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2012 Junior PGA Championship

2012 JUNIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY UNDER ARMOUR AND HERITAGE FOOD SERVICE GROUP 

Dates: July 31- Aug. 3
Site: Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.
2011 Champions: Cody Proveaux of Leesville, S.C., and Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand (she is returning to defend her title, Cody will not)
Special Guest: 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III will be the featured guest/speaker at the Welcome Event on Monday, July 30
Details: The 72-hole Championship will feature a 54-hole cut to the low 30 boys and 30 girls, including ties. Each year the field includes past winners of the Championship, PGA Junior Series event champions, PGA Section winners, many of Polo Golf and Golfweek’s top-ranked players, and selected national junior tournament winners.
Presenting Sponsors: Under Armour and Heritage Food Service Group

TOURNAMENT LINKS
Tournament fact sheet (.pdf) | Junior PGA facts and format (.pdf) | Field list (as of July 26) (.pdf) 
Round 1 tee times and pairings (.pdf)

PHOTO GALLERIES
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FOLLOW THE ACTION ON TWITTER: Hashtag #2012Junior PGA

INTERVIEWS
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PREVIEW STORIES
How to play Sycamore Hills (.pdf)

To succeed at the Junior PGA Championship, the players will need to get off to a sgood start on the front nine, says Sycamore Hills’ PGA Head Professional Tim Frazier. However, he notes, the tournament likely will be decided in a crucial stretch deep in the  back nine.
–Sunday Notebook: Field of 156 elite juniors descends on Sycamore Hills

Ryder Cup Captain Love to speak at Junior PGA’s opening ceremony
Davis Love III, the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup captain and winner of the 1997 PGA Championship, will welcome the players to the Junior PGA Championship on July 30. “I am really looking forward to attending this year’s Junior PGA Championship, where I will be able to share some of my experiences from a game that has taught me so much,” says Love.

Elite field of juniors assembled to play at 37th Junior PGA Championship
Led by two-time U.S. Open participant Beau Hossler, nine of the top 20 players in the Polo Golf Rankings will tee it up in the Boys’ Division of the Junior PGA Championship. Meanwhile, eight of the top 10 players in the Golfweek Junior Rankings, headlined by returning champion Ariya Jutanugarn, are scheduled to compete in the Girls’ Division.

Reigning Girls’ Champion Jutanugarn set to defend at 2012 Junior PGA
Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, who cruised to victory last year, is scheduled to defend her title in the Girls’ Division as the Junior PGA Championship returns to Sycamore Hills for a third consecutive year. Jutanugarn took a 10-stroke lead into the final round and finished with a final-round 70 and 273 total to win by that same margin.

 

 

 

  

2012 Junior PGA Championship

2012 JUNIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY UNDER ARMOUR AND HERITAGE FOOD SERVICE GROUP 

Dates: July 31- Aug. 3
Site: Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.
2011 Champions: Cody Proveaux of Leesville, S.C., and Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand (she is returning to defend her title, Cody will not)
Special Guest: 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III will be the featured guest/speaker at the Welcome Event on Monday, July 30
Details: The 72-hole Championship will feature a 54-hole cut to the low 30 boys and 30 girls, including ties. Each year the field includes past winners of the Championship, PGA Junior Series event champions, PGA Section winners, many of Polo Golf and Golfweek’s top-ranked players, and selected national junior tournament winners.
Presenting Sponsors: Under Armour and Heritage Food Service Group

TOURNAMENT LINKS
Tournament fact sheet (.pdf) | Junior PGA facts and format (.pdf) | Field list (as of July 26) (.pdf) 
Round 1 tee times and pairings (.pdf)

FOLLOW THE ACTION ON TWITTER: Hashtag #2012Junior PGA

PREVIEW STORIES
How to play Sycamore Hills (.pdf)

To succeed at the Junior PGA Championship, the players will need to get off to a sgood start on the front nine, says Sycamore Hills’ PGA Head Professional Tim Frazier. However, he notes, the tournament likely will be decided in a crucial stretch deep in the  back nine.
–Sunday Notebook: Field of 156 elite juniors descends on Sycamore Hills

Ryder Cup Captain Love to speak at Junior PGA’s opening ceremony
Davis Love III, the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup captain and winner of the 1997 PGA Championship, will welcome the players to the Junior PGA Championship on July 30. “I am really looking forward to attending this year’s Junior PGA Championship, where I will be able to share some of my experiences from a game that has taught me so much,” says Love.

