Monday, February 17, 2020

New Elite Women's Amateur Golf Championship Launched in Latin America

(St Andrews, Scotland) — The first ever Women’s Amateur Latin America championship presented by The R&A and the ANNIKA Foundation will be played at Pilar Golf in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 3-6 September 2020.

The inaugural event will take place over the Blue and White course and will provide the most talented women’s amateur golfers in Latin America with the opportunity to earn an exemption into the AIG Women’s British Open.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “It is important for us to provide the very best women’s amateur golfers in Latin America with opportunities to compete and excel at the very highest level as part of our drive to grow and develop golf in key regions around the world.

“We have seen how the Latin America Amateur Championship has unearthed talents such as Abel Gallegos, Joaquin Niemann and Alvaro Ortiz and so we look forward to working with the ANNIKA Foundation to replicating this success and identifying the next generation of golfers in the women’s game in the years to come.”

Annika Sörenstam said, “This is an incredibly exciting elevation of the ANNIKA Foundation’s partnership with The R&A and marks a major milestone for our global circuit of girls’ golf championships.

“Not only are we furthering our influence in a region that we feel holds great promise for growth, but offering the winner a place in the AIG Women’s British Open speaks to the great strides we’ve made since our first ANNIKA Invitational Latin America in 2016. This is a big day for golf in Latin America and we’re honoured to be a part of it.”

The format for the championship will be 72 holes of stroke play and 60 players will be invited to participate based on their position in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).

The likes of Argentina’s Agustina Zeballos, who won the ANNIKA Invitational Latin America last year, and Paraguay’s Sofia Garcia, a former South American Amateur champion and winner of several events in US college golf, are currently ranked in the top 20 positions of WAGR.

Mark Lawrie, Director – Latin America and Caribbean at The R&A, said, “It is an exciting time for women’s amateur golf in Latin America and we believe that this event will be very important for elite golfers to develop their skills and gain valuable experience, while also inspiring young golfers to reach the very highest level.”

The Women’s Amateur Latin America presented by The R&A and the ANNIKA Foundation follows the successful introduction of the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific championship by The R&A in 2018.

Walker Trolleys Introduces Cape Model

First Premium Push Cart for the Player and Purist Available for Pre-Order


(AUSTIN, TEXAS) – Walker Trolleys – the first premium push carts pairing classic features with modern design elements in a functional, stylish vehicle – introduces its Cape Model, available for pre-order with a deposit of $100.

From its inception, the Cape was crafted to be distinctly different than other push carts on the market today, drawing inspiration from the roadsters and ultra-cool bicycles from the 20s and 30s. Integrated, customizable soft good-storage, premium materials and a clean, sleek-yet-classic design make the Cape stand out among a crowded field.

“Our mission is to make walking golf cool again, and the Cape is our flagship trolley embodying the spirit of where golf began,” says Brad Payne, Walker Trolleys founding partner and CEO. “Walking is the preferred way to play the great links courses of Scotland and Ireland and we want to see more people embody that spirit in the US.”

Fresh off its debut at the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando and an appearance on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive, the Cape is easily collapsible and fits in the trunk or cargo area of almost any car or SUV. It retails for $399 with an anticipated shipment in late spring along with the beginning of golf season.

For more information on Walker Trolleys, or to join the walking golf movement, visit any of the links below.

Website: www.walkertrolleys.com
Instagram: @walkertrolleys
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WalkerTrolleys/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/walkertrolleys

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage Awarded the Prestigious FORBES Four Star Award

The Stars Align for Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage as they are Recognized with a Prestigious Trilogy of Forbes Awards for Sunstone Spa, The Steakhouse, and their Resort Hotel


(Rancho Mirage, Calif.) – Agua Caliente Casinos is proud to announce that Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage has been awarded the Forbes Four-Star Award for its exclusive Sunstone Spa, the multi-award winning The Steakhouse, and its luxurious resort hotel making it the only casino property in California to win three Forbes Four-Star Awards at the same time.

“I am extremely proud of our team members in achieving this goal. Providing the ultimate guest experience is what we strive for at all Agua Caliente Casinos, and Forbes plays a big role in creating and delivering that experience,” stated Saverio R. Scheri III, COO for Agua Caliente Casinos.

Scheri added, “Receiving four-stars from Forbes in our restaurant, spa, and resort hotel makes us a unique triple winner and sets us apart from other casino resorts in California and throughout the U.S.”

The esteemed Sunstone Spa has been a Forbes Four-Star winner for several years running and consistently delivers a unique and serene experience for guests from all over the country. “At Sunstone Spa, you can enjoy a variety of unique services including traditional and specialty massages, scrubs, wraps, skin care and a full-service hair and nail salon. Services are crafted with detail and sustainable ingredients while heated gemstones and grounded treatment tables add a layer of health to treatments. A private outdoor pool, and luxury spa cabanas all add to your day while you reconnect with yourself and loved ones,” boasted Daniel Spencer, Spa Director for Agua Caliente Casinos.

The Steakhouse, winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence consecutively since 2007, is now also a Forbes Four-Star Award winner. This stunning fine dining restaurant has also earned accolades such as the AAA Four Diamond Award, the Palm Springs Life Best of the Best, and the OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award.

“We take extreme pride in the presentation and tenderness of our Certified Angus Prime Beef, Australian Lobster, Colorado Lamb, our Slow Roasted “Prime” Prime Rib, and of course, our Filet Mignon, all of which are served with harmonious sides and finishes,” said Executive Chef Kenneth Williams.  “The experience, much like our menu, is rich, savory, and unforgettable, and we are very proud to have this significant Forbes Four-Star award bestowed upon us,” Williams added.

The 16-story 340 room resort hotel of Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage is an extraordinary hotel with a cool desert vibe, and has also been the winner of theAAA Four Diamond Award for 11 consecutive years. Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage offers the perfect blend of elegance and exhilaration. Luxurious room accommodations, 71,000 square feet of the most exciting gaming, a decadent cigar lounge, and an outdoor oasis with sparkling pools and deluxe cabanas await.

Half Moon Earns Four-Star Rating from Forbes Travel Guide

Iconic Montego Bay resort achieves coveted industry honor, making it Jamaica’s highest rated property


(MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA) – Half Moon, one of The Caribbean’s most iconic destinations, was today awarded the prestigious Four-Star Rating by the Forbes Travel Guide.

The gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958, the Forbes Star ratings are based on professional, anonymous inspections. With this new honor, Half Moon becomes the first resort in Jamaica to ever hold the distinction.

For decades, Half Moon has served as a chosen retreat for royalty, presidents and celebrities. The property was founded 65 years ago, and three of the original founding families still remain as owners. The resort is managed by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the Washington, D.C.-area luxury hotel company founded by Sheila Johnson.

“This award is a testament to the sincere service excellence for which Half Moon is renowned,” said Guy Steuart, III, chairman of Half Moon. “Our team of professionals care deeply for each and every guest who visits, and as stewards of a remarkable coastline, it is our privilege to promote authentic Jamaican experiences.”

The award is the latest in a series of exciting developments at the 400-acre Half Moon property. On March 1, it will open a new resort called Eclipse at Half Moon. Framed by the glistening Caribbean Sea to the north and the lush hillsides to the south, the 57-room Eclipse is one of the most luxurious additions to the Caribbean in a generation. The addition of Eclipse creates a triumvirate of unique experiences under the Half Moon brand. Guests can also enjoy two other distinct resort choices: Founders Cove at Half Moon and Rose Hall Villas at Half Moon.

Considered one of the hotel industry’s top luxury management companies, Salamander Hotels & Resorts also operates Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA; Hotel Bennett in Charleston, SC; The Henderson in Destin, FL; and Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay.

For more information about Half Moon, visit www.HalfMoon.com.

PGA Past President Derek Sprague Named 2020 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team Captain

The 12th Junior Ryder Cup will be contested between the U.S. and Europe at Blue Mound Golf and Country Club near Milwaukee, Sept. 21-22 


(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – The PGA of America has named PGA Past President Derek Sprague, PGA as the Captain of the 2020 United States Junior Ryder Cup Team. The United States will face Team Europe in the 12th Junior Ryder Cup at Blue Mound Golf and Country Club near Milwaukee, Sept. 21-22.

