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From the Editor Welcome Back Welcome to another year at New England Golf Monthly Magazine. In 2011 our magazine had its best year ever and 2012 looks to be more of the same. With each issue we strive to get better at bringing you all the best in regional, national and global golf news. At this years PGA Show 4 of our editorial staff received writing awards from The International Network of Golf in the categories of Apparel Writing , Equipment Writing and Profile Writing. Congratulations are in order to, Katharine Dyson, Laura Ebrecht (Elle Brec), Ed Travis and Robert DeCesare, we are very proud to have them on our team. At this time of year in a normal year we are dusting off the clubs and assessing ourgame for the new season. This year has been a little different. A warm winter and no snow or measurable ground frost has allowed us to play through. I can never remember in my life ever living in New England with such a mild winter. We all spent far less on heat so it leaves a little more in coffers for possibly some new sticks for the upcoming season, nice! At this years PGA Show, one thing was very evident, advances in technology, playability and forgiveness are now designed into all the major brands on the market today. Get out and test some of these at your local retailer, club fitter or pro shop, the new gear is amazing. In a few days the National Golf Expo at Seaport World Trade Center in Boston kicks off the New England golf season with the 3rd largest consumer golf show in the U.S. It is a great opportunity to try all the latest equipment and game improvement products in the game today. Come join Mike Breed from the Golf Fix on The Golf Channel all day Saturday at the event. There are some of the best deals of the season at this years show., go to www.paragon.com for tickets online. I will see you at this years show, all the best.
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Good Looks on the Course
by Elle Brec
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The Perfect Life by Katherine Dyson
Golf Luxury & Style at the 2012 PGA Show
Red, white and blue clubs and “flagstickies”, ModaSilk TourEdge clubs for women in slick silver and black, a “Secret Grip” from Boccieri, and shirts handstiched in Italy by in fiamme whetted the appetite at the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida where the golf industry gathered to share ideas, products and new technology. NEGM scoured the booths seeking out the best and the latest in equipment, apparel and fun stuﬀ to create the “Perfect Golf Life.” Here are some of the things we discovered. ECCO gets the BIOM twist for the Perfect Golf Show When Fred Couples first wore ECCO’s “street-style” cool shoes, people took notice and sales soared. Now the next new hot thing is the BIOM (bio-mechanical) shoes from ECCO. It melds ECCO Natural Motion technology with its Golf Street outsole. According to David Helter, ECCO’s director of sales, in the next 12 to 18 months, 30 to 40% of all golf shoes worn will be hybrids like their BIOM model that allows the foot to move naturally. ECCOUSA.com
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Get the Grip: Sharing the Secret First came the Heavy Putter from Boccieri then riding the success of the putter, founder Steve Boccieri followed with a number of new products incorporating the “heavy” technology. One of his latest rollouts is the “Secret Grip” which is not actually a secret. It has a 16 g tungsten weight in the top end of the grip, thus raising the balance point of the club. is promotes better body mechanics giving you improved consistency, control and distance. You can buy Boccieri’s clubs with the weighted grip or just get the grips and put them on your own clubs. Bottom line, they make a lot of sense. So sure is Boccieri that this works, they are oﬀering everyone a free grip to try out. Secretgrip.com
The Perfect Foursome Digs in Orlando Getting a good deal doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality, convenience or even luxury. When you’re travelling with your golf gang, instead of checking into the Tin Bag Motel, check out the huge number and configurations of condos and homes oﬀered by All Star Vacation Homes. For example at Reunion Resort, one of Salamander’s Grand Florida Resorts, you can get a threebedroom, three bath condo overlooking one of their three golf courses with a fancy kitchen including granite countertops and snack bar, balcony and bedrooms with their own ——baths and flat screen tvs. ese units are simply beautiful and costs when divided by the number of golfers sharing can be as little as $50 per night per person. On site there is a pool, Spa, fitness center, restaurants and all the other perks you’d expect from a first rate resort. All Star has a large inventory of estate homes with their own pools, media rooms even game rooms as well as luxury condos. Doesn’t get much better than that. Allstarvacationhomes.com
Magnifico that Italian shirt In fiamme may have had one of the smaller booths at the show, but the quality of its golf shirts was immenso. Designed to go from fairway to boardroom, all you need to do is to feel the silky fine fabric, see the subtle classy patterns and then wear one. Hand-cut, hand-sewn and made-to order, in fiamme shirts are rendered in doublemercerized 100% Filoscozia cotton in small lots so nothing is compromised in the manufacturing process. We loved the fact the shirts were free of logos — perfect for purists — and appreciated details like mother-of-pearl buttons, the traditional men’s cut with a longer tail and patterns like the olive golf with subtle diamonds and the bolder mini windowpane design. Bello. Just wish they made them for women. infiamme.net
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Perfect Kids Golf Styles For those young golfers in your life, dress them in Quagmire Kids funky and fun golf fashions. Find shirts, shorts, dresses, skirts, hoodies and accessories for boys and girls including tie-dyed, character prints, threetiered bumble bee skirts and Quagmire’s signature heat-sensitive, color-changing ColorFusion technology with super-cool screen print t-shirts with sporty and girly themes that change hues in UV light. Quagmire really gets kids. www.QuagmireGolf.com
Go to the Head of the Class If you are the kind of golfer who loves tradition, check out the head covers from AB Golf Designs. ey are 100% leather, and designs come with retro, patriotic, and collegiate themes. Handmade in AZ, these were selected by Fred Couples and used by the US President’s Cup team at Royal Melbourne. Abgolfdesigns.com
The Perfect Program for Growing Golf SNAG (Starting New at Golf ), emerged as the best real new ides we saw to actually increase the game allowing beginners to learn the game properly and painlessly. Every element SNAGsters (golfers) need to learn the game is included in the SNAG system from the colorful modified score card with no stress simplified rules (for example no penalties for misses) to the golf equipment including two clubs (Launch Pad and Roller), three SNAG Balls, Flagsticky and cloth bag. e Launcher does the job of the driver and “irons” while the Roller is your putter. Essentially, SNAGsters hit the ball to a target or Flagsticky where a hook fabric causes the balls to stick on impact. How fun is that! SNAG is totally portable making it playable so you can play it in your backyard, on asphalt, in even in the snow. You name it. For this reason, parks and rec departments are finally able to add golf to their programs thereby building interest in the game at an early age. Snaggolf.com
The Perfect Wedge Recently I took TourEdge’s new Tour Pronto wedge for a few test runs on courses in Florida. Pronto consistently got me out of trouble around the greens, especially when I had to carry over a bunker to the dance floor. You can talk about a milledstainless steel face backed by a hollow core filled with a new thermal plastic elastomer gel, and all that, but the final word: it just feels great and delivers a remarkable, soft feel. It works. I’m even able to get a little spin from the club and a spinner I am not. Touredge.com
