Saturday, June 30, 2012

A|U|R Tour Staff Player Jonathan Moore Wins Best Dressed

(MONTREAL, QUEBEC) - Professional golfer Jonathan Moore won best dressed player wearing A|U|R, a Fletcher Leisure Group product, in the Volvik Hildesheim Open J Golf Series at the Hildesheim Country Club in South Korea June 21-24.

Jonathan Moore
Four Tour players are nominated each tournament week in the Asian Tour to compete in the Volik Best Dressed Challenge. Fans are then able to vote Wednesday through Sunday for their choice player, and the winner is announced on the Monday morning following a tournament.

"I have been blessed to wear A|U|R clothing for almost a year now, and it has been the perfect combination I like from my clothes - unique style, full of color, and most of all it performs well on the course! A|U|R has helped me have my own style and be set apart from all the other players," said Moore.

"We at A|U|R are committed to offering technical apparel that, beyond looks and fine quality, offers the comfort and ease of movement that can take a Tour Player's game further," said Mark Fletcher, President of Fletcher Leisure Group. "To have Jonathan recognized for his style on the Asian Tour is a great recognition of our dedication to provide the most advanced performance golf apparel with a cutting edge look."

Montreal-based A|U|R was successfully launched in 2008 by Fletcher Leisure Group - the largest privately owned supplier of high-quality golfwear, lifestyle apparel and golf equipment (as well as snow sportswear) in Canada - as the new Face of Aureus and Aurea. The brand's philosophy has always been authenticity and dedication to providing the most value-added, aspiring golf fashion on the market. Since its debut, A|U|R has expanded into the global marketplace and created a buzz on the PGA TOUR, and remains dedicated to looking towards the future and expanding their product offering to truly encompass "All That You Are."

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Superintendents Gather to Benefit Scholarship, Research Projects

Northern California Chapter of the GCSAA Hosts Tournament at Sonoma Golf Club

(Sonoma, CA) - The 2012 Clifford & Myrtle Wagoner Scholarship & Research Fundraising Tournament is set for July 2 at Sonoma Golf Club. Hosted by the Northern California Chapter of the GCSAA, the event benefits turfgrass research and scholarships.

The tournament, which includes breakfast, boxed lunch, post-round hors d'oeuvre reception and silent auction, is open to golf course superintendents, turfcare representatives and allied golf industry professionals. Registration is set for 7:30 a.m. with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start (played in a 4-person team, two-person better ball format). Entry fee is $125.00 per player, or $450.00 per foursome. For non-golfers who want to support the cause and enjoy lunch, an hors d'oeuvre reception and auction activities only, that option is available.

The silent auction will include an array of interesting items including tickets to major sporting events, golf equipment, autographed sports memorabilia, rounds of golf at top-ranked Northern California golf courses plus stay & play golf packages.

"Our association continues to support turfgrass research projects and scholarship opportunities for those in need," stated GCSANC President Rodney Muller, "and this year five worthy individuals are receiving scholarships. We will also make a donation to the California Turfgrass & Landscape Foundation (CT&LF) to help support the research work of Dr. James Baird being conducted in Northern California." Dr. Baird is a highly respected turfgrass specialist with the University of California, Riverside.

Now in its fifth year, the fundraising tournament and auction continues to be a popular event amongst golf course superintendents and suppliers. It was founded in tribute to GCSANC Past President Clifford Wagoner, and his wife, Myrtle, both long-time supporters of the Northern California Chapter of the GCSAA. The 2012 Clifford & Myrtle Wagoner Scholarship & Research Fundraising Tournament has the sponsorship support of Mid Cal Tractor and John Deere.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Wishon Golf Introduces Giant Niblick Sand Wedge

A unique design for fun - but also for full game improvement playability

Proving that Tom Wishon Golf Technology can push the envelope and think completely outside the box when it comes to clubhead design, the hugely oversize Giant Niblick Sand Wedge is designed to be fully playable as well as a definite conversation piece. The Giant Niblick is truly a unique design that when any golfer sees it; will elicit an "I have to have one of these" response.

* Almost Three Times the Size of a Conventional Sand Wedge, the Giant Niblick is designed to be a playable sand wedge to blast the ball out of any bunker.

* Precision investment cast from high grade 6061 aluminum, with fully CNC engraved scorelines. Produced with pre-2010 USGA rule scorelines.

* Ultra-Wide Sole Fully Radiused with 2° bounce sole angle matched to the ultra-wide sole to be completely playable from sand or tall grass. Low bounce + wide sole plays like a medium sole width with traditional 10-12° bounce.

* 58° loft combines with large head design size to play like a traditional 56° loft sand wedge.

* Designed for fun, or for any golfer searching for consistency in getting the ball out of the sand - just address the face square to the ball and swing completely through and the ball always comes out of the sand!

* Finished in bright satin polish with clear anodized finish with glass bead blast highlights.

* Available in RH only, 58° loft, 0.370 bore and shipped with matching ferrule.

Tom Wishon Golf Technology is the leader in professional custom clubfitting design, research and technology.

Our original, high performance designs are available only custom fit to each individual golfer, through professional custom clubmakers world wide.

Custom fitting is for ALL golfers - in truth, the higher your handicap, the more custom fitting can improve your play and lower your score. Don't be fooled by the marketing of the big golf companies into believing that the best clubs are bought standard off the rack through pro shops and retail golf stores.

Custom clubfitting is the only way any golfer should ever consider buying their next set of golf clubs. We welcome you to discover why Wishon Golf is the leader in professional custom clubfitting design.


SeeMore Congratulates Zach Johnson

Johnson is Top 5 in the four Main Putting Statistical Categories Year to Date for 2012

SeeMore Putter Company congratulates Zach Johnson and his FGP black blade putter for being in the Top 5 in the four main putting statistical categories year to date for 2012. This is a rare statistical accomplishment.

* #1 in Putting Average 1.717 putts per green in regulation
* #3 in One-Putt Percentage 44.6%
* #4 in Putts per Round 28.03
* #5 in Strokes Gained Putting .709 per round

In 2003, when he was player of the year on the Nationwide Tour, he set the all-time Tour season record for fewest average putts per green in regulation, an incredible 1.699, using his SeeMore putter. The SeeMore putter has been with him ever since, helping him to nearly $25 million in career earnings and eight PGA Tour victories, the second most on the PGA Tour for any player currently under the age of 40.

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Saddle Creek Resort Extends ‘Two-for-One Stay and Play Package’ through August

(COPPEROPOLIS, Calif.) – Saddle Creek Resort – the Castle & Cooke golf community in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Calaveras County – is extending its “Two-for-One Stay and Play Package.”

The highly sought after package includes two nights (double occupancy); two rounds of world-class golf; complimentary breakfast and cart fees; unlimited range balls; and access to the resort’s Sports Club, which houses a junior Olympic-size lap pool, workout equipment, tennis and bocce ball courts and a horse shoe pit.

Rates start at $309 midweek (Monday – Thursday) and $409 weekend (Friday – Sunday) per person, through August 31. Saddle Creek is located two hours from the Bay Area and 1.5 hours from Sacramento.

“The ‘Two-for-One Stay and Play Package’ in the Sierra foothills is ideal for golf buddy trips or couples searching for a romantic getaway,” says Bob Higgins, Saddle Creek General Manager. “Avid and recreational golfers will be impressed with an elite golf experience, vistas of nearby Yosemite National Park, luxurious accommodations and fine dining at a great price.”

Situated along the first and ninth holes, the bungalows are equipped with a full kitchen and dining area, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a living room with cozy fireplace and satellite TV. Saddle Creek Resort’s miles of hiking and biking trails are steps away from the cottages.

Saddle Creek Resort is widely recognized for its award-winning cuisine at the Copper Grille — located in the clubhouse and featuring more than 500 wines including the highly-praised local Petit Syrah.

Packages are exclusive of taxes, gratuities, and other charges unless otherwise noted, and cannot be combined with any other offer. Advance reservations required. Offer valid for groups of eight or fewer.

For more information or to make reservations: 209.785.7415,,


Nike Golf Finds Inspiration in Action Sports for the New Swingtip Footwear

Nike Golf’s Lunar Swingtip shoe pays homage to the wingtip design

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) - Nike Golf’s non-stop innovation is in full swing as its footwear team continues to thrive on inspiration from Nike Athletes. The most recent idea born from Nike Athlete input is the new men’s Nike Lunar Swingtip shoes that pay homage to the classic wingtip design.

