Archives for July 2013

PGA of America spearheads Get Golf Ready employee talent development program

By tj.auclair

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The PGA of America has launched the Get Golf Ready Employee Talent Development Program, a unique professional development benefit designed specifically for executive-level leaders and other employees to learn the game of golf through Get Golf Ready. This dynamic program features key benefits including health and wellness, relationship and team building, leadership development and business enhancement.

This resource has allowed employees from Fortune 500 and 1,000 companies such as CSX Corporation, Lexmark International, Reed Exhibition Companies and Jackson Spalding to integrate golf into their personal and professional lives.

Business Building Benefits of Get Golf Ready Employee Talent Development program:

— 90% of executives view golf with a business associate as a way to establish a close relationship and build new contacts
— 50% say there is no better way to get to know fellow associates and clients
— 45% say prospective clients are more likely to give you their business if you golf together

Get Golf Ready offers five lessons that concentrate on basic skills, instruction and information on the Rules of Golf, etiquette and values. Participants learn chipping, putting, as well as the full swing and bunker play. They also are provided with the fundamental guidelines of the game, such as the use and maintenance of golf equipment, keeping score and navigating on the course.

“There is tremendous power in one’s ability to leverage golf as a business tool,” said The PGA of America’s Director of Women’s and New Market Initiatives, Sandy Cross. “We are so pleased with the increasing number of companies who are recognizing the value of making a professional development investment in their employees through Get Golf Ready. It’s proven to be a perfect on ramp to the game.”

“For Lexmark, golf has always been important to us – it isn’t just a game, it’s a connection tool,” said Ron Binkauskas, Lexmark’s Vice President and General Manager of Imaging Solutions and Services North America. “Implementing Get Golf Ready at Lexmark made sense because it allowed us to easily introduce our employees to golf. Now, the Lexmark team is equipped to better connect with their business contacts, and most importantly, their families, friends and their health.”

The program is a new turn-key solution for corporations across America to deliver PGA and LPGA Professional golf instruction to their employees through five fun and easy sessions. Employees graduate with the basic golf knowledge and skills that become an important professional development tool as it relates to relationship and team building, leadership development, business generation and offers health and wellness benefits that contribute to a healthy and active lifestyle.

Any companies interested in exploring a Talent Development program should contact Sandy Cross at (561) 624 -8477 or scross@pgahq.com.

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.
 

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Source: http://www.pga.com/news/pga/pga-america-spearheads-get-golf-ready-employee-talent-development-program

Ruthkoski emerges from pack to win 22nd Tournament of Champions

 

TOC 2013 final rd late 038_1 BOYNE FALLS – Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon, the quiet mini-tour golfer with the loud clothes, emerged from a back nine logjam of golfers to win the 22nd Tournament of Champions Wednesday at Boyne Mountain Resort.

 “I feel relief because you work hard, you play hard and you come to win, and so it means something to do it,” he said after a closing 3-under-par 69 with a birdie on the par 3 17th left him at 10-under-par 206, one better than the foursome of defending champion Jeff Roth, 2011 champion Lee Houtteman, Barrett Kelpin and Jeff Cuzzort.

“I didn’t know I had the lead until we were in the fairway on 18,” he said after donning the traditional winner’s green jacket that happened to match his colorful “Island Girls” pants from his clothing contract with Loudmouth Golf.

“I really appreciate this, but it hasn’t sunk in yet. Probably on the ride home, I will be like, yes.”

 Ruthkoski, 30 and the 2007 Michigan Open champion, won $10,000, the Walter Burkemo Trophy, a crystal trophy and honorary membership in the Country Club of Boyne. He heads back to the NGA Tour for a few weeks later this month, and then plans to prepare for PGA Web.com Tour qualifying school.

 He said his final round was keyed by par-saving putts at No. 7 and No. 15 each of about 15 feet. He told his caddy and friend Dan Farhat of Lansing, a Muskegon native, that 10-under would win at the start of the week. Farhat told him the key on the course was not making three-putts, and not to come back to the cart if he did three-putt.

 “I didn’t three-putt and that’s because I’ve really worked on it and finally just trusted it and went with it,” he said. “I played solid. I putted solid. I just kept trying to make birdies, and I was surprised I wasn’t in a playoff at the end. I thought one of those guys would make birdie.”

