Friday, September 29, 2017

Proposed Development of Coul Links (Scotland) Advances

(RELEASE) - Golf course developer Mike Keiser, business entrepreneur Todd Warnock, land owner Edward Abel Smith and the Embo Trust, Urras Euraboil, announced today that, after several years of thoughtful consideration, a thoroughly vetted planning document will be submitted to Highland Council on September 29, regarding the proposed development of Coul Links – an 18-hole golf course on the coast just north of Embo, Sutherland, Scotland.

The planning documents, which will outline all economic and environmental considerations and plans, were prepared after thoughtful input from local community leaders and public officials.

“We have worked meticulously with the Scottish authorities and local community to refine our layout such that this special site is protected and enhanced environmentally, and also serves as an economic catalyst similar to Mike‘s projects in Bandon and Cabot,“ said Todd Warnock.

“Coul Links is a special site that will inspire two of the best course architects in the world to design a classic true links,” said Keiser. “It's location, less than 1.5 miles from legendary Royal Dornoch Golf Club and several others a short drive away, will likely establish a third major destination of Scottish golf.”

Designed by well-known architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, who collaborated with Keiser at Bandon Trails in Bandon, Ore., Cabot Cliffs in Inverness, Nova Scotia, and Sand Valley in Rome, Wis., Coul Links will be the duo’s their first course built in Scotland.

“I’m not sure I’ve seen a more spectacular site for golf,” said Coore. “It’s a humbling honor to build a golf course in the home of links golf.”

The team is also pleased to announce Chris Haspell, formerly Course Manager at Castle Stuart, has joined as project manager.

The development team will hold their next round of public consultation events in mid-October and, should Highland Council approve the plan over the next few months, hope to begin construction in Spring 2018.

Tennessee Wins Final USGA Women's State Team Championship

(SANTA FE, N.M.) - The Tennessee trio of Riley Rennell, Jayna Choi and Ashley Gilliam combined to shoot 1-under-par 143 in the final round to win the 12th and final USGA Women’s State Team Championship on The Club at Las Campanas’ Sunrise Course, which played to a par of 72 and 6,267 yards on Thursday.

The rain-suspended Round 2 was completed in the morning after the course received 1.49 inches of rain on Wednesday. With 55 grounds crew members working in the pre-dawn hours, the course was made playable and Round 2 resumed at 7:10 a.m. MDT. The final round began at 9:15 a.m. with a two-tee start.

The leader board was in constant flux once play got underway, with Tennessee, Delaware, Florida, Alabama, New York and Indiana all moving into at least a tie for first place at some point. When the dust settled, Tennessee claimed the Judy Bell Trophy at 1-under 431. Delaware shot 3 under in Round 3 to finish one stroke behind Tennessee and one stroke ahead of third-place Florida. Alabama finished fourth at 3-over 435. New York, which led after the first two rounds, shot 7 over on Thursday to finish in a tie for fifth with Indiana.

It was a total team effort for Tennessee, one of three all-teenager trios in the championship – Delaware and Mississippi were the others. All three Tennessee players contributed at least one counting score. Rennell, 19, of Columbia, bailed the team out with a 4-under 68 in Round 1, 10 strokes better than her next-best teammate, but she posted a non-counting 77 in Round 2 before rebounding with a team-best 71 in the final round. Gilliam shot 72 on Thursday and Choi added a solid non-counting 74.

“This is a team event, and what was best about it was we all contributed,” said Rennell. “They kind of had a rough start and I just hung in there for them and I had a rough second day, and they came through for me.”

For Choi, 16, of Collierville, the finality of the event resonated.

“What’s really awesome is it’s the last championship for the State Team, so I think it’s a total blessing having them have your back,” she said.

Gilliam, 16, of Manchester, couldn’t get over the weight of the Judy Bell Trophy, both figuratively and literally.

“It was very heavy. I think I will be sore tomorrow,” she said. “I’m just glad I didn’t break it.”

The Women's State Team consists of three-player teams, with all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico eligible to field teams. This year, 47 states and the District of Columbia fielded teams, with North Dakota, Puerto Rico, South Dakota and Wyoming opting not to compete. The championship consisted of 18 holes of stroke play on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The best two scores for the team count toward the team score, with the third score acting as a tiebreaker. After 36 holes, the field was cut to the low 21 teams and ties, which resulted in 22 teams this year. Any individual whose team missed the cut but was within five strokes of the individual lead was eligible to continue to play for the individual medal, but that didn’t come into play this year.

The USGA's State Team championships began in 1995 as part of the Association's Centennial Celebration. They were conducted on a biennial basis until 2010, when the men and women began alternating years. After a two-year review process with state and regional golf associations, it was announced in March that the USGA would retire its State Team championships at the end of the 2017 season. The USGA annually conducts 13 national championships, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

“The USGA expresses its gratitude to all the champions and competitors of the USGA State Team Championships, as well as the host clubs and the hundreds of volunteers who contributed their time and efforts,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships and Governance, in March. “In our reviews and discussions, it became quite clear that the conditions of competition had evolved, and there were significant differences in the respective team selection processes. After considering the matter for more than a year, the review supported increased focus toward other areas of USGA competition, both present and future, including the continued enhancement of the local and sectional qualifying experience for players across all USGA championships.”

Two-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Julia Potter, 29, of Indianapolis, Ind., shot 6-under 210 to claim the individual medal. Potter, who won the Women’s Mid-Amateur in 2013 and 2016, shot 2-under 70 in all three rounds.

“It’s amazing. I’ve been lucky enough to be medalist twice in the [Women’s] Mid-Amateur, and it’s not easy,” said Potter. “It’s hard. It’s a grind to make it happen, and so it means a lot.”

The youngest team in the field with a combined age of 47, Delaware delivered by far the best performance in its history in the Women’s State Team. The same trio of Phoebe Brinker, Jennifer Cleary and Esther Park competed two years ago at Dalhousie Golf Club and missed the cut. Its best previous finish was 32nd in the inaugural championship in 1995.

Cleary, 16, of Wilmington, spearheaded Delaware’s rise up the leader board by making three birdies in the morning’s resumption of Round 2 to post a 5-under 67, tying Gilliam for the low round of the championship. Brinker, 15, of Wilmington, then shot 68 in Round 3 and finished two strokes behind Potter, good for second on the individual leader board.

“I played really solid golf all three days, so that felt good,” said Brinker. “Then with Jen shooting a 67 the second day, that definitely boosted us up the leader board. That felt good.”

Florida entered the final round one stroke off New York’s pace and counted an even-par 72 from four-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Meghan Stasi, 39, of Oakland Park, and a 73 by Alexa Pano, 13, of Lake Worth, the youngest player in the field.

“This is such a tough format, especially on the last day,” said Stasi. “You have no idea how the other teams are doing, how your own team is doing. So, I just went out and tried to play my game. I had it going early, was 2 under but gave them back and finished even. Unfortunately, I just wasn’t good enough today.”

With Joy-Connelly posting a non-counting 76, Pano helped keep Florida in contention by finishing her round with three straight birdies. She also enjoyed spending time with her teammates.

“It is an honor to play in this championship, and especially to play with Meghan and Tara, who are so accomplished and so focused on the golf course,” said Pano. “They were really good to me. To be on the last team representing Florida is really awesome.”

This was the second USGA championship in New Mexico, joining the 1999 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links at Santa Ana Golf Course in Santa Ana Pueblo. Only two competitors in this week’s field competed in the 1999 WAPL: Sue Billek Nyhus, of Utah, and Leslie Folsom, of Washington.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

LPGA International’s Acclaimed Jones Course Completes Greens Renovation Project

Former Host of LPGA Season-Ending Championship Installed New TifEagle Putting Surfaces

(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — LPGA International’s acclaimed Jones Course reopened on schedule Wednesday, September 27 following a summer greens renovation project, welcoming golfers back with pristine conditions and smooth, fast putting surfaces.

After extensive research, LPGA International installed TifEagle Bermuda, one of the newer strains of ultradwarf grass that will ensure golfers enjoy a premium putting surface throughout the year. The greens were also restored to their original size.

“The renovation went perfectly, and we can’t wait to welcome golfers back this fall,” said Michael Glenn, LPGA International’s general manager. “Players will find the greens are smooth and fast, and the course, from tee to green, is in superb condition.”

