Friday, July 29, 2022

Troon Acquires Leading Golf Technology Company, ClubUp

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in providing golf and club-related leisure and hospitality services, is pleased to announce it has acquired ClubUp, a leading golf technology and service company that currently caters to 65 golf clubs and resorts operating caddie programs domestically and internationally. 

As part of the acquisition, Troon will invest significantly in ClubUp technology, expanding and enhancing the current platform, while adding new features that partner clubs have requested. The existing ClubUp team will continue to lead the company and as part of the transaction, they along with other key ClubUp stakeholders, have elected to invest in Troon. 

"The team at ClubUp is very excited to be part of Troon,” said ClubUp Founder/CEO Matthew Rose. “We remain committed to providing a world class platform for the over 8,000 independent contractors using ClubUp to provide caddie services. Our business model and operations will remain unchanged. The support and investment from Troon will enable us to add even more value to our customers. The time was right for ClubUp to be acquired and Troon was the ideal partner to help us take the next step as a leading golf technology company."

Founded in 2016 by brothers Matthew and Michael Rose, ClubUp provides innovative technology which helps improve the caddie experience for golfers and caddies at partner clubs and resorts. Additionally, ClubUp technology offers a more efficient way to schedule and communicate with caddies working at a partner club property. The improved communication and efficient logistics provided by ClubUp technology yield significant productivity improvements for caddie programs. ClubUp has added 25 new partner clubs to date in 2022 and currently has 65 partner clubs and resorts using their technology, including National Golf Links, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Los Angeles Country Club, Ridgewood Country Club and Cherry Hills Country Club. 

“We are proud, and extremely excited, to bring ClubUp into the Troon family of brands and services offered to the industry,” said Troon President and CEO Tim Schantz. “The ClubUp technology is second to none, with smart, dedicated and hard-working leaders who will continue to support the product, business and ClubUp clients moving forward. We are excited to see the next chapter for ClubUp and support their continued dedication to their impressive roster of existing clients and those to come.” 

Troon’s purchase of ClubUp continues its focused effort to build out services, scale and technology for the benefit of its clients. In May 2022, Troon acquired ICON Management Services, a Florida-based golf, tennis, amenity and community association management company, to expand its HOA management capabilities regionally and nationwide. Through the acquisitions of Peter Burwash International and Cliff Drysdale Management, the nation’s largest racket sports management company, Troon has furthered its expertise in racket sports, while the acquisition of RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design has furthered the company’s food and beverage knowledge and capabilities. In acquiring and combining industry leading golf management companies, including Honours Golf, Green Golf Partners, OB Sports Golf Management, Premier Golf Centers and Indigo Golf Partners, Troon has infused additional support, expertise and resources to associates as well as current and prospective clients. 

For more information on ClubUp, visit

USGA Adds Wearable Technology to Golfer Products Suite

Innovation supported by Sentry includes smart watch integration with score entry, stat tracking, GPS distances 

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) and Sentry Insurance have made it easier for recreational golfers to track their on-course performance by unveiling additional features to it
s Golf Handicap Information Network (GHIN) mobile app, including a new smart watch app integration.

Nearly 3 million existing GHIN subscribers were given free access to new hole-by-hole scoring and tracking features on their Apple Watch in June, including the capability to track the number of putts, approach shot accuracy and driving accuracy with a few clicks. 

Users of GHIN’s enhanced GPS now also have access to two new features on their Apple Watch: distances to the front, center, and back of the green, and distances to key points on holes such as bunkers, layup areas and penalty areas.

“We are consistently investing in technology, making it easier for golfers to enjoy the game they love,” said Gareth Londt, managing director of Product, Data & Technology, USGA. “Adding wearable technology as an extension to the GHIN mobile app has been very well received, and is just the latest step in our journey to unify and advance the game for the next generation of golfers.”

These latest innovations delivered by the USGA are made possible through its corporate partnership with Sentry, a recognized leader in business insurance and the presenting partner of GHIN. They follow significant advancements made to the GHIN mobile app in 2021, including GPS, course maps and green-reading technology, among other additions.

The GHIN mobile app also automatically delivers an official Handicap Index® that is updated daily to subscribers in the United States and beyond and connects users with their local Allied Golf Association. 

The USGA first developed the network in 1981 to relieve the burden placed on clubs and golf associations to manage golfer handicap data on their own. Most golf courses and associations in America are now part of the GHIN ecosystem, with updated GHIN products released to accommodate the launch of the World Handicap System™ in 2020. Obtaining a Handicap Index is easy and requires posting only three 18-hole scores. For more information, see

The USGA also plans to introduce new features to the GHIN mobile app later this year, such as games and multi-player scorekeeping. Users can download the GHIN mobile app from both the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information, visit

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club To Host National Golf Invitational

Men’s and women’s event, presented in partnership with Golfweek, similar to college basketball NIT 

(Maricopa, Ariz.) – Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz. will be the host site for the inaugural National Golf Invitational in May 2023. Presented in partnership with Golfweek, the National Golf Invitational will feature a men’s and women’s competition, each with a maximum of 18 teams playing 54 holes of stroke play. Women will play May 11-14, with the men playing May 18-21. The exciting new collegiate event comes after the NCAA announced in May that it would allow schools to play in one season-ending event, similar to college basketball’s NIT.

Golfweek’s Lance Ringler will serve as the National Golf Invitational’s tournament director and the field will be invitation-only as decided by a committee using both the Golfweek/Sagarin and Golfstat rankings along with a committee decision on teams that have a strong regular season.

“This is something I have talked about for many years and am extremely excited to make this a reality. Many coaches over that time have expressed a want and a need for a second postseason event like we see in other sports and the sport is ready to support another postseason tournament,” said Ringler. “With the NCAA now allowing teams to play in one postseason event, teams that don’t find a path to the NCAA regional play can now look at what we are doing as an option.”

“Ak-Chin Southern Dunes is excited to carry on our proud tradition of hosting high level championship events as the host site for the men’s and women’s National Golf Invitational,” said Ak-Chin Southern Dunes General Manager Brady Wilson. “Certainly, the popularity of golf in the Valley of Sun and the growing exposure of college golf make for perfect timing to have a second National Championship event so that more college programs and student athletes are able to play into the post-season.” 

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes has played host to numerous major tournaments and events since opening in 2002, serving as an annual U.S. Open qualifying site, host site for the first stage of the PGA TOUR’s Korn Ferry Tour Q-School, and several top collegiate men’s and women’s golf tournaments, including the Copper Cup, a two-day Ryder Cup-style event featuring in-state rivals the University of Arizona and Arizona State University men’s golf teams. In addition, the course annually hosts top amateurs in the Desert Amateur in December and the Saguaro Amateur held in early January. Both events are part of the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series, a multi-tournament series providing high-level amateurs a chance to compete throughout the year.

In 2026, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club will be a host site for the Men’s Golf NCAA Regionals. The “Top 100 You Can Play” golf course will be one of six Regional sites in the U.S. with each site hosting 14 collegiate teams. The top five teams from each Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships to be held in 2026 at La Costa Resort and Spa in San Diego, Calif. Exact dates for the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Regionals will be announced at a later date, but the tournament is expected to take place in mid-to-late May 2026. 

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club was designed by Brian Curley and PGA TOUR veteran Fred Couples in 2002. Originally developed as a private club by private investors, the championship Australian Sandbelt-style golf course sits on 320 acres of land that was once a part of the Ak-Chin’s May 1912 reservation before it was removed by Presidential Executive Order in late 1912. Nearly 100 years later, in 2010, the Ak-Chin Community recovered its sacred land when it purchased the golf facility and opened the course to public play. The course currently boasts several coveted accolades, including being included on Golfweek’s coveted rankings of the “Top 100 Resort Courses” and “Best Courses You Can Play.”

For more information on Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, visit

Ace Indoor Golf Named First U.S. Distributor of Innovative PuttView Interactive Putting Green Systems

(Toledo, OH)
– Ace Indoor Golf, the industry leader in home golf simulator hardware, design, consultation and installations, is proud to be named the first United States distributor of the state-of-the-art, innovative and interactive PuttView putting greens.

