Golf News Roundup Sept 10, 2021
This golf news roundup features items from the Dustin Johnson Golf School, Cleveland Golf, Big Max, Kentwool and the World Amateur Handicap Championship.
Dustin Johnson Golf School Providing Free Lessons To First Responders on September 11
MURRELLS INLET, S.C. — The Dustin Johnson Golf School will be hosting “First Responders Day” on Saturday, September 11, providing free one-hour lessons to firefighters, law enforcement, EMS, paramedics and healthcare workers.
Allen Terrell, one of America’s Top 100 Teachers and the Director of Coaching at the Dustin Johnson Golf School, will provide the lessons. There are limited spots available and interested players should call 843-685-1519 to reserve a session.
“First responders are vital to the health and safety of our community and this is our way of saying, ‘Thank you,’” Terrell said. “I look forward to helping these heroes play better golf or in some cases introducing them to the game.”
Regarded as one of the game’s top instructors, Terrell also was recently named the 2020 Carolinas PGA Teacher of the Year and has been regularly recognized by Golf Digest as Best in State.
Since opening the Dustin Johnson Golf School, Terrell has overseen the growth of the facility into one of the nation’s premier teaching facilities that features one of the fastest-growing junior programs in the southeast.
Terrell has been instrumental in the development of the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship – a top junior golf tournament in the world that boasts one of the strongest fields in the nation year-after-year.
In addition, Terrell has worked with numerous professionals, aspiring professionals, amateurs and juniors helping develop their games. Most recently, one of Terrell’s students, U.S. Air Force Veteran Kyle Westmorland qualified and made the cut at the U.S. Open.
GOLF’s biennial list is selected by the Top 100 Teachers Credentials Committee and is the only national golf instructor search that combines outside academic and PGA peer review.
Candidates are screened against a set of criteria evaluating their teaching experience and accomplishments, student portfolio and peer ratings, along with their overall commitment to the growth of the game, both through volunteerism and their ability to use digital platforms.
For more information on Terrell, visit DustinJohnsonGolfSchool.com.
Cleveland Golf Introduces Launcher XL Irons
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Sept. 8, 2021 –Cleveland Golf is proud to announce the all-new Launcher XL Irons, game improvement irons designed to give players a reliable ball flight and consistent control. The Launcher XL Irons officially launch in North America on Sept. 17, 2021.
Key Innovations Inside the Launcher XL Irons:
- XL Head Design: The Launcher XL Irons feature a new XL head design with an MOI of 3,081 g-cm² in the 7-iron, the most ever in a Cleveland Golf game-improvement iron.
- MainFrame: Designed using artificial intelligence, MainFrame variable face technology increases ball speed while unique weight pad designs ensure maximum forgiveness across the face.
- Action Mass CB: An 8g weight placed inside the end of the grip delivers better balance for more control without extra effort.
- V-Shaped Sole: An elevated leading edge glides through turf with far less drag that a typical flat sole to maintain speed and power on heavy strikes.
- Loft Specific Grooves: The 4i-7i lofts have wider, flatter grooves, while the 8i-DW have closely-spaced, deeper, and higher spinning wedge grooves. Higher lofts also feature laser-milled grooves for enhanced friction.
Retail Information and Pricing
Pricing: 7-piece steel ($799.99); 7-piece graphite set ($899.99)
U.S. Retail Launch Date: September 17, 2021
US Team Color Bags From Big Max
Europe’s #1 golf bag brand BIG MAX is set to bring a splash of color to the fairways with the release of two new models that are packed with features and boast distinctive European styling. The Dri Lite Hybrid Tour and Dri Lite Seven, benefit from BIG MAX’s practical approach to life on the course, including its award winning water resistant Dri Lite technology. And while that makes them perfect for a gray day on the fairway, life with these BIG MAX designs is far from dull!
