Monday, July 21, 2014

An Introduction to TLink Golf


As an entrepreneur, watching a company go through the steps from early concept all the way through to product launch is arguably the best part of my job.  Most recently, I've been privileged to work with the creative minds behind an innovative new golf brand called TLink Golf.  Over the past months, I've seen the wheels of productivity turning at full speed as TLink gets set to publicly launch their GPS golf watch to the world.

Although there are other golf watches on the market, TLink has several distinguishing features that separates them from their competitors.  Using Bluetooth 4.0 technology, the TLink golf watch communicates through an app on your iOS or Android smartphone.  The simplicity of this connection allows for an impressive battery life (15 hour batter life playing golf), much longer than competing watches that are drained by their constant GPS connection.

The simplistic design of the watch (only 30g) makes it the lightest wearable golf product on the market, and measures about half the width of competing products.  The benefits of having a comfortable and lightweight golf watch means less distractions and more time to focus on your game.  For added convenience, the TLink faceplate can alternatively be detached from the wristband and easily inserted into the provided belt clip; either way your yardages are only a glance away.

Other features include a build in pedometer for tracking steps, distance walked and calories burned on the golf course.  It also boasts an anti-glare, weather resistant LCD display, making it clear and readable under all conditions.

The TLink Golf watch is set to retail for $99, with their pre-sale campaign launching August 1st.

In the meantime, TLink has launched a massive promotional campaign with a grand prize golf getaway package for 4 to the Mayan Riviera. Click here to enter contest.   Once entered, you'll also have weekly opportunities to win a TLink golf watch by entering the Trickshot Challenge.  Here's co-founder Derek Rucki to introduce the challenge:


For more on TLink Golf visit their website at: www.golftlink.com

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Countdown to The Open Championship


The Open Championship is upon us.  Have a look at this great video collection introducing this years Open Championship, provided by Mercedes-Benz, an Official Patron of The Open Championship.

Return of the Claret Jug
Returning champion Phil Mickelson meets R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson to hand back the Claret Jug ahead of this year’s Open Championship. Phil will be aiming to add to last year’s win at Muirfield, but faces stiff competition from an impressive field.




Countdown to The Open Championship
The start of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool is only a few days away and we can’t wait for the action to begin! As an Official Patron of the tournament, Mercedes-Benz Golf have joined the Open Countdown. Check out what the Mercedes-Benz Golf ambassadors have to say of the tournament.




Adam Scott – My Favourite Hole at Royal Liverpool
Follow world #1 Adam Scott as he explains the best way to play the 18th hole at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, home of this year’s Open Championship. Adam finished T7 here when The Open last visited in 2006, and will be hoping to be in contention down the stretch on Sunday.



Rickie Fowler Interview

Adam Scott Video Interview

Louis Oosthuizen Interview

Martin Kaymer Interview


See more exclusive videos from Hoylake at www.facebook.com/MercedesBenzGolf

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New After-School Golf Program in Canada Brings Golf to Autistic Students


TGA Premier Junior Golf impacts and enriches the lives of youth through Autism Ontario 

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario – TGA Premier Junior Golf (TGA), the global after-school youth sports enrichment program, will partner with Autism Ontario to teach the game of golf to autistic students this summer.

The TGA/Autism Ontario golf classes will begin on July 14 at Silver Creek Golf Course in Garden River, ON, and run for six weeks into mid August with plans to continue into the fall and beyond.

TGA, new to Canada this year, has become a popular outlet for special needs and autistic students who get to experience and learn golf in the safe setting that is their schools. TGA’s specialized curriculum, designed specifically for schools, has been found to be a perfect fit for Autism Ontario. The TGA program provides multiple learning stations set up for the students to fit with their respective levels of function.

“I was first introduced to the positive impact golf could have with individuals affected by autism through a parent video testimonial of an autistic child from another TGA franchise,” said Darren Hore, owner of TGA of Sault Ste. Marie and Greater Sudbury. “As I researched it more, I uncovered many success stories that involved golf and autism and I wanted to bring that kind of program to the Sault Ste. Marie area.

