Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Troon Acquires Green Golf Partners

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in club management, development, and marketing, is pleased to announce it has acquired Green Golf Partners, an Indianapolis, Indiana-based golf course management firm.

Green Golf Partners currently manages 18 public and private golf courses located across five states, including Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin. Green Golf Partners was founded in 2011 and has more than 100 years of combined experience in the golf and hospitality industries.

“We are thrilled to bring Green Golf Partners into the Troon family,” said Tim Schantz, president and chief executive officer, Troon. “Matt McIntee and his team have created a solid portfolio of courses in the Midwest and Florida. The addition of Green Golf Partners, combined with Troon’s existing portfolio in the Midwest, will serve as the catalyst to opening a new Troon office in Chicago, designed to service current and future clients throughout the region.”

Over the last 10 months, Troon has actively grown and diversified its family of brands by acquiring four companies, including Cliff Drysdale Management, the nation’s largest tennis management company, in July 2018; RealFood, a Boston-based food service consulting firm, in February 2019; OB Sports Golf Management in early April 2019; and Green Golf Partners.

"This is obviously a game changer for our company,” said Matt McIntee, chief executive officer, Green Golf Partners. “I have always had the deepest respect for Troon and their entire team.  Green Golf Partners was built using Troon as the model, and we are absolutely thrilled to collaborate and partner with Troon. We know that our clients and associates believe this is a match made in heaven; a blending of our expertise and personality with the most amazing and extensive portfolio of services from the top golf management company in the world. We look forward to continuing to accelerate our growth in partnership with Troon.”

For more information on Green Golf Partners, visit www.greengolfpartners.com.

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

Syracuse Coaching Legend Jim Boeheim Joins "Golf Advisor Round Trip"

Turning Stone Resort in New York State Serves as Location for Episode Premiere tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on GOLF Channel

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – College basketball icon Jim Boeheim will join host Matt Ginella on the next episode of GOLF Advisor Round Trip, the popular GOLF Channel travel series that takes viewers around the globe to explore a variety of destinations offering the best in golf, resort accommodations, dining and related activities. Turning Stone Resort, rooted in the heart of New York’s Oneida Indian Nation, serves as the host location for the episode, which tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET.

“Turning Stone is a wonderful success story, which has become a world-class travel destination and should be on everybody’s buddy trip bucket-list, for sure,” said Ginella. “Everything here is built around the experience.”

Established in 1993 through the vision of Oneida Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter, Turning Stone Resort features first-class lodging, fine and casual dining options and a $25 million entertainment mega-plex, as well as world-class golf. Ginella showcases Turning Stone’s three golf courses, which boast designs by three of the game’s most sought-after architects: Tom Fazio (Atunyote), Rick Smith (Shenendoah) and Robert Trent Jones Jr. (Kaluhyat). The resort also features an indoor golf facility where guests can practice both their long and short games.

Joining Ginella on the Jones Jr.-designed Kaluhyat course is Boeheim, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and the head basketball coach at Syracuse University since 1976. A long-time golfer, Boeheim played for the first time at age 5 with cut-down clubs made by his father. Ginella points out the little-known fact that Boeheim first coached golf at Syracuse for five years before becoming an assistant coach in basketball, but still says he would rather have to make a free throw than a three-foot putt. “Tells you something about my game,” Boeheim said.

When asked about his experiences at Turning Stone, Boheim continues, “I tell people if you want to go someplace for a golf trip, you won’t find a better place. He’s (Halbritter) unrivaled in that area. He cares about the land and his people. Three great golf courses, a world class lodge and hotel and gaming, he’s made everything first class.”

GOLF Advisor Getaways provide opportunities for individuals and groups to travel with Ginella and other GOLF Advisor personalities to the destinations featured on the GOLF Advisor Round Trip series. They will serve as host and trip “captain,” responsible for organizing itineraries that not only include great golf, but also destination side-trips, entertainment and varied dining experiences. GOLFPASS members can save $100 on GOLF Advisor Getaways. More information can be found on how to join these trips at www.GolfAdvisor.com/getaways.

Lamkin Releases Innovative Additions to the Popular SONAR Grip Line

(SAN DIEGO) – Lamkin Grips, the innovation leader in golf grip manufacturing, has an-nounced the introduction of two new models in its hugely popular SONAR line. The new SONAR TOUR and SONAR WRAP grips add distinctive options to the unmistakable feel and all-weather per-formance of the SONAR grip family that was a runaway success for Lamkin in 2018.

Both additions to the SONAR line benefit from Lamkin’s proprietary FINGERPRINT Technology and GENISIS material. Lamkin’s proprietary FINGERPRINT technology distributes intricate and densely spaced patterns throughout the grip’s surface. These micro-textures deliver a smooth, comfortable surface feel along with a high level of grip traction for enhanced comfort, confidence and all-weather control. Lamkin’s patent-pending GENESIS material provides unrivalled grip comfort by combining a slightly softer feel than traditional rubber with durability that exceeds all comparable grip materials.

Designed in collaboration with Lamkin’s Tour ambassador Justin Rose, SONAR TOUR features the omni-directional grip traction provided by FINGERPRINT Technology combined with a firmer du-rometer Lamkin GENESIS material for enhanced torsion control under the pressure of higher swing speeds. A unique finishing process preserves SONAR TOUR’s super-tacky surface feel, ensuring the Tour inspired design retains the line’s comfortable quality. A traditional taper shape delivers a con-ventional feel and in a final nod to its Tour inspiration the grip is fitted with a logo down design, often preferred by the best players in the world.

SONAR WRAP provides the super tacky feel and all-weather performance of SONAR in a new wrap style model. The SONAR WRAP grip benefits from Lamkin’s proprietary FINGERPRINT Technology and patent-pending GENESIS material to deliver a grip that has unprecedented levels of comfort and traction. To further enhance the simulated wrap feel, SONAR WRAP includes an ergonomic ‘Pro-gressive Skive’, with fluctuating spiral dimensions based on grip size and is available in both Stand-ard+ and Mid Size+ variations.

Lamkin CEO and President Bob Lamkin is thrilled with the response to the SONAR and excited to show off the line extension. He said, “The combination of GENESIS material and FINGERPRINT Tech-nology in the SONAR grip delivers an ideal feel for such a wide audience of players. The two addi-tions to the line add variations for golfers who have specific preferences in their grip style. I’m very excited about the success of the SONAR line and look forward to sharing the incredible feel of the new grips with golfers worldwide.”

Both lines are available at select golf retailers and at www.Lamkingrips.com.

Alex Beach, Danny Balin Lead at halfway point of the 52nd PGA Professional Championship

(BLUFFTON, S.C.) – Metropolitan PGA Section Members Alex Beach of Stamford, Connecticut, and Danny Balin of Irvington, New York, have been shadowing each other for years on the course, whether it was dueling in the Empire State or in the warmth of a South Florida winter.

On a gusty Monday at Belfair, the stakes got a notch higher in the 52nd PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac, Club Car and OMEGA.

Beach, a 29-year-old PGA Assistant Professional at Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York, eagled the par-5 third hole on the East Course to fuel a 4-under-par 67 and the 36-hole lead at 8-under-par 135 in the largest all-professional national championship. Beach owns a one-stroke margin over Balin, a 37-year-old PGA Assistant Professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, New York.

Both Beach and Balin tamed the challenging par-71 East layout with a proper dose of patience to handle the firm putting surfaces. Balin collected six birdies against one bogey for a sizzling 66, which was his second-lowest 18-hole performance in 21 rounds covering five previous appearances.

Beach hit a 3-wood into the 545-yard, par-5 No. 3 hole on the East, and made an eight-foot eagle putt. He then rolled home a pair of long distance birdie putts – a 50-footer on No. 8 and a 40-footer on No. 13.

“We had a good game plan coming in. Just hit some good shots and played very conservatively,” said Beach. “I was fortunate to make some putts on the holes that I played well. On the back nine, it got a little loose. To make it through today under par was a huge achievement.”

Enjoying his first perch atop the Championship leaderboard, Beach also tempers that feeling by reflection upon journey to health. In June 2016, he suffered a blood clot in his left leg before that year’s Championship.

By competing that week, he would remain on blood thinners for life.

