Monthly Archives: April 2020

Great Golf Coaching on Instagram

by PGA

Does your instagram feed need a little more golf in it? We’ve got you covered to punch up your feed with fun & simple ways to improve your game.
Need help with your pre-shot routine? Joanna Coe has you covered. Want to pump up your at-home workouts? Go inside the garage with Thor Parrish.
Or maybe you just need a fun activity to work on your game with the entire family. Mike Carbray has just what you’re looking for.
No matter what you’re seeking, these accounts are must follows & will deliver tips to take your game to the next level.
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Waugh Joins CNBC’s Squawkbox to Talk Emergency Golf Relief Fund

by PGA

PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh joined Joe Kernen of CNBC’s Squawkbox this morning to discuss COVID19’s impact on a huge percentage of golf’s nearly 2 million workers, and how the Emergency Golf Relief Fund can help “get everybody to the other side.”
“Golf is so much more than a game,” Waugh explained during the segment. “If you think about it. We’re a health club. We’re a park. We’re a restaurant. A bar. We’re a community. There is— as you say— so much pain out there.”
Check out the rest of the interview below, and learn more about contributing to the Golf Emergency Relief Fund here: https://relief.golf.
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Staying Engaged Keeping PGA Jr. League Community Strong

By PGA

The PGA Jr. League is doing its part to make sure its community stays strong off the course as families #StayAtHome.
And what they have learned is the community has come together stronger than ever by sharing their favorite activities. The PGA Jr. League is plugged in virtually with both players and PGA and LPGA Professional Captains and Coaches who are sharing unique activity ideas, photos and videos.
Check out some of the activities that have been shared so far on the PGA Jr. League social media channels & be sure to share one of your favorites on their Community Page.

Distance Coaching Takes Center Stage For PGA Coaches Across America

by PGA
PGA of America Coaches across the country are uniting to flatten the curve to help bring the game that we love back as quickly as possible. Yet as we enter week four of the stay at home orders, PGA coaches are using this time to accelerate the use of Distance Coaching Technology (DCT) to support their students, clubs and their families.
Mark Durland, PGA Member for 17 years in Naples Florida coaches 2,180 players around the world that he has never met before.
“I tell the system how many hours I would like to coach a day and it sends me alerts when the player has submitted their golf swing.”
Using an AI assisted coaching tool it enables Mark to produce an immersive coaching experience for his students where only one metric matters: Their game improvement.
“When they get better then they come back more and more,” Durland said. “I can deliver 10-15 sessions in one hour.”
What is Distancing Coaching Technology?
Unlike the traditional coaching model where the player and coach meet in person first, Distancing Coaching Technology (DCT) is built to enhance the player experience using their mobile phone. DCT is similar to technologies used with distance medicine like using your phone to take a picture of your skin or record a heart rate.
“Distance coaching begins with an alert like an Uber driver gets, I see a face on and downline swing and 6 minutes later, aided by technology, an immersive lesson is delivered with annotations, drills, and a roadmap. The player makes the changes and sends it back until the player improves and the coach moves the student to the next level. Golf swings come in from Oil Rigs, to living rooms to backyards.
How Does DCT Technology Work?
Like launch monitors (E.g GCQuad, Trackman) use an algorithm to calculate the spin rate, Distance Coaching Technology pairs a PGA Coach with an AI engine to rapidly create the fix sequence for the player and dynamically select drills, annotations, scoring, fault fixes including the 6 laws of ball flight. DCT creates an immersive roadmap of the player’s improvement sequence. In the past, a coach would get overwhelmed with text messages and iPhone videos from their players. Now that complexity is simplified, ordered and monetized for the coach and coaches can manage 1,000+ players.
What Distance Learning is Not
Distancing Coaching is not sending an in-person video recorded back to the player on their phone. DCT is a realtime 2-way interaction based on their golf swing. Durland commented, “The golf swing has interconnected parts. When the player makes a change, the player needs to know what else changes so they can improve.” It’s like being a doctor checking in on patients as the medical record of the swing allows me to optimize my time and scale.
What happens after the virus is over?
Golf is no exception to digital transformation – while all of us want to be there in person for our one on one lesson it is not always feasible and not always the best use of our time. Doctors have retired to only now be busier than ever reading x-rays from their cabin in Montana – why should golf be any different. Distance learning accelerates the PGA Pros ability to move even faster even after the virus is contained.

