Sunday, June 30, 2019

Mistake-Free Steve Stricker Leads By Six Strokes After Third Round at U.S. Senior Open Championship

(RELEASE) - Usually when people in the Hoosier State see someone lapping the field, it’s taking place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, about 150 miles south of South Bend. But this week, Steve Stricker has performed in the 40th U.S. Senior Open Championship at Notre Dame’s Warren Course like he’s in an Indy Car and everyone else is driving an Edsel.

Starting Saturday’s third round with a two-stroke lead over fellow Madison, Wis., native and longtime friend Jerry Kelly, Stricker stretched his margin to six over Kelly after posting a bogey-free, 4-under-par 66 on the 6,928-yard layout. The six-shot advantage is one off the largest in championship history, held by Dave Stockton, who won only by two over Hale Irwin in 1996 at Canterbury Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio.

Stricker, however, hasn’t shown any chinks in his armor through 54 holes. He’s hit 44 greens and made only one bogey, a consecutive stretch that currently stands at 48. His 66 matched the lowest round of the day and he’s the first player in championship history to post the lowest score in each of the first three rounds.

His 18-under total of 192 shattered the 54-hole scoring mark previously held by Kirk Triplett (2017) and the 52-year-old has a good chance to break the 72-hole scoring mark of 264 (Kenny Perry in 2017). He could also surpass Fred Funk’s record for total in relation to par (20 under in 2009 at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind.).

“I think I'm just going to keep doing the same things I've been doing,” said Stricker, who won the first PGA Tour Champions major of the season, the Regions Tradition, in May. “My whole objective is to get it in the fairway and then see what pins I feel comfortable shooting at or steering away from. That's been the game plan, and I've been putting well.

“I'm swinging at it a little bit more confidently, feeling good with what I have in my hand. And I hit it well last week. I hit it well at the Memorial [in early June]. So I'm kind of building on those tournaments.  One more day, if I can do the same thing [on Sunday], we'll be in good shape.”

With the greens firming up, the wind changing directions and some tougher hole locations, Stricker built on his lead with a 3-under 32 on the outward nine. He then holed an 8-footer for birdie on No. 11 before coming home with seven consecutive pars.

Kelly, the winner of last week’s PGA Tour Champions event in his hometown, admittedly struggled all day with his game (11 of 17 greens and 30 putts), but still managed an even-par 70, the same score posted by defending champion David Toms. Toms, who is seven strokes back at 11-under 199, kept it together, despite hitting just 5 of 18 greens.

Bob Estes is eight strokes behind in solo fourth following a 68. Five golfers, including two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen, are nine back at 7-under 203.

Now the only question remains: Can anyone apply pressure to Stricker or will Sunday turn into a victory lap?

“I'm going to have to be the aggressor,” said Kelly, who held a one-stroke lead going into last year’s final round only to lose by a stroke to Toms. “He's hitting it long and straight. He's got a lot less in [to the greens] than me. He can pick apart a golf course. I'm going to have to play flawless. And I'm going to have to make a lot of putts.

“If I can get three birdies on him early, I can make him start pressing. But it's going to be tough catching up with that guy. He's just doing all the right things.”


Steve Stricker’s one bogey is the fewest through 54 holes in a U.S. Senior Open. Kirk Triplett (2017), Craig Stadler (2004) and Hubert Green (2000) previously held the mark with two.

Defending champion David Toms had 13 one-putt greens in Round 3.

Tom Watson saw his streak of matching or bettering his age (69) end at two after the 1982 U.S. Open champion carded a 3-over 73 for a 54-hole total of even-par 210.

While no amateurs qualified for the weekend, 11 players who were not fully exempt into the field managed to make the cut. It is the fewest in championship history. Previously, the lowest number of sectional qualifiers to make the cut was 14 in 2017. This year’s group is headlined by Gary Nicklaus, the son of four-time U.S. Open and two-time U.S. Senior Open champion Jack Nicklaus. Steve Jones, the 1996 U.S. Open champion, also was among that list along with Indiana native Jeff Gallagher.

Sectional qualifier Ken Duke made the biggest jump on Saturday, moving from a tie for 42nd to a share of 14th, thanks to a 4-under 66. The low 15 and ties are fully exempt into the 2020 U.S. Senior Open at Newport (R.I.) Country Club.


“The golf course is definitely playing harder. The greens were baked out a little bit today. It was starting to bounce. It'll be tough to shoot a low number, but I know I can do it on this golf course. It's just a matter of going out there and giving myself enough opportunities to shoot a low score.” – David Toms

“It looks like [Steve] Stricker is untouchable this week, but we'll see.” – Miguel Angel Jimenez on how well the 54-hole leader is playing

“No, we love having him out. Are you kidding me? It just shows us how much more we need to really push. We shoot low scores out there all the time, and trust me, he's pushing us. There's no question about it. And that's a great thing. I want to have to make more just to catch up to him. That's totally fine. I'd love to pass him, too.” – Jerry Kelly when asked if he preferred Stricker playing more on the PGA Tour

“Yeah, it's comfortable yet kind of weird in a strange way. We've been partners in team events … Not too many times we come up head-to-head. Last week we had a playoff against one another, and that felt weird, too. Usually we're rooting for each other and not really playing all that much head-to-head in a final round, especially in a major out here. It's fun to play with him, and it's fun to be out there with him, but yet it's kind of awkward, too [laughter].” – Steve Stricker on playing with good friend Kelly the last two rounds of a major

“I'm just going to go out and play golf tomorrow. That's what I do every day. I'm glad to be here. I'm a little wounded, but that's okay.” – Tommy Armour III after posting a third consecutive round in the 60s

“This is a 10-year gig. I'm on year 7. I don't have to combat it. Well, actually they pay more than one guy, right? So if you can get it and get against him and get within a couple of him and make him think about it, you can wrestle him in the mud a little bit. But you've got to drag him down to your level because we ain't going up to his.” – Kirk Triplett on the uphill battle against Stricker

“It was a pretty erratic round. Lots of good golf and lots of bad, and my scorecard reflects that. But I haven't been able to practice very much, so I'm not sharp as I would be. Plus, I'm just kind of getting back into the flow. It's only my second tournament in three months (elbow issue). Some of the shots that I hit are kind of to be expected, and some of the shots I mishit I'm still kind of working on, and hopefully I'll be better in the future.” – Bob Estes

Rockwind Community Links Names New Head Golf Professional

(Hobbs, N.M.) – Rockwind Community Links announces the hiring of Steve Schoch as the new Golf Professional and Clubhouse Operations General Manager.  Prior to joining Rockwind, Schoch managed several New Mexico golf courses including Taos Country Club in Taos, New Mexico, Riverview Golf Course in Kirtland, New Mexico, and Sierra del Rio Golf Course in Elephant Butte.   A native of El Paso, Schoch is a Class A member of the PGA.

Steve Schoch
“We are very excited to have Steve Schoch join our team at Rockwind Community Links,” said Doug McDaniel, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Hobbs.  “Steve’s experience as a golf professional and general manager will continue the efforts to make Rockwind Community Links the premier municipal golf facility in our state.”

Schoch has played the Rockwind layout many times since the course first opened in 2015.  He finds the visionary concept of “community links” a real success and believes the facility is positioned to promote the game of golf to all ages.

“The vision that Hobbs’ public officials had for Rockwind is tremendous,” said Schoch. “That combined with the effort by the Rockwind staff has resulted in the course being ranked as one of the best municipal golf courses in the nation and #2 in New Mexico. My wife and I are excited to be here and look forward to contributing to that effort. Our team at Rockwind will strive to make it a friendly and fun environment for residents and visitors. With both golf and non-golf events, we will aim to continue the culture of hospitality for which Rockwind is best known.”

The Rockwind facility is considered a trailblazer in uniting golf with the local community. “Community Links” is a concept introduced by architect Andy Staples where the focus of the entire project was to link the golf course to the fabric of life in Hobbs. A special feature is a surrounding trail system complete with multiple trail heads, various outdoor seating areas, picnic spaces and scenic viewing points, including access to the site’s five acre lake that overlooks the golf course.