A team of Nike Golf engineers and designers visited Nike affiliate, Hurley, for unique athlete inspiration from skateboarders and surfers who enjoy golf and can go low on the course. The engineers and designers utilized these insights as well as those already in the Nike Skateboarding line, to create a shoe that provides stability and comfort on and off the golf course.

“Nike Action Sports has a lot of skate and surf athletes who love golf and are low-handicap players,” said Lee Walker. “When they play, they want to look the part – to wear the ‘uniform’ of golf.  But at the same time they, better than most, can appreciate the stability afforded by a low-profile cupsole construction given the performance demands of their chosen sports.  Balance and stability are critical in board sports just as they are in golf.”

The traction pattern of the outsole was derived from a pressure mapping study Nike’s Sports Research Lab (NSRL) conducted on multiple categories of Nike Athletes. These findings directly influenced the stud configuration, geometry, and heights of the lugs, resulting in a design that offers traction on demand, when and where you need it.

The lugs engage with the ground throughout the swing, providing a secure grip with hidden traction. The rubber rim around the bottom of the shoe is weight activated, working with the movements of the foot to create increased stability while concealing the traction lugs below.

A full-length Nike Lunarlon sockliner delivers superior out-of-the-box comfort while providing ground feel and support. Walker stated, “Action Sports had been utilizing this execution of Lunarlon foam in their Skateboarding line. This inspired our team to incorporate a similar drop-in Lunarlon sockliner for comfort directly underfoot.”

Wingtip upper designs are available in multiple colors and material offerings, including:  Leather (1-year waterproof), Suede and Canvas.

AVAILABILITY: July 1, 2012
Leather (1 yr WP): MSRP: $150 – MAP/STREET: $119.99
Suede: MSRP: $140 – MAP/STREET: $109.99

AVAILABILITY: January 1, 2013
Canvas:  MSRP: $130 – MAP/STREET: $99.99


Precision Clubfitting Leader Henry-Griffitts Launches New Global Website

(MAUMEE, OH) - Henry-Griffitts - a pioneer in precision clubfitting and the originator of the golf clubfitting cart - launched a newly revamped website,

The new Henry-Griffitts website has a strong emphasis on user-friendly layouts and design, where customers and teachers will be able to more easily access the information.

"I am very excited about the new website, it will be much easier for users to get around and find the latest products and news from Henry-Griffitts," says Randall Henry, President of Henry-Griffitts. "The website will continue to get bigger and better on a daily basis, and to make this the site not only for those looking for more information on H-G, but on clubfitting and teaching in general."

Henry-Griffitts fits golfers around the world. When users visit the home page they will first select a country, which will direct them to visit custom sites for the nations where H-G fitters are located. Not only does this allow each country to personally cater to their region, it also lets the users have a more intimate experience with the content they receive.

"What we wanted to do with the website update was help the users find more up to date information as well as add some new exciting features to the back end. Consumers will be able to access more information about certified teachers in a visually stimulated environment," says Packy Tagliaferro, Director of Marketing and Art for H-G.

As well as being graphically rich for the user, a noticeable improvement on the website is the layout, with the addition of a top navigation drop-down menu. The new website showcases Henry-Griffitts for their excellence in clubfitting and club building this with additional content that describes what sets H-G apart from the pack. Under the tab "H-G Difference" on the top navigation menu, users will find information on club building, as well as the proper way to be fit and why H-G chooses to PURE its clubs.


Sun Mountain Named Official Outerwear of the 2012 Arctic Open

(Missoula, Montana) - Sun Mountain is the official outerwear provider for The Arctic Open Golf Championship 2012 being held at the Akureyri Golf Club in Iceland June 28 – 30.

This international event attracts hundreds of golfers from across the world and offers the unique opportunity to golf around the clock thanks to the nearly 24 hours of daylight at this northernmost golf course in the world.

Golfers in the event will be wearing garments from Sun Mountain’s collection of thermal and wind wear. Men will be wearing the Sun Mountain Long Sleeve Mock shirt ($54) with the Boulder Vest ($99). Women will be donning the Second Layer jacket ($49) paired with the Alpine Vest ($84).

The Long Sleeve Mock is a quick-dry, technical cotton shirt constructed with 95% sueded cotton and 5% spandex. The Boulder Vest is a windproof, quilted vest constructed from soft, microfiber fabric with a Teflon coating for water and stain resistance. Boulder Vest offers zippered hand warmer pockets and a weather-blocking, stand-up collar.

The women’s Second Layer jacket is a lightweight, thermal pullover made from a soft, stretch knit polyester with comfortable, seamless shoulders. The women’s Alpine Vest is a windproof, quilted vest with a Teflon coating for water and stain resistance. Alpine Vest offers a slim-cut and zippered hand warmer pockets.

Founded in 1935, the Akureyri Golf Club is the northernmost golf course in the world and currently has 600 members who enjoy the 6,400 yard championship 18-hole course. The Arctic Open Golf Championship was first held in 1986.

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


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Waccamaw Golf Trail Partners With South Carolina's Hammock Coast Offers Chance to Win a Lowcountry Vacation

Fantastic giveaway for four at includes three-night stay, two dinners, sunset cruise, attraction tickets and golf on the award-winning Waccamaw Golf Trail

(Georgetown, S.C.) - A round of golf for four on any of the 12 courses along the Waccamaw Golf Trail is just one part of a fantastic stay-and-play grand prize being offered in promotion of the Hammock Coast of the South Carolina Lowcountry by the Georgetown County Tourism Management Commission The deadline for entries is July 13, and the drawing will take place soon thereafter.

The lucky winner will also receive a three-night stay for four at The Litchfield Inn, two complimentary dinners-for-four, tickets to one of the area's top attractions and a sunset cruise out of Murrells Inlet. No purchase is required. Entries are being accepted at

"This is a wonderful chance for new visitors to experience the best of the Hammock Coast of South Carolina," said Sally Hogan, tourism manager for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce. "The Lowcountry is a special place. The area welcomes millions of visitors each year and we know that once you visit, you'll come back time and time again."

The Hammock Coast includes Garden City Beach, historic Georgetown, Litchfield Beach, Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island. Pawleys Island is the country's oldest seaside resort. And the city of Georgetown reportedly has more homes on the National Register of Historic Places than Williamsburg, Va.

The Waccamaw Golf Trail includes 12 resort courses located within a 16-mile stretch along the southern tier of the Grand Strand. The courses that comprise the Trail are Blackmoor Golf Club, Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, Heritage Club, Litchfield Country Club, Pawleys Plantation, River Club, TPC of Myrtle Beach, Tradition Club, True Blue Plantation, Wachesaw Plantation East, Wedgefield Plantation and Willbrook Plantation. All of the courses received at least an eight-point ranking out of a 10-point maximum for Golf Insider, a publication of National Golf Management.

The list of accolades for these courses includes GOLF Magazine's "America's Top 100," Golf for Women's "Top 25 in America," six 4½-star courses and one of only three 5-star courses in the southeast as rated by Golf Digest. Preferred tee times for the Waccamaw Trail courses and accommodation packages are available by visiting or by calling (888) 293-7385.


Golflexx Announces Special Offer to PGA, LPGA Teaching Pros

If you're a teaching golf professional Golflexx wants to send you a free Golflexx with instructional DVD for your personal use. Just send us a request at and they'll ship it to your teaching location (golf pro shop, course, Country Club, etc.). For our verification simply point to a sight where you are listed as the teaching pro.

Stretching for golf is critical to slowing down the rapid decline senior golfer's experience, as well as reducing the stress on the muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. The golf swing puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the body, and unless you are participating in a consistent stretching for golf program, you will be a statistic. By using Golflexx, following our simple routine and using it in your daily work out regiment will help prevent injury and keep you in better shape to play golf.

Golflexx will help you from becoming one of the millions of golfers who aren't improving and who are injured at some point every season. The golf swing is dynamic. What that means is it involves motion. This motion needs to be fluid, tension-less, and powerful. One of the only ways to accomplish this is with a good stretching routine. What are you waiting for? Don't become one of those statistics.

A smooth, successful golf swing results from having good range of motion and flexibility in your swing path. As flexibility increases, your ability to have a complete backswing and extended follow-through improves. Most golfers have a tendency to be tight in the flexor and extensor muscles of the legs and hips, but flexible in the hips and trunk from constant swinging. Therefore, these flexors and extensors should be stretched regularly. Golflexx can help with these important muscle groups used in the golf swing. Remember, muscles and tissues tend to shorten over one's lifetime, but stretching and flexibility exercises using Golflexx have been proven to prevent and even reverse this condition. Golflexx is excellent for all ages. It's never too early or too late to start a good stretching routine.


