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News from the Tented Village

August 19th, 2016

The successful re-introduction of golf at The Olympic Games is underlined by the news that upwards of a thousand people a day are trying out the sport in the tented village during both the men’s and women’s events. Is there any other Rio event where the spectators are given an immediate opportunity to take up the sport? And with a professional right there to give them a lesson? Perhaps there is, but I cannot think of one……

Geoff Russell, Publisher

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BIGGA and Toro announce Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year finalists

BIGGA and Toro announce Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year finalists

Corporate     10:09 am, August 18, 2016

The Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award has been complemented by the inaugural Toro Young Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award, open to candidates aged 20 or under

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Experience Pinehurst with Tom Fazio

Experience Pinehurst with Tom Fazio

Exhibitions & Conferences     10:03 am, August 18, 2016

Registration is now open for the 2016 Golfweek Architecture Summit, a three-day event (Nov. 28-30) at Pinehurst Resort which will honour renowned course architect Tom Fazio

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Student ‘putts’ skills to the test at Rio Olympics

Student ‘putts’ skills to the test at Rio Olympics

People     9:59 am, August 18, 2016

University of Bedfordshire student James Tobia is on the road at Rio by caddying for Russia’s only female golfer, Maria Verchenova

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Costa del Sol, European leader in golf course irrigation with recycled water

Costa del Sol, European leader in golf course irrigation with recycled water

Management Topics     9:55 am, August 18, 2016

The regulations in Spain state that new golf courses must be irrigated with recycled water and existing courses must do so as far as possible

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Women Take Centre Stage in Historic Return to Olympic Golf

Women Take Centre Stage in Historic Return to Olympic Golf

Sponsorship     12:47 pm, August 17, 2016

A stellar field of 60 players, including nine of the top ten in the world and all three of this year’s major champions, will be eyeing the biggest Olympic prize of a gold medal when Miriam Nagl of the host country hits the opening tee shot at 7.30am (local time) this morning

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ATT SmartVibe™ leads to faster greens at Rushmere Golf Club

ATT SmartVibe™ leads to faster greens at Rushmere Golf Club

Courses     12:41 pm, August 17, 2016

The SMARTVibe™ Vibration cassette from ATT couples a high frequency vibration rate through two rollers, offering an unbeatable method of levelling the greens surface

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Wilson Golf Further Strengthens Its UK Sales Team

Wilson Golf Further Strengthens Its UK Sales Team

People     12:31 pm, August 17, 2016

Two new roles follow appointment of new Senior Sales Manager

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Mizuno: Official Supplier to British Masters Supported By Sky Sports

Mizuno: Official Supplier to British Masters Supported By Sky Sports

Sponsorship     12:22 pm, August 17, 2016

Mizuno has been named as Official Supplier of golf equipment at this year’s British Masters supported by Sky Sports, which will be hosted by Mizuno staff ambassador Luke Donald at The Grove, from October 13-16

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GolfEtail Select BigCommerce to Power Online Sales

GolfEtail Select BigCommerce to Power Online Sales

Corporate     12:13 pm, August 17, 2016

Leading sports and outdoor equipment brands Dazadi, Exxel Outdoors, GolfEtail and Marucci Sports find commerce success on BigCommerce Enterprise

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FootJoy Cements Status as #1 Shoe & Glove after impressive six months

FootJoy Cements Status as #1 Shoe & Glove after impressive six months

Corporate     12:08 pm, August 17, 2016

FJ grows market share in core shoe and glove categories once again

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BagSOLO.com: The Luxury Travel Solution for Every Golfer

BagSOLO.com: The Luxury Travel Solution for Every Golfer

Travel     12:03 pm, August 17, 2016

BagSOLO, a new travel solution that provides the ultimate convenience for travelling golfers, is now available and offers to courier your clubs around the world from door-to-door from as little as £29 each way

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Leona Maguire wins Mark H McCormack Medal for second year in a row

Leona Maguire wins Mark H McCormack Medal for second year in a row

People     11:58 am, August 17, 2016

Maguire is competing for Ireland in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this week and speaking from Brazil she said she was delighted to win the prestigious medal once again

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Jacobsen Equipment Prepares Rio Golf Course As Justin Rose Wins Gold Medal

Jacobsen Equipment Prepares Rio Golf Course As Justin Rose Wins Gold Medal

Corporate     2:00 pm, August 16, 2016

More than 40 Jacobsen machines were used during the grow-in and build-up period, supplemented by a fleet of tournament support machines and Jacobsen technicians for the event

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Peter Thomson retires after 50 years in the golf design business

Peter Thomson retires after 50 years in the golf design business

People     1:30 pm, August 16, 2016

Peter Thomson AO, CBE announces his retirement from the golf design businesses, Thomson Perrett in Melbourne, and Thomson Perrett & Lobb in London

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Kids Get Chance To Grill ‘Beef’ At London Golf Show

Kids Get Chance To Grill ‘Beef’ At London Golf Show

Exhibitions & Conferences     1:22 pm, August 16, 2016

Londoner Andrew ‘Beef' Johnston, the current Spanish Open champion, is the guest of honour on the opening day of the London Golf Show, which takes place at Glow, Bluewater, in Kent, from August 26-28, 2016

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ECCO Golf Appoints Andrzej Bikowski as Lead Designer

ECCO Golf Appoints Andrzej Bikowski as Lead Designer

People     1:17 pm, August 16, 2016

Leading golf footwear innovator, ECCO Golf, has appointed Andrzej Bikowski as new Lead Designer.