PuttView is a cutting-edge, Augmented-Reality-based system that turns greens into an interactive learning platform. It delivers unprecedented visual feedback, designed to optimize every phase of putting: teaching, learning, practicing, and playing for fun and competition. From large-scale commercial putting greens, creative custom designs to pre-designed models for businesses, academies and home use, PuttView’s patented combination of data-tracking, feedback software, visual projection of all putting data parameters and expertly built putting surfaces unites the art and science of putting for new levels of learning and entertainment. 

“Bringing the U.S. market PuttView’s breakthrough technology and exciting array of interactive putting green products – that are already a huge hit all across the world – is a huge honor,” says Trevor Faust, president of Ace Indoor Golf, the industry’s leading golf simulator installer and manufacturer of simulator screen, sewn components and enclosures. “PuttView can be a perfect solution for indoor golf businesses and home installations. Especially for entertainment and instruction venues where the putting green is an underutilized asset. PuttView’s software, data and graphics bring every putt to life and create incredible engagement and monetization opportunities for data- and feedback-driven lessons, plus hours of fun with all the unique games and challenges.”

For more than 15 years, Ace Indoor Golf has designed, sold and installed more than 1,000 commercial and residential simulators, and has brought its vast experience to the growing “Do-It-Yourself” market. Ace offers a value-added approach in which knowledge, design and service are individual for every client. Ace’s experts are there with customers during every step of the process. 

PuttView’s line of interactive putting greens includes the 60-square-foot Home Series, the Professional Series (with designs ranging from 90 to 220 square feet), and Custom Greens up to 540 square feet. PuttView is also available for a range of multi-adjustable Moving Greens up to 300 square feet. Each green is built with natural-flowing contours for a variety of breaking putts and data-rich feedback on every putt through PuttView’s ball-tracking software and projection system. The PuttView team can also add its software and projection technology to existing putting green installations to help business owners better monetize their indoor golf spaces.

“Ace Indoor Golf brings together years of experience with performance golf technology and high-end commercial and residential golf buildouts,” says PuttView Founder and Managing Director Christoph Pregizer. “Just as with PuttView, their top priority is on delivering great products as well as a seamless experience from initial contact to the installation and beyond. We are extremely excited to partner with the team at Ace Indoor Golf to expand on our distribution channels in North America. We are confident that our partnership with Ace Indoor will be crucial in bringing PuttView to even more customers in the United States.”

Ace Indoor Golf can now provide its indoor golf consumers PuttView consultations and installations as a dependable dealer who works with customers at every phase of the buying experience: from the consultation, sales, design, installation and even service of the simulator hardware and housing.

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Titleist Introduces Innovative Wedge Fitting App

Vokey Wedge Fitting App developed by Titleist, Vokey R&D and Fitting Teams

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – A new Vokey Wedge Fitting App for indoor wedge fitting – developed by Titleist and Vokey engineers in collaboration with Titleist club fitting experts - is the first of its kind.

Specifically designed to enhance the wedge fitting experience for all golfers, The Vokey Wedge Fitting App golfers enhanced access to quality, precise wedge recommendations to improve their wedge play.  

“We encourage all golfers to get fit for their wedges because we know it will help improve short game performance. This process raises the bar on wedge fitting by making high-quality experiences easier to access than ever before.” – Brett Porath, Senior Director, Titleist Club Fitting.

Working with an expert Vokey wedge fitter, golfers are asked a series of questions about their technique, course conditions and how they use different wedges for specific shots in a round of golf. Taking grind selection to another level, the Vokey Wedge Fitting App incorporates launch monitor technology to measure a player’s technique on a series of shots - from full shots to greenside pitches.

“Selecting the correct wedges, particularly the right grinds, leads to more confidence and lower scores. With the depth of options Vokey offers, getting custom fit is truly the best way to unlock the best short game tools for your game.” – Corey Gerrard, Marketing Director, Vokey Wedges.

The Vokey Wedge Fitting App focuses on data relating to a player’s angle of attack and their shaft lean at impact. Working in concert with the questions previously discussed with a fitter, the Vokey Wedge Fitting App ultimately recommends specific wedge grinds suited to the player’s technique and course conditions.


• The app matches data from a player’s technique to various playing conditions to find the right loft, bounce and grind combination for their wedge setup.

• Players will hit a series of shots based on the types of shots they will hit in a round of golf, including full swings, pitch shots and greenside shots with an open face.

• The app then makes recommendations based on how golfers deliver the club differently for various shot types (e.g., full, pitch, open face)

• Working with an expert Vokey fitter, players receive recommended grinds through an interactive process that typically lasts 10-15 minutes. 

AVAILABILITY | The Vokey Wedge Fitting App will be available through authorized Titleist Trade Partners globally beginning July 2022. 


How does the app measure a player’s technique?

Technique is measured through a combination of attack angle and shaft lean that helps determine, along with course conditions, which sole grind will suit best on particular shots.

Does the app measure a variety of different shot types?

Yes, players are asked to hit the specific shots based on the shots they encounter in a round of golf. The app independently measures the player’s technique for different shots, from full swings, to pitch shots, to open face. 

PXG & Professional Wisecracker Rob Riggle Team Up to Share Golf’s Good Word in the New Web Series Playing Around with Rob Riggle

PXG Introduces Actor, Comedian, and Retired Marine Rob Riggle as the Company’s Newest Ambassador

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – PXG, the fun-loving, performance-focused golf equipment and apparel company, announced Rob Riggle as its newest ambassador. The multi-talented actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel, and golf nut will officially represent PXG on the golf course and collaborate in creating top-shelf content.  

Riggle's first project with PXG is a six-part web series, Playing Around with Rob Riggle. Click here to watch the teaser! 

The series premieres on YouTube on Thursday, August 18, 2022, with new episodes airing every Thursday for six weeks. Each episode features Riggle and guests playing three holes at Scottsdale National Golf Club as they chat about life, work, and their passion for the game of golf. Guests include NFL players, golf broadcasters, military veterans, PXG customers, and more.

On his relationship with PXG, Riggle shared, "I love golf. I love PXG. I love playing golf with PXG!" 

As an avid golf enthusiast, Riggle fell in love with the sport at the age of 12 after hitting a bucket of balls with his mom's clubs. He currently hosts the extreme miniature golf game show Holey Moley on ABC but is best known for his roles in The Hangover, 21 & 22 Jump Street, Dumb and Dumber To, The Other Guys, Let's Be Cops, and Step Brothers; as well as his work on Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show.

Like PXG Founder and CEO Bob Parsons, Rob Riggle is a United States Marine. He joined the Marine Corps in 1990 at 19, rising through the ranks and serving in various countries, including Albania, Liberia, and Afghanistan. He retired from the Marine Corps after 23 years of service. 

"We've been team Riggle for years. Now, I am pleased and proud to officially welcome my fellow Devil Dog and funny man, Rob Riggle, to team PXG," Bob Parsons stated. 

Rob Riggle is a longtime fan of the PXG brand. An equipment junkie, Riggle initially sought out a golf club fitting at PXG Headquarters in true Marine meets comedy style. He took matters into his own hands. He hopped on a Southwest flight, called an Uber, and landed on PXG's welcome mat. 

The personalized fitting experience and an impressive first round on the golf course made PXG a mainstay in Riggle's golf bag. Over the years, PXG has supported Riggle's annual charity InVETational Golf Tournament. And later, Riggle accepted an invitation to participate in the PXG College Golf Showcase as Team Semper Fi & America's Fund captain. 

So, what's In Rob Riggle's bag?

PXG 0311 GEN5 Driver, 9° 

PXG 0311 GEN5 Wood, 3° 

PXG 0311 GEN5 Hybrid, 19°

PXG 0311 P GEN5 Irons, 5-GW

PXG 0311 Milled Sugar Daddy II Wedge, 56°/10 

PXG 0311 Milled Sugar Daddy II Wedge, 60°/10

PXG Battle Ready One and Done Putter

“I knew I could count on Bob Parsons to deliver the goods! He’s a fellow Marine after all,” Riggle stated. “When my PXG clubs arrived in that awesome black box, I knew things were about to improve. Collaborating with PXG is the best break my golf game has ever received.”

