Monday, February 29, 2016

Lydia Ko Explores the Central Florida Swamps with VICE Sports in a New Episode of 'Off Day'

In the latest episode of Off Day presented by Callaway, VICE Sports goes alligator spotting in the Central Florida swamps with the world's #1 ranked female golfer   

(BROOKLYN, NY) - VICE Sports today premieres the latest episode of Off Day featuring golf sensation Lydia Ko. At 18 years old, Lydia is the youngest golfer of either sex to ever be ranked #1 in the world. Between practice, school, and more practice Ko doesn't get much time off, so VICE Sports jumped at the chance to explore Florida with Lydia during one of her rare moments of downtime.

Presented by Callaway, this episode of Off Day finds Lydia heading out into the swamps of Central Florida with VICE Sports after hitting a few balls on the range. Joined by her friends on an airboat, Lydia spends the day spotting alligators and facing her fear of reptiles. Along the way, she opens up about the challenges of keeping up the active social life of a teenager while also maintaining the rigorous practice schedule of a top-ranked golfer.

VICE Sports' long-running Off Day series follows athletes off the field and explores the entertaining and bizarre ways our favorite athletes use their limited free time. The series gets a unique look at who our favorite athletes really are when they’re not under the glare of the stadium's lights. Earlier this month, VICE Sports caught up with golfer Andres Gonzales, sharing a few pitchers of beer at his favorite local haunt and finding out what it's like to be one of the most outlandish golfers on the PGA Tour.

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Antigua Announces 2016 Windshirts

(PEORIA, AZ) - The Antigua Group, Inc. announces its Antigua Windshirts for 2016. The Spring '16 direction for Antigua's men's fashion golfwear directly reflects current trends taking shape in fashion, from couture to ready-to-wear.

"Antigua's expanded its windshirt category for the Spring '16 collection," says Sean Gregg, Vice President of Product Development and Marketing Support. "We've developed styles that appeal to various needs and demographics, alike. Interlock knits lined with a brushed tricot mesh knit are bonded together with a water-resistant membrane, for comfort and wind protection."

- Element Vest (right) takes the irregular heather knit pattern from self-collar polo style Element, and is the surface fabric making up the three-layer bonded vest. Contrasted simply by a solid inset at the top shoulder, this is a stylish and functional added layer of warmth.

- Coup (left) is a refreshing update to the short-sleeve windshirt. Using multiple colors of fabric, zipper pocket and placket trim, the quarter-zip, short-sleeve pullover windshirt has been established as an every season wind wear staple. As the trend dictates that short sleeves no longer encroach on the wearer's elbow, Coup accommodates the trend by allowing freer mobility.

- Paragon (center) is a fresh addition to previous successes in Antigua's windwear lineup. This virtual shell styling utilizes the multi-layer fabric developed for Element Vest and Coup, and is interpreted as a raglan sleeved quarter-zip, color-blocked windshirt. Updated detailing comes in the form of color blocking, as the sleeves share the twisted neutral heathers seen throughout the collection and is offset by the primary colors that represent the garment's body. The fabric's stretch allows for comfortable movement while simultaneously insulating the golfer.

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Tour Edge Rally Wedge Designed for Exceptional Versatility

(Batavia, IL) – Tour Edge Golf introduces the new Rally wedge designed to give players the freedom to be creative around  the greens. If an approach shot leaves you with a challenging up-and-down, the Rally wedge will get you back to the green, no matter what kind of lie you have.

Tour Edge engineers took great care in formulating the shape of the Rally wedge. The Rally’s high-toe allows players to open the head for high, soft-landing flop shots. The cambered sole is more rounded for minimal turf interaction regardless of lie conditions. Maximizing versatility, the concave flange incorporates a medium bounce angle for any turf or sand conditions.

The Rally wedge is available in KBS Tour Black Nickel shafts, $79.99, and UST Mamiya Recoil shafts, $99.99, standard with a Lamkin UTx grip. Featuring four lofts: 54° with 13° of bounce, 56° with 13° of bounce, 58° with 10° of bounce, and 60° with 10° of bounce. Left hand is available in 56 and 60 degree models. All Rally wedges are 35.25” in shaft length with a 64° lie. 

Every Tour Edge club comes with a lifetime warranty and a 30-day play guarantee.

For more information, call (800) 515-3343 or visit

PGA Catalunya Resort Expands Property Rental Portfolio, as Stay-and-Play Visitors increase by 30%

(Girona, Spain) - PGA Catalunya Resort, near Barcelona, Spain, has expanded its property rental portfolio for golfers wishing to stay on-site at the European Tour Destination, after seeing visitor demand increase by 30% over the last two years.

Significantly, visitors from the Nordic countries made up the largest group of holidaymakers who preferred to rent at the Costa Brava resort in 2015, accounting for 40% of the total occupancy, while 25% were from the UK, followed closely by France with 20%.

Since the low-density development first took shape in 2011, the resort which hosted the 2014 Open de España has enhanced its portfolio of rental properties by over 70% to include a larger mix of luxurious family houses, golf-fronted semi-detached villas, as well as exclusive apartments adjacent to the clubhouse, overlooking the 18th green of the critically acclaimed Stadium Course.

David Plana, CEO of PGA Catalunya Resort, commented: “With each property offering stunning vistas, comfort and the utmost in luxury, the demand from visiting European golfers has been very high, and is a trend we believe will continue in 2016.

“By making more guest villas, townhouses and apartments available, we are now in a position to offer more golfers the convenience of luxury stay-and-play holidays, supported by PGA Catalunya Resort’s extensive award-winning facilities.”

Every home type offers contemporary architectural design, high-specification interiors and large Mediterranean-style terraces which enable resident golfers to enjoy views over fairways, mature forests and the Montseny Mountains.

Marcus Brown, a regular visitor to the home of Spain’s No.1 golf course* and chairman of the Board of the PGA of Denmark, added: “One of the main reasons I stay at PGA Catalunya Resort is that I want to be on site with my clients 24/7, and have the opportunity to play and practice all day long.

“The close proximity of the apartments to both the Stadium and Tour courses makes it hugely convenient and delivers a fantastic experience. Also, the booking process and customer service offered by the resort’s reservations department could not be better, and this is why I return year after year. “

Visiting golfers benefit from 24-hour security and full management and concierge services that ensure all  aspects of a golfer’s stay are taken care of. These include airport transfers, food hamper deliveries, beach club access, babysitting, restaurant and theatre reservations, as well as ski arrangements during winter months in the nearby Pyrenees.

Less than an hour’s drive from the vibrant city of Barcelona and only 20 minutes from the Michelin-starred restaurants of Girona, the 36-hole resort has consistently ranked among the 10 best European golf venues since it opened in 1999, attracting discerning golfers, international elite amateur teams and professionals, as well as major international events, including three Spanish Opens, the 1999 Sarazen World Open and European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage events since 2008.

For additional information about PGA Catalunya Resort and its property rentals, visit

Lexi Thompson Dominates with New KING Driver in the Bag

(CARLSBAD, CA) – COBRA PUMA GOLF athlete Lexi Thompson became the first American to win the Honda LPGA Thailand in the event’s 10-year history. Thompson, who finished with a six shot lead, her largest margin of victory as a pro, put a new KING LTD Driver in play for the first time this week and it certainly paid off. With her victory, Thompson moves to number three in the Rolex Rankings, becoming the top ranked American in the world.

“I’m using the new COBRA KING LTD Driver this week, and it’s worked out pretty well thus far,” Thompson said. “I’ve been working with the COBRA team for a few months, trying to find the right shaft and settings for me. I think we’ve found something that I’m very comfortable with.”

Thompson relied on her COBRA Golf equipment to help fuel her excellent play and ultimately her win. Her bag includes the all-new KING LTD Driver, just one of a family of products COBRA Golf recently released trumpeting the legendary KING name. Fueled by research in space, the KING LTD driver features a revolutionary SpacePort design that allowed COBRA engineers to strategically position the Center of Gravity delivering the lowest CG driver the company has ever made.

Details of the COBRA Golf Clubs in Thompson’s bag:
- Driver: KING LTD DRIVER 8.5 | Fujikura 661 Evolution S
- 3 Wood: KING LTD 3wd 13° Lexi Stripe | Graphite Design GPs
- Hybrid: FLY-Z 2/3 in Black | Aldila Green NV 85 Stiff
- Irons: Cobra S2 Forged irons 4-PW | Rifle Project X 5.0 shafts
- Wedges: Tour Trusty | 50°, 55°, 60°

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Throughout the week Thompson donned apparel, footwear and accessories from PUMA Golf’s 2016 Spring/Summer collection. For more information on PUMA Golf’s entire product line, visit

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Introducing L2 Putters

Just stumbled upon L2 Putters. If you're not familiar, The Gulf States PGA named them one of the Best Putters for 2016. Check out the video HERE.