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Golf Health & Safety Expert Warns of Additional ‘Rookies’ Risk

Golf Health & Safety Expert Warns of Additional ‘Rookies’ Risk

Management Topics     1:12 pm, August 16, 2016

A health and safety and insurance expert, with over two decades of experience in health and safety consultancy, is warning golf clubs to beware of a 2016 ‘rookie boom’ that could put their club’s health and safety practices and procedures to the test

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Claim Your Free Entry To London Golf Show!

Claim Your Free Entry To London Golf Show!

Exhibitions & Conferences     1:08 pm, August 16, 2016

Members of the Fourth Estate and those working in the golf industry will be able to obtain free entry to next week’s London Golf Show, which takes place at Glow, Bluewater, in Kent, from August 26-28

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Ian Robson appointed UK Importer/distributor for Foley United and Neary Technologies Grinders

Ian Robson appointed UK Importer/distributor for Foley United and Neary Technologies Grinders

Corporate     1:00 pm, August 16, 2016

ProSport UK’s Ian Robson has almost 20 years’ experience in the sports turf industry, with a specific 15-year period spent in the grinding sector, focusing primarily on golf courses and local authorities

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PING introduces precision-milled PING Vault™ putters

PING introduces precision-milled PING Vault™ putters

New Products     11:23 am, August 16, 2016

This week sees the launch of four models designed for golfers seeking a putter engineered to exacting standards and precision-milled to the tightest tolerances

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Heythrop Park Resort is ready for debut Tour event

Heythrop Park Resort is ready for debut Tour event

Courses     11:18 am, August 16, 2016

Estate Manager Matthew Cropper and his team at Heythrop Park Resort, near Oxford, have spent the last few months working closely with the Tour to produce optimal playing conditions during the forthcoming Bridgestone Challenge event

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Home of Golf to Host MDP Golf Management

Home of Golf to Host MDP Golf Management

Management Topics     11:11 am, August 16, 2016

CMAE, in partnership with TORO, has announced that its Management Development Programme on Golf Management will be held for a 3rd year running, at St Andrews, on 28th November – 2nd December this year

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Draw Released for Women’s Golf Competition at Rio 2016

Draw Released for Women’s Golf Competition at Rio 2016

Sponsorship     1:22 am, August 16, 2016

The world’s top women golfers are set to take the Olympic stage in Rio de Janeiro beginning this Wednesday, 17 August.

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PGA Master Professional Award for IMG’s Burley

PGA Master Professional Award for IMG’s Burley

People     1:12 am, August 16, 2016

Paul Burley has been awarded PGA Master Professional status in recognition of his wide-ranging achievements in the golf industry

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Lisbon’s ‘Golf Coast’ Remains a Hot Spot for British Golfers in 2016

Lisbon’s ‘Golf Coast’ Remains a Hot Spot for British Golfers in 2016

Travel     1:04 am, August 16, 2016

New figures show an increase of more than 20 per cent in rounds by UK visitors during the first half of 2016

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State-of-the-Art Golf Academy Opens in Slovenia

State-of-the-Art Golf Academy Opens in Slovenia

Courses     12:58 am, August 16, 2016

A brand new, state-of-the-art golf academy has opened at Bled Golf Course in Slovenia, an IMG-affiliated property

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ECCO Golf Agrees Australian Distribution Deal with AGS Pty LTD

ECCO Golf Agrees Australian Distribution Deal with AGS Pty LTD

Corporate     12:53 am, August 16, 2016

Leading golf footwear innovator, ECCO Golf, and Sydney-based American Golf Supplies Pty Ltd are delighted to announce a new partnership which will see AGS become the distributor of ECCO Golf shoes in Australia

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CEO of Hong Kong Golf to Step down at Year’s End

CEO of Hong Kong Golf to Step down at Year’s End

People     12:44 am, August 16, 2016

The Hong Kong Golf Association (HKGA) has announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Tom Phillips, will step down from his position at the end of 2016

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Rose Strikes Gold on Historic Day for Golf

Rose Strikes Gold on Historic Day for Golf

Sponsorship     6:00 am, August 15, 2016

On a sun-drenched final day, in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,000 at Reserva de Marapendi Golf Course, Great Britain’s Justin Rose added the Olympic crown to his 2013 US Open title

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