Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cobra Golf Introduces 'Talk Nerdy to Me' with Holly Sonders: Cobra Fly-Z Driver

COBRA Golf presents "Talk Nerdy to Me" a video series featuring FoxSports on-air talent Holly Sonders discussing innovation and technology, or the ‘Nerdy’ side of the Fly-Z family of equipment with COBRA Golf’s R&D team. Click on the image above to watch the first video of Holly & Vice President of R&D for COBRA, Tom Olsavsky, discussing the nerdy side of COBRA Fly-Z drivers!

COBRA Golf Team:
* Tom Olsavsky: Vice President, Club R&D
* Mike Yagley: Director of R&D
* Jose Miraflor: Head of Product Marketing

Each Wednesday, for the next seven weeks, COBRA Golf will release a new video clip highlighting the technology in the Fly-Z family and benefits to the golfer. The first episode features the Fly-Z Driver, followed by Speed Channel, Irons, Fly-Z+ Driver, Fly-Z XL Combo, Off-set/Fly-Z XL and last, but not least, Hybrids.

Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass Golf Club Calls for Volunteers

(HARRIS, Mich.) - Sweetgrass Golf Club ( at Island Resort & Casino and the Delta County Chamber of Commerce seek more than 300 volunteers for the LPGA Symetra Tour’s Island Resort Championship, June 26-28.

A variety of positions are open, including cart drivers, scoreboard assistants, marshals, caddies and hospitality greeters. Jobs are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants can state their shift availability and assignment preference at the Chamber website ( through June 1.

Volunteers receive an official tournament staff shirt, meal ticket, four general admission passes and a round of golf at the award-winning Sweetgrass Golf Club, which hosts the event for a fifth-straight year.

"We’re extremely fortunate to have such a spirited group of volunteers every year,” said Tony Mancilla, Island Resort Casino general manager and event co-chair. “It’s the efforts of these volunteers that help make the tournament experience at Sweetgrass a memorable one for spectators, players and their families.”

“Volunteering provides an excellent opportunity to support the community, and at the same time get the chance to take in the tournament and watch these up-and-coming players compete on an outstanding golf course,” added Delta County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vickie Micheau.

The Island Resort Championship is part of the Potawatomi Cup, a series of four tournaments involving venues with Native American Indian or Potawatomi tribal ties. The player who tallies the best cumulative score in the four events wins $20,000.

Three-day grounds passes to the 54-hole stroke-play tournament are $10 and are available at the Island Showroom on property. Children 17 year and under get in free with a paying parent.

For more information, visit or call 877-ISL-GREEN.

Billy Casper Golf Selected to Manage Heritage Shores Club in Bridgeville, Delaware

(VIENNA, VA) – Billy Casper Golf – the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in the U.S. – has been selected to manage Heritage Shores Club in Bridgeville, Delaware that ranks among the top 10 on Golf Digest’s 2015-16 “Best in State” list.

Managing all facets of the upscale daily-fee operation 30 miles south of Dover, the state capital, BCG will direct course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse activities, food and beverage, merchandising, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.

“Billy Casper Golf’s level of expertise and attention to detail is unmatched in the industry,” says Dottie Harper, Vice President of Planned Community Management and Operations for Brookfield Residential.  “Its team of dedicated professionals has all the tools to enhance what is already one of Delaware’s top golf and social experiences.”

“Heritage Shores is a magnificent gathering place,” says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BGC.  “Favored for its superb golf course conditions and magnificent clubhouse, we will inject new programming and events which will ‘wow’ guests.”

Heritage Shores is designed by Arthur Hills, one of America’s leading golf-course architects with more than 180 layouts, including PGA Tour event hosts, to his credit.  The 18-hole, 7,005-yard, par-72, classic, links-style layout presents a fun test for golfers of all skill levels with wide fairways, five sets of tees, strategic bunkering and water in play on nearly every hole.

On the short 350-yard, par-4 third hole, golfers choose between laying up or challenging bunkers and water to drive the green.  At 530 yards, the par-5 No. 18 caps off exciting rounds with bunkers guarding the right side and water down the left, protecting a uniquely shaped, square green.

Guests hone their games on a first-class practice facility with an expansive driving range, fairway bunkers and putting green.  Private and group lessons and clinics are available with PGA level golf instruction.

The sprawling 28,000 square-foot, Nantucket-style clubhouse is the perfect spot for pre- or post-round entertainment.  Passwater’s Restaurant is popular for traditional American and European cuisine – like Blue Crab Bisque and Grilled Chicken Milano – and splendid views overlooking the 18th green.  A fully-stocked pro shop features the latest in brand-name equipment and apparel.

Heritage Shores hosts weddings, corporate meetings and other functions.  The elegant banquet area accommodates up to 400 guests and the spacious lawn, outdoor patio and gazebo holds 250 guests.

More information:, 888.622.1777.

Lee Wybranski Keeps His Record Alive for U.S. Open Posters

Arizona-based artist paints his eighth consecutive commemorative poster for the U.S. Open

(Flagstaff, Ariz.) - The U.S. Open Championship might be coming to the Pacific Northwest for the first time this June, but it is hardly the first time that artist Lee Wybranski has painted the official poster of golf’s national championship.

Chambers Bay will mark the eighth straight time that Wybranski has taken brush in hand to create the official poster for the United States Golf Association. Wybranski’s first U.S. Open poster was created in 2008, when the championship was played at Torrey Pines in Southern California, which like Chambers Bay is a public course.

A native of Philadelphia who now lives and works in Flagstaff, Arizona, Wybranski feels a special kinship to the Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed Chambers Bay because, as he says, “I love links golf. Not only for playing and looking at the course, but to me golf by the water on sandy turf is where the game makes the most sense. I think it will be a very exciting championship this year because of the course - and because our Open has never been to the region. Plus they are sports crazy and I'm curious to see if the ‘12th Man’ somehow shows up in June."

According to the artist, Chambers Bay offers a number of elements that guaranteed a dramatic composition. “The water, the numerous bunkers on the course, and the lone fir that sits behind the 15th green were my bare minimums to include. Plus, I love diagonal compositions, because they provide a great deal of depth and drama and really pull your eyes in.”

But there is something else, something new that makes this course and this poster extra special. “It’s the first time I’ve had the chance to paint a train in any of my work. Trains are a mythical feature of the American West, and they have a long history in golf, running alongside many old links in the UK. By coincidence, the train in the painting is the same line that goes through the center of Flagstaff a block from my studio.”

Work on the painting began more than a year before the championship. “I spent a few days last May doing fieldwork. I always want to be on a site long enough to get one great morning and one great evening of light. I got very lucky with the weather when I was up there. I hope the players are as lucky as I was.”

Wybranski will be signing the posters in the Main Merchandise Pavilion during the week of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, June 11-21.

To order the U.S. Open poster go to or call 928-310-2152.

Golf Channel Posts Most-Watched April Ever

Viewership Momentum Leads to Compelling Stretch, Including World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play, THE PLAYERS Championship and 25 Consecutive Days of Live Golf

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Golf Channel posted its most-watched April ever and served 16.3 million unique viewers, which was driven by increases across the network’s programming schedule. For 24-hour Total Day (6AM-6AM), 132,000 average viewers per minute were tuned into Golf Channel in April, representing a 2% year-over-year increase compared to April 2014 (130,000) and the network’s most-watched month since August 2013 (138,000), as well as a 53% increase since Golf Channel joined NBC Sports Group, according to data released by The Nielsen Company.

2015 - 132,000        
2014 - 130,000 - +2%
2013 - 128,000 - +4%
2012 - 115,000 - +15%
2011 - 101,000 - +31%
2010 - 86,000 - +53%

Additionally, Golf Channel retained its status in April as No. 1 most-affluent network in all of television with the highest median household income for total day viewership (#2 NBCSN and #3 CNBC round out the top three networks for this metric). Golf Channel also was the No. 1 most-affluent network in all of television in primetime (#2 NBCSN).

While monthly digital traffic data is not final until the end of the calendar month and will include two days of live coverage of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play, Golf Channel Digital’s traffic through Tuesday, April 28 already has set several records, according to Adobe Site Catalyst:
* Golf Channel Digital 90.98 million page views (+40% YOY) – Best Month Ever Record
* Golf Channel Digital 17.23 million visits (+37% YOY) – Best Month Ever Record
* 5.6 million unique visitors (+23% YOY) – Best Month Ever Record

Additionally, Golf Live Extra generated 674,000 live stream starts (+38% YOY) and 13.33 million minutes watched (+93% YOY) so far in April 2015.


