NEW YORK, December 11, 2018 — The Junior Golf Hub (JGH), the premier online community for junior golfers, announced that it is partnering with The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT), the largest junior “grassroots” golf tour in the world. The collaboration, to be known as the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour powered by Junior Golf Hub, is designed to help junior golfers realize their dreams of playing golf in college by connecting digitally on a unique network created exclusively for student-athletes, parents, and college golf coaches.

The two organizations plan to be fully integrated on or before January 1, 2019.

Junior Golf Hub’s Premium service, now included as part of Hurricane Tour’s membership, will allow HJGT members and their parents to access the industry’s most advanced, all-in-one suite of technology tools and education for the journey to college golf.  Junior Golf Hub allows members to build a compelling profile to become a known entity to college golf coaches. The Hub also provides a gateway to explore college golf programs to find a right fit, an insider guide on the college golf recruiting process, a tournament finder and a calendar to plan a winning tournament schedule.

Photo Credit: HJGT

In addition, JGH and HJGT plan on creating a new tournament series with special features including enhanced opportunities for players to be recognized by college golf coaches, education on the journey to college golf, and skill testing to assess readiness for college golf. This will be accomplished with the JGH’s proprietary Player Development System (PDS), a science-based evaluation scoring system that gathers the hard data needed to determine whether an athlete is ready to progress to college golf.

“We are very excited to partner with the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour,” said Roger Knick, founder of the Junior Golf Hub. “We believe this partnership is at the forefront of the industry in terms of advancing junior golf and the JGH will provide the tools and education needed for Hurricane Tour members to reach their dreams of playing golf in college.”

Photo Credit: Junior Golf Hub

“Playing golf in college is an important life decision that can be frustrating and complex, and junior golfers and parents often lack the knowledge and tools needed to guide them on the journey to the next level. Difficulties in navigating the process can make it hard to get recognized by college golf coaches and easy to make mistakes throughout the process. The JGH is the ideal resource to enable junior golfers to achieve their goals,” added Knick.

“This partnership is a massive, ground-breaking initiative for the HJGT and all of its worldwide members,” said Mario Conte, Executive Director and Founder of the HJGT. “What the HJGT and Junior Golf Hub will do together to bring the best resources to junior golfers will be second to none, period!  My dream has always been to provide the best platform and to create a tour that has never been created before, and this partnership will be another step in that direction.”

About the Junior Golf Hub

The Junior Golf Hub (www.juniorgolfhub.com) is the premier online community for junior golfers, parents and college coaches. The Hub provides the industry’s most advanced, all-in-one suite of technology tools and education to help players on the journey to college golf. The Hub allows members to build compelling Hub profiles, become searchable by college coaches, “Find and Follow” programs of interest, learn about the college golf recruiting process with the Hub’s Essential Guide to College Golf Recruiting, and access a Tournament  Suite, which includes a Tournament Finder, Custom Calendar and auto-loaded tournament results.

About the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intention of providing junior golfers with an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. The Tour’s vision is to provide superb hospitality and make every event a memorable one. With play open to both males and females, nearly every junior golfer is eligible to participate on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. In 2017, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour announced a one-of-a-kind partnership with Nexus, an international hospitality and entertainment company backed by financier Joe Lewis and Tavistock Group, golfing great Tiger Woods, and musician/entertainer Justin Timberlake. This unique combination between the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour and the Tavistock Group was established to further our collective goal of growing the game of golf, as well as broadening the Tour’s reach across the U.S. and around the world. www.hjgt.org


Wilson Golf. The golf brand that has won 61 Major Championships (and counting) continues to make major gains in the golf industry. 

Over the last several years at the annual PGA Merchandise Show I’ve noticed a trend from the Chicago ,Illinois based company. Their iron sets have improved and impressed year in and year out. Often making me wonder why they get for the lack of a better term “over-looked” by the average golf consumer. Whether it was the stunning FG Tour 100 blade irons from 2014 or the uber-impressive FG Tour V6 irons (which I thought were the best overall iron set in 2017). Wilson Golf continues to bring golfers iron sets packed with innovation (FLX Face Technology and Power Hole Technology), iron sets at a fair price point and irons for specific types of players. Whether you’re a “Feel”, “Crossover” or “Distance” type of player Wilson Golf has an iron set specifically for you.

New for Wilson Golf in 2019 is the latest in their “Distance” iron category. Introducing the all-new Wilson Golf D7 iron set. The aesthetics of the D7 irons are a combination of the C300 and the aforementioned FG Tour V6 irons. While looking through the various pictures in the media kit you can definitely see the influence of both iron sets in the genetic make-up of the D7. The key technology in the D7 irons is what Wilson Golf calls “RE-AKT Technology”. The D7 irons feature three rows of “Power Holes” which enables golfers to have more ballspeed off of what is said to be a very responsive clubface (Wilson Golf’s thinnest ever).  The longer irons (4-7) boast more “Power Holes” than the short irons and this is for a function. Less “Power Holes” in the short irons allows for more “precise distance control” and “maximum feel” when hitting approach shots into the green.



Look close enough and you can see the influence of the FG Tour V6 and the C300. (Photo Credit: Wilson Golf)



The Wilson Golf D7 irons come with either UST Mamiya Recoil Series 65 gram shafts (graphite) or KBS Tour 80 (steel) as their stock shaft offerings. These irons are going to be launched globally just prior to the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show (January 17th, 2019) with limited quantities being available beforehand.

For more details, please see the press release shared below by Lindsay Lasater from Wilson Golf and Zac Herndon of The Brand AMP.


The new line of irons features progressive power holes to provide longer distances and maximum feel.


CHICAGO, December 10, 2018 – Today, Wilson Sporting Goods officially launched the ground-breaking, super game improvement Wilson Staff D7 distance irons for the 2019 season. Combining the aesthetics from the award-winning FG Tour V6 and C300 irons with ground-breaking game improvement technology, the new D7 line gives golfers greater distance and a more consistent performance during each round on the course.

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Photo Credit: Wilson Golf

With the “D” in D7 standing for distance, the new line of irons integrates Wilson’s RE-AKT technology to provide golfers power where it is needed most. Featuring three rows of Power Holes in the long irons (4-7) and Wilson’s thinnest club face ever, the D7 irons ensure golfers get maximum distance due to the greater responsiveness off the club face.


“The D7 line is our latest installment of game improvement irons that will give golfers increased distances on the longer irons and precision with the shorter clubs,” said Jon Pergande, Manager, of Wilson Golf Club Innovation. “Our RE-AKT technology and ultra-thin, responsive club face increases ball speeds to help produce maximum distances, while the shorter clubs give golfers a greater feel and more distance control.”

With fewer Power Holes than the longer irons and optimized weighting, the shorter D7 irons are ideal for golfers seeking maximum feel and precise distance control when approaching the green.

Photo Credit: Wilson Golf

The new design aesthetics of the club face include straighter lines, a cleaner topline and improved weighting. The irons are outfitted with Recoil Series Graphite shafts, available in A, R and S flexes at 65 grams. KBS Tour 80 Steel shafts are also available in R and S flexes.


The D7 irons will be available for pre-sale on Wilson.com and retailers starting Thursday, Jan. 10 and launched globally on Thursday, January 17th. Retail price for the D7 irons is $599.99 for Steel and $699.99 for Graphite.


A limited-run of D7 irons will be available in select southern retail locations leading up to the Jan. 17 launch.

Progressive Power Holes. (Photo Credit: Wilson Golf) 



D7 Iron Specs

Club #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 PW GW SW
Loft 19.0 22.0 25.0 28.0 33.0 38.0 43.0 48.0 54.0
Lie 60.0 61.0 61.5 62.0 63.0 63.5 64.0 64.0 64.0
Length 39.00 38.50 38.00 37.50 37.00 36.50 36.00 35.75 35.50
S/W Steel D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2
S/W Graphite D1 D1 D1 D1 D1 D1 D1 D1 D1

About Wilson Golf


For 100 years, Wilson Golf has designed, manufactured and distributed premium and recreational golf equipment throughout the world.  Since 1914, Wilson Staff irons have won 61 major championships, more than any other iron manufacturer in history.  The winning tradition continues today by delivering the highest quality equipment to all golfers to enhance performance on the course and overall enjoyment of the game.


About Wilson

Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a division of Amer Sports, is the world’s leading manufacturer of sports equipment, apparel and accessories.  Through its dedication to creating products that enable athletes at every level to perform at their best, Wilson has earned its place as a leader in sporting goods for over a century.


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Expand The Brand

The 2019 PGA Merchandise Show is getting closer and with it my excitement is building. It’s going to be fun as it always is networking with like-minded individuals and golf manufacturers. But there is a real sense of change in the air and it’s a change that I’m excited about.


In 2019, I’m going to be expanding the brand. This year in Orlando I will be accompanied by my wife Crystal. Crystal has been my biggest supporter through my golf journey and through the last 20+ years of my life for that matter. Whether it was playing professionally on Mini-Tours, working long hours and work weeks while I served as a Director of Golf or putting up with my lack of attention while she talked as I wrote.

Earlier this year (after the 2018 PGA Show) I said to Crystal that she could come as long as she was a good girl. I admit, that while I travel to Florida every year for the show I do use it as a chance to get away and have some special “Me Time”. I promise that it isn’t as selfish as it sounds. The idea of me being accompanied this year really came to fruition because there was no way that she’d be comfortable with me attending the PGA Show by myself after my stroke.

Not sure where I’d be without her. Crystal and I earlier this year in Vermont.

Crystal is going to be there assisting in several ways. Quite frankly, the show has gotten to be too busy for me by myself. So being the skilled photographer that she is she will be my photographer and videographer. More importantly, as a way to cover more show she’ll be visiting with Women’s Apparel brands etc and contributing with some writing about those brands that she discovers. It’s time that we (golf blogs etc) start paying more attention to women’s golf. After all, it is a massive portion of the golfer demographic.

Building on a lot of momentum in 2018 there is more to come. Coming in 2019 is a change in the plan that I use here at WordPress. At the moment, I’m using a plan that doesn’t allow me to do what I would truly love Until The Next Tee to become. An upgraded plan will allow for more video coverage, a forum format (I want this to become a Golf Community) and I’ve recently considered attempting a podcast as well.

So stay tuned. 2019 is going to be fun.

Until The Next Tee!!

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