The Jones Course hosted the LPGA’s Sprint Titleholders Championship from 1996 through 1998, and World Golf Hall of Fame member Karrie Webb was one of the winners. The layout will host the final stage of the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, and the Symetra Tour Championship Oct. 5-8.

A links style design, the Jones Course has five sets of tees that stretch from 5,131 yards to 7,088 yards, providing the appropriate level of challenge for players of all skill levels. Strategic mounding, expansive bunkers, natural marsh areas and lakes provide unforgettable visuals and have helped make the course one of Florida’s best.

LPGA International is also home to the highly touted Hills Course, and helps anchor the Daytona Beach golf scene. Daytona Beach is home to more than 20 courses and is an easy drive from multiple PGA Tour stops, making it an ideal destination for golfers in search of good times on and off the course.

With multiple package options, which allow groups the opportunity to bundle golf and accommodations, and the lure of the World’s Most Famous Beach, Daytona Beach is a fast-emerging golf destination.

For more information, go to www.DaytonaBeach.golf.

Golf Pride Grips in the Hands of TOUR Championship and 2017 FedEx Cup Winners

(SOUTHERN PINES, N.C.) -  Eaton announced that its Golf Pride Grips Division designed and developed the performance grips chosen by both the 2017 TOUR Championship and the 2017 FedEx Cup winners this past weekend at historic East Lake Golf Club.

The 2017 TOUR Championship winner trusted Golf Pride’s Z-Grip Cord to conquer the hot and humid conditions as he earned the largest payday of his career, and vaulted himself into 3rd place in the season-ending FedEx Cup points race.

The 2017 FedEx Cup Champion is the 5th consecutive FedEx Cup Champion to trust his game to Golf Pride. The #1 Grip in Golf was also played by 4 of the Top 5 finishers in the final FedEx Cup standings.

“The FedEx Cup Playoffs once again proved to be exciting with a core of talented young players leading the way,” said Brandon Sowell, global sales and marketing director for Golf Pride. “We are honored to be an integral part of the action as the best players in the world continue to trust Golf Pride for our proven innovation and quality craftsmanship.”

Since the FedEx Cup playoffs were established in 2007, 9 of 11 Champions have relied on Golf Pride grips.  Each week, Golf Pride is the leading grip played from tee-to-green on the PGA TOUR with an average of 80% of pros choosing Golf Pride swing grips in each event, without any paid endorsements.

For more information on Golf Pride’s entire 2017 product offering, visit www.golfpride.com.

TaylorMade Golf Company Unveils TP Red Putter Collection

Expanding on the Successful TP Collection, New Putters Feature Pure Roll Inserts with a Combination of Designs and Constructions in Stunning ‘Tour Red’ Finish

(Carlsbad, Calif.) — TaylorMade Golf Company announced today the expansion of the TP Collection of putters with the introduction of TP Red. Comprised of 6 performance mallet models, the new collection has been designed for the discerning player who seeks the performance of TaylorMade’s renowned Pure Roll technology in an aesthetically appealing Tour Red colorway that the company became the first to roll out in 2016. Since then, the Tour Red colorway has seen its demand grow exponentially on global tours following the success of TaylorMade staffers Jason Day, Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia.

The TP Red Collection is comprised of five new variations of the Ardmore putter as well as the Chaska model. Each of the six new models feature milled 304 stainless steel heads with Tour Red finish for a premium look and feel with high-contrast coloring and a variety of sightline options to promote improved alignment.

Ardmore: A face-balanced mallet designed with dual sightlines for a linear stroke and easy alignment.

Ardmore CTR: A center-shafted, face-balanced mallet designed to emphasize perfectly centered alignment.

Ardmore 2 (“L” Neck): A progressive mallet designed with single top, double cavity sightlines and 27° toe hang for a flowing stroke and enhanced alignment.

Ardmore 2 (double bend): A progressive, face-balanced mallet featuring single top, double cavity sightlines for a straight back, straight through stroke and enhanced alignment.

Ardmore 3: A progressive mid-size mallet incorporating 40° toe hang for a flowing stroke and simple alignment.

Chaska: A larger, face-balanced, semi-rounded mallet with a three top sightlines to encourage a confident stroke.
World number 13 Justin Rose, who first saw the putter at a company photoshoot earlier this month, put the Chaska into play the following week at the BMW Championship, where he finished T2 and recorded a remarkable strokes gained: putting of 2.393.

Each putter in the TP Red Collection has a head weight of 355g, a 3.5° loft, 70° of lie angle and comes available in 34” & 35’’ lengths. Each model in the collection also features interchangeable sole weights to enable the adjustment of mass for optimal performance.

Similar to the original TP Collection, each new model utilizes a new milling process along with TaylorMade’s proprietary Pure Roll insert to deliver optimal forward roll with a desired firm feel.

Pure Roll Insert
The 6061 aluminum Pure Roll insert combines 45° grooves with a softer polymer between the grooves to promote better forward roll and reduce skidding across varying surfaces. The composition and construction of the Pure Roll insert is specially engineered to bring the grooves into direct and active contact with the ball during impact, even on short putts. The grooves in the face also serve in part to strategically soften the insert’s structure. Together, these factors make the insert perform at a very high level.

Currently, TaylorMade Tour staffers Jon Rahm, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose all play putters incorporating Pure Roll technology.

Availability and Pricing
The TP Red Collection will be available at retail tomorrow, 9/29. Each putter in the collection comes equipped stock with a Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip at an MSRP of $219 USD.

For more information, visit TaylorMadeGolf.com.

Nexbelt's USA Buckle Treasure Hunt at The Presidents Cup Could Earn a $500.00 Gift Certificate

(RANCHO CUCAMONGA) - Nexbelt, "The Fastest Growing Belt in Golf," announced that a spectator attending The Presidents Cup, being held at New Jersey's Liberty National Golf Course this week, will be wearing a "special" USA Buckle from Nexbelt (see image below), and if you're the FIRST one to find and identify this person on site you will receive a $500 Gift Certificate to purchase product on their website www.Nexbelt.com.

Only one gift certificate will be awarded, so good luck!

"The USA Buckle Treasure Hunt is a fun way to celebrate the event and show our support of The U.S. Presidents Cup Team," said Eddie Rowland, Co-Founder of Nexbelt. "I do want to warn spectators participating in this Treasure Hunt that there are going to be some "decoy buckles" out there, so it's important to know exactly what this special USA Buckle looks like so you can identify the right one and win the $500.00 Gift Certificate. Other than that, let the Treasure Hunt begin and good luck to Team USA!"

Nexbelt is the "The Fastest Growing Belt In Golf." Its team of Staff Professionals for 2017 includes PGA Tour Players, Jim Furyk, Kevin Na, Marc Leishman, William McGirt, Jason Bohn, Jarrod Lyle, Greg Chalmers and LPGA Tour Player Katie Burnett.

Nexbelt is known for its innovative technology and providing golfers with the maximum comfort and minimal adjusting. The unique ratcheting system called PreciseFit allows the wearer to adjust the belt in ¼ inch increments, providing the golfer with the best fit, feel, and fashion available.

Nexbelt is 100% committed to offering its customers superior customer service and the most innovative and technologically advanced products available.
Nexbelt's DRIVE Vision ...
Deliver what we Promise with Integrity.
Retain the Human touch
Invest in Good People generously.
Value our Customers Unconditionally.
Embrace Change with Innovation.

For more information about Nexbelt, visit www.Nexbelt.com.

TaylorMade Golf Company Announces Partnership with Samsung

TaylorMade’s myRoundPro statistical analysis platform exclusively available on Samsung Gear Smartwatches and Smart Fitness Bands

(CARLSBAD, CALIF.) — TaylorMade Golf Company, an industry leader in product innovation and technology, and Samsung Electronics announced that TaylorMade’s myRoundPro statistical analysis platform will be available exclusively for the Gear S3 and recently announced Gear Fit2 Pro fitness band. In collaboration with Samsung, TaylorMade’s engineers have co-developed a specific myRoundPro experience that utilizes the features of the compatible Samsung Gear devices to provide consumers with a unique experience aimed at those who would rather leave their phone at home or in their bag during play.

