Friday, January 31, 2014

The Traveling Golfer - "Tony's Top 10" at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show

Royal Isabela Only Puerto Rico Property Among TripAdvisor's 'Top Luxury Hotels' in Caribbean

(ISABELA, Puerto Rico) - The travelers have spoken, and they've said wonderful things about Royal Isabela, the world-class golf and private membership club perched on the breathtaking coastline of northwest Puerto Rico.

Royal Isabela was named fourth best among the "Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the Caribbean" for 2014 by TripAdvisor. Significantly, it was the only Puerto Rico property honored in the category. Furthermore, Royal Isabela, which opened in 2012, was rated number 11 among the many small hotels in the Caribbean.

The honor is part of TripAdvisor's 12th annual awards for hotels, with winners determined based on the reviews and opinions of millions of TripAdvisor travelers around the globe. The world's most outstanding properties were identified in several categories, including luxury.

The property was singled out as a "beautiful honeymoon destination" and a "beautiful getaway resort, especially if you love golf." Last fall, Royal Isabela was named "Puerto Rico's Leading Golf Resort" at the World Travel Awards Caribbean and North American Gala.

Twenty artistically designed one-bedroom casitas, each with expansive indoor and outdoor space, as well as private pools, ocean views, and easy access to the resort's many amenities, are the hallmark of Royal Isabela's offerings. Headlining those amenities is the golf course, called Golf Links at Royal Isabela, a magnificent beauty that sprawls across acres of native grasses, natural sand dunes, and craggy cliffs that soar 300 feet above the Caribbean Sea. The course was designed by the owners of the resort, brothers Charles and Stanley Pasarell, in association with the late David W. Pfaff.

In service, Royal Isabela caters to discerning individuals in search of quiet, exclusivity, outstanding dining, golf and other sporting options, and the ultimate in relaxation in one of the most beautiful corners of the island-and the world.

For more information, contact Royal Isabela at 787/609-5888 or toll free 855/609-5888. Or visit the web site at

J.B. Holmes Joins Cleveland Golf/Srixon

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Cleveland Golf/ Srixon announced the recent addition of J.B. Holmes to their professional tour staff.  Holmes, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with no additional details made available.

A 32-year-old native of Campbellsville, Ky., Holmes victory at the 2006 FBR Open made him the fastest golfer to $1,000,000 in career earnings on the PGA Tour.  In 2008, Holmes won the FBR Open for the second time in three years, helping him clinch a spot representing the United States on their victorious 2008 Ryder Cup team.  During the 2008 season, Holmes reached the top 50 in Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career.

At the 2011 PGA Championship, Holmes was forced to withdraw after battling several months of vertigo-like symptoms.  After receiving several medical opinions, Holmes was diagnosed with Chiari malformations - structural defects in the cerebellum, which is the part of the brain that controls balance.  In September of 2011, Holmes underwent brain surgery. The following month, doctors discovered he was allergic to an adhesive used in a webbed titanium plate placed at the base of his skull, which required additional surgery.

“I’d never even heard of the symptoms; they just popped up,” Holmes said. “Some people have it their whole lives and it doesn’t affect them. But I thought it was over if I couldn’t get it fixed. They cut out a piece of my skull to get some room. It wasn’t much fun.”

In January 2012, Holmes returned to the PGA Tour before fracturing his ankle in a rollerblading accident in March of 2013.  While recovering from his ankle injury, Holmes opted for surgery on the tennis elbow he’d been suffering with since late 2011.  Holmes, who is playing this year on a major medical exemption, returned to action at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open, where he finished with a 3-under-par 285, and a share of 23rd place.  Holmes is playing this week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, a tournament he’s already won twice in his young career.

 “We’re thrilled to have J.B. as a member of the Srixon and Cleveland team,” said Todd Harman, President of Cleveland Golf/Srixon – U.S.A.  “J.B. is an exceptional competitor who has had to overcome serious adversity in regards to his health.  We’re excited to play a part in his journey back to winning on the PGA Tour.”

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Loudmouth Unveils SpongeBob SquarePants Design

A long time ago when Woody scoured fabric stores to make loud pants, he found a remnant of SpongeBob fabric enough to make six pairs. He kept one pair for himself and sold the other five in one day. He’s wanted to make more SpongeBob SquarePants ever since. NOW HERE THEY ARE. This is the BEST day EVER! Authentic licensed SpongeBob SquarePants pants. Loudmouth has a few more than five in stock, but don’t wait long, these limited edition collectors items won’t last long!

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

New Nike VRS Covert Forged Irons - Longer, Hotter

NexCOR face technology and a deeper high-speed cavity back deliver faster ball speed and more distance in a forged construction

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) – Built with metal wood distance in mind, Nike Golf’s new VRS Covert Forged irons provide high-speed performance in a premium design. Nike Golf engineers incorporated a NexCOR face, Nike’s proprietary variable face thicknesstechnology that delivers faster ball speed for greaterdistance. The new ironsalso feature a high-speed cavity back design with a lower, deeper center of gravity for longer and straighter shots.

“We focused on improving distance and off-center hit performance with the VRS Covert Forged irons,” says Chris Savage, Nike Golf Irons Innovation Engineer. “It’s the first time we designed a forged iron with a high-speed NexCOR face, and engineering the variable thickness really amplifies the trampoline effect off the face. We further enhanced the performance with balancedperimeter weighting via a deep, engineered cavity back design.  In our testing, the VRS Covert Forged irons delivered up to seven additional yards in distance compared to last year’s product.”

“Our research shows that more than 80 percent of player impact is between the center and the toe side of an iron,” Savage adds. “So another key focus on this product was to shift the center of gravity to the center of the face.  By moving the true sweet spot to the area where most people hit the ball, we enhanced the iron’s feel and improved off center performance by as much as 17 percent.”

Nike’s X3X groove technology features grooves that are closer together and deeper on the clubface. Nike Golf engineers added width to the shape of the existing high-frequency X3X grooves to maximize spin and maintain ball flight, resulting in a 50-percent decrease in long iron dispersion from difficult lies.

VRS Covert Forged irons
Availability: January 31
Specifications: 4-AW, Nippon 950 GH: S/R (RH); SW, Nippon 950 GH: S/R (RH)
 Street price: $1,100

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TaylorMade Golf Company Introduces Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X Golf Balls

Softer and more durable cover makes new line-up the best performing golf balls in company history

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – TaylorMade Golf Company, the No. 2 golf ball brand on the PGA TOUR, announced the release of Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X: two tour-caliber golf balls that provide complete tee-to-green performance.

After a decade of prototyping and testing with the world’s best players, the company believes the new Tour Preferred franchise is the best performing ball the company has released to date.

“Golf ball innovation doesn’t just happen overnight. Rather, it is a series of ongoing conversation with our Tour players,” said Dean Snell, vice president of golf ball R&D. “These conversations have led to the introduction of breakthrough technologies including low drag aerodynamics for ultimate wind resistance, a five-layer construction for superior control throughout the club set and now our softest and most durable cover.”

Key to the performance of the Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X golf ball line is TaylorMade’s patented and proven technologies, including:
* REACT Core for greater ball speed on all shots for increased distance.
* Spin Mantle designed to deliver precise and consistent spin rates on given shots throughout the bag.
* Low-Drag Performance Aerodynamics (LDP) A 322-dimple pattern designed to minimize distance loss on low spin shots and also maintain a penetrating ball flight into the wind.

A new technology featured in the golf balls is Soft Tech, TaylorMade’s softest and most durable cover to date. Made of a cast urethane, the new cover provides an even softer feel around the greens than previous TaylorMade offerings.  The Soft Tech cover will also provide higher resistance to shearing and will last longer.

What separates Tour Preferred and the Tour Preferred X from each other is spin. The Tour Preferred is designed for players who desire more spin in the mid-to-long iron shots. The additional spin will also promote a higher trajectory on approach shots.

Tour Preferred X maintains the same spin and trajectory into the green as its predecessor Lethal. Unlike Lethal, Tour Preferred X promotes better green side control because of its new Soft Tech cover.

TaylorMade anticipates that more than 80% of its tour players will gravitate to this model as they are seeking controlled iron spin, for a more penetrating ball flight.

Since their introduction on Tour earlier this year, tour players have quickly made the switch to both models including Sergio Garcia who has already won twice with the Tour Preferred X (Thailand Golf Championship in December and Qatar Masters in January). Emerging LPGA star Jessica Korda also played the Tour Preferred X in her season-opening win at the Pure Silk Classic.

Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X will be available at retail on March 1st at $45.99 per dozen. For more information, please visit

New Isle Estates Neighborhood Coming Soon to Old Palm Golf Club

Luxury enclave's fourth neighborhood showcases 33 homes sites, coastal architecture inspired by British West Indies and Bermuda

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) - Old Palm Golf Club - the premier private and exclusive residential community in the Palm Beaches - announces the first phase of its new Isle Estates neighborhood is nearing completion.

