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Golf News – May 25, 2016

2155471New Colors In Long-Time Favorites For Spring 2016

Watkinsville, GA – To welcome the long-awaited Spring season, Tifosi Optics introduces new exciting colors in some old favorites: the Velocé, the Podium XC, and the Slip.

Velocé is the Italian word for “fast”. Act fast to get your hands on the limited edition Race Blue Velocé in time for spring. The Race Blue Velocé comes equipped with a hydrophobic Blue Clarion mirror / AC Red / Clear lens package.

Need motivation? Tifosi delivers with the full-shield Podium XC in Matte Crystal with Clarion Red mirror hydrophic lens.

Slip into Spring with the new Tifosi Slip in Steel with Clarion Blue mirror hydrophobic lenses.

These models feature:
• Hydrophilic ear & nose pieces – Slip resistance, even when sweaty
• Adjustable arms for a customizable fit
• Adjustable nose pieces (on Velocé and Podium XC)
• Veloce & Slip have vented lenses, and Podium XC features a frameless design to prevent heat build-up and fogging
• 100% UVA/UVB protection
• Shatterproof Polycarbonate lenses
• A set of 3 condition-specific interchangeable lenses
• MSRP $79.95

All include a zippered case, cleaning bag, and a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.

2155475Marriott Golf Announces Hit The Green For HOPE – Memorial Day Weekend Promotion In Support Of PGA Reach & Military Veterans Nationwide

Nationwide initiative launches at 17 premier Marriott Golf facilities; all proceeds to support PGA HOPE–Helping Our Patriots Everywhere-golf program for military veterans with disabilities

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 24, 2016) – Marriott Golf, one of the world’s premier golf operators, has teamed up with PGA REACH – the charitable foundation of the PGA of America – to launch Hit the Green for HOPE, a Memorial Day Weekend campaign in support of PGA HOPE – golf programming for United States military Veterans with disabilities.

Golfers will have the opportunity to take part in the Hit the Green for HOPE promotion at 17 participating Marriott Golf properties nationwide. By donating $10, on a designated par-3 hole at each property, any golfer that hits the green on his/her tee shot receives a certificate valid for 30% off “their next purchase” in the golf shop. All participating golfers who do not hit the green will receive a certificate valid for 15% off “their next purchase” in the golf shop. The certificates are valid for merchandise only, and all certificates are valid through Dec. 31, 2016, at the golf shop of the participating property. 100% of proceeds from the campaign will be used to support and enhance PGA HOPE programming.

PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is the flagship Military program of PGA REACH – the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The HOPE program introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities in order to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. Led by PGA Professionals, PGA HOPE is a proven activity that has helped thousands of Veterans assimilate back into their communities through the social interaction the game of golf provides. All PGA HOPE programming is fully funded by PGA REACH and offered at NO COST for military Veterans.

“Military Veterans have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedom, and it’s important that we all do our part, as many struggle with the transition back to civilian life,” said Bill Nault, Vice President, Marriott Golf. “PGA HOPE is a fantastic program that inspires wounded Veterans to learn and play golf as a therapeutic form of their rehabilitation, and it’s rewarding to see Marriott Golf take such an active role in supporting a program that is truly making a difference for thousands of Veterans.”

Participants of HOPE programs include military Veterans living with physical or cognitive challenges such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and amputees, among other challenges. As golf has become a therapeutic part of the rehabilitation process for many Veterans with disabilities, it is only fitting that Veterans who have participated in HOPE programming will be on-site at several participating locations during the Memorial Day Weekend promotional period.

“We are very excited to align PGA REACH and our flagship military program PGA HOPE with Marriott Golf and its portfolio of resort and championship golf venues,” said Scott Kmiec, Senior Director of PGA REACH. “Through programming like PGA HOPE, and thanks to the corporate responsibility of organizations like Marriott Golf, the PGA of America will be in a position to make a more meaningful impact on the lives of America’s military Veterans.”

Participating courses in the Hit the Green for HOPE campaign represent some of the country’s premier championship venues, including: Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix, Ariz.; Camelback Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Starr Pass Country Club, Tucson, Ariz.; Desert Springs Golf Resort, Palm Desert, Calif.; Shadow Ridge Golf Club, Palm Desert, Calif.; Grande Vista Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grande Lakes, Orlando, Fla.; The Rookery & Hammock Bay, Marco Island, Fla.; Renaissance Vinoy Golf Club, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Ritz-Carlton Members Club, Sarasota, Fla.; Stone Mountain Golf Club, Stone Mountain, Ga.; Griffin Gate Golf Club, Lexington, Ky.; Toftrees Golf Club, State College, Pa.; Gaylord Springs Golf Club, Nashville, Tenn.; Cattails Golf Club, Kingsport, Tenn.; and Westfields Golf Club, Clifton, Va.

For more information on the Hit the Green for HOPE campaign and additional military programming at Marriott Golf facilities, please visit For more information on PGA HOPE, please visit

2155467Starting Time® Announces Launch Of Varick™ Golf Balls

The company adds to its innovative collection of golf products

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – May 24, 2016 – Starting Time, the developer, designer and exclusive distributor of a variety of golf products throughout the United States and Canada, has launched Varick golf balls, the company’s latest product is designed to add fun to the course. Varick golf balls are high-performance, metallic and neon-patterned balls certain to turn heads at the golf course.
The balls come in eight colors, and are available in “Classic” and “Bright” assortment boxes of a dozen, as well as mixed sets of 48 and tubes of three balls. Starting Time is also the exclusive distributor of these balls throughout North and South America.
In addition to their cool look, Varick balls are designed to deliver excellent distance, a soft feel and accuracy. For more information, visit

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