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TOP-RANKED PRO LAUNCHES PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TO SPARK NATIONAL DEBATE ON GOLF INSTRUCTION

Charlie King for PresidentGreensboro, Ga. (May 25, 2010) – He may be running for an office that does not exist, but that has not stopped Charlie King from announcing his candidacy for President of Golf Instruction.

King, the Director of the Reynolds Golf Academy at Reynolds Plantation, created this fictional campaign during this election year to highlight a problem and provide the solution.

“The ‘current administration’ is still doing things the old way, which is trying to force students into a method, or model.  I think it’s time for us to take a complete new direction in golf instruction, and high time for people to stop being frustrated with their game and with themselves,” says King.

An acclaimed teacher, author and 17-year member of the PGA of America, King wrote the “New Rules of Golf Instruction,” the 2009 e-book that led to the development of the New Rules Golf School at Reynolds Golf Academy.  “Our ‘New Rules’ philosophy means we don’t make you look like a golfer, we turn you into a golfer,” King says.  “We focus on essential golf skills that great golfers all have in common.”

Since he is often told that his passion for teaching golf makes him sound like he’s running for office, King figured he might as well get in the race.  Technically, there is no race – which may explain why King is currently running unopposed, and atop all the polls.  No matter.

While King may be innovative in his methods of getting golfers’ attention, he is equally intense in his approach to serious, success-oriented golf instruction.

“I started this campaign for President of Golf Instruction to draw awareness to the need for a different way of teaching and an innovative way of thinking about every golfer’s abilities,” said King, who has been repeatedly ranked as one of the leading golf instructors in the country.

“I want to invite golfers to join the revolution,” King says.  “We are going to have fun with it, of course, but the reality is that I know they will find something that will make a real difference in their golf game.”

Those interested in King’s run for President of Golf Instruction can provide their support and preview his upcoming videos at www.charliekingforpresident.com.

 

About Reynolds Plantation

Named the “Best of the Best” Golf Community by Robb Report and the community with the “Best Golf” in America by the editors of GOLF Magazine, Reynolds Plantation, located between Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia, is situated along 374 miles of shoreline on Lake Oconee.  Reynolds Plantation features 117 holes of championship golf from designers Bob Cupp, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones and Jim Engh.  Reynolds Plantation is also home to The Reynolds Golf Academy, as well as the exclusive TaylorMade Kingdom.  The community offers members a variety of dining options, swimming pools, walking trails, four full-service marinas and The Lake Club Wellness Campus with its award-winning Tennis Center.  Reynolds Plantation is also home to The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, a 251-room lakefront resort and spa ranked No. 5 in the “Top 100 Golf Resorts” worldwide by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.  For more information or real estate inquiries, call 800-800-5250 or visit http://www.reynoldsplantation.com/.

 

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GOLF’S ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE THIS SUMMER AT THE KINGDOM AT REYNOLDS PLANTATION

Greensboro, Ga. (May 20, 2010) – An exclusive opportunity for everyday golfers to go inside the private world of the touring professional is available again this summer at the Kingdom at Reynolds Plantation.

Now in its third year, The TaylorMade Tour Experience is a comprehensive game-enhancement program unlike any in the world, featuring a special guest tour professional whose time with the guests includes a private dinner.

Located on Lake Oconee at one of the world’s renowned golf resort communities, the Kingdom at Reynolds Plantation was created for tour pros who regularly visit the compound for personal testing sessions and equipment fittings, as well as to use the tour-quality setting to hone their game.

Available only at Reynolds Plantation, the Tour Experience is an extension of those services, complete with world-class accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, a AAA Five-Diamond Award-winning property, as well as golf on Reynolds Plantation’s collection of championship-caliber courses.

The Tour Experience begins with a high-tech fitting for a complete set of TaylorMade clubs custom-made overnight at the TaylorMade Tour Trailer for next-day use.  That evening participants will enjoy dinner with a guest tour professional from the TaylorMade Tour Staff.

The next day participants play a round of golf with their new clubs, accompanied by a TaylorMade staff professional.