Four model homes, ranging from nearly 5,100 to more than 5,500 sq. ft. under air, are scheduled to open for touring in early March. Each is beautifully sited on a one-third acre home site overlooking one of Old Palm's largest lakes and the spectacular Raymond Floyd-designed golf course. To extend views even farther, the parcels are slightly elevated.

Of the 33 planned home sites, 22 will be included in the first release. Home prices will be set in the coming weeks, but are anticipated to range from $2 to $3 million.

"Isle Estates is a completely unique concept within Old Palm," says Connie McGinnis, director of sales. "The neighborhood looks and feels coastal; so much so that you might think you were in the British West Indies or an exclusive enclave on Palm Beach."

Acclaimed independent builders Courchene Development Corp. (the Hamilton and St. James models) and Hasey Construction (the Bonair and Belize models) constructed the first four homes.

Named for the capital of Bermuda, Courchene's Hamilton reflects the traditional tropical style of the British-influenced island. Its one-story layout encompasses 5,080 sq. ft. under air and features four bedrooms, five full and one half-bath, a great room and media room, and a three-car garage. Interiors are crafted by Insignia Design.

"It's a clean, refreshing design that's very open and airy," says Paul Courchene, president and partner of Courchene Development Corp. "Oversized 12-foot-high motorized pocket doors open to the outside and lead to a free-form swimming pool."

Courchene's other model, the 5,129 sq. ft. under air St. James, is also a one-story residence with four bedrooms, five full and one half-bath, and a media room set away from the spacious living and family rooms. Inspired by the British West Indies, the St. James features a transitional interior by Insignia Design that takes advantage of the model's abundance of natural light. It also offers a three-car garage.

Hasey Construction's two-story, 5,275 sq. ft. under air Bonair showcases four bedrooms and five full and two half-baths. Its traditional great room plan includes a club room, theater and loft. Rogers Design Group created the interiors using light colors that imbue the space with an alluring informality. The model also features a three-car garage.

"The coastal architecture lends the Bonair a feeling that's more casual than might be expected," says Patrick Hasey, the company's director of sales and marketing. "Another huge draw is the panoramic view from the second floor overlooking the lake and the 11th tee of the Old Palm golf course."

Hasey's larger, 5,540 sq. ft. under air Belize is also two stories. Its more traditional layout features five bedrooms, six full and two half baths, a living room, family room, club room and loft. Decorators Unlimited designed the interiors to enhance the delightful coastal architecture. Like the other three models, the Belize boasts a three-car garage.

In 2013, Old Palm enjoyed record home sales totaling more than 40 transactions and $91 million. This represents a nearly 50% increase over 2012 revenues.

Interest remains high in the club's other three gracious and distinct neighborhoods (Golf Estates, Grand Estates and Custom Estates) with homes ranging from $1.3 to more than $15 million. Each offers new homes with special characteristics, designed and constructed by award-winning homebuilders to the most exacting of standards.

Located six miles from the Atlantic Ocean in one of the world's most golf-rich locales, Old Palm is the epitome of exclusivity with 316 home lots and 330 memberships. An extraordinary selection of homes is currently available in this sought-after niche of Palm Beach Gardens.

For more information about Old Palm Golf Club: 888.882.1526,

Troon Appoints Ricky Potts as Digital Communications Manager

New resource for digital and social media communications for Troon and Troon facilities

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) - Troon, leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce it has appointed Ricky Potts to a new position created as the Digital Communications Manager, based out of the company's corporate headquarters in Scottsdale Ariz. Troon's marketing and communication strategies are constantly evolving to remain effective, fresh and relevant. Adding this new role to specialize in social media and different forms of digital communications enhances the company's efforts to meet the preferences of its current customers while forging ahead to reach new customers in innovative ways.

In this new role, Potts will oversee all digital communication including email marketing, web marketing and all social media channels. Potts is charged with the creation and execution of social media strategies for Troon and Troon-managed facilities to include outreach to new customers and business.

"The way people communicate is evolving and we are evolving the way we communicate," said Ryan Walls, senior vice president, operations, sales & marketing. "This focus, combined with the addition of a proven leader in Ricky Potts creates an invaluable resource for our company and all of our managed facilities. Furthermore, this concentrated effort will aid our ongoing strategies to communicate to new generations of customers. Whether it's through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram or the like, we are engaging."

Previously a content specialist and social media consultant for Imavex, an internet marketing company based in Noblesville, Ind., Ricky had the chance to work closely with the team at Troon for several years. After leaving Imavex, Ricky transitioned into the role of senior digital account executive at Gannett, Inc. only to realize how much he missed working in golf. Over the years, Ricky has built a digital army of his own followers with a total reach of more than 100,000 people across several networks. Ricky also owns the largest Google+ golf community with more than 10,000 members that continues to grow daily. Originally from Harmony, Ind., Ricky graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

"It is a thrill for me to join the team at Troon," Potts said. "Having grown up playing golf, it has always been a dream to work for such a luxurious brand and I am excited to bring my experience and obsession with digital marketing and the game of golf to the table. I like to say that 'I live online' and now I get to spend my days helping the largest golf management company and the best golf facilities in the world understand what it means to do just that."

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Under Armour Eyewear Launches UA Fire Hunter Mahan Edition

(New York, New York) -­­­ Under Armour Eyewear is pleased to announce the launch of the UA Fire Hunter Mahan sunglass frame for golfers. Designed for both the professional and amateur player, the UA Fire incorporates the latest developments in lens and frame technology with a fashionable design for on­course play.

Designed for even the most elite athlete, UA Fire offers a wide field of view through its ArmourSight Shield. Co­molded rubber temples fit comfortably under a hat providing a comfortable, but firm fit for long hot days on the field or the golf course.

"Working closely with the PGA golfer Hunter Mahan, Under Armour Eyewear's designers have created the ultimate performance frame for the serious golfer who demands the finest quality from their on­course gear," says Nick Gomez, Senior Product Manager for Under Armour Eyewear.

The style features an ultra light ArmourFusion frame with AirFlow technology to prevent lens fogging in hot weather play. The UA Fire has a 3-point grip and adjustable nose pad for a comfortable and secure fit. All Under Armour Eyewear performance lenses protect against UVA, UVB and UVC rays.

Gomez says, "Under Armour Eyewear has incorporated the newest technologies in lens and frame advances to this new style for PGA player Hunter Mahan. We are proud of the result and confident that the UA Fire will enhance on course play for both the amateur and professional golfer."

The UA Fire frame is available in black, grey and white and will retail between $99.99 and $109.99 at national retailers such as Golf Galaxy, Dicks Sporting Goods and The Sports Authority.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tony Leodora Hits Daily Double in Orlando; Wins National Awards for Radio and Television

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) - The annual PGA Merchandise Show is often a time of celebration in the golf industry ... and nobody was celebrating more than the dual-role golf show host, Tony Leodora.

Leodora, host of the nearly seven-year-old GolfTalk Live radio show, and host of the one-year-old Traveling Golfer television show received two national awards from the International Network of Golf during PGA Show week in Orlando.

In the Golf Radio category, GolfTalk Live received an Outstanding Achievement Award. It was the sixth year in a row that GolfTalk Live received a national award. Three times - 2008, 2010 and 2011 - it was named No. 1 Radio Show in America. In the other years it received the Outstanding Achievement Award, which goes to the runner-up.

GolfTalk Live airs 52 weeks a year from 7 to 8 a.m. each Saturday on flagship station WNTP 990-AM in Philadelphia,  as well as from 3 to 4 p.m. on WOND 1400-AM in South Jersey. It also can be heard live on, as well as any time after the show airs, by going to the website,

In the Golf Television category, the Traveling Golfer show - produced by industry veteran Jamie McWilliams -- also received an Outstanding Achievement Award. At no other time in the history of the ING Media Awards has a first-year television show captured such an honor. The Traveling Golfer can be seen as part of the Inside Golf show on Comcast SportsNet in the Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington; as part of the Press Box show on Ch. 4 in Myrtle Beach and on a network of 16 golf websites. It also can be seen anytime on the host site,

"No doubt 2013 was a whirlwind year for us," commented Leodora. "We went to so many outstanding destinations and interviewed so many interesting people. They were the reasons both shows were successful. I owe a large debt of gratitude to a lot of people who made this happen."

