Sunday, July 23, 2017

Noah Goodwin Rallies Past Matthew Wolff to Win 70th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship

(ANDOVER, Kan.) – Noah Goodwin, 17, of Corinth, Texas, produced the second-biggest comeback in championship-match history, rallying from four holes down with eight to play to defeat Matthew Wolff, 18, of Agoura Hills, Calif., 1 up, to win the 70th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on a blistering-hot Saturday at Flint Hills National Golf Club.

The only larger comeback occurred two years ago when Phillip Barbaree defeated Andrew Orischak in 37 holes at Colleton River Plantation Club after trailing by five holes with eight to play. Andy Hyeon Bo Shim, in 2012 at The Golf Club of New England, also rallied from 5 down at the start of the afternoon 18 in beating 2010 champion Jim Liu, 4 and 3. The USGA lengthened the U.S. Junior Amateur final from 18 holes to 36 in 2005.

“It’s definitely the highest by far,” said Goodwin of his career accomplishments, which includes being named the 2016 American Junior Golf Association Player of the Year. “It’s every junior’s dream to win the U.S. Junior. It’s the most prestigious junior event in the entire world. Everybody knows about it, and to add my name among the greats like [2015 U.S. Open champion] Jordan Spieth and [nine-time USGA champion] Tiger Woods just means everything to me.”

His victory also was a bit sweeter after becoming the first competitor in 34 years to claim the title a year after losing in the final match. Three-hundred and sixty-four days ago at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn., Goodwin lost to Min Woo Lee, of Australia, 2 and 1, but now he has joined Mason Rudolph (1950) and Tim Straub (1983) as the only other golfers to win a U.S. Junior Amateur a year after losing in the championship match. He was the sixth competitor to reach a championship match in consecutive years, a list that includes Woods, Eddie Pearce and Davis Riley, who dropped back-to-back finals in 2013 and 2014.

“I'm excited for him,” said Straub, the head men’s golf coach at Davidson College, by phone. “That's really neat. When I did it, it was pretty rare then, too. Now, you have such a short span to play in the U.S. Junior. It's a pretty amazing accomplishment, especially in today's game with all the great junior talent out there.”

Goodwin, competing in his fourth U.S. Junior, also became the seventh Texas native since 1999 to hoist the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship Trophy, joining PGA Tour winners Hunter Mahan (1999) and Spieth (2009, 2011), as well as Matthew Rosenfeld (2000), Cory Whitsett (2007), Scottie Scheffler (2013) and Will Zalatoris (2014).

When he finally got to his phone after the prize ceremony, several congratulatory text messages were waiting, including one from his instructor Cameron McCormick, the same pro who has worked with past Junior Amateur champions Spieth, Barbaree and Zalatoris.

“That just means a lot,” said Goodwin. “He’s done so much for my game. I can’t really express my gratitude for Cameron. I wouldn’t be where I am without him.”

Wolff, an incoming freshman at Oklahoma State University, was vying to become the first 18-year-old champion in the competition’s 70-year history. During last year’s championship, the USGA announced it was raising the maximum age from 17 to 18 beginning in 2017, and nearly one-third of the field at Flint Hills (51 of 156) was comprised of 18-year-olds.

But after taking a 4-up lead with a 7-foot birdie putt on the par-3 28th hole, things began to unravel for Wolff in the searing heat. It was the fourth consecutive day the mercury reached 100 degrees or more, and the heat index on Saturday was 112.

He short-sided himself with his second shot to the par-5 29th hole, taking two shots to reach the putting surface from gnarly greenside rough. Likely to win the hole with two putts, Goodwin converted his 35-foot birdie putt, just his second of the afternoon 18, to trim his deficit to 3 down.

Wolff then bogeyed three of his next four holes to allow Goodwin to square the match and regain all the momentum. Goodwin took some extra time on the 5-footer he made for par to win the 33rd hole.

Then on the 36th hole, a par 5 with water down the left-hand side and in front of the green, Wolff got a bit aggressive with his line, pulling his drive into the hazard.

Goodwin, who at No. 27 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ was the highest-ranked player in the field, had already found the fairway with what he called his “best drive of the week,” a 330-yarder that left him with just a 187-yard approach.

Because he was away, Goodwin had to play his second shot first, even though Wolff was playing his third from the tee. He kept to his game plan and went for the green in two, hitting a solid 6-iron to the “fat” part of the putting surface. Wolff managed to reach the green in four shots, but when he failed convert his long par putt, he conceded Goodwin’s 6-foot birdie and the match.

“It’s tough to come out on the bottom, but I played great all week,” said Wolff. “I tied for seventh [in stroke play], and beat a bunch of good players, including my roommate [and medalist Austin Eckroat in the quarterfinals]. Noah just got me at the end.”

When asked if the heat was a factor down the stretch, Wolff responded: “It was hot all week and I was drinking a lot of water. I think it was a little loss of concentration, maybe just got a little tired with my swing. I got a little loose with my swing.”

Goodwin, who is hoping to enroll at Southern Methodist University in January 2018, admitted that he didn’t have his best stuff for the final, shooting the equivalent of 4-over 146 (73-73), with the usual match-play concessions. The two finalists combined for only five birdies – Goodwin had three, one conceded – in the afternoon round.

“There was a lot of grinding,” said Goodwin. “Like I said a lot this week, my game hasn’t been that great coming into [the U.S. Junior Amateur]. I played a couple of decent tournaments, but it just wasn’t really all there like I wanted it to be. So, I really put a lot of work with my coach to get it in the shape that it needed to be.”

Coming into the championship, Goodwin didn’t feel like his game was in peak form, either, but he easily qualified for match play and only trailed during one of 80 holes played before Saturday’s final. He came out firing against Wolff, setting up strong birdie opportunities on his first four holes, but only converted one, a 5-footer on the par-4 third hole. Wolff, No. 252 in the WAGR, answered on No. 6 by driving the green on the 314-yard hole and having his eagle putt eventually conceded. When he won the par-5 11th with a conceded birdie, he never trailed again until the final hole, although Goodwin did trim a 3-down deficit to 1 at the end of the morning round, winning 17 when Wolff’s tee shot found the water hazard, and holing a 10-foot birdie on 18.

The afternoon round started with Wolff’s 5-foot birdie putt doing a 360-degree lip-out. But he went 2 up on the 20th hole with a par after Goodwin had to take an unplayable lie from waist-high rough left of the fairway. A double-bogey 6 by Goodwin on Hole 25 allowed Wolff to push his margin to 3 up before he won the par-3 28th with his second and last birdie.  

“I knew it was going to be a hard match from the start, “ said Wolff, who was the runner-up to his former Westlake High teammate Spencer Soosman in the 2014 Polo Golf Classic, the only match-play event on the AJGA circuit. “He just proved why he deserves it. He played great and was so consistent.”

The champion receives a gold medal and custody of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship Trophy for the next year. He also is exempt into this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif., Aug. 14-20. Goodwin is also exempt into the 2018 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links, and receives a three-year exemption into U.S. Open sectional qualifying.

Goodwin also can defend his Junior Amateur title next year at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., but is unsure if he will attempt to do so.

“I’m definitely going to start focusing a lot more on [open] amateur [competitions],” said Goodwin, who has lost in the Round of 64 in each of the last two U.S. Amateurs. “I don’t want to say for sure, but this could be my last individual junior event. I’ll play in the Junior Presidents Cup (in September at Plainfield Country Club), but after that I’m graduating early and trying to get into SMU [in January]. My fingers are still crossed on that if I can get all my school work done.”

The runner-up receives a silver medal, an exemption into next month’s U.S. Amateur and an exemption into 2018 U.S. Open sectional qualifying.

The U.S. Junior Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Jeremy Sieverts, Denver Outlaws Midfielder, Wins 2017 MLL All-Star FlingGolf Invitational

(BOSTON) – PlusOne Sports/FlingGolf, in partnership with Major League Lacrosse, staged the second annual MLL All-Star FlingGolf Invitational July 8 at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, Calif. Jeremy Sieverts, Midfielder for the Denver Outlaws, won the event and the $1,000 winners’ purse.

FlingGolf is a dynamic new sport that is a hybrid between golf and lacrosse and is played on a regulation golf course. Only one FlingStick is required versus 14 clubs. The lightweight carbon fiber stick has a basket that cradles the golf ball and allows it to be launched easily down the fairway similar to tossing a lacrosse ball. A small notch is designed into the head for putting once a player is on the green.

Sieverts took home an additional $500 as he also won the closest to the pin contest on the 14th hole sponsored by TourMark Grips and “Longest Fling” on the 18th hole. Eric Law, also of the Denver Outlaws came in second, and Brian Phipps of the Chesapeake Bayhawks, came in third in the field of eight MLL All-Stars. The event was staged in conjunction with the MLL All-Star game held later that day at Bonney Field. More than 7,000 spectators attended.
“It was a great experience to come out to California for the All-Star weekend and be able to compete against some of the best lacrosse players in the world on a golf course with FlingGolf as well as the lacrosse field,” Sieverts said. “It was fun to pick up the new FlingStick and be able to really quickly nail down both distance and accuracy … and (it’s) always good to get a W!”