 Roth, the five-time champion from New Mexico and a former Flint and Detroit area pro, shot 71 to close and repeatedly missed birdie putts, including a 18-foot effort at No. 18.

 “It was just awful,” Roth said. “I was grinding. I tried everything, and just nothing would go in. I was so busy trying to make birdies, I really didn’t notice what was going on with the other guys.”

 Kelpin, a Kalamazoo mini-tour pro, closed with a 69 and just missed an eagle-putt at No. 18. Cuzzort, a mini-tour pro from Grosse Ile who shot 67, also missed a final birdie from about 20 feet, and Houtteman, head pro at Manitou Passage in Traverse City, missed the green with his third shot at 18 to shoot 71.

 The logjam happened when Drew Preston of Grand Rapids, the leader the first two days, lost a two-shot lead with back-to-back three-putt greens at Nos. 10 and 11 and struggled in for a 75 and 210 finish.

 “It wasn’t a good back nine at all,” Preston said. “I blew up I guess you could say. After those three putts I lost my focus when I shouldn’t have.”

 Ruthkoski said he was especially pleased to emerge the victor at Boyne Mountain. He has worked on his game, including this week, with Brian O’Neill, the director of golf instruction at Boyne, and he said he always feels comfortable at the resort.

 “I can relax, everything is great about this place and there’s great golf,” he said. “It’s great to be a champion here. I’m so appreciative of the chance to do it.”

 Suzanne Green-Roebuck, a former LPGA player from Ann Arbor, shot 72 for 215 (tie for 10th overall) to finish as the low women in the field that brings together seniors, juniors, men, women, professionals and amateurs who have major Michigan titles on their resumes.

  Jeff Champine of Rochester Hills, who shot 68, and Jared Dalga of Grand Rapids, who shot 70, tied as low amateurs at 217 (tie for 16th), and Mike Raymond was the low senior amateur with a 74 for 222 (tie for 35th). Roth and Houtteman were low seniors. Low junior honors went to 17-year-old Henry Do of Ypsilanti, who shot 73 for 218 (tie for 22nd). A female amateur did not make the 36-hole cut.

 

For final results and payout click HERE

For live scoring please click HERE 

For more information on Boyne visit www.BOYNE.com, www.facebook.com/boynemountain or call 800.GO.BOYNE (462-6963).

  Contact tournament media coordinator Greg Johnson at 616-560-8995 or greggie24@hotmail.com. For Boyne Mountain Resort information, contact Erin Ernst, Boyne’s director of communications,  at 231-549-6832 or eernst@boyne.com. Justin Phillips is the tournament director for the Michigan PGA. He can be reached at 517-641-7421 or JPhillips@michiganpga.com.

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2013 Junior PGA Championship

By john.holmes

Amy Lee and Tyler McDaniel

Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America

2013 champions Tyler McDaniel and Amy Lee were joined by PGA Head Professional John Valder and PGA Honorary President Allen Wronowski at the awards ceremony at Trump National Golf Club-Washington D.C.

2013 JUNIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY UNDER ARMOUR AND HOTEL FITNESS

Dates: July 30-Aug. 2
Site: Trump National Golf Club-Washington, D.C. in Potomac Falls, Va.
2012 Champions: Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Ala., and Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand
Details: 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. The 72-hole Championship will feature a 54-hole cut to the low 30 boys and 30 girls, including ties.

Presenting Sponsors: Under Armour and Hotel Fitness

TOURNAMENT LINKS
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FINAL-ROUND RECAP
McDaniel and Lee capture titles at 38th Junior PGA Championship

Tyler McDaniel of Manchester, Ky., and Amy Lee of Brea, Calif., captured titles in thrilling fashion Friday as both players sank championship-clinching putts on the 72nd hole. McDaniel finished at 10-under-par 274 total, while Lee – who was three shots back with three holes to go – finished at 5-under 279.

PREVIEW COVERAGE
Grimmer looks to build on incredible run as he heads to Junior PGA debut
So far this summer, 16-year-old Will Grimmer has won a U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier, captured the Ohio Junior Championship and the Southern Ohio Junior PGA Section Championship, and fired a 59. What’s next? His first appearance in the Junior PGA Championship.
Sunday Notebook: First visit to Virginia
Monday Notebook: A truly international field

PGA Professional Valder eager to host his first Junior PGA Championship
John Valder, PGA head professional at Trump National Golf Club-Washington, D.C., has hosted some notable events in his seven-year career at the facility. As far as he’s concerned, though, the 38th Junior PGA Championship will be the most prestigious since he arrived.