Here's a little about the company:
Breaking into the golf market is a difficult task for the small business. We have always believed that a great idea, followed by a quality product, at a reasonable price, can accomplish this. We have also understood that a passion for our goals that is founded in patient enthusiasm, will not be denied. It is because of  these beliefs that LATERAL LINE LLC. is reaching a level of technology and popularity, in the field of golf and specifically on the putting green, that is causing golfers to "try something different."

We combine emerging technology with high quality standards to bring the best possible product to our customers. Our business is built on a foundation of strength through satisfied customers. We are honored that more than half of our business is through referrals. We commit to bring to our  L2 Lateral Line patrons, a personal level of service and commitment that can only be found in a company based on a vision for a revolutionary product, and an enjoyment in its presentation.

Our company was founded in 2007 and has been growing ever since. It began with the notion that facing the hole to putt a ball made the most sense, but in order to be successful with this idea would require a putter designed to do more of the work than previous putters have been able to do. With the help of skilled computer graphics designers headed by Don Lee, a Pittsburg native and well known Graphics designer, we were able to create the L2 head design that maximizes what would be viewed as an abnormal head weight. Upon completion of the L2 head, the L2 pendulum machine was assembled to demonstrate the pure motion of a pendulum as it stroked the perfect putter.

Check out product videos HERE.

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Dynamic Brands Announces Top Sales Representatives for 2015

(Richmond, VA) - Dynamic Brands, parent company of Bag Boy, Datrek and Devant Sport Towels, announced a select group of recipients of the 2015 Sales Representatives of the Year awards.

Ollie Hallet, a Dynamic Brands sales representative residing in Massachusetts and covering the New England territory, was awarded the Bag Boy/Datrek Rep of the Year award. Hallet experienced a fantastic year with overall territory growth and finished the year with the most accounts sold, active account distribution and highest cart sales volume.  Hallet has represented all Dynamic Brands golf lines since 2002.

Chuck Berkeley, a Dynamic Brands sales representative residing in Washington and covering the Washington and Northern Idaho territory, was awarded with the Datrek Rep of the Year award with sales and growth exceeding double digits compared to prior year. Berkeley has been with Dynamic Brands since 1999 supporting all golf lines.

Ron Holeman, a sales representative residing in Southern California and covering the Central California, Desert and Las Vegas areas for Dynamic Brands, was awarded the Bag Boy/Datrek Volume Leader of the Year. Holeman led the way in total volume and topped sales in the Datrek golf bags and Bag Boy travel cover categories. Holeman has been with Bag Boy for over 30 years.

For Devant Sport Towels, it was a two-way tie for the Sales Rep of the Year award, between Dee Dee Wilson Krason of Hawaii and Scott Stiles of Florida. Krason has been with Devant since 2012 and has been in the golf business for over 25 years. Devant sales grew in the Aloha State, thanks to Krason, with double digit account distribution. Scott Stiles covers the Northwest Florida territory for Devant. Stiles has been a Devant rep since 2007, and his territory also grew double digits while adding over 35 new accounts to his distribution.

Dave Wormwood of South Carolina, covering the Carolinas for Devant Sport Towels was awarded Volume Leader of the Year by leading the Devant team in sales. Wormwood has been with Devant over 30 years.

"In 2015, we had an impressive number of sales representatives that experienced territory growth, 22 reps in all, as a result of their hard work and dedication," stated Craig Ramsbottom, President of Dynamic Brands, "We would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank these sales reps for their outstanding efforts. Thanks to Ollie, Chuck, Ron, Dee Dee, Scott, Dave and our entire sales force, we continue to lead the industry in carts, bags, travel covers and towels."

For more information, visit

Friday, February 26, 2016

Golf Course Superintendents vs. Weeds

Take a little look at what superintendents battle to provide beautiful playing conditions. This article appeared in the February issue of Golf Course Industry magazine.

Constant Pressure

Weeds seem to endure your best efforts to suppress them. Experts advise what to look for this year and offer the best weed control and resistance management strategies.

February 9, 2016
Rob Thomas

British author A.A. Milne once says, “Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.” But who wants to get to know them? Certainly not golf course superintendents.

Fortunately for those charged with maintaining impeccable playing surfaces, labs and research facilities are filled with people learning everything there is to know about these wild, unwanted plants.

Zac Reicher, a green solutions specialist at Bayer Environmental Science, for instance, has been studying turfgrass and weeds for more than 34 years. Taking a look at cool-season golf course grasses, specifically, he says annual bluegrass always ranks at the top of the list for weeds, but has plenty of company. Goosegrass is “problematic” in the Transition Zone, but seems to be spreading more into the North and white clover is common in cool-season fairways and roughs.

“Weed control in no-mow roughs or natural areas is becoming problematic,” Reicher says. “Canada thistle, milkweed, and other agricultural weeds are common since mowing is not used as a primary control method.

Read the entire article HERE.

Swing Thought Tour Returns to News Sentinel Open in Knoxville News Sentinel Open event exemption awarded to Swing Thought Tour for 2016

(Myrtle Beach, S.C.) –The Swing Thought Tour announces today that the Tour’s News Sentinel Open has once again granted an exemption to the Swing Thought Tour for the 2016 season. The 2016 event will mark the six year in a row Swing Thought has been granted exemption into the long-standing event.

“Providing our players with the best opportunities in order to help reach their ultimate goals is what we focus on and do,” stated Swing Thought Tour president Robin L. Waters, PGA. “The News Sentinel Open is another great opportunity for our players to compete in and get them one step closer to where they want to be. We couldn’t be more thankful for the News Sentinel Open’s generous opportunity for our players.”

The News Sentinel Open has long been a stepping-stone for former Swing Thought Tour players in realizing their dream of playing on the PGA Tour. Past champions include Swing Thought Tour alumni Vaughn Taylor, Chris Kirk, Heath Slocum, Robin Freeman, Eric Johnson, and Tim Conley. The event is one of the oldest and most storied events in the tour’s history. Knoxville is joined by Boise, Idaho, Springfield, Mo., and Wichita, Kan., in having hosted a Tour event every year since 1990. Fox Den Country Club has been the host venue in Knoxville every year since 1999.

This year’s News Sentinel Open is schedule from Thursday, August 18th through Sunday August 21st at Fox Den Country Club. The addition will mark the sixth year in row the Swing Thought Tour has been granted an exemption into the long-standing event.

Since the start of the 2010 season, the Swing Thought Tour (formerly the NGA/Hooters and eGolf Tours) has secured over 50 and PGA Tour event exemptions for its members, the most for any developmental tour in the country. Although the Swing Thought Tour has been the leading developmental tour in receiving event exemptions since 2010, the Swing Thought Tour does not have any official affiliation with the PGA TOUR or Tour.

For more information on the Swing Thought Tour, visit or call 800-992-8748.

Canal Shores Embarks on Ambitious Renovation Project

(EVANSTON, Ill.) – The Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association announced an ambitious capital campaign to fund a multi-year transformation project at Canal Shores, an 18-hole short course that straddles the communities of Evanston and Wilmette near Chicago, Ill. The capital campaign, termed Canal Shores 100 to honor the course’s 100th Anniversary in 2019, will raise funds to give the historic course significant upgrades that will lead the property on a successful path for the future.

Opened in 1919 as Evanston Community Golf Club, Canal Shores has a storied history as an important and much-utilized community amenity for golfers and non-golfers alike. The course, which routes on both sides of the North Shore Channel Canal and winds its way through residential communities and the famous Chicago “L” train tracks, remains a recreational hub for the community with walking paths throughout the urban layout. The Canal Shores 100 project aims to capitalize on the unique nature of the property while enhancing its presence as a great place to learn the game of golf.

The Master Plan for Canal Shores, will give the course four distinct areas of focus and 41 total holes, including:
· The Kids Links 5-hole short course and youth practice facility;
· The Rolling Green 18-hole putting course;
· The Back Lot 6-hole par 3 course that doubles as multi-directional practice facility;
· The Jans Course 12-hole golf course which will pay homage to Chicago’s Golden Age of Golf Architecture.

The versatile and innovative layout will give Canal Shores the ability to attract new segments of golfers at all levels of experience.

“We believe the renovation of Canal Shores will lead to environmental and economic sustainability,” said project visionary Jason Way. “The multi-use facility will encourage golfers of all levels to experience this hub in the community in their own way.”

In addition to serving the community with a multi-use recreational facility, the renovation of Canal Shores will serve to demonstrate best practices in environmental sustainability by maintaining, nurturing and enhancing ecological health and natural habitat of land along the waterway of the North Shore Channel.