For more information visit or call (575) 397-9297.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek Unveils State-of-the-Art Performance Center

(JOHNS ISLAND, S.C.) – The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek celebrated the grand opening of the Robert C. McNair Performance Center, a high-tech practice facility dedicated to improving members’ golf game and experience. Named after late entrepreneur and philanthropist Robert C. “Bob” McNair, the performance center is part of a recently announced two-year, $6-million renovation plan for the club’s golf course and facilities.

The private golf club is majority-owned by McNair Interests, a private investment and management company founded by Bob McNair, who passed away in November 2018. Bob’s wife, Janice McNair, attended the June 24 grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting, along with son Cal McNair and his wife Hannah and grandchildren Robert, Calhoun, Michael and Hunter Grace.

The new 1,000-square-foot facility features a dedicated putting room, a hitting bay equipped with cameras and top-of-the-line swing and ball flight monitors and a club-fitting room to ensure members are outfitted with the proper equipment. The center also includes a cutting-edge course simulator, which allows members to practice virtually on real courses throughout the U.S.

“The Robert C. McNair Performance Center will allow members of The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek to refine their skills under the direction of top instructors, combining state-of-the-art equipment with personalized training,” said Clint Wood, general manager at The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek.

The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek also announced the hiring of Hank Smith as the Director of Instruction. Smith will manage the performance center and will oversee training. Smith is the former Director of Golf and Lead Golf Instructor at Frederica Golf Club on St. Simons Island in Georgia.

Future club enhancements include the addition of three on-site guest cottages and a total renovation of the club’s golf course, which will take place in spring and summer of 2020, respectively. World Amateur Handicap Championship Surpasses 3,000 Entries

Players From all 50 States, 20+ Countries will Participate in 72-Hole Event

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) - The 36th annual World Amateur Handicap Championship, a 72-hole, net stroke play tournament, has surpassed 3,000 entries with just under two months until the tournament begins.

The World Am, which attracts players from all 50 states and more than 20 countries, will be played on 60 of Myrtle Beach’s best courses August 26-30. This year’s tournament, which already has 3,002 players registered, is tracking to have more than 3,200 golfers again this year.

“The World Amateur Handicap Championship is a bucket list event for recreational golfers, giving them a chance to experience a 72-hole golf tournament, just like the guys on the PGA Tour,” said tournament director Scott Tomasello. “But the World Am is more than just a tournament to our players - it’s an event. From what happens on the course to the World’s Largest 19th Hole, the World Am becomes part of the annual calendar for players.”

The World Am, which costs $635 to enter, is open to all men and women with a verifiable USGA handicap.

The World Am flights players into nine divisions – men 49 and under, senior men (50-59), mid-senior men (60-69), super senior men (70-79), seasoned seniors (80+), women 49 and under, the gross division, senior (50+) gross division. There is also a “Just For Fun” flight, created for players who want to enjoy the World Am experience without the pressure of competition.

While competition is what initially attracts golfers to the World Am, it’s only part of the event’s story. At the heart of the World Am’s appeal is the camaraderie among its participants and much of that kinship is fostered at the World’s Largest 19th Hole.

Each night of the event, the 19th Hole overtakes all 120,000-square feet of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, providing participants with free food and drinks, live entertainment, celebrity guest appearances, a golf expo and more.

Among the big names that have appeared at the 19th Hole in recent years are David Feherty, Brandel Chamblee, Charlie Rymer, Ewa Mataya Laurance and John Daly.

Players will also receive a gift bag that includes a Chase 54 polo, a pullover, a logo’d hat, a PGA Tour Superstore gift card and an assortment of other goodies.

For more information, visit

Why U.S. Open Champion Gary Woodland Switched to Pro V1

Gary Woodland is all smiles after winning the 119th U.S Open at Pebble Beach

(RELEASE) - Gary Woodland returned to the Titleist golf ball - the brand with which he won his first PGA TOUR event in 2011 - at the Wells Fargo Championship in May. A month later, he made history by capturing the U.S. Open Championship for his first major title.

The U.S. Open was just the fourth event in which Woodland played the Pro V1, having made the cut in each of the previous three starts. As a free agent, he made the change without an agreement.  This week, Woodland made it official, becoming the newest member of the Titleist golf ball roster prior to the start of the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. It will be his first start since his win at Pebble Beach.

"For me, it was a matter of looking for a little more spin than the golf ball I was playing," said Woodland when Team Titleist caught up with him on the practice range on Tuesday. "I was partners with Charley Hoffman at the Shark Shootout and I played his Pro V1 during the alternate shot, so I was familiar with it a little bit."

However, it wasn't until practicing at Augusta National for the Masters when Woodland's coach Pete Cowen suggested the change.

"I was hitting balls and Pete's like, 'You just don't have enough spin.' So I asked the Titleist guys for golf balls to bring home. Even though I was familiar with it a little bit, I was surprised when I switched to the Pro V1. I got more spin, but I didn't lose any speed. In fact, I actually picked up a little speed and that was it for me. So, I literally tested for about an hour. It was a very easy switch and it went right into play the next time I teed it up."

Woodland teed up the Pro V1 for the first time in competition at Wells Fargo, where he made the cut but withdrew after the third round when he injured his wrist.  Two weeks later he tied for 8th at the PGA Championship in May, and his confidence continued to grow.

“For me, I want to look up and see the golf ball come out exactly where I’m looking every time. The window it comes out is so consistent."

“The golf ball performed great at the U.S. Open where I needed to have more spin the way the greens were at Pebble Beach,” continued Woodland. “It's was a great switch. I can rely on my short game and I am able to hit some shots that I didn’t have last year.”

Interestingly, Woodland said he only used a few golf balls en route to his first major championship.

"I also love the durability. I only switch balls when I make bogeys, so I only took four balls out of play at the U.S. Open. So, I played with the same ball a lot, which was nice. But, the big deal is consistency and no surprises - and I didn't have any of those."

Friday, June 28, 2019

Phil Mickelson Short Game 'Wedgeducation' with New PM-Grind Wedge

Short Game "Wedgeducation" with Phil Mickelson and Callaway's Roger Cleveland.

Physical Distractions on the Golf Course Cost Strokes and Embarrassment

(RELEASE) – Extreme butt sweat afflicts many golfers, costing them strokes, embarrassment and even friends. Could the right garment help these damp duffers and take strokes off the next round of golf? The makers of SwampButt Underwear™ trust it will and believe they can demonstrate this to the golfing public. Sweat wicking garments made from blends of polyester and lycra will not absorb moisture but instead disperse it over the surface of the fabric for faster evaporation. When sweat disappears into the atmosphere faster, it is less likely to make hands slippery, or soak the shorts and backsides of summertime linksters regardless of handicap.

Mind Over Matter Over Swamp Butt

Extreme butt sweat will distract even the best golfer.
People who play golf know that it is a mental game as well as physical. Great or just good golfers focus their attention and tune out the mental chatter that jumps around in the average person’s brain. “It’s like the sound of tuning a bad or old AM radio,” said frequent golf exaggerator and SwampButt Underwear spokesman Nick Heraldson.

Inner Static and Outer Butt Sweat

The inner world of most golfers is a lot of static, pieces of songs, comments, commercials, Spanish language, gobbledy gook and Sean Hannity. While trainers, teaching pros, sports psychologists, Zen Masters and your playing partners have plenty of advice about how to tune out the chattering consciousness of human kind, there are few with remedies to the more mundane manifestations of this or any outdoor sport and that is the extreme butt sweat that afflicts so many golfers. Visible butt sweat will weigh down and distract any golfer with a soaking pair of shorts. “It’s really tough to focus on a drive, short iron, pitch or putt with a sweat bead forming and then running all the way down your backside, down the crack before pooling in my cotton undershorts,” said Heraldson. “It’s the most distracting thing on any golf course in the history of the sport.” While this is difficult enough to overcome, the derision of other golfers will try the psyche as well.

Stuck to the Cart Seat

Golfers with swamp butt will often stick to plastic and/or vinyl surfaces. Once the offending cheeks are unpeeled, there is the dampish, gross imprint left behind on that seat, chair, booth or bar stool. “I thought that my friends would be sympathetic about my condition or at least polite enough not to say anything,” Heraldson lamented. “That was naïve.” Heraldson described how photos of his swampy backside and cart seat butt-prints were photographed and widely shared on social media, much to his embarrassment.  “I need better friends,” he mused.

