Tuesday, June 30, 2020

'Chip Shot Challenge' Raising Money for Golf Emergency Fund; Supporting Golf-Industry Workers Impacted by COVID-19

PGA of America Has Established a $2.5MM Matching Pool;Jim Furyk Headlines Prize Packages that Include A Round of Golf and Dinner for Two at TPC Sawgrass with the 2018 Ryder Cup Captain

(Portland, OR) – Vie, Inc. (www.VieForGood.com), a new sports and entertainment philanthropy company, today invited golfers of all ages and skill levels to participate in the “Chip Shot Challenge” (www.giveforgolf.com) to support the Golf Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) and provide assistance to thousands of golf industry workers impacted physically or financially by COVID-19. 

“We intend to launch the Vie brand and proprietary technology later this fall,” said Steven Schwartz, Vie CEO. “But the increasing severity of the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on golf-industry workers compelled us to act NOW. So we fast-tracked Vie’s donation engine technology to power the ‘Chip Shot Challenge’ and help bridge the funding gap for these families.”

Participation includes four easy steps: 
1. Donate: at www.giveforgolf.com 
2. Capture Your Chip: golfers set the challenge and take the shot, while capturing it on video. Creativity and trick shots are encouraged.  
3. Challenge: someone to match or beat your shot and your donation  
4. Tag/Share: your video and challenge with #ChipShotChallenge and giveforgolf.com. The best shots will be posted at giveforgolf.com/gallery.

Participation automatically provides an entry for prizes including Titleist golf equipment and Linksoul apparel.  The Grand Prize includes a private dinner and a round of golf for two with 2018 Ryder Cup Captain and PGA Legend Jim Furyk at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

The PGA of America has established a $2.5MM matching pool for the GERF.  To the extent that funds are still available, donations will be matched dollar for dollar. Vie’s proprietary platform technology also enables automated corporate employee matching. To date, the PGA of America has already raised more than $5 million for GERF.

“On behalf of our 29,000 PGA professionals, and those individuals and families suffering physically and financially from COVID-19, we express our heartfelt thanks to Vie for powering the ‘Chip Shot Challenge,’ said Suzy Whaley, PGA of America President. Whaley was the first to chip, post and share a video challenging members of the world’s largest sports organization and their customers to participate.  

Managed by E4E Relief, an independent third-party public charity, GERF provides grants to thousands of the most vulnerable golf industry workers, inclusive of golf association members, employees of local/state golf associations, caddies and professionals playing on developmental tours to help offset COVID-19 related financial hardships, such as living and medical expenses. 

“We plan to launch Vie’s fully-functional, proprietary social competition and collaborative fundraising platform later this fall, which will allow ‘Viers’ worldwide to compete anywhere, anytime in their favorite sports, and donate to raise millions of dollars for their charities of choice,” added Schwartz. “In the interim, we hope to rally golf lovers around the world, support golf’s unsung heroes and demonstrate Vie’s commitment to our future customers and business partners in the golf industry.”
Visit www.giveforgolf.com now to learn more and donate to the Golf Emergency Relief Fund.

Cleveland Golf Introduces RTX ZipCore

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.) – Cleveland Golf is proud to announce their latest flagship wedge, the RTX ZipCore. Cleveland Golf’s RTX ZipCore will launch in North America on Aug. 14, 2020.

RTX ZipCore is both radically new and ultra-familiar. On the inside, its new core has unlocked design freedoms pushing the performance beyond any wedge in Cleveland Golf’s history. Yet on the outside, the sleek yet traditional design is familiar and inspires confidence at address.

"Cleveland wedges are always just beautiful looking clubs, and this one is no different,” said 2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry. “They're very traditional and I just love them. You need to be able to trust what your wedges are going to do, and RTX ZipCore does everything I need it to do. I couldn't ask for anything else in a wedge."

The foundation of RTX ZipCore is a unique, low-density core that sits at the heart of the wedge. This ZipCore makes you better by shifting the center of gravity, while also boosting High-Low MOI for more stability high and low on the wedge face. The result is that ZipCore puts more impacts on the sweet spot for more consistent spin, distance and feel on every shot.

Furthermore, RTX ZipCore features Cleveland’s new UltiZip Grooves. Compared to previous generations, UltiZip Grooves are 11% sharper and 7.3% deeper, while also being 7.4% closer together for more groove contact area. The combination and optimization of these factors ensure that RTX ZipCore generates increased spin and consistent spin performance from any condition on the course.

To preserve the lifespan of our grooves, RTX ZipCore also features a new heat treatment to boost durability and maintain spin performance round after round.

“The new RTX ZipCore is a technological leap forward for Cleveland wedges,” said Jeff Brunski, Vice President of Research and Development. “We’ve inserted a low-density core inside the clubhead, allowing us to create a wedge with unprecedented consistency and exceptional feel. They also feature our tour-proven grinds and most aggressive groove technology to date – all packaged in a sleek yet traditional design.”

Key Innovations Inside RTX ZipCore:
- ZipCore: ZipCore shifts the center of gravity while raising MOI, adding spin, enhancing control, and boosting consistency on all your shots.
- UltiZip Grooves: These grooves are sharper and deeper, delivering maximum spin performance. They bite harder, channel more debris, and they’re closer together for more groove contact on every shot.
- Heat Treatment: A new heat treatment process increases ZipCore’s durability, delivering better performance over a longer period of time.
- Tour-Authentic Components: RTX ZipCore comes standard with the new True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner Tour Issue shaft and the most popular grip in golf today with Golf Pride’s Tour Velvet 360.

RTX ZipCore wedges are offered in a wide variety of lofts and sole grinds. The MID Sole grind is offered in 46 through 60 degrees, the LOW Sole grind is offered in 56 through 62 degrees, and the FULL Sole grind is offered in 54 through 60 degrees. The RTX ZipCore is available in Tour Satin, with additional finishes coming later this year. Cleveland’s RTX ZipCore Tour Satin wedges are priced at $149.99 MAP.

For more detailed information on the RTX ZipCore, visit: clevelandgolf.com.

Healthy Roster Helps PGA TOUR Relaunch with SAFER Play—An Automated COVID-19 Symptom Screening & Alerts Platform

(DUBLIN, OH) — Sports Medicine and Telehealth company Healthy Roster, announced the launch of SAFER Play for the PGA TOUR. In preparing to return to regular season competitive play, the PGA TOUR has partnered with Healthy Roster to ensure its players, caddies, and all staff at events are screened daily in order to make sure any symptomatic individual is identified and kept from coming to the course.

Healthy Roster’s SAFER Play provides a customizable screening and alerts platform that can be easily customized and quickly deployed to ensure that all participants are screened daily to reduce the chances of COVID-19 spread at events. Automated daily screenings are delivered via email and text-based messages to ensure everyone stops to consider symptoms each day during the event.  Any symptoms reported immediately trigger alerts to designated administrators and medical personnel for quick assessment via a telehealth interaction.  SAFER Play also integrates with various testing facilities and home-test providers to flag any individual in the days prior to PGA TOUR events.

“Travel and personal interaction are inherently part of life on the PGA TOUR, which becomes particularly complex in the era of COVID-19,” said Andy Levinson, PGA TOUR Senior Vice President, Tournament Administration.  “Healthy Roster customized our surveys, integrated with our network of COVID-19 testing facilities, and delivers automated daily screenings to all tournament participants.  This doesn’t guarantee that COVID-19 won’t be present, but it gives multiple layers of defense to provide the safest possible environment for our members and fans.”