Trump National GC-Washington, D.C. selected to host 2013 Junior PGA Championship 
Trump National Golf Club-Washington, D.C., in Potomac Falls, Va., has been named the site of the 38th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Hotel Fitness. The18-hole Championship Tournament Course was designed by Tom Fazio and fronts entirely on the majestic Potomac River.

JUNIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

The 38th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Hotel Fitness, one of the nation’s premier events in junior golf, will be making its first visit to the state of Virginia when an elite field of 156 junior golfers descend on Trump National Golf Club – Washington, D.C. The Junior PGA Championship is where the best in the world get their start. Begun in 1976, the Championship has been a popular stop on the national junior circuit for many of today’s PGA and LPGA touring professionals. Notable past participants include: Tiger Woods, Inbee Park, Phil Mickelson, Cristie Kerr, Jordan Spieth and Alexis Thompson.

Source: http://www.pga.com/pga-america/pga-feature/2013-junior-pga-championship

KitchenAid extends sponsorship of Senior PGA Championship thru 2018

By john.holmes

Senior PGA Championship flags

Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America

The 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid will be held May 22-25, 2014, at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich., with return visits to the Southwest Michigan site in 2016 and 2018.

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – KitchenAid, one of America’s best-known brands of premium kitchen appliances and part of Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR), has extended its presenting sponsorship of the Senior PGA Championship, the most historic and prestigious event in senior golf. The sponsorship will extend through 2018, and KitchenAid will continue as the Official Home Appliance brand of The PGA of America.

The 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid will be held May 22-25, 2014, at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich., with return visits to the Southwest Michigan site in 2016 and 2018. The Championship sites and dates for 2015 and 2017 will be announced at a later date.

“KitchenAid is one of the unique presenting sponsors in our industry that has exhibited both creativity and passion while embracing the tradition of this Championship,” said PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua. “We are very pleased to continue our relationship with KitchenAid. Golf fans and consumers will identify with the brand’s wonderful products while connecting to many of the legendary players of our sport.”

Under the new agreement, KitchenAid will have an expanded branding presence at the Senior PGA Championship to include several on-course activation locations, television broadcast commercial inventory, integration into the telecast, and an online presence with PGA.com.   

“KitchenAid is thrilled to extend this sponsorship with The PGA of America,” said Deb O’Connor, Director of Corporate Partnerships. “Throughout the past three years, this unique sponsorship has enabled KitchenAid to reach and connect with premium consumers and we look forward to expanding this effort in the years to come. 

Hosting this prestigious Championship for multiple years provides a great showcase of the Benton Harbor community,” added O’Connor.

Harbor Shores, in Benton Harbor, Mich. is anchored by a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and the two supporting cities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph.  Currently, a $114 million hotel, marina, and residential real estate parcel is being developed with the hotel set to open in advance of the 2014 Senior PGA Championship. 

“We are delighted to bring the Inn at Harbor Shores to the banks of the St. Joseph River,” said Jeff Noel, President of Harbor Shores.  “It is on track for a late spring opening and the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid will be the perfect setting for the grand opening,” 

About KitchenAid
Since the introduction of its legendary stand mixer in 1919 and first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for cooks. Over 90 years later, the KitchenAid brand now offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen with a collection that includes everything from countertop appliances to cookware, ranges to refrigerators, and whisks to wine cellars. To learn why chefs choose KitchenAid for their homes more than any other brand, visit www.KitchenAid.com.

About Harbor Shores
Harbor Shores is Lake Michigan’s first beach and golf resort community, just 100 miles east of Chicago in Benton Harbor/ St. Joseph, Mich. The community’s central amenity is an 18-hole, public Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that offers stunning views of Lake Michigan. The 530-acre master-planned community plans to feature a full calendar of events and world-class amenities, including a marina village and river walk, restaurants and shops, deep-water marinas, a boutique hotel and spa, miles of recreational trails and rivers, and acres of parks and green space. Harbor Shores will be home to nearly 800 residences, including charming cottages, custom homes, town homes and condominiums.

