Dramatic Renovation of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Golf Course in Southwest Florida Nearing Completion

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Dramatic Renovation of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

Golf Course in Southwest Florida Nearing Completion

 

Golf icon Jack Nicklaus has returned to the AAA Four-Diamond resort

to help redesign the same course on which he first broke 40 at age 11;

The Jack Nicklaus redesign is in collaboration with noted architect John Sanford;

Renovation began in April, and will be completed this November

NAPLES, FL (September 2016) – Interested in taking a getaway?  Then you should consider heading to the AAA Four-Diamond The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Southwest Florida. Set on 125 lush acres, complemented by seven miles of pristine white sandy beach, the 319-room resort is Southwest Florida’s only resort directly on the beach with an on-site championship golf course, a world-class spa, and an award-winning tennis center. Want more reason to visit?  The resort will complete the dramatic renovation – almost reinvention – of its championship golf course this November. The resort’s course is being redesigned with input from golf icon and acclaimed course designer Jack Nicklaus, who has a historical tie to the resort.

 The Jack Nicklaus redesign is being done in collaboration with noted course architect John Sanford of Sanford Golf Design. This major $9 million project follows $50 million in impressive renovations and enhancements at the resort over the last few years. The total redesign of the resort’s course began in April, and the entire project will be complete this November, with the course fully operational and reopening on November 17, 2016, according to the beachfront resort’s General Manager Jason Parsons. According to Parsons, this is almost a month ahead of schedule.

 Jack Nicklaus is helping to celebrate his past and that of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club by reshaping the future of this iconic golf course. It was in 1951, on a family vacation to Naples, Florida, and a friendly round of golf alongside his father, that the Ohio native accomplished the very impressive feat of first breaking 40 over nine holes on the resort’s course, shooting a 37. At just 11 years old, he came within a shot of shooting par, and just one year after he picked up golf clubs for the first time. This round, in particular, is what drew Nicklaus to the project–the scorecard is even archived in the Jack Nicklaus Museum, the 24,000-square-foot facility on the campus of The Ohio State University.

 “Being back at The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club is like a walk down memory lane for me,” Nicklaus said. “Returning to the same course where I broke 40, with my father by my side, brings back a lot of very special and very fond memories. At the same time, I am enjoying the opportunity to work with John (Sanford) on this rebirth, if you will, of a wonderful layout. I think we have some great ideas and people will be excited about the end product.”

 The resort’s golf course brings together two of the world’s finest designers, who celebrated the grand opening of their collaboration on Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx, New York, in 2015. Sanford served as project manager for the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, and among the many honors bestowed on the design, it was named to Golf Digest’s Best New Courses 2015 and recognized by Golf Magazine as the Best New Course You Can Play. It was also a top-three global selection by Golf Inc. as Development of the Year.

 “We are very proud and excited about the completion of the dramatic renovation and redesign of our 18-hole championship golf course,” Parsons said. “The redesign is a unique collaboration between the greatest player of all time Jack Nicklaus, who also is one of the world’s most celebrated golf course designers, and the very talented John Sanford. It truly has been a pleasure to see them collaborate on this totally new, par-71 course, which features five tees, ranging from 4,800 yards to over 6,900 yards. Our guests, groups, and golfers of every skill level will absolutely love the truly beautiful new course. The new course will be a terrific addition to the experience for our guests.”

 Golf Course Architect John Sanford said, “The course has been redesigned to challenge the best players but also be enjoyable for all golfers. The redesign takes advantage of the sandy soils so the course will play ‘firm and fast.’ The ball will roll out so tee shots will be longer and approaches are open to accept running shots to the greens. The greens are gently contoured to allow for multiple hole locations but have continuous movement that will challenge all skill levels. Many of the large trees were cleared to ‘open up’ the course and various types of palm trees have been planted to extend the beachfront character of the resort. We are very excited about the reopening of the course in November.”

 Sanford added, “We have a number of great new holes at the resort course, which includes the ‘signature hole’ #16. It is a medium length ‘Redan’ par 3. The green is a peninsula with water in front, on the right and behind the green. It’s not long but will require accuracy to hit the green.”

 In addition to the new course, the resort has added a 300-yard practice and teaching range, and will have new golf carts with GPS tracking systems to aid golfers with yardages on each hole, thus helping pace of play.

 “The completion of this renovation will bring our golf course in line with the rest of our AAA Four-Diamond resort and enhance the overall guest and group experience,” said Henry B. Watkins, co-owner of the resort.  “The added bonus of having Mr. Nicklaus collaborate on the redesign of the course where he first broke 40 for nine holes is wonderful, and further enriches the deep history of our property.”

 Rich in hospitality and tradition, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has been part of the Naples community since 1946. Owned and operated by the Watkins family for three generations, the resort also features: 1,000 feet of soft white-sand beach; the world-class spa; a fitness center; the Mary C. Watkins Tennis Center with six Har-Tru courts; Beach Kids Club, a complimentary daily recreational program for children ages 5 to 12; retail shops; beach rentals; 34,000 square feet of meeting space; and a variety of picturesque outdoor venues for receptions and events.

 In addition, the resort features multiple restaurants and lounges. The selection includes:  the signature beachfront restaurant HB’s on the Gulf; Broadwell’s, serving breakfast daily and providing panoramic views of the golf course; and the Seminole Store, which serves deli sandwiches, ice cream, gourmet coffees and a variety of freshly baked pizza, pastries and desserts in a café atmosphere. The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill has been recognized as the “Best Place To View A Southwest Florida Sunset,” and was named “Naples’ Best Beach Bar” by Travel Channel.

