Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Eliminate Sliced or Hooked Tee Shots with the Innovative RecTeeFier

Revolutionary New Tee Helps Golfers Conquer Errant Tee Shots


(Lac-Brome, Quebec, Canada) – A game changing new golf tee has been designed to help golfers who slice or hook their tee shots find the fairway. The revolutionary and scientifically tested RecTeeFier tee has been proven to reduce a slice or hook by 35% as tested by a robotic arm from Golf Laboratories Inc. in San Diego, California. The RecTeeFier technology rectifies the angle of a golf ball’s spin axis bringing it towards zero and thus reducing the side spinning that causes a dreaded slice or hook.

According to a poll conducted by Golf.com, 70% of all respondents confessed that slicing or hooking their tee shots were their most frustrating issues. The game improvement RecTeeFier is especially beneficial for beginner golfers as well as senior golfers whose declining physical abilities make it difficult for them to drive the ball straight and keep it in play.

I designed and created this special golf tee as a way to make the golfing experience more enjoyable for the average or beginning golfer,” said Canadian businessman and golfer Serge Gauvin. “This product is not USGA approved and should not be used in any official tournaments. However, for the thousands of amateur golfers around the world who just want to go out and tee it up and have some fun, this product is for them. The RecTeeFier also may help speed up play since golfers will not spend much time looking for lost balls and errant shots in the rough or the woods.”

The RecTeeFier is made of two different materials: a high-impact resistant polycarbonate (the white stem portion) which is the same material as a motorcycle’s windshield, and a specific elastomer selected for its friction index which allows for the spin axis angle correction. A single RecTeeFier tee can be used over and over for multiple rounds of golf before showing any signs of wear. That is approximately 15 rounds of golf equaling 270 tee shots.

The product is sold in three different packages starting at $8.95 for one tee, $13.95 for two tees and $19.95 for four tees. For more information about RecTeeFier and purchases, visit the company website at www.recteefier.com.  The product also is available at Amazon.com and Rock Bottom Golf (www.rockbottomgolf.com). RecTeeFier is under patent pending in four countries, including the U.S., Canada, UK and Australia.

Golf Pride Wins Grip Count and Completes 2019 Grand Slam

(SOUTHERN PINES, N.C.) — Golf Pride, an industry leader in grip innovation and the #1 Grip on Tour, announced today that it was the leading swing and putter grip choice at the 148th Open Championship. In fact, 81% of players in the field, including the newly crowned “Champion Golfer of the Year,” trusted their games to Golf Pride swing grips.

The winner relied on Golf Pride’s Tour Velvet grips en route to earning his first major championship, giving the Tour Velvet family a clean sweep of all four majors in 2019. Not only did the Tour Velvet capture The Open Championship, the grip was also trusted by the winners of all global professional golf events this weekend including the PGA Tour, Korn Ferry Tour, and the LPGA Tour.

“This year’s Open Champion had the added weight of his home country on his shoulders, which increased his pressure to perform,” said Brandon Sowell, global sales and marketing director for Golf Pride. “While that pressure was in his mind, our commitment to performance was creating confidence in his hands to pull off every shot he needed down the stretch, especially in challenging weather conditions.”

Each week, Golf Pride is the leading grip played from tee-to-green on the PGA TOUR with an average of 80 percent of pros choosing Golf Pride swing grips in each event, without any paid endorsements.

For more information on Golf Pride’s entire 2019 product offering, visit www.golfpride.com.

Santee's Palmetto Traverse: Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’…Keep Those Putts a Rollin’

Unique 18-hole putting course set to open in mid-August at Lake Marion Golf Course in Santee, SC. The 35,000-square-foot “Palmetto Traverse” is based off the Himalayas putting course at St. Andrews and designed by golf course architect and Donald Ross restoration specialist Kris Spence.


(SANTEE, S.C.) — An 18-hole, 35,000-square-foot putting course is opening mid-August at Lake Marion Golf Course in Santee, S.C.

“Palmetto Traverse” is located at Lake Marion Golf Course adjacent to the Lake Marion Villa & Townhouse Complex. The layout was designed by golf course architect and Donald Ross restoration specialist Kris Spence and Spence Golf Design.

“We have been looking for ways to make the overall experience at our facility better and more exciting.  The trend in putting course construction caught our attention and we happened to have the perfect piece of property to build something extremely unique for our area, and for the state of South Carolina for that matter,” said Todd Miller, general manager of Santee Cooper Resort.

Spence said the complex — which was constructed using USGA sub surface drainage and rootzone and topped with a Tifeagle Ultradwarf surface — also features a pair of small bunkers within the surface area, and a small central grassy island with a sitting area and landscaping. The internal contours include plateaus, terraces, swales, rolls, valleys, spines and slopes that will provide abundant variety testing the best player to the beginner.

“The green includes most every feature a golfer might experience when playing golf around the world,” said Spence, who is based in Greensboro, N.C.

Spence has renovated, restored or worked on nearly three-dozen golf courses in North Carolina, most notably Sedgefield Country Club, site of the PGA Tour’s annual Wyndham Championship, Roaring Gap Club, Country Club of North Carolina’s Dogwood Course, Forsyth Country Club, Mimosa Hills Golf Club, The Omni Grove Park Inn Golf Course, Cape Fear Country Club and Myers Park Country Club.

The concept for Palmetto Traverse is based on the Himalayas putting course at St. Andrews in Scotland and will be akin to the Thistle Dhu putting course at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C.

The green is conveniently located behind the Lake Marion GC clubhouse and golf shop near the multiple golf villas on the property, just steps away from the front door of the villas and pool area.

“I think this will especially appeal to those golfers staying on the property wanting something else to do following their round on the course,” said Spence. “The design should provide some wild fun, with putts as long as 260 feet possible and over some of the most varied terrain I have ever designed into a putting surface.”

Among budget-conscious golfers, Santee has morphed into a revered year-round destination. Located on the south shore of Lake Marion, South Carolina’s largest freshwater lake where a number of world records have been set through the years for largemouth catfish and bass, Santee is convenient — dissected by Interstate 95 almost exactly halfway between New York and Miami — and just off Interstate 26, midway between the Palmetto State’s popular cities Charleston and Columbia.

“We expect the Palmetto Traverse will be a big hit with the many travelers on I-95, as well as families from Charleston, Columbia and the surrounding area,” Miller said.

A green fee for the 18-hole putting course will be included in all-inclusive, stay-and-play packages booked through Santee Cooper Golf & Travel. There will be a nominal fee for those pulling off I-95 to play.

Learn more at PalmettoTraverse.golf

Unboxing SkyCaddie SX500 Handheld GPS

We unboxed the Skycaddie SX500 at the Club + Resort Business office. The SX500 is powerful, reliable, ruggedized and packed with stroke-saving technology. It boasts the largest and most visually stunning display among distance measuring devices in golf and comes pre-loaded with more than 35,000 best-in-class courses. Learn more at www.skygolf.com.

Stars of the Golfing World Unite for the 2019 Berenberg Gary Player Invitational

Grand Slam Champion, Gary Player, united golfers at Wentworth Club for London’s edition of the world-leading Invitational Series


(London, England) — A selection of golfing royalty and representatives of the business world gathered at Wentworth Club yesterday (Monday 22nd July) for one common cause: Golf and Giving. A magnificent amount of more than $125,000 was raised during the event to support underprivileged children and communities at the 2019 Berenberg Gary Player Invitational.

A total of 72 players took to the Gary Player-designed Edinburgh Course to compete for the Baobab Trophy. Amongst the all-star field were eight Ryder Cup legends, eight Major champions and a host of PGA Tour, European Tour and Ladies European Tour stars.

Of those, it was the team led by professionals Alvaro Quiros and Julia Engstrom that claimed the victory and took home the iconic trophy. Representing the team, Engstrom commented of the day: “What a day it has been. It’s been truly inspiring to be surrounded by so many legends and to share the common cause of Golf and Giving. It’s a really unique event and it was the cherry on top to take home the trophy with Alvaro Quiros and the rest of our incredible team.”

The Player Foundation continued its quest to raise a total of $100 million by 2025 for underprivileged education and communities, a feat that is being aided through the support of sponsors Rolex, Lavazza, SAP and title sponsor Berenberg, the world’s second oldest bank. The 2019 event marks the eighth year Berenberg has been title sponsor for the Gary Player Invitational.

“It’s always an easy decision for us to continue to support this Gary Player Invitational series” commented David Mortlock, Head of Berenberg’s Investment Bank. “Our work with Gary Player on this event in particular impacts the lives of so many people, and his commitment to helping others is nothing short of inspirational.”

