Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Canada's first Black Knight Design Opens June 1

(CRANBROOK, BC) – With the finishing touches in place Wildstone Golf Course is set to open for play on Wednesday.

The pace has been hectic to say the least over the last few weeks leading up to the opening of Canada's first Black Knight Design by Gary Player Design. Nobody will be more pleased to see the first group tee off on Wednesday at 8:12 a.m. to kick off the summer season than General Manager Chris Andrews.

"We have had so many calls and so many people dropping by to check things out and walk the course, that we can really feel the excitement and the anticipation in the air," says Andrews. "The feedback that we're getting is that the course looks absolutely incredible and everyone is looking forward to giving it a swing."

Construction of the 7,100 plus yard, par-72 layout was completed in 2010 with Jeff Lawrence, the Senior Designer for Gary Player Design on site to oversee the finishing details.

"The course is very walkable and the routing is very playable and that differentiates Wildstone from some of the other courses in the Cranbrook area," says Lawrence, who will attend a Grand Opening event at Wildstone with other members of the Gary Player Design team on June 11.

Wildstone has been designed as a player-friendly resort-style course with spectacular views, a forested, parkland layout that golfers of all levels will enjoy. When they walk off the 18th green, with stunning Fisher Peak in the background, Lawrence says they will experience a sense of satisfaction and a job well done.

"There isn't a lot of elevation change on the course, about 200 feet, so we have tried to add a little mystery to some of the holes and the bunkering is strategic with different looks and experiences that they have not seen in the area," he added. "As a design feature we always have an option for the golfer to go directly for the green. We don't cut it off with a hazard, but we have been a little bit creative with the greens to make them challenging in places."

The gently rolling routing will play from five sets of tees measuring 7,127 yards from the tips, 6,669 yards for Blue, 6,233 for White, 5,629 for Red and 4,947 yards for Gold. The club also features a wonderful range and practice area. Prime time 2011 green fees are $59 Monday through Thursday and $69 Friday through Sunday, plus HST with discounted twilight fees and Member Passbooks available this season.

With a population of about 20,000 people, Cranbrook is situated in the southeastern region of British Columbia known as the Kootenay Rockies. Wildstone is nestled in the picturesque foothills of the Canadian Rockies. It is highlighted by stunning, panoramic views of Ponderosa pine tree forests and snowcapped mountains with Fisher Peak as the backdrop to No. 18. The four-season playground boasts unbelievable beauty, a bevy of recreational activities, world-class skiing, golf and all the convenience of being close to a bustling urban center. It's about a three and a half hour drive from Calgary and is just minutes from Cranbrook's Canadian Rockies International Airport.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Trion:Z Will Give Away 1,000 Active Wristbands As US Open Promotion

(Carlsbad, CA) - Trion:Z, manufacturer of award winning magnetic and negative ion technology, announced today that the company has developed a promotion specifically for the 111th US Open being held at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD.

Trion:Z professional staff members Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy both will be teeing it up on the Blue Course as they participate in the 2011 US Open. To create excitement around the prestigious event and to introduce golfers to the Active Series, Trion:Z will be giving out 1,000 Red, White, or Blue Active wristbands if either of their team professionals win.

McIroy is ranked No. 6 in the world according to the Official World Golf Rankings. The Northern Irishman is playing in Europe preparing for the major championship. According to Trion:Z CEO Toru Kamatari, "Rory is a gifted golfer. He proved that to the world during the Masters and he believes the experience will help him at the US Open. He is going to play Congressional aggressively and he could be a great choice for the Trion:Z US Open promotion."

The 2010 PGA Rookie of the Year Rickie Fowler also has the skills and ability to become the 2011 US Open winner. In his first season on the PGA Tour, he captured seven Top-10 finishes and rounded the year out at 20th on the money list. This year he is positioned to meet or beat his previous season's stats. "Rickie has the game to win a US Open. He can shoot some impressively low numbers. This year he is ranked No. 1 for the lowest round of 62. If he can goes low, watch out, he might be the one to choose."

To participate in the Trion:Z US Open promotion and win a Trion:Z Active wristband, visit the company website at www.trionz.com and click on the enter button which will take you directly to the voting page of the website. Simply fill out your name, email address and choose either Rickie Fowler or Rory McIlroy to win the US Open.

No purchase is necessary. The entry dates are from May 16th through June 17th, 2011. One entry per person. Winners are randomly chosen and will notified by email within seven days of the tournament's completion.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pound Ridge Golf Club Launches New Website Featuring Exclusive Pete Dye Videos

Daily fee Dye-design in Westchester County offers virtual tour, online reservations

(POUND RIDGE, N.Y.) - Pound Ridge Golf Club - the newest daily fee course in Westchester County - has launched a new website featuring three exclusive videos of legendary course designer Pete Dye. Also provided are virtual tours, e-postcards and other features that bring the course to life for golfers everywhere.

The short videos reflect upon the 10-year process of designing and building Pound Ridge Golf Club, giving viewers a first-hand peek into the vision, intuition and constantly-evolving thought process that have allowed Dye to design award-winning, eco-friendly courses for over 50 years.

The biographical videos are woven together by Pete's personal comments, insights provided by his wife, Alice, and the perspectives of his design and construction team. The videos - "The Ethos of Pete Dye," "Pete Dye of Design" and "Pete Dye on Pound Ridge" - provide a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at his design process and reveal how golf's "greatest living architect" meticulously crafted the course with Ben Hogan in mind.

The inspired wit and precision of Dye's design of Pound Ridge Golf Club - featuring the same intriguing balance of accuracy and playability as his other work including TPC Sawgrass, Whistling Straits and Casa de Campo - has now been captured on film. Viewers are offered an intimate insight into Dye's ever-fertile mind and the manifold reasons his courses linger in memory.

For those who enjoy the mathematical poetry of golf and Dye courses in particular, the new website offers: hole-by-hole strategies; drop-down architectural renderings; handicap/index-based tee placement information; and precise distances for a variety of different shots throughout the course.