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Dogging the Sun Dogs Paula Creamer one of the few LPGA players who wears her sunglasses prominently on the course, loves her Sundog glasses and even has her own line. A big supporter of the AJGA (American Jr. Golf Association), Creamer said, “it’s so important to protect your eyes. e Mela-Lens not only reduces glare, but blocks out all the bad rays.” Creamer, who is involved in the design of her collection, features models like the wide-wrapping Aura, Iconic and classic Captiva. Hottest styles for men and women include Chop, Rogue, Entourage, Dialed, Dart and KP. Sundogeyewear.com
Another Glider Hit from Sun Mountain As a big fan of the original ClubGlider, the golf travel bag even a girl can pulled with one finger, Sun Mountain has done it again with the Journey. It’s a streamlined version of the larger bags (just 12.8 lbs.) but still supports 100% of the weight of the travel cover when the legs are extended eliminating the continuous bending and lifting typical when handling luggage. So far it’s only available in black, but hopefully more colors will be coming. Sunmountain.com
Swivel that action Bag Boy Bag rolled out its new three-wheel push cart with swivel-tech™ technology featuring a front wheel that swivels 360 degrees. at makes it so easy to push and maneuver. We tried it. For walking the straight and narrow, there is a way to lock the front wheel in place. Bagboy.com
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OFFICIAL EYEWEAR OF NEW ENGLAND GOLF MONTHLY
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Good Looks on the Course
2012 PGA Show Superlatives
by Elle Brec
Most Fashionable Men
How exciting this year one of our favorite brands Tommy Hilfiger, is again available in the U.S. in both a men's and women's golf line, made possible through licensing agreement with the Fletcher Leisure and the Tommy Hilfiger Groups. Especially good news for New Englanders, as our hometown hero Keegan Bradley is serving as global ambassador for the Tommy Hilfiger golf line through 2014. Bradley, the 2011 PGA Championship winner and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, is representing by wearing select pieces from the brands men's golf collection. "I am thrilled to have Keegan Bradley as the global ambassador for our golf collection," said Tommy Hilfiger. "His energy both on and oﬀ the course is inspiring and a wonderful fit for our brand. We wish Keegan the very best on his upcoming season." Bradley is very excited as well, "Tommy Hilfiger is an iconic American brand and I am extremely proud to be a part of its growth in golf going forward. e brand produces fantastic apparel for wear both on and oﬀ the golf course and in my opinion, if you look good, you play good!" Tommy inspired by a preppy, energetic spirit and has incorporated it into the Spring 2012 collection. Adding a twist to signature classic American sensibility, the collection's technical performance fabrics focus on style
and fit. e Cape Cod Collection influences from the Eastern seaboard’s Sandy beaches, to its rocky shores, and blue skies, take one to the world of this playground made famous by images of the Kennedy prep style on vintage on Hyannis port, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. Stamped with colors of lobster reds and classic navy, exploding with plaids, Shamrock Green seersucker stripes and sunshine grosgrain details, the Cape Cod Collection creates a nostalgic look perfect for today’s golf wardrobe. Other Collections include the St. Barth’s, a true island paradise, this inspiring location conjures up thoughts of white sandy beaches, billowing Palm Tree Green and pure blue waters inspired Aqua Haze and Cobalt Blue incorporated into the St Bart’s Collection. e colorful, exotic, Cape Town Collection brings the vibrancy of the city to life through golf attire suited for those looking for a little flare as this South African city could be described as one of the most multicultural in the world. Bright plaids are available for men in pops of bright colors with Midnight Navy with beautiful Mountain Green as a base. With prices ranging from $80 to 120, available at private and public golf clubs, golf specialty stores, sport specialty stores, resort accounts, and corporate accounts in the U.S., Canada and Europe or on tommy.com.
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Most Fashionable Women
Sport Haley is out of this world this season with harmonious designs that are sure to make a big bang on the fairway. e celestial color stories from Galaxy, Starstruck, Cosmos, Aerocool, to Infinity and beyond! Luminescent outfits for the brilliant woman who wants to look like a glowing star not a crude comet. Sport Haley collections continue to evolve with an au courant, fresh new focus. Treat yourself this spring with the new 2012 Collection in S’mores, Key Lime, Blueberry Tart, and Peaches & Cream, these delectable batches are sure to stimulate the senses. e S’mores Collection includes graham cracker dark brown plaid polos, toasted marshmallow cream ruﬄe trim sweaters and diamond quilted vests with singes of charcoal, this fireside sweet has never looked so tastefully done. e scrumptious Key Lime Collection has Lemoncello plain or printed polos and shorts with hints of lime and foam greens, Bark plaid shorts, and leather snake patterned belts. e juicy Peaches and Cream Collection comprised of a waves design polo with hints of heather crust, paired with a
peach rouge skirt with gold buttons creates a luscious look. e Blueberry Tart Collection with navy, aurora, and clover purple in various stripe, circle, and contemporary patterns are tempting. Sport Haley based out of Denver, Colorado is designed to make sense to the modern woman. The pieces are smart buys for easy wardrobe incorporation, mix and match, and care. Sport Haley’s strength has always been value, excellent quality and elegance at a great price point. Their sporty silhouettes are feminine and flattering. The styling is active-wear inspired, form fitting yet body conscious, stylish, and comfortable. Entire Sport Haley collections can be viewed at sporthaley.com, their golf apparel and outerwear is marketed in the premium and mid-price golf markets through a network of independent sales representatives and distributors to golf professional shops at country clubs and resorts throughout the U.S. and internationally. Also available for purchase at pinksandgreens.com and golfforherstore.com.
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Best Design Women
For All You Are, A.U.R. has new color stories to inspire such as Black Tulip, Sky Light, Urban Garden, and Water Trace. For women, they created three distinct categories. Starting with the AUR Active Collection, which boasts performance driven designs, this category features polyester double-knit DriMax. ese polos feature the stretch of Spandex, a soft, supple feel and a lightweight drape that makes it ideal for golf. Synthetic fibers create a strong, crease resistant fabric that is quick drying and maintains its shape. Next we have the AUR Authentic category. is collection is the home for the more traditional golf inspired assortment of sweaters, vests, pants and shorts in a classic assortment of colors in Black, Taupe, Navy and Charcoal. Finally AUR Aware is a noble attempt to give a little back to our ailing planet. AUR is doing their part with fabrics that are eco-friendly, but also benefit you! CarboCool fabric contains a blend of Polyester and carbonized Bamboo Charcoal. e benefits of this fabric include Moisture Wicking and Fast Drying for comfort, as well as Anti-Odor and Added UV Protection for peace of mind. Carbonized Bamboo is environmentally responsible, and oﬀers the same benefits that a chemical finish would without the unnecessary harm to the environment. S.Café uses a patented process that transforms the coﬀee grounds into yarn, which is then used to produce polos. Most coﬀee grounds end up in landfills, which contributes to our overall solid waste management problem. Producing a garment with S.Café fabrics helps in easing landfill concerns. EcoSmart is a fabric made from Recycled Polyester Yarn. Recycled polyester yarn is made from plastic post-consumer based products. It is environmentally friendly by reducing fossil fuel consumption and green house gases when compared to regular polyester production. e Combed Cotton/Recycled Polyester provides the durability and performance of polyester with the added comfort and breathability of cotton. AUR is available at aurgolf.com.