With the myRoundPro experience available on the Gear S3 and Gear Fit2 Pro, golfers of all skill levels can go hands-free and be able to view yardages to the front, middle and back of the green in addition to the total distance of their previous shot. Through the app, the compatible Gear device will keep record of scores on each hole played during the round in addition to providing a summary of key statistics immediately after the round’s completion. Users can also attribute a specific club to each shot, ensuring that they experience optimal statistical analysis when reunited with the myRoundPro App on their phone at the conclusion of play.*

The new MyRoundPro for the Samsung Gear devices is now available in the Samsung Galaxy app store.

Samsung’s Latest Gear Smartwatches and Smart Fitness Bands Samsung has an industry leading wearable portfolio and recently announced new devices that will support the new myRoundPro app. In addition to the myRoundPro app, the new Gear Fit2 Pro also features new swim and heart rate monitoring capabilities and an advanced built-in GPS tracking to capture your run or ride with accurate activity tracking. The all-new secure, ergonomic band is light weight and comfortable to use for all activities. The Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro is 5 ATM certified for water resistance and includes personal coaching and motivation tools, premium partnerships, a new design and auto activity detection to enhance your experience.

In addition, the Samsung Gear S3 is a premium smartwatch that brings together Samsung’s innovative technology with an iconic design. Perfect for every adventure and now the golf course, the Gear S3 includes advanced features such as 4G LTE connectivity capabilities, a long-lasting battery, military-grade durability and more. To learn more about TaylorMade’s myRoundPro exclusive availability on Samsung’s portfolio of Gear smartwatches and fitness bands, visit: https://www.myroundpro.com/

*myRoundPro for Samsung’s Smartwatches and Smart Fitness Bands is only compatible with the Android version of the phone app.

Paul Dewland Joins BGGA as Mental Performance Coach

(RELEASE) - At Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA), mental performance training is imperative to the success of the student-athletes. This year students will be guided in mental performance by renowned mental performance coach Paul Dewland.

Dewland brings more than 20 years of experience to BGGA and has an impressive track record turning around the mental games of many top professionals and amateurs.

“Paul is a great guy and comes from a great background,” said BGGA Director of Instruction Kevin Smeltz. “Paul’s background includes the junior academy environment as well as working with a lot of professionals on the PGA Tour and LPGA. He has experience with elite players and some of the best players in the world, and he can transfer and relate that same information to our students. Paul is a great addition to our team.”

Dewland has clients on all the major professional golf tours and will use that same knowledge to help BGGA student-athletes take their games to the next level. He has also worked with top-level amateurs including several national amateur champions, Division I and II college players and two national golf teams.

To start the new school year, Dewland conducted mental game assessments with each junior golfer at BGGA and developed an individual plan for their mental game. Dewland will work alongside the BGGA coaching staff to implement his mental techniques.

Dewland is a Certified Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (INLPTA).

For more information about Bishops Gate Golf Academy, visit www.bgga.com.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Noir Matter Introduces QUARK – The Smallest Waterproof Stabilizer for GoPro and Other Cameras

Single Axis Stabilizer Makes Sure the Captured Action is Always Perfectly Level;
Indiegogo Campaign Now Live to Fund Product’s Final Development

(Los Angeles, CA) – Noir Matter introduced QUARK, the world’s smallest waterproof stabilizer for GoPro and other action cameras. Perfect for video makers and action sports enthusiasts, QUARK is the ultimate tool for capturing fully stable videos because of its horizontal (“roll”) stabilization which keeps the horizon “straight,” ensuring the captured action is always level. An Indiegogo campaign (https://igg.me/at/quark) which has a funding goal of $100,000 USD, features limited Super Early Bird specials of $145 USD (27% off retail) and several other rewards for early backers.

QUARK, a one-axis waterproof stabilizer (can be set for “Roll” and “Yaw” axis) for GoPro and other action cameras, stabilizes the attached camera on the selected axis by gathering motion information from different embedded sensors linked to the camera. By analyzing the gathered information, QUARK drives its powerful, custom motor to ensure users can record fully stable and level videos.

QUARK is the world’s first waterproof (up to 1m/3ft) stabilizer for GoPro and other action cameras, so users can use it during any water activity (i.e.: kitesurfing, surfing, kayaking, etc.) And, because of its size (76x67x31 mm / 3x2,6x1,2 in), users can keep it attached to their camera at all times. Lightweight (240g / 0.53Pound / 8.5 Oz), QUARK can be mounted on any mount, pole, helmet, ski, surfboard, etc.

“After using a variety of different 3-axis stabilizers, we realized that they were not practical and truly adapted for action cameras,” said Lancelot Gelas, founder, Noir Matter. “Most of them are too big, bulky, complex and heavy. By miniaturizing the technology, we have been able to create a product that you can use everywhere.”

Additional QUARK Specs:
• STABILIZATION: Electric with a Brushless DC Motor
• SENSORS: 3-axis gyroscope (“Roll,” “Pitch” and “Yaw” axes), accelerometer
• ONE SWITCH: Press the On/Off switch for easy activation or shut down
• BATTERY: Lithium Polymer, life of 3h (Recharge in 2h)

For more information, visit www.noirmatter.com.

New York Leads After Round 1 of the 12th USGA Women's State Team Championship

(SANTA FE, N.M.) - Buoyed by a pair of 1-under-par 73 performances from Marianna Monaco and Ina Kim, New York finished Round 1 of the 12th USGA Women’s State Team Championship, which is being contested at The Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe, N.M., with a three-stroke lead over Arizona. A par-72 Jack Nicklaus layout, the Sunrise Course at Las Campanas played at 6,233 yards on Tuesday.

Kim, 34, of New York, set a blistering pace early, birdieing the first three holes and five of the first six before giving three strokes back with a bogey on 8 and a double bogey on 9. After another double bogey on 11 dropped her to even par, she played 1 under over the final eight holes, including a birdie on No. 13.

“I was en fuego early. It was like an out-of-body experience. I couldn't not hit it close to the hole,” said Kim, the runner-up in the 2000 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. “And then there were some hiccups around the turn. Once the wind picked up, it turned into a little bit of a disaster for a bit. But I tried to get over it and move on. I talked about that this morning with [teammate LeeAnn Lewis]: If you get knocked out, get back up again.”

Monaco, 22, of Yonkers, played consistent, clean golf, posting three birdies on the outward nine and coming in 2 over. A long hitter, Monaco used a 4- or 5-iron on most tee shots on the par 4s.

“I hit it long, but I don't always hit it straight,” said Monaco, the 2017 New York State Women’s Amateur champion. “And on this course, you can't be wide off the tee. My round was more fairway, green, then two-putt. Other than two bogeys on the back nine, I can't really complain about anything. It was kind of boring golf today, honestly.”

The Women's State Team consists of three-player teams, with all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico eligible to field teams. This year, 47 states and the District of Columbia fielded teams, with North Dakota, Puerto Rico, South Dakota and Wyoming opting not to compete. The championship consists of 18 holes of stroke play on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The best two scores for the team count toward the team score, with the third score acting as a tiebreaker. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 21 teams and ties, plus any individual whose team missed the cut but is within five strokes of the individual lead. The low individual after 54 holes receives a gold medal.

The USGA's State Team championships began in 1995 as part of the Association's Centennial Celebration. They were conducted on a biennial basis until 2010, when the men and women began alternating years. After a two-year review process with state and regional golf associations, it was announced in March that the USGA would retire its State Team championships at the end of the 2017 season. The USGA annually conducts 13 national championships, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

After Arizona on the leader board, three teams finished the day tied for third, four strokes back at 2-over 146: Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee. Tennessee, one of three teams in the field comprised solely of teenagers, was led by Riley Rennell, 19, of Columbia. Rennell posted the low individual score of the day at 4-under 68, posting seven birdies.

“I played really well. I was having trouble with my irons, but I had a lot of wedges into the green,” said Rennell. “I made a lot of birdies when I had a wedge in my hand. I was able to hit it pretty close and my putting was really on.”

New York, Arizona and Tennessee all played in the afternoon wave, while Florida and North Carolina received all-around team efforts to put themselves in early contention. All three members of the Florida team – Alexa Pano, Tara-Joy Connelly and four-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Meghan Stasi – shot 1-over 73. North Carolina was led by Sarah Bae, 23, of Pinehurst, who shot even par.

“The course was great. The weather conditions were awesome because we got lucky with the draw,” said Bae. “I'm proud of my team.”

