Thursday, August 17, 2017

Carr Golf Announces Winners of World Invitational Father & Son Tournament

Teams from 12 Countries Competed at Famed Waterville Golf Links in 28th-Annual Event

(DUBLIN, Ireland) – Carr Golf  – Ireland and Scotland’s premier provider of unforgettable golf vacations – announces David and Hugh Foley won the 28th-annual World Invitational Father & Son Tournament held Aug. 9 – 13 on renowned Waterville Golf Links in County Kerry.

Carr Golf hosted 94 teams from 12 different countries: U.S., Canada, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil and South Africa. The extraordinary event featured four nights’ accommodations, daily full Irish breakfast and lunch, welcome cocktail reception, practice round, three tournament rounds, long drive competition, tournament gifts and photo, transfers within Waterville, nightly entertainment, gala dinner, prize ceremony and tournament concierge.

Playing out of Royal Dublin Golf Club, the Foley duo finished at 19-under-par to win the championship division handily by five shots over the second place team of Ralph and Chad Woodman from Portsmouth Country Club and Old Mill Golf Club respectively. The teams of John and Tom Caravolas from Charles River Country Club and Gene and Joseph playing out of Connecticut’s Stanwich Golf Club, tied for third at 13-under-par. The Foleys’, compiling an impressive 18 birdies over the 54 holes of competition, also won the gross division for the second year in a row.

Dignitaries in the field included the Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella, Former horseracing jockey, Sir A.P. McCoy, who has ridden over 4,000 winners, and former Ireland rugby captain Keith Wood. Chris Snow from The Country Club of Virginia enjoyed a “slam dunk” hole-in-one using a 7-iron on the par-3 12th hole in the second round. To access photos of the event, please click here.

“The 28th rendition of the annual father and son tournament was another smashing success for our signature event,” says Marty Carr, Carr Golf’s tournament host. “To witness the pure joy of competition and abundance of camaraderie while playing on one of the world’s great layouts was an incredible pleasure to be part of.”

Information about the 29th Annual World Invitational Father & Son Tournament, to be held Aug.  8 - 12, 2018, may be found here. For more details contact Alison Duffin at alison.duffin@carrgolf.com.

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

The Diplomat Beach Resort to Exhibit at IMEX America this October

With more than 200,000-square-feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, the newly transformed, iconic hotel offers clients a wide range of options

(Hollywood, FL) – The Diplomat Beach Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton will be exhibiting at IMEX America (booth number A1711), at Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 10 – 12. More than 3,000 suppliers from every sector of the global meetings industry will come together in Las Vegas and the newly transformed Diplomat will join other U.S. domestic suppliers, global tourist offices, convention bureaus, major hotel companies, conference and exhibition centers, cruise lines, airlines, spa resorts, technology providers and event management specialists, to name a few.

More than 4,000 qualified buyers from all industry sectors come to IMEX to plan and book everything from high-level incentives to huge association conventions. Attendees of IMEX will learn, network and connect with the global meetings industry over three days and can schedule one-on-one meetings with exhibitors.

Fresh off a $100 million transformation, The Diplomat's re-defined amenities aim to deliver an all-encompassing group experience, without ever leaving the resort. The oceanfront, experiential destination resort, offers a renewed take on meetings, conventions and incentive trips, proving that the property is more than simply a vacation spot. As part of Curio Collection by Hilton, a global set of distinguished upscale hotels handpicked for its unique character, The Diplomat redefines comfort and style with 1,000 guestrooms, making it one of South Florida’s top convention hotels with the most rooms – ideal for large groups, business or incentive travelers.

The property also offers more than 209,000 square feet of interior flexible function and meeting spaces, suitable to accommodate 10 to 5,000 guests, and is complimented by remarkable outside venues, highlighting all that South Florida has to offer. Additionally, the resort boasts 10 new culinary concepts; an infinity pool with two cascading waterfalls that fall into a 240-foot lagoon pool, Dip+Slide and cabanas, a Blue Wave-certified beach; Diplomat Golf and Tennis Club, Diplomat Kids Club, a private marina located on its Intracoastal waterway dock featuring fishing, sailing and yachting charters; water sports, a deluxe spa, complete business center and 24-hour fitness studio.