Tournament host and legendary golfer, Gary Player, is renowned for his commitment to future generations and this forms the basis of his philanthropy. Following the London stage of the invitational series, Gary Player reflected: “The opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others is something we all should take advantage of when the opportunity presents itself. That is what we have with the GPI Series and the funds raised will undoubtedly make a difference to many young lives.  I can’t thank all our sponsors and guests enough for their support at another remarkable event.”

The next stage of the series is the Berenberg Gary Player Invitational at GlenArbor Golf Club in New York, on the 6th-7th October.

For more information on the Gary Player Invitational series, visit: www.garyplayerinvitational.com and follow @GPInvitational on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #GolfandGiving.

Youth on Course Partners with Bethpage State Park Golf Courses

Metropolitan Golf Association adds the Five Bethpage Courses to its YOC Roster


(PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.) – Youth on Course – the non-profit organization providing young people with subsidized golf, college scholarships, paid internships and a caddie program – and the Metropolitan Golf Association (MGA) has announced the addition of Bethpage State Park Golf Courses to its participating course roster.

Youth on Course members may play the Green, Blue, Yellow and Red courses, along with the championship Black course, for the usual rate of just five dollars. The addition of Bethpage State Park brings the total of Met Area courses that are available to members to 29, along with YOC’s impressive national network. Members can take advantage of discounted rates at 46 different golf courses included in Golfweek’s “Best Courses You Can Play” list. To find a complete list of locations, visit here.

“We are honored and thrilled to announce the addition of Bethpage to the extensive line up of courses available in the New York metropolitan region,” says Michael Lowe, Youth on Course VP of Programs. “These bucket list courses will challenge and inspire our junior golfers at a price that is inclusive to all.”

Bethpage Black is the most notable in the Bethpage State Park’s portfolio playing host to a number of professional events including two U.S. Opens and the 2019 PGA Championship. Ranked No. 8 in Golf Digest’s 2019-20 America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, the course is slated to host the 2024 Ryder Cup.

“We have been thrilled with the initial response to our Youth on Course partnership with junior golfers across the Met Area,” says Peter Nicholson, Director of the MGA Foundation. “The addition of Bethpage will provide these members with five additional courses and the opportunity to play at a championship caliber venue.”

Youth on Course has more than 60,000 active members across the country. Since 2006, juniors have played more than 10 million holes and 845,000 rounds while the organization has helped generate more than $5.2 million in tee-time revenue reimbursed back to individual golf courses.

In addition to subsidized rounds, Youth on Course also facilitates paid internships, a caddie program and nationwide scholarships. They have awarded 241 students with college scholarships totaling more than $1.7 million in financial support. The current Youth on Course scholarship retention rate is ninety-four percent, with 80 students already graduated.

More information: YouthOnCourse.org

Four Majors ... Four Victories for Cleated Footwear

(BRENTWOOD, Tenn.) – With a win at the Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland, Champ and Softspikes celebrated a complete sweep for golfers wearing cleated footwear in the 2019 major championships. The victorious golfers at the Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and British Open all chose to wear footwear featuring replaceable cleat technology over spikeless/tennis shoes.

“We’ve said it all year long … winners wear cleats,” said John Hohman, senior vice president of marketing for PrideSports. “As the weather turned wet and slippery on Sunday, we knew that those wearing cleats would have the best chance…and that’s exactly what happened. With the Irish roots of the winner, you could not have asked for a better story.”

The celebrated Irishman took the Claret Jug in front of the home country fans wearing Footjoy Icon footwear featuring Softspikes Pulsar cleats. At the British Open, 24 of the top 29 finishers competed wearing footwear with replaceable cleat technology.

In the United States, the cleated footwear trend continued on the PGA TOUR with the winner of the Barbasol Classic wearing Footjoy Fury shoes with Pulsar cleats. The Korn Ferry Tour’s Pinnacle Bank Championship was won by a golfer wearing Nike React Vapor 2 golf shoes featuring Champ Pivix cleats.

Replacement Softspikes and Champ cleats can be purchased in the golf section of most large retailers, sporting goods stores, golf specialty and golf course pro shops across the country. Cleats can also be purchased online from any of these locations, your favorite online store or directly from www.golfspikes.com.

PrideSports is the undisputed leader in the golf cleat segment with its CHAMP and Softspikes brands. The company recommends golfers change their cleats every six to eight months – or even more frequently based on use – to ensure golfers get the maximum performance out of their footwear.

CHAMP’s Helix, Zarma Tour and Stinger cleats, as well as Softspikes’ Pivix, Pulsar, Silver Tornado and Stealth cleats, dominate the OEM and secondary market in terms of performance and sales. More information can be found at www.champspikes.com and www.softspikes.com.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Lynx Golf Ambassador Nick Dougherty Brings Popular Tee Time Tips Program to Golf Channel

Former European Tour Winner and Current Sky Sports On-Air Personality Shares Expertise in Unique Instructional Show 


(Weybridge, Surrey, UK) – Lynx Golf – the iconic equipment brand trusted by multiple major championship winners over its storied history – announces brand ambassador Nick Dougherty’s popular Sky Sports program, “Tee Time Tips,” will air throughout the summer on Golf Channel.

Having debuted on the network in June with additional shows airing in July and August, ‘Nick Dougherty’s Tee Time Tips’ features Dougherty sharing expert advice on a variety of topics to help all golfers improve.  A three-time winner on the European Tour, and former top 50 player in the world, Dougherty more recently gained a large and loyal following as a lead broadcaster for Sky Sports Golf and thanks to his hugely popular Instagram page where he shares short, engaging tips. ‘Nick Dougherty’s Tee Time Tips’ TV show originally debuted on Sky Sports in 2018. Dougherty has a multi-year endorsement deal with Lynx Golf, wherein the former professional plays the brand’s clubs and prominently features them in public appearances.

Lynx Golf has a storied past as one of the industry’s greatest equipment innovators, including being trusted by the 1992 Masters and 1994 U.S. Open Champions. In recent years, the iconic brand has enjoyed a completely rejuvenated global presence, with sales throughout the UK and Europe soaring and expansion underway in the United States.

“The vision for ‘Tee Time Tips’ was built around my ambition of helping to make peoples Golf game a little less complicated and a lot more fun. I had always wanted to create an academy but realized I could have a bigger reach and impact by creating a short form digital content series across Instagram. The success of the digital content allowed me to extend the format for linear TV,” said Dougherty. “A critical element of playing better golf is finding the right equipment and what I love about Lynx Golf is that they not only make incredible clubs, but aren’t afraid to step outside the box and create truly innovative ideas.”

Currently, Nick uses the following Lynx Golf equipment:
- Driver - Black Cat 8.5
- Hybrid - Black Cat 3h
- Driving Iron – Stinger, 12.5
- Irons - Tour Blade 3-PW
- Wedges - Prowler Gun 52, 60

Since 2013, under the leadership of Lynx Golf CFO, Stephanie Zinser and her husband and CEO, Steve Elford, Lynx has recorded double-digit annual sales increases each year. Earlier this year, “The Cat” made waves at the PGA Merchandise show with the unveiling of their revolutionary Prowler VT Switch-Face Driver. The first of its kind, this groundbreaking technology offers golfers true loft adjustment. It was roundly praised by Golf Digest, GOLF, LINKS Magazine and others following its debut at the annual trade show in Orlando, FL.

“We have built a tremendous amount of momentum overseas during the better part of the last decade,” said Zinser. “This summer we are continuing this trend with a return to the United States and we could not think of a stronger ambassador than Nick. His influence in the game is tremendous and aligns beautifully with our vision.”

Founded in the 1970’s by John Riley Sr. and Carl Ross, Lynx Golf quickly established a large and loyal following among the game’s best players. Lynx’s renowned product lines include everything from TOUR-caliber clubs, such as the Prowler VT irons, to products geared for mid-to-high handicappers. At the professional level, the brand continues to draw talent beyond Dougherty, as its ambassadors include the legendary Dame Laura Davies who as recently as last year won two Major Ladies’ Senior titles (the Senior LPGA Championships at French Lick, and the Inaugural US Senior Women’s Open), Lydia Hall, Becky Brewerton and Trish Johnson.

For more information visit www.Lynxgolf.co.uk.

Troon Selected to Manage Brookstone Park in Derry, New Hampshire

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in club management, development, and marketing, has been selected to manage Brookstone Park in Derry, New Hampshire. Located just 40 minutes from Boston, Brookstone Park includes a beautiful wedding and events center; a 9-hole, par-3 daily-fee golf course; a fully-lit golf practice facility and an 18-hole miniature golf course.

