Monday, December 11, 2017

Rory McIlroy to Play in the 2018 Genesis Open

Tickets for the Feb. 12-18 PGA TOUR event at The Riviera Country Club are on sale now at GenesisOpen.com

(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) – Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy announced today he is committed to play in the 2018 Genesis Open. McIlroy will join the world’s best golfers at The Rivera Country Club February 12-18. The 2018 Genesis Open will be McIlroy’s second competitive tournament at Riviera, having first played in 2016.

“I’m excited to return to Riviera for the 2018 Genesis Open,” McIlroy said. “Riviera is one of the best tests on the PGA TOUR and I’m looking forward to being back in Los Angeles this February.”

Currently the No. 10 ranked golfer in the world, McIlroy represents the incredible field that has become expected at Riviera. The former top ranked player in the world has 13 PGA TOUR victories, is a four-time European Ryder Cup Team member and claimed the 2016 FedExCup, winning two legs of the FedExCup Playoffs to earn the season-long title.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Rory back to Riviera for the Genesis Open. Adding his star power to our field is a real treat for our fans and the entire Los Angeles area,” said Mike Antolini, Vice President of Championships for TGR Live. “His commitment reinforces the Genesis Open as one of the most popular tournaments on the PGA TOUR.”

McIlroy joins defending champ and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson as early commitments to play in the 2018 Genesis Open.

Tickets for the 2018 Genesis Open are now on sale. Starting at just $17, all ticket options are available at GenesisOpen.com/tickets.

TPT Golf Shafts Earn Worldwide Distribution, Two Tour Wins in 2017

(RENENS, SWITZERLAND) - Less than one year after its introductory launch, TPT Golf has earned the respect of discerning golfers worldwide for the performance and precision of its revolutionary line of golf shafts.

TPT Golf's big moment actually came twice this fall. Its 15LKP-LT-LW shaft was used to win back-to-back events on the European Tour: the WGC-HSBC Champions in China and the Turkish Airlines Open. The 15LKP-LT-LW shaft will be officially launched at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.

"We're incredibly proud to have seen our shaft used to win twice at the highest level," says Sebastian Sebayang, Director of TPT Golf. "What's just as important to us, however, are the reports we're getting from our Authorized Fitters. Golfers of all abilities are validating our technology. They're hitting it longer. They're hitting it straighter. They're feeling the difference."

To date, TPT Golf has partnered with more than 50 renowned club fitters located across the world that share TPT Golf's goal of helping every golfer find the perfect shafts for their game.

TPT Golf's shaft lineup currently includes 10 distinct models, each of which is created with its revolutionary "Thin Ply Winding" method. This automated, patent-pending process gives TPT Golf total control over every design parameter. The ability to independently control parameters such as kick point, torque and weight allows TPT Golf shafts to meet the precise needs of each and every golfer. It also results in a completely seamless shaft that is produced to an exact gram weight and CPM.

"We know how seriously golfers take their game, and that's why we make shafts the way we do," Sebayang says. "It doesn't matter if you're a tour pro or a weekend golfer. Your shaft should not get in the way of a perfect shot. Golfers across the world are demanding a new level of performance and precision. TPT Golf was created to meet that need."

For more information on TPT Golf, visit tptgolf.com.

Golf Pride Announces Passing of its Founder and Industry Pioneer Bill Junker

(SOUTHERN PINES, N.C.) - Eaton has announced that the golf industry lost one of its most respected and impactful equipment pioneers, William H. “Bill” Junker. Since the inception of Golf Pride, Bill was the driving force behind the development and the rise of the #1 Grip Worldwide. On November 19, 2017, he passed away in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 93.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Junker, and his late business partners, Thomas Fawick and Jim Karns, revolutionized the golf grip category by demonstrating that molded rubber provides the most playable and highest-performing grip surface available. Under Junker’s leadership, Golf Pride revolutionized the installation of grips with the introduction of the slip-on rubber grip. Prior to then, grips were molded directly on to the shaft making it virtually impossible to change grips. The innovation opened the door for both efficient equipment assembly and a full-fledged pro shop grip replacement business.

After Golf Pride’s parent company was acquired by Eaton Corporation in 1968, Junker retired and moved to Arizona where he enjoyed a successful second-career in commercial real estate. Although he took an early exit from the golf world, Junker maintained keen interest in the game and business, sustaining friendships with many Tour players, industry leaders, and golf writers throughout his life.

Like other innovators who challenged golf traditions, Junker was met with resistance to change, so he fought persistently for his product and vision, and by doing so helped usher golf equipment into the modern era.  In 1989, he documented the challenges, adventures, and colorful anecdotes related to launching what at the time was a radical new golf product in his book The History of the Golf Pride Grip. Today, we enjoy Junker’s legacy as the Golf Pride brand continues to be the #1 Grip Worldwide for both amateur and Tour players alike with 80% of Tour Players choosing to play the grip despite no paid endorsement fees.

“Bill Junker might not have stayed in the golf industry long enough to become a household name, but he was a true icon of the game and his mark on it is everlasting,” said James Ledford, President of Golf Pride. “We are honored to have the job of carrying on his legacy of innovation and performance in today’s Golf Pride grips.”

Junker is survived by his wife of 73 years, by 7 of their 8 children, and by 15 grandchildren.

Gifts in Bill’s memory may be made to Faith4life Church, Dallas, 2104 Hutton Dr. Ste. 112, Carrollton TX 75006; The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix; or Sage Hospice, Scottsdale.

For more information on Golf Pride’s history, and the legacy of Bill Junker, visit https://www.golfpride.com/about/our-history/.

Cleveland Golf Announces the Junior Spec Wedges for Young Golfers Seeking the Best Equipment

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.) – CLEVELAND GOLF is dedicated to creating wedges for all types of golfers, and with that in mind, Cleveland Golf is unveiling Junior Spec Wedges. The Junior Spec Wedges are designed for junior golfers who demand the highest quality equipment and are serious about improving their game. Cleveland Golf’s Junior Spec Wedges will launch on Dec. 11, 2017.

Cleveland Golf has been a global leader in wedge innovation and short game technologies since 1979. Their latest offering, the Junior Spec Wedges, brings the same scoring tools included in their main line offerings, but in a form that will fit developing golfers.

The Cleveland Golf Junior Spec Wedges come in three different wedge options depending on player preference: the RTX-3, Cleveland CBX or the Smart Sole 3 wedge.

Brian Schielke, Marketing Director at Cleveland Golf, discussed how the Junior Spec Wedges will serve the needs of improving young players.

“There are many avid junior golfers who want top quality wedges, but when they order a cut-down version of a standard wedge, it’s still too heavy and not built for their game,” Schielke said. “Plus, these shorter versions aren’t available in stores for kids to test out. Our Junior Spec Wedges provide the perfect blend of technology and playability for junior golfers, and will be available in store for them to see and try out first-hand.”

Key innovations and high-end components inside Cleveland Golf’s Junior Spec Wedges include:
- Premium wedge technology packaged in lengths suited for junior golfers
- KBS 560 Junior Shafts designed for aspiring juniors
- Golf Pride Junior grips built for comfort and performance

Cleveland’s Junior Spec Wedges are priced at $99.99, and will be available in selected retailers starting on Dec. 11, 2017.

For more detailed information on Junior Spec Wedges: CLICK HERE.

Golf Channel to Cap 2017 with Top-10 'Fan Favorites'

"A Very Feherty Christmas," and Top-10 “Fan Favorite” Rounds from 2017 as Voted by Viewers Airing in Primetime

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – As the calendar gives way to a new year, Golf Channel will wrap up 2017 with a series of themed programming. Beginning tonight, Top-10 “Fan Favorite” rounds from 2017 as voted by viewers will air in primetime (in descending order), Monday-Friday, Dec. 11-15 and Dec. 18-22. A “Very Feherty Christmas,” will showcase 43 Feherty episodes, including custom in-show holiday content with David Feherty, and, an encore airing of all 2017 PGA TOUR event Final Rounds will air in succession beginning Wednesday, Dec. 27.