To learn more, visit, and catch Playing Around with Rob Riggle on YouTube starting Thursday, August 18.

Audubon International Releases New Edition of “A Guide to Environmental Stewardship on the Golf Course”

Recently Revised 3rd Edition Provides Members With Updated Information and Resources and Provides Additional Guidance for Eco-Friendly Programs and Initiatives

(Troy, New York) – Audubon International – the environmentally focused non-profit organization offering members numerous certifications and conservation initiatives to protect the areas where we all live, work, and play – has released the newly updated version of its  “A Guide to Environmental Stewardship on the Golf Course.” 

This revised 3rd edition is available to all Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ASCP) members as part of the organization’s 35th anniversary celebration and replaces the 2nd edition, which was last updated in 2013. The new guide incorporates knowledge gained through Audubon International’s decades of experience helping golf courses serve as ecologically valuable green spaces, while reducing potential environmental impacts associated with golf course operations. 

“The 3rd edition closely reflects the expertise and experiences of the thousands of golf course superintendents, golf industry professionals, environmental organizations, researchers, and others, who have participated in the ASCP since 1991,” said Audubon International Chief Executive Officer Christine Kane. “We hope our members will refer to this new document frequently and allow it to guide them with sustainable practices already in place, as well as help introduce new ones at their courses, leading to tangible environmental results.”

Every chapter in the 3rd edition has been updated to provide current information, resources, and links. Highlights of the many other modifications include: 

- Dividing the former Chapter 3, titled “Chemical Use Reduction and Safety,” into two separate chapters: “Chemical Use Reduction and Chemical Safety” and “Maintenance Operations,” which emphasizes the importance of both topics while providing greater detail

- Referencing current “Best Management Practices,” which have now been adopted in all 50 U.S. states, and other operational trends 

- Providing comprehensive details regarding the planning process and implementation of water quality monitoring programs that meet certification guidelines

- Updating and enhancing the “References” and “Appendix” sections in order to provide more extensive information

David H. Robinson, CGCS, CGIA, Senior Director, Golf Grounds, Global Golf Division of Marriott Golf, was one of the many industry professionals to provide valuable input and counsel on the 3rd edition and called it a “must-have for every professional library.”

“Managing and enhancing the natural habitat of golf courses is a key goal for all industry leaders,” said Robinson. “The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf provides a framework that strengthens a facility’s sustainability efforts. The benefits of completing the program are always immeasurable.”

Audubon International began its 35th anniversary on July 1 with the announcement that it would waive the enrollment fee for the first 35 new members of the ACSP, by using the code “35Years” during the application process. Bringing on 35 new members will equal an investment of $17,500 and kicked off a calendar year of other important initiatives, such as the release of the new guidebook.

To learn more about how your local golf course, community or resort can gain recognition for your environmental efforts or to learn how to expand your initiatives through Audubon International’s numerous environmental certifications, visit or call toll free: 1-844-767-9051.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Edison Golf Now Offers Free Shipping on all Wedge Orders

— Edison Golf Company, maker of the revolutionary Edison Forged Wedges, is pleased to announce it will now ship all wedge orders completely FREE via UPS in the continental U.S. starting immediately. Golfers can select any Edison Forged wedge built to their custom specs, and the company will build it and ship it free.

“We know from experience that once golfers try one of our Edison Forged wedges, they will see what the difference is all about,” said Edison Chairman and Director of Innovation Terry Koehler. “Offering free shipping combined with our 30-Day Performance Guarantee, makes trying an Edison Forged wedge easier and more risk-free than ever.”

While designed for serious recreational golfers, the Edison Forged wedges feature a cosmetically different weighting design that makes them look very different from traditional and stale ‘tour design’ wedges that have been on the market for decades. The Edison technologies distribute up to 18% more mass above the impact point to dramatically improve distance control and forgiveness, while also increasing spin. They also feature the patented and proven “Koehler sole”, which combines both a high and low bounce into each wedge for optimum versatility. Quality forged construction and Edison’s durable chrome finish combine to deliver exquisite feel while significantly extending the useful life of the wedges.

The Edison Forged wedges were designed by Koehler, who also writes a popular weekly blog as The Wedge Guy on Throughout his 30-year history as a wedge designer, Koehler has repeatedly proven that historic ‘tour design’ wedges are the most finicky clubs in the game, even less forgiving than the most traditional blade short irons. He pioneered raising the CG (center of mass) of wedges with Reid Lockhart® in the mid-1990s, and his EIDOLON® wedges of the early 2000s were the first to introduce CNC-milled grooves in mainstream wedges as well as thicker upper section of the wedge clubhead. Koehler’s design philosophies were further advanced with his breakthrough progressive weighting in the SCOR™ wedges of 2011-2014 and the Ben Hogan® TK wedges of 2015-2017.

The Edison Golf website features a one-of-a-kind fitting tool, the WedgeFit Scoring Range Analysis to help golfers gain insight into their scoring range challenges, as well as to see which Edison Forged wedges will best suit their game. Edison’s streamlined purchasing process allows customers to easily custom-build their wedges to their own specifications for loft, shaft, length, lie angle and grip preference. If there is a particular non-standard shaft that the golfer prefers, the company will build their Edison Forged wedges on those shafts for a reasonable upcharge.

Edison Forged wedges are backed by the Company’s bold 30-Day Performance Guarantee. Edison will let you play your first custom-built Edison Forged wedge for 30 days on your course, hitting the shots you face every round. If you don’t experience “The Edison Difference”, the Company will buy it back for 100% of what you paid for it.

For more information about Edison Forged wedges or to take the WedgeFit Scoring Range Analysis, visit

Re-Invigorated Dundonald Links Set to Welcome World’s Best Players in the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open, July 28-31

Luxury Golf Resort in Western Scotland Showcases Golf Course, Brand-New Clubhouse, Hotel Rooms and Standalone Lodges

(Ayrshire, Scotland) — Two-time major champion and current World No.1 Jin Young Ko is set to headline the 2022 Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open at Dundonald Links, July 28-31, alongside fellow major champions Minjee Lee, Jennifer Kupcho and winner of the 2022 KPMG PGA Championship In Gee Chun.

Joining Ko in the 144-women field, the event’s strongest field to date, are former World No.1’s which include World No.4 Lydia Ko, who in 2015 became the youngest player of either gender to be ranked No.1 in professional golf at age 17; Inbee Park, who claimed the No.1 ranking in 2013 after winning what’s now known as The Chevron Championship; and Ariya Jutanugarn, who overtook Lydia Ko at the top of the Rolex Rankings in June 2017 and became the first Thai golfer to be ranked World No.1.

The timing of this event is ideal for Dundonald Links as it unveiled several additions and enhancements to coincide with the 2022 season. These include renovations to the acclaimed Kyle Phillips designed 18-hole course and the debut of a modern luxury clubhouse, hotel rooms, and standalone lodges with private putting green.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open, and to be partnering with IMG, VisitScotland and Trust Golf to deliver this prestigious event,” said Ian Ferguson, General Manager, Dundonald Links. “Since the event was last here in 2017, the course has undergone vast improvements and we can’t wait to showcase them to golf fans around the world. We believe Dundonald Links will be the perfect place to showcase the top women golfers and give them a true links test.”

The prestigious tournament – in which players will vie for shares of the $2 million dollar prize purse – will be broadcast in the United States and Canada on Golf Channel during all four rounds beginning on Thursday, July 21. The precise times and more information can be found at

“Not only will golfers around the globe get to see elite players take on our award-winning course, but they’ll fall in love with our gorgeous setting and want to visit and play here,” said Club Manager Ferguson. “Fortunately, with our new luxury hospitality additions, we ready to embrace them and provide an unforgettable experience.”

Golf at Dundonald Links epitomizes why Scotland is the renowned home of golf. With some holes enjoying sweeping vistas of the Ayrshire coast, wide fairways, undulating greens and situated among five-star luxurious facilities, Dundonald Links is a course designed by golfers for golfers. No detail too small has been overlooked, culminating in one of the best golf courses in Scotland to play, stay, dine and relax at.