Elite field of juniors assembled to play at 37th Junior PGA Championship
Led by two-time U.S. Open participant Beau Hossler, nine of the top 20 players in the Polo Golf Rankings will tee it up in the Boys’ Division of the Junior PGA Championship. Meanwhile, eight of the top 10 players in the Golfweek Junior Rankings, headlined by returning champion Ariya Jutanugarn, are scheduled to compete in the Girls’ Division.

Reigning Girls’ Champion Jutanugarn set to defend at 2012 Junior PGA
Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, who cruised to victory last year, is scheduled to defend her title in the Girls’ Division as the Junior PGA Championship returns to Sycamore Hills for a third consecutive year. Jutanugarn took a 10-stroke lead into the final round and finished with a final-round 70 and 273 total to win by that same margin.

 

 

 

  

CBS to air ‘Road to the PGA Championship’

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – PGA Professional National Champion Matt Dobyns of Sea Cliff, N.Y., who completed a stunning June debut in the showcase event for PGA Professionals, will be one of several PGA Professionals featured in the CBS Sports special “The Road to the PGA Championship,” which debuts Sunday, July 29, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT. The program, featuring behind-the-scenes stories of some of the competitors in the Season’s Final Major, will be aired in four separate rebroadcasts, beginning Aug. 1, on Golf Channel.

Marking its seventh consecutive year and narrated by CBS Sports announcer Verne Lundquist, “The Road to the PGA Championship” also features the 45th PGA Professional National Championship conducted in June at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, Calif. The Championship was the springboard to a 20-player delegation earning berths in the 94th PGA Championship, Aug. 6-12, at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.

Dobyns, the 34-year-old PGA head professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, N.Y., was the eighth player to capture the PGA Professional National Championship in his first appearance, June 27, winning by an eight-stroke margin and breaking a 41-year mark by legendary Sam Snead. Dobyns is the seventh Metropolitan PGA Section member to capture the National Championship and will make his first major championship appearance.

Joining Dobyns in the PGA Championship will be PGA Professionals who each share a compelling story reflecting their career and a quest for competing at The Ocean Course. They include:

Brian Cairns of Walled Lake, Mich., a 48-year-old PGA teaching professional at Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, Mich., who makes his second straight PGA Championship appearance. Cairns has played a large role in the Detroit inner-city golf and life skills program, “Midnight Golf.”

Kelly Mitchum, 41, of Southern Pines, N.C., is a PGA assistant professional at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort, and earned his fourth PGA Championship trip after last competing in 2007.

Corey Prugh, 31, of Spokane, Wash., is a PGA assistant professional at Manito Golf Country Club in Spokane, and earned his first PGA Championship appearance. Prugh’s younger brother, Alex, is a member of the web.com Tour; and father, Steve, is president of the Pacific Northwest PGA Section.

Jeff Coston, 56, a PGA teaching professional from Blaine, Wash., is the owner-operator of the Jeff Coston Golf Academy at Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine. He makes his fourth PGA Championship appearance, and returns to The Ocean Course after finishing as Low PGA Club Professional in the 2007 Senior PGA Championship.

The program also features: Rod Perry, 38, the PGA head professional at Crane Lakes Golf Course in Port Orange, Fla., whose facility is a showcase for accessible, affordable golf; the first father-son duo to compete in the same PGA Professional National Championship – PGA teaching professional Jack Seltzer, 61, of the Kendall Academy of Golf in Ypsilanti, Mich., and John Seltzer, 33, the PGA head professional of the Polo Fields Golf Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.; 2011 National Champion David Hutsell, 41, the PGA director of instruction at the Elkridge Club in Baltimore; PGA teaching professional Craig Stevens, 51, of the Brookstone Golf Country Club in Acworth, Ga., and Dennis Miller, 42, the PGA director of golf at Mill Creek Park Golf Course in Canfield, Ohio, who made national headlines by his playoff birdie in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Tournament, earning a trip to The Olympic Club.