The Diplomat offers clients a wide range of options and high-level services, proving they have what it takes to make any sort of occasion a success. The resort’s smart design provides easy flow between the guest accommodations and meeting spaces. Among the convention center’s pre-function areas and indoor and outdoor settings, planners can choose from the 50,000-square-foot Great Hall or 20,000-square-foot ocean view Grand Ballroom. For smaller gatherings, the resort offers three additional ballrooms and 39 breakout rooms, many of which feature natural light and balconies overlooking the ocean. Following is an overview of a variety of the resort’s meeting and event offerings:
- Experienced event planning and catering teams
- 50,000-square-foot Great Hall
- 20,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom
- Three additional ballrooms spanning from 9,000 to 11,000 square-feet
- 39 breakout rooms, ideal for smaller events
- Boardrooms with natural light
- Extensive pre-function space
- Outdoor event areas overlooking the ocean and Intracoastal Waterway
- Comprehensive technology and on-site IT, audiovisual and transportation services
- Teleconferencing, high speed Internet access; fiber optic lines for direct camera feed and T-1 phone lines in every room
- Kosher kitchen and kosher or non-kosher catering menus
- Specialty packages, rates, booking incentives and programming

The Diplomat continues to serve as the premier location for business travel, large-scale conferences, weddings and milestone occasions in South Florida. “Every nuance, detail, sight, sound and flavor will reflect your individuality when you host your event at our property,” says Steve Silverman, Director of Sales, The Diplomat Beach Resort.  “Beachfront gatherings, poolside receptions and creative interiors offer the perfect backdrop for your special occasion. Our award-winning team of culinary and event professionals will help you create a memorable experience that is distinctively yours.”

The Diplomat also offers an exclusive Golf & Tennis Club across the street from the resort.

As the property attracts guests from around the globe, it is conveniently located at 3555 South Ocean Drive in Hollywood, Florida, only 10 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and 30 minutes from Miami International Airport.

Representatives of The Diplomat Beach Resort, including Amanda Harris, Director of PR & Marketing, Steve Silverman, Director of Sales, Malely Davilia, Director of National Accounts and Elizabeth Winstanely, Director of National Account- Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Specialist, will be attending IMEX this October in Las Vegas.

For more information on The Diplomat Beach Resort, visit http://www.diplomatresort.com/.

Training System Launches for People Looking to Improve Their Golf Game

Shawn Balow, owner of Tampa Strength, is launching a new online program specifically for improving golf performance called Golf Training Systems

(Tampa, FL) - Golf Training Systems is designed to enhance performance by increasing power output and movement efficiency, while at the same time decreasing the risk of injury. Training with this system will give each golfer the tools to rapidly improve their game.

“The focus is to help people achieve their training goals through a fun, unique and extremely effective training system,” say owner and head coach Shawn Balow. “Integrating sound exercises with innovative methods enables our program to get you results!”

When you join Golf Training System’s community, you’ll be receiving information and training directly from the professionals that work everyday to improve the performance of others looking to enhance their golf game.

For those who join, they’ll have the opportunity to do an initial TPI assessment. The TPI assessment is a very detailed report on your overall golf mobility and fitness compared to PGA tour players. This information will be used to create a personalized 3-month workout program targeting the things you need to work on to take your game to the next level.

“I’ve worked with a lot of coaches over the years and few can match the experience, qualifications, and passion that Shawn has for helping his clients,” says Mark de Grasse, founder and editor of Mad Fit Magazine. “Shawn has taken the best of Unconventional Training and applied it effectively to hundreds of people.”

Mark de Grasse is the former editor and owner of My Mad Methods Magazine and the original Chief Fitness Officer of Onnit Labs. He helped create the Onnit Academy and Onnit Academy Level One Certification and currently partners with innovative fitness companies to bring their products to market. He is also the current owner and editor of Mad Fit Magazine.

Golf Training Systems is planning to launch the first 3-month program in early September. For more information, go to tampastrengthonline.com.

Wounded Vets Honored at WGA BMW Championship, September 12 at Conway Farms Golf Club

(RELEASE) - Tuesdays before PGA Tour events are typically serene practice days when the competing golf pros learn the course and plot their tournament strategy. But Tuesday, September 12 will be quite a bit more exciting for the 50 or so wounded veterans from the Chicagoland area who will be on hand during Pro Practice Day at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois, home of the WGA’s BMW Championship, which begins on September 14.

September 12 is Disabled Veterans Appreciation Day (DVAD) at this PGA Tour event and these honored soldiers will view golf demonstrations and receive tips from the golfing stars. The vets also will enjoy a “meet and greet” with the pros and get the opportunity to watch their favorite players practice. It is a day to let vets with special needs know that golf can still be a fun, fulfilling part of their lives.