Harbor Shores, a non-profit developer, is investing in the future of Southwest Michigan and building this resort community and golf course, to be a catalyst to support ongoing economic, environmental, and social revitalization efforts. This visionary project is a public-private partnership and truly one of a kind in the country.

About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $17 billion in 2009, 67,000 employees, and 67 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world.  The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world.  Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com.

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.

Source: http://www.pga.com/news/pga/kitchenaid-extends-sponsorship-senior-pga-championship-through-2018

Elite field of 156 players set for 38th Junior PGA Championship

By tj.auclair

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — A field of 156 players – 78 boys and 78 girls – will descend on Trump National Golf Club – Washington, D.C., in Potomac Falls, Va., for the 38th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Hotel Fitness.

The elite field of players from across the United States as well as China, France, Singapore and South Korea includes all 2013 PGA Junior Series event champions, 41 PGA Section winners, many of Polo Golf and Golfweek’s top-ranked players, and selected national junior tournament winners.

The Championship will be making its first stop in the state of Virginia, July 30 – Aug. 2, after three successful years at Sycamore Hills Golf Course in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The field is highlighted in 2013 by Casie Cathrea of Livermore, Calif., who was the low amateur in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open.

The Oklahoma State University commit will be making her fourth appearance in the Junior PGA Championship. Her best finish in the Championship was a tie for fifth in 2011.

Cathrea also helped lead the 2012 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team to victory last September at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club, going undefeated in her three matches.

Joining Cathrea will be three other members of the winning 2012 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team – Cameron Champ of Sacramento, Calif., Scottie Scheffler of Dallas, Texas and Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Fla.

Both Wagner and Champ finished second in girls’ and boys’ divisions, respectively, at the 2012 Junior PGA Championship, while Scheffler finished 15th.

Three other 2013 U.S. Women’s Open participants are also scheduled to compete in the Junior PGA Championship and include: Shannon Aubert of France, Mariel Galdiano of Pearl City, Hawaii and Erica Herr of New Hope, Pa.

In addition to Champ, two other top-5 finishers from the 2012 Junior PGA Championship boys’ division are scheduled to play – Brad Dalke of McKinney, Texas and Rylee Reinertson, Gibbon, Neb. The pair finished in a tie for 4th overall.

This year’s 72-hole Championship will feature a 54-hole cut to the low 30 boys and 30 girls, including ties.

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, who has claimed the last two Junior PGA Championship girls’ division titles, and Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Ala., the 2012 boys’ division champion, will not compete in 2013. Jutanugarn has turned professional and already has five top-4 finishes on the LPGA Tour in 2013, while Shelton will be attending the University of Alabama in the fall.

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. 

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Source: http://www.pga.com/news/pga/elite-field-156-players-set-38th-junior-pga-championship

CBS Sports Presents 'The Road to the PGA Championship' Sunday, July 28

By tj.auclair

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — PGA Professional National Champion Rod Perry of Port Orange, Fla., who etched his name in history in June at 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 28, 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 July 31, on Golf Channel.

Marking its eighth consecutive year and narrated by Golf Channel announcer Scott Walker, “The Road to the PGA Championship” also features the 46th PGA Professional National Championship conducted in June at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort. The Championship was the springboard to a 20-player delegation earning berths in the 95th PGA Championship, Aug. 8-11, at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.

Perry, the 39-year-old PGA head professional at Crane Lakes Golf and Country Club in Port Orange, backed up his receiving the 2012 PGA Professional Player of the Year award five days earlier by capturing the National Championship. He became the first left-handed player and the first graduate of a PGA Golf Management University program (Mississippi State) to win the Walter Hagen Cup. Perry is the fourth North Florida PGA Section member to capture the National Championship and will make his second consecutive major championship appearance.

Joining Perry in the PGA Championship will be PGA Professionals who each share a compelling story reflecting their career and the quest to compete at Oak Hill Country Club. They include:

Chip Sullivan, 48, of Troutville, Va., PGA director of golf at Hanging Rock Golf Club in Salem, Va., who will make his sixth PGA Championship appearance. Sullivan and his family overcame the tragic death of his father-in-law, who caddied for Sullivan when he won the 2007 PGA Professional National Championship at Sunriver Resort.

Ryan Polzin, 33, of Houston, Texas, PGA head professional at Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston. He finished runner-up in the National Championship to earn his first PGA Championship trip.