 “The Road to the PGA Championship” – Golf Channel broadcast schedule (all times Eastern):

Wednesday, Aug. 1
GOLF 9:00 – 10:00 p.m.
         12:00 – 1:00 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 6
GOLF 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
         9:00 -10:00 p.m.

CBS and Golf Channel are broadcasting partners of The PGA of America. The PGA Championship is one of the most extensively broadcast golf events and will air live on CBS and TNT. The 94th PGA Championship will be broadcast worldwide to more than 453 million households reaching 203 countries and territories.

Golf Channel features an international reach of 120 million households, 83 million of which are in the United States.

The PGA Championship is one of four premier golf events conducted by The PGA of America. Others include the Ryder Cup, the Senior PGA Championship, and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which brings together the winners of golf’s four major championships.

Golf’s best professionals began competing for the PGA Championship’s Wanamaker Trophy in 1916. Past Champions span both the legendary and recent stars of the game: Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington, and Keegan Bradley.

Limited tickets to the 94th PGA Championship remain for both practice and competition days. For more information, visit PGA2012.com.

The PGA Championship perennially features the most ranked players among any major championship and has brought together the most international competitors in any U.S. major. Golf’s best professionals have been competing for more than 90 years for the Championship’s coveted Wanamaker Trophy. Past Champions span both the legendary and recent stars of the game: Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, and Padraig Harrington.


About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.
 

Special Olympics PSA leaves audience "Speechless."

(Washington, DC) JULY 24, 2012 – Special Olympics is leaving viewers “Speechless” with its powerful new television public service announcement (PSA) that has begun airing throughout the United States. The spot focuses on Special Olympics athlete and golfer Susie Doyens. Born with Down syndrome, Doyens remained practically mute for most of her childhood due to social pressure and anxiety. In “Speechless,” she literally shatters those fears and attributes her transformation to the confidence gained through Special Olympics.

At thirty-four years old, Doyens is an accomplished athlete in ten sports and has collected more than 180 medals during her twenty-six years in Special Olympics. But golf is her passion. In fact, her family chose to relocate from Illinois to Rotonda West, Fla., in 2011 primarily for the community’s five golf courses.

View this moving testimonial to the power of the human spirit and the benefits of the greatest game.

For most of her childhood, Doyens communicated almost exclusively with her mother and through written notes. Then in 2001, Doyens shocked everyone when she asked to participate in a Special Olympics’ Global Messenger training – a program that teaches public speaking to Special Olympics athletes. It was a life-changing decision: “I used to never really talk, ever. I was scared and shy…I was afraid that I would say something wrong, and everyone would laugh at me,” said Doyens, “I’ve learned a whole lot more than just golf. Special Olympics helped me find my voice.”

Doyens is just one of four million Special Olympics athletes who shows the world every day how Special Olympics has the transformative power to reveal the champion in each of us. The organization impacts not just the athletes, but also their families, says Susie’s mom, Lynda Doyens: “Special Olympics is our purpose in life. When I look at her now, I’m the one who’s speechless.”

“Sadly, people with intellectual disabilities, the largest disability population on earth, are all too often conditioned to believe that their opinions are not important, that others are better suited to speak for them, or worse, they believe they don’t have the right to be heard. This misunderstanding often leads to isolation and inactivity, and can even lead to bullying,” said Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman CEO of Special Olympics. “We believe this PSA tackles the challenges head-on. Our goal is for viewers to see the spot, be inspired, and choose to help athletes like Susie.”

The PGA of America will support the release of the “Speechless” PSA throughout its widespread media properties. “Since 1988, The PGA of America has been a proud advocate of Special Olympics golf. Through the years, I have had the privilege to witness first hand the powerful impact that golf can have on athletes with intellectual disabilities,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “Their joy in playing the game, cheering on each other’s good shots, and celebrating their victories is infectious. We’re pleased to help promote the ‘Speechless’ PSA and continue our ongoing support of Special Olympics golf, including next month’s annual Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament in Arizona. I know that many of my colleagues around the country are helping athletes just like Susie Doyens prepare for the tournament and look forward to an exciting three days of competition.”

