AHEAD Renews Agreement as Official PGA of America Merchandise Licensee

AHEAD Renews Agreement as Official PGA of America Merchandise Licensee

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (Feb. 21, 2017) – One of the country’s top headwear, apparel and accessories brands for the green grass, resort, collegiate, and corporate markets, AHEAD, announced it has extended its agreement with The PGA of America as an official merchandise licensee for its spectator events, including the 2017 PGA Championship to be played at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.

This multi-year agreement will extend the relationship through 2018.

AHEAD values its 17-year relationship with the PGA of America and the opportunity to play a significant role in the annual PGA Championship, Sr. PGA Championship, and the 2016 Ryder Cup.

“Under the leadership of Mike Quirk, the PGA has tried some innovative new concepts that we are proud to be a part of,” said Anne Broholm, CEO of AHEAD.

AHEAD is a leading supplier of headwear to the PGA of America, USGA, Ryder Cup, and numerous PGA Tour events in addition to more than 5,000 green grass and resort shops throughout the world.

“AHEAD has been a long-time partner of the PGA of America and it’s relationships like this that contribute to the success of our annual events,” said Paul Levy, President, PGA of America.  “We appreciate AHEAD’s commitment to the PGA and are excited to extend our agreement.”

AHEAD is best known for its premier headwear collections that feature original approaches to logo embroidery options.  Founded in 1995, AHEAD has been able to capitalize on the golf industry’s desire for high-quality graphics on headwear and an array of men’s and women’s apparel.

For additional information about AHEAD, visit www.aheadweb.com.

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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 19 years of continued growth and expansion. Among active professional golfers who wear AHEAD gear on the course are Jim Furyk, Sean O’Hair and Brittany Lincicome. Golf legends Jack Nicklaus and ANNIKA wear AHEAD exclusively.

Mayacama Head Golf Professional Ted Antonopoulos Appointed to the PGA of America Rules Committee

Mayacama Head Golf Professional Ted Antonopoulos Appointed to the PGA of America Rules Committee

January 27, 2016, Santa Rosa, CA — Mayacama, Sonoma County’s private golf and residential community, has announced that Head Golf Professional Ted Antonopoulos has been appointed to the PGA of America Rules Committee.The PGA Rules Committee is made up of 35 PGA Members and is responsible for administering the Rules of Golf at all Championships conducted by the PGA of America. Those Championships include the PGA Championship, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, the National Club Professional Championship, The Ryder Cup, and several others. In addition to the Association’s Championships, Members of the Rules Committee are also included among the list of special invitees who officiate at The Open Championship, The Masters, The US Open, US Senior Open, The Players Championship, and in 2016 they will be included as part of the officiating crew when Golf returns as an Olympic Sport in the Summer Olympics taking place in Brazil in 2016. Committee Members are also responsible for instructing and/or coordinating the PGA/USGA Rules of Golf Workshops, held at several nationwide locations each year.

The selection process for this prestigious appointment is quite extensive. Qualified candidates must have recorded a minimum score of 92 or better on the PGA/USGA Rules of Golf Exam and must submit a portfolio of experience to the Chairman of the Rules Committee. A Selection Committee then evaluates each rule profile folder, ranking them on a scale of 1-5. This individual ranking system will allow Committee leadership to fairly perform the very difficult task of sorting through extremely qualified professionals who are passionate about the rules of golf.

Ted received his appointment from PGA of American President Derek Sprague and Rules Committee Chairman Ron Hickman.

“Obviously I am thrilled to represent Mayacama Golf Club as part of this prestigious Committee,” Antonopoulos said. “The PGA Rules Committee is a dedicated group of Professionals who have a passion for the game, and I have always been impressed with the way that they conduct themselves and our Championships. It will be an honor to serve on this Committee and I look forward to the opportunity.”

Ted’s first assignment was the National Car Rental Assistant Championship in Port St. Lucie, Florida in late 2015. He will also be coordinating the PGA/USGA Rules of Golf Workshop in Las Vegas in February 2016.

In addition to the PGA of America Rules Committee, Ted is also a Member of the USGA Senior Amateur Committee and has officiated at USGA Championships for the last 5 years. Other assignments have included PGA Tour Qualifying School, USGA Championship Qualifying, American Junior Golf Association’s Wyndham Cup, NCAA Division I and Division II Regional Championships, and of course our very own Mayacama Cup and Annual Championships of Mayacama Golf Club…with the latter being the most pressure-packed of all!

Mayacama is very fortunate to have Ted’s knowledge, experience, and wisdom to ensure that the game remains true to its time-honored traditions.

About Mayacama
Nestled in the hills of northern Sonoma County, California, not far from the charming town of Healdsburg, Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. Inside welcoming gates are 675 acres of classic California Wine Country, where spreading oaks and golden vineyards pattern the hillside. Mayacama is a rare and remarkable experience centered around a grand clubhouse and a championship Jack Nicklaus signature course ranked among the top 100 in America. Equally extraordinary is a wine program that includes 35 renowned vintners who are all fellow Members. Tennis, swimming, bocce, a splendid spa, a rich culinary program, a bustling social calendar and a robust Juniors’ Program round out the experience.

Jim Richerson, PGA, Announces Candidacy For PGA of America Secretary

Jim Richerson, PGA, Announces Candidacy for Secretary of PGA of America
Experience from all levels of golf industry provide Richerson keen insight and perspective to offer the National Office
KOHLER, Wis. – January 14, 2016 – Jim Richerson, PGA, proudly announced his candidacy for National Secretary of the PGA of America. Richerson, General Manager and Group Director of Golf for Kohler Co. currently oversees Kohler’s global golf operations at Destination Kohler (Kohler, Wis.) – home to Major Championship courses Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run – and The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa (St Andrews, Scotland) – home to the revered heathland course The Duke’s and host hotel for the 2015 Open Championship. Recently completing a three-year term on the PGA of America’s National Board of Directors, Richerson looks forward to the next steps in strategically helping grow the game and the overall business of golf.
“I’ve had the great honor to serve in a variety of leadership roles on the local, state, regional and national levels, and alongside some of the best and brightest in the industry.” said Richerson, “I’m eager to put my experience to work for the organization, further fostering love for the game of golf and serving the dedicated people behind it.”
Learning the game from his father Bill, a college golf coach and professor at Northeast Missouri State University, Richerson grew up with a life-long appreciation for the game that has shaped and guided his 25-plus-year career. Along this journey, Richerson has had the opportunity to work at several different types of golf facilities in nine different PGA sections throughout the country and for and alongside some of the best golf minds in the industry.
In addition, he’s had in-depth experience with managing Major Championships having been on the Executive Committee for four of the last six Majors hosted by Kohler Co. – the most recent 2015 PGA Championship being the highest grossing event in PGA history, breaking records for combined ticket and corporate hospitality sales. He is now intimately involved in the planning for the upcoming 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.
“I have had the privilege of working with Jim on our Board of Directors since his election in 2010. I highly value his opinion as he always has the information to support it,” said Brian Baus, Vice President, Wisconsin PGA Section. “Jim is a leader in every sense of the word. Everything he does focuses on the PGA Professional, the PGA of America, and growing the game. If we all can incorporate a tiny portion of what Jim does for golf into our everyday lives, our industry will be much better off.”
Richerson’s vision for golf and the PGA of America is steeped in growing the game of golf and supporting the members through strong education and development, as well as making strategic fiscal decisions for the future of the organization. Should Richerson be elected as Secretary, he will hold office for two years and then remain on the board in the roles of Vice President and President over the next six years.
To learn more, please visit jimforpgasecretary.com or Facebook.

Tom Henderson, Cameron McCormick Headline 2015 PGA of America National Award Recipients

Tom Henderson, Cameron McCormick Headline 2015 PGA of America National Award Recipients

Henderson Named PGA Golf Professional of the Year;

McCormick, Jordan Spieth’s Instructor, Honored as PGA Teacher of the Year Connecticut, has been named the 62nd recipient of the PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award. The highest annual honor given to a PGA of America Professional, Henderson heads the 2015 PGA National Awards class for “qualities of leadership, strong moral character and a substantial record of service” to the PGA and the game of golf.

Henderson is in his 29th year as PGA Head Professional at Round Hill Club. He continued his pursuit of lifelong learning by becoming the first PGA member to obtain PGA certification in Player Development in 2012. He has held every office in the Metropolitan PGA Section, including President from 2007-‘09. Henderson currently serves on the national Board of Control. Previously, he was a national Player Development Committee member and co-chair of both the Instruction Committee and the 2013 PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit in Orlando. Henderson is the third member of the Metropolitan PGA Section to win the award following Ron Letellier of Cold Spring Harbor, New York (1976); and Jim Albus, of Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley, New York (1990).

PGA Professional Cameron McCormick of Brook Hollow Golf Club, in Dallas, was named the PGA Teacher of the Year Award recipient for his “outstanding services as a golf teacher and coach.” The third member of the Northern Texas PGA Section to be so honored, McCormick was recognized for his coaching experience, skillset, service and commitment to golf. McCormick, in his 11th year at Brook Hollow, is a 2015 GOLF Magazine Top 100 teacher. For the past nine years, he has instructed PGA Tour Professional Jordan Spieth—winner of this year’s Masters and U.S. Open—as well as six of the top 75 ranked junior players, including 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion Philip Barbaree. McCormick will begin a new position this year as PGA Director of Instruction at Trinity Forrest Golf Club.

Henderson, McCormick and the balance of the 2015 PGA of America’s national awards class will be recognized in a ceremony on Nov. 11, in conjunction with the 99th PGA Annual Meeting in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

“Becoming a national award recipient truly defines the character and commitment of these individuals, for they exhibit an unmatched dedication to advancing the game of golf,” PGA President Derek Sprague said. “The PGA is proud to honor these PGA Professionals and their impact on the sport on both a national level, as well as in their local communities.”

Other recipients of 2015 PGA of America Awards include:

Youth Player Development Award: Bill Castner, Plainfield West 9 Golf Club, Edison, New Jersey

Bill Strausbaugh Award: Bill Hughes, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Horton Smith Award: Russ Libby, Hidden Hills Country Club, Jacksonville, Florida

Player Development Award: Tim Krebs, East Potomac Golf Course, Washington, D.C. (now at Butterfield Trail Golf Club, El Paso, Texas)

Patriot Award: David Windsor, Adaptive Golf Academy, Sarasota, Florida

Deacon Palmer Award: Brad Clayton, Puzzle Duck Golf, Oxford, North Carolina

Herb Graffis Award: New Jersey PGA Section

PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Private Facilities: Jason Epstein, The Club at Las Campanas, Santa Fe, New Mexico

PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Public Facilities: Jim Hajek, Fossil Trace Golf Club,

Golden, Colorado

PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Resort Facilities: Miles Blundell, Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York

For more information on the individual award winners, click here.