National: What's New

Watson Now Part-Owner of Double-A Baseball Team

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 00:33 Tuesday, 20 January 2015 00:22

Bubba WatsonHelen Ross/PGATOUR.COM

Bubba Watson's bat was pink, of course, just like the driver he wields so well when he's working his day job on the PGA TOUR.

The reigning Masters champion's new toy was symbolic of his most recent business venture, though. He's joining the Pensacola Blue Wahoos as a part owner, the team announced on Monday.



The R&A’s New Regional Leader Sees Bright Future

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 January 2015 21:44 Sunday, 18 January 2015 21:33

Mark LawrieBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Ron Driscoll/USGA) — Mark Lawrie has been the executive director of the Argentine Golf Association since 2000, and at the end of January, he will move on to become the regional director for Latin America for The R&A. This is not only a new role for Lawrie, but a newly created position, and clear recognition of the game's potential for expansion in the region.

The PGA Tour has also moved into Latin America in a significant way, having launched PGA Tour Latinoamerica in 2012. That tour has expanded from 11 events in its first year to 20 events in 2015.



MJT Announces Appointment of New National Director of Player Development

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 22:03 Thursday, 15 January 2015 22:00

Dave SmallwoodThe Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour, Canada’s #1-played multi-day Junior Tour, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Smallwood, PGA Professional, as the new National Director of Player Development. This role will help ensure that the MJT is utilizing the best practices for the future development of junior golfers across the country via tournament competition.



‘Nicklaus: The Making of a Champion’ to Premiere Sunday, January 18, on Fox

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 21:59 Thursday, 15 January 2015 21:48

Nicklaus The Making of a ChampionFAR HILLS, New Jersey (USGA) — The United States Golf Association, in partnership with Rolex, has announced the premiere date of “Nicklaus: The Making of a Champion,” a one-hour documentary produced by the USGA and Ross Greenburg Productions.

“Nicklaus: The Making of a Champion” will debut in the United States at 12:00 p.m. EST, Sunday, January 18, 2015, on the Fox Broadcast Network (check local listings) prior to its pregame coverage of the National Football League’s NFC Championship game. The film’s release also honors Nicklaus’ upcoming 75th birthday on Januayr 21, 2015.



Golf Channel Academy Brings Together Golf’s Elite Coaches in Strategic Alliance

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 18:45 Thursday, 15 January 2015 18:20

Golf Channel AcademyORLANDO, Florida (Golf Channel) — Thirty of golf’s most distinguished PGA of America and LPGA teaching professionals are among the inaugural coaches in the newly formed Golf Channel Academy, a dedicated network of facilities committed to growing the opportunities for golf instruction. Backed by Golf Channel, the game’s leading global multimedia and entertainment source, Golf Channel Academy will open its charter locations in Spring 2015.



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