Fundraising efforts got off to a strong start as Canal Shores was the first recipient of a partnership grant from the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) that gives public golf courses the opportunity to improve the design and maintenance of their facilities.  The project has drawn the attention of others in the local and national golf industry, including:
· Northwestern University Director of Golf Pat Goss, who hopes to use the facility for the Northwestern Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams;
· PGA TOUR Pro Luke Donald, a Northwestern Alum and long-time Goss student, who practiced at Canal Shores in his college days and who will be a design consultant;
· Renowned golf course architect Dave Zinkand, who will be the project lead, as well as architects Drew Rogers (Consultant) and Todd Quitno (Project Manager);
· The First Tee of Greater Chicago, which may use the facility as a home site for youth programming;
· Wadsworth Construction, which has committed $200,000 from its foundation to support the renovation;
· KemperSports, Chicago-based golf course management firm that is consulting on the project.

For more information on Canal Shores, visit

Golf Channel Film's '86 Generates more than 500 Submissions Chronicling Nicklaus' Masters Win

Golf Channel Interviewing Patrons, Fans, Fellow Professionals and Celebrities, Celebrating the 30-Year Anniversary of Jack Nicklaus’ Final Major Championship Win

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – A tremendous response to Golf Channel’s call to share your “Where Was I” stories resulted in more than 500 submissions from all over the world for the upcoming special, ’86, commemorating the 30-year anniversary of Jack Nicklaus’ historic victory at the 1986 Masters. A sneak preview ('86 Trailer) of this Golf Channel Films project will debut during today’s coverage of The Honda Classic on Golf Channel, where live coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET.Premiering Tuesday, April 5, at 9 p.m. ET, ‘86 will tell the full story of Nicklaus’ memorable come-from-behind victory in securing his record 18th major championship victory and sixth green jacket. Highlighted by a final-round 65 and a 6-under-par 30 on the final nine holes, Nicklaus became the oldest winner of the Masters at age 46 and the second oldest winner of any major championship in history.

Golf Channel continues to ask fans to share their own personal stories about the 1986 Masters at, including answering the question: “Where was I” on that historic Sunday three decades ago. Story submissions have come not only from throughout North America, but also Europe, Asia and Australia.

The special will feature interviews with Nicklaus, his wife Barbara, their son Steve, daughter Nan, and oldest son, Jack II – who caddied for his father at the ’86 Masters – members of the broadcast team, fellow professionals, caddies, media members, volunteers and patrons who were on hand. In addition, this Golf Channel Films project will paint a picture of the world’s cultural climate at the time, giving viewers insight into the significance of the victory.

“Playing in front of Jack on that Sunday was truly incredible. Bob Tway was my playing competitor and on the second nine, we spent more time looking back to watch Jack play than we did on our own games. The roars were so loud the hair on the back of my neck was standing up. The energy and electricity in the air were amazing. It was a truly unique experience.” – NBC golf analyst Gary Koch, who played in the group in front of Nicklaus during the 1986 Masters final round.

’86 is being produced by Golf Channel Films, which has developed award-winning, critically acclaimed long-form documentaries and specials including the Emmy-nominated Payne; the three-part documentary Arnie and a follow-up fourth installment, Arnie & Me; and Ben Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta.

Nicklaus’ memorable victory came 23 years after he donned his first green jacket, and put an exclamation point on a 25-year period in which he won his record 18 majors. The Golden Bear’s final round in ’86 was highlighted by an eagle-birdie-birdie streak at Nos. 15, 16 and 17 for a second-nine 30. GOLF Magazine called the Nicklaus’ win the “Best Tournament of the 20th Century.” GolfWorld called it the “Greatest Masters Tournament” in history, and the final-round 65 the “Greatest Final Round in Major Championship” history. Golf Digest ranked the ’86 Masters as one of the “10 Defining Moments in Golf History.”

From 1959-2005, Nicklaus made 45 starts at the Masters, winning in 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, and ’86. He also holds records for the most top-5, top-10, and top-25 finishes at Augusta National. Even 30 years removed from his final Masters’ victory, and more than 10 years after his final round at Augusta National, Nicklaus owns or is tied for no fewer than 35 Masters’ records.

View the trailer HERE.

Longball Launches with Shining Reviews at the PGA Merchandise Show

(Alberta, Canada) - Longball Athletics made the recent PGA Merchandise Show the official stage for their United Stage launch which became a tremendous success. Longball, a Canadian brewed company is focused on delivering athletic apparel that is focused on performance with a lifestyle type feel.

Team Longball member Jeff Flagg at the booth
“The feedback and reviews that we received at the PGA Merchandise Show were tremendous,” said Jared Wood, Co-Owner. “We are different than most brands; Longball is about delivering the highest quality apparel that will allow anyone to transition from the game to the gym and even to the board room. With Longball you don’t have to worry about your performance clothing getting in the way while looking good at the same time, it’s really hard to find that these days which is what we are after.”

Throughout the show the Longball booth stayed busy with thousands of customers from all parts of the world being introduced to the brand and learning more about what the Longball Lifestyle is all about. Team Longball members Jeff Flagg, 2014 World Long Drive Champion and Paula Hurtado, Ladies European Tour Player were in attendance to sign autographs, meet visitors and explain why they have chosen to wear Longball apparel.

The positive feedback came from prominent executives in the golf industry and media which included and not limited to:
* “Longball is definitely on the mark with not only their performance and lifestyle driven designs but have delivered some of the highest quality workmanship on the market with an amazing price point.” – John Aguilar,  Director of Instruction – Top Golf
* “If you’re searching for a more casual look après golf, Longball’s Lifestyle clothing is the duds to don after the post-match shower.  In short, Longball offers style, fashion and versatility good for any situation, anytime.” - David Theoret, President/Writer - The Golfin' Guy, LLC
* “The latest brand to jump on this trend and throw its stretchy, moisture wicking apparel into the ring is Longball Inc. It is loaded with well-thought-out features and stylish details to keep you looking and feeling your best on the course.” - Greg Monteforte, CEO of GolfThreads

The vision for Longball is to break the traditional mold of golf, making Longball an essential part of everyone’s lifestyle. To do so the Longball team has offered a full line of both men’s and women’s uniquely designed performance apparel and accessories that promote the lifestyle before, during and after the game while at a great price point.

Additional information on Longball can be found at or by contacting Robin Martinez at 800.746.8144 Ext. 107 / 714.752.6337 or by e-mail request

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Kerr Wins GWAA's Bartlett Award

(HOUSTON) — Cristie Kerr’s 20th year of professional golf remains a passionate pursuit – from this week’s Honda LPGA Thailand event to a possible summer berth in the Rio Olympics.

Yet it’s another passion - her commitment to the fight against breast cancer - that earned Kerr praise from the Golf Writers Association of America. The two-time major winner has been named winner of the 2016 Charles Bartlett Award, given to a golfer for unselfish contributions to the betterment of society.

Kerr, 38, founded Birdies for Breast Cancer in 2003, inspired to do something proactive in the aftermath of her mother’s battle with the disease. From such humble beginnings, the foundation in seven years became so successful it partnered with the Jersey City (N.J.) Medical Center to create the Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Center. Breast cancer screening, diagnostic testing, and treatment programs are made available to all women, regardless of their financial abilities, and since it opened in 2010, more than 10,000 procedures have been performed.

“I am both honored and humbled to recognized by the GWAA with the 2016 Bartlett Award and so grateful to the many media members who have helped call attention to our efforts to help fight breast cancer,” Kerr said.

“There is still so much work to be done in breast cancer research and prevention, and I will continue to use my platform as a golfer and wine-maker to raise money and awareness for women battling the disease.”

One of the biggest fund-raisers is a celebrity golf tournament that Kerr hosts at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, an area that has become close to her.

“I want to recognize the staff at the Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Center for their tireless and exceptional work,” Kerr said, “and my partner in Curvature Wines, Suzanne Pride Bryan for her support.”

The award will be presented to Kerr at the 44th  ISPS HANDA GWAA Annual Awards Dinner presented by the PGA of America, PGA TOUR and USGA April 6 in Augusta, Ga. The GWAA will also honor 2015 Players of the Year Jordan Spieth, Lydia Ko and Jeff Maggert  as well as William D. Richardson Award winner Dottie Pepper, ASAP Sports/Jim Murray Award winner Davis Love III and Ben Hogan Award winner J.B. Holmes at the dinner.

Former winners of the Bartlett, named for the former Chicago Tribune writer who served as the first secretary of the GWAA,  include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Val Skinner, Betsy King, Lorena Ochoa, and last year’s winner, Morgan Pressel.

Golf Life Navigators’ Growth Substantiates Florida Relocation Trend

(NAPLES, FLORIDA) – Golf Life Navigators – the lifestyle-relocation experts who help people considering a move to Florida find ideally suited places at no charge – reports that the number of clients who purchased golf club memberships and real estate properties during the past 90 days exceeded company sales projections.

“Because 300,000 people a year are moving to Florida, many of whom seek the best possible golf, country club and real estate option for them, we believed our services would be beneficial given our expertise and deep market knowledge,” says GLN President Jason H. Becker, PGA. “But you never truly know if a business’ service will fly until people actually use it, so these successful client placements reinforce that we’re enhancing peoples’ lives.”