Another online feature is the ability for players and viewers to share their experience of Pound Ridge Golf Club by sending an e-card to colleagues and family, with mouthwatering, high-resolution photos of each hole and space for personal comments.

"We are excited to launch our new website and highlight Pete's exceptional course design," says Pound Ridge owner Ken Wang. "The Pound Ridge Golf Club new website creates a stimulating, virtual tour of each hole and allows golfers to effortlessly book online."

Through video and image excellence, the new Pound Ridge Golf Club website clearly articulates the 10-year process of transforming 172 acres into one the New York metropolitan's top courses. Since opening in 2008, Pound Ridge has earned world-class accolades from Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine, Golfweek, and LINKS Magazine, becoming a must-play in every golfer's bucket list.

For more information about Pound Ridge Golf Club or to view the new website, visit www.poundridgegolf.com or call 914-764-5771.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

PGA Of America, United States Golf Association Step To A New Set Of Tees In Nationwide Summer Initiative, 'Tee It Forward,' July 5-17

(Far Hills, N.J.) - To help golfers have more fun on the course and enhance their overall experience by playing from a set of tees best suited to their abilities, The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association have partnered to support "TEE IT FORWARD," a new national initiative to be proposed for golf facilities nationwide from July 5-17.

TEE IT FORWARD encourages all golfers to play the course at a length that is aligned with their average driving distance. Golfers can speed up play by utilizing tees that provide the greatest playability and enjoyment. The program will be promoted this week, at the 72nd Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, and at both the U.S. Open Championship in June and the U.S. Women's Open Championship in July.

"Simply put, TEE IT FORWARD can make golf much more fun for millions of people," said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. "We believe that by moving up to another set of tees, golfers will experience an exciting, new approach to the game that will produce more enjoyment and elevate their desire to come back and play even more golf."

Barney Adams, the founder of Adams Golf, provided the concept that led to TEE IT FORWARD. By playing from forward tees, amateur golfers have the chance to play the course at the same relative distance as a touring professional would over 18 holes. The playing field is leveled by giving golfers the opportunity to play from distances that are properly aligned with their abilities.

With many more golfers hitting approach shots with 6- and 7-irons instead of hybrids and long irons, their chances for enjoyment increase. Also, playing from forward tees should result in fewer overall shots, shorter distance traveled on each hole, and potentially, fewer lost balls.

"The passion that golfers have for our game has the potential to be enhanced by the TEE IT FORWARD initiative," said Jim Hyler, president of the United States Golf Association. "This is an innovation that we think will appeal to golfers of all skill levels because it gives them a new challenge that better aligns with their abilities. We hope that TEE IT FORWARD will be embraced by players and golf facilities across the country."

TEE IT FORWARD is not necessarily about creating a new set of tees-many facilities already have multiple tees in use every day. It is about changing the mindset of golfers in a positive way-encouraging people to consider setting aside playing from 6,500-6,700 yards and moving up to a length of 6,000-6,200 yards or moving from 6,000-6,200 yards to 5,700-5,800 yards.

The 6,700-yard course that many amateur golfers play today is proportionally equivalent to a PGA Tour player competing on a course measuring 8,100 yards-700 yards or more longer than a typical PGA Tour layout.

Jack Nicklaus, who shares the record with Walter Hagen for most PGA Championship titles with five and also shares the U.S. Open record with four victories, is a proponent of TEE IT FORWARD.

"I love the game of golf but I will be the first to tell you that there are things about our game we need to improve," Nicklaus said. "Now The PGA of America and the USGA have come together to develop ways to that can make the game more attractive and more enjoyable. TEE IT FORWARD is the first of many initiatives we have discussed together, and I think families around the country will enjoy alternate formats like this to make the game more fun.

"All of us deeply involved in the game constantly encourage golfers of all skill levels to play the proper tees, but too often golfers want to bite off as much of the golf course as they can. What ends up suffering is their scorecard and their overall enjoyment. This program should help stimulate people to play the proper tees and maximize the golf experience."

TEE IT FORWARD also coincides in July with The PGA of America's Family Golf Month, which has approximately 2,200 facilities already registered for that national initiative.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ocean Course At Half Moon Bay Named Top 50 Course for Women

Arthur Hills Design on the Pacific receives Golf Digest Honor for second year

(HALF MOON BAY, Calif.) - The Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links - the world-class, 36-hole public golf resort set against the dramatic cliffs of the Pacific Ocean - has been named to "America's Top 50 Courses for Women" by Golf Digest for the second consecutive year.

Featured in the magazine's June issue, Half Moon Bay Golf Links is in elite company alongside several hosts to professional tour events and world famous resorts including Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, LPGA International and Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Located 40 minutes south of San Francisco, the Ocean Course is ranked No.37 by Golf Digest. The Arthur Hills links-land design stretches 6,649 yards and provides a dash of Scottish flair. In 2008, the Ocean Course hosted the LPGA Samsung World Championship, featuring the world's best women golfers and won by Paula Creamer. It is also a regular site for U.S. Open Men's and Women's qualifiers.

"We are honored to be included by one of golf's most prestigious publications as a premier venue for female golfers," says Bill Troyanoski, General Manager. "Half Moon Bay Golf Links offers a variety of tee selections and two dramatically different golf courses to provide a challenging experience for players of all abilities."

Last July, the Ocean Course completed the initial phases of a "Links Enhancement," an agronomic transition to a fast, firm playing surface that emphasizes shot value and shot-making over sheer length and power. Additional adjustments included mowing rough down around bunkers to bring the hazards back into play on tee shots; cutting green complexes and surrounds to "just above green" mowing height to foster ball movement on the ground; and raising native fescue heights around tee boxes and between holes to provide golfers with visual, strategic cues about how to play holes and to enhance the links-style atmosphere. Smaller, on-going modifications will continue for both the Ocean and Old courses.

The Ocean Course opened in 1997 after an 11-year design and build process. It was quickly bestowed with numerous awards and accolades, including being named to Golf Digest's "Top Ten Best New Upscale" list in 1998.

