ZANE SCOTLAND WINS ABU DHABI GOLF CITIZEN OPEN

ABU DHABI, Sept 28 – Zane Scotland staged a tremendous charge to win the Abu Dhabi Golf Citizen Open, the first event on the MENA Golf Tour, at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club on Wednesday.

Starting the day two shots off the pace, the former European Tour player showed flashes of brilliance, closing with a blazing 67 – the tournament’s best round—to go eight under for the $50,000 event, beating overnight leader and hot favouite Yasin Ali by one shot.

Yasin, who carded a final-round 70, needed a par on the 18th to force a playoff, but agonizingly three-putted for a bogey from the edge of the green to hand Scotland a victory he will cherish for a long time to come. Morocco’s Younes El Hassani birdied the last to finish third on five under 211.

Shaikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Arab Golf Federation, presented the trophy and the winner’s cheque for $ 9,000 to Scotland in the presence of Mohamed Juma Buamaim, chairman of the MENA Golf Tour.

Just when it appeared Yasin was on cruise control, Scotland produced something special – a birdie on the 14 which was followed by an eagle on the 15th – to close the gap on the leader. A bogey on the 16th threatened to undermine his brilliant efforts, but he held his nerve and picked a crucial shot on the 17th before walking off with a new course record.

“I knew I was in with a chance, and the experience of playing on the European and Asian Tours did come handy,” said Scotland. “The key to winning was that birdie and eagle finish on the 14th and 15th. I have played this course before and hence had a bit of local knowledge too – and that helped me in the end.

“I have been playing really well these days and know how to deal with pressure. Yasin is quite an experienced player and I have a lot of respect for him. We all enjoyed competing in this tournament. I have played in Europe and Asia and can tell from my experience that this tour is up there with the best.

“I would like to thank the Shaikh Maktoum Golf Foundation for their initiative in organizing the Tour. The competition was really intense. The players from Morocco and Pakistan, in particular, are really good. They strike the ball as well as anybody,” said Scotland who is associated with Yas Links Golf Club.

A steady Yasin required a birdie on the closing hole to clinch the issue, but inexplicably three putted for bogey. “Frankly, I didn’t know whether I needed a birdie or a par. But this is no excuse. I was on the green and should have parred the 18th, but that didn’t happen. I pushed it a bit to the right from about five feet.

“The end result notwithstanding, I enjoyed playing in this tournament. Everything about it was just perfect,” said the Englishman.

Morocco’s El Hassani was equally pleased with his overall efforts. “I should have finished better, but then this is golf, you have to be very consistent all days if you aim to seal a victory. I played good, but not good enough to win,” said El Hassani, who closed with a 71.

Morocco’s Ahmed Marjan followed his back-to-back 76 with a solid 70 to emerge as the leading amateur. Bahrain’s leading amateur Daniel Owen, who was off a great start with a 68 to the lead the field on the opening day, failed to keep the momentum going and settled for a middle-of-the-pack finish on eight over 224.

The next event on the MENA Golf Tour, the Ras Al Khaimah Classic, will be held at the Tower Links Golf Club from Monday.

Leading scores:

208 – Zane Scotland (England) 69, 72, 67

209 – Yasin Ali (UAE) 70 69 70

211 – Younes El Hassani (Morocco) 69 71 71

213 – Ross Bain (UAE) 72 69 72

215 – Sean McNamara( Thailand) 73 73 69

216 – Anil Shah (Kenya) 72 72 72

217 – Shafiq Masih (Pakistan) 69 71 77, Ross Canavan (Thailand) 72 74 71

218 – George Perry (US) 73 70 75, Andy Andrews (UAE) 73 75 70, Aadil Jehangir (Pakistan) 70 72 76, Abdel Kader El Hali (Morocco) 71 72 75, Greg Nicolson (Scotland) 77 70 71

219 – Dale Marmion (UAE) 71 73 75, Matloob Ahmed (Pakistan) 73 73 73.

Leading amateur: Ahmed Marjan (Morocco) 76 76 70 (222)

International Golf Travel Market 2011 set to welcome golf tourism’s key players in Belek Antalya

International Golf Travel Market 2011 set to welcome golf tourism’s key players in Belek Antalya

(September 28, 2011) The International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), the world’s premier global event for golf tourism suppliers, buyers and media, has announced a significant increase in the number of new tourism destinations participating in the annual show.

More than 400 leading resorts, golf courses and DMCs (destination management companies) have already registered from over 50 countries for IGTM 2011, hosted by Betuyab (Belek Tourism Investors Association). The event will take place in the award-winning golf destination of Belek, close to the city of Antalya in Turkey, from November 14-17, with a record attendance anticipated.

Among those exhibiting for the first time are the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), the newly formed South Africa Golf Tourism Association, the Egypt Tourism Authority and Cyprus Tourism Organisation.

Commenting on its participation in this year’s event, ADTA’s Dayne Lim said: “We are eager to convince future partners of our compelling and diverse offering.  The wide range of our facilities and playing experiences epitomise Abu Dhabi’s golf tourism offering – a variety that comprises parkland, ocean, links, city, sand and country courses.

“The emirate’s emergence as an easily accessible, high-end golf tourism destination is headlined by its three championship-ready courses that lie within a 25-minute radius of the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.”

“IGTM goes from strength to strength and we are anticipating this year’s event will be one of the most important events since the show was established in 1997,” said Group Exhibition Director Mark Walsh of Reed Travel Exhibitions.

“With Turkey winning the IAGTO Best Golf Destination 2008, and Belek-Antalya having enjoyed spectacular success as a fast-growing golf destination, there will be great interest in the host country, which will be represented by more than 50 golf resorts, clubs and hotels.

Mark Walsh continued: “The location of IGTM 2011 has also opened up a gateway to Asia, with the event attracting, for the first time ever, 30 golf clubs and resort from seven Asian destinations, resorts and golf clubs. This year the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for Indonesia will join previous exhibitors from Asia, including the Japan Tourism Agency and Mission Hills China, who all return after a successful event last year.”

Peter Walton, President of IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators), said: “There is no doubt that the wider travel market continues to face challenging conditions. However, for proactive suppliers and buyers in the golf travel market, where there is a more positive outlook, there are opportunities to stay ahead of the curve – and IGTM is the place to be to achieve this.”

The four-day event, which has become the established meeting place for golf tourism professionals from across the globe, will see more than1400 golf travel industry professionals, representing national and regional golf tourism organisations, leading resorts and golf courses, descend on Belek and Antalya.

For more information about IGTM, please visit: http://www.igtm.co.uk or visit http://www.iagto.com

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About IGTM
IGTM is owned by the world’s leading events organiser Reed Exhibitions (RE), which organises a portfolio of other travel industry events including World Travel Market, Arabian Travel Market and International Luxury Travel Market.
In 2010, RE held more than 460 events in 36 countries bringing together more than seven million people from around the world generating billions of dollars in business.

Reed Travel Exhibitions
Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), a business unit of RE, is the world’s leading provider of exhibitions in the travel and tourism industry. Its wide-ranging portfolio of events around the globe covers leisure travel, luxury travel and the meetings and incentives industry.

The 12 events are: International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), World Travel Market (WTM), Arabian Travel Market (ATM), International French Travel Market (IFTM), La Cumbre, International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), International Luxury Travel Market Asia (ILTMA), Asia Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) (owned by Melbourne Convention Visitors Bureau), Exhibition for the Incentive Business Travel Market (EIBTM), Gulf Incentive Business Travel Market (GIBTM), Americas Incentive Business Travel Market (AIBTM) and China Incentive Business Travel Market (CIBTM).