Five Reasons to Take Virtual Coaching

Just because you are practicing social distancing and may not be able to hit the links right now, doesn’t mean you should stop working on your game.
Virtual coaching provides golfers with plenty of options for improvement, from quick tip videos on social media to 1-on-1 sessions with top PGA coaches from across the country.
We recently chatted with some PGA coaches to find out five of the top reasons golfers should participate in virtual coaching.
1. Anytime, Anywhere
You can do the sessions at a time that fit your schedule. You can space it out if needed and to a little bit of time.
2. You Can Learn from Other Golfers
A lot of coaches do group programs virtually, so the learning and sharing is very different and you may be able to pick up tips from other individuals outside your coach.
3. You Only Need a Few Items
Coaches provide things to do both inside and outside with whatever equipment is available. Grab a club & your phone and you’re good to go.
4. It’s Easier to Stay on Track
Virtual sessions can be a better vehicle for information delivery. For the raw instruction, this can make it easier to deliver the information in a logical manner without the golfer getting the lesson off onto irrelevant tangents.
5. The Feedback is there Forever
Many coaches break down your swing and provide feedback in advance of a scheduled time for discussion. Not only will you get period of time to asks additional questions, but you have all the coaching material in the future as well.

Listen Here: NBA All-Star Paul Millsap Details His Passion for Golf and PGA WORKS

PGA WORKS Ambassador and NBA All-Star Power Forward Paul Millsap recently spoke with RISE (Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality) about his role with the PGA WORKS Program. Hear why Millsap decided to become the program’s first ambassador and how his love of golf drives him to promote inclusion in the sport.

PGA WORKS is designed to diversify the golf industry’s workforce by leveraging fellowships, scholarships, career exploration events, and the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship to inspire and engage talent from diverse backgrounds to pursue key employment positions across the golf industry. Funded by PGA REACH, the 501(c)3 foundation of the PGA of America, PGA WORKS strives to create a golf industry workforce that mirrors America.

LPGA TOUR ANNOUNCED ADDITIONAL CHANGES TO 2020 SCHEDULE

By LPGA Communications

Given the continued impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the health and travel restrictions that are currently in place around the globe, the LPGA Tour today is announcing additional changes to its 2020 schedule.

The LPGA informed players on Friday that the next five events on the LPGA Tour calendar have been postponed, with four of those five tournaments rescheduled for later this year. The Pelican Women’s Championship presented by Dex Imaging in Belleair, Fla., originally scheduled for May 14-17, will now take place Nov. 12-15. The ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer in Atlantic City, N.J., originally scheduled for May 29-31, will move to July 31 to Aug. 2. The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Simply Give in Grand Rapids, Mich., originally scheduled for June 11-14, is working on a date to reschedule.

Additionally, the USGA announced Friday that the U.S. Women’s Open, previously scheduled for the week of June 1-7, has been postponed to Dec. 7-13. The championship will be played at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas, as originally planned but given the December timeframe and the resulting loss in daylight, both the Cypress Creek and Jackrabbit courses will be used for the championship. For more information visit uswomensopen.com.

The Pure Silk Championship presented by Visit Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Va., originally scheduled for May 21-24, will not take place in 2020 but will return in its date on the 2021 LPGA Tour schedule.

The LPGA also announced one additional event that has been rescheduled for later in 2020. The Kia Classic, previously postponed in March, will now be held Sept. 24-27 in Carlsbad, Calif.

“We are so thankful to all our partners for their flexibility and willingness to work with us during this very difficult time,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “This has been a truly collective effort to reschedule tournament dates and work together to provide LPGA players with as many playing opportunities as possible once it is safe for us to resume competing again. As we watch the world come together in this battle against this virus, we are so thankful for all of the support from our valued partners and we continue to wish for the health and safety of all the extended members of our global LPGA family.”

If necessary, should this outbreak continue, further schedule adjustments will be shared when appropriate. Alternative dates for June events are available later in the 2020 schedule.