Autism Ontario is the leading source of information on autism in the Province of Ontario and has provided the funding so that the students along with a parent/support worker can take advantage of this tremendous opportunity.

“The repetitive nature of developing a proper golf swing and related skills is an area that connects with autistic children,” Hore explained. “The game of golf is something they can do by themselves and continually improve at with practice. A child with autism may not have the same level of motor skills as other children, but with their dedicated mindset and fine-tuned focus on golf drills, they can outwork other children and become better players. Whether it is on the course or off, the game can provide newfound opportunities for children and adults with autism.”

In addition, the autism golf program will coincide with TGA of Sault Ste. Marie and Greater Sudbury's involvement with GiveGolf. Between July 18 and Aug. 18, TGA will be participating in Canada's largest charity golf event. Golfers are pledging to play a minimum of 144 holes of golf during that month of time with the goal of raising a minimum of $5,000 to support of Autism related charities in Canada.

For more information about this event, please share the campaign page below: http://givegolf.ca/p/759258e2

About Autism Ontario

Autism Ontario (formerly Autism Society Ontario) is the leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. Members are connected through a volunteer network of chapters throughout the Province of Ontario.

A Board of Directors composed primarily of parents of individuals with autism along with a host of volunteers and respected professionals provide expertise and guidance to the organization. Autism Ontario is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals, their families and the professionals with whom they interact.

The association and chapters share common goals of providing information and education, supporting research and advocating for programs and services. Visit www.autismontario.com.


About TGA Premier Junior Golf

TGA Premier Junior Golf (TGA) is an innovative franchise model for self-starters who enjoy working with children in a business venture that provides a unique entry into youth sports, education and the golf industry.

Entrepreneur Magazine named TGA a “Top 10 Franchise Value” in 2010 based on total startup costs, as well as No. 295 on the Magazine’s Franchise 500 rankings in 2012. In addition, the publication has ranked TGA among the top children’s fitness, low-cost and home-based franchises.

TGA is a national supporting organization of the After School Alliance and Lights on After School, and is a corporate advocate and national partner of the President’s Challenge on Physical Fitness, Golf Coaches Association and National Council of Youth Sports. TGA’s curriculums are also approved by the United States Golf Association (USGA) under the Rules of Amateur Status.



For more information about TGA Premier Junior Golf, visit www.playtga.com or follow @TGAJuniorGolf on Twitter.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Golf Channel's Big Break Series Selects Myrtle Beach as Backdrop For 22nd Season


Premiering Tuesday, Oct. 7, Big Break Myrtle Beach to Feature Cast of Six Men and Six Women Taking Place at Barefoot Resort & Golf and Pawleys Plantation 

Golf Channel Analyst and LPGA Tour Professional Paige Mackenzie Joins Tom Abbott as Co-Host 

Big Break Myrtle Beach Cast to be Announced in August

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 8, 2014) – Golf Channel’s popular Big Break competition series has selected Myrtle Beach as the production location for its 22nd season, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET.

Big Break Myrtle Beach, produced in partnership with Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and South Carolina Tourism, will feature a cast of aspiring golf professionals – six men and six women – looking for that jumpstart in their golf careers with the goal of achieving their lifelong dreams of playing alongside the world’s top golfers. Taking place at Barefoot Resort & Golf, Big Break Myrtle Beach’s ultimate winner will receive an exemption to a 2015 PGA TOUR or LPGA Tour event, along with cash and other prizes.

“Big Break is a cornerstone to our original productions franchises, and has been a proving ground for many professional golfers looking to break through to the world’s top tours, including South Carolina natives Tommy Gainey and Kristy McPherson,” said Jay Kossoff, Golf Channel vice president of original productions and Big Break executive producer. “Our goal is to place our competitors in pressure situations while at the same time showcase an elite golf destination. We accomplished both with Big Break Myrtle Beach and are excited to bring the series to the Grand Strand for our 22nd season.”