“When we acquired Dundonald Links in 2019, we knew it had great potential to become one of the UK’s finest golf resorts and it is amazing to see our plans come to fruition. With the brand-new clubhouse and luxury accommodation, we believe it will be the perfect host to the world’s best women golfers,” said Lindsey Esse, Managing Director of Darwin Escapes, which owns and operates Dundonald Links.

As well as the 2022 Women’s Scottish Open, Dundonald Links will host 2023 Open Championship Final Qualifying.

For more details and to book a stay at Dundonald Links, visit





Barney Adams Inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame

The Texas Golf Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2022

(Frisco, Texas) — The Texas Golf Hall of Fame today announced six inductees for its Class of 2022. Professional Player Ryan Palmer, Amateur Player Brad Elder, Golf Professional/Teacher Gordon Johnson, Golf Professional/Teacher Ronny Glanton, Lifetime Achievement Barney Adams, and Texas Registry of Historic Golf Courses Houston Country Club join 145 individuals and 13 facilities already in the Hall of Fame.

The five individuals and one facility will be honored at the Texas Golf Hall of Fame's traditional Gathering of Eagles golf tournament and marker unveiling at Brackenridge Park and with a formal induction dinner ceremony at San Antonio Country Club, both to be held on Monday, October 17th. All festivities are open to the public. More information can be found by visiting or contacting the Texas Golf Hall of Fame's Executive Director (

Texas Golf Hall of Fame Chairman, Reid Meyers: "The Texas Golf Hall of Fame is adding an incredibly decorated and worthy group into its membership this fall. We are so pleased to celebrate their achievements as representatives of Texas' storied history in golf. The Class of 2022 undoubtedly deserves to be part of the greatest state golf hall of fame in the country."

Professional Player Electee, Ryan Palmer: "I am a Texan through and through. To live my whole life in this great state and to be part of its incredible golf community has been amazing and I am beyond humbled to join the list of great players that have also been inducted into our Hall of Fame. It is truly an honor."

Amateur Electee, Brad Elder: "It's a dream come true. I am beyond excited and so very appreciative."

Golf Professional/Teacher, Gordon Johnson: "The names on the list of golf professionals in the Hall is exceptional and to be included among them is a special honor. I am so grateful and will do my best to only improve the Texas Golf Hall of Fame."

Golf Professional/Teacher Electee, Ronny Glanton: "This election is something I never thought I could achieve growing up in Mineral Wells. As a lifelong Texan, this means even more to me than being named the PGA of America Golf Professional of the Year. I will forever remember this day."

Lifetime Achievement Electee, Barney Adams: "It is an absolute honor and will be a moment that sinks in more and more as days go on. I have so much admiration for Texas golf."

Texas Registry of Historic Golf Courses, Houston Country Club President Ira Green: "This means a lot to our membership. We are so proud of our history and being able to add election into the Texas Registry of Historic Golf Courses to that history means the world to so many who are associated with the club."

This will be the Texas Golf Hall of Fame’s 29th class to be inducted in its 44-year existence. The Texas Golf Hall of Fame biennially inducts individuals and facilities in five categories. The next election process will occur in 2024.

Professional Player – Ryan Palmer

A native of Amarillo, Ryan Hunt Palmer played collegiately at the University of North Texas and Texas A&M University, where he was a three-time All Big 12 team selection. In his nineteen years on the PGA Tour, Palmer has played in 465 tournaments and earned over $31 million in career earnings. He has won four times – 2004 Funia Classic @Walt Disney, 2008 Ginn Ser Mer Classic, 2010 Sony Open, and 2019 Zurich Classic (with partner Jon Rahm).

He and his family established the Ryan Palmer Foundation in 2003 to create life-changing and brighter futures for communities and underserved families by offering access to education, self-care, and personal development. Initiatives include aiding in dental care, the Ryan Palmer Foundation Healing Garde, Palmer Playhouse and the Palmer Sportszone at Children’s Hospital of Northwest Texas, grants for children to participate in junior golf tournaments at no cost and supporting the Northern Texas PGA Foundation's Golf Park at PGA Frisco.

A life-long Texan, Ryan, wife Jennifer and their two children Mason and Maddy, reside in Colleyville.

Amateur Player – Brad Elder

Brad Elder, originally from Tulsa, grew up in Plano, Texas and began his amateur prowess by winning the 1994 5A Boys State Golf Tournament individual title and 1994 Western Amateur. Elder then headed to The University of Texas where he earned All-America Honors in each of his four years, including twice being named to the first team. Elder won the 1995 Texas State Amateur.

Elder’s banner year as an amateur was in 1997. He racked up undefeated showings in both the Walker and Palmer Cups and won the 1997 Northeast Amateur. As a Longhorn that year, he was under par in 18 of 37 competitive rounds played. Elder was awarded the Jack Nicklaus Award, given annually by the Golf Coaches Association of America to the golfer who excels throughout the course of the entire season, and was the Fred Haskins Award winner, presented annually by the Haskins Commission to honor the most outstanding collegiate golfer in the United States. It is college golf's equivalent to college football's Heisman Trophy. He finished his collegiate career as the nation's No. 1 amateur according to Golfweek/Titleist amateur rankings.

Golf Professional / Teacher – Gordon Johnson

Elected to PGA membership in 1986, Gordon Johnson has served the state of Texas almost his entire career. Assistantships at River Oaks and Oak Hills, then a PGA Head Golf Professional role at New Orleans Country Club propelled Johnson to the PGA Head Golf Professional role at Preston Trail Golf Club in Dallas from 1992 until 1999. For the past twenty-three years, Gordon has called Houston Country Club home, as its PGA Head Golf Professional. 

During his PGA tenure, Johnson has mentored 17 fellow golf professionals to head golf professional roles, played in eight Texas Joe Black Cup Matches (and serving as a captain in 2010), competed in the 1990 US Open and the 1992 PGA Championship as a Club Professional. He has also qualified for 15 National Club Professional Championships.

He has received numerous honors including 1995 Merchandiser of the Year (Northern Texas Section), 2008 Merchandiser of the Year (Southern Texas Section), 2009 Bill Strausbaugh Award (Southern Texas Section), and 2013 Golf Professional of the Year (Southern Texas Section). Johnson’s service includes the STPGA Board of Directors, the Ronald McDonald Golf Tournament Board of Directors, and board member of the Will Erwin Headache Foundation golf event.

Golf Professional / Teacher - Ronny Glanton 

Ronny Glanton, originally of Mineral Wells, Texas, has spent his entire career at Sherrill Park Golf Course in Richardson – as an assistant from 1981 to 1984 and as head golf professional for the past 37 years. 

Glanton’s stellar playing record includes qualifying for the PGA Professional National Championship nine times, playing in seven AT&T Byron Nelson PGA Tour events, winning six NTPGA Senior Division Major Championships and three NTPGA Team Major Championships, representing the NTPGA 16 times on its Joe Black Cup Team (4th NTPGA all-time in individual points) and serving as Captain of the NTPGA Joe Black Cup Team three times.

Throughout his time as a PGA Member, he has served the Northern Texas PGA as Secretary and Vice-President, as well as President of the Section twice. In addition, Glanton represented the NTPGA as an At-Large Director on the PGA of America Board from 2010-2012, representing the NTPGA, STPGA and Sun Country PGA. 

With the addition of roles on numerous section and national committees (including Chairman of the PGA of America Tournament Committee from 2010-2014) and awards received (including an unprecedented three-time NTPGA Golf Professional of the Year winner), Glanton was honored as the 2020 PGA of America’s Golf Professional of the Year. He became just the fifth Texan to have won the Association's most prestigious award, joining Ross Collins, Hardy Loudermilk, David Price, and Randy Smith (all of whom are in the Texas Golf Hall of Fame).

Lifetime Achievement – Barney Adams

Barney Adams’ love affair with golf comes in many forms – player, entrepreneur, innovator, advocate, and leader. As founder of Adams Golf in 1990, after buying the remnants of Dave Pelz golf in 1988, Adams quickly grew the company to more than 100 employees and the leader in industry innovation. Adams’ sketches of a fairway wood design from notes he made during fittings that specifically addressed the challenge of getting the ball airborne from a tight fairway lie became the Adam Tight Lies Fairway Wood, the number one selling fairway metal in golf. Adams took the company public in 1998, at the time, the largest IPO in the history of the golf equipment industry.