Best Design Men
Sligo Wear, the Canada-based manufacturer and marketer of men's trend-setting golf apparel, is characterized by dazzling color schemes, new age moisture-wicking materials and never before seen eye-catching patterns. e designs from the Sligo 2012 Spring Collection feature bold combinations guaranteed to set you apart from other foursomes. Sligo will oﬀer 9 signature color options – Vivid Light Green Melon, Dark Blue Gray Midnight, Pacific Ocean Reef Blue, Savannah Red, Pale Sea foam Blue, Ocean Green Surf, Pale Purple Wisteria, Bright Orange, and Electric Yellow. ese fashion-forward colors are complemented by Black, White and Light Grey options for an assortment unmatched in the golf industry. Shirt styles oﬀer unmatched fit and flexibility and appeal to the wide array of style preferences of the modern male golfer, ranging from bold to a bit more conservative. Sligo oﬀers 10 new short-sleeved shirt patterns in its Spring 2012 line with the new Blake, Braedyn, Downie, Esplanade, Ethan, Hudson, Linden, Preston, Richmond, and Wellesly. is season also marks the first collection in which Sligo will introduce a selection of Long-sleeved performance golf shirts with the unveiling of the trendy JP, Vibe, and Downie tops. Complementing the new shirts, Sligo will oﬀer its fullest range of coordinating options in pants. is year their signature wild pants are available in a multitude of bright colors, daring new plaids, classy stripes, and the popular Digitile patterns. Digitile pants are influenced by Moroccan tile dating back 14th century, prevalent in Hispano architecture today. Shown here in Metal Silver paired with the Storm Purple Scriver shirt, the Digitile pattern is also available in Smoke Gray and Miami Black. e 2012 Sligo Wear Spring Collection will be available at select golf specialty stores, premium on-course retailers and through the Sligo Wear online store beginning in mid-February, sligowear.com.
Best Outerwear Women
Sunice has once again stayed true to its promise to fusion of science and style in its most creative sense by providing comfort, breathability, aridity, and the ultimate freedom of movement. New styles, colors, cuts, and abstract prints are leaving an impression on 2012. Interesting contrasts and subtle detailing give the collection a clean, contemporary feel. Embossing details allow for a new take on traditional colors and add visual interest. With exciting new colors like regatta blue or charcoal, which is often viewed as a very masculine color has received the Sunice shimmering touch and is suddenly very feminine hue that is a pretty addition to any woman’s wardrobe. Colors such as Midnight and Platinum Mélange bring classic simplicity to a very cutting edge, technical fabrication. e ladies collection highlights the ever-popular pure White and joins the rainbow of color through a rich Diva Purple and a new take on pink with Petunia. e classic American combination of red, white and blue throughout the collection as to celebrate the involvement of Sunice as Oﬃcial supplier of outerwear for the 2011 and 2013 Solheim Cup USA Team. Sunice is a supreme jacket, like no other on the market. Truly inspired by the active golfer to allow you to
perform at your best in even the toughest conditions. e collection has updated cutting and welding techniques combined with innovative fabrics for the ultimate ‘Freedom of Play’ in design, philosophy and practicality. Breathability, stretch, extra lightweight and ultra quiet products backed by a 4-year waterproof guarantee are what defines the Tornado Collection. e Typhoon Collection is now a full-stretch, waterproof category. Introduced in 2011, Zephal is a lightweight, quieter performing fabric with its unique soft feel and super quiet laminate, is the future in waterproof. At-firstglance leaves one thinking that there is no way this knit garment can oﬀer a 4-year waterproof guarantee but the Sunice FlexVent, is a truly versatile, a full stretch, highly breathable fabric. Sunice is available at Golf Town.
Best Outerwear Men
Bright new color combinations add interest to the Sunice Golf 2012 men’s line with a color palette oﬀering updated blues and orange to brighten collections of basic black, charcoal, navy blue, and red. Completely new styles oﬀer variety in pullover and full zip, short sleeve and long sleeve, solid and plaid and an assortment of different weights. It doesn’t get any better on a technical level than this. Sunice holds true to its commitment of being an industry leader as an authentic Gore-Tex supplier, a fabric requested by name around the globe. is proprietary fabric technology is lifetime guaranteed to keep you dry, when it comes to playing golf in heavy rain or varying temperatures. Extreme comfort is oﬀered in their Hurricane, Tornado, and Typhoon models laser cut from highly breathable, waterproof, stretch fabrics. Added golf-enhancing features include the X-Static stretch lining, Pro-Trim waist cinching system, in-pocket ball cleaner, and full stretch back panel for the most swing capabilities. e Sunice style is represented in detailing of the silver lining, patented collar design, and waterproof welded pockets to keep your phone dry.
Adding layers to your golf wardrobe can enhance your overall physical performance and ultimately improve your golf game. Sunice ProSport and Sport Layering Collection is a true blend of science and style in soft shells, sweaters, lightweight layering, thermal layering and wind gear pieces such as the WindStopper. For early in the season or damp dawn cool mornings, when you need an extra layer without the extra bulk or weight, the Otaki SuperLite FX Pullover is back and remains the ultimate choice. Invisible chest pocket zipper and moisture wicking properties are details that make this piece stand out from the rest. Sunice is available at Golf Town.
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Golf Industry Needs Women’s Economic Power
by Emily Kay
Orlando, Fla. — e message resonating from this year’s 2012 PGA Merchandise Show could not have been clearer: the golf industry must do far more to attract and retain the business of women or continue to suﬀer the financial consequences. With the theme of this year’s PGA of America exposition the Golf 2.0 initiative aimed at boosting participation, the game’s luminaries — from the iconic Jack Nicklaus to the LPGA Tour’s youngest and brightest new star Lexi ompson — preached the need to make golf more accessible and fun for women. "We've lost 23 percent of the women in the game [and] 36 percent of the kids in the game since 2006," Nicklaus said during a Golf 2.0 panel to kick oﬀ the 59th annual summit at which more than 40,000 retailers, industry leaders, and PGA pros gathered to boost the economics of golf. "at's not a good stat." Golf World Hall of Famer Nicklaus was all for ways to make golf "easier, more fun, and less expensive." e 18-time major champion even took part recently in a non-traditional, one-day event at his Bears Club in Jupiter, Fla. After he and his wife Barbara joined some 20 other husband-wife and father-daughter teams for a 12-hole, best-ball tourney that included putting to holes almost twice the size of the standard 4-1/4 inches, Nicklaus pronounced himself pleased with the response to the experiment. "Even the guys...all said..., ‘we ought to do this at least once a month, this would be a great event for us to have here, bring the people together and have fun, no pressure on them,’" he said. "It was fun. I enjoyed it and had a good time with it. I think it's something that we need to do." Perennial top golf instructor Suzy Whaley, sitting in on one of many assemblies dedicated to spreading the gospel that women hold the purse strings and the power to lift the golf industry from its financial doldrums,
echoed the Golden Bear. “Women like very much for you to give them small steps that are successful,” said Whaley, who plies her trade at New England’s TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., and gained national renown in 2003 when she became the first woman in 58 years to qualify for a PGA Tour event. While men comprised the majority of show-goers cruising the 10 miles of aisles featuring snazzy new gear and gadgets from some 1,000 suppliers, LPGA Tour players were everywhere, shaking hands, signing autographs, and winning new fans for women’s golf. Taking turns smacking 300-yard tee shots with her new Cobra-Puma AMP driver, making the media rounds, and filming "get out and play" promos for the PGA, ompson made sure to make time to pose for photos and glad-hand her growing legion of followers. Fresh from a tie for third in a men’s minor league tourney earlier in the week, ompson held court Wednesday at Cobra-Puma’s annual Demo Day party on the spacious, sun-splashed practice range at Orange County National Golf Center. Men and women, boys and girls — all wanted a moment with the 16-year-old prodigy, and the one-time tour winner was more than happy to oblige. "I’m having a blast out there [on the LPGA Tour]," ompson, who noted she may enter as many as 25 events this year — up from some 20 she originally planned to play — told us. "It’s been my dream to just play against the best in the world on the LPGA so I’m just following my dreams and doing what I love to do." Lexi’s mother concurred. "She’s loving this," Judy ompson said as her daughter smashed shot after shot on the jam-packed driving range. "She loves being around her fans."