Below is a revised look the LPGA’s 2020 summer months of June-September:

2020 LPGA Tour Summer Schedule as of April 3

DATE TOURNAMENT
June 19-21 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G
Pinnacle C.C., Rogers, Arkansas
June 25-28 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
Aronimink G.C., Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
July 2-5 OPEN FOR TOURNAMENT RESCHEDULE
July 9-12 Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana
Highland Meadows G.C., Sylvania, Ohio
July 15-18 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational
Midland C.C., Midland, Michigan
July 23-26 OPEN FOR TOURNAMENT RESCHEDULE
July 31 – Aug. 2 ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer
Seaview, A Dolce Hotel (Bay Course), Galloway, New Jersey
Aug. 6-9 The Evian Championship
Evian Resort G.C., Evian-les-Bains, France
Aug. 13-16 Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open
The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland
Aug. 20-23 AIG Women’s British Open
Royal Troon G.C., Troon, Scotland
Aug. 27-30 UL International Crown
Sept. 3-6 CP Women’s Open
Shaughnessy G. and C.C., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Sept. 10-13 ANA Inspiration
Mission Hills C.C., Rancho Mirage, California
Sept. 17-20 Cambia Portland Classic
Columbia Edgewater C.C., Portland, Oregon
Sept. 24-27 Kia Classic
Aviara G.C., Carlsbad, California

Doug Sanders, colorful 20-time winner without a major, dies

By Doug Ferguson, AP Golf Writer

 

Doug Sanders brought a flamboyance to golf fashion ahead of his time, a colorful character known as much for the 20 times he won on the PGA Tour as the majors that got away.
Sanders died Sunday morning in Houston, the PGA Tour confirmed through a text from Sanders’ ex-wife, Scotty. He was 86.
Sanders was still an amateur when he won his first PGA Tour event in 1956 at the Canadian Open in a playoff against Dow Finsterwald, and his best year was in 1961 when he won five times and finished third on the PGA Tour money list.
But he is best known for four runner-up finishes in the majors, the most memorable at St. Andrews in the 1970 British Open. He only needed par on the final hole of the Old Course to beat Jack Nicklaus, and Sanders was 3 feet away. He jabbed at the putt and missed it, and Nicklaus beat him the next day in a playoff.
“If I was a master of the English language, I don’t think I could find the adjectives to describe how I felt when I missed that short one,” Sanders said after the playoff, where Nicklaus beat him by one shot. “But that’s golf, and that’s the fascination of the game.”
Sanders also finished one shot behind Nicklaus in the 1966 British Open at Muirfield. He had a one-shot lead going into the final round of the 1961 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills and finished one behind Gene Littler, and he finished one shot behind Bob Rosburg in the 1959 PGA Championship at Minneapolis Golf Club.
The loss to Nicklaus took its place with other near-misses in golf, such as Scott Hoch at the 1989 Masters. Sanders once cited Walter Hagen saying no one ever remembers who finishes second.
“But they still ask me if I ever think about that putt I missed to win the 1970 Open at St. Andrews,” he said. “I tell them sometimes it doesn’t cross my mind for a full five minutes.”
But there was never any mistaking Sanders, known as the “Peacock of the Fairways” for his Easter-egg collection of colors he wore on the golf course, even after he was done competing.
“The two most frequent questions on tour were, ‘What did Arnold Palmer shoot?’ and ‘What’s Doug Sanders wearing?’” Sanders told Golf Digest in 2007.
Tommy Bolt once said of Sanders, “The man looks like a jukebox with feet.”
Also overlooked were his 20 victories on the PGA Tour, the last of which was the 1972 Kemper Open by one shot over Lee Trevino. He won at some of the bigger spots on tour, such as Colonial, the Western Open and Doral. When he won the Canadian Open in 1956, it was 29 more years before another amateur — Scott Verplank — won on the PGA Tour.
Sanders played in one Ryder Cup, in 1967 in Houston, with Ben Hogan captain of what is regarded one of the best U.S. teams from that era of the matches.
He was born in Cedartown, Georgia, and played college golf at Florida.
Sanders stayed active after no longer competing, sponsoring the Doug Sanders Celebrity Classic for six years and a junior golf championship in Houston.

PGA of America Announces Golf Emergency Relief Fund

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (April 13, 2020) – In response to the severe challenges impacting golf communities nationwide, the Golf Emergency Relief Fund has been established to provide short-term financial assistance to workers in the golf industry who are the backbone of our sport and face significant financial hardship, including those suffering as a result of COVID-19.