“I’m reminded every day of what happened,” said Beach. “I’ve used that to propel me and motivate me moving forward. Every time I show up to this tournament, it’s a reminder of where I’ve come from but also the achievement of making it here. It’s a motivation more than a hindrance.”

Championship rookie Matt Lohmeyer of Fort Worth, Texas, was alone in third at 138, while Brett McCurdy of Lake Park, Florida (68) and Stuart Deane of Arlington, Texas (68) shared fifth at 140. The field of 312 was trimmed to the low 90 scorers and ties, with 92 golfers making the cut at 5-over-par 148 heading into Tuesday’s third round.

The low 70 scorers and ties after 54 holes in the $650,000 Championship advance to Wednesday’s final round. The low 20 scorers Wednesday earn a berth in the 101st PGA Championship, May 16-19, at Bethpage Black Course in Farmingdale, New York.

It isn’t just competitive golf that bonds Beach and Balin; it also extends to business. When Balin took his current position at Fresh Meadow Country Club in January, Beach succeeded him at Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York, and settled into his new quarters two weeks ago.

“Danny and I have played a lot of golf together and we’re good friends,” said Beach. “He’s a great player and has had a lot of success. I’ve tried to follow in his footsteps. It’ll be great for Westchester Country Club and all the support we’ve received from them. But I’m going to go out there and try and beat him.”

Balin said of his lack of preparations: “I didn’t get to go to Florida this year, because I got this new job. With this tournament being in this part of the year, I didn’t have a lot of time to get ready. I had two 18-hole rounds, hit some balls and putted a bit. That was about it. I have been doing this for a while, and I know how to prepare, what works and what doesn’t.

“I wasn’t in that much trouble today. I had 27 putts today, which was good. I just managed my game well.”

Lohmeyer is a PGA Teaching Professional at GOLFTEC at Montgomery plaza in Fort Worth, Texas, is a graduate of the University of New Mexico PGA Golf University program. His caddie is his college roommate, PGA Professional Casey Moen of Great Falls, Montana.

“I got off to a good start, going 4-under through 7, and felt very relaxed,” said Lohmeyer. “The West Course really suited my eye. The greens were soft and I felt like we were almost throwing darts."

Former Champion Ron Philo Jr. of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, the first-round leader, struggled to a 75 and was at 140. Defending Champion Ryan Vermeer of Omaha, Nebraska, struggled to a 76 to land at 146.

Begun in 1968, the PGA Professional Championship is presented by Club Car and OMEGA; with supporting partners Nike, TaylorMade Golf, Titleist/FootJoy; Golf Channel and the PGA TOUR.

Notes: PGA Master Professional Jim White, 69, the manager of Fairways at Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska, completed his record 30th Championship appearance with a 74 and 149 total to miss the cut. What had made White’s accomplishment special is that he has had no exemptions and has qualified through his Section Championship since 1985. He is a 19-time Nebraska PGA Player of the Year and a 14-time Section Senior Player of the Year. “You have to get your game in shape to try to qualify for this Championship and I have been fortunate to do so,” said White. “I enjoy coming to this Championship. It’s great to see guys from all over the country, seeing old friend and making new friends.”  Ashley Grier, a PGA Assistant Professional at Overbrook Country Club in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, turned in a 71 on the West Course and posted a 143 total to make the cut along with Joanna Coe of Baltimore (Maryland) Country Club, who had a 74-145.

Zack Wygant, Quail Creek's New General Manager, to Oversee the Club's $18.5M Renovation

(NAPLES, FL) — Zack Wygant, recently promoted to the position of General Manager of Quail Creek Country Club, is now overseeing the club’s ambitious expansion and redesign project that broke ground in late 2018 and is scheduled for completion November 1, 2019.

Wygant has served Quail Creek as Assistant General Manager for the past year and a half and has 15 years’ experience in the club business. Originally from Fort Wayne, Ind., where he began
Quail Creek Country Club’s new General Manager Zack Wygant is responsible for completing the club’s $18.5 million renovation later this year.

Zack Wygant
Working at the prestigious Sycamore Hills Golf Club at age 15, he gained a strong background in club management as the club’s Food and Beverage Director. A sommelier in the Guild of Sommeliers, Wygant is actively pursuing his Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation from the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA). Throughout his career he has been involved in virtually every aspect of club management, including conducting nine national championships.

Wygant, whose new role at Quail Creek will include managing the integrated sports center—a concept unique to Southwest Florida—is focused on several initiatives related to the club’s $18.5 million renovation project, most notably:
• To differentiate Quail Creek as the best amateur/recreational player-support club in the area for the growing retirement market, and
• To enrich the lives of the club’s members through innovative, integrated approaches to physical activity, mental stimulation and social engagement so they become 100 percent heath- and wellness-minded.

As previously reported, Quail Creek, through its redesigned clubhouse facility, will offer a new cutting-edge approach—unique in country club settings—that blends dynamic fitness training with top-level golf, tennis and pickleball instruction, all in a user-friendly, socially active environment. In this major investment, the entire golf, tennis, fitness and leisure operations will be interfaced under
Already the new design at Quail Creek Country Club is grabbing attention across the country.

The innovative renovation will allow teaching professionals a 180-degree view of the golf and tennis practice facilities.

The direction of certified physical trainers working in concert with the club’s PGA, LPGA and USPTA instructors. Director of Golf Mike Dero, Head Golf Professional Jon Balyeat, and Tennis Director Jon Call will have a 180-degree viewing access of the golf practice tee and tennis courts to monitor instruction and fitness in consult with Fitness Operations Manager Teri Brodie.

As a result of the redesign and increased media exposure, the club is also experiencing a significant uptick in real estate activity. Julianne Callis, a realtor with John R. Wood Properties based in Southwest Florida, notes that the renovations to Quail Creek are creating a huge opportunity for those considering selling their homes and a big motivation for those who want to buy.

“When the renovations are complete, QCCC will be one of the hottest clubs in Naples, and now is the time to buy in its neighboring community," she says.

Quail Creek is seizing on a coming trend among country clubs, as identified by researcher Frank Vain, President of the McMahon Group, a private-club consulting firm. “Over the next decade, the average country club will look more like a sports center surrounded by a golf course,” Vain says. Or in the case of Quail Creek, two highly regarded 18-hole golf courses designed by Arthur Hills—the Quail and the Creek—which have each undergone extensive renovations over the past six years.

“We have taken a very aggressive fiscal and creative approach to position the club positively for generations to come,” says Quail Creek president Hedy Whitney. “Our mission is to enable our members to play better and longer at whatever sport or activity they choose.”

Potomac Shores Golf Club Completes Major Course Enhancements

(Dumfries, Va.) – Potomac Shores Golf Club, the award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature design in Dumfries, Va., recently completed a multi-phase course enhancement project which included re-grassing fairways and bunker renovations. Chad Goetz from Nicklaus Design and Troon’s agronomy team led the 10-month project with Southeastern Golf construction company serving as the contractor.

Phase One of the course improvement project was completed in September 2018 and focused on replacing bent grass fairways with Latitude 36 Bermudagrass. Phase Two began in mid-October and involved eliminating and renovating bunkers. The total number of bunkers decreased from 77 to 74, while the total square footage of bunkers was reduced by 40 percent, from approximately 103,000 square feet to approximately 63,000 square feet.

"It was our pleasure to return to Potomac Shores Golf Club,” said Chad Goetz, design associate, Nicklaus Design. “The project was focused on restoring all of the bunkers on the course while increasing playability and improving the daily playing conditions.  In order to improve maintenance efficiency, numerous bunkers were reduced in size or eliminated.  Combined with the Capillary Concrete liner system, the bunkers should weather heavy rain events better and have reduced contamination.  While several bunkers were eliminated in this project, a handful of previously eliminated bunkers were re-installed to restore Jack's original design intent.  Finally, several deep bunkers were shallowed out in order to make the course more enjoyable for its daily fee clientele.  All of this was done while preserving Jack's original design intent and strategies."

Potomac Shores Golf Club opened for daily-fee play in May of 2014. Upon opening in 2014, the facility was named one of the “Best New Courses” in the U.S. by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine and is currently ranked among the “Top Courses You Can Play” in Virginia by GolfWeek magazine.