Hosted by The Freedom Golf Association (www.fgagolf.org) in conjunction with the Western Golf Association, the veterans also will enjoy a special luncheon in their honor and learn about how they can become part of the Freedom Golf Association family as adaptive golf players or adaptive golf coaches. FGA is the Illinois-based non-profit organization that is helping to spearhead the growing local and national movement to make the game of golf accessible to persons with impairments.

“We are thrilled to honor our veterans at this great BMW Championship,” said E.Q. Sylvester, a triple-amputee who founded FGA and is a Director of the WGA. “We have found that these amazing people who have taken up the great game of golf, have seen wonderful improvements in their lives resulting from the social, therapeutic, and rehabilitative benefits of this game. Some have attended our clinics to learn how to play golf, but others have gone on to be trained as adaptive golf coaches, adding more joy to their own population.”

The day will begin with special luncheon at noon under the Patriots Outpost at the WGA/Evans Scholars hospitality tent near the 16th green. E.Q. Sylvester will speak to the group, thank them for their service, and encourage them to make golf part of their lives.

After lunch, the honored veterans will spend the afternoon viewing the action and then be treated to a golf demonstration at the practice range at 3pm. As part of this special day, the vets will learn about the many types of adaptive golf equipment that are available to them and how the FGA goes about assessing their needs, helping them find the right equipment, and offering coaching and clinics led by players who are specially trained to teach adaptive golf. Finally, they will learn about the growing number of golf courses that have become aligned with FGA and are becoming accessible to golfers with special needs.

To show their appreciation and support, the Western Golf Association has arranged for the veterans to receive passes to attend all four days of the BMW Championship. Veterans who are unable to walk the course will be offered golf carts and staff assistance.


“We know that there are many disabled vets—and other people with special needs—who have not lost their love of golf and still want to play to the best of their ability,” said Vince Pelligrino, Tournament Chairman of the Western Golf Association. “We hope that this day will bring inspiration to those who didn’t realize that golf was accessible to them. There still is nothing that beats a day out on the course and we encourage everyone with the passion to get out and enjoy this wonderful pastime.”

For more information about the BMW Championship FGA’s Disabled Veterans Appreciation Day on September 12, please contact Sally Ruecking, Director of Development for the Freedom Golf Association, at 630-455-6018 or send an email to playgolf@fgagolf.org.

About Freedom Golf Association
Freedom Golf Association (FGA), a 501(C)3 non-profit charitable organization, is the leading adaptive golf organization in Illinois and is a charter member of the United States Adaptive Golf Alliance. FGA was founded in July 2012 by Edmund (E.Q.) Sylvester. E.Q. is a director of the Western Golf Association (WGA), member of the United States Senior Golf Association (USSGA), member of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and a triple amputee. FGA is dedicated to bringing joy and a sense of freedom to the special needs community through their inclusion in the game of golf.

FGA believes that all special needs individuals deserve a chance to accomplish the same things as any others do and work towards bringing a positive transformation to their lives. FGA contributes to the positive development of those with special needs through the magic of golf.

FGA works to assist individuals with disabilities in many ways:
- Provides professionally run instructional clinics and golf events
- Engages children, adults and veterans with special needs in FREE golf instruction with other classmates
- Conducts adaptive golf training workshops to increase the number of qualified golf coaches to instruct individuals with special needs
- Provides leadership and collaboration with nationally recognized organizations on how to expand/grow adaptive golf programs

Based on its growing understanding of the needs of disabled golfers, the FGA has developed a ground-breaking Adaptive Golf Enhancement Program that increases the golfing ability of special needs golfers. FGA’s golf coaches learn this six-step process, which helps them better understand and enhance the capabilities of special needs golfers.

To assist coaches and special needs golfers in determining what adaptive measures would be most beneficial, FGA recently invested in what they call a “personal swing sensors and computerized program” to 1) measure the disabled golfer’s initial swing path and limitations; 2) develop an appropriate exercise program to improve flexibility and range of motion; and 3) to chart the golfer’s progress, using the initial swing measurements as a baseline.

In 2016, FGA provided more than 1,300 adaptive golf lessons. In the same year, 110 special needs golfers went out and played on the course. Ten individuals became trained FGA Adaptive Golf Coaches, growing the total number to 42.

