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December 12, 2013 - 6:57pm
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Lydia Ko
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Lydia Ko signed with IMG, joining a stable that also includes Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Jessica Korda and Beatriz Recari.
Lydia Ko has signed with management company IMG, the company has announced.
 
Born in South Korea and raised in New Zealand, the 16-year-old Ko is already No. 4 in the women's world rankings and won the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters last week in Taiwan in her second start as a professional. She won the CN Canadian Women's Open at 15 last year to become the youngest winner in tour history and successfully defended the title this year.
 
"I am excited to work with my new team at IMG as I embark on my professional career," said Ko in a statement. "My family and I spoke with many candidates and IMG emerged as the clear choice to represent me, in large part because of their global reach. I am comfortable knowing that IMG will commit the appropriate resources to help my career excel while I focus on golf."
 
Ko ''is an incredibly impressive young lady and an astonishing player,'' said Guy Kinnings, global head of golf at IMG, in a statement.
 
After a dominant amateur career, Ko received an exemption to join the LPGA Tour, where she will play full-time in 2014.
 
IMG's stable of female golfers also includes Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Jessica Korda, Beatriz Recari and Jaye Marie Green, who was runner-up to Ko in the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur and last week won the LPGA Tour’s 2014 Qualifying Tournament in record fashion.
 
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
 
December 12, 2013 - 12:00am
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Duck Dynasty golf balls from Srixon
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''Duck Dynasty'' golf balls, made and marketed by Srixon Golf, are Blaze Orange – just like hunting vests – and come festooned with the faces of some of your favorite cast members.
By now, we're all too familiar with the phenomenon that is ''Duck Dynasty.'' The bearded brethren and their kinfolks have one of the highest-rated shows on TV, and their licensing machine has been in overdrive lately – you could, if you want, buy everything from ''Duck Dynasty'' sleepwear to bandages to Halloween costumes for dogs.
 
And, I have just discovered, there are also official ''Duck Dynasty'' golf balls. Made and marketed by Srixon Golf, these two-piece balls are Blaze Orange – just like hunting vests – and come festooned with the faces of some of your favorite cast members. But as goofy as they might look, these are balls are the real deal.  
 
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Made for the vast majority of golfers, Srixon says these spheres promote a high launch angle and penetrating trajectory for greater distance. The strong, piercing ball flight produces a shallower descent for greater carry and roll, the company adds, noting that they also provide soft feel for added control.
 
 
I admit I haven't seen every espisode of the show, and can't say that I've ever seen Willie and the boys out on the links. But we know for a fact that they do like golf – they're buddies with Bubba Watson and hung out at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans last spring. And, of course, we learned this year that Si fancies himself a golf instructor.
 
The golf balls would make a fun stocking stuffer for your favorite golfer. And no disrespect to Si, but I'd recommend you see your local PGA Professional for lessons.
 
December 11, 2013 - 3:33pm
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In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Mark Sheftic explains how to remedy common mistakes amateurs make with their chipping.

 


 

December 11, 2013 - 3:30pm
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Lexi Thompson
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Cobra Puma Golf announced on Wednesday an extension to its partnership with LPGA star Lexi Thompson.

Cobra Puma Golf and LPGA star Lexi Thompson announced today an extension between the two that will see Thompson serve as a brand ambassador and continue to have a prominent presence throughout Cobra Puma Golf activities in 2014 and beyond.

"Lexi Thompson has been an instrumental global force for the company's growth over the past three years," said Bob Philion, president of Cobra Puma Golf. "We are thrilled to continue our work with her in the coming years and watch her evolve as a world-class golfer and trend-setter on and off the course."

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Since turning professional in June 2010, Thompson has been a key brand ambassador, sporting Cobra Golf equipment and Puma Golf attire on and off the course. Over the course of the partnership, Thompson has also developed her own signature look -- The Sunday Blue -- which features Puma Golf's seasonal hue of blue apparel from head to toe.

"Being part of the Cobra Puma Golf team has played a huge role in the success of my professional golf career, and I'm excited to continue our partnership," said Thompson. "I'm looking forward to the new opportunities and challenges the coming years will bring with the Cobra Puma Golf family behind me."

Since joining the brand, Thompson has compiled five professional wins, including her most recent win at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. In 2014, she will look to continue her winning streak with Cobra Golf's BiO CELL Driver, BiO CELL+ Irons and Tour Trusty wedges.

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December 10, 2013 - 3:29pm
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In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Thomas Troncoso talks about what you should be seeing and hearing when hitting chips around the green.

December 10, 2013 - 2:54pm
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The University of Rhode Island golf team has released a, "Golf Boys," remix video.

Having graduated from the University of Rhode Island 11 years ago (wow, was it that long already?), I have a special place in my heart for all things Rhody Rams.

That's why it brought me great delight when I saw this tweet from Rhody head men's golf coach Gregg Burke this afternoon:

 

 

Naturally, I was intrigued, so I clicked the link, which features Rhody golfers Seamus Fennelly, Billy Walthouse, Andrew Fiorenzano, Mat Goldman, Derick Paxton, Eric Marchetti, Jared Adams, Andrew Wester, Nick Fairweather and Joe Leavitt.

It's not quite as outlandish as the original 'Golf Boys' video featuring PGA Tour stars Ben Crane, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan, but it's worth a couple of minutes of your time to watch this funny remix. And, don't get me wrong, there are some crazy outfits in the video, including one player dressed in what looks like a sweatshirt with tiger stripes and a fur cap, reminiscent of the one worn by Scut Farkus in, "A Christmas Story."

With that, I double-dog dare you not to laugh at the video:

 

 

I especially enjoyed the golf choreography (is that even a thing?), with the synchronized golf shots, over-the-top reactions and of course, the juggling tricks.

Well done, Rams. Well done.

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