Golf Channel will carry momentum of this record viewership and traffic into May with a slate of live golf coverage and in-depth news and analysis, including:
* World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play (Wednesday, April 29 – Sunday, May 3): With the new World Cup-style group format, Golf Channel and NBC will feature the match-play action from TPC Harding Park all this week. And Saturday’s Quarterfinal Matches will be featured in primetime on NBC at the conclusion of the Kentucky Derby.
* THE PLAYERS Championship (Thursday, May 7 – Sunday, May 10): More than 90 hours of live coverage during the week devoted to featuring the year’s top field in golf, including Golf Central’s Live from THE PLAYERS and Morning Drive onsite at TPC Sawgrass.
* 25 Consecutive Days of Live Golf (Thursday, May 14 – June 7): Starting Thursday, May 14, Golf Channel will link 25 straight days of live golf, which will include PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, European Tour, Tour and Champions Tour events, as well as coverage Mondays through Wednesdays of the LET Turkish Airlines Ladies Open (May 18-20), NCAA Women’s Golf National Championships (May 25-27) and NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships (June 1-3).

Tourney Time for McConnell Golf

The Tour’s Rex Hospital Open returns to the TPC at Wakefield, highlighting a run of elite championships contested at McConnell Golf venues across the Carolinas in 2015

(RALEIGH, NC) — The Tour’s 2015 Rex Hospital Open — scheduled May 25-31 for the 15th consecutive year at Raleigh’s TPC at Wakefield Plantation — highlights a run of nine professional, collegiate, amateur or elite junior level events in April and May alone contested on highly regarded golf courses around the Carolinas owned by Raleigh-based McConnell Golf.

On the April calendar, five tournaments were competed over four of McConnell’s 10 courses. A trio of other McConnell designs joins the fun during the four May events, highlighted by the Rex Hospital Open. In total, 13 major 2015 tournaments will be contested at McConnell Golf venues — capped August 17-23 by the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship at Greensboro’s Sedgefield Country Club Ross Course.

“We pride ourselves on providing a championship test for the finest golfers at every level,” said McConnell Golf Founder and CEO John McConnell, who has incorporated his computer software marketing expertise to help spread the word and coin the McConnell Golf mantra: “Pure Golf for the True Golfer.”

With the recent additions of Brook Valley CC (Greenville, NC) and The Country Club of Asheville (NC), its third Donald Ross layout, McConnell Golf now owns ten 18-hole, private golf courses plus one nine-hole course around the Carolinas.

McConnell Golf’s TPC Wakefield opened in July 2000 and one year later began hosting the popular event. Another McConnell property, Raleigh Country Club, served as the event site for three years starting in 1998, when the was known as the Nike Tour.

In other recent events contested over McConnell Golf courses, Tom Fazio’s marvelous Treyburn Country Club in Durham welcomed today’s scholastic stars April 13 at the 9th North Carolina High School Invitational, won by Pinecrest High School in Pinehurst.

Meanwhile, Sedgefield Country Club’s Ross Course played host to the 38th Carolinas Club Pro-Am Championship on April 27. Sedgefield Ross Head Professional Eric Ferguson and member Scott Harvey, fresh off his appearance at The Masters, incorporated both immense skill and local knowledge to win the event with an impressive round of 8-under 63. Treyburn’s Director of Golf Tag Wylie and Tim Myers shot 65 to finish in second place for the second consecutive year. McConnell Golf teams have won three of the past five years.

On April 24, Ryan Sullivan of Winston-Salem claimed his first career eGolf Gateway Tour title at the third-annual Sedgefield Classic. Sullivan’s week on the demanding Sedgefield Country Club Dye Course began with a 3-under 137 total through 36 holes. He used a late birdie to notch his first career tour win and earn the event’s $14,000 first-place prize. Of note, Sullivan also won the inaugural High School Invitational, the only time held at Raleigh Country Club.

Some of the recent high school invitational participants donned their new school colors when Old North State Club in New London hosted the ACC Men’s Golf Championship for the 14th-straight year and 19th time overall. In the 2015 edition, defending champion Georgia Tech made four birdies on the second playoff hole to defeat Clemson. Both teams finished 54 holes with a team score of 19-under 845, forcing a playoff.

At the 2015 ACC Women’s Golf Championship at Sedgefield Ross, Virginia ran away from the competition, posting a 27-under team score to capture the school’s first ACC tourney title. The Lady Cavaliers also became the first champion to come from outside the state of North Carolina.

Along with the Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield on May 25-31, other May events on McConnell Golf courses include the 4A High School Regionals at Raleigh Country Club on May 5, the Symetra Tour Friends of Mission Charity Classic at The Country Club of Asheville on May 15-17 and the 89th Carolinas Women’s Amateur at Treyburn on May 19-21.

On June 16-19, the 19th NC Junior Girls will be contested at Greenville’s Brook Valley Country Club, while the prestigious Cardinal Am returns to Sedgefield Dye on July 17-19. The McConnell Golf Triangle Fourball will be played at both Treyburn and Wakefield on August 15-16.

McConnell Golf’s stable of clubs in North and South Carolina also includes The Reserve Golf Club in Pawleys Island, SC, and Musgrove Mill Golf Club in Clinton SC. McConnell Golf also manages the prestigious Grande Dunes Members Course and Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach for LStar Development.

Marriott Golf Celebrates Eighth Annual International Family Golf Festival

Golfing Families & Newcomers of all Ages and Skill Levels are Invited for a FUN Day of FREE Golf Activities at Premier Marriott Resorts and Golf Courses Throughout the World

(ORLANDO, Fla.) - Golfers of all ages and abilities are invited to join their family members and experience the true meaning of “togetherness on the links,” as Marriott Golf today announced the schedule for the 8th Annual Marriott International Family Golf Festival.  A series of one-day family golf-themed events, which will take place at 26 leading Marriott Golf-managed destinations throughout the world, the Marriott International Family Golf Festival program will tee-off domestically at Crane’s Landing Golf Club in Lincolnshire, IL on Saturday, May 2.

The Marriott International Family Golf Festival is open to golfers of all ages and skill levels, and aligns with Marriott’s commitment to player development programs for families, women and juniors.  Highlighting the events, families are invited to Marriott Golf properties for a fun-filled afternoon of FREE golf instruction, clinics, exciting activities, interactive golf games, family golf programs, prize giveaways and much more. Supervised by PGA Professionals, each respective venue offers a welcoming environment where women, children, siblings, parents and grandparents can learn and play the game together. Each year, thousands of families take part in this exciting program.

“Both avid golfers and newcomers to the game have participated at these events, and it’s an absolute treat to watch a family enjoy the great outdoors, while teeing-it-up together,” said Jim Keane, Senior Director of Operations, Marriott Golf. “The feedback we continue to receive about our Family Golf Festival program is fantastic, and we are thrilled to once again host a full schedule of events throughout the year.”

In addition, after 3 p.m., families and children can play golf for free as part of Marriott Golf’s “Kids Golf-4-Free” program, in which an estimated 10,000 parents and children participate each year. Launched in 2006, “Kids Golf-4-Free” enables kids up to 15-years old to golf for free when accompanied by a full paying adult after 3 p.m. In addition, Marriott Golf offers free lessons anytime to kids up to 15-years old when accompanied by an adult who is taking a fully paid lesson from a Marriott Golf instructor.

The 2015 Family Golf Festival will take place at designated Marriott Golf properties on the following dates:
* Breadsall Priory, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club; Morley, Derby, UK; 4/25/2015
* Marriott’s Lincolnshire Crane’s Landing Golf Club; Lincolnshire, IL; 5/2/2015
* Forest of Arden, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club; Meriden, Warwickshire, UK; 5/5/2015
* JW Marriott Camelback Golf Club; Scottsdale, AZ; 5/17/2015
* The Ritz-Carlton,  Grand Cayman; Cayman Islands, UK; 5/23/2015
* Marriott’s Grande Vista Golf Club; Marriott Golf Academy; Orlando, FL; 5/30/2015
* Cattails @ MeadowView Golf Course; Kingsport, TN; 6/7/2015
* Hollins Hall, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club; Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK; 6/13/2015
* St. Pierre, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club; Monmouthshire, Wales, UK; 6/13/2015
* Marco Island Marriott Resort; Marco Island, FL; 6/27/2015
* Meon Valley, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club; Nr. Southampton, Hampshire, UK; 6/28/2015
* Marriott’s Orlando World Center Resort; Hawk’s Landing Golf Club; Orlando, FL; 7/4/2015
* Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Golf Club; Palm Desert, CA; 7/4/2015
* Sprowston Manor, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club; Norwich, Norfolk, UK; 7/5/2015
* Gaylord Springs Golf Links; Nashville, TN; 7/11/2015
* Dalmahoy, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club; Edinburgh, Scotland, UK; 7/31-8/3/2015
* Toftrees Golf Club; State College, PA; 8/2/2015
* The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando, Grande Lakes; Orlando, FL; 8/7/2015
* JW Marriott Desert Springs Golf Resort; Palm Desert, CA; 8/15/2015
* Westfields Golf Club; Clifton, VA; 8/16/2015
* Worsley Park, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club; Worsley Park, Manchester, UK; 8/16/2015
* Marriott’s Griffin Gate Golf Club; Lexington, KY; 8/30/2015
* Tudor Park, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club; Maidstone, Kent, UK; 9/6/2015
* Son Antem Golf Club; Mallorca, Spain; 9/19/2015
* JW Marriott Desert Ridge Golf Club; Phoenix, AZ; 12/6/2015
* JW Marriott Starr Pass Country Club; Tucson, AZ; 12/13/2015

For more information, visit

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Nicklaus Golf Balls Now at Speedway Stores, Proceeds Help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Proceeds from Nicklaus Golf Ball Sales at Speedway Convenience Stores to Help Sick and Injured Kids

(NORTH PALM BEACH, FL) – Nicklaus Companies—the company which introduced premium golf balls designed, tested and perfected under the direct supervision of Jack Nicklaus—is announcing a partnership with Speedway LLC (Speedway) to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the sale of Nicklaus Golf Balls at participating convenience store locations from May through July.