Indiana and South Carolina finished tied for sixth at 3-over 147. Indiana received a strong showing from two-time Women’s Mid-Amateur champion (2013, 2016) Julia Potter, who shot 2-under 70, recording five birdies.

“I feel pretty good, especially with how windy it was this afternoon,” said Potter, 29, of Franklin. “I just tried to stay in my lane, go for the holes where I thought I could make birdie, then try to make pars on the others. I struggled a little on my final nine, because that wind got really intense, but I was glad to finish birdie-par.”

New Mexico, which has finished in the top 10 of the last two Women’s State Team Championships, struggled out of the gate. Jacquelyn Galloway, 17, of Rio Rancho, posted the team’s best score at 5 over. Chanet Fiorina-Trujillo, 25, of Santa Fe, shot 14 over; and Samantha Surette, 45, of Albuquerque, shot 18 over.

Galloway admitted to being nervous prior to teeing off in front of a large crowd. She recorded a double bogey on her first hole, No. 10, then played a solid 3 over the rest of the way, birdieing Nos. 17 and 6.

“I love USGA championships always, so to play in one in my home state is great,” she said. “I was getting a little anxious before I teed off because I was playing sick, too. But it was still a great experience.”

Defending champion and four-time winner Georgia finished the day in a tie for 22nd place, led by Ivy Shepherd’s 3-over 75.

This is the second USGA championship in New Mexico, joining the 1999 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links at Santa Ana Golf Course in Santa Ana Pueblo. Only two competitors in this week’s field competed in the 1999 WAPL: Sue Billek Nyhus, of Utah, and Leslie Folsom, of Washington.

Golf Life TV Show Full of Praise for Award-Winning High Heat Family of Metalwoods

(BONITA, CA) – Another notable member of the media has joined a growing list of believers in Knuth Golf’s award-winning family of High Heat metalwoods.

Michael Billingsley, host and producer of the long-running Golf Life TV show on Fox Sports, recently raved on air about his complete set of High Heat metalwoods.

“With its titanium faces, High Heat’s metal woods are the best clubs I have ever tested or reviewed in my 25 years of the show,” said Billingsley, whose show has won numerous awards. “They are my favorite clubs in my bag and have reduced my scores.”  

For a video excerpt of Billingsley’s comments, Click HERE.

During the feature, Billingsley touched on all the technology that separates High Heat from the competition. Designer Dean Knuth created High Heat for amateur golfers, who have swings and performance needs that are different than those of professionals.

“This is all about the technology,” said Billingsley. “Titanium faces on the fairways woods and hybrids – no one else has that.”

Billingsley also touched on the center of gravity, which is 25% deeper and 18% lower than that of the major brands, making High Heat clubs easier to hit while providing greater spring-like effect for more distance.

“I played a full set of clubs from a standard manufacture and played well. But I actually shot six strokes better a week later with High Heat, and it was really all about distance,” said Billingsley. “I was actually outdriving guys a lot bigger than me with better clubhead speed, and I was driving past them all day long, hitting fairways.”

That technology was born from Knuth’s love of amateur golf. He spent 16 years as Senior Director at the USGA, where he invented the Course Rating and Slope Systems. After retiring from the USGA he set out on his goal of creating golf clubs designed to enhance the performance of amateur golfers. Several years later, High Heat was born.

High Heat is the only brand that offers titanium faces in its fairway woods and hybrids. This not only provides additional distance on center hits but it enables golfers to perform much better on off-center hits, leading to more greens in regulation and lower scores. Major brands only offer steel faces in their fairway woods and hybrids, which have less spring-like trampoline effect on off-center hits, often the main reason shots fall short of the green.

“What Dean wanted to do was push the limits of technology – get you Titanium faces; get you a club that you’re going to be able to outperform your competitors,” said Billingsley.

At KnuthGolf.com, an online fitting is conducted to properly address the loft for the driver and which weight and flex is needed for the club shaft for any High Heat fairway wood or hybrid they purchase. Further, Knuth Golf is so sure that its High Heat clubs will significantly improve an amateur’s performance that it provides a 30-day full refund guarantee.

“If you get a money-back guarantee and you can get golf clubs that you’re going to improve that much, why wouldn’t you try it?” said Billingsley.

For more information about Knuth Golf, or to purchase High Heat clubs, visit www.knuthgolf.com or call 410-353-0446.

Loudmouth Golf Offers Spooky Designs 💀 🎃 👻

(RELEASE) - Get ready for October golf with three spooktacular designs to wear all month - Sugar Skulls, Happy Jacks and Blind Azza.

Shop spooky Loudmouth designs HERE.

And no October round would be complete without Loudmouth Golf Grips.

Loudmouth TourMARK grips are high-quality, comfortable and feature a signature bold and bright Loudmouth design. Each grip also includes a removable ball marker built into the grip end cap!

Shop grips HERE.

U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Successfully Relocated, Champions Golf Club Steps Up to Host

Houston-based club, shortly after remarkable recovery from flooding, opens its doors to a USGA championship displaced from Florida by Hurricane Irma

(FAR HILLS, N.J.) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced that the 31st U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, originally slated for Oct. 7-12 at Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Fla., has been relocated to Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. The championship will be conducted from Nov. 11-16 on the club’s famed Cypress Creek Course.

This follows last week’s announcement that the championship would be relocated due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, which caused extensive flooding and damage to Quail Creek’s course and clubhouse.

“We are extremely grateful to Champions Golf Club for stepping forward to assist during the unprecedented and unfortunate displacement of the 31st U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship from Quail Creek Country Club,” said Rachel Sadowski, U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship director. “As we work to deliver an exemplary championship for all in Houston, our thoughts remain with Quail Creek and all of those working to rebuild and recover from this year’s storms.”

“Champions, the site of the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open, has been an incredible friend of the USGA over the years,” said USGA President Diana M. Murphy. “And it speaks volumes to the character of the members and leadership for them to offer their course – a three-time USGA championship venue, no less – on such short notice. We are confident this championship will be a success. We will keep all of those who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes in our utmost thoughts.”

Champions Golf Club was founded in 1957 by World Golf Hall of Fame members Jack Burke Jr., who currently serves as president, and the late Jimmy Demaret. The Cypress Creek Course was designed by Ralph Plummer and opened in 1958.

"As an all-too-recent witness to the powerful and destructive ability of Mother Nature, it is a privilege for Champions Golf Club to be able to host the 31st U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur,” said Robin Burke, the 2016 USA Curtis Cup Team captain and Champions Golf Club Vice President, in regard to the damage inflicted on much of Greater Houston, including the Champions area, due to Hurricane Harvey in late August and early September. “Lucky for us, our course has rebounded exceptionally well from the more than 30 inches we sustained last month due to the storm, and we feel it is our duty to give back to the golf community and an honor to welcome those who have been adversely affected by another hurricane to our home. We wish our friends in Florida a speedy and successful recovery.”

Champions has a rich pedigree of hosting elite professional and amateur competitions. Orville Moody won the 1969 U.S. Open at Champions, coming back from a three-stroke deficit after three rounds to win his only major title by one stroke over future PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman, Al Geiberger and Bob Rosburg. The club also hosted the 1993 U.S. Amateur, won by John Harris, and the 1998 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, won by Virginia Derby Grimes, captain of the 2018 USA Curtis Cup Team.

The 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur will be the 30th USGA championship held in Texas.

For more information on the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, visit www.usga.org/womensmidam.

Exciting Renovation Project Begins at Deerpath Golf Course

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports and the City of Lake Forest announced that an effort to renovate and update Deerpath Golf Course, located in Lake Forest, Ill., began on September 18, 2017. The $1.1 million golf course improvement plan will enhance playability and conditioning of the golf course by installing continuous cart paths and improving drainage throughout the municipal gem.

“We have made great strides in improving the conditions of the course and we are confident that this renovation will situate Deerpath for continued success,” said General Manager Vince Juarez. “These changes are an important next step.”

In addition to improving existing cart paths and addressing drainage concerns throughout the golf course, Deerpath Golf Course also recently renovated their outdoor patio space, including the installation of a banquet /outing tent – making it a popular event space for golfers and non-golfers alike.

“Deerpath Golf Course has been an important community asset for more than 90 years,” said City Manager Bob Kiely. “These renovations of the golf course and the clubhouse, as part of the overall Master Plan for the facility, will enhance playability and enjoyment for all Lake Forest residents.”

