Vessel Raises $45K In Celebrity Golf Bag Auction


Justin Timberlake, Charles Barkley and Aaron Rodgers amongst top golf bag bids

July 23, 2015 (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) — Vessel today announced the five-day celebrity golf bag auction for the 2015 American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe concluded with an outstanding result of $47,731.79. All proceeds from the auction were donated to the Stower’s Institute of Medical Research.

The bidding for the ACC-branded Vessel stand bags started at $200 for each celebrity. The celebrity golf bags with the highest bids included: Justin Timberlake ($2,150); Charles Barkley ($2,088); and Aaron Rodgers ($1,600). Highlighting the auction was the ACC-branded Vessel staff golf bag, signed by all 92 tournament celebrities, which sold for $3,600.

“We noticed particularly aggressive bidding from ACC fans over the weekend,” said Vessel CEO, Ron Shaw. “We were especially impressed by the remarkable results for the staff bag signed by all celebrities. It is a one-of-a-kind piece that is in great demand by golfers around the globe.”

All proceeds from the ACC auction went directly to the Stower’s Institute of Medical Research, a medical research firm focused on innovative approaches to treat, diagnose and prevent diseases like cancer.

ACC fans will have one more chance to win one of the five staff bags signed by all celebrities via Vessel’s Facebook contest, launching July 27 on

About Vessel

Headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., Vessel is the top custom bag maker for athletes, offering the best in quality and innovation. Each custom bag is handcrafted to reflect the unique personality of every Vessel customer. Vessel’s product lines also come with a Buy a Bag, Give a Bag component. In an effort to help every child get an education, Vessel works closely with several incredible organizations who are helping deliver backpacks to children in need.Learn more at

GolfBuddy Dominates Competition, Now Offers Full Line of Distance Measuring Devices


GolfBuddy Dominates Competition, Now Offers Full Line of Distance Measuring Devices

La Palma, CA, July 14, 2015 – GolfBuddy, a leader in the golf GPS industry, is now the first company to offer products in all golf course distance measuring device categories. With the 2015 release of its first laser rangefinders, the LR5 and LR5S, GolfBuddy now has a fully comprehensive lineup of golf distance measuring devices. The LR5 complements GolfBuddy’s existing offerings of wearable, handheld, and voice GPS devices, all of which are designed to enhance a golfer’s course awareness and distance recognition.

“Over the course of twelve years, we have established ourselves as innovators, constantly seeking to surpass our customers’ expectations for accuracy and simplicity,” said Harry Jung, president of GolfBuddy, “Since 2003, we have been continually working to provide our customers with the widest variety of products and the most cutting-edge technology. We are very pleased to announce this major milestone with our latest product offerings.”

GolfBuddy’s first product launch, the GolfBuddy Plus, led the golf GPS category with its 1,000 course storage capability, dynamic green view technology, and target customization technology. In only one decade, GolfBuddy has greatly expanded its technological capabilities to maintain its position as an industry trailblazer, citing a subscription-free course recognition program with over 37,000 courses around the world automatically programmed into most GolfBuddy products.

The GolfBuddy Voice unit was a historically prominent introduction for GolfBuddy, being the first GPS unit that used a voice with an LCD screen to display distance information. Launched in May 2012, the groundbreaking device weighed just one ounce, measured 1.7″ wide, and spoke accurate distances to the front, middle and back of the green using GolfBuddy’s course recognition technology. Several improvements have been made over time to this unit with the launch of the Voice+ and the current model, the VS4.

GolfBuddy’s latest product launch of its first laser rangefinders granted the company’s entrance into all distance measuring device categories. This lightweight laser rangefinder is already receiving a large amount of positive reviews, namely for its ability to scan a golf course in just one click of a button.

Today, GolfBuddy has emerged as an international pioneer in the golf device industry offering a broad range of fashionable and functional devices. Each device incorporates breakthrough technology as well as key user-friendly features such as ease of use, battery life, comfort, style, and durability. Boasting a selection of popular devices such as the WT5 watch, the PT4 handheld device, the VS4 and the Voice among others, GolfBuddy has developed a product to fit any golfer’s wants and needs.

GolfBuddy is based in La Palma, CA, with product development and course data management centers in South Korea, one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-quality electronic products.

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BirdieBox Collaborates with Graeme McDowell on ‘G-Mac Box’

BirdieBox Collaborates with Graeme McDowell on ‘G-Mac Box’

Includes Products Hand-Selected by the Former U.S. Open Champion

(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) – BirdieBox – the leading provider of curated golf and lifestyle products – announces the launch of the “G-Mac Box,” a custom offering from Ryder Cup stalwart and former U.S. Open champion, Graeme McDowell.

