Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio

This week marks the first full-field event for the LPGA. Being played in Boca Raton, Florida at the Robert Von Hagge-designed Boca Rio Golf Club. The member-owned golf club is all set to host the inaugural playing of this LPGA event. A new event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the LPGA.

 

I visited the venue on Monday to get a feel for the golf course and to take in some of the practice rounds being played. The course itself is being set up to play as a Par 72 golf course (36-36–72) that’s going to measure approximately 6,701 yards (par and yardage are subject to change through the start of the tournament).

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Some of the stars playing in this event are the likes of Charley Hull, Lexi Thompson, Gaby Lopez, Nasa Hataoka, Inbee Park, Mi Jung Hur, Brooke Henderson, Annie Park, Sei Young Kim, Celine Boutier, and Nelly Korda to name a few. The field is playing for a total purse of $2M USD.

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The driving range was packed first thing Monday and there was some noticeable excitement in the air. The superintendent of Boca Rio Golf Club and the greenskeeping team has done a terrific job in prepping the golf course for the event. The greens are rolling nicely and the fairways are meticulous. The golf course is going to be ripe for the proverbial picking as there is no serious rough to contend with. For those that are unfamiliar with the golf course, the fairways are relatively wide and misses won’t be severely punished. I really liked the bunker complexes around the golf course and the lovely mix of water hazards will give the player’s something to think about as they navigate their way around Boca Rio.

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I anticipate the ladies to go low because of the fantastic conditions of the golf course. Quite honestly, I see a -23 winning the event. My pick to win the inaugural Gainbridge LPGA is Florida native Lexi Thompson. She looked great Monday and out of the groups that I took in she was the only one to hit the Par 5 first hole in two. Charley Hull, Brooke Henderson, and Nelly Korda will be in contention.

Until The Next Tee!!

NBC SPORTS GROUP KICKS OFF FIRST OF 33 LPGA TOUR EVENTS IN 2020 WITH DIAMOND RESORTS TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

Four of Five Majors, Summer Olympics in Tokyo and UL International Crown Contribute to Most Number of Events and Hours of Women’s Golf in a Single Year Ever

Hall-of-Famer Judy Rankin Returns for 10th Season as GOLF Channel’s LPGA Tour Lead Analyst, 36th Overall

 

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 15, 2020 – 2020 will feature the most number of hours and events ever dedicated to women’s golf across NBC Sports, headlined by a global schedule of 33 LPGA Tour events that includes live coverage of four of five major championships and the biennial UL International Crown team competition.

With the addition of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships and the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, NBC Sports will produce more than 500 tournament hours of women’s golf coverage in 2020, the most hours and events ever dedicated to the women’s game in a single year.

“As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the LPGA Tour, I can’t help but wonder what our 13 Founders would think to hear that women’s golf will see more than 500 hours of television coverage, distributed to over 160 countries,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “Without GOLF Channel and NBC, our long-time and trusted partners, we would not have the opportunity to share the inspiring stories of our athletes. 2020 is going to be a record-setting year from the LPGA Tour in terms of purse, TV and Members connected to our brand. I can’t wait for our fans around the world to see it all unfold.”

“With the LPGA Tour, four of five majors, Tokyo Olympics and the UL International Crown airing across NBC Sports, we are the television home for women’s golf,” said Molly Solomon, executive producer, GOLF Channel and NBC Olympics. “In 2020, we’ll deliver our most hours ever dedicated to the women’s game and elevate the LPGA Tour’s stars as they travel the globe on this international tour.”

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DIAMOND RESORTS TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS KICKS OFF 2020 SEASON

The 2020 LPGA Tour season kicks off Thursday in Orlando, Fla., with the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions presented by Insurance Office of America. The winner’s-only event features 26 LPGA Tour winners from the past two seasons, joined by 49 celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment. GOLF Channel will air live coverage Thursday and Friday (Noon-3 p.m. ET). Weekend coverage will air on GOLF Channel from 2-3 p.m. ET, continuing on NBC from 3-5 p.m. ET.

For the second consecutive year, NBC will bookend the LPGA Tour season, beginning this week with coverage from the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions and concluding in November with live coverage of the CME Group Tour Championship.

