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

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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Topgolf Offering Free Golf Lessons on National Golf Day


Topgolf Offering Free Golf Lessons on National Golf Day
Topgolf aims to attract new golfers with free lessons on April 26

DALLAS, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Global sports entertainment leader Topgolf® will celebrate National Golf Day on Wednesday, April 26, by offering complimentary five-minute golf lessons at 27 venues across the United States (excludes Las Vegas).

In partnership with WE ARE GOLF (WAG), a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners, Topgolf aims to attract new fans to the sport by helping people feel more confident in their swing. Any guest who visits a Topgolf venue on April 26 will receive a free, five-minute lesson from a golf professional. Slow-motion video swing analysis through the Topgolf U instructional program also is available. Last year, Topgolf venues taught 2,251 free lessons on National Golf Day.

“We are proud to celebrate the game on National Golf Day by offering our guests a free and easy way to improve their swing,” said Topgolf Entertainment Group Co-Chairman and CEO Erik Anderson. “Thanks to our Topgolf U instructional program, Topgolf is doubling down on our commitment to help grow the game by introducing our guests to the sport in a high-energy, fun and laid-back environment.”

In addition to Topgolf’s free lessons, WE ARE GOLF will host a National Golf Day launch party on Tuesday evening, April 25, at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Topgolf will serve as a partner, providing giveaways to attendees at the event.

“Topgolf has exhibited great interest in helping the golf industry with its growth of the game efforts, so partnering with them once again for National Golf Day is natural as we celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary,” said Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation and administrator of WAG. “In the last decade, the awareness of National Golf Day has grown significantly, and free lessons at Topgolf’s venues in major metropolitan areas will help us continue reaching and engaging new audiences.”

For National Golf Day’s 10th consecutive year, golf industry leaders will meet with members of Congress, the executive branch and federal agencies to discuss golf’s nearly $70 billion economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits. Throughout the day, participants will share stories about the game’s 15,000-plus diverse businesses, impact on nearly two million jobs across America, tax revenue creation, tourism and ecological value.

National Golf Day 2016 included more than 150 Congressional meetings in one day and 429.2 million media impressions. Globally, the #NGD16 Twitter campaign eclipsed 52.2 million impressions, reached 17.7 million unique accounts and was a trending topic on Twitter.

To join the conversation, visit the WE ARE GOLF social media hub. Use #NGD17, @Topgolf and @wearegolf on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to show your support for the industry and share why golf is more than a game to you.

WE ARE GOLF, created in 2010, is an industry coalition that communicates the economic, charitable and environmental impact of golf, as well as the health and wellness benefits of the game and the affordability and accessibility of golf, to Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and regulatory agencies.  The goal of WE ARE GOLF is to ensure that laws and regulations that impact the golf industry are equitable and appropriate to an industry that generates nearly $70 billion in economic impact annually, impacts close to two million jobs and generates nearly $4 billion in charitable giving each year.

For more information, please visit

About Topgolf
Topgolf inspires the connections that bring people together for unforgettable good times. Whether it’s a date night, girls’ night, happy hour, work breakfast, lunch hour or any other kind of hour, Topgolf makes socializing a sport – literally. Through the premium experience of Play, Food and Music, Topgolf is inspiring people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. Topgolf also brings interactive experiences to the community that facilitate shared moments and deep relationships through Topgolf U golf lessons, weekly leagues, The Topgolf Tour competition, KidZone parties, social and corporate team-building events, and the World Golf Tour (WGT) app. Each venue features high-tech, climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort, delicious food and beverage, live events, music, hundreds of HDTVs and outstanding hospitality. With 31 venues entertaining 10.5 million Guests annually and the world’s largest digital golf audience, Topgolf is creating the best times of your life both in-venue and online. To learn more about Topgolf, follow @Topgolf or visit

Mizuno bolsters its professional roster

Mizuno bolsters its professional roster
Mizuno Continues Momentum, Locks In Game’s Top Talent

Norcross, Ga. (April 12, 2017) – Fueling its strong start in 2017, Mizuno is coming off a successful weekend at golf’s first major championship. Mizuno had nine players – including a pair of former champions – put their clubs in play last week in Augusta.

“We pride ourselves in making the best equipment in the world for dedicated athletes who push themselves to pursue better,” said Ryan Ellis, golf brand manager for Mizuno USA. “In this rapidly changing and opportunistic marketplace, we purposefully chose to expand our Tour presence with players that align to our brand values, in an effort to continue to drive our brand and business forward.”

Of those who have put Mizuno in play, five new golfers have agreed to become brand ambassadors. PGA TOUR players Jhonattan Vegas, Nick Watney and Lucas Glover join rising Tour stars Keith Mitchell and Seth Fair as the newest members of the Mizuno family. They join Luke Donald, Chris Wood, Adam Schenk and Stacey Lewis in giving Team Mizuno a formidable lineup.

Vegas, a native of Venezuela, has tallied five professional victories, including two on the PGA TOUR. Last year, he won the RBC Canadian Open to cement his status on the PGA TOUR for 2017, where he has compiled five Top 20 finishes this season.

Watney, a native of Sacramento, Calif., has 10 professional wins, including five on the PGA TOUR punctuated by the 2011 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Since putting Mizuno in the bag, Watney has pieced together an impressive run. He’s compiled consecutive Top 15 finishes at the Honda Classic and Valspar Championship.

Glover, who earned All-American honors at Clemson University, is a four-time winner on the PGA TOUR, including the 2009 U.S. Open. A native of Greenville, S.C., Glover has fought his way back onto the PGA TOUR with a strong finish to close out 2016. He recently earned a Top Five finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational to keep his solid play going.

Mitchell, a former All-American at the University of Georgia, has emerged as one of the top young players on tour. Through March 19, he ranks in the Top 25 on the Tour money list. Mitchell made his PGA TOUR debut at the Valspar Championship where he finished T11 with a six-under 278.

Fair, a native of Indianapolis, has recently transitioned to full-time play on the Tour. In 2016, he competed on the Latin America Tour, finishing in the Top 10 on the tour’s money list thanks to five Top 10 finishes and eight Top 25 finishes overall.

Connect with Mizuno on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@Golf_Mizuno) to keep up with product news, Tour updates and custom content and fitting tools.

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. is based in greater Atlanta, Ga.

GOLFTEC Drives to #1 Position in Custom Club-Fitting with Launch of New Component Program

GOLFTEC Drives to #1 Position in Custom Club-Fitting with Launch of New Component Program

(Englewood, Colo) –
GOLFTEC – the world leader in golf lessons and top employer of PGA Professionals – has taken its acclaimed TECFIT® custom club-fitting program to a new level by now offering an extensive array of component club head/shaft combinations in addition to leading-edge technology and software that combines swing characteristics with ball flight data to help properly identify the optimal equipment for each student.The program is being rolled-out across more than 30 centers in key markets for the beginning of the 2017 golf season, which positions GOLFTEC as the No. 1 component club-fitting provider based on total facilities operated. All GOLFTEC centers will implement the new system within a year. Beyond diverse equipment options prominently on display, the company will now have dedicated fitting specialists onsite to work with students and their coaches to deliver a TOUR-like fitting experience.

In order to provide the best possible components, GOLFTEC has partnered with

True Spec Golf to offer unique shaft options and fulfillment of custom orders for equipment built to the tightest tolerances from top OEMs including Callaway®, TaylorMade®, Mizuno® and PING®.Operating more retail doors than anyone in golf and continuing to rapidly expand, GOLFTEC is already among the leaders in the club-fitting category with nearly 20,000 TECFIT sessions annually. The new program is designed to further grow merchandise sales and complement its industry leading instruction plans. Both bolster the company’s mission to help people play better golf.

“For years we have been the No. 1 provider of instruction in the world and now we’ve set our sights on gaining significant market share in equipment sales,” said Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO of GOLFTEC. “We’ve always approached club-fitting in the same way we’ve defined our instructional practices, which starts with an unbiased, fact-based diagnosis and our singular goal of helping students play their absolute best.”

Roll out of the new program will be supported by an aggressive marketing plan, creative advertising and launch promotions, including a discounted $95 TECFIT fitting fee and $100 towards any

Game Plan or Lesson Package.“We’re excited to partner with GOLFTEC on this initiative, as they have the most impressive footprint in the industry and touch an incredible number of passionate golfers,” said Hoyt McGarity, CEO of True Spec Golf. “The benefits that come with custom club-fitting have been extremely well documented and their sheer customer base combined with our expertise is a winning formula for everyone.”

The renowned GOLFTEC coaching team is comprised of experienced professionals worldwide, most of whom are PGA Professionals and have taught thousands of lessons. Each goes through a rigorous, multi-week certification at GOLFTEC University including continued advanced training to master the analysis of golf swing mechanics, technology utilized by GOLFTEC and the most effective training and club-fitting techniques. Committed to strengthening the industry and hiring only the best staff, GOLFTEC is the largest employer of PGA Professionals in the world.

To learn more about GOLFTEC, please visit or call 877-446-5383.

The world leader in golf lessons and top employer of PGA Professionals has a 96 percent success rate among its students. Since 1995, GOLFTEC Certified Personal Coaches, the vast majority of which are PGA Professionals, have given more than 7 million lessons. The company operates hundreds of centers worldwide and has a presence in almost all major U.S. cities, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea. All lessons are based on the company’s “Five Factors:” Fact-Based Diagnosis, Sequential Lessons, Video-Based Practice, Advanced Retention Tools and TECFIT® club-fitting. To date, more than 600 GOLFTEC Coaches work across a global network of Improvement Centers, consisting of both corporately-owned and franchise-owned locations and employees.

Marriott Golf Celebrates 10th Anniversary of International Family Golf Festival



Golfing Families & Newcomers of all Ages and Skill Levels Enjoy a FUN Day of FREE Golf Activities at its Resorts and Golf Courses Throughout the World


ORLANDO, Fla., March 14, 2017… Since debuting in 2007, and always under the guidance of PGA/LPGA Professionals, tens of thousands of golfers – encompassing boys & girls, cousins, parents and grandparents of all ages and abilities – have enjoyed playing the game of golf alongside their family members at Marriott International’s Family Golf Festivals

 To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this global player development initiative, golfers are once again invited to join their family members for a special day on the links, as Marriott Golf today announced the schedule for the 2017 Annual Marriott International Family Golf Festival.  On Tuesday, April 4th, La Iguana Golf Course in Playa Herradura, Costa Rica will host the first of 27 scheduled Family Golf Festivals on the 2017 calendar.  These one-day family golf-themed events will take place at a premier collection of leading Marriott Golf-managed destinations throughout the world.

 The Marriott International Family Golf Festival is open to golfers of all ages and skill levels, and aligns with Marriott’s commitment to player development programs.  Golfing families are invited to Marriott Golf properties for a an exciting line-up of fun-filled activities, highlighted by FREE golf instruction, clinics, interactive golf games, contests, family golf programs, prize giveaways and much more. Supervised by PGA Professionals, each respective venue offers a welcoming environment where entire families, including women, boys and girls, military veterans, parents and grandparents can learn and play the game together.

 “Golf is a game that transcends generations, and we share a common commitment across our portfolio of resort lodging brands and golf courses  to ensure the game is accessible for families to enjoy together,” said Brett Stark, Senior Director, Golf Marketing & eCommerce, Marriott Golf.  “This is a fantastic player development initiative, and I congratulate everyone involved on 10 years of growth and excellence.”

 In addition to core events at the one-day Family Golf Festival, after 3 p.m. adults can take advantage of special rates and children can play golf for free as part of Marriott Golf’s “Kids Golf-4-Free” program. Launched in 2006, “Kids Golf-4-Free” enables kids up to 15-years old to golf for free when accompanied by a full paying adult after 3 p.m. In addition, Marriott Golf offers free lessons anytime to kids up to 15-years old when accompanied by an adult who is taking a fully paid lesson from a Marriott Golf instructor. 

The 2017 Family Golf Festival will take place at designated Marriott Golf properties on the following dates:

Property Name



La Iguana Golf Course

Playa Herradura, Costa Rica


Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Golf Club

Palm Desert, CA


JW Marriott Camelback Golf Club

Scottsdale, AZ


Hollins Hall, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK


Tudor Park, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Maidstone, Kent, UK


The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

Cayman Islands, UK


Cattails @ MeadowView Golf Course

Kingsport, TN


Forest of Arden, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Meriden, Warwickshire, UK


Marriott’s Grande Vista Golf Club
Marriott Golf Academy

Orlando, FL


Stone Mountain Golf Club

Stone Mountain, GA


Marriott’s Orlando World Center Resort

Hawk’s Landing Golf Club

Orlando, FL


Meon Valley, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Nr. Southampton, Hampshire, UK


The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes

Orlando, FL


Royal St. Kitts Golf Club

Frigate Bay, St. Kitts, West Indies


Gaylord Springs Golf Links

Nashville, TN


Toftrees Golf Club

State College, PA


Breadsall Priory, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Morley, Derby, UK


Sprowston Manor, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Norwich, Norfolk, UK


