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Michelle Piyapattra Wins ANNIKA Academy ELITE Athlete Award

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 October 2016 08:36 Thursday, 13 October 2016 08:30

Michelle Piyapattra 2016 ANNIKA Academy Elite Athlete Award WinnerLONGWOOD, Florida — The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, announced that Michelle Piyapattra (Eastvale, Calif.) is the recipient of the 2016 ANNIKA Academy Elite Athlete Award, given annually to the Symetra Tour player that best demonstrates the same holistic “winning approach” philosophy, which Sorenstam applied to her game during competition.

“We would like to congratulate Michelle for winning our last ANNIKA Academy ELITE Athlete Award,” Annika said. “She is a smart young lady who played very well this year and shared our “Winning Approach” by attending our educational sessions. We wish her all the best.”



Westwood Wants Golf To ‘Jazz Up’ As European Tour Innovates

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 October 2016 07:44 Thursday, 13 October 2016 07:28

Lee WestwoodCanadian Press

(Steve Douglas/AP) — Standing on a specially constructed tee and under floodlights, Alexander Levy played his shot to the 156-yard par-3 hole to the backdrop of "oohs" from the crowd and with pyrotechnics going off around him.

It was golf, but not as we know it.

This was the Hero Challenge: an eight-man, one-hole knockout event played as a precursor to the British Masters tournament.



Kathleen Ekey Makes Ace On 18th In Final Practice Round At Symetra Tour Championship

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 October 2016 07:27 Thursday, 13 October 2016 07:20

Kathleen EkeyLONGWOOD, Florida — Kathleen Ekey stood on the 18th tee box at Alaqua Country Club ready for her final practice hole before the Symetra Tour Championship starts. She debated the wind with her brother and caddy, Byron, then pulled a 5-iron and made the second hole-in-one of her career. The hole was playing 171 yards to the pin.

Talk about momentum heading into the season finale.

“Once I hit it, I thought it was a pretty good shot and you could see the wind bring it close towards the hole,” explained Ekey. “It landed, rolled and then disappeared and then I was like ‘oh my gosh’ and it was really cool.”



Toshiba American, Inc. Extends Sponsorship Of Toshiba Classic Through 2020

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 October 2016 07:16 Thursday, 13 October 2016 07:08

Fred CouplesNEWPORT BEACH, California — At the conclusion of a thrilling 2016 Toshiba Classic, which saw Jay Haas defeat Bart Bryant on the first playoff hole, Toshiba America, Inc., announced an extension of its title sponsorship of the popular PGA TOUR Champions event which bears its name. The tournament, which will not be contested in 2017, will return to its traditional March date beginning in 2018, with an extension through the 2020 playing of the event.

“We are excited to extend our long-standing relationship with Hoag, Newport Beach Country Club and PGA TOUR Champions through 2020,” said Fumio Otani, Chairman and CEO of Toshiba America, Inc. “In addition, the Toshiba Classic will return to a March date in 2018, which will allow us to get through the challenges of conducting a tournament in the fall of 2017, and again in the spring of 2018.”



Powership QQQ Championship To Host Community Champions Day

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 October 2016 07:07 Thursday, 13 October 2016 06:51

Sherwood Country ClubOn the eve of the PowerShares QQQ Championship, fans will be invited to Sherwood Country Club on Thursday, October 27, for Community Champions Day, where they will have the opportunity to witness the legends of both golf and tennis, as well as take part in a complimentary golf clinic. The inaugural PowerShares QQQ Championship, part of the PGA TOUR Champions newly introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, tees off October 26-30.

Community Champions Day will offer FREE admission for all guests onto the picturesque grounds at Sherwood Country Club, as they witness the top 72 players in the Charles Schwab Cup standings prepare their games for the inaugural Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs. While taking in the action, fans can enjoy lunch from on-course concessions, and preview the Pro-Am event where participants are paired with professionals to compete for the day.



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