Monday, September 16, 2019

Two-Time Champion Potter-Bobb Medalist for Third Time

(RELEASE) — Julia Potter-Bobb, of Indianapolis, Ind., followed Saturday’s record-tying round of 68 with a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to post a two-round total of 6-under 138 and earn medalist honors by four strokes in the 33rd U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship on the Meadow Course at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Potter-Bobb, 31, who was medalist or co-medalist twice before and won the championship both times (2013 and 2016), was one of six players to finish 36 holes at 1-under 143 or better. She was joined by 2018 semifinalist Michelle Butler, of Columbia, Mo., and Heather Wall, of Lakeland, Fla., both at 2-under 142 and three players – including defending champion Shannon Johnson, of Easton, Mass. – at 1-under 143.

“I’ve been in these events for so long that anything can happen,” said Potter-Bobb, a left-hander who played on Saturday and Sunday with Johnson and 2017 champion Kelsey Chugg, of Salt Lake City, Utah. “The thing I can say about this round is that I definitely left some out there. I’m sure Shannon and Kelsey would say the same thing. If we all peak at the same time along with other competitors out there, it will be one heck of a tournament.”

Caryn Wilson, 58, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., who joined Potter-Bobb on Saturday in becoming the third and fourth players to shoot a 68 in stroke play in U.S. Women’s Mid-Am history, bogeyed her last two holes on Sunday in a 3-over 75 to join Johnson and Megan Buck, of Easton, Mass., at 1-under 143. Mallory Hetzel, 32, of Virginia Beach, Va., the women’s golf coach at Old Dominion University, was one of three players at even-par 144, while Chugg and 2009 champion Martha Leach were among a group of five players at 1-over 145.

Lauren Greenlief, 29, of Ashburn, Va., the 2015 champion, shot 2-over 146 in stroke play and earned the No. 17 seed, while four-time champion Meghan Stasi, 41, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., shot 5-over 149 and is the No. 34 seed. Seven-time USGA champion Ellen Port, 57, of St. Louis, Mo., finished at 6-over 150 and is the No. 38 seed.

NOTABLE:

Megan Buck, 31, is no stranger to Forest Highlands, having played the course about 10 times while she competed on the women’s golf team at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Buck caddied for Shannon Johnson at this championship in 2016 and 2017 before qualifying for the first time last year at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. “When I came back this week and stood on the tees, a lot of it came back to me,” said Buck of the Meadow Course, where she shot 71-72 on the weekend. “Funny thing, the fairways seemed a little wider than they did back in the college days. There’s definitely a comfort level – I have my parents here, along with a bunch of our friends from Phoenix who came up to watch.” Buck, who lost to Lea Venable in the Round of 64 last year, earned the No. 5 seed and plays Nora Klein on Monday. “I learned a lot last year. I went into my first match feeling like I had to hit every shot perfect, and you don’t have to, of course. I just need to play my game and stay patient and it’ll all work out.”

Three players who played at Stanford University together advanced into the match-play bracket. Lila (Barton) Thomas, 29, of Dallas, of the class of 2012, earned the No. 13 in seed in match play with a 1-over total of 145. Sydney Ramskill, 29, of Salinas, Calif., also of the class of 2012, earned the No. 27 seed. Marissa Mar, 27, of San Francisco, of the class of 2014, was a semifinalist in 2017 at Champions Golf Club and earned the No. 45 seed.

Seven players from outside the United States advanced to match play, four of them from Canada. The highest seed among the seven is Ket Preamchuen Vanderpool, of Thailand, who earned the No. 24 seed and will play Tina Papatolis, of Canada. Christina Proteau, of Canada, a semifinalist in this championship in 2015 and a quarterfinalist two other times, earned the No. 31 seed and will play four-time champion Meghan Stasi on Monday. Sue Wooster, of Australia, a two-time runner-up in the U.S. Senior Women’s Mid-Amateur, earned the No. 42 seed.

QUOTABLE:

“I just hit all my bad shots on the same hole, No. 3, and made a double bogey. I went from bunker to bunker to bunker and afterward, I told my Mom I just wanted to put her to work on some raking jobs.” – Megan Buck, whose mother, Liz, caddied for her

“Patience is key here. Keep making good strokes and good shots, especially with this wind. Today was tough. I really like match play and this is the highest seed I’ve had, so I’m excited going into tomorrow.” – Heather Wall, of Lakeland, Fla., who earned the No. 2 seed at 2-under 142

“Where I made bogeys, I didn’t specifically commit to the line off the tee and was being a little complacent. It will be a fun match-play course. There’s lots of risk and reward. You can take some different angles if you want. The greens are rolling awesome, so there’s tons of birdies to be made.” – defending champion Shannon Johnson

WHATS NEXT:

Six players finished stroke play at 12-over 156, and they will play off at 7:30 a.m. local time for the final spot in the match-play bracket. Whoever emerges from that playoff will be the No. 64 seed and face Potter-Bobb. The Round of 64 will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the Round of 32 and Round of 16 will both be contested on Tuesday.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Wilson, Potter-Bobb Lead Way With 4-Under 68s

(RELEASE) - Two-time champion Julia Potter-Bobb, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Caryn Wilson, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., both shot 4-under-par rounds of 68 to lead the way on Saturday in Round 1 of stroke play for the 33rd U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship on the Meadow Course at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Potter-Bobb, 31, who won this championship in 2013 and 2016 and was the runner-up in 2014, and Wilson, 58, a semifinalist in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur two weeks ago, matched the lowest stroke-play score in U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur history. Two players had previously shot 68: Dawn Woodard in the first round of the 2005 championship at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas; and Lauren Greenlief in the second round of the 2017 championship at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas.

“This was the most solid round I’ve played in a long time,” said Wilson, who is one of two people, along with Althea Gibson, to have played in the U.S. Women’s Open in golf and tennis. “I had one bogey, and it was a good bogey. I putted well today.”

Potter-Bobb’s previous best stroke-play score in six championship starts was a 69 in her first Women’s Mid-Amateur round ever, in 2013 at Biltmore Forest Golf Club in Asheville, N.C. She went on to earn medalist honors and win the first of her two titles that year at age 25.

“I’m incredibly happy with how I played,” said Potter-Bobb, who was the oldest player to reach match play last month in the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club, where she lost in the first round. “It could have been better, but everyone says that. I’m very happy with being 4-under going into tomorrow.”

Potter-Bobb and Wilson each had five birdies against a lone bogey, with both blemishes coming on the par-4 sixth hole, a 369-yard par-4 that ranked as the seventh-toughest on the course today. Courtney McKim, 29, of Raleigh, N.C., a quarterfinalist in this championship in 2017, shot a 3-under 69, which matches 12 previous players who had that score in Women’s Mid-Amateur stroke-play history.

Sarah Gallagher, 46, of Canton, Ga., who missed the cut last year in her first USGA start in 25 years, was alone in fourth place after a 2-under 70. A total of seven players shot scores of 1-under 71, three of them USGA champions: seven-time champion Ellen Port (who has four of her titles in this championship), 2015 Women’s Mid-Am champion Lauren Greenlief and 2017 Women’s Mid-Am champion Kelsey Chugg, who was the runner-up last year to Shannon Johnson. Johnson, of Easton, Mass., opened with a 2-over 74.

NOTABLE:

Kelsey Chugg, 28, of Salt Lake City, Utah, has played in the last two finals of this championship, winning in 2017 and losing in 2018. In her first victory, she overcame an opening round of 85 to shoot 72 in Round 2 and won as the No. 50 seed. Last year, Chugg shot 75-75 and earned the No. 11 seed. On Saturday, she opened with 1-under 71, sparked by three consecutive birdies on her second nine. “I haven’t played a ton of tournaments this year. And in the first round, for whatever reason, I’ve had a mental block. It was nice to get in a 1-under-par round and come back on the back nine today.”

The Meadow Course at Forest Highlands played to a stroke average of 78.48 on Saturday, with the uphill, 359-yard par-4 18th playing as the toughest hole with a 4.51 average. The 130-yard, par-3 17th was the fourth-toughest hole at a 3.44 average, while the 499-yard, par-5 12th was the easiest hole at a 5.22 average.

Margaret (Shirley) Starosto, 33, of Woodstock, Ga., the 2014 champion and the runner-up in 2013 and 2015, was forced to withdraw from the championship for medical reasons on the 18th hole, her ninth of the day.