79 cents out of every dollar received goes to FGA’s special needs golf programs and events. FGA has led 40 Chicagoland courses in becoming accessible to the disabled community.

For more information about the Freedom Golf Association, please visit the official website at www.fgagolf.org and the online newsroom at www.newsline360.com/freedomgolfassociation. Contact FGA by phone at 855-342-4465 or 630-455-6018, or by email at playgolf@fgagolf.org. Donations to Freedom Golf Association can be made at www.fgagolf.org/donate.html.

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Care For Cops Hosts Twelfth Annual Charity Golf Shootout September 4

Event celebrates the great work of Georgia law enforcement officers and raises funds to support the families of those who have fallen in the line of duty

(RELEASE) - The funds raised at the annual event provides immediate resources in times of great need, bridges the financial gap when a loved one is lost, and acknowledges the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers in Georgia.

Founder and CEO David Post, who served in the Marine Corp for 5.5 years and is a Reserve Commander with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department, stated, "It is a moral imperative that we take care of the families of these fallen officers because of their sacrifice and to show them how much we care."

Care For Cops is a non-profit organization that has provided direct financial assistance to more than sixty Georgia law enforcement families since 1999. Every day law enforcement officers risk their lives to protect and serve. Through Care For Cops, the community has the opportunity to donate resources intended to compensate families immediately after the loss of their loved one.

"I have seen first-hand, at the time it was most needed, the positive impact that Care For Cops has made in the lives of Georgia law enforcement families. It is an organization doing the right things for the right reasons," said C. Norwood Davis III, CFO, 12Stone Church.

Tragic events in the past several years have made us all more aware of the sacrifices that these men and women make each and every day. It is time to take care of the families our fallen officers have left behind. Reserve your spot or make a donation by calling our office at 470.219.5027 or visiting our website at www.Care4Cops.org.

Event Details:
- Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
- Time: 10:00 am
- Location: TPC Sugarloaf Country Club
- Cost: Individual Golfers ($125.00) / Law Enforcement & Firefighters ($75)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

PGA Fashion & Demo Experience Introduces New Venues, Grows Participation and Drives Business

(LAS VEGAS) — The 2017 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience, Aug. 14-16, welcomed thousands of PGA Professionals, golf buyers and business leaders from 45 U.S. states and 30 countries to Las Vegas for three busy days of merchandise sourcing, product testing, education, professional networking and special events.

Two new event venues were extremely well received by attending professionals – the annual Pro-Pro Tournament moved to the award-winning TPC Las Vegas and the PGA Demo Experience relocated to the climate-controlled environment of Topgolf Las Vegas – a flagship property of the popular golf entertainment destination. Merchandise exhibits, special events and education programs returned to the upscale setting of the Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian Hotel.

The PGA Fashion & Demo Experience featured the participation of nearly 200 golf companies and brands including up-and-coming designers, entrepreneurs entering the market, veteran golf manufacturers, established apparel brands and market leaders such as Callaway, Cobra Golf, PING, Srixon/Cleveland Golf, TaylorMade Golf, Titleist, Tour Edge and Wilson. Top apparel brands took advantage of the upscale PGA Fashion & Demo Experience setting and simultaneous timing of Las Vegas Fashion Week including brands such as Ahead, Antigua, Bobby Jones, Callaway Apparel, Cutter & Buck, Donald Ross, Dunning, ECCO, EP NY (formerly EP Pro), FJ, Fairway & Greene, Greg Norman Collection, Jamie Sadock, J. Lindeberg, Linksoul, Peter Millar, PING Apparel, SKECHERS, Straight Down, Travis Mathew, Under Armour, Vineyard Vines and Zero Restriction.

"The PGA Fashion & Demo Experience in Las Vegas comes at an ideal time of year and serves a vital purpose for those PGA Professionals who are preparing budgets and making business decisions for 2018," noted PGA President Paul Levy. "For those PGA Professionals in Sun Belt regions and in the western United States, it is especially convenient to come to Las Vegas in August to catch up on what is happening in the golf industry, discover the latest merchandise and update themselves with education, instruction and business seminars. It has been a very worthwhile and productive three days."

Attendance at the PGA Demo Experience nearly doubled and education conference participation was up 18 percent. Influential PGA Professionals and buyers, traveling from 45 states and 30 countries, joined industry leaders and a crossover of apparel buyers from Las Vegas Fashion Week trade shows to build strong buyer engagement with vendors on the Show Floor. PGA Professional attendance was up 8 percent and key buyer attendance up 1 percent, while overall attendance decreased slightly. The top five countries (outside of U.S.) represented in attendance were Canada, Korea, Mexico, Japan and the United Kingdom. The top five U.S. states represented in attendance were California, Nevada, Arizona, Florida and Texas.