Healthy Roster’s SAFER Play is built for athletic organizations, employers, and educational institutions that need the ability to screen, alert and communicate COVID-19 statuses daily.  The simple setup and rapid deployment of the platform prevent organizations from having to invent manual tracking systems which could take weeks to develop, train and deploy. Users can quickly upload athletes and staff, then immediately begin to send email or text-based surveys to check for COVID-19 symptoms daily.  The platform doesn’t require downloads or passwords which make it easy for a person to easily report how they feel, sending alerts to designated administrators when someone needs further assessment.

SAFER Play is a secure, automated set of proactive communication protocols that provides the ability to:
-Screen individuals for COVID-19 symptoms using simple text messages
-Alert personnel automatically when an individual indicates at-risk symptoms
-Facilitate immediate responses in line with established protocols
-Engage the employee quickly via chat and video to conduct assess and advise
-Reports identify trends and hotspots to prevent workplace spread
-Given the unprecedented nature of establishing pandemic return to work COVID-19 protocols, the -SAFER Play is easily updated and tailored to your organization as federal and state requirements continue to evolve.

CEO Nathan Heerdt states, “Our goal has always been to help keep people healthy and in the game. It’s never been more imperative for people to be aware of how they are feeling and the immediate impact their health has on everyone around them. With SAFER Play, we’re uniquely suited to help organizations work together to keep everyone healthy and decrease the chance of being exposed to COVID-19.”

Puerto Rico Golf Courses, Resort Prepare for Tourism Resumption on July 15

(SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO) – All but one of Puerto Rico’s 18 golf courses and many of its resorts have reopened in advance of July 15, when the Island can begin welcoming back visitors.

Some Island golf courses only allowed member play when they reopened on May 26. Since then, the majority now welcome public play, including Royal Isabela, Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club, Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Golf & Beach Resort, Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico (home of Coco Beach Golf Club), El Legado, Deportivo del Oeste, and more. The St. Regis Bahia Beach is allowing public play on weekdays, reserving Friday-Sunday and holidays for resort guests and members.

TPC Dorado Beach and Palmas Athletic Clubs are currently limiting play to members and their guests only. El Conquistador is the only Island course not currently open. To discover specific details for any Puerto Rico golf course, call them directly at the numbers listed below.

Learn more about visiting Puerto Rico at DiscoverPuertoRico.com, including:
Travel Advisory and Q&A
Consumer (ENGLISH)
Puerto Rico golf courses require safeguards to enhance safe recreation, including staff using personal protective gear, sanitizing golf carts and the Pro Shop common areas, and much more.

Puerto Rico’s golf courses are located throughout the Island with several in northeastern Puerto Rico near capital San Juan. The Island is an enchanting destination where history, culture, gastronomy, nightlife, beaches, and natural wonders abound. It requires no passport for American citizens, is bilingual, uses the U.S. dollar for currency, and is the air hub of the Caribbean. There are more than 4,000 restaurants, and the lodging venues range from top hospitality brands to being named a top 10 Airbnb world destination.

The Island’s golf venues include:
TPC Dorado Beach (36 holes) – 787-626-1020
Costa Caribe (27) – 787-812-2650
Fort Buchanan (9) – 787-707-3980
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar (36) – 787-888-6000
Rio Bayamon (18) – 787-740-1419
Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve/Coco Beach (36) – 787-657-2000
The St. Regis Bahia Beach (18) – 787-809-8000
Caguas Real (18) – 787-653-1573
Royal Isabela (18) – 787-609-5888
Deportivo del Oeste (18) – 787-851-8880
Palmas Athletic Club (36) – 787-656-3000
Punta Borinquen (18) – 787-890-2987
El Legado (18) – 787-866-8894
El Conquistador (18) – 787-863-1000

For more information on Island golf courses, resorts, and other destination attractions along with Puerto Rico’s new health and safety guidelines visit: DiscoverPuertoRico.com.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Unboxing Golf Measuring Devices from TecTecTec

The ULT-X Laser Rangefinder and ULT-G GPS Watch provide golfers with accurate tee-to-green measurements. The ULT-X Laser Rangefinder provides advanced, crystal-clear optics, target-locking capabilities and optional slope functionality, which adjusts for elevation. It's extremely accurate—Precise within .3 yards from up to 300 yards out—and comes with a two-year warranty.

The ULT-G GPS Watch provides quick and accurate distances to the front, middle and back of the green, as well as distances to hazards and doglegs. There is no subscription required and more than 38,000 courses from around the world are loaded. It's everything your golfers need, and nothing they don't.

Learn more at www.us.tectectec.com.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Dustin Johnson Wins Travelers Championship with SIM Driver and Truss Putter

Team TaylorMade's Dustin Johnson wins the Travelers Championship keeping his streak of winning every season on the PGA TOUR since turning professional in 2008.

(Carlsbad, Calif.) - In just the third event back since the PGA TOUR re-start, TaylorMade's Dustin Johnson added two SIM Max rescues and a Truss TB1 putter to his bag at TPC River Highlands to claim a one-shot victory in the Travelers Championship. His first win in 2020, Dustin Johnson now has 21 wins on the PGA TOUR and ties Tiger Woods with the most number of PGA TOUR wins since 2008 (the year DJ turned pro).

Dustin made some key changes to his bag this week adding a brand new putter, Truss TB1 and two SIM Max rescues. DJ has switched between blade and mallet style putters during his career, loving the look and feel of a blade, but the stability and roll with mallets. With Truss, he has the stability through the truss structure on the hosel and the roll from the PureRoll™ insert. Here are the specs of his Truss TB1:
- Loft: 3°
- Lie: 70°
- Length: 35.75"
- Swing Weight: E0
- Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT

Using a SIM driver, SIM Max fairway, two SIM Max rescues and a TP5 golf ball, DJ carded rounds of 69-64-61-67 to win by 1 shot at -19.

- DJ maintains his streak of having won in each of the last 13 seasons on PGA TOUR since turning pro
- Maiden victory on the PGA TOUR for SIM driver and Truss putter
- This was the first week DJ had used Truss TB1
- DJ gained +1.532 strokes in Putting this week at Travelers Championship
- Dustin jumps to number 3 in the OWGR
- DJ now ties Tiger Woods for the most number of PGA TOUR wins (21) since 2008

- SIM 10.5° driver
- SIM Max 15.0° fairway
- SIM Max 19.0° rescue
- SIM Max 22.0 rescue
- P730 4-PW irons
- MG2 52° and 60° wedges
- Truss TB1 putter
- TP5X ball #1

GOLF Channel's 'Big Break' Marathons Conclude Monday w/ 'Big Break Ka'anapali' (5 am-6 pm ET)

Series Features Diverse Cast of 12 Female Aspiring Professional Golfers;
21 Big Break Seasons Available on GOLFPASS

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – GOLF Channel concludes its three-month run of ‘Big Break’ marathons on Monday with an encore presentation of Big Break Ka’anapali, the ninth of 23 seasons of the series, featuring a cast of 12 female aspiring professional golfers competing for an LPGA Tour tournament exemption, cash and prizes.

Premiering in 2008 and produced on location at Ka’anapali Golf Courses in Maui, the Big Break Ka’anapali encore will air in its entirety on Monday from 5 a.m.-6 p.m. ET. The 12-episode season features a diverse cast of 12 female professional golfers competing in a variety of skills challenges from tee-to-green. Eliminations take place during the course of the series, with the last player standing awarded her ‘Big Break.’

The finale featured an 18-hole championship match between Sophie Sandolo and Kim Welch. Tied after the first nine holes, Welch took control of the match on the second nine to ultimately defeat Sandolo 4 & 3. As a result of her victory, Welch earned an exemption to compete in the 2008 Navistar LPGA Classic and had all entry fees waived on the 2009 Futures Tour (now Symetra Tour).