QUOTABLE:

“On these greens you have to pay attention. This was one of those days where I really matched my speed and my read. Sometimes you read it well and you don’t make anything. Today felt like the hole was bigger. I’ll enjoy it while I have it.” – Caryn Wilson

“We’re all really competitive and we want to win. You felt that through the entire group. Those two are so kind and so generous and fun to play with. I’m excited to play with them again tomorrow.” – Julia Potter-Bobb, who is grouped with fellow champions Kelsey Chugg and Shannon Johnson in Saturday and Sunday stroke play

WHATS NEXT: 

The field of 132 players will play Round 2 of stroke play on Sunday, with the low 64 scorers moving on to match play, starting on Monday.

Acclaimed Poconos Resort Anticipates Extra Spooky Halloween Season

Woodloch Pines gears up for fall and specialty Halloween weekends that feature haunted hayrides, pumpkin painting, costume parties and more


(Hawley, PA) – Coming off the bustling summer season, Woodloch Pines, an award-winning, all-inclusive family resort, looks forward to the tranquility of fall in the picturesque Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains. Gorgeous autumnal colors on the trees, crisp cooler air, and delectable fall treats (pumpkin spice everything!) are just the tip of the iceberg at this popular destination. Fall also marks the start of Woodloch’s spooky season with the main event being their signature haunted hayrides, one of the family resort’s most popular annual attractions.

For over 25 years now, Woodloch has been thrilling guests with their eerie haunted hayrides, which have only become more elaborate over time. Wagons wind their way through the resort’s heavily wooded nature trail, transformed to mimic scenes from popular horror films, and Woodloch’s enthusiastic Activities Staff embody the frightening characters straight out of those movies. The haunted hayrides include sound effects, pyrotechnics, expert lighting and professional costumes and makeup on staffers. While the rides’ “secret ingredients” remain classified information, guests can look forward to brand new scares showcasing a black light fun house, a haunted carousel, and Game of Thrones themed characters.

In addition to their trademark haunted hayrides, Halloween Weekend stays at Woodloch feature:
- Pumpkin Painting
- Trick or Treating
- Halloween Scavenger Hunts
- Halloween Costume Parties with games and prizes
- Competitive contests such as “Halloween Wars" and "Boo-Lympics”
- Indoor pool, hot tubs, and Splash Zone featuring a double corkscrew super slide and “Superdome” water tower which sends 300 gallons of water splashing down every few minutes
- Some of the family resort’s most popular amenities such as a zip-line and climbing wall, go-karts, bumper cars, and a Broadway-style theme show

Woodloch’s Activities Director, Joey Ranner, remarks, “I think both staff and guests would agree that our Halloween weekends are some of the most fun of the year. Our staff outdoes themselves getting into character and creating extra spooky scenes. The production value is great, and our guests are amazed and pleasantly spooked by the entire experience. Their reactions make the rides that much more memorable!”

Halloween Weekend rates start at $199 per adult, per night. To obtain more information or to book a stay, plase visit woodloch.com or call 1-800-Woodloch.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

New Balance Launches Fresh Foam Technology in Golf Footwear, Creating a Cloud-Like Feel

(Boston, Mass.) - New Balance Golf introduces the Science of Soft with its new golf footwear line featuring Fresh Foam technology. New Balance's Fresh Foam technology utilizes data-driven designs to determine zones in the midsole where altering levels of compression and resistance are aligned to provide ultra-soft cushioning and lateral stability. The company first introduced Fresh Foam in performance running shoes and is now used across almost all categories of New Balance footwear.

Fresh Foam Technology

CUSH+ - A molded insole for superior comfort and lateral stability

FRESH FOAM - An innovative midsole with a data-driven design that identified zones in the midsole where altering levels of compression and resistance are aligned to provide ultra-soft cushioning and lateral stability.

SMART RUBBER OUTSOLE - The spikeless outsole on the Fresh Foam LinksSL has omni-directional traction lugs with pressure mapping colors to highlight key performance zones.

Fresh Foam LinksPro 

For the very first time, Fresh Foam LinksPro introduces the extraordinary softness of Fresh Foam to the fairways of golf.  The golf shoe features a waterproof microfiber leather and performance mesh upper with a bootie construction for a sock-like fit.  This shoe's lacing system incorporates TPU eyestay's for a lock-down fit and feel.  With a full-length Fresh Foam midsole, the LinksPro provides a cloud-like feel and comfort for the long haul. The Exoskeleton TPU outsole is designed to move with the natural motion of the foot, and utilizes the FastTwist®3.0 removable Pulsar cleats for ultimate stability.  The Fresh Foam LinksPro is backed by a two-year waterproof warranty.

Fresh Foam LinksPro Specifications
- Weight: 11.6 oz.
- Color: White / Black, Black
- Sizes: 7 -12, 13, 14; Widths: D, 2E, 4E
- Warranty: Two-year limited waterproof**
- Retail Pricing: $119.95
- Availability: October 21, 2019

Fresh Foam LinksSL
The Fresh Foam LinksSL offers all the performance and technology of the Fresh Foam LinksPro but features a waterproof performance mesh upper & spikeless smart rubber outsole. The smart rubber outsole has pressure mapping colors to highlight key performance zones during the swing.

Fresh Foam LinksSL Specifications
- Weight: 11.4 oz.
- Color: Black, Grey, White / Navy
- Sizes: 7 -12, 13, 14, 15; Widths: D, 2E, 4E
-Warranty: Two-year limited waterproof**
- Retail Pricing: $99.95
- Availability October 21, 2019

Women's Fresh Foam LinksSL
The Women's Fresh Foam LinksSL provides a high performance spikeless golf shoe that features the ultimate in comfort, fit and stability. The lightweight waterproof microfiber leather and performance mesh upper combined with the Fresh Foam midsole and molded CUSH+ insole is pure comfort on every step. Backed by a two-year waterproof warranty, the forefoot has a welded water-guard for added protection.

Women's Fresh Foam LinksSL Specifications
- Weight: 9.0 oz.
- Color: Black, Grey, White
- Sizes: 6 -11; Widths: B, D
- Warranty: Two-year limited waterproof**
- Retail Pricing: $89.95
- Availability October 21, 2019

As with all New Balance golf shoes, comfort begins right out-of-the-box with the Fresh Foam Links. To view the entire collection of footwear, visit www.newbalance.com.

Friday, September 13, 2019

New Custom ARGOLF Putter Unboxing!

Check out the new Mordred putter from Argolf. If you're a fan of King Arthur, you're aware of the name. If you're a fan of golf, you should make sure you're aware of this brand.

Learn more at www.argolfusa.com.

Mission Inn Resort & Club Names New Executive Director of Sales & Marketing

(HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla.) — Roy Schindele, who has extensive resort sales and marketing experience, has been named the new Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for Mission Inn Resort & Club, an award-winning golf and spa resort located 25 minutes northwest of Orlando.

Roy Schindele
Schindele joins Mission Inn after 14 years as Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando.  A highly motivated and self-directed team leader, Schindele was responsible for marketing the 70-room Lodge, 27 holes of golf, golf academy, full-service spa, tennis academy, meeting space, marina, aquatic and fitness center as well as Palmer’s club and hotel property in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Growing up in an entrepreneurial household, Schindele worked his way up the ladder in Fairfield Medical, the family business, and by the age of 21, was overseeing a 60-person operation. When the business sold in 1986, Schindele, who held patents and trademarks many on numerous products, started a fashion design company with the most successful product being the Earling, which he marketed to Claire’s Boutiques, Macy’s, Walt Disney World and many boutiques around the country.

It was after selling his fashion company that his career took a turn toward hospitality and he founded Receptive Travel & Tour Company, known as IFC – International Florida Connections in Orlando. He later become a consultant for the Werby family, which owned a 625-room resort in Disney World, before joining Bay Hill.

“We are confident in Roy’s abilities to take us to the next level,” said Bud Beucher, Co-Owner, Vice President & General Manager of Mission Inn Resort.  “With his varied experience in so many different businesses, Roy will play a significant role in guiding our sales and marketing efforts.”

Schindele attended King School, a college prep school in Stamford, Connecticut, before attending the University of Connecticut and Marymount College in New York. He is a member of several professional organizations including Meeting Planners International, Florida Society of Association Executives, and Incentive Travel Exchange, to name a few.

Schindele is a Florida State licensed soccer coach and enjoys mentoring children through the sport.

Mission Inn Resort & Club is situated amid citrus groves and rolling hills. Surrounded by lakes, the picturesque location features classic Spanish Colonial style architecture throughout the property; 176 graciously appointed guestrooms, suites, and villas; as well as three restaurants and two lounges. Amenities include two, 18-hole golf courses, tennis courts, lakefront marina, and miles of nature trails.

For more information call (800) 874-9053 toll-free, or (352) 324-3101 direct, or visit www.missioninnresort.com.

