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PACIFIC NORTHWEST Thornton grabs Oregon Open
GA Professional Brian Thornton (Meridian Valley C.C.) shot a finalround 7-under-par 65 en route to claiming championship honors at the 2012 Oregon Open Invitational, held at Broken Top Club. Editorial 0round, 6 Thornton fashioned a clean final carding seven birdies and no bogeys to finish The Fazio Course 08 two shots ahead of 2008 Oregon Open champion Corey Prugh (Manito G. & C.C.). When asked how heFamous felt after his Almost final12 round triumph, Thornton replied, “I felt very good. There were so many great players. To ozo some 16 of be mentioned asBelen a winnerM alongside the other tournament winners is a real honor. There have been some legends of the Holiday Picks 1game 8 who have won this tournament and it feels good to be a part of that history.” Ping Anser were Driver 2early 2 in Scoring conditions evident the final round. After just sneaking by the 4 H ybrid 2the 5 cut, andAdams playing inV the first group of day, PGA Professional Chris Van der Velde (Tetherow G.C.) carded a 9-under-par Iliac Golf 27 63 to propel himself up to a T-11 finish. With the round, Van der Velde set a new Broken Top scoring record, and posted the lowest Oregon Open tournament round since PGA Professional Gove finished PublicaMon of Young Mike Morris Group with a final-round 62 in 1992. 326 Lincoln Rd Suite #228 Seven-under for the day and two shots Miami B each, L 33139 up comingFdown the stretch, all Thornton needed to do was finish it off. “I did peek Inquiries i email@example.com at the scoreboard after 16 and saw that I had a two shot lead. I played some great
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course management after that and also hit some quality shots to make par knowing Prugh needed to make something happen to catch me.” With the victory, Thornton is just one win away from the career grand slam at PNW PGA major events. To this, Thornton remarked, “It really never hit me that I was going to have a chance at that until I got this win. I am excited for the opportunity. Golf is very humbling; you just never know when it may be your turn.” Look for Thornton to be in contention at the upcoming Rosauers Open Invitational, where he’ll try to complete the slam. —Kyle Neilan
PHILADELPHIA Kogelman tops Hyndman Classic field ach year the Philadelphia PGA returns to Huntingdon Valley (Pa.) C.C. for the William Hyndman III Memorial Classic. This event is played to honor one of the greatest amateur golfers in Philadelphia history. Hyndman was twice a U.S. Senior Amateur Champion, a runner-up in the U.S. and British Amateurs, a playing member of five Walker Cups, and a participant in seven Masters. Hyndman also holds a distinction of being one of only three players to record a hole-in-one on the par-3 12th at Augusta. In the 2012 edition of the William
Joe Kogelman was victorious at the 2012 William Hyndman III Memorial Classic.
Hyndman III Memorial Classic, 125 Professionals teed it up to compete for the top prize. The tournament took on special meaning as less than a week before the event, William “Buck” Hyndman, the son of William Hyndman III, passed away after a long battle with multiple myeloma. To honor Bucky, all participants wore black ribbons in remembrance. As play got underway, no one was able to match the great round posted by champion Joe Kogelman (Indian Valley C.C.). Kogelman added one birdie on the back nine to go along with his eight pars to finish his round at 4-under-par 66. Kogelman had to wait nearly six hours before his victory became official. As the last card was entered, Kogelman finally had earned his first Philadelphia PGA points tournament victory. •••••
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Last week, United States Golf AssociaMon and Royal & Ancient Golf Club, announced a ban on anchored pu]ers. Historically, when golfers pu], they swing the pu]er back and forth freely. In recent years, a growing number of golfers (specially older ones) have used a diﬀerent technique, wedging the bu] end of the pu]er into their stomach, or resMng it against their chest or chin. I don’t have a strong opinion pro or against the used of anchored pu]ers because I have seen many amateur players switch back and forth from convenMonal pu]ers to long ones and the result is about the same. However, I do have a strong opinion in regards to the governing bodies of the sport making more rules that may drive players away from the game. The InterpretaMon of Golf Rules is already as thick as The Bible. Last year during the PGA Show in Orlando I sat 2 hours and listened to a player by the name of Jack Nicklaus talk about Golf 2.0 and the importance of making the game more fun and more accessible to the masses. There is a play forward tees iniMaMve to reduce the Mme spent on the golf course. Ader that announcement we throw all that goes out the window. Puritans inside the USGA and R&A clearly don’t care one bit about growing the game. EnacMng more rules comes at a Mme when private clubs are starved for new members and public courses are discounMng green fees to ﬁll their tee sheets. In my opinion elderly golfers have shaky hands or bad backs and some of them (less than 30% I imagine) use the anchored method to play golf with their buddies. We are clearly killing a mosquito with a hammer. If there was an issue with PGA Tour professionals using anchored pu]ers to reduce “nervousness” when pujng, a dry cut clear advantage, then the PGA Tour should have enacted its own rules, just the same rules like the one they require players to wear pants and many other rules I really don’t understand. For the rest of us “humans” we really just want to have a good Mme out at the golf course; our work week was very stressful and I am more worried about drinking a cold beer than knowing I sMll play with the wrong size of grooves in my wedges…
Golf Course Review
The Fazio Course
at PGA National!
