Sunday, June 30, 2013

Wilson Golf, Coach Mike Small Host Coaches Clinic at University of Illinois

Wilson Golf hosted a coaches clinic for Illinois high school golf coaches in conjunction with Wilson Staff Advisory Member and University of Illinois Head Men’s Golf Coach Mike Small. The day began with a chalk talk and open forum led by Coach Small at the Demirjian Golf Practice Facility at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill.

Following the instructional clinic, coaches tested the 2013 Wilson Staff product line (above), including the new D-100 line of products, and played 18-holes of golf at Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana, Ill., home course of the University of Illinois Men’s and Women’s golf teams.

This is the third annual Mike Small Coaches Clinic hosted by Wilson Golf.


Friday, June 28, 2013

EWGA Adds All For Color as Licensed Vendor, Benefit Provider

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL) - All for Color teams with the Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA) as a new licensed vendor and member benefit provider to the Association's membership.

"We are excited to begin this new partnership with EWGA. We believe our differentiated ladies golf products will have great appeal to the EWGA membership," says Jamie Chauss, CEO of All For Color.

As they continue to grow awareness in the golf space, a partnership with EWGA affords All For Color with the opportunity to connect with their ideal target audience of women with an active lifestyle that align with the company's product offerings in the resort, golf and tennis markets.

"We salute All For Color's involvement in supporting EWGA and greatly value this new relationship," says Pam Swensen, CEO of the EWGA. "Companies like All For Color need to be recognized and applauded for supporting women's golf. They clearly recognize the economic impact women golfers and in this case, EWGA members can make!"

For more information, visit and


Roger Cleveland-Designed Mack Daddy 2 Wedges Announced by Callaway Golf

Larger Grooves and Custom Sole Grinds Offer More Spin and Short Game Versatility; Callaway Launches "Wedgeducation" Series of Original Content

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - Through a series of videos featuring Chief Club Designer Roger Cleveland, Callaway Golf Company introduced the Mack Daddy 2 line of wedges. Already played on TOUR by Staff Professionals such as Phil Mickelson and Chris Kirk, the new forged wedge features larger grooves for more spin, a soft carbon steel for greater feel, and custom sole grind options to provide versatility for a golfer's demands around the green. The Callaway-produced series of videos, titled "Wedgeducation," feature Roger Cleveland and Callaway's Director or Fitting & Instruction, Randy Peterson, and are posted on The series of videos will guide golfers through short game tips and provide advice and instruction on how to get the most out of the scoring clubs. The Mack Daddy 2 Wedges will be available at golf retailers nationwide and on July 12.

Detailed in the videos is the new 5V Groove Pattern that is engineered into the wedges with 56-degrees of loft and higher. This groove pattern provides wider, more aggressive grooves that increase spin and thus promote more control around the green. In fact, the new groove pattern is 39 percent larger and produces 25 percent more spin than its predecessor*.

"Golfers ask their lob wedges to perform a lot of different shots so it's important to design these wedges to be extremely forgiving and versatile," said Roger Cleveland. "And that's what we've done with these new grooves and the added custom grind options. The MD2's will be a must for the golfer who wants to perform to his or her best in the toughest of conditions."

The lower lofted wedges also feature the wider grooves, but with a larger angled draft (20-degrees versus 5-degrees) creating the necessary spin to seek a back pin or hit certain shots. All of the Mack Daddy 2 wedges feature a unique Lasered Micro Groove for added face roughness.

There are three custom sole grinds available in the Mack Daddy 2 Wedge line in both the 58- and 60-degree clubs:

The U-Grind, which Phil Mickelson inspired, has a concave sole and the tightest radius of the three grind options, which significantly relieves the heel and toe. This allows the leading edge to stay low and under the ball when opening the face to add loft. This grind is versatile in both firm and soft conditions.

The C-Grind is also relieved in the heel and toe to prevent golfers from creating too much bounce when opening the face. The depth of the sole is narrow to help facilitate proper contact and to allow the wedge to perform in all conditions, firm or soft.

The S-Grind -- or Standard -- is relieved in the heel only, and is best suited for firmer playing conditions. This grind is fitting for the golfer who does not want to add loft for a shot and insead play it with a square face.

The carefully detailed shape of the Mack Daddy 2 wedges is inspired by Callaway's most popular wedges of the past -- the X Forged '08 -- and was honed by Roger Cleveland after thorough consultation with the world's best players. The wedges will come in two finishes: a Slate finish that looks fresh from a workshop bench, and a milky Chrome finish with a smoky, muted rich look that reduces glare.

At launch, there will be 52-, 56-, 58- and 60-degree options available. A second wave of options will follow in November, including a 47-, 50-, 54- and 64-degree options, and additional sole grind offerings for the 56-degree wedge.

Callaway's new Mack Daddy 2 Wedges will be available for the new product introduction price of $119.00.

For more information about the Mack Daddy 2 Wedges, visit To keep up with other Callaway original content, product news and Tour information, connect on Twitter @CallawayGolf.

*5V groove found in 56*, 58*,60*64* wedges, 25% more spin claim based on full shots hit out of the rough compared to 2011 Callaway Forged Wedge


Gary Player featured in 'Body Issue' of ESPN The Magazine

ESPN The Magazine announced that legendary golfer Gary Player will be featured in the lineup of athletes for their annual "Body Issue." At age 77, Player, who is widely regarded as a pioneer in sports fitness and Golf's Global Ambassador, will be the oldest athlete in the feature's five-year history. The Body Issue celebrates the best bodies across the world of sports and will be released on July 12.

"Fitness has been a passion, a way of life and one of the keys to my success in golf," said Player, who has won 165 golf championships worldwide, including nine Majors. "When ESPN approached me with this unique opportunity to show off my body that has served me so well over my 60 year career, I agreed in the hopes that it would be inspiration for others to live well."

The Black Knight went on to say he was "honoured to do so."

Player will appear in the 2013 edition along with 20 other professional and amateur athletes across a number of sports. This year's subjects include San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, Washington Wizards' star John Wall, Marlins' slugger Giancarlo Stanton, NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force and professional soccer player Sydney Leroux.

"Being included in this magazine along with some of today's young superstar athletes has been an enjoyable experience," said Player. "I hope my appearance demonstrates the importance and value of maintaining your body and making a lifelong commitment to staying fit and healthy."

For more information about ESPN The Magazine's fifth annual "Body Issue," visit For more information about Gary Player, visit


Thursday, June 27, 2013

TaylorMade-adidas Golf PGA Staff Pro Rod Perry Wins PGA Professional National Championship

Perry, Seven additional TaylorMade Staffers Receive Automatic Berths to 2013 PGA Championship

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – After placing second in last year’s event, TaylorMade-adidas Golf PGA Staff Professional and Rod Perry claimed a three-shot victory at the PGA Professional National Championship in Sunriver, Oregon. Perry, wearing adidas Golf apparel and footwear, played a full bag of TaylorMade equipment highlighted by the RocketBladez Tour irons. With the win, Perry receives a guaranteed entry to play in the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York.

Perry, the PGA head pro at Crane Lakes Golf and Country Club in Port Orange, and seven other TaylorMade-adidas Golf PGA staff professionals punched their tickets to the season’s final major by placing in the Top 20. Those players include:
* Jeff Sorenson – Columbia Golf Learning Center
* JC Anderson – Missouri Bluffs GC
* Chip Sullivan – Hanging Rock GC
* Bob Sowards – New Albany CC
* Sonny Skinner – River Pointe GC
* Jeffrey Martin – Norton CC
* Caine Fitzgerald – Murphy Creek GC

For the first time in tournament history, TaylorMade was the No. 1 driver brand played at the event, played by more than 45% of the field. Also of note, the Ghost Spider S was the No. 1 putter model, with 18 in play while the Daddy Long Legs ranked No. 2 with 10 in play. This also marked the first time TaylorMade has been the No. 1 putter model at this event.

In the Bag:
Lethal golf ball
RBZ Tour 10.5
RBZ Stage 2 Tour 14.5
Adams hybrid 17.0
RocketBladez 4-PW, AW
ATV 54, 60 wedges
Ghost Spider S
adidas Golf apparel
adidas Golf footwear – adidas Tour 360 ATV


The PGA TOUR Featuring Golf To End Cancer on Website

(MALIBU, CA) - The PGA TOUR website is promoting Golf To End Cancer's National Golf To End Cancer Month. Through the end of June, the Golf To End Cancer program will be featured on the PGA TOUR's Together, anything's possible website (, promoting a nationwide golf marathon event to raise awareness of cancer prevention and wellness.