More than 200 golfers from 18 Special Olympics North America programs will compete in the 13th annual Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz., Sept. 6-9, 2012. KPMG, The PGA of America, USGA and PGA Tour are presenting sponsors of the 2012 tournament.

The Special Olympics golf program began in 1988 with the assistance of The PGA of America and USGA. Since then both associations contribute to the growth of the program with grassroots training, rules education, tournament administration and national program financial support. The PGA Tour also provides ongoing financial support to the program. PGA Tour player Padraig Harrington and LPGA Tour player I.K. Kim are global sport ambassadors for Special Olympics, helping to implement golf programs and initiatives designed to spread respect for people with intellectual disabilities.
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About Speechless
Doyens’ tale of transformation was first depicted in a short video called “Words,”produced in 2010 by director Martin Rodahl, owner of production company 71 Degrees North. Rodahl, who had maintained a professional relationship with Special Olympics in Illinois for several years, saw the potential for Doyens’ story to inspire even more people and immediately seized the opportunity to direct, produce and edit the “Speechless” PSA: “It’s an honor to work with Special Olympics and the individuals that this wonderful organization touches, whether it’s an athlete, volunteer or staff member. I have a sister with special needs so the subject is very close to home.”

According to Barbara DiGuido, director of communications for Special Olympics Illinois, “In a short PSA, Martin was able to capture the essence of Susie’s powerful story in a dramatic and compelling way that leaves a lasting impression about the power Special Olympics has to change lives.”

Tom, Dick Harry Creative of Chicago, IL, provided support for the concept, spearheaded by creative director Amy Markley and art director Taylor LeCroy. The PSA relied heavily on its postproduction team, including visual effects by Chaos Studios, color by Optimus, sound design and mix by NoiseFloor, and music composition by Audiocastle.

“Speechless” can be found on Special Olympics’ website and YouTube channel.

About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is an international organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports everyday around the world. Through work in sports, health education and community building, Special Olympics is addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to nearly four million athletes in over 170 countries. With the support of more than one million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics is able to deliver 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 53,000 competitions throughout the year. Visit Special Olympics at http://www.specialolympics.org.

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Media Contacts:
Amie Dugan
Director, Marketing and Communications
Special Olympics North America
(407) 401-9209
adugan@specialolympics.org

Sherry Major
Media Consultant
PGA of America
(716) 662-3855
sherrymajor@verizon.net

 

Scotland’s Weir called upon again to captain GB&I in PGA Cup

Scotland’s Russell Weir has received an early birthday present after accepting the challenge to serve as Captain of the Great Britain Ireland PGA Cup team a second successive time.

Weir, who turns 61 on July 11, and is the joint record-holder for PGA Cup appearances, will have the chance to avenge a 17 1/2 to 8 1/2 defeat to the United States in 2011 at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.

A native of Dunoon, Scotland, Weir will guide his team in the 26th PGA Cup at Northumberland’s De Vere Slaley Hall from Sept. 20-22, 2013.

“I am absolutely over the moon and it’s great to have another go to make up for last time,” said Weir, the former PGA head professional at Cowal Golf Club. “It’s another chance to get my hands on that trophy and to win it for the PGA. I still think about what happened last time and I have learned from that and will certainly use the experience gained.”

Weir’s appointment was given a unanimous seal of approval by the PGA Executive Committee.

PGA Chief Executive Sandy Jones said: “It was a unanimous view of our Executive Committee that Russell Weir should be given the opportunity to lead the Great Britain Ireland PGA Cup team as captain at De Vere Slaley Hall.

“It is fitting that in the 40th anniversary since the commencement of the PGA Cup that Russell will again be involved for a fourth decade, having represented GBI in the ’80s and ’90s, in 2000 and as Captain in 2011 which is a fantastic achievement.

“He led the team well in CordeValle and I am sure with the new team selection criteria will be working hard for us to regain the Llandudno Trophy for the first time since we won under Jim Farmer at The K Club in 2005.”

