Saturday, September 29, 2012

Pound Ridge Golf Club Offers Fall Golf Package

New York’s only Pete Dye-Design, Best-in-Class Hotel Combine for Perfect Autumn Golf Getaway

(POUND RIDGE, N.Y.) – Pound Ridge Golf Club – the Pete Dye-designed daily fee course 40 miles north of New York City – is offering a fall golf package with The Delamar Greenwich Harbor starting at $550 per person.

Appealing to discerning golfers and business travelers who “collect” the world’s most unique and compelling golf courses, the weekend stay-and-play deal is perfect for an autumn golf getaway. Peak fall foliage typically hits Westchester County between mid-October and early November.

“This is a spectacular season for golf in this region, and The Delamar Greenwich Harbor provides convenient access to the course and an unforgettable luxury experience,” says Pound Ridge Golf Club general manager Todd Leavenworth.

The Delamar Greenwich Harbor features 82 deluxe rooms and suites on the Harbor. Designed to evoke old world charm, it houses a full service spa by Elemis, 500 feet of private dock and an award-winning restaurant and bar, L'escale.

The package includes a Friday or Saturday night stay at the hotel and one round of golf. Rates start at $550 (single-occupancy) and $729 (double-occupancy). Guests also receive a $20 food and beverage credit, 10% off golf merchandise, breakfast, a bottle of champagne, and a private wine and cheese reception. For reservations:, 866.335.2627.

Guests enjoy tee time booking via concierge or hotel staff and transportation options (from shuttles to rental cars and limousines).

For more information about Pound Ridge Golf Club: visit, call 914.764.5771.


Friday, September 28, 2012

GoBe Introduces The Rebel Golf Shoe

The “Go Anywhere” Outsole Features 5-Point Star Traction

(Austin, Minn.) – GoBe Golf, a new golf footwear company, has introduced its new Rebel shoe. The Rebel leads the line of GoBe’s high performance footwear with a game-changing tread designed for ideal traction and maximum grip throughout the golf swing. GoBe’s innovative, patent-pending Talon tread sole design allows for superior traction on the course without the need for cleats for a “go anywhere” design. The Rebel features sophisticated styling in traditional earth tones.

“Our staff of top designers, technical engineers and PGA professionals built this shoe from the ground up to offer golfers maximum stability and comfort. We want golfers able to perform at their best,” said Joe Allen, President, GoBe Golf. “We engineered these shoes to be an essential part of a golfer’s equipment. We are golf experts focused on creating high performance footwear designed for the game.”

The Rebel outsole is a patent-pending Talon tread sole design that uses a molded 5-point star traction pattern to provide maximum grip throughout the golf swing. The points of each star grip the grass, creating superior traction without damaging the turf. The stars are strategically placed on the sole to keep dirt and debris from building up. The sole’s non-slip vertical and horizontal traction stripes complement the star treads and stabilize the golfer during the powerful motion of the swing. The Talon tread sole is made of single density, Grade A TPU, which is more durable than rubber, with as much flexible as rubber.

“Our two-year warranty on the sole is our commitment that GoBe shoes are made to perform well for a very long time,” said Allen.

GoBe’s PurTEC upper is specifically designed to be roughly 20 times more water resistant than treated leathers. It breathes, keeps its color and shape, resists stains and is extremely durable in hot or wet conditions.

The GoBe Dry shoe liner has a patent-pending interior moisture management system; with drainage channels, aeration holes at flex points and notches above the toe area to drain perspiration away from feet. The moisture-wicking fiber lining also aerates, and has anti-microbial and anti-odor properties to keep feet cool, dry and fresh. The liner has an EVA soft, core center for extra padding at the ball and heel of the foot to provide three times more shock absorption than a standard shoe liner.

To extend the life of their shoes, customers can order an additional pair of shoe liners at no charge through GoBe Golf footwear is built on a European last with a deep heel cup to keep the foot in place and a wide toe area for a natural, comfortable fit.

The Rebel is available in two color combinations − black with taupe accents and brown with taupe accents. The Rebel will be sold only through high-end resorts, golf course pro shops, and online at for a suggested retail of $159.

* GoBe PurTEC sports performance material is breathable, extremely durable, retains its color, and never shrinks or wrinkles
* PurTEC is roughly 20 times more water resistant than treated leather
* Gusseted tongue keeps water and debris out
* Cotton laces stay tied
* Metal eyelets help the upper keep its shape even when laces are pulled tight

* GoBe Dry shoe liner, with its moisture management system has drainage channels, aeration holes at flex points and notches above the toe area, so moisture drains away from feet
* Removable liner has a dual density EVA soft, core center for extra padding at ball and heel with three times more shock absorption than a standard shoe liner
* Moisture-wicking fiber provides anti-microbial and anti-odor properties to keep feet cool, dry and fresh
* Built on a European last with a deep heel cup to keep foot in place, and a wide toe area for a natural, comfortable fit

* Patent-pending Talon tread sole design, made of single density Grade A TPU, which is more durable than rubber, with the same bounce and flexibility as rubber
* 5-point star molded traction pattern to maximize grip
* Non-slip traction stripes stabilize the golfer from slipping during the swing motion
* Two-year warranty

Colors:  Black and taupe; brown and taupe
Suggested Retail: $159
Size Range: USA sizing 7 thru 13, Euro sizing 41 thru 47

For more information about GoBe Golf call 507.437.0058, or visit


Orlimar Introduces Montego Putter

Milled Face Putter Features 360 Degree Alignment Aid

(Flushing, Mich.) — Orlimar has introduced the Montego putter, a new precision-crafted milled mallet putter with a unique 360 degree alignment aid, resulting in improved form, accuracy and results.

“The Montego will appeal to golfers of all ability levels,” said Nigel Matthews, product development manager. “The milled putter face provides a soft feel and visual cues not only to help the golfer align the putter head to the target but also to ensure proper positioning over the ball. Consumers who have tested the putter find the alignment technology easy to use and very effective.”

The golfer simply aligns the three dimensional array of circles to achieve proper stance and alignment. The circle closest to the face is a cutout with an inset alignment circle; the golfer centers the inset circle within the perimeter of the cutout circle to ensure proper stance over the putter; the circular design ensures 360 degree alignment. The two split white circles provide both linear and spherical visual cues for proper putter alignment with the ball.

The Montego putter is a face-balanced, heel-shafted mallet, constructed of 304 stainless steel and has a head weight of 345 grams. The CNC milled-face putter provides a soft feel off the putter head and a more accurate roll. The perimeter-weighted Montego putter is available in 35 inches with a loft of 3 degrees and lie of 72 degrees.

The suggested retail for Montego is $149.99 and comes in right-handed only. The Montego putter is available Oct. 1.

For information on Orlimar call 888.502.4653, visit


Cleveland Golf Introduces 588 Forged RTG Wedge

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Cleveland Golf, the winners of more than 335 PGA TOUR events, including 26 majors, is extremely pleased to announce the launch of the new 588 Forged RTG wedge.

The 588 Forged RTG wedge maintains the popular, tour-proven shape of Cleveland Golf’s 588 Forged wedge and now features a dynamic sole grind. The dynamic sole grind’s material reduction on the back of the sole allows players to open the face with a lower leading edge for better contact on open-faced shots and maximum versatility around the green. The 588 Forged RTG wedge is available in an Oil Quench finish and will rust over time.  

Made from 1025 carbon steel, the 588 Forged RTG wedge offers golfers an incredibly soft yet solid feel and less unwanted vibration. The advanced Precision Forging process ensures the highest level of part-to-part manufacturing consistency for supreme confidence and trust over every shot. The 588 Forged RTG wedge’s Tour Zip Grooves and Laser Milled technology help to maximize spin in accordance with USGA regulations. The 588 Forged RTG wedge also features a True Temper Dynamic Gold shaft, a high-flex, tour-weight shaft designed for skilled players seeking a low, penetrating ball flight for optimum control and accuracy.

The 588 Forged RTG wedge is available in lofts of 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°, 62°, and 64°. All lofts except 62° and 64° are available in left-handed models.

Cleveland Golf’s 588 Forged RTG wedges are now shipping with a listed minimum advertised price of $139.99. For more information on Cleveland Golf/Srixon and their products, visit and


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tef Tee Introduces New 1.5" Tee for 2013

The revolutionary TEFLON coated TEF TEE from Tee Direct will be available in a 1.5" length for hybrid drives and par 3s starting in the spring of 2013. The new length will retail for $3.99 for a foil bag of 8 tees and merchandises in both the Retail and Green Grass Programs.