During National Golf To End Cancer Month, golfers all over the United States are playing 18 or 36 holes at their local golf course, and raising funds to help families near them who are struggling through a cancer battle. This nationwide event, The Golf To End Cancer Marathon, is also attracting celebrities such as 5-time CMA Musician of the Year, Mac McAnally, who plays with Jimmy Buffett; internationally acclaimed Billboard charted jazz keyboardist Marcus Johnson; NFL Hall of Famer Chris Doleman; and many others.

Visit for details on the program nationwide and ways you can get involved.

About Marathon of Miracles. Marathon of Miracles (MOM) is a 501c3 nonprofit focusing on wellness and cancer prevention education and providing help to families affected by cancer; and was founded by writer, producer and TV Host A.J. Ali and his wife Jane, a breast cancer survivor.

About Golf To End Cancer. Golf to End Cancer (G2EC) is a MOM program designed to promote wellness and cancer prevention through its networking web site (, social media pages, corporate partnerships, Miracle Wellness Day events, G2EC Putting Challenge events and the G2EC Marathon event.


ProQuip Supports Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund's Centennial Campaign

Profits from Sale of ProQuip Weatherwear to be Donated to Organization's Caddie Scholarship Program

(Marblehead, Mass.) - ProQuip USA's CEO, Peter Dalton, began caddying at Myopia Hunt Club near his home in north Boston at the age of 12. By the time college rolled around he was encouraged by club members to write an essay applying to the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund. He and his essay earned the scholarship, and a degree from Boston College. And now, Dalton and ProQuip are paying it forward.

This summer, ProQuip, the world's acknowledged leader in performance golf weatherwear, is donating the profits of all wind and rain garments sold on the Ouimet 100 Collection website ( to the organization's caddy scholarship fund in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Francis Ouimet's landmark United States Open victory at The Country Club in nearby Brookline, Mass.

The ProQuip garments dedicated to the scholarship fund bear the Ouimet 100 logo, which features the silhouettes of Ouimet and his 10-year old caddie, Eddie Lowery, against an emerald green background. Products for sale include men's and ladies' rain jackets, a wind vest and a lined, water repellent lambswool sweater.

The relationship between ProQuip and the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund actually goes back three years, when the fund was formally written into the ProQuip USA business plan as its cause charity to be endowed for years ahead.

The relationship between Dalton, the Ouimet scholar, and the fund goes back decades. He has actively supported the organization since college days and most recently was the chairman of the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund from 2007-2011at his home club, Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead, MA.

Says Dalton, "The Ouimet Fund has been such a tremendous positive in helping educate wonderful kids who had great experiences caddying. Everyone associated with Ouimet scholarships is totally committed. It is the most impressive organization that I have ever seen when it comes to "paying it forward" and having a lasting positive effect on youth."

Established in 1981, ProQuip pioneered the modern day rainsuit and today is the world's leading innovator of waterproof, quiet, breathable, stretch performance and ultra-lightweight rain suits and wind apparel for men, women and juniors.

The company's superior products have made ProQuip the weatherwear of choice for 20 Ryder Cup team captains since 1983, including Paul McGinley, who will captain the 2014 European Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles Resort in Scotland.

Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, ProQuip Ltd. touches four continents with its dedicated range of weatherwear. ProQuip USA is the company's North American distributor, based in Marblehead, Mass.


Fister Golf Introduces Model I Driver for Unparalleled Distance, Accuracy off the Tee

Premium Materials and Best-In-Class Components Combine to Offer Golfers Power, Length at a Variety of Swing Speeds

(Charleston, S.C.) — Fister Golf Company, founded by three-time World Long Drive Champion Sean “The Beast” Fister, announced today the official launch of its Model I driver, designed to help golfers of all skill levels optimize their driving performance. The Model I features premium materials, cutting-edge designs and golf’s highest quality components — from clubhead to shaft to grip — to add distance and accuracy off the tee for a variety of players.

The incredible performance of the Model I is realized through five primary technologies:
1.  Billet Fire Forged SP700 Beta Ti Face
· Unlike most premium drivers using SP700 Beta Titanium in their faces, the Model I uses a fire forging process that allows the industry’s strongest beta ti to be shaped from a billet into a variable thickness tongue-and-groove cup face that provides superior strength and a more consistent CT in and around the impact zone of the club.  The result is a driver that falls within the USGA limit for CT with the hottest face possible.

2.  Accordion Compression Chamber
· The sole of the Model I incorporates a series of three cavities designed to absorb and redistribute the stress forces, typically encountered at impact, away from the face of the clubhead.  The result is a smoother energy transfer that minimizes hook and slice causing sidespin.  In addition, the Accordion Compression Chamber reduces backspin, providing a more penetrating ball flight and a shallower angle of descent for more fairway roll.

3.  Variable Crown Thickness
· The Model I’s forged crown enables it to be variable in thickness, removing discretionary weight from areas where it is not needed and redistributing it to more critical areas.   The result is a driver that offers lightweight performance on par with that of a carbon fiber crown, while retaining the acoustics of pure titanium.

4.  Precision Tongue-and-Groove Body Construction
· The Model I uses the latest advancements in precision tooling, joining the body to the face through a tongue-and-groove construction that ensures more consistent body shape and dimensions than all competitors’ driver manufacturing.  In addition, the body is CNC plasma welded to maximize the discretionary weight used in weight stabilization efforts, providing increased MOI.

5.  Adjustable Hosel
· The Model I features a Grade 4 Pure Titanium hosel that provides ease of adjustment similar to a forged iron. In fact, the hosel can be bent 1-degree in any direction for optimum face angle, launch and lie control.

“Model I is more than a product name, it is a commitment to golfers to offer the industry’s most technologically-advanced head, paired with the industry’s number one grip and premium shaft for unrivaled performance,” said Sean Fister, President/CEO of Fister Golf.  “Make no mistake, every aspect of the Model I was designed with the goal in mind of helping golfers hit it longer. Any golfer can benefit from the technology I’ve incorporated into this driver.  The thorough research and development behind the Model I and the demanding manufacturing tolerances we mandate all combine with top-level components to ensure that the Model I is the highest quality, best performing driver available.”

The Model I driver comes standard with a FujikuraTM Motore F1 shaft and Golf PrideTM New Decade MultiCompound grip. The Model I has a retail price of $399 and is available in either 9 or 10.5 degrees of loft, but can be bent 1-degree in either direction to accommodate loft needs from 8 to 11.5 degrees.  The Model I is available now at


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Camp for Adults at Mountain Air

No shortage of enjoyable summertime activities for 'children' of all ages

(BURNSVILLE, N.C.) — The whimsical excitement of school letting out for summer is a sensation that resonates with all ages. Anticipation of adventure-filled months promising not only relaxation, but also plenty of family bonding and outdoor activity is a big part of the reason we work so hard during the colder months of the year.

When summertime comes calling, the award-winning real estate community Mountain Air near Asheville takes full advantage of the coolest summer temperatures in the Western North Carolina mountains by offering more weekly summer activities than one can count.

There’s plenty to do for the little folks, of course, including a variety of day camps, craft workshops and “No Adults Allowed” geocaching excursions — or adventures such as the Salamander Safari and Scavenger Hunt, where children both enjoy and learn from Mountain Air’s interactive wildlife habitat while exploring the gated community’s Creekside Park under the guidance of the resident naturalist.

But at Mountain Air, the fun doesn’t stop just because you are no longer technically considered a “child.” Fact is, residents have coined a phrase for their favorite three months on the mountain, affectionately calling it: “Summer Camp for Adults.”

Surrounded by all its natural wonder, many of Mountain Air’s amenities and activities take place in the outdoors on site or further afield such as zip-line tours, fly fishing trips, a “Happy Hikers” club, various water paddling expeditions and an organic garden where residents are able to grow and harvest homegrown tomatoes, flowers and herbs. “Nature is what they’re here for,” said Memmy Staber, one of Mountain Air’s Fitness and Wellness directors.

Of course, with the realization that summer camp is about making friends and creating experiences, Summer Camp for Adults at Mountain Air includes a Sunday couples scramble on the golf course, card and game night for the men, and a culinary group called the “Bottom Feeders” who once a month trek down the mountain to try out one of the Asheville region’s many fine restaurants.

