Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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For Immediate Release:                                
January 20, 2014                                                                                   
                                   
PGA OF AMERICA LAUNCHES 13th ANNUAL JOBS IN GOLF MONTH
AS HIRING FOR GOLF SEASON HEATS UP
 
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – While it may be the height of winter, hiring in the golf industry begins to heat up this time of year, as employers prepare for the upcoming golf season. Accordingly, the PGA of America’s 13th Annual Jobs in Golf Month will launch in conjunction with the traditional opening of this week’s 61st PGA Merchandise Show and continue promoting employment opportunities in golf throughout February.
Jobs in Golf Month highlights both the online employment resource tools and a breadth of jobs within the $68 billion industry. PGA.com/employment, home to PGA Employment Services, is the centerpiece of the Jobs in Golf Month initiative, as it serves as the golf industry’s online resource for jobs. Over the past year, a total of 3,936 jobs for both PGA Professional positions and the general public were listed. The Jobs in Golf Month initiative at the PGA Merchandise Show includes recruitment services by leading industry employers; employment workshops; and comprehensive PGA Employment Services.  In addition, a number of companies will conduct on-site interviews with candidates for open positions.
PGA Employment Services is an invaluable resource for promoting every imaginable golf industry job that is currently open, from general managers to PGA head professionals to equipment representatives to sales to chefs to wait staff. In addition, it serves as a solution that matches job applicants with potential employers by highlighting job opportunities that are currently posted on PGAJobfinder.com.
“Many people think of golf as their dream job, which explains why 2 million people point to the industry as their place of employment,” explains PGA President Ted Bishop. “Golf is a highly attractive workplace, thanks to the beauty of the golf course, as well as the amazing relationships you form with colleagues, contacts and clients who love the game as much as you do. With $55 billion in annual wages generated, many people wonder how they, too, can work in golf. With Jobs in Golf Month, this is your golden opportunity. And for those already in the industry, the program highlights the PGA of America’s commitment to working closely with our Professionals and industry employers to align candidates with new job opportunities.”
PGA Employment Services is supported by 12 regional PGA Employment Consultants, who strategically match applicants with employers that are seeking to hire talented and dynamic PGA Professionals. The Consultants also work to educate employers on the many benefits of hiring a PGA Professional.
Another feature of PGA Employment Center is CareerLinks, a complimentary employment referral service that enables PGA Employment Consultants to help employers identify the skills and experiences necessary to perform a specific job, and then enter the search specifications into the CareerLinks database to identify qualified PGA candidates. This service continues to grow, as 604 positions were posted through CareerLinks in 2013.
For more on Jobs in Golf Month and to find your dream job in golf, visit www.PGA.com/employment.
For more information on the PGA of America, visit www.pgamediacenter.com
 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Druid Hills Country Club

Georgia Airways for Fairways, an excellent tournament/fundraiser for the American Lung Association/GA Chapter was recently held here. Nestled inside Old Atlanta's Fernbank neighborhood, where the prestigious Dogwood Invitational is held,  Druid Hills Country Club offered up some fine golf that required exacting shots, and precision putting on some of the most challenging greens MyDailySlice has ever played.

It was nice to play inside the fences, instead of being on the outside looking in, to a gem of a private course.



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Guest post


How Posture Boosts Golf Performance

 

Scott McCormick writes for Golf Now Houston about the best places to hit the links in Texas.

               

                Posture is important throughout our daily lives in a number of ways, and its significance doesn’t wane when the game of golf is considered. In a sport where technique and consistency are expected in order to achieve any level of success, posture is a key ingredient for a pleasant scorecard.

                A lot of it is mental, and a lot of it is physical. Posture is a major factor in a player’s efforts to acquire a fundamental technique on the golf course. Many factors affect a person’s ability to develop and maintain a good posture:

-Body type

-Practice

-Natural tendencies

-Physical ability and athleticism

-Developed habits

-Mental awareness

-Focus

The bottom line is that the exact ideal posture for each golfer is different. However, there are ways to improve it, and they often apply nearly universally in principle.

 

How to Position Yourself for Success

 

                There are a few ways that golfers of all types and skill level can enhance their stance and positioning. While all of them surely don’t apply to every player, the gist of each can often be applied to some facet of a person’s game.

1.       Stand tall with knees bent slightly:

 

One of the most critical factors in mastering golf posture is trying not to curve the back and stand tall. This helps golfers drive through the ball and avoid the natural tendency of pulling upward in the down swing. While there will surely be a dip of some sort in each player’s swing, the goal is to stay consistent through the stroke follow through. Standing mostly upright with knees slightly bent is a good place to start.

 

2.       Arms should fall straight from the body:

 

Arms need to be straight when a player gears up for a swing. This doesn’t mean that they need to be flexed straight to the point of hyperextension, but rather a calm and focused arm position.

