American Artist Adriano Manocchia’s Expressive Golf Landscapes Available at St. Andrews Golf Art

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American Artist Adriano Manocchia’s Expressive Golf Landscapes Available at St. Andrews Golf Art

St. Andrews, Scotland (January 19, 2012)—St. Andrews Golf Art (http://www.standrewsgolfart.com),  currently is showcasing six leading contemporary artists whose golf specific pieces are sought after by private collectors, clubs and enthusiasts.  The prestigious online gallery carefully selected respected and established talent for its introduction in 2011 to art connoisseurs.

Adriano Manocchia brings a rather unique perspective to his art from past professional assignments and experiences.  He began his career as a photo-journalist and ran his own photo/film agency in New York City.  Adriano spent 12 years traveling the world to cover news events for television and print media.  Many of his assignments were at the White House.

In the 1980s, Adriano turned to painting full time, concentrating on wildlife and the great outdoors. His fluid style, dramatic use of light and a fascination with water were reflected in works of varying moods and nuances.  Accolades and awards brought Adriano immediate recognition from art critics and collectors.  A Bald Eagle painting was selected to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Constitution by the U.S. Bicentennial Committee.  Through his distinctive art, Adriano has supported Ducks Unlimited, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Trout Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, American Cancer Society and the Special Olympics.

Adriano’s mesmerizing landscapes (and waterscapes) brought him into the golf arena when the United States Golf Association in 1992 commissioned him to paint a series of oils of famous courses.  His first two efforts depicted the famous 8th hole at Pebble Beach and The Honors Course in Tennessee.  The two images were issued as prints and were sold to raise funds for the USGA/Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.  The success of this venture led to many more golf art commissions from private clubs in the U.S.  Most recently, Adriano created a major painting for the PGA TOUR that depicts the 18th hole at TPC Sawgrass, site of THE PLAYERS Championship, with the Tour’s spectacular clubhouse in the background.  The work is on display in the clubhouse’s Champions Room.
“I paint landscapes that have come from encounters with nature, trying not to make the paintings seem ideal,” Adriano explains.  “The light in my work has a photographic but painterly quality to it.  There is little doubt that I am a visual person.  And it is that incessant search for the visually stimulating that makes this voyage exciting.”

Adriano’s paintings have appeared in numerous publications, including Gray’s Sporting Journal, Flyfishing, Fly Rod & Reel, Collector Editions, Outdoor Life, Premiere (Monte Carlo), Wildlife Art, Conservationist, Pescare (Italy), Flyfishing Quarterly, Bugle, U.S. Art, Sporting Classics and Flyfisher (Japan).  His work also is reproduced in several fine art golf books.

Adriano resides with his family in upstate New York in the picturesque and art rich community of Cambridge.

About St. Andrews Golf Art

St. Andrews Golf Art was established with the intent of “Celebrating Golf’s Greatest” and new works by contemporary artists, as well as rare collectibles, will be added in the future.  Collectors may register online to receive updates on new releases in the company’s informative newsletter, including the launch of a collectors club in the future. 

St. Andrews Golf Art also welcomes inquiries for special commissions from golf clubs, corporate clients or individuals who appreciate the appeal of acquiring a significant piece(s) of art from one of the world’s foremost golf artists.  This could include incorporating a series of relevant pieces for a themed area, room or corridor of a clubhouse or private residence.

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Nike Golf Shakes Up Traditional Golf Style

Nike Golf Shakes Up Traditional Golf Style with the Introduction of the Nike Golf Sport Apparel Collection
-For Spring 2012, Nike Golf enables athletes to show their true colors and play irreverent golf-

BEAVERTON, Ore. (January 16, 2012) – To complement Nike Golf’s industry-leading Tour Performance line of apparel, the Nike Golf Sport Collection delivers new style choices.  With bold and statement-making styles, Nike Golf’s Spring 2012 Sport Collection empowers athletes to show their true colors and express themselves both on and off the course through the passion of sport.

Nike Golf apparel exudes high energy, but the 2012 Sport Apparel collection goes further in delivering youthful styling to golfers who want an exuberant, expressive look.  The Sport Collection features new designs for polos, cover-ups, pants, shorts and headwear that represent a vibrant and irreverent passion for golf as a modern and athletic game for all ages and attitudes.