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Club Glove Microfiber Caddy Towel Chosen for Nuun PGA Tour Players

Club Glove Microfiber Caddy Towel Chosen for Nuun PGA Tour Players
Industry-Leading Towels to be Used by Sports Hydration Brand’s
Roster of Top-Ranked Tour Stars

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Club Glove® – a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of premium golf bags, club covers, travel bags, accessories and luggage – announces that a custom-logo version of its renowned microfiber Caddy Towel will be used in competition by the roster of PGA Tour stars endorsing Nuun electrolyte enhanced drink tablets. 

Easily distinguishable by its waffle texture and stitched trim, golf’s original and best microfiber towel will now be carried by Nuun’s 30+ staff players, including multiple Major champions and top-25 ranked individuals. The Caddy Towel (MSRP $19.95) is strong enough to remove dirt, grease and sunblock off a player’s hands, yet gentle enough to safely clean eyeglasses. With more than 5 million yards of microfiber strands, it can hold 300 percent of its weight in water.

“Nuun pioneered electrolyte enhanced drink tablets to the US market and excels at providing athletes the tools they need to perform at the highest level,” says Club Glove founder Jeff Herold. “We take the same approach to product development, and the world’s best golfers have noticed the difference.”

The Club Glove Caddy Towel is the most used and trusted towel by PGA Tour players and their caddies – and was used by the 2011 U.S. Open champion. It is now available in a tandem package with a Pocket Towel that comes as a gift with purchase. A $10 value, the Pocket Towel measures 8 inches by 12 inches and is perfectly unobtrusive in a back pocket when conditions are damp and it’s essential to clean your clubs and ball. 

“Club Glove products represent a quality standard that stands out from the pack,” says Nuun CEO, Dave Mutzel. “The many Tour stars that rely on Nuun at each tournament will now have another significant advantage.”

Available at hundreds of the finest public and private facilities nationwide, as well as scores of PGA and Champions Tour events, Club Glove microfiber towels are ultra-lightweight, super absorbent and virtually lint free. They are carried by major retailers from coast to coast, including Golf Galaxy, Golfsmith, PGA Tour Superstores, Edwin Watts and Worldwide Golf.

Club Glove is also the undisputed No. 1 golf travel bag brand at all PGA and Champions Tour events. The Darrell Survey confirmed that the brand is preferred by 90 percent of PGA Tour Players. Selected by six U.S. Ryder Cup teams, Club Glove’s high-end, Made-in-the-USA golf bags have been a fixture at green grass and off course shops for nearly a decade and are available in stand, cart and Sunday versions.

More information: http://www.clubglove.com or 800.736.4568.

About Nuun and Company

Nuun and Company, based in Seattle, WA, is the pioneer of electrolyte enhanced drink tablets that turn water into an optimally balanced sports drink without the sugars and plastic waste of traditional sports drinks. Founded in 2004, Nuun is used by the world’s best athletes and enthusiasts in cycling, running, triathlon, golf, outdoor, and general fitness. Nuun is sold in over 5,000 outlets in the US and available in over 30 countries. To learn more and find stores in your local area, visit http://www.nuun.com.

About West Coast Trends, Inc.
Based in Huntington Beach, CA, West Coast Trends Inc. was founded in 1990. A worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of premium luggage, golf travel bags, stand bags, club covers and accessories, its products have been tested and approved by the world’s most demanding travelers, including pilots at all of the major airlines. The overwhelming choice of serious golfers, the company’s Club Glove® products are used by more than 90 percent of PGA and Champions Tour players.

OMEGA OFFICIAL TIMEKEEPER OF MENA GOLF TOUR

OMEGA OFFICIAL TIMEKEEPER OF MENA GOLF TOUR

DUBAI, Sept 18 – The inaugural edition of the MENA Golf Tour received a major boost with OMEGA joining the new initiative by the Shaikh Maktoum Golf Foundation in its celebrated role as the Official Timekeeper.

The luxury watchmaker from Switzerland has long supported the growth of golf as global game, and their association with the forthcoming MENA Golf Tour reinforces its commitment to the development of the game in the region.

