Friday, September 26, 2014

Mizuno's New MP-T5 Wedge Delivers Complete Package - Spin, Feel & Control


Detailed Input from PGA TOUR Pro Luke Donald Allows for Greater Mastery on the Greens

Norcross, Georgia – (September 25, 2014) – Designed from insight from PGA Tour professional Luke Donald, Mizuno unveils the latest ‘players’ teardrop wedge, the MP-T5.

Featuring Mizuno’s patented Grain Flow Forging and incorporating loft-specific groove geometry and loft-specific sole grinds, the versatility and high-spin capability of the MP-T5 wedges provide players with a superior soft, solid, and consistent feel for ultimate playability.

The 25 different loft and bounce combinations of the MP-T5, which ranges from 49-to-62 degrees for both left and right-handed golfers, leads the industry with an incredible 50 options all available through Mizuno’s proprietary Performance Fitness System (PFS).

“Simply put, the MP-T5 wedges will be the envy of the golf world by utilizing our key competitive advantages of grain flow forging and our industry-leading fitting system” said Chuck Couch, VP of Product Management, Golf Division. “With over 50 wedge combinations to choose from, we’re poised to take the golf world by storm and believe players will be thrilled with the performance and feel.”

The MP-T5 features a CNC face milled to the maximum roughness as allowed by the USGA, along with Mizuno’s exclusive QUAD CUT GROOVE technology, which enables the precise control of the width, depth, draft angle and shoulder radius of each groove to deliver maximum spin control and ball stopping ability in all playing conditions.

The MP-T5 wedges are available in two durable right-hand finishes – White Satin and Black Ion, where the left-hand is available in the White Satin only. The MP-T5 wedges are available at golf shops nationwide. Watch Luke Donald’s reaction to the new wedge and a product overview from Mizuno R&D.

More information about the MP-T5 and 2015 products is available at www.mizunogolf.com. Connect with Mizuno on Facebook and Twitter @Golf_Mizuno to keep up with product news, Tour updates and custom content and fitting tools.

Standard Stock Right Handed Lofts: 50-07, 52-09, 54-08, 54-12, 56-10, 56-14, 58-08, 58-12, 60-06, 60-10. [15 additional lofts and bounce combinations are available through custom order.]


Standard Stock Left Hand Lofts (White Satin Only): 50-07, 52-09, 54-08, 54-12, 56-10, 56-14, 58-08, 58-12, 60-06, 60-10. [15 additional lofts and bounce combinations are available through custom order.]

Shaft: True Temper® Dynamic Gold® – “Wedge” Flex
Grip: Exclusive Golf Pride® M-31 360 58 Round
Other options available through Mizuno’s Custom Department. Suggested Retail Price (Steel Shaft): $129.99

About Mizuno USA

Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running, track & field, and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America. Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in Norcross, Georgia.

Canadian Rockies Golf Courses Unveil Fall Rates and Specials


(CANMORE, Alberta) – Canadian Rockies Golf (www.canadianrockies.net) – the esteemed collection of mountain courses in Western Alberta – welcomes the fall golf season with special rates and packages.

Available through the end of the season, golfers can net savings of nearly 50% at some courses. Highlighting the variety of options for both adults and junior golfers are the following deals.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge: Beginning Sept. 29, golfers play 18 holes for $99 (including cart) and also receive a $20 shopping credit at the golf shop. Shotgun starts begin at 11 a.m. daily.
The Fairmont Banff Springs: Beginning Oct. 1, 18-hole green fees are $184 per golfer, with daily specials as low as $110. The 9-hole Tunnel Mountain course is free for junior golfers and $77 per round for adults.
Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club: Beginning Sept. 27, weekend golfers net significant savings with green fees of $149, Thursday-Sunday. A rate of $119 is available the rest of the week.
Canmore Golf & Curling Club: Beginning Oct. 1, golfers can take advantage of $55 green fees with cart rental optional, also at a discounted rate. Huge savings on golf gear are available at the pro shop as well.


“You just can’t beat the unbelievable scenery on hand when summer turns to fall in the Canadian Rockies,” says Darren Cooke, Director of Golf at Canmore Golf & Curling Club. “Golfers can’t help but be enticed to play a few more rounds before winter when they see the golden foliage and snow-capped mountain peaks as a dramatic backdrop to each course.”