The Sport Collection features playable, technical golf apparel that integrates Dri-FIT and cotton-blend fabrication to keep golfers cool and comfortable.  The materials signal a return to the comfort in performance Dri-FIT blends for a more relaxed and casual attitude, but are still designed and styled to be authentic to golf.  Silhouettes in the Nike Sport Collection are trim and tidy.  With a slightly slimmer fit and cotton-blend fabrics, the Sport Collection styles are bold and stylish.

Color is the noise in the Nike Sport collection with an emphasis on Safety Orange, an iconic Nike staple, in both body colors and details.  Notable among the new releases is the Jersey Swoosh polo (MSRP $75.00) and the Sport Heather Pant (MSRP $110).  The Jersey Swoosh polo has a sleek-fitting cut, a variety of bold seasonal colors and Nike’s patented Dri-FIT technology.  The Sport Heather pant is a new slim-fit cut that uniquely blends classic fashion with modern details for golfers who want to look stylish while maximizing their performance on the course.

“Our Men’s and Women’s Sport Collections provide an exciting new apparel line with a different point of view towards the sport of golf,” said Doug Reed, Global Category Business Director, Nike Golf Apparel and Footwear. “This collection gives consumers an alternate way to enhance their ‘expression of golf attitude and style’ both on and off the golf course.  The Nike Golf Sport Collection gives the athlete a new look and feel for golf apparel that moves beyond the traditional boundaries of golf.”

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Located in Beaverton, Oregon, Nike Golf designs and markets golf equipment, apparel, balls, footwear, bags and accessories worldwide. Nike Golf is passionately dedicated to ushering in the future of this great game by developing ground-breaking innovations that enable athletes to perform at their physical and mental peak.  For more information on Nike Golf, visit our Web site at http://www.nikegolf.com. To follow Nike Golf on Twitter visit http://www.twitter.com/nikegolf and go to http://www.facebook.com/nikegolf to become a fan on Facebook.  Editors and journalists in the U.S. seeking editorial information and downloadable images, visit http://www.nikegolf.com/presscenter.  For international journalists, please contact Nike Golf’s public relations representative in respective countries for information.

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Nike Golf Adds Rising Star Kevin Chappell to its Roster of Talented Athletes

Nike Golf Adds Rising Star Kevin Chappell to its Roster of Talented Athletes

-Chappell will play with Nike Golf clubs from its VR franchise; has switched to Nike’s 20XI ball; and will wear Nike Golf apparel and footwear-

Beaverton, OR (January 11, 2012) – Nike Golf today announced the signing of 25-year-old Kevin Chappell, who makes his professional debut as a Nike Golf athlete when he tees it up in the first round of the Sony Open in Honolulu, HI. Chappell has signed a multi-year agreement and will represent Nike Golf in clubs, ball, footwear, glove, bag, apparel, headwear and accessories.

Chappell’s new bag of Nike Golf clubs are highlighted by Nike’s successful VR Franchise, including an 18-degree hybrid from Nike’s brand new award-winning VR_S line of clubs.  He also will be playing with the new Nike 20XI ball featuring RZN Core technology, a new lighter and faster innovative material that Nike believes will obsolete rubber core technology.  His putter is a Nike Method putter, featuring Polymetal Groove technology that reduces skid while generating a truer forward roll.  He will be wearing apparel from Nike Golf’s Sport and Performance line.

Chappell is no stranger to Nike Golf. Prior to signing with the Swoosh as a head-to-toe athlete, he wore the popular Nike Lunar Control golf shoe, featuring Nike’s Lunarlon Foam and Nike Flywire – two technologies that together result in a lightweight shoe providing maximum comfort and stability.

“From the moment I put on those shoes, I knew immediately what Nike Golf stands for – innovation.” said Chappell. “They bring a new vibe and style to the sport. I love that attitude. I’m excited to be playing with Nike clubs and am especially excited about the new 20XI ball.  It’s awesome.”

During his rookie season on the PGA Tour last year, Chappell posted three top-10 finishes, including a third-place finish at the U.S. Open, which was his first-ever major championship start on the PGA Tour. Chappell’s best finish was a tie for second at the Valero Texas Open.