Check out the QuieTech EFI golf car from Yamaha

Cruise the course in style with the QuieTech EFI from Yamaha. It's the quietest gas cart on the market and boasts a tiny carbon footprint. Learn more at www.yamahagolfcar.com.

SkyCaddie SX500 Replaced Yardage Book on Staysure Tour for Sinclair Invitational Winner


(RIDGELAND, MS) — SkyGolf, maker of SkyCaddie, the most trusted Rangefinder in Golf, announced that Englishman David Shacklady used his SkyCaddie SX500 to help win last weekend’s Staysure Tour Sinclair Invitational at Hanbury Manor in the UK.

Shacklady loves the SX500 so much that he no longer uses the yardage book on tour. “I don’t find any need for the yardage book now. I get absolutely everything off the SkyCaddie” he said. Paul Streeter, who finished third in the tournament, agrees, stating, “The yardage book is on borrowed time.”

Competitors can purchase detailed yardage books for each Staysure Tour event they play in, but with almost half the Staysure Tour field now using a SkyCaddie SX500 for their yardages the days may be numbered for old-fashioned yardage books on Tour.

Shacklady’s final hole on Sunday provided the perfect example of why the SX500 is revolutionizing golf for competitors on the Staysure Tour.

“The 18th hole typified how I use my SkyCaddie SX500. I had the day’s pin position pre-loaded, but as it was an uphill second shot to a two-tier green it was more important to know the yardage to the ridge. Also, I wanted to know how much space there was beyond the pin.

“On shots like that you know the ball won’t stop immediately, so just knowing distance to the pin isn’t enough.

“Both me and my caddie Ash have an SX500, so with the cursor we worked out a yardage to a landing area safely on the top tier. It gave me a clear picture in my mind as to what I was hitting into, and I hit one of my best shots of the day to under four feet.

“It would have been impossible to do that with a laser, and I also have no need for the Tour yardage book now. I get absolutely everything I need from the SkyCaddie SX500, as quick as you like.”

On Sunday, Shacklady shot a final round 66 to win by a shot from Austria’s Markus Brief, with Streeter shooting 71 to finish third at the Hertfordshire golf course. The win propels Shacklady into fifth place on the year’s Order of Merit, with Streeter just outside the Top Ten in thirteenth place.

“We congratulate David on his victory,” said Jacqui Surman, SkyGolf Senior VP and COO. “This is our third win on the Staysure Tour in recent months, and we’re thrilled to see Europe’s best golfers using the SX500 to give them all the information they need on the course. The pros know that they can trust our data because SkyCaddie is the only company that walks each course to record critical target points on every hole.”

The SX500, which recently received the Best Handheld GPS award in the MyGolfSpy 2019 GPS Buyers Guide, also has the ability to show the day’s pins, which is crucial to an elite golfer.

Streeter scored the SX500’s first victory in late 2018, when winning the Costa Blanca Benidorm Senior Masters last December. Two other SkyCaddie SX500 users, Peter Baker and James Kingston, are also in the current Top Ten of the Staysure Tour Order of Merit.

For more information about the SkyCaddie SX500, visit www.skygolf.com.

Discover Puerto Rico through Its Food, Golf and Traveler Friendly Assets

(SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO) – An array of tropical courses, lodging venues, and an eclectic spectrum of eateries make traveler friendly Puerto Rico an island oasis where everyone’s tastes and preferences are welcomed and satisfied.

Arriving in Puerto Rico is a relative breeze. Air hub of the Caribbean, it is particularly appreciated by American citizens who don’t require a passport to enter the bilingual Island where the U.S. dollar is its currency. Further enhancing travel convenience, Puerto Rico features numerous non-stop flights from major cities in North America, particularly along the Eastern Seaboard.

Lodging choices proliferate, from boutique resorts (Royal Isabela) and first-class hospitality brands – Hyatt, Wyndham Grand, St. Regis, Ritz-Carlton Reserve – to hundreds of Airbnb locales, all located near one or more of the Island’s 17 golf courses. Choices range from romantic suites or sumptuous private villas, to a variety of amenity-rich hotels that cater to families, business travelers, or groups.

Golf choices include something for every level of player. For trophy hunters who want to play where the pros play, The Resort at Coco Beach, a Hyatt affiliated hotel with two 18-hole courses, is a top pick. The PGA TOUR’s Puerto Rico Open is played there annually in February on the Championship Course, which features both mountain and ocean views. Located near San Juan, Coco Beach is one of many ocean view golf resorts on the Island. Others include TPC Dorado Beach, Royal Isabela, St. Regis Bahia Beach, Palmas Athletic Club, Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club, and Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Golf and Beach Resort.

Those who enjoy going to places outside of metro areas, or non-resort venues, have several popular choices. Punta Borinquen Golf Club sits stunningly on a promontory overlooking the sea in western Puerto Rico near where world surf championships have been held frequently. The courses at Rio Bayamon, El Legado, Club Deportivo del Oeste, and Caguas Real provide a set of playing selections that exude authentic Puerto Rican culture and diverse after-golf leisure attractions.

Puerto Rico gratifies food and beverage aficionados. Gastronomic delights accentuate stay-and-golf experiences in Puerto Rico, which is renowned for its flavors and food fusions. From Puerto Rican Street Food Tours to multi-course meals at five-star restaurants, everyone can find their culinary sweet spot. Birthplace of the Pina Colada, the Island’s Bacardi factory is a popular stop for tropical libations.

Late summer and fall are laden with travel value in Puerto Rico, where high season begins after Thanksgiving. It’s a prime time to enjoy special rates at lodging venues and the 17 public-access golf courses, which span from luxury resort to municipal, spread across all four sides of the Island and inland. Ocean front views, omnipresent palm trees, and mountain and rainforest vistas define their settings. Price points, terrain, layout style, and related amenities are varied and complementary.

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

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Michelle Wie Joins Golf Channel as Solheim Cup Guest Analyst

Five-Time Solheim Cup Veteran to Provide Analysis for GOLF Channel’s Solheim Cup Wraparound News Coverage on Golf Central Friday-Sunday


(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Major champion and five-time Solheim Cup veteran Michelle Wie will join GOLF Channel’s broadcast team as a studio analyst for the network’s Solheim Cup news coverage on Golf Central, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15, following live competition each day. Wie will make her debut on Friday’s Golf Central at 1:30 p.m. ET following Solheim Cup Day 1 live coverage.

“I’m excited to join the GOLF Channel crew to give my views and inputs on a great event that means so much to me,” said Wie.

Wie also is scheduled to contribute to GOLF Channel’s digital and social media platforms on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, including GOLF Channel Instagram story takeovers and other behind-the-scenes content. Joining Wie in-studio as an analyst for Golf Central will be GOLF Channel analyst and former LPGA Tour professional Paige Mackenzie.

Wie has competed on five consecutive U.S. Solheim Cup teams (2009-2017). Earlier this summer, she announced she was taking the remainder of the year off from competitive golf to recover from injuries and wrist surgery.

GOLF Channel will air nearly 30 hours of live coverage of the Solheim Cup matches Friday-Sunday, from the first tee shot to the final putt, taking place at the historic PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles in Scotland. The United States currently holds the Solheim Cup, having successfully defended in Des Moines, Iowa in 2017.

TOURNAMENT BROADCAST TEAM: GOLF Channel’s tournament coverage of the Solheim Cup will be led by play-by-play host Terry Gannon and two-time U.S. Solheim Cup team captain Judy Rankin. Grant Boone and two-time European Solheim Cup team member Karen Stupples will rotate with Gannon and Rankin in the booth during the three days of coverage. Tom Abbott will serve as a hole announcer, with Kay Cockerill, Jerry Foltz, Jim Gallagher, Jr. and Stupples following the U.S. and European teams on the ground as course reporters. Lisa Cornwell will conduct interviews in addition to reporting on-site for Golf Central.

DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE: GOLF Channel Digital is providing expanded editorial coverage during Solheim Cup week, with senior writer Randall Mell and staff writer Brentley Romine reporting on-site. GOLF Channel will cover the Solheim Cup throughout the week on network’s social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, with Wie contributing to its platforms Friday-Sunday.

All three days of Solheim Cup match play coverage will be streamed live via GOLF Channel Digital, NBCSports.com as well as via the GOLF Channel and NBC Sports apps. In addition, news and complementary coverage surrounding the Solheim Cup, including the opening and closing ceremonies, also will be streamed live.

