Friday, September 22, 2017

Product Review: Jack Nicklaus Apparel

Stop me if you’ve heard this before ... Golf apparel that’s fashion forward, provides a complete range of motion and wicks away moisture. That’s pretty much every golf shirt on the market today, right?

How about if I add one more word - affordable? That word is generally associated with rock-hard golf balls or the goat track of a course that hasn’t been kept up in years. That’s not generally a word you connect to the greatest name in the game, Jack Nicklaus. Think again.

The Golden Bear has teamed with Perry Ellis International to offer a sleek line of golf apparel that not only looks and feels great, but is also gentle on the budget. We’re talking about shorts for $29.99 and shirts for $24.99. An outfit for $55? You’ll pay that (or more) for many shirts, alone.

The shorts boast three technologies:
STAYDRI - The aforementioned moisture-wicking fabric that draws sweat away from the body;
STAYMOTION PLUS - All around stretch for max comfort; and
STAYSCREEN - This blocks the sun’s harmful rays.

The shorts are comfortable, technologically advanced and feature a subtle “cargo” pocket on one side.

The shirts have both the STAYDRI and STAYSCREEN tech, but take away the PLUS from STAYMOTION and you’re focusing on the seams for complete range of motion. Some, such as the gray shirt above, also feature STAYVENT, which is a more breathable fabric.

Check out jacknicklaus.com for everything the Golden Bear is up to - from clothing and equipment to course design and ice cream!

Golf Channel Implementing Presidents Cup Scavenger Hunt, Tuesday, Sept. 26 in Manhattan

On-Air Talent across NBCUniversal to Give Video Clues on Golf Channel Social Platforms for Fans to Find Oversized Presidents Cup throughout the City

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – In anticipation of one of golf’s biggest events making its way to the New York metropolitan area, Golf Channel has announced an exciting fan engagement opportunity in conjunction with the 2017 Presidents Cup, Sept. 25-Oct. 1, at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, fans in the New York metropolitan area will have an opportunity to participate in a unique social media-integrated scavenger hunt around Manhattan. Fans will be challenged through video clues presented by on-air talent from across NBCUniversal shared via Golf Channel’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to find oversized replicas of the Presidents Cup trophy throughout the city. Among those who will present clues for the scavenger hunt are: Matt Lauer, TODAY; Justin Hartley, This is Us; Dhani Jones, Adventure Capitalists; and Matt Iseman, American Ninja Warrior.

The six respective location winners will receive a pair of one-day grounds tickets to the 2017 Presidents Cup. For those not local to the New York metropolitan area, a digital version of the scavenger hunt will allow fans to play along for their chance to win Golf Channel merchandise. Winners of both the location-specific and digital version of the scavenger hunt also will be entered to win a trip for two to the 2019 Presidents Cup in Australia, which will include tickets to the event, airfare, hotel, transportation and spending money.

How to Participate at Locations around Manhattan
· Watch for video clues from Golf Channel’s social media handles on Tuesday, Sept. 26 for different locations around New York where oversized replicas of the Presidents Cup are waiting to be found.
· Solve the clue and proceed to the location. Then take a photo of yourself with the replica Presidents Cup and post it to your own social media account with the designated hashtag, #PresCupSweepstakes.
· Each photo taken at the six respective locations using the designated hashtag, #PresCupSweepstakes will be counted as an official entry and offer a chance to win.

How to Participate in the Digital Version of the Scavenger Hunt
· Non-local fans can follow clues on Golf Channel social media handles and will have an opportunity to type-in their responses based on the clue(s) on the scavenger hunt landing page, www/golfchannel.com/PresCup.

NBC Sports Group will dedicate more than 60 live hours of programming to the biennial international match play competition that will feature 12 of the top male golfers in the United States against 12 of the best from the rest of the world (outside of Europe). Nearly 30 hours of live tournament coverage (Thursday-Friday on Golf Channel; Saturday-Sunday on NBC) will be complemented by more than 30 hours of news programming and analysis throughout the week.

World Golf Foundation Names PGA TOUR Executive James Cramer to Vice President of Communications

(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.) – World Golf Foundation (WGF) – golf’s nonprofit organization that unites the industry in support of initiatives that enhance growth and access to the game worldwide – announces James Cramer, a longstanding executive on the PGA TOUR’s communications team, has been named Vice President of Communications.

Cramer brings nearly 30 years of public relations experience to the WGF. He began his career at the PGA TOUR in February 1989 and most recently served as Vice President of Communications.

"With 24 million Americans enjoying the game at 15,000-plus facilities across the nation, I look forward to continuing to help grow the game both domestically and internationally,” says Cramer. "32 million unique individuals touched the game in 2016, laying the groundwork as we begin to shift our focus towards 2018 and beyond."

In his new role, Cramer will work closely with Steve Mona, CEO of WGF, on both GOLF 20/20 – a collaboration of leading industry organizations – and WGF public relations programs, including strategic planning, industry research and WE ARE GOLF – the game’s government affairs coalition.

"Through his long career with the PGA TOUR, James brings a wealth of experience and unique insights which will be invaluable to the industry," says Mona. "We are confident that James will leverage his rich background in helping us raise awareness and promote the game and the business of golf worldwide.”

While at the TOUR, Cramer’s responsibilities included day-to-day management of the TOUR’s “Together, Anything’s Possible” charity initiatives, which have contributed $2.46 billion in total donations since 1938. His past duties also included public relations oversight of the TOUR’s industry collaboration efforts, as well as responsibility for former Commissioner Tim Finchem’s media relations.

For more information, visit www.worldgolffoundation.org.

Dave Pelz Discusses Simplifying Your Putting Stroke

Dave Pelz discusses how to simplify your putting stroke in this edition of Cleveland Golf's video series.



Two thoughts:

1. Don't rotate your wrists; and

2. Bring the putter straight back and straight through.



Learn more at http://www.clevelandgolf.com/en/pelz.html?utm_source=cleveland&utm_campaign=pelz-e04&utm_medium=email

PGA TOUR Superstore Introduces New Virtual Tournament

PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE Continues Model of Enhancing Customer Experience Under One Roof

(RELEASE) - Sometimes it’s just about listening to your customers. PGA TOUR Superstore President & CEO Dick Sullivan has and his company’s ability to listen has resulted in delivering a new coast to coast tournament. Mega golf retailer PGA TOUR Superstore is introducing an inaugural six week, 9-Hole virtual golf tournament series, starting Monday September 25.

“We have never taken the customer for granted and are committed to ensuring the customer experience in our stores is the benchmark in our industry. For us, it’s all about listening to the customer,” said Dick Sullivan, PGA TOUR Superstore CEO & President. “Customers have asked about virtually playing real courses with our simulators and technology driving practice golf hitting bays. Having heard what they said, we thought adding an element of competition that would enhance that experience even more. That is why we are teeing up our inaugural six week 9-hole tournament series where competitors will virtually play at top courses, including Quail Hollow and Congressional.”

For more information and/or to register for the virtual tournament, visit http://www.pgatoursuperstore.com/9-hole-tournament-series.jsp.
                                                               
WHEN: Starting Monday, September 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

ABOUT: Each week a new nine-hole tournament format will be introduced, with up to $200 in weekly prizes for tournament and contest winners. It will also feature a closest-to-the-hole contest. The Entry fee per tournament is $19.99.

Tagmarshal Pace-of-Play and foreUP Golf Course Management Systems Form Partnership

(LINDON, Utah) – Tagmarshal – the pace-of-play and efficiencies intelligence system used by golf courses, country clubs and resorts globally – has partnered with foreUP and its course management platform to enable operations staff to easily apply pace analytics and player data to offer more personalized services.

Leading the industry as a pace-of-play solution, Tagmarshal has spurred on-pace play improvements at prestigious resort and private courses from 40 percent to more than 70 percent in only weeks. Average round times have also decreased substantially, routinely 15 minutes or more, allowing public and daily fee courses to add valuable tee time capacity.

foreUP, which integrates a variety of golf-specific management tools into its point of sale suite, is the latest addition to the rapidly expanding Tagmarshal program, whose partner courses identify fast, consistent round times as a key factor in providing outstanding golf outings, which in turn translates to material revenue gains. Along with this new integration, foreUP features include tools to manage inventory, player data, tee times, food and beverage operations, member billing, course marketing and more.