“Our goal from the onset was to improve the playability of the golf course allowing golfers of all skill levels to enjoy themselves. I am happy to say that we achieved our objective,” said Todd Van Meer, PGA, director of club operations, Potomac Shores Golf Club. “With the new sand and bunker improvements, the course is not only more beautiful but the overall playability has improved.”

Located just 30 minutes south of Washington, D.C., Potomac Shores Golf Club is the centerpiece of the Potomac Shores community being developed by SunCal, one of the largest real estate development companies in the U.S. that specializes in large-scale, mixed-use master-planned communities. Potomac Shores covers 1,920 acres and features nearly two miles of shoreline, 1,000 acres of preserved hardwood forests and streams and traditional Virginia Tidewater architectural designs. This transit-oriented development is planned for a mixed-use town center, a new VRE commuter rail station and a waterfront village. Its master plan also includes two public schools, multiple sports fields, 10 miles of trails and over 3,800 residences. The community offers the 13,000 square-foot Shores Club, a private recreation and fitness complex, and has sold over 900 new homes. For more information on the Potomac Shores community, visit www.potomacshores.com.

For more information on Potomac Shores Golf Club, visit www.potomacshoresgolfclub.com or call (571) 383-3050.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Club Car Renews Partnership with PGA of America

Extends Presenting Partnership with the PGA Professional Championship through 2021

(BLUFFTON, S.C.) – Club Car, a golf industry leader for over 60 years, has renewed its long-standing partnership with the PGA of America. Club Car will continue as a Presenting Partner of the PGA Professional Championship and the 41 PGA Section Championships conducted nationwide, which it has supported since 1993.

In addition, Club Car will continue as the “Official Golf Car of the PGA of America.” The renewed partnership kicks off with the PGA Section Championships this summer and extends through the 2021 PGA Professional Championship. The announcement was made Friday by PGA of America Vice President Jim Richerson and Jeff Tyminski, Club Car Vice President of Marketing and Product Development.

“The PGA of America is very excited that Club Car, a tremendous friend of the PGA Professional and to the game of golf, will continue as presenting sponsor of the PGA Professional Championship and the 41 PGA Section Championships,” said Richerson. “Club Car’s sincere commitment to growing the game has elevated both this Championship and those who compete for the Walter Hagen Cup.”

Since 1993, Club Car has served as a presenting sponsor of the PGA Professional Championship, the showcase event for PGA Professionals, along with Section Championships. The Championship began in 1968 as an outgrowth of the PGA Championship.

“The PGA Professional Championship is the premier event for PGA Professionals and Club Car is proud to support the thousands who aspire to earn a berth in the Championship,” said Club Car President and CEO Mark Wagner. “These are the professionals who help grow the game every day and enable millions of golfers to enjoy it and play better golf. We’re thrilled to be so closely aligned with those outstanding individuals as we enter our 27th consecutive year of partnership with the PGA of America.”

For more information, visit clubcar.com or ingersollrand.com.


Revolutionary Design Creates Brand’s Lightest-Ever Leather Golf Shoe

(LONDONDERRY, NH) – ECCO – a leading manufacturer of innovative footwear – unveils ECCO S-LITE, a one-of-a-kind hybrid shoe which breaks boundaries as the brand’s lightest-ever leather golf shoe.

ECCO S-LITE takes a fresh, innovative approach to golf shoe design by blending cutting-edge engineering and comfort to ensure an ultra-light on-course experience. A multi-injection production process offers a TPU outsole that’s 66% thinner than ECCO has previously created, perfect as a packable playing option.

“By owning our own tanneries and manufacturing processes, ECCO GOLF continues to find ways to deliver golfers truly distinctive footwear,” says Jesper Thuen, General Manager, ECCO GOLF USA. “This passion for performance and design is exemplified in S-LITE.”

A stylish, diamond-shaped embossing on the ECCO RICH TWO-TONE YAK leather upper reduces weight while increasing comfort, and a soft textile lining provides natural water repellency and breathability.

The E-DTS LITE outsole offers on-and-off course traction and durability with exceptional flexibility. A molded leather heel counter and inside toe reinforcement offer additional support ensuring stable footing throughout the swing.

Other unique features and benefits include:
- Premium, durable ECCO YAK leather, made in the company’s own tanneries
- An award-winning E-DTS LITE hybrid outsole design that adds more than 100 traction studs and 800 traction angles for excellent grip in all playing conditions
- FLUIDFORM Technology which is a ‘state change’ process that uses specialized fluid materials to form around an anatomical last, ensuring a finely-tuned balance of cushioning and rebound, while also creating an integral, flexible and durable bond, without the compromises common with stitched or glued assemblies
- A PU midsole with a PU wing, wrapping the sides of the foot delivers stability on and off the course
- A premium soft leather foot bed that offers a soft feel and natural moisture management
- ECCO GOLF shoes are worn in competition around the world by European Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn, Fred Couples, Lydia Ko, Minjee Lee and Caroline Masson, among others.

For more information: www.eccousa.com, 800.886.3226.

McKibbin Rallies to Win 9th Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club

(GRANITEVILLE, S.C.) – Northern Ireland’s Tom McKibbin, 16, of Newtownabbey captured wins both on and off the course in the 9th Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club.

McKibbin shot a 1-under 71 in his final round, recovering nicely from yesterday’s 3-over 75 in brutally windy conditions that took a toll on the field. His first round 64 ultimately set him up for success, allowing him to finish 6-under at 210 for the tournament and giving him a one-stroke edge over Maxwell Moldovan of Uniontown, Ohio.

McKibbin’s first appearance in the Junior Invitational was certainly one for the books. Not only did he secure the tournament’s Golden Jacket, but he was also awarded Sage Valley’s Paul S. Simon Character Award for his work with the Northern Irish Children’s Hospice at the opening ceremony earlier in the week. He also participated in a clinic with fellow Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy.

“Just to be here is special, and to get the Paul Simon Award before the tournament started was a great honor,” McKibbin said. “And obviously to win today was unbelievable. I couldn’t ask for anything better."

Heading into the final round, 36-hole leader Nicholas Dunlap of Greer, South Carolina, sat at 7-under. McKibbin and Moldovan started the morning at 5-under and 4-under, respectively. Both players went toe-to-toe on the front nine shooting even par, and the back nine became the difference-maker as Dunlap and others fell back in the field.

Following a bogey on Hole No. 12, McKibbin called his birdie on Hole No. 13 to tie Moldovan at 6-under his biggest moment. McKibbin would regain the outright lead with an impressive birdie on Hole No. 15, thanks in part to a powerful drive that cut off the dogleg, carried the bunker and left him 50 yards ahead of his competitor. He was able to get up and down for birdie on the par five to capture a lead he would not relinquish.

Both McKibbin and Moldovan made bogies on the formidable Hole 17, where McKibbin had made a triple bogey on the previous day. He became the second player in three years to make a triple bogey on Hole No. 17 on Friday, fall out the lead and come back to win the tournament.

After both made par on the final hole, Moldovan settled for second at one shot behind McKibbin with a combined 5-under 211. The 17-year-old is onto the next event as he heads to the U.S. Open Qualifier at Beechmont Country Club May 7, but his experience at Sage Valley Golf Club was one to remember.

“I can’t even explain how incredible it was,” Moldovan said. “The course is second-to-none from what I’ve played. The people here, the overall atmosphere… it’s incredible.”

Ricky Castillo (69-70-73–212) of Yorba Linda, California, finished in third at 4-under in the tournament. England’s Joseph Pagdin (69-75-69–213), Australia’s Karl Vilips (70-69-74–213) and South Carolina’s Nicholas Dunlap (68-69-76–213) finished tied for fourth.

Second round leader Dunlap went into the back nine of the final round tied for the lead with McKibbin, but four bogeys and one birdie on the back nine dropped him to 3-under.

“Yesterday I played really solid. I hit 10 fairways, and today I hit five,” said Dunlap. “But to play good or bad, it’s just great to be here.”

As for what’s next for him, fifteen-year-old Dunlap’s answer helps put into perspective that these elite-level competitors have a lot of golf – and a lot of life – left.

