Waste Management Phoenix Open Honored by PGA Tour

December 12th, 2012

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL — The Waste Management Phoenix Open (Scottsdale, Ariz.) was honored by the PGA TOUR at the TOUR’s Tournament Meetings on Thursday, December 6.The Waste Management Phoenix Open earned an award for “Most Engaged Community” during the 2012 tournament at TPC Scottsdale.“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I am pleased to acknowledge and congratulate the outstanding job and special recognition the Waste Management Phoenix Open has received for its efforts,” said Andy Pazder, PGA TOUR executive vice-president and chief of operations. “The Thunderbirds, the volunteer host organization of the tournament, should be extremely proud for being recognized as the best among their peers on the TOUR.”In addition to the tournament’s astounding number of spectators, the Waste Management Phoenix Open boasts other, equally impressive numbers. The TPC Scottsdale event utilizes more than 4,000 volunteers, maintains 20 social media outlets and claims nearly 13,000 “likes” on Facebook. More than 1,000 community leaders attend an annual luncheon hosted by the tournament, while dozens of area restaurants and local vendors played an integral role during tournament week this year.     

More than 100 of local charities benefit each year from the Waste Management Phoenix Open, with more than $5 million in 2012 alone being provided to area charities. As an interesting side note, the tournament’s entire staff has, at one point, served on the board of directors for many of these area charities. To top it off, Governor Jan Brewer proclaimed Saturday of tournament week “Green-Out Day,” when nearly one-third of their record-setting crowd of more than 172,000 fans wore green in celebration of the event’s commitment to the environment.“We are thrilled that the Waste Management Phoenix Open has been awarded Most Engaged Community,” said Tom Altieri, 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open tournament chairman. “For the last 78 years the Phoenix community has provided unwavering support of this PGA TOUR event. The Thunderbirds and Waste Management are proud to call Phoenix the home of The Greenest and Greatest Show on Grass.”The 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open, won this year by Kyle Stanley, will be held January 28 – February 3 at TPC Scottsdale.ABOUT PGA TOURThe PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 100 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Canada. The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to approximately 715 million households in 225 countries and territories in 29 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2011, tournaments on the three Tours generated more than $121 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.7 billion. The PGA TOUR’s web site is PGATOUR.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.CONTACTJoel Schuchmann, PGA TOUR, 904-280-4707, joelschuchmann@pgatourhq.com


LSU, U.S. Air Force Academy, UVA and The University of Arizona Among New Alma Mater Styles

May 17th, 2012

( FALLS CHURCH, VA)

– Tin Cup Products, LLC – maker of patented, Made in the USA golf ball marking stencils – announces the addition of seven designs for six universities to its popular collection of 30 officially-licensed college cups.Used by PGA, European, Champions and LPGA Tour stars, each Tin Cup ($19.95) is constructed from 100 percent stainless steel. The newest additions include:

“Our college cups have been hot sellers online and in golf shops around the country as die-hard fans show their school pride while on the course,” says Cabell Fooshe, Vice President of Tin Cup. “Based on our outstanding track record in this market, we anticipate these Tin Cups will be in high demand for holidays, tournaments, corporate outings, wedding parties and other events.”Since being named “Best New Product” at the 2010 PGA Merchandise Show, the company has grown rapidly. Its personalization process takes just seconds, as players simply place the stencil over a ball and trace the template using an ultra fine point permanent Sharpie.

The ever-expanding Tin Cup collection now features more than 90 designs, including a wide range of emblems from all four major military branches and visualization/game improvement marks. Complementing popular styles like Luck of the Irish, Five O’Clock Somewhere and Jolly Roger, new products are introduced each month. An affordable customization program used by well-known corporations, charities, media outlets, celebrities and many others is also available.

For more information: www.tin-cup.com, 888.984.6287

GolfLogix Surpasses 30,000 Courses Mapped with Precise GPS Technology

March 9th, 2012

(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) – GolfLogix – the No. 1 App for Golf and a global leader in GPS and club-tracking technology – announces that its industry-leading course library featuring precise mapping and color imagery has surpassed 30,000 courses worldwide with the addition of TimberStone Golf Course in Caldwell, ID.