Extreme ‘Sweatification’

In the worst cases, sweat does not stop at the waist but soaks belts, and even wicks up shirts.  Wet garments will rub and irritate the inner thighs and other parts of the anatomy with chub rub.  Chub rub will bring tears to the eyes of even the toughest golfers.  “Golf is difficult enough on the best day, so why put up with the specter of butt sweat when such a thing is not really necessary,” Heraldson wondered out loud. Sweat wicking garments are the best way to manage or even eliminate extreme butt sweat on or off the golf course.

Relief and a Sale Price

SwampButt Underwear is offering its lime green made in the USA variety at $18.00 (that’s one dollar per hole) a pair this summer off the regular price of $24.99 or 28% less than usual. “As hot and humid as it is in most of the country, we will not be surprised to see the people who take advantage of this sale have their handicaps go way down.” NOTE: The lawyers at SwampButt Underwear want to remind everyone and especially Nick that there is no way to substantiate this claim and that no one should believe for a moment that wearing these drawers will result in a better handicap. “Lawyers take the fun out of everything,” Heraldson declared.

PUMA Launches New Styles in the Brand's Iconic Suede Shoes

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – The iconic PUMA Suede shoe launched in 1968 and since then has been influencing street style with its legendary, classic, cool vibe. Last year, PUMA Golf introduced a popular golf version of the Suedes, and now, the brand is releasing two new iterations of the classic shoe, featuring the same iconic style with modern performance technologies ideally suited for the golf course.

Mimicking the classic style of PUMA’s original Suedes, the PUMA OG shoe ($100), which is unisex and available in both men’s and women’s sizing, utilizes premium Atlantis leather on the upper. The shoe is built on a hidden traction outsole which provides the appearance of a fashion-forward sneaker off the course, while offering excellent recessed spikeless traction for unrivaled grip and stability on any surface on the course. The OG features a sleek shaped last for a stylish toe-down look and added comfort. The ultra-soft PU insole provides added support for long-lasting comfort. The PUMA OG shoe is available now in men’s and women’s sizes (size 4 – 14) Black, White and Peacoat for men and women.  

The Suede G Patch ($110) shoe allows golfers to customize their style and bring some personal flair to the course. The footwear icon sports a suede leather upper with a tonal hoop-and-loop formstripe that comes equipped with six interchangeable, woven label patches that can be changed out as often as you’d like. This version is also built on a hidden traction outsole that provides the stability needed on course. A dual-density insole provides two unique layers of cushioning for customized comfort, fit and long-lasting durability. The Suede G Patch, which is available in men’s and women’s sizes (size 4 – 14) comes in Bridal Rose, Black and Quarry colorways.

Check out PUMA Golf HERE.

Giants Ridge’s The Quarry Tabbed Best Public Course in Minnesota by Golf Digest

Layout Ranks in Top-4 Overall in State Rankings; The Legend Places 16th

(BIWABIK, Minn.) – Giants Ridge – the Upper Midwest’s leading golf resort set in the rugged beauty of the Mesabi Iron Range – announces The Quarry layout ranked as the best public course and fourth overall in Golf Digest’s listing of Best Courses in Minnesota.

The Quarry followed venerable private courses Interlachen Country Club and Spring Hill Golf Club, and major championship venue Hazeltine National in the publication’s bi-annual rankings. Golf Digest boasts nearly 1,000 raters for these rankings, and approximately 5 million subscribers.

Designed by noted course architect Jeff Brauer, the aptly-named track is built on the site of a former sand quarry and iron ore mine. Dramatically raised tees and hazards forged from reclaimed and repurposed mine land set The Quarry apart from other courses and provide dramatic Iron Range vistas.

The Legend at Giants Ridge also placed 16th in Golf Digest’s Best Courses in Minnesota rankings. Carved out of the Superior National Forest, The Legend is a true “northwoods” course featuring towering pines, giant fairways and majestic views of the Wynne and Sabin Lakes.

An easy drive from the Twin Cities, Giants Ridge was the only club in the state with multiple courses in these rankings.

“Minnesota boasts an illustrious roster of golf courses, and we are elated Golf Digest tabbed The Quarry and The Legend among the best in the state,” says John Kendall, director of golf. “Recognitions of this stature are significant achievements for our golf staff and spotlights the unforgettable experience offered at Giants Ridge.”

The Best Courses in Minnesota accolades are the latest honors bestowed to Giants Ridge by the publication. Earlier this year, Giants Ridge received the “Editors’ Choice Award” from Golf Digest in the Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest category. Golf Digest also ranked The Quarry in the top-35 of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. In addition to the Golf Digest honors, Giants Ridge and its courses have received acclaim from Golf Magazine, Golfweek, My Golf Spy, and Golf Advisor.

Currently, Giants Ridge is offering value-laden stay-and-play packages for the 2019 golf season. The Villas at Giants Ridge package includes one round of golf with cart on either of the resort’s two courses (through October 15), range balls, a yardage book and accommodations for 10% off the regular price. The GreenGate Guest Houses package includes a round of golf on either The Quarry or The Legend, golf cart, range balls and a yardage book, and starts at $232 per person / per night. Early and late season packages at the Lodge at Giants Ridge start at $249 per person / per night and includes a two-night stay in a two-bedroom condo, discounts at the Sleeping Giant Grill and Bar, a round of golf per person/per day on either course, golf cart, range balls and a yardage book.

For more information:, 1.800.688.7669

Forsgate Country Club Appoints Sandra Jaskol as Director of Membership

(Monroe Township, N.J.) – Forsgate Country Club announces that Sandra Jaskol (Sandy) has been appointed as Director of Membership.  Jaskol brings a wealth of golf industry knowledge to the position and she will be an important asset for the club with her significant marketing, customer service and sales experience.

Jaskol formerly was the Grass Roots Marketing, Tournament & Events Manager at the PGA TOUR Superstore in Paramus, New Jersey.  In addition to driving corporate relationships and logo sales, a major part of her role was to reach out to the community and support junior initiatives such as the LPGA Junior Girls Golf Club, “Drive, Chip and Putt” skills training, and The First Tee of Metropolitan New York.

Prior to joining the PGA TOUR Superstore, she was a full-time club and teaching professional at several prestigious private golf clubs in the metropolitan New York area, including Winged Foot, The Ridge at Back Brook, Old Westbury, and Maplewood Country Club.  Jaskol is a Class A/Life Member of the LPGA. She also is a guest instructor at Fortune 500 Corporate Women’s Golf Clinics.

As a professional golfer, Jaskol qualified for a U.S. Women’s Open and won a Metropolitan Women's Open.  She graduated cum laude from Penn State University where she was a varsity letter winner in field hockey and golf.  In addition to golf, Jaskol enjoys sports, jazz and inspirational music.

For more information visit or call (732) 521-0070.

KemperSports Selected to Manage Lawrence Yacht and Country Club

(NORTHBROOK, ILLINOIS) – KemperSports has been selected to manage Lawrence Yacht and Country Club in the Village of Lawrence, New York, located on the south shore of Long Island. The historic property has served as a gathering place for the community since 1924.

Village of Lawrence Mayor Alex H. Edelman said, “We are thrilled to have the well-known and highly respected management team of KemperSports join our Village family to enhance the very special community gem that is the Lawrence Yacht & Country Club.  KemperSports brings the professionalism, enthusiasm, resources and talent our membership and residents deserve.”

Lawrence Yacht and Country Club features a pristine 18-hole, 6,324 yard course originally designed by Devereux Emmet, who was responsible for some of the most iconic golf designs in the northeast, including Congressional Country Club, Garden City Golf Club and Leatherstocking Golf Course. The course has seen extensive renovation through the decades to enhance play and showcase its beautiful natural surroundings. Additionally, members and their guests enjoy a state-of-the-art heated indoor and outdoor practice facility to keep their game sharp year-round.

The club also includes a clubhouse, lounge, full-service pro-shop and 135-slip marina on Bannister Creek as well as nine lighted Har-Tru tennis courts and two pickleball courts.

“Lawrence Yacht and Country Club has been an important part of this community for generations,” said Steve Skinner, CEO of KemperSports. “We are excited to partner with the Village of Lawrence and the membership to enhance the experience for members and their guests.”

