FAMILY, FUN and FREE Golf…MARRIOTT GOLF CELEBRATES 7TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FAMILY GOLF FESTIVAL

FAMILY, FUN and FREE Golf…MARRIOTT GOLF CELEBRATES 7TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FAMILY GOLF FESTIVAL
Golfing Families & Newcomers are Invited for a FUN Day of FREE Golf Activities at Premier Marriott Resorts and Golf Courses Throughout the World

ORLANDO, Fla., March 12, 2014…Family, Fun and Free Golf…Golfers of all ages and abilities are invited to join their family members and experience the true meaning of “family togetherness on the links,” as Marriott Golf today announced the schedule for the 7th Annual Marriott International Family Golf Festival.

These one-day family golf-themed events, which will take place at 28 leading Marriott Golf-managed destinations throughout the world, will tee off domestically at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kississmee, Fla., on Saturday, March 15, 2014, and internationally at Son Antem Golf Club in Spain on Sunday, March 30, 2014.

The Marriott International Family Golf Festival, open to golfers of all ages and skill levels, supports the PGA of America’s dynamic player development programming, while offering a welcoming environment where women, children, siblings, parents, grandparents and friends can learn and play the game together. Families are invited to Marriott Golf properties for a fun-filled afternoon of FREE golf instruction, clinics, exciting activities, interactive golf games, family golf programs, chances to win a variety of prizes, and so much more! Each year, thousands of families take part in this exciting year-long program.

“Growing the game is vital for the entire golf industry and we believe our Marriott Golf family-based programming is ideal for bringing newcomers into the sport, while promoting togetherness on the course, which is essential in today’s fast-paced family environment,” said Jim Keane, Senior Director of Operations, Marriott Golf.

In addition, after 3 p.m., families and children can play golf for free as part of Marriott Golf’s “Kids Golf-4-Free” program in which an estimated 10,000 parents and children participate each year. Launched in 2006, “Kids Golf-4-Free” is a first-of-its-kind program that enables kids up to 15 years old to golf for free when accompanied by a full paying adult after 3 p.m. In addition, Marriott Golf offers free lessons anytime to kids up to 15 years old when accompanied by an adult who is taking a fully paid lesson from a Marriott Golf instructor.

The 2014 Family Golf Festival will take place at designated Marriott Golf properties on the following dates throughout the year:

Stone Mountain Golf Club Stone Mountain, GA 5/4/2014
Forest of Arden,  A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Meriden, Warwickshire, UK 5/11/2014
Grande Vista Golf Club / Marriott Golf Academy Orlando, FL 5/17/2014
Grande Pines Golf Club Orlando, FL 5/17/2014
Crane’s Landing Golf Club Lincolnshire, IL 5/18/2014
Camelback Golf Club Scottsdale, AZ 5/18/2014
Hawk’s Landing Golf Club Orlando, FL 5/24/2014
Cattails Golf Course Kingsport, TN 6/1/2014
Tudor Park, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Maidstone, Kent, UK 6/22/2014
Toftrees Golf Club State College, PA 6/29/2014
Shadow Ridge Golf Club Palm Desert, CA 7/5/2014
Sprowston Manor, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Norwich, Norfolk, UK 7/13/2014
Gaylord Springs Golf Links Nashville, TN 7/19/2014
Dalmahoy, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 8/2-8/3/2014
Worsley Park, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Worsley Park, Manchester, UK 8/3/2014
Westfields Golf Club Clifton, VA 8/17/2014
The Rookery at Marco Naples, FL 8/23/2014
St. Pierre, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Monmouthshire, Wales, UK 8/23-8/24/14
Griffin Gate Golf Club Lexington, KY 8/24/2014
Meon Valley, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Nr. Southampton, Hampshire, UK 8/24/2014
Breadsall Priory, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Nr. Derby, Derbyshire, UK 8/30/2014
Desert Springs Golf Resort Palm Desert, CA 9/28/2014
Wildfire Golf Club Phoenix, AZ 10/19/2014
Starr Pass Country Club Tucson, AZ 12/14/2014

About Marriott Golf

Marriott Golf manages 60 golf courses at 44 locations in 13 countries, offering more than 1,000 holes of championship golf. Marriott has been managing golf operations since 1970 and is one of the world’s premier golf operators. Marriott provides golf management and consulting services to a variety of operational environments including resort, private club, daily fee, golf school and franchises. For more information, visit http://www.marriottgolf.com.