Brookstone Park’s 25,000 square-foot event center is one of Southern New Hampshire's most popular wedding sites and private event facilities. Set against the backdrop of the Brookstone Park golf course, the event center features both indoor and outdoor event venues. The Brookstone Park Golf Complex offers a beautiful 9-hole, par-3 golf course that meanders along the banks of Big Island Pond. In addition to the golf course, the Golf Complex also includes a fully-lit, 10-bay practice range, a chipping and pitching practice area, and an 18-hole miniature golf course. Memberships and lessons are available, with golf clinics and events held throughout the season.

“Brookstone Park is a wonderful event venue and a terrific place for families to play golf together,” said Mike Ryan, chief operating officer, Troon. “We’re excited to be working with Brookstone Park and will look to further elevate the property’s sales and marketing efforts.”

Brookstone Park is located just 45 minutes from Troon’s new corporate office in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“We are really looking forward to being a part of the Troon organization,” said Eric Brooks, owner, Brooks Properties, owners of Brookstone Park. “Together, we can introduce new golfers to Brookstone, help others continue to develop their game and maintain our excellence as a wedding facility and event center.”

For more information on Brookstone Park, visit www.brookstone-park.com.

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

Eagle Rebirth Golf to Exhibit at 2019 PGA Demo Experience, Showcase Custom Premium Clubs

(Murrieta, Calif.) – Eagle Rebirth Golf announced plans to exhibit at the 2019 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience, August 13-14, in Las Vegas.

Ernie Reynolds, Marketing Manager for ERG – “ERG is excited to show off the Best New Product of the year to PGA professionals, club fitters, and custom builders in Las Vegas. Our goal is to make premium custom clubs available to golfers of all skill levels.”

ERG was given The Hidden Gem Award for Best New Product last February at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.

The annual two-day PGA Fashion Show & Demo Experience features widespread golf products from nearly 200 top golf companies and brands with a comprehensive Education Conference at the Venetian Resort, plus live Fashion Show August 13 and the PGA Demo Experience at TopGolf, Las Vegas August 14.

During the PGA Demo Experience, ERG will have their full line of clubs and new releases available for testing at TopGolf. While the ERG line is available exclusively through certified fitters and club builders, we invite all to test our line of equipment. TopGolf booth # HB 125 will showcase ERG’s clubs and accessories for all to experience. ERG will be offering exclusive specials to all club fitters and custom club builders in attendance. Club makers signing with ERG will receive a full line of Demo Irons at no cost and up to 50% discount on all first orders.

Come and enjoy the Demo Experience with ERG, Booth #125 at Topgolf August 14.

More information: eaglerebirth.com

Preston Summerhays Defeats Bo Jin to Win U.S. Junior Amateur and Earn '20 U.S. Open Exemption

(RELEASE) - It was only fitting that Preston Summerhays received the flag from the 17th hole as a memento at the closing ceremony of the 72nd U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Inverness Club. His performance on the 489-yard par 4 was the difference in his 2-and-1 victory over Bo Jin in the 36-hole final match on Saturday.

In the morning 18, Summerhays pulled closer to Jin on the dogleg-left hole by purposely hitting his drive down the adjacent 16th fairway, knocking a wedge to 35 feet, and draining the right-to-left curling putt. In the afternoon, Summerhays hit “the shot of his life,” according to his father and coach, Boyd, to set up a match-clinching birdie that gave him the Junior Amateur trophy, as well as a berth in the 2020 U.S. Open Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club.

“I don’t even know how to explain how it felt,” said Summerhays, 16, of Scottsdale, Ariz., after his victory. “It’s just one of my goals being accomplished.”

Summerhays seemed to have taken control in the seesaw match as it turned to the final nine. He birdied the par-4 10th and 11th holes to assume a 2-up lead, his largest of the day, thanks in part to a nice break on No. 11, when his wayward drive ended up on a forward tee for No. 13 and he capitalized by punching a 9-iron to 3 feet.

“I think just to get that momentum going on the last nine, that was a huge part of the match,” said Summerhays, who won his second consecutive Utah Amateur last week. “But it clearly wasn’t over yet.”

Summerhays bunkered his approach on No. 13, then left his next shot in the bunker on the way to a bogey as he conceded the hole to Jin. Trailing by only one hole, Jin had a solid opportunity to square the match on the 34th hole. He found the green with his approach on the 398-yard par 4 and Summerhays overshot the green, then left his up-and-down effort in the rough. Summerhays wedged on to 15 feet, and after Jin hit his first putt to 6 feet, Summerhays curled in his putt for bogey. When Jin’s par try slid by on the low side, the opportunity slipped past.

“Bo actually gave me a really nice read for my bogey putt,” said Summerhays. “His putt went by 6 or 7 feet, and I visualized my putt going in. I hit a great putt and it went in just how I wanted it to.”

 “The three-putt on 16 was definitely not my best,” said Jin, 17, of the People’s Republic of China, who was attempting to become the first alternate to win the Junior Amateur since at least 2008. “It broke way more than I thought. I was just trying to go for my two-putt, but I hit a bad putt.”

It appeared that Jin would have another chance to tie Summerhays on the next hole, No. 17. Jin drove into the fairway and Summerhays again opted to play his tee shot down the adjacent 16th fairway. This time, he missed his target and left himself in the rough between the fairways, with a large tree blocking his view.

“It wasn’t a terrible lie, and I had 174 [yards] to the pin,” said Summerhays. “Going downwind, downhill, it really didn’t play 174, it played 145 to the front edge. I was like, I could get a pitching wedge over that tree and land it front edge and roll it back. I hit it great and it ended up going to 8 feet.”

Jin then left his approach on the front of the green, skirted the hole with his long birdie try, then missed the comebacker. With two putts for the win, Summerhays made birdie to seal the victory.

“That's just a shot of a lifetime at the right time in the biggest tournament,” said Boyd Summerhays, who coaches several PGA Tour players, including world No. 17 Tony Finau, and walked the matches with his son. “He'll never forget that and it'll give him confidence when he's in a tough spot. When he hit it, I texted my wife and said that was the greatest shot of his life.”

“My dad has raised me to let go of bad shots quickly,” said Summerhays. “He’s taught me that from a very young age, and that’s helped me throughout my entire career.”

Summerhays jumped ahead with a birdie on the first hole of the day, but Jin rebounded to win holes 3 and 4 with pars and retained the lead throughout the morning 18. Summerhays closed the deficit to 1 hole at the lunch break with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 17 and 18.

“Bo played great; he made some great putts,” said Summerhays. “I just stayed patient. When you’re in the final, the two players are obviously pretty good. On a course like this, you can have highs and lows. I knew that eventually I was going to start playing some better golf.”

Notable
Summerhays becomes the third U.S. Junior Amateur champion to earn an exemption into the U.S. Open. “I’ve had a goal since freshman year to play in a tour event before I graduate high school,” said Summerhays, who is No. 208 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. “It's so cool this tournament gets an exemption. It's a huge opportunity, and I think that opportunity is going to be awesome and amazing in my progression as a player.”

Both Summerhays and runner-up Bo Jin, who is No. 777 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, earn exemptions into the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship next month at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club. Both players also have sisters (Grace Summerhays and Jiarui “Joyce” Jin) who are competing in the 71st U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship next week at SentryWorld in Stevens Point, Wis.

Summerhays is a native of Davis County, Utah, and his family moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., when he was 6. Scott Hailes (1995) of West Bountiful is the only other Utah native to win the Junior Amateur. Hailes’ road to the title included a 19-hole, Round-of-16 win over Boyd Summerhays, Preston’s father. Hailes is Summerhays’ cousin, and Boyd caddied for Scott in his ensuing matches at Fargo (N.D.) Country Club.

International players are now 3-7 in U.S. Junior Amateur finals when playing an American opponent. Terry Noe (1994), Sihwan Kim (2004) and Min Woo Lee (2016) are the three foreign-born players to have won the title.

Quotable
“When push comes to shove, he does believe he can pull off the shot or make the putt. I've seen it a lot on different levels. Local tournaments, State Amateurs. And to do it on the biggest stage, the biggest tournament, he knew what was on the line. That's just going to fill him up with more confidence. I'm excited for him being able to accomplish his goal of winning the U.S. Junior.” – Boyd Summerhays, Preston’s father, who followed his son all week

“My uncle Tony plays on the PGA Tour. He’s always been great to me. I’ve played hundreds of rounds with him and been able to kind of feed off what he’s doing, what I need to do better in my game to get to his level.” – Preston Summerhays, on PGA Tour pro Tony Finau, whose longtime swing coach is Preston’s father, Boyd,

“I’m so proud of you, man. I’m getting chills just talking to you. How’s it feels to be a champ?” – Tony Finau, Preston Summerhays’ close family friend, to Preston via Facetime shortly after Preston’s victory

“All your hard work and dedication is paying off. This is just the beginning, bro. I’m so happy for you, man. I gotta take care of my job tomorrow now.” – Finau, who is tied for eighth at The Open Championship going into Sunday’s final round at Royal Portrush

“To come in as alternate and make it so far, I’m definitely really happy. I'm not fully happy with the result, but I’ve got to be happy to come in as an alternate and make it all the way to the final match.” – Bo Jin

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Shane Lowry is the Champion Golfer of the Year

(RELEASE) - Srixon staffer, Shane Lowry is a major champion. The man from Ireland handled everything links golf can throw at you to capture the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Lowry trusted a bag full of Srixon equipment in playing some of the best golf of his career, including the Z-STAR XV and Z 585 driver.