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Guest rooms and suites feature cool tropical-colored linens, fabrics and carpeting; flat-panel televisions; patios or balconies (with a view of the Gulf, the golf course or the lush resort interior); coffee makers; and refrigerators.

 Among the recent enhancements was the November 2015 replacement of the brick balconies in the main Tower Building with beautiful glass balconies to showcase the gorgeous Gulf views.

 Situated just blocks from Naples’ renowned shopping districts of fashionable 5th Avenue South and historic 3rd Street South, the resort is also within minutes of shopping at Venetian Village, Waterside Shops, Bayfront and Tin City.

 Guests can further experience the area by taking tours of the Everglades, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Corkscrew Swamp, The Botanical Gardens, or the Conservancy Nature Center. Boat and fishing trips can also be arranged at the hotel. Other leisure-time activities can include Naples’ outstanding museums, theatres, and art galleries.

 Providing a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, the resort is an exceptional tropical getaway. Guests always benefit from no resort fees, complimentary self-parking and valet parking, and complimentary access to the resort’s fitness center. The resort is located at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North in Naples, Florida.

 For reservations or for information about rates, contact the resort’s Reservations Department at (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222, and visit NaplesBeachHotel.com . For golf rates and tee time information, as the course will be open to the public, contact the resort’s Golf Pro Shop at (239) 435-2475.

Hilton Head Golf Island Unveils Exceptional Stay-and-Play Offers

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Hilton Head Golf Island Unveils Exceptional Stay-and-Play Offers

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) – voted the “No. 1 Island in the Continental U.S.” by Travel + Leisure magazine readers – is offering golfers an array of exceptional stay-and-play packages for getaways to long savor.

At Palmetto Dunes, the Players Golf Special starts at $410 per person.  It includes three nights’ stay in a two-bedroom villa, two rounds on the Robert Trent Jones, George Fazio or Arthur Hills courses (plus free replays), logoed-hat and golf balls as well as dining discounts. For reservations and more information, call 877.567.6513.

For 12 or more players, the Sea Pines Resort’s Group Package starts at $199 (per person, per night) and includes three rounds of golf on the famed Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point by Pete Dye or Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III (the island’s newest layout), three nights’ deluxe villa accommodations, resort gift card, personal on-site coordinator, complimentary green fees for afternoon replays and the group organizer plays for free. For reservations and more information, call 843.842.1488.

Ideal for 12 or more golfers, Heritage Golf Group’s Lowcountry Group Special starts at $185 per night. It offers three nights’ accommodations, a Lowcountry boil at Lagerhead Tavern, and three rounds of golf with unlimited replays on any of the Heritage Golf Collection’s excellent courses including the recently Pete Dye-renovated Robber’s Row.

“Our packages are ideal for family and friends to have incredible experiences playing golf and staying here on Hilton Head,” says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association. “Few locales offer such a wide range of entertaining courses and accommodation options for all budgets.”

With numerous courses for players of all abilities, exceptional value, pleasant year-round weather and direct flights from more than 20 major cities, Hilton Head Island is one of the world’s premier golf destinations. In addition to being named the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ 2016 North American “Golf Destination of the Year”, Hilton Head Island has received recent accolades from Golfweek, Golf Channel’s Golf Advisor and the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel.

Getting to “Golf Island” is easier than ever from East Coast and Midwest population centers. JetBlue Airways operates non-stop flights from Boston (BOS) and New York City (LGA / JFK) to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Allegiant Air also flies non-stop from Indianapolis (IND), Cincinnati (CVG), Baltimore (BWI) and Pittsburgh (PIT), among others cities.  Fourteen other locales offer non-stop service to SAV including Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

For additional information about rates, restrictions and other package inclusions, or to receive a quote: www.hiltonheadgolfisland.org, 800.523.3373.

 About Hilton Head Golf Island

 Hilton Head Golf Island features more than 30 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy Hilton Head’s Southern hospitality and world-class public and private designs sculpted by vaunted architects Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones.

 Its territory encompasses many of the great golf courses and resorts of North America and is ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including “Best Buddies Trip Destination,” “Best Accommodations,” “Best Couples Trip,” “Best Courses,” “Best Food and Drink,” “Best Weather” and “Best Value.” Hilton Head Island also was named the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ Golf Destination of the Year for North America for 2016. Home to the world-renowned Sea Pines Resort, the PGA TOUR makes its only South Carolina stop each April at Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.

The Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association, in conjunction with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Visitor and Conventions Bureau and Chamber of Commerce, launched Hilton Head Golf Island to support the island’s thriving golf market through promotion of golf rounds and packages.

 

PGA Value Guide to Host Fall Trade-In Blitz Throughout October

PGA Value Guide to Host Fall Trade-In Blitz Throughout October

Golfers Can Access the PGA Value Guide to Find Fair Market Trade-In Values for Their Current Golf Clubs;

Special Promotion Offers Golfers an Extra 20% Value on Their Trade-Ins to Offset the Cost of a New Club Purchase

Raleigh, NC, September 30, 2016 … The PGA Value Guide, the National Standard for Golf Club Values™, today announced a Fall Trade-In Blitz program that will run the entire month of October at valueguide.pga.com. Thanks to a flood of great golf club technology in the marketplace and strong trade-in values, golfers can access the PGA Value Guide to find the fair market trade-in value for their current clubs and help offset the cost of a new equipment purchase.

