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Thanks Phil

April 8th, 2014

This issue of the GBN.com Newsletter reports the end of an era, as Dr Phil Weaver, the Head Professional at Coventry Golf Club, steps down as Chairman of the PGA after a remarkable 25 years in the role. Phil has been succeeded by Crieff Head Professional, David Murchie.

I would like to offer my thanks and congratulations to Phil for all that he has achieved for the PGA during his long period of service, rightly recognised with the award of OBE in 2013.

Geoff Russell, Publisher

publisher@golfbusinessnews.com

@GBNPublisher

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Media     1:17 am, April 10, 2014

The PGA has launched Facebook and Twitter accounts to further promote its members and golf

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Mizuno Breaks New Ground With Spoof Infomercial ‘7 Days’

Corporate     1:13 am, April 10, 2014

Japanese golfing manufacturer Mizuno have chosen Masters week to launch a new 60 second online advert for their custom fitting Mizuno Swing DNA service in a style and medium which is something of an off-piste venture for the firm

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Royal Dornoch In The Frame At Golf Majors

People     1:12 am, April 10, 2014

Award-winning photographer, Matthew Harris, will be wearing the Royal Dornoch Golf Club wildcat logo on his trademark floppy white hat and polo shirts during the event.

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World’s Fastest Car Spawns Revolution in Golf Putter Design

New Products     1:11 am, April 10, 2014

The new Zen Bloodhound putter is made from the same materials as the Bloodhound SSC, the world’s most expensive supersonic car

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Lynx Joins Fight To Help Brave Four-Year-Old Girl

Corporate     1:10 am, April 10, 2014

Lynx Golf has joined the fight against Rett Syndrome, a severe neurological disease, after hearing of a little girl's brave battle against the condition.

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First Graduates of WINSTONuniversity celebrate at “The Home of Golf”

Management Topics     10:27 am, April 9, 2014

At the end of March twelve students from eleven countries stayed at the Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa located right by the infamous 17th hole, better known as the “Road Hole”.

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Travel     10:25 am, April 9, 2014

More than 200,000 fans from across the globe will be getting a taste of top class hospitality at The Open Championship, this year taking place at Royal Liverpool between 16 and 20 July

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Sponsorship     10:24 am, April 9, 2014

In addition to the economic impact, the DP World Tour Championship delivered a US$280 million marketing benefit for Dubai from global television exposure

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VPAR Wins Best Sports App at Sports Technology Awards

Corporate     10:23 am, April 9, 2014

VPAR fought off major sports brands including Chelsea Football Club, O2 and The All England Lawn Tennis Club

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Murchie Takes Over As PGA Chairman

Murchie Takes Over As PGA Chairman

People     1:20 pm, April 8, 2014

David Murchie has succeeded long-serving PGA chairman Dr Phil Weaver OBE who has stepped down after 25 years in the role.

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Revamped Carnoustie Buddon Links Officially Open for Play

Courses     1:19 pm, April 8, 2014

The £500,000 revamp of the Buddon Links was the handiwork of Mackenzie & Ebert Ltd, who have designed well over 60 courses worldwide and in recent years have been responsible for major overhauls of the four Open Championship courses

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Corporate     1:19 pm, April 8, 2014

New partnership with Sweden Golf Club Management Association – GAF Sweden set to professionalise recruitment practices across the region

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KPMG will present the third edition of the ‘Golf Course Development Cost Survey in EMA’ at the upcoming HSBC Golf Business Forum

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Corporate     1:18 pm, April 8, 2014

STRI, the world’s leading sports turf consultancy, has been announced as a winner at the inaugural Sports Technology Awards.

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Golf Management Group brought together several speakers on Wednesday 2nd April to ensure members are armed with the best advice to maximise profitable Golf Club operations in these challenging times

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Exhibitions & Conferences     1:17 pm, April 8, 2014

The beginning of Ryder Cup week will see the staging of the 2014 PGAs of Europe Teaching & Coaching Conference (TCC) at the University of Stirling Management Centre in Scotland

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Historic Club Makes Unique Free Golf Proposal

Historic Club Makes Unique Free Golf Proposal

Courses     1:16 pm, April 8, 2014

South Moor Golf Club in Durham, which was designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie, wants one of the world’s leading golfers to open its new junior coaching facility

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New Booking App for Crown Golf Clubs

Corporate     1:16 pm, April 8, 2014

Crown Golf’s new mobile booking app, announced today, enables members and visitors to book tee times instantly at 22 of the group’s golf facilities.