Sleeves of the popular Nicklaus “Blue” model ($6) will be displayed at the checkout of participating Speedway locations. One dollar from each purchase will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This promotion continues the commitment of both organizations to support children’s charities. A number of Nicklaus-branded or licensed products have been introduced in recent years with a philanthropic tie-in, including water, lemonade, wine, sunglasses, and ice cream.

“More important than my legacy as a professional athlete is our family’s desire to truly make a difference in the lives of those in need,” said Nicklaus, a 2015 recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor Congress can bestow on an individual. “I have had the opportunity to meet and work with the leadership at Speedway, and they share in our commitment to help children, with a particular focus on pediatric healthcare. They have a long history with our mutual friends at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and through this partnership we have an opportunity to continue to positively affect the lives of millions of children and their families.”  

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that treat more than 10 million kids each year. A donation made at a local Speedway directly supports the member hospital in that community.  Speedway is the largest contributor to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the convenience store industry. Since 1991, Speedway has contributed more than $68 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the generosity of their customers, vendors and employees.

“Speedway is one of the largest corporate sponsors for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” shared Speedway President Tony Kenney. “We are honored to partner with the Nicklaus Companies in support of this very worthwhile cause.”

A percentage of every dozen Nicklaus Golf Balls already supports the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. The balls are engineered to benefit players of all skill levels, with the “Blue” models optimizing feel and distance by combining a high speed gradient core and a low spin mantle. Customers can also purchase “Black” and “White” models online at Golfers choose a ball according to the color of the tee markers from which they typically play. This color-coding system makes choosing the correct ball easy, benefitting scores and pace of play.

For more information on the Nicklaus Companies, visit For further information about Speedway, visit the company’s web site at

About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals 
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at and

Tidewater Golf Club Announces Surf & Turf Package

Deal, Featuring Golf at Award-Winning Tidewater and Surf Club, Starts at Just $174

(Cherry Grove, S.C.) – Tidewater Golf Club announces the Surf & Turf Package, a two-round offer that features golf at a pair of the Myrtle Beach area’s most highly regarded courses for as low as $174.

The deal includes a round at Tidewater Golf Club, which has been ranked among America’s top 100 public courses, and Surf Club, a semi-private George Cobb design.

Long one of the Grand Strand’s best and most popular courses, Tidewater has reassumed its perch at or near the top of every list of Myrtle Beach’s best courses. A 2014 renovation project that included the installation of new miniverde Bermuda grass greens, the expansion of every fairway, new sand in all the bunkers and an extensive tree removal project, has enjoyed popular and critical acclaim.

Tidewater has long been regarded as one of Myrtle Beach’s most scenic layouts. The course has eight holes that play along either the Intracoastal Waterway or the marshy waters of Cherry Grove, highlighted by the par 5 13th, which offers a distant view of the Atlantic Ocean.

The par 3 third and 12th holes are arguably the best pair of one-shotters along the Grand Strand as each brings the salty waters of Cherry Grove into play. Both tee shots feature a combination of challenge and beauty that leave golfers talking long after they’ve left Myrtle Beach.

Surf Club was North Myrtle Beach’s first golf course and its timeless design continues to delight golfers. A semi-private facility, Surf Club treats everyone like a member and its combination of playability and understated charm have long made it a favorite among knowledgeable Myrtle Beach golfers.

The Surf & Turf package runs throughout 2015.

For more information, visit

PING G30 driver #1 two months in a row, top-selling model in 2015

(PHOENIX) – Widening its lead as the top-selling driver model (units) from the previous month, the PING G30 driver achieved the #1 sales position in March for units and dollars in the on- and off-course retail channels, according to Golf Datatech LLC, which tracks golf equipment sell-thru data for the United States.

In March, the G30 driver earned a 13.2% share in units (up 23% from February) and 17.46% share in dollars (up 20% from February). For the months of January through March combined, the G30 driver ranks first in units (11.38%) and dollars (15.29%).

“The success of the G30 driver continues as golfers are seeing the performance benefits of its overall design,” said John Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “The combination of the Turbulator Technology and T9S face are leading to faster clubhead and ball speeds for longer drives. In addition, the G30 driver also features the highest MOI of any PING driver ever designed to ensure golfers the accuracy and consistency to hit more fairways.”

Added Solheim, “It’s especially rewarding to see the G30 driver gaining even more momentum as we enter the peak season for golf equipment sales. As golfers get out on the course and have the chance to attend fitting and demo days, we’re confident players of all skill levels will experience the benefits of the G30 driver.”

The PING G30 driver was an instant success when introduced last summer, winning its first week on the PGA Tour in the hands of PING professional Angel Cabrera at the Greenbrier Classic. Bubba Watson switched the same week and went on to lead the PGA Tour in driving distance, averaging 314 yards per drive. Billy Horschel gained 12 yards in distance after putting the G30 driver in his bag before going on to win twice en route to capturing the FedExCup.

Since the G30 driver arrived in golf shops in late July, it’s been the top-selling driver model combined for the months of August through March, first earning #1-selling status in September. In eight months on the market, the G30 driver holds a 13.9% dollar share and 9.63% unit share – both #1 in that timeframe.

Troon Announces Player Development Month for May 2015

Programs Benefit Junior Players Around the World and Introduce Beginners to Golf in a Fun, Affordable and Educational Way

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – In a continued effort to grow the game of golf, Troon is launching its fourth annual “Player Development Month with Get Golf Ready” during the entire month of May. Troon daily-fee facilities, private clubs and Troon Golf Academies around the world will join together to conduct more than 500 introductory golf clinics and activities during the month of May. These clinics introduce beginners to the game in a fun, affordable and educational way and have benefited junior players around the world.

To make the clinics accessible to as many people as possible, participation in most events costs $0 to $20 for adults, while juniors 17 years of age and younger are free. Clinics will run for a minimum of 60 minutes and will keep a ratio of no more than 10 students per instructor. At the conclusion of each clinic, participants will have the opportunity to continue their pursuit of the game by registering for a Get Golf Ready program, which includes five additional instructional classes starting at just $99.

Player Development Month activities held at select Troon locations may also include free instructional clinics, family golf events, complimentary Callaway rental clubs during introductory rounds, nine-hole bounce back certificates for return visits, and more.

“We are thrilled to launch Troon’s Player Development Month with Get Golf Ready for a fourth consecutive year,” stated John Easterbrook, executive vice president of operations, Troon. “By making golf more accessible and inviting, this global effort continues to have a strong impact on introducing beginners to the game and encouraging participation in future Get Golf Ready classes.”

To sign up for a clinic and to view a complete list of facilities participating, visit

Get Golf Ready has introduced the game to thousands of adults who have never played golf or who have minimal experience in the game. Overall, participants learn techniques regarding chipping, putting, full swing, half swing and bunker play, as well as the fundamental guidelines of use and maintenance of golf equipment, keeping score and navigating the course. Significant on-course learning opportunities are part of each lesson, as well as background on the game’s rules, etiquette, history and values.

Studies clearly show that playing golf is good for your health and wellness. While being outside and enjoying the sunshine and serene landscape, a golfer will have a healthier state of well-being. Playing a round of golf also burns calories and rejuvenates the mind through one of the best forms of moderate aerobic activity - walking. It is also a great way to spend time with family and friends while enjoying the outdoors. Visit for more information on all of Troon’s “grow the game” initiatives.