The four-month renovation began on September 18. The golf course will continue to remain open and operate 18 holes during the construction.

For more information about Deerpath Golf Course, visit www.deerpathgolf.com.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Xander Schauffele Joins Audemars Piguet's Dream Team

(Le Brassus) – Audemars Piguet expands its golf ambassador team with the appointment of PGA Tour rookie Xander Schauffele.

Born in 1993, Alexander Victor Schauffele, known as Xander, is one of the rising talents to watch on the American professional circuit. The young Californian, who represents the next generation of golfers, joined the professional scene in 2015. Over the weekend, Xander topped off an extraordinary rookie season when winning the TOUR Championship, the first rookie to ever do so. Earlier this year, Xander won his maiden PGA Tour title at the Greenbier Classic and finished T5th in his U.S. Open and T20th in his Open debut. There is a lot more to come for this talented young player who is progressively making his way to the top of the game.

Audemars Piguet demonstrates once more its commitment to golf by expanding its array of players who all embody the brand philosophy: “To break the rules, you must first master them”.

François-Henry Bennahmias, Chief Executive Officer of Audemars Piguet, commented: “We are very happy to welcome Xander to the family. We are convinced Xander has the game and mental strength to rise to the top. There are many exciting times ahead of him.”

Xander himself is “very honoured to become part of such an exclusive team featuring the world’s best players. I’m always giving it my best on the course and strive to become better every day.”

He will be in good company inside the Audemars Piguet golf ambassadors Dream Team with Ben An, Darren Clarke, Paul Dunne, Branden Grace, Emiliano Grillo, Henrik Stenson, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Andrew Johnston, Romain Langasque, Ian Poulter, Vijay Singh, Andy Sullivan, Peter Uihlein, Lee Westwood, Bernd Wiesberger and Danny Willett.

For more information on Xander Schauffele, visit audemarspiguet.com and xanderschauffele.com.

Miura Debuts ICL-601 Driving Iron

(SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.) - Miura has introduced the ICL-601 driving iron. This Inner Cavity - Long Iron is the latest in Miura's MG Collection, and blends seamlessly with a set of any Miura irons. The initial offering is a 23° 4-iron, with an 18° 2-iron and 20° 3-iron available later this fall.

"The inner cavity design is not new for Miura," says Hoyt McGarity, President of Miura Golf. "It was first introduced with the hugely popular IC-2003. Modern technological advances have allowed us to improve on the original design. This is accomplished by integrating a 455 Carpenter Steel face (as found in our PP-9005 G) and the use of the variable weighting system found in the Hayate woods."

Shinei Miura has optimized the center of gravity by use of the variable weighting system, particularly addressing the mishits typically associated with a long iron. A top line which instills confidence is paired with a sole design which delivers solid turf interaction, no matter the lie.

The 23° ICL-601 includes an 8-gram weight, matching its weight to a standard 4-iron's. This allows the club to be assembled with the same shaft as your iron set or to be fitted with an optimum-performing shaft. As with other forged irons, the lie and loft angles are adjustable - enabling golfers to fit the club seamlessly into their set. Of course, we recommend these adjustments be done by an authorized Miura dealer. All ICL-601 irons have a weight port.

At address, the sole shape lets the clubhead sit in a way that gives golfers confidence not usually found when hitting a long iron. The clubhead's inner cavity allows for a wider sole and lower center of gravity. With a larger sweet spot comes more forgiveness, high launch, and controlled spin rates that will benefit golfers of all skill levels.

"The ICL gives Miura traditionalists the opportunity to add technology to their game, while maintaining the quality and feel of a Miura forged club," says Jason Rutkoski, Miura Golf vice president. "The ICL is a remarkable new product that will benefit golfers from all demographics, by seamlessly fitting their existing set or adding a club to fit that one shot/hole per round."

The ICL-601 has a MSRP of $369.
                                                       
For more information on Miura Golf visit www.MiuraGolf.com. Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MiuraGolf, on Twitter @MiuraGolfInc and Instagram @MiuraGolf.

Precise Golf Unveils New Men's S7 Limited Edition Set of Golf Clubs

(HAYWARD, CA) - Precise Golf, a global player in high-performance golf clubs, equipment and accessories, located in northern California, unveiled its new Men's S7 Limited Edition set of golf clubs recently.

"Our new Men's S7 Limited Edition Set of Clubs is perfect for the mid to high handicap golfer who is looking for a quality set of clubs, but doesn't want to spend a thousand dollars or more to get it," said Julie Wang, CEO of Precise Golf. "At just $499.99 for the complete set, it's an incredible value, and I'd put it up against any of our competitor's sets that retail for twice the price...that's how confident I am in what we've built and how well they perform!"

The 17 piece S7 Limited Edition complete set with Bag includes:
- a 10.5 degree High MOI 460cc Driver with a lightweight modulus graphite shaft for increased swing speed and distance.
- Super forgiving Stainless Steel Irons (#5 thru SW) with American Made True Temper Steel Shafts
- #3 and #5 Fairway Woods with a low and deep CG for explosive distance and maximum forgiveness
- 24 Degree Iron/Wood Hybrid with a low CG that launches the ball higher and longer with better accuracy than long irons
- Classic Blade Putter with a grooved insert in the face that reduces skipping and gets the ball rolling forward sooner towards the target
- Premium multi-compound grips are comfortable and also provide firm, all-weather control
- Deluxe stand bag w/handle that includes spacious pockets and 4 matching head covers
- Available in Blue or Red

The new S7 Men's Limited Edition set of golf clubs w/ Bag retails for $499.99 and is available online at http://precisegolf.com/club-sets/mens-clubs.

For more information on Precise Golf visit www.PreciseGolf.com.

TaylorMade Golf Company Appoints Brian Bazzel as Vice President of Product Creation

Seventeen-Year Golf Industry Veteran to Lead Company’s Product Strategy and Development of Metalwoods, Irons, Balls, Putters, Wedges & Accessories

(Carlsbad, Calif.) — TaylorMade Golf Company, an industry leader in product innovation and technology, announced today it has appointed Brian Bazzel, a fixture of TaylorMade’s product creation teams for the last seventeen years, as its new Vice President of Product Creation.

Bazzel, whose product creations have earned the highest accolades in the industry and are played by the best players in the world, will lead product strategy and development efforts for all of TaylorMade’s product lines, including metalwoods, irons, balls, putters, wedges and accessories.

One of the most well-respected product experts in the industry, Bazzel began his career at TaylorMade in 2000 as a member of the company’s research & development team, where he played a critical role in developing the MATT fitting system in addition to SelectFit, considered the ‘most comprehensive fitting system in the industry’ at its launch in 2007.

In subsequent years, his role has shifted into the product creation sector and has since been responsible for the efforts of a variety of TaylorMade’s most prominent and successful product lines, including the highly-popular Burner 2.0, RocketBladez and Tour Preferred irons lines as well as the widely acclaimed and most winning drivers on the PGA TOUR over the last two years, the M1 & M2.

Concurrently, succeeding Bazzel as Senior Director of Product Creation for metalwoods is Tomo Bystedt, whom like Bazzel, has vast experience with many of the company’s product lines which include putters, wedges and most recently, leading iron creation, a position he’s held since 2013 and whose most notable products include RSi, PSi and most recently, the P700 Series. Bystedt, who first joined TaylorMade in 2006, will now lead the company’s efforts in the development and creation of all metalwoods.

In his new role, Bazzel will now oversee one of the most prominent product creation teams in the golf industry, which, in addition to Bystedt and the metalwoods team, includes Bill Price (putters & wedges) and Mike Fox (golf balls & accessories). Bazzel and his team will report directly to CEO David Abeles.

"For five years, Brian has been the driving force behind our metalwoods product creation team, creating groundbreaking products that have invigorated the industry. His vision has helped position TaylorMade as the industry leader in metalwoods innovation and performance, and it is my great pleasure to welcome him to his new role as VP of Product Creation. There’s no doubt in my mind that under his guidance, the TaylorMade brand will continue to see exceptional growth and forge a lasting position as an industry leader across all product categories." -David Abeles, CEO, TaylorMade Golf Company

One Year Later: Zero Friction Receives High Praise for the DistancePro GPS Glove

(OAK BROOK TERRACE, IL) - Zero Friction, maker of technologically advanced performance golf products, unveiled the Zero Friction DistancePro GPS glove nearly one year ago at the PGA Fashion and Demo Experience in Las Vegas.