For more information about Half Moon Bay Golf Links, visit www.halfmoonbaygolf.com or call 650.726.1800.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

STX Golf Now Available At Golfsmith

(BALTIMORE, MD) - STX Golf, world-renowned as an industry pioneer in putter innovation, and for its patented Soft Face Insert Technology, announced today that its new 2011 STX Putter line is now available at Golfsmith.

Golfsmith, the nation's largest golf retailer with 77 stores from coast to coast has agreed to carry the innovative high performance STX Putter line. The 44-year old specialty retailer of golf and tennis equipment, apparel, and accessories will include the entire STX Putter line on its website at www.golfsmith.com as well as in select stores.

According to STX Director of Golf Steve Henneman, "This retail partnership is significant for STX Golf. The alliance provides the company continued growth and brand awareness. In addition, golfers who frequent Golfsmith Stores are encouraged to test out clubs. We're confidant that once their customer feels the STX Soft Face Insert and its directional and speed control, they will purchase it."

Golfsmith will sell the new 2011 STX Putter line which includes their interchangeable high tech ProFIT Series and customizing kit. Now golfers can change their face insert not their putting stroke according to course conditions. The retail giant is also bringing in the aggressively priced fixed faced STX Sync Series and Envision TR Putter in all three insert options.

Every STX Putter features insert technology called "F.E.E.L." - Friction Enhancing Elastomer Layer. This patented STX technology dramatically increases the coefficient of friction to put a greater amount of topspin on the ball and keep your putts on line.

The Soft Face Insert Keeps the ball in contact with the putter longer to provide superior directional control, decreased ball skid and reduced ball deformation.

The black insert is the softest in the STX line. It delivers the highest friction and resilience rate with increased dwell time. Those characteristics are chemically formulated to get the ball rolling sooner and keep your putts on line.

For a medium resiliency rate, the red insert offers an intermediate amount of dwell time for true control. For golfers who prefer a firmer feel, the green insert provides a harder feel with less resilience.

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Pocono Mountains Golf May News And Notes Spring Season Officially Opens In The Pocono Mountains

(POCONO MOUNTAINS, PA) - The Pocono Mountains (www.poconosgolf.com) reports that all 35+ golf courses in the four-county region are open for the spring season and early bookings show great promise for successful 2011.

Please see below for news and information from the eastern Pennsylvania destination.

Mount Airy Casino Resort Ranked Top U.S. Course 
Golflink.com recently released its Top 100 United States Golf Courses list, naming Mount Airy Resort among best courses in the nation. Golflink.com's rankings are heavily influenced by visitor preferences and comments among more than 20,000 public and private courses in America.

Mount Airy was the only AAA Four-Diamond ranked resort course in Pennsylvania to be added to this year's Top 100 list.

Courses Offer Early Spring Specials
Several Pocono Mountains courses have released early season rates with rounds under $100 and attractive stay-and-play packages, which can be seen at Pooconsgolf.com. They include:

Fernwood Hotel and Resort: Early spring golf packages start at $138 for two people including accommodations and a round of golf.

Mount Airy Golf Club will offer a May 31 Play Golf Free date to make up for its May 17 rainout. Golfers pay $35 per round and receive a $35 casino slot voucher after golf.

Mountain Manor: Tuesday is Ladies Day at Mountain Manor this season, where women can play for $33 per round, with lunch. Seniors enjoy the same great special on Wednesday and Thursdays.

Skytop Lodge: Upcoming dates for one-day golf schools are May 28 and June 11. The classes include three hours of instruction, video swing analysis and playing privileges in the afternoon.

Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort: The Worthington Open will take place May 29, the second in Shawnee's Centennial Cup golf series. The Memorial Day weekend golf outing, in two-person combined-score format, begins at 8 a.m. and is open to the public. The $75 entry fee includes a post-round barbecue buffet.

Woodloch Resort: The Golf Goddess Getaway is valid through the season and includes a round of golf, overnight accommodations, and a $120 spa credit, starting at $250 per person per night.

Golf A-Round Card: The Pocono Mountains Golf A-Round card is still being offered at poconosgolf.com after a successful April launch. The $40 card provides access to $25 tee times at seven participating golf courses in the region, valid throughout the season. Participating partners include Hideaway Hills, the Inn at Pocono Manor, Jack Frost National, Mount Airy, Mountain Manor, Fernwood and Split Rock.

A complete list of all golf courses in the Pocono Mountains and an interactive trip planner that connects golf courses with nearby accommodations and attractions can be found at www.poconosgolf.com.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Golf 9/12 "Champions for Freedom" promotes anniversary event

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) - When Lucas Glover prevailed over his former Clemson teammate Jonathan Byrd on the first playoff hole at Quail Hollow to win the Wells Fargo Championship in early May, it continued a good tour year for many of the "Champions for Freedom" who have united through the vision of September's inaugural GOLF 9/12 event.

On the Monday, September 12, the day following the 10-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, GOLF 9/12 patrons will tee off simultaneously at their home clubs and courses in what can become the largest multi-venue golf event in the world.

Embracing the power of technology, golfers that day will be connected via live mobile scoring and a real-time leaderboard. Participants will be able to check the mobile leaderboard as they play, and heckle and challenge friends wherever they are playing in a matter of seconds, using a custom GOLF 9/12 mobile phone application.

GOLF 9/12 is a grassroots, forward-looking initiative in which proceeds from funds raised from optional after-play gatherings and 9/12 Unity Dinners will be used to build relationships by supporting people and charitable organizations, upholding the spirit of freedom, especially in places where hopelessness breeds.

GOLF 9/12 invites all friends of freedom to unite: Never forget 9/11. Always remember 9/12. To register as a GOLF 9/12 Patron, go to www.golf912.org and learn how you can participate as either a golfer and/or volunteer, or by involving your own golf course and/or corporate organization.

More than holding up their end of the bargain, several of the "Champions for Freedom" representing GOLF 9/12 on the PGA TOUR in 2011 have kicked off their TOUR seasons in extraordinary fashion.