Derek Sprague
A 2019 inductee into the PGA of America Hall of Fame, Sprague is the General Manager of TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, where he has served since 2017. He previously was the Managing Director of Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey and oversaw the club’s preparation for the 2017 Presidents Cup. For 27 years prior, Sprague was the General Manager and Director of Golf at Malone (New York) Golf Club.

In 2019, he captained the United States PGA Cup Team to a stirring comeback victory over Great Britain & Ireland.

Through Sprague’s leadership as PGA President from 2014-16, the PGA was instrumental in growing the game through player development and youth programs, such as PGA Jr. League and the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship. In addition, he co-chaired the Ryder Cup Task Force, which created a long-term blueprint for success in the event. Sprague also served the Association as PGA Honorary President, PGA Vice President and PGA Secretary.

The American team is vying for its seventh straight victory in the biennial competition with Europe, and the United States holds an overall record of 7-3-1 in the event. Among the Junior Ryder Cup alumni are major champions, PGA Tour players and LPGA Tour players including: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Hunter Mahan, Tony Finau, Lexi Thompson, Alison Lee and Brittany Altomare of the United States; and Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Nicolas Colsaerts, Suzann Pettersen, Emily Pedersen and Carlota Ciganda of Europe. The European Team recently named 1999 U.S. Open Champion Paul Lawrie as its Captain.

The U.S. Team will feature six boys and six girls who are U.S. citizens and members of the high school graduating class of 2021, or younger. All potential players must compete in the 2020 Girls or Boys Junior PGA Championship to be eligible, unless exceptional circumstances prevent the player from competing. There will be 10 players who qualify as exemptions and two Captain’s picks. The final U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team will be announced by the PGA of America on Monday, Aug. 3, following the 45th Girls Junior PGA Championship.

“It is a great honor to represent the United States and captain a team of the finest junior golfers in our country,” said Sprague. “I look forward to our team competing against Europe’s top players, led by their distinguished Captain Paul Lawrie, in this special international event.”

The idea for the Junior Ryder Cup came about in 1995, when a team of Europeans, including Sergio Garcia, played an informal exhibition match against the Central New York PGA Section and area juniors. Two years later, the Junior Ryder Cup was formally introduced as an event, at Alcaidesa Links Golf Course, in Cadiz, Spain, and won by the United States, 7-5.

The United States captured the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup at Disneyland Paris 12 1/2 to 11 1/2 for its sixth consecutive victory.

For more information on the Junior Ryder Cup, visit JuniorPGAChampionship.com/junior-ryder-cup or contact Championship Manager Trenton Blundell, PGA at (561) 624-8490.

White Deer Golf Complex Completes Most Successful Financial Year


Billy Casper Golf’s ‘Regional Facility of the Year’ Shines in 2019



(WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.) – Billy Casper Golf (BCG) – the innovative owner-operator of more than 160 golf courses, country clubs and resorts in 26 states – proudly reports White Deer Golf Complex had its most successful financial year to date in 2019.

The hard work and strategic operations of the past four years culminated with White Deer Golf Complex earning a profit and not costing the county any money in 2019. Under BCG’s guidance, White Deer has consistently become more lucrative each golf season and looks forward to continuing its success for years to come.

“The strides White Deer has made over the past four years is nothing short of remarkable,” says Commissioner Tony Mussare. “We are realizing the plan set in place by Billy Casper Golf. Local golfers can continue to expect the best service and experience in the county.”

In 2019, White Deer Golf Complex was honored at BCG’s 30th anniversary celebration as the Regional Facility of the Year. The annual “Buffy Awards” are given to exceptional team members and facilities across the country by recognizing their guest and client satisfaction, operational excellence and business performance, all while holding true to the Billy Casper Golf company values.

“It is extremely important to recognize the hard work, devotion and passion of our outstanding employees,” says Alex Elmore, BCG president. “White Deer has certainly been a shining star in the Northeast and we are thrilled to place it among our highest performing facilities who represent the greatest team in golf.”

Opened in 1965, White Deer Golf Complex offers 45 holes of championship golf and an exceptional practice facility. The Vintage Course was the original layout on the property and features a shot-maker’s dream on three of the best opening holes in all of Pennsylvania. The Heritage Course opened in 1990 and is known to locals as the "New Course," featuring four sets of tees and 6,587 yards from the back. Last, but certainly not least, the 9-hole par-3 course is perfect for beginners and those who need a relaxed or confidence boosting round with their friends. White Deer Golf Complex offers a great experience to players of all skill levels.

“We are elated to be recognized among some of the best golf facilities around the country,” continues Mussare. “It’s a testament to the team we have built and the commitment to excellence we strive for every day.”

More information: www.whitedeergc.com, 570.221.9116.

Bag Boy Announces Corporate Partnership with US Golf Challenge and International King’s Cup

(Richmond, VA) – Bag Boy is pleased to announce that it has become a corporate partner with the US Golf Challenge and the International King’s Cup.

Bag Boy will be supplying golf bags to Team USA and Team Ireland for the 5th International King’s Cup to be played at Castlerock Golf Club May 27-29 in Northern Ireland.

The International King’s Cup is an annual Ryder Cup style competition held in honor of golf’s greatest ambassador – Mr. Arnold Palmer whose Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship and Commitment to Excellence represent the ideals for which the game of golf is known.

“We are extremely excited to be involved with the USGC and the International King’s Cup,” said Leighton Klevana, CEO of Bag Boy’s parent company, Dynamic Brands. “We love the fact that the format of the International King’s Cup provides golfers of all abilities the opportunity to compete in an international competition.”

Saturday, February 15, 2020

'Escape' to The Sea Pines Resort for Fun-Filled Vacation Package

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island has created the perfect “escape” package for families seeking coastal fun, while also showcasing one of the world’s top golf destinations. The resort’s “Escape Vacation Package” offers an attractive array of amenities and activities for children of all ages.

The Escape Vacation Package includes:
- A free round of golf at the Pete Dye-designed Heron Point for children 12 and younger with each paid adult round;
- A free 90-minute dolphin cruise for children 12 and younger with a paid adult;
- One complimentary family portrait session on the beach by Memory Lane Portraits;
- Choice of one complimentary Eco-Adventure or activity for two people at The Sea Pines Resort or Coastal Discovery Museum at Historic Honey Horn;
- Complimentary access for two guests to the Harbour Town Lighthouse;
- Two hours of complimentary tennis per day at The Sea Pines Racquet Club; and
- Exclusive and convenient parking at the Sea Pines Beach Club.

Guests also will have the option to purchase the Summer Golf Passport, which is exclusive to Escape Vacation Package holders and includes up to one tee time per day on Atlantic Dunes or Heron Point. A two-player, one-week passport is available for $349 with the courses available for play May 26 through Sept. 2. Harbour Town Golf Links, home to the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage tournament, can be added to the package for an additional $140 per guest per round of play.

To make travel easier and minimize the possibility of layovers, Hilton Head Island visitors now have seven direct flight options. American, Delta and United airlines are flying directly into Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH) from New York (LaGuardia), Washington (Reagan and Dulles), Newark, Charlotte, Atlanta, and Chicago.

To reserve The Sea Pines Resort “Escape Vacation Package,” visit www.seapines.com/vacation-rentals/specials/escape-vacation-package and enter the promotion code ESCAPE during the booking process. The package also can be booked by phone by calling (866) 561-8802.

For more information about The Sea Pines Resort, visit www.seapines.com.

FootJoy Contour Collection Unboxing!

In this video we unbox golf shoes from the FootJoy Contour collection. We check out the technology and other features of the shoes.

'Feherty' Returns for 10th Season; Premieres Monday, Feb. 24

Initial Lineup of Guests to Include Henrik Stenson, Gary Woodland and Suzann Pettersen, Along with Sports Broadcaster Scott Van Pelt

                                                         
(ORLANDO, Fla.) – GOLF Channel’s Emmy-nominated original series Feherty presented by Farmers Insurance returns for a 10th season, premiering Monday, Feb. 24. David Feherty – a two-time Emmy-nominated host of the self-titled series – will welcome Henrik Stenson, 2016 Open champion and silver medalist at the 2016 Rio Games, for the season premiere episode.

