Saturday, October 30, 2021

APGC Chairman Welcomes Return to Tournament Action

— Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) Chairman Taimur Hassan Amin has hailed the unprecedented opportunities afforded to the region’s elite young players. 

Speaking in the inaugural edition of a new APGC webinar series, Amin referred to the enviable prizes on offer to participants in the forthcoming Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) and Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific (WAAP). 

He said: “While the winner of next week’s AAC will be awarded a place in the 2022 Masters Tournament and the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews, the winner of the WAAP will gain access to two professional Majors and the Augusta National Women’s Amateur (ANWA). What amazing incentives.” 

Following a barren 18-month period with tournaments unable to proceed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Amin said he was delighted that the APGC’s showpiece championships are proceeding. 

The 12th edition of the AAC is taking place at the Dubai Creek & Yacht Club from November 3-6 with the WAAP following at Abu Dhabi Golf Club from November 10-13. 

Despite the frustrations of the enforced inactivity since early 2020, Amin praised the efforts of Asia-Pacific golfers who have stamped an indelible mark on the game during these difficult times. 

He highlighted Hideki Matsuyama’s win at the Masters, CT Pan’s bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Major LPGA titles for Patty Tavatanakit and Yuka Saso, men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking number one Keita Nakajima being crowned as winner of the Mark McCormack Medal, Tsubasa Kajitani winning the ANWA and Atthaya Thitikul dominating the Ladies European Tour. 

Amin said: “That’s an impressive list of successes from players who have all progressed from APGC events. 

“As a two-time winner of the AAC, Hideki’s victory at Augusta National was an especially proud moment, not just for me but for all my predecessors as Chairman of the APGC, and all those who have been part of the Confederation’s journey. 

“Gratitude and thanks also go to The R&A and Augusta National for their vision and support, without which these opportunities for the players would not be available.” 

During the wide-ranging interview with APGC Communications Manager Spencer Robinson, Amin also discusses the Confederation’s forthcoming annual general meeting and the prospects for the return of more tournaments to the schedule in 2022. 

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Friday, October 29, 2021

Pete Dye Course at French Lick Named in Top 20 of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses

(FRENCH LICK, Indiana)
— Amid a record year for business at French Lick Resort’s three golf courses, more accolades continue to roll in from the nation’s leading golf publications.

Last month, The Pete Dye Course at French Lick was named in the Top 20 of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, as awarded by Golf Digest. Coming in at #19, The Pete Dye Course was one of just two Indiana courses to make the list, earning elite company near the top of the rankings alongside other legendary properties including Pebble Beach (ranked #1), Whistling Straits, Pinehurst and Bethpage Black.

Golf Digest named The Pete Dye Course “Best New Public Course of 2009” when it opened in April of that year, and it has made Golf Digest’s “100 Greatest” rankings every year since 2011.

Award streaks continued in 2021 for both of the resort’s championship 18-hole courses. In GolfWeek’s “Best You Can Play” in Indiana rankings, The Pete Dye Course at French Lick earned the #1 spot, while The Donald Ross Course at French Lick came in at #2. It’s the 12th consecutive year that the Dye course has occupied the #1 position on this list, while the Ross course has followed right behind at #2 for 11 years running. 

Additionally, The Donald Ross Course which traces its roots back to 1917 was named to Historic Hotels of America’s list of “Top 25 Most Historic Golf Courses” for 2021.

“To have two elite courses that are well-respected by the golf community located together at the same resort is a tremendous point of pride for our dedicated staff as well as our community,” said Dave Harner, French Lick Resort’s Director of Golf.

“We have golfers from surrounding states, and even coming from as far away as California, Texas and New York, because we offer the change to play two very different golf courses from two very different eras. You can an old-school course in the Donald Ross, and then a modern facility in the Pete Dye Course. There’s a lot to experience for the golfer who wants to get the most out of their trip.”

Following a strong 2020 season when demand for outdoors and socially distanced recreation kept the golf courses busy, business at French Lick Resort’s three courses is up 50% in 2021 year to date over 2019. The public can play any of the Resort’s three golf courses, including the 9-hole Valley Links.

With golf business booming and tee times often booked well in advance, there is limited availability throughout the final stretch of the 2021 golf season, especially Fridays through Sundays. The tentative final day of the 2021 golf season is November 7 at Pete Dye and November 28 at Donald Ross, though those could fluctuate based on weather and conditions. The Valley Links Course remains open, weather permitting, throughout the winter.

Harner noted that many groups are already starting to book for the 2022 season, when the Dye and Ross courses typically open mid to late March. Starting next year, the resort’s stay-and-play packages will all include bonus rounds at Valley Links.

2022 also promises to be an active year for golf tournaments in French Lick. The Pete Dye Course will host the Men’s Big Ten Conference Championship (April 28-May 1) and also host the Indiana Amateur Championship (June 20-22) for the first time since 1922. The Symetra Tour will also play its French Lick Resort Stroke Play Championship (August 4-7) at the Dye course, with future stars of the LPGA vying for the largest purse and champion’s share in the Symetra Tour’s 41-year history.

New Rolex Rankings World No. 1 Jin Young Ko Headlines Latest Commitments to the 2021 Pelican Women’s Championship

Seven of the Top-10 in the World Entered into the Championship, Including World No. 2, Olympic Gold Medalist and Bradenton’s Nelly Korda and 2020 Champion Sei Young Kim 

(BELLEAIR, Fla.) – New Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings No. 1 Jin Young Ko, who captured her second straight LPGA victory last week at the BMW Ladies Championship in Korea, headlines the latest commitments into the 2021 Pelican Women’s Championship presented by Konica Minolta and Raymond James, taking place Nov. 8-14 at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla.

Ko captured her fourth LPGA win during the 2021 season on Sunday in a playoff to move ahead of Bradenton’s Nelly Korda atop the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings this week. Ko previously was World No. 1 for 100 consecutive weeks until Korda overtook the No. 1 position in June of this year. Since winning the Volunteers of America Classic in July, Ko has recorded five top-six finishes – including three wins and a runner-up – in her last six events.

Additional new commitments include two-time Olympian Aditi Ashok, Tiffany Chan, Beatriz Recari, World No. 19 Lizette Salas, Jennifer Song and Mariajo Uribe.

Tournament officials also announced today the event’s first sponsor exemption for the Pelican Women’s Championship, Destiny Lawson, the reigning North Florida PGA Women’s Section Champion. The Ocala native and current assistant golf professional at Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club captured the North Florida PGA Women’s Section Championship in September with a 2-under par finish and a seven-stroke victory at Streamsong’s Blue Course. 

Lawson turned pro in April after a standout college career at Ferris State University, where she graduated in 2020. She made her LPGA debut in May at the Pure Silk Championship after advancing through the tournament’s Monday Qualifier. Lawson is an ambassador for Mackenzie’s Moment, a non-profit organization that offers hope and opportunity to women and children in need through health, education and welfare initiatives within the city of Ocala.

Joining them in the field for the Pelican Women’s Championship are previous commitments Nelly Korda (World No. 2), sister Jessica, 2020 champion Sei Young Kim, major champions Brooke Henderson and Lexi Thompson, and fan favorites/Tampa Bay area residents Brittany Lincicome and Brittany Altomare. Seven of the top-10 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings are entered into the Pelican Women’s Championship, the final full-field event of the 2021 LPGA Tour season. 

The 2021 Pelican Women’s Championship made its debut in 2020 without spectators and will welcome fans to Pelican Golf Club for the first time, featuring a field of 108 players competing over 72 holes for a share of the $1.75 million purse. Sei Young Kim captured the inaugural Pelican Women’s Championship in 2020 by three strokes at 14-under par, her 12th victory on the LPGA Tour.

Tickets are on sale for the 2021 Pelican Women’s Championship exclusively online at A variety of ticket packages are available, including exclusive hospitality and general admissions tickets offering a wide degree of entertainment and access. In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, military members (active, reserve, retired and veterans) will gain free access to the tournament grounds all week. Children under the age of 18 gain free admittance with a paid adult.