“The MENA Golf Tour will create new opportunities for players to showcase their skills on a global stage and will also provide a fantastic platform for us to develop our brand in this important market since golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the Middle East, where the number of golfers and courses is increasing rapidly,” said OMEGA president Stephen Urquhart.

With golfing superstars like Greg Norman, Sergio Garcia and Michelle Wie as brand ambassadors, OMEGA’s association with golf is not simply restricted to major tournaments in the world, including the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic and the OMEGA Ladies Masters and most recently, the PGA of America’s high-profile events. OMEGA’s association with world-class sport goes far beyond the golf course.

The first company to be entrusted with the official timekeeping of all disciplines at the Los Angeles Games in 1932, OMEGA has since become synonymous with the Games. The London 2012 Olympic Games will mark the 25th time the brand has acted as the Official Timekeeper—an enduring partnership representing a unique tribute to the precision and long-term reliability of the company’s products.

Mr. Urquhart added: “We would like to acknowledge the tournament organisers for all their hard work in ensuring the smooth running of the Tour and, last but not least, the players from all over the world who have signed up the tour events, aiming to break through onto the bigger stage. We wish them the very best.”

Mohamed Juma Buamaim, chairman of the MENA Golf Tour, was equally delighted about the new partnership with OMEGA. “It is pleasing to see a well-recognised and quality brand such as OMEGA offering their support to the Tour which has the potential to put the region’s golf on a trajectory for growth.

“OMEGA’s contribution in promoting golf is well acclaimed worldwide and we are proud to have them on board as the Official Timekeeper. The partnership will grow with time as we plan to expand the base of the Tour in coming years by travelling to other countries in the region.”

The MENA Golf Tour, boasting a combined prize fund of $225,000, is open to both professionals and amateurs from any part of the world.

The first event will be held at the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club from September 25 to 28 while the second and third event will be played from October 2 to 5 and October 9 to 12 at the Tower Links Golf in Ras Al Khaimah and Dubai’s Al Badia Golf Club respectively before the tour reaches its climax with the ‘Tour Championship’ to be held at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf from October 16 to 19.

The top three professionals and the leading amateur from the Order of Merit will receive special invitations to compete in the 2012 OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic and, possibly, other European Tour events in the region.
Interested players may visit the tour website – http://www.menagolftour.com – for more details and registration.

Nike Golf Adds a New Face of Confidence to its Method Core Putter Line

Nike Golf Adds a New Face of Confidence to its Method Core Putter Line

-The Nike Method Core Drone already has Tour-proven success-

BEAVERTON, Ore. (September 20, 2011)– With more than 25 worldwide wins, including three major championships and counting, the Nike Method technology has become the new face of confidence in putting.  The latest addition to the Nike Method putter franchise is the distinctive Method Core Drone, which already has tasted Tour success three months prior to it becoming available.

Nike athlete Suzann Pettersen already has won twice with the Method Core Drone, once on the Ladies European Tour at the Ladies Irish Open, and again on the LPGA Tour at the Safeway Classic. After her first victory with it in Ireland, she was so thrilled that she tweeted about it with an accompanying photo saying:  “My new best friend from Nike. The Drone!”

Available on November 1, 2011, the Nike Method Core Drone features the Nike major-winning Polymetal groove technology in a high-Moment of Inertia (MOI) package. With its iconic larger mallet shape and milled face, the Nike Method Core Drone is loaded with geometry.  Its extreme mallet design and Opti-mass weighting in the center and wing tips keep the clubhead on its path, preventing twisting and creating a smooth, accurate stroke. The high-MOI putter enables more stability, which provides a better roll and ultimately leads to increased confidence over every putt.

The Nike Method Core Drone also has the distinctive Polymetal Groove Technology that exists in all Nike Method putters, generating a faster forward roll at impact for increased accuracy.  The polymer and aluminum grooves lessen impact vibrations and provides pure sound and feel.  This helps eliminate backspin, which causes skidding and misdirection. This revolutionary and visibly distinctive red insert decreases backspin, which was expressed by Nike Golf athletes as an important ingredient to their putting accuracy, distance control and ultimate putting success. The less backspin, the more “true” the putt will roll.