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When the exhibition moved indoors the next day, Thompson followed, popping up all over the convention center floor in fashion shows and meetand-greets. Just chip shots away were several of her LPGA mates, including world No. 10 Brittany Lincicome, who said she had top-ranked Yani Tseng in her sights as she set sky-high objectives for her upcoming season.
exciting"), superstitions (the "Pink Panther" always bounces her driver twice in the bag before hitting it), and objectives for 2012. "My No. 1 goal is always to be the No. 1 American [because that] means you’re right up there in the top three to be the best in the world," Creamer said. "My ultimate goal is to be the No. 1 player in the world but you have to take small steps and try to get there."
"It’s been my dream to just play against the best in the world on the LPGA so I’m just following my dreams and doing what I love to do." – Lexi ompson
"I never thought I would reach my goals in 2011 and I went above and beyond anything I thought I was going to do," said Lincicome, who earned two tour wins last year. "So I have to set some [targets] that are way out of this world of thinking that I could possibly reach." Her 2012 aims include becoming No. 1 in the world and winning three titles and a major. e show served as the backdrop for the naming of Meg Mallon as next year’s Solheim Cup captain, and Lincicome expressed her enthusiasm for playing for the four-time major champ. "She’s a wonderful lady and she’s going to do a fantastic job," said Lincicome, a three-time Solheim Cupper who added that she hoped to qualify for the team that will play their European counterparts at Colorado Golf Club in August 2013. "e Solheim Cup is always at the top of my list of events I would love to be a part of." An hour after speaking with us, Lincicome — currently one point behind leader Stacy Lewis (who called the new skipper her "mentor" after the Mallon announcement) in Solheim Cup eligibility — was still on the floor, pumping hands and greeting fans. Friday was Paula Creamer Day, as the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open winner did her thing at the enormous TaylorMade showroom and avidly sat through several Q&A sessions during which she dished about the 2013 Solheim Cup (Mallon is "a true American ambassador [and] to play under her is going to be very
Thompson’s emergence "really helps the tour" and Tseng’s dominating 2011 "raised the bar," which meant Creamer had work to do to "try and keep up with" the world’s best. "It shows how women’s golf is growing," she said. "The level of play right now is very high." With so much attention on the distaﬀ side of golf during the show, advocates like long-time women’srights activist Arthur Little were heartened but guarded about the progress being made to pitch golf to women. e story Little and his wife Jann Leeming have been pitching for years — about the need for the game’s movers and shakers to recognize the economic power that women wield — may finally be reaching the ears of decision-makers who know they must make drastic changes to survive. "e bad news for the golf industry is the good news for us," said Little, who, with Leeming overhauled Maine’s Province Lakes Golf Course to make it one of the women-friendliest courses in the country. e time is now for women to "demand that golf courses do the right thing," which, he said, is as straightforward as it gets. "It’s basically so simple," Little said. "All the choices that men have — for tees, in the pro shop, with food — women ought to have." Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly. View all her articles here. You may also follow Kay on Twitter @golfexaminer
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Snazzy, Jazzy Golf Accessories for Ladies
by Pam Borges
Courting the often-ignored women’s market is a top priority in the Golf 2.0 Strategic Plan aimed at boosting participation. At 20% of the golfer population, women remain underrepresented in the game and to boost the economics of golf, the message was loud and clear…the industry needs to attract the business of women by making golf more accessible and fun. Many exhibitors at the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show followed suit. Aisles and aisles of unique, fun and whimsical golf accessories captured the interest of the ladies. Showcased below are some of the latest trends. If you like to express your animalistic side with leopard, zebra and giraﬀe prints, then you fashion-savvy golf enthusiasts, will love the new Python Signature Collection by Glove It. e 14-way golf bag, club covers, shoe bag, visor, glove, newly designed 3-zip carry-all bag and more, sports the python snake print. A more whimsical print dresses their new Nine & Wine Collection…including the Nine & Wine Woozie, a wine glass sleeve made from insulating neoprene. Great for tournaments! gloveit.com “Heroes and Villains” by Zesta Golf introduces the fun alternative golf accessories. e product line helps build confidence through imagination and attitude as you identify with one of the 12 characters. Identify with one of the female villains… “Black Widow” or “Madame Crush” and imagine crushing the ball as you would crush you competitors spirit in a match. Identify with one of the female heroes… “Nurse” or “Girlie Girl” and bring the attitude of the character to your game. Get all 12 characters in driver head covers, towels, umbrellas and stand bags. Head covers are made of high quality synthetic leather with embroidered characters and long “sock” to protect shaft. zestagolf.com Kiki Golf brings art to designer golf accessories. ey showcase exquisite uniquely created head covers, ball &
tee bags for women. eir signature and most elaborate design, Plaid for Show, features a basket-weave pattern. e sophisticated head cover has ruﬄed trim along the top, grommets and grosgrain ribbon at the base, and affixed to the front is embroidered artwork of a woman’s silhouette. Attached engraved coins identify your clubs. Inside the head cover is a label to accommodate your name. Truly a work of art! Other artistic designs are available. kikigolf.com Spotless Swing is a unique golf towel with “three towels in one” design! e outside, made of soft, durable micro fiber fabric, keeps your hands, face, gloves and grips clean/dry; the inside traps debris from dirty clubs; the micro brush fabric on the inside cleans club grooves. is towel is the greatest…and long-lasting! Handy carabiner attaches to golf bag and this versatile towel can either hang with opening facing down or up. **New for the ladies…Pink with embroidered breast cancer logo. Portion of towel sales are donated to breast cancer research. BrightSpotSolutions.com Finally, a divot repair tool designed exclusively for the lady golfer! Bella Crystal Collection introduces their patented Gator Clip Divot Tool featuring a unique gator clip on the backside that clips onto your visor, pocket or belt. Ladies, no more divot tool digging into your waist! Decorated with Swarovski crystals, it’s available in a variety of designs and colors. andmoreproducts.com Mark-your-spot with Navika Swarovski crystal ball markers. Interchangeable with their magnetic accessories, you can show oﬀ your “bling” in a variety of ways… wear it on your hat, your clothes, your neck, your ears, and now on your shoes. Lace up in your finest with “Kicks Candy”, a magnetic shoe ornament that slides onto your shoelace and securely showcases your ball marker for easy access. Bling your golf shoes with
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one of their new collection sets… heart, ladybug or flower…or choose a standard round shoe ornament and bling with your own marker. navika.com e Abigale Lynn collection is a contemporary line of interchangeable visor bands and fashion accessories. Eye-catching is their unique one-of-a-kind Interchangeable Ball Marker Bracelet, in colors red, ivory, black and gray leather assembled with a variety of crystallized ball markers. Gift sets are also available featuring assembled bracelet with additional ball marker and visor clip. abigalelynn.com I’ve been told that if you suﬀer with golf tendonitis (tennis elbow) a magnetic bracelet may help. However, most I’ve seen are unattractive and uncomfortable. Sabona makes link-style magnetic bracelets for ladies that are stylish, comfortable and feminine. New for 2012 is their Lady Executive Two-Tone Gem Magnetic and Matte Gem Magnetic. More impressive is the Lady Executive Pink Ribbon Magnetic Bracelet, which features pink cubic zirconia gems set in polished stainless steel with the familiar pink ribbon and a 1200 gauss magnet in each link. A portion of the sales of this bracelet is donated to the American Cancer Society. sabona.com We’ve seen the elasticized beaded bracelets that assist
in keeping score and we’ve seen the lightweight active wear silicone timepiece. e new product Score Band combines these features into a one-touch, multisport scorekeeping wristband. e 4-in-1 scorekeeping wristband tells time, records 2-player/team scoring, game/set scorekeeping for tennis, and hole/round scorekeeping for golf. e slim, lightweight silicone wristband is water resistant and is infused with negative ion-emitting materials. Available in a variety of colors and sizes, this product won the 2012 Best Product Concept Award in the Inventor’s Spotlight. ScoreBand.net TipTeeToe is the world’s first wedge sole golf shoe to help women achieve correct posture, better balance and stability when addressing and hitting the golf ball. e new low wedge design (1.5 inch heel) promotes proper positioning (weight on the balls of your feet), eliminating swinging from the heels and playing oﬀ balance. Cleatless and stylish, TipTeeToe shoes take women from the golf course to the concourse. ey come in an array of color combinations, jazzed up with colorful straps and built-in ball marker. tipteetoe.com Does your golf shop have eye-appeal and attract the #1 shopper…women? Jazz it up with unique, eye-catching accessories that can make apparel displays come to life and scream “Buy me”! Grow the game and boost sales through innovative accessories!