In January, PGA TOUR rookie Gary Woodland narrowly lost in a playoff to Jhonattan Vegas at the Bob Hope Classic. Yet in March, Woodland would come right back to fire a 4-under 67 and capture his first TOUR title at the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook Resort. In the first 12 starts of the young season, in fact, Woodland posted an impressive four top-10s.

Also in January, the always popular Sunday at Pebble Beach turned out to be a real Cinderella story as GOLF 9/12 "Champion for Freedom" D.A. Points captured his first PGA TOUR victory and ushered in amateur partner Bill Murray to the pro-am title at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am -- which for Points included a magical hole-out from 100 yards for eagle on Pebble Beach's difficult 14th to take the lead.

Later in January, another "Champion for Freedom", Davis Love III, was selected as the United States Ryder Cup captain during an emotional news conference at the Medinah Country Club, where the 2012 matches will be held in Medinah, Il. A 20-time winner on the PGA TOUR, Love has previously played on six Ryder Cup teams.

Love continues to play well on TOUR, too, including a recent tie for 12th at THE PLAYERS Championship, and he has teamed up with Bridgestone Golf for a season-long "GOLF 9/12 Birdies for Freedom" campaign to benefit GOLF 9/12. Bridgestone Golf will contribute $100 to GOLF 9/12 for every birdie that Love cards from the start of the 2011 PGA TOUR season through September 11th — a sum, based on Love's storied career that should climb above $30,000.

Meanwhile, 2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman, whose father Johan is one of the organizers of GOLF 9/12, is quickly on the road to recovery from recent injury and has posted consecutive top 15s on the PGA TOUR for the first time since the conclusion of his 2008 schedule.

The Trevor Immelman Foundation has announced a "GOLF 9/12 Fairways for Freedom" promotion, with $10 being donated for every fairway he hits during the PGA TOUR season. Corporations and fans will be able to join in on this promotion by pledging matching amounts. Immelman quotes Nelson Mandela who once said, "Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does."

"This is the hope behind GOLF 9/12, to help us remember the unity we felt the day after the 9/11 tragedy," says Immelman. "GOLF 9/12 provides a way for us to unite again, and personally engage in honoring, upholding, and celebrating the freedom we are blessed to enjoy."

Not to be outdone, "The Champions for Freedom" on the Champions Tour have enjoyed similar success. David Frost has finished Top 12 in six of his eight Champions Tour events in 2011, while Larry Mize has managed three Top-10s in just seven starts.

Other "Champions for Freedom" who have united for GOLF 9/12 include Dan Marino, Coach Lou Holtz, Steve Beuerlein, Wesley Walls, Jim Stuckey, Johnny Damon, Dan Jansen, Karen Palacios Jansen, Mike Eruzione, David Leadbetter, Ty Tryon, Kevin W. McCarthy, Carol Mann, retired General Buck Kernan and retired Marine Corps Lance Corporal Tim Lang, a wounded warrior and avid amputee golfer.

GOLF 9/12 is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status that will support The Pentagon Memorial Fund, The 9-11 Memorial, Flight 93 Memorial, local First Responders, Armed Forces Charities and Friends of Freedom Charities, including global outreach projects and educational programs throughout the world.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bionic Unveils New Names, Packaging, Slogan, 'Get The Grip'

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) - The fastest-growing glove brand in golf, Bionic, is on the move with many announcements. To position itself for more growth, Bionic is changing its slogan to more accurately reflect the glove's primary benefit - "Get the Grip."

Bionic is also changing the name of its most popular model from the Classic to StableGrip. The ultra-premium Performance model has been renamed PerformanceGrip.

"StableGrip and PeformanceGrip describe what makes Bionic distinctly different from all other golf gloves," says Cheryl Fink, Bionic's marketing director. "With our unique and patented pad system, we have technology that gives golfers a more stable grip, which creates a lighter, more relaxed grip. And all golfers know that a more stable, relaxed grip leads to greater accuracy and more distance.

"At Bionic, we're the hand experts. Nobody puts more technology in a glove than we do. And it's all about getting a better grip. That's why 'Get the Grip' aptly describes Bionic's primary benefit in just three simple words. 'Get the Grip' separates us from all other glove brands."

To complement the new names and motto, Bionic is rolling out new packaging. Blue is the predominant background color on all packages with orange the highlight for StableGrip. Pink is the highlight color for women's models. And green is the accent for PerformanceGrip. "Get the Grip" is prominently written on the upper left side of every package. The new packaging is also more consumer friendly. All models have a consistent appearance and it is easier to remove the glove to try it on thanks to the new design.

"Try on a Bionic glove then put a club in your hand, and you'll feel the benefits immediately," says Fink. "But the biggest difference is felt when you play a round with Bionic. That's when you go from a Bionic customer to a Bionic advocate. Nobody says better things about our product than the golfers who use it."

Bionic has worked to position the glove as a piece of game-improvement equipment and not just a golf accessory or apparel item. Research at the renowned Pinehurst Golf Academy showed that most golfers who used Bionic gloves gained six yards of driving distance. Bionic's patented technology also creates a more durable glove by putting pads and material in the areas that endure the most wear and tear. It also has an advanced moisture management system, which helps keep the glove dryer longer when playing in hot, humid conditions. While Bionic gloves are more expensive than others, the added life created by its unique technology makes Bionic the smart investment.

Over the past few years, Bionic has seen double-digit sales growth, making it the fastest growing glove brand in golf. This has occurred at a time when industry golf-glove sales have been flat or in decline. "No brand has seen the sustained growth we have," says Fink, who points to Golf Datatech as a third-party source for sales figures. "We're more expensive and we're worth it."

The Bionic StableGrip sells for $24.95; the PerformanceGrip is $29.95.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

WinStar Academy Selects aboutGolf PGA TOUR Simulator

(MAUMEE, OHIO) - aboutGolf, a world leader in indoor golf simulator technology, has recently installed two PGA TOUR Simulators at the prestigious WinStar Golf Academy in Thackerville, Okla.

aboutGolf's PGA TOUR Simulators will play a significant role in WinStar's unique teaching technique, which is comprised of seven disciplines including swing techniques and mindfulness training. Founded in 2008, WinStar focuses on principles that emphasize a player-development program of identifying and diagnosing root causes, versus simply treating symptoms.