Check out the equipment the Srixon staffer had in the bag:
· Srixon Z 585 Driver (9.5º)
 o Mitsubishi Diamana White 70X
· Srixon Z U85 (18º)
 o Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White TX Hybrid
· Srixon Z U85 (20º)
 o KBS Tour 130X
· Srixon Z 585 Irons 4-5
 o KBS Tour 130X
· Srixon Z 785 Irons 6-PW
 o KBS Tour 130X
· Cleveland RTX 4 50º & 58º
 o KBS Tour Wedge X
· Srixon Z-STAR XV Pure White

More information: www.srixon.com, www.clevelandgolf.com and www.xxiousa.com.

Titleist: Golf Ball Physics and the Anatomy of the Stinger Shot

Join Mike Madson, Senior Project Manger of Aerodynamics and Tooling at Titleist, as he visits our Manchester Lane Test Facility to take a closer look at the Stinger shot.  Learn why the stinger will be a popular option off the tee at Royal Portrush and why having a consistent golf ball is such an important piece of the puzzle at The Open Championship.

Inaugural Lighthouse Invitational at the Sea Pines Resort Coming in September

New team event for amateur golfers is nearing sell-out 


(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – The field for the inaugural Lighthouse Invitational at The Sea Pines Resort – a two-person, team competition for men and women amateurs, Sept. 12-15, 2019—is filling quickly.

Open to all amateur golfers, regardless of handicap, the tournament will be played on Hilton Head Island’s top three ranked courses, all part of The Sea Pines Resort:  Heron Point by Pete Dye, Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III, and historic Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing and famous for the island’s landmark Harbour Town Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse Invitational features one round over each course, plus exclusive resort privileges and amenities. Competitors in the Lighthouse Invitational also will enjoy:
- Opening night reception and dinner in the Heritage Room at the Harbour Town Clubhouse
- Putting contest at the Harbour Town Golf Links’ putting green
- Daily breakfast and box lunches
- Unlimited range privileges with available practice rounds
- Tee gift package valued at more than $500
- Awards ceremony with vacation prizes to resort destinations

Tournament registration options include:
- Single golfer—$1,299
- Single golfer with non-golfing partner—$1,849
- Two golfers—$2,598

Tournament participants, who are required to stay in the resort, receive a preferred rate of $279 per night for lodging, with a choice of The Inn & Club at Harbour Town or a two-bedroom deluxe villa in Harbour Town.

U.S. Foods and Coca Cola are partnering with The Sea Pines Resort for this inaugural event.

Along with world-class golf, The Sea Pines Resort offers an array of outdoor activities for individuals, families, and groups, including five miles of sandy beach shoreline and a 14-mile network of manicured paths for walking and biking. Visitors can refresh their spirit in a relaxed, luxury resort environment and enjoy a choice of seven dining venues including award-winning restaurants, festive taverns, and casual waterfront cafés.

Fishing, boating, and a full spectrum of popular watersports also are available. The Sea Pines Racquet Club is a premier resource for tennis enthusiasts, while the fitness center, complimentary to all resort guests, is outfitted with state-of-the-art cardio equipment and Technogym strength machines.

Registration for the 2019 Lighthouse Invitational is still open. For more details, or to register for the event, visit lighthouseinvitational.com, call (843) 842-8484, or e-mail ktalmadge@seapines.com.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Reflection Bay Golf Club’s Golf Academy Attracts Top Junior-Level Talent

Craig Barlow coaches HPGI Student Natalie Cheong (Photo: Raf Willems)
(Henderson, Nev.) – In less than a year after opening, the High Performance Golf Institute (HPGI), Reflection Bay Golf Club’s student academy, is already guiding champions under the instruction of PGA pros Craig Barlow and Jeff Gallagher. The pair are behind a number of young local golfers who have recently stepped into the national spotlight, including 2019 Drive, Chip and Putt champion Yana Wilson and Coronado High School student Michael Sarro, who recently claimed the individual title at the Class 4a Nevada high school state golf tournament.

“We have really enjoyed helping so many of our students in their success this past year,” said Barlow, whose career included 18 years in the PGA and Web.com Tours. “The Reflection Bay course has offered a great opportunity for Jeff and I to coach using the best possible technology and greens. The golf course and all the amenities are truly like nothing else in Las Vegas.”

HPGI is made up of more than 100 students, with roughly one-third of the students being adults and two-thirds being juniors. Along with a four-hole training area on the former Falls Golf Course, students are able to hone their skills inside the newly designed hitting bay, featuring TrackMan technology used to perfect even the most seasoned golfer’s swing.

“We use the hitting bay quite a bit. It’s been great for improving my short game, which is something Craig has really helped me with,” said Wilson, 12, who started working with Barlow a year ago.

The Henderson, Nevada, native has advanced to three regionals in her short career and recently took first place in Augusta, Georgia where she fought in a sudden-death round and claimed the 2019 Drive, Chip and Putt championship in the girls 12- to 13-year-old division. Wilson said working with Barlow has helped her with preparing for the mental side of the game and has inspired her dream to become one of the top young golfers in the state.

“Yana is a lion in a sense that she’s super competitive and she wants to beat me every time we play, and she’s only 12 years old,” Barlow said. “You’re not taught something like that – you’re born with that.”

Sarro, a recent graduate from Coronado High School and upcoming freshman golfer at California Baptist University in Riverside is another one Barlow’s star pupils making an impression on the West Coast. The 18-year-old captured the individual title at the Class 4a Nevada high school state golf tournament at Somersett Country Club in Reno in a one-hole playoff and led his team to a second consecutive state victory.

Sarro started working with Barlow when he was coaching at Anthem Country Club in Henderson. He followed Barlow to Reflection Bay last summer and continued to perfect his putting and his confidence on the course.

“Craig has just an extremely good short game and he’s helped me improve a lot,” Sarro said. “He’s taught me about the mental side of golf too and has really helped me develop my chipping and putting skills in the last year.”

For more information about the High Performance Golf Institute, visit www.highperformancegolf.net. To learn more about Reflection Bay Golf Club, visit www.reflectionbaygolf.com or call 702-740-4653.

Topgolf Swing Suite at Chicago Athletic Association

Photo Credit: Clayton Hauck
(CHICAGO, IL) — Now open, the Topgolf Swing Suite at the Chicago Athletic Association becomes Chicago’s first Topgolf Swing Suite location, and the only Chicagoland area hotel to offer the experience. Whether for Topgolf target games, Zombie Dodgeball, Hockey Shots, Baseball Pitching, Carnival Classic, or any other virtual games, the Topgolf Swing Suite is available daily for walk-ins 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., accommodating up to eight guests at a time for $100/hour. Walk-ins book a time slot with Game Room’s Game Master, located on the hotel’s second floor.

The Topgolf Swing Suite features its variety of games in two simulator bays, named Game Room Greens and Cherry Circle Links in homage to the club’s early 20th century addition of three indoor golf “links,” originally constructed on the building’s ninth floor.

MORE THAN JUST GOLF: PRIVATE PARTIES 
From fantasy football draft parties this fall to bachelor and bachelorette weekend getaways, the Topgolf Swing Suite offers private event rentals of the bays for business and social gatherings — including sports viewing parties, meetings, karaoke, and more — for up to 20 people, paired with comfortable lounge seating, HDTVs, and food and beverage service.

Want to make it a full weekend trip? Ask about our Crew Love package, crafted with bachelor and bachelorette parties in mind to offer scheduled Topgolf Swing Suite play, Game Room cocktails and burgers or a Cherry Circle Room steak dinner, and overnight discounted stays for the whole group. Add-on opportunities in Milk Room and Cindy’s are available upon request.

FOOD & BEVERAGE BY GAME ROOM
Game Room, located on the hotel’s second floor and operated by acclaimed Chicago-based restaurant group Land and Sea Dept., offers a full food and beverage menu available for order from the Topgolf Swing Suite, ranging from playful takes on street food favorites to new, high-end offerings. The menu features some of Game Room’s greatest hits, like fried pickles and footlong Chicago-style hot dogs, as well as new items unique to the space, including a corn dog served with honey mustard and a Muffuletta sandwich.

