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August 31, 2012 - 9:06am
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T.J. Auclair
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Patriot Golf Day

 

Just a reminder to all our PGA.com friends out there -- today, August 31, is the start of the sixth annual Patriot Golf Day -- which raises money for a great cause.
 
Here's a look at what Patriot Golf Day is all about, from the Patriot Golf Day website:
 
Patriot Golf Day is the flagship fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides postsecondary educational scholarships for the children and spouses of military men and women disabled or killed while serving our great nation. On Labor Day weekend, golfers across the country are asked to add an extra dollar to their greens fees to fund Folds of Honor scholarships. Although our national promotion for Patriot Golf Day is and will always be Labor Day weekend, anyone can raise funds or collect donations for PGD at any time of the year. The Patriot Golf Day campaign is jointly supported by The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association.
 
The inaugural Patriot Golf Day in 2007 was started by Major Dan Rooney, Founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation, F-16 Pilot, PGA Professional, and USGA member. On Labor Day 2007 Rooney asked golfers to add $1 to their greens fees. His request resulted in donations of more than $1.1 million from more than 3,200 golf facilities. In the last five years, golfers nationwide have been instrumental in raising more than $12.8 million through Patriot Golf Day events resulting in over 2600 recipients in all 50 states and 41 PGA sections.
 
Patriot Golf Day 2012 will again be held during the Labor Day weekend, August 31st to September 3rd. If you are interested in joining our mission to empower the lives of deserving military families with educational opportunities, then please become a participating facility in 2012! PGA Professionals who host an event and submit funds to the Folds of Honor Foundation will receive TWO MSR Credits.
 
To learn more about Patriot Golf Day, click here.
 
If you'd like to make a donation, click here.
 
Is your home course participating? Click here to find out.
 
August 30, 2012 - 9:23pm
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John Kim
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TRUE Linkswear
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TRUE Linkswear has come out with shoes color-themed to support a wide number of schools.

 

Tomorrow has been designated College Colors Day.  Many companies nationally will encourage their employees to wear their college colors to work.  Here’s more info - http://www.collegecolorsday.com/.

TRUE linkswear golf shoes has a neat tie in with the opening of the football season with the release of their team color shoes. 

For a complete list of colors available: TRUE lists them at http://www.truelinkswear.com/shop/true-phx-team-colors.html.

If my boys from Vanderbilt end up winning tonight...I'm face painting myself black and gold before heading into the office.  Just sayin'

August 30, 2012 - 7:48pm
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John Holmes
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Cheyenne Woods
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Cheyenne Woods got much of her early golf knowledge from her uncle Earl Woods, Tiger's father.

Tiger Woods’ niece Cheyenne Woods earned her first victory a professional tournament on Thursday, winning by an easy four shots in this week's 54-hole event on the Suncoast Ladies Series at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.

"Congrats to my niece Cheyenne on winning her first professional event on SunCoast Ladies Series Tour!," 'Uncle Tiger' tweeted soon after she won. "Won by 4, very proud."

Her victory came a week after she finished second in the Suncoast Series’ previous event.

Cheyenne graduated last spring from Wake Forest, where she led the women’s team with a 73.7 scoring average. She had one top-5 finish and three top-10s in 10 starts in 2011-2012, after capturing the Atlantic Coast Conference title in the spring of 2011.

Cheyenne, 22, is the daughter of Earl Woods Jr., Tiger’s older brother. Her Xavier College Preparatory golf team in Phoenix won the Arizona 5A State Championship in both 2006 and 2007. Earlier this summer, she missed the cut in the Wegmans LPGA Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open, then tied for 50th in the Evian Masters.

August 30, 2012 - 5:36pm
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John Holmes
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Callaway X Utility Prototype iron
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Callaway's new X Utility irons are forged from 1020 carbon steel and contain removable sole weights that allow players to make swingweight adjustments.

In an era when more and more players are taking long irons out of their bags, it was quite refreshing to see Callaway Golf introduce its X Utility Prototype irons to its players on tour this summer. They’re proving so popular among the pros that Callaway has decided to bring them to retail – they’ll be available at select retailers on Dec. 1 and, presumably, more widely next spring.