Before earning his PGA Tour card, Chappell enjoyed an illustrious career in 2010 on the Nationwide Tour, which was highlighted by a win and seven top-10 finishes. 

A native of Fresno, California, Chappell attended UCLA, where he led the Bruins to a national golf title in 2008 and was a three-time All-American selection.  Chappell also won the NCAA individual title and Player of the Year.

“Kevin is a super athletic guy with a wealth of talent,” said Mark Thaxton, Global Director of Sports Marketing Operations for Nike Golf.  “He’s a powerful player with an impressive short game.  We are excited to add him to our stable of athletes.”

Chappell’s Nike Golf Arsenal

Driver:  Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 9.5
Fairway Wood:  Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood/15-degree
Irons:  Nike VR Pro Combo (3-5); VR Pro Blades (6-9)
Hybrids:  Nike VR_S 18-degree
Wedges:  Nike VR Pro DS 48, 54 and 60-degree
Putter:  Nike Method 003 Prototype
Ball:  Nike 20XI
Apparel:  Nike Golf Sport and Nike Golf Performance
Footwear:  Nike Lunar Control
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Located in Beaverton, Oregon, Nike Golf designs and markets golf equipment, apparel, balls, footwear, bags and accessories worldwide. Nike Golf is passionately dedicated to ushering in the future of this great game by developing ground-breaking innovations that enable athletes to perform at their physical and mental peak.  For more information on Nike Golf, visit our Web site at http://www.nikegolf.com.  To follow Nike Golf on Twitter visit http://www.twitter.com/nikegolf and to become a fan on Facebook go towww.facebook.com/nikegolf. Editors and journalists in the U.S. seeking editorial information and downloadable images, visit http://www.nikegolf.com/presscenter.  For international journalists, please contact Nike Golf’s public relations representative.

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Arnie Signs PGA Tour Star Ryan Moore

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Arnie Signs PGA Tour Star Ryan Moore

Style Icon Becomes Modern Face of Line Inspired by Timeless Arnold Palmer Looks

(TORONTO)—Arnie—a partnership between Arnold Palmer Enterprises and the co-founders of Quagmire Golf clothing—announces that PGA Tour star and style icon Ryan Moore has become the brand ambassador for the new golf and lifestyle apparel line directly inspired by Arnold Palmer’s classic looks from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

As part of this multi-year agreement, Moore will exclusively wear Arnie during all competitions, display the logo on his shirts, make appearances on behalf of the company and be featured in its marketing initiatives.

“Mr. Palmer is among my all-time idols as a golfer and a person, so competing in these clothes and being so closely associated with his style legacy is a dream come true,” says Moore. “The research that went into each piece is really evident and when you combine those timeless elements with advanced technical fabrics you’ve got something great.”

Consistently ranked among the sport’s top-50 players, Moore has garnered worldwide acclaim for his skill as well as his attire, which has included throwback looks like skinny neck ties, cardigans and vests. In six full seasons on the PGA Tour, the 29-year-old American has one win, six runner-ups and an additional 20 top-10 finishes. Prior to turning pro, he had one of the best amateur careers in history, highlighted by a 2004 season that included victories at the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Public Links, NCAA Championship, Western Amateur and Sahalee Players Championship.

“When we discussed the guy to become the modern face of Arnie, Ryan was No. 1 on everyone’s list,” says Geoff Tait, Creative Director for Arnie and Quagmire. “He truly gets our vision and is a dapper guy who’s always moving mainstream menswear trends onto the fairways.”

Recently ranked one of “The 25 Coolest Athletes of All Time” by GQ, which previously named him one of the “50 Most Stylish Men of the Past 50 Years,” Mr. Palmer was also honored as one of “The 75 Best Dressed Men of All Time” by Esquire. The Arnie collection was developed through countless hours researching primary source material—including Mr. Palmer’s personal library of photographs and archive of historically significant garments. It is set for three deliveries in 2012, each with a distinct aesthetic:

1950s (February) – During this period, Mr. Palmer showcased slim, clean-fitting clothes. He preferred fitted pants and tops with short plackets, small collars and shorter sleeves. Red was a prominent color in his wardrobe and is exclusively found in the 1950s collection.