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Cutting Edge Golf – golf trade fashion-only magazine – can “boost” the sector

Media     1:15 pm, April 8, 2014

Cutting Edge Golf has published its April e-newsletter with the promise: “We can provide a boost for golf fashion retailers and golf fashion brands”.

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Octagon Expands Global Golf Business With Key Hires

People     1:15 pm, April 8, 2014

Global sports and entertainment leader Octagon has announced a major expansion of its golf business with the hiring of Stuart Cage, Ross Chouler, Joel Kribel, and Terry Baller. All will join Octagon’s Golf Division under the supervision of Managing Director David Yates

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BMW PGA Championship stars set for ‘Monumental’ challenge at Wentworth

Media     1:14 pm, April 8, 2014

Four-time Major Champion Ernie Els and Ryder Cup heroes Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter will become highly visible faces to around 3.5 million people living, working or visiting London

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Management Topics     1:14 pm, April 8, 2014

The latest version of the Chips EPoS system continues to offer market leading features

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TaylorMade Golf Introduces SLDR Mini Driver

New Products     1:13 pm, April 8, 2014

The No. 1 Driver Brand in Golf Introduces a New Category of Metalwood

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Lynn Marks 400th Tour Event With Special Shirt At Augusta

People     1:13 pm, April 8, 2014

When England’s David Lynn returns to Augusta this week, he’ll be wearing a shirt displaying the figure 400 on the collar to mark the number of European Tour appearances he has made since 1997

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Corporate     1:12 pm, April 8, 2014

Foremost Elite Marketing Programme professionals all over the country have enjoyed a fast start to the season thanks to the success the recent Golf Pride MOT Your Game promotion

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Feherty Promotes Bridgestone Ball Message on Radio

Feherty Promotes Bridgestone Ball Message on Radio

Media     1:11 pm, April 8, 2014

Celebrity pundit lifts brand’s golf ball profile around Masters coverage

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Corporate     1:09 pm, April 8, 2014

SKY Sports football pundit and former Swindon Town legend Chris Kamara has joined forces with Proprietor and PGA professional Geoff Robbins at Heathfield Park Driving Range near Oxford

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Travel     1:07 pm, April 8, 2014

The Golf team at Carden Park won two awards in the 4th annual 59Club awards.

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New Products     1:05 pm, April 8, 2014

The Heritage Collection is a range of classic retro style accessories with modern twists

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People     8:35 am, April 7, 2014

Seven inspirational volunteers who encourage others to take up and enjoy golf were recognised last week when they were named England Golf’s 2014 Volunteers of the Year.

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Ricoh sponsors young golf sensation Charley Hull

People     8:34 am, April 7, 2014

Ricoh UK has announced a two year sponsorship deal with the up-and-coming female golf star

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Management Topics     8:34 am, April 7, 2014

Kenilworth Golf Club, one of the oldest in Warwickshire, has developed a Conservation Policy to balance the needs of its golfers with nature

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Historic Royal St. George’s Golf Club switches to Bernhard Grinders

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Courses     8:30 am, April 7, 2014

Five years ago Swan Golf Designs was selected to lead the upgrade of the original Peter Thomson designed course at KGA, with the project completed in two phases of nine-holes over a ten month period

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Lynx Becomes Official Golf Club of Ricoh Women’s British Open

Corporate     8:28 am, April 7, 2014

The exciting agreement signals the brand's long-term intent to build a strong UK-based golf equipment business at the heart of the game and takes a step nearer to its goal of becoming the premier brand in ladies golf

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Bunker Mentality joins as a Lee Westwood Golf Tour Sponsor

Sponsorship     8:27 am, April 7, 2014

Bunker Mentality has agreed to sponsor a series of prizes for this year. Lee Westwood Golf Tour national final winners will receive clothing and caps from Bunker Mentality

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