NBC SPORTS GROUP TO IMPLEMENT POPULAR “PLAYING THROUGH” ENCHANCED COMMERCIAL BREAKS: Making its debut on NBC at the Ryder Cup in 2016, GOLF Channel will implement the popular “Playing Through” enhancement in an effort to elevate the viewing experience of the Solheim Cup. NBC Sports Group is partnering with several national advertisers to present select “Playing Through” commercial breaks which will employ a split-screen model that will display both the commercial with audio as well as a continuous feed of the Solheim Cup action.

GOLF Channel Solheim Cup Week Programming (all times Eastern)
Friday, Sept. 13 - 3 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Solheim Cup, Day 1
Friday, Sept. 13 - 1:30-2 p.m. - Golf Central
Saturday, Sept. 14 - 3 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Solheim Cup, Day 2
Saturday, Sept. 14 - 1:30-3 p.m. - Golf Central
Sunday, Sept. 15 - 6:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. - Solheim Cup, Final Day
Sunday, Sept. 15 - 1-3 p.m. - Golf Central - Closing Ceremony

The United States defeated Europe 16.5 – 11.5 at the 2017 Solheim Cup in Des Moines, Iowa, the U.S. team’s largest margin of victory since 1996. The win also was the second straight for U.S. captain Juli Inkster, tying Judy Rankin as the only women for either side to lead two victorious Solheim Cup teams.

Zero Friction Offers Golf Gloves with Logos from College, NFL Teams Around the Country

(OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL) – Football fever is building around the country, as NFL and college teams have begun the 2019 season. Now is the time to show support for your favorite teams by wearing their logos. And logo’d items are not limited to apparel.

Zero Friction makes high-quality, technologically advanced products for golfers worldwide, including its award-winning line of colorful golf gloves. Zero Friction compression fit synthetic golf gloves are now available with your favorite college and NFL teams.

Each glove comes with a magnetic double-sided ball marker emblazoned with your favorite team’s emblem, and a Zero Friction performance tee, color matched to the glove. Choose your glove color and get ready to show your team spirit out on the course. These gloves make the perfect gift for every golfer in your life.

“Our licensed gloves and Supertubes featuring the top teams are one of Zero Friction’s hottest selling items,” said John Iacono, Founder and President of Zero Friction. “It’s a terrific way to show support for your favorite teams on the golf course while utilizing a quality product that will help your game.”

Zero Friction’s successful SuperTube packaging of color-matched glove, Spectra distance golf balls and tees recently won the ING Industry Honors Product Ingenuity award. The honor was awarded by the non-profit, media-based International Network of Golf at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show.

To view a selection of football-logo’d Zero Friction products, visit www.zerofriction.com/fan-shop.

For more information, visit www.zerofriction.com, or call 630-317-7700.

Special Events, Fall Value Prices Make Circling Raven Ideal for Golf Rounds and Packages through October

(Worley, Idaho) – Circling Raven combines award-winning golf with seasonal specials through October. Events include a paired Whisky and Cigar Tasting (Sept. 20) and Oktoberfest (Oct. 5). Fall reduced pricing for rounds and stay-and-play packages begin Oct. 7, and an End of Season Bash culminates what has been a banner year for the celebrated golf club.

The No. 1-rated public course in Idaho and amenity of Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, Circling Raven offers the opportunity to pair first-class golf with Whisky and Cigars, featuring Scotch from the Highlands, Lowlands & Islay regions. Only $20 per person at the golf club’s Twisted Earth Grill, with live music on the deck.

In addition to rolling birdie putts across immaculate greens, roll out the barrel and your clubs for Oktoberfest at Circling Raven with local brews and brats between hole nos. 1 and 10.

Close out the season at Circling Raven on Oct. 27 and enjoy 15% off green fees, huge discounts on all Circling Raven apparel, and 19th hole specials. The club will also be offering substantial financial incentives for pre-scheduling 2020 events this fall.

“We wanted to make 2019 special, to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of our first full season,” said Circling Raven’s Director of Golf David Christenson, PGA. “Judging by the tremendous patronage from our exceptional guests and visitors, we are successfully doing so. These upcoming events continue what has been an incredible year; our patrons will love the value and creativity of them.”

Playing rates include 18 holes, golf cart with GPS, and range balls for use at the 25-acre practice facility. Prices for green fees and Stay & Play packages drop through season’s end beginning on Oct. 7. The course doesn’t charge tax on its playing rates, food and beverage, or golf shop merchandise, an additional budget saver.

Owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and designed by Gene Bates, the esteemed course is such an exceptional value that it ranked No. 17 in Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses Re-Ranked by Price.” It’s highly unique setting – 620 acres of pristine Palouse Region terrain – is more than three times the amount of land used by most golf courses. This allowed the Tribe and Bates to let the layout flow naturally, rather than contriving a routing.

Call to book at 1.800.523.2464, or get more information from Circling Raven’s website. Or consider a stay-and-play package, an ideal way to enjoy Circling Raven’s extraordinary setting on 620 acres by day, the amenity rich Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel afterward.

Golf Open House for Women Scheduled at the Golf Learning Center at The Sea Pines Resort

Clinics, Clothing, and Equipment All Part of Complimentary Day-Long Experience


(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – Julie Cole—one of the LPGA’s Top 50 Teachers and newest member of The Sea Pines Resort golf staff—will host a complimentary open house for women golfers on Wednesday, September 18 from 9 am – 4 pm at the Golf Learning Center at The Sea Pines Resort.

“One of the goals I had when I came on board was to offer more opportunity for women golfers,” said Cole, who won 12 tournaments worldwide during 20 years as a playing professional. “I’m excited to be hosting the first of what I hope are many women’s golf days at Sea Pines.”

Registration and check-in begin at 9 am followed by three, 30-minute morning demonstrations on putting, pitching, and full swing led by Cole and The Sea Pines Resort golf staff.  Lunch will be available at Fraser’s Tavern from noon-1:30 pm, with a 20% food and beverage discount offered to the open house participants. The afternoon line-up includes a “15-Minute Fast Fit” with golf equipment fitter Marcus Hunt and specialized full-swing clinics with Cole.  Full swing clinics are first-come, first-served; reservations are required for the "15-Minute Fast Fit.”

In addition to clinics, new equipment for women from PING, Cobra, and Nancy Lopez Golf will be available for testing. Puma, EP Pro, and Fairway & Greene will also be on hand to showcase the latest golf fashions.

To register, contact first assistant golf professional Scott Holmes at (843) 363-8382.

Sir Nick Faldo Offers Golf Fans the Chance to 'Live Like a Legend' at His Paradise Venue

Six-time Major winner launches trip of a lifetime to experience his Vietnamese design and home of Faldo Series Asia Grand Final


(Laguna Lăng Cô, Hue, Vietnam) — British sporting icon and six-time Major winner, Sir Nick Faldo, has today launched the opportunity of a lifetime, offering two lucky golf fans the chance to live like a legend for a week at a resort he calls ‘his paradise.’

They will join Sir Nick at Laguna Lăng Cô, a 5-star Banyan Tree resort in Vietnam featuring a Faldo Design Signature golf course and three hotels (Banyan Tree Lang Co, Angsana Lang Co and Laguna Park Town Homes), during the week of the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in March 2020.

Staying in one of Sir Nick’s favourite Banyan Tree Residence Villas, the winner and their friend will get to experience what makes Laguna Lăng Cô such a special resort, whilst playing golf, receiving spa treatments, enjoying the Faldo Series tournament action, evening entertainment and watching clinics given by Sir Nick.

To win a chance to Live Like A Legend with Sir Nick Faldo, all golf fans need to do is head to www.lagunalangco.com/en/golf/live-like-a-legend/ to enter, telling Sir Nick what traits and characteristics they believe makes a legend. The lucky winner, who will share the experience with a partner, family member or friend of their choice, will be announced by Sir Nick Faldo on his Twitter page later in the year.

Located within the greater Laguna Lăng Cô integrated resort, just 50km from the famous and historic city of Hue, Laguna Golf Lăng Cô is an award-winning layout, which has been designed with links-like characteristics adjacent to the East Vietnam Sea, set against an amphitheatre-like mountainous backdrop and carved through ancient rice paddies.

Earlier this year Laguna Golf Lăng Cô earned ‘Signature’ status within the six-time Major winner’s Faldo Design portfolio, representing the premium tier of his golf course creations. The Sir Nick Faldo Signature designation is awarded to course designs which have a particularly close relationship with the man himself and which reflect his personal commitment to design quality, environmental sustainability and maintenance standards.

