Vijay Singh Wins with TPT Golf on Champions Tour

Another weekend and it’s another victory for upstart golf club shaft manufacturer TPT Golf. This is yet another notch in the Switzerland-based company’s proverbial belt. After a win on the PGA Tour at the Shriner’s Open (Bryson DeChambeau) a week ago. This past weekend it was Vijay Singh claiming victory and laying claim to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup on the Champions Tour. What an amazing 2018 for TPT Golf.

Singh entrusted one of the 16 Series shafts from TPT Golf in his PING Golf G400 LST driver. For more details please see the press release below as shared by Mary Beth Lacy of golf marketing firm Mary Beth Lacy Inc.

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RENENS, SWITZERLAND — TPT Golf followed up last week’s PGA Tour win with yet another victory, this week on the PGA Tour Champions with Vijay Singh. Singh won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship with a TPT Golf 16 Series shaft in his driver.

 

The 55-year-old Member of the World Golf Hall of Fame rallied from six shots behind on Sunday at Phoenix Country Club to claim the Champions Tour’s season-ending event. His final round of 10-under-par 61 tied the course record and gave him a four-shot margin of victory.

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Photo Credit: Golf Digest

“Congratulations to Vijay Singh on his incredible play in Phoenix,” said TPT Golf Director Sebastian Sebayang. “It means so much to us to see our shafts helping golfers win at all levels of the game, from juniors to seniors to one of the best of all time. This is exactly what we hoped to see when we launched TPT Golf in 2016.”

 

The latest victory marks the 13th worldwide professional victory in the last 13 months for TPT Golf, which has earned wins on the PGA Tour, European Tour, World Golf Championships, Asian Tour, Korean PGA Tour, Korean LPGA Tour, and the Japanese LPGA Tour during the stretch.

Until The Next Tee!!

#seeuonthenexttee #fightandgrind

The PGA Merchandise Show

For everyone that doesn’t know the annual PGA Merchandise Show that takes place in Orlando, FL every January is a “Mecca” for everything in the golf industry.

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Buyers, Exhibitors, Media, Industry and PGA Professionals from all over the globe invade the Orange County Convention Center (and Orange County National Golf Resort and Lodge). The show is dubbed as the “Major of Golf Business” and it truly is. If you’re involved in the golf industry you almost need to attend.  know that the case for me. It gives me a chance to network and arrange for articles and reviews for you my viewers.

Reed Worldwide Exhibitions is the organizing body that puts on the annual show. The logistics of the PGA Show is hard to fathom. I’ve attended the show over the last several years as I treat it as a sort of “pilgrimage”. Without it… I have no doubt that my blog and website doesn’t exist. Have I seen changes during the last several years at the show? Yes.. I have. Other attendees have seen it saying that it’s “shell of its former self”. Many feel that there is a lot less equipment and way too much apparel. I’ve personally seen changes at the show and definitely trends in the industry. The latter being a big reason why I attend. Yes, there is the coming and going of big names.

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The Wilson Golf booth at Demo Day. Orange County National Golf Resort and Lodge is the venue.

A couple of years ago everyone that attended the show saw that Nike Golf was a no show. When that happened I reported that something had (in all likelihood) gone “wrong”. It just felt like they were going out of  the golf equipment business (which we now know was the case). A little quieter we saw the likes of Bridgestone Golf and Mizuno Golf disappear from the show’s landscape. Why?

Well, when these things happen there’s always a lot of speculation. From soaring costs for space on the floor or a shift in the direction of a company… it happens. Honestly, the cost of having a booth on the floor (or a slot at Demo Day) is the largest complaint that I’ve heard from exhibitors. While I’ve never been told exact figures the show isn’t cheap for them to attend. I heard a rumor about how much it cost TaylorMade Golf to have their lavish set-up a few years ago but I never confirmed it.

It’s no secret that the aforementioned TaylorMade Golf is not attending the show this year. A story that I covered yesterday. While it’s unfortunate that they will not be in attendance this year and some view this as a “black eye” I am WAY more excited about who is attending. Bridgestone Golf is returning (last seen in 2015… their booth was really good then). Also returning to the show in 2019 is Mizuno Golf. Mizuno Golf will be on the floor for the first time since 2005. They were in attendance at one of the first show’s that I attended but they just had a tiny set-up in a meeting room in the OCCC’s concourse.

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For those that think the quality of the PGA Merchandise Show has slipped there are others that don’t view it the same way. 2018 saw record numbers of attendees and was named “the “Greatest Show of 2017″ at the 2018 Trade Show Executive (TSE) Gold 100 Awards Gala, Oct. 11, 2018”. Below is the full press release from Sherry Major who takes care of PR for PGA Shows Media.

PGA Merchandise Show Wins Trade Show Executive (TSE)
Gold 100 “Greatest Show of 2017” Award
 
NORWALK, Conn. (October 18, 2018) — The PGA Merchandise Show was named the “Greatest Show of 2017” at the 2018 Trade Show Executive (TSE) Gold 100 Awards Gala, Oct. 11, 2018, at Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif.

The TSE Gold 100 Awards & Summit annually salutes the largest and most accomplished trade shows of the previous year, and the 2018 event drew a large crowd of show organizers for the celebration and a full schedule of educational sessions and networking opportunities, Oct. 10-12.

“The PGA Merchandise Show has evolved to serve the industry through the ups and downs of the golf market,” said PGA Golf Exhibitions Event Vice President Marc Simon. “Through this period, the PGA Show team has stayed even closer to its customers, and worked side-by-side with the PGA of America to anticipate market changes, adapt to industry developments and create new resources to help PGA Professionals, exhibitors and the golf industry prosper.”

“We are very honored, humbled and excited to be named the ‘Greatest Show of 2017’ by Trade Show Executive and will continue to work diligently to improve the PGA Merchandise Show each year.”

The PGA Merchandise Show, first established in 1954, is organized in partnership with the PGA of America.

“We are pleased with this important industry recognition for the PGA Merchandise Show and are proud of the strong partnership between the PGA of America and Reed Exhibitions,” said PGA of America Chief Commercial Officer Jeff Price. “Each year the PGA Merchandise Show is the largest gathering of PGA Professionals and an important opportunity for the global golf industry to connect face-to-face. Together, we strive to deliver tremendous value to PGA Professionals, manufacturers and industry leaders to drive the business of the game and to help the sport evolve.”

Full details of all award winners are available at TSEGold100.com.

Plans are well underway for the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, held Jan. 22-25, in Orlando. The 66th edition of the event will welcome some 1,000 top golf companies and brands and more than 40,000 industry professionals from around the world to the industry’s annual global summit for the business of golf. The PGA Show Demo Day, the world’s largest professional golf testing event, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Orange County National Golf Center. During PGA Show days, Jan. 23-25, at the Orange County Convention Center, PGA Professionals, retailers and industry leaders will uncover the latest trends, source the newest golf merchandise, test the latest equipment, learn proven business best practices, network among peers and move forward the business of the game. The PGA Merchandise Show, “the MAJOR of Golf Business,” is a trade-only event, not open to the public. Additional details are available at www.PGAShow.com.

I felt that 2017 was a good show and 2018 for me personally was even better. All that I know is that I cannot wait for January 2019.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

WITB Pics From The 2018 RBC Canadian Open

Well, my plan was to get some coverage of the 2018 RBC Canadian Open. I had high hopes of being granted media credentials to provide the best possible coverage that I could provide.

However, I would be denied. Being someone that’s fought hard for every inch of ground he’s gained or every page view that he’s received I don’t know how to succumb to quitting. It wasn’t my parents way and it sure as hell isn’t my way either. Determined to get some coverage I did whatever I could to get a variety of pictures with a focus on some WITB pics.

Below are some of the pics from the 2018 RBC Canadian Open. Enjoy!!

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Shane Lowry walking up #1.

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Corey Conners

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Shane Lowry

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Sergio checking out his putter.

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Wesley Bryan

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Harold Varner III

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Retief Goosen rolling a Bettinardi.

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Cameron Champ

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George Cunningham

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Sergio’s golf ball.

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Sergio Garcia’s golf bag. That Carnoustie headcover is the best ever.

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Martin Laird

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Chad Campbell’s bag is interesting. Adams Golf irons and lead tape on his TaylorMade Golf M2 (2017)

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Joaquin Niemann

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Until The Next Tee!!