"Tour pros have been telling us from the start that they love our Teflon Technology on par 3s because of the added accuracy they get as a result of our reduced off center dispersion," said Greg MacKeen, President of Tee Direct Inc. "They also like the way the extra few yards distance helps fill the gap when they are in between clubs."

By virtually eliminating all frictional forces between the tee and the ball, TEF TEE golf tees allow the club to transfer energy more efficiently to the ball, and let the ball release easier. This reduces backspin and sidespin, resulting in longer, straighter tee shots.

Robotic tests at the industry's acclaimed Golf Laboratories, Inc. in Carlsbad, CA proved TEF TEE performance tees had 19% less off center dispersion and 6.5 yards more distance than wood tees.

The highly distinctive new white tees with the back head are showing up all over the leader-boards of tour events around the world, as more and more touring pros convert from wood tees. This renewed interest and credibility for performance tees is helping drive growth in the category.

When it comes to reducing friction and increasing driving distance, TEF TEE is surpassed by no one and recognized as the world leader in tee technology. Only TEF TEE delivers Greater Performance three ways:
1. Greater Distance & Accuracy thanks to our patent pending Teflon technology which results in the lowest friction between the tee and the ball, allowing more efficient transfer of energy from the club to the ball, as the ball releases from the tee surface with less backspin.
2. Greater Playability because the six prongs make it easier to balance the ball and the rigid shank inserts easily into even the hardest ground.
3. Greater Value because a single tee often last 5-6 rounds, or 15-20 times as long as wood tees, which also helps keep the courses litter free.

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Cobra Launches AMP Cell Drivers

One Driver - Six Settings - Four Fresh Colors

(CARLSBAD, CA) - COBRA Golf is bringing something juicy (again!) with the launch of the AMP CELL and AMP CELL Pro Drivers. Unlike any other driver available in the market, the AMP CELL and AMP CELL Pro Drivers feature COBRA's new breakthrough MyFly technology, allowing golfers to select from six different loft/trajectory settings (in one club) for optimized performance and distance based on a golfers' swing or weather and course conditions.

In addition to MyFly technology, COBRA is reaffirming its status as the first club manufacturer to offer a choice in color by creating the AMP CELL Driver in four fresh colors - Silver, Directoire Blue, Barbados Red and Vibrant Orange.

"The AMP CELL Driver offers golfers the adjustability, innovation, customization and choice they want but have not been able to get - until now," said Bob Philion, President. "We are taking adjustability to another level with our MyFly technology, offering 6 different loft/trajectory settings golfers can change to adapt to their swing or playing conditions. The technology combined with the color choice reaffirms COBRA's positioning as a performance driven brand infusing more joy into the game."

MyFly Technology offers a simple solution for golfers to optimize trajectory and distance. The AMP CELL Driver can be adjusted to the following lofts with a simple wrench; 8.5°, 9.5°, 9.5° Draw, 10.5°, 10.5° Draw and 11.5°; and the AMP CELL Pro can be adjusted to 7.5°, 8.5°, 8.5° Fade, 9.5°, 9.5° Fade and 10.5°. Golfers can now customize their club based on swing speed (higher lofts for slower swing speeds and lower lofts for faster swing speeds), weather (lower lofts to bring ball flight down on windy days) and course conditions (higher lofts for more carry).

The AMP CELL and AMP CELL Pro take adjustability a step further with SmartPad technology. Unlike other drivers that require a golfer to adjust the sole plate after adjusting loft for a square face, COBRA's proprietary SmartPad technology delivers a square face at address regardless of loft setting and still allows for workability to slightly open or close the face as desired.

COBRA's E9 Face TechnologyTM with dual roll is used in the AMP CELL and AMP CELL Pro Drivers for an elliptical face shape with a canted bulge and roll that improves distance and accuracy on mis-hits from heel to toe and above and below the centerline.

Advanced Material PlacementTM and Cell technology work together to enable a 12% larger elliptical E9 Face shape to deliver faster ball speeds and high MOI (moment of inertia) on mis-hits. The Cell technology saves and redistributes weight in a granular way and is visible on the drivers in the Cell band which wraps around to the crown. This wrap also visibly shows a golfer where the weight is distributed, with the AMP CELL Driver having a CG optimized for low-mid handicap players, the AMP CELL Pro using a lower, more neutral CG position for better players and the AMP CELL Offset have a heel-biased CG for slice correction.

Taking choice and customization one step further, COBRA is offering the AMP CELL Driver in four fresh colors; Directoire Blue, Silver, Vibrant Orange and Barbados Red. The AMP CELL Pro is offered in Vibrant Orange and Silver. The sole of the club features a curved Cell band in the featured color and the crown of the club is the solid featured color. In the AMP CELL, the white Fujikura Fuel shaft features an edgy paint splatter graphic.

The AMP CELL Driver is also available in an offset model designed to help tame a slice. The offset design offers the golfer more time to square the face at impact and provides more heel-biased weighting to help hit straighter drives. The AMP CELL Offset Driver features an MRC COBRA AMP Shaft and a Lamkin COBRA REL grip. The Offset model is Revolver Grey with hints of Barbados Red.

The COBRA AMP CELL Driver (MAP $299) is available in both right and left handed models with My Fly technology which allows any driver you purchase to be adjusted from 8.5° to 11.5° loft settings, including 9.5° and 10.5° draw settings. It is available in Stiff, Regular and Lite flexes and features a Fujikura Fuel shaft (60g S and R, 55g L and 45.75" length) and has a 460cc head.

The COBRA AMP CELL Pro Driver (MAP $399) is available in both right and left handed models with My Fly technology which allows any driver you purchase to be adjusted from 7.5° to 10.5° loft settings, including 8.5° and 9.5° fade settings. It features a MRC Kurokage shaft (65g and 45.25" length) and has a 440cc head.

The AMP CELL Offset Driver (MAP $249) is available in 10.5° in Stiff, Regular or Lite flexes for both right hand and left hand models. It is also available in a right hand 11.5° model in either Regular or Lite flexes.

The AMP CELL, AMP CELL Pro and AMP CELL Offset Drivers will be available at retail on February 8th, 2013. To find an authorized COBRA dealer near you, visit

The AMP CELL Driver is not alone in color or technology. AMP CELL Fairways and Hybrids also feature MyFly technology and are available in the same four colors while the AMP CELL Irons are a clean silver with hints of color. Learn more about the AMP CELL Family of products at


Paul Lawrie Commits His Future to Wilson Staff

European Tour star resigns with Wilson Staff on the eve of his second Ryder Cup appearance 

(CHICAGO) – European Tour star Paul Lawrie recommitted himself to a multi-year deal with Wilson Golf on the brink of representing Europe’s Ryder Cup team for a second time. He will continue to carry Wilson Staff irons in the Pro Tour bag, sport the branded cap and promote the brand in tournament play on a global basis. 

“Wilson Staff clubs have been central to me playing the best golf of my career and so I’m delighted to be able to commit to the brand once again,” commented Lawrie, who won the 1999 Open Championship with Wilson Staff irons but thereafter made an equipment switch. Upon returning to Wilson Staff irons and wedges three years ago, the Scotsman championed three European Tour tournaments: “Wilson Golf has won more Majors than any other brand and I would love to add another Major title to the list using my FG Tour irons – by far the best set of irons in terms of feel and performance that I’ve played.”

This comes at a culminating time as Wilson Staff will greet the Advisory Member as he competes this week in the Ryder Cup in Medinah, just fifteen miles from Wilson Golf’s global headquarters. Lawrie’s recent domination on the international golf scene, with a current 28th Official World Golf Ranking and two European Tour victories this year for a career total of eight, secured his placement on the 2012 European team. Lawrie debuted at the Ryder Cup in 1999, and finished the week with an impressive 3-1-1 record. 

As a global golf manufacturer approaching its 100th anniversary, Wilson Golf reflects upon the role it has played not only in Major tournaments but also in the historically-rich Ryder Cup. 

“The Staff brand has supported various Americans and Europeans battling for the Ryder Cup since the tournament initiated in 1926,” said Tim Clarke, General Manager of Wilson Golf. “We feel especially linked to this upcoming event because the venue is in our own backyard.” 

Both Wilson Golf corporate headquarters and its recently-renovated R&D facility are located in Chicago. It contains an archive of custom-fitting files dating back to its inception in 1914, including Ryder Cup contenders from Sam Snead to Padraig Harrington. 

“Wilson Staff is rooted in a strong history of success, and our current Tour support indicates more successes to come,” said Clarke. “By committing his immediate future to Wilson Staff, Lawrie’s expressing his faith in our ability to provide the best-performing clubs; it will be exciting for us to welcome him to our home soil and witness his hot streak first hand.”

Major Champions Entered in Open

Ten former major Champions, led by current British Open Champion Ernie Els, who also won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997, are committed to play in this years Open to be played Oct. 8-14 at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin.

In addition to Els, Open is proud to be hosting many other champions. Some of the other notables include:
* Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love who won the PGA Championship in 1997
* John Daly who won the PGA Championship in 1991 and British Open in 1995
* Angel Cabrera of Argentina who captured the U.S. Open in 2007 and Masters in 2009
* 1997 British Open Champion Justin Leonard
* 2003 British Open Champion Ben Curtis
* 2004 British Open Champion Todd Hamilton
* Mike Weir won the Masters in 2003, and the Fry's Electronics Open at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale in 2007
* Lee Janzen who has won two U.S. Opens, in 1993 at Baltusrol and in 1998 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco

1964 U.S. Open Champion Ken Venturi, a native of San Francisco, is this year's Honoree and will be at CordeValle all week.

Both 2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover and 2001 British Open Champion David Duval intended to play, but have been forced to withdraw due to injury.

Tournament Director Jeff Sanchez expects additional entries into the tournament prior to the Friday, October 5th deadline. Four additional spots in the field will be won in open qualifying at Bayonet Golf Course in Seaside on Monday, October 8th.

Launched in 2006, Open is an official PGA TOUR tournament. Proceeds from the Open are donated to local and national charities that are working to improve the lives of others.  The title sponsor Fry’s Electronics is a privately owned retailer with 34 nationwide locations headquartered in San Jose, California. Information is available on and find us on Facebook and Twitter.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Patriot Golf Day 2012 Continues Santee Success

(SANTEE, S.C.) – Lake Marion Golf Course raised more than $15,000 hosting its fourth-annual Patriot Golf Day Tournament in conjunction with the PGA of America, the club announced. Proceeds from the tournament are contributed to the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships to the spouses and children of service members disabled or killed as a result of their military service.

Lake Marion’s participation with Patriot Golf Day started in 2007 with a small container on the pro shop counter for golfers to donate at least $1 and has evolved into a very successful event spanning two days. After collecting a mere $19 the first year, the club decided it wanted to do more to help the Folds of Honor Foundation. The first tournament was organized in just three weeks in 2009 and raised $3,200. In 2010, the tournament raised $11,500 and nearly $14,000 last year.

In 2012, interest increased so dramatically —350 players participated during the Labor Day weekend — that the club had to host three separate shotgun tournaments, which also included VFW opening ceremonies to the flag, prizes, silent auction and cookout for all shotguns and a raffle with over $3,000 in products given away.

The end result was a donation of nearly $15,000 to the Foundation thanks to nearly 100 businesses and groups providing sponsorships and product donations, and more than 30 volunteers from VFW, Kiwanis Club and other local businesses.

Sparked by the vision and dedication of Major Dan Rooney, former F-16 fighter pilot, PGA Golf Professional and USGA member, Patriot Golf Day has spurred golfers nationwide to contribute more than $12.8 million during the past five years for scholarships awarded to spouses and children of our military men and women killed or disabled while serving. Patriot Golf Day raised a record $3.9 million in 2011.

Captain Rooney felt that a small sacrifice has the potential to make a huge difference in the lives of surviving family members of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. To Rooney, golf was the natural choice to achieve such a lofty goal on a national scale — and he has proven prophetic. No other sport enjoys such participation on a daily basis as golf —sheer numbers that make possible raising substantial amounts of money.


Golfing World on Tiger Woods

He's the greatest player of his generation and perhaps of all time, but when it comes to The Ryder Cup, Tiger Woods has often failed to roar. Here is our guide to the good, the bad and the ugly of Tiger at the Ryder Cup.  Click here to watch

How many points will Tiger contribute to the team this time? Medinah Country Club is a course that he's had alot of success on in the past. Click here to see a preview of the course and the changes made since his two USPGA Championship triumphs.

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UST Mamiya Adds Club Champion to TourSPX Dealer Network

(Fort Worth, TX) - UST Mamiya, maker of the world's finest carbon fiber golf club shafts has partnered with Club Champion to offer exclusive TOURSPX shafts. The TOURSPX program is designed for the world's best fitters and allows Club Champion to fit their customers with UST Mamiya's latest generation of Tour Exclusive and Prototype shafts. This partnership will allow UST Mamiya to reach new customers in Illinois and Pennsylvania.

"We are excited to add another partner to our TOURSPX Dealer network," said Jamie Pipes, Director of TOURSPX Operations. "Club Champion is a well-known fitting center and we are excited to add them to our TOURSPX Dealer network. We look forward to our partnership with Club Champion."

"TOURSPX shafts are hand-selected and come individually tested and serial numbered to ensure the highest quality," said Matt Siegel, Vice President Sales and Marketing. "The combination of flexes and weights, coupled with the fact that you can only find the TOURSPX line at select dealers across the country makes this an exciting addition to our shaft offering."

Club Champion is a Golf Digest Top 100 Club Fitter. They are a custom club fitter and builder of premium golf clubs. Their mission is to help people enjoy the game of golf even more by improving their equipment to fit their game.

Club Champion currently has three locations in the Chicagoland area located in Willowbrook, Northfield and downtown Chicago in the River North area. Club Champion's Philadelphia market location is located in Bala Cynwyd, PA, to conveniently serve the entire Delaware Valley.

To learn more about UST Mamiya products, visit


adidas Golf and Ashworth Showcase Exclusive Footwear to Commemorate the Ryder Cup

USA and European Team Footwear to be Worn by PGA Tour Athletes Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, and Sergio Garcia among others

WHAT: adidas Golf and Ashworth announced that PGA Tour staff players will wear custom-made adidas Golf and Ashworth Ryder Cup footwear in celebration of their country throughout the Ryder Cup event.

adidas Golf staff player Sergio Garcia will be wearing Europe’s yellow- and blue-colored crossflex footwear, along with Peter Hanson in the TOUR360 ATV and Martin Kaymer in the adipure shoe.  Supporting the American team, Dustin Johnson, will wear red, white and blue TOUR360 ATV footwear, while Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker showcase the adipure version.

Ashworth athlete Justin Rose will debut the European Cardiff models in white and black with yellow and blue accents.

WHEN: Through Sept. 30, 2012
WHERE: Ryder Cup - Medinah (Ill.) Country Club

WHO: adidas Golf and Ashworth athletes wearing custom Ryder Cup footwear to commemorate the Ryder Cup including: Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Peter Hanson and Brandt Snedeker.


Titleist Performance Institute Spotlights Future of Golf Health and Fitness at 2012 World Golf Fitness Summit

Golf Fitness Academy
Biennial Event Takes Place Oct. 11-13 in Orlando, Fla.

(FAIRHAVEN, Mass.) – Golf's leading health, fitness and coaching experts from around the world will gather next month in Orlando, Fla., for the fourth biennial World Golf Fitness Summit hosted by the Titleist Performance Institute.

The World Golf Fitness Summit (WGFS), taking place Oct. 11-13 at the JW Marriott Orlando Hotel Grande Lakes, is a three-day educational conference that provides an exclusive opportunity for those training, healing and coaching golfers to learn about the trends, technologies and techniques that are shaping golf's future.
Hosting the event are Dr. Greg Rose and Dave Phillips, co-founders of the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). Since the doors opened in 2003, Rose and Phillips have developed TPI into the leader in elite player development by combining Titleist's fitting expertise with groundbreaking health and fitness programs to help all players achieve their specific goals. Rose and Phillips also host the television program “Golf Fitness Academy,” which has run on Golf Channel for eight seasons.

"Now more than ever, golf fitness and health are being talked about in golf circles. While you don't have to be fit to play golf, it certainly sets the bar for how good you can become," said Phillips.