To meet WinStar’s needs, aboutGolf installed PGA TOUR Simulators with 3Trak ball and club tracking technology to accurately capture ball flight and spin, aG Balance Pro to teach effective weight transfer and aG Flix video swing capture to assess a player's swing plane and timing.  These functions, as well as club fitting data, customer data storage and uploaded lessons often require multiple vendor relationships.

“aboutGolf was the only simulator company with the technology and the comprehensive functionality to enhance our teaching intent,” says Buddy Fichera, General Manager, WinStar Golf Academy. “And aboutGolf offered the unique ability to highly customize our environments. We got the best technology and the most flexibility.”

WinStar and aboutGolf collaborated to design and install custom hitting bays that offer players the opportunity to swing toward either an indoor screen or an outdoor driving range. Regardless of whether the target is a screen or the range, each simulator has been calibrated to offer golfers the full benefit of aboutGolf technology.

“WinStar offers a compelling and unique approach to golf improvement and instruction,” says Bob Ryan, aboutGolf Chairman and CEO. “It is exciting to see innovative teaching programs fully leverage the range  of data-driven feedback provided by aboutGolf technology.”

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LPGA and Antigua Extend License Agreement through 2013

(PEORIA, ARIZ.) —The Antigua Group, Inc. – one of the nation’s leading designers and marketers of lifestyle apparel under the distinguished Antigua and Slazenger brands – and the LPGA Tour have agreed to extend their license agreement for an additional three years through 2013.

“Antigua is thrilled to extend our great relationship with the LPGA.  This license extension, coupled with our U.S. Solheim Cup Team work, is a great milestone for our company and brand,” said Ron McPherson, president and CEO of the Antigua Group.

As a licensee of the LPGA, Antigua produces apparel with the LPGA logo for sale. Additionally, Antigua will design the 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup Team uniforms including shirts, pants and skirts.

“Antigua is a global leader in golf apparel, so it’s only fitting that they continue to work so closely with the LPGA, Golf’s Global Tour,” said Jon Podany, chief marketing officer of the LPGA.

Members of the Antigua 2011 Tour Team include Brittany Lang, Stacy Prammanasudh, Alison Walshe and Wendy Ward.

The Spring 2011 season—as with all of Antigua’s collections since the Peoria, Ariz.-based Antigua Group, Inc., was founded 31 years ago—combines outstanding quality, style and value. The new line once again exemplifies why the Antigua brand is one of the nation’s leading designers and marketers of genuine golf and sports apparel.

Based on the success of Antigua’s newly introduced exclusive DESERT DRY XTRA-LITE (D2XL) lightweight moisture management performance products Antigua expands its XTRA-LITE offering in an updated color palette with the launch of the company’s Spring 2011 collection.

The Women’s Spring 2011 collection focuses on a sophisticated color palette, easy-to-merchandise color stories, classic styling with subtle feminine details, an expanded selection of lightweight and silky fabrics, excellent drape regardless of body type and a modern approach to traditional golfwear.

The Spring 2011 Antigua Women’s collection is merchandised as three innovative, opulent product groups—Dashing, Mischief and Dynamic.

DESERT DRY XTRA-LITE will be featured in the Dashing collection’s style illusion (nylon-mélange Polo) and Dazzle (Spandex yarn dyed Stripe Polo) style. DESERT DRY XTRA-LITE fabric will also be part of the essential product offering such as the Women’s Exceed group, which consists of a Short Sleeve Polo, and Sleeveless and Long-Sleeve Polo styles.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Half Moon Bay Golf Links, Half Moon Bay Inn Offer Golf Packages for Casual, Avid Golfers

(HALF MOON BAY, CALIF.) – Half Moon Bay Golf Links, the San Francisco Bay Area’s only 36-hole, oceanfront golf resort, and the Half Moon Bay Inn are offering three new golf packages targeted to both casual and avid players.

The “Stay and Play Golf Package” (starting at $229) includes accommodations and rounds on either the Ocean or Old Course. The “Stay, Play and Relax Package” (from $274) features après golf cocktails, a $50 gift certificate for the hotel’s on-site restaurant, “It’s Italia”, and a 20 percent discount on all services provided by Oceano Coastal Spa.

Designed for golf enthusiasts in search of championship golf from sunrise to sunset, the “Stay and Play All Day Package” (from $353) serves up accommodations plus all-day access on either Half Moon Bay Golf Links’ Ocean Course or The Old Course.

“By partnering with Half Moon Bay Inn we are able to offer visitors and traveling golfers a true boutique inn experience coupled with an unforgettable setting for golf,” says Half Moon Bay Golf Links General Manager Bill Troyanoski.

Guests can choose between two dramatically different courses. The Ocean Course (Arthur Hills) is a fast, firm links style layout with coastal mounding, native grasses and spectacular ocean views from all 18 holes.  The Ocean Course (Arnold Palmer) is a Northern California classic, replete with tree-lined fairways and doglegs that demand precise shot-making and a handful of holes with dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Located in the heart of historic downtown and minutes from the Golf Links, the Half Moon Bay Inn is the perfect coastal getaway any time of year. With newly-renovated guest rooms and street-level lobby, the Half Moon Bay Inn pampers guests with luxuriously-appointed rooms and suites with crisp, fine white linens; plush down-filled duvets; crystal glassware; all natural bath amenities from Gaia Essentials; and locally-roasted organic coffee.

To find out more information or for reservations, please call 650.726.1177 or visit www.halfmoonbayinn.com. Golf packages are single or double occupancy and subject to availability. Rates exclude taxes and other charges.

For more information about Half Moon Bay Golf Links or to schedule a tee time, visit www.halfmoonbaygolf.com/packages or call 650.726.1800.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Williams Sports Introduces GP 80 Wedge

Williams Sports, powered by Williams Formula One Team Technology, announced the introduction of its brand new GP 80 Wedge recently.

The GP 80 Wedge has been precisely created using CAD software to perfectly blend the size, shape, topline thickness, and offset from loft to loft and is cold forged from a special select 1020 mild carbon steel that provides a soft, but solid and consistent feel.

The wedge incorporates Williams signature, Formula One inspired, Densimet Weighting System. Densimet, the same material used to weight F1 racecars, is positioned toward the top of the blade to produce a lower piercing ball flight and better accuracy in windy conditions.

"This is a true player's wedge," said Michael Lee, President/CEO of Williams Sports. "The lower trajectory and higher spin rate it produces allows you to keep the ball down on your approach shot but still stop it on a dime."

The GP 80 Wedge features a CNC laser milled face and grooves as well as a 360 degree bevel around the cavity. The bevel on the sole improves bunker performance and flop shots while the top bevel hides the thicker top line and gives the wedge a more classic look at address.

Wedges are available in 52, 54, 56, 58, and 60 degree lofts with either a Dynamic Gold or Nippon NS Pro 950 steel shaft.

For more information on Williams Sports and their line of golf equipment for 2011 visit: www.williams-sports.co.uk

Media members interested in testing any of the Williams Sports golf equipment for an editorial review should contact Joe Wieczorek joe@themediagroupinc.com of The Media Group at (847) 956-9090.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ashworth Releases New Golf And Lifestyle Footwear Line

Long-anticipated addition brings style On and Off the Course

(CARLSBAD, CA) - Ashworth Golf is introducing four footwear styles to complete its collection of head-to-toe apparel essentials for the modern golfer on and off the course.

Living the Ashworth lifestyle is about the course never leaving golfers, and after an initial introduction at January's PGA Merchandise Show, the four footwear styles arrive at retail in early June.

"The uniqueness of golf is that golfers don't just wake up on a Saturday and decide they're a golfer that day and then go back to being a lawyer, insurance salesman, banker, or whatever on Monday," said Harry Arnett, vice president and general manager of Ashworth. "It's always been more than just a game for those who completely embrace the true golf lifestyle, and in apparel and footwear that means having products that not only perform and look great on the golf course but can easily and seamlessly be worn off of it. Our footwear collection is a great addition to that philosophy and we're sure it will be an instant favorite for true golfers everywhere."

The new footwear is available in the following styles:
The Encinitas ($140; available in tan and black) is a loafer that strikes the perfect balance between style and versatility. Premium materials and fine craftsmanship create a rare combination of beauty and go-anywhere freedom that works with chinos or jeans, on casual Friday or on the town. Great for travel given its lightweight comfort and slip-on ease, the Encinitas is a shoe for all occasions.

The Cardiff ($120; available in navy, white and black) is a golf shoe with the crossover appeal of a town shoe. Playability, wearability and a sure-footed spikeless sole unite with tumbled leathers and rich suede accents to take the Cardiff from the course to the clubhouse and beyond. The molded rubber sole is discreet and pliable for a comfortable, low-profile feeling without the sensation of traditional golf spikes.

The Leucadia ($90; available in grey, tan and black) is a saddle shoe that receives a long-overdue rework through the pairing of soft suede and leather uppers with a classic vulcanized outsole. The resulting updated style and unstructured comfort makes the Leucadia an instant wardrobe favorite on and off the course.

The Ash Standard Issue ($70; available in navy, sand, white and black) takes a classic plimsoll design and melds the style and versatility of today's sneaker. The natural canvas upper provides texture and breathability, while rich leather accent trims deliver a refreshed look that takes the Ash Standard Issue places a normal sneaker can't go.

The footwear release comes on the heels of Ashworth hiring a resident stylist, Mahjuba Levine. Mahjuba, a San Diego style expert, will incorporate Ashworth footwear into her style tips, advice and blog to be featured on Ashworth's website (www.ashworthgolf.com) and Facebook page.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Etonic Offers Free Glove Promotion For Father's Day

(Westborough, Mass.) - If dad is looking for a new pair of golf shoes this Father's Day, Etonic has a line-up of performance golf footwear that would be a perfect fit for dad. Plus, Etonic is offering a free glove with purchase of a pair of golf shoes through June 30.

Etonic's golf footwear, known for its exceptional fit and comfort right out of the box, features PowerUp Outsole Technology. This best-in-class outsole is in all models of the Etonic shoes and provides superior traction, flexibility and stability. The current Etonic lineup of golf shoes qualify for the Father's Day glove promotion, including the Stabilizer, Sof-Tech, Dri-Tech, Sport-Tech, Lite-Tech and G>SOK. The Perfect Fit glove, which was named to the 2010 Golf Digest Hot List, features premium leather on the palm and fingers. The Dri-Lite microfiber back along with a patent-pending Stabilizer Island Thumb provides an exceptional fit and precise grip. The suggested retail of the Perfect Fit glove is $18.

"We receive outstanding feedback on our gloves," said Kent Wheeler, director of sales and marketing, Etonic Worldwide. "The glove has a unique island thumb technology that ensures the same fit as the first time it is worn. The Father's Day promotion gives us an opportunity to sample the Perfect Fit glove to golfers and gives dad something extra for his game this year."

The Father's Day glove promotion will be redeemed directly through Etonic. Consumers simply complete the information card located in the shoe box and send it in with the sales receipt and UPC label. Etonic golf shoes can be purchased at golf shops, golf specialty retailers and online at www.etonic.com.

The Father's Day glove promotion will run through June 30.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Mississippi Golf: May News & Notes

(JACKSON, Miss.) - Mississippi State Park golf courses are offering foursome rates of less than $150 for 18 holes and two carts this summer - less than some courses charge in other golf destinations for one player's greens fee - and there are value-laden stay-and-play packages available at the parks as well.

The Dogwoods Golf Course: Recognized as "America's Best Bargain" by Golf Digest, The Dogwoods at Hugh White State Park in the Hills Region offers 18-hole green fees of just $49. Students play for $27 while seniors (60 and older) pay $39 (all prices include cart fees). Designed by Gary Roger Baird, carved through forest and surrounded by Grenada Lake, The Dogwoods boasts multiple sets of tees, a hilly layout and large, inviting greens. For tee times visit www.thedogwoodsgolf.com or call 662.226.4123.