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Paige Mackenzie will serve as lead analyst for live tournament coverage of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, joined by Grant Boone as play-by-play host. Tom Abbott will serve as a hole announcer with Jerry Foltz and Karen Stupples reporting from the course. Damon Hack will conduct interviews with celebrities and players during the tournament telecasts.

 

FOUR OF FIVE MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, 2020 SUMMER OLYMPICS AND UL INTERNATIONAL CROWN HEADLINE SUMMER STRETCH

NBC Sports Group will air coverage from 33 LPGA Tour events in 2020, headlined by live coverage of four of the five major championships: the ANA Inspiration (March 30-April 5); the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (June 25-28); The Evian Championship (July 22-26); and the AIG Women’s British Open (Aug. 20-23).

 

In August, women’s golf will take center stage across NBC Sports during a four-week stretch featuring the Summer Olympics, AIG Women’s British Open and UL International Crown. Kicking off August will be the return of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The world’s top players will convene upon Kasumigaseki Country Club, with GOLF Channel and NBC airing comprehensive coverage of the women’s golf competition, Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 5-8. The LPGA Tour will then head to Scotland for two weeks, with the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and the AIG Women’s British Open – the latter taking place at historic Royal Troon Golf Club – culminating with the biennial UL International Crown team competition taking place in England.

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HALL-OF-FAMER JUDY RANKIN RETURNS FOR 10TH SEASON AS GOLF CHANNEL ANALYST; 36TH YEAR IN TELEVISION

Hall-of-Famer and 26-time LPGA Tour winner Judy Rankin returns for her 10th season as GOLF Channel’s lead LPGA Tour analyst, and 36th season overall in television. Rankin will join play-by-play host Grant Boone at the newly minted Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio (Jan. 23-26), taking place in Boca Raton, Fla., her first of 13 events in the broadcast booth.

Stupples and Mackenzie will rotate with Rankin as lead LPGA Tour analysts in 2020. Boone, Terry Gannon and Whit Watson will serve as play-by-play hosts, joined by Tom Abbott, Kay Cockerill, Foltz, and Jim Gallagher, Jr as hole announcers and course reporters throughout the season.

NCAA WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS AND AUGUSTA NATIONAL WOMEN’S AMATEUR SHOWCASE FUTURE STARS OF WOMEN’S GOLF

Also in 2020, GOLF Channel and NBC will shine a spotlight on women’s golf future stars with live coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships (May 25-28) from Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.; and the second- annual Augusta National Women’s Amateur, taking place at historic Augusta National Golf Club (April 1-4).

NBC Sports Group 2020 LPGA Tour Schedule

Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions Jan. 16-19 GOLF/NBC
Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio Jan. 23-26 GOLF
ISPS Handa Vic Open Feb. 5-8 GOLF
ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Feb. 12-15 GOLF
Honda LPGA Thailand Feb. 19-22 GOLF
HSBC Women’s World Championship Feb. 26-29 GOLF
Blue Bay LPGA March 4-8 GOLF
Founders Cup March 19-22 GOLF
Kia Classic March 26-29 GOLF
ANA Inspiration April 2-5 GOLF
LOTTE Championship April 15-18 GOLF
HUGEL-AIR Premia LA Open April 23-26 GOLF
LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship April 30-May 3 GOLF
Pelican Women’s Championship May 14-17 GOLF
Pure Silk Championship May 21-24 GOLF
ShopRite LPGA Classic May 29-31 GOLF
Meijer LPGA Classic June 11-14 GOLF
Walmart NW Arkansas Championship June 19-21 GOLF
KPMG Women’s PGA Championship June 25-28 GOLF/NBC
Marathon Classic July 9-11 GOLF
Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational July 15-17 GOLF
Evian Championship July 23-26 GOLF/CNBC
Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open Aug. 13-16 GOLF
AIG Women’s British Open Aug. 20-23 GOLF/NBC
UL International Crown Aug. 27-30 GOLF
CP Women’s Open Sept. 3-6 GOLF
Cambia Portland Classic Sept. 10-13 GOLF
Volunteers of America Classic Oct. 1-4 GOLF
Buick LPGA Shanghai Oct. 15-18 GOLF
BMW Ladies Championship Oct. 22-25 GOLF
Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA Oct. 29-Nov. 1 GOLF
TOTO Japan Classic Nov. 5-7 GOLF
CME Group Tour Championship Nov. 19-22 GOLF/NBC

ABOUT THE LPGA

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.

