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VOLUME 1, NUMBER 244

Friday, December 17, 2010

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Is there a way forward? I hope yes. I think yes. But certainly his future will never again be measured only by his performance against par; but measured by the sincerity of his efforts to change. I hope he now realizes that every kid he passes on the course wants his swing, but would settle for his smile.”

ON THIS DAY: In 1988, PGA TOUR won the Kirin Cup World Championship of Golf by defeating the European Tour 8-4 in the championship match.

THANKS: The Daily Pulse will temporarily stop publishing for the reminder of the month due to the upcoming holiday season. It will resume on January 4, 2011. In the event anything of significance happens in the world of golf during this typically quiet period, it will be reported in a standalone email. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make the Daily Pulse a success in its first year. Happy Holidays to everyone and the very best personally and professionally in 2011.

WHAT’S NEXT? The drumbeat of virtual goods marketing in e-commerce continues. Ifeelgoods, Inc., a new company launched in September 2010, which helps retailers use virtual goods as incentives, announced that Shoebuy.com, which was the first retailer to offer Facebook Credits as an incentive on an e-commerce site, is reporting promising results. A virtual currency, Facebook Credits can be used to buy items in more than 200 games and apps on Facebook such as Farmville, Mafia Wars, Pet Society and Bejeweled.

In a campaign that began shortly before Thanksgiving, Shoebuy.com advertised an offer whereby participating shoppers can receive 50 free Facebook Credits with a purchase on Shoebuy.com. Shoppers can also go directly to http://www.shoebuy.com/credits to participate.

“Offering Facebook Credits as an incentive has added fun to the shopping experience for our customers and improved our online advertising performance,” said Shoebuy.com Chief Marketing Officer James Keller. “The Facebook Credits incentive has created a lot of great buzz and, in side-by-side tests, the number of people clicking online ads that mention the Facebook Credits incentive is double what we are seeing otherwise. And, nearly half of the customers that have participated in a Facebook Credits promotion have shared their excitement with their friends on Facebook.”

The Golf Warehouse is the next online retailer to launch a similar program. Beginning December 15, the Golf Warehouse (www.tgw.com) will be offering Facebook Credits for purchases of gift cards through the rest of the holiday season and into 2011. “When our customers participate in the Facebook Credits promotion, they will receive something ‘extra’ they won’t get anywhere else which makes their gift-giving even more special,” said Brad Wolansky, CEO of The Golf Warehouse. “It’s just another great reason for customers to shop online at TGW.com – The Golf Warehouse.”

Ifeelgoods CEO Michael Amar stated, “Shoebuy.com and The Golf Warehouse have found a way to add value to their shopping experience and improve business results by linking e-commerce to the 290 million people playing social games each month. The traction Ifeelgoods is seeing during the online holiday season will make 2011 a very exciting year for virtual goods online marketing.”

LOOKING FORE GROWTH: With concerns regarding slow growth in the game and an increase in age of the average golfer, an initiative to introduce new players to the game and to retain existing players is being launched. No it isn’t happening in the United States, but rather in Europe. READ MORE>>>

HOW DOES NEXT YEAR LOOK? The Antigua Group, Inc.—one of the nation’s leading designers and marketers of lifestyle apparel under the distinguished Antigua and Slazenger brands has announced it’s Tour Team for year 2011. READ MORE>>>

TIME FORE A CHANGE: 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman will become a Callaway ambassador as soon as his contract with Nike expires at the end of the year, Golfweek has learned. In addition to using Callaway equipment, Immelman is expected to wear Callaway-branded apparel as part of his deal, according to an industry source familiar with the situation. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

MAYBE THIS COULD COUNT AS A WIN? Tiger Woods’ humbling return to the public eye, from his televised confession to a winless season on the golf course, was voted the sports story of the year by members of The Associated Press. The Woods saga received 1316 points, with the Saints’ title getting 1215 and the NBA free agency frenzy coming in third with 1085. READ MORE>>>

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE? Former Ryder Cup captain, Paul Azinger tweeted to his followers, “Davis & Jose Maria next Ryder Cup Captains! Both deserving and will do everything they can to give their players best chance to win. If Davis wins, it would be 5 straight for USA, just sayen!” READ MORE>>>

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BEFORE WE GO: If you feel like you may have missed something from a back issue feel free to check out the archive section of the Daily Pulse, which includes an easy to use word search!

