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By Bob Oliver

Middletown Country Club

Middletown is a compact 80 acres of challenging golf, with rolling hills and large specimen trees that have watched many golfers travel its fairways over time. It has retained its old time feel with tees and greens in close proximity, allowing golfers to walk the course if they choose.

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23 May
2016

"GumbeeGolf" aids warm up

Written by Bob Oliver

 

Okay, when is the last time you sped into your local golf course, putting on shoes as you looked for a parking spot.

Your foursome had been there for an hour, ate lunch and hit warm up balls. You stayed at work. banging away at the computer.

Now you were heading to the first hole totally tight. You swing a couple clubs as people select partners and bets. You hit your tee ball, poorly, and for the first five holes you complain about not being warmed up.

Sound familiar?

Too many times it is true to life. If you can't properly warm up, there is a way that you can get loose, relax your muscles, and get the body ready for golf in just a few minutes.

The solution for a quick golf warm-up routine? The Jelly Roll "GumbeeGolf" warm up and training tool which comes in multiple flexes for all kinds of body sizes. Marketed in the U.S. by TK International, the Jelly Rope simply works! It's inexpensive (retails for $19.99) and allows for a variety of different positions to allow your muscles to warm up in minutes.

"We have been in the U.S.-Japan marketplace as distributors for various products for years, and when we find something that solves a problem we bring it to new markets," said TK International president Tom Kotter. "The Jelly Role product, which we are marketing as gumbeegolf, fills a void and has had excellent tributes from those who've used it."

It comes in several styles which affect different muscle groups and helps with different swing moves. The simple to use, easy to maneuver Jelly Rolls allow one to add tension to the muscle groups and loosen the body and allow that first on course swing to be fluid and productive. Flexibility improves with use. Use can also help with the basic mechanics of a golf swing, so not only does flexibility improve, warm-up time decreases, and swing motions get better with repetition.

The Jelly Rope, which has reached more than 600,000 sales in Japan but is relatively new to the U.S. marketplace, has multiple uses. For instance, those stuck working at the computer for extended periods of time can wear one of the "Ropes" in a way to perform as a back brace. Details are available at gumbeegolf.com.

The Jelly Rope (gumbeegolf.com) was a featured product at the 26th annual  International Network of Golf annual conference held at the Zermatt Resort in beautiful Heber Valley, Utah.

 

 

11 May
2016

Nordqvist heads stellar LPGA field

Written by Bob Oliver
There is an old saying, be there or be square.
The saying goes way back, but is still important today. Because when you think of LPGA events, the "there" is the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, and you better believe the best of the best LPGA professionals don't want to be called "square".
The annual trek to South Jersey's Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club sees the LPGA's best competing for $1.5M in prize money over 54-holes of tournament play June 3-4-5. Practice rounds and pro-ams precede the event.
Back will be defending champion Anna Nordqvist, who birdied two of the final three holes to secure the 2015 crown. The field is one of the LPGA's strongest, with superstars Stacy Lewis, Julie Inkster, Karrie Webb and Se Ri Pak all expected to play.
"This is simply a great venue and wonderful tournament," said Nordqvist at Seaview. "The (Donald Ross designed) Bay Course is an ultimate challenge. It's not a long course, but it's tight fairways and difficult greens and of course the winds (off Reeds Bay) make it a challenge. I think all the players respect the course and its history and want to be part of it."
The ShopRite LPGA Classic is known for its history of superb champions.  In it's early years, Hall of Fame members Betsy King (three). Inkster (two), Nancy Lopez and Pak (one) earned championships. More recently Lewis (2012, 2014), Webb (2013) and Annika Sorenstam (1998, 2002, 2005) earned championships. The best come out to play in the Shore Tradition.
"We are proud that our list of champions includes so many of the great players in the history of the LPGA," commented tournament executive director Tim Erensen.
Simply stated, the best players come to Seaview. Not only do they love the venue, but the proximity to Atlantic City, the hospitality, dining and fun, is a major draw. The golf course presents numerous challenges, and the best of the best survive.     
This year will be no exception as the LPGA's best will be on hand. Tickets are available and compete details can be found at www.shopritelpgaclassic.com.