Golf News – February 2, 2018

Galvin Green Launches Interface-1™ Hybrid Jacket Range

Leading-edge fabric technology offers ultralight weather protection, sharp designs

VÄXJÖ, SWEDEN – Galvin Green – the world’s leading maker of high-performance and functional golf apparel and the No. 1 global golf partner of GORE-TEX® – announces the launch of its Interface-1™ hybrid jacket range boasting exceptional levels of comfort and protection for serious golfers to perform their best throughout the season.

Part of Galvin Green’s shell layer category, the Interface-1 is exceptionally soft and incorporates stretch elements to move freely with the body for ultimate range of motion. Utilizing innovative fabric technologies, Interface-1 jackets are completely windproof, water repellant and extremely breathable.

Available within the 2018 Part I Collection in seven styles and eight color variations, the Interface-1 men’s range is highlighted by the LANCE full-zip jacket with a sleeve pocket made from 100% polyester stretch fabric and a PU membrane. Additionally, the LARS short-sleeve full-zip features a distinctive pattern on the sleeves and across the back. The LARRY full-zip jacket combines a soft Polyamide fabric with premium PrimaLoft® padding, matched with a water repellent finish, while the LOGAN full-zip vest with chest pocket provides excellent protection from the elements with similar PrimaLoft® padding.

Rounding out the collection are the women’s offerings featuring the LARA full-zip jacket with contrasting upper body inserts and elasticated bottom and cuffs. The LUNA vest and LEIA full-zip jacket boast stylish clean lines with contrasting collars and cuffs, plus two front pockets and drawstring adjusters at the bottom edge.

Galvin Green is also the Official Team Supplier of Outerwear for the 2018 European Ryder Cup Team. Through this partnership, the company will provide its premium waterproof garments to the captains, vice captains, team members and their caddies during the matches at Le Golf National.

Based in Sweden, Galvin Green is a pure golf brand that developed the sport’s first apparel layering system – the Multi-Layer Concept – more than a decade ago. This distinctive approach uses leading-edge fabric technologies to ensure the dry comfort, thermal regulation and outer protection that helps players optimize performance.

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Masters Champion and Emerging Star Earn Early-season Victories Using NIPPON Shaft

CARLSBAD, CA – Nippon Shaft recorded two early-season victories this month, as the reigning Masters’ champion won easily in Singapore and an up-and-coming Chinese star edged golf’s most accomplished Northern Irishman by one shot in Dubai.

The 38-year-old Spanish star, who will be defending his first Masters’ title in April, posted a five-shot victory at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore (Jan. 21), utilizing Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUSTour 130 X-flex steel shafts in his irons and wedges.  He shot 14-under par with rounds of 66-70-66-68—270 to capture his 33rd professional victory, his sixth on the Asian Tour.

Also using the Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUSTour 120 X-flex steel shafts in his irons and wedges was China’s emerging 22-year-old star, who won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by a stroke on Jan. 28 at Emirates Golf Club.  He birdied four of the final six holes to post a final round 69 and finish at 23-under par, grabbing his second European Tour title.

With the victory, he became the first Chinese player to break into the Top 50 on the World Golf Ranking (32nd) and has earned a spot in the Masters.

The victories were the 125th and 126th for Nippon Shaft’s MODUS3 steel shafts since they were introduced to tour players staring in July 2009.

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HONOLULU, HI – JANUARY 14: Gary Woodland of the United States plays his shot from the first tee during the final round of the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 14, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Gary Woodland wins Phoenix Open; 5th Global Win in as Many Weeks for TaylorMade’s New M Drivers with Twist Face Technology

What You Need to Know:

  • Woodland added a 9° M3 440 driver to the bag just last week at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, where he went on to finish T12.
  • Woodland’s driver is equipped with an Accra Tour RPG shaft at 44.75″, tipped 2″ with a D4 swingweight. It’s set to lower, with an actual loft of 8.5°. He has one weight pushed all the way forward and the second at 3/4″ back on the Y-Track.
  • For the week, he averaged 314.1 yards off the tee with a long of 364 on Sunday.
  • TaylorMade’s 2018 M Drivers featuring Twist Face Technology now have victories in 4 of the last 5 PGA tournaments (as well as 1 European Tour event in that timeframe), with Woodland joining TaylorMade stablemates Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm & Jason Day as tournament champions winning with Twist Face on the PGA TOUR.
  • Woodland’s victory is his 3rd on the PGA TOUR, earning him 500 FedExCup points.
  • In addition to his M3 440 driver, Woodland also plays a ’17 TaylorMade M2 Tour fairway wood at 15° and a ’17 M2 fairway, both equipped with Accra’s Tour ZX4100 shafts.