 As part of the October Fall Trade-In Blitz, golfers visiting the PGA Value Guide will receive an extra 20% on the value of their existing clubs toward the purchase of new clubs.  In fact, the PGA Value Guide website offers a convenient online trade-in tool which allows golfers to print a free shipping label, ship their clubs in and receive cash or credit for their trade-ins.  Golfers can then visit any one of over 5,000 PGA Professional-staffed facilities in the PGA Trade-In Network where they redeem their cash or credit towards the purchase of new properly-fit golf equipment from the top brands in golf.

 “PGA Value Guide is the destination where golfers come to find the value of their existing clubs, as well as past purchases that may be gathering dust in the garage,” said Doug Smith, PGA Value Guide VP – Business Development.  “Today’s high performance drivers, fairway woods, irons and putters are generating a great return on investment in-trade. Fall is the perfect time for golfers to trade-in their existing clubs to help offset the cost of new golf club innovations hitting the market.”

 Just like determining the resale value of a preowned vehicle, the PGA Value Guide provides a detailed valuation of existing equipment for trade-in. Consumers have a mechanism to make an easy, turn-key new product purchase. Today, the PGA Value Guide features everything from benefits to reviews, product specifications to pricing. It is recognized as THE Source for providing current fair market values for all golf clubs, as well as in-depth research and information on new equipment in the market.  For more information on the PGA Value Guide’s Fall Trade-In Blitz, visit valueguide.pga.com.

Wilson Unveils FT Tour V6 Irons

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FG TOUR V6 IRONS
The Ultimate Feel, Feedback and Forgiveness

Wilson Golf unveils the newest addition to the award- winning FG Tour line, the Wilson Staff FG Tour V6 Irons.

Engineered to enhance the Feel player’s game, the V6 Irons are an evolution of the highly acclaimed V4 Irons, our most played iron on the PGA Tour by two-time champion Kevin Streelman, Tour winner Troy Merritt and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington.

“There is no feeling that compares to hitting a ball pure o the face of a forged FG Tour Iron,” said Streelman.“The V6s are the best looking irons I’ve ever played and the tungsten sole technology helps make every shot count.”

The newly added 20-gram tungsten insert is built to increase launch angle without increasing spin rate, which adds forgiveness in the long irons.
This makes for a well-balanced and consistent iron with accuracy, impact stability, and generous distance. The insert on the split heel and toe on the 3, 4, 5 irons and centered on the 6, 7 irons.

Mass concentrated in the impact area delivers a solid, muscle back-like feel and helps players shape their shots. It is also complemented by a back cavity design that provides feedback and some forgiveness on off-center hits.

“It’s not easy to incorporate real innovation and technology in a forged, but the FG Tour V6 Irons do just that. From the tungsten inserts, to what was done to enhance feel and feedback in the impact area, to the sole design and thinner topline, every aspect was refined for better amateurs and tour players,” said Michael Vrska, Global Director of Golf Innovation.

Forged from 8620 carbon steel, the V6 Irons are clad in a nickel-chrome plating, a high-end mirror finish and completed with True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT shafts.

The FG Tour V6 Irons are available on WILSONGOLF.COM and select retailers in 4-GW stock sets on January 9, 2017 (MAP $999.99)

TUNGSTEN WEIGHTING
20 grams of tungsten, split heel and toe
in the long irons and centered on the mid irons, lower the center of gravity and provide optimal forgiveness across the iron set.

IMPACT AREA MASS
Maintains a solid, muscle back-like feel and workability, but with a back cavity design to provide feedback and forgiveness on o -center hits.

FORGED FEEL
The 8620 carbon steel is forged for the ultimate in feel, feedback and response. forgiveness across the iron set.

ABOUT WILSON SPORTING GOODS, CO.
Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a subsidiary of
Amer Sports, is one of the world’s leading manufacturer
of sports equipment, apparel
and accessories. Wilson Golf is a global leader in high performance golf equipment and uses player insights to design products that push golf innovation into new territories. Through its dedication to creating products that enable athletes at every level to perform at their best, Wilson has earned its place as a leader in sporting goods for over a century.

Mizuno, Braves announce long-term partnership

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Mizuno to open first Brand Experience Center in U.S. at The Battery Atlanta

ATLANTA – (Sept. 21, 2016) – At a celebration at Turner Field, Mizuno and the Atlanta Braves announced a long-term partnership that will include the opening of a one-of-a-kind Mizuno Experience Center in The Battery Atlanta. The agreement makes Mizuno the Official Baseball Gear Partner of the Atlanta Braves, reaching beyond on-the-field engagement opportunities with the team and spreading into fan activities and community investments throughout Atlanta and the Southeast.

 As the Official Baseball Gear Partner of the Atlanta Braves, Mizuno also will be pioneering multiple first-of-its-kind baseball glove kiosks inside SunTrust Park where fans can check out Mizuno baseball gloves to catch foul balls during the game. Fans will be able to return the gloves at no cost or purchase them at the end of the game.

 “Mizuno has long been the model for innovation and excellence, both in its approach to its craft and in equipment the company produces,” said Derek Schiller, Atlanta Braves president, business. “As we prepare to open a new chapter at SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta, we were looking to build and grow partnerships with companies that shared our vision and values. Mizuno’s commitment to success matches our own, and we’re excited for how this partnership will enhance the fan experience beginning in 2017.”

 The Mizuno Experience Center will be an immersive, fan-focused environment that will enable visitors to test a variety of Mizuno performance technologies, such as Mizuno Golf’s Performance Fitting System and the Bat Interactive Optimization System (BIOS) for bat fitting along with showcasing its premium gear across baseball, golf, running, softball, volleyball and more.