 

3.       Body weight should be positioned to fall on the balls of feet:

 

 Like most sports, athletes perform better when they are acting and moving on the balls of their feet. Golf is no different, and with the importance of balance in the game, this idea is even more critical. The better the balance and weight distribution, the more fundamentally sound a swing will be.

 

                There are so many essential ingredients to compile a well-rounded and successful golf game. While posture is simply one of them, it’s a significant step toward improvement and performance on the golf course.

 

GA- Fairways For Airways Golf for the Lung Association

GA- Fairways For Airways



MyDailySlice will be there. Hope to see you too!

JFB

Friday, August 30, 2013

Guest Post


Golf Courses: Water Hogs?

 

It is common belief that golf courses are water hogs, which means that a lot of water goes to waste in maintaining them. This is not surprising because the lush green fields and perfectly manicured grass of golf courses often suggest that our community’s valuable resources are getting used up just so that the few elite can spend some leisure time. In spite of this perception, a recent article in the Sun Sentinel reported that instead of guzzling up precious water, many golf courses are contributing to the replenishment of drinking water.

 

How golf courses replenish drinking water

 

Although most people believe that golf courses contribute to water shortage, the grass on these courses can be highly beneficial for replenishing water supply during the rainy season. For instance, an average of 2-3% of the water in South Florida is used up every year by golf courses. During heavy rainfall seasons, they also give back almost 15 times the total water used up. According to the South Florida Water Management District’s Water Supply Administrator, Mark Elsner, the open spaces of golf courses and the grass fields are necessary for recharging the aquifer.

 

The national statistics indicated that an average 18-golf course is covered with 100 acres of turf grass. This type of grass is useful for filling up the Biscayne Aquifer with clean, drinking water. This aquifer is the main source of drinking water for residents in Palm Beach County. The dense roots of the grass filter any pollutants found in the rain water, including pesticides and chemicals, which can be harmful for the county’s residents. They also prevent the rainwater from running off-site, absorbing it back into the soil. This means that golf courses serve as an extra layer of filter for purifying water with high levels of phosphorus, salt, and nitrogen.

 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the quality of water can be affected to a significant extent by the presence of contaminants like phosphorus and nitrogen. Golf course managers have put a great deal of effort in preventing these harmful pollutants from entering the community water supply. Calculated chemical applications are used in maintaining the courses, so that the soil remains intact and free of harmful substances.

 

Golf courses contributing to the water recycling process

 

From what we have learnt so far about the water replenishment process in golf courses, it is safe to say that they play a critical role in the water recycling process. During the months of May and June in the year 2013, there was an average rainfall of 21 inches in the county, meaning that golf courses rarely relied on irrigated water. In the course of 60 days, the 142 golf courses in Palm Beach County collected over 60 billion gallons of drinking water. This calculation is based on the average rainfall records in the South Florida Water Management District combined with the county’s 21,300 acres of golfing greens.

 

These reports are clear proof that golf courses are not really water hogs but a necessity in rainwater harvesting and water recycling. Instead of guzzling up the community’s precious water resources, golf courses can give back plenty of clean, drinking water for a better environment.

 

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Melinda Bailey is an avid golfer and the Executive Editor of 9 & Dine Women’s Golf Apparel blog.  You can connect with Melinda via Twitter @9Dine.

 

 

 

A fun summertime golf book

Summer, a time to relax by the pool and take in the good vibes of lounging, eating what you want, relaxi...oh wait...I have kids, so scratch that....there is no such thing as relaxing. I'm more like an overburdened Sherpa pandering to the multitude of wants and needs as my kids regale in the pool and take in the good vibes and eat what they want at my expense.

But I digress.

In between the sleep, work, sleep routine that I have mastered, I get to enjoy a little solace. I want to tell you about a very good book I read this summer by Dylan Dethier. The book is '18 in America'.

The story is about a young man getting ready to go to college, but before he does, decides to take his life, clubs and car (he affectionately calls "Subi") on the road, attempting to play 18 holes of golf in every state of the Union.
In business we call that pivoting, in kid-speak they call that cool, in parent-speak we call that frightening.
But, with his parents' blessing, he takes off on the road to explore, endure, and relish his time spent hitting a ball on various turf-grass from Grover Cleveland Golf Course to Bandon Dunes.

For the next two months, he spends his hours finding out the ugly, bad, and good of the people he meets along the way, all the time telling his story with fast, witty and innocent prose, that reads light but fulfilling. I would totally recommend picking up a copy at your local bookstore. His story will make you wish you were a kid again with a chance to do what he did in America.