The First Tee of the Triangle Announces Annika Sörenstam as Special Guest for 10th Anniversary Gala

Internationally Lauded Female Golfer Will Attend Event Next September at the Carolina Country Club

(Raleigh, NC) - The First Tee of the Triangle, a nonprofit organization dedicated to impacting the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf, has announced Annika Sörenstam as a special guest for its upcoming 10th Anniversary Gala, September 20. The gala will be at the Carolina Country Club, located at 2500 Glenwood Ave.

“We are honored and delighted to have Annika attend our inaugural gala,” said Brandon Baker, executive director of The First Tee of the Triangle. “She not only serves as a role model for the children at The First Tee, but she also embodies and believes in our core values that we have established and is a leader of our focus Nine Healthy Habits."

An iconic female golfer, Sörenstam has achieved 89 worldwide victories, including 72 on the LPGA, 10 of which are major championships. Often called “Ms. 59,” she is the only female to break 60 strokes in an official event. Sörenstam is also the first and only female to cross the $20 million mark for LPGA career earnings. She holds the records for Rolex Player of the Year awards (eight) and lowest scoring average in a season (68.6969 in 2004).

Sörenstam temporarily stepped down from competitive golf at the end of the 2008 season to pursue a family, the ANNIKA Foundation and the ANNIKA brand of businesses. She created the ANNIKA Foundation in 2007 to help children live a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition and to offer opportunities to aspiring youth golfers. The foundation recently collaborated with The First Tee and Florida Hospital for Children to develop The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits, a list of nine health and wellness topics to promote healthy, active lifestyles for young people.

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Wilson Staff Players Launch Retro Bags on Tour

(CHICAGO) - Tour stars including Padraig Harrington, Ricky Barnes and Kevin Streelman are set to unveil the new Wilson Staff Centennial Pro Tour bag to mark 100 years of outstanding Wilson Golf innovation – a period that has heralded an unrivalled number of Major victories with the company’s irons (61) and wedges (82).

The iconic red and white tour bag – which features the vintage Wilson Staff shield and retro branding – will be put into play this week by brand ambassadors on both the PGA and European Tours. Harrington, Streelman and Barnes will first showcase the special bag at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, while Paul Lawrie, Anthony Wall and newly-signed Marcel Siem will do the same at the Dubai Desert Classic.

“It’s an honor for me to represent the iron brand with more Majors, but it’s also an inspiration for me to add to the total Major wins,” said Streelman, who last year used his Wilson Staff FG Tour V2 irons and FG Tour TC wedges to champion the Tampa Bay Championship and finish runner-up in the prestigious Players’ Championship.

Wilson Staff’s tour stars will follow in the  footsteps of Major-winning legends of the game like Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead, who used variations of the famous red bag in the past and served as   advisory staff members throughout their careers.

“Wilson Golf has helped shape the game of golf with ground-breaking  products endorsed by some of the sport’s greatest players,” said Tim Clarke, General Manager for Wilson Golf. “Our star players of 2014 are  now looking forward to showing off the new Centennial bags on tour  and commemorating 100 years of heritage and innovation.”

The vintage logos and retro designs will also characterize several  exciting Wilson Staff products available for golfers to buy in the coming  months. The DUO – one of the nation’s fastest selling golf balls last  year and still the lowest compression option on the market – will come in a special retro pack with six individually gold-foil wrapped balls inside, designed to resemble the classic style from the 1950s.

Also featuring the special centennial branding will be Wilson Staff’s neXus carry bag – which has proven extremely popular since its launch in October last year – as well as a range of headwear,   headcovers, a towel and umbrella.

Kali Quick to Run Snake River Sporting Club Golf Program

(Jackson Hole, WY) - After nearly 40 years of golf course operations in Teton County, Jackson Hole now has its first female Head Golf Professional: Kali Quick has just been named Head Pro for Snake River Sporting Club effective January 6.

A native of Nampa, Idaho, Quick has played many roles in her career including golf team captain at Kansas State University.  She most recently held the position of First Assistant Golf Professional for Shooting Star where her roles included managing daily operations, retail purchasing and golf instruction.

When asked about this most recent addition to the Sporting Club management team, General Manager Jeff Heilbrun stated: “Kali is exactly the type of golf professional we were looking for to help grow the Club.  She has a wonderful reputation in the community and the professional background, enthusiasm and energy that will help build our golf program.”

Quick will be responsible for all facets of the golf program including merchandising, teaching, staff oversight and daily operations.

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Stable 26 Golf Socks for a Better Performance

(JANUARY) – The name – and founding philosophy – behind Stable 26 has its roots in the anatomy of the human foot. Housing 26 structural support bones, the foot is subject to countless injuries – especially for professional athletes. To fend off preventable injuries, Stable 26 socks were created to bridge the gap between athletes and their equipment, allowing for better fit, which ultimately leads to stronger stability and enhanced overall performance.

Founded by chiropractor Daryl Sherman, Stable 26 golf socks are made with silicone pads to customize fit for the individual wearer. Featuring contoured elastic arch support and a hand-linked seamless toe to reduce friction, Stable 26 technology eliminates negative space between a golfer's foot and his footgear, allowing for increased comfort, fit, and stability.

Designed with elite athletes in mind, Stable 26 offers quality Golf, Hockey, Ski and Running socks. Used by countless professionals, including official spokesperson Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Golf Coach Henry Brunton, Stable 26 socks allow your shoe, boot, or skate to do what it’s designed to do.

“I have had the opportunity to be fitted with a pair of Stable 26 specialty socks for golf and used them for several rounds. I am extremely impressed. They are more comfortable than the socks that I normally wear, but more importantly, there is a significant performance advantage with them. Stable 26 footgear for golf makes my shoes fit better. They give me more stability and confidence to swing my best,” said Brunton.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Go longer with Nike’s New VRS Covert 2.0 irons

Repositioned center of gravity and large face area deliver more distance, better feel

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) – “If it’s good enough, then we must make it better.” - Cindy Davis, President of Nike Golf.

That approach is rooted in every product crafted at The Oven, Nike Golf’s research and design facility, and the new VRS Covert 2.0 irons, available January 31, are no exception. Golf club engineers and designers built upon the performance benefits of the first generation of Covert irons and improved specific design elements in the 2014 model to make it easier for golfers to hit the ball farther and higher with superior stability and feel.

“What’s impressive about the VRS Covert 2.0 set is that golfers can be aggressive and confident with these irons,” says Chris Savage, Nike Golf Irons Innovation Engineer.  “This set utilizes our largest cavity and thinnest perimeter to deliver higher ball speed and greater distance.  We have also refined our leading edge bevel to make it easier for these irons to go through the turf. Throughout development, these irons have proven to be the best distance irons we have created to date.”

The Nike Golf club team shifted the center of gravity behind the center of the face, which provides a more solid impact where golfers hit the ball most, resulting in more distance with great feel. Nike’s club engineers also lowered the center of gravity by modifying the mass in the back of the club head and shifting that weight lower and more towards the toe for a higher and more stable ball flight.

A larger cavity in the VRS Covert 2.0 irons moves more metal to the perimeter of the club head and allows for a larger face, which amplifies the 'trampoline effect’ and produces more ball speed at impact. Coupled with a larger cavity, Nike’s proprietary NexCOR variable face thickness technology allows for greater ball speed off the face, resulting in more distance.

A new leading-edge bevel provides more sole area to hit through the turf. The design delivers an additional, effective bounce to the golf club, which is a crucial benefit especially in soft conditions.

The VRS Covert 2.0 irons feature Dynalite 105 steel and Kuro Kage graphite shafts with Golf Pride 2G wrap grips.

Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Irons
* Availability: January 31
* Specifications: 4-AW, SW, Dynalite 105: S/R (RH/LH); Kuro Kage Graphite: S/R (RH/LH)
* Street price: Steel: $700; Graphite: $800

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The Club at Ravenna Announces Stan Spraul as General Manager

(LITTLETON, Colo.) – The Club at Ravenna (, the luxury private community situated southwest of Denver, welcomes new General Manager Stan Spraul to its elite hospitality team.

Spraul joins Ravenna with nearly 25 years of management experience in the private golf club industry, most recently as General Manager at Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas.

“We are excited that Stan is leading the Ravenna team,” says Glenn Jacks, managing partner of the property. “His club-management expertise will enhance the enjoyment and fulfillment of our members and their guests.”

A Certified Club Manager (CCM), Spraul was the founding president of the Nevada Golf Course Owner’s Association as well as the founding director of the Nevada Golf Industry Alliance.

In his new role, Spraul directs the golf, food and beverage, grounds and clubhouse operations of the club, with a focus on delivering exceptional member experiences. He began his term officially this week.

At the epicenter of the Ravenna enclave stands the Jay Morrish-designed course, recently named among the top-50 “Best Residential Courses” in America by Golfweek. The dramatic 7,127-yard par 71 layout features large undulating greens, five tees for varied skill levels and views of Pike National Forest, the Denver skyline and Dakota Hogback.

“The moment I saw this course I knew it was special, the setting is surreal,” said Spraul.  “I look forward to working with the staff, ownership and membership to make Ravenna the best private club in Colorado.”

The property announced late last year it will break ground on a new Tuscan-style clubhouse this spring.  The current facility includes a golf pro shop, member dining room, outdoor patio, bar area and wine room, with weekly member events that range from live-entertainment socials to gala events.

Set in Waterton Canyon on 634 acres, Ravenna offers homes carrying Old World craftsmanship with custom stone fireplaces, wine cellars, media rooms and expansive verandas starting at $1.2 million, as well as customizable lots starting in the $200,000s.

Various levels of membership are available to - but not required of - home owners.  In addition to an active schedule of events, members and their families enjoy unlimited access to the golf course and practice range.

For golf and membership information: Amy Rome,, 866.255.6680.

For real estate information: Listing Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty Dale Schossow, 303.919.7176.

Total Golf Commerce Announces 2014 Fantasy Golf Challenge

(Charlotte, NC) - Total Golf Commerce, leaders in internet marketing solutions for the golf industry, is pleased to announce the 2014 Fantasy Golf Challenge presented by members have the ability to create their own private league and invite their friends and/or participate in the sitewide Fantasy Challenge.

"We created the Fantasy Golf Challenge as a way to bring even more passionate golfers to," said Chris Quinn, Total Golf Commerce COO and Managing Partner. "Our Fantasy Golf Challenge allows our members to remain competitive and challenge their friends while they are away from the course."

Each week challengers will select one golfer for a tournament from the field report supplied by the PGA Tour. They will earn dollars based on the money their selected golfer earns during a specific golf tournament. The total of all weekly money earned will be what determines challengers overall money earned.

During the 36-week season, there will be a weekly winner of a $40 Gift Certificate to that is given to the participant whose selected player earns the most money for that week's tournament.

The fantasy golf season is broken into three 12-week segments. There will be a segment winner of a new Driver from that is given to the participant who has the highest cumulative total of earnings for all selected players during the segment.

Gift certificates to and/or are given to the top 10 participants in the year to date standings. Total for all prizes approximately $2,000 in value.

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Cleveland Golf / Srixon Named Official Golf Ball, Wedge, Putter of Golf Channel Amateur Tour

(ORLANDO, Fla.) - Continuing to expand upon its relationship with Golf Channel, and coming off the recent announcement of being named GolfNow's first Official Loyalty Partner - Cleveland Golf / Srixon has been named the official golf ball, wedge and putter of the Golf Channel Amateur Tour - the largest amateur golf tour in North America.

Specifically, Cleveland Golf will serve as the official wedge and putter of the Am Tour, and Srixon will act as the official golf ball to the membership of more than 7,000 avid amateur golfers. In addition, Cleveland Golf / Srixon will provide Srixon golf balls to members of the Am Tour.

"Our commitment to expanding our partnership with Golf Channel and GolfNow speaks to the synergy between our brands, stemming from our collective passion to growing the game and dedication to helping golfers improve," said Todd Harman, president of Cleveland Golf / Srixon. "Our devotion to helping provide everyone with the opportunity to experience playing at their best and to continue to get better is in perfect alignment with what the Golf Channel Am Tour is all about."

"Golf Channel Am Tour members are highly competitive golfers, who are constantly searching for ways to get better. And Cleveland Golf / Srixon shares in our mission to assist golfers in reaching their goals, no matter their handicap or skill level," said Kenny Booth, senior director of events for Golf Channel. "Whether it is producing first-class golf experiences like the Am Tour or the highest-quality golf content for television, Golf Channel is committed to growing the game and partnering with progressive industry leaders that share in this goal."

The 2014 Golf Channel Am Tour season is already underway, and will culminate in Scottsdale, Ariz. with the National Championships, held at Grayhawk Golf Club and Talking Stick Golf Club September 9-18. Cleveland Golf / Srixon will also arrange to have its PGA TOUR staff players on site during the National Championship competition.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Product Review: Nike Golf Hyper Adapt Wind Jacket

Staying warm when the wind starts to howl is no issue ... just put on a sweater or coat. Problem solved. Same dilemma, but throw in the want/need to post a decent score on the golf course? Now we’re talking about possible trouble.

The Hyper Adapt Wind Jacket from Nike Golf has you covered.

No more worries about feeling constricted, because the half-zip Hyper Adapt jacket allows for a natural range of motion through 18 holes, while featuring a transparent nylon construction and stretch panels for protection against the elements. A mesh panel in back delivers breathability, while an adjustable hem creates a customized fit.

The body of the jacket is made from 100 percent nylon. The mesh is 100 percent polyester. Side zip pockets and windproof fabric make the Hyper Adapt jacket both practical and functional. Being from Nike Golf, you know it’s stylish.

You probably carry anywhere from $1,000-$2,000 of equipment and may have dropped an additional $50 on golf balls. Start griping about being cold with no jacket or - even worse - a jacket that restricts your swing, and your expensive equipment won’t stop your game from going south. When the wind begins to blow, you’ll appreciate the $100 you spent on the Hyper Adapt jacket.

Product Features
* Mock neck that zips up to the chin for warmth
* Mesh panel in back for ventilation
* Translucent fabric and contrast panels for style
* Adjustable hem and stretch cuffs for enhanced fit
* Bonded seams for reduced irritation and extra protection from the elements
* Stretch panels for wide range of motion

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Past, Present NGA Tour players Flood NEC Series

Fourteen 2013 NGA Tour Pro Series Members make the cut at NEC Series Sebring Qualifier

(Sebring, Fla.) - The second full season of the PGA Tour Latinoamerica season begins this year but first the newly titled NEC Series had to hold its stateside qualifier to determine the players for this season's tour. The qualifier, held at Sun N Lake Golf Club in Sebring, Fla. Jan. 21 through 25 (the event ran into Saturday due to frost delays and tee time issues), was the second of two qualifiers held by the NEC Series and the only one held in the United States.

Twenty full status memberships were handed out Saturday with another 31 earning conditional status. Among those earning full status onto this year's tour are 2013 NGA Tour Pro Series members Adam Long, Chase Narramore, Rick Cochran III, Erik Barnes, and Stephan Jaeger.

Long out of Lake St. Louis, Missouri finished in solo second while Narramore (Kingston, Tenn.) and Cochran (Paducah, Ken.) finished in a tie for 11th. Barnes (Cape Coral, Fla.) and Jaeger (Chattanooga, Tenn.) were tied for 16th. Cochran made news two years back by finishing in the final four of the Golf Channel's popular Big Break Greenbrier tv show. Narramore is known to NGA Tour fans as the 2012 Savannah Lakes Village Classic Champion in 2012. Jaeger joined the NGA Tour after a stellar collegiate career at UT Chattanooga where he earned All-Nicklaus Team Honors.

A couple of NGA Tour Winter Series members from this year also earned full status; Robert Rohanna (Naples, Fla.) T6 and Charlie Harrison (Atlanta, Ga.) T16. Rohanna grabbed a win on the Winter Series at Harmony Golf Preserve earlier this season. Other NGAers to earn full status were 2012 NGA Tour Pro Series member Peter Campbell, who earned medalist honors, 2012 NGA Tour participant Will Coleman, 2011 NGA Tour Pro Series member Diego Velasquez, 2013 NGA Tour players Andrew Mason and Sean Jacklin.

2014 NGA Tour Pro Series member and UC Davis star, Austin Graham out of Newport Beach, Cal., grabbed the top spot on the conditional membership list followed by 2013 NGA Carolina Series member Casey Johnson, and 2013 NGA Tour Pro Series members Kent Bulle, Paul Apyan, Michael Schachner, and Kevin Roy. 2009 NGA player Charlie Ford also finished near the top giving NGA alumni the top 7 conditional status spots. These seven should receive plenty of opportunities to compete on the NEC Series throughout the season.

Other NGA Tour alumni receiving conditional status include 2013, 2014 NGA Tour Pro Series member Mitchell Gregson (36th), 2012 NGA Tour Pro Series member Robbie Greenwell (39th), 2013 NGA Tour Pro Series members Barrett Kelpin (42nd), Kyle Morris (44th), Chase Carroll (46th), and Ben Klaus (50th). 2012 NGA Tour Pro Series member and 2010 US Amateur runner-up David Chung finished 43rd while 2009 NGA Tour player Bryan Bigley grabbed the last spot at 51st.

These 27 professionals join fellow NGA Tour alums who qualified onto the NEC Series a week earlier in Peru including 2013 NGA Tour Pro Series members James Vargas and Daniel Mazziotta, who both earned full status, and Eric Atsma, who earned conditional status.