Additionally scheduled themed programming includes:
· Wednesday, Dec. 13: Final Rounds of 2017 PGA TOUR Champions majors (Regions Tradition, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship), along with the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
· Thursday, Dec. 14: 2017 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Team Match Play National Championships & 2017 East Lake Cup Championship Matches.
· Friday, Dec. 15: 2017 PGA Jr. League Golf National Championship and the 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals.
· Monday, Dec. 18: Encore telecasts of all three days of the 2017 Solheim Cup.
· Tuesday, Dec. 19: 2017 R&A Final Round encore telecasts: RICOH Women’s British Open; The Senior Open and the 146TH Open.
· Wednesday, Dec. 20: 2017 World Golf Championships (WGC) final round encore telecasts: WGC-HSBC Champions, WGC-Mexico Championship, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
· Thursday, Dec. 21: 2017 PGA TOUR FedExCup Playoffs final round encore telecasts.
· Friday, Dec. 22: Encore telecasts of the final three days of the 2017 Presidents Cup.

Video Review Protocols Introduced for Broadcasted Golf Events

USGA and The R&A to adopt Local Rule to eliminate scorecard penalty

(FAR HILLS, N.J. USA and ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND) -  A working group led by the USGA and The R&A has unanimously agreed to adopt a new set of protocols for video review when applying the Rules of Golf.

The group, consisting of the PGA TOUR, LPGA, PGA European Tour, Ladies European Tour and The PGA of America, as well as the governing bodies, will implement the following measures from January 1, 2018:
- Assign one or more officials to monitor the video broadcast of a competition to help identify and resolve Rules issues as they arise
- Discontinue any steps to facilitate or consider viewer call-ins as part of the Rules decision process

In addition, the USGA and The R&A have approved the adoption of a Local Rule, available from January 1, to eliminate the additional two-stroke penalty for failing to include a penalty on the score card when the player was unaware of the penalty. All of the organizations represented on the working group will introduce the Local Rule for 2018, and this score card penalty will be permanently removed when the modernized Rules of Golf take effect on January 1, 2019.

The USGA and The R&A established the video review working group in April to initiate a collaborative discussion on the role video footage can play when applying the Rules, including the challenges and benefits of its use and also the issues that arise from viewer call-ins.

“The level of collaboration with our partners has been both vital and gratifying as we look to the future,” said Thomas Pagel, USGA senior director of the Rules of Golf and Amateur Status. “As technology has continued to evolve, it has allowed us to evolve how we operate, as well.” [To watch an interview on usga.org with Pagel on Video Review, plus a copy of the protocols and full Local Rule, click here]

David Rickman, Executive Director – Governance at The R&A, said, “This has clearly become an important issue in the sport that we felt we should address at this stage ahead of the implementation of the updated Rules of Golf in 2019.

“We have concluded that whilst players should continue to be penalized for all breaches of the Rules during a competition, including any that come to light after the score card is returned, an additional penalty for the score card error is not required.”

The new protocols also recognize the importance of limiting video review to material obtained from the committee’s broadcast partner. Other video, such as from an individual’s smartphone or camera, will not be used under these protocols.

The new protocols and Local Rule are the latest measures announced by the USGA and The R&A to address concerns related to video evidence. In April, Decision 34-3/10 was issued to limit the use of video through the introduction of a “reasonable judgement” standard and a “naked eye” standard.

For more information, see usga.org or randa.org.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Make a Golf Getaway to Marriott’s Shadow Ridge in Palm Desert, CA

Stay-and-Play Package Lets Golfers Experience One of Coachella Valley’s Top Courses

(PALM DESERT, CA) – Golfers can turn their holiday season into an unforgettable golf getaway in sunny Palm Desert, CA at Marriott’s Shadow Ridge. It’s as easy as a one-foot putt: stay in a luxury villa and enjoy a few free rounds at one of the area’s finest courses – all at a great rate.

Golfers get two rounds of golf at world-class Shadow Ridge Golf Club, complimentary range balls and GPS golf cart with a prepaid stay of two nights or more, now through January 18, 2018.

Widely considered a golfing Mecca—and said to have the greatest concentration of golf courses in the world—the Coachella Valley is home to the spectacular Nick Faldo-designed Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Golf Club and the renowned Marriott Golf Academy.

TripAdvisor ranks Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Golf Club as a top 5 in Coachella and the course was recently listed in the 2018 edition of Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses.

After golf, it’s time to enjoy the spacious villas at Marriott’s Shadow Ridge. Each villa provides all the conveniences of home and selections range from guestrooms—perfect for weekender golf trips—to multi-bedroom villas. Stay-and-players have access to all the resorts amenities.

It’s truly the perfect golf getaway: Playing a few rounds at one of the area’s finest and most-challenging course and staying in a spacious villa at Marriott’s Shadow Ridge resort, all in beautiful, sunny and warm Palm Desert, CA.

Book by December 17, with travel dates through January 18, 2018 to save big on this golf getaway. To book, visit Marriott.com and enter code ZJ2 in the Corporate/Promotional code box when making your online reservation, visit http://bit.ly/2tpcwjR, or call 1-800-VILLAS-9 in the U.S. and ask for promotional code ZJ2.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Tagmarshal Pace-of-Play System Earns Raves at Carnoustie Golf Links

(CARNOUSTIE, Scotland) – Tagmarshal – the golf course intelligence and pace-of-play system used by golf courses, country clubs and resorts globally – is achieving high-quality results at Carnoustie Golf Links’ Championship Course, host of the 2018 Open Championship and one of Golf Digest’s top-30 courses worldwide.

After only two months of management, clubhouse staff and player assistants deploying Tagmarshal technology, golfers’ rounds were reduced by an average of 17 minutes. 88% of play was on or within 10 minutes of appropriate pace, including a 183% improvement in the number of golfers on pace.

“I can’t imagine operating without Tagmarshal as it enables us to further enhance golfing experiences, improve service delivery and pace of play and generate additional revenue,” says Colin Sinclair, Head Golf Professional at Carnoustie. “Tagmarshal is invaluable and at the forefront of how we will manage our course operations in the future.”

A recent USGA survey shows 74% of golfers believe appropriate speed is critical to enjoyment of their rounds. This is the impetus for Ballybunion Golf Club (Irish Open), The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (2021 PGA Championship), Whistling Straits (2020 Ryder Cup), Erin Hills (2017 U.S. Open), East Lake (2017 TOUR Championship) and many others to adopt Tagmarshal.

“The actionable data insights gained by tracking Carnoustie members and guests are a testament to Tagmarshal’s effectiveness,” says Bodo Sieber, CEO of Tagmarshal. “As an ‘eye in the sky,’ our platform presents a unique opportunity to turn pace into an asset instead of an obstacle for golfers and course operators.”

Partnering with Tagmarshal has allowed courses to become pace setters with improved operational efficiencies, saving costs and adding prime tee times that routinely realize more than $100,000 in annual incremental revenue. Superintendents also use Tagmarshal data to better manage pin placements, wear patterns, hole set-ups and operational efficiencies.
More information: carnoustie.com and tagmarshal.com.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

New Golf School Opens at Barnsley Resort

Golf professional Travis Nance joins the team to lead new programming

(RELEASE) - The team at North Georgia’s award-winning Barnsley Resort announced the opening of its new Golf School and the addition of Travis Nance as the new master teaching professional.

Travis Nance
The Golf School is the latest addition to the resort’s existing golf programming and world-class Jim Fazio course. The new facility includes a 750 sq. ft. teaching studio offering an enclosed environment where students can tee-off from the bays out onto the driving range, making it easy to teach in any type of weather. Guests and members will have access to private golf instruction for all levels - novice to professional, PGA clinics and classes. Those looking for more in-depth instruction will soon have the opportunity to enroll in one and two-day golf school packages.

“With the opening of our new school, Barnsley is one of the only green grass facilities in North Georgia to offer custom fittings from four leading manufacturers - TaylorMade, Titleist, Ping and PXG - as well as corporate group activities, individual lessons, and technology-enhanced teaching opportunities under one roof,” said Buddy Nichols, director of sporting & recreation. “We’re really excited to offer our guests and members the state-of-the-art TrackMan technology that provides the most accurate feedback in the industry, in addition to a lot of fun, interactive gaming opportunities.”