Each Tour Experience is limited to six participants.  The two-day package includes the following:

  • Sunday and Monday nights at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation
  • Breakfast Monday and Tuesday mornings at the TaylorMade Kingdom
  • Full Motion Analysis club fitting at the TaylorMade Kingdom
  • 14-piece custom built TaylorMade golf club set
  • TaylorMade golf bag, adidas golf gear and other gifts
  • Dinner and golf with a TaylorMade Tour Professional

Other options are available at the Kingdom, with either a one- or three-night stays, or for a day visit only including platinum, gold, silver and bronze packages.

Kingdom Experience packages are offered Monday through Friday, by advance appointment only.  All packages are subject to availability and are not offered on holidays.  To book a package call 866-499-5366.
 
About Reynolds Plantation

Named the “Best of the Best” Golf Community by Robb Report and the community with the “Best Golf” in America by the editors of GOLF Magazine, Reynolds Plantation, located between Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia, is situated along 374 miles of shoreline on Lake Oconee.  Reynolds Plantation features 117 holes of championship golf from designers Bob Cupp, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones and Jim Engh.  Reynolds Plantation is also home to The Reynolds Golf Academy, as well as the exclusive TaylorMade Kingdom.  The community offers members a variety of dining options, swimming pools, pedestrian trails, four full-service marinas and The Lake Club Wellness Campus with its award-winning Tennis Center.  Reynolds Plantation is also home to The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, a 251-room lakefront resort and spa ranked No. 5 in the “Top 100 Golf Resorts” worldwide by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.  For more information or real estate inquiries, call 800-800-5250 or visit http://www.reynoldsplantation.com/.

 

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Team Florida State Wins 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge

Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge, Reynolds PlantationGreensboro, Ga. (April 27, 2010) – Florida State University head coach Jimbo Fisher and former Noles defensive back Terrell Buckley combined to shoot a seven-under-par 65 to win the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament Tuesday at the Reynolds Plantation resort outside Atlanta.

 

Buckley holed a 15-foot, right-breaking putt for birdie on 18 to move to -7 and hold off a charging Georgia Tech team down the stretch. The Yellow Jackets finished one back at -6, and two-time defending champion South Carolina finished third at -5.

 

“We regrouped on the back nine and strung together a few birdies,” FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “Then we made that big putt on 18. It was very competitive out there and just a super event.”

 

“It’s a lot of fun when you get a chance to get out on the course and compete,” Buckley added. “You want to test your game and we certainly did that today.”

 

The Seminole team took home $120,000 in scholarship donations for FSU in their winning effort. In total, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge contributed $400,000 in scholarship money to the 12 universities that competed. Over the last four years, the event has combined to give more than $1.8 million in scholarship and charitable donations.

 

“We really had a spectacular day on the golf course today and this incredible group of coaches and celebrities represented their universities in a first-class way,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. “But the privilege was all ours in being able to give so much back to these great schools and great competitors.”

“This was tremendous,” Fisher said, “giving back to kids, giving scholarships and helping further their education, that’s what we’re all in this for. This has really been first-class and we thank the Chick-fil-A Bowl for having us.”

 

The Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge featured pairings that included a university head coach and a celebrity or former athlete from the same school competing in a scramble format against other university teams from the ACC and SEC.

 

The final standings and scholarship winnings were as follows:

 

Team                                                                          Score                          Winnings       

Florida State      (Jimbo Fisher/Terrell Buckley)               -7                                 $120,000

Georgia Tech    (Paul Johnson/Jon Barry)                       -6                                 $60,000

South Carolina   (Steve Spurrier/Sterling Sharpe)             -5                                 $50,000

North Carolina  (Butch Davis/Natrone Means)               -4                                 $40,000

N.C. State        (Sidney Lowe/Monte Towe)                  -2                                 $30,000

Alabama           (Nick Saban/Steve Sloan)                      +1                                $17,500

Maryland          (Ralph Friedgen/Stan Gelbaugh)             +1                                $17,500

Vanderbilt         (Bobby Johnson/Will Perdue)                 +1                                $17,500

Wake Forest     (Jim Grobe/Billy Packer)                        +1                                $17,500

Ole Miss           (Houston Nutt/Wesley Walls)                 +2                                $10,000

Clemson           (Dabo Swinney/Dwight Clark)               +3                                $10,000

Virginia Tech   (Frank Beamer/Brad Clontz)                   +4                                $10,000

 

 

The nation’s premier head coach and celebrity golf event was held Tuesday at the beautiful Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta.