PGA NaMonal Resort & Spa’s oldest golf course (The Haig) got a makeover during the summer by famed golf architect Tom Fazio II. The original Haig course, opened in 1980, and designed by George and Tom Fazio, was a tribute to ﬁve-‐Mme PGA champion Walter Hagen. The course was closed in April to prepare for a $1 million renovaMon. The greens and tee boxes were reconﬁgured but the original par-‐72 rouMng was kept in tact, a mix of classic golf architecture with modern design. The golf course was lengthened to over 7,000 yards and the bunkers were reshaped. Like the original design, water is sMll a prominent feature and it is sMll a shot-‐maker's layout that requires accuracy and good course management. The South Florida Golf Magazine was invited to the grand opening and here is our players review.
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Hole #2 (Par 4 – 385 yards) The second hole of the golf course will give you a taste of what the golf course is all about. Length is not as important as placement. A narrow and short fairway will force you to keep your driver in the bag. The perfect shot will be 220 – 250 yards just to the right of the fairway bunkers. Avoid at all cost the right side of the fairway as you may e n c o u n t e r h e a v y r o u g h a n d m a n y obstrucMons. A medium to long iron will be needed for the second shot which must carry over water to an undulaMng island green. This is the signature hole… just gorgeous! Hole #11 (Par 5 – 555 yards) This hole faces south so most of the Mme the ocean breeze will push fades into the out-‐of-‐ bounds right (tee to green). Aim center led of the wide fairway and you will be ok. Your second shot should be short and right of the fairway bunkers (led) This will leave you a confortable 3rd shot to the ﬂat green. Do not overpower this hole, play smart and you will end up with a great score. Hole #17 (par 3 – 162 yards) This is a diﬃcult hole that appears to be easy on paper. Lots of distracMons and a slippery green are just the right ingredients for The Fazio Course disaster. Long and demanding, this Par-‐3 PGA NaSonal – Palm Beach Gardens requires a cut tee shot to a narrow green. Shorter hi]ers may lay up to the led side and Key Playing Holes this will leave them a chip to the open side of the green. Club selecMon is essenMal as the Hole #4 (Par-‐5) 566 yards right side of the green and short is a water The ﬁrst of the Par 5s and my all Mme favorite hole in this track starts with a gentle rolling fairway that quickly turns to the led hazard. The buildings across the street will and right (“s” shaped turn) There are hazards to the right side of the fairway but generally these new fairways are wide enough block some of the wind but sMll this is a hole that you can pull your driver. Like with the rest of the golf course this is a “shot makers” paradise, think and measure every shot were you have to keep your eyes wide open. and never try to over power the course. Fazio has done a remarkable job and the views are now spectacular. My second shot Aim in between the bunkers and take enough landed around 80 yards before the green. I usually like 90 – 100 yards so I can use my Sand Wedge but I was able to manage a club, do not expect any miracles here as I seen decent third shot to within 6’ oﬀ the pin. The green is now bigger and very undulaMng I am and sure double it will cause of many and bogies bogies all in kind a ﬁdeen headaches. This is a very diﬃcult hole that demands 100% concentraMon…. Be extra careful! minute s pan.