The Method Core Drone also comes in a belly putter length and is one of six models in the Nike Method Core line.

Availability: 11/1/11
MSRP:  $203.99     $227.99 Belly Putter (41”)
RH/LH: 33”, 34”, 35”
RH: 41”

MERCEDES-BENZ OFFICIAL CAR SPONSOR OF MENA GOLF TOUR

MERCEDES-BENZ OFFICIAL CAR SPONSOR OF MENA GOLF TOUR

DUBAI, Sept 21 – Mercedes-Benz, the oldest automotive brand in the world, has been named Official Car Sponsor of the MENA Golf Tour, it was announced Wednesday.

Under terms of the agreement, Mercedes-Benz will chauffer leading players to and from the venues in latest models, besides making a significant on-site presence.

A superb new initiative by the Shaikh Maktoum Golf Foundation, the Tour tees off next week, promising to mark a watershed moment in the history of the game in the region.

Already, players from over 30 countries have signed up for the Tour which features four events to be held at different courses in the UAE. Boasting a combined prize fund of $ 225,000, the Tour is open to both professionals and amateurs from any part of the world.

“With our commitment to this brand new Tour, we very much look forward to promoting the close ties between the sport of golf and Mercedes-Benz,” said Frank Bernthaler, Director, Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East & Levant.

“We have already been associated with the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters as the Official Car Sponsors, and this partnership with the MENA Golf Tour is a natural extension of our long-standing history with the sport which we have always felt hamonises our brand values,” he said.

“This collaboration will provide a unique opportunity to connect with our customers and will help strengthen existing relationships with our partners within an environment that mirrors the Mercedes-Benz image and reputation,” he added.
No stranger to golf sponsorship on the global stage, Mercedes-Benz has also been the Official Automobile Partner of The Masters in Augusta as well as the Official Patron of the PGA of America which includes the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup 2012. Mercedes-Benz is also sponsoring the British Open since 2011 which means they are associated with three of the four Major tournaments.

“Mercedes-Benz is a big name and a big brand and it’s an honour and privilege for us to have them on board,” said Mohamed Juma Buamaim, chairman of the MENA Golf Tour. “We look forward to working together in partnership that, I am sure, will continue grow with time.

“Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with high quality, and their commitment to golf makes them a perfect fit for our Tour,” he added.

There is a huge sense of anticipation ahead of the Tour as it will provide a good opportunity to players to showcase their skills on a bigger stage.

The first event will be held at the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club from September 25 to 28 while the second and third event will be played from October 2 to 5 and October 9 to 12 at the Tower Links Golf in Ras Al Khaimah and Dubai’s Al Badia Golf Club respectively before the tour reaches its climax with the ‘Tour Championship’ to be held at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf from October 16 to 19.

The top three professionals and the leading amateur from the Order of Merit will receive special invitations to compete in the 2012 Omega Dubai Desert Classic and, possibly, other European Tour events in the region.

Interested players may visit the tour website – http://www.menagolftour.com – for more details and registration.

UST Mamiya Shafts Used by Winner of Champions Tour’s Songdo IBD Championship New Proforce VTS Enj

UST Mamiya Shafts Used by Winner of Champions Tour’s Songdo IBD Championship
New Proforce VTS Enjoys Continued Success on Major Tours Worldwide

(FORT WORTH, TX) – UST Mamiya – maker of the world’s finest carbon fiber golf shafts – reports the winner of the Songdo IBD Championship relied on its new Profroce VTS Silver in his driver (79 gram, x-flex) to earn a his first victory on the Champions Tour.