For more information about KemperSports, visit

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Construction Begins on New 10-Hole Par-Three Course, Summer 2020 Opening Planned

Designers of acclaimed Winter Park 9, Johns and Rhebb, create resort’s latest gem

(Roscommon, MI) – Golfers have come to anticipate extraordinary golf experiences at highly-ranked Northern Michigan retreat Forest Dunes and soon, there will be a new visually-stunning and fun-focused golfing attraction there to greet resort guests.

Home to the celebrated Tom Weiskopf-designed Forest Dunes course (ranked 28th on Golf Digest’s list of America’s Top 100 Public Golf Courses) and the innovative reversible Tom Doak layout, The Loop (with its counterclockwise Red routing ranked No. 47 and the clockwise Black routing ranked No. 45 on the same Golf Digest list), Forest Dunes us proud to announce that construction is underway on a 10-hole, all-par-three design.

Situated on a peaceful, rolling bulge of land positioned perfectly between The Loop and Forest Dunes courses and near the spacious clubhouse, pavilion, practice area and massive HillTop Putting Course, the short course, with fun, strategic holes measuring between 50 and 155 yards, will be a focal point and an energetic hot spot for golfers of all ages and skill levels.

Forest Dunes owner Lew Thompson considered a handful of top golf course architects before entrusting the par-three course project to Riley Johns and Keith Rhebb, who have previously partnered on the acclaimed renovation at Orlando's Winter Park 9 course. Johns and Rhebb have also worked on high-profile design projects around the globe with legendary architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

The, duo, both still in their 30s, met in 2014 while working for Coore and Crenshaw on the construction of Cabot Cliffs in Nova Scotia. Johns also assisted Tom Doak in the initial design and construction stages of The Loop. Also playing a major role in the shaping of the course is Michigan-based golf construction, design and shaping expert Joe Hancock.

“We were thrilled at how quickly this project came together this year and with the huge amount of trust Lew has given us,” Johns says. “He wants a course that will be fun and playable for his grandkids and any golfer of any skill level, so that’s the main goal we’re keeping in mind as we build holes where you can play a variety of shots and trajectories and take different angles to get to the hole.”

While not at all penal or overly-demanding, the 957-yard layout promises to be visually striking, enticing guests to play it before or after a round on The Loop or Forest Dunes or any time they’re on the resort grounds. To facilitate a firm, fast ground game, the course will feature fescues from the tees to the edges of the receptive bentgrass greens where golfers can use strategic slopes and banks to feed shots toward the hole. Rhebb says the greens will take on a variety of subtle shapes, many being bowl-shaped and some resembling catcher’s mitts or table tops.

“When you come to Forest Dunes, we want you to have a good time,” says Thompson, who says he’ll happily allow music, bare feet and eightsomes on the new par-three course if that’s what it takes to make the game more accessible and fun. “What Keith and Riley are building is going to bring a new life and energy to the property. It’s going to bring people together and make their time more enjoyable.”

A unique feature on the course will be that holes 1 and 10 are crossover holes with a tree protecting from direct ball flight issues. “The land gave us such a great canvas to create something fun that offers a ‘welcoming handshake’ to entry-level players and says ‘this is what golf can be.’”

Of the view visitors will see upon entering the golf property, Johns says, “you’ll see some nice shadows, some gently-rumpled ground on this course, but playability is our main focus versus trying to make any bold design statement. Because the course is in the middle of property and so visible, it’s really going to raise the level of enjoyment at Forest Dunes. There will always be a gallery of some sort nearby to cheer you on, especially from the pavilion.”

The new par-three course at Forest Dunes is scheduled to be ready for play in the summer of 2020. Shaping of the all 10 holes will continue through June with irrigation work taking place in July and grassing of the course scheduled for August.

To learn more, visit or follow them on Twitter @forestdunesgolf.

Troon Selected to Manage The New Sterling Grove in Surprise, Arizona

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in club management, development, and marketing, has been selected to manage Sterling Grove, a new semi-private club currently under development in Surprise, Arizona, northwest of Phoenix. Scheduled to open in the winter of 2020, Sterling Grove will be the centerpiece of the 780-acre Sterling Grove Toll Brothers lifestyle community.

Nicklaus Design golf course architects and Heritage Links construction company broke ground on the golf course in early January 2019. According to Nicklaus Design, the concept for the golf course is to showcase features from the golden age of golf architecture, providing golfers with a very playable and enjoyable golf course. Crews are currently in the early stages of shaping the course and building bunkers and green complexes.

Sterling Grove will ultimately become an exclusive private club reserved for members and their guests. When the course opens in the winter of 2020 and for a limited time as the Sterling Grove community builds out, the club will be open to daily-fee and unaccompanied non-member play.

“Sterling Grove is a wonderful new development in the fast growing Northwest Valley,” said Mike Ryan, chief operating officer, Troon. “Together with Toll Brothers and Nicklaus Design, Troon is fully-engaged with all facets of the new club from design and development, agronomy, food and beverage, to sales and marketing and merchandising. This is an exciting project for Troon to be a part of.”

The staff-gated, luxury resort community will encompass 2,200 homes and include both age-restricted and family neighborhoods, an 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course, and a 35,000 square-foot, modern ranch-inspired clubhouse with restaurants, spa, fitness, tennis, pools, and pickleball. Incorporating design and architecture from some of Arizona's most iconic neighborhoods, the community will include trails, parks, fishing lakes, community gardens, pet friendly parks, and many new and innovative community amenities.

“Our new home designs will appeal to a wide variety of home buyers, from families with children, to empty nesters and active retirees,” Toll Brothers Division Senior Vice President Kevin Rosinski, said.

“With our strong economy in this metro area, rising employment opportunity in the Northwest Valley, and great weather, Sterling Grove is a perfect location for those homeowners looking to relocate or purchase a vacation home,” Rosinski added.

For more information on the Sterling Grove community, visit

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Mission Inn Resort & Club Offers Lowest Rates of the Year in Unlimited Golf Package

(HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla.) – The cost for unlimited play on two award-winning golf courses at one of Florida’s iconic venues has never been better as Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the Hills, Fla. unveils its “Unlimited Golf Spectacular Package,” available now through Sept. 12.

El Campeón
Packages start at just $232 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and a two-night minimum reservation. The package includes:
- Deluxe room accommodations
- Buffet breakfast buffet after each night’s stay
- Daily unlimited golf on two classic courses
- Daily unlimited range balls
- Club cleaning and storage
- Shared cart
- Advance tee times

Mission Inn Resort & Club’s appeal begins with the must-play El Campeón (The Champion), one of the oldest 18-hole courses in the South. Opened in 1917 – and an original member of the Florida Historic Golf Trail – El Campeón offers a classic design accentuating the landscape’s 85-foot elevation changes that are unique to the central Florida region.

Las Colinas
Las Colinas (The Hills), which opened in 1992, lives up to its name with wide fairways rolling over gentle rises. Las Colinas incorporates water hazards on many holes, plus large, undulating greens surrounded by tropical vegetation. Both El Campeón and Las Colinas are included by Golf Advisor in its “Top 25 Courses in Florida” rankings.

For more details or to book online, call (800) 874-9053 or (352) 324-3101 or visit

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Vietnam is the World’s Fastest Growing Golf Destination

Vietnam’s first fully integrated resort releases new packages offering the golf trip of a lifetime

(RELEASE) - Golfers are being invited to experience Sir Nick Faldo’s slice of Vietnam paradise and the world-class golf on offer in Central Vietnam following the unveiling of new package offerings from Laguna Lăng Cô.

Now a Faldo Signature design, Laguna Golf Lăng Cô’s award-winning par-71 championship course is one of the finest in Asia, with ocean views and an amphitheatre-like mountainous backdrop.

With some of the best practice facilities, world-class hotel brands (Banyan Tree and Angsana) and an idyllic beachfront, the resort has all the ingredients to provide an unforgettable golf break and some of the finest hospitality in Asia.

Starting from $435, the Vietnam Golf Coast Escape package combines three rounds at Laguna Golf Lăng Cô with golf at two of Vietnam Golf Coasts other world-class layouts, Ba Na Hills and Montgomerie Links Golf Course.

