November 1, 2016

Golf Range News

Callaway Golf and the San Diego Padres teamed up for the second year in a row for an unforgettable 9-hole golf experience winding through Petco Park. The event, called the Links at Petco, kicked off to the public on Wednesday, November 2 and ran through Tuesday, November.

Six Golf Course Superintendent Association of America members have recently been inducted into various local and national golf halls of fame. They are: Robert Frase, Stark County (Ohio) Amateur Golf Hall of Fame; Joseph A. Kennedy Jr., Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame; Stan Kogut, Western Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame; Lawrence Powell, National Black Golf Hall of Fame; William Rohret, Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame; and Mark Wilson, Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame.

On October 28, Acushnet Holdings Corp. (NYSE:GOLF) (“Acushnet”) announced the pricing of the initial public offering of shares of its common stock pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-1 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”). All 19,333,333 shares of common stock to be sold in the offering will be sold by existing stockholders of Acushnet. The underwriters in the offering have a 30-day over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional 2,899,999 shares of common stock from the selling stockholders. The initial public offering price is $17.00 per share. Acushnet’s common stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on October 28, 2016 under the ticker symbol “GOLF,” and the offering was expected to close on November 2, 2016, subject to certain closing conditions.

PGA Professional Bill Madonna, the longtime director of instruction at Bill Madonna Golf Academy in ChampionsGate, Florida, passed away on September 13, 2016 at the age of 71. Madonna, a three-time GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game Teacher (2012-14), is survived by his wife Bonnie; children Nancee and Billy; grandchildren Elizabeth and Sophia; sisters Pat and Gerri; and his Aunt Mary Kline. In addition to his GRAA accolades, Madonna was annually selected by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest as one of the “Top 100 Teachers in America.”