Joining long-time host Tom Abbott as co-host for Big Break Myrtle Beach will be Golf Channel analyst and LPGA Tour professional Paige Mackenzie. A seven-year veteran of the LPGA Tour who also currently serves as co-host for Morning Drive, Mackenzie will provide analysis from a player’s perspective throughout the series, detailing the pressure the competitors will face with each challenge.

“I’m excited to team with Tom in bringing insight to fans and viewers at home watching Big Break Myrtle Beach,” said Mackenzie. “The series has gained a lot of popularity within the professional tours with past contestants sharing how the pressure is unlike anything they have ever experienced. This season will be no different, with pressure and drama each and every week.”

Filmed on location in June, the series will unfold on three of Barefoot Resort’s award-winning golf courses – The Dye, Fazio and Love Courses – as well as Pawleys Plantation on Pawleys Island.
  • The Dye Course, a classic Pete Dye layout, has been ranked among the nation’s top 100 public courses by Golf Digest and was recently named 2013 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association. 
  • The Fazio Course, designed by renowned architect Tom Fazio, has been ranked as one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses by Golf Digest. 
  • The Love Course, designed by Carolina native Davis Love III, has been ranked among America's Top 100 You Can Play by Golf Magazine for years and as the top-ranked golf course in Myrtle Beach by Golf Digest. 
  • Pawleys Plantation, the award-winning Jack Nicklaus design just south of Myrtle Beach on Pawleys Island, also will host an episode of Big Break Myrtle Beach. 
The Marina Inn and Resort at Grande Dunes served as official host resort for the competitors and production team during the filming of the series.

“We look forward to showcasing everything a Myrtle Beach golf vacation has to offer and giving 12 aspiring young professionals an opportunity that could change their life,” said Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday President. “Big Break is a Golf Channel institution, and the timing was perfect to partner the game’s most popular show with its most popular destination. The drama of Big Break Myrtle Beach will unfold on some of the nation’s best golf courses, and we can’t wait for viewers to get an inside look at our destination.”

“Big Break Myrtle Beach will illustrate what so many golfers already know about South Carolina – that it is the best golf destination in the country,” said Duane Parrish, Director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. “Our year-round mild climate, naturally beautiful settings, challenging courses and major events combine to make South Carolina just right for golf.”

Golf Channel’s Big Break show concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness. During Big Break Myrtle Beach, the competitors – who will be announced in August – will be subject to skills challenges from tee-to-green, including the popular “Glass Break” and “Flop Wall.” One contestant will be eliminated each week, with the last player standing awarded his or her Big Break, an opportunity to compete on the PGA TOUR or LPGA Tour in 2015.

For the past 21 seasons, Golf Channel’s Big Break competition series has proven to be the launching pad for many aspiring professional golfers looking to take that next step in their golf careers, including PGA TOUR winners Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey and Matt Every, and U.S. Solheim Cup participants Kristy McPherson, Gerina Piller and Ryann O’Toole. Several other past Big Break competitors are currently competing on the world’s top tours, including Tony Finau, James Nitties and Mark Silvers on the Web.com Tour, and Nicole Smith, Jackie Stoelting and Kim Welch on the LPGA Tour.

Become a fan of BIG BREAK on Facebook at: facebook.com/GolfChannel.BigBreak

Follow BIG BREAK on Twitter @BigBreak


About Golf Channel
Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Golf Channel, co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of the NBC Sports Group, is available in more than 120 million homes and 83 countries worldwide. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, as well as a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s highest-quality news, instruction and original programming. Customers of participating cable, satellite, telco and other video subscription services, are able to enjoy 24/7 streaming of live Golf Channel content through GolfChannel.com and Golf Channel’s mobile application, Golf Live Extra. Golf Channel’s digital platforms are the leading golf destinations on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that connect the world to golf.


