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Wednesday was the final day of the 2016 PGA Fashion and Demo Experience

By John Asay
Special to PGA.com

It was a busy final day on the 2016 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience trade show floor Wednesday, as PGA professionals were wrapping up business with the over 250 vendors in attendance.

Starting with the Demo Day at Cascata on Monday and the Golf Fashion Show Tuesday at The Venetian, things were hopping. PGA professionals and industry leaders were able to view the latest in new equipment, technology, training aids, fashion and accessories.

Since the show is targeted toward PGA professionals, there’s a lot of behind the scenes vendors that contribute to making your golf experience outstanding.

Sometimes your first impression of a golf course is in the pro shop. If you're wowed, there's a good chance it's because of a company called ProCraft Heritage Creations. Their expertise is in designing and building the finest golf shops in the world. From start to finish, every section is designed to honor the game of golf. They boast of a 39 percent increase in sales after a remodel and their notable clients include Pinehurst, Pebble Beach Golf links, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and Oakmont Country Club.

Golf courses has a lot of accessories and supplies that are needed on the course. Flags and flagsticks, course signage, club and ball washers, tee markers, hole cutters, driving range yardage markers, bag drop off racks, tee signs with yardage, ropes and stakes and even the dreaded OB markers. You might be curious, range balls are $4.95 per dozen, 2 1/4 inch wooden tees are $10 per 500. Easy Picker Golf Products can supply most everything you need to equip your course.

RELATED: Complete PGA Fashion and Demo Show coverage

PGA professionals are always looking for a way to be more profitable. Night Eagle Golf may have the answers. Their aim is to extend the golf game into the evening with a memorable golf event. They have a complete lineup of LED lit golf balls, tee box markers, hole markers, pitch and putt flags and wrist bands.

Dormie Workshop provides hand-crafted, genuine leather, totally customizable headcovers. Conceived by PGA Canada members and brothers Jeff and Todd Bishop, these headcovers shout class. Design anything you like in any colors and the brothers Todd will create it.

Varick promises the next generation of golf balls. This unique ball features a fancy design in both metallic or bright colors. They had their ball tested and compared to Titleist ProV1x and Srixon, and came out favorable compared to these two popular brands. As they say, “You can have all the bling with no compromises in performance.”

Another product I had never seen was made by SlideBelts. Inspired by an ancient accessory, there are no holes in the belt, instead a plastic strip, think electrical tie, guaranteeing a perfect fit every time. Secured by a ratchet buckle, these belts won’t pull your belt hole like regular belts. Since the buckles and belts are interchangeable, there will always be a color to match your golf shirt.

There's always room for a novelty item. FootWedgePro’s wedge 58 degrees and the toe resembles the toes on your foot with the grooved flat big toe that serves as a putter. Don’t forget the bottle opener on the bottom of the club. Company Motto, “Putt your best foot forward.” 

August 17, 2016 - 2:16pm
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Andy Sullivan
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Andy Sullivan wins free beer for a year with a closest to pin shot during a stunt in Prague ahead of this week's D+D REAL Czech Masters on the European Tour.

A couple of weeks back, I thought it was pretty cool when I won portable Bose speakers -- the prize for closest to the hole on the par-3 third at TPC Boston in a media day outing for the 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship on tap for Labor Day weekend.

Speaking of "on tap," I learned today that Englishman Andy Sullivan's closest to the hole prize during a stunt ahead of the D+D REAL Czech Masters in Prague on Tuesday was way better than my speakers.

Sullivan, currently No. 8 on the European Ryder Cup points list, took home a year's worth of free beer for his closest to the hole effort on a makeshift 94-yard hole. The green was floating on a river and the "hole" was actually a keg of beer.

Here's video of Sullivan talking about his score, including this gem of a line: "I don't think it could have gone to a more worthy winner."

 

 

John Daly, also playing in Prague this week, tweeted out these pictures from the stunt:

 

 

 

Sullivan, by the way, is the same player who won a trip to space as a hole-in-one prize at the KLM Open in The Netherlands back in 2014.

 

August 16, 2016 - 11:56am
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Golf's first Olympic gold medalist in 112 years, Justin Rose, returned home to England on Tuesday and was greeted with a hero's welcome as he made his way through London's Heathrow Airport.

Justin Rose, winner of golf's first Olympic gold medal in 112 years, returned home to London to a hero's welcome on Tuesday.

Wearing his Team Great Britain gear and shiny gold medal, the 36-year-old Rose was greeted by fans and media as he made his way through Heathrow Airport and even stopped to pose for photos and sign autographs.

The European Tour captured the scene, as well as an interview with the Olympic champion:

 

 

You get the feeling after seeing how the competition unfolded, Rose's victory and his welcome home that a lot of guys who decided against traveling to Rio might have a few regrets.

It's probably a safe bet that you'll see many more of the world's top players competing at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.  

August 16, 2016 - 11:06am
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Few golf movie scenes are better than the Bob Barker fight scene in "Happy Gilmore."

Whenever there's a list ranking the "best of" anything, there's going to be a heated debate over either the order or the omissions.

We know that. That's what makes it fun, right?

Today, August 16, 2016, marks 20 years since the release of "Tin Cup" starring Kevin Costner as Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy. Twenty years? Seriously? It's been that long since McAvoy blew the U.S. Open on the final hole?

Inspired by the significant "Tin Cup" anniversary, we decided to compile a list ranking the five best golf movies ever made.

RELATED: Best golf movie characters | Best golf movie quotes | 'Tin Cup' story

Don't worry -- I know you're not going to agree with the order. But if you're going to argue with No. 1, then we're probably going to have to meet for a fight.