Adams’ contributions to the game also include a fitting manual that became the foundation of the process the OEM’s use today and writing a story emphasizing moving to forward tees to derive more enjoyment and increase participation. The PGA and USGA adopted the principle, and “Tee it Forward” was born. Adams traveled the country as the organizations’ spokesperson to bring awareness to the project.

His philanthropy work is centered around The Ryan Foundation. Adams has been supporting the mission of The Ryan Foundation since its inception in 1992. His personal guidance and commitment to the Foundation has brought national awareness to finding treatment for MPS and LSD. The account of his first meeting with Ryan Dant’s father was read by millions in nationally renowned sportswriter Dave Kindred’s two feature Golf Digest articles titled, “The Power of Charity Golf” and “How Golf and Charity Came Together to Save a Life”.

Texas Registry of Historic Golf Courses – Houston Country Club

Houston Country Club was founded in 1908, at what is now Gus Wortham Golf Course, by Will Farish & Walter Fondren- founders of Exxon; Howard Hughes Sr.- founder, Hughes Tool Company, Captain James Baker- co-founder, Baker Botts law firm (grandfather of James A. Baker, III), Joseph Cullinan- founder, Texaco; Jesse Jones- Secretary of Commerce, Head of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and Houston businessman/philanthropist; and the estate of William Marsh Rice- founding entity of Rice University.

Houston Country Club’s current location was designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1955 and opened in 1957. Coore & Crenshaw redesigned the course in 1988. One of the five founding members of the Texas Golf Association, the club has played host to eight Texas State Amateurs (1911 -first on an 18-hole golf course, 1913, 1916, 1920, 1933, 1981, 2001, 2008) and five Women’s Texas Golf Association Championships (1917, 1921, 1928, 1938, 1961). The course has also held numerous famous exhibitions and USGA qualifiers and played host to the Houston Invitational from 1914-1954 with winders including Francis Ouimet (1922) and Doug Ford (1949). George V. Rotan was the first winner and won the event multiple times. Over the years, Houston Country Club has consistently opened its course to PGA section events and was a primary practice facility for the prolific University of Houston Men’s Golf Team during its championship runs in the 1970s and 1980s.

Two golf inventions originated at Houston Country Club. The original sand wedge was invented and patented by member Ed MacClain (Bobby Jones used it at 1930 British Open). Gene Sarazen modified it later after he got the new design idea from spending time with member, Howard Hughes, Jr. In 1947, member Dick Jackson invented and received a patent for the golf cart by welding a park bench on a Cushman scooter and called it the “Arthritis Special.”

Notable Houston Country Club members include President George H.W. Bush (son President George W. Bush active at club growing up), James A. Baker, III (former Reagan Chief of Staff, Secretary of Treasury, and Secretary of State), and Denton Cooley (renowned heart surgeon and performed first heart transplant).

Houston Country Club is the 14th facility to be included in the Texas Registry of Historic Golf Courses. 

The TGHOF is a 501(c)(3) organization. More information is available at

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

As Airline Travel Woes Multiply, Explore Branson Golf Destination is Ideally Located for Summer and Fall Getaways

Within One Day’s Drive for Half of American Population, the SW Missouri Ozarks Oasis Beckons with 10 Courses, Three Lakes, Dozens of Live Shows, and Much More  

(Branson, Missouri) – According to industry research released in June by Skift – the global leader in studying and reporting travel news and trends – for the first time since January “travel health” registered a decline. While a small decline, “this is significant in what it implies. Economic worries, mass cancellations at airports, and price hikes seem to be catching up with the industry,” reported Skift.

The canceled flights, major staff shortages, and lost baggage that has plagued airlines and airports for much of the summer, coupled with rising fares, is increasingly dissuading people from flying.

For travelers wanting to enjoy vacations this summer and fall but don’t want to fly, Branson is ideally located for drive visitors. One-third of the U.S. population is within and 8-hour drive, while 50 percent are within a 12-hour drive.

“The numbers don’t lie, and this is why Branson is increasingly appealing to so many people who aren’t flying currently but don’t want to sacrifice their summer vacations and golf getaways,” said Lynn Berry, Explore Branson Director of Communications.

Approximately 10,000,000 visitors came into the region in 2021, a significant increase over COVID-19 impacted 2020, and more than 10% over 2019, the last non-COVID-19 affected year.

While destination’s overall numbers were up, the positive trends held for many of its niches including golf. Branson’s 10 courses, live entertainment theatres, exceptional lakes, and family friendly activities are renowned for their variety and quality. 

All 10 Branson Golf courses are open to the public and range from luxury resort to daily fee options. Located close to one another, the courses are situated near many lodging options, restaurants, theme park, museums, and countless other attractions without losing their idyllic settings amid the Ozarks’ natural bounty.

Five of Missouri’s Top 10-rated courses are in the Branson Golf destination, including the top four. Some of those are ranked among the country’s top 100 public courses by leading magazines.

Course designs by Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Bob Cupp, and Tom Fazio combine with first-class playing conditions, welcoming hospitality, and five courses that are certified by Audubon International for their environmental and conservation best practices. 

Branson is annually voted a TripAdvisor community top U.S. destination, ranking No. 3 in 2021.

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New PXG 0211® XCOR2TM Irons Make Cutting-Edge Golf Club Technology Affordable

Brand New in 2022, PXG 0211 XCOR2 Irons Are for The Everyday Golfer Who Craves Exceptional Tech in the Name of Lower Scores & Having a Good Time

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – PXG has unveiled the latest evolution in its wildly popular 0211 Irons offering. New PXG 0211 XCOR2 Irons employ some of the cutting-edge golf club technology in the company’s GEN5 series wrapped in a high-performance progressive set design and delivered at a price that will knock your socks off.

“PXG 0211 XCOR2 Irons were engineered to include some of our finest performance-enhancing technology at a ridiculously good price,” said PXG Founder and CEO Bob Parsons. “If your budget is tight and you want to play the best, these irons are the easy choice.”

Informed by PXG’s flagship 0311 GEN5 Irons, PXG 0211 XCOR2 Irons integrate XCOR2 Technology, Power Channel Technology, and golf’s thinnest club face. XCOR2 Technology results from a multi-year collaboration with material experts to develop a core specifically for PXG Irons that is lighter and faster. Power Channel Technology supports additional face loading at impact. The internal U-shaped corridor increases the coefficient of restitution (COR) and transfers more energy back into the golf ball for faster ball speeds and more distance.

The clubface is made from an HT 1770 maraging stainless steel using a cold roll manufacturing process combined with an aged heat treatment method. This produces an extremely tight grain structure and higher-strength performance than what can be achieved through the traditional forging process. This advanced material and process is one of the attributes that enables PXG to deliver the thinnest clubface in golf. Combined with XCOR2 and Power Channel Technology, the overall system delivers explosive performance and an incredibly soft feel.

Engineered with a broad audience of golfers in mind, PXG 0211 XCOR2 Irons employ an innovative progressive set design. With years of research and performance data gathered by PXG’s Fitting Specialists, the progressive set design features varied blade lengths, offset, and bounce for greater forgiveness in harder-to-hit long irons and maximum control in shorter irons.

PXG 0211 XCOR2 Irons also undergo a precision robotic polishing process. Robotic polishing is a notable breakthrough in manufacturing. This extremely precise finishing process delivers significant improvements in the consistency and quality of the final geometry of the clubhead as compared to the traditional, industry-standard hand polishing.

Built-to-spec and available in a Chrome or, for the first time, Xtreme Dark finish, PXG 0211 XCOR2 Irons are now offered online, in-stores, and through PXG Mobile Fitters. To learn more or to schedule a golf club fitting, visit

Precision Pro Golf Announces New City and State Limited-Edition Designs for NX10 Rangefinder

– Precision Pro Golf  – a technology company that has redefined the golf rangefinder market through innovative and affordable products – announces limited-edition city and state custom designs for the NX10 rangefinder are available now at

Launching this past June, NX10 is the industry’s first completely customizable rangefinder as it allows users to select from a variety of interchangeable designs that can be continually mixed-and-matched, allowing golfers to change the look of their rangefinder to reflect their own style. The latest collection includes a run of “skins” that depict flags and other iconic images associated with the cities and states of New York City, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, Nashville, California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Ohio and South Carolina.