“I go back to school Monday,” he said.

Eligibility for the 54-hole stroke-play Junior Invitational is rigorous, with 17 automatic qualifiers produced from the 2018 Junior Invitational Champion, 2018 Boys Junior PGA Champion, and furthest advancing junior in the 2018 U.S. Amateur, among others. Remaining slots are filled based upon year-to-date rankings.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

PGA National Resort & Spa Announces Exceptional ‘Flash’ Sale

Ideal for Fun Summer Family Getaways; Kids Stay, Play and Eat Breakfast Free

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort & Spa – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation and spa destination – announces an exceptional “flash” sale with 25% off rooms or 10% off select golf and spa packages when booked from April 23 through April 28, 2019.

To receive the lowest rates, book from 12:01 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) on April 23 (Tues.) to 12 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) on April 28 (Sun.) by calling 855.233.1444 or by clicking here for stays from April 28, 2019 through February 13, 2020 (including holidays).

For families seeking a fun summer getaway, kids 12 and under “Stay, Play and Eat Breakfast Free” at PGA National through Sept. 30. All guestrooms now feature 55" Samsung televisions and a luxe bedding package featuring the Beautyrest Black mattress, the best sleep in Palm Beach County. The resort’s centrally located zero-entry pool is a refreshing, tropical retreat surrounded by lush palm trees and luxury cabanas.

The flash sale is ideal to experience the Summer Escape and Play Unlimited Golf Package. Offered from May 24 – Sept. 30 and starting at $96.50 (per person, per night, double occupancy, before flash sale discount) and $179 (per person, per night, single occupancy, before flash sale discount), this value-packed stay-and-play features:
- Resort accommodations with new luxury bedding
- Full breakfast daily in the Palm Terrace restaurant
- One round of golf daily on the Fazio, Squire or Estates courses (surcharge for play on the newly redesigned Champion and Palmer courses)
- Complimentary replay round daily (surcharge for play on the newly redesigned Champion and Palmer courses)
- 50% off daily golf clinics
- Complimentary range balls (before play) and daily bag storage
- Additional $40 cart fee per person, per day

The resort’s expansive 40,000-square-foot European-style spa is renowned as the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation. Resort guests can also enjoy the new high-tech 33,000-square-foot Sports & Racquet Club featuring a wide array of fitness activities and classes including pickle ball and tennis on the 18 Har Tru tennis courts (11 lit for night play). Not to be missed is the chef-driven Ironwood Steak & Seafood restaurant, and chic iBAR in its glamorous lobby.

This offer is based on availability for new bookings only and not valid on existing reservations, group reservations, or with any other offer. A one-night, non-refundable deposit applies at the time of booking. For stays Dec. 24 – 31, 2019 and Feb. 24 – March 1, 2020 a two-night, non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. Tax and resort fees not included. Blackout dates may apply.

More information: www.pgaresort.com, 855.233.1444.

Tierra Rejada Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Top Simi Valley golf club will offer special festivities, golf events, live music showcases and more

(DALLAS) — Tierra Rejada Golf Club – one of the most popular public golf clubs in California’s Simi Valley and managed by Arcis Golf — will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Saturday, May 18. The full day of events, all open to the public, will include a variety of golf activities and equipment demos, barbecue and beverages, live music, and additional festivities. The Fleetwood Mac tribute band “Twisted Gypsy” will put on an evening show to cap off the celebration.

Although Tierra Rejada Golf Club actually opened in December 1999, the anniversary event is being held a few months early.

“We couldn’t wait to celebrate,” said Kris Dennis, club general manager. “And this way we can pay tribute to the golf course and enjoy the anniversary all year.”

The course, designed by renowned architect Bob Cupp, is well known for the natural beauty of its rolling hills, stunning views of the valley and nearby Reagan Presidential Library, and its combination of challenge and fun for all level of golfers.

Tierra Rejada Golf Club is famous for its 11th hole, which is dedicated to Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States. The tee box on the downhill par 3, which plays directly toward the Reagan Library, features a commemorative plaque created by the Reagan Foundation.

“Tierra Rejada is a special member of our growing family of one-of-a-kind lifestyle properties,” said Blake Walker, Founder and CEO of Arcis Golf, the second-largest owner and operator of golf facilities in the United States. “It’s an exceptional golf club that delivers a variety of different experiences to its players.  Plus, it’s a beautiful facility on spectacular land, with that unique touch of history thanks to our association with the Reagan Library.”

The celebration also lets Tierra Rejada show off its revitalized facilities. Since Arcis Golf took over management last summer, the club has benefitted from major investment, including significant turf reconditioning; a new, computer-efficient irrigation system; complete refurbishment of the practice range and chipping green; and renovation of the clubhouse bar and adjoining patio, supported by new kitchen equipment and a fresh menu of new selections and old favorites.

Arcis Golf’s footprint in the Southland also includes The Oaks Club at Valencia and Valencia Country Club, two upscale, private-lifestyle properties literally “across the street” from one another along Interstate 5 in Santa Clarita, as well as Los Robles Greens – acclaimed for its recent golf course renovation – in Thousand Oaks. Tierra Rejada is approximately 50 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Dallas-based Arcis Golf is a recognized industry leader in providing inventive direction and unrivaled lifestyle amenities that complement exceptional playing experiences. The Arcis Golf portfolio of owned and operated clubs now includes 65 private, resort, and daily-fee club clubs throughout the United States.

For more information about the Tierra Rejada Golf Club 20th anniversary celebration, call (805) 531-9300 or visit www.tierrarejadagolf.com. Tickets are required for the evening concert and are available at http://tierrarejada20thanniversaryconcert.eventbrite.com.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

PGA Professional Championship Marks New Date on the Calendar with Visit to Historic Belfair

(BLUFFTON, S.C.) – The PGA Professional Championship celebrates its first niche on the spring golf calendar by visiting historic Belfair of Bluffton, South Carolina, one of the Southeast’s premier golf destinations. The largest all-professional national championship in the game is Sunday, April 28 through Wednesday, May 1.

The 52nd edition of the PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac, Club Car and OMEGA features a 312-player field representing 45 states and all 41 PGA Sections.

Defending Champion Ryan Vermeer of Omaha, Nebraska, is one of 17 past Champions in the field competing for a total purse of $550,000. In 2018, Vermeer, the PGA Director of Instruction at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, became the first Nebraska PGA Member to capture the national championship and a PGA Professional Player of the Year award.

The host Carolinas PGA Section will have 12 representatives in a field that also includes the largest women PGA contingent: Sherry Andonian of La Quinta, California; Alexandra Braga of Denver, Colorado; reigning PGA Women’s Stroke Play Champion Joanna Coe of Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland; and Ashley Grier of Hagerstown, Pennsylvania.

“We are excited to take the PGA Professional Championship to Belfair, one of the true golfing gems in the country, and make it our first national championship of the spring,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley. “It’s a week for the best playing members of our Association to showcase their talents through coverage on Golf Channel and be recognized for being instrumental at their respective facilities as executive managers, golf course operators, teachers and coaches.”

James Swift, PGA Director of Golf at Belfair, said his staff and 650 volunteers are ready to host their first national championship. Belfair follows the Ocean Course of Kiawah Island (2005) and The Dunes Club of Myrtle Beach (2014) as South Carolina hosts sites.

“It’s an exciting time at Belfair and an honor to host 312 of the best playing PGA Professionals,” said Swift. “We hope that their time here is a pleasant one, but also that they enjoy all of the facilities we offer. We anticipate a great week.”

Belfair, a former plantation, cattle ranch and turkey farm dating to 1811, was transformed into a world-class golf destination in the 1990s. The Championship will be contested on two Tom Fazio-designed courses – the West and the East. There will be a 36-hole cut Monday to the low 90 scorers and ties, and a 54-hole cut Tuesday to the low 70 scorers and ties.

The low 20 scorers after Wednesday’s final round earn a berth in the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black Course in Farmingdale, New York.

The West Course, ranked among Golfweek’s Top 100 Private Residential Golf Courses, will host the final two rounds. Golf Channel provides coverage all four rounds.