 “The Atlanta Braves are one of the most iconic franchises in professional sports and this opportunity will enable us to showcase our passion and our values to fans across Braves Country,” said Bob Puccini, Mizuno USA president. “While Mizuno’s Japanese heritage goes back 110 years, we are proud to call Atlanta home to our U.S. operations for more than 30 years. This partnership will give us the opportunity to continue to invest in and support the various causes and events that make this city such a great place while also solidifying Mizuno as the premium performance sports brand based in Atlanta.”

  In addition to the glove kiosks, Mizuno also will have a significant presence throughout SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta, including:

 ·         Promotional signage and branding located around SunTrust Park

·         Mizuno baseball and softball equipment used in the Kid’s Zone and other fan interactive features

·         A presenting sponsorship for three of the Braves annual Youth Baseball Tournaments

·         A presenting sponsorship for the She Can Play softball clinic, Play Baseball clinic and the Major League Baseball Players Association baseball clinic

·         Opportunity to showcase the brand’s heritage, craftsmanship, innovation and technology shaping the gear, from master craftsman visits, PGA Tour truck appearances, and advanced exclusives of the latest gear.

 Mizuno’s engagement will not be limited to baseball, as it will fully integrate its golf and running sub-brands into several Braves events. For instance, Mizuno will be the participating sponsor of the annual Braves Country 5K and Braves Foundation Golf Classic.

 “Through this partnership we have the ability to showcase the entire breadth and depth of Mizuno – our heritage, craftsmanship, innovation and technology behind our gear, while also becoming an integral part of the fan experience. This is a long-term commitment that further embeds Mizuno into the Atlanta community, and we are excited about the many new opportunities to come as a result,” said Puccini.

 About Mizuno USA:

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

 About Atlanta Braves:

The Atlanta Braves are the National League’s winningest franchise since 1991. During that time, Braves teams have earned two National League wild cards, 15 division championships, five National League pennants, and a World Series title. Based in Atlanta since 1966, the Braves franchise is the longest continuously operating franchise in Major League Baseball. Follow the Braves at braves.com, facebook.com/braves, and twitter.com/braves.

 About SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta

SunTrust Park, the new 41,000-seat home of the Atlanta Braves, is being developed by the organization in partnership with the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority and will be completed by Opening Day 2017. Located in Atlanta at the intersection of I-75 and I-285 in the bustling Cumberland area, SunTrust Park will flow directly into The Battery Atlanta, a 1.5 million square foot mixed-use development, featuring boutique shopping, chef-driven restaurants, an Omni Hotel, The Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre, 550 residences and One Ballpark Center, Comcast’s regional office headquarters.  Powered by Comcast’s all-fiber network and delivering multi-terabit capabilities, SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta will have the highest-capacity network serving any stadium and mixed-use development in the nation. The Battery Atlanta is being privately developed by the Braves along with retail partner Fuqua Development, office developer Pope & Land Enterprises and Pollack Shores Real Estate.  Visitors can get a sneak peek of SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta at www.braves.com/SunTrustPark or www.batteryatl.com.

DRIVER VS. DRIVER FINALISTS COMPETING FOR LARGEST GRAND PRIZE IN GOLF CHANNEL SERIES HISTORY

DRIVER VS. DRIVER FINALISTS COMPETING FOR LARGEST GRAND PRIZE IN GOLF CHANNEL SERIES HISTORY

 

Life-Changing Prize of $500,000 to be Awarded to the Winner on the Nov. 22 Finale; Winning Driver to Hit Retail Stores Nationwide Three Days Later on Black Friday, Nov. 25

 

Wilson Golf Taking Unique Approach to Find Next Great Golf Driver in First-of-its-Kind Television Series by Giving Viewers an Inside Look at the Golf Club Design Process From Taking Prototypes to Reality, Premiering Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 10 p.m. ET

 

Former Chicago Bears Linebacker and Avid Golfer Brian Urlacher Headlines Panel of Judges Critiquing Finalists’ Designs

 

Driver vs. Driver Series Trailer

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 19, 2016 – Wilson Golf issued an open call and declared an unprecedented challenge – develop a concept that can be transformed into golf’s next cutting-edge driver – in a first-of-its-kind television series airing on Golf Channel. The reward: a life-changing grand prize of $500,000 and a Wilson Staff driver inspired by their concept hitting retail stores nationwide on Black Friday, Nov. 25, three days after the season finale. Driver vs. Driver presented by Wilson premieres Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 10 p.m. ET.

WINNING DRIVER AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE ON BLACK FRIDAY: The Wilson Staff driver inspired by the winner’s concept will be revealed at the conclusion of the season finale, airing Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 10 p.m. ET, and the winner will receive a grand prize of $500,000, the biggest prize in Golf Channel history. Three days later on Black Friday, the driver will be available for purchase at hundreds of retail and golf course pro shops stores across the country. The winning driver also will be available for purchase online at www.Wilson.com and Golf Channel Digital.

DRIVER VS. DRIVER JUDGES: Driver vs. Driver will follow the trials and tribulations of aspiring golf equipment designers as they compete for the opportunity to win a life-changing $500,000 and have their driver concept sold at retail under the Wilson Staff name. The 11 finalists, selected through an open call application process, will present to a panel of celebrity judges – former Chicago Bears linebacker and avid golfer Brian Urlacher, former USGA Technical Director Frank Thomas and President of Wilson Golf Tim Clarke. Two-time PGA TOUR winner and Wilson Advisory Staff member Kevin Streelman joins the series as a judge beginning with the third episode.