working together on transportation another to bring spectators in from off plans since the PGA Championship was the island. “We will have a very effective method awarded to Kiawah Island in 2005. It’s The Fazio olf Cfeat ourse (ConSnued from 8) to direct people where they should go to no G small getting thousands ofpage spec tators, volunteers, staffers and competi- get them in and get them out,” Warren Hole #13 tors (Par on -‐3) and 159 off yards an island each day, but says. “We have gone through a lot of The ﬁrst o f the are par-‐3s in the to back nine and the easiest rated hole n the acgreat ourse plan awaits. planning, we ihave and we’ll plans in place make the process This new tee boxes sure help! They has to be at least 40% bigger than the old ones. execute it. We want the story of this smooth for all parties. Take advantage an score well in this easy hole. Be careful with the wind as it may or A general parking area at the front of event to be the great play of the players may not aKiawah ﬀect the trajectory and distance of your shot. and nothing else.” Island will accommodate more “The challenges at Kiawah Island will than 10,000 cars at a time, and there will Hole #18 be (Par-‐4) 456 systems yards in place for specta- be the same challenges we face at any two bus The 18th hole demands 2 excellent shots. On this day I drove my ball passed the 200 tors – one internally on the island, and course – moving 30,000-plus people yards marker. The crosswind was very strong and I struggled with my long second Extra shot. From the education: fairway you are not able to appreciate the well guarded undulaMng Kiawah PGA Professionals are allto certified green. My second Island’s shot landed short into the deep bunkers the led. I manage to come out but failed to make par. What a great ﬁnishing hole! Summary We are just mesmerized at all the changes Tom Fazio II was able to accommodate to make this a truly tournament golf course. All tee boxes are now 40% bigger and in immaculate shape. Most if now all greens are also bigger and more undulaMng than before the renovaMon. I invite all local players to test and enjoy this new masterpiece. Standards and luxury are kept very high inside this facility, The Fazio Golf Course is a Left to right: Brian Gerard, PGA Director of Golf; Steve Miller, Osprey Point Superintendent; Jeff Stone, Ocean Course must play! Superintendent; Bill Daly, Oak Point Superintendent; Ric Ferguson, Cougar Point PGA Head Professional; Brad French, Cougar Point Superintendent; Stephen Youngner, Ocean Course PGA Head Professional; Steve Agazzi, Turtle Point
Superintendent; Mark Schaffer, Turtle Point PGA Head Professional; Jim Kelechi, Osprey Point PGA Head Professional;
Scott a Ammon, Oak Point PGA Head sProfessional; and Ronnie Miller, PGA Director of Instruction. Courteous nd knowledgeable taﬀ Great pace of ith play five golf courses and a standalone basis,” says Gerard, who is certified in golfcretail shop, Kiawah Island Golf General Management. “I think the level of Well maintained ourse manicured to perfecMon counts on the expertise its 15 PGA etc. expertise we have here at Kiawah Island has World cResort lass faciliMes, driving range, of clubhouse, Fortunately for golfers and a tremendous impact on the quality of Great 1Professionals. 9th Hole guests at the South Carolina resort, Kiawah service we provide to every golfer who sets Island’s PGA Professionals aren’t just foot on our property.” Cons qualified – they’re Kiawah Island’s PGA Professionals are certified. Each of the PGA members on staff at stationed across the property, from Gerard New greens are very ﬁrm (and will be like that unMl they mature) be extra careful on Kiawah Island are Certified PGA and Warren overseeing the entire operation your approaches. Professionals, having completed at least one to professionals staffing each area of the of the six certification paths: General facility. Steven Youngner is the PGA head
Management, Golf Operations, Instruction, Overall RaSng 9.5/10 Retail, Executive Management and
Ownership/Leasing. In all, the Kiawah Island staff holds 34 certifications. “I think the PGA Certified Professional Program is a great way to expand your skills as a PGA Professional, and I request that all the PGA members on staff complete at least one certification path,” says Kiawah Island Golf Resort President Roger Warren, himself a PGA Certified Professional in General Management and PGA Past President (2005–06). “They were all outstanding PGA Professionals to begin with. Becoming certified in one or more areas gives them the confidence in knowing they have expanded skill sets and expertise.” Two of Kiawah Island’s PGA Professionals — Osprey Point Head Professional Jim Kelechi and Ocean Course First Assistant Josh Wagaman — are certified in all six possible areas, while Warren and Director of Golf Brian Gerard are both PGA Certified Master Professionals. “I think it’s a great learning experience to go through the PGA Certified Professional Program, and then go out and apply what you’ve learned on a day-to-day, operational
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professional at The Ocean Course, where Wagaman is the first assistant. At Osprey Point, Kelechi’s first assistant is Jeremy Colie. Mark Schaffer is the head professional at Turtle Point, where Tim McArthur serves as first assistant. Scott Ammon is the head professional at Oak Point, with Ryan Rushtie at first assistant. Ric Ferguson is the head professional at Cougar Point, while Benji Boynter runs the golf retail shop in the resort’s hotel. There are also three PGA Certified Professionals teaching at the resort’s Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center at the Turtle Point course, named for the longtime director of golf at Kiawah Island: Ronnie Miller is the director of instruction, while Blake Cathey and Abby Welch are lead instructors. “Kiawah Island is fortunate to have a large set of outstanding PGA Professionals,” Warren says. “They’re all involved in the PGA Championship in some way, but their biggest impact is the difference they make in the lives of the golfers who visit the resort throughout the year. You can tell people really enjoy their time here, and that’s a direct reflection on our golf staff.”
