Eight Teams Competing for More than $100,000 in Cash and Prizes

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJune 5, 2015, 6:18 pm

Eight Teams Competing for More than $100,000 in Cash and Prizes in Golf Channel’s New Competition Series, Altered Course Montego Bay, Premiering Monday, June 15

Teams will Compete in Extraordinary Layouts Exceeding 700 Yards, Requiring Daring Golf Shots While Racing Against the Clock

Series Inaugural Season – Altered Course Montego Bay presented by Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva – Filmed on Two Premier Courses in Montego Bay, Jamaica

 Video: Altered Course Series Trailer

Website: Altered Course Montego Bay Website

ORLANDO, Fla., June 4, 2015 – The traditional golf course layout will not apply to the eight teams competing in Altered Course Montego Bay, Golf Channel’s new reality competition series premiering Monday, June 15 at 9 p.m. ET. The series will require teams to navigate re-imagined golf holes in excess of 700 yards all the while traversing natural obstacles they encounter along the way.

Taking place in Montego Bay, Jamaica and presented by the all-new Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort, this tournament-style competition series will feature eight two-person teams racing against the clock as they take on the twists and turns of these extreme golf holes. One Altered Course hole can incorporate upwards of three traditional golf holes, with the teams competing in a variety of formats, including alternate-shot and scramble. Teams will be scored on a combination of strokes and the time it takes them to complete the hole. Weekly eliminations will leave one team ultimately left standing as champion, pocketing a grand prize of more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Altered Course Montego Bay features a talented and diverse cast including professional and former collegiate golfers, siblings, best friends, sergeants in the United States Army and speed golf competitors.

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Kaleb Nichols (26, Fort Carson, Colo. / Memphis, Tenn.) and Derek Williams (29, Fort Carson, Colo. / Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Sergeants in the United States Army and stationed in Fort Carson, Colo., both have served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Golf is their escape and their sanctuary.

 Canadian Ninjas

Kyla Inaba (28, Kelowna, British Columbia) and Eileen Kelly (27, Victoria, British Columbia) –  Teammates at the University of British Columbia (UBC), both are an inspiration to each other and grew to become best friends during college and following graduation. The two are known for their extreme fitness regimens and often joke that they are training to be ninjas.

 Frenemies

Amelia Ek (24, Cypress, Calif.) and Jada Patipaksiri (24, Cypress, Calif.) – Professional golfers on the Symetra Tour and mini-tour circuits, Ek and Patipaksiri have known each other since childhood and admit due to their competitiveness, they always have not been the best of friends. Ek hung up her golf clubs for a corporate job in 2015and is playing for Patipaksiri, who is attempting to achieve her dream of playing on the LPGA Tour.

 Georgia Boys

Shepherd Archie (25, Augusta, Ga.) and Wesley Yates (25, Atlanta, Ga.) - Best friends and college teammates while at Florida A&M University, Archie and Yates have ultimate goals of walking the fairways on the PGA TOUR.  Young and strong, they learned the game through The First Tee (Yates – First Tee of Atlanta; Archie – First Tee of Augusta). 

 Icelandic Duo

Alexander Gylfason (24, Reykjavik, Iceland) and Petur Petursson (24, Reykjavik, Iceland) – Having first met on the golf course while in college, the two have developed a close friendship over the years.  Following graduation, Petursson has focused his energy on competing on the mini tours, and is currently playing in the Nordic Golf League in Sweden – a feeder tour to the European Tour. Gylfason is a professional golfer and founder of Speed Golf Iceland.  In 2014, he became the first Icelandic golfer to compete in the Speed Golf World Championships.

 Serbian Sisters

Ariana Savich (23, Orlando, Fla. / Carmel, Ind.) and Milena Savich (25, Wesley Chapel, Fla., / Carmel, Ind.) – One of the more athletic teams on Altered Course, sisters Ariana and Milena Savich have experience in team competition - Both represented their father’s native country of Serbia in the European and World Amateur Team Championships, and Milena has a goal of representing Serbia in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 Texas Hustlers

Chris Garcia (33, Austin, Texas) and Neal Williams (35, Arlington, Texas) – Best friends who met on the golf course, Garcia and Williams come from two different backgrounds and have overcome incredible odds off the golf course.

 The Twins

Anthony and Nick Capra (23, Advance, N.C.) – Twin brothers and recent graduates from the Professional Golf Management program at North Carolina State University, Anthony and Nick Capra are exactly alike and completely different at the same time. Both took up golf at the same time as kids, and know each other’s games inside and out. 

KRISTEN KENNEY TO HOST: NBC Sports pit reporter for the Red Bull Global RallyCross series, Kristen Kenney will host the inaugural season of Altered Course.

GRAND PRIZE: The teams are playing for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.  The winning team of Altered Course Montego Bay will receive the following:

  • $15,000 in cash from Skechers GO GOLF and Skechers footwear for life.
  • $10,000 in cash from MusclePharm and a trip to MusclePharm’s Sports Science Institute.
  • A five-day, four-night stay at any Hyatt Zilara or Hyatt Ziva all-inclusive resort.
  • Free golf for life from GolfNow
  • $25,000 in cash

SERIES INAUGURAL SEASON AND HOST COURSES: Altered Course’s inaugural season takes place in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Filming commenced in February at the all-new Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort, with the competition staged at two of Montego Bay’s premier courses, White Witch and Cinnamon Hill.  Altered Course Montego Bay presented by Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva will air for eight consecutive Mondays, concluding Monday, August 3.

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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.