For more information on each special, or to take advantage of additional daily or stay-and-play packages, visit www.canadianrockies.net or call 1.855.835.8484.


About Canadian Rockies Golf
Canadian Rockies Golf represents a collection of six award-winning golf properties located in the stunning landscape of the Western Alberta province: Canmore Golf & Curling Club, The Fairmont Banff Springs, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Kananaskis Country Golf Courses, Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club and Silvertip Resort. Known for dramatic, historic and untamed layouts, each course provides a unique mountain-golf experience where wildlife is regularly seen and unforgettable views are found. This is golf that inspires.

For more information call 1.855.835.8484, visit www.canadianrockies.net or “Like” the Canadian Rockies Golf Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/canadianrockiesgolf.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sven Tumba Classic Ignites 20th World Golfers Championship

The 20th anniversary celebration of the World Golfers Championship (WGC) will tee-off first with an exciting new two-day tournament - the inaugural Sven Tumba Classic which has been introduced in memory of WGC founder, the late world renowned sporting icon Sven Tumba.

The Classic will be hosted at the outset of the World Final in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South
Africa. WGC’s celebration of ‘20 years of Democracy, Friendship, Sport and Business’ falls perfectly in line with South Africa’s own 20 year celebration of democracy and is a reminder to the golfing world of the friendship that was shared between Sven Tumba and former president Nelson Mandela, who passed away in December last year.

This year’s WGC and WGI (Invitational) golfers are invited to be the first to compete in the Sven Tumba Classic by entering either the individual division or as a two-person patnership in the team event. The competition will be played over 36 holes as an individual stableford for the individual title, and as a two-person team where both scores will count. Players will compete for the trophy and a share in the prize pool of US$10,000, according to SAGA amateur rules.

Proceeds from the WGI entries will be donated to the Sven Tumba Foundation, a ‘Sport For Education’ non-profit organisation that was started in South Africa in 2006 with the ethos that every child has the right to grow up with love, with play, with sport and above all, with education.

Craig Clay-Smith, spokesperson for World Golf Events South Africa, the SA event owners and organisers, commented, “The addition of the Sven Tumba Classic and the extended tournament package has drawn tremendous interest from countries all over the world to participate in this year’s commemorative World Final.”

He added that together with the event accommodation partner, Tsogo Sun, World Golf Events SA had secured an entire hotel that will be dedicated to the 20th anniversary and will be branded the ‘World Golfers Championship – Tsogo Sun’ hotel.

“The programme this year will be like none before and promises to deliver on an unforgettable golfing and entertainment experience that KwaZulu-Natal, as a leading world event host province, has become renown for,” concluded Clay-Smith.

For more information about World Golfers Championship visit http://www.worldgolfers.com/ or www.wgesa.co.za

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Greenbrier Classic Announces First Annual Volunteer Charitable Initiative Campaign

White Sulphur Springs, WV - September 18, 2014: During a check-presentation ceremony held today at The Greenbrier, the classic American resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV, officials of The Greenbrier Classic announced the results of the tournament's first annual Volunteer Charitable Initiative Campaign. The program, which is a new part of the tournament's established charitable vision, allows for 10% of each volunteer registration fee to be allocated amongst three different, pre-determined charities.

"Volunteers are the heart and soul of The Greenbrier Classic," said owner and Tournament Chairman Jim Justice. "We are extremely proud of the more than 1,400 individuals each year who donate their time to the tournament. They play an essential role in every aspect of the event and are vital to our goal of raising charitable donations within the community."

For 2014, the designated charities are: Center in the Square, Mountaineer Autism Project (MAP) and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Blue Ridge Chapter. All tournament volunteers were provided an opportunity to vote for these charities. The group receiving the most votes is provided 70% of the fund, the second most votes 20% and the final charity 10%. A representative from each organization was on-hand during tournament week to explain their respective charities to the volunteers.

MAP received the most votes and the 70% payout of $4,516. MAP is a nonprofit organization of parents of children with autism and professionals in the autism field. MAP's goal is to have one voice in West Virginia dedicated to early autism detection, diagnosis, and early intensive behavioral intervention. For more information about MAP, including ways to donate, visit www.mountaineerautismproject.org.