The resort has also released several daily promotions that allow golfers to experience the links-like championship course, including Golf & Spa, Twilight Golf, Nine & Dine and Taste The Darkness sunset golf (the latter pairing one of Vietnam’s finest craft beers with golf) providing several options on a more flexible itinerary.

Adam Calver, Director of Golf, commented: “We whole-heartedly believe that Central Vietnam offers one of the finest golf experiences on the planet and we look forward to welcoming guests to come and experience the fantastic golf and hospitality we have here at Laguna Lăng Cô and throughout the Vietnam Golf Coast courtesy of our new package.”

Located in an area famed for its pristine coastline, natural scenery and proximity to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, guests will stay in Laguna Park Townhouses or Montgomerie Links Hotel & Villas, a short walk from one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Sir Nick Faldo’s flagship layout in Asia opened to much acclaim in 2013, with the stunning course making full use of the property’s amazing location carved between the ocean and the mountains, with play incorporating rice paddies, jungle and coastal beach holes.

Encompassing world-class hotels and facilities, Laguna Golf Lăng Cô Integrated Beach Resort lies upon a portion of stunning coastline north-west of Danang’s International Airport, a short way from the historic cities of Hoi An and Hue.

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LiveView Pro Offers Guided Video Feedback with Swing Tools

(RELEASE) — Self-awareness is an essential skill for any golfer wishing to seriously improve their game. That’s why the LiveView Pro camera has been such a hit among casual golfers and touring professionals alike.

The LiveView Pro is a compact, wireless camera that fastens onto an alignment rod to capture the user’s swing from any angle. The device syncs with the LiveView app on a smartphone or tablet, displaying mirror-image video in real time. This way, golfers can observe their own swing, discover errors, and increase self-awareness.

However, LiveView Sports recognizes that sometimes the eye could use some guidance when it comes to recognizing perfect form. That’s why the LiveView app features Swing Tools.

The Swing Tools option allows users to draw coaching objects on the video screen. This includes lines to indicate the correct swingplane, circles to check head positions, and posts to track head and body movements.

These coaching objects remain on the screen for every single practice swing, so golfers can continuously check their own form against the guide drawn on their mirror-image video. Even more impressive, the objects are transferred automatically to recorded videos. The app includes an auto record option. With this function, the device listens for the sound of impact and then automatically records a golfer’s swing from two seconds before impact to two seconds after. Then, the LiveView app offers instant slow motion replay.

Thanks to the transferable nature of Swing Tools, the user’s coaching objects appear on the replay video, making it even easier for golfers to examine their swing motion and make more precise adjustments.

Users can also save their coaching objects as a template for future use. As they return for further practice sections, they can bring back those same line sets without having to redraw the objects. This ensures consistency in practice and learning.

The Swing Tools feature is one reason the LiveView Pro is such a valuable and versatile training aid. More serious players who work with coaches can collaborate with their instructor to design templates to help them in their independent practice. More casual players can use Swing Tools to monitor themselves and take responsibility for their own improved swing motion.

The possibilities are endless, so it’s no wonder Golf Digest has named the LiveView camera the best video camera for golfers three years in a row.

81-Year-Old Golfer Makes Two Aces During Same Round At Hot Springs Village

(Hot Springs Village, Ark.) – 81-year-old golfer and author Chuck Miller made two holes-in-one during his recent round at Hot Springs Village’s Cortez Course. On Tuesday, June 18th, Miller made his first ace on the 135-yard, par-3 12th hole hitting a 6-iron. Five holes later, Miller made his second ace on the 138-yard, par-3 17th hole, again with a 6-iron.  

“When the first one went in on the 12th hole, I was really excited,” said Miller. “It was a great shot over the front bunker onto the green; it bounced once or twice and went into the cup.  We all jumped and shouted. The second hole-in-one was a complete fluke.  I sculled my tee shot on 17.  It never got much off the ground and hit the ground only about 70 or 80 yards from the tee.  Since the ground was dry and the hill sloped downwards, the ball continued to roll.  It rolled past the front left bunker guarding the green and rolled onto the green.  Once the ball got onto the green, one of my playing partners yelled it's going to go into the hole – and damned if it didn't. I was thrilled but couldn't believe such a lousy shot ended up in the hole.  I guess it proved what my dad said to me when I first began playing, ‘it's not how but how many.’”

Miller is known as the “Traveling Guy” around the club because he has played golf in all 50 states. Miller authored a book about his golf adventures, titled “Golfing the U.S.: Reflections on a 50-Week, 50-State Golf Odyssey. During his 50-week, 50-state golf tour in 2012, he played 141 different courses. Following his 50-state golf tour, Miller chose to live in Hot Springs Village, a place he loves to call home. The avid, 81-year-old golfer shot his age last Sunday (June 16th) while playing at Hot Springs Village.

Miller now has three aces in his life as his first hole-in-one came on April 20, 1974 at Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club in California. His aces came 45 years, 1 month and 29 days apart.

Hot Springs Village is home to nine incredible golf courses that are open to daily-fee and resident play, including: Balboa Golf Club, Coronado Golf Club, Cortez Golf Club, DeSoto Golf Club, Diamante Golf Club, Granada Golf Club, Isabella Golf Club, Magellan Golf Club, and Ponce de Leon Golf Club. For more information on golf at Hot Springs Village, visit

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STITCH Launches Summer 2019 Apparel Collection

(APEX, N.C.) —STITCH Golf announces the launch of its 2019 Summer Apparel collection—apparel designed to allow you to transition from the boardroom to the fairways with ease.  Classics with a twist, these pieces feature details that perform.
“We are thrilled to bring the classic and stylish Summer 2019 STITCH Golf Apparel collection to market,” stated Brad King, CEO of STITCH. “The Summer 2019 collection embraces true timeless designs with modern twists that perfectly blend performance, function and fashion.”

The expanded Summer 2019 collection’s comfort and versatility combines high quality multi-functional pieces encompassing its industry leading technically advanced fabrics and sophisticated style that can be worn with comfort and confidence on and off the course. An upscale collection of ultra-premium garments, STITCH represents the best in craftsmanship, materials, and design-all the way down to the last stitch.

Highlights of the Summer 2019 Collection include:

Modern Camo 

If you want to blend in, but still stand out, our Modern Camo is for you. Made from a breathable pique, comfort is key with this piece. This polo is perfect from the barbeque to the back nine and keeps you cool in the summer heat. The contrast between the Stitch Blues and oxford overlay adds for an interesting element to show off during your next round on your favorite course. The under buttons and vintage placket add to the simple luxuries combined into your new favorite polo.

End on End 

The End on End is the ultimate modern twist on a classic look. It is the perfect look for the guy who wants to stick to his roots but also stays updated. Made from our signature jersey in a cool bluebell color and our new elevated vintage navy, stand out from the crowd on the course with this new take on your basic navy blue. This piece has all the modern yet classic details of under buttons and vintage placket to keep you refreshed from the boardroom to the links. Pair the End on End with our khakis and take on your day.


What’s old is new again with the Circuit Polo. The time-honored tradition of the rugby shirt is reinvented with a unique engineered stripe in Miami Pink mixed with Bluebell and Vintage Navy accents. This throwback pique is a classic that will have people stopping and starring at the contemporary update of the popular style. Oh, and for an added bonus, pop the collar for a surprise.


The Paisley Polo is designed for the man who wants to make a statement but is also still conservative. This Bluebell pique polo boasts a modern paisley print that is visible closer up but looks like a solid from a distance due to the comfortable pique fabric. Be prepared for second looks and compliments by those around you as the print comes into view. The Paisley is perfect for the transition from a casual day to an evening look with its elevated vintage placket and under buttons.

STITCH products are available at leading golf, country clubs and select retailers around the world and at

Amid Brick and Mortar Chaos, Innovative Golf Retailer Thrives

Custom Club Fitter Continues National Expansion As Demand Grows

(Willowbrook, IL) — In a world where staples like Toys "R" Us and Payless ShoeSource are disappearing from store directories, the outlook for new brick and mortar business ventures seems bleak. More retailers are moving to an e-commerce model, and even more are downsizing or prioritizing to compete in crowded spaces. The golf industry would seemingly fall in line with these company casualties, but one brand is succeeding amongst the chaos - Club Champion, a custom golf club fitting company.