“I can’t believe the show has gone as long as it has, and that I still have people left to interview,” said Feherty. “It’s a wonder that I’ve managed to con 10 seasons worth of guests into sitting next to me for an extended period. It’s also somewhat alarming that the bar for what is considered good television remains just high enough for me to crawl underneath it.”

In addition to Stenson, the initial run of guests (airing Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET) will include fellow major champions Gary Woodland and Suzann Pettersen, along with ESPN anchor Scott Van Pelt and financial executive Charles Schwab:
- Feb. 24 Henrik Stenson
- March 2 Scott Van Pelt
- March 16 Gary Woodland
- March 23 Charles Schwab
- March 30 Suzann Pettersen

A two-time Emmy-nominated host (Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host), Feherty’s series initially debuted in June 2011, and has welcomed nearly 140 guests since the show’s inaugural episode. The 10th season of Feherty has 15 episodes slated to air in 2020.

Farmers Insurance returns as the series’ presenting sponsor for the fourth consecutive season. Feherty is produced by GOLF Channel’s Emmy-nominated original productions division, which also is responsible for the production of the network’s critically acclaimed GOLF Films.

Described as “golf’s iconoclast,” by Rolling Stone, and “golf’s wisecracking, maverick interviewer,” by Esquire, Feherty’s all-star lineup of golf-enthused and culturally relevant guests feature celebrities from across entertainment, sports and politics. To date, Feherty has sat down with four U.S. Presidents (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump); sports legends Charles Barkley, Stephen Curry and Nick Saban; Hollywood icons Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Hart and Larry David; World Golf of Fame members Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson; and a host of current golf superstars led by Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas.

KemperSports Clients Receive High Marks in Annual Golf Advisor Golfers’ Choice Awards

(NORTHBROOK, Illinois) – Based on ratings from Golf Advisor’s community of recreational golfers, 32 KemperSports clients have been honored with 2019 Golfers’ Choice Awards, ranking in the national, state, short golf courses, course layout, staff friendliness, pace of play and off-course amenities categories.

“Golf Advisor Golfers’ Choice Awards are important to us because they come from consumer ratings – everyday golfers from all walks of life and all levels of golf experience,” said Steve Skinner, CEO of KemperSports. “We’re very proud of the properties and teams recognized on these lists for their commitment to creating best in class customer experiences.

KemperSports-managed and partner properties featured on Golf Advisor’s Golfers’ Choice lists include:
                                                                                                                                     
Golfers’ Choices: Top 50 U.S. Courses
· Streamsong Red (Streamsong, Florida)
· Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Williamsburg, Virginia)
· The Wilderness at Lake Jackson (Lake Jackson, Texas)
· Heron Glen Golf Course (Ringoes, New Jersey)
· Cantigny Golf (Wheaton, Illinois)

Golfers’ Choices: Best of State Golf Courses
California
· Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club
· The Links at Bodega Harbour
· Quail Lodge Golf Club
· Desert Willow Golf Resort (Firecliff)
Florida
· Streamsong Red
· Streamsong Blue
· Streamsong Black
Illinois
· Cantigny Golf
· Bolingbrook Golf Club
· Harborside International Golf Center (Port)
· Harborside International Golf Center (Starboard)
Kansas
· Sand Creek Station
Maryland
· Whiskey Creek Golf Club
Minnesota
· The Jewel Golf Club
Missouri
· Ozarks National
· Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course
· Shoal Creek Golf Course
New Jersey
· Heron Glen Golf Course
· Skyway Golf Course at Lincoln Park West
New York
· Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course
Oregon
· Pacific Dunes
· Bandon Trails
· Bandon Dunes
· Bandon Preserve
· Old Macdonald
Texas
· The Wilderness at Lake Jackson
· Butterfield Trail Golf Club
Virginia
· Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Gold Course)
Washington
· The Home Course
· Chambers Bay
Wisconsin
· Mammoth Dunes
· Sand Valley

Golfers’ Choice: Top 25 Short Golf Courses
·Skyway Golf Course at Lincoln Park West (Jersey City, New Jersey)

Golfers’ Choice: Top 25 Course Layouts
· Streamsong Red (Streamsong, Florida)
· Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Williamsburg, Virginia)

Golfers’ Choice: Top 25 Golf Courses in the U.S. for Staff Friendliness
· Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Williamsburg, Virginia)

Golfers’ Choice: Top 25 Golf Courses for Off-Course Amenities
· Sand Valley (Nekoosa, Wisconsin)
· Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon, Oregon)
· Streamsong Resort (Streamsong, Florida)

Every year Golf Advisor compiles their best of lists from authentic golfer reviews. Criteria for the lists looks at each facility’s conditions, value, staff, layout, pace and off-course amenities. The number of reviews for each course plays a factor in rankings and reviewers are weighted based on past activity with their reviews.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Sun Mountain Adds 14-Way Top to Its Lightest Golf Bag

(Missoula, Montana) – Golf bags with individual club dividers are more popular every year. To answer this demand, Sun Mountain is introducing the 2.5+ 14-way bag. This bag has a spacious 10.5 inch top with fourteen individual dividers and weighs just under four pounds. The 2020 2.5+ 14-way is available in six different colors with a full-retail price of $239.99. For the retailer nearest you, call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.

2.5+ 14-way features fourteen individual club dividers that run the full length of the bag to protect clubs and prevent the clubs’ shafts from tangling together. This is important to note as some companies’ club dividers only go partway down the bag so offer the same look and organization but do not keep the clubs from getting tangled.

The 10.5” top on the 2.5+ 14-way is constructed from lightweight, high-strength-to-weight plastic with a comfort-grip handle for ease in picking up the bag and setting it down. The shoulder strap is Sun Mountain’s exclusive X-Strap System that is easy to get on and off and works well as a single strap for short carries. The 2.5+ 14-way offers five pockets include a full-length apparel pocket; a velour-lined, valuables pocket; a ball pocket with two-way zippers, and a beverage pouch. This ultra-lightweight golf bag features highly durable carbon fiber legs with the patented Roller-Bottom leg mechanism for quick and strong leg action.

For 30 years Sun Mountain has been a pioneer in the golf industry, revolutionizing golf bags, golf outerwear and golf carts. Sun Mountain's many innovations, including the first lightweight golf bag and modern stand bag, have made it the top golf bag company in North America. Within golf outerwear, Sun Mountain redefined golf-specific performance first with the windshirt, then fleece, and again with its four-way stretch, waterproof, and breathable rainwear. The Sun Mountain Speed Cart ® golf push cart transformed walking carts and created an entirely new category of golf products. Sun Mountain's "Ahead of Time Design" motto drives the company to continually design and refine golf equipment.

For the Sun Mountain retailer nearest you call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.

Mandy Von See Joins V1 Sports as Regional Sales Manager of Southeast Territory

(Novi, MI) – Golf Industry Veteran Mandy Von See recently joined the V1 Sports (V1) team as Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast region. Von See brings an enthusiasm for client relationships and a knack for bringing finely-tuned product solutions to businesses that need them.

Mandy Von See
Von See comes to V1 after a successful run as Director of Operations at RoboGolfPro. Supporting clients across the globe, she developed partnerships and business relationships across many segments of the golf business. Her travels have also led her to some enviable chance encounters with top playing professionals, like the time she caddied for Bryson DeChambeau during a pro-am round at the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage.

Von See oversaw all operations for the brand’s Robotic Golf Swing Trainer, including sales and customer support for 45 facility owners and golf professionals, as well as domestic and international shipping and coordination of set up, training and maintenance for RoboGolfPro technology. The RoboGolfPro Robotic Golf Swing Trainer uses the V1 Pro system for video capture, analysis and playback, giving Von See a deep familiarity of V1’s technology and benefits in the instruction environment.

“It’s a thrill to join the V1 Sports team and work with a staff I have tremendous admiration and respect for while championing a product line that’s top in the industry,” Von See says. “I’ve built some great relationships with teaching professionals and other industry leaders through the years and I look forward to helping provide technology solutions for them that will keep their lessons on the cutting edge of technology and strengthen their client relationships.”

