proven how PGA Members go above and beyond the role they play in the golf industry,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley. “As these wildfires impact the state of California, we look to our Members to spread the word about the availability of this fund to their fellow PGA Members, and to others who work in the golf industry in need of assistance.”

To either make a tax-deductible contribution to the Golf Relief and Assistance Fund or to apply for assistance, visit

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Limited-Edition PXG Darkness Operator Putter Unveiled on Black Friday

PXG Introduces New Putter Face Technology with Gripping Benefits

(Scottsdale, AZ) - PXG continues its Darkness Friday tradition with the release of the limited-edition, serialized PXG Darkness Operator Putter. Tailored to suit any stroke, this blacked-out, mallet-style putter sets up beautifully and provides maximum forgiveness across the entire face.

“This year, the introduction of PXG’s limited-edition Darkness Putter is more than the reveal of a sleek new, murdered-out finish with a sick insignia,” said PXG founder and CEO Bob Parsons. “It is the introduction of our game-changing new face technology.”

Milled from 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum, the PXG Darkness Operator Putter present an innovative, new variable-sized, pyramid face pattern that offers gripping benefits. The small pyramid structures bite into the golf ball cover to create more consistent launch and roll characteristics, as well as an improved feel and sound.

The size of the pyramids varies across the putter face with the greatest pattern density around the center. This is designed to offset ball speed loss typically experienced on mishits, and ultimately leads to more consistent distance control across the entire face.

The PXG Darkness Operator Putter comes standard with five 10-gram weights in the sole, at a finished head weight of 375 grams. The weight kit included not only enables golfers to adjust the overall head weight of the putter but also to finely-tune the dynamic close rate of the head. This helps offset either a push or pull miss tendency.

Each limited-edition putter is emblazoned with the Darkness skull insignia and the number 26, representing the 26th Marine Corps Regiment that Bob Parsons served with during the Vietnam War. The PXG Darkness Operator Putter comes with an exclusive Darkness grip by Super Stroke, Darkness Weight Kit, a signature PXG Darkness head cover and is uniquely numbered according to the order it was milled.

Available until they’re not, visit to learn more and purchase PXG’s Darkness Friday special release.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Washington State Golf Association Developing New Brand and Website

Buffalo.Agency to Support Evolution with Fresh Visual Identity, Digital Presence

(FEDERAL WAY, Wash.) – The Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) – a non-profit organization representing over 675 clubs and nearly 70,000 golfers statewide and in Northern Idaho – is partnering with Buffalo.Agency (Buffalo) for strategic branding and website consultation.

Buffalo will work closely with WSGA leadership to refine its brand strategy as well as develop a new identity, creative marks and materials. This will culminate with the March 2019 launch of a re-imagined website to engage even more current and future golfers throughout the region. Recently, Buffalo led similar brand transformations for the Massachusetts Golf Association (Mass Golf) and The First Green, with Colorado Golf Association currently in development.

“This is a unique opportunity in our organization’s history to evolve our brand and reinforce our commitment to core amateur golfers, while promoting an even more welcoming and enjoyable experience for new and prospective golfers,” says WSGA CEO and Executive Director Troy Andrew. “Buffalo’s deep industry expertise will help solidify the new WSGA as a leader in the golf community at the local, regional and national levels.”

As completion of its five-year strategic plan nears (2020) as well as its centennial anniversary (2022), the timing is ideal for WSGA to further enhance its image across both internal and external communication channels including digital, social media and marketing collateral.

In addition to a visual refresh, WSGA and Buffalo will collaborate to modernize the purpose, importance, integrity and progressiveness of the WSGA brand to engender relevance while activating new revenue streams for the organization.

“There are an estimated 500,000 golfers in the Evergreen State and we know WSGA has dynamic programming and exciting events to engage these golfers,” says Glenn Gray, Vice President of Buffalo.Agency. “The WSGA and its meaning are the first impressions to creating authenticity with new or lapsed audiences to further amplify its value proposition throughout the region.”

WSGA provides golfers significant resources including handicapping, GHIN services, volunteering opportunities, industry recognition and junior golf programs like Youth On Course. As the region’s representative of the United States Golf Association, WSGA’s mission is to “enrich the lives of people in Washington and Northern Idaho through the many social, recreational and lifetime benefits of the game of golf.”

More information:, 206.526.8605.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

New Global Ranking for Golfers with Disabilities to Launch in 2019

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. AND ST. ANDREWS, Scotland) – The USGA and The R&A will administer a global ranking for golfers with disabilities, which will help to grow participation and competition around the world and to promote inclusivity within the sport.

The World Ranking for Golfers with Disability will launch on Jan. 1, 2019 and will be administered in tandem with the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) for both men and women via

The USGA and The R&A will assume responsibility for the ranking following agreement with EDGA, which created the comprehensive and independent Ranking for Golfers with Disability in 2014.

Further information for golfers and tournament organizers wishing to register their details with the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability will be made available later this year.

“One of golf’s best benefits is that it can be played by everyone, and it can be played for a lifetime,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA Senior Managing Director of Championships.

“We are pleased to administer this ranking in partnership with The R&A, as it elevates an important population of the golf community that clearly loves the game and enables a variety of competitive opportunities around the world. Together with the modifications to the Rules of Golf for golfers with disabilities and the USGA’s work to make golf courses more accessible, we are working to create meaningful and lasting change to make golf more welcoming.”

Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development and Amateur Events at The R&A, said, “There is an accelerating growth in the number of events around the world for golfers with disabilities to compete in so it makes absolute sense that there is a global ranking to provide a robust measurement of an individual’s skill and ability.

“It is another important step towards ensuring that golf is more inclusive of people of all ages and abilities. Along with our colleagues at the USGA we will continue to support EDGA’s drive to grow participation and competition in the sport among all disability groups.”

Tony Bennett, President of EDGA and Director of Education for the PGAs of Europe, said, “This is a crucial step forward for the growth and development of the sport for golfers with disabilities and we believe it will act as a catalyst for encouraging more people into playing golf, both competitively and recreationally, around the world.”

The announcement of the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability coincides with the playing of the Australian All Abilities Championship, which is being organized by Golf Australia and will see 12 golfers compete at The Lakes in Sydney this week alongside the professionals at the Emirates Australian Open.

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Tripp Davis and Associates Prepares to Transform Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club

(Norman, OK) — Tripp Davis and Associates (TDA) has been retained by Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club in Nichols Hills, Oklahoma, to direct the extensive renovation and restoration of the Perry Maxwell and Alister MacKenzie designed course that opened in 1929.

The TDA plan will renovate drainage, cart paths, the structure of tees, greens and bunkers, and re-grass most of the course, to include using Latitude 36 Bermuda for tees and fairways, and 007 Bent Grass for the greens.  Work will include restoring the original rounded/irregular shape of the tees, returning strategic widths in fairways and removing many introduced trees, plus restoring the strategic intent and style of the bunkers and the size of the original greens.

The work to the greens also will include preserving the existing contours, mostly original, while making minor changes to enhance them for modern play.  All greens had the existing contours scanned and each layer of the rebuilding of the greens will be carefully monitored with GPS equipment to make sure the important contours are artfully preserved.  TDA is also working with EC Design of West Des Moines, Iowa, to plan a completely new irrigation and pumping system.    

“Being given the responsibility to renovate and restore the Maxwell/MacKenzie course at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club is uniquely exciting for me given my history there and the many friends I have there,” said Tripp Davis, lead golf course architect.  “I first played the course in 1985 as a freshman on the University of Oklahoma golf team, and it has since been one of my favorite courses in the world.  Being able to bring the golf course back to more what it was intended to be by Mr. Maxwell and Mr. MacKenzie will be one the greatest thrills of my professional career.”

The Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club was one of only a few courses that Maxwell and MacKenzie collaborated on, with Crystal Downs in Michigan, and the Ohio State University Scarlett Course being two of the more high profile courses they did together.  Davis has limited his workload so he can be on site, 30 minutes from his home, on an almost constant basis.

TDA Shaper Jason Gold, who has been a TDA staff member for over 10 years, will be on site to shape the course, while Davis will personally oversee the shaping of the surfaces of the greens to preserve the existing character.  “Jason and I will be working to make sure every detail is right and that every strategic element is pure to how Mr. Maxwell and Mr. MacKenzie wanted the course to play.  They were extraordinary at making everything they did look like a natural part of the land, and using that to create beautiful strategic variety and interest, highlighted by the angles they created and the importance of precision when playing into the greens,” stated Davis.

Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club will close its golf course for construction this winter and there are plans for a limited reopening in December 2019, with full play in Spring 2020.

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

Lexi Captures 10th Career Victory with the Bridgestone Golf TOUR B X Ball

Lexi Thompson’s CME Group Tour Championship Victory Totals 3 Wins in a Row for the Bridgestone Golf TOUR B X
(COVINGTON, GA) – Bridgestone Golf Tour team member Lexi Thompson ended the 2018 LPGA season in style, using Bridgestone’s Tour B X ball on her way to victory at the 2018 CME Group Tour Championship. Thompson won in dominating fashion at Tiburon, recording a 4-round total of 18-under par for an impressive 4-shot victory over one of the LPGA’s most competitive fields of the year. Thompson’s win is the 10th of her career and vaults her to #5 in the world.

Joining fellow Bridgestone Tour Team members Bryson DeChambeau and Matt Kuchar, Thompson’s win was the third in the last three weeks for Bridgestone’s TOUR B X golf ball.  The TOUR B Series golf balls represent Bridgestone’s most technologically advanced models to date. During development, company engineers used data from nearly 350,000 in-person ball fittings, combined with insights from leading third-party industry sources, to identify needs of specific player types. They then drew on more than 800 golf ball patents to determine which proprietary technologies would most benefit each type of swing characteristics identified.

Returning to the scene of a crushing loss that ended her last season, Lexi carded rounds of 65, 67, 68 and 70 for a tournament best 270 (18-under par) total to take the title.  In testing the TOUR B X ball with the Bridgestone R&D team, Thompson optimized her fit and acquired an additional 5 yards off the tee with improved accuracy. In addition, Thompson’s approach shots benefitted from her adoption of the TOUR B X as well, seeing a more preferred penetrating ball flight.

“Lexi is one of the most exciting players to watch on the LPGA Tour, or any Tour for that matter, and we’re glad she has chosen to trust her game to the Bridgestone TOUR B X ball,” said Dan Murphy, President and CEO of Bridgestone Golf. “Her combination of power off the tee, laser-like approach shots and incredible finesse around the green is really unmatched in the women’s game. We are excited to see her win her first ever Tour Championship and we know this will build some important momentum for her going into the 2019 season.”

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