DRIVER VS. DRIVER FINALISTS: The series’ finalists are a diverse cast that includes golf professionals and former club manufacturers, college students, engineers and product designers. Some of the finalists are well versed in the sport of golf, where others have never taken up the game but have extensive engineering and design backgrounds.

          Jonathan Dineen, Wilmington, N.C. – An industrial engineer whose driver concept was his thesis at Appalachian State University.

          Richard Gischer, Crowley, Texas; and Kimberly Leonard, Pinckneyville, Ill. – A brother-sister team with golf, sales and communications expertise.

          Kyle Hanquist and Kevin Neitzel, Ann Arbor, Mich. – Colleagues and friends at the University of Michigan who are PhD students in aerospace engineering.

          Jimmy Huynh, Brian Mar, Patrick Soriano, Sheila Pancani and Matt Ulery, Long Beach, Calif. – Seniors in the industrial design program at California State University.

          Branndon Jones and Ryan Nelson, Knoxville, Tenn. – High school friends who are studying at the University of Tennessee.

          Steve Kirouac, Welland, Ontario, Canada – A retired art teacher.

          Weston Maughan, Draper, Utah – A former golf professional now working in the business sector.

          Matt Purtell, Sonoma, Calif. – An avid golfer and building contractor.

          Eric Sillies, Cincinnati, Ohio – A product designer who interned at Dick’s Sporting Goods in college, helping the aesthetic direction for the 2012 Nickent golf club line.

          Gavin Wallin, Eagle Mountain, Utah – A product designer who has extensive experience in golf club design with multiple manufacturers.

          Karl West, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – A long time golf instructor and a self-professed “tinkerer” who enjoys conceptualizing and designing golf clubs in his basement lab.

The seven-episode series will then take viewers behind the scenes as the advancing teams work with Wilson LABS – the innovation hub at Wilson – engineers to evaluate, critique, refine and test their concepts, all while the judges evaluate the best concept that will help golfers perform better off the tee.

Viewers also will get a look behind the curtain at one of the most iconic global sports brands, Wilson Sporting Goods Co. Golf Channel cameras will give viewers a glimpse inside the company’s Wilson LABS facility, an expansive innovation center that serves as a primary design and testing hub for its sporting goods concepts and products, including golf, tennis, basketball, baseball and football, among others.

MELANIE COLLINS TO HOST: Sports broadcaster Melanie Collins will serve as the host of Driver vs. Driver. Currently a sideline reporter for CBS’ college football and basketball coverage, Collins also was a co-host for Golf Channel’s competition series, Big Break.

ABOUT WILSON SPORTING GOODS:

Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a subsidiary of Amer Sports, is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of sports equipment, apparel and accessories. Wilson Golf is a global leader in high performance golf equipment and uses player insights to design products that push golf innovation into new territories. Through its dedication to creating products that enable athletes at every level to perform at their best, Wilson has earned its place as a leader in sporting goods for over a century.

 

ABOUT GOLF CHANNEL

Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Serving the most-affluent audience in all of television, Golf Channel – co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of NBC Sports Group – is available in more than 200 million homes in 84 countries and 11 languages around the world. Golf Channel features more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, including tournament action from the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, The Open Championship, Olympics, and Ryder Cup, as well as high-quality news, instruction and original programming. Golf Channel’s digital platforms, headed by Golf Channel Digital, are leading golf digital destinations, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf. Fans are able to enjoy 24/7 live streaming of Golf Channel content through Golf Live Extra and NBC Sports Live Extra and select programming is simulcast via SiriusXM’s PGA TOUR Radio. In addition, Golf Channel connects the world to golf through a wide array of digital and lifestyle services including Golf Channel Mobile, a comprehensive app covering golf’s latest headlines, scores and analysis; GolfNow, the world’s largest online tee time booking platform and golf course technology partner, which includes the GolfNow Mobile App, featuring on-course GPS tracking, in-round scoring and game tracking; GolfAdvisor.com, the world’s largest golf course ratings and review resource for golfers, by golfers; a North American network of Golf Channel Academy instructional facilities; and Golf Channel Am Tour, the world’s largest amateur golf tour.

 

CELEBRATE ST ANDREWS DAY AT THE SALTIRE FESTIVAL

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SCOTLAND AT ITS BEST – CELEBRATE ST ANDREWS DAY AT THE SALTIRE FESTIVAL

The Saltire Festival is back for 2016 to celebrate St. Andrews Day and the Home of the Flag bringing together people from all over the world to celebrate Scotland’s fascinating heritage, wonderful culture, delicious food & drink traditions, best of Scottish music, arts, food & drink, innovation and entertainment. To celebrate, there are a number of exciting events taking place around the county, everything from Horse Racing and Night Golf, to Music and Comedy. We are delighted to announce our programme of events for this year’s Saltire Festival taking place from 24-30 November, details below.

The Saltire Festival

24 – 30 November 2016

The #SaltireBlue Tour

The festival ties in with the national Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and there will be some interesting lighting effects appearing on key landmarks and festival venues across the county as part of the #SaltireBlue tour – to highlight both East Lothian’s great attractions and its architectural wonders.  This includes the Kelpie Maquettes which will be hosted at Musselburgh Racecoure and will be lit blue for visitors to admire. The maquettes were scale models of the Kelpies used as a construction guide for the full-size versions which are on permanent display at Helix Park in Falkirk. Other venues and landmarks to be announced!