Compatible with more than 60 smartphone models and endorsed by PGA Tour star Zach Johnson, GolfLogix provides accurate distances to the center of the green, yardage book quality hole imagery, scorekeeping and pro-level in-round stat tracking for free. At less than $20 annually, an upgraded Champion membership offers club tracking and distances to any location on a hole – including pin position, hazards and landing zones.

“For more than 12 years, we’ve employed cutting-edge technology to offer our members the largest, most up-to-date mapped course collection of any distance measuring resource,” says Pete Charleston, President of GolfLogix. “Whether it’s Zach Johnson’s home course at Elmcrest Country Club or the Bear Trap at PGA National, only GolfLogix reviews each property annually to confirm exact distances and adjust as necessary.”

Easily downloaded from www.golflogix.com or App Stores such as iTunes, Android Marketplace and BlackBerry App World, GolfLogix has more than 1.5 million members.

Starting in mid-2012, the GolfLogix app will feature instructional videos and tips from the Golf Digest teaching vault. As the software continuously captures a player’s stats during the round, personalized feedback, instant advice, tips and drills will be sent to his or her smartphone for review and comparison against previous rounds.

All GolfLogix levels include access to the Member Clubhouse, the No. 1 online golf community where millions interact through social forums, offer challenges to fellow golfers and maintain an indexed handicap. Personal web pages for each user also store performance statistics, so every round can be analyzed by fairways hit, greens in regulation, putting, shot trends and more.

For more information: www.golflogix.com , 877.977.0162.

About GolfLogix

The No. 1 App for Golf, GolfLogix boasts more than 1.5 million members on the world’s top-selling smartphones. Dedicated to offering consumers the most advanced GPS solutions with the best features, quality and price, GolfLogix helps improve individual performance.

Founded in May 1999, GolfLogix was the first to introduce handheld GPS to the golf industry and holds a U.S. patent for its unique GPS and Internet-based club tracking application. Based in Scottsdale, AZ, the company has been professionally mapping courses for more than 12 years and owns the largest, most up-to-date golf course database in the world.

In 2009, the rapid advance of smartphone technology led GolfLogix to develop and quickly capture the market with an easy-to-use application providing precise GPS distances. In addition, the software manages scorekeeping and stat tracking, then uploads them to an online clubhouse community where golfers can interact and compete with millions of other players worldwide. Now available on more than 60 different smartphone models, The No. 1 App for Golf offers maps for more than 30,000 courses globally.

International Junior Golf Tour Launches ‘Discovery Tour’

February 3rd, 2012

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) – one of the leading competitive circuits for elite golfers grades 5-12 – announces the “Discovery Tour,” providing fun and enjoyable tournament experiences for ages eight to 12.

Discovery Tour events will be held in conjunction with the IJGT, making it convenient for families with golfers on both tours. Each course on the Discovery Tour will average 2,200 – 2,500 yards.

Several host locations have been selected for the inaugural Discovery Tour season. The first event will be held along with the IJGT Bridgestone Series at Greate Bay Golf Club (Somers Point, N.J.), Mar. 31 – Apr. 1. Additional spring events include Hershey Links (Hershey, Pa.), Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (Farmington, Pa.) and Mill Creek Golf Club (Churchville, N.Y.).

“The Discovery Tour is a great opportunity for young golfers to test their skills in a competitive arena while learning the rules of the game,” says Ryley Hendry, Chief Operating Officer of Junior Sports Corporation, owner/operator of the IJGT. “We believe offering a low pressure, fun tournament atmosphere will encourage participation in golf at a younger age.”

Players are encouraged to have a caddy during each round. Caddies can carry a participant’s bag, assist with rules and offer advice. There will be a 10-stroke limit for each hole. Rulings resulting in disqualification on other tours will only be enforced with stroke penalties.  

For more information about the IJGT and the Discovery Tour: www.IJGT.com, info@IJGT.com, 800.792.9143.