1960s (April) – While dominating the competition, Mr. Palmer was also looking the part. Wider legged pants, wider collars and longer shirt plackets were the style of the day. No golfer of the era looked as naturally cool as Mr. Palmer, especially in his staple color of blue, which is exclusively found in the 1960s collection.

1970s (July) – While piloting his own plane around the world, Mr. Palmer’s wardrobe continued to evolve and set trends. He chose shirts with slightly wider collars and long plackets, but the fit of his pants more closely resembled a modern boot cut. His color palette also became more subdued, hence grey being the signature color exclusive to the 1970s collection.

For more information: http://www.arniewear.com, http://www.facebook.com/ArnieWear or 800.652.9839.

Behind Arnie

Two buddies who met on a golf trip, Geoff Tait and Bobby Pasternak founded Quagmire in 2005 and were named “Canadian Executives of the Year” by ScoreGolf Magazine in 2011. The line—which includes men’s, women’s and kid’s golf and lifestyle clothing—is available at hundreds of pro shops and off-course retailers throughout North America.

Quagmire’s management partner is the 32-year-old Jaytex Group, the Canada licensee of famous brands Kenneth Cole Reaction, Tommy Bahama, Original Penguin, Gant, Union Bay and Ben Sherman.
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Club Glove to Showcase Ultra-Premium TRS Ballistic Luggage, Award-Winning Products

Club Glove to Showcase Ultra-Premium TRS Ballistic Luggage, Award-Winning Products at 2012 PGA Merchandise Show, Booth 1829

Company’s Acclaimed Golf Travel Covers, Bags, Caddy Towel and Accessories on Display

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA)—Club Glove®—a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of premium travel bags, golf bags, club covers, accessories and luggage—will showcase its ultra-premium TRS Ballistic luggage collection, Caddy Towel and other renowned Made-in-the-USA golf travel gear at the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show, booth 1829, January 26-28 in Orlando, FL.

Trusted by more than 65 PGA Tour players—including world No. 1 Luke Donald, Hunter Mahan, Bill Haas, Davis Love III and Charles Howell III—TRS Ballistic features U.S. woven INVISTA CORDURA® 1050 denier Nylon Ballistic fabric. This unique textile offers double the abrasion resistance and four times the tear resistance of other premium materials.

When used as a set, TRS Ballistic showcases Club Glove’s patent-pending Train Reaction system that drastically reduces the amount of effort needed to pull or push gear by creating a perfect center of gravity to make bags feel weightless.

“Attending the PGA Show to showcase our premium offerings has been instrumental to our wide acceptance from retailers and consumers,” says company founder Jeff Herold. “From the Last Bag to the Caddy Towel to our new first-class TRS Ballistic luggage, Club Glove’s constantly evolving product portfolio has something for everyone.”

Among the other items on display will be the company’s famed Last Bag, which was honored by Golf World magazine as one of the game’s “10 Best Innovations.” This signature golf travel bag was recognized for its extreme durability, extra thick foam padding and patented high-impact plastic wheel base that cradles and shields the bottom of the bag.

Trusted by more PGA Tour players and their caddies than any other brand, the Caddy Towel was recently used by winners of the U.S. Open and FedEx Cup. Named 2011 “Surprise Product of the Year” by ScoreGolf, the towels are strong enough to remove dirt, grease and sunblock off a player’s hands, yet gentle enough to safely clean eyeglasses. Each towel has the unique ability to hold 300 percent of its weight in water, built with more than 5 million yards of microfiber strands.

Manufacturer of award-winning cart and stand bags, Club Glove will highlight its FCO III, Aficionado IV, HotStepper II and ultra-lightweight Sunday Bag in a variety of colors. Each model is durable, attractive and extremely practical with a numerous benefits. Customization options are available to truly make each bag individual. 

                           
Club Glove is the No. 1 golf travel bag brand at all PGA and Champions Tour events. The Darrell Survey confirmed that the brand is preferred by 90 percent of PGA Tour Players. Selected by six U.S. Ryder Cup teams, Club Glove’s golf bags have been a fixture at green grass and off course shops for nearly a decade and are available in stand, cart and Sunday versions.

More information: http://www.clubglove.com or 800.736.4568.

About West Coast Trends, Inc.