Thursday 24 November

·     Saltire Raceday – Musselburgh Racecourse

Enjoy a day of racing at one of UK’s most stylish racecourses.

Doors open at 10.30am, first race 12.55pm, last race 3.35pm

Tickets – Adult £20, Concession £15

Fish & Chip Package – £35, Pommery Pop Package – £35, Aberdeen Angus Burger & Beer Package – £35

Tickets available at www.musselburghracecourse.co.uk

·     Scotland on Film – The Brunton, Musselburgh 7.30pm

Showing of the movie ‘Trainspotting’.  A chance to refresh your memory of the cult classic film based on Irvine Welsh’s novel, ahead of the release of Trainspotting 2.

Pre screening supper available in the Bistro

Tickets – Early bird £5 until 30th September, normal price thereafter £7.50 adult, £6.50 concession

Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

·     Prestonpans Battlefield: The Waverley Tour! – leaving from Prestonpans Train Station
Step back to the Victorian age, when tourists flock along the new railway to explore the battlefield made famous in Walter Scott’s hit novel Waverley!  Tours are FREE!

Friday 25 November

·     The Foxlake Tartan Trail – Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar

Part of the Foxlake Fox Trail Running Series – a 10k night run with competitors asked to dress in Tartan and run through the forest lit blue to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day.

·     The Saltire Whisky Dinner – The Macdonald Marine Hotel

7pm for 7.30pm

An evening of delicious, locally sourced produce accompanied by Scotland’s national drink.

Tickets – £35 per head

Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

·     The Saltire Ceilidh – Archerfield Walled Garden

7.30pm

A fun family Scottish ceilidh with the ‘Smoking Barrel Ceildih Band’ accompanied by a locally sourced Scottish supper.

Tickets – £12.50

Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 031 665 2240

·      The Saltire Live  – The Brunton

7.30pm

An evening of entertainment compared by The Big Yin Revisited and headlined by ‘Simple Minded’ supported by local musical talent.

Tickets – Adult £14, Concession £12

Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

·     Prestonpans Battlefield: The Waverley Tour! – leaving from Prestonpans Train Station
Step back to the Victorian age, when tourists flock along the new railway to explore the battlefield made famous in Walter Scott’s hit novel Waverley!  Tours are FREE!

 

Saturday 26 November

·     Scotland’s Golf Coast Twilight Golf – Dunbar Golf Club

From 5pm

Using LED balls and markers, this technological innovation opens up a whole new experience of Scotland’s national game. A social night of fun, encouraging golfer’s of all abilities to get involved.

Team entry £65, Individual £20

Tickets at (add Event Brite link)

·     The Saltire Concert – The Brunton, Musselburgh

7.30pm

An evening headlined by Treacherous Orchestra, supported by Skerryvore and local musical talent.

Tickets – Adult £15, Concession £13

Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

·      The Epicurean Adventure – Corn Exchange, Haddington – 5pm-10pm

A celebration of all of East Lothian and Scotland’s local produce, accompanied by cookery demonstrations and ides of how to create your very own St. Andrew’s menu.

Tickets – £6 available in person from Haddington Wines, Joe Forte Sports & Hilary’s Deli.

·     Scotland through the Ages – The Brunton, Musselburgh

11am – 3pm

Historical re-enactors, with performances and workshops throughout the day telling the tale of Scotland’s history and how our innovations impacted the world.

Tickets – £5 per adult, kids free

Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

 

Sunday 27 November

·         Saltire Comedy Club – MacDonald Marine, North Berwick

An afternoon and evening of Scottish comedy from 2pm to 9pm in a beautiful setting with spectacular views of the Bass Rock.  A fun day for all the family concluding with a spectacular fireworks display!

2pm – 4pm

Comedy Club 4Kids – Featuring children’s entertainment.

Tickets £5 adults, kids go free.  Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

5pm – 9pm

The Saltire Stand-Up

Headlined by Fred Maccaulay with performances by Paolo Martini and stand up comedy with Jo Caulfield, Mark Nelson, Stu and Gary and Gareth Waugh Tickets – Early Bird £14 until 30th September, normal price thereafter £17.50

Tickets available www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

·     Saltire Taste & Talk – Colstoun House  11am – 6pm

Taste talk sessions throughout the day with Wendy Barrie, Mary Contini, Sue Lawrence, Christopher Trotter and Mark Greenaway

Tickets – Early Bird Ticket £10 until 30th September, normal price thereafter £12.50

Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

·     Saltire Trad Fest – Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington

4pm – 8pm

Headlined by Blazin Fiddles and featuring local traditional talent

Tickets – Early bird £12 until 30th September, normal price thereafter £16

Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

Monday 28 November

·         An audience with Trina Gavan

A key Scottish speaker hosted in one of East Lothian’s most unique venues.

Tuesday 29 November

·         Significance of the Saltire & Scottish Heraldry – Star Room, John Gray Centre, Haddington

Wednesday 30 November

·         St. Andrew’s Day Concert – St. Mary’s Church, Haddington

6.30pm

A selection of choral and classical music performances to conclude the festival.   Featuring performances from Alex Hodgson, Uke Can Do It, East Lothian Schools Orchestra and Preston Lodge Ceilidh Band.