About Junior Sports Corporation

Located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, JSC owns and operates:

Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy (www.IJGA.com) is the world’s only academy to combine training, competition and academics for serious junior golfers.  Director of Instruction Hank Haney – coach to winners of every major championship on the PGA Tour – and his elite staff train junior golfers from more than 27 countries across five continents.

The International Junior Golf Tour (www.IJGT.com) hosts 60 tournaments annually and is the only junior golf tour with events every weekend during the September-to-May school year.

Established in May 2011, the Ivan Lendl Junior Tennis Academy (www.LendlTennis.com) produces the finest tennis training and competition for junior students to ultimately reach the college or professional ranks. Ivan Lendl, former World No. 1 player and winner of eight Grand Slam singles titles, serves as Director of Instruction and is dedicated to the development of each junior tennis player.

Heritage Academy (www.HeritageHHI.com) provides progressive, diverse academic instruction for students from grades five to 12 who pursue extra-curricular passions, such as golf at Hank Haney IJGA and tennis at Ivan Lendl IJTA.

Hilton Head Island is easily accessible by most major airlines through Hilton Head Island (HHI), Savannah (SAV), Charleston (CHS) and Columbia (CAE) airports.

www.hiltonheadsgolf.com

GEORGE LOPEZ, IAN KENNEDY, KEN WHISENHUNT, EMMITT SMITH AND ALICE COOPER AMONG CELEBS IN WEDNESDAY’S SILVER PRO-AM

January 28th, 2012

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Comedian George Lopez, Arizona Diamondbacks pitching ace Ian Kennedy, Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt, all-time NFL leading rusher Emmitt Smith, rock-n-roll legend Alice Cooper, Diamondbacks Broadcaster Mark Grace and ESPN’s Mark May are scheduled to play in this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open FBR/Xerox Silver Pro-Am, which tees off at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1st on the TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course. A regular on the PGA TOUR, Lopez will be making his fifth appearance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Lopez is one of the premier comedic talents in the industry today, selling out concert venues from coast-to-coast. He has crossed over into the acting industry, appearing in television programs and major motion pictures.  Alice Cooper, a rock singer, songwriter and broadcaster whose career spans more than four decades, is an avid-golfer who lives in Scottsdale and plays regularly at the TPC Scottsdale Champions Course. Tee times for Wednesday’s FBR/Xerox Silver Pro-Am will be from 8:30 through 10:30 a.m. Exact tee times for participating celebrities will be announced on Tuesday, January 31st.  For more information on Waste Management visit wm.com or thinkgreen.com. For more information on the Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit wmphoenixopen.com.

PHOENIX SUNS CHARITIES SHOT AT GLORY PRESENTED BY SNELL & WILMER LLP RETURNS TO THE FAMED 16th HOLE

January 24th, 2012

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Ever wonder what it would be like to hit a shot on the famed par-3, 16th hole at the TPC Scottsdale during the Waste Management Phoenix Open? One lucky WM Phoenix Open fan and one lucky Phoenix Suns fan will get a chance along with a number of war heroes, celebrities and sponsors during the Phoenix Suns Charities Shot at Glory presented by Snell & Wilmer LLP on Wednesday, February 1st.  This unique closest-to-the-pin contest is a friendly competition featuring roughly 25 participants and will take place following the completion of the FBR/Xerox Silver Pro-Am at approximately 3:30 pm. The event is open to spectators – in fact Waste Management Phoenix Open fans are encouraged to stick around and cheer-on the participants.The Waste Management Phoenix Open fan participating in the Shot at Glory will be chosen randomly by tournament officials on the day of the event. The Phoenix Suns fan participating in the Shot at Glory will be chosen randomly from the team’s season ticketholders. The celebrity, Wounded Warrior and sponsor participants will be released at a later date.Past Shot at Glory winners include: New York Post sportswriter Mark Cannizzaro (2008), Tilted Kilt Executive John Reynaud (2009) and rock star Alice Cooper (2010). The 2011 Shot at Glory event was canceled due to frozen turf. Tournament host The Thunderbirds will award more than $100,000 to the charities chosen by each competitor. Plus, if a participant makes a hole-in-one, $1 million will be given away ($500,000 to the competitor, $500,000 to the charity of their choice) If no one makes a hole-in-one, $40,000 will be donated to the charity of the participant who is closest-to-the-pin, while $25,000 and $15,000 will be donated to the 2nd and 3rd place finishers, respectively.  Each of the remaining participant’s charities will receive $1,000. www.wmphoenixopen.com

