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Adam Scott at the Masters
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Adam Scott, by winning the Masters, has inspired his fellow golfers back home in Australia.

The United States isn't the only place where golf is growing right now. The game is also on the rise in Australia, which is home to golf's newest major champion, Adam Scott.

The latest report from the Australian Golf Industry Council, issued earlier today, indicated that April delivered the highest number of competition rounds played in any month over the entire financial year to date (July through June), while total rounds growth over the April 2012 period was just less than 1 percent.

At a state level, Victoria generated the strongest rise in round numbers over April 2012 with a 3.2 percent increase to 325,007 competition rounds, the report said. For the 10 months to date in the current financial year, total rounds across Australia are up 5.8 percent over the year-ago numbers.

''April proved to be a positive month with the largest number of competition rounds recorded for a month in the year to date,'' said Golf Australia CEO and AGIC Chairman Stephen Pitt. 

April is, of course, also when Scott finally broke through and got Australia its long-awaited first green jacket. And as the celebration began Down Under, Pitt remarked that Australia's consistent growth would be boosted by Scott's victory.

"There is absolutely no doubt that Adam's win will have a significant impact on the Australian golf industry,'' Pitt said on April 22. ''His achievement and the people it inspires cuts through on all levels of golf.''

Anecdotally, the AGIC said, ''we’ve already had reports of increased foot traffic through golf clubs around the country in the days following his win. It's the ideal time to harness that enthusiasm for golf and welcome people, new and old, through the doors of golf facilities across the country."

The Australian Golf Industry Council was established in 2006 to help unite the golf industry. Its membership includes: Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association, Australian Ladies Professional Golf, Australian Sporting Goods Association, Golf Australia, Golf Management Australia, PGA of Australia and the Society of Australian Golf Course Architects.

 

QED Style
QED Style
QED Style is a relatively new golf apparel line, offering affordable polos, trousers, shorts, sweaters and more.

 

If you don't like it, fix it!
 
How many times in your life have you heard that? Better yet, have you ever done something about what it is you didn't like?
 
Well, Mike McRae did. 
 
McRae is the founder of a fantastic, new golf apparel line called, "QED Style," which produces polos, shorts, sweaters, trousers, hats, tees and dress shirts.
 
So how did it come to be?
 
Quite frankly, McRae didn't like the golf apparel out there... so... he fixed it.
 
That fix is explained eloquently on the QED Style website:
 
After graduating from St. Mary’s College of California in 2008, QED founder Mike McRae spent the next couple years pursuing a PGA Tour card and became unsatisfied with the selection of golf apparel. As an active outdoorsman from Utah, he wanted golf clothes to be less golf and more clothes. Mike put his professional career on hold and spent a year studying different apparel and textile markets.
 
A fan of the western style dress shirt, Mike designed some golf polo variations and launched QED in April 2011. QED's first collection consisted of the Eureka, Francis and Heber polos. The theme was affordable style. All shirts were designed to look great with slacks and Footjoys or jeans and kickers. Price: under $50. Many people enjoyed the new look of QED’s polos, and they helped encourage a second collection of apparel introducing sweaters, dress shirts, pants, shorts and new polos.
 
All QED apparel is designed to perform and look great in any environment. The world is a big place, and your golfing “outfit” won’t get you very far once you leave the course. Especially at the bar. While maintaining the utmost respect for the game, QED Style will continue to push the envelope in golf style. You can safely assume all QED items will be unique, creatively detailed and made of the finest quality. Enjoy!
 
One of the many fantastic aspects of the QED Style apparel is that anyone can enjoy the great quality of the clothing without breaking the bank. Polo shirts range in price for as little as $39 up to $95. 
 
The trousers, which sell for around $165, might seem a little expensive until you see them. For a golfer, it's everything you need in a pair of pants -- they're ridiculously comfortable; they're functional with plenty of room in the pockets; and they're water resistant. 
 
Rubber tape along the inside of the waistline prevents your shirt from becoming untucked and keeps you looking sharp all the times.
 
The bottom line is this: QED Style clothes are perfect for the golf course, the office, a night on the town, or... well... anything.
 