GNL’s executive team are veteran PGA of America professionals and Florida real-estate experts who identify places that supremely match their client’s specific needs and desires. The team of trusted advisors are intimately familiar with every aspect of Florida golf clubs and living – from the fine print on membership agreements and the clubs with the most social programs to the most walkable courses and the differences between bundled and non-bundled communities.

This distinct knowledge of clubs, properties and their nuances enables GLN to match appropriate “fits” for their clients’ consideration – no strings attached.

“If they don’t like the clubs, living spaces or communities we suggest, they have no obligation to do anything,” says Becker. “We’re finding that people are thrilled to have their stress and uncertainty largely eliminated from the decision-making experience.  This should be a joyous time for people seeking their dream place but too often isn’t due to the vast number of details to consider and limited time to do so.”

GLN includes two real estate divisions – Golf Life Properties and Aberdeen & Crail – specializing in golf and non-golf properties and communities, respectively.

“We’ve been surprised by the misconceptions people have about certain areas in the state, so providing clarity for them has been crucial,” says Becker.  “For instance, many folks believe that properties and clubs in Naples or Palm Beach County are too expensive for them. They think all homes are $1 million or more and that all golf club memberships start at $100,000. Neither is true, and we need to continue educating everyone.”

For more information about Golf Life Navigators, or to arrange a complimentary consultation, call 800.447.8707 or visit

Swing Thought Tour Announces Newest Addition to the 2016 National Pro Series Season

Swing Thought Tour Newest Addition to 2016 National Pro Series Season Event at the Willow Creek Golf Course at High Point Country Club

(Myrtle Beach, SC) – The Swing Thought Tour proudly announces the addition of the Willow Creek Golf Course at the prestigious High Point Country Club in High Point, NC to the 2016 National Pro Series schedule. The event will be contested the week of May 2 – May 7, which is the week prior to the popular Tour’s Rex Hospital Open hosted in Raleigh, NC. This will be the first year for the Swing Thought Tour to host an event at this venue.

“We’re very excited to be adding such a prestigious venue to our National Series schedule,” stated Robin L. Waters, President of Swing Thought Tour. “High Point Country Club will definitely offer our players a challenging and competitive experience that we want our players to face while competing.”

Willow Creek Golf Course at High Point Country Club is a Willard Byrd design located in High Point, North Carolina. It was established in 1964 and measures just over 7,000 yards from the very back tees. High Point is said to be one of the top 30 golf courses in North Carolina. It has been a host for many well-known events such as being one of the locations for US Senior Open Qualifier and US Senior Amateur Qualifier and has hosted the LPGA’s Henderon Classic and Planters Pat Bradley.  Willow Creek has also hosted the North Carolina Open and North Carolina Amateur to name a few of the tournaments. High Point Country Club has been home to many successful PGA and Tour players such as Bubba Watson, Dale Morey, Drew Weaver, Mike Goodes, Roger Watson, and Tommy Langley.

The Swing Thought Tour offers year round National Memberships that includes the upcoming 2016 National Pro Series as well as memberships to all other State Series under the Swing Thought Tour umbrella. The National Pro Series will consist of 18 to 20,  72 and 54 hole events with $120,000 and $150,000 guaranteed purses and 4 to 6,  54-hole Qualifier Prep events. Fields are limited to 144 players with the top 45 and ties making each cut for the $120,000 purses and 50 and ties making each cut for the $150,000 purses. We will also offer an estimated 4 to 6 2016 Tour “event specific” exemptions to be awarded throughout the 2016 National Pro Series season. To acquire a 2016 Swing Thought Tour National Pro Series membership, players may register online at or contact the Swing Thought Tour offices at 800-992-8748 and sign up (memberships are granted on a first come first serve basis, no ranking schools or qualifiers are needed). Membership is $2000 and is year round from the date you join.

For more information on the Swing Thought Tour visit or call 800-992-8748.

Six Troon Facilities Win 2016 AWGA GEM Awards

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing is proud to announce it had six facilities win 2016 GEM awards from the Arizona Women’s Golf Association (AWGA), including:
- Copper Canyon Golf Club in Buckeye, Ariz. – 3rd GEM award
- The Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Ariz. – 4th GEM award
- Pinetop Country Club, Pinetop, Ariz. – 3rd GEM award
- Poston Butte Golf Club in Florence, Ariz. – 3rd GEM award
- Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz. – 1st GEM award
- Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. – 2nd GEM award

“We’re honored to have six Troon clubs recognized by AWGA members,” stated John Easterbrook, executive vice president, operations, Troon. “At these facilities and at Troon globally, there’s a commitment to growing the game and creating a fun and engaging environment for women and new golfers alike.”

Since 2012, the AWGA has managed the GEM (Golf Endorsed by Members) program, to recognize courses that best serve the needs of women golfers. In order to be considered for a GEM award, a golf course must be an active course with the AWGA and have at least one set of tees with a current USGA course rating for play by women that has been issued by the AWGA. Courses were evaluated by AWGA members on a variety of criteria such as customer service, playability, clubhouse facilities and restroom availability.

A total of 20 Arizona golf courses were recognized by the AWGA as 2016 GEM award winners.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Native Eyewear’s 2016 Sunglass Line Now Available

Providing Seven New Styles for Spring and Summer Adventures

(Denver, Colo.) — Now available for purchase, Native Eyewear’s 2016 collection of sunglasses is an eyewear solution that fuses function and style with the latest in lens and frame technology. Adventurous lifestyles call for specialized equipment, and that’s why Native developed a line of sunglasses for men and women that does it all, from competitive sports such as running, fishing, golf, hunting and surfing to outdoor adventures and après leisure wear.

“The 2016 collection consists of six new styles, all inspired by sustainability, enabling adventure, and enhancing outdoor experiences,” said John Sanchez, General Manager at Native Eyewear. “Each model features the use of a bio-based castor  seed resin and high polarization efficiency film that reduces eye fatigue, allowing us to bring color, lightweight touch and feel as well as comfort to the premium polarized sunglass line.”

See the World Clearer 
Providing an optimum amount of clarity and versatility, Native sunglasses were designed for performance in every element. The advanced N3 polarized lens protects against the sun’s harmful effects and blocks up to 4X more infrared light than regular polarized lenses on the market. By blocking damaging rays, filtering blue light and reducing glare, the N3 lens delivers high contrast, crisp definition and peak visual acuity while protecting eyes.

Born to Play 
The advanced frame technology provides a lightweight, durable and comfortable solution that can withstand harsh conditions, including high-impact collisions and temperature extremes. Native frames are constructed from a castor-based resin making them more earth friendly and stronger than petroleum based alternatives. Additionally, the patented grip material, Cushinol, keeps sunglasses in place during athletic activity. Other features include:
• Revolutionary anti-ocular intrusion system that prevents lenses from dangerously shooting toward your eyes in the event of an impact.
• Exhaust vents that enhance airflow and significantly reduce fog.
• Cushioned and adjustable nose pads that ensure a soft feel and custom fit.
• Flexible hinges that allow the frames to quickly and securely lock into position at the temple.

Hardtop Ultra XP
Models for Every Adventure
With different size, frame and lens options available, seven new styles have been introduced with MSRP ranging from $109 to $149 depending on the lens option.
• Sanitas: A trend-right model that evolved from the Flatirons and the Highline, the Sanitas features edgy colors and a stylish look with an active lifestyle in mind.
• Eldo: Upon popular demand, the Eldo features a larger frame and wider set temple for men.
• Hardtop Ultra XP: Offering extra protection, this model builds on the Hardtop DNA and has an extended lens for additional eye coverage.
• Penrose: An active lifestyle model offering a smaller fit and assortment of frame color and lens options.
• Crestone: Comes with a SportFlex additional lens kit, providing a solution for every light condition.
• Kannah: A sporty model that offers a smaller/medium fit and variety of color options.
• Wolcott: A performance model that includes a Single Snap-Back interchangeable lens system and SportFlex lens kit.

When Life Happens 
Accidents are bound to happen, and that’s why Native Eyewear offers a premier lifetime warranty. Whatever the reason, replacements are guaranteed for a $30 fee with no questions asked. Visit the website to learn more.

Learn more about Native Eyewear at

b4checkin and Clubessential/Cenetic Announce Strategic Partnership

Collaboration between these leaders in hospitality technology results in operational efficiencies and increased revenue for Pinehurst Resort

(Las Vegas, NV) — The developer of cloud-based, hospitality software solutions b4checkin, and Clubessential/Cenetic, a SaaS technology leader in resorts and clubs, has announced a strategic partnership to create an interface between the two company’s tee time reservation systems. This collaboration will allow seamless integration to Agilysys’ Golf Pro, significantly improving operational efficiency at Pinehurst.

For several years, Clubessential/Cenetic has employed a manual connection with Agilysys (Nasdaq: AGYS) requiring daily data transfer between the two technologies that resulted in hours of additional work for the golf staff. The new integration between b4checkin and Clubessential/Cenetic automates the process, eliminating the additional labor while also minimizing the risk of errors that are inherent with traditional processes.