Turning pro in 1998 and playing on the tour for eight years, Travis Nance is helping to bring the Golf School to life. Nance won over a dozen professional tournaments and was a PGA Qualifying School finalist in 2002. He joins Barnsley from his previous role as a teaching professional at the Darlington School Golf Academy, an independent school located in Rome, Georgia. Nance started his teaching career as a professional at Coosa Country Club, also in Rome.

The Golf School is just one element of the resort’s ongoing growth, as the current expansion will add 55 rooms with the new Inn at Barnsley Resort, and more than 9,000 square feet of indoor event space with the Georgian Hall, both scheduled to debut in March 2018.

PGA National Resort & Spa Announces Michelle Lepore as Midwest Account Director

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort & Spa – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation and spa destination – announces Michelle Lepore as Midwest Account Director.

With more than 30 years of leadership in sales and hospitality, Lepore comes to PGA National from Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa in Palm Beach where she served as senior sales manager. Previously, she worked with Sonesta Hotels and Resorts as well as the Convention Visitors Bureau of both Palm Beach County and Miami. She also played a pivotal role in opening Loews Miami Beach. Lepore is a graduate of Florida State University.

“Michelle’s vast experience in sales and hospitality will be a great asset in our continuing quest for exceptional client relationships,” says David Fine, Senior Vice President, Sales and Market Development. “With her strong relationship-building skills and thorough knowledge of the industry, she is an excellent addition to our team.”

More information: www.pgaresort.com, 855.233.1444.

StrackaLine Greens Guides Enjoy Banner Year, Look Forward to 2018 Growth

Golf’s Best Professional and Collegiate Players Use Revolutionary Guides

(San Diego, Calif.) - StrackaLine, one of golf's leading technology companies, vaulted to prominence in 2017 as leading players on every major professional tour and 250+ collegiate teams began using the company's laser-scanned greens guides.

Utilizing patented technology, StrackaLine creates topographical greens maps that are accurate down to the millimeter. The greens maps, which feature easy to read arrows, allow players to view contour and fall lines, in addition to slope percentage, anywhere on the green.

StrackaLine now has 700+ courses scanned, including some of the nation's most prominent layouts. Use of the greens guides at the highest levels of the game surged throughout 2017, and the company now counts nearly every Division I golf program, including last year’s national champions, among its users.

"StrackaLine Greens Guides are leading the game forward, allowing players of all skill levels to better read putts and improving pace of play," company president Jim Stracka said. "The use our greens guides receive on professional tours across the globe is a testament to the quality of StrackaLine, as is the usage by more than 250 college teams. We look forward to helping even more players properly read greens on their favorite courses in 2018."

"The books are awesome," a top 100 men's college coach said. "Kids that wouldn't even look at their yardage books are using them on every green."

Professional usage has helped drive interest in the StrackaLine Greens Guides, and the technology is just as valuable to "regular" amateur golfers hoping to improve their score.

The greens guides can be purchased in book form ($97/each) or accessed via the StrackaLine smartphone app ($179/course).

For golf course owners and operators, the technology can be used to improve pace of play and help ensure quality course conditions. StrackaLine offers hole location software that allows superintendents to utilize a proprietary algorithm to help set hole locations.

StrackaLine will continue to add to its library of golf courses throughout 2018. It takes just eight minutes to scan and capture an entire green and the StrackaLine team can complete an 18-hole course and practice green in five hours without disrupting play.

For more information on how to order a greens guide or have a course scanned, go to www.StrackaLine.com.

Vineyard Vines Partners with Club Car on Exclusive Patchwork Golf Cart Design

(Stamford, CT) – vineyard vines, a brand best known for its whimsical neckties and smiling pink whale logo, announced its partnership with Club Car, a global leader in golf, utility and consumer vehicles, and a brand of Ingersoll Rand. Inspired by their passion for golf and created with a nod to the brand’s East Coast roots, the collaboration features a special edition vineyard vines Patchwork Onward® vehicle emblazoned with its signature heritage patchwork print. Featured online at vineyardvines.com, the vehicle is a consumer offering from Club Car and will be available for purchase through the vineyard vines catalog, at clubcar.com and select Club Car dealers.

“Club Car is a classic brand and we have always been a fan of their expression of freedom and fun. We’re thrilled to be working with a company that aligns with so many of our core values and offer our customers a new kind of ‘Every day should feel this good’ moment, ” said Shep Murray, vineyard vines CEO & co-founder. “Partnering with Club Car was a natural fit for us,” said Ian Murray, vineyard vines CEO & co-founder. “We’re excited to bring to market a new collaboration that represents our commitment to living the Good Life.”

“Our relationship with vineyard vines brings a fun twist to Club Car and the Onward brand,” said Ross Atherton, consumer vehicle leader for Club Car. “Like vineyard vines, Onward is a brand that resonates with fun, on-the go types and outdoor enthusiasts and families so we think it’s a perfect match.”

Designed for all lifestyles from active families to golf enthusiasts, the vineyard vines Patchwork Onward ranges from $12,399 for the electric model to $12,999 for the gas model. The personal vehicle was created with ample room and colorful construction with the option to be used on and off the course. For more information, please visit vineyardvines.com/clubcar.

For more information, visit vineyardvines.com, www.ingersollrand.com and www.clubcar.com.

Change of Venue Announced for 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship

Bandon Dunes replaces Chambers Bay, which will now host the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

(FAR HILLS, N.J.) – The United States Golf Association announced that the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be relocated from Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., to accommodate a turfgrass transition project at Chambers Bay.

“The USGA is extremely grateful to owner Mike Keiser and Bandon Dunes, a trusted supporter of amateur golf, for agreeing to host the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball while this work occurs at Chambers Bay,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of Championships and Governance. “We also acknowledge the foresight and initiative of everyone at Chambers Bay in undertaking this work.”

The ongoing turfgrass project, which will transition the putting surfaces at Chambers Bay from fescue to Poa annua grass, will provide long-term benefits to the facility, which is an important asset to the community and region, according to Matt Allen, general manager of Chambers Bay. The course hosted the 2015 U.S. Open and is owned by Pierce County and operated by KemperSports.

The 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be contested May 25-29. The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball consists of 128 two-player sides and requires two courses for the stroke-play portion of the championship. The specific courses at Bandon Dunes that will be used for the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be announced at a later date.

Chambers Bay will now host the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship from May 22-26. The Home Course in DuPont, Wash., will serve as the stroke-play co-host for the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball.

“Both of these sites are excellent championship venues and are unwavering in their support of amateur golf; they offer the USGA an opportunity to continue to conduct exemplary Four-Ball championships while providing an ultimate test for the players,” said Bodenhamer. “In addition, both of these Pacific Northwest communities have always offered a warm welcome to the USGA, its championships and the competitors.”

Previously, Chambers Bay was the site of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and 2015 U.S. Open Championships, while Bandon Dunes has hosted the 2006 Curtis Cup Match, the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur, the concurrent U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships in 2011 and the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2015. Bandon Dunes is also scheduled to host the 2020 U.S. Amateur Championship, which marks seven USGA championships hosted in 15 years.

TPT GOLF Shaft Garners Top-Five Finish at the Hero World Challenge

(RENENS, SWITZERLAND) - TPT Golf announced that a TPT Golf driver shaft was used to earn a top-five finish at Hero World Challenge played in New Providence, Bahamas.

"It was a very special week for TPT Golf at the Hero World Challenge," said Sebastian Sebayang, Director of TPT Golf. "TPT Golf shafts continue to perform and impress at tour events across the world. I have been very pleased with our results in 2017, and I'm looking forward to a very exciting 2018." 

The TPT Golf shaft used at the Hero World Challenge was the 15LKP-LT-LW, part of the 15 series. The 15LKP-LT-LW shaft will be officially launched at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show.

