Friday, October 12, 2012

Golfpac Travel Sweepstakes Serves Up Terrific Golf Vacation For Four To Orlando

What do Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Greg Norman and Johnny Miller have in common? For one, they all enjoyed Hall of Fame careers on the PGA Tour.
For another? They each designed a top-ranked golf course in the Orlando, Florida area. Now you have a chance to win the opportunity to play their outstanding designs.
 Golfpac Travel has created a sweepstakes promotion that will leave the winner and three of his or her companions smiling from beginning to end.
The “Orlando Playcation” consists of four nights’ accommodations at an outstanding Orlando resort, five rounds of golf and a rental van for four. Someone who registers between now and Dec. 31, 2012 at will win this outstanding golf vacation.
The accommodations will be in a four-bedroom townhome at Damai Resort, which features an unrivaled location, stunning aesthetics and exceptional amenities.
Five memorable golf courses will be played by the winning foursome:
Grand Cypress Resort has hosted multiple national and international competitions, most recently the LPGA Tour Championship. Grand Cypress features 45 diverse holes designed by Jack Nicklaus, including the New Course, which has several “replica” holes from the Old Course at St. Andrews.
At Bella Collina, Nick Faldo carved a beautiful golf course out of 1,900 acres of rolling hills providing a natural and serene setting. The course is nestled amongst orange groves and woodlands, overlooking the vineyards of Central Florida.
Arnold Palmer’s layout at Orange Lake Resort tees up an interesting variety of exceptional golf. One of the nines is reminiscent of a course you might see in Scotland. Another provides a Carolinas-style golf experience.
Harmony Golf Preserve, managed by Troon Golf, is one of Central Florida’s true hidden gems. Johnny Miller designed a terrific golf course on a 260-acre wildlife preserve, featuring incredible greens complexes.
ChampionsGate Golf Club sports two courses designed by Greg Norman. The International course is a links-style layout that has hosted many of the top players in golf, at the Father-Son Challenge. The National Course is completely different, more resembling a Florida golf resort style.
The grand prize winner receives:
   Four nights of accommodations for four at Damai in a four-bedroom condo.
   Five rounds of golf with cart.
   Four day mini-van rental from Budget® Rent A Car.
To register, visit and click on Playcation. Deadline is June 30.
With over 35 years' experience, Golfpac provides custom golf packages, vacations, and discount travel specials to over 40 golf destinations. At customers can research information and ratings on courses, hotels and resorts, find the best deals, and even quote and book their own vacation, all online. Whether looking for a weekend getaway or a full-blown golf adventure, golfers can rely on the travel experts at Golfpac.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Datrek Introduces GO-LITE 14 Stand Bag


14-Way Mesh Top With Full-Length Individual Dividers And Weighs Only 5 Pounds

Datrek, one of the premier choices in organizer golf bags, announced today the introduction of the GO-LITE 14 stand bag. The sleek design of the GO-LITE 14 stand bag features a 14-way mesh padded top with full-length individual dividers, plenty of storage space and weighs only 5 pounds.

"The GO-LITE 14 stand bag is the perfect bag for the golfer looking for a multipurpose stand bag; light enough to carry and full featured to use on a cart," said Craig Ramsbottom, President, Dynamic Brands. "The GO-LITE 14 has our IDS system, Individual Divider System that allows you to keep your clubs in place along with five pockets that give you ample storage space."
Datrek has earned several awards over the years for its innovative designs in golf bags and the GO-LITE 14 stand bag continues this tradition with its consumer-friendly features and contemporary style. Made of durable nylon material, the GO-LITE 14 features a 14-way mesh padded top with full-length individual dividers and an ergonomic handle integrated into the top. There is ample storage room with five pockets including a large garment pocket, fleece-lined valuables pocket, insulated beverage sleeve and an oversized ball pocket. The GO-LITE 14 has a padded double shoulder strap to make walking and carrying easy and comfortable.

An additional feature of the GO-LITE 14 stand bag is a cart friendly base adaptable for push carts and riding carts. Also for the golfer's convenience the stand bag has a towel ring, Velcro® glove holder and external tee holder.
The GO-LITE 14 stand bag is available in six color patterns - red/black/white, white/charcoal/black, royal/black/white, charcoal/black/white, orange/black/white and lime green/black/white. The suggested retail is $149.99 and will begin shipping to golf shops and golf specialty stores in early November.