Woodland’s TaylorMade Metalwoods at the Phoenix Open:

M3 440 Driver | 9° | Accra Tour RPG

M2 Tour Fairway | 15° | Accra Tour ZX 4100

M2 Fairway | 18° | Accra Tour ZX 4100

Vineyard Vines Announces Exclusive Golf Collaboration With Renowned Sports Commentator Jim Nantz

The Multi-season Apparel Collection is Set to Debut Spring 2019

STAMFORD, CT – vineyard vines, a brand best known for its whimsical neckties and smiling pink whale logo, announced today a new collaboration with sports commentator, Jim Nantz. The new line will focus on golf apparel and accessories for men, women and kids. The partnership advances vineyard vines’ commitment to the golf lifestyle through multiple product offerings and will be inspired by Nantz’s love of the game both on and off the course. The collection will debut Spring 2019 on vineyardvines.com, at select vineyard vines retail stores and green grass shops nationwide.

Jim Nantz has been the voice of CBS Sports for over 30 years calling some of America’s biggest sporting events from the Masters Tournament, the PGA Championship, the PGA Tour, the Super Bowl and the Final Four. A passionate philanthropist, Nantz and vineyard vines began collaborating in Spring 2017 to create the highly successful “Forget-Me-Knot” custom-designed collection that benefits the Nantz National Alzheimer Center (NNAC) at Houston Methodist Hospital. Nantz founded the NNAC in 2011 to honor his father who suffered for 13 years with the disease.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with Jim. He has been the voice of golf for 32 years and resides steps from the American golf treasure known as Pebble Beach Golf Links. No one lives the golf lifestyle more than Jim — he knows not only what it looks like but also what it feels like,” said Shep Murray, vineyard vines CEO & co-founder. “As a brand, we’ve partnered with some of the greatest institutions in the world, like the Kentucky Derby and the America’s Cup and it’s very exciting to now join forces with golf’s greatest voice!”

“Shep, Ian and vineyard vines have been incredible partners with our philanthropic efforts through the Forget-Me- Knot collection. I could not be more impressed by their commitment to this important cause for me and my family. While that will continue, I am elated by the new golf lifestyle brand we are creating that will reflect a love for the sport and the virtues it represents. Golf is a central part of my life and I look forward to working with the great folks at vineyard vines to create an authentic golf apparel brand that speaks to the golfer,” said Nantz.

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New Advocacy Group Established by Western Golf Association and Leading Golf Organizations Promotes Youth Caddying, Helps Develop Young Golfers

WGA partners with World Golf Foundation and other organizations on Carry the Game initiative to create more opportunities for youth to work as caddies, learn the game of golf

GOLF, IL Together with a number of leading golf organizations, the Western Golf Association (WGA) announces today a groundbreaking initiative centered around promoting youth caddying and golf called Carry the Game.

Through caddying, young people learn valuable life lessons, develop a strong work ethic and money management skills, and make professional contacts on the golf course. In addition to being a great way to learn about the game, caddying provides life-changing benefits that are instrumental to their individual growth.

Carry the Game will be a resource for anyone interested in becoming a caddie or forming a youth caddie program. In 2018, the group will begin an extensive research project to provide qualitative data on the current state of youth caddying and inform the initiative’s work.

The overall goal of Carry the Game is to increase the number of youth caddies – and the diversity of those caddies – by helping to establish additional caddying opportunities at golf clubs nationwide. Carry the Game will also promote youth caddie programs as a way to create future golfers and preserve and enhance the tradition of caddying within the game of golf.

It will offer resources including caddie training materials and certification, a caddie club locator, best practices on creating and managing programs, media and public relations support, and knowledge and expertise on all caddie-related topics.

Carry the Game will also share and promote local and national caddie scholarship opportunities and resources.

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Michael Feland

Born in Houston, TX, raised in New Orleans, LA, Mike and his family currently live in Orlando, FL. Mike is a First Tee Level 1 Certified instructor and enjoys sharing his love for the game with the Orlando area youth that participate in The First Tee of Central Florida program.

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