Quail Hollow Golf Course: Located in the Capital/River Region, Quail Hollow at Percy Quin State Park has greens fees of $39 for 18 holes and a cart. Also, use the promotional code "web" and students play for $25, including a cart. Designed by Arthur Hills, Quail Hollow is known for its scenic views of the Southern Mississippi countryside and the affordable Quail Hollow golf villas, furnished with all the modern amenities, sit just steps away from the course. For tee times visit www.quailhollowgc.com or call 601.684.2903.

Mallard Pointe Golf Course: "Recession Relief Rates" at Mallard Pointe in the Hills Region are just $35 for 18 holes and a cart on Monday through Thursday. In addition, seniors, students and military play Monday through Friday for $30 (including cart) while a twilight rate of $33 is available seven days a week after 3 p.m. On-site lodging is available. Named a "Best Place to Play" by Golf Digest, the scenic course is loaded with lake views and elevation changes. For tee times visit www.mallardpointegolfcourse.com or call 662.487.2400.

For more information on these courses and other special package deals visit www.visitmississippi.org/golf.aspx or call toll-free 1-866-801-8551 to receive a free Golf Travel Guide and suggested play-and-stay itineraries.

Mississippi Courses Earn 'Best-Of' Acclaim from Golf Digest
The Magnolia State continues to earn accolades for its quality roster of golf courses, the latest coming in Golf Digest, which lists the following courses on its annual "Best-Of" state rankings:
1. Annandale Golf Club in Madison (private)
2. Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point (public)
3. Fallen Oak in Saucier (public)
4. Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison (private)
5. Dancing Rabbit (Azaleas) in Philadelphia (public)
6. Hattiesburg Country Club in Hattiesburg (private)
7. Grand Bear Golf Course in Saucier (public)
8. The Dogwoods Golf Course in Grenada (public)
9. The Bridges Golf Club in Bay St. Louis (public)
10.The Preserve Golf Club in Vancleave (public)

In addition, both Old Waverly Golf Club (No. 29) and Fallen Oak (No. 41) were ranked on Golf Digest's prestigious list of "America's 100 Greatest Public Courses." These two standouts were chosen by the magazine's rating panelists out of roughly 13,500 public courses in the U.S.

"Mississippi golf is increasingly being recognized for its many options and excellence, and we invite those who've not experienced all we offer - on and off the course - to come see what the buzz is all about," said Mary Beth Wilkerson, director of the Mississippi Development Authority's Tourism Division.

Win Stay-and-Play Package for Two to the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Visitors to the newly launched Visit Mississippi website at www.visitmississippi.org/golf.aspx will automatically be entered to win a stay-and-play golf package for two, simply by signing up for the complimentary Mississippi Golf E-Newsletter.

The largely expenses-paid golf trip to Mississippi's Gulf Coast includes two nights accommodation at Palace Casino Resort and two rounds of golf at The Preserve Golf Club, rated one of America's top casino courses by GOLF, Golfweek and Golf Digest magazines - one of many Magnolia State courses to hold such credible, critical distinction.

For complete information go to www.visitmississippi.org/golf.aspx.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sun SafeTee reminds golfers that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

(SAN DIEGO) - With May being designated as Skin Cancer Awareness Month, it is a good time for golfers to learn how to protect themselves in the sun. It is also an ideal time to take proactive measures by scheduling an exam with a medical professional to discover what sun damage may have incurred while playing golf and other sports-related activities.

The Sun SafeTee Program, a nonprofit organization that promotes sun protection and skin cancer prevention for golfers, suggests employing a comprehensive approach to sun protection. The motto of the Sun SafeTee Program is Cover Up, Before You Tee It Up which encourages using a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 and one that has broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) coverage. A long sleeve shirt, long pants, wide brimmed hat and sunglasses also are valuable sun protection tools.

"This year two million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer," shared Michael Kaminer, MD, a Board Certified Dermatologist and Sun SafeTee board member. "Since golfers spend a significant amount of time in the sun they are at a greater risk than the general public for developing skin cancer."

Sun SafeTee recommends that golfers visit a dermatologist at least once a year and more often if they have a history of skin cancer or precancerous lesions.

"The good news is that many forms of skin cancer are preventable or when caught early can be curable," says Dr. Kaminer, an avid golfer with a single-digit handicap. "Being knowledgeable and doing a self-exam and/or visiting a Dermatologist can dramatically increase the likelihood of early detection and successful treatment. Education is key to both preventing skin cancer and for securing timely treatment."

More About Sun SafeTee
Founded by San Diego businessman and golfer Mark Wishner, Sun SafeTee is a 501(c)(3) non-profit sun protection and skin cancer awareness program designed specifically for the golf community. The organization focuses on Junior and Collegiate golfers and is a partner with the Golf Coaches Association of America and the National Golf Coaches Association, American Junior Golf Association as well as numerous regional and local associations. Sun SafeTee provides educational programs to golf professionals and golf organizations, distributes literature and sunscreen at tournaments and has produced multiple videos on sun protection for golfers. It has the endorsement of the National Council for Better Health Through Golf, best known as Doctors Orders: Play Golf. You can follow Sun SafeTee on Facebook and Twitter or visit their website at www.sunsafetee.org.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

SKLZ introduces The Accelerator Pro putting mat with ball return

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - SKLZ, a producer of athletic performance and sports skill development products, today announced it has introduced the Accelerator Pro putting mat as part of the company's line of golf training aids.

The Accelerator Pro is a portable indoor putting trainer designed to allow golfers to practice and develop three key putt lengths with perfect alignment, backstroke length and acceleration on a high quality true-roll putting surface. The back and through-stroke alignment guides ensure ideal acceleration and distance control, while maintaining a square face to the target.

According to Greg Shoman, vice president of marketing, SKLZ, "Ask any professional golfer and they will tell you that the money is made on the putting green, especially inside ten feet. The Accelerator Pro is ideal for dialing in line and speed from 3 ft., 5ft., and 7 ft."