On unveiling the chance to live like a legend, Europe’s most successful golfer of all time, Sir Nick Faldo, said: “Laguna Golf Lăng Cô is a very special place. I realised that from the moment I arrived there and it’s a location I call paradise, one which I love coming back to year after year. It’s undoubtedly one of the very best that Asia has to offer and a design of which I am particularly proud, not only because of its original design but also the manner in which the golf course has been continuously upgraded and improved since it was first opened for play. For the winner, the chance to relax and unwind with me and the Faldo Series team at the Asia Grand Final, it really will be a week to remember for them.”

Adam Calver, Director of Golf at Laguna Lăng Cô, said: “We are hugely proud of the relationship our resort has with Sir Nick, he’s one of the legends of the game and has played a significant role in the success of Laguna Golf Lăng Cô and putting it on the global golfing map.

“With world-class facilities and hospitality here at the resort, our winner will not be disappointed, and we look forward to showing them what makes Banyan Tree Villas and Laguna Golf Lăng Cô one of the finest golf experiences in world golf, and why Sir Nick speaks so highly of the resort.”

The course is also the current host venue for the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final for the next few years.  Sir Nick Faldo’s global junior series expanded into Asia in 2006, recognising the huge potential on the Asian junior golf circuit. Helping to reach more juniors around the world, by introducing them to the game through grassroots initiatives, is at the heart of the Faldo Series’ expansion to other corners of the globe.

Like Europe and other regions, boys and girls aged 12 to 21 compete for WAGR points, aiming to meet Sir Nick at the Grand Final.

The Live Like A Legend contest is open worldwide to Over 18’s only. Full Terms and Conditions apply. To view the Terms and Conditions visit www.lagunalangco.com/en/golf/live-like-a-legend/terms-and-conditions/

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Adaptive Golf Championship to be Held at Arcis Golf Property in Las Vegas

(BURR RIDGE, Ill.) — The United States Adaptive Golf Alliance (USAGA), comprised of 37 national adaptive golf organizations, will hold its annual championship at Arcis Golf’s Desert Pines Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 8 - 10. The USAGA INTERNATIONAL will include golfers with various physical and sensory challenges (para-golfers) from around the world and will be played in accordance with new national ranking and competition standards released earlier this year by USAGA.

The event has also been approved by the United States Golf Association (USGA) as a World Ranking for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD) event where para-golfers can earn points toward world ranking.

“This is a big step for USA disabled competitive golfers, to know where they stand against their competitive contemporaries, never known until today,” says EQ Sylvester, Chairman, USAGA. “It also adds excitement as each competitive player will reach for the bracket above, not to be outdone!”

In May 2019, USAGA published its first-ever national Ranking and Competition Standards for golfers with disabilities in the United States. The ranking system, called USAGR, and its accompanying standards, closely follows the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) eligibility criteria and their long-standing belief that para-athlete competitors should be classified in separate divisions, called ‘sport classes,’ based on the athlete’s level of impairment and relative challenge to play their particular sport.

The USAGA’s standards were a product of years of data analyses and conversations with the long-time stakeholders of the American disabled-golf industry.  The standards classify para-golfers into 14 different sport classes, provide yardage allowances for some of the more-challenged sport classes (much like the game already provides for age and gender) and provide competitive pathways to the highest levels through multiple events run by its member organizations. The season culminates with the USAGA INTERNATIONAL, where a USA Para-Golf team is announced, comprised of the top-two ranked para-golfers from each sport class. Special awards are also given to the top-ranked male and female golfers for the season, as well as top performers for the week.

To register to play: www.usaga.org/usaga-international.html

Check out the Yamaha Beverage Cart — UMAX Bistro


The UMAX Bistro by Yamaha is amazing. It's like a clubhouse on wheels. The company listened to its end users and took the beverage cart to another level.

Learn more at www.yamahagolfcar.com.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

HEAD Teams with Up Town Sport for Innovative, Fashionable Performance Golf Apparel Collection

(NEW YORK) - Up Town Sport, Inc. has been licensed by HEAD Sport GmbH in a multi-year agreement to design, manufacture and distribute an extensive collection of HEAD Golf branded apparel in North America and the Caribbean. HEAD is an iconic brand with a rich history of creating high performance products as evidenced by their positioning in both Winter Sports and Racquet Sport.

Up Town Sport President and golf veteran Robert Haley knows the brand since 1986 as he was intimately involved in the Golf Apparel business by then says: “Up Town Sport is committed to continuing with the Brand’s Heritage and to explore further HEAD’s wonderful history in the golf area. Our management team has 100+ years of experience in golf design, sales, manufacturing and service, and will draw on this extensive expertise to bring HEAD Golf Apparel back to prominence in the Golf Market.

Giuseppe Faranna, Vice President and Division Manager Licensing at HEAD Sport GmbH mentioned: “For us it’s a big thing to start again with Up Town Sport, Inc. in the area of Golf Apparel, for what we have been preparing this now for a while in order to be sure to make it right and with the right partner. We trust into the long experienced management team of Up Town Sport, Inc. and are excited to see some innovative and high quality garments into our HEAD Golf collection. Especially to have Robert Haley on board will help us to gain trust mutually at the retail/buyers level as well as on player’s level.”

Up Town Sport will embroider, ship, and service the HEAD product from their facilities in nearby Westchester County, NY. This will provide quick turnaround times and an unparalleled level of service to their customers via an experienced office staff along with a Nationwide team of veteran golf sales representatives. These Collections will include Polo’s, 1/4Zips, Golf Outerwear, Sweaters and Shorts.  

The positioning will be at the premium level with the product reflecting innovation and attention to detail in every style.

Launch of the collection at retail will be expected by Oct. 15, 2019.

Visit the upcoming site www.headgolfapparel.com.

Oxbow Country Club Re-Opens

Robert Trent Jones, Jr. returned to North Dakota to rebuild one of his earliest designs, saving the course—and nearby residents—from flooding


(Palo Alto, California) — Oxbow Country Club in Oxbow, North Dakota, reopened this month following an extensive and comprehensive renovation by Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects (RTJ II).

The course, originally built in 1975 near the Red River, was one of Jones’s earliest designs. Hugging the river’s U-shaped “oxbow” bends from which it took its name, the course quickly became recognized as one of the region’s premier layouts.

The five-year-long renovation program was largely instituted to mitigate flooding issues. Many years, in springtime and after common winter snow melt, the Red River would flood, putting the course and 42 nearby homes in jeopardy. The cities of Fargo and Moorhead formed a diversion authority that proposed flood protection for the entire region, including Oxbow.  The first phase of the diversion project involved building a levee for flood protection around the Oxbow community. However, the levee bisected the existing course, necessitating the relocation of the clubhouse and more than half the golf holes.

The “new” Oxbow golf course—with 18 new or renovated holes—is beautifully and subtly designed, featuring gorgeous prairie views and striking bluegrass and fescues. The wind, or “the invisible hazard” according to Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Chairman and Master Architect, comes into play on this wide-open layout. Accordingly, the RTJ II team made sure the fairways have enough room to play in any and all winds, leaving room for the ball to move. Some of the blue grass species selected can handle the winter winds and desiccation that occurs, while accents such as Ohio's Best Sand in bunkers and concrete paths throughout the course will ensure that the new Oxbow remains the most impressive course in the region.

The land for the new holes came from a farm field just south of the existing course. “It was as flat as a pancake,” explained Bruce Charlton, RTJ II President and Chief Design Officer, “but we were able to fit in all the new homes and the relocated homes. It sounds a little like a jigsaw puzzle, but it was fun to figure out, tying existing holes with the new ones and giving them the same characteristics.”

That includes elevation. Eight of the new holes now play “against” the levee, which rises 14-20 feet above the landscape. And with the relocation, the course was losing its original river oxbow; Jones’s team created a new oxbow of connected lakes, using the excavated material to create further contour and definition.

“Having such accomplished golf course architects as Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Bruce Charlton work on a project of this magnitude and complexity was instrumental to Oxbow, ensuring that the Club’s tradition of having the finest golf course in the region was maintained, and in this case, enhanced,” said Sedi Halvorson, General Manager, Oxbow Country Club.  “Many course architects would consider having to build a golf course within a levee structure a hindrance.  Not only did the RTJ II team view it as a positive, they used it in such a creative way to bring wonderful elevations to the course, creating beautiful tee shots and overall course contours and views not commonly found in the plains. It is truly a work of art.”

“We’re really proud, in today’s age of natural disasters, that the people there took a proactive approach,” said Charlton. “Knowing they get flooding, they did what they could to make their lives better. The course is a key component of the club and the city.”

Charlton added, “The city jumped on the bandwagon early to making the levee a big part of what they’re going to have into the 21st century, and we applaud them for their foresight.”