Including an assortment of collectable items preferred by McDowell, the boxes are available through at two price points ($149.99, $79.99), each boasting a total value nearly double the retail cost. Among the items included are a polo shirt by G-Mac by Kartel, Srixon Z-Star golf balls, a logoed glass from McDowell’s own GolfBeer Brewing Company, Srixon TOUR hat, stainless steel flask with built-in shot glass and Bluetooth earbuds.

“From my golf game to my clothing and craft beer lines, I work hard and make sure things are done the right way at the highest standards possible,” said Graeme McDowell. “BirdieBox have done a great job at creating an offering of products for my fans, that relate directly to me and my game, at a great price.”

Available beginning the week of The Open and running through the 2015 Holiday season, the “G-Mac Box” may be purchased online for shipment throughout North America and Europe. The exterior of each box will arrive handsomely appointed with G-Mac imagery, logo and messaging.

“Graeme was a natural choice for us as a guest curator, he has great style and the game to back it up,” says Pat DePirro, CEO of BirdieBox. “A true gentleman within our sport, we feel that this box resonates with those interested in pursuing the best of the golfing lifestyle.”

Among the scores of organizations and individuals who have turned to BirdieBox in the past include Major League Baseball, Under Armour, Els for Autism, Arizona Coyotes, Dallas Stars, National Kidney Foundation, Bob Uecker Classic, Cure NF with Jack, Celebrity Golf Classic with Kevin Nealon, TPC Scottsdale, Ready Golf and Zo’s Winter Groove for The Alonzo Mourning Foundation.

Beyond the company’s event, charity and organization services, personal monthly subscriptions that remove the hassle from shopping and gift-giving are available at Packages include a selection of the hottest golf, lifestyle and nutritional items from major brands. Offered in one-, three-, six- and 12-month options, subscriptions start at $49.95 per month while retail value of each delivery is $100 or more.

More information: Get social: @BirdieBox.

About BirdieBox

Launched in January 2014, BirdieBox is an eCommerce platform with three core focuses. These include a monthly subscription service delivering a curated box of premium golf and lifestyle gear every month, a specialty box service commemorating major champions and holidays, and BirdieBox Events, a new and hassle-free way to source unforgettable tee-gifts for corporate, charity or country club outings and tournaments. The highly trained staff work closely with event organizers to create a truly unforgettable package. Adorned with a logo of the customer’s choice, each finely-appointed, custom-curated assortment is hand-selected to match designated preferences and impress guests. The company is devoted to ensuring a positive and fun customer experience.


New Surf & Turf Golf and Fishing Package at Mexico’s Velas Resorts

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Velas Resorts in Vallarta-Nayarit

Mexico’s Velas Resorts in Vallarta-Nayarit now offer a new three-night Surf & Turf Package for guests seeking fun both in the water and on land.

The experience includes a six-hour fishing trip, cook-your-catch dinner, two days of championship golf, and more.

A unique from sea-to-plate offering, the Surf & Turf package takes guests on a six-hour fishing session in Banderas Bay where guests can reel in a variety of fish, including: Tuna, Rooster, Striped Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Jack Crevalle, and Black and Blue Marlin.

Later that evening, the resort chef will transform each guest’s catch of the day into a delicious and uniquely prepared meal. With the package, guests also enjoy two days at the Marina and Vista Vallarta’s championship golf courses, designed by Joe Finger, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf.

The Surf & Turf Package is available at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Velas Vallarta and Casa Velas. The three-night package starts at $4,092 (Velas Vallarta), $4,480 (Casa Velas) and $5,900 (Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit) for up to four people and also include spacious accommodations, gourmet meals, premium liquor and wine, 24-hour suite service, use of the fitness center facilities, WIFI, taxes and gratuities.

For more information or reservations at Velas Resorts, please call 1-866-847-4609 or visit

Arccos Golf Introduces Advanced GPS Functionality and Enhanced Social Features

Arccos Golf Introduces Advanced GPS Functionality and Enhanced Social Features

(STAMFORD, CT) – Arccos Golf – maker of the game’s only GPS + Live Shot Tracking + Tour Analytics platform – announces the premiere of Advanced GPS capabilities, providing users with precise yardages to any location on a hole while simultaneously showing the distance from that spot to the green.

Also part of this new touchscreen functionality for the award-winning Arccos system is an automatic zoom capability. It gives players a more detailed view of the hole as they get closer to the green. Combined, these two updates help players of all skill levels lower scores by excelling in course management.