Since her victory, Welch has competed professionally full-time. She earned her LPGA Tour card for the 2010 and 2012 seasons and has recorded more than 20 top-10 finishes on the Symetra Tour, including one win. She will compete on the Symetra Tour in 2020 when the Tour resumes.

Members of the cast are scheduled to engage on Twitter throughout the day on Monday using #BigBreak.

The cast of Big Break Ka’anapali include:
Lori Atsedes
Dana Bates
Susan Choi
Courtney Erdman
Adrienne Gautreaux-McDonald
Samantha Head
Christina Lecuyer
Tina (Miller) Lloyd
Sophie Sandolo (Runner-Up)
Cirbie Sheppard
Elizabeth Stuart
Kim Welch (Winner)

TWENTY-ONE BIG BREAK SEASONS AVAILABLE ON GOLFPASS: 21 seasons of Big Break are now available on GOLFPASS, golf’s only comprehensive digital membership that offers everything golfers love about the game. Seasons currently available including Big Break I; Big Break II: Las Vegas; Big Break III: Ladies Only; Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe; Big Break V: Hawaii; Big Break VI: Trump National; Big Break VII: Reunion; Big Break Mesquite, Big Break Sandals Resorts, Big Break Ka’anapali, Big Break Prince Edward Island, Big Break X: Michigan, Big Break Dominican Republic, Big Break Indian Wells, Big Break Ireland, Big Break Atlantis, Big Break Greenbrier, Big Break Mexico, Big Break Florida, Big Break Myrtle Beach and Big Break The Palm Beaches.

The Big Break series concept, which was at the forefront of the reality competition craze started by Survivor in the late 1990’s, features professional golfers competing in skills challenges that test their physical abilities and mental toughness, finding themselves in situations when these words from legendary golfer Ben Hogan were never proven more true: “The most important shot in golf is the next one.” On Big Break, the competitors must perform or be eliminated.

Champions from each season of Big Break received his or her “Big Break,” exemption(s) to compete on the world’s top professional tours. Big Break provided break-out opportunities for current tour professionals, including Wesley Bryan, Matt Every, Tony Finau, Tommy Gainey, Kristy McPherson, Ryann O’Toole, Piller, Jackie Stoelting and Richy Werenski.

The series also featured other memorable characters like Sara Brown (Big Break Sandals Resorts), Mark Farnham (Big Break I), Eddie Gardino (Big Break IV: USA vs Europe), Andrew Giuliani (Big Break Dominican Republic), Mark Murphy (Big Break Ireland), Chad Pfeifer (Big Break The Palm Beaches), Anthony Rodriguez (Big Break VIII: Mesquite) and Bri Vega (Big Break VI: Trump National), among many others.

GOLF Channel Upcoming “Big Break Mondays” Programming Schedule

Monday, June 29 Big Break Ka’anapali

GOLFPASS Big Break Programming:

Available to Stream Now:    
Big Break I
Big Break II: Las Vegas
Big Break III: Ladies Only
Big Break IV: USA vs Europe
Big Break V: Hawaii
Big Break VI: Trump National
Big Break VII: Reunion
Big Break Mesquite
Big Break Prince Edward Island
Big Break X: Michigan
Big Break Ka’anapali
Big Break Sandals Resorts
Big Break Dominican Republic
Big Break Indian Wells
Big Break Ireland
Big Break Atlantis
Big Break Greenbrier
Big Break Mexico
Big Break Florida
Big Break Myrtle Beach
Big Break The Palm Beaches

Friday, June 26, 2020

New Golf Ball Outperforms All Brands in Distance and Dispersion

(FORT WORTH, Texas) – Recently, the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas hosted the Charles Schwab Challenge after a 92-day hiatus due to COVID-19. But Fort Worth isn’t just home to one of the nation’s premier golf courses – it is also home to Quantix Golf Inc., a company who has now created the highest-performance golf balls on the market and the first golf ball company in Fort Worth since Ben Hogan started his company in 1953.

Acclaimed golf ball designer Larry Cadorniga is best known for his work in creating the Titleist Tour Balata, as well as golf balls for Maxfli, Nike, and Top Golf. Cadorniga’s latest work is the F18 Tour and F35 Control as the Chief Engineer of Quantix Golf.

Ean Martin, Co-Founder, and Chief Executive Officer, said, “As a Direct-to-Consumer ball company, our goal with creating these golf balls has always been to give the player the greatest opportunity for success on the golf course … it all starts with the right golf ball.”

Quantix Golf announced that the leading independent laboratory, Golf Labratories Inc., recently tested the F18 Tour and F35 Control against current top industry offerings. The laboratory found that the F35 Control and F18 Tour had pinpoint accuracy and leading distance, with the F18 Tour taking the crown as the longest ball in golf. Both the F18 Tour and F35 Control are on the Conforming list for the USGA and R&A and approved for tournament play. (Test Results Included Below Under Related Files).

Golf Laboratories, Inc. has been an industry-standard in independent, unbiased golf equipment testing since 1990. In 1994, Parente designed and built the first Golf Laboratories robot. The robots have become the testing standard in golf, with 48 purchased worldwide by nearly all major equipment manufacturers, the USGA and R&A. Golf Laboratories has conducted testing for every major manufacturer in the golf industry.

The F18 Tour, which has taken the lead as the longest ball in golf, is comprised of a cast urethane cover with a three-piece ball design, giving players performance from tee to green. The F35 Control is also a three-piece golf ball with a propriety Ionomer Cover giving you distance and low spin off the tee for optimal forgiveness, paired with higher iron spin to give players the most control in iron play.

Steve Jurgensen, PGA Touring Professional, said, “One of the reasons I love the F18 Tour ball is because, for once, I don’t have to give up any aspect of golf ball performance in exchange for another … Distance, Feel, and Green Side Spin is all there with no sacrifices.”

Visit and order online at www.quantixgolf.com.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

John Ashworth Will Walk, Play 108 Golf Holes to Raise Awareness, Dunds for 'Feeding San Diego'

Ashworth’s golfing marathon will provide food assistance throughout the community of San Diego

(OCEANSIDE, Calif.) – John Ashworth, golf apparel innovator as well as Co-Founder and President of Linksoul, has pledged to walk and complete 108 golf holes at the Goat Hill Park Golf Course in Oceanside on Monday, June 29th. His quest is to raise money for the non-profit organization — Feeding San Diego. The leading hunger relief and food rescue establishment in San Diego.

Ashworth annually takes on the 108 golf hole challenge to raise money for the North County Junior Golf Association (NCJGA) Caddie and Leadership Academy but due to the pandemic their schedule was greatly reduced, so he sought out another non-profit that could benefit from his journey. San Diego has seen a 50% increase in hunger. One in eight people in San Diego County, including one in six children, face hunger. So, he decided to help his own community.

“I am attempting to raise $25,000 or enough money for 100,000 healthy meals. One dollar makes four healthy meals. Please join me and support this effort by donating an amount per hole. Possibly add incentives for birdies, eagles, and aces. Or if it is easier, a flat amount is appreciated, and no amount is too small,” said Ashworth.

Now, due to school and business closures, job losses, rising food costs, disruptions to the food supply and economic instability, food assistance is more important than ever.

Please click this link below to make a pledge: https://pledgeit.org/unlimitedgoodwill

To learn more about Feeding San Diego and its COVID-19 response, visit feedingsandiego.org/coronavirus.

Toptracer Caters to A Younger, Diverse Audience with Launch of “Go Fish” at Toptracer Range Locations

(DALLAS) – Toptracer, a Topgolf Entertainment Group product and the world’s leading ball-tracking technology revolutionizing how fans watch, play and practice golf, today unveiled “Go Fish” at its 250 Toptracer Range locations worldwide.