ANSWER: Masters Chairman, Billy Payne speaking about Tiger Woods at this year’s Masters.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY O AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

Last Updated (Friday, 17 December 2010 10:13)

 

Web Street Golf Daily Pulse

VOLUME 1, NUMBER 243

Thursday, December 16, 2010

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm getting better. I've got less weaknesses in my game, my short game is improving, my longer play is improving, I'm much calmer out on the golf course than I used to be, I think. And (I’m) just enjoying golf.”

ON THIS DAY: In 1984, Phil Hancock and Ron Streck teamed to win the Chrysler Team Championship.

MEMBERS WANTED: The private club business model appears to have a few cracks in its armor and the downturn in the economy has accentuated the flaws. "It's a Ponzi scheme," argues Steve Graves, president of Creative Golf Marketing, a Kansas consulting group. READ MORE>>>

TAKIN’ CARE OF BUSINESS: "We're a $100 million business that's got 30 customers. If you want to have more customers, you've got to take care of the 30 you have. You don't spend more time talking to people who aren't in business with you than people who are. I told people this would be a two-year turnaround, but in my head I was thinking six months. I'm learning I have to have patience I didn't know about coming in.” READ MORE>>>

SUPPLY SIDE ECONOMICS: Thanks to more orders from TaylorMade and Callaway, Taiwan’s golf equipment manufacturers, including Advanced International Multitech Co. and Dynamic Precision Casting Mfg., Co., have witnessed surging revenues this month. READ MORE>>>

RUB OF THE GREEN: The Waste Management Phoenix Open said it’s having a GREEN OUT on Saturday, February 5th, 2011 during the 3rd round of the tournament. “We want to show the world that we’re not only the ‘The Greatest Show on Grass’ but also ‘The Greenest Show on Grass’ by having EVERYONE (all fans, players, sponsors, caddies, Thunderbirds and vendors) show their support for the green/eco-sensitive efforts of the tournament by wearing GREEN. Green hats, green shirts, green pants or even green shoes will do,” said Tournament Chairman Mike McQuaid.  “We want to see a sea of green walking the grounds of the TPC Scottsdale.”

For every person who wears something green on Saturday, February 5th, the tournament host Thunderbirds will donate some green to Arizona Clean & Beautiful – a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to preserving, maintaining and enhancing the beauty and environmental quality of Arizona.

FIT TO A TEE: Fred VanSteen and Dale Briggs at Knollwood Fairways in Southern Pines, N.C., have been named the 2010 PING National Fitter of the Year. First given in 1997, the award recognizes the Authorized PING Fitter that has demonstrated the highest commitment to custom fitting, according to the company and the promotion of its benefits to golfers of all abilities.

“Fred and Dale have done a remarkable job expanding a teaching and practice facility into a full-service fitting operation that has helped hundreds of golfers benefit from PING fitting technology,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “They effectively deliver on the PING promise of technological innovation combined with exceptional customer service. Given the busy Pinehurst market where Knollwood does business, we’re especially proud to recognize their efforts and honor them as PING’s National Fitter of the Year.”

WEB GEMS:

HEARD ON THE TEE: Jose Maria Olazabal is expected to be named as Europe's next Ryder Cup captain next month. A press conference has been scheduled for January 18th in Abu Dhabi, where the European Tour's four-week Middle East swing begins two days later. READ MORE>>>

TABLES ARE TURNED: After eight years as a caddie, Brett Waldman needs one himself now. The caddie for Camilo Villegas said he will play the Nationwide Tour next year instead of working for one of golf’s top players. Waldman earned that shot by completing an amazing ride through Q-school and shooting a 68 in the sixth and final round. READ MORE>>>

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: If you like what you have seen with the Daily Pulse, help spread the word. Pass along your copy. Its free and all anyone needs to do is send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it asking to be put on the distribution list. It is a complete opt in or out system.

BEFORE WE GO: If you feel like you may have missed something from a back issue feel free to check out the archive section of the Daily Pulse, which includes an easy to use word search!

