Golf News – September 24, 2019


LONDONDERRY, NH – ECCO – a leading manufacturer of innovative footwear – announces the launch of BIOM COOL PRO, a completely unique performance hybrid golf shoe that leverages proven benefits of BIOM® and GORE-TEX® SURROUND® technology platforms to facilitate 360° breathable comfort.

GORE-TEX SURROUND, a technology pioneered in partnership by ECCO and GORE-TEX, paired with ECCO GOLF’s refined T.PU EXHAUST GRID built into the midsole, allows fresh air to directly access the sole of your foot while simultaneously allowing heat and moisture to escape. This allows for 360° breathability and 100% waterproof protection.

Built on ECCO’s exclusive BIOM® NATURAL MOTION® last to provide an anatomical fit supporting the natural form of your foot, BIOM COOL PRO has a low-to-the-ground sole structure for exceptional ground responsiveness.

Other unique features and benefits include:

  • ECCO FLUIDFORM™ Direct Comfort Technology is a ‘state change’ process that uses specialized fluid materials to form around an anatomical last, ensuring a balance of cushioning and rebound, while also creating a flexible and durable bond without the compromises common with stitched or glued assemblies.
  • A BIOM® NATURAL MOTION® last, based on scans of more than 2,500 athletes’ feet, mirrors the contours of the human foot, enabling it to move more naturally, closer to the ground, and forms like a second-skin around the foot.
  • The pioneering TRI-FI-GRIP™ outsole ensures multi-purpose zonal performance through three segments; one for stability, another for durability and a third for rotational support. By using ultra-durable T.PU, it withstands wear on and off the course, without affecting performance.

The upper of the shoe is manufactured using extra strong, durable and thin ECCO RICH TWO-TONE YAK leather from ECCO’s own tanneries that is perforated on the forefoot. A double layer neoprene tongue cushions the foot, providing step-in comfort and ultimate ease when putting on or taking off the shoe.

ECCO BIOM COOL PRO is crafted at company-owned factories that utilize FLUIDFORM™ technology to bond the upper and outsole unit, creating a one-piece shoe without the use of glue or stitching. Benefits include flexibility, durability and a lightweight construction.

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OnCore Golf “First-of-its-Kind” Golf & Sports Entertainment Complex Coming to Western New York

BUFFALO, NY. – Buffalo-based OnCore Golf Technology, Inc., is pleased to announce that along with several strategic and financial partners, including Doug Swift – the founder of RiverWorks – and Joe Carubba – former CEO of Carubba Collision – a first-of-its-kind sports entertainment complex including a fully-integrated hotel is coming to Buffalo, NY.   The OnCore Buffalo facility will bring exciting new golf and other sports experiences to Kelly Island, along the Buffalo River near downtown Buffalo, NY, attracting year-round participation from a wide range of demographics. The estimated project cost is $30 million and is expected to result in between 400 -500 jobs when it opens in 2021.

The facility in Buffalo will feature a unique three-tiered golf driving range with state-of-the-art radar and camera systems used in each hitting bay to deliver incredible gaming and learning possibilities for golfers and non-golfers alike. Alternative experiences involving augmented and mixed reality geared towards the non-golfers or younger customer base are also planned, making OnCore Buffalo a destination for anyone and everyone. Approximately 120 – 160 hotel rooms along with dedicated banquet, event, and meeting space will be situated above the three levels of hitting bays.

For golf enthusiasts, each hitting bay will offer full shot analysis including both club and ball data (swing speed, ball speed, smash factor, distance, spin rate, spin angle, launch angle, apex, and much more) and will offer customers the option of recording their swing and receiving instructional advice in real time. All of the information will be saved and available to the customer for retrieval and review on mobile devices and on a cloud-based website. Instantaneous social media posting and sharing along with in-venue broadcasts will further enhance the user experience. Plans currently include bringing the headquarters of the First Tee of WNY into this facility at no cost to further encourage and expand participation of junior golfers.

The OnCore Buffalo facility will feature a unique elevated game board with targets at distances from 50 yards to 170 yards and a back wall with targets representing distances of up to 250 yards. Numerous games – some purely for entertainment and others for competition – will be available and shown on high resolution monitors in each bay.   There will be extensive food and beverage options throughout the facility including full service at the hitting bays.

The unique design of this facility offers a significantly smaller physical footprint than competing golf entertainment offerings. As a result, locating these facilities inside urban settings where they are more accessible to a diverse population of users and where corporate and private events can be scheduled more conveniently during normal business hours is possible. In addition to Buffalo, NY, downtown sites in Knoxville, TN, Columbus, OH, Cleveland, OH, Pittsburgh, PA, Las Vegas, NV, Phoenix, AZ, New York City, Denver, CO, Washington, DC, and elsewhere are already under consideration.

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BIG MAX Push to 50 Mark

TACOMA, WA – The American Junior Golf Association and Europe’s leading pushcart brand BIG MAX are celebrating the 50th “borrow” of a BIG MAX push cart at AJGA events this summer. The ‘Borrow’ program enables participants at AJGA events to borrow a BIG MAX push cart and enjoy the multiple benefits of pushing a BIG MAX cart in competition play.

Scott Geary, Director of Business Development: “The AJGA is very proud to partner with BIG MAX. This relationship gives us the opportunity to educate our members on the safety and benefits of push carts. We appreciate the support from BIG MAX to help enhance the player experience by providing push carts for our members to borrow at all events.”

Rick Oldach, CEO of BIG MAX USA is delighted that BIG MAX is providing the benefits of using a high quality push cart to so many young golfers. He said, “There are various benefits that America’s young golfers are getting from using a high-quality pushcart. Push carts are seen more and more on the college circuit as they reduce strain on the body and reduce fatigue at the end of the round. It’s very satisfying to help the AJGA’s young golfers experience these benefits, and to see them enjoy the practical innovations that are synonymous with BIG MAX.”

The BIG MAX ‘Borrow Program’ will continue to see BIG MAX carts available to pre-book, at no cost, for participants to use at all AJGA events, reinforcing the brand’s commitment to enabling more junior golfers to experience the benefit of using one of its premium push carts.

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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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