Recognized as the top fitter, builder and retailer of the best brands in golf, Club Champion stands out in a niche market. Their dynamic vision has catapulted them to be ranked as the #1 specialty fitter and #2 fitter overall according to Golf Datatech, the golf industry’s market share monitor. The company’s thorough processes and attention to detail set them apart from the competition.

“We offer a service that every serious golfer can benefit from,” said Nick Sherburne, Club Champion’s founder. “Our business model works because the service works - we can show measurable improvements for our customers, and that translates to happy golfers and a higher demand for what we do.”

Offering premium service and an unrivaled product selection, the company opened 31 stores in the last 12 months. In 2018, Club Champion posted same-store sales growth of 59%; each store conducts an average of 500-1500 fittings per year, with many stores surpassing that.  Their Tour-quality fitting experience is sought after by golfers of every skill level, and their fitting studios service most of the major golf markets in the country.

Unlike traditional retailers that carry inventory and face significant price pressure, Club Champion fits and builds unique, custom clubs for their customers. Operating with a “just in time” inventory system, inventory needs are minimal. Because their product is custom fitted, they don’t compete against web-based retailers on price. As a result, the company is one of the fastest growing retailers in golf with 2018 overall revenue growth up almost 60%. Expanding from just eight locations five years ago, the company currently has 62 retail studios and is planning to open additional stores in 2019.

According to Club Champion CEO Joe Lee, “By 2015, we had proven our new store concept as well as the ability to open multiple locations in a market. It was time to roll out Club Champion nationally. We knew the concept worked and that there was measurable demand, so we’ve been opening new locations at an accelerated pace ever since.”

The typical studio footprint is approximately 3,000 square feet and includes a minimum of two fitting bays equipped with TrackMan launch monitors, a SAM PuttLab, a build shop and features an extensive equipment wall with more choices than any other retail chain. Lee says, “The shaft wall, coupled with our expert fitters, is where a lot of the magic happens.”

Club Champion’s brand agnostic approach has helped them succeed in a market that’s heavily influenced by brand advertisements. Because they focus on the golfer and not the manufacturer, they’re able to give each customer a unique and informative experience that delivers real results on the course. A Golf Digest study found that eight out of nine Club Champion custom-fit golfers lowered their scores by as much as six strokes per round and added an average of 21 yards off the tee.

In 2018, Club Champion brought PGA Tour superstar and three-time Major winner Jordan Spieth on as a brand ambassador. They have also signed endorsement deals with world-renowned golf coaches Hank Haney and Cameron McCormick, and have re-signed legendary instructor David Leadbetter. All four ambassadors recognize the impact of properly fit clubs on any golfer’s game, no matter the skill level.

“There isn't anyone who can’t benefit from club fitting,” said Haney. “People just don't pay enough attention to their equipment. I guess they just think it's all the same, but it's not. If you get the right club for you, it can make a tremendous difference in your golf game.”

It’s not just golf personalities who are impressed by Club Champion; equipment manufacturers also hold back nothing with their praise for the custom fitter. TaylorMade CEO David Abeles commented, “Club Champion truly is one of the most innovative club fitters in the business. They provide a consumer experience that is undeniably helpful for all golfers to play better..” Callaway CEO Chip Brewer confirmed, “Club Champion is a fantastic consumer experience. One of the great, new age golf retailers who understand that fitting is the future.”

Lee believes in the Club Champion method and the results it garners. “Other people sell golf clubs, we sell improvement,” he said. “We not only solve equipment problems, but we show and explain why each particular piece of equipment (shaft, head and grip) works for their unique swing.”

For more information about custom club fitting and Club Champion’s process, visit

The Spirit Golf Association Appoints Todd Alfred as President

(The Woodlands, Texas) — The Spirit Golf Association (SGA) welcomes Todd Alfred as President.  Alfred will be responsible for executing the mission and vision of the association, as well as meeting annual established financial goals and implementing the long-term strategic plan. His role includes conducting the biennial Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship, driving awareness of National Membership to Whispering Pines Golf Club, and the distribution of charitable grants.  In addition, Alfred will direct day to day operations of the SGA and implementation of the SGA’s policies set by the Board.

Todd Alfred
Alfred comes to the SGA with over 20 years of sports marketing and business development experience within the international professional golf industry. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for the Illinois- based Western Golf Association

and Evans Scholars Foundation (WGAESF). He established the organization’s first ever corporate partnership program in support of its college scholarship for caddies (the Chick Evans Scholarship), worked with the PGA TOUR on the BMW Championship entitlement, and integrated updated social media content and streaming of its golf events in order to reach a wider market.

From 2004-2015, Alfred worked for the PGA of America in a variety of business development and tournament roles related to the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship, Women’s PGA Championship, and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

In 2003, Alfred successfully completed a seven-figure capital campaign for the Chicago District Golf Association and built the largest grass roots golf program for individuals with disabilities, called “Sunshine Through Golf.”

In 1995, Alfred was awarded the Chick Evans Scholarship, becoming the first caddie from the Merit Club of Libertyville Illinois, to receive the full tuition and housing scholarship. He attended Indiana University and graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology. Alfred and his wife, Gail, are in the process of relocating to The Woodlands from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. They have two children, Benjamin (13) and Lucy (12).

The SGA has contributed more than $12 million to its charitable activities. For more information, contact the Spirit Golf Association at (281) 298-2610.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

JumboMax Team Member Bryson DeChambeau Earns T-8 Finish at The Travelers Championship

(JUPITER, FL) - JumboMax Tour Staff Professional Bryson DeChambeau fired rounds of 68, 70, 64 and 68 to finish T-8th at the Travelers Championship held at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT. This is DeChambeau's fourth Top 10 of the 2019 season and the sixteenth of his PGA TOUR career.

He ranked 3rd with 21 birdies for the tournament, T-8th in Total Strokes Gained (9.381) and T-5th in Putts Per Green in Regulation (1.66 average).

DeChambeau collected a paycheck of $194,400.00 and 75 FedEx Cup Points for his T-8th Place Finish. He is currently ranked 25th on the FedEx Cup Points List and 8th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

In the past two years, JumboMax Team Members have combined earnings in excess of $16.9 Million Dollars.

DeChambeau has been playing JumboMax Grips for over 7 years now and he's as well known for his accomplishments on the golf course as he is for his unorthodox set of irons that are all the same length. DeChambeau plays the new Tour Series Grips from JumboMax that he personally helped develop.

The Tour Series Black/Green and Black/Silver grips are now available in 6 sizes; JumboMax Standard-Oversize, X-Small (Junior), Small, Medium, Large and X-Large!

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

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

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

For more information about JumboMax Golf Grips, visit

Srixon Unveils the Fifth Generation Q-STAR Golf Balls

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.) — SRIXON, a global leader in golf ball technology and innovation, announces the launch of the fifth generation Q-STAR golf ball. The Srixon Q-STAR is available in Pure White™ and Tour Yellow™ and officially launches in North America on June 28, 2019.

“The new Q-STAR maintains the high-quality performance that consumers have come to expect with this golf ball,” said Jeff Brunski, Vice President of Research and Development. “We’ve enhanced this generation with the new FastLayer Core to drive more ball speed and distance from Q-STAR.”

The all-new FastLayer Core starts soft in the center and gradually becomes firmer around its outer edge. By incorporating this technology in the all-new Q-STAR, FastLayer helps generate maximum distance, without sacrificing that exceptional feel at impact.

FastLayer works in tandem with Q-STAR’s 338 Speed Dimple Pattern, which reduces drag for a more penetrating ball flight, to help deliver more distance off the tee regardless of the playing conditions.

Furthermore, the new Q-STAR golf balls feature Srixon’s proprietary Spin Skin technology with Slide-Ring Material (SeRM), a urethane compound that coats the cover of every Q-STAR golf ball.

Spin Skin with SeRM digs deep into wedge and iron grooves, dramatically increasing friction at impact and maximizing spin for more stopping power on every shot.

“With the addition of the new FastLayer Core and Spin Skin with SeRM, the latest generation of Q-STAR golf balls deliver superior, all-around performance compared against similar offerings in the market,” said Brunski.