PHIL MICKELSON AND DUSTIN JOHNSON AMONG LATEST COMMITMENTS TO 2012 WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN FIELD

January 24th, 2012

PHOENIX, Ariz. – 39-time PGA TOUR winner (including the 1995 & 2005 Phoenix Opens) Phil Mickelson and five-time PGA TOUR winner and 8th ranked player on the Official World Golf Rankings Dustin Johnson are among the latest commitments to the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open.  The 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played the week of January 30 – February 5 at the TPC Scottsdale. To date, four of the top six and 88 of the top 125 leading Money Winners from the 2011 PGA TOUR Season have committed to play in the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open. The field includes 16 of the top 30 from the 2011 FedEx Cup final standings. A field of 132 players will vie for the $6.1 million purse, the $1,098,000 first-place check and FedEx Cup points.Webb Simpson (No. 2), Nick Watney (No. 3), Dustin Johnson (No. 5) and Kuchar (No. 6) are the four leading Money Winners to commit. PGA TOUR members have until 5 p.m. on Friday, January 27, to commit to play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.  Eligible players are assigned one of 34 PGA TOUR priority ranking categories based on their past performance on TOUR. The field will continue to change as players with higher priority rankings commit to play in the Open. Three-time Phoenix Open Champion Mark Calcavecchia, PGA TOUR rookie Harris English and 15-time PGA TOUR winner Fred Couples received the first three sponsor exemptions. The Thunderbirds have a total of five exemptions to give out to the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open. The remaining two exemptions will be announced in the coming days leading up to the tournament. Other notables currently in the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open field include; 12-time PGA TOUR winner Justin Leonard, 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters Champion Angel Cabrera, 2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover, 2009 tournament champion Kenny Perry, two-time Phoenix Open Champion Vijay Singh, Brandt Snedeker, Charles Howell III as well as a host of 2011 first-time winners including Jhonattan Vegas, Scott Stallings, Brendon Steele, Bryce Molder, Chris Kirk, D.A. Points, Jacobson, Harrison Frazar, Kevin Na and Scott Piercy. A number of local golfers also have committed including Robert Garrigus, Ricky Barnes, Martin Laird, Billy Mayfair, Pat Perez, Chez Reavie, Mathew Goggin and Kevin Streelman.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played January 30 – February 5, 2012, at the TPC Scottsdale. The tournament host Thunderbirds have raised more than $75 million for charities, with more than $45 million generated since 2004. The 2012 edition will mark the 77th playing of the event, making it one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR (not including the major championships). Title sponsor Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. For more information on Waste Management visit wm.com or thinkgreen.com. For more information on the Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit www.wmphoenixopen.com.

Alpha Field List
2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open

Blake Adams
Robert Allenby
Stephen Ames
Stuart Appleby
Arjun Atwal
Briny Baird
Ricky Barnes
Cameron Beckman
Matt Bettencourt
Tommy Biershenk
Kris Blanks
Jonas Blixt
Jason Bohn
Scott Brown
Jonathan Byrd
Angel Cabrera
Mark Calcavecchia
Chad Campbell
Miguel Angel Carballo
Bud Cauley
Alex Cejka
Kevin Chappell
Gary Christian
Stewart Cink
Chad Collins
Chris Couch
Ben Crane
Brian Davis
Brendon de Jonge
Graham DeLaet
James Driscoll
Jason Dufner
Ken Duke