Weir, who made eight successive appearances between 1986-2000 that netted him 15 wins, will be the first Captain to benefit from the changes in the 10-man team selection announced at the start of the year.

Under the new system, the GBI Team will comprise the top six point scorers from the two counting Glenmuir PGA Professional Championships, the top three finishers at the Titleist PGA Playoffs in the year prior to the PGA Cup – which come this year, and a Captain’s pick.

“It’s an interesting change and will certainly mean a bit more traveling across the regions to see as many players as possible that could come into the reckoning as a pick,” said Weir. “It certainly widens the scope to include players that might just miss out on the making the team.”

De Vere Carden Park is Weir’s first port of call as GBI PGA Cup Captain with the venue hosting the 72-hole Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship from Aug. 7-10.

Weir, who was one of Scotland’s most accomplished players in the 1980s and ’90s, winning among many titles two Glenmuir PGA Championships. He becomes the fifth to Captain a GBI PGA Cup Team twice.

About The PGA Cup
Originated in 1973 at Pinehurst (N.C.) Country Club, the PGA Cup is an outgrowth of the PGA Professional National Championship. Structured after the format of the Ryder Cup, with match-play competition between the U.S. and Europe, the PGA Cup today features a biennial competition matching 10-member teams representing the finest PGA club professionals from the United States and Great Britain Ireland. 

Ariya Jutanugarn to defend title at 37th Junior PGA Championship

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, who cruised to victory in the 2011 Junior PGA Championship, is scheduled to defend her title in the Girls’ Division at the 37th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Heritage Food Service Group. The Championship will be hosted at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., July 31-Aug. 3.

Jutanugarn took a 10-stroke lead into the final round last year, and finished with a final-round 70 and 273 total, to win by that same margin.

“I won this tournament and it felt so good,” said Jutanugarn. “I was happy for myself, my family and my sister.”

Her sister, Moriya Jutanugarn, who will also be competing in this year’s Championship, tied for 5th in 2011.

Ariya, the top-ranked junior by Golfweek and Polo Golf, matched the 54-hole Championship scoring mark and came within two strokes of Aree Song’s all-time championship scoring record of 271.

“I just had to play my normal game,” said Jutanugarn, “I love the golf course [Sycamore Hills].”

Cody Proveaux of Leesburg, S.C., who claimed the Boys’ title last year and is a Clemson University commitment, will not be competing.

In addition to playing for a Championship title, players will attempt to earn a spot on the 2012 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team. The United States team, comprised of six boys and six girls who are U.S. citizens, will face a European squad of junior golfers, Sept. 24-25, at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club.

The winner and runner-up in both the boys’and girls’ division earn an automatic spot on the team.

The 72-hole Championship will feature a 54-hole cut to the low 30 boys and 30 girls, including ties. Each year, the 156-player field includes past winners of the Championship, PGA Junior Series event champions, PGA Section winners, many of Polo Golf and Golfweek’s top-ranked players, and selected national junior tournament winners.

Golf Channel will present a one-hour highlight show of the Championship on Monday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. ET.

Begun in 1976, the Junior PGA Championship has traditionally produced unforgettable golf performances and brings together the best junior golfers from around the country to compete for the Jack Nicklaus Trophy in the Boys’ Division and the Patty Berg Trophy in the Girls’ Division.

The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf. 

The PGA of America taking part in ‘Move It Movement’

Family Golf Month is more than just about spending time on the course with your family — it’s about introducing the game to your family, sharing its enjoyment and reaping its benefits. One significant benefit of playing golf is the fitness component of the game — the more you play, the more exercise you get, the more health you’ll enjoy.

It’s with that thought in mind that the PGA of America has partnered with the Cartoon Network for its third annual MOVE IT MOVEMENT TOUR, a summer campaign targeting youth 6-14 designed to promote the benefits of exercise while fighting the problem of childhood obesity.

Go to any course this season and you’ll realize that playing golf, even in your own hometown, may be the perfect family vacation. It’s hard to imagine a better family activity than golf. Take your family golfing and enjoy a day outside.