Record 8th Nicklaus Design Course Underway in Vietnam

BRG Chairman Nga Meets with Nicklaus Executive Chairman Howard Milstein

(RELEASE) — As part of a 10 golf course Strategic Cooperation Agreement, Nicklaus Design and BRG Group recently had a signing ceremony announcing its newest project in Quang Nam and an additional nine holes at Legend Hill in Hanoi. Nicklaus Executive Chairman Howard Milstein and BRG Group Chairman Nga recently met in Washington, DC, to review the state of current projects, discuss a long term plan for growth and to review additional business synergies between BRG, Nicklaus and Milstein’s 8AM Golf properties. BRG is a harmonious match with leading golf course design firm, Nicklaus Design, with 423 golf courses in 45 countries and 40 U.S. states. Like Milstein's business portfolio including Emigrant Bank, Chairman Nga also owns one of Vietnam’s largest banks, SeABank, in addition to hotels, car dealerships, food services and commercial centers.

“Chairman Nga is clearly one of the most successful business leaders and entrepreneurs in the entire country,” commented Milstein. “She has an astute vision for creating a positive economic and environmental impact on Vietnam through golf and her resorts. We are proud to be her partner.”

The BRG Group/Nicklaus Companies’ initiative to develop such an expansive collection of golf courses across the country reflects the enthusiastic demand for the game of golf in Vietnam. Jack Nicklaus II and Nicklaus Designer Sean Quinn toured sites late last year in addition to meeting with Chairman Nga to review project plans. Nicklaus Companies President of Asia-Pacific Paul Stringer, who has enjoyed a long standing relationship with Chairman Nga, visited Vietnam last month to discuss future plans with the BRG Group and Chairman Nga.

“We see Vietnam as one of the top emerging golf markets in the world, and we have aggressively taken the lead in developing the game across the country in partnership with BRG,” commented Stringer. “Vietnam’s mission to expand its tourism industry parallels Nga’s approach to bolster economic growth with the development of resorts, various residential communities, and golf courses.”

Savvy golf course owners seek Nicklaus Design for its ability to craft both playable and championship-caliber layouts while incorporating unique natural elements and elevating them through their robust design process and sustainability. Environmental issues frequently confound other designers across the globe, something Nicklaus Design has been able to turn into a positive.

Chairman Nga reinforced this, saying, “With everything we do, we apply environmentally friendly principles to preserve the natural ecosystems both inside and outside of our golf courses.” Nicklaus Designers Sean Quinn and Jim Wagner currently support the BRG projects in Vietnam drafting routing plans and creating strategy for the new golf being developed with BRG.

The future is bright for BRG and Nicklaus Design in Vietnam. “Vietnam has a tremendous potential for golf tourism supported by good year-round weather and our friendly, service-oriented people,” said Chairman Nga. The partners are excited to continue their relationship in the golf course development segment as well as other joint business opportunities.

More information: www.nicklaus.com

Club Car Renews Partnership with PGA of America

Extends Presenting Partnership with the PGA Professional Championship through 2021

(BLUFFTON, S.C.) – Club Car, a golf industry leader for over 60 years, has renewed its long-standing partnership with the PGA of America. Club Car will continue as a Presenting Partner of the PGA Professional Championship and the 41 PGA Section Championships conducted nationwide, which it has supported since 1993.

In addition, Club Car will continue as the “Official Golf Car of the PGA of America.” The renewed partnership kicks off with the PGA Section Championships this summer and extends through the 2021 PGA Professional Championship. The announcement was made Friday by PGA of America Vice President Jim Richerson and Jeff Tyminski, Club Car Vice President of Marketing and Product Development.

“The PGA of America is very excited that Club Car, a tremendous friend of the PGA Professional and to the game of golf, will continue as presenting sponsor of the PGA Professional Championship and the 41 PGA Section Championships,” said Richerson. “Club Car’s sincere commitment to growing the game has elevated both this Championship and those who compete for the Walter Hagen Cup.”

Since 1993, Club Car has served as a presenting sponsor of the PGA Professional Championship, the showcase event for PGA Professionals, along with Section Championships. The Championship began in 1968 as an outgrowth of the PGA Championship.

“The PGA Professional Championship is the premier event for PGA Professionals and Club Car is proud to support the thousands who aspire to earn a berth in the Championship,” said Club Car President and CEO Mark Wagner. “These are the professionals who help grow the game every day and enable millions of golfers to enjoy it and play better golf. We’re thrilled to be so closely aligned with those outstanding individuals as we enter our 27th consecutive year of partnership with the PGA of America.”

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Offering Summer Deal of 20% Off Rooms June 1–Sept. 30

(NAPLES, FL) — If a fun and relaxing getaway to a beachfront resort in Southwest Florida sounds appealing, you should check out the enticing “Summer Savings” deal that is being offered by The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Available for stays from June 1-September 30, 2019, the promotion provides a 20% discount off accommodations at the AAA Four-Diamond resort, which is Southwest Florida’s only beachfront resort with an on-site championship golf course, world-class spa and award-winning tennis center. Also to be noted is that guests at the lush 125-acre resort always benefit from no resort fees and complimentary valet parking and self-parking.

Complemented by seven miles of pristine soft white-sand beach, the picturesque resort features a par-71 championship golf course that was dramatically redesigned in 2016 by golf icon and acclaimed course designer Jack Nicklaus in collaboration with renowned course architect John Sanford. Featuring five tees, ranging from 4,800 yards to over 6,900 yards, the course was designed to challenge the best players but also be enjoyable for all golfers.

The resort’s full-service spa offers an impressive array of relaxing massages, refreshing body treatments, restorative facials, manicures, pedicures, and hair salon services. Designed in classic Florida style, The Spa features nine individual spa treatment rooms, separate women’s and men’s relaxation areas and locker rooms, saunas, steam rooms, whirlpool baths, state-of-the-art cardio and weight rooms in separate areas, a private aerobics studio, and full-service beauty salon. Available treatments include Aroma-Reflexology, HydraFacial, Signature Salt Scrub, Moisture Rich Conditioning Wrap, Espresso Mud Detoxifying Wrap, Hot Stone Massage, and Pro-Radiance Brightening Facial. Located in the resort’s three-story, 74,000-square-foot Clubhouse, The Spa overlooks the resort’s championship golf course.

In addition, the resort features a beachfront pool complex with two pools, whirlpools and locker facilities; the Mary C. Watkins Tennis Center with six Har-Tru courts; Beach Kids Club, a complimentary daily recreational program for children ages 5 to 12; beach rentals; and retail shops.

The resort also offers multiple restaurants and lounges, which includes the signature beachfront restaurant HB’s on the Gulf, featuring indoor and outdoor dining; Broadwell’s restaurant, overlooking the golf course; and The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, recognized as one of the best places to view a Southwest Florida sunset.

Guest rooms and suites feature cool tropical colors; flat-panel televisions; patio or balcony (with a view of the Gulf, golf course or the lush resort interior); coffee maker; and refrigerator.

Situated just blocks from Naples’ renowned shopping districts of fashionable 5th Avenue South and historic 3rd Street South, the resort is also within minutes of shopping at Venetian Village, Waterside Shops, Bayfront and Tin City. Guests can also experience the area by taking tours of the Everglades, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Corkscrew Swamp, The Botanical Gardens, or the Conservancy Nature Center. Boat and fishing trips also can be arranged at the hotel. Other leisure time activities can include Naples’ outstanding museums, theatres, and art galleries.

“The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is ideal for a relaxing getaway,” said Jason Parsons, general manager of the family-owned resort. “It is truly beautiful here. Plus, there is something at the resort to please almost anyone. Whether you wish to play a round of golf, relax on the beach or by one of the beachfront pools, enjoy a refreshing service at The Spa, play tennis, shop at Naples’ acclaimed shopping districts just blocks away, or watch a breathtaking sunset, you just can’t beat the offerings or incredible setting of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. The ‘Summer Savings’ deal simply provides even more reason to visit.”

To take advantage of the “Summer Savings” offer, call (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222, or visit NaplesBeachHotel.com, specifically the “Reservations” section on the website. Note that the offer is based on availability, is not available on holiday weekends, and blackout dates may apply. The promotion may not be combined with any other offer, and is not applicable to groups.

