Mandarin-language sessions highlight 2013 Golf Industry Show

Mandarin-language sessions
highlight 2013 Golf Industry Show

SAN DIEGO, Calif., USA (20 December 2013)—Registration is now open for the 2013 Golf Industry Show, world golf’s largest industry trade show and its most comprehensive education conference for golf course management professionals.

While the trade show event will be held 6-7 February 2013, at the San Diego Convention Center, the 2013 Education Conference—administered by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)—will run 4-8 February, including a day-long session conducted entirely in Mandarin Chinese on 6 February.

“The Golf Industry Show is the place to get answers,” said GCSAA Chief Executive Officer Rhett Evans. “We recognize that Asian delegates in particular have a long way to travel, to San Diego, and the Lunar New Year celebration begins on Feb. 9.

“However, course managers from all over the world routinely attend this show and conference because if they arrive with agronomic questions, they leave with answers – thanks to our education seminars. If they arrive with questions about specific new products, they leave with answers—thanks to all the knowledgeable vendors on our trade show floor. If they arrive with questions about the direction of their individual careers, they go home with answers—thanks to the incredible networking that takes place here.”
The Golf Industry Show is presented by GCSAA and National Golf Course Owners Association, along with participating partners the Golf Course Builders Association of America, the American Society of Golf Course Architects, the National Golf Foundation, the United States Golf Association, the International Golf Course Equipment Managers Association, and supporting partner the Society of Golf Appraisers.

Visit http://www.golfindustryshow.com for more information. Click here for registration information.

Evans noted that while any North American event represents a significant travel prospect for Asia-based industry professionals, San Diego is an extremely attractive destination and the 2013 education offerings there, 4-8 February, are unmatched – four full days of conference programming, spanning 550 total hours, on more than 100 different seminar subjects.

What’s more, on 6 February, the Mandarin-language program—“Practical Turfgrass Management for Golf Courses in China”—takes center stage, with a full day of education programming aimed specifically at the Chinese market:
* Pesticide Mode of Action and Associated Symptomology, 8:00-9:30
* Pest Management on Golf Courses: Diagnosis and Resolution of Problematic Pests, 9:30-11:30
* Golf Course Equipment: Practical Strategies for Selecting and Maintaining Equipment for Golf Courses, 13:30-15:30

“This is big step but an important, necessary step in the evolution of the GCSAA education mission,” said Eric Boedeker, senior manager for International Development with GCSAA. “Our organizing principle is education. The Chinese golf course industry is growing faster than any golf industry in the world, so it follows that the need for agronomic education is strongest there—and that education must be delivered in the language that best meets that need.

“The Golf Industry Show is an international event, drawing course managers from all over the world. If we want to make the event attractive to Chinese delegates, we felt obliged to make this investment and commitment—to deliver education programming in the most practical way possible, in Mandarin Chinese.”

These Mandarin sessions would not be possible for the involvement of Xi Xiong, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the University of Missouri’s Division of Plant Sciences. Xi, who holds a bachelor of science degree in horticulture, and a master’s degree in turfgrass science from Sichuan Agricultural University, will preside over all three sessions on 6 Feb. She will foster the interaction and serve as interlocutor in the second session, which allows Chinese delegates to speak and ask questions, peer-to-peer, with a group of superintendents Dr. Xi has hand-picked for this seminar.

According to GCSAA member Darren Moore, head superintendent at Shadow Creek Golf Club in Beijing, the timing of the Golf Industry Show fits neatly between golf seasons. “I find it easier to attend when working in Asia, due to the cooler weather in February,” Moore said. “It’s harder to attend when working in Australia as February is the busy summer season.

“I really enjoy the educational seminars and try to attend as many as I can before and after the trade show. Information can then be passed onto my assistant and staff members back at my home club. My club has also allowed me to bring my Chinese assistant golf course superintendent for the past 2 years, which has really helped him understand how big the industry is and gives him an opportunity to develop own career.