2017 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience Highlights
Pro-Pro Tournament
In the 4th Annual PGA Fashion & Demo Experience Pro-Pro Tournament on Monday, Aug. 14, at breezy TPC Las Vegas, four teams tied for the title at 5-under-par 66 in the four-ball competition. That meant a playoff for the second consecutive year, a familiar position for the team of PGA Professionals Travis Long and Troy Helseth of Anthem Country Club in suburban Las Vegas, who fell in a dramatic seven-hole playoff in 2016.

"That’s the second straight year we have bogeyed the final hole to drop into a playoff," lamented Helseth, lauding the move by tournament officials to play an alternate-shot format to expedite the playoff and accommodate eight players. "It was a lot of fun out there – we love this event and the golf course was in great condition. The wind came up the last six or seven holes and it was difficult, but it was tough for everybody."

In the alternate-shot playoff, the team of Karrin Dickinson and Matthew Brooks of Superstition Mountain in Gold Canyon, Arizona, parred the first hole (the par-4 10th) to earn the $2,400 first-place check. Eric Lohman and Chi Choi of Monarch Beach Golf Links in Florida; the team of Richard Prange-D.K. Kim of Desert Mountain Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., and the Las Vegas "locals" of Long and Helseth shared second, third and fourth-place money.

PGA Demo Experience
Following the tournament, industry professionals turned out in large numbers to fill the hitting bays and test the newest equipment and technology at the all-new PGA Demo Experience, Aug. 14, in the climate-controlled, exciting setting of Topgolf Las Vegas. Market leaders such as Callaway, Cobra Golf, PING, Srixon/Cleveland Golf, TaylorMade Golf, Titleist, Tour Edge, Wilson and many others offered products for testing in the sold-out Topgolf Level 1 hitting bays. Putting demonstrations were available on a specially-designed putting green in the East Room and PGA Professionals and buyers browsed the newest golf merchandise in an indoor marketplace in the Central and West Rooms. Additionally, skills contests and industry networking in the popular golf entertainment destination made it an enjoyable evening for all.

"Topgolf is the perfect venue for a testing opportunity like this. It’s a high energy, fun environment where everyone can enjoy themselves, have a bite to eat and hit some golf balls," said Aaron Bonar, PGA Professional at Woods N’ Irons in Burleson, Texas.

Titleist returned to the PGA Show in Las Vegas and PGA Professionals filled their hitting bays at Topgolf to test the newest irons. "The PGA Demo Experience at Topgolf has been a tremendous opportunity for us to show everyone our new 718 AP3 irons for the first time while connecting and networking with so many PGA Professionals. We’re happy to say that the early feedback on our AP3 irons has been tremendous," said John Hahn, Titleist sales representative.

Marty Lass, PGA Head Professional at Edina Country Club in Minneapolis, attended his first PGA Fashion & Demo Experience this year. "We don’t usually get to see the new equipment from so many major manufacturers at this time of year in Minnesota, so the PGA Demo Experience has been exceptional. To have Titleist, TaylorMade, PING, Callaway, Cobra, Srixon along with Miura, Wilson and Tour Edge and so many others is a big, big plus. It was great to see so many companies."

"The PGA Demo Experience at Topgolf was a home run for PING and for the golf industry," said PING regional sales manager Gene Graham. "There was a lot of energy and interest, and I would say it was one of the best-attended Demo Experiences I have seen in many years in Las Vegas. We were able to let PGA Professionals and industry leaders test our new G400 series of drivers, fairways and irons, so that was a great opportunity for us to connect with new and existing accounts. The PGA Demo Experience was a win-win for everyone involved."

Show Floor of the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 15-16, PGA Professionals and golf buyers filled the aisles of the Palazzo Ballroom in search of the newest merchandise for their members and customers among some of the best brands in golf with a special focus on golf fashion. Top apparel brands included Ahead, Antigua, Bobby Jones, Callaway Apparel, Cutter & Buck, Donald Ross, Dunning, ECCO, EP NY (formerly EP Pro), FJ, Fairway & Greene, Greg Norman Collection, Jamie Sadock, J. Lindeberg, Linksoul, Peter Millar, PING Apparel, SKECHERS, Straight Down, Travis Mathew, Under Armour, Vineyard Vines, Zero Restriction and many others.