The Zero Friction DistancePro GPS Glove was debuted in 2016 as a groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind product; and sports writers from respected publications agree.

“The beauty of this product is that you don’t have to carry around yet another gizmo on the course,” said Gary Van Sickle of The Morning Read.

“When it comes to cool new products that are hitting the market, this is about as handy as it gets – a better grip and a distance gauge all in one,” wrote Eric Matuszewski, contributor for Forbes.

Powered by Bluetooth, the readout gives distances to the front, center and back of the green on over 36,000 golf courses programmed worldwide. The GPS device sits conveniently on the glove flap and weighs less than half an ounce.

“After wearing it for a few minutes, I forgot it was there,” said Jeff Ritter of Golf.com.

Zero Friction first entered the golf glove market in 2015 and has continued to evolve. Zero Friction has retained the fifth position in market share for golf gloves with both on course and off course retailers in the U.S. for the past two years according to Golf Datatech.
       
“Zero Friction makes gloves and does it very well,” said Tim Baines of the Ottawa Sun.

This summer a new 60-second commercial -- which can be viewed HERE -- was produced by The Golf Channel. The commercial highlights the benefits of the DistancePro GPS glove and offers buyers a free dozen ZF Tour Spin Golf Balls with each purchased glove.

“Golfers who want the benefits of a GPS-based, distance-measuring device but who don’t want to carry an extra gadget will love the Distance Pro GPS Glove,” said David Dusek of Golfweek.

“The DistancePro GPS Glove is the convenient combination of a glove which, we wear anyway, and a distance measuring device,” wrote Ed Travis of The A Position.

For more information about the DistancePro GPS Glove, visit www.zerofriction.com.

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Reveals New Championship Trophy for 2017 PGA TOUR Event

This Year’s Winner Will Raise The Howard Hughes Cup on the 18th Green at TPC Summerlin

(LAS VEGAS) – Shriners Hospitals for Children Open today revealed the tournament’s new championship trophy, The Howard Hughes Cup. The winner of this year’s PGA TOUR event, taking place October 30 – November 5 at TPC Summerlin, will take home the cup presented by The Howard Hughes Corporation, along with $1.188 million which represents the winner's share of the $6.8 million purse.

“The Howard Hughes Corporation has a long-standing partnership history with the tournament that has evolved through the years to become the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open,” said Kevin T. Orrock, President, Summerlin, a premier development of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “As the host community of this golf tournament, Summerlin is exceptionally proud of its affiliation with the PGA TOUR and this event that raises critical funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The introduction this year of The Howard Hughes Cup is the next evolution of our ongoing relationship and support of this tournament that takes place in our own backyard at the award-winning TPC Summerlin. Like many golf fans and Southern Nevadans, we look forward to a great week of championship golf, and we invite everyone to join us.”

The master planned community of Summerlin spans 22,500 acres along the western rim of the Las Vegas valley on land purchased by Howard R. Hughes in the 1950s. Named for Hughes’ grandmother, Jean Amelia Summerlin, the community is today home to more than 100,000 residents and has ranked among the country’s best-selling communities for decades. Its hallmark lifestyle is created in large part by a robust list of amenities that includes 10 golf courses, 150 miles of trails, nearly 250 parks of all sizes and more. The community is a premier development of The Howard Hughes Corporation which owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S.

Fans will have the opportunity to see The Howard Hughes Cup in person and take photos with it on Sept. 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. at a special event in the Dining Arroyo at Downtown Summerlin®. Additional details surrounding the display of the cup will be announced soon.

For more information on the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, visit www.shrinershospitalsopen.com or follow the tournament on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For additional information, visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org, PGATOUR.COM, www.summerlin.com and www.howardhughes.com.  

Monday, September 25, 2017

Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa Offers Fall Stay-and-Play Escapes

Par-5 and Experience Golf Packages Feature All-Inclusive Accommodations, World-Class Golf

(PLAYA CONCHAL, Costa Rica) – Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa – the luxury resort on Costa Rica’s scenic northwestern Pacific coast – announces golf vacation packages ideal for the fall.

Set within Reserva Conchal’s vast 2,300 acres is an all-inclusive Westin Golf Resort & Spa, an eco-friendly retreat located between the exotic forests and unspoiled beaches of the North Pacific Riviera of Costa Rica. The all-inclusive experience includes all meals, drinks, use of the fitness center and Westin Kids Club, as well as entertainment options including non-motorized water sports, daily activities and nightly events.

Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, the par-71 Reserva Conchal golf course stretches to more than 7,000 yards. Jones II smartly routed the course between the azure Pacific waters and lush greens of the neighboring tropical forest. The returning nines feature amazing ocean vistas with unforgettable holes meandering through tropical lakes, rugged ravines and ample elevation changes.

Starting at $249 per person per night (based on double occupancy), the Par-5 Golf Package includes five nights accommodations at the Westin Golf Resort & Spa and four rounds of golf per room per stay on Reserva Conchal’s golf course, which hosted a PGA TOUR Latino American event in May. Golf cart and usage of the practice facilities also are included.

The Experience Golf Package offers seven nights accommodations in an all-inclusive basis and six rounds of golf at Reserva Conchal per room per stay. Rates start at $299 per person per night (based on double occupancy), and golf cart and usage of the practice facilities also are included.

To book these vacation packages or for more information, visit www.westinplayaconchal.com/playa-conchal-golf.

“Simply put, we offer the best stay-and-play golf packages in the Costa Rica,” says Carlos Rojas Soto, Director of Golf of Reserva Conchal. “We invite everyone to come visit us and discover firsthand our luxurious, all-inclusive accommodations and world-class golf amenities.”

Consistently ranked among the top-30 best in the Caribbean and Mexico, Reserva Conchal was the first course in Costa Rica bestowed certification by Audubon International. It boasts a world-class practice facility and learning center with four green complexes, bunkers, chipping and approach areas, and an expansive practice tee. Single- and multi-day golf clinics are offered, including the PGA TOUR Academy featuring certified instructors from famed TPC Sawgrass.

Earlier this May, Reserva Conchal was the site of the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica’s Essential Costa Rica Classic. Many players in the field raved about the golf course for its playability, scenery and conditioning.

For more information about Reserva Conchal, visit www.reservaconchal.com.

Bobby Weed Golf Design Undertakes Renovation and Repurposing of Greenacres Country Club

(PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida) – Bobby Weed Golf Design (www.bobbyweed.com) is nearing completion of a comprehensive renovation and repurposing project at Greenacres Country Club, in Lawrenceville, NJ. The work includes renovating the golf course and repurposing a portion of the club’s acreage for residential use.

“Greenacres Country Club will be fully updated and competitive in the marketplace, with newfound capital,” said Bobby Weed. “The course will be renovated to meet today’s and tomorrow’s future member expectations and to provide a fun and interesting round of golf.”

The genesis of the project is the creation of a 14-acre infill development parcel identified by Bobby Weed Golf Design. As the result of a multi-million-dollar transaction, a national homebuilder will develop the land with 98 townhome units. Each household will become a new social member of the club, offering an ongoing revenue stream for the club.

In addition to recapitalizing the club’s balance sheet and funding clubhouse upgrades, the land sale will trigger comprehensive improvements to the entire golf course, including seven new holes and a relocated practice area. The golf course will reopen in late spring 2018.

Established in 1938, Greenacres, just minutes from Princeton, NJ, is a private full-service club featuring an 18-hole golf course, which originally was designed by Devereaux Emmet and was redesigned by George Fazio, in 1971.

Bobby Weed Golf Design was selected for the innovative project due to the firm’s unique expertise in both golf course design and land development.

“The repurposing of Greenacres is an important precedent for any forward-minded club seeking to recapitalize, upgrade its facilities and maintain ownership,” said Chris Monti, senior design associate at Bobby Weed Golf Design.


Total Turf Golf Services, from Philadelphia, is the golf course contractor, and George Ley Company is the irrigation contractor.

For more information on Bobby Weed Golf Design, see www.bobbyweed.com.