“Working in Asia you don’t always see the latest equipment and technologies until it has been launched for some time, so it’s nice to catch up on new developments on the trade show floor.”

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About GCSAA
GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to 19,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Find GCSAA on Facebook , follow GCSAA on Twitter, and visit GCSAA at http://www.gcsaa.org. The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and has as its mission to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit http://www.eifg.org.

Tin Cup® Introduces ‘Buffalo Roamin’ Golf Ball Marking Stencil

Tin Cup® Introduces ‘Buffalo Roamin’ Golf Ball Marking Stencil

Iconic Grassland Animal Inspiration for December ‘Cup of the Month’

(FALLS CHURCH, VA) – Tin Cup Products, LLC announces it has added Buffalo Roamin’, a silhouette of the North American bison, to its award-winning collection of patented, Made in the USA golf ball marking stencils.

Crafted from 100 percent stainless steel, Buffalo Roamin’ is the latest mark offered as the “Cup of the Month.” Channeling the Great Plains, it joins other popular animal designs ($19.95 each), such as Dulin the Dog, Rip It, and Stinger, available at retailers nationwide and http://www.tin-cup.com.

“It’s wonderful to have such a devoted network of customers and fans actively seeking models that pair their passion for golf with their personalities,” says Cabell Fooshe, President of Tin Cup. “Demand for a buffalo has been overwhelming, so we anticipate this stencil will quickly become a top seller for individuals, tournaments, outings, events and more.”

Since being named “Best New Product” at the 2010 PGA Merchandise Show, Tin Cup has grown rapidly. Its personalization process takes just seconds, as players place the stencil over a ball and trace it using an ultra-fine point permanent marker.

The newly introduced Foursome Package ($95) features four Tin Cups, accompanying leather pouches, pens and clips, making it the perfect holiday gift for the regular golfing group.

More than 100 unique styles are available, including emblems from all four major military branches, visualization/game improvement marks and college logos. The company also offers an affordable customization program that’s trusted by well-known corporations, charities, media outlets, celebrities and individuals.

For more information: http://www.tin-cup.com, 888.984.6287.

About Tin Cup Products, LLC

Tin Cup’s patented golf ball marking stencils are crafted from 100 percent stainless steel and Made in the USA. The entire personalization process takes just seconds, as players simply place the Tin Cup of their choice over a golf ball and trace the design using an ultra-fine point permanent marker.

In addition to more than 100 existing models, Tin Cup introduces new stencils monthly. Its customization program provides low minimums, affordable pricing and prompt delivery for corporations, charities, media outlets, celebrities, events and others seeking a distinctive gift.

Tin Cup stencils are currently sold at more than 1,000 retail locations worldwide, including PGA Superstore, Edwin Watts, Roger Dunn and Golfsmith, as well as elite clubs and resorts like Baltusrol, Bandon Dunes, Congressional, Kingsmill, Medinah, Reynolds Plantation, The Boulders, Torrey Pines, Wailea and Sea Island. The company also has distribution in Canada, the UK and Japan.

ECCO Further Expands Record-Setting Golf Street Collection for 2013

ECCO Further Expands Record-Setting Golf Street Collection for 2013

Shoe that Started a Revolution Available in New Styles, Materials and Colors

(LONDONDERRY, NH) – Danish brand ECCO – a leading global manufacturer of innovative footwear – confirms the expansion of its award-winning Golf Street collection for men to include new styles, materials and colors for 2013.

Now offered in Sport, Luxe, Textile, Camel and Premier categories, each Golf Street model showcases a patented outsole design featuring the ECCO dynamic traction system (E-dts). This consists of approximately 100 molded traction bars and 800-plus traction angles. Constructed from TPU – a highly durable, wear-resistant material – these elements provide superior grip in all conditions.

