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https://golfweek.com/2018/12/16/the-forecaddie-a-fond-farewell-to-charlie-rymer-from-morning-drive/amp/ Check out that link for a nice little story chronicling Charlie Rymer's last episode with Morning Drive. I remember watching the show when Charlie took over for Greg Cassilias and was astounded to read he'd done 1000 episodes. Rymer got on my nerves but that's still a very impressive run; doesn't matter who you are. Wonder who they'll replace him with? Gary Williams makes that show what it is so I'm interested to see who they find as the next "color analyst."
â€‹This came across the InBox this morning -- Wilson is announcing its 11 finalists for the Driver Vs. Driver program on Golf Channel. Wilson announced it was doing this program last summer - basically they're giving people the opportunity to design a driver and the best overall design wins the competition, gets $500,000 and has their driver put into production for 2017. There have been a few naysayers out there in cyberspace, but if nothing else the show looks like a hell of a lot of fun and it'll be interesting to see what the teams come up with. And I'll watch almost anything with Melanie Collins... FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR GOLF CHANNEL'S NEW DRIVER VS. DRIVER SERIES, PREMIERING TUESDAY, OCT. 4 AT 10 P.M. ET Wilson Golf Taking Unique Approach To Find Next Great Golf Driver, Shining Spotlight on Aspiring Equipment in All-New Elimination-Style Reality Television Series Finalists Range from College Students to Former Golf Professionals to Engineers and Product Designers Panel of Celebrity Judges Includes Former NFL Linebacker and Avid Golfer Brian Urlacher; Two-Time PGA TOUR Winner Kevin Streelman, Former USGA Technical Director Frank Thomas and Wilson Golf President Tim Clarke ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 24, 2016 â€“ Golf Channel announced today the 11 finalists who will present their innovative driver concepts and ideas with the hopes of ultimately becoming Wilson Golf's newest driver for 2017 on a new, first-of-its-kind television series, Driver vs. Driver presented by Wilson. The series premieres Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 10 p.m. ET. Driver vs. Driver will follow the trials and tribulations of aspiring golf equipment designers as they compete for the chance to win $500,000, and the opportunity to have their driver design sold at retail under the Wilson Staff name. The finalists, selected through an open call application process, will present to a panel of celebrity judges â€“ former Chicago Bears linebacker and avid golfer Brian Urlacher, former USGA Technical Director Frank Thomas and President of Wilson Golf Tim Clarke â€“ during the series' first two episodes. Two-time PGA TOUR winner and Wilson Advisory Staff member Kevin Streelman joins the series as a judge beginning with the third episode. Following the presentations, the judges will debate on which finalists' concepts will advance in the competition. The seven-episode series will then take viewers behind the scenes as the advancing teams work with Wilson LABS â€“ the innovation hub at Wilson â€“ engineers to evaluate, critique, refine and test their concepts, all while the panel of expert judges evaluates the best concept that will help golfers perform off the tee. Viewers also will get a look behind the curtain at one of the most iconic sports brands in history, Wilson Sporting Goods Co. Golf Channel cameras will give viewers a glimpse inside the company's Wilson LABS facility, an expansive innovation center that serves as a primary design and testing hub for its sporting goods concepts and products, including tennis, basketball, baseball, football and golf, among others. The series' finalists are a diverse cast that includes professional golfers and former club manufacturers, college students, engineers and product designers. Some of the finalists are well versed in the sport of golf, where others have never taken up the game but have extensive engineering and design background. FINALISTS: Jonathan Dineen (26, Wilmington, N.C.) â€“ An industrial engineer with a determined work ethic, Dineen's driver design concept is called â€œThe Wasp,â€ the concept for his senior thesis at Appalachian State University. Richard Gischer (37, Crowley Texas) and Kimberly Leonard (35, Pinckneyville, Ill.) â€“ A brother-sister team, Gischer is the golf expert and Leonard is the sales and communications expert. A graduate from the Professional Golf Management program at Campbell University, Gischer formerly worked at Nike, building custom golf clubs for some of the best players in the world before leaving the company to pursue another passion of his â€“ mission work. Their driver concept is a green design, with the hopes of creating a driver using renewably sourced bio-product. Kyle Hanquist (26), Kevin Neitzel (30), Ann Arbor, Michigan â€“ Colleagues and friends at the University of Michigan, Hanquist and Neitzel are both PhD students in aerospace engineering, studying aerothermodynamics of high speed flight. When they aren't in school together, they play golf and travel the world â€“ their idea for Driver vs. Driver was submitted while traveling through Europe. Jimmy Huynh (26), Brian Mar (21), Patrick Soriano (25), Sheila Pancani (45), Patrick Soriano (25) and Matt Ulery (30), Long Beach, Calif. â€“ Seniors in the industrial design program at California State University, Long Beach, this diverse is determined to create a driver that is, in their words, â€œSick.