The only shaft collection to include torque as a variable in the fitting process was also recently used by the winner of the PGA Tour’s Deutsche Bank Championship. Each Proforce VTS weight/flex profile includes three torque options, allowing players to match the set-up that best suits their unique swing DNA. Shafts are color-coded to indicate torque rating, with Black featuring the lowest torque, Silver in the middle and Red offering the highest.

“Now that Proforce VTS has been trusted by winners on the PGA, Nationwide and Champions Tours, it’s the talk on the driving range of major circuits worldwide,” says Robb Schikner, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of UST Mamiya. “By dialing in torque, the innovative line works harmoniously with any player’s unique swing to improve ball speed and tighten dispersion, resulting in increased distance, accuracy and consistency.”

Continuing the trend of strong showings for UST Mamiya users, the champion carded a final round 68 to force a playoff and earn the eventual victory. This win adds to the company’s list of titles this season, which includes eight on the PGA Tour.
Widely available in early 2012, consumers can gain early access to Proforce VTS products through the UST Mamiya TourSPX dealer network, which is comprised of a group of highly-acclaimed club fitters nationwide. To find a fitter that carries the line, please visit http://hosted.where2getit.com/ust/attas_tbl.html.

Likened to the precision of Lexus automobiles, all UST Mamiya carbon-fiber shafts are made using handcrafted, repeatable production techniques that incorporate world-class engineering and premium-selected raw materials. Tight tolerances, constant taper design and low-resin content combine to enhance feel during the golf swing. UST Mamiya shafts have remained the top-selling aftermarket option in the United States the past four years.

Knowing that every golfer who installs a new shaft will also need a grip, UST Mamiya offers a line of premium offerings, with groundbreaking new models being introduced in 2011. They include the Pro DV, Comp DV and ST1 putter grips.

About UST Mamiya

Since 1991, UST Mamiya graphite shafts are favored by recreational and competitive golfers worldwide. In 2009, UST (U.S.) and its parent company, Mamiya-OP (Japan), combined operations, including research, development, production and materials-sourcing talents.  Distributed in 30-plus countries, UST Mamiya provides shafts to consumers, retailers, club-fitters and original equipment manufacturers Adams, Bridgestone, Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Mizuno, Nike, PING, Taylor Made, Titleist, Wilson and more. Company R&D and manufacturing facilities are in the U.S., Japan, China and Bangladesh. UST Mamiya advisory staff includes renowned instructors among GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100” and at Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.”

For more information:  http://www.ustmamiya.com, 817.267.2219.

FORMER WNBA PRESIDENT DONNA ORENDER TO STEER NEW GOLF 2.0 “CONNECTING WITH HER” INITIATIVE

FORMER WNBA PRESIDENT DONNA ORENDER TO STEER NEW GOLF 2.0 “CONNECTING WITH HER” INITIATIVE

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The PGA of America has engaged Donna Orender as a consultant to lead Golf 2.0’s “Connecting with Her” strategy, a key component in the industry’s overall goal of reaching 40 million golfers by 2020.

Golf 2.0 is the new long-range strategic plan for the golf industry to substantially increase the number of golfers, the rounds of golf played and the revenue generated from golf over the next decade among current and potential consumers of the game.

Orender, who served as Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) President from 2005-10, after working 17 years with the PGA Tour, is the founder of Orender Unlimited, a marketing, media and strategy company in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. In her consulting role with Golf 2.0, she will steer industry efforts to grow women’s golf participation; identify and shape female-specific programming; and create a welcoming environment for more women to enter the game. Orender will also guide the establishment of partnerships with top women’s organizations to leverage knowledge and resources in support of facility adoption and programs.  In addition, Orender will position golf as an anecdote for women achieving balance in their busy lives, all the while pursuing good health, business networking, and family time in a fun-filled environment.

“The PGA is thrilled to retain Donna Orender to lead in the strategic development of our ‘Connecting with Her’ initiative for Golf 2.0,” said Darrell Crall, PGA senior director, Golf 2.0, for The PGA of America.

