March 28, 2006

It's Attack of the Aces at The Players Championship

Last week's Players Championship turned out to be a thriller. Those of you who watched television coverage of the event no doubt witnessed Stephen Ames brilliant victory at the TPC Sawgrass course as well as highlights of the event's four holes in one! The assault on the flagstick at number thirteen started on Friday when Justin Leonard and Jesper Parnevik both aced the par 3 hole at Sawgrass from approximately 160 yards away. Commentators referenced the friendly flag placement as a key contributor to the excellent shots made on the hole that day. Shots seemed to funnel straight towards the cup all day long it seemed. Saturday proved to be an equally exciting day for the spectators at 13 as European standout Henrik Stenson made yet another ace at the hole.

Not to be outdone, tour veteran and past Masters champion Fred Couples stroked a brilliant shot from 159 yards away at the 13th on Sunday for the fourth ace of the week at the par 3 hole. In doing so, Fred also became the first player in tournament history to have made a hole in one twice at The Players. His other miraculous shot came in 1997 when he managed to tame the terrifying island green at 17.

Sunday's finish also marks the end of an era for The Players Championship. As a part of the PGA Tour's reshuffled schedule beginning next season, The Players event will move from its typical spot in late March to a date in early May. The event will no doubt be just as exciting in its new position, however, as weather in May is more amenable to Tour play than late March. Congratulations goes out once again to Stephen Ames on his fantastic victory at the 2006 Players Championship!

March 24, 2006

Improving Hole In One Insurance Packages One Tournament at a Time

In our continuing effort to improve the hole in one insurance prize packages that we offer, US Hole In One is proud to announce the start of a new program. Beginning today, any tournament director or contest sponsor who requests information from us for hole in one contest insurance will receive, at no charge, golf club certificates for every golfer in their event. Each certificate is redeemable for a brand-new golf club from Upswing Golf, the premier golf equipment designer in the country.
Following the success of our new & improved bonus hole in one prize lineup in 2005 (Sharp LCD Flat-Screen Television, Set of Big Bertha Irons from Callaway Golf & Two Roundtrip Airline Tickets), US Hole In One is continuing its commitment to providing golf event organizers with a premium service experience by extending this special, limited-time offer. While offers similar to this have appeared throughout the golf industry in the past, US Hole In One is revolutionizing the concept by offering these certificates to every golf tournament organizer or sponsor, irregardless of whether or not they purchase hole in one insurance from us. We remain confident that this token of appreciation will clearly illustrate our commitment to excellence and will further distinguish us from our competitors.

Many will undoubtedly ask us what the catch is in all of this. Thankfully, there is no catch. Each certificate is in fact redeemable for a brand-new golf club from Upswing Golf. The only nominal fees a golfer is responsible for are shipping & handling and custom-fitting. In addition, golfers have their choice of receiving either a driver, 7-wood, wedge or putter.

We came across Upswing Golf following the recent PGA equipment show in Orlando, Florida. Founded by industry veterans Richard Merk and Bret Larsen, Upswing's mission is to provide high-performance equipment that fuses classic design techniques with state-of-the-art technology. The result, we've found, is a lineup of clubs that perform exceptionally well for all golfers, without the extraordinary price tags typically seen from today's club manufacturers. Undoubtedly, their combined 40 years of experience in the industry at juggernauts like Callaway and TaylorMade has greatly contributed to Upswing's excellent clubhead design talents.

If you would like to learn more about this complimentary golf club certificate program or any other portion of US Hole In One's industry-leading, hole in one prize packages, please feel free to contact us by telephone toll-free at 888-882-5440 or by online request.

March 21, 2006

The 17th at Sawgrass: Golf's Most Recognized Island Green

This week, the PGA Tour makes its annual stop at the TPC at Sawgrass for The Players Championship. Widely considered to be the "fifth" major on the professional cirucuit, The Players features the world's best golfers on one of the world's most famous courses. Besides the fanfare associated with the event's ultra-talented field and the prestige of winning the "players" event, a certain hole at Sawgrass inevitably tries to steal the spotlight each and every year: the 17th.

The 17th at Sawgrass is a par 3 hole measuring no more than 145 yards for the pros. Its green is roughly 4000 square feet in size, which isn't overly small by tour standards. And statistically, it usually isn't one of the most difficult holes on the course as most players are capable of reaching the green with a 9-iron or pitching wedge. However, before declaring the hole a pushover, you have to see it for yourself (click for flyover). You see, the 17th hole at Sawgrass is an island green. Thus, at least a 130 of those yards are a carry over water; plus if you happen to fly the green, you find the drink as well. All four sides of the green are surrounded by H20, and when the wind blows the hole becomes terribly intimidating. Last year, almost 30 tee shots found themselves wet, which is an awful lot considering the hole's length and the talent of the golfers playing it. In the 25 year history of the event, only six players have been able to make a hole in one on the 17th at Sawgrass. Brad Fabel accomplished the difficult feat first in 1986 while the next ace didn't come for another five years when Brian Claar made one in 1991. This year, look for the chaos to continue as the hole brings tour professionals to their knees once again.