Golf News – March 8, 2018

LPGA’s Biggest American Star Wins With Nippon Shaft

CARLSBAD, CA – Nippon Shaft helped America’s most recognizable LPGA Tour star win for the first time since the 2014 U.S Women’s Open

The 28-year-old Stanford graduate used Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUSTour 105 X-flex steel shafts in her irons and the N.S. PRO MODUS3Wedge 115 shafts in her wedges to shoot rounds of 67-73-66-65—271 (17-under par) at the HSBC Women’s Championship to secure a one-shot come-from-behind victory at Singapore’s Sentosa Golf Club (Tanjong Course).

It was the 127th global professional victory for the MODUS³ series of the Nippon Shaft brand since they were introduced to tour players in July 2009. The champion, who began using Nippon Shaft steel shafts since 2016, earned $225,000.

“Nippon Shaft is extremely proud that our products were used by one of the top players in women’s golf to earn a victory against a formidable international field,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.

Notably, it was just six weeks ago that another Nippon Shaft player – the defending Masters champion – captured his 33rd professional victory at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore, an Asian Tour event. On Sunday, at the PGA TOUR’s WGC-Mexico Championship, he finished T-7, using Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUSTour 130 X-flex steel shafts in his irons and wedges.

Nippon Shaft products are available globally either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands. Based in Yokohama, Japan, Nippon Shaft is the No. 1-selling steel shaft in Asia. Nippon Shaft is a privately-held subsidiary of NHK Spring Co. LTD, a Japanese automobile parts manufacturer. Nippon Shaft’s North American headquarters is in Carlsbad.

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MGM Springfield Tees Up Luxurious Topgolf Swing Suite Experience

Immersive golf simulator suite to offer interactive games, lively lounge and delicious food & beverage offerings

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Topgolf Swing Suite will deliver a fun, new social experience to MGM Springfield when the resort opens in Q3 2018.

Becoming the first in the region available to the general public, the Topgolf Swing Suite will feature three high-tech simulators within a 2,800-square-foot suite and will open onto the resort’s lively outdoor plaza. Visitors can play in groups or practice solo while enjoying gourmet bites and inventive cocktails. When it’s time to take their shot, players will step up to a large, theater-style screen to try their hand at a selection of virtual games. Each simulator can fit up to eight players and offers fun no matter the guest’s skill level.

For pre- or post-round drinks, fairway fans can head to the luxurious lounge area to grab a cocktail or catch a game on one of the many HDTVs. On select nights, the venue will feature live musical performances, transforming into an entertainment hotspot. 

“Our goal is for MGM Springfield to become a destination for the community and for the region. With entertainment experiences that can’t be found elsewhere, our resort should become the go-to place no matter what kind of evening you are looking for,” said Michael Mathis, president of MGM Springfield. “Those familiar with Topgolf already know how much fun is in store; and for those new to the experience – just wait. This is sure to be one of the most exciting corners of our resort.”

This collaboration marks the third Topgolf experience within the MGM Resorts’ portfolio, following the openings of the four-story flagship Topgolf venue at MGM Grand Las Vegas and the new Topgolf Swing Suite at MGM Detroit.

Topgolf Swing Suite President Ron Powers, said, “MGM Springfield is an exciting opportunity for Topgolf Swing Suite to grow our relationship with MGM Resorts. We believe our Swing Suite activation at this amazing resort will attract local residents as well as visitors and create a unique and interactive experience for events and conferences.”

The Topgolf Swing Suite complements the wide variety of entertainment options at MGM Springfield, including a contemporary cinema, bowling lanes, seasonal skating rink, outdoor marketplace and a partnership with the 8,000-seat MassMutual Center.

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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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