Von See, a Charleston, South Carolina native, is a graduate of Clemson University where she earned her BS in Graphic Communication. In fact, Von See recently helped set up students in Clemson’s Professional Golf Membership Program with full access to the V1 Game App, the dynamic new mobile app that enables golfers to gain powerful insights on the course and in their game without the need of external hardware. Clemson’s PGM students will monitor their shot tendencies and use V1 Game’s powerful game-tracking data (which includes Strokes Gained data on a variety of shot types) to understand their games in more detail and chart specific plans for improvement, checking in routinely with program director Rick Lucas.

Prior to her time at RoboGolfPro, Von See was Marketing and Production Manager and Airport Advertising Specialist for Departure Media Airport Advertising. Von See is also a developer of a brand called Team Candy Suckers, a distribution company that produces custom lollipops in the shape of college and MLB mascots and logos that are approved, authorized and licensed by the Collegiate Licensing Company and Major League Baseball.

“Mandy Von See is a perfect fit to promote and build business for V1 Sports,” says V1 Sports CEO Bryan Finnerty. “She has a unique appreciation for the solutions V1’s technology brings to the golf industry and has a great talent for building productive relationships across all segments of the industry. Her talents align ideally with the growth and trajectory V1 has been moving toward with our numerous advances in technology and cutting-edge video swing analysis systems.”

In addition to the newest 11th-generation software release V1 Sports’ leading video capture and swing analysis system, called V1 Pro Studio, Von See will have plenty of new teaching enhancements to share with golf instructors. For example, V1 Sports recently became the technology developer and global sales and marketing force for the V1 Pressure Mat (Powered by BodiTrak), the first portable and affordable mat to record balance distribution information and Center of Pressure (COP) during the golf swing. Combining real-time data on a golfer’s weight transfer with V1’s top-in-class camera systems and video software makes each lesson more impactful and can markedly expedite a player’s improvement.

One of the golf industry’s most trusted developers of game-improvement technology, V1 Sports also recently entered the GPS game-tracking mobile app arena with the dynamic V1 Game app. With the V1 Game app, a mobile phone or Apple Watch becomes a golfer’s personal caddie and shot tracker. V1 Game’s powerful GPS data provides accurate yardages to greens, hazards and landing zones to help you navigate the course like a professional. After a round is completed, V1 Game’s intuitive performance analysis technology provides statistics (including robust Strokes Gained data) that show the user’s strengths, weaknesses and paths to improvement.

For more information, visit www.V1Sports.com. Regional Sales Manager Mandy Von See can be reached at Mandy.VonSee@V1Sports.com and 843-323-7738.

Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, Circling Raven Golf Club Announce Spring Stay-and-Play Packages

Book Before March 1 and Save 30% Off at the Top 100 Course, Plus Enjoy Value-Added Gifts


(Worley, Idaho) – Fresh off an award-winning 15th Anniversary Season, Circling Raven, the No. 1-rated public course in Idaho, is paying it forward in 2020 with a variety of special offers and events. From value-priced Stay-and-Play Packages, to hosting its inaugural Symetra “Road to the LPGA” Tour event – the Circling Raven Championship – the casino resort golf club is poised to parlay last year’s robust investments into big-time winnings for avid golfers near and far.

“We surveyed our extensive database in 2019, and overwhelmingly golfers rated Circling Raven as one of the best places they play annually, both local players and those who come to stay and play,” said David Christenson, PGA, Circling Raven Director of Golf. “We’re rewarding that enthusiastic patronage by incentivizing golfers to come early and often in 2020.”

Players who purchase the 2020 Spring Stay-and-Play Package by March 1 will receive one night’s accommodations for two in the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel Spa Tower, two rounds of golf (one per occupant), two breakfast vouchers, two free sleeves of Titleist Pro V golf balls, and two signature bag tags (a large arrowhead of bronze appearance) for $249 plus tax. The purchase price covers both players. That’s more than 30% off the customary fees at one of America’s finest playing venues.

The offer is valid for the 2020 season, Mondays – Thursdays, and must be used by May 21, 2020, to receive the golf balls and bag tags. To book, call 800.523.2464, and mention the code LOVERAVEN for the Spring Stay-and-Play Package.

Circling Raven Stay-and-Play Packages are made even better by pairing golf with other Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel amenities. From massages and other services at Spa Ssakwa’q’n (pronounced Sock-wah-kin), to immersing in Native American tradition through the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s cultural activities offered to guests and resort visitors, the options are many. Culture activities include touring a 17th Century Mission that the Tribe built (now a museum), eating authentic Native American foods, visiting a bison ranch, hiking ancestral homelands, learning how to weave baskets and create beaded bracelets, and much more.

The 2020 Circling Raven Advantage Card provides tremendous value at the exceptional golf club this year.  Purchasing the card enables Cardholders to receive a complimentary round this season, free entry into an Advantage Cardholder tournament, and free entry to attend the Circling Raven Championship, a Symetra “Road to the LPGA” Tour event, Aug. 28-30, 2020. Additionally, when card holders return to play Circling Raven in 2020, they are guaranteed the lowest rate, which will save $10 off each additional round.

Visit www.cdacasino.com for more information on golf and other resort options.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Zero Friction Receives Good Reviews of New Products at 2020 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando

(OAK BROOK TERRACE, IL) – Zero Friction, widely known for its one-size compression fit gloves and the DistancePro GPS Glove, successfully launched several new products at the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show last month at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

 “Zero Friction is no stranger to producing a great golf glove. They are quickly moving up the charts on having some of the best gloves on the market,” said Rory Spears of Golfers on Golf Radio Chicago.

“(Zero Friction products are) always well received by the people who come to the show,” said Rich Styles of Back9Boys Radio Show.

Attendees at the upcoming show were introduced to the following new products:
•    The new Power 3 Tee is a 3-prong, 3-inch tee available in six neon colors (red, green, orange, blue, white and purple.)
•    The Ultra Feel Golf Glove is a Cabretta Leather Padded glove; available in men’s white and black.
•    The Americana glove shines bright with starts and stripes. This Cabretta Leather Men’s Glove is available in red, white, and navy blue.
•    The Oh Canada glove is a Cabretta Leather glove; available in men’s red or white featuring the Canadian Flag.
•    The Stryker Glove 2-pack is available in an array of colors at a price point for the budget-conscious golfer.

Zero Friction’s true advantage for retailers is that the universal fit means shops do not have to carry a huge inventory of sizes. Instead, the shops can offer a large selection of colors.

Zero Friction also benefits golf shops with a creative selection of packaging, including the SuperTubes, which received the 2018 ING Industry Honors Product Ingenuity award for its packaging of color-matched glove, Spectra distance golf balls and tees.

Zero Friction also has logo capabilities including logo golf balls, gloves, and tees, which has experienced significant growth this past year. Licensed gloves and Supertubes featuring NFL, MLB, NHL and the top 20 collegiate teams will also have a dedicated section.

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

White Deer Golf Complex Completes Most Successful Financial Year

Billy Casper Golf’s ‘Regional Facility of the Year’ Shines in 2019


(WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.) – Billy Casper Golf (BCG) – the innovative owner-operator of more than 160 golf courses, country clubs and resorts in 26 states – proudly reports White Deer Golf Complex had its most successful financial year to date in 2019.

The hard work and strategic operations of the past four years culminated with White Deer Golf Complex earning a profit and not costing the county any money in 2019. Under BCG’s guidance, White Deer has consistently become more lucrative each golf season and looks forward to continuing its success for years to come.

“The strides White Deer has made over the past four years is nothing short of remarkable,” says Commissioner Tony Mussare. “We are realizing the plan set in place by Billy Casper Golf. Local golfers can continue to expect the best service and experience in the county.”

In 2019, White Deer Golf Complex was honored at BCG’s 30th anniversary celebration as the Regional Facility of the Year. The annual “Buffy Awards” are given to exceptional team members and facilities across the country by recognizing their guest and client satisfaction, operational excellence and business performance, all while holding true to the Billy Casper Golf company values.

“It is extremely important to recognize the hard work, devotion and passion of our outstanding employees,” says Alex Elmore, BCG president. “White Deer has certainly been a shining star in the Northeast and we are thrilled to place it among our highest performing facilities who represent the greatest team in golf.”