“Golf is a great family activity because it gets everyone outside and active for several hours of the day,” said David Donatucci, director of fitness and performance for The PGA of America. “The best thing about golf as exercise is that it doesn’t feel like you’re exercising. Walking 18 holes through beautiful scenery is a fun, moderate exercise that the people of all ages can enjoy.”

Cartoon Network recently announced launch plans for its third annual MOVE IT MOVEMENT TOUR, in partnership with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports Nutrition and in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. The 17-market tour will launched officially June 10 in Atlanta — on the heels of National Physical Fitness Sports Month in May — and travels throughout the country to prime family locations in 17 key markets, sponsored by local cable affiliates. The tour will ultimately make its way back to the Midwest, concluding Aug. 12 in Houston.

Presented in a themed, exciting and fun outdoor environment, the MOVE IT MOVEMENT TOUR will feature multiple activity and learning stations, incorporating such additional core partner organizations as the Boys Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), NBA/WNBA FIT NBA Hoop Troop, NFL PLAY 60 and The PGA of America.

The MOVE IT MOVEMENT TOUR is part of Cartoon Network’s long-established, award-winning pro-social efforts to provide support and encouragement in the ongoing battle against childhood obesity through such varied activities as daily recess, health wellness education and active after-school involvement. The in-market traveling tour will be supported extensively by Cartoon Network and its participating cable affiliates. Top markets currently scheduled for the 2012 tour route include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Tampa, Denver, Sacramento, Orlando, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis.

In an effort to sustain daily fitness and positive nutritional behavior, Cartoon Network is again working with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sport Nutrition to promote youth and family registration and participation-both in-school and at after-school facilities-in the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+). The MOVE IT MOVEMENT TOUR will spotlight the PALA+ program at its own activity station, and feature it among Cartoon Network’s on-air and digital platforms. PALA+ is the next phase of PALA designed to motivate Americans to make physical activity and healthy eating part of their everyday life. The physical activity requirements for PALA+ remain the same: 60 minutes/day for kids, 30 minutes/day for adults, five days a week for six out of eight weeks. The new nutrition component requires participants to add a weekly healthy eating goal and build upon those goals throughout the same six-week period. Individuals who achieve the physical activity and healthy eating goals will receive a certificate signed by the Council Co-chairs Drew Brees and Dominique Dawes.

Families planning to visit and participate in the MOVE IT MOVEMENT TOUR can enjoy a host of activities, including the PGA of America Driving Range — drive the ball for accuracy and distance with The PGA driving range! Top scores are posted on the PGA Sports Academy leaderboard. 

PGA Professional Thelen makes his European vacation pay off royally

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — What makes golf so appealing is that it can be played for a lifetime.

And the dreams that go with it don’t expire easily, either.

Such is the case of Tim Thelen. His name might not be familiar outside the PGA of America or southeast Texas. Thelen spent his career as a PGA Club Professoinal, working at a country club in College Station and a resort in New Ulm, and once giving lessons at a driving range that since has been replaced by a Wal-Mart.

He was good enough to play college golf at Houston Baptist — a Scottish kid named Colin Montgomerie was on his team — but he never made it through Q-School, and that was before there was an alternative like the Web.com Tour. Back then, there wasn’t even a web. The one year he reached the final stage of Q-School, he was 38. And while there was a developmental tour and Thelen had conditional status, he also had a steady income and an 11-year-old son.

Thelen won the PGA Professional National Championship twice and played in the PGA Championship nine times without ever making the cut. He played in 22 regular PGA Tour events, through his status as a club professional or Monday qualifying, and made four cuts and the grand sum of $78,742 over 15 years.

But as he approached his 50th birthday, a conversation with the late club professional Bob Boyd changed everything.

”He played on the European Senior Tour. This was late 2009 and he had been playing for five years, and he loved it over there,” Thelen said Tuesday morning from his home in College Station. ”It’s different over there. But it’s like I told my wife, there’s an opportunity to make money and we’ll see the world.”

It has turned into so much more than he expected.

Two weeks ago in Munich, with wife Lucinda on the bag, Thelen holed out with a 6-iron for an albatross on the par-5 opening hole in the Berenberg Bank Masters. On the back nine, with Bernhard Langer and Barry Lane among those chasing him down, Thelen closed with three birdies on the last four holes to win.