On the drinks side, Game Room features country club inspired classics; look for scotch and sodas featuring Highland scotch, a take on the Arnold Palmer, the Lake Michigan club (gin, amontillado, lemon, and black tea), a white port and tonic, and a classic Old Fashioned (rye whiskey, vermouth, amaro, and maraschino). Canned wine from Nomikai and a selection of craft beers are also available for order.

To elevate the Topgolf Swing Suite experience, special packages are available for order, featuring offerings from Land and Sea Dept.’s additional spaces in the hotel, including fine dining concept Cherry Circle Room and rare spirits bar Milk Room.

To reserve a private party in advance, visit chicagoathletichotel.com/topgolfswingsuite.

Garmany Golf Offers Northern Ireland Travel Experience

Book During July, Receive Special Discount  


(Chicago, Illinois) – The splendor of Northern Ireland is on full display this week as the country hosts the best golfers in the world and the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club’s Dunluce Links in County Antrim, just northwest of Belfast.

It’s no wonder Northern Ireland is quickly rising on the list of most desired places in the world to visit – particularly for those who embrace bucket list golf and unforgettable experiences.

To commemorate the occasion, Garmany Golf is offering a special promotion for travelers who wish to experience all this country has to offer. Garmany Golf is offering a 10% discount on the full Experience to any group of four or more that books a minimum 7-night Northern Ireland Golf Experience before July 31, 2019. Travel must occur within 18 months of booking and is subject to availability. To begin your Garmany Golf Northern Ireland Experience, please e-mail experience@garmanygolf.com and mention Northern Ireland Offer.

There is something for everyone in Northern Ireland—stunning coastlines, jaw-dropping scenery, great shopping, emerging culinary experiences at world-class restaurants, a remarkable history and culture, medieval castles, one-of-a kind tourist attractions, a lively music scene, and incredible bucket list golf.  This is not the Northern Ireland of 30 years ago, although its rich history has woven the fabric of the renaissance we experience today.  This is the Northern Ireland that has given us golf greats Graeme McDowell, Rory McIIroy, David Feherty, Darren Clarke, as well as Game of Thrones and Van Morrison.

There are literally dozens of other fantastic courses, lovely hotels, and attractions that grace Northern Ireland. To book a personalized Northern Ireland Experience, contact Garmany Golf at (408) 755-9405 or www.garmanygolf.com.

Educator/Golf Coach Turns Passion for the Game into Long Island’s Newest TGA Premier Golf Franchise

TGA continues nationwide expansion bringing the eighth Premier Golf Franchise to the New York/New Jersey market


(Long Island, NY) – TGA Premier Sports (TGA), a leading youth sports organization specializing in introductory and recreational programs, announces the launch of a new TGA Premier Golf franchise in the Long Island, New York area. Tiffany Pippins, a veteran educator, journalist and TGA golf coach recently launched the TGA Premier Golf of South Nassau County franchise, parlaying her love of the game to reach local youth with the “sport of a lifetime.”

Pippins, who holds a degree in Secondary Education/Journalism from Queens College, has taught English and youth development for more than 10 years throughout New York City and the tri-state region for various non-profit organizations. Through coaching TGA Premier Golf programs in and around Nassau County, she’s seen the impact and successful engagement TGA has igniting an enthusiasm for golf in youths and decided she could grow her reach by becoming the owner of her own TGA Premier Golf business.

“While covering the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, I had a vision of how I could use my knowledge and admiration for the game to inspire and facilitate golf in various districts within Nassau County through TGA’s exceptional golf enrichment program. We’re already starting to build strategic partnerships within the Nassau County community,” Pippins said. “I spent part of my formative years in Nassau County. It’s the perfect place for me to connect and share my passion for golf with the next generation of avid golfers.”

Pippins’ territory includes Long Beach, Merrick, Bellmore, Rockville Centre, Baldwin, and Valley Steam. “TGA of South Nassau will run its innovative after-school golf programs on school campuses, as well as look to run its popular youth golf camps at a few local courses like Lido Beach, Merrick Golf Course and Bethpage State Park,” she adds.

TGA has become a leading introductory and recreational program in golf, tennis and team sports by activating nearly one million participants since 2003. With Pippins’ new franchise, thousands of youngsters will be impacted in and around Long Island. “I am humbled and excited to have a career in golf and youth sports that will impact youth and grow the sport of golf in communities that matter to me,” said Pippins an avid golfer, traveler and contributing writer for African American Golf Digest.

TGA impacts communities by bringing introductory golf, tennis and team sports programs directly into schools and community centers through before- or after-school enrichment programs. By putting golf on a level playing field with other mainstream sports and youth activities, TGA creates a huge opportunity to grow golf participation in a way that starts “grassroots” but has national implications.

“It’s always inspiring when we see one of our coaches empower themselves to become an owner of a TGA Premier Sports franchise,” says TGA CEO Joshua Jacobs. “Tiffany’s belief in our curriculum and programming means a great deal and she’s going to have success in a market that has a rich heritage in golf.”

TGA creates a player pathway for students and their families to advance further in the sport. From introductory programs to camps, clinics and family programs at recreational golf, engagement in these programs can lead to juniors playing on high school and college teams.

TGA provides all of the equipment for kids at no cost in the program, including its own line of custom golf equipment to provide all players an affordable option to get into the sport. The program can also be utilized anywhere on school campuses regardless of weather, including gymnasiums, hallways, cafeterias, fields and blacktops.

Families and schools nationwide have embraced the TGA model and its programs because it creates a healthier and safer environment for students at schools and community centers. The school-based curriculum includes golf skill progression, education subjects and STEM/STEAM Labs, in addition to physical fitness and health components.

For more information and to register for the TGA Premier Golf programs in the South Nassau County area, visit www.playtga.com/SouthNassauCounty.

Preston Summerhays and Bo Jin Advance to Championship Final at 72nd U.S. Junior Amateur

(Toledo, Ohio) - Bo Jin, 17, of the People’s Republic of China, and Preston Summerhays, 16, of Scottsdale, Ariz., won a pair of matches on Friday to advance to the 36-hole final match of the 72nd U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Inverness Club.

Jin, the No. 8 seed, rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to edge No. 21 Kelly Chinn, of Great Falls, Va., 1 up, after Chinn had rallied to tie their semifinal match with wins on the 16th and 17th holes. Jin never trailed in the match and responded both times that Chinn tied him, with an eagle on the par-5 13th hole and the birdie on No. 18.

“Before the putt I was thinking I had exactly the same putt in the morning,” said Jin of the winning putt on the final green. “I left it a little bit short then, so I just gave it a little bit more speed. Yeah, definitely excited to see it go in.”

Summerhays, the No. 11 seed, wore down Thomas Pagdin, of England, 17, the highest remaining player in the quarterfinals at No. 41 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), in the other semifinal match. Summerhays overcame a 2-hole deficit by winning six of the last seven holes to advance, 4 and 3.

“My mindset was just to keep on playing,” said Summerhays, who won his second consecutive Utah Amateur title last week. “He had a good first seven holes, and I knew that he’s human. He was going to make some mistakes. I just tried to stay patient.”

Jin (No. 777 in the WAGR) and Summerhays (No. 208 in the WAGR) both rallied in their earlier quarterfinal victories on a very hot day at Inverness, with the heat index climbing above 100. In fact, three of the four semifinalists were forced to rally from back-nine deficits in their morning matches.

Summerhays faced the largest deficit, 3 down to No. 19 seed Austin Greaser, of Vandalia, Ohio, through 11 holes before winning four of the next five holes. A par on the closing hole to Greaser’s bogey completed a 2-up win.
Pagdin was 1 down to No. 15 George Duangmanee, of Fairfax, Va., after 10 holes, but made three birdies, including a 20-footer on No. 17, to earn a 2-and-1 victory. Jin was 2 down to Deven Ramachandran, of San Rafael, Calif., but rallied to win holes 14, 16 and 17 for a 1-up win. Chinn squandered a 2-up lead against Garrett Martin of San Antonio, Texas, but won four out of five holes to earn a 4-and-2 victory.

The winner of the 72nd U.S. Junior Amateur will earn a berth in the 2020 U.S. Open Championship next June at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The winner and runner-up both earn spots in next month’s 119th U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.

What’s Next
The 36-hole final begins at 6:40 a.m. The match will be broadcast on FS1 from 2-4 p.m. EDT.