Using North Carolina’s famed Pinehurst Resort as a pilot property, the two companies were able to successfully implement the integration. “The initial efficiencies that we have seen from the alliance of these two organizations has been significant,” said Pinehurst Resort’s Director of IT, Ed Nickelson. “Both companies feature top-of-the-line technology and we have seen nothing but positive results from their collaboration.”

Said Clubessential/Cenetic CEO, Dr. William Ivers: “The integration and relationship that b4checkin already had in place with Agilysys allowed us to complete our golf interface swiftly and effectively. This is the first of many significant integrations that we have planned between our companies. We are thrilled to partner with b4Checkin and look forward to providing additional integrated solutions for lodging, spa, activities, dining and more.”

“With b4golf as the conduit to GolfPro, Clubessential/Cenetic will be able to provide golfers real time access to available tee times,” said b4checkin Vice President of Sales and Marketing Greg Thomson. “This will make tee time reservations for golf extremely easy, while also maximizing revenue for the property or golf course by allowing a single or a pair of golfers to form threesomes or foursomes. Above all, this translates into better service delivery for the consumer, which is always the end goal.”

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NBC Sports Group Televising More Than 20 Hours of Live Honda Classic Coverage

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The PGA TOUR moves from West Coast to East Coast this week to kick off the “Florida Swing” at The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens. This week also marks the first of six consecutive tournament weeks airing exclusively on Golf Channel and NBC. Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler headline the field (World No. 3 & 5 respectively) and will be featured (along with Phil Mickelson) during a Golf Central player news conference show on Wednesday at Noon ET.

The Honda Classic
Dates: Feb. 25-28
Venue: PGA National Resort & Spa (Champion Course), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 2-6 p.m. (Live) / 7-11 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 2-6 p.m. (Live) / 7-11 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-3 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Sunday 1-3 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Golf Channel, NBC to kick off six-week stretch of exclusive live PGA TOUR coverage this week: Golf Channel and NBC Sports will dedicate nearly 20 live hours of tournament coverage from The Honda Classic, which will commence six consecutive weeks of PGA TOUR action on Golf Channel and NBC, including: The Honda Classic (Feb. 25-28); WGC-Cadillac Championship (March 3-6); Valspar Championship (March 10-13); Arnold Palmer Invitational (March 17-20); WGC-Dell Match Play (March 23-27); Puerto Rico Open (March 24-27) and the Shell Houston Open (March 31-April 3).

Golf Central player news conference, Wednesday at Noon ET: On Wednesday at Noon ET, Golf Central will present a special player news conference from PGA National, featuring Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson.                                                                                            

The Honda Classic Pro-Am airing at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday: Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. ET, Golf Channel will televise The Honda Classic Pro-Am, as players make their final preparations for Thursday’s opening round.

David Feherty making Florida Swing debut: David Feherty joined the NBC broadcast team exclusively in 2016 and will be a course reporter for Golf Channel and NBC’s weekend coverage of The Honda Classic. This week begins a stretch of five consecutive weeks on Golf Channel and NBC for Feherty, rotating as a tower analyst and course reporter for each of the Florida Swing events in addition to the WGC-Dell Match Play (March 23-27) in Austin, Texas.

Morning Drive on-site from PGA National: Golf Channel’s daily news program, Morning Drive (beginning at 9 a.m. ET Thursday-Sunday), will feature on-site reports from PGA National. Cara Robinson and John Cook will provide live updates on location and conduct interviews with players and other guests throughout the week.

Harrington defends: Padraig Harrington defeated Daniel Berger with a par on the second playoff hole during a rain-delayed Monday finish for his sixth career PGA TOUR win, and first since the 2008 PGA Championship.

Headlining the field: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed, Branden Grace, Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Kevin Kisner, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Justin Thomas.

Golf Channel / NBC Broadcast Team:
- Play by Play: Rich Lerner (Golf Channel) / Dan Hicks (NBC)
- Analyst: Gary Koch (Golf Channel) / Johnny Miller (NBC)
- Tower: Peter Jacobsen / Gary Koch (NBC) / Steve Sands (Golf Channel)
- On-Course: Roger Maltbie / David Feherty / Notah Begay
- Interviews: Steve Burkowski (Golf Channel) / Steve Sands (NBC)

In other Tour news ... Eight of the top-10 players in the world will tee it up in the Honda LPGA Thailand this week, which include Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson. And the European Tour is in Australia for the ISPS Handa Perth International, as Thorbjorn Olesen defends his 2014 title, when the event was last contested.

Paul Earnest Named 2015 NTPGA Golf Professional of the Year

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Srixon, Cleveland Golf, and XXIO announced that Advisory Board Member Paul Earnest has been named the 2015 Golf Professional of the Year, as well as 2015 Merchandiser of the Year for the Northern Texas PGA (NTPGA) Section. Earnest, a longtime brand ambassador for Srixon, Cleveland Golf, and XXIO, is the Director of Golf at Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas, in Irving, TX.    

“We congratulate Paul for being named the Northern Texas PGA Section’s 2015 Golf Professional and Merchandiser of the Year,” said Mason Prange, Vice President of Sales for Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO – U.S.A. “Paul has been an outstanding brand ambassador and friend to our company throughout his many years of loyalty to all our brands.”

“The Srixon, Cleveland Golf, and XXIO product lines are the most diverse offerings available on the market today,” said Earnest. “Personally, I have found that the quality of their products, from innovation to performance, is unsurpassed in today’s competitive golf equipment market. Furthermore, their creativity with the Cleveland Wedge Analyzer and Srixon’s Z-Swing Analyzer is the simplest and most intuitive in delivering the right product to customers.”

Earnest, a native of Houston, was elected to membership within the PGA of America in 1989, and has been the Director of Golf at Four Seasons Golf Club and Resort at Las Colinas from 1998 to the present.  

For additional information on Srixon, Cleveland Golf and XXIO products or staff players, visit:,, and,

Golphin Announces Its Sales Force

(JUPITER, Florida) – Golphin Ltd. (, an award-winning Scottish-based company which designs and manufactures specialized golf equipment for children, has announced its list of current sales representatives in the U.S. Upon launching distribution of its lines throughout North America at the PGA Merchandise Show last month in Orlando, Fla., Golphin began making its mark “this side of the pond.” Golphin clubs, designed in Scotland, allow juniors to succeed with confidence, making learning golf easier and more fun.

“Golphin has garnered quite a bit of attention in the U.S. since the PGA Merchandise Show,” said Calum McPherson, founder and managing director of Golphin, “and we are pleased to announce the composition of our sales force, which will be enlarged in the near future. Golphin is committed to helping grow the game in the United States and worldwide.”

The current Golphin sales force is as follows:

• Aline Johannsson

• Craig Hocknull
AZ, UT, Las Vegas

• Kraig Kesner
OH and PA

• Susan Bond
ME, MA, VT, NH, CT, RI and Met area of NY– Fairfield County, Westchester and Long Island

• Bill Jackson
OR and WA

For any sales inquiries outside this list – or to inquire about additional Golphin sales-force opportunities – contact John Leighton, vice president of wholesale development for Golphin, at or 978-420-4653.

Golphin seeks additional sales representatives to cover these territories:
– southern California
– Midwest: Chicago, the rest of IL, WI, IN and IA
– KY, TN
– the mid Atlantic

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Branson-Area Golf Courses Share 2016 Plans and Packages

Branson/Lakes Area Golf Course Enhancements, Unique Packages Highlight 2016 Season

(BRANSON, MO) – With the Branson/Lakes Area golf destination already into “shoulder season” – the bookend timeframes in early spring and late fall when value-laden deals are popping – the Ozark Mountain oasis is one of America’s most compelling places due to new courses being developed, award-winning venues, a “legendary” pro tournament and multiple stay-and-play packages that provide a broad spectrum of options.

In addition to courses designed by Gary Player and Coore & Crenshaw that are being built, area golf and resort managers have been busy during the past several months enhancing operations and playing opportunities as illustrated by the following, a small sample of representative destination offerings.

Packages galore
Renowned for its overall resort excellence – it holds Trip Advisor’s coveted “Certificate of Excellence” – Big Cedar Lodge is increasingly becoming known for its burgeoning golf amenities.  With two new courses under construction, two already open to esteemed acclaim – Buffalo Ridge and Top of the Rock (both are played during the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge PGA Champions Tour event each April) – and a miniature golf course rated one of the “10 most unusual in America” (source: USA TODAY), there’s something for everyone.  That goes for its stay-and-play packages too, pairing a wide range of activities with golf including spa, boating, fishing, shooting and more.  The “Ultimate Guys Getaway Package” is indicative of the scope and depth of Big Cedar packages and includes:
- Round of golf at Top of the Rock
- Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail Tour
- $100 voucher for Cedar Creek Spa
- One-half day guided fishing at Bent Hook Marina
- Shooting Sports at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Academy (includes firearm, 100 rounds ammunition, safety equipment and shooting guide)
- A $100 credit for the End of the Trail All American Wine Cellar, Whiskey Bar and Humidor
- The package requires a two-night minimum stay.