FlingGolf entered into a partnership with MLL in 2016 and lacrosse fans have enthusiastically embraced the sport.

“We love seeing these guys come out and compete and have a blast playing FlingGolf at the same time,” said Alex Van Alen, CEO of PlusOne Sports and founder of FlingGolf. “That's what it's all about, creating a new vibe on the golf course that respects the traditional game, but brings an athletic, fun energy to the course. Congratulations to Jeremy, Brian, Eric and the other All-Stars.”

Scores for the nine-hole event were calculated by point totals with 1 point for a double bogey, 2 points - bogeys, 3 points - pars, 4 points - birdies and 5 points - eagles. Also 2 points for being on the green in regulation. More than $2,000 was awarded in total prizes. Other MLL All-Star FlingGolf players included Will Manny of the New York Lizards; Connor Buczek of the Florida Launch; Matt Abbott of the Chesapeake Bayhawks; and Mike Simon, Zach Currier and Eric Law of the Denver Outlaws.

“We were honored to have Haggin Oaks, one of golf’s premier facilities, be the host site for our second MLL All-Star FlingGolf event,” said Van Alen. “Ken Morton Sr., along with his family, have been innovators in the golf industry and continue to lead the way by offering FlingGolf.”  

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

L2 MOI MAXX Design Provides Stable, Accurate Ball Striking, Distance Control

(JEFFERSON, Ohio) - Rookie Xander Schauffele birdied the 18th hole recently at the Greenbrier Classic to capture his first PGA Tour victory at the age of 23.  Sir Isaac Newton, in 1666, developed his theories of gravitation when he was only 23 years old. “If Sir Isaac Newton was a golfer, he would have designed the L2 MOI MAXX,” said John Ambrose, President of L2 Putters.

Ambrose, a retired commercial airline pilot, has studied the physics of putting for more than a decade and has launched the L2 MOI MAXX offering the largest (6.25 inches toe to heel) and heaviest (620 grams) putter in golf.  Combined with the total club weight of the head, shaft and grip, the L2 MOI MAXX provides the most stable, accurate ball striking and distance control putter on the market.

Motivated by a belief that golfers have been misled and brainwashed about putting, Ambrose explained that golfers are constantly micromanaging and manipulating their putters and putting stroke due to the poor design and performance of small light-weight putters. He believes it’s time that golf evolves from the tee box to the putting green and with the help of the famous physicist Newton, he’s out to prove it.

Newton’s First Law - An object in motion continues in motion with the same speed and in the same direction.

The L2 MOI MAXX with its high MOI encourages a pure, gravity-fed, big-muscle, pendulum motion.  Applying the same amount of backstroke size creates the same amount of down stroke energy, if golfers allow the putter to fall through the  ball without any outside forces asserted by the fingers, hands or wrists. This repeatable “dead-hands” motion allows the club to descend into the ball with the same direction as it was started. “Giving up control of the putter is not easy to do, but the trade-off is a pure stroke that is worth the learning curve,” said Ambrose. “Dependable and repeatable mechanics is vital to transferring accurate touch and feel analysis to your stroke.”

Newton’s Second law: Acceleration is produced when a force acts on a mass. The greater the mass (of the object being accelerated) the greater the amount of force needed (to accelerate the object).

Size matters. The size and weight of the L2 MOI MAXX requires a greater amount of force in order to get it moving. The L2 MOI MAXX engages the big muscles of the arms and shoulders instead of the adrenaline sensitive small muscles of the fingers, hands and wrists. The large sweet zone on the putter face measures 3.5 inches minimizing off-center hits.  “The higher MOI and gravity-fed design of the L2 MOI MAXX provides a rhythmic, yip-proof tempo for optimum distance control and a solid down-the-line stroke,” said Ambrose. “It increases confidence and quiets the doubt between your ears. That’s important from inside three feet.”

Newton’s third law: For every action there is an equal and opposite re-action.

Every time golfers attempt to putt, motion is created. This motion is a reaction to the need to move the ball toward the hole. The less reaction used throughout this process, the less influence will be applied to the club and ball.

“Our need to over control the putter in order to obtain the desired results is not an accident,” concluded Ambrose. “By using the average light, unstable, easy to manipulate putters on the market, the need to control and micromanage the club is real, and the reason you see the creative hand grip positions being used by tour pros. Quite frankly, it’s the putter stupid.”

The L2 MOI Maxx embraces Newton’s laws of physics and with the help of gravity will improve your putting. recognized the L2 MOI MAXX as one of the “Best New Putters” at the 2016 PGA Show. For more information, video tips, and to order your custom designed L2 premium putter go to

Friday, July 21, 2017

Jackson Park Advisory Council Committee Reaffirms Support for Golf Course Project

(CHICAGO, IL) – Previously, at a January 27, 2017 meeting of the Jackson Park Advisory Council’s Golf Course Committee, the committee stated its “consensus that the new golf course could bring prestige, status and new economic benefits to the community.” Given new information from the conceptual golf course design proposal, the committee reconvened on Monday July 17, 2017. Following the meeting, JPAC Golf Course Committee Chairman, Mr. Jerry Levy stated the following:

“Based on the community engagement efforts of the Chicago Park District and Chicago Parks Golf Alliance, it is the consensus of the committee to continue its support of the proposal to combine the Jackson Park and South Shore Golf Courses. The conceptual plans by Tiger Woods’ TGR Design propose features to attract recreational golfers; while also offering potential to bring marquis professional, junior and amateur events to Jackson Park. Committee members also cited noticeably increased activity among golfers of all ages at the courses during Summer 2017. The committee’s support remains conditioned upon adherence to previously stated requirements: continued open access to the public; reduced fees for Chicago residents, including discounted pricing for seniors and free golf for juniors age 17 and younger; as well as following ecological standards in construction, maintenance and operations. The committee also calls upon the Chicago Park District and Chicago Parks Golf Alliance to continue collaboration with longtime golfers and non-golfing neighborhood stakeholders as design proposals are refined. In conclusion, based upon current information, the committee reaffirms its consensus that the proposed golf course will bring prestige, status, and new economic benefits to the community and will be a major asset to Jackson Park.”

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Charlotte's Pinnacle Golf Properties Adds Five New Clubs, Launches Financial Services Division

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Charlotte-based Pinnacle Golf Properties (PGP) — a full-service golf and club management company — has added five Charlotte-area golf clubs to its portfolio, as well as a new Financial Services Division.

Formed in 2002, PGP has doubled its portfolio in the past year and now represents 14 courses all located in North and South Carolina. The recent five-club portfolio is owned by Canadian based Romspen Club Holdings and represent some of the best layouts in the Charlotte area: Waterford Golf Club, The Tradition Golf Club, Highland Creek Golf Club, The Divide Golf Club and Birkdale Golf Club. In addition, PGP also represents 3 additional Charlotte-area courses: Tega Cay Golf Club, Skybrook Golf Club and River Hills Country Club.

“We are extremely excited to add the five Charlotte area courses to our growing portfolio and to expand to eight courses in our hometown of Charlotte,” said David Taylor Managing Partner and President of PGP. “PGP is known for quality service and premier course conditions. These golf courses represent some of Charlotte's best layouts and we will continue making improvements to provide area golfers a premier golf experience at a truly affordable price."

In addition to the Charlotte portfolio PGP operates five top-rated courses in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem area of North Carolina: Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center, Meadowlands Golf Club, Oak Valley Golf Club, Sapona Ridge Country Club and Stoney Creek Golf Club.

PGP offers complete turnkey management services encompassing every area and department within a facility. The company’s mission is to operate each golf facility by providing members and guests a memorable and pleasant golfing experience at the highest level — focusing on quality and service while maintaining a perfect balance with the financial and operational goals of the property.

As part of package of services, PGP also announces the launch of its Financial Services Division (FSD) to provide financial expertise and reporting to Clubs seeking the experience and buying power of a multi-course operator but without giving up management control. In late 2016, PGP hired Roger Wolfe, a veteran Certified Club Manager and financial accountant to serve as PGP’s FSD Chief Financial Officer. Wolfe brings more than 20 years of experience to the company and is a strong addition to the financial reporting team.

“Managing a golf club and ensuring its economic success requires both a love of the game along with proven financial skills,” said Kim Worrel, Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer of PGP. “Without question, the financial side of club management and integrating this with marketing are perhaps the biggest challenge today’s club owners and operators face on a daily basis.

“Through conversations and experience with both current and prospective clients, it became clear that a common concern of just about every Board, owner and operator was whether they were running their business with affordable and sufficient financial controls.”

