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Club Champion Opens New Studios in Many Major Markets

Club Champion Opens New Studios in Many Major Markets

Golfers Choose from 35,000 Head & Shaft Combinations

 

Willowbrook, IL — Club Champion, the country’s #1 premium golf club fitting and building company, announces the opening of its new locations in Detroit, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Naples, Newport Beach, Dallas, Manhattan, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Nashville and White Plains (NY). Additional locations coming on board in 2018 include Miami, Delray Beach, Salt Lake City, San Diego, and San Carlos (CA).

Club Champion fits, sells, and builds custom golf clubs constructed from clubheads, shafts, and grips from the best brands in golf including Callaway, TaylorMade, Ping, Titleist, PXG, Fujikura, Golf Pride and many more. The company delivers a Tour-quality fitting that produces longer, more accurate shots, with a nearly 100% satisfaction rate for golfers of any caliber.

The new locations feature approximately 3,000 square feet of space and have been designed to showcase Club Champion’s premium fitting experience and 35,000 hittable clubhead and shaft combinations. The studios include two indoor hitting bays with Trackman launch monitors for analyzing performance, a SAM PuttLab’s fitting system to find the perfect putter on their practice green and a build shop for repairing and assembling golf clubs by hand.

“We are excited to bring the finest club fitting and building to these new markets,” said Joe Lee, CEO and president of Club Champion. “Our approach is unbiased, with no promotion of any specific vendors. Our only goal is to find the best combination of components to help customers hit longer, more accurate shots, and more often to lower their scores and enjoy the game more.”

Ranked by Golf Digest as one of the 100 Best Club Fitters eight years running, Club Champion hires experienced fitters who then receive an additional 150+ hours of training before starting their job; unmatched in the golf industry. The company has a unique coupling system that allows them to combine any head and shaft together, so golfers hit the precise combination to be custom built for them. They are the only fitter in the country to offer 35,000 interchangeable head and shaft combinations on-site, at all locations. Golfers get to hit the exact club that will be custom built for them.

Says Lee, “Our unrivaled fitters and demo options generate inspiring results. A recent Golf Magazine study showed our average customer gained 22 yards off the tee, 15 yards with their irons and lowered their scores by 3 strokes. Many players think they aren’t good enough to be custom fit. But the study showed that higher-handicappers saw the biggest gains. Some of these golfers gained as much as 25 more yards with their drivers and shaved as much as 10 strokes per round.”

With advances in club technology, most golfers could easily hit the ball farther and more accurately, yet a Golf Magazine study found that 90% of US golfers may be playing with improperly fit clubs. Club Champion endorser and world-renowned golf instructor David Leadbetter stated, “It never ceases to amaze me that golfers buy clubs off the shelf and assume they’re right for them. Whether you’re a great golfer or a casual one, getting a custom club fitting is one of the quickest ways to improve your game.”

More information on the company can be found at www.clubchampiongolf.com or (888) 340-7820.

 

GOLFZON To Conduct Closest to the Pin Contest, Display ARCADE Software at CES in Las Vegas

 

STERLING, Virginia, USA (December 20, 2017) – GOLFZON (www.golfzongolf.com) will conduct a Closest to the Pin contest and display its new ARCADE Software for alternative game play among other capabilities for its world renowned golf simulator during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Show in Las Vegas, NV, Jan. 9-12, 2018. GOLFZON is the only golf simulator company scheduled to be on site and will be located at Sands, Halls A-D, Booth No. 44322 in the Sports Zone, adjacent to Turner Broadcasting.

The CES Show, organized by the Consumer Technology Association, is a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place every January in Las Vegas. The event drew 184,000 attendees and 4,000 exhibitors in 2017 and expects a similar or greater turnout during the second week of 2018.

The Closest to the Pin contest will be held daily from 2-3 p.m., with awards given out soon after. Approach shots on the short, par-3 seventh hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links will be used with each participant getting two shots. All participants will receive two GOLFZON-branded Titleist golf balls and each daily winner will receive an Apple iPad Pro.

Additionally, GOLFZON will have its ARCADE software (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GnC5FLC7Qo) available for play, presenting golf games such as darts and block golf for alternative ways to enjoy the sport. Videos for Strikezon, GOLFZON’s simulated baseball game, and GolfWith, the company’s golf GPS system, will be shown. GOLFZON’s new Radar Sensor, called “DrivingTalk,” used for measuring various statistics when practicing outdoors on a driving range, will also be on display at the booth.