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ASGCA President Rick Robbins, Fellow Members to Discuss Increase of '3 R's' at Golf Industry Show

'Trends in Contemporary Golf Course Architecture' presentation includes "renovation, restoration and resurfacing" and international projects

(BROOKFIELD, Wis.) - American Society of Golf Course Architects President Rick Robbins will lead a discussion highlighting the increase in "3 R's" projects in golf course design on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Fla. The session - and reports on renovation, restoration, and resurfacing - will be held in Room W311E of the Orange County (Fla.) Convention Center at 3:30 p.m.

Robbins will be joined by fellow presenters Lester George, ASGCA, Robert McNeil, ASGCA and Jason Straka, ASGCA. The discussion will serve as the annual "Trends in Contemporary Golf Course Architecture" session held each year as part of the Educational Conference at GIS.

Two other areas of growing industry concern are water conservation and Pace of Play. The "Trends" panel will provide examples in each area showing collaboration of ASGCA members working with golf course owners, managers and superintendents leading to improved outcomes.

A number of projects in these areas were highlighted in the 2013 ASGCA Design Excellence Recognition Program. Recognized projects will be discussed and detail provided. Other topics scheduled for the panel discussion include greater emphasis on practice facilities (especially short-game areas), designing for maintenance reduction and an international projects update.

For more information about ASGCA, including a current list of members, log on to the ASGCA website at or call (262) 786-5960.

Stallings Wins with Titleist from Tee-through-Green

Scott Stallings birdied his final hole to capture the Farmers Insurance Open by one shot over five players, including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Marc Leishman and Graham DeLaet … Stallings, who started the final day three shots off the lead, fired a final round 4-under par 68 en route to a 9-under par 279 victory total.

The win is the third of Stallings' PGA TOUR career and his third in four years … He previously won the 2011 Greenbrier Classic and 2012 True South Classic.

* Titleist Pro V1x golf ball
* Titleist 913D2 (8.5* loft) driver w/Aldila Rogue X
* Titleist 913F (15) fairway metal w/Aldila Rogue X
* Titleist AP2 714 (4-P) irons w/KBS Tour shafts
* Vokey Design SM5 gap (50), sand (54) and lob (58) wedges w/KBS Tour shafts
* Scotty Cameron Newport 2.6 putter

A Pro V1x loyalist, Stallings becomes the 8th player through the first 10 PGA TOUR events on the new 2013-14 wrap around schedule to win with a Titleist golf ball … The nearest competitor has one win … In addition to the Farmers Insurance Open, Titleist golf ball players have also won the SONY Open in Hawaii (Jimmy Walker), Hyundai Tournament of Champions (Zach Johnson), OHL Classic at Mayakoba, The McGladrey Classic, CIMB Classic, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (Webb Simpson) and Open (Jimmy Walker).

At the Farmers Insurance Open, Titleist topped the field in the golf ball (99/66%). iron (42/27%), wedge (166/43%) and putter (61/39%) categories.  The Titleist golf ball count (99) at the Farmers Insurance Open was more than five times the nearest competitor with 17.

Statistically, Stallings led the Farmers Insurance Open field in Strokes Gained – Putting at 2.794 … He was followed by rookie and fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Justin Thomas at 2.509 … Thomas finished T10 on the leaderboard, his highest finish on the PGA TOUR … In addition to finishing T2 on the leaderboard, Titleist Brand Ambassador Graham DeLaet relied upon his Pro V1x golf ball and 913D3 (7.5* loft) driver to finish 2nd in Driving Distance (302 ypd) … Marc Leishman, another player who trusted Titleist equipment from tee-through-green, tied for the lead among all players in Greens in Regulation at 77.78% (56 of 72) … DeLaet tied for 5th in the same category (72.2%/52 of 72).

Titleist full product line brand ambassadors have won 5 of the first 10 events of the year on the PGA TOUR, including: Jimmy Walker/ Open, SONY Open in Hawaii;  Webb Simpson/Shriners Hospitals for Children Open;  Zach Johnson/Hyundai Tournament of Champions; and Scott Stallings/Farmers Insurance Open.

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TaylorMade's Jessica Korda wins Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic

Wins Season-Opening Event with Tour Preferred Irons and adidas Golf Footwear and Apparel

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – With a final round 66 punctuated by a dramatic up and down on the 72nd hole, TaylorMade-adidas Golf Tour Staff professional Jessica Korda captured the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic with a one stroke victory in the LPGA Tour’s season opener. Korda, who entered the final round trailing the leaders by three strokes, caught fire on the front nine, carding five birdies in a seven hole stretch to make the turn in 32. Following a bogey on 15, she birdied 3 of the final four holes, capped off by a 6-footer on the final hole to secure the victory.

The win is Korda’s second career LPGA Tour victory, who played with the newly-released Tour Preferred MC Irons, SLDR Rescue, and wore adidas Golf puremotion apparel and adizero Sport II footwear.

With the win, Korda is projected to jump from 40th to 26th in the world rankings. She also earned 500 points in the season-long Race to the CME Globe.

In the Bag:
* R1 Driver
* RocketBallz Stage 2 18.5° Fairway
* SLDR Rescue 21.0°
* Tour Preferred MC Irons (4-PW)
* Tour Preferred X Golf Ball
* xFT Wedges (50° & 54°)
* adidas Golf puremotion apparel
* adidas Golf accessories
* adidas Golf Women's adizero Sport II footwear

Saturday, January 25, 2014

TaylorMade-adidas Golf Tour Staff Player Sergio Garcia wins Qatar Masters

Garcia Wins with TaylorMade SLDR Driver, Tour Preferred MC Irons and adidas Golf adizero one footwear

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – TaylorMade-adidas Golf Tour Staff Professional Sergio Garcia birdied six of the last 12 holes and won the Qatar Masters in a 3-hole playoff for his second victory in three events.

Sergio wore adidas Golf apparel and footwear and played a full bag of TaylorMade equipment including the SLDR driver.

On a week when TaylorMade staff professionals wore “Loft Up” hats, Sergio played his SLDR gamer a full degree of loft more than his previous driver to take advantage of the low-spinning performance of the club. Because of the low and forward design of SLDR, tour players across the world have been “lofting up” to achieve the desirable high launch and low spin performance off the tee. Sergio ranked No. 5 in driving distance averaging 299.6 yards and was one of 29 players in the Qatar Masters field who played a SLDR.

Known as one of the best ball strikers in the game, Sergio also hit 75% of his greens with his new Tour Preferred MC irons. This was the second time in three events Sergio has played and won with the MC irons, which combine a player’s shape with a shallow “muscle cavity” to boost MOI, creating an unparalleled blend of beauty, feel, workability and stability. The 3- through 7-iron incorporate TaylorMade’s renowned Speed Pocket technology to promote increased ball speed in the lower portion of the clubface for more consistent ball speed and launch conditions across the entire face.

Sergio also wore adidas Golf apparel and footwear including the new adizero one, which launched this week on Tour. The adizero one is the lightest cleated performance golf shoe in the adidas Golf footwear arsenal weighing less than 10 ounces. A visually appealing design that provides maximum performance features a unique center traction cleat utilizing CenTraXion technology for ultimate grip while maintaining stability throughout the swing.

The win represented the 11th European Tour title and Sergio’s 25th worldwide. He also won his final event of 2013, the Asian Tour's Thailand Golf Championship in Bangkok. Sergio is expected to move into the Official World Golf Ranking's top 10.

In Sergio’s Winning Bag:
* SLDR driver 9.5° (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana 100-x)
* SLDR fairway 15.5° (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana 100-x)
* SLDR fairway 18.5° (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana 100-x)
* Tour Preferred MC irons (3-PW)
* ATV wedges 50° & 58°
* Spider Mallet prototype putter
* Tour Preferred X golf ball
* adidas Golf Inertia glove
* adidas Golf apparel and accessories
* adidas Golf adizero one footwear

Friday, January 24, 2014

Loudmouth Golf Lands on the Green

Industry star, Dennis Green, joins Loudmouth Golf as new EVP-GM of sales & marketing

(Foster City, CA) - Loudmouth Golf is pleased to announce they have hired Dennis Green as the new EVP-GM of Sales and Marketing. Green will be leading the sales and marketing efforts in all channels including international wholesale, online and licensing. Green brings more than two decades of experience to Loudmouth Golf.

Dennis started his career in branding, sales and marketing 22+ years ago and has worked in the consumer and apparel industry ever since. Most recently he was the managing partner at Indexla, where he led branding and design efforts for several Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that, Green served as SVP of Global Product at Hurley, SVP of Global Creative for Disney Consumer Products, Director at Nike, and VP of Sales and Merchandising for Cherokee Apparel. In his various positions, Green was instrumental in increasing sales and profitability, as well as developing relationships with global retail chains and building world-class brands.