“foreUP’s management suite seamlessly integrates with our system, further enabling courses to improve pace efficiencies for higher player satisfaction,” says Bodo Sieber, CEO of Tagmarshal. “Our top priority is empowering courses with actionable data to improve the accuracy of their field management. As a result, they can pre-emptively resolve bottlenecks and set the pace for an exceptional playing experience.”

The programmatic integration automatically delivers pace profiles upon tee-time reservation and at check-in to help courses incentivize fast players while assisting slow golfers with constructive and non-confrontational support. Tagmarshal’s big data analytics and intuitive modules also unlock insights that guide practical strategies for continuous improvement, allowing courses to offer a significantly enhanced product.

“Tagmarshal's innovative offering complements our suite of course management tools, which focus on helping courses achieve financial and operational success,” says Joel Ragar, Co-Founder and CEO of foreUP. “One of the things top of mind for courses is pace-of-play management, and we’re excited to offer this integration as a way of improving player experience and loyalty.”

A recent USGA survey shows 74 percent of golfers believe pace-of-play is critical to the enjoyment of their rounds, part of the impetus for The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (2021 PGA Championship), Whistling Straits (2020 Ryder Cup), Erin Hills (2017 U.S. Open), East Lake (Tour Championship), Carnoustie Golf Links (Open Championship), Ballybunion Golf Club (Irish Open) and many other premier golf destinations to deploy Tagmarshal’s discreet data-transmitting tags.

Partnering with Tagmarshal, private clubs inspire happier members and daily fee facilities offer additional prime tee times capable of generating $100,000-plus in annual incremental revenue. Superintendents also use Tagmarshal data to better manage pin placements, wear patterns, hole set-ups and operational efficiencies.

More information: foreUPgolf.com and tagmarshal.com, 725.333.7354.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Zero Friction Announces Johnny Miller Appearance at October’s Michigan Section Annual Meeting

(OAK BROOK TERRACE, IL) - Zero Friction, maker of technologically advanced performance golf products, announces a special interview with Johnny Miller at the Michigan Section 2017 Fall Meeting & Education Seminar on Monday, October 23, 2017, at Eagle Eye Golf Course in East Lansing.

Emceeing the event will be Brian Crowell, President of the Metropolitan Sectional PGA as well as a television broadcaster, radio host and author. Following the discussion featuring Hall of Famer Johnny Miller, a short question and answer period will take place.  Zero Friction has sponsored similar Q&A interviews with Johnny Miller at the Met Sectional PGA, Southern California Sectional PGA, Northern Texas Sectional PGA and Illinois Sectional PGA.

Miller won two major championships and 25 PGA Tour events before joining the NBC broadcast team in 1990. Miller, elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1998, was known for his colorful attire when competing as one of the game’s best players in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  In 2015, Miller announced he was part owner and endorsee for Zero Friction.

“What attracted me to Zero Friction in the beginning was the technology that was involved in creating such unique golf products.  The products are different. They offer something that others don’t," said Miller, now an NBC golf commentator. “I am excited about where this company is going.”

DistanceProGloveZero Friction first entered the golf glove market in 2015 and has continued to evolve.  Golf Hall of Famer Johnny Miller was so impressed when introduced to Zero Friction in 2015 that he took a stake in the company.   The glove took top honors in the Product Ingenuity - Emerging Companies category of the 24th Annual ING Industry Honors awards program, called by many the "Academy Awards of the Golf Industry.”  In 2017, Zero Friction was named the official golf tee and glove of the World Long Drive Association (WLDA).

For more information, visit www.zerofriction.com, or call 847-436-4262.

Titleist Introduces New DT TruSoft

The Softest Titleist Golf Ball Delivers Best-in-Class Performance with Even Longer Distance

(FAIRHAVEN, Mass.) – The softest Titleist golf ball is now even longer with the introduction of the new Titleist DT TruSoft, available in golf shops worldwide beginning Sept. 21.

Reengineered with a larger, low compression core and proprietary soft cover technology, new DT TruSoft delivers longer distance with incredibly soft feel on all shots, plus increased short game spin for stopping power on the green.

For golfers who prefer a very soft compression feel, DT TruSoft is the best performing golf ball in its class – a result of Titleist’s rigorous research and development and industry-leading manufacturing technologies. Made at Titleist Ball Plant 2 in North Dartmouth, Mass., DT TruSoft provides a superior combination of soft feel, long distance and playability into and around the green, with the consistent performance and quality that golfers expect from a Titleist.

“We’re meeting more and more golfers who believe you have to sacrifice distance in order to play a softer-feeling ball. That’s certainly true for many of the lower compression products in the market right now – but not DT TruSoft,” said Michael Mahoney, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing. “When we launched DT TruSoft two years ago, it instantly became the longest ball in the category. Our R&D team has since discovered how to provide even more distance without impacting the remarkably soft feel that golfers tell us they love about this product. New DT TruSoft continues to prove that golfers who prioritize feel don’t have to give up everything else.”

DT TruSoft PERFORMANCE & TECHNOLOGY:
The performance of new DT TruSoft is achieved through the game’s most advanced low-compression golf ball technology:
• The larger, low compression TruTouch Core generates low spin for long distance.
• The new TruFlex cover utilizes proprietary Titleist technology to deliver very soft feel around the green and improved short game performance.
• Advanced aerodynamics are optimized to provide a consistent, piercing ball flight.

AVAILABILITY:
Titleist DT TruSoft golf balls will be available in U.S. golf shops beginning Sept. 21 with a MAP of $21.99 ($30 MSRP). DT TruSoft models are available in White and Optic Yellow models with play numbers 1-4.

Tour Edge Unveils New Exotics CBX Forged Wedge Series

Unique grinding process utilized in meticulously designed CNC milled forged wedges

(Batavia, IL) –Tour Edge, Golf’s Most Solid Investment, introduced the Exotics CBX forged wedge series. The CBX wedges are engineered to deliver precise distance control, maximum versatility and superior spin for players of any skill level seeking Tour quality CNC milled performance.

The Exotics CBX wedges are forged from soft S25 carbon steel providing superb feedback off the club face. The classic signature shape and thin top line are combined with a new custom DG Method – named for David Glod, president and chief designer for Tour Edge – featuring a unique combination of heel, toe and trailing edge grinding.

This ultimate combination in grinding provides unsurpassed versatility and control on critical shots around the green.

“The new grinding process eliminates bounce from the heel and toe areas allowing players to easily open the face or shut it down for exceptional creativity around the green,” said Glod. “The CBX wedge technology all combines to give you the most precise scoring club available. We are really proud of this one.”

The thin top line of the CBX wedges promotes smooth turf interaction while the Xtreme Spin Grooves, Exotics advanced groove engineering, produces the ultimate in wedge spin due to utilizing the maximum allowed USGA groove depth and width. The CBX series employs dual-groove construction so the lower loft (50˚-52˚) wedges are designed with deeper, narrower grooves while the higher lofts (54˚-60˚) have wider grooves. The result is maximum spin and exceptional shot control from each wedge.

The Tour Edge Exotics CBX forged wedge series is available in True Temper Dynamic Gold wedge shafts and is available in 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, and 60 degrees with a suggested retail price of $124.99 steel, $149.99 graphite.

Every Tour Edge club comes with a lifetime warranty and a 30-day play guarantee. For more information, call (800) 515-3343 or visit touredge.com.

Tour Edge Releases Exotics CBX Blades

Classic Design Offers Unsurpassed Precision and Feel

(Batavia, IL) – Tour Edge, Golf’s Most Solid Investment, introduces the all-new Exotics CBX Blade mucsleback forged irons.

The CBX blade is a timeless forged muscle-back iron, making it the perfect choice for today’s player wanting that classic forged look with an updated soft feel that allows the better player to shape shots and to strike the ball with greater confidence.

Triple forged from modern S25 carbon steel, CBX Blades embody a true classic muscle-back style, delivering unsurpassed responsiveness and shot control. The CBX’s narrow sole, thin top line, beveled leading edge and square toe design are guaranteed to inspire shot-making purists.

“These are true beauties,” said Tour Edge President and chief club designer David Glod. “When you are in my line of work as a master club maker and designer, the blade is the ultimate test meeting the standards for pureness in the look and feel of the clubs. The CBX checks every box and came out as our highest performing Exotics blade.”

Precision-milled square grooves are laser engraved, ensuring every iron is USGA compliant. The beveled leading edge promotes a smoother turf interaction and the S26 carbon steel provides a buttery feel on well struck shots.

