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The Spirit International Amateur Golf Champion…

The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship Announces LPGA Standout Stacy Lewis as USA Team Captain

Lewis Also Named Ambassador for the Inaugural Spirit Charity Challenge

The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Texas confirms that LPGA marquee player Stacy Lewis will captain the USA Team.  The Spirit International, which will be played November 7-9, features teams representing 20 countries and showcases the world’s best women and men amateur golfers. 

The Spirit International is an Olympic-like experience that includes an opening ceremony, festive dinner parties and a closing ceremony.  Camp Olympia, one of the premier summer camps in the U.S., provides International Village accommodations for the competitors.  The tournament was established in 2001 at Whispering Pines.

Lewis, a decorated amateur who joined the LPGA Tour in 2008, has a distinguished professional career with 12 tour wins, including two major titles.  The Houston resident returned to play in the first LPGA event of the year following the birth of her daughter Chesnee last October.  She finished an impressive sixth after a five month break from competitive golf.  Lewis currently ranks 9th on the LPGA’s career money list and 6th among active players.

Lewis also was invited by Whispering Pines Golf Club’s founder Corby Robertson, Jr. to serve as an ambassador for the inaugural Spirit Charity Challenge that will be played at the club on October 7.  Some of The Spirit International’s top alumni will return to compete in this special event that will award the winner a prize of $100,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.  The charity tournament should generate excitement for the November Championship and will be a festive reunion for Spirit International alumni.

“We are proud of the success we’ve had to date in bringing the world’s top women and men to compete for their countries at the No. 1 rated golf course in Texas,” said Robertson.  “Our commitment is to promote global goodwill through the game of golf.  The friendships made and memories shared among the participants make for an all-world experience.   I believe The Spirit International has made an immeasurable impact on the global golfers, volunteers and sponsors who participate.”

About The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship

Eighty players from 20 countries and six continents compete for gold medals in the 54-hole Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship.  Each country is represented by its two best women and two best men.  Previous Spirit International competitors who now are professionals on the LPGA and PGA TOUR include:  Jordan Spieth, Francesco Molinari, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Day, Martin Kaymer, Lexi Thompson, Charley Hull, Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer and Brooke Henderson.  The Spirit Golf Association, a 501 © (3) charity that is dedicated to the promotion of amateur golf for the benefit of health-related causes, organizes and oversees the tournament along with the Texas Golf Association.

The Spirit Golf Association has contributed more than $12 million to its charitable activities:  The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship and healthcare service providers such as Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinics, Medical Bridges and The Immunization Partnership.  In 2017, The Spirit Golf Association responded to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by directing funds to Harvey victims through the United Way, Houston Food Bank, KIPP, Yellowstone Academy and the Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinics.  For more information about The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship visit www.thespiritgolf.com

Tripp Davis and Associates Hired by The Powelt…

Tripp Davis and Associates Hired by The Powelton Club for Bunker Restoration Project

Tripp Davis and Associates (TDA) is overseeing a major bunker restoration project at The Powelton Club in Newburgh, New York.  The historic club in the heart of the Hudson River Valley was founded in 1892 and is one of the oldest clubs in the U.S.  The course was originally designed by Devereux Emmet in 1926.

The TDA plan is to rebuild the bunkers in Emmet’s style with steep grass faces and strategic positioning, while keeping the overall square footage more manageable.  The bunkers at Powelton had become too large, historically speaking, and Davis and team will carefully downsize the overall square footage throughout the golf course, in keeping with Emmet’s style of designing slender bunkers.  Functionally, TDA, along with golf course builder Frank O’Dowd of Intergolf, is installing better drainage, bunker liners and a better grade of sand so that the playing quality of the bunkers is better and the sand is easier to maintain over time.

“We were honored to be selected for this renovation and restoration work at The Powelton Club and it was because of our knowledge of Devereux Emmet and our overall reputation for historical work and a track record of staying on budget,” said Davis. “Once we have completed our work, the members are going to see their golf course suddenly look ‘older’ with a more classic bunker style but with much better sand.  Even though bunkers are supposed to be places to avoid strategically, I am really looking forward to seeing the members play out of them.”

Construction started in early October of 2018 and should be completed by Spring 2019.