Mountain Air is famous for its Fourth of July family celebration that culminates with dinner at one end of the community’s 2,875-foot paved, private runway adjacent to the clubhouse, followed by a jaw-dropping fireworks show off the other end. There is also nighttime “Runway Astronomy,” with a guided tour at 4,400 feet above sea level of the constellations, planets, moon and stars. Then, there are karaoke contests, themed nights — frankly if you can name it, Mountain Air appears to have it

“This community is off-the-wall fantastic,” said longtime Mountain Air member Steve Major. “It’s like high school. When you saw your buddies and said, ‘Hey, you wanna run around and have some fun?’”

A decade ago, Major combined two of his passions — driving and music — and organized a group of Mountain Air sports car enthusiasts who twice a season stage road rally drives to various, quaint area haunts including nearby state parks, campgrounds off the Blue Ridge Parkway — even a gorgeous rest stop en route to Johnson City, Tenn., where the group recently broke bread at a brand-new picnic area.

“It’s sort of homegrown, sort of corny, but we sure do have a good time,” said Major, who before each hour-plus drive burns a custom CD of a particular music genre from which the caravan tries to guess artists and song titles while they drive.

Mountain Air’s “Dining Divas” — the “Double Ds” as they call themselves — are a group of ladies who get together for lunch once a month while their husbands are off playing golf. Recognizing that women typically read current gourmet magazines such as Cooking Light, Bon Appétit and Southern Living, then “dog ear” pages of recipes that sound good and never make them, this group of ladies, which has grown from a dozen to about 40 regular participants, gather at a member’s home where they enjoy meals they’ve prepared.

“Girls love to cook, eat and enjoy wine,” said Kathy Boka, a founding member of the Double Ds. “We knew we had a good idea, we just needed a name. It is so much fun — great female camaraderie. We are a warm and welcoming group.”

Mountain Air has long been renowned for its spectacular golf course, which plunges an astounding 900 feet in just 11 holes and offers dramatic vistas on nearly every hole. “Everything breaks toward the views,” is a popular expression on the golf course.

Summer months on the links include plenty of top-shelf competitions such as the popular Couples Member-Guest, while another favorite event that takes place throughout the summer is the unusual Parham Shoot-Out, where at the end — with an enthusiastic band of cheerleaders in golf carts navigating the course alongside the participants — the final 10 players who qualify compete over Mountain Air’s stunning back nine, with one player eliminated each hole before thrillingly arriving at a champion on the 18th.

After all the excitement, Mountain Air members and their guests can enjoy an impressive menu of spa activities such as massages or facials — and much, much more.

Little wonder then that Mountain Air was recently named “Community of the Year” in the Large Mixed Use category — referring to single family lots, as well as condominiums and townhomes — by the North Carolina Chapter of Community Associations Institute. Situated almost a mile high, Mountain Air was developed two decades ago atop Slickrock Mountain at some of the highest elevations in the Tar Heel State’s picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains.

Located about 30 minutes northeast of Asheville, Mountain Air can be easily reached from four commercial airports — Asheville, Charlotte, Tri-Cities and Greenville-Spartanburg. A recently completed major expansion of US 19 makes it quick and easy for Mountain Air residents to enjoy the galleries and restaurants that make Asheville one of America’s most renowned cultural centers.

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Alliance Grants Further Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities

(Alexandria, VA) - The National Alliance for Accessible Golf (Alliance) has granted more than $480,000 to inclusive golf programs for people with disabilities since June 2010. Established through an on-going grant from the United States Golf Association, the Alliance has expanded its efforts to provide financial assistance and resources to help make the game of golf more accessible to people with disabilities. These grants may be used to defray core program costs and support programs to help golfers with disabilities both learn and transition into playing the game.

An overview of the grants program since 2010:
* Number of Grants Awarded: 85
* Total Amount Awarded: $489,724
* Total Participants: Approximately 8,000

Funds are still available for program grants in 2013. Program grantees have up to one year from the original date of grant to use the funds and complete their inclusive program. The Alliance will continue to accept grant applications on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted. There are no specific deadlines for grant submissions. However, the Alliance Grants Committee will review submissions every 30 days.

Interested local programs are encouraged to apply. Eligibility guidelines and application materials are available at in the Grants section. For additional information, contact the Alliance's Grant Coordinator, Gary Robb, at (812) 320-1126 or


Trackman to Provide Official Club and Ball Flight Data at RE/MAX WLDC Finals

Becomes Official Partner of the Championship through 2015

(ROANOKE, TEXAS) – Long Drivers of America (LDA) announced that TrackMan has agreed to be the Official Club and Ball Flight Data technology for Golf Channel telecasts of the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship through 2015.

Trackman has added a dramatic new dimension to televised golf coverage, providing real-time data on club speed, ball speed, spin rates, carry distances, and more, as well in using superimposed 3D graphics to show ball flight and trajectory.

“This is another step forward in the evolution of the RE/MAX world finals,” said LDA chief executive officer Art Sellinger. “To have Trackman technology involved will not only enhance Golf Channel telecasts, it will provide spectators and competitors at Mesquite Regional Sports and Events Complex and Las Vegas Motor Speedway with immediate and meaningful data on competitors’ swings and six-ball sets.”

The RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship, the premier event in power golf, will be featured in a series of telecasts throughout October for what is being billed as Long Drive Month on Golf Channel.  New RE/MAX WLDC shows will debut every Wednesday starting on October ninth, culminating with the LIVE two-hour finale October 30, at 9 pm ET.

“TrackMan is pleased to continue our involvement with the RE/MAX WLDC. The 2013 championship will mark the 5th year TrackMan has been onsite to measure club and ball flight data for the event. With the announced move to the Golf Channel and additional coverage of the competition, it will allow TrackMan to further show how impressive these athletes are, ” said Justin Padjen, Business Development for TrackMan.

“Using TrackMan’s research over the last 10 years, it is easy to show these competitors are the outliers when it comes to physical ability. The precision that is necessary to control the trajectory and dispersion of a golf ball traveling over 220 mph is fascinating,” continued Padjen.  “A quarter degree change in data such as Dynamic Loft or Face Angle can easily be the difference in taking home the quarter million dollar grand prize or not.”

Sellinger added: “We are pleased to have the industry leader continue as our partner.  Having TrackMan document the incredible swing speeds and ball speeds that RE/MAX World Champions like Ryan Winther and Jamie Sadlowski register continues to be spectacular.”

“We look forward to contributing to the continued growth of the RE/MAX WLDC and the LDA. Through the use of TrackMan’s industry leading technology, we can continue to generate accurate and reliable data for these athletes that push the limit as to what is possible in long driving,” said Padjen.

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Barney Adams on The Future of Golf Participation - Part 1

From the Founder and Past CEO of Adams Golf

(Dallas, TX) - Given my history with Tee It Forward, I have spent a significant amount of time studying participation data in the golf industry. Recently, I saw two forecasts, one from the NGF and one from Golf 20/20. The former predicts 3 million new golfers by 2020, keeping up with the population increase; the latter, an increase to 30 million players in 5 years. Apples to apples the 5 million increase would constitute almost 29 million, so the NGF is relatively more conservative.                                                              

Barney Adams
My initial reaction to these revelations was somewhere between negative and incredulous. They have 30 years worth of data that refutes their own positions. But, as I contemplated more, it became evident that the real issue is how to increase participation, not criticize forecasts.
The facts: golf participation has significantly lost ground vs. the population increase over the last 30 years-something well over 20%. Junior golf is down 30% from its high in 2005. And in fact, if you carefully look at the participation data since 1985, everything is down.
The NGF has a category encompassing all who play at least once a year, age six and older, (the base they use for their 2020 forecast). While that category shows a similar decline, I am more specific in my analysis. They have a category called "Avid," those who play 25+ times a year. This category accounts for and pick up 71% of all golf associated costs. A clear path: grow this group and good things fall in line.

Definitely a straightforward objective, we have the category we want to expand - now let's develop programs to increase their play, just as has been done in the past. It worked! We had 10.2 million avid golfers in 2000, only ultimately it didn't work.  Well, that group of avid golfers did grow once. From 1985 to 2000, it grew from 6.8 million to 10.2 million.  But that didn't solve the problem, because then it shrank. From 10.2 million in 2000 to 9.1 million in 2005, 7.0 million in 2010, we end up with 6.8 million and counting in 2012, the same as we had in 1985, (not close to keeping up with the population increase). So it isn't about getting them, it's about keeping them and that is where every organization associated with the game needs to focus. There have been enough economic and weather variations over those years to factor them out as the cause; the culprit is the game itself.