Bags packed, hotel booked, they headed off to Switzerland for the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open. This time, it was a pair of Ryder Cup captains — former world No. 1 Ian Woosnam and Mark James — applying the pressure. Thelen made two late birdies to thwart the charge and won again.

And so ended his six-week journey that began in Michigan for the Senior PGA Championship and took him to Spain, England, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and finally back home to Texas for two weeks.

That allowed the 51-year-old Thelen time to reflect before heading back over to Turnberry for the Senior British Open.

”I had a really good career as a club pro,” said Thelen, who resigned from The Falls when he earned his European Senior card. ”Winning the Club Pro Championship twice, winning the National Assistant Pro Championship once … I knew I could play. I didn’t know I could reach the level I have today. You always dream of playing on a tour, and I never lost focus. But as a golf pro, you have to find time to play and practice.

”Every golf professional has that opportunity,” he said. ”It’s whether he takes that opportunity when the shop closes at 7:00 p.m. and there’s still two hours to practice or play nine holes. Unfortunately, it’s hard on the wife and kid. But you’ve got to keep your dreams alive.”

He remembers the conversation with his wife after earning his card.

”Two things can happen,” he said. ”We can make some money. Or we can go broke. And we’ve been there before.”

Lucinda caddies for him in the summer until she has to go back to her day job teaching children with autism, and working two nights a week at Texas AM, where she is an instructor on how to teach children with disabilities.

The only time Thelen ever traveled in his previous job was to Ireland and Wales for the PGA Cup, a Ryder Cup-style event for club professionals. That was as part of a team. Now, he and his wife have learned to book hotel rooms on the Internet, figuring out which rooms are close to the golf course and whether they need a rental car. With one TV channel in their hotel room in Switzerland, they wound up watching ”Jaws” in German.

There was the time Thelen woke up in the middle of the night in France upon hearing his door open, only to see an elderly man standing there. ”I’m speaking English at him, he’s speaking French at me and we’re getting nowhere,” he said. The man presumably was given the wrong room key.

A friend who came over to caddie for him in Portugal had dry skin. They went to buy lotion and, not being able to read the label in Portuguese, bought liquid soap.

”After three days, he looked like a lizard,” Thelen said.

On the golf course, it’s the same game he started playing at age 6 growing up in Minnesota. Winning feels the same in Switzerland as it did at the Club Pro Championship. The difference was looking up at the leaderboard and seeing his name alongside guys like Langer and Woosnam.

”I look up at the board at the Club Pro Championship, I know most of those guys. I have dinner with them. I knew after so many years that I could win out there,” he said. ”But in my second year on the European Senior Tour, getting to play golf with guys I grew up watching … I didn’t know if I could win.”

With back-to-back wins, Thelen now has made $144,711 this year and is second on the Order of Merit behind Senior PGA champion Roger Chapman. He wants to try Q-School on the Champions Tour in America this year. The prize money is higher. The travel is easier.

Whatever happens, he knows he has a tour to call home, even if it’s thousands of miles away.

”I’ve had the opportunity to see the world and different cultures,” Thelen said. ”I’ve loved golf since I started playing at 6 years old. This is a dream, something I’ve always wanted to do.”

 

PGA Professional Thelen makes his European vacation pay off royally

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — What makes golf so appealing is that it can be played for a lifetime.

And the dreams that go with it don’t expire easily, either.

Such is the case of Tim Thelen. His name might not be familiar outside the PGA of America or southeast Texas. Thelen spent his career as a PGA Club Professoinal, working at a country club in College Station and a resort in New Ulm, and once giving lessons at a driving range that since has been replaced by a Wal-Mart.

He was good enough to play college golf at Houston Baptist — a Scottish kid named Colin Montgomerie was on his team — but he never made it through Q-School, and that was before there was an alternative like the Web.com Tour. Back then, there wasn’t even a web. The one year he reached the final stage of Q-School, he was 38. And while there was a developmental tour and Thelen had conditional status, he also had a steady income and an 11-year-old son.