Customers purchasing an NX10 rangefinder ($279.99) can add any of the current custom designs for $20, while limited-edition skins bought on their own cost $25.  

“For anyone looking for a unique way to express pride in the place they come from or show-off their favorite destination, this collection is perfect,” says Clay Hood, CEO of Precision Pro Golf. “The beauty of the NX10 is that it lends itself to limited-edition drops and unique collaborations, so our customers can regularly switch-up their style and find new designs.”

The NX10 comes in a stock white color, but a variety of options to customize are currently available and additional limited-edition releases will be announced throughout the year. NX10’s unique ability to be customized so easily makes it the perfect gift for corporate and ProAm events. Precision Pro Golf has already secured agreements with several major events to use the NX10, including the Barracuda Championship’s ProAm. For information regarding custom NX10 designs for corporate or ProAm events, please e-mail

Featuring a modern industrial-design, NX10 delivers improved durability while still only weighing 18oz. It also includes Precision Pro Golf’s industry-leading protection plan and free lifetime battery replacement service – a benefit that is still unmatched by any other rangefinder company. As with Precision Pro Golf’s other popular rangefinders, crystal clarity is achieved through the enhanced LCD display, which provides 6x magnification to ensure golfers always find their target. 

Additional features include:

- Slope-Adjusted Distances – Precise distances on uphill and downhill shots.

- External Slope Switch – Tournament ready with just a switch, toggle between slope and non-slope with ease.

- Target Acquisition Technology – Makes it simple to lock on a target, even with shaky hands.

- Pulse Vibration – Delivers a short burst to ensure players are hitting their target.

- Magnetic Cart Grip – Easily attaches to the cart, clubs, or any other metal object.

Beyond the NX10, Precision Pro offers a variety of rangefinders and accessories, including the popular R1 Smart Rangefinder, the NX9 Slope models as well as the ACE GPS Golf Speaker. Customer service is a hallmark of Precision Pro, as indicated by its Precision Care Package – the industry’s leading customer care package that includes free shipping, a 90-day money-back guarantee, lifetime customer support, a 30% discount to existing customers when they upgrade to a new product, and the only free lifetime battery replacement program in the industry.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Would You Drink Pickle Juice?

Pickle Juice is the only product on the market scientifically proven to stop muscle cramps. A cramp happens because it is the neurological response to a physiological problem. 

Whether you are missing something from your diet, exhausted from exercise, or dealing with poor circulation: Pickle Juice uses a proprietary grain and blend of vinegar that blocks that nerve signal being sent from brain to muscle. 

Not only will Pickle Juice stop you from cramping immediately, but it will help you recover with our blend of vitamins and minerals.

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ANNIKA Foundation Bringing Next ‘Share My Passion’ Clinic to 2022 U.S. Senior Women’s Open at NCR Country Club

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The ANNIKA Foundation – the charitable organization founded by defending U.S. Senior Women’s Open Champion Annika Sorenstam – will host its next “Share My Passion” golf clinic at NCR Country Club on Tuesday, August 23.

The ANNIKA Foundation, in partnership with Toro and Mastercard, invites girls between the ages of six and 14 who reside in Greater Dayton and the Miami Valley area to write an open letter or send in a video to Annika telling her why they love golf and why other girls should learn to play. The creators of the 30 most-compelling submissions will be invited to attend the clinic during the week of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

Contestants are encouraged to handwrite/draw their letters or record a video. The submission deadline is Friday, August 12. An entry form can be found here.

“I’m looking forward to once again hosting a Share My Passion clinic during the U.S. Senior Women’s Open,” says Annika, who won the 2021 championship by eight shots. “I’d like to think last year’s victory in Connecticut was kick started by the smiles and enthusiasm I experienced with the girls early in the week.”

This year’s clinic will begin with a healthy lunch followed by warm-up activities. Participants will then rotate through a series of stations devoted to different swing fundamentals and staffed by teaching professionals. Thereafter, Annika will give a 45-minute talk discussing topics ranging from the full swing and short game to course management to nutrition and fitness. The session will then conclude with a picture and autograph session.

All juniors will be encouraged to attend the championship. Kids ages 18 and under already receive free admission to the U.S. Senior Women’s Open when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Each clinic participant will be provided with one free championship ticket for use by a parent/guardian. 

The ANNIKA Foundation is dedicated to providing opportunities in women’s golf and created the Share My Passion series in 2018 to extend its impact to girls who are just taking up the game. 

Complementing the Share My Passion series are the Foundation’s six girls-only invitational tournaments: the Hilton Grand Vacations ANNIKA Invitational presented by Rolex (United States), ANNIKA Invitational Europe and ANNIKA Cup (Sweden), ANNIKA Invitational Mission Hills (China), ANNIKA Invitational Australasia (New Zealand) and the Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship presented by The R&A and ANNIKA Foundation (Argentina). 

They are joined at the college level by the ANNIKA Intercollegiate presented by 3M, a tournament featuring 12 of the country’s best programs, and the ANNIKA Award presented by Stifel, which is annually bestowed to the most outstanding female NCAA Division I golfer.

Since the inaugural Foundation tournament – the 2009 ANNIKA Invitational USA – 87 ANNIKA event alumnae have earned LPGA cards. Three of the five 2021 major champions – Patty Tavatanakit, Yuka Saso and Nelly Korda – are ANNIKA alumnae.

For more information, please visit, @ANNIKA_Fdn & ANNIKA59 (Twitter), and @ANNIKA_Fdn & annikas59 (Instagram).

Golfzon Installs New TwoVision Simulator in Troon® Northern Virginia Office / Showroom

First North American Commercial TwoVision Installation Further Strengthens Strategic Partnership Between Two of Golf’s Most Innovative Companies 

(CHANTILLY, Va.) — Golfzon – the world leader in golf simulator market share – announces the first North American commercial installation of its TwoVision simulator. The company’s most advanced model to date, has been completed at Troon’s Reston, Virginia office. 

The location will serve as a showroom for potential Golfzon customers, either those interested in a residential or commercial installation, as well as providing Troon Reston associates and guests a place to unwind, bond and enjoy the realistic indoor golf experience that TwoVision provides.

Unveiled to critical acclaim at the 2022 PGA Show, TwoVision is the latest entry in the company’s popular Vision line, which has set the standard for high-end simulators worldwide. Features and benefits include:

- TwoVision high-speed sensors capture club head data and ball flight

- 24-way directional moving swing plate recreates true stance and lie conditions

- Divot sensing technology for incredible performance feedback

- 130% crisper graphics than previous generation

- Auto-tee and ball retrieval systems

- Virtual caddie gives players advice on each shot

- Multi-surface mats (1 Fairway, 2 Bunker, 2 Rough) imitate real course conditions

- LED putting guide reads greens 

- Touchscreen kiosk provides extremely user-friendly interface

The installation furthers Golfzon and Troon’s strategic partnership, announced in 2021, wherein Troon is investing with Golfzon as it aggressively rolls out its ZSTRICT indoor golf entertainment facilities. Golfzon and Troon share a culture of infectious energy and a passion for providing clients and employees unique experiences.

“Troon has been a great partner so it only made sense that we install the first TwoVision in North America in one of their key regional offices,” says Tommy Lim, CEO of Golfzon America. “Off-course play continues to be one of the leading trends in golf. Through this showroom, we’re able to provide the perfect atmosphere to share why TwoVision is ideal for clubs, resorts, academies, and entertainment venues like bars and restaurants.”

“Golfzon is unquestionably the leader in the simulator category and having their new flagship TwoVision model in our Northern Virginia location will further boost office culture and fulfill our mission to deliver memorable experiences that cultivate lasting connections,” says Troon Executive Vice President, Alex Elmore. “We’re excited to take this step and look forward to making more joint announcements with Golfzon in the near future.”

Golfzon has established its well-respected global reputation thanks to incredible technology and an ability for golfers to compete against one another from all over the world. The new TwoVision supports network play for tournaments / leagues and allows an unlimited number of live users to compete. There are a variety of game modes and a course library of more than 190+ courses. The user experience is further complemented by the newly renovated Golfzon app that tracks scores, provides swing replays and more.

The system’s innovative features make TwoVision the perfect option for entrepreneurs looking to capitalize on golf’s current popularity. According to the National Golf Foundation, off-course facilities drew more than 12 million golfers in 2020, a trend that is continuing to grow as more new players are exposed to the game. Part of this explosion in participation is due to bars, restaurants and specialty facilities investing in simulators as a stress-free, fun and beneficial way for golfers of all abilities to experience the sport in a comfortable environment.

Monday, July 18, 2022

Original Penguin Brand Ambassador Cameron Smith: 150th Champion Golfer of the Year

(Miami, FL) — Original Penguin by Munsingwear, within the golf division of Perry Ellis International, Inc., congratulates brand ambassador Cameron Smith for winning the 150th Open at the Old Course at St. Andrews, the home of golf, for his first major and third worldwide victory of the year.

“We congratulate Cameron for winning the 150th Open in a stirring come- from-behind record setting fashion,” said Oscar Feldenkreis, President and CEO of Perry Ellis International. “A bogey-free 64 final round enabled Cameron to tie for the lowest total score under par in major championship history and showed the world his mental fortitude and gift for performing the best on the sport’s biggest stages. We are proud to have Cameron, with 10 career worldwide victories and a major, as an Original Penguin brand ambassador.”

“This place is so cool, to have the 150th Open here and to come away with the win at St. Andrews is pretty special,” stated Smith. “To look at the names on the trophy and then to add mine is unreal. All of the hard work I have done over the years has started to pay off and this one definitely makes it worth it.”

With the win, Smith jumps up to #2 in the FedExCup standings and Official World Golf Rankings. 

“I had a lot of support out here and that kept me plugging away. To win an Open championship is a golfer’s highlight and to do it here is another level. The game’s best players have won here so it’s pretty cool to have my name on the Claret Jug.”

For the week, Cameron wore Original Penguin’s golf collection polos featuring its new Re-Originals sustainable fabrication. The eco-friendly polos, including the Bunker Print Golf Polo, and Retro Geo Print Golf Polo are crafted with 30% recycled polyester and use a double-knit high-gauge fabrication for superior performance and aesthetics. Complementing the winning look, on and off the course, is the Fall 2022 Polar Pete Outerwear Collection highlighted by the 70’s Insulated Mixed Media Vest and 1/4 Zip 90’s Color Block Wind Jacket.

For over 60 years Original Penguin, and its namesake icon Pete, the Penguin, has been adorned and adored by the masters of leisure and sport to define itself as an American classic.

Today, the Penguin icon still stands as a signal for those who know how to be an original and what you wear for the good times.

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Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships Announce Letter Winners

(RELEASE) — Each year, entrants in the Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships are invited to submit a letter about their involvement in golf, their family and other interests.

“These letters are exciting to read,” said Nan Ryan, Little People’s Executive Director, “and give us an insight into the life of the players. We had many letters this year, and it was difficult to choose the winners.”

A committee of three Estes Park ‘golfing grandmothers’ formed the 2022 selection committee, and chose four winners and two honorary mention winners.

The winners were Jack Rogers, 14, Iowa City, IA; Rylee Brockhouse, 13, Muscatine, IA; LiLiane Garza, 8, Houston, TX, and Owen Spokas, 14, Arlington Hts., IL.

Honorary Mention went to Alexander Jackson, 7, and Christopher Jackson, 11, both fro Raleigh, NC.

“I am a perfectionist when it comes to my grades,” said Spokas. “I care about them as much as a 5 ft. putt on the last green to win a tournament.”

“It’s so gratifying to read about the support these players receive from their families,” stated one selection committee member. “The parental encouragement these young players receive is outstanding, and so important.”

Rogers has played competitive golf since age five. “It has been so much fun meeting tons of new friends and playing the game I love at the same time,” he says. “My dad and grandpa both played D1 college golf. My dad told me how fun the Little People’s tournament is, as he played in it also.”

“I have golfed for seven years, since I was five,” says Rylee. “I am very excited for the Pepsi Little People’s tournament.” Rylee finished 3rd in her 12-13 Girls age Division in the 2022 Little People’s.

LiLiane started playing golf at age four. “I like swimming, weight lifting and gymnastics,” she says, “and I get to practice golf every Saturday with Coach Ben.” LiLiane won her Girls 8-9 Division in the 2022 Little People’s.

Each winner received a plaque and a poster containing a replica of their letter and picture. Honorary mention winners each received a plaque.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Unboxing Natural Bug Repellents from Broken Top Candle Co.

I LOVE summer. I love to play golf, obviously, and you can't do that for a large part of the year in Northeast Ohio. The only thing I don't like about summer ... bugs. Check out these natural bug repellents from Broken Top Candle Company.

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Scotland's Connor Graham Wins R&A Junior Open

Photo: R&A

(Monifieth, Scotland)
— Connor Graham thrilled home crowds at Monifieth Golf Links to win the R&A Junior Open.

The Blairgowrie golfer becomes just the second Scottish winner following David Inglis in the inaugural 1998 championship.

With 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie watching the action, 15-year-old Graham recorded a bogey-free five-under-par final round 67 to finish on 203, 13-under-par, to defeat heavily fancied Thai player Ratchanon Chantananuwat by five shots.

Eric Zhao from Canada was third on four-under in the 54-hole championship, with Riura Matsui from Japan in fourth spot on two-under.

“It’s a great feeling to come out on top in such a big event,” said Graham. “Ratchanon's obviously a very good player and it feels good to perform well against him and other good players.”

Graham overcame 109 players aged between 12-16 from 64 nations around the globe to notch his first victory of 2022 after four wins last year.

He added, “This win ranks very high just because of the way I performed here. I didn’t drop a shot today under the pressure so I’m really pleased about that.”

The plus four handicapper began the championship ranked 356th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®), 343 places below Chantananuwat. The 15-year-old arrived in Scotland with an Official World Golf Ranking of 291st after winning the Asian Tour’s Trust Golf Asian Mixed Cup earlier this year, a win that made him the youngest male winner of a professional tournament at just 15 years and 37 days.

However, it was Graham who held a two-shot lead as the pair began the final round. That lead soon became four when Graham’s pitch to the 456-yard, par-4, 4th hole landed six inches from the flag for a tap-in birdie. That stroke drew a response from the 1999 Champion Golfer of the Year: “Great shot, well done Connor,” said Lawrie.

The Paul Lawrie Foundation Junior Jug was one of Graham’s four wins last year and he is part of Lawrie’s Foundation to help young Scottish golfers improve their talents.

Graham said, “It was pretty special to see Paul come out and watch me play. I’m one of his ambassadors and he’s helped me a lot in getting my golf to the next level.”

Graham took his lead to four shots by the time he arrived on the 10th tee thanks to two key holes at the 6th and 7th. Chantananuwat missed a short par putt at the former to fall three behind, before Graham holed a 41-yard pitch shot from the side of the 7th green for birdie. With the back nine playing into the wind, birdies were always going to be hard to come by.

Graham practically had both hands on the trophy when Chantananuwat double bogeyed the par-4, 13th hole to fall six shots behind.

“The front nine was crucial because I could have easily dropped a shot or two to let him in, but I kept my foot down and holed that pitch shot at seven to keep the momentum going,” Graham said. “I was glad to see that go in because it gave me a four-shot lead and I needed that because the back nine was playing hard into the wind.”

Chantananuwat said, “Well done to Connor, he played really well and deserved to win. I got the next best place and learned a lot about how to play links golf that will help me in the future.”

The Junior Open, to which all golfing nations affiliated to The R&A are invited to enter their best under-16 boy and girl golfers, is closely linked to The Open and is always played on a nearby course.

The Bobby Jones Whiskey Collection, The Clover, Celebrates Multiple Award Wins

Wins Coincide with Anniversary of Golf Legend’s Victory at The Open 

(RELEASE) — This week in 1927, Bobby Jones was raising three fingers of whiskey to celebrate his historical win at The Open at the Old Course at St. Andrews, the home of golf. Today, his namesake whiskey collection, The Clover, featuring a Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and a Straight Rye Whiskey, celebrates victories in taste. 