In the business world this would be identified as a case of product rejection. At all levels, men, women and juniors, we can get them started, but we can't get them to stay with the game. We continue to try and attract new players but until the product rejection issue is turned around these efforts will not fix the participation issue.

I understand that there will be some who say the current status is acceptable so let's not interfere. Two million jobs, people supporting families, kids with summer jobs-that is what the industry provides and that base is being eroded. If that isn't an incentive, there is a long range forecast which is so negative folks tune it out. That is the result of today's birth rate, the lowest in history, By comparison, the baby boomers, today's chief golf participants had the highest birth rate in our history.

Let's be the generation that is recognized for taking action that has a positive effect on participation. In Part 2, I'll propose a fix that is within the rules and spirit of the game, is virtually cost free and at the end of the day, a solution that we can easily install. I'm talking about us, the folks who play the game.


Putting Pulse - Counter-Balanced Putters

by John Higgins

John Higgins
During last week's practice rounds of the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship, counter-balanced putters were a hot topic. They can absolutely be utilized to reinforce natural fundamentals at setup and throughout the stroke.

Check out the video HERE.


Beech's Summer of 79 - Cool Weather or the Golf is on Us

(BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C.) - Many places offer summer golf getaways in the South. Only one, however, promises you'll play in temperatures no higher than the 70s.

As a matter of fact, Beech Mountain not only promises comfy temperatures, it basically assures them with its "Summer of 79°" stay-and-play package.

This unique program is tied to the daily high as recorded at the official National Weather Service reporting station on Beech Mountain. If the temperature exceeds 79 degrees any day that a stay-and-play golfer tees it up at Beech Mountain Club, the club refunds all golf fees.

"The thing I really like about this promotion is the 'cool' factor - being able to guarantee you can golf in the heart of summer in temperatures below 80 degrees," says Brian Barnes, general manager of Beech Mountain Club. "In the South, summer temperatures and humidity can be rough. We want people to know they can escape those conditions and golf in comfort."

Golfers who book the Summer of 79° package are assured a win-win situation. They get to play a very good course with a high probability of cool summer temperatures. And if they happen to tee it up on a rare occasion when the mercury does reach 80, club officials will automatically mail a refund check of $60 within 10 days.

Beech Mountain's weather service station was installed in 1992 by businessman Fred Pfohl of Fred's General Mercantile. Since that time, the official high has exceeded 79 degrees on 11 days - the highest being 83° on June 30, 2012. That day created refunds for Summer of 79'ers.

"These mountains have their own climate and the things that happen here are always a little unique to the rest of the world," Pfohl says.

While pleasant temperatures are promised, there's another reason golfers should consider Beech. The course at Beech Mountain Club is picturesque, perched on a number of north-facing ridges. Superb views into Tennessee and Virginia are common from multiple vantage points.

The design of the course is also superb. Noted architect Willard Byrd took advantage of high mountain terrain to craft a playable - yet challenging - 18-hole layout. The par-3s are especially dramatic, with three of them routed downhill over ponds.

Although Beech Mountain Club is private, access to the course is available via local stay-and-play packages. Several lodging operations on the mountain have club memberships, thus providing golf access for their guests.

This summer marks the second straight year lodging owners have teamed with the club on the Summer of 79° initiative. The result is a season-long promise of pleasant temperatures for long-suffering Southern golfers who sweat it out each summer.

"The great thing about the Summer of 79 promotion is there aren't many places that can offer a deal like this," says local lodging proprietor Calder Smoot. "We always brag about how cool it is here in summer. This gives us a chance to put our money where our mouth is."

The Summer of 79° stay-and-play packages are available through Oct. 20. Double occupancy prices start at $79 per person, per night, in a standard room with two-night minimum. Upgrades to condos, chalets or vacation homes are available as well.

"Up here on this mountain with the cool, crisp air and lower humidity, it's just so much more pleasant to get out and play during summer," Barnes says. "Folks who do come here and experience the course typically want to come back, and we want to see them back."

For full details, call (800) 468-5506 or visit:


Fister Golf Selects Jeff Dezen Public Relations

Emerging Premium Driver Designer Teams with Leading PR Group to Grow Brand Awareness Among Golfers

(Charleston, S.C.) — Fister Golf Company has teamed up with Jeff Dezen Public Relations to expand brand awareness, golf equipment sales and instructional/training services for North American golfers.  Sean “The Beast” Fister, who attained fame as an international power-hitting golf icon after winning three RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship titles and setting multiple world records throughout his 25-year professional career, founded Fister Golf Company to incorporate his knowledge of ‘hitting it long’ into equipment design and training/instruction.

According to Fister, the President/CEO of Fister Golf Company, “After spending the better part of three decades in the world of professional long driving, I have gained knowledge about equipment design and the golf swing that can help anyone hit it longer off the tee.  Not everyone will be able to hit it 400-plus yards but there are proven methodologies and technologies that can help each of us maximize our own driving potential.  I am truly excited to partner with JDPR to help tell our products’ and services’ stories to golfers everywhere. Their track-record of success in and out of the golf industry gives me great confidence that they are the right choice to help Fister Golf establish itself among both consumer and trade golf audiences.”

Jeff Dezen, president of JDPR, echoed Fister’s enthusiasm: “There are few icons that have reached the stature of “The Beast” in professional long driving, and that same dedication to his craft and competitive fire that made him an LDA Hall of Famer, gives us great confidence that sky is the limit for Fister Golf.  We are honored to be working with Sean and his team.”

Since 2010, Fister Golf has created premium high-performance drivers designed to help golfers of all skill levels reach their maximum driving potential, providing increased distance and accuracy off the tee.  In 2013, Fister Golf Company opened its first Fister Golf Power Academy - offering “Tour Level” training and fitting services to golfers looking to improve their distance, accuracy and consistency off the tee.  For more information, visit


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Casa de Campo To Stage the Inaugural Dye Hard Cup

90 Holes of Pete Dye Golf, 90 Players, $90,000 to the Winner

(La Romana, Dominican Republic) - If you want to play 90 holes of outstanding golf, all of it designed by the legendary architect Pete Dye, and including the world-famous “Teeth of the Dog” course, there’s only one place to be in November.

Welcome to the inaugural Dye Hard Cup.

From Nov. 10-15, 2013, 90 contestants will pit themselves against the 90 holes of golf at the Casa de Campo Resort in the Dominican Republic, playing for a winner-take-all prize of $90,000. Dye Hard, indeed!

Along with Teeth Of The Dog—the number-one course in the Caribbean according to Golf Digest—the Dye Hard Cup will be played on the three breathtaking nines at Dye Fore, spread along cliffs high above the Chavon River, and The Links, featuring spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. Also included is the resort’s private course, La Romana, another of Dye’s devilishly beautiful designs.

Just as exciting is the format, which is open to both professionals and amateurs: 90 holes played as an individual gross stroke-play competition with one contestant pocketing the whole $90,000.

The number of holes in each round will correspond to the number of holes at each Casa de Campo course: The opening round is 27 holes on La Romana. The second round at Dye Fore is also 27 holes. Round three is 18 holes on The Links. And the final 18 is on Teeth Of The Dog, the ultimate test.

“We are looking forward to hosting some tremendous golfers for six days of great competition and camaraderie,” said Peter Bonell, Chief Marketing Office. “Their talents will be challenged by the beautiful but difficult tests that Pete Dye has blessed us with at Casa de Campo.”

But there’s more to the Dye Hard Cup than just great golf. Players also get five nights’ lodging and all food and beverage at Casa de Campo, perennially ranked as the finest resort in the Caribbean.

The festivities kick off on Sunday, Nov. 10, with a welcome reception at The Beach Club by Le Cirque, the resort’s leading restaurant and lounge, nestled against the Caribbean Sea. (Early arrivals can play practice rounds on any of the courses that day.)

Also included in the contestant’s package:
* Five nights’ accommodations in a newly renovated elite-class room at the resort
* Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
* Unlimited drinks in all resort bars and restaurants, including Oasis bars and beverage carts on the golf courses
* Unlimited use of the driving range
* Complimentary use of a personal golf cart on property throughout the stay
* Complimentary use of the resort’s Sports Fitness Center
* VIP treatment for arrivals at La Romana airport (10 minutes from resort) and at hotel check-in
* Airport transfers, resort taxes, and service charges

The all-inclusive registration fee for contestants is $5,000. Non-golfers are $3,000, and instead of golf have unlimited access to horseback riding, tennis, and non-motorized watersports at the resort’s private Minitas Beach.