Golf clubs vary in their financial needs. Most clubs require daily bookkeeping, but other accounting functions may only be needed on a bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly or even annual basis. To meet these needs, many clubs have a full-time controller. Others hire CPA firms to execute financial matters. These approaches may not be the most cost effective ways to achieve the necessary results. Equally important, partnering with a company that has extensive industry experience and relationships will provide financial benefits to the club. The PGP Financial Services division allows clients the ability to leverage the company’s tremendous experience while providing peace of mind that the day-to-day financial controls and reporting are being produced timely and accurately.

“We believe the Financial Services product is a true game-changer for our industry and is the perfect solution for any size club searching for an effective way to lower their overhead and experience significant benefits from our buying programs, payroll processing and expense line analytics,” said Worrel. “We cover the full back office package at considerable savings to the clubs. It is an exciting time for our company.”

With more than 150 years of collective experience on its executive team, PGP offers a unique advantage to golf course owners, operators and management teams. PGP has built a reputation rooted in proven results in a variety of golf arenas including private, resort, semi-private and daily fee operations. In aggregate, the PGP team has operated more than 80 golf courses, opened 30 new courses, renovated or constructed more than 20 courses, and evaluated more than 200 golf course operations. This experience translates into an array of benefits for PGP’s partner clubs.

The Medal Play Golf Tour is Set to Re-Launch in November with Simplified Format

The Medal Play Golf Tour is ready to begin its revival season in the Palm Springs / Inland Empire, Calif. area and in the Phoenix, Ariz. area

(RELEASE) - The Medal Play Golf Tour is ready to begin its revival season in the Palm Springs / Inland Empire, CA area and in the Phoenix, AZ area under the direction of veteran tour director Blane Freytag. The tour, which provides amateurs the experience of competitive stroke-play golf, will host a local schedule in each area that kicks off in November that will feature a winter series (November – March) and a summer series (April- August).

The tour is simplifying its format by eliminating flights and having all players tee off from the white member tees set between 6,000 - 6,400 yards depending on the course. All scoring is done at net utilizing 80% of a verifiable handicap.

“We will continue to pay out the top 25% of the field, same as before,” said Freytag. “Only now the payouts for the top finishers will be substantially higher due to flight elimination. We also took a look at the costs of operating the tour and have reduced the event entry fees to record low levels. It truly is affordable.

“Now amateurs can play a tour just like the pros, without the travel,” added Freytag, “Our events are held locally on weekends, perfect for the average golfer. Our goal is to provide fun, fair, competitive individual stroke play golf tournaments. Everyone has an equal shot in our tournaments.”

The Medal Play Golf Tour is for amateurs of all ages and abilities.

There will also be an optional skins game at each event. Results and points standings are posted within 72 hours at (

Come join them in the excitement and experience of tournament golf in a friendly and competitive atmosphere. The Medal Play Golf Tour gives the everyday player the chance to compete in events for trophies, skins and prize pool money on a local and regional stage. Bring your friends and watch the prize money grow. Visit to sign up or call tour director Blane Freytag at (623) 764-3522.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hazeltine National Golf Club to Host 2020 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship

U.S. Junior Amateur field will expand and require the use of two courses, beginning in 2020

(FAR HILLS, N.J.) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., as the host site for the 73rd U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. The dates of the championship, which will be the ninth USGA event hosted by the club, are July 20-25, 2020.

The USGA will also change the format of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in 2020. The field will be expanded from 156 players to a final size that will be announced at a later date and two courses will be used for the stroke-play portion of the championship. Chaska Town Course will serve as the stroke-play co-host course for the 2020 Junior Amateur, as it did for the 2006 U.S. Amateur Championship.

“Hazeltine National Golf Club has been supportive of USGA championships from the inception of the club to the present and we are appreciative of this committed and enduring relationship,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “By expanding the U.S. Junior Amateur field in 2020 we are providing additional opportunities for the world’s best junior players to compete in the championship.”

Designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1962 and remodeled by his son, Rees Jones, on several occasions, Hazeltine National Golf Club takes its name from nearby Lake Hazeltine and is located southwest of Minneapolis. The layout blends the rolling hills, lakes, developed woods and the prairies of the upper Midwest. Chaska Town Course, a public facility, was designed by Arthur Hills and opened for play in 1997. The course features 285 acres of oak groves, open prairie and marshlands.

“Hazeltine National is honored to be selected as the host site for the 2020 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship,” said Bob Fafinski, club president. “We look forward to our partnership with the USGA and the city of Chaska in delivering a world-class amateur event. At Hazeltine, our mission as a golf club is to host national championships, which includes golf competitions at all levels – men and women; professionals and amateurs; seniors and juniors. Hosting the 2020 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship fits perfectly with our mission. We look forward to welcoming the best junior players in the world to compete on our golf course in 2020.”

With the 2020 U.S. Junior Amateur, Hazeltine will become the first club to host a U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Junior Amateur.

The U.S. Open Championship has been contested twice at Hazeltine. In 1970, Tony Jacklin became the first Englishman to win since Ted Ray in 1920. Jacklin’s four-round score of 7-under 281 was seven strokes better than his nearest competitor. Payne Stewart defeated Scott Simpson in an 18-hole playoff to claim the 1991 U.S. Open title. The two players were tied at 6-under 282 after 72 holes. Stewart, who would later win his second Open in 1999, gained four strokes over the last three holes of the playoff to win by two.

The U.S. Women’s Open has twice been played at Hazeltine. Sandra Spuzich won by one stroke over defending champion Carol Mann in 1966. Spuzich birdied holes 16 and 17 to take the lead and win her first professional title. In 1977, Hollis Stacy won the first of her three U.S. Women’s Opens, defeating Nancy Lopez by two strokes.

Hazeltine also hosted the 1983 U.S. Senior Open and 2006 U.S. Amateur championships. Billy Casper holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole of a playoff round against Rod Funseth to win the Senior Open. Casper, a two-time U.S. Open champion, and Funseth were tied after 72 holes and each carded a 75 in the 18-hole playoff. In 2006, Richie Ramsay, of Scotland, won four of six holes with birdies to take an early 3-up lead and then held on to beat John Kelly, 4 and 2, in the 36-hole U.S. Amateur final. Medalist Billy Horschel fired an 11-under 60 in the first round of stroke play at Chaska Town Course in the 2006 Amateur.

The 1994 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship (won by Tim Jackson) and the 2001 USGA Men’s State Team Championship (won by Minnesota) were also played at Hazeltine. Additionally, the club was the site for the 2002 and 2009 PGA Championships, the 2016 Ryder Cup Matches and the 1999 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship.

The 2020 U.S. Junior Amateur will be the 37th USGA championship in Minnesota and the third U.S. Junior Amateur. In 1958, Gordon Baker was the champion at the University of Minnesota Golf Course in St. Paul, and in 1984, Doug Martin won at Wayzata Country Club in Wayzata.

The U.S. Junior Amateur was first played in 1948. The championship is open to amateurs who have not reached their 19th birthday by the conclusion of the championship and who have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 4.4. Tiger Woods (three times), Jordan Spieth (twice), Johnny Miller, David Duval and Hunter Mahan are among the notable U.S. Junior Amateur champions. This year’s U.S. Junior Amateur is being played July 17-22 at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kan.

The 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur will be contested July 16-21 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., and the 2019 championship is scheduled for July 15-20 at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

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Carr Golf Named ‘Official Travel Partner’ for Quail Valley Golf Club

(DUBLIN, Ireland) – Carr Golf  – Ireland and Scotland’s premier provider of unforgettable golf vacations –has been named as “Official Travel Provider” for Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach, Florida.

With Carr Golf’s years of experience and flawless reputation, the full-service tour company specializes in unrivaled customer care and premier “one-of-a-kind” itineraries featuring luxury accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, fine dining, caddies and anything else needed for stress-free, unforgettable golf vacations.

Named an “Authorized Provider” of coveted tee times for 2018 play on The Old Course in St. Andrews, Carr Golf also works closely with world-class layouts in Scotland and Ireland including Muirfield Golf Club, Turnberry, Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Portmarnock Golf Club, Old Head Golf Links, Portstewart Golf Club, Ballybunion Golf Club, Tralee Golf Club, Waterville Golf Links and Lahinch Golf Club.

Quail Valley members will enjoy exclusive access to Carr Golf’s expert knowledge and many connections in the game. A Florida-based travel concierge, Paul Schmidt, new to the Carr Golf team, will also be at hand to assist Quail Valley members planning international golf trips. Schmidt provides a wealth of experience in the golf travel industry. His expertise allows members “around-the-clock” personal service for tailored golf tour itineraries to Ireland, UK, Spain and Portugal for individuals and groups of any size.

Renowned for its world-class events, Carr Golf will host the inaugural “Donald Ross Invitational Tournament” at Scotland’s Royal Dornoch Golf Club on Oct. 8 – 12 as well as the second annual “World Links Invitational Pro-Am” in Southwest Ireland. Quail Valley members will earn priority listing for these prestigious events.

