CHAMP SPIKES TAKES PINKON THE LINKS GLOBAL IN 2008
CHAMP Spikes today announced plans to expand its highly successful Pink on the Links™ program for 2008 by adding an eBay charity auction and increasing player participation with the addition of international and national Tours. CHAMP created Pink on the Links in 2007 as a way to raise funds for breast cancer research. CHAMP donated money to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) on behalf of PGA and LPGA Tour players that wore CHAMP’s commemorative pink and white spikes during Mother’s Day weekend tournaments, The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass and the Michelob Ultra Classic at Kingsmill.
The program was so successful in its inaugural year that CHAMP expanded the 2008 program to have a greater impact. Following the Mother’s Day tournaments, CHAMP and eBay will auction off autographed golf memorabilia for collectors of all ages including tournament worn shoes by top PGA and LPGA golfers.
Memorabilia will be exclusive to Pink on the Links and the auction will feature items from all of the professional tournaments held during Mother’s Day weekend. All proceeds will benefit the BCRF. The auction will start immediately after the tournaments on May 11th and run through May 21st. A link to the site can be found at www.champspikes.com or directly at stores.
BINKS FOREST CLUB ONE OF FIVE FINALISTS
Wellington, FL - The Binks Forest Golf Club was picked as one the five finalists in Golf Inc’s Renovation of the Year’ competition and will be honored at the Doral Resort April 21. The Johnny Miller and Gene Bates 1990 design, which was one of the top 75 Public Golf Courses in the USA, has just reopened in November 2007 after 5 years of being closed. Architect Bates, who is based in Florida, modernized the features and playability of the 7,150 yard layout, while preserving its original integrity.
Aquila Property Company, a South Florida based real estate investment firm acquired the club and plans to revamp the 30,000 square foot clubhouse and build an exclusive 90 unit residential golf course community. Jordan Paul, CEO of Aquila, said “We are thrilled that Binks Forest has received such national recognition so quickly after its debut.” In its first season the unique design of pine tree lined fairways, heavily forested terrain and lush Bermuda grass, reminiscent of Pinehurst, hosted the PGA Tour Team Championship. Under the watchful eye and management team of Kemper Sports, a Northbrook, Illinois company that operates such highly acclaimed properties as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Binks Forest is sure to take its rightful place as the place to play in Palm Beach County. For more information on Binks Forest Golf Club, including membership opportunities, visit www.BINKSFORESTGC.com or contact Greg Schroeder, Director of Sales and Marketing at 561-714-5048 or GSchroeder@KemperSports.com.
THE GOLF ACADEMY ADDS A NEW LOCATION AT FLEMING ISLAND GOLF CLUB
Fleming Island Golf Club will be the 3rd site of the St. Augustine based The Golf Academy. The other 2 existing sites for this academy are The Golf Club at South Hampton in St. Augustine and Boca Raton Resort and Club.
The academy provides professional golf instruction to individuals and organizations throughout Florida. “Our job goes beyond teaching players a golf swing”, according to Dale Claussen, Director of The Golf Academy. Dales extensive experience in teaching includes having worked with some of the world’s best instructors including Dave Pelz, Peter Kostis, Mike Hebron, and Hank Haney.
A strong junior program is part of the academy. “For young players, honor, integrity, sportsmanship, morals, relationships with peers and family, are just some of the areas we mentor young players on while coaching golf, added Clausen. Our job is to prepare each student to be the best player they can be, but also to get them ready for college and life after it” Elliott Lavercombe, former Executive Director of The First Tee of St. Johns County, has joined The golf Academy to lend his expertise to the junior programs. He built The First Tee of St. Johns County to one of the top 5 chapters in the country. Elliot is also the assistant coach of the Flagler College golf team, and instructs junior camps, after school programs, Little Eagles, golf little league, and is also available for private lessons. The Golf Academy chose a first class site at Fleming Island Golf Club which includes multiple practice putting greens, an extensive driving range facility, and a well manicured golf course for the students to enjoy. It is within easy driving reach throughout the First Coast. For more information, The Golf Academy website is