"Dennis has a wealth of knowledge and experience across all facets of the apparel and retail business," says CEO of Loudmouth Golf, Larry Jackson. "We are thrilled to have an industry pro of his caliber to launch Loudmouth to the next level."

"I am excited to be part of such a colorful and successful organization like Loudmouth," says EVP-GM of Loudmouth Golf, Dennis Green. "Loudmouth has brought an innovative design aspect to the golf industry, and I look forward to help driving that fun vision to a lifestyle brand."

Every employee at Loudmouth claims to be the best golfer; however, Dennis knows he makes for a killer caddie.

Veritas Golf Hitting It Big at 61st Merchandise Show

New putter company signs first accounts & even Donald Trump paid a visit to booth 800

(Flagler Beach, FL) - All it took was a live interview on The Golf Channel's Morning Drive to drive home the Cure Putters message: Veritas Golf has invented the game changer. Having Charlie Rymer and Deane Beman, former PGA TOUR Commissioner, co-inventor and now Vice President of Tour Relations for Veritas Golf, discuss the benefits of the world's first fully-adjustable putter caused a wave of traffic and is resulting in the company's first sales to green grass shops. Even Donald Trump stopped by to visit with Commissioner Beman and to see the virtues of the RX line of Cure Putters. Veritas launched The Cure RX1 and RX2 Putters at today the 61st PGA Merchandise Show.

Among the many new accounts opened today with Veritas Golf is Golf Fore Less of Hyannis, MA. Edward Czerwinski, owner of Golf Fore Less rolled the Cure RX2 putter for the first time at Demo Day on Tuesday and less than 24 hours later he was at the Veritas booth (#800) placing an order for his shop.

Said Mr. Czerwinski, "Based on my demo day experience the stability of the putter was amazing, the alignment was good and easy, and the distance control was repeatable." He continued, "For my customers this is going to reduce their three putts, and help on long putts. I'm going to sell a lot of these."

Thomas Wartelle bought two putters off the floor through the company's website, one for himself and one for his eight year-old son. "I felt the ease of alignment and adjustability would sell well for my members. For my son, and juniors at our clubs, being able to simply change out the shafts without having to buy new heads will provide tremendous value. Wartelle is Director of Golf at Jackson Kearney Group in Washington, LA.

Said Veritas CEO, James P. McCarthy, "We are like Cinderella at the ball. We know we have a revolutionary new putter, and the overwhelming reception so far confirms that we in fact have the game changer. He continued, "Even Donald Trump walked into the booth to get fit with the Commissioner earlier. We are thrilled with the early sales and looking forward to the rest of the golf world joining the revolution."

Some other notable clubs and shops signing on with Veritas Golf include:
• Sawgrass Country Club of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl
• Golf Shoes Plus of Fort Myers, Fl
• Trump International Golf Club, Rio Grande, PR

Founded by PGA Professional, Jeff Ryan, and partner Steve Davis, an architect with a scratch handicap, the Veritas Golf Company has invented what Beman has called "the most technologically advanced putters ever made." The first putter invented by Davis, the Cure Rx1 putter, represented a breakthrough in putter engineering from several perspectives. Based on the highest MOI face in the industry, adjustable lie angles, customizable weights, right or left hand adjustable, and a few others, Beman says "the Rx1 made every other putter obsolete."

Beman and Davis took that science-based philosophy one step further to develop the revolutionary Cure Rx2 Putter, which incorporates the eye-popping triangulation alignment system developed by Beman. This stunning new putter is simply easier to align than traditional linear alignment putters. The ball forms the "point" of a triangle with the two alignment discs on the heel and toe of the putter. This triangle can be easily, naturally and dependably aimed on the line of the putt. Combined with all the features of the RX1, the Cure Rx2 Putter Triangulation Alignment system is the cure for misalignment.

The Cure RX Putters are now available online through the Veritas Website (, and will be available at green grass and big-box stores immediately following the PGA Merchandise Show. The RX1 retails for $199 and the RX2 retails for $269.

About Veritas Golf Company: Veritas Golf is an engineering-based company, thinking outside the box and producing innovative golf equipment that is "Engineered To Perform."

Cure Putters can be found on the web at, on Facebook at and Twitter at @cureputters.

ClubSoft Simplifies CMAA Survey Participation by Integrating Club Benchmarking 'CB Link' Technology

(RALEIGH, NC) – ClubSoft North America announced today that it will be the first systems provider in the industry to make Club Benchmarking’s CB LinkTM technology available to its clients. ClubSoft clients will enjoy advanced functionality that makes it possible to submit data to Club Benchmarking and the CMAA survey with a click of an icon. The development teams from both companies worked together to integrate CB Link which can be accessed through an icon on the ClubSoft Office dashboard.

The relationship between ClubSoft and Club Benchmarking is a natural fit, grounded in the shared belief that universal adoption of the standardized chart of accounts and access to benchmark data via a centralized database are keys to the future health of the club industry.

“The last few years Private Club owners and board members have become more dependent on accurate financial data to run their organizations,“ said Ray McDonald, CEO of ClubSoft. “Our goal with this integration is to make it easy for our clients to participate and use data from the industry benchmarking experts. This allows CMAA’s professional managers to contribute to important industry research and to use facts to educate their Board and make fact based decisions.”

Club Benchmarking delivers external best practice business intelligence which assists club leaders in making informed and strategic decisions based on facts instead of opinions and ad-hoc data. Advancing the data-sharing technology through this collaboration will lead to a healthier club industry by streamlining the data reporting and collection process.

“We are intensely focused on providing managers, boards, and owners the best comparative data and intelligence in the industry,” said Club Benchmarking CEO & Co-Founder Ray Cronin. “The CB platform has delivered tremendous value to many hundreds of clubs and CB LinkTM is the next step in automating the important data sharing central to Club Benchmarking and the CMAA survey process. We are excited to have ClubSoft as our first partner in the effort to link club financial and MIS software to our database.”

Folds of Honor Appoints New Board Members at the 61st PGA Merchandise Show

Anheuser-Busch InBev, QuikTrip, Arthur J. Gallagher executives join foundation’s board

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The Folds of Honor Foundation appointed three new board members at its meeting during the 61st PGA Merchandise Show, including Chris Williams, vice president of national sales, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Chuck O’Dell, vice president of sales and marketing, QuikTrip, and Larry Pfeiffer, area executive vice president, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, and president of Gallagher Transportation Services.

“Our board members play a critical role in supporting our mission and allowing us to serve our nation’s military heroes and their families,” said Rooney. “We’re thrilled to have Chris, Chuck and Larry on our board to provide strategic vision and leadership as we continue on our mission to leave no families behind when it comes to education.”

Williams joined Anheuser-Busch InBev in 2001, serving in various lead sales positions before assuming his current role. Prior to joining the company, Williams worked in sales and marketing for the Stroh Brewery, Modelo Importing and Diageo. Williams earned his undergraduate degree at Kent State University and completed a company-sponsored executive MBA program at INSEAD and Wharton.

O’Dell has been with QuikTrip for 34 years, working his way from local assistant manager to vice president of sales and marketing. O’Dell oversees the corporate sales, marketing, production and distributing departments within the organization.

In addition to his position at Arthur J. Gallagher, Pfeiffer currently serves as the president of the Folds of Honor Foundation’s Kansas City Chapter. He also serves on the boards of the Alpha Xi Sigma Chi Educational Foundation and Sigma Chi Fraternity at the University of Kansas, where he earned his degree.

As of January 2014, more than 1.4 million dependents have been affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of these, 85 percent do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. To date, Folds of Honor has awarded more than 5,400 educational scholarships to the families of fallen or wounded soldiers. Individuals interested in contributing to the Folds of Honor, and those applying for scholarships should go to

About the Folds of Honor Foundation:
Folds of Honor Foundation was founded in May 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, a former F-16 Fighter Pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, PGA Professional, and USGA member. A decorated military pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, Major Rooney has served three combat tours in Iraq. It was after his second tour, while a passenger on a commercial flight, that he witnessed an event that would profoundly change his life. As the plane landed, the pilot announced, “Ladies and gentlemen, we have an American hero on board – Corporal Brock Bucklin. And his twin brother, Corporal Brad Bucklin, is accompanying him home from Iraq. As a sign of respect, please remain seated while Corporal Bucklin’s family receives him in his final homecoming.” Major Rooney watched through the window of the plane as the flag-draped casket was lowered. He saw a family waiting for Brock, and a little four-year old boy waiting for his father. This tragic homecoming inspired Major Rooney to create the Folds of Honor Foundation. That four-year old boy, Jacob, is the first Folds of Honor recipient of a Folds of Honor scholarship.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

SeeMore Introduces Three New Milled Putters in the mFGP Black Gunmetal Series

(Franklin, TN) - SeeMore Putter Company introduced three new milled putters in the mFGP cs black gunmetal series:
• The new mFGP cs is a slightly smaller version of the classic FGP.
• The new mFGP Deep Flange is again a new variation on the classic FGP with the profile of a smaller mallet.
• The new mFGP HT Mallet is also inspired by the classic FGP design but in a dramatic new mallet shape.