About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association comprised of 79 championship golf courses and 99 golf package providers in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the region’s thriving golf market. The originator of the “Stay and Play Package,” Golf Holiday provides non-biased information about accommodations and golf courses to assist golfers in making the most informed decisions when planning for their next vacation.

Golf Holiday also hosts seven events and tournaments annually to help to foster continued growth of the game. In addition to hosting the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament each spring, MBGH manages the World Amateur Handicap Championship – the world's largest single-site amateur golf tournament, the Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the Veterans Golf Classic, and the Myrtle Beach Never Forgets Memorial Golf Outing.

About South Carolina Tourism
Tourism is a top industry in South Carolina, with a total economic impact of more than $17 billion annually and employing one of every 10 people. SCPRT’s primary mission is to market the state as a preferred destination for vacations and travel. For more information, visit www.DiscoverSouthCarolina.com.


About Barefoot Resort & Golf
Barefoot Resort & Golf is a 2,300 acre residential golf community of uncompromised excellence. Located across the Intracoastal Waterway, it is connected to North Myrtle Beach by a historic swing bridge. Designed with a vastly different approach than most resort developments, Barefoot Resort & Golf strives to preserve the natural integrity of its coastal lands.

In one of the most ambitious golf course projects ever to hit the “Grand Strand”, Barefoot successfully opened four championship courses simultaneously, making it the only time a developer has opened four new courses at the same time in the United States. Our venue was designed by golf's most inspired architects; Greg Norman, Davis Love III, Tom Fazio and Pete Dye. Each one fulfilled their goal in creating distinctive, visually striking and fun to play courses. Rated as the ‘Golf Course of the Year’ of the Myrtle Beach area and South Carolina state, Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play and Top 100 Courses in America, it’s no secret why Barefoot Resort & Golf is one of the most sought after golf destinations in the country.

Centrally located in the “Seaside Golf Capital of the World,” Barefoot Golf Vacations at Barefoot Resort offers an endless assortment of possibilities. Everything you need can be found at the resort or just a short drive away. The most requested golf package is the “Buy 3 and get 4th round free” on the Barefoot Resort Courses. There is no need to drive all over town with this all inclusive package. The package includes three nights lodging at a three diamond rated resort, four rounds of golf on four championship courses, all cart fees, taxes and daily breakfast at the Resort Clubhouse. For information on how to book your next golf vacation head on over to www.barefootgolfvactions.com and fill out a no obligation custom golf quote.

Monday, July 7, 2014

TLink Golf Announces Ultimate Golf Contest


In conjunction with Spriza, TLink Golf has announced the launch of their Ultimate Golf Contest with a 5 night grand prize golf getaway package for four to the Mayan Riviera, Mexico.

Calgary, AB (EatSleepGolf) - TLink Golf Inc. and SPRIZA are excited to announce the launch of 'The
Ultimate TLink Golf Experience' contest. With the campaign officially launching July 4th,2014 and running for 3 months, through this contest, TLink Golf looks to engage the golf community in preparation of the upcoming release of their GPS Golf Watch.

TLinks' Ultimate Golf Contest will be offering a grand prize Mayan Riviera Golf package including:
  • Airfare for four (4) to the Mayan Riviera, Mexico
  • Five (5) nights Penthouse/Villa accommodations at La Escondida
  • Three (3) days of golf
*Eligibility: Winner must be of minimum age of 18 and resident of Canada or USA.

To participate, entrants can sign up at: www.spriza.com/contest/16 with the opportunity to win an OptiShot Golf Simulator. Once entered, contestants can invite three (3) friends to participate in the contents after which they will also be entered for the grand prize draw.

Contest entry will be available between July 4th, 2014 and October 4th, 2014, after which a winner will be randomly selected.


