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LPGA Launches 2017 Ad Campaign On Golf Channel

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 January 2017 18:03 Sunday, 29 January 2017 17:54

LPGA 2017 Advertising CampaignDAYTONA BEACH, Florida — The LPGA debuts its 2017 advertising campaign during the first round of the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic on Golf Channel. The 2017 edition of the LPGA’s campaign highlights the global reach of the LPGA Tour and the youth of its top players. Spots were created by Austin-based ad agency Divot Group and will be rolled out during LPGA telecasts on Golf Channel over the first several tournaments of the 2017 season.

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New Indoor Facility Offers Everything, And More, For Calgary Golfers

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2017 19:27 Thursday, 26 January 2017 18:44

Grand Slam Golf AcademyCALGARY, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — No matter that Santa Claus got beaten to the punch on the Calgary golf scene this past December, it’s unlikely the jolly old elf was too upset about the gift that Larry Dafoe deposited in the laps of the city’s divot diggers.

Dafoe, the owner and general manager of the newest indoor golf facility in Calgary, said he decided to play Santa by venturing into this field for one very simple reason: “We can do it all,” he said of his shining new virtual reality/short game practice centre, the Grand Slam Golf Academy, that is already seeing an amazing amount of use.

“Right now, everybody that’s come in here, we haven’t had a single negative comment. They’re saying the simulators are playing as expected; like pro golfers, PGA instructors, scratch handicappers coming in and saying it’s exactly what they expect to see outside, which you don’t get everywhere.”

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China Swings Back At Golf, Shutting Down 111 Courses

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 07:03 Wednesday, 25 January 2017 06:51

Hideki MatsuyamaCanadian Press

BEIJING, China (Nomaan Merchant/AP) — China has launched a renewed crackdown on golf, closing 111 courses in an effort to conserve water and land, and telling members of the ruling Communist Party to stay off the links.

The state-run Xinhua News Agency said Sunday the courses were closed for improperly using groundwater, arable land or protected land within nature reserves. It said authorities have imposed restrictions on 65 more courses.

China banned the development of new golf courses in 2004, when it had fewer than 200. Since that time, the number of courses more than tripled to 683 before the new crackdown, Xinhua said.

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Canadian Junior Golf Association Adds TaylorMade-adidas Golf As Program Partner

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 01:12 Wednesday, 25 January 2017 01:04

altRICHMOND HILL, Ontario — The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is pleased to announce the signing of a new partnership with TaylorMade-adidas Golf for 2017. The new partnership will see TaylorMade take on Official Golf Ball status with its TP5 and TP5x golf ball. TaylorMade also becomes the presenting sponsor of the CJGA National Order of Merit, a season long race that identifies the top talent across the country.

“TaylorMade Golf Canada is honoured to partner with the CJGA and continue to support junior golf across Canada”, said David Bradley, General Manager, TaylorMade-adidas Golf Canada. “It will be exciting to watch the best junior golfers in Canada compete during the season-long Order of Merit race and strengthen our connection with the game’s next generation.”

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Special Events, Celebrities, And More Than 1K Top Brands At PGA Merchandise Show

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 01:03 Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:19

altPALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (PGA of America) — The 64th PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, January 25-27, 2017, is welcoming more than 40,000 golf industry professionals from around the world to discover the newest trends and technology from more than 1,000 exhibiting golf companies and brands. The industry’s annual “MAJOR of Golf Business” features a packed four-day schedule beginning with the PGA Show Demo Day, January 24, at Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge, and continuing at the Orange County Convention Center for PGA Show exhibits, industry presentations, education seminars and special events, January 25-27. (These events are not open to the public.)

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