If you ever wanted to Dye Hard, this is the way to do it.

For more information, call the golf reservations office at (809) 523-8215 or visit


Atlantic City Golf: City with Game

Atlantic City is known for nightlife and gaming, but with a plethora of great courses at its disposal, it is fast becoming well known in the world of golf

(ATLANTIC CITY. N.J.) — The expression, “I’ve got a ‘game’ at the club tomorrow,” might sound a bit odd to the untrained ear, but it means just that. Golf is something fun: Something to be enjoyed — something on which you can bet ... and win.

As it is defined, this “activity providing entertainment or amusement” certainly has to rank it up there with the best of them. This is especially true as it applies to the masses. Most anyone can play the game at some level no matter his or her age and have lots of fun doing it.

So why not, when opting for your next golf vacation, head to the city where gaming has been pumping through its veins for decades? That center of the gaming universe is known as Atlantic City, a vibrant city located on Absecon Island in southern New Jersey.

Fact is, the real stars come out at daybreak in Atlantic City.

For all the glitz and glimmer of the high-rise gambling casinos that light up the night across this unique Atlantic Ocean-side city, there’s another side to the destination — a daylight version beyond the reimagined world-famous boardwalk and beaches. Sprawled across its tranquil surroundings are no less than 20 artfully-crafted and meticulously-maintained golf courses of all makes and varieties. These layouts range from links style to parkland style to classic gems to out-of-control modern marvels.

Whatever your passion, every golf course within the Atlantic City arsenal has been ordered to deliver an experience that you will not soon forget.

Garden State Glory
Ever wonder why golf course designers are called “architects” and why golf course caretakers are known as “superintendents?”  That’s because golf is a special game with special needs. The courses you play are big-budget, finely-manicured works of art. The canvasses they require have to be inviting, exciting and delighting.

Turns out, these are just some of the ingredients that make a destination like Atlantic City so exceptional. And that’s why it’s time for all those who haven’t played golf in Southern Jersey in a while to return for something fresh and new.

History is a big part of the fabric that makes up the golf landscape that slaps up hard against the Atlantic Ocean. Some of the earliest competitors from the United States heading for the British Open tuned up their games at the links course at Brigantine. Legends like Walter Hagen and Harry Vardon at Brigantine, Ben Hogan at Atlantic City Country Club, Sam Snead at Seaview Resort and Arnold Palmer at both Atlantic City and Wildwood Country Clubs walked the sandy soil of New Jersey during their golfing days. And designers like Donald Ross and William Flynn made it their goals to allow others to fulfill their dreams.

Modern-day golf course architecture has helped create a new manner in the way the game is played in a region more known for the blackjack table than the water table. Esteemed designers like Stephen Kay, Ron Fream and the duo of Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry have found their ways to the New Jersey shore to help spread the entertainment value beyond the casinos, the boardwalks and beaches.

Let’s Party
The golf course is not necessarily the place you want to go to hang out and party, especially if you’re planning on holing a bunch of putts. Atlantic City, in terms of golf and partying (or at least enjoying one’s self), is tough to beat in this regard — due primarily to its multitude of seaside and inland challenges. For instance, at Vineyard Golf at Renault (located a pleasant 25-minute drive from the city), you can play through an actual vineyard and finish near a winery with roots dating back to the Civil War era. Or, you can choose to swipe your way across the hills and dales of a former landfill at McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links where an Irish-Scottish replication unfolds before you.

Aficionados of Donald Ross (possibly the most famous golf course architect in the history of American golf) will enjoy the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Resort and Golf Club, which serves as the home to the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Then, of course you have the venerable Atlantic City Country Club, where the term “birdie” was coined and where celebrities from all forms of entertainment have played or visited. And these options are just a start.

Dave Ungrady, a near scratch golfer who now lives in Northern Virginia, grew up playing junior golf in New Jersey. He had the good fortune of learning to play the game at private courses in the central part of the state. “They rarely stretched more than 6,500 or so yards, were decades old and to this day prompt thoughts of old-course golf, with rolling terrain protected by imposing tree lines that provide a blanket of traditional comfort,” said the Trenton-area native. “It wasn’t often that we thought of venturing to the southern part of the state to test a new layout because, aside from Pine Valley, there was not much to offer.”

Then one day as an adventuring adult, Ungrady abandoned the comforts of his inland childhood and scheduled a trip to the coast of his native land. “That has changed there with the evolution of upscale, all-access golf in the Atlantic City area, which know boasts many top-quality courses,” he said. “Thanks to pleasurable experiences at courses like Harbor Pines and Sand Barrens, my first golfing trip back to southern New Jersey opened my eyes to the more complete golfing wonders of the Garden State.”

During a recent visit to one of the more “hidden gems” of Atlantic City, a player fresh off the course had this to say. “It’s very nice,” he said of the Ballamor Golf Club. “It’s the first time I’ve played it. I’ll definitely be back.” Like its sister course Scotland Run (which is a great “on the way to the coast” challenge), Ballamor is one to be strongly considered as a part of your next Atlantic City golf package.

Of course, as a repeat player or first-time visitor, you too can soon discover firsthand what Atlantic City golf is all about. Who knows? You may just discover that you have a bit more “game” inside of you than you ever believed possible.

Learn more about all 20 Atlantic City courses and book your fall golf getaway at


Hopkins Golf Officially Opens for Business

(NEWPORT BEACH, CA) – Hopkins Golf has officially opened its doors, so to speak, via its company website. By logging onto consumers can customize wedges the way the pros do, as well as purchase other Hopkins Golf-branded accessories, such as headwear and apparel.

"This is a banner day for us," said Greg Hopkins, CEO. "For a long time, we've been preparing to be able to get golfers custom wedges just like Tour players get. We can't wait to hear their reactions when they receive the true tour experience for themselves."

Hopkins Golf has operationally partnered with UPS, the world's leading logistics and shipping company, locating it's club assembly inside UPS facilities. UPS also handles shipping for the new brand. AIM IT Services was tapped to create the Hopkins Golf website, coordinating and integrating vast amounts of information between Hopkins, UPS and Hopkins customers.


Craig Stadler Wins 2013 Encompass Championship

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Cleveland Golf/Srixon congratulates staffer Craig Stadler for his victory at the Champions Tour’s 2013 Encompass Championship, held at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill.

Stadler held a five-stroke lead at the turn after birdieing the first, second, fifth and sixth holes. Bogeys at the 12th, 14th and 15th followed, but after hitting his approach into a greenside bunker on the 18th, he recovered to 12 feet and sank the putt for the win. He made it to win on the Champions Tour for the first time in eight years and collect the $270,000 first prize, finishing with a 1-under-par 71 to total 13-under 203.

Stadler currently plays with the new Z-STAR XV golf ball with Spin Skin technology, which will be released by Srixon this August. This new model from the Z-STAR line has already earned more than 40 professional wins worldwide. Stadler also plays a Cleveland CG15 DSG wedge (54°) and a 588 RTX wedge (60°), while wearing a Srixon glove.

For more information on Cleveland Golf/Srixon, Never Compromise and Cleveland Classics apparel or their staff players, please visit,, and


Edwin Watts Golf Hosts Chain-wide 'Driver Clinic' June 29

Advanced Robot Certified Club Matching System to Take Center Stage with Free Custom Fittings

(FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla.) - On the heels of debuting the ARC (Advanced Robot Certified) Club Matching System, Edwin Watts Golf Shops, one of the world’s largest specialty golf retailers with over 90 locations, announced that all stores will be hosting a “Driver Clinic” June 29. Consumers can visit any of the 90+ locations all day long, where Edwin Watts Golf store associates will be available to conduct free custom fitting sessions, while accessing the “ClubSmarts Report,” detailing Robot-Certified Performance Data from the 2013 Drivers test, and featuring the first-ever Club Matching Matrix, highlighting the playability attributes of the new drivers introduced in 2013.

The “ClubSmarts Report,” which will be utilized at each respective store, is the centerpiece of Edwin Watts Golf’s ARC Club Matching System, designed to objectively “club match and performance fit” golfers with products that best perform to their swing characteristics. In addition to the free custom fittings, while onsite, golfers can also take advantage of special deals and participate in exciting contests. One lucky customer will win a Callaway X Hot driver and matching fairway wood.

