Golf News – June 1, 2018

Callaway Announces Rogue Pro Black Irons

Callaway Golf officially announces their new Rogue Pro Black Irons, available on June 8th.

CARLSBAD, CA – Rogue Pro Black Irons feature a new all-black look that includes a premium limited edition TrueTemper XP 105 Shaft, a Lamkin Z5 Grip, and a black medallion. And they have all the tech and performance of Rogue Pro, including the 360 Face Cup + VFT for more ball speed, MIM’DInternal Standing Wave for optimal flight and control, and great feel with Urethane Microspheres, all in a players iron package.

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Doc Redman Turns Professional, Chooses to Play Full Bag of TaylorMade Equipment and Golf Ball

US Amateur Champion Doc Redman turns professional; signs equipment deal with TaylorMade Golf to play full 14 club bag plus golf ball

CARLSBAD, CA – TaylorMade Golf Company announced today that current US Amateur champion Doc Redman has chosen to sign a long-term agreement with the company as he embarks on his professional career. The collegiate standout is making his PGA Tour debut (as a pro) this week at the Memorial Tournament in Muirfield.

With his new full bag plus golf ball deal, Redman joins a Tour staff that now includes five of the Top 10 players in the world – Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jason Day and Jon Rahm, in addition to 14-time major winner Tiger Woods.

The 20-year-old from Raleigh, NC, helped Clemson to a 13th place finish in the NCAA Championships while finishing T15th as an individual; he holds the school’s scoring average record with 70.70. After playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, RBC Heritage and the Masters as an amateur, Redman will forgo his automatic U.S. Open and Open Championship invites to begin his professional career.

“I can’t wait to get started on my professional career here at the Memorial Tournament and I’m delighted to be doing that alongside TaylorMade. Their equipment simply performs and has really made a difference to my game during my amateur career and time at Clemson.”

Redman begins his professional career at the Memorial Tournament on Thursday.

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Hundreds of Golf Courses Tee Up to Help Monarch Butterflies

Golf course managers across North America have begun planting milkweed and wildflower habitat to attract butterflies, bees and … golfers.

TROY, NY – Audubon International and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) recently partnered to launch Monarchs in the Rough, a program to assist golf courses in the United States, Canada and Mexico in creating habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators in out-of-play areas.

The program first rolled out in January 2018 with a goal of enrolling 100 courses. Today, the program has far surpassed its initial goal by enrolling more than 250 courses. The program has set a new goal of enrolling 500 additional courses, and launched a new website to feature participating courses.

“The response from the golf community to helping pollinators recover from dramatic declines in recent years has been tremendous,” said Christine Kane, CEO of Audubon International. “Habitat loss is a key driver of the monarch butterfly’s decline, and golf courses are uniquely positioned to help create new habitat and turn things around for this iconic species.”

Golf course properties occupy approximately 2.5 million acres in the United States. Audubon International estimates there are at least 100,000 acres that have the potential to become suitable habitat for butterflies and bees, if managed appropriately.

Monarchs in the Rough encourages golf courses to adopt conservation practices such as planting milkweed and other wildflowers that monarchs need to breed and feed, in addition to changing mowing practices to support the timing of the monarch’s migration, and protecting sites from pesticide treatments.

Monarchs in the Rough provides course superintendents and staff with the information they need to incorporate monarch habitat into the unique layout of each course.

“We bring the scientific expertise and the technical support, and the golf courses bring the land and the staff who are already well positioned to implement conservation practices,” said Daniel Kaiser, senior manager of habitat markets at EDF. “As an avid golfer and conservationist, I couldn’t be more excited about this partnership and the potential it has to help change the trajectory for the monarch butterfly.”

Participating courses expect that golfers will share the enthusiasm.

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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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