Web Page: http://touredge.com/products/cbxblades.asp

Available in the fall of 2017, the CBX Blades will be offered in 3-PW, AW. Steel shafts include True Temper’s XP 95, True Temper’s Dynamic Gold AMT steel shafts and KBS Tour Steel shafts. Graphite is also in stock with UST Mamiya Recoil shafts. Lamkin Exotics UTx black grips. Numerous other custom shaft options are also available. MSRP: steel $999.99; graphite $1,199.99.

Audemars Piguet Partners with Me and My Golf, the No. 1 Golf YouTubers

(Le Brassus) – Audemars Piguet announced that Piers Ward and Andy Proudman, Me and My Golf, are now part of the Audemars Piguet golf family.

Over the last years, Me and My Golf, also known as British PGA Professionals Piers Ward and Andy Proudman, made a name for themselves as world-class golf content creators and global social media influencers. The world number one golf Youtubers provide their audience with the perfect mix of information and excitement covering golf advice and tips as well as challenge-based, fun content.

Audemars Piguet widens its spectrum of golf activity by collaborating for the first time with non-playing golf professionals. Unlike the other members of its golf Dream Team, Andy and Piers are not performing on the Tours, instead they are addressing a large audience of amateurs on social media. With their truly engaging golf content, they generate over 7.5 million views per month across their channels.

The professional duo expressed their excitement regarding their partnership with the Vallée de Joux watchmaking manufacture: “We are immensely proud and honoured to become part of Audemars Piguet’s family. We look forward to creating both innovative content and memorable stories together and we cannot wait to share this with the golfing world.”

Audemars Piguet is looking forward to collaborating with the Me and My Golf duo who perfectly embodies the brand’sphilosophy “To break the rules, you must first master them”.

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For more information on Me and My Golf, visit: https://meandmygolf.com.

Getting to Know: Dr. Bob Winters, Sports Psychologist

American Golfer: When did you start playing golf?
Dr. Bob Winters
Dr. Bob Winters:  I first took up the game at the age of 13 after my oldest brother had entered the Army. He picked it up as a young soldier at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and after visiting him on a weekend leave, he introduced me to the game. Later that same year, I had gotten my first set, which was a junior set of Chi Chi Rodriguez Northwestern woods and irons. This was a very long time ago and to even have a set of junior sized irons was extremely rare. I was very small for my age and even when I was a senior in high school at the height of 4’ 10”, I had to use women’s clubs because they were lighter and a bit shorter. But even as a youngster, I was always outdriven by bigger boys and had to come to the realization that if I was going to excel in this game, I had to use my head and have a keen short game. This led me to value my practice time with the wedge and putter. This devotion to understanding the discipline of having a great scoring mindset helped me to play on my high school team and eventually enabled me to play Division I golf at Ball State University, of which I was the only walk-on to ever make the team without the head coach even knowing who I was when I tried out for the team. Thus, I attribute much of my early golfing success to the power of the mind and a strong short game.

AG: What does a mental-game consultant do for a golfer?
BW: This is a difficult question to answer, because not all mental game consultants are alike and many of them have different qualifications by which they say they are mental game consultants. I hold a PhD. in Sport Psychology from the University of Virginia with major concentrations in studies of Motor Learning and Motor Development and Educational Research and Counseling. I have Bachelor’s and Masters’ degrees in Physical Education and also minors in Speech and Theatre and Business Administration from Ball State University. However, I have also been trained in Sports Vision, Sports Medicine and have undergone Emergency Medical Training Certification and Neuropsychology and Hypnosis Certification classes. This is not to mention the 20-plus years that I spent doing intern work with athletes in sports vision and sport psychology in an applied fashion at major universities prior to me obtaining my doctorate degree. I also was a Division I golf coach for eight years and helped start the Nike Golf School Junior Golf Programs across America in 1992. So, with all of that academic and applied background, it gives me a ”hybrid approach” to working with athletes that others may not have. But I believe a mental coach should be able to accommodate any issues that may arise for a golfer and help him or her through those difficulties and create an optimal state of functioning, which is simply allowing them to access their talent base and play their best golf consistently. This can be done by classroom or on course training and developing personal intervention strategies that can be implemented by the golfer/student. For many golfers, understanding their personality and arousal levels is a great start because they are usually unaware of any blind spots that show up in a round and they generally repeat the same mistakes round after round and fail to show improvement. As a mental coach, my task is to help a golfer become aware of their strengths and their weaknesses and move towards making them a more balanced and total golfer. Being a former player of the game allows me to communicate easier with my golfer/athletes because we speak the same language versus getting caught up in the semantics of psychological jargon. Therefore, the mental game consultant should know exactly what and how he is going to implement the strategy for his athlete and then keep it simple and specific in application.

AG: How did you become a mental-game consultant?
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BW: As I have previously stated, I played amateur and collegiate golf and while I was doing my Masters thesis at Ball State University, I wrote about anxiety and the effects it had on modern golf performance. That was in 1977 and back then, there was little, if any, talk about sport psychology and optimal performance, so I decided to venture out and do my own research into the fields of self-improvement, hypnosis and positive psychology. In 1981, I met a wonderful man who was an optometrist by the name of Dr. Herbert Price who was doing vision work with athletes at a nearby town close to where I lived. Dr. Price was interested in helping athletes utilize their visual systems more effectively and I became his understudy with this voracious appetite to learn how the sensory systems could alter and ultimately, enhance one’s athletic performance. Together we formed a friendship and alliance where we would go and speak with colleges, law enforcement agencies and interested groups about how the visual system affects their performance. From this applied experience, I then ventured out onto the PGA Tour and took a few of these “vanguard” ideas and introduced them to several players who instantly started to putt better and started winning tournaments. A few years later, I went to a Sport Psychology summer conference at the University of Virginia and listened to the Director of the Sports program and his thoughts and ideas were similar to mine and I thought to myself … "this is for me." His name was Dr. Bob Rotella and as the next two years went by, I prepared myself for entering the doctoral program under him and Dr. Linda Bunker, a wonderful sport psychologist who was a genius in the world of motor learning and adaptive learning. By applying to the University of Virginia and studying under some of the best minds in sport science, I rapidly found out that there was so much to learn and so little time to do it in! But after years of research and studying and dissertation writing, I finally earned my PhD. However, during my years at UVa, I was also Men’s Assistant Golf Coach and was working with various sports teams and individual athletes as a sport consultant. These included football, lacrosse, soccer, baseball and basketball athletes as well as golfers. So, it was nice to gain a multiple sport perspective and applied work experience with such a wonderful group of motivated athletes. But, even to this day, I am constantly reading and researching new ideas to help my students become better than their best each and every day. So, I am always trying to stretch myself and make myself better as well.

AG: How is the mind of a golfer different than other athletes?
BW: There are similarities and differences in all sports. But I’m not sure if it is any different in the fact that the golfers of today view themselves as athletes and train and prepare themselves in ways that are quite similar to other athletes in competitive and team sports. However, the greatest athletes in team and direct competition sports that I have had the opportunity to consult with such as Mike Schmidt, Charles Barkley, Dan Marino and others all address the difficulty of golf as compared to their games of choice. That is, they all say that golf is the toughest sport they have ever played. The consensus of their reasoning is that a golfer has only himself/herself to praise or blame. The responsibility of execution is entirely up to that athlete. There is no place to hide or any teammates to mask your poor play. So, with that in mind, I think that a golfer has to realize that it isn’t about anyone else, but if it is to be … is has to begin and end with me! This may be a selfish mindset, but every golfer must realize that the only person they can control is his or herself. Also, a golfer has a different venue to play on each day and that environment is changing constantly from moment to moment, so no one moment or day is the same as the next. Therefore, adaptation and flexibility of one’s mindset has to be fine-tuned in order to deal with the extreme variations in feel, conditions and environmental factors that other sport athletes don’t have to deal with to a large degree. Also, the level of intensive focus and self-discipline that is required to channel energy and dismiss anger and frustration is different for golfers than it is for a football player or soccer player. In aggressive or dynamic motion sports, the athletes can simply run it off or aggressively take out their frustration on a hit or block. In golf, anger is not an option and ultimately can lead to a meltdown. Therefore, patience, anger management and arousal control are paramount to optimal and consistent golf performance.