“There isn’t a huge variation in the golf bag market and that’s fine for a lot of golfers, but at BIG MAX we want to stand out from the crowd,” commented Ralf Niesing, Head of Bag Design at BIG MAX. “For practical innovation alone, the Dri Lite Hybrid Tour is the match of anything on the market and in the Dri Lite Seven I’d say we have the best lightweight stand bag in this price category. But when it comes to style, I really don’t think there is anything that comes close. With the Hybrid Tour we use 90° and 45° angles as they harmonise together and combine perfectly with the angle of a bag on a push cart. We then took the best modern color combinations and ended up with something that pops in a different way to any other bag I’ve seen. The Dri Lite Seven has a more subtle palette with bold accent colors, but at a single glance you can tell that this is a BIG MAX bag that has both style and substance.”
The Dri Lite Hybrid Tour is the water-resistant next generation of BIG MAX’s hugely successful Hybrid line. With its spacious interior and modern styling the Hybrid Tour is the ultimate all-round solution for the golfer who likes to push, carry and look great on the course. This ingenious bag sits perfectly square on a push cart thanks to its flat, footless push cart compatible base and leg lock feature, while the clever positioning of the stand mechanism low on the body of the bag provides a clear contact for the upper bag bracket, eliminating twisting. Its 14-way divider and 5 water-repellent pockets – including spacious cooler and 100% waterproof valuables pocket – give it superb cart bag capacity, while its ultra light weight of just 4.4 llbs and practical features such as padded straps and air channel for breathability when carrying mean it excels as a stand bag too. MSRP: $259.99
Available in: Black, Charcoal/Black/Red, Silver/Blueberry/Merlot, Steel Blue/Black/Rust, White/Black/Orange
The DRI LITE Seven is a water-resistant stand bag that features both waterproof fabric and zips. With an 8.5″ top and 4 way divider the Dri Lite Seven is a compact stand bag that offers extra room with its larger top to ease clubs in and out during your round. The bag holds 4 more clubs than traditional compact bags, which means you can travel and play with a full 14 club set in this small and ultra light bag. At less than 3.75 llbs and featuring a padded strap with air channel for breathability the Dri Lite Seven is perfect for carrying, while the leg lock gives golfers an easy option to use on a cart. Four water resistant pockets including cooler and 100% waterproof valuables pocket provide plenty of storage options and at an MSRP of $179.99 this bag is a perfect choice for a golfer who wants to carry Lite for a great price.
Available in: Black/Red, Navy/Orange, White/Navy/Red
BIG MAX Dri Lite technology delivers a 2000mm* water-resistant rating. Featuring waterproof material, waterproof zips and a fully sealed waterproof valuables pocket. These will keep all but the wettest days at bay.
KENTWOOL INTRODUCES LIMITED-EDITION FALL/WINTER COLLECTION OF FAMOUS MERINO WOOL SOCKS
CLASSIC COMFORT AND ENHANCED PERFORMANCE ARE COMBINED WITH FRESH, SEASONAL COLORS IN NEW COLLECTION
GREENVILLE, S.C. — A pair of Kentwool’s new limited-edition Fall/Winter Collection Merino wool socks is the perfect addition to any stylish, cool-weather wardrobe. Renowned for their superior comfort, temperature-regulating abilities, and impressive fit and durability, the latest limited-edition models from Kentwool come in exciting and unique colorways that are certain to jazz up anyone’s seasonal look.
Available for both men and women, Kentwool’s Fall/Winter Collection features four new, earthy colors: Fir, Pecan, Rouge, and Turmeric. All are offered in the Classic Ankle style, with the additional option of the low-cut fit in Pecan and Rouge. All four colorways reflect the beauty of the time of the year—the golden hues of changing leaves and the warmth of a blazing fire.
Kentwool’s Merino wool sock design showcases the brand’s signature cushioned footbed, as well as all the luxurious features of the ultra-premium materials. Merino wool is the ultimate choice for active people as it is naturally softer, more absorbent, odor-resistant, and breathable than synthetics or cotton. Perfect for a round of golf, a morning hike, or a backyard family gathering, Kentwool socks are ideal for just about any outdoor activity.