Notable
Bo Jin is the No. 8 seed and Preston Summerhays is the No. 11 seed, Here are the seedings of the six most recent U.S. Junior champions: 2018 – Michael Thorbjornsen (No. 7); 2017 – Noah Goodwin (No. 27); 2016 – Min Woo Lee (No. 3); 2015 – Philip Barbaree (No. 28); 2014 – Will Zalatoris (No. 8); 2013 – Scottie Scheffler (No. 3).

Jin’s caddie, Brandon Jackson, has been a caddie at Inverness Club for 11 years and is a Chick Evans Scholar and an Ohio State graduate. He caddied for Alexis Valenzuela of Switzerland in stroke play and has caddied for Jin in all five rounds of match play.

Each of the finalists’ younger sisters – Grace Summerhays (15) and Jiarui (Joyce) Jin (16) – will be playing in next week’s U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at SentryWorld in Stevens Point, Wis.

Five of the par 4s for the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of match play at Inverness measured 476 yards or longer – No. 2 was 499, No. 4 was 502, No. 7 was 482, No. 15 was 476 and No. 17 was 484. The par-71 layout measured 7,383 yards.

Quotable
“Let's see, I think I've gained about 14 miles an hour clubhead speed and I've grown about 4 to 5 inches. I might have been like 170 pounds; right now I'm 205. One week I'll be hitting my 60-degree wedge 90 yards; the next week I'll be hitting it 93; couple weeks from then I'll being hitting it 96. It was actually really tough to gauge.” – Preston Summerhays, on his growth in the past year

“I've played with him so much, around 100 times or more. He's an amazing guy. He's been one of my mentors and he's really cared about my golf game. Just playing with him really shows me what I need to work on to get to the highest level.” – Summerhays, on PGA Tour player Tony Finau, who is coached by Summerhays’ father Boyd

“I thought I played well yesterday, coming back to win in 19 holes. This morning I played solid. I was happy with my performance, but today I just ran out of gas. I got up early, but I started losing energy and concentration. Preston played really well and he was the better player this afternoon.” – Thomas Pagdin, on his semifinal finish

“Definitely being a first alternate coming into this tournament, not knowing if I’m going to even come to this place, making the Round of 64, 32, 16, and quarterfinals and semifinals, definitely excited to be in the finals.” – Bo Jin, on reaching the championship match after getting in the field as an alternate from the Fresno, Calif., sectional

“Actually, I had a feeling he was going to make that. I'm really happy for him. We're great friends. It was definitely a very successful week. Just being able to just grind down in matches really gave me confidence going into upcoming tournaments.” – Kelly Chinn, on his semifinal match that went to the final hole

USGA to Offer Complementary Tickets to Military to Attend 119th U.S. Amateur

Offer Applies to Active and Retired Military, Plus One Guest Throughout Championship


(PINEHURST, N.C.) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) will welcome members of the armed services with complimentary tickets to the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. from Aug. 12-18.

Active and retired military, as well as veterans, will receive a complimentary gallery ticket and one guest gallery ticket for each day of the championship thanks to the support of R. Riveter and The Heritage Flag Company. Gallery tickets at the U.S. Amateur provide access to the grounds of Pinehurst No. 2 and/or No. 4. Complimentary general parking and transportation is also provided.

“Thank you to the USGA for providing the opportunity for our military men and women, active and retired, to attend this national championship,” says Phil Werz, president and CEO of the Pinehurst-Southern Pines-Aberdeen Area CVB. “These men and women have sacrificed so much for this country, it’s wonderful they will get the opportunity to witness some of the best amateur players in the world battle for the prestigious honor of being named U.S. Amateur champion.”

These special military tickets are available courtesy of R. Riveter, a handbag company founded by two military wives, and The Heritage Flag Company, the creators of beautiful American Flag-inspired wooden art pieces. Both companies are located in downtown Southern Pines and will have tickets available to pick up in stores. Tickets will also be available at Will Call onsite at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.

The military ticket policy covers all branches of service including Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, the National Guard and Reserves.

Tickets for fans start at $20 for a single-day grounds pass and $100 for a weekly grounds pass.  The Deuce Club Hospitality Packages start at $275.  For more information about tickets to the 2019 U.S. Amateur, visit usga.org.

For more information about all golf courses in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area, visit HomeofGolf.com.

Friday, July 19, 2019

GOLF Films' "Tiger Woods: Chasing History" Premieres July 22 at 8 p.m. ET

Two-Hour Film to Document Woods’ 81 Wins Chronologically, Detail Meteoric Ascension to Becoming One of the Greatest Athletes of the Past Century


(ORLANDO, Fla.) – In advance of Tiger Woods’ opening round at The 148TH Open today (10:10 a.m. ET), GOLF Channel announced details for its next GOLF Films project, Tiger Woods: Chasing History, which will premiere on Monday, July 22 at 8 p.m. ET. The film will present viewers with an up-tempo, chronological glimpse at the sights and sounds from each of Woods’ 81 professional victories, from his first at the Las Vegas Invitational in 1996, through the most recent win at the Masters earlier this year.

Beginning with the subdued “Hello world” declaration at a press conference on the eve of his first tournament as a professional in 1996, the film will chronicle Woods’ meteoric ascension to becoming one of the greatest athletes over the past century. Tiger Woods: Chasing History also will detail how Woods was able to popularize golf beyond the game’s diehards in a way never previously seen, which is demonstrated through excerpts from several of his appearances over the past two decades on entertainment and late night talk shows (within the chronological timeline of his 81 wins). Also included throughout the film are countless reactions and memorable broadcast calls – often in bewilderment and awe – from some of Woods’ most iconic and defining moments over the past nearly quarter century.

“You will see a sustained level of excellence that you’ve never seen before.”
– Earl Woods speaking on his son’s potential during a 1997 GOLF Channel interview

Currently a single victory shy of matching Sam Snead’s record of 82 wins for the most all-time on the PGA TOUR, the film also documents the advent of Woods wearing his signature red shirt on Sunday while he left scores of his professional golf peers staring up at his name at week’s end. Tiger Woods: Chasing History also reflects on the special bond between Woods and his father Earl, and the emotional response from Woods following Earl’s passing in 2006.

“My game is far from being at its peak, and you never really get there. But it’s a wonderful journey.” – Tiger Woods after winning the 1999 PGA Championship

Tiger Woods: Chasing is narrated by Emmy Award-winning producer and television host Carson Daly, who also competed against Woods during their junior golf careers in Southern California.

Following Tiger Woods: Chasing History, other GOLF Films scheduled to debut in 2019 include:
- On the eve of the PGA TOUR’s 20th annual Payne Stewart Award recognition (Sunday, August 18, 1 p.m. ET on NBC), GOLF Films will present an updated version of the Emmy-nominated Payne (2014), focusing on how the late Stewart’s charismatic spirit is being passed down to future generations of professionals.
- The Legend of East Lake (Monday, August 19, 10 p.m. ET on GOLF Channel): Reflecting on Bobby Jones and Tom Cousins’ impact on the East Lake (Atlanta) golf landscape and community, and recounting Tiger Woods’ unforgettable TOUR Championship victory last September.

NextLinks Brings Golf Gaming to Phoenix-area Entertainment Complex Through New Partnership

That’s Eatertainment Corp. Joins NextLinks to Create Breakthrough Social Experience


(Santa Ana, Calif.) – NextLinks, an industry leader in technology-driven golf entertainment, recently formed a strategic business partnership with the innovative entertainment-and-dining enterprise That’s Eatertainment Corp. (TEC) and will soon break ground on the alliance’s first joint project.

NextLinks CEO Dave Shultz says The Revelry, a nearly 62,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor dining and entertainment complex in Mesa, Arizona’s energetic and trendy Riverview district, will be the ideal showcase for NextLinks’ and TEC’s groundbreaking gaming platforms and TEC’s craft for combining exhilarating dining and entertainment experiences for all ages.

VIDEO LINK: NextLinks Shots in the Night

VIDEO LINK: That's Eatertainment Rendering

TEC’s signature gaming attraction is Modern Round, where visitors can play one-of-a-kind­ interactive on-screen games using high-tech simulated firearms in a lively atmosphere that also features a pleasing food menu and great array of craft cocktails. Gamified, completely-safe shooting challenges abound in Modern Round’s gaming galleries while the culinary offerings are a giant step above typical bar or entertainment complex fare.

“The variety of fun activities at The Revelry— from playing NextLinks putting games with friends or groups on our SmartGreens (which are powered by our proprietary software and laser-light system) to the exhilaration of Modern Round® and all of the outstanding food and drink options—is going to provide something greater Phoenix has never experienced before,” says Shultz.

The Revelry’s location, less than one mile from the Chicago Cubs’ Spring Training facility and a short distance from the Arizona State University campus puts the entertainment mini-mecca in the heart of one of greater Phoenix’s most popular social destinations. Morning Ritual, another TEC signature restaurant concept that will also be a part of The Revelry along with an upscale arcade and more dining options.