“GOLFZON recognizes that consumers are interested in the latest in technological advances, therefore the CES Show in Las Vegas is the perfect place for us to show our simulators to those who are interested in golf and other developments,” said Tommy Lim, CEO of GOLFZON America. “Simulator golf has been instrumental in increasing the number of people who are being introduced to golf in the United States. Additionally, home entertainment and in a bar/restaurant atmosphere are displaying more cutting-edge technology. Products, like our new ARCADE software, show the capability of our simulators.”

GOLFZON began the first GOLFZON America Simulator Championship in mid-December at affiliated stores around the United States, Canada and Mexico. Winners will be determined in eight categories, with the final results scheduled for Sunday, January 14, 2018.

GOLFZON will have a large presence at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 23-26, with a first-ever appearance at Demo Day on Tuesday, Jan. 23 and two simulators at its Booth No. 3251 on the Orange County Convention Center show floor Wednesday-Friday Jan. 24-26.

 

 

Carolinas PGA Names Matt Daly Of Founders Group International Merchandiser Of The Year

Carolinas PGA Names Matt Daly Of Founders Group International Merchandiser Of The Year

Daly Was One Of Only Ten Award Winners In The Carolinas PGA Section To Be Honored
December 19, 2017, Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Carolinas PGA named Matt Daly of TPC Myrtle Beach Merchandiser of the Year. This award recognizes PGA professionals who demonstrate superior skills as merchandisers in the promotion of golf. The Merchandiser of the Year is chosen for outstanding results as far as merchandising techniques, shop operations, philosophies, innovations and performance. With more than 230 nominations this year, only 10 were selected by the Carolinas PGA Special Awards Committee to receive these honors.

Daly led his team to maintain a well-organized and continually updated golf shop, while generating excellent margins and shop statistics. He credits his mentors and experience while working at great golf facilities during his career for the honor.

“The staff at TPC Myrtle Beach and the support of the Retail Team at Founders Group International are all responsible for the success of the shop,” said Daly. “It’s truly a team effort. I just happen to be blessed with a very knowledgable, hard-working crew around me.”

Daly was promoted this year to regional operations manager for South end courses of the FGI portfolio, including Founders Club, Litchfield Country Club, Pawleys Plantation, River Club Golf Course, Willbrook Plantation, TPC Myrtle Beach, and Tradition Golf Club. He had been head golf professional at TPC Myrtle Beach since September 2016 and was previously the head professional at Grande Dunes Golf Club, Myrtlewood Golf Club, and Pine Lakes Country Club. He has held a Class A membership with the Professional Golf Association since January 2006. Daly attended Coastal Carolina University and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing with a specialization in golf management.

TPC Myrtle Beach is the only Myrtle Beach golf course to ever be awarded 5 stars by Golf Digest. Ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, Best In State, TPC has been chosen to be the host site of the 2019 NCAA Division I men’s golf regional. Designed by Tom Fazio, the course gives golfers the experience of PGA Tour-caliber golf. It’s been played by greats including Tom Watson, Gary Player and Lee Trevino.

The mission of the Carolinas PGA Special Awards Committee is to ascertain the most eligible winners in each of the annually awarded categories, which is accomplished by an enthusiastic commitment from each committee member afforded the responsibility of identifying and recognizing his or her peers as exceptional.

About Founders Group International

Founders Group International (FGI) is the foremost golf course owner-operator company in the Southeastern United States. Formed in 2014 through various purchases and the 2015 acquisition of National Golf Management, FGI owns and operates 22 golf courses (423 holes) in and around Myrtle Beach, S.C., America’s seaside golf capital.

Those courses include Pine Lakes Country Club, the “granddaddy” of Myrtle Beach area courses; TPC Myrtle Beach, host site of the 2019 NCAA Division I men’s golf regional and Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship; and Grande Dunes Resort Club, home of the Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center.

FGI administers www.MBN.com, a leader in online tee time bookings, as well as package outlet Myrtle Beach Golf Trips. With the help of Golf Insider’s 100 percent player-generated course ranking system, thousands of golfers plan and assemble their ideal golf itineraries through FGI’s assets, including “top-100 caliber” courses Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club, and more than 80 other Myrtle Beach area courses.