Call Big Cedar Lodge today at 1-800-225-6343, and mention code EXBR16 when making reservations.

Pristine and on pace
Thousand Hills Golf Resort’s owner invested substantially to improve the look and playability of the already-popular course in the heart of Branson.  One project included “de-brushing” the area between its creeks and the course, and nearly $100,000 was invested in new maintenance equipment to ensure immaculate playing conditions – something golfers avidly seek.

Designed to promote the best playing surfaces, Thousand Hills is re-grassing several teeing areas this spring, leveling and changing them to Zoysia. “Also, we have a much better handle on pace of play for 2016,” said course superintendent Pat Shay. “We are striving for players to enjoy sub 4 hour rounds.”

Enhancements on and off course
Pointe Royale Golf Village was particularly busy this winter, adding a new bridge on Hole No. 3, re-routing or improving paths on holes 3, 5 and 15, building a new teeing area for senior men on No. 9, and improving drainage on No. 16.  A golf car fleet and refreshed course restrooms are also new this year.

Player-friendly youth golf program
The 2016 Ozarks Junior Golf League is designed for children of all skill levels who are age 13 or under. A six-week program, the league includes practices, events, and instruction from professionals.  Participants receive a team jersey and two dozen golf balls. The events are a “scramble” format and played at Don Gardner Golf Course.  Scrambles are the most player-friendly golf game, allowing everyone to contribute and feel good about the experience.
Those interested should send a $100 check to Sticks & Stones Foundation, 1600 Ledgestone Way, Branson West, MO 65737. For more information about the program, email Bill Hasler at

For more information about Branson/Lakes Area Golf, visit and “Like” Branson Golf on Facebook.

About Branson/Lakes Area Golf
Pointe Royale Golf Village,, 417.334.4477
Thousand Hills Golf Resort,, 800.487.0769, 417.334.4553
Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course,, 417.339.5430
LedgeStone Country Club at StoneBridge Village,, 417.335.8187
Top of the Rock Golf Course,, 417.339.5343
Branson Hills Golf Club,, 417.337.2963
Holiday Hills Resort and Golf Club,, 417.334.4838
Don Gardner Golf Course,, 417.337.8510

Sun Mountain Introduces Push Cart Covers

(Missoula, Montana) – Sun Mountain has long been the innovator and market leader in golf push carts and now has a collection of cart accessories to round-out the offerings. The latest accessories are cart covers that offer a convenient way to store and transport golf push carts. There’s a cover specific to the three-wheeled Speed Cart and a cover that fits the four-wheeled Micro-Cart and the new Reflex cart. These covers help keep grass clippings out of the car and offer lift and carry straps for easier transportation. The new cart covers are $99.99 retail. For the retailer nearest you call 800-227-9224 or visit

The new golf push cart covers offer a large U-shaped opening, two-way zipper, durable Tough-Tek material in wear areas, removable carry strap with slip-resistant shoulder pad, and lift handles with a wrapped grip.

The new covers join a wide collection of other push cart accessories including: storage bags, cooler bags, seats, sand/seed mix bottles, adjustable umbrella holders, and UV and rain umbrellas. You can see the full collection at

For 30 years Sun Mountain has been a pioneer in the golf industry, revolutionizing golf bags, golf outerwear and golf carts. Sun Mountain's many innovations, including the first lightweight golf bag and modern stand bag, have made it the top golf bag company in North America. Within golf outerwear, Sun Mountain redefined golf-specific performance first with the windshirt, then fleece, and again with its four-way stretch, waterproof, and breathable rainwear. The Sun Mountain Speed Cart golf push cart transformed walking carts and created an entirely new category of golf products.

Sun Mountain's "Ahead of Time Design" motto drives the company to continually design and refine golf equipment. For the Sun Mountain retailer nearest you, call 800-227-9224 or visit

GOLF Debuts New Weekly Show GOLF LIVE

New Video Program to Feature News, Analysis, Tips and Interviews with Top Names in Golf; Streaming on

(NEW YORK, NY) - Today, Time Inc.’s GOLF debuts a new weekly show that will cover the game from all angles, featuring revealing interviews with players and golf-loving celebrities, thoughtful news analysis from the game’s best writers, game-improvement advice from GOLF’s network of experts and more. The inaugural episode features an exclusive sit-down interview with five-time major champ Phil Mickelson and includes special guest Kelly Rohrbach, a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, actress and former collegiate golfer. The 30-minute program hosted by award-winning sportscaster Ryan Asselta will air live every Tuesday at noon ET on, and episodes will subsequently be available to watch on demand at Content from the show will also be used in shorter clips to be shared across GOLF’s digital network. GOLF LIVE is driven by Callaway.

In the debut show, Phil Mickelson goes deep on a variety of topics, from the Big Four (Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth) and the art of smack-talking to why he’s feeling more bullish about his game than he has in years. On the current state of professional golf and how today’s young players stack up to Tiger Woods, Mickelson tells GOLF LIVE: “There is nobody in the game of golf that I have seen that is remotely close to the level of performance Tiger was in his prime … As great as the young players are, the level that I’ve seen out of him, especially when you go back to 2000 at the U.S. Open and his performance when he held all four major championships at once, I think we’re decades away from anybody getting back to that level.”

Upcoming shows will feature the likes of Michelle Wie, Greg Norman and other big names from the world of golf.

“We’re excited to launch this new live weekly video format for GOLF, which will bring our expert voices, access to the sport’s most interesting names and unique storytelling to our dedicated audience in a whole new way,” said Ian Orefice, Time Inc. Senior Executive Producer of original and current video programming. “The wide range of content we’ll produce from the new show will be leveraged across the GOLF digital network in various formats, and it’s just one phase of our plans to aggressively grow video at GOLF; with new short- and long-form video franchises set to roll out in the coming months.”

GOLF LIVE is the latest addition to’s ever-expanding portfolio of video offerings. Existing video mainstays include Tour Confidential, the long-running weekly show featuring GOLF and SI writers and editors debating the game’s hot-button topics; GOLF coverage from the majors, including live shows from the Masters and U.S. Open; equipment and instructional focused deep-dives and a range of daily news videos and lighter takes on the game as seen in the series of “Extra Spin” videos. Moving forward, the brand is not only adding the weekly live programming of GOLF LIVE but will introduce a series of new video features in the coming months, from short instructional videos designed for mobile viewing to in-depth documentary style reports on the game and its culture.

“We’re constantly looking for fun new ways to bring the game to our readers and viewers, and GOLF LIVE is one of our most exciting platforms yet,” said GOLF Managing Editor David Clarke. “I think golf fans will be surprised by how much we can deliver them in 30 minutes, from analysis to color pieces to slice-busting swing tips.”

Read more about GOLF LIVE and watch a preview of the Mickelson interview, here:

The new show will be broadcast from Time Inc.’s state-of-the-art studios in downtown Manhattan and will feature a specialized set replete with a Full Swing golf simulator and putting green from Home Green Advantage. Callaway Golf is the official sponsor of GOLF LIVE. This relationship will see Callaway’s media productions team collaborate with Time Inc. on a series of custom segments, content integrations and cross-promotional activity.

BREAKING NEWS: Polara Golf Heading Toward Conforming with 'Polara Pro Tour' Ball

(NEWS) - Polara is releasing its first ever patented conforming golf ball, under the brand of 'Polara Pro Tour' in late 2016. Much like their original balls, these Polara Pro Tour balls will be visually unique in their dimple pattern, but have now been designed to be conforming.

As Chief Design and Developer, Dr. Doug Winfield said, "The pattern is laid out based on a cubeoctahedron which has 24 identical edges. This insures that the pattern is symmetric in flight.”

A number of prototypes have been tested and will eventually be submitted it to the USGA for approval in the next couple of months.

Polara will be running a campaign for the launch of these balls and is positioning it as a the ultimate Father's Day gift because, (i) they think this may be a historical event in golfing lore, and, (ii) every backer will be considered a Founder in Polara Pro Tour. So as a gift, they hope that sons and daughters will sign up their Father's as Founders of Polara Pro Tour and will be making a separate community site and treating them as our primary market moving forward.

Below is our review of the non-conforming products (which do add distance and accuracy).

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Product Review: Polara Golf

When a package from Polara Golf arrived, I opened it with a certain amount of skepticism. We’ve all heard claims of products that will cure one problem or another - both in and out of the golf industry - but they generally fall well short of the hope the promise. Was Polara Golf going to follow suit?