Mark Sheftic, 39, of Blue Bell, Pa., PGA teaching professional at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., and son of a PGA Professional. Making his third PGA Championship appearance, Sheftic and his family have dealt with life-threatening health issues to his infant daughter, Taylor.

Rob Labritz, 42, of Pound Ridge, N.Y., PGA director of golf at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, N.Y., who will make his fourth PGA Championship appearance. Labritz earned his major trip with one of the most spectacular shots of the season, which received national attention.

The program also features Oregon’s Olympic decathlon gold medalist Ashton Eaton, an avid golfer who learned the game through the Get Golf Ready program; the quest for 10 PGA Professionals to earn a berth on the 2013 U.S. PGA Cup Team; and a review of the popular PGA Junior League Golf program.

The CBS special also focuses on PGA Championship “special moments” in the lives of six PGA Professionals: Wayne DeFrancesco, 55, of Columbia, Md., PGA director of instruction at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md.; Danny Balin, 31, PGA assistant professional at Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, Conn.; Chip Sullivan; PGA Life Member Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Ga.; Brian Gaffney of Monmouth Beach, N.J., PGA head professional at Rumson (N.J.) Country Club; and Jeff Coston of Blaine, Wash., 57, PGA teaching professional at Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine.

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

Wednesday, July 31 – Golf Channel – 9:00–10:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 1 – Golf Channel – 12:00–1:00 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 5 – Golf Channel – 9:00–10:00 a.m. and 8:00–9:00 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 95th 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 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 presented by KitchenAid, 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, Keegan Bradley and Rory McIlroy.

Limited tickets to the 95th PGA Championship remain for both practice and competition days. For more information, visit PGA2013.com.

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. 

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Source: http://www.pga.com/news/pga/cbs-sports-presents-road-pga-championship-sunday-july-28

PGA Championship Pick The Hole Location Challenge Hosted by Jack Nicklaus

 

 

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – For the first time ever, golf fans worldwide will be able to have a direct impact on the hole location of a major championship, through the newly created “PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge Hosted by Jack Nicklaus.” The Challenge will be conducted in conjunction with the 95th PGA Championship, the Season’s Final Major, at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., Aug. 5-11.

A collaborative learning experience between The PGA of America and record-tying, five-time PGA Champion Jack Nicklaus, the “PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge” is designed to educate fans on how course setup impacts a golfer’s strategy in playing a hole; attract more people to the game; and help explain what hole location information players are provided each day.

As a result, fans are encouraged to visit PGA.com from July 23-Aug. 10, in order to vote for one of four exciting and challenging final-round hole locations for the par-3, 181-yard 15th hole at Oak Hill. Nicklaus, whose final PGA Championship victory occurred at Oak Hill in 1980, collaborated with PGA Chief Championships Officer Kerry Haigh to select the picturesque 15th hole due to the impact it will likely have on the PGA Championship’s outcome. As a result, Haigh has identified and selected each of these four distinct Championship hole locations for fans to vote. On August 11, during Sunday’s final round coverage on TNT and CBS, fans will be able to see the winning hole position that will be used on the 15th green.

“The opportunity for fans to take part in the interactive ‘PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge’ is part of a new era in engagement that connects golf fans with the Season’s Final Major in a fun and dramatic way,” said PGA President Ted Bishop. “The PGA of America is delighted to present this innovative opportunity, as we believe this is the first time that consumers have been able to make a direct and significant impact on a global sports arena. We are honored that the legendary Jack Nicklaus will lead fans as their host and teacher in understanding the nuances that the greatest players in golf consider and think about regarding course setup and hole locations-and the effect their selection will have on the eventual outcome of the 95th PGA Championship.”

PGA.com, the Official Website of The PGA of America which is managed by Turner Sports, will also offer video vignettes from Nicklaus that will educate golfers on how course setup impacts a golfer’s strategy in playing a hole.  Fans are also encouraged to follow the conversation via #pgachamp #YouPick.

“The chance for golf fans to interact with the PGA Championship and play a role in shaping the outcome of the final round fascinates me,” Nicklaus said. “It’s like being able to call the shots during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. In addition to playing a key role in the outcome of the Championship, golf fans can learn many aspects of on-course strategy, as The PGA of America and I present educational videos to enhance their golf experience. I believe this new concept will serve as an exciting hands-on learning experience for golf fans and I’m happy to be involved.”