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Couple of Travelers by Alice and Danny Scott
Sweet Georgia for Star Weddings and Stellar Golf
Augusta isn’t the only famed course in Georgia. In fact, since one of us can’t even play there, we have two far better choices for golf vacations, starting with Cabin Bluff, just south of Savannah on the intra coastal waterways where PGA Pro Matt Kuchar was wed. Go with family, go with friends, but leave Dick Cheney behind. America’s oldest sportsman club, attended by President Calvin Coolidge, is updated with an exquisite rustic charm and open to the public. Mighty Oaks laced with Spanish moss, canopy the grounds from the main lodge, (home to more stuffed critters than Disney’s Country Bear Jamboree) to the large dock on the Cumberland River. This is where the brilliant sun rises to greet you, foreshadowing a day of fun surprises. Costs are never a surprise though as all are included up front. Golf whenever and however many holes you choose on the six hole course. Only six? Yes, designed by Davis Love III with multiple tee box and pin positions, the layout is intriguing enough to play again and again as deer prance through bunkers and storks light in trees, flapping wings and clapping beaks like a ballet show. If your golf swing isn’t there, grab a rod and reel. Fish the day away at the dock or hop on Captain Toby’s boat for historic rev-
elations, glimpses of the wild horses on Cumberland Island, the best fishing holes and techniques. We caught a bounty that the chef shared with guests, sending smiles our way at dinner. Over 27,000 acres are prime real estate for quail, wild boar, and whitetail deer. Custom wagons carry hunters and highly trained bird dogs to the protected woods. We told a quail to hide and chose the skeet stations for our shooting practice. Danny thrilled at Alice’s shotgun wielding, grateful not to be the target, while Alice took note of Danny’s pinpoint accuracy. Poolside seating and swings in the trees are perfect for simply relaxing. Trained chefs serve gourmet dishes such as wild venison tenderloin tamed by a bourbon sauce. If you don’t like down home hospitality, then stay home. If you do, then book Cabin Bluff for any corporate, buddy or family outing for a unique lifetime experience. If you would rather play six award winning courses, designed by the great Nicklaus, Jones, Cupp, Engh, Fazio and soon Pete Dye, then go to Reynolds Plantation, set around Lake Oconee with over 374 miles of shoreline. It is varietal golf at its finest. Start on the pretty and very playable Plantation Course. Advance to the Oconee with babbling brooks and the lake in play on many of the back
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nine holes. The Landing is a bit tougher layout. Every clubhouse has a great 19th hole site, suitable for lovely events, not the least of which was Carrie Underwood’s wedding. Camilo Villegas, Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis filmed their fun Taylormade commercial at the Golf Academy here. The Masters course has nothing over the Reynolds courses when the spring azaleas and dogwoods are in bloom. Visitors may stay in well equipped condos with maid service or indulge in ultimate luxury and pampering at the Ritz Carlton on property. Gaby’s poolside bar overlooking the lake there is an upscale place to see and be seen. The oysters are tasty treats for incoming boaters. Alternatively, the Infinity Pool adult bar has a more peaceful ambience at the Lake Club. Try the Infinity Sunset – a concoction of Captain Morgan Rum, Peach Schnapps, Orange juice
and a Splash of Grenadine and Sprite. It is a picture puzzle view with boats zigzagging across the water. The adjacent Nature Center avails all to paddling vessels while four full service marinas provide touring and sports fishing options. Dining options range from comfort foods to elegant cuisine. Dinner at the Landing Clubhouse features full lobster, corn, slaw and key lime pie for $35. It tastes like Maine until the dessert brings you back south. Close to the property, visit the local favorite – Silver Moon where you sign in on a blackboard and watch the oysters being shucked with great demand. If in a hurry, check out the bar or patio for first available seating. e parmesan crusted grouper is a signature dish rich in flavor. Eat, play and be happy at Reynolds Plantation or Cabin Bluﬀ. Better yet, split your time between both. You will leave fulfilled, with Georgia forever on your mind.
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Breezing Along the Outer Banks
From the time Orville and Wilbur Wright first took flight in the updrafts of Kitty Hawk, the Outer Banks of North Carolina have gained renown for far more than relaxing, wide sandy beaches, mild year-round temperatures and historical attractions. Today, an outstanding selection of fun and aﬀordable yet quality golf courses are helping transform the Outer Banks into a mini-Mecca sportsman’s paradise. With a wide array of courses more closely tied to the ocean and interior waterways than what you'll find in other East Coast golf destinations, a trip to OBX is now also about tee times, shots along the sound, and an array of after-golf dining options that include selections pulled directly from nearby waters and then freshly prepared by local chefs. For larger groups headed for the barrier islands and their nearby inland activities, an ideal itinerary might include renting a spacious and well-appointed golf cottage like the one situated next to the clubhouse at Kilmarlic Golf Club, the newest oﬀering along the upper Outer Banks. Featuring a fresh Tom Steele design that hosted the North Carolina Open in 2004 and 2009, Kilmarlic is centrally positioned among all the popular OBX golf venues including the two main ones – e Currituck Club and Nags Head Golf Links. Despite their similar locations in terms of oceanfront proximity, both provide in-
herently diﬀerent experiences on any given day. Nags Head, crafted by Bob Moore, plays hard along the inner waterway. e front and back nine closing holes along the sound are particularly spectacular. Nags Head’s bar/restaurant, not surprisingly, is also home to the most dramatic sunsets in town, with views not only across the immediate Roanoke Sound, but towards three other sounds (Albemarle, Croatan and Pamlico). e grandest design along the coast is also the area’s most demanding, especially when the wind kicks up. e Currituck Club, routed by world-renowned architect Rees Jones, rolls across diverse coastal terrain with sound-side views distinctly its own. Two other courses also on the mainland but certainly worth leaving the island to go play include e Pointe Golf Club and e Carolina Club, a pair of the most immaculately manicured and impeccably conditioned golf courses you will find anywhere. Spring packages start at $229 per person (MarchMay) and include three rounds of golf selected from among the five aforementioned courses and two nights accommodations at one of many first-class options.