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OPINION Almost Famous 10 U.S. Courses that Could Host a Major
Entering The Bear Trap, The Champion Course at PGA NaMonal Like the golfers who play them, courses that host golf’s four major championships are among the best in the world. These thought-‐provoking and aestheMcally-‐stunning designs are so revered they are oden considered works of art. Augusta NaMonal, Pebble Beach, Pinehurst No. 2 and The Ocean Course at Kiawah: these are just a few examples of the shrines on display during The Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship.
These thought-provoking and aestheticallystunning designs are so revered they are often considered works of art
This much we know: The Masters will always be played at Augusta, and the other two U.S.-‐based majors are scheduled years in advance by the USGA and PGA of America. We say just because a course isn’t on this hallowed docket doesn’t mean it isn’t worthy of oﬀering a major championship experience. Below is a list of courses with the chops to stand up to the world’s great players, design variety to keep the accomplished amateur engaged, while being playable enough to appeal to recreaMonal golfers and weekend warriors.
The Champion Course at PGA NaSonal Resort and Spa (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida) Fresh oﬀ its sixth straight year of successfully hosMng the PGA TOUR Honda Classic, the 2012 tournament had a dramaMc ﬁnal round with Tiger Woods shooMng a 62 on the vaunted Jack Nicklaus redesign in pursuit of eventual winner Rory McIlory. In addiMon to the Honda Classic, The Champion’s storied history includes hosMng the 1983 Ryder Cup, 1987 PGA Championship, and nearly two decades of the Senior PGA Championship. For more informaMon: 561.627.2000 www.pgaresort.com Paciﬁc Dunes at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon, Oregon) Oden described as the best links course in the country and to some, , Paciﬁc Dunes is a Tom Doak-‐designed instant classic despite opening only a decade ago. Perched 100 feet above the Paciﬁc Ocean and stretching along miles of coastline, it boasts stunning ocean views and dramaMc cliﬀs, deﬁned by nature’s inﬁnite presence. In addiMon to its sejng, Paciﬁc Dunes oﬀers innumerable shotmaking challenges and beauMful visual drama as the Paciﬁc Ocean meets the rugged shoreline of South Oregon’s coast For more informaMon: 541.347.4380. www.bandondunesgolf.com
Old American Golf Club (The Colony, Texas) Old American is the work of acclaimed designer Tripp Davis and PGA Tour star JusMn Leonard. Inspired by the ‘Golden Age’ of golf course architecture (1911 -‐1937), Old American’s natural contours, hazard styles, naMve grasses and green shapes were inﬂuenced by such masterpieces as Shinnecock Hills, NaMonal Golf Links, Prairie Dunes and Crystal Downs. The course is quickly becoming known as “the place the pros play.” Thanks to a 7,000-‐yard-‐plus layout with the teeth to host a major event, Old American is a regular stop for many DFW-‐based pros including Leonard, Y.E. Yang, John Senden, Ron Pampling, K.J. Choi and Nathan Green. For more informaMon: 972.370.4653, www.oldamericangolfclub.com Medalist (Hobe Sound, Florida) One of the most exclusive golf experiences in the country, Medalist counts among its members more than 30 PGA Tour players, including Woods and Fowler. A Greg Norman and Pete Dye collaboraMon, Medalist was designed to evoke a pure golf experience reﬂecMng and enhancing its natural surroundings. With a steep course raMng of 74.5 and slope of 142, the personality of the 7168-‐yard layout changes dramaMcally with varying wind condiMons. Medalist pays homage to the ﬁnest tradiMons of the game, and with its “professional” membership, a veritable major championship takes place daily during the Tour’s oﬀseason. For more informaMon: 772.545.9700, www.medalistgolfclub.org The Dunes Golf & Beach Club (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina) With more than 60 years of rich history and tradiMon, the Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach is a Robert Trent Jones oceanside gem that has hosted six Senior Tour Championships, the U.S. Women’s Open and the ﬁnals of the PGA Tour’s Q-‐School. Its renowned 13th, coined “Waterloo,” is a 590-‐yard par-‐5 doglegging so severely around a lake that famed golf writer Dan Jenkins said “the only way to reach it in two is to charter a boat.” For more informaMon: 843.449.5914 www.thedunesclub.net Wanamaker Course, PGA Golf Club (Port St. Lucie, Florida) Named in honor of Rodman Wanamaker, who in 1916, inspired the birth of The PGA of America, the Fazio design is a classic Florida layout. Set against a backdrop of wetlands, palm trees and palme]os,
