Golf News – May 22

Nippon Shaft Wins Regions Tradition

CARLSBAD, CA – In only his second appearance at the Regions Tradition, the international fan favorite from Spain used Nippon Shaft steel shafts to shoot 19-under par and claim his first major victory on the PGA TOUR Champions.

It marks the fifth victory in five seasons on the PGA TOUR Champions for the 54-year-old whose prior best major finish came at the 2000 U.S Open Championship at Pebble Beach where he finished T2.

The ponytailed golfer who makes no secret of his love of cigars and red wine used the Nippon Shaft N.S.PRO MODUS³ Tour 105 steel shafts to shoot rounds of 64-69-66-70 at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama.

It was the 133nd tour victory for the MODUS3 shafts, according to the company.

“Nippon Shaft would like to congratulate the winner on his first senior major,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “We are very proud that our N.S.PRO MODUS³ Tour 105 has become one of the most popular tour shafts and that our MODUS3 Wedge shafts are growing in popularity to help players perform at their highest level.”

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TGA Premier Golf after 15 Years – A Force in Junior Golf

Local junior golf delivery system is nation’s leading introductory and recreational program

EL SEGUNDO, CA – What started with love for a kid sister and the sport of golf in 2003, has TGA Premier Golf (TGA) currently on a pathway to introduce a million kids to the game.

Joshua Jacobs, CEO of TGA and former collegiate golfer at Emory University, recently graduated and was in the business world working in New Jersey when September 11th, 2001 struck. In the aftermath, he decided to return to his California roots and follow his passion, golf and kids.

He developed a curriculum, created partnerships with schools and started after-school programs in 6 schools that quickly became 25 in the Los Angeles area by the end of the first year. In just three years his original idea had evolved into the first and still only youth sports franchise model dedicated to golf that creates a seamless player pathway between introductory, recreational and competitive programs. Fifteen years later TGA students and families are swinging all across the nation.

Today, the TGA model continues to flourish nationwide for several reasons. The locations of its programs, the player pathway it creates for students and families, the station-based curriculums that incorporate academics, golf skill progression, physical fitness and health components and the passionate franchise owners who are vested to grow the sport.

TGA is also the only golf program in schools that incorporates STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics) Labs to teach how and why the game is played effectively. With academics woven seamlessly into the program, school principals and families have embraced the program in their communities.

TGA is making a mark. Entrepreneur Media through its magazine and website has recognized the company as a Top Low-Cost Franchise, Top 10 Franchise Value included it in the Franchise 500® and named TGA Premier Golf as one of the Hottest Franchises of 2018.

While conducting programs at schools and community centers, TGA partners with local golf courses and driving ranges (around 225 across the U.S.) to bridge participants from introductory programs to more traditional recreational golf programs such as camps, parent/child events, clinics and local leagues. In that measure, Jacobs pointed out, it provides a true player pathway.

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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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