Note that, based on availability, the offer can be used on the resort’s “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concert series weekends. A Southwest Florida tradition, this year’s SummerJazz concerts will be held on the resort’s Watkins lawn overlooking the Gulf on:  Saturday, June 29 (with entertainment by Alter Eagles); Saturday, July 20 (with Late Night Brass); Saturday, August 17 (with Pocket Change); and Saturday, September 14, 2019 (with Ari & The Alibis).

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is located at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North in Naples, Florida. An exceptional tropical getaway, the resort is rich in hospitality and tradition. For more information, visit NaplesBeachHotel.com.

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Sea Pines Resort Gives Golfers the Tour-Pro Experience

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – The world’s best players from the PGA Tour have left Hilton Head Island and the 2019 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, played at the world-famous Harbour Town Golf Links, is in the books.

Now, the island’s great courses at The Sea Pines Resort are ready to challenge golfers.

Take it from the pros: There’s no better way to tee it up and stay in style than with the “Play Where The Pros Play” golf package offered by The Sea Pines Resort – which includes taking their own shot at Harbour Town.

The golf package includes one round of golf per guest on the island’s three top-ranked courses: Harbour Town and Heron Point, both designed by Pete Dye, as well as Atlantic Dunes, designed by Davis Love III, a five-time RBC Heritage winner. True diehards can enjoy complimentary afternoon replays on Heron Point and Atlantic Dunes (cart fee not included).

Accommodations range from the island’s premier hotel, The Inn & Club at Harbour Town, as well as luxurious private homes, Beach Villas, and Golf Villas of virtually every shape and size, with room for 2 to 12.

The Inn & Club is a Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond boutique hotel with the luxury and convenience of guest rooms and a Fairway Suite overlooking the first tee of Harbour Town Golf Links. The Inn is ranked No. 12 on the “Best Hotels in the USA” by U.S. World & News Report.

Three-night/four-day packages start at $255 (per player/per night) for Villa accommodations and $329 (per player, per night) for The Inn.  Rates are valid through October 2019. (Note: Harbour Town Golf Links requires one forecaddie per tee time. Forecaddie services are included in the rate, however a recommended gratuity of $30 per person is not included.)

To reserve The Sea Pines Resort golf package call (866) 561-8802 or visit https://www.seapines.com/golf/golf-packages.aspx

If It's Summertime, It's B.Y.O.B. Time at Mission Inn Resort & Club

‘Bring Your Own Boat’ or Rent a Boat and Explore the Harris Chain of Lakes

(HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla.) – Summertime at Mission Inn Resort & Club in central Florida means BYOB — Bring Your Own Boat. Featuring a 55-slip marina, complimentary trailer parking, a dozen boat ramps, and easy access to the Harris Chain of Lakes, Mission Inn Resort & Club is the ideal home base for world-class fishing, recreational boating, and summer fun on the water.
Guests who arrive at the resort without a boat are in luck as well as pontoon boats can be rented from Marina del Rey, the property’s nautical center on Lake Harris that also offers everything from equipment rentals to fishing licenses to boating instruction and much more.
With water depths as deep as 30 feet, the bass fishing on Lake Harris and the other eight lakes – totaling 76,000 acres – is unparalleled. During the summer season, anglers will find the fishing best in the early morning and again in the evening, just before dark. Good-sized bass, and other types of fish, can be found aplenty in these waters.
Summer room rates at Mission Inn Resort & Club start at $149 per room per night, plus boat rental. To make reservations call (800) 874-9053. For more information and rentals on Marina del Rey, call (352) 324-2024, extension 26.

When off the water, Mission Inn guests can enjoy the resort’s trap and skeet shooting range, which provides a unique opportunity to participate in clay sports with an experienced instructor. All guns, targets and shells, plus protective equipment, are provided by the resort.
Mission Inn Resort & Club is a world-class vacation destination situated amid citrus groves in central Florida’s rolling hills. Surrounded by lakes, the picturesque location features classic Spanish Colonial style architecture throughout the property; two championship golf courses (El Campeón and Las Colinas); a tennis academy; miles of nature trails; 176 graciously appointed guestrooms, suites, and villas; as well as three restaurants and two lounges. 

For additional information access the web site at www.missioninnresort.com.

Industry Leaders to Bring Story of Golf’s Impact to Congressional Members During National Golf Day

Washington Posts’ Eugene Robinson to Provide Keynote Speech to Industry Leaders, Topgolf to Open Doors with Free Lessons at 50 Locations

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – WE ARE GOLF – a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners – will join forces Wednesday, May 1 to host the 12th annual National Golf Day on Capitol Hill. More than 300 industry leaders will meet with Congressional members to discuss golf’s economic, charitable, environmental, fitness and societal benefits.

“National Golf Day provides an organized platform for the industry to share first-hand data and personal stories about the $84 billion industry that impacts nearly two million jobs and has a positive impact on communities across the United States,” said Greg McLaughlin, CEO of World Golf Foundation.

Throughout National Golf Day, data-driven metrics will reveal the health of the sport – from traditional participation to interest and off-course participation to the ways in which it continues to grow and evolve, including key metrics from the recent 2019 Golf Industry Report.

On Tuesday, April 30, golf industry representatives will come together for 17 community service projects at various locations on the National Mall. The community service project is organized by Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. For more information on the Community Service Project, click here.

Later that afternoon, Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and MSNBC Political Analyst, will discuss the political climate in D.C. with golf industry leaders as they prepare for visits on Capitol Hill the following day.

“For 12 years the golf industry has gathered in Washington, D.C. to share the powerful impact that our sport has on the United States,” says Jay Karen, CEO of the National Golf Course Owners Association and Chairman of the WE ARE GOLF Board. “Lawmakers hear firsthand from their constituents about the myriad benefits golf provides society and this helps inform their future decisions that could affect our sport.”

In partnership with WE ARE GOLF, global sports entertainment leader Topgolf® announced 50 U.S. venues will offer complimentary group golf instruction classes next Wednesday, May 1 to celebrate National Golf Day. Guests who register for a complimentary Topgolf Coach class will receive instruction from a PGA-certified golf professional along with 50% off their next group class. Last year, Topgolf taught more than 4,300 five-minute lessons on National Golf Day.

In 2018, Canada held its inaugural National Golf Day, though this year marks the first time its industry associations will align with the same date as the U.S. golf industry. The respective organizations will create a unified front that increases awareness and overall participation in North America, including simultaneous legislative visits in Ottawa and Washington, D.C. For more information on Canada’s National Golf Day, click here.

For more information, visit www.wearegolf.org.

Tom Fazio, Dormie Network ready to shine on Web.com Tour

(RELEASE) — With more than 200 golf courses around the world bearing his name, Tom Fazio has long been counted as one of the game’s most celebrated architects.

No living designer has more courses ranked among America's best. Numerous major championships on each of the professional tours have been played on golf courses Fazio designed or renovated. In addition, Fazio is Augusta National’s consulting architect, having overseen much of the course work since the 1990s.

Starting with the inaugural Dormie Network Classic at Briggs Ranch Golf Club this weekend in San Antonio, Tex., Fazio-designed courses will be celebrated on the Web.com Tour. The event will field 156 players competing for a $550,000 purse.

During Labor Day weekend, the Web.com Tour concludes its season at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind., which will once again serve as host venue for the newly named Web.com Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance.

Briggs Ranch and Victoria National are both Fazio designs.

Both are also part of Dormie Network.

“Sometimes I’ll walk by a television in a locker room somewhere, and I see a golf course that looks familiar — and it’s one I designed,” Fazio said. “I guess when you’ve been around as long as I have and done as many golf courses, those kind of things happen. It’s wonderful for me to see Briggs Ranch and Victoria National — great stories, great involvements, great memories — wonderful, fabulous golf courses. Both those golf courses were a dream for us.”

Along with Briggs Ranch and Victoria National, the Nebraska-based Dormie Network includes Dormie Club (Pinehurst, NC), Ballyhack Golf Club (Roanoke, Va.), ArborLinks (Nebraska City, Neb.) and Hidden Creek Golf Club (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.).

Offering regional, national and corporate memberships, the network's full-service accommodations, premium amenities and renowned courses provide a combination of best-in-class golf with an intimate and casual retreat experience ideal for business or leisure.