JW Marriott Desert Springs Golf Resort

Palm Desert, CA


Westfields Golf Club

Clifton, VA


Worsley Park, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Worsley Park, Manchester, UK


St. Pierre, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Monmouthshire, Wales, UK


Marriott’s Griffin Gate Golf Club

Lexington, KY


JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

Marco Island, FL


Son Antem Golf Club

Mallorca, Spain


JW Marriott Desert Ridge Golf Club

Phoenix, AZ


JW Marriott Starr Pass Country Club

Tucson, AZ


Marriott Golf

Marriott Golf manages courses in 15 countries across five continents, offering nearly 1,000 holes of championship golf for Marriott International brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Westin, Sheraton, Gaylord Hotels, Le Meridien, Renaissance Hotels, and Marriott Golf Academy.  Marriott has managed golf operations since 1971 and is one of the world’s premier golf operators.  Marriott provides golf development expertise, golf management, and consulting services to a unique variety of hospitality environments including resorts, private membership clubs, daily fee courses, golf schools, and franchises. For more information, visit

Thor Guard Selects Buffalo.Agency to Manage Public Relations

Thor Guard Selects Buffalo.Agency to Manage Public Relations
(SUNRISE, Fla.)Thor Guard – the world’s only lightning prediction system that provides the most useful, sophisticated, timely, reliable and accurate advance warning of the potential for lightning and other adverse weather conditions – has selected Buffalo.Agency (Buffalo) as its public relations partner.

The first full-service, integrated marketing solution dedicated to sport, industry and lifestyle segments, Buffalo will publicize the Thor Guard brand in mainstream consumer and trade media covering sports, technology, business, government, news, education and related topics.

“Thor Guard plays a vital role in saving lives and protecting business operations” says Bob Dugan, President and CEO of Thor Guard.  “Partnering with Buffalo.Agency will further cement us as global leader in protecting millions of people worldwide.”

For 43 years a meteorological-solutions pioneer, Thor Guard’s constant innovation and unmatched value proposition that comes with scale has led to its dominance in various industries.  As the longest-tenured company in the category globally, Thor Guard has installed approximately 7,000 systems for golf courses, parks, schools and universities, cities and municipalities, air travel concerns, government agencies, mining and industrial companies, sporting events and broadcast media.

“We admire Thor Guard’s cutting-edge technologies and are excited to engage the market through storytelling,” says Rich Katz, Founder and Managing Director Buffalo.  “Testimonials from Thor Guard customers show how its system is an essential asset to the communities they serve.”

Properties with Thor Guard sensor technology constantly monitor local environments and predict whether there is enough dynamic energy migration to create a lightning strike, even with no visible evidence of lightning.  Recognizing “bolts out of the blue” allows more notification time to proactively manage potentially perilous weather situations.  Other lightning warning products on the market are based on detection and / or time of arrival (strike-first) to determine safety levels when lightning is in the area.

The “Who’s Who” of safe operations which use Thor Guard includes the United States Golf Association, PGA Tour Properties, European Golf Tour, American Junior Golf Association, PGA of America, Marriott Golf, University of Michigan, University of Miami,, LSU, Park Ridge Park District (IL) Downers Grove Park District (IL), Broward County (FL), Department of Homeland Security, NASA, Jet Blue, Fed Ex, Google, AT&T and the United States Tennis Association.  The universally-available system is widely utilized in a broad range of outdoor settings, climates and elevations in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Buffalo manages strategy development, public relations, integrated marketing, digital-social media and design work that increases awareness and sales for companies and organizations operating in more than 40 countries.  Its client roster of leading and emerging brands includes American Diabetes Association, CHAMP Spikes, Crown & Caliber, Dollamur Sport Surfaces, ECCO, Fila, Galvin Green, GolfTEC, Hydrapak, Kauai Visitors Bureau, Keswick Hall, LPGA, Nicklaus Companies, PGA National Resort & Spa, Scivation, Sea Pines Resort, Telluride Resort & Ski, US Club Soccer and World Golf Foundation.

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WE ARE GOLF to Host National Mall Community Service Project in D.C. with Industry Leaders

WE ARE GOLF to Host National Mall Community Service Project in D.C. with Industry Leaders

April 25 Celebration to Commemorate National Golf Day’s 10th Anniversary

(ST. AUGUSTINE, FL) WE ARE GOLF – a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners – today announces it will host a community service project in celebration of National Golf Day’s 10thanniversary. The event will take place Tuesday, April 25 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. EST on the National Mall and will focus on beautification and land preservation.