Orrin Vincent, Founder of OB Sports Golf Management, Passes Away at 76

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – The world of golf has lost an industry icon, as Orrin Vincent, founder of OB Sports Golf Management, passed away October 25, 2021 at his home in La Quinta, Calif. Vincent was one of the true visionaries and leaders in the field of golf course management. Since 1972, he had been involved in the management and development of some of the nation’s finest facilities and built OB Sports into one of the industry’s most highly respected and innovative management firms. In 2019, OB Sports was acquired by Troon and is now fully integrated into Troon’s management team and portfolio of courses.

“On behalf of the entire team at OB Sports and Troon, we are so grateful for the time that we all had with this amazing friend and mentor,” said C.A. Roberts and Phil Green, Orrin’s longtime partners at OB Sports. “Words cannot appropriately capture the charisma, enthusiasm, motivational spirit, and genuine compassion for others that Orrin provided to everyone he touched, both in and out of the golf industry.” 

Vincent was instrumental in too many golf projects to name, but some of his most notable fingerprints can be found at Edgewood Tahoe, Angel Park, Langdon Farms, Washington National, Gamble Sands and the recently opened Dumbarnie Links in Scotland.

In addition to his accomplishments with OB Sports, Vincent’s impressive background and specialties included playing on the PGA TOUR; coaching and mentoring numerous aspiring junior, collegiate, and professional golfers; golf course design; golf course construction; premium facility maintenance; innovative marketing and brand development; retail sales; and growing every component of the great game and business he loved.

Vincent has received numerous personal awards for his expertise in golf.  He was twice named the PGA Professional of the Year, seven-time PGA Merchandiser of the Year, “Bill Strausbaugh Award” winner and the prestigious “Presidents Plaque.” He was a seven-time SNPGA Player of the Year and was also inducted in the Seattle University Hall of Fame.

Vincent always had a keen interest in Junior Golf serving as a U.S. Junior World Cup Team Captain and was a founding board member for the American Junior Golf Association. He was awarded the AJGA’s “Digger Smith Award” for his lifetime achievements and support of junior golf. This past summer, he co-founded Coachella Youth Golf and was focused on promoting the game in the Coachella Valley and his beloved Pacific Northwest. 

Orrin Vincent leaves behind his amazing wife Barbara, his three children O.D., Sheridan and Jenifer, and six beautiful grandchildren. Vincent was 76 years old, born March 2, 1945.

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UAE Players Eager to Learn from Competing at Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship

Alia Al Emadi, Hamda Al Suwaidi, Natalii Gupta and Hannah Cheryl Alan will fly the host country’s flag in the championship’s third edition at Abu Dhabi Golf Club from 10-13 November 

(Abu Dhabi, UAE) — A four-member team has been named by the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) to represent United Arab Emirates, the host nation, in the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific (WAAP) championship when it is held at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club from 10-13 November.

Alia Al Emadi and Hamda Al Suwaidi, who have been regular members of the national team, will lead the challenge and, for the first time, the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) has nominated two expatriate players from the Asia-Pacific region – India’s Natalii Gupta and Hannah Cheryl Alan – to play under the UAE flag.

Organised by The R&A and the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC), WAAP has become an important championship on the calendar for the players, with the champion earning places at major championships - the AIG Women’s Open and the Amundi Evian Championship- and also an invitation to play in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and Hana Bank Championship.

Among some of the top amateurs who have already confirmed their participation are Korea’s Youmin Hwang, who is the top-ranked player in the field at 5th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®). She is joined by the Chinese pair Xiaowen Yin who is ranked 7th in the WAGR® and Lei Ye who is 17th. 

Al Emadi, who recently won the Presidents Cup, the most prestigious tournament on the EGF’s schedule, has previous experience of participating in APGC events as part of the 2019 APGC Junior Championship in Japan where she paired with her brother Rashid.

Al Emadi commented, “The Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific is a real highlight for women golfers in the region and it’s very exciting that it is being played in Abu Dhabi this year. It is a great opportunity for us to play at home and measure ourselves against the best players in Asia-Pacific.

“I know all the UAE girls really want to play well. We definitely have local knowledge in our favour. Abu Dhabi Golf Club is a tough challenge but most of us have played it, so we know where the dangers are. It will be an amazing experience for us and hopefully we will play well and learn a lot.”

The 17-year-old Gupta, who was born and raised in Dubai, finished runner-up on the 2019-2020 EGF Order of Merit after winning three Ladies Opens and was delighted to receive the EGF nomination.

“The UAE and the EGF has played a big role in my development as a player. I am amazed by the opportunity to play a championship as significant as the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific under the UAE flag and I hope to make them proud with my performance,” said Gupta, whose twin brother Arjun will represent India in the 2021 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.

The WAAP – won in its inaugural playing by Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul who has now won ten professional titles and by Japan’s Yuka Yasuda in 2019 – returns to the international golf schedule after not being played last year due to the pandemic.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “One of our key objectives for the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific championship is to provide the best players in the region with the opportunity to compete in a world-class championship and gain all the knowledge and experience that brings. 

“Already we have seen previous WAAP competitors go onto win on the world’s biggest stage with Yuka Saso and Patty Tavatanakit both winning major championships this year. We hope that this year’s field, including these fine players from the United Arab Emirates, will be inspired by their feats.” 

The championship is also delighted to announce the support of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council who join a list of valued partners including Hana Financial Group, Nippon Kabaya Ohayo Holdings, Rolex, Samsung and Trust Golf who share The R&A’s commitment to developing golf in the Asia-Pacific.

His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), added: “In Abu Dhabi, we have encouraged sports by the hosting events ranging from grassroots to elite professional level. We are delighted to host the elite amateurs from the region for the first time and are sure that the amazing golf courses of Abu Dhabi will impress the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific participants.”

It's Samsung’s second year of supporting the championship as a patron partner and Jerric Wong, Head of Corporate Marketing at Samsung Gulf Electronics, said: “Samsung is delighted to partner the APGC and The R&A in their mission to foster the finest golfing talent in the Asia-Pacific region. Championships like this play a very important role in developing many of our women golfers into world beaters in the future and we are happy to play a role in that process.”

The WAAP was developed by The R&A and APGC to unearth emerging talent and provide a pathway for Asia’s elite women amateurs to the international stage. The R&A launched the Women in Golf Charter in 2018 and is committed to increasing the participation of women in the sport. The WAAP is one of several key championships conducted by the governing body and a significant initiative along with the APGC to drive the popularity of women’s golf in the region.

His Excellency Shaikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) added, “The EGF has actively invested in promoting women’s golf in the UAE. Be it by signing The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter, or hiring a female coach to train the UAE National Team. Our efforts with the National Junior Development Program (NJDP) are already paying off and playing in a championship of the stature of the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific will be a big motivation for them.” 

For more information on the championship, visit the website at For updates, like the championship’s Facebook page and follow @WAAPGolf on Twitter and Instagram.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Bloodline Golf Congratulates Ernie Els on Tying the Course Record in the Final Round of the PGA TOUR Champions Dominion Energy Charity Classic

Els used the Vale Putter and was #1 in putts per round for the third round, needing only 21 putts to shoot a bogey-free 63.

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) — Bloodline Golf is pleased to announce that its Vale   putter was used by Ernie Els to tie the course record during the third round of the PGA TOUR Champions Dominion Energy Charity Classic at The Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course in Richmond, VA. 

Els shot 70-72 before finishing with a bogey-free 63, a round that included nine birdies and only 21 putts. He was No. 1 in putts per round for the third round and finished tied for 4th place at 11-under, moving him up from No. 5 to No. 3 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.

“We would like to congratulate Ernie on shooting a 63, tying the course record, and being No. 1 in putts per round during the third round of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic,” said Brad Adams, Bloodline CEO. “We are thrilled for him and excited that he trusts our technology and the design of our Vale putter to put it in play on the PGA TOUR Champions.” 

Els first played Bloodline's original R1-J blade putter in mid-2017 and was the first player to use Bloodline in a major championship when he played it in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in 2017. He finished 2017 ranked #4 in the statistical category "Total Putting" on the PGA Tour. 

“I fell in love with the feel and roll the first time I used the putter,” said Els. “Then, the more I worked with the Bloodline technology, the more I felt like it was helping my confidence and also my consistency. I’m very impressed with the putter technology and happy to be using the Vale putter during my record-tying round at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic.”  

