Golf News for Friday, August 1, 2014

"Greg Norman Collection is excited to partner with Glove It to offer another extension of the Greg Norman brand," said Denise Grande, Vice President of Licensing, Tharanco Lifestyles. "The appetite for the iconic Shark logo on additional product categories continues to grow and this new partnership helps complete the lifestyle offering." [... more » ]

"Launching Loudmouth China is a tremendous step towards our goal of supporting our customers around the globe. It is very complicated for a foreign corporation to be granted an eCommerce platform by the Chinese government, and we are extremely proud of this accomplishment," Loudmouth President Dennis Green said. [... more » ]

In preparation for the men’s final major championship of the year, Golf Channel is dedicating more than 50 live hours of news, analysis, highlights, interviews, instruction and debate surrounding the 2014 PGA Championship, taking place Monday, Aug. 4 -- Sunday, Aug. 10 at historic Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. [... more » ]

Etowah Valley Golf Club & Lodge offers classic mountain golf at its finest. Located near Asheville, North Carolina, the resort boasts a 27-hole mountain golf course, lodging, restaurants, tennis, swimming and more. Imagine a place in the Southern Highlands where the Great Smoky Mountains weave through the Southern Blue Ridge, creating a scenic plateau 2,200 feet high and 75 miles wide. [... more » ]

"SteelFiber graphite iron shafts are a tour-proven alternative to the old steel shaft designs, and they are providing players with performance advantages that they simply cannot get with steel shafts," says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. [... more » ]

"UST Mamiya wants to congratulate the winner of the RBC Canadian Open," said Robb Schikner, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Fitting is key to maximize performance and we have a variety of products that fit all tour professionals and recreational golfers." [... more » ]

"We value this ranking from MyGolfSpy as their testing system is authentic and is not skewed by other factors like advertising. Also, their readership is intriguing. It is comprised of golfers who eat, live and breathe golf - the consummate golfer. This 'A' rating validates the HIRZL performance factors as well as the fit factors associated with our gloves," said HIRZL Vice President of Sales & Marketing Steve Gray. [... more » ]

In Boys 14, Ryggs Johnston (Montana, USA) posted the best score in tournament history - a 10-under-par 62 that included nine birdies and an eagle - and he had the clubhouse lead at 8-under-par with nine players left to finish. Second-round leader Grant Smith (North Carolina, USA) remained unfazed, as birdies on Nos. 12, 14 and 15 helped him finish with a final-round 69 and a one-stroke victory with a 9-under total. [... more » ]

"We are proud of our Orange County chapter as it continues to grow and reach the children of the community. This Pro-Am is our major fundraiser and its success will fund many of our upcoming initiatives. We encourage golfers to invite their professional to play with them or visa-versa. There is also a significant purse of $10,000 for the Pros," said First Tee of Orange County Vice President Al Morris. [... more » ]

"The experience is a great way for businesses and the community to build comradery while helping a great cause," said Gray Davis, MBA, CPCU, AIS, BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company agency manager and event co-chair. [... more » ]

"This is an exciting time for the PGA of America," said Scott Kmiec, Senior Director of PGA REACH. "Through PGA REACH programming at the PGA Championship, the PGA of America will be in a position to make a more meaningful impact in the communities we serve." [... more » ]

"Last year was the first time I had the privilege of playing in the PNC Father Son so I wasn't quite sure how we would do," said defending champion Stewart Cink. "We ended up playing great and had the best time together. It was an incredible event and a special week for our entire family. Winning the event and sharing the victory with my son was just icing on the cake." [... more » ]

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