ANSWER: Lee Westwood, currently ranked #1 in the world, after his second place finish at the Masters.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY O AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 28 March 2012 23:03)

 


Web Street Golf Daily Pulse

VOLUME 1, NUMBER 242

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “A great shot is when you pull it off. A smart shot is when you don't have the guts to try it.”

ON THIS DAY: In 1995, the PGA TOUR Policy Board announced that a “firm” 125 will be utilized to determine eligibility starting with the 1997 season.

IT HASN’T BEEN ALL BAD: For the avid golfer who has made the trip to the hallowed grounds of St. Andrews, they know a jewel lays just beyond it only just seven miles south-east of the Home of Golf. While a time on the Old Course is in high demand, it isn’t always guaranteed unless using a third party operator. However, a chance at Kingsbarns is easier to secure and many time equally enjoyable. While the economy hasn’t offered the best of times, it hasn’t impacted Kingsbarns as it celebrated its tenth anniversary season in style with a 30% surge in Visitor rounds of golf played.

More than 27,000 rounds were played over the famous links capping an excellent season. Due to the increase in demand, the season was extended by two weeks in November to accommodate additional play. “We are absolutely delighted with the way the season has gone especially as we celebrated such a major milestone,” said Stuart McEwen, General Manager at Kingsbarns. “We have now passed the 280,000 round mark since the course opened in July 2000 and that is testimony to the excellence of the course design and the hard work of the greenkeepers and other staff here who help to ensure the course and facilities are in top class condition every day of the season. The signs are already looking good for 2011 with bookings up by 10% on this period last year and we look forward to another ten years of success.”

The staging of the Open Championship in nearby St Andrews helped to place Kingsbarns in the spotlight and led to some of the greatest golfers ever to have played make the short trip down the coast. Tom Watson, Gary Player and Lee Trevino all made a point to walk the fairways. Kingsbarns also recently cemented its position as one of the UK’s finest courses when it was ranked 11th in Golf Monthly Top 100 courses. While the course condition attracted widespread praise it also extended off the course with caddie manager Davy Gilchrist being named the Caddiemaster of the Year in the Golf Tourism Scotland Annual Awards for the second year in succession.

“We work very hard to ensure that golfers enjoy an outstanding experience when they play golf at Kingsbarns and leave with wonderful stories to tell,” said Davy. “Caddies have a huge role to play in that regard with 60% of all visitors taking a caddie for their rounds. I am fortunate to have such a great team here and they are fully committed to providing the highest standards of service.”

As the recent pictures by Innes Knight (Course Manager, Kingsbarns Golf Links) indicates, Kingsbarns isn’t available for play but it will reopen for the 2011 season on April 1st. The green fee for next season is £185 with a 50% discount for golfers playing a second round within seven days.

CONTROVERSY? The golf business is going have to find a way to increase demand in the game. The surviving stakeholders supporting the game as a whole are dependent on people playing it. So why isn’t there more focus on this key driver of the entire industry?

Meanwhile, an incredible milestone was accomplished earlier this year that allows golf to be played again in the 2016 Olympics. Who should actually be eligible to play? The elite players are expected to dominate, however not everyone is necessarily in that camp. Have you ever heard of Bhutan before? Believe it or not, some aspiring players have dreams of playing in the Olympics but may never realize their potential due to a pending decision by the International Golf Federation. “If they only select the players from the world rankings it’s actually going to be bad for golf because it’s going to make it more of an elite sport.” READ MORE>>>

STEADY: Nike Golf believes it has a Tour-level golf shoe that offers the ultimate in comfort and stability. The new Nike Zoom Advance provides superior lateral stability with an innovative midfoot harness that extends from the midsole up through to the laces, resulting in more power and control, according to the company. It was designed to achieve an unsurpassed level of lateral support and features a lightweight composite nylon and TPU overlay – a lateral stabilizer in the midfoot that provides a secure lockdown fit.

The Nike Power Platform outsole of the Nike Zoom Advance has been updated to incorporate a secondary Power Channel.  This enhancement allows for even greater natural motion and smoother weight transfer for more power through impact the company said.

The superior comfort promised by the company in this shoe is due to the responsive Nike Zoom Air unit in the heel. This low profile cushioning not only promotes exceptional comfort, Nike said, but also brings the foot closer to the ground and provides a stable foundation.