In collaboration with Michael Stachowicz, Turf Management Specialist at the National Park Service, members of golf’s allied associations will assist with projects ranging from the U.S. Capitol Building to 7th Street. Activities include raking, overseeding, aerating, brushing walkways and sprucing up gravel pathways. All participants will be divided into teams and each will be assigned a captain who will oversee the project.

Additionally, PGA Professionals from the Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA of America will be on hand to provide helpful tips and mini lessons to those taking in the sights at the National Mall.

“We look forward to giving back to the community and enhancing the beauty of the National Mall while engaging D.C. tourists through an interactive golf display,” says Steve Mona, Chief Executive Officer of World Golf Foundation (WGF), administrator of WE ARE GOLF. “This project will set the tone for National Golf Day on April 26 and further exemplify the industry’s commitment to charitable causes both on and off the golf course.”

National Golf Day celebrates the game’s nearly $70 billion economic impact, $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits. Industry leaders will meet with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss golf’s 15,200-plus diverse businesses, two million jobs impacted, tax revenue creation and tourism value.

To join the conversation, visit the WE ARE GOLF social media hub. Use #NGD17 and @wearegolf on Twitter and Instagram to show your support for the golf industry.

For more information on the community service project, click here. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Peggy Norton with WGF (


WE ARE GOLF, created in 2010, is an industry coalition that communicates the economic, charitable and environmental impact of golf, as well the health and wellness benefits of the game and the affordability and accessibility of golf, to Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and regulatory agencies.  The goal of WE ARE GOLF is to ensure that laws and regulations that impact the golf industry are fair and appropriate to an industry that generates nearly $70 billion in economic impact annually, impacts close to two million American jobs and generates nearly $4 billion in charitable giving each year.

Ace Hardware Sponsors Jim Furyk


Partnership allows The Helpful Place to expand to new fan base within golf world

Oak Brook, Ill., February 9, 2017 – Ace Hardware, the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world and Official Hardware Store of the PGA TOUR, announces a multi-year partnership with PGA TOUR golfer, Jim Furyk. The partnership positions Ace as Furyk’s exclusive home improvement retail sponsor and marks Ace’s continued dedication to helpfulness on and off the golf course.

Ace’s sponsorship of Furyk will include dedicated advertising, digital and social content. Furyk will also wear the Ace logo on his golf apparel during professional competitions and tournaments throughout the duration of the sponsorship.

“On behalf of all of us at Ace, we’re thrilled to partner with Jim, as he exemplifies all of the qualities that represent the Ace brand, both on and off the golf course,” said Jeff Gooding, Senior Director of Marketing and Advertising, Ace Hardware Corporation. “From Jim’s hard work that has led to one of the most decorated careers in golf, to his steadfast values of character, charity and sportsmanship that earned him the Payne Stewart Award, to his leadership and the red, white and blue that runs through his veins in being named a team competition captain, he is a natural fit to represent the thousands of Ace owners across the country that lead their teams in delivering award winning service to their neighbors every day.”

Furyk, a 17-time winner on the PGA TOUR, major champion winner, 2010 FedExCup champion, and member of multiple team competitions, is one of golf’s most celebrated players. Off the course, in line with Ace’s helpful brand values, Furyk is the winner of the 2016 Payne Stewart Award; an award given annually to the PGA TOUR player that most exemplifies charity, sportsmanship and character.

“I am excited to join the Ace Hardware family and represent such an iconic American brand, its dedicated retailers and its continued tradition of being helpful on and off the golf course,” said Furyk. “Ace Hardware is a multi-generational brand, just like golf. My father passed along his love for golf and his golf knowledge to me, just as so many Ace Hardware associates have shared their expertise to multiple generations of their neighbors, helping them achieve their home maintenance goals.”

As the Official Hardware Store of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions, Ace works closely with the PGA TOUR on a program whereby tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China, as well as the PGA TOUR’s TPC Network, have the opportunity to purchase products efficiently, cost-effectively and conveniently through Ace. Just as Ace does with its customers that shop their nearly 5,000 neighborhood stores across the globe, the company is honored to help the PGA TOUR take care of their ‘homes’ – the golf courses and facilities in which they operate For more information on Ace, stop by your neighborhood Ace or visit For more information on Jim Furyk visit

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About Ace Hardware
For more than 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. In 2016, Ace ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, Ten Years in a Row,” according to J.D. Power. With more than 4,900 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 17 distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers’ stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit or visit our newsroom at

City of Crawfordsville Hires Billy Casper Golf


City of Crawfordsville Hires Billy Casper Golf to Professionally Manage Municipal Golf Course

(Crawfordsville, IN) – Billy Casper Golf (BCG) – the highly respected and innovative management partner for golf courses, country clubs and resorts – has been selected to manage Crawfordsville Municipal Golf Course. The Crawfordsville Board of Public Works and Safety, as well as the city’s Park and Recreation Board, approved a five-year contract for BCG to oversee the 18-hole course set on 132 acres.