About Datrek
Datrek has been an industry leader for premium golf products for more than 25 years. The company is known for its innovative golf bags and accessories and superior customer service. Dynamic Brands is the parent company of Datrek and is located in Richmond, Va. Also in the Dynamic Brands,, portfolio are Burton®, Bag Boy®, Devant® and Sir Christopher Hatton®. For information on Datrek visit or follow us on facebook at

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Reigning MGA and WMGA Players of the Year set to represent the Met Area

Coming one year after a landmark victory against the Golfing Union of Ireland in the Governor Hugh L. Carey Challenge Cup at Bethpage Black, the MGA is once again poised to field an exceptionally talented team in international competition. The 16th French-American Challenge, a biennial matchup of 10-person (6-man, 4-woman) teams representing the MGA/WMGA and the Ligue de Golf de Paris, will be held October 16 and 17 at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. The site of the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open, Sebonack is one of the Met Area’s premier clubs and the Tom Doak/Jack Nicklaus course will provide an outstanding test for these matches, which have been dominated in recent years by the Ligue de Paris.

The MGA/WMGA team that will be determined to change that history is led by co-captains Gene Bernstein, the current MGA president and a Sebonack Golf Club member, and Beth Post, the WMGA president. Of the six men on the team, five competed just last month in the USGA Men’s State Team Championship at Galloway National Golf Club in New Jersey: 2011 MGA Player of the Year Michael Miller, 20, of Knollwood Country Club; Max Buckley, 22, of Westchester Hills Country Club, and Joe Saladino, 32, of Huntington Country Club made up the victorious New York State team in that championship, while Brian Komline, 38, of Black Oak and Niall Handley, 40, of Essex Fells, represented New Jersey. Those five players are joined on the French-American squad by 15-year-old Cameron Young of Sleepy Hollow, who won three Met Area titles this year and was on the victorious Carey Cup team last fall. Of these players, only Buckley and Handley have not yet played on an MGA international team.

The female members of the team include three newcomers to MGA/WMGA team competition and one veteran, Phoebe Timpson of Locust Valley, N.Y., who has had a lot of recent success in the Met Area. Timpson, 48, is the reigning WMGA Player of the Year and won this year’s WMGA Stroke Play Championship at Rockaway Hunting Club. The woman who finished second to Timpson in that championship, Ellen Oswald of New City, N.Y., joins her on the team. Oswald, 22, is a 2012 St. John’s University graduate who also finished second in the WMGA/MGA Met Amateur Championship at Stanwich before winning the 2012 NYSGA Women’s Amateur Championship this summer. The two final members of the team are both nationally ranked teenagers who have both competed at high levels this summer: Long Island native Annie Park, 17, and 16-year-old Cindy Ha of Demarest, N.J. Park was the 2012 Long Island Player of the Year and became the first girl to win the Nassau County Boys’ High School Championship. Ha was the runner-up at the 2012 NJSGA Women’s Amateur Championship, and like Park also qualified for this year’s U.S. Women’s Public Links Championship.

The Ligue de Golf de Paris, the primary governing body for golf in Paris and its surrounding area, has a membership of 39 golf clubs, including Le Golf National, the site of the 2018 Ryder Cup. The 2012 team representing the Ligue consists of five players making their French-American Challenge debuts and five others who have competed in several matches over the years. 

The more experienced players on the French team include 23-year-old female Morgane Bazin de Jessey, who went 2-1 when these matches were held in France in 2010 (a 12.5-7.5 victory for the Ligue de Golf de Paris). Also going 2-1 in 2010 were 38-year-old Christophe Ravetto and Olivier Rozner; Antoine Schwartz, 23, went 1-2 in 2010. 

The Ligue de Golf de Paris last visited the Met Area for these matches in 2008, when they emerged with a 14-6 victory at Metropolis Country Club in White Plains, N.Y. The format requires all 10 players on each team to play in each of the three sessions: Fourballs and Foursomes on the first day, and singles matches on the second day. Twenty points are up for grabs, and the MGA/WMGA team needs to earn 10.5 points to win for just the second time in the history of the matches, which were first played in 1990 in Chantilly, France. The Ligue de Golf de Paris needs 10 points to retain the French-American Challenge trophy.

Preceding the matches is the French-American Challenge Am-Am, which will be held this year on Monday, October 15 at Sebonack. In addition to serving as a valuable practice round for the championship competitors, the Am-Am gives all 20 team members a chance to interact with Met Area golfers whose support of the Am-Am helps to raise money for the MGA Foundation. 

Live scoring will be available for all five Foursome and Fourball matches on Tuesday, October 16, and all 10 singles matches on Wednesday, October 17. For complete coverage of the 16th French-American Challenge, visit

About the MGA: The Metropolitan Golf Association was founded in 1897 and is one of the nation’s oldest and largest amateur golf associations representing more than 500 clubs in the tri-state Metropolitan Area. Through a network of more than 300 volunteers, and a full-time staff operating out of its Golf Central headquarters in Elmsford, N.Y., the Association fulfills its role as a true non-profit service organization. Through a variety of unique, relevant, and innovative services for member clubs and area golfers, the MGA has established itself as a leader among local and national golf organizations.