The SKLZ Accelerator Pro features a continuous-gravity ball return, adjustable to the specific putt distance you are practicing. A true-roll surface closely simulates real green conditions and the hole is constructed on the upslope to teach the golfer to putt 18'' past the hole to discourage leaving putts short.

The green measures 9 feet long with a stimpmeter rating of 10 when on a firm rug and 11 on a linoleum surface.

The Accelerator Pro retails for $49.99. For more information, visit www.sklz.com.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Zero Friction 312 Distance Golf Ball Ranks Second

(Oakbrook Terrace, IL) - It's a perfect match, like peanut butter and jelly. They go together as if they were meant to be. You may think that we are talking about a dating website here, but we're talking golf here. A performance golf tee is an incredibly crucial aspect of your golf game, but the more often thought about golf ball also is. The perfect match is created when both products are performance enhancing, which is exactly what Zero Friction has come up with.

The Zero Friction Distance 312 Golf Ball paired with the ZFT System 2 ¾" Tee creates an unbeatable combination that helps to increase your drives and improve your accuracy all in one. The best part about it is (and this is definitely beneficial for those of us who tend to lose more golf balls than tees) is that one 2 ¾" ZFT System is included in every sleeve of Zero Friction Distance 312 golf balls, no other company in the market includes a performance tee with their golf ball except Zero Friction.

Now what are the benefits of the Zero Friction 312 Distance Golf Ball, you may wonder? The Zero Friction Distance 312 golf ball features an 80 compression, two-piece construction ball, with a 312 dimple pattern.

The results are a ball that ranks 2nd in the GolfTest USA 2011 ball test in distance, right behind the TaylorMade Penta (a $45.99 retail value). The Zero Friction 312 Distance Golf Ball also tied for 3rd in Control and Appearance out of the 11 balls total tested. In the GolfTest USA 2011 ball test, Zero Friction 312 Distance Golf Ball rated overall with 4 stars. The tests comprised ratings from 80 golfers who played and rated the balls in an unbiased manner, creating a good indication of how the Zero Friction 312 Distance Golf Ball is perceived in the market. Zero Friction 312 Distance Golf Ball has a great retail value at $19.99 and you can't forget that you get 4 Zero Friction ZFT System tees included with every purchase.

Owner and founder, John Iacono states "We are thrilled about the performance of our high quality two-piece golf ball. The test confirms the performance we have built into the ball." From golf tees to golf balls, Zero Friction is a company based upon creating high quality, performance products with innovative technological advancements.

For more information, visit www.excelgolfproducts.com.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Branson Golf Destination News & Notes: May 2011 Happenings

(BRANSON, Missouri) - The eight award-winning courses which comprise Branson's golf destination are offering rounds to people who sign up for their monthly e-newsletter.

The e-newsletter is complimentary and each month opt-in subscribers are randomly selected to receive prizes as thanks from the golf destination courses, which include three top five-rated Missouri courses in Golfweek's annual "America's Best Courses You Can Play" list.

To sign up, golfers simply go to www.golfbranson.com and fill in their name, email address and zip code to be entered to win.

Thousand Hills Offers Unlimited Golf Deals
Golfers at Thousand Hills Golf Resort can opt for one of three value-laden golf offers this season. For $99 plus tax, a 3-day unlimited golf package includes three consecutive playing days when you stay three nights. If you play 36 a day, that's less than $20 a round. The Resort also offers a one-week, unlimited play card for $199 plus tax. www.thousandhillsgolf.com, 800-487.0769

Payne Stewart Golf Club Selects Troon Golf
On the heels of being named one of the nation's best new golf courses, Payne Stewart recently changed management companies and is now operated by Troon Golf,. Payne Stewart Director of Golf T.J. Baggett has previously worked for Troon, including leading one of the clubs it manages in the Caribbean. "It's an honor to work with Troon Golf again and Payne Stewart will only build on the accolades we've been fortunate to enjoy since opening." Look for some cross-marketing between Payne Stewart and Branson Creek (also a Troon-managed property) later this year.

Holiday Hills Adds More Condo Units
Holiday Hills Resort & Golf Club has begun building more condominium units at the popular venue, located in the heart of Branson's entertainment epicenter. Twelve new units are complete with an additional 480 eventually to come. The project does not affect the golf course, lodging at the resort's many existing condos, or other resort amenities. For more information or to book a tee time, visit or call www.holidayhills.com, 417-334-4838.

Pointe Royale Offers Guest Incentives
Pointe Royale Resort & Golf Course is offering the following values this spring (through May 26). For 2-3 night stays Sunday-Thursday, guests can save 15 percent off the normal rate, and 10 percent on Friday-Saturday stays. For stays of four or more nights, visitors can save 20 percent during Sunday-Thursday. Call 1-866-334-4477 for tee reservations and 1-800-962-4710 for condo rates and/or stay-and-play reservations.

LedgeStone Adds Branson Golf Veteran to Team
Jeff Walster, PGA, has joined the golf staff at LedgeStone Golf Course, an amenity of StoneBridge Village & Resort. Prior to joining LedgeStone, Walster was longtime Director of Golf at Pointe Royale. Among other things, Walster is helping oversee the golf shop merchandise program, group events/outings, and club repairs. "Jeff's experience in Branson and the industry is a great addition for LedgeStone," said StoneBridge General Manager Bill Hasler, PGA. For tee times, and other information, visit www.ledgestonegolf.com or call 417.335.8187.

Branson to Host "Live Remote" by ESPN Affiliate 
The Branson golf destination is hosting the first of several live remote broadcasts this season on May 6. Pearson Broadcasting's KTTG (ESPN Sportsradio 96.3) in Fort Smith, Ark will broadcast "The Morning Rush" with Derek Ruscin & Tommy Craft from Payne Stewart Golf Club on Tuesday. "Derek and Tommy will help spread the word about the Branson golf destination to a convenient, common-sense drive market," said Ross Summers, President/CEO, Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB. The partnership includes awarding Branson stay-and-play packages to ESPN Sportsradio 96.3 listeners, which includes golf, lodging and admission to shows.

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