The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental, humanitarian and golf community initiatives, including LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the LPGA Women’s Network and the LPGA Amateur Golf Association.

Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/lpgawww.twitter.com/lpga and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram and Snapchat at @lpga_tour.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP’S GOLF DIVISION

NBC Sports Group’s GOLF division delivers multimedia golf content, technology and services. Anchored by GOLF Channel – co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 – GOLF content is available to nearly 500 million viewers in nine languages across more than 70 countries around the world. GOLF features more live coverage of the sport than all other U.S. networks combined, including global tournament action from the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, European Tour, NCAA, THE PLAYERS, The Open, Olympics, Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup, as well as high-quality news, instruction and original programming. Delivering unmatched coverage from the world of golf via GOLF Digital, fans can access 24/7 live streaming through the NBC Sports App, as well as complementary coverage via PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold. In addition to these all-encompassing media platforms, NBC Sports connects the world to golf through a wide array of technology and lifestyle services, including: GOLFNOW, the world’s largest online tee time booking platform; GOLF Business Solutions, solving business needs through leading technology, marketing and services; GOLFPASS, an all-in-one digital membership delivering comprehensive benefits tailored to the modern golfer’s lifestyle; Revolution GOLF, the world’s largest direct-to-consumer digital platform in golf, offering best-in-class video instruction and game improvement products; GOLF Advisor, the ultimate digital destination for the traveling golfer, featuring the largest number of user-generated golf course ratings and reviews in the industry; GOLF Academy, a North American network of instructional facilities; and GOLF Am Tour, the world’s largest amateur golf tour. GOLF’s global reach originates from its world headquarters in Orlando, Fla., and extends to its international office in Belfast, Northern Ireland; regional offices across North America, Europe and Australia; and also includes collaborations with Sky Sports and serving as the Official Media Partner of St Andrews Links.

#TeeBoxChatter – Club Testing SUB 70 Golf 699 Pro Irons

Club testing comes in many forms. From sessions on a driving range to on-course testing. Where testing truly matters most.

So far, testing of the SUB 70 Golf 699 irons has been conducted in a golf dome setting and on the range. January 2nd afforded me the chance to take the testing to the turf. Hitting off of mats is one thing but as most of us know the turf interaction is much different. In particular when the golf course is really soggy.

I headed to St. David’s Golf Club in St. David’s, Ontario to carry on testing of this golf club. The video below explains how testing was done on this day. Enjoy!

 

Until The Next Tee!!

 

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Christina Kim’s Controversy and Greg Norman’s CBD

As you might be aware in the last week or so LPGA Tour veteran Christina Kim has been in the news. The former Solheim Cup star had been participating in the LPGA Tour Q-School and she suddenly found herself immersed in the spotlight amongst golf fans on the #GolfTwitterverse. The reason, well she called out a playing partner for a rules infraction. Even though some say that her posts on Twitter were cryptic and that she wasn’t naming names, Kim took unbelievable heat. First of all, I applaud Kim for not naming names. Quite frankly, it doesn’t or didn’t matter who the guilty party(ies) were.

That was great until an article in Golf Digest popped up over social media and the names were revealed. The names were Kendall Dye and Dewi Weber. As it’s understood, the short version of the infraction was due to Dye asking via a gesture towards Weber’s caddie which club she was using (it was an 8-iron). Kim, witnessing this infraction reported it to a Rules Official. In case you weren’t aware, in competition you cannot ask a fellow competitor for advice. It was a pretty clear rules violation. The caddie is an agent of the golfer. The rule was broken. Period. Oh, and if Kim sees it and doesn’t report it then guess what? They all get DQ’d. Besides, all that Kendall Dye had to do was walk over to Weber’s bag and see what club was missing. Guys, do it all of the time. When I was playing Mini-Tour’s it was very common-place.

