December 8, 2015 - 9:37pm
Web.com Tour via Twitter
We don't know how much golf LeBron James gets to play these days, but we do know he's a fan of the game. And through his LeBron James Family Foundation, he's going to be involved with a new event on the Web.com Tour.
The developmental tour's brand-new DAP Championship, which was announced on Monday, will debut next September as one of the four Web.com Tour Finals events that determine which 50 players earn PGA Tour cards for the following season. It will be played at Cleveland's historic Canterbury Golf Club, and James' foundation will be its charitable beneficicary.
The foundation, based in Akron, will use the proceeds to "positively affect the lives of children and young adults through education and co-curricular educational initiatives," according to a news release. The foundation's executive director, Michele Campbell, explained that "a big part of what we do is involving our community and our students in experiences that enrich their lives, and this is another great opportunity" to help "our students as they work hard to earn their educations."
The Web.com Tour and Canterbury Golf Club reached a three-year agreement for the event, which will be known as the DAP Championship. It'll be the first event in the Web.com Tour Finals and will offer a $1 million purse.
DAP Products Inc., a subsidiary of RPM International, Inc., is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland and is a leading manufacturer and supplier of caulks, sealants, adhesives, insulating foam, spackling, glazing and other general patch and repair products. DAP, through its Rust-Oleum brand, is also the title sponsor of the Web.com Tour's Rust-Oleum Championship, which is moving from Cleveland to the Chicago area.
LeBron James partners with new Web.com Tour event in Cleveland
December 7, 2015 - 6:57pm
The PGA of America
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has added two of North America's most successful amateur women golfers to its roll of Honorary Members, the R&A announced today.
Judy Bell of the United States – a former president of the U.S. Golf Association as well as a Curtis Cup player and captain – and Canada's Marlene Stewart Streit – the only player to win the U.S., Canadian, British and Australian women's amateur titles – have accepted their invitations.
They join a list of female honorary members that includes Annika Sorenstam, Laura Davies and PGA Professional Renee Powell.
"Both Marlene and Judy have made substantial contributions to golf through their outstanding achievements as players and their tireless work in supporting the development of the sport," said R&A Captain Gavin Caldwell. "They are both wonderful examples to follow and tremendous ambassadors for golf."
Streit won dozens of big women's amateur events in Canada, and was named Canada's top athlete of the year in both 1951 and 1956. In 2004, she became Canada’s first member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and is also a Member of the Order of Canada, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Bell, a native of Wichita, Kansas, played on the 1960 and 1962 U.S. Curtis Cup teams and captained squad in 1986 and 1988. She set the then-lowest score, a 67, in the 1964 U.S. Women's Open and, in a won a number of prominent events over a successful amateur career. She served on the USGA Women Committee for 16 years and became the first female member of the USGA executive committee before becoming the first woman to be named president of the USGA in 1996. She was honored as the PGA of America's First Lady of Golf in 2001.
Judy Bell and Marlene Streit named honorary members of R&A
December 7, 2015 - 5:13pm
Courtesy of No Goblin Studios
At this time of the year, most of us who love golf have spent at least a little time dreaming about the golf gifts we'd most like to get. Well, here's something that might not be on your wish list just yet:
100-Foot Robot Golf
Yes, it's a thing – or, at least, it will be a thing very soon. Set to be released in 2016 on PlayStation, "100ft Robot Golf" is a game where you get to control large robots as they hook and slice their way through landscapes ranging from cities to volcanoes to orbiting moons. Its slogan is "Impossibly large robots fight for par."
Here's some description from the game's website:
"100ft Robot Golf is a real-time golf game where you get to control impossibly large robots on their quest for par. Never get your ball stuck behind a pesky tree or skyscraper ever again! Just swing your golf club to smash even the tallest buildings out of the way – or into the way of your robot golfing buddies."
Who says you can't play defense in golf? And also, clearly pace of play shouldn't be an issue.
You can tee it up by yourself or with as many as four players at a time as your robots rampage through the cityscapes, mountains, volcanoes and even orbiting moons that comprise the Robot Golf Tour circuit. You choose or create your own robots and robot pilots with various abilities and styles, and play what the game's developers at No Goblin Studios call "frantic real-time destruction golf" in classic turn-based action or by developing your own custom rules. You can even don a PlayStation VR headset to, the company says, "experience both golf and destruction as if you were really there."
It looks hilarious. You can find out more about the game on its official blog, and here's a preview video:
100-Foot Robot Golf coming soon to a PlayStation console near you
December 7, 2015 - 3:40pm
Golf season might be winding down in some parts of the country these days, but it's Go Time for the game's smallest enthusiasts. Yes, the annual "Best Pee-Wee Golf Swing in the World" video contest is back for a sixth straight year.
