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May 6, 2013 - 8:29pm
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Saxby Chambliss, Barack Obama
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Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss made his round with President Barack Obama quite memorable.


Call it the bipartisan shot heard around the world?
Making a hole-in-one is pretty awesome anytime. But all politics aside, making one as a United States Senator - while playing golf with a sitting President of the United States - well, that's just beyond amazing.
Such was the case on Monday for Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss.  The Republican lawmaker was invited to play with President Barack Obama, as was fellow GOP senator Bob Corker (Tenn) and Democratic Senator Mark Udall (Colo.)  
On the par-3 11th hole at Joint Base Andrews course in Maryland, Chambliss hit what he called a "choked down" five iron to ace the 156 yard shot. 
"It was pretty special", Sen. Chambliss told reporters after his round. "I didn't scull it. Hit a little fade."
His reward for such a feat: a signed flag by the foursome to commemorate his accomplishment. 
The round was actually cut short by an afternoon vote on Capitol Hill, so Chambliss was not held to the tradition of buying drinks for the group (or clubhouse) after the round. Chambliss stated this was his second career hole-in-one.
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Cobra AMP Cell Pro driver
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The red, white and blue Cobra AMP Cell Pro drivers will come complete with all the features found in the regular AMP Cell Pro drivers – most significantly Cobra's MyFly Technology.

With the U.S. Open coming up fast, Cobra has unveiled plans to release a limited edition of its AMP Cell Pro driver decked out in red, white and blue. 

The tri-colored drivers will be available on June 1, but only 600 will be made. Each will be marked with a '1 of 600' decal on the sole for authenticity. 

''We love driving excitement around our brand with limited edition products,'' said Cobra Director of Product Marketing Jose Miraflor. ''The golfing community is so patriotic, especially around the U.S. Open. We felt it was the perfect time to introduce a limited edition color to our AMP Cell Pro Driver line.'' 

The patriotic powersticks will come complete with all the features found in the regular AMP Cell Pro drivers – most significantly Cobra's MyFly Technology, which allows golfers to optimize their distance and trajectory by selecting among several lofts with a simple wrench. 

Cobra's E9 Face Technology with dual roll provides an elliptical face shape with a canted bulge and roll that improves both distance and accuracy on mis-hits from heel to toe and above and below the centerline. Advanced Material Placement and Cell technology work together to enable a 12 percent larger face for faster ball speeds and more stability, even on mis-hits. 

The Cell band, which wraps around the crown, shows golfers where the bulk of the head's weight is distributed and helps position the Center of Gravity for the kind of ball flight low handicappers prefer.

The red, white and blue driver is available in Stiff and Regular flexes and features an Aldila RIP Phenom shaft. The grip, headcover and even the wrench match the head's patriotic color scheme. The driver carries a suggested retail price of $499.

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Paramount Country Club
Paramount Country Club
Paramount Country Club, founded by movie mogul Adolph Zukor, entertained the stars of both Broadway and Hollywood.

Paramount Country Club in suburban New York City has reopened its A.W. Tillinghast-designed course after a two-year renovation at the hands of course architect Jim Urbina.

The club was created in 1920 by movie mogul Adolph Zukor on his private retreat 30 miles north of New York City. Zukor, the founder of Paramount Pictures, entertained the stars of both Broadway and Hollywood on the course, which rolls across heavily wooded terrain high above the Hudson River. For years, it was known as Dellwood Country Club, before recently taking on the Paramount name to more strongly link it to its glamorous past.

"The course is fantastic," said PGA head professional Steve Scott. "Jim has created a modern version of years past."

Tillinghast, one of golf’s greatest and most prolific course designers, created a number of other prominent courses in the metropolitan New York area roughly a century ago. They include Winged Foot, Bethpage, Quaker Ridge and Baltusrol.

"In his book 'The Course Beautiful' – which I used as my 'playbook' for Paramount – Tillie said that courses should offer people coming from the city the chance to get into nature, see the wonderful views, and enjoy the outdoors," said Urbina, who has restored a number of prominent older courses. "To do that, the course should be simple, not busy, a place to get away into the open air. Paramount delivers that."

Working off of Tillinghast's original plans and old photographs, Urbina renovated every hole at Paramount. He brought back the flashed-up, organically shaped bunkers for which Tillinghast was famous, and also enlarged greens that had shrunk over the years. He removed numerous trees and some stretches of cart paths to help restore the property’s wide vistas from a century ago.

"When I first came up two years ago, I knew it was all here," said Urbina. "But you had to peek around trees to see it. Now Paramount is back in the spirit of Tillinghast."

The course renovation was part of a multi-million-dollar effort to upgrade many aspects of the private club. Other improvements were made to the clubhouse, public areas, tennis courts, pool, member's cottage and other areas indoors and out.