March 13, 2014 |  Category: Tourism
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State Traditions Introduces 2014 Apparel and Accessories Collection

State Traditions Introduces 2014 Apparel and Accessories Collection
Line Offers Golfers Unique Way to Show State, Team Pride

(BIRMINGHAM, AL) – State Traditions announces that its 2014 collection of state-inspired apparel and accessories is now available at finer green grass shops and resorts nationwide and on the brand’s website http://www.statetraditions.com.

Using the outlines of all 50 states, State Traditions offers golfers a subtle, sophisticated alternative to flashy logos in order to celebrate state or fan pride. Each piece in the extensive collection – which includes caps, visors, polos, belts, neckwear, and button-front shirts – offers a choice of state silhouette in its respective flag pattern or colors reflective of its popular sports teams.

“Our brand connects emotionally with consumers, everyone has a home state, alma mater or favorite team,” says Keith Brown, President of State Traditions. “Whether it’s on a golf trip with buddies or at a gameday tailgate, our pieces communicate those feelings in a timeless way.”

Retailing from $3 to $80, the State Traditions 2014 lineup is anchored by its robust headwear range. The 100-percent cotton caps and visors marry classic style with modern design elements suitable for both sporting and everyday activities.

Additional standouts include the brand’s colorful belt program, featuring both embroidered and ribbon designs with brass and leather accents, along with short-sleeve polos crafted from ultra-soft Pima cotton and performance fabrics. These highly-versatile pieces transition seamlessly from the golf course to casual weekend wear.

A variety of non-apparel items are also available, including rocks glasses, premium ball markers and divot repair tools, iPhone covers and key fobs.

For more information: http://www.statetraditions.com, 205-254-8933. About State Traditions Based in Birmingham, Alabama, State Traditions creates top-notch, state and country-inspired apparel and accessories that reflect traditions across America and the world. The brand strives to connect customers with hometown pride, favorite pastimes and sporting allegiances through quality products and memories to last a lifetime. The State Traditions clothing line can be found in finer golf shops, men’s clothiers, outdoor specialty stores and children’s boutiques nationwide and via http://www.statetraditions.com, 205-254-8933. ###

March 13, 2014 |  Category: Equipment
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Galvin Green Launches Aron GORE-TEX® Rain Jacket Featuring Paclite® Technology

Galvin Green Launches Aron GORE-TEX® Rain Jacket Featuring Paclite® Technology

Leading-Edge Garment Boasts Ideal Combination of Ultralight Weather Protection and Extreme Breathability

(Växjö, Sweden) – Galvin Green – the world’s leading maker of functional golf clothing for serious players and the No. 1 global golf partner of GORE-TEX – announces the introduction of Aron, its latest ultralight men’s full zip jacket featuring GORE-TEX Paclite Technology.

A true player’s piece preferred by Tour stars worldwide, Aron is totally waterproof and Guaranteed to Keep you Dry™. Engineered using sophisticated techniques that ensure ideal freedom of movement, it features:

  • GORE-TEX Stretch Fabric – Ergonomically applied to maximize playability and comfort, the stretch effect is used in different directions in distinct regions of the garment
  • Adjustable Chest Width – Tabs on each side of the back with touch-and-close fasteners
  • Angled Side Seams – Styled to avoid unnecessary fabric at the front that could impede the swing
  • Rain Channels – Wrist cuffs with an integrated rain channel that leads water away from the front of hands

    “Aron is at its best when weight and space are critical yet you need to make certain to stay dry even in a driving rain,” says Martin Nilsson, President of Galvin Green USA. “Combine that with the exceptional release of excess body heat and moisture and you’ve got the perfect outer shell in our Multi-Layer Concept.”

    Extremely durable, hard wearing and long lasting, Aron (MSRP $460) is available in five colors, sizes S-3XL. It can be maintained via machine wash and tumble dry.