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Yuengling Brewery Becomes Presenting Sponsor of Traveling Golfer Show on Comcast SportsNet

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) - Yuengling Brewery, based in Pottsville, Pennsylvania and America's oldest brewery, has signed an agreement to become presenting sponsor of the award-winning Traveling Golfer television show on Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network.

Yuengling has been affiliated with the Traveling Golfer show as a sponsor since the show debuted in February of 2013. Now it takes the sponsorship lead, with the growth of the show in the Philadelphia and Baltimore/Washington networks.

Beginning May 1, the Traveling Golfer will be a regularly scheduled feature show on Comcast SportsNet in the Philadelphia market and The Comcast Network in both the Philadelphia and Mid-Atlantic (Washington) markets.

Once the regular schedule begins in May, the Traveling Golfer will debut on Comcast SportsNet on Sunday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. and air every Sunday at that time. It also will air on The Comcast Network on the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m., the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. and on a rotating basis during the third and fourth weeks of every month. Additional airings will take place on a space available basis.

The Traveling Golfer also will be available through Comcast's Xfinity On Demand feature.

"We have enjoyed an outstanding relationship with Yuengling Brewery for many years," says Tony Leodora, host of the Traveling Golfer. "To see this American-made beer step up and take the lead sponsorship on a show that takes avid golfers on visual journeys to some of the best golf courses in the world is very satisfying. It is the perfect marriage of sponsor and viewer."

Not only will Yuengling commercials air on all Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network shows, but Yuengling also will be presenting sponsor of any Traveling Golfer events that are being planned in the future."

"From the beginning, the Traveling Golfer show and host Tony Leodora have been an active part of promoting Yuengling," said Yuengling President David Casinelli. "Yuengling Lager and Yuengling Light Lager have been a favorite of the golf set for years and television shows like this help to get that message out."

The Traveling Golfer debuted in February of 2013. 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 golf trips to some of the most exciting golf locations. The show won a first place award for golf television broadcasts in the prestigious International Network of Golf Media Awards, presented at the PGA Merchandise Show in January.

The Traveling Golfer appears as a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has 15 years of experience in televised golf shows. Previous Traveling Golfer shows are archived for continued viewing on the home website,

About D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.
Based in Pottsville, PA, D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America's Oldest Brewery, is family owned and operated since 1829. Principal beer brands include Traditional Lager, Light Lager, Black and Tan, Premium, Light, Dark Brewed Porter, and Lord Chesterfield Ale.  For more information, visit

VICE Golf Introduces Pro Plus Golf Ball

Innovative company’s first four-piece ball combines long distance with soft feel—at very affordable internet pricing

(Munich, Germany) - VICE Golf—the pioneer in making premium golf balls and selling them over the internet at prices half that of comparable products—has introduced its latest offering: the Pro Plus, the company’s first four-piece ball.

Designed for that wide range of amateur golfers with medium to fast clubhead speeds, the Pro Plus produces longer distance off full-swing shots, while offering outstanding control and the company’s “S2TG” (Stick To The Green) technology on and around the greens.

The four-piece design includes:
* High Energy Speed Core (HESC). The size of the core has been optimized to absorb more energy at impact, which translates to increased ball speed.
* DuPont Surlyn Mantle. The very thin inner casing reduces spin on full shots while positively affecting ball speed, flight time, and stability in the air.
* DuPont HPR Outer Casing. The outer layer is a high-performance resin that produces higher spin on short-game shots but lower spin and lower launch from faster swings.
* Cast Urethane Cover. Half the thickness of the conventional DuPont Surlyn cover, the Pro Plus cover gives a soft, consistent feel around the greens and is the source of the S2TG (Stick To The Green) control that helps short shots stop fast. The cover also resists yellowing in sunlight, meaning the ball will stay bright white much longer.

The Pro Plus also is especially durable, meaning it will last a long time without any decay of its flying and stopping characteristics. The 336-dimple design keeps the ball-flight trajectory low and stable, even when hitting into the wind.

Since golfers have to use the same ball when putting, each Pro Plus carries the exclusive VICE Golf “Keep In Line” (KIL) putting aid, an extra-long, easily visible line, developed in collaboration with Tour and teaching professionals, that helps with alignment and judging the quality of roll.

Like all VICE Golf balls, the Pro Plus—which joins the Pro, Tour, and Drive models, ensuring the perfect ball for every player—is sold exclusively from the company’s website,, at prices as much as half what golfers would pay for comparable balls in stores.

One dozen of the new Pro Plus cost $34.95. Buy three dozen or more and the cost drops to $29.95 per dozen, and to $24.95 per dozen for five dozen or more.

VICE Golf also offers a series of limited-edition caps commemorating the major championships and other notable events, as well as the new Pure glove. All balls can be personalized with text, logos, even photos for only a small additional charge.

Learn all about this highly innovative company and its range of distinctive products for the discriminating golfer who wants to spend his, or her, money just as wisely, at

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FarmLinks at Pursell Farms Welcomes Curtis Ohrn as New Director of Golf

(SYLACAUGA, ALABAMA) – FarmLinks at Pursell Farms, Alabama’s number-one public play golf course, is pleased to announce the appointment of Curtis Ohrn as the new director of golf at FarmLinks Golf Club.  In his new role, Ohrn will oversee all aspects of golf operations, including the championship, 18-hole course, the oversized driving, chipping and putting range and the FarmLinks Golf Academy, and he will take the lead in the development and implementation of new golf programs for the award-winning course and all-inclusive, destination resort.

“This is an exciting time of growth for FarmLinks as we continue to advance our golf experiences and services,” stated David Pursell, founder and CEO of FarmLinks, “and we are very glad to welcome Curtis to the team.  We were fortunate to select from an impressive list of candidates, but it was Curtis’s commitment to excellence in customer service and his proven track record for providing the highest quality golf experiences that solidified our choice.  He’s the perfect person to take our golf operations to the next level and to meet and exceed the needs of our guests – both public golfers and resort guests.”

Originally from Fort Worth TX., Ohrn comes to FarmLinks from Shoal Creek, in Birmingham, Ala., where he served as 1st assistant golf professional for eight years.

He is married to his wife Danyell and they have a daughter Storie, who was born on July 7, 2013.

The experience, knowledge and enthusiasm Ohrn brings to his new position from eight years at one of Alabama’s top country clubs will transfer well with FarmLinks’ guests and programs and with the award-winning customer service and hospitality for which the Pursell Farms team is nationally known and recognized.

"I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with David Pursell and the Pursell Farms team to continue positioning FarmLinks as the number-one golf course in Alabama and among the top courses in the nation,” Ohrn says.  “I am truly looking forward to providing outstanding customer service, offering new golf programs and giving guests an experience they will never forget.”

To learn more about Pursell Farms, visit

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bellaire: Northern Michigan’s Next Great Golf Town

Award-winning golf, desirable stay & play packages, the Chain of Lakes and craft beer make Bellaire a popular summer destination for golfers and vacationers alike

(Bellaire, MI) – The key elements of a great golf town are the quantity and quality of courses to play and places to stay. In addition golfers want a variety of off-course recreation, dining, and entertainment.
Over the past several decades northern Michigan has become one of America’s premier summer golf destinations highlighted by great golf towns like Gaylord, Petoskey and Traverse City. Add to that list the lakeside town of Bellaire.

Located 30 miles northeast of Traverse City, Bellaire (pop. 1100) features seven golf courses amid the Chain of Lakes region, which includes Lake Bellaire, Elk Lake, and the nationally acclaimed Torch Lake, plus hip dining and entertainment venues such as Short’s Brewing Company. Its golf epicenter is Shanty Creek Resorts, which is now open for the 2015 golf season.

Named among the “Top Golf Resorts in the World” (and Top Golf Resort in Michigan) by Conde Nast Traveler, its four courses are known for their variety of terrain and playability. This year the resort opens in the afterglow of being awarded Michigan’s 2015 “Golf Course of the Year” for its Arnold Palmer masterpiece, The Legend, which was also a finalist for “National Golf Course of the Year.”

The Legend lit the fuse on the northern Michigan golf craze back in 1985. The “legendary” course winds through beautiful hillsides and along ridges while offering spectacular views of Lake Bellaire. In 1999 Weiskopf, the former Open Championship winner turned award-winning architect, found the perfect site along the Cedar River for his first golf design in Michigan. Golf Digest rates Cedar River among the “Top 25 in Michigan,” while Rolex ranked it among the “Top 1,000 Courses in the World.” The one-two punch of The Legend and Cedar River are also listed in GOLF Magazine’s “Top 20 Public Courses in Michigan.

When golfers finish their rounds, they have plenty of dining options between the resort’s restaurants and Bellaire. The Lakeview Restaurant at Summit Village overlooks Lake Bellaire and the River Bistro at Cedar River Lodge provide outstanding on-property options complete with lighter fare, rich entrees, craft beer, fresh cocktails, and assortment of local and international wines.