Els, who joined PGA TOUR Champions in 2020, has victories at the Hoag Classic and SAS Championship during his rookie campaign. He has 15 top-10s including a T9 finish at last year’s Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

Bloodline has developed a putter line which includes a high-performance carbon fiber shaft that contributes to the putter's unique capability to stand up by itself on the green.  In designing its putters, the company created an ultralight shaft that does not compromise on feel or flex characteristics and also includes an oversized gripping section built directly into the shaft. This pioneering construction enables Bloodline putters to have an extremely low balance point that helps give more feel and release during the stroke.

The Vale putter features:

- High-Performance Polymer (HPP) head shape and construction

- Tungsten-infused face insert

- Ultra-light carbon fiber shaft and EVA grip with an ultra-sensitive feeling wrap

- Patented head, sole, and balance point design features

All Bloodline putters feature interchangeable/adjustable components. The ability to interchange a variety of shaft/hosel combinations and lengths and lies enables golfers of all levels and putting styles to easily get the proper fit.

“Our Vale putters are made in the U.S. so there is no problem with shipping delays,” added Adams. “They are available for immediate delivery.”

The complete line of Bloodline putters including the Vale and the R-Series, are available at a growing number of select retail locations. For more information about Bloodline authorized retailers or to purchase Bloodline putters, visit

Blue Ridge Mountains Festive Celebrations at Primland, Auberge Resorts Collection

(MEADOWS OF DAN, Virginia)
– Primland, Auberge Resorts Collection, is a place where magic happens year-round, always with seasonal delights. Gather friends and family for an array of traditional celebrations from the Appalachian Harvest on Thanksgiving Day, to festive experiences throughout the month of December, to a New Year’s Eve Gala that will ring in 2022.

Below are a sampling of events and activities that illuminate the appealing and diverse experiences that are offered by Primland this season. 

On Nov. 20,  "A Gathering: Remaining Anchored Through Autumn" is a wellness experience featuring an herbal session and nutritional cooking demonstration, combined with a community experience, allowing guests to maximize their own self-care practices with the shift of the seasons.

On Thanksgiving Day, families will gather around the dinner table for an Appalachian Harvest and conclude the holiday evening with  "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" movie in the theatre, or stargazing in the Observatory.  Guests will retire for the evening of family festivities and wake up the next morning to a full holiday transformation throughout the property that will delight and enchant.

The festivities continue through Thanksgiving Weekend. On Friday, Nov. 26, begin your day with an early morning Turkey Trot through the woods and over the golf course, and be mystified by the Great Hall Magic Show with Professor Twist that afternoon. On Saturday, Nov. 27, add to your memories with the Watercolor and Wine Workshop and an Old Fashioned Fall HayRide.

Throughout December, guests can start their holiday shopping with homemade gifts in the Wine and Wreath Holiday Workshop, creating custom holiday cookies with The Cookie Lady, ornaments from the Primland woodlands, and hand-painted holiday silk scarves, festive fairy doors, custom hiking sticks, holiday original paintings and gingerbread houses with Chef Cassidy.  

The Auberge Spa at Primland offers guests weekly wellness programs such as "Mindful Mornings," ``Radiance Ritual," Binaural Beats & Tea, Rest Routine, Morning Yoga and moonlight meditations.

The Twelve Days of Christmas in the mountains include holiday-themed cocktails, fireside s'mores, Christmas lights trail, winter hiking, carolers, candy cane hunts, letters to Santa, holiday movies and seasonal music.

Spend Christmas at Primland and enjoy Santa Claus storytime, Santa tracking in the Observatory, a pajama brunch on Christmas morning, the Jingle Jog and Christmas Feast. Celebrate the conclusion of 2021 and ring in 2022 with the Winterfest New Year’s Eve Gala.

For more details and a list of all the festive activities, or to make reservations, follow this link.

Primland, Auberge Resorts Collection is conveniently located two hours from Charlotte, five hours from Washington D.C, and just 90 minutes from two regional airports, Piedmont Triad (PTI) in Greensboro and Roanoke Regional. The resort’s partnership with NetJets provides guests with special benefits when flying privately through two nearby airports, Blue Ridge and Mt. Airy-Surry County, only 45 minutes away. The property also features a helipad located at the North Gate.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

NBC Sports Next & Troon Extend Partnership

Troon Continues Enterprise-Wide Collaboration with GolfNow Brand as Preferred Technology, Distribution and Services Partner

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – NBC Sports Next and its leading golf technology and services brand, GolfNow, today announced it has extended its longstanding, enterprise-wide partnership with Troon, the leader in golf club management, development and marketing.

Within the new, multi-year agreement, NBC Sports Next will remain a preferred partner for the more than 590 Troon locations around the world, which will have access to a full menu of innovative technology solutions and services offered by GolfNow and its subsidiary brands, including EZLinks Golf, G1, GolfPass, and more. Highlights of the extended partnership include:

- Point-of-sale technology

- Booking engines and electronic tee sheets

- World’s largest tee-time distribution portal

- Proprietary revenue management and benchmarking technologies

- Expanded national/global marketing via GOLF Channel and GolfPass

“As a recognized front-runner and leader in the golf industry, Troon has been a cornerstone partner for our golf businesses within NBC Sports Next,” said Will McIntosh, executive vice president, NBC Sports Next. “We’re proud not only to be extending our association with such a first-class organization that manages one of the industry’s most impressive portfolios of golf properties, but also to be continuing a true partnership role that contributes to their ongoing success.”

“We’re thrilled to continue our longstanding collaboration with NBC Sports Next, which is an important part of our clients' success,” said Tim Schantz, president and chief executive officer, Troon. “With NBC Sports Next’s innovative technology, distribution and support, Troon is well positioned to provide both current and future clients with the tools they need to provide golfers a tremendous experience and to move their businesses forward in the right direction.”   

Partnership Improves the Golf Experience Through Technology

As innovative concepts continue to improve the golf playing experience, Troon properties have access to NBC Sports Next’s SmartPlay application technology, which allows a golfer to search for, book and pay for a tee time in advance, as well as pre-purchase golf shop merchandise. During play, golfers can place food and beverage orders through the app and either pick up their order at the turn or have it delivered anywhere on the course through GPS technology.

Additionally, Troon facilities will have access to credit-card processing benefits at preferred Troon pricing via GolfNow Payments, which also will allow the locations to easily utilize pre-paid tee times as an added option.

Collectively, NBC Sports Next and Troon will be dedicated to enhancing integration, innovation and feature sets that deliver technology solutions that both curate experiential golfer experiences and provide cutting-edge tools for golf/club operations. As an example, both companies are creating an integrated experience to identify and grow Troon Rewards, the premier loyalty program in golf, through building club databases and loyalty to Troon locations around the world.

“The benefits our courses will receive from this continued relationship with NBC Sports Next will be greatly enhanced with the best-in-class operational technology, along with the tools that will help them better manage day-to-day,” said Mike Ryan, chief operating officer, Troon.

“Our partnership with Troon has been successful because of our shared attitudes toward the management of golf and how to take care of the golfer,” said Jerramy Hainline, senior vice president and general manager, Golf, NBC Sports Next. “The future is an exciting prospect as we continue to innovate and offer value through our sales, support and technology teams, providing Troon with the tools necessary to deliver on their longer-term vision and strategies for their courses.”

Vacations Business Sets Milestones

The extended partnership also will retain NBC Sports Next as the official licensee of Troon Golf Vacations, managing marketing and fulfillment to deliver golf vacation travelers to Troon’s family of courses, resort partners and destinations. The business, which currently features 53 golf vacation packages across 20 North American destinations, has realized year-over-year growth exceeding 200 percent since the partnership began in 2019.

European Tour to Visit Al Hamra Golf Club for First Time February 3-6, 2022

Inaugural Ras Al Khaimah Championship presented by Phoenix Capital to be played at Troon International venue 

(Ras Al Khaimah, UAE) — Troon, the leader in golf course management, development and marketing, has confirmed that the European Tour will visit one of its UAE managed courses for the first time in 2022. The inaugural Ras Al Khaimah Championship presented by Phoenix Capital will be played at Al Hamra Golf Club between 3rd – 6th February 2022 and will form part of a five-week “Middle East Swing” during the early stages of the 2022 season. 

The Troon managed Al Hamra Golf Club will pull out all the stops to ensure that the third of five consecutive events in the region is a success and merits the $2m prize purse up for grabs. The tournament will take place after back-to-back Rolex Series events in the UAE, including the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and the Dubai Desert Classic.