"The World Golf Fitness Summit brings together the best trainers, instructors and health professionals to discuss practical applications that all golfers can use to enhance their ability to play the game for a lifetime."

Complete details and registration info can be found on the TPI website at

More than 500 golf health and fitness professionals from 18 countries attended the last WGFS in 2010. This year's event promises to even bigger, with nearly 50 industry experts scheduled to speak over the three days.

TPI-certified instructors Claude Harmon III and Mark Blackburn are amongst the host of world-class presenters that have worked with golfers of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to major champions.

Below is a sampling of other presenters and topics that will be covered at the WGFS:

• Chris Noss, who has worked as a conditioning coach with professional golfers for over 20 years, will speak on "The Weekly Progression: Training Your Weekend Golfer Like a Pro." Noss, who currently works with such PGA Tour players as Rickie Fowler and Zach Johnson, is the owner of Motion Performance Group, a sports specific testing and conditioning company.

• Andrew Fischer, a golf fitness instructor on the PGA Tour who works with Masters champion Bubba Watson, will present the topic "Motivating a Master –Bubba Watson." Fischer, a registered massage therapist, specializes in golf conditioning, injury prevention and soft tissue rehabilitation.

• Ben Shear, a golf-specific fitness expert whose clients include PGA Tour players Luke Donald, Webb Simpson, Kyle Stanley and Tim Clark, will host a presentation entitled "TIGHTNESS." Shear is the Director of Performance Training at his own facility (Ben Shear Golf) in New Jersey. He also works on the PGA Tour as Head Strength and Conditioning and Biomechanics expert for Back 9 Tour Services.

A full list of presenters and topics can be found at the following link:


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Antigua Tour Staff Player Stacy Lewis Wins Navistar Classic

(PEORIA, ARIZ.) - The Antigua Group, Inc. - one of the nation's leading designers and marketers of genuine sports apparel under its Antigua brand congratulates Stacy Lewis, Antigua Tour Staff Player, on her victory at the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, Alabama.

Stacy Lewis finished the final round at 3-under 69, two strokes better than defending champion Lexi Thompson to earn her fourth LPGA title. The win also increased her advantage to 56 points in the race for Rolex player of the year. The Navistar Classic win marks Lewis's third LPGA Tour victory in 2012.

"We're very proud of Stacy and her outstanding performance at the Navistar Classic," says Ron McPherson, President and CEO of Antigua. "Stacy is having an incredible year on the LPGA Tour and having her wear our 2012 Antigua Performance Apparel on the tour is a great honor, as well as showcase for us."

Antigua Performance Apparel for the 2012 season combines outstanding quality, style and value. The new line once again exemplifies why the Antigua brand is one of the nation's leading designers and marketers of genuine golf and sports apparel.

For more information, visit


Club Glove Caddy Towel Delivered to U.S. Ryder Cup Team

Golf’s Original and Best Microfiber Towel Joins Last Bag, TRS Ballistic Luggage and Stiff Arm Device as Preferred Gear of Team USA

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Club Glove – a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of premium golf bags, club covers, travel bags, accessories and luggage – confirms its renowned microfiber Caddy Towel has been ordered and will be used in competition by the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

The Caddy Towel continues to be the top choice of the game’s elite, thanks to a unique, contoured surface that’s strong enough to remove dirt from the club face and sunblock from a golfer’s hands, yet gentle enough to safely clean eyeglasses. It joins Club Glove’s Last Bag XL, TRS Ballistic Check-in XL and Stiff Arm Device as gear chosen by Team USA for the upcoming international competition.

“Captain Davis Love III has been a long time user of the Caddy Towel and wanted to ensure that each player on the American side could reap its benefits at Medinah,” says company founder Jeff Herold. “Tour players worldwide trust this exceptional product to keep their clubs clean and hands gripping properly when tournaments are on the line.”

Featuring more than 5 million yards of microfiber strands, each towel can hold 300 percent its weight in water. Easily recognizable on televised PGA Tour broadcasts due to its waffle texture and contrasting stitched trim, the pro-sized Caddy Towel is available in a tandem package with a Pocket Towel that comes as a gift with purchase. A $10 value, the Pocket Towel measures 8 by 12 inches and is perfectly unobtrusive in a back pocket. Club Glove also offers a customizable 16 by 24 inch Cart Towel, available for corporate sales.

Golf’s original and best microfiber towel was introduced in 2006 and rapidly gained a loyal following among players who favored its ultra-lightweight, super absorbent and virtually lint free design. The Caddy Towel is vastly preferred over all competitors by thousands of the finest public and private facilities nationwide, including Sports Authority, Golf Galaxy, Golfsmith, PGA Tour Superstores, Edwin Watts, Academy Sports and Worldwide Golf.

This marks the eighth time Club Glove has in some capacity outfitted the U.S. Ryder Cup team. The company – whose travel gear is used by more than 90 percent of PGA Tour players, according to Darrell Survey – created custom, personalized versions of its bags for each recipient.

Honored by Golf World magazine as one of the game’s “10 Best Innovations,” the Last Bag is the No. 1 golf travel bag brand at all PGA and Champions Tour events. It is perfectly complemented by the Stiff Arm Device, a fully adjustable, three-piece telescoping crutch that is slightly longer than the longest club in the bag, protecting clubs and shafts while nearly eliminating all risk of breakage.

Crafted to ensure trip preparation is a stress-free process, the TRS Ballistic Check-in XL features five packing modules for easy, wrinkle free clothing and accessories organization. With its unique rigid, yet soft-sided design, the luggage carries dimensions never before seen in the industry. Extremely functional and durable, all pieces in the collection are U.S. woven with military-spec INVISTA CORDURA 1050 denier Ballistic Nylon fabric for unmatched abrasion and tear resistance. Available in all black or a fashionable two-tone black and bronze color scheme, the line consists of Backpack ($349), Shoulder Bag ($349), Carry-on ($699), Check-in ($750) and Check-in XL ($799) bags.

When used as a set, travelers can take advantage of Club Glove’s renowned, patent-pending Train Reaction system. This allows users to quickly and easily connect bags and drastically reduces the amount of effort needed to pull or push gear by creating a perfect center of gravity and weightless feel.
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More information: or 800.736.4568.


CHAMP Spikes Used by Winner of TOUR Championship, FedExCup

Company's Innovative Traction Technology Continues to Dominate Professional Golf

(MARLBOROUGH, MA) – CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide – The World Leader in Sport Cleat Technology and maker of innovative CHAMP spikes, high-performance golf tees and accessories – confirms its popular Zarma spikes were used by the 2012 FedExCup champion en route to his win at the TOUR Championship, according to Darrell Survey.

Securing his fourth career PGA Tour title and second of the season, the winner trusted the Zarma  model’s unique Lotus technology, which softens the impact of walking by reducing spike pressure to create a more comfortable experience. Additionally, six other top-10 finishers at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club relied on CHAMP spikes.

“It’s no surprise that so many of the world’s best players selected our products to help them maximize performance during one of the year’s most important events,” says Harris MacNeill, President and CEO of CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide. “We offer a large variety of cleat options to suit all preferences, with each engineered to provide incredible traction, stability and comfort.”

The #1 Brand on Tour, CHAMP spikes were used by three of the four major winners in 2012 and have been trusted by the champion at 30 of the past 40 majors.

Beyond the cleat category, the company offers a wide range of products. These include the recently launched MyHite Zarma FLYtee. Drawing from MacNeill Engineering’s unrivalled 80-year heritage, the FLYtee line has quickly become one of the most-used tees by leading professionals worldwide. Made with durable, environmentally-friendly materials, its six-pronged head and shallow cup reduces friction, increases distance and improves accuracy.

With more than 100 active distributors, CHAMP is the world’s largest manufacturer of replaceable spikes. The company produces more than 140 million spikes annually and is the dominant global brand in football, soccer, golf, baseball, cricket, rugby and other sports.

For more information:, 1-800-OK-CHAMP.


Special Fall Golf Getaway Packages in Mississippi Now Available

New Ownership for Gulf Coast Courses; Hard Rock Biloxi to Add Hotel Tower

(JACKSON, Mississippi) – While golf season is fading away in many parts of North America, it’s prime time in Mississippi, where temperate fall and winter weather, excellent courses and value-laden packages make the Magnolia State a highly desirable players’ choice.