About TLink Golf
TLink Golf manufactures a lightweight bluetooth golf watch that pairs with a smartphone device to give golfers front, middle and back yardages to the green. With it's sleek, sophisticated, yet simple design, the TLink Golf watch is all about providing golfers with their essential golf yardage information in the most comfortable and convenient way possible.

For more information about TLink please visit: www.golftlink.com

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About Spriza
SPRIZA™ is a social sharing contest marketing company that taps into the power of shared interests and personal relationships within targeted markets producing traceable and quantifiable results at every stage of the contest. SPRIZA™ provides its clients deep, real-time analytics and reporting, through a robust tool that measures marketing and advertising budgets for real time ROI analysis and demographic profiling. Because SPRIZA can leverage social strategies based on business objectives, branders are able to measure the results of their marketing efforts through this medium.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Game Golf - Wearable Technology to Seamlessly Track Your Golf Game


Ever wonder what would happen if the latest technological advancements were applied to the golf industry?  If so, you've come to the right place... The innovation of the GAME GOLF platform seems almost futuristic; seamlessly and effortlessly tracking statistics from your entire round of golf, the GAME GOLF platform then sorts, organizes and analyses your game in order to provide a wealth of information for understanding and improving your game.

Playing golf should be exactly that - playing. With GAME GOLF, game tracking happens in the background, so you can focus on playing instead of note-taking. All you have to do is power up, put on the device, and play your game. Install the unique tags into each of your clubs and simply tag each club to the device before you take your shot. That’s it. GAME GOLF logs what club you use and where on the course you use it. By combining these observations, your game is visualized like never before.


Golf is no longer just a memory and a scorecard. Now it's a living, breathing chronicle of your game. Everything you do on the course is recorded and presented in an all-in-one online system to help you better see, understand and show off your skills. With GAME GOLF, you don't just leave everything you've got on the course—it comes with you afterwards so you can see in detail how you did and where you can do better.

Each and every game you play becomes a showcase you can share with anyone you choose. From that huge drive on hole 14 to your average stats over time, your golf game is no longer limited to the people you played with. Your progress and accomplishments can be shared with your friends and family—as well as a whole new community on the GAME platform—for fun, or for bragging rights.

If practice makes progress, informed practice makes perfect. Now, so much more than basic stats are recorded. Mathematical trends over time in all statistical areas are carefully calculated and presented in ways that can educate, not just illustrate. Your entire golf game is presented and analyzed so you can actually use the information to improve your play—from overall changes to precise adjustments.

With GAME GOLF, your game can do the talking. The complete system has everything you need to enter a new realm of golfing:
  • GAME GOLF tracking device
  • 18 tags for your clubs
  • USB cable
  • Protective pouch
  • 30 Money back guarantee

For more information about GAME GOLF, visit:


ERRIE BALL – the PGA of America’s Oldest and Longest Serving Member Dies at 103

By Bob Denney, PGA of America

Samuel Henry “Errie” Ball, the last of the inaugural Masters field of 1934 and the PGA of America’s oldest and longest-serving member, died July 2 at Martin Hospital South in Stuart, Florida, surrounded by his family. He was 103.

A native of Wales, Ball began his PGA career through the encouragement of legendary golfer Bobby Jones. Ball was elected to PGA membership on June 20, 1931, and his 83 years of service is a PGA membership record. In 2011, Ball was inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.

Ball appeared in 25 major championships, including the first Augusta National Invitation Tournament, which in 1939 became the Masters. He also competed in 19 Senior PGA Championships, sharing runner-up honors in 1962.

Ball taught generations of players and inspired young professionals to pursue careers as PGA members. As PGA Professional Emeritus at Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart, he often gave lessons well past his centennial birthday.

“The PGA of America is saddened by the passing of Errie Ball, a professional in all aspects of life,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “Errie’s amazing career spans the legends of the game – from Harry Vardon through Tiger Woods. His longevity, according to those who knew him best, was founded upon a love of people. Each day, like each step he took on the course, was spent with purpose. We will miss him dearly, but his legacy continues to shine through the many PGA Professionals he inspired to grow our game.”