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Old American Golf Club Wanamaker is considered one of the state’s most beauMful courses. Since opening in 2006, it has gained a reputaMon as a “players” course, boasMng a 144 slope raMng from its 7,123-‐yard medal tees. For more informaMon: 772.467.1300, www.pgavillage.com Harbour Town Golf Links (Hilton Head Island, South Carolina) Already home of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links was ranked No. 2 in the “Top 10 PGA TOUR Courses” behind only Augusta NaMonal in a survey of Tour players. The iconic Pete Dye design, with its red-‐ and white-‐striped lighthouse standing senMnel behind the 18th green, is widely regarded as the epitome of “strategic golf.” Golfweek’s Bradley Klein says, “It’s one of the most innovaMve and revoluMonary designs in the history of golf architecture.” For more informaMon: 843.363.8385, www.seapinesgolf.com Spy Glass Hill (Pebble Beach, California) One of Robert Trent Jones Senior’s ﬁnest courses, Spy Glass Hill is rated one of the toughest in the world from the championship tees. Opened in 1996, the layout features two drasMcally diﬀerent types of terrain that inﬂuence the way the holes look and play. The PGA Tour consistently lists Spyglass Hill's holes 6, 8 and 16 among the toughest on the Tour, despite never hosMng a U.S. Open or PGA Championship. A stern test of golf, the course stretches 6,960 yards through sandy seaside dunes and majesMc pines providing unmatched scenery and an unprecedented playing experience on one of the most exclusive pieces of real estate in the country. For more informaMon: 831.625.8563, www.pebblebeach.com
Kiva Dunes (Gulf Shores, Alabama) Meandering along the Gulf Coast and stretching 7,092 yards, the links-‐style Kiva Dunes provides golfers with a true test of skill with naMve sand dunes, lakes and wildlife areas spread throughout the course. Recognized all over the world as one of golf’s best and most unique challenges, the Jerry Pate-‐designed championship course is consistently ranked a top course in Alabama and in the country. Secluded on an extraordinary piece of property that lies directly on the Gulf of Mexico, Kiva Dunes is Alabama’s only beachfront golf resort, and the ubiquitous Gulf Coast winds wreak havoc with shotmaking. For more informaMon: 888.833.5482 , www.golf.gulfshores.com Payne Stewart Golf Club (Branson, Missouri) the divot – would prevent solid contact during the ple of times, however it never moved. Once he had Opened in 2009, ayne IStewart Golf Cthat lub is the newest to away the protruding part of the divot, he was stroke. SheaPand concluded breaking offaddiMon a torn the Branson, Missouri golf scene. But the name of the course and part of this loose impediment was supported by the able to play his next stroke being very careful to not stories on each hole honoring the late great U.S. Open Champion and the term “large,” somewhat ground are Rules, not the only reasons to add twhile hem to the list. Nsubjecamed the N o. 1 his club to avoid the act of addressing the tive, worked in this situation. Loose impediments ball. public course in Missouri this year by Golfweek, this meaty 7,324-‐ Keep this in mind if you ever see a similar situcome sizes; a detached yet to be replacedpar ation yard par 7in 2 call ourse also has some oand f the most challenging 3s in on the course – and remind your golfers that if divot t h e M i dwas w eas tlarge . F oloose r m oimpediment r e i n f o r m awhen M o n : compared 8 7 7 . 3 3 7 . 2 they 9 6 3 , replace a divot and still see brown, the sod is to a small pebble. upside down! n www.paynestewartgolfclub.com Kiva D unes is a PGA Tour Official Duval carefully began tearing the root side up PGA Professional Tony Wallin part of the divot away. The ball did oscillate a cou- and a member of the PGA Rules Committee.
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BELENMOZO Beauty, Brains and of course Game…! Spanish LPGA sensaMon and now South Florida resident Belen Mozo is just 24-‐years old and already turning heads on and oﬀ the golf course. Before she turned Pro, Mozo a]ended The University of Southern California where she earned a three-‐Mme All-‐ American in 2010, NGCA All-‐American and All-‐Pac-‐10 second teamer as a 2009 junior and also earned NGCA All-‐West Region honors as well as Pac-‐10 All-‐Academic honorable menMons. Mozo’s length oﬀ the tee and creaMvity with shots are what make her a rising star on the LPGA Tour. In 2006 Mozo became the ﬁrst woman, since 1972, to win both the Women’s BriMsh Amateur Championship and BriMsh Girls Amateur Championship in the same year.
“Mozo’s length off the tee and creativity with shots are what make her a rising star on the LPGA Tour”!
We caught up with the young, sod spoken Spaniard during the LPGA Tour CME Titleholders Classic in Naples and this is what she had to say… What is your favorite golf course around South Florida and why? I'm privileged to have friends all over the area, so I'm always discovering really beauMful and challenging courses in South Florida and jump at the opportunity to play somewhere new. However, my favorite has to be The Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound. I'm a li]le biased since it's my home course, but I really love it. The course is diﬃcult and kept in tournament condiMon, especially the greens, but at the same Mme it's really natural and authenMc feeling. I also love the people there. I'm friends with many of the other pros who pracMce there, the staﬀ and members are super nice, and of course my coach, Mike Adams, is based there. The combinaMon of a great golf course and great people make it my favorite place to play.