A wide variety of course designs – more than 170 – and price points are currently available throughout the state’s five distinct regions (Delta, Hills, Pines, Capital/River, Coastal). Below are two fall stay-and-play packages representative of the deals offered in Mississippi.

Tunica National Golf & Tennis
Located less than 30 minutes from Memphis, Tunica has been dubbed the “South’s Casino Capital” because of its many casino venues. But it has great golf options too, including Tunica National’s Weekday Golf Package.
* Two-night stay at one of Tunica’s world-class casinos
* Two rounds of golf
* Two lunches at Murphy's Bar and Grill
* Price: $200 per player (Monday through Thursday), $280 (Weekends)
Rates are based on double occupancy and are for groups of eight or more. Taxes are not included. For reservations or more information, call 1.866.833.6331 or visit

Dancing Rabbit Golf Club
Designed by Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate, Dancing Rabbit's Azaleas and Oaks courses have both been ranked as elite courses nationally by top golf publications and are located adjacent to massive Pearl River Resort. The Casino Hotel Golf Package includes:
* A round of golf (including cart) at either The Oaks or The Azaleas Course
* One night accommodation at the Golden Moon Casino Hotel or the Silver Star Casino Hotel
* Breakfast for two
* Price: $163 (Monday through Thursday), $239 (Weekends) per golfer, per night
For reservations or more information call 1.866.44PEARL (1.866.447.3275) or visit

For more information or to schedule a visit to Mississippi, go to or call toll-free 1-866-801-8551.

Gulf Coast Golf Courses Sold
Shell Landing Golf Club and Mississippi National Golf Club – both in Gautier, less than one mile from the Gulf Coast – will remain locally owned after a group with strong ties to the area purchased the two popular public-access courses last week.

The group consists of Kenny Smith, owner of Coldwell Banker in Gautier, Attorney Michael Fondren, a judge in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Arlin Mallette, vice president of Mallette Brothers Construction in Gautier, and Kenny Hughes, the current general manager and head professional at Shell Landing who will now manage both courses.

Shell Landing was recently listed No. 5 on GOLF Magazine’s biennial “2012 Best Courses You Can Play" Best-in-State rankings. The Davis Love III-design opened in 2000 to rave reviews and will remain affiliated with the nearby IP Casino Resort Spa.

Mississippi National – which opened as Hickory Hill in 1965 – is an Earl Stone design. The course has hosted numerous big-name events, including the Nationwide Tour and State Amateurs. The new ownership plans to restore the course’s original name.

Hard Rock Casino Hotel & Casino Biloxi Announces Expansion
Hard Rock Casino Hotel & Casino Biloxi, located overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, is building a new 12-story hotel tower. The expansion – expected to be completed in late 2013 – will be built around the existing pool and will include 140 standard guest rooms and 14 suites with balconies and the rock-and-roll theme typically found at Hard Rock hotels.

In addition to live casino gaming and a poker room, Hard Rock Casino Hotel & Casino Biloxi also features five restaurants, a full-service spa and fitness center, and regularly draws big-name concerts and events.

Golf Stay-and-Play packages are offered at the Hard Rock and include accommodations and golf at a number of area courses, including The Bridges, Diamondhead, Grand Bear, Mississippi National, Pass Christian, The Preserve, Shell Landing, Sunkist, The Oaks and Windance.

The rates also include a $10 food credit per day, one drink voucher to the Center Bar, and a Rock Spa Pass that allows access to the fitness room, steam room, sauna and co-ed hot tub.

For reservations or more information, contact the concierge 1-877-877-6256 or e-mail


Monday, September 24, 2012

G-Mac Signs for, Enter to Win

As the Ryder Cup begins and you think of the players competing in it, one name quickly comes to mind, Graeme McDowell. With his fiery performance at the last Ryder Cup and his classy style on tour, it is no wonder that Kartel teamed up with Graeme to create G-Mac by Kartel, a collection of premium sophisticated golf apparel and accessories that launched in January 2012. launched the G-Mac collection and offers a great giveaway. Graeme was nice enough to autograph pictures for the site of himself in his new collection. Three framed, autographed pictures will be given away, so be sure to head to by Oct. 1 and enter to win. No purchase necessary.


Snedeker's Double Dip

Tour Championship Win Delivers Golf's Premier Prize - The FedEx Cup
(Covington, Ga.) — Continuing the best season of his professional golf career, Brandt Snedeker doubled-up with the TOUR B330 golf ball to command a three-shot victory at the 2012 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola on Sunday and capture the coveted FedEx Cup.

Snedeker negotiated the storied East Lake Golf Club in metro Atlanta in 10-under par, recording rounds of 68-70-64-68. With the win, the biggest of his career, Snedeker also captured the 2012 FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus that comes with it.  Snedeker’s TOUR Championship win marks the fourth PGA TOUR title of his career. Together, the wins delivered $11.44 million for the week and a season total of $14,989,739.

In his victory, Snedeker relied on Bridgestone’s TOUR B330 golf ball, J40 Cavity Back Irons and J40 Black Oxide Wedges.

Brandt’s Bridgestone Arsenal
* 2012 TOUR B330 Golf Ball
* J40 Cavity Back Irons (4-PW)
* J40 Satin Chrome Wedges (52 and 56 degrees)

Snedeker finished the week ranked #1 in Birdies (20), #1 in Stroked-Gained-Putting (1.676), #2 in Driving Accuracy (66%), #2 in Putts Per Round (27.5) and T7 in Greens-In-Regulation (69.4%). After an early final round double bogey, Snedeker relied on the increased consistency and spin performance of the TOUR B330 and the precision shot-making of the J40 Cavity Back irons to bounce back and card four birdies down the stretch.

“The new dual dimples on the cover of the B330 ball allows it to perform great in the wind,” said Snedeker. “Even in the blustery conditions at East Lake, I had confidence in firing at pins coming down the stretch, because the ball holds its line so well.”

“Brandt has turned in one incredible year, and we’re just glad that we could play a small part in it,” said Dan Murphy, Vice President of Marketing – Bridgestone Golf, Inc. “To have our first FedEx Cup Champion is amazing and for him to seal-the-deal here, in Bridgestone’s hometown of Atlanta, just makes it even more special.”

Snedeker’s victory at the TOUR Championship combined with FedEx Cup award gives him a total earnings windfall of $11,144,000, vaulting him into first place on the 2012 PGA TOUR Money List and into the Top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career.

Brandt Snedeker’s impressive performance at East Lake this weekend makes for a fitting exclamation point on the Bridgestone Golf Tour Team’s 2012 season to remember.  The 2012 season featured victories on all four major professional golf tours (PGA TOUR, CHAMPIONS, Web.Com, and LPGA), and now Bridgestone Golf players currently hold three of the most prestigious titles in golf (2012 PLAYERS Championship, 2012 TOUR Championship and 2012 FedEx Cup Champ.)  In addition, this week, Bridgestone Tour team members, Davis Love III, Fred Couples, Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker will all play a part in the United States team’s effort to to regain the Ryder Cup.  Below is a rewind of the Bridgestone Tour team’s most memorable moments from the 2012 season.

- Davis Love III named 2012 Ryder Cup Captain
- Fred Couples and Nick Price named 2013 Presidents Cup Captains
- 2012 Farmer’s Insurance Open Winner – Brandt Snedeker
- 2012 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Winner – Fred Couples
- 2012 LPGA Lotte Championship Winner – Ai Miyazato
- 2012 Stadion Classic at UGA Winner – Hudson Swafford
- 2012 PLAYERS Championship Winner – Matt Kuchar
- 2012 Wal-Mart NW Arkansas Championship Winner – Ai Miyazato
- 2012 The Senior Open Championship Winner – Fred Couples
- 2012 Safeway Classic Winner – Mika Miyazato
- 2012 TOUR Championship Winner – Brandt Snedeker
- 2012 FedEx Cup Winner – Brandt Snedeker
- Fred Couples Named 2013 World Golf Hall of Fame Inductee

Visit to see Bridgestone Golf’s entire 2012 Tour Team and to view the complete lineup of new products.


adidas Golf Tour Staff Professional Brandt Snedeker Wins TOUR Championship, FedEx Cup

Snedeker Wins TOUR Championship to claim the title as the 2012 FedEx Cup Champion wearing adidas Golf adiPURE Footwear

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – adidas Golf Tour Staff Professional Brandt Snedeker breaks away from the field during the fourth round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola to bring home the trophy resulting as the champion of the FedEx Cup.

