Golf News – January 28, 2014

Golf News – January 28, 2014


Fujikura Unveils New PRO Shaft At PGA Merchandising Show And The Shaft Is Put Into Play On The PGA Tour At Humana

(Vista, CA – January 27, 2014) – Fujikura kicks off another year with consecutive wins on the PGA Tour according to the Darrell Survey and The winners of the Sony Open and the Humana Challenge used Fujikura Motore Speeder and Fujikura Fuel shafts in their drivers.

While Fujikura shafts were winning on the PGA Tour, Fujikura’s dynamic team of familiar faces was attending the 2014 PGA Merchandising Show in Orlando, FL. where the company unveiled yet another Premium shaft in their winning line-up of performance golf shafts. The Fujikura PRO shaft was ironically put into play by a PGA Tour player just days before the company announced the shaft at the show. The buzz surrounding the new PRO shaft was prominent amongst equipment nuts leading up to the show and since Fujikura made the official announcement last Tuesday, it is the #1 trending golf shaft in online conversations.

Fujikura Golf Director of Sales, Jeremy Butler gives an explanation of the technology used to develop the new Fujikura PRO. “We have integrated technologies that we have used in previous models – HIT and CAGE – this combination has resulted in improved distance, accuracy and feel in the new Pro Series shafts.  HIT provides the smart shaping at the tip end of the shaft and this allows for a shifting of the balance point towards the butt end of the shaft allowing the user to achieve higher swing speeds for greater distance.  CAGE maintains the stability of the tip section’s thinner walls for accuracy and increased feel during the swing.

The Pro Series is designed with a custom bending profile for each model based on a stiffer tip and mid-section with a more forgiving handle section to allow for improved shaft loading and faster kick speed at impact – leading to increased distance.  This is where ENSO has come in with the engineering process for this shaft series – allowing us to be aware of the kick speed numbers and the improvements in the Pro Series shafts over previous shaft designs.

Maximum Carbon Fiber Content in the Pro Series shafts improves the feel for the golfer and allows the use of more plies of graphite in the design and construction of the shafts.”

mission hills


Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2014)Mission Inn Resort is celebrating a big birthday in 2014 – 50 years of Beucher family ownership and operation.  To mark the occasion, a 50th Anniversary Golf Package, pairing the resort’s two award-winning championship golf courses with an overnight stay and generous resort credits, is now available.
Nestled among the rolling hills of Central Florida’s Lake County, Mission Inn Resort & Club is in the town of Howey-in-the-Hills, just a 35 minute drive northwest of Orlando.  In addition to golf, the Spanish colonial style resort offers 190 graciously appointed guestrooms, suites and villas, three restaurants, two lounges and poolside bar.  Amenities include eight tennis courts, trap and skeet shooting range, jogging and bicycling trails, volleyball courts, outdoor pool and hydro-spa, fitness center, Spa Marbella, lakeside nautical center with fishing, powerboats and eco-touring.

Mission Inn’s 50th Anniversary Golf Package has a two night minimum and includes:

  • Club Suite accommodations
  • 18 holes of golf daily, with shared cart
  • Range balls, club storage, advance tee times
  • Breakfast buffet following each night’s stay
  • $50 credit to use toward dinner each night
  • $50 total credit per person in the Golf Shop
  • Commemorative gift item

Package rates, which range from $260 to $310 depending on the dates of stay, are per person, per night and based on double occupancy with a two-night minimum. Tax, service charge, and resort fee are additional.  A one-night deposit will be charged at time of booking, and a 72-hour cancellation policy is required to avoid a one-night penalty.

Mission Inn’s two championship courses include 36 holes of rare tee-to-green elevations of 85 feet, towering forests and sparkling spring-fed lakes.  Revered as one of Florida’s finest, El Campeón (The Champion) was designed by George O’Neil of Chicago in 1917 and further enhanced in 1926 by Charles E. Clarke of Troon, Scotland.  The course is consistently ranked in the top 10 of Florida’s 1,500+ courses.  Las Colinas (The Hills), the resort’s second 18-hole layout, was designed by former PGA Tour Player Gary Koch and opened in 1992 to immediate acclaim.  Both courses are rated Four Star and recognized as “Best Places to Play” in North America by Golf Digest.


KemperSports Selected To Manage Cantigny Golf

CHICAGO, January 28, 2014 – Cantigny Golf and KemperSports announced today that KemperSports has been selected to manage the highly-regarded golf course in Wheaton, Illinois. Owned by the Cantigny Foundation, part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundations, the 27-hole golf course is widely recognized as one of the finest public courses in the Chicago area and becomes the 16th KemperSports-managed property in Illinois.

Cantigny Golf operates with a mission to provide exceptional recreation and education opportunities to the people of Illinois.  In addition to the course, Cantigny Golf offers dynamic learning programs for all ages at the Cantigny Golf Academy. The property also features a comprehensive junior golf program and the Cantigny Youth Links, a 9-hole course specifically designed for golfers, ages 8 to 15. Additionally, Cantigny Golf is recognized as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. KemperSports will be responsible for management of all golf and hospitality operations with current Cantigny staff in these areas becoming KemperSports staff. The transition is expected to take place in mid-February.

“Working with KemperSports will help us build on Cantigny Golf’s 25-year history as a great golf destination, with a focus on young golfers just learning the game,” said David D. Hiller, President and CEO of the McCormick Foundation. “As a leader in golf course management, KemperSports is the ideal choice to help shape the future of Cantigny Golf, continuing to offer extraordinary recreation opportunities to our community.”

Opened in 1989 and designed by Roger Packard, Cantigny Golf immediately received national acclaim after being recognized by Golf Digest as the Best New Public Course and as a top-25 public course in the country. In addition to the course, Cantigny Golf includes a full-service clubhouse with multiple dining options, golf shop, locker rooms, and private event meeting spaces with room for up to 180 guests. The course will host the 2014 Illinois State Amateur Championship this summer for the fourth time. In the recent past, Cantigny Golf has been host to the Chicago Open and the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

Cantigny Golf has a long-standing commitment to encouraging the sport of golf among young adults. More than 1,200 youth are introduced to golf each year through Cantigny Youth Links and clinics. Since 1989, the highly-developed caddie program has engaged more than 800 local students, with 9 caddies selected as recipients of the prestigious Evans Scholarship. Through support of The First Tee of Greater Chicago, young people are provided character-building and life skills lessons for success as they learn golf. Cantigny is also the proud home course to five local high school and college golf teams.

Reflecting the McCormick and Cantigny commitment to veterans, the Cantigny Honor Club offers special greens fees rates and other benefits to veterans and active duty members of our armed services. Cantigny Golf also hosts organizations assisting disabled veterans and children through donated facility use and staff time, including Revelation Golf, Sunshine Through Golf, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital and the Chicago District Golf Association.

“As Cantigny Golf looks to celebrate its 25th anniversary, we are excited to be working with them to further the mission of the organization,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. “The course has a great reputation among regional golfers and we look forward to enhancing the guest experience and continuing the fantastic junior programs developed by Cantigny’s team.”

Cantigny Golf is bordered to the north by Cantigny Park, home to the Robert R. McCormick Museum, the First Division Museum, formal gardens, and picnic and camping areas. Cantigny Park and Cantigny Golf rest upon 500 acres, once the estate of Robert R. McCormick, longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune.

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Andrew Bogren

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Drew is passionate about keeping up on the latest in golf technology and staying on top of the latest products and offerings from around the industry. When Drew is away from the golf world, he works in the Chicago area as an accountant and lives with his wife.

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