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From the Fringe: PGA of America Establishes Deacon Palmer Award

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 22:32 Monday, 24 November 2014 22:27

altPALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (The PGA of America) — The PGA of America has established the Deacon Palmer Award, named after Arnold Palmer’s late father who overcame personal obstacles to succeed as a PGA Professional. The Deacon Palmer Award bestows special recognition upon a PGA Professional who personally displays outstanding integrity, character and leadership in the effort to overcome a major obstacle in his/her life.

The inaugural award, presented at the 98th PGA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, was bestowed posthumously upon Deacon Palmer. The award was accepted by Arnold Palmer, whose only coach was his late father.



From the Fringe: Meet the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Mascots and Help Choose Their Names

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 22:33 Monday, 24 November 2014 22:16

Rio 2016 MascotsThe wait is over! The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascots have been unveiled. Inspired by Brazil’s fauna and flora, the duo feature various pop culture influences, along with elements of animation and computer game characters.

“The Rio 2016 mascots represent the diversity of our culture, of our people,” said Beth Lula, the Rio 2016 brand director. “They represent our joy, our way of being. Both of them are magical creatures with super powers and relate naturally with the young audience, who we want to engage with our event so much.”



From the Fringe: #TOURplayerbandnames – A Little Fun with Player Names

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 02:20 Thursday, 13 November 2014 02:16

altThe Twitter-sphere had a little fun combining the names of their favorite PGA TOUR players and bands. The trend #TOURplayerbandnames got more than 1,000 responses like "Noh Doubt," "Fleetwood G-Mac" and "Justin Leonard Skynrd." We pasted some of our favorite submissions below. Add yours in the comments below or on Twitter (make sure to include #TOURplayerbandnames). Enjoy!



From the Fringe: University Research Shows Listening to Jazz Improves Putting Accuracy

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 01:55 Thursday, 13 November 2014 01:46

altListening to jazz music while putting can boost your performance on the putting green, according to new university research.

While any kind of music improves performance compared to listening to no music at all, jazz is the most effective musical genre for improving putting, according to a study, which was recently published in the Journal of Athletic Enhancement..



From the Fringe: Veterans Day – PGA TOUR Salutes All Who’ve Served

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 22:29 Tuesday, 11 November 2014 22:19

altOn this Veterans Day, the PGA TOUR would like to salute all who have served in the United States military. Below are videos of the TOUR and its players serving those who have served. You can also honor the troops by donating to Birdies for the Brave, the PGA TOUR's military outreach initiative. Click here to give.



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