For those lambasting Christina and criticizing her. She wasn’t being cryptic, nor was she a villain in this situation. As a matter of fact, she was the opposite. She wasn’t just protecting the field she was protecting the integrity of the game. She’s no different than you and I. If someone did wrong by you. Say you watched someone steal your car. Would you give them a hall pass and not report it? The principles are the same, damned thing.

CBD. CBD and golf. It’s here to stay. Greg Norman is known for being a champion golfing legend and of course, he’s also known for his workout regimens. Have you seen him without a shirt on? The guy is a tank. In a Tweet that I saw this morning, Mr. Norman has invested time and money in establishing CBD products. Notably, his CBD-infused gel. Having invested heavily in the past on his winery among other things he’s a smart investor. Sure there’s money to be made here but I just feel that it’s of interest that he’s invested in CBD and he’s actually employing it. Mr. Norman, in light of the recent CBD fiasco on the PGA TOUR involving Every and Garrigus maybe, just maybe you can shed some light on this subject. I’d rather have guys using CBD then damaging golf courses or flipping off spectators. I know the hang-up is on the Olympics and anti-doping regulations. It’s a shame!!

Until The Next Tee!!

#seeuonthenexttee #fightandgrind

Engineered Specifically for Women, TaylorMade Golf Company Announces Refreshed Kalea™ Product Line

Designed to Deliver Maximum Performance Throughout the Set, Next Generation Kalea Features Many of the Company’s Most Notable Performance Technologies

Carlsbad, Calif. (October 4, 2019) – TaylorMade Golf Company, an industry leader in product innovation and technology, announced today the introduction of the new Kalea line, a new complete set of eleven clubs thoughtfully designed utilizing many of TaylorMade’s proven technologies to deliver meaningful performance to female players.

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TaylorMade is committed to product performance and creating game-changing products designed to make golfers of all skill levels and swing types better; the introduction of Kalea continues to deliver on this commitment with the new and markedly improved offering. With Kalea, every component has been engineered to deliver easy-to-launch performance through maximum clubhead speed. Every club in the new Kalea set has been meticulously engineered to result in optimal lengths, lofts and proper gapping.

 

UNDER THE HOOD OF KALEA

Kalea utilizes proven product technologies such as Speed Pocket™ technology that allows for flexibility low on the face for high launch and added forgiveness. Further, a low/back centre of gravity provides an easy to launch club with added forgiveness throughout the set. In the metalwoods and irons, a new, softer and lighter Kalea ULTRALITE graphite shaft has been chosen for its softer flex and lighter overall weight, allowing for increased clubhead speed but also contributing to the set’s lighter overall build.

 

Sold as a package set only, Kalea is comprised of the following clubs, each gripped with Lamkin’s Sonar Lite 38g (woods & irons) and the Lamkin Deep Etched grip (putter):

  • Driver 12°
  • Fairway Woods 17° (3) and 20° (5)
  • Rescue™ 26° (5) and 30° (6)
  • Irons 7-PW and SW
  • Spider Mini Putter with Pure Roll™ insert

GOLF BAG & ACCESSORIES

Complementing the full set of clubs is a specially designed lightweight 14-way cart bag and headcovers (6 in the set, including putter) that are available in gray/green, charcoal/blue and black/violet colourways.

SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY

Available at retail beginning October 4, 2019, TaylorMade’s new Kalea golf clubs will be available as a complete set only (RH & LH available) and carry an MSRP of $1,699.99 CAD.

 

KALEA GOLF BALLS

Rounding out the Kalea product line in 2019 is the introduction of new golf balls, a two-piece ball with a high-energy React™ core, soft ionomer cover and low compression (60), engineered for high trajectory, maximum distance off the tee and soft feel into the green. Available at retail alongside the clubs on October 4, Kalea golf balls will have an MSRP of $24.99 per dozen (CAD) and will be offered in white, peach and purple, with the latter two colourways featuring a UV-resistant matte finish.

SHORT PAR 4 CONGRATULATES BRAND AMBASSADOR LEXI THOMPSON FOR HER DRAMATIC VICTORY AT THE SHOPRITE LPGA CLASSIC

SARASOTA, FL – June 12, 2019 – Short Par 4, the golf apparel subscription box redefining style since 2014, proudly announces that Lexi Thompson, the LPGA TOUR ambassador, and the face of their women’s offering, combatted gusty winds and extreme conditions, to capture the 2019 Shoprite LPGA Classic.

Thompson claimed the Shoprite LPGA Classic in style. She wore PUMA apparel, and footwear, the initial brand featured in The Magnolia Box, as she clinched her 11th career LPGA title.

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“We at Short Par 4 are extremely proud of Lexi Thompson. To shut out the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open Champion with an eagle on the 18th is remarkable, and shows how talented, she really is. She has won an event every year she has been on the LPGA, which is unbelievable! Congratulations Lexi,” said Bobby DiMeo, Founder and CEO of Short Par 4.

This victory at the Shoprite LPGA Classic follows a T-2 finish at the U.S. Women’s Open, and is her first victory since the 2018 CME Group Tour Championship. Thompson had momentum going into this past weekend’s event, as this was her third top-5 finish in her last five events.

Thompson joined the Short Par 4 global ambassador team in January of 2019. She signed an agreement to represent Short Par 4 for two years. Her involvement with The Magnolia Box has proved beneficial to the brand’s growth.

“The Short Par 4 team is thrilled on have Lexi on board. Her continued success on the LPGA has helped the company gain awareness for The Magnolia Box,” added DiMeo.

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The Magnolia Membership, curated for women, launched in June 2019. This distinctive membership includes apparel, accessories, and gear, inspired, and curated, by the 11-time LPGA Champion, Lexi Thompson.

The name Magnolia symbolizes the very first time powerful and talented women golfers could compete on the iconic Augusta National Golf Club. This historic moment motivated the name, as well as, an April announcement.

“I am so excited to be a part of the Short Par 4 family and the launch of our first ever Women’s box, The Magnolia Box! To be a part of launching a one of a kind box named after a beautiful flower, that is synonymous with golf, is an honor. I am looking forward to collaborating on The Magnolia Box as it becomes a must have addition to any woman golfer’s life!” said Lexi Thompson.

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Initially, the Short Par 4 Magnolia Subscription Box is offered on an every-other-month basis, and includes apparel, and accessories from premium brands like PUMA. Each delivery will cost $99, plus shipping.

For more information on the new Short Par 4 Magnolia Subscription Box, please click here:

www.shortpar4.com/pages/lexi-thompson-magnolia-box

 

ABOUT SHORT PAR 4

Short Par 4 is a personal stylist for the golf-inspired life that delivers brand name golf apparel, accessories and gear directly to its member’s doorstep – each for up to 60% off retail prices.

The vision of the company is to provide golf enthusiasts with the highest quality products, at member’s only pricing, delivered directly to their doorsteps – keeping their style tight and allowing them to spend more time on the course, not in their closet. As the premier styling service for the golf community, Short Par 4 boasts one of the fastest growing memberships of any subscription box on the web.

Every month, Short Par 4 delivers exclusive brand name golf apparel and products that promise to make their member’s look handsome both on and off the course. Whether on a date, on the tee box or at the office, Short Par 4’s Style Caddies have their members covered!

With a membership for all budget sizes, every box includes top rated and premium golf brands like Under Armour, Nike, Puma and Callaway and burgeoning brands like Travis Mathew, Linksoul, Greyson and more. Each delivery is hand-curated according to season and the golfer’s unique style profile that they fill out on the website.

Short Par 4 is represented on all the major golf tours. The company has compiled a global brand ambassador team that includes some of golf’s most iconic players.

PGA TOUR:                            Rickie Fowler, Wesley Bryan, John Chin, Tyler Duncan

LPGA TOUR:                          Lexi Thompson

Web.com TOUR:                   Kevin Doughtery, Kevin Lucas

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS:   Tom Pernice

 

Short Par 4 continues to grow every year since its inception in 2014. Their membership and box shipments are the largest in golf industry, making the company the leading golf subscription service. The company is located in Sarasota, Florida.

For more information, please visit https://www.shortpar4.com/.

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