Adams a12 in winner's circle

By Global Golf PostJune 6, 2011, 5:55 pm

There is nothing like a tournament win to draw attention to a new product introduction, and Tom Watson’s victory at the Senior PGA Championship did just that for the Idea Pro a12 hybrid and forged iron line Adams Golf recently brought to market.

A self-proclaimed “old geezer,” Watson used those sticks to capture the 14th major championship of his career, and his sixth on the senior circuit. And that performance is no doubt inducing a slew of recreational players to take a closer look at that offering from the Plano, Tex., club maker. “If it is good enough for Old Tom,” they may well be saying, “then it’s good enough for me.”

According to Tim Reed, head of research and development at Adams Golf, the a12 line is the company’s next generation player’s product. The heads of the irons are made of forged 8620 carbon steel and boast not only a thin top line but also improved camber on the sole. Each head is triple-milled (on the face, grooves and cavity) for more exacting performance from club to club.

In addition, progressive heel-to-toe weighting is designed to combine with a precisely located, low center of gravity to add stability in the longer irons and more workability in the short irons and wedges. Progressive offsetting throughout the set, which ranges from 4-iron to GW, also enhances that control and workability.

The heads of the hybrids in the a12 line have an ultra-thin, maraging steel face and feature sleek, compact shaping and a PVD finish. Reed has also given the clubs a skid plate on the sole as well as a flush-mounted weight screw to reduce what equipment manufacturers call “turf interaction.” In other words, they cut more easily through the grass on which a golf ball is resting, whether fairway or rough.

At the same time, Adams has attempted to bolster a golfer’s ability to shape shots with those black beauties by scaling down the head sizes through the line, which is available in lofts from 16 to 26 degrees.

It will be interesting to see what Watson does with them next.

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UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.

Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:

WGCA First Team All-Americans

  • Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
  • Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
  • Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
  • Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
  • Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
  • Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
  • Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
  • Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
  • Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
  • Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
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Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.

Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.

The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity,, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

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Bjorn adds four Ryder Cup veterans as vice captains

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 1:05 pm

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has added a quartet of vice captains for the biennial matches this fall in Paris.

Bjorn had already named Robert Karlsson as his first assistant, and he announced Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship that his group of advisors will also include major champions Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, and former world No. 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

Westwood is among Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup players, and his addition in this role signals he likely won't participate as a player in the matches for the first time since 1995. The Englishman has spoken openly about his desire to captain the European squad at Whistling Straits in 2020, but he's been quiet on the course in recent months, with a missed secondary cut at the Houston Open his only start since mid-February.

Harrington is seen as another possible captain for the 2020 matches, and he'll don an earpiece for the third straight Ryder Cup, having represented Europe as a player on six straight teams from 1999-2010.

Donald played on four Ryder Cup teams from 2004-12, with the Europeans winning each time he was on the roster. This will mark his first stint as a vice captain, as Donald announced last month that he would be sidelined indefinitely while recovering from a back injury.

At age 38, McDowell will be the youngest vice captain in the room, having holed the winning putt eight years ago at Celtic Manor. He won the French Open in both 2013 and 2014 at Le Golf National, site of this year's matches, and will also be making his debut as a vice captain.

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Bidder pays $50,000 to caddie for Woods

By Grill Room TeamMay 22, 2018, 12:28 pm

Someone has paid $50,000 to caddie for Tiger Woods at this year’s Hero World Challenge.

An unnamed bidder paid for the opportunity at an auction Saturday night at Tiger Jam, where monies are raised to support the Tiger Woods Foundation.

The Hero World Challenge will be contested Nov. 29-Dec. in Albany, Bahamas. The pro-am is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28.