Catering to a new generation of young golfers and non-traditional consumers looking to level up their range experience, “Go Fish” can be played individually or as a team of up to four people. Players bid to capture each of the 24 different sea creatures in their virtual aquarium by hitting shots to various targets on the driving range. As with other game modes, players can sign into the Toptracer Range app to view progress and compare scores with friends.

“Go Fish is the latest development in our pursuit to make Toptracer Range technology the most inclusive platform in golf,” said Toptracer President, Ben Sharpe. “We want to make the game of golf more accessible for everybody, not just the regular golfer. This is the next step in our journey to grow the game among traditional and non-traditional audiences and introduce younger people to our sport in an entertaining and engaging way, that’ll keep them coming back for more.”

Designed to create a diverse and far-reaching appeal, “Go Fish” is a key feature in a series of large-scale updates and improvements the company has implemented this summer. Visitors can now tee it up at the 2019 PGA Championship venue, Bethpage Black and the site of the 2021 Open Championship, Royal St George’s, in Virtual Golf mode. Toptracer Range Mobile users can now enjoy a new “Capture the Flag” game designed to improve accuracy and consistency.

To locate your nearest Toptracer Range facility and check out all the new offerings from virtual golf at Royal St. George’s and Bethpage Black to “Go Fish” and “Capture the Flag,” visit www.toptracer.com/range.

Primland Appoints Isaac Olivo as New Executive Chef

Luxurious Virginia Resort Combines Chef Olivo’s Masterful Techniques in French and American Cuisine with its Esteemed Farm-to-Table Dining Program

(MEADOWS OF DAN, VIRGINIA) – Primland, the boutique resort set on 12,000 acres of pristine Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwestern Virginia, announces today that Isaac Olivo has been named its new Executive Chef.

Chef Isaac Olivo
A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Olivo comes to Primland from Amorette, a fine dining restaurant in Lancaster, PA, where he was Executive Chef. He also brings over a decade of experience from Relais & Châteaux's Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa in Connecticut, The Peninsula New York, Jean-Georges in New York City and Chefs Michael Mina and Tom Colicchio.

At Primland, Olivo oversees a food and beverage program renowned for working closely with local growers and purveyors to hand-select the freshest, most innovative organic and sustainable ingredients to provide a true “farm-to-table” experience. Dining venues at the resort include elements, the elegant signature restaurant, the 19th Hole, a lively bar with casual, hearty pub fare, and Stables Saloon, which provides a rustic and secluded setting on the second floor of a former horse stable.

“Chef Isaac’s deep passion and skills are a perfect match for Primland’s proven track record and standard of excellence,” said Steve Helms, Primland Vice President. “His masterful techniques in French and American cuisine bring a seasonal and contemporary experience to Primland.”

A New York City native, Olivo’s love for cooking came from his father and grandmother.  As a young boy he would spend time in the kitchen with his grandmother cooking for family gatherings during the summer.

When not in the kitchen, Olivo enjoys fishing, hunting and the outdoors, an ideal fit for Primland, which boasts an array of amenities that include the highly ranked Highland Course, RTV trail riding, shooting sporting clays, fly fishing, hiking, nature walks, biking, star gazing in the acclaimed Observatory, and more.

For more details about Primland, visit Primland.com or call (276) 222-3800 or (866) 960-7746.

Dynamic Brands Acquires Premium Umbrella Company Haas-Jordan

(Richmond, VA) – Dynamic Brands is excited to announce their acquisition of market leading umbrella company, Haas-Jordan. The acquisition adds another recognizable sports and recreational brand to a strong portfolio which includes Bag Boy, Burton, Datrek Golf, Devant Sport Towels, IGOTCHA, SEARCH 'N RESCUE and FLAGPOLE-TO-GO.

Haas-Jordan was founded in 1899 by the Hull brothers in Toledo, Ohio. The company is specifically known for their golf umbrellas, as well as fashion umbrellas, custom umbrellas, folding umbrellas, apparel and drinkware. In 1942, with the assistance of famed PGA Tour player Byron Nelson, Haas-Jordan designed and built the first American style golf umbrella, a design which combines large size, dense fabric weave and a double rib frame for added strength. Later in 1959, they were the first manufacturer to silk screen umbrellas. Then in 1961, Haas-Jordan introduced the first all fiberglass frame and fiberglass shaft.

“We are thrilled to add the Haas-Jordan Company to Dynamic Brands’ portfolio of premium brands,” said Leighton Klevana, CEO at Dynamic Brands. “Haas-Jordan has built a strong reputation as an industry leader for over 100 years, providing extraordinary products and superior customer service to thousands of green grass, retail and corporate customers.

For more information on Haas-Jordan, visit www.haas-jordan.com or call 1-800-955-2269.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

GOLFNOW Helps Detroit's Boulder Pointe Welcome Back Golfers in Record Numbers

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – As golf across the northern U.S. rebounds and golf clubs throughout Michigan begin to welcome back golfers in record numbers with the help of GOLFNOW pre-paid technology, Boulder Pointe Golf Club stands as a leader in metro Detroit, enjoying a record 190 percent, year-over-year increase in online rounds sold year to date.

During this time, Boulder Pointe also has seen its online revenue more than double year over year, making it the online rounds leader among golf clubs in the entire Detroit market.

A long-time GOLFNOW partner, Boulder Pointe first began posting rounds inside GOLFNOW’s industry-leading tee-time marketplace in 2013 and has incorporated additional technologies and services over the subsequent years. The golf club also utilizes GOLFNOW Reservations point-of-sale and booking engine technology, Premium Marketing Program, Answers telephone service, as well as professional guidance with inventory and revenue management through the GOLFNOW Plus service.

In order to adhere to safety protocols issued by the state of Michigan in April due to COVID-19, Boulder Pointe also began utilizing GOLFNOW’s pre-paid technology, which allows golfers to book tee times and pay online in advance.

“We have had a great working relationship with the GOLFNOW team for several years – they listen to our needs and respond quickly to accommodate,” said Rich Morgan, PGA, Director of Golf and Head Professional at Boulder Pointe Golf Club. “From our Orlando contacts to the local and regional management team, all of our needs are exceeded. We were able to completely shift our tee sheet to 100 percent pre-paid in a matter of two days, which allowed us to continue to expand our golf revenue while maintaining lower staffing levels.”

Morgan also points to the recent Memorial Day weekend as an example of the power of pre-paid. Rounds sold online represented 67 percent of the total revenue generated by Boulder Pointe over the holiday weekend, compared to 29 percent in 2019.

PING signs Sahith Theegala, College Player of the Year

(PHOENIX) – PING has agreed to terms on an endorsement contract with Sahith Theegala, winner of the 2020 Haskins Award as the best player in men's college golf, announced PING President John K. Solheim. Theegala also received the prestigious Ben Hogan Award, which considers all amateur competition over the past 12 months. Theegala, a 3-time NCAA All-American at Pepperdine University, had two tournament victories and several high finishes during his senior year, plus he was the wire-to-wire winner at the Australian Master of the Amateurs in January 2020.

Sahith Theegala
Theegala, 22, will make his first PGA Tour start as a professional at this week’s Travelers Championship, playing on a sponsor’s exemption.

“We’re delighted by the success Sahith has enjoyed at every level, and for all the awards and accolades coming his way -- they are well deserved,” Solheim said. “He’s played PING clubs for years, so we’ve had a front-row seat for his steady rise. We’ve watched him win and seen him battle back from injury to win again, which is evidence of his commitment and desire to succeed at the highest level. We’re thrilled to have him as part of the PING team.”

Theegala is excited to begin his quest to earn his PGA Tour card as a member of PING’s staff. “It’s really gratifying to reach this point where I can pursue my lifelong dream, and the people at PING have been an important part of my support network,” he said. “PING clubs have always felt comfortable, they fit my swing perfectly, and provide me the confidence I need to take this next step in my career. I’m looking forward to representing PING, a company that enjoys a reputation for engineering the highest-performing golf equipment in the world.”