Famed club designer Roger Cleveland created the X Utility irons – there are three, in lofts of 18, 21 and 24 degrees – and they were seeded to Callaway staff pros ahead of the U.S. Open. Players from Phil Mickelson to Branden Grace put some of them in their bags, and their real breakthrough came when Ernie Els used all three to win the British Open at Royal Lytham.

“I didn’t expect the [PGA Tour] players to gravitate much towards the 24-degree version,” said Cleveland. “I thought that loft would more address the needs of the Champions Tour, LPGA and skilled amateur golfers, but the guys on the PGA Tour put them right into play. Ernie Els immediately adopted all three and asked, ‘Where is the rest of the set?’”
 
The X Utility irons are forged from 1020 carbon steel, and contain a tungsten sole to precisely dial in the Center of Gravity location as well as a high-strength maraging steel face that promotes high ball speeds. Each iron also features removable sole weights that range from two to eight grams in two-gram increments that allow players to make swingweight adjustments to fit their individual length, shaft and grip options. 

“Many players have replaced their long irons with hybrids, which are easier to hit, but the X Utility protoypes offer a level of precision that our tour staff has been very pleased with, plus these clubs offer a tighter dispersion than hybrids on mis-hits,” said Luke Williams, Callaway’s Global Director of Woods and Irons. “The amount of excitement that our X Utility prototype irons have generated on Tour and among the avid followers of golf equipment has been overwhelming.”

The X Utility prototype irons will carry an introductory retail price of $199 per club with steel shafts and $229 with graphite shafts.

August 30, 2012 - 1:18pm
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Steve Eubanks
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Jack Nicklaus
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Jack Nicklaus hopes to create a pilot program for future veteran services with his redesign of American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Tacoma, Washington.

 

Golf can be a wonderful rejuvenating gift, especially after sickness or injury. That is important point to remember during this Patriot Golf Day weekend.  

 

Whether it’s Harmon Heroes, Butch Harmon’s charity that helps wounded veterans get their lives back, or David Feherty’s work with the Troops First Foundation, the stars of our game do yeoman’s work to support our servicemen and their families. 

 

Jack Nicklaus has long led the way on that front. 

 

An avid supporter of American service personnel, Jack is now involved in making golf more accessible to those wounded in combat by donating design services to the American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Tacoma, Washington.  

 

Home of the 2nd Ranger Battalion / 75th Ranger Regiment, the Tacoma veterans’ hospital at American Lake built a 9-hole golf course shortly after World War II. In 1995, the VA eliminated funding for the course, so volunteers stepped in and kept the thing afloat. In 2004, the Friends of American Lake Golf Course foundation was founded to fund the course and underwrite plans to improve and modify it to accommodate handicapped as well as able-bodied veterans.  

 

Tacoma native Ken Still, winner of three tour events and member of the 1969 Ryder Cup team, introduced Jack to American Lake Veterans Golf Course, and Jack immediately jumped on board. 

 

"Golf has been a wonderful outlet for the men and women of our military who return from combat, many of whom are disabled," Nicklaus said. "(American Lake Veterans Golf Course) is the only course in America designed specifically for the rehabilitation of our wounded and disabled veterans.  You would not believe the stories of how golf has helped these veterans transition back into the mainstream, how the healing powers of golf have given these soldiers purpose, and helped them regain their lives and happiness."

 

Not only is Nicklaus Design donating services, Jack hopes this will become a pilot program for the more than 150 VA hospitals around the country.  

 

 

August 30, 2012 - 10:07am
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T.J. Auclair
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Ryder Cup

 

Juniors have a great opportunity come Ryder Cup week at Medinah in late September.
 
For the first time in history, juniors age 17 and under, will be admitted free of charge to Ryder Cup practice rounds on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 25-27), as long as they're accompanied by a ticketed adult. 
 
This is all part of The PGA of America's ongoing mission to grow the game and to provide great family entertainment value.