Mark Chapleski, President of Troon International said: “The beginning of 2022 is an immensely exciting period for Troon International with a series of European Tour events taking place at Troon-managed venues. The Peter Harradine designed course at Al Hamra Golf Club will be a fitting challenge to those playing in the inaugural Ras Al Khaimah Championship presented by Phoenix Capital. Since coming under the management of Troon International in 2018, Al Hamra has gone from strength to strength. The fact that we have been selected to host such a significant event underlines the impact our talented team has had on this facility. In addition, the international recognition that this tournament brings will deliver visibility to a broad audience and showcase the fantastic experience that Al Hamra Golf Club provides.”

Based in the northern most Emirate in the UAE, Al Hamra Golf Club has risen to prominence thanks to the course's renowned condition and welcoming winter climate. Al Hamra Golf Club continues to welcome visitors and golfers from all over the world, with the eighteen-hole championship course situated within a series of interlinked water features and set against a desert landscape. 

Paul Booth, General Manager of Al Hamra Golf Club, managed by Troon, said, “We are delighted to be working with all of the key stakeholders, the European Tour, Phoenix Capital, RAKTDA, Al Hamra, and Marjan, to showcase the wonderful Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. The long-term strategic goal is to make the Ras Al Khaimah Championship presented by Phoenix Capital a steadfast tournament on an expanding Middle East Swing. These are exciting times for Al Hamra Golf Club and Ras Al Khaimah”

Al Hamra Golf Club previously hosted the European Challenge Tour over three consecutive years from 2016 – 2018. It was initially the venue for the Ras Al Khaimah Golf Challenge in 2016 and 2017, before hosting the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final as the final stop on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah in 2018.

During the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final, Spaniard Adri Arnaus finished one shot clear of France’s Victor Perez, with the pair ending the season in second and third position on the 2018 Challenge Tour Rankings behind Denmark’s Joachim B. Hansen. All three players are now firmly established on the European Tour.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Golf's Modernized Rules of Amateur Status Published

— Golf’s new Rules of Amateur Status have been published by the USGA and The R&A ahead of their January 1, 2022, effective date.  

The work is the latest step by the governing bodies to make the Rules easier to understand and apply and follows the modernization process of the Rules of Golf in 2019. The new Rules were informed by golfer and golf industry feedback as a part of a comprehensive review, to ensure they continue to reflect how the modern game is played by millions of golfers around the world.

This review, along with the global feedback received when the proposals were publicly shared earlier this year, reaffirmed amateur golf’s important position in the game and the value in maintaining amateur status Rules.

The result is a set of Rules that removes many of the restrictions that previously applied to amateur golfers, while ensuring that the integrity of the game is protected by limiting the form and value of the prizes an amateur golfer can accept.

As part of the modernization effort, the new Rules identify only the following acts that will result in a golfer losing their amateur status:

- Accepting a prize with a value exceeding the prize limit ($1000/£700) or accepting prize money in a handicap competition.

- Playing as a professional.

- Accepting payment for giving instruction (although all current exceptions still apply, such as coaching at educational institutions and assisting with approved programs).

- Accepting employment as a golf club professional or membership of an association of professional golfers

To achieve this simplified approach, the following key changes have been introduced:

- Distinguishing between scratch and handicap competitions in terms of the prizes that may be accepted.

- The prize rule applies only to tee-to-hole competitions played on a golf course or a simulator, but no longer apply to long-drive, putting and skills competitions that are not played as part of a tee-to-hole competition.

- Eliminating all advertising, expense-related and sponsorship restrictions.

The new opportunities provided by lifting sponsorship restrictions and the ability to accept prize money up to the increased limit of $1000 or £700 in scratch-only competitions will be of significant benefit to elite amateur golfers looking for ways to fund golf-related expenses.

“Golf is unique in its broad appeal to both recreational and competitive players,” said Craig Winter, USGA senior director, Rules of Golf and Amateur Status. “This was emphasized in the feedback we received earlier this year and we believe these updates will help simplify these Rules and ensure the long-term health of the amateur game, not only to those who compete at the highest level of amateur golf, but for the millions of golfers at every age and skill level who enjoy competitive events at their home courses.”

Grant Moir, Director of Rules at The R&A, said, “We are delighted to be rolling out the modernized Rules of Amateur Status today. These Rules play an important role in protecting the integrity of our self-regulating sport, but the code must evolve to meet the needs of the modern game. This is particularly important for modern elite amateur golf, where many of the players need financial support to compete and develop to their full potential. The new Rules give them this opportunity and will help to make the game even more inclusive.”

The new Rules are accompanied by guidance notes, an overview document and explanations that detail the rationale for why changes have been made and, in some instances, why they have stayed the same.

These materials can be found at

Unboxing the Heated Pouch from G Tech Apparel

G-Tech's signature Heated Pouch is currently in use by professional athletes all around the world in the NFL, CFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA, PGA Tour, LPGA Tour. Specifically in the golf world, the technology received glowing approval at the 2016 and 2018 Ryder Cups. So much so, it became the official Heated Pouch of the 2020 US Ryder Cup Team and European Ryder Cup team playing at Whistling Straits.

Keep your golfers on the course (and at the club) even when the temperatures aren't ideal for 18 holes. Your maintenance crew will appreciate them, as well.

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Duca del Cosma Adds More Color, Comfort & Stability

— Luxury golf shoe brand Duca del Cosma has unveiled its most stylish and colorful golf shoe range, incorporating 25 eye-catching options that deliver striking looks, all-day comfort and incredible stability.

Featuring a host of bold colors that will brighten any fairway and clubhouse, the collection offers a hand-crafted shoe model for every golfer looking to hit the course with ultimate style and confidence.

“There is a top-quality design for all in the latest range that is without doubt our most stylish and colorful offering yet,” said Evelien Lauwers, General Manager in North America. “We fully expect the distinctive designs to be a big hit online and dazzle in golf stores across the country, where golfers can fully appreciate the premium quality on offer,” she added.

Modern Men’s Styles

The athletic JL1 & JL2 shoes - co-designed by Dutch Tour star Joost Luiten - spearhead the men’s range and feature striking camo patterns for a truly eye-catching look. Available in White/Camouflage Green (JL1) and Black/Camouflage Green (JL2), the fully waterproof shoes are crafted from soft Italian Nappa leather and incorporate the super stable Airplay XI outsole for incredible comfort in all weather conditions.

The sophisticated Elpaso adds a modern twist to a traditional golf shoe via its clean color scheme of a White or Navy leather upper and contrasting piping around the midsole. Both the OnSteam® lining and ARNEFLEX insert sole deliver incredible breathability, while the sturdy Airplay XI outsole provides optimal stability during the swing.

Like its namesake, the Valderama is aimed at the elite golfer and features a soft Italian Nappa leather upper for a superior fit, an ARNEFLEX® insert sole for comfort, plus the waterproof sock system with OnSteam recyclable microfiber to ensure feet remain dry. The recyclable Airplay IV outsole delivers superb traction while playing and adds a striking look to the shoe. The shoe is available in either White or Black.

The timeless Eldorado is carried forward in Black and offers a classic look for golfers seeking a more traditional brogue-style golf shoe.

Distinctive Pairings

Offering daring looks, the vibrant Kingscup (men’s) and Queenscup (women’s) shoes are hand crafted using recyclable microfiber for superb comfort. Incorporating the lightweight ARNEFLEX® insole and breathable OnSteam® waterproof lining, both models also feature an Airplay III outsole to deliver extra traction and stability. The Kingscup is available in three color options, while the Queenscup offers a choice of four vivid color combinations.

The sporty Tomcat (men’s) & Wildcat (women’s) look just as good off the course as they do on it. The shoes incorporate the innovatively engineered Airplay XII outsole that features 2-Way-Twist triangular nubs on the pivot point and cone-shaped nubs throughout for an extra smooth transition in the swing and optimum grip. The Tomcat is available in Navy, with the Wildcat in the bright Pink Fluo and Silver colors.

Dazzling Women’s Designs

The uncompromising beauty that the Bellezza offers to women golfers is second to none. The outer is crafted from soft Italian leather to guarantee comfort and features a traditional white leather kiltie over the laces, while an elevated and see-through midsole gives the stylish shoe a modern look. A variety of other kilties can be purchased separately.