For golfers looking to venture out, The Dockside on nearby Torch Lake is a northern Michigan institution. Dine on the patio while watching boats venturing in and out of Torch Lake while taking in the beautiful views of the water and region.

For those looking to compliment their round with a top microbrewery, make sure to stop by Short’s Brewing Co. in Bellaire. The craft beer craze is alive and well across Michigan and Short’s has become one of the largest breweries in the state with a devoted following.

Beyond the unique dining experiences and breweries, there are fun activities nearby including wine tours, boating, fishing, beaches, hiking and biking to compliment the top tier golf. Come check out Bellaire. It’s a great golf town and so much more.

Shanty Creek makes it easy to stay and play. Check out the resort’s “Golf Til You Drop” package, which features one-nights lodging in the Lakeview Hotel plus two-days of unlimited golf. This package, including breakfast and range balls, starts at $199 Sundays through Thursdays; weekend packages are also available.

For more information and to explore other golf package options, visit

Ryder Cup legends support Spain’s bid to bring The 2022 Match to Costa Brava-Barcelona

Detailed bid dossiers submitted to Ryder Cup Europe

(RELEASE) - José María Olazábal and Sergio García, two of Spain’s biggest Ryder Cup stars, have given their full support to the country’s bid to bring The 2022 Ryder Cup to Costa Brava-Barcelona.

As all bidding nations prepare to submit their bid dossiers to Ryder Cup Europe, Olazábal and García join forces to describe what a home Ryder Cup would mean to them, and golf in Spain.

Olazábal, who captained the European Team to victory in 2012 and partnered Ryder Cup icon Seve Ballesteros, winning 11 of their 15 matches together, said: “It would be fantastic to have The Ryder Cup at home in 2022. It would be beautiful, especially on the 25th anniversary of Valderrama. We have a Ryder Cup history to be proud of. It would be a great tribute to the contribution that all Spanish players have given to this event.”

At the age of just 19, Sergio García became the youngest player to participate in the revered competition. He has been a member of the European Ryder Cup team a staggering seven times – having been on the winning side five times – and was vice-captain in the 2010 edition.

Speaking about the impact a Spanish Ryder Cup would bring, García said:  “The Ryder Cup means everything to me. It’s the most exciting tournament we have in golf and one of the most exhilarating sporting events on the planet. I hold it very close to my heart.

“It would be truly amazing to have a Ryder Cup in Spain,” he continued. “It’s very important for our new generation. It helped increase participation considerably in 1997 and it would be a great boost for Spanish golf.”

Spain’s bid enjoys unanimous support from both Government and private sector supporters. If successful, The 2022 Match would be played at PGA Catalunya Resort, located within easy reach of the twin gateway cities of Barcelona and Girona, and within minutes of the beaches and resorts of the Costa Brava.

Costa Brava-Barcelona 2022 will submit its bid dossier to Ryder Cup Europe on April 30. Ryder Cup Europe will announce The 2022 Match host in Autumn 2015.

Watch the full interviews with José María Olazábal and Sergio García HERE.

Find out more about the Costa Brava-Barcelona 2022 bid at

DST Golf’s Compressor Used by 2015 Zurich Classic Winner

Curved Shaft Warm-up Clubs Taking the Tour by Storm

(SALISBURY, England) – DST Golf – developer of award-winning warm-up clubs featuring patent-pending Delayed Strike Technology – reports that the company’s revolutionary Compressor club was used for warm-up and practice by the winner of the 2015 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Currently sixth in the Official World Golf Rankings, the British player has been training with the Compressor since before the Masters, where he recorded a strong second place finish. Available in wedge and 8-iron lofts, the clubs are designed to teach players how to arrive at the optimal impact position by creating the ideal line of tension to correctly compress the ball. Over 70 players on the PGA, LPGA, Symetra and Tours have adopted DST Clubs as part of their pre-tournament warm-up routine.

“It’s no surprise so many Tour players are using our clubs, as they were designed based on a careful study of the best ball strikers in history.” says DST Golf Founder and CEO Bertie Cordle. “The importance of the line of tension has largely been overlooked in teaching players about the correct hand and body alignment at impact. Our clubs naturally facilitate the correct line and angle needed for a solid strike with each swing.”

Following the launch of DST Golf clubs at the PGA Merchandise Show in January 2015, both the Compressor and CR-10 clubs have received the official recognition and approval of the PGAs of Europe. The curved shaft, an amended sole angle and a Hand Position Marker are the key elements that make the Compressor the perfect teaching and training tool for any golfer.

In addition to the DST Compressor, the company’s  CR-10 clubs help enable a gradual move to a traditional club by incorporating the amended sole angle and hand alignment marker of the Compressor with a standard shaft. The specific sole angle of the CR-10 helps players locate, train and perfect the optimum club head movement through impact before assuming use of their own clubs.

To find out more about DST Golf, including access to in-depth technology videos and player testimonials, visit

2014 Jack Nicklaus Award Winner Adam Svensson Takes Killearn Classic for Second Win in Two Starts

Barry alum one better in Tallahassee than Georgia alum Joey Garber, Virginia Commonwealth alum Lanto Griffin, Middle Tennessee State alum Chas Narramore, and back to back National Championship winner Bobby Wyatt from Alabama

(Tallahassee, Fla.) – Barry alum Adam Svensson (Surrey, British Columbia) has two starts on the SwingThought Tour and now has two wins to show for it. After winning a playoff against fellow Canadian Lucas Kim three weeks earlier at Harbor Hills for his first professional win, Svensson birdied No. 18 on the final day at Killearn Country Club in Tallahassee, Florida to go to 20 under, good enough to capture his second professional win in as many starts, matching SwingThought Tour member and fellow Canadian Albin Choi who accomplished the feat to start the season.

Svensson led Barry University to back to back National Championships as a freshman and a sophomore, earning the Phil Mickelson Award in 2013 as the top freshman in Division II and the Jack Nicklaus Award in 2014 as the Division II Player of the Year. After winning back to back events this season as a junior at Barry, Svensson decided he was ready to turn pro and it has paid off in a big way. Not only did Svensson earn back to back $20,000 1st place prize checks but, just like Choi, he earned an exemption into a Tour event, his being the 2015 Knoxville News Sentinel Open to be held in August later this year.

Svensson’s win did not come without drama in what some are calling the most exciting event in the history of the tour. Final round tee times started at 7:30am with the leaders going off at 9am. The leaders had been on the course for 30 minutes before a lightning storm, with tornado warnings, made its way to the area pulling players off the course. Six hours and 35 minutes later, and with just enough estimated daylight left to finish the event, play resumed. As the final group stood on 18 tee, with dusk fast approaching, it appeared bad weather would roll in again and perhaps revert the event back to being a 54-hole event and washing out the final round. The weather, and darkness, held off just long enough for the event to be concluded.

Five players finished just a shot back of Svensson, one being tied for the lead in the clubhouse at the time, three having an opportunity to go to 20 under on 18, and one needing a par ... all to force a playoff.

Former University of Georgia star Joey Garber was first up. Playing in the fourth-to-final group, Garber went on a final-nine tear shooting 4-under through the first eight holes and having a putt on 18 for birdie that would’ve put him at -20. His putt just missed and put him in the clubhouse at -19, leaving him to watch the final three groups finish and see if he’d be in the mix. Tour member and Virginia Commonwealth alum Lanto Griffin was next up. Playing with Svensson in the third-to-last group, Griffin eagled 17 and then made an unbelievable 40 foot putt for birdie on 18 to go to -19 in the clubhouse, and a share of the lead for the moment with Svensson and Garber.

It was then Svensson’s turn as he drained his 10-foot putt for birdie to finish at -20, leaving Griffin and Garber a shot back after incredible finishes. Tour member Chas Narramore was next to challenge, playing in the next-to-last group. Narramore was tied for the lead briefly before a double bogey on 12 set him back. Showing resilience, the former Middle Tennessee State star birdied three of his next holes and asking if the leader board (showing Svensson at -20) was correct as he stood over his birdie putt on 18. After an affirmative, Narramore stroked what appeared to be a perfect putt that just slid off to the side, leaving him a shot back at -19.

Next up was our final group with former Alabama back-to-back National Champion Bobby Wyatt at -19 and former Virginia star Bruce Woodall, who led the event after three rounds, at -20. Both players had just birdied 17 and Wyatt would need birdie on 18 to match Svensson and Woodall and he almost accomplished the feat. After hitting his approach shot just off the back of 18 green, Wyatt hit an incredible chip that was headed toward the hole but came up just inches short, as the crowd exasperated, leaving him to finish at -19. Woodall however found trouble off the tee. His drive had just found a right-side fairway bunker and, after receiving a ruling, he was only able to layup - leaving himself approximately 50 yards out and needing to get up and down to force a playoff. After Wyatt tapped in his par putt, Woodall would attempt his putt for par and a possible playoff with Svensson. It was not to be, however, as his putt just missed, leaving him at -19 and securing the win for Svensson at -20.