Haigh, who has set up PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, and PGA Grand Slam of Golf courses since 1989, is excited about the possibilities of the Challenge. “Now, golf fans will experience what is involved with the selection of hole locations, as well as the dramatic effect that this placement has on the game plans of the world’s best players. Accordingly, golf enthusiasts can then turn to the legendary Jack Nicklaus for his exclusive insight on golf course management.”

A sweepstakes will also be held on PGA.com in conjunction with the “PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge,” with entrants having an opportunity to win a behind-the-scenes experience for two during the 2014 PGA Championship at Nicklaus-designed Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.

The PGA Championship perennially features the strongest field in golf and is one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world. Since 1916, golf’s best professionals have been competing for the PGA Championship’s coveted Wanamaker Trophy, with a list of champions that includes: Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen and Nicklaus.

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.

About PGA.com

PGA.com is the official online destination for The PGA of America and is home to the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, The PGA Grand Slam of Golf and The Ryder Cup. Beginning in 2002, Turner Sports and the PGA formed a multi-year alliance with a mission to serve the golfing public, PGA Professionals and the golf industry with products and services to grow the game of golf.  The two organizations recently expanded the deal through 2019 to include licensing with Turner’s Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) serving as the PGA’s licensing agent in the youth marketplace.

As a leader and innovator in broadband golf coverage, PGA.com continues to gain success for its PGA.com LIVE video presentation of PGA’s premier events. In 2012, PGA.com’s PGA Championship LIVE received a Sports Emmy for Outstanding New Approaches in Sports; in 2010, PGA.com garnered a Webby Award for Best Interactive Video for its 2010 Ryder Cup LIVE coverage. In 2009, PGA.com’s on air, online and mobile coverage of the PGA Championship was nominated for an Emmy® by the National Television Academy and was awarded a CommArts Interactive award for the PGA Championship LIVE video and the PGA Championship iPhone app.

McCormick coaches teenager Spieth to PGA Tour history

By tj.auclair

Jordan Spieth, PGA Tour

Cameron McCormick

Cameron McCormick, PGA director of instruction at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas, Texas, has been working with Jordan Spieth since he was 12.

Cameron McCormick, PGA director of instruction at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas, Texas, has been working with Jordan Spieth since he was 12. On July 14, Spieth, at 19, won the John Deere Classic in a five-hole playoff, thus becoming the first teenager since 1931 to win a PGA Tour event.

McCormick and Spieth met through Rob Addington, executive director of the Texas Golf Association, which oversaw the Legends Junior Tour events Spieth was playing in at the time. Spieth’s father asked Addington, a member at Brook Hollow, who his son should be taking lessons from. Addington recommended McCormick to the Spieth family, and the rest is history.

Spieth’s first victory awards him PGA Tour membership and allows him to be elected to PGA of America membership. In addition, the victory earns him a berth in the 95th PGA Championship, Aug. 8-11 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.

Spieth has played in three PGA of America events in his short career: the 2008 and 2009 Junior PGA Championships, where he finished runner-up both years. He was also a member of the 2008 Junior Ryder Cup team that won emphatically in Kentucky; Spieth was undefeated in his matches.

PGALinks.com caught up with McCormick shortly after Spieth won the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.

How do you feel you have affected Jordan’s development as a player?

He came to me with some pretty idiosyncratic moves. But, he had tremendous skill as a young guy, at such a young age. It was a delicate situation to balance; how much do you want to modify his game while allowing the player, who has the skills and the self-awareness to get the job done, to blossom.

How often do you work with Jordan?

He’s in town so infrequently, so when he is in town, I’ll see him on a fairly regular basis. Generally, we have things to maintain or put back on track. The week before he left for (the AT&T National at) Congressional, I saw him twice that week. He’s very self-aware and self-sufficient but likes reassurance from a trusting voice, from a guy who’s been around a long time. When Jordan is out of season, I’ll see him on average once every 10 to 14 days.

What key things do you work on with Jordan during your coaching sessions?

There’s no way to generalize, because I’m there for everything. A lot of the work that we do together, once the form is in place, once it’s maintained, is all about skill precision, it’s about developing touch. I call it tuning the instrument—the brain instrument—to your muscles.