The course will be a fun challenge for the scratch golfer, with the championship tees playing at over 7,400 yards. However, five different teeing grounds and the addition of junior tees makes the course accessible for players at all skill levels. The course serves as home course to the North Dakota State Champion Kindred High School boys’ and girls’ golf teams.

With more than 280 golf courses in play worldwide, RTJ II golf courses continue to host tournaments on every major golf tour – most notably the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay, 2016 U.S. Women’s Open Championship at CordeValle and 2019 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at Sentry World in Wisconsin.  RTJ II designs also have hosted special events such as the U.S. Amateur Championship, World Cup of Golf, The Skins Game, The Grand Slam, NCAA Championships, and others.

For more about RTJ II courses, sustainable designs, water conservation, and world-class public golf, visit www.rtj2.com.

Faldo Design's Newest Course Opens for Play in Cambodia

East Course launch raises standard and popularity of golf in Cambodia


(Phnom Penh, Cambodia) — Vattanac Golf Resort, one of the most anticipated properties in Asia, has become the second Cambodian venue to join the Faldo Design portfolio, following the opening of the East Course.

Measuring over 7,500 yards, the golf course has unique design features taking inspiration from the Bayon temple at Siem Reap, as well as actual on-course replicas of other pre-Angkorian structures, including the Preah Vihear and Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious monuments in the world.  The design sets the innovation standard for golf in Cambodia, offering a unique combination of culture, leisure, and golf.

Located only 20 kilometres from the centre of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, this is the first of two unique championship-standard golf courses that will sit at the heart of the luxury resort, with the West Course set to be completed later this year.

Over the past decade, Cambodia has come into its own among Southeast Asia golf destinations, pairing championship-quality courses alongside the rich cultural attractions of the ancient Khmer civilizations, in addition to leisure activities and historical tours.

Local identity was the focus for Sir Nick Faldo and his team during the design phase of this project. The end result is therefore made all the more impressive by the fact that during the first site visit, there was nothing but flat, featureless land within clay basins, requiring large scale earthworks that were initially hampered by severe flooding in 2013, delaying the East Course’s construction.

Andrew Haggar, Faldo Design Lead Architect, said: “Vattanac Golf Resort has been one of the more challenging but rewarding projects Faldo Design has undertaken, as we literally had a blank canvas with one or two trees on a flat plot of land that used to be occupied by rice paddy fields. The opening of the East Course was a proud moment for the design team – the golf course looks absolutely superb and the design features will soon become a talking point around the world.”

Sir Nick Faldo commented: “I’m very proud to finally see this course open for play, delivering on the bold development vision we were tasked with.  After what was a detailed and bespoke creative design process, I am confident it will offer a strategic and memorable test to players of all standards and I look forward to seeing the impact it makes on the region’s golfing landscape.”

Since the opening of the East Course in May, it has become clear that Vattanac will eventually become a key competitor to Faldo’s additional Cambodian design, the award-winning Angkor Golf Resort in Siem Reap.

Including one of the best clubhouses in Cambodia, the Vattanac Golf Resort development master plan will also eventually see the addition of residential villas, a resort hotel, retail shops, an international school, and other sports and recreation facilities in order to attract international visitors.

For more information on Faldo Design, visit www.nickfaldodesign.com.

Golf Industry Veteran Joanne Miller Joins Kevin Frisch PR

(Gaylord, MI) – Kevin Frisch PR, a fully-integrated public relations agency specializing in golf, travel, lifestyle, and sports announces that golf industry veteran Joanne Miller has joined the company as Senior Account Executive.

Miller brings a wealth of golf-industry experience, including two decorated stints at Tour Edge Golf Manufacturing. As Public Relations Director at Tour Edge, she created and implemented media plans for product releases and assisted in creative marketing projects while developing strong relationships with key media contacts across the globe.

Having joined the golf industry in 2000, Miller brings a deep, varied skill set to Kevin Frisch PR. While at Tour Edge, she managed marketing and PR functions, social media, advertising and also annually organized one of the industry’s largest golf-media outings.

“Joanne Miller is one of the most respected and well-liked golf industry and media professionals in the business and that likability is only surpassed by her professionalism and dedication to excellent work,” said owner Kevin Frisch. “We have always taken pride as a boutique firm in the golf industry that consistently achieves large-firm results for our clients. Joanne helps leverage our business in a way that gives us further appeal to established golf companies.”

A talented writer, communicator and brand spokesperson, Miller was assistant editor at Chicagoland Golf Newspaper for six years and also served as New Chapter Development Consultant for the Executive Women’s Golf League. She was also tournament manager of the Illinois Women’s State Championship of Golf.

“Our clients are going to truly enjoy working with Joanne. She’s a solution-minded pro whose creativity and strong team work ethic is contagious. Unquestionably, she’s going to elevate our work and our attractiveness to new clients,” continued Frisch.

While at Tour Edge, Miller drove increased sales and a 10 percent annual increase in publicity placements and was instrumental in getting the mid-sized equipment company the same level of publicity as many of the titan golf brands. She was also part of a team at Tour Edge who was awarded the International Network of Golf’s Industry Honor for “Best PR Campaign.”

“Golf has always been a part of my life both professionally and personally since I was a child. After a brief stint working outside of golf, I am thrilled to return and begin working with the team at Kevin Frisch PR,” Miller says. “Kevin and Carl Mickelson have developed a strong professional reputation in public relations within the golf industry over the past 20 years and is building an impressive portfolio of clients who rely on their expertise. I look forward to being a part of this and supporting Kevin Frisch PR clients and the future growth of the company.”

For more information visit www.kevinfrischpr.com.

AHEAD Creates Customized Packages for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

(New Bedford, Mass.) — In support of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, AHEAD – the foremost headwear and accessories vendor in the golf industry – has created specially-priced headwear collection for clubs to use in promoting awareness in their own shops and at events.  

The “Show Your Support, Wear Pink” headwear package includes nine pieces each of three styles of Kate Lord headwear (27 pieces) at a pre-pack price of $290.25. The headwear assortment includes white and rosebud (pink) hats. Each piece may be embroidered with a club or company logo, with side embroidery at no extra charge.

AHEAD is a multi-dimensional brand with a proven track record of success distributing headwear, apparel, and accessories to the green grass, resort and corporate markets. Its single focus of providing quality products, with innovative, high-quality design, and merchandising concepts has led to more than 20 years of continued growth and expansion. The company is a leading supplier of headwear to the USGA, PGA of America, Ryder Cup and numerous PGA Tour events in addition to more than 5,000 green grass and resort shops throughout the world.

For additional information or to order call 800/282-2246 or access the web site at www.aheadweb.com.

Monday, September 9, 2019

The Sanderson Farms Championship Goes Beyond the Green

How Mississippi’s PGA TOUR Event Impacts the State Year-round


(RELEASE) - Mississippi is home to an array of events every year that provide significant benefits to the state — the Mississippi State Fair, Crawfish Music Festival and Cruisin’ the Coast, to name a few. Events like these are vital to the state’s economy and quality of life, and provide an abundance of opportunities for natives and tourists.

Among the vast contributions these events bring each year, some stand out beyond the others. The Sanderson Farms Championship, Mississippi’s only professional sporting event and an annual stop on the PGA TOUR, falls into this category. The Championship draws people from all over the world, provides a platform for national exposure, boosts economic revenue, and most importantly, aids the state’s children through charitable giving.

“Every year that Sanderson Farms is a part of this event, we grow more proud of all that it accomplishes and what that means to the state of Mississippi and the families and children who benefit from it,” said Joe Sanderson, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms.

The Championship’s broadcast reaches over 180 countries and 330 million households around the world through the Golf Channel. As the state receives national exposure, thousands of volunteers work tirelessly behind the scenes to show guests the friendliness, natural beauty, and giving spirit that defines the Hospitality State. The guests, in turn, generate an economic impact of $26 million through dining, transportation, lodging, and entertainment.

In addition to the economic impact, the Championship’s charitable giving is unparalleled, giving back 100 percent of the proceeds generated through the tournament. Since 2013, when Sanderson Farms signed on as the official title sponsor, the tournament has continually raised charitable contributions, totaling over $8.1 million. Last year alone, $260,000 was donated to various Mississippi charities, along with a record-breaking $1.375 million donated to Friends of Children’s Hospital, which benefits Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi.

“We know this event wouldn’t be successful without our sponsors, volunteers, spectators, and community that support the Championship year after year. We look forward to giving our fans the best event in tournament history – with some new faces playing the event for the first time – while continuing to make a significant charitable impact,” said Steve Jent, Sanderson Farms Championship executive director.