After four grueling weeks competing for the coveted FedEx Cup title, Snedeker began the TOUR Championship in fifth position and finished hot with a 2-under 68. Leading into Sunday tied for the lead with Justin Rose, Snedeker posted an even front nine followed by birdies on the 13th, 15th and 17th taking him to a 4-shot lead into the last hole over Rose.  Despite tight-lies and high wind conditions, Snedeker  finished with a remarkable 10-under for the week bringing home the two victories.

Four PGA Tour wins and a FedEx Cup title completes Snedeker’s resume leading into the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois.  The adidas Golf staff professional wore adiPURE footwear through the four-rounds of the FedEx Cup


Boxgroove Adds Vasari Country Club

(BELLEVUE, Wash.) – Boxgroove (, an inventive, reliable online network offering golfers the opportunity to play private golf courses of their choosing, has added Vasari Country Club in Bonita Springs, Fla., to the selection of private courses Boxgroove members can play.

"When Boxgroove members travel for vacation or business in southwest Florida, they will enjoy an outstanding round of golf at Vasari Country Club," said McRedmond Morelli, founder and CEO of Boxgroove. "Players will find themselves surrounded by lush natural Florida scenery as they negotiate each inviting hole."

Vasari Country Club, which opened in 2002, is a premier private member-owned bundled golf community in southwest Florida. Designed by architect Gordon Lewis and redesigned by architect Billy Fuller, Vasari Country Club offers a championship 18-hole golf course winding between beautiful nature preserves and pristine lakes. The layout features fast undulating greens to ensure an exceptional putting surface. Vasari challenges even the most experienced players, but the multiple sets of tees allow golfers of all skill levels to have an enjoyable round.

"We're excited to be able to offer Boxgroove to our members; having this program adds extra value to our membership," said Tim Harris, PGA Director of Golf at Vasari Country Club. "Because we are in south Florida, a lot of our members leave for three or four months during the summer, giving them the opportunity to play Boxgroove quality private courses throughout the country at any time.

"It also gives us the chance to add some revenue during those slow months when Boxgroove participants play here. It's a win-win all the way around."


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Harbour Town's 18th One Of Golf Magazine's 'Best 18 Holes'

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) - The famed 18th hole on Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort is one of GOLF Magazine's "Best 18 Holes," showcased at, the magazine's online portal.

The scenic, par-4 closer on the iconic Pete Dye design joins the world's most acclaimed holes including the dramatic cliff-to-cliff par-3 16th of Cypress Point, No. 17 on the Old Course at St. Andrews with its notorious "Road Hole Bunker," the splendid 18th of Pebble Beach Golf Links along Carmel Bay, and classic No. 9 of Royal County Down in Northern Ireland.

With the eminent red- and white-striped lighthouse standing sentinel behind the green and mesmerizing Calibogue Sound flanking the entire left side, the 472-yard two-shotter caps a layout famed golf writer Dan Jenkins once said is "nothing short of a work of art." Golfweek's Brad Klein says, "It's one of the most innovative and revolutionary designs in the history of golf architecture."

"For more than 40 years, the best players in the game have had to negotiate the perils of Harbour Town's 18th to hoist the winner's trophy of the PGA TOUR's RBC Heritage," says Cary Corbitt, director of sports division. "We're honored to be included among game's greatest holes and encourage golfers to visit Sea Pines to have a go at No. 18 and the entire Pete Dye masterpiece."

For more information about the resort and its wide-variety of golf packages:, 866.561.8802.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Circling Raven Golf Club Offering Special Stay-and-Play Rates beginning Oct. 1

Packages Include Accommodations in New, Upscale Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel Expansion

(WORLEY, ID) – Circling Raven Golf Club – named the No. 1 public-access course in Idaho and perennially a “Top-100” course in America by GOLF, Golf Digest and Golfweek magazines – is introducing value-laden “shoulder season” packages, beginning Oct. 1.

The special stay-and-play rate starts at $199 and includes two 18-hole rounds, cart with GPS, use of the 25-acre practice facility and one night accommodation (double occupancy) in the new Spa Tower at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel. The resort – owned and operated by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe – unveiled a massive expansion last year that features nearly 100 opulent guest rooms, a gourmet steakhouse and a full-service spa and fitness center. In addition, the Red Tail Bar & Grill – named after the ever-present bird-of-prey that often circles above the region – opened this summer.

“The playing conditions at Circling Raven are exceptional as we head into the final stages of the golf season and we look forward to our golfers taking advantage of these value-laden, stay-and-play rates,” said Circling Raven Director of Golf Tom Davidson, PGA. “The opening of the Red Tail Bar & Grill is just one of the many amenities we’ve recently added as we continue to provide a first-class experience for all of our resort guests.”

The $199 rate is good Monday through Thursday from Oct. 1 through the end of the golf season on Oct. 22. The rate for Friday and Saturday is $249. Additional rounds of golf are available Monday through Thursday for $55 and $65 on Friday through Sunday.

Residing on 620 acres of pristine wetlands, grassy plains and natural forests in the Idaho panhandle, Circling Raven has been honored with virtually every "best-of" award in golf since its first full season in 2004. The Gene Bates design is also regularly ranked as one of the best casino courses in America and Circling Raven and Davidson were named 2010 National PGA Merchandiser of the Year by the PGA of America in the resorts category.

For complete information and playing options, or to book tee times, visit or call 1-800-523-2464. Also, please visit to sign up for the Bear Paw E-News Blast to receive the latest news and offers from the Coeur d’Alene Casino and Circling Raven.

“Golf For The Cure” Tournament Tees Off at Circling Raven Oct. 22 
Circling Raven will host a “Golf For The Cure” tournament on the final day of the golf season Oct. 22.

The event – which begins at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start – will benefit breast cancer awareness. The cost is $80 per golfer and includes a round of 18 holes, cart with GPS, lunch, a tee prize, and a chance to win on-course prizes donated by vendors such as Titleist and Ping.

For more information call the Circling Raven Pro Shop at 1-800-523-2464.


Friday, September 21, 2012

Saturday is Moving Day on the PGA Tour

Will Tiger Contend over the weekend?
Saturday is often referred to as "Moving Day" on the PGA Tour. Basically, players who made the cut position themselves for a final run at the title.

It wasn't long ago that you'd see Tiger Woods make his move - rising to the top of the leaderboard for what seemed like a Tour de France ceremonial final day. After all, if Tiger was in the lead, he wasn't going to falter and nobody would dream of overtaking the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of all Time).

I won't rehash the personal turmoil, but it is very evident that there's quite a bit of professional turmoil with which to deal. Hard to believe someone who has won three times on Tour this year - and not against "pushover fields," either - would be scrutinized for weekend play, but look no further than the Majors, which Tiger covets the most, to see how he's faltered. He has put himself in position to win, but stumbled over the weekend to finish back in the pack.

We may be a bit premature in penning this column as Tiger has yet to reach the back nine in Round 2. Heck, he may wait until Sunday to implode - rendering "Moving Day" irrelevant. Let's just assume Tiger remains on the first page of the leaderboard through today's play. I know American Golfer - and millions of other fans - will be glued to the TV tomorrow. And college football will have some stiff competition. If Tiger passes this test, the NFL will have its hands full Sunday, too.

Is it too much to ask for Tiger and Rory McElroy to be paired in Sunday's final twosome? Probably, but our fingers are crossed. If Tiger is in contention, the sport of golf will take center stage.

Have an opinion or prediction, e-mail American Golfer.


Ornaments by Malcolm DeMille Add Elegant Touch to Holiday Season

The holidays are just around the corner. Time to stock up with logo ornaments for your pro shop, special events and other gift needs. Choose from an array of metal finishes, and glass shapes. Show your thoughtfulness with a custom gift by Malcolm DeMille.

Through October 31, Malcolm DeMille is offering 20% off when purchasing 10 or more ornaments. Contact the company for more information about any gift and award needs.

For more information, visit


Troon Selected to Manage Clarksville Country Club

Premiere private club nestled in the hills of middle Tennessee

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) - Troon, the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce it has been selected to manage Clarksville Country Club, located in Clarksville, Tenn. just 40 miles northwest of Nashville.