 

In addition to the $400,000 scholarship purse, an additional $135,000 was donated to Chick-fil-A’s WinShape Homes, a long-term foster care program. The Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge is a significant contributor to the Chick-fil-A Bowl’s overall annual charitable and scholarship donations. The Chick-fil-A Bowl leads all bowls in the country in charitable giving, including gifts of more than $5.8 million since 2002.

 

The tournament was taped by ESPN for broadcast in the fall. The date of the broadcast will be announced this summer.

 

Past winners:  2009 South Carolina (Spurrier/Sharpe / -12, playoff winners), 2008 South Carolina (Spurrier/Sharpe / -12), 2007 Virginia Tech (Beamer/Dell Curry / -10).

 

For more information on the event, visit www.Chick-fil-ABowlChallenge.com.

 

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Reynolds Plantation site of first ANNIKA Boutique

Annika Sorenstam, Annika BoutiqueGreensboro, Ga. (May 4, 2010) – The world’s first ANNIKA Boutique opens today at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation on the lobby level.

 

The upscale specialty shop will feature the ANNIKA Collection golf attire by Cutter & Buck, Callaway golf products and ANNIKA Syrah and Chardonnay.  Specialty items, including a Swedish line of baby clothing, Polarn O. Pyret, worn by Annika’s young daughter, Ava, also will be available.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Annika Sorenstam and further develop her business interests in a retail setting,” said Bob Mauragas, vice president of golf operations.  “The Reynolds Plantation setting and lifestyle mesh well with Annika’s personal tastes and interests.”

After a brilliant 15-year professional career that saw her re-write the record book in women’s golf, Annika stepped away from professional golf at the end of the 2008 season to further pursue the ANNIKA brand of businesses.  She authored her second book, “Golf Annika’s Way,” and partnered with Cutter & Buck to develop the ANNIKA Collection, her very own apparel line.

Annika has a golf course design business with projects under construction around the world.  The ANNIKA Financial Group, LLC was created as a result of Annika’s passion to help other professional athletes protect their wealth while assuring their peace of mind.  In addition, she has her own golf academy near Orlando, Fla. and the ANNIKA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, to teach children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition and offer aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams.

Annika serves as an Ambassador of the United States Golf Association with the goal of making the game of golf more accessible and more relevant to players of all skill levels. Along with Jack Nicklaus, designer of the Great Waters golf course at Reynolds Plantation, she was named a Global Ambassador by the International Golf Federation in and successfully advocated to bring golf to the 2016 Olympic Games.

The ANNIKA Boutique at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation will be open seven days, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is open to the public, as well as to resort guests.

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Linger Longer Invitational

Oklahoma State Wins Linger Longer InvitationalGreensboro, Ga. (March 30, 2010) – The No. 1-ranked Oklahoma State men’s golf team lived up to its billing, as did Alabama sophomore Bud Cauley, as they captured the team and individual titles of the 5th annual Linger Longer Invitational at The Landing at Reynolds Plantation.

Cauley, who opened the 54-hole tournament with an electrifying 8-under-par 64, finished just as strong, playing the final five holes 3-under, including a key eagle on the par-5 14th hole, for a 67.  That gave the all-American from Jacksonville, Fla., a total of 204, a career-low for 54 holes and a six-shot victory.

Oklahoma State teammates Kevin Tway, a junior from Edmond, Okla., and Sean Einhaus, a freshman from Germany, were second and third, respectively, at 210 and 214.  Tway also closed with a 67.

“When he is on – and he was at this tournament – he is really hard to beat,” Alabama coach Jay Seawell said of Cauley, who went 3-0-1 last summer in the Walker Cup and in the 2008 U.S. Amateur Championship knocked off Ricky Fowler, who at the time ranked No. 1 in the amateur world rankings.   “He came out and almost put it away on the first day,” Seawell said, “and then, as always, he finished strong.”