Harris English
Rickie Fowler
Harrison Frazar
Tommy Gainey
Stephen Gangluff
Robert Garrigus
Bobby Gates
Brian Gay
Tom Gillis
Lucas Glover
Mathew Goggin
Paul Goydos
Hunter Haas
Brian Harman
David Hearn
J.J. Henry
Tim Herron
Charley Hoffman
J.B. Holmes
Charles Howell III
Ryuji Imada
Fredrik Jacobson
Brandt Jobe
Dustin Johnson
Sunghoon Kang
J.J. Killeen
Chris Kirk
Jason Kokrak
Matt Kuchar
Martin Laird
Derek Lamely
Danny Lee
Marc Leishman
Justin Leonard
Spencer Levin
Jamie Lovemark
Bill Lunde
Jarrod Lyle
Jeff Maggert
Steve Marino
David Mathis
Troy Matteson
Billy Mayfair
George McNeill
Rocco Mediate
Phil Mickelson
Bryce Molder
Ryan Moore
Kevin Na
Seung-yul Noh
Sean O’Hair
Nick O’Hern
Arron Oberholser
Joe Ogilvie
Jeff Overton
Ryan Palmer
Rod Pampling
Pat Perez
Tom Pernice Jr.
Kenny Perry
Carl Pettersson
Scott Piercy
D.A. Points
Ted Potter, Jr.
Chez Reavie
John Rollins
Andres Romero
Webb Simpson
Vijay Singh
Heath Slocum
Brandt Snedeker
Scott Stallings
Jon Stanley
Kyle Stanley
Brendan Steele
Kevin Streelman
Chris Stroud
Kevin Sutherland
Vaughn Taylor
Josh Teater
Michael Thompson
Brendon Todd
D.J. Trahan
Cameron Tringale
Jhonattan Vegas
Camilo Villegas
Johnson Wagner
Jimmy Walker
Nick Watney
Bubba Watson
Charlie Wi
Mark Wilson
Gary Woodland

2012 WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN FIELD BEGINS TO TAKE SHAPE

January 4th, 2012

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Defending tournament champion Mark Wilson, Rickie Fowler and three-time PGA TOUR winner and Scottsdale resident Bubba Watson are among the first commitments to the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open.  The 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played the week of January 30 – February 5 at the TPC Scottsdale. To date, 11 of the top-30 and 75 of the top-125 money leaders from the 2011 season have committed.  A field of 132 players will vie for the $6.1 million purse, the $1,098,000 first-place check and FedEx Cup points.Webb Simpson (No. 10), Nick Watney (No. 12), Watson (No. 21), Sang-Moon Bae (No. 30) and Fowler (No. 32) are the highest ranked players on the Official World Golf Ranking currently in the field.  Other top-ranked players who have committed include Jason Dufner (No. 33), Brandt Snedeker (No. 38), Fredrik Jacobson, (No. 40), Martin Laird (No. 47), Ben Crane (No. 54) and Jonathan Byrd (No. 65).PGA TOUR members have until 5 p.m. on Friday, January 27, to commit to play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. 

Eligible players are assigned one of 34 PGA TOUR priority ranking categories based on their past performance on TOUR. The field will continue to change as players with higher priority rankings commit to play in the Open. Three-time Phoenix Open Champion Mark Calcavecchia is also in the field thanks to a sponsor exemption. The Thunderbirds have a total of five exemptions to give out to the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open. The remaining four exemptions will be announced in the coming weeks leading up to the tournament. Other notables to commit include 12-time PGA TOUR winner Justin Leonard, 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters Champion Angel Cabrera, 2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover, 2009 tournament champion Kenny Perry, two-time Phoenix Open Champion Vijay Singh, as well as a host of 2011 first-time winners including Jhonattan Vegas, Scott Stallings, Brendon Steele, Bryce Molder, Chris Kirk, D.A. Points, Jacobson, Harrison Frazar, Kevin Na and Scott Piercy. A number of local golfers also have committed including Ricky Barnes, Laird, Billy Mayfair, Pat Perez, Chez Reavie, Mathew Goggin and Kevin Streelman.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played January 30 – February 5, 2012, at the TPC Scottsdale. The tournament host Thunderbirds have raised more than $75 million for charities, with more than $45 million generated since 2004. The 2012 edition will mark the 77th playing of the event, making it one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR (not including the major championships). Title sponsor Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. For more information on Waste Management visit wm.com or thinkgreen.com. For more information on the Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit wmphoenixopen.com.