The Melanie-Jane special edition golf shoe - co-designed by Joost Luiten’s partner - seamlessly balances fashion and function. The predominantly white shoe features a sporty black trim, along with five stars to reflect the high standards that should be followed in life and sport. To meet the demands of a busy lifestyle of golf, business and travel, the shoes deliver exceptional cushioning and stability.

Elegant in its design, the Pose offers women golfers the opportunity to make a strong fashion statement. Featuring a two-tone color scheme in either White/Black or Pink/Navy, the shoe will certainly catch the eye of playing partners.

The stylish Siren features a premium leather upper in either White or Black, plus a contrasting Airplay XII outsole for a truly unique appearance. Packed with flare, the versatile shoe is aimed at golfers wanting to stand out from the crowd.

The popular sneaker-style Esti and Festiva shoes remain in the collection and are now available in Navy and Red respectively.

All Duca del Cosma shoes are hand-crafted in Europe using the finest leather selected from the best tanneries around the world. In order for golfers to compliment a multitude of golfing outfits, each shoe purchase comes with two pairs of laces in different colors.

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Bubba Watson Opens Up about Mental Health, Fame, Family and Returning Home in New Memoir Up and Down

(RELEASE) — In his highly anticipated new book, Up and Down: Victories and Struggles in the Course of Life (Nov. 2, 2021; W Publishing), champion golfer Bubba Watson shares his story of achieving success on the golf course and how reaching a breaking point professionally and personally drew him closer to his family.

Watson is known as the big-hitting left-handed golfer who plays with the pink driver. He’s the small-town kid who grew up as a child golf prodigy before going on to win two Masters Tournaments, competing in the Olympics, and rising to be the number two golfer in the world.

Up and Down shares many stories of Bubba’s early influences, such as his veteran father who instilled in him

values of loyalty, honesty and hard work. Watson explains how he came to love old-school rap and hip-hop music and chronicles his college courtship of his to-be-wife Angie. The book also dives into Bubba’s career—from first inklings he could be a professional golfer, to the story behind his pink driver, and even to the moment he really became “Bubba.”

He shares why he was drawn to move back to Pensacola, Florida with his family in 2015, and how he opened a golf center, candy and ice cream shop called Bubba’s Sweet Spot, and became part owner of the city’s MLB team named The Pensacola Blue Wahoos. He also supports the local children’s hospital (which just happens to have an address of 1 Bubba Way).

He said in a article: “We didn’t have anything growing up, but my mom, to this day she volunteers. My dad was the first person to sign up to be a coach in Little League, to be a leader. When I say legacy, it’s the Watson name. My parents instilled it in me. I want people to realize who I am for my heart, not my golfing ability.”

The true heart of this memoir opens up with Bubba’s struggles to overcome overwhelming anxiety and mental health challenges while journeying through the death of his father and namesake, adopting his children, and trying to become a better husband, father and friend.  

“The truth is my life has been anything but nice and neat. More often than not, it has consisted of ups and downs, triumphs and humiliations, moments of joy, mistakes, and misunderstandings that I’ve had to struggle with and learn from, thanks to some very dear people in my life,” said Watson. “Everybody battles with their own

personal set of demons, and if you know anything at all about me, you know I’ve battled plenty of them as well. The difference between most people and me, I suppose, is that most folks don’t do all the good and bad things in front of millions of people.”

After reaching the point where he was willing to quit golf to save his health, Bubba found the strength to carry on through the support of his tightknit network of family, friends, mentors, and ultimately his faith.

“I chose to make golf and life fun again. To live the life I wanted, not the life people expected me to live,” said Watson. “Somewhere along the way, I began to accept that there is a bit of a pattern that connects my life and my performance on the golf course. My best playing didn’t come back until I regained control of the fear and anxieties that were clouding my mind. I think that the struggles I’ve had with the mental side of my game have made me a better coach and, dare I say, captain.”

Today, Watson is winning on his best course ever—the course of life, being the best husband, father, and sportsman he can be.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Mangum, Riley and Paulino Rank as the Top 3 in First APGA Collegiate Ranking of the 2021-2022 Season

(PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida) – APGA Tour officials today announced the first update in the APGA Collegiate Ranking for the 2021-2022 season with Ethan Mangum of William & Mary currently atop the rankings. The APGA Collegiate Ranking was announced in October 2020 through a partnership between PGA TOUR University presented by Velocity Global and the APGA Tour.

Eligible players are Black golfers from NCAA Division I, II or III programs – including HBCUs – who exhaust a minimum of four years of college eligibility. The APGA Collegiate Ranking is based on players’ Golfstat adjusted scoring average, designed to evaluate the top players positioned to qualify for APGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament access.  

In addition to Mangum, Quinn Riley (Duke University), Kasoma Pualino (Henderson State University), Xavier Williams of North Carolina A&T and Massimo Mbetse (University of South Florida) round out the top 5 in the standings. The Class of 2022 Ranking includes college tournaments played in Spring 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022, and the Ranking will be finalized upon the conclusion of the 2021-2022 college golf season. The top five players in the final APGA Collegiate Ranking will receive:

- Scholarship access to APGA TOUR events through the remainder of the 2022 APGA Tour season.

- Inclusion in the APGA Tour Player Development Program presented by World Wide Technology.

- Scholarship access into the Korn Ferry Qualifying School for the 2023 season.

- Additionally, the #1 Player will receive a sponsor exemption into the 2022 REX Hospital Open on KFT.

Mangum is a Graduate transfer to William & Mary from Florida A&M where he was part of the 2020-2021 squad that led the Rattlers to their first-ever MEAC Championship and a spot in their first-ever NCAA Regional. Mangum was the medalist at the MEAC Championships and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament. So far this season, he was named as the CAA Golfer of the Week on September 22 for his performance at the River Run Collegiate where he improved seven spots on the final day to finish eighth and earn his first top-10 as a member of the Tribe.  

Full rankings will be updated monthly at At the end of the Fall 2021 season, APGA Tour officials will determine the minimum number of rounds to qualify.

NextLinks Selects Lumen Technologies as a Strategic Venue Development Partner

Lumen Technologies with its powerful capabilities will provide next-gen solutions for the NextLinks indoor eGolf arenas.

(SAN DIEGO, CA) – NextLinks, powering golf’s indoor future with stadium sized eGolf Arenas, today announced that Lumen Technologies (Lumen) has been chosen as a key collaborator in development of the company’s eGolf Arenas. Lumen’s depth of knowledge, wide range of solutions, and edge computing will prove to be invaluable on multiple levels. 

Lumen is a multinational technology company that enables companies to capitalize on emerging applications and power the 4th Industrial Revolution. This revolution is redefining how we live and work, creating an unprecedented need for an advanced application delivery architecture—designed specifically to manage the complex and data-intensive workloads of next-gen technology and businesses.

“We are thrilled with this partnership. Our goal is to provide the best indoor golfing experience possible, to grow the game of golf into the leading indoor sport. To reach this goal, we must have the best technology available and that is Lumen. Their Edge Computing will help the eGolf Arenas to perform better, quickly, and more efficiently. Their technology will push and protect eGolf Arenas into the future,” said Dave Shultz, NextLinks Founder and Chairman of the Board. 

“Two of their largest accounts are Salesforce and Zoom, which really says it all about high-speed, and reliable connectivity,” added Shultz.

NextLinks has elevated its own already high expectations of what a connected world of experiential golf venues will look like and is now executing a plan for five eGolf Arena projects to open within the United States by year end 2023. International licensing deals and further US growth are expected to add another 10-15 venues globally by 2027.

Paul Claxton Wins 2021 Senior PGA Professional Championship on First Playoff Hole

— Could we have seen it coming? Perhaps it was inevitable? Considering the tightly-packed and talent-laden leaderboard, why would 72 holes be enough? 

In the end, it wasn’t.

Extra golf was required. Just enough to set the stage for an old-fashioned putting contest with the Senior PGA Professional Championship hanging in the balance. 

For Paul Claxton, a PGA Life Member from (coincidently) Claxton, Georgia, 73 holes was just enough golf for his putter to regain its magic lost on Saturday. 

Claxton twice parred the Wanamaker’s always-difficult 18th hole Sunday, once in regulation to cap a final-round, 2-under 70 and again 20 minutes later, in a playoff, to win the 2021 Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac over Mark Mielke at PGA Golf Club.      