Svensson received $20,000 and an exemption into the Tour 2015 Knoxville News Sentinel Open. Garber, Griffin, Narramore, Woodall, and Wyatt each received $7,100 for tying for 2nd. Defending Champion Clayton Rask out of the University of Minnesota finished at -18 and tied for 7th with Kent State alum Mackenzie Hughes, each earning $4,230. Altogether the purse for the event was $140,000 with 59 players making the cut to play on Friday and Saturday.

The SwingThought Tour would like to thank General Manager Lori Wilkey, Head Golf Professional Dan Walker, Head Superintendent Jimmy Evans, Volunteer Chair Burt Mead, and the rest of the members and staff at Killearn Country Club for hosting one of the most exciting events in the history of the tour!

The SwingThought Tour heads to McCormick, S.C. April 27th through May 2nd for the Savannah Lakes Village Classic to be held on the Championship Monticello Club. Past winners at Savannah Lakes include current PGA TOUR members Camilo Villegas (2005), Kris Blanks (2006), Michael Connell (2007), Kevin Kisner (2008), Will Wilcox (2010), and Blayne Barber (2013) in his magical Rookie of the Year season. Other past champions include Kyle Owen (2003), Greg Boyette (2004), Matt Harmon (2009), Philip Pettitt (2011), Chas Narramore (2012), and David Skinns (2014). This will be the 13th event held at Savannah Lakes Village, the longest running event of the SwingThought Tour at any one facility. Tournament play begins Thursday April 30th and continues through to the Final Round Sunday May 2nd. The event is 4-days, 72 with $140,000 guaranteed purse on the line.

For full 2015 Killearn Country Club Classic results visit:

Justin Rose Relies on Lamkin R.E.L. ACE Grips at 2015 Zurich Classic

(SAN DIEGO, CA) – Lamkin Corporation – the original manufacturer of premium golf grips – confirms Justin Rose relied on its popular R.E.L. ACE grips and Deep-Etched putter grip during his victory at the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, contested this past weekend at TPC Louisiana.

Rose captured his 18th professional victory using Lamkin grips built to his preferred specs, which feature a unique red cap and a reduced-taper profile that is slightly larger in the lower hand.  The grip is enhanced by the patented ACE 3GEN material to create a tacky surface and ensure increased vibration dampening without dulling shot feedback.  The Justin Rose SPEC R.E.L. ACE grips can be purchased directly from Lamkin Grips in their exclusive online Tour Van shop (

“Justin’s strong physical and mental game make him one of the best in the world, as evidenced by his continued success over the years,” says Bob Lamkin, President and CEO of Lamkin Grips. “With our vast array of grips, we seek to support golfers of all abilities by bringing innovative solutions that support confident and better scoring.”

With this victory and a recent second place finish at the Masters, Rose now ranks No.6 on the Official World Golf Ranking. The first place finish at the Zurich Classic marks Rose’s sixth consecutive year with a PGA Tour tournament win.

Offering the widest assortment of performance-enhancing golf grips, Lamkin has been an industry leader for 90 years. The company’s famed products are also preferred by PGA Tour superstars Brandt Snedeker, Keegan Bradley, Miguel Angel Jimenez, the legendary Arnold Palmer and many others.

Lamkin grips are unrivaled in quality thanks to world-class engineering, premium materials and handcrafted, repeatable production techniques. Popular lines offered by the company include Wrap-Tech, UTx, Crossline and R.E.L. ACE among others.

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Troon and EXOS Partner on New Golf Fitness Experience

EXOS Golf Experience Powered by Troon Delivers Elite-Level Training Specially Tailored for Amateur Golfers

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing and EXOS, the leader in proactive health and performance solutions, are excited to announce an innovative partnership. Known for creating premiere programs and services for professional, amateur, tactical, collegiate, and youth athletes, EXOS is partnering with Troon to conduct a new groundbreaking, three-day golf fitness experience held at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona and EXOS’ state-of-the-art training facility in Phoenix.

The EXOS Golf Experience Powered by Troon is tailored for amateur golfers, leveraging EXOS' elite performance programs that were previously available only to professional athletes. Golf students work with EXOS' integrated team of golf instructors, performance specialists, registered dietitians, and physical therapists. During the three-day evaluation, a personalized golf training, nutrition, and recovery game plan is created to optimize each student's performance and personal health.

“Today’s golfer is looking for something exactly like this,” said Tim Mahoney, director of education for Troon. “This program provides a different approach to fitness with an emphasis on muscles involved in golf related movements. We’ve found that improving a student’s level of fitness as it relates to their golf swing not only enhances their golf game but also has a profound impact on their general health and well-being.”

Whether golfers aspire to play at the highest level, lower their scores as an amateur, or simply improve their health and lifestyle, the EXOS Golf Experience will help maximize their efforts. This immersive program takes an in-depth look at a person’s nutrition, movement, flexibility, and risk for injury, and also includes fully integrated TrackMan club data measurements, 3D body-motion-capture evaluations, and instruction from Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Golf Instructor” Tim Mahoney. Using the data collected, EXOS’ performance specialists create a customized plan to improve everything from club head speed to consistency and durability. Each student receives a year of follow-up consulting from an EXOS specialist and access to the EXOS Journey app, which helps establish new healthy habits and rituals to reach the goals created from the Golf Experience.

“We’re excited to partner with Troon to help golfers of all levels achieve their goals on and off the course,” said Trent Wilfinger, vice president of Pro/Elite Sports for EXOS. “Troon’s expertise in golf instruction is a perfect fit for our team of performance specialists, and we look forward to working together to help golfers sustain a high level of performance while reducing their risk for injury.”

For more information, program dates, and pricing, visit the EXOS Golf Experience website or email The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is the accommodations partner of the EXOS Golf Experience, offering students preferred rates during the program.

EXOS Golf Experience Powered by Troon includes:
-Personal golf instruction from Troon's director of education Tim Mahoney, named a Top 100 Instructor by Golf Magazine
-TrackMan and 3D evaluations with EXOS' Director of Golf Performance and TrackMan expert, Michael Pinkey
-Nutrition and culinary services
-Physical therapy (soft tissue/massage)
-Training programs and evaluations held at EXOS' world-class facility in Phoenix, Arizona
-Golf instruction held at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona
-Golf rounds played at Troon North Golf Club
-Follow-up consulting from EXOS Performance Specialists
-12-month access to EXOS’ propriety Journey App

About EXOS
EXOS is pioneering human performance. Founded in 1999 to maximize the potential of athletes, EXOS (formerly named Athletes’ Performance) has grown to become a leader in proactive health and performance, trusted by elite athletes, the military, and innovative companies worldwide. EXOS designs and delivers health and performance game plans that guide people to achieve higher levels of success. With world-class partners, facilities, technologies, and specialists spanning six continents, EXOS is progressing the intelligence behind human performance wherever necessary. To learn more, visit

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Rory McIlroy Makes a Surprise Visit at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) – While Tiger Woods was spending time with young athletes in Asia, Rory McIlroy was at one of the top junior golf tournaments in the world, the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley. The top 54 juniors from around the world competed in a three-round tournament with Nike’s PGA Tour Van on site to fit the juniors into clubs or adjust their clubs based on course conditions.

On Friday, McIlroy made a surprise visit to Sage Valley, located in Graniteville, South Carolina, to put on a clinic for the young athletes. He talked through the ages that were portrayed in the Nike film "Ripple" and described what aspects of his game he worked on during those various stages throughout his life. Rotating through several clubs in his bag, the juniors asked McIlroy to hit specific golf shots such as a draw and a fade with his driver, a stinger 3-iron and other shots in his arsenal.

Later in the evening there was an intimate sit down discussion where McIlroy talked about his junior career, the importance of setting goals and having role models who inspire, much as Woods did for McIlroy in his youth.

"It wasn't that long ago that I was able to meet some of my idols and the athletes I looked up to during my junior years,” McIlroy said. “I remember how special that was for me. To have that opportunity now with some of the juniors here is incredible. There is some responsibility that comes with being a role model and you have to accept that, embrace it and be the best you can be."

The juniors finished the evening with McIlroy gathered around a couch watching him play his soon-to-be released EA Sports video game. After signing cell phones, t-shirts and shoes, McIlroy headed out to prepare for this week’s tournament, while the juniors returned to their cottages to rest before their final round.

