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October 22, 2013 - 7:49pm
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PGA President Ted Bishop (center) is joined by the PGA leadership after being inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame Tuesday night in Indianapolis.
Ted Bishop, the 38th president of The PGA of America and Tour Professional Chris Smith were inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame Tuesday night (Oct. 22) at Meridian Hills Country Club in Indianapolis.
 
In 2012, Bishop became the third native of Indiana to be elected president of The PGA of America, the world's largest sports organization. He joined Indiana's Don Padgett II (1977-78) and Mickey Powell (1985-86). Both Padgett and Powell are also enshrined in the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame.
 
"There was never a point in my career I could imagine being inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame," Bishop said. "I can't tell you how much this means to me to be in the Hall of Fame family. This really means so much to me."
 
A native of Logansport, Ind., Bishop graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor's Degree in Agronomy in 1976, and began his career as a professional and superintendent at the Phil Harris Golf Course in Linton, Ind.
 
He was elected to PGA membership in 1985, and has served in a leadership capacity at either the Section or National levels since 1989. Bishop was the 1991 recipient of the Section Horton Smith Award and a two-time (1996-97) Section Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient. From 1997-98, Bishop served as president of the Indiana PGA Section, and was the 1998 Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year.
 
 
He has twice been awarded the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash by the Governor of Indiana, for service to the communities in which he has resided.
Bishop, 59, is the PGA general manager at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind., where he oversaw construction and development of the facility in 1991. He was instrumental in the process that saw the Indiana Golf Office move to its current location, which provided tangible space for the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame.
 
"Based on the fact that the Hall of Fame is here at the Legends makes it all that much more special to be inducted," Bishop said. "For me to know that in some small way I had something to do with it, being here makes it even cooler."
 
Well-versed in virtually every aspect of Association governance, Bishop has served since 2006 on the PGA Board of Directors. Prior to joining the PGA Board, he served on the PGA Board of Control from 2002-05, where he evaluated hundreds of membership cases. He later served as chair of the Board of Control while secretary of The PGA.
 
During his first year as PGA president, Bishop oversaw the hiring of The PGA of America's new CEO, continued to champion growth of the game endeavors and has been the voice of The PGA concerning vital issues affecting the golf industry.
 
Smith, 44, is a native of Peru, Ind., and the 1991 Big Ten Conference champion while completing an All-American career at Ohio State University. Smith turned professional in 1991, was the 1997 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year and won the 2002 Buick Classic.
 
Bishop and Smith are the 101st and 102nd members of the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame, respectively.
 
October 22, 2013 - 5:32pm
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Nike Lunar Embellish women's golf shoes
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The Nike Lunar Embellish women's golf shoes come with a variety of Interchangeable saddle wraps to allow golfers to match their shoes with their outfits.

The two big pushes in golf shoes these days are to make them as lightweight as possible and also to make them customizable. Nike Golf does both in its new Lunar Embellish women's golf shoe.

The Lunar Embellish is significantly lighter than its predecessor, the Air Embellish, weighing in at 8.6 ounces compared to 11.9 ounces for the Air Embellish. The weight savings is a result of lighter materials combined with a slimmer, more refined design. And the new shoes contain Nike's Lunarlon Technology for responsive cushioning in the heel as well as Integrated Traction on the outsole to provide control at impact. 

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The Lunar Embellish also comes with two reversible saddle wraps – for four colors in total – allowing golfers to match their shoes with their outfit for the day, and the saddles also provide adjustable mid-foot support. In addition, a new water-resistant synthetic leather upper, crafted with a no-sew technology film overlay, provides extra support and durability throughout the length of the shoe.

The Pure Platinum/Wolf Grey-White shoes offer Red Violet, Turf Orange, Glacier Ice and Wolf Grey saddle choices. The Black/Metallic Cool Grey-White offer Dark Grey, Turbo Green, Geranium and Violet Shade saddle choices. The shoes carry a suggested retail price of $130 per pair (and a street price of $99 per pair), and will be available at retail in early November.

 

October 22, 2013 - 3:32pm
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Tiger Woods received a grade of "F" from Brandel Chamblee for the 2013 season.

The biggest news in golf last week was made when a column written by former Tour winner and current Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee was posted to Golf.com in which Chamblee gave Tiger Woods a "F" as a grade for the 2013 season.

Woods, the world's No. 1-ranked player, was a five-time winner in 2013 -- three more wins than anyone else -- and captured his 11th career PGA Tour Player of the Year award.

Chamblee wasn't giving Woods a "F" for his results, but more for his run-ins with the rules -- four in particular that Chamblee cited in the piece, three of which led to two-shot penalties for Woods.

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Chamblee wrote: "I remember when we only talked about Tiger's golf. I miss those days. He won five times and contended in majors and won the Vardon Trophy and ... how shall we say this ... was a little cavalier with the rules."