Additional benefits, over and above the incredible attention to detail the Carr Golf team provides, includes unrivalled access to tee times on championship links layouts, personalized gifts, a dedicated Quail Valley travel representative from the initial inquiry until back home in the U.S; and private dinners hosted by the Carr family in the “Joe Carr Room,” fittingly named after Ireland’s greatest ever amateur golfer in Dublin’s historic Sutton Golf Club.

“Our ongoing partnership with Carr Golf for nearly 15 years allows our members to play many of the iconic links courses in the Emerald Isle and U.K. while creating memories and stories to last a lifetime,” says Kevin Given, Quail Valley’s co-owner and general manager. “Our membership truly enjoys the professional and personal attention extended by our friend Marty Carr and his team and it’s reassuring to know we’re personally met and greeted at each place we stay, dine and play by this incredible golf travel company.”

"Having known Kevin and Steve for over 15 years, I am delighted to formalize this partnership with likeminded friends,” says Marty Carr, executive chairman of Carr Golf. “Carr Golf has been creating unique local experiences and memories for life in Scotland & Ireland for 30 years and we share Quail Valley's values and their unwavering commitment to excellent service and experiences"

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Medalist Austin Eckroat Wins First-Round Match at 70th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship

(ANDOVER, Kan.) – Austin Eckroat, 18, of Edmond, Okla., turned in another bogey-free round Wednesday, advancing to the second round of match play in the 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at the par-71, 7,049-yard Flint Hills National Golf Club. Eckroat, the medalist by two strokes, defeated Skyler Eubank, 17, of Meridian, Idaho, 5 and 3, in the Round of 64.

Eckroat, who equaled the championship’s stroke-play record with a 36-hole score of 10-under-par 132, took a 2-up lead with a birdie on the drivable 321-yard, par-4 sixth. He closed out the match with birdies on holes 14 and 15. He hit a 7-iron to within 20 feet on the par-3 14th and struck a three-quarter pitching wedge to close range that resulted in a conceded putt on the par-4 15th.

“Today was more like the first day [of stroke play] on the ball-striking,” said Eckroat, whose opponent reached the 64-player match-play bracket after making a birdie on the third extra hole in a 10-for-1 playoff Tuesday evening. “I didn’t make anything really, but I was hitting it well enough to where I didn’t need to make all those putts.”

The U.S. Junior Amateur continues with the second and third rounds of match play on Thursday. The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be played Friday. The championship concludes with a 36-hole final on Saturday, starting at 7 a.m. CDT. Fox Sports 1 (FS1) will provide coverage all three days.

Eckroat, who reached the Round of 16 in last year’s Junior Amateur at The Honors Course and won his second Oklahoma Class 6A state high school championship this year, acknowledged some pressure heading into his first-round match.

“I did, just knowing that I’m expected to play well again,” said Eckroat, who has not posted a bogey in 51 holes played this week. “It’s a little different feeling, but it’s the opposite, too. I know I am playing really well.”

Defending champion Min Woo Lee, 18, of Australia, was not as fortunate, losing to Noah Norton, 18, of Chico, Calif., in the first round, 2 and 1. Norton, the runner-up in this year’s California State Amateur, won four consecutive holes on the outward nine and never trailed thereafter.

“I was kind of bummed when we had to play each other,” said Norton, who reached the Round of 64 in last year’s Junior Amateur. “It’s a match you don’t want to have in the first round, because he’s a great player.”

Lee, who was attempting to become the third player to win multiple U.S. Junior Amateurs, took an early 2-up advantage before Norton’s decisive run. Norton maintained his lead with a birdie on No. 12 before ending the match with a winning par on No. 17.

“Pretty disappointed,” said Lee, who became the fourth international Junior Amateur champion last year. “I didn’t lose to a bad player. I just didn’t produce shots when I needed to.”

Brandon Mancheno, the No. 2 seed, and John Pak, the No. 4 seed, were also upset in the first round. Alvin Kwak, 16, of Mukilteo, Wash., defeated Mancheno, 17, of Jacksonville, Fla., 1 up. Angelo Giantsopoulos, 17, of Canada, upended Pak, 3 and 1.

Kwak, a rising junior at Kamiak High School who lived in Korea for eight years, made an extraordinary winning par on the final hole, a 491-yard par 5. He sent his tee shot into the right woods, punched out, hit a 210-yard hybrid to just off the right side of green and two-putted from 55 feet.

“I was hoping it [the first putt] would stop,” he said. “I was lucky the greens were slow, because I am not very good with fast greens.”

Kwak held an early 3-up lead before Mancheno, who set the course record with an 8-under 63 in the first round of stroke play, rallied to go in front on the inward nine. But Kwak squared the match on No. 16 when he curled in a big, breaking 20-foot birdie putt from the back of the green.

Giantsopoulos went ahead in his match with a two-putt par on No. 14 after Pak pulled his tee shot that led to a bogey. Giantsopoulos later sank a 20-foot downhill birdie putt on the par-4 16th for a 2-up lead. Pak, who advanced to match play for the fourth consecutive year and was a semifinalist in 2016, tried to be aggressive off the tee on the next hole but hit it into the water hazard.

“I kept it on the course,” said Giantsopoulos, who listed a runner-up finish in the Ontario Provincial Championship as his previous biggest accomplishment. “I didn’t make too many mistakes off the tee. My putting just really came through today.”

Cole Ponich, the No. 3 seed, and Joshua Armstrong, the No. 5 seed, each advanced in tightly contested matches. Ponich, 17, of Salt Lake City, Utah, won the 17th hole with par en route to a 1-up victory over Alex Jamieson, 18, of Duxbury, Mass. Armstrong, 18, of Australia, made a 15-foot birdie putt to win in 19 holes against Colin Bowles, 17, of Albany, Ga.

Cole Hammer, 17, of Houston, Texas, moved past the first round of match play for the third year in a row, recording a 4-and-3 victory over George McNeely, 16, of Carmel, Calif. Hammer built an early lead, slowed in the middle of the match, but then wrapped things up with birdies on holes 12 and 15. He hit a punch-cut 5-iron to within 6 feet on the par-4 12th and delivered a 9-iron to within 8 feet on No. 15.

“It’s so important to stay focused on the shot you’re hitting because if you get ahead of yourself, stuff can get going out of whack,” said Hammer, who competed in the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. “And that’s kind of what I’ve had trouble with the last couple of years.”

Last year’s U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up, Noah Goodwin, 17, of Corinth, Texas, advanced to the second round with a 3-and-2 triumph over Dylan Fritz, 15, of Las Vegas, Nev. Goodwin won two of the last four holes with birdies. Eugene Hong, 17, of Orlando, Fla., had his string of playing in two consecutive semifinals halted. Hong, the No. 6 seed, was defeated, 2 and 1, by Ryan Hall, 17, of Knoxville, Tenn.

Hometown favorite Wells Padgett, 18, of Wichita, Kan., came from 3 down with three holes to play before losing to Ryan Smith, 15, of Carlsbad, Calif., in 22 holes, the longest match of the day.

The U.S. Junior Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday Joins the Nextgengolf Team as National Sponsor

Golf’s Most Popular Destination Teams Up With Game’s Leading Millennial Outreach Program

(Myrtle Beach, S.C.) – As golf continues to look for ways to attract more young players, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday has entered into a sponsorship agreement with Nextgengolf, an organization that targets competitive and recreational millennials to help engage them with the game.

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, the driving force behind the Grand Strand’s emergence as America’s most popular destination, is now a national sponsor for Nextgengolf. As part of the program, Nextgengolf will annually host a minimum of four events, including one national championship, in Myrtle Beach, and the Grand Strand will have a marketing presence at 185 Nextgengolf events across the nation.

“Introducing the game’s next generation of players to the virtues of a Myrtle Beach golf trip is vital to the continuing strength of our market,” said Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s president. “Nextgengolf is the game’s leading grassroots effort to engage millennials with the game, and we are looking forward to a creative partnership that will promote the long-term health of the Myrtle Beach market and the game.”

Myrtle Beach will be the official Spring Break destination for Nextgengolf. The Nextgengolf team will work with the Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday staff on promotion and branding of other opportunities such as Bachelor Party, Buddies Trips and High School Golf Team Training.

Nextgengolf connects with golfers in their 20s and 30s through their two core team-based golf services the National Collegiate Golf Club Association (NCGCA, college students) and the City Tour (young adults). “We are excited to be partnering with Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday,” said Kris Hart, Nextgengolf, CEO. “Myrtle Beach has the right recipe for success for the go-to golf destination in the US for young adults. We look forward to our partnership and showcasing what Myrtle Beach has to offer to our community.”

The NCGCA targets golfers who aren’t playing on a collegiate team but want to continue to push themselves in a competitive environment. There are 115+ regional NCGCA tournaments throughout the country and unlike varsity collegiate golf, NCCGA club teams are co-ed, student-run and inclusive. Some campuses have hundreds of students in their golf clubs!

The City Tour, which launched in 2014, appeals to recreational and competitive golfers throughout the summer who are between 18 and 39 years old. Starting on June 10th, there will be monthly events in 20 cities in 2017 with more than 15,000 golfers under the age of 40 expected to participate. The City Tour season ends on September 16th and 17th with the City Tour Championship at Myrtle Beach’s own True Blue and Caledonia.

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Silvies Valley Ranch Debuts Authentic Western Retreat in July

Silvies Valley Ranch Opens New Frontier Boutique Resort and Two 18-Hole Reversible Golf Courses to Golfers and Travelers

(SILVIES, OREGON) – Silvies Valley Ranch, a new frontier boutique resort in the pure West, is merging luxury and relaxation with an authentic Western ranch experience that is now open to guests and travelers. Located along historic U.S. Route 395 between Bend and Boise, and created by the Campbell family, who have roots in the area dating back to 1863, The Retreat at Silvies Valley Ranch will bring the Western mystique of the region to an intimate scale. The full-service eco-resort features lodging, a gourmet restaurant featuring ranch-raised, grass finished, organic beef and chevon, two reversible 18-hole golf courses, multiple exclusive outdoor experiences, a spa (to open in 2018), and a private airstrip for guests looking to fly directly onto the property.

“We are excited to share Silvies Valley Ranch, our home which is so near and dear to our hearts, with the rest of the world,” said Dr. Scott Campbell. “With an incredible setting, luxurious, Western-styled accommodations, and activities for every type of guest, our hope is that visitors from far and wide will enjoy their travels to the ranch and continue to visit for generations to come.”

Silvies Valley Ranch provides visitors with a one-of-a-kind golf experience, featuring two reversible 18-hole courses - the Hankins course and Craddock course. The direction of the routing is reversed each day to create an alternate layout with a variety of setups for players.

One memorable element to the golf experience at Silvies Valley Ranch takes place on No. 18 on the Hankins course. Named the “Hixson Hole,” this hole presents the 12 legal advantages in golf to guarantee players will “nail it” off the tee and reach their longest recorded drive. Players will be rewarded with a “Silvies Horseshoe Nail,” the signature drink of the ranch, after hitting their longest drive.

Silvies Valley Ranch also features a par-3 course, Chief Egan, named for the last Paiute War Chief. Chief Egan highlights the beauty of the region and offers a fun playing experience with water features on every hole.

In July 2018, a stunning 7-hole fun course, McVeigh’s Gauntlet, will be added to the golf experience at the ranch. McVeigh’s Gauntlet will bring players to the edge of a razor back mountain and showcase the property’s dramatic elevation changes and breathtaking scenery.

Off the course, visitors have the chance to explore the resort grounds that only a few years ago were inhabited by Native Americans and worked by hearty Pioneers. Guests are able to learn the innovative practices of a working ranch from Silvies Valley Ranch team members. Outdoor activities such as cattle drives, American Range Goat herding, shooting ranges, fishing, and more are offered at the Ranch, bringing out the inner-cowboy in all those who visit.

Culinary options on the property include The Lodge and Egan’s Hideout clubhouse which is completely aligned with the ranch’s standards of sustainability. Limited in-suite dining and outside catering are also available, as well as numerous entertaining spaces for rustic, gourmet picnics and gatherings for group outings and events. Perhaps the most unique dining option is the full-service chuck wagon, available both day and night for special occasions. All on-site restaurants serve western-inspired fare, including ranch-raised Silvies Valley Ranch Certified Organic grass finished beef and chevon.

For those looking to wake up at the crack of dawn, get their hands dirty and “dine” from an authentic chuck-wagon at the end of a hard day’s work in the Wild West, look no further than this Western retreat. With endless accommodation styles, an unending list of activities, and a variety of golf and travel packages available online, Silvies Valley Ranch is simply amazing.

For more information about Silvies Valley Ranch, call 1-800-SILVIES, email or visit

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What’s the Secret to Longevity? It May Be Golf

By Joy Stephenson-Laws, JD, Founder

Golf is a sport that is enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. About 25 million Americans play this sport. I have been playing golf for nearly twenty years. I love the sport. It is an activity that has kept me both physically and mentally fit. It is engaging and taught me humility, patience, discipline, perseverance and the ability to focus on improving my thinking in order to be successful both at the sport and life.

Joy Stephenson-Laws
And although golf requires physical effort, I’ve heard some people say golf is not really a form of exercise, because you do not move fast and it is not rigorous. Well, research suggests that not only is golf a great form of exercise, but it also may reduce the risk of several diseases and help you live a longer life regardless of your age or gender.

Researchers at The University of Edinburgh conducted a study in 2016 that explored the possible health benefits of golf. They reviewed nearly 5,000 studies about golf, and the information they compiled may turn you into a golfer if you are not one already. In the game of golf, age is nothing but a number and the study showed physical gains with golf increased with age.

“We know that the moderate physical activity that golf provides increases life expectancy, has mental health benefits, and can help prevent and treat more than 40 major chronic diseases such as heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, breast and colon cancer,” said Dr. Andrew Murray, one of the lead researchers in the study. “Evidence suggests golfers live longer than non-golfers, enjoying improvements in cholesterol levels, body composition, wellness, self-esteem and self-worth. Given that the sport can be played by the very young to the very old, this demonstrates a wide variety of health benefits for people of all ages.”

Doctors at Harvard also support that golf may be very good for heart health. “Golf can be good for your health and safe for your heart. These health benefits don't come from swinging your club, but from walking. Walking an average course for a round of golf can be as much as four miles. If you walk 18 holes three to five times a week, you'll get an optimal amount of endurance exercise for your heart,” reports Harvard Health.

The Edinburgh study found that golfers usually burn around a minimum of 500 calories over 18 holes, and if you walk the course you are likely to walk four to eight miles. If you carry your clubs, you will burn even more calories. Even riding a golf cart is better than doing nothing.

Walking has great benefits for you health. It may even help reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s, according to the National Institute on Aging (a branch of the NIH). This institute says research has shown exercise can stimulate the brain’s ability to maintain old network connections and make new ones that are vital to healthy cognition.

“In a year-long study, 65 older people exercised daily, doing either an aerobic exercise program of walking for 40 minutes or a nonaerobic program of stretching and toning exercises. At the end of the trial, the walking group showed improved connectivity in the part of the brain engaged in daydreaming, envisioning the future, and recalling the past,” NIH reports.

A 2008 study from the Swedish medical university, Karolinska Institute, also suggests golf may help people live longer. This study looked at data from 300,000 Swedish golfers. Researchers found that the death rate amongst the golfers was 40 percent lower than people who did not golf. This equaled an increased life expectancy of five years!

Possibly adding five years to your life is definitely an invaluable reason to pick up some clubs and head to the golf course. I greatly enjoy how relaxing golf makes me feel as well as the other mental health benefits. But I enjoy these things even more now, because I know how much golf benefits my physical health as well. After all, the mind and body are connected.

Fun fact? Did you know golf is the only sport that has been played on the moon? Yes, Alan Shepard hit two golf balls while he was on the moon in February of 1971.

Talk to your doctor if you want to play golf but are concerned about any back issues or existing injuries. The good news is golf is actually a low risk injury sport that is easy on the joints. Take the whole family golfing, or instead of going to happy hour head to the golf course with friends to swing at some balls instead of swigging back cocktails. Or you might prefer to have a cocktail after a round of golf at the nineteenth hole. Your health and your waistline will thank you.

Enjoy your healthy life!

The pH professional health care team includes recognized experts from a variety of health care and related disciplines, including physicians, health care attorneys, nutritionists, nurses and certified fitness instructors. To learn more about the pH Health Care Team, click here.

Joy Stephenson-Laws is the founder of Proactive Health Labs (pH), a revolutionary health care company that provides tools needed to achieve optimal health. Her new book, Minerals - The Forgotten Nutrient: Your Secret Weapon for Getting and Staying Healthy [Proactive Health Labs, Inc., 2016] is available through Amazon or wherever books are sold. All proceeds from the book will be donated to The Bili Project Foundation, an organization devoted to reducing the incident and improve the outcome of Hepatobilary cancers, which are cancers of the liver, gallbladder, or bile ducts. Connect with Proactive Health Labs on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads, and at

Bryson DeChambeau Completes the 'Tin Cup Challenge'

With Bryson DeChambeau winning his first PGA Tour title this past weekend and punching his ticket to the British Open, released a new “Tin Cup Challenge” video of Bryson playing 18-holes using only his 7-iron.

The video was done in homage to Kevin Costner’s character - Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy – in the classic movie scene where he snaps every club in his bag except his 7-iron and proceeds to finish the back nine with only that club to qualify for the US Open.

Mancheno Sets Course Record to Take First-Round Lead at 70th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship

(ANDOVER, Kan.) – Brandon Mancheno, 17, of Jacksonville, Fla., set a course record with an 8-under-par 63 Monday to take a two-stroke lead on the first day of stroke play in the 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at the par-71, 7,049-yard Flint Hills National Golf Club.