Leading by three shots going into the final round, Cauley saw Tway (in the group ahead of him) play the first six holes 6-under to pull within two shots.  Later, again up by three with five holes to play, Cauley’s eagle on the 14th put him back up by five, as he wrapped up his third collegiate win and the second this spring.  Cauley also climbed to No. 2 in the national rankings, behind Georgia’s Russell Henley, who finished tied for 10th.

Like Cauley, the Cowboys led from wire-to-wire, holding off a final-round charge by Alabama to win by only two strokes overall, with a total of 865 (best 4 of 5 scoring).  As the Crimson Tide shot 283, 5-under-par for the final round, Oklahoma State closed with a solid, 2-under-par 286.  Texas A&M placed third at 874, with Georgia Tech and defending champion Georgia tied for fourth at 879.

Co-hosted by Kennesaw State and Mercer University, the Linger Longer Invitational featured six of the nation’s top-25 ranked teams competing over three days on the first golf course built on Georgia’s Lake Oconee.  The Bob Cupp design, a par 72 set up to 7,005 yards for the tournament, played to a scoring average of 76.19 for 54 holes.

 

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RENOVATED GREAT WATERS COURSE RETURNS BETTER THAN EVER

Greensboro, Ga. (March 4, 2010) – Under the direction of the architectural staff from Nicklaus Design, the first substantial renovation project on the award-winning Great Waters course at Reynolds Plantation is complete. The result is a version that is better than ever and again ready for play this spring.   Great Waters, a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course that opened in 1992, is a dramatic layout that offers some of the most breathtaking golf scenery in the southeast. Consistently ranked among the Top 100 courses in the nation since it opened in 1992, Great Waters  earned the distinction from Links Magazine as one of the “10 most significant and influential courses of the past two decades.”   To ensure Great Waters remains just as significant during the next two decades, Reynolds Plantation implemented a restoration plan for the greens and bunkering that has restored them to the shapes and sizes of Nicklaus’ original specifications.   Greenside bunkers have been slightly tweaked throughout the golf course, to incorporate new drainage and reinforce the faces. The modifications have not impacted the integrity of the design; rather, they enhance shot values.   The major alteration is the complete turf changeover on all 18 greens, from the original Penncross Bentgrass to Miniverde Bermudagrass, a unique variety that was not yet developed when Great Waters was built. The new product is a superior putting surface that will remain more consistent, year round.   “Great Waters’ reputation as a world-class golf experience plays a significant role in the Reynolds Plantation golf community,” said Mercer Reynolds, Chairman of Reynolds Plantation. “The course is credited for putting Reynolds Plantation on the map. It has a great history, and the renovation assures the golf course maintains its level of excellence in the future.”

Reynolds Plantation members will get the first look at the revitalized Great Waters layout starting March 15, with guest play to resume April 1. Nicklaus is schedule to make a personal inspection of the finished product and serve as special guest for a dedication ceremony on April 6.

The second golf course built at Reynolds Plantation, Great Waters is the only Nicklaus course on Lake Oconee. With nine holes lining the lake shores, Great Waters quickly gained a reputation for its scenic beauty, as well.

While the architectural staff from Nicklaus Design was assigned to the job from the outset, much of the Great Waters renovation project was carried out by the Reynolds golf course maintenance crew. Each phase was coordinated to maintain the design and strategic objectives Nicklaus intended in 1992. Original plans and drawings were referenced throughout the project, particularly to locate the original edges of the greens in order to return them to the exact same size they were on the day it opened.   As for the greenside bunkers, most of the changes won’t be visible to the golfer’s eye, since they involve modernization of drainage and irrigation systems underground. To prevent erosion on the faces of the bunkers, the new ones have grass growing lower down the sides, making the slopes slightly less dramatic, but the obstacle no less hazardous.   “By having Jack Nicklaus’ name on Great Waters, we are responsible for part of his legacy,” said Bob Mauragas, vice-president of golf operations at Reynolds Plantation. “By completing a project like this, it is satisfying for all of us at Reynolds Plantation to know we are being good caretakers of that legacy.”