Children’s of Mississippi, together with its affiliated clinics, treated 175,000 of Mississippi’s children last year alone. The funds given by the tournament are helping to expand the state’s only hospital dedicated solely to the treatment of sick and injured children. A new 7-story building is currently under construction and will include a much-needed expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the addition of private rooms with overnight accommodations for parents, and a pediatric imaging center.

Next week, 156 of the world’s best golfers will come to Mississippi to compete in the 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship. This year’s tournament is especially significant, as the Championship was recently designated as a stand-alone event, giving Mississippi the chance to welcome some of the most well-known, household names on the PGA TOUR. The winner will receive a $6.6 million purse, the largest in the tournament’s history, along with 500 FedExCup points and an invitation to the 2020 Masters.

“Having a stand-alone event will ensures our 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship will truly be like never before. We look forward to the even bigger impact we can make on Mississippi this year, both from an economic standpoint, as well as through charitable giving,” said Sanderson. “We are proud of the money we have raised and the lives that will be changed for the better as a result of this tournament.”

The Abaco Club Initiates Hurricane Relief Effort

Southworth Chairman Joe Deitch Pledges $1 Million


(GREAT ABACO, The Bahamas)—The Abaco Club on Winding Bay announced that it has launched a fund-raising effort dedicated to providing immediate disaster relief for the residents of Great Abaco island, which incurred catastrophic damage as a result of Hurricane Dorian.

“We are extremely concerned about the safety and well-being of our staff members and other residents of Abaco,” said David Southworth, founder and CEO of Southworth Development, an affiliate which owns The Abaco Club. “There is an urgent need for immediate assistance on Abaco, and we are moving fast to provide that assistance.”

When the category five hurricane made landfall on Great Abaco, it caused widespread destruction. The island’s largest town, Marsh Harbour, was almost entirely destroyed. Most sadly, it appears that there was also loss of life on the island, and hundreds of homes were demolished, leaving thousands of residents without shelter.

“We haven’t even been able to ascertain whether all of our staff members are safe yet,” said Southworth. “Communications systems are still down, power is out, roads are flooded or blocked by fallen trees. It’s a humanitarian disaster on an almost unimaginable scale.”

Joe Deitch, chairman of Southworth Development, wasted no time in pledging $1 million to the relief effort, in the hope that it would inspire others to give generously, too. “The people of Abaco are more than just our friends and neighbors,” said Deitch. “They’re like family to us. Both David and I have homes on the island and we cherish our relationships with the people of Abaco. What happened there is a tragedy, and we’re going to do all we can to help.”

Contributions to this GoFundMe campaign will be distributed by the Abaco-Winding Bay Relief Fund, a charitable organization created expressly for this effort with 501(c)3 status applied for and pending. All funds received will be used to provide assistance specifically to the people of Abaco in the form of food, shelter, medical aid and supplies, and assistance in the clean-up and rebuilding efforts.

Contributions to the fund can be made at www.gofundme.com/f/abacodorianrelief

Cleveland Golf Introduces Launcher HB Turbo Woods 2

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.) — Cleveland Golf, where scoring matters, is proud to announce the Launcher HB Turbo Driver and Launcher HB Turbo Fairway Woods. The Launcher HB Turbo launches in North America on Oct. 4, 2019.

“Reintroducing Cleveland Golf Woods and Irons two years ago has been very successful,” said Brian Schielke, Marketing Director at Cleveland Golf. “However, the new Launcher HB Turbo woods represent a huge step up from the previous generation. They’re sleeker, faster, and more forgiving – exactly what all of us avid golfers are looking for off the tee.”

For Cleveland Golf, Launcher has always stood for one thing: launching the ball high in the air and straight down the fairway. The new Launcher HB Turbo remains committed to that mission with a lighter hosel, improved crown, and deeper weighting. Only now, it’s faster.

“The Launcher HB Turbo is engineered to help you hit long, straight drives,” said Jeff Brunski, Vice President of Research and Development at Cleveland Golf. “We’ve squeezed discretionary weight out of every corner of the club head in order to produce one of the most forgiving drivers we’ve ever made. We’ve paired it with a high-balance point shaft that’s easier to swing fast. Authentic technologies such as the Turbocharged Cup Face, the Ultralight Hosel, and a more aerodynamic crown help the Launcher HB Turbo earn its name.”

The Launcher HB Turbo features a Turbocharged Cup Face, which offers a unique variable thickness pattern that delivers more speed across the entire face. The Turbocharged Cup Face stretches along the crown and sole, flexing at impact and reflecting that energy back into the ball for increased ball speeds at impact.

The redesigned HiBore Crown features a prominent step that lowers the center of gravity, while the Ultralight Hosel is even lighter to remove mass from a poor position. All of these weight savings culminate in the Deep Weighting sole pad. The result: a center of gravity that’s 4.4mm deeper and 2.2 mm lower, increasing launch at impact and maximizing distance off the tee.

Launcher HB Turbo comes standard with the new Miyazaki C. Kua shaft, which pulls weight from the length of the shaft and repositions it on the grip end. This makes the shaft feel incredibly easy to swing and allows for extra mass in the club head for increased momentum and more speed on every swing.

The same speed-enhancing technologies that define the Launcher HB Turbo Driver are featured within the Launcher HB Turbo Fairway Woods, delivering more speed and distance off the tee or when going for the green in two.

Key Innovations Inside Launcher HB Turbo:
· Turbocharged Cup Face: The new Turbocharged Cup Face, enhanced with a new variable face design, provides higher COR over a larger impact area for increased ball speeds and more distance.
· HiBore Crown: The redesigned HiBore Crown lowers the center-of-gravity (CG) by 2.2mm, enabling a lower CG position for optimal launch conditions.
· Deep Weighting: Discretionary mass savings positioned for significant increases to MOI, delivering more forgiveness.
· Ultralight Hosel: External and internal weight reduction, redistributed low and deep for a higher launch and more forgiveness.
· Counter Balanced Shaft Design: Specifically designed for the Launcher HB Turbo, the Miyazaki C. Kua’s center-of-gravity is relocated higher toward the grip, enabling additional head mass for increased MOI.

The Launcher HB Turbo Driver is available in two different models: standard (9°, 10.5°, 12° options) and DRAW (10.5°) at a MAP of $349.99. The Launcher HB Turbo Fairway Woods feature a 3-wood (15°) and 5-wood (18°) at a MAP of $229.99 each.

For more detailed information on Launcher HB Turbo, visit: clevelandgolf.com.

Traveling Golfer Television Show Visits Clay County, Florida for September Episode

Clay County Is a Little Bit of Country and a Lot of Golf On September Episode of Traveling Golfer TV Show


(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) – Over the years, the Traveling Golfer television show has been a lot of things ... to a lot of golfers.

Sometimes it provides a virtual golf trip to some of the most exotic destinations – golf destinations that some people can only dream about visiting.

Other times it provides a nostalgic return to some of the most familiar and loved golf destinations.

And, once in a while, it becomes the most unique discovery experience – uncovering a new and exciting golf destination.

The September episode of the Traveling Golfer is a prime example of the third category. Viewers will discover Clay County – a neighboring and quickly growing community to the west of Jacksonville, Florida.

A few people may know it as the home area of the Van Zandt brothers, the driving forces behind the legendary Country/Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. And an area that is a hotbed of “downhome” southern cooking.

But it now has become a great area for quality, affordable daily fee golf – an area that is easily accessible by car from nearby I-95 or by air from Jacksonville airport. Viewers will discover outstanding courses such as Eagle Landing (Clyde Johnson design), Fleming Island Golf Club (Bobby Weed design), Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club (Mark McCumber design) and Eagle Harbor (Clyde Johnson design).

“The four courses, located in close proximity, make up the absolute perfect golf trip,” explains Traveling Golfer host Tony Leodora. “They present an enticing amount of variety. Add to the golf all of the charm of Clay County … and you have a real slice of America, golf style.”

The September episode runs throughout the month on the Traveling Golfer network of websites ... including The Golf Director Network (see full list of sites on travelinggolfervideo.com). It also will air a number of times in the Month of September 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 four markets in 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 8 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. And, now, the show also airs nationally on the new Fun Roads Network.

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 added an Outstanding Achievement Award in the prestigious International Network of Golf Awards, presented at the PGA Merchandise Show in January of 2019. The latest award came on the heels of an unprecedented three straight years as the No. 1 Golf Television Show in America

The Traveling Golfer is a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has 18 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, www.travelinggolfervideo.com.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Tournament Week Begins with a Military Tribute at The Greenbrier Monday Pro-Am

Area first responders, Greenbrier Team Members who served in military to compete in week’s first event



(WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va.) —Tournament week officially begins for the first stop on the 2019-20 PGA TOUR schedule, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, on Monday with a day filled with action on The Old White TPC.