Veteran golf manufacturers, established apparel brands, up-and-coming designers and entrepreneurs entering the market showed off their newest merchandise to interested buyers looking for the perfect mix of popular, trending and new products.

"This has been a very productive PGA Show for us," said Steve Coan, Trade Marketing Manager for FootJoy. "We bring in four FootJoy representatives from surrounding states and they were pre-booked with appointments almost from start to finish. They are writing orders and our stop-by traffic also has been very steady. The PGA Las Vegas Show is a good investment, because we are able to see and serve several accounts from Arizona, Nevada, Utah, California and other states, but we also had good meetings with some of our key national accounts."

Attendees were able to easily navigate the PGA Show Floor and source from a comprehensive product mix.

"This was my first PGA Show in Las Vegas, and I liked how easy it is to see everything on the Show floor," said Diana D’Alessio, PGA Professional at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz. "I saw a lot of new, unique items I haven't seen from vendors who visit us, so it was a successful trip. There were some training aids and apparel companies I haven't seen before, so it was a good opportunity to become acquainted with their lines of products."

One newcomer to the event included ZeroTie shoes, golf shoes featuring a hands-free tying mechanism. "The traffic and the interest in our no-tie lines of footwear have been phenomenal at our first Las Vegas PGA Show. We weren’t sure what to expect, since this is a new product on the golf scene, but the response has been fabulous," said Jim Hand, regional manager of ZeroTie.

"The PGA Fashion & Demo Experience was very productive for us from several perspectives," said Dave Leveille, president of Oxford, which introduced a full collection of apparel, shoes and outerwear at the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience. "We felt we needed to create a full lifestyle brand, something you can wear every day with a more sophisticated color palate. Our performance apparel has been very well received. The key to good performance apparel is care, and our lines are some of the easiest to care for in the business."

Live Fashion Show
Tuesday evening, Aug. 15, concluded with the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience Live Fashion Show and Networking Reception. Many of the latest golf lifestyle collections by the industry’s top designers were showcased as the runway production was emceed by Golf Channel Host, Reporter and Writer Bailey Mosier.

Live Fashion Show participating brands included Birdies and Bows, Callaway Golf Apparel, Daily Sports, Denise Cronwall Activewear, Garb Inc, Idil Tarzi Fashion Design, Jofit, Just4Golf, Kevan Hall Sport, LIJA, Movêtes, SKECHERS, Straight Down Clothing Co., Travis Mathew Apparel, Under Armour and Wellness Interactive Branding.

Immediately following the Live Fashion Show, exhibitor booths remained open for business during a Networking Reception for buyers to enjoy the extended hours to explore, browse, and discuss all the latest finds on the Show Floor.

Education Conference
In addition to a vibrant Show Floor, PGA Professionals took advantage of a full schedule of certification programs, daily keynote presentations and classroom sessions focusing on instruction, leadership, golf fitness, retail and marketing during the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience Education Conference, Aug. 14-16.

"The timing of the PGA Show in Las Vegas is perfect for me, and I've never seen such a variety of teaching seminars," said Mark Peterson, PGA Professional at Carthage (Missouri) Golf Course.

The keynote presentation on Tuesday, Aug. 15, featured PGA of America Chief Membership Officer John Easterbrook, PGA, moderating a special panel discussion titled "Characteristics of PGA Members Sought After by Top Employers." Panelists included Troon Golf Chairman and CEO Dana Garmany, PGA; GolfTEC CEO and Co-Founder Joe Assell, PGA; and UNLV PGA Golf Management Program Director Dr. Chris Cain, PGA.

On Aug. 16, the keynote focused on teaching with "Best Business Practices of Award-Winning Instructors." PGA Master Professional Dawes Marlatt, Senior Director of Education & Organizational Development for the PGA of America, moderated a panel that included 2016 PGA Teacher of the Year Mike Adams, 2011 PGA Teacher of the Year Mike Malaska, and 2015 LPGA Teacher of the Year and PGA Master Professional Alison Curdt.

"I always find something new at the Las Vegas PGA Show product-wise, and the education seminars were exceptional. Learning from our peers and industry experts has always been one of my favorite parts of attending any PGA Show," said Michael Stilson, PGA Professional at Morrow Bay Golf Course in Cambria, Calif.