More information about Founders Group International is available at www.foundersgroupinternational.com, www.mbn.com or MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com.

AHEAD Has College Football Bowl Game Fans Covered

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AHEAD Has College Football Bowl Game Fans Covered

From traditional caps to knit hats, company offers wide range of team headwear

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (Dec. 12, 2017) – With the 40-game college football bowl season set to run for three weeks beginning in mid-December, it is estimated 1.7 million fans are expected to pour through the turnstiles and AHEAD has them covered.

One the country’s most recognized headwear brands, the company has unveiled new collegiate style offerings from its Team Division, including a vast assortment for men and women from traditional caps, visors and straw hats, ideal for the warmer and indoor bowl venues, to custom knit hats and headbands, perfect for colder outdoor game locations.

Founded 22 years ago, the company’s headwear is synonymous with styling, great fit, innovative ornamentation techniques and industry-leading alternative graphics.  AHEAD’s offerings of caps and knit hats can be emblazoned with the official collegiate team logo of one’s choice.

“Not only do we offer a wide range of headwear to suit all interests, tastes, and styles, but we have an unparalleled selection of styles and graphics of how the logo is applied to the hats,” said Anne Broholm, CEO, AHEAD. “More than anything, we take pride in the fact that all AHEAD headwear has unmatched attention to detail.”

Ornamentation options abound, Broholm noted, everything from direct embroidery to frayed twill patch.

She added the custom heather knit hats, complete with an inner fleece lining, are growing increasingly popular. Customers can choose to knit hats with or without a pom and cuff. Among men, Broholm said, two-tone hats are a hot trend.

The collegiate bowl season begins with five games on Saturday, Dec. 16, and culminates with the National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 in Atlanta.

Recently, AHEAD launched its first-ever consumer website – aheadusashop.com – making it even easier for consumers to order their headwear. A key feature of the site provides for consumers to personalize their headwear with as many as two lines on the back center of the hat.

For additional information on AHEAD, visit its website at aheadweb.com/. To order from its new consumer site, visit aheadusashop.com. To see AHEAD’s 2018 Team Catalog, visit aheadweb.com/web/guest/team.

 

About AHEAD www.aheadweb.com

Founded in 1995, AHEAD is a multi-dimensional brand with a proven track record of success distributing headwear, apparel, and accessories to the green grass, resort and corporate markets. Its single focus of providing quality products, with innovative, high-quality design, and merchandising concepts has led to more than 20 years of continued growth and expansion. AHEAD is a leading supplier of headwear to the USGA, PGA of America, Ryder Cup and numerous PGA Tour events in addition to more than 5,000 green grass and resort shops throughout the world. Among active professional golfers who wear AHEAD gear on the course are Jim Furyk and Brittany Lincicome. Golf legends Jack Nicklaus and ANNIKA wear AHEAD exclusively.

WILSON STAFF RE-SIGNS KEVIN STREELMAN TO TWO-YEAR DEAL

WILSON STAFF RE-SIGNS KEVIN STREELMAN TO TWO-YEAR DEAL


CHICAGO, December 12, 2017 – Wilson Staff is proud to announce today the re-signing of two-time PGA TOUR champion and Staff Advisory Member Kevin Streelman.

Streelman, who has accrued over $16 million in prize winnings as a professional, first signed with Wilson Staff in January 2011. This extended agreement will see Streelman continue his longstanding relationship with the historic Wilson Staff brand for at least two more years, through 2019.

“I trust Wilson Staff to provide me with the very best in equipment as I continue to compete with the world’s best,” stated Kevin Streelman. “I also know that Wilson has the utmost confidence in my golf expertise to provide feedback and aid them in the research and development of new products. I am thrilled to be continuing my very successful partnership with the Wilson and I am extremely excited for what’s to come.”

Streelman, a Chicago native, has close ties to Wilson Golf, as the iconic brand maintains its global headquarters in the Windy City. Streelman will continue to represent the iconic Wilson Staff shield alongside 3-time Major Champion Padraig Harrington, 3-time PGA TOUR Champion Brendan Steele, and fellow Americans Troy Merritt and Ricky Barnes.

