Well, it’s nearly impossible to avoid the news of the week. Of course, that news was the single-car accident that Tiger Woods had. That was a scary site and all that matters is that he emerged from this, breathing. In this episode, I talk about the accident and there is zero speculation, so no need to worry about that. After all, is there an easier way to lose credibility with all of you?
Also, I was joined by Marketing Manager (Golf Balls) for Bridgestone Golf Elliot Mellow during the 2021 PGA Show Virtual Experience. Join us as we talk all things Bridgestone Golf (balls) with an emphasis on the new e12 Contact.
A new episode of the TeeBox Chatter podcast airs today.
In this episode, on the tee I have Martin Neil from PING Golf. We had a nice chat about the success early on of the PING G425 metals, a little bit about the development of golfers through Golf Canada. Namely, Brooke Henderson, Corey Conners, and Mackenzie Hughes. All of them, PING staffers on their respective TOURs. “Spinsistency”? What the heck is that? Well, it’s a big part of what makes the range of G425 metalwoods tick. We also talk about the G425 irons. It promises to be an educational episode.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2021) – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) today announced that the inaugural Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play Hosted by Shadow Creek will be held May 26-30, 2021. The tournament, which will feature 64 players competing head-to-head for a $1.5 million purse, will be conducted at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, the exclusive golf course owned by MGM Resorts International and available only to guests of the company’s resorts.
Bank of Hope, based in Los Angeles, is one of the leading Asian-American banks in the United States and was previously associated with the LPGA Tour as title sponsor of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup from 2017 to 2019.
“We are extremely pleased to once again partner with the LPGA and inaugurate a highly anticipated LPGA match-play competition as title sponsor of the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play Hosted by Shadow Creek,” said Kevin S. Kim, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Hope. “This event combines the top female golfers with one of the most exclusive golf courses in the country in a unique match-play format. We look forward to working closely with the LPGA and Shadow Creek to create one of the Tour’s most exciting and successful events of 2021 and beyond.”
Shadow Creek, built in 1989 by renowned golf architect Tom Fazio, is considered one of the world’s top golfing destinations. In 2018, the course served as host for The Match: Tiger vs. Phil, which saw Phil Mickelson outlast Tiger Woods in a match that stretched to 22 holes. This past October, Shadow Creek hosted the PGA Tour’s CJ CUP, won by Jason Kokrak. While this is the first time the LPGA Tour will visit Shadow Creek, MGM Resorts has supported the women’s game for many years through its Golf Ambassador program, led by popular Tour players Natalie Gulbis, Danielle Kang, Cristie Kerr, Alison Lee, Anna Nordqvist and Michelle Wie West.
George Kliavkoff, president of Entertainment & Sports for MGM Resorts International, said, “Shadow Creek, one of golf’s premier courses, will be an ideal setting for the world’s best women golfers. The LPGA Tour’s match-play event in May provides us with another opportunity to demonstrate why MGM Resorts and Las Vegas are the leaders in the sports and entertainment industry.”
The 64-player field for the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play Hosted by Shadow Creek will be divided into 16 groups of four players, with three days of round-robin matches deciding the final 16-player bracket. From there, the tournament will proceed in single-elimination matches to determine the two players who will face off in Sunday’s Championship Match. Full qualification and tiebreaker information will be available in the coming weeks.
Ricki Lasky, LPGA’s Chief Tournament Business Officer, said, “We are beyond thrilled to add the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play Hosted by Shadow Creek to the LPGA family of competitions. Bank of Hope and MGM Resorts are two organizations that have proven to be great supporters of women’s sports and we are honored to have them as LPGA partners. We look forward to working with them to continue to create more opportunities for women both on the course and in the workplace. This will also be an incredibly exciting week for our players, who have long told us that they wanted to add a match-play competition to our schedule.”
The Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play Hosted by Shadow Creek will be the the LPGA Tour’s first match-play event since the 2017 Lorena Ochoa Match Play, where Sei Young Kim earned a 1-up victory over Ariya Jutanugarn. Other official LPGA Tour match-play competitions include the 2010-2012 Sybase LPGA Match Play Championship and the 2005-2007 HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship, as well as the 1950-1954 Women’s Western Open, then a major championship.
Bag Boy push cart sales continue to soar, reaching record sales numbers in 2020. Continuing the positive momentum into 2021, January closed with sales up 62% over prior year. Push cart and rental cart spring and summer bookings also remain at an all-time high.With the surge in popularity of push carts, Bag Boy worked diligently with its suppliers to increase production and inventory levels to meet the increased demand. “We’re thrilled to see the increase in new walking golfers,” said Perry Hilbert, Sales Manager at Bag Boy. “With the spring golf season approaching, we expect the positive push cart momentum to continue in 2021.”The revolutionary Nitron™ push cart continues to lead the way as Bag Boy’s most popular push cart. Its auto-open technology makes it the easiest opening and closing cart in golf due to its air-powered opening system which allows the cart to open instantaneously. The nitrogen-powered canister creates air pressure, which pushes the cart open and deploys the front wheel in a matter of seconds.
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When we introduced the Odyssey Ten shape a few years ago, it immediately became a popular choice on Tour and with golfers who wanted to putt with more confidence. This proven head design puts an emphasis on alignment and high MOI, and we’ve improved on those two key performance features dramatically.
The new Odyssey Ten lineup showcases exceptional alignment systems, including 2-Ball and Triple Track in a head construction that’s sleeker and more forgiving. In fact, this is the best 2-Ball that we’ve ever made, with a profile that allows you to frame the ball at address like never before.
Along with all of these great head shape options, we’re introducing a new version of our Tour proven, multi-material Stroke Lab shaft. It’s lighter, stiffer and even more stable to promote better tempo and more consistency in your stroke. To complete the design, our Microhinge Start Insert provides exceptional roll. The shape of your putter matters, and that’s why we’re bringing out these incredible new Tens.
Features & Benefits
Our Most Exciting Head Shapes – We’ve enhanced The Ten shape that’s incredibly popular on Tour and with golfers. It’s sleeker, more forgiving, and now you can choose from impressive options in our 2-Ball or Triple Track to help improve your alignment. This is our best 2-Ball model ever, and these features are engineered to help you frame the ball at address with your intended line.
New Stroke Lab Shaft – We took our proprietary major-winning, multi-material Stroke Lab shaft and made it even better. This new shaft is seven grams lighter overall, it’s stiffer, and it’s more stable to enhance the tempo and consistency in your putting stroke.
Microhinge Star Insert – This high-performance insert is packed with Microhinge technology, promoting immediate forward roll for improved speed and control.
Key Product Info
PAR Date: 3/11/21
Head Shapes: 2-Ball Ten, 2-Ball Ten Triple Track, Lined Ten, Triple Track Ten, 2-Ball Lined Ten