Based in Huntington Beach, CA, West Coast Trends Inc. was founded in 1990. A worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of premium luggage, golf travel bags, stand bags, club covers and accessories, its products have been tested and approved by the world’s most demanding travelers, including pilots at all of the major airlines. The overwhelming choice of serious golfers, the company’s Club Glove® products are used by more than 90 percent of PGA and Champions Tour players.

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Ross Fisher Joins Nike Golf

Ross Fisher Joins Nike Golf

-Four-time European Tour winner signs multi-year agreement-

BEAVERTON, Ore. (January 18, 2012) – Nike Golf is proud to announce that Ross Fisher, a four-time winner on the European Tour, has joined the Nike Golf Tour Staff.

In switching to exclusively play and wear Nike Golf products, Fisher is making the first manufacturer change during his seven-year career as a tour professional.  The 31-year-old from West London, whose most recent victory was at the Irish Open in 2010, has signed a multi-year agreement to represent the Swoosh from head-to-toe.

Fisher said he was attracted to the energy and innovation that Nike Golf has been bringing to golf since it launched its first equipment line just over 10 years ago.  “Just looking at the history of Nike, it’s all about innovative products that are designed specifically for athletes. Nike Golf is the same. At Nike, golfers are athletes,” said Fisher.

Speaking about his plans for the 2012 season, Fisher said: “My first priority this year is to get back into the world’s top 50, and with the backing and support of my coaches and the team at Nike Golf, I am sure that it’s a realistic goal. Since the end of the season I’ve been working hard on all aspects of my game. I’m really bombing it with the VR Pro Limited Edition driver and I’m looking forward to putting all the new gear into play. At the moment we’re experiencing a golden period for European golf, particularly in Britain, and I just want to be back up there challenging for Majors and another Ryder Cup appearance.”

With four individual wins to his name, and team wins in the 2010 Ryder Cup and Seve Trophy, Fisher remains one of the most talented players of his generation.  Joining the European Tour in 2006, he has won four times in consecutive years from 2007, with victories at the KLM Open, the European Open in 2008, the Volvo World Match Play in 2009, and the 3 Irish Open in 2010, where he fired a second round 61 at Killarney.

A notoriously long and accurate ball striker, Fisher gained the honor of having the lowest cumulative score for the four major championships in 2009, when he finished fifth at The US Open.

“We are excited to welcome Ross into the Nike Golf Family,” said Mark Thaxton, Global Director of Sports Marketing Operations for Nike Golf.  “We look forward to working with him to ensure he is equipped with the best equipment for his game. Ross is a great player, with an aggressive playing style and we are confident he will thrive in 2012.”

Fisher’s first tournament as a Nike Golf athlete will be at the Abu Dhabi Championship, which takes place from January 26-29.

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Fisher’s Nike Golf Arsenal
§  Driver:  Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 8.5-degree
§  Fairway Wood:  Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood/15-degree
§  Hybrid: Nike VR Pro 18-degree
§  Irons:  Nike VR Pro Blades (3-9)
§  Wedges: Nike VR Pro 47-, 54- and 60-degree
§  Putter: Nike Method 001
§  Ball:  Nike 20XI-X
§  Apparel:  Nike Golf Tour Performance and Sport Collection
§  Footwear:  Nike Golf TW 2012
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Located in Beaverton, Oregon, Nike Golf designs and markets golf equipment, apparel, balls, footwear, bags and accessories worldwide. Nike Golf is passionately dedicated to ushering in the future of this great game by developing ground-breaking innovations that enable athletes to perform at their physical and mental peak.  For more information on Nike Golf, visit our Web site at http://www.nikegolf.com.  To follow Nike Golf on Twitter visit http://www.twitter.com/nikegolf and to become a fan on Facebook go to http://www.facebook.com/nikegolf. Editors and journalists in the U.S. seeking editorial information and downloadable images, visit http://www.nikegolf.com/presscenter.  For international journalists, please contact Nike Golf’s public relations representative.

THE PGA OF AMERICA HIGHLIGHTS JOBS AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES TO KICK OFF THE 11th ANNUAL JOBS IN GOLF

THE PGA OF AMERICA HIGHLIGHTS JOBS AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES TO KICK OFF THE 11th ANNUAL JOBS IN GOLF MONTH

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – As the national job market shows signs of recovery in 2012, The PGA of America’s 11th Annual Jobs in Golf Month—which highlights online employment resource tools and a breadth of jobs within the industry—will kick off in conjunction with the 59th PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 26-28, and continue promoting employment in golf throughout the month of February.