“Kevin Streelman’s importance to Wilson Staff over the years has been immeasurable,” commented Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf. “His presence as an ambassador has been critical as we at Wilson continue to solidify our presence as one of the world’s finest golf brands. Streelman’s dedication to the research and development of our latest products helps us to bring the very best to the marketplace, each and every year.”

Streelman has played an integral role with the Wilson Staff brand since he signed in 2011, not only as an ambassador, but also as a trusted advisor to the R&D department as they continue to develop award-winning products year in and year out. Streelman will continue to play Wilson’s highly-decorated FG Tour V6 irons and PMP wedges.

Let’s take a look at what’s currently in his bag:

FG Tour V6 3-9, PW

FG Tour PMP 48° Traditional

FG Tour PMP 54° Traditional

FG Tour PMP 60° Traditional

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. Note: Pros often customize the clubs they use. Consumer club specifications may vary from models customized by Pros for tournament-play.

PGA Value Guide Launches Holiday Trade-In Promotion

PGA Value Guide Launches Holiday Trade-In Promotion

(Raleigh, NC) – The PGA Value Guide – the national standard for golf club values – launched its second annual Holiday Trade-In Promotion for golfers to receive up to 30% extra value when they trade-in their golf clubs at valueguide.pga.com.

Golfers using the PGA Value Guide can select to receive either cash or PGA credit when trading in their clubs. This PGA credit can go towards the purchase of new golf equipment at one of over 5,000 local golf shops or online retailers, such as GlobalGolf.com, all of whom employ PGA Professionals.

“The PGA Value Guide has long been the most trusted resource to help millions of golfers receive fair value for their golf clubs,” says Doug Smith, Vice President of Business Development at Global Value Commerce, owner of the PGA Value Guide.­­­­­ “The Holiday Trade-In Promotion brings consumers even closer to that new set of clubs by putting some cash in their pockets for the holiday season.”

Golfers use the PGA Value Guide to research current trade-in and resale values for thousands of models and brand name golf clubs. Consumers can view current trade-in promotions, product information and find local PGA Professional-staffed golf shops where they can get properly fitted into the latest golf club technology.

A recent consumer survey shows a record high 75% of golfers are interested in trading in their golf clubs. The timing couldn’t be better as today’s high performance drivers, fairway woods, irons and putters generally realize a good return on investment in-trade. The PGA Value Guide has been recognized as the national standard for golf club values since its 2004 inception.

PGA Professionals who use the PGA Value Guide benefit from national trade-in promotions, periodic trade-in bonuses and free exposure for their courses to millions of purchase-minded golfers.

About Global Value Commerce

Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, Global Value Commerce owns GlobalGolf.com, 3balls.com and TaylorMadeGolfPreOwned.com, the trusted destinations for buying and selling pre-owned golf equipment. Bridgestone, Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Nike, PING, Srixon, TaylorMade and Titleist are among the nearly 500,000 brand-name drivers, fairway woods, irons, hybrids and putters transacted annually. The company’s websites, including the recently-acquired upscale apparel retailer FairwayStyles.com, also sell new golf gear. Global Value Commerce employs 130 people, including PGA members and other golf-equipment experts who develop extensive content about product attributes and advise customers about how different types of equipment make them better players. Distribution centers in North Carolina, Utah and Ontario, Canada house 100,000 square feet and more than 400,000 units at any given time.

More information: globalvaluecommerce.com, 866.843.0262

BestOutings.Com: The Easy Way To Attract, Create, and Manage A Successful Golf Outing

BestOutings.Com: The Easy Way To Attract, Create, and Manage A Successful Golf Outing

Alpharetta, Ga. (September 6, 2017) – When Mike Last of Geronimo Solutions—which provides technology that connects businesses with non-profits—set out to change the way the golf industry handles requests from non-profits and manages extra inventory while also helping charities, he never imagined that he would become a matchmaker. But the more Last put non-profits and charities together, the more he realized a piece of the puzzle was missing: A way for these non-profits to find the best golf course to hold their next outing.

And so BestOutings.com was born.

A simple-to-use website—it promises “point, click and golf!”—BestOutings.com serves both sides of the outing equation equally well by providing all the necessary tools.