The contest is simple – it seeks to identify the best golf swings among kids ages 8 and under. Parents are encouraged to upload a video of their kids' swings to YouTube, and prize packages will be awarded in four age categories: Under 3; 3-4 years old; 5-6 years old; and 7-8 years old. Each prize package is valued at more than $1,000 and includes items from some of the industry's best children's golf apparel, equipment and training aid companies.
The contest runs through Jan. 11, 2016, and the winners will be announced during the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando at the end of January. You can check out the complete rules here, and also see videos of last year's winners.
The contest is run by PGA Professional Brendon Elliott – a US Kids Golf Top 50 Kids Teacher (2010, '11 and '12), a 2013 US Kids Golf Top 50 Master Kids Teacher, a four-time North Florida PGA Junior Golf Leader award winner (2011-14) and a three-time Top 50 Growth of the Game Teacher as named by the Golf Range Association – who will also lead the judging. He will be joined on the judging panel by some of golf's biggest stars, including men's No. 1 Jordan Spieth and women's No. 1 Lydia Ko.
"We are ecstatic to have both the men's and women's No. 1 golfers in the world joining us this year," said Elliott.
Here's the judging panel:
--Jordan Spieth. The 22-year-old Texan is fresh off the heels of one of the greatest seasons in PGA Tour history. The world No. 1 captured the PGA of America and PGA Tour Player of the Year Award while winning the Masters, U.S. Open and FedEx Cup.
--Lydia Ko. This young phenom tops the women's golf rankings, and won the LPGA Tour's season-ending million-dollar bonus for the second straight season. Earlier this year, she became the youngest golfer, male or female, ever to hold the world No. 1 ranking, and she is also the youngest player ever to record 10 professional wins at age 18.
--Keegan Bradley. Likely a Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup player for many years to come, Bradley won the 2011 PGA Championship and was named Rookie of the Year.
--Mark Bradley. The PGA Head Professional at the Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club in Jackson, Wyoming, Mark is Keegan's father.
--Lauren Thompson. A prominent Golf Channel personality, Thompson is perhaps best known as a co-host of "Morning Drive."
--Allen Wronowski. After serving as the 37th President of the PGA of America, Wronowski recently retired from Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, Maryland, and now serves as the Director of Golf Development & Resources for the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides scholarships to family members of service men and women who have died or were disabled while defending our country.
--Nicole Weller. A multiple award-winning PGA and LPGA professional, Weller was named the 2013 PGA and LPGA National Youth Player Development award winner. She is the Director of Instruction at the Landings Club in Savannah, Ga., and the author of Stick to Sports' "Let's Play Golf."
--Chuck Evans. A Golf Magazine Top 100 Golf Instructor and Golf Digest Top Teacher in America, Evans is the author of the acclaimed book, "How to Build Your Golf Swing."
The prize packages are valued at more than $1,000 each, and include items from some of the industry's best children's golf apparel, equipment and training aid companies. The list of prizes this year includes:
--The Littlest Golfer gift pack
--U.S. Kids Golf Set of UL Clubs and other accessories
--Cleveland/Srixon gift pack
--Under Armour golf hat
--Birdie Ball 4' x 14' Putting Green
--Assorted golf training aids package
--Almost Golf play anywhere pack
--Athlete Nation online lessons
--Little Linksters Membership pack
--Sticks to Sports "Let's Play Golf" book and new "Match Play" game
--My Mini Golf gift pack
--Swinggait Swing Trainer
--Star Putter Training Aid
--Tournament Entry for each age group winner to the 2016 Pepsi Little People's Golf Championship
--Exemption and tournament entry for each age group winner to the 2016 FCG World Championship in San Diego
The Little Linksters golf program in central Florida is designed specifically for children from 3 to 8 years old. The program is taught in a fun and interactive way using both traditional and non-traditional instructional methods to ensure that children's introduction to golf is fun. Little Linksters mascots Floppy, Birdie & Bogey are featured in the program's instructional coloring book and training aids.
One of its newest projects, called G.O.A.L.S. (Golf Outreach Advances Life Skills) is specifically aimed at introducing children ages 3-12+ with special needs to golf and teaching them valuable life skills that will help them throughout their life. The Special Olympics of Central Florida is partnering with this program, which also receives support from the Alliance for Accessible Golf and the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation.
To donate go to Little Linksters Year End DRIVE campaign go to: https://www.gofundme.com/LinkstersDRIVE
To become a corporate sponsor, contact Brendon Elliott at Brendon@LittleLinksters.com
And for more information about the Best Pee-Wee Golf Swing in the World video contest or the Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development, please visit LittleLinksters.com or email Brendon@LittleLinksters.com.
Best Pee-Wee Golf Swing in the World contest back for sixth year
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