As McIlroy was making his surprise visit at Sage Valley, Woods was in Asia inspiring young athletes in China on Friday and in Japan on Sunday. During his visit, Woods conducted golf clinics and interacted with young athletes, while sharing his knowledge and love of the game with golf fans, athletes and members of the media.

Just as McIlroy looked up to Woods as a junior golfer, the ripple effect continued this past weekend with Woods and McIlroy inspiring the next generation of golf athletes around the globe.

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EWGA Opens First Collegiate Chapter at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

(Palm Beach Gardens, FL) - The Executive Women's Golf Association announces the opening of its first-ever collegiate chapter at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) on April 30, 2015.

"This is a milestone as we welcome UMES as the first collegiate chapter of the EWGA," says CEO Pam Swensen. "We anticipate this to be the first of many collegiate chapters to come. EWGA excels at creating opportunities for women to use golf personally and professionally. We are delighted to provide our collegiate members with leadership tools to be successful both on and off the course."

The chapter launch is part of UMES's 'Pink on the Green' initiative to get more women playing golf. On April 30, 2015, UMES will host an all campus event from 11AM - 2PM at its driving range to promote the game of golf to their students, faculty and staff. At noon, a ceremony with EWGA representatives and University dignitaries will culminate with the signing of the first collegiate Chapter Affiliation Agreement.

An early evening gathering for women in the community is also planned. Anyone interested in learning more about the game of golf is invited to the University driving range from 5-7 PM, April 30th. Golf professionals and EWGA leaders from the nearby EWGA Eastern Shore, Maryland Chapter will be present to talk about the many benefits of golf and upcoming learning and playing opportunities around the area.

"UMES is honored to partner with the EWGA in this pioneering effort to form a collegiate chapter on our campus," University President Juliette B. Bell said. "This is an innovative approach to diversifying the golf industry, which has been our motivation since our golf management program accepted its first students in 2008."

Also joining in this growth of the game celebration will be Ohio Golf Hall of Famer and former LPGA Tour player, Renee Powell. Powell, a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service Degree from UMES, was awarded EWGA's 2002 Leadership Award recognizing her outstanding contributions to women's golf. Named the First Lady of Golf by the PGA in 2003, her history making continues, as she becomes one of the first female members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.

For more information about the EWGA and membership, visit For information on starting an EWGA Collegiate Chapter, contact

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Architect Chris Wilczynski to Execute Warwick Hills’ Tree Management Plan

(GRAND BLANC, Mich.) – Golfers at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club are about to see the light.

That’s because the esteemed club, venue for PGA Tour’s Buick Open from 1958-69 and again from 1978-2009, has engaged CW Golf Architecture to oversee an extensive tree management program. The project will remedy turf issues on several over-shaded greens and improve overall course playability and aesthetics by reopening fairway corridors that have become obstructed by encroaching tree growth.

“I’m thrilled to be working with a club the caliber of Warwick Hills,” said Chris Wilczynski, ASGCA, whose five-year-old firm CW Golf Architecture continues to buck the trend by prospering during a downturn in golf course development. Wilczynski has forged a unique alliance for the Warwick Hills project, partnering with renown certified arborist/agronomist Julie Stachecki.

“We complement each other really well,” said Wilczynski, who like Stachecki is a Michigan State University alumnus. “Julie contributes to the project analysis from the viewpoint of tree and turfgrass science. I contribute from the golf course architect’s perspective of playability and aesthetics.”

Stachecki, owner of consultancy Site Specific, Inc., frequently has worked independently with golf courses, but this is her first collaborative project with a golf course architect.

“I would love to see this kind of relationship grow and develop throughout the golf industry,” said Stachecki. “Chris and I both have the same goal – to make the property more functional and improve the quality of the golf experience with less future maintenance.  He shares his vision of how the course can be altered for improvement, and I share with him my expertise on which trees should stay or go, taking into account the tree species, structure and health.

“What’s been fun,” she said, “is that Chris is very willing to listen and ask why. He’s genuinely interested in understanding the choices.”

Wilczynski is quick to acknowledge the input. “Working with Julie, I’ve learned a ton about trees,” he said. “She has truly broadened my knowledge and my skill sets as a professional golf course architect.”

James Gilmore Harrison designed Warwick Hills’ original course, which opened in 1957. The following year it hosted the inaugural Buick Open, won by Billy Casper. The current layout is the product of a 1967-68 redesign by Joe Lee. Tiger Woods won the last (and his third) Buick Open at Warwick Hills in 2009.

John DeMarco is chairman of Warwick Hills’ Greens Committee, which reviewed proposals from seven golf course architects for the tree management project.  “We selected Chris and Julie because of their team approach, expertise and qualifications,” said DeMarco.  “They listened well and were very passionate about their work and desire to help us improve.  Plus they were local. They made it clear they would be hands-on.”

An inventory conducted by Wilczynski and Stachecki revealed that the property contains more than 1,600 trees; they recommended 400 be removed or pruned. During this spring’s Phase One of the project, 124 trees – the most egregious offenders – will be removed and 29 trees will be pruned. Roughly 45 new trees will be planted in strategic locations in future phases.

“The plan that Chris and Julie presented to our club was very thorough,” said DeMarco. “They came across as very professional, not only in their presentation, but also in their responses to questions from the committee and membership.

“They devised a plan that was based on fact, not emotion,” said DeMarco, noting that trees are objects of beauty to which golfers often form attachments.  “Evaluations were based on how each tree interfaced with the turf, and how it contributed or detracted from the playability and aesthetics of the course.”

DeMarco said Warwick Hills wants to introduce strategic changes to the course over a 3- to 7-year time frame. “The tree evaluation prompted us to take a further look at updating the golf course,” he said. “It won’t be a redesign, but an update that will enhance the original Joe Lee design.”

Shade issues have vexed superintendent Phil Owen, GCSAA, on eight different greens over the years. Putting surfaces are affected to varying degrees, and on some holes the reduced sunlight has been detrimental to green surrounds, where players find themselves faced with delicate short shots off bare lies, or having to hit difficult low-trajectory shots under tree branches.

“I’ve never gone through a comprehensive tree project like this,” said Owen, who has cared for Warwick Hills’ turf for 25 years. “But other superintendents I’ve talked to who have been part of similar projects all told me the results will be like night and day. Some of their worst greens turned into some of their best. I hope that’s what happens with us.”

Owen said he began advising club management 10 years ago that some trees were becoming problematic. “The superintendent is the first person to notice,” said Owen. “But the situation has to become noticeably worse before management senses the urgency, and then members need to be convinced. You have to be persistent.

“Our members know me and trust my judgment, but sometimes it takes someone from the outside to come in and verify your concerns,” he said. “It’s early in the project, but I’ve been impressed by how Chris listens. Not only does he ask my opinion, but he welcomes it.”

The architect, the arborist and the superintendent are unanimous in their opinion that Warwick Hills was over-planted in the 1980s and ‘90s. “I’m sure the intentions were good,” said Wilczynski, “but unfortunately a lot of those trees were set too close to greens and other playable areas.”

Stachecki said strategically removing or pruning trees will result in more southern and eastern sun exposure for Warwick Hills’ greens, which will lessen the effects of harsh winters such as Southeast Michigan has experienced the last two years. A succession of hard freezes and rapid thaws resulted in abnormal ice buildup on greens, which effectively suffocated the putting surfaces. Warwick Hills had winter damage to 16 greens last year, forcing the club to use 10 temporary greens into early August of the 2014 golf season. Stachecki said more Southern sun exposure during the winter months can mitigate the effects of ice buildup, and more Eastern sun exposure promotes greens health during the summer months.

Elsewhere on the course, trees have encroached on sight lines and corridors to the fairway landing areas and greens.

“At many older courses, trees have been planted without long range vision,” said Wilczynski. “When evaluating the result, we have to extrapolate the designer’s original intent.”

Wilczynski said trees are often positioned to fill a space or mitigate safety concerns on parallel holes. “But usually they’re planted too close together because of a desire for instant results,” he said.

Wilczynski and Stachecki said it’s common for golf course superintendents to “get pushback” from members and golfers when they propose removing trees. “We’ve been impressed with the process the Greens Committee at Warwick Hills has gone through to educate the membership.  They’ve done it the right way.”

It’s a collaborative process Wilczynski always tries to foster with clients. “The results are always better when everyone’s on the same page, working toward the same goal and vision” he said.

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Tiger Woods Excites Golf Athletes in Japan

Woods wraps up his visit to Asia with a stop in Tokyo

(RELEASE) - Tiger Woods followed up his visit to Shanghai with a stop in Tokyo to further inspire young golf athletes and help energize the sport in Asia.