The 15 Series shafts are currently being used by top PGA professionals, LPGA professionals and top amateurs across the world. The LKP (low kick point) shaft used at the Hero World Challenge produces a slightly higher initial launch angle with more spin, while the MKP (mid kick point) shaft produces a lower, more penetrating trajectory with less spin. Both models employ a revolutionary construction that boosts ball speed.

"Our patent-pending manufacturing process enables our golf shafts to be made with exceptionally accurate fiber placement in a highly uniform way around the shaft," said Sebayang. "This method creates a spineless shaft and overcomes the inconsistencies sometimes seen in shafts produced by the more-traditional table rolling methods. TPT shafts provide exceptional feel, leading to tighter shot dispersion, low spin and increased distance. And for the first time ever, we can design a shaft that starts with the physical capabilities of the human body and goes on to reflect the coaching being received in practice."

TPT Golf can now provide the best-performing products for Tour pros and amateurs alike, bringing a consistent and precise product into the shaft marketplace. The range of TPT Golf™ shafts has been designed to make the fitting process as simple as possible. There are models to suit players with any swing speed.

For more information or photos on TPT Golf, visit tptgolf.com.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Names Professional of the Year

Victor R. Stringer Recognized as a Professional of the Year by Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide

(Signal Hill, CA) - Victor R. Stringer, JD of Signal Hill, California has been recognized as a Professional of the Year for 2017 by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide for his outstanding contributions and achievements for over 40 years in the field of freight.

Dr. Stringer is the President of V.R. Camelot Inc., which is a national Customs Brokerage and Freight Forwarders corporation providing ship spares, general merchandise, U.S. Customs brokerage, freight forwarding, freight services, warehousing and logistics services. He serves as a U.S. Customs freight forwarding broker and is responsible for reviewing documents and confirming government specifications for vessels entering the country. He is affiliated with the International Police Association, the A.T.L.A., the I.N.L.W.A. and the A.S.I.S.

Born on July 24, 1941 in Chesapeake, Virginia, Dr. Stringer obtained a M.S. in Criminal Justice and a J.D. from Western State College of Law in 1998. He then obtained a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in 2002. Previously, he served as a Peace Officer in Los Angeles County, California.

Dr. Stringer is a Certified Yoga Instructor and wrote a book titled “Yogi on the Green.” He wrote it to help golfers of all abilities to hopefully improve on their physical and mental game. Dr. Stringer states, “As noted in many Medical Journals, when one improves on their physical being, they also improve on their mental awareness.” It is available in a Kindle edition on Amazon.com. In his spare time, Victor enjoys golf and yoga.

For further information, contact www.vrcamelot.com.

aboutGolf Showcased at Annual PGA TOUR Tournament Meetings

(Maumee, OH) - aboutGolf the Official Golf Simulator Provider of the PGA TOUR will showcase their widescreen simulator with over 60 course options at the annual PGA TOUR tournament meetings this week in Boca Raton, Fl.  The attendees will have an opportunity to play and compete against each other in a closest to the pin contest highlighting the best par 3 holes on the PGA TOUR.  Attending the meetings are tournament directors from PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR Canada tournaments. 

"aboutGolf is proud of our partnership with the PGA TOUR, we look forward to these annual meetings to connect with tournament directors and create unique opportunities to include at their tournaments each year," said Randall Henry, CEO of aboutGolf.

aboutGolf currently partners with over 15 National and International tour events, including the  U.S. Open and exclusivity at TPC courses.

Website: www.aboutgolf.com

Coach Labs' GEN i1, World's First & Only Intelligent Golf Ball, Exhibiting at the PGA Merchandise Show

(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) - It was one of the busiest booths and most publicized products at last year’s PGA Merchandise Show and was recognized as the “Best New Game Improvement Device of the Year.”  Coach Labs, manufacturers of the World’s first and only intelligent golf balls, will be returning to the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 23-26, in Orlando, Fla. The company will also be participating at the Tour Edge Multi-Manufacturers Media Day Monday January 22 at Lake Nona Country Club and will also be at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 9-12.

The patent pending GEN i1 golf ball’s core contains a nine-axis embedded sensor and on-board MCU that acts like a miniature launch monitor inside. The “smart” ball is calibrated specifically for putting measuring initial direction, speed, impact force, and ball rotation. The data is then transmitted through an app to your mobile device via Bluetooth.  In addition, The GEN i1 comes with a sensor for the handle of your putter that shows the “cause and effect” of your stroke and ball line.

“The GEN i1 has been designed through a very sophisticated, patented technology and manufacturing process that is connecting golf performance with play,” said Jason Koo, Founder of Coach Labs, Inc. “Coach Labs is several years ahead of any smart ball technology currently in development. And as the first company to bring a smart ball to the retail market, we are extremely excited to announce that Coach Labs will be unveiling the GEN i2 – the first full swing smart ball also at the 2018 PGA Show.”

The GEN i1 app is very easy and intuitive. Once the user creates an account, the GEN i1 will be able to assess his/her skill level and provide a customized practice plan that will entertain while improving their skills. Gen i2 will provide golfers with their full swing data including direction, spin rate, distance and speed.   Gen i3 will be modified for indoor use only and practice in golf simulators and for gaming applications.

Curt Menefee, host of Fox NFL Sunday, and a partner in Coach Labs, will be attending the PGA Show.

Coach Labs is under negotiations with one of the largest multi-player mobile golf games. Integrating Gen i1 hardware with realistic golf graphics is just the beginning of the capabilities coming this spring.

“The future of smart technology and creating interactive experiences in golf continues to push the envelope and is making golf cool again, both on and off the course,” said Koo. “It’s great for the sport and is definitely growing the game in new ways.”

Gen i1 is available now at geni1.com beginning at $99 per system and will be on sale at the PGA Show.

Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour Launches Partnership with Orange Whip Trainer

Pairing Creates More Tournament Access for Girls

(Greensboro, NC) — The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour (PKBGT) announced a new partnership with Orange Whip Trainer, an entity of Jimmy Hack Golf to join as a Premier Tour Partner.
Orange Whip, an Easley, South Carolina based company, will offer a “first tournament free” program for girls interested in trying any PKBGT Regional One-Day event. The Orange Whip First Tournament Free program eliminates a major barrier to entry for girls wishing to play tournament golf by making their introduction to tournament golf free.

“The Orange Whip is very excited for the opportunity to partner with the PKBGT Tour to help promote girl’s golf. We are committed to helping all golfers reach their playing potential and have more fun on the golf course,” said Orange Whip CEO and Developer Jim Hackenberg.

In addition, Orange Whip will be contributing to the “Inspire. Dream. Achieve” grant fund, which provides financial assistance towards tournament entry fees for players with financial need.

“We are excited for Orange Whip to join the PKBGT ‘Let’s Play’ Campaign to create more opportunities for girls to experience and develop in tournament golf,” said PKBGT Director Mike Parker. “We are honored to work together to create more on-course opportunities for the girls and eliminate obstacles to entry.”

Representatives from Orange Whip will be present for product demos at the PKBGT Orange Whip Classic at the Clemson University Walker Golf Course from February 10-11, 2018 in addition to select PKBGT events during the 2018 season.

To learn more about Orange Whip, visit: orangewhipgolf.com.

GOLFTEC Unveils Special Gift Packages for Holiday Season

Multiple Options Offer Exceptional Savings, Help All Players Improve During Winter Months

(Centennial, Colo.) – GOLFTEC – the world leader in golf lessons and club fitting, as well as the top employer of PGA Professionals – announces special holiday packages for golfers and gift givers, allowing players to experience the company’s famed Swing Evaluations, Lesson Packs and TECFIT club fitting at a great value.