Today, BestOutings.com is the most comprehensive golf course guide ever to support outing planners, supported by the most comprehensive outing product / services directory in the marketplace.  In the past five months, the site has already received (and distributed to courses) 163 outing quote requests and been visited more than 67,000 times by event planners.

For tournament planners, BestOutings.com provides valuable information on more than 13,000 courses in the U.S. and Canada. And rather than forcing the event coordinator to call numerous courses to provide information about holding an event, BestOutings.com offers a one-click “submit your tournament request” tool that collects all the important criteria, from number of players, budget, and possible dates, and distributes those quote requests to the best area courses.

For golf courses, BestOutings.com does the hard work of gathering requests for quotation and promoting the venue, providing a complete listing (logo, photo, description, outing and membership links) for all participating courses, along with any “outing specific” promotions the courses may be running.

Additional support may be found in the site’s comprehensive directory of hundreds of companies that provide outing prizes, awards, products, hole-in-one insurance, even software, as well as a blog of “best practices” articles with tips for both outing planners and venues. Through its sister site, TravelPledge.com, outing coordinators can find a wide variety of fun experiences to convert into donations at raffles and auctions.

Whether planning an outing or managing the course where outings are held, the only site that makes the perfect match is BestOutings.com.

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About Geronimo Solutions

Geronimo Solutions provides technologies that help businesses connect easily and seamlessly with non-profit organizations.  Its platforms enable golf courses and resorts, management companies, vacation rental managers, golf professionals, restaurants, and others to leverage the promotional reach of thousands of non-profits.

In just three years, more than 5,000 non-profits have created accounts with Geronimo and use its straightforward “TravelPledge” fundraising solution. More than $8.3 million per year in golf-related gift certificates are available to participating non-profit organizations that agree to promote participating golf facilities at fundraisers and to host events at participating courses.   Both private and public courses are benefiting from the platforms.

Several solutions have been developed for the golf industry including OneSpareTeeTime.com (for courses), OneSpareGolfVacation.com (for resorts), and OneSpareLesson (for instructors).

Arcis Golf Recognized Among Inc. Magazine’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Arcis Golf Recognized Among Inc. Magazine’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies
Earns #171 Overall and #2 in the Travel & Hospitality Category

Dallas-based Arcis Golf, one of the country’s leading owner-operators of golf courses, is ranked No. 171 on the newly released 2017 Inc. 5000 list recognizing the fastest-growing private companies in America and also earned the No. 2 rank in the Travel & Hospitality category.

With 2,456% growth in revenues over a three-year period, the distinction on the 36th annual Inc. 5000 list places Arcis Golf among such prestigious company as Microsoft, Domino’s Pizza, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, Vizio, Intuit, Chobani, Oracle, Zappos.com and many other well-known names – all past recipients of the Inc. 5000 recognition.

The 2017 Inc. 5000 is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company achieved a staggering three-year average growth of 481%. Arcis Golf’s growth was over 400% higher than the average of this year’s fastest growing companies on the Inc. 5000 list. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $206 billion and the companies on the list collectively generated 619,500 jobs over the past three years.

“We honor just one thing: real achievement by a founder or a team of founders. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great–usually from scratch,” said Eric Schurenberg, president and editor-in-chief of Inc. Magazine. “That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as entrepreneurs know better than anyone.”

In less than four years, Arcis Golf has skyrocketed from a small start-up to the 2nd largest owner and operator of U.S. golf facilities within the hospitality and leisure space through strategic acquisitions, with nearly 70 high-quality private and daily fee facilities positioned in or near major metropolitan areas throughout the United States.

Additionally, Arcis Golf has built a strategy and an irreplaceable and distinctive portfolio, along with a best-in-class leadership team, that is delivering industry-leading organic and same-store growth. This differentiated approach is reinventing the modern club experience, making it more relevant to today’s consumer lifestyles.

“The Inc. 5000 recognition is such an honor and a tribute to our company and leadership team’s innovative approach to this business,” said Arcis Golf CEO Blake Walker. “We are finding and implementing new ways to engage our customers, through unrivaled programming and amenities, game-changing technology, and unprecedented experiences. I’m honored to work with such a talented team.”

Arcis Golf has allocated millions of dollars in major capital improvements in its facilities nationwide and has grown to 3,900 employees.