About Tripp Davis and Associates

Tripp Davis and Associates (TDA) was founded in 1994 and has offices in Norman, Oklahoma, and New York City.  TDA practices golf architecture with an unparalleled passion for craftsmanship of unique landscapes and strategic details.  Tripp Davis, a decorated amateur golfer, was a member of the 1989 National Championship Golf Team and a NCAA All-American selection while at the University of Oklahoma.  He continues to play in several prestigious amateur events each year. 

Tripp’s abilities as a world-class player give him a unique insight into those subtle details in strategy that can make a golf course an interesting challenge for better players, while proving an enjoyable test for the average golfer.  His knowledge of the game has also been incorporated into the development of innovative practice facilities that give players the opportunity to practice the right shots in the right way, thus expanding their golfing abilities and their appreciation for the game. 

Davis earned a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from The University of Oklahoma and is a Member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. 

For more information about Tripp Davis and Associates, please visit the website at www.tdagolf.net or call 405-447-5259.

Whispering Pines Golf Club Rated by Golf Diges…

Whispering Pines Golf Club Rated by Golf Digest as One of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses for 2019-2020

Golf Digest has released its biennial rankings of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses for 2019-2020 and Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas, advanced to No. 54 on the prestigious list.  Whispering Pines is the highest rated Texas course with only one other club in the state making the top 100.  Whispering Pines Golf Club debuted on the America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses list in 2013 at No. 75.

Since opening in 2000, Whispering Pines Golf Club, a Nicklaus Design led by architect Chet Williams, has been ranked the No. 1 course in Texas 11 times by the Dallas Morning News, and earned Golf Digest’s top rating as the Best in State in its 2017-2018 list.  Additionally, the club has a challenging nine-hole short course named The Needler, which was inspired by the great short course at Pine Valley and the Par 3 course at Augusta National.  Whispering Pines operates on a two season basis and reopens in March. 

In reviewing the course, rater remarks included the following:  “Some of the best greens I’ve ever played;”  “Almost an Augusta National experience with amazing greens, and an all-world par 3 course that is as good as any.”

About Whispering Pines Golf Club

Just 80 miles north of Houston along the shores of Lake Livingston sits Whispering Pines Golf Club, one of the best private golf clubs in the country.  The club was founded not only to offer its discerning members a superior golfing experience on an exceptional course, but it also was created to promote amateur golf and to benefit charitable causes on a local, national and international level.  Whispering Pines is operated by The Spirit Golf Association, a 501 © (3), for its members.  To date, The Spirit Golf Association has contributed more than $12 million to its charitable activities.

Whispering Pines Golf Club also hosts The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship, a biennial event that showcases the best women and men amateur golfers from around the world.  Some 80 players from 20 countries and six continents compete for gold medals in the 54-hole tournament. The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship is scheduled on November 7-9, 2019.     

For more information about Whispering Pines Golf Club or The Spirit Golf Association, visit either www.whisperingpinesgolfclub.com or www.thespiritgolf.com, respectively.

Club Prophet Systems announces plans to exhibi…

Club Prophet Systems announces plans to exhibit at the 66th PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 22-25, 2019, in Orlando, Fla.  

“Club Prophet Systems looks forward to demonstrating CPS Air, a mobile point of sale built specifically for the golf course business. It was designed on a new state-of-the-art architecture that has a live connection to the Club Prophet database and real-time access to the credit card networks for live payments,” said Tom Robshaw, President of Club Prophet Systems. “The iPad provides a mobile solution with a small footprint and low price point.  The new architecture delivers a large amount of real-time information at a very efficient and low rate of bandwidth.  It allows you to take the point-of-sale experience from a chore behind the counter to a personally interactive experience with customers on their turf.”

From Wednesday, Jan. 23 to Friday, Jan. 25, Club Prophet Systems will exhibit in Booth #3229 on the show floor at the Orange County Convention Center.

CPS Air, the new 100% mobile golf point-of-sale system, and the full suite of golf course management software from Club Prophet Systems will be available for demonstrations. To receive information on how Club Prophet Systems will fit the needs of any size, any type golf facility, request a free demo by emailing sales@cps.golf, calling 800-793-1872, or filling out a form on the CPS website. Learn more at www.clubprophetsystems.com.

About Club Prophet Systems

For over 26 years, Club Prophet Systems has designed fully integrated golf management software systems for the golf industry. CPS products encompass point-of-sale (POS), food and beverage (F&B) for snack bar to fine dining, customer history and member management with billing and online statements, real time tee sheet scheduling and online tee time reservations, email marketing, mobile solutions, integrated credit card processing, reporting, inventory, and much more.

Serving over 1,700 facilities in 16 countries in 9 languages, CPS provides solutions for every type of golf facility including driving range, public, private, resort and municipal destinations and including multi-course operators and management companies. CPS can provide local and cloud-based solutions and can tailor a system to fit every need and budget.

CPS is a non-barter solution and offers services with no up-front software or training costs, no term commitments or contracts. Outstanding 24/7 technical support is included. CPS will help you operate more efficiently and give you the tools needed to maximize your profits. Call today for a no obligation consultation to see if CPS golf management software is a fit for your facility

Holiday Gift: Wilson C300 Irons Wilson.com MSR…

Holiday Gift: Wilson C300 Irons

Wilson.com

MSRP: $799.99/Forged- $899.99

  • C300 (Distance & Forgiveness) iron line represents the first time a double row of Power Holes has been incorporated into our 3-GW irons.
  • Five Power Holes in a double-row configuration provide maximum deflection of the face for supreme forgiveness while the additional Power Holes on the top toe and topline mean that every shot is in the sweet spot.
  • C300 Forged (Distance & Feel) feature soft, forged carbon steel heads with Power Holes along the top and sole to instantly add distance and more accuracy with off center shots.
  • First Forged Carbon steel irons to feature Power Hole Technology.
  • Both the C300 and C300 Forged Irons are available in Steel/Graphite shafts.

The Perfect Holiday Gift: Bushnell Hybrid Rang…

The Perfect Holiday Gift: Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder

  • exterior GPS front, center and back yardages to assist with correct club selections when golfers have cart path only or blind shots.
  • Bushnell Golf includes PinSeeker with JOLT Technology amongst the host of features offered in the new HYBRID.

Happy Holidays Bushnell Phantom GPS Rangefinde…

Happy Holidays

Bushnell Phantom GPS Rangefinder

$99.99

  • The Phantom comes preloaded with more than 36,000 courses and provides simple measurements to the front, center and back distances of the green – along with up to four hazard/layup distances per hole.  
  • The Phantom unveils “Bite Technology.” Equipped with a high powered magnet the Phantom can easily attach to a cart bar or any metal surface, providing quick and easy yardage readings.
  • Additional features include auto course and auto hole recognition, shot distance calculator and long battery life (play up to two rounds before charging).

Tripp Davis and Associates Prepares to Transfo…

Tripp Davis and Associates Prepares to Transform Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club

Tripp Davis and Associates (TDA) has been retained by Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club in Nichols Hills, Oklahoma, to direct the extensive renovation and restoration of the Perry Maxwell and Alister MacKenzie designed course that opened in 1929. 

The TDA plan will renovate drainage, cart paths, the structure of tees, greens and bunkers, and re-grass most of the course, to include using Latitude 36 Bermuda for tees and fairways, and 007 Bent Grass for the greens.  Work will include restoring the original rounded/irregular shape of the tees, returning strategic widths in fairways and removing many introduced trees, plus restoring the strategic intent and style of the bunkers and the size of the original greens. 

The work to the greens also will include preserving the existing contours, mostly original, while making minor changes to enhance them for modern play.  All greens had the existing contours scanned and each layer of the rebuilding of the greens will be carefully monitored with GPS equipment to make sure the important contours are artfully preserved.  TDA is also working with EC Design of West Des Moines, Iowa, to plan a completely new irrigation and pumping system.      

“Being given the responsibility to renovate and restore the Maxwell/MacKenzie course at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club is uniquely exciting for me given my history there and the many friends I have there,” said Tripp Davis, lead golf course architect.  “I first played the course in 1985 as a freshman on the University of Oklahoma golf team, and it has since been one of my favorite courses in the world.  Being able to bring the golf course back to more what it was intended to be by Mr. Maxwell and Mr. MacKenzie will be one the greatest thrills of my professional career.” 

The Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club was one of only a few courses that Maxwell and MacKenzie collaborated on, with Crystal Downs in Michigan, and the Ohio State University Scarlett Course being two of the more high profile courses they did together.  Davis has limited his workload so he can be on site, 30 minutes from his home, on an almost constant basis.

 TDA Shaper Jason Gold, who has been a TDA staff member for over 10 years, will be on site to shape the course, while Davis will personally oversee the shaping of the surfaces of the greens to preserve the existing character.  “Jason and I will be working to make sure every detail is right and that every strategic element is pure to how Mr. Maxwell and Mr. MacKenzie wanted the course to play.  They were extraordinary at making everything they did look like a natural part of the land, and using that to create beautiful strategic variety and interest, highlighted by the angles they created and the importance of precision when playing into the greens,” stated Davis. 

Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club will close its golf course for construction this winter and there are plans for a limited reopening in December 2019, with full play in Spring 2020.

About Tripp Davis and Associates

Tripp Davis and Associates (TDA) was founded in 1994 and has offices in Norman, Oklahoma, and New York City.  TDA practices golf architecture with an unparalleled passion for craftsmanship of unique landscapes and strategic details.  Tripp Davis, a decorated amateur golfer, was a member of the 1989 National Championship Golf Team and a NCAA All-American selection while at the University of Oklahoma.  He continues to play in several prestigious amateur events each year. 

Tripp’s abilities as a world-class player give him a unique insight into those subtle details in strategy that can make a golf course an interesting challenge for better players, while proving an enjoyable test for the average golfer.  His knowledge of the game has also been incorporated into the development of innovative practice facilities that give players the opportunity to practice the right shots in the right way, thus expanding their golfing abilities and their appreciation for the game. 

Davis earned a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from The University of Oklahoma and is a Member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.  For more information about Tripp Davis and Associates, please visit the website at www.tdagolf.net or call 405-447-5259.

Photo Credit: Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club

ROSE RETURNS TO TOP IN TURKEY Lamkin Corporat…

ROSE RETURNS TO TOP IN TURKEY

Lamkin Corporation – the original manufacturer of premium golf grips – would like to congratulate brand ambassador Justin Rose on his win at the Turkish Airlines Open and his return to the top of the Official Golf World Rankings.

Rose’s performance this weekend caps an incredible year in which he has become the first person to defend a Rolex Series title  in Turkey, has taken the 2018 FedEx Cup title and has now returned to #1 in the world, a feat achieved for the first time in September this year. Using his favored Lamkin REL ACE grips, Rose has displayed unrivalled consistency this year with perhaps one of the most telling statistics being his record of 85% of all starts since May resulting in a Top 10 finish.

Bob Lamkin, CEO and President of Lamkin Grips, is delighted with Rose’s form this season and is looking forward to celebrating his incredible success with the launch of a Justin Rose signature grip line next year.  “Justin has been the perfect ambassador for Lamkin over many years. He is a role model both on and off the course and I’m so pleased to see him get the recognition that his incredible talent deserves with a return to #1 spot in the World Rankings.”

Rose’s grip of choice, REL ACE are feature Lamkin’s super-tacky ACE 3GEN material, which dampens vibration and, combined with a unique keyhole pattern, maximize contact with the golfer’s hands to provide an incredibly secure connection to the club.

For more information on all Lamkin grips please visit www.Lamkingrips.com or Get social @LamkinGrips

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PROVISION EVENTS WINS MAJOR AWARD FOR CALLAWAY…

PROVISION EVENTS WINS MAJOR AWARD FOR CALLAWAY GOLF ROGUE TOUR EXPERIENCE

Provision Events (PVE) is delighted to announce that it has won the Gold award for Operational Success of the Year at the Field Marketing and Brand Experience (FMBE) awards for its design and delivery of the Callaway Golf Rogue Tour Experience (RTE). 

The Callaway Rogue Tour Experience travelled across the U.S. on a 16 city, 33 date, Coast to Coast brand experience tour. Designed to raise awareness of Callaway and Oddyssey products and to inform and excite potential customers with fun, engaging experiential activities, the RTE proved a huge success for Callaway both in terms of brand recognition and increased sales.

The team at PVE came out top in the Operational Success of the year category, a fact that has made Nick Clemens, co-founder of PVE particularly proud. He said, “This category is for the agency that ‘Made it Happen’ when the odds were stacked against them and I can’t think of a better accolade for our team at PVE. Every member of the team played a part in the Rogue Tour Experience as it travelled 2874 miles across the U.S.A. Every location had unique challenges, big and small, but we made sure every stop delivered for Callaway and its customers. I couldn’t be more proud of this team who produced amazing work on this project and deliver on every single project we work on.”

The Field Marketing and Brand Experience Awards are the largest celebration of field and brand experience marketing in Europe. The awards were incredibly hotly contested this year with Europe’s biggest agencies and brands competing. PVE and the Rogue Tour Experience were the only sporting activation to win a Gold across all categories, with PVE coming out on top in theirs against BOSE in second place and DHL in third.

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