“A program like Dormie Network, where they take existing facilities and have new young people coming in and energizing things, it’s just fabulous,” Fazio said. “Things move on and you get new ownership, which is great. You get new blood, new energy; you get new young people and excitement.”

Dormie Network has invested millions in capital improvement projects, currently at various stages of planning, execution, and completion at every club.

At Briggs Ranch — where Fazio’s design opened in 2001 and has been ranked among the top 20 layouts in Texas — Dormie Network is constructing premium, on-site lodging in the form of casitas, as well as a state-of-the-art TrackMan performance center that will be ideal for corporate gatherings and client entertainment.

“The focus at Briggs Ranch was really about creating a great golf experience, creating great conditions for golf and creating a great environment that people would enjoy,” said Fazio. “This was a group of passionate people who really loved the game and were committed to creating a top-notch facility in a growing area. You had some movers and shakers who really committed to doing the best golf that could be done. That’s what got my attention and made me excited to be involved. These people had the dream of creating something special.”

At Victoria National, which Fazio designed in 1998, Dormie Network is adding cottages that will double the club’s current accommodations.

“I think the quality of these two golf courses will be shown,” said Fazio. “When players the caliber of the Web.com Tour come to Briggs Ranch and Victoria National and see the golf courses — I run into these really good players who are moving on the way up, and they remind me of the quality and character of those golf courses. It’s fun to sit and listen to good players talk about them.”

Learn more at www.DormieNetwork.com, or contact Dave Plaster at 402.416.1106.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Breakthrough Golf Technology Has Three Top 10 Finishes on Tour

(Dallas, TX) — Breakthrough Golf Technology announces that its Stability putter shaft helped capture three Top 10 tour finishes this past weekend.

On the PGA Tour, one of the top pros used it and bested most of the field at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C, finishing in 10th place. And at the PGA Tour Champions event at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga., two players - finishing second and 10th, respectively - trusted their putters to the Stability shaft.

"These top 10 finishes are no surprise," says Breakthrough CEO and Founder Barney Adams. "More tour pros continue to realize how our Stability putter shaft can make a huge difference in their game. We fully expect to see more and more usage by the world's best players."

For 50 years, the putter shaft has not changed. It was a simple steel pipe. But over the years, head designs for putters evolved and have gotten dramatically heavier. This has resulted in shafts that are not stable or strong enough to keep these heavier, advanced putter heads from oscillating. The Stability putter shaft delivers the face more squarely at impact, resulting in improved accuracy, solid feel, a lower launch for a predictable roll, and better distance control.

Breakthrough Golf Technology website: breakthroughgolftech.com

Named 2019 Best Electric Car and Best Club Transport – Alternate Walking

Club Car’s Tempo Walk and Tempo LI-ION earn Golf Digest Honors

(Augusta, Ga) - Club Car, the global leader in golf, consumer, personal and utility vehicles and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has been awarded two of Golf Digest’s 2019 Editor’s Choice Awards for Best Electric Car and Best Club Transport – Alternative Walking. Club Car’s Tempo LI-ION cars and Tempo Walk, a stylish hands-free autonomous golf caddie unit have earned best in class status when it comes to getting around the golf course.

Club Car’s new Tempo LI-ION, an AC motor and lithium ion-powered golf car and an extension of the company’s award-winning TEMPO line of vehicles, offers fast-charging, reliability, efficiency and savings to golf courses. The Tempo LI-ION’s unique, smart charging capabilities include automated off-peak charging for lower energy costs and charging rates that are two to three times faster than lead acid. In addition, the Club Car lithium ion technology can provide golf courses with up to 50 percent reduction in electricity. A lighter battery underscores the overall weight of the car, for less wear and tear on the course. Tempo LI-ION’s design earned stripes for its diamond-cut stitch seats and molded-in colors.

Tempo Walk provides golfers who enjoy walking the golf course with a caddie-like experience and state-of-the-art wireless technology that includes GPS yardage and hands-free remote control to maneuver easily around the course. Golf course operators can now offer a fresh, functional and differentiated cart option as well as unique experience to their golfers.

“Club Car is focused on new solutions that improve the golf experience and help course operators improve their business,” said Jeff Tyminski, vice president, product management and marketing for Club Car. “It is an honor to be recognized this year in two award categories.”

Constructed with a durable aluminum frame, Tempo Walk contains a lithium ion battery which holds a 36-hole charge. It moves up to 7 mph and weighs 95 pounds. Additional technology features include a USB port and touchscreen tablet with GPS yardage. Traditional golf car offerings – a cup holder, cooler, divot repair and sand bottle are also included. With a compact frame size, four Tempo Walk golf caddies can fit into the space of one golf car, another benefit for course operators.

The 2019 Editor’s Choice designation marks the fourth year in a row a Club Car product received Golf Digest’s annual award. Club Car was awarded the 2018 Editor’s Choice Award for Best Electric Golf Car for the Tempo Connect with the Shark Experience.

Learn more about Tempo Walk and Tempo LI-ION by visiting Club Car Tempo Walk Web Site or www.ClubCar.com.

GOLFBUDDY to be a Sponsor of the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open

(ORLANDO, Florida) – GOLFBUDDY (Golfbuddy.com), a leading innovator in the golf rangefinder industry, is a sponsor of the 2019 Hugel-Air Premia LA Open, an LPGA Tour event being competed April 25-28 at Wilshire Country Club, in Los Angeles. The field of 144 players, one of the strongest fields on the LPGA schedule, will compete over 72 holes for a share of the $1.5 million purse. The sponsorship is part of a partnership between GOLFBUDDY and the LPGA Tour.

“It is our pleasure to serve as a sponsor of the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open,” said Timothy Chae, CEO of GBA (Golf Buddy America). “An increasing number of tour players are incorporating GOLFBUDDY into their practice regimens for its technical precision and reliability.

“This tournament will provide an opportunity for attendees to discover the quality and performance that GOLFBUDDY provides to dedicated professional and amateur players alike.”

GOLFBUDDY products will be on display and available for purchase in the GOLFBUDDY exhibit space in the main spectator village at the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open, including the GOLFUBDDY aim L10 and W10 models, as well as the GOLFBUDDY Voice 2 and VTX.

For more information, see Golfbuddy.com.

Study: To Avoid Lower Back Issues, Golfers Should Improve Flexibility, Muscle Strength

(MUNCIE, Indiana) – The best way for golfers to avoid or reduce lower back pain is by improving  hip flexibility and muscle strength of the hips and back, according to a researcher at Ball State University.

“Back muscle endurance is especially important for golfers with lower back pain,” said Nathan Edwards, a graduate student in Ball State Biomechanics Lab. “Working with a fitness professional can help you increase your strength and lower your risk of further injuring your back.”

The Kokomo native spent the last year analyzing lower back pain for his study, “Quantifying Biomechanical Risk Factors for Low Back Pain in Amateur Golfers.” His research investigated the connection between the hips, lower back, and upper back for golfers experiencing lower back pain. The project was one of nine winners at Ball State’s Student Symposium this month.

Edwards notes there are several factors that can contribute to lower back pain in golfers, including: inadequate warm-ups before playing, limited hip flexibility, and compromising trunk movement during the swing.

His research found that club-head speed largely impacts a golfer’s success. To maximize club-head speed, golfers should use a swing form with proximal-to-distal sequencing pattern.

Edwards compared proximal-to-distal sequencing to the cracking of a bullwhip, with speed increasing and energy transferring through the length of the whip.

“In the golf swing, the golfer’s body starts accelerating at the legs,” Edwards said. “Then speed increases in this order: hips, lower back, upper back, and shoulders, followed by the arms, forearms, hands, and finally the club head as it impacts the golf ball. For golfers, the swing is the whip, and we want the ‘snap’ to occur in the club head at impact.”

Edwards said a  proximal-to-distal sequencing pattern also helps golfers safely transfer speed through the body and into the club head. In the golf swing, forces up to eight times a golfer’s body weight are produced, helping to generate the highest club-head speed possible at impact.

These forces can adversely affect the portions of the body where a proximal-to-distal sequence is not followed, he said.