Opened in 1965, White Deer Golf Complex offers 45 holes of championship golf and an exceptional practice facility. The Vintage Course was the original layout on the property and features a shot-maker’s dream on three of the best opening holes in all of Pennsylvania. The Heritage Course opened in 1990 and is known to locals as the "New Course", featuring four sets of tees and 6,587 yards from the back. Last, but certainly not least, the 9-hole par-3 course is perfect for beginners and those who need a relaxed or confidence boosting round with their friends. White Deer Golf Complex offers a great experience to players of all skill levels.

“We are elated to be recognized among some of the best golf facilities around the country,” continues Mussare. “It’s a testament to the team we have built and the commitment to excellence we strive for every day.”

More information: www.whitedeergc.com, 570.221.9116

Boyd Summerhays joins PING as Brand Ambassador

(PHOENIX) – Boyd Summerhays, swing coach to PING Pro Tony Finau and other tour pros, has joined PING as a Brand Ambassador, said President John K. Solheim. Summerhays is one of Golf Digest’s 50 Best Teachers in America, and is a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher in America. He is the Director of Instruction at McDowell Mountain Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“When Boyd says ‘Golf is in my blood’, he truly means it,” Solheim said. “From the time he could walk there’s been a golf club in his hands. He was a highly decorated junior golfer, played professionally, and through his family of instructors found a love of teaching. Whether he’s working with a junior or he’s inside the ropes with Tony Finau, he’s the same guy, working hard to get the best out of you. With his positive approach and sterling reputation, he fits the profile of a PING Brand Ambassador.”

Summerhays said he has long admired how PING conducts business. “Being close with Tony over the years and PING Pro Scott Harrington, I’ve seen the PING team in action, and what resonates is the family atmosphere around PING. Everyone works together, and I know Tony and Scott appreciate how invested PING is in their success. That’s the environment I like to create as a teacher. Personal commitment combined with PING’s unmatched innovation in golf club technology is how we’ll help golfers achieve their goals, for beginners and tour pros alike. I’m excited to represent PING in that effort.”  

Summerhays can certainly draw from a depth of experience. As a junior golfer, he won more than 75 junior and high school tournaments, including three Junior World Championships. At 16 he was the #1-ranked junior in the country. He played collegiately at Oklahoma State University. In the professional ranks, he won more than 20 times and played the PGA Tour from 2004 to 2006. He also played the Korn Ferry and other tours during his 11-year playing career.

Added to that is his impressive golf lineage. Younger brother Daniel is a PING pro who competes on the PGA Tour. His grandfather Pres, father Lynn, and cousin Carrie (a former LPGA pro) have deep roots in playing, teaching and collegiate coaching. Uncle Bruce is a PGA Tour Champions winner and an accomplished instructor. Summerhays’ son, Preston, won the 2019 U.S. Junior championship.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

PGA of America Forms Strategic Alliance with Bahia Principe in Riviera Maya, Mexico

New relationship is the PGA’s first facility partnership in Latin America to support golfer development and tourism experiences 


(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – The PGA of America has formed a strategic alliance in Mexico with Bahia Principe, a tourism group of golf courses, hotels and residences, tour operations and other destination services owned by Spain’s Grupo Piñero.

The partnership will provide PGA-branding opportunities to Bahia Principe properties in Riviera Maya—a high-volume tourism destination on the northeastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, with four world-class resorts, residential real estate and the Riviera Maya Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., comprised of an 18-hole championship golf course and a 9-hole executive course. The agreement marks the first PGA of America facility partnership in Latin America, as the Association continues to support the growth of golf outside of the United States.

To drive sustainable growth-of-the-game efforts in Mexico, the golf facilities will offer player development and youth programming spearheaded by PGA Professionals, as well as utilize marketing opportunities to introduce golf-centric travel packages.

“We’re excited to partner with the Bahia Principe brand in Mexico,” said PGA of America Chief Innovation Officer Arjun Chowdri. “Their enthusiasm to partner with the PGA of America, not only to enhance golf tourism in Mexico, but support our mission of growing the game and positioning PGA Professionals in roles of influence, provides a fantastic opportunity for the PGA to positively affect golf in the region.”

“We could not imagine a better brand to partner with to continue promoting golf and Bahia Principe´s support of this sport,” said Bahia Principe Residences & Golf Managing Director Jaime Sitjar. “It is a true honor and great privilege for our company to have the PGA of America beside us, supporting and contributing together for the growth of golf in Latin America. This partnership reinforces our strategy, in order to continue offering our clients exciting experiences.”

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Golfballs.com Names Greg Palmer New President

Industry Veteran Joins World Leader in Golf Customization


(LAFAYETTE, LA) – Golfballs.com – the world leader in golf customization – has named industry veteran and Lafayette native, Greg Palmer as its new President.

With more than 15 years of experience in sales leadership and strategic business development, Palmer brings a wealth of expertise to Golfballs.com. In the new role, he will focus on directing company-wide growth initiatives. Palmer spent a decade ingrained in the golf industry at GolfNow, a division of Golf Channel, where he served as Vice President.

“I could not be more enthusiastic about the opportunity at Golfballs.com,” says Greg Palmer. “We have a phenomenal team and platform and are poised for continued accelerating growth in the years ahead.”

Palmer adds, “Our teams are leveraging proprietary technologies to offer golfers customized products, printed on-demand, at the speed of Amazon. As consumer demand continues to increase for customized products, I absolutely love our position in the market.”

More recently Palmer sat at the helm of VaxCare Corporation as their Chief Sales Officer for the past two years where he worked to amplify the company’s sales performance delivering substantial increases in revenue growth.

“Having someone of Greg’s background and caliber join the Golfballs.com leadership team is going to be a tremendous asset for the company,” says Tom Cox, Golfballs.com CEO. “Greg brings a keen understanding of the industry, coupled with over a decade of experience helping to scale businesses through organic growth and acquisition.”

The recognized leader in golf product customization and recently named to NGF’s Top 100 Businesses in Golf, Golfballs.com prides itself on providing customers the ability to easily, quickly and affordably personalize balls, bags, apparel, and various accessories. Most custom options are available with no upcharge, including a plethora of unique markings – text, monogram, logo, various images and alignment aids. Because everything is handled in-house, Golfballs.com provides faster order turn-around times than any competitor and ensures excellent quality control, customer service, and price integrity.

More information: Golfballs.com

Gamble Sands Unveils 2020 Stay & Play Packages and New Stay & Play Promotion

(Brewster, Wash.) – Gamble Sands, named one of GOLF magazine’s “Top 100 Golf Resorts in North America” in 2019, recently unveiled its 2020 Stay & Play packages. In addition, the golf destination also launched a new Stay & Play Giveaway promotion in which one lucky person and a guest will win a two-night stay at the Inn at Gamble Sands, three rounds of golf and breakfast daily during their stay at the Danny Boy Bar & Grill.

Gamble Sands’ 2020 golf season will kick-off on April 1st (weather permitting). Stay & Play Packages include golf on the Sands Course, ranked the No 1. golf course in Washington state by Golfweek, luxury accommodations at The Inn at Gamble Sands and complimentary golf carts. On-site dining is available at the Danny Boy Bar & Grill. Package prices vary depending on day of week and month, and are priced per person. For more information on Stay & Play packages, visit www.gamblesands.com/stay-and-play-packages.

To register for the Gamble Sands Stay & Play Giveaway promotion, golfers should visit www.gamblesands.com/2020-stay-and-play-giveaway. One entry will be accepted per valid email address. A winner will be randomly selected on April 1, 2020.

The Inn at Gamble Sands features oversized rooms that perfectly match the wide-open nature of Gamble Sands as big rooms open to the big golf course, framed by even bigger views that sweep across the Columbia River Valley. Guest rooms are available with two queen beds, a deluxe king and a king suite.

For more information on Gamble Sands, visit www.gamblesands.com or call 509-436-8323.

Visit obsports.com to get more information, or call (480) 948-1300.

PGA of America Forms Strategic Alliance with Bahia Principe in Riviera Maya, Mexico

New relationship is the PGA’s first facility partnership in Latin America to support golfer development and tourism experiences 


(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – The PGA of America has formed a strategic alliance in Mexico with Bahia Principe, a tourism group of golf courses, hotels and residences, tour operations and other destination services owned by Spain’s Grupo Piñero.

