National: What's New

Craig Watson Appointed GB&I Walker Cup and St Andrews Trophy Captain

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 07:08 Thursday, 04 February 2016 06:57

Craig WatsonCraig Watson has been appointed as Captain of the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team that will face the USA at Los Angeles Country Club in 2017.

One of Scotland’s most successful amateur golfers, Watson succeeds Welshman Nigel Edwards, who led the GB&I team to a record 16 ½ - 9 ½ win in the 2015 match at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

Watson will also captain the GB&I St Andrews Trophy team as they take on the Continent of Europe in the 2016 match at Prince&rsrsquo;s Golf Club in Kent on 20 and 21 July.

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LPGA Announces Acer’s Renewal as Official Marketing Partner

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 06:56 Thursday, 04 February 2016 06:41

altDAYTONA BEACH, Florida — The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced that Acer, a global leader in computers, software and technology services, has renewed as Official Marketing Partner in the LPGA family and will continue as the Official Tablet of the LPGA this tournament season. 

As an Official Marketing Partner for the LPGA, Acer is bringing “Technology to the Tee” at every domestic LPGA event. Players and caddies will have the ability on each tee box to view an Acer tablet with a current leaderboard to see exactly where they stand in competition. The popular Acer Iconia Tab 8 is the Official Tablet that will be used on each tee box during domestic tournaments this season.

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Fuccillo Kia Championship Returns for Second Year in Albany

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 06:40 Thursday, 04 February 2016 06:20

Breanna ElliottDAYTONA BEACH, Florida — The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, announced that the Fuccillo Kia Championship at Capital Hills in Albany has been added to the 2016 schedule. The event will be played the week of May 30-June 5 at Capital Hills at Albany. First round play will begin on Friday, June 3 and the final-round will be Sunday, June 5.

Fuccillo Kia of Schenectady stepped up as the title sponsor of the long standing event in 2015. The Symetra Tour has played in the Capital Region for 32 years dating back to 1984. The 2016 event will mark the 13th consecutive year that the Tour has played at Capital Hills at Albany.

“Don’t miss this great opportunity to see the up and coming stars of women’s golf,” said Billy Fuccillo Sr. “This is a chance of a lifetime to see these women play prior to entering the LPGA Tour. Fuccillo Kia of Schenectady is proud to be part of this event that will be absolutely HUGE!”

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Titleist Unveils New NXT Tour, Velocity Golf Balls

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 23:25 Tuesday, 02 February 2016 23:16

altWe’re excited to announce the launch of our new NXT Tour, NXT Tour S, Velocity and DT TruSoft golf balls that continue to deliver best in class performance through new core and cover innovations. New for 2016, the NXT Tour has been engineered for even longer distance, while new NXT Tour S offers its softest feel yet and the new Velocity provides even more powerful distance with a more playable feel. Officially launched last fall, the DT TruSoft provides supremely soft feel on every shot with exceptionally consistent performance and quality.

All of these enhancements are a direct result from our continued commitment to a rigorous R&D process rooted in golfer research and feedback, technological advancements, intellectual property leadership and comprehensive prototype testing and validation. In fact, more than 34,000 golfers from around the world participated in the white box testing and validation process for new models with golfers receiving prototype golf balls for on-course evaluation.

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Playing Golf Alone

Last Updated on Friday, 29 January 2016 22:37 Friday, 29 January 2016 22:31

Playing AloneCraig Loughry, Director of Handicap & Course Rating, Golf Canada

Why will scores made while playing alone no longer be eligible for handicap purposes?

Peer Review is a key principle of the Golf Canada Handicap System and these changes have been made in part to support this. This change helps golfers form a better basis to support or dispute scores that have been posted to a player’s scoring record, which in turn assists with the integrity of the Handicap System.

The majority of handicapping authorities around the globe have employed this policy for some time. With them, Golf Canada believes it provides a more accurate view of a golfer’s ability, supporting integrity, fairness and equitable play among all golfers.

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