Building on the success of its previous campaigns at the PGA Merchandise Show, The PGA
of America’s Employment Services (located at Booth #2885) will highlight job opportunities that are currently posted on PGAJobfinder.com.  The Jobs in Golf Month initiative at the PGA Merchandise Show includes recruitment services by leading industry employers; golf-related job posting boards; on-site interviewing for industry positions; employment workshops; and comprehensive PGA Employment Services.     

In addition, PGA.com/employment, home to PGA Employment Services, is the centerpiece of the Jobs In Golf Month initiative, and serves as the golf industry’s online resource for jobs. In support of Jobs in Golf Month, PGA Employment Services is ramping up its available resources to ensure that PGA members continue to find and maximize their career opportunities.

“The PGA of America is delighted to present Jobs in Golf Month for the 11th consecutive year,” said PGA President Allen Wronowski.  “In 2012, the emphasis on job placement is central to the growth of our field and the overall economy.  The exciting positions offered during Jobs in Golf Month provide an opportunity to achieve a dream career within the golf industry, which employs more than 2 million people nationwide.”

PGA Employment Services was developed to serve as the golf industry’s hiring resource and a support mechanism to help ensure the 27,000 men and women PGA Professionals have the necessary tools to secure employment.  In addition to serving as a vehicle for PGA Professionals, PGA Employment Services offers a direct communication link between golf industry employers and individuals seeking to gain employment in the golf industry.

PGA Employment Services is supported by 12 regional PGA Employment Consultants based throughout the country.  These employment consultants serve as an invaluable resource for both PGA members and golf industry employers, working tirelessly to match applicants with appropriate employers that are seeking to hire talented and dynamic PGA Professionals.  These Employment Consultants are also charged with further educating employers on the unmatched benefits of hiring a PGA Professional.

Employment-related education seminars are also being featured at the PGA Member Business Center, and will be led by the PGA Employment Consultants.  Some of the featured seminar topics include “What Your Employer Wants – Connecting with Golf 2.0,” “Grow Your Value Starting NOW – The Strategy of Golf 2.0,” and “Utilizing Golf 2.0 – Your Competitive Edge,” among others.

While The PGA of America offers additional resources to promote Jobs in Golf Month and the benefits of hiring PGA Professionals throughout the month of February, the Association’s expansive employment services division, which caters to PGA Professionals, golf industry employers, and individuals seeking a position within the golf industry, is an everyday commitment throughout the year.

Among the many service options from the Employment Center, The PGA offers CareerLinks, a complimentary employment referral service with PGA Employment Consultants based throughout the country to provide support to employers and PGA Professionals.  With this service, PGA Employment Consultants help employers identify the skills and experiences that are necessary to perform a specific job, and then enter the search specifications into the CareerLinks database to identify qualified PGA candidates.  Last year, more than 470 positions were filled through the CareerLinks service.

Other employment services include PGA Jobfinder, an online tool located at http://www.PGA.com/employment, which helps golf industry employers fill a variety of golf industry positions from PGA Teaching Professionals to Clubhouse Staff to Manufacturer’s Sales Representatives.  The PGA also retains the services of a wage-and-hour consultant to help PGA Professionals and employers interpret labor laws and wage-and-hour information.  Since last January, more than 3,035 jobs for PGA Professional positions were posted on PGALinks.com and nearly 1,900 positions were listed on the public job board on PGA.com.

About PGA Jobs in Golf Month
Launched in 2002, the Jobs in Golf Month campaign is designed to promote employment services to golf employers and potential employees.  The PGA Jobs in Golf Month campaign works with the PGA Employment Center located online at http://www.PGA.com/employment.

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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LPGA Partners with Buffalo Communications

LPGA Partners with Buffalo Communications

Strategic PR Program to Broadly Promote Player Personalities
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL)—The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has partnered with Buffalo Communications (Buffalo) to turnkey a new public relations program showcasing the world’s premier women’s professional sports organization.

Engineered to grow awareness through non-golf media, Buffalo’s strategy focuses on promoting the LPGA Tour’s remarkable collection of exciting, outside-the-ropes stories. These include exceptional young stars, working mothers, style leaders, philanthropists, fitness devotees, adventurists, and the LPGA’s unique global business model.