After winning the British Amateur at St. Andrews before his thirtieth birthday, Bobby Jones went on to become the only golfer to ever achieve the original ‘Grand Slam’ by winning all four of the major championships of his time in the same year, including the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, British Amateur, and the British Open. 

He said of the Old Course, being played on for only the thirtieth time this week for the 150th Open Championship, “there is always a way at St. Andrews, although it is not always the obvious way.” Jones so loved his time playing there that he once noted, “I could take out of my life everything except my experiences in St. Andrews, and I would still have a rich, full life.” The town's residents felt the same about him, and he was bestowed honorary citizenship in 1958. The 10th hole of the Old Course was also named after him posthumously. 

Watch more about Bobby’s special relationship with St. Andrews, featuring historian Sid Matthew HERE

The Bobby Jones’ Clover Collection is a Jones family initiative created to sustain the legacy and values of golf’s greatest gentleman and champion.  The Clover exclusively features single barrel whiskeys that are nuanced, complex, and singular as the world's best golf courses. The collection’s three expressions have received high marks at several awards shows of late.

The brand’s Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey took home a coveted Platinum win in the Taste category at the 2022 ASCOT Awards. Its Rye earned a Gold in Taste at the 2022 World Whiskies Awards and the 2022 World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. In addition, the brand’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey won Gold in the MicroLiquor Spirit Awards and a 95 (Extraordinary - Ultimate Recommendation) at the 2022 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. 

Beyond its great taste, every pour of The Clover has a purpose. As Dr. Bobby Jones IV said of his grandfather, ” [he] lived and played with integrity and compassion. He was the kind of person who inspired others to be their best selves. We believe the more we can instill the world with his ways of looking at things, the better the world will be.” A portion of proceeds from the collection benefits the Bobby Jones CSF to fund research and support for individuals suffering from a spinal cord disorder that the golfer also battled.

Visit to read more about Bobby’s legacy, the Jones family’s ongoing work to preserve it, and where to find The Clover. Although released on an allocated basis, fans can enjoy an award-winning pour at select golf clubs and resorts or pick up a bottle from their local craft spirits retailer. 

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Dow Announces Long-Term Extension of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational

Tournament officials announce the five-year partnership extension for the event to run through 2029 as  the 2022 event kicks off at Midland Country Club this week

(MIDLAND, Mich.) – Dow, the LPGA Tour and Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (Dow GLBI) tournament officials have teamed up today to announce an extension for Dow GLBI to run through 2029. The extension marks one of the longest extensions on the LPGA Tour currently and comes as the 2022 event kicks off at Midland Country Club this week, where 72 two-person teams will compete for a share of a $2.5 million purse.

“As we celebrate our 125th Anniversary, I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off this year’s event and look ahead to the future than by sharing the news of Dow’s continued commitment to the Great Lakes Bay Region and to the LPGA Tour,” said Jim Fitterling, Dow Chairman and CEO. “Our partnership with the LPGA Tour continues to be a perfect platform for us to positively impact our region while showcasing our efforts in sustainability and inclusion as well as our customer-centric approach to doing business.

And we couldn’t have accomplished any of this without the support of our many community partners.”

Since its inception, the Dow GLBI has donated more than $1 million to local charities and organizations. The event partners annually with more than 250 local companies and suppliers and is estimated to have brought more than $25 million in economic impact to the Great Lakes Bay Region. In addition to the official LPGA tournament, the week-long event features many ancillary events and activities meant to engage the entire community including the Eat Great Food Festival, an onsite STEM Center for kids and families, SOAR – an inclusion summit, and more.

The Dow GLBI made its debut in 2019 as the first official team competition in LPGA Tour history. That same year the tournament won LPGA Tournament of the Year – the first time this award was presented to a first-year tournament.

“Dow continues to be a leader in sustainability and inclusion on the LPGA Tour, and we are thrilled to continue this incredible partnership,” said Mollie Marcoux Samaan, LPGA Commissioner. “Partners like Dow not only help elevate the playing field for our golfers, but also allow us to use our collective platform for maximum impact. The longevity of our partnership is a true testament to Dow’s commitment and leadership.”

The Dow GLBI became the first event on the LPGA Tour to receive and retain full GEO® Certification for its sustainability efforts and was also the first-ever professional golf tournament to receive this recognition in its first year of operation. In 2021, the Dow GLBI also became the first-ever event on the LPGA Tour to achieve carbon neutrality, tournament officials announced last week. Dow is the Official Sustainability Resource of the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour offering the league and tournaments strategies and a blueprint to become more sustainable.

“Dow’s purpose is to deliver a sustainable future for the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners,” said Dow GLBI Executive Director Chris Chandler. “That’s why this partnership with the LPGA family is so critical – and why it’s a privilege to be a part of it. Together, we believe we can imagine a better future through sport – harnessing the power of sport to drive meaningful and actionable change for our planet.”

The tournament will remain at its host course, Midland Country Club, through 2029, where the 2022 Dow GLBI kicks off today. More information and a detailed schedule of events for this year’s tournament can be found online at

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Firestone Country Club Celebrates Memorable Bridgestone Senior Players Week

Historic Venue Site of Events Centering Around PGA Tour Champions Major
Including Ambassador of Golf Award Ceremony, Lanny Wadkins Room Dedication Ceremony

(AKRON, Ohio) – Firestone Country Club, renowned as one of North America’s most historic venues for championship golf, celebrates a remarkable week as host of the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship on the PGA Tour Champions.

The storied club, which has hosted numerous PGA Championships and World Golf Championships on the PGA Tour, was the site of the 2022 Bridgestone Senior Players Championship on the PGA Tour Champions from July 4-10. Jerry Kelly, who won the 2020 edition and finished runner-up last year, claimed his second senior major on the famed South Course. Kelly finished at 11-under 269 for the tournament, outlasting defending champion Steve Stricker as the pair swapped places from last year’s final leaderboard.

Firestone also hosted the 2022 Ambassador of Golf award ceremony on July 7, with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accepting the honor. Presented by the FirstEnergy Foundation, the Ambassador of Golf Award honors a person who has fostered the ideals of the game on an international level and whose concern for others extends beyond the golf course. Rice is the sixth woman to be honored with the Ambassador of Golf award, and she adds her name to a list of honorees including Byron Nelson (1983), President Gerald Ford (1985), Nancy Lopez (1992) and Fred Couples (2019).

Also on July 7, Hal Sutton, Hale Irwin and Andy North joined the festivities at the “Coffee with Legends” reception. The trio shared their most memorable moments of Firestone on the club’s beautiful front lawn prior to the start of play on Thursday.

Following the conclusion of the second round on July 8, Firestone celebrated the career of Lanny Wadkins with a ceremony dedicating Clubroom No. 24 in the historic clubhouse in his name. A major champion and World Golf Hall of Famer, Wadkins joins a long list of the game’s greats who have been honored with a Clubroom on the top floor of the clubhouse including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Tiger Woods.

Other festivities occurring throughout tournament week included Summerfest at Firestone, which featured local food trucks and other dining options as well as concerts from such noted performers as The Vindys  and the Akron Symphony Orchestra. Several pro-am and sponsor tournaments and parties also took place, in addition to golf clinics and a Wednesday junior golf tournament.

“As the host of the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship since 2019, it has been a pleasure to welcome back the greats of the game to such a historic and premier venue as we have here at Firestone Country Club,“ says General Manager Jay Walkinshaw. “This year was no different, thanks in large part to the efforts of our incredible staff who make our club what it is: a true home for golf.”

Next year, the event will have a new date and a new sponsor. Akron-based Kaulig Companies signed a four-year title sponsor deal that starts in 2023 and will keep the tournament at Firestone through 2026. The 2023 Kaulig Companies Senior Players Championship will occur July 13-16. The 2023 event will also mark the 70th anniversary of professional golf at Firestone.

Firestone is conveniently located less than an hour from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and 15 minutes from Akron-Canton Airport. It is also within easy driving distance of other major metropolitan areas such as Chicago, Columbus, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Detroit. Nearby off-course attractions include the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton and the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

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