What do you consider the strongest part of your game? I consider my iron play to be the strongest area of my game. I feel really conﬁdent with my ball-‐striking and my ability to shape shots. I also think I'm a pre]y imaginaMve player. Like many Spanish players, I like the challenge of gejng myself out of trouble. And even though I'm really compeMMve, I like to have fun on the golf course, even when I'm playing a tournament, and I consider that a strength. Having a li]le bit of perspecMve helps me to bounce back from a tough hole. Outside of golf, what is your favorite pasSme? I love to play and watch tennis. I also have lots of Mme to read since I travel so much between tournaments. I like to read mostly about diﬀerent cultures and history -‐I was an InternaMonal RelaMons major in college-‐ but also some ﬁcMon from Mme to Mme. And of course I love the beach – I grew up near the beach (El Puerto de Santa Maria) in the South of Spain, so it's sMll a big part of me and I take every chance I get to relax on the beach. That's the great thing about Florida is I have access to all my favorite acMviMes. If she wasn't a golfer, what would be her occupaSon right now? I really like design. Mostly clothing design. But more importantly, I studied InternaMonal RelaMons at University of Southern California with the intenMon of someday creaMng an organizaMon to give kids in underdeveloped countries access to educaMon they deserve, and the opportuniMes I had when I was growing up that were available to me as an athlete. I believe sports opens a lot of doors in life and teach a lot of great human and life qualiMes, so I'd like to ulMmately create a sports scholarship program in areas that need it most.
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Winter is ﬁnally arriving and with it the the best Sme of the year to play golf in our beloved South Florida. Our Holidays picks were carefully chosen amongst 15 hand picked items.. Take a look! Tour Edge XCG6 (3-‐Wood) The XCG6 is the longest ExoMcs fairway wood yet. The new XCG6 powerhouse design features a 15-‐3-‐3-‐3 beta Mtanium cup face, a high-‐density steel body and a tungsten sole plate that are combo-‐brazed for the ulMmate in power and forgiveness. The larger 15-‐3-‐3-‐3 beta Mtanium cup face provides to-‐the-‐limit COR even on oﬀ-‐ center hits. The new, high-‐tech, high-‐density, steel body is almost as light as Mtanium allowing more mass to be place in the heel and toe areas of the sole. A heavy tungsten sole plate puts 65% of the total club head weight in the heel and toe areas for a higher moment-‐of-‐inerMa, reduced club head twisMng and greater forgiveness. Boomerang face technology oﬀers mulMple levels of variable face thickness that maximize the spring-‐like eﬀect from more points on the face. www.touredge.com Puma Golf Super Cell Fusion Ice Golf Shoes Not your average golf shoe With a motocross-‐inspired design and high-‐performance construcMon, this golf shoe stands up to serious acMon on the links. The anatomically placed IdCELL technology oﬀers support and cushioning where you need it most, while the spike system and ﬂex grooves help you get a grip. Waterproof leather upper for long wear and comfortDecoupled heel/toe for smooth transiMon from swing to follow-‐through. IdCELL midsole with ArchTech shank and OrthoLite sockliner for opMmum shock absorpMon and support www.pumagolf.com
Garmin Approach S3 Golf GPS Watch Rugged and waterproof, the Approach S3 golf watch is packed with tens of thousands of worldwide courses. It displays yardages to the front, back and middle of greens on a high-‐resoluMon, glove-‐friendly touchscreen. It lets you manually posiMon pins, get distances to doglegs and layups, customize yardage points, and print digital scorecards for Stroke play and Stableford. www.garmin.com
Swingbox ™ Golf Net Swingbox has a very small footprint. It covers angles that golf nets cover, but because so close, the size can be much smaller. It is smaller than any other golf hijng net. It is great for indoor use as it can be placed 9 inches away from a wall, even a small 8 by 10 room becomes a potenMal site for Swingbox ™. So, it is great for indoor golf pracMce. It can also be used as a “backyard golf pracMce net”. h]p://iswingbox.com/
Glove sensor GolfSense can detect the acceleraMon, velocity, tempo, posiMon and posture of the device and the club by calculaMng sensor data at sample rates over 1,000 Mmes per second. At the same Mme, the high velocity moMon engine inside the sodware will divide the swing into diﬀerent segments of club posiMon and posture. The result is a highly accurate view of your swing down to the millisecond. h]p://www.golfsense.me/
Slammin' Sam Beer Company Smoothest Beer in Golf Finally someone ﬁgure it out, beer and golf go hand to hand. Slammin' Sam, a Premium Lager, features a refreshing taste with an excepMonally balanced ﬁnish that makes it the Smoothest Beer in Golf. It showcases a proprietary recipe developed by Ray Klimovitz, recipient of the 2011 DisMnguished Life Service Award from the Master Brewers AssociaMon of the Americas. www.Facebook.com/SlamminSamBeer.