“I haven’t played a lot this year, we’ve all been so busy at work,” said Claxton. “I came here with no expectations. I was just happy to have a week off from work and things just fell into place. I played well, hit a lot of good shots and had a great day of putting (Saturday). 

“Today, I just held on.” 

Claxton entered Sunday in a tie for third, two back. He has work to do and ground to make up.

Mielke held the lead most of the day. His birdie on the par-3 6th gave him a one-shot advantage that held until a five-minute sequence on the back 9, when he bogeyed 14 and Claxton birdied No. 15. 

Just like that, Claxton has his first lead of the Championship. 

But not for long, as Mielke took his turn on 15 and birdied it, too, to reclaim a share of the lead.

A self-employed PGA Teaching Professional from Atlantis, Florida, Mielke jumped back atop the leaderboard with a birdie on the 16th, his first of the week on the Wanamaker final par 5.

Playing in the penultimate group, Claxton’s birdie bid from 12 feet on 18 narrowly missed, setting the stage for Mielke to claim victory with a par of his own on the 72nd hole.

That plan went astray as Mielke’s drive on 18 shot left, into a bunker. After laying up, his third shot did not reach the top tier of the 18th green, where the hole was cut back-right in its most challenging location.

The ensuing 2-putt bogey capped a closing-round, one-under 71 and left him in a tie with Claxton and, almost, Mike Small, whose 8-footer for birdie on 18 (and a spot in the playoff) slid right, under the cup. 

Small, the Men’s Head Golf Coach at the University of Illinois, finished solo third at 275. Alan Morin, an Assistant Golf Professional at The Club at Ibis and Bob Sowards, the Director of instruction at Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club, tallied four-day totals of 276 to finish T-4.

“I had not watched the scoreboard all day,” said Claxton. “I had chances all day long and just never made a putt. Then I had what I thought might be my last chance on 18 (in regulation) and I hit a pretty good putt, just not with enough break.”

On the extra hole, both players put their drives in the fairway and hit approach shots within 3 feet of one another, one tier and 30 feet below the hole. Their third shots had some similarities, with both putts coming to rest 6 feet from the hole, one on each side. 

Twelve feet of green real estate would decide the Championship, but there was one fundamental difference.

“(Mielke) had a little tougher putt than I did,” explained Claxton. “He had a downhill ‘left-to-righter’ and mine was uphill, right-to-left. I would’ve much rather had my putt as opposed to his.”

After a Rules Official stepped in to determine which player was away, Claxton stepped forward, like he did all day Saturday, and confidently made his 6-footer, leaving little doubt as it split the middle of the cup.

Mielke tried to answer, but could not. His putt dipped below the hole for his second bogey of the day on the 18th, a hole  he won’t soon forget.

“I played with (Mielke) on (Saturday) and he played and putted so well, I expected him to make it,” said Claxton, who played bogey-free golf for his final 30 holes, including the playoff, en route to four-day tally of 274. 

Third-round leader Rob Labritz, the PGA Director of Golf at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, New York, started slowly with three bogeys on the front 9, unable to carry over the momentum he gained with Saturday’s 66. His final-round 75 rendered a sixth-place finish.

Defending Champion Omar Uresti, made the late push, finishing seventh thanks to a 67 on Sunday. 

While Claxton secured the Leo Fraser Trophy, named after the 16th president of the PGA of America, and the winner’s share of $26,000, he also secured an exemption into the final stage of the 2021 PGA Tour Champions Qualifying School - Final Stage, where he will be joined by Mielke, Small, Sowards and Morin.

Claxton will lead a contingent of 35 Senior PGA Club Professionals into the 2022 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, May 26-29,  at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He will be joined by Mielke, Small, Sowards, Morin, Labritz, Uresti, Chad Sorensen, Walt Chapman, Jimmy Farrell Jr., Neal Lancaster, Tracy Phillips, Ray Franz Jr., Tim Fleming, Dave McNabb, Larry George, Eric Chiles, Del Ponchock, Michael Crowley, Mike Genovese, Micah Rudosky, Frank Esposito Jr., Tim Cantwell, Jim Empey, Dave Bahr, Mike San Filippo, Jonathan Mansfield, Kelly Mitchum, Don Winter, Doug Rohrbaugh, Chad Proehl, Roy Biancalana, Jim Carter, Jeff Roth and Micahel Valicenti.

The top eight finishers ー Claxton, Mielke, Small, Morin, Labritz, Uresti, Sorensen  ー automatically qualified for next year’s Senior PGA Professional Championship at Twin Warriors Golf Club at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa and Santa Ana Golf Club, both in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, October 13-16, 2022.

PGA Golf Club ー the PGA of America’s premier 54-hole facility ー hosts multiple PGA Member championships annually, such as the National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship, Senior PGA Professional Championship (biennially) and the PGA's Tournament Series and Winter Championships.

Sir Nick Celebrates Inaugural Faldo Hurricane Series Grand Final

Sir Nick Faldo’s American junior golf series makes history after the inaugural Faldo Hurricane Series Grand Final crowns its very first champions at Barefoot Resort & Golf, Myrtle Beach

(Myrtle Beach, Fla.) — Sir Nick Faldo celebrated alongside some of the best junior golfers in the US as the Faldo Hurricane Series concluded its historic debut season with an epic Grand Final.

Over two days, 134 elite junior golfers, across both boys and girls age categories, teed up across the Love Course and Dye Course at Barefoot County and Golf Resort, Myrtle Beach to compete in the prestigious championship.

To get to the Grand Final alone would be deemed an achievement by many, as players earned the coveted invite by winning their Sectional qualifier, and then asked to find success again at the Regional championship before teeing it up at the Grand Final event this week. 

Telling of the strength of the field, every age-category competition produced a nail biting finish to set up drama down the closing straight, all under the watchful eye of the six-time Major winner who was there supporting and encouraging the aspiring young Tour Professionals.  

Despite a competitive tournament across the board, it was the Boys’ U16 – U18s that headlined the action requiring a three-way playoff to decide the winner. In the end it was Garrett Ebbert who sealed the final winners medal and will join fellow age-category champions: Michael Lugiano (Boys’ U14-U15), Ben Wilson (Boys’ U11-U13), Hudson Justus (Boys’ U10), Sophie Anand (Girls’ U14-U18) and Krishny Elwin (Girls’ U13) on the invites list to Vietnam to test themselves against the very best juniors in the world at Sir Nick’s global series for the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in 2022.

Players will also be able to enjoy the Grand Final for a second time in early December as the Faldo Series is set to feature on CBS Sports, where footage from across these two days in Myrtle Beach will showcase the story of the Faldo Hurricane Series and the journey to its inaugural Grand Final, as well as celebrate the global impact of Sir Nick and the Faldo Series in its 25th year. 

Following the start of an exciting journey in America, Faldo Hurricane Series co-founder, Sir Nick Faldo, said: “It’s hugely exciting for us to see the Faldo Hurricane Series thrive over the season and more so to see the enthusiasm from the players to get behind the events, compete to a such a high level and really make these tournaments unique. 

“When we first came together to talk about the opportunity here, we knew there was huge potential but to follow the journey to the Grand Final, and now be stood here, it takes you back on what has been accomplished. A huge congratulations to the Hurricane team who have worked incredibly hard to start from a blank canvas to creating and hosting new, competitive events all around the US over the summer and crucially provided a fantastic platform to showcase the talents of tomorrow’s champions here in the US. 

“And, of course, to our very first winners, Garret, Michael, Ben and Hudson in the Boys and Sophie and Krishny in the Girls who will enjoy the privilege as history makers today and we look forward to seeing them again in Vietnam next year.”

The event concludes a momentous season following the launch of the exciting five year partnership between Sir Nick Faldo’s junior series, the Faldo Series, and the well-established Hurricane Junior Golf Tour at the start of the year. In total, over 900 junior golfers stepped up to a Faldo Hurricane Series tee across its 26 events, in 20 different states. 

Sir Nick’s work within junior golf continues next week, as the Faldo Series prepares to host a dual-event for its Europe Grand Final at Brocket Hall in the UK on Monday 25th – 27th October, following the postponement of the 2020 final. 

This year Sir Nick is also celebrating 25 years of competition for the Series since its inception following his third Masters win in 1996, as he looked to create a junior golf legacy lasting a lifetime and develop ‘tomorrow’s champions’.