The new line extensions along with other exciting new putters in the Precision Tour Milled line and milled zSeries and milled Private Reserve line are featured at this weeks PGA Merchandise Show, SeeMore booth #707, and at the demo day at Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge.

SeeMore Putter Institute
SeeMore has launched the SeeMore Putting system to golfers in the form of introducing the SeeMore Putter Institute (SPi), where golfers and instructors will be able to come together in person and online to share these fundamental ideas about how to improve putting performance.

Pat O'Brien (SeeMore's Global Ambassador) will be attending clinics Friday morning, for SPi and prospective SPi instructors. Call SeeMore to inquire - 800-985-8170 or email at O'Brien is PGA Tour Ambassador who has had his students win more than 10 times on the PGA Tour using SeeMore putters, including the 2007 Masters.

Also SeeMore PGA Tour Instructor Ted Gallina will be conducting clinics, as well as SeeMore Lead SPI instructor Cody Hale. Clinics will be scheduled throughout the show, as well as the demo day.

You can begin your SPi Certification online at or start the process at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show. SeeMore will be offering 75-minute PGA Show SPi Seminar sessions at booth 707. To schedule an appointment for your certifications, email

Becoming SPi Certified will help golf teachers formulate a complete teaching plan to help their existing students and recruit new students to become great putters using the SeeMore system that has won 2 Major Championships and set numerous putting records on the PGA Tour. It is a complete game plan, which will give any golf instructor a new level of confidence in the proper teaching and fitting involved in putting instruction. Becoming certified to teach the system initially consists of online training, but also includes personal coaching.

RST Technology SeeMore's patented RST, known by a visible gun sight on the top line, allows the golfer to set up the putter perfectly each and every time in relation to the intended target line. This is accomplished by lining up the black bottom portion of the shaft between two white lines and covering a signature red dot on the heel of the top line. The process is like locking radar onto a target. The two parallel white sight lines frame the shaft and serve as an indicator that the golfer is in perfect position to make a consistent and reliable stroke.

SeeMore Facts SeeMore originally became recognized when Payne Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open playing a SeeMore putter in the greatest final round putting performance in US Open History. The brand was re-launched in 2007, and immediately regained worldwide prominence as Zach Johnson used a SeeMore FGP to win the 2007 Masters. SeeMore's website at and has many new features about SeeMore's remarkable legacy, technology, and tour success. SeeMore putters are custom made in Franklin, TN.

Justin Golf Debuts New Premium Footwear Collection at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show

(FORT WORTH, TEXAS) - Justin Golf - from the makers of fine footwear since 1879, Justin Boots - is debuting its inaugural stand-alone collection of premium men's golf footwear at the PGA Merchandise Show, booth #6290, through Jan. 24, at The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla. Tradition makes a comeback with this luxury line which boasts two distinct styles of select shoes and boots in exotic and non-exotic leathers, retailing between $400 and $850. Each delivers the proven comfort, performance and classic styling that is synonymous with the Justin name.

Heading into the PGA Merchandise Show, Justin Golf is pleased to have the support of PGA Tour member J.J. Henry: "I am excited to welcome a time-honored brand with a history of making great footwear to the golf industry. The handcrafted Justin Golf shoe combines the best of comfort without compromising a classic look. I am proud to be associated with the long-standing tradition of the Justin brand."

Show attendees can experience the new high-end footwear firsthand at the PGA Merchandise Show, and Justin Golf executives will be available to speak with PGA professionals, industry leaders, retailers and media about the collection's launch, growing retail partnerships and products, as well as the Justin golf heritage.

"Synonymous with quality leather footwear since 1879, Justin Boots has a history of handcrafting fine golf footwear that dates back to 1930 and because of this history, we're honored to launch the Justin Golf collection today," said Randy Watson, CEO, Justin Brands, Inc. "We're proud to return to our golf heritage and introduce a unique selection of footwear that pays tribute to the timeless, competitive and stylish spirit of the game."

Essential to everyday use on the course, Justin Golf offers the perfect blend of classic styling that honors golf traditions while incorporating comfort technology. Each pair is carefully handcrafted to address the stability, traction and comfort demands of today's golfer with modern innovations that include:
• Leather-covered cushion footbed featuring Justin Boots' patented J-Flex Comfort System for increased flexibility
• Perforated leather lining for increased breathability
• Padded tongue and collar to reduce rubbing across the top of the foot
• ¼-inch thick, oil-impregnated leather outsole for increased water resistance and stability
• Authentic Goodyear welted construction and stacked leather heel for exceptional durability
• Softspikes replaceable spikes, including a 12th spike for extra traction and stability
• Rich, grade-A calfskin leathers
• Beautiful hand-selected exotic leathers
• Perforated and pinked detailing for a luxurious finish

"The PGA Merchandise Show is the ideal setting to introduce the new Justin Golf collection to the world," said Brent Thaxton, account executive, Justin Golf. Thaxton joins the company with 20 years of experience as a golf club professional, and has been a PGA member for the last 16 years. "We anticipate our longstanding reputation in the footwear industry combined with the distinctive selections of the Justin Golf line will generate excitement at this year's show."

The collection of high-end Justin Golf shoes and boots are available in exotic and non-exotic leathers with a range of classic colors in solids or saddle styles. For more about the line of Justin Golf footwear, visit

Stable 26 Socks Promise Athletes Better Fit for a Better Performance

The name - and founding philosophy - behind Stable 26 has its roots in the anatomy of the human foot. Housing 26 structural support bones, the foot is subject to countless injuries - especially for professional athletes. As a chiropractor, founder Dr. Daryl Sherman understands how injuries come about, and the importance of wearing quality footgear to reduce foot trauma. Having worked with countless professional athletes throughout the course of his career, Sherman created Stable 26 to bridge the gap between athletes and their equipment, allowing for better fit, stability and overall comfort.

Using only the most durable and breathable products, Sherman's socks are made with ergonomic nylon and silicone pads for added arch support, reduced friction and maximum ventilation. "With all the added pressure to perform, athletes shouldn't have to worry about their footgear. It's simple science, and it works," said Sherman.

Designed with elite athletes in mind, Stable 26 offers quality Golf, Hockey, Ski and Running socks. Used by countless professionals, including official spokesperson Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Golf Coach Henry Brunton, Stable 26 socks allow your shoe, boot, or skate to do what it's designed to do.

"I have had the opportunity to be fitted with a pair of Stable 26 specialty socks for golf and used them for several rounds. I am extremely impressed. They are more comfortable than the socks that I normally wear, but more importantly, there is a significant performance advantage with them. Stable 26 footgear for golf makes my shoes fit better. They give me more stability and confidence to swing my best," said Brunton.

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PING launches hot-faced, multi-metal Rapture 3-wood as driver alternative

(PHOENIX) – PING unveiled the 13-degree Rapture 3-wood for golfers looking for a versatile driver alternative or hotter-faced 3-wood. The multi-material, adjustable design combines a Ti 8-1-1 titanium body, high-strength beta-titanium face and dense tungsten sole plate for increased ball speed and lowered spin, leading to more distance and accuracy.

The Rapture 3-wood is now available for pre-ordering from PING-authorized golf shops.

“The weighting properties of titanium and tungsten provide our engineers a lot of opportunities to improve performance,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “The high-strength beta-titanium material allowed us to really focus on creating a hotter face that yields ball speeds and distance unlike any we’ve seen in fairway woods. The tungsten positions the weight extremely low so we can optimize the CG position. It has a taller face and deeper head profile, so golfers will have complete confidence with the Rapture. We think golfers will really appreciate this unique combination of technology to improve their performance. It’s extremely long off the tee. We’re excited to get it in golfers’ hands.”

A tall, extreme-variable-thickness face made of high-strength beta titanium (30% stronger than standard titanium) enlarges the hitting surface for increased forgiveness while accelerating ball speed to generate distance. Almost 25% of head mass is isolated in the tungsten sole plate, which positions the CG much lower in the Ti 8-1-1 head, further improving energy transfer for higher ball speed and less spin. The matte-black 219cc head has a deep profile for inspiring confidence. The standard 13 degrees of loft can easily be adjusted plus or minus ½ degree using PING’s Trajectory Tuning technology. The lightweight adjustable hosel has the same outer diameter and mass of PING’s traditional fixed hosels and provides the benefits of adjustability without sacrificing the performance that’s often lost in clubs with larger hosel designs.