    An approach pioneered by Galvin Green more than a decade ago, the Multi-Layer Concept uses leading-edge fabric technologies to ensure the dry comfort, thermal regulation and outer protection that helps players optimize performance. Details on this and other elements of the company’s “We Never Compromise” approach can be found at the new GalvinGreen.com.

    About Galvin Green

    Galvin Green is a family-owned business founded in 1990. A pure golf brand, its products – including premium outerwear, tops, bottoms and accessories – are available for purchase at better green grass shops and trendygolfusa.com.

    Crafted by golfers for golfers, every garment and layer has been developed to be compatible – providing exceptional comfort, freedom of movement and protection from the elements. Each detail exists because the game demands it.

    The line is worn in competition by scores of leading Tour players, including David Lynn (European Tour) and Caroline Masson (LPGA Tour).

    For more information: http://www.galvingreen.com.

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    BirdieBox Introduces Specialty Box For Season’s First Major

    BirdieBox Introduces Limited-Edition Specialty Box to Celebrate Golf’s First Major Themed Premium Merchandise Package Ships Early April

    (SCOTTSDALE, AZ) – BirdieBox – a discovery shopping service created specifically to satisfy the needs of the golf community – announces its highly anticipated First Major Box is available as a limited-edition for ordering through Thursday, April 13.

    Shipping starting April 1, the exclusive package contains premium products themed to the year’s inaugural major championship. Available at http://www.BirdieBox.com, the First Major Box boasts a retail value in excess of $230 yet costs just $99.95. Its contents include:

  • Travis Mathew “Our Favorite Time of Year” shirt
  • KENTWOOL “Bubba Green” performance socks
  • Club Glove green microfiber Caddy Towel
  • Back9 custom magnolia flower driver head cover
  • M-Clip green alligator skin cuff links

    “From the day we launched, the volume of subscribers and pace of our growth has exceeded our lofty expectations and a lot of our members have been inquiring about specialty boxes like this offering,” says Keith Bolognese, Founder and CEO of BirdieBox. “We’ve delivered with a cross-section of Tour-proven gear and choice products that celebrate the pageantry of the year’s first major championship.”

    As the season progresses, BirdieBox will offer specialty boxes celebrating golf’s the other majors, as well as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas and the Ryder Cup.

    BirdieBox’s core monthly subscriptions remove all the hassle from shopping and add an element of “gift euphoria” by using the personal preferences of each member as the basis for every delivery. Packages include a selection of the hottest golf, lifestyle and nutritional items from major brands – plus the current issue of Golf Digest – all bundled in a stylish gift box. Offered in one-, three-, six- and 12-month options, subscriptions range from $41.65 to $44.95 per month. Retail value of each delivery is $100 or more.

    Beyond individuals, BirdieBox is an entirely new way to source an unforgettable gift for corporate, charity or country club events. A team of experts will work within a set budget to create a truly unforgettable package. Adorned with a logo of the customer’s choice, each finely-appointed, custom-curated assortment is hand-selected to precisely match designated preferences and impress guests.

    More information: http://www.BirdieBox.com or @BirdieBox.

  • March 13, 2014 |  Category: Courses
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    Fila Aukland and Rockingham Waterproof Performance Jackets

    Fila has released a line of waterproof performance jackets.T They feature breathable mesh lining, a detachable hood, self-adjustable velcro-sleeve closure, critical seam-sealing and microfleece lined neck and pockets. Available in a variety of bright bold colors, they arrive just in time for unpredictable spring rounds.

    March 13, 2014 |  Category: Equipment
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    ECCO Golf Signs PGA Tour Rookie Will Wilcox as Brand Ambassador

    ECCO Golf Signs PGA Tour Rookie Will Wilcox as Brand Ambassador

    (Londonderry, NH) – Danish company ECCO – a leading manufacturer of innovative footwear – announces the signing of 2014 PGA Tour rookie Will Wilcox, who will showcase the company logo on his shirt collar and compete in its BIOM Golf shoes featuring award-winning NATURAL MOTION technology.