So, in descending order, here are the five best golf movies of all time.

5. The Legend of Bagger Vance
Release date:
November 3, 2000
Starring: Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron
What made it great: For those who are really into golf, it explains the importance of having a great caddie. They're not just luggage toters -- they're a swing coach, a mental coach, a voice of reason and a friend. Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon) was a promising golfer from Savannah, Ga., is traumatized after serving the country in World War I and losing most of his company in battle. After returning home, he doesn't care much for the game anymore, but gets talked into playing an exhibition -- as the local participant -- with Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen. In comes Bagger Vance (Will Smith), a man with the wisdom required to help Junuh with his personal demons and his swing. In the end, the match ends in a three-way tie when Junuh calls a penalty on himself (hello, Bobby Jones) on the final hole. Overall, an enjoyable flick.

Here's the scene where Junuh is in the woods having a flashback from his days in the war and Vance gets him focused to put that aside and hit his shot:

4. The Greatest Game Ever Played
Release date:
September 30, 2005
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Stephen Dillane, Peter Firth, Elias Koteas
What made it great: The fact that it's based mostly on truth -- to make it more dramatic for the big screen some parts are a little overdone (like Ouimet's "winning putt" on 18 in the playoff over Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, when in reality, Ouimet beat Vardon by five strokes and Ray by six strokes, but don't let the facts get in the way of a good story!) -- is what made it terrific. The Greatest Game Ever Played is the story of Francis Ouimet (portrayed by LaBeouf), who became the first amateur golfer to win the U.S. Open when he turned the trick in 1913 at the posh Country Club in Brookline, Mass. -- a place where he started off working as a caddie at the age of 11. Raised in an immigrant family, Ouimet's story is nothing short of inspiring. In a game that was pretty much exclusive to the wealthy, the working-class Ouimet defied all odds to beat two of the day's best professionals in Vardon and Ray. It was a fun movie about the man regarded as the "Father of Amateur Golf in the United States" before the rise of Bobby Jones.

Fun fact: It was shot in Montreal, Canada. Kanawaki Golf Club, in Kahnawake, Quebec, was the site of the golf scenes.

Here's the winning moment scene:

3. Happy Gilmore
Release date:
February 16, 1996
Starring: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen, Carl Weathers
What made it great: Better yet, what didn't make it great? Twenty years later even the game's best players use the famous "Happy Gilmore" swing when messing around on the range or in long-drive competitions. This was Sandler at his best. The batting cage scene; the ninth green at 9 o'clock scene; the Chubbs Petterson alligator scene; the Bob Barker scene; the "chip with the 5-iron" Shooter McGavin scene; the "mista, mista" old lady/air conditioner scene; Ben Stiller as the mean elderly caretaker bootlegging knitted items. Just a hilarious movie all around with a cast that was just perfect for every role. Can you think of a better Happy Gilmore than Sandler? A better Shooter McGavin than McDonald? A better Chubbs Petterson than Weathers? No, no and no. Here's a look at that Bob Barker scene, which kills me every time:

Did you know Sandler and Barker created a sequel to the scene years later (warning: video clip has strong language):

Loved this movie.

2. Tin Cup
Release date:
August 16, 1996
Starring: Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson, Cheech Marin
What made it great: Have you ever heard the phrase, "I got shawshanked" by such and such a movie? If you haven't, it's basically a nod to the tremendous film "The Shawshank Redemption" starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, as in when "The Shawshank Redemption" is on TV, you can't flip past it no matter how many times you've seen it. Well, whenever I flip through the channels and come across "Tin Cup" I get shawshanked. Can't turn it off. At this point, I almost know the movie by heart, but I still watch it whenever it's on. I love it. Costner's Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy basically reminds me of a mix between John Daly and Phil Mickelson (before Phil won a major). Go for broke, always trying to pull off the most unlikely of shots. You're either first or you're last. I love all the cameos in this movie too from the likes of Mickelson, Craig Stadler, Peter Kostis, Peter Jacobsen and more. Costner portrays the ultimate "People's Golfer." McAvoy has a little something about him that anyone can relate too. And his caddie Romeo (played by Cheech Marin) is the best "Romeo" in a drama since Romeo from "Romeo and Juliet." The banter between the too, throughout the movie, is just awesome.

Here's one of my favorite scenes from the movie (the 7-iron bet with David Simms):

And if you're wondering about the story behind the famous final-hole scene, you can check it out here.

1. Caddyshack
Release date:
July 25, 1980
Starring: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe, Bill Murray
What made it great: It's the Jack Nicklaus of golf movies -- the G.O.A.T. The cast of characters is so perfect it's insane. Murray, as greenskeeper Carl Spackler, improvised all of his lines. In fact, a lot of the movie was improvised. Director Harold Ramis basically put together a cast of the funniest people of the day and let them do what they do best -- be funny. While not as completely over the top as the Caddyshack characters, haven't we all run across a Ty Webb, a Danny Noonan, a Carl Spackler, a Judge Smails and an Al Czervik?

For my money, there's no better golf movie than Caddyshack. It's perfect. It can't be topped... proven by the atrocious sequel.

There are too many great scenes to list here, but we'll leave you with Spackler's "Cinderella Story" monologue:

August 15, 2016 - 10:14am
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Bubba Watson takes a selfie with USA teammate and Olympic bronze medalist, Matt Kuchar.

Bubba Watson's trip down to Brazil wasn't just for business.

It could be argued that Watson, who finished T8 in the Rio Olympics men's golf competition, is having more fun than any other athlete at the Games. And his Twitter feed has a photo album's worth of images to prove it.

Here's a sampling of Watson's feed from the last week+:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yeah, so it looks like someone's been having a good time.