The claim: Reduce your hook or slice by 50-75 percent with one-of-four balls - the Ultimate Straight, Ultimate Straight XS, XD and XDS. Could it really be as easy as this to correct an ugly flight pattern and provide much-needed accuracy? Here’s Polara Golf’s pitch:
"The secret behind our self correcting antislice golf ball technology is all in the dimple pattern. Our accuracy golf balls have shallower dimples around the equator and deeper dimples on each pole. When a Polara golf ball is flying in its preferred orientation with the alignment arrow pointing directly towards the target (this orientation is also known as “poles horizontal” or PH) the Polara ball exhibits significantly lower lift (and lower drag as well) than a normal golf ball. This reduction in lift translates directly into a reduction of the force tending to cause the ball to curve from a straight trajectory, resulting in a hook or slice."

I took to the course to test Polara Golf’s claim. While there, I was going to kill two birds with one stone and sample a pair of the company’s drivers, as well. In my bag were the 10.5-degree and HL1 Advantage Drivers. Polara also offers a 12-degree and HL3 driver.

First up: The XD ball and 10.5 driver. The swing wasn’t great, but the ball stayed straight. More amazing, I thought, was that I carried a hill that generally catches similar efforts. Longer AND straighter? No way.

Same held true for the Ultimate Straight XS and HL1 driver. The ball not only stayed online, but also added much-welcomed yardage.

Not unlike my high school years, I had failed to do enough homework. As it turns out, the Advantage Drivers have been deemed illegal by the United States Golf Association, exceeding the game’s governing body’s ball velocity limits due to their ultra-thin, beta-Titanium face, which is lighter, stronger and more resilient than standard Titanium drivers. This creates the “trampoline effect” that provides explosive distance ... but also an “unfair” advantage for those who utilize such equipment.

As you may suspect, the Polara balls are also not approved by the USGA. This from the USGA website:
 "In 1980 the USGA adopted the Symmetry Rule, which was modified in 1990 and is enforced by both a performance test, which has changed over the years, and a litmus test of intent. The basic tenets of the Rule remain the same now as then:
1. The ball must not be designed, manufactured or intentionally modified to have properties that differ from those of a spherically symmetric ball.
2. The intent in design to produce a ball that would perform in an asymmetrical way would itself be sufficient to consider the product non-conforming."

What does all this mean? If you’re playing in a USGA event or going to submit your score to a USGA-approved handicapping system, you cannot use the Polara balls or drivers. I’m guessing that applies to less than 10 percent of the golfing population.

If you’re just out for a casual round of golf with friends, all Polara equipment is certainly approved for recreational use.

Bottom line: The Polara claims are correct ... the drivers provide greater distance and the balls increase accuracy - two keys to lower scores and more enjoyment.

For more information on these products, visit

Monday, February 22, 2016

Stellar Field at Honda Classic Kicks Off PGA Tour's Florida Swing

Also Begins Six Consecutive Tournament Weeks on Golf Channel and NBC

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Coming off a dramatic victory by Bubba Watson on Sunday, the PGA TOUR moves east this week for the Florida Swing, with NBC Sports Group providing exclusive coverage of the next six weeks on the PGA TOUR beginning with The Honda Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 25-28.

Golf Channel and NBC will present nearly 20 live hours of The Honda Classic this week, beginning with a special Pro-Am show on Wednesday. Golf Channel will air four hours of live coverage on Thursday and Friday, followed by a combined five hours on Golf Channel and NBC on Saturday and Sunday.

The field will be headlined by 2012 Honda Classic champion Rory McIlroy and reigning PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler, No. 3 and No. 5 in the current world golf rankings. Eleven of the top-20 players in the world are in the field, including No. 9 Patrick Reed, No. 10 Branden Grace, reigning Open Champion Zach Johnson and five-time Major Champion Phil Mickelson.

DAVID FEHERTY TO MAKE FLORIDA SWING BROADCAST DEBUT: David Feherty joined the NBC broadcast team exclusively in 2016 and will be a course reporter for Golf Channel and NBC’s weekend coverage of The Honda Classic. He will work a stretch of five consecutive weeks on Golf Channel and NBC rotating as a tower analyst and course reporter, including each of the Florida Swing events as well the WGC-Dell Match Play (March 23-27) in Austin, Texas.

HONDA CLASSIC BROADCAST TEAM: Leading weekend coverage will be Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller, who are in their 17th year as play-by-play announcer and lead analyst, the longest-tenured 18th-hole broadcasting tandem for any network. Joining Hicks and Miller will be Notah Begay, Feherty, Peter Jacobsen, Gary Koch, Roger Maltbie and Steve Sands.  Calling the action for Golf Channel’s early round coverage will be Rich Lerner and Koch, supported by the NBC crew, as well as Steve Burkowski reporting for Golf Central.

Mark Rolfing and Jimmy Roberts will join the broadcast team at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Terry Gannon (WGC-Cadillac, WGC-Dell Match Play), Bob Papa (Valspar Championship) and Whit Watson (Shell Houston Open) will rotate with Lerner in calling Golf Channel play-by-play duties.

MORNING DRIVE ON-LOCATION DURING FLORIDA SWING: Morning Drive, Golf Channel’s daily news and lifestyle show, will broadcast on-location for each of the Florida Swing events in addition to Studio AP in Golf Channel’s worldwide headquarters in Orlando, Fla.

The Honda Classic – Tournament Airtimes
Wednesday 5-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel Pro-Am coverage)
Thursday 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Friday 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Saturday 1-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Saturday 3-6 p.m. ET (NBC)
Sunday 1-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. ET (NBC)

EXCLUSIVE PGA TOUR COVERAGE: The Honda Classic will commence six consecutive weeks of PGA TOUR action on Golf Channel and NBC, including:
· The Honda Classic, PGA National Resort & Spa – Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (Feb. 25-28)
· World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship – Trump National Doral, Miami, Fla. (March 3-6)
· Valspar Championship – Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, Palm Harbor, Fla. (March 10-13)
· Arnold Palmer Invitational – Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Orlando, Fla. (March 17-20)
· WGC-Dell Match Play – Austin Country Club, Austin, Texas (March 23-27)
· Puerto Rico Open – Coco Beach Golf and Country Club, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico (March 24-27)
· Shell Houston Open – Golf Club of Houston, Humble, Texas (March 31-April 3)

“There’s a contrast to between the beauty of the West Coast to the sort of do-or-die nature of almost every shot you see coming down the stretch at the Florida Swing.” – Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee

“There’s no faking it around any of these golf courses running up to the Masters…The interesting thing about these courses is that you know where you stand in your swing and in your game headed into the Masters, because they will show you.” Golf Channel analyst and former World No. 1 David Duval

“This is a whole new venture for me. Most of the season is, because I’m working the exact opposite schedule in a way than I’ve done for the last 19 years. I’m just really excited about joining the NBC guys and starting a few fights, which is what I intend to do all year. Poke in the right places, try to be a creative irritant.” – Golf Channel and NBC Sports analyst David Feherty

Carnoustie Sportswear Debuts Fall '16 Collection

(IRVINE, CA) - Golf apparel manufacturer Carnoustie Sportswear has introduced its Fall '16 men's lineup of Mercerized Cotton Knits, Performance Knits, Cotton Suedes and The Mackenzie Collection of cotton outerwear.

Mercerized Cotton Knits
Carnoustie has forged a reputation over the years for making some of the industry's finest mercerized cotton knits. While many competitors have changed their sourcing and/or removed quality from the product, Carnoustie has remained steadfast in its commitment to offer only the finest quality in mercerized cotton. Accordingly, we still produce in the same factories we have been using for more than 20 years, and we still use only the finest cotton and accessories available. Our buttons are made of real pearl, we triple-mercerize our fabric, and our collars are made with several plies of yarn and contain Lycra for shape retention.

For Fall '16, our collection of Mercerized Cotton Knits continues to evolve. Neater, more subtle jacquard patterns and tonal designs are still trending. Stripes are elegantly simple. While many styles are designed with classic knit collars, we are featuring more self fabric collars than ever before. They give the polo an updated, crisp look. Also on trend are retro designs in which a solid collar, placket, sleeves and back  are contrasted with a patterned front panel body fabric. And, we continue to focus on small details that can add interest, such as contrasting button thread, contrasting colors on the underside of collars, and placket construction.

"The simplicity of the patterns with the boldness of color combine to create a collection of knits that stand out in today's crowded marketplace," says CEO Marshall Mancillas. "We have consistently given our customer quality he can depend on. When he buys a Carnoustie product he knows that it will be in his wardrobe for a long time, looking as good as the day he bought it. And, he knows that he will be fashionable on and off the course in a Carnoustie polo."

Performance Knits
Our collection of performance knits continues to gain momentum. Clearly, our strategy of designing a collection of performance knits that merchandise seamlessly with our mercerized cotton knits, and indeed the entire collection, was well received. While our performance collection of polos is designed with an appreciation for the exciting new trends emerging in this market segment, our performance collection remains refined and elegant.

Our collection of performance knits affords us the opportunity to be responsive to today's trends, and for Fall '16 we are featuring chest stripes, color blocking, melange yarns and many self fabric collars. For the first time, we are offering a beautiful long-sleeve style in five wonderful melange colors. Our long-sleeve polo has the perfect combination of weight and drape that will make it a favorite first layer in the colder conditions associated with the fall season.