“Golf media is tremendously supportive of the LPGA, but there’s a wider audience yet to experience why it’s different out here,” says Kraig Kann, Chief Communications Officer of the LPGA. “There are a million stories to tell, and we’re relying on Buffalo to help with lifestyle, fashion, travel and business journalists.”

Boasting an unrivalled global presence, the LPGA Tour features nearly 125 active international players from 25 nations and a 2011 schedule that included events in 13 countries. Last season was marked by the historic rise of Yani Tseng, a breakout win by teen phenom Lexi Thompson and remarkable play by the Tour’s growing cast of stars, including Suzann Pettersen, Paula Creamer, Na Yeon Choi, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie, Brittany Lincicome and Cristie Kerr.

“The LPGA offers fans and sponsors incomparable experiences consistent with its mission to inspire, empower, educate and entertain,” says Rich Katz, Managing Director of Buffalo. “Mike Whan’s dynamic leadership and Tour players’ diverse interests away from the course make for compelling editorial coverage.”

Riding a wave of momentum into the new year, the LPGA Tour recently announced its 2012 schedule featuring five new events among 27 tournaments and an increase of roughly $7 million in prize money. This follows a 2011 season that delivered a 29 percent increase in television viewership, a 17 percent jump in digital audience and a social media reach that eclipsed one million fans. A new Japanese television rights partnership with WOWOW was recently announced, as was the launch of Korean and Chinese language LPGA websites and Weebo, the Chinese social media network.

For more information: http://www.lpga.com, 386.274.6200.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 1,700 members representing 29 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage.

The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: http://www.LPGA.com, http://www.facebook.com/lpga.official, twitter.com/lpga, and http://www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About Buffalo Communications

Headquartered outside Washington, DC, Buffalo is a global golf-lifestyle public relations, branding and marketing-communications firm with clients operating in 40-plus countries. Buffalo employs its longstanding network of media and industry contacts to help clients grow awareness, popularity and revenues. Its roster of domestic and international category leaders include ECCO, Adams Golf, PGA National Resort & Spa, Fila Golf, Castle & Cooke, Arnie, Kaua’i Visitors Bureau (golf co-op), Club Glove, The Sea Pines Resort and The St. Joe Company.

GolfLogix Signs Seven-Time PGA Tour Winner Zach Johnson

GolfLogix Signs Seven-Time PGA Tour Winner Zach Johnson

2007 Masters Champ Benefits From Use of World’s No. 1 Golf GPS App

(SCOTTSDALE, AZ)—GolfLogix—the No. 1 App for Golf and a world leader in GPS and club-tracking technology—announces that seven-time PGA Tour winner and 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson has become the inaugural staff player on the company’s Tour roster.

Through this multi-year agreement, the 35-year-old will showcase the brand’s logo on his shirt sleeve during competition, be featured in GolfLogix marketing initiatives and interact with the company’s nearly 1.5 million online community members.

“Knowing the exact distance to a pin and other locations from tee to green drastically improves my course management and, in turn, my ability to score,” says Johnson. “GolfLogix offers an amazing array of free services and the expanded premium benefits make this app the best value in golf.”

A two-time member of the U.S. Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams, Johnson is the only player to shoot 60 twice on the PGA Tour. Renowned for his short game and tenacity, the native Iowan was one of only two players to win an event every season from 2007-10, along with Phil Mickelson.
 
                                                                                 
“Zach’s exceptional record can be credited, in part, to his precise preparation leading up to every event and before each shot,” says Pete Charleston, President of GolfLogix. “This fits perfectly with GolfLogix supplying Tour-quality information to millions of golfers worldwide, without requiring them to purchase an extra device.”

Easily downloaded from http://www.GolfLogix.com, the free GolfLogix GPS app is compatible with more than 60 smartphone models. It provides accurate distances to the center of the green, yardage book quality imagery of each hole, scorekeeping and in-round pro-level stat tracking for nearly 30,000 courses worldwide. For less than $20, an upgraded annual Champion membership provides golfers with club tracking and distances to any location on the hole—including pin position, hazards and landing zones.