Tuesday afternoon, PGA Professionals heard an update on PGA of America membership initiatives and were able to ask questions during a PGA Town Hall featuring PGA President Paul Levy and Easterbrook.

PGA Fashion & Demo Experience Award Winners
PGA Professionals and top golf industry buyers voted for the best new product among the merchandise displayed in the PGA Show New Product Showcase. The 2017 New Product Showcase winner is SelfieGOLF USA, a versatile training system allowing the user to capture hands-free video with complete stability from any position or any surface. www.selfiegolfusa.com

Influential PGA Professionals and golf buyers also voted one exhibitor new to the PGA Show as the Top Buyers Choice. The 2017 Top Buyers Choice is Tzu Tzu Sport, colorful golfwear infused with eye-catching embellishments, sassy details and a flattering fit. www.tzutzusport.com

2018 PGA Shows – Save the Dates
The 2018 U.S. PGA Merchandise Show is scheduled for Jan. 23-26, in Orlando. Visit PGAShow.com for detailed information. The 2018 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience is scheduled for Aug. 13-15, in Las Vegas. Visit PGALasVegas.com for detailed information.

Team Secret Golf Pros Brittany Lang, Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller to Compete on the US Solheim Team

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) – Team Secret Golf LPGA professionals Brittany Lang, Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller look to lead the United States team in the upcoming Solheim Cup matches. The biggest team event in women’s international golf features a trio of American players who have combined to represent the USA in 12 Solheim Cup competitions.

“We are delighted three members of Team Secret Golf are on the American Solheim Cup team,” said Steve Elkington, the co-founder of Secret Golf and a 10-time winner on the PGA Tour, including the 1995 PGA Championship and both the 1991 and 1997 Players Championship. “It’s really no surprise that Stacy Lewis, Gerina Piller and Brittany Lang are on the team. Stacy is one of the most ferocious match play competitors there is.  Gerina holed the pressure putts in Germany for the U.S. team and Brittany is a U.S. Women’s Open champion.”

In 2015, the U.S. side rallied in Germany for a dramatic come-from-behind final day to win the closest Solheim Cup in history and boast a 9-5 record in the series that dates back to 1990. This year’s addition of the biennial event, which features teams from Europe and the U.S., will be contested August 18-20 at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa.

It will be Piller’s third appearance on the U.S. team, as she enjoys a 3-2-2 record in the event. In 2015, she went unbeaten with three wins and one-half.  A dramatic putt on the final hole secured a 1up victory over Caroline Masson and capped America’s historical comeback. Teaming with Lewis, the duo was dominate as they won both their four-ball and foursomes matches, the most impressive being a 5&4 victory over Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall.

Piller also teamed with Lang to earn half a point in the day one four-ball matches.

“I am so honored to represent my country again on the Solheim Cup team,” said Piller, who has played on the LPGA Tour since 2010. “I cannot wait to compete with my teammates. This will be fun.”

 Lang, in her fifth competition, looks to replicate a stellar 2013 performance when she picked up three points for her side. The 2016 U.S. Open Champion has earned 6.5 career points in the event. A veteran of many matches, the experience never gets old.

“I am thrilled to be competing again on the Solheim Cup team,” said Lang.” I want to make fun memories with my teammates and play some great golf. This is such an honor.”

Lewis picked up two wins in four matches in 2015 to post 4.5 points in her career. With two major victories to her credit – the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship and the 2013 Women’s British Open – she looks to join her Secret Golf colleagues in helping the U.S. retain the Solheim Cup this year
The first LPGA Tour sanctioned event in Iowa since 1966, and the first in the state capital since 1956, combined with the unlikely U.S. victory in 2015 sets the stage for an electric competition. LPGA Commissioner Micheal Wan described the upcoming event as an atmosphere that might be found at a football game mixed with a soccer match and a mixed martial arts bout. Sports Illustrated called it “the biggest thing to hit Iowa since the Pope.”

“The Solheim Cup is very intense,” explained Elkington. “It’s so important for each team. The women’s game is just as good as the men’s game. It’s so exciting to watch. There will be huge crowds in Iowa. Our three Team Secret Golf players are absolute gunslingers.”

Team Secret Golf features 17 professionals, including former major champions Jackie Burke, Jr., Elkington, Jason Dufner, Lang and Lewis, and now has claimed 111 events collectively on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Web.com Tour.

For more information about Secret Golf, visit www.secretgolf.com.