"We are thrilled with the continued enthusiasm that our customers have for our performance styles," says Mancillas. "Our instincts were well-founded: There is clearly a demand for performance garments that offer the wearability that today's fibers can offer, but that are styled in a tasteful, timeless fashion. There has been so much interest in this segment of our business that we have rebranded these goods under a new label. Beginning with Fall '16, these goods will be offered under the 'Carnoustie TECH' label that was designed to evoke the active, performance nature of these goods," added Mancillas.

Cotton Suedes
For many years now, Carnoustie has had the reputation of offering the industry's finest fleece. We have sourced these goods for more than 20 years with the same factory that simply makes the best fleece available. Others have tried to duplicate our goods and from a distance they seem comparable, but upon closer examination it becomes very apparent that these goods are lacking. For Fall '16, we have developed wonderful new colors, new handsome jacquard patterns and even some new styles including a modern-yet-retro full-zip jacket with front panels.

"The market has remained very loyal to the Carnoustie cotton suede collection through the years," says Mancillas. "Despite the competition in this category, these goods have developed and maintained a wonderful following. The extraordinary hand that these

goods offer is a result of a very intricate and proprietary brushing process. It is a more costly process which virtually eliminates the piling we see on lesser quality garment s but nothing else comes close. I am excited to debut the new colors and styles we have developed for Fall '16. I am confident they will stir some excitement in this category."

The Mackenzie Collection
The Mackenzie Collection was developed a few seasons ago because sometimes a garme
nt that is a little lighter in weight than our brushed fleece is all you need. This collection just keeps getting more and more popular, and accordingly we have expanded this offering for Fall '16. In addition to ¼-zip vests and long-sleeve styles, we will offer for Fall '16 a fun yarn-dyed chest stripe pullover that quickly becomes the centerpiece of every merchandise group. It incorporates most, if not all, of the colors in the merchandise group in a contemporary-yet-tasteful manner. Also new for Fall '16 is a full-zip jacket with a sporty flat knit detail that runs along the sleeve from the neck to the cuff. Nothing affords easier layering than an easy on/off full-zip jacket, and ours stands out as it is casual yet elegant.

"I have been taken aback by this collection's immense popularity," says Mancillas. "But I shouldn't be surprised. These styles are versatile, offer a perfect year-round weight, and are affordable. So this category deserves to be expanded and that's just what we did. And, I am confident that the new additions for Fall '16 will be very well received."

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Troon Unveils New Destination for 2016 with First Agreement in Germany

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is delighted to announce its first contract in Germany at Golf Club Pfalz, Neustadt.

Located in the celebrated "Perle der Pfalz" wine region, between Neustadt and the Cathedral City of Speyer in Southwest Germany, Golf Club Pfalz stretches 6,638 yards through natural woodland and is surrounded by forests and meadows. The course was established in 1970.

Troon has been tasked with assisting the agronomy team in elevating the golf course conditioning to a level comparable to other Troon facilities around the world, thus enhancing the enjoyment for club members, as well as local and international guests.

“We’re delighted to be working with such a superb venue like Golf Club Pfalz which is committed to providing the best experience for its members,” said Bruce Glasco, chief operating officer, managing director, Troon International Division. “It’s an exciting time for the club and this initiative provides a fantastic opportunity to enhance the course for the strong membership base. We are looking for our initial work to lay the foundation for improvements that will carry the club forward for many years to come.”

Golf Club Pfalz has more than 1,000 members and regularly hosts competitions and tournaments. The 18-hole course is complemented by a beautiful clubhouse with a 100-seat dining room and a spacious terrace with views of the closing holes.

“Troon has had a longstanding privileged position in Europe,” said Michael Loeffler, Golf Club Pfalz president. “We wanted to elevate the standards of our course and Troon was the clear choice for us.”

Under the guidance of Simon Doyle, Troon’s director of agronomy for Europe, the course and its agronomy team will advance the overall golf presentation, enhancing year-round playability and improving turf conditioning across the board.

The selection of Troon to manage the golf course reaffirms the market-leader’s ability to deliver worldwide, meeting the diverse requirements of each and every region. German golfers have long experienced Troon facilities while traveling to other golf destinations, including the United Arab Emirates, Spain and the UK.

The agreement with Golf Club Pfalz also demonstrates Troon’s ability to offer a diverse array of services through customized contracts, meeting the needs of ownership and, subsequently, its members and guests with absolute attention to detail and quality.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Jim Dodson Talks about Pure Golf Auctions Starting March 1

Author of Final Rounds, American Triumvirate and Ben Hogan, An American Life

(RELEASE) - One morning recently, I stopped by my friend Tom Stewart’s Old Sport & Gallery and Bookshop in the Village of Pinehurst – the Old Curiosity Shop of the Golf World, as I like to think of it – with a unique item for his special Internet auction of one-of-kind golf artifacts and collectibles.

It was a copy of Howard Miller’s How To Relax, a bestselling 1945 book that belonged to the great Ben Hogan Himself, passed along to me more that a decade ago by one of his dearest friends. As Hogan’s authorized biographer, I found the book to be a useful insight into the Wee Iceman’s carefully cultivated public persona and key to his success. Beneath the chilly exterior of a champion who wrapped himself in forbidding silence was a brilliant tactician who understood the importance of being able to mentally relax and perform his best under extreme conditions.

So why would I wish to let go of such an important little book?

Frankly, two reasons:
- One is that such an influential artifact might fetch a tidy sum that can be passed on to the good works of the Ben Hogan Foundation, upon which I’m honored to serve. The Foundation does terrific work with young people and perpetuates the Hogan legacy in a number of important ways.
- Another reason is that I think this valuable little book deserves to circulate in the wider world where it may wind up being appreciated as part of an important collection rather that squirreled away in a biographer’s overcrowded home office.

To this optimistic end If ever there was a place where the little book might find a proper new home, it’s likely to be Brother Stewart’s Pure Golf Auctions, a rare international internet event scheduled to take place from March 1to 15, highlighted by some of the most remarkable golf treasures to be found anywhere on the planet.

I like to call Tom the “Lord Mayor of Pinehurst” because his eccentric and wonderful golf shop (featured in every publication in the land) is essentially the cross-roads of the game, a place in the Home of American Golf where historians, collectors, investors, Tour players and ordinary hackers like me feel right at home rubbing elbows with Arnie, Jack and other giants of the game.

As a Life Member of the PGA of America, writer and former tournament player who actively competed in several countries, Tom also served as head professional at some of the finest private clubs and resorts in the nation. His extensive travels around the world turned him into a serious collector of top golf art and rare collectibles and ultimately brought him home to Pinehurst to open the Old Sport Gallery in the Village’s historical Harvard Building.

Just between us this auction began when Tom’s wife Ilana suggested he conduct a comprehensive inventory of his large warehouse where years of his rare finds of artwork, books, and vintage clubs were housed. “There were so many amazing things I discovered,” he says, “I decided it wouldn’t be right not to make them available to collectors, organizations, clubs and individuals who want a living piece of history. The Internet makes an auction like this really possible for everyone to participate – the only one I know backed up by a bricks an mortar store.”

Consider, if you will, seed merchant Samuel Ryder’s actual office work desk from 1916, sent over from Hertfordshire, England, to be replicated for a line of premium quality furniture in America that never got produced. Only an exquisite one-of-kind Ryder Cup marquetry made bar complete with Ryder Cup crystal resulted – and Tom has that as well.

Besides scores of historic first editions of golf’s most celebrated writers, there are original oil paintings and signed limited edition prints by Richard Chorley, Linda Hartough, Arthur Weaver, Michael Mullins, Bill Williams, Thomas LeGault and Guy Salvato among others. A rare photo taken by Henry Cotton of Hogan practicing at Wentworth in 1953 is one my favorites, as is a large sterling silver trophy, Del Monte Cup of 1899, won by C.E. Maud, who later helped developed golf in California. The auction will also offer perhaps the most extensive collection to be found anywhere of historical magazines, journals, adverts and unpublished photos dating from 1875. If you really want a conversation starter for the club foyer, consider the hand-made 1/2000-scale replica of the famous Royal and Ancient clubhouse featuring over 20,000 pieces made painstakingly by hand by a golf-mad NASA scientist.

Some of the significant items in this inaugural auction include artifacts from the estates of Richard Tufts, owner of Pinehurst and President of the USGA, Edwin Carter, who ran the PGA Tour for many years and was involved with the administration of the Masters; PGA Member George Lewis, John Derr, CBS Sports and Masters commentator, and Morton Olman, the “Godfather” of modern golf collecting among others.

I could go on and on naming artifacts and treasures. Better yet, you can sign up now by registering at and go treasure hunting at your own leisurely pace beginning on March

Sincerely, Jim Dodson 

For further information, contact Tom Stewart at (910) 315-5511 or