The 20% disbursement of $1,290 went to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Blue Ridge Chapter. The Blue Ridge Chapter works to raise funds for critical MS research and to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in western Virginia, the state of West Virginia and seven counties in Kentucky. Visit www.nationalmssociety.org for donation information.

Center in the Square, a unique home for regional arts and cultural organizations, which creates and drives opportunities that enhance education, economic development and quality of life, received a check for $645. For donation and general information about Center in the Square, visit www.centerinthesquare.org.


ABOUT THE GREENBRIER:
Located in White Sulphur Springs in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier has been welcoming guests since 1778. Known as "America's Resort," it encompasses more than 10,000 acres of undulating landscape that includes: five championship golf courses (including the exclusive Greenbrier Sporting Club's private course); a championship indoor and outdoor tennis facility (including five outdoor clay courts and five indoor courts); a mélange of sporting activities; shops; private homes at The Greenbrier Sporting Club; and, at its heart, a vast and imposing grand hotel. Purchased in 2009 by West Virginia entrepreneur James C. Justice II, The Greenbrier has undergone a $250+ million restoration and is now home to The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR, FedExCup event, and will soon launch The Greenbrier Medical Institute, a state-of-the-art medical complex on the resort's grounds.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts Announces ‘Bucket List Golf Package’


Features Four GOLF Magazine ‘Top 100 Courses You Can Play,’ Four Nights of Oceanfront Accommodations, Numerous Extras

(NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) – Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts (MBSR) – operator of the area’s premier oceanfront condo-hotel and vacation rental properties – announces the “Bucket List Golf Package” featuring four nights of oceanfront accommodations and four rounds of championship golf at GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play” courses.

Starting at $501 per golfer, the package includes 72 holes of premier golf with one round each at Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, Dunes Golf and Beach Club, True Blue Plantation, and Barefoot Resort's Love Course. Guests will also enjoy five days and four nights in a two or three-bedroom condo with beach access at Avista Resort, Seaside or Grande Shores.

Available October 2 through January 14, 2015, the offer also features daily breakfast and one prime rib dinner (per golfer) at the resorts’ onsite restaurants. For groups of 12 of more, MBSR is including one night out in Myrtle Beach (five hours) with a personal driver and unlimited mileage and stops.

“This once-in-a-lifetime package is a fantastic opportunity to visit Myrtle Beach on a buddy trip and experience the best golf and resort accommodations we have to offer,” says Scott Thrailkill, Director of Golf at MBSR. “With enjoyable year-round weather, we are thrilled to be able to offer our guests such a value-laden itinerary.”

For the ultimate dream golf getaway, a three-bedroom, three-bath oceanfront condo with a private balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows in each bedroom is available at Avista Resort starting at $561 per golfer.

Rates are based on quad occupancy and include all taxes and resort fees.

All MBSR properties provide easy access to dining, shopping, beaches and other area attractions on the world-famous Grand Strand. Through its knowledgeable golf desk, MBSR is able to completely turnkey golf vacations for any size group to meet any budget.

To book or for more information, visit myrtlebeachseasideresorts.com or call (888) 571.4104.


About Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts
Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts is a collection of six oceanfront and ocean view condo-hotels in North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Avista Resort, Prince Resort, Horizon at 77th, Grande Shores, Seaside and the Towers at North Myrtle Beach all provide the comforts of full-service resort hotels with the space and luxury of condominiums.

Each property features modern décor that reflects a coastal lifestyle and breathtaking views of the pristine northern region of the world-famous Grand Strand. Elegant yet affordable, units are spacious one to three bedrooms with fully-equipped kitchens, washer / dryer, and private balconies. Most hotels have fitness centers, an array of indoor and outdoor pools, on-site dining and access to world-class beaches.

Cancer Survivor's Surreal Golf Journey Culiminates in Victory at 2014 Mizuno JPX Invitaional


Popular Mizuno Golf Campaign Highlights Golf’s Ability to Inspire and Motivate During Life’s Toughest Times – Awards 12 Everyday Amateurs Six Months of “Tour Pro” Treatment

Norcross, Ga. (Sept. 16, 2014) – Edmonton, AB-resident Tim Buckland capped off six months of “playing famously” by capturing the 2014 Mizuno JPX Invitational Championship title. The tournament marked the culmination of the second year of Mizuno’s “Play Famously” campaign at Country Club of the South in Johns Creek, Georgia. Highlighted by a back-nine run that featured back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14, Buckland netted an impressive 68 (gross 82) for an eight-shot victory.

