Jan 09, 2017 | 09:08 am

When Wind Wreaks Havoc On A Golf Tournament: Tour Edition

By now you have probably heard that, beginning this season, the Tour is moving their events from Thursday-Sunday to Sunday-Wednesday. What you might not have known though, is that the season got underway yesterday under some less than ideal playing conditions.

For those that might have missed it with the playoff NFL game and final round of the PGA Tour’s SBS Tournament of Champions on, the Tour kicked off its season in the Bahamas at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay. As of publication, only 10 of the 131 golfers that teed it up were even par or better, with only one of those 10 having completed his round. 16 golfers shot rounds of 85 or worse and three shot 90 or worse. This is what happens when a golf tournament is played in conditions that left many wondering if they should have even been out there playing.

Now, we have come to expect windy and blustery conditions at the Open Championship. At the season opener on the Tour? Not so much. However, most of the golf played Sunday was played in winds upwards of 30 miles an hour.

This isn’t the first time that the Tour has run into weather problems as of late. As we all remember, the final event of the playoff was cancelled at the end of last season due to Hurricane Matthew.

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Jan 06, 2017 | 07:33 am

The PGA Tour and Twitter to Stream Events Live

Twitter and the PGA Tour have reached a 31-tournament deal to live stream, for free, over 70 hours of coverage. 

PGA Tour Chief Media Officer Rick Anderson released a statement saying, "Twitter and the PGA Tour have been working together on Twitter Amplify for many years now, and the program has been a tremendous success for both companies. Streaming PGA Tour Live programming to Twitter's global audience, as well as the millions of users who follow @pgatour and hundreds of PGA Tour player accounts, will provide new and innovative ways for sports fans to engage with our premium OTT offering."

The move towards free content is a particularly modern one, especially considering that in 2015 the PGA Tour revoked a journalist’s media credentials for sharing practice round content via the app Periscope.

According to released statement from the PGA Tour about the content deal, the move is based on the changing digital landscape and the fact that 80% of fans consume their content via mobile. How do you watch golf? Do you plan to watch any tournaments this year via your phone and Twitter? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jan 05, 2017 | 09:08 am

Broken Sound Given 2017 Environmental Leaders in Golf Award

Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton, Fla. has been chosen as the Overall and National Private recipient of the 2017 Environmental Leaders in Golf Award. The honors are presented annually by Golf Digest and the National Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

Home of the season opening Allianz Championship on the Champions Tour, Broken Sound is the only Southeastern United States Club to receive the ELGA award at the national or international level.

Broken Sound recently became the first club community to install a Tesla charging station. They also employ a full time beekeeper to install/maintain 22 beehives on their golf courses where one million bees produce 1,000 lbs. of pure honey per year for members. Those are just a few of the initiatives the club has taken that have led to being honored.

“This great honor recognizes the high standard our board leadership, membership and golf course maintenance team set for ourselves every single day ‘on and off’ our golf courses,” said Broken Sound GM and COO John Crean. “Our sustainability mandate combined with hospitality is the Club DNA that drives us, encouraging other communities, clubs and courses to follow suit.”

In addition to the Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards, Broken Sound has also received honors from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for its 95% recycling rate, three times the statewide recycling rate.

The club will be recognized at the 2017 Golf Industry Show in February and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Golf Digest and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s magazine Golf Course Management.

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Jan 04, 2017 | 09:10 am

Restructuring for the New Ben Hogan Brand

After initial reports from saying that Ben Hogan was folding, the company's CEO released a statement saying that they weren't shutting their doors. Instead, CEO Scott White said, "Reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated. While our organization does not look the same today as it did in 2016, we are confident that the changes we are making wil make us a stronger and better company in the future." The company has not declared bankruptcy or been foreclosed upon, but it has laid off a large percentage of its employees and has undergone a major restructuring. The restored brand struggled to gain market share against the larger OEMs and the news comes as a disappointment to many who loved the company's products. 

How do you think new golf equipments brands can survive in the competitive landscape? Would you like to see more equipment options from smaller manufacturers? Let us know in the comments below!

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