About Reynolds Plantation Named the “Best of the Best” Golf Community by Robb Report and the community with the “Best Golf” in America by the editors of GOLF Magazine, Reynolds Plantation, located between Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia, is situated along 374 miles of shoreline on Lake Oconee. Reynolds Plantation features 117 holes of championship golf from designers Bob Cupp, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones and Jim Engh. Reynolds Plantation is also home to The Reynolds Golf Academy, as well as the exclusive TaylorMade Kingdom.  The community offers members a variety of dining options, swimming pools, pedestrian trails, four full-service marinas and The Lake Club Wellness Campus with its award-winning Tennis Center.  Reynolds Plantation is also home to The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, a 251-room lakefront resort and spa ranked No. 5 in the “Top 100 Golf Resorts” worldwide by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.  For more information or real estate inquiries, call 800-800-5250 or visit http://www.reynoldsplantation.com/.

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TOP COLLEGE GOLF TEAMS RETURN TO REYNOLDS PLANTATION FOR ANNUAL LINGER LONGER INVITATIONAL

 

Greensboro, Ga. (February 16, 2010) – Six of the top 25 college golf teams in the nation, led by No. 1-ranked Oklaho ma State University, return to The Landing at Reynolds Plantation for the fifth annual Linger Longer Invitational, March 26-28.

One of the premier spring tournaments of the collegiate season, the Linger Longer Invitational features 16 teams competing for 54 holes in both team and individual stroke-play format on the award-winning Landing layout which will play to 7,051 yards (par 72) and was designed by golf course architect Bob Cupp.

Hosted by Mercer University and Kennesaw State University, the Linger Longer Invitational is a showcase for teams from coast to coast, with the University of Georgia returning to defend a championship it has won three times (2006, 2007, 2009).

“We continue to enjoy the participation of a great field every year, on a golf course that is in great shape and provides an ideal test,” said Coach Andrew Tredway of Mercer University, which finished a solid fourth last year.  “The support of the participating coaches, their schools and Reynolds Plantation is outstanding.”

Last year the top-ranked Bulldogs captured a showdown of No. 1 vs. No. 2 by finishing two strokes ahead Oklahoma State, with a winning total of 867, only 3 over par.  Individually, OSU’s Trent Whitekiller, then a junior, earned his first career victory by only one shot, finishing at 208, 8 under par.

This year, joining Golfweek magazine’s top-ranked Cowboys and No. 21-ranked Bulldogs as leading contenders are No. 5 Florida State, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 12 Alabama and No. 22 Georgia Tech.  The field is rounded out by Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Furman, Louisville, Oklahoma, San Jose State, South Alabama and South Carolina-Aiken.

Since its inception, the Linger Longer Invitational has been played on courses that are part of the Reynolds Plantation collection – The Oconee Course the first two years, and The Landing the past two.

Individually, the tournament will showcase a field full of all-Americans, with nine of the Top 20 players in the 2010 season rankings scheduled to compete, including No. 1 Peter Uihlein, an Oklahoma State sophomore from Orlando, Fla.; No. 2 Bud Cauley, an Alabama sophomore from Jacksonville, Fla., No. 3 Russell Henley, a Georgia juni0r from Macon; No. 5 Hunter Hamrick, an Alabama sophomore from Montgomery; and No. 6 Morgan Hoffman, an Oklahoma State sophomore from Wyckoff, N.J.

The first golf course built on popular Lake Oconee in 1986, The Landing features a Scottish-style variety of holes that wind through naturally wooded areas and rolling hills, with three holes that wrap dramatically along the lakeshore.

Spectators are welcome to walk the course with the teams.  Admission to the Invitational is free.

Photo caption: The University of Georgia men’s golf team, winners of the 2009 Linger Longer Invitational, receive their trophy from The Landing head professional Scott Justman.

About Reynolds Plantation

Named the “Best of the Best” Golf Community by Robb Report and the community with the “Best Golf” in America by the editors of GOLF Magazine, Reynolds Plantation, located between Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia, is situated along 374 miles of shoreline on Lake Oconee.  Reynolds Plantation features 117 holes of championship golf from designers Bob Cupp, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones and Jim Engh.  Reynolds Plantation is also home to The Reynolds Golf Academy, as well as the exclusive TaylorMade Kingdom.  The community offers members a variety of dining options, swimming pools, pedestrian trails, four full-service marinas and The Lake Club Wellness Campus with its award-winning Tennis Center.  Reynolds Plantation is also home to The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, a 251-room lakefront resort and spa ranked No. 5 in the “Top 100 Golf Resorts” worldwide by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.  For more information or real estate inquiries, call 800-800-5250 or visit http://www.reynoldsplantation.com/.