Born in Bangor, Wales, to one of Great Britain’s famed golf families, Ball was introduced to the game by his father, William Henry Ball, who spent 50 years as golf professional at Lancaster Golf Club. Ball’s great uncle, John Ball, was the first amateur to win the Open Championship (1890), along with eight British Amateur Championships.

Ball began playing golf at age 10, and turned professional at age 17. Many could never correctly pronounce his nickname, so he was quick to share a family story.

“My father’s name was William Henry Ball. Back in those days, Henry became ‘Harry,’” said Ball, prior to his 100th birthday party. “My mother, from what they tell me, didn’t like the fact that they would be calling my father Old Harry and me Young Harry. We had a French maid at that time, and she said, ‘Why don’t you call him ‘Errie?’ And I’ve gone by that ever since. I wouldn’t turn around if you called me Sam.”

Ball’s connection to Jones began in 1930, when he met the famed Georgian at the Open Championship in Hoylake, England, where Jones would win one leg of his Grand Slam. The relationship continued the day Ball arrived in America - Sept. 27, 1930 - just as Jones clinched the Grand Slam with a victory in the U.S. Amateur.

Ball’s first job was serving for his uncle, Frank Ball, then the PGA head professional at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta. Ball later assisted George Sargent, who became PGA of America president. In 1933, Ball received a letter of recommendation from Jones that elevated him to his first head professional post at Mobile (Alabama) Country Club.

Ball also received his invitation from Jones to be part of the 72-player field at Augusta in 1934.

“I thought it [the Masters] was the greatest, the best place that I could be in golf,” said Ball, as he watched this year’s Masters broadcast from his living room. “Because it was associated with Bob Jones, I knew it would be a success. I loved playing golf with Bob because he had such a great golf swing and I wanted to copy it. I learned to be gracious from him. He seemed like he shook hands with everybody with a smile.”

Ball competed again at Augusta National Golf Club in 1957, the longest span for any Masters competitor.

Ball won the 1931 Southeastern Section PGA Championship and the 1932 Atlanta Open. In 1936, Ball tied for 23rd in the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake. A few weeks later, on July 21, Ball was a passenger aboard the M.V. Britannic. During the eight-day voyage, he met Maxwell “Maxie” Wright of Richmond, Virginia, in a game of doubles deck tennis. They were each engaged, but by the time the ship docked in New York, their plans were set. They married two months later, and were together for 77-plus years.

He served as PGA head professional from 1937-42 at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Virginia, before being drafted by the U.S. Navy. Following World War II, Ball became PGA head professional at Oak Park (Illinois) Country Club, and would serve there for 24 years, while spending 20 winters teaching at Tucson (Arizona) Country Club. He spent one winter (1962) as PGA director of golf at John’s Island in Vero Beach, Florida.

In 1972, Ball became the first PGA head professional and later PGA director of golf at Butler National Golf Club in Oak Brook, Illinois. PGA Professional Bruce Patterson, who worked briefly for Ball, succeeded him as PGA director of golf at Butler National in 1982.

“That ‘tree line’ of developing future professionals was very important to him,” said Patterson, a former member of the PGA Board of Directors. “Everyone Errie touched came away feeling better about themselves. If you had a bad day, just being around Errie, your day became better. Golf has suffered one of its big losses. He was one of the game’s treasures.”

Ball qualified for the U.S. Open 10 times, competed in 12 PGA Championships, along with two Masters and the 1936 Open Championship. He also won three Illinois PGA Championships, the Illinois Open, and the Illinois PGA Senior Open and Match Play Championship.

In addition to his national honor, Ball was inducted into the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame in 1990.

Ball is survived by his wife, Maxie, a daughter, Leslie, of Miami; brothers Tom, of South Africa and John, of Lancaster, England; and two granddaughters and a great grandson.