Ping Anser Driver By: Ryan Heiman
Independent Golf Reviews Ping's Anser for ﬁhng today & tomorrow! Ping has been leading the industry in custom ﬁjng for years. They oﬀer some of the easiest and best custom ﬁjng opMons in the industry. They have always wanted their customers to buy what ﬁts them, not just clubs oﬀ the rack. I think that all golfers should get ﬁt for their clubs too, everyone has a diﬀerent swing. But what happens when you go in for a ﬁjng and ader a few weeks with a club your swing changes slightly, it would be nice to be able to alter the club to ﬁt the new swing. Ping ﬁnally jumped into the adjustable driver game with the Anser driver. It ﬁts very nicely with their push to be custom ﬁt, yet allows the owner to tweak the club as needed down the road.
Ping finally jumped into the adjustable driver game with the Anser driver!
The Anser driver looks like the oﬀsping of the G20 and i20. It has a similar shape to the G20 and the stealthy aestheMcs of the i20. In my opinion it is the perfect marriage of the two and might be the best driver of 2012 I thought that it was going to be hard to top the Ping but the Anser just edges it out. The combo is rounded out with a mulM-‐direcMonal Ping Id8 grip and a standard Ping headcover with a nice handle on the top along with a long sock to protect the shad. The specs came in right at D3 at 45". The Ping Anser driver comes available with 4 stock shads, which I think is awesome, be]er than other companies oﬀer stock. They range in weight and trajectory. I went with the heaviest weight and lowest launching shad because I've typically found plenty of launch with previous Ping drivers. The Diamana A'hina(new whiteboard) in 70g sMﬀ ﬂex is going to be the lowest launching, lowest spinning stock shad. The Ping TFC 800, Fujikura Blur 005, and Aldila Phenom 50 shads oﬀer diﬀerent weights, spin, and launch: going from lowest to highest; heaviest to lightest. I also appreciate the fact that these are the real deal shads, not a shad just painted like the real one or some watered down version. So once you get custom ﬁt to one of these shads, then you can tweek your face angle by .5*. While that isn't as much as some other adjustable drivers, Ping wanted to keep the look at address as close to square as possible, yet raising or lowering the launch slightly. I found that at straight neutral I had a really low, penetraMng ball ﬂight. I adjusted mine to the + sejng and it now launched just a li]le bit higher, but sMll very penetraMng. The on course visual trajectory of this club was perfect ader the adjustment.
The marriage between a G20 and i20 driver which produced this Anser driver means that you get most of the forgiveness of the G20 and most of the solid sound/feel of the i20. On the course I really had great control of this driver. It mostly wanted to go straight like the G20, thus my percentage of fairways hit with this driver went up a few points. The sound and feel are really great too. Not quite as pure as the i20 which might be the best feeling driver ever, but very solid with a great metallic pop with just a Mny hint of hollow. The head and shad combo made this driver FilthyLong. It is very low spin, which I found great for the ﬁrm fall condiMons we have in MN. I think carry was about normal for me right around 250, but roll-‐out was long. I hit one in the middle of a ﬁrm fairway that rolled out to 340yards (GPS veriﬁed), my longest driver of 2012. I also played on a number of very windy days and this low spin canon is the best I've ever had in play into the wind. I did lose a few yards, but most were sMll very close to normal distances.
If only Ping would release shad Mps to the public, then a great variety of shads could be in play. But I think their desire to get you ﬁt with what is best and then leave it alone is probably what drives them to withhold Mps from the public. But even without extra Mps, there are so many custom ﬁjng opMons, you should be able to ﬁnd a head and shad combo to ﬁt your needs perfectly, it might even be one of the 4 stock shads. I found the A'hina paired with a 9.5* lod head is perfect for me. The Ping Anser is a great club that will ﬁt your swing the day you buy it and can be adjusted to ﬁt your swing tomorrow if you need to. For more informaMon: www.ping.com Quick Hits +Blends G20 + i20 +4 (real deal) stock shad choices +FilthyLong +Excellent looks, sound and feel +Adjustable -‐-‐AddiMonal Mps not available -‐-‐Minimal adjustments
Tour Edge Exotics CB5 (3-Wood) Best in Performance Fairway Wood By Fernando Solorzano
For more than 20 years, Tour Edge Golf has been oﬀering premium quality golf equipment for all skills levels backed by a LifeMme Warranty. Although it’s not the biggest golf manufacturer around, their “ﬂying under the radar” company approach devotes all their resources into R&D making quality, outstanding equipment with li]le or no adverMsing. Their results are quite predictable, performance, reliability and durability. Inside their web site an announcement to remind us all their commitment behind building the best golf products… “At this (me, Tour Edge does not pay any U.S.