This relief effort was initiated by the PGA of America through a lead pledge of $5 million and a matching fund for gifts by third parties of up to $2.5 million. The PGA contribution included every member of the executive leadership team voluntarily reducing their compensation, and additionally, personal donations from members of the Board of Directors have been pledged. The effort is also being supported in various ways by a number of industry organizations, including the GCSAA, PGA TOUR, LPGA, USGA, NGCOA and AGM.
Managed by E4E Relief, an independent third-party public charity, the fund will provide grants to certain industry workers, inclusive of golf association members, employees of local/state golf associations, caddies and certain professionals playing on developmental tours to help offset COVID-19 related financial hardships, such as living and medical expenses.
Further details around eligibility are forthcoming, with applications being accepted as early as Thursday, April 16 at 2 p.m. ET at https://relief.golf.
“The golf industry is in an unprecedented crisis, and our friends, colleagues and their families need our help right away,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley, PGA. “People throughout golf are driven by a strong desire to help others every day. We have to ensure that the heart and soul of our game—our people—are able to get back on their feet and continue to serve others down the road. Eventually, golf will return, but we first need to reach out and help people in our industry during this national emergency.”
“The golf industry steers $4 billion to charity each year,” added PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “Now, we need to come to the aid of those who make this game we love so special, to help ensure their livelihood. Our leadership team is so passionate about this that each has volunteered to take a substantial reduction from their own compensation to support the PGA’s efforts. With matching, our goal is to raise at least $10 million for this important effort.”
“The Golf Emergency Relief Fund is designed to assist those who need our help right away. These associations and their respective members run the game locally across the country, and the players seeking to make a career at the highest level are at the heart of the dream. These are the people who are the backbone of making sure our game continues to thrive. Supporting them through this difficult time is not only the human thing, but it is also the smart thing to do to ensure our industry rebounds quickly.”
Individuals eligible to apply for aid through the Golf Emergency Relief Fund are:
  • PGA of America Professionals (includes Members, Students and Associates)
  • LPGA Professionals (includes Members and Students/Apprentices)
  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Members
  • Employed or contracted as a caddie of one of the following caddie companies (qualifying employers and their subsidiaries) Caddienow, Caddiemaster, 4C Caddies, Premier Caddies, ClubUp, CaddieU, Circuit Caddie and Caddy King
  • Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) members
  • Players in developmental tours operated by the PGA TOUR (Korn Ferry Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR China Series)
  • Players in developmental tours operated by the LPGA (Symetra Tour)
  • Employees of United States Golf Association (USGA) authorized allied golf associations
  • Employees of PGA of America Sections
  • National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) Members
The first phase of the fund will distribute two tiers of funding with $500 grants for basic needs and up to $1,500 grants for critical needs, with applications being reviewed, approved and grants disbursed by E4E on a rolling first-come, first-served basis. A second phase, currently scheduled to rollout after the completion of Phase 1, will have a longer application process, and distribute funds of up to $3,500, as reviewed and approved by E4E on a rolling first-come, first-served basis.
To apply for assistance from the Golf Emergency Relief Fund and to find further details, visit https://relief.golf. Applications will be live as early as Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET.

MIKE WHAN COVERS WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS WITH MICHAEL BREED

LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan made another appearance on “A New Breed of Golf” with Michael Breed on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio late this week. In a wide-ranging interview, Whan reiterated what many fans and followers of the LPGA Tour already know: the tentative re-start for competition is the week of June 15th at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G.

“Right now, our plan is to start the week of June 15th,” Whan told Breed’s audience. “We took four of the five events that kind of went away in that last decision (to postpone resumption of play because of the coronavirus) and relocated them on our schedule. One of those events, the Pure Silk event at Kingsmill, we just moved to 2021, but the other four we were able to put in other weeks in the year. So, if things go our way and the virus does what it’s supposed to do, we believe we can tee it up starting on June 15 and essentially play non-stop except for the Thanksgiving weekend, all the way into the middle of December.”

Whan also pointed out that the LPGA Tour is not alone in looking at the second week in June as a potential re-start date. The PGA Tour, Major League Baseball and other professional leagues have similar tentative schedules.

“Every sport that I talk to, ourselves included, is working on plans for what is the smallest human footprint you put out there to make it safe for everybody if (the virus) is not ready,” Whan said when asked about potentially playing a few events without fans, which has been discussed by all leagues. “We’ll launch that scenario if we have to. It’s probably one of seven scenarios we have planned. But I certainly hope we don’t have to go that route because then you think we’d be walking a thinner line. And as much as I miss golf and as much as I want to give my athletes the opportunity to play, I never want to be part of some kind of safety issue given what the rest of the world has sacrificed to flatten this curve.”

However, Whan, like many Americans, is gaining a sense of hope and optimism. Part of that is based on the hospitalization and mortality projections being lowered. But some of it is also linked to Whan’s experience leading a global tour.

“In these kinds of times, all you can do is follow the leader and see how other people have tackled it,” he said. “And given what’s going on in (China and other early-infected regions where people have gone back to work and events are starting to resume) today gives me confidence about what could be going on in two-months’ time in this area.”