Special Edition Orange AMP Driver launched by COBRA Golf

(CARLSBAD, CA) – COBRA Golf launched the Special Edition Orange AMP Driver. Through a collaboration with Rickie Fowler, COBRA Golf has created a Sunday Orange version of the popular AMP Driver. Available in limited quantities at select retailers this August, the Special Edition Orange AMP Driver brings COBRA Golf’s signature color, technical innovation and performance to the golf course in a big way.

“This Special Edition driver embodies what COBRA Golf is bringing to the game of golf, a desirable package of performance, innovation and style,” commented Bob Philion, President of COBRA PUMA GOLF. “We are building on the success and strong performance of our current AMP line with an exciting limited edition that will resonate with Rickie’s fans. Like Rickie, we believe the Special Edition Orange AMP Driver will be a huge hit and continue to build desirability for the COBRA brand.”
After launching the first white driver in November 2010 with the ZL, COBRA is now bringing the first monochromatic, color driver to the market. The Special Edition Orange AMP Driver has a vibrant orange crown with a vibrant orange and black PVD sole. The premium Mitsubishi Diamana Whiteboard shaft and Lamkin R.E.L. 3Gen grip are both a custom vibrant orange. The driver comes with a vibrant orange head cover and ships to consumers in a custom COBRA AMP vibrant orange box. The Special Edition Orange AMP Driver honors and celebrates Rickie Fowler and his Sunday Orange.
“It was a lot of fun working with the COBRA research and development team on this driver,” said Rickie Fowler. “We had a few rounds of samples until we found the right Sunday Orange color and then we decided to use the same shaft I play on Tour. It has been performing great in testing and has a cool new look and edge to it. I think fans will love it.”

The Special Edition Orange AMP Driver features E9 Face Technology with dual roll, Adjustable Flight Technology (AFT), and Advanced Material Placement. These technologies combine with a Titanium 6-4 head and a semi-forged, milled titanium face to deliver blistering balls speeds, explosive distance and customized performance. E9 Face Technology with dual roll utilizes an elliptical shape face that gives the Special Edition Orange AMP Driver a 30% larger Sweet Zone, resulting in more distance, accuracy and forgiveness in shots hit from the low heel to high toe; the canted bulge with dual roll provides added distance and accuracy to the shots hit above and below the centerline. AFT lets golfers easily set the face angle to Open, Neutral or Closed to optimize ball flight and Advanced Material Placement redistributes up to 15 grams of weight to maximize distance through optimized launch conditions.

“The Special Edition driver features the same advanced technology we use in our Tour proven AMP Driver,” said Tom Preece, Vice President of Research and Development at COBRA PUMA GOLF. “The adjusted shape face and design of bulge and roll gives golfers more confidence when mis-hits happen by creating a larger Sweet Zone; ultimately adding forgiveness and distance to shots that aren’t hit in the center of the face.”

With the Special Edition Orange AMP Driver, COBRA Golf is driving desirability for the brand and bringing an innovative, fresh new product for golfers to enjoy the game of golf.

Rickie Fowler’s Stats in 2012
Total Driving
* 2012: 6th vs. 2011: T87th
Driving Accuracy
* 2012: 40th (64.53% of fairways) vs. 2011: 157th (56.7%)
Greens in Regulation
* 2012: 28th vs. 2011: T120th
Ball Striking
* 2012: 13th vs. 2011: 108th

COBRA Special Edition Orange AMP Driver
E9 Face Technology with dual roll
* An elliptical face featuring a new canted bulge with dual roll design providing more distance to shots hit above and below the centerline.
Adjustable Flight Technology (AFT)
* Three simple face-angle settings (Open, Neutral and Closed) optimize ball flight for increased distance and improved accuracy.
Advanced Material Placement
* Sophisticated computer modeling and simulation allow designers to thin walls to save weight and redistribute up to 15 grams of mass deep and back in the club head; this maximizes distance through optimized launch conditions.
Mitsubishi Diamana White Board Shaft
* The same premium shaft that Rickie Fowler plays on Tour in a custom color provides stability through impact and optimum feel.  

The COBRA Special Edition Orange AMP Driver (MAP $499) is available in men’s right-handed lofts of 9.5° and 10.5° in Stiff and Regular flexes.  

The Special Edition Orange AMP Driver will be available in the United States Aug. 1 in limited quantities at select retailers. To find an authorized COBRA Golf dealer near you, visit

For more information on COBRA Golf, visit us at Stay up to date with the latest products, events and COBRA Golf Tour athletes at and on our Twitter handle: @cobragolf

Tommy Hilfiger Golf Women's Ambassador Melissa Reid Claims Czech Victory

Reid wore 'Tommy Hilfiger Golf' during her win at the Raiffeisenbank Prague Golf Masters on the Ladies European Tour

(NEW YORK, NEW YORK) - The Tommy Hilfiger Group congratulates British golfer Melissa Reid on her first Ladies European Tour win in the 2012 season at the Raiffeisenbank Prague Golf Masters. Demonstrating incredible composure, Reid sunk a six-foot putt to seal her one stroke victory over Italian Diana Luna on the 18th green.

Wearing her trademark Tommy Hilfiger Golf white shorts and lilac polo, Reid was the picture of poise and grace on the course. Reid has been dubbed one of the most promising talents in the game today and perfectly represents the classic, American, cool spirit of the Tommy Hilfiger brand.

"We are so excited for Melissa," said Tommy Hilfiger. "She had a sensational and well deserved win on Sunday. We are very proud to have her as the brand ambassador for our women's golf collection."

"We are truly delighted for Melissa," said Jon Camp, European Managing Director of Fletcher Leisure Group, the licensee for the Tommy Hilfiger Golf line. "Her win in Prague highlights the qualities that led us to choose to work with Melissa in the first place. I have no doubt she will continue to make us very proud."

The Spring 2012 Tommy Hilfiger Golf collection is inspired by a preppy and energetic spirit that is at the core of the Tommy Hilfiger brand DNA. Adding a twist to signature classic American sensibility, the collection's technical performance fabrics focus on style and fit. Through a license agreement with Fletcher Leisure Group, the men's and women's golf lines are available in the U.S., Canada and Europe at private and public golf clubs, golf specialty stores, sport specialty stores, resort accounts, and corporate accounts, as well as at


LINKSOUL John Ashworth & Co. Adds John Merrick as a Brand Ambassador

SoCal Native to Showcase Brand’s Natural Performance Materials on PGA Tour

(OCEANSIDE, CA) – LINKSOUL John Ashworth & Co. – the new golf-lifestyle apparel collection by the legendary founder of the Ashworth and Fidra brands – announces that John Merrick has become its latest brand ambassador and will wear the company’s premium garments while competing on the PGA Tour.

Throughout the season, the 30-year-old Long Beach native will showcase an array of the company’s garments crafted from natural performance materials. These include luxurious polos, sweaters, lightweight jackets and bottoms that cater to style-conscious men seeking an alternative to "golf uniform" technical pieces.

“I started wearing LINKSOUL earlier in the year and fell in love with its look and feel,” says Merrick. “The fabrics are amazing and the fit is perfect for me."

Currently ranked No. 68 on the FedExCup, Merrick had one of the most celebrated SoCal amateur careers in recent memory. He captured the SCGA Amateur Championship at age 19 and led the 2003 UCLA Bruins to their first Pac-10 Men’s Golf Championship since 1985. He turned pro in 2004 and earned his PGA Tour card following a stellar 2006 on the Nationwide Tour. To date, Merrick’s 2012 season has been highlighted by a runner-up finish at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

“John’s a California guy and our clothes really speak to his sensibility,” says Ashworth, the company’s Chief Creative Officer. “He’s got a great attitude, totally gets the LINKSOUL vibe and is a stellar representative for our brand.”

Featuring an array of rich fabrics such as innosoft cotton, micro merino wool and linen, the LINKSOUL Summer 2012 collection is now available exclusively at discerning specialty golf merchandisers throughout North America. These easy-to-care-for garments cater specifically to the needs of style-conscious men seeking a comfortable alternative to "golf uniform" technical pieces.

In addition to Merrick, LINKSOUL is worn by scores of discerning golfers, including Champions Tour star Michael Allen.

For more information:, 510.618.1200.