“Donna’s expertise in steering the growth of women’s sports at the highest level will be critical in guiding the golf industry, as we tap new initiatives to appeal to women, who represent our game’s fastest growing demographic.”

Among Orender’s many accolades are being named to the 2005 Sporting News’ Annual Power 100, 2005 Fox Sports.com’s 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports, and the 2007 BusinessWeek’s Power 100 Sports lists.

“Donna Orender’s name is synonymous with the growth of women’s sports nationwide,” added Crall.

“We are delighted that she will serve as an advocate in the development of new programs for women to positively connect with the game of golf.”

“I’m excited by this incredible opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives through the game of golf,” said Orender.
“Our goal is to build dynamic and engaging growth- of-the-game programs that passionately appeal to women on both a personal and professional level.”

About The PGA of America
Celebrating its 95th year, The PGA of America has maintained a two-fold mission of its founders: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.

By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in a multi-billion dollar golf industry.

By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.

About Golf 2.0
Golf 2.0 is a targeted, focused, long-range strategic plan for the golf industry to substantially increase the number of golfers, the rounds of golf played and the revenue generated from golf over the next decade among current and potential consumers of the game. The goal of Golf 2.0 is to increase the number of golfers to 40 million by the year 2020, while growing the relevance of golf in America. Golf 2.0 will build toward that goal on three core strategies: “Retain and Strengthen the Golfing Core;” “Engage Lapsed Golfers;” and “Drive New Players” to the game.

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Texas Longhorn Golf

For my family and friends in Texas, here’s a selection of Texas Longhorn golf gear., including ball markers, logo balls, umbrellas, towels and more.


Personal connections aside, Texas has been on my mind lately. I’m in the middle of reading the multi-volume Oxford history of the United States, and in the current volume, What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848, I’m in the midst of the section on Texas independence and annexation. I’ve also been wondering about the fallout from the rumored detonation of the Big 12 conference. The rumor here in Ann Arbor is that Texas will be invited to join the Big 10, and several other teams will head to the PAC 10.

26th ANNUAL GREAT SPORTS LEGENDS DINNER

26th ANNUAL GREAT SPORTS LEGENDS DINNER TO HONOR PHILANTHROPIC HEROES DON SHULA AND JERRY RICE AND THE 2011 SPORTS LEGENDS ERNIE ELS, CHRIS MULLIN, ANDRE DAWSON, HARRY CARSON, CLARK GILLIES, JOHN FORCE AND NANCY KERRIGAN

Bob Costas Returns as Emcee for New York Fundraiser on Monday, September 26 to Benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis

MIAMI, FL, August 3—The 26th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner will be held at New York’s Waldorf=Astoria Hotel on Monday, September 26. The event will honor philanthropic heroes and sports legends while bringing together celebrities and corporate leaders to support the fundraising efforts of Nick and Marc Buoniconti and numerous longtime Buoniconti Fund supporters who continue to stand up for those who can’t.

The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis is a nonprofit, which serves as the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine founded by Dr. Barth Green whose mission is to help millions worldwide walk again.

Last year, the Great Sports Legends Dinner drew a crowd of 1,400 raising an unprecedented $17 million during the evening. Since it was created in 1985, the event has honored more than 275 sports legends and honorees and raised more than $65 million for The Miami Project’s spinal cord injury research programs.

This year, The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis will pay tribute to two of the greatest philanthropic heroes and legendary sports figures of all time. Don Shula, the former Miami Dolphins coach who holds the NFL record for most career wins, leading the team to two Superbowl victories and the only perfect season in the National Football League, will receive The 2011 Buoniconti Fund Award. Jerry Rice, considered the greatest wide receiver to ever play professional football, with three Superbowl victory rings, will be honored with the Humanitarian Award.