â€ The group â€“ who has no golf experience â€“ underwent a three-week driver cram session to learn everything they could before submitting their driver design. Their micro-honeycomb design was modelled after Formula 1 cars and the grill from Ulery's motorcycle. Branndon Jones (21) and Ryan Nelson (21), Knoxville, Tenn. â€“ Students at the University of Tennessee, Jones and Nelson have known each other since their freshman year of high school. Nelson is more outgoing and creative, where Jones is more analytical. They plan on having a balanced approach to try to create the most unique and technologically advanced driver on the golf market today. Their design idea came about after Jones watched Serena Williams, a long-time Wilson Advisory Staff Member, on television competing in a tennis match. Steve Kirouac (59, Welland, Ontario, Canada) â€“ A retired art teacher, Kirouac had a â€œeurekaâ€ moment one afternoon grilling sausages in his backyard that led to his driver concept. The sound of the fly swatter hitting the wood while he â€œshooedâ€ away bees reminded him of a driver hitting a golf ball and thus, an idea was born. The result is a honeycomb golf club, an aerodynamic club designed to increase club speed. Weston Maughan (35, Draper, Utah) â€“ A former golf professional who is now working in the business sector, Maughan has been hooked on the game ever since Hall-of-Famer Johnny Miller gave him instruction tips that yielded instant results as a young child. Maughan is utilizing his golf expertise in developing his driver design, which allows the driver to dial in the weight of the club, making it customizable. Matt Purtell (37, Sonoma, Calif.) â€“ An avid golfer and building contractor who has lived his entire life in Sonoma, Calif., Purtell's driver design idea stemmed from often mis-hitting his driver, but never his 3-wood. His concept focuses on overlaying the crown of a 3-wood on top of the driver to help make a more controlled golf swing. Eric Sillies (26, Cincinnati, Ohio) â€“ A product designer who believes in the power of making better products to make life better for people, his driver design is called â€œManta,â€ a multi-piece construction with a unique alignment feature. Sillies formerly interned with Dick's Sporting Goods while in college, where he had the opportunity to help design the aesthetic direction for the 2012 Nickent golf club line. Gavin Wallin (40, Eagle Mountain, Utah) â€“ A product designer who has extensive experience in golf club design with multiple manufacturers, Wallin is combining his real-world experience and his industrial design college degree to develop an adjustable driver concept that has benefits for both the low handicap and high handicap player. Karl West (43, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) â€“ Originally born in New Zealand and now residing in Victoria, British Columbia, West is a long time golf instructor at Royal Colwood. A self-professed â€œtinkerer,â€ West enjoys conceptualizing and designing putters and drivers in his basement lab. West is self-taught in developing concepts for drivers and putters, and his ultimate goal is to bring his driver idea to life through the series. MELANIE COLLINS TO HOST: Sports broadcaster Melanie Collins will serve as the host of Driver vs. Driver. Currently a sideline reporter for CBS' college football and basketball coverage, Collins also was co-host for Golf Channel's competition series, Big Break. GRAND PRIZE: The finalists are competing for $500,000 and the opportunity to have their driver design sold at retail under the Wilson Staff name. SERIES PRODUCTION: Following a call-for-entries in the summer of 2015, production for Driver vs. Driver began in the fall of '15 and continued through July 2016. Driver vs. Driver will air weekly for seven episodes, concluding Tuesday, Nov. 22.
GAME GOLF Named Official Technology Partner & Exclusive Supplier Of On-Course Tracking San Francisco, Feb. 3, 2016 GAME GOLF, the company that changed how golfers use data to improve their games, has been named an official technology partner and exclusive supplier of on-course shot-tracking devices and services to Golf Channel Academy (GCA), one of the most expansive golf instruction networks in North America. For the next three years, GAME GOLF and Golf Channel Academy will provide more than 225 coaches an opportunity to integrate GAME GOLF's technology into their student-coach relationships. The Golf ChannelAcademy network includes 49 of Golf Digest's "Best Teachers in Your State," 20 of Golf Magazine's "Top 100 Teachers," and six former PGA or LPGA National Teachers of the Year located at 67 academies across the country. "Coaches can't be on the course with their students all the time," said Todd Wilson, CEO of Golf ChannelAcademy. "GAME GOLF allows coaches to literally see how a student is progressing and, using the data collected, can offer meaningful advice to improve their swings and enhance on course strategy. He continued, "GAME GOLF is another valuable tool that we are able to offer Golf Channel Academy coaches to engage with students on an ongoing basis." The initiative, which will also include 450 additional coaches who are members of Proponent Group (PG), involves designing a learning platform to help amateur golfers use data to improve their games. Coaches will receive training on how to best use the platform and how to understand statistics to help their students improve. With the partnership, GAME GOLF will be the only shot-tracking product sold on the GCA and PG websites. "Wearable technologies keep consumers connected as they play in just about every sport," said GAME GOLF CEO John McGuire. "Instantly, you can see how you are performing and share, compete and compare the data. GAME GOLF has led the wearable tech movement for golf. In a short 18 months, GAME GOLF has become the only company that puts the power of golf data onto every mobile device. And now, we are going to meaningfully work with leading coaches so they can use data to have greater impact on their students' golf games." New GAME GOLF will be the basis of the program. The platform recently came on the market as the world's first automatic, real-time shot tracker for iOS and Android phones. GAME GOLF LIVE is a small device that clips onto your belt and is accompanied by 18 red-hot data-capturing GPS sensors for the top of each club. The system is the most revolutionary way to capture all your stats over 18 holes so that you can instantly visualize and share your game in real-time, on your iOS or Android phone. GAME GOLF LIVE is integrated into Apple Watches and will be coming to Android and Pebble watches soon. The GAME GOLF platform has over 33,000 courses mapped, over 700,000 rounds of golf uploaded in more than 125 countries, and has captured data on more than 60 million golf shots. GAME GOLF has partnerships with the PGA of America and Golf Channel. GAME GOLF is the first and only wearable technology that can be used in tournaments as permitted under the Rules of Golf by the R&A and USGA (when used without the App), and is the official shot-tracker of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. GAME GOLF is endorsed by golf professionals Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk, Lee Westwood, Chesson Hadley, and Sophie Walker. It has been adopted by leading coaches and golf instructors.