“Golf Street completely reshaped the footwear market by challenging the notions that a golf shoe had to look a certain way and be sport-specific,” says Michael Waack, Head of Global Golf at ECCO. “Four years since it was first introduced, it’s become a classic style that simply evolves with each season.”

Distinctive aspects of each offering include:

Sport: A brand new upper pattern featuring tactile embellishments and Hydromax™ treated leathers for superior weather and perspiration resistance

Luxe: The most refined Street option is crafted from luxurious “lizzard” leather treated with Hydromax™ for superior weather and perspiration resistance

Textile: An athletic look is enhanced by performance textile uppers and a highly-breathable aero lining

Camel: Both casual and classy, this design is distinguished by luxurious camel leather uppers treated with Hydromax™ for superior weather and perspiration resistance

Premier: The shoe that started the revolution evolves to feature subtle material enhancements, including rich, Hydromax™-treated leather uppers for superior weather and perspiration resistance

Along with other styles from the 2013 ECCO men’s golf collection, Golf Street models will be worn in competition by Fred Couples, Graeme McDowell, Thomas Bjorn, Thongchai Jaidee, Stuart Appleby, Bradley Dredge, Andreas Hartø, JB Hansen and scores of other Tour stars worldwide.

About ECCO

The only major shoe manufacturer to own and manage every step of the shoemaking process – from leather production through its own shoe factories all the way to its stores – ECCO adheres to the design philosophy that “the shoe must follow the foot.” This approach allows the company to craft footwear that combines style and comfort with uncompromising quality and innovative technology. A leading global brand, ECCO was founded in 1963 by Karl Toosbuy and remains family owned. Headquartered in the Danish towns of Bredebro and Tønder, the ECCO footwear group employs nearly 20,000 people worldwide. Its products can be found in 4,000 branded sales locations in more than 90 countries.

ECCO USA is based in Londonderry, New Hampshire. For more information: http://www.eccousa.com.
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PUMA® Golf Reveals New Rickie Fowler Signature Shoe – AMP CELL Fusion

PUMA® Golf Reveals New Rickie Fowler Signature Shoe – AMP CELL Fusion

Paired with the New AMP Driver, the Pro Collection Delivers Improved Play to the Advanced Golfer

CARLSBAD, CA (October 15, 2012) – PUMA Golf introduces the AMP CELL Fusion—a new signature Rickie Fowler footwear model for the 2013 season—and part of the PUMA Golf Spring/Summer 2013 Footwear Collection. The PUMA Golf engineering team paired a brand new upper made of soft lightweight materials with our S2CPro Chassis and S2Quill® spikes for ultimate performance, comfort and style.

Developed with the professional and fashion-forward golfer in mind, the AMP CELL Fusion offers the most advanced and proprietary technology available in a golf shoe to-date. The Swing Speed Chassis Pro (S2CPRO) offers a full length, flexible TPU chassis designed to provide the perfect blend of control, leverage, balance and power. The TPU and carbon fiber outsole uses Swing Speed (S²) Quill® technology with 50 directionally molded S²QuillTec® spikes in each shoe combined with 20 replaceable S²Quill® spikes for ultimate grip on the course. It also has a stepped outer frame with additional traction elements to provide a stable, supportive platform. The S²Quills utilize Performance Insert System (PINS) by Pride to keep the spikes secure in all the right places while IdCELL™ cushioning technology in the midfoot and heel, comprised of our proprietary EVA compound, is anatomically positioned to support the foot while walking.

Encompassing the brand mantra “Look Better. Feel Better. Play Better.” the AMP Cell Fusion will be available in seven color combinations in the United States—Black/Vibrant Orange, Blue Atoll/White, White/PUMA Silver, White/Vibrant Orange, White/Directoire Blue, Vibrant Orange/White and Cabaret/White—all poised to get you noticed on the course. Additional colors available around the globe. The AMP CELL Fusion will have a suggested retail price of $220 and select colors will be available at golf retailers beginning November 15, 2012.