Scott Stone Promoted to National Sales Manager, Golf for AHEAD

(New Bedford, MA) – Scott Stone, a golf industry veteran, has been promoted to National Sales Manager, Golf for AHEAD by CEO Anne Broholm.

Scott Stone
Stone has been affiliated with the company since 1997 when he started selling headwear in Texas and Oklahoma. Most recently he has served as a regional sales manager for the AHEAD, Kate Lord, and PGA Authentic brands.

“I am pleased to be able to tap Scott’s leadership skills and knowledge of the industry to further AHEAD’s growth in golf in the immediate future,” said Broholm.  “His tenure with AHEAD and years of experience in the golf industry will be invaluable in his new position.  Scott has excelled in his various roles at AHEAD and I’m confident he will continue to bring that same level of excellence to this new role.”

An industry veteran since 1989, Stone began his golf career working for the Ben Hogan Golf Company as a Tour representative on what was then the PGA Tour’s developmental program, the Ben Hogan Tour, where his responsibilities included on-site retail management, sports marketing, product design and development.

After a brief stint as sales analyst for the Ben Hogan Company, Stone began a 14-year sales career where he gained valuable headwear and apparel experience with companies such as Izod Club, Cutter & Buck, Nike, Adidas, and finally, AHEAD.

For additional information access the web site at


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Jeff Waller Named Senior Director of Global Business Development for AHEAD

(New Bedford, MA) – Jeff Waller, a 16-year veteran of AHEAD, has been appointed to the new position of Senior Director of Global Business Development by CEO Anne Broholm.

Waller will lead new business development in the U.S. and Canada, while also overseeing AHEAD’s much anticipated entry into the corporate marketplace.  In addition, Waller will continue as a key member of the executive management team at Ahead, with input on strategic company direction, and will also remain in charge of the company’s resort and tournament divisions.

Prior to his new position, Waller served as National Sales Manager for AHEAD, Kate Lord and PGA Authentic brands.  He was responsible for overseeing the golf sales force and resort markets across all sales territories.

“Jeff has been a great asset to AHEAD and I look forward to tapping into his long-term knowledge of the company and the industry to continue to grow our brand. His vast experience will be invaluable as we explore other potential markets outside of our core golf business,” said Broholm.  “As new market opportunities emerge, I am confident Jeff will position AHEAD to be competitive and desirable to a broad cross section of new clients.”

Before joining AHEAD, Waller worked in sales for Reebok and started his career as a Class A PGA Golf Professional. He holds a degree in Business Management and Economics from North Carolina State University.

For additional information access the web site at


Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National Features aboutGolf Technology

(Paris, France) - In the third of the season's five events developed through a partnership of The European Tour Performance Institute (ETPI) and aboutGolf, European Tour Professionals will have the opportunity to capitalize on aboutGolf's performance improvement technology at the 2012 Alstom Open de France, July 5 - 8, to be hosted at Le Golf National.

As with the kickoff at Omega Dubai Desert Classic - where program baseline assessments were observed - and subsequent BMW PGA Championship, the professionals, as well as their coaching teams, will continue with extensive analysis and screening by world-renowned biomechanist Jean-Jacques Rivet, ETPI head physiotherapist Rob Hillman and aboutGolf experts using the company's proprietary golf performance technology.

Utilizing European Tour's physiotherapy analysis, the ETPI screening protocol, and aboutGolf technology - including the aG Mobile portable launch monitor, aG Balance Pro Tour portable weight analysis tool and aG Flix video swing analysis system - several players have gathered data to employ swing development programs which they can improve upon throughout the Tour in the Race to Dubai Physio Unit, as well as during personal time.

"With the first two events of the program behind us, we have made many useful observations regarding how aboutGolf's technology is capable of helping some of the world's best golfers improve their games" said Chuck Faust, President, aboutGolf. "We are eager to see how the next three sessions go, as well as the individual golfer's end-of-season results."

Using its specific ETPImeTM process, ETPI strives to guide both pupil and coach, at all levels to tailored solutions for game improvement. The information utilized in such training is amassed by ETPI and supported by the accuracy and reliability of aboutGolf's products - which allow more effective instruction and tracking of measurable results.

"We are very excited about putting the ETPImeTM process to the test with some of the best players in the World," said Fredrik Lindgren, head of ETPI. "We have over 20 years of experience in the area of golf specific conditioning and have spent the last 3 years developing the ETPImeTM process. With the very precise performance data we get from aboutGolf's mobile equipment we can now take this process out on to the driving range and make a real difference."

Following the stop at Le Golf National - which is a renowned European Tour Destination and host the 2018 Ryder Cup - participants will maintain a rigorous schedule throughout events at Omega European Masters at Golf Club de Crans sur Sierre in Switzerland and Portugal Masters at Oceanico Victoria Golf Club, Algarve.
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The 10 Most Impressive College Golf Courses

Taconic Golf Club is home to Williams College

No other sport can boast such breathtaking playing areas as the game of golf. Beautiful courses carefully designed by master architects become once-in-a-lifetime destinations for visitors from all over the world. Though courses on the U.S. Open tour may spare no expense in order to keep the likes of Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson coming back, college courses have to do their best with often tighter budgets. Decent enough links can be found on campuses from coast to coast, but 10 schools in particular have courses so impressive, we have to tip our plaid cap to them.

1. Taconic Golf Club, Williams College:

Created on land owned by Williams College, Taconic is not just one of the best college courses in America, but one of the best, period. Created in 1896, it has a long and impressive history, infamous for tough greens and the strategic shot placement required to make par. It’s also known for Nicklaus Rock, where the pro once hit a hole in one, and the suggestion box on number 4, located in the middle of a pond. Renovation has seen the removal of more than 1,000 trees, but there are still 5,000 more that, coupled with the gently sloping hills and vibrant grass, make this course a golfer’s Mecca.

2. Stanford University Golf Course:

Nestled in the hills of Silicon Valley lies this gem that Tom Watson called “a complete golf course.” Players are regularly treated to sightings of exotic wildlife like golden eagles, green herons, deer, and foxes. After you tee off over a road on Hole 1, you’re treated to scenic views of the famous Stanford barn, San Francisquito Creek, and on a clear day, San Francisco and Oakland from Number 18. Players rave about the challenging course layout, with its dog-leg par 5s, long par 4s, and those beautiful oak trees.

3. Seven Oaks Golf Club, Colgate University:

The maintenance crew is to be commended for keeping the golf course here on Colgate’s campus in beautiful, pristine condition. Though at 6,900 yards its length is not overpowering, the water hazards on 12 holes and the thick roughs provide a stiff challenge to players young and old. The greens are some of the best in New York, large but quick. In the fall, the changing colors of the trees in the surrounding forests make the course look like a Hallmark card, and you’d be forgiven for holding up play to enjoy the view.

4. Birdwood Golf Course, University of Virginia:

Spread out on 500 acres of lush Virginia land, Birdwood is owned by UVA and is home to the men’s and women’s golf teams. Located just a mile west of campus, everything is scenic here, from the driving range, which players say makes you feel like you’re hitting balls off a cliff, to the cobblestone bridge to the green at Hole 14. A member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, maintenance helps keep chemical use low to protect wildlife. But there’s no mercy for players, with elevation changes, high roughs, and slick greens that will challenge even scratch golfers.

5. Scarlet Course, Ohio State University:

In 2005, OSU brought in hall of famer and alum Jack Nicklaus to oversee restoration of the course originally built by renowned architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie in the early 1930s. The result is this impressive 7,455-yard gauntlet with newly restored bunkers that forces players to bring their A-game or spend the day hacking their way out of the sand. If you’re lucky enough to hit the narrow fairways, you’ve still got the well-guarded, severe MacKenzie greens to deal with. Fun fact to remember if you find yourself in the left-side bunkers on 9: they spell out “OSU.”

6. The Course at Yale:

Praising Yale for its golf course has become almost cliche, but there’s no denying that this is a fantastic set of links. Course architect Charles Blair Macdonald transformed a 700-acre area of swamp and woods into one of the best-designed courses around. The 6,700 yards are loaded with hills, lakes, and deep bunkers, with huge fairways and even bigger greens. Rounds begin with an intimidating tee-off from high above Griest Pond, and things only get trickier from there. The ninth hole is considered one of the toughest in America and is capped off by a gigantic 12,000-foot green with a gulley running right through the middle.

7. Orchards Golf Club, Mount Holyoke College:

In 2004, the U.S. Women’s Open could think of no better course than The Orchards. As the home base of the golf team for the all-women’s school Mount Holyoke, the course is truly a hidden gem here in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The gently undulating holes buffeted by tall trees make this 90-year-old course an iconic spot for lovers of the game. Players often must drive through a corridor of trees to the fairway, helping give this course this cozy, quaint feeling of playing the gentlemen’s game in New England.

8. Karsten Creek, Oklahoma State University:

Golf Digest called it the best new public course in 1994, and with good reason. Karsten Creek stretches 7,400 yards and was designed by celebrated architect Tom Fazio. As the course was forged in the heart of oak forests, players see nothing but the hole they’re currently on from the first tee-off to Number 17. The course earns its five-star rating with lush zoysia grass fairways and some of the finest bunkers in the country. The lovely Lake Louise caps off the back nine, eating up errant shots and reminding players why this is one of the toughest yet most beautiful courses in America.

9. The Rawls Course, Texas Tech University:

“The most sophisticated irrigation system ever devised” helps make this course on the dry Texas panhandle an oasis for Red Raider golfers and members of the Lubbock public. Consistently rated one of the top collegiate courses in the country, Rawls’ 7,200 yards cover what was once ultra-flat cotton fields. But while the constant West Texas wind and 80-plus bunkers provide the challenge, the sprawling, open fairways provide the scenery and remind you you’re in the plains of the Lone Star State. And if you forget, just check the flag pins: they’re Texas flags, of course.

10. University of Michigan Golf Course:

Ohio State and Michigan agree on one thing at least: Alister MacKenzie can make a fine golf course. The legendary architect actually completed this course before beginning work on OSU’s project, and a multi-million dollar renovation in 1994 returned it to world-class status. Located right next to campus, the course boasts lush, green hills and beautifully-maintained, criss-cross-patterned fairways. The course has hosted numerous junior and amateur championships, but usually the clientele are Wolverine students who come to enjoy a round in their down time on one of the best courses in the state.

To view images of each course, visit The Best Colleges website.

Contact: Open to Lead 2013-14 FedEx Cup Season

The PGA TOUR Policy Board has approved a reconfigured FedExCup season beginning in October of 2013. The Open will become the first event of the season.

The Fry's Electronics sponsored tournament will be played in Silicon Valley the week of October 7-13, 2013, immediately following The Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The events formerly known as the Fall Series will be incorporated into the FedExCup with full points.

"The PGA TOUR is pleased that the Fall Series tournaments will lead off the FedExCup season. The Open has been successful since its inception, and with it becoming the first event of the season, we are certain that Fry's Electronics and their tournament staff will elevate the event even further," said Commissioner Tim Finchem.

Tournament Chairperson Kathy Kolder, an Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Fry's said: "Duke Butler, Tournament President, and I have been striving for this change of schedule for two years, so this is great news. It should help grow our event in stature, player field, Golf Channel audience, and attendance, therefore increasing net contributions to charity."

The Open became an Official PGA TOUR tournament in 2006. The first two events were played in Las Vegas, NV followed by three in Scottsdale, AZ. The October 8-14, 2012 event at CordeValle Golf Club near San Jose will be the third tournament held in Silicon Valley.

The tournament awarded proceeds of $1,000,000 to various charities last year. Bryce Molder is the Defending Champion.

Begun in 2006, Open is an official PGA Tour tournament benefiting many worthwhile charities. The title sponsor is Fry's Electronics, a privately owned retailer with 34 nationwide locations headquartered in San Jose, California. Information about the tournament is available on


Golf in Bermuda with the Deluxe VIP PGA Grand Slam Experience Package

Golf Excursion to Bermuda offers Exclusive Access to the 30th PGA Grand Slam of Golf featuring the Year’s Major Champions

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) - It’s a golf getaway like no other, as it offers the chance to see golf’s four major winners (The Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship) up close in a competition to determine the 2012 PGA Grand Slam of Golf Champion.

The PGA of America’s Deluxe VIP PGA Grand Slam Experience package offers a six-night excursion for golf travelers to the beautiful island of Bermuda to play multiple rounds of golf, while getting exclusive access to a season-ending showcase event that boasts the most difficult requirement in the game – a Major Championship victory.

The 30th PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which returns to the Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda, Oct. 22-24, has featured past champions such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els. U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson joins Masters Champion Bubba Watson to make up the first half of this year’s elite foursome, who will be joined by the winners of the Open Championship, July 19-22, at Royal Lytham & St Annes in Lancashire, England and the 94th PGA Championship, Aug. 9-12, at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.

As part of the excitement surrounding the PGA Grand Slam of Golf and the island of Bermuda , which boasts seven spectacular golf courses, The PGA of America has created a Deluxe VIP PGA Grand Slam Experience golf package. The package features six nights of luxury accommodations at The Fairmont Southampton; breakfast daily; three days admission to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf; daily transfers to/from the hotel to Port Royal and transportation to and from the Bermuda airport.

Highlighting this package is exclusive access to the PGA Welcome Reception on Sunday evening, Oct. 21, and an invitation to the exclusive Champions Celebration Oct. 23, where guests will experience a fireside chat with the Major Champions and then enjoy a spectacular dinner. In addition, the Deluxe VIP PGA Grand Slam Experience package includes one round of golf at Fairmount Southampton Par 3 Golf Course and one round of golf at Port Royal Golf Course Oct. 26, where the four Major Champions will battle it out earlier in the week.

The package prices, which include tax, range from $1,869 - $2,728 per person, based on double occupancy, length of stay and rounds of golf. Golfers interested in purchasing the getaway packages from The PGA of America can visit or call 1-866-260-4409.

The PGA of America is also offering the PGA Grand Slam Experience package, which includes four nights of accommodations at the Fairmount Southampton; breakfast daily; transportation to and from the Bermuda airport to the Fairmont Southampton; daily general admission tickets to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf; and daily tournament transportation. The package prices, including tax, range from $742 - $1,177 per person, based on double occupancy and length of stay.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf features a $1.35 million purse, with the winner receiving $600,000; second place $300,000; third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000. TNT’s prime-time broadcast of the event is distributed to a worldwide audience of 500 million viewers in more than 100 countries.

Hosted by the Bermuda Department of Tourism, Port Royal Golf Course, and the Fairmont Southampton Hotel, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf was established in 1979 and has grown from an 18-hole, single-day charity event to a 36-hole annual showdown that matches professional golf’s best against each other.


Second Annual Ryder Cup Junior Academy Welcomes 83 Junior Golfers at PGA Village

U.S. Ryder Cup Legends Billy Casper & Dow Finsterwald Featured Presenters

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) — Junior golfers representing 40 PGA Sections and select charitable associations will participate in the 2012 Ryder Cup Junior Academy, developed in response to recommendations from past United States Ryder Cup Team Captains, and part of the 2010 Ryder Cup Outreach program. U.S. Ryder Cup Legends Billy Casper and Dow Finsterwald will serve as featured presenters.

After a successful debut in 2011, the Academy returns July 1-8, at the PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla., with 83 juniors participating.

“We had a tremendously successful first year of the Ryder Cup Junior Academy,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “It was wonderful to see first-hand the impact this initiative had on a special group of junior golfers from across the country. The wonderful input of our past Ryder Cup Captains will give junior golfers a rare opportunity to learn more about the game of golf and its values beyond the competitive arena. We are confident that the Academy will continue to offer positive impressions to help build our great game.”

The Ryder Cup Junior Academy is a week-long program that emphasizes the PGA Sports Academy in a variety of skills, including playing and competing in both stroke- and match-play formats, swing mechanics, competitive course management, as well as fitness and physical assessments. Highlights of the week will include a Captains' Clinic, Captains' Dinner and golf instruction from award-winning PGA Professionals.

Ryder Cup Captains Casper and Finsterwald, each who have etched their names in golf history and provided support to both golf’s premier spectacle and PGA of America programs, will share their experiences with the junior attendees.

The 1977 U.S. Captain, Finsterwald won the 1958 PGA Championship, the first conducted in a stroke play format. A member of the PGA Professional Hall of Fame, Finsterwald compiled a 9-3-1 record while competing on the 1957, ’59, ’61 and ’63 U.S. Teams.

Casper, the 1979 U.S. Captain and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, is the all-time U.S. leading point-winner in Ryder Cup competition. He earned 23 ½ points, while competing on eight U.S. Teams in 1961, ’63, ’65, ’67, ’69, ’71, ’73 and ’75. Casper captured three major championships, including the 1959, ’66 U.S. Open, and the 1970 Masters.