Woods conducted a clinic for 72 lucky golfers at the Hanz Golf Club in Yokohama. The fans were selected through an online write-in contest where they shared their passion and commitment for the sport of golf. Woods took the group through his normal warm-up routine and provided insights about achieving both distance and accuracy.

“I have a passion for coaching,” said Woods. “It’s always fun for me to share my insights and see an immediate improvement in those who want to learn. It’s like watching a light bulb switch on. It’s a cool feeling.”

Before meeting with golf fans at the Nike Store in Harajuku, Woods surprised fans by hosting a hitting contest at Tokyo’s famed Shinjuku train station. With more than 750,000 people passing through every day, the Shinjuku station is considered to be the busiest in the world. Woods competed with three golfers in a lob-shot contest and a driving distance competition at the center of the busy railway station.

“My trip to Japan was a lot of fun. It was a perfect ending to an amazing trip,” said Woods. “Nike is a great partner in bringing energy to this sport that I love. With this visit to Asia, I hope we were able to influence many to either take up the sport for the first time or inspire those who already play golf, to play more.”

Justin Rose Wins Zurich Classic with R15 Driver, AeroBurner Fairway and Tour Preferred EF Wedges

What You Need To Know:
* Rose’s win is another for TaylorMade’s new R15 driver, the most technologically-advanced driver in company history. Rose plays an R15 430 at 9.5* with a Kuro Kage 70 XTS shaft and the dual weights split for maximum stability.

* Rose’s victory is the second for the company’s new Tour Preferred EF wedge, with the first coming by way of Dustin Johnson’s win at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. After playing the 60* Tour Grind at the Shell Houston Open, Rose added the 52* & 56* ATV grind to his bag the week of the Masters.

* Rose also played the AeroBurner TP fairway wood, which he added to his bag at the Farmers Insurance Open. Rose likes that he can hit a cut without sacrificing distance.

* With the win, Rose now has a victory in 6 consecutive years on the PGA TOUR, the second longest active streak on tour (Dustin Johnson has 8) – the win is Rose’s 7th on the PGA TOUR.

* Rose plays the Tour Preferred X Ball with the number 99.

In Rose’s Winning Bag:
* R15 430 Driver – 9.5* (Mitsubushi Kuro Kage 70 XTS)
* AeroBurner TP Fairway – 15* (Matrix OZIK 8M3 Black Tie)
* R15 Fairway – 19* (Matrix MFS X)
* Tour Preferred MB Irons (2014) – 4-9, PW
* Tour Preferred EF Wedge – 52* & 56* (ATV Grind)
* Tour Preferred EF Wedge – 60* (Tour Grind)
* White Smoke (Custom Milled) DA-62 Putter
* Tour Preferred X Golf Ball
* adidas Golf adicross Gripmore Footwear
* New Era TM 39Thirty Headwear
* TaylorMade Staff Bag
* Ashworth Golf Apparel

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Titleist is No. 1 Ball at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans

(RELEASE) - Despite some wet weather on the bayou, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans is under way and the scoreboard is lighting up as many of the world's best players are taking it low at TPC Louisiana.

One player who got of to a fast start was Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendon De Jonge, who equaled the low round of the day on Thursday with a bogey-free, 8-under 64.  After a 78-minute rain delay, De Jonge was able to attack the 7,425-yard Pete Dye layout by hitting fairways and firing right at pins.

“Yeah, it got a little tricky after the rain,” De Jonge explained, “and it got muddy out there. But still the course was there for the taking.”

Pro V1x loyalist David Hearn also took advantage of the conditions, shooting a 7-under 65.

“I hit it on a lot of fairways and gave myself a lot of chances from there. Even though it's generous off the tee, you have to put yourself in good spots.  You can't be in the rough out there.”

Considering the opening-round scores and the prospect of continued soft conditions, fans could be treated to a shootout this weekend in the Big Easy. And to go low, the vast majority of players will be teeing up a Titleist golf ball.

A total of 103 players in this week's field are playing a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than five times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist is also No. 1 in the sand, lob and approach wedges category (164) as well as putters (55).

Sunice Outfits Brooke Henderson and Family

(Montreal, Canada) - Conrad Tappert, President of Sunice was bursting with pride when he announced that Canadian golf phenomenon Brooke Henderson had signed a multi-year agreement to wear Sunice golf gear.

"Not only is Brooke an awesome golfer: 14-victories worldwide including the individual title at the 2014 Women's World Team Championship, runner-up at the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur and a top ten finish at last year's U.S. Women's Open; she is a really charming person with a close-knit family," said Tappert.

"When we met Brooke for the first time, she was with her dad and her sister Brittany, who is also an incredible golfer.  We quickly realized that the whole family was really like a golf team so we decided to outfit all of them," added Tappert.

"When it comes to golf, I guess I am not your typical 17-year old but when it comes to my family, I most certainly am. I am so happy and grateful to have their support each and every day.  Now, thanks to Sunice, we all look really good too," said Henderson with a chuckle.

Since turning pro in December, Henderson has been playing almost non-stop and this will continue throughout 2015 as she participates in a wide variety of events that include a mix of LPGA, Symetra and mini-tour events.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Tiger Woods and Nike Inspire Young Athletes in China

Tiger Woods and Yao Ming Team Up in China
Globally recognized athlete Tiger Woods visits Shanghai
(RELEASE) - In his second visit to China with Nike in five years, Tiger Woods spent the day at the Nike campus in Shanghai meeting with employees, young golf athletes and legendary basketball star Yao Ming.

“It’s great to be back in China once again with Nike. The enthusiasm I’ve seen here is infectious and it was great to speak to so many Chinese golf fans,” said Woods. “There are a lot of young and talented athletes here with huge potential to bring golf in China to the next level.”

Woods connected with Shanghai native Yao on their shared love for the game of golf. Yao, an eight-time NBA All-Star and current owner of the Shanghai Knights basketball team, is a passionate golfer.

“It is a great honor to meet Tiger in person and to share our experiences in sport to encourage young athletes to pursue their dreams,” said Yao. “Hopefully we inspired and motivated kids to challenge themselves and push the limits to accomplish their ultimate goals.”

Woods also spent time instructing approximately 40 junior golfers, providing insights on different aspects of the game. Nike had converted its campus football pitch into a small golf course for the day. Woods judged the Vapor City Challenge Final contest, a regional contest, and personally presented one individual and three team awards for driving distance, chipping and putting accuracy.

After Shanghai, Woods will visit Tokyo on April 26 for the second leg of his tour in Asia.

Rockwind Community Links Set to Debut with PGA TOUR Star Fred Couples

New Municipal Course a Trailblazer in Uniting Golf with Community

(Hobbs, New Mexico) — Fred Couples, a Hall of Fame professional golfer and former three-time captain of the Presidents Cup U.S. team, will be on hand to celebrate the May 18 official grand opening of the City of Hobbs’ new Rockwind Community Links.  An exciting day of activities with Couples is planned to mark the occasion.

“We are most fortunate to have Fred Couples join us for our grand opening celebration,” said Hobbs City Manager J.J. Murphy.  “Fred is admired not only for his impressive playing record but also as a gracious competitor, role model and approachable personality.  This will be a memorable day for Hobbs.”

The highly anticipated municipal facility includes a championship 18-hole course, a 9-hole par-3 circuit and expansive practice facilities all designed by Scottsdale, Arizona, architect Andy Staples, ASGCA.  Embracing the name “Community Links,” a concept introduced by Staples, the focus of the entire project was to link the golf course to the fabric of life in Hobbs.  Rockwind Community Links provides a welcoming environment to bring families, kids and new golfers of all ages together via the game of golf.

Couples, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013, has enjoyed a distinguished career.  He earned 15 PGA TOUR victories, won the Masters in 1992 and to date has claimed 11 Champions Tour titles.  Couples also played on five Ryder Cup teams and four Presidents Cup squads.

An evergreen fan favorite, Couples is noted for his seemingly effortless swing, booming drives and easy-going manner.  He learned to play golf at a Seattle municipal course and so his participation in the Rockwind Community Links opening is a meaningful connection. Following a ribbon-cutting and ceremonial drive, Couples will join groups in the invitational golf tournament to hit shots, pose for photographs and present awards afterwards.

The City of Hobbs is marketing teams of four golfers to play in the official grand opening tournament on May 18 with Fred Couples.  The cost of a foursome is $1,000 and no individual playing spots will be sold.  Lunch and an awards reception with Couples are part of the package. Pre-paid reservations for groups may be made through Rockwind Community Links starting on April 30 by calling (575) 397-9297.  Tournament e-mail inquiries should be sent to Linda Howell at

The public will be able to book tee times online at or by calling the golf pro shop at (575) 397-9297.