    A 27-year-old native of Birmingham, Alabama, Wilcox earned his PGA Tour card by finishing No. 7 on the 2013 Web.com Tour money list. This came after a season that saw him win the South Georgia Classic and become only the fourth player in Web.com Tour history to shoot a 59 in competition (final round of Utah Championship).

    In his first tournament wearing ECCO – the 2014 Sony Open in Hawaii – Wilcox finished T8.

    “Will has a great story mixed with some serious skills and a proven ability to win,” says Jesper Thuen, Global Sponsorship, PR & Event Manager – ECCO Golf. “As a young, up-and-coming player, he’s an excellent complement to our roster of global stars.”

    Taught the game by his mother, Kim, who coaches the University of Alabama at Birmingham women’s golf team, Wilcox was a nationally-ranked junior before becoming a three-time collegiate All-American. He turned professional in 2009, winning four times between the NGA Tour and Canadian Tour before his breakthrough campaign.

    Among Wilcox’s notable 2013 Web.com Tour stats: No. 1 in total driving, and consecutive cuts made (14); No. 2 in all-around ranking, and birdies per round; No. 6 in average driving distance (313 yards).

    “I’ve worn my ECCO golf shoes in some very tough, wet conditions and have been really impressed by the comfort and durability,” says Wilcox. “My first season on the PGA Tour is off to a great start and I’m humbled to join the likes of Freddie, Graeme and Ernie as an ECCO brand ambassador.”

    The BIOM Golf line of cleated shoes worn by Wilcox includes two special-edition Caldera leather models boasting a sleek, matte finish inspired by luxury automobiles. These are made using a special full-grain material that’s stain resistant and easy-to-clean.

    Each pair of BIOM Golf showcases a convention-breaking design based on the foot’s natural system for absorbing impact. This distinctive technology relies on a completely anatomical last developed by scanning the feet of 2,500 athletes. It is exceptionally lightweight with a low profile that helps to form one of the game’s most stable hitting platforms.

    In addition to Wilcox, the ECCO Golf collection is endorsed by scores of Tour stars worldwide, including Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell, Thomas Bjørn, Marcel Siem, Thongchai Jaidee, Andreas Hartø, Wu Ashun, JB Hansen, Belén Mozo, Caroline Masson and Gerina Piller.

    About ECCO

    ECCO, a world leading brand of shoes combining style and comfort, has built its success on quality and innovative technology. The design philosophy is rooted in the founder’s approach to being a shoemaker – the shoe must follow the foot. The shoes of ECCO are anchored in functionality, quality and craftsmanship on the platform of Scandinavian design. Founded in 1963, ECCO is one of the few major shoe manufacturers in the world to own and manage every step of the shoemaking process. Today, ECCO products are sold in 91 countries at 1,100 ECCO stores and 14,000 other sales locations. The company is family-owned and the workplace to 19,500 employees from over 50 countries. In 2012, revenue increased by 14% to DKK 8 billion with profits before tax of DKK 1.1 billion.

    ECCO USA is based in Londonderry, New Hampshire. For more information: http://www.eccousa.com, 800.886.3226.

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    Gary Player Joins PHIT America as Celebrity Ambassador

    Gary Player Joins PHIT America as Celebrity Ambassador

    Golf Legend Leads Star Athlete Roster in Fight Against Inactivity, Obesity

    (SILVER SPRING, Md.) – PHIT America – the non-profit education and advocacy organization designed to combat the nation’s inactivity and obesity crisis – announces Gary Player, one of the greatest players in golf history, as a celebrity ambassador.

    Winner of 165 tournaments, including nine Major Championships, Player achieved legendary status as one of only five golfers in history to claim a career Grand Slam winning the Masters Tournament (1961, 1974, 1978), U.S. Open (1965), The Open Championship (1959, 1968, 1974) and PGA Championship (1962, 1972). Additionally, Player is the only golfer in history to achieve the Grand Slam on the Senior Tour.

    He credits his success on the course to the stringent exercise regimen maintained throughout his career.

    “At age 78, I still complete a rigorous fitness routine, which includes 1,000 sit-ups daily,” says Player. “My greatest ambition is to spread the message to the youth of the world that your body is a temple – you cannot do anything without health.”