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Blue Tees Golf Names Andrew Heiland the Director of Marketing

Company growth necessitated the development of this position and the appointment of Andrew Heiland

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) – Blue Tees Golf, a rapidly growing producer of golf rangefinders and accessories, today announced that the company has appointed sports marketing professional Andrew Heiland as its Director of Marketing.

“Andrew’s depth of marketing and brand knowledge made him the perfect choice for the position of Director of Marketing. He will head up our burgeoning marketing department that has contributed greatly to the success of Blue Tees Golf. We are confident he will elevate and take the team and their efforts to the next level,” said Taylor Herber, Vice President of Sales at Blue Tees Golf.

Prior to joining Blue Tees Golf, Heiland was the Head of Marketing at ELEVATE Sports & Media where he developed the marketing division for the newly launched agency. As with an agency start up, his key responsibilities varied but some highlights included the implementation of their Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, the procurement of high-level partnerships for clients as well as executing endorsement deals with NFL players and influencers.

“It is exciting to be part of the Blue Tees Golf team. I believe I will have the opportunity to use my agency and brand experience to develop an assortment of creative marketing programs that will contribute to the massive momentum the company is undergoing,” said Heiland.

In addition to working at ELEVATE Sports & Media, Heiland was the Director of Marketing at EnterSports Management. His sponsorship deals drove revenue for the clients. He also developed relationships with key league sponsors, team partners and marketing agencies. In addition, Heiland also possesses media strategy skills that he implemented for the agency.

Prior to working in the sports marketing space, Heiland enjoyed working with Roc Nation Sports and Everlast Worldwide. These companies helped him gain experience in executing ambassador programs, digital campaigns, sponsorships, and event management.

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More Forgiveness Is in the Bag with PXG’s All-New XF GEN4 Fairways & Hybrids

An Innovative Expansion of PXG’s Groundbreaking GEN4 Golf Club Lineup

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – PXG, the global golf research and development powerhouse, has revealed its all-new Xtreme Forgiveness GEN4 Fairways and Hybrids. Expanding upon PXG’s flagship GEN4 lineup and in compliment to the X models, these golf clubs are more forgiving and deliver outstanding ball speed, ideal spin, and smooth turf interaction.

When PXG introduced its GEN4 Golf Clubs in Spring 2021, the new drivers, fairways, hybrids, and irons marked the apex of the company’s club lineup. Because PXG engineers have the freedom to approach club design with limitless creativity and without cost and time constraints, GEN4 presents significant advancements in materials and technology innovations, as well as personalized performance.

Based on positive feedback since the lineup deployed, a decision was made to augment the existing collection to include PXG XF GEN4 Fairways and Hybrids. The all-new golf clubs are designed to work in concert with PXG’s extremely popular 0811 XF GEN4 Driver and 0311 XP GEN4 Irons – prioritizing more forgiveness across the set.

“For those who need more forgiveness, our XF GEN4 Golf Clubs are our highest achievement yet,” said PXG Founder and CEO Bob Parsons. “Our new fairways and hybrids not only pardon a multitude of sins, but also round out the lineup so you can take sharper aim, hit it farther, and score lower.”

PXG 0341 XF GEN4 Fairways present a deep face design for faster ball speeds and a high-performance head shape that positions the center-of-gravity low and back for high launch, mid-spin. A Railed Sole Geometry notably improves consistency of contact.

PXG 0317 XF GEN4 Hybrids feature a larger and longer squared face design for added confidence at address and maximum ball speed on off-center hits. A Railed Sole Geometry increases the initial angle to the lead edge and prevents digging into the turf.

Both XF Fairways and Hybrids feature an HT1770 face material and an AM355 steel body. These more forgiving golf clubs also incorporate PXG’s proprietary Hybrid Crown Construction with Aluminum Vapor (AV) Technology, which supports optimal spring and faster ball speeds. Patented Precision Weighting Technology further enables golfers to fine-tune spin and bias, while a Honeycomb TPE Insert works as a vibration dampening polymer to enhance feel and sound.

PXG 0341 XF GEN4 Fairways are available in 16°, 19°, and 22° loft options.

PXG 0317 XF GEN4 Hybrids are available in 19°, 22°, 25°, and 28° loft options.

For more information about the new XF GEN4 Fairways and Hybrids or to schedule a golf club fitting, visit or call 844.PLAY.PXG.

Al Watrous Leads 2021 Class of PGA of America Hall of Fame Inductees

Kyle Heyen, Ed Ibarguen, PGA Past President Paul K. Levy, Marty Lyons and Gary Reynolds will also be inducted during the 2021 PGA Annual Meeting in Milwaukee on Nov. 3

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – Albert “Al” Watrous, one of the earliest Members of the PGA of America, a member of the first two United States Ryder Cup teams and a three-time Senior PGA Champion, will be inducted into the PGA of America Hall of Fame, along with PGA Professionals Kyle Heyen, Ed Ibarguen, PGA Past President Paul K. Levy, Martin “Marty” Lyons and Gary Reynolds, during the 105th PGA Annual Meeting on Nov. 3, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Originated in 1940 at the suggestion of famed sportswriter Grantland Rice, the PGA of America Hall of Fame honors and recognizes individuals who through their lives, careers, service and support have made significant and enduring contributions to the PGA of America in its mission to grow the game of golf. Inductees include PGA Golf Professionals, Tour Professionals or Ambassadors who throughout their lives have supported and elevated the image of the PGA Professional, the PGA of America and the game of golf. It is the highest honor that the PGA of America can bestow.

Watrous was one of the most decorated golfers in the Michigan PGA Section’s history. Heyen is an advocate for the game as part of the Colorado PGA Section. A staple in the Carolinas PGA Section leadership ranks, Ibarguen is renowned for his dedication to PGA Education. Levy served as the 40th president of the PGA of America. Lyons was a pioneer in the Philadelphia PGA Section, and Reynolds had a distinguished career in the Connecticut PGA Section.

“The PGA of America takes tremendous pride in honoring the people who have dedicated their professional lives to furthering our mission of elevating the standards of our profession, and growing interest and participation in the game,” said PGA President Jim Richerson. “These six new inductees into the PGA of America Hall of Fame are a source of great inspiration, mentorship and pride for their peers and to future generations of PGA Members. Their countless contributions to the game of golf will be honored forever as an indelible part of our Association’s storied history.” 

About the 2021 PGA of America Hall of Fame Inductees

Kyle Heyen, PGA

Colorado PGA Section

Heyen was named the Colorado PGA Section’s Golf Professional of the Year twice (2005-2006), won the Section’s Professional Development Award four times (1993, 1999-2001) and Player Development Award twice (2007-2008), and served two years as President. He also sat on the Board of Directors for 23 years (eight as an Officer) and was a Committee Chair for 17 years. On the national level, he has won the PGA Player Development Award (2009), and served as a PGA of America Board of Control Member (2008-2012), Co-Chairman of the Governance Committee (2006-2008) and as Player Development Co-Chair (2012-2014). He also served on the Play Golf America Committee (2009), Hall of Fame Selection Committee (2009-2010), Golf 2.0 Platinum Committee Member (2011-2012), PGA of America Membership Committee (2014-2016) and the PGA of America Awards Committee (2015-2016 and Committee Chair in 2017). Heyen created an annual trip to the VA hospital to visit Veterans who were either hospitalized or in for a routine check up and thank them for their service. He was also instrumental in local efforts to grow the game, becoming involved in different capacities in PGA Jr. League, the Colorado PGA’s Golf in Schools Program and Get Golf Ready. Heyen has spent 40 years at Hiwan Golf Club, serving as PGA Head Professional since 1985. He was inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

Ed Ibarguen, PGA

Carolinas PGA Section

A PGA Member for more than 42 years, Ibarguen has worked at Duke University Golf Club since 1988, where he currently serves as General Manager and PGA Director of Golf. He was also a Carolinas PGA Section Officer (1992-1995) and a seven-time Section award winner, including Golf Professional of the Year (2001), Teacher/Coach of the Year (1991, 2003), Bill Strausbaugh (1993) and the Professional Development Award (1990, 1998, 2004). He was inducted into the Carolinas Section Hall of Fame in 2015. He earned two national PGA awards: Bill Strausbaugh Award (1995) and the Professional Development Award (1998) and served on the national Board of Control from 2003-2007. Ibarguen has served as Chairman of several national committees for a total of 12 (2-year) terms, including Teaching/Coaching, Membership and Education. He has been the national chair for PGA Education since 2017. A PGA Master Professional, Ibarguen has been a nationally recognized teacher/coach as a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher (since 2001), GRAA Top 50 (since 2012) and Golf Digest Best in State (since 2001). Throughout his time as a PGA Member, he has used education and learning as a tool to grow the game to different audiences.