To learn more about QED Style and to see all the great apparel they have to offer, click here.
 
You can also visit QED Style on Facebook, or follow QED Style on Twitter, @QEDstyle.
 
Follow T.J. Auclair on Twitter, @tj_auclair.
Ashworth
Ashworth Golf
Ashworth Golf's new 'Pants Petition' is to shed light on the comfort of wearing shorts to the course.

 

Ashworth Golf has started a just-for-fun campaign on its Facebook page called a, "Pants Petition."
 
The Pants Petition is to shed light on the fact that Ashworth Golf shorts are comfortable, styish and great for the course. Ashworth's spring/summer 2013 shorts line includes the Microfiber Mini Check Flat Front Short.
 
Here's the press release that Ashworth Golf sent out regarding the "Pants Petition":
 
CARLSBAD, Calif. (May 13, 2013) -- Ashworth Golf, the most authentic golf brand dedicated to bringing modern style to the golf course, today announced the launch of a digital “Pants Petition” campaign that encourages golfers to participate in the discussion of wearing shorts on the course. 
 
Golfers across the nation can get involved by going to facebook.com/AshworthGolf and signing the petition at Ashworth.com starting May 13th, 2013. The petition is just for fun, but make no mistake; we are serious about our shorts.
 
In addition, Ashworth is launching an entertaining video featuring Ashworth brand ambassadors Justin Rose, Justin Leonard, Sean O’Hair, Retief Goosen and Johnson Wagner discussing the benefits of wearing Ashworth shorts on the course. Click here to watch.
 
“I like the way the wind tickles my leg hair. It makes me happy,” said PGA Professional Johnson Wagner. The “Pants Petition” video acts as a lighthearted plea that encourages golfers to sign the petition and share their thoughts about golf’s classic traditions.
 
“Ashworth has always been about providing golfers everywhere stylish apparel and footwear to look and feel their best. We are an authentic golf brand, but we couldn’t resist having fun around evolving some of the long-standing dress codes – like wearing pants,” said TaylorMade-adidas Golf Chief Marketing Officer Bob Maggiore. “We always strive to make golf relevant and fun, and who knows, maybe being comfortable in shorts will simply increase performance. Either way, it’s an entertaining conversation.”
 
Highlighting Ashworth’s Spring/Summer 2013 shorts lineup are the Microfiber Mini Check Flat Front Short. Soft to the touch, the moisture-wicking shorts deliver superior comfort on and off the course. The lightweight shorts feature double-welt pockets in the back and slants, a 10.5” inseam and are made with 98% Polyester and 2% Spandex.
 
The shorts are available in four colorways: DARK GREY/PEBBLE, BLACK / DARK GREY, PEBBLE/ WHITE, WHITE / PEBBLE carrying a MSRP of $65 USD.
 
More information visit www.AshworthGolf.com. #pantspetition
 
You can follow T.J. Auclair on Twitter, @tj_auclair.
 
Nike Golf TW'14 golf shoes
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The new Nike Golf TW'14 shoes were designed with testing by and input from Woods himself.

Nike Golf's timing could hardly be better, as the company revealed the details of the latest edition of its Tiger Woods golf shoes the day after Woods won The Players Championship while wearing the shoes in competition for the very first time.

The TW '14 shoes, like those that preceded them, were designed with testing by and input from Woods himself. The result, Nike says, is a shoe that further enhances the fit, feel and function of the TW '13 model.

''I train with Nike Free technology all the time,'' said Woods, referring to the extremely light weight and flexibility in some Nike running shoes that mimic the feel of running barefoot. ''I love training in it, running in it, lifting in it. So I asked, 'why can't I play golf in it?''' 

And with that, Nike designers set to work creating a Nike Free-inspired golf shoe tailored to maximize Woods' game.

''In the TW '14, he wanted more stability with mobility and we've accomplished that by using Nike's Dynamic Flywire technology which moves with him, but stabilizes his foot when he swings,'' said Tobie Hatfield, Athlete Projects Innovator in Nike's Innovation Kitchen. ''We also increased breathability of the shoe by using a full mesh tongue."

