Golf News – February 8, 2017

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Sun Mountain to Make Under Armour Golf Bags

February 7, 2017 — Sun Mountain has entered a licensing agreement with Under Armour to create and market a new line of golf bags. The 2017 collection includes two stand bags (Speedround $239.99, Match Play $259.99) and one cart bag (Armada $259.99). These new golf bags are scheduled to be at on- and off-course golf specialty stores beginning in April. Interested retailers should contact their Under Armour sales representatives to place an order.

The UA Storm Speedround golf stand bag is the lightest bag in the collection and offers a 9”, 4-way divided top and the X-Strap® Dual Strap System for easy on/off. Speedround offers nine pockets, two are water resistant, and comes in men’s and women’s styles with a retail price of $239.99.

The UA Storm Match Play golf stand bag features a 9.5”, 4-way divided top and the E-Z Fit© Dual Strap System for customizable fit. Match Play offers 11 pockets, two are water resistant. Retail price is $259.99.

UA Storm Armada is a golf cart bag with a 10.5”, 14-way divided top and single shoulder strap. Armada features 10 pockets, two are water resistant, and the new Smart Strap System to secure the bag to the golf cart. Retail price is $259.99.

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Antigua To Serve As Official Golf Apparel Licensee For 2017 U.S. Solheim Cup Team

PEORIA, ARIZ., The Antigua Group, Inc., one of the nation’s leading designers and marketers of lifestyle and golf apparel under the distinguished Antigua brand, has been named the official apparel licensee for the 2017 U.S. Solheim Cup Team. The 2017 Solheim Cup will be held at Des Moines Golf and Country Club, August 14-20.

“We have had the good fortune to design and develop the Ryder Cup uniforms for the American team back in 1993 and now four times for the LPGA and the Solheim Cup Team in 2011, 2013, 2015 and now in 2017”, said Ron McPherson, president and CEO of the Antigua Group. “These opportunities are a great honor and recognition for our brand and company.” Though the international competition doesn’t take place until August, the process of designing and developing the team uniforms alongside U.S. Team Captain Juli Inkster and her Assistant Captains began in spring of 2016. The designs were finalized in January.

Over the course of the yearlong development process, Antigua, along with the U.S. Solheim Team, created the team uniform concept. This involves choosing fabrics and designs appropriate for the field of play during a particular time of year in a specific seasonal climate. Antigua also developed samples and the fit of each potential team member in advance of the final team selection, a process that involves two separate fitting and alteration sessions at separate LPGA Tour events.

“It’s been great to work with the staff at Antigua, and they have always been a terrific supporter of the LPGA,” U.S. Captain Juli Inkster said. “They’ve been very enthusiastic about clothing the United States Team, and I’m really excited to see our players dressed in their red, white and blue.”

The final uniforms will consist of two separate apparel changes per day for the tournament rounds, as well as additional outfits for each day of the practice rounds. The process of designing the U.S. Solheim Cup Team uniforms from beginning to end took more than a year.

“All of us at Antigua are very proud to have been chosen by the LPGA to design and develop the uniforms for the 2017 U.S. Solheim Cup Team matches,” McPherson said. “This opportunity is a great honor and undertaken with pride for Antigua company-wide as the development and logistics that are involved with each department play a critical part in the final execution of the process. We have had terrific directional meetings with LPGA staff and of course Captain Inkster.”

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Iliac Golf Unveils 2017 Milan Collection

Iliac Golf founder and designer Bert LaMar, traveled through Italy studying the artisan craftsmanship of Italy’s finest manufacturing and hand made product design. Bert combined his athletic background as a world class skateboarder, snowboarder and golfer with his design mind to create Milan. “My Milan collection is like nothing in the world, a mix of sport, athletic performance, comfort, style and respect for tradition.”

Bert’s Milan collection was inspired from his love for uniqueness, quality, design and fashion. “My Milan collection is the perfect balance of my passion for the tradition of golf and vintage style seen in the English suit plaid, Ramsey Clan Tartan & Crown materials mixed with my love for cultural classic fashion, seen in my Italian floral.  Milan has the perfect blend of fashion and performance.” Bert LaMar.

 

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

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