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From gloves to global travel, a sampling from PGA Show

By Ken MacLeod

ORLANDO, Fla. – The PGA Merchandise Show offers a great time to catch up with the goings on at companies in which you have an interest and learn more about those that have jumped up in the past year.

Here’s a few of the places we stopped for a quick chat:

Johnny Miller.

Zero Friction

Ever since we first tried a sample of their one-size-fits-all glove, at the urging of Johnny Miller, we’ve been impressed with the product. A secret, they actually have four sizes – junior, ladies, men’s and max – and a wide range of colors.

This design also allowed mass to be moved altering the center of gravity for a better launch and added to the head’s resistance to twisting. Read more here.

Dean Snell

Snell Golf

Had an interesting chat with Dean Snell, the president, owner and founder of Snell Golf. Before I knew much about the company, about half the guys in my weekend group had started playing Snell balls. Now I know why. Read more here.

Seven Dreamers

Former Oklahoma Sooner Michael Rossi is the vice president of sales and marketing for this ultra high-tech company which makes carbon graphite shafts that can cost up to $1,200 each. Yes, if PXG clubs didn’t find the upper end of the market, these will. Read more here.

Read the complete story at Golf Oklahoma here.

PGA Show 2018 – Progress and Promise

By ED TRAVIS

Annually the golf industry gathers in Orlando for what some call the “Disney World for golf nuts,” a.k.a. the PGA Merchandise Show, truly the “Major of the Golf Business.”

Many golfers would jump at the chance to attend (who doesn’t like Disney World?) and yet don’t realize the Show has a serious purpose much less the scale of the industry, indeed its importance. In the U.S. golf has a $70 billion in economic impact, affects almost 2 million jobs and contributes more than $4 billion to charities each year. While there is certainly a “fun” aspect to the PGA Show it is above all a gathering of business people who understand the importance of education, networking and deal making.

Read the complete story at Golf Oklahoma here.

FlyingTee, Topgolf hope to enhance driving range experience at green grass locations

By Ken MacLeod

Golf industry analysts are paying close attention to the success of Topgolf and competitors such as FlyingTee, the first of which is located in Jenks with new locations to be announced soon.

The numbers of golfers, particularly the desirable millennial age demographic, utilizing the facilities brings hope that perhaps they will be the first step in convincing those out for fun on a Friday night to become true golfers playing golf at a public or private course.

Read the complete story at Golf Oklahoma here.

Golf Oklahoma among those honored at ING Media Awards

ORLANDO, FL – Golf Oklahoma pulled in four outstanding achievement awards in the 24th Annual ING Media Awards program at the PGA Merchandise Show.

The International Network of Golf, a non-profit, media-based networking organization, conducts the awards program for its members. ING membership is open to anyone in the golf industry and media. A total of 42 First-Place and Outstanding Achiever awards were announced at the presentation press conference conducted in ClubING at the PGA Show.

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OCU’s Meyers closes with 67 to earn crown at The Wigwam

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. – David Meyers of Oklahoma City University shot a final round 67 to keep hold of his top spot on the leaderboard and earn his first individual crown of the season Tuesday afternoon in the Ottawa-Arizona Spring Invitational at the Wigwam Golf Resort.

Meyers, a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa, finished the tournament with a 67-66-67–200, five strokes ahead of teammate Rupert Kaminski, who posted a 68-67-70–205 for second place. The Stars, ranked No. 2 in NAIA men’s golf, took second after finishing with a 276-278-282–836, one stroke behind top-ranked Texas Wesleyan. The runner-up finish was just OCU’s second of the year, both times losing out to Texas Wesleyan.

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Moody, Eldredge lead OCU to victory in Ottawa-Arizona Invite

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. – Oklahoma City University women’s golf notched its first victory and had Savannah Moody earn her first individual title of the season Tuesday afternoon in the Ottawa-Arizona Spring Invitational at the Wigwam Golf Resort.

Moody, a senior from Aledo, Texas, turned in a final round 79 to finish with a 76-77-79–232, three strokes ahead of second-place finisher and teammate Melissa Eldredge. OCU, ranked 13th in the NAIA, rounded out the tournament with a 314-322-318–954 to beat runner-up and twelfth-ranked Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) by five strokes.

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Folds of Honor lands record year, $7 million raised for families of veterans

Folds of Honor celebrates the largest total donation amount raised in Patriot Golf Day history at 2018 PGA Merchandise Show

OWASSO, Oklahoma, January 25, 2018 – Today at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Folds of Honor announces its fundraising total, $7,020,000, from the 2017 Patriot Golf Day, a nationwide initiative to raise awareness and scholarship funds for children and spouses of fallen or disabled veterans. Patriot Golf Day efforts throughout 2017 raised more money for Folds of Honor scholarships than any previous year since its inception in 2007. The event continually stands as the primary source of revenue for Folds of Honor, raising $47 million for the organization since 2007.

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ED TRAVIS EQUIPMENT BLOG
New Tech in the 2018 Chrome Soft

One of the pleasures that least in part compensates for having to tread the miles of aisles at each year’s PGA Merchandise Show is the opportunity to gain some insight to pass along to reader about all the new products. This year was no exception.

The people at Callaway Golf had an important announcement the week before the Show concerning the Rogue family of clubs—metalwoods, hybrids and irons—and Show week unveiled their new Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X golf balls.

They revealed some interesting technology that you should know about.

Read the complete Ed Travis Equipment blog at Golf Oklahoma here.

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Just some of the great courses offered in 2018!

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You can see the more than 100 pages of great deals in their entirety on the Golf Pass website. It’s a great way to explore Oklahoma as well as fantastic venues in Arkansas and Kansas.

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Winstar


Pointe Vista

Golf Trail


Ledgestone Golf

Mahogany Prime SteakhouseSwingfitLaFortune Park

Red Rock Canyon Grill

FlyingTee

Justice Golf Car

Tulsa Golf | Page Belcher & Mohawk Park
Charleston's Restaurant
Justice Golf Car

Maschino, Hudelson & Associates

Edmond Convention & Visitors Bureau Luber Brothers

RNDC

Cherokee Hills

Battle Creek GC

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