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The contract requires Theegala to carry a minimum of 11 PING clubs, two of which must be a driver and putter. He will wear PING-branded headwear and have a PING Tour staff bag. Currently in his bag: a G410 LST driver, G410 hybrid, iBlade and Blueprint irons, Glide 2.0 wedges, and a PING TR 1966 Anser 2 putter.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Troon Partnering with The National Links Trust to Manage Operations at D.C. Public Golf Courses

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in club management, development, and marketing, is pleased to announce it is partnering with The National Links Trust (NLT), a non-profit entity formed to preserve and protect affordable, accessible and architecturally engaging public access golf, to manage the operations for East Potomac Park, Langston and Rock Creek Park golf courses in Washington, DC.  The National Links Trust was recently selected by the National Park Service (NPS) to negotiate a long-term lease for the rehab and operation of the three historic golf properties. The NPS and NLT will begin negotiations immediately with the goal of having a lease in place no later than September 30, 2020.

Renowned golf course architects Tom Doak, Gil Hanse and Beau Welling will provide design services for renovation work on the courses, while golf developer Mike Keiser is serving as senior advisor to the NLT. The NLT is also partnering with civic, philanthropic and environmental organizations such as First Tee of Greater Washington, DC, Golf. My Future. My Game., Anacostia Watershed and many others.

“Troon is proud, and honored, to be part of The National Links Trust’s all-star team and share in their vision and commitment to bring these historic courses back to their original prominence,” said Tim Schantz, president and chief executive officer, Troon. “We look forward to being a part of delivering accessible, affordable and engaging public golf to the DC area.”

The National Links Trust has proposed on a multi-year, multi-million-dollar investment in the restoration and rehabilitation of the golf properties, while simultaneously developing and maintaining environmentally sound open spaces and parks for the benefit of the community, both golfers and non-golfers.

“These properties are more than just golf courses,” said Michael McCartin, co-founder of NLT. “They are unique cultural and recreational resources with a long and commendable record of offering affordable access to the game of golf. Our plan calls for celebrating the history of the three golf courses, particularly their role in the integration of public golf and recreational facilities in both the greater Washington D.C. area and the nation. We are honored to take on the responsibility of revitalizing these remarkable properties and look forward to expanding recreational opportunities for underserved communities, including seniors, veterans, individuals with disabilities and those new to golf.”

For more information on The National Links Trust, visit www.nationallinkstrust.com.

The Sea Pines Resort to Host Lighthouse Invitational in September

Top three golf courses on Hilton Head Island featured in men’s, women’s amateur team event

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) — The Sea Pines Resort will host its annual Lighthouse Invitational–a two-person team competition for men and women amateurs—from Sept. 17-20, 2020.

The “destination tournament” showcases the Hilton Head Island’s top three ranked courses, all part of The Sea Pines Resort—Heron Point by Pete Dye, Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III, and historic Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing and rated the #1 course in South Carolina in 2019.  All three courses are Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries.

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

Tournament registration options include:
- Single Golfer $1,299
- Single Golfer and Non-Golfing Partner $1,849
- Two Golfers $2,598

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

The Sea Pines Resort has been a quiet retreat for more than 60 years, its 5,000 oceanfront acres spanning the southern third of Hilton Head Island. This part of the South Carolina coastline encourages exploration, as visitors refresh their spirit in a relaxed, luxury resort environment and enjoy a choice of seven dining venues including award-winning restaurants, festive taverns, and casual waterfront cafés.

Along with world-class golf, The Sea Pines Resort offers an array of outdoor activities for individuals, families, and groups, including five miles of sandy beach shoreline and a 15-mile network of manicured paths for walking and biking. Fishing, boating, and a full spectrum of popular watersports also are available. The Sea Pines Racquet Club is a premier resource for tennis enthusiasts, while the fitness center, complimentary to all resort guests, is outfitted with state-of-the-art cardio equipment and Technogym strength machines.

Registration for the 2020 Lighthouse Invitational is now open. For more details, or to register for the event visit lighthouseinvitational.com, call (843) 842-8484, or e-mail ktalmadge@seapines.com.

PUMA Golf Joins the RS Revolution, Bringing Retro Running Show Vibes to the Golf Course

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – PUMA Golf, long revered as a trend-setter and innovator in the golf footwear space, continues to push the envelope, with its new RS-G shoe. Inspired by PUMA’s extremely popular RS series of shoes first introduced in the 80’s and recently rebooted with multiple drops in 2019 and 2020, the RS-G (Running System – Golf) delivers unconventional, lifestyle-inspired vibes with all the performance technologies needed to play 18.

Incorporating the same, bold, chunky silhouette as the sportstyle version, the RS-G’s reengineered upper is seam-sealed and completely waterproof, with microfiber leather and TPU skin that delivers protection from the elements, keeping your feet dry all day long. The outsole traction pattern has exaggerated and pronounced Carbon Rubber lugs strategically placed in different zones of the outsole to provide traction while the performance Fusion Foam midsole delivers improved, bounce-back cushioning combined with a Softfoam sockliner for the ultimate step-in comfort.

“The RS-G shoes are the perfect combination of street and sports style combined with modern technologies and updates that make them relevant to today’s golfer,” said Andrew Lawson, PLM Footwear, PUMA Golf.  “Once you put these shoes on, you’re not going to want to golf in anything else.”

The RS-G shoes are available for both men and women in a variety of eye-catching colorways (Vaporous Gray/Thyme/Pureed Pumpkin; White/Quiet Shade/Quarry; and Black/Quiet Shade/Dark Shadow for men, and the same Vaporous Gray/Pureed Pumpkin, White/Quiet Shade and a stunning Peachskin/High Rise color for women). The shoes feature a price of $130 per pair and will be available online and at retail beginning June 23, 2020.

For more information on PUMA Golf’s entire 2020 footwear collection, visit pumagolf.com.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Circling Raven Soars; Business Exceeding 2019 Performance with Customer Commitment Amid Pandemic and Strategic Leadership

Photo: @BrianOar
(Worley, Idaho) – Despite the pandemic and an unprecedented business environment, Circling Raven Golf Club – the No. 1-rated public course in Idaho and amenity of Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel – has exceeded year-to date (YTD) performance in multiple categories.

Year-to-Date Greens Fee revenue is up by 40%, Total Rounds have increased by 37%, Golf Merchandise Retail Sales are up by 4%, and Total Revenue has soared by 27% compared to 2019.

The exceptional business performance stands out given that it is being accomplished during the COVID-19 outbreak, a time when Circling Raven froze playing fees at below peak season rates. This management decision was designed to lessen the burden for patrons who are seeking a safe, healthy recreational outlet amid the course’s 620 acres, ideal for social distancing.

“This is a win-win for the golf club and our players,” said David Christenson, PGA, Circling Raven Director of Golf. “We wanted to do the right thing for people, but we also have fiscal responsibilities. We are grateful that our guests judge us to be a safe, fun haven at an exceptional value. We are encouraged with the number of new players at the course this season and the repeat rounds that they are playing with us.”