Keep it in the short-grass,

JFB




Saturday, July 27, 2013

PGA goes interactive with the Pick the Hole Challenge (press release)


‘PGA CHAMPIONSHIP PICK THE HOLE LOCATION CHALLENGE HOSTED BY JACK NICKLAUS’ TO OFFER UNPRECEDENTED GOLF FAN ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION

 

PGA.com Fan Voting to Determine Specific Location of Hole No. 15 During

95th PGA Championship Final Round


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (July 23, 2013) – For the first time ever, golf fans worldwide will be able to have a direct impact on the hole location of a major championship, through the newly created “PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge Hosted by Jack Nicklaus.” The Challenge will be conducted in conjunction with the 95th PGA Championship, the Season’s Final Major, at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., Aug. 5-11.

A collaborative learning experience between The PGA of America and record-tying, five-time PGA Champion Jack Nicklaus, the “PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge” is designed to educate fans on how course setup impacts a golfer’s strategy in playing a hole; attract more people to the game; and help explain what hole location information players are provided each day.

As a result, fans are encouraged to visit PGA.com from July 23-Aug. 10, in order to vote for one of four exciting and challenging final-round hole locations for the par-3, 181-yard 15th hole at Oak Hill. Nicklaus, whose final PGA Championship victory occurred at Oak Hill in 1980, collaborated with PGA Chief Championships Officer Kerry Haigh to select the picturesque 15th hole due to the impact it will likely have on the PGA Championship’s outcome. As a result, Haigh has identified and selected each of these four distinct Championship hole locations for fans to vote. On August 11, during Sunday’s final round coverage on TNT and CBS, fans will be able to see the winning hole position that will be used on the 15th green.

“The opportunity for fans to take part in the interactive ‘PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge’ is part of a new era in engagement that connects golf fans with the Season’s Final Major in a fun and dramatic way,” said PGA President Ted Bishop. “The PGA of America is delighted to present this innovative opportunity, as we believe this is the first time that consumers have been able to make a direct and significant impact on a global sports arena. We are honored that the legendary Jack Nicklaus will lead fans as their host and teacher in understanding the nuances that the greatest players in golf consider and think about regarding course setup and hole locations—and the effect their selection will have on the eventual outcome of the 95th PGA Championship.”

PGA.com, the Official Website of The PGA of America which is managed by Turner Sports, will also offer video vignettes from Nicklaus that will educate golfers on how course setup impacts a golfer’s strategy in playing a hole.  Fans are also encouraged to follow the conversation via #pgachamp #YouPick.

“The chance for golf fans to interact with the PGA Championship and play a role in shaping the outcome of the final round fascinates me,” Nicklaus said. “It’s like being able to call the shots during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. In addition to playing a key role in the outcome of the Championship, golf fans can learn many aspects of on-course strategy, as The PGA of America and I present educational videos to enhance their golf experience. I believe this new concept will serve as an exciting hands-on learning experience for golf fans and I’m happy to be involved.”

Haigh, who has set up PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, and PGA Grand Slam of Golf courses since 1989, is excited about the possibilities of the Challenge. “Now, golf fans will experience what is involved with the selection of hole locations, as well as the dramatic effect that this placement has on the game plans of the world’s best players. Accordingly, golf enthusiasts can then turn to the legendary Jack Nicklaus for his exclusive insight on golf course management.”

A sweepstakes will also be held on PGA.com in conjunction with the “PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge,” with entrants having an opportunity to win a behind-the-scenes experience for two during the 2014 PGA Championship at Nicklaus-designed Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. You can visit www.PGA.com/pickthehole to cast their vote, and have an impact on the final round at the PGA Championship.

The PGA Championship perennially features the strongest field in golf and is one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world. Since 1916, golf's best professionals have been competing for the PGA Championship's coveted Wanamaker Trophy, with a list of champions that includes: Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen and Nicklaus.

About The PGA of America

Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

            About PGA.com

                  PGA.com is the official online destination for The PGA of America and is home to the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, The PGA Grand Slam of Golf and The Ryder Cup. Beginning in 2002, Turner Sports and the PGA formed a multi-year alliance with a mission to serve the golfing public, PGA Professionals and the golf industry with products and services to grow the game of golf.  The two organizations recently expanded the deal through 2019 to include licensing with Turner’s Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) serving as the PGA’s licensing agent in the youth marketplace.

   As a leader and innovator in broadband golf coverage, PGA.com continues to gain success for its PGA.com LIVE video presentation of PGA’s premier events. In 2012, PGA.com’s PGA Championship LIVE received a Sports Emmy for Outstanding New Approaches in Sports; in 2010, PGA.com garnered a Webby Award for Best Interactive Video for its 2010 Ryder Cup LIVE coverage. In 2009, PGA.com’s on air, online and mobile coverage of the PGA Championship was nominated for an Emmy® by the National Television Academy and was awarded a CommArts Interactive award for the PGA Championship LIVE video and the PGA Championship iPhone app.