“NextLinks fits into the Revelry plan perfectly,” says Traci Thompson, TEC director of sales and marketing. “When our chief technology officer, Chris Castille played the NextLinks Putting Games at the ‘Shots in the Night’ installation at Indian Wells Golf Resort in Palm Springs, he knew instantly we had the perfect partner. He’s actually hooked on golf more than ever now.”

The Revelry will be home to the first indoor/outdoor NextLinks installation with a planned 14 NextLinks SmartGreen putting greens expected to be situated in an atrium that connects the complex’s two main buildings. “We’ve expanded the NextLinks SmartGreen gaming platform to accommodate more people on the greens at the same time and that’s going to lend itself wonderfully to large groups during the day or at night,” says Shultz. “In the evening when there’s live music and people enjoying this unique entertainment space, it’s going to be something special.”

Phase One of the Revelry project is expected to open to the public in January 2020 with Modern Round® and NextLinks in full swing and with Morning Ritual opening a short time later during the second phase of the complex’s construction.

Visit www.nextlinks.com to learn more about the NextLinks' joint venture with That's Eatertainment Corp.

Unboxing Lamkin Grips

We unboxed Lamkin golf grips at the Club + Resort Business office. Lamkin offers a complete line of grips – for every club in your bag. We checked out the Sonar Tour and Sonar Wrap grips for irons and woods, as well as several putter grips. Like everything else in golf, grips are very personal. One thing that can’t be dismissed as subjective, however, is the importance of playing with “fresh” grips. Worn grips aren’t good for any golfer and any time. Log onto www.lamkingrips.com and take the test to determine which grip is best for you.

Baltimore-Based Golf Instruction App Bolstered by European Tour

From left: Joe Plecker, Rick Geritz and Michael Hudak from Swing AI

A handful of times during a European Tour telecast, an instructor from “The Swing Index” will be brought in to give an evaluation. While it is free to download the app, Swing AI is charging subscribers a fee of $9.99 to get their swings assessed. The costs vary after that, depending on how many times golfers use the app and the level of instruction given. Online coaches are provided free of charge to the membership of the First Tee of Greater Baltimore.


The idea came to Rick Geritz in the middle of a member-guest event at Baltimore Country Club in the summer of 2015, the Baltimore Sun reported. Geritz had suddenly sliced some shots on the ninth hole. As he and playing partner Bob Phillips made the turn one shot off the lead, Phillips saw longtime Baltimore teaching pro Joe Plecker giving a lesson on the practice range.

Instead of going straight to the 10th tee, the pair went to see Plecker, The Sun reported.

“Bob yelled over to Joe, ‘My partner’s broken,’” Geritz recalled. “Joe said he was in the middle of a lesson. Bob convinced him to come over and he said, ‘I want to win this, you need to fix his slice right now!’”

In a matter of minutes, Plecker straightened out Geritz’s swing. Though he and Phillips wound up finishing second, the immediacy of the mini-lesson stuck with Geritz, The Sun reported. Three years later, Geritz joined with Plecker and Michael Hudak to form their company, Swing AI, in launching a golf teaching app.

A little more than a year after introducing what was then called “Play With The Pros” to the local golf community—fittingly the event was held at BCC while the Big Ten men’s championship was being staged there—what is now called “The Swing Index” is hoping to find a much larger, worldwide audience, The Sun reported.

In the leadup to The Open Championship, which began July 18 at Royal Portrush in Ireland, the European Tour announced its new partnership with Swing AI, The Sun reported. With the technology being integrated into every telecast of a European Tour event, “The Swing Index” has the potential to reach millions.

“This will go to the European Tour [on the Golf Channel] broadcast of 40 million viewers a week in 150 countries,” Geritz, who as the company’s chief executive officer used his background in technology to help fine-tune the app, The Sun reported.

According to Hudak, the Baltimore-based company’s chairman, “The Swing Index” will be utilized to follow why players are moving up and down the leaderboard and explain it in layman’s terms to those watching, The Sun reported.

The television analysts “don’t have the technology of what a top instructor would have and what he is seeing,” Hudak told The Sun. “What we can do is relate it to the everyday player—how did he hit that shot? A ball spins back to the hole. A lot of people would love to do it, but how do you do it?”

A handful of times during the telecast, an instructor from “The Swing Index” will be brought in to give their evaluation, The Sun reported.

“It’s going to be interactive, on-demand for that 4-hour broadcast,” Hudak said.

After turning off the telecasts, Geritz and his partners are hoping it leads weekend hackers to download the free app, The Sun reported. Instead of plunking down hundreds or even thousands of dollars for lessons, Swing AI is charging subscribers a fee of $9.99 to get their swings assessed. The costs vary after that depending on how many times golfers use the app and the level of instruction given.

“Once you send in your swing to be analyzed, you’re going to go on a journey,” Hudak said. “Your journey may be anywhere from $50 to $130. You can’t get a private lesson from a top instructor for less than $150 an hour.”

Since relaunching as “The Swing Index” in December, the app has recently passed 10,000 downloads, The Sun reported.

“That represents some 300,000 swings,” Geritz told The Sun.

“Our technology of evaluating that shot is no different than somebody sending in their swing,” said Hudak, a former club champion at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.

Geritz said he and his partners—another Baltimorean, Mike McSally, was brought in as the company’s president—have raised around $4 million from investors, who include 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott, The Sun reported.

Golf Magazine and Golf.com have also invested and have used Plecker, who has been one of the magazine’s top 50 instructors every year since 2017, to analyze Tiger Woods and, more recently, Brooks Koepka using “The Swing Index,” The Sun reported

“I even did Ben Hogan’s swing,” said Plecker, who is Swing AI’s chief swing officer.

Geritz knew that Plecker was the perfect teaching pro to be the face of the product, The Sun reported. A few years ago, Geritz was struggling to break 80 when he went to Plecker for a lesson.

“After three lessons, I broke 80,” recalled Geritz, whose handicap is now in single digits. “I was like, ‘Why is it the way that he teaches and talks to you and chooses what to go after makes a big difference?’”

Among those to benefit from “The Swing Index” is the First Tee of Greater Baltimore, where online coaches are provided free of charge to the membership of the two groups, The Sun reported. It was Hudak’s involvement with First Tee, where he has served as the local chapter’s vice chairman, that led him to joining up with Geritz and Plecker. Ironically, the introduction came from Phillips, whose need to have Geritz’s swing fixed by Plecker during a tournament planted the seed for the app itself.

“He knew I was trying to find some way of giving instruction to all my kids at the First Tee,” Hudak told The Sun. “At the time, I had 1,200 kids in the program and I couldn’t get them scaleable lessons. When I went down to the [golf] lessons and see the kids be coached, they all had cellphones. I was scratching my head and thinking, ‘If I can get affordable, accessible and personable lessons on a cell phone, I think I could give these kids the gift of golf.'”

Plecker personally coaches “a couple of thousand” players worldwide online, according to Geritz, but that number will grow exponentially as more find their way to “The Swing Index” app, The Sun reported. Geritz said Swing AI utilizes the expertise of 35 teaching pros worldwide, with the hope of expanding to around 100 with the exposure it will receive from the European Tour.

“Think of it as Uber,” Geritz said. “We have pros all over the world. Somebody sends in a swing from India, that might come into the pro in South Africa. It alerts them and within 10 minutes the pro looks at the swing and that artificial intelligence engine points to drills that they need to do. It will allow Joe Plecker to coach 100,000 people at one time.”

Geritz said getting a lesson with the help of “The Swing Index” is more comprehensive than spending an hour with a pro on the practice tee, The Sun reported.

“In many ways we’re decoupling the human action,” Geritz said. “In an in-person lesson, you’re with Joe, he’ll talk to you, you’ll hit a ball, he’ll look at your swing, and he’ll choose one of five things he’s going to fix. We can really only digest one fix [at a time].”

Plecker, who in 2016 was selected by the PGA of America as a Master Teaching Professional, said the foundation for “The Swing Index” is similar to what he and others, including his father—fellow Master Professional Coleman Plecker—have done for years on the practice tee, The Sun reported.

“This replicates what great teachers do on the lesson tee,” Plecker told The Sun. “Every pro, every golfer, has a mishit. Every golfer struggles with something in their game. What this does is that it helps identify with a teacher and creates a relationship online. It definitely calms the mishits.”

Said Hudak: “At the end of the day, we get an opportunity to interact with everyday golfers and help them get proper instruction for game improvement and enjoyment. They’ll play more and the game of golf grows. I want to grow the game of golf because it changed my life.”