In addition to pure golf, Circling Raven – created by golf course architect Gene Bates – offers a robust schedule of programming activities. Designed for all level and type of player – men, women, couples, children and seniors – the special events are proving popular and well-attended. Upcoming events can be found at https://www.cdacasino.com/events/category/golf/ and include:
• June 29 – Junior Golf (for kids ages 7-15 every Monday through summer)
• June 30 – Two for Tuesday (1 pm – 5 pm)
• July 4 – Fourth of July Shotgun Start (at 1:30 pm, $49 a player)
• July 10 – Date Night with Free Concert on the Green
• July 14 – “Thank You to Our Hero’s” Event
• July 15 – Nine & Wine (5-week program with free clinic each week)
• July 28 – Family Day at Circling Raven

Separate from the June and July specials, the Advantage Card maximizes patrons receiving Circling Raven perks. Purchasing the card for $129 enables cardholders to receive a complimentary round this season, free entry into an Advantage Cardholder tournament, $10 off the lowest greens fee for each round, supervised practice on the range or clinics with Circling Raven pros, and exclusive benefits throughout the year.

Circling Raven Stay-and-Play Packages begin at $249 and include one night’s stay, double occupancy, and two rounds each at Circling Raven. The packages are complimented 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, hiking ancestral homelands, learning how to weave baskets and create beaded bracelets, and much more.

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

Friday, June 19, 2020

Poconos Family Resort Reopens Debuting its New “Resort Responsibly” Program

Now fully reopened under Pennsylvania’s “Green Phase,” Woodloch Pines has implemented an extensive set of protocols to ensure the safety of its staff, guests, and the local community.

(Hawley, PA) – The toll that the Covid-19 pandemic has taken in recent months has flipped the hospitality industry on its head, requiring properties across the world to change immensely and adapt rapidly to a tremendous amount of new operating procedures. One such property, Woodloch Pines, an all-inclusive family resort in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, has embraced these challenges with open arms and made “Resort Responsibly” its new mantra.

The safety of its staff, guests, and the local community has always been of paramount importance to Woodloch. The “Resort Responsibly” program has taken this commitment to the next level, detailing protocols for every department in order to ensure strictest sanitization property-wide and adhere to social distancing guidelines. While operation may look a bit different in the midst of this new normal, the Woodloch experience continues to remain true to its tagline, “Together is the best place to be.”

After remaining closed for over two months, the Poconos resort first reopened on June 5th following the guidance of the State of Pennsylvania’s “Yellow Phase.” On June 19th, it moves into the “Green Phase” of reopening, allowing all activities as well in-restaurant dining to resume. The “Resort Responsibly” program addresses six key areas of operation, which are outlined below:

Reciprocal Promises
Woodloch promises to protect the safety of all parties and asks guests to follow suit. This entails taking necessary precautions to ensure social distancing measures, proper hand hygiene, and the use of masks.

The Woodloch Wellness Standard & Housekeeping
Exceeding the recommended guidance set by the state of Pennsylvania and CDC, the Poconos resort has created a full-time Safety Department to oversee guest and staff safety. Their primary focus will be infection control and prevention.
Public areas and frequent touchpoints will be vigorously sanitized with hospital-grade cleaners.
Woodloch will implement practices in accordance with the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Safe Stay program, the hospitality industry’s gold standard in cleaning.
Housekeeping Safety Inspectors will certify and seal rooms as clean.
The resort has invested in technology to minimize the necessary amount of contact between guests and staff.

Activities, amenities and entertainment
The family resort’s 1,500-acre property features nature trails for hiking and biking as well as an expansive lake for swimming and a variety of boating activities.
Amenities include: indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, go-carts, archery, paintball, shuffleboard, trap shoot, mini golf, escape rooms, horseshoes, bocce, and a brand-new playground.
Activities featured include: game show contests, athletic competitions, trivia contests, scavenger hunts and hallmark guest favorites such as Cupcake Wars, a baking competition where creativity reigns supreme.
Guests can enjoy both indoor and outdoor entertainment such as movie nights, variety acts, comedians, and live music. Multiple seating times will be available for indoor acts to ensure adherence to social distancing measures.
Golf is also available at neighboring Woodloch Springs, a championship 18-hole golf course.
A la carte spa treatments at the family resort’s sister property, The Lodge at Woodloch, are available on a limited basis.

Dining Experience
Indoor and outdoor dining is now available.
Indoor tables will be spaced appropriately and additional seating times may be available to ensure proper social distancing.
Take-out dining will be available during set hours for both breakfast and dinner.

Check-in and Check-out
Upon arrival and prior to entering, each guest’s temperature will be taken curbside. One person from each party will be allowed to enter the main office for check-in.
Check-out can be completed over the phone, and receipts can be emailed.
There will be no daily housekeeping, but guests have the option to receive contact-free delivery of room amenities, linens, and sundries.

Staff Policies and Procedures
Approved PPE will be given to all staff members, and they will be required to wear masks while on property, both indoors and out.
Temperatures will be taken upon arrival to work each shift.
Contact tracing measures have been implemented in the unlikely event of exposure for our staff and our guests’ protection.
The resort’s Safety Department will hold weekly meetings, educating employees about symptom recognition, cleaning and sanitizing procedures, proper hand and personal hygiene as well as protocol guidance.
All food and beverage employees will follow Serv-Safe guidelines.

“Maintaining the health and safety of our guests and staff is of the utmost importance to us, and we are committed to going above and beyond to protect them during these unprecedented times. Since we first opened in 1958, the core elements of the Woodloch experience have always been about togetherness and fun. Although we have had to make some adjustments, we are elated to have reopened. We remain more dedicated than ever to delivering our signature brand of excellence and warm hospitality,” said Brad Kiesendahl, C.E.O of Woodloch Pines.

To obtain more information, visit www.woodloch.com/special-statement/.

Duca del Cosma Pairs Up with the Gals On and Off The Green

Forthcoming Pittsburgh event heralds start of new trunk show focus

(RELEASE) — Premium Italian golf fashion brand Duca del Cosma has teamed up with the Gals On and Off The Green to spotlight its contemporary golf shoes at a women's retail store in Pittsburgh later this month (24-28 June).

At the forthcoming in-store Trunk show, as many as 40 fashion-conscious golfers will be shown the latest KUBANA and MARQUESSA styles from the Duca del Cosma 202/21 collection and introduced to the high quality leather construction and distinctive color choices available.

Gals On and Off The Green has been offering stylish sport and casual wear for women of all shapes and sizes since 2004. They're an enthusiastic team of fashion professionals that present a world-class selection of products and styles in a wide choice of sizes - ranging from sporty chic or professional, to country club classic or simply feminine. In addition to helping women golfers to look and feel their best both on and off the golf course, they also provide their brand partners with valuable feedback on product perceptions.

"As a leader in golf shoe design from classic on-course lines to sporty off-course styles, Duca del Cosma is uniquely placed to offer the Gals On and Off The Green team with all the styles and color options they need to satisfy the demand from fashionable golfers," said Steve Gray, Vice President of Sales for Duca del Cosma in North America. "In addition to being on display for the duration of the five-day show, the Duca del Cosma shoes will be available for sale," he added.

According to Jackie Sorrenti, Founder of Gals On and Off The Green, the association with the Duca del Cosma brand adds an exciting dimension. "We've been associated with other established golfing brands for over a decade, so it's very refreshing to introduce our customers to another exclusive, premium brand that has so much to offer in terms of performance golf shoes that work both on and off the golf course. It promises to be a big “WOW” for many of our customers and our team members too," she added.

Chic and sporty at the same time, the signature KUBANA golf shoe is available in six color choices, including a Silver/Zebra print option. The zebra prints are crafted of flexible neoprene and beautifully juxtaposed on each side. Solid silver laminate adds definition and balance. Comfort is key, so the shoe contains an Arneflex insole, waterproof bootie system and high-density open-cell foam for unrivalled cushioning. The result is exceptional breathability and anti-bacterial shock absorption. An Airplay III outsole ensures traction and stability, helping to achieve the perfect golf swing.

The waterproof, lightweight MARQUESSA style also includes fashionable Silver and Animal Print/Gold models. The Animal Print/Gold shoe is fun to wear and features prints inspired by the majestic giraffe. Solid gold laminates add classy definition, while the leather-topped Arneflex memory foam insole provides outstanding comfort and support.