The Ryder Cup Junior Academy is designed to expand the outreach of the Ryder Cup and provide aspiring young players an opportunity to experience an elite player development academy, while targeting those who may not have the resources or means to attend. It will also offer the juniors expert instruction from past U.S. Ryder Cup Captains and award-winning PGA Professionals.

As part of the 2010 United States Ryder Cup Team’s commitment—which has already impacted U.S.-based charitable organizations and students at colleges and universities nationwide—the team designated a total of $650,000 to create and support the Ryder Cup Junior Academy.

Each of the 41 PGA Sections nationwide were given the opportunity to nominate one boy and one girl each, with the remainder of the juniors selected through an at-large process. Also receiving invitations were boy and girl participants from the Notah Begay III Foundation, Lorena Ochoa Golf Foundation, Bill Dickey Scholarship Association, Pan-American Golf Association, and the AJGA Ace Grant Program.


Tom Watson Instructional DVD Available in Mandarin

(Westwood, Kansas) - World Golf Hall of Famer and eight-time major championship winner, Tom Watson, and Tom Watson Productions announced that "Tom Watson Lessons of a Lifetime" is now available in Mandarin. This instruction program will be available to the rapidly growing golf market in China. The DVD is available in both PAL Region All and NTSC Region All formats for worldwide play.

Initially, the Mandarin version of the 'Tom Watson Lessons of a Lifetime' two-disc DVD set is being sold exclusively at the PGA Tour stores in China and can be purchased online through website links available on

The English language version has been the top selling instruction DVD in North America and Europe and has been sold in over 35 other countries.

The program has been praised as clear, comprehensive, timeless golf instruction and is directed at golfer of all skill levels.

In a recent survey, 88% of buyers said Lessons of a Lifetime had improved their games, 79% rated the program as excellent (19% as good) and 71% rated the program as the best ever.

The two-DVD set containing close to three hours of golf instruction and an accompanying booklet of 44 lessons was filmed at The Greenbrier Resort, where Watson is Golf Professional Emeritus. This instructional program is the ultimate learning experience, covering all facets of the game-from the grip to full shots, to chipping, putting and the secret of his timeless swing, plus specialty shots including those required in strong wind conditions.

The English language version of the 'Tom Watson Lessons of a Lifetime' DVD set can be purchased for $49.95 at select golf and sporting goods retailers, pro shops and on-line at and Amazon.  The set can also be purchased by telephone at 800-993-5589.

Watson ranks 6th on the list of total major championship victories with more wins than Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer and Phil Mickelson. Watson is one of only 14 players to have won at least three of the four golfing major titles.

Watson has long-standing professional relationships with Adams Golf, Executive AirShare, Golf Digest, The Greenbrier Resort, MasterCard, Polo Ralph Lauren, Rolex and Titliest.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Antigua Tour Staff Player Brittany Lang Wins the ManuLife LPGA Classic

(PEORIA, ARIZ.) - The Antigua Group, Inc. - one of the nation's leading designers and marketers of genuine sports apparel under its Antigua brand congratulates Brittany Lang, longtime Antigua Tour Staff Player, on her victory at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario.

Brittany Lang finished at 16 under par and then won a three hole playoff to record her first LPGA Victory.

"We are proud of Brittany and her outstanding performance," says Ron McPherson, President & CEO of Antigua. "Having Brittany Lang wear our exciting 2012 apparel on the LPGA tour is a great honor, as well as showcase for us. It's also fantastic that her victory was in Waterloo, Ontario, the home of Antigua's Canadian partner, Tournament Sports Marketing."

The Spring 2013 season for Antigua will combine outstanding quality, style and value. The new line once again will exemplify why Antigua is one of the nation's leading designers and marketers of genuine golf and
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Miura To Release Special Limited Edition K.J. Choi Iron Sets

Playable, Displayable Irons Commemorate 2011 PLAYERS Championship Win 

(Vancouver, B.C.) - Miura Golf, the legendary Japanese maker of the world's finest forged golf clubs, is cooperating with K.J. Choi, the world-class Korean golfer, to offer a special, limited edition replica set of the Miura forged irons Choi used to win the 2011 PLAYERS Championship on the PGA Tour.

The K.J. Choi Special Limited Edition Irons by Miura include the exact same Miura-forged CB-501 model 4-iron through pitching wedge that Choi carried at TPC Sawgrass, plus special Miura 54- and 59-degree wedges. The clubs feature shafts by KBS, the same model Choi used, plus special Miura grips made by PURE Grips. Special graphics designed for these sets alone adorn each club.

Only 300 sets of these special clubs will ever be made. Each club bears its own set number, displayed as in this example - 001/300 - to show that it is part of one of only 300 sets that will ever exist.

"We planned this project very carefully, and when we approached K.J. with it, he was very enthusiastic," said Adam Barr, president of Miura. "He saw a chance to work with a great club designer and maker in Mr. Miura, plus an opportunity to do even more good with his foundation."

Choi will donate a portion of the proceeds of the sale of limited edition sets to the K.J. Choi Foundation, which champions children's causes in Korea and around the world.

Each set of the K.J. Choi Special Limited Edition Irons by Miura will come in its own wood presentation/display box, accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by both Choi and Katsuhiro Miura, founder of Miura Golf. Although they are beautiful enough to own simply for collection and display, these clubs are completely playable and manufactured to the usual high standards set by Miura.

The sets are available individually or in lots as corporate gifts. Buyers may choose the set numbers they want, provided the numbers they choose have not yet been sold. The cost per set is $5,000 plus shipping and handling. Miura will ship the clubs anywhere in the world.

More information, including simple ordering instructions, is available at the Miura website's special KJ Choi Limited Edition page:

Monday, June 25, 2012

Starting Time announces growing interest in their patented Fix with Mix, sand and seed dispensers

The Fix with Mix was Starting Time's first product nearly 10 years ago according to Hugh Penton, President.

"I was playing at our club and preferred walking using a push cart, but always a little disturbed that there was no way for a player using a push cart to easily fill their fairway divots," Penton said. "My partner was equally perturbed and carried around a used tennis ball can filled with sand suspended from the handle of his cart to solve the problem. A lot of the other walkers just ignored filling the divots or tried to fill with a piece of sod that they pushed in place with their foot. That type of "repair" would soon die and turn brown, and leave an ugly spot on the course. So, that began the birth of Starting Time and Fix with Mix."

Hugh Penton, who golfed regularly decided that a sample could be made to take down to the PGA Show in Orlando and had a prototype made up. He spent a week talking to distributors and other golf product accessory companies about the need, design and pricing. Frankly, according to Mr. Penton, the interest varied, but it was good enough to decide to go into production. Push carts were fairly new on the golf scene and most of the manufacturers and distributors were not as interested in course maintenance as in selling their clubs that were causing all of the fairway divots.

The tooling was first made in China and then moved to San Diego, where the molds were substantially improved upon and a better product design developed to United States standards. A handsome stand was developed from plastic wood and a return box developed to hold the dispensers after the players’ rounds. The hanging clip was strengthened, caps and lids redesigned and the injection molding process brought up to U.S. quality standards to make the total product higher quality and longer lasting.

Starting Time reps started selling them to hang on the bags on the back of the electric carts which eliminated the high cost of the heavy bottles and expensive brackets. This opened up a whole new market for "cart" use and saved the club that hidden expense. Golfers found that on "cart path only" days that they had a lightweight dispenser to take with them to their ball and use rather than taking a heavy bottle of sand to do the same job as the Fix with Mix. Club owners save money and the course definitely looks far better and plays better too according to Club executive Ted Axe, Regional Manager of American Golf.

A new program of re-packaging for the retail market is underway now. The dispensers are seen by the pro shop and the retailers that the market is now growing for such a handy dispenser. Most golfers like to keep their courses in the best shape possible and this is an easy way to do it, whether you walk or ride. The idea of using an old tennis ball can has grown now to a product line that should continue to grow and keep our courses playing and looking better as the golfers make the filling of their divots a priority on their rounds.

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KemperSports Announces Personnel Moves

KemperSports Promotes Ollie Becker to Regional Operations Executive, Hires Lance Iwanaka as General Manager of The Bridges Golf Club

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports, a leading golf course management company, announced the promotion of Ollie Becker to Regional Operations Executive, and named Lance Iwanaka as General Manager of The Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon, Calif. Becker previously served as General Manager of The Bridges and under his leadership, the property received the 2011 KemperSports Facility of the Year award earlier this year. Following Becker’s promotion, KemperSports hired Lance Iwanaka to fill the open General Manager position at The Bridges.