The outsole of the TW '14 is designed to mimic and conform to the natural motion of the foot and still deliver the protection and traction of a lightweight performance golf shoe. This outsole allows the golfer to maintain contact with the ground longer, better harnessing the energy of the foot to the shoe and, therefore, the shoe to the ground.

''These shoes provide freedom of movement and allow me to release more power through my swing,'' said Woods.

The TW '14 will be available in a customizable NIKEiD version – making it the first Nike golf shoe with a NIKEiD version – which allows golfers to create their own combination of breathability and traction. The waterproof upper is made of multi-stretch synthetic leather for weather protection and durability, while the breathable upper (available exclusively via NIKEiD) features lightweight mesh to help keep feet comfortable on hot days. 

The TW '14iD will preview on May 20 and be available at retail on June 7 with a suggested retail price of $225 per pair. The regular TW '14 model will be available on June 7 (the Cool Grey/Black-Vivid Blue-Venom Green models will debut on Aug. 1) with a suggested retail price of $220 and a street price of $180.

For more information, visit www.nikegolf.com.

 

May 11, 2013 - 7:21pm
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Tony Romo
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has been missing from several of his usual offseason golf outings this year.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo appears to be cutting down on his links time this offseason.

Romo, long known as one of the best celebrity golfers out there, played with Tiger Woods in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February, but apparently is sitting out a lot of his other usual offseason outings. The reason seems to be related to the six-year, $108 million contract he signed at the end of March, making him the highest-paid player in Cowboys history.

Soon after giving Romo that contract, Cowboys Owner/General Manager Jerry Jones said he expected his quarterback to focus even more on football all year round.

"Tony is going to have more time, more presence, not only in the offseason but when the season starts, beginning Monday, assuming we played Sundays," Jones told The Dallas Morning News. "He's going to have more time on the job. A part of what we agreed with was extra time on the job, beyond the norm. That doesn’t mean that he didn't have a lot of time on the job, but extra time on the job, Peyton Manning-type time on the job."

No word out of Big D on how much golf, if any, Romo is getting in these days. But according to ESPN Dallas, he's been skipping such high-profile events as PGA Tour pro-ams and the qualifiers for the U.S. Open and HP Byron Nelson Championship, where he's been a regular presence in recent years.

As a long-suffering Cowboys fan, I'm not sure what I think about this development. The truth is, Romo has always been quite active with his team and teammates during the offseason, even as he enjoyed his fair share of time on the golf course, despite the widespread perception that he paid more attention to golf than to football between seasons. 

Of course, I’m hoping for as many wins as possible – especially late in the season when the Cowboys traditionally struggle. But it seems to me that there's plenty of time for both football and golf during the offseason, and that the best quarterback is a healthy and well-rounded one.

 

 
Sun Mountain Micro-Cart push cart
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The Sun Mountain Micro-Cart push cart weighs in at only 13 pounds, and contains four wheels for extra stability.

Since its introduction in 2009, the Micro-Cart from Sun Mountain has proven one of golf’s most popular push carts. Its secret, of course, is the light weight that makes it so easy to maneuver around the course, and the new edition weighs in at only 13 pounds.

In trying to make 2013 version even lighter than previous models, Sun Mountain decided to add a fourth wheel to the original three-wheel design. The benefit of this extra wheel, along with the cart’s low center of gravity, is better stability on side hills without the need for tracking adjustments. The wheels come with low-maintenance solid foam tires and an adjustable front axle to accommodate the largest of golf bags.

The Micro-Cart's lightweight anodized aluminum frame folds and unfolds in two easy motions, and offers variable handle-height positions. It also contains a strapless bag bracket; the standard Sun Mountain Micro-Paq for additional storage; and a console with padded valuables tray, ball and tee holders, magnetic scorecard holder and a drink holder.

The standard Micro-Cart is available in four colors (red, black, blue and silver), while the Micro-Cart Sport is available in three bold color combinations (black/yellow, charcoal/red, black/lime and charcoal/pink). Both versions carry a suggested retail price of $189. 

For more information, visit www.sunmountain.com.