professionals to play our Tour Edge / Exo(cs clubs. They are played on Tour because of their performance and are chosen by players who believe our clubs give them the best chance for success. Therefore, to protect our players, no names will be men(oned in our Tour News update”
During this year’s WGC – Cadillac Championship we witnessed several PGA Tour players using their equipment (speciﬁcally their 3-‐woods), Tour Edge products have won Golf Magazine's annual “Club Test” and been included on every Golf Digest Hot List since the list's incepMon. Tour Edge ExoScs CB5 (3-‐Wood) Review The technology behind the new CB5 is quite complex. The face of the club punches out great ball speed and less spin than the CB4 thanks to the addiMon of a SP700 beta Mtanium face. The club's swept wing sole, Mtanium cup face, hyper steel body, and Fubuki Tour or Aldila RIP shad help make the CB5 one of the longest ExoMcs fairway woods yet. We start our review by taking some pracMce swings inside our warehouse; needless to say we were very impressed by the overall weight of the club. I personally carry a heavier feeling 3-‐wood (Callaway Razr Hawk) in my bag or I should say, “used to”. Tour Edge was making it very possible for an average player to obtain faster swing speeds with the added control by factory ou€ijng their 3-‐ woods with an outstanding shad conﬁguraMon (Mitsubishi Fubuki or Aldila RIP). Ader just a few swings I became accustomed to the smooth tempo of the club; out at the range the ball seems to explode of the face eﬀortlessly. The deep, high center of gravity gives the CB5 an explosive, penetraMng launch angle.
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The ﬁnal averages were: swing speed 97 mph, 16.6* degrees launch angle and the ball was coming at 3,100-‐rpm (between 3k and 4k recommended) just outstanding numbers. Because of these results we have chosen Tour Edge’s CB5 our Best in Performance Fairway Wood. The club is extremely easy to hit, it has great workability, outstanding distance and great control.
Adams Golf Idea V4 Hybrid Best in Performance Hybrids By Fernando Solorzano The Idea Tech V4 Hybrids unquesMonably stole our Best in Performance test. They are the most technically advanced, easiest-‐to-‐hit hybrids that Adams has ever engineered. The advancements of velocity slots, now featuring Cut-‐Thru Technology, achieves the same CT of a driver, which delivers higher ball speeds, more forgiveness and more distance. With innovaMon like this, the Idea Tech V4 Hybrid is as hot as your driver. These new clubs have really re-‐engineered “velocity slots” in the crown and sole to boost face deﬂecMon at impact. The slots extend through the head, from crown to sole, while TPU badges hide the openings. In addiMon, a new heat treatment process strengthens high stress areas in the head and allows for a thinner clubface. The result was expected, pure length and outstanding control. Outdoors, our 3-‐iron model was consistently achieving 230 – 235 yards with a mild crosswind. An average of 9 – 13 extra yards as compared to our old model Adams Idea Pro a12 and about 10 – 17 extra yards when compared with Callaway’s RAZR XF.
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Iliac Golf Mixing tradiMonal looks and performance has never been easy, actually impossible! With the evoluMon of club and clothing technology inadvertently we lose sight of tradiMon. The use of fundamental pa]erns and plaid colors are a style that always clashes with the modern, more confortable looks and designs. That was our thought before we met Iliac Golf Bert LaMar, a former skateboarder God turned golfer/ entrepreneur/designer, runs the show at Iliac Golf. Bert’s appeMte for amazing cradsmanship, fresh vintage ideas, and incredible detail is the driving force behind such beauMful garments. If you are a fan of the old but want the advancements of the new technical fabrics then Iliac Golf is the way to go.
If you are a fan of the old but want the advancements of the new technical fabrics then Iliac Golf is the way to go. !
Bert only uses the ﬁnest materials to reﬂect the tradiMonal qualiMes. When contacted by Iliac Golf they were kind enough to send over some items from their unbelievable inventory. We received men’s shirts and club head covers. A]enMon to detail in every way possible, each item carefully wrapped in high-‐density clear plasMc cellophane, great stuﬀ. The cradsmanship that goes into each one of these items is absolutely phenomenal. The leather club head covers are made of 100% genuine leather… impressive feel, smell and looks. The men’s shirts are also made of the highest quality materials. The Rancher model is an extremely light weight thermal pique (4 ounce), 100% performance elastopoly material, 100% moisture wicking, easy care, wrinkle resistant, UV protecMon and just perfect for our South Florida weather.