All membership levels include access to the GolfLogix Member Clubhouse, the No. 1 online golf community where millions of golfers interact through social forums, offer challenges to fellow golfers and maintain an indexed handicap. Personal web pages for each user also stores performance statistics, so every round can be analyzed by fairways hit, greens in regulation, putting, shot trends and more.

About GolfLogix

The No. 1 App for Golf, GolfLogix boasts almost 1.5 million members on the world’s top-selling smartphones. Dedicated to offering consumers the most advanced GPS solutions with the best features, quality and price, GolfLogix helps improve individual performance.

Founded in May 1999, GolfLogix was the first to introduce handheld GPS to the golf industry and holds a U.S. patent for its unique GPS and Internet-based club tracking application. Based in Scottsdale, AZ, the company has been professionally mapping courses for more than 12 years and owns the largest, most up-to-date golf course database in the world.

In 2009, the rapid advance of smartphone technology led GolfLogix to develop and quickly capture the market with an easy-to-use application providing precise GPS distances. In addition, the software manages scorekeeping and stat tracking, then uploads them to an online clubhouse community where golfers can interact and compete with millions of other players worldwide. Now available on more than 60 different smartphone models, The No. 1 App for Golf offers maps for nearly 30,000 courses globally.

For more information: http://www.GolfLogix.com,877.977.0162.

Nike Lunar Technology Keeps Soaring with the Introduction of the Nike Lunar Ascend

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Nike Lunar Technology Keeps Soaring with the Introduction of the Nike Lunar Ascend
-Nike Golf combines innovative technologies to create the ultimate lightweight summer golf shoe-

BEAVERTON, Ore. (January 19, 2012) – Leveraging the success of the Nike Lunar Control men’s golf shoe, Nike Golf is expanding its Lunar offering with the addition of the new Nike Lunar Ascend men’s golf shoe.  Loaded with innovative Nike technology, the Nike Lunar Ascend features Nike’s Hyperfuse construction and Integrated Traction.
 

Available on January 1, 2012, The Nike Lunar Ascend is engineered with the ingredients of the perfect lightweight and breathable golf shoe that combines stability and the comfort of Lunar cushioning.  To achieve these optimal combinations, Nike Golf collaborated with Nike Inc. to utilize Hyperfuse construction to deliver the perfect summer golf shoe.
 

An upper construction technique that originated in Nike Basketball, Hyperfuse construction is an innovative multi-layered construction that ensures lightweight support, comfort, breathability and durability.  Hyperfuse is an engineered composite of three different materials: an internal synthetic underlay for structure and support, a performance mesh layer for breathability and a thin TPU durable outer layer for additional protection and support.  The base stability layer and the breathable layer are fused together with the thin TPU skin layer for a no-sew construction.  Hyperfuse construction allows the Nike Lunar Ascend to achieve structure and stability while maintaining lightweight breathability. This Nike innovative technology results in a serious performance golf shoe.
 

The Nike Lunar Ascend utilizes the Tour-proven Lunarlon foam cushioning paired with an Integrated Traction performance outsole. Integrated Traction is a molded TPU outsole that enhances traction and ground feel while reducing the overall weight of the shoe. The lower profile of the Nike Lunar Ascend increases stability while utilizing Integrated Traction to eliminate spike pressure and maintain traction.  The Integrated Traction outsole allows more flexibility and greater natural motion for the foot.
 

Developed in Nike’s Innovation Kitchen, Lunarlon cushioning system is another proprietary technology from Nike that offers underfoot comfort, ground feel and stability. The Lunarlon foam midsole is lightweight, durable and highly responsive resulting in a unique combination of cushioning and support.
 

Packed with golf-specific technology, the Nike Lunar Ascend is the pinnacle lightweight and breathable performance summer golf shoe.
 

Key Features:
 

Hyperfuse technology combines synthetics, mesh and TPU
Lunarlon cushioning in heel
Full-length comfort sockliner
Full-length TPU Integrated Traction
Nike Power Platform
 

Nike Lunar Ascend
Available: 1/1/2012
MSRP: $130.00 (MAP/Street $99.99)
Colors:  White/Black-Action Red-Granite; Black/Black-Grey-Electric Green; Soar/White-Metallic Cool Grey-Black; Cool Grey/White-Black-Action Red
 

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