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November 15, 2013 - 9:51am
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Lynn Swann
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Pro Football Hall of Fame Member Lynn Swann has been named the new Independent Director on the PGA of America Board of Directors.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Lynn Swann, who helped lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl wins in the 1970s and 1980s, has been named the new Independent Director on the PGA of America Board of Directors.

Swann, who sits on the Board of Directors of several corporations and owns a marketing and consulting company, will be formally sworn in by delegates at the 97th PGA Annual Meeting, on Nov. 23, in San Diego. He replaces John Jacob, of Aventura, Fla., and will serve a three-year term.

RELATED: PGA's oldest living member -- Errie Ball -- turns 103

"The PGA of America is very pleased to welcome Lynn Swann, one of America's most celebrated athletes, to the PGA Board of Directors," said PGA President Ted Bishop. "Lynn's legendary career of performing on a global stage extends to his expertise in business, where he has connected with leaders of organizations in this country. We believe that he brings that same invaluable insight and commitment to excellence as a member of the PGA Board of Directors."

Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001, Swann -- a resident of Sewickley, Pa. -- earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California in 1974. He was an All-American for the Trojans, including the 1972 squad that went undefeated and won the national championship. Swann was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1974 and was a major contributor to their dynasty.

"I am looking forward to the next three years of serving The PGA of America and the game of golf," said Swann, 61. "I came to the game late in life, but hope over the next three years to help the PGA bring golf to so many more people early in life."

The PGA Board of Directors is composed of the Association's president, vice president, secretary, honorary president, and 17 directors. The directors, who each serve three-year terms, include representatives from each of The PGA's 14 districts, two Independent Directors and a member of the PGA Tour.

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November 15, 2013 - 9:51am
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Cross Golf Apparel
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The new Pro Loft Jacket by Cross Golf Apparel is perfect for those cold-weather rounds of golf.

One of the biggest gripes for those who have to deal with frigid temperatures on the golf course this time of year -- aside from the freezing or near-freezing conditions -- is the layering of clothes required to stay warm.

Sure, it comes with the territory, but let's be honest -- golf just isn't all that much fun when you're dressed up like Ralphie's little brother in "A Christmas Story" and you can't even put your arms to your sides.

Cross Golf Apparel for men and women, may have the solution thanks to its new Pro Loft Jacket.

RELATED: Winter Golf -- it can be done and enjoyed

Swedish-inspired Cross draws upon its heritage in the ski industry with this lightweight yet heavy-duty jacket that's perfect for a cool day on the links or other chilly outdoor activities.

The Pro Loft jacket has a water-and wind-repelling shell that keeps you dry while a PrimaLoft synthetic microfiber insulation lets perspiration release for a constant, comfortable inner climate.

The featherweight polyester ripstop stretch panels offer superb durability while increasing range of motion -- perfect for the golf swing -- while the drawstring hem adds customizable comfort.

RELATED: Your best cold weather golf tips

Best of all, it's not bulky. The Pro Loft folds into its own back pocket for added packability making it ideal for travel.

The Pro Loft men's jacket comes in black and retails for $239. For women, the Pro Loft is available in Carmine (a pink color) and also retails for $239.

For more information, visit www.crossgolfapparel.com.

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November 14, 2013 - 4:17pm
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Errie Ball
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Errie Ball, the oldest living member of the PGA of America, turned 103 years old today.

PGA Life Member Errie Ball of Stuart, Fla., turned 103 today.

Ball is the oldest living member of The PGA of America and the lone surviving member of the original Masters Tournament field of 1934.

Bob Denney, Senior Association Writer of The PGA of America, passed along word (and photo) that Ball celebrated his birthday a day early at the Yacht & Golf Club in Stuart, with his family and friends.

RELATED: Errie Ball inducted into PGA Hall of Fame

The guest list included former PGA District 6 Director Bruce Patterson of Butler National Golf Club in Oak Brook, Ill., and PGA Director of Golf Gerry Knebels of Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart. Patterson worked under Ball for 13 years and Knebels four at Butler National.

In 1990, Ball was inducted into the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame and in 2011, he was inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame.

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November 14, 2013 - 2:54pm
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For those just starting the game, you might think one would want to avoid a hook at all costs.

That, however, is simply not the case -- especially when windy conditions come into play.

In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Matt Kluck instructs how the hook shot is used for more roll and comes out of the bunker lower. Also, PGA Professional Joe Plecker shows that in windy conditions, you should dig your feet a little deeper in the sand with your weight forward.

 

November 14, 2013 - 2:43pm
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Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn
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Tiger Woods was spotted in Breckenridge, Colo. with girlfriend Lindsey Vonn on Wednesday.

USA Today has a report saying that Tiger Woods might be in Breckenridge, Colo., skiing with Olympic champion girlfriend Lindsey Vonn.

WATCH: Woods talks Vonn on CNN's "Unguarded" with Rachel Nichols

And, via Four-time Olympic skier Sarah Schleper's Twitter account, there looks to be photographic evidence of a Woods/Vonn sighting (at least Vonn, anyway, in the pink jacket) in Breckenridge from Wednesday.

 

 

Five-time Olympic skiing medalist Bode Miller -- an avid golfer -- also chimed in on Twitter.

 

 

Finally, there was this Instagram photo that clearly shows Woods in a ski lodge.

 

 

Woods plays host to the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, Dec. 5-8.

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November 14, 2013 - 12:19pm
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Jarrod Lyle
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Jarrod Lyle, in remission after a second bout with acute myeloid leukemia, returned to professional golf at the Australian Masters this week.

Sport produces spine-tingling, send chills through your body moments at times. Yesterday in Australia was one of those special occasions.

Jarrod Lyle, a 32-year-old professional golfer from Australia, tearfully teed it up in the first round of the Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne.

RELATED: Lyle returns after second bout of leukemia

For Lyle, this was a joyful moment as it marked his return to competitive golf after a battle with acute myeloid leukemia -- the second time he has beat that form of cancer in his lifetime.

Lyle shot a 1-over 72 in the first round of the Aussie Masters -- a score no one will care about as much as the significance of Lyle's return.

Watch the video below to see Lyle's emotional opening tee shot.

 

 

After the round, Lyle sent out the following tweet:

 

 

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