The partnership will provide PGA-branding opportunities to Bahia Principe properties in Riviera Maya—a high-volume tourism destination on the northeastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, with four world-class resorts, residential real estate and the Riviera Maya Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., which is comprised of an 18-hole championship golf course and a 9-hole executive course. The agreement marks the first PGA of America facility partnership in Latin America, as the Association continues to support the growth of golf outside of the United States.

To drive sustainable growth-of-the-game efforts in Mexico, the golf facilities will offer player development and youth programming spearheaded by PGA Professionals, as well as utilize marketing opportunities to introduce golf-centric travel packages.

“We’re excited to partner with the Bahia Principe brand in Mexico,” said PGA of America Chief Innovation Officer Arjun Chowdri. “Their enthusiasm to partner with the PGA of America, not only to enhance golf tourism in Mexico, but support our mission of growing the game and positioning PGA Professionals in roles of influence, provides a fantastic opportunity for the PGA to positively affect golf in the region.”

“We could not imagine a better brand to partner with to continue promoting golf and Bahia Principe´s support on this sport,” said Bahia Principe Residences & Golf Managing Director Jaime Sitjar. “It is a true honor and great privilege for our company to have the PGA of America beside us, supporting and contributing together for the growth of golf in Latin America. This partnership reinforces our strategy, in order to continue offering our clients exciting experiences.”

Pinehurst Area Makes Pitch for Golf Businesses to Relocate to North Carolina

Golf Leaders Inside the Home of American Golf Tout Business Advantages in Moore County (NC)


(PINEHURST, N.C.) – Golf business leaders in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen area of North Carolina are teeing up an aggressive pitch for other golf companies domestically and internationally to consider relocating in their part of the country. Partners in Progress, the economic development arm for Moore County (NC), recently produced a video that included golf business leaders from the Pinehurst area and plan to share it at the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL. The goal is to draw interest from existing or new golf-related businesses wishing to inquire about what it would take to relocate or start a venture in the Pinehurst area. The vision is to create a golf cluster business community on the East Coast, similar to what happened in Carlsbad, CA.

“There’s something unique going on here in Pinehurst. There’s a tremendous opportunity to tap into the world of golf. There are a surprising number of golf companies and golf thought leaders based here in Pinehurst,” says Jamie Ledford, president of Golf Pride, a division of Eaton Corporation. “Golf Pride made a decision to build our design and development center in Pinehurst and we have a huge opportunity to test new golf concepts with golfers from around the world right here in Pinehurst. It’s a great spot for us.”

The 36,000-square-foot Golf Pride Global Innovation Center opened in 2019 and is located next to the Tom Fazio-designed and highly acclaimed Pinehurst No. 8 golf course. The company looked at several sites, but chose Pinehurst Resort because of the prime location and brand partnership as well. The new facility will allow Golf Pride to test new products out of its rapid prototyping lab quickly with a steady stream of golfers visiting Pinehurst from around the world on a daily basis.

Aside from Golf Pride, the United States Golf Association (USGA), U.S. Kids Golf and the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) have moved portions or their entire headquarters, to the area in recent years. The U.S. Kids Golf Academy is located at Longleaf Golf & Family Club in Southern Pines and annually hosts, along with more than a dozen area golf courses, the U.S. Kids Teen and U.S. Kids World Golf Championships each August. Those combined events account for more than $9 million dollars in economic impact each year, according to the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. More than 2,000 junior golfers from round the world descend upon the destination to compete in those U.S. Kids Golf events.

“Pinehurst is the perfect community because of its world-wide reputation in golf and because of the world-class excellence here,” says Dan Van Horn, founder and president, U.S. Kids Golf. “If you get the idea that by coming here you’re going to get deep into the weeds of what makes golf tick in the Pinehurst area, you’ve come to the right place. This is a great place to live and work.”

“When you look at the companies who are here with Golf Pride, the USGA, U.S. Kids Golf and the CGA, they all have a big presence here,” remarked Tom Pashley, president of Pinehurst Resort. “They are all companies that when you think about it, it makes perfect sense that they’re here. It makes perfect sense for golf companies to come and be a part of Pinehurst. I can’t wait to see who that is.”

The pitch to golf businesses relies on the globally recognized name of Pinehurst, but the intent is to showcase all of Moore County as potential locations. The video features leaders in the local golf industry including Ledford, Pashley, Van Horn, Kelly Miller, the president of Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club and Pat Corso, executive director of Partners in Progress (PIP).

“For the right company, the right group and the right ideas, our area is perfect for relocation or to build a new business,” said Corso. “What we have put together is a strong attempt to create change and draw like-type companies to the Pinehurst area.”

The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area is strategically located on the East Coast with major international airports in Raleigh and Charlotte, 60 and 90 miles away, respectively. The state of North Carolina offers state and local incentives for qualified companies, and according to a 2018 article in Forbes magazine, North Carolina is ranked as the “Best State for Business” in America. The golf leaders in the Pinehurst area believe those are all excellent reasons for other companies to investigate how those economic factors can be an attractive blend for new golf businesses or relocation of existing ones.

For more information about the opportunity for golf businesses in the Pinehurst area, contact Pat Corso, executive director, Partners in Progress at 910.246.0311, or visit www.MooreBusiness.org/pinehurst.

ECCO GOLF Announces Signing of Major Champion Henrik Stenson

(LONDONDERRY, NH) – ECCO – a leading manufacturer of innovative footwear – announces the signing of Henrik Stenson as a brand ambassador. The 43-year-old Swede has penned a multi-year agreement and will compete around the world wearing ECCO GOLF’s famed hybrid golf shoes.

Stenson has enjoyed a stellar career since turning pro in 1998 and became the first male Swedish major champion when he won the 2016 Open Championship at Royal Troon with a major championship record lowest aggregate score of 264.

“I’m delighted to be joining forces with ECCO GOLF,” said Stenson. “They are a brand I have long admired due to their passion for innovation, quality and style. I can look back at my career to date with a lot of pride at the things that I have achieved, and I have no doubt that there are plenty more highlights to come wearing ECCO GOLF shoes.”

A two-time European Tour Golfer of the Year (2013 and 2016) and Olympic silver medallist, Stenson has spent over 300 weeks ranked in the World Top Ten during an illustrious career, which has seen him record more than 20 Tour victories.

“I have never worn hybrid shoes to compete before, but as soon as I tried the ECCO models, I was amazed by both the comfort and traction they provided,” said Stenson. “I can’t honestly see myself wearing cleats again.”

In 2013, Stenson – nicknamed ‘The Iceman’ – won the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup and the European Tour's Race to Dubai, becoming the first player to win both, and to do so in the same season.

Stenson has represented Europe five times at the Ryder Cup, including the 2018 staging at Le Golf National in Paris where he won each of his three matches to finish as one of only two players in the combined 24-man field to finish the event undefeated and untied.

“It is no exaggeration to say that Henrik is one of the best and most well-respected golfers of our generation, so we are thrilled that he has signed with us,” said Jesper Thuen, responsible for sponsorship at ECCO GOLF. “It is a real coup to have him representing the ECCO GOLF brand around the world and we look forward to seeing him add more titles to his already illustrious list of achievements.”

In addition to Stenson, ECCO GOLF shoes are worn in competition around the world by Lydia Ko, Minjee Lee, Caroline Masson, Fred Couples, Erik van Rooyen, Doc Redman and Thomas Bjørn, among others.

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

PXG Continues to Open Doors & Expand its Retail Footprint in the U.S.

PXG Minneapolis, the Company’s 5th Store, is Now Open at Southdale Center


(Scottsdale, AZ) – This month PXG, a company dedicated to developing high-performance golf equipment and apparel, opened its fifth brick-and-mortar location in the United States. Known for its disruptive approach to product engineering and distribution, PXG continues to buck the trend of transactional sales in favor of delivering custom equipment and personalized experiences.

"We are not in the golf club business," said PXG founder and CEO Bob Parsons. "We are in the business of creating exceptional experiences. Our stores, as well as our mobile fitting program, are designed to help deliver that experience to golf enthusiasts across the country."

PXG's newest retail and fitting studio is in Edina, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. A top 10 golf city in the U.S. and home to several notable private clubs and more than 60 public courses, Minneapolis is an ideal market for PXG to put down roots.

PXG Minneapolis is the company's largest satellite location to date. The pristine 7,000 square-foot space boasts two state-of-the-art club fitting bays, a putting green, player's lounge, and an expansive retail area.