Key Technologies:
- New FastLayer Core: Starting soft in the center and gradually becoming firm around its outer edge, FastLayer delivers exceptional feel and ball speed for maximum distance performance.
- New Spin Skin with SeRM: SeRM, a new urethane coating with flexible molecular bonds, digs deep into wedge and iron grooves for more control and more stopping power.
- 338 Speed Dimple Pattern: The 338 Speed Dimple Pattern provides less drag and more lift to boost overall distance, while flying straight even in the toughest wind conditions.

Tour Edge Introduces Two New HL4 Drivers with Extreme MOI Properties

New HL4 line designed to be the leader in custom fit performance value 

(RELEASE) — Tour Edge, Golf’s Most Solid Investment, announced the launch of their new line of Hot Launch 4 drivers that feature all new designs and technology producing extremely high MOI properties.

HL4 is the fourth release in the award-winning Hot Launch series from Tour Edge founder and master club designer David Glod. HL4 features a complete lineup from driver to irons, all designed to fill a niche as the best technology and performance at a mid-tier price point.

The new premium performance clubs will be available nationwide and globally on August 1.

All HL4 custom fit orders will ship with Tour Edge’s unprecedented 48-hour delivery guarantee in the continental United States.

“This is an early release to a product line that we developed for 2020,” said Glod. “We have spent the last 18 months looking at how to improve the best performance value drivers in the game and the end result is an all new shape that has an MOI that rivals that of a $500 driver. It’s an extremely forgiving design that all levels of players can benefit from.”

The HL4 driver comes in two different configurations– a straight version and an offset version. Both drivers feature a forged titanium head and Cup Face technology, which increases the amount of face flexing for increased club and ball speeds.

The HL4 driver features an all new sloped crown design that is deeper from face to back. No skirt where the sole plate meets the crown equates to a 12% increase in MOI over the previous Hot Launch drivers.

This new design makes for an extremely high Moment of Inertia above 5000 grams per cubic centimeter. Moment of Inertia is a measure of a body’s resistance to angular acceleration or twisting, meaning that the HL4 is a more stable driver. This higher MOI will increase ball speed on miss-hits and will keep shots straighter.

The forged 6-4 Titanium head features a deeper cup face design and a rounder face shape for exceptional power and vastly improved acoustics.

Cup Face technology combined with Variable Face Thickness technology provides greater distance from more contact points on the face that results in better off-center hit distance.

The new drivers also feature a further back rear sole weight placement for an even higher MOI that delivers more stable, powerful tee shots that will fly higher and longer.

The Power Channel on the sole of the club behind the club face is wider and deeper for better weight distribution and increased face flexing. The Power Channel delivers amplified ball speed and less spin, as well as added forgiveness on shots struck lower on the face.

HL4 Custom Fitting 
The Hot Launch series is designed to take advantage of the emerging growth segment of customization within the equipment market.  Until the launch of Hot Launch by Tour Edge, the value segment of the custom fitting market had been largely under-serviced.

“We see HL4 as being the best value available in the custom fitting market,” said Glod. “That is why we created our 48-hour custom fitting delivery guarantee and why we are making a significant commitment to advertise HL4 heavily on the Golf Channel and elsewhere with the message of Get Fit. Spend Less. Play Better. We want to open up custom fitting to thousands of new golfers who are looking for innovation and performance at logical prices.”

Tour Edge plans to have over 750 custom fitting centers across the country that will feature the mobile HL4 custom fitting bag and their industry leading 48-hour guaranteed delivery on custom fit orders. All custom fit specific orders turned into Tour Edge by 2:30 PM Central standard time will be built at Tour Edge headquarters in Batavia, IL and shipped to any continental U.S. state in 48-hours time, either back to the Tour Edge fitting location or directly to the end consumer.

“We are aggressively marketing the message that every golfer should be getting custom fit, and that it is especially mid to high handicap players who have the most to gain by getting fit,” said Tour Edge Vice President of Marketing Jon Claffey. “Our goal is to open the flood gates on custom fitting and HL4 has proven to be the perfect product to accomplish this goal with its advanced technology, top-tier performance and amazing price structure.”

HL4 Driver Specs 
The straight neck HL4 driver comes in a 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degree lofts, while the HL4 Offset driver will be available in 10.5, 12 and 13.5 degree lofts. The 10.5 degree HL4 Offset will be available in left-handed.
The HL4 series features an upgraded UST Mamiya graphite shaft that offers enhanced tip stability. The drivers are available in Ladies, A-flex, Regular and Stiff shafts ranging from 48 to 60 grams.
The line has also been upgraded to a Lamkin Z5 multi-compound grip that features distinct hand-placement zones. A larger Midsize grip is now available as a custom option on all HL4 products.

Both drivers will be available August 1st at an authorized Tour Edge retailer and will feature a retail price of $199.99.

To find a Tour Edge retailer near you, call (800) 515-3343 or visit

Key HL4 Driver Technology:
Offset hosel available for maximum slice-fighting control
Forged 6-4 Titanium
Super-High MOI Sloped Crown
Titanium Cup Face technology works in conjunction with Variable Face Thickness technology to provide maximum power from more contact points on the face
Further back weight placement  in the rear sole weight creates a deep CG
Wider and deeper Power Channel technology maximizes face flex.
High Launch lofts are available in 10.5, 12 and 13.5 degrees
Upgraded UST shaft
Upgraded Lamkin Z5 multi-compound grip
Expanded custom fitting options

Monday, June 24, 2019

U.S. Hickory Open: Rick Woeckener Wins at Belvedere with Hickory Shafted Golf Clubs

(Charlevoix, MI) – Golfers tend to feel a deep connection to the sport’s storied history. The passion for golf’s roots runs particularly deep among the growing number of throwbacks who, for fun and to feel linked to the past, play hickory-shafted golf clubs from the early 20th century.

Just ask Rick Woeckener, who just won his second U.S. Hickory Open Championship held this weekend at the historic Belvedere Golf Club in Charlevoix, Michigan, located along the shores of Lake Michigan in beautiful Northern Michigan.

“This is a great honor. There's a lot of good players in this field, and I'm just happy that I played well enough to win,” said Woeckener. “Belvedere is the best course I have played for the U.S. Hickory Open and the greens are as good as any course I have played in Scotland.”

Woeckener shot rounds of 75-78 for a 36-hole total of 153 in the gross division edging out Peter Lory and Taylor Jones. Rounding out the other division winners were William Ernst in the Senior Division, Michael Shiff in the Super Senior Division, and Kate Tomkinson in the Ladies Division.

Woeckener, who is from Ohio, was introduced to hickory clubs by his father when he was young. Now after 13 years, he finds himself winning and walking the same course as legends like Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, and Tom Watson.

“It's a similar feeling when you find these historic clubs and play with them. You wonder who might have had this club or hit this club. Walking in the footsteps of these great players on this historic course and winning with these clubs is really special,” continued Woeckener.

The U.S. Hickory Open annually attracts an international field of golfers who play with antique pre-1935 hickory shafted golf clubs or authentic replica hickory clubs. Belvedere is the only club in the U.S. to have as many as 44 antique hickory club players. Competitors dressed in period appropriate apparel, including knickers, ties and jackets. The Society of Hickory Golfers celebrates and promotes the hickory game of the 1910s – 1930s. Conservative estimates of the total number of hickory players in the world now total about 3,000 and growing.

Dennis “Marty” Joy II, the head golf professional at Belvedere and a competitor in the U.S. Hickory Open this weekend, said the club couldn’t be happier with how the event was presented at Belvedere.

“Belvedere, with its history and classic parkland design by Willie Watson, was the perfect venue for hickory players”, said Joy. “We had already held an annual hickory tournament for the past 13 years, so bringing the Society of Hickory Golfers national Open and marquee event was a natural for us.”

“Combine that with our scenic location in Charlevoix along Lake Michigan and the support of the Belvedere Association, we anticipate this could be the first of many more national Hickory events at Belvedere.”

Belvedere Golf Club was established in 1925 and designed by renowned golf course architect William Watson, who is famous for classic and major championship designs across America including Olympia Fields in Chicago, Interlachen in Minneapolis, The Olympic Club in San Francisco and others. It has been recognized as one of America's 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest and best known in Michigan for hosting 40 Michigan Amateur Championships. It will also host the 2025 Michigan Amateur during Belvedere’s centennial year.