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New England Private Clubs Must Innovate and Evolve to Survive and Thrive by Emily Kay
For years, e International catered to the rich and famous as an exclusive golf sanctuary in the heart of Massachusetts apple country. Its two championship 18-hole courses were must-plays among golfing connoisseurs. e Pines and Oaks courses remain the club’s crown jewels. But president/CEO Daniel Weadock intends to take his business to the next level. “We are...evolving from more than a just a private club to a world-class golf and culinary destination,” Weadock said. Private golf enclaves may be playgrounds of the wealthy, but the industry -- like most businesses -- continues to labor against a weak economy and changing mores. e New England market may be on the comeback trail, however. While some 400 of 4,400 private clubs in the U.S. went public between 2000 and 2009, private preserves in New England enjoyed a 3.6% uptick in rounds played last year, according to the National Golf Foundation. “Private clubs are absolutely not going away,” said Greg Nathan, NGF’s senior VP of membership. Even so, “Private clubs need to make aggressive changes to remain relevant,” observed Jon Last, president of Sports & Leisure Research Group. Even such high-end retreats as Golf Club at Turner Hill -- whose roster includes A-listers Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley -- have tweaked their dues structures. An equity member-sponsored prospect may play for two years without paying the $25,000 initiation fee, Turner Hill president Bob Talbot noted. Flexible plans, discounts, and outside play are ways clubs hope to boost membership and revenues, but family-oriented oﬀerings are key. “You have to have strong social and fitness programs and recreational opportunities,” said Tablot. Turner Hill now oﬀers comedy nights, bowling, and child care. For $20 per child, parents may leave their kids with an
educator on Saturday night or golf on ursday mornings. Flexible options. To commemorate its 50th anniversary, Hop Meadow CC (Simsbury, Conn.) will waive its initiation fee for the first 50 prospects who enlist for two years. e club will give three guest coupons to golfers who pay dues early and 3% discounts on annual rates to those who pay in full. Manchester, which boasted 390 dues-payers in 2001 and now has 250, will let individual and family prospects play for a year at 80% of the $4,000 (single) and $6,000 (family) annual dues. e club will waive the $2,500 initiation fee (down from $15,000 in 2001) for those who join by August 15. Outside play. If there’s one thing that gets noticed, it’s an empty tee sheet. Manchester employs the Boxgroove booking network to farm out unused times and receives 80% of each greens fee that Boxgroove sells. “It’s minimal cost to us [to bring] in incremental revenue. e International will also deploy Boxgroove, but Weadock’s vision extends beyond the golf course. In addition to a fitness center, spa, on-site TaylorMade Performance Center, and 50-room lodge, e International has added a Rick Smith Golf Academy and gourmet cuisine. “It’s a...holistic approach -- from the mental game, to nutrition, to the swing, the whole thing,” Weadock said. “We are trying to bring best-in-class golf products and services to our golf and culinary destination.” With its restaurant open to the public and 36 holes available to golfers who stay at the resort, e International has redefined the private course. “As the world and the private club industry changed and the economy went upside down,” Weadock said, “we...evolved out of necessity.” (Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly
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Molori Unplugged by John Molori
Hitting the Course with Bricks After a gritty 11-year NHL career with the Flyers, Penguins, Devils, Bruins and Jets, Andy Brickley knows a thing or two about hitting, but the man they call “Bricks” is about more than just hitting an opponent or the top corner. Brickley has been golfing since the age of 9, and hitting the little white ball is as much a part of his life as ever. “I grew up in Melrose, MA and lived less than a mile from Mount Hood Golf Club,” says Brickley, NESN’s Bruins’ analyst in his 16th year of broadcasting. “We would sneak into the ‘Hood and play 7 or 8 holes until we got caught.” Brickley says he is a “self-taught” golfer, and to this day, has never taken a formal lesson. “I learned the game by watching better players on the course and on TV,” says the former UNH hockey star. “Golf was just a summer activity that filled a gap when I wasn’t playing baseball. My brother Quintin took lessons from Lyman Doane at Mount Hood. I was just trying to pick up the basics of seeing the ball, hitting the ball and getting to the hole.” is rudimentary beginning led to a lifelong love of the game for the 50-year-old Brickley. He relates, “My passion for the game has changed since I retired from pro hockey in 1996. I wanted to get better, to learn more about the grip and swing. With golf, I don’t like to practice at all. I go right from the cart to the first tee. at is the competitor in me. I golf with a buddy, Mike Libby, who is a pro. It’s like getting a private lesson every time we play.” Brickley’s schedule lends itself nicely to the game. “I basically have summers oﬀ, so if I can help a cause by playing golf, that works. A lot of players and media play charity events. As a player, I always tried to give reporters ample time, win or lose. I tried to be a stand up guy, and felt that if I was good to them, they would be fair with me.” is human insight also applies to the golf course. “You can see a person’s level of integrity on the course,”
says Brickley, who counts Mario Lemieux, Rejean Lemelin, Dave Christian and Ray Bourque as teammates who excelled at golf. “You can see honesty and a sense of gentlemanship. It gives you a peek into what people are really like.” Brickley, a left-handed winger and center, does see some similarity between a hockey slap shot and a golf swing. He explains, “To generate power, you have to have that core strength in the middle of the body. Balance when addressing the ball or puck is crucial. It takes a tremendous grind to be the victor in both sports. You have to have a mental tenacity. In hockey, you can rely on teammates, and anger sometimes works. With golf, you are alone, and you can’t throw your bag into the crowd or knock down an opponent.” A proud member of Plymouth Country Club and Quincy’s Granite Links, Brickley explains the allure of both courses. “Plymouth is a classic Don Ross course. It is slow back to front, invites you in and beats you up. I love the design. e vistas at Granite Links are spectacular. It is a real risk-reward course.” Brickley lives in Hingham, MA with his wife and two daughters, but he is the only golfer in the house. He elaborates on where golf fits into his family and professional life. “I guess golf is my personal masculine domain. I play more than ever now, especially on the road with (WBZ Radio Bruins’ analyst and former Bruins teammate) Bob Beers. I would love to play e Peninsula in (San Mateo) California, and Pebble Beach. My wife used to be a hockey widow. Now, I joke that she is a golf widow.” A straight shooter on the ice and in the booth, Brickley does not see golf as a life and death struggle. He explains, “It appeals to my sense of competition. I know a lot of guys get frustrated with the game, but golf is diﬀerent for me. Even my worst day on the course is a great day.” Columnist John Molori writes for numerous publications and appears regularly on AM 1110 WCCM. Email John at MoloriMedia@aol.com.