Arcis Golf will be among the companies honored at the 36th Annual Inc. 5000 Conference and Gala, to be held Oct. 10-12 in Palm Desert, Calif. For more information visit www.inc.com.

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About Arcis Golf

Arcis Golf is the premier operator of public and private golf clubs in the United States and an industry leader, providing dynamic direction and unrivaled amenities that complement diverse playing experiences. Arcis Golf properties tailor each element of the golf and country club experience to a level of excellence designed to exceed the needs and expectations of family, friends, co-workers, and guests of all ages. Established in March 2013, Arcis Golf is comprised of exclusive private club and daily-fee golf operations. The Arcis Golf portfolio is supported by Arcis Equity Partners, LLC through strategic acquisitions that build and sustain the company’s leadership position in upscale golf and club experiences.

Topgolf Goes To Canada

 

Topgolf and Cineplex Announce Partnership to Bring Sports Entertainment Venues to Canada
Cineplex will open multiple Topgolf venues across Canada

DALLAS and TORONTO, July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Global sports entertainment leader Topgolf® and Cineplex (TSX: CGX), a leading entertainment and media company, today announced an exclusive partnership that will bring Topgolf’s sports entertainment experience to Canada. The joint venture will see the opening of multiple Topgolf venues in markets across the country during the next several years.

“Throughout the years, Canada has been the top-requested country among our fans asking us to expand outside the United States,” said Topgolf Entertainment Group Co-Chairman and CEO Erik Anderson. “We’re thrilled to continue our growth in North America and introduce Topgolf as a destination for entertainment and socializing where Canadians can play golf even when there’s snow on the ground.”

“We continue to identify new opportunities to grow and diversify our business and are very pleased to introduce this incredible entertainment and sports concept to Canadians,” said Cineplex President and CEO Ellis Jacob. “As one of the country’s leading entertainment companies, this relationship with Topgolf is a natural extension of our business and leverages our existing expertise, experience and infrastructure in the Canadian market.”

Through the premium experience of play, food and music, Topgolf inspires people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. Guests can enjoy point-scoring golf games using microchipped balls that instantly score themselves, showing players the accuracy and distance of their shots on a TV screen in their hitting bay. Topgolf locations are typically three-level, 65,000-square-foot venues that feature a chef-driven menu, top-shelf drinks, big screen TVs and music in climate-controlled hitting bays for all-seasons comfort. Year-round programming includes events for kids and families, social leagues, groups, golf tournaments and instruction.

Cineplex will manage the venues’ day to day operations, working closely with Topgolf to ensure the best guest experience in Canada. Predominately known as Canada’s largest and most innovative film exhibitor, Cineplex operates in the film entertainment and content, amusement and leisure, and media sectors. In addition to welcoming more than 75 million guests annually through its circuit of 164 theatres across Canada, it also owns and operates The Rec Room, Canada’s social destination for eats and entertainment, and an online eSports platform. Cineplex is also one of America’s largest providers of amusement games and arcade solutions.

“Cineplex has decades of experience running high-volume entertainment businesses, which makes them the perfect partner for Topgolf,” said Topgolf International COO Zach Shor. “Their company culture and expertise with real estate, location based entertainment and multi-unit operations will be major assets as we work together to introduce Topgolf in Canada.”

With 33 successful venues already operating in the United States and United Kingdom, Topgolf and Cineplex are planning potential locations in large urban centres across Canada. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

About Cineplex
A leading entertainment and media company, Cineplex (TSX:CGX) is a top-tier Canadian brand that operates in the Film Entertainment and Content, Amusement and Leisure, and Media sectors. As Canada’s largest and most innovative film exhibitor, Cineplex welcomes 75 million guests annually through its circuit of 164 theatres across the country. Cineplex also operates successful businesses in digital commerce (CineplexStore.com), food service, alternative programming (Cineplex Events), cinema media (Cineplex Media), digital place-based media (Cineplex Digital Media) and amusement solutions (Player One Amusement Group). It also operates a location based entertainment business through Canada’s newest destination for ‘Eats & Entertainment’ (The Rec Room), and an online eSports platform for competitive and passionate gamers (WorldGaming.com). Additionally, Cineplex is a joint venture partner in SCENE, Canada’s largest entertainment loyalty program.

