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Golf News – February 10, 2017


PUMA Golf, a leader in golf apparel innovation, design and style, introduced its new Spring Summer ’17 Collection for juniors showcasing the brand’s deepest and most stylish line ever for younger golfers. The line showcases new takes on classic designs, patented cutting-edge technologies, fun detailing and an evolved offering for girls that is sure to resonate with the game’s next generation.

For SS’17, PUMA Golf has dramatically expanded its junior assortment for both boys and girls in apparel, accessories and footwear, putting a greater emphasis than ever before on creating pieces that are fun, stylish and high-performance.

“We want junior golfers to have access to the same great technologies, performance and style, for wear on and off the course,” said Kristin Hinze, Head of Apparel at PUMA Golf. “Our apparel and footwear teams worked hard on our SS’17 collection to offer advanced PWRWARM layering technology to juniors for the first time ever, along with performance-ready polos, bottoms, accessories and even DISC footwear.  In addition, we’ve taken extra steps to ensure that the Rickies, Brysons and Lexis of tomorrow, all have access to the same cool styles as their favorite golfers.”

The Collection is available now at and at select retailers.


GelTees Introduces 100% Biodegradable Golf Tees

With more than 2.8 billion wooden tees made annually in the USA alone, GelTees is on a mission to lower the environmental impact of the gamer and create “a greener way to golf.” The 100 percent biodegradable golf tee will prevent the destruction of up to 70,000 trees per year and keep 1,600 tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

GelTees is a green friendly innovation that has been in development and rigorous testing for several years by Jonathan Gilinski, President and CEO of Capsuline, a leading manufacturer of gelatin capsules for the pharmaceutical industry. Having an in-depth knowledge of the biodegradable properties of gelatin, and a love for golf, Gilinski was able to convert gelatin byproduct into an eco-friendly tee for golfers. Made of 100 percent pharmaceutical grade gelatin, GelTees completely biodegrade within a few days of being left in the elements.

“At the recent PGA Show, I was looking for innovative products for golf course owners and operators,” said Mike Tinkey, former Deputy CEO of the National Golf Course Owners Association and President of TinkeyWorks. “GelTees provides a green friendly alternative that is good for the planet and the game.”

Tee boxes littered with broken wooden tees and plastic tees are a source of contention for golf course superintendents and directors of golf worldwide. “More than an eyesore, broken tees represent both a safety hazard and extra expense for the golf course,” said Kevin Sternett, Head Golf Professional at the Golden Bear Club at Keene’s Pointe in Orlando.

Tee it. Crush it. Forget it. Save your back and never pick up a tee again. Designed for one-time use, GelTees shatter into tiny pieces on impact. The moisture from the grass, daily irrigation, and weather conditions dissolves the tees completely.


Jim Furyk announces changes to captain’s picks for 2018 Ryder Cup

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk announced changes Wednesday that will affect qualifying and captain’s picks for the 2018 event in Paris, France.

The main tweak involves the selection dates for his four captain’s picks.

Three of his picks will come after the second FedEx Cup Playoff event, the Dell Technologies Championship, and the final pick will be made after the BMW Championship a week later. Last year, captain Davis Love III made three captains picks after the first playoff event and his final selection after the Tour Championship, which finished just five days before the first competitive day of the Ryder Cup.

The previous system, especially the last-minute pick, wouldn’t work for 2018, Furyk says. Not with an overseas flight and all that comes with preparing for an event outside of the states.

“We have passports, travel to Europe and I feel like the timing, we probably want to get it done a little earlier and not put those guys through that at the Tour Championship again,” Furyk said. “I think it’s wise, as well, for the captains to be discussing parings on the night before we leave, rather than who our next captain’s pick is going to be.”

While making the final pick prior to the Tour Championship will prevent a surging player from making the team, if they aren’t already on it — like Ryan Moore last year — it will give the entire team an extra week to bond, Furyk says.

Read the rest of the story here.

Matt Meeker
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