Supported by PXG's world-class fitting specialists, PXG Minneapolis provides golfers with an unforgettable experience that boosts performance – and enjoyment – on and off the course.

In addition to presenting PXG's club technology, PXG Minneapolis showcases the company's celebrated apparel collection. Renee Parsons, President of PXG Apparel, shared, "With fashion-forward, beautifully designed and exceptionally created pieces, PXG Apparel rivals the world's finest lifestyle brands. We are excited to offer our customers the opportunity to see and try on our latest designs through our retail experience."

PXG Minneapolis is located in Southdale Center, 10 Southdale Center, Edina, Minnesota 55435.

"We're thrilled to continue Southdale Center's 'reinvention' with the addition of PXG," said Southdale Center's General Manager Judy Tullius. "PXG will add to the mall's flurry of standout concepts making Southdale the area's go-to shop, dine, live, work, and play destination."

For more information or to schedule a fitting visit PXG.com.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Mississippi’s Old Waverly GC and Mossy Oak GC Featured on Traveling Golfer TV Show


(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) — Gaining access to one of the great private golf clubs in America is no easy task. Often it takes intricate, inside connections.

The February episode of the Traveling Golfer television show unlocks the key to gaining access to one of America’s most memorable and acclaimed championship courses – Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Mississippi – as well as its sister club, Mossy Oak Golf Club.

Old Waverly was founded in 1988 after an inspired joint design effort by U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate and golf course architect Bob Cupp. It has hosted the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open, the 2006 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur. The course has stood as a shining example of championship golf and southern hospitality from its inception.

In 2016 the golf experience was heightened with the opening, across the street, of Mossy Oak GC. Designed by acclaimed architect Gil Hanse, Mossy Oak was created as a daily fee complement to Old Waverly.
 The Traveling Golfer - West Point, Mississippi. Old Waverly and Mossy Oak

Over the years, a cluster of upscale villas and lodges have been constructed on the property and made available for rental by golf groups. Securing a stay-and-play package opens the opportunity for guests to play at Old Waverly, as well as Mossy Oak.

“My father built the first 9-hole golf course in West Point in 1958,” explains George Bryan, the founder of Old Waverly. “I worked on a tractor, disking the fairways, so I guess it was in my blood. Later, I put together a group of investors who were interested in golf and it quickly became evident that they wanted to do something special at Old Waverly.

“Mossy Oak, the second course, came about from our trips to Scotland,” continues Bryan, whose Scottish heritage is reflected throughout the Old Waverly clubhouse. "We fell in love with the country and decided to build sort of a links course on the rolling property we had.”

The net result is an out-of-the-way golf destination that is unlike many of the golf resorts that are popular with traveling golfers.

“The moment I set foot on the property, I knew I had entered a very special golf environment,” explained show host Tony Leodora. “There is a majesty to the property yet, at the same time, an overwhelming friendliness to everything about it. It is true proof of the term – Southern Hospitality.”

That atmosphere became very apparent during the shooting of this latest episode of the Traveling Golfer.

An interesting sidelight to the show are the interviews with nationally acclaimed teaching professionals V.J. Trolio and Tim Yelverton.

Trolio, a Top 100 Teacher, has been entrenched at Old Waverly since 2002 and provides some of the history of the instructional program, as well as the club’s association with the Mississippi State University golf team. Yelverton, a putting expert, unlocks some of his techniques as well as taking viewers inside the secret of The Putting Arc, a widely used putting trainer that was invented at Old Waverly by Trolio, member Dave Hamilton and his son Joey Hamilton.

The February episode of The Traveling Golfer airs as a scheduled weekly feature show on NBC Sports and NBC Sports + throughout four markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. NBC Sports airings are 10:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sundays, 11:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. on Thursdays. NBC Sports + airs the show at 8 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. In addition, the show airs nationally, every day, on the new Fun Roads Network (funroads.tv/schedule) – in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Wichita markets. It also will air a number of times in the Month of February on “Rivertalk” on HTC-4 in Myrtle Beach.

The show also airs on the Traveling Golfer network of websites ... including The Golf Director Network and The Myrtle Beach Golf Channel (see full list of sites on travelinggolfervideo.com).

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

Responding to golfers' never-ending demands to learn more about interesting golf courses and golf resorts across the country and around the world, well-traveled host Tony Leodora created the Traveling Golfer so he could take viewers on video trips to some of the most exciting golf locations. For the fourth time in five years, the show was honored as the No. 1 Golf Television Show in America in the prestigious International Network of Golf awards, presented at the PGA Merchandise Show in January of 2020.

The Traveling Golfer is a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has 19 years of experience in televised golf. The featured destination stays on the website for one month, before being replaced by a new show. Alternate shows also air in a two-month rotation. All old shows are archived for continued viewing on the YouTube Network and on the home website, www.travelinggolfervideo.com.

Nick Taylor Wins AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Using 14 TaylorMade Clubs

After opening with a 63 (-8), Nick Taylor went wire-to-wire to collect his 2nd PGA TOUR victory at Pebble Beach.


(Carlsbad, Calif.) — Team TaylorMade athlete, Nick Taylor wins the ATT Pebble Beach Pro-Am using a full bag of TaylorMade clubs and ball including the new SIM Titanium fairway, SIM Max 4 iron and TP5 golf ball.

In blustery conditions during the final round, Taylor finished on -19 to win by 4 shots using his TP5 ball - TaylorMade's 5-layer ball that Team TaylorMade athletes love because it performs so well in the wind.

Taylor added TaylorMade's new "game improvement" SIM Max 4 iron which he added to his bag during testing in December at the company's HQ in Carlsbad. It's built at 2 iron length and has 21 degrees of loft. It was originally 19 degrees, but was going too far for the distance he wanted to hit it, so TaylorMade's Tour team added more loft to it so that he can hit it "Rescue distance", but controls the trajectory much better and hits it very straight.

Taylor testing the SIM Titanium fairway at TaylorMade HQ in December.

TAYLOR NEED TO KNOW

- Taylor now has two PGA TOUR titles to his name (Sanderson Farms 2014)
- Taylor jumps to 101 in the OWGR - just outside the Top 100
- He added a new SIM Max 4 iron to his bag in 2020 which he plays at 21° loft / 2 iron length
- Taylor also added TaylorMade's new SIM Titanium 15.0 Fairway wood to his bag last month
- Becomes the 7th Canadian to win multiple times on the PGA TOUR

NICK TAYLOR WITB

- M2 (17) 9.5° driver
- SIM Titanium 15.0° fairway wood
- SIM Max 4 iron (21°)
- P770 4-5 iron
- P750 6-PW
- MG Hi-Toe 52°, 56° and 60°
- Spider Tour putter
- TP5 golf ball

USGA, R&A Release Key Findings on Impacts of Distance in Golf

Report Delivers Most Comprehensive Review in the Game’s History


(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J., and ST. ANDREWS, Scotland) – The USGA and The R&A have issued the Distance Insights Report, which provides comprehensive research and analysis on the contributors to, and long-term impacts of, hitting distance in golf.

After extensive stakeholder research, the report features more than 100 years of data, informed by a library of 56 supporting documents. It is accompanied by a 15-page conclusions paper from the governing bodies that summarizes their perspectives on the long-term implications for the sport.

The reports and library have been publicly released and can be found at usga.org/distanceinsights or randa.org/distanceinsights.

To facilitate input from manufacturers and other stakeholders in the golf community, specific topics of further research will be identified and published within 45 days. It is expected that this important step in gathering input could take approximately nine months to one year.

Key findings of the project include:
There is a 100-year trend of hitting distance increases in golf, as well as a corresponding increase in the length of golf courses, across the game globally the USGA and The R&A believe this continuing cycle is detrimental to the game’s long-term future.

The inherent strategic challenge presented by many golf courses can be compromised, especially when those courses have not or cannot become long enough to keep up with increases in the hitting distances of the golfers who play from their longest tees. This can lead to a risk of many courses becoming less challenging, or obsolete.

Increased hitting distance can begin to undermine the core principle that the challenge of golf is about needing to demonstrate a broad range of skills to be successful.

If courses continue to lengthen, it is at odds with growing societal concerns about the use of water, chemicals and other resources.