It’s a gamut from form development, meaning swing, to strategic considerations. When he played (the AT&T National at) Congressional, I spoke to him before the final round. He called me and asked, ‘What do you see out there?’ We discussed what he could do for his final round to improve his ball striking; that all his putts, when they missed, were missing low. There are things that he notices, and some that he doesn’t. Sometimes I’m just there to reassure him, so he can say, “Yeah, I need to fix this, it’s not just me imagining things, it’s a reality.”

(Spieth shot 2-under-par 69 in the final round at Congressional, and finished in sixth place).

What were your discussions like during the John Deere Classic?

I texted with Jordan before the final round and he said he was having some challenges with the driver and 3-wood. I suggested focusing on timing, and we settled on a solution where he was feeling like he was taking the club back a little shorter and swinging back, to him, what felt like three-quarters. So he probably got a little long and was late in timing the clubface back at impact and couldn’t get it started on line. It certainly worked out in the final round, he drove it better.

How have you seen Jordan develop, both physically and in terms of course management?

Very early on—well, even up to the week of the John Deere Classic—there’s a psychological maturation he has gone through alone as a player, but he also likes to talk through that process with other individuals, me being one of them, and his parents. The biggest influence that I’ve had on him is never losing sight of the core essence, and that’s just moving the ball the way you need to move it and the way you want to move it. It’s about matching his execution with his intent.

How did you feel about Jordan’s chances of winning on the PGA Tour this year?

I’m not surprised. In Jordan’s career, the John Deere Classic probably wasn’t even the best ball-striking week he’s had so far. The Puerto Rico Open, (RBC Heritage at) Harbor Town, maybe even Congressional, were better skills weeks where his swing was on and everything was clicking.

I look back on the opportunities that he’s had and he easily could’ve won three events by now. At the John Deere, he was on from a skills perspective but he also got some really fortunate breaks. Sometimes that’s what it takes to win. Sometimes you just won’t beat them with your skills alone, sometimes the good Lord just needs to be on your side as well.

Will you be traveling with Jordan for the remainder of the season?

In all likelihood I’ll be at the PGA Championship with Jordan and at the WGC (Bridgestone Invitational) leading up to the PGA Championship. We’ve already discussed that. I’ll be at one or two of the events in the (FedExCup) Playoffs.

Source: http://www.pga.com/news/pga/mccormick-coaches-teenager-spieth-pga-tour-history

Ron Beurmann wins the 2013 Club Car Senior Open !

Ron Beurmann was able to successfully defend his title by shooting a (-3) under par round of 69 and win the 2013 Club Car Senior Open. Heading into the day Ron was two back of both Kevin Muir and Barry Redmond. Ron made the turn at (-2) under for the day and made one more birdie coming in which put him at (-5) under for the tournament and was good enough for a one shot victory over Kevin Muir. Ron becomes the first player to win this event in back to back years.Ron Beurmann pic

In the Super Senior Division professional Larry Clark from Traverse City shot a (-1) under par round today for a 144 two day total, which was good for a one shot victory. Coming in second were amateurs Joseph Miller from Battle Creek and John French from Bloomfield Hills.

We would like to thank our host site Bedford Valley Golf Club. The golf course was in great shape and  proved to be a great test once again for this Championship. We would also like to thank Club Car for their continued support of this event.

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Brain Cairns & Jordan Young win the 2013 Sweet / Dykema Pro Pro Championship

The team from Fox Hills Learning Center, Brian Cairns and Jordan Young followed up their morning round of 63 at St Ives Golf Club with a 64 in the afternoon at Tullymore Resort to win the 2013 Sweet / Dykema Pro Pro Championship by one shot.2013 Champions

After the morning round Brian and Jordan trailed the team of Brent Goulding from Prestwick Village Golf Club and John Seltzer from the Polo Fields Ann Arbor by two shots. John and Brent were the round 1 leaders after shooting a 61 at St Ives. Paired together in the afternoon round made for  a great match that came down to the last hole as Brian and Jordan made birdie to win by one shot.

We would like to thank our host site St Ives Golf Club and Tullymore Golf Club. Both golf courses were in great shape and the staff did a very nice job hosting. This was the first time the Pro – Pro Championship was held here and it proved to be a great venue.

We would also like to thank our sponsors Adams Golf and the sales representatives Bill Sweet and Bob Dykema. This is the 7th year that Bill and Bob have been involved with this event and we appreciate their continued support.

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