PING’s proprietary TFC 949 graphite shaft promotes an increase in momentum and inertia for improved energy transfer, resulting in faster ball speeds and greater distance. Solheim said his company’s unique high-balance-point shafts have been key contributors to maximizing performance in its drivers and fairway woods. “In the TFC 949, for example, its high balance point enabled us to engineer a standard length of 43½ inches while increasing the mass of the head. With the same amount of effort, the golfer will be able to deliver a lot more power.”

Technical specifications:
- Cast Ti 8-1-1, 13º head
- High-strength, extreme variable-thickness SSAT2041 beta titanium face
- Metal injection-molded tungsten sole plate
- Lightweight Trajectory Tuning Technology hosel (loft adjustable plus/minus ½º)
- Matte-black crown finish eliminates glare to improve focus
- Standard length: 43½ inches
- Stock graphite shaft: TFC 949 (R, S, X flexes) with chrome PVD finish
- U.S. MSRP: $495

Bobby Jones Spring Collection Makes Debut on Tour this Week

Thompson, Putnam, Kisner and Rollins to Sport New Bobby Jones Look During 2014 PGA TOUR Season

(Bordentown, NJ) — Bobby Jones, celebrating the iconic apparel brand’s 25th anniversary in 2014, announced today that PGA TOUR players Kevin Kisner (2-time Tour champion), Michael Putnam (2013 Tour Player of the Year), John Rollins (3-time PGA TOUR champion) and Michael Thompson (Winner of 2013 Honda Classic) would proudly showcase the brand’s 2014 Spring Collection in competition this year.

Kisner, Putnam and Rollins will make their debut in Bobby Jones’ finely crafted, stylish apparel at the 2014 Humana Challenge at PGA West in La Quinta, CA this week.  Thompson, coming off the best PGA TOUR season of his career (including a victory at the Honda Classic), will put the new Bobby Jones collection into play for the first time at the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA, beginning January 23.   Bobby Jones 2014 Tour Team will wear the brand’s full range of on-course apparel including the new XH20 Performance collection shirts (designed to keep golfers cooler and drier throughout the day due to its patented moisture management system), signature luxurious cotton knit polos, premium sweaters and pants.

“In 2014, we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Bobby Jones brand and we do so with our best PGA TOUR presence ever,” said Andy Bell, President/CEO of Jones Global Sports. “This team represents the cross-generational appeal of our brand with rising stars and Tour veterans that see our products as an asset to competing at the highest level in golf and looking their best doing it.”

For a quarter century, Bobby Jones has provided luxury men’s and women’s sportswear, including polo shirts, button downs, shorts, slacks and sweaters/knits to demanding consumers looking to exude a classy, cool confidence on and off the course.  The Bobby Jones brand can be found at the finest golf clubs, resorts and haberdasheries in the world.  For more information on the Bobby Jones brand, visit

LINKS Magazine – 10 Best Animal Nicknames in Golf

(Hilton Head Island, S.C.) - Jack Nicklaus, the greatest golfer of all time, has long been known as the “Golden Bear” for his blond locks, hefty build, and ability to terrorize golf courses—at least in his prime.

It turns out Jack isn’t the only beast in golf’s menagerie and that the game is crawling with critters. This Friday—while the PGA Tour plays the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, home of the world-famous San Diego Zoo — LINKS Magazine will debut its picks for the top-10 animal nicknames in the game.

Every week, the website of LINKS—the freshest and most exciting magazine in golf—presents an original top-10 list. Sometimes it chooses great courses, other times it’s great players or the best golf-vacation options at that moment. And then there are times when the editors can’t resist having some fun with the greatest game of all.

Among the other creatures joining the Golden Bear are “The Duck,” “Pink Panther,” “Hawk,” even “Shrek.” Don’t know who those are? LINKS Magazine’s editors will tell you who as well as why some of golf’s greatest players acquired their ferocious sobriquets.

“The 10 Best Animal Nicknames in Golf” list will appear exclusively on the LINKS Magazine website ( Also on the website are descriptions of more than 350 of the greatest golf courses in the world, profiles, travel features, equipment reviews, and much more, including the greatest photography that the game has to offer.

Nike Golf Introduces New VRS Covert 2.0 Hybrids with its Linear Transition Design

Progressive head size and face profiles provide more forgiveness and shot-making precision where golfers need it most

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) – To kick-start the creation of Nike Golf’s new line of hybrids, Nike Golf engineers re-examined the range of metal woods that golfers have in their bags. From drivers to fairway woods, the club heads decrease in size – and they followed that same strategy with the new range of VRS Covert 2.0 hybrids, available at retail on January 31.

Tapping into what the engineers at The Oven call “Linear Transition Design”, the club team crafted the VRS Covert 2.0 hybrids with progressively smaller head sizes as loft increases, while increasing the face height on each model. The #2 and #3 hybrids, with larger heads, perform more like fairway woods to advance the ball, while the #4 and #5 hybrids are utilized for approach shots toward the green.

Both the VRS Covert 2.0 Tour and VRS Covert 2.0 hybrids feature a Fly-Brace reinforced High-Speed Cavity back design for longer and straighter shots. The cavity back design improves the moment of inertia and also helps to stiffen the back of the golf club and improve the energy transfer across the club face.

“With the new VRS Covert 2.0 hybrids, the longer the shot, the more forgiving the club,” says Tony Dabbs, Nike Golf Global Product Director, Golf Clubs. “When we looked at it, we realized it makes more sense, especially with a #2 and #3 hybrid, to produce ball flight that is more similar to a fairway wood. As the line progresses, the heads get smaller, and the #4 and #5 hybrids are designed to hit the green with a little higher trajectory and more shot-making precision.”

In addition to the VRS Covert 2.0, the VRS Covert 2.0 Tour hybrids feature Nike’s patented FlexLoft technology, a simple pull, turn, push-and-tighten adjustment system that allows golfers to choose their loft and face angle independently of each other, providing more range and versatility in the bag. NexCOR face technology, which incorporates variable face thickness for a faster, hotter face, results in more speed at impact.

The second generation of Mitsubishi Rayon’s Kuro Kage graphite shafts are the standard graphite shaft option for both models.  In the VRS Covert 2.0 Tour, the Kuro Kage Silver 80 graphite shaft creates more stability and lower spin.  The VRS Covert 2.0 utilizes the Kuro Kage Black HBP Graphite 70 shaft, featuring a higher balance point to allow for higher swing speeds without adding shaft length.

Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour Hybrids
Availability: January 31
Specifications: 3H: 17°-21° (RH/LH), 5H: 21°-25° (RH/LH)
Kuro Kage Silver 80 Shaft: R, S
Street Price: $229

Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Hybrids
Availability: January 31
Specifications: 2H: 17° (RH), 3H: 20° (RH/LH), 4H: 23° (RH/LH), 5H: 26° (RH)
Kuro Kage Black HBP 70 Shaft: A, R, S, X, W
Street Price: $179

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GolfRz Mobile App Rewards Golfers with Points

Novel GolfRz Mobile App Rewards Golfers with Points for Frequent Play, Purchases and More to Redeem on Vacations, Gifts and Free Rounds

(Clive, Iowa) - A round of golf just got more rewarding thanks to GolfRz, an innovative mobile app for golfers who will be able to earn credits towards valuable vacation packages, cruises, gift cards, a dozen golf balls and free rounds as they accrue points from frequent play at courses in the U.S. and share information via social media.

“Today, consumers are accustomed to earning points or rewards for travel, shopping, dining out and all manner of loyalty programs,” said Dustin Hemesath, GolfRz creator and founder of parent company Golf  Challenges LLC.  “We decided that golfers should be able to take advantage of playing frequent rounds at their home or different courses and by doing so earn redeemable credits.  GolfRz puts a unique twist on most loyalty programs as it’s designed to reward users not for actual dollars spent on playing but for the activities golfers do while they’re on the course.  Our goal is to drive more traffic to golf courses by providing a fun, social and rewarding platform for golfers to share their golf experiences.”

GolfRz is a free download available in the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store.  Tee it up at five, 10 or 25 different courses and point totals quickly increase.  Credits also accrue for simply checking in at a course, inviting friends to join GolfRz, using and sharing the scorecard functions on social media, sharing one of the many GolfRz deals on social media and more.

“As GolfRz attracts users online, we will add more rewards and deals, including VIP passes to golf tournaments and events,” confirms Hemesath, who expects GolfRz to quickly become a very popular golf app.

For more information about GolfRz, visit, e-mail or call (877) 818-0038.