“Fall and winter are seasons where we crave all things cozy and comfortable,” said Kim Kent, Kentwool’s CEO. “The comfort and quality of Kentwool socks are unmatched, and the new color offerings are perfectly suited to the changing of the seasons. When considering a luxuriously comfortable addition to this year’s holiday gift lists, you won’t go wrong with Kentwool socks!”
For more information or to purchase a pair of Kentwool’s limited-edition Fall/Winter Collection, please visit Kentwool.com or a Kentwool retailer near you. As always, Kentwool socks are proudly made in the U.S.A.
Jean Oberg Becomes First Woman in 12 Years To Capture Flight Winners Playoff At The PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Jean Oberg (North Palm Beach, Fla.) shot a net 67 (gross 89) to become the first woman in 12 years to win the Flight Winners’ Playoff at the PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship Friday at the Grande Dunes Resort Course.
Oberg finished two shots ahead of James Jacobs (Nashville, Tenn.) and Joe Lovin (Surfside Beach, Fla.), who carded net 69s. Oberg is the first woman since Linda Fuller in 2009 to claim the mantle of World Champion and the sixth in the event’s 38-year history.
Chuck Thatcher (Boonsboro, Md.) finished with a four-round score of 286, three shots better than second place Levi Shelton (Pineville, N.C.) to win the Men’s Gross Division.
Matt Corbitt (Juliette, Ga.) shot a 74 to beat Jim Marcelak (Fort Myers, Fla.) by one stroke in an 18-hole playoff to capture the Men’s Senior Gross Division crown.
Bill Ashley (Lubbock, Texas) finished five shots ahead of Dennis Monahan (Largo, Fla.) to complete his victory in the Men’s Mid-Senior Gross Division.
Ann Marie Costello (Longs, S.C.) finished with a four-round total of 308, four shots better than second-place Kendra Muir, en route to winning the first Women’s Gross Division title.
Matthew Thurman and Steven Keener, both from Rocky Mount, N.C., combined to win the Casa de Campo Pairs Competition, shooting a combined, net team score of 147. By virtue of winning, the pair received a 4-day, 3-night stay at luxurious Casa de Campo and unlimited golf.
Entry into the event, which included at least four rounds of golf, nightly admission to the World’s Largest 19th Hole and a gift bag, was $679.
While much of the 2021 tournament looked familiar to players, there were two new women’s divisions. For the first time, there was a women’s gross division, and the ladies, who previously had just one age group, were split into two groups – 59 and under and 60 and older.
The World Am flights players based on age, gender and handicap.
The World Am places players into 11 divisions – men 49 and under, senior men (50-59), mid-senior men (60-69), super senior men (70-79), seasoned seniors (80+), women (59 and under), senior women (60+), the gross division, senior (50+) gross division and women’s gross division. There is also a “Just For Fun” flight, created for players who want to enjoy the World Am experience without the pressure of competition.
After four days of play, all flight winners and ties advanced to the World Championship Playoff at the Grande Dunes Resort Course, an 18-hole shootout that crowned the event’s winner.
While the competition is initially what lures players to the tournament, it’s only part of what keeps them coming back. At the heart of the World Am’s appeal is the camaraderie among its participants and much of that kinship is fostered at the World’s Largest 19th Hole.
Each night of the event, the 19th Hole overtakes all 120,000-square feet of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, providing participants with free food and drinks, live entertainment, celebrity guest appearances, a golf expo and more. Among the big names that have appeared at the 19th Hole in recent years are David Feherty, Brandel Chamblee, Charlie Rymer and John Daly.
Players also received a gift bag that included a polo, a pullover, a golf towel, a logo’d hat, a PGA Tour Superstore gift card and an assortment of other goodies valued cumulatively at $250.
For more information, please visit www.MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com.