A 14-year veteran in the golf industry, Becker joined KemperSports in 2006 as the General Manager of Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo, Calif. During his three-year tenure at Hiddenbrooke, Becker received the James R. Seeley General Manager of the Year award for KemperSports in 2008. Following his tenure at Hiddenbrooke, Becker was promoted to the General Manager of The Bridges Golf Club, where he proved to be successful in increasing revenue and customer satisfaction at the facility each year. Most recently, Becker had been serving as a regional manager overseeing operations for Hiddenbrooke Golf Club, The Bridges Golf Club and Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Gilroy, Calif. In this new role, Becker will continue to oversee operations for his current portfolio of properties, and will also assume operational responsibility for all of KemperSports’ properties in southern California.

“Ollie has demonstrated strong leadership skills and developed innovative revenue growth opportunities in each of his roles,” said Steve Skinner, chief executive officer for KemperSports. “We are proud to recognize Ollie’s work through his recent promotion, and look forward to continuing to grow our business and further serve our clients in California.”

Following this promotion, KemperSports hired Lance Iwanaka to fill Becker’s position as General Manager of The Bridges Golf Club. Iwanaka brings nearly 10 years of experience to KemperSports in the golf and food and beverage industry. Prior to joining KemperSports, Iwanaka served as the General Manager at Boundary Oak Golf Course in Walnut Creek, Calif. since 2009. During his tenure at Boundary Oak, Iwanaka was recognized with the General Manager of the Year award for significant annual revenue growth in both golf and food and beverage operations.

“We are pleased to welcome Lance to the KemperSports family,” said Jim Stegall, executive vice president for KemperSports. “Lance will provide valuable insight and experience in the northern California market, and we are confident he will be a great asset for The Bridges Golf Club.”

For more information about KemperSports and a complete list of its managed properties, visit


The Links at Stono Ferry Awaits PGA Championship Spectators

South Carolina’s reigning 'Golf Course of the Year' promises to provide golfers in the Charleston area a stunning excursion in Lowcountry lore

(HOLLYWOOD, S.C.) — The haunting beauty, native lore and historic tradition of South Carolina’s Lowcountry will surely bask in the world’s spotlight August 9-12, when the PGA Championship is contested on the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island.

As assuredly, PGA Championship spectators wishing to play golf when they are not watching it could not find a golf course more representative of the Lowcountry’s look and feel than The Links at Stono Ferry (

This renowned Ron Garl-design located less that 30 minutes from downtown Charleston hearkens back to both the Civil and Revolutionary Wars, while offering golfers a spectacular setting along the pristine Intracoastal waters and salt marshes of South Carolina.

In 2011 alone, the Golf Course Owners Association named The Links at Stono Ferry “Charleston Area Golf Course of the Year” — an award it previously captured in 2003 — along with South Carolina’s “Golf Course of the Year,” and Stono Ferry was nominated for “National Golf Course of the Year Award” as well.

Tracing its roots back before the Revolutionary War and offering the type history golfers would expect to find in Charleston, the actual Stono Ferry site was used by plantations to ferry their goods across the Stono River, and as a redoubt and battery site in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

On The Links at Stono Ferry’s 12th hole, there is a cannon pointing at the old ferry landing, and one bunker on the course was part of a Revolutionary War battlefield. Meanwhile, part of the 13th hole is laid out where an old railroad line ran from Charleston to Savannah from the 1850s all the way up to the 1960s.

Stono Ferry’s owners have set out to preserve and protect the environment with respect for the poignant reminders of its rich and storied past, and an appreciation of unique Lowcountry cultural traditions.

“The total Stono Ferry experience, and our commitment to making it the best it can be, reach far beyond tees, greens and fairways,” said Stono Ferry club manager Greg Wood, 2010 Carolinas PGA Section Merchandiser of the Year and Regional Ping Clubfitter of the Year.

Stono Ferry opened in 1989, giving the Charleston area a beautiful golf course enjoyably manageable from the championship tee yardage of 6,814, with four other sets of tees all the way up to 4,966 yards.

“Our golf experience reflects our dedication to consistently provide superior course quality and playability for our members and guests,” said Wood, “while simultaneously fulfilling our responsibilities of environmental stewardship and historic preservation.”


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Canadian Rockies Golf Kicks off Summer with Best Holes for Great Views

(ALBERTA, CANADA) – Canadian Rockies Golf courses in central Alberta have released their Summer Best Golf Views list, giving golfers favored locations for a photo or video opportunity while on the course in the iconic destination.
“It’s easy to be distracted by the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies as you play a round here,” says Gord Schultz, owner of Golf Canada’s West, the Canadian Rockies Golf official golf packager.  “We polled past guests and team members to give us their best bets for incredible mountain vistas.”

Summer golf packages in Banff, Jasper, Canmore and Kananaskis Country include views, rounds and overnight stays starting at $179 per person per night.

A list of packages, virtual tour links, and professional tips on how to play each “Best Views” holes, can be found at

Best Views in the Canadian Rockies

15th Hole, The Fairmont Banff Springs:  This 479-yard par 4 is the original first hole of this historic course, nestled against its famed Waldhaus Restaurant and pub.  The view from the elevated tee includes a distant view of the valley, edged by mountain cliffs and the Bow River.

18th Hole, Stewart Creek Golf Club:  The par-5, 520-yard finishing hole at Stewart Creek not only provides one last crack at making birdie it also saves the golf course's best view for last. The view may cause you to lose focus on the golf shot as it provides a panoramic view of the 18th green, #9 green and Hole #1 with Cascade mountain providing the back drop.  Take a virtual tour of the hole via Stewart Creek’s website.

10th Hole, Canmore Golf & Curling Club:  The first and tenth holes are great opening holes running side by side, featuring a large bunker between the approach of both holes.  A 520-yard par-5 hole, the 10th is situated in the valley between two towering mountain ranges.

9th Hole, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge:  Known as Cleopatra, this voluptuous par 3 measures 231 yards from the back tees.  Any of the tees have an incredible view from a high elevated tee, with a mesmerizing backdrop of Pyramid Mountain. Check out new flyovers of the course from The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s Website.

4th Hole, Mount Kidd Course:  This 197-yard par-3 hole is Kananaskis Country’s most photographed hole.  The backdrop to your tee shot is the impressive Mount Kidd to your left and directly in front is Mount Lorette, the namesake for the other 18 holes at Kananaskis.  To the right of the tee is the crystal clear, fast flowing Kananaskis River and further right is the snow covered Mount Evan Thomas.

18th Hole, Silvertip Resort:  The par-4 finishing hole sums up your Silvertip experience, with tees sitting at the highest point on the golf course.  A dogleg-left orientation drops dramatically to the Timbers Clubhouse below, allowing both golfers and diners on the outdoor patio with a view of great golf shots, the breathless Bow Valley and towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains. An online webcam gives travelers a wide-angle view of the hole each day.

Canadian Rockies Golf courses are easily accessible via Calgary International Airport, with service by most major air carriers.

To view the stunning topography, vacation options and learn more about golf in western Canada, visit Website visitors can view stay-and-play packages or request custom quotes for trips and packages, or they may call 877.323.3633 for more information. Online information is regularly posted at


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sun Valley Resort Summer Packages Offer Substantial Savings, Unforgettable Golf

Mid-July and Unlimited Packages Accentuate Value and Options

(SUN VALLEY, ID) – For three days only in mid-July, the stunning Sun Valley Resort will offer a new value-driven golf package featuring one night’s lodging, 18 holes of golf and free access to the exceptional 18-hole Sawtooth Putting Course.

The limited-time-only, Mid-July Golf Package can be booked now and is good during July 15, 16 and 17, for $175 per night, per person, double occupancy. This is a savings of $325 per person, $650 combined.

If one and done – one round, one night – isn’t enough, Sun Valley’s Premier Unlimited Golf Package is also available through the summer months. Golfers stay multiple nights and play unlimited rounds on Sun Valley’s three courses – Trail Creek, White Clouds and Elkhorn – offering 45 holes that can be played from dawn to dusk during long summer days.

Starting at $360, the package includes complimentary use of the Sawtooth Putting Course, ground transportation, golf bag storage, preferred tee times, deluxe lodging, all the golf you can play, and more.

Golfers can call 800-786-8259 or see to reserve a Sun Valley summer golf experience.

Season golf passes are available as are privileges for meetings and corporate groups.