Alpha Field List
2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open

Blake Adams
Robert Allenby
Stephen Ames
Stuart Appleby
Arjun Atwal
Sang-Moon Bae
Briny Baird
Ricky Barnes
Cameron Beckman
Charlie Beljan
Matt Bettencourt
Tommy Biershenk
Kris Blanks
Jonas Blixt
Jason Bohn
Scott Brown
Jonathan Byrd
Angel Cabrera
Mark Calcavecchia
Miguel Angel Carballo
Roberto Castro
Bud Cauley
Alex Cejka
Kevin Chappell
Gary Christian
Stewart Cink
Gavin Coles
Chad Collins
Chris Couch
Ben Crane
Brian Davis
Marco Dawson
Brendon de Jonge

Jason Dufner
Ken Duke
Harris English
Matt Every
Rickie Fowler
Harrison Frazar
Tommy Gainey
Stephen Gangluff
Bobby Gates
Brian Gay
Tom Gillis
Lucas Glover
Mathew Goggin
Hunter Haas
Brian Harman
David Hearn
J.J. Henry
Tim Herron
Charley Hoffman
Ryuji Imada
Fredrik Jacobson
Sunghoon Kang
Troy Kelly
J.J. Killeen
Chris Kirk
Kevin Kisner
Russell Knox
Jason Kokrak
Martin Laird
Derek Lamely
Danny Lee
Marc Leishman
Justin Leonard
Spencer Levin
Jamie Lovemark
Bill Lunde
Jarrod Lyle
Jeff Maggert
John Mallinger
Steve Marino
David Mathis
Troy Matteson
Billy Mayfair
William McGirt
George McNeill
Rocco Mediate
Bryce Molder
Kevin Na
Seung-yul Noh
Sean O’Hair
Nick O’Hern
Arron Oberholser
Joe Ogilvie
Jeff Overton
Ryan Palmer
Rod Pampling
Pat Perez
Tom Pernice Jr.
Kenny Perry
Carl Pettersson
Scott Piercy
D.A. Points
Ted Potter, Jr.
Chez Reavie
Kyle Reifers
John Rollins
Andres Romero
Webb Simpson
Vijay Singh
Heath Slocum
Brandt Snedeker
Scott Stallings
Kyle Stanley
Brendan Steele
Kevin Streelman
Chris Stroud
Kevin Sutherland
Vaughn Taylor
Josh Teater
Kyle Thompson
Michael Thompson
Brendon Todd
Cameron Tringale
Jhonattan Vegas
Camilo Villegas
Johnson Wagner
Jimmy Walker
Nick Watney
Bubba Watson
Charlie Wi
Mark Wilson