Mancheno broke the previous course record shared by Collin Morikawa and Rylee Reinertson, each of whom fired 64s in the 2015 Trans-Miss Amateur Championship. Morikawa matched that score in three consecutive rounds on his way to the title. Mancheno also established the second-lowest score in U.S. Junior Amateur stroke play, one behind Gavin Hall’s 62 in 2010 at Egypt Valley Country Club.

“I was not trying to shoot that [score], I was just trying to shoot even par and be happy with that, but I got off to a pretty good start,” said Mancheno, who jump-started his round when he eagled the par-5 fifth by sinking an 84-yard lob wedge.

Mancheno, the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur medalist at Colleton River Plantation Club, followed with birdies on three of the next four holes, including putts of 10 and 4 feet on Nos. 7 and 9, respectively. After making his lone bogey to start the inward nine, he regrouped with four more birdies, including a 6-foot putt on the par-5 18th to set the course mark.

“If you hit the fairways, you will have wedges in [to the green] most of the day, so you can get something going low,” said Mancheno, who is attempting to advance to match play for the third consecutive year. “I am still going to be aggressive [tomorrow], that’s just my game in general. I hit driver a lot here, and I am going to keep doing that no matter if I am in the lead or one or two behind.”                                            

The U.S. Junior Amateur consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play, with the championship scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on Saturday at 7 a.m. CDT. The U.S. Junior Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

While Mancheno turned in a record-setting performance, Kaito Onishi, 18, of Japan, played an unusual round. He made a hole-in-one on his first swing and holed out his approach for an eagle on his sixth hole, the par-4 15th, en route to a 6-under 65.

“It was a great way to start,” said Onishi, who started his round on the 130-yard, par-3 10th and recorded the 13th known ace in championship history. “I hit where I wanted and it spun back the right way.”

He used the same club, a pitching wedge, on his 138-yard approach on No. 15, which grazed a tree branch, landed in the middle of green and eventually disappeared into the hole.

“It was a similar distance and it just happened,” he said. “I didn’t think it would be as good [as the ace] but the ball still flew nicely.”

Cole Ponich, 17, of Salt Lake City, Utah, matched Onishi with a 65 late in the day. He birdied his first two holes, including a 30-foot putt on No. 10, and later converted a flop shot from behind the green on the par-4 16th for his third of six birdies on the round.

“My course management and strategy are better and I got a little longer off the tee,” said Ponich about his improvement after failing to qualify for match play last year. “I am really confident over every shot. I know what to expect.”

Austin Eckroat, 18, of Edmond, Okla., fashioned a bogey-free 66 that included a long par-saving putt on the final hole after he hit his second shot into a water hazard. He made an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 2 and set up another birdie on the next hole by striking a 58-degree wedge to within 4 feet for a sizzling start.

“I didn’t want to get ahead of myself and start thinking about match play,” said Eckroat, who spoke about the experience of reaching the Round of 16 last year. “It helps because you know you don’t have to take it that deep to make the cut.”

Wells Padgett, 18, of Wichita, Kan.; Sean Maruyama, 17, of Encino, Calif.; and Ricky Castillo, 16, of Yorba Linda, Calif., each carded 4-under 67s. Padgett, who is competing in his third U.S. Junior Amateur and is the hometown favorite, made six birdies and two bogeys. He kept his round’s momentum when he got up and down for a bogey on No. 12 and followed with a short birdie putt on the par-4 13th. Maruyama, whose father Shigeki won three times on the PGA Tour, recorded a chip-in eagle from just off the green on No. 11 and sank a 30-yard pitch for a birdie on the par-4 seventh.

Eugene Hong, who reached the Junior Amateur semifinals the last two years, and Cole Hammer, who became the third-youngest golfer at age 15 to play in the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in 2015, each finished at 3-under 67. Hong, 17, of Orlando, Fla., had an eagle and four birdies, while Hammer, 17, of Houston, Texas, made five birdies.

Min Woo Lee, who is trying to become the first player to successfully defend his Junior Amateur title since Tiger Woods won three straight years from 1991-1993, and John Pak, a semifinalist last year, are among a large pack tied at 2-under 69. Lee, 18, of Australia, made eagle on No. 11 by converting a 40-yard approach with a 60-degree wedge, but later made double bogey on No. 15. Pak, 18, of Scotch Plains, N.J., birdied two of his last three holes, including delivering a 213-yard 3-iron to within 20 feet to set up an eagle attempt on the par-5 18th.

“Off the tee, you just have to hit the fairway,” said Lee, whose sister Minjee tied for 11th in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open and won the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior. “It’s such a big difference from being on the fairway and being in the rough. You get some lies that are deadly and you can’t get onto the green.”

Davis Shore, of Knoxville, Tenn., is one of 51 18-year-olds playing in the championship for the first time after the USGA raised the age limit and lowered the Handicap Index for 2017. Shore, who nearly advanced to this year’s U.S. Open after losing in a playoff in the Memphis, Tenn., sectional qualifier, opened with a 69 that included four consecutive birdies on his outward nine.

Last year’s U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up, Noah Goodwin, 17, of Corinth, Texas, birdied his last hole to shoot even-par 71.

Flint Hills National Golf Club is hosting its third USGA championship.

Ireland’s Carr Golf Announces Strategic Appointments Supporting Steady International Expansion

Acclaimed Tour Operator Hires Golf Travel Industry Professionals Paul Schmidt and Sean Bissett, Promotes Mark Byrne to Sales Manager

(DUBLIN, Ireland) – Carr Golf  – Ireland and Scotland’s premier provider of unforgettable golf vacations – has made several key personnel appointments, hiring Paul Schmidt as senior sales consultant and Sean Bissett as regional representative, as well as promoting Mark Byrne to sales manager.  

Located in Florida to provide “around-the-clock” personal sales and pre-trip service to Carr Golf’s clients in the U.S., Schmidt brings a strong golf sales and marketing background and extensive knowledge of the golf travel industry. He's visited more than 25 countries and established business relationships with golf professionals, travel agents, high-end clients and resort executives. Previously, he was an international golf travel specialist with U.S.-based Premier Golf, as well as a professional caddie at Orlando’s Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. He holds a B.A. from the University of Central Florida.

Bissett resides in Scotland and will provide a premium level of service to Carr Golf clients on the ground there, while building on his decade of golf industry experience to further enhance Carr Golf’s offerings in the birth country of the game. Formerly the tournaments and events coordinator at The Renaissance Club in East Lothian, Bissett launched his own golf travel business in 2014. He brings an intimate knowledge of Scotland’s many courses and a passion for executive golf travel. He graduated from the PGA Training Program at the University of Birmingham in England.

“As a dynamic, flourishing golf tour company, we’re thrilled to add high-quality industry experts in Paul and Sean,” says Marty Carr, Executive Chairman. “Having staff on the ground in the U.S. and Scotland allows us to further elevate the premier level of client care for which Carr Golf is known.”

Carr Golf has also promoted Mark Byrne to Sales Manager. Byrne joined the Carr Group in 2007 as a travel executive. As Sales Manager, he will use his extensive knowledge of golf in Ireland, Scotland and other key worldwide destinations which he has acquired over 10 years, to further grow the elite luxury tour company.

“As a family company with over 30 years’ industry experience, we leverage our know-how to always exceed client expectations,” says Byrne. “I look forward to continuing to offer unparalleled luxury golf travel experiences with the Carr Golf travel team.”

For more information on Carr Golf:, 1.855.617.5701 (U.S. toll free) or +353.1.822 6662.

Two-Time Major Winner John Daly to Tee-Up Vertical Groove Driver in 146th Open Championship

1995 Open Champion, and Driving Distance Leader on PGA TOUR Champions, Daly Will Play Golf’s Only Vertical Groove Driver at Royal Birkdale in England

(Boston, MA) - On the heels of a victory at the U.S. Senior Open, the new, cutting-edge Vertical Groove Driver will be played by two-time major champion, John Daly, in the 146th Edition of the Open Championship, taking place July 16th-23rd at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in England. This marks the first professional appearance for the driver in Europe and coincides with Vertical Groove Golf’s distribution agreement with Anemoi Sport that now offers the driver for purchase to golfers in the UK.

The innovative Vertical Groove Driver, which continues to gain popularity amongst professionals and amateurs, already has two tour victories in only its first season in the market, including a Major Championship.  In May, Daly captured his first professional tournament victory since 2004, using the Vertical Groove Driver to win the Insperity Invitational at the Woodlands Country Club in Texas. One the game’s premier drivers, Daly’s major wins include the 1995 Open Championship at famed St. Andrews Link in Scotland, and the 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club, in Carmel, Indiana.

Coming off the U.S. Senior Open victory, the Vertical Groove Driver is ranked #1 and #2 in driving distance on the PGA Tour Champions, while a host of players, including Daly and 2016 Sr. PGA Champion, Rocco Mediate, are currently playing the only driver to feature vertical groove face technology.

“We were confident that professional success would come quickly for the Vertical Groove Driver, but two wins, including a Major, in just six months has exceeded our expectations,” said Rubin Hanan, COO/Managing Partner, Vertical Groove Golf. “What excites us even more is the increasing number of players who are teeing up the driver on the PGA Tour Champions each week. In fact, we now command the #1 and #2 positions in driving distance on the tour, which speaks volumes to the performance attributes of this product.”

Hanan adds, “More amateurs continue to see the benefits of the driver at the professional level, and are going Vertical.  Having John Daly play the driver in the prestigious Open Championship gives us great exposure in Europe, especially as we have just expanded our distribution into the UK, which is the #4 golf market in the world.”

The cutting edge Vertical Groove Driver, which conforms to the Rules of Golf, is designed to reduce spin at impact, forcing tighter dispersion and leading to, on average, up to 40% straighter ball flight and up to 10 yards further in driving distance.

The 450cc Vertical Groove Driver, which is available in both right and left handed models, is offered in 8, 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degree lofts (right) and 9.5 and 10.5 degree lofts (left), while featuring a full range of Aldila premium grade, tour-proven aftermarket NV2K series shafts as standard.  The available flexes include: 45 gram L (Ladies), 50 gram A (Senior), 55 gram R (Regular), 65 gram S (Stiff) and 65 gram X (Extra-stiff).   At a length of 45.5 inches, the Vertical Groove Driver provides an optimum launch angle while maximizing carry distance and ball speed for many players. It is equipped with Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips in standard, midsize and oversize models.  Alternative shaft options from Fujikura, Mitsubishi and Aldila also will be available. Suggested retail price of the Vertical Groove Driver is $399.99.

More information on the Vertical Groove Driver is available at or via social media profiles on Facebook and YouTube at Vertical Groove Golf, and @vertgolf on Twitter.

SeeMore Putter Company Congratulates Brandt Jobe on Great Play

(FRANKLIN, TN) - Since switching to a milled SeeMore ONE SS putter with a Rosemark grip six events ago on the PGA Champions Tour, Brand Jobe has become one of the hottest golfers on the planet. Jobe finished T2 at this week Senior Constellation Players Championship, firing rounds of 66-68-65-72 for a 17 under par total and finishing just one shot back.

He has finished in the top 10 in four of his last five events, including back-to-back Top 3 finishes in majors, and his first win in more than 400 events on tour just four weeks ago at the Principal Charity Classic.

Jobe has earned $875,000 in his last six starts since switching to SeeMore (Rosemark), an incredible average of nearly $150k per event. And he is 61-under par in those six events, dating back to the Regions, which includes three majors. He has skyrocketed to fifth in the year long Charles Schwab Cup standings.

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

SeeMore Facts - SeeMore originally became recognized when Payne Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open playing a SeeMore putter in the greatest final round putting performance in US Open History. The brand was re-launched in 2007, and immediately regained worldwide prominence as Zach Johnson used a SeeMore FGP to win the 2007 Masters. Zach Johnson’s historic win at the 2015 Open Championship now becomes the third leg of the “SeeMore Slam.”

SeeMore’s website at has many new features about SeeMore’s remarkable legacy, technology, and tour success. SeeMore putters are custom made in Franklin, Tenn.

JumboMax Team Member Bryson DeChambeau Captures First PGA Tour Win at John Deere Classic

(JUPITER, FL) - JumboMax Grips announced that Tour Staff Professional, Bryson DeChambeau, captured his first PGA Tour victory this past weekend at the John Deere Classic held at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, IL.

DeChambeau fired rounds of 66, 65, 70 and 65 to finish at 18 under par and win the event. His final round of 65 on Sunday included seven birdies, six of which came on the back nine, including a clutch 14 foot birdie putt on the final hole to take the lead. This victory earned him a paycheck of $1,008,000.00 and 500 FedEx Cup Points. He's now ranked 34th on the FedEx Cup Points List, and because of this victory, is headed to The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England.

"JumboMax would like to congratulate Bryson DeChambeau on his first victory on the PGA Tour," said John Mazzanoble, President of JumboMax Grips. "We expect that this will be the first of many wins, and we're excited to be part of Bryson's journey. He has shown everyone that there truly are new and innovative ways to play the game of golf at the highest level, whether it's using JumboMax grips or single length irons, this is an exciting time for the game of golf."

DeChambeau has been playing JumboMax Grips for more than six years now and he's as well known for his accomplishments on the golf course as he is for his unorthodox set of irons that are all the same length. DeChambeau plays the new Tour Series Grips from JumboMax that he personally helped develop.

So far this season, JumboMax has collected a victory and two second-place finishes on the PGA Tour and JumboMax Team Members, Bryson DeChambeau and Kelly Kraft have combined earnings in excess of $3 million.

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Golf Datatech Releases Comprehensive Market Study That Highlights Major Golf Retail Shifts

Seventh Edition of the 2017 Serious Golfers Shopping and Purchasing Habits Study Details the Current Industry Climate

(ORLANDO, Fla.) - Golf Datatech (, the golf industry’s leading independent research firm for consumer, trade and retail golf trends, today released a comprehensive market study that highlights the state of today’s golf retail marketplace. As the golf sector experiences significant shifts, the seventh edition of the Serious Golfers Shopping and Purchasing Habits Study (previous versions 2003, ’05, ’08, ’10, ’12 & ’14) provides in-depth tracking of golfers’ buying preferences, and where they buy product today, while detailing the current climate in the industry.

“Like most consumer shopping preferences in the United States, serious golfers’ choices about shopping for golf equipment or apparel have changed significantly over the past few years,” said John Krzynowek, a Partner in Golf Datatech LLC. “The only thing we know for certain is that change is inevitable … and that will never change.”

Krzynowek adds, “The retail environment is rapidly evolving across all consumer products in the USA, and the purchasing of golf products is no exception.  In fact, shopping for, and buying golf products is frequently a multi-step process. Gone are the days when golfers would buy without shopping for product features, as well as comparing prices. Today’s golfer is savvier about product life cycles and price/value relationships.”

In creating the 2017 Serious Golfers Shopping and Purchasing Habits Study, over 2,500 serious golfers from Golf Datatech’s exclusive database were surveyed for the project. The substantial size of the sample group enabled Golf Datatech to conduct extensive crossover research, targeting multiple demographics, including: golf handicap, gender, facility played, geographic region, alpha consumers (those that buy products most frequently) and price points, along with a special investigation of online shopping habits.

Based on the results of the study, some of the key trends and “channel shift” highlights include:
· The leadership of the off-course channel has weakened across multiple product categories, although it still remains the channel of choice for most golfers. The number of off-course golf specialty “brick and mortar” locations that have closed over the past 12 months (100+) has left many golfers without convenient locations to shop.

· For the first time in the seven editions of this study, “Custom Club Fitting Specialists” were separated from the off-course channel as a choice for where clubs were purchased. This specialized channel has become a significant factor in drivers and irons, even though custom fitting comes at an additional cost.

· The sporting goods channel in total continued to decline in importance, but it remains very significant in golf balls and golf shoes. Like the off-course channel, the number of available sporting goods outlets dropped significantly in 2016, with the closing of Sports Authority. This leaves Dick’s Sporting Goods as the undisputed dominant player in the channel.

· Combined online shopping/browsing/buying was a bit of a mixed bag in 2017.  While many online activities increased in importance, there were offsetting declines in other online segments, particularly in online auction sites like eBay.

· “Other Online” sales, which includes Amazon, were broken out for the first time in this 2017 study, and were substantial in importance for some categories like golf balls.

Adds Krzynowek, “Golf retail is a moving target right now and consumer buying habits are changing at a rapid pace. That is why this study, and subsequent reports that capture the state of the golf retail sector, are vital for the golf industry.”

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

TecTecTec Offering Special Pricing on Laser Rangefinders for The Open Championship

(Vannes, France) – TecTecTec – maker of technologically-advanced yet affordable laser rangefinders for golf which are Amazon’s No. 1 category seller – is celebrating the third major championship of the season by offering 10% off all laser rangefinders during the week of The Open Championship.

In addition to the discount, buyers can take advantage of customary free shipping, a two-year warranty and 30-day full refund guarantee when ordering online at Contested at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England, The Open Championship begins Thursday, July 19 and the sale will be live on the TecTecTec website through July 23.

“The Open is a wonderful tradition and we wanted to do something special for our customers to commemorate the tournament in a memorable way,” says Renan Lore, Director of TecTecTec. “Even if playing in windy or wet conditions, our optics make it extremely easy for any golfer to lock onto targets and develop a strategy to attack each hole.”

TecTecTec offers a variety of leading-edge models, including the recently launched VPRODLX 1K and popular VPRO500 and VPRO DLX. Each is available in standard and “S” editions, which feature PinSlope Technology to calculate elevation-adjusted distance to the target. All TecTecTec rangefinders are engineered to the highest standards and priced affordably for all budgets.