Early Monday morning, golfers in the field of 156 players will begin taking practice rounds, and at 12:30 p.m., the Monday Pro-Am takes center stage, with a shotgun start around the historic course.

Keeping with the tournament’s motto and pledge of, “honoring and serving those who serve us,” the Monday Pro-Am will be filled with military members and first responders.

The Greenbrier and tournament sponsor MGM have dedicated Pro-Am spots to area first responders and Team Members at The Greenbrier who served in the military.

Representing The Greenbrier and The Greenbrier Sporting Club in the Monday Pro-Am will be Donnie Warlitner (Banquets, U.S. Army), Michael O’Dell (Greenbrier Sporting Club Maintenance, U.S. Air Force), Tim Boggs (Engineering, U.S. Army), Greg Vaughn (Engineering, U.S. Army), James Curry (Greenbrier Sporting Club Golf Maintenance, National Guard), Jacob Hefner (Greenbrier Sporting Club Golf Attendant, National Guard), Greg Cook (Security, U.S. Army), Carl Hefner (Spa, U.S. Navy), Bob Conte (Historian, U.S. Army) and Chad George (Rooms Division, National Guard).

Representing area first responders are Major Reggie Patterson (West Virginia State Police) and Greg Wolfe, Mark Kerns, Rob Ford and John Williams of the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority.

“Our focus on everything we do during tournament week and beyond is on these “Everyday Heroes,” the military members and first responders who serve all of us every day,” said Robert Harris, Executive Tournament Director, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. “This is just another example of that commitment. We are so pleased to honor our loyal Team Members at The Greenbrier, as well as those first responders who serve the communities all around us.”

The Monday Pro-Am will consist of 23 four-player teams — three amateurs in each group paired with one of the competitors in A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. Among the players participating in the Monday Pro-Am are John Daly, Ted Potter Jr., Joaquin Neimann, Cameron Tringale, Jonathon Byrd and Freddie Jacobsen.

Tickets for Monday’s opening day, as well as the other six days of the tournament, are completely free. Fans can register for their complimentary tickets at AMilitaryTribute.com. There they will have an opportunity to register their Everyday Hero, a military member or first responder, to be included on The Greenbrier Wall of Honor and entered into drawings for prizes that will be awarded throughout the week.

GolfLogix: Speeding Pace of Play at Courses Worldwide

With innovative Putt Breaks technology, the Number 1 app in golf offers more green detail than the books the pros use  


(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) — This season has seen a remarkable debate on the PGA Tour over the slow play of some professionals and the effect of greens books on the pace of tournament play.

Even five-time major champion Phil Mickelson has chimed in, pointing out that greens books actually speed up play around the green. As Mickelson put it: "The greens book allows me to do 80 percent of my read before I even get to the green."

At GolfLogix, we couldn't agree more.

The conversation surrounding greens books and round speed is not exclusive to just Tour players. Golfers everywhere can experience improved course strategy and pace-of-play through the only GPS app of its kind: GolfLogix.  With its innovative Putt Breaks technology, GolfLogix stands out as a tool that not only helps you to become a better golfer, but gives you a faster game around the green.

PGA master professional and GOLF Magazine top 100 teacher Kellie Stenzel is convinced.

"GolfLogix absolutely helps speed up my play on the course, as well as that of my students," Stenzel said. "I love the approach mode and the green maps as well as Putt Line. It allows me to know exactly the tilt of the green for my short game shots so that I can plan as I am approaching the green. This saves me the time of having to walk up and back to see it myself."

The LPGA CLASS A member also acknowledged that "this is also a wonderful teaching tool to help my students best understand how to manage the course and their own game."

It's not just top teaching professionals who benefit. Golfers at all skill levels see a remarkable decrease in the amount of time it takes sizing up play around the green. For the everyday golfer, access to a caddy who is knowledgeable about green dimensions of each hole at every course is expensive and usually impossible to find. GolfLogix's 3D Putt Break Maps technology offers golfers a detailed reading of the green-it's even better than what players on the PGA Tour use. With in-depth data on over 35,000 courses worldwide, you can be an expert at every golf course before you tee off on the 1st hole.

Tucker, an avid GolfLogix user from San Diego, puts it this way: "Before I got hooked on the GolfLogix green reading feature, I was one of those slow annoying guys who walked around the hole in every direction before I would putt. Now I get my putt line from GolfLogix quickly, and confidently putt my ball. From 40 feet in, your second putt is usually within a foot."

Geoff from Phoenix adds: "I started using the Putt Line feature from GolfLogix at the beginning of this season. I am a 10 handicap but am not very good at reading greens. I am now playing so much faster because I can quickly get a great read and just putt the ball and have virtually eliminated 3-putts."

Even low handicap golfers like Carl from Bethesda gain significant advantages: "I play to a 2 handicap and the GolfLogix approach and green view features have changed the way I play golf.  There is no more guessing on where to land my approach and I have definitely limited my missed greens. I take a quick look at the green contours, select my club, and hit the ball.  A much better and faster way to play golf!"

GolfLogix CEO Pete Charleston is thrilled at the reviews of his product and the way it positively impacts the pace of play. "There has been so much positive feedback from golfers at all levels with regard to how much GolfLogix improves their overall experience on the course," said Charleston. "The fact that it helps speed up the game, in particular, is incredibly gratifying."

GolfLogix Putt Break Maps are sold as in-app purchases with annual, monthly and two-day purchase options for each mapped course. Putt Break Maps are available for over 13,000 courses today, and GolfLogix will add more than 200 new courses each week using a proprietary mapping process.

For more information, visit www.golflogix.com.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Titleist Golf Ball Manufacturing Excellence

How A Titleist Golf Ball Is Made 

Whether it’s a major championship, a club championship or a casual round with your closest friends, you trust Titleist because it’s the #1 Ball in Golf. Have you ever wondered what makes Titleist golf balls so special? See how they're made in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Ninth Annual World’s Largest Golf Outing Breaks Fundraising Record

Nationwide Event Benefiting Fisher House Foundation Makes Impact for Military and Veterans’ Families


(RESTON, Va.) – The World’s Largest Golf Outing (WLGO) – a national fundraising event held on Aug. 5 benefiting the Fisher House Foundation - announces it has raised over $400,000 for military families.

Team Power Plus from Compass Pointe Golf Courses in Pasadena, Maryland led the way raising a record-setting $31,485. Team Birddog from Jack Frost National Golf Club in Blaskeslee, Pennsylvania, placed in second raising an impressive $25,190 to eclipse their winning mark of $18,400 in 2018.

“Good things happen to good people and good organizations,” says Founder of WLGO and Chairman and CEO of Billy Casper Golf (BCG), Peter Hill. “Fisher House embodies both qualities. It was a fine day for Fisher House, the golfers, the courses and BCG.”

WLGO provides the perfect opportunity to play golf while giving back to those who have bravely served our country. The event values philanthropic skills just as much as golfing ability, providing rewards for the highest fundraisers and tournament winners at each course involved. Players compete in a four-person team scramble format throughout the day, including long drive and hole-in-one competitions on all par-3 holes.

“There's never a bad day on a golf course, but some are better than others, and this year's World's Largest Golf Outing was one of the best,” says David Coker, President of Fisher House Foundation. “We are humbled each year by the support we gain for our courageous veterans. We thank you all for your efforts resulting in yet another amazing event.”

As a reward for their year-round fundraising efforts, Team Power Plus won a three-day trip to Golf Channel studios, lodging and golf at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club. Team Birddog won a tour of the Titleist facilities for being picked among the teams raising at least $500. Don Lucas, from The Club at Eaglebrooke, won the Volvik Tour Kit for the longest recorded drive during WLGO.

Throughout the past eight years, over 17,500 teams have taken part in WLGO, which has raised over $4.5 million for those who deserve it most, military members and their families. Several national celebrities, including PGA Tour Legend Chi Chi Rodriguez and 42nd President Bill Clinton, have previously donated to the cause.

This year, 93 courses from Massachusetts to Hawaii hosted the highly emotional and entertaining WLGO.

Since 1990, Fisher House Foundation has provided a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving treatment at major military and VA medical centers.  Its network of 84 comfort homes has provided more than 335,000 families with no-cost lodging, allowing them to be close to loved ones undergoing treatment and recovery. One $10 donation covers costs to house a family in a Fisher House for one night.

Friday, September 6, 2019

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 at any time. 

Log onto www.lamkingrips.com and take the test to determine which grip is best for you.