"Early on, I asked if they understood the historic significance of this golf course," said Urbina. "They absolutely did and wanted to bring it back to Tillinghast's original concept. As a result, the course is more open, more playable, and more fun. That's the foundation, the artistry and the genius of Tillinghast."

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YNN Austin
Klein Klotz of Lake Travis High School was mobbed by his teammates after making his walkoff ace.

Watch the sports highlights on TV for more than a few minutes, and you're likely to see a game-winning home run in baseball, and maybe even a buzzer-beater in basketball. 

But I can pretty much guarantee you've never seen this – a walkoff hole-in-one. Not only that, it was the final stroke of the Texas 5-A high school tournament.

The super shot was struck a few days ago by Klein Klotz, a senior at Lake Travis High School in the Austin suburb of Lakeway, Texas. Lake Travis wrapped up its third straight state championship at Moris Williams Golf Course in Austin, but Klotz was tied for second in the individual standings – one shot behind the state medalist – with two other players.

So the three teed off in sudden death to decide the silver medal. The playoff hole was the 191-yard, par-3 12th. Klein took his cut, the ball soared toward the green, bounced softly – and rolled right into the cup.

The ace made Klotz the state runner-up for the second straight year, and was also the final swing of his high school career. Next fall, he'll join the golf team at Sam Houston State University.

You can see the video replay of his ace right here.

And by the way, the Lake Travis girls also captured their state title.



17th hole at TPC Sawgrass
The Players Championship via Twitter
The famous island green at TPC Sawgrass really is an island, after the course was drenched with five inches of rain.

The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass is set for next week, but Monday's activities at the facility have been curtailed, the PGA Tour announced this afternoon.

The Ponte Vedra Beach area of northern Florida has received more than five inches of rain in the past 36 hours, flooding parts of the course, including the walkway out to the green on the famous par-3 17th hole. The Players Championship's official Twitter account tweeted out the photo shown above, with this caption: ''The 17 #islandhole is officially an island! Good thing the forecast is clear next week! #3days.''

The Monday washout will mark the first time since the Players Championship moved from March to May in 2007 that a full day of tournament week will be lost to the weather.

The decision was made ''to allow the course to drain properly, minimize any damage that would affect the competition and give the course maintenance team as much time as possible to prepare the golf course once the storm conditions subside,'' said the PGA Tour. Several activities planned for Monday have been rescheduled or cancelled, and officials said all fans with Monday tickets can use them on Tuesday. 

Annika Sorenstam
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Annika Sorenstam's new tournament for college women, the ANNIKA Intercollegiate, will feature 12 top teams in a high-profile kickoff to the college golf season.

Few people in the world of golf have had a better – and busier – couple of weeks than Annika Sorenstam.

On April 19, she was elected to PGA membership. And now she is creating her own tournament for NCAA Division I women.

The ANNIKA Intercollegiate, as it will be called, will debut Sept. 27-30, 2014, and will feature 12 of the nation's top women's squads in a high-profile kickoff to the college golf season. The 54-hole, stroke-play tournament will be played on the Watson Course at the Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla. Reunion, of course, is also the home base of Sorenstam's ANNIKA Academy.

The highlight of the tournament weekend will be a gala reception in which Sorenstam will present the inaugural ANNIKA Award to the nation's top female collegiate player. The ANNIKA Award is the female equivalent of the Haskins Award, which for 42 years has been given to the most outstanding Division I male golfer. Selection is governed by the Haskins Commission of Columbus, Ga., which will oversee the vote of players, coaches and media for both the Haskins and ANNIKA awards.

''This event offers a fantastic platform to expand my foundation's mission to establish greater playing opportunities for junior and college golfers alike,'' said Sorenstam, the 1991 NCAA Champion and co-player of the year. ''We hold our AJGA invitational on the Watson Course at Reunion every year, so I am excited that many of the girls who competed here as juniors will be able to come back and play with their college teams.''

Sorenstam created the ANNIKA Foundation as a way to teach children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offer aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. The foundation has partnered with such organizations as SPARK, Florida Hospital for Children in support of its Healthy 100 Kids initiative and The First Tee in development of the Nine Healthy Habits curriculum for children.

It annually conducts four major golf events for junior girls, including an award-winning AJGA tournament, ANNIKA Invitational at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla.; the ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills, the first all-girls junior tournament in China; the ANNIKA Invitational in Europe; and the ANNIKA Cup, a team event for the top juniors in Sweden. The Foundation awards SPARK grants to schools, is a financial supporter of Healthy 100 Kids and has endowed an ACE scholarship with the AJGA.  Other key initiatives include ANNIKA Junior Day, the ANNIKA Inspiration Award and scholarships for aspiring Swedish juniors.