AG: What’s your favorite thing about being a mental-game consultant?
BW: The aspect that I get up every day and can enrich someone’s life by giving them my advice or counsel is empowering and humbling to me. I can honestly say that the people that I have met and the places that I have gone doing what I do … is pretty cool. Not too many people get to say that they are living their dream, but that is exactly what I am doing. I have created a living reality and I am a living example of the “Little Engine That Could!” I say this without arrogance or conceit, I just know that I have worked so hard and given up so much to do what I do … but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The hardships that I encountered to get here are worth it when I realize that my mission now is helping others reach their goals and create their own dreams into living realities. Knowing that I had a role in helping them get to where they wanted to go is absolutely fulfilling as an educator, counselor and facilitator. In truth, it makes me feel good about me being me. But, I never forget that if it wasn’t for others helping me get here, I wouldn’t be doing this interview in the first place. So, I think it’s also the ability to reflect on where you come from, look at what you’ve done and get ready for what’s ahead.

AG: Conversely, what’s your least favorite thing?
BW: Ideally, I’d like to say that there isn’t a least favorite thing, but that wouldn’t be honest and if anything is called for in this game of golf, it is honesty. So, when I hear people say that they don’t believe in sport psychology or that all mental coaches are the same or that they don’t help, that gets my ire up a bit. As I have already stated in this interview, no two sport psychologists or mental game consultants are the same. It is up to the player who is looking for a reputable mental coach to do their homework and give the science of sport psychology a fair chance. I know that when players come to me and who have seen other consultants prior to me, they always say “you are very different.” That is a compliment to me because I want to make learning fun and enjoyable for my students. I am very passionate about my profession and I love what I do. So much so that I did it for nothing for many years and didn’t charge my students. Which leads me to my next peeve and that is so many people want to have the great information but are unwilling to pay for your services to obtain it. What many of these golfers forget is that Sport Psychology is a rigorous sport science with many years of validated and reliable research and accreditation and that those of us who have spent over four decades promoting applied sport psychology feel the need to charge a certain fee structure, then so be it. After all, you only get what you pay for.

AG: What’s the most common mental issue amateur golfers take to the course?
BW: Perhaps the most common mental issue is the idea of score. So many amateur golfers step onto the first tee thinking about what they are going to shoot and how they are going to play certain holes even before they place their tee into the ground. This constant inner mental chatter about what they are going to shoot for the day plays like a broken record over and over and leads to doubt, worry and tension … all killers of a fluid and smooth golf swing. By projecting what they are going to shoot and setting an expected score goal before they go play, places self-imposed pressure on a golfer and when they fail to meet or match that expectation, they become frustrated, disappointed and angry. Having expectations of score and perfect play gets in the way of golfers playing each shot as it comes and staying in the moment. If we could just get away from the scorecard and play each shot to the best of our ability at that moment in time … golfers would enjoy themselves more and shoot lower scores.

AG: Any self-help tips you can offer an amateur golfer?
BW: The first thing that I would offer to any golfer is simply this: Let go of what everyone else is doing around you and get into your own game! The pre-occupation with what we think others are thinking about us gets us wrapped up in a paranoia of panic and self-distracted thinking. So, let go of others and get into your game would be the first tip.

A second tip is this: Never … ever … hit your shot when you are not ready or are feeling uncomfortable or just want to get it over with quickly! The golf ball is simply waiting for you to hit it and you should never rush yourself just to keep things moving. I realize that everyone wants to speed up play, but I want players to hit good shots that go far and straight. I don’t think short and crooked just for the sake of getting things over with quickly is a good strategy. How many times do golfers hit a shot and then say … "I should have backed off!" I hear this a lot. So, never, ever hit a shot until you are ready to swing with trust and confidence and have a clear idea that your ball is going to the target or into the hole. Those are two tips that will really shave strokes off your game.

AG: Charles Barkley has a well-chronicled case of “swing yips.” What would you do to help him?
BW: It’s interesting that you’ve asked me this question because in 1995 when I was doing my NIKE golf schools at Boca Raton Resort, Sir Charles stopped me and wanted some help. He told me that he had “psychological warfare” going on in his head! What I did with Charles was get him into a rhythm and we started with him having a very structured and disciplined pre-shot routine procedure that ensured fluidity at the start and at the top of his swing. What he developed was an overthinking and coercive movement because someone told him to pause a bit at the top. Over time, he created a bad habit of stopping and wasn’t able to make a transition. I simply gave him some drills that allowed him to swing freely to the top, make a slight transition and move into the ball. The one thing that I was able to do was get him to be a bit more fluid and not so “tight and coercive” at the ball. Interestingly enough, his short game shots were very good and his putting was quite accurate. For nine holes, Sir Charles went from (before our work) 67 on nine holes to 43 (after our day-long session). However, the one thing Charles has done is over-instruct himself and going from instructor to instructor with so many things that he hasn’t mastered one swing thought or movement. But to his credit, I have never seen anyone work harder or with more enthusiasm to get better than Charles Barkley. His work ethic is why he was a success on the basketball floor and also as an announcer. And by the way, he was a joy to work with and be around!

AG: What’s your “dream foursome” (living or dead, golfer or non-golfer)?
BW: My dream foursome would include my Father, Dale Winters, my older brother Bill Winters, Arnold Palmer and a wonderful neighbor Howdy Mack. I realize that many people have famous celebrities in their foursome, but these four individuals played such a huge part in my life that I would love to have the chance for all of these men to get together. However, three are no longer with us, but my dream would be these men: My Father, the late Dale Winters, was known as The Big Cheese and was one hell of a great putter and chipper. There was never a short shot that he couldn’t make or putt too long that he couldn’t sink. Uncanny. The second member of my group would be my older brother Bill Winters. Bill is a great athlete with so many holes in one that it is almost a crime to talk about (he has 35). Oh, by the way, he plays a lot of golf! The third member would be the great Arnold Palmer. Mr. Palmer and I go back to when I made a hole in one at The Arnold Palmer Golf Academy at Stratton Mountain, Vermont in 1971 on a par three hole that measured 215 yards. It was uphill and I struck a driver and knocked it in and Arnold gave me my first hole-in-one trophy personally. Over the years, when Arnold would see me, he would always shake my shoulders and make me feel like I was one of his very own. He had a way with people that makes me tear up even to this day. The last member of my foursome is Howdy Mack. Taken down by lung cancer a few years ago, I cannot remember a stronger competitor or someone that just loved to be out playing golf. In fact … every one of these men loved the game more than anyone else I have ever known … and I have met a lot of golfers over these past 50 years. If I had one wish that could be granted … this is it. It would be one helluva day!

Learn more about Dr. Bob Winters at www.drbobwinters.com and order his latest book, "Mistake-Free Golf: First Aid for Your Golfing Brain" HERE.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sun Mountain’s Lightest Golf Bag Improved for 2018

(Missoula, Montana) – Since its introduction, the Sun Mountain 2Five golf bag has been the lightest, full-featured bag on the market. Weight-saving components include carbon-fiber legs, high strength-to-weight plastics, and ultra-lightweight fabric. For 2018, the new 2.5+ will have increased durability, increased comfort, and more storage. All of these improvements for the same retail price as before, $219.99, and increasing weight by only three ounces. For the retailer nearest you, call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.

“We added the equivalent weight of two golf balls but raised durability, comfort and pocket space,” said Ed Kowachek, President of Sun Mountain Sports. “We’re satisfied with that trade off and think golfers will be, too.”

Some details on the improvements are:
- Added durability with a move from 70 denier to 100 denier fabric
- Increased comfort with wider shoulder straps and better padding
- Added storage with a new, zippered spine pocket and a dedicated beverage pouch

2.5+ is truly a full-size golf bag featuring a 9” top and four, full-length club dividers. 2.5+ doesn’t skimp on conveniences, either, offering five pockets including a full-length clothing pocket, velour-lined valuables pocket, two accessory pockets, and a beverage pouch.

2.5+ also includes the details that have made Sun Mountain the #1 bag in golf: durable top with built-in handle, sturdy bottom with the patented Roller-Bottom leg mechanism for quick and strong leg action, Sun Mountain’s proprietary X-Strap Dual Strap shoulder strap system, lumbar hip pad with AirFlow System, umbrella attachment, towel holder, top-mounted leg mechanism for added stability, pen holder, and a color-coordinating rainhood.

You can make if fit your style, too, with eight different color combinations.