These renowned services are proven to help players of all skill levels improve and enjoy their time on the course exponentially. Available through December 31, the company is offering the following special bundles and promotions, more information is available at www.golftec.com/holiday:
- Silver Holiday Package: 60-minute Swing Evaluation, one 30-minute lesson, one 30-minute practice session and one TECFIT club fitting session for $295
- Gold Holiday Package: 60-minute Swing Evaluation, three 30-minute lessons, three 30-minute practice sessions and one TECFIT club fitting session for $395
- 10% off all regular Lesson Packs and Game Plans
- 10% off for existing GOLFTEC students

Swing Evaluations include video analysis, motion measurement, a fact-based diagnosis and recommendation of a specific game plan, which includes fundamental elements like course strategy and a TECFIT club fitting session. A Swing Evaluation and TECFIT session can each be purchased for $125, respectively. While the majority of lessons are taught indoors in private bays, coaches also accompany players for on-course/outdoor lessons to ensure they are comfortable in real world situations.

“These Holiday Packages offer a way for golfers of any skill level to improve their swing and get fitted with the clubs that will help them play the best golf of their lives,” says Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO of GOLFTEC. “With climate-controlled indoor hitting bays, golfers can train proficiently during the winter months to ensure they shoot low scores come spring.”

Highly efficient and boasting a 96 percent success rate, GOLFTEC lessons are taught one-on-one by Certified Personal Coaches using proprietary teaching technology. Developing a comprehensive improvement plan for each student is the foundation of GOLFTEC’s philosophy.

GOLFTEC has taught more than 7 million lessons at nearly 200 locations worldwide. Committed to strengthening the industry and hiring only the best staff, GOLFTEC coaches are experienced professionals, most of whom have taught thousands of lessons. Each goes through a rigorous multi-week certification at GOLFTEC University, including continued advanced training to master the analysis of golf swing mechanics, the technology of the GOLFTEC system, and the most productive teaching techniques.

To learn more about GOLFTEC, visit www.golftec.com or call 877-446-5383.

Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co. to Exhibit Chef-Crafted, Smoked Meats at 2018 PGA Merchandise Show

Premium Quality Snack Brand Displaying at Booth #2103

(NEW YORK, N.Y.) – Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co. (Chef’s Cut) – the No. 1 premium jerky brand on the market – will showcase top-quality, chef-crafted smoked meats at Booth #2103 during the upcoming 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida from January 23-26.

Launched by co-founders Chef Blair Swiler and Dennis Riedel as caddies at Florida’s Calusa Pines Golf Club and New Jersey’s Bayonne Golf Club, Chef’s Cut has perfected the homemade, jerky recipe with aspirations to redefine snacks on-and-off the golf course.

PGA Merchandise Show attendees visiting the Chef’s Cut exhibit will enjoy hand-carved jerky by a professional chef and the opportunity to meet Swiler and Riedel, along with other product samples and giveaways. Featured flavors will include Asian Style Teriyaki, Chipotle Cracked Pepper, Honey Barbecue, and more.

“We developed Chef’s Cut with golfers in mind to provide a protein-rich, natural alternative to processed, sweet or salty snacks,” says Riedel, a former professional golfer and collegiate player at Michigan State University. “In many ways, the annual PGA Merchandise Show allows us to return to our roots and thank the industry where our exciting journey began just a few years ago.”

Chef’s Cut’s products are available at more than 1,000 golf courses, including Pebble Beach Golf Links and Pinehurst Resort. All meats contain chef-approved, domestically sourced proteins such as USDA choice beef and all white turkey and chicken breasts. Additionally, the snack is gluten-free with no nitrites, and lower in sodium and sugar than other jerky brands.

Thanks to a 5,669% revenue spike over the last three years, Chef’s Cut was named the 58th fastest-growing privately owned U.S. company and ranked 4th in Food and Beverage on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list. Products are sold at Amazon, Albertsons, Costco, Kroger, Safeway, 7-Eleven and other grocers.

Backed by CAVU Venture Partners and Halen Brands, Chef’s Cut boasts famous investors like actress Olivia Munn and acclaimed athletes Von Miller, Earl Thomas and David Ortiz.

The 2018 PGA Merchandise Show will kick off Tuesday, January 23 with an interactive Demo Day followed by three days of exhibits from 1,000-plus companies and brands. In addition, a variety of educational conferences and instructional workshops are held by 40,000 global golf industry professionals.

For more information, visit www.ChefsCutRealJerky.com/golf.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Antigua Introduces 2018 Men's Outerwear Collection

(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 officially unveiled its Men's 2018 Outerwear collection.

"For Spring '18, Antigua has no shortage of seasonal lightweight outerwear," says Ron McPherson, CEO of Antigua. "The half-zip pullover is to outerwear what the polo collar is to a golf shirt -- a staple. It's the model of choice for cool weather garment of any weight. Antigua covers the gamut in both fabrication choices to function best in certain temperatures, as well as creating a variety of fashion options ranging from quilted, tonal double knits, stripes with accents, fleeced garments, sweater-like fabrications, and contrasting embossed, tonally striped windwear."

The solid long-sleeve pullover style Anchorage is a favorite, based on wearability and fashion simplicity. With top sleeve placement of its ribbed quilting for style, as well as warmth, it matches a low-profile jacquard knit ottoman as the main body fabric. It's genuinely a must-have cool weather garment offered in five sophisticated shades.

Style Profile
Profile combines the season's fashion color palette with a 50-50 color-to-contrasting-black knit check. The upper portion represents a richer version of the specific color, bringing more black to the surface against the underlying color. The garment's lower majority does the opposite. This is simply achieved with a single fabric constructed as a double knit jacquard, organically sending more of one color to the surface and the other to the back side. By reversing which side of the fabric is used in the placement determines the seemingly color block effect. To give full contrast to this mid-weight style, the design team included reflective chest seam tape where the inverted fabrics are seamed and ran it perpendicular to a silver chrome nylon zipper for an updated contemporary feature.

Style Voyage
Every season, Antigua's product development team meticulously looks to be on top of market direction and has found an influence and resurgence of sweater and sweater-like apparel designed to be interpreted as sportswear. Voyage is Antigua's interpretation of this direction. While it's cut-and-sewn instead of fully fashion-knitted into a sweater, Voyage offers the versatility to be casual or classic. Similarly, to how Profile's fabric is constructed, Voyage uses a fuller fibrous filament yarn that disperses sweater-like hairs along its neutral color scheme, while the backside of this double knit jacquard uses a contrasting solid black yarn. Contrasting black fabric back is flipped to the face at gusset insets, creating a sportswear design detail. The seasonal two-color zipper placket is set in as a pop color accent, to merchandise back to specific seasonal polo styles.

Styles Thunder, Cyclone and Maritime
Antigua always looks to bring something new to its windwear collections. Styles Thunder, Cyclone and Maritime form Antigua's Spring 2018 windwear offerings. While Thunder makes use of a diamondback jacquard stretch woven for its tonally embossed center core, its boldly contrasting knit sleeves make a statement that it's sportswear belonging in the '18 collection. Cyclone and Maritime feature the same meshed lined woven automatic pin stripe fabric to create a short-sleeve wind shirt and wind vest, respectively. Cyclone's contrasting chrome inverted zippers on the placket and in the chest and hip pockets complement this style's tonal body stripes. Antigua's pride in both its polo and outerwear collections are its consistency in offering a performance fit appropriate to the garment while maintaining its on-course function and style. Cyclone demonstrates this dedication to fit consistency.

Antigua's wind vest Maritime mirrors Cyclone with regard to its outerwear spec and fits as a wind vest should. Tailored to aesthetically match Antigua's polo sleeve seams, it functions as a perfect piece for inclement or temperate weather.

Style Frontier
Rounding out the Spring 2018 outerwear is the fully fleeced style Frontier. Built as a cool weather knit outer or under layer, Frontier uses randomly twisted two-tone heavy gauge yarns to create a horizontal irregular all-over stripe effect. It's the go-to garment when cooler weather encourages warmer clothing.

In its Spring 2018 polo styles and outerwear offerings, Antigua has dutifully merchandised an extensive collection of beautifully styled menswear with matched versatility for on and off the course.
 
Find Antigua on the web at: www.Antigua.com and ShopAntigua.com.

Linda Hartough Golf Landscapes Named December Product of the Month on GolfTalk Live

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) - Linda Hartough, a renowned golf landscape artist and a 2017 inductee into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame, will showcase her award-winning art for purchase during the holiday season as December Product of the Month on the GolfTalk Live radio show.

Her most notable paintings from the Greater Philadelphia area feature the 16th Hole at the East Course at Merion GC from the 2013 U.S. Open and the 17th/9th Holes at Aronimink GC. Limited edition Fine Art Paper prints of these famous paintings are available for a special holiday price through the end of the year on her website, www.Hartough.com.

"There is a lot of excitement for the 2018 BMW Championship at Aronimink," states GolfTalk Live host, Tony Leodora. "Hartough's painting of the 17th and 9th holes at Aronimink will be the 'must-have' piece of art this holiday season for local golf fans and golf art enthusiasts.  The interview with Linda Hartough will be a treat for GolfTalk Live listeners."

Throughout the month of December, the GolfTalk Live website, Facebook and Twitter pages will showcase Linda Hartough's exceptional body of work spanning more than 30 years, recreating the natural beauty of the world's famous golf holes. Notable bestsellers include well-known holes from Augusta National, Pebble Beach and St Andrews, as well as the paintings from 1990-2014 as commissioned by the USGA for the U.S. Open Championships.

"The holidays are a good time to give a print of a favorite of a golf course or hole to any golfer," said Linda Hartough. "There are many choices of holes I have painted through the years to give as holiday gifts."

In mid-November 2017, Linda Hartough Golf Landscapes was commissioned by RSM US LLP to provide paintings of three different holes at Sea Island GC for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 RSM Classic. Hartough's interview on GolfTalk Live will air December 9.

Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic Preps for 20th Tournament

20th annual event will be held at Atlantic Golf Club & will feature U.S. Open Championship trophy on display

(Westhampton, New York) – The Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic is delighted to announce that their 20th charity golf outing will take place June 4 at Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton, New York.

Golfers will enjoy the stunning Rees Jones design, a links-like lay-out featuring undulating fairways amongst tall fescue rough, a delicious brunch, cocktails, award’s dinner and live and silent auction items.

And adding to the festivities, the charity tourney will feature the U.S. Open Championship trophy which will be on display for golfers to have their photos taken with the same trophy that will be awarded to the U.S. Open champion the following week during the 2018 U.S. Open Championship, taking place at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., about 20 minutes from Atlantic Golf Club.

The Ann Liguori Foundation raises money and awareness for cancer research and cancer prevention initiatives. Several of ALF’s beneficiaries include St. Judes Children’s Research Center; KIDS NEED MORE, a camp on Shelter Island for children with cancer and their siblings; Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation; Ovarian Cancer Research Fund; and East End Hospice, to name a few.

The Ann Liguori Foundation also supports the ALF Sports Media Scholarship, part of NYWICI, assisting young women hoping to pursue a career in sports media; a mentorship scholarship with American Women in Sports Media (AWSM) and the Jim Liguori Memorial Scholarship at the University of South Florida to help students in need.

Sponsors in 2017 include American Building Maintenance (ABM), Eyeking LLC / Under Armour Eyewear, Platinum Maintenance, StructureTone, TaylorMade and Tharanco Lifestyles/Greg Norman Collection.

Donors included Bermuda Tourism, Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, COOLA Suncare, Dune Jewelry, Imperial Headwear, JoFit Apparel, Marc Joseph New York Shoes, Maui Jim, NoNatz Bug Spray, North & West Coast Links, OGIO Golf Bags, Revo, RMS Golf Gloves, SCNS Sports Food, Shoe Tips (The Last Thought Before Your Shot), Tour Edge Golf, VPAR and Zero Friction.

Ann Liguori has been a trail-blazer in the world of sports broadcasting as an original sports talk show host on WFAN-NY 660 AM and the station’s golf and tennis correspondent; an original with her own series on The Golf Channel; and the Host, Executive Producer and Owner of her Sports Innerview television and radio series. Ann is the author of ‘A Passion for Golf, Celebrity Musings About the Game.’

Having lost her father to cancer and her brother Jim to leukemia in the early eighties, Ann has worked diligently since then to raise money and awareness for a variety of causes and established the Ann Liguori Foundation in 2008.

For more information on the Ann Liguori Foundation visit www.annliguorifoundation.org or email innerview@aol.com. Follow Ann on Twitter: @annliguori. Like Ann on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/annliguori. Instagram: theannliguori.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Double the Power in the New Wilson Staff C300 Iron Line

(RELEASE) - Wilson Golf announces two new sets of C300 irons, both designed to deliver greater distance and superior feel.  Wilson Labs, the innovation hub at Wilson Sporting Goods, Co., engineered these irons for the crossover (C) player whom Wilson defines as a mid-to-high handicap player seeking distance and accuracy, but in a more playable, midsize offering.

For accuracy and power, both C300 iron sets feature Wilson Staff’s revolutionary Power Hole™ technology. These urethane-filled through-holes strategically positioned around the face minimize contact between the body and face while providing maximum flex and an expanded sweet spot.

“We are extremely excited to introduce the next generation of crossover irons with Power Hole™ technology,” said Jon Pergande, Global Manager of Golf Innovation. “The distance, forgiveness, and feel of the C300 line exceeded even our high expectations. In our Wilson Labs play-testing, we are seeing results that far surpass what traditional irons currently offer,” added Pergande.

C300 Irons
DISTANCE + FORGIVENESS
The C300 iron line represents the first time a double-row of Power Holes has been incorporated into our 3-GW Irons. On the sole, five Power Holes in a double-row configuration provide maximum deflection of the face for supreme forgiveness while additional Power Holes on the toe and topline mean that every shot is in the sweet spot

C300 Forged Irons
DISTANCE + FEEL
For feel and responsiveness, C300 Forged irons feature soft, forged carbon steel heads with Power Holes along the toe and sole to instantly add yards and off-center accuracy. These are the first Forged Carbon Steel Irons to feature Power Hole Technology. Found on 3-8 Irons, C300 Forged Irons are designed with five Power Holes, in a double-row configuration, across the sole and two Power Holes on the Toe. The topline of the club is solid creating a masterpiece of accuracy, responsiveness and feel.

The C300 irons (Steel $799.99/Graphite $899.99) and the C300 forged irons (Steel $899.99/ Graphite $999.99) will be available December 4th for pre-sale on Wilson.com and in-stores January 2018. 

The C300 irons will feature new Lamkin Crossline 2 grips that are larger, softer and more comfortable and these are fitted to either a KBD Tour 90 steel shaft, or a Fujikura Speeder Pro 78i graphite shaft.

The C300 Forged irons will also feature these new Lamkin grips fitted to either a KBD Tour 105 steel shaft, or a Fujikura Speeder Pro 85i graphite shaft.

For more information, visit wilson.com.

REKS Introduces Holiday Incentives



REKS Sport
Up to 50% off Selected Frames 
This Holiday Season’s Must-Have Stocking Stuffer

(Boca Raton, FLORIDA) - REKS has just made holiday gift-giving a whole lot easier with its innovative and unbreakable line of sunglasses by creating a one-of-a-kind holiday sale for today's busy consumers. Offering special deals on limited stock frames, REKS is the perfect holiday gift, whether for someone wearing them on the slopes, fairways, on the beach or just strolling the streets. 

Ideal for holiday shoppers looking for great value and special offerings, this holiday special is just a click away at www.reks.com and is available now through December 25.

REKS Aviator
REKS holiday sale highlights include:

Limited time offers on all Sport, Aviator, Seafarer and Round frames:
- Sport & Aviator frames: $18 for one or two for $30, regularly $30 each
- Seafarer and Round frames: $28 for one or two for $50, regularly $50 each
- Unbreakable frame with memory-flex polymer construction
- Lightweight and comfortable, especially under a helmet
- Shatter-resistant polycarbonate lenses
- Anti-Reflective coating

Sport and Aviator Frames Featuring our proprietary SOLUX lenses:
- Ultralight Shatter-Resistant Polycarbonate
- 10 times more shatter resistant than glass or plastic
- 100% UV 400 Protection
- Multi-coated for improved optics (Hydrophobic, scratch-resistant & anti-reflective coating)
- Available in 8 colors including mirrors

REKS Seafarer
Seafarer and Round Frames Featuring our proprietary Lumolux lenses:
- Polycarbonate polarized lenses eliminate glare
- All lenses are 10 times more shatter-resistant than glass or plastic
- 100% UV 400 Protection
- Iconic styles
- Multi-coated for improved optics (Hydrophobic, scratch-resistant & anti-reflective coating)
- Meets ANSI Z80.3 safety standards

Free delivery and our industry leading 24-month warranty against breakage.

Founded in 2015, REKS is a performance and fashion sunglass brand that emphasizes high quality polycarbonate lenses with iconic, classic frames in a range of colors and finishes. With in-house designed unbreakable frames and lenses that are shatter-resistant, lightweight and offer 100% UV 400 protection, REKS eyewear is suited to the consumer who demands flexible and unbreakable sunglasses that provide comfort and stability in all conditions at affordable prices.

REKS offers three different lenses and six frame styles, creating a collectible line of eyewear to suit every sport, style and mood.
 
See the world through superior optical quality with REKS.

Visit REKS.com to learn more.

Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co. to Exhibit Chef-Crafted, Smoked Meats at 2018 PGA Merchandise Show

Premium Quality Snack Brand Displaying at Booth #2103

(NEW YORK, N.Y.) – Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co. (Chef’s Cut) – the No. 1 premium jerky brand on the market – will showcase top-quality, chef-crafted smoked meats at Booth #2103 during the upcoming 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida from January 23-26.

Launched by co-founders Chef Blair Swiler and Dennis Riedel as caddies at Florida’s Calusa Pines Golf Club and New Jersey’s Bayonne Golf Club, Chef’s Cut has perfected the homemade, jerky recipe with aspirations to redefine snacks on-and-off the golf course.

PGA Merchandise Show attendees visiting the Chef’s Cut exhibit will enjoy hand-carved jerky by a professional chef and the opportunity to meet Swiler and Riedel, along with other product samples and giveaways. Featured flavors will include Asian Style Teriyaki, Chipotle Cracked Pepper, Honey Barbecue, and more.

“We developed Chef’s Cut with golfers in mind to provide a protein-rich, natural alternative to processed, sweet or salty snacks,” says Riedel, a former professional golfer and collegiate player at Michigan State University. “In many ways, the annual PGA Merchandise Show allows us to return to our roots and thank the industry where our exciting journey began just a few years ago.”

Chef’s Cut’s products are available at more than 1,000 golf courses, including Pebble Beach Golf Links and Pinehurst Resort. All meats contain chef-approved, domestically sourced proteins such as USDA choice beef and all white turkey and chicken breasts. Additionally, the snack is gluten-free with no nitrites, and lower in sodium and sugar than other jerky brands.

Thanks to a 5,669% revenue spike over the last three years, Chef’s Cut was named the 58th fastest-growing privately owned U.S. company and ranked 4th in Food and Beverage on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list. Products are sold at Amazon, Albertsons, Costco, Kroger, Safeway, 7-Eleven and other grocers.

Backed by CAVU Venture Partners and Halen Brands, Chef’s Cut boasts famous investors like actress Olivia Munn and acclaimed athletes Von Miller, Earl Thomas and David Ortiz.

The 2018 PGA Merchandise Show will kick off Tuesday, January 23 with an interactive Demo Day followed by three days of exhibits from 1,000-plus companies and brands. In addition, a variety of educational conferences and instructional workshops are held by 40,000 global golf industry professionals.

For more information, visit www.ChefsCutRealJerky.com/golf.

Product Review: Bushnell Excel GPS Rangefinder Watch

Bushnell has just turned the GPS watch market on its ear. The new Excel GPS rangefinder watch has rendered all others insufficient.

It does what all others do, of course, by providing yardage to the front, middle and back of the greens. But there is so much more that sets this watch apart.

For example:
Bluetooth integration with smartphone allows you to get course updates without needing to sync with a computer and you can receive calls, messaging and calendar notifications on your watch.
Long battery life – You can play three rounds before needing to charge. My current gamer makes it through approximately 27 holes. That’s fine if I’m playing 18 at home and can charge at night, but when I’m on a golf trip and play 36 holes a day, it’s no fun to play “blind” on the back nine of the second round.

Bushnell has mastered the “expected” with the Excel. Golfers expect their GPS watch to come preloaded with courses and this product delivers with more than 35,000 tracks worldwide.

They also expect distances from the front, center and back to be easy to read. Check.

Additionally, your GPS watch should have auto course recognition - meaning, the satellite knows what course you’re playing from your location. Auto hole advance is demanded, too. Done on the third green and moving to the fourth tee? The watch automatically changes with you. Considering the weather can change in an instant, the Excel is water resistant. It also includes a USB charging cord.

What about the unexpected bells and whistles? The Excel boasts full-front optical mounted color display with auto brightness adjustment and shows up to four hazard distances per hole. Considering the many shots taken before approaching the green, the latter is critical.

In the past, I’ve worn a GPS watch on my right wrist because I had my trusty Fitbit (to measure steps taken) on my left. No more, as the Excel offers an integrated fitness step counter! It also serves as a stopwatch, alarm and timer.

There are swing metrics available, as well. Measure your tempo and swing speed with the Excel. The ideal swing ratio is 3:1 - backswing through follow through. According to the Excel, I’m consistently between 2.9:1 and 3.1: 1. I’ll take it. I’m also around 97 mph on swing speed, which I’d like to increase a little bit (something to work on).

I saw the weather feature and thought it would be awesome to have a 4-5 hour forecast. What can I expect from Mother Nature over the upcoming round? It was actually a temperature and barometric pressure reading. Perhaps the next generation of GPS watches will address the forecast, though I feel like I’m asking for too much. Give me an inch and I'll ask for a personal meteorologist.

Everything to this point has been awesome and is enough reason to get yourself an Excel GPS rangefinder watch. That said, the Bushnell Golf app is included with your purchase. The app offers:
- Full color aerial views of hole layouts with distances
- Scorekeeping
- Book tee times
- Swing analysis stats
- Pedometer and Fitness Trackers

Here’s the coolest feature. You get all of the above ... AND ... 3D flyovers with distances. Maybe I’m a simpleton, but I LOVE this part of the package. It feels like I’m watching a PGA TOUR telecast on my phone.

The Excel GPS rangefinder watch retails for $249.99, but I’ve seen it for sale at Dick’s, Golf Galaxy, PGA TOUR Superstore and TGW.com (to name a few) for $199.98. For more information, visit bushnellgolf.com.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Safest and Most Dangerous Countries for Travel

Backgroundchecks.org, an organization devoted to public safety, online privacy, home security, and open government, has ranked the Safest and Most Dangerous Countries for Travel: http://backgroundchecks.org/safest-and-most-dangerous-countries-for-travel.html

The top five safest countries are:
- Hong Kong
- Singapore
- Japan
- Spain
- United Kingdom

The top five most dangerous countries are:
- Honduras
- El Salvador
- Pakistan
- Chad
- Mauritania

McConnell Golf's Holston Hills Country Club Turns 90 Years Old in Style

Owner McConnell Golf wraps up $1.4 million in renovations around the clubhouse and golf course

(KNOXVILLE, TENN.) — Holston Hills Country Club in East Knoxville has celebrated its 90th anniversary this year with numerous renovations around the clubhouse and golf course.

Located near the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains on 180 open acres of rolling old farmland tucked into a bend in the Holston River, Holston Hills was purchased by McConnell Golf in December 2015. With a nod to the past and an eye on the future, the Raleigh-based company immediately invested $1.4 million in capital improvements.

Holston Hills features a 1927 Donald Ross-designed golf course that immediately became recognized as the finest course in the state when it opened and started hosting every important regional tournament including a PGA Tour event — and has remained nearly untouched through the years.

The co-founder of the Donald Ross Society, Michael J. Fay, has said that he would rather play Holston Hills on a consistent basis than any other golf course in the South. Acclaimed golf course architect Tom Doak says Holston Hills is the closest golf course around to what Ross originally designed.

“I knew when I saw Holston Hills that it would be a great addition to our golf portfolio,” said McConnell Golf Founder and CEO John McConnell. “It’s a ‘must-play’ for our members.”

Perched on a hill affording breathtaking views, the recently renovated Holston Hills clubhouse overlooks the golf course and showcases bay windows, elegant arched doors, and a central ballroom with large cathedral ceilings and exposed wood trusses. An outdoor terrace on the south side of the ballroom offers members a space to relax and take in the view with its comfortable Tudor architecture.

McConnell said he knew Holston Hills was a special place from the moment he set foot on the property. “It immediately reminded me of Shinnecock Hills,” McConnell recalls, referencing the storied eastern Long Island golf club that was a founding member of the USGA and next year will host its fifth U.S. Open Championship.

Last year, McConnell Golf added a Fitness Center at Holston Hills including state-of-the-art, Torque series equipment — a variety of machines such as leg extension and curl, along with Intenza Entertainment Bikes, treadmills, Octane stride elliptical and Octane XT-One. Rounding out the equipment are exercise mats, medicine and stability balls, resistance cables and foam rollers, all of which promote and support flexibility and non-impact strength routines.

Holston Hills members have enjoyed the key FOB access to the fitness center seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., giving them flexible hours to customize and mix-up their workout routines.

“We have a contract with Performance Training, Inc. that allows for onsite personal training, group fitness classes, and golf fitness clinics and assessments,” said Katelyn Graham, the club’s Activity and Wellness Manager. “Whether you enjoy the stretch-and-strengthen of a yoga class or the heart-pumping energy of circuit training, the group class schedule at Holston Hills has something right up your alley. We make it convenient to stick to your routine, or maybe even try something new, with morning and evening classes throughout the week and a supportive atmosphere.”

Now, the rest of the Holston Hills renovation has been completed.

The former kitchen at Holston Hills was completely gutted and a brand-new kitchen built. McConnell Golf then constructed an entirely new restaurant at Holston Hills called the “Donald Ross Room.” The room includes a bar, high-top tables, booth seating and regular dining table seating.

In addition, a new veranda for outdoor seating overlooks the Smoky Mountains and the golf course. The veranda seats up to 36 people and has quickly become the most popular spot for dining at the club. The restaurant includes two 70-inch TVs and is perfect for watching a ballgame.

The club has also upgraded the Holston Room for private dining or business meetings. This room has maintained the beautiful wood beam arched ceilings from the original design and offers a jaw-dropping view of the golf course.

McConnell Golf has given the Holston Hills men’s locker room a nice facelift as well. One hundred wooden lockers were constructed along with a remodeling of the bathrooms and the card room, including bar service for the members.

The grand ballroom has maintained its original 1920s architecture with masculine wood beam ceilings, but has added new flooring and windows looking over the patio on the golf course side of the club with a great view of the Smoky Mountains. This room seats 250-270 for weddings and large parties.

McConnell Golf also added a new golf shop on the east side of the building along with a club room to house fitting carts and equipment. The golf shop is full service with the most current and top lines in men’s and ladies apparel and also provides offices for the Director of Golf, Assistant Professionals, and the Membership Director.

Members can now enjoy the new portico when arriving at the club. When dining, the portico provides a dry and safe entrance to the Donald Ross room. “It also makes the arrival for golf much more service friendly when using the new bag drop area,” said Holston Hills Director of Golf Chris Dibble.

Holston Hills is writing a new chapter to its storied history as a family club with full amenities and a beautiful clubhouse. The old golf shop has been converted to a dedicated Kid’s Club area where many enjoyable activities take place. It includes video games, a TV with a Wii, beanbags, board games, and other fun things for kids to do while their parents enjoy other areas of the club.

“Since the end of 2016, we have hosted monthly, staff-led programs with activities that range from outdoor games like ‘Messy Mania’ to arts and crafts which we like to call ‘Kids Night Out’ — each with a theme,” said Graham. “Kids are quick to make friends and let loose in this just-for-kids environment. It’s something they look forward to time and time again. We hope that this space will enhance future kids’ events at Holston.”

Holston Hills also added its first summer camps this year, allowing kids to take advantage of all the club’s facilities — from learning golf and tennis fundamentals, to cooling off at the pool — during the long, fun-filled summer days with friends.

Adjacent to the pool with a view of the golf course, the Holston Hills tennis facility has four Rubico clay courts and two hard courts. The courts are professionally maintained and each enjoyed during peak season from April through November, with hard courts remaining in play during the off-season as well.

Beyond open play, the club’s growing tennis program features seasonal clinics led by Tennis Professionals Bart Kennedy and Troy Cash. The multi-day clinics help players of all levels sharpen their skills and master the strategy of the doubles or singles format.

Junior Tennis clinics are also offered to help children learn fundamentals and advance their growing skill sets.

Said McConnell: “Holston Hills enjoys a proud past and we think that it has a great future as well.”

Re-Designed Shingle Creek Golf Club Featured in December Traveling Golfer

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) - Ever since opening in 2003, Shingle Creek Golf Club has been a leader in the Orlando golf scene. It has been a favored venue by visitors to the area, as well as competitive championship golfers.

Recently voted the favorite golf course by Orlando Sentinel readers, the course is now even more popular thanks to a dramatic renovation by the Arnold Palmer Design Company.

A new look at the re-designed Shingle Creek Golf Club will be the focus of the December episode of the award-winning Traveling Golfer television show. Show host Tony Leodora takes the viewers to on a tour of the spectacular layout, as well as providing an insightful interview with Palmer Design's vice president and senior golf course architect Thad Layton. In addition, the Traveling Golfer takes viewers on a grand tour of the AAA Four Diamond Rosen Shingle Creek, the 1,501-room luxury hotel that is adjacent to the golf course. The tour includes looks at a number of the 15 dining venues on the property, the four heated swimming pools, the spa, fitness center and the more than half-million square feet of meeting and event space.

"It was an exciting project to work on a course with such a solid reputation as Shingle Creek," said Layton, who has received national acclaim for his work with Palmer Design. "The catalyst for the project was the expansion of the hotel. They decided to cast a fresh set of eyes on the property and they brought us in and we talked about how we could make this golf course different in the Orlando market. It was a bit tricky - like putting together a jigsaw puzzle."

A number of old holes were closed. A number of new holes were created. And the rest of the golf course got a fresh, new look.

"I have played the golf course many times since it first opened in 2003 and always enjoyed the layout," says Traveling Golfer host Tony Leodora. "But the new course has a bold excitement about it. And, of course, the hotel at Rosen Shingle Creek is absolutely breathtaking. There is no higher level of comfort, convenience or service in the entire Orlando area."

The December episode runs throughout the month on the Traveling Golfer network of websites ... including The Golf Director Network (see full list of sites on travelinggolfervideo.com). It also will air on Monday, December 11 as part of the Press Box television show in Myrtle Beach, 5 to 7 p.m. on HTC Ch. 4. The Traveling Golfer also airs as a scheduled weekly feature show on NBC Sports and NBC Sports + throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. NBC Sports airings are 10:30 a.m. Sundays and 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. NBC Sports + airs the show at 6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

As part of every Traveling Golfer show there is the additional feature, "Tech Talk", hosted by Tour Edge Golf experts, such as President Dave Glod. With years of experience as a club maker, Glod presents an inside look at the research and development of high-quality golf equipment.

Responding to golfers' never-ending demands to learn more about interesting golf courses and golf resorts across the country and around the world, well-traveled host Tony Leodora created the Traveling Golfer so he could take viewers on video trips to some of the most exciting golf locations. The show repeated for the second straight year as the No. 1 Golf Television Show in America in the prestigious International Network of Golf Awards, presented at the PGA Merchandise Show in January.

The Traveling Golfer is a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has 16 years of experience in televised golf. The featured destination stays on the website for one month, before being replaced by a new show. The old shows are archived for continued viewing on the YouTube Network and on the home website, www.travelinggolfervideo.com.

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