The Nike Zoom Advance will be available at retail on January 1, 2011 with an MSRP of $250. It will be available in White/Metallic Silver-White; Black/Metallic Silver-Black; White/Bronze-Brown color combinations.

ADDED RESPONSIBILITIES: The Board of the International Golf Federation has named Peter Dawson as IGF President and Ty Votaw as IGF Vice President.  Both appointments are for two-year terms commencing on January 1, 2011. Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A, has served as Joint Secretary of the IGF since 1999. Votaw, an Executive Vice President at the PGA TOUR, served as Executive Director of the IGF Olympic Golf Committee, which coordinated golf’s Olympic bid, from July 2008 until November 1, 2010. Antony Scanlon, formerly Head of Olympic Games Coordination, Operations and Services at the IOC, took over as Executive Director of the IGF on November 1st. 

"I am honored to become the first President of the International Golf Federation,” Dawson said.  “Today’s announcements, coupled with Antony Scanlon’s appointment as IGF Executive Director and our relocation to Lausanne, demonstrates golf’s determination to play an active part in the Olympic Movement.  With the collective strength of the world’s leading golf organizations behind us, I am confident that the IGF is well-placed to meet the challenges that lie ahead.”

“It is gratifying to have the confidence of the IGF Board and I look forward to continuing to work with Peter on behalf of the IGF and the sport as a whole,” Votaw said. “As we look ahead, the work has just begun in regard to the Olympic Games and the coordination efforts that are required in order to ensure success in Rio. But we very much look forward to the challenge.”

Both Dawson and Votaw will continue in their existing roles with their respective organizations.

Along with Dawson and Votaw, the IGF Board of Directors also includes: John Byers, Director of Rules and International Affairs of the Brazil Golf Confederation; David Fay, Executive Director of the United States Golf Association; Tim Finchem, Commissioner of the PGA TOUR; Jane Geddes, LPGA Senior Vice President, Tournament Operations and Player Services; George O’Grady, Chief Executive of the European Tour; Joe Steranka, Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of America; and Dilip Thomas, Council Member of the Indian Golf Union. Jane Geddes has been elected as the Chairman of the Board.

WEB GEMS:

NOT WHAT ANYONE WAS EXPECTING: "When you compete at this level, a large percentage of your success is due to your mental preparation," he said. "And evidently, Tiger's mind wasn't as sharp due to his own personal problems. He's come back from an injury before. I've caddied for him for 12 years, and the two times he had long layoffs, he came back like nothing had happened. I didn't think a lot would change." READ MORE>>>

A DAY OF UNITY: Johan Immelman, father of Masters Champ, Trevor, has developed a grass roots idea to remember the events of 9/11. His goal is see 220 golf courses and 220,000 golfers take part in the inaugural day, which is next year on September 12th. Why the focus on Sept. 12?

Rich Davies, a North Carolina developer and co-founder of the program, said it was a day of "pent-up enthusiasm to connect with one another." And what better way to do that than through golf? Another founder is retired Col. Ray Horoho, whose wife was working in the Pentagon when it was struck by a hijacked plane. Mobile technology is the key behind "Golf 9/12." Everyone participating at various golf courses will be connected through live mobile scoring using a custom phone application. Players would pay an additional $12 for the round, with money going to the Pentagon Memorial Fund, the 9-11 Memorial, Flight 93 Memorial, local First Responders, Armed Forces Charities and Friends of Freedom Charities. READ MORE>>>

For more information on the program visit: http://www.golf912.org/

HIGHWAY ROBBERY: What can I say? It was the biggest week of my golfing life so far. In the end, I got my card for the European Tour. But it all started so badly - here's how it all unfolded. READ MORE>>>

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: If you like what you have seen with the Daily Pulse, help spread the word. Pass along your copy. Its free and all anyone needs to do is send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it asking to be put on the distribution list. It is a complete opt in or out system.

BEFORE WE GO: If you feel like you may have missed something from a back issue feel free to check out the archive section of the Daily Pulse, which includes an easy to use word search!

ANSWER: Phil Mickelson after his win at the Masters in April.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY O AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 15 December 2010 09:14)

 
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