“Our Advanced GPS works hand-in-hand with the shot tracking aspect of Arccos, allowing golfers to strategize about every aspect of how they will attack a hole,” says Arccos CEO Sal Syed. “This supports our mission of helping players unlock their Golf DNA by gaining maximum knowledge about their strengths and weaknesses, as well as the courses on which they are competing.”

Further distinguishing Arccos ($299.99) are its new suite of social features. These allow users to follow other players, see who is following them, and receive round updates – including holes, stats and bests – directly to their in-app social stream. Instructors and coaches can use this as a tool to “follow” players, instantly receiving their stats upon completion of a round, or gathering valuable information on overall performance via deep dives into statistics, past rounds, Tour Analytics and more.

Requiring no alterations to pre-shot routines, additional devices, tapping or other hindrances to enjoyment and improvement, the Arccos system features a set of 14 virtually weightless sensors. Easily attached to the end of a club grip, each sensor is paired just once via Bluetooth to the company’s free iPhone app.

Along with GPS for more than 20,000 courses worldwide, Arccos captures critical data for your game, instantly delivering information on distances hit, club averages, driving accuracy, greens in regulation, sand saves, putts and more. This helps golfers identify patterns and refine tactics before, during and after each round.

Widely heralded as one of the game’s most innovative and beneficial technologies, Arccos is endorsed by 2014 FedExCup Champion Billy Horschel and is among the first golf-specific apps offered for Apple Watch.

Essential to the Arccos system, the Tour Analytics platform helps golfers identify patterns and refine tactics before, during and after each round. This was developed in conjunction with golf’s most renowned statistician, Peter Sanders. Drawing from his work with PGA Tour star Zach Johnson and many others, it automatically breaks down a players’ handicap into five key components – driving, approach, chipping, sand game and putting – helping golfers:

  • Gain insight into what every shot means
  • Understand exactly how each part of their game contributes to scoring
  • Explore comparative data in each of the five components from golfers with the same handicap
  • Evaluate patterns across their entire golf history, supporting refinement of on-course tactics

Now available at Apple Stores, select golf retailers and pro shops nationwide, and, Arccos is trusted by top instructors who rely on the system to help their students recognize and correct faults, such as club distance gaps, noticeable shot dispersion patterns and other problem areas.

Led by a team of Ivy League engineers, rocket scientists, PhD’s and designers, Arccos Golf is named after a function of advanced mathematics.

For more information or to view a demo video:

Get social: @arccosgolf, Facebook

About Arccos Golf, LLC

Arccos Golf, LLC provides game-changing connected technology products for golfers. The company aims to revolutionize the golfing experience by integrating GPS shot tracking with a sophisticated platform that generates comparative data which helps golfers truly evaluate their game. Arccos is led by CEO, Sal Syed and COO, Ammad Faisal, two dedicated golfers, entrepreneurs, and childhood friends. Based in Stamford, CT, Arccos is a Callaway Open Innovation Partner with venture capital funding provided by LaunchCapital.

Ryder Cup Europe examines 2022 bidders’ technical plans

Ryder Cup Europe examines 2022 bidders’ technical plans
Ryder Cup Match Director Edward Kitson and team visit Catalunya to evaluate the Costa Brava Barcelona Ryder Cup Europe 2022 bid

As the process to select a host for The 2022 Ryder Cup moves into the final phases, Ryder Cup Europe has been visiting each candidate nation to evaluate the technical elements of each of their bids.

Ryder Cup Europe recently visited PGA Catalunya Resort to further evaluate Spain’s bid for The 2022 Ryder Cup Match. This is the next stage in the formal bid process that will select a host for the 2022 Match by the end of the year.

A modern day Ryder Cup counts itself among the world’s ‘mega events’. Consequently, the need for robust and innovative transport, security and logistics operations is essential.

Ryder Cup Match Director, Edward Kitson, Ryder Cup Operations Director, Antonia Beggs, and European Tour Director of Tour Operations, David Garland, spent two days with the Spanish bid team to gain a more complete understanding of the transport, parking, accommodation and crowd management proposals.

Edward Kitson said: “Hosting a Ryder Cup brings some unique challenges. Ensuring spectators, journalists and workforce enjoy the best experience possible every day requires detailed planning.

“Over the past two days, we have had a chance to experience the full spectator journey proposed in the Spanish bid dossier. We have visited the parking, experienced the journey times to the venue, met with a number of the proposed hotels and conducted a full review of the golf course.

“This has allowed us to understand how a Ryder Cup in Spain in 2022 could deliver the key elements we need. We have shared a number of observations and ideas with the Spanish bid team, and we look forward to working with all of the remaining candidate nations over the coming months to further refine their respective bids.”

Ryder Cup Europe 2022 will announce the successful host nation for The 2022 Ryder Cup in Autumn 2015.

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