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 www.sunmountain.com.

Rolex Testimonees take centre stage at 2017 Presidents Cup

(Geneva, Switzerland) – From 26 September to 1 October, Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey will host the 2017 edition of the biennial Presidents Cup. The world’s finest golfers representing the United States and the International Team will be there, all vying for the prestigious honor of being crowned Presidents Cup champions for the next two years.  

First held in 1994 and partnered by Rolex since 2010, this year’s Presidents Cup marks the 12th edition of the tournament, comprised of a series of foursome, four-ball and singles matches for each team to compete over.  

This will be Liberty National Golf Club’s first time hosting the Presidents Cup. Now in its 12th year, the venue boasts stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and downtown Manhattan just across the Hudson River.  

The 2017 Presidents Cup is an important event for Rolex Testimonees Steve Stricker and Nick Price who have been announced as the Captains for the U.S. Team and the International Team, respectively. They will be tasked with leading the top 10 players from their regions, plus two Captains’ picks each. Five captain’s assistants will be present to assist both Stricker and Price, including, for the U.S. Team, Rolex Testimonees Fred Couples, Tiger Woods and Davis Love III.

This year marks the first time Testimonee Stricker will lead the U.S. Team, although neither he nor Price is a stranger to the Presidents Cup. Throughout his illustrious 27-year career Stricker played an integral part in five U.S. Team wins: 1996, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013. Price has played in five tournaments including the 1998 edition where the International Team recorded its only win of the series to date, and also served as Captain in 2013 and 2015. To date, 18 members of the Rolex family of Testimonees have participated as either a player or Captain.

GOLFING LEGENDS AND ROLEX TESTIMONEES TURNING BACK THE YEARS
The year 2017 is special as it marks Rolex’s enduring 50-year relationship with the game of golf. It all began in 1967 with Arnold Palmer, joined by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. Known together as ‘The Big Three’, these legendary players changed the face of golf forever, and their partnership with Rolex as the first golf Testimonees marked the beginnings of a relationship based on a quest for perfection, excellence and sportsmanship. This year also sees the introduction of the Junior Presidents Cup, in collaboration with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) – an organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf – of which Rolex has been a Premier Partner since 1986. The Junior Presidents Cup provides the top 24 non-European players, under the age of 19, the chance to experience international match play and push the limits of their abilities against the best in their sport.  

The honorary captains for the Junior U.S. and International Teams are Rolex Testimonees Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. As captains of the 2003 Presidents Cup, these two giants of the sport agreed to share the trophy – the only tie in the history of the tournament – after three gruelling playoff holes between fellow Testimonee Tiger Woods and Ernie Els failed to declare a winner. The incredible sportsmanship and respect shown by the pair epitomizes Rolex’s traditions and history. Add to that fellow Rolex Testimonee Trevor Immelman as International Team Captain, for a Junior Presidents Cup with three first-class ambassadors from which the next generation of golfers can learn.  
Rolex became a partner of the Presidents Cup in 2010, and speaking on the longevity of the alliance, Presidents Cup Executive Director Matt Kamienski said: “2017 is a very exciting year for the Presidents Cup as we introduce the Junior competition and continue to align our ideals with our partners, including Rolex. Rolex has a long-standing history with the AJGA, as well as to the PGA TOUR, highlighting its commitment to supporting golf at every level of the game. The Junior Presidents Cup provides the perfect opportunity for those young golfers to understand the importance of our partnership with Rolex. We look forward to continue working with Rolex to ensure the Junior Presidents Cup becomes a hotbed of young talent.”  

Speaking about the 2017 Junior Presidents Cup, Rolex Testimonee Trevor Immelman said: “It’s an honour to represent the Junior International Team as its first Captain. The AJGA, in partnership with Rolex, has helped pave the way for some of golf’s leading talents to succeed as professionals, including Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. I am looking forward to helping the best junior golfers from outside of the United States and Europe to emulate their success and gain experience competing in team match play at an international level.”

THE PRESIDENTS CUP TEAMS
The U.S. Team is chosen from the 10 players who earn the most FedEx-Cup points over the last two years, while the International Team will be formed of the top 10 eligible players in the Official World Golf Ranking Both teams are rounded out by two Captains’ picks to ensure the best roster in the sport.

Representing their teams at this year’s Presidents Cup will be several members of the Rolex New Guard, a group of young, ambitious golfers who, through their skill, presence and achievements, are becoming the focal point of golf’s new elite. This new generation will compete alongside, and against, some more experienced members of the Rolex family of Testimonees, among them Presidents Cup legends and multiple-Major champions.

In the U.S. Team, these include three 2017 Major winners: Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas; the 2015 winner of THE PLAYERS Championship Rickie Fowler; two-time PGA TOUR winner Daniel Berger and five-time Major winner Phil Mickelson, who has played in every Presidents Cup since the match’s inception in 1994.

Rolex Testimonees joining the International Team include Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, whose 2016-17 season includes three PGA TOUR wins (including two World Golf Championships) and top-15 finishes in each of the year’s Majors; Australia’s Jason Day and Adam Scott, who will play their fourth and eighth Presidents Cups, respectively; and Anirban Lahiri from India, who has 18 career wins to his name.

Speaking on the importance of the Presidents Cup, Rolex Testimonee Jason Day said: “This year will mark my fourth Presidents Cup appearance, and it’s an honor that never diminishes. Rolex has been an important partner of the Presidents Cup since 2010 and its enduring commitment to golf helps create an inimitable sense of tradition and history around the tournament.”

WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME
The 2017 Presidents Cup week commences with the World Golf Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in nearby New York City. Among those to be inducted is Rolex Testimonee Lorena Ochoa, from Mexico, whose impact on the LPGA was immediate, earning her the title of 2003 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year. During her impressive career, Ochoa won two Major Championships – the Women’s British Open 2007 and the ANA Inspiration in 2008 – amassed 27 victories on the LPGA Tour, and topped the Rolex Rankings for 158 consecutive weeks between 2007-2010.

More information: www.rolex.com

Daytona Beach Golf Courses Reopen Quickly After Hurricane Irma

World’s Most Famous Beach is Ready to Welcome Golfers

(Daytona Beach, Fla.) – Emerging from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Daytona Beach golf courses have reopened and are welcoming players back to layouts with outstanding conditions as the fall golf season approaches.

After making landfall in South Florida, Irma brought high winds and rain to much of the state but Florida’s east coast was very fortunate and avoided the worst of the storm as it passed to west.

“Daytona Beach area golf courses are reporting that most of the damage they received was cosmetic, requiring cleanup but not long term recovery,” said Kate Holcomb, the Daytona Beach Area CVB’s Director of Communications. “As we head into fall, we are very fortunate to be able to welcome golfers back to Daytona Beach.”

Daytona Beach golf courses didn’t escape unscathed as most were closed for a couple days immediately after the storm, but they didn’t have to address major structural problems.

“We fared very well,” Mike Glenn, LPGA International’s General Manager, said of how his property emerged from Hurricane Irma. “We were open after a couple days of cleanup. The courses are in great shape, and you wouldn’t know there was a storm.”

The reasons for Daytona Beach’s increasing popularity as a golf destination are three-fold: the area is home to outstanding public courses, the value is tremendous, and the location ensures a good time on and off the course.

Golf course options are a driving force behind every trip and the Daytona Beach area, home to more than 20 layouts and a short drive from many more, delivers on that account.

Enjoyable as Daytona Beach’s golf offerings are, the ability to pair them with accommodations for stay-and-play packages maximizes value and makes planning much easier for group leaders. With nearly 30 different golf packages available, Daytona Beach has the ability to cater to any nearly type of trip.

An integral part of any great buddies trip is what happens off the course, and few destinations in America can come close to matching Daytona Beach’s offerings, starting with 23 miles of beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches.

Golfers can enjoy the thrill of a great round in the morning and the exhilaration of a guided tour around Daytona International Speedway, highlighted by the opportunity to experience the track’s 31-degree high bank corners for themselves.

For more information, go to DaytonaBeach.Golf.

Major Series of Putting Announces Flagship Event 'One Putt for One Drop' Tournament, Nov. 4 -5, 2017

Celebrity Guests include Mardy Fish, Jack Wagner, Eric Gagné, Josh Beckett and Daniel Negreanu

(LAS VEGAS) – Major Series of Putting (MSOP) will host a special “One Putt for One Drop” tournament Nov. 4 – 5, 2017. The high roller tournament will feature a variety of celebrities playing to benefit One Drop, an international foundation created by Cirque du Soleil’s founder Guy Laliberté in 2007.