Proudly recognized as having one of the country’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Cineplex employs over 13,000 people in its offices across Canada and the United States. To learn more, visit Cineplex.com or download the Cineplex App.

About Topgolf
What started with twin brothers developing a technology to make golf scoring fun, has turned into a global brand focused on connecting people in meaningful ways. Today, Topgolf continues to blend technology and entertainment, golfers and non-golfers, children and adults – to create an experience that makes socializing a sport for everyone. No matter the occasion or who you share it with, we believe every great time starts with play, is fueled by food and beverage, moved by music and made possible through community. Every Topgolf venue features dozens of high-tech, climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort, a chef-inspired menu for year-round deliciousness and hundreds of Associates eager to help create the moments that matter. With 33 venues entertaining more than 10.5 million Guests annually, original content shows, next-gen simulator lounges, competitive tours, pop-up social experiences and the world’s largest digital golf audience, Topgolf is truly everyone’s game. To learn more and view exclusive digital content, follow @Topgolf or visit www.topgolf.com.

Bridgestone Golf Named IMG Academy’s Official Golf Ball Provider

Bridgestone Golf Named IMG Academy’s Official Golf Ball Provider

(COVINGTON, GA) – Bridgestone Golf – Innovator of premium golf balls, clubs and accessories – is joining forces with the acclaimed IMG Academy to assist in the development of numerous young golfers who attend the school and partake in its popular camps. The new relationship will designate Bridgestone as the Official Golf Ball provider of the Academy.

Bridgestone will support IMG’s talented youth by providing award-winning golf balls as well as donating a variety of high-quality clubs and accessories for use by general student and camping populations. The relationship ensures that IMG athletes have access to the best available equipment, while Bridgestone can build brand loyalty by introducing its products to potential long term golfers, many of whom will go on to play at the collegiate and professional levels.

IMG Academy has an outstanding reputation for helping young athletes achieve their full potential in a variety of sports, including alumnus Paula Creamer, an LPGA Superstar and Bridgestone Golf ambassador. This announcement marks the latest prominent organization to select Bridgestone as their preferred equipment provider, joining the University of Oklahoma and Vanderbilt University among others.

“We want our athletes and campers to have access to first-class equipment and are supremely confident in Bridgestone’s ability to deliver it,” said IMG Academy Director of Golf Neil Coulson. “We are proud to align with such an outstanding company who is so well respected in the industry.”

As part of the agreement, Bridgestone receives prominent branding throughout select IMG facilities, including the golf instruction and performance center.

“IMG Academy has established itself as one of the premier facilities in the world for junior athletes and routinely cultivates outstanding talent,” says Heather Arnold of Bridgestone Golf. “The programs are top-notch and we look forward to helping the next generation of IMG students and campers achieve and surpass their golfing goals.”

Separating Bridgestone from all other ball manufacturers is the company’s unique and proven approach to new product development. It introduced a proprietary Ball Fitting System in 2007 and uses the data gathered to drive research and development. This real-world understanding of player needs has led to numerous technological breakthroughs. More information on the company’s ball, club and accessories offerings are available at www.bridgestonegolf.com.

The company’s professional staff features 14-time major winner Tiger Woods, FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker, Olympics bronze medalist Matt Kuchar, Masters winner Fred Couples, three-time major champion Nick Price, recent PGA Tour winner Hudson Swafford, Bryson DeChambeau, and LPGA Tour stars, Paula Creamer and Karrie Webb.

About Bridgestone Golf

Bridgestone Golf USA is based in Covington, GA and manufactures premium golf balls, clubs and accessories under Bridgestone and Precept brands. The company started making golf balls in 1935 and, as the world’s largest tire manufacturer, leverages its 900 rubber polymer science engineers worldwide to produce high-performing products. Customer swing and related data, captured through its popular, nationwide ball-fitting program, advises continuous advancement of ball technology. Bridgestone Golf USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo.

About IMG Academy

IMG Academy is one of the world’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational institutions. IMG Academy helps countless youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes reach their full potential in and out of sport by providing world-class teaching and coaching, tailored programs and professional facilities. Based in Bradenton, Florida, IMG Academy also serves as a training and competition venue for amateur and professional teams, a host site for a variety of events, and a hub for sports performance research and innovation.

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