    As a father of six and grandfather of 22, Player’s desire to instill the importance of an active lifestyle, especially in children, aligns with the message of PHIT America. Participation in youth sports is a way to get fit while also building self-confidence and developing skills such as discipline and dedication to setting and achieving goals.

    Player joins an all-star roster of celebrity ambassadors including NFL icon Herschel Walker and Golf Channel instructor Michael Breed. Each PHIT America ambassador is selected due to a common vision. The collective goal is to create “A Movement for a Fit and Healthy America” by educating men, women and children about the importance of an active lifestyle to improve overall health.

    “Almost 30 percent of Americans are totally sedentary and this has increased the last five years,” says Jim Baugh, Founder of PHIT America, former President of Wilson Sporting Goods and a 2011 inductee into the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame. “Inactivity is the prime contributor to the escalating health care costs we all face and Gary Player is setting a great example of how we can all work to create a more fit country.”

    Since its January 2013 launch, more than 150 leading companies and associations from the sports, fitness, retail and media industries have contributed funds and services to support PHIT America.

    The organization supports two pieces of legislation crucial to increasing the number of healthy Americans. When passed, the Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT) will allow people to use pre-tax medical accounts for physical activity expenses. The Physical Education Program (PEP) is a 14-year Federal grant from the Department of Education for schools to rebuild and revolutionize fitness programs.

    Americans are encouraged to support PHIT America by visiting http://www.PHITAmerica.org to advocate, provide a donation or participate in health and wellness programs.

    To view the entire list of PHIT America celebrities, click HERE.

    About PHIT America

    Founded in January 2013, PHIT America is a non-profit educational, social media, and advocacy campaign focused on overcoming the inactivity pandemic and obesity crisis in America by creating a “Movement for a Fit & Healthy America.” Over 130 companies along with sports ambassadors and celebrities are helping PHIT America to get more Americans more active, fit and healthier.

    A few of the major PHIT America initiatives include passing key legislation. The Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT) will allow Americans will be able to use pre-tax medical accounts for physical activity expenses. The Physical Education Program (PEP) is a 14-year program supporting increased activity in local physical education programs throughout America. Both the PHIT Act and PEP Program will help mitigate rising healthcare costs by encouraging Americans to develop more active, healthy lifestyles.

    PHIT America also just launched the Mayors Fitness Challenge a new, fun 10-week campaign in local cities around the U.S. designed to encourage active lifestyles through group exercise sessions, educational programs and community engagement.

    For more information about PHIT America, visit PHITAmerica.org.

    About Gary Player

    Gary Player, often referred to as the Black Knight, symbolizes all that world class golf is or was ever intended to be. A champion in every sense of the word, he has won 165 professional tournaments worldwide and through the philanthropic efforts of his foundation generated over $50 million dollars for the education of underprivileged children. Player, a master of the game, and a world leader in golf course design is credited with shaping more than 325 courses worldwide.

    When Gary Player won the US Open in 1965 at age 29, he became only the third golfer to win the Grand Slam, following Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen. Since then, only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have added their names to this elite group. Player has, to date, won nine major championships on the regular PGA Tour and nine on the Senior or Champions Tour. He is a three time President’s Cup Captain and in 2000 received South Africa’s Sportsman of the Century Award.

    In addition to his 40 years of golf course design, Player currently serves as the Global Ambassador to the World Golf Hall of Fame and holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from St. Andrews University. His legendary career and humanitarian endeavors have been acknowledged by numerous awards, including the 2012 PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2006 PGA Tour Payne Stewart Award, and the 2003 Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Player has circled the globe in pursuit of sporting events, and after journeying over 15 million miles, or 25 million kilometers, he is widely recognized as The World’s Most Traveled Athlete™.  When not traveling to or from sporting events, Player divides his time between the South African stud farm, where he has bred over 2000 winning thoroughbred race horses, and his residence on Jupiter Island in Hobe Sound, Florida. For more information about Gary Player, visit http://www.garyplayer.com.

    March 12, 2014 |  Category: Lifestyles
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