“I found that golfers with lower back pain did not use a proximal-to-distal sequencing pattern for their hips, lower back, and upper back,” Edwards noted. “Instead, they moved their hips and lower back at the same time followed by their upper back. The golfers with lower back pain also relied more on muscle strength rather than efficient golf swing technique (i.e. proximal-to-distal sequencing) to increase hip, lower back, and upper back rotational speed. Specifically, they used their back muscles more during the golf swing.”

The lack of motion and the increased back muscle activity may be factors in the development of pain by increasing the amount of force on the lower back. However, these characteristics could also be a way that golfers protect their lower backs by limiting the amount of movement near painful areas, he said.

World’s Best Set To Compete in 74th U.S. Women’s Open Championship

13 champions to take on Country Club of Charleston May 30-June 2

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) – Thirteen past champions and 47 of the top 50 players in the world are among those entered in the 74th U.S. Women’s Open Championship, which will be conducted by the United States Golf Association from May 30-June 2, 2019, at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. Championship entries closed at 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 17.

“We are excited to see such a strong group of entrants from around the world for the 74th U.S. Women’s Open Championship,” said Shannon Rouillard, senior director, Championships for the USGA. “We can’t wait to see the game’s best take on this fantastic Seth Raynor-designed golf course, which we know will provide the ultimate test of golf and thrill fans from around the world.”

This marks the sixth consecutive year the U.S. Women’s Open has received more than 1,500 entries, with the USGA accepting 1,552 entries for this year’s championship. The 2015 championship at Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club holds the entry record with 1,873. The USGA accepted entries from golfers in 47 states, 32 entrants from South Carolina among them, and a total of 62 countries.

To be eligible for the U.S. Women’s Open, a player must have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 2.4, or be a professional. Sectional qualifying will be conducted over 36 holes between April 22-May 8. Qualifying will be held at 21 sites in the United States, as well as four international sites: one each in England, Japan, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea.

Ariya Jutanugarn, of Thailand, who won the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Ala., is one of the 13 fully exempt U.S. Women’s Open champions. Jutanugarn is joined by Sung Hyun Park (2017), Brittany Lang (2016), In Gee Chun (2015), Michelle Wie (2014), Inbee Park (2013, 2008), Na Yeon Choi (2012), So Yeon Ryu (2011), Paula Creamer (2010), Eun-Hee Ji (2009), Cristie Kerr (2007), Karrie Webb (2001, 2000) and Laura Davies (1987), who earned an exemption based on her victory in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open last July.

Two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion Karrie Webb, of Australia, has accepted a special exemption into the championship. Webb, 44, won the 2000 U.S. Women’s Open at The Merit Club in Gurnee, Ill., defeating Kerr and Meg Mallon by five strokes. In 2001, Webb defeated Se Ri Pak by eight strokes at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., to become the 12th player to win multiple U.S. Women’s Opens. Webb’s 23 consecutive Women’s Opens entering this year is the longest active streak. Webb received a special exemption into the championship last year, when she missed the cut at Shoal Creek. She is a 41-time winner on the LPGA Tour and 15-time winner on the Ladies European Tour.

Brittany Lincicome, currently No. 37 in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings, and Sarah Jane Smith, who tied for fifth in last year’s championship at Shoal Creek, have chosen to take advantage of the U.S. Women’s Open’s family-friendly Maternity Extension Opportunity, and will defer their exemptions until the 2020 championship at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas.

This will be the second USGA championship conducted at the Country Club of Charleston. In 2013, Emma Talley defeated Yueer Cindy Feng, 1 up, to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Talley is among the 100 players who are currently fully exempt into the championship, as are Gerina Mendoza and Suzann Pettersen, who chose to defer their 2018 exemptions to 2019, per the maternity opportunity.

The championship’s youngest entrant is 11-year-old Seojin Park, of the Republic of Korea. She will attempt to qualify at the sectional qualifying site in Incheon, Korea, on April 25. Avery Zweig, 12, of McKinney, Texas, will try to qualify in Maple Grove, Minn., on May 7. Laura Baugh, 63, is the championship's oldest entrant. She will attempt to qualify in Bradenton, Fla., on May 6.

Celine Herbin, a 36-year-old professional from France, was the first to apply when entries opened on Feb. 20. The final entry came from Sana Tufail, a 22-year-old amateur from England, who filed three minutes before the 5 p.m. EDT deadline on April 17.

Players still have several opportunities to gain a full exemption into the U.S. Women’s Open. The winner of any LPGA co-sponsored event prior to the start of the U.S. Women’s Open, including this weekend’s Lotte Championship in Oahu, Hawaii, will earn an exemption into the championship field. Additionally, any player in the top 50 point leaders and ties from the Rolex Rankings as of May 27 who is not already exempt will be added to the field.

More information about the U.S. Women’s Open, including a variety of ticket options, is available at uswomensopen.com.

Breakthrough Golf Technology Has Three Top 10 Finishes on Tour

(Dallas, TX) — Breakthrough Golf Technology announces that its Stability putter shaft helped capture three Top 10 tour finishes this past weekend.

On the PGA Tour, one of the top pros used it and bested most of the field at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C, finishing in 10th place. And at the PGA Tour Champions event at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga., two players - finishing second and 10th, respectively - trusted their putters to the Stability shaft.

"These top 10 finishes are no surprise," says Breakthrough CEO and Founder Barney Adams. "More tour pros continue to realize how our Stability putter shaft can make a huge difference in their game. We fully expect to see more and more usage by the world's best players."

For 50 years, the putter shaft has not changed. It was a simple steel pipe. But over the years, head designs for putters evolved and have gotten dramatically heavier. This has resulted in shafts that are not stable or strong enough to keep these heavier, advanced putter heads from oscillating. The Stability putter shaft delivers the face more squarely at impact, resulting in improved accuracy, solid feel, a lower launch for a predictable roll, and better distance control.

Breakthrough Golf Technology website: breakthroughgolftech.com.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Bee + Hive Launches a Booking Platform for Sustainable Experiences

(NEW YORK, NY) — Bee + Hive, a not-for-profit association that unites hotels and partners committed to sustainable tourism experiences, has announced that it will launch a booking platform in June of 2019. It will be an innovative booking engine with a search focused on sustainable experiences.

The service will give travelers the ability to plan a vacation based on sustainable experiences, and the chance to support global sustainable tourism. Booking revenues generated by users of the site will be reinvested in furthering the organization’s mission.                    

“People are interested in traveling responsibly, but the process of identifying and selecting genuine sustainable options is complicated,” explains Bee + Hive Founder, Bruno Correa. “In addition, there is growing interest in making travel choices based on experiences that unique and transformative. Our booking engine will help do both.”

Travelers who visit the website will be given the option to search for genuine sustainable experiences to start planning their trip. For example, a traveler who wants to swim with sharks will search for the experience and be offered location and hotel options accordingly. The site confirms availability on the selected dates before inviting the user to reserve.

By booking with Bee + Hive, travelers will join the global movement to grow sustainable tourism both by supporting a hotel or destination that is committed to sustainability and by knowing that Bee + Hive will continue to help create and offer more unique experiences in a sustainable way.

According to a recent study conducted by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), on average, for every 100 dollars spent by a tourist on a holiday in a developing country, only 5 dollars remain in the host community.

“This figure represents the potential benefit tourism can have on local communities if we turn around the role of the hotel within this social environment,” says Correa. “A responsible hotel cares about developing the local eco-system and its’ community. And the best way to do this is by offering authentic activities that reflect the destination. As a not-for-profit, all of Bee+Hive’s revenues will be reinvested on promotional efforts for legitimate and inspiring sustainable hotels and experiences, in a virtuous circle where more hotels join our movement."

Through showcasing these inspiring experiences, Bee + Hive aims to galvanize travelers beyond their trip, so they can spread awareness of sustainable travel after returning home. Founded by Correa, Bee + Hive’s origins lie in his first-hand knowledge developing sustainable experiences.

Bee + Hive only promotes hotels and experiences that give back to the local environment. The association works closely with its members to develop unique travel experiences with sustainability at their core, including preserving and re-habilitating wildlife and ecology, ensuring viable socio-economic projects for the local community and protecting cultural expression.

For more information, visit www.beeplushive.com.