In 2016, the original hand-drawn architectural plans by Watson were discovered and a two-year restoration plan returned the golf course greens, fairways and many of its tees to the original design of 1925. The course has long been a favorite of many golf greats, including legend Walter Hagen, who won the first Great Lakes Open at Belvedere, and five-time British Open winner Tom Watson, who as a youngster honed his game playing summers at Belvedere. He remains a member today and loves to return to play the highly-acclaimed 16th hole, which he describes as one of the great par fours in America.

For information about Belvedere visit or call 231-547-2611.

For information about the Society of Hickory Golfers visit

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OnCore Golf Announces a 'Legendary' Sweepstakes

(BUFFALO, NY.) — OnCore Golf announced a sweepstakes unlike any other.  OnCore’s Legendary sweepstakes will offer two Grand Prizes – a round of golf with one of two legendary golfers – Al Geiberger aka Mr.59 and Gary Player.

One winner and a companion will be flown to the historic Colonial Golf Course in Memphis, Tenn. to play a round with Al Geiberger. Colonial is site where Al earned his nickname Mr. 59 as he became the first player to shoot a 59 in PGA tournament play. There have been numerous examinations of the greatest rounds of golf ever played taking into account course length, rating, and par and what Al accomplished that day is often regarded as the most impressive.

A second grand prize winner and companion will be flown to the majestic Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla. to play a round with three-time Master’s champion and International Ambassador of Golf, Gary Player.

OnCore has partnered with Club Glove, Ernest Sports and Golf Shotz to provide other great prizes including the Ernest Sports ES20/20 launch monitors – giving every golf enthusiast a state-of-the-art tool to collect all of their practice data – at home or at a practice range, to help them improve their game.  Other prizes include Club Glove’s incredible golf travel bags with the OnCore logo, OnCore bundles of balls, bag, hat, and towel, and GolfShot’s Pro golf app.  

“The Grand Prizes are definitely 'bucket list' items for golfers who remember that historic round by Al or grew up fans of Gary. Having spent time with both of them, I can promise you that golfers of any age or skill level will have an experience they will never forget. We are thrilled to be able to offer this unique opportunity,” said CEO Keith Blakely.

With no purchase required, OnCore has made it simple to enter at the following site – – and, through promotions being provided by the contest partners, to increase the chances for winning.

The contest will run for ten weeks and the winners will be chosen at random.

Big Weekend for Team Srixon

(RELEASE) — Srixon staffer, Hannah Green is a major champion. This is Green’s second full year on the LPGA Tour and is the first wire-to-wire winner of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship since 2011. Not only is this Green’s first major championship trophy, but also her first win on the LPGA Tour. With the Z 785 driver and Z-STAR golf ball in the bag, Green shot 68-69-70-72 giving her a final total of 9-under 279. Hannah Green is an exceptional player and we look forward to seeing her continued success on the LPGA Tour.

Jerry Kelly captured his fourth PGA Champions Tour win in style. Competing in a 3-way playoff, Kelly finished on top by making a birdie on the third play-off hole.

Keegan Bradley and Zack Sucher finished T2 at the Travelers Championship.

Check out the equipment Cleveland/Srixon staffers had in the bag:
What’s in Hannah’s Bag:
- Srixon Z 785 Driver (10.5º)
- Srixon Z F85 (15º)
- Srixon Z H85 (19º)
- Srixon Z 785 Irons 4i-PW
- Cleveland RTX 4 50º MID, 54º MID, 58º LOW
- Srixon Z-STAR Pure White

What’s in Jerry’s Bag:
- Srixon Z 745 Irons 4i-PW
- Cleveland RTX 4 52º MID and 60º MID
- Srixon Z-STAR XV Pure White

What’s in Keegan’s Bag:
- Srixon Z U45 (20º)
- Srixon Z 745 Irons 4i-PW
- Cleveland RTX 4 50º MID, 58º LOW
- Srixon Z-STAR XV Pure White

What’s in Zack’s Bag:
- Srixon Z FORGED Irons 3i, 4i
- Srixon Z 785 Irons 5i-9i
- Cleveland RTX 4 46º MID, 52º MID, 56º MID, 58º MID
- Srixon Z-STAR XV Pure White

Sunday, June 23, 2019

PGA GC Places All Three Layouts on Golfweek’s ‘Best State-By-State Courses You Can Play’ List

(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) – PGA Golf Club, the PGA of America’s premier 54-hole facility, announces all three of its courses – the Dye, Wanamaker and Ryder – made Golfweek’s list of  “Best State-by-State Courses You Can Play” for Florida.

The Dye Course remained steady at No. 22 in the publication’s annual rankings of public courses in the Sunshine State, while the Wanamaker Course ranked 24th and the Ryder Course placed 45th.

“We’re elated that Golfweek ranked all three of our courses among the best in Florida golfers can play,” says PGA Golf Club General Manager and Director of Golf Jeremy Wiernasz, PGA. “This recognition is a testament to the course updates and incredible work our team has done to provide guests with a truly memorable golf experience.”

Golfweek’s ranking panel consists of 675 voters from seven countries who rely on 10 criteria to rate a golf course, including overall land plan; variety and memorability of golf holes; conditioning and ecology; and the “walk in the park test,” which determines if the course is worthy of spending four hours on it. The number of courses per state varies based on course supply, population and level of play. The Golfweek rankings include daily-fee layouts and golf courses accessible via resorts.

Designed by Pete Dye, the acclaimed Dye Course features some of the most elaborate bunkers east of the Mississippi. The layout also boasts Celebration Bermuda-grassed fairways, vast coquina waste areas and pristine Tifeagle putting surfaces.

Considered one of the most scenic layouts in Florida, the Tom Fazio-designed Wanamaker Course seamlessly incorporates the natural habitat, with holes routed around wetlands, through native palmetto and sabal palms, and over subtle slopes.

Named after Samuel Ryder, the namesake and founder of the Ryder Cup, the Ryder Course meanders over rolling hills and through majestic pine trees, with several lakes and ponds lining the fairways and guarding the recently enhanced greens.

“We’re honored all three of our courses are a part of this prestigious Golfweek list,” says Dick Gray, Director of Agronomy at PGA Golf Club. “Our mission has always been to provide tournament-ready course conditions every day. Each course has its own agronomy team, and are well-coached. They take great pride in their work and strive to earn accolades such as these.”

In 2021, PGA Golf Club will host the PGA Professional Championship on the Wanamaker and Ryder Courses. The Championship will be comprised of players who advance from the 41 PGA Section Championships, along with past champions, competing to finish in the Top 20 and a spot in the 2021 PGA Championship. All four rounds will be broadcast live on Golf Channel.

PGA Golf Club also offers attractive membership opportunities at competitive pricing, including a six-month Premier Seasonal Membership with limited spots available. Members will enjoy private member dining, food and beverage discounts at the 1916 Bar and Grille inside the newly renovated and expanded clubhouse and member merchandise discounts in the golf shop—all with no assessments or F&B minimums.

To learn more about PGA Golf Club, visit

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Inside the Ropes at the 2019 KPMG Women's PGA Championship

Klara Spilkova
(RELEASE) - With barely a moment to catch our breath after Gary Woodland's breakthrough U.S. Open victory at Pebble Beach, the major season rolls on, as the women take center stage in Minnesota for the KMPG Women's PGA Championship.

Of the 156 players in the field, 83% (129) are trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, nearly 13 times more than the nearest competitor with 10 players and more than all other competitor brand golf balls combined. Graphic showing that Titleistis the overwhelming golf ball choice among players at the 2019 Memorial Tournament

The Women's PGA Championship is the third of five major championships on the LPGA Tour calendar each year (joining the ANA Inspiration, U.S. Women's Open, The Evian Championship and the Women's British Open). This year, the Women's PGA Championship will be contested at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, a southwestern suburb of Minneapolis. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened in 1962.

In its relatively brief history, the club has established a strong pedigree as a major championship venue, hosting two U.S. Opens (1970, 1991), two PGA Championships (2002, 2009), two U.S Women’s Opens (1966, 1977), the 1983 U.S. Senior Open, the 1994 U.S. Mid-Amateur and the 2006 U.S. Amateur. Hazeltine last entered the national spotlight in 2016, when the club hosted the 40th edition of the Ryder Cup Matches.