Thelen won the PGA Professional National Championship twice and played in the PGA Championship nine times without ever making the cut. He played in 22 regular PGA Tour events, through his status as a club professional or Monday qualifying, and made four cuts and the grand sum of $78,742 over 15 years.

But as he approached his 50th birthday, a conversation with the late club professional Bob Boyd changed everything.

”He played on the European Senior Tour. This was late 2009 and he had been playing for five years, and he loved it over there,” Thelen said Tuesday morning from his home in College Station. ”It’s different over there. But it’s like I told my wife, there’s an opportunity to make money and we’ll see the world.”

It has turned into so much more than he expected.

Two weeks ago in Munich, with wife Lucinda on the bag, Thelen holed out with a 6-iron for an albatross on the par-5 opening hole in the Berenberg Bank Masters. On the back nine, with Bernhard Langer and Barry Lane among those chasing him down, Thelen closed with three birdies on the last four holes to win.

Bags packed, hotel booked, they headed off to Switzerland for the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open. This time, it was a pair of Ryder Cup captains — former world No. 1 Ian Woosnam and Mark James — applying the pressure. Thelen made two late birdies to thwart the charge and won again.

And so ended his six-week journey that began in Michigan for the Senior PGA Championship and took him to Spain, England, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and finally back home to Texas for two weeks.

That allowed the 51-year-old Thelen time to reflect before heading back over to Turnberry for the Senior British Open.

”I had a really good career as a club pro,” said Thelen, who resigned from The Falls when he earned his European Senior card. ”Winning the Club Pro Championship twice, winning the National Assistant Pro Championship once … I knew I could play. I didn’t know I could reach the level I have today. You always dream of playing on a tour, and I never lost focus. But as a golf pro, you have to find time to play and practice.

”Every golf professional has that opportunity,” he said. ”It’s whether he takes that opportunity when the shop closes at 7:00 p.m. and there’s still two hours to practice or play nine holes. Unfortunately, it’s hard on the wife and kid. But you’ve got to keep your dreams alive.”

He remembers the conversation with his wife after earning his card.

”Two things can happen,” he said. ”We can make some money. Or we can go broke. And we’ve been there before.”

Lucinda caddies for him in the summer until she has to go back to her day job teaching children with autism, and working two nights a week at Texas AM, where she is an instructor on how to teach children with disabilities.

The only time Thelen ever traveled in his previous job was to Ireland and Wales for the PGA Cup, a Ryder Cup-style event for club professionals. That was as part of a team. Now, he and his wife have learned to book hotel rooms on the Internet, figuring out which rooms are close to the golf course and whether they need a rental car. With one TV channel in their hotel room in Switzerland, they wound up watching ”Jaws” in German.

There was the time Thelen woke up in the middle of the night in France upon hearing his door open, only to see an elderly man standing there. ”I’m speaking English at him, he’s speaking French at me and we’re getting nowhere,” he said. The man presumably was given the wrong room key.

A friend who came over to caddie for him in Portugal had dry skin. They went to buy lotion and, not being able to read the label in Portuguese, bought liquid soap.

”After three days, he looked like a lizard,” Thelen said.

On the golf course, it’s the same game he started playing at age 6 growing up in Minnesota. Winning feels the same in Switzerland as it did at the Club Pro Championship. The difference was looking up at the leaderboard and seeing his name alongside guys like Langer and Woosnam.

”I look up at the board at the Club Pro Championship, I know most of those guys. I have dinner with them. I knew after so many years that I could win out there,” he said. ”But in my second year on the European Senior Tour, getting to play golf with guys I grew up watching … I didn’t know if I could win.”

With back-to-back wins, Thelen now has made $144,711 this year and is second on the Order of Merit behind Senior PGA champion Roger Chapman. He wants to try Q-School on the Champions Tour in America this year. The prize money is higher. The travel is easier.

Whatever happens, he knows he has a tour to call home, even if it’s thousands of miles away.

”I’ve had the opportunity to see the world and different cultures,” Thelen said. ”I’ve loved golf since I started playing at 6 years old. This is a dream, something I’ve always wanted to do.”