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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 93                                                         
Friday, May 11, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “The amount of talent that we have out here is unbelievable. The great thing about that, they're young; they're only going to get better. As long as they want to get better, they will only get better. I think with how strong and fit these guys are, they're hitting it further, the courses are definitely getting shorter. But saying that, golf is one of those things where it's got a great equalizer with the putter.”

BRAIN TEASER: How many times has someone successfully defended his title at THE PLAYERS Championship?

PATRIOTISM: COBRA PUMA GOLF and Volition America have introduced the 2018 Volition America Golf Collection. For those unfamiliar with Volition America, it is an organization built to promote love of country, inspire people’s decisions and celebrate the power of choice. The Volition Golf Collection also supports pumavolitionthe Folds of Honor Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members.

The 2018 Volition Golf Collection offers golfers the opportunity celebrate the red, white and blue, while bolstering the collection’s military appreciation with uses of Camo patterns, a new army green colorway and statements of patriotism spelled out clearly on the apparel itself. The 2018 collection broadens availability of designs for women and junior golfers, as well. PUMA Golf’s design teams worked directly with Major Dan Rooney, CEO/Founder of Folds of Honor, according to the company, to help ensure each piece has a unique military connection through design elements, graphics and style.

“The COBRA PUMA GOLF and Volition America partnership has been tremendous for Folds of Honor,” said Major Rooney. “Last year’s official launch of this partnership proved popular with golfers and non-golfers alike, and this year’s new additions to the collection are sure to bring excitement to those who love America and proudly want to demonstrate that love of country on and off the course.”
“Last year’s Volition America Golf Collection laid an awesome foundation for this partnership and gave us lots to build off of in this year’s increased offering,” said Kristin Hinze, Global Head of Apparel for COBRA PUMA Golf.  “We are excited to have grown the selections for men, women and junior golfers, so they can sport the red, white and blue on and off the course and support our heroes. Our key accounts and customers have embraced this partnership and are relishing the opportunity to support the troops and say ‘I’m proud to be an American,’ by rocking our stylish, performance-ready Volition America Golf Collection.”
The 2018 Volition America Golf Collection of apparel, footwear and accessories will be available May 11, online and at select retailers. Visit here for additional information.

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has announced that Chris Hilton will serve as its Captain in 2018/19. Hilton will begin his year in office with the traditional driving-in ceremony on the first tee of the Old Course on Friday, 21 September 2018.
A lawyer, Hilton was a board member throughout the establishment of what is now the global firm Eversheds Sutherland, leading its early international development and heading its shipping law department until his retirement in 2010.

He has held various non-executive roles, including serving as vice-chairman of the Council of Newcastle University, where he received an honorary fellowship, and was chairman of Newcastle Building Society. He is currently a director of a Luxembourg-regulated marine insurance company and of a Cardiff-based ship owning company with a significant presence in China. He also chairs a board of pension scheme trustees.

Hilton became a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in 2000 and chaired the Rules Committee from 2011 to 2015 when he played a role in developing the Rules Modernization initiative with the USGA with the revised Rules of Golf set to take effect on January 1st 2019. He is currently a member of the General Committee.

Hilton is a past Captain of his home club, The Northumberland, and is a member of The Golf House Club, Elie, the New Club of St Andrews and Bamburgh Castle Golf Club. He is also a member of the Senior Golfers’ Society and has served as the Captain and President of the Quayside Golfing Society, which celebrated its centenary in 2010.

ELIMINATE THE MIDDLE MAN: After spending summers caddying at courses around Chicago, Ryan Bartels, a college student at Indiana University, saw an opportunity. He was paid in cash, sometimes by the club and sometimes by a member. With society moving cashless, there seemed to be a big opportunity ahead he thought. An opportunity to make more money if members could add tips with the touch of a button. And, an opportunity to improve efficiencies at clubs who handle tens of thousands of dollars of cash each week paying caddies and were simply inefficient. His solution was Circuit Caddie.

Circuit Caddie is a software application that provides a direct payment system from members to caddies, bypassing traditional ‘chit’ systems where clubs float caddie fees until members pay their monthly bills. During the busy months, this means clubs may even have to draw into their line of credit just to cover these fees.

“I have been caddying since the age of fifteen,” said Ryan Bartels, founder of Circuit Caddie.  “It became apparent to me that there were challenges to managing a caddie program, so I founded Circuit Caddie to simplify and modernize caddie payments for clubs, members and caddies.”

After launching a beta with two clubs last fall, Circuit Caddie is relaunching this spring with a revised software that is said to be simpler and easier to use, for clubs and for members. Four clubs have already committed to adding Circuit Caddie to their club’s offering this spring with many more clubs showing interest.  

“We wanted to create an app that makes paying for a caddie easy, effortless and effective,” said Sally Schriner, President of Circuit Technologies. “Golfing should be a time for competition, relaxation and fun. Golfers no longer have to fumble with cash and clubs no longer have to handle administrative work of paying caddies.  This app provides a much easier experience for both golfers and clubs.”

Circuit Caddie allows clubs to maintain control of their caddie program while removing themselves from the payment process. When signed up for Circuit Caddie, clubs upload names of approved caddies at their club along with their caddie pricing. After each round, members select the caddie, provide feedback on their experience and pay with their credit card on file. Most of all, it eliminates the need for golfers to carry cash.

“We are excited to bring Circuit Caddie to Wynstone,” said Mike Weiler, Head Golf Professional of The Club at Wynstone in North Barrington, IL.  “Our members are interested in a cashless solution and we are happy our club can save time and money no longer handling caddie fees. “

Circuit Caddie is available now to clubs nationwide with no software license fee for 2018. With setup being simple, clubs can be up and running in about a week.  Find out more at    


SIZZLE LITTLE STEAK: The so-called ‘super group’ at the Players Championship turned into a super flop as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler fizzled in the first round on Thursday. READ MORE>>>

TAKE THE GOOD WITH THE BAD: Jordan Spieth couldn’t do anything wrong the first 58 holes he played at The Players Championship. Since then, hardly anything has gone right. The latest episode was Thursday, when Spieth started off on a wild ride in the easiest scoring conditions. He three-putted from 6 feet for bogey on No. 10. He hit into the water and made bogey on the par-5 11th. He drove onto the 12th green to 10 feet for eagle. And then his tee shot kicked off the side of a bunker and went into the water on the par-3 13th for a double bogey. He hit one more into the water on No. 16 for another bogey. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “The amount of talent that we have out here is unbelievable. The great thing about that, they're young; they're only going to get better. As long as they want to get better, they will only get better. I think with how strong and fit these guys are, they're hitting it further, the courses are definitely getting shorter. But saying that, golf is one of those things where it's got a great equalizer with the putter.”--Jason Day.

No player has ever successfully defended his title at THE PLAYERS Championship, with Nick Price’s fifth-place effort in 1994 the best finish for a defending champion.