It was that last line that didn't sit well with many, including Mark Steinberg, Woods' longtime agent who threatened possible legal action against Chamblee for suggesting Woods was a cheater -- the worst thing you can call a golfer.

In an Associated Press report published on Tuesday, Chamblee stood firm in his grading of Woods.

As AP golf writer Doug Ferguson noted, Chamblee never actually called Woods "a cheater" in the piece, which was done by design.

"I think 'cavalier with the rules' allows for those with a dubious opinion of the BMW video," Chamblee said Tuesday in an email to the AP. "My teacher in the fourth grade did not have a dubious opinion of how I complete the test. But she was writing to one, and as I was writing to many, I felt it important to allow for the doubt some might have, so I chose my words accordingly.

"What people want to infer about that is up to them," he said. "I have my opinion, they can form theirs."

Chamblee said the reason for the failing mark was because, "ethics matter more than athletics."

All in all, this is a situation that doesn't look to be going away any time soon.

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October 22, 2013 - 12:54pm
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We came across video today of a pep talk Jason Dufner gave to the Auburn University football team shortly after his PGA Championship win in August.

Here's the talk:

Unfortunately, there's no Dufnering in the video, but it was interesting to see Dufner at least crack a smile while he imparted some words of wisdom on the Tigers. As we've come to learn, there's no bigger Auburn fan than the reigning PGA Champion, who attended school there.

Dufner also attended the Auburn game at Texas A&M on Saturday and Twitter user @owensco79 tweeted this picture of the Duf giving a pregame speech in the Tiger lockeroom:

In case you missed it, Dufner's pep talk must have worked. Auburn took down Johnny Manziel's Aggies, 45-41 on the road.

At 6-1 overall, Auburn debuted at No. 11 in the first BCS standings released on Sunday.

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October 22, 2013 - 11:46am
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If you live on a golf course, it's reasonable to assume that your house may be the recipient of an errant shot every now and again.

That's what happened at the 16th hole at Lakeridge Golf Course in Reno in September 2012 to the home of a man named Jeff Fleming.

What happened next is where things got crazy.

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The unidentified golfer who struck Fleming's house -- breaking a window -- took a drop and was attempting to play his next shot when Fleming allegedly fired a shotgun at the golfer, who suffered minor injuries to an arm and both legs.

According to a report, the 53-year-old Fleming pleaded guilty to a felony charge last week. Fleming entered the plea to battery with a deadly weapon last Thursday in Washoe County District Court. He faces from probation to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine when he's sentenced Dec. 12.

In exchange for Fleming's guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop an assault with a deadly weapon charge and to go along with the Division of Parole and Probation's recommended sentence for him.

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October 21, 2013 - 6:59pm
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TaylorMade SLDR fairway wood and rescue club
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The new TaylorMade SLDR fairway woods and rescue clubs share the SLDR driver's Loft-Sleeve technology, which allows golfers to adjust the loft, as well as its gray and silver color palette.

Two months after the release of the SLDR driver, TaylorMade Golf is giving it some company. Five SLDR fairway woods and four SLDR Rescue clubs are joining the family.

The new fairways and rescues don't share the SLDR driver's signature sliding weight on the sole, but they do have TaylorMade's Loft-Sleeve technology, which allows golfers to adjust the loft 1.5 degrees up or down. Better players are sometimes reluctant to play higher-lofted metalwoods because of their increased spin rate, but TaylorMade says the SLDR clubs have a low and forward Center of Gravity that reduces spin and generates greater distances, even with the higher lofts.

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Another TaylorMade trademark found in the SLDR fairways and rescues is the Speed Pocket, which is also found in the RocketBallz woods and RocketBladez and new SpeedBlades irons. The Speed Pocket is essentially a slot cut into the sole that allows the face to flex more and faster to help generate greater ball speed. Unlike the open slots in RocketBallz woods, the SLDRs' slots contain a polymer fill to keep grass and debris out. 

Like the SLDR driver, the new clubs feature a traditional head shape with a shallow face, charcoal-gray crown and silver clubface. And just as the SLDR quickly became the most-played driver on the PGA Tour, the fairways and rescues are already being used by players such as Justin Rose and D.A. Points.

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The SLDR fairway woods come in five models: Tour Spoon (14 degrees), 3 (15 degrees), 3HL (17 degrees), 5 (19°) and 5HL (21 degrees), all of which come stock with a Fujikura Speeder 77 graphite shaft. They carry a suggested retail price of $249 per club, or $349 with an optional Fujikura Motore Speeder TS 8.3 shaft.

The rescue clubs come in four models: the 2 (17 degrees), 3 (19 degrees), 4 (21 degrees) and 5 (24 degrees), with a stock Fujikura Speeder 82 shaft. They carry a suggested retail price of $219, while an optional TP version, equipped with the Fujikura Motore Speeder TS 9.3 shaft, has a suggested retail price of $289. 

All the new SLDR fairways and rescues will be available at retail in mid-November.

Here's a TaylorMade video with more info on these new clubs: