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Scorecard: September 16-22, 2023
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The First Call’s Scorecard, a compilation of the golf industry’s news for September 16-22, 2023.
▪️Simplebet: To unveil its micro-betting golf markets at the LIV Golf-Chicago event beginning Sept. 22 at Rich Harvest Farms. The micro-betting markets will initially roll out exclusively with Hard Rock Bet platform available through the App Store, the Google PlayStore, online at HardRock.bet, and at its retail sportsbooks, Through Simplebet, sports bettors will have the ability to wager on new in-event markets for key golfers on the LIV Golf roster. … CGX: Names Clippd as the technology partner of its six upcoming College Golf Experience camps. … Bobby Jones Links: Debuts its educational Leadership Center, a client-focused educational initiative that delivers training resources, consulting and best-practice implementation for hospitality industry professionals and companies. … Volvik USA: Selects Tee Box Strategy at its marketing agency of record. … T-Squared Social: Tiger Woods and Justin Timberlake partner to open a sports and entertainment bar in Midtown Manhattan. … Rolex: Swiss watchmaker ha been serving as a worldwide partner of the Ryder Cup since 1995 when it was the official timekeeper for Team Europe. … GCSAA: Conference and Trade Show, Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in Phoenix, Arizona, to feature interactive education and hands-on experiences, and will have a different theme for each day. … Hurricane Junior Golf Tour: Srixon becomes the tour's official ball sponsor and will provide its Z-Star golf ball to all participants of each HJGT event, beginning Nov. 30 at the National Championships and through the 2024 season. … Malcolm DeMille: Brings Stanwich Club's member-guest theme to life with championship trophy for the club's Mint Julep Cup, played the same weekend as the Kentucky Derby. The trophy will feature the club’s iconic Witch racing logo atop a marble base.
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▪️Women's South Carolina Golf Association: Former LPGA player Rosie Jones to host the Junior Golf Foundation 2023 High School Girls Invitational and Mentoring Weekend, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. … Horseshoe Bay Resort: 2023 Shootout is set for Oct. 28 in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, and will feature Gerina Mendoza, Angela Stanford, Bob Estes and Nick Watney squaring off on the Summit Rock course for a 10-hole, two team, match-play event. … PGA National Resort: Promotes its Gold Golf Experience package, which includes one round of golf daily on either of The Fazio, The Match, The Estate, The Champion or The Palmer layouts along with a complimentary breakfast, and secure golf storage with unlimited range balls. Available year-round, the Gold Golf Experience starts at $543 (per person, per day, on double occupancy). The Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, resort also offers the One Hour Fundamental Golf Clinic ($75 per person), hosted by the instruction professionals at the on-site David Leadbetter Golf Academy. … Landscapes Unlimited: Begins Phase II project work at Cullasaja Club in Highlands, North Carolina. … Kapalua Golf: To reopen its Bay Course on Sept. 20, Plantation Course on Oct. 18. Both West Maui, Hawaii, courses have been closed since the wildfires on Aug. 8. … Finca Cortesin: Spanish stage is set for 2023 Solheim Cup. Tournament to have regional economic benefit of estimated 500 million euros. Black Desert Resort: Joins Audubon International certification program. Utah resort joins as registered member of International Signature Sanctuary Program and will map out a plan with Audubon's team of specialists to earn property-wide designation. … Circling Raven: Ranks among top 20 casino courses in Golfweek listing. Golf club at Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley, Idaho, moved up two spots to No. 18 on Golfweek’s Best 2023: Top 50 Casino Golf Courses in the U.S. list. … Sea Pines Resort: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, destination earns three accolades, including being named to the Top 100 Resorts in the World by Golf Magazine and Harbour Town Golf Links being selected as one of the Top 10 Walking Courses in America by GolfPass. … The Annika: University of South Carolina junior All-American Louise Rydqvist earns sponsor exemption to play in LPGA event, Nov. 6-12. … World Champions Cup: Vijay Singh, Bernhard Langer and Steve Stricker to represent Team International, Team Europe and Team USA, respectively, as automatic qualifiers for the Dec. 7-10 event. … The Ascendant LPGA: Tournament to honor Hall-of-Famer Kathy Whitworth, unveiling the Kathy Whitworth Walk of Champions and showcasing a new championship trophy that honors Whitworth.
▪️KBS: Debuts its KBS Golf X website (KBSGolfX.com), which allows consumers to work one-on-one with a trained KBS fitter and master builder on new equipment builds and retrobuilds for existing clubs. The site also offers golf products and apparel from Jones Golf Bags, Vessel Bags, Mackenzie Golf, Holderness and Bourne, Kjus, Seamus Golf, PRG Golf, and Fore Ewe. … PXG: New 0317 T Irons round out PXG’s iron offerings. … Tour Edge: Announces new Template Series putter line featuring seven new models. They are available in black and silver PVD and are named after template golf course architectural designs and are available in a combination of blades, semi-mallets and mallets. … Edison Golf: Updates the Koehler Sole of its Edison 2.0 wedge. The company has widened the high bounce leading portion of the sole, improved the bounce angles and adjusted the shaping of the sole at the toe and heel. Edison 2.0 wedges are engineered to odd-number lofts from 45 to 59 degrees. … SuperStroke: Sahith Theegala earns first PGA Tour win while using the brand's Flatso 1.0 putter grip during the Fortinet Championship. …
▪️New Jersey Golf Foundation: Charitable arm of the New Jersey Section, PGA of America announced the 17th NJGF Golf Classic hosted at Baltusrol Golf Club on Aug. 14, raised more than $200,000 to support golf programming for youth, military Veterans and individuals with special needs. The signature fundraising event on the Foundation’s annual calendar also honored Leslie Quick III, managing partner of Simon Quick Advisors, as the 2023 Chairman’s Award recipient. The award is given annually to an individual who works to support NJGF programs and initiatives. … Virginia State Golf Association: Announces creation of its Military Scholarship. Students must be high school seniors living in Virginia with an interest in or connection to golf and who are dependent on active-duty or retired members of the military. … Berenberg Invitational: Announces that this year's charity event at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, New York, raised $550,000 for pancreatic cancer research and increased the combined donations over three tournaments to $2.05 million. The event’s beneficiary is the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine.
▪️PGA of America: Announces the six inductees of the 2023 PGA of America Hall of Fame Class — Robert Dolan, PGA; Don Wegrzyn, PGA; Herb Wimberly, PGA; PGA past president Suzy Whaley, PGA; LPGA Legend Kathy Whitworth; and CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz. The 2023 Class will be inducted at the 107th PGA Annual Meeting during a special ceremony on Nov. 8 at the Omni PGA Frisco Resort in Frisco, Texas. … GCSAA: Eight GCSAA Assistant course superintendents members have been selected for the EXCEL Leadership Program's sixth class. … GCSAA: Elliott Pope earns top award in 2023 Scholars Competition. Fifteen students working toward careers in golf and turf management or related fields will receive scholarships ranging from $250 to $6,000. … Southern Trace CC: Hires Ricky Rogers to oversee all elements of the private Shreveport, Louisiana, club, including club facilities, programming, staff training and development, and membership sales. … Pro Golf Weekly: Names Ed Travis as equipment editor.