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: REYNOLDS PLANTATION GOLF GETAWAY

Greensboro, Ga. (Jan. 4, 2010) – What would a New Year’s resolution list be without … a golf getaway!  And for those who like blue skies and green fairways at a great value, Reynolds Plantationhas ideal options to fulfill the “golf getaway” resolution for 2010.

“The Reynolds Golf Experience” is a showcase for the award-winning courses at Reynolds Plantation, featuring a day of unlimited golf at one of three layouts: the Tom Fazio-designed National Course (27 holes), or either the Plantation or Landing Course, both created by Bob Cupp.  Guests can choose to stay in a private cottage, or condo for the night, with a buffet breakfast included.  “The Reynolds Golf Experience” starts at $275 per person (single occupancy) and is available throughout 2010.

“Golf at The Landing for Two” is a perfect fit as a couples retreat, or buddy trip, with a day of unlimited play for two golfers at The Landing at Reynolds Plantation, the first golf course built on popular Lake Oconee in 1986.  Accommodations are reserved at the award-winning Landing Clubhouse.  The “Golf at The Landing for Two” package starts at $235 (double occupancy) and also is available throughout this year.

For more details and to make reservations, visit the Reynolds Plantation vacation packages site or call (877)809-3324.

About Reynolds Plantation

Named the “Best of the Best” Golf Community by Robb Report and the community with the “Best Golf” in America by the editors of GOLF Magazine, Reynolds Plantation, located between Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia, is situated along 374 miles of shoreline on Lake Oconee.  Reynolds Plantation features 117 holes of championship golf from designers Bob Cupp, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones and Jim Engh.  Reynolds Plantation is also home to The Reynolds Golf Academy, as well as the exclusive TaylorMade Kingdom.  The community offers members a variety of dining options, swimming pools, pedestrian trails, four full-service marinas and The Lake Club Wellness Campus with its award-winning Tennis Center.  Reynolds Plantation is also home to The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, a 251-room lakefront resort and spa ranked No. 5 in the “Top 100 Golf Resorts” worldwide by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.  For more information or real estate inquiries, call 800-800-5250 or visit http://www.reynoldsplantation.com/.

 

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Reynolds Plantation Teachers Graduate Two Students to the PGA TOUR Using New Rules Philosophy

Garth MulroyGreensboro, Ga.(January 4, 2010) – Reynolds Plantation is pleased to announce that two of its golf students will be competing on the PGA TOUR in the coming year.  Garth Mulroy and Blake Adams finished in the top-25 on the 2009 Nationwide Tour money list to earn their PGA TOUR cards for the 2010 season.  Mulroy is taught by Charlie King; Adams is taught by Charles McLendon.

Charles McLendon & Blake AdamsKing and McLendon employ a unique set of principles, outlined in King’s latest book, “The New Rules of Golf Instruction” while working with the professionals.  Adams and Mulroy were not asked to change their swings; the New Rules allow golfers to keep their style of swing while becoming more skillful in critical areas and reaching their fullest potential.  It’s a set of standards that all golfers, including amateurs, can benefit from when choosing an instructor.

Mulroy, from Durban, South Africa, is a student of King, director of instruction at the Reynolds Golf Academy.  Mulroy has five victories worldwide including a 2009 Nationwide Tour win at the South Georgia Classic.  He finished 14th on the 2009 Nationwide Tour money list.

“Congratulations to Garth on getting his PGA TOUR card,” said King.  “It was great to work with Garth last year and see some solid results.  I expect him to have a breakout year on the PGA TOUR this year.”

Adams, a graduate of Georgia Southern University, has been receiving instruction from McLendon, master club fitter and teacher at Reynolds Plantation, for almost two years.  Adams turned professional in 2001 and had a breakthrough year in 2009 with seven top-10 finishes and a third place standing on the Nationwide Tour money list.  His earnings of almost $400,000 set a new Nationwide Tour record for most money earned in a single season without a victory.

