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Rhona Aime, Chief Financial Officer and Angela Schmelzer, Program Operations Coordinator at the PGA of America will serve as mentors to Yasmian Al-Sharshani from Qatar for the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program. Now in its fourth year, this program supports the United States global commitment toward advancing the rights and participation of women and girls around the world, using sports as a vehicle towards greater opportunity and inclusion.

The PGA of America is proud to play an important role in engaging, inspiring, and empowering a new generation of female leaders around the world. For three weeks, Aime and Schmelzer will mentor Al-Sharshani, providing her with valuable skills, experience, and access to networks that can lead to future opportunities back in her home community. Aime and Schmelzer will also help to construct a strategic action plan with Yasmian, in an effort to create additional sports opportunities for underserved women and girls in Qatar.

The mentoring program is a central component of the Department’s broader Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, which aims to increase the number of women and girls worldwide who are involved in sports. Through sports, women and girls learn about peaceful competition, hard work, leadership, and teamwork -- all attributes that equip them to help create stronger, more productive, and stable communities.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs builds relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs. These international exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes and emerging leaders from the United States and nearly 170 countries. Alumni of these exchanges comprise over 1 million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 350 current or former heads of state and government.

Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #EmpowerWomen. 

Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed threw one in the cup at the fifth after hitting his tee shot in the rough.

Patrick Reed went from the rough to the cup - the bottom of the cup - on hole No. 5 during final round play of the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship.

Reed drove the ball into the rough off the tee and was left with 168 yards to the pin.

He was in the plush stuff, too.

A swing, solid contact, and that signature sound of ball meeting flagstick.

Here's how it happened:



The eagle followed a birdie and put Reed at 9-under for the tournament and 2-under on the day.


September 7, 2015 - 12:34pm
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Dizzy Golf Challenge
There's a new game that's fun for everyone not partaking -- the Dizzy Golf Challenge. Check out this guy who drives a golf ball into his own face.

Anything that involves getting dizzy before swinging a stationary object, usually isn't a great idea -- OK, maybe with the exception of a piñata. At least if one of those things gets busted open there's candy everywhere.

In the video you're about to see, the only thing that gets busted for this dizzy golfer is... his own face.

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This video, entitled, "The Dizzy Golf Challenge" has taken the internet by storm over the last several days.

According to the description on the video, here's how the challenge works: "The challenge is simple. Spin around your driver five or six times and try whacking the golf ball. The end results in good times."

And here's the accompanying video, providing an ideal example of why you probably want no part of this challenge:



Unfortunate and painful outcome. 

Chris Kirk eagles No. 17 at TPC Boston.
Chris Kirk served up an eagle from the fairway during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Sunday afternoon, Chris Kirk's ball was positioned nicely in the fairway of No. 17 at TPC Boston.

Anywhere close to the hole would have been nice.

Instead, with 137 yards left, he launched this highlight-reel shot:





Now that's how you use backspin.

We're giving bonus points for the casual club-toss-to-caddy move, too.

Kirk won last year's Deutsche Bank Championship.

The eagle helped him to a 4-under 67 on the round. He is 3-under for the tournament.

Full leaderboard action can be found here.


September 5, 2015 - 2:58pm
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Bill Haas
Bill Haas stands over this 68-footer for eagle Saturday at the 18th hole.

Bill Haas had two goals this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship -- advance to the next round of the FedExCup playoffs and put himself in position to earn a spot on the Presidents Cup team.

A putt like this during Saturday's second round will certainly move him closer to both:



Haas' eagle putt, a 68-footer, was dead in the heart of the cup. And after shooting a 2-over 73 on Friday, it allowed him to move inside the cut line at that moment. Haas is currently 11th in the Presidents Cup standings, and would love a chance to play for his father Jay, this year's U.S. captain.

MIT driverless golf cart
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In a recent test, MIT's autonomous golf carts were outfitted with computers, off-the-shelf laser rangefinders mounted at different heights and a camera.
From the sounds of things, companies like Google are making steady progress in developing cars that can get around just fine without drivers. For us golfers, though, the real quest is for self-driving golf carts, and there's good news on that front as well.
The smart kids at SMART – the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology – recently completed an experiment in which they outfitted golf carts with self-driving technology and tested them out in a large public garden in Singapore. According to the MIT News Office, the six-day test saw the autonomous vehicles ferry 500 tourists "around winding paths trafficked by pedestrians, bicyclists and," it noted, "the occasional monitor lizard."
The researchers also tested out an online booking system that allowed the tourists to schedule pickups and dropoffs at 10 different stations scattered around the garden, with the carts constantly rerouted to handle all the requests.
"We would like to use robot cars to make transportation available to everyone," said Daniela Rus, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. "The idea is, if you need a ride, you make a booking, maybe using your smartphone or maybe on the Internet, and the car just comes."
We have to note that this experiment didn't include any golf-related action, but it's not much of a stretch to envision the day when carts could pick golfers up at the clubhouse, roll right up to the first tee, and then move around the course with the players doing nothing more than telling the cart when and where to stop. With the right kind of sensors, the carts might even be able to help find wayward golf balls.
The autonomous golf carts were outfitted with computers, off-the-shelf laser rangefinders mounted at different heights and a camera and, the researchers said, they had to jockey for position on the garden's paths along with everyone else. The obstacle-collision system encountered only one difficulty – when a large, slow-moving monitor lizard crossed the path of one of the golf carts.
"It was this stop-and-go game over who's going to do what," said Rus.
"The cart was a joy to ride in," said Matt Mason, a professor of computer science and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, who served as a passenger during the trial. "It drove all over the place. It avoided all the obstacles we put in its path.  And it did it without a lot of intrusive machinery."
The SMART researchers will formally present a paper on their experiment this month at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. SMART is a collaboration between MIT and the National Research Foundation of Singapore, and includes lead researchers from both MIT and several Singaporean universities, chiefly the National University of Singapore and the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
Here's a brief video on the project: