Golf News – May 16, 2014
Sun Mountain Golf Bags Awarded Gold
Missoula, Montana – Golf Digest has released its annual list of the best golf bags. For the 2014 “Golf Bag Hot List”, editors of the magazine tested 75 bags and deemed 10 worthy of the Gold award; two of which are Sun Mountain bags. A third Sun Mountain bag received a Silver award. Sun Mountain bags awarded Gold are the C-130 cart bag and the H2NO Lite carry bag. The Front 9 carry bag was awarded Silver. For more information about these and other Sun Mountain golf bags and to find a retailer, go to sunmountain.com or call 800-227-9224.
The Sun Mountain C-130 cart bag has made the Hot List every year since 2007. C-130 is designed to work optimally on a riding cart. All of the features are designed with cart use in mind including the reverse-orientation top, three utility handles integrated into the top, and the strap channel that prevents the cart strap from crushing contents of the bag’s pockets and allows access to the pocket’s zippers. Additional features include an integrated putter well and a design that allows all pockets to be accessible when the bag is on a cart. Tested for this review was the 2015 C-130 which will be available in August 2014 with a retail price of $229.
Also, for the second, consecutive year the H2NO Lite was awarded Hot List Gold. H2NO Lite is a one of four bags in Sun Mountain’s collection of waterproof golf bags. At just 5 lbs., this mid-size stand bag provides complete waterproof protection in a lightweight package. Like all the bags in the H2NO collection, H2NO Lite is constructed with waterproof fabrics; high-quality, waterproof YKK zippers, and all seams are sealed with waterproof tape. H2NO Lite retails for $259.
Receiving Hot List Silver was the new Front 9 lightweight golf carry bag. Front 9 is a compact, lightweight stand bag for the walking golfer. Efficiently-sized, yet big enough to carry a full set of clubs, a handful of balls and a rain suit; Front 9 has a new 8.5″ oval top with a flared opening for easier club retrieval. Front 9 has three, full-length club dividers, six pockets, and uses the X-Strap® Dual Strap System. Front 9 is available in men’s and women’s styles with a retail price of $169.
For 30 years Sun Mountain has been a pioneer in the golf industry, revolutionizing golf bags, golf outerwear and golf carts. Sun Mountain’s many innovations, including the first lightweight golf bag and modern stand bag, have made it the top golf bag company in North America. Within golf outerwear, Sun Mountain redefined golf-specific performance first with the windshirt, then fleece, and again with its four-way stretch, waterproof, and breathable rainwear. The Sun Mountain Speed Cart® golf push cart transformed walking carts and created an entirely new category of golf products. Sun Mountain’s “Ahead of Time Design” motto drives the company to continually design and refine golf equipment.
For the Sun Mountain retailer nearest you call 800-227-9224 or visit sunmountain.com.
Peter Hanson leads HP Byron Nelson Champ’ship by one after first round
IRVING, Texas – Peter Hanson made his only back-nine birdie with a 6-foot putt at the 18th hole Thursday, closing out a 5-under 65 for a one-stroke lead over David Duval and two others after the first round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Duval, ranked 890th in the world 15 years after being No. 1, birdied his last three holes – Nos. 7-9 – after pitching in from 57 feet for another birdie at the fifth hole.
Marc Leishman and Tim Wilkinson matched Duval at 66.
The 42-year-old Duval almost withdrew before the round because of a muscle issue in his right elbow that made it painful to hit balls and practice this week. About a half-hour before teeing off, he still wasn’t sure that he was going to play because his arm was hurting again.
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R&A considers letting members vote by mail on allowing women to join
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The Royal & Ancient Golf Club could make history even before its historic vote in September to have female members.
R&A Secretary Peter Dawson said the club is deciding whether to allow members to vote by proxy, something he said has never been done in club history. Club rules require members to be present to vote.
”The jury is still out on that,” Dawson said in a telephone interview last week during the R&A’s spring meeting. ”The rules of the club only allow a vote to be taken at the business meeting of those present. There is a view in the club, and quite a strong one, that postal voting should be allowed.”
Dawson announced last month that the R&A would vote Sept. 18 to allow female members for the first time in its 260-year history.
The R&A Golf Club has about 2,400 members around the world.
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