GOO GOO DOLLS & WILL.i.AM OF THE BLACK EYED PEAS

December 29th, 2011


Scottsdale, Ariz. –
Grammy-award winning artists the Goo Goo Dolls and Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, who will be performing a special DJ set, will headline this year’s entertainment line-up at the 2012 Coors Light Birds Nest during the Waste Management Phoenix Open, February 1 – 4. Legendary American rock band the Goo Goo Dolls will amaze the crowd with their unprecedented thirteen No. 1 and Top Ten multi-format hit singles including “Black Balloon,” “Name,” “Slide,” “Stay With You,” and “Sympathy” as they take the stage at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2.  One of the band’s more recent hit singles “Better Days” was adopted by CNN as a music bed anthem of sorts for the news channel’s Hurricane Katrina recovery coverage due to its uplifting lyrical spirit. The Goo Goo Dolls have sold more than ten million albums worldwide, and in 2011 the band’s commercially successful 1998 single “Iris” hit the No. 1 spot in the Top 40 in the UK 13 years after its initial success, demonstrating their ongoing international popularity. More recently, they released their single “All That You Are” for the Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack earlier this year and are currently busy recording their next album.
Performing a special DJ set, Will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas, which has sold an estimated 56 million records worldwide, will hit the stage Friday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m.  Widely regarded as one of music’s top producers, Will.i.am has collaborated with artists such as Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and many more.  Just last month he released his first single “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)” featuring Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger off of his untitled electro album, which will be released at a later date.  Making his third consecutive appearance at the Birds Nest, national recording artist Kelley James will open Thursday evening at 6 p.m. James’ music is a fascinating collection of acoustic guitars, hip-hop beats, thoughtful lyrics, and freestyle flows. Earlier this year he joined O.A.R. on their 31-city summer tour and released his latest EP, “The Recent Future” in June 2011, which carefully infuses pop melodies with laid-back hip-hop flows. Flashback Heart Attack, an 80s cover band from Southern California known for their twists on classic 80s hits by Billy Idol, Rick Springfield and other superstars of the decade, will close out the Birds Nest entertainment line-up on Saturday, Feb. 4.  Also, back again for a third straight year and performing nightly will be the world’s No. 1 Video DJ - Roonie G. Roonie G. is best known for his unique creative blends of audio and visual content encompassing popular music videos, iconic film footage, custom graphics and comedy shorts, delivering multi-sensory stimulation.   The main act for Wednesday, February 1st will be announced at a later date. Birds Nest tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster outlet locations).  General admission tickets for Wednesday are $25.   General admission for Thursday, Friday and Saturday are $30 in advance, $35 day of. VIP tickets are also available for $150, which provides exclusive access to the Absolut Vodka VIP area.  VIP guests are treated to a complimentary catered dinner provided by Tom’s Tavern, complimentary drinks and access to a premium viewing area for the show.The Coors Light Birds Nest is located directly across from the main Waste Management Phoenix Open tournament entrance at 82nd Street and Bell Road.  The entertainment venue opens at 3:30 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Wednesday, February 1 – Saturday, February 4. Headline acts will take the main stage each evening at approximately 8 p.m. The Coors Light Birds Nest is a 21-and-over venue. The 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played January 30 – February 5, 2012 at the TPC Scottsdale. The tournament host, The Thunderbirds, have raised more than $75 million for charities, with more than $48 million generated in the last decade. For information about the 2012 Coors Light Birds Nest, visit www.coorslightbirdsnest.com

WE-KO-PA GOLF CLUB CELEBRATES 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

December 21st, 2011


Fort McDowell, Ariz.
– The award-winning We-Ko-Pa Golf Club recently celebrated its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, December 14th. Named one of the “Top Ten Best New Courses in the World” by Sports Illustrated two weeks after opening in December 2001, We-Ko-Pa’s Cholla Course has been one of the most awarded and successful daily-fee golf facilities in the country.  “I’m proud to say that 10 years after opening, little has changed at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club,” said We-Ko-Pa Golf Club Managing Partner Ed Francese, who has been with We-Ko-Pa since course construction began. “Whether it’s the phenomenal golf courses, the pristine Sonoran Desert environment or the unique tribute We-Ko-Pa pays to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, we are still offering the same consistent, all-encompassing golf experience that is unlike any other in Arizona.”Unlike gas and food prices, green fees at We-Ko-Pa have remained consistent. In fact, in December 2001 the introductory green fee at We-Ko-Pa was $130 for out-of-state visitors and $80 for Arizona residents with proof of residency.  Today, green fees booked 8 to 90 days in advance are $140 for out-of-state visitors and $85 for Arizona residents (through Dec 24).              About the only thing that has changed at We-Ko-Pa over the last decade is the addition of a second golf course. The Saguaro Course, a Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw design, opened for play in December 2006 and has been greeted by the same fanfare as the original Scott Miller-designed Cholla Course. Golfweek Magazine lists Saguaro as the number one public access course in Arizona and the Cholla course as the number three public access course in their 2011 state-by-state rankings.

Located on the Fort McDowell Indian Community, We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is a daily fee golf facility that consists of the original 18 holes, the Cholla course, designed by Scott Miller and a second 18 holes, the Saguaro course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.  In addition to the two 18-hole courses, there is a large practice facility, a full-service clubhouse and a second smaller clubhouse serving the Saguaro Course.  We-Ko-Pa is owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and is operated by EF Golf and OB Sports Golf Management. For more information on We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, call 480-836-9000 or visit them online at www.wekopa.com.

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