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Golf News – July 20, 2017

How a Veteran Caddie Preps for Royal Birkdale

For over nine years, Mark “Fooch” Fulcher has been on the bag of Justin Rose. Together, they have become one of the most recognizable and accomplished player-caddie teams in golf, highlighted by their U.S. Open win at Merion, a Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics, and their recent runner-up finish at the 2017 Masters.

As one of the PGA TOUR’s most veteran caddies, Fooch knows what it takes to prepare for the 2017 Open Championship and put his player in the best position to win. To gain some insight into the preparation that goes on behind the scenes, we sat down with Fooch to discuss scouting the Royal Birkdale, setting a game plan, and working with his boss, Justin Rose.

Read the rest of the story here.

Antigua Debuts Summer 2017 Men’s Golf Collection

PEORIA, AZ – Antigua Group, Inc. – one of the nation’s leading designers and marketers of lifestyle and golf apparel under the distinguished Antigua brand – has introduced its Summer 2017 Men’s Fashion Golf Collection.

The men’s Summer 2017 Golf Performance collection is an inspiration of color. With a vibrant color palette that’s a fresh follow-up to the Spring ’17 full-performance product range, this new release incorporates six fresh designs that are great additions to every golfer’s wardrobe.

Antigua’s design team blended color-on-color with these stand-out styles. By complementing colors and incorporating them into solid heather effects, yarn dye stripes, prints and outerwear, they achieved eye-catching results.

The collection begins with a tonal double knit jacquard self collar polo that’s conceptualized to mimic the effect that’s created knitting heather yarns into a solid fabric. Style Hologram gives the illusion of light and dark contrasting shades, by using varying yarn sizes that independently absorb solid dye with unique variances.

Style Drive employs a richly dominant color stripe that offers no pattern uniformity, set against a white background.  An engineered contrasting pop accent stripe emboldens the pattern.

Style Unite perfectly complements style Drive, combining the same high-quality, high-filament performance yarns with a high percentage of spandex to create the ultimate fabric. Unite places varying stripe sizes of colors in a specific pattern.

Rounding out the trilogy of summer yarn dye stripe polos is style Revive — named for its reinvention of the traditional two-color narrow rugby stripe pattern that quickly repeats with a rich color shade against a contrasting bright hue.

As current fashion dictates, and the golf world has become increasingly fashion-aware, prints are it. Style Vivid is a perfect mix of an unassuming main body base color that offsets an abstract engineered chest print.

Style Vista was also a hit in the Spring ’17 men’s performance golfwear collection. The half-zip pullover’s double-knit jacquard heather twill fabric made a statement requiring minimal style detailing.


Silvies Valley Ranch Opens New Frontier Boutique Resort and Two 18-Hole Reversible Golf Courses to Golfers and Travelers 

SILVIES, OREGON – July 19, 2017 –Silvies Valley Ranch, a new frontier boutique resort in the pure West, is merging luxury and relaxation with an authentic Western ranch experience that is now open to guests and travelers. Located along historic U.S. Route 395 between Bend and Boise, and created by the Campbell family, who have roots in the area dating back to 1863, The Retreat at Silvies Valley Ranch will bring the Western mystique of the region to an intimate scale. The full-service eco-resort features lodging, a gourmet restaurant featuring ranch-raised, grass finished, organic beef and chevon, two reversible 18-hole golf courses, multiple exclusive outdoor experiences, a spa (to open in 2018), and a private airstrip for guests looking to fly directly onto the property.

“We are excited to share Silvies Valley Ranch, our home which is so near and dear to our hearts, with the rest of the world,” said Dr. Scott Campbell. “With an incredible setting, luxurious, Western-styled accommodations, and activities for every type of guest, our hope is that visitors from far and wide will enjoy their travels to the ranch and continue to visit for generations to come.”

Silvies Valley Ranch provides visitors with a one-of-a-kind golf experience, featuring two reversible 18-hole courses – the Hankins course and Craddock course. The direction of the routing is reversed each day to create an alternate layout with a variety of setups for players.

One memorable element to the golf experience at Silvies Valley Ranch takes place on No. 18 on the Hankins course. Named the “Hixson Hole,” this hole presents the 12 legal advantages in golf to guarantee players will “nail it” off the tee and reach their longest recorded drive. Players will be rewarded with a “Silvies Horseshoe Nail,” the signature drink of the ranch, after hitting their longest drive.

Silvies Valley Ranch also features a par-3 course, Chief Egan, named for the last Paiute War Chief. Chief Egan highlights the beauty of the region and offers a fun playing experience with water features on every hole.

In July 2018, a stunning 7-hole fun course, McVeigh’s Gauntlet, will be added to the golf experience at the ranch. McVeigh’s Gauntlet will bring players to the edge of a razor back mountain and showcase the property’s dramatic elevation changes and breathtaking scenery.

Off the course, visitors have the chance to explore the resort grounds that only a few years ago were inhabited by Native Americans and worked by hearty Pioneers. Guests are able to learn the innovative practices of a working ranch from Silvies Valley Ranch team members. Outdoor activities such as cattle drives, American Range Goat herding, shooting ranges, fishing, and more are offered at the Ranch, bringing out the inner-cowboy in all those who visit.

Culinary options on the property include The Lodge and Egan’s Hideout clubhouse which is completely aligned with the ranch’s standards of sustainability. Limited in-suite dining and outside catering are also available, as well as numerous entertaining spaces for rustic, gourmet picnics and gatherings for group outings and events. Perhaps the most unique dining option is the full-service chuck wagon, available both day and night for special occasions. All on-site restaurants serve western-inspired fare, including ranch-raised Silvies Valley Ranch Certified Organic grass finished beef and chevon.

For those looking to wake up at the crack of dawn, get their hands dirty and “dine” from an authentic chuck-wagon at the end of a hard day’s work in the Wild West, look no further than this Western retreat.  With endless accommodation styles, an unending list of activities, and a variety of golf and travel packages available online, Silvies Valley Ranch is simply amazing.

For more information about Silvies Valley Ranch, please call 1-800-SILVIES, email or visit

New Balance Minimus Tour Debut

The Minimus golf shoe was one of the first golf shoes that New Balance introduced when it stepped into the golf industry. The lightweight Minimus has been one of the top sellers in the line. Now for 2017/18 season, New Balance has introduced the Minimus Tour, the first Minimus with cleats.  The Minimus Tour is a high-performance, athletic cleated golf shoe with a waterproof upper and FantonFit® technology for ultralight support and fit. A REVLite® midsole gives outstanding responsiveness and cushioning and the ultra-flexible Ndurance® rubber outsole provides maximum durability in high wear areas. The Minimus Tour uses a low-profile Slim-Lok® Zarma Tour2 cleat system.
  • Weight: 11.7 oz.
  • Colorways: Dark Grey/Green, White/Black, Black
  • Sizes: 7 -12, 13, 14 Widths D, 2E
  • $119.95
  • Warranty: Two-year waterproof
  • Available September 15, 2017


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