Warm-Weather Golf Options as Colder Weather Approaches

As colder weather quickly approaches here in the Midwest, golfers are looking for ideas on where to tee it up in the coming months. Here are a few options:

Tee Time in St. Kitts 
Where to Play: Featuring holes on both the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, the award-winning Royal St. Kitts Golf Club is both challenging and breathtaking. Designed by renowned Canadian architect Thomas McBroom, the 18-hole championship course showcases the island’s diverse terrain and native wildlife, while offering dramatic views of the sea and neighboring islands. (Insider tip: Golfers will enjoy Hole 17, which is modeled after the famous hole at Pebble Beach). Need a little guidance on the green? The Royal Golf Academy specializes in all levels of golf instruction, offering short-game lessons by the professional staff, full swing analysis, group clinics and weekly schools. Private, group and playing lessons are also available.

Where to Stay: Located on a golden stretch of sand and overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, St. Kitts Marriott Resort is a captivating island resort bursting with Kittitian hospitality and island-inspired adventure beyond tee time. Home to the largest Vegas-style casino in the Caribbean with 300+ slot machines and 20 table games, this is the perfect place to get lucky! When you need a break from rolling the dice and perfecting your swing, you can explore the rainforest by zip line, hike Mount Liamuiga for a striking island view or unwind with a signature bamboo massage at the Emerald Mist Spa. Guests will enjoy the recently renovated rooms, inspired by the colors of the island.

The Grass is Greener at Suncadia Resort 
Where to play: Suncadia Resort is a hole-in-one when it comes to great golf. This Pacific Northwest retreat lies 80 miles east of Seattle and is home to three scenic courses that will challenge you as you take in the views of the property’s 6,400 acres of Cascade Mountain region. Choose from the fast medium sized greens at the Arnold Palmer designed Prospector Course or the Jacobsen Hardy designed Rope Rider Course- built atop and named after the historic Roslyn Coal Mines. All ages and skill levels welcome, with the option to play three, six, or 18 holes.

Where to stay: With Suncadia Resort’s Stay and Play package you can play 36 holes at two of Suncadia’s three championship golf courses. The package includes overnight accommodations at Suncadia’s intimate 18-room Inn which offers guests proximity to the greens with a more private feel. Go beyond the green and enjoy the great outdoors with dozens of property led activities like guided hikes along the 40 miles of trails, a world-class spa, and onsite winery where you can indulge in a private tasting at the underground cellar.

Get to the Green in Barbados 
Where to Play: From the moment travelers arrive, they understand why Barbados - home to lush mountainsides and greener countrysides - is the perfect place to escape for a golf vacation. The island is home to a several courses, including the Barbados Golf Club and the Rockley Golf & Country Club, but one of the most acclaimed is Apes Hill Golf & Polo Club. Overlooking the island’s sparkling west coast, Apes Hill offers stunning views and makes golfers feel on top of the world as the course sits 1,000 feet above sea level and peers out onto turquoise waters, coral stone quarries and wooded ravines.

Where to Stay: The House - the 34-room adults-only boutique hotel with chic decor and a vibe that mimics that of the ultimate beach house. The property’s Golf Getaway package even includes one round of golf for two at Apes Hill, round-trip transportation to the course, fresh fruit upon arrival and late checkout so golfers have the option to enjoy an early morning tee time before heading home.
Barnsley Resort
World-class Golf in Georgia
Where to Play: Travelers seeking a world-class golfing experience can take advantage of the Jim Fazio masterpiece at Barnsley Resort. Recognized as some of the fastest greens in the Southeast, Jim Fazio personally selected the 378 acres that wind around the forests, gardens and lake, offering one of the best collections of par 3s. Guests looking to tighten up their course management or improve their swing and sharpen their short game skills, can take advantage of instruction from a PGA golf professional on staff.

Where to Stay: Barnsley Resort, the 3,000-acre resort-meets-playground located on a storybook setting an hour north of Atlanta, offers 90 guest rooms and suites within 36 charming cottages, authentic Southern cuisine, and a boutique spa. Other recreational choices include a 26-station sporting clays course, bird hunting at SpringBank Plantation, fly fishing and horseback riding along picturesque trails.

Par-tee in Mexico
Where to Play: Golfers can get together and tee off while surrounded by crashing waves and tranquil mountains at the Marina Vallarta Club de Golf, just walking distance from Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa.  With an array of tee times and a fully stocked Pro Shop with the latest in golf merchandise, the course allows golfers to experience the beauty of Puerto Vallarta. Featuring an 18 hole, 6,701 yard short game area, the course offers plenty of opportunity to fine tune your game. The resort’s concierge can reserve tee times for guests.

Where to Stay: Travelers seeking a beachfront escape and mountain views, can find both on a sandy strip between the Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa. When they’re not out on the course, golfers can enjoy a tequila tasting - the resort produces its own tequila - relax with a treatment in the Ohtli Spa, inspired by local Huichol traditions, sample local flavors with sunset guacamole and of course relax and unwind with much-needed beach and pool time.
The Resort at Longboat Key Club
The Resort at Longboat Key Club
Where to Play: Consistently rated among the country's finest golf courses, The Resort at Longboat Key Club has earned Golf Digest's prestigious "Best Places to Play" award and continues to serve as Florida's premier golf resort. The property spans 410 acres and is known for its sports clubs including 45 holes of PGA-approved championship golf courses. Featuring two renovated golf courses, with Paspalum greens, upgraded sustainability processes and enhancements to the bunkers, hazards and more, guest can test their skills on the tree-lined Harbourside Golf Course that runs along Sarasota Bay or the challenging links-style Islandside Golf Course that borders the Gulf of Mexico.

Where to Stay: Situated on the stunning Gulf of Mexico beaches along Florida’s west coast, The Resort at Longboat Key Club is a luxurious active/wellness retreat and the only AAA Four-Diamond resort in Sarasota. The property spans 410 acres and is known for oversized accommodations with private balconies and sports clubs including 45 holes of PGA-approved championship golf courses, 20 Har-Tru tennis courts making up the award-winning Tennis Gardens and the largest deep-water resort marina on Florida’s west coast. The perfect getaway for all ages, guests have a blast whether they prefer to simply relax on the beach or unwind at the spa... or get active with beach cruiser bikes, stand-up paddle boards, boogie boards and kayaks.

Loudmouth Golf Introduces New Dallas Cowboys Apparel

(RELEASE) - The Loudmouth Golf brand new, highly-anticipated Dallas Cowboys design has arrived. The company introduced Cowboys Star Navy and Cowboys Star Silver designs (above). Grab a pair of these and head to AT&T Stadium. Be the LOUDEST fan.

Want to really make an entrance? Stand out in a Dallas Cowboys Sport Coat (right). Great for weddings, charity events, galas or wear it to the game. Loudmouth promises you'll be the center of attention wherever you go.

Shop HERE.

Bermuda Sands Apparel Introduces Women’s Creston Peak Fall 2018 Collection

(Charlotte, NC) – Bermuda Sands, makers of exceptional leisure and golf apparel, are pleased to introduce their new Fall 2017 Women’s Creston Peak collection. Go from dawn to dusk with plentiful and refreshing outfit options.

The Women’s Creston Peak collection draws inspiration from the sense of wonder and beauty of the purple mountains majesty. With warm hues of lavender and indigo, the inspiration can be seen across the complete collection.

The line draws cohesiveness from a medallion style pattern, and options for effortless style are plenty. This collection is great for anything from a dinner party to a golfing event.

“The inspiration behind this collection is one we see often,” said Joe Pagani, CEO Bermuda Sands. “To see it executed within our women’s collection is exciting, and we’re proud to offer such variety to our customers.”

Women’s Cresting Peak Highlight Products
Evelina
The Evelina offers more variety for polo options, with a touch of flare in the highlight pattern side paneling, highlighting and maximizing coordination with respective patterned or solid skorts.
92% polyester, 8% spandex
3 color options available
Available in XS-2XL
MSRP: $73

Isabel
Introducing new sleeveless option, the Isabel top, featuring subtle medallion pattern detailing on the inner collar, and mesh detailing on the shoulders for added texture and appeal.
92% polyester, 8% spandex
Quarter length zippered placket
2 color options available
MSRP: $67
Lavender Black

Vera Skort
The Vera is the staple patterned skort. Featuring the Creston Peak medallion pattern, with a pair of concealed shorts built in for added modesty and ease of movement when moving around the course.
95% microfiber polyester/5% spandex
Inner shorts: 4 3/8”
Available in XS-2XL
MSRP: $73

Cadee Hoodie
New to the collection: The Cadee Hoodie, a crossover lifestyle piece. Featuring a versatile hood that can be worn as a hood or as a stylish cowl neck. A sleek kangaroo pocket in the front stores essentials and offers quick warmth for hands.
91% polyester, 9% spandex
2 color options available
Available in XS-2XL
MSRP: $77
Dark Steel Lavender

Greer Jacket
Rounding out the new products for Women’s outerwear is the Greer jacket. This full zip jacket is available in various colors for optimal outfit coordination. New color blocking, and striated heather hues across the front of the product contrast with solid coloring on the back. Brushed micro fleece on the inside for extra next-to-skin softness.
91% polyester, 9% spandex
Brushed interior
Full zip
2 color options available
MSRP: $77

Visit bermudasandsapparel.com for more information.