“It has been a privilege to work with such a talented player,” said McLendon.  “After working with Blake for almost two years now, it has been exciting to watch him realize his potential. Congratulations to Blake, his family and friends who have supported him along the way.  I wish him much success on the PGA TOUR.”

The Reynolds Golf Academy provides golf schools and instruction for golfers of all skill levels.  For more information, visit http://www.reynoldsgolfacademy.com/ or call 866.443.6742.

 

Photos:  Top – Garth Mulroy, of South Africa, will compete on the PGA TOUR in 2010.  Bottom – Charles McLendon works with PGA TOUR player Blake Adams at Reynolds Plantation.

About the Reynolds Golf Academy

The Reynolds Golf Academy at Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee, Ga., is a state-of-the-art learning center located just an hour’s drive from Atlanta and Augusta.  Led by GOLF MAGAZINE Top 100 Instructor Charlie King, the Reynolds Golf Academy features individual golf lessons, corporate golf outings, the New Rules Golf Schools which include the cutting-edge Essentials of GolfTM Total Game Improvement Golf School and the “Red Zone” Short Game Golf School, based on King’s book, “Golf’s Red Zone Challenge.”  The 16-acre, 6,550 square foot private campus is adjacent to Rees Jones’ Oconee Course and The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation.  For more information, visit www.ReynoldsGolfAcademy.com.

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Golf Digest & Golf World Hosting “Celebrity Chef Classic” at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation

Greensboro, Ga. (October 6, 2009) – This Halloween weekend, Golf Digest & Golf World Magazines will be bringing their Celebrity Chef Classic to The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation.  This great event will be hosted by Public Broadcasting Service celebrity chef Ming Tsai and Golf Digest Senior Editor (and Golf Channel personality) Stina Sternberg, and will also bring a national audience to The Ritz-Carlton Lodge. A detailed itinerary of the event can be found at www.celebritychefclassic.com/schedule.

Golf Digest & Golf World would like to invite area residents to enjoy this great event, too.  There are two options that Golf Digest & Golf World have created specifically for those who are not in need of accommodations but would like to attend:

1. A local (non-accommodations) package that includes attendance at all of the weekend’s functions (priced at $750+tax per person).

2. The Celebrity Chef Dinner and Auction on Friday night, October 30, hosted by chef Ming Tsai, at The Ritz-Carlton ballroom (priced at $175 per person).

The Friday night Celebrity Chef Dinner also includes a charity auction to benefit the local public charter school, Lake Oconee Academy.  Auction Items (subject to change – and more to come!) currently include golf packages in Scotland, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head’s Harbour Town, art, jewelry, dining packages, and equipment from Golf Digest’s “Hot List.”

Sign-up is easy – click on the “Registration” tab at http://www.celebritychefclassic.com/.  The local options are the last three on the menu.  Space is limited.

Host bios

Ming Tsai is an American fusion cuisine chef and restaurateur who currently hosts two cooking showsMing’s Quest on the Fine Living television channel and Simply Ming on American Public Television – and formerly hosted East Meets West on the Food Network, for which he won an Emmy Award. He has also appeared as a challenger chef on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America beating Iron Chef Bobby Flay in “Battle Duck” and was a judge for Cooking Under Fire on the PBS network.  Ming is the author of three cookbooks: Blue Ginger, Simply Ming, and Ming’s Master Recipes.  He owns the famed Boston restaurant Blue Ginger.  In 2000, Ming was #16 on People Magazines Most Beautiful People list.

Golf Digest Senior Editor and co-host of Golf Channel’s popular show, The Big Break, Stina Sternberg started her career as a teaching pro and clubfitter, then became equipment editor of Golf For Women magazine. A Golf Writers Association of America award-winning writer, Sternberg heads up GD’s women’s-golf coverage, pens a column called “Ask Stina” and is a member of GD’s equipment panel as one of 4 judges of the Golf Digest Hot List. In addition to her publishing job, Sternberg launched her television career in 2004 when she became the host of a travel segment on USA Network’s weekly PGA Tour Sunday.  In 2006, she took over as host of Golf Channel’s travel show Golf With Style and appeared regularly on ESPN2’s morning show Cold Pizza.  In 2007, she became one of three judges on GC’s show Fore Inventors Only.