Edwin Watts Golf store associates will utilize the Company’s in-store launch monitor and swing analysis software to conduct custom fitting sessions for golfers of all ages and skill levels. Introduced in January 2013, the ARC Club Matching System, using advanced RoboFit Technology, tested drivers using an 11-point face system, based on six key impact areas: full-face, center impact, off the toe, off the heel, low on the face and high on the face. As a result, the “ClubSmarts Report’s” Club Matching Matrix, allows golfers of all playing levels to easily and effectively match their swing with the top performing drivers in several categories, including most distance/longest drives; highest ball speeds generated; most accurate; and highest and lowest launch angles generated, among others.

The ARC System also establishes a benchmark for game improvement by enhancing the in-store club fitting experience, as Edwin Watts Golf’s expert clubfitters now have access to unmatched golf club performance data to support fitting sessions via the in-store launch monitors and simulators. This enables golfers to quickly and easily choose clubs that best match their swing and will optimize their performance.


Inbee Park Wins Fifth LPGA Event of the Year

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Cleveland Golf/Srixon congratulates staffer Inbee Park for winning the LPGA’s 2013 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship over the weekend at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark. Park, who is currently No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings, had to overcome a four-stroke deficit on Sunday before capturing her fifth victory of the 2013 season in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff.

This is Park’s second consecutive win, following her major championship triumph at the Wegmans LPGA Championship two weeks ago. Park enters this week’s U.S. Women’s Open having won the first two majors of the season and is hoping to enter the history books as only the second player in LPGA history to win the first three majors of the season.

“I thought I had to go pretty low today,” said Park, who shot a 4-under 67 in the final round for a 54-hole total of 12-under-par 201. “I am happy with the way I played. Everything has been going really well. Everything has come together in the last couple years.”

Park currently plays the new Z-STAR with Spin Skin technology, which will be released this August. This new model of the Z-STAR has already earned more than 40 professional wins worldwide. Park also plays a XXIO 7 driver, XXIO Forged irons (5-PW) and Cleveland 588 wedges (47°, 51°, 56°). Park wears a Srixon glove and shoes, and carries a Srixon bag.

For more information on Cleveland Golf/Srixon, Never Compromise and Cleveland Classics apparel or their staff players, visit,, and


CHAMP Spikes Trusted by Winner of Travelers Championship

(MARLBOROUGH, MA) – CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide – The World Leader in Sport Cleat Technology and maker of innovative CHAMP spikes, high-performance golf tees and accessories – confirms its renowned spikes were used by the winner and seven of the top-10 finishers at the Travelers Championship, according to Darrell Survey.

Capturing his first PGA Tour victory, the champion navigated TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT, wearing the popular ScorpionSTINGER model, which features spring-flex traction technology to ensure optimum gripping and comfort.
“Our products are validated week after week by the large and growing number of Tour stars who depend on CHAMP spikes,” says Harris MacNeill, President and CEO of CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide. “Regardless of course conditions, the comfort, traction and stability innovations we’ve pioneered ensure performance superior to spikeless models and other alternatives.”

The #1 Brand on Tour, CHAMP spikes have been used by 31 of the last 42 major winners and are available in a variety of options, including the popular ScorpionSTINGER, and Zarma.

Beyond the cleat category, the company offers a wide range of products, including the Zarma FLYtee. Drawing from MacNeill Engineering’s unrivalled 80-plus year heritage, the FLYtee line has quickly become one of the most-used tees by leading professionals worldwide. Made with extremely durable materials, its six-pronged head and shallow cup reduces friction, increases distance and improves accuracy.

With more than 100 active distributors, CHAMP is the world’s largest manufacturer of replaceable spikes. The company produces more than 140 million spikes annually and is the dominant global brand in football, soccer, golf, baseball, cricket, rugby and other sports.

For more information:, 1-800-OK-CHAMP.


Monday, June 24, 2013

Titleist Golf Ball Loyalist Ken Duke Captures First PGA Tour Title in Playoff

Wins Travelers Championship Trusting New Titleist Pro V1 Golf Ball

(Fairhaven, MA) – Titleist golf ball loyalist Ken Duke captured his first career PGA Tour title with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden death playoff at the Travelers Championship.  Trusting the drop and stop performance of the Pro V1 golf ball, Duke confidently fired his approach shot inside three feet and converted the putt for his maiden victory.  It was also the first time the champion had relied upon a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport 2 Notchback putter in competition.

Duke was one of 104 Titleist players (67%) in the field of 156, over six times the nearest competitor with 16.  He also topped a leaderboard that was covered with the names of Titleist golf ball loyalists, including 10 of the 12 who finished among the top and ties.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Graham DeLaet (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, CB/MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport Tour putter) finished a stroke out of the playoff in solo third place, while Bubba Watson (Pro V1x) finished solo fourth, two shots behind the winner.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson posted bookend 5-under par 65s on Thursday and Sunday to finish in a tie for 5th place, three shots out of the playoff.   Angel Cabrera (Pro V1x) and Rickie Fowler (Pro V1) were the only two players who posted better scores than Simpson on Sunday, Cabrera closing with a 7-under 63 to finish T9, while Fowler fired a final round 6-under 64 to finish T13.

The best round of the week went to Titleist Brand Ambassador Charley Hoffman (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, CB/MB irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron by Titleist GoLo 5 putter), who fired a 9-under par 61 on Thursday.  Hoffman eventually finished T7 for his fifth top 10 finish of the year.

WEB.COM TOUR:  Rex Hospital Open
* Of the 156-player field, 69% (108) relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16.
* With a performance fit for a Hollywood script, Raleigh native and Titleist Brand Ambassador Chesson Hadley fired a final round 7-under 64 to cap off a storybook winning effort in front of his family and friends.
* Hadley waited out a lengthy rain delay before chasing down the 54-hole leader to win by two and earn his first career title.  He was five strokes behind the leader entering Sunday’s closing round.
* On Sunday, he went 7-under over the final 10 holes, including a birdie his final hole to secure the outright lead at 19-under.
* Hadley fired four rounds in the 60s, including an opening round 8-under 63.

What’s in the Bag?:  Pro V1x, 913D3 driver (9.5), 910F fairway metal (13.5), 712U utility iron (3), MB irons (4-P),  Vokey Design SM4 TVD gap (52), sand (56) and lob (60) wedges.
- It was an emotional win for Hadley, who was born at Rex Hospital nearly 26 years ago.

- Quoting Hadley:  “Honestly I can’t believe I won this.  This is the greatest thing that has happened in my golfing career.  It’s a dream come true.”

- Hadley advanced from No. 88 to No. 3 on the Tour money list in the span of five weeks, posting four top-10s in his last five starts: T3/BMW Charity Pro-Am, T6/Mexico Open, 2nd/Mid-Atlantic Championship, MC/Air Capital Classic, 1st/Rex Hospital Open.

- Titleist golf ball loyalists have won 10 times on the Tour, over three times the nearest competitor (3).

JAPAN TOUR:  Japan Golf Tour Championship
Of the 126-player field, 41% (52) relied upon Titleist golf balls.

Satoshi Kodaira, a 23-year old "Young Gun" from Japan, earned his first career JGTO title by one shot over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors and Pro V1x loyalists S.K. Ho of Korea and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand.

The win earns Kodaira a 5-year exemption on the Japan Golf Tour, as well as an invitation to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August.

What’s in Satoshi Kodaira’s Bag?:  Pro V1x, 910D3 driver (9.5), 909H hybrid (17.0), 913Hd hybrid (20.0), MB irons (4-9), Vokey Design pitching (48), gap (52) and lob (58) wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter.


Product Review - Tifosi Veloce Eyewear

Golfers spend a half hour on the range - stretching and hitting balls - to loosen tight muscles and another 10 minutes slathering on sunscreen to protect their skin from the sun’s harsh rays. Both are important factors in having a good round and feeling well after play has finished. Be smart and take an extra 5 seconds to reach into your bag and slip on a pair of Tifosi Veloce to protect your eyes.

The performance benefits of wearing quality sunglasses during a round of golf will follow, but allow us a moment to discuss your health. Did you know that as much as 10 percent of all skin cancers are found on the eyelid? Harmful UV rays can produce cataracts and macular degeneration - which can lead to varying degrees of blindness or blurred vision. Photokeratitis and pterygium - both potentially painful - can also be avoided by wearing sunglasses with UV protection.