Team TaylorMade's Xander Schauffele Captures Tour Championship in Thrilling Finish at East Lake

(RELEASE) - Powered by a bag filled with TaylorMade metalwoods, irons and golf ball, 23-year-old Schauffele concludes stellar rookie campaign with dramatic birdie on 72nd hole to capture Tour Championship; all but locks in PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Honors.

What You Need To Know:
-Schauffele's victory is his second on the PGA TOUR, capping a remarkable rookie campaign which saw the 23-year-old card four top-10 and 11 top-25 finishes.
-Armed with his 2017 M2 driver equipped with a Graphite Design DI-7X shaft (the same shaft he used for his maiden victory at the Greenbrier), Schauffele finished the week with a 314.5 yard average off the tee and hit more than 60% of fairways. His massive 347 yard drive on the 18th put him in perfect position to make birdie on the 18th.
-One of only two rookies at the Tour Championship, he becomes the first rookie in the tournament's history to win and the fifth player to win the tournament in their first appearance.
-Schauffele, whose played the the P750 Tour Proto Irons since the Honda Classic, put on a ball-striking display at East Lake, hitting just under 71% of greens in regulation.
- Schauffele's victory is the 28th on worldwide tours for TaylorMade's new '17 drivers, far outpacing the next closest manufacturer.
- This was the eighth win this season for the new TP5/TP5X ball. Xander first put it into play at the Bridgestone Invitational after playing a practice round with stablemate Jon Rahm and hitting one of his. Dustin Johnson, Si-Woo Kim, Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia have also won this year with the new ball (Rahm, Johnson & Kim: TP5x, Garcia TP5).

Xander Schauffele's WiTB at The Tour Championship:
- '17 M2 Driver / 9.5* / Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X
- '17 M1 Fairway / 15* / Graphite Design Tour AD-BB 8X
- P790 2-iron / 17* / True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
- P750 Tour Proto Irons / 4-PW / True Temper DG Tour Issue X100
- TP5x Golf Ball

Friday, September 22, 2017

Product Review: Jack Nicklaus Apparel

Stop me if you’ve heard this before ... Golf apparel that’s fashion forward, provides a complete range of motion and wicks away moisture. That’s pretty much every golf shirt on the market today, right?

How about if I add one more word - affordable? That word is generally associated with rock-hard golf balls or the goat track of a course that hasn’t been kept up in years. That’s not generally a word you connect to the greatest name in the game, Jack Nicklaus. Think again.

The Golden Bear has teamed with Perry Ellis International to offer a sleek line of golf apparel that not only looks and feels great, but is also gentle on the budget. We’re talking about shorts for $29.99 and shirts for $24.99. An outfit for $55? You’ll pay that (or more) for many shirts, alone.

The shorts boast three technologies:
STAYDRI - The aforementioned moisture-wicking fabric that draws sweat away from the body;
STAYMOTION PLUS - All around stretch for max comfort; and
STAYSCREEN - This blocks the sun’s harmful rays.

The shorts are comfortable, technologically advanced and feature a subtle “cargo” pocket on one side.

The shirts have both the STAYDRI and STAYSCREEN tech, but take away the PLUS from STAYMOTION and you’re focusing on the seams for complete range of motion. Some, such as the gray shirt above, also feature STAYVENT, which is a more breathable fabric.

Check out jacknicklaus.com for everything the Golden Bear is up to - from clothing and equipment to course design and ice cream!

Golf Channel Implementing Presidents Cup Scavenger Hunt, Tuesday, Sept. 26 in Manhattan

On-Air Talent across NBCUniversal to Give Video Clues on Golf Channel Social Platforms for Fans to Find Oversized Presidents Cup throughout the City

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – In anticipation of one of golf’s biggest events making its way to the New York metropolitan area, Golf Channel has announced an exciting fan engagement opportunity in conjunction with the 2017 Presidents Cup, Sept. 25-Oct. 1, at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, fans in the New York metropolitan area will have an opportunity to participate in a unique social media-integrated scavenger hunt around Manhattan. Fans will be challenged through video clues presented by on-air talent from across NBCUniversal shared via Golf Channel’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to find oversized replicas of the Presidents Cup trophy throughout the city. Among those who will present clues for the scavenger hunt are: Matt Lauer, TODAY; Justin Hartley, This is Us; Dhani Jones, Adventure Capitalists; and Matt Iseman, American Ninja Warrior.

The six respective location winners will receive a pair of one-day grounds tickets to the 2017 Presidents Cup. For those not local to the New York metropolitan area, a digital version of the scavenger hunt will allow fans to play along for their chance to win Golf Channel merchandise. Winners of both the location-specific and digital version of the scavenger hunt also will be entered to win a trip for two to the 2019 Presidents Cup in Australia, which will include tickets to the event, airfare, hotel, transportation and spending money.

How to Participate at Locations around Manhattan
· Watch for video clues from Golf Channel’s social media handles on Tuesday, Sept. 26 for different locations around New York where oversized replicas of the Presidents Cup are waiting to be found.
· Solve the clue and proceed to the location. Then take a photo of yourself with the replica Presidents Cup and post it to your own social media account with the designated hashtag, #PresCupSweepstakes.
· Each photo taken at the six respective locations using the designated hashtag, #PresCupSweepstakes will be counted as an official entry and offer a chance to win.

How to Participate in the Digital Version of the Scavenger Hunt
· Non-local fans can follow clues on Golf Channel social media handles and will have an opportunity to type-in their responses based on the clue(s) on the scavenger hunt landing page, www/golfchannel.com/PresCup.

NBC Sports Group will dedicate more than 60 live hours of programming to the biennial international match play competition that will feature 12 of the top male golfers in the United States against 12 of the best from the rest of the world (outside of Europe). Nearly 30 hours of live tournament coverage (Thursday-Friday on Golf Channel; Saturday-Sunday on NBC) will be complemented by more than 30 hours of news programming and analysis throughout the week.

World Golf Foundation Names PGA TOUR Executive James Cramer to Vice President of Communications

(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.) – World Golf Foundation (WGF) – golf’s nonprofit organization that unites the industry in support of initiatives that enhance growth and access to the game worldwide – announces James Cramer, a longstanding executive on the PGA TOUR’s communications team, has been named Vice President of Communications.

Cramer brings nearly 30 years of public relations experience to the WGF. He began his career at the PGA TOUR in February 1989 and most recently served as Vice President of Communications.

"With 24 million Americans enjoying the game at 15,000-plus facilities across the nation, I look forward to continuing to help grow the game both domestically and internationally,” says Cramer. "32 million unique individuals touched the game in 2016, laying the groundwork as we begin to shift our focus towards 2018 and beyond."

In his new role, Cramer will work closely with Steve Mona, CEO of WGF, on both GOLF 20/20 – a collaboration of leading industry organizations – and WGF public relations programs, including strategic planning, industry research and WE ARE GOLF – the game’s government affairs coalition.

"Through his long career with the PGA TOUR, James brings a wealth of experience and unique insights which will be invaluable to the industry," says Mona. "We are confident that James will leverage his rich background in helping us raise awareness and promote the game and the business of golf worldwide.”

While at the TOUR, Cramer’s responsibilities included day-to-day management of the TOUR’s “Together, Anything’s Possible” charity initiatives, which have contributed $2.46 billion in total donations since 1938. His past duties also included public relations oversight of the TOUR’s industry collaboration efforts, as well as responsibility for former Commissioner Tim Finchem’s media relations.

For more information, visit www.worldgolffoundation.org.