Guest celebrities include American former professional tennis player Mardy Fish and American actor Jack Wagner. Also joining the competition are Canadian former professional baseball pitcher Eric Gagné, American former professional baseball pitcher Josh Beckett and professional poker player and MSOP ambassador Daniel Negreanu.

“We are thrilled to add another high-quality event to our tournament and are honored to have the support of notable figures in the sports and entertainment world,” said Guillaume Béland, president and general manager for MSOP. “There’s no limit to what guests can expect at the MSOP Championships this fall.”

A limited number of spots are open for amateur players to putt against celebrity guests for an admission fee of $11,111 of which $1,111 will be donated to One Drop. The nonprofit is dedicated to providing access to safe water and sanitation to improve the living conditions of some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

The event is open to the public for viewing. Tickets to the One Putt for One Drop tournament will be complimentary. More information about ticketing will be released shortly.

Deemed as the biggest putting tournament in history, the 2017 MSOP Championships are scheduled to take place Oct. 27 – Nov. 5 in Las Vegas. The event will offer a wide variety of putting tournaments including singles and team events in stroke play and match play formats with exclusive events including the One Putt for One Drop tournament.

MSOP is holding qualifying events throughout North America in collaboration with golf courses in an effort to find the best putter in the world. For more information on MSOP, the One Putt for One Drop event and upcoming qualifiers, visit www.msop.com.

Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds to Open This Fall at Reynolds Lake Oconee

State-of-the-Art Facility Offers Sport Shooting & Archery

(Greensboro, Ga.) – The initial phase of the Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds is scheduled to debut this fall at Reynolds Lake Oconee, offering a variety of outdoor experiences at the award-winning community located on 12,000 acres surrounded by the majestic Lake Oconee, between Atlanta and Augusta.

Named for the beautiful stream that flows into Lake Oconee and shapes the property’s topography, Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds is under the design direction of international shooting champion Justin Jones of Great Britain, one of the world’s foremost experts in the development and management of elite resort shooting facilities.

The Sporting Grounds complex encompasses nearly 100 acres and features a 20-station sporting clays course, five-stand shooting range and air rifle facility, as well as archery and instructional/games areas and a hiking course. The guest center will be adjacent to the existing, 1800s-era Sandy Creek Barn and a 40-acre lake.

“Not only do we have the best collection of golf courses in Georgia, but now we will have one of the most impressive sportsman’s venues in the country,” said Rabun Neal, president at Reynolds Lake Oconee. “Indeed, Reynolds Lake Oconee has it all.”

The Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds project is the latest in a multi-million-dollar improvement plan designed to touch nearly every facet of the Reynolds Lake Oconee community and resort.

The aesthetic of the 20-station Sporting Clays course is created much like a golf course. The first key element is variation and interest in the overall “hole-by-hole” layout that embraces the natural topography of the land. The clays course is laid out in a series of stations (holes) with each specifically designed to offer shot variation of length, angle and trajectory, emulating the unpredictable and challenging nature of a classic British shoot, with clays launched at a variety of speeds, trajectories, angles, elevations, and distances.

It is in such variety that shooters are challenged throughout the course with a diverse mixture of shot selections. The stands have been individually designed and created with the assistance of the Reynolds Signature Homes architectural design team. Great Britain-based Promatic International, the leading manufacturer of shooting club machinery and equipment, has been retained for its services as well, and its solar-powered units are in use throughout the course.

Certified instructors will be available for lessons, and a personal guide will accompany guests through all activities.   Shooters on the sporting clays course will traverse the course in a specially-outfitted sporting clays buggy. Fishing and water sports activities (kayak, canoe, motorized paddleboards) are also available at the Sporting Grounds.

Already recognized among the “25 Best Golf Communities in North America” by GOLF Magazine, Reynolds Lake Oconee is not only building a world-class sporting facility, but is building on its long-established reputation as an outstanding place to live.

Reynolds Lake Oconee has 117 holes of golf, all designed by legendary golf architects, including Jack Nicklaus, Rees Jones and Tom Fazio. Beyond the “Top 100” ranked golf courses and additional sporting activities, the Reynolds community offers a wide array of recreational opportunities along the more than 350 miles of Lake Oconee shoreline.

Vacation guests at Reynolds can choose from individual cottages within the private gates, while enjoying a variety of amenities. Accommodations also are available at The Ritz-Carlton.  A variety of vacation packages, some incorporating golf and shooting, will be available.

For more information about Reynolds Lake Oconee, visit www.reynoldslakeoconee.com or call (877) 809-3324.

TOUR Championship, DAP Championship Headline NBC Sports Group Tournament TV

PGA TOUR Season Culminates at TOUR Championship; Spieth, Thomas, Johnson, Leishman & Rahm Would Claim FedExCup with Win at East Lake

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The PGA TOUR season culminates at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta this week, with each of the top-5 players in the current FedExCup standings (Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Marc Leishman, Jon Rahm) guaranteed to claim the FedExCup and accompanying $10 million bonus with a victory. NBC Sports Group will provide more than 20 hours of live tournament coverage from East Lake Golf Club.

The Web.com Tour Finals continue this week with the  DAP Championship in Ohio, the third leg of the four-event series.

The PGA TOUR Champions field will tee it up at famed Pebble Beach alongside First Tee participants from across the country in a team event at the PURE Insurance Championship.

On the European Tour, three-time major champion Padraig Harrington will defend his 2016 title at the Portugal Masters.

PGA TOUR
TOUR Championship
Dates: Sept. 21-24
Venue: East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 1-6 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Friday 1-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday 2:30-6:30 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 1:30-6 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Top-5 in FedExCup Standings have clear path to winning FedExCup: As points reset ahead of the TOUR Championship, every player in the field technically will have a mathematical chance of winning the FedExCup. However, the top-5 in the standings are only players guaranteed to win the FedExCup and $10 million first place bonus with a victory this week. The top-5 in the standings include: Jordan Spieth (1), Justin Thomas (2), Dustin Johnson (3), Marc Leishman (4) and Jon Rahm (5).

Nines reversed once again at East Lake: Last year, the PGA TOUR made the decision to flip the nines at East Lake Golf Club in hopes of creating a more dramatic finish down the closing stretch. This week, the new routing of the tournament will continue for the second consecutive year.

TOUR Championship field: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Marc Leishman, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Paul Casey, Pat Perez, Matt Kuchar, Charley Hoffman, Daniel Berger, Jason Day, Webb Simpson, Jhonattan Vegas, Kevin Kisner, Kevin Chappell, Brian Harman, Adam Hadwin, Kyle Stanley, Patrick Reed, Tony Finau, Sergio Garcia, Xander Schauffele, Russell Henley, Gary Woodland, Patrick Cantlay and Jason Dufner.

Golf Channel / NBC Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Terry Gannon (Golf Channel) / Dan Hicks (NBC)
Analyst: Frank Nobilo (Golf Channel) / Johnny Miller (NBC)
Tower: Gary Koch / Peter Jacobsen / Mark Rolfing / David Feherty / Steve Sands
On-Course: Roger Maltbie / Notah Begay / Jim “Bones” Mackay / Mark Rolfing
Interviews: Todd Lewis (Golf Channel) / Steve Sands (NBC)
Essays: Jimmy Roberts

WEB.COM TOUR
DAP Championship
Dates: Sept. 21-24
Venue: Canterbury Golf Club, Cleveland, Ohio

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Friday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live) / 5:30-7 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 2:30-5:30 p.m. (Live) / 5:30-7 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 1:30-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 5-7 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Web.com Tour Finals continue with third-leg of four: The DAP Championship will be staged as the third of four events encompassing the Web.com Tour Finals. The final event, the Web.com Tour Championship, will take place Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at Atlantic Beach Country Club outside of Jacksonville, Fla.

Players eligible to compete: Eligible players for the Web.com Tour Finals are Nos. 1-75 on the Web.com Tour’s regular season money list, as well as Nos. 126-200 in the FedExCup standings following last month’s Wyndham Championship (less those with exemptions), plus non-members who earned enough equivalent FedExCup points to finish within the 126-200 range. Cumulative earnings in these four tournaments will determine an additional 25 PGA Tour cards and the positioning of all 50 players who earn cards on the initial 2017-2018 PGA TOUR tournament priority list.