The word “quality” was written in bold type above for a reason. The $5 pair of sunglasses you’ll find at the local drug store may look nice, but they don’t protect your eyes. And from a performance standpoint, they’re more likely to hinder than enhance your game. The curved lens leads to distortion. Both are reasons we recommend Tifosi eyewear.

The Veloce model comes with GT & EC lenses, designed specifically to help golfers spot a ball in flight and to read surface contours and terrain breaks. We’ve all lost a ball in a high sky and have had difficulties reading the greens due to sun glare. The Veloce will help counter both.

From an aesthetics point of view, the interchangeable lenses are available in Clarion Blue, Clarion Purple and Clarion Red. As for playability ... the quality is evident whether looking down at the ball or following the shot in flight - there’s no distortion. The reflective mirror lens is hydrophobic, as well, repelling water and sweat, and preventing unsightly and distracting water spots.

The Veloce frames are made of Grilamid TR-90 - a homopolyamide nylon characterized by an extremely high alternative bending strength, low density, and high resistance to chemical and UV damage. The hydrophilic rubber ear and nose pieces don’t slip, while adjustable ear and nose pieces offer a customizable, comfortable fit.

The medical world has volumes of statistics to convince you to wear sunglasses with UV protection, and the marketing world can provide you with a list of why their product is the best. We shared a little bit of both above. Need more convincing? Here’s a test you can do on the course, at home or in the store. Put on a pair of sunglasses and look straight ahead. Now, without moving your head, look down. Does it look like you’re about to step downhill? If so, that’s the distortion we mentioned and those sunglasses will ruin your game. The Voloce eyewear from Tifosi passed with flying colors.

American Golfer Recommendation: Protect your eyes, help your game and look good in the process with Veloce from Tifosi Optics.


FarmLinks Golf Club at Pursell Farms Introduces Special 10-Year Anniversary Rate

Award-Winning Resort Course Turns Back the Clock with Unlimited Golf and Lunch for $99

(SYLACAUGA, Ala.) – FarmLinks Golf Club at Pursell Farms – located an hour from Birmingham and ranked the No. 1 course in Alabama – celebrated its 10-year anniversary on June 4th and is commemorating the milestone by offering all-inclusive golf for $99 on the fourth day of every month through the end of the year.

The special rate is a savings of more than 25% and reflects the green fee when the course opened in 2003. It includes all-you-can-play golf, a hearty Southern-style lunch, cart, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks and unlimited use of the massive practice facility.

“In 2003, our vision became a reality with the opening of FarmLinks and it’s surreal to be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the course,” said Pursell Farms CEO David Pursell. “We’d like to thank all of those who helped us reach this landmark and hope this Anniversary Special will encourage new guests to visit this amazing property and experience all that it has to offer.”

In addition to being named the top public-access course in Alabama by Golfweek, FarmLinks has garnered numerous other accolades, including making Golf Digest’s list of the “75 Best Golf Resorts in North America” and receiving the highest customer-service rating by the National Golf Foundation for five consecutive years. The Hurdzan-Fry design features a mix of dramatic elevation changes with pristine fairways and greens and last year launched the FarmLinks Golf Academy.

FarmLinks is also serves as the world’s first and only research and demonstration golf course. It has been visited by more than 10,000 superintendents and turf specialists seeking to learn best practices.

Pursell Farms is a boutique family-owned resort located on 3,500 pristine acres and offers on-property fishing and hunting, clay shooting, fresh farm-to-table dining, meeting space, luxury cabins and cottages, wedding services and more. Led by new Executive Chef Andrea Griffith, The Grille at Pursell Farms is open to the public and serves an ever-changing, upscale menu of specialty sandwiches, salads and Southern-style, home-cooked entrees.

To book tee times call 877.292.3276 or to learn more about Pursell Farms visit or


New Design Concept for Golf GPS App by iGolf

(San Diego, CA) - iGolf, a division of L1 Technologies announced the release of iGolf Mobile v.3 for iPhone. iGolf Mobile v.3 provides golfers convenient access from their mobile phone to FREE services such as a GPS Rangefinder, Score Tracker and Course Deals. With eight years of experience in the golf GPS industry, iGolf has been a leader in technological advances for mobile applications, hand-held GPS devices and enterprise course management software.

With an entirely new design called Panarama, iGolf worked hard to develop an easy to use home screen swipe interface, providing golfers quick access to important feature sets. Additions include, a slide-out menu allowing future updates to include notifications as well as new golf sections. Below are the sections available immediately to iPhone users.

GPS Caddie
iGolf's GPS Caddie section provides golfers easy access to over 33,000 professionally mapped golf courses worldwide. Golfers are provided front, center, back and custom points for all golf courses. Additionally, over 28,000 golf courses include graphical representations of every hole with a new Distance Overlay feature. Multiple Shot Distance inputs and Scorecard Tracking are standard features in iGolf Mobile v.3.

With millions of rounds played over eight years, iGolf continues to maintain an internal and external organization of professional golf course mapping personnel to insure all GPS data is accurate and up to date.

Score Tracker
Our new and improved Score Tracker provides golfers the ability to add rounds and view golfing statistics on the Panarama home screen. Handicap, Average Score, Average Putts, Percentage of Fairways Hit and Percentage of Greens Hit are all stored and analyzed for use on other iGolf applications and services. Visit for more information.

Course Deals
iGolf Mobile v.3 now provides golf courses the opportunity to market deals directly to your mobile phone, based on your location. iGolf is aggressively targeting golf courses to provide deals to incentivize golfers to play their course. Stay tuned for opportunities in your area. Golf courses can visit for more information.

My Course
An exciting new feature called My Course has been added to iGolf Mobile v.3. This feature provides golfers the ability to select their home course. Once a home course has been set, golfers can quickly start a round with one press from the home screen. Additionally, notifications can be provided from the golf course such as events, deals and course updates.

iGolf Mobile v.3 will have ongoing updates with new services and features including Swing Analysis, Tee Times, News and Reviews, and Snack Bar Ordering. iPhone users will receive the new version by Q4 2013. Windows Mobile 8 users will receive the new version in Q3 2013. For more information visit


Who's Your Caddy Helping Pick Up Pace of Play

(MILFORD, CT) - Red Mat Media, makers of the leading free mobile golf application, Who's Your Caddy, shared that the app significantly picks of the pace of play-something that is the focus of golf's "Pace-of-Play" themed month of June.

"With our enhanced GPS ensures that by measuring yardage accurately, you won't be walking up the fairway, and you can make better club selection. The caddy tips and dynamic video library enhance the experience on the course by offering need-to-know strategies for each hole. During play, golfers have access to 'course insider' information provided by club pros. Included are important tips such as recommending a lay up shot on a waterhole, playing out of a bunker, and the break of a green. All of this, and our streamlined score cards, help speed things along. The best part is the app is free," says Laura Guthrie, Executive Director and Partner, Red Mat Media.

"Our established relationships with more than 19,000 US golf courses are invaluable. Course Managers and pros are not only welcoming, but also encouraging the use of Who's Your Caddy as a means to improve play and keep rate of play at a reasonable speed. Technology on the course is something that is effectively aiding golfers and courses alike. More rounds makes for more revenue, and less waiting," says Director of Public Relations, Tara Perkins, Red Mat Media.

Some of the other key features and benefits of the Who's Your Caddy app include caddy tips by hole, by course; video library with tips for play from the pros; notifications through which golfers can easily learn about course events and/or redeem special offers from local retailers called "Gimmes"; stat tracking; streamlined score keeping; weather conditions and directions; course contact information (set tee-times and talk to the pro); share on Facebook and Twitter; and the enhanced GPS system-the best part is this all is packaged in an attractive, intuitive application for free. WYC has content for more than 19,000 US golf courses and is available on iTunes and Android Smartphones.

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Loudmouth Releases New Version of Golf App

Loudmouth Golf Tour version 1.1 offers new features to enhance social interaction, enable mobile purchases of exclusive merchandise

(FOSTER CITY, CA) - Loudmouth Golf, in conjunction with app developer, Weekend Warriors, has released an updated version of their free branded iPhone app, Loudmouth Golf Tour, which was released on April 2, 2013. The app allows golfers of all levels to keep score and seamlessly track detailed stats, while fostering competition with golf buddies on Facebook. In addition, the app also empowers Loudmouth to offer exclusive merchandise to app users. The Loudmouth Golf app is available today directly from the Apple App Store.

