Central Station – February 2009


BRENTWOOD, Tenn.,– At the 2009 PGA Show in Orlando, Florida, which took place January 29-31, one of the hottest topics on the show floor was Golf in 2016. With the International Golf Federation lobbying the International Olympic Committee for one of two open spots on the sports calendar for 2016, and with a decision on the 2016 sports roster to be made in October of 2009, PGA Show attendees were encouraged to cast their vote for Golf in 2016 at kiosks sponsored by Fore- Front, the industry’s leading supplier of premium golf accessories.

With seven sports applying for inclusion in 2016, including golf, baseball, softball, karate, rugby sevens, squash and roller sports, more than 1,700 attendees at the 2009 PGA Show voted in support of golf in the Olympics.

“We felt the PGA Show, and executives from within the golf industry would make a great survey group for Golf in 2016 and we were very pleased that over 1,700 attendees voted yes for golf,” said Scott Harris, Director of Marketing, ForeFront.

In addition to its PGA Show booth and voting kiosks, ForeFront has established a website, www.golfin2016.org, where interested individuals can visit to cast their vote. Voting will run through September and ForeFront encourages all golfers and golf fans to voice their opinion, as this survey is designed to provide a compelling data point for Golf in 2016.


ORLANDO, Fla. – Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, home of two championship Greg Normandesigned courses and the world headquarters of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, introduces UNLIMITED GOLF, where one greens fee provides the avid golfer unlimited rounds per day. The UNLIMITED GOLF program includes same-day, continuous play on the International and National championship golf courses, as well as daily Art of Breakfast Buffet served at Trevi’s and resort accommodations. Golfers stay and play, with rates starting at $259/night/ person, now through April 30, and $219/night/person from May 1 – May 31, 2009.

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate entices guests with the links-style International course, surrounded by southern wetlands and woodlands and hauntingly reminiscent of the British Isles with bagpipers playing on the 10th tee during sunset. The National, a challenging American-style course, is a scenic showcase, boasting four consecutive holes – No. 7 through No.10 – lined with lush orange groves. After a day on the greens, the lighted Champions 9 par-three course is ideal for families looking for a relaxed golf experience and golfers working on their short game in the evening.

To take advantage of Unlimited Golf at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate call (407) 390-6664, (800) THE-OMNI or visit resort’s special offers page at http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/OrlandoChampionsGate/ SpecialOffers/UnlimitedGolf.aspx

• Premium Room Accommodations
• Same-day Continuous Play on International and National Courses
• Unlimited Golf on Champions 9, From Check-In Through Check-Out
• Complimentary Club Storage and Cleaning
• Daily Art of Breakfast Buffet at Trevi’s Restaurant
• 3:00 p.m. Late Check-out


IMG, the world’s premier sports, entertainment and media company, announced today that Ryo Ishikawa has signed a management agreement with IMG Golf as the teenage golf sensation aims to generate exposure and playing opportunities outside of Japan.

The 17-year old Ishikawa has already risen to 63rd in the Official World Golf Rankings becoming the youngest player to break into the top 100 in the world. Playing as an amateur in May, 2007, a then fifteen-year old Ishikawa won the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup to become the youngest winner of a menís tournament on the Japan Golf Tour. After turning professional in 2008, Ishikawa added the Mynavi ABC Championship to his resume for his first professional victory.

Born September 17, 1991, Ishikawa has earned the nickname Hanikami O¯ji, or “Shy Prince”, in Japan where it has been said that he attracts “Tigerlike” attention.

Ishikawa will get his first taste of the PGA TOUR this season as he has already been given exemptions to play in the Northern Trust Open (February 19-22), the Transitions Championship (March 19- 22), the Arnold Palmer Invitational (March 26-29), and he also received a special invitation from Augusta National to play in the Masters Tournament (April 9-12).