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Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ, G30 Iridium
The Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ, G30 Iridium golf-specific sunglasses are perfect for enhancing the details of a golf course.


Most of the sunglasses worn by players on the PGA Tour are made by Oakley. And it's not just because the glasses look cool. Believe it or not, they can help your game.
Oakley's G30 Iridium lens promises to provide more detail, more definition and more depth perception so you can analyze the slope and see the smallest variations in grass grain.
Here's what Oakley has to say about the glasses, which are offered in the Flak Jacket XLJ style in the colors Polished Black and Polished White:
You’ll have the performance of razor-sharp vision that helps you avoid the bunkers and the rough, along with balanced light transmission that lets you read every nuance of the green and precisely gauge ball speed. World-class golfers consider Oakley eyewear to be essential equipment, so if you really want to improve your game, don’t stop at the right club. Get the right lens: Oakley G30 Iridium.
The golf environment challenges your vision in very specific ways. We engineered the G30 Iridium lens with precisely balanced light transmission to give you the best possible clarity, contrast and depth perception on the course. For us, lens tints are a science and an art, and every aspect of G30™ Iridium® was designed to maximize your vision for the game.
Think you know where the pin is? If you’re looking through ordinary sunglass lenses, you’re probably wrong. Inferior lenses can magnify what you see and fool your brain into thinking the hole is shifted from its true position. They can also corrupt clarity, and with all the eye fatigue, you may as well add a penalty stroke to every hole. We solved those problems with High Definition Optics (HDO).
Oakley HDO is a collection of patented technologies that ensure precise, accurate vision with razor-sharp clarity. We developed HDO for the world’s best athletes and for action sports where visual fidelity is the difference between going home with a medal and going home with a body cast. With HDO, you’ll see everything exactly where it is, and you’ll get the added benefits of unrivaled impact resistance and 100% UV filtering.
Oakley G30 Iridium is also available in a premium HDPolarized version that eliminates 99% of reflected glare.
The Flak Jacket XLJ frames provide superior comfort and -- aside from the enhanced details of the course you'll no doubt enjoy -- you won't even know you're wearing sunglasses.
To learn more aboout the Flak Jacket XLJ and the G30 Iridium lens, which retail for $150, click here.
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Kassandra Komma
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Kassandra Komma recently had two aces on consecutive par-3 holes.


On May 3, Oakland University golfer Kassandra Komma did something pretty much unheard of: she scored the first -- and second -- holes of her career on consecutive par-3 holes.
The senior from Niddatal Hessen, Germany, scored her first career ace on the 177-yard third hole at R&S Sharf Golf Course in Rochester, Mich., and followed it up with another hole-in-one on the 108-yard seventh hole on her way to a 3-under 69.
“After I had the first (hole in one), I couldn't believe it at first because I did not see it go in,” Komma said. “The people we passed were standing on the green and they were yelling, but I still couldn't believe it. The second one, I did not know what to do. I started tearing up because there was no way I could get another one.
“I guess you can say I had a good round of golf ... to say the least.”
Komma finished sixth in the Summit League with a scoring average of 78.67 and earned all-league second-team accolades this past season.
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Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn at the Met Gala
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Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn made their first official public appearance as a couple Monday night at the Met Gala.

Tiger Woods will tee it up in The Players Championship on Thursday, but he spent Monday almost 1,000 miles away from TPC Sawgrass.

Woods and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn were in New York, where they attended the Met Gala – an extremely high profile fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The evening's theme was ''Punk: Chaos to Couture,'' but the couple played it straight with their wardrobe choices. Woods wore a skinny-tie tuxedo, while Vonn was attired in a long white dress. They attended the gala as guests of Vogue Magazine, which ''dressed them,'' according to Us Weekly.

Woods and Vonn confirmed that they were dating back in mid-March, and Vonn attended the Masters with Woods.


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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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