Nestled amongst the rolling hills of middle Tennessee, and shaded by the region's mighty oak and blooming dogwood trees, sits Clarksville Country Club as a fixture of the Clarksville community. Its 18-hole, par 72 golf course has earned nationwide respect, hosting both Tennessee Golf Association tournaments and United States Golf Association qualifier events. Golf at Clarksville Country Club is always a unique and entertaining experience, providing an ideal escape from the bustling city. Portions of the course line the clay banks of the Red River, featuring rolling hills, undulating topography, testing greens, and tree-lined fairways.

"Clarksville Country Club is an exciting addition to our portfolio," said John Easterbrook, executive vice president of operations, Troon. "We are confident that combining the club's amenities and charming character with the skill and expertise of Troon Privé, our private club operations division, will result in an extraordinary experience for members and guests."

Dedicated to consistently providing members, their families, and guests with unparalleled service and superior experiences, Clarksville Country Club continually strives to offer the Clarksville area an ideal home away from home. Established in 1913, Clarksville Country Club has long been a venue for golf activities and social gatherings. Its pristine course and charming clubhouse make any golf outing and social event a truly memorable occasion. The club also features a driving range open year-around with a large practice green and bunker and short-game training area; five exceptional dining facilities, three of which offer exquisite views of the course; fitness room, lounging and leisure pool with adjacent, fully-functional pool house; and two hard-surface tennis courts.

"Our goal has always been to deliver premium hospitality to our members, and serve as an integral part of our community," says Board Chairman John Manning. "After a comprehensive and exhaustive investigation, it became clear that hiring Troon Privé would give Clarksville Country Club the best chance of success for improving our member experience, while simultaneously ensuring a vibrant future."

For details about Clarksville Country Club call 931-647-5674 or visit For more on Troon Privé, visit


Wishon Golf Introduces New Putter Designs

The S2R Series putters feature precision heel/toe blade style with CNC milled face and sole in five design options.

Features include:
* Five different TWGT heel/toe putter designs, each with CNC milled face and sole for precision.
* Double CNC milled face for precision face flatness to ensure accuracy.
* Unique CNC milled sole provides a narrow, flat, center sole surface for accuracy in the address position, with a milled, elevated leading and trailing edge to eliminate "scuffing" the putter on the green during the stroke.
* S2R models 1 and 3 designed with conventional hosel to accept straight 0.370″ putter shafts; S2R models 2, 4 and 5 designed with no hosel to accept either single bend or double bend 0.370″ putter shafts.
* S2R Model 1 is available in RH and LH , in dark platinum nickel plating finish, also in matte non-glare white in RH. S2R models 2, 3, 4, 5 available in RH only in dark platinum nickel plating finish only.

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

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

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

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


Sun Mountain ClubGlider Wins Hot List Gold

(Missoula, Montana) – Sun Mountain is proud to announce that its ClubGlider Meridian golf travel bag was awarded Hot List Gold by the editors of Golf Digest magazine. The next evolution in golf travel bags, ClubGlider is the only golf travel bag that offers extendable legs and wheels to support 100% of the weight, while eliminating the repeated bending and lifting required with traditional travel bags.

ClubGlider is available in three different models – Pro, Meridian, and the Journey – offering protection for golfers ranging from weekend warriors to touring professionals. This story from the September issue of Golf Digest magazine is on newsstands now. All three models of ClubGlider are in golf shops with retail prices of $319, $299, and $209, respectively. For the retailer nearest you call 800-227-9224 or visit

ClubGlider literally glides from parking lot to luggage counter and back again with retractable legs that easily extend and then tuck away securely for travel. And, thanks to the maneuverability of ClubGlider’s pivoting wheels, walking around is effortless. ClubGlider offers all or more of the protection and storage space of a traditional golf travel bag while eliminating the heavy lifting and constant bending normally required to get through the airport.

New for 2012, the ClubGlider Journey offers the same benefits as the other ClubGlider models and is smaller and lighter thanks to a more tapered design. While being more compact, ClubGlider Journey still offers ample space for golf bag, golf clubs, and golf shoes. ClubGlider Journey is constructed from 1200 denier fabric as compared to the ballistic-type nylon used on the Meridian and Pro models. And new for 2013, Journey is available in a wide assortment of colors and patterns.

Making the cut from over 1,000 entrants in the Golf Channel “Fore Inventors Only” reality show, ClubGlider was named one of five finalists in this search for the next great golf invention. Following a successful introduction, Sun Mountain increased the offering to include additional models. ClubGlider Meridian is the new name for the original ClubGlider. ClubGlider Pro is the largest of the three models made to accommodate tour players oversized staff bags or two lightweight carry bags. ClubGlider Journey is a smaller and lighter version.

Benefits of ClubGlider include legs that support 100% of the weight, eliminating on average over 22 pounds of pressure from the golfer’s shoulders and back. ClubGlider can also be loaded while standing, eliminating the need to bend all the way over as with other travel bags. Additionally, with the ClubGlider, the repeated bending and lifting while waiting in line is a thing of the past. Plus, ClubGlider can support additional luggage, freeing the traveler’s hands. ClubGlider is simple, fast and easy to use with retractable legs and wheels that lock securely for travel. ClubGlider includes heavy-duty two-way zippers, thick foam padding extending down the travel bag to protect clubheads and shafts, internal storage pockets, internal cinch straps, ballistic fabric, vinyl-reinforced wear areas, and a lift-assist handle.

For the Sun Mountain retailer nearest you call 800-227-9224 or visit


Thursday, September 20, 2012

SANTEE, SC: From Cotton Fields to Fairways

For 20 years, tiny Santee, S.C., has slowly but surely carved a niche as one of America’s best golf destinations for the money.

(SANTEE, S.C.) — There are pros and cons to being known as “America’s Value Golf Destination.” Santee, S.C., (population 800) is located on the south shore of picturesque Lake Marion just off Interstate 95. Long before the interstate rolled through town, however, Santee had been considered a pit stop for northerners heading further south.

Today, Santee has forged a reputation as a must-stop for golfers.

For starters, Santee is not hard to find. “Get on I-95 and turn left, it’s a straight shot,” laughs Bill Clark, whose family has spearheaded Santee development since the mid-1900s.

In one exit, golfers find themselves less than five minutes from three lakeside golf courses, with an additional 14 layouts within a half-hour drive. And while the Santee price tag may appear no frills, those hoping to enjoy scenic, unhurried golf, good food and clean accommodations — without spending lots of money nor time in the car — will have it made.

Santee offers quality, value and convenience, which is why more than 50,000 golfers arrive from northern destinations each year. For as little as $55 (low season), they get a nice room, a round of golf with a cart on one of the area’s 17 courses — and for good measure a tasty, home-cooked breakfast to kick-start their day.

The con? Prospective visitors planning their golf getaway often look at Santee’s blue-collar rates and question the quality of golf. The pros? In Santee, you get good, quality golf on well-maintained and over-seeded courses. And golfers feel more appreciated, their trips are not as expensive and they tend to return year after year.

In fact, that is what makes Santee different than most golf destinations. The cast of characters who have meticulously and lovingly nurtured this sleepy little lakeside outpost in the South Carolina Lowcountry have always preferred having a host of happy golfers to Top 100 rankings and empty fairways.

Which is why, when the bottom began to fall out of the economy — as opposed to the Palmetto State’s more popular and luxurious resort destinations such as Charleston, Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach — Santee not only survived, but also thrived.

First, the golf: Seventeen courses within one hour of one another. The three courses located in town, less than a mile apart, Santee National, Santee Cooper Country Club and Lake Marion, offer wide fairways, challenging greens, water hazards and impeccable maintenance, and have all been upgraded through the years. “Country-club good looks and municipal-course pricing,” gushed a recent Canadian publication.

Five of the courses are a little more than a 4 iron away on the north side of Lake Marion, (20 minutes), the must-plays headed by the Tom Jackson-designed Wyboo Golf Club near Manning, S.C., and the Players Course at Wyboo Plantation. If those weren’t enough, with I-26 just a few more miles down the road, golfers can make a short day trip to Charleston and play the likes of The Links at Stono Ferry, Legend Oaks, Westcott Plantation and Charleston National to name a few.