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Ross’ Rulings USGA Plans To Review Status Of Belly And Long Putters by Jack Ross
You might want to hold oﬀ buying that belly putter for the new season. When touring pros like Adam Scott, Webb Simpson, and Keegan Bradley started winning tournaments with long and belly putters last year, sales of unconventional putters skyrocketed. It grew hard to find them on the rack at many retailers. Odyssey Golf, which manufactures the White Hot XG Sabertooth belly putter used by Bradley, reported that sales increased more than 400% last year. But just when it seemed that the unconventional putter boom might resuscitate the stagnant golf equipment industry, the USGA and R&A are posturing to deliver a proverbial belly punch to club manufacturers. e USGA, at the urging of the R&A, plans to conduct an inquiry into the putting technique known as “anchoring,” in which the butt of the putter is secured against the body. In belly putting, the grip end of the putter is secured against the abdomen. In chest putting with a long putter, the grip end of the putter is secured against the chest. Ever since long and belly putters appeared on the market, concerns have been expressed that anchoring the putter departs from the traditional concept of the stroke. Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson have suggested bans on belly putters, as did Ernie Els several years ago -- prior to turning to the belly putter last year in a search for a cure to his putting woes. Tiger Woods, another critic of long putters, recently pro-
posed a solution: the putter should be no longer than your shortest club. ere is precedent for banning an unconventional putting technique. In 1968, the USGA prohibited Sam Snead’s croquet-style of putting, ruling that it is impermissible to straddle the line of putt. Some observers contend that Snead’s technique was actually less inimical to the traditional concept of a stroke than anchoring, since his arms and hands flowed freely. In 1989, the USGA condoned long putters, but has been silent on the issue since. At the USGA’s annual meeting, executive director Mike Davis indicated that the USGA and R&A have been discussing anchoring, and that the USGA intends to take “a fresh look” at the issue. “More players are using it, both on the elite level and the recreational level,” he commented. “We want to be sure that we are looking at all the angles and thinking about what is in the best interest both of the traditions of the game, the history of the game, and what we think would be good for the game.” e USGA has indicated no time frame for its study of anchoring, nor has it committed itself to taking any action. So, for now, you’re free to continue to use your belly or long putter. Stay tuned. Jack Ross completed an intensive PGA/USGA rules workshop and has oﬃciated at state amateur competitions. Rules inquiries may be directed to email@example.com.
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Two Good Rounds
by Elisa Gaudet
A Visit to Pebble Beach
One of the undisputed most beautiful golf courses is Pebble Beach. ere are a number of factors that contribute to this including the dramatic California coastline, pristine golf courses and rich history of legendary and diverse clientele from Teddy Roosevelt to Elizabeth Taylor, Bobby Jones and almost every golfer after him. Bing Crosby is the person most responsible for popularizing this location and arguably the game of golf. Started in 1937 the “Crosby Clambake” was perhaps the advent of the greatest 19th hole event. Crosby first took up the game at 12 as a caddy and although he made his name as a singer and performer, he would probably prefer to be remembered as a two handicap who competed in both the British and U.S. Amateur championships, a five-time club champion at Lakeside Golf Club in Hollywood, and as one of only a few players to have made a hole-in-one on the 16th at Cypress Point. In 1937 Bing came up with the idea of the pro-am golf tournament and the first “Crosby Clambake”, as Bing himself nicknamed it, was won by Sam Snead. e tournament moved to Pebble in 1947. Rotating among Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Cypress Point Club and Spyglass Hill with the climactic final round was always played at Pebble, helped to establish the course as a major championship venue and a track that every golfer dreams of playing. e tournament was a rollicking success and from the very beginning set the precedent that it was as much about partying as it was about golf. e Crosby golf tournament was part moving cocktail party, part sporting event. A fast favorite watering
hole for the Crosby crowd, and all year long, was e Tap Room. is legendary bar has been part of e Lodge at Pebble Beach since 1949 and has established itself as one of the greatest 19th holes. In Two Good Rounds- 19th Hole Stories from the World’s Greatest Golfers, many Pro Golfers listed the Tap Room as their favorite watering hole to this day. Graeme McDowell chose the Irish bar Brophy’s Tavern in Carmel to celebrate after his 2010 US Open win. is golf inspired Irish bar has been known to quench the thirst of many a golfer. McDowell celebrated with friends and family and said “I may have been the drunkest man on earth. e next day I woke up and saw the Trophy on the table in my room and thought, this is a really great hangover. I had to pinch myself ”. A visit to Pebble is not complete without having a happy hour drink at the Inn at Spanish Bay where every day in Scottish tradition a bagpiper comes out from the hills as the sun is setting over the water and plays. No better place to enjoy a great California Cabernet than the outdoor fire pit patio that overlooks the ocean and links course while the bagpiper plays until the sun sets. Elisa Gaudet, author of Two Good Rounds – 19th Hole Stories from the World’s Greatest Golfers, worked for the PGA Tour before founding Executive Golf International. Her syndicated “On the Lip” column has been running since 2003.