Duca del Cosma was founded in Italy two decades ago and has revolutionized the world of golf fashion for modern golfers, having introduced the first spikeless golf shoe in 2004. The shoes are designed and hand-crafted in Europe and sold in more than 30 countries worldwide. Each pair comes with a second pair of laces in a different color, so the golfer can color-match the shoes with the clothing. The women's FESTIVA and men's LA SPEZIA models were rated by Golf Digest among its Best Golf Shoes of 2020.

The event is being staged at 7440 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 from June 24-28, 2020. For more details about Duca del Cosma range visit www.ducadelcosma.us and for Gals On and Off the Green visit www.galsonandoffthegreen.com.

Fourth USAGA International Para-Golf Championship to be Contested at Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas

Arcis Golf to Welcome Competitive Golfers, October 20-22  

(Burr Ridge, Ill.) - The United States Adaptive Golf Alliance (USAGA), comprised of 38 national adaptive golf organizations, will hold the USAGA International Para-Golf Championship at Bear Creek Golf Club, an Arcis Golf property, in Dallas, Texas, October 20-22, 2020.

The USAGA International Para-Golf Championship includes golfers with various physical and sensory challenges (para-golfers) from around the world and is played in accordance with world ranking (WR4GD) standards, the United States Adaptive Golf Ranking system (USAGR), and the IPC Protocol. This is the fourth time the USAGA has hosted and organized this International Championship. Last year’s International Championship was held at Arcis Golf’s Desert Pines Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Chad Pfeifer, retired United States Army infantry paratrooper, is the overall men’s defending champion and also won the first USAGA International Para-Golf Championship in 2016.  Pfeifer lost his left leg during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007. The overall women’s defending champion is Patti Valero and the overall seniors defending champion is Vic McClelland. For a list of individual winners in each category, click here: https://tinyurl.com/y9xkgdx6.

“The USAGA’s long-term objective of inclusion comes to the forefront at this event,” says USAGA Chairman E.Q. Sylvester. “The International Para-Golf Championship is all-inclusive and reflects the broad spectrum of all disabled players. The USAGA brings joy and a sense of freedom to 40,000 golfers with disabilities annually and approximately 26% are combat wounded veterans.”

The event has been approved by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and EDGA (formerly the European Disabled Golf Association) as a Counting Event for the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD), where para-golfers can earn points toward the world rankings.

Bear Creek Golf Club, located in the Dallas Fort Worth metro area, features two 18-hole Ted Robinson layouts and is known as one of the area’s premier golf venues for championship events. Golf Digest recognized it as one of the "Top 50 Resort Courses in America" and the Wall Street Journal as one of the "10 Great Places To Play Golf.” Its event amenities, including two expansive event pavilions accommodating groups of up to 1,200 guests - prompted Avid Golfer to name it the "Best Place To Host A Corporate Event."

“Our relationship with the United States Adaptable Golf Alliance allows us to bring more people into the game of golf or bring the game to them,” said Blake Walker, Founder and CEO of Dallas-based Arcis Golf.  “Hosting this national championship in our hometown and welcoming these skilled competitors is an honor for our company.”

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

For more information on the U.S. Adaptive Golf Alliance (USAGA), visit: www.usaga.org.

Additional information about Arcis Golf may be found at www.arcisgolf.com.

Enhancements Underway at Country Club of Roswell

New Kid’s Area, Refreshed Ballroom Part of Ownership Investment

(Roswell, GA) - Country Club of Roswell, the top-rated family club in Fulton County north of Atlanta, will be creating a new Kid’s Area this month and renovating its ballroom by the end of the summer, part of an investment by owners, Concert Golf Partners.

With more than 600 kids and a growing junior member population, it is only fitting that the Kid’s Area take priority.  New flat screen TV’s, gaming systems, arts and crafts tables and play furniture are part of this new 1100-square-foot space designated for both small children and an area for “tweens.”

The 6,000-square-foot ballroom, with a capacity of 300 but flexible for all types of events, is being refreshed and will maintain its’ traditional feel.  New carpeting, paint, decorative lighting (chandeliers, pendant and sconces), and Chiavari event chairs are being added. A private meeting room for business and club events is also in the works.

“We’re a family-oriented club and needed more areas for our youngest members,” said John Spiess, General Manager.  “Engaging kids while their parents participate in golf, tennis and other social activities is important to our membership.”

Country Club of Roswell is a full-service club offering a multitude of programs for athletic, social and corporate uses for its active and engaged membership.  The club also plans to build a splash pad for the kids, an adult bar at the pool, new tennis court LED lights and clay court resurfacing, an outdoor dining courtyard, and a new irrigation system for the golf course. The recapitalization afforded by Concert Golf Partners, which purchased the property in February, will allow these projects and more to become a reality.  

For additional information about Country Club of Roswell and membership opportunities, contact the club at (770) 475-7800.

USGA Launches U.S. Open Victory Club

The official home for U.S. Open fans offers exclusive content, upgraded access and virtual experiences

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced the launch of the Victory Club, the first-ever dedicated U.S. Open fan club, where fans can celebrate the U.S. Open Championship and experience a greater connection to the championship year-round.

The launch of the Victory Club follows the recent introduction of the “From Many, One” U.S. Open brand platform as part of the USGA’s ongoing commitment to elevate the U.S. Open experience for players and fans. While serving as a community of fans for the U.S. Open, the Victory Club offers more direct content, updates and access to the championship than ever before.

“We are excited to provide fans an opportunity to share their passion for the U.S. Open while celebrating the glory, determination and triumph of the championship,” said Craig Annis, chief brand officer of the USGA. “The Victory Club is designed to give fans a direct connection to the U.S. Open. Through engaging content, outreach and exclusive offers, we want to bring the championship to them in ways that we never have been able to before.”

The 120th U.S. Open will be played Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., after it was postponed from its original June dates in April due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Open Victory Club members can expect to receive the latest news and updates leading up to the championship in September, as well as other exciting ways to help them get closer to the action during U.S. Open week.

Benefits of membership in the Victory Club include exclusive ticket offers, limited-edition merchandise and virtual fan experiences. Club members will have access to special offers and personalized championship content 365 days a year, including digital wallpapers, previews of future U.S. Open venues and unique championship stories.

The Victory Club name originates from the U.S. Open Trophy, paying homage to Victoria, the goddess of victory figure that stands atop the 18-inch-tall, sterling silver trophy. In addition to celebrating the championship, the Victory Club will introduce fans to USGA initiatives and the impact that the U.S. Open has on the work of the USGA on behalf of the game.

There is no cost to join the Victory Club. For a limited time, new club members will receive a discount of 25 percent at the official USGA shop. Fans can sign up now at usopen.com/victoryclub.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

'Big Break' Marathons Continue Next Two Mondays w/ Big Break Myrtle Beach and Ka'anapali

Big Break Myrtle Beach (Season 22) Features Six Female and Six Male Aspiring Professional Golfers Competing for Tournament Exemptions and More than $100,000 in Cash and Prizes

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – GOLF Channel continues its ‘Big Break’ marathons on Monday with an encore presentation of Big Break Myrtle Beach, the series’ 22nd season and featuring a cast of six female and six male aspiring professional golfers competing for a PGA TOUR/LPGA Tour tournament exemption and more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.

The following Monday, June 29, GOLF Channel will air Big Break Ka’anapali (11th season), concluding the network’s three-month run of Big Break encore presentations.