Tickets – Early Bird £4 until 30th September, normal price thereafter £6

Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

 

We Are The Mighty and Marine Corps Veteran and Comedy Superstar Rob Riggle Present: The Rob Riggle 2016 InVETational Golf Classic

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We Are The Mighty and Marine Corps Veteran and Comedy Superstar Rob Riggle Present:  The Rob Riggle 2016 InVETational Golf Classic

Veterans and Celebrities Compete for Best Scores and Biggest Laughs to

Raise Money and Awareness for Semper Fi Fund

Los Angeles, CA — Sept. 8, 2016 – We Are The Mighty (WATM), the military’s media and entertainment brand, and Marine Corps veteran, actor and comedian Rob Riggle present the inaugural Rob Riggle InVETational Golf Classic. The veteran-celebrity golf tournament will raise money and awareness for the Semper Fi Fund.  We Are The Mighty Presents: The Rob Riggle 2016 InVETational Golf Classic will take place at the world-class Valencia Country Club in Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2016.  In anticipation of the event, Riggle and Chris Bowers, veteran and Purple Heart recipient, filmed a series of comedic golf sketches, two of which were released today: Rob Riggle Sniper Golf Coach and Rob Riggle Cheats at Golf for Semper Fi Fund.

During this high-octane golf tourney, veteran and celebrity teams will contend for the lowest scores and most laughs to raise funds and awareness for the renowned Semper Fi Fund, one of our nation’s most respected veteran nonprofits. Semper Fi Fund provides immediate and lifetime support to post-9/11 critically ill and injured service members from all branches of the military. Since inception, Semper Fi Fund has assisted over 16,800 service members and their families totaling more than $133 million in assistance. Semper Fi (“always faithful”) is the motto for the U.S. Marine Corps.  Semper Fi Fund’s goal is to always be there faithfully helping heroes in need.

“The Riggle InVETational celebrates two of my greatest passions – veterans and golf,” said @RobRiggle. “I am excited to partner with We Are The Mighty, a media brand that veterans love and trust, and Semper Fi Fund, which assists thousands of veterans and their families. It’s truly an honor to serve my fellow veterans with this special event.” 

“We are honored to partner with Rob to give serious golfers and entertainers the chance to use their sport to bring attention to the great work of Semper Fi Fund,” said David Gale, WATM’s CEO and co-founder. “We Are The Mighty is committed to sharing the experiences of our nation’s military and will feature the inspiring stories of the veteran athletes participating on our platforms.”

Semper Fi Fund President and Founder Karen Guenther adds, “As a Marine veteran, Rob Riggle truly understands the sacrifices our nation’s military heroes make for us every day, and how important it is to be there to support these men, women and their families for a lifetime. We are thrilled to be working with Rob and WATM to bring attention to the many needs of recovering and transitioning veterans and their families.”

Best known for his roles in The Hangover, 21 & 22 Jump Street, Dumb and Dumber To, The Other Guys, Step Brothers, The Daily Show, Modern Family, among other popular movies and TV shows, tournament host Rob Riggle served 23 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and Reserves as a Civil Affairs Officer and Public Affairs Officer across the globe, including in Afghanistan. Riggle cares deeply about our veterans and has used his success as a comedian and actor to support those who have served our country.

We Are The Mighty presents The Rob Riggle InVETational Golf Classic in conjunction with charity golf tournament expert Bob Levey of Independent Events & Media. The tournament will be featured on www.wearethemighty.com and shared via WATM, Riggle and Semper Fi Fund social media feeds. Follow the hashtag #InVETational for updates.

Celebrity participants and veteran golfers from Semper Fi Fund’s athletics program will be announced in the coming weeks.

Related links:  

Site: www.InVETational.com

Promos:  Rob Riggle Sniper Golf Coach and Rob Riggle Cheats at Golf for Semper Fi Fund

Photos: www.invetational.com/photos

About WATM

We Are The Mighty (WATM) is the military community’s premier media and entertainment brand serving 133 million-strong American servicemembers, their families and those who support them. Our team of veterans and media professionals captures the diverse voice of our audience with great stories and quality content, innovative marketing and ground breaking events. As brand-builders, content creators and influencers, We Are The Mighty works with companies, nonprofits, government agencies, and anyone looking to reach this broad and loyal market. For more information, go towww.wearethemighty.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Semper Fi Fund

The Semper Fi Fund provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Case managers from the Semper Fi Fund work one-on-one with service members and veterans in order to understand and support their individual needs right now and throughout their lifetime. We keep our overhead low so that each donation has the greatest impact on the lives of service members and veterans. The Semper Fi Fund is one of only two veteran charities to receive an “A+” rating from The American Institute of Philanthropy and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. Learn more at  www.semperfifund.org, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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SCOTLAND AT ITS BEST – CELEBRATE ST ANDREWS DAY AT THE SALTIRE FESTIVAL

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SCOTLAND AT ITS BEST – CELEBRATE ST ANDREWS DAY AT THE SALTIRE FESTIVAL

The Saltire Festival is back for 2016 to celebrate St. Andrews Day and the Home of the Flag bringing together people from all over the world to celebrate Scotland’s fascinating heritage, wonderful culture, delicious food & drink traditions, best of Scottish music, arts, food & drink, innovation and entertainment. To celebrate, there are a number of exciting events taking place around the county, everything from Horse Racing and Night Golf, to Music and Comedy. We are delighted to announce our programme of events for this year’s Saltire Festival taking place from 24-30 November, details below.

The Saltire Festival
24 – 30 November 2016

The #SaltireBlue Tour
The festival ties in with the national Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and there will be some interesting lighting effects appearing on key landmarks and festival venues across the county as part of the #SaltireBlue tour – to highlight both East Lothian’s great attractions and its architectural wonders. This includes the Kelpie Maquettes which will be hosted at Musselburgh Racecoure and will be lit blue for visitors to admire. The maquettes were scale models of the Kelpies used as a construction guide for the full-size versions which are on permanent display at Helix Park in Falkirk. Other venues and landmarks to be announced!