Paul K. Levy, PGA

PGA Past President - PGA of America 

Southern California, Southern Texas and Southwest PGA Sections

The 40th President of the PGA of America, Paul Levy is also the President and CEO of PKL Golf Management and Club Services in Pinetop, Arizona, specializing in operational management and consulting services for the golf and club industry. Additionally, Levy is President of Distinguished Golf Destinations, a company that recognizes the best golf facilities in America that allow play to the general public. As an Officer, he also has served two-year terms as PGA Honorary President, PGA Vice President and PGA Secretary. Levy also served on the PGA Board of Control (2004-2008), as President of the Southern Texas Section (1998-2000) and was named the Southern Texas Golf Professional of the Year (2000). An advocate for junior participation, he is a three-time Section PGA Junior Golf Leader recipient (1992, 1993, 1998), and also earned the Section’s Bill Strausbaugh Award (1999). As PGA President, Levy was influential in the deal to relocate PGA Headquarters to Frisco, Texas, and spearheaded growing the employment consultant arm of the PGA of America‘s Career Services and executive search. The $550 million PGA Frisco development will bring 26 PGA of America championships, approximately 150 jobs and a new Northern Texas PGA Section Headquarters. A 1983 LSU graduate, Levy played on the Tigers golf team.

Marty Lyons, PGA (posthumous)

Philadelphia PGA Section

Lyons was a two-time Philadelphia Section Golf Professional of the Year (1956, 1958) and was named to the Section’s Hall of Fame in 1994. He served as Section President from 1942-1947. Lyons was instrumental in bringing the 1958 PGA Championship to Llanerch Country Club, and he advocated aggressively for the Association to change the format from match play to stroke play, which the 1958 Championship adopted. Lyons lived the PGA of America’s mission most notably through his passion for introducing and teaching the game to Veterans returning home from war and to juniors. He established the junior program at his first stop as a PGA Professional in Maple Shade, New Jersey. When he arrived at Llanerch, the program was not open to boys under 16, so Lyons changed that rule and then opened the program to boys and girls of all ages.

Gary Reynolds, PGA

Connecticut PGA Section

Reynolds, a PGA Life Member, earned the Section’s Golf Professional of the Year honor in 1989, and he’s a three-time winner of the Section’s Bill Strausbaugh Award (1996-1998), which he also won nationally in 2001. Reynolds was elected to the Connecticut PGA Professional Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Connecticut Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2011. During his career at The Hartford Golf Club, Reynolds led a variety of initiatives to grow the game, including free instructional clinics, a nine-hole women’s group and programs for health and wellness. He was also a founding board member of First Tee - Connecticut and the Connecticut PGA Section Golf Foundation, which awards grants to youth, diversity, disability and military veteran golf programs. Reynolds also played a considerable role in the City of Hartford restoring Keney Park Golf Course and Goodwin Park Golf Course. 

Al Watrous, PGA (posthumous)

Michigan PGA Section 

A three-time Senior PGA Champion, Watrous was named the Michigan Section’s Golf Professional of the Year in 1958 and 1967. He won the Michigan PGA Championship nine times and the Senior Michigan PGA Championship five times. He also won eight PGA Tour events and was a member of the first two U.S. Ryder Cup teams in 1927 and 1929, as well as competing in the 1926 challenge matches (precursor to the Ryder Cup). He finished runner-up to Bobby Jones in the 1926 Open Championship and twice made the PGA Championship semifinals when it was a match-play event. Watrous had a 37-year career as the PGA Professional at Oakland Hills Country Club and was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1962, the Polish American Hall of Fame in 1979, the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 1982, and the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame in 2011. He served as Michigan Section President from 1936-1937. In addition, Watrous penned a regular column designed to reach new golfers in the Detroit Times called “How to Play Golf.”

Puerto Rico—and Its Golf Destination—Has Highest Percentage of Fully Vaxxed People in U.S.

The Links Course at Royal Isabella

Golf, Beaches, Culture, Casinos, Gastronomy, Traveler Friendliness, and Bio-Diversity Entices

(SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO) – The U.S. Travel Association’s Recovery Dashboard with data from Tourism Economics continues to highlight Puerto Rico as the leader in recovery. When comparing monthly spending, on average, the U.S. was approximately 11% below the same time two years ago in September. But travel spending in Puerto Rico was more than 23% above that mark. While eight U.S. states are seeing visitor spending levels above 2019, they range from between 1% and 9% higher while Puerto Rico’s visitor spending was 23% higher than two years ago.

This holds true for many of the Island’s travel niches, not the least of which is golf. Puerto Rico’s 18 courses, beaches, and other tropically enhanced places and activities are an ideal place to relax and rejuvenate during fall and winter, when sun-kissed temperatures average in the 80s.

Golf is particularly prospering in Puerto Rico during the pandemic, stemming from the inherent safeness and ideal social distancing found in the game and on the Island. Furthermore, Puerto Rico has the highest percentage of people fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in the United States as of Oct. 19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A healthy 73% of Puerto Rico's total population of 3.3 million are fully inoculated against the virus, according to CDC data. The U.S. territory also has one of the lowest COVID community transmission rates in the U.S., with only 18 confirmed cases among 100,000 residents in the last seven days.

Sixteen of Puerto Rico’s 18 golf courses are open to the public. The other two – at TPC Dorado Beach – allow play by guests staying at the Dorado Beach, Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Golfweek rates several of the Island’s courses among the best in the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Atlantic Islands. 

Island courses range from luxury resort to municipal, spread throughout Puerto Rico with several clustered near historic San Juan. Oceanside views, coconut trees, and mountain and rainforest vistas frame their settings. Price points, terrain, layout style, and related amenities are varied and complementary.

Traveling to the Island is convenient with many choices as it is the air hub of the Caribbean. Further traveler friendliness is found in Puerto Rico’s bilingual culture, U.S. currency, and no passport required for American citizens.

For more information on the Island, travel guidelines, golf courses, resorts and hotels, and other destination attractions, visit

Revo Partners with Annika Sorenstam to Collaborate on Capsule Sunglass Collection

The Greatest Female Golfer of All Time Will Serve as a Revo Golf Ambassador Promoting Revo’s Glare-Cutting, Performance Lenses

(New York, NY) — Revo, the global leader in high-quality performance sunglasses, announces today they have signed a partnership with Hall-of-Fame golfer, Annika Sorenstam, regarded by many as the greatest female golfer the game has ever seen. As part of the partnership, Annika will serve as a Revo Golf Ambassador and raise awareness about Revo’s line of NASA-based lenses. Revo also plans to collaborate with Annika in the design of two new custom styles for golfers, set for a Spring 2022 launch.

“It’s humbling when Revo’s commitment to technology and overall excellence is recognized by those who really know their equipment,” said CEO Cliff Robinson. “Annika is a golfing legend and it’s an honor and privilege to be partnering with her. I can’t wait for everyone to see the exciting designs we’ve come up with.”

Over her career, Annika has tallied over 90 worldwide victories including 10 major championships. In 2003, she became the first woman in 58 years to tee it up against the men in the Colonial and this year she won the U.S. Senior Women’s Open, 13 years after her last USGA competition. She is still the LPGA’s all-time money leader. Her ANNIKA Foundation has seven global events with over 600 girls competing each year from over 60 different countries.

“I‘m super excited about this chance to collaborate with Revo,” said Annika. “I’ve always been diligent about protecting my eyes from the sun, especially while on the golf course. With Revo’s superior lenses, I can be functional and fashionable even on my busiest days.”

Revo’s signature NASA-based Light Management System has been protecting consumers from harmful bandwidths of sunlight for decades with a collection of lenses that protect, enhance, and improve the way we see the world. Every Revo lens protects from 100% of UVA, UVB, and UVC light to help prevent vision problems.

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