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Celebrity Golfer: Bob Toski
by Leigh MacKay
A New England native son, Bob Toski, the man with the diminutive stature, has crafted a giant’s legacy in the annals of golf. An accomplished multi-win champion on the PGA Tour in the early 1950’s, Toski, born in Haydenville, MA, and educated at the local Northampton CC, was the Tour’s leading money winner in 1954 and won six tournaments between the Augusts of 1953-54. He also won the Mass Open at Hyannisport Club in 1958 and the Maine Open at Penobscot Valley in 1959. Choosing to spend more time with his wife Lynn and his three young boys, Toski left the Tour in 1955 at age 30 to become a club professional and to dedicate himself both to understanding the fundamentals of the golf swing and to communicating that information to players of all abilities. As accomplished as he was on Tour, Toski’s second career as an instructor brought him international renown, and this past January at the PGA Merchandise Show Demo Day, friend and colleague Jim Flick introduced Toski to a large TaylorMade clinic of club pros, media, and guests as “the best golf teacher on the planet.” From 1960 on, Toski’s name, face, and signature white cap became ubiquitous in the golf world. He composed instruction articles for myriad magazines, wrote or co-wrote a dozen books, made some of the first teaching videos, was a pioneer in bringing instruction to TV, was a regular on NBC tournament telecasts, developed his own line of eponymous clubs, and taught thousands of students. Touring pros such as Brad Adamonis, Jane Blalock, Pat Bradley, Bruce Crampton, Bruce Devlin, Birdie Kim, Tom Kite, Judy Rankin, and Lexi Thompson have sought his advice. After 2005 US Open champ Kim was asked how much the instruc-
tion of Toski had meant to her victory, she said, “Everything.” In 1971, he started the “Golf Digest” Schools, directing them for 20 years, and his system became the standard against which all other schools were judged. In 1990, he was inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame. Currently living in Boca Raton, FL, Toski, at a young and agile 85, roots for the Boston teams and plays golf frequently at nearby Sherbrooke CC, where he persistently shoots in the mid-70’s. He still gives the personal instruction that has made him famous at the Toski-Battersby Golf Learning Center, ranked as one of the top schools in the nation. NEGM: Why was Northampton CC such an important part of your childhood? BT: I was next to the youngest of nine siblings, and when my mother died when I was six, I spent my summers and when I wasn’t in school at the club, where my brothers Jack and Benny were assistants. I learned to play there and worked there later on, too. NEGM: When did you join the Tour and what happened? BT: I joined the PGA Tour in 1950. I didn’t feel in-
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timidated by the great players of the day—Demaret, Dickinson, Ford, Heafner, Hogan, Kroll, Mangrum, Middlecoff, Nelson, Penna, Snead, Worsham—but I was certainly apprehensive. I was only 5’8” and 118 pounds, perhaps too small and too light to be successful. Yet, I was encouraged by many of these guys, and they became my friends. They called me “Mighty Mite” and “Mouse” and “Swifty” because I walked so fast and “The Whistler” because I whistled while I played. NEGM: What made you a champion on the Tour? BT: I finally believed in myself and my game. In 1953, I was playing well and felt that I was about to break through. My pro friends thought so, too. Jimmy Demaret knew that I worried about my size and performance, and he took me aside and said to me, “Bob, if you’re good enough, you’re big enough, and you have no idea how good you are.” Shortly after that, I won the Insurance City Open in Hartford. And then the next year I won four more, including George May’s World Championship of Golf at Tam O’Shanter in Illinois with its $50,000 first prize. NEGM: What has made you the most respected and foremost teacher of the day? BT: First of all, I learned from the best. I watched the great players, and I analyzed their swings. I noticed certain essential truths in their games and mine. The golf swing is muscle control through conscious effort. Distance does not depend upon brute strength. Swing speed is what creates power. And
speed is determined with a swinging motion that is created through the movement of the hands, wrists, and arms. An absolute is that the body turns and shifts weight to support the motion of the hands and arms. The swing creates a turn; the turn does not create a swing. As a result, the golfer will feel the force of his swing as he contacts the ball consistently. What I have been able to do throughout my career is to take these truths and apply them both to the individual’s needs and to the nature of his/her swing action. NEGM: A dynamic instructor and a showman at heart, you were also known for your Toski-isms. What are your three best? BT: (1) Golf is a non-violent game played violently from within. (2) Think effortless power versus powerless effort. (3) Feel the force; don’t force the feel. NEGM: How many holes-in-one have you had? BT: 12, with two of them coming within an hour at a hospital charity event in Rutland, VT. NEGM: What is something that most people wouldn’t know about you? BT: My last name is Algustoski. Because the first tee announcers, however, would mangle it, I just shortened it. NEGM: You’re 85, Bob. When are you going to retire? BT: I retire every night! But I’ve got to give lessons almost every day. That’s my passion. I was born to teach golf.
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Welcome to the
2012 National Golf Expo Boston Spring is just around the corner and as we begin the month of March we also look forward to the start of the new golf season. is year’s National Golf Expo in Boston brings tons of opportunities for New England’s golfers to get ready to hit the course. Shop a selection of your favorite retailers. Sample the newest products. Plan a golf vacation to a new destination or an old favorite. e Golf Expo is your resource to try the newest equipment, shop the best bargains, learn the latest tips, and simply enjoy an entertaining day out. Learn from some of the best at the Golf Expo! On Saturday meet Michael Breed from the Golf Channel’s “e Golf Fix”. Check the Amica Demonstration Stage schedule and stop by one of the informative presentations to pick up helpful tips. Don’t miss the 25 station indoor driving range where you can loosen up that swing, and while you’re at it get some personalized advice from the “NEPGA Tune Up With a Pro.” is is our fifth year at the Seaport World Trade Center and we’re thrilled to be back here. is spectacular location in South Boston with its variety of restaurants, shopping and entertainment provides the perfect atmosphere to get us all excited for the golf season ahead! anks for attending the National Golf Expo. Enjoy your visit!
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2012 Demonstration Stage Schedule Friday March 2, 2012 1:45 pm 2:30 pm 3:15 pm 4:00 pm 4:45 pm 5:30 pm 6:15 pm
David “Ogie” Ogron “World’s Fastest Golfer” Gary Parker, CityGolf Boston “PGA Video Lessons: Live on Stage” Brent Amaral, PGA “Building Fundamentals & Efficient Practice Routine” Skip Guss, PGA “How To Be Competitive” Ed Weber, Fitting Specialist, GolfClub Tec “What Custom Club Fitting Will Do for Your Game” Gary Parker, PGA “PGA Video Lessons: Live on Stage” Skip Guss, PGA “Getting the Most Out of Your Practice Time”
Saturday March 3, 2012 11:00 am 12:00 pm 12:30 pm 1:15 pm 2:00 pm 2:45 pm 3:00 pm 4:15 pm
Michael Breed “The Golf Fix”, The Golf Channel David “Ogie” Ogron “World’s Fastest Golfer” Sue Kaﬀenburgh, PGA “Chronic Problems, New Approaches to Fix Them” Michael Breed “The Golf Fix”, The Golf Channel Drew Kayser, PGA Sue Kaﬀenburgh, PGA “Chronic Problems, New Approaches to Fix Them” Michael Breed, “e Golf Fix”, e Golf Channel Q & A Session with BoSox Legend Ed Weber, Fitting Specialist, GolfClub Tec “What Custom Club Fitting Will Do for Your Game”
Sunday March 4, 2012 11:00 am 11:45 am 12:30 pm 1:15 pm 2:00 pm 3:30 pm
Bob Beach, PGA “The Importance of a Pre-Shot Routine” David “Ogie” Ogron “World’s Fastest Golfer” Ed Weber, Fitting Specialist, GolfClub Tec “What Custom Club Fitting Will Do for Your Game” Kevin Walker, PGA “The ‘Real’ Fundamentals” Terry Felty, Director of Instruction at Big Sticks Golf “Stability in Your Golf Swing” Terry Felty, Director of Instruction at Big Sticks Golf “Stability in Your golf Swing”
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2012 National Golf Expo Exhibitor List 5-Hour Sample, LLC Adams Golf Aline Systems Amica Insurance Axis1 Golf Audi of America, Inc. Azores Golf Islands Bat-Caddy-Electric Golf Caddy Belly Putt Big Skinny Wallets Birdie G Media BirdieBall, Inc. Boston Cigar Factory Callaway Golf Company Cape Cod Chamber of Comm./CVB Casa de Campo Resort Centaurus Financial Central New York Golf Charleston & Resort Islands Golf Cleveland Golf/Srixon Country Club of New Bedford Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Course Cyprian Keyes Golf Club Deutsche Bank Championship Divoty Dunegrass Country Club Ecco Ernest Sports Florida Golf Gina Cigar Golf & Ski Warehouse Golf Ball Retrieval Golf Gruva Golf Holidays Golf Maine Golfing Magazine Golfnow.com Golfology Great Northern Catskills, NY -Golf Greater Ocean City Golf Assn. Green Mountain National Golf Course Happy Feet Harris Golf Jay Peak Golf Club Joe & Leigh's Discount Golf Shop King's Creek, Williamsburg, VA Lake Morey Resort LTS Leaderboard of Metro Boston South Lulas, Inc. Maine's Golf Trifecta Massachusetts Golf Association Maui Jim Musty Putters
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