Under the new contract, BCG will evolve course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse activities, golf instruction, merchandising, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.  Operations will be locally-managed by a professional golf and agronomic team, and supported by a regional team and national team that provide expert guidance and direction in all facets of the business. Together, these teams plan and implement the best practices in golf course management, agronomic care, and marketing.

“We were impressed by the proven best practices and personalized approach that Billy Casper Golf brings to our course and to the entire golf industry,” said Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton. “I’m confident in their ability to lead our course toward a bright and fruitful future.”

BCG began management of the course on Jan. 16.

“This course is an undeniable asset to the Crawfordsville community,” said BCG Regional Director of Operations, Nick Bednar. “We look forward to guiding it to its full potential.”

Crawfordsville Municipal Golf Course – located less than an hour from Indianapolis – is an 18-hole, 6,610-yard, par-71 course, designed by Gary Kern. The public course also offers a recently renovated clubhouse, driving range and practice green. Other BCG-managed courses in Indiana include Purgatory Golf Club and Centennial Park Golf Course.

About Billy Casper Golf

Billy Casper Golf (BCG) is one of the largest privately owned golf course management companies in the U.S., with nearly 150 properties in 29 states. Headquartered in Reston, VA – with regional offices across America – BCG has more than 25 years of results-driven expertise. The company specializes in full-service course management as well as assistance in specific segments of the golf business, including: course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, food and beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.

BCG continues to evolve the golf experience through customized solutions and innovative programs like the annual World’s Largest Golf Outing – a national golf fundraiser conceived by BCG Chairman and CEO, Peter Hill. The company recently launched its newest management solution, Billy Casper Signature, as a boutique division that specializes in country club, resort and private club management.

Coral Hospitality Tees Up New Companywide Philanthropic Program, CoralCares


$37,000 Donation Presented to Folds of Honor; Future CoralCares Efforts
to Benefit Folds of Honor and Georgia Natural Resources Foundation

Company Representatives support CoralCares, participating in Golf Marathon Fundraiser
at Jacaranda West Country Club (pictured above), Georgia Veterans Memorial Golf Course and Brasstown Valley Resort Golf Course.

Naples, FL – January 11, 2017 – Resolving to give back in new ways in 2017, Coral Hospitality today announced a new philanthropic program, CoralCares, which will benefit Folds of Honor and the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation (GNRF). In its first initiative, Coral Hospitality raised more than $50,000 which will benefit the GNRF. Most recently, corporate representatives, property owners and team members came together for simultaneous golf marathons at three Coral Hospitality-managed courses to benefit Folds of Honor. These events, along with other CoralCares initiatives, have raised more than $37,000 for Folds of Honor in the short time since its start in late 2016.

“We are thrilled to announce the launch of CoralCares and to formalize our philanthropic relationships in this way,” said Christopher Schaeffer, president of Coral Hospitality. “The GNRF’s conservation efforts and Folds of Honor’s commitment to honoring the sacrifice of our country’s heroes are causes near and dear to our hearts. It is our hope that contributions through CoralCares will make a lasting impact on these two meaningful groups.”

The new CoralCares program primarily benefits two worthy charities – Folds of Honor (, which provides educational scholarships to the children and spouses of service members who have fallen or become disabled while serving our nation, and Georgia Natural Resources Foundation (, which supports efforts to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations. Efforts will include golf tournament fundraisers, retail sales promotions and other special events throughout the year.

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About Coral Hospitality
Founded in 1988, Coral Hospitality is a full-service hospitality management and investment company with three distinctive divisions – Coral Hotels & Resorts, Coral Golf & Country Clubs and Coral Residences & Associations. A market leader that delivers unparalleled service to guests and generates exceptional financial results for clients and investors, Coral takes a unique, full-service approach to the management of its portfolio of hotels, resorts, golf clubs, residences and spas. As a result, Coral is consistently ranked in Top 5 in REVPAR growth among independent management companies. Coral Hospitality…leveraging powerful, world-class partnerships to create experiences that innovate and inspire.