Headlining the field: Beau Hossler, Chesson Hadley, Ben Crane, Angel Cabrera, Peter Uihlein, Rob Oppenheim, Tom Lovelady, Ryan Armour, Jonathan Randolph and Alex Cejka.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: John Swantek
Analyst: Craig Perks
Tower: Steve Burkowski
On-Course: Phil Blackmar / Gary Christian

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
PURE Insurance Championship
Dates: Sept. 22-24
Venue: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Poppy Hills Golf Course, Pebble Beach, Calif.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday 6-9 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-5:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 5:30-9 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 6-9 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
First Tee pro-am: The tournament features 81 PGA TOUR Champions players, 81 junior golfers from ages ranging 14-18 from the First Tee program, and 162 amateurs. Teams will play one round on each course over the first two days, with 23 pro-junior teams along with 10 two-player amateur teams advancing to the final round at Pebble Beach alongside the professionals.

Broadhurst defends: Paul Broadhurst finished with an 11-under total to edge out Bernhard Langer by one shot in 2016.

Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Davis Love III, Kenny Perry, Jerry Kelly, Vijay Singh, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Rocco Mediate, Paul Goydos and Fred Funk.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Whit Watson
Analyst: Lanny Wadkins
Tower: John Mahaffey
On-course: Billy Ray Brown
Interviews: Lisa Cornwell

EUROPEAN TOUR
Portugal Masters
Dates: Sept. 21-24
Venue: Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 6:30-8:30 a.m.
Friday 6:30-8:30 a.m.
Saturday 8-11 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 8-11 a.m. (Live) / 4:30-6 p.m. (Tape delay)

Broadcast notes:
Harrington defends: Padraig Harrington won in 2016 for his first victory on the European Tour since 2008.

Headlining the field: Padraig Harrington, Andy Sullivan, Danny Willett, Thomas Bjorn, Thomas Pieters, Shane Lowry, Russell Knox and Thorbjorn Olesen.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play-by-Play: Dougie Donnelly
Analyst: Ken Brown
On-Course: Jay Townsend

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Nexbelt Tour Staff Professional Marc Leishman captures wire-to-wire victory at BMW Championship

(RANCHO CUCAMONGA) - Nexbelt, "The Fastest Growing Belt in Golf,"announced that Nexbelt Tour Staff Professional, Marc Leishman, won the BMW Championship, held at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Illinois this past weekend.

Two weeks after finishing T-3rd at the Dell Technologies Championship, Leishman, bounced back to lead wire-to-wire at the third FedEx Cup playoff event of the season.

Leishman wears the X-Factor Golf Series belt on Tour which features Nexbelt's patented flip down face and hidden ball marker.

Leishman fired rounds of 62, 64, 68 and 67 to grab a five-stroke victory over the field. This was his third time winning on the PGA Tour and he is now ranked 4th on the FedEx Cup Points List going into the Players Championship, the final event of the season, that will determine who becomes the 2017 FedEx Cup Champion.

"Watching Marc's wife Audrey cheer her husband on to victory Sunday at the BMW Championship with their 2-month-old baby in her arms was by far the most rewarding part of this victory," said Eddie Rowland, Co-Founder of Nexbelt. "You'd never know the dire situation she faced just two years ago. It's a testament to how strong a family bond they have and I couldn't be happier for Marc and all his success."

Two years ago, Leishman rushed home from Augusta National where he was preparing for the Masters as his wife, Audrey, was facing a diagnosis of sepsis, a life-threatening compilation of bacterial infections that caused doctors to induce a coma. She was given just a 5 percent chance of survival.

"I think when things are good and settled in your personal life, it makes it easier to perform in your professional life,'' said Audrey Leishman while her husband was being congratulated by fellow players. "We've had a great year personally, professionally. We're really happy and blessed.''

Nexbelt is the "The Fastest Growing Belt In Golf." Its team of Staff Professionals for 2017 includes PGA Tour Players, Jim Furyk, Kevin Na, Marc Leishman, William McGirt, Jason Bohn, Jarrod Lyle, Greg Chalmers and LPGA Tour Player Katie Burnett.

Nexbelt is known for its innovative technology and providing golfers with the maximum comfort and minimal adjusting. The unique ratcheting system called PreciseFit allows the wearer to adjust the belt in ¼ inch increments, providing the golfer with the best fit, feel, and fashion available.

Nexbelt's DRIVE Vision ...
Deliver what we Promise with Integrity.
Retain the Human touch
Invest in Good People generously.
Value our Customers Unconditionally.
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For more information about Nexbelt, visit www.Nexbelt.com.

USGA to Relocate 31st U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur from Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Fla.

(FAR HILLS, N.J.) – The 31st U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, originally slated for Oct. 7-12 at Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Fla., will be relocated to a new venue to be identified at a later date, the USGA announced Tuesday.

This follows last week’s announcement that the championship would be postponed due to the impact of Hurricane Irma on the region, including extensive flooding and damage sustained by Quail Creek’s course and clubhouse.

“Our thoughts continue to be with our good friends at Quail Creek, and with everyone affected by this storm as they continue to recover and rebuild,” said Rachel Sadowski, U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship director. “The USGA remains committed to conducting this championship, and we are working diligently to secure a new venue that provides the ultimate test of golf for these exceptional athletes.”

Players were notified via email Tuesday of the change. More information on a revised date and venue will be delivered as plans are solidified.

For more information on the championship, visit www.usga.org/womensmidam.

Patriot All-America Invitational, Web.com Tour's Air Capital Classic Extend Sponsor Agreement

(PHOENIX, Ariz.) – Champions of the next three Patriot All-America Invitational collegiate golf tournaments will receive a sponsor exemption into the Web.com Tour’s Air Capital Classic (ACC) thanks to the two tournaments extending their exemption agreement through the 2020 ACC.

“We’re thrilled to extend our sponsor exemption agreement with the Air Capital Classic through the 2020 tournament,” said Karen Conway, executive director, Patriot All-America Invitational. “As we see Patriot All-America alumni win major championships and compete on golf’s highest levels, we’re grateful to the Air Capital Classic for affording Patriot All-America champions the opportunity to play in their outstanding event. The experience gained by competing in this tournament is invaluable and will help launch professional careers.”

In the first year of the sponsor exemption agreement, 2016 Patriot All-America Invitational champion Cameron Champ of Texas A&M University earned the exemption into the 2017 Air Capital Classic. Champ, however, qualified for the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills which meant 2016 Patriot All-America Invitational runner-up Zach Olsen of Oklahoma State played in the Air Capital Classic. Olsen finished tied for 27th at the Air Capital Classic after firing a final round 7-under 63 – the lowest final round by anyone in the field.

The Patriot All-America Invitational, played at The Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Ariz., December 27-31, is regarded as a top amateur event internationally, attracting PING All-America golfers from all three NCAA Divisions, NAIA and NJCAA rankings as well as from universities outside the United States.  The tournament is a collaboration between the Arizona Golf Association (AGA), JDM Partners and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) in partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation. The 2017 Patriot All-America will be the 7th annual tournament.

The Air Capital Classic will be played June 21 - 24 at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kan., and is part of the Web.com Tour’s schedule of events. Two Patriot All-America alums have won the Air Capital Classic, including 2016 Air Capital Classic champion Ollie Schniederjans (2011 and 2012 Patriot participant) and 2014 Air Capital Classic champion Sebastian Cappelen (2011, 2012 and 2013 Patriot participant and 2012 Patriot champion).

The 2017 Patriot All-America Invitational 54-hole, stroke play competition will be played December 29, 30 and 31 with a champion crowned at approximately 4 PM on New Year’s Eve.

Current PGA TOUR stars who have played in The Patriot All-America Invitational during their college careers, include: 2017 US Open champion Brooks Koepka (2011), 2017 PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas (2011), Patrick Rodgers (2011), Daniel Berger (2012) and Bryson DeChambeau (2013).