Initially premiering in 2014 and taking place at Barefoot Resort & Golf in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Big Break Myrtle Beach will air in its entirety on Monday from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. ET. The 11-episode season features a cast of 12 golfers at different stages of their professional careers. At the time of the production, several were playing full time on the Symetra Tour and various mini tours throughout North America, while others turned professional solely to compete on Big Break Myrtle Beach. The players competed for a sponsor exemption to either the PGA TOUR’s Valspar Championship or the LPGA Tour’s Portland Classic and more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.

The finale featured an 18-hole championship match on the Fazio Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf between Jimmy Brandt and Toph Peterson. All square through the first nine, with Brandt winning three of the next five on the second nine to take a commanding lead. After Peterson failed to convert for par on 17, the match was conceded, with Brandt winning 3&1.

Members of the cast, as well as hosts Tom Abbott and Paige Mackenzie are scheduled to engage on Twitter throughout the day on Monday using #BigBreak.

The cast of Big Break Myrtle Beach include:
- Jimmy Brandt (winner)
- Katie Detlefsen
- Katy Harris
- Charlie Harrison
- Christian Heavens
- Dave Markle
- Toph Peterson (runner-up)
- Carolin Pinegger
- Krista Puisite
- Anthony Quezada
- Tessa Teachman
- Emily Tubert

TWENTY-ONE BIG BREAK SEASONS AVAILABLE ON GOLFPASS: 21 seasons of Big Break are now available on GOLFPASS, golf’s only comprehensive digital membership that offers everything golfers love about the game. Seasons currently available including Big Break I; Big Break II: Las Vegas; Big Break III: Ladies Only; Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe; Big Break V: Hawaii; Big Break VI: Trump National; Big Break VII: Reunion; Big Break Mesquite, Big Break Sandals Resorts, Big Break Ka’anapali, Big Break Prince Edward Island, Big Break X: Michigan, Big Break Dominican Republic, Big Break Indian Wells, Big Break Ireland, Big Break Atlantis, Big Break Greenbrier, Big Break Mexico, Big Break Florida, Big Break Myrtle Beach and Big Break The Palm Beaches.

The Big Break series concept, which was at the forefront of the reality competition craze started by Survivor in the late 1990’s, features professional golfers competing in skills challenges that test their physical abilities and mental toughness, finding themselves in situations when these words from legendary golfer Ben Hogan were never proven more true: “The most important shot in golf is the next one.” On Big Break, the competitors must perform or be eliminated.

Champions from each season of Big Break received his or her “Big Break,” exemption(s) to compete on the world’s top professional tours. Big Break provided break-out opportunities for current tour professionals, including Wesley Bryan, Matt Every, Tony Finau, Tommy Gainey, Kristy McPherson, Ryann O’Toole, Piller, Jackie Stoelting and Richy Werenski.

The series also featured other memorable characters like Sara Brown (Big Break Sandals Resorts), Mark Farnham (Big Break I), Eddie Gardino (Big Break IV: USA vs Europe), Andrew Giuliani (Big Break Dominican Republic), Mark Murphy (Big Break Ireland), Chad Pfeifer (Big Break The Palm Beaches), Anthony Rodriguez (Big Break VIII: Mesquite) and Bri Vega (Big Break VI: Trump National), among many others.

Team TaylorMade’s Charley Hull Captures Inaugural Rose Ladies Series Tournament at Brokenhurst Manor

Hull secures the first event of the anticipated Series on her first week out with the new SIM Driver and TP5 golf ball

(Carlsbad, Calif.) – Team TaylorMade athlete, Charley Hull won the inaugural event of the Rose Ladies Series at Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club, England using a bag of TaylorMade equipment and golf ball. In tough, wet conditions Charley shot a round of level par to secure a play off place, before going on to birdie the first extra hole and claim victory.

Three-Time Tour Winner and current World #25, Charley Hull who has already won on both the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour can now add a Rose Ladies Series title to her list of accomplishments.

- This is Charley’s first week out with TaylorMade’s new SIM Driver which is equipped with an Attas Rockstar 6X shaft
- It is also the first tournament she has put into play a TaylorMade Golf Ball. Charley opts to play TP5 over TP5x due to the little extra spin it offered. Combining SIM driver with TP5 Golf Ball, Charley gained 1mph clubhead speed and 2-3mph ball speed. This resulted in about half a club gain through the bag, alongside a tighter dispersion
- Charley plays the new SIM Max fairway at 15 degrees and SIM Max Rescue at 19 degrees, both of which have V Steel™ technology incorporate into the sole to improve turf interaction and playability from various lies
- Charley is very much a feel-based player and opts to play TaylorMade’s P730 irons from 4-PW equipped with Nippon Modus 120 S shafts
- She plays the RAW Face Milled Grind 2 Wedges in 50, 54 and 60 degrees
- This is the first event of the Rose Ladies Series with 6 more events ahead of the Grand Finals in August

- SIM 10.5 Driver | Attas Rockstar 6X
- SIM Max 15.0 Fairway | Tensei Blue 70 S
- SIM Max 19.0 Rescue | UST iROD 85 S
- P730 Irons | 4 – PW | Nippon Modus 125 S
- MG2 Wedges | 50, 54, 60 | Nippon Modus 120 S
- TP5 Golf Ball

Pebble Beach Company, Tiger Woods release plans for reimagined short course facility at Pebble Beach

New facility will include a nine-hole par-3 short course, a putting course, and an indoor/outdoor food and beverage venue overlooking one of the resort’s most stunning views

(PEBBLE BEACH, CALIF.) – Pebble Beach Company and Tiger Woods, through his TGR Design firm, today released plans to transform the former site of Peter Hay Golf Course. Located directly between the Pebble Beach Pro Shop and Golf Academy, the new facility will include:
· A short course comprised of nine par-3 holes ranging in length from 47 to 106 yards and measuring 670 yards in total;
· A 20,000-square-foot putting course that can be set up in a variety of different hole and routing combinations; and
· A 5,000-square-foot food and beverage venue featuring a full kitchen and bar, indoor seating, and the resort’s largest outdoor patio positioned for expansive views of the short course, putting course, Carmel Bay, and Point Lobos

“We are thrilled to elevate the quality of our short course to a level consistent with our other world-class golf courses,” said Bill Perocchi, Chief Executive Officer of Pebble Beach Company. “You can see the genius of Tiger Woods and TGR Design come to life when you walk the site, the way it all fits together. I expect all aspects of this new facility will be very popular for junior golf events, Resort golfers, outings, resident hang-outs, and everything in between.”

Woods’ design philosophy for the short course is anchored on playability and creativity. His vision is that the course will draw new players to the game, bring families together, and provide a fun golf experience for players of all ages and abilities, while still offering a challenge for skilled players.

“Everyone who plays this golf course is going to enjoy the playability of it,” said Woods. “Golfers will have the choice to play nearly any club off most tees and around the greens, which will make them think and channel their creativity. It will also play differently from day to day depending on the tee and hole locations and wind direction. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I can’t wait to play it.”

In shaping the new course, Woods’ inspiration resulted in dramatic terrain movement and nine holes entirely distinct from the old course. He also reoriented the routing to better capture the views, with four holes now playing directly toward Carmel Bay.

In addition, Woods aligned each hole’s yardage to correspond with a significant year in Pebble Beach history, with accompanying plaques on each tee telling a story and creating the sense guests are walking amongst the Resort’s rich championship heritage as they play. The only exception is the course’s second hole, which will be an exact replica of the famous seventh hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

“Pebble Beach is such an iconic golf destination, we want guests to feel the entirety of that spirit when they play this course. We also know not everyone who comes to Pebble Beach will have a chance to play the U.S. Open course, so we wanted to create the opportunity for all visitors to experience one of its most famous holes,” Woods added.

The Grand Opening of the entire facility is currently scheduled for the Spring of 2021.

For reservations or more information, call 800-654-9300 or visit pebblebeach.com.