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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 184                                                       
Thursday, September 26 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “You've got to switch on and off and you've got to enjoy and you've got to embrace the fun of this week. You know, I think that's the beauty of these tournaments. It's not how we'd like to play our golf every single week. Two times a year, if you play Pebble Beach or here, it's a really fun format and I think you get out of it what you put into it. So if you go into it with a good attitude, have a conversation off the ball, I think that helps. Now, pace of play, six-hour rounds, I never really felt that's unenjoyable. I'm out with the guys to have a good day's golf and chat. Just because you have to wait five minutes to hit a shot occasionally that it should be a miserable experience. You're out there with a good group of guys and we're here to have fun, as well as compete hard. I think to compete you have to embrace that and have a lot of fun along the way.”

BRAIN TEASER: There are only two Safeway Open champions who have also won major championship titles. Can you name either one?

ROOM FOR MORE??? Robin Golf, a newly launched direct-to-consumer brand, is hoping to change the way people approach the sport. For years, the golf industry has focused its offerings towards avid, experienced golfers. Robin Golf’s debut collection is being sold simply and transparently online.

“We are passionate about making golf an approachable sport and that begins with the buying process. The easier and more accessible it is to purchase equipment, the more people will get out there swinging and loving the game” Andrew Marler, co-founder of Robin Golf explains. “Robin Golf is striving to make golf a ‘today’ sport, not a ‘someday’ sport.”

Robin Golf was co-founded by Andrew, a former collegiate golfer, along with his wife, Ali, and brother, Peter. With an understanding that golf was a great way to spend more quality time together as a family, Ali and Peter, both new to the game, decided to get more serious about the sport. However, the two quickly found that there were many frustrating obstacles before even stepping foot onto the course. As they set out on their club-purchasing process, there were not only an overwhelming amount of options but also an abundance of unhelpful sales reps, high prices, and unfamiliar lingo. Realizing how difficult it was for anyone interested in golf to take up the sport, the three of them decided to embark on a mission to create the most seamless club purchasing experience for the next golfing generation.

“Our goal is to break down barriers in the golf world and to encourage more people to get out onto the course. We’re doing that by removing complexity, reducing cost, and injecting style into an otherwise overwhelming, exclusive space,” says Peter Marler, co-founder of Robin Golf. “Through Robin Golf, we want to make players feel included in a modern-day golfing community and empowered to enjoy golf in their own way.”

Robin Golf said it is hoping to build a brand with inclusivity at its core. “As a woman, I can say that although I’m an incredibly confident individual, as soon as I walk onto the golf course, I feel intimidated and a bit out of place. I’ve walked in the shoes of someone who doesn’t feel welcome in the game, and I am not satisfied with that being the status quo,” stated Ali Marler, co-founder.

The brand’s debut offering will includes affordable sets for men and women, $699, and children ages 6-12, $199 and up. Since the majority of players don’t have the swing speed to require a full set of 14 clubs, Robin Golf provides just the essentials, 9 clubs.

ITS JUST BUSINESS: The PGA of America has formed a strategic alliance with the Novaland Group, which is considered one of the largest property developers in Vietnam. The two parties will create PGA of America-branded facilities, with a focus on coaching and the overall development of golf in the country. The agreement marks the first-ever licensing partnership for the PGA of America in Vietnam.

The primary location of the partnership will feature projects planned by Novaland in the Bình Thuận Province, the first being a Greg Norman designed facility in the region’s capital, Phan Thiet. These PGA-affiliated facilities will feature junior and adult coaching programs, as well as providing exposure for local Vietnamese professionals to learn from experienced PGA Professionals.

“Vietnam is one of the fastest growing golf tourism markets in the world, and we’re seeing the game of golf utilized as a key vehicle for that growth,” said PGA of America Chief Innovation Officer Arjun Chowdri. “We are incredibly excited to partner with such a well-renowned company in Novaland that is committed to the development of the game and will help us position the PGA of America and PGA Professionals at the forefront of that growth.”

Bui Xuan Huy, CEO of Novaland, added, “Binh Thuận holds great potential to develop golf tourism. The signing with the PGA of America aims to bring a new standard of golf academies and golf course operational standards to Vietnam. We expect that the cooperation will help the group create a breakthrough and assist localities in building an image as a ‘destination for the foreign and domestic high-grade golf client segment.’”

WEB GEMS:

HELP WANTED AND NEEDED: Justin Thomas has pledged to help the Bahamas. “There’s nothing that I could do individually that could fix everything, but my big thing is I was just trying to spread the word and get others to hopefully pledge with me,” Thomas said. “It’s going to take a long time for them to heal and recover, so any little thing any person can do is huge.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “You've got to switch on and off and you've got to enjoy and you've got to embrace the fun of this week. You know, I think that's the beauty of these tournaments. It's not how we'd like to play our golf every single week. Two times a year, if you play Pebble Beach or here, it's a really fun format and I think you get out of it what you put into it. So if you go into it with a good attitude, have a conversation off the ball, I think that helps. Now, pace of play, six-hour rounds, I never really felt that's unenjoyable. I'm out with the guys to have a good day's golf and chat. Just because you have to wait five minutes to hit a shot occasionally that it should be a miserable experience. You're out there with a good group of guys and we're here to have fun, as well as compete hard. I think to compete you have to embrace that and have a lot of fun along the way.”--Justin Rose on this week’s Dunhill Links in St. Andrews. His partner is Justin Timberlake.

Mike Weir/2007 (2003 Masters Tournament) and Jimmy Walker/2013 (2016 PGA Championship) are the only two Safeway Open champions who have also won major championship titles.

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