Although it was his first “pro” tournament, Buckland displayed the poise and shot-making skills of a tested PGA Tour professional. Playing the JPX-EZ irons, JPX Series Wedges, and JPX-EZ Woods, Buckland’s accuracy off the tee allowed him to attack the course’s plush greens with consistent iron play. Buckland’s strongest competition came from Joe Bracamonte, a middle-school principal and 16-handicapper from Fresno, California and Opera singer and 17-handicapper Eric Berry of New Haven, Connecticut Both finished the tournament at net 4-over 76.

“What an incredible end to an amazing experience with an amazing group of people. Being treated like a pro by Mizuno for the past six months has been something I’ll never forget,” said Buckland. “I definitely came determined to play well, but to get the win is something really special. It’s been an honor to be among so many people who love the game of golf like I do and have made it through so many incredible and unique challenges.”

This season, Mizuno took a slightly different turn with its popular “Play Famously” campaign, focusing on everyday amateur golfers who credited golf as a critical element to overcoming unique and significant life challenges. Twelve inspiring stories were selected from thousands of entries, including Buckland, a former low single-digit handicap who’s golf aspirations where side-tracked by a battle against cancer. Buckland, and his 11 teammates where outfitted like Tour pros, receiving custom-fit sets of Mizuno’s award-winning JPX-EZ game-improvement irons, JPX wedges, driver, fairway woods and hybrids, along with a full-supply of Mizuno Golf apparel and accessories. The group also received personalized Mizuno staff bags and one-on-one instruction from PGA Master Instructor and golf historian, Dr. Gary Wiren.

“Giving amateur golfers across the country a platform to tell their story is something Mizuno has been proud and honored to do,” said Iver Maple, Division Brand Marketing Manager, Golf, Mizuno USA. “The power of golf has been on display in the lives of the 2014 members of Team JPX, and we’ve been fortunate to associate our brand with such a wonderful group of people.”




About Mizuno USA, Inc.
Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running, track & field, and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America. Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in Norcross, Georgia.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Sea Pines Resort Completes Heron Point by Pete Dye Enhancements


The Sea Pines Resort Completes Heron Point by Pete Dye Enhancements 

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – The Sea Pines Resort – site of the PGA TOUR RBC Heritage held at Harbour Town Golf Links – has completed enhancements to Heron Point by Pete Dye and the course will reopen Sept. 22.

Ranked No. 11 in GOLF Magazine’s 2014 “Best Courses Near You” in golf-rich South Carolina, Heron Point underwent a series of subtle modifications over the summer under the close supervision of Dye.

With the objective of making the course more player friendly, Dye’s team softened the green surrounds and contours, enlarged several greens, and added ornamental landscape beds throughout the layout. The putting surfaces were transitioned to Tif-Eagle Bermuda, the same strand used on famed Harbour Town.

“Our members and guests are going to love the changes made to Heron Point,” says Cary Corbitt, Vice President of Sports and Operations. “The course is the ideal complement to Harbour Town and gives us two of the premier 18s in the region.”

Heron Point is resplendent with knotted hardwoods, lagoons and salt marshes teeming with wildlife. At 7,000 yards from the back tees the course is a wonderful fusion of short and long holes. It can play considerably shorter if needed as there are seven sets of tees on each hole (including junior tees).

With the new Plantation Golf Club clubhouse and world-class golf learning center serving Heron Point and the Ocean Course, the facility is literally a “sea of golf” within the resort. The amenities of the 23,000-square-foot clubhouse include an expansive pro shop; Live Oak, Lowcountry-inspired cuisine; 2,000 square feet of event space; and spacious men’s and women’s locker rooms.

The legendary destination features an array of golf packages for play on its three superb layouts including Harbour Town Golf Links.

For more information about The Sea Pines Resort: www.seapines.com, 866.561.8802.


About The Sea Pines Resort
One of the true crown jewels of American golf, The Sea Pines Resort is home to legendary Harbour Town Golf Links (home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage) designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus, Heron Point by Pete Dye, and the Ocean Course. The resort’s best-in-class collection of golf courses, amenities, meeting facilities and accommodations makes Sea Pines one of the most sought-after leisure and group destinations in America.