Each TecTecTec model features three unique scanning modes – Pinsensor measures overlapping targets, including flagsticks and wooded areas; Target Priority displays distance of the closest subject; and Scan Mode helps read distances to hazards. Precise within one yard, the company’s renowned products have an ultra-clear, multi-layered optical lens for excellent visual clarity and 6x magnification with diopter adjustment.

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Nike Athletes Rely on Aeroreact Technology at Golf's Third Major

(RELEASE) - In this year’s third major championship, Nike athletes Rory McIlroy and Jason Day will both compete in polos featuring Aeroreact technology. First introduced in January, Aeroreact is uniquely engineered to adapt to changes in an athlete’s temperature for maximize comfort and breathability. Day will wear the Nike Aeroreact Stripe polo with a traditional collar, while McIlroy will don the Nike Aeroreact polo with a blade collar. Brooks Koepka, golf’s most recent major winner, will compete in the Nike Raglan polo.

All 21 Nike athletes will be able to layer up or down with multiple pieces that each feature adaptive material, highlighted in armory navy, laser orange and wolf grey, to combat the various weather conditions on the course. McIlroy and David Duval will be seeking their second victory at the Open Championship while the other 19 athletes will be competing for their first.

Bryson DeChambeau Relies on Bridgestone Golf’s Tour B330 to Win John Deere Classic

(COVINGTON, GA) – Bryson DeChambeau used the Bridgestone Tour B330 golf ball to capture his first PGA TOUR title, a one-shot victory at the John Deere Classic contested this past weekend at TPC Deere Run in Silvis,  IL.

The 23-year-old carded back-to-back birdies on the two finishing holes to shoot a final round 65. He relied on the B330 to produce excellent distance and accuracy off the tee and superior greenside spin to give him an edge over the competition. Designed based on data gathered from Bridgestone's proprietary ball fitting program and validated by the top players in the world, the B330 series is engineered to deliver maximum results from tee-to-green for skilled golfers who demand high-level performance in all facets of their game.

“Heading into the back nine on Sunday I needed to go out and be both aggressive and efficient to put up a low score and my equipment gave me the confidence to do that,” said DeChambeau. “The Tour B330 responded phenomenally to every situation and provided the extra push needed to outpace the field and win my first PGA Tour title, as well as a spot in the 2017 Open Championship.”

"Bryson has won at every level of competitive golf and can now add PGA Tour champion to his resume," says Angel Ilagan, President and CEO of Bridgestone Golf. "He is incredibly discerning about his equipment and knows our golf balls give him the edge needed to compete at the highest level. Today's win further validates his commitment to not following the herd and instead playing the best equipment for his game."

The exceptional ball speed and increased distance provided by the Tour B330 is the result of a proprietary TOURcore, formulated for the best golfers on the planet. Excellent feel and spin around the green, as well as improved performance out of the rough, is a hallmark of the patented SlipRes cover.

DeChambeau also wore Bridgestone Golf’s new Tour B FIT Glove, which will be available online and at select retailers nationwide this September.

In addition to DeChambeau, Bridgestone Golf ambassadors include FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker, Olympic bronze medalist Matt Kuchar, three-time major champion Nick Price and young phenom Hudson Swafford. Scores of fellow professionals choose to use Bridgestone balls without compensation.

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Traction Could be a Factor at Open Championship

(BRENTWOOD, Tenn.) - When the 2018 Open Championship tees off this week at Royal Birkdale, weather – and conversely traction – will more than likely factor into the equation based on history. In 2008, the last time Royal Birkdale hosted the major, players had to endure pouring rain and gusts of wind up to 50 mph.

These conditions put traction and stability at a premium for the world’s leading golfers as they seek to etch their name into history. Based on this year’s PGA TOUR season, it’s almost a certainty that the winner of the Open Championship will be wearing footwear with replaceable cleats.

Through the John Deere Classic, 35 of 36 of the individual events have been won by players who chose the stability and performance of cleated shoes. In fact, this past weekend, winners of The John Deere Classic on the PGA TOUR, the Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open on the European Tour, the Utah Championship on the Tour and the Women’s U.S. Open were all wearing shoes featuring Softspikes/CHAMP, the world’s best-selling golf cleat brands and the companies with the #1 Cleat in Golf.

“Over the last several decades, the technology in golf equipment has continued to evolve and this is evident as players are constantly tinkering with their clubs, putters, balls and more,” said John Hohman, Vice President of Marketing for PrideSports. “This is also occurring with footwear where we’ve seen players experimenting with spikeless footwear.  In most cases, they return to a cleated product as they realize the importance of stability and maintaining traction on the varying surfaces a golfer faces during a round.

“At a major like the Open Championship, a player simply cannot afford to slip. On Saturday at the Scottish Open, multiple players near the lead who were wearing spikeless shoes slipped causing poor shots,” he added. “That could have been the difference between them winning and losing. These same principles also apply to recreational golfers.”

Shoes that allow for players to replace their cleats are versatile and provide superior traction on any surface of play versus “cleatless” products. In addition, as cleats wear over time, golfers can simply replace the cleats giving them the traction of essentially brand new shoes at a fraction of the cost.
PrideSports is the undisputed leader in the golf cleat segment with its CHAMP and Softspikes brands. CHAMP’s PiviX, Zarma and Stinger cleats, as well as Softspikes’ Pulsar, Silver Tornado and Stealth dominate both the OEM and secondary market in terms of performance and sales.

Antigua Debuts Summer 2017 Men's Golf Collection

Pictured from left: Unite, Vivid and Vista
(PEORIA, AZ) - Antigua Group, Inc. - one of the nation's leading designers and marketers of lifestyle and golf apparel under the distinguished Antigua brand - has introduced its Summer 2017 Men's Fashion Golf Collection.

The men's Summer 2017 Golf Performance collection is an inspiration of color. With a vibrant color palette that's a fresh follow-up to the Spring '17 full-performance product range, this new release incorporates six fresh designs that are great additions to every golfer's wardrobe.

Antigua's design team blended color-on-color with these stand-out styles. By complementing colors and incorporating them into solid heather effects, yarn dye stripes, prints and outerwear, they achieved eye-catching results.

The collection begins with a tonal double knit jacquard self collar polo that's conceptualized to mimic the effect that's created knitting heather yarns into a solid fabric. Style Hologram gives the illusion of light and dark contrasting shades, by using varying yarn sizes that independently absorb solid dye with unique variances. When the different yarns are double-knit into a digital jacquard design and the fabric is piece-dyed, the result is a truly refined update to a tonal solid polo. Minimizing style details with the intention of focusing on the fabric makes this unique polo a great garment for on or off the course.

Style Drive employs a richly dominant color stripe that offers no pattern uniformity, set against a white background. An engineered contrasting pop accent stripe emboldens the pattern. The handsome color combination is further enhanced by the fabric quality. Superlative descriptions don't do justice to the comfort this fabric offers. Blending a high-filament count jersey and spandex, the hand, drape, fit and comfort are incomparable.

Style Unite perfectly complements style Drive, combining the same high-quality, high-filament performance yarns with a high percentage of spandex to create the ultimate fabric. Unite places varying stripe sizes of colors in a specific pattern. Engineering the accent color through the chest placement showcases the rich color palette's vibrancy. As finishing features to this handsome style, the shoulder and sleeve stripe are repeated on the self collar stripe, and the cut-and-sewn cuff stripe is vertically upended and engineered to be set against the horizontal sleeve stripe -- emphasizing the stripe pattern's unique design.

Rounding out the trilogy of summer yarn dye stripe polos is style Revive -- named for its reinvention of the traditional two-color narrow rugby stripe pattern that quickly repeats with a rich color shade against a contrasting bright hue. The flat knit polo style suggests traditional styling, while the stripe and its bold color use are an homage to current trends.

Created for the Spring '17 fashion performance collection, this style's popularity determined its continuance in new color combinations for this season. The fabric is a proprietary pique construction of high-count filament yarns in a designated denier, with the inclusion of spandex for ultimate stretch and comfort. Wear this shirt once and you'll want to own it in every color.

As current fashion dictates, and the golf world has become increasingly fashion-aware, prints are it. Style Vivid is a perfect mix of an unassuming main body base color that offsets an abstract engineered chest print. With white dominantly coming through, it relies on the accent color that sparingly comes and goes to give it its true impact. Appealing to any demographic, Vivid's engineered chest print is fashion-inspired with a sportswear appeal.

Style Vista was also a hit in the Spring '17 men's performance golfwear collection. The half-zip pullover's double-knit jacquard heather twill fabric made a statement requiring minimal style detailing. And transitioning from Spring's neutral color shades to the Summer's bold color palette has proved to be equally well-received. Styled as a raglan for fluid movement, the simplicity of dyed-to-match filament cover stitched seams over white seam taping compliments the fabric's twill effect as a lone, perfect accent. This is a "wear anywhere and everywhere" style.

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