Golf News – June 7, 2018

Norman Xiong Joins Callaway Golf Tour Staff

The 19-year-old Xiong recently turned pro after a dominant amateur career, and 6 tournament wins this season at the University of Oregon

CARLSBAD, CA – Callaway Golf Company announced today that 19-year-old Norman Xiong, one of golf’s most prolific amateurs and collegiate players, has joined its staff after turning professional last week. He will play Callaway woods, irons and wedges, an Odyssey Putter, and a Callaway ball. He will also wear TravisMathew apparel on and off the course, making him the first professional golfer to be signed by both Callaway and TravisMathew.

“I’m ready to test myself against the best players in the world, and joining Callaway is absolutely the right choice for me as I begin my professional career,” Xiong said. “I’ve played Callaway equipment in my biggest wins as an amateur, and I’m confident their clubs — and especially my driver — will help me perform to the best of my abilities. I can’t wait to get started.”

Before turning pro, Xiong was one of the most dominant amateurs in the game. He won 6 college events this season as a Sophomore at the University of Oregon, more than any other player in the country, and received the Jack Nicklaus Award given as the Division I Player of the Year. Xiong also led the NCAA with an impressive 68.7 scoring average, was voted a 1st Team All-American, and was 3rd in the latest world golf amateur rankings. In 2017, he was named a 2nd Team All-American, 1st Team All-Pac 12, Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and he competed for the victorious U.S Walker Cup Team, and the U.S. Palmer Cup Team.

“Norman is one of the brightest young players that golf has seen in a long time,” said Callaway SVP of Global Sports Marketing Tim Reed. “He’s been a top player throughout his junior and amateur career, and we’re looking forward to helping him succeed at the highest level.”

Born in Guam and raised in San Diego, Norman played his first tournament at age 5 and developed as a junior through The First Tee program, a youth organization focused on introducing the sport to young players. After being ranked as the #1 collegiate recruit in his class, he chose to attend Oregon, in part so he could play in poor weather conditions to test and improve his game. Xiong competed for Oregon in his final amateur event last week at the NCAA Championships.

“We’re excited to work with an athlete of Norman’s caliber to showcase how TravisMathew apparel is the perfect balance between performance and style,” said TravisMathew CEO Travis Brasher. “We believe his personality and style on and off the golf course are a tremendous fit for us and we welcome Norman to the TravisMathew family.”

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Under Armour Showcases Jordan Spieth’s US Open Scripting

BALTIMORE, MD – The time is just about here for one of the most exciting Majors on the calendar, the U.S. Open, and with it, Jordan Spieth’s Under Armour scripting. Jordan is looking to show out at the famed Shinnecock Hills course, in the backdrop of New York City. Featuring the waterproof Spieth 2 and a suite of product constructed from ultra-breathable Threadborne technology, Jordan is built to make a run at yet another Major, further cementing himself as one of the premier talents in modern golf.

The U.S. Open always presents a challenge unlike any other; in Jordan’s words, “it is our national championship, [and] it is also the most difficult test in golf.”  Under Armour has created and curated product to withstand the most punishing of courses, and give Jordan the opportunity to start strong and put himself in a position to win.

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Shot Scope Announces Father’s Day Gift Offer for U.S. Open Week

EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM – Shot Scope Technologies will offer its new V2 multi-function golf watch at a special 15% discount during U.S. Open Week (June 11-17). The V2 Combines GPS distance and hazard capability with Shot Scope’s industry-leading automatic performance tracking.  The Father’s Day offer will be available online and at selected Dick’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy stores.

The Shot Scope V2 uses the highest grade Smart GPS chip on the commercial market. Its automatic data collection provides extensive Tour-level performance analysis and offers free software updates. More than 37,000 courses worldwide can be accessed through the system.

“We are excited to offer a special price for the V2 to all Dads for Father’s Day,” said Gavin Dear, CCO of Shot Scope Technologies. “We want golfers to experience what is the best, most comprehensive, most accurate and easiest to use golf watch in the industry.”

The most recent addition to Shot Scope is a social media share function that is available on both IOS and Android apps. It enables the user to share their hole, round and performance data with friends via several channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Whatsapp. It keeps the conversation moving off the course regarding long drives, birdies and other highlights.

Golfers have long sought a device that combined GPS yardages and fully automatic performance tracking.  Shot Scope’s in-house engineers have developed a product that meets the needs of the modern golfer while retaining the company’s trademark automatic club recognition technology and detailed performance statistics. The latest update from Shot Scope enhances the on-course experience provided to users by showing front, middle and back distances to water/sand hazards.

The V2 has three modes to suit the golfer’s playing requirements: GPS; PRO; and GPS+TRACK. Each mode has been designed for ultimate flexibility. In both GPS and GPS+TRACK modes, the LCD screen displays distances to the front, middle and back of the green from the golfer’s real-time position using SMART GPS.

Performance Tracking is activated in both PRO and GPS+TRACK modes. The watch works in the background to collect over 100 Tour-level statistics, broken down into five areas: clubs, tee shots, approaches, short game and putting. Performance statistics of this caliber have previously only been available to Tour players. No manual input or phone use is required.

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PUMA GOLF Introduces Autumn Winter 2018 Collection with new FUSIONYARN – Effortless On & Off Course Style

CARLSBAD, CA – Today PUMA Golf is launching the Autumn Winter 2018 apparel and accessories collection with fresh, on-trend designs and color stories, combined with cutting-edge technical elements, including the all new FUSIONYARN fabric, for the ultimate in comfort, performance and style. The eye-catching designs and first-class materials make the collection ideal for golfers wanting to look their best on and off the greens this Fall.

The high-quality FUSIONYARN fabric blends the buttery softness and breathability of cotton with the moisture-wicking properties and high durability of polyester, delivering a high-performance fusion of synthetic and natural fibers that dries fast, looks stylish and is sure to keep golfers extremely comfortable in any setting. FUSIONYARN fabric is utilized in the men’s and women’s collection this Fall providing styles that are designed to seamlessly transition from the office, to the golf course and everywhere in between, while providing premium comfort and feel every step of the way.

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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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