Longer distances and courses, longer tees and longer times to play are taking golf in the wrong direction and are not necessary for a challenging, enjoyable and sustainable game.

A concern has been identified that many recreational golfers are playing from longer tees than is necessary relative to their hitting distances, and, in particular that the forward tees on many golf courses are very long for many of the golfers who play from them.

“This is not about the last few years or the next few years but rather about the long-term future of the game,” said Mike Davis, chief executive officer of the USGA. “This report clearly shows a consistent increase in hitting distance and golf course lengths over the last 100-plus years. These increases have had a profound impact on costs to build, modify and operate golf courses and they have impacted golfers at all levels. We believe this problem will continue unless this cycle is brought to an end. With collaboration from the entire golf community, we have an opportunity to stem this tide and help ensure golf remains sustainable and enjoyable for generations to come.”

Martin Slumbers, chief executive of The R&A, said, “We believe we have reached a pivotal moment in golf. The publication of this report is highly significant. The impact of long-term hitting distance increases on some of golf’s essential elements are now clear – including changing the strategic challenge of the sport, altering the balance of skills needed to be successful and risking courses being less challenging or obsolete. Our objective as governing bodies is to work with the key stakeholders in golf to address this issue in a way that brings the sport together and which ensures it continues to thrive for many years to come.”

No solutions have been determined as yet. The USGA and The R&A will now enter the next phase of their work by assessing potential solutions that can help end the cycle of increased distance. It is expected that the main topic for research and assessment will be potential changes in the Equipment Rules, along with further inquiry into the effects of course design, conditions and setup on hitting distance.

With this background in mind, a broad review of both clubs and balls will be conducted to understand and assess a full range of options for addressing these issues relating to hitting distance. Without limiting the scope of topics that may be considered, this review is expected to include the following:

The review of overall conformance specifications for both clubs and balls, including specifications that both directly and indirectly affect hitting distances. It is not currently intended to consider revising overall equipment specifications in a way that would produce substantial reductions in hitting distances at all levels of the game.

The assessment of the potential use of a Local Rule option specifying the use of reduced-distance equipment. Such an option could be available as a choice at all levels of play for competitions, courses and individual players.

Guidance on the availability of short enough forward tees and the appropriate tee-to-hole playing distances for golfers of all levels.

Several other topics including equipment testing processes, potential guidance on how design, agronomy and setup can affect hitting distance, and others.

All research and any work regarding potential changes to Equipment Standards in golf are guided by the Equipment Rulemaking Procedures, which were agreed upon and published by the USGA and The R&A in 2011 to ensure a transparent and collaborative process among key stakeholders in the game. These procedures can be found here: Equipment Rulemaking Procedures.

For more information on Distance Insights, see usga.org or randa.org.

Nicklaus Design to Exhibit at CMAA World Conference

(Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) — For the first time, the Nicklaus Design team will exhibit at the CMAA World Conference in Dallas (Booth 531).

With 425 courses in 45 countries and 40 states, Nicklaus Design is universally recognized as one of golf’s premier architecture firms. But along with creating courses where none previously existed, Nicklaus Design is also highly skilled at renovation and redesign, providing improvements and updates to layouts that have fallen behind the times or are otherwise ready for improvement.

Among the many services the firm provides to golf courses are design audits and evaluations, site reviews, and budgetary planning.

“With so many courses in need of renovation or restoration as part of their natural life cycles, we want to be a resource to create long-range master plans and assessments,” said Paul Stringer, Executive Vice President, Nicklaus Design.  “Additionally, our extensive resources and expertise can be put to use identifying opportunities for improvement, lending our agronomic expertise, and in budget planning.”

Among the firm’s other services include:
- Site review (identification of problem areas and issues)
- Drafting of preliminary site drawings and color renderings
- Preparation of preliminary and final constructions plans
- Conduct site visits for design review, grow in and turf establishment

“We have had the great privilege of building new golf courses around the world, but we also recognize the importance of upgrading and adapting courses to today’s trends,” Stringer added.   “Our team of professionals is adept at identifying a golf course’s specific needs and providing ideas for solutions to the owner, operator, and members.”

To arrange an appointment at or to receive additional information, contact Tommy Hearden at Tommy.hearden@nicklaus.com, call 920-680-5755 or stop by Booth 531 during the show.

Friday, February 7, 2020

TaylorMade Golf Company Announces the All-New Tour Response and Soft Response Golf Balls

Bringing Effortless Compression, Tour Technology & Dominant Distance to Golfers at Every Level for an Affordable Price


(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – TaylorMade Golf, an industry leader in innovation and technology, gathered insights from thousands of assorted golfers about the performance features they need from a golf ball. The clear No. 1 answer to the company’s question: “I want a golf ball that’s designed for me.”

Golfers asked for it, and we responded. Introducing the new Tour Response and Soft Response golf balls from TaylorMade.

Highlighted by a 100% cast urethane cover, Tour Response delivers effortless compression and Tour-quality performance at an affordable price. Engineered for effortless compression and dominant distance, Soft Response utilizes a breakthrough Extended Flight Dimple Pattern along with an ultra-soft ZnO Flex Core designed to increase speed.

Urethane is simply the best performing cover material you can use on a golf ball. That’s why it’s found on 100% of the balls used on the PGA Tour. It’s that good. We’re bringing that same innovation to our Tour Response line – essentially making a softer version of our TP5/TP5x that utilizes multiple Tour technologies. Soft Response is a multi-layer golf ball designed for even softer feel, and with our new Extended Flight Dimple Pattern the player can obtain explosive distance.
- Eric Loper, TaylorMade Director of R&D, Golf Ball

TOUR RESPONSE EFFORTLESS COMPRESSION WITH TOUR TECHNOLOGY

For as long as there have been urethane golf balls, Tour players have used them. It’s the industry standard for premium performance in golf balls, and Tour Response brings that same standard to all golfers at an affordable price while maintaining the same technology found in TP5/TP5x.

A softer 100% cast urethane cover allows grooves to better grip the ball for increased wedge spin – potentially creating thousands more RPMs of spin for the average golfer compared to ionomer products. A crosslinking chemical reaction forms the urethane material and creates an irreversible link for improved shear resistance and greater durability.

The use of cast urethane puts Tour Response a step above other balls in this category and at this price point, as it’s the only non-Tour ball to offer this premium cover from a major manufacturer. It’s a blend of Tour-quality materials with performance specifically engineered to benefit all golfers.

Utilizing the same technology that powers the hottest Tour ball in golf (TP5/TP5x), Tour Response relies on Speedmantle with HFMq to produce fast ball speeds. The firmer second layer surrounds the soft inner core and delivers an explosive transfer of energy.

In this class where performance meets value, why would anyone play an ionomer ball when cast urethane is available? Every manufacturer agrees that it makes a better ball
- Michael Fox, TaylorMade Category Director – Golf Ball & Accessories

SOFT RESPONSE EFFORTLESS COMPRESSION & DOMINANT DISTANCE

TaylorMade utilizes a specialized Extended Flight Dimple Pattern to protect distance in a softer golf ball. The shallow u-shaped dimples promote decreased drag and increased lift, ultimately allowing the ball to stay in the air longer at lower spin rates. This design is meant to appeal to players with average swing speeds, who often struggle to keep the ball airborne. For this reason, many club fitters match slower swing speed players with drivers that increase spin rates and allow the ball to stay in the air longer. However, with this revolutionary dimple design TaylorMade aims to improve distance for these players through intelligent golf ball design.

A soft ionomer cover adds to the feel of Soft Response, but also achieves improved scuff resistance, shear resistance and overall durability. With an ultra-low compression ZnO Flex Core™ (a compression of 35), Soft Response is engineered to meet the needs of golfers seeking an extremely soft feel without diminishing distance.

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

Tour Response ($35) and Soft Response ($25) will be available at retail on 2/28/2020. Tour Response will be offered in white and yellow, while Soft Response will be available in white, yellow and matte red. Go to TaylorMadeGolf.com for more information on our Tour Response and Soft Response golf balls.

Both Tour Response and Soft Response are engineered to efficiently transfer energy and rebound at impact. The Tour Response core has an ultra-low compression of 40, while Soft Response is even lower at 35. The 3-piece construction further allows for soft feel while maintaining impressive distance.