Discover Puerto Rico Expands Dan Shepherd Public Relations Services

Agency to implement strategic communications program


(SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO) – Discover Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico’s first-ever Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), today announces that it has expanded the golf niche services to be designed and executed by Dan Shepherd Public Relations (DSPR).

Discover Puerto Rico retained DSPR in 2018 to perform a strategic audit of the Island destination’s golf product. It revealed an abundance of courses (17) and resorts collectively offering an array of designs, locations, course types, and price points, but lacking strategic brand and marketing consistency, clarity, and guidance. The DMO subsequently retained DSPR for several projects.

“Dan Shepherd PR aligns well with our research-driven approach and award-winning publicity and marketing campaigns,” said Leah Chandler, CMO of Discover Puerto Rico. “DSPR’s research illuminated a prime opportunity to grow the number of golf travelers to Puerto Rico. Increasing the volume of visitors experiencing all that Puerto Rico has to offer and supporting the tourism economy of the Island is our mission, one that we’re succeeding at and know DSPR will help us continue accomplishing.”

Puerto Rico’s history, tropical climate, natural scenery, traditional cuisine, beaches, and conviviality of island natives make it a coveted destination for travelers from around the world. It particularly appeals to Americans who can take direct flights from many cities without needing a passport to visit.

“Discover Puerto Rico CEO Brad Dean and CMO Leah Chandler are widely regarded as first-class industry innovators, and they’ve led the Island to tourism record highs in multiple categories after one year,” said Dan Shepherd, a golf and travel destination specialist since 2000. “Collaborating with them and the talented DMO team in promoting Puerto Rico’s exceptional golf product is an inspiring honor. We’re confident DSPR will help increasingly draw more Island visitors, not the least of which are golf destination aficionados.”

There are 17 golf courses on Puerto Rico (all welcoming public play), a significant number for the Island’s quaint size. They range in category from luxury resort to municipal, spread across all four sides of the Island – several clustered near historic San Juan – as well as located inland. Ocean front views, omnipresent palm trees, and mountain and rainforest vistas define the golf club settings. Price points, terrain, layout style, and related amenities are as varied as they are complementary. Specific details for the Island and its golf courses and resorts can be found at Discover Puerto Rico Golf.

For more information on Island golf courses, resorts, and other destination attractions, visit: DiscoverPuertoRico.com.

12-Time PGA Tour Winner Justin Leonard and Pain Specialist and Author Launch GolfForever

New Online Golf Exercise Video Program Ends Pain and Makes Golf Fitness Safer and More Accessible Than Ever Before


(ASPEN, CO) – Twelve-time PGA Tour winner Justin Leonard and chiropractor and pain specialist/author Dr. Jeremy James have teamed up to create the safest, most effective online golf exercise and training program available today. GolfForever – a customized series of detailed videos you can stream online at home, in the gym or on the golf course – is a research-based program that helps golfers of all fitness and skill levels develop the strength and mobility needed to relieve pain, prevent injury and optimize their body for the rigors of the golf swing.

Dr. Jeremy James with Justin Leonard
For too many, complaining of back pain on the 19th hole is just another part of the game.  GolfForever members gain access to hundreds of exclusive, step-by-step videos that help each person achieve their goals and play pain-free, physically-empowered golf.

“There are so many gimmicks golfers spend thousands of dollars on every year, yet when it comes to the most important tool to playing great golf – your body – many don’t ever address it or even know where to start,” says Leonard. “That’s why I am so excited partner with Dr. James and provide a tool that helps every golfer build a body that allows them to improve their swing, gain distance and truly achieve their potential. Especially for those playing golf in pain, GolfForever can not only enhance their enjoyment of the game, but the quality of their lives.”

While other golf-specific fitness programs tend to be aimed toward elite or competitive golfers, GolfForever provides a non-intimidating, easy-to-follow platform that appeals to golfers of all ages, body types and skill levels. It is the first online golf exercise program of scale that focuses on ending pain first, while giving a clear path to building a body that will help golfers play pain- and injury-free for years to come.

“Many people play golf as a form of exercise, but don’t realize that because the golf swing is an unnatural movement from a biomechanical standpoint, it can be damaging to their bodies if they don’t have the necessary strength, mobility and flexibility to repetitively withstand the motions,” says James, author of The Younger Next Year Back Book and founder of BackForever.com. “I created the GolfForever program because, when followed correctly and consistently, any golfer can create a body primed and ready for golf, and minimize the need for doctors, prescription drugs and even extreme measures like surgery.”

GolfForever, which launches with an introductory rate of $9.99 per month, can be accessed on desktop, tablet and mobile devices through its web browser and app-based platforms, giving golfers a seamless experience to follow the program easily and consistently wherever they are. Along with a customized library of strength, mobility and flexibility exercises each GolfForever member receives based on their personal assessment, they also receive exclusive course management content from Leonard, additional weekly content to help your body and game, a video consultation with James and full access to the comprehensive BackForever program.

For more information go to www.GolfForever.com or follow GolfForever on social media @GolfForeverProgram.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas Offers Unrivaled Caribbean Golf Getaways

Enjoy Three Celebrated Pete Dye-Designs Including Teeth of the Dog, World-Class Amenities


(LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic) – Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – home to the Caribbean’s premier, luxury golf experiences, including the iconic Teeth of the Dog course – is offering a duo of “stay-and-play” packages perfect for late summer and fall golf vacations in one of the most beautiful locales in the game.

Available through Dec. 19 and ideal for families, “golf buddy” trips and groups, the “Unlimited Teeth of the Dog with Breakfast” package starts at $199 (per person, per night). In addition to “all day” play on Teeth of the Dog, guests can also tee it up from dawn to dusk on the resort’s two additional Pete Dye-designed gems: Dye Fore (27 holes) and The Links (18).

The offer includes deluxe accommodations in the resort’s recently renovated guest rooms, full daily breakfast buffet at Lago Restaurant, use of a four-passenger golf cart to travel throughout the resort, complimentary Wi-Fi and use of the resort’s fitness center. All golf rounds are based on availability and include arrival and departure days. The secure, gated property is a peaceful oasis where guests are pampered daily by the welcoming, expert staff.

The “Unlimited Teeth of the Dog All Inclusive” golf package features all the components above plus daily breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and drinks by the glass at the resort’s signature restaurants or room service (extra delivery charge), unlimited horseback riding, use of the property’s tennis courts, one round at the 245-acre Shooting Club, non-motorized water sports and family program activities. This offers starts at $399 (per person, per night) and also runs through Dec. 19.

As a bonus through Oct. 31, all Casa de Campo golf packages include kids 21 years old and under playing and staying for free with each paid adult (in the same room or villa). The “kids play free” offer extends to à la carte golf rounds as well.

“Our two Teeth of the Dog golf packages are just the ticket to take full advantage of our ‘best of the best’ golf courses and luxury resort amenities,” says Jason Kycek, senior vice-president of sales and marketing. “Our sterling customer care starts from the moment guests enter through our gates with each member of our team helping to create a serene atmosphere to escape the hustle and bustle and simply have an unforgettable experience.”

Casa de Campo also offers an array of fully appointed villas perfect for golf groups and families. The villa options range from three to 11 bedrooms with stylish living areas, a private pool as well as myriad creature comforts. From secluded Garden Villas showcasing the area’s abundant flora to the tranquil splendor of the Caribbean coast in an Oceanfront Villa, each style offers contemporary designs. Daily breakfast, private maid service and full access to a wide range of on-site activities are additional highlights.

Villa stays also include use of four-passenger golf carts for easy travel throughout the 7,500-acre resort, complimentary Wi-Fi and unlimited use of the resort’s fitness center.

Since opening in 1974, Teeth of the Dog has been a “bucket list” layout for those seeking to play one of the top 50 golf courses in the world. Dye’s design hallmarks are all present: railroad ties, vast waste areas, peninsula greens and tees, hand-sculpted putting surfaces and a unique assortment of pot bunkers. “The Heaven 7” oceanfront holes are astoundingly beautiful, causing Dye to famously quip: “I created 11 holes and God created seven.”

The resort also showcases its new world-class Golf Learning Center. Highlighted by Trackman and BODITRAK technology, it features two indoor hitting bays for rapid game improvement, year-round training, individual and group golf lessons and schools, and expert club-fitting and repair. Residing on 21 acres of “pure grass,” the PGA Tour-quality facility also showcases practice greens for honing putting, chipping and pitching games as well as unlimited use of the pristine outdoor range for full shots. On-course instruction is also available.

For more information on Casa de Campo Resort & Villas call 800.877.3643, e-mail golf@ccampo.com.do or visit: www.casadecampo.com.do/.