Key Features:
• Simple Interface - No distractions on the golf course.
• Automatic Stat Tracking - You just play golf, we'll track your stats.
• Golf with Friends - Play against any of your Facebook friends, no matter their location or skill level. Compete against friends from anywhere in the US. There's no need to play at the same course at the same time.
• Private Leaderboard - Compete against your private group or see how you stack up against the Loudmouth Leaderboard
• Loudmouth awards - Earn Loudmouth points, unlock personal achievements, and win Loudmouth merchandise by playing in exclusive Loudmouth-sponsored competitions.

New Features:
• Loudmouth Golf Pro Shop with exclusive, iPhone-only deals
• Sharing capabilities - share pictures and score of your scorecard on Facebook
• Over/under option on the "Play Golf" screen
• Download capability - Download scorecards from multiple devices

Download the free Loudmouth Golf Tour app today and compete against your friends for Loudmouth gear and prizes.

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Introducing the 3D Modeler from Greg Norman Collection

Tool takes customization to the next level

(BOURBON, MO) - Greg Norman Collection unveils its new, online 3D modeling tool for accessories. The modeler can be accessed through their website at It is both easy to use and highly functional.

The cutting edge software allows users to upload their logo and/or custom text to a three dimensional model of a Greg Norman crested hat or belt. Users can then rotate the model, zoom in or out, and edit the size, color, and location of their logo. A link to the finished model can then be sent via email to a designated party or parties.

"This is an important next step in apparel customization," says David Shaffer, National Sales Manager of Greg Norman Accessories. "The 3D modeler literally puts designing product into the hands of our customers and sales representatives. This tool will cut down on art pack turnaround time and provide an overall better experience for our customers. The technology is simply amazing."

Greg Norman Collection maintains strong market share in the golf apparel industry. By staying ahead of trends and forecasting consumer needs, they continue to be an innovator of golf apparel, fabric technology, and customer service.


TaylorMade's Ken Duke Wins First Career PGA TOUR Title

The 44-Year-Old Duke Claimed Travelers Championship Title in Playoff

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – TaylorMade Golf Tour Staff professional Ken Duke made his first career trip to the winner’s circle today after defeating adidas Golf Tour Staff professional Chris Stroud in a two-hole playoff at the Travelers Championship. Duke, who won in his 186th career start on Tour, becomes the oldest first-time winner on the PGA TOUR since 1995.

Duke, playing with a bag made up of TaylorMade Golf metal woods, used the RBZ Stage 2 Tour Driver, RBZ Stage 2 Tour Fairway Wood and RBZ Stage 2 Tour Rescue en route to victory at TPC River Highlands. With his dramatic win, Duke moves from 95th to 20th in the FedEx Cup standings.
TaylorMade drivers have now been used in 31 worldwide victories in 2013, eight of those coming on the PGA TOUR.

In the Bag:
* RBZ Stage 2 9.5 (Aldila Tour Series TX)
* RBZ Stage 2 14.5 (Aldila Tour Series)
* RBZ Stage 2 18.5 (Aldila Tour Series)
* Tour Preferred MC 3-PW (Aldila graphite)


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Island Resort Championship and Sweetgrass Ready for Symetra Tour Return, June 28-30

(HARRIS, Mich.) – The Island Resort & Casino and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will welcome 144 women golfers next Friday for the Island Resort Championship, a Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA event.

The third of a three-year commitment by the Symetra Tour, the Island Resort Championship is a 54-hole stroke play tournament contested at Sweetgrass Golf Club.

Spectator information related to tickets, parking and spectating areas can be found below.

Ticket Information
Three-day ticket passes are still being sold for $10 and can be purchased via five different methods:
1) Through 45 regional non-profit organizations who will keep 100 percent of the $10 ticket price to benefit the charity of their choice (see a complete list at
2) In person at the Island Resort Showroom Ticket Office at the Island Resort & Casino in Harris, Michigan
3) Via phone by calling 906.466.2941 x 5001 locally or 877.ISL.SHOW
4) By purchasing tickets at the entrance gate through championship weekend
5) Directly on the Sweetgrass website at

Children 17 and under enter the tournament for free with a paying adult.

Parking and Transportation
Free parking will be available for all spectators, who will be guided from Rts. 2 & 41 to Gate A, the main parking area at the Island Resort Casino.

The Island Resort & Casino will be open and fully operational during tournament week.

Entrance Gate
Gates will open one hour prior to the first tee time each day.  Upon arrival, spectators will find free daily pairing sheets and maps to guide them to stationed bleachers on the course, first aid station, restrooms, food/beverage outlets and a course map.  A complete list of tee times can be found at

Over 300 volunteers, wearing staff shirts, will be available to answer questions and guide spectators each day.

The Spectator Experience
The week of events kicks off with a junior clinic taught by LPGA Symetra Tour players on Tuesday, June 25 (4 p.m.).  The first 48 children (ages 6-14) to register will be instructed by the players during this free clinic.

The Island Resort Championship is a stroke-play event beginning at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

There will be eight spectator bleacher locations on the course; one near the first tee of Sweetgrass Golf Club, one near the driving range/practice area, two large bleachers at the 9th and 18th greens, and four on-course grandstands with views of several holes.  Spectators are welcome to bring small chairs to watch the event throughout the venue, outside of the championship playing areas.

A map of the course can be found at  Spectators should note that for the purposes of the tournament, the ninth and 18 holes will be reversed.

Spectators should refrain from requesting autographs until a player completes her round.

Beverage carts will be stationed throughout the course; guests are also welcome to visit the Island Resort & Casino’s dining venues on property.

Suggested Items to Bring/Prohibited Items
Cell phones and cameras (still and video) are prohibited and cannot be taken into the event venue.  Spectators will be permitted to bring portable chairs and are welcome to bring pens/markers to request a signature of their favorite golfers following their rounds.

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About the Championship
Welcoming the world’s brightest new talent in women’s professional golf, the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass is a Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA event held at Sweetgrass Golf Club in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  The 54-hole stroke-play event will be held June 28-30, 2013. Located in Harris, Michigan, Sweetgrass Golf Club is situated at the Island Resort & Casino, and is owned/operated by the Hannahville Indian Community of the Potawatomi Nation.

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Golf Gulf Shores Offering Free Foursome to SEC BeachFest Golf Scramble

(GULF SHORES, Ala.) – The Gulf Shores Golf Association – a collection of nine highly acclaimed courses on Alabama’s Gulf Coast – is offering a chance to win a free foursome to the SEC BeachFest Golf Scramble, Aug. 16-17.

The 36-hole event will be played on four of Gulf Shores’ signature golf courses: Craft Farms, Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club, Gulf Shores Golf Club and Kiva Dunes.

The winning package, valued at $1,200, includes three rounds of golf for one foursome, four tickets to the SEC BeachFest, two days of complimentary buffet breakfast and lunch, gift bag, entrance to the pairings party and a chance to meet SEC coaching legends.

To enter the sweepstakes, visit the Golf Gulf Shores Facebook page at

“The SEC BeachFest Golf Scramble was a big success last year and we are glad to be part of it once again,” said Gulf Shores Golf Association Executive Director Duncan Millar.  “The tournament showcases some of our most pristine courses and we look forward to once again welcoming fans and alumni back to this unique beach and golf destination.”

Tickets for the Golf Scramble are on sale at for $1,200 per foursome.

The event is part of the SEC BeachFest, which runs Aug. 15-18 and serves as the official kick-off to the SEC football season. Activities include concerts, a FanZone, appearances by legendary coaches and players, alumni happy hours, a 5k and 1-mile Fun Run and fishing challenges.

The nine signature Gulf Shores golf courses are all within a 45-minute ride of each other and the area also provides a variety of outdoor activities and events along 32 miles of sugar-sand beaches.

Below is a sampling of "starting-at,” family-friendly, stay-and-play rates, good through Aug. 4. Prices include taxes and fees and are based on four nights and three rounds of golf at three pre-determined courses. An Unlimited Golf option is available at a nominal fee with any package:

Two-Bedroom Gulf Front Condo
Rate: $122.33 per person, per night for golf and room
Description: Quad occupancy in a two-bedroom gulf-front condo with one king bed, two full beds and a sleeper sofa.

Two-Bedroom Golf Villa
Rate: $69.53 per person, per night for golf and room
Description: Quad occupancy in a two-bedroom golf villa, with one king bed, two twin beds and a sleeper sofa.

For a customized quote for groups of all sizes call 1.888.815.1902 or visit

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