Thursday 24 November
· Saltire Raceday – Musselburgh Racecourse
Enjoy a day of racing at one of UK’s most stylish racecourses.
Doors open at 10.30am, first race 12.55pm, last race 3.35pm
Tickets – Adult £20, Concession £15
Fish & Chip Package – £35, Pommery Pop Package – £35, Aberdeen Angus Burger & Beer Package – £35
Tickets available at www.musselburghracecourse.co.uk
· Scotland on Film – The Brunton, Musselburgh
7.30pm
Showing of the movie ‘Trainspotting’. A chance to refresh your memory of the cult classic film based on Irvine Welsh’s novel, ahead of the release of Trainspotting 2.
Pre screening supper available in the Bistro
Tickets – Early bird £5 until 30th September, normal price thereafter £7.50 adult, £6.50 concession
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

· Prestonpans Battlefield: The Waverley Tour! – leaving from Prestonpans Train Station
Step back to the Victorian age, when tourists flock along the new railway to explore the battlefield made famous in Walter Scott’s hit novel Waverley! Tours are FREE!

Friday 25 November
· The Foxlake Tartan Trail – Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar
Part of the Foxlake Fox Trail Running Series – a 10k night run with competitors asked to dress in Tartan and run through the forest lit blue to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day.

· The Saltire Whisky Dinner – The Macdonald Marine Hotel
7pm for 7.30pm
An evening of delicious, locally sourced produce accompanied by Scotland’s national drink.
Tickets – £35 per head
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

· The Saltire Ceilidh – Archerfield Walled Garden
7.30pm
A fun family Scottish ceilidh with the ‘Smoking Barrel Ceildih Band’ accompanied by a locally sourced Scottish supper.
Tickets – £12.50
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 031 665 2240

· The Saltire Live – The Brunton
7.30pm
An evening of entertainment compared by The Big Yin Revisited and headlined by ‘Simple Minded’ supported by local musical talent.
Tickets – Adult £14, Concession £12
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

· Prestonpans Battlefield: The Waverley Tour! – leaving from Prestonpans Train Station
Step back to the Victorian age, when tourists flock along the new railway to explore the battlefield made famous in Walter Scott’s hit novel Waverley! Tours are FREE!

Saturday 26 November
· Scotland’s Golf Coast Twilight Golf – Dunbar Golf Club
From 5pm
Using LED balls and markers, this technological innovation opens up a whole new experience of Scotland’s national game. A social night of fun, encouraging golfer’s of all abilities to get involved.
Team entry £65, Individual £20
Tickets at (add Event Brite link)

· The Saltire Concert – The Brunton, Musselburgh
7.30pm
An evening headlined by Treacherous Orchestra, supported by Skerryvore and local musical talent.
Tickets – Adult £15, Concession £13
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

· The Epicurean Adventure – Corn Exchange, Haddington – 5pm-10pm
A celebration of all of East Lothian and Scotland’s local produce, accompanied by cookery demonstrations and ides of how to create your very own St. Andrew’s menu.
Tickets – £6 available in person from Haddington Wines, Joe Forte Sports & Hilary’s Deli.

· Scotland through the Ages – The Brunton, Musselburgh
11am – 3pm
Historical re-enactors, with performances and workshops throughout the day telling the tale of Scotland’s history and how our innovations impacted the world.
Tickets – £5 per adult, kids free
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

Sunday 27 November
· Saltire Comedy Club – MacDonald Marine, North Berwick
An afternoon and evening of Scottish comedy from 2pm to 9pm in a beautiful setting with spectacular views of the Bass Rock. A fun day for all the family concluding with a spectacular fireworks display!

2pm – 4pm
Comedy Club 4Kids – Featuring children’s entertainment.
Tickets £5 adults, kids go free. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

5pm – 9pm
The Saltire Stand-Up
Headlined by Fred Maccaulay with performances by Paolo Martini and stand up comedy with Jo Caulfield, Mark Nelson, Stu and Gary and Gareth Waugh Tickets – Early Bird £14 until 30th September, normal price thereafter £17.50
Tickets available www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

· Saltire Taste & Talk – Colstoun House 11am – 6pm
Taste talk sessions throughout the day with Wendy Barrie, Mary Contini, Sue Lawrence, Christopher Trotter and Mark Greenaway
Tickets – Early Bird Ticket £10 until 30th September, normal price thereafter £12.50
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

· Saltire Trad Fest – Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington
4pm – 8pm
Headlined by Blazin Fiddles and featuring local traditional talent
Tickets – Early bird £12 until 30th September, normal price thereafter £16
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

Monday 28 November
· An audience with Trina Gavan
A key Scottish speaker hosted in one of East Lothian’s most unique venues.

Tuesday 29 November
· Significance of the Saltire & Scottish Heraldry – Star Room, John Gray Centre, Haddington

Wednesday 30 November
· St. Andrew’s Day Concert – St. Mary’s Church, Haddington
6.30pm
A selection of choral and classical music performances to conclude the festival. Featuring performances from Alex Hodgson, Uke Can Do It, East Lothian Schools Orchestra and Preston Lodge Ceilidh Band.
Tickets – Early Bird £4 until 30th September, normal price thereafter £6
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

Further details and a list of all the events, ticket prices and booking details are available at www.saltirefestival.com