Of course, golfers need fuel for their engines between rounds of golf, and Santee offers a unique collection of dining and nightlife options that add plenty of small-town character. There is Clark’s Inn and Restaurant, with its gingerbread appearance, and fried chicken and cobbler specialties, while Lone Star is more of a buffet-style eatery. The Jack Daniels steak at Coasters will rival most cuts of meat along the east coast, while the fish and prime rib at Captain Kirk’s are equally tasty.

And when it’s time to rest one’s head and dream of the next day’s round, Santee offers up approximately 1,200 hotel, motel and spacious villa style accommodations.

Find more info at Specific golf packages are available at and


IJP Design Launches Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection

Classic Golf Styles, Sophisticated Designs, Stunning Fabrics, Sharp Tailoring

(Riviera Beach, FL.) - British label IJP Design has announced the launch of its Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection, the label's 11th collection. Offering stylish golf apparel, from classic tartans in subdued and vibrant hues to sophisticated, form-fitting European styling combining the highest standards of comfort and technical functionality, this is IJP Design‟s most advanced collection to date.

The Autumn/Winter collection features classic golf styles fused with sophisticated designs that incorporate stunning fabrics and sharp tailoring. These designs focus on traditional golfing values while using technically advanced features and fabrics, creating the highest levels of performance.

“We know we make clothes that look good and feel good. And more importantly, for those who want to play great, our Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection has technical and functional elements designed expressly for golfers and their distinctive movements,” said Ian Poulter, European Ryder Cup team member and founder and inspiration behind IJP Design.

For each seasonal collection, four different coloured tartans are created, all of which are licensed under the Scottish Tartan Authority and unique to IJP Design. These tartans are the foundation on which the IJP collections are developed and the basis for which “IJP leads with the legs.”

The Autumn/Winter 2012 collection is the first to promote interchangeable colour palettes, enabling the IJP Design consumer to create their own unique outfits by using any combination of styles, reassuring they will look great on and off the course.

The Poulter Tartans offer a stylish and functional choice for any golfer with their straight leg shape, signature side splits, internal waistband fastening and bias cut trimmed pockets. The trousers are half lined in a super soft anti-static lining for comfort and are available in Cornflower Blue, Porcelain and Fuchsia.

The Diamond In The Rough sweater offers a new take on the traditional golfing Argyle outerwear. Fashioned from 100% merino wool, offering softness, durability and comfort, the sweater's distinctive patterning is available in Grey Cloud, Ink or Ox Blood.

Also made from 100% merino wool, the slim fit Roll With It roll neck, available in stylish Black Watch and featuring turn back cuffs, is a distinctive yet understated take on the classical roll neck sweater.

The IJP Design Tour polo shirt uses Scotchguard technology to wick away moisture and provide lasting softness and breathability. Combined with a slim fitting design, a long four buttoned placket and IJP Design branding, the Tour shirt offers a contemporary but functional take on the classic club tour shirt.

Available in the same three distinctive colors as the Diamond In The Rough sweater, and made from a lightweight, comfort stretch fabric, the Thunderbird shirt offers a unique colour-blocked design guaranteed to catch anyone's eye on the course.

The classic golf chino is given a new twist by IJP Design's Performance Slacks. Incorporating a comfortable straight leg fit and IJP Design branding throughout, the trousers are made from a lightweight, water repellent, stretch fabric, ensuring that traditional style is fused with cutting-edge performance, comfort and technical features.

IJP Design has also included in its Autumn/Winter collection a range of items specially designed for the seasonal conditions. The F-1's bonded fleece fabric (available in Pillar Box Red, Jet Black, Midnight Blue and Onyx) is both water repellent and windproof, and comes with a shaped collar to protect one against the elements.

The lightweight Aqua-Tech trousers feature an elasticized waistband, velcro adjusters and full length side zips, allowing the wearer to suit-up without removing their golf shoes. Aqua-Tech shields against harsh conditions and are fully waterproof.

IJP Design's Bionic Base long-sleeved base layer, available in black or white with colored body mapped seam features, ensures comfort and warmth.

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Golf Media Network, The A Position Cover The Ryder Cup at Medinah from Both Sides of the Pond

(Portland, Ore.) – Golf fans on opposite shores of the Atlantic will at least agree on one thing regarding next week’s Ryder Cup: that Golf Media Network’s Ryder Cup Emagazine offers an original and eclectic preview unlike any other coverage of the event.  Content from the Ryder Cup edition will also be available at

The Emagazine and website contain lively photos, original artwork, and video to deliver visual punch, plus a portfolio of unexpected stories by golf’s top journalists.  Highlights include a detective tale by David Feherty and Jim Frank about when the first Ryder Cup was actually held; Terry Moore’s Q&A with Dave Stockton, victorious captain of the 1991 event at Kiawah; agronomist extraordinaire Tim Moraghan’s Under Ground (literally!) Guide to the 2012 event; a video essay by Peter Kessler; British journalist James Mason’s handicapping guide to the competition; and much more.

The Ryder Cup edition will be emailed to more than 300,000 members of 20 golf associations, making it among the largest circulation golf publications worldwide.  Golf Media Network is proud to welcome the Iowa Golf Association and Kansas Golf Association, as well as the Executive Women’s Golf Association to its growing distribution list.

Readers of the Ryder Cup edition and visitors to will also have their own chances of racking up a win next week:  new GMN partner Preferred Golf is giving away free memberships in its Preferred Golf Program (valued at $295 apiece) to any readers who register. Created in conjunction with American Express, the program provides priority access, complimentary golf, and exclusive benefits at the finest golf resorts worldwide.  Register for free membership by visiting or clicking here.

Golf Media Network is also celebrating its new partnership with the Las Vegas World Amateur Championship by providing readers with the very first chance to register for the inaugural event in February and even win a free entry, valued at $750.  Click here to win a free entry and to register for the event.

Finally, GMN will award a lucky reader with a print of artist Graeme Baxter’s original painting of Medinah Country Club, signed by the artist and by both Ryder Cup captains.  To register click on Baxter’s painting of Medinah at


Colsaerts, Daly and Guthrie Awarded Sponsor Exemptions for the Open

Nicolas Colsaerts, John Daly and Luke Guthrie have been awarded sponsor exemptions into the Open, to be played October 10-14 at CordeValle.

Colsaerts is a member of the European Ryder Cup team, having been selected by Captain José María Olazábal based upon his recent performance. He won the 2012 Volvo Match Play Championship and tied for seventh in the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club.

Colsaerts is No. 36 in the World Rankings, and is affectionately known as the "Belgian Bomber."

Daly won the 1991 PGA Championship and 1995 British Open. He has three other victories, and has often led the PGA TOUR in long driving. Dividing time this year between the PGA TOUR and European Tour, he is No. 133 on the money list in only 12 tournaments. The top 125 earn exemptions for the ensuing year.

Luke Guthrie won last week's Tour event in Boise, Idaho to move up to No. 4 on their money list, assuring his playing privileges on the PGA TOUR for 2013. In three starts on the PGA TOUR this summer he placed among the top 20 in each tournament. Guthrie finished his eligibility at the University of Illinois in June and is taking 13 hours to graduate in December.

The Open previously awarded sponsor exemptions to 2012 College Player of the Year Patrick Cantlay of UCLA, who left school after his sophomore season to turn professional. Also, the 2011 NCAA Champion John Peterson from LSU, who tied for fourth in the U.S. Open.

Tournament Director Jeff Sanchez said the tournament will later determine the three other players for sponsor exemption selections.


Martin Golf Sponsors Fry's & Friends Pro-Am at Open

The Open announced a new partnership with Martin Golf Apparel. The clothier will present the Fry's & Friends Pro-Am to start the tournament week. The private Pro-Am event will be held at CordeValle Golf Club on October 8. The exclusive event is an opportunity to play the championship venue with a PGA TOUR professional.
"The Open is growing its presence on the PGA TOUR and in the community" said Rick Martin, Founder of Martin Golf Apparel. "Martin Golf is pleased to announce this new partnership as our brand grows its own presence among discerning golfers and high end golf shops."
Entering its seventh year, the Open has generated more than $4 million for charity since its inception.
"We are excited about our new relationship with Martin Golf Apparel as we continue our efforts to benefit charity," said Tournament Director Jeff Sanchez. "We are proud of the positive impact that our tournament has in the community."
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