In this golf news roundup: New Head Pro at Crooked Tree; A V1 Virtual Golf Summit; GolfBuddy Sponsors Veterans Tournament; Eagle Ridge and Blythefield Win Awards; New Ball From Bridgestone
BOYNE Golf Names Corey May Head Professional at Crooked Tree
Northern Michigan’s BOYNE Golf has promoted Corey May to the role of Head Professional at Crooked Tree Golf Club.
Crooked Tree is one of ten excellent courses at Boyne properties. You can read GolfBlogger’s Crooked Tree Golf Course Review at the link.
Upon graduating from Coastal Carolina University in 2014, May immediately became a PGA member and started his career with BOYNE Resorts as the outside operations manager at The Heather, located at Boyne Highlands. From there he ventured eastward for two seasons at Sugarloaf where he was promoted to assistant professional, and then took a similar role back at the Boyne Highlands’ Ross Golf Center in 2017. He’s also overseen Boyne’s 18-hole Country Club of BOYNE Ladies Golf Association, coordinating the group’s weekly play days at four area courses, and helped develop Boyne Highlands “Learn the Game” program with the BOYNE Golf Academy. May has also worked with tournament operations for Boyne.
V1 Sports to Host Two-Day Virtual Summit Jan 12 -13
Michigan-based V1 Sports V1 Sports, developers of the video analysis and game improvement platforms will host the inaugural V1 Sports Virtual Summit January 12 – 13 with a some of the industry’s most-acclaimed golf teachers and golf technology experts conducting live seminars throughout the event.
Guest speakers include the PGA of America’s 2000 Teacher of the Year Dr. Jim Suttie, Mike Bender (currently #3 on Golf Digest’s Top 50 Teachers list), Golf Digest Top 50 Teachers Dana Dahlquist, Cheryl Anderson and Brian Mogg and Golf Digest Top Young Teacher Jake Thurm. Additional seminar hosts include PGA golf coach from the United Kingdom, Richard Hughes, V1 Game head developer Dallas Webster, BodiTrak founder Terry Hashimoto, YouTube host Matt “Mr. Short Game” Fisher and V1 Sports Customer Success managers Will Clark and Jackson Bushway.
The full schedule for the V1 Sports 2021 Virtual Summit can be found at https://v1sports.com/about/virtual-summit/ with registration links for the sessions you would like to attend. Visit http://v1sports.com/ to learn more about the full range of game improvement offerings V1 Sports offers.
GolfBuddy Named Title Sponsor Of 22nd Annual Veterans Golf Classic
Rangefinder manufacturer GolfBuddy has been named title sponsor of the Veterans Golf Classic, a 54-hole two-man team event that annually attracts 450 players to Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The 22nd annual GolfBuddy Veterans Classic will be played May 24-26 2021 and is open to all current and former members of the United States military and their guests. Entry into the event is just $295 and includes three rounds of golf, a custom Veterans Golf Classic JDX polo, Saintnine golf balls, a $50 Homegrown Hospitality gift card, and a $20 PGA Tour Superstore gift card, among other items.
The GolfBuddy Veterans Classic is one of 10 events the Play Golf Myrtle Beach team will be running in 2021, a lineup headlined by the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, the Myrtle Beach World Am, Family Golf Week and the Palmetto High School Golf Championship.
Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa Wins National Award
A few years back, I visited Eagle Ridge in Galena, Illinois and thought that it was a great great resort and spa with four good golf courses. Others agree. In December, Eagle Ridge and Spa won the prestigious Stella Award from North Star Meeting Group. The destination resort received Gold in the Regional Hotel Category for the Best Golf Resort in the Midwest for the second year in a row.
For more information about Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa, its 2020 Stella Award recognition, award-winning golf offerings, or to book a reservation, please visit www.eagleridge.com or call 800-892.2269.
Bridgestone Releases New E6 Model For 2021
In February, Bridgestone Golf will release a new e6 golf ball with a larger, softer core, offering moderate swing speed players more distance with improved feel and overall performance.
Features of Bridgestone’s newest e6 include a two-piece construction with a larger, softer core for an exceptionally soft, responsive feel and added distance for moderate swing speed players. Though the e6 has enjoyed an impressive 15-year track record of success, the new design is specifically tailored to modern players who value a ball that provides a melted-butter feel at impact without the loss of distance sometimes associated with lower compression models. In the case of the new e6, those with moderate driver swing speeds can greatly benefit from the larger, more responsive core formulation as well as Bridgestone’s advanced dimple technology and aerodynamics.
Bridgestone’s newest e6 golf balls carry a retail price of $21.99 per dozen and are available in white and optic yellow. The new e6 will be available at retail on February 26th.
Blythefield Honored By ASGCA In 2020 Design Excellence Recognition Program
Blythefield Country Club near Grand Rapids has been recognized by the American Society of Course Architects for the restoration of its Langford and Moreau course.
You can read GolfBlogger’s Blythefield Country Club Course Review at the link. The review is from before the restoration. I look forward to playing it again to see how the restoration proceeded.
The course, host of the Meijer LPGA Classic For Simply Give was designed more than 90 years ago by William B. Langford and Theodore J. Moreau. A renovation has restored the course and Club to its original splendor. Improvements included:
- New state-of-the-art two acre short-game practice facility
- 12,000 SF putting green and putting course
- New tees for each hole to lengthen and shorten the course
- Repositioning and rebuilding of all bunkers with the Better Billy Bunker System
- Fairway realignment and widening
- All greens expanded to their original shapes and sizes
- New internal drainage system for each green
Tree removal has also opened the site panoramas, restored a cleaner look and created the width for each hole that Langford and Moreau intended.
Design work was done by Chris Wilczynski, ASGCA.
The other courses cited for their work with ASGCA members in addressing unique design challenges are
- Cutalong, Mineral, Virginia/Tom Clark, ASGCA
- PING® Proving Grounds – Professional Demo Center, Phoenix/Forrest Richardson, ASGCA
- The Links at Sagewood, Phoenix/Gary Brawley, ASGCA
- Schaumburg Golf Club/Schaumburg Park District, Schaumburg, Illinois/Todd Quitno, ASGCA, and Bob Lohmann, ASGCA
- White Eagle Golf Club, Naperville, Illinois/Todd Quitno, ASGCA
Since its creation, the Design Excellence Recognition Program has highlighted the innovation and problem-solving skills required of today’s golf course designs, from new 18-hole layouts to renovations to new and updated practice facilities.