Past Patriot All-America champions include:
2016: Cameron Champ, Texas A&M
2015: Braden Thornberry, University of Mississippi
2014: Kyle Kochevar, University of Virginia
2013: Kyle Westmoreland, Air Force Academy
2012: Sebastian Cappelen, University of Arkansas
2011: Cory Whitsett, University of Alabama

Invitations to The Patriot All-America are primarily based on individuals earning PING All-America honors the previous season in NCAA Divisions I, II and III as well as the NAIA and NJCAA Divisions I and II. Additionally, a member from each of the United States Military Academies will be invited as well as GCAA national award recipients, members of the most recent Arnold Palmer Cup Teams and AJGA All-Americans and Toyota Junior Golf World Cup participants currently enrolled in their freshman year of college.

In its seventh year, The Patriot All-America continues to receive tremendous community support by a variety of local businesses and organizations including the West Valley Mavericks and The Thunderbirds, host organization of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

In cooperation with the Folds of Honor Foundation, the golfers in The Patriot All-America will continue the tradition to represent a fallen soldier. Every participant will receive a golf bag at the event’s opening ceremony with the name and branch of service of a fallen or injured military member whom they shall represent. At the conclusion of the tournament, the golf bags will be shipped to players’ schools and auctioned with all proceeds benefitting the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while in active service.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Introducing DryJoys TourLTS from FootJoy – Validated on Tour, Tested in the Harshest Conditions

(RELEASE) - DryJoys TourLTS, the latest innovation from the #1 outerwear brand in golf, features a completely new construction and fabric to reduce weight and improve mobility while still remaining 100% waterproof in all playing conditions.

Lightweight Construction
The design and development team at FJ explored various ways of creating a golf jacket that was lightweight while still ensuring it was 100% waterproof. They focused on the construction of the jacket and explored ways of reducing weight and creating greater mobility. Where other jackets can have as many as 24 panels and 27 or more seams, the new LTS jacket has only five panels and six seams. Fewer panels and seams reduces weight and bulk while improving mobility and eliminating places for water to gather.

Temperature Regulation
Preserving temperature regulating properties was the next objective of the FJ team. Partnering with ThermoLite to create a specially developed ThermoLite bonded liner using hollow core fibers made this possible. When conditions are cool, the hollow core fibers trap body heat inside the core and when conditions are warm, the fibers wick moisture and expel heat for optimum temperature regulation.

Stretch Fabrication
FJ focuses solely on the game of golf so in selecting a fabric for a new rain jacket required a material that was soft, quiet, flexible and waterproof. The all-new fabric utilized in DryJoys Tour LTS meets all of the requirements. Most notably, with the golf swing in mind, FJ has developed a 3-Layer Bonded Fabric, which boasts soft, comfortable and quiet attributes, as well as excellent 4-way stretch that moves with your through the golf swing.

The new Tour LTS jacket has been validated on Tour by some of the top players in the world, including Jimmy Walker, and further tested in the harshest conditions of a remote golf destination where players were challenged with cold, windy and wet weather.

Available: Immediately on footjoy.com and wherever FJ products are sold.
- Jacket SRP: $285
- Rain Pant SRP: $210

Product Review: Huk Gear

Golf and fishing are unquestionably linked. Both are quintessential outdoor sports and enjoyed by millions of people across the world. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a golfer walk by a pond, see fish swimming around and say, “I wish I would’ve brought a fishing pole.”

Still not convinced? Look no further than what Johnny Morris, the owner of Bass Pro Shops, is doing in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Missouri. He’s combined fantastic golf and legendary fishing to create a Mecca for both in the heart of America.

Huk Performance Fishing is doing its part to ease the transition from golf to fishing, too. The Next Level Shorts, for instance, are an excellent option for both. These lightweight shorts feature one cargo pocket and a stretch material for extreme mobility. They're also blessed with a quick-dry fabric in case you’re caught in an unexpected rain burst or to wick away sweat on a hot, summer day.

Warning: These shorts are relaxed fit, and fit bigger than other shorts. I generally wear bottoms with a 31- or 32-inch waist, but these feel more like a 34. Size down when ordering.

My club doesn’t allow cargo shorts on the golf course, but I get plenty of use - and compliments - from my Huk Deluxe Tech Stretch hat. This six-panel, mid-profile cap is offered in two sizes - M-L / L-XL. Huk technology enhances the breathability and moisture-wicking capabilities to help keep golfers from overheating on the course. This sporty hat has quickly become one of my favorites - on and off the course.

I wouldn’t recommend the Huk polos for the course, as they’re adorned with glorious (and large) images of fish, but the company offers an awesome 1/4 zip and full-zip jacket for someone looking at outerwear.

Check out the website for everything you need to blur the lines between golf and fishing. www.hukgear.com

Tiburón Golf Club to Reopen

Award-winning facility secure after Category 4 Hurricane rocks Naples

(NAPLES, FLA.) – After suffering through 142 mph winds during Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm to ever hit Southwest Florida, Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

When the golf course reopens, golfers will enjoy incredible playing conditions at one of the top golf courses in the state of Florida.

"During these trying times, we hope that golf can provide a distraction and sense of normalcy from Hurricane Irma. The facility did suffer some damage during the storm but our team has worked diligently to clean things up and secure the facility so we can safely reopen," said Kevin DeDonato, general manager. "We are excited to welcome our members and guests back to Tiburón."

In addition to the golf course reopening, Sydney’s Pub, a Contemporary American restaurant located in the heart of Tiburón Golf Club, will be closed until further notice. We will be offering food and beverage service in The Rotunda until the pub reopens.

"The golf course did withstand some damage during the storm, but thanks to our tireless maintenance crew, the course is playable and is in great shape. All things considered, we're very fortunate," said Chad Nigro, director of golf.

The Black Course at Tiburón Golf Club is currently being remastered, and while Hurricane Irma caused some damage on that course, as well, crews are continuing to make progress and the golf course is scheduled to reopen on November 1, 2017.

For more information, please call 239-593-2214 or visit www.tiburonnaples.com.

Rolex Testimonee Anna Nordqvist claims The 2017 Evian Championship

(Évian-les-Bains, France) - Rolex Testimonee Anna Nordqvist has claimed her second Major title, at The Evian Championship, France, in a playoff following a closing round of five-under par.

By achieving this momentous feat, the 30-year-old joins fellow Testimonees, Annika Sörenstam, Juli Inkster and Lydia Ko, among the prestigious list of past champions at the beautiful setting of Évian-les-Bains, overlooking the shimmering waters of Lake Geneva.

The first to congratulate Nordqvist, after sinking the winning putt on the 18th green, were fellow Swede Annika Sörenstam and Gary Player, both legends of the game and part of the Rolex family.
The fifth Evian Championship winner said: “I didn’t know Gary Player was here; I was excited to see him. Annika has been a huge role model and a huge inspiration for me and it’s great to see her this week.

Nordqvist continued: “It’s a dream come true, being from Europe too, winning The Evian Championship. I’ve worked really hard over the last couple of years – this year has been testing a little bit, but I am very proud of myself for keeping my head up and staying positive.”

Lydia Ko, who became the youngest ever Major winner when she won The Evian Championship in 2015, finished tied third in the 2017 edition, with a final round of 69.

Rolex Director of Communication & Image, Arnaud Boetsch, said: “Rolex applauds Anna Nordqvist on her incredible achievement of winning The Evian Championship. This achievement demonstrates Nordqvist’s extraordinary dedication and commitment to excellence and performance at the highest level – qualities Rolex recognizes in all its Testimonees.”
The Evian Championship concluded with So Yeon Ryu, from South Korea, becoming the fourth winner of the Rolex ANNIKA Major Award, which was established in 2014 to recognize the player who, during a current LPGA Tour season, has the most outstanding Major championship record. Ryu joins the elite company of past winners, including Rolex Testimonee Lydia Ko, who picked up the prize in 2016.

So Yeon Ryu won the ANA Inspiration in April 2017, and topped the Rolex ANNIKA Major Award points list with an additional top 10 finish in the 2017 U.S. Women's Open.

RESULTS OF THE EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
1. Anna Nordqvist (-9)
2. Brittany Altomare (-9)
T3. Lydia Ko (-8)
T3. Katherine Kirk (-8)
T3. Moriya Jutanugarn (-8)

ROLEX TESTIMONEE WINNERS OF THE EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
- Annika Sörenstam (2000, 2002)
- Juli Inkster (2003)
- Lydia Ko (2015)
- Anna Nordqvist (2017)

ROLEX TESTIMONEES CONTESTING THE EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
- Carlota Ciganda
- Brooke Henderson
- Lydia Ko
- Anna Nordqvist
- Lexi Thompson
- Juli Inkster

More information: www.rolex.com