Bob Costas returns as the Master of Ceremonies for the fourth year in a row to honor the 2011 Great Sports Legends:

•  Ernie Els, one of the top professional golfers in the world and recently elected to the 2011 class of the World Golf Hall of Fame

•  Chris Mullin, a Class of 2011 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, named Big East Player of the Year an unprecedented three times and winner of two Olympic gold medals

•  Andre Dawson “The Hawk,” one of the three Major League baseball players in history with over 400 home runs and over 300 stolen bases, inducted into the Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010

•  Harry Carson, one of the greatest inside linebackers in NFL history and inducted as the 231st member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

•  Clark Gillies, a Hockey legend and Hall of Fame member since 2002, who led Islanders to four consecutive Stanley Cups, thanks in large part to scoring 94 points in 164 playoff games

•  John Force, the greatest champion in the history of straight-line racing with a record 15 NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car Championships and a 2008 inductee into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Detroit

•  Nancy Kerrigan, U.S. figure skating champion, and two-time Olympic and two-time World Championship medalist

Expected once again to sell out and raise millions of dollars for spinal cord injury research, the event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in the famed Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf=Astoria.  The star-studded evening will begin with cocktails, the Tiffany & Co.’s Mystery Blue Box Wall and a Buy It Now Store where attendees can purchase one of a kind sports memorabilia, amazing jewelry, unique kids toys and stuffed animals and other exclusive items. The dinner program with entertainment from legendary musicians and a live auction boasting jewelry, travel and entertainment experiences and sports and music memorabilia and the evening’s honorees will follow. United Airlines is the exclusive airline of the Great Sports Legends Dinner.

“The Miami Project’s spinal cord injury research programs have become the driving force to help save and improve the lives of paralyzed people. In the past year, tremendous gains have been made and we are confident that we are on the cusp of a cure thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our researchers and the unending encouragement and financial backing of our supporters,” said Nicholas A. Buoniconti, Co-Founder of The Buoniconti Fund and The Miami Project. “Over the last 26 years, we have assembled Great Sports Legends, Honorees, and Dinner attendees in New York to help us raise funds to support our research. It is an honor and a pleasure to have such a wonderful line-up of sports legends and supporters this year, as we get closer than ever to finding the cure to paralysis.”

Our “Legend Alumni” and Honorees include: Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Lance Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Andre Agassi, Jack Nicklaus, Tony Hawk, Cal Ripken, Jr., Gloria Estefan, Magic Johnson, Dr. Maya Angelou, Mia Hamm, Tommy Lee Jones, Wayne Gretzky, Charles Barkley, George Foreman, Dara Torres, Julio Iglesias, Helio Castroneves, Troy Aikman, Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Joe Namath, Dan Marino, Mike Piazza, Julius Erving, Walter Cronkite, Gabrielle Reece, Pat Riley, Kelly Slater, Willie Mays, Bill Russell, Michael Irvin, Barbara and Jack Nicklaus, Dan Marino, Tom Brokaw, Christine E. Lynn,  and many other athletes and heroes who recognize that paralyzing injuries can and do occur in the pursuit of athletic careers and everyday lives.

Tickets start at $850 per person.  Sponsorships and opportunities to sit with legends are available.  Tables and tickets can be purchased by phone at (305) 243-4656 or at http://www.thebuonicontifund.com/gsld. Tickets and tables purchased between today and August 15th will be entered into a drawing to win a 7-day cruise for two, in a balcony cabin on board Carnival Cruise Lines. Entries for paid tables and tickets must be received by Monday, August 15th at 5pm to be eligible to win. Payments are valid via credit card, online registration or checks received. Restrictions apply, please see below for details.

Contest Regulations and Restrictions
Airfare, Government Fees/Taxes, International Departure Taxes, Fuel charges, Gratuities and Incidentals are for your own account. This cruise is non-transferable, has no cash value and is valid for one year from the date awarded. Therefore, you must take this cruise before September 1, 2012 and under no circumstances will we grant extensions. A $50 service charge will be assessed within 60 days of departure for any cruise or vacation package changes (per guest, per change). Cruise travel is subject to the terms and conditions contained in the “Cruise Ticket Contract Terms” section of Carnival’s website and passenger ticket contract.