Sun Valley courses are lauded as “must plays” on Conde Nast Traveler’s esteemed “Top Golf Resorts” list with exceedingly high ratings from magazine readers for course design, speed of play, accommodations, service, food and dining, and other facilities.

About Sun Valley Golf Courses
* Trail Creek is one of Golf Digest’s “Top 75 Resort Courses” in North America.  Consistently delivering enjoyable and challenging rounds for golfers of all abilities, the Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed traditional alpine layout features a full complement of stream carries and ominous bunkers well positioned to catch errant shots.  Crystal blue skies and majestic views of the surrounding mountains throughout the 18-hole, 6,968-yard par-72 course also keep golfers returning.

* White Clouds opened in 2008 to rave reviews.  In contrast to Trail Creek, the nine-hole, 3,605-yard, par-36 course of alpine-links style tests golfers’ mettles with sand trap shots, side-hill lies, risk-reward decision-making and blind shots – not to mention the 637-yard, par-5 No. 5 hole.  Adding to the drama, White Clouds is perched at 6,000 feet for stunning, 360-degree views of Pioneer, Boulder and Smokey mountains. Ernest Hemingway’s house can be seen along golfers’ journeys.

The course also overlooks the 58,000-square-foot Sun Valley Club that is open to the public with a restaurant, bar, wrap-around terraces, pro shop, locker rooms, club storage, club rental and indoor golf simulators.  A new 25-acre, state-of-the-art practice facility, the wildly popular 18-hole Sawtooth Putting Course and PGA instruction augment golfers’ memorable experiences.

* Elkhorn was created in 1974 by the famous father-son design team of Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Robert Trent Jones, Jr.  After an extensive renovation in 2004, the club re-opened as private.  Upon Sun Valley’s acquisition last July, members as well as resort and select other guests enjoy the large, undulating greens, a front nine renowned for its hills and a back nine for water hazards on eight holes.  Despite its 7,214 yards from the championship tees and more than 100 sand traps and bunkers, the par 72 Elkhorn provides the perfect blend of bark and benevolence for experienced and novice golfers, respectively.  An upscale, 16,000-square-foot clubhouse boasts a restaurant and bar with patio seating and large TVs for game-day cheer as well as relaxation.


Friday, June 22, 2012

Starting Time Announces Anniversary of My Mini Golf Program

Starting Time celebrated the second anniversary of the My mini Golf program into the United States and Canada.

Exclusive distributors of this exceptional product to make golf fun for both kids and adults, Starting Time, a 10 year US Golf accessory manufacturer, is very proud of being a part of the success of this unique line that is finding its way into so many areas of junior golf, according to Hugh Penton, Starting Time President. "Starting Time" is a great name for the company as distributors of this program says Penton. It's time to start more young kids into golf and this is a perfect product to introduce kids to playing golf with a fun, yet instructional game.

The first presentation of My mini Golf was in Milan, Italy in January of 2008. It was developed in Munich, Germany by Georg Pal and Hannes Webber, two German Industrial Designers who loved playing miniature golf with their friends and felt that there was a need to design something for a mobile society. They decided at an outdoor barbecue party in 2005 to go ahead and instantly started building cardboard models of Mi mini Golf obstacles which they tested in the in front of the house, in complete darkness to find out if the shapes that they had developed would work. They then decided to produce them themselves as no other company was set up to take their designs and build them into perfect injection molded parts. They were convinced that the time was right for this brilliant idea for a new recreational product. They found that there wasn't a single product on the market like it, or that could be purchased at a reasonable price.

They started with cardboard models and then built full sized clay models with styling clay, a versatile material used in automotive design studios to produce full scale models used in automotive design. Georg Pal, as a designer with Audi was fully familiar with this material and the injection molding process for high grade plastic parts. Hannes Weber was the designer handling the graphic design, logistics, manufacturing and global marketing. Together they built a prize winning new golf friendly game, that is now available in the US and Canada, through Starting Time. (

As a crossover between golf and miniature golf it can be played on a variety of surfaces. Additionally you can arrange the obstacles one after the other to get totally new courses, either indoors or out, regardless of the weather or season. My mini Golf is not limited to just kids, as families can enjoy it together and club activities built around it for golf events or charity events. Call 800-851-5442 or visit the for answers to any questions.


SwingWing Golf introduces 6-in-1 inflatable power swing trainer

Wind resistance training improves tempo, clubhead speed, and warm-up

(COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich.) - SwingWing Golf is offering golf's only inflatable power swing trainer. The SwingWing is an amazing lightweight, easy-to-inflate 6-in-1 training tool that quickly slides over the grip of any club.

"The patented design of the SwingWing provides just the right amount of wind-resistance to develop a stronger, faster swing," said Dan Gitre, SwingWing inventor and CEO SwingWing Golf. "Wind-resistance training is a proven technique to help improve a golfer's tempo, lag, sequencing, and full body turn, resulting in increased distance off the tee."

Made of soft, flocked vinyl, the SwingWing will not damage your club. It is also the perfect tool for warming-up before you practice or play. With just 10 swings, you're warmed up and ready to play a great round of golf.

The SwingWing is simple to use. Just inflate the SwingWing, slide it onto the club shaft and position it near the head of the club and you are all set.

For strength building, swing the club 10 to 20 times, increasing your effort with each swing. To work on your tempo, swing the club and feel the resistance on both your backswing and as you bring the club forward through your swing.

In addition to warming-up, other features and benefits of the SwingWing include:
• Place between your forearms for proper arm position and symmetry
• Stabilize the wrists for controlled chipping and putting
• Place between your knees to involve your legs and torso and maintain a proper base
• Place under one arm to eliminate the "chicken wing"
• Use it as a prop for your clubs at the range or on a wet course
• Use it as an alignment tool or to help visualize and perfect the proper swing plane

After you are finished, the SwingWing can be attached to a towel hook on your bag, or it can be deflated and quickly stored in your golf bag.

The SwingWing retails for $29.99 and comes with a 60-day money back guarantee. For more information or to order, visit


International Golfers Compete for LPGA Card at Michigan’s Sweetgrass Golf Club

(HARRIS, Mich.) – An international field of 144 women golfers will descend on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula next week to compete in the second Island Resort Championship, presented by the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, June 29 – July 1.

The 54-hole stroke-play Symetra Tour event has drawn professional golfers from 25 different countries and six continents to vie for a total $110,000 purse, from South Africa to Australia, Chile to Columbia, England to France, Norway to Japan, the Middle East to Thailand, and beyond.

“Several of the players from last year’s inaugural event have already graduated to the LPGA Tour,” says Susan Harris, co-chair and marketing director for the Island Resort & Casino, host site of the tournament.  “Their spots have been filled with the next set of rising talent, ready to fight their way to the top.”

This is the seventh tournament of the Symetra Tour’s 2012 season, as Tour members play for the top 10 spots on the money list to win automatic entry to the LPGA Tour.

Players to Watch
Defending Champion Stephanie Kim will not be in the final field of 144, leaving the next generation of LPGA stars to capture the honors at Sweetgrass Golf Club, a Golfweek “America’s Best Courses You Can Play” layout.

Marquette High School graduate and Michigan State rising sophomore Carley Saint-Onge, four-time Upper Peninsula Division 1 Champion, has again received an amateur local exemption to compete in the event. Saint-Onge currently plays on the Michigan State golf team.

She’ll be joined by two native Michiganders in the 2012 field, including Laura Bayaird of Grosse Ile, Britney Hamilton of Lake Orion – both Western Michigan University graduates.  Former Michigan State graduates Allison Duncan and Aimee Neff will also be found on the Friday roster of players.

Wisconsites will cheer for Kenosha’s Carly Werwie, a Wisconsin-Madison graduate.

On the international front, Australian Kristie Smith won the Tate and Lyle Players Championship last week, carding three bogeyless rounds.  She’ll be in the Sweetgrass field, along with several players who have qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run in Wisconsin directly following the Island Resort Championship.  Among them are Sue Kim of Canada, Veronica Felibert of Venezuela, Lili Alvarez of Mexico, and Mi Hyang Lee of South Korea.

“I was amazed at the number of under-par rounds I saw on the leaderboard last year,” said Sweetgrass Director of Golf Dave Douglas. “For those who love golf, you’ll enjoy watching the incredible talent in the field.”

A complete list of players in the field has been posted at

Tickets are still available for the Island Resort Championship; $10 three